BSNL and MTNL have yet to settle adjusted gross income of over Rs 10,000 crore



NEW DELHI: State-run telecommunications companies BSNL and MTNL have not paid their Adjusted Gross Income (AGR) of more than Rs 10,000 crore, calculated by the Telecom Ministry, according to an official source.
According to the DoT calculation, BSNL’s AGR liability was Rs 5,835 crore and for MTNL it was around Rs 4,352 crore until fiscal year 2016-17 which includes interest, penalties and interest on penalties.
According to the official source, BSNL and MTNL have not paid any amount for their liability.
The Supreme Court ruled last year that telecom operators will have to pay 10% of the total dues demanded by the DoT by March 31, 2021.
BSNL and MTNL were not parties to the dispute in the AGR case before the Supreme Court, but the telecommunications PSUs were named in the DoT’s list of companies from which contributions were to be collected.
According to government calculations, the total AGR liability of Bharti Airtel is Rs 43,980 crore, Vodafone Idea (VIL) Rs 58,254 crore, Tata Group Rs 16,798 crore, Quadrant Televentures Rs 189.22 crore, Reliance Jio Rs 195 crore , Aircel Rs 12,389 crore, Reliance Communications (including Sistema Shyam) Rs 25,194 crore and Videocon Telecom Rs 1,376 crore.
The telecom companies which shut down their operations in India, namely Loop Telecom, Etisalat DB and S Tel, were jointly required to pay Rs 604 crore.
Bharti Airtel paid Rs 18,004 crore on total demand, Vodafone Idea Rs 7,854.37 crore, Tata Group Rs 4,197.37 crore, Quadrant Televentures 19.73 crore, Reliance Jio Rs 195.18 crore, Hughes Communications Rs 62 , 9 crore, RCom Rs 4.69 crore and Etisalat DB 8.24 crore (through liquidator), according to official data.



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