Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Government to lower spectrum fee for telecom auctions
Photo: The Telegraph
NEW DELHI: The NDA government on Tuesday signaled a shift to lower levies on airwaves used by mobile companies with a panel of top officers recommending 3% spectrum usage charge (SUC) for the upcoming auctions, where the Centre can hope to raise up to Rs.5.5 lakh crore if all the radio waves on offer find takers.

A lower SUC can, in the long run, reduce your mobile bill besides ushering in transparency in the determination of revenues declared by mobile operators such as Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel.

Photo: The Hindu Business Line
TOI was the first to report on the 3% SUC in its edition dated April 4. Currently, the levy ranges between 1% in the 2,300MHz frequency band and 3-8% for other bands. There was a fear that companies holding spectrum in the 2,300MHz frequency will attribute most of their revenues from the lower-duty band, thus paying the government lower charges. Airtel and soon-to-be-launched Reliance Jio Infocomm hold spectrum in this frequency.

The inter-ministerial telecom commission recommended a weighted average formula for the computation of the SUC for mobile operators, which would mean that they will have to pay charges in line with their spectrum holdings across the various bands.
The panel had earlier recommended that SUC be fixed at a flat 4.5% for all the bands, but the move was rejected by the attorney general who said that the 1% charge on the 2,300MHz band cannot be altered now as there is no provision to make the changes. "The weighted average formula will bring in transparency in the system," a senior official said after the telecom commission's meeting.

The government fetches around Rs 7,000 crore from the SUC annually, and the official said that the measure will be "revenue-neutral". "The obligation of a telco towards SUC cannot go down to what it had paid last year, in case the revenues don't decline," the source said.

For Airtel, the SUC charges are expected to come down to 3.74% from the existing 4.9%, while for Reliance Jio, the actual charge is expected at 2.88%, the official said.

The telecom ministry will approach the Union Cabinet on the issue in the next two-three days, while the notice inviting application (NIA) for the spectrum auctions is expected to be announced over the next fortnight, the source said. "If everything goes as planned, the auctions will be held in July."

The sale will see the auction in the highly-efficient 700MHz band for the first time ever where airwaves will be sold across 22 telecom circles. Also on the block will be airwaves in the bands of 800MHz, 900MHz, 1,800MHz, 2,100MHz, 2,300MHz and 2,500MHz.

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