On corporatization of Dept. of Telecom Operations (D.T.O) and Dept. of Telecom Services (D.T.S.), the Controller of Communication Accounts office (erstwhile DoT Cell) came into existence from 1-10-2000 in Bihar along with other DoT Cells under Dept. of Telecom throughout country.
The detail of items of work performed by the Offices of Controller of Communication Accounts is as under:
The Controller of Communication Accounts (CCA) is responsible for collection of License Fee as revenue share from all cellular, basic and unified access service licenses, together with the scrutiny of documents submitted by them, viz. AGR Statements and Affidavits. The CCA is also responsible for maintenance of Financial Bank Guarantees submitted by the licenses and for encashing the same in the event of non-renewal in time. CCA offices also verifies the deductions claimed by the TSPs which ranges from approx 20-25% of GR, besides this office does the assessment of LF of ISPs.
The implementation of Universal Service Support Policy involves financial support from Universal Service Obligation Fund to meet the net cost of providing the specified Universal Service Obligation (USO). This covers both public access as well as provision of household telephones in rural and remote areas. Selection of the Universal Service Provider is through bidding process. Successful bidders are eligible for support from USO Fund after scrutiny of detailed claims submitted by them. The CCA is responsible for verification of the claims and release of payments. They are also responsible for inspection and monitoring, for establishing the veracity of claims.
The work relating to collection of Spectrum Charges in respect of Telecom Service Providers on revenue sharing basis has been transferred to the CCA offices with effect from 1st April, 2004 with detailed guidelines, vide O.M. No. WFD/1018/2004 dated 6th February, 2004. CMTS operators may contact the concerned Joint CCA or the CCA of their license areas for enquiry or clarification, if any, regarding payment of spectrum charges. From FY 2012-13, the assessment of spectrum usage charges has also been delegated to the CCA office.
The CCA is responsible for budgeting, finance and accounting functions of the field wireless monitoring organizations, international wireless monitoring stations and satellite monitoring stations.
Consequent on the corporatisation of the service providing arm of the Department of Telecom and the promulgation of Rule 37A of the CCS Pension Rules, as per which the Government has taken the responsibility for payment of pension to the erstwhile government servants absorbed in the PSU, the CCA is responsible for budgeting of pension expenditure and authorization and issue of Pension Payment Orders for Telecom pensioners including those retiring from MTNL and BSNL. He liaisons with banks & Post Offices to ensure proper application of rates and regulations and for smooth disbursement of pensions. He also carries out post audit/post check of pension payments.
Under Rule 37A of the CCS (Pension) Rules, the Govt. will make arrangements for the collection of pension contribution from the BSNL for the period of service the employees renders in the BSNL. This will apply not only to those officers who are working on deemed deputation basis in the corporation but also to those employees who opt to get absorbed in the corporation. CCA office will undertake collection and employee-wise scrutiny and monitoring of amounts received on this account from the corporation.
The CCA is responsible for maintenance of GPF, Loans and Advances ledgers and broadsheets for Telecom staff, including those working in MTNL/BSNL, issue of GPF slips, inter-circle settlement of GPF balances and loans and advances in cases of transfers, and final payment in retirement cases.
The CCA is responsible for monitoring of budget and rendering monthly accounts for onward submission to the CGA, settlement of all residual accounts and claims with PSUs, particularly MTNL, BSNL and VSNL..
Perform such other functions as may be entrusted to it from time to time by DoT.