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 here today. Addressing on the occasion, he said that this
unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating
with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India.
Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist
Helpline 1800111363 in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign
tourists can get the required information in their own language. 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.
This facility is only available for tourists arriving in India on
e-Visa. 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 is also aimed at
providing connectivity to foreign touriststo enable them to stay in
touch with their near and dear ones and 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,
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