Itanagar, Oct 11 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has invited all major private telecom players like Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to scale up their presence in the state.

His request comes in the wake of the state government giving impetus to achieving cent per cent reliable mobile connectivity in the state, an official communiqu said.

“The state government is giving impetus for achieving cent per cent reliable mobile connectivity in the state,” it said.

“Robust telecom and broadband connectivity and provision of quality telecom services are also an avowed national priority,” Khandu today wrote in separate letters to the CMDs of the telecom companies.

Giving a brief about the strength and challenges of the state, Khandu said the state has witnessed a huge boom in the tourism sector with both domestic and foreign tourists visiting the state.

However, lack of reliable mobile/internet connectivity is playing a major hindrance in promoting tourism and bringing overall development of the state, he said.

“For this purpose, a special cell has been formed in CM s office under the chairmanship of Special Secretary (CMO) which will monitor all the major telecom projects in the state and provide support to all the telecom operators facing problems related to road cutting, land acquisition etc. in the state” Khandu said.

He requested the private cellular service providers to increase their reach by providing high speed broadband services which will not only increase their revenues but will also usher economic development in Arunachal Pradesh.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.