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4-year moratorium, 100% FDI via automatic route: Cabinet approves major telecom reforms

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnav said 9 structural reforms were approved in the sector, adding these measures are expected to ease the cash flow issues being faced by some people.

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New Delhi: In big bang reforms, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a relief package for the telecom sector that includes a four-year moratorium on payment of statutory dues by telecom companies as well as allowing 100 per cent foreign investment through the automatic route.

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said nine structural reforms for the telecom sector were approved.

The definition of AGR, which had been a major reason for the stress in the sector, has been rationalised by excluding the non-telecom revenue of telecom companies.

AGR refers to revenues that are considered for payment of statutory dues.

The minister said that 100 per cent of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in telecom via the automatic route was approved by the Cabinet.

Among the measures approved was a four-year moratorium on unpaid dues, AGR and spectrum dues, he said.

These measures are expected to ease the cash flow issues being faced by some players in the industry.


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