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OBVIOUSLY ASKED QUESTIONS
POSTAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION OF PREPAID -
MOBILE APPLICANT MATTER (285 OF 2010) !!

Q – 1] WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE MATTER IN SUPREME COURT ??

ANS – 1]THE DATE WISE STATUS IS UNDERMENTIONED -

A] 06/09/10 - THE WRIT PETITION STANDS OVER FOR FOUR WEEKS, TO ENABLE THE LEARNED SOLICITOR GENERAL TO TAKE INSTRUCTIONS.

B] 04/10/10 - THE LEARNED SOLICITOR GENERAL -

HAS STATED - THAT A MEETING OF ALL SERVICE PROVIDERS HAS BEEN CONVENED, TO CONSIDER THE PROCEDURE FOR VERIFICATION OF CREDENTIALS OF APPLICANTS, WHO APPLY FOR S.I.M. CARD !!

THE WRIT PETITION SHALL STAND OVER FOR SIX WEEKS TO ENABLE THE LEARNED SOLICITOR GENERAL TO TAKE INSTRUCTIONS.

C] 15/11/10 - THE SOLICITOR GENERAL WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE COURT SAID ...

WRIT PETITION WILL STAND OVER, FOR FOUR WEEKS !!

D] 13/12/10 - THE SOLICITOR GENERAL WAS UNAVAILABLE. THE COURT SAID ...
WRIT PETITION WILL STAND OVER, FOR EIGHT WEEKS !! MENTION OF OUR ##I.A. FILED, WAS ALSO THERE !!

E] 14/03/11 – PLACE THE WRIT PETITION AFTER THE ENSUING HOLI VACATION.

** THE RESPECTABLE CHIEF JUSTICE HAD ASKED THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, TO EXTEND THE VERIFICATION POLICY AND THE SAME WAS EXTENDED ON 15/03/2011.

##HOWEVER THE POLICY DOES NOT HAVE ANY NEW INPUTS TO ENSURE POSTAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION OF PREPAID MOBILE APPLCANT AND IS A COPY – PASTE VERSION OF OLDER VERIFICATION POLICIES !!

F] 03/01/12 – HON’BLE CHIEF JUSTICE COURT HAS ISSUED NOTICE TO TRAI. ASKING IT TO PLACE IT’S VIEWS ON THE TELECOM POLICY PREPARED BY DOT. DATED (14/03/2011). THE PETITION OF TELECOM OPERATORS TO IMPLEAD WAS DENIED.



Q – 2]] SINCE GOVT. HAS SUBMITTED A NEW VERIFICATION POLICY ON (14/03/11) WHERE IS THE PROBLEM ??

ANS – 2] UNDERMENTIONED IS A COMPARATIVE TABLE OF VERIFICATION POLICY DATED (14/03/11) AND PREVIOUS POLICIES !!

##THE CLAUSES (10 NOS.) UNDER THE HEAD – ACTIVATION OF NEW MOBILE CONNECTIONS ARE INDISPENSABLE, TO VERIFICATION OF NEW PREPAID MOBILE APPLICANTS AND HENCE HAVE BEEN COMPARED WITH OLDER VERIFICATION NORMS. (05 NOS.) OF CLAUSES HAVE NOT BEEN COMPARED AS BECAUSE THEY ARE IRRELEVANT TO ANY ENHANCEMENT IN PARAMETERS, TOWARDS SUBSCRIBER VERIFICATION OUR PLEA IS TO ENSURE POSTAL VERIFICATION OF MOBILE PREPAID APPLICANTS AND THE SAME IS NOT REFLECTED ANY WHERE IN THIS POLICY GUIDELINE DATED 14/03/2011 AND WORST IT IS A COPY PASTE OF PROVISIONS OF OLDER POLICIES CIRCULATED BETWEEN 2004 AND 2010.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & IT

DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

(AS CELL)

SANCHAR BHAWAN, 20 ASHOKA ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110001.

NO. 800-39/20010-VASDATED:14TH MARCH, 2011
ALL CMTS/ UAS LICENSEE(S)

SUB: INSTRUCTIONS ON VERIFICATION OF NEW MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS (PRE-PAID & POSTPAID)

*****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THIS HAS REFERENCE TO THE CMTS/UAS LICENSE CONDITION WHICH INTER ALIA PROVIDES THAT “THE LICENSEE SHALL ENSURE ADEQUATE VERIFICATION OF EACH AND EVERY CUSTOMER BEFORE ENROLLING HIM AS A SUBSCRIBER; INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE LICENSOR IN THIS REGARD FROM TIME TO TIME SHALL BE SCRUPULOUSLY FOLLOWED.”

2. *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT INSTRUCTIONS IN RESPECT OF VERIFICATION OF SUBSCRIBERS MENTIONED HEREIN SHALL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS. THESE INSTRUCTIONS SHALL BE IN SUPERSESSION OF THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED ON THE AND SHALL BE EFFECTIVE THREE MONTH FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE UNLESS OTHERWISE MENTIONED IN THE LETTER:

(I) NO. 1-34/2009-SL DATED 08.02.2010
(II) NO. 842-725/2005/157 DATED 23.03.2009
(III) NO. 800-4/2003-VAS (VOL.LL)/104 DATED 22.11.2006
(IV) NO. 800-4/2003-VAS/112 DATED 10.05.2005
(V) NO. 842-488/2004-VAS/2 DATED 30.11.2004
(VI) NO. 800-4/2002-VAS/101 DATED 26.04.2004

3. ACTIVATION OF NEW MOBILE CONNECTION:

(i) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : A PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SUBSCRIBER SHOULD BE PASTED ON THE CUSTOMER ACQUISITION FORM (CAF) AND THE DOCUMENTS AS PROOF OF IDENTITY (POI) AND PROOF OF ADDRESS (POA) OF THE SUBSCRIBER SHALL BE ATTACHED WITH THE CAF, AS PER INSTRUCTIONS APPLICABLE FROM TIME TO TIME. THE CAF SHOULD BE MACHINE NUMBERED BEFORE REACHING TO POINT OF SALE. THE PERSON AT THE POINT OF SALE (POS) SHALL GET THE CAF DULY FILLED AND SIGNED (CAF, PHOTO & DOCUMENTS ATTACHED) BY THE SUBSCRIBER WITH DATE. (IN CASE OF ILLITERATE PERSON, THE CAF MAY BE FILLED BY A PERSON AT THE POINT OF SALE BUT THE THUMB IMPRESSION OF THE SUBSCRIBER MAY BE TAKEN ON CAF, PHOTO & DOCUMENTS ATTACHED.

#####DATED – 10/05/2005 : 2. IT HAS COME TO THE NOTICE OF THE LICENSOR THAT IN MANY CASES SIM CARDS/CONNECTIONS ARE BEING SOLD WITHOUT PROPER VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY PROOF. THE DEALERS OF THE LICENSED OPERATOR ARE EITHER SELLING SIM CARDS WITHOUT PROPER VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY OF SUBSCRIBERS' BONAFIDE TO PERSONS WHO FURNISHES FALSE ADDRESSES AND FORGED DOCUMENTS OR IN SOME CASES DO NOT EVEN ASK FOR DOCUMENTS SPECIFIED FOR VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY OF THE SUBSCRIBER. IN ADDITION, THERE IS AN IN-ORDINATE DELAY IN GETTING THE IDENTIFICATION PARTICULARS OF SUBSCRIBERS OF PRE-PAID SERVICE FROM THE SERVICE PROVIDERS. THE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE ALSO BEEN FOUND TO BE LAX IN SCRUTINIZING THE DETAILS IN RESPECT OF PRE-PAID CONNECTIONS, WHICH HELPS UNSCRUPULOUS ELEMENTS OBTAIN MOBILE CONNECTION ON FICTITIOUS / FAKE DOCUMENTS.

3. IN THIS REGARD, THE SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN THE RELEVANT PROFORMA AS ANNEXED DULY FILLED BEFORE PROVIDING THE MOBILE TELEPHONE

SERVICE TO ANY CUSTOMER (ANNEXURE I & II). ALL THE OPERATORS ARE TO USE THESE PROFORMAS WITH THE MENTIONED COLUMNS. HOWEVER THE OPERATORS MAY SUPPLEMENT [AND NOT SUBSTITUTE] THIS PROFORMA IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR CONSIDERATIONS.

4. IT IS AGAIN EMPHASIZED THAT SALE OF SIM CARDS / CONNECTIONS WITHOUT PROPER IDENTITY VERIFICATION IS A MATTER OF CONCERN AND HAS SERIOUS SECURITY IMPLICATIONS; A PROCEDURE NEEDS TO BE EVOLVED TO ENSURE THAT SIM CARDS ARE NOT SOLD WITHOUT PROPER IDENTITY VERIFICATION. ALSO, IT IS EMPHASIZED TO CROSS CHECK THE ADDRESSES OF ALL THE EXISTING SUBSCRIBERS AND IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE ALREADY DOING THIS EXERCISE. IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE, IT NEEDS TO BE ENSURED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY WORKING NUMBER IN THEIR NETWORK WITHOUT PROPER ADDRESS / PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SUBSCRIBER. FURTHER, IT WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LICENSEE TO MAINTAIN THE RECORDS OF THE IDENTITY OF THEIR CUSTOMERS AND PRODUCE THE SAME ON REQUISITION. THEREFORE, NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT FOR OBTAINING THE NECESSARY RECORDS FROM THE FRANCHISEE IN A FOOLPROOF MANNER SO AS NOT TO LEAVE OUT A SINGLE USER OF THE SERVICE SHOULD BE MADE.

##THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLICY OF 2005 AND 2011, TOWARDS DOCUMENTATION – EXCEPT THAT, THUMB IMPRESSION OF ILLITERATE PERSONS HAS TO BE TAKEN AND THE UNNECESSARY ADDITION OF THE CLAUSE THAT CAF. HAS TO BE FILLED BY THE SUBSCRIBER !! IN NO WAY THE ADDITIONAL PROVISION, WILL CONTRIBUTE TO INCREMENTAL AUTHENTICITY OF THE APPLICANT.

(ii) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THE SUBSCRIBER SHALL BE PROVIDED A COUNTERFOIL/RECEIPT OF THE DETAILS OF THE POI & POA CLEARLY MENTIONING THE NAME OF SUBSCRIBER, MOBILE NUMBER APPLIED FOR, CAF NUMBER, TYPE OF POI/POA, ISSUING AUTHORITY, DATE OF ISSUE AND SERIAL NUMBER OF POI/POA DOCUMENT DULY SIGNED WITH STAMP OF POS.
(III) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THE AUTHORIZED PERSON AT THE POS SHALL RECORD IN THE CAF THAT HE HAS SEEN THE SUBSCRIBER AND MATCHED THE PHOTOGRAPH ATTACHED ON THE CAF WITH THE SUBSCRIBER AND VERIFIED HIS COPIES OF DOCUMENTS OF PROOF OF ADDRESS AND PROOF OF IDENTITY ATTACHED WITH THE CAF WITH THE ORIGINAL AND SHALL PUT HIS SIGNATURE ON THE CAF & ALL ATTACHED DOCUMENTS (ALONG WITH FULL NAME & STAMP-CONTAINING ADDRESS). FOR THIS PURPOSE SUFFICIENT SPACE SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE CAF.

#####DATED – 22/11/2006 : (I) THE AUTHORIZED PERSON AT THE POINT OF SALE SHALL RECORD IN THE APPLICATION FORM THAT HE HAS SEEN THE SUBSCRIBER AND VERIFIED HIS DOCUMENTS WITH THE ORIGINAL. IN THIS REGARD LICENSEE SHALL ENSURE THAT THE POINT OF SALE IS SUITABLE ADVISED OF HIS RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONSEQUENT LIABILITIES IN THE MATTER. ##SIMILAR TO 2006 NO DIFFERENCE.

(IV) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THE MOBILE CONNECTIONS SHALL BE ACTIVATED ONLY AFTER THE REQUIREMENT OF FILLING UP CUSTOMER ACQUISITION FORM AND COPIES OF DOCUMENTARY PROOF AS PER REQUIREMENT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED BY THE CUSTOMER AND THE SUBSCRIBER DETAILS HAVE BEEN UPDATED IN THE SUBSCRIBER DATABASE OF THE LICENSEE; FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE LICENSEE (THE EMPLOYEE OF LICENSEE) SHALL VERIFY AND RECORD ON THE CAF UNDER HIS NAME, DESIGNATION AND SIGNATURE THAT ALL THE DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND SUBSCRIBER DETAILS ARE UPDATED IN THE DATABASE OF THE LICENSEE. ONLY AFTER THIS ACTIVITY HAS BEEN DONE THE SIM CARD CAN BE ACTIVATED. FOR THIS PURPOSE SUFFICIENT SPACE SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE CAF.

#####DATED – 22/11/2006 : (II) THE CONNECTIONS ARE ACTIVATED ONLY AFTER THE REQUIREMENT OF FILLING UP OF CUSTOMER ACQUISITION FORM AND COPIES OF DOCUMENTARY PROOF AS PER REQUIREMENT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED BY THE CUSTOMER; FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE LICENSEE COMPANY'S AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE (WHO IS DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LICENSEE COMPANY) SHALL VERIFY THAT ALL THE DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED BEFORE ACTIVATING THE SIM CARD.

##SAME AS THAT OF 2006 !!

WHEN THERE IS NO SYSTEM TO VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY OF DOCUMENTS, BOTH BY THE OPERATORS AND DOT. TOO, HOW DOES THIS HELP.


(V) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THE DATE OF SALE OF SIM AND DATE OF ACTIVATION OF SIM IS REQUIRED TO BE ESTABLISHED FROM THE ENTRIES IN THE CAF. FOR THIS PURPOSE, ENTRY OF DATE IS TO BE MADE WITH THE SIGNATURE OF SUBSCRIBER (AT THE TIME OF FILLING CAF), SIGNATURE OF POS (AT THE TIME OF VERIFYING THE SUBSCRIBER AND DOCUMENTS) AND SIGNATURE OF LICENSEE (AT THE TIME OF VERIFICATION BEFORE ACTIVATION) IN THE CAF.

(VI) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : AFTER THE ACTIVATION OF SIM, THE SUBSCRIBER SHALL BE AT LEAST TELE-VERIFIED. IT MAY BE ENSURED THAT WHILE MAKING THE CALLS FOR TELE-VERIFICATION, DETAILS MAY BE ASKED FROM THE SUBSCRIBER AND VERIFIED AGAINST THE DETAILS PROVIDED

IN THE DATABASE. IT MAY ALSO BE ENSURED THAT UNLESS TELE-VERIFIED, THE SUBSCRIBER IS NOT ABLE TO MAKE ANY TYPE OF CALL, EXCEPT TO THE OPERATOR. THE INCOMING CALL WILL REMAIN BARRED BEFORE TETE - VERIFICATION.

(VII) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : PRE-ACTIVATED SIM CARD IS NOT TO BE SOLD. IN CASE SALE OF PRE-ACTIVATED SIM CARDS A PENALTY OF RS. 50,000/- PER SUCH CONNECTION SHALL BE LEVIED IN ADDITION TO IMMEDIATE DISCONNECTION OF MOBILE CONNECTION, AS AND WHEN DETECTED. PRE- ACTIVATED CONNECTION MEANS THAT THE SIM CARD AVAILABLE AT POINT OF SALE OR IN POSSESSION OF ANY OTHER PERSON IS IN SUCH A CONDITION THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE / RECEIVE CALLS/SMS WITHOUT ACTIVATION AS PER PROCEDURE MENTIONED IN PARA (IV) ABOVE. FURTHER, IN CASE IT IS ESTABLISHED THAT THE DATE OF ACTIVATION OF SIM CARD IS PRIOR TO ACTUAL SALE OF SIM CARD, THEN IT SHALL BE TREATED AS A SALE OF PRE-ACTIVE CONNECTION. ALSO, IF FOR THE CAF AUDIT/INVESTIGATION, THE CAF IS NOT SUPPLIED TO TERM CELL WITHIN GIVEN TIME FRAME (MISSING CAF CASES IN CAF AUDIT), THE CONNECTION SHALL BE TREATED AS PRE-ACTIVATED.

#####DATED – 23/03/2009 8. PRE-ACTIVATED SIM CARDS: PRE-ACTIVATED SIM CARDS ARE NOT TO BE SOLD IN THE MARKET. IN CASE PRE-ACTIVATED SIM CARDS ARE ON SALE, HIGHEST PENALTY OF RS50.000/ SHALL BE LEVIED ON EACH SUCH CONNECTION.

#####DATED – 22/11/2006 : (III) PRE-ACTIVATED SIM CARDS ARE NOT TO BE SOLD IN THE MARKET.

## NO CHANGE IN POLICY – SAME AS 2006 AND 2009.

(VIII) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THE LICENSEE SHALL ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUBSCRIBERS ARE CORRECTLY FILLED IN THE SUBSCRIBER DATABASE. THERE SHALL NOT BE ANY TYPING MISTAKE IN THE SUBSCRIBER DATABASE SUCH THAT THE ERROR LEADS TO ANY PERSON OR ADDRESS OTHER THAT THE INTENDED PERSON OR ADDRESS OR ELSE IT SHALL BE TREATED AS FAILED SUBSCRIBER VERIFICATION CASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CAF AUDIT AND SPECIFIED PENALTY AS PER EXISTING INSTRUCTIONS SHALL BE LEVIED. THE LICENSEE SHALL ENSURE IMMEDIATE CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE DATABASE ONCE SUCH ERROR IS DETECTED. HOWEVER, TYPING ERROR IN CASE OF TRANSLATING THE NAME OR ADDRESS FROM ANY REGIONAL LANGUAGE OR HINDI TO ENGLISH SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO THE EXTENT IT LEADS TO THE SAME PERSON OR PREMISE.

#####DATED – 22/11/2006 : 4. THE LICENSEE SHALL ALSO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUBSCRIBER IS ENTERED IN TO LICENSEE'S DATABASE CORRECTLY BASED ON THE INFORMATION IN CUSTOMER ACQUISITION FORMS (CAFS) / SUBSCRIBER ACQUISITION FORMS

(SAF) AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE LICENSEE SHALL NOMINATE SEPARATE OFFICIALS, WHO SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROCESS OF ENTRY OF SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION IN THE DATABASE, CROSS-CHECKING OF INFORMATION FROM THE DATABASE WITH THAT FROM EACH AND EVERY ORIGINAL CAF/SAF & DOCUMENTS. IF ANY DISCREPANCY IS FOUND AT ANY STAGE, THE MOBILE CONNECTION SHALL BE DE-ACTIVATED IMMEDIATELY AND IN ANY CASE NOT LATER THAN 72 HOURS. OBSERVATIONS MADE BY EACH NOMINATED OFFICIALS FOR THE ABOVE ACTIVITIES SHALL BE KEPT IN RECORD FOR SCRUTINY AT A LATER DATE.

##SAME AS 2006, IN FACT IN 2006 POLICY, THERE WAS A PROVISION OF DE-ACTIVATION WITHIN 72 HOURS IN CASE OF DETECTION OF ERROR.

(IX) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : IN CASE OF CHANGE OF EXISTING MOBILE CONNECTION FROM PRE-PAID TO POSTPAID AND VICE VERSA ALSO, THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM 3(I) TO 3(VIII) SHALL APPLY.

(X) *****DATED – 14/03/2011 : THE MANDATORY FIELD IN THE CAF ARE PRESCRIBED IN THE ANNEXURE-I.

##THE CLAUSES (10 NOS.) UNDER THE HEAD – ACTIVATION OF NEW MOBILE CONNECTIONS ARE INDISPENSABLE, TO VERIFICATION OF NEW PREPAID MOBILE APPLICANTS AND HENCE HAVE BEEN COMPARED WITH OLDER VERIFICATION NORMS. (05 NOS.) OF CLAUSES HAVE NOT BEEN COMPARED AS BECAUSE THEY ARE IRRELEVANT TO ANY ENHANCEMENT IN PARAMETERS, TOWARDS SUBSCRIBER VERIFICATION. OUR PLEA IS TO ENSURE POSTAL VERIFICATION OF MOBILE PREPAID APPLICANTS AND THE SAME IS NOT REFLECTED ANY WHERE IN THIS POLICY GUIDELINE DATED 14/03/2011 AND WORST IT IS A COPY PASTE OF PROVISIONS OF OLDER POLICIES CIRCULATED BETWEEN 2004 AND 2010.





Q – 3] WHY ARE YOU INSISTING ON POSTAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION OF PREPAID MOBILE APPLICANT??

ANS – 3] NO SECURITY LEVEL IS 100% FULL PROOF BUT ONLY THE LEVEL OF DETERENCE IS WHAT THAT MATTERS !!

POSTAL VERIFICATION HAS A MUCH BETTER DETTERENT, AS COMPARED TO DOCUMENT BASED VERIFICATION, MORE - WHEN SIMILAR TO FAKE CURRENCY, WE HAVE A VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE OF FAKE DOCUMENTS IN CIRCULATION AND WE AS A NATION ARE THE MOST UNDER RESOURCED, BE IT POPULATION TO POLICE RATIO OR ANY OTHER PARAMETER OF MANPOWER ALLOCATION – TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE OF RULES AND REGULATIONS.

WHEN IT IS ESTABLISHED FACT THAT – PRECAUTION IS BETTER THAN CURE AND MOBILE OPERATORS, ALREADY HAVE A ESTABLISHED SYSTEM TO VERIFY – POSTAL ADDRESSES OF POSTPAID MOBILE

APPLICANTS, THEN WHAT STOPS THEM FROM VERIFYING – ADDRESSES OF PREPAID MOBILE APPLICANTS AS WELL.

IN A POSTPAID CONNECTION THE USER IS PROVIDED WITH CREDIT AND PAYMENT IS NORMALLY COLLECTED WITHIN (20 DAYS) OF USAGE PERIOD OF (30 DAYS). HOWEVER IN PREPAID CONNECTIONS THE PAYMENT IS COLLECTED IN ADVANCE, BEFORE USAGE BY THE END USER.

IN NO WAY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO CATEGORIES OF MOBILE CONNECTIONS, IS OF VERIFICATION NORMS. THE MOBILE OPERATORS VERIFY THE POSTAL ADDRESS OF APPLICANTS, FOR POSTPAID CONNECTIONS, SINCE IT INVOLVES THE FACTOR OF CREDIT, WHEREAS THEY LEAVE ASIDE PROPER VERIFICATION OF PREPAID APPLICANTS, SINCE IT INVOLVES THE FACTOR OF ADVANCE.

IT IMPLIES THAT BUSINESS INTERESTS ARE A PRIORITY OVER THE NEED OF SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE CITIZENS !!

PIN POINTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR NON COMPLAINCE TO POSTAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION WOULD BE A LOT EASIER, THAN IN CASE OF DOCUMENT BASED VERIFICATION.

IT IS NOTE WORTHY THAT THE RECENT EFFORTS OF SECURITY ESTABLISHMENT, TO TRACE INTERNET BASED COMMUNICATION, WILL SUFFER A HUGE SET BACK IF THE POSTAL ADDRESSES OF APPLICANTS

ARE FAKE, AS BECAUSE – INDIVIDUALS FACILITATING SUCH COMMUNICATION, WILL REMAIN NON TRACEABLE !!





Q – 4] DOT. IS ALREADY CONDUCTING A VERIFICATION DRIVE ??

ANS – 4] DOT. AND MOBILE OPERATORS, AS PER THEIR OWN ADMISSION DO NOT HAVE ANY MECHANISM TO CROSS CHECK AUTHENTICITY OF DOCUMENTS.

THE TERMS. CELL CONDUCTS ONLY SAMPLE SURVEY AND THERE ARE INSTANCES OF SAMPLE SURVEYS REMAINING PENDING FOR SIX TO SEVEN MONTHS, DUE TO ACUTE STAFF SHORTAGE EVEN IN METRO CITIES.

RE-VERIFICATION ONUS IS ON MOBILE OPERATORS, WHO THEMSELVES ARE KNOWN TO DERAIL VERIFICATION PROCESES AND THEIR MODUS OPERANDI CURRENTLY IN NORTH EAST IS A GLARING TESTIMONY TO THEIR MISDEEDS.

THE CURRENT RE-VERIFICATION DRIVE ONLY REQUIRES SUBSCRIBERS TO RE-EXTEND DOCUMENTS AGAINST THEIR MOBILE CONNECTIONS AND THERE IS NO MECHANISM OR EFFORT TO CHECK THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE DOCUMENTS.

SUCH IS THE MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEM THAT EVEN IF EARLIER THE ACTUAL USER AND THE DOCUMENTS WERE CORRECTLY MATCHED BUT DURING RE-VERIFICATION FAKE DOCUMENTS OF SOME OTHER INDIVIDUAL ARE EXTENDED, THE CONNECTION IS TRANSFERRED TO THAT FAKE ACCOUNT.




Q – 5] THE CONCERNED MINISTRY AND DEPARTMENTS HAVE NECESSARY CHECKS TO ENSURE PROPER SUBSCRIBER DATA ??

ANS – 5] OUR COUNTRY IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDER RESOURCED COUNTRY IN THE GLOBE. EVEN A COUNTRY LIKE NEPAL HAS A BETTER POLICE POPULATION RATIO AND THERE ARE MORE THAN (3) CRORE CASES PENDING IN COURTS. WHAT CAN NOT BE DENIED IS THAT AN EFFICIENT LEGAL SYSTEM IS ALSO AN INTEGRAL PART OF A HEALTHY DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM.

THERE ARE GLARING EXAMPLES OF NON COMPLIANCE OF AUDIT TOWARDS SUBSCRIBER VERIFICATION BY DOT. - DUE TO ABSENCE OF REQUIRED MAN POWER AND WE HAVE IN POSSESSION DOCUMENTS, WHICH CAN VERY CLEARLY VALIDATE OUR VERSION.

ALSO IT IS NOTE WORTHY THAT EVEN CHIEF MINISTERS OF THREE NORTH EASTERN STATES, HAVE CATEGORILY DEMANDED BAN ON PREPAID MOBILE CONNECTIONS IN THE INTERNAL SECURITY MEET AND THE MEDIA CLEARLY REPORTED THAT – THE MENTION OF SUCH DEMAND BY CHIEF MINISTERS, WAS COMMUNICATED DIRECTLY BY THE HON. HOME MINISTER OF INDIA.




Q – 6] HOW YOU CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT – POSTAL ADDRESS UNVERIFIED AND PRE-ACTIVATED MOBILES ARE CONTRIBUTING TO MULTIPLE CRIMES ??

NOT WE ALONE BUT THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS SAYING THAT !!

EVERYDAY IN NEWS PAPERS - ONE WILL FIND ONE CRIME OR THE OTHER BEING COMMITED AND EXCLUSIVELY BEING AIDED BY NON-VERIFIED MOBILE CONNECTIONS.

THE CRIMES START FROM INSTANCES OF – FEMALE HARRASMENT // FINACIAL FRAUDS (FALSE LOTTERY OFFERS) // FUND TRANSFERS (I.P. LOCATION OF A CONNECTION SOURCED ON FALSE DOCUMENTS CAN NOT BE TRACED) // THREATENING // HOAX CALLS // EXTORTION CALLS // CRICKET GAMBLING // COMMUNICATION WHICH FACILITED CRIMES AND MANY MORE !!

THAT CRIMES OF ABOVE NATURE AMONG MANY OTHERS, ARE BEING COMMITED BY THE QUESTIONABLE CATEGORY OF MOBILE CONNECTIONS, HAS BEEN WELL ADMITTED BY POLICE ESTABLISHMENT TOO.

THE 'AAM ADMI' FINDS IT DIFFICULT TO LEAVE ASIDE DAILY CHORES AND RUN AROUND THE POLICE STATIONS TO REGISTER COMPLAINS, WHEN THERE ARE ALMOST DAILY REPORTS IN THE MEDIA, WHERIN THE POLICE ESTABLISHMENT REFUSES TO REGISTER COMPLAINS EVEN FOR GRAVE CRIMES LIKE , MURDER & RAPE.




Q – 7] HOW DOES LOW ALLOCATION OF POLICE AGAINST POPULATION IN TERMS OF PERCENTAGE, SUPPORT THE DEMAND FOR POSTAL ADDRESS VERIFICATION OF PREPAID MOBILE APPLICANTS ??

ANS – 7] ANY RESOURCE SHOULD BE EFFECTIVELY USED AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WHEN IT IS SCARCE. THE POLICE APPARATUS INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON PETTY CRIMES CAN PAY HEED, TO CRIMES OF MUCH HIGHER INTENSITY !!

FOR EXAMPLE – IF A FEMALE WHO IS AN ORDINARY CITIZEN OF THE COUNTRY, IS BEING HARRASED AND SHE DECIDES TO LODGE A POLICE COMPLAIN, SHE WILL NEED TO SURRENDER HER DAILY CHORES (WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO HER LIVEHOOD) AND TRAVEL TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION, WHERE SHE WILL NEED TO WAIT FOR HOURS, TO REGISTER A COMPLAIN.

ONCE THE COMPLAIN IS REGISTERED THE POLICE WILL ASKE HER TO COME NEXT DAY TO COLLECT A COPY OF LETTER TO MOBILE OPERATOR (ASKING FOR THE POSTAL ADDRESS OF THE MOBILE PHONE FROM WHICH CALLS ARE HARRASMENT ARE ORIGINATING) AND SHE WILL BE ASKED TO DELIVER THE LETTER AND SEEK A REPLY FROM THE MOBILE OPERATOR.

INCIDENTLY MOBILE OPERATORS HAVE ONLY ONE OFFICE IN A MEGACITY AND IN RURAL AREAS, SUCH OFFICES MIGHT STAND LOCATED EVEN (100 KMS.) AWAY !! IT MEANS THAT ANOTHER TWO DAYS OF EARNING NEEDS TO BE FOREGONE, TO COLLECT THE REPLY FROM THE MOBILE OPERATOR.

IN MORE THAN 90% OF THE CASES SUCH ADDRESSES OF HARRASING ENTITY ARE FOUND TO BE FALSE AND LEAD NO WHERE, EXCEPT THAT THE POLICEMAN IN INDIVUDUAL CAPACITY MIGHT PROACTIVELY MAKE A CALL TO THE HARRASER AND TRY TO DISSUADE HIM FROM THE ACT.

NOW IF FOR A BASIC ACT OF FEMALE HARRASMENT BY HOAX CALLS, THE CITIZEN STANDS TO SURRENDER (7) WORKING DAYS AND THE POLICE NEEDS TO BE DEEPLY INVOLVED PUSHING DOWN OTHER WORK IN QUEUE AND AT TIMES MATTERS OF MUCH HIGHER PRIORITY BEING IGNORED (AS BECAUSE OF LIMITED RESOURCE AVAILABILITY AND ALSO AMONG THE LOWEST IN THE WORLD) IT IS BEST THAT PRECAUTIONS WHICH WILL DETER, INDIVIDUALS FROM SUCH ACTS OF CRIMES, NEED TO BE INCORPORATED AND POSTAL VERIFICATION OF PREPAID MOBILE APPLICANT, IS THE ONLY PRECAUTION – WHICH MOBILE OPERATORS NEED TO INCORPORATE.

IN A UNDER RESOURCED NATION LIKE INDIA – SYSTEM BASED COMPLIANCE, IS ALWAYS PREFERABLE OVER MAN POWER DEPENDENT MONITARING !!

IN A POSTPAID CONNECTION THE USER IS PROVIDED WITH CREDIT AND PAYMENT IS NORMALLY COLLECTED WITHIN (20 DAYS) OF USAGE PERIOD OF (30 DAYS).

HOWEVER IN PREPAID CONNECTIONS THE PAYMENT IS COLLECTED IN ADVANCE, BEFORE USAGE BY THE END USER.

IN NO WAY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO CATEGORIES OF MOBILE CONNECTIONS, IS OF VERIFICATION NORMS. THE MOBILE OPERATORS VERIFY THE POSTAL ADDRESS OF APPLICANTS, FOR POSTPAID CONNECTIONS, SINCE IT INVOLVES THE FACTOR OF CREDIT, WHEREAS THEY LEAVE ASIDE PROPER VERIFICATION OF PREPAID APPLICANTS, SINCE IT INVOLVES THE FACTOR OF ADVANCE.

IT IMPLIES THAT BUSINESS INTERESTS ARE A PRIORITY OVER THE NEED OF SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE CITIZENS !!