This Diwali, the government has announced a special gift for Indian soldiers. Indian soldiers and officers of various army and para-military forces are often deployed in remote and far-flung areas to protect our nation. They are used to working day and night in difficult weather conditions. As they are posted away from their homes and headquarters, soldiers need to speak to their family and also to their headquarters regularly. Most of these areas are so remote that many network operators have not reached. The soldiers use only DSPT service provided by BSNL as there are no other means of communications available. These calls often cost them a lot. But now the government has decided to reduce the call rates.
In a media briefing, Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communications, said that in order to use the facility of DSPT, the soldiers and officers at present were required to pay a monthly fee of Rs 500 and call charges of Rs 5 per minute. Looking at the requirement of soldiers and officers and also the heavy cost they have to incur for talking to their family members, the government has taken an important decision on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. Sinha said, from Diwali day (19th October) no monthly fee will be taken for using DSPT service, that is, the current monthly fee of Rs 500 will be nil from tomorrow.
Additionally, the present telephone charges of Rs 5 per minute is being reduced to Re 1 per minute. With this special Diwali gift from the government of India, Defence personnel can now talk without worrying about more expenses to their home and their headquarter.
Manoj Sinha also wished the jawans and officers and their family members on the occasion of Diwali.