The Indian telecommunications landscape is undergoing significant changes with the impending implementation of new SIM card regulations on December 1, 2023. Initially planned for October 1, the government has rescheduled the enforcement, emphasizing the importance of staying updated on these modifications, crucial for both potential SIM card buyers and sellers.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is at the forefront of these amendments aimed at curbing the rising instances of scams and fraudulent activities associated with counterfeit SIM cards. Scheduled for a nationwide rollout on December 1, these regulations aim to combat the severity of fake SIM card scams, accompanied by stringent penalties for non-compliance, including substantial fines and imprisonment. A closer look at the specifics of these regulations reveals several key highlights.
Firstly, individuals engaged in SIM card sales must undergo a comprehensive verification process and register the SIM cards at the time of sale, with telecom operators responsible for police verification. Non-compliance with these requirements could result in fines as high as Rs 10 lakh.
Moreover, customers purchasing SIM cards for their existing numbers must provide their Aadhaar and demographic data for verification purposes. The updated rules also restrict the issuance of SIM cards, limiting regular users to acquiring up to nine SIM cards using a single ID.
Additionally, a significant change involves the deactivation of bulk-issued SIM cards, prohibiting their reassignment to another individual until a 90-day period has lapsed.
Penalties loom for unregistered SIM card vendors, with fines up to Rs 10 lakh and potential imprisonment if they fail to register by November 30.
With the impending deadline, it's crucial for all stakeholders, including consumers and sellers, to acquaint themselves with these revised regulations. This knowledge will not only ensure compliance but will also contribute to the collective effort in combating fraudulent activities associated with SIM cards.