[AI] Ministry of Communications & Information Technology- NATIONAL DO-NOT-CALL REGISTRY

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Mon Apr 21 05:27:30 EDT 2008

    PIB Press Release
Press Information Bureau          Government of India 

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Thursday, April 17, 2008    
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology       

 16:16 IST           
RAJYA SABHA            

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has  issued 'The Telecom Unsolicited Commercial Communications Regulations, 2007' in  June 2007 to curb
the nuisance of unwanted calls.  In order to increase the effectiveness of compliance  of these Regulations, the following amendments have been made:

(i)         To discourage  the registered telemarketers from sending Unsolicited Commercial Communications,  the Telecom Tariff Order (47th Amendment) has
been issued which has  the following provisions :-
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. Payment of Rs.500 as  tariff to the Service Provider in case the telemarketer makes the unsolicited  commercial communications for the first time.
. Payment of Rs.1000 as  tariff to the Service Provider in case the telemarketer makes the unsolicited  commercial communications for second (subsequent)
. Disconnection of the  telecom facilities of the telemarketer by the Service Provider if unsolicited  commercial communication is not stopped even after
imposition of the prescribed  Rs.500 and Rs.1000 tariff by the Service Provider
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(ii)        In case Service Providers do not take action  as per the above Regulations and a complaint is made to the Authority, an amount  by way of financial
disincentive is imposable on the Service Providers. (An  amount not exceeding five thousand rupees for the first non-compliance and in  case of second
or subsequent non-compliance an amount not exceeding twenty thousand  rupees for each such non-compliance).            

In regard to penalization of telemarketers,  as per information available with TRAI as on 29.02.2008, the service providers  have taken action against the
telemarketers as per TRAI's Telecom Tariff Order.  In regard to financial disincentive for Service  Provider, the amendment will come into force from the
date of its publication  in the official gazette.  The amendment  to the Regulation has been published in the gazette only on 09.04.2008.                          

Details of action taken by Service  Providers against telemarketers for violation of the Telecom Unsolicited Commercial  Communication Regulations, 2007

(i)         Number of  warning letters issued to registered telemarketers =  5064

(ii)        Number of registered telemarketers charged  with Rs.500/- =       157

(iii)       Number of registered telemarketers lines  disconnected =               98

(iv)       Number of unregistered telemarketers lines disconnected =          435.             

This information was given by the Minister of State  for Communications and Information Technology, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in a written  reply to
an un-starred question in the RajyaSabha today. 

(Sweety Bhalla)
Assistant Manager
New Delhi India
E-Mail: sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com

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