Its services in rural areas are laudable: Joint Collector

Describing the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as synonym for connectivity in India, Joint Collector A. Babu on Thursday said the service provider remained the backbone of e-governance project launched by the government in general and in East Godavari district in particular.

Addressing the ‘Technical Awareness Meet' organised by the BSNL here, Mr. Babu said the BSNL was penetrating into maximum areas and its services in the rural pockets were laudable.

Referring to the e-governance projects launched by the district administration, he said the 300 citizen service centres in the districts were rendering good services to the public and the BSNL was providing the technical support to the programme. In all, 2000 people a day were using the services of the centres, he said.

Mr. Babu said the all the 305 government offices in the district would be connected to the Andhra Pradesh State-wide Area Network (APSWAN) with 2 MBPS speed, so that there would not be any scope for communication gaps among various departments.

He wanted the BSNL to focus on setting up more and more internet kiosks in rural pockets, so that people residing in villages would be benefited from the advancement of technology.

General Manager of the BSNL East Godavari telecom district G. Raghavendra Rao said the organisation was committed to provide advanced technology to its customers including those who were residing in remote villages.

Besides providing 1.65 lakh landline and 7.5 lakh mobile connections, the telecom district also provided over 42,000 broadband connections, he said.

Mr. Rao said efforts were on to connect all the 1,100 villages in the district with fibre ensuring a bandwidth of 2.5 GB, so that the connectivity would be improved beyond the expectations of the customers.