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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Communications and Information Technology DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
RAJYASABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.534 TO BE ANSWERED ON 25TH NOVEMBER, 2011 Exit Policy for Telecom Operators
534. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRAS EKHAR:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-
(a) Whether DoT has decided to make a reference to TRAI with regard to exit policy for Telecom operators;
(b) If so, by when TRAI is likely to come up with its recommendations on the matter;
(e) Whether TRAI plans to hold any consultations as required under section 11(4) of the
TRAI Act, before finalizing its recommendations on the exit policy;
(d) If not, the reasons therefor; and
(e) How does Government propose to protect its revenues and prohibit windfall gains for private parties in case of an exit policy?
ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS ANDINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (SHRI MILIND DEORA)
(a) to (d) Sir, on 10th October, 2011 , the Government sought the recommendations of
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on exit policy for the licensees who want to exit from the provisioning of telecom services under a licence. In response, the TRAI, on 3rd November, 2011 has conveyed that TRAI will need to carry out a consultation with the stakeholders and the recommendations on this subject will be sent in due course to the Government.
(e) As TRAI's recommendations are awaited, it is not considered appropriate to make any comments in the matter at this stage.