Guwahati, Sept. 18: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki has moved the telecommunication ministry to increase its reach in the frontier state and to improve its services.
Tuki communicated his request through additional secretary, telecom, Rita Teoatia, who called on him here yesterday. Senior officials accompanying her said efforts were on to increase the reach of telecommunication to the state’s villages.
The visiting additional secretary placed a few requests to the state government, including laying optical fibre cable alongside the roads and power connections to BSNL towers to which Tuki agreed.
Tuki asked the chief secretary to form a committee to oversee the matter as concrete cement roads are coming up in the state capital and the district headquarters and to address the issue in a time-bound manner. The BSNL authorities have accepted to repair the roads if damaged while laying optical fibre cables and pay one per cent labour welfare cess to the state welfare board. Tuki suggested that local youths be recruited and provided training.
Sources said BSNL is installing village public telephones with Internet facility. Efforts are also being made to set up microwave towers, work for which will start by December and will be completed by March 2014.