India's Telecom Minister Quits

7:00 AM -- India's telecom minister, A Raja, resigned Sunday amidst allegations that he mishandled the award of 2G spectrum more than two years ago. (See Spectrum Storm in India.)

Raja's name is likely to be synonymous with the 2G spectrum furor -- but is this entirely fair?

The ousted minister is not totally wrong when he claims he has managed to break the cartel of incumbent mobile operators, a move that ultimately led to lower tariffs. That, in turn, benefited ordinary mobile users and helped to increase teledensity in the country.

The government has yet to announce his successor: prime minister Manmohan Singh will be handling the telecom portfolio for the time being.

— Gagandeep Kaur, India Editor, Light Reading

Vishnu Goel 12/5/2012 | 4:18:31 PM
re: India's Telecom Minister Quits

Oligopoly or cartelisation in India had been going on since the 1960s when the department was known as Indian P&T department. So many regimes have come and gone but a common thread had been total opaqueness of working-as far as interfacing with external operators is concerned.Today these so called Incumbent mobile operators have very strong balance sheet,clout in the Government and all the market savvy to boot.

The Leadership in all areas of functioning -whether Auctioning,procurement or regulation has to keep open environment,usage of eProcurement,free market play and result driven approach.It is pity the tech savvy department is not able to use the IT for improving its own functioning and Governance! Vishnu Goel T&M+919810101238

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