Honourable Minister for Finance &
Group of Ministers on Revival of BSNL & MTNL,
New Delhi-110 001
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.
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 .