Tarana hints for extension of SIM re-registration, 8.38 crore SIM cards re-registered

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Dhaka, April 29: Around 8.38 crore mobile phone SIM cards have so far been re-registered under biometric system, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said on Friday.

Decision for extension of SIM re-registration period to be taken on Saturday, she hinted.

She also expressed her displeasure over certain cases of noncompliance by telecom operators in installing their devices in the regional offices of the National Identity Registration Wing.

“NID server is not down, and mobile operators should see whether it is their own problem,” she told reporters while inspecting the registration with biometric details for the SIM cards at city’s Grameenphone Cente on Friday.Tarana

“Mobile phone operators should be more conscious regarding SIM registration process to avoid any sort of sufferings of the people,” she added.

Her ministry had made certain requests to mobile-phone operators to make registration of biometric data of users hassle-free.

Tarana said the government launched the campaign of re-registering SIMs/RIUMs under the biometric system on December 16 last to ensure the actual ownership of cellphone connection. Some 1.21 crore SIMs could not be registered for various reasons, including fingerprint mismatch with NID database, she added.

As the biometric SIM verification will end at 10pm on April 30, the people, who are yet to verify their SIMs, should register within the scheduled time, the state minister added.

Tarana also indicated that deadline for the biometric registration of data for the SIM card could be extended though she said a formal announcement would be made on Saturday.

“There has to be a cut-off date. It cannot go on for an indefinite period. At the same time, we are always considerate about the people’s problem. We’ll let you know by tomorrow (Saturday),” she said.

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