The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly disapproves the discriminatory order of the Department of Telecommunications to BSNL directing it to pay higher licence fee for 2 G spectrum than the private operators.

While the private operators have been asked to pay the licence fee on their income, the BSNL has been asked to pay on its revenue. This will put additional burden on the premier public sector undertaking amounting several thousand crores of rupees.

The Polit Bureau demands withdrawal of this unjust order of the DoT and allow BSNL to pay licence fee at par with private sector operators.

This development once again underlines the pro-private sector stance of the UPA government, in general, and Telecommunication Minister A. Raja, in particular, which should be resolutely opposed by all those who want to defend the public sector.