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COAI requests DoT to address the frequent suspension of internet services in Rajasthan

August 10, 2018

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has requested Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in a letter to address the frequent suspension of internet services in Rajasthan.

Recently, Rajasthan had shut down internet services to prevent cheating in police constable recruitment examinations.

According to Rajan Mathews, Director, COAI no other alternative measures have been taken at the examination centres by the invigilating authorities to restrict the usage of mobile phones during examinations other than issuing orders for suspension of internet services.

COAI also alleged that Rajasthan has violated the regulation under the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 by delegating these powers to divisional commissioners in the state. As per the regulation, the state home secretary can issue such orders, or in unavoidable circumstances, such direction may be issued by an officer, not below the rank of a joint secretary, but with the home secretarys consent in 24 hours.







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