Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, RCom, TTSL heavily understated revenue, alleges CAG

By March 9th, 2016 AT 1:25 PM

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, RCom, Aircel and Tata Teleservices have allegedly understated gross revenue of over Rs 46,000 crore for a period between 2006-07 and 2009-10, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) claimed.


According to a TOI report, the CAG also claimed that these six telcos denied the government its share of income which has been estimated at more than Rs 12,400 crore during the same period.
The CAG also slammed the telecom department for overlooking the irregularities and misreporting facts, the report said.

The auditor has calculated these losses on inspections of the books of accounts of these telcos, and on actual earnings. For the last report on the 2G spectrum, the CAG had calculated the losses based on policy flaws.

These telcos had earlier moved different courts challenging the mandate of the auditor to audit their financial book. However, an order by the apex court in April 2014 settled the issue in favour of the CAG and compelled these telcos to share their accounts for inspection.

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Next time certain lobby associations of certain telecommunications company whine about the price of auction, which the present government does in a clear and transparent manner, take the whining with a pinch of salt.


What is new about this? I’m also very sure that monthly active subscriber base of all operators is less than half of the actual reported figures…. and the operators do this only to tell the government that it needs more spectrum etc whereas the reality is that all the big operators just activate dummy numbers on sim cards and account it as actual subscribers. Don’t forget India is a highly unregulated telemarketing environment and unsolicited calls are made to even fully DND subscribers like me…. Can’t even call such numbers back and blast them as the operators issue cards which… Read more »

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