DoT May Send AGR Notice To Tata Teleservices Before 17 March Hearing

DoT May Send AGR Notice To Tata Teleservices Before 17 March Hearing

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may send a notice to Tata Teleservices (TTSL) before 17 March 2020 demanding payment of balance Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues.

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Tata Teleservices not yet submitted enough details regarding its self-assessment of dues and these will need to be provided, DoT said.

On 17 March 2020, Supreme Court will hear modification pleas filed by Bharti Airtel,  Tata Teleservices & Vodafone Idea on the AGR issue. But DoT is unlikely to be able to reconcile by then the gap between its dues estimates and those of the telcos. 

“DoT has started the process of reconciliation and may send notices to telcos asking them to explain their rationale. If there is a discrepancy, legal route is available.”

Vodafone Idea said it will be forced to shut unless it gets some relief from Government on the same.

Supreme Court already declared  on 14 February 2020 that AGR dues will need to be paid up by the next hearing day. Tata Teleservices, Airtel and Vodafone Idea have already paid the government a combined ₹16,000 crore.

Tata Teleservices, which sold its consumer mobility business to Bharti Airtel in 2017, said it has paid ₹2,197 crore as per its self-assessment and submitted details of AGR dues. DoT pegged TTSL dues at ₹14,819.03 crore.

TTSL have just mentioned their dues from each circle every year. What is the rationale behind it is not known to us, DoT added.

Vodafone Idea has paid ₹3,500 crore of DoT’s estimated ₹57,000 crore dues. The telco estimates its dues to be around ₹23,000 crore, of which ₹7,000 crore is the principal.

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