India as the next travel destination, tourists landing in India will be given a free SIM card at the airport, which will be filled with INR 50 of talk time and 50 MB of data.
The initiative will be launched at the
New Delhi's soon and will be later made available across 15 major airports around the country, according to reports. To get the free SIM card travellers will have to apply for an e-visa. Indira Gandhi International Airport
"The initiative will help the tourists to immediately communicate with their relatives at home, hotels, tour operators and so on," said tourism minister Mahesh Sharma.
The move is also a push towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s digital
India initiative. Last year, the Indian government had announced demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, which had boosted digital payments. The Modi government has also announced its plan to bring cheaper, faster internet to over 150,000 villages across India.