‘Biometric registration of 50pc SIMs complete’

‘Biometric registration of 50pc SIMs complete’

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Nearly 50 per cent of the total SIMs has been completed verification with biometric identity since the campaign launched in December 16 last year.
“A total of 5.45 crore SIMs of all operators have successfully been re-registered using biometric system till April 3 this year and the number is being increased every day,” revealed State Minister for Posts and Telecommunication Tarana Halim at a post road-show press conference at Jatiyo Press Club Sunday (10 April) morning.
The road show was organized to raise mass awareness for the successful completion of the biometric SIM verification. The process is scheduled to end on April 30.
The number of the verified SIMS is nearly 42 per cent against the total 13.10 crore SIMs sold by the cellular phone operators. But, the number of active SIMs at this moment is a few less than the total, according to the operators.
Replying to a query whether the verification is possible to complete by the stipulated time, the state minister said as per the schedule, the re-registration process would end on April 30. “As a warning, SIMs of the unverified subscribers will be deactivated for a few hours and they will be notified by SMSs so they are forced to complete the process,” added Tarana.
Terming the people who are carrying out propagandas against the process as the enemy of country and people, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said: “Preservation of fingerprints is a false perception –We want to secure the subscriber, so don’t pay heed to any propaganda.”
Echoing the BTRC Chairman, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury said a vested quarter is spreading misinformation, but all the people are in favor of biometric verification.
BTRC Vice Chairman Ahsan Habib Khan and other concern officials were present at the press conference.
Earlier, the state minister inaugurated the road-show in front of Osmani Memorial Auditorium that ended at Jatiyo Press Club. – Staff Reporter

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