Bengaluru:  Swapnali Sutar, a resident of Dariste village in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra will not face hurdles in her study anymore due to want of the internet. 

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has stepped in as the tribulations of Sutar went viral. 

As reports say, she had to travel all the way to the top of the hill – nearly two kilometres – from her residence to take part in the online classes conducted by the Mumbai Veterinary College. The internet availability there was good enough. 


It was her brothers who constructed a shed atop the hill so that she could attend the classes. And this predicament of hers went viral. 
And as the PMO got to know of the issue, it took action. The officials of the Ministry of Electronics and IT and Bharat Net reached Dariste village, laid the required cables through the gram panchayat straight to Swapnali’s home. Now she can happily attend classes from the comfort of her house. 

It might be recalled that in his Independence day speech this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that every village in India would get an optical fiber internet within the next thousand days. 

For Sutar, this promise was fulfilled very quickly. 

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, schools and colleges have been shut for the last several months. So educational institutions have taken to online mode of teaching students. However due to bandwidth issues, students have been forced to undergo several issues, thereby suffering a dip in quality education. 

This is not the first time that the PMO has swung into action to rectify problems related to education. 

In 2015, a Bengaluru boy wrote to the Prime Minister, explaining to him the problems he faced due to the inordinate construction of a flyover near his house. He used to take 45 minutes to travel a distance of 3 kilometres. 

Within a week of his complaint, the authorities concerned got a letter from the PMO to hasten the construction.