Sun,10 September 2023
Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Rekha Sharma, has announced the government's ambitious plan to ensure comprehensive internet services to 14 districts, with two districts from each of the seven provinces across the country. The announcement was made during an interaction program on service delivery and reforms of Nepal Telecom, held in Simara of Bara on Saturday.
Minister Sharma expressed her commitment to providing entire telecommunications-related services to the designated districts within this fiscal year. However, she also acknowledged that challenges may arise due to potential lack of coordination among government agencies involved in infrastructure development.
Addressing the need for seamless cooperation, Sharma urged the line agencies to collaborate effectively while developing infrastructure for roads, drinking water, electricity, and telecommunications. She highlighted the ongoing coordination efforts with the Ministry of Forest, addressing issues concerning the expansion of telephone optical fiber and tower development in forest areas and national parks.
Furthermore, preparations are underway to ensure internet services for all schools across the country within this fiscal year. This strategic move is aimed at transforming education into a technology-driven endeavor.
Minister Sharma, also serving as the government spokesperson, expressed her dedication to establishing the East West Highway and north-south highways as fully equipped telecommunications service zones.
During the program, other stakeholders, including former Minister and MP Kisan Shrestha, Chairman of Nepal Telecom, and Officiating Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Baburam Bhandari, MP Jwala Kumari Sharma, MP Prabhu Hajara Paswan, Nirmala Devkota, and others, emphasized the necessity for concrete action plans to ensure accessible and high-quality services in the telecommunications sector.
The government's commitment to expanding telecommunications services to underserved areas and schools reflects the growing significance of digital connectivity in advancing education and communication in Nepal.