BSNL, Airtel and other telcos owe govt over Rs 30,000 cr
New Delhi: Telecom operators, including BSNL and Bharti Airtel, owe the government Rs 30,158.05 crore as outstanding spectrum charges, including the one-time fee and usage charges.
As per official data, GSM players owe Rs 25,748.91 crore as spectrum charges while the outstanding dues of CDMA operators stood at Rs 4,409.14 crore. Demand notices have been issued to the operators to recover the amount.
"The demand notices have been issued after the completion of assessment," Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in Parliament.
GSM operators owe Rs 23,177.66 crore as one-time spectrum charges and Rs 2,571.25 crore as outstanding spectrum usage charges, including penalty and interest, Deora said.
In the case of CDMA players, the outstanding one-time spectrum charges are to the tune of Rs 2,970.29 crore and Rs 1438.85 crore as spectrum usage charges.
State-run BSNL owes the maximum of Rs 6,979.59 crore as spectrum charges, followed by Bharti Airtel with Rs 6,075.28 crore. Vodafone has Rs 4,477.19 crore outstanding while Idea owes Rs 2,206.09 crore to the government.
Reliance Communications owes Rs 2,004.35 crore and Tata Teleservices has dues of Rs 1,400.43 crore, Deora added.
Apart from spectrum charges, telecom operators have Rs 9,646.78 crore as outstanding licence fees, including interest.
Deora said, "All telecom operators are provided due opportunity by the department to represent against the
assessed licence fee, spectrum charges, penalties and interest, if any."
He added if the operators are not satisfied with the stand taken by the department, they can approach the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal.
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