New Delhi: Almost
28,000 telephones have been disconnected and over 44,000 notices
issued to unregistered telemarketers till April 24 for sending
pesky calls and messages, according to the government.
"Government is aware that several calls and SMSs are being sent
from private numbers i.e. by subscribers not registered as a
telemarketer. 44,810 notices have been issued to unregistered
telemarketers and 27,984 telephones have been disconnected till
April 24, 2012 since inception of the regulation i.e. Sep 27,
2011," Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said in a written reply
to the Rajya Sabha.
In order to provide relief to millions of mobile subscribers
nagged by telemarketing companies, the government last year
brought into force a regulation -- The Telecom Commercial
Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010 -- barring
According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), if
pesky calls or messages are sent through individual numbers then
notice will be served to the customers while the number will be
disconnected on second violation.
The guidelines regulating commercial calls levy hefty penalties on
offenders including fines ranging from Rs.25,000 to Rs.250,000
depending on the number of times the violation is detected. On
sixth violation, the telemarketer's connection is to be terminated
and get blacklisted for two years.
All telemarketing firms are now easily identifiable as their phone
numbers will hence forth begin with '140'.
To avail the service, customers have to get registered with the
National Customer Preference Registry, earlier known as the
National Do Not Call registry, by dialling toll free number 1909.
They can also send a SMS -- 'start 0' -- to the same number to get