"Of the 2 million or so responses, a large number of these responses were simply 'I support Free Basics'. I am asking 'are you in favour or otherwise of net neutrality' and 'should there be a guard'.So we wrote back asking them to answer our four questions but we still haven't got those," Agneshwar Sen, advisor for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), told the media here.

Sen said the intention was everybody should get internet access as they want it. "With the Free Basics, the only issue is that there is a platform which is deciding for you what you are going to see for free and for what you are going to pay and are they the guys to decide it for you," the official said on the sidelines of an interactive meeting on electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation emissions from mobile towers.

Academicians from India's premier institutes IITs and IISc have slammed Facebook's Free Basics initiative, terming it 'flawed' and 'misleading'.