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The telecom services have been recognized the world-over as an important tool for socio economic development for a nation and hence telecom infrastructure is treated as a crucial factor to realize the socio-economic objectives in India. Accordingly, the Department of Telecom has been formulating developmental policies for the accelerated growth of the telecommunication services. The Department is also responsible for grant of licenses for various telecom services like Unified Access Service Internet and VSAT service. The Department is also responsible for frequency management in the field of radio communication in close coordination with the international bodies. It also enforces wireless regulatory measures by monitoring wireless transmission of all users in the country.


Telecom Commission

The Telecom Commission was set up by the Government of India vide the Resolution dated 11th April, 1989[PDF](136.82 KB) with administrative and financial powers of the Government of India to deal with various aspects of Telecommunications.

The Telecom Commission consists of a Chairman, four full time members, who are ex-officio Secretaries to the Government of India in the Department of Telecommunications and four part time members who are the Secretaries to the Government of India in the concerned Departments. The Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of  Telecommunications is the ex-officio Chairmen of the Telecom  Commission. The full-time Members of the Telecom Commission are Member (Finance), Member (Production), Member (Services) & Member (Technology). The part-time Members of the Telecom Commission are Cheif Executive Officer, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, Secretary (Department of Economic Affairs), Secretary ( Department of Electronics & Information Technology) and Secretary (Departmnet of Industrial Policy & Promotion). The Chief Executive Officer, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has been nominated as a (part-time) Member of the Telecom Commission vide the Resolution of the Government of India dated 15th March, 2016[PDF](53.84 KB).

Presently, the Chairman and the full time Members of the Telecom Commission are as under:-

Sr.No Post Person holding the post
1 Chairman Shri J. S. Deepak
2 Member (Finance) Vacant
3 Member (Services) Shri Narendra Kumar Yadav
4 Member (Technology) Vacant
5 Member (Production) Vacant

The Telecom Commission is responsible for:

  • Formulating the policy of Department of Telecommunications for approval of the Government;
  • Preparing the budget for the Department of Telecommunications for each financial year and getting it approved by the Government; & 
  • Implementation of Government's policy in all matters concerning telecommunication.