A.Raja Intervens to resolve the issues with BSNL
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has called off the strike that began this morning after intervention of the Union Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Shri A. Raja. The decision to call off the strike was taken in the interest of the customers and the organization during a meeting between the Minister and the representatives of BSNL associations/unions here today.
The Minister directed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) during the meeting to resolve the issue relating to revision of pay scale of non-executives and implementation of promotion policy for them within 15 days. The Department has also agreed to expeditiously move the proposal on revision of IDA pension to the Cabinet completing all the necessary formalities.
BSNL has been allowed to procure 10 million mobile lines immediately in view of the fact that 20 million lines are in the process of installation.
On the issues of disinvestment of BSNL, voluntary retirement scheme and unbundling of last mile copper pairs, the BSNL unions has been assured that all stakeholders will be taken into confidence by the Department before arriving at a final policy decision. On the issue of absorption of ITS Group ‘A’, the Department has further assured that the Cabinet Note shall be sent for consideration to the Cabinet as per the timeframe decided earlier. However, BSNL shall start process for recruitment of DGMs and management trainees and also decide the number of personnel to be recruited including their eligibility conditions.