Nov 29, 1999|
Trai, DoT equation gets clearer
According to newspaper reports, the government may consider amending the Trai Act to make it mandatory for the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to seek the Trai's recommendations before issuing a licence to a new service provider.
The government's planned move is part of a broader strategy to strengthen the telecom regulator and install it as the sole regulatory authority. This will ensure that the conflicts arising due to the questioning the authority of the regulator (as the DoT and MTNL have challenged) do not arise in future.
The government however plans to keep the powers to revoke a licence vested with the DoT.
Although the move is a much-desired one, the government's decision to keep the powers to revoke the licence with the DoT is only likely to lead to conflicts in the future. It would be better to have all powers vested with on authority, the Trai.
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