State-owned BSNL has issued a directive to all its models to curtail expenditure on contract works which is more likely to end in retrenchment of round 20,000 employees engaged with the telecom agency by contractors, in keeping with BSNL Workers’ Union.
The union additionally claimed that 30,000 contractual employees have already been retrenched beneath the corporate’s retrenchment course of and added that every one such employees remained unpaid for greater than a 12 months.
The union in a letter to BSNL Chairman and Managing Director P Okay Purwar stated 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 varied cities.
The union additionally stated that BSNL is unable to pay salaries of workers 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 a direct response.
BSNL issued an order on September 1 with the permission of its human useful resource director asking all of the chief normal managers “to take fast steps to curtail the expenditure on contract works and cut back engagement of labours by contractors”.
The order stated the CMD has desired that “with the implementation of cluster based mostly strategy in many of the circles, there isn’t a justification for housekeeping labourers and different contractual workers resembling safety and many others”.
In line with the order, the CMD has desired that every circle of BSNL ought to “draw a transparent highway map for non-engagement of contract labours instantly”.
BSNL Workers Union Normal Secretary P Abhimany informed PTI that because of the retrenchment course of round 30,000 labourers have been despatched dwelling and 20,000 extra will probably be impacted.
“After the implementation of the VRS-2019, by which 79,000 workers have been despatched dwelling, the need to proceed with the present contract employees turned much more obligatory. Nonetheless, you have got 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 Workers’ Union stated in a letter dated September 3 to the corporate’s CMD.
The union stated that resulting from discount in workforce, the standard of BSNL companies 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 huge method by you that BSNL will obtain its monetary revival by the VRS, since it should end in huge discount within the firm’s expenditures. Nonetheless, we’ve 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 accepted a plum Rs 69,000-crore revival bundle for BSNL and MTNL in October 2019 that features merging the 2 loss-making companies, monetising their property and giving VRS to workers in order that the mixed entity turns worthwhile in two years.
The BSNL union stated 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, beneath your stewardship,” the union stated.
The staff’ union stated the revival of BSNL is changing into a distant dream, solely due to the denial of 4G expertise 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 bundle, BSNL has not been capable of roll out its 4G service.
Precisely, that is the explanation why BSNL just isn’t capable of enhance its income,” the union alleged.
BSNL is within the means of floating a brand new 4G tender after its earlier Rs 9,300 crore tender was scrapped following a grievance by home telecom gear makers.
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