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DM initiates criminal proceedings against Telecom Companies for poor services
4/4/2018 11:19:04 PM
Rajesh Tandon
Early Times Report

Poonch, Apr 4: Taking a strong cognizance of poor connectivity in the District, District Magistrate Poonch, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, today initiated criminal proceedings against several Telecom Companies including AIRTEL, JIO, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL u/s 133 of Criminal Procedure Code.
The Order of the DM reads, "Whereas, several representations have been received from general public mentioning that there is lot of congestion in the network especially in remote areas of this District and people are facing acute problem and remain disconnected at the time of various kinds of emergencies.
Whereas, Poonch being a border district, is confronted with multifarious challenges including cross border firing and natural calamities like flash flood, landslides and road accidents. The communication network of the service providers like AIRTEL, JIO, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL is absolutely erratic and much below the desired standards.
Whereas, due to the poor connectivity the district administration is also finding difficulty in coordinating and finding it hard to stay in touch with field functionaries during emergency, law & order problems and in hour of crises.
Whereas, the situation becomes more appalling during accidents in communication shadow areas and it takes lot of time to launch the rescue operations which at times might lead to loss of precious lives and property.
Whereas, in view of above, the issue becomes nuisance for the general public the poor quality of services being provided by above said service providers in the District Poonch also debilitate the government machinery in dealing with law and order problems at any point of time.
In view of above, the General Managers/Divisional Officers of the Telecom service providers namely AIRTEL, JIO, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL in District Poonch are directed to restore/de-congest mobile communication services in whole of the district within a period of 02 weeks positively. Further, General Manager/Divisional Officer of Airtel, JIO, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL etc are directed to show cause before undersigned in the office chamber on 09-04-2018 at 2:00 PM as to why Criminal Proceedings u/s section 133 of Criminal Procedure Code should not be initiated against them."
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