New Delhi: A shocking revelation has come to light in the multi-dimensional 2G case as files and documents of major and sensitive policy decisions taken in Telecom sector during the last one and a half decades are nowhere to be found.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee investigating the telecom scam has received in writing from the Telecommunication department that files of about a dozen prominent decisions are missing. Such an unheard and unseen case of missing official files has been a shocking eye-opener for the common man.

The missing documents include those related to waving of license fee of companies in 1999, advice of the Attorney General, TRAI recommendations, decisions on service rates and documents related to the court issues.

The Department of Company Affairs has also informed the JPC about the missing records of changes in equity structure of telecom companies.

According to the documents available with Dainik Jagran, in the recent conversations between the telecom department and the JPC on September 23, the issue of the missing files has emerged to the surface. The investigations in these documents could derive major conclusions from the decisions taken in the last 15 years. The JPC has been waiting for these documents since May.

For the record, the government had waved the license fee of telecom companies in 1999 and brought them under the ambit of revenue partnership system, according to which the companies are paying a part of their income as a license fee. The advice of the Attorney General was of very much prominence on this issue, whose documents are missing now.

The records revealing the arguments in support of the revenue partnership system, process and the advice of various ministers and officials on the issue are also missing.

The JPC had asked why the license duration of mobile companies was 10 years and of basic phone companies 15 years but the telecom department does not have files related to this decision as well as the documents of the Tata’s Tamil Nadu circle license.

Moreover, the date wise TRAI records of approved and unapproved recommendations are also missing.

Similarly, documents related to the setting of the initial rates of mobile services in the four metro cities and major legal documents regarding court cases are also missing.

It is surprising that the telecom department does not even have a systematic record of the demand and supply of phone connections since 1994.

(Anshuman Tiwari/JPN)