The membership verification is over and BSNLEU and NFTE have been declared as the Main and Second recognised union respectively. The most important task at present is wage revision. However, another issue also is to taken with immediately. That is about the dues the central government have to pay to BSNL.
Since the verification campaign and other processes were going on for the last two months, proper focus could not be paid to the above issue. BSNL is in difficulty to procure equipment for expansion of services, while the private companies have got much funds either through loans, FDI etc. If the dues to BSNL from government is paid it will solve the problem to a certain extend and the company will post profit also.
The following are dues to BSNL from the government:
- About Rs. 6,000 crore towards refund of charges for spectrum surrendered by BSNL years back.
- Rs. 1,250 crores allotted by USO Fund for loss making connections, two years back.
- About Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,000 crores towards income tax refund.
Strong protest and agitation are required to get the dues of BSNL for its expansion and modification. The Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations of Non-Executives and Executives have to urgently focus on these.