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Plan to install 2,000 cell towers to improve rural telephony

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Killi Kruparani
Killi Kruparani

Union Minister of State for Information Technology & Communication Killi Kruparani on Friday said the Centre was putting together a plan to install 2,000 cell towers at a cost of Rs. 3,000 crore with a view to improving telephony in the rural areas.

At the inaugural of a seminar and exhibition on ‘Trends and demands in IT & ITeS’ organised at the Federation of A.P. Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FAPCCI) here, she recalled India’s strides in the IT & C space and said by 2020, the projections were that about 1.2 crore persons would be directly employed in the IT sector and about 5 crore more employed indirectly.

Currently the figure was 22 lakh and 80 lakh people directly and indirectly.

She recalled that the Government of India had announced National Electronic Policy to promote investment in the electronic hardware sector and that the aim was to ensure that by the year 2020, the turnover of the electronic industry in the country touched Rs. 20 lakh crore, employing about three crore people.

Clusters

“In the next eight years, we want to set up 200 electronic manufacturing clusters for each of which 50 per cent of the project cost will be given as subsidy.”

Subsidy

In A.P. four such clusters would be established with the collaboration of the A.P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation - two in Ranga Reddy district and one each in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts, she said, assuring that any one entrepreneur or private company coming forward to set up an electronic cluster in the State would get more than 100 per cent assistance to see that the subsidy was released.

The seminar saw the active involvement of the FAPCCI, EduGate Foundation, BizzBook, Springforth, Tata Docomo and eSeva World. Others present included A.P. Minister for IT & C Ponnala Lakshmaiah and FAPCCI president Devendra Surana.


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