Trai Tariffs Not The Final Word, Says Minister

Mumbai: | Updated: Jan 30 2003, 05:30am hrs
The announcements made by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) are suggestions and it is for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Board to decide on implementation of a hike in fixed line tariff, Union minister of state for communications and IT Sumitra Mahajan said on Wednesday.

Government has no important role to play and it is for the BSNL Board members to sit together and think about it, Ms Mahajan told reporters.

BSNL chairman and managing director Prithipal Singh said since the announcements were applicable only from April there was sufficient time to think and plan accordingly. Apart from consulting the government (owner), the rentals needs to be studied to work out some packages.