New Delhi: The Government on Friday said telecom regulator TRAI has received Rs 6.05 lakh from Vodafone, Tata Teleservices and Loop Mobile regarding violation of rules by telemarketers for unwanted commercial calls and messages.

"Since coming into force of the regulations related to the telecom commercial communications customers preference regulations from September 27, 2011, till November 30, 2011, the telecom service providers have penalised registered telemarketers in 18 cases and deposited a total of Rs 6.05 lakh to TRAI," Minister of State for IT & Communications Milind Deora informed the Rajya Sabha.

In order to prevent harassment to customers from pesky calls and messages, TRAI had issued guidelines to put on hold the unsolicited commercial communications.

TRAI has received Rs 3.30 lakh from Tata Teleservices, Vodafone has submitted Rs 2 lakh and Loop Telecom has been penalised for Rs 75,000, making a total of Rs 6.05 lakh, Deora said.

During the period, TRAI has sent 3,409 notices to subscribers who have not registered as a telemarketer but were doing the telemarketing activities. Of these, 410 such connections have been disconnected.

Prior to The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer  reference Regulations, 2010 regulation -- which took effect in September this year -- on an average, 47,454 complaints were received per month which have fallen after the implementation.

As per the data, a total of 9,746 complaints were lodged by telecom customers from September 27 to November 30, 2011, Deora said.

As per regulations, telecom customers have to register with their service providers for registration in the National Customer Preference Registry.

No complaints have been received regarding the Access Providers refusing to register new customers in the National Preference Registry as intimated by regulator TRAI, he said.

(Agencies)