Mobile networks, under the Universal Service Obligation Fund scheme, in Naxal-affected areas are likely to be set up in 15 months, the government said on Monday.
Communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha that the government was concerned about the coverage and quality of telecommunication services in left-wing extremism affected areas.
A proposal to install mobile towers at 1,836 locations in states affected by left-wing extremism with funding support from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) has already been approved.
“Mobile networks under the USOF scheme are likely to be set up in 15 months,” Prasad said.
BSNL has installed mobile towers at 363 locations for which financial support to meet operational expenses would be provided through USOF.