Centre proposes to bring WhatsApp, Zoom under telecom licence

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Hardening its stand against video correspondence and calling applications, the Middle has proposed to bring Meta-claimed WhatsApp, Zoom, and Google Couple under the ambit of telecom permit, as written in the draft of the Indian Media transmission Bill 2022.

The public authority has, notwithstanding, proposed to give exclusion to squeeze messages that are planned to be distributed in India of reporters authorize to the Focal or state legislatures from being caught.


“For arrangement of Media transmission Administrations and Telecom Organizations, an element will need to get a permit,” as indicated by the draft.

The last date for public remark on the draft is October 20.

In another critical statement, the draft bill, delivered late Wednesday, proposes to defer off expenses and punishment of telecom and network access suppliers.

The exclusion for press messages, however, won’t be given in the event of any open crisis or in light of a legitimate concern for public wellbeing, power, honesty or security of India, cordial relations with unfamiliar states, public request, or to forestall prompting to an offense, the draft read.

The draft bill was placed up via web-based entertainment by IT Pastor Ashwini Vaishnaw.

It additionally proposes discount of expenses assuming a web or telecom specialist co-op offers to give up the permit.

The draft bill says that the Middle may “defer off to some extent or full any expense, including passage charges, permit expenses, enlistment expenses or some other charges or charges, interest, extra charges or punishment” for any permit holder or enrolled substance under the telecom rules.