BSNL is in its most difficult situation now. Despite 80,000 retrenchment through VRS, the company has not become profitable as assured by the government at the time of announcement of Revival Plan. Except VRS, no other point in the Revival plan is being implemented. All kinds of objections and hurdles are created by the government for starting of 4G services by BSNL. By not giving salary in time, medical allowance being denied, lack of required staff at various levels, withdrawal of all concessions assured by the government, not reimbursing the expenditure incurred by BSNL on behalf of the government – all are clever tactics of the government to weaken and close BSNL to favour Reliance.

But the workers are not sitting idle. Under the leadership of All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB), agitational programmes are being organised to resist the onslaught and for defending the rights of the workers.

The public had to be made aware of what is happening in BSNL and how the government is choking this prime PSU to help the Reliance and other private players. The public have also to be told what will happen if BSNL is not in existence, how the mobile charges will increase when only private players are there, what will happen at the time of natural calamities etc.