It is reported in the press that the Merger of BSNL and MTNL is again in the agenda of the government.
The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations had demanded earlier that if the merger is to be implemented, the following conditions should be fulfilled:
- The debt of MTNL should be written off, so that the debt will not be with the merged corporation.
- The disinvested shares should be bought back so that MTNL is fully owned by the government as in the case of BSNL.
- The difference in the payscales should be removed.
Government should seriously think over and implement these favourable suggestions. It was not the workers who divided Telecom services in to BSNL and MTNL, but it was the government. As such, the government should take necessary actions to accept these demands before moving for merger.