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Jyotiraditya M Scindia takes charge of Ministry of Communications

Jyotiraditya M Scindia has assumed charge of the Minister of Communications.

Addressing the media, he emphasized the importance of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), as well as of India Post, in today’s day and age in connecting the length and breadth of India. “I am honored that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I have been given the charge of the Ministry of Communications. In the past ten years, our government has transformed the sector, and today, I want to reaffirm my steadfast commitment to make India a sustainable, customer-centric, and competitive telecommunications and postal market,” he said. He vowed to persevere and do his best to ensure the delivery as per the aspirations of 140 crore citizens.

The minister recalled his previous tenure as the Minister of State for Communications about one and half decades ago. “It is also a little bit like coming full circle for me. I worked as a junior minister in this department many, many years ago in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Therefore, for me, it is also a department with which I have had tremendous emotional ties,” Scindia said.

Scindia takes over from Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at a time when the sector enjoys improved financial metrics and reduced litigation.

Scindia, as the new telecom minister, has his task cut out to complete the 5G spectrum auction scheduled to be held on June 25. The spectrum in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2,300 MHz, 2,500 MHz, 3,300 MHz, and 26 GHz bands is being auctioned. It will see the participation of telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vi.

Scindia’s will address several key issues, including satellite broadband services and security clearances for Elon Musk-led Starlink. Additionally, formulating rules for the new Telecommunications Act is on his priority list.

Some of the other issues that will require Scindia’s attention include the mandatory caller identification solution, BSNL’s 4G/5G rollout, settling the debt issues of MTNL, work on 6G technology, and improvement in the telecom production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

The minister is expected to outline a 100-day agenda to set clear priorities, deliverables, roadmaps, and targets for the telecom sector’s growth and development.

CT Bureau

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