Hyderabad, January 31 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took yet another dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi pertaining to the Free Net Neutrality concept in the country. He also slammed Modi adding that he alongside other fellow citizens is eagerly waiting for the roll out of the TRAI(Telecoms Regularity Authority of India) Report and Net neutrality.Also Read - PM Narendra Modi to Launch e-RUPI on August 2: Know All About The New Digital Payment Platform
“I take this opportunity to tell PM,‘Digital India’ can’t become a euphemism for an Internet controlled by large remote corporations. NASSCOM has asked for Net Neutrality, over 500 start-up entrepreneurs are pleading for it,young in India have been demanding it,” Rahul Gandhi said. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Congratulates PV Sindhu for Winning Bronze
“Like millions of Indians out there, I am earnestly hoping to see a TRAI report (scheduled for 31st January), and Modi Govt’s commitment in favor of open Internet in its entirety where there is no ambiguity in regard to differenc in pricing,” Rahul said while addressing a large audience. Also Read - Kejriwal Govt Urges Centre to Confer Bharat Ratna on Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna
Earlier in the past,during his speeches in Parliament Rahul has moved to this topic that which has been facing a lot of debated online. He had also claimed that the government wanted to distribute the internet to big industrialists.
“Over 1 million people are fighting for net neutrality and the government is trying to carve out the net and hand it over to the corporates,” Gandhi ha ealier last year remarked. The 44-year-old Congress scion had earlier also put up a notice in Parliament asking for a discussion on the topic. (ALSO READ : Rahul Gandhi fights for Net Neutrality, asks for a debate in Parliament).
In the last year, Facebook Co-owneer Mark Zuckerberg according to his earlier claims had earlier last year mentioned the fact that Internet.org didn’t violate Net Neutrality and both can co-exist. He has been claiming that it’s a philanthropic effort, and that some access to the internet is better than others. While at face-value, that argument sounds fine, the question is who decides which services the poor get? The answer is obviously Facebook and in India Reliance, because that’s the only network which provides this service.