Friday, September 11, 2009
Gangtok,September 10 (PIB): The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is to launch 3-G services in Namchi, Mangan and Gyalshing shortly.
Addressing the session on rural telephony, Divisional Engineer, BSNL Tshering Dukpa said 3-G services help people to connect face to face over long distances and even in different countries. BSNL is not only a business organisation but has also social obligation in providing connectivity. Hence, under Bharat Nirman, village telephone booths are to be provided in every village at a subsidised rate, he said.
At present BSNL in Sikkim has only one route that is connected with rest of the country through, Rhenock, Pedong, Gorubathan and Malbazar. When this route is disrupted by theft cable or technical difficulties customers have to bare the burnt, the DE said.
Making a strong plea on individual responsibility, Mr. Dukpa urged that the copper wires whether overhead or underground should not be stolen or cut as this is a loss to both the company and the public. He added that people should not cut the optic fibre cable which is of no use to an individual but may cause health problems.
In order to give uninterrupted services another route is being laid by Eastern Telecom Project alongwith State Power and PWD. Telephone Adalats are also being held regularly in different parts of the State so that the public can settle their grievances, it is informed.
Informing the gathering on Right to Information Act, Nodal Officer, ST Tamang stressed that the Act has become a weapon to bring transparency in the functioning of government and other public institution. Illustrating various examples, Mr. Tamang said the RTI helps in the functioning of democracy. For the proper implementation of RTI the public should be aware of the different aspects of the Act