Senate Directs Telcos to form SOPs for Franchises. Senate standing committee on Information Technology and telecommunication ordered telcos not to pressurize the franchises to achieve sale target and also directed to form SOP for franchises.
Senate Directs Telcos to form SOPs for Franchises
The committee was met under the chairmanship of Senator Shahi Syed. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Syed Bhibli Faraz, Taj Muhammad Afridi, Najma Hameed and Muhammad Azam Khan Sawati also attended the meeting.
To control the sale of illegal SIMs, the committee directed mobile network operators not to pressurize the franchises to achieve the sale targets. Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Anusha Rehman told the committee that,
commercial operators are getting engaged with private sector, government and regulators have no right to interfere in the commercial engagement of private sector, and also have no right to change their business models.
Senator Abdul Rehman Malik and Shibli faraz suggested the committee to direct Telco’s to make Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) for franchises, only those franchises can get lenience those are eligible and rights of franchises should also be protected. Member Enforcement Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Abdul Samad told the committee that Federal Board of Revenue with the assistance of Pakistan Revenue Automation (Pvt).