Department of telecom denies delay to CAG query on second generation


New Delhi : The department of Telecommunications (DoT) Wednesday said it has replied to all the queries raised by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the issue of allocation of second generation (2G) spectrum in 2008.

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According to a draft prepared by CAG, the method of allocation of 2G spectrum in 2007 has caused a loss of over Rs.1 lakh crore to the government.

The telecom ministry has denied any wrong doing.

“The factual and the legal position of the department on the decisions taken on the issuance of universal access service (UAS) licences and spectrum allotment have been duly apprised to the audit for considering the broad government policies as enunciated in the National Telecom Policy (NTP), 1999, five year plans and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India recommendations,” said the DoT in a statement.

The DoT also clarified that all queries have been duly and promptly replied in time and no further CAG querries as such has been received by it on this issue.

The director general audit, post and telegraph, in continuation of their earlier queries have issued a “Draft Report” on July 19, 2010 to DoT for comments. The department thereon sent its detailed para-wise comments on July 27, 2010 itself though two weeks were given to the department for reply, it said.

The DoT denied any delay in the replies at any stage from replying the queries of audit.

“Since some of the documents relevant to the points raised in the queries are in the custody of the central bureau of investigation (CBI), DoT only reserved its right to modify the reply, if required after verification, once the documents are received back from CBI”, it added.