New Delhi: The government of India has slashed performance and financial bank guarantee requirement of telecom operators to 20 per cent of the current amount. The Department of Telecom announced its decision on Wednesday as part of the reform measures announced last month for the sector. According to a DoT notification, while financial bank guarantee will remain at Rs 50 crore, Rs 25 crore and Rs 5 crore for telcos licencees for category A, B and C service area to be submitted before signing the licence agreement, the amount of guarantee (both performance and financial bank guarantee) will now be 20 per cent of estimated sum payable (of licence fee for two quarters), as per an IANS report.Also Read - AGR Case: Supreme Court Gives Telecom Operators 10 Years To Pay Pending Dues, 10% to Be Paid By March 31, 2021
- Accordingly, under the amended norms, the performance bank guarantee requirement for telcos will fall to Rs 44 crore from Rs 220 crore mandated under the earlier system. The financial bank guarantee (FBG) requirement will also come down to almost Rs 8.8 crore per circle against Rs 44 crore in earlier system, the IANS report says.
- The measure is expected to shore up liquidity of the telcos and unlock funds that are currently parked in banks to secure the guarantees, as per the IANS report.
- DoT notification said that the proposed changes would not apply to telcos in cases where bank guarantee has been furnished due to a court order or such guarantees are subject matter of a litigation. Bank guarantees of licencee under corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) or facing liquidation would also not be able to avail lower requirements, the IANS report says.
The Union cabinet in September had approved a relief package for the telecom sector that includes a four-year moratorium on payment of statutory dues by telecom companies as well as allowing 100 per cent foreign investment through the automatic route. As part of the measures, it also proposed reduction of bank guarantee requirement of telcos by 80 per cent, the IANS report says. Also Read - SC Calls Self-Assessment of AGR Dues A 'Fraud', Asks Telecom Companies to Pay All Dues Also Read - BSNL, MTNL Won't be Closed, Efforts Being Made to Revive Them: Government in Rajya Sabha