BSNL, MTNL launch ‘One India’ plan

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has always been committed to provide affordable telephone services to the common man. With this commitment in view, BSNL and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have launched ‘One India’ plan with effect from March 1, 2006. This will be one of the most affordable, customer-friendly and innovative schemes for both local and long distance calls. Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, had mooted the idea of ‘One India’ scheme, with a view to connecting people throughout the length and breadth of India at an affordable tariff. In consonance with his vision, the new plan will enable the customers of BSNL and MTNL to call from one end to the other end of India, either from Kashmir to Kanyakumari or from Dwarka to Dimapur at a cost of Re 1 per minute on 24x7 basis, any time and from any phone. This will truly mark the end of distance and STD.

Under ‘One India’ scheme, the customer will be able to call any place in India through either landline or mobile by spending just Re 1 per minute. For the first time, ‘One India’ plan removes the distinction between the fixed line and cellular tariffs and this makes the tariff ‘technology independent’. A similar plan has also been introduced for the customers of post-paid and pre-paid mobile services of BSNL and MTNL.

The details of the plan are as follows:

(A) One India tariff for Cellular services effective from March 1, 2006:

  Post-paid Pre-paid
Monthly fixed charges/Card value in Rs 299 799
Processing charge in Rs Nil 249
Talk value available (pre-paid) in Rs - 550
Validity in days (pre-paid) - 30 days
Pulse rate in seconds 60 60
Call charges per minute in Re    
Intra circle call to BSNL Mobile 0.40 0.60
All other calls including (Intra/Inter circle calls) 1.00 1.00

(B) One India tariff for Basic/WLL services effective from March 1, 2006:

Monthly fixed charges in Rs 299
Rate per Metered Call Unit in Rs 1.00
Pulse rate in Sec  
Local to Fixed/WLL (Own Network) 180
All other calls including (Intra/Inter circle calls) 60


BSNL and MTNL managements are of the opinion that with the introduction of the above scheme, a large number of customers will be able to use the affordable telephone service throughout India. This in turn will enhance the productivity of the common man, particularly in rural India.

The existing BSNL and MTNL landline or mobile customers can also opt for/migrate to this plan.

Highlights of 'One India' Plan

(A) Cellular services (B) B/WLL services
  • Intra circle call to BSNL mobile just 40 paise for post-paid and 60 paise for pre-paid
  • Local call to landline at Re 1 for 3 minutes
  • Intra circle calls to MTNL mobile just 40 paise for post-paid and 60 paise for pre-paid
  • STD at the rate of Re 1 per minute across the country and across the network
  • Forget about the distance and forget about the network you are calling. It is just Re 1 per minute for all other calls in India. STD tariff reduced by 60 %
  • Anywhere, anytime and any network, STD (intra and inter) is just Re 1 per minute
  • Easy migration
  • Easy migration
  • Source: BSNL Press Release