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  • Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad has unveiled the portal,, wherein the customer is required to report the lost phone or theft after filing a police complaint.
  • The project has started on a pilot basis in Maharashtra and later it will be implemented across the country.


It aims to reduce the resale of lost/stolen phones by blocking the IMEI number. This move will also prevent the mobile phones to duplicate the IMEIs across the network.

How will it work?

  • Each mobile phone has a 15 digit unique indemnification number International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
  • Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made.
  • The unique number of mobile devices is allocated by global industry body GSMA and bodies authorised by it.
  • When the mobile is stolen or lost, the concerned person has to lodge an FIR and inform Department of Telecom (DoT).
  • DoT will block the reported lost/stolen phone across the network which will prevent the reuse of the phone.
  • If anyone tries to use the same device, the telecom service provider will identify the new user.
  • The service provider will provide information to police to trace the lost/stolen mobile phone.

Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)

  • A large number of mobile phones have duplicate IMEIs making it challenging for the authorities to block such devices.
  • The reported mobile phone will be blocked across networks and all existing mobile numbers with the IMEI will be put in an override list.
  • If such IMEI is blocked, a large number of mobile phones will get blocked being handsets with same IMEI causing inconvenience to many genuine customers.
  • Thus, there is a need to eliminate duplicate/fake IMEI mobile phones from the network.
  • To deal with the associated problems, an indigenous solution has been developed by C-DOT, a research and development unit of the Department of Telecommunications (DOT).
  • Since 2017, DOT has been working on developing the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), which will be a database of billions of IMEIs in India.
  • The CEIR will additionally be able to access the GSMA’s worldwide IMEI database and compare IMEI numbers to track down counterfeit handsets.
  • This would ensure international cooperation in matters of handset theft.

[Source: The Hindu, PIB, Livemint]


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