Tomorrow, 1st October 2012, is the 12th Birth Anniversary day of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Public Sector Telecom company fully owned by the Government of India. BSNL was formed on 1st October 2000 by converting the service portion of the Department of Telecom (DOT). The staff unions/federations opposed and went on agitation including the strike. Some of the federations / Unions agreed for corporatisation  on certain assurances. This was an unpardonable betrayal of the interests of the workers and the BSNL was formed.

The last twelve years have seen the high growth of BSNL till 2007 and the decline of the market share afterwards. High profits in the early years were followed by heavy loss in the last three years. The main reasons are the anti-worker PSU policy of the central government and its neo-liberal policies, Ineffective Management and to a certain extent the casual attitude of the workers. All these have got to be changed.

Sustained struggle to change the wrong policy of the government, strong and continued pressure on the management for better governance and maximum effort to change the mindset of the workers have to be done. The implementation of the ‘Customer Delight Year’ in an effective manner will do a lot to improve the services. Unnecessary expenditure and corruption to be firmly dealt with.

Let us continue our struggle to Save BSNL and its workers. Best Wishes and Greetings to all on the eve of BSNL Day!