India to witness another major revolution in communication: PM-WANI scheme to improve Wi-Fi availability across India, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the historic PM-WANI (Wi-Fi Access Network Interface) scheme, which was cleared by Cabinet yesterday, will revolutionalise the tech world and significantly improve WiFi availability across the length and breadth of India. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, it will further Ease of Doing Business and Ease of Living. He said, the scheme will enable small shopkeepers to provide WiFi service. Prime Minister said, this will boost incomes as well as ensure the youth gets seamless internet connectivity. It will also strengthen the Digital India mission.

Cabinet yesterday approved setting up of public Wi-Fi networks to provide public Wi-Fi service through Public Data Offices without levy of any License Fee. Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, it will promote growth of public Wi-Fi networks in the country and it will unleash massive wi-fi revolution in the country. Mr Prasad said, the Cabinet also cleared the provision of submarine optical fibre cable connectivity between mainland (Kochi) and Lakshadweep Islands.

The Cabinet also approved Universal Service Obligation Fund Scheme for providing mobile coverage in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam under the Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for North Eastern Region.This project will provide mobile coverage to 2374 uncovered villages at an estimated cost of implementation about two thousand 29 crore rupees including operational expenses for five years.

Cabinet has approved Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana at an expenditure of 1584 crore rupees for the current financial year. Twenty two thousand eight hundred ten crore rupees have been approved for the entire Scheme period 2020-2023.

Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar said, this scheme will benefit around 58.5 lakh employees. He said, under the scheme, government will provide subsidy for two years in respect of new employees engaged on or after 1st October, 2020 and upto 30th June, 2021. The government will pay both 12 per cent employees’ contribution and 12 per cent employers’ contribution that is 24 per cent of wages towards EPF in respect of new employees in establishments employing upto one thousand employees. EPFO will credit the contribution in Aadhaar seeded account of members in electronic manner.