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What are the major objectives and features of National Digital Communications Policy? Government intervention has become an absolute necessity to keep the telecom sector viable for the operators and affordable for common man. Comment.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment

5. What are the major objectives and features of National Digital Communications Policy? Government intervention has become an absolute necessity to keep the telecom sector viable for the operators and affordable for common man. Comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Live Mint

Why the question:

The government is expected to come out with a comprehensive relief package to support the ailing telecom sector soon and clear adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the objectives and features of National Digital Communications Policy and to suggest measures to keep the telecom sector viable and affordable.

Directive word: 

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start the answer by writing about National Digital Communications Policy 2018 and its objectives.

Body:

In the first part, write about major features of National Digital Communications Policy 2018.

Next, analyse the major issues prevailing in the telecom sector – Low profitability, AGR dues, consumer welfare, competition, possibility of Duopoly and financial stability.

Suggest steps that government can take to address this issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.