The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has written to states and union territories (UTs) requesting to issue requisite order for opening up of mobile recharge stores and passes to select employees for movement amid lockdown.

In a letter dated April 23, 2020, the COAI has stated that passes should be issued to select employees /staff and distributors of the telecom service providers (TSPs).

Recently, the home ministry had clarified that public utilities including recharge facilities for prepaid mobile connection are allowed to operate with standard operating procedure for social distancing.