Government telecom companies like BSNL and MTNL have made all calls from their landline and mobile to Nepal calls to be charged as local calls for three days starting from Saturday midnight up to the morning of 28th April. The decision was made after the meeting of cabinet secretary and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad due to the massive earthquake that was marked 7.9 on the Richter scale, which killed over 1400 people on 25th April in Nepal.
The standard call rates to Nepal are Rs10 per minute. The step of reducing the call rates is taken so that the Indians, who have their known ones living in Nepal can be contacted.
“People have opted for different kind of plans. Those who have opted for per second billing plan will be charged as per their plan and those who have opted for per minute calling will be charged on per minute basis. So, now they can make calls to Nepal for about one paisa per second or Re1 per minute,” BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said in a statement.
Idea Cellular has also made its efforts by making all calls made from its network from anywhere in India to that country be charged as per local rates to support the disaster relief initiatives and enable people to reach out to their friends and family members in the earthquake impacted areas in Nepal, as per the statement given by the company.
Airtel follows the lead by reducing the cost. The company also showed it’s grief towards the loss and within a couple of hours they announced the call reduction as a small gesture. Later, telecom major Bharati Airtel announced that it will not charge for any call made to Nepal during these three days. The telecom company, MTS has also joined the lead of these companies and announced reduced call rates to Nepal. MTS has reduced its call rates to Re 1/min for next 48 hours.