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India National Telecom Policy for Cabinet approval; Planning Commission raises last-minute concerns

It has been a long time coming, but it appears, finally, that India will have new National Telecom Policy. Unless the hesitance to take decisions which is an after-effect of the 2G crisis, stalls the process again. LIRNEasia was among those who made comments. Among other things, we’d be interested in whether our comments had any effect.

The Planning Commission has objected to provisions in the National Telecom Policy 2012 and the Unified Licensing Regime (ULR), which comes up for cabinet approval tomorrow, on the grounds that it could lead to a repeat of the 2G scam.

The commission has objected to giving the telecom minister the sole authority to “finalise the new ULR including the various categories of licences and services to be incorporated”, as well as the NTP 2012, and said that the final authority should be vested with the cabinet.

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