The officer said that telecom operators can clear the balance dues in 10 yearly instalments from the next financial year onward.
According to the officer, Vodafone Idea will have to pay around Rs 5,825 crore and Bharti Airtel Rs 4,398 crore against the total demand of Rs 58,254 crore and Rs 43,980 crore, respectively, raised by the DoT following the apex court order.
The payment has to be made irrespective of part-payments of Rs 7,854 crore and Rs 18,004 crore already made by Vodafone Idea and Airtel, respectively, the officer said.
"The Supreme Court was aware of the payment the companies have already made. Still they clearly mentioned about 10 per cent of 'total dues as demanded by DoT'," the officer said.
Similarly, BSNL and MTNL, who have not made any payment, will have to pay Rs 583.5 crore and MTNL around Rs 435 crore by the end of this fiscal, according to the DoT's interpretation of the apex court order.
When asked if DoT will raise demand notice for the payment, the officer said there is no need for any notice as the apex court order is already in place and companies are aware of the payment that they have to make.
Only Reliance Jio will not have to make any payment as it has cleared the entire AGR dues of Rs 195.18 crore, another officer clarified.
The DoT has raised total demand of around Rs 1.47 lakh crore from telecom companies. Some of the companies like Reliance Communications (total dues Rs 21,139 crore) , Aircel (Rs 10,229.77 crore), S Tel (Rs 55.67 crore), Etisalat DB (Rs 31.81 crore) are either going through liquidation process or have shut down their operations.
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