After Bharti Airtel, BSNL also extends validity of prepaid SIMs till 20 April1 min read . Updated: 31 Mar 2020, 02:33 PM IST
- The government will also provide an incentive of ₹10 to enable outgoing calls
- Bharti Airtel had also announced that it will extend the validity of pre-paid packs for over 8 crore customers till 17 April
NEW DELHI : BSNL prepaid SIM users can continue to use their SIMs till April 20, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced on Monday. The government will also provide an incentive of ₹10 to enable outgoing calls which will help the poor and the needy people at the time of 21-days national coronavirus lockdown.
"The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided that prepaid SIMs will not be discontinued till April 20. For outgoing calls, a ₹10 incentive has been provided automatically from today so that the poor and the needy people continue to work," Minister for Electronics & IT, Communications and Law & Justice Prasad told ANI.
Prasad on Monday held a meeting with the BSNL heads from all the States and the Union Territories and the Chief Postmaster General of the Postal Department through video conferencing.
The decision was announced after the announcement by Bharti Airtel that it will extend the validity of pre-paid packs for over 8 crore customers till 17 April to help its low-income user base during the three-week nationwide lockdown to curb the novel Coronavirus epidemic.
The company will also provide these users unrestricted incoming services till 17 April and ₹10 talk time.