Don’t delay AGR dues

Don’t delay AGR dues, clear doubts by December 13, government warns telecom companies

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) asked all telecom licence holders, including non-telecom companies, to speed up the process of self-assessment of AGR-based dues and their payments in a letter written last week. Some 15 telcos need to pay over Rs 1.47 lakh crore, which could rise further, the government has said. Industry estimates peg the money owed by nontelecom companies, which hold nearly 3,500 licences, at around Rs 2.28 lakh crore.