USOF misuse claims being examined by Indian state

24 Nov 2011

The Indian government is reportedly examining complaints regarding alleged misuse of the country’s Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) by two private operators, according to India’s Economic Times. India’s lower house, the Lok Sabha, was reportedly advised of the allegations by Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora, with a letter from the minister noting that there had been ‘complaints received through the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) regarding disbursement of INR16.5 billion (USD312 million) to Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications by [the] USOF for self-certified and mostly fake rural phones.’ It is understood that four groups headed by the Principal Chief Controller of Accounts and Chief Controller of Accounts have been formed to examine the complaints and reply to the claims.