The Union Cabinet has at last approved the allotment of Rs.1,250 crore made by the USO Fund to BSNL towards compensation for the loss being made by the PSU in providing loss making connections in the rural areas and villages. The amount being paid was due in 2012 itself, but was delayed due to non-sanction by the government. At last it is decided now, but with the condition that no further such concessions will be made.
The payment of this amount was one of the important demands of the strike organised on 21-22 April 2015 by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations. In the meeting with the Secretary DOT on 1st May 2015 on the strike issues, secretary DOT had assured that all efforts will be made to make the payment at the earliest. But it took one more year afterwards.