Action laudable

Recently, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) unearthed a scam of Rs 46,045 crore between 2006 and 2010, involving six major private telecom players, which resulted in a loss of Rs 12,489 crore to the exchequer. Telecom minister ordered a special audit of these companies. The main reason quoted for this was understating the revenues by these firms and non-compliance of terms resulting in reduced revenue share to the government. The interest alone was Rs 7,276 crore for less payment of licence fee and spectrum usage charge. Basically, the money generated by these companies is that of the public. Although mobile technology revolutionized the communication system and saved time, by their business tactics, these companies attracted public making them slaves to mobiles and made them talk more and work less. Considerable amount is being spent on mobile bills by and large by every mobile user. Thus, these companies not only cheated the government but also the public in general. In this background, the demand of CAG audit from 1999 is justifiable.

Dr S V N Vijayendra, Mysuru

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