New Delhi: Sectoral regulator Trai on Thursday proposed to levy a late fee of up to Rs 2 lakh on telecom operators which do not report tariff to it within seven days of its implementation.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in a draft amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order (TTO), 1999 proposes to prescribe financial disincentives on the operators in case they violate the reporting requirements and levy excess charges on consumers.
As per the provisions of TTO, operators are required to report tariff to Trai within seven days from the date of implementation.
Trai said it has been noticed that the time limit is not being strictly followed by operators.
"With a view to ensure compliance of the reporting requirement by all service providers, it is proposed to prescribe a late fee of Rs 5,000 per day, subject to a maximum of Rs 2 lakh," Trai said.
The authority said instances of levy of excess charges by operators have also come to its notice which are in violation of provisions of TTO.
It has been ordering refunds of such excess amounts but since the refund made is only the amount that has been levied illegally, there is no compulsion for operators to confine the charging to the permitted level, Trai added.
"To avoid instances of excess charging, as a deterrent measure, it is proposed to prescribe certain financial disincentives," it said.
Trai will notify the Tariff Order after considering the views of stakeholders, which are required to submit the comments by August 20, 2012.


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