DoT calls for greater powers for TRAI

29 Apr 2013

India’s Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has put forward plans to grant greater powers to sector watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) the Business Standard reports. The DoT has proposed that the TRAI be given authority to establish a framework dealing with consumer grievances as well as powers to impose penalties on telcos that fail to comply with the regulator’s orders. The proposals are part of plans set out in the National Telecoms Policy (NTP) 2012, to make the TRAI more efficient. Other suggestions included raising the level of qualification required by the chairperson or members of the TRAI and allowing the TRAI to have a greater say in the use of spectrum, granting it the ability to fine players for inefficient or under-use of airwaves.