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PM acknowledges differences between 2G, 3G prices

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said, although there is a huge gap in the prices of spectrum for 2G and 3G services, the whole issue needs to be seen in proper perspective.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2010 12:17 PM IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said, although there is a huge gap in the prices of spectrum for 2G and 3G services, the whole issue needs to be seen in proper perspective.

The pricing for 2G spectrum was based on policies that were already in place and had approvals of telecom regulator TRAI, he said at a national press conference to mark UPA-II's one year in office, quoting Telecom Minister A Raja as having told him.

Asked about Raja facing allegations of corruption in sale of 2G spectrums, Singh said that since investigations were on in the case he would not like to offer his opinion on the issue.

"This matter has been discussed in Parliament... I have also discussed this issue with (Communications Minister) A Raja and he has told me that what he did was... implemented the policies which were in place... That he has the recommendation of TRAI and of the telecom commission supporting the course of action," Singh said.

The opposition had alleged Rs 60,000 crore scam in sale of 2G spectrum (radio waves) in 2008 at 2001 prices.

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