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Meghalaya CM for removal of penalties on telecom firms if signals breach int'l border

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

In a bid to encourage telecom companies to set up towers in remote areas close to the international border with Bangladesh, Conrad K today urged the Centre to remove penalties imposed on them if their signals reach the other side of the border.

said this during a programme to unveil the 'Digital North East: Vision 2022' document by Union Information and in in Guwahati.

He said the Indian telecom companies are penalised if their signals reach inside Bangladeshi territory.

"Because of this, the telecom companies are not setting up towers in border areas. This has resulted in poor (digital) there," said.

He said signals from Bangladeshi telecom companies usually reach but imposes no penalty on their firms.

"This must change. I request Mr Prasad to look into this. is important and additional stress should be given on that," he said.

The said nearly 2,000 new telecom towers will be set up in soon. He said developing the and ecosystem is necessary for industries to come to the region.

"If Digital needs to succeed, all stakeholders must be involved," he said, referring to the Union government's programme to empower all Indians digitally.

"Private parties must be taken on board... The projects that are launched, should be reviewed regularly. If the technology does not help the grassroots people, then these are useless," he said.

Sangma rued that "even 10 per cent work for BharatNet has not been completed yet compared to the set target for 2019".

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 21:06 IST