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The road to hell is paved with good intentions

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Utter idiocy in the ministry is reported by DNA:

The government Tuesday brought into force a regulation barring commercial calls and messages, giving relief to millions of mobile subscribers nagged by telemarketing companies.

To avail the service:

You can to register with the National Customer Preference Registry, earlier known as the ‘National Do Not Call’ registry, by dialing toll free number 1909.
You can also send an SMS — “start 0” — to the same number to get registered.
The registration will become effective within seven days.
You can also choose to partially block the calls or fully block them.

Unlike the previous regulation that asked customers to register their numbers under a “Do Not Call” list, the new regulations allows subscribers to choose from different categories like “fully blocked” or “partially blocked”.

Under the partially blocked category, users can choose to receive communication from a desired sector such as education, real estate or health and will have to accordingly send a message with the serial number of the sector.

Modern technology allows you to unblock specific numbers. But instead of that I have to unblock sectors. So I cannot unblock my health insurance provider without opening myself to unwanted advertising from competitors. And I wonder what happens to the RBI mandated alerts from my banks on every transaction.

Grand lunacy from the telecom ministry!

The government will never take action against people who flout the law. Instead they will change the law in idiotic ways. Almost a sure sign that there are vested interests at work.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

September 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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