The sources said details sought from telcos include the number of subscribers who have benefited from validity extension and talk time credit -- announced recently. Data has also been sought on a number of subscribers who were unable to recharge during the lockdown.
Vodafone Idea had earlier announced the extension of the validity on prepaid plans availed by low-income customers using feature phones till April 17, and Rs 10 talktime credit, while Bharti Airtel too had offered an extension in the validity period of over 80 million pre-paid connections until April 17 as well as credited Rs 10 talk time in these accounts.
Reliance Jio had offered its JioPhone users 100 minutes of free talktime and 100 free SMS till April 17, and their incoming calls would continue even post validity of their pre-paid vouchers.
The telecom industry had, however, rejected Trai's call for extending benefits of talktime credit and extended validity to all pre-paid mobile phone users. Industry body COAI had argued that telecom firms had offered over Rs 600 crore of benefits to low-income users to stay connected during the nationwide lockdown, and extending it all prepaid.
The subscriber addition tally for mobile operators is estimated to have tanked to 0.5 million in March against a monthly average of 1.5-3 million on account of coronavirus-led lockdowns, according to industry experts. Sector observers said the situation is likely to continue this month as all-India lockdown
is scheduled to be in place till April 14.
Many states had already started imposing movement restrictions for the general public to combat the spread of coronavirus