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Govt earns Rs 8,307.85 cr revenue from mobile companies

Last Updated: Monday, December 7, 2009 - 15:20

New Delhi: The government earned Rs 8,307.85
crore from mobile telecom operators by way of licence fees in
2008-09, Parliament was informed on Monday.

During the first six months (up to the second quarter of
the current fiscal) of 2009-10, the Department of Telecom has
already collected Rs 4,112.30 crore, Minister of State for
Telecom and IT Gurudas Kamat said in a written reply to the
Lok Sabha.

Bharti Airtel has paid the maximum licence fee of Rs
2,246.27 crore for 2008-09.

Mobile operators pay 6-10 per cent of their respective
adjusted gross revenue (AGR) to the government as licence fee
depending on the circle in which they operate.

The revenue has been steady rising going by the figures
of DoT as the operators expanded network and earned more
revenue.

In 2006-07, the government collected Rs 5,988.87 crore
while in 2007-08, it was 7,289.76 crore.

The government raised a demand Rs 85.48 crore from
various mobile players due to annual assessment of licences
with a maximum of Rs 48.55 crore from Reliance Communication.

He said there is no proposal to appoint an ombudsman for
the telecom sector to settle grievances.

Kamat said the government had ordered special audit of
some private telecom operators which include audit of revenue
from bundled handset packages.

"Out of the special auditors appointed by the government,
only one has submitted its report so far. The Department is
presently examining the report and will take action as per its
findings," he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 7, 2009 - 15:20

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