From Our Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar yesterday, retold that the government’s firmness for providing broadband facilities to all uncovered areas by next fiscal year in order to fulfill its vision of financial and digital inclusion. Addressing the participants of the contract signing ceremony of broadband facility between Universal Services Fund(USF) and Telenor Pakistan Limited for sustainable development in Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, he said that government is providing Rs.12 bln subsidy during the current fiscal year, which would further add over 56,000 subscribers. The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Minister of State for Information Technology, Anusha Rahman Khan and Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf. Speaking on the occasion, Anusha Rahman Khan said the current project was a step forward towards Prime Minister’s vision of digital Pakistan and about one million people would avail the 3G connectivity facilities and it would also play role for the development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Anusha said so far about 4,226 uncovered mouzas were covered by USF and other projects for the provision of broadband facilities are in progress in Balochistan.