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Telcos want seven sections of the Telegraph Act 1885 repealed or modified

Technology has made some sections irrelevant while others need strengthening for the modern age, telcos have argued through their apex body, COAI

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Through the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), telecom operators have identified seven Sections that require repeal/repurposing and strengthening

Surajeet Das Gupta
Telecommunications (telecom) companies have petitioned the Union government to repeal certain Sections of the antiquated Indian Telegraph Act (ITA) of 1885. These Sections involve criminal action against employees, but are currently irrelevant due to technological advances. The companies have asked the Centre to strengthen some Sections by imposing stringent fines, making them non-bailable, and repurposing others to protect telecom companies’ (telcos’) assets.

The move comes amid the Department of Telecommunications preparing a framework to replace the old ITA for which it has sought stakeholder feedback before the final draft is released.

Through the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), telecom operators have

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First Published: Sep 20 2022 | 11:01 AM IST

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