India appoints new telecoms minister in shuffle

India appoints new telecoms minister in shuffle

India has appointed Manoj Sinha as its new telecoms minister as its former custodian Ravi Shankar Prasad takes on a new position as law and justice minister

The change is part of a shuffle by Indian prime minister Narenda Modi who split the communications and IT ministry. Sinha also serves as the minister of state for railways. 

"He will do a good job at telecoms. He is among the most active, powerful and no-nonsense minister of state the ministry has even seen," an official who has worked with Sinha told the Economic Times

Sinha takes over from Prasad at a time where India is set for what could be its largest ever spectrum auction – expected to raise as much as €74 billion – in the coming months.  

In addition, Sinha will have to lead the ongoing debate on net neutrality in the country. Trai has begun the pre-consultation process on net neutrality and has received feedback and comments from industry stakeholders. 

The government is expected to state its position on net neutrality after receiving the recommendation. 

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