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Going to buy a SIM card? Prepare to get photographed

Aug 09, 2008 09:01 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: In a bid to prevent misuse of SIM cards, Home Ministry has proposed that mobile network operators maintain photo records and proof of sale.

“I suggested we have a system whereby we have a camera installed at all SIM stores that so that the applicant can be photographed,” Union Home Secretary, Madhukar Gupta, said.

The moves aims to crack down on the sale of pre-activated connections using fake identity papers.

“We recently found out that 50 SIM cards been issued in the name of a single person in a period of three months,” Madhukar said.

If the proposal comes through, subscribers will be responsible for all the SIM activities irrespective of who uses it.

The government is also looking at cloned SIM cards and Chinese phones that have no individual identification or IMEI numbers.

At a meeting in New Delhi to discuss internal security, North Block also mooted the idea of installing fake currency detectors in banks. The machines will help identify 60 per cent of fake notes coming to banks.

The move comes in the wake of a spurt in fake currency coming in from across Nepal.

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