New telecom law likely to come into effect in 6-10 months: Ashwini Vaishnaw

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The Ministry of Telecommunications has set the UKTN of October 20 on the draft bill.

New Delhi:

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.

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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to the new framework and to avoid any disruptions, the bill provides for continuity of actions taken under the repealed laws.

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It also stipulates that rules would remain under the repealed laws until such time as new rules are formulated.

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