DoT has blocked 2 lakh-plus mobile SIMs in Bihar and Jharkhand
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has blocked over 2 lakh mobile SIM cards in Bihar and Jharkhand in an attempt to counter illegal activities such as extortion calls, financial frauds, and unethical marketing. This mammoth operation was conducted after the DoT received several complaints regarding the misuse of mobile SIM cards.
The blocking of these SIM cards was done in accordance with Section 34 of the Indian Telegraph Act 1885, which empowers DoT to take such action in the interest of public safety and order. The move has been appreciated by common people, as it is expected to curtail illegal activities and reduce the incidence of cyber crimes in the two states.
In recent times, there have been several cases of financial frauds, extortion calls, and social media abuse which were found to be originating from the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. As it is far easier to obtain and discard mobile SIM cards without proper verification in these states than in other parts of the country, criminals have been exploiting this loophole to operate freely and undetected.
An official spokesperson from the DoT noted that the blocking of SIM cards is a short-term measure, and that a more comprehensive and long-term solution is being developed in collaboration with the state governments. The spokesperson also urged citizens to be cautious while using mobile phones and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
The action by DoT has been a stern warning to all mobile service providers to ensure that their customers comply with the rules and regulations regarding the use of mobile SIM cards. The regulatory body is also planning to conduct a thorough audit of these service providers, to check whether they are following the set guidelines and maintain proper records of the customers.
The DoT has also set up a toll-free number (1955) for people to verify the authenticity of their SIM cards. The telecom operators have been mandated to inform their customers to link their mobile numbers with Aadhaar, in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court.
In conclusion, the blocking of over 2 lakh mobile SIM cards in Bihar and Jharkhand is a commendable step taken by the DoT towards curbing illegal activities and reducing the incidence of cyber crimes. While the short-term measures will have its share of repercussions, it is hoped that the impending long-term solution by DoT and state governments will effectively address the problems arising from the misuse of mobile SIM cards, and ensure the safety and security of the public.