The Parliamentary Committee on Petitions headed by BJP MP Bhagat Singh Koshiani has recommended for Merger of BSNL and MTNL. It has also recommended for appointment of an Expert Committee to examine the matter.

Again and again the issue of merger of BSNL and MTNL is being raised. The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations of Non-Executives and Executives had made its stand clear. The merger can be effected, provided that the huge liabilities of MTNL is made good by the government, the disinvested shares of MTNL are bought back and the pay scales of both BSNL and MTNL are made equal.

The Petitions Committee and the Expert Committee, when appointed should consider merger on this basis. The merger should be for the benefit of both and not for disaster.