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BTRC: GP must pay Tk 13,000 crore in arrears

  • Published at 12:37 am April 30th, 2019
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Jahurul Haque, chairman of BTRC said they would block its NOC and calls, if necessary, adding: "It must pay the arrears."

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Monday said it will consider all legal options to recover about Tk13,000 crore in arrears from telecom operator Grameenphone (GP).

Jahurul Haque, chairman of BTRC said they would block its NOC and calls, if necessary, adding: "It must pay the arrears."

Previously on April 2, a BTRC-appointed audit firm said GP owed the government Tk12,579.95 crore: Tk8,494.01 crore to BTRC, and Tk4,085.94 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), reports UNB.

GP dubbed the audit "unfounded and without any legal basis."

"A daily late fee is being added to the overdue payment," said Jahurul, speaking at a views exchange meeting with the Telecom Reporters Network, Bangladesh (TRNB), at the BTRC office in Dhaka.

He said the audit company had given  GP enough time, but the mobile operator was delaying payment by seeking time from court.

"We will do everything legally possible to get the money," he said, adding that all mobile operators would be audited eventually and that the BTRC would treat everyone equally.

GP was asked to pay the owed amount within 10-15 days.

The claim originated from an Information and Systems Audit of GP's operations since its inception in 1997 up to December 2014, conducted by the firm, Toha Khan Zaman & Co.

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