New Delhi: Unearthing of the 2G and 3G scams have not only brought India’s telecom sector under minute scanner but has also opened a can of worms. A probe by Telecom Commission has highlighted that Telecom Ministry and DoT are yet to collect outstanding license fee worth Rs 1600 crore by various companies.

According to sources, the Telecom Ministry has been unable to collect the outstanding due to lackadaisical attitude and the government’s benevolence towards a few telecom companies.
There are at least three 34 companies whose license has either expired or cancelled. Among these lots, biggies such as Reliance, Idea, and MTNL are also in the list of defaulters.

According to sources, an investigation into the files of the Telecom Ministry and DoT (Department of Telecommunication) by Telecom Commission has highlighted about the outstanding license fee. This fee amount of different companies vary within a range of Rs 3 lakh to 460 crore. Some of these companies have been sent notices this month, reveals the source.

Ironically, miscalculations by the Telecom Department have led to a whopping outstanding amount of Rs 112 crore. Government operator MTNL has an outstanding of Rs 27 crore whereas around Rs 51 crore licence fee is stuck due to legal dispute with Reliance Communications and Reliance Telecom. Idea Cellular too has to make a payment of Rs 13.75 crore as licence fee.

Moreover, an additional outstanding amount of Rs 1311 crore license fee is yet to be recovered from the companies whose licenses have either be cancelled or has expired. These companies had taken licenses for e-mail, v-mail, paging, V Sat and mobile.

JPN/Bureau