Padhi Asks For DMR License

The Odisha Government has urged the Union Government to speed up issuance of the Digital Mobile Radios (DMR) License for operation of its Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) project.


Chief Secretary A P Padhi has written a letter to the Union Government for providing DMR license and clearance for operation of Wireless Link, Network and Frequency Allocation for EWDS Projects.

Mr.Padhi has written to Union Secretary Telecommunications, Aruna Sundarajan to expedite the matter for facilitating issuance of DMR License.

“The delay in issue of license and clearance for the DMR Communication System will lead to delay in implementation of the project and increase the vulnerability of the people of Odisha during impending flood/cyclone”, said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.

Mr.Sethi is also approaching the Union Government in this regard as DMR Communication System is highly essential for a State, which is facing repeated disasters time and again.

Earlier in November last year, the State Government had brought to the notice of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) seeking issuance of DMR license and clearance.

It was in April this year that MHA and DoT officials sat for a meeting to sort out the problems arising due to the issuance of such license.

In the meeting, it was decided that the DoT will expedite the issue of license to Odisha in respect to DMR through administrative assignment.

However, the license and clearances are yet to be received by the State Government.

So the Chief Secretary has written to the DoT again requesting to speed up the procedure of granting license / clearance for the project.

In order to effectively communicate early warning about impending disasters to the people of Odisha, the State Government is implementing this project that will be covering the state headquarters and as many as 22 blocks in six coastal districts under the Government of India sponsored National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP).

The project, inter alia, covers installation of DMR communication system at district, block and shelter levels and activation of 122 alert sirens.

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