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Baba Ramdev made the announcement of the launch of the swadeshi sim on Sunday, 27 May. Wikimedia commons

By Ajay Kumar

The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giant, Patanjali, has announced that it will soon debut in the telecom sector. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev made the announcement. Patanjali on Sunday had launched Swadeshi Sim cards n partnership with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).


At the launch, Baba Ramdev said that BSNL is a Swadeshi Network and the two said companies have the common motive of ‘welfare of the country’.

Like other telecom giants, Patanjali too is making its enter massive by launching its sim with a health, life and accidental insurances. It will also offer unlimited calls across the country, a 2GB data pack and 100 SMS a day for a recharge of Rs 144. This is said to be the best plan of BSNL till now. In addition to these, Patanjali sim card holders will also get a discount of 10 percent on Patanjali products.


Patanjali has tied up with BSNL for its plans. Wikimedia commons

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.

While talking to ANI, Baba Ramdev said, ” There are five lakh counters of BSNL and from there people can soon get Patanjali swadeshi-samradhi card.”

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In 2016-2017, Patanjali had crossed a turnover of Rs 10,500 crore by making a growth of 111 percent and was aiming to cross the mark of 20,000 crore in 2018. Whereas, BSNL is one of the top three loss-making ventures of the government. It had reported a net loss of Rs 4,786 crore in 2016-2017. This partnership is being seen to bring a new competition in the telecom market that will benefit both the companies and, obviously, the users.


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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

In a step towards digitisation of the system, Delhi Transport Department will soon issue QR based Smart cards for driving licenses (DLs) and registration certificates (RCs).

As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, Driving License, Registration License, Digitisation.


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