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by NewsGram Staff

Prime Minister Narender Modi directed the telecom ministry to ensure timely implementation of the broadband project, NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network). The progress of the Rs. 30,000 crore project is likely to be reviewed in first week of March 2015.

NOFN is part of the Digital India programme, a Government of India initiative aimed at integrating various government departments and the people of India. The project would reduce a lot of paperwork as citizens would be able to make requests for various services electronically. NOFN is the initial part of creating an ambitious digital infrastructure connecting rural areas with high speed Internet. Delivery of digital services as well as digital literacy are later part of the whole project. At a cost-expenditure of Rs. 1.13 crore, the project is expected to be completed by 2019. An Apex Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth had recently took note of the progress of Digital India.

National Optical Fibre Network alone would be able to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by December 2016. Modi insisted the officials to meet the deadline as he urged them to monitor the the progress closely. He also told the Department of Telecommunications to oversee any bottleneck and ensure that the project does not encounter any delay.

It is evident that India needs a robust digital network across the overlooked rural areas to facilitate smooth government processes and quick resolution of issues. The infrastructure could easily become a national platform for the rural sectors to voice their concerns in an effective way to the highest of authorities.

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is already undertaking fortnightly meetings to ensure an un-delayed completion of the project.

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Actor Varun Dhawan Thinks That Film Industry Now Harness The Concept of Digital India

On his favourite social media personality, he said: "It is ‘The Rock', Dwayne Johnson. I think we all have something to learn from that man."

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Varun Dhawan, Koffee with Karan
Film industry has woken up to importance of Digital India: Varun Dhawan.

Actor Varun Dhawan says the Indian film industry is now harnessing the power of the Internet to reach the masses.

The “Badlapur” actor, who connects to his fans via social media frequently, received the Best Digital Personality of the Year Award at the Digital Marketers’ Awards by IAMAI and moneycontrol here on Wednesday, read a statement.

Varun Dhawan then took to answering a few questions, talking about trolls, media personalities and about India going digital.

Bollywood Actor Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan.

He said: “Most of the youth is on the Internet. In fact, when I was shooting for my film ‘Sui Dhaaga…’ in Chanderi, most televisions didn’t work and there were no cinemas. But everyone had high-speed internet, which is probably how they know me; through my songs and videos on YouTube.

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“Digital India is way bigger than we think and our film industry has woken up to its importance and now uses it to reach out to the masses.”

On his favourite social media personality, he said: “It is ‘The Rock’, Dwayne Johnson. I think we all have something to learn from that man.” (IANS)