New TRAI notification stipulates a fine of Rs 500 per pesky SMS, mobile phone call; just call or forward SMS to 1909 to lodge complaint.
Remember that you no longer need to put up with bulk SMSes from pesky netas seeking your votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
A recent notification issued by TRAI, the regulatory body that overseas the telephone industry, makes it compulsory for all mobile operators to have a two letter prefix, an identification tag, before shooting bulk SMSes called A2P (All Application to Peers) from February 1. The first letter will be of the SMS center and the other letter will mention the circle from where the SMS was being sent.
All you have to do is to register with the national do-not-call registry, and if the pesky calls, SMSes persist from any of the 17 new and existing cellular operations and 22 service circles, forward the SMS to 1909, and the TRAI will look into your complaint.
Ravi Ghate, social entrepreneur and director of SMSONE said, “With this notification, a mobile subscriber, who has already registered with the do-not-call registry can forward this SMS to 1909, or lodge a complaint by calling 1909. With the penalty of Rs 500 per irritating SMS send to you, bulk message senders will not dare to irritate you after your name features in the TRAI’s do-not-call registry.”
So beware all the ministers out there. We all are aware that we have some very illiterate people in our government who do not deserve to run the country, hence they wont know about these rules and fine.