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
- Broadband coverage for all secondary and higher secondary schools
by the year 2007
- Broadband coverage of all public health care centres by the
- 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
- Mobile handsets will be made available at a price of about
Rs. 1,000 with in one year.
OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
- 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
- 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
- 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
10. Any where and Any time Banking
- Full computerization of Post Office savings banks & bringing
- Creation of Post Bank to facilitate customers.
- Initiating computerization in Extra Departmental Post Offices
in Public Private Partnership mode.