At present there are seven telecom factories under BSNL. They are at Alipore, Gopalpur, Kharagpur (all in Kolkata/W.Bengal), Jabalpur,Richai, Bhilai(all in M.P.) and Mumbai.
The telecom factories were earlier called P and T Workshops. They were manufacturing equipment, instruments etc. for the Telegraph, later P and T Department. There were a total of about 15,000 workers employed in these factories. Now it is reduced to less than half, due to retirement and non-recruitment. Recruitment should take place to fill up the vacancies. There is need to modernise and start production of latest equipment from these factories.
Nowthat they are under BSNL, it should be appropriate to call them as BSNL Factories, instead of Telecom Factories.