(a) The office of the Administrator will consist of the Administrator and Deputy Administrators in SAG Scale, Directors from IP&T AFS, Gr. 'A' and ITS Gr. 'A' Other necessary staff in the Sr. Time Scale and JTS/Gr. 'B' of the IP&TAFS and ITS services will function under the Deputy Administrator/Directors. The Deputy Administrators will be placed directly under the control of the Administrator Cadre control of ITS/IP&T A..FS will however, continue to be with the respective Cadre Controlling authority
(b) There will be an Inter-Ministerial Advisory Committee chaired by the Administrator and appointed with the approval of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, consisting of officers not below the rank of Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission, Ministry of Law, Department of Telecommunications., Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and professionals I experts in areas of Telecom, Finance, Economics and Management. The Con1mittee will meet at such time and places as fixed by the Administrator
The Office of the Administrator shall be responsible for .
(a) Implementation of the guidelines laid down by Government for providing Universal Service Support
(b) Suggesting such changes in policy as may be deemed necessary for implementation of Universal Service Support.
(c) Forecasting the requirement of Universal Service Funds for each financial year and obtaining approval of Government through Department of Telecom
(d) Ensuring that the prescribed Universal Service Levy is credited to the appropriate Universal Service Fund on a regular basis
(a) The Administrator shall have powers of Head of Department and shall be reporting directly to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. He shall be responsible for implementation of Universal Service Support in accordance with the guidelines laid down by Government.
(b) In regard to implementation of Universal Service Support Policy guidelines, the Administrator shall exercise the following powers, subject to the approval of Minister of Communications and Information Technology:-
5. All important matters of policy affecting License conditions of service providers will be dealt with in co-ordination and active consultation with Department of Telecom.
6. Within the overall approved budget and in accordance with contracts/agreements with successful bidders, the Administrator shall have full powers for implementation of Universal Service Support Policy. However, for operational, technical and financial matters, the Administrator may consult Department of Telecom whenever deemed necessary.
The following rules are made for the convenient transaction of business:- The Administrator will.
(a) Deal with broad policies and guiding principles for the administration of Universal Service Fund
(b) Review from time to time scope of USO and suggest such modifications therein to the Department of Telecom as may be deemed necessary.
(c) To estimate the aggregate of the USO support requirement on an annual basis.
(d) Develop benchmark costs for providing VPT/PTICIHI)TIC/Rural DELs at given locations and other models for estimating the cost of providing such facilities based on optimal network engineering in SDCA.
(e) Recommend changes in rates of Universal Service Levy to Telecom Commission as and when deemed necessary.
(f) Settle claims of eligible Service providers after due verification and make disbursements accordingly from the USO Fund Specify relevant formats, procedures and financial data/records to be maintained and furnished by the various service providers.
(g) Evolve a mechanism for monitoring the performance of the successful bidders with reference to implementation of the contracts finalized with them
(h) Appoint Consultants and Professional agencies for evolving benchmark cost and detailing bidding procedures and such other matter necessary for implementing Universal Service Support. Appointments and Remunerations of Consultants will be in accordance with the Guidelines I Rules of Department of Personnel and Training.
(i) Formulate contracts/agreements and have them executed for the purpose for the implementation of USO.
8. Other matters like collection of Universal Service Levy, Budgeting Parliamentary Affairs will continue to be with the Department of Telecom under the existing arrangements.
9. For matters requiring legal vetting/advice, services of Legal Advisor, Department of Telecom would be available to the Administrator
The expenses relating to the establishment of USO administration including pay and allowances, TA, DA and other expenses of officials -will be made from the budget of DOT. Support of DOT will be provided for day to day operations of the Office of the Administrator.