BSNL to get subsidy support of Rs.1,250 crore for rural telephone infrastructure


To remunerate the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for creating phone foundation in rustic territories, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday endorsed an appropriation backing of Rs.1,250 crore to be paid from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). 

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The backing will be accommodated phone lines were introduced before 1 April 2002. 

BSNL has requested a remuneration of Rs.2,000 crore from the administration for the same, however "the sponsorship backing would be the last and last installment and no further demand from BSNL for budgetary/appropriation support from USOF on this tally might be viewed as", the legislature said in an announcement on Wednesday. 

The USOF is kept up by the Indian government and is utilized to reserve capital costs required to give telecom administrations in country regions, where the expense of tasks are high as well as the arrival on speculations are low, frequently debilitating business sector members. 

There are 3.23 million rustic wireline associations introduced before 1 April 2002 which are qualified for backing. 

As per the administration proclamation, the said sum will be dispensed post marking of USOF with BSNL and important alterations in the Indian Telegraph Rules. The usage authentication of the USOF appropriation dispensed towards operation and support of the country wireline associations would be presented by BSNL, included the announcement. 

InfraCircle on 10 August reported the National Democratic Alliance government arrangements to burn through Rs10,000 crore in the current budgetary year from the USOF. 

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had evaluated appropriation of Rs.1,500 crore for 2011-12 with impact from 17 July 2011 and Rs.1,250 crore for the ensuing year powerful 18 July 2012. Of this BSNL has gotten Rs.1,500 crore endowment and the Cabinet endorsed the pending measure of Rs.1,250 crore on Wednesday. 

BSNL posted a net loss of Rs.8,234 crore for 2014-15 contrasted and Rs.7,020 crore in the past monetary year. For 2014-15, it posted a working benefit of Rs.672 crore following a hole of quite a while. 

In a different choice, the Cabinet likewise endorsed Rs.1,102.38 crore for a submarine optic fiber link amongst Chennai and Port Blair and five different islands—Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Kamorta and Great Nicobar. 

The expense of the venture incorporates operational costs for a long time and the task is prone to be finished by December 2018. 

The point is prepare Andaman and Nicobar Islands with data transmission and telecom availability for usage of e-administration activities, foundation of endeavors and e-trade offices, as indicated by an official explanation.

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