Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister for Information and Technology, Secretariat, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.There is a plan to connect all the 2.5 lakhs Gram Panchayats in the country through optical fiber utilizing existing fibers of PSUs and laying incremental fiber to connect to the Gram Panchayats. The broadband connectivity will be available to Gram Panchayats for various applications like e-Health, e-Education and e-Governance. The network is proposes to be completed in two years time. The project will be funded by Universal Service Obligation Fund with a project outlay of Rs 20,000 crs. The project will be executed by a Special Purpose Vehicle, Bharat Broadband Network Limited, a company under the companies Act, being incorporated for this purpose.In AP about 25,000 Gram Panchayats will be connected with broadband.