Regulatory Authority of India (Trai
), the sector watchdog, has lobbed the ball back into the government's court on the fourth-generation or 4G spectrum
allocation sans auction to state-owned operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL
) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL
"Early this week, the Trai in a letter to the telecom department said that the allocation of the spectrum to public-owned entities is an administrative matter and the government would be in the best position to dispose of the matter," a DoT
The development has, however, put the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government in a fix, which was also considering to seek approval from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take the radio waves allocation proposal to the Cabinet, following the growing pressure from nearly 2 lakh employees of the two service providers.