CEC Leh discusses telecom problems with CGM BSNL

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Urges to provide internet facilities for ‘smart classes’

LEH: Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) LAHDC Leh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal convened a meeting with Chief General Manager BSNL J&K Circle Leh, A K Singh Rana in his office chamber here.
Deputy Chairman, LAHDC, Leh, Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Health, Tsering Sandup, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, Phunchok Stanzin, Executive Councilor for Minority Affairs, Mumtaz Hussain, GM (CFA) CGMT Jammu, Ravinder Kumar and General Manager, BSNL Leh, Punchok Dorjey were also present in the meeting.
The CEC, gave a brief introduction about Hill Council Leh and functioning. Talking about the importance of reliable communication facilities in today’s digital era, he said that due to poor internet facilities Hill Council Leh is unable to run the number of smart classes in the government schools of the district, despite having all the equipments, an official handout read.
He said that due to poor communication facilities important procedures like e-tendering, geo-tagging of asserts and CSS like recently launched Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Schemes are badly affected.
The CEC urged CGM to find a quick solution for all the far-flung and isolated villages of Leh which are deprived of telecommunication facilities including border areas of Changthang, Singay Lalok, Skyu-Markha, Turtuk and Digger Tangyar areas so that these regions could be brought under telecommunication map at the earliest and assured that the hill council would extend every possible support in this regard, it read.
Namgyal also highlighted major telecommunication related problems of the district including frequent breakdown of main OFC media, poor or no internet/data service in BSNL towers, requirement of DSPTs/mobile towers for uncovered villages and hamlets, non-availability of broadband service in the rural areas, acute shortage of staff in BSNL Ladakh and earliest approval of Rs 350 crore project already submitted at DoT for USO funding and 28 mobile towers in Ladakh under Ministry of Home Affairs at Indo-China borders.
Deputy Chairman LAHDC, Leh Gyal P Wangyal requested for restoration of landline facilities in Kharu sub-division.
Executive Councilor for Health Tsering Sandup highlighted the communication problems of Nubra region including acute shortage of staff in BSNL Nubra, strengthening of main BSNL tower at Diskit, additional full-fledged towers at Huder, Sumoor and Diskit.
Executive Councilor for Agriculture, Phunchok Stanzin also demanded USO funding for installation of mobile towers for left out villages and relocation of few towers in Shamm region.
Executive Councilor for Minority Affairs, Mumtaz Hussain demanded the restoration of landline facilities in Chushot which was damaged in 2010 flash flood. He also complained about the poor mobile signal at PHC and Higher Secondary Schools in the Chushot belt.
Chief General Manager BSNL J&K Circle Leh A K Singh Rana assured that his team would conduct a case-by-case study of all the demands and assured to address all the problems. He asked the council to provide the list of schools equipped with smart class equipments and assured to provide internet facilities to such schools on priority, read the handout.