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A copy of the letter sent by Com. P.R.Natarajan, MP, Coimbatore to the Finance Minister on the revival of VSNL/MTNL is given below. We thank Com.PR for taking up the issue quickly.

18.05.2013To

Thiru.P.Chidambaram, Avl

Honourable Minister for Finance &

Chairman,

Group of Ministers on Revival of BSNL & MTNL,

New Delhi-110 001

Sir, Vanakkam.

Sub:-Measures to be taken for revival and   revitalization of BSNL& MTNL, the strategic Telecom PSUs, to protect the   interest of the Telecom Industry as well as that of the public-reg.

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I enclose the Memorandum dtd 09.05.2013 (e.Mail   Copy ) addressed to you and copied to me from Shri.V.A.N.Namboodiri,   Convenor, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, No.D-7 Telegraph Place, Gole   Market, New Delhi for your personal and panel of group of Ministers notice   for taking favourable decisions to strengthen the financial viability,   developmental activities of the Govt.owned BSNL/MTNL PSUs and its’ 3 lakh   Executives and Non-Executives.

Indian Telecom is a core industry next to   Defence. The DOT and now BSNL/MTNL which is having high capacity of   infrastructure and manpower is providing all telecom services to the people   of India. As a govt. owned telecom companies the BSNL/MTNL is having more   social obligations than the private telecom operators in providing reliable   telecom services both in urban, rural, remote areas and hilly areas of this   country. Moreover, this ever growing telecom industry is having more job   opportunities to the technically qualified and skilled unemployed youths. The   Central Govt’s New Telecom Policy-1994 allowed the private telecom players   whose aim and objective is only profit, more profit, huge profit. Govt’s   privatization policy and pro-private decisions taken and undue advantages   given by the bureaucrates (ITS Officers on deputation to BSNL/MTNL) in the past had   ruined the govt. owned these two PSUs and are now in sorry state of affairs   which requires financial bailout from the Govt of India for it’s survival.   The decision of the DOT to refund the unreasonably/forcibly recovered   thousand crores of rupees from BSNL is being deliberately opposed by the   private telecom lobby and even dare to enough to give threatening to the   govt. of India in not giving any financial bailout and other concessions to   the govt. companies under the business manthra of “Level Playing Ground”.It   is just like a person, who came initially as a tenant, dictates the owner of   the building, not to take up any civil work/paint work and other building   works which require maintenance of his own building.

As such, in my opinion, the policy of   disinvestment, introduction of VRS will lead to privatization as in the case   of VSNL in the last decade. Instead, the panel of GoMs should take positive   and favourable decisions on the suggestions given in the memorandum itself by   the staff side.

Therefore, I request the Chairman and the Panel   of Group of Ministers to take reasonable/justified crucial decisions for   strengthening and development of BSNL/MTNL PSUs, so that these govt. telecom   PSUs will continue in providing all telecom services without any   discrimination to the rural/urban people at affordable rates with the status   of govt. owned PSUs .

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

Encls:- Memorandum

(P.R.NATARAJAN)

 

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