Establishing broadband highways a focus area: Prasad

Prasad said he took presentations from all officers for two hours in order to understand things in detail.

hidden May 27, 2014 18:03:19 IST
Establishing broadband highways a focus area: Prasad

New Delhi: Restoring investor confidence, improving quality of services and establishing broadband highways will be the top priorities for newly appointed Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad.

"If I can use a metaphor, if Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was known for national highways, Shri Narendra Modi's government should be known for broadband highways. I have directed the department to work on more details of this project," Prasad told reporters after assuming office.

Establishing broadband highways a focus area Prasad

Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad. Image courtesy PIB

"I want to assure all investors that the new government shall act in a transparent manner. The decision-making shall be fair based upon the twin objective of growth and consumer satisfaction. These are two broad decisions taken today," the telecom minister said.

The telecom department has been in the news for many wrong reasons and the first priority would be to set things right, he said.

"The way things happened in the past have dented investor confidence. We need to restore that. In the telecom industry, 100 percent FDI is allowed. Therefore, the 100 percent FDI must be quickened, must be helped to come to India under a transparent regime which is assured ... this shall be my endeavour," he said.

Prasad said he took presentations from all officers for two hours in order to understand things in detail.

He said he has asked his officers to consider some sort of softer regulatory mechanism that is stable.

"I have asked my officers to consider some sort of softer regulatory mechanism which is stable. If regulations are softer, they generate confidence but as a minister I will ensure whatever regulations are there they are strictly followed," he said.

He also said improving mobile access in areas like North East, extremism-infested areas, Ladakh, Andman and Nicobar and other rural areas.

PTI

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Amazon may be on the wrong side of India’s FDI rulebook for multi-brand retail on dispute with Future Retail
Business

Amazon may be on the wrong side of India’s FDI rulebook for multi-brand retail on dispute with Future Retail

By persona, as well as operations, Amazon is an e-commerce entity. Rules disallow FDI investors in multi-brand retail to engage in e-commerce activity.

Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of rural drinking water projects in UP's Sonbhadra and Mirzapur
India

Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of rural drinking water projects in UP's Sonbhadra and Mirzapur

The total estimated cost of the projects is Rs 5,555.38 crore. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months under the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' announced by the prime minister last year

Narendra Modi addresses troops at Longewala Post on Diwali, says India will give 'fierce reply' if it is tested
India

Narendra Modi addresses troops at Longewala Post on Diwali, says India will give 'fierce reply' if it is tested

In a clear swipe at China, Modi said without naming the country that entire world feels troubled by 'expansionist' forces