Recruitment of new employees in BSNL has become an urgent necessity. The six lakh workers in Dept. of Telecom in 1984, has now been reduced to about 2.70 lakh workers. Though the use of latest technology and computerization have to a certain extent reduced the required number of staff, the present situation of shortage of staff is adversely affecting the services. The shortage is adjusted by outsourcing the services. Of course, this is part of the neo-liberal policy of the government.
The unions have to seriously discuss the issue and put the demand for recruitment of staff wherever required to effectively maintain the services.