Anusha chairs USF Policy Committee meeting

ISLAMABAD:  USF Policy Committee Meeting, the management forum for the USF, was convened on Tuesday in the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, Islamabad. 
The Minister of State for IT & Telecom; Mrs. Anusha Rahman  chaired the meeting in which the Annual Budget of Universal Service Fund Company for the Financial Year 2017-2018 which is provided through the Fund, was approved. 
The Budget of USF Co for the FY 2017-2018 is approximately 14 billion. This budget predominately goes to Broadband for Sustainable development Project for provision of broadband and telephony services to majority of the un-served / underserved areas in FATA, KPK and Baluchistan provinces. It is pertinent to mention that MoIT is well on course to meet the traget of covering all villages with 100 population by 2018.  The budget also included allocation for other USF programs including ICTs for Girls and also for the promotion and enhancement of demand side program specially e-commerce for MSMEs across Pakistan. -NNI