Govt approves appointment of administrators for GP, Robi

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Dhaka, October 18: The government has approved a proposal of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for appointing administrators for mobile operators Grameenphone (GP) and Robi.The Posts and Telecommunications Division on Thursday gave the green signal after approving the BTRC proposal.

Posts, Telecommunications Division Minister Mustafa Jabbar confirmed matter saying that BTRC had sent a proposal for appointing administrators or receivers which has been approved.

Without detailing the proposal, the minister said the details will be available at BTRC.

Earlier on September 18, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that the disputes of GP and Robi with BTRC over outstanding dues will be resolved within two or three weeks through discussions.

GP has Tk 12,579.95 crore in dues to the government, including Tk 4,085.95 crore to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), while Robi has Tk 867.23 crore to the government, including Tk 197.21 crore to the NBR alone, as per a BTRC audit.

GP and Robi filed two cases against BTRC with the Dhaka Civil Court on August 26 and August 25 respectively for its alleged faulty audit reports exaggerating the dues of the operators.

On September 5, BTRC issued show-causes notices to GP and Robi seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues.

Earlier, BTRC stopped issuing fresh NOCs (no objection certificates) to GP and Robi over the row about dues to the government.

However, it backtracked from the decision later.