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Rahul Gandhi takes on PM Narendra Modi: From Digital India to Net Neutrality, all you need to know in 10 points

Mon February 01 2016, 9:59 am
  • Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has hit out at PM Narendra Modi government for having failed so far to come up with a coherent policy on net neutrality. Launched in July 2015, Digital India is an initiative of the Modi government to ensure that public services are made available to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity. Here are the top 10 points to note in a statement on Sunday:

  • 1. Rahul Gandhi: The Narendra Modi government must guard against allowing Digital India to become a surrogate for the interests of big corporations. (AP)

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    2. Rahul Gandhi: NASSCOM has asked for net neutrality, over 500 start-up entrepreneurs are pleading for it, young in India has been demanding it, yet we have a government which under the pretext of repeated discussions has been delaying framing a clear-cut policy on this.

  • 3. Rahul Gandhi: The BJP government quietly looked the other way when telecom companies introduced price differential through zero rating plans and attempted to charge for OTT (Over The Top) services. (Reuters)

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    2. Ratan Tata: I hope Prime Minister Narendra Modi is successful in bringing companies to India because the country does need a refreshment of new manufacturing companies which will be a real shot in the arm in terms of supply-chain and research in India. (Reuters)

  • 5. Rahul Gandhi: Digital India should mean Internet connectivity as a public utility, open ended and generative. With Digital India, people would get more access to Internet - the whole Internet - and not primarily a filter on the web. (AP)

  • 6. Rahul Gandhi: Congress had always stood for freedom of the Internet and net neutrality, as it believed that Internet Service Providers (ISPs)/Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) and government should treat all data on Internet equally. (Reuters)

  • 7. Rahul Gandhi: Congress Party's and my belief is shaped by our faith that Internet users should be free to connect to any website or service that they want, enabling a level playing field on the world wide web. (Reuters)

  • 8. Rahul Gandhi: Congress Party recognised the danger of privileging a private platform over a public internet, introducing a new digital divide. (Reuters)

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    9. Rahul Gandhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had issued consultation papers on the issue twice over, covering similar questions for consumers to answer on net neutrality, free basics and data price differentiation.

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    Rahul Gandhi: "Listen to us. We are not your enemy, we do not hate you. There is only one truth in the RSS. One truth in universe---your own. Nobody else's opinion matters in entire universe. This is all you have shown in last two years. PM cannot run the country with his opinion. Country is not PM. PM is not country."(Reuters photo)

  1. R
    Feb 1, 2016 at 6:33 am
    i am worrying ,what going to happen if PAPPU become PM by any chance ..?
    1. K
      Feb 1, 2016 at 8:03 am
      All e-governance services provided by government should be available free to all citizens of India without subscribing to BSNL or any other internet service provider. Otherwise poor people are forced to pay for internet services and only rich will be beneed by 'Digital India' project. What we need is anyone having land phone connection to get access to e-services provided by the government without paying for internet services separately. Similarly mobilephone users shold have access to 'Digital India' e-services free of cost.

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