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Should restrictions be imposed on use of mobile phones in public places?

Mumbai: September 16,2008

       The mobile phone has become an essential accessory for almost everyone in urban India. But should there be restrictions on their use anywhere and everywhere?
 

        A 10-member Committee on Petitions of the Rajya Sabha is currently studying a petition asking for the imposition of reasonable restrictions on the use of mobile phones in classrooms, religious places, burial/ cremation grounds, work places, public places and while driving. The petition has been filed by a Punjab based advocate Mr. Gurjit Singh. "There is an urgent need to restrict use of mobile phones as they are being misused in schools and colleges, disturbing lecturers and distracting students. Use of these phones by motorists poses a risk to other commuters, apart from causing traffic chaos, he added. he has said in his petition.
 

        The Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Venkaiah Naidu will hear opinions of associations of teachers, students and parents, managements of hospitals and educational institutions, religious leaders, mobile users, service providers and manufacturers on the petition.
 

        The Committee after hearing the views of the cross section of the society will give its recommendation to Parliament, which will ultimately decide the course of action.
 

        Interested groups/associations/individuals may drop their views/suggestions in the form of memorandum addressed to the Chairman, Committee on Petitions (Rajya Sabha) in the Petition Box kept at Hotel Intercontinental The Grand, Sahar Airport Road, on September 17, 2008. Anybody interested to tender oral submission supplemental to their memorandum, may approach the office of Shri A.K. Dinakar, General Manager, MTNL, 10th Floor, Telephone House, Prabhadevi, Dadar (West), Mumbai on Tel : 2432 6837, Fax : 2421 1441 for the purpose.

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PS : Shri Venkaiah Naidu will address a Press Conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at Hotel Inter-Continental The Grand to brief about their interactions with public and associations.

Mansih Desai, Director, PIB, Mumbai  98694 12552 / prasarman@yahoo.com

 
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