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Maran's proposal on roaming hangs in balance

The proposal to abolish roaming and bring unified charges in telecom from June 3 will hang in balance with Union IT and Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran resigning.

business Updated: May 14, 2007 18:48 IST

The proposal to abolish roaming and bring unified charges in telecom from June 3, the birthday of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, as per Union IT and Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran's plan now hangs in the balance with his resignation from the cabinet.

"I was planning to abolish roaming as a mark of respect to my leader, M Karunanidhi on his birthday June 3. A proposal was being readied. I was supposed to have a meeting with all the GSM operators this week. But now this will not happen," an emotional Maran told reporters in an otherwise lively press conference held in Chennai on Monday

Maran on Monday announced that he had sent in his resignation from the cabinet to the Prime Minister.

"Whoever my successor is, I will plead with them to do away with roaming on that day," he said.

Maran had last year brought down the STD charges in the country for BSNL to Re.1.

Abolishing the roaming charges and bringing in unified charges would have given further boost to the telecom industry in the country.

The telecom sector will be the hardest hit in the immediate future with his quitting the ministry.