Bhopal : Almost 10 year ago ‘Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited’ was splitted into two part, BSNL(Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) and MTNL(Maharashtra Telecom Nigam Ltd ). After splitting MTNL was given to TATA a decade ago. Now the current government is planning to give BSNL’s 65,000 towers to Reliance Jio this time by telecom ministry.
Government and telecom ministry has planned to make a subsidy company for 65,000 BSNL towers and hand it over to Reliance Jio. Related to this plan Telicom ministry has sent a note to BSNL management. This note ordered Management to separate BSNL from BSNL towers and make a subsidy company for all 65,000 BSNL towers.
This note has created unrest in organisation and every executive level personal is unhappy with the decision of government. BSNL has almost 14 workers union across india and it has one centralised union called Forum of BSNL unions and association, this forum has expressed anguish and has decided to protest over this decision of government. And they had already protested nation wide on 15th of December.
MP division of Bhopal BSNL employee union has also announced to go on a strike, few of the employee also announced to start protest under and banner in front of multiple BSNL offices.
According to earlier report published in July 2015, BSNL chairman confirmed the company is looking to start a subsidy within BSNL to maintain its towers.
“We already share our towers with private players. We are looking at a subsidiary company within the company. We want more focus on tower sharing. The business is small now — just Rs 200 crore. But the potential is Rs.2,000-2,500 crore annually,” Shrivastava told IANS in an interview. ”BSNL will hold majority stake in the new company. A cabinet note has already been moved.”
With PTI inputs