Aiming to counter the Chinese waves, the OFC push is expected to arm civilians and defence personnel with cellular Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Arunachal Pradesh’s capital, Itanagar.
Ms. Sitharaman said,’ I came to know people in the area access Chinese radio frequency but not All India Radio. We will soon start work on extension of OFC in the remote border areas. The Union Cabinet discussed the issue 10 days ago and sanctioned additional funds. I do not have the details and cannot say anything at this point of time’.
Ms. Sitharaman, in the frontier- State to highlight the achievements of the four-year-old Narendra Modi government, said, ‘the government was trying to recruit more women in the armed forces from border areas. I am considering permanent commission to women in the defence forces, but the issue is caught in a legal battle’.