TRAI issues Regulation on Domestic carriage charges




TRAI issues Regulation on Domestic carriage charges

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued the “Telecommunication Interconnection Usage Charges (Twelfth Amendment) Regulations” which prescribe a revised domestic carriage charge of 35 paisa per minute.

       
An Access Service provider in India offers access services within the Licensed Service Area (LSA) only.  Inter-LSA calls have to be routed through a National Long Distance Operator (NLDO).  The charges to be paid by an access provider to the NLDO to cover the cost for carrying inter-LSA calls are called carriage charges. TRAI had prescribed the carriage charges through the Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) Regulations of 23rd February, 2006 which stipulated a ceiling of 65 paisa per minute.  These charges were reviewed again in 2008/2009 but the same ceiling of 65 paisa per minute was retained.

To review the IUC, the Authority issued a Consultation Paper on 19.11.2014 to seek the views of stakeholders on various component of IUC including domestic carriage charges. Stakeholders were asked to submit written comments by 11.12.2014 and counter-comments by 18.12.2014. On the request of some stakeholders, the dates for submission of comments and counter-comments were extended up-to 22.12.2014 and 29.12.2014 respectively. Written comments were received from two industry associations, 15 TSPs and 47 other stakeholders, including companies, organizations, firms and individuals. Counter-comments were received from six TSPs and one individual. An Open House Discussion was held on 09.01.2015 in Delhi with stakeholders.

On the basis of comments received from stakeholders either in writing or during the Open House Discussion and internal analysis, the Authority has reduced the ceiling of the domestic carriage charge to 35 paisa per minute from the existing 65 paisa per minute through these Regulations which will be effective from 1st March, 2015.

TRAI has already issued regulations prescribing Mobile Termination Charge and Fixed Termination Charge and International Termination Charge on 23rd February, 2015.

Full text of the “Telecommunication Interconnection Usage Charges (Twelfth Amendment) Regulations” is available on TRAI’s website: www.trai.gov.in.


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Measures to Contain Price Rice

            The Government has initiated several measures to contain price rise and improve the availability of essential food items. The recent steps taken in this regard are:
·         Minimum Export Price (MEP) fixed for potatoes at USD 450 per M.T. w.e.f. 26.06.2014 and of onions at USD 300 per M.T. w.e.f. 21.08.2014 respectively.
·         States have been advised to allow free movement of fruits and vegetables by delisting them from the APMC Act.
·          Price Stabilization Fund (PSF), a Central Sector Scheme with a corpus of Rs.500 crores to advance interest free loans to States and Central/State agencies to support their working capital and other expenses on procurement, storage and distribution operations for perishable agri-horticultural commodities has been approved.
·         Government has approved the release of additional five million tonnes of Rice to BPL & APL families in states pending implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
·         Advisory to State Governments issued to take action against hoarding & black marketing     and effectively enforce the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 & the Prevention of Black-marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
·         Authorized States/UTs to impose stock limits in respect of onion and potato for a period of one year with effect from 3rd July, 2014 under the Essential Commodities Act.
·         Authorized States/UTs to impose stock limits from time to time in the case of select essential commodities such as pulses, edible oil, and edible oilseeds for a period up to 30.9.2015.
·        Based on interaction with the State Governments/UTs on 4th July, 2014, a decision has been taken to amend the Essential Commodities Act to make hoarding and black marketing a non bailable offence and increase the period of detention to one year from existing six months.
·        The Government has approved for the current year i.e. 2014-15 Open Market Sale of ten million tonnes of wheat in the domestic market.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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No Proposal for any Amendment to the National Food Security Act



The High Level Expert Committee appointed by the Government to recommend for  restructuring of FCI as regards National Food Security  Act (NFSA) has recommended following:-

i)       to defer implementation of NFSA in States that have not done end to end computerization; have not put the list of beneficiaries online for anyone to verify, and have not set up vigilance committees to check pilferage form Public Distribution System (PDS).

ii)      to reduce coverage from 67 percent of population to 40 percent; raise allocation to priority households form 5 kg to 7 kg per person per month.

 iii)    to gradually introduce cash transfers in Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), starting with large cities with more than 1 million population;  extending it to grain surplus States, and then giving option to deficit States to opt for cash or physical grain distribution.

        The Government has examined these recommendations and the reaction is as under:

i)          The States/ UTs are already required to comply with certain pre-requisites like completion of the ongoing scheme for computerization of Targeted Public Distribution System operations, which includes putting up digitized list of beneficiaries on transparency portal; putting in place grievance redressal mechanism, etc. as per requirement of NFSA, in order to start implementation of the Act.

ii)         The NFSA is already in force. There is no proposal for any amendment to the Act.

iii)        Direct transfer of cash subsidy is one of the options discussed in various fora for checking diversion of foodgrains. Its implementation, however, depends upon readiness of States/ UTs in terms of digitization and de-duplication of beneficiary data-base seeds with bank account numbers and it can be taken up on specific requests from States/ UTs.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Sufficient Storage Capacity for Storing Foodgrains

There is a sufficient storage capacity for storing central pool foodgrains. The storage capacity available with FCI and State agencies is 711.16 lakh tons against the stock position of 355.60 lakh ton as on 31.1.2015. This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

The Minister said that to meet additional requirement of storage in deficit areas, a capacity of 292730 tons in North-East Region (Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh) including Sikkim and 76220 tons in the areas other than North-Eastern Region i.e. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Kerala and Lakshdweep (UT) has been approved under 12th Five Year Plan. A total of 49,9120 tons of storage capacity has been constructed by 31.1.2015. To further augment covered storage capacity in the country, Government has formulated Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme for construction of storage capacities through Private Entrepreneurs, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC), State Warehousing Corporations (SWCs) and State agencies. Under this scheme, a capacity of 202.22 lakh ton has been approved for construction at various locations in 20 States. Out of this, a capacity of 122.88 lakh ton in the form of conventional godowns has been completed upto 31.1.2015.

He said that it has been decided by the Government that the stocks stored temporarily in the Cover and Plinth (CAP) storage are to be liquidated first to avoid any damage. Apart from regular monitoring of proper maintenance of godown as per the specified guidelines, training programmes for FCI, CWC and State Governments officials engaged in procurement, storage and distribution of foodgrains are organized by Quality Control Cells, Indian Grain Storage Management and Research Institute (IGMRI), Hapur and Food Security Institute (FSI) Gurgaon.


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State Governments to Identify Beneficiaries for Receiving Subsidies Foodgrains under National Food Security Act

As per the provisions of NFSA, identification of eligible households for receiving subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), is entrusted to State Governments. Eligible households comprise of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households and priority households. While the identification of AAY households is to be done in accordance with the guidelines applicable to the said scheme, the remaining households, i.e. priority households, are to be identified in accordance with such guidelines as State Governments may specify. AAY is an ongoing scheme and the AAY households are already identified in States/UTs. For identification of priority households, complete responsibility for evolving the criteria and their actual identification is with the State Governments. It is not linked to Socio- Economic and Caste Census (SECC). This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


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Awarding of Tenders to Blacklisted Companies

Possession of Director Identification Number (DIN) is a mandatory requirement for being a director on the Board of a Company. There is no provision of law which requires cancellation of DIN in the event of ‘Blacklisting’ of companies. ‘Blacklisting of Companies’, if any, in the matter of tender process etc. of companies is carried out by the agencies/ organizations calling tenders; it has nothing to do with the Companies Act and therefore information about ‘Blacklisting’ is not available with the Registrars of Companies.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


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Chit Fund Companies

The details of companies investigated by the Ministry during the last three years and current year (till date) are enclosed as Annexure-I.

Chit Funds are registered by State Governments under the Chit Funds Act, 1982 – an Act administered by the Ministry of Finance but with responsibilities of implementation resting with the States. Cheating by Chit Fund company through fraudulent schemes is an offence under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978. The power to investigate and prosecute lies with the State Governments. However for better identification of Chit Fund Companies, Rule 8(2)(b)(iii) of Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 framed under the Companies Act, 2013, provides that if the company’s main business is financing, leasing, chit fund, investments, securities or combination thereof, its incorporation shall not be allowed unless its name is indicative of such related financial activities, viz., Chit Fund or Investment or Loan, etc.

Insofar as Companies Act is concerned, cases of violations of the provisions of the Act by Chit Fund companies are dealt with in accordance with the Act. So far the Ministry has ordered investigations against 96 such companies by Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) of this Ministry under the provisions of Section 235 of the Companies Act, 1956. These investigations are in addition to action initiated by State police authorities under the laws referred above.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
     


Annexure - I



ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN ANSWER TO PART (a) OF RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 39 FOR 24TH FEBRUARY, 2015 REGARDING CHIT FUND COMPANIES

Details of companies investigated by the Ministry during the last three years and current year (till date)

2011-12

Sl. No.
Name of the Company
Date of Submission of Investigation report to MCA
1
Sesa Goa Ltd.
29/04/2011
2
Sesa Industries Ltd.
29/04/2011
3
Systems America (India) Ltd.
16/05/2011
4
Ambuja Cements Ltd.
26/07/2011
5
ACC Ltd.
26/07/2011
6.
Ultratech Cement Ltd.
27/07/2011
7
Megacity (Bangalore) Developers & Builders Ltd.
02/08/2011
8
Rishi Oil & Fats Ltd. (in Liqn)
22/11/2011
9
AVI Shoes Ltd. (in Liqn)
22/11/2011
10
AVI Industries Ltd. (in Liqn)
22/11/2011
11
Austral Coke & Projects Ltd.
29/12/2011
12
Metlex Ceramic Ltd. (under Liquidation)
11/01/2012
13
City Limouzines (India) Ltd.
30/01/2012
14
H. M. Dyeing Ltd. (under Liquidation)
21/02/2012
15
Palamoor Agro Complex Ltd.
29/02/2012
16
Goldquest International Pvt. Ltd.
05/03/2012
17
Questnet Enterprises India Pvt. Ltd.
05/03/2012
18
Dimensions Investment & Securities Ltd. (under Liquidation)
07/03/2012
19
Global Trust Bank
09/03/2012
20
Ganga Yamuna Finvest Pvt. Ltd. (in Liquidation)
30/03/2012

2012-13

1
Jayant Vitamins Ltd.
29/05/2012
2
Vijay Associates
26/07/2012
3
Mauve Farms Pvt. Ltd.
03/08/2012
4
Lakshish Habitats Ltd. (under Liquidation)
13/08/2012
5
Savitri Finlease Securities Ltd.
14/08/2012
6
Jenson & Nicholson Financial Services Ltd.
17/08/2012
7
Yusuf Properties Pvt. Ltd.
30/08/2012
8
Pushkar Trading Co. Ltd. (under Liquidation)
31/08/2012
9
Triveni Infrastructure development Co. Ltd. (under Liquidation)
06/09/2012
10
Ayushi Buildestates Pvt. Ltd.
18/09/2012
11
Singh Contractors (I) Pvt. Ltd. (under Liquidation)
26/09/2012
12
Independent Mobile Infrastructure (P) Ltd. (in Liquidation)
19/10/2012
13
Omway Build Estate Pvt. Ltd.
02/11/2012
14
Casion Finance & Investment (India) Ltd. (under Liquidation)
23/11/2012
15
Kush Print (P) Ltd. (in Lquidation)
05/12/2012
16
Abcindya Networks Pvt. Ltd.
12/12/2012
17
Gennext Promoters Pvt. Ltd.
13/12/2012
18
Sajjad Properties Pvt. Ltd.
31/12/2012
19
Timber World Resorts and Plantation Pvt. Ltd. (in Liquidation)
27/02/2013
20
Life Business Project Pvt. Ltd (Mr. Bhuvnesh Chaturvedi & Ors.)
01/03/2013
21
DSS Mobile Communications Ltd. (under Liquidation)
18/03/2013
22
Mehak Vyapaar Pvt. Ltd.
21/03/2013

2013-14

1
Kinematics Marketing (P) Ltd.
01/04/2013
2
Reebok India Co. (Unlimited Liability Co.)
07/05/2013
3
Devred (I) Ltd. (in Liquidation)
09/10/2013
4
Vaishnavi Corporate Communications Pvt. Ltd.
22/01/2014

5
Vaishnavi Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd.
6
Leisure Clubs India Pvt. Ltd.
7
Claro Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.
8
Magic Airlines Pvt. Ltd.
9
Maansi Agro Pvt. Ltd.
10
Crownmart International India Pvt. Ltd.
11
Vitcom Consulting Private Ltd.
12
Neucom Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
13
D. R. Gaur Projects Pvt. Ltd.
19/03/2014
14
Unigateway 2U Trading Pvt. Ltd.
31/03/2014

15
Unipay 2U Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
16
Unipay Creative Business Pvt. Ltd.
17
Unipay 2U Production Pvt. Ltd.
18
Basil International Ltd.
19
Vamshi Chemicals Ltd.
20
Nixil Pharmaceuticals Specialities Ltd.
21
Appeline Cosmetics & Toiletries Ltd.
22
Basil Express Ltd.

2014-15 (till date)

1
Saradha Realty India Ltd.
04/07/2014

2
Saradha Agro Development Ltd.
3
Saradha Exports Ltd.
4
Saradha Shopping Mall Pvt. Ltd.
5
Saradha Printing & Publication Pvt. Ltd.
6
Saradha Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.
7
Saradha Education Enterprise Ltd.
8
Saradha Construction Company Pvt. Ltd.
9
Saradha Garden Resorts & Hotel Pvt. Ltd.
10
Saradha Landmark Cement Pvt. Ltd.
11
Rose Capital Ltd.
12
Bengal Media Pvt. Ltd.
13
Bhasank Food Pvt. Ltd.
14
Global Automobiles Ltd.
15
Speakasiaonline
15/09/2014

16
Tulsiyat Tek Pvt. Ltd.
17
Seamless Outsourcing LLP
18
Rose Valley Real Estate & Construction Ltd.
03/12/2014

19
Rose Valley Industries Ltd.
20
Silver Valley Communications Ltd.
21
Rose Valley Food Beverages Ltd.
22
Rose Valley Marketing India Ltd.
23
Rose Valley Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
24
Rose Valley Hotels & Entertainment Ltd.
25
Rose Valley Projects Ltd.
26
Rose Valley Patrika Ltd.
27
Rose Valley Films Ltd.
28
Modern Investment Traders Pvt. Ltd.
29
Rose Valley Travels Pvt. Ltd.
30
Brand Value Communications Ltd.
31
Rose Valley Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd.
32
Rose Valley Airlines Ltd.
33
Rose Valley Fashions Pvt. Ltd.
34
Rupasi Bangla Projects India Ltd.
35
Rupasi Bangla Media & Entertainment Ltd.
36
Rose Valley Realcom Ltd.
37
KNS Infracon Private Ltd.
09/01/2015
38
ABW Infrastructure Ltd.
11/02/2015



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Government Schemes under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 lists activities eligible for expenditure by companies for implementation of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and includes building of schools, etc.

This being the first year of implementation of CSR policies, relevant company filings would be available only towards end of the year 2015. It is premature to form an idea about the actual implementation at this juncture.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


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Implementation of CSR Provisions Under the New Companies Act

Year 2014-15 being the first year for implementation of provisions relating to expenditure under Corporate Social Responsibility for eligible companies, it is premature to assess the number of companies covered within its ambit or to estimate the amount to be spent on CSR activities by companies.

To respond to doubts and queries of the corporate sector regarding provisions relating to Corporate Social Responsibility, the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 have been notified and clarificatory circulars have also been issued.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


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CCI Investigation into Unfair Practices in Realty Sector

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is looking into various aspects of alleged unfair business practices in realty sector. As on 11.02.2015, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dealt with 132 cases of alleged anti-competitive practices/abuse of dominance in realty sector. Out of this, 93 cases have been closed at prima-facie stage and 3 cases have been disposed of after considering the report of Director General (DG), CCI. In 13 cases, the Commission has passed “cease and desist orders” and in one case has imposed penalty of Rs.630 crore on DLF Limited in addition to passing a “cease and desist order”.

Under the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002, either on its own motion or on receipt of any information, CCI looks into cases of alleged anti-competitive practices/abuse of dominance including in realty sector.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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