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Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone slash call rates to Nepal

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL have reduced call rates or made them free to Nepal hit by a massive earthquake on Saturday.

IANS   New Delhi     Last Updated: April 27, 2015  | 12:51 IST
Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone slash call rates to Nepal

Aiming to lend a helping hand to the people affected by the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, telecom service providers in India have slashed their call rates or made it free.

"As a small gesture during this hour of crisis, we have decided to offer all calls on the Airtel network from India to Nepal completely free of cost for the next 48 hours effective (Saturday) midnight, thus enabling customers across the country get in touch with their families and friends in Nepal," Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

State-run telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited said in a statement: "BSNL announces to allow all calls to Nepal from its network (landline and mobile) as local calls for three days with effect from April 25, 2015 as a relief measure at a juncture of disaster occurred due to earthquake in Nepal."

BSNL chairman-cum-managing director Anupam Shrivastava said that due to the earthquake in Nepal, there has been heavy loss of life, and damage to buildings and infrastructure.

"This BSNL move will help many people of Nepal who are living in India to know about their relatives in Nepal at local call rates at this juncture. It will also be helpful for Indian citizens whose relatives are in Nepal as tourists. They can contact them from BSNL network at local call rate," he said.

Vodafone India announced it was cutting down its call rates as part of its efforts to help people reach out to their friends and families in earthquake-hit areas of Nepal.

All calls to Nepal would be charged at Re.1 per minute against the regular call rate of Rs.12 per minute with immediate effect till 10 a.m. on April 28.

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