New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) To empower the people staying in the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) areas of the country, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of 4,072 mobile towers at an investment of Rs 7,330 crore, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Wednesday. Also Read - Nude or Morphed Photos of Women on Social Media Must be Removed in 24 Hours, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
“This is the second phase of the project. This 4,072 towers will be set up in 96 districts in 10 states. In the first phase we have given only 2G connection, which was only for calling. But in the second phase we will give 4G through which people can call and also explore data,” Prasad said while briefing reporters about the Cabinet decisions. Also Read - Fact Check: Will Social Media Accounts be Verified Through Phones in 3 Months? Know Truth Here
Saying that communication is a cornerstone to contain LWE activities, he added: “It will be the happiest day for India when people in the LWE areas will not only explore 4G and broadband for security, it will also be used for empowerment.” Also Read - Guidelines Have Been Issued to Curb Misuse of Social Media Platforms, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
The project will be funded through Universal Service Obligation Fund.