Tatas to invest over Rs 10,000 cr in telecom
PTI [THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2002 2:36:21 PM]
NEW DELHI: The Tatas
are contemplating an increase in their total investment envisaged in the telecom business beyond Rs 10,000 crore planned earlier,
and a decision would be taken over the next four-six weeks on this issue.
The Rs 10,000 crore investment plan
had been drawn up for a six-year period, but it did not have provisions relating to Tatas' acquisition of VSNL, a senior Tata
Industries' official said, pointing out that the group might have to shell out unto Rs 2,600 crore including investment for
mandatory open offer for 20 per cent stake in the telecom giant."The Rs 10,000 crore we had talked about earlier was
essentially for Tata Teleservices and Birla-Tata-AT&T. It did not include National Long Distance, it did not include International
Long Distance that is investments in VSNL," Managing Director of Tata Industries Kishore Chaukar said.Tatas handed over
a cheque of Rs 1439 crore to the government on Wednesday to buy out 25 per cent stake in VSNL."That Rs 10,000 crore will
undergo a change... it can increase", he said.Becoming a strategic partner in VSNL would give Tatas a presence in every
stage of the value chain, Chaukar said, adding, "we are present in cellular, basic and two major elements that complete
the value chain are ILD and NLD." Chaukar said the Tatas would soon set up an "internal" task force to rework
their telecom investments. "We will set up an internal task force to evaluate these investments. We would like to get
some top people from VSNL also to be included in this task force".Asked if the investment figure includes possible bids
for BSNL and MTNL, Chaukar said the Rs 10,000 crore figure did not include that and could change "due to synergies the
VSNL acquisition will bring into our telecom business"."That is why we will have to rework the entire investment
plan. Let me tell you that investment is not a problem".The Tata group is present in the telecom business through six
independent companies - Tata Teleservices, Birla Tata AT&T, Broadband Division of Tata Power, Tata Intranet-division of
Nelco, Tata ISP and Tata Telecom.
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Seniority of SC/ST Government servants on promotion
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Extracts from G.O.I. Ministry of Personnel, PG&Pensions O.M. No: 20011/2001-Estt.
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Government Servant by virtue of implementation of O.M., Dated 30.1.1997 and/or in pursuance of the directions of CAT/Court
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by D.D.Mistry on 18.02.2002