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National free roaming likely before October: Telecom minister

In December, TRAI floated a pre-consultation paper seeking inputs from stakeholders on tariff for national roaming services. The government is expected to take a call on national free roaming after the regulator submits its recommendations

Telecom minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the government will try to launch national free roaming for telecom customers before October this year.

 

“TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has floated a consultation paper on it (national free roaming). So when TRAI’s recommendations come and after that, we will try to start free roaming before October,” Sibal said on the sidelines of the launch of National Internet Registry (NIR).

 

In December, TRAI floated a pre-consultation paper seeking inputs from stakeholders on tariff for national roaming services. It sought views of stakeholders on aspects of national roaming services like the cost components of call rates to be considered, the manner of cost recovery in case incoming calls are to be made free, the tariff for video calls and SMS while roaming, need for permitting special tariff vouchers for roaming customers.

 

At present, telecom operators have to pay various charges like termination charges, interconnect charges, for completing call of their customers on to other networks which get added to the final cost of the call for the customer.

 

Sibal also launched the National Internet Registry (NIR), which will reduce the cost of processing IP addresses. NIR is entrusted with the task of coordinating IP address allocation with other Internet resource management function at national level in the country.

 

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) had earlier endorsed the operations of NIR to National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). NIXI was recognised by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in March last year. NIR has been named as Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN).

 

IRINN, a division under NIXI, provides allocation and registration services of Internet Protocol Addresses (IPv4 and IPv6) and autonomous systems numbers to its affiliates to the Indian Internet communities.

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M&M workers call off stir at Nashik facility

Around 3,000 workers resorted to “tools down” protest on Tuesday demanding revocation of suspension of two office-bearers of the employees union

The “tools down” strike at automobile maker Mahindra & Mahindra’s (M&M) plant in Nashik was called off on Thursday after the management agreed to reinstate two office-bearers of the employees union and finalize on wage hike agreement by 15th April, authorities said.

 

Around 3,000 workers resorted to “tools down” protest on Tuesday demanding revocation of suspension of M&M Employees Union general secretary Praveen Shinde and vice-president Amol Sonawane.

 

“The workers have called off the strike and will resume the duty in the evening shift following a meeting between representatives of the management and the union held at the deputy labour commissioner’s office”, deputy labour commissioner RS Jadhav and M&M general manager (HR) Anil Godbole told reporters after emerging from the meeting that lasted for more than five hours.

 

Mahindra produces Scorpio, Bolero and Xylo models of SUVs and Verito (sedan) at its Nashik-based manufacturing facility.

 

“The (Mahindra) management has agreed to revoke suspension of union office-bearers Shinde and Sonawane and consider renewal of the wage hike agreement by 15th April”, said union president Shirish Bhavsar.

 

Shinde and Sonawane were placed under suspension by the management allegedly for exhorting workers to stop work till their demands are met. The duo who were on hunger strike since their suspension called it off on Thursday.

 

“Our union has also decided against going on strike from 11th March ”, Sonawane said. According to a statement by the company earlier in the day, the stir by employees, started on 5th March, resulted in a production loss of around 500 vehicles till date. The production loss is unlikely to have any immediate impact on sales as the company already has three weeks’ stock in the pipeline, the statement said.

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GDP growth beyond 7% without reforms will fuel inflation: Moody’s

Moody’s said the pursuit of double-digit GDP growth three years ago “kept policy settings too loose for too long, causing the economy to overheat” and contributing to the current problems of inflation and the current account deficit

Moody’s has raised concerns against targeting double-digit GDP expansion saying any growth beyond 7% without reforms will fuel inflation that will result in “more painful” future adjustments.

 

“Some government policymakers, most notably RBI Governor D Subbarao, have begun pushing for a return to double-digit growth. This is wildly optimistic and, without significant structural reform, a dangerous view to take,” Moody’s Analytics, an arm of ratings agency Moody’s, said.

 

Subbarao had earlier this week said a growth rate of 5%-6% is not sufficient for the economy, which has the potential to grow at double digit rate provided some issues are addressed. “If we do the right things, we can get back on the track of the double digit growth,” he had said.

 

Moody’s said the pursuit of double-digit GDP growth three years ago “kept policy settings too loose for too long, causing the economy to overheat” and contributing to the current problems of inflation and the current account deficit.

 

“Policymakers should end any pretence that the economy can grow at 10% without fanning inflation—it simply cannot,” it said.

 

The Indian economy is estimated to grow at 5% in 2012-13 and the finance ministry expects the growth to rebound to 6.1%-6.7% in next fiscal.

 

“Anything above 7% (GDP growth) will lift inflation and result in a more painful future adjustment,” Moody’s said.

 

Moody’s in its India outlook report said the economy would grow by 6.2% in 2013, from 5.1% in 2012.

 

According to the report, the global environment has stabilised in recent months, with Europe muddling through and most of the US data looking better. The biggest change, however, is that the government is now on a steady path of fiscal and regulatory reform and better governance.

 

The so-called big bang of economic reforms announced since August has helped to lift corporate confidence and should translate into better spending and capital expenditures from mid-2013, it said.

 

Risks around the economy, particularly the fiscal and current account deficits, have begun to recede.

 

Headline inflation has moderated to 6.62% in January, after remaining close to double digit in most part of 2012. Besides, the current account deficit (CAD), which is the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign currency, has peaked to 5.4% in July-September quarter.

 

The report further said gains in financial markets reflect rising expectations around the economy as well as lower risk.

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COMMENTS

RM Dixit

4 years ago


Few days back RBI Governor
Mr.Subba Rao advised for double digit
growth of GDP should be made. It does't mean growth would be so.FM
Chidambaram proposed the growth around 6.3 or so. Without reforms
implementation it would much more
difficult to achieve substantial
amount of growth. The present scenario of the country other than
finance are unfavourable may cause hurdles in the progress
of GDP growth and lowering of Current Account deficit.

R. M. Dixit Jodhpur, India

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