Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to work on rationalising penalties. The industry had repeatedly approached him saying that the maximum penalty of Rs 50 crore was being imposed even for minor mistakes like late submission of a document.
The government has realised little revenue from such penalties because they have been challenged in courts. The DoT panel has suggested examining violations on nine parameters and clubbing them under five heads.
Among various parameters, the DoT panel has suggested examining any violation in light of its impact on national exchequer, customers, public interest, national security, policy guidelines etc., said the report.
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