GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 835
TO BE ANSWERED ON AUGUST 17, 2012
Legislation on Spectrum
835. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that Section 4.13 relating to enacting a separate Spectrum Act, which was included in the draft National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2011 has been removed in the final NTP-2012 announced recently;
(b) if so, the reasons therefor; and
(c) whether Government plans to pursue such a legislation outside the policy in future?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI MILIND DEORA)
(a) & (b) Yes, Sir. Paragraph 4.13 of the draft National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2011 included "To enact a separate Spectrum Act which inter-alia deals with all issues connected with wireless (spectrum) licences and their terms and conditions including re-farming /withdrawal of allotted spectrum, spectrum pricing, cancellation or revocation of spectrum licence, exemptions on use of spectrum, spectrum sharing, spectrum trading etc." which has not been approved by the Government in the final NTP 2012.
(c) No decision has been taken in this regard.