22 September, 2009

Rs 32 cr penalty on telcos by the Govt

Government has slapped a penalty of Rs 32 crore on mobile operators for failing to adhere to the subscriber verification norms in 2008-2009 With a penalty of Rs 1,000 for each unverified subscriber, the number of such users comes to about 3.2 lakh. And with the country's mobile subscriber base growing fast, this figure is expected to swell further.

Earlier in April this year, DoT introduced a graded penalty system under which operators pay Rs 50,000 per subscriber if more than 20 per cent of their user base is without valid identity documents.