State Minister for Posts and Telecommunication Tarana Halim on Thursday said that a person can register maximum 20 mobile phone SIM cards of all operators against his or her national identity card (NID).
The decision has been taken at a meeting held to review the progress of the activities of the posts and telecommunications divisions Thursday at the secretariat in the capital.
Prime Minister's Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy was present at the meeting.
"We've decided to allow maximum 20 SIMs against a NID," after the meeting Tarana told reporters at her ministry office.
Replying to a query regarding extra SIMs beyond the ceiling, Tarana said: "We will sit with law enforcement agencies soon with the data of central biometric monitoring system and take next decision regarding it."
Referring to the option given by the BTRC earlier to deactivate the extra SIMs, she said people did not respond to it. "So, we have to find out a mechanism regarding the extra SIMs," she added.
On September 28 this year, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) issued a directive to the operators with ceiling of maximum five SIMs against a NID.
Bangladesh started the SIM verification using biometric method on December 16, 2016 and completed the process on May 31, 2017.
"As we have biometric central monitoring system in BTRC so we can specifically identify how many SIMs of which operator have been registered against a NID," said Tarana, adding, "So, if anyone tries to handover his or her SIM, it would be punishable offense."