Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on 22 January, directed officials to prepare an action plan to provide unlimited and uninterrupted Internet network in villages and set up an Internet library at network point to facilitate work-from-home in villages.

During a review meeting held here on Friday, the Chief Minister instructed officials to aim at providing uninterrupted Internet services at desired connection plans in rural areas. He told the officials to focus on developing an Internet system with non-destructive cables that can neither be cut nor disturbed to provide unlimited network services in villages. Through village network points, house-to-house Internet must be provided even in YSR Jagananna colonies, the CM said.

The Chief Minister said an underground cable connecting the HT line to the substation and from the substation to the village panchayats must be laid for unlimited Internet services. He directed the authorities to provide any capacity connection to the customers by establishing a proper system at the panchayat level and ordered them to prepare an action plan for its implementation.

Jagan also reviewed the provision to provide laptops to beneficiaries of Amma Vodi and Vasati Devena scheme who had opted for the same in lieu of financial assistance. The beneficiaries of the two schemes who are in classes IX, X, XI, and XII can opt for a laptop instead of financial assistance from next year. He directed the officials to give laptops with more specifications to fully cater to the needs of students pursuing engineering and other technical studies. He said if the laptop is damaged, it should be handed over to the ward and village secretariats and either be repaired within a week or replaced. For this, he directed the officials to keep the warranty for three years instead of one.

Industries, commerce, and IT minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy, industries and commerce special chief secretary R. Karikal Valaven, housing department principal secretary Ajay Jain, AP Transco CMD Nagulapalli Srikanth, AP Fibernet chairman P. Gautam Reddy, AP Fibernet MD M. Madhusudhan Reddy, and other senior officials attended the meeting.

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