ITANAGAR: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the Centre is planning to lay optical fibre cables in all border areas to mitigate the connectivity problems faced by defence personnel and the civilian population.
The Union cabinet’s sanction for additional funds had come 10 days ago, the minister said.
“We will soon start work on the extension of optical fibre cables in border areas. The Union cabinet had discussed the issue and sanctioned the additional fund only 10 days ago,” the minister asserted while speaking of the achievements of the four-year-old Narendra Modi government.
“Soon, all the border areas along the Indo-China border will be connected with OFC, which will greatly improve the mobile and telephone connectivity besides improve radio frequency,” she told reporters.
Sitharaman was told during a recent visit to Kibithoo, the last border village in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, that the people of the area could not access All India Radio due to poor frequency. They could access only Chinese radio frequency and the area had poor mobile network.
Responding to a question on empowerment of women in border areas by recruiting them in defence forces, the minister said women in the country were working as fighter plane pilots and the government was trying to recruit them in other areas too.
“Those women who have not got permanent commission have approached the court for their rights and the matter is now sub-judice. However, I am considering how to give permanent commission to women in defence forces,” she added.