SRINAGAR: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has no SIM cards to give to customers in its Srinagar Circle, where the demand for postpaid SIM cards is growing by the day. This crunch comes at the same time as when BSNL is holding camps throughout the state to increase its market share by offering free SIM cards, both for prepaid and postpaid connections.
In Srinagar, though, the stock of SIMs has run empty. BSNL General Manager Mohammad Saleem Beigh said that SIM cards will be available from next week in Srinagar Circle.
BSNL has been providing postpaid SIMs to government employees and media persons after the government shut down all mobile phone networks except BSNL postpaid in the Kashmir valley.
From Tuesday, a series of two-day customer camps called melas willl be held in the districts of Jammu, Sambha, Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Leh and Kargil, to provide free BSNL SIM cards.
The camps will be held at prominent market places, residential areas, colleges, bus stands, railway station and other important places, a statement issued by the company said.
The public can get BSNL SIM cards at the camps after filing the requisite forms and providing their proof of address and proof of identity along with two photographs.