In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that one lakh 28 thousand and 870 gram panchayats have been connected with optical fibre till date.
Under BharatNet project, the last mile connectivity is to be provided at all the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country. The Minister informed that wifi spots have been installed in 44,140 gram panchayats as of now.
The Phase I of the project was completed in December 2017, and one lakh gram panchayats were made service ready.
The Phase II is under implementation, and a total of 2 lakh gram panchayats are targeted to be completed by March 2020.