Aruna Sundararajan, telecom secretary and chairperson of the telecom commission, said: “The telecom policy has been approved now for sending to Cabinet (in two weeks). All members said that digital infrastructure is even more important than physical infrastructure for India, including CEO of NitiAayog (Amitabh Kant) said that for the aspirational states, we must ensure that digital infrastructure is provided at the earliest. Therefore, India must have ease of doing business and an enabling policy environment for fresh investments.”
Also, the department of telecommunications (DoT) will create an in-house monitoring mechanism to track and review the implementation of the new policy, which will have enabling provisions for rationalising levies of the telecom sector that pays a third of every Rupee earned to the government in the form of taxes or charges.
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) commented that the forward-looking policy promises to usher India into a new era of digital communications, thereby making the Prime Minister’s Digital India dream a reality.