The union cabinet has approved additional fund of Rs. 3,911 crore under implementation of a Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) for the North Eastern Region (NER) in Meghalaya.
The project is funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and approval of the enhanced cost of CTDP Project for NER for an amount of Rs. 8120.81 crore (Rs. 5,336.18 crore already approved by the Cabinet on 10.09.2014).
The scheme entails provision of 2G and 4G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas of Meghalaya and provision of 2G and 4G seamless mobile coverage along the national highways in Meghalaya. Strengthening of telecom network will result in increase the penetration of mobile connectivity in Meghalaya resulting in affordable and equitable access of communication, information and governance to people.
Providing access to public mobile network to hitherto unreached people of Meghalaya will empower citizens with benefits of ICTs for furthering socio-economic developments.