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COAI says, do not mandate only BSNL and MTNL connections for government staff

By insightVAS - Tue Jan 14, 4:15 pm

In a letter the industry body of GSM operators Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has written to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) not to implement not to implement a proposal of “mandating only” BSNL and MTNL connections for government staff and enterprises  it would be “anti-competitive”.

“We once again reiterate that any such move would be arbitrary, incorrect and unjustified and would be anti-competitive and against all principles of level playing field,” COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said in a letter to DoT Secretary M F Farooqui.

In a bid to enhance the revenues of BSNL and MTNL, the government had proposed that union ministries, public sector undertakings and autonomous bodies give preference to the services of the state-run telcos.

In November last year also, COAI had asked DoT not to implement the proposal. COAI said implementation of the proposal violates Article 14 of the Constitution of India and against various judgements of the TDSAT where BSNL/MTNL have been directed to be treated equally with other private operators.

COAI said to ensure fair competition and level playing field; the private operators should be given the same opportunity as the PSUs and the proposal of mandating only BSNL/MTNL connections for government employees and enterprises should not be implemented.

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