MEETING OF FORUM
An emergency meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations was held on 13.02.2014. The meeting seriously discussed the formation of subsidiary companies for Tower Asset, proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL as well as other recommendations of the GoM. The meeting also discussed about the expansion of BSNL networks to face competition. GS & AGS(HQ) attended the meeting. After detailed discussions, the meeting decided to submit a memorandum addressed to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, New Delhi on the following issues.
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BSNL – MTNL MERGER
1) MTNL is having a huge market liability of around Rs.12,000 crores. Further, MTNL shares have already been sold in the market to the extent of 46%. Lot of HR issues are also there to resolve before merger. Under these circumstances, if BSNL and MTNL are merged, it will seriously affect the revival of both BSNL and MTNL. Hence, the meeting decided that the government should first address these issues comprehensively, before the merger of BSNL and MTNL.
2) The meeting strongly condemned the unilateral decisions taken by the BSNL Board to create subsidiary companies- one for the infrastructure and one for the land asset. The tower asset, land and the Optical Fiber network are the major strength of BSNL. If they are separated from BSNL, then nothing remain in BSNL leaving the 2.4 lakh employees. The meeting demanded that these decisions should be scrapped.
COMPENSATION FOR RURAL SERVICES
3) The meeting decided that the government should fully compensate the loss being incurred by BSNL, on account of running rural landline service only to meet the social obligations of the Govt.
4) The meeting decided that the government should extend soft loans to BSNL, to meet its capital expenditure, for procurement of equipments, for the immediate expansion/upgradation of its networks to face the aggressive competition from the competitors.
EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT
5) The meeting decided that, BSNL should be exempted from the payment that the government has stipulated for spectrum liberalisation. It may be noted that liberalisation of 900 Mhz spectrum is very much essential for BSNL to provide 4G service. BSNL should be given the freedom of spectrum trading, since it will help BSNL to mobilise resources. As per the conditions laid down by the GoM, BSNL cannot trade its spectrum.
PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENTS
6) The meeting decided that BSNL should be given freedom to procure equipments for all the four zones through tender. At present, the government has mandated that BSNL should procure 30% of the equipments (West Zone for mobile) only from ITI. Expansion of networks in the West Zone is seriously affected for the past so many years, as a result of this condition. ITI is not manufacturing any GSM equipment.
NO EXTENSION OF SERVICE
7) The meeting decided to write to the Prime Minister, demanding not to grant any extension of service to the incumbent CMD, after his superannuation, as well as to take immediate action to fill up the posts of DIR(HR) and DIR(Fin).
30% PENSION BENEFITS TO DR RECRUITEES
8) The meeting decided to further take up the issue of 30% superannuation benefit to the BSNL recruited employees with CMD/BSNL. BSNL recruited about 31983 employees (20016 Non Executives and 11967 Executives). In the agreement signed on 12.06.2012 with BSNL Mgt and Forum, BSNL agreed to review the decision.