New Delhi: The BJP Friday announced launch
of a campaign demanding telecom operators to pay subscribers for pesky SMSes and automated calls from telemarketers.
The BJP, through its "Cash for Spam" campaign, will
seek implementation of a system that makes mandatory for
telecom operators to pay subscribers for unsolicited text
messages and automated voice calls on their mobile phones.
"Instead of the government levying penalty on telecom
operators, it should ask them to pay Rs 5 and Rs 10 for
unsolicited SMSes and automated calls respectively to the
subscribers," BJP Telecom Consumer Cell National Convener
Sanjay Bhalla said.
"Telemarketers should pay to the telecom operators and
the amount will get credited into the account of the
subscriber through the operator," Bhalla added.
Asked about the feasibility of meeting the demand
within the parameters of the law, Bhalla said, "By law, the cell phone is the private property of the telecom users and hence it is subscribers` right to get paid for pesky calls and SMSes."
Tagged as `Cash for Spam`, the campaign will use the
social media to create awareness among the youth. "The youth
are conscious of cell phone bills and privacy issues," Bhalla
said. The party is targeting support people on facebook and
other social networking sites before submitting a memorandum
on their demand to TRAI.
In a month, "we will also organise regional
conferences with telecom users across the country as part of
this campaign," besides meeting college and university students on this matter, he said.
The BJP also plans to set up a special number where
consumers could register their support, besides using the
medium of chain mails, digital campaigns to put pressure on
the government and telecom operators to pay for unsolicited
SMSes and automated calls.
"We will also enlist celebrity support and consumer
groups," Bhalla said, adding he had earlier met TRAI chairman
and submitted the party`s demands on the matter, but telecom
regulator is still to take any action in this regard.