Government introduces stricter rules for SIM card sales
The government is tightening the rules around SIM card sales and usage to enhance security and ensure that both shops and customers follow strict KYC procedures.
The government in India is making it tougher to get new SIM cards. They want to ensure that the process is safe and secure. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued two circulars to regulate SIM card usage in the country. The first directive applies to individual SIM card users, like you and me. The second directive targets telecom companies like Airtel and Jio, aiming to change how SIM cards are sold. Here's what you need to know.
1. Stricter Rules for Shops
Shops that sell SIM cards will have to be more careful. They need to do a background check on the people who work there. If they don't, they can be fined up to ₹10 lakh for each shop. These rules start from October 1, 2023. Existing shops have until September 30, 2024, to meet these new requirements.
2. Telecom Companies' Responsibility
3. Police Checks in Some Areas
In certain places like Assam, Kashmir, and the North East, telecom companies need to get a police check on shops before letting them sell new SIM cards. This extra step is for extra security.
4. More Verification for Everyone
When you buy a new SIM card or get a replacement because your old one is lost or damaged, you will go through a detailed verification process. This process is the same as when you get a new SIM card. It's to make sure that only the right people have access to SIM cards.
In short, These new rules are all about making sure that SIM cards are safe and secure and to prevent fraudsters to get access to a phone. It's an important step to protect the nation and its people. These changes are set to take effect soon, so it's important for both telecom companies and users to be prepared for the new requirements.