DoT panel for slab-based penalties for violations by telcos


The DoT panel has suggested examining violations on nine parameters and clubbing them under five heads.The DoT panel has suggested examining violations on nine parameters and clubbing them under five heads. 

 

NEW DELHI: A DoT panel has recommended classifying violations committed by telecom operators and introducing slabs with monetary fines ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50 crore. 
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to work on rationalising penalties. The industry had repeatedly approached him saying that the maximum penalty of Rs 50 crore was being imposed even for minor mistakes like late submission of a document.

The government has realised little revenue from such penalties because they have been challenged in courts.

The DoT panel has suggested examining violations on nine parameters and clubbing them under five heads.

Warnings can lead to penalty of Rs 1 lakh, minor violations with Rs 1 crore penalty, moderate (Rs 5 crore), major (Rs 20 crore) and severe (Rs 50 crore), official sources said.

The suggestions of the panel will be placed before inter-ministerial panel, Telecom Commission (TC) for approval.

SOURCE: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/
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