Telcos likely to get moratorium of 4 years for AGR dues: Report

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday accredited a moratorium on payment of spectrum dues by telecom companies as component of a package for the sector aimed at supplying aid to firms such as Vodafone Notion that have to pay 1000’s of crores of rupees in unprovisioned past statutory dues, stated news reviews.

Cabinet has accredited moratorium of 4 many years for AGR dues, the reviews states. There is also a ingredient of fairness-similar conversion in the aid package, which will present a gesture of goodwill and assist firms raise funds, say reviews.

The go will come six months just after billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla resigned as chairman of beleaguered Vodafone Notion Ltd (VIL) on August 4.

VIL’s August 4 intimation about the major-degree improvements experienced come on a day stock exchanges seeking clarification from the organization above the extensively claimed June 7 letter of Birla to the Cabinet Secretary giving his stake in Vodafone Notion to the govt or any organization accredited by the govt for cost-free.

VIL, which was designed from the merger of British telecom huge Vodafone’s India unit and Birla’s Notion Mobile Ltd, has to pay about Rs fifty,399.sixty three crore in statutory dues courting back again above past quite a few many years.

The package, which in the beginning was extensively envisioned to be taken up by the Cabinet past 7 days, will present a breather to the 3 personal participant sector, at a time when VIL is confronting existential crisis.

The Union Cabinet is also probable to approve on Wednesday the revised creation-joined incentive (PLI) scheme for the auto sector, which aims at advertising and marketing domestic producing and develop work opportunities, in accordance to sources, claimed PTI.

The govt is thought to have slashed the outlay for this PLI scheme to about Rs 26,000 crore, they stated.

Past calendar year, the govt experienced introduced the scheme for the auto and vehicle parts sector with an outlay of Rs fifty seven,043 crore, earmarked for 5 many years.

The sources did not disclose the rationale for revising the scheme to Rs twenty five,938 crore, but mentioned that the aim is now more on battery electric powered and hydrogen gas cell automobiles.

Vodafone Notion, in its annual report, has flagged the industry’s “unsustainable financial duress” and hoped that the govt would present the vital assist to address “all structural difficulties” confronted by the sector.

The full gross debt (excluding lease liabilities and including curiosity accrued but not because of) as of June thirty, 2021 of VIL stood at Rs 1,91,590 crore, comprising of deferred spectrum payment obligations of Rs 1,06,010 crore and altered gross income (AGR) legal responsibility of Rs sixty two,180 crore that are because of to the govt.

Field analysts way too have been sounding an alarm above the dangers of the Indian telecom industry turning into a duopoly.

Apex affiliation COAI a short while ago made a sturdy pitch for minimize in levies, doubling tenure of auctioned radiowave holdings, along with 7-10 calendar year moratorium for spectrum payments, to address viability considerations of the sector.

Past month, Sunil Mittal, Chairman of India’s second biggest telecom organization Bharti Airtel, experienced made a passionate pitch for hike in tariffs and a minimize in govt levies to preserve the sector.

Mittal experienced stated even though 35 per cent of industry’s income goes to the govt in taxes and levies, telcos are loaded with an remarkable debt of AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) dues and spectrum payments.

Levies are significantly way too significant in the telecom sector, Mittal experienced stated including that “levies and load on sector needs to be brought down” for India to truly realise its electronic eyesight.