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Technology companies in India are facing what may be their biggest policy storm yet. Regulators, the central government and other influencers have been issuing a slew of new draft policies, recommendations and regulations over the past six to seven months. On top of that, many of these are actually competing with each other to decide the course of tech policy.
From regulators such as RBI and Trai to central government ministries to Niti Aayog and the privately run think tank iSpirt—everyone has something to say. For instance, while Trai is aligned with UIDAI on Aadhaar, it has locked horns with Niti Aayog over a national electronics policy. And Niti Aayog also has issues with the commerce ministry’s draft e-commerce policy. And the commerce ministry and RBI are on the same page on data localisation.
There’s seemingly no end to it. The complex web of policies and regulatory actions is enough to boggle the mind. But we’ve got you covered—this is The Ken’s guide to Indian tech policy, a who’s who and a what’s what. Read on.
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