The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sought Rs 1.72 trillion in past statutory dues from state-owned gas utility, GAIL India Limited.
The move follows the Supreme Court’s order on aggregate gross revenues (AGR) needed to be taken into consideration for payment of government dues.
As per industry sources, DoT had sent a letter to GAIL in November 2019, seeking Rs 1,726.55 billion in dues on IP-1 and IP-2 licences as well as internet service provider (ISP) licence. To which, GAIL responded that it owes nothing more than what it has already paid to the government.
Besides GAIL, DoT is also seeking Rs 1.25 trillion from PowerGrid which had both a national long-distance as well as an internet licence.