At least 55,000 villages off mobile phone network

At least 55,000 villages in the country do not have mobile connectivity and efforts are being made to provide it, the government informed Rajya Sabha. Minister of state for communications Manoj Sinha said the ministry had sent letters to all chief ministers and chief secretaries seeking a list of villages that didn't have mobile connectivity .

Sinha said that, according to the 2011 Census, there are 55,000 villages that don't have mobile connectivity .The government, he added, had drawn up a plan to ensure the villages are brought on the mobile telephony network, especially in hilly areas and Left-wing extremism-affected regions.

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