An innovative new scheme was launched by the Indian Government recently. As per this, all tourists coming on e-tourist visas to the country will be issued with free sim cards upon their arrival. The card holds a validity period of 30 days.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Cultural and Tourism Minister unveiled this idea recently saying,
“This initiative will help the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India”. He said he got the idea for this unique plan when he visited Sri Lanka and was given a card similar to this.
The sim cards are primarily to be given at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi initially. However, with time this facility will be spread across 15 other airports in the country which have the facility of e-visas.
These free pre-loaded cards will be given to the tourists immediately, making it easier for them to stay connected while in the country. The cards issued to the tourists contain a minimum balance of INR 50. They also contain 50 MB of data. So not only can they make calls using the sim, but also have the option of using the internet immediately upon arrival.
The cards are activated with immediate effect once handed over to the tourists. They have the option of easy connectivity with this much helpful scheme. The Tourism Ministry hopes to eliminate inconveniences faced by the tourists with this plan. It will make their connectivity hassle free.
A lot of tourists who are visiting India for the first time have little to no clue about how to get in touch with their contacts in the country. By using the sim provided by the Indian Government, tourists will now have the option of free and easy connectivity.
When asked why the initiative was applicable only to tourists with e-visas, Dr. Sharma said that detailed information of travellers on this type of visa is available in advance. With this facility the tourists can also contact the 24-hour tourist helpline number which is available in 12 different languages.
The move has been highly hailed by various tour operators in the country. Many hope that other such schemes will be launched soon.