- May 11th, 2012
- Robert Zak
There’s nothing worse than telemarketers cold calling you about signing up to a dodgy charity, getting your kitchen re-designed, or transferring your money to an offshore account.
While the UK government seems to be doing little to combat this social malaise, the Indian government has got the right idea. They’ve issued notices to 45,000 private numbers which have been connected with unregistered telemarketers, with 28,000 of these already being disconnected from the Indian phone grid.
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had this to say:
‘The government is aware that several calls and SMSs are being sent from private numbers… 44,810 notices have been issued to unregistered telemarketers and 27,984 telephones have been disconnected till April 24, since inception of the regulation.’
Under the new regulations, customers subscribed with the National Customer Preference Register (NCPR) can choose to block registered telemarketers, who are allocated numbers with the prefix ‘140.’
The regulation also enforces a cap of 200 SMSs per day per SIM card as a way of deterring spamming and avoiding bulk mail. The penalties for breaking these regulations vary from Rs 25,000 to 2.5 lakh.