DoT Tells Telecom Operators to Pay Pending AGR Dues Fast

Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and other operators have to pay dues by January 23, 2020.

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DoT Tells Telecom Operators to Pay Pending AGR Dues Fast

Comprehensive representation shall be submitted latest by December 13, 2019, DoT said

Highlights
  • DoT has asked telecos to speed up process of self-assessment of AGR dues
  • The deadline for payment of AGR dues is January 23, 2020
  • Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Tata Tele have filed review petition in court

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked telecom licensees to speed up the process of self-assessment of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) based dues and the payment of over Rs. 1.47 lakh crores and submit comprehensive representation on previous issued demands latest by December 13, 2019. The letter issued by the DoT has been viewed by IANS. The deadline for payment of AGR dues is January 23, 2020.

Three telcos -- Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Tata Tele -- have filed review petition of the Supreme Court order in October, which paved the way for the DoT to seek AGR dues, penalty and interest from the telcos.

"The comprehensive representation shall be submitted within a week latest by December 13, 2019," DoT said in the letter to the telecom licensees, adding that majority of the licence fee assessments have been settled after the SC judgement and for any remaining issues, a comprehensive representation needs to be submitted to the department.

In light of the Supreme Court order on AGR computation, all the annual assessment for licence fees and spectrum usage charges for relevant years are being re-examined.

"And now since all the earlier demands are being re-examined with respect to the SC judgement, you are requested to kindly submit a comprehensive year-wise, circle-wise representation except for issues which have been decided by the SC," the letter said.

"In this regard, it is pointed out that over a course of time, multiple representations related to LF (licence fee) assessments were received from various licencees for consideration by the department," the DoT letter added.

Further, self-assessment of dues and payments along with the submission of relevant documents as per a licence finance wing letter of November 13 needs to be expedited, the letter said.

Any issues should be pointed out in the comprehensive representation to be submitted but in no case the self assessment of the dues and payments along with the submission of relevant documents are to be delayed, it pointed out.

The Supreme Court decided in favour of the government's contention that all revenues, including that from non-core sources, would be counted in calculating AGR. Licence holders have to pay about 8 percentof AGR to the DoT as fees. Telcos also pay about 3-4 percent of AGR as spectrum usage charges.

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