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Ten Point Agenda

Declared by Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology,
Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran on 24.05.2006


1. Network expansion

  • 25 crore connections by the year 2007 & 50 crore connections by the year 2010
  • Provision of mobile coverage of 85% geographical area by 2007
  • 45 MHz of additional spectrum from Defence to be made available for growth of mobile services in the beginning of the year 2007.

2. Rural telephony

  • One phone per three rural households by the year 2007 (about 5 crore rural connections) and one phone per two rural households by 2010 (about 8 crore rural connections)
  • Mobile access to all villages with population more than 5,000 by the year 2006 and more than 1,000 by the year 2007

3. Broadband

  • Broadband coverage for all secondary and higher secondary schools by the year 2007
  • Broadband coverage of all public health care centres by the year 2007
  • Broadband coverage for all Grampanchayats by the year 2010

4. Manufacturing R&D

  • Making India a hub for telecom manufacturing by facilitating more and more telecom specific SEZs.
  • Providing platform for export promotion of telecom equipment and services by setting up Export Promotion Council
  • FDI of US $2 billion in telecom manufacturing by 2007
  • A Centre of excellence in telecom technology in PPP mode by 2007. It shall cater to the requirements of South East Asia region also.
  • Mobile handsets will be made available at a price of about Rs. 1,000 with in one year.


5. E-Governance

  • E-Governance initiatives for transparency, accountability and simplification in government procedures
  • State wide area Network over all the states of the country and one lakh Community Service Centres spread over 6000 blocks.

6. Technology for Indian Languages

  • Software tools and fonts in 2 languages - Punjabi and Urdu are ready for release.
  • 17 other Indian languages are expected to be covered by 2007.

7. Investment Policy to set up Semiconductor Fabrication – ATM and other High-tech industries

  • To finalise the policy proposing special package of incentives to boost investment in Semiconductor fabrication, ATM and other high-tech industries.
  • To make Indian hardware manufacturing industry globally competitive and ensure inflow of investment including FDI etc.

8. Growth of IT Software and ITeS

  • To achieve growth of 32 percent in Software and ITeS exports during the year 2006–07.
  • A special thrust would be given by DIT to tier 2 and tier 3 cities to ensure equitable growth of this sector and maintain global competitiveness.
  • IT and ITeS sector is projected to provide employment to about 2.2 million software professionals by 2008.


9. Amendment of Indian Post Office Act for restructuring of India Post

  • To address needs of competition, convergence and other new developments through various postal reforms.
  • To reorient future business development with special emphasis on introduction of a Credit & Debit Card for Savings Bank Customers, electronic cash payment gateways & electronic cash on delivery.

10. Any where and Any time Banking

  • Full computerization of Post Office savings banks & bringing them online.
  • Creation of Post Bank to facilitate customers.
  • Initiating computerization in Extra Departmental Post Offices in Public Private Partnership mode.

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