The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned the bulk sim card connection as a move to curb cyber frauds on Thursday. At a press conference, the Minister of Electronic and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, provided this information to the media.
According to Ashwini Vaishnaw, the government will apply biometrics and mandate police verification for SIM card dealers as a result of the growing cyber crime. Furthermore 52 lakh sim card connections were terminated by the government along with that 300 F.I.R. registrations were made at the same time as 67000 sim card vendors were blacklisted.
The exemptions will be made in the case of legitimate industrial firms, keeping into account their full verification along with registration, stated IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. He also points out that although 80% of the bulk connections were legitimate, 20% of them were being used inappropriately. As a result, the government decided to take no chances with the public and enact a ban on bulk sim card connections.
In order to minimise these activities related to the steadily rising number of fraudsters, WhatsApp itself has blocked about 66,000 accounts. The minister also talks about the Rs. 10 lakh fine that will be imposed on the dealers if they are discovered to be violating the rules.
The new rule of where the dealers won’t be able to sell bulk sim card connections will be implemented from 1st of October as the given six months are for the compliance of the dealers, says the Ministry Of Electronic And Information Technology.