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Telecom Ministry to launch Tarang Sanchar portal check radiation compliance of mobile towers

The Department of Telecom (DoT) will soon launch ‘Tarang Sanchar’ portal that will let users check radiation compliance status of mobile towers and transmitters across country.

Using this portal user can also request to get a particular BTS tested by DoT to assess its electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) compliance level.

Key Facts 
  • The portal has data from 12.5 lakh base transceiver stations (BTS). It will enable users to view tower-specific details such as the operator, the supporting technology (2G/3G/4G).
  • It will also help user to check with mobile tower meets electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) by putting in a specific request to DoT.
  • DoT will test mobile towers for free if the prescribed ceiling in a particular service area for testing of BTS has already been reached.
  • It may also charge user fee of Rs. 5000 to get the radiation level checked of mobile towers in case the tests are not undertaken earlier.

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Telecom Minister launches mobile app ‘Disha’ to aid digital literacy in Bihar

On 10 August Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched a new mobile app ‘Disha’ to aid digital literacy in Bihar.

The app was launched in Bihar that aims to help people learn about computers and Internet through self learning modules. The app envisages offering digital literacy to tribal and Dalit women in the State which is free and available on Google app store.

Telecom ministry also launched “Disha handbook” that has pictographic lessons on computers operations. This initiative was taken by Ministry to spread out digital literacy in women from tribal and Dalit background in Bihar.

To promote digital literacy government has initiated training program under “Digital Saksharta Abhiyan” in all states.

The training is conducted in collaboration with Intel, which is working with the Common Service Centres (CSCs) for the purpose of digital literacy in India. So far Intel has trained over 200 Dalit women and aims to train over 500 women in Bihar.

Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA):

The Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) mission was launched on 21 August 2014 that envisages providing digital literacy to non IT literate citizens.

The scheme imparts IT training to 52.5 lakh persons that include Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorised ration dealers in all the States/UTs across the country.

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