TRAI to float paper on mobile value-added services in April

In January this year, the telecom regulator had sought views of mobile operators on growth opportunities in value-added services, including policy framework and support infrastructure to usher in inclusive growth

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today said it will bring out a consultation paper on mobile value-added services (MVAS) next month and will give its recommendations by the end of June, reports PTI.

“TRAI will come out with a consultation paper on MVAS in April and by the end of June, TRAI will give recommendations on value-added services,” TRAI chairman JS Sarma said at a FICCI event here.

In January this year, the telecom regulator had sought views of mobile operators on growth opportunities in value-added services, including policy framework and support infrastructure to usher in inclusive growth.

TRAI, in association with industry body Assocham, had also released a study paper, titled ‘Mobile Value-Added Services (MVAS)—A vehicle to usher in inclusive growth and bridge the digital divide’ on which TRAI had sought comments from various service operators in February this year.

Besides, Mr Sarma said the recommendations on equipment manufacturing policy will be out by the end of this week.

TRAI had in January this year floated a consultation paper on the telecom infrastructure policy, and which after taking in stakeholders’ views, closed on 21st February.

The authority had started the process for coming up with recommendations on encouraging telecom equipment manufacturing in the country from 6 May 2010.

Mr Sarma added that the recommendations on ‘green telecom’ will come out next week. The recommendations will deliberate on ways to check carbon emissions, promote energy-efficient technologies and manage e-waste in view of rapid growth in the sector.
 

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Oil firms push Air India for roadmap on repayment of past dues

State-owned oil marketing companies have put Air India on cash-and-carry since December. Air India buys jet fuel worth Rs18.5 crore per day from the three state oil firms, but it pays only Rs13.5 crore. However, Air India sought discounts similar to the ones given to private airlines

State-owned oil marketing companies have put Air India on cash-and-carry since December. Air India buys jet fuel worth Rs18.5 crore per day from the three state oil firms, but it pays only Rs13.5 crore. However, Air India sought discounts similar to the ones given to private airlines

New Delhi: State-run oil firms have demanded that cash-strapped Air India set up a roadmap to clear over Rs2,400 crore in past fuel bills and make upfront payment for all future purchases of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), reports PTI.

Air India has defaulted on payment of about Rs2,000 crore in jet fuel bills since last year and the total outstanding now amounts to over Rs2,400 crore after including Rs400 crore in interest, industry officials said.

“Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation already incur huge losses on selling petrol, diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene way below their production cost and to expect them to sell ATF at subsidised rates is not acceptable,” an official said.

Oil firms have put Air India on cash-and-carry since December. Air India buys jet fuel worth Rs18.5 crore per day from the three state oil firms, but it pays only Rs13.5 crore. This led the oil firms to threaten to stop supplies of ATF beyond what Air India pays for.

At a meeting called by cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar last week to resolve the payment impasse, Air India sought discounts similar to the ones given to private airlines.

Oil companies give a Rs1,600-Rs1,800 per kilolitre (kl) discount to private airlines on promise of assured payment.

After adding finance charges for a 90-day credit period, the discount comes to Rs3,600 per kl.

“Even if this discount is stretched to Rs5,000 per kl, the Rs18.5 crore per day fuel bill will not become Rs13.5 crore. After including some more concessions, the fuel bill at best will come down to Rs17 crore a day, a far-cry from the Rs13.5 crore paying capacity of Air India,” he said.

Officials said Air India was discussing only the payments for future ATF purchases and there was no word on how the state carrier will clear the past outstanding.

“Air India talks of getting the same discounts as private airlines, but does it know that ATF purchases by airlines such as Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines are covered by a bank guarantee?” an official asked.

Both Jet Airways and Kingfisher have brought down their outstanding to manageable levels and have provided bank guarantees to cover against any default.

IOC, HPCL and BPCL sell petrol, which the government had freed from its control in June last year, at a discount of about Rs4.50 a litre to its imported cost. In addition, they sell diesel at a loss of Rs15.79 a litre or Rs283 crore per day.

Furthermore, the three retailers are losing Rs24.74 per litre of kerosene and Rs297.80 per 14.2-kg LPG cylinder.

The three firms are losing a cumulative Rs432 crore in revenue every day on selling diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene below cost, officials said, adding that for the full fiscal, the three are projected to lose Rs78,061 crore in revenues.
 

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COMMENTS

Shadi Katyal

6 years ago

This is the beauty of being PSU as all oil and Air India re chips of sme block. If AirIndia was buying from private oil companies, it would have been shut down long ago which will come sooner or later as all 4 parties cannot keep showing losses. We are used to such losses as their is no accountability being PSU,
One has to ask simple one question that how come private air industry is making profit while AirIndia is loosing Crores every day and so how is she going to pay the oil bill?
Now we have another problem of not fully qualifide pilots and thus safety of paying public has been compromised.Air India doesn't have foreign traveling passengers as compared to all foreign carriers carrying Indian such passengers because of lack of courtesy and service. It is India CHALTA HAI BHAI

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"Intas Pharmaceuticals has filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the SEBI for an initial public offering," the Ahmedabad-based firm said in a statement.

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