DoT to respond to CAG's queries soon: Raja

DoT to respond to CAG's queries soon: Raja

Communications and IT Minister A Raja attends a national forum on 'Mobile Applications', a function by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

"The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is sending some queries according to their own perceptions and inferences and it will be duly responded to by the Department of Telecom," the minister told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He was responding to a query relating to reports that CAG has blamed his ministry for wrong-doings in telecom licences which caused a massive loss to the government.
He, however, said that this is not an annual report of the CAG.

Raja has been facing the charge of distributing new licences at 2001 prices of Rs 1,658 crore for pan-India operations bundled with start-up spectrum of 4.4 MHz. Even the CBI has filed a case against some unknown officials of the DoT for conniving with private companies for manipulation of licence terms and conditions.

The new licences were given as per the recommendations of the telecom regulator TRAI, which had opposed auctioning of licences in 2007, saying this would give undue advantage to the incumbent operators who have been given licences under the same terms and conditions till early 2007."We are preparing a due reply to be sent to the CAG... Thereafter, observations can be made," Raja said, adding that the reply would be sent by tomorrow.Asked if he thinks the allegations of Rs 26,000 crore- loss due to his policies are baseless, the minister said: "...There is nothing baseless or otherwise. There is no question of that. CAG has sent some queries and it is under consideration of the DoT."

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