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CIC pulls up Telecom Dept for lack of transparency on Rs 12,000 Crore Govt revenue loss: RTI by Harinder Dhingra


Sajib Nandi

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Why should the Narendra Modi government withhold information on a loss of Rs 12,000 crore to the exchequer during the UPA government due to an alleged understating of accounts by six telecom companies between FY 2006-07 and FY 2009-10? With the Department of Telecommunications refusing to act on a query in the matter, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has now issued a show cause notice to its central public information officer (CPIO) demanding to know why action should not be taken against him for denying this information by not attending the hearing.

 

The query had been filed by Harinder Dhingra on June 12, 2017 in which he had sought “a copy of the recovery notice and the reply sent by each telecom companies regarding the demand notice that was issued to six telecom companies (namely Bharti Airtel Ltd., Vodafone India Ltd., Airtel Ltd., Reliance Communication Ltd., Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Idea Cellular Ltd.) for understating their accounts from FY 2006-07 to FY 2009-10, which caused revenue loss of approx. Rs. 12,000 crores,” chief information commissioner R.K. Mathur recorded in his order.

 

Read more at: CIC Pulls up Telecom Dept for Lack of Transparency on Rs 12,000 Crore Govt Revenue Loss - The Wire

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