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DoT to cut call rates for jawans posted on border
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New Delhi: The department of telecommunications (DoT) has decided to slash call rates on the satellite phones used by paramilitary posts along the border outposts from the current Rs 5 to Re 1. The move comes after the minister of state for communications and IT, Sachin Pilot visited the north-eastern border areas. At present, jawans serving on such outposts are required to pay Rs 5 per minute for using the satellite phones to make calls to their families.

Commenting upon the government’s move, Pilot said, “To combat terror and to maintain the security and integrity of the nation, our paramilitary forces despite being posted in the harshest of conditions, have provided unmatched services with dedication and valour. They have not hesitated in even laying down their lives in order to keep our borders secure. Therefore, to make it easier and cheaper for these brave jawans to keep in touch with their loved ones, we have decided to reduce the call rates for satellite phones used in the border areas, from Rs 5 to Re 1. We felt, this was the least we could do to boost their morale and mark our respect and appreciation towards our brave jawans”.

The central paramilitary forces like ITBP, BSF and SSB are posted at border outposts in the most difficult and inhospitable terrains comprising high mountain ranges, dense forests and vast stretches of desert. Currently, the satellite communications services are being provided by the state-run BSNL to the paramilitary forces.

Source: The Financial Express

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