Thursday 7 July 2016

Manoj Sinha can look forward to spectrum auction, BharatNet and Digital India plan

NEW DELHI: Manoj Sinha took charge as the new telecom minister on Wednesday, coming in as the department of telecom gears up for the largest auction of bandwidth later this year and as consumers continue to grapple with call drops.The appointment of Sinha, 57, brings with it a major challenge in the way of speeding up implementation of the much-delayed BharatNet initiative, which envisages delivering broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and is critical to the government's ambitious Digital India programme.Sinha's new portfolio brings with it the responsibility of the postal department. India Post is among entities that are preparing to start payments banks, through which the Narendra Modi-led government expects to bring large swathes of the rural population under the formal banking system.

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