Charges politically motivated: Raja

A. RajaThe union minister for Communications and Information Technology, A. Raja ruled out any anomaly in 2G spectrum allocation. He said that charges of corruption and favoritism in spectrum allocation are baseless and politically motivated. The entire spectrum allocation is done on the basis of recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and governmnet is ready to enquire the matter. The 2G spectrum allocation decision is taken after consultation with Ministries of Company Affairs and Law. Raje said that some people intend to malign his image to get political gain in forthcoming general elections.

The minister said that Indian telecom sector is almost insulated from global slowdown and government is collecting good amount of revenue from mobile operators. DoT is planning to impose one-time charge from operators and may revise various revenue slabs. The number of customers are likely to reach 60 crore by 2012 from existing 30-crore leading to huge revenue for state exchequer.

He hoped further decline in call charge as the ministry has asked operators to implement TRAI recommendations on reducing termination charges. The move would benefit new licensees like Swan and Unitech to expand there network in the region.