Meeting with Hon’ble MOC & IT today on BSNL Revival Plan- VRS to Employees:
Representatives of All Associations and Unions of BSNL met Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji today in Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi. Hon’ble MOC & IT apprised about the Revival Plan of BSNL approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. Secretary (T), Jt. Secretary (Admin), DDG (PM), Director (HR) BSNL Board and GM (SR) BSNL CO were present in the meeting. On behalf of AIBSNLEA, Com. S.Sivakumar, GS and Com. Rajpal Sharma, AGS attended the meeting.
At the outset, Com. GS and AGS presented a Bouquet to Hon’ble MOC & IT on behalf of AIBSNLEA and greeted him, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Home Minister, Secretary (T), CMD BSNL and DoT & BSNL Team for the herculean efforts taken for getting approval of the Revival Package by the Union Cabinet.
Hon’ble MOC & IT explained in detail about the revival package of BSNL. He mentioned that earlier, when I was MOC, the BSNL was making profit/ operating profit, but after that it is surprising for me that BSNL getting continuous losses for which I felt much bad and I want to turn around the BSNL that’s why I have tried my best. He further mentioned that-
Ø I am able to get convinced the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Home Minister that BSNL is the Strategic Sector and the presence of one Govt. PSU is very much necessary for fair competition in the Market.
Ø It is the first time in the History to offer such a huge package for revival to any incipient sick/ sick/ non-viable PSU.
Ø I have got full faith on BSNL and its employees and I hope that BSNL can be turn around and regain its original pristine glory through the sincere efforts of the BSNL employees. The revival plan should be implemented in its true spirit. VRS to employees is also an important issue as BSNL cannot run with the present work force of 1.50 lakh employees.
Ø I wish for the growth of the BSNL and Govt. is with you and support fully if sincere efforts are seen for turnaround of the BSNL.
Ø BSNL may start its Assets/ Land Monetization and I will make it clear that the amount so received will be used in the growth of BSNL only.
Ø To revive the BSNL, the VRS to employees is also a good tool and it is very liberal VRS package from the Govt. side which is never offered to any PSU in India.
Ø The revival is depends upon the successful implementation of the VRS. Accountability will be fixed from the top side, if the revival plan is not implemented in true spirit.
On behalf of AIBSNLEA, we handed over the Memorandum to the Hon’ble MOC & IT. GS AIBSNLEA urged upon for the merger of IDA of 119.5% (100% Neutralization) with the Basic Pay as on 01.01.2017 since there is precedence in the year 2004. In addition to that, AUAB and other Leaders of the Unions and Associations presented following suggestions:
- VRS option has to be given by the employees voluntarily but not forcefully.
- Roll out of retirement age from 60 to 58 years is in the agenda of the Govt. or not is to be spelled out.
- Whole amount of the Ex-Gratia has to be exempted from Income Tax.
- Excess amount of Pension Contribution paid to DOT has to be refunded immediately.
- Deputation Policy of BSNL has to be reviewed immediately.
- 4G services has to be launched immediately by the BSNL since more than 50,000 3G/4G compatible equipment are available in the field units as there is heavy demand among the customers.
- Permission may be granted to retain the BSNL quarters by the VRS optees.
The Press Briefing of the Hon’ble MOC &IT has been reiterated by him with a loud and clear message that BSNL will not be sold out to any Third Party, Disinvested or Closed since BSNL is having Strategic importance.
Hon’ble MOC directed DoT/BSNL Management to clear all the doubts of the employees about the VRS in a transparent manner and address the issues at an appropriate level. Finally Hon’ble MOC appealed all the Unions and Association Leaders to motivate the employees for the successful implementation of Revival and VRS Package.
Hon’ble Minister also appealed to improve the quality of the Services to the satisfaction of the Customers and make the BSNL a top Professional Company. It is specifically mentioned by Hon’ble MOC & IT that if BSNL improve its services with the Professionalism then Govt. will also cooperate to prefer BSNL’s connections in other Govt. Sectors since BSNL has already been had a very good rapport/ goodwill with the Public and the Govt. Sectors. Hence, it can be achieved by doing hard work and collective efforts starts with new energy, fresh initiatives with full devotion by the BSNL Management as well as the BSNL Employees. I will be very happy to see the BSNL in the Market with its effective presence.
All the Unions and Associations Leaders reciprocated positively and assured their fullest support and cooperation for the successful implementation of the Revival and VRS Package.
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