The office of CCA, Himachal Pradesh , a field unit of the Department of Telecom ,carries out the following functions.
Consequent upon the formation of BSNL in the year 2000 and the promulgation of Rule 37A of the CCS Pension Rules, the Government of India has undertaken the responsibility of payment of pension to the employees of the Department of Telecom who were absorbed in BSNL.
The offices of CCA, which were formed as field units of the DOT in the year 2000, are responsible for authorization and issue of PPOs and payment of all retirement benefits including pension, leave encashment, gratuity, commutation and GPF Final Payment to all retirees of BSNL and DOT.
The CCA offices also carry out the audit of pension vouchers for pension paid both through Banks and Post Offices to ensure the correct payment of pension.
Till the 1980s the Govt. Of India held the monopoly over providing of telecom services in the country. The economic liberalization process which was introduced in the 1990s , also necessitated upgradation of India’s telecom network to global standards. The Telecom License Regime of 1992 opened the doors to the participation of the private sector in Telecommunications.
The National Telecom Policy 1994 was formulated to ensure availability of telephones on demand, provision of world class services at reasonable and affordable prices and universal availability of Basic Telephone services in all villages with the involvement of the private sector to bridge the resources gap. The NTP 1994 was replaced by the NTP 1999 which brought in a revenue share regime wherein telecom service providers were authorized to provide telecom services in selected service areas by paying a specified percentage of their earnings as revenue share to the Government of India.
The work of collection of this License Fee in the form of revenue share on behalf of the Govt. Of India was handed over to the offices of CCA w.e.f. Jan 2004.
The License Fee paid by the operators is a percentage of their Adjusted Gross Revenue. For the purpose of arriving at their AGR, the operators claim certain deductions from their Gross Revenue. The work of verification of these deductions is also done by the CCA offices w.e.f. 1/04/2006 (first quarter of 2006-07 onwards)
In addition to this the CCA offices also perform the work of assessment of License Fees in respect of decentralized ISP-IT licensees.
The work of collection of quarterly Spectrum Charges from the Telecom Service Providers as well the assessment of Spectrum charges is also being carried out by the CCA offices.
Universal Service Obligation Fund
For providing Telecom services to the rural and remote areas where the normal market mechanism would not encourage operators to build their networks, the concept of universal support service was introduced by the Govt. of India in line with many other countries of the world.
The New Telecom Policy provided that the resources for meeting the USO would be raised through a Universal Access Levy which would be a percentage of the revenue earned by the operators under various licenses .The Universal Service Support Policy came into effect from 1.04.2002.The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Act,2003 providing statutory status to the USOF, was passed by both the houses of Parliament in December 2003.The rules for administration of the Fund known as Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules 2004,were notified on 26.3.2004.
As per the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 (as amended in 2003,2006 and 2008), the Fund is to be utilized exclusively for meeting the universal service obligation i.e providing telecom services to the people in rural and remote areas at affordable and reasonable prices.
The Universal Service Levy is presently 5% of the AGR of all telecom service providers except the pure value-added service providers like Internet,voice-mail etc.
The USOF at the moment supports mainly 2 categories of activities :-
1) Rural Telephony
2) Broadband Sevices.
Role of The CCA offices :- The implementation of the universal support policy involves financial support from the USOF to the Telecom Service providers for provisioning telecom services in the rural and remote areas. The operators submit quarterly claims to the offices of CCA.The CCA offices are responsible for :-
1) Verification of the USO claims and release of payments.
2) Inspection of USOF sites and monitoring the veracity of these claims.
3) Proper accounting of all transactions relating to USOF claims.
4) Submission of various reports/returns to USOF headquarters.
GPF, Leave Salary and Pension Contribution
CCA offices have been authorized to maintain the GPF accounts of employees of BSNL and DOT, issue annual GPF slips, inter-circle settlement of GPF balances and loans and advances in case of transfers.
CCA offices also receive payments of Leave salary and Pension Contribution of employees of DOT on deemed deputation to BSNL.
Broadsheets of GPF ,LSPC as well as loans and advances given to BSNL employees during erstwhile DOT period are also maintained by CCA offices.
DDO Functions for TERM Cell and Internal Audit of TERM Cells
The DDO functions for the offices of TERM Cell are carried out by the O/o CCA. Yearly Internal Audit of Term Cells are also carried out by CCA offices.
The CCA offices are also the nodal authority for all legal cases of DOT relating to their territorial jurisdiction.