Agartala: About 708 gram panchayats (GPs) or village committees in Tripura have already been connected with high-speed broadband under the Central government’s ambitious BharatNet project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on August 15, 2020 announced that all villages in India will be connected with broadband in 1,000 days.

Under the BharatNet project, the government initially targeted to cover 2.52 lakh gram panchayats with high-speed broadband services. The PM later announced expansion of the project to cover all villages as well.

BharatNet is being implemented by Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), a government of India undertaking, through RailTel, a government of India enterprise, and BSNL.

“The objective of the project is to connect all the gram panchayats with high-speed broadband through optical fiber cables. Work is in progress to connect more GPs,” an official from the directorate of information and technology said.

Tripura has a total of 1,178 gram panchayats or village committees spread across eight districts.

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The department also informed that digital seva to citizens is being provided through (edistrict.tripura.gov.in), an online service delivery platform. It has been implemented in the state to deliver citizen-centric services online.

Forty-seven high-volume services including permanent residence certificates, marriage certificates, income certificates, survival certificates, etc, are being provided online till May 31, 2021.

The services have been integrated with digital signatures (DSC), SMS gateway, email gateway, payment gateway, common services centres, CSC wallet, unified mobile application for new-age governance (UMANG), digiLocker, etc.

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