Call charges for paramilitary personnel deployed in border areas reduced

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New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked BSNL to reduce the call charges so that the personnel of the Central Para Military Force posted in remote/forward areas can contact their families at the minimum possible expense.

The Central Para Military Force personnel deployed in naccessible areas/border out posts do not have adequate ommunication links with the outside world and as a result they were not able to keep in touch with their families.

Jawans often have to cover long distances on foot to reach PCOs for communicating with their family members.

At the request of MHA, BSNL has installed 400 numbers of Digital Satellite Phone Terminal's (DSPT) at the inaccessible locations of various Central Police Forces, at a cost of Rs.5.94 crore (approx). In addition to it, 288 number of DSPTs have also been sanctioned to BSF and ITBP.

MHA requested the BSNL to reduce the call charges to Rs.1/- per minute. BSNL has now reduced the call charges of these 400 numbers of DSPTs from Rs.5/- to Rs.1/- per minute.

This will go a long way in boosting the morale of the soldiers of the CPMFs posted in remote and inaccessible areas. (ANI)

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