The strong protest from the unions/associations of employees, Pensioners and contract workers in BSNL/MTNL have compelled the NITI Ayog to take a U turn in the matter of strategic sale of these two telecom PSUs.

It has issued a statement stating that it has not taken any such decisions. The extract of the statement as reported in the press is given below:

“Denying media reports of strategic disinvestment in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Niti Aayog on Wednesday said that the reports are incorrect.

“A section of the press has carried a news report that Niti Aayog may consider strategic sale in BSNL and MTNL,” Niti Aayog stated in a release.

“There is no such proposal with Niti Aayog and the report is factually incorrect,” it added.

According to media reports, the government was considering strategic sale in the telecom majors to revive its growth.” (Courtesy:The Statesman)

This is a big success of the unity of the BSNL and MTNL workers! But workers have to be alert to any further move from the government in this matter.