Awadhesh Kumar, IP&TAFS
Pr. CCA, Tamil Nadu Circle.

The role of the Department of Telecommunications has transformed from being a Policy maker, Licensor, Regulator as well as Service provider into the present structure whereby the department is now primarily responsible for just Policy making, Licensing and Universal Service Obligation. The role of regulator has been entrusted with a statutory body, TRAI and the operations have been made open for private players. The erstwhile operations of DoT have been corporatized into BSNL/MTNL to ensure a level playing field. 

After the corporatization of operations of DoT, the office of Controller of Communication Accounts (erstwhile DoT Cell) was created on 1.10.2000 headed by a SAG level officer and was upgraded to Principal Controller of Communication Accounts in September 2008 to be headed by an HAG level officer of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service. IP&TAFS was constituted in 1972 to cater the management of accounts and finance functions of Dept. of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Department of Posts (DoP).

The office of Pr. CCA under Dept. of Telecom performs the functions of assessment and collection of license fee/spectrum usage charges, spectrum auction, monitoring and subsidy management of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), Pension disbursement to DOT/BSNL retirees, GPF management, Terminal benefits, budgeting/exchequer control, internal audit, accounting and finance advice as well as other initiatives of the department. 
Among 22 CCA offices in India, office of Pr. CCA, Tamil Nadu is assessing the License Fee/ Deduction Verification/ Spectrum Usage Charges for 6 Centralized and 260 plus Decentralized Internet Service Providers. This office is the major Non-Tax Revenue Collector and the amount collected in current fiscal to the tune of roughly Rs. 1200 cr.

As a step towards “Ease of Doing Business”, department has rationalized the calculation of AGR and requirement of BG amount as well as waiver of penalty for short payments. Further, all the licensees have been on-boarded in the SARAS Portal of Dept. of Telecom, which ensures ease to the licensees to submit documents and various returns on one part and automate the current telecom revenue management viz. reporting, assessment & payment mechanisms, grievance management as well as knowledge sharing to facilitate better co-ordination amongst the department and the licensees on other part. 

To bridge the digital gap, this office manages the flow of funds to the Telecom Service Providers under various schemes of USOF viz. the projects like Chennai and Andaman Nicobar Islands (CANI) Submarine Optical Fiber Cable Connectivity, BharatNet, 4G Saturation etc. So far, this office has disbursed more than Rs. 1000 cr. under different schemes of USOF. 

We cater to nearly 52 thousand of DOT/BSNL pensioners/family pensioners and the annual disbursement of pension and other terminal benefits averages to the tune of nearly Rs. 2000 cr. As a part of “Digital India Initiative” all our pensioners including those who were earlier drawing pension through banks/post offices are migrated and on-boarded in our SAMPANN portal to enjoy a hassle-free and uninterrupted pension disbursement. The authorization, co-authorization, LC verification and other grievances have been made on-line for the ease of our esteemed pensioners. We provide door-step service to our super senior pensioners.

As an ISO Certified office since 01.09.2010, we are consciously and continuously adhering to the quality parameters to fulfill our quality objectives in order to achieve our Mission at present and to realize our Vision in future. We are continuously striving to improve our service delivery mechanism and enhance our visibility in the telecom domain.

To continuously improve ourselves, we conduct Telecom Outreach Programs and Special Campaigns for awareness generation amongst our licensees, Pension Adalat and LC verification camps for pensioners at various parts of the State. We also have a dedicated Telecom Facilitation Centre, Pensioners’ Longue and Pensioner Helpline.

We value your constructive suggestions and feedback as a stakeholder to contribute qualitatively towards service delivery improvement. 

Jai Hind.
Awadhesh Kumar, IP&TAFS
Pr. CCA, Tamil Nadu Circle.