Cong demands sacking of Telecom Minister over call drops issue

NEW DELHI, Sept 29:  Criticising the government for failing to resolve the problem of call drops, Congress today demanded the immediate sacking of Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for his “incompetence”.
Party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed told reporters that it was becoming difficult to talk on mobile “for even five seconds” and the problem was more in the networks of state-owned MTNL and BSNL.
“The concerned Minister should be dropped forthwith due to the growing problem of call drops. The problem shows his incompetence,” said Ahmed, a former Minister of state for Communications, while addressing the AICC briefing. He, however, did not take the name of Prasad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in the last week of August voiced serious concern over the menace of call drops and asked officials concerned to take urgent steps to address it as it affects the common people.
Government had stepped up pressure on mobile operators to check call drops asking their promoters including Anil Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla and Sunil Mittal to directly intervene to address the issue. It also warned that the companies would face penal action if they fail to take corrective action. (PTI)


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