Government can take control of any telecommunications network if necessary. Such a law is going to happen in India. The draft of ‘The Telecommunication Bill-2023’ was raised in the Parliament of the country on Monday. It mentions such laws.
India’s Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnav presented this bill in the country’s parliament. Opposition protests began on Monday demanding Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement on Parliament’s security breach last week. Meanwhile this bill was raised.
Indian media NDTV says that if this law is implemented, the government will be able to take control of any mobile operator in public safety and emergency situations. Even the state will have this jurisdiction.
The draft law provides for temporary control of any telecommunication service or telecommunication network from an authorized agency by notification if the Central Government or State Government or any officer appointed by the Central Government or State Government considers it necessary or expedient to do so in the interest of disaster management or public safety. can take However, this law cannot always be applied in the case of media workers.
The draft law also states that the government can order blocking of any communication between people in the interest of public safety. It gives the government the power to suspend telecommunication networks. Unlawful interception of messages is punishable with imprisonment up to three years and fine up to two crore rupees or both.
The draft Act replaces the Indian Telegraph Act—1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act—1933 and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950. The government says that the earlier laws are from the British era. They need to be renewed.