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Phoneman at your doorstep

Bangalore, Aug. 27 (PTI): India’s postman is set to don a new role from December. Along with the post bag, he would carry a mobile phone with metering facility and pocket 25 per cent of revenues generated out of calls made from it.

“From December, we will have mobile postman. In one hand, he will carry ‘dak’ and in the other wireless telephone with metering facility. He will get 25 per cent of revenues,” Union communication minister Pramod Mahajan said at a meeting of BJP’s south zone here. So, there would be telephone service at the door, he said.

By December end, Mahajan said, all villages in the country would have telephone booths.

In the last 12 months, 1.1 lakh villages had been given this booth facility.

India’s mobile telephone base was set to cross 80 lakh by August 31, Mahajan said.

He projected that as part of the ongoing “telecom revolution”, telephone charges would crash steeply by 2004. “Metering will be more costly than tariff,” he said.

Responding to queries, Mahajan said he did not believe China would be a threat to India in the field of software. “India is miles ahead of China in software. If they (China) pick up now, it will take them more than a decade to catch up with us. I don’t see any threat from China.” The minister expressed confidence that India would be able to achieve $ 50 billion software exports by 2008.

Mukhya Dak Ghar

In an effort to decentralise power for greater customer satisfaction, the department of posts has decided to set up a Mukhya Dak Ghar at each district headquarter.

“The department has recently introduced a scheme of setting up Mukhya Dak Ghar (MDG) at each district headquarter with an objective of decentralising the powers which were until now enjoyed by head post offices in regard to financial control, supervision and accounting of all transactions,” minister of state for communications and IT Sanjay Paswan said in New Delhi today.

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