After the Forum leaders contacted them, many Members of Parliament of various parties, including S/Shri Basudeb Acharia (CPIM), Dr. Sanjeeva reddy (Congress), Khagan Das (CPIM), P.R.Natarajan (CPIM) Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) wrote to the Prime minister and Communications Minister demanding the revival of BSNL. Questions in the Parliament were also raised by some M.P.s.
Meeting with CMD BSNL on 30-11-2013
A meeting of the Forum with the CMD Shri R.K.Upadhyay was held on 30-11-2013, which was participated by all the general Secretaries. The demands of the workers as well as the proposals for the revival of BSNL were discussed in detail.
Closure of Telegraph Services by BSNL – Strong Protest.
The Government and BSNL management decided to close the centuries old Telegraph Services wef 15th July 2013, stating that there is no business and the service is in loss. The Forum strongly opposed this wrong move and demanded that at least in the major cities, it should continue. The Convener of Forum, Com. V.A.N.Namboodirivisited Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata Central Telegraph Offices, held meetings, collected the existing number of telegrams and other particulars and demanded the management and government not to close down the telegram services, stating that the people are using the same. Press statements were issued. BBC and other newspapers and media gave wide publicity. However, BSNL management closed the services on 15th July itself.
On the last day, people queued before the CTOs and send telegrams till 2400 hours. It was a nostalgia for them to send the telegram for the last time. Since there were still people in the queue, the CTOs functioned till all were allowed to book their telegrams.
On our demand, a Telegraph Museum was established in Kolkata.
Parliament March by CTUs on 12th December 2013.
As per the decision of the Forum, BSNL employees in large numbers participated in the Parliament march held on 12th December 2013 organised by the Central trade Unions on the 10 point demands.