Monday, June 8, 2009

600 mn mobile connections by 2012: Raja

The Centre is making all out efforts to take the number of mobile phone connections to 600 million by 2012, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology A Raja said today.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Raja said there was every possibility of call charges coming down soon as the government had given licences to a number of private mobile phone service providers.

He said as per the new IT Policy of the Government, it was decided to grant 20 per cent subsidy on the total investment to those who invest the highest amount in the IT sector, especially for developing software within the country.

His Ministry had preliminarily approved Rs 70,000 crore worth IT-related projects to be taken up across the country, he said, adding Tamil Nadu would get its due share from it.

To a question, he said a tripartite meeting would be organised before the end of this month, in which the officials of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), Neyveli Lignite Corporation and the Ariyalur District Administration would sit together and discuss the ways and means of expediting the Jayankondam Lignite Power Project at Jayankondam.

He said the foundation stone laying ceremony would take place shortly for the proposed Special Economic Zone at Perambulur.

Responding to an another question, he said efforts were on for regularise the services of about 2.5 lakh EDA employees of the Postal Department.

He said he would take up suitable measures for the overall development of the Nilgiris district, from where he was elected to the Lok Sabha in the recent elections.

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