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Convergence Bill likely to be tabled in Winter session

NEW DELHI: The Communication Convergence Bill, envisaging a super-regulatory authority for the IT, telecom and broadcasting sectors, is likely to be tabled in the Indian Parliament during the Winter session.



"The Bill is with the parliamentary Standing Committee on IT and Communication and it is expected to submit its report anytime," IT, telecommunications and parliamentary affairs minister Pramod Mahajan told indiantelevision.com.



According to Mahajan, if the Standing Committee submits its report soon, then the Bill will be tabled in parliament during the next session.



However, when the minister was asked if the Communication Convergence Bill is likely to be in Parliament during the next session, what will be the fate of the proposed Ordinance on conditional access system, Mahajan refused to comment on the issue.



The Communication Convergence Bill, apart from being a super-regulatory authority for the three aforementioned sectors, will also be a unique piece of legislation, which takes into account the era of "convergence".



Malaysia is the only other country that has a similar piece of legislation.

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