makes politics of convergence regulation; says bill is not
on 23 December 1:30 pm)
information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj again
resorted to some political speak yesterday on the convergence
bill. She said that she was not aware that the Group of
Ministers (GoM) was supposed to meet to discuss the Fali
Nariman redraft of the earlier convergence draft.
Earlier she and information technology minister Pramod Mahajan
had insisted that the GoM was to meet on 21 December. Later
they could not do so because they were too busy to meet
because of the pressures of Parliament, reports indicated.
said that the Bill was very much a priority with the government
and it would take efforts to get it into shape. She added
that hardly one per cent of convergence had happened in
India, so there was no point in saying that the regulation
accompanying it has been delayed.
The group of ministers had earlier hurled the convergence
bill ball back at Nariman to clarify the role of the spectrum
manager, the name of the bill, and specify which ministry
should play the steering role for convergence, among other
issues. The IT,telecom and I&B ministry have all been
jostling with each other take up that role.
The bottomline of Swaraj's statements is that the convergence
draft will take some more time to see the light of day before
being shaped as a bill. Following this it will be posted
onto the Net for people's views. It will
be placed before a parliamentary subcommittee before being
introduced in parliament for enactment. The net is that,
it is quite likely that it may scrape through in the budget
session of Parliament, if things pan out. Or the industry
will have to wait for the monsoon session.
Keep those fingers crossed!!!!
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