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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY)
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1459 TO BE ANSWERED ON: AUGUST 24, 2012 India’s Stance at the UN ON Internet Governace
1459. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government proposes to review its original statement submitted to the UN on 26 October, 2011 by way of a UN Committee on Internet Related Policies (CIRP), a 50-member, inter-Governmental body which will oversee internet governance and be supported, funded and report to the United Nations;
(b) whether Government was engaged in any public consultation process in the country before submitting its statement to the UN; and
(c) if so, the details of the dates, venues and participants of such meeting(s) that were held prior to 26 October, 2011?
ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (SHRI SACHIN PILOT)
(a), (b) and (c): A Statement was made in the 66th Session of the UNGA in October, 2011 under the Agenda Item 25: Information and Communication Technology for Development – inter alia asking Commission for Science and Technology Development (CSTD) to establish an open ended Working Group to discuss the establishment of a Committee for Internet Related Policies (CIRP).
The proposal was prepared by Ministry of External Affairs and was endorsed by Department of Electronics and Information Technology. The proposal is as per the mandate enshrined in the Tunis Agenda of Enhanced Cooperation and is accordingly a step forward towards the democratization of the global internet related public policy issues.
The proposal was further reiterated during the one day session of UN - CSTD on 18th May, 2012 in Geneva by Indian mission which was approved by the Hon'ble MCIT.
The proposal was in consultation with the countries of Brazil and South Africa. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has been interacting with representatives from the Civil Society and Advocacy Groups as well as with Industry Associations regularly. A meeting involving, industry, civil society and Government were held in the Department on 9th May, 2012.