DoT Seeks Supreme Court Nod on 20-Year Window for Payments of AGR Dues

In a giant reduction for telecom operators, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Monday moved the Supreme Court in search of its approval for a 20-year window for fee of round Rs. 1.47 lakh crores Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues, as antagonistic functioning of the telecom corporations might have a damaging influence on the economic system and shoppers throughout the nation.

“All licencees impacted by the judgement (October 2019) of the courtroom be allowed to pay the unpaid or remaining to be paid quantity of previous DoT assessed dues in annual installments over 20 years, duly defending the web current worth of the stated dues utilizing a reduction fee of eight p.c (primarily based on One Year Marginal Cost of Lending Rate of SBI which is at the moment 7.75 p.c)”, stated the applying filed by the DoT within the apex courtroom.

The DoT has stated that the curiosity on the principal and penalty not be charged past judgment date, whereas dues payable to the federal government be protected by levy of eight p.c curiosity on staggered funds.

“The applicant is conscious of the fact that any immediate adverse impact on the functioning of the telecom service providers would not only have an adverse impact on the overall economy of the nation but would also seriously harm the interest of the consumers,” it stated within the software.

The DoT contended within the software that it has analysed the problem in nice element and has given severe consideration to the market economic system of this sector. Detailing on the antagonistic influence of the AGR judgement in absence of any help to the telecom corporations, the DoT stated it can influence on telecom providers for a big proportion of consumers.

“Mobile Number Portability (MNP) process has capacity limitations; this may lead to delays in porting numbers from non-operational to operational TSP (telecom service provider), and consequent disruption of services for customers. TSPs porting in customers from TSPs not able to provide services will also need additional access spectrum to maintain Quality of Service. Spectrum is acquired through auction,” stated the DoT in search of rest within the reimbursement of the AGR dues.

It additionally sought the apex courtroom’s nod for a formulation arrived at for restoration of dues from telecom firms after detailed deliberation by the federal government and the cupboard. The division stated the closure of a number of TSPs and hole being crammed in by different remaining TSPs won’t be seamless, and the collapse of the TSPs would even have a cascading damaging influence on the opposite sectors of the economic system.

“FDI sentiment will be adversely affected… closure of one or more TSPs also adversely impact the digital connectivity in the country… This will have adverse impact in rural areas, particularly Aspirational Districts and the spread of digitisation in the backward regions of India,” the DoT stated.

Vodafone Idea has stated that it has cleared the principal quantity in direction of AGR dues because it paid Rs. 3,354 crores to the DoT on Monday. In a regulatory submitting, the telecom operator had earlier paid a sum of Rs. 2,500 crores on February 17, 2020 and an additional sum of Rs. 1,000 crores on February 20 in direction of the AGR legal responsibility.

“The company has today paid a further amount of Rs. 3,354 crores to the DoT, being the balance part of the principal amount towards AGR liability. Thus the company has paid the full principal amount of Rs. 6,854 crores towards the AGR dues,” it stated.

According to Vodafone Idea’s personal evaluation, its AGR dues stand at Rs. 21,533 crores and the principal quantity out of the overall dues is Rs. 6,854 crores. However, in accordance with the DoT’s estimate, the corporate’s total dues stand at Rs. 53,000 crores.

The different main participant Bharti Airtel has already stated that it has paid its full AGR dues of about Rs. 13,000 crores. After assembly Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash right here on March 11, Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal stated that as per the federal government’s course, the corporate has paid the total quantity. He stated that the total AGR dues is about Rs. 13,000 crore., and Rs. 5,000 crores is further, including that the corporate has additionally submitted its self-assessment doc.

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Source: NDTV Gadgets

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