Telecom ministry to restructure circles, field units to improve organisational agility

To bring about organisational reforms to achieve agility, and to promote ease of doing business in the sector, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formed an internal committee to restructure field units of licensed service areas (LSA) and wireless monitoring organisation (WMO).

“The approval of competent authority is hereby conveyed for the constitution of the committee, to examine organisational reforms and restructuring to enable DoT to become a more agile and effective organisation to deliver reforms already announced and under planning,” the department in a notification said.

The group of five members, headed by additional secretary (Telecom) VL Kantha Rao, would submit a ‘comprehensive report’ within the next three months.

Further, the department said, “the committee may also examine the set-up of DoT field units viz. LSA field units, CCA field units and WMO units in each of the LSAs and propose reforms to ensure full coordination.”

The panel is also empowered to co-opt additional members, if required and seek presentations from heads of various attached and field offices.

The move is aimed to identify Indian Telecommunications Service (ITS) officers of the department, and offer them responsibilities at state and local bodies levels to facilitate digital initiatives and telecom-backed services including broadband penetration for public utility and governmental organisations.

There has been a need to review compliances to cut out duplication, reduce multiple audits and reports.


The Ashwini Vaishnaw-headed ministry is working on bringing in radical reforms including regulatory and licensing regime to further boost the sector.

“In line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a set of robust reforms are underway so that the telecom markets in other countries can emulate India in their approach,” Vaishnaw recently said.

In September 2021, the government brought in a slew of structural and procedural reforms that include an increase in spectrum tenure from 20 to 30 years, 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) through automatic route, and rationalisation of bank guarantees (BG).