Telecommunications Bill, 2023 tabled before the Lok Sabha

The Telecommunications Bill, 2023 (Telecom Bill) has been introduced in Lok Sabha, seeking to replace the three outdated statutes relating to telecom communications and also introduces amendments to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997. The Telecom Bill, inter alia, includes framework for authorisation, development and maintenance of telecommunication services & networks and grants power to Central & State Government(s) to intercept communications, on occurrence of public emergency or in the interest of public safety, and on grounds stipulated under Art. 19(2) of the Constitution of India, like sovereignty & integrity of India, public order etc.