DoT asked to withdraw hike in spectrum fee
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, May 12: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked the Department of Telecommunications to roll back its decision of a five-fold hike in spectrum fee for community radio stations. I&B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma has written a letter to the Secretary (DoT) R Chandrashekhar, pointing out that Community Radio stations did not run for profits, so the decision to raise the spectrum fee should be reconsidered, official sources said today.
The DoT had earlier decided to increase the annual spectrum fee for community radio stations from Rs 19,000 to Rs 91,000. In his letter, Varma pointed out that the I&B Ministry had not been consulted by the DoT before this fee hike was decided.
The five-fold increase in spectrum fee would have a crippling effect on the growth of community radio stations in the country as many organisations would find it impossible to meet this huge hike in charges, Varma said in his letter.
Community Radio is one of the focus areas of the I and B ministry which has also considered providing financial and other support to groups who can operate such Radio stations.
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