HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government has asked the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to divert the fund of its much-awaited Voice over Broadband Service (VoBS) project into the national identity card project, according to a source at Nepal Telecommunications Authority.
Chief secretary Leela Mani Poudyal had floated the idea of shifting the fund to the national identity card project after immense pressure from state-owned Nepal Telecom not to implement the project, he said.
The project had aimed to provide broadband internet and voice service based on the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in 38 districts for rural e-connectivity.
Although ADB has granted $6 million for the project that is a component of the Information, and Communication Technology Development Project, implementation of the scheme was delayed by almost two years due to the government’s unwillingness to implement the project. The project was expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
The government has planned to bring more funds to initiate the national identity card project, the source said, adding that the government has approached World Bank along with Asian Development Bank for the purpose.