Fix call drop issue soon, Modi to officials

Modi says issue directly affects common man

Fix call drop issue soon, Modi to officials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for an urgent solution to the frequent mobile phone call drops issue.

Modi also asked the officials to ensure that the problems in voice connectivity do not extend to data connectivity in the future.

“The Prime Minister expressed serious concern over the issue of call drops and asked officials as to what steps were being taken to address this problem, which, he said, directly affects the common man,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Modi’s call for urgent action comes at a time when the mobile service providers are being scrutinised on whether they are making money through call drops.

A recent Trai report has found that most of the telecom operators in Delhi and Mumbai were not meeting the prescribed standards regarding call drops. The industry is demanding a uniform national policy for towers to tackle the problem.

The Prime Minister was also apprised of the status of mobile connectivity across the country. He directed officials to explore the possibility of leveraging existing resources, including railway and other communication infrastructure, to provide mobile connectivity in remote, unconnected areas.

Modi emphasised that the targets for digital infrastructure should be synchronised with the targets for the Digital India initiative, the statement said.

Ministers told to deliver

Modi also asked all infrastructure-related ministries to come up time-bound results commensurate to funds provided to them after the China-led shock to stock market and Indian investment.

The warning came at a review meeting of infrastructure sector that is critical to enhance investment climate in the country. 

The review meeting was called after the biggest fall ever in the stock market which saw a rout of over Rs 7 lakh crore in one day and dragged the Benchmark indices down to 6 per cent. The rout in equities was precipitated by China’s Yuan devaluation.

The meeting took place late Monday evening.“Enough funds now being provided for infrastructure creation, the onus is on the concerned ministries to ensure that these outlays are converted into proportionate outcomes,” Modi told the meeting attended by ministers and high level officials of all infrastructure-related ministries among others. Modi also sought details from officials on preparations for providing electricity to all unconnected villages in the country within 1000 days.

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