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Father Of Modern Telecom In India | Atal Bihari Vajpayee

By Sreyasi De 17-Aug-2018

The sudden demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has left the nation in deep trauma. While the whole nation is in shock with this news, telecom industry is remembering his contribution in developing the sector. The leaders of telecom industry has addressed him as the “Father of Modern Telecom In India” to pay tribute to his great contribution in developing telecom sector in 90’s. The New Telecom Policy was introduced in 1994 which has considerably grown the telecom sector. By 1999, the teledensity jumped to 2.3% from 1.2%. Another significant achievement held during Atal era was separation of the policy formulation arm i.e. Department of Telecom from the service provider arm BSNL. This was a huge decision that has not affected BSNL’s revenue share but also significantly changed the picture of Indian telecom operators. At 2015, than union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad quoted “Vajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre had left BSNL with a profit of Rs 10,000 crore.” Today the big faces of telecom industry like Sunil Bharti Mittal has quoted Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the great economic reformer for being the first person to usher National Telecom Policy in 1999 that has helped the telecom industry overcome some of its toughest early challenges. He further quoted “A great economic reformer, as a prime minister he was always guided by a strong conviction that liberalization would help us realize our economic potential and ultimately open the doors to becoming a globally competitive, strong and resilient economy".Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the former owner BPL mobile service company, has quoted Vajpayee as the responsible person for opening up the telecom sector withimpetus policy to expand telecommunication sector in the country.

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