New Delhi: In a major breach of licence terms and conditions, Birla group firm Idea Cellular has issued a whopping 3,640 connections to a single person and his company, endangering national security, reports PTI.
"Yes, Idea Cellular had issued 3,640 post-paid connections to a single person and his company, Limco Sales Corporation of Delhi and as per the report of the Department of Telecom (DoT), the bulk connections have been rented out to other customers," minister of state for telecom and IT Sachin Pilot said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He said the home ministry has intimated that security agencies face problems in establishing identity of actual users in cases where bulk connections have been activated in the name of a single user/location/organisation, and the numbers have been further distributed/rented for use.
To a query whether this endangers national security, Mr Pilot said "this practice of providing mobile connections to an individual without maintaining his identity particulars has security implications and operational activities of security agencies are hampered due to non-availability of identity of a particular suspected target."
Idea Cellular has over 68 million mobile subscribers and has operations in most of the circles across the country.
Mr Pilot said the licence conditions provide that "utmost vigilance should be exercised in providing bulk telephone connections for a single user as well as for a single location."
Provision of 10 or more connections may be taken as bulk for this purpose, he said.
"Special verification of bonafide should be carried out for providing such bulk connections. Information about bulk connections shall be forwarded to respective Vigilance Telecom Monitoring cell of DoT and concerned officials authorised by DoT and security agencies from time to time on monthly basis," he said.
New Delhi: The states have rejected the Centre's proposal to include petroleum products in the ambit of goods and services tax (GST) sought to be implemented from the next fiscal, even as the union government said it would help check volatility in fuel prices, reports PTI.
"Petroleum products will be out of the GST," Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers Chairman Asim Dasgupta said here.
Addressing the Lok Sabha yesterday, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had called for the inclusion of petroleum products in proposed goods and services tax (GST) so that sharp domestic price movements can be checked.
"If we receive cooperation from all houses concerned and introduce GST and bring within its purview petrol and other petroleum products, and with your support introduce it from April 2011, I do feel the type of variations in petroleum prices can be taken care of," Mr Mukherjee had said.
Mr Mukherjee repeated the request in the Rajya Sabha today.
In fact, even some of the Congress states are also in favour of keeping oil products out the GST regime.
Recently, Delhi finance minister AK Walia had said he would request the empowered panel and the Centre to keep diesel, petrol, and compressed natural gas (CNG) out of the new indirect tax regime, saying keeping oil products and CNG under GST will result in financial losses to the city government that is already facing fund crunch due to the huge spend on the Commonwealth Games.
In fact, a discussion paper floated by the empowered committee also talked about keeping the petroleum products out of the purview of the GST.
"As far as petroleum products are concerned, it was decided that the basket of petroleum products, crude, motor spirit (including ATF) and HSD (high speed diesel) would be kept outside GST," the paper said. In fact, petroleum products are outside even the state-level value added tax (VAT).
The discussion paper had said that "sales tax could continue to be levied by the states on these products with prevailing floor rate. Similarly, the Centre could also continue its levies."
It also said a final view whether natural gas should be kept outside the GST ambit will be taken after further deliberations.
The empowered committee's decision is yet another blow to the Centre's plans over the proposed GST. Yesterday, the states had rejected the draft constitutional bill to roll out GST, a opposing the veto power of the Union finance minister over state taxation issues.
The Centre has proposed a three tier-rate structure for GST-20% and 12% for goods and 16% for services. GST is slated to be introduced from next fiscal, after the earlier deadline of implementing it from this fiscal was missed.
In order to ensure updated public dissemination of shareholding pattern, the market regulator has mandated for companies to file revised shareholding pattern, if there is any change of over 2% in its shareholding
Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has asked companies to file information if there is a change of 2% in the shareholding pattern, post a corporate event.
SEBI said in such cases, the companies would have to file revised shareholding pattern with the stock exchanges within 10 days from the date of such change in the capital structure.
The market regulator in its Board meeting also decided to make it mandatory for new companies to file their shareholding pattern as per Clause 35 one day prior to the date of listing and it should be uploaded on the website of exchanges before commencement of trading.
The Board further decided that in the quarterly shareholding pattern, the disclosure of shares held by custodians, against which depository receipts have been issued, shall be classified as 'promoter and promoter group' and 'non-promoter'.