Government Likely To Make GPS Mandatory In Feature Phones

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New Delhi:  The government is likely to make GPS mandatory in feature phones by withdrawing an exemption it granted earlier, according to official sources.

The move will enable the government to roll out panic button facility on mobile phones, aimed at helping women in distress.

The government ordered all mobile manufacturers in 2016 to mandatorily provide panic button and Global Positioning System (GPS) facility on cell phones to help women in distress, but feature and non-smart phones were given exemption in November last year after manufacturers said it would raise the cost.

“The telecom ministry has assured us that it will reverse its November order and restore the circular of 2016,” a senior official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) said.

The WCD Ministry secretary met Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and mobile manufacturers late last month and there was a heated exchange because of the opposition to the proposal from phone makers, the…

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