In a country where the Prime Minister is making all sorts of efforts to transform the nation into a digitally knowledgeable and empowered one, a minister of his own party’s government having to climb a tree in search of better signals on his mobile network reflects the ground reality of the entire program.
In an incident quite ironical to the much popular Digital India campaign of the Narendra Modi government, Rajasthan’s Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arjun Ram Meghwal, climbed a tree seeking signals on his mobile phone. This happened during the minister’s visit to Dhoolia village in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
While speaking to the villagers about their problems, Meghwal wanted to make a call to some officers but could not do so because of non availability of network. That is when the villagers told him that it was almost impossible to find a network and suggested that he climb a tree to be able to make a call.
Watch the video of the incident here.
The 62-year-old minister was baffled at the suggestion but seemed to have no other option. However, since he could not climb a tree just like that, villagers helped him with a ladder.
The good part about the entire episode is that after experiencing network issues first hand in the village, Meghwal has ordered the installation of mobile network towers in the area within three months.