Vodafone accused of secretly sharing data with British spy agency

Note: The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India is a body that offers a single window clearance for proposals on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India that are not allowed access through the automatic route. 

Notably, P Chidambaram was the Minister of Finance from 22 May 2004 to 30 November 2008
Pranab Mukherjee was the Minister of Finance from 24 January 2009 to 26 June 2012
P Chidambaram who was Minister of Home Affairs from 30 November 2008 to 31 July 2012 joined the office of the Minister of Finance on 31 July 2012 and currently hold the office.
 
 FIPB comprises of Secretaries drawn from different ministries with Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, MoF in the chair.  Dr. Arvind Mayaram is currently Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

FIPB is an inter-ministerial body that examines and discusses proposals for foreign investments in the country for sectors with caps, sources and instruments that require approval under the extant FDI Policy (prescribed vide Circular 1 of 2012) on a regular basis. The Minister of Finance, considers the recommendations of the FIPB on proposals for foreign investment up to 1200 crore. Proposals involving foreign investment of more than 1200 crore require the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

FIPB is mandated to play an important role in the administration and implementation of the Government’s FDI policy. It has a strong record of actively encouraging the flow of FDI into the country through speedy and transparent processing of applications, and providing on-line clarification. In case of ambiguity or a conflict of interpretation, the FIPB has always stepped in with an investor-friendly approach. 

Who is who is FIPB:
Shri P.K. Mishra
Joint Secretary (Investment &DoC),
Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs
North Block
New Delhi - 110001
Tel: 2309 2420
Email: prabhat.mishra[at]nic[dot]in
 
Mr. Anant Kumar
Under Secretary 
Tel: 2309 4979
Fax: 2309 4084
Intercom: 5002
Room No: 63
North  Block
New Delhi-110001
Email: anantkumar[at]nic[dot]in
 
Ms. Reetu Jain 
Director (FIPB & IC) 
Tel: 2309 4547
Room No: 48-D
North Block
New Delhi-110001
Email: jain.reetu[at]gmail[dot]com

 
Mr. Pankaj Saurabh (FC-I)
Section Officer
Tel: 2309 5104
Intercom: 5104
Room No:B-14
North Block
New Delhi-110001
Email: pankaj.saurabh[at]nic[dot]in

CPIOs /ACPIOs /Appellate Authority
(Foreign Investment Promotion Board)
S.No. Organization Name & Address
1. Department of Economic Affairs 1.Mr V. Ramkumar, US(Ad I&II) & CPIO, Admn./Establishment, T.No 23092872
2.Mr S Kanakambaran, US(RTI) & CPIO, Coord & Protocol, T.No 23092639
3.Mrs Arun Prabha, US(PMU & Trg) & CPIO, Bilateral Credit division, T.No 23092229
4.Mr M A Khan, US(Budget)& CPIO, Budget Division, T.No 23093035
5.Mr Ashok Kumar, Dy. CAA&A & CPIO, CAA&A, T.No 23358139
6.Mr A K Sinha, US(RE)&CPIO, Capital Market Division, T.No 23094966
7.Mr Sumantra Pal,  Asstt. Advisor&CPIO, Eco. Division, T.No 23095140
8.Mr A K Singh, US & CPIO, Multilateral Relations Division(MR)
9.Mr Rohit Mathur, US(FB)&CPIO, MI division, T.No 23094979
10.Mr Jagdish Kumar, US(IES)& CPIO, Indian Economic Service, T.No 23092491
11.Mr Sushil Kumar, US & CPIO, Infra & Investment Div
12.Mr Satish Bhushan, US(Vig), Vigilance, T.No 23093420
13.Mr A K Dhawan,    US(IF-I)&CPIO, Integrated Finance,  T.NO 23092490
14.Shri S K Ghildiyal, US(Ad IV)& CPIO- Cash, Library & Protocol T.No.23092684
15.Ms Monica Dhami, US & CPIO(FIPB)-FIPB T.No.23092581    
Shri Surjit Singh
Director & Appellate Authority
Deptt. Of Economic Affairs,
Ministry of Finance,
Room No. 68, North Block,
New Delhi   (Ph. 23092247)
Email: surjitsingh2002@hotmail.com
 
2. National Savings Institute Shri Anil Bhattacharya Director & CPIO (RTI)CGO ComplexA-Wing, 4th Floor,Seminary HillsNagpur-400 006   Shri Deepak Verma
Sr. Reg. Dir./ Nodal
Officer(RTI) & AA
Tel : 0712- 2511682
Fax: 0712 – 2510424
 
3. Bank Note Press, Dewas Shri K. NagalingemAdministrative Officer & PIO Bank Note Press, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.Tel : 07272-257910 APIO
Mr Ashesh Avinashi Asstt. Mgr(P&W) & APIOBank Note Press, Dewas, MP T.No. 07272-257910 (off)
Shri D V Gondnale
GM & AA Bank Note Press,
Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.
  4   Currency Note Press, Nashik Road Shri M.P. DhandeWorks Manager Currency Note Press, Nashik Road-422101 Tel : 0253-2461892 Fax: 0253-2464100 Shri A N Ingle
GM & AA Currency Note Press,
Nashik Road-422101
 
5. India Security Press, Nashik Road   Shri Manish Shankar, Works Manager, PIOISP, Nashik Road – 422101. Tel : 0253-2463720-29 [ext. 211,213] Shri Prakash Narayan
GM & AA ISP, Nashik Road – 422101
6. Security Paper Mill, Hoshangabad   Shri Yashpal Singh
Assistant Manager (E&I) & PIOSPM, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.Tel : 07574-255024, 255398 (r)  
Shri B K Pathak
GM & AA SPM,
Hoshangabad,
Madhya Pradesh.
7. Security Printing Press, Hyderabad   Shri P. Rajeshwar Rao Administrative Officer & PIO SPP, Hyderabad P.O. Box No.48, Mint Compound Saifabad, Hyderabad-500004 Tel : 040 – 23456461/674& 23451442 Fax 04023456687   Shri N K Sinha
GM & AA SPP,
Hyderabad P.O. Box No.48,
Mint Compound Saifabad, Hyderabad-500004
8. India Government Mint, Hyderabad   Shri S. Omkar Admn. Officer (Per) & CPIO IGM, IDA Phase-II, Cherlpally, R.R. District, HyderabadTel: 040-2721731/278 APIO Shri G. Ravindranath Deputy Acctt. & CIPO IGM, IDA Phase-II, Cherlpally, R.R. District, Hyderabad     Appellate Authority HOD
IGM, Hyderabad
 
9. India Government Mint, Kolkata   Shri K. P. Srivastava Asstt. Dir.(OL) & PIO IGM, Alipore, Kolkata-700053.2401-4132-35 Shri S.N. Lahiri
General Manager (IGM) and AA IGM, Alipore, Kolkata-700053.
10. India Government Mint, Mumbai   Shri S.T. Bing Chief Admn. Officer & PIO IGM, Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd.Fort, Mumbai –4000023. Tel 022 – 22641525   Sh.N.K. Chaudhary
GM & AA IGM, Shahid Bhagat
Singh Rd.Fort, Mumbai –4000023.
11. India Government Mint, Noida   Shri Abhishek Srivastava Asstt. Manager (Personnel & Welfare)& PIO IGM, , D-2, Sector-1, Noida U.P.-201301.T.no.0120-2533538,Tel : 0120 – 2525562   Shir T K Kundu
Senior Works Manager &
AA IGM, D-2, Sector-1, Noida U.P.-201301.T.no.0120-2533538,
Tel : 0120 – 2525562
 
12. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)   Shri. R.K. Nair Executive Director (CPIO), SEBI Bhavan,Plot No.C4A, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,Bandra (East), Mumbai-51, Tel.No.022-26449994, Board’s No.022-26449000 Asstt. CPIOs Mr Amarjeet Singh GM, Northern Regional Office,5th Floor, Bank of Baroda Building 16, Sansad Marg ND-1 Tel 23724001-05, Fax 23724006 Mr A Sunil Kumar GM, Southern Regional Office,Chennai, D’Monte Bldg, 3rd Floor 32, D’Monte Colony TTK Road, Alwarpet Chennai-600018,Tel: 044-24674000/4150
Mr Jayant Jash GM Eastern Regional Office, L&T Chambers, 3rd Floor. 16 Camac Street,Kolkatta-700017 Tel: 033 22801423, 033-23023000 Fax 03322874307
Dr T C Nair Whole Time Member, SEBI,
AA SEBI Bhavan,
Plot No.C4-A, G.Block,
Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East), Mumbai-51
Tel: 022-26449996
13. Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) Shri P S Ravindra CPIO (SAT)Earnest House, 14th Floor, Nariman Point Mumbai – 400 021 Tel: 022- 22021520 Fax 022 22021341 Shri. V. Maniyan
Registrar & AA Earnest House, 14th Floor, Nariman Point Mumbai – 400 021 Tel: 022- 22837061 Fax 022 22021341
14. Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)   Shri. Kamar Kumar Chaudhry OSD & CPIO, Ist Floor,ICADA Building, Plot No 6, Vasant Kunj Industrial Area,Ph II, New Delhi-110070 Ph: 26897942 Fax 26897938 Mrs. Meena Chaturvedi Executive Director & AA Ist Floor,ICADA Building, Plot No 6, Vasant Kunj Industrial Area,Ph II, New Delhi-110070 Ph: 26897939 Fax 26897938    
15. Specified Undertaking of The Unit Trust of India   Shri Luke Fernandez PIO-SUUTI UTI Tower, Gn. Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400 051 Tel: 022-66786681 Fax:022-66786697   Shri P.R. Suresh AA (SUUTI) UTI Tower, Gn. Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400 051 Tel.No.022-23321597 022-23323542
16. UTI-Technology and Services Ltd.(TSL) Shri Krishna Singh PIO, UTI-TSL Plot No. 3, Sectoer-11 CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai-400614 Shri P. Parmeswaren AA, UTI-TSL Plot No. 3, Sectoer-11 CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai-400614
17. UTI-Infrastructure and Services Ltd.(ISL) Shri Punit Saxena CPIO UTI IASL, UTI Towers, Gn Block Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East Mumbai-400051 Board of Directors Appellate Authority UTI IASL, UTI Towers, Gn Block Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East Mumbai-400051
18. Security Printing and Miniting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL) Shri B J Gupta DGM(HR) & PIO 16th Floor, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi-1 APIO Shri V Balaji, Manager (P&A) Shri Ajay S. Singh GM & AA 16th Floor, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi-1
 







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Vodafone accused of secretly sharing data with British agency 
Major telecom player Vodafone has been accused by the Union Home Ministry of secretly sharing subscriber data with a British intelligence and security organisation, a charge denied by the company.
According to documents of the Internal Security Division of the Home Ministry, Vodafone is alleged to have given the U.K.-based Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) “secret unlimited access to their network of under sea cables, which carry much of world’s phone calls and Internet traffic.’’
“GCHQ’s mass tapping operations has been built up over the past five years by attaching intercept probes to the transatlantic cables where they land on British shores,” the Home Ministry documents claimed.
“Intercept partners are paid for logistical assistance,” it said.
Though the note had asked the Department of Economic Affairs not to proceed with realignment of Vodafone, which is involved in a Rs.11,200-crore tax dispute over purchase of Hutch’s stake in 2007, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) went ahead and gave clearance for increasing the foreign equity in Vodafone India Limited.
The Union Home Ministry had alleged that Vodafone and a U.S.-based company Verizon “are learnt to be secretly collaborating with U.K.’s GCHQ and passing on details of their customer phone calls, email messages and other communication and are intercept partners.’’
When asked for comments, Vodafone said in its reaction that “no such concern has been raised with us by the Indian government. The Government of India’s approval of our FDI application states that it was cleared by the FIPB and the CCEA after all necessary due diligence.’’
The telecom operator also denied that it was disclosing “any customer data in any jurisdiction unless — like any other operator — it is legally required to do so”. 

PTI
Keywords: Vodafone Indiacyber snoopingphone espionageGCHQ phone tappingHome Ministry

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