New Telecom Policy-1999 provided that the resources for meeting the Universal
Service Obligation (USO) would be raised through a ‘Universal Access Levy’
(UAL), which would be a percentage of the revenue earned by the operators under
various licences. The Universal Service
Support Policy came into effect from 01.04.2002. The Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Act,2003
giving statutory status to the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) was
passed by the Parliament in December, 2003.
per the India Telegraph Act 1885 (as amended in 2003 and 2006), the Universal
Service Obligation is defined as access to telegraph services to people in
rural and remote areas at affordable and reasonable prices.
USOF Administration is assisted by Controller of Communication Accounts (CCA)
offices, the field units of the Department of Telecom (DoT), have been delegated the functions of subsidy
disbursement and verification of subsidy claims. The following provisions exist in USOF
Agreements by way of monitoring and
control of activities :-
terms and conditions to guarantee adherence to QoS.
through an affidavit by Service Providers.
for service interruptions.
payment sample verification
of over payments with penal interest
from USO Fund
Deemed to have come
into force from 1 April, 2002, the USO Fund is to be utilized
exclusively for meeting the Universal Service Obligation. Universal Service Levy (USL) is collected
from the Service Providers at a defined percentage of Adjusted Gross Revenue
(AGR). The collections of USL are credited to the Consolidated Fund
of India and allocation of funds to USOF is through Parliamentary
approval. The balances to the credit of
the fund do not lapse at the end of the financial year