DoT to evolve guidelines for levying penalties

DoT to evolve guidelines for levying penalties New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT) will evolve guidelines to reduce the element of discretion and make the process of levying penalty as scientific as possible, Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in Parliament on Friday.

"A committee has been constituted in DoT... For recommending the quantum of penalty for violations of terms and conditions of license by categorisation," Deora said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

The committee will also recommend penalty where required against the respective condition of the license where specific obligations have been imposed, or where the committee feels that separate provision of penalty is necessary, he added.

The guidelines will be issued after the committee submits its report and it is approved by the competent authority, Deora said.

"To begin with, the terms of reference of the committee shall be limited to Access Service Licenses and consultation with stakeholders will be undertaken as and when required," he said.

PTI