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Prasad trusts BSNL, MTNL; Rudy prefers private telecom

While Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy differed in Parliament today over better telecom networks, the latter said BSNL may be free, but when calls drop, the user blames the government

New Delhi: A ruling BJP member in the Lok Sabha Wednesday countered Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s remarks that during calamities, only state-run telecom operators provide free services to subscribers.

Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour, Prasad said during natural calamities such as floods and cyclones, only state-run telecom companies BSNL and MTNL extend free services to subscribers.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) claimed that other private operators, too, extend free services. At this Prasad asserted that while private companies provide free services only for a couple of days, BSNL and MTNL provide free services till the calamity is over.

Rudy also claimed that often BSNL/MTNL calls drop but they are charged for. He said since the companies are state-run, when people do not get network, they end up blaming the government.

Some opposition members said Rudy should be made the minister to improve the state of affairs. He was a minister of state in the previous Modi government.

Prasad said it is important that state-run companies are in good fiscal health.

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