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New telecom bill may be introduced in 6 to 10 months, says Communications Minister

The Minister of Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is not in rush and will introduce the new telecom bill in next 6 to 10 months.

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New Delhi: The Minister of Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is not in rush and will introduce the new telecom bill in next 6 to 10 months.

“Basis consultation process, we will create final draft. That draft will then go through committee processes of Parliament. Then it has to go (to) Parliament. I see a timeline of 6-10 months but we are not in a hurry,” Vaishnaw said when asked about a timeline for implementation of the final bill.

The draught bill’s due date has been established by the Department of Telecommunications for October 20.

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

However, the bill allows for continuation of acts taken in accordance with the laws that were repealed in order to provide a smooth transition to the new framework and prevent any potential interruption.

It also stipulates that regulations established under the laws that were abolished would remain in effect until new regulations were created.

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