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Communications and IT Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that he would personally oversee the revival of BSNL and MTNL. He also stated: “I will undertake a provocative role in monitoring performance of these companies. I will have network operating system installed in my office which will monitor the performances of the towers in all the circles. The circles with low performances will be questioned.”

The statement of the Minister is much welcome. There has been no systematic check up for the improvement of the BSNL, MTNL services so far.

But this alone is not sufficient. There are many urgent actions to be taken on which the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations has already given a memorandum to the Minister and sought for an appointment. The Minister has not found time to meet the Forum, although he was quick to meet the private companies to get their opinions. The Communications Minister should meet the representatives of the workers, who also have got very important suggestions for the revival of BSNL and MTNL and also for improvement of services to the people. Hope the Minister will act on his promise.