The new telecommunications bill can be presented in 6 to 10 months, says the Minister of Communications


New Delhi: Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is in no rush and will introduce the new telecom bill in the next 6 to 10 months.

“Basic consultation process, we will create the final draft. This project will then go through the parliamentary committee processes. Then it has to go (to) Parliament. I see a timeline of 6-10 months, but we are in no rush,” Vaishnaw said when asked about a timeline for the implementation of the final bill.

The due date for the draft has been set by the Department of Telecommunications for October 20.

The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950 are the three statutes that the Bill seeks to replace.

However, the bill allows for the continuation of the acts adopted under the laws that were repealed in order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new framework and avoid any possible disruption.

It also states that regulations established under the laws that were repealed would remain in effect until new regulations are created.

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