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Schemes of Ministry of Communication

Schemes of Ministry of Communication

Introduction

  • The vision of Ministry Of COMMUNICATION is to provide secure, reliable affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socio-economic development.
  • Mission of the ministry is to develop a robust and secure state-of-the-art telecommunication network providing seamless coverage with special focus on rural and remote areas for bridging the digital divide and thereby facilitate socio- economic development; create an inclusive knowledge society through proliferation of affordable and high quality broadband services across the nation; reposition the mobile device as an instrument of socio-economic empowerment of citizens; make India a global hub for telecom equipment manufacturing; promote development of new standards to meet national requirements; attract investment, both domestic and foreign and promote creation of jobs.

National Broadband Mission [Schemes of Ministry of Communication]

  • The vision of the Mission is to fast-track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion, and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all.
  • The Mission is part of the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018.
  • It can be noted that through BharatNet, broadband services have reached in as many as 142,000 village blocks, and the latest mission aims to offer broadband for all by 2022 including remotely-located hospitals, schools and post offices.
  • Objectives:
    • Broadband access to all villages by 2022
    • Facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas
    • Laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fiber Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of the population by 2024
    • Significantly improve the quality of services for mobile and internet
    • Develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) to measure the availability of digital communications infrastructure and a conducive policy ecosystem within a State/UT.
    • Creation of a digital fiber map of the Digital Communications network and infrastructure, including Optical Fiber Cables and Towers, across the country

Deen Dayal Sparsh Yojana

  • SPARSH stands for Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby.
  • It is a pan India scheme launched by the government to increase the collection and study of postal stamps.
  • It would award annual scholarship of INR 6000 to children of Standard VI to IX having good academic record and also pursuing Philately as a hobby through a competitive selection process in all postal circles.

Bharat Net Project  [Schemes of Ministry of Communication]

  • BharatNet Project is the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity programme using Optical fiber. It is implemented by Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) – a special purpose vehicle under the Telecom Ministry and is Government of India’s ambitious rural internet connectivity programme.
  • It aims to provide a minimum bandwidth of 100 Mbps to each of the 2.5 lakhs GPs. It will facilitate delivery of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, public internet access, G2C, B2B, P2P, B2C etc., weather, agricultural and other services to rural India.
  • It is the new brand name of NOFN (National Optic Fibre Network) which is being implemented in three phases.   (Schemes of Ministry of Communication)
  • First phase – Envisaged to provide one lakh gram panchayats with broadband connectivity by laying underground optic fibre cable lines with deadline of 31st December 2017, which was achieved.
  • Second Phase – It will provide connectivity to all 2,50,000 Panchayats using an optimal miz of underground fibre, fibre over powerlines, radio and satellite media to be completed by March 2019.
  • Third Phase – It will be implemented from 2019 to 2023 during which state-of-the-art, futureproof network, including fiber between districts and blocks, with ring topology would be created.
  • It is being implemented by a special purpose vehicle named Bharat Broadband Network Ltd. set up under Companies Act.
  • It is being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme 

  • In pilot phase, it will train 10,000 people from UP, MP, Bihar, Odisha, Punjab and Haryana and train 10,000 people in 1st phase on a pilot basis.   (Schemes of Ministry of Communication)
  • DoT plans to establish more than 1,000 Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan which will train youth according to the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) and local needs of the telecom sector.
  • The government will also reward people doing innovative work in the telecom space.
  • Objective is to supplement telecom skilled manpower creation for the growth of telecom sector and to generate livelihood for the youth of the nation.

DARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India) Project

  • It aims to improve the quality of service and achieve “financial inclusion” of un-banked rural population.
  • As part of IT modernization project, it intends to provide a low power technology solution to each Branch Postmaster (BPM) which will enable 1.29 Rural Lakhs Branch Post Offices (BOs).
  • Recently, DARPAN-PLI application was launched for seamless collection of premium for Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) policies.

Tarang Sanchar 

  • It is a web portal for information sharing on Mobile Towers and Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) Emission Compliance. It has been developed in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode by Department of Telecommunications with Industry.   (Schemes of Ministry of Communication)
  • Indian norms had prescribed 10 times stricter limits for radiation emission in comparison to global standards. Any person can request for EMF emission measurement at a location.

Cool EMS Service 

  • Cool EMS (Express Mail Service) is one-way service from Japan to India which allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use which is allowed under Indian regulations.
  • Initially, it will be available in Delhi only. Food items will be carried by Japan Post in special cool boxes containing refrigerant to preserve the quality of the food items.

Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana

  • It aims to provide affordable life insurance services to people living in rural areas of the country through the postal network.
  • It will identify at least one village (having a minimum of 100 households) in each of the revenue districts of the country and cover all households with a minimum of one RPLI (Rural Postal Life Insurance) policy.
  • All villages under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana would also be covered under the scheme to turn them into Sampoorna Beema Gram.

 

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