New Delhi: Leading telecom company Bharti Airtel owes the government Rs152.77 crore, the highest outstanding dues among all telcos, towards spectrum charges and licence fees, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
The total outstanding amount, including interest, against GSM operators as on 31 March 2010, is Rs451.75 crore, out of which Bharti Airtel has the highest dues, minister of state for telecom and IT Sachin Pilot said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Bharti Airtel has an outstanding of Rs 135.11 crore towards spectrum charges and Rs17.66 crore towards licence fees.
To a query on whether the government proposes to penalize defaulting GSM operators who have not paid their dues, Pilot said, “Penalty is imposed as per the licence agreement.”
Followed by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone has the second highest outstanding dues of Rs71.77 crore (towards spectrum charges only) among the private GSM players.
There is no outstanding against Vodafone in terms of licence fees.
Anil Ambani group firms Reliance Communication and Reliance Telecom have a combined outstanding dues of Rs53.07 crore, mainly towards licence fees, as on 31 March 2010.
Among the state-owned telecom firms, BSNL has dues of Rs84.44 crore towards licence fees, while MTNL has dues of Rs17.22 crore.
BPL Cellular and BPL Mobile Communication Limited have outstanding dues of Rs39.83 crore, Pilot said in the Lok Sabha.
Birlas-owned Idea Cellular has an outstanding of Rs7.07 crore towards non-payment of spectrum charges.
Among other GSM players, Aircel, Etisalat DB and Unitech have marginal outstandings of less than Rs1 crore, either on account of non-payment of spectrum charges or licence fees, as of 31 March this year.