New Delhi: The fresh investigations of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the allocation of additional spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz (upto 10 MHz) during the NDA regime on subscriber-based criteria can add on to the troubles of UPA government.

CBI alleged that the UPA government failed to derive accurate formulae to calculate the expenses coming on the extra allotted spectrum.

According to the CBI, the spectrum were allocated to the telecom companies keeping aside the rules and policies during the NDA regime, hence, claiming a presumptive loss of Rs 508 crore to the government while benefiting the telecom companies in the entire process.

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report in November 2010 said that the additional spectrum had claimed a revenue loss of Rs 36,993 crore to the nation.

According to CAG, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had 61.6 MHz of additional spectrum in 19 circles. Moreover, Bharti Cellular Ltd had been benefitted with an addition spectrum of 32.4 MHz in 13 circles and Vodafone held 19.6 MHz of extra spectrum in seven circles.

Despite the fact that the rules were violated, the attitude of the UPA government has always remained lackadaisical in the entire episode.

However, a technical committee formed by the Ministry of Communications in May 2009 raised the issue but the effort went in vain. In its report, the technical committee suggested that for the spectrum allocation beyond 6.2 Mhz, prices should be fixed as per the charges of 3G spectrum tender.

Moreover, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in its report sought the government to charge the amount coming on the extra allocated spectrum from the telecom companies. But, the UPA government amidst the telecom scams failed to pay heed on these facts.

JPN/Bureau