Access Coverage Scheme in India
Telecommunication plays an important part in bridging the gap between the people and the government. But lack of infrastructure prevents proper development of this sector. The central government came up with the Access Coverage Scheme that guarantees the growth of telecommunication department. In this article, you will get an in-depth look at the crucial features of the project. We will update the new details on our portal as the ministry makes any official announcement.
Launch details of the scheme
|Name of the scheme||Access Coverage Scheme|
|Launched by||Narendra Modi|
|Date of announcement||October 2019|
|Announced by||Ravi Shankar Prasad|
|Supervised by||Communication Ministry|
|Implemented by||Cellular Operators’ Association of India or COAI|
Key features of the scheme
- Betterment of telecommunication services – The primary aim of the central government is to offer advanced telecom connection for the common people. It will also prevent a specific company from monopolizing the market.
- More access to digital services – With easy access to mobile connection and the internet, the people can acquire information easily. They can also hone their technological skills.
- Getting the cooperation of telecom companies – The central government will join hands with the four primary companies, which provide telecommunications connections in the country.
- Work distribution – The scheme guidelines also shed light on the fact that the government will keep a tab on the work distribution. It ensures that every organization can contribute towards the successful implementation of the project.
- Estimates reach – The respective department aims to provide telecom services in 43,000 rural areas.
- Non-profit generating scheme – The telecom companies will not be able to earn any profit by partaking in this project. It is a non-profit generating project, initiated by the central government.
- Tenure of the scheme – The central government has instructed the participating companies that they must work fast as the scheme needs to be up and running within one year.
- Transparency in subsidy distribution – The central government will offer subsidy to the telecom companies so that they can implement the scheme with ease. Proper transparency will be maintained in the subsidy distribution process.
- Cellular tower construction permit – The scheme also highlights that only one telecom company will be given the permission to build the service towers.
- Infrastructure sharing – It has been state in the scheme draft that all the telecom service providers will have to share the service towers to offer connections.
- Selection as per bids – The central government will select the primary and secondary operator as per the financial bids, which will be submitted by the telecom companies. The organization that submits the lowest bid will become the primary operator.
- Access to land for tower installation – It has been highlighted in the scheme that the telecom company that gets the permission to construct towers will be able to get easy permission to install service tower, wherever necessary. Central and state government buildings can be used for tower installation. The companies will be able to select plot for this purpose as well.
The central government has designed and developed this scheme and wants to incorporate the telecommunication companies to play their part in the development of the country. The non-profitable scheme will ensure better telecom services in remote locations. It will encourage the people living in the villages to use mobile phones and acquire the benefits of the internet. This project will pave the path for making the Prime Minister’s dream of Digital India a reality.
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