Union Cabinet approves the use of USOF to provide mobile coverage to 7287 uncovered villages


Posted on 17 November 2021


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On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the use of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to provide mobile coverage to 7,287 uncovered villages in five states at a cost of Rs 6,466 crore. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur briefed the media on the Cabinet decisions, saying that these uncovered villages in 44 aspirational districts spanning five states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Odisha will get 4G-based mobile services. The anticipated implementation cost of Rs 6,466 crore includes five years of ongoing expenses. According to an official announcement, the project would be funded by the USOF and completed within 18 months of signing the agreement. According to existing USOF regulations, work relating to the provision of 4G mobile services in specified uncovered villages would be given through an open competitive bidding process. While achieving the vision of Digital India, the action would also enable the formation of businesses and e-commerce facilities, as well as enough support for educational establishments for knowledge sharing and job opportunities. The Cabinet also sanctioned the development of 32,152 kilometres of roads in rural regions at a cost of Rs 33,822 crore.


Key Points


  • On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved the use of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to provide mobile coverage to 7,287 uncovered villages in five states at a cost of Rs 6,466 crore.

  • The Cabinet also sanctioned the development of 32,152 kilometres of roads in rural regions at a cost of Rs 33,822 crore.