Didn't appreciate Vodafone Group threat to quit India: Ravi Shankar Prasad
MUMBAI: Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he didn't appreciate Vodafone Group’s comments about pulling out from India unless given relief on adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues, saying no one can 'dictate terms' to India.
“I don’t appreciate this kind of statement. Very firmly and very clearly. We have given all the opening for doing business but no one should dictate terms on us. India is a sovereign country...,” said Prasad at the Times Network India Economic Conclave 2019 on Monday .
In November, Vodafone Group’s CEO Nick Read had highlighted the stress in the sector post Supreme Court’s verdict on AGR dues and said that the UK arm will not infuse any further equity and may eject without relief. He had later said he was misquoted. But in another event earlier this month, Vodafone Idea’s chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said that without sufficient relief, the telco will have to shut down .
The telecom minister assured on Monday that a monopoly was not on agenda and state-run BSNL and MTNL were important assets as well.
“We don’t countenance any monopoly nor we will. BSNL and MTNL are strategic assets...Therefore we owe it...For a fair competition a strategic PSU must remain in the field,” Prasad said .
The telecom and IT minister also fielded questions on data privacy. “ The SC has held privacy to be a fundamental right but they have also stated that a terrorist or a corrupt person do not have any privacy,” said Prasad .
The go nment said it needs to maintain the balance between privacy and security where both are of paramount importance .
“I am trying to highlight is that the rights/privacy of individual is paramount and also of the go nment’s obligation to maintain safety, security and fair investigation,” he added .
The minister noted that data must be available for policymaker to frame the policy but that data must be anonymised data.
When asked about justice B N Srikrishna‘s comments that the data protection bill tabled in Parliament, that exempts its agencies from some or all provisions into an “Orwellian State”; Prasad defended saying he will discuss fine prints with one of the key drafters of the bill. “He will be able to understand that we have followed in principal what he had recommended,” said Prasad , but added “ fre m of speech is subject to reasonable restriction for the safety, security of India. The most pristine fre m is not unlimited”.
The telecom minister highlighted the controversy around global digital firms and their tussle with the go nment on data security and localisation .
当被问及大法官B N Srikrishna对国会提交的数据保护法案的评论时，该法案将其机构部分或全部条款豁免为“奥威尔式国家”；普拉萨德辩解说，他将与法案的主要起草者之一讨论有关细节。普拉萨德说:“他会理解，我们原则上遵循了他的建议。但是他补充说，为了印度的安全，言论自游受到合理的限制。自游不是为所欲为”。
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/49021.html 译者：Joyceliu
Why do the Ministers always have to carry a chip on their shoulders? Reading their statements one would think that India's sovereignty comes in pretty cheap. A company threatening to leave violates our sovereignty? Its the policies of the Dept of Telecom and the regulator TRAI that have landed us in this mess. The TRAI should have ensured that the new entrant Jio was not selling services below cost. But they took the easy way out and allowed the entire telecom industry to be sabotaged by one person. RS Prasad should be worried about these lapses not Vodafone. As a business they have a right to do business in business friendly environments
soon or later all companies will moved out of India for Asia and South America...etc...
Very arrogant statement sir, I dont appreciate this. You should be respectful to concerns of thousands of vodafone and airtel employees
BJP can only do one thing in India. Sell public sector company's and hand it over to rich industrialist of India
Whether the Minister wishes to 'appreciate' or not, the message is clear - if the govt wants to play favourites using policies, other players will exit. It is no secret that this govt favours one specific telco and it is neither vodafone nor airtel.
Threatening by anybody cannot be appreciated.What Hon.Minister told is exactly correct.If they want to exit the business, they are free to do it. The matter is under the consideration of Supreme Court.
Please try and understand, when CEO of Vodafone comments better understand the gravity rather than show arrogance. He’s not only trying to show real picture but underlining the gravity.
Right under his nose so many businesses are dying. India is slowly become a graveyard for many foreign companies. This BJP govt did nothing for revival of BSNL in last 5 years. Even today BSNL is not able to come out with 4G. Why?
hon'ble minister please check internet disruptions in bsnl network has increased 5 fold ,contractors not being paid,employees celebrating pre christmas holidays still being on duty
Sankar Narayan Varier
Very correct. If Voda don't want to do business in India they should go back but don't threaten us.
Well said Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad . The Government should never yield to blackmail. Such threats have no place in India !
Only Ambani and Adani can dictate terms
If any one cannot run his business profitably, he will quit the business. That's normal.
Everything said and done go nment shud bring back competition in Indian Telecom Market at any cost or else this go nment has to pay a very big price. Jio may be the best network in this Galaxy but still I as a consumer shud have the option of choosing an operator other than Jio or Airtel.... BSNL shud be made a competitive organisation.... And wud request Minister to listen more....
Minister want Voda leave India at the earliest, so his boss JIO will get some more business
One day Jio will remove all the competitors and then they will raise the tariff beyond expectation.
THESE PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENED TO CONGRESS WHEN THEY SHOWED THIS SAME BRAZENNESS & ARROGANCE, THEY WILL MEET THE SAME FATE SOON
Hat Hum Aap Aur Tum
Arrogance personified... this is what is bane of this Govt...they have not learnt from MP, Rajasthan, CG, Maharashtra, Haryana...
Don't forget 63% voters did not vote BJP and 40% Indians did not vote at all. You should know what will happen to you and your leaders if you keep speaking this language to majority of this country. Best option for you is to SHUT UP like Feku and stay away from press conferences.
Another company will go in drain like Jet Airways. This go nment knows it can win elections by distrubuting freebies and playing with emotional issues like Ram Mandir, Pakistan, NRC etc. The middle class when soon join the ranks of the poor.
dont be so rude to entrepreneurs with ur language as they r going to generate jobs and its not u who is generating jobs. we have not voted u to power to get dic ship back. be polite n understandable business r suffering.
How can Vodafone be taxed so that BSNL may survive? How is that fair? FAIR is that PSU should survive without direct budgetary support, but PSUs receive support from budget which is the definition of unfair. You cannot take money from company A and use that to finance it's own competition.
who will monopolize the market BSNL/MTNL or JIO.. maybe you want JIO for strategic reasons?
Ridiculous, We know why the BSNL and MTNL being nourished by go nment. Finally it will be takenover by any private players as part of divestment plan of this BJP go nment
Ram Prakash Shroff
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Ram Prakash Shroff
It is only this arrogant approach which has ruined the nation more particularly economy and fresh investment.
Modi govt does not want investments.They want to make indians paupers n sl ves to govt machinery. Unemployed-poor-brainwashed bhakts will always support every wrong decision taken by these people.
Well said. These companies arm twist third world countries and assume that they are still under colonial rule. Businessmen in India toe the same line for their personal gains. Time the govt. stood firm on these MNCs which blackmail the countries where they do business.
Generally,when a huge corporation leaves a nation,it creates ripple effect in investments.Vodafone is gonna leave due to anti industry attitude of modi-ravi shankar prasad-judges.These freeloaders will get their pensions-free houses-foreign vacations.WHile we indians will lose jobs,houses,investments