Steps taken by authorities to rein in pesky calls and SMSes seem to be bearing fruit with the average number of complaints received per month regarding such unsolicited communications coming down by over 80 percent in the ongoing financial year.
In a bid to check pesky calls, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had last year approved disconnection of their phones if rules of unwanted calls and messages were flouted by them, or on their behalf.
The fine was imposed on Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone, Idea , Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Unitech Wireless, Videocon Telecommunications, SSLT, BSNL, MTNL, Quadrant Televentures and Loop Telecom.
Telecom regulator Trai has relaxed penalty norms under which it will impose fine on telecom operators based on new a slab instead of levying Rs 5,000 fine on every pesky call and SMS complaint received.
The errant banks which also include PNB, Citi, Axis and Kotak Mahindra are found to be marketing their products and services using unregistered telemarketers, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.
Coming down heavily on pesky callers, telecom regulator Trai Thursday said phone connections of banks, insurance firms and realty players will be disconnected if rules of unwanted calls and messages are flouted by them, or on their behalf.
In a bid to rein in pesky calls and text messages, telecom regulator TRAI has blacklisted 15 telemarketers and issued notices to 246 of them, while deducting Rs 1.36 crore security deposit for violations of various norms.
The Department of Personnel and Training has sought comments on the Right to Privacy bill from DoT which feels in case of unsolicited commercial communication through telephone calls, the caller shall be punished with a penalty of Rs 20,000 in each case, sources said.
Name and address of such subscribers shall be entered into a blacklist and no resources would be allotted to these subscribers for a period of two years in such cases, TRAI Member RK Arnold told reporters.
Pesky calls and messages are a menace not only for common people but also for Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, who said that he too is a victim of the unsolicited communications and has discussed these issues with telecom regulator.