New Delhi: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued notice to the telecom companies for submitting their self-assessment of AGR amount at the earliest. Also Read - Telecom Department Launches '5G Hackathon' For Students, Developers With Prize Money of Rs 2.5 cr
While official sources said DoT has sent notice on self assessments, telecom operators said they are yet to receive any notice and it may be in the process of being finalised from the government side, to include the latest dues. Also Read - 'Unprecedented Crisis For Telecom Industry,' Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal Breaks Silence on AGR Issue
This will also include a notice to Tata Teleservices which has submitted lesser amount than the DoT demand, producing self-certified copies of its assessment. Tata Teleservices had submitted Rs 2,197 crore AGR dues as “full and final” payment against a DoT demand of Rs 14,819 crore. Also Read - Telecom Operators Repay AGR Dues in Part After SC Order, Bharti Airtel Worst Hit With Debt of Rs 10,000 cr
The department has also sought the self-assessment report from TTSL.
So far out of the Rs 53,000 crore, Vodafone Idea has paid Rs 3,500 crore and Airtel has paid Rs 10,000 crore out of the dues of Rs 35,500 crore. Both the companies have said they are in the process of self-assessment. Airtel Chairman and promoter Sunil Mittal has said the company would abide by the Supreme Court order while for Vodafone Idea Ltd, it appears difficult as the company is seeking relief on AGR dues.
The self-assessment of AGR are carried out on a circle basis and is possible that they vary from what DoT has calculated.