NEW DELHI: India’s first 5G spectrum sale, which netted the Centre Rs 1.5 lakh crore from telecom companies, indicates an enthusiastic response from the industry, said minister of state for communications Devusinh Chauhan at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s plenipotentiary conference on Sunday.
“It is the result of citizen-centric and industry-friendly public policies and also an indicator of their positive outlook towards India’s future,” Chauhan said during the conference, centred on “Building Better Digital Future”, according to an official statement.
The minister added that a better digital future can only be built on the foundation of “pervasive digital infrastructure” and by developing digital platforms for the delivery of government services while ensuring that such services reach all citizens of the country.
At the high-level ITU conference, Chauhan cited the Centre’s plans to extend mobile services to all 6.4 lakh villages by 2023, and optical fibre by 2025.
The minister also highlighted the success of the Digital India Initiative undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“He cited the success of Aadhar and Aadhar Enable Payment System (AEPS). It was apprised to the august house that every day, 400 million transactions have been taking place of AEPS, which is a fine example of financial inclusion effected through development of digital infrastructure,” the statement added.
Chauhan further mentioned that the Centre has set up 5.7 lakh Common Service Centers (CSCs) in rural and remote areas, which ensure delivery of various Government-to-Citizen (G2C) and other citizen-centric e-Services.
“Shri Devusinh Chauhan also solicited the support of member countries for India’s re-election in ITU Council and also for the election of Mrs M Revathi as Member of Radio Regulation Board,” the statement said.
He also mentioned that India has been contributing to the goals of ITU since 1869 and will take all steps to fulfill Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
“He offered India’s expertise in bridging the digital divide to the CTO nations. Shri Chauhan called for further collaborations among the CTO nations,” the statement said.