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BSNL to retrench one other 20,000 contract employees: Staff’ union

State-owned BSNL has issued a directive to all its models to curtail expenditure on contract works which is more likely to lead to retrenchment of round 20,000 employees engaged with the telecom agency via contractors, based on BSNL Staff’ Union.

The union additionally claimed that 30,000 contractual employees have already been retrenched underneath the corporate’s retrenchment course of and added that each one such employees remained unpaid for greater than a yr.

The union in a letter to BSNL Chairman and Managing Director P Okay Purwar mentioned the monetary situation of the corporate has deteriorated after implementation of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and the faults within the networks have elevated resulting from scarcity of manpower in numerous cities.

The union additionally mentioned that BSNL is unable to pay salaries of staff on due date even after VRS and 13 contract employees have allegedly dedicated suicide resulting from non-payment of wages for the previous 14 months.

Queries despatched to BSNL didn’t elicit an instantaneous response.

BSNL issued an order on September 1 with the permission of its human useful resource director asking all of the chief basic managers “to take quick steps to curtail the expenditure on contract works and scale back engagement of labours via contractors”.

The order mentioned the CMD has desired that “with the implementation of cluster primarily based strategy in a lot of the circles, there isn’t a justification for housekeeping labourers and different contractual employees similar to safety and so on”.

Based on the order, the CMD has desired that every circle of BSNL ought to “draw a transparent street map for non-engagement of contract labours instantly”.

BSNL Staff Union Common Secretary P Abhimany advised PTI that as a result of retrenchment course of round 30,000 labourers have been despatched residence and 20,000 extra shall be impacted.

“After the implementation of the VRS-2019, via which 79,000 staff have been despatched residence, the need to proceed with the present contract employees turned much more obligatory. Nevertheless, you may have determined to retrench 1000’s of contract employees, which have solely helped to worsen the upkeep of our networks on the discipline stage,” the BSNL Staff’ Union mentioned in a letter dated September three to the corporate’s CMD.

The union mentioned that resulting from discount in workforce, the standard of BSNL providers has undoubtedly deteriorated and all the key unions and associations, that are a part of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB). are of the identical opinion.

“Earlier than the implementation of the VRS-2019, it was tom-tommed in a really large manner by you that BSNL will obtain its monetary revival via the VRS, since it is going to lead to huge discount within the firm’s expenditures. Nevertheless, we’ve got no hesitation to state that the monetary place of the corporate has worsened after the implementation of the VRS,” it wrote.

The federal government final month had accredited a plum Rs 69,000-crore revival package deal for BSNL and MTNL in October 2019 that features merging the 2 loss-making companies, monetising their property and giving VRS to staff in order that the mixed entity turns worthwhile in two years.

The BSNL union mentioned that resulting from deteriorating monetary well being, the corporate has been unable to clear wage dues of the staff on the due date.

“Above all, the poor contract employees will not be paid wages for the previous 14 months, on account of which 13 contract employees have dedicated suicide. Who’s answerable for all these deaths? Undoubtedly, it’s the BSNL administration, underneath your stewardship,” the union mentioned.

The workers’ union mentioned the revival of BSNL is changing into a distant dream, solely due to the denial of 4G know-how to the corporate.

“The choice of the federal government to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL nonetheless stays on paper. Even 10 months after the announcement of the revival package deal, BSNL has not been capable of roll out its 4G service.

Precisely, that is the rationale why BSNL isn’t capable of enhance its income,” the union alleged.

BSNL is within the technique of floating a brand new 4G tender after its earlier Rs 9,300 crore tender was scrapped following a criticism by home telecom gear makers.

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