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Thursday, 9 June 2016

TRAI has asked government to amend law


Seeking more teeth to check call drops, the regulator TRAI has asked government to amend law to allow it to impose penalty of up to Rs 10 crore on mobile operators and jail term of up to two years on their executives for any violation of regulatory framework. This follows a Supreme Court judgement quashing the TRAI order that asked telecom operators to compensate subscribers for call drops. The regulator has
suggested to the Department of Telecom amendments in various provisions in the Trai Act, 1997, with a view to be an “effective sector regulator”. “…if a service provider violates any direction, order or regulations made under this Act or terms and condition of licence, service provider to be liable for penalty which may extend to 10 crore rupees,” TRAI said in its communication to the Department of Telecom (DoT). TRAI had put in place a new set of rules mandating telecom operators to pay Re 1 for each dropped call, subject to maximum Rs 3 per day, but the order was quashed by the apex court after companies appealed against it.

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