New Delhi: To bring relief to poor people amid the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that the prepaid sims of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will not be discontinued till April 20. Also Read - Killing Corona or Humans? Migrant Workers Sprayed With Disinfectant in UP's Bareilly
Giving further relief, Prasad said a Rs 10 incentive will be provided automatically to customers from Monday itself for outgoing calls, so that poor and the needy can continue to work. Also Read - Don't Want to Deal With Something The Govt Already Tackling, Says SC on Plea Over Migrant Workers' Plight
“Prepaid sims of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will not be discontinued till 20th April. For outgoing calls, a Rs 10 incentive has been provided automatically from today, so that poor people and needy people continue to work,” Prasad said,
On Sunday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a tweet had urged the telecom companies to make their services free for a month to enable the poor migrant workers reach out to their near and dear ones at this time of lockdown.
Writing separate letters to Airtel chief Sunil Bharti Mittal, Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani, and heads of BSNL and Vodafone, the Congress leader had highlighted the plight of migrant workers walking down to their native places, without food, medicines and shelter.
“I urge you to make your mobile services free for one month so that those men and women reach out to their near and dear ones easily and not face hardships in talking to them in this difficult phase in their life,” she said in the letter.
Furthermore, she had said that telecom companies at this crucial time can make a constructive change in the current circumstances as a large number of migrant workers are walking down several kilometres to reach their towns. “They have no money to recharge their phones and cannot talk or reach out to their relatives,” she had said in the letter.
“I feel it is our national duty to help the people of the country in this hour of crisis,” she said.
The Congress leader had said she is writing to them to highlight the human rights of lakhs of migrant labourers who are fighting odds to reach home while being hungry and thirsty.