GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
STARRED QUESTION NO. 158
ANSWERED ON AUGUST 16, 2013
UN-CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
158. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:
(a) whether India has been selected as one of the four countries as part of the Asia-Pacific region, to serve on the UN Commission on Science and technology for Development (UN-CSTD) Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation;
(b) if so, which Ministry will represent India in the UN-CSTD Working Group;
(c) whether Government proposes to engage in any public consultation process on this issue before finalizing its position, as in the case of NTP-2012, and if not the reasons therefor: and
(d) whether Government has finalized its position for discussions of the Working Group during 2013-14, and if so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY &
LAW AND JUSTICE
(SHRI KAPIL SIBAL)
(a) to (d) A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT TO BE LAID ON THE TABLE OF THE RAJYA SABHA IN RESPECT OF PARTS (a) TO (d) OF RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 158 FOR 16TH AUGUST, 2013 REGARDING "UN-CSTD WORKING GROUP ON ENHANCED COOPERATION
(a) Yes Sir. India is one of the four countries named from Asia Regional Group to serve in its Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC).
(b) The Permanent Mission of India (PMI) to the United Nations in Geneva represents India in this group.
(c) (i) The Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), representing all the stakeholders, has already taken up the consultation process with all the stakeholders across the globe.
(ii) In view of the above and due to the fact that the exercise has just begun, the public consultation at national level is not envisaged at this stage.
(d) The Government of India has taken a consistent stand on the subject of Enhanced Cooperation for a transparent, democratic and multilateral setting of Internet Governance. The Government believes in a system which is collaborative, consultative, inclusive, consensual and responsible for dealing with all public policies involving the Internet.