DoT Demands Rs 29,474 Cr From Six Telcos For Under-reporting Revenue

The telecom department (DoT) of Indian government has asked Rs 29,474 crore from six Indian telecom operators including Airtel, Vodafone, Tata Teleservices, on account of under reporting of revenues.

The DoT has issued a demand-cum-show cause notices to operators like Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications in this regard, Minister for Telecom Manoj Sinha informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

The demand-cum-show cause notices were issued on the basis of C & AG Report No. 4 of 2016, for four financial years i.e. 2006-07 to 2009-10 for a total amount of Rs. 29474 crores on account of License Fee (LF), his written answer said.

The total amount of Rs 29,474 crore includes the license fee, interest, penalty and interest on penlty of the unpaid dues. The license fee (LF) is calculated as a percentage of Adjusted Gross Revenue

As per the notice, the DoT has demanded Rs 8162 crore from Airtel, Rs 7701 from Reliance Communications, Rs 5718 crore from Tata Teleservices, Rs 4695 Crore from Vodafone, Rs 2708 crore from Idea and Rs 490 crore from Aircel.

The minister also informed the Lok Sabha that only Reliance Communications has challenged the notice and asked telecom appellate authority TDSAT to intervene.

“One of the TSPs i.e. M/s RCL (Reliance Communications Limited) has challenged these demands in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) vide petition no. 71 of 2016. Matter is pending in TDSAT,” minister of DoT Manoj Sinha informed the lower house in a written reply.

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