THE INDIAN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY ACT, ACT NO OF [AS ON ]. An Act to regulate the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus. INDIAN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY. ACT, 17 of 11th September, An important source of revenue to the Indian State. Broadcasting Service is . Licenses.—The telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, (13 of ), shall be the authority competent to issue licenses to possess.

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It may exempt certain persons from the application of the Act, for certain wireless telegraphy apparatus only.

Such exemption given by the Central Government wirless be a general exemption or based on certain conditions. The government may make rules to that effect.

It also mentions that any licence under the Act shall not authorise any act in contravention of the Indian Telegraph Act, Therefore, the current legislation was proposed, in order to prohibit possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus without licence.

Recently foreign tourists were charged under this Act for illegal possession of satellite phones. Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite phones.

Site Map Accessibility Contact. Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: The Central Government may impose a fine of upto hundred rupees in indiann case of breach of such inddian. The definition covers all types of apparatus, appliance, instrument or material which can be used or utilized for the purpose of wireless communication. Series 3 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: Section 11 expressly mentions that no provision under the Act shall authorise any person to do any act which is prohibited under the India Telegraph Act, In the wirelexs of evidentiary value, the court might presume that a person is in possession of a wireless telegraphy apparatus under the circumstances that such apparatus is under his ostensible charge or it is present in a place or premise over which he as effective control.


In the case of a second or subsequent offence: Maintenance of records as to sale, acquisition of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealers.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

The extent of the Act, definitions and key concepts are covered under sections 1 and 2 of the Act. Location on Google Map.

Under section 7 the Act, gives power to any officer specially empowered by the Central Government to search any building, vessel or place if he has reason to believe that there is any wireless telegraphy apparatus which has been used to commit offence under section 6 of the Act, is kept or concealed. The areas of focus include digital accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge, intellectual property rights, openness including open data, free and open source software, open standards, open access, open educational resources, and open videointernet governance, telecommunication reform, digital privacy, and cyber-security.

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The Central Government under section 4 has the power to make rules to exempt persons from the provision of the Act.

Section 3 in The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act,

One of the major sources of revenue for the Indian State Broadcasting Service cat revenue from the licence fee from working of wireless apparatus under the Indian Telegraph Act, Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and practices around internet, technology and society in India, and elsewhere.

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The office also has the power to confiscate the apparatus. You may donate online via Instamojo. However, if such devices are designed or modified for wireless communication or is used as a part of such wireless communication device. The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act. Section 10 gives power to the Central Government to make rules through notification in the official gazette with respect to give effect axt provisions under the Act.

Any person who wishes to use satellite phones for communication purposes has to get licence from the Department of Telecommunications. It also covers all articles which are determined to be a wireless apparatus according to the rules made by the government. If the court decides in favour of confiscation then it must also pass an order of confiscation.

Eligibility for the purpose of being exempted from the application of this Act Sec. Conditions with respect to sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealer and manufactures of such apparatus. In the case of the first offence: Fine which may extend to Rs. About Us The Centre for Internet and Society CIS is a non-profit organisation that undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives.

The Indian State Broadcasting Service was losing revenue due to lack of legislation for prosecuting persons using unlicensed wireless apparatus as it was difficult to trace them at the first place and then prove that such instrument has been installed, worked and maintained without licence.

Under section 5, the telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, shall be the competent authority to issue licences under this Act.