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Govt wants fast action against telcos

The communications ministry has asked the vigilance and legal arms of the department of telecommunications to expedite actions against telecom majors Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices for allegedly violating licence conditions that resulted in a Rs 3,000-crore revenue loss for the government.

business Updated: Mar 21, 2014 22:46 IST
M Rajendran

The communications ministry has asked the vigilance and legal arms of the department of telecommunications to expedite actions against telecom majors Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices for allegedly violating licence conditions that resulted in a Rs 3,000-crore revenue loss for the government.

“A number of cases have been pending for more than two years and some of them have revenue and security implications,” said an official who attended a meeting last week that decided to issue the directions.

Communications secretary MF Farooqui is expected to take stock of the cases by mid April.

Bharti Airtel and TTSL declined to comment. Emails sent to RCom and Vodafone was not responded to till the time of going to print.

Some of the prominent cases that will be taken up for expedited action are:

# Alleged under reporting of revenues by Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and others, which resulted in lower revenues for the government.

# Alleged renting of SIM cards by Vodafone and Bharti Airtel, which resulted in revenue losses for the government. The companies have not responded to DoT queries on the issue for more than a year despite repeated reminders, officials said. According to minutes of the meeting seen by HT, DoT’s chief vigilance officer Pankaj Kumar said: “…effective measures be taken to obtain information … so that this long pending matter is brought its logical conclusion.”

# Alleged circumvention of licence fee payments in bundled handset schemes offered by Tata Teleservices.

# Alleged loss of revenue because of 3G roaming agreement by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and others.