Top 10 priorities for Ravi Shankar Prasad

The minister for communications & IT, Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad has laid down his priorities for department of telecom, IT and post.

Improvement in BSNL and MTNL performance: Improvement of BSNL and MTNL performance and infrastructure would be a priority area. Focus is on improving quality of service for both BSNL and MTNL network where he would play a proactive role. The network will be monitored by setting up a NOC (Network Operations Center) in Sanchar Bhawan and the minister will monitor the network on a regular basis.

Streamlining NOFN: On the broadband front, the ministry is planning to streamline National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN). Around 2,50,000 village panchayats in the country would be provided broadband connectivity within a period of three years.

Bharat Broadband will deploy 50,000 gram panchayats in FY 2014-15, 100,000 gram panchayats in FY 2015-16 and 100,000 gram panchayats in FY 2016-17. With the approval of GUN network, the government is planning to deploy around Rs 5,000 crore for providing e-education, tele-medicine and government services.

Improving telecom network in North East:  The government is committed to improve the telecom network in the North-Eastern region. Around 8,000 additional mobile towers shall be set up at an approximate cost of Rs 5,000 crores.

Nation-wide MNP rollout: In principle approval has been given for nation-wide rollout of Mobile Network Portability (MNP). Its  implementation would begin after TRAI submits MNP recommendations on how to go about with respect to national rollout of MNP.

Transparency in spectrum: With respect to spectrum trading, spectrum sharing, and spectrum enlargement, the government is looking at a transparent arrangement. And for all this the focus is on twin objectives of  consumer welfare and country development.

Increasing momentum in electronic manufacturing: Electronic Manufacturing is a key priority for the government and this sector has the potential to employ 2.8 crore people through electronic manufacturing. Priority is on fab manufacturing. The government has identified 8 new areas for Modified Special Incentive Package (M-SIP) scheme. The cities includes: Ghaziabad (UP); Vadodra & Gandhinagar (Gujarat); and Nagpur, Nasik, Aurangabad & Thane (Maharashtra).

The government has also taken up development of 7 greenfield electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) in Bhopal, Hyderabad, Maheshwaram, Bhiwadi, Jabalpur, Kakinada and Hosur. Apart from this the government has approved one greenfield project in Bhubaneswar and one brownfield project in Bangalore.

Setting up Electronic Development Fund: The department is also planning to set up Electronic Development Fund where government will be one of the investor. The quantum of money is presently being worked out and the focus of this fund is on innovative electronic manufacturing.

Postal Banking: The department of post is focusing on postal banking where focus is on financial inclusion. Modernization of 28,000 -30,000 post offices is focusing as per routine.

Early redressal of retrospective taxes: Retrospective taxes is to be avoided and the department of finance is focusing on early redressal.

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  1. Mr Prasad would do lot better if he stand s by SPECTRUM Management for Nextgen Mobile BB growth.
    Release Spectrum in 700 and 2.5 ghz band,Defer Green Telecom targets ,Reduce Penalty structures for EMF,Get Uniform RoW for OFC Roll out across the Country, Redefine AGR,Find addl slots for 3G Spectrum,Set up TFC on th elines of PFC etc should hav been the right priorities for the sector for MoC .

    Priorities on NOFN and BSNL/MTNL sound s too Socialistic and Pro Public Sector mind set like Nehruvian Economy.

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