Since the inauguration of the rural broadband network in January 2015 the Ministry of Communication & IT is going all out to make India a digitally connected land. Under the Digital India Programme the Department of Posts which has the widest reach in the hinderlands has enabled citizens to access core banking and other postal services and 27,885 post offices are now IT enabled. The Department of Telecommunications has provided high-speed internet connectivity in 36,736 panchayats out of the estimated 2,50,000 gram panchayats in India. Simultaneously, Department of Electronics & Information Technology has established 1.66 lakh Common Services Centres in Post Offices across the country to provide e-Services in rural regions like pension and insurance policies. BSNL has commissioned 2,504 hotspots across the country including various tourist spots such as Taj Mahal, Hussain Sagar Lake, Charminar, Sarnath, Sun Temple Brihadeshwar Temple, Hampi and Khajuraho. The 1000th WiFi became operational at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on March 17, 2016.
Note: Data from Government of India newsletter May 2016.