The Department of Telecom (DOT) has published the Draft of the “National Digital Communications Policy – 2018” a few days back. This is in continuation of its National Telecom Policy- 1994, National Telecom Policy – 1999 and NTP – 2012.
All the earlier NTPs have been approved with the intention of bringing private corporates in the telecom sector and weaken the government/public sector telecom. The new Policy, which is not NTP, but named “National Digital Communications Policy – 2018” is also in the same direction. There is no much assistance to the PSUs, BSNL or MTNL. There is no provision to give 4G / 5G to them. High words are used, but it all amounts to favouring the private corporates.
With BSNL and MTNL in the field, India is providing one of the cheapest service in the world. Destroy these PSUs, the people will have to pay at least ten times for the service being provide to them. The wolves and hyenas, the MNCs, are waiting their time for finishing the PSUs, with the tacit support of the government. It will be a catastrophe for the entire population of this great country. A serious struggle and movement by the workers with the support of the people alone is the remedy.