State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said anyone found selling SIM cards to the Rohingya will be punished.
She made the announcement at a press conference held at the BTRC office in Dhaka on Saturday.
State-owned telecommunication operator Teletalk will build telephone booths at Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Commenting on whether the SIM cards will be sold to the refugees, State Minister Tarana said: “The highest level of the government will decide that.”
“The government is sincere in supporting the Rohingya refugees with food, health care and ease of communication. However, there are reports that dishonest traders are selling pre-registered SIM cards to the Rohingya. This is an illegal act. We have identified SIM cards which were activated in the region since July 1, and also the traders who sold them”, she added.
The state minister warned that those who sell SIM cards to other people after registering it themselves will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“Concerned officials have been directed to build telephone booths in Rohingya refugee camps within the next few days. The Rohingya refugees will be able to use mobile telephones at a comparatively lower cost,” the state minister said.
The acting chairman of BTRC, Md Zahirul Haque, representatives of the police and intelligence agencies were present at the programme.
This story was first published on Bangla Tribune