Minister predicts ‘One India’ telecom tariff soon

28 Jun 2005

India’s Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said this week that the government was firm on its commitment towards a uniform national telecom tariff system for the country, referred to as a ‘One India’ charge. Maran said that the country could move towards the ‘One India’ goal ‘very soon’, once disparities between intra-state charges are removed. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently announced that intra-state calls in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh would be treated as local calls. The minister added that the announced hike in the foreign investment cap in the telecom sector to 74% from the current 49% was also likely to be finalised shortly.