“Work for unlimited, uninterrupted internet services in villages”

Amaravati, April 26:

Increase the internet capacity if necessary to provide internet facility with unlimited capacity in villages so that it would be easy to work from home Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said .

He held a review meeting on internet connections to villages and distribution of laptops as an option under Amma Vodi Scheme and directed the officials to be prepared to provide uninterrupted unlimited high band internet network to all villages.

The Chief Minister sought the preparation of an action plan to provide internet connection facility to 31 lakh houses in YSR Jagananna colonies that were going to be constructed and added to lay underground cables in 108 cyclone-affected villages. He said providing internet facility in all villages should be completed by 2023.

He said village digital libraries should be set up in all villages and the construction should be done as per the schedule and added that computers should be ready by the time they are completed. He said to arrange a newspapers stand in village libraries. He said there should be provision to arrange six computers in each library and 4-6 computers can be setup as per the requirement.

The Chief Minister said laptops should be distributed to those who opted them on the very day of implementing the Amma Vodi scheme,i.e. January 9. The Government gave option to the students of class 9-12. He said guarantee card, warranty card and other certifications should be provided to students along with laptops and to ensure good service to laptops. He said if a laptop was given in Village Secretariat for repair, it should be sent to service centre to be repaired within a week. He said laptop service centres should be available in every revenue division.

Energy Secretary Nagulapalli Srikanth said cable works were already underway and would be completed by March 2023. He said 14,671 km of cable had been laid above ground in 3642 villages of 307 mandals. Panchayat Raj Commissioner Girija Shankar said digital libraries are being constructed with an area of 690 square feet and the construction cost of each library is estimated at Rs 16 lakh, while 20 seats were being set up in each library. School Education Principal Secretary Buditi Rajashekar said options are being collected from students for Amma Vodi scheme and laptops are being procured in two models and high end version laptops will be provided to engineering students.

Energy, Forest and Environment , Science and Technology Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, AP Fibernet Chairman Dr P Goutham Reddy, School Education Principal Secretary Buditi Rajashekar, IT Principal Secretary Jayalakshmi, Energy Secretary Dr Nagulapalli Srikanth, Panchayat Raj Commissioner Girija Shankar, AP Fibernet MD Madhusudan Reddy and other officials were present.

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