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Since its launch, Sanchar Saathi portal has received impressive response from those who lost their mobile devices. According to the portal, almost 11 lakh mobiles were blocked after citizens reported loss/theft. Of these, half the mobiles were traced back and handed over to the owners.

What is Sanchar Saathi Portal?

  • Launched by Department of Telecommunications.
  • To empower mobile subscribers, strengthen their security and increase awareness about citizen centric initiatives of the Government.
  • The portal allows citizens to-
  • Know the mobile connections issued in their name
  • Get disconnected to the connections not required by them
  • Block/trace lost mobile phones
  • Check the genuineness of devices while buying a new/old mobile phone
  • Modules under the portal –
  • CEIR: It facilitates tracing and blocking of lost/stolen mobile devices. If anyone tries to use the blocked mobile phone, its traceability is generated. Once a mobile phone is found it may be unblocked on the portal for its normal use.
  • TAFCOP: It facilitates a mobile subscriber to check the number of mobile connections taken in his/her name. The user can also report the mobile connection(s) which are either not required or not taken by the subscriber.