Mobitel launches Aachaara for migrant workers
President Mahinda Rajapaksa presents the first Mobitel
Aachaara Prepaid SIM to Sajith Gunerathne while Chief
Executive Officer of Mobitel Lalith De Silva looks on.
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, in keeping with the Government's policy of
recognising the important contribution to the nation by the country's
migrant workers, has introduced a special prepaid package for them
titled 'Aachaara' - Greetings. The National Mobile Services Provider,
Mobitel will offer SIM cards free of charge at the air port Mobitel
counters, loaded with SMS and talk time on credit basis to all migrant
workers, enabling them to communicate with their loved ones at home
immediately after coming back to the motherland.
The first Mobitel Aachaara prepaid SIM was presented by President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, to Sajith Gunerathne, and First Lady, Shiranthi
Rajapaksa presented the second Aachaara SIM to Nilanthi Karunarathne,
two overseas employed Sri Lankans, at a ceremony at the Bandaranaike
International Airport (BIA). Aachaara, an exclusive prepaid package
recognizes the continuing and significant contribution by migrant
workers abroad towards the country's economy and development. The
Aachaara prepaid package entitles users to Rs. 50 worth of credit talk
time on local calls, local SMS, local GPRS and SMS Roaming, valid for 90
All overseas employed citizens returning to Sri Lanka or leaving Sri
Lanka can now collect their Mobitel Aachaara SIM card, by producing
their passport at any of the three Mobitel outlets located in the
arrival, departure or transit lounges at the Bandaranaike International
Airport, at any Mobitel branch or any Mobitel authorized dealer. As the
National Mobile Services Provider, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel aims at the
'Aachaara' prepaid package to facilitate the mobile communication needs
of its users, enabling immediate contact with their family and friends
upon arrival at the country of employment abroad or their return to the
motherland. Beyond their stay in Sri Lanka, the 'Aachaara' prepaid SIM
comes with pre-activated roaming and IDD facilities.
Further, once the credit bundle has been exceeded, the connection can
be reloaded either from a reload centre in Sri Lanka or at any Sri Lanka
Telecom Mobitel agency outlets overseas. Roaming rates can be obtained
by dialling #787# while abroad. Speaking at the launch, Lalith De Silva,
Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel said, "I take this opportunity to
thank His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady
Shiranthi Rajapaksa, for gracing this very special occasion and
presenting the first 'Aachaara' SIM cards to representatives of the
foreign-employed community, as an endorsement of this initiative.
In keeping with the government's policy of appreciating the role of
migrant workers of Sri Lanka, Mobitel is proud to offer the 'Aachaara'
special package to all migrant workers enabling them to communicate with
their loved ones." "It gives us great pleasure to recognise and reward
the invaluable services that migrant workers abroad render to the
country, with their valuable remittances to build the country's foreign
currency reserves," he said.