DoT urges telcos to pay balance of AGR dues

5 Mar 2020

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has instructed the nation’s telcos to pay the balance of their Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)-related dues without further delay. The Economic Times cites people familiar with the matter as saying that the ministry also wrote to all telcos seeking details and explanations of their self assessments, which the government needs to reconcile with their own calculations. In a speech to parliament on Wednesday, communications minister Sanjay Dhotre told MPs that the DoT had so far received around INR158.97 billion (USD2.16 billion) of a total INR1.463 trillion owed, according to the DoT’s estimates – though the latter figure is subject to revision once the assessment process is finalised. There remains some discrepancy between the DoT’s assessments and those submitted by the operators, however. Airtel, for example, claims to have paid in full having calculated its dues at around INR130 billion (only the initial payment of INR100 billion had been included in the minister’s report), whereas the DoT estimates that the cellco’s dues are around IN377 billion.

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