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6th State Broadband Committee Meeting –Odisha held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary

Discussions has been held on National Broadband Mission-Annual Implementation plan

Bhubaneswar, 25/6/2024( Odisha Samachar / Rajat Mohapatra )- The 6th State Broadband Committee Meeting-Odisha has been held today under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary,Odisha Shri Pradeep Kumar Jena at Lok Seva Bhawan today. The Annual Implementation Plan submitted on the National Broadband Mission by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India was discussed in detail in the meeting. The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary Finance, Energy and Electronics and IT Department, Odisha Shri Vishal Kumar Dev, Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department Shri Sushil Kumar Lohani, senior officials of DoT and all other members of the committee.

On submission of Annual Implementation plan on National Broadband Mission by the Department of Telecommunications, Chief Secretary, Shri Jena expressed that there is a veracity of the data on coverage of telecom connectivity on paper and in actual. He suggested to advice Collectors & DMs to entrust their field personnel to verify the actual status.

DoT and E & IT Department has been instructed to forward issues in detail relating to mobile tower such as land allocation, road access, forest clearance, local issues etc. to concerned Collectors & DMs for their resolution within timeline of 15 days and to expedite such issues by conducting VC with District Collectors, SPs and DFOs.

School & Mass Education Department and Health & FW Department to map all of their establishments including Aanganwadis having broadband connectivity on PM GatiShakti portal. To sensitize line Departments/ subordinate offices etc. regarding the use of 5G Use Cases by arranging a one hour camp and exhibiting demo sessions by Start-ups. It was decided to issue an executive instruction as regards to mandatory use of CBuD App by all the asset owner agencies and digging/ excavation agencies to avoid unnecessary damage of public utilities. It was also suggested by the Chief Secretary to the DoT, Odisha conduct CBuD awareness camps at each district headquarter by including all the engineering personnel.

Chief Secretary advised Principal Secretary, Energy Department to discuss with DISCOMS and to facilitate the proposal of composite billing for all TSPs/ ISPs/ IPs to avoid difficulties faced by them in clearing the electricity dues in truncated manner. Housing & Urban Development Department is also advised to expedite the process of uploading list of street furniture in the PM GatiShakti Portal to facilitate easy installation of small cells for faster internet connectivity. Keeping in view the forthcoming “Rath-Yatra” festival, COAI and all TSPs/ ISPs have been requested to improve mobile network connectivity by arranging Cell-on- Wheels (CoW) or upgrading the existing infrastructures.

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