IT minister releases draft version of Telecom Bill 2022, public feedback open till October 20

Published on Sep 23, 2022 11:07 AM IST

The draft has several major proposals, including one that calls for messaging services to seek licenses to operate in the country.

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw addresses the press.(HT )
Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw addresses the press.(HT )
By, New Delhi

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union IT minister, has released a draft version of the proposed Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022 and invited feedback and suggestions from public over it. Those interested can share their suggestions straightaway, on naveen.kumar71@gov.in; feedback will not be accepted after October 20.

“Seeking your views on draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022,” Vaishnaw tweeted on September 21, attaching with his post a link to the draft bill.

What does the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022 propose?

(1.) The draft bill has several proposals. A major proposal is that calling and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype and Google Duo shall need licenses to operate in the country.

Also Read: Govt proposes law to intercept encrypted messages on WhatsApp, Signal

(2.) "For provision of Telecommunication Services and Telecommunication Networks, an entity shall have to obtain a license," the document, released on Wednesday evening, stated. It is to be noted that here, ‘telecommunication services’ includes OTT apps as well.

(3.) The government has also put out provisions for the refund of fees if a telecom or internet provider surrenders their license. Additionally, the Centre may waive, in part or full, any fee for any license holder or registered entity under the rules.

Also Read: Do you regularly attend Zoom meets? This Centre advisory is meant for you

(4.) Press messages intended to be published in India by correspondents accredited to the central or state government, will be out of the purview of these guidelines.

(5.) However, exemptions will not be applicable ‘in case of any public emergency or in the interest of the public safety, sovereignty, integrity or security of India, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, or to prevent incitement to an offence,’ the draft noted.

(With PTI inputs)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals