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Government to provide VSAT link for MGNREGA workers in 477 blocks

MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) workers in around 477 blocks across all States will get their wages regularly after introduction of VSAT connectivity by the end of 2014. A SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) will be constituted to oversee the procurement of equipment and their installation. The cost of such implementation will be borne by the Centre.

Lack of connectivity

The Government’s attempts at implementing e-governance were being thwarted in many rural areas due to the lack of internet connectivity. To redress this grievance, the government has announced plans to introduce VSAT connectivity in blocks without connectivity. Once VSAT connectivity is put in place, it can be uses to run the NREGASoft programma database.

Identification of Blocks

At the direction of the Centre, the State Governments have identified 477 blocks with either no IT or no broadband connectivity.

The 477 blocks are in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal besides the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar.

VSAT

VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) is a satellite communications system that has capability to serve home and business users. The VSAT is aligned towards a designated Satellite for up-linking and down-linking communication signals. VSAT acts as an alternative to areas where cables, optical fibre or other wireless cannot reach. VSAT can offer multiple telecom service such data transfer, internet, voice, video etc.

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Government announces RS. 745 Crore Package for J & K

PM Modi visited J&K on the occasion of Diwali to review the relief and rehabilitation efforts. In a press release he stated that ‘good governance, quick restoration of public infrastructure, revival of economic activity and creation of a conducive environment for bringing tourists to the state’ was the key to bringing back normalcy to J&K.

This is the PM’s second visit to J&K since it was affected by the floods.

Details of the Package

The Prime Minister has announced a Rs. 745 cr package to support the ongoing rehabilitation and renovation efforts in flood-hit J&K. vThe 745 cr package will be utilized for renovation of houses and six major hospitals which were damaged by the floods in J&K. Of this, 570 cr will be set aside for renovation of houses while the remaining 175 cr will be used for the immediate renovation work of the hospitals. This 175 cr will also cover costs for procurement of new equipments and machines for the hospitals.

The J&K government has been pressing for a Rs. 44,000 cr package.

Earlier, PM Modi had announced a Rs. 1,000 cr special assistance package for rehabilitation of the flood victims.

Constitution of Expert Committee

An expert committee under the Prime Minister’s Office has been constituted to oversee the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in J&K. The expert committee shall comprise of town planners, structural engineers, civil engineers, hydrologists, geologists, flood control experts and economists. These persons will be given the task of formulating and implementing a rehabilitation and reconstruction programme within a time frame and they will work directly under the PM.

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