MTNL no future
As reported by TOI, the minister said that MTNL has ‘no future’. He said that we cannot do much in MTNL. We all know what are the hurdles of MTNL and what are the problems faced by it. We will make a separate plan for that and decide what the next steps should be.
How many BSNL employees are there?
Vaishnav had reportedly warned 62,000 BSNL employees that there should be no doubt about the ultimatum issued. In a meeting with senior management Vaishnav, who recently offered Rs 1.64 lakh crore revival package for BSNL, said you have to do what is expected of you. Otherwise pack it up. You should have no doubt on this. He bluntly told the employees to either perform or retire.
government revival package
The government recently approved Rs 1.64 lakh crore revival for BSNL, which includes conversion of its dues into equity, financial assistance and allocation of spectrum to turn loss-making telcos into profits. The minister has asked employees to be fiercely competitive now, especially when they have to fight with private companies like Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel for customers.
Can take VRS
The minister has said that people who are not working are free to go home with VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme). If they show resistance in taking the VRS, we will use 56J (the rule used to order premature retirement). So, you have to do your best, or pack up and be ready to go home. It’s quite clear. Do not have any doubt in your mind about this.
filth in offices
The Minister said that apart from operating inefficiently, BSNL employees also fail to provide clean environment in telephone exchanges and their offices. Giving the example of filth and garbage in the BSNL exchange in Jharsuguda, he said that the chullu was so dirty, he felt like drowning in water. They were very dirty, and in poor condition. According to the minister, the top leadership of BSNL will be abolished. I am very clear. Top leadership has to go home. The people working there and the supervisors above them are also responsible.
New companies can come in the segment
He said that there will be no Duopoly (only two companies rule in the market). The September reforms have resulted in good stability in the industry. He pinned hopes on new players to enter this segment. According to him, there is going to be a good healthy competition in this field.