New Delhi, The government has received Rs 15,896.5 crore payment from telecom companies towards AGR liabilities, with dues of Rs 1,30,440.4 crore remaining, Parliament was told on Wednesday.
Responding to a question if the government intends to propose a plan for future development in the telecom sector in view of the huge Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) fees required to be paid by telcos, Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre told the Lok Sabha that said there is “no such plan at present”.
To reports regarding shutting down of Vodafone Idea, he said that there is no such information with the government.
On whether the government proposes to initiate any action over non-compliance of order on payment of dues by telcos, Dhotre pointed out that the Centre had directed the licensees to make the payments in accordance with October 24 order of the Supreme Court.
“As per license agreement, the Government takes action against licensees including Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) over non-compliance of Supreme Court order dated October 24, 2019 on payment of dues of Department of Telecommunication,” he said.
Detailing out payments made by telecom companies to the DoT towards statutory dues, Dhotre informed that against the provisional total dues of Rs 1,46,336.9 crore, payment to the tune of Rs 15,896.5 crore have been received...