Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations met Sri A.N.Rai, CMD BSNL today, 22nd September, and discussed the following:
1. Though the Forum has given letter for deduction of one day salary towards J and K Relief Fund, so far no order has been issued by the BSNL C.O. Any delay will result in not deducting the amount from the salary of September. Since the relief is urgently required for the people of J and K, Com.Namboodiri asked the management to issue the orders immediately. CMD BSNL agreed and gave oral instructions for the same then and there.
2. The Minister Communications had issued statement that the Rs. 7,000 of Income Tax paid by the BSNL will be refunded and that Rs. 6794 crore will also be refunded towards the spectrum surrendered by BSNL. The Forum wanted that BSNL should take initiative to get these amounts early. The forum also demanded that the Rs.1250 crores allotted by the USOF for BSNL also should be got at the earliest.
CMD BSNL appreciated the efforts being made by the Forum and also said that BSNL Management is making all efforts for getting the refunds from Government. But he also pointed out that since there is dearth of funds for the government, it may adjust the refund towards the licence fee to be paid by the BSNL to the government.
The Forum is of the strong opinion that there should be no adjustment, but the refund should be made in cash so that BSNL can utilise the same for development and expansion.