Non-telco PSUs eye TDSAT for AGR relief, Pradhan says SC ruling not meant for them

Public sector companies using bandwidth for captive use are looking at TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal) for redressal against DoT’s (department of telecommunications) demand for “ündue” statutory dues, even as oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan held the Supreme Court’s order to include non-telecom revenues for calculating AGR (adjusted gross revenue) dues of telecom service providers does not apply to state-run entities that are not in the telecom business.

“The DoT (department of telecommunications) has served notice to government oil companies due to some communication gap. We have placed our side after doing all legal consultations. Telecom is not the core business of either GAIL or OIL (Oil India Ltd) or PowerGrid... The overall comment by the Supreme Court, I believe, these PSUs should not come under its ambit… We are holding talks with DoT,” he told reporters.

The SC had on October 24 broadened the definition of AGR (adjusted gross revenue) of telecom service providers such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to include their non-telecom revenues for calculating government dues. The DoT followed through by seeking Rs 1.83 lakh crore from GAIL, nearly Rs 48,500 crore from OIL, Rs 21,953.65 crore from transmission utility PowerGrid and Rs 15,020 crore from Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.

These companies then filed clarificatory petition on applicability of the October 24 ruling in the SC, which on February 14 asked them to approach the “appropriate authority” for redressal.

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