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Parliamentary panel recommends "revised VRS" for unskilled employees of BSNL and MTNL

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New Delhi | Sunday, Apr 2 2017 IST
 
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has made a strong case for the government to come out with a "revised VRS proposal" for the employees of BSNL and MTNL. The committee, headed by BJP member Anurag Singh Thakur, said that both the BSNL and the MTNL have been burdened due to transfer of around three lakh government employees who were part of the Department of Telecom Services and Department of Telecom Operations with liabilities of Rs 1,000 crore per month wage bills. Thus, it said, it will be imperative that the government extends support to these two operators on dealing with salaries and other aspects of the work force."As the skills (of the workers) have become obsolete with the introduction of new technology as they were mainly employed for repairing landlines, the committee is of the view that the department may look into the possibility of skilling these employees for gainful utilisation of their services," the panel said. The committee -- comprising members like Derek O' Brien (Trinamool), Sachin Tendulkar (Nominated), Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Paresh Rawal, Hema Malini and L K Advani (all BJP) and Jaya Bachchan (Samajwadi Party) and P Bhattacharya (Congress) -- said: "If it is not possible, the best way is to extend VRS to those employees who can no longer be skilled, since extending will help to advance the liability and reduce the employee cost".The panel further said if financial constraints prevented VRS proposal to materialise, the department "should come out with a revised VRS proposal".Dwelling on other issues, the committee said, all the existing "non-functional towers of BSNL" should be made functional at the earliest and a report furnished to the Committee."In spite of the numerous assistance given by the government, these two companies (BSNL and MTNL) are still unable to stand on their own feet," the Committee said.The panel, in its report tabled in Parliament during the on-going Budget session, said the committee hopes that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) would pay adequate attention for making bigger investment for expansion of its infrastructure "so as to increase its revenue earning potential".It further said BSNL must take initiatives "in making a robust distribution strategy besides upgradation of technology" and also introduce the best business practice adopted by the private operators "if it is to have any role in the telecom market in future".The committee also took note that the BSNL Network of 2G and 3G is not meeting "call drop standards" in West Bengal; and said that hence, the state-run telecom operator should make serious effort to achieve all the target set for 2017-18 and also improve 2G and 3G services in all the circles including West Bengal.The panel also took note that the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) - "once the lifeline between Delhi and Mumbai" is today "languishing" under heavy burden of debt.UNI DEVN SV 0834

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madhukar khandagle (Indore (MP))
sir, what is the criteria of unskilled employees in BSNL AND MTNL? Is there any merger plan for these two management board in one? pl clear the right position in true manner.

thanks.M.Khandagle dt.15/04/2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:43:38 PM | Reply
Raman (chennai)
The VRS proposal for BSNL is being in the news for the long time...but now the Govt should come out with a new VRS proposal to shed the excess staff to make the BSNL a profit making company,,,will it be this time?
Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:56:46 PM | Reply
nikhil swapan dasgupta (kolkataa)
vrs should be introduced immediately, contract labourers should be redeployed, number of vehicle should be reduced. A few limited Retired executive may be taken as consultant.may be taken as adviser.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:52:39 PM | Reply
Raghavendra K Rao (Bangalore)
The panel is biased, as BSNL was made to bleed by the policy of govt and not by any employee whom they call as unskilled.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 3:36:48 PM | Reply
Raman s (chennai)
ITS TIME GOVT TO COME DECISIVE ON THIS MATTER. ITS BEEN PENDING SINCE 2009. THE PREVIOUS GOVT FAIL TO ACT IN THIS MATTER THAT TIME. THE TIME HAS COME TO PROVE THE PRESENT GOVT EFFICIENCY ON DECISION MAKING ABILITY FOR THIS COMPANY. WILL IT ACT NOW??
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 7:37:14 AM | Reply
 
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