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BSNL partners Ministry of Tourism to Offer Free SIM Cards to Foreign Tourists with E-Visa

Free BNSL SIM card at Airport for Foreign Tourists

To promote tourism in India and to encourage e-visa, Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists with e-visa. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma launched this scheme on Wednesday to help foreign tourists in communication in India.

By arriving in India, foreign tourists will get free BSNL SIM cards from the government, which would be loaded with Rs 50 talk time and 50 MB data.

The Tourism Minister recently visited Sri Lanka there foreign tourists are providing the same. Hence he decided to launch this scheme in India.

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Mahesh Sharma said, “This unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. A tourist helpline in twelve foreign languages is already there so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language.”

Minister also said that the demonetization had no adverse impact on the tourists in the country as it has increased during the last few months. Mahesh Sharma presented the first kit containing SIM to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector.

Free SIM cards for tourists are available at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport; tourists can get that while arriving at the airport. Soon it would extend to 15 other international airports.

The SIM card will have a Validity of 30 days and helps the tourists to connect with tourist helpline number round the clock and is available in 12 international languages. The helpline number: 1800111363 was launched along with SIM card. The tourists have to wait for 5-6 hours to activate the new SIM card and after relevant documents.

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Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has called out this initiation, as this scheme will benefit more than a million tourists from 161 countries who visits India using e-visa.

Rajeev Kohli, India Association of Tour Operators senior vice-president, said, “I think we are the first country to give free SIM cards to the tourists. Its a great gesture and will make the arrival experience better for the travellers.”

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma asks Women Tourists Not to Wear Skirts

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The union minister for tourism Mahesh Sharma has become the address for controversial statements after his latest statement on women goes viral.He asked women tourists not to wear skirts.

Mr Sharma advised women tourists entering India not to wear Skirts and avoid going out alone during night times. He also said that the tourists would be receiving a welcome kit with do’s and don’t’s.

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“…Paryatako ko, jab wo airport par aate hain, unko ek welcome kit di jaa rahi hai. Ek card hai usme, usme do’s and don’ts, kya karein aur kya na karein. Jaise chhoti chhoti batein hain, humne unhe bataya ke aap chhoti jagah par raat-waat ke time akele na niklein, skirts na pahnein… Doosra humne unhe bataya ki aap jis gaadi mein baithe, us gaadi ki number plate ka photo le lein aur apne… kisi dost ko forward kar dein,” he said on Sunday.

He received a huge lash from twettariti after his comments. When he was asked about his statement restricting the freedom of the women, he said that

We have a different dress code for temples. Kindly keep that in mind while dressing up,” he had said. “We are not telling them what to wear and what not to wear. We are only saying that when they go out at night, they should be careful. We have no right to try and change anyone’s clothes or way of thinking,” he added.

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He clarified that the dress code was mentioned in the context to religious places as India is a cultural country. Here are some tweets received after the union ministers comments;

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and prominent critic of Modi Sarkar did not spare the minister.


Previously the minister has been into controversial statements when he said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam was a “great man” and a “nationalist and a humanist”, “despite being a Muslim”.

His other statements which received huge backlash are

“Girls wanting a night out may be all right elsewhere but it is not part of Indian culture.”

“Culture defines a nation. The time has come to win back our culture from the negative influence of Western culture,” he said, adding, “In our culture women of three generations cook food in the same kitchen… in Europe, a 16-year-old leaves home.”

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