The draught Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022, which the government issued on Wednesday, includes a provision to waive taxes and penalties for telecom and internet service providers.

In the event that a telecom or internet provider renounces his licence, the ministry has suggested a provision for fee refunds.

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw posted a link to the draught Indian Telecom Bill 2022 on social media with the message, “Seeking your thoughts on the draught Indian Telecom Bill 2022.”

The draught will be open for public comment until October 20.

For any licence holder or registered company in accordance with the telecom rules, the central government may “waive in part or in full any fee, including entry fees, licencing fees, registrations fees or any other fees or charges, interest, additional penalties or penalty,” the draught states.

The proposed law would prohibit intercepting “press messages that are intended to be published in India” sent by correspondents recognised by the federal or state governments.

The draught specifies that the exemption will not be given, however, in the event of a national emergency or in the interest of everyone’s safety, the sovereignty, integrity, or security of India, or to maintain good relations with other countries, maintain public order, or stop incitement to crime.

The draught bill states that in these circumstances, “any message or class of messages, brought for transmission by, transmitted or received by any telecommunication services or telecommunication network, to or from any person or class of persons, or relating to any particular subject, shall not be transmitted, or shall be intercepted, detained, or disclosed” to the authorised officer.

Simpi Kumari did B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from LNMU Bihar and Masters from Chandigarh University. She is a passionate blogger, who understands the power of words and has a keen interest in writing articles and news story. Simpi is currently working as an intern at TheShiningMedia.in. Simpi’s strength are self motivated hard work and a disciplined person. She is reachable on [email protected]

By Simpi Kumari

Simpi Kumari did B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from LNMU Bihar and Masters from Chandigarh University. She is a passionate blogger, who understands the power of words and has a keen interest in writing articles and news story. Simpi is currently working as an intern at TheShiningMedia.in. Simpi's strength are self motivated hard work and a disciplined person. She is reachable on [email protected]

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