As telecom operators meet the government and sectoral regulator next week amid the problem of financial stress, the industry is likely to press for key demands like reduction of levies, lower goods and services tax rate and ease of doing business.
The meetings will kick off from Monday when the inter-ministerial group (IMG), which was formed to resolve the financial stress of the sector, will meet representatives from Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel, and MTS. The panel will meet Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio executives on Thursday. On the same day, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman R S Sharma will meet the chief executives of the telecom companies. IMG will meet state-run BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) and MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd) on June 17 (Saturday).