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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3453
ANSWERED ON:  17.03.2021
Regulation of Internet Shutdowns
Rajmohan Unnithan
Will the Minister of



COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:-


whether the Government has any plan to frame a legislation to regulate internet shutdown in the country and if so, the details thereof?


ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION AND
ELECTRONICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI SANJAY DHOTRE)


At present, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has no such plan to frame a legislation to regulate internet shutdown in the country.
However, it is intimated that in order to streamline the process of internet shutdowns in the Country, DoT notified “Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017” on 07.08.2017 under section 7 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency & Public Safety) Rules, 2017 has been amended vide Gazette Notification dated 10.11.2020

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