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Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, today (25-02-2010) met Shri N.Ravi Shankar, Administrator, Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and discussed about the assistance to be provided to BSNL from the Fund. Com. Namboodiri asked the Administrator to release the Rs. 1,250 crore which is approved for BSNL for 2012-13 in lieu of ADC at the earliest. He stated that there was much delay from BSNL for getting reply to certain clarifications. After getting the clarifications, they have been forwarded NIC for approval. Once the approval comes, the amount will be released.

The Administrator also stated that the NOFN, installation of 2200 towers in the naxalite area, the network for the defence for release of spectrum etc. are being delayed and require urgent attention by BSNL, for which funds are being allotted by the USOF.