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Government of India
Ministry of Communications
24-August-2012 17:32 IST
India’s Stance at the UN on Internet Governance

The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Shri Sachin Pilot informed the Rajya Sabha today that India’s proposal at the session of United Nations Commission for Science and Technology Development (CSTD) on 18th May 2012 in Geneva was a reiteration of the statement made in the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in October, 2011 under the Agenda Item "Information and Communication Technology for Development" which , inter alia, asked CSTD to establish an open ended Working Group to discuss the establishment of a Committee for Internet Related Policies (CIRP).

The proposal was prepared by Ministry of External Affairs and was endorsed by Department of Electronics and Information Technology. The proposal is as per the mandate enshrined in the Tunis Agenda of Enhanced Cooperation and is accordingly a step forward towards the democratization of the global internet related public policy issues. The proposal was in consultation with Brazil and South Africa.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has been interacting with representatives from the Civil Society and Advocacy Groups as well as with Industry Associations regularly. A meeting involving, industry, civil society and Government was held in the Department on 9th May, 2012.

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