may I have express my views..There are many misconception about BSNL's services ,even among the learned members here..But i don't blame them .. because 3 years ago if I saw the views expressed above, I also would readily agreed with that..But now every thing changed ...
1) BSNL sim cards can easily obtained from any of the Customer care centres, and their authorised agents in many parts of the country..It is true that the procedures to get the sim cards is more difficult than the other private players...Because of the genuine verification procedure adopted by BSNL, shady elements don't want to took chances with BSNL sim but go for others..Also law enforcing authorities are trusting the BSNL data base, to track the crime while in the case of others it is a wild goose chase. this is the reason why TRAI want genuine verification process by the mobile services providers..
It is like a medicine purchased from Authorised Medical shops Vs across the counter sale from grocery shop.. may be former is costly and need doctors prescription.but of course it is your choice .. it is your health!!