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Odisha CM bats for net neutrality, writes to TRAI chief

Says it is important to stress on the stand of State Government
Bhubaneswar, April 16: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday favoured net neutrality and wrote to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman to safe guard the basic principle of the same. 

Maintaining that the IT sector today at the top of the State Government's agenda the Chief Minister said, “It is a matter of pride that the growth rate of IT exports from the State is more than the national growth rate for the past many years. The State Government is also implementing a number of e-governance projects including 'Digital India.' The internet forms the crux of our upcoming projects in this sector and therefore, I am concerned about the basic principles of this medium.”

“It is important to stress on the stand of State Government, and our party Biju Janata Dal regarding the issue and TRAI should also treat this issue with the nuanced attention that it deserves. The growth of the internet is going to affect each and every one of us especially the young and dynamic population of this country,” the CM stated.

The CM said, “In the ongoing debate, it is noticed that there is wrong usage of the word 'free'. The word 'free' should not be confused with the word 'freedom'.”

“I do not see any justification in limiting the ability of new start-up companies to reach the net user. Nor do I feel that there should be compulsions on the users by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to use particular Apps for reasons best known to them. Let us remember that the Internet is not the market-place but the market is made inside the internet,” the CM stated.

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