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| Pre-Loaded Sim Cards Launched For Tourists Arriving In India On E-Visa |
Dr. Mahesh Sharma,Minister of State (Independent
Charge) for Tourism and Culture, launched the initiative of the Ministry of
Tourism, Government of India for providing pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign
tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. This unique initiative will facilitate
the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately
after their arrival in India. The Minister presented the First Kit containing
Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector. Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri J.S. Deepak, Secretary, Ministry
of Communications and senior officers were present on the occasion.
This initiative has been launched in association with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., (BSNL),
wherein BSNL would distribute pre-loaded SIM Cards to foreign tourists arriving
in India on e-Visa. This facility will
be initially available in the Indira
Gandhi International Airport (T3 Terminal), New Delhi and later cover remaining 15 international airports,
where e-Visa facility is currently available.
To avail pre-loaded Sim Card, BSNL will collect e-Visa copy
and the first page of passport from foreign tourists on arrival at the airport.
Sim cards will be pre-loaded with a value of Rs. 50 talk time and 50 MB data
and will be activated on immediate basis so as to enable them use this facility
instantly. This initiative will also help them to contact with the 24x7 Multi
lingual toll free helpline of Ministry of Tourism for any assistance and
guidance during times of distress / medical emergency, etc.