Parliamentary panel frowns upon frequent shutting of internet

New Delhi, December 03 (KMS): The Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology in India has recommended that the central government should not shutdown the internet services in every case, saying that the “Internet is indispensable in everyday lives of citizens of the country”.

In its 26th report tabled in the Lok Sabha on ‘the suspension of telecom services or internet and its impact’, the Parliamentary Committee has stated the Supreme Court order, saying that access to the internet is protected under the same constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression and the right of doing trade or business.

The committee headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor recommended to the Indian Government to issue a uniform SOP on the modalities to be adopted by all states and union territories (UTs) regarding frequent internet shutdown.

The panel has also recommended to the Department of Telecommunications and the Ministry of Home Affairs to set up a mechanism to have a centralised database of all such orders of internet shutdown in the country.