Rajasthan: After climbing tree to make a call, Union minister orders phone towers

Mobile towers will be constructed at the earliest, says Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal who had to climb tree in a village in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district to make a phone call.

jaipur Updated: Jun 05, 2017 19:09 IST
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Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal with villagers in Bikarner district in Rajasthan.(HT PHOTO)

A day after Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal had to climb a tree in a remote village in Rajasthan in order to access mobile network, he has announced the construction of adequate number of mobile towers to facilitate unhindered mobile service in the area.

“Along with other developmental works, I have ordered construction of mobile towers in the village so that there’s no difficulty in getting network from anywhere. Officials of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will see to it that the job is done,” Meghwal told HT on Monday.

It was an unlikely sight on Sunday at the village Dholia in Bikaner district where a bemused-looking Meghwal, the union minister of state for finance stood surrounded by people with a ladder in front of him.

Apparently after hearing the numerous grievances of the people when Meghwal had tried to call the local administration, he discovered the lack of mobile network in the hamlet.

“Initially I was surprised when the villagers asked me to climb a ladder in order to get the network but I had no qualms in doing so. After getting up the ladder, I could make the call and immediately ordered the local administration to complete the developmental works,” said Meghwal.

A video of Meghwal climbing up the ladder to make the phone call has gone viral on the social media.

Meghwal added that he was the first minister to set foot on the village in the last 70 years and thus was rightly mobbed with their grievances.

Situated at around 85 kilometers away from the district headquarters in Bikaner, its remote location was the reason that Dholia was neglected ever since independence.

“I have sanctioned funds for employing auxiliary nurse and midwife (ANM) in local health centre along with other developmental works such as construction of a water purification plant in the village,” Meghwal, who is member of Parliament from Bikaner told HT.

In the video, the villagers could be seen cheering after Meghwal descends the ladder and tells them that the developmental works will be done soon.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 19:08 IST