Rahul Gandhi today raised the issue of Net Neutrality in India in the Lok Sabha. Rahul Gandhi said, Net Neutrality was a simple concept that says that all citizens should get equal access to the Internet.
“But this government wants to divide the Internet and hand it over to a few big companies. India needs a Net Neutrality law that won’t allow the Internet to be divided into parts,” said Gandhi.
After Rahul Gandhi’s statement, Union Minister holding Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that the government of India was committed to Net Neutrality. He also denied that the government was under pressure from any company.
It was earlier reported that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had sought suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha and gave a notice for an adjournment motion to discuss the matter of Net Neutrality immediately.
An adjournment motion involves an element of censure against the Government.
A strong plea was made yesterday in the Lower House for ensuring net neutrality with demands that the recent consultation paper brought out by TRAI should be scrapped and attempts by certain telecom and internet service providers be scuttled.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, M B Rajesh (CPI-M) had alleged that the consultation paper brought out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India was “blatantly supporting” assault on net neutrality by telecom and internet service providers.
With PTI inputs