November 28, 2014
Derek O’Brien raises the issue of restructuring TRAI in Rajya Sabha
Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien today raised the issue of restructuring TRAI. He was speaking during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha:
Full transcript of his speech:
Sir, the slogans apart, the Minister talks about Universal Digital Literacy without any specific timeline. They have been in power for only 6 months now, so we will not get into timelines. But I have a specific question to ask which goes beyond this.
Today the TRAI regulates the infrastructure. The TRAI, the same authority, regulates the content. The TRAI, the same authority, regulates the I&B, which is the media.
So to reflect a more practical situation which is on the ground, will the Government consider at least restructuring or beginning discussions to restructure these into two independent regulatory bodies – one which look after infrastructure i.e. technology and telecom, and the second one which looks after content i.e. the media?
This is my question, Sir. Because, Sir, there is a differentiation between technology and the content.
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