New Delhi: The Union Cabinet announced new rules to safeguard the country’s telecom networks, one of the issues that has been holding up the government’s approval to an increase in the foreign direct investment limit in telcos operating in India to 74% from 49%. It also decided that remote access, which lets telcos and their service providers manage their networks from a distance, will only be allowed to equipment suppliers such as Nokia and Ericsson. Remote access will also be allowed only to locations approved by the government, minister for information and broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi announced on Thursday. The facility may also not be used to listen in to networks. An exact copy of remote access, along with an audit trail of over six months, must be given to the government.
The cabinet also approved a new Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre to provide non-resident Indians and people of Indian origin better visa services. To speed up the clearance process of Public-Private Partnership projects, the cabinet has decided that the PPP advisory committee will only clear projects that have a capital cost of over Rs250 crore.
K.P. Narayana Kumar contributed to this story.