The Government has disconnected over 51,000 telephone numbers of unregistered telemarketers. Besides, 88307 notices have been sent to subscribers who have not registered as a telemarketer but were doing the telemarketing activities till July, 2012, minister of state for Communications and Information Technology Milind Deora told Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Deora said that the government is aware that several calls and SMSs are being sent by subscribers, without getting themselves registered with TRAI as a telemarketer, by using normal telephone connections having numbers, other than the ‘140’ number series allotted to registered telemarketers.
“From the complaints’ data received from Service Providers, it is seen that the majority of complaints of Unsolicited Commercial Communications are sent by telecom subscribers who were not registered as a telemarketer”, he said.
As per ‘The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010’, no subscriber, who is not registered with the TRAI as a telemarketer under these regulations, shall make any commercial communication.
In case it is found, based on verification of a complaint, that the UCC was originated by a subscriber who is not registered with TRAI as a telemarketer, the Originating Access Provider shall issue a notice to such subscriber to forthwith discontinue the sending of such unsolicited commercial communications and if such subscriber sends a commercial communication to any subscriber on a second occasion, disconnect the telecom resources of such subscriber.