1. Reliance Jio case: 6 days after rebuking Trai over Reliance Jio offer, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak transferred

Reliance Jio case: 6 days after rebuking Trai over Reliance Jio offer, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak transferred

Almost six days after he rapped TRAI for allowing Reliance Jio to provide its promotional offer, telecom secretary JS Deepak has been transferred out of department of telecommunications with immediate effect.

By: | Published: March 3, 2017 6:53 AM
Reliance Jio, TRAI, Telecom companies in India, JS Deepak, telecommunications, RS Sharma, Mukesh Ambani, OSD Almost six days after he rapped TRAI for allowing Reliance Jio to provide its promotional offer, telecom secretary JS Deepak has been transferred out of department of telecommunications with immediate effect. (Source: Reuters)

Almost six days after he rapped the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for allowing Reliance Jio to provide its promotional offer beyond the 90-day period and then subsequently allowing it come out with another promotional offer, telecom secretary JS Deepak has been transferred out of department of telecommunications with immediate effect. The order announcing his transfer came late on Wednesday evening after the appointments committee of the Cabinet approved that he with immediate effect take charge as an officer on special duty in the commerce ministry, followed by India’s ambassador/permanent representative to the World Trade Organisation with effect from June 1 till his superannuation in July 2018.

The Telecom Commission, the highest policy formulating body on telecom issues of which Deepak is the chairman, had on February 22 unanimously decided to convey to Trai its concern over allowing Jio’s promotional offer to continue beyond the stipulated 90-day period and then allow a subsequent promotional offer. It decided to advise the regulator to discharge its duties in proper letter and spirit so that government revenues are protected and for the sector’s orderly growth. A day later (on February 23), Deepak wrote to Trai chairman RS Sharma, conveying the TC’s decision, adding that if the the falling trend in industry revenue observed during Q2 and Q3 continues, it will impact the investment and repayment capacity of the industry.

Any impact on investment capacity has a cascading effect on revenues. In those circumstances, the possibility of defaulting on repayment of loan and instalment of deferred payment of acquisition of spectrum in earlier auctions could not be ruled out, he said in his letter.

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The agenda papers for the TC meeting were prepared on February 20. On February 21, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani announced that from April 1 the company will start charging its customers. Deepak subsequently left for Barcelona to attend the Mobile World Congress, where he spoke about the government’s plan to hold spectrum auctions every year. On Wednesday evening, when his transfer was announced, he was still in Barcelona, from where he’s expected to return sometime on Thursday.

Deepak’s transfer is with immediate effect but since current representative to WTO Anjali Prasad’s term is till May end, he cannot take over before that. Hence he’s been asked to join the commerce ministry as an officer on special duty till May end. The OSD’s slot is of a director-level officer — to accommodate Deepak, it has temporarily been elevated to that of a secretary rank.

By immediate effect, it is meant that upon reaching India, Deepak needs to hand over charge and join his new assignment.

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    G.S Mann
    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:01 am
    Bhaiyon aur behno ye sarkaar Sirf gareebon le liye kaam Karti hai.Jaise ki ambani,adani,Mallya.Abhi BHI proof chahiye Kya bhakton?
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      P.K.Ramchandran
      Mar 3, 2017 at 8:23 am
      How can he talk against Ambani or Reliance? Ambani is cheddi dost of Modi. So he faced the music.
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      1. Vivek Yadav
        Mar 3, 2017 at 8:08 am
        Govt machinery is very efficient in these matters of great importance
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        1. My Take
          Mar 3, 2017 at 7:37 am
          Go Jio!
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          1. My Take
            Mar 3, 2017 at 7:37 am
            What is lost in India is that, instead of stopping Jio, they should let Jio go full speed ahead and provide at least another 6 months of free services. Why?After all, they are moving mountains in the digital arena that we all Indians, including the government wins at. Especially the government, given the huge revenues that arise from a DIGITAL ECONOMY. They took the huge investment risk. Not the inbents. The only way you get the fantastic economic multipliers from a digital economy is to stop pander and being so weak against the inbent Telcos, who have been so greedy and pocketing profits since 1995. Especially, the likes of Airtel and Vodafone! Can anyone recall any substantial price reductions, until Jio came to the market? Nope, because the inbents were and are still being too greedy!
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              nitin
              Mar 3, 2017 at 5:09 am
              This transfer shows who is running the central government? :)
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              1. Rohit Chandavarker
                Mar 3, 2017 at 5:09 am
                That is the clout Reliance wields on the present Government
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                1. subhash
                  Mar 3, 2017 at 6:28 am
                  I do not understand how you people are saying - govt helped Ambani. Please read the news carefully. TRAI allowed JIO (Ambani) to continue its promotional offer. Govt. pulled TRAI for this. How could have the govt helped Ambani???
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                  1. ramji57
                    Mar 3, 2017 at 8:56 am
                    shows what type of a Govt we have?
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                    1. ramji57
                      Mar 3, 2017 at 8:56 am
                      shows what type of a Govt we have??
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                        Aaaaaa
                        Mar 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm
                        This shows the inside story of government. Government is showing very low level standards. Already huge lose due to Jio free service to government also other operators are dying jobs are dying . But no matter to government . TRAI is behaving like Jio partner.
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                        1. M Amin Wani
                          Mar 4, 2017 at 1:28 am
                          Is not this corruption. How Moody govt says that are not corrupt.
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