The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is planning a project called Digital Village to provide free WiFi hotspots at over 1,000 gram panchayats across the country, reports the Economic Times. Other than Internet, the program will provide users to avail health and educational services. The project will be based on a public/private partnership, and will take place through common service centers (CSCs). The agency has currently put out draft specifications for public consultation, post which the project will be enacted. According to the ET report, the project has been provided with a budget of Rs 423.26 crore and will be implemented over a period of three years. Note that the Indian Government had planned to set up WiFi hotspots in 2.5 lakh villages as a part of its national optical fiber network (NOFN) project back in 2013, and…
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