Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Get Huge Relief from AGR Dues Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

DoT has subsided the issue of AGR dues as the department is planning to strengthen the digital infrastructure to cater to the needs of 1.3 billion people

Highlights
  • DoT is working on Digital Infrastructure to provide better network connections
  • Telcos have to pay a cumulative amount of Rs 1.47 lakh crore towards AGR dues
  • Tata Teleservices has to pay Rs 16,798 crore as per DoT

The global spread of Covid-19 has created instability in various industries around the world, including the Indian telecom sector. Indian Government has recently declared 21 days lockdown to fight back the deadly virus. Telecom Industry which is worst hit by Covid-19 is also facing operational issues as millions of people are using networks at the same time. According to an ET Telecom report, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has subsided the issues of default in AGR payments and are just focusing on maintaining the digital infrastructure which will cater the needs of billions of people are who are relying on the stable network to work from home. Telcos such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will get huge relief amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Supreme Court Slammed Telcos and DoT for Self-Assessed AGR dues

Supreme Court heard the matter of AGR dues on March 17, 2020, and slammed the telcos along with DoT officials. The Supreme Court stated that self-assessment of AGR dues is contempt of court and DoT should not have allowed telcos to self-assess their dues. Not only this, but the supreme court also directed the telcos to pay their AGR dues as estimated by DoT without any delays.

However, the court agreed for deferred payment mechanism, which was scheduled to be heard in two weeks. Since the entire nation is a lockdown, the next hearing regarding AGR dues is unclear. As per telcos, a situation of duopoly and monopoly will disrupt the entire telecom industry at the time of crises where telcos have to provide services to 1.3 billion people.

Telcos Have to Pay a Cumulative Amount of Rs 1.47 Lakh Crore

As per the estimations of DoT, telcos have to pay a cumulative amount of Rs 1.47 lakh crore towards AGR dues. Vodafone Idea, which is the most affected telco has to pay a whopping amount of Rs 58,254 crore towards AGR dues. However, the telco giant has just paid its self-assessed principal amount of Rs 6,854 crore. On the other hand, Bharti Airtel has to pay Rs 43,980 crore out of which the telco has cleared its self-assessed AGR dues worth Rs 18,004 crore. Tata Teleservices has to pay Rs 16,798 crore out of which the telco has just cleared Rs 4,197 crores.

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SACHIN

AGR MUST RECOVERED ….THIS IS PUBLIC MONEY …MANY FOREIGN OPERATORS ARE IN QUE TO OPERATE IN INDIA….Koi fark nhi padta agr vil leave kre to bhi…

Anonymous

If Vodafone left India then, it will create negative impact on India and no one will invest in Telecom sector of India. Once American Movil wants to enter in Indian Market but they left the hope as India’s richest person is already present in the Telecom Sector. Also, they will file for bankruptcy, which will indirectly leads to unemployment as more than 13,000 people will lose the job. It will wreck the economy of country.

Laloo

Govt. posterboy BSNL is not doing enough for corona virus affected people. Least BSNL could do is maintain good mobile data speeds but I have noticed it has started crawling since the outbreak. Free BB offer is of no use when BSNL workers are on extended holiday.

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