The ministry has proposed a provision for reimbursement of costs in the event that a telecommunications or Internet service provider surrenders its license.
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The deadline for public comments on the draft is October 20.
According to the draft, the central government may “waive in part or in whole any fee, including entry fees, license fees, registration fees or any other fees or charges, interest, additional fees or penalties for any license holder or entity registered under the telecommunications rules.
The bill proposes to exempt from interception “press messages intended for publication in India” of correspondents accredited to the central or state government.
However, exemption shall not be granted in cases of public emergency or in the interest of public safety, sovereignty, integrity or security of India, friendly relations with foreign states, public order or to prevent incitement to an offence, according to draft.
In such cases, “any message or class of messages, to or from any person or class of persons, or relating to a particular subject, provided for transmission by, or transmitted or received by, any telecommunications service or telecommunications network , must not be transmitted, or will be intercepted or detained or disclosed” to the authorized official, according to the draft law.
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