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Talking on mobile will be more expensive, telecom companies owe Rs 1.47 lakh crore

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Talking on mobile phones can soon become more expensive. The mobile call rate may increase by 20 to 25 percent. This can happen with the commencement of the Adjusted Single Revenue (AGR) recovery process from telecom companies. Experts say that companies will put the burden of AGR on mobile subscribers, which will increase the call rate once again.

Outstanding on major companies 
company Outstanding
Bhartiya Airtel 21,682 crores
Vodafone-idea
19,823.71 crores
BSNL
2,098.72 crores
MTNL
2,537.48 crores
RCom 16,456 crores

Source: Department of Telecommunications
According to sources, the Department of Telecommunications is preparing to recover from all the AGR dues companies including Airtel, Voda-Idea. Soon these companies can be sent letters to pay AGR. Significantly, the Supreme Court had ordered the telecom companies to pay AGR of Rs 1.47 lakh crore by January 24.
After this, the companies once again moved the Supreme Court and demanded an extension to repay the amount. The Supreme Court also agreed to the hearing but did not say that it should not pay the dues of AGR. Sources associated with the Department of Telecommunications say that if the hearing is not held this week, then the process of sending letters for AGR recovery will begin. According to the DoT, 15 companies owe AGR. However, many of them have either closed down or have consolidated their business from the Indian market. 

Up to 25 percent increase possible 

Telecom experts say that mobile companies can increase the recharge fee by up to 25 per cent to pay AGR. This may be the second increase within two months. From December 1, 2019, companies had increased their bills by up to 50 percent. Along with this, many types of discounts were also eliminated. If companies increase the tariff boucher by 10 percent, then it is expected to get a revenue of 35 thousand crore rupees in the next 3 years. 
Pressure will increase on companies 

 why mobile internet and calling services are becoming expensive 

The process of charging AGR will put pressure on telecom companies. The companies have been incurring losses since the arrival of Jio. According to government figures, Airtel has a liability of Rs 35,586 crore. Of this, a license fee of Rs 21,682 crore and spectrum usage fee of Rs 13,904.01 crore are included. The total liability in the case of Vodafone Idea is Rs 53,038 crore. This includes a spectrum usage fee of Rs 24,729 crore and license fee of Rs 28,309 crore. 

Demand for 10 years 

The companies had demanded a 10-year stay with a two-year moratorium to pay AGR statutory dues. In October, the Supreme Court upheld the fees demanded by the government on the revenue received from telecom companies.

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Reliance Jio gave Rs 195 crore to the Department of Telecommunications for all outstanding dues related to AGR till 31 January 2020. Official sources gave this information. In the year 2016, Jio started its services and created panic in the telecom sector by offering free calls. The company has added 300 million consumers in just three years.

Non-telecom companies also have heavy liability

Non-telecom sector companies also owe Rs 2.4 lakh crore after the Supreme Court’s decision to pay AGR. These include Gail India Limited, Power Grid etc. These companies have licensed to run the brandband on optic fiber cable. The cable runs along GAIL’s pipeline spread across the country and the transmission lines of the power grid. After the decision of the Supreme Court, DoT has sought a statutory arrear of Rs 1.72 lakh crore from GAIL India. Similarly, he has demanded a balance of Rs 21 thousand crore on Powergrid and Rs 48 thousand crore from Oil India
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Alibag: Three policemen were seriously injured while defusing an improvised explosive device (IED) on March 8 near the Mahad village of Kambale in Mahad taluka. Ashirwad Lagade, a policeman from the bomb squad, was seriously injured in the accident. He has been receiving treatment at the Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai for the past two months and his condition is improving, the hospital administration said.

The bomb squad had previously recovered explosives from the Mahad Industrial Police Station. According to him, three Alibag employees had entered Mahad to defuse the explosives. Kamble begins to destroy a stone in Mahad. This time there was a big explosion. Rakesh Doshi, Ramesh Kute and Ashirwad Lagde were injured in the blasts. Ashirwad Lagade’s health was critical. Police rushed him to Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai for treatment. He has been undergoing treatment there for the past two months.

The explosion was so intense that he sustained multiple injuries, including many small and large particles to his face, eyes, and abdomen. The cataracts and retina were torn due to the insertion of a large piece of leaf in the left eye. The right arm was broken. There were injuries to sensitive internal organs such as the intestines and liver.

His right ear also hurt and he had several wounds on the side of his abdomen. So Ashirwad had to undergo several surgeries. A team of expert consultants from Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai met and started the treatment, which has now received a positive response from Ashirwad. According to the information given by the doctor, 90% of her vision has returned. Other wounds are healing. The hospital administration estimates that it will take about a year for him to fully recover and return to work.

The police administration has decided to bear all the expenses for the treatment of the three comrades injured in the Mahad explosion. In addition to providing assistance under the Police Welfare Scheme, the Raigad Police Force has established a separate fund for treatment that is not covered by the scheme. We are working hard to ensure that Ashirwad receives the best treatment.”

– Dayanand Gawde, Police Inspector, Local Criminal Investigation Department

‘The intestinal ulcers have healed and now Ashirwad can eat regular meals and his digestion is also becoming normal. We are sure that they will be fully fit during the next year. We are monitoring his health.’

– Dr. Shaleen Dubey, surgeon at Apollo Hospital


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Chiplun: A study group has been created to suggest measures for the release of water from the Kolkewadi dam in the taluka. The group includes nine people, including government officials. A meeting was held on December 15 last year under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on the flood situation in Chiplun and Mahad. During the monsoon, flooding in Chiplun city intensifies due to the inflow of water from the Kolkewadi dam, members of the Chiplun Rescue Committee said at the meeting. Therefore, after studying the facts in this regard, the retired Chief Engineer D. NORTH. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has ordered the establishment of a study group under the chairmanship of Modak. The group is headed by Deepak Modak, a retired chief engineer from the Department of Water Resources. Dr. Sharad Joshi, a social worker from Chiplun. Prakash Patankar and Sanjeev Anerao from Agro Turismo, Chiplun.

Executive Engineer of the Koyna Irrigation Department, Nitish Potdar, is the Secretary Member of the group and Executive Engineer of the Ratnagiri Irrigation Department, JM Patil, will be the Coordinating Secretary. Impact of discharge from Koyna Avajal in and around Chiplun town during Mahapura in July last year, as well as consolidation of discharge from Kolkewadi Dam during that period The group is expected to carry out a study on carrying capacity from the river. At the same time, it has been given the responsibility of suggesting standardized procedures for future discharge of water from the Kolkewadi Dam.


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No matter how much water ‘Baramati’ is given, they run away from others; Fadnavis’s…

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Solapur: The Baramati congregations have flooded all the places till today. Once again, they are sharing the waters of Ujjain. No matter how much water is given to these churches, their thirst is not quenched. Their attitude is that we want everything and on our own platter. The rest of Maharashtra should always remember him and show them their place, said Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly without appointing NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar.

The ‘Jagar Shetkaryancha-Akrosh Maharashtracha’ campaign launched by Rayat Kranti leader Sanghatana Sadabhau Khot on the issue of farmers has come to an end in Tembhurni in Solapur district, the NCP stronghold. Fadnavis was speaking at the time. Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council Praveen Darekar along with Madha MP Ranjit Singh Nimbalkar, Former Ministers Harshwardhan Patil, Subhash Deshmukh, Vijay Deshmukh, Gopichand Padalkar, Ram Satpute, Rajendra Raut, Rahul Kul, Samadhan Avtade, Dhairyashil Mohite-Patil were present on the occasion.

Fadnavis strongly criticized the NCP for bringing the water from the Ujani dam to Indapur and Baramati, overcoming opposition from Solapurkars. He said that it has already been decided to supply water from the Ujani dam to the Solapur district and from other drought-prone areas. However, efforts are being made to divert the water from the dam.


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