To enable better internet and data services in these LWE areas
Will promote domestic manufacturing and fulfil the objectives of Atmanirbhar Bharat
Total cost of the project envisaged at Rs. 2426.39 crore 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved a Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) project for upgrading 2G mobile services to 4G at security sites in LWE areas.

The Project envisages upgrading2,343 left Wing Extremism Phase-I sites from 2G to 4G mobile services at an estimated cost of Rs.1,884.59 crore (Excluding taxes and levies).  This includes O&M for five years.  However, BSNL will maintain the sites for another five years at its own cost.  The work will be awarded to BSNL because these sites belong to BSNL.

The Cabinet also approved funding of operations and maintenance cost of LWE Phase-I 2G sites by BSNL for an extended period beyond the contractual period of five years at an estimated cost of Rs.541.80 crore.  The extension will be up to 12 months from the date of approval by the Cabinet or commissioning of 4G sites, whichever is earlier.

Government chose BSNL for a prestigious project to indigenous 4G telecom equipment so as to achieve self-reliance in the telecom gear segment to fulfil domestic market needs apart from exporting to other markets.  This 4G equipment will be deployed in this project also.

The upgradation will enable better internet and data services in these LSW areas.  It meets the requirements of Ministry of Home Affairs and the state governments.  It shall also fulfil the communication needs of the security personnel deployed in these areas.   The proposal is in line with the goal of providing mobile connectivity in rural areas.   In addition, delivery of various e-governance services, banking services, tele-medicine; tele-education etc. through mobile broadband shall be possible in these areas.

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July 17, 2024

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.

The Prime Minister posted on X;

“Greetings on Ashadhi Ekadashi! May the blessings of Bhagwan Vitthal always remain upon us and inspire us to build a society filled with joy and prosperity. May this occasion also inspire devotion, humility and compassion in us all. May it also motivate us to serve the poorest of the poor with diligence.”

“आषाढी एकादशीच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा! भगवान विठ्ठलाचे आशीर्वाद नेहमीच आपल्यासोबत असू देत आणि आपल्या सर्वांना आनंद आणि समृद्धीने परिपूर्ण समाजाची उभारणी करण्याची प्रेरणा मिळू दे. या उत्सवामुळे आपल्यामध्ये भक्तीभाव, नम्रता आणि करुणा वाढीला लागू दे. अतिशय प्रामाणिकपणे गरिबातील गरिबाची सेवा करण्यासाठी देखील आपल्याला प्रेरणा मिळू दे.”