Bharti Airtel has paid the telecom department Rs 8004 crore more as statutory dues in its second tranche, taking the total amount paid by the operator to the government to Rs 18,004 crore .The latest deposit as adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues is split into Rs 3004 crore as full and final towards its AGR dues, based on its self assessment. It paid an additional Rs 5000 crore as “ad-hoc payment”, subject to refund after the telecom department reconciles it’s own estimates with the telco’s.“…the Company has paid an additional amount of Rs. 3,004 crores towards the full and final amounts due over & above the ad-hoc amount of Rs, 10,000 crores paid on February 17, 2020 on behalf of the Bharti Group of Companies (Bhartii Airtel, Bharti Hexacom and Telenor India),” said the telco in a regulatory filing on Saturday . “In addition to the aforesaid amounts paid basis our self-assessment, we have also deposited an adc!itlonal amount of Rs. 5,000 crores, as an ad-hoc payment,”(subject to subsequent refund / adjustment) to cover differences, if any, arising from the reconciliation exercise with the DoT,” it added .This means Airtel has paid Rs 18,004 crore in all compared to AGR demands of about Rs 35,000 crore .The operator had earlier paid Rs 10,000 crore as AGR dues and it looks like the second tranche will be its final one. The telco has also submitted its self assessment to DoT. “….the Company has carried out self-assessment from FY 2006-07 onwards upto December 31, 2019,and interest thereon up to February 29, 2020 in line with the AGR Judgment, various license agreements entered into with the Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”) and the various directions issued by the DoT from time to time with respect to Spectrum Usage Charges,” it added . So far Reliance Jio is the only telco which has paid its complete AGR dues of Rs 195 crore. Vodafone Idea, which has been hit hardest by Supreme Court’s AGR verdict, has so far paid Rs3500 crore of its Rs57,000 crore as estimated by the DoT. Its own estimate is dues of around Rs23,000 crore, including Rs7,000 crore principle. Tata Teleservices on the other hand has paid Rs 2,197 crore as per its self-assessment and has submitted details of the AGR calculations to the government.
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