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DoT orders telcos to clear dues by Friday midnight

After the DoT order, Airtel has offered to give clearance of Rs 10,000 crore by February 20 and the rest before March 17, the next date of hearing in the SC

New Delhi: Hours after getting an order from the Supreme Court for putting on hold recovery of dues from telecom companies, the centre on Friday ordered firms such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to clear their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues by 11:59 pm.

Meanwhile, 15 entities owe the government Rs 1.47 lakh crore — Rs 92,642 crore in unpaid license fee and another Rs 55,054 crore in outstanding spectrum usage charges and it is not immediately clear just how much of that has been sought by the government by Friday midnight.

The clearance to be made by the companies include Rs 53,000 crore by Vodafone Idea, Rs 35,500 crore by Bharti Airtel and Rs 14,000 crore by the now-defunct Tata Teleservices.

After the DoT order, Airtel has offered to give clearance of Rs 10,000 crore by February 20 and the rest before March 17, the next date of hearing in the SC.

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