Every month, the number of staff in BSNL is being reduced by thousands. During the last 13 years of its existence, more than one lakh thirty thousand employees have retired with only about 30,000 recruited.
While there were about 3.5 lakh employees at the time of formation of BSNL, the present staff strength is only about 2.45 lakhs.
There is extreme necessity for new recruitment in the lowest cadres of the non-executives, where no recruitment has taken place since BSNL formation, except for regularisation of some TSM/casual labour, which also has been stopped since 2006.
Whatever the management may say, this is one of the reasons for the deterioration of the services. While the management has agreed in the National Council that fresh blood is required, no action has been taken by it so far for new recruitment in the lowest cadres. This should be done to save BSNL and for a better service to the customers.