Congress Spokesperson strikes Government over Mobile Tariff Hike

Vishal Malhotra / Rahul Kumar Jha

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New Delhi (01/12/2019): Today, Congress slammed government for the increase in mobile data and call charges announced by the cellphone companies.

Pawan Khera, while addressing a conference said, “It is with the consent of the government that cellphone companies are robbing the common people of their money.”

He also claimed that the present regime deliberately denied PSUs like BSNL and MTNL from upgrading to 4G services and the hike in mobile tariffs would result in windfall profit for the telecom service providers to the tune of ₹ 36,000 crore given that there are 120 crore mobile users in the country, the party claimed.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera also alleged that “private telecom service providers have liabilities of ₹1.47 lakh crore towards the government, which include spectrum and licencing fees. The court has directed the telecom service providers to pay their dues by January 2020, but the government has given them a two-year window besides allowing them to raise tariffs in two phases.”

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