GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
QUESTION NO. 201
ANSWERED ON 11TH JULY 2019
Shortcoming in TRAI Act, 1997
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:
a) whether the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act, 1997 in which many amendments have already been made,still has many shortcomings and further amendments are required;
b) whether the shortcomings have been identified by Government;
c) if so, the details thereof; and
d) by when, necessary amendments are proposed to be made in the said Act?
MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS, LAW AND JUSTICE & ELECTRONICS AND INFORAMTION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a)to (d) A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT TO BE LAID ON THE TABLE OF RAJYA SABHA IN RESPECT OF PARTS (a) to (d) of RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 201 FOR 11TH JULY, 2019 ON “SHORTCOMINGS IN TRAI ACT, 1997”
(a)to (d) Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was established under the TRAI Act, 1997 as a statutory regulatory body mandated, inter-alia, to regulate the telecommunication services, protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector, to promote and ensure orderly growth of telecom sector, etc.
Based on a proposal from TRAI and in line with the prevailing telecom scenario, a proposal is under consideration for amendment of the TRAI Act, 1997. The amendment will be carried out after completing procedural formalities viz Inter-Ministerial consultation, approval of the Cabinet etc.