New Delhi: Cutting across party lines,
lawmakers on Thursday said there should be a ban on unsolicited
calls and SMSes coming on mobile phones.
"There is a place where you have to register your number
to block calls and I have done that. So I am not getting those
calls but I am getting SMSes on real estate in dozens and as a
consumer I feel it is a violation of one`s privacy and there
should be a system to ban it," Information and Broadcasting
Minister Ambika Soni told reporters outside Parliament.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is also not immune to
unwanted and unsolicited calls from loan companies.
He got one such call for home loan on Monday while he was
in a breakfast meeting with opposition leaders to find a way
out of the logjam in Parliament over the issue of price rise.
Demanding a ban, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, "It has
become a big nuisance as I am receiving about 30 to 40
unwanted calls a day. But now Pranab babu has got such a call
and I hope something would be done to stop the menace."
BJD MP Kalilkesh Singhdeo said, "We are receiving several
unwanted calls and SMSes daily which have become a nuisance.
There should be a complete ban on it."
Agreeing with Singhdeo, Congress MP Rashid Alvi said,
"This is really becoming a nuisance and it should be banned."
Many MPs have complained that unsolicited calls have
become a regular feature on their phones.