Telecommunication play an important role in everyone’s life. The way it is expanding, no doubt it will after one time be the biggest market in India.
Recently, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) amended the rules of telecom services. Among amendment of these rules, one is for the temporary suspension. This means that now these types of suspensions can not be for more than 15 days. But at the same time, some rules are the same as before. These rules are the issuance of these orders by the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs. And also by the Secretary of the state government’s home affairs department.
Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services Rules 2017 came into existence in 2017. DoT was the one to introduce it. The central government and the state government can use this rule. And also, the district can use this but only if there is a public emergency. And also to ensure safety, district can do the same.
The DoT had, in 2017, come out with Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services Rules 2017, which were to be used by the central government, state government, and districts in case of public emergencies and to ensure safety. The principles state that no administration office, aside from the Ministry of Home Affairs or a state’s home undertakings division, can give these requests.
Official Statement of Telecommunications Department
“In unavoidable circumstances, where obtaining of prior direction is not feasible, such order may be issued by an officer, not below the rank of a Joint Secretary to the Government of India, who has been duly authorized by the Union Home Secretary or the State Home Secretary,” the rules mandate. Such an order to suspend the telecom service shall then have to be confirmed by a competent authority within 24 hours of it being issued, according to the rules.