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Tribunal directs RCom to deposit Rs20 crore with DoT

The DoT had on 21 September 2012 had imposed a penalty of Rs39.82 crore on RCom for not completing the verification of Customer's Application Form (CAF) in Assam circle by April this year

New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT has directed Reliance Communications to deposit Rs5 crore and a bank guarantee of Rs15 crore to the DoT, which had imposed a penalty on the firm for not completing verification details of its customers in Assam within the prescribed time-limit, reports PTI.

 

The DoT had on 21 September 2012 had imposed a penalty of Rs39.82 crore on RCom for not completing the verification of Customer’s Application Form (CAF) in Assam circle by April this year.

 

Passing an interim order, the tribunal said if RCom deposits the amount within two weeks then no coercive steps would be taken by the DoT.

 

“...we are of the opinion that in the event the petitioner (RCom) deposits a sum of Rs5 crore with the respondent (DoT) and furnishes a bank guarantee for Rs15 crore within a period of two weeks from date, no coercive step may be taken against it for enforcing the impugned order,” said TDSAT.

 

According to DoT, only 67.08% subscribers were correctly verified by RCom during April 2012 and there were 1,991 cases of missing CAFs and non-compliance of address proof with photograph.

 

This was challenged by RCom before the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

 

RCom contended that there were only 81 CAF which were not verified and it would be required to pay Rs81,000 only.

 

It further said that DoT has demanded a sum which is more than the licence fee payable for two years.

 

This was questioned by DoT contending that licence fee cannot be compared with penalties under government circulars.

 

Agreeing with DoT, the TDSAT said: “It has rightly been submitted... cannot compare the licence fee with the amount of penalty imposed on RCom as the latter is governed by circulars issued by the DoT.”

 

Passing a circular on 24 December 2008 DoT had asked the operators to submit CAFs within the specified time, failing which penalty would be imposed.

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Babubhai Vaghela

4 years ago

Not doing KYC amounts to Security Risk for the Country. Why no Criminal Prosecution against RCom?

Govt makes standard packs mandatory for 19 items from Thursday

The government has made mandatory standardised packaging of 19 items and non-compliance would invite penal action

 
The government has made mandatory standardised packaging of 19 items and non-compliance would invite penal action
 
New Delhi: Manufacturers of 19 commodities, mostly food items like biscuit and bread, will have to package their products in standard sizes from Thursday—a move aimed at protecting consumers from unfair trade practice by companies of reducing weight without changing the retail price, reports PTI.
 
The government has made mandatory standardised packaging of 19 items and non-compliance would invite penal action.
 
“In the interest of common consumer, from today onwards 19 commodities of day-to-day use, like bread, biscuits, tea can be sold in specified standard packs only.
 
“Manufacture, packing or import of these commodities in non-standard packs will invite penal action,” the consumer affairs ministry said in a statement.
 
The ministry has comes out with a list of standard sizes for 19 commodities including tea, coffee and salt. The items to be covered under the new packaging order includes non-food products such as cement, paint and soaps.
 
Following complaints regarding unfair reduction in the quantity of packaged products from some consumer organisation, the government has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011. A notice was issued on 5th June this year in this regard.
 
“It has been observed that some manufacturers in the country are reducing quantity of packaged products by small fractions without making a change in the price of the product.
 
The government after due examination of the issue amended the Legal Metrology Rules,” food minister KV Thomas had said.
 
The other items are—cereals and pulses; edible oils, vanaspati, ghee, and butter oil; rice (powdered), flour, atta, rawa and suji; baby food; weaning food; un-canned packages of butter and margarine; milk powder; aerated soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages; mineral water and drinking water; cement in bags; paint varnish; soaps; non-soapy detergents (powder); materials which may be constituted or reconstituted as beverages.
 

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