The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has come down heavily on the two implementing agencies -- public- owned Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and BSNL of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet Digital India project of BharatNet -- for failing to operationalise, maintain and optimise the pan India network.
The letter stated "As of October 2018, 1.15 lakh gram panchayats were service-ready. However, extensive field reports have been received regarding non-functioning at 80-90 per cent of the gram panchayats as well as massive under utilisation/non utilisation of Bharat Net infrastructure. Though clear utilisation targets have already been set, the actual utilisation on ground is understood to be less than 10 per cent of the target,” she said. Just to ensure this inability to work together and rectify the problems instead of blaming one another did not continue, she instructed that a progress report jointly signed by the CMDs of the two firms be submitted to her office everyday in the evening, beginning November 5.