Indian Home Ministry has expressed concern over the use of Nepal Telecom SIM cards not only by its ordinary citizens but also by security forces operating along the international borders in Uttarakhand. The region borders both Nepal and China and hence, India’s concern over its forces using a foreign carrier.
A government minister has said this puts its national security at risk.
Indian security forces and the public alike are bound to use the Nepalese service provider because there is no Indian telecom network covering these far-flung areas.
Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, confirmed that he personally witnessed both locals and security officers freely using Nepal Telecom services, Indian media reports said today.
“To my utter surprise, I have discovered that security forces deployed in the forward areas also use mobile telephone services of Nepal as no Indian telecom networks functions there. This is a serious issue which may compromise our security,” the minister was quoted as saying by Times of India today.
Minister Rijiju has apparently asked the Indian information minister to look into extending telecommunication services to the region so that security forces covering the Nepalese and Chinese borders may use carriers from their own country instead of using a foreign company, that is, Nepal Telecom.