Leading Direct-to-Home operator TataSky today said it has paid Rs 561 crore as licence fee to the government for 2017-18 financial year.

The company has paid a total of Rs 2,200 crore in the last fiscal ended on March 31, 2018, which includes GST, state entertainment taxes and some other taxes, TataSky said in a statement.

The Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry rules mandate DTH operators to pay 10 per cent of their gross revenue as their annual fee to the government.

Commenting on the development TataSky MD & CEO Harit Nagpal said: "With the payment made today, we have paid Licence Fee, past and current as per specified rates, regardless of pending litigations between the government and the platforms."

According to the company, it has footprints spread across 1.5 lakh towns with over 18 million connections. Money Control