A detailed meeting was held by the CMD BSNL with the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations on the issue of formation of a subsidiary Tower Company, to be carved out of BSNL. The Unions were told that it will be beneficial to the BSNL itself to form the tower company. The full details of the Cabinet decision are yet to be understood.
The Forum has decided to meet Secretary, DOT and find out the details and take a final decision about the programmes to be taken by the Forum.
In the same meeting with CMD,, it was informed that the refund of the Spectrum surrendered will be adjusted towards Licence fee to be paid by BSNL. This is not acceptable. What the government should do is to immediately pay the amount to BSNL to purchase equipment etc. and get the licence fee gradually, when the finance of the company improves. The best way is to waive the arrears of licence fee of BSNL, in the same way many dues and taxes of the private telecom companies were waived.
Through the formation of the Tower Company, the govt. wants to divert even the existing revenue of the BSNL and through the adjustment of refund of spectrum refund towards licence fee, it wants that BSNL to be deprived of any funds for its improvement.
Instead of weakening BSNL, its own company, the government should help it to spring back to its original glory.