Harsh Kumar Salaria, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh
Updated Wed, 30 Dec 2020 04:01 AM IST
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According to TRAI, there are 39 million mobile users in Punjab. According to Reliance Jio, about 1.5 crore people are using their service. The company said that services of 1561 mobile towers have been disrupted in the state, out of which 440 towers have been repaired. There are a total of 21306 mobile towers in all 22 districts of Punjab.
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The farmers, who were struggling against the three agricultural laws of the central government, had called upon the people not to use the Jio network under the boycott of the belongings of corporate houses. Soon after, farmers and others in the state started disrupting the communication service by disrupting the power of Jio’s mobile towers, besides destroying the towers at many places.
‘Farmers were asked to get the number ported’
The Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Manch has said that it was never said by the farmers organizations to damage the mobile towers or property. The leaders of the forum made it clear on Tuesday that the United Kisan Morcha had called upon the common people and farmers to get their SIMs of the Jio network ported to other companies.
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Interrupting telecom networks: Kochhar
The Director General of the Cellular Operators Union of India, Lieutenant General Dr. SP Kochhar has issued a statement urging them not to damage the mobile towers. In his statement, he said that we respect the right of people to protest on any issue but condemn the move by any person to sabotage or disrupt telecom networks and services infrastructure.
Telecom services are the lifeline of millions of customers, including students studying through online classes, professionals working from home, people seeking online health counseling during the difficult times of Kovid-19. Interruption in telecom services, which have been considered ‘essential’ under various Acts, is causing considerable inconvenience to those for whom mobile services are very essential.