There are more than 50,000 villages in the country that are yet to get mobile phone connectivity. Among the country’s states, Odisha has the largest number of villages – 11,000 – without mobile phone connectivity.
Mobile service is fast moving in the country; however, Odisha continues to be “connection deficit” zone, with highest number of villages still uncovered. Tele density in Odisha is 77 per cent, while it is 91 per cent in India.
Data released in July, 2018 by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) discloses 52,685 villages still do not have connectivity. And out of 51,353 villages in Odisha, 11,078 villages are left unconnected as there is no mobile service in these far-flung zones, officials say.
The bulk of these villages are in Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which are affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE). Odisha tops the list with over 11,000 villages.
While the Department of Telecommunication has initiated an exercise to identify the villages having no mobile connectivity, it came to the fore that situation in Odisha is grave.
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