| When asked whether any timeline could be given
as to when he expected the Bill to be introduced in Parliament,
Shourie would offer no clues except to say that it would be
done as soon as possible. From the tone of the conversation
though, it looks unlikely that the Bill will be tabled in Parliament
even in the next (Monsoon) session.
Shourie said once his ministry was ready with the framework
of rules, the I&B ministry’s feedback would be sought
before taking the matter further.
The Convergence Bill, aiming to have a policy framework for
the convergence era, was referred to the Parliamentary Standing
Committee on IT and telecom in 2001 to examine the various
clauses after being introduced in Parliament. The policy aims
to have a super regulator for the IT, broadcasting and telecom
The committee was headed by Communist Party of India's Member
of Parliament, Somnath Chatterjee.
If India gets to enact this piece of legislation, it would
only be the second country in the world, after Malaysia, to
have such a convergence policy in place.