On a Presidential Directive the Service Providers had been asked to register their subscribers properly to curb SIM based frauds and crimes, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister, Gayantha Karunathilaka said today.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has already made a request to relevant service providers to register SIM cards with a duly filled application form and a photocopy of the National Identity Card of the owner.
Addressing the media at the weekly cabinet briefing, he said the proposal had been made by the President Maithripala Sirisena to issue an order by the relevant Minister under the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act. No 25 of 1991, and to assign the authority of implementing this process to the TRCSL.
“It has been observed that there are a large number of active SIM cards issued by various mobile phone service providers that were issued without proper documentation or identity of their subscribers,” he said.
It is essential to register them properly for controlling various crimes and frauds using mobile phones, and for the public security. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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