Lost Your Mobile Phone? Government’s New Portal Will Help You Track It
The Government is here to ease your worries if you have lost your phone. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology has unveiled a web portal where one can lodge a complaint on stolen or lost mobiles. Ravi Shankar believes that in the age of technology, innovative techniques must be enhanced to provide relief to the people and that’s what exactly the web portal promises.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has undertaken the piloting project “Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) system” to promise security and resolve issues like theft along with other concerns like reprogramming of mobile handsets. The government website www.cic.gov.in has been launched in partnership with the state-run BSNL. The CEIR database will record every information related to the devices that are registered with mobile operators. Even the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) status will be recorded and categorized so that genuine and clone devices can be differentiated.
The major objective of this project is to block the lost or stolen mobile phones across various mobile networks to stem theft of mobile phones, expedite the tracing of the reported stolen/lost phones, prevent mobile devices with duplicate IMEIs and reduce the use of counterfeit mobile devices.
What needs to be done?
So the next time you lose your phone or some miscreant has stolen it, do not freak out. You can lodge an FIR and inform it to the DoT through the helpline number 14422. As soon as DoT receives the report of the lost/stolen phone, it will immediately block the phone to stop its reuse. The telecom service provider also promises to recognize the new user who tries to use the same device. The information will soon be shared with the police who would then trace the lost/stolen phone. All the dominant service providers from BSNL, Reliance Jio, Vodafone to Airtel have given their confirmation in assisting the DoT to Track Lost Phones.