STAFF REPORT ISB: State Minister for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman has said that the government is devising a comprehensive information technology and telecom policy by reviewing the laws regarding omission of carbon, recycling of e-material and environmental protection issues in the telecom sector.

“The protection of the interests of consumers was topmost priority of the government. The ministry mulls introducing new techniques to protect the interests of consumers. Ministry was in process to acquiring new tools to ensure protecting the rights of the consumers,” she said this while chairing a high-level meeting to review the Telecom Policy 2003.

She said that her ministry is devising a comprehensive IT and Telecom Policy to ensure maximum protection to people from widespread cyber crimes including financial scams, fraudulent online activities and women harassment.

The minister said that her ministry has been involved in various mega projects including introduction of next generation technology in the country, establishment of telecentres in underprivileged cities and village and expansion of branchless banking in the far-flung areas.

According to her, the PTA will devise a spectrum policy on annual basis to promote mobile broad band in which strategy for three years would be laid down.

She further said that ministry had devised the first draft of telecom policy with in the given time frame.

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