The new telecom law is expected to come into effect within 6-10 months, but the government is in no rush, Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said Friday.
“Based on the consultation process, we will make a final draft. That draft will then go through Parliament’s committee processes. Then it should go (to) Parliament. I see a timeline of 6-10 months, but we’re in no rush” , Mr Vaishnaw said when asked about a timeline for the implementation of the final bill.
The Ministry of Telecommunications has set the UKTN of October 20 on the draft bill.
The bill seeks to replace three laws: the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950.
However, to ensure a smooth transition to the new framework and to avoid any disruptions, the bill provides for continuity of actions taken under the repealed laws.
It also stipulates that rules would remain under the repealed laws until such time as new rules are formulated.
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