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No more than 5 SIMs against one NID

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:27 PM, 7 December 2021  

No more than 5 SIMs against one NID

No more than 5 SIMs against one NID

The parliamentary committee has recommended not to provide more than five SIMs against one National Identity Card (NID).

The recommendation was made at a meeting of the parliamentary committee on government institutions held at the parliament building on Tuesday.

After the meeting, the chairman of the parliamentary committee ASM Firoz informed the media.

He said the BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) has informed that they are currently offering 15 SIM registration opportunities against one NID. With more and more SIMs, there is an opportunity to abuse it. For this, we have instructed to reduce this number to 5.

"Of course, in the case of regular taxpayers and important people, I think this number could be increased."

Mentioning that BTRC has agreed with them, the chairman of the committee said that they have informed us that they will give a formal decision in this regard soon.

Earlier, there was no restriction on how many SIMs can be collected against one national identity card. Due to this, many of these SIMs have been used for various terrorist and anti-state activities. On 12 June 2016, under the direction of the government, 20 connections were fixed per customer. Later, on August 4 of that year, the government reduced this number to five. Then in December 2016 it was increased to 15. At present this rule is in force.

In addition to the national identity card, there is an opportunity to collect a maximum of two SIMs temporarily in favor of passport, driving license and birth registration certificate. These temporarily obtained SIMs are required to collect National Identity Card and register within a specified period. Otherwise, there is a provision that they will be invalid.

Committee members Md. Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Mostafizur Rahman, Mostafizur Rahman and Muhibur Rahman Manik attended the meeting, chaired by ASM Feroze.