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Monday, 14 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Citizens' Rights Movement on Saturday urged the government to fix the mobile phone call charge at Tk 0.25 per minute.

The organisation at a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka also demanded that the government fix the land phone line charge at Tk 50 and connection charge at Tk 1,000.

While putting forward their 11-point demands, leaders of the organisation urged the government to cancel the licence of those operators, who are using VOIP illegally, says a press release.

The other demands of the organisation include introduction of caller ID system in all land phones, handing over of shares of mobile companies to capital market, publishing a white paper detailing investment and profit of the mobile companies in the last decade, and ensuring transparency and accountability of Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

Presided over by Syed Marghub Morshed, adviser to the Citizens Rights Movement, the conference was addressed by Tushar Rehman, secretary general of the organisation.

Paying very minimal license fees to the Bangladesh government the existing mobile operators are profiting rapidly, imposing hefty call charges on the subscribers, whereas the citizens of USA, India and Pakistan talk over mobile phones at a cheaper rate, Tushar said.

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