The government has decided that from the day of Diwali (October 19) it will charge no monthly fee for the DSPT service (satellite phone) used by the soldiers in India.
“From Diwali day (October 19), no monthly fee will be taken for using DSPT service, that is, the current monthly fee of Rs 500 will be ‘zero’ from tomorrow. And also, the present telephone charges of Rs 5 per minute is being reduced to Re 1 per minute,” Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said here on Wednesday.
The soldiers and officers at present are required to pay a monthly fee of Rs 500 and call charges of Rs 5 per minute.
The soldiers use only DSPT service provided by BSNL because there is no other means of communication available in those areas.
Sitharaman to celebrate Diwali with soldiers in Andamans
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit during which she will celebrate Diwali with soldiers at the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
The Minister was received at INS Utkrosh — an Indian naval air station under the Andaman and Nicobar Command — by Lt Governor Admiral D.K. Joshi (retd) and the command’s Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral Bimal Verma.
Port Blair-based Andaman and Nicobar Command is the only tri-service theatre command of the Indian armed forces.
She was accorded a Joint Services Guard of Honour.
During her visit to the command headquarters, she was given a comprehensive brief on the security environment and thrust areas of the command.
It is Sitharaman’s maiden visit to the command after taking over as the Defence Minister.