03 December, 2020

Wrong Number, TRAI Again

In its fight against the establishment, the TRAI -and consumers - have lost round one

Wrong Number, TRAI Again
ONE can just hear the sabres rattle on the 16th-floor office of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (trai), in Delhi's Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan. Ideally, trai chairman Justice S.S. Sodhi would have much preferred the clinking of champagne glasses, as the regulator should have been celebrating the second anniversary of the trai Act this March.

Instead, Sodhi and his team now have to contend with mapping out survival strategies, define and seek out a role for themselves, something which they thought was elaborately defined under the trai Act, and share reminiscences on the tortuous year just gone by. This, even as they dodge-and on some occasions take on the chin-the sledgehammer blows from the establishment (read: the Department of Telecommunications-DoT-and minister for communications Jagmohan). Says telecom consultant Mahesh Uppal, who had been involved with the setting up of trai: 'Two years down the line, trai is still struggling to resolve its jurisdictional differences with DoT. And it just can't get on with the job it is supposed to do.'

The imprecise hierarchy...



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