Telecom operators fined Rs 323 crore in April-December 2015
It has however recovered only Rs 62.15 crore from them.
“Total financial penalty imposed on different telecom service providers (TSPs) for violation of customer acquisition form (CAF) verification norms during current financial year 2015-16 (from April 1, 2015 till December 31, 2015) is Rs 323.56 crore,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
He said a penalty of Rs 73.76 crore was imposed on BSNL, Rs 50.25 crore on Vodafone, Rs 43.73 crore on Tata, Rs 41.76 crore on Idea, Rs 40.20 crore on Reliance, Rs 38.70 crore on Airtel and Rs 1.44 crore on Uninor, among others.
The government has recovered Rs 62.15 crore from the operators for the reported period, he added.
“Telecom Enforcement Resources and Monitoring (Term) Cells carry out sample verification of CAF and related documents of the acquired customers, by all TSPs, which brings out non-compliant cases where DoT guidelines pertaining to verification of subscribers were violated by TSPs,” Prasad said.
The minister further said for non-compliant cases, TERM Cells impose applicable financial penalties on erring TSPs as per the guidelines issued from time to time.