A Member of Parliament has written to Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, asking for the Indian telecom regulator TRAI's directive on subscription to Mobile Value Added Services to be stalled. In the letter, a copy of which he mailed to MediaNama, the MP has said that he believes that though the TRAI is right in its intent of being pro-consumer and preventing exploitation of end consumer, but that the directive is partial and draconian in its approach. He has questioned the regulatory body's understanding of the provisioning of Value Added Services, asking how the TRAI can ask a mobile consumer to confirm a purchase of a service using 'fax and email', adding that English literacy in most states is abysmally low, and "less than 40% of even the mobile users as I am told have ever used the SMS as a channel…
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