From December onwards,the government is likely to make 166 a common enquiry number to address queries on government services,such as ration card or electricity connection.
As of now,the number can be accessed through MTNL and BSNL phones,and talks are on with all other operators and that should be over by December this year. We have also asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to decide on the tariff for making calls on this number, said a senior Department of Electronics and Information Technology official.
At present,we plan to keep the call rates as per the tariff plan of the subscriber for using 166 services.
This automated telephone service,like railway enquiry number,give people access to government services that can be offered through phone like checking status of any application,filling forms and many other services that are being developed.
Meanwhile,the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy) has also started work on the implementation of the National Policy on Information Technology,which was approved by the Union Cabinet last month.
We will firm up timeline for various initiatives in the policy (NPIT) along with cost estimates by December, DEITy Secretary J Satyanarayana told reporters here.
DEITy officials on Tuesday discussed a road map for implementation of National Policy on Information Technology (NPIT).
The policy sets multiple objective for development of IT sector,including increasing revenue of IT and IT-enabled services (ITes) industry from $100 billion to $300 billion by 2020 and expanding exports from $69 billion to $200 billion by 2020.