Telecoms have to pay 10 computer of whole AGR dues by Mar 31 regardless of fee made: Govt sources


New Delhi, September 21

Telecom operators, together with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, which have pending adjusted gross income dues should pay 10 per cent of the entire legal responsibility by March 31 regardless of the part-payments made by them, in accordance with authorities sources.

Operational telecom operators are anticipated to pay Rs 12,921 crore by March 31, of which near 80 per cent must be paid by Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel.

“The Supreme Court order is very clear that telecom operators have to make 10 per cent payment of the total dues as demanded by DoT by March 31, 2021. DoT has already raised demand for full AGR dues. The 10 per cent payment to be made by this March will be calculated on total AGR liability,” a DoT official instructed PTI.

The officer mentioned that telecom operators can clear the steadiness dues in 10 yearly instalments from the subsequent monetary yr onward.

According to the officer, Vodafone Idea should pay round Rs 5,825 crore and Bharti Airtel Rs 4,398 crore in opposition to the entire demand of Rs 58,254 crore and Rs 43,980 crore, respectively, raised by the DoT following the apex courtroom order.

The fee must be made regardless of part-payments of Rs 7,854 crore and Rs 18,004 crore already made by Vodafone Idea and Airtel, respectively, the officer mentioned.

“The Supreme Court was aware of the payment the companies have already made. Still they clearly mentioned about 10 per cent of ‘total dues as demanded by DoT’,” the officer mentioned.

Similarly, BSNL and MTNL, who haven’t made any fee, should pay Rs 583.5 crore and MTNL round Rs 435 crore by the top of this fiscal, in accordance with the DoT’s interpretation of the Apex Court order.

When requested if DoT would increase demand discover for the fee, the officer mentioned there was no want for any discover because the Apex Court order was already in place and firms had been conscious of the fee that they must make.

Only Reliance Jio is not going to must make any fee because it has cleared all the AGR dues of Rs 195.18 crore, one other officer clarified.

The DoT has raised whole demand of round Rs 1.47 lakh crore from telecom corporations. Some of the businesses like Reliance Communications (whole dues Rs 21,139 crore), Aircel (Rs 10,229.77 crore), S Tel (Rs 55.67 crore), Etisalat DB (Rs 31.81 crore) are both going by way of liquidation course of or have shut down their operations. PTI



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