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I&B Ministry proposes to take over content jurisdiction from MEITY

Amit Khare, Secretary of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said on Tuesday that the Ministry was proposing to take over jurisdiction on online content regulation in India from the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. "OTT being a digital platform will fall under the purview of the Ministry of IT. We are proposing a decision that content should fall under purview of I&B. Convergence of ministries is extremely necessary," Khare said during an online session at FICCI e-FRAMES.  This is a significant policy change for the government. In 2018, the I&B Ministry disbanded an online content regulation committee it had formed earlier and ceded its jurisdiction on the issue to a MEITY committee. In a Lok Sabha response this year, MEITY said that streaming services were intermediaries under the Information Technology Act, 2000, which would mean it was their…

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