As per the reply given in the Parliament, process for merger of BSNL and MTNL has already started. BSNL and MTNL were part of DOT and government service, till they were separated from DOT and made two separate companies. Workers were against the separation, but government implemented it. Now it is almost two decades after the separation and much waters have flown. MTNL is divested to the extend of more than 46%, while BSNL is 100% government owned. MTNL is having heavy loans on its head, while BSNL is managing and is on operational profit. The wage differential is there. These issues have to be got settled, before any merger can take place. All Unions and Associations in BSNL have demanded that the divested shares of the MTNL should be bought back, the heavy loans should be written off and the wages should be equalised. Till that time, merger is not to be implemented.
It is well understood that the government uses merger and bifurcation in order to weaken the PSUs. This has been done in the case of Banks, Airlines and even in telecom itself. The workers are determined to ensure the future of BSNL and MTNL and any move to destroy the same will not be allowed.