Govt’s Diwali gift to Soldiers: Call charges reduced from Rs 5 per minute to Rs 1


New Delhi: The telecom ministry on Wednesday announced a Diwali gift for soldiers, in the form of reduced call rates, to ensure that they can speak to their loved ones for longer durations.

Earlier soldiers paid a monthly sum of Rs 500 on Digital Satellite Phone Terminal (DSPT) and an additional Rs 5 per minute as call charges.

The government’s move drastically reduces call rates, from Rs 5 per minute to Re 1.

“Starting tomorrow, the monthly charge of Rs 500 on DSPT will be completely discarded. For phone calls, instead of Rs 5 per minute, soldiers will now have to pay Re 1,” the minister added.

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