Telecom minister to discuss call drop issue on Monday

India's telecom minister Manoj Sinha
Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will be meeting CEOs of mobile service providers on Monday, 25 July to discuss industry initiatives including call drop issue in particular.

Telecom regulator TRAI could not go ahead with call drop related regulation as the Supreme Court ordered against the guidelines.

MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a statement on Sunday said that he will be submitting a petition to the Rajya Sabha committee on petitions early next week, calling for the following amendments to the TRAI Act.

# Empowering TRAI such that it may regulate and effectively enforce consumer rights

# Mandating a greater degree of accountability to Parliament

# Enhancing TRAI’s capacity and capability by providing unfettered access to talent and human resources from both, the government and private sector

# Ensuring TRAI’s financial autonomy and independence by allocating a share in the Union Budget linked to the percentage of revenue generated from the telecom sector

In a response to Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s question in Parliament, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said it is committed to review the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 and revealed that the India Government is presently examining a comprehensive legislative proposal to review and harmonise the legal framework.

The India Government said it had taken note of the Supreme Court observations regarding TRAI’s powers and working, and Government proposed to take to correct issues.

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