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BTRC: Mobile operators must pay their dues

Nearly Tk2500 crore owed to government

Update : 16 Jan 2023, 10:15 AM

Four private telecom operators-Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Airtel owe an amount of Tk2,413 crore to the government which remains due as VAT on 2G spectrum fees and licence fees, said the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

"Govt's money means public money, so operators must have to pay the money," Engineer Md Mohiuddin Ahmed, chairman of BTRC said while addressing a press conference at the commission's office in the capital on Sunday.

BTRC is determined to take out the money, he added.

"All the laws and policies of the BTRC have been formulated for the welfare of the people. We want to make the telecommunication sector an up-to-date sector in the country," he added.

Mentioning the recent apex court order to three major telecom operators on the payable amount, he said, "BTRC is working relentlessly to build smart Bangladesh".  

Commissioner of Spectrum Department Prof Sheikh Riaz Ahmed, said the dues of nearly Tk2,500 crore is govt's revenue and public money. Telecom operators must pay this money, he said.

Ashis Kumar Kundu, director general (Legal and Licensing Division) at BTRC, said as of 22 November last year, Grameenphone owes Tk1,163.85 crore, Banglalink Tk625.27crore, Robi Tk565.58 crore and Airtel Tk59.05 crore.

The BTRC will get 100% of revenue from the operators and the 15% VAT cannot be added, he said.

BTRC will definitely get its dues from the operators because it did not demand the money illegally, said BTRC's lawyer Barrister Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib.

Among others, BTRC Director General (Systems and Services Division) Brig Gen Md Nasim Parvez spoke at the press conference, moderated by Director (Legal and Licensing) Tareq Hassan Siddiqui.

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