BharatNet project was launched to provide internet connectivity to more than 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India. It is being implemented by the Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) – a special purpose vehicle set up by the Central Government. It seeks to provide basic digital services like telemedicine, teleeducation, e-health etc., in rural India.
The Union Cabinet recently approved a revised implementation strategy for this initiative through the Public Private Partnership in 16 states. It will expand to all inhabited village beyond Gram Panchayats in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.