BSNL unions say Govt patronising Jio, threaten indefinite strike

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New Delhi: Blaming Reliance Jio for monetary woes of the Telecom sector, worker unions of PSU Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on Wednesday alleged that the federal government was favouring the newest entrant over different corporations and mentioned they’ll go on an indefinite strike from December 3. The worker unions claimed that the federal government has not allotted spectrum for 4G providers to BSNL with a view to stop it from competing in opposition to Reliance Jio.

Reliance Jio didn’t touch upon the allegations. “As of now, the whole Telecom industry is gripped with a crisis…. All these have happened due to the predatory pricing of the Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio. The whole game plane of Reliance Jio is to wipe out its competitors, which includes the state owned BSNL,” BSNL unions mentioned in a joint assertion.

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) alleged that with its big monetary muscle, Reliance Jio is providing providers at ‘below-cost’ charges. It mentioned that personal Telecom firms like Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications and Telenor have already closed their cell service Companies.

It alleged that Reliance Jio will steeply elevate name and information tariffs as soon as the complete competitors is worn out. “It will loot the people by steeply raising the call and data charges. It is a matter of deep concern that, Reliance Jio is being openly patronised by the Narendra Modi government,” the assertion mentioned.

No rapid feedback have been obtained from the Prime Minister’s Office. AUAB mentioned the general public sector agency has been demanding allotment of 4G spectrum however “the government has turned a deaf ear to this demand, with the ulterior motive of preventing the public sector company from putting up an effective competition to Reliance Jio”.

All officers and employees of BSNL are occurring an indefinite strike from December 3, 2018, the AUAB mentioned. “Demands of the strike include the immediate allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL for rolling out its 4G service, implementation of the government rule in respect of payment of pension contribution by BSNL, wage revision of the employees and pension revision of the retirees, from January 1, 2017,” the assertion mentioned.

It additionally alleged that whosoever tried to behave in opposition to Reliance Jio needed to pay the worth, together with former Telecom secretary J S Deepak. “JS Deepak wrote to the Trai demanding action on Reliance Jio, for adopting predatory pricing. As a result, JS Deepak was instantaneously shunted out of the DoT… This was a clear signal given by the Narendra Modi government, as to what would happen to any one who dares to speak against Rliance Jio,” the unions alleged.

Deepak was named India’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) when he was overseas to attend the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Spain. The unions mentioned that BSNL was in a lack of greater than Rs 8,800 crore in 2011-12 however as a result of mixed efforts taken by the staff and the administration, the PSU posted an working revenue of Rs 672.57 crore in 2014-15.

BSNL’s improved performance is reflected in the expansion of it’s customer base also. It must be remembered that all these achievements are made by BSNL without 4G Technology and with only 2G and 3G technologies, while all the private Companies are armed with 4G Technology,” the assertion mentioned.

Apart from the allotment of 4G spectrum, the AUAB can be demanding the implementation of the federal government’s rule within the matter of BSNL’s fee of pension contribution.

“It is atrocious that, the Narendra Modi government is violating it’s own rule, and is fleecing a huge amount from BSNL every year, in the name of Pension Contribution. This is seriously affecting the financial health of the Company,” the unions mentioned.

State-owned ITI Ltd could have a chance to take part in two giant tenders of BSNL by March-end, as a part of procurement quota accredited by the Cabinet just lately, a high BSNL official mentioned. The Union Cabinet earlier this month had accredited the continuation of quota for state-owned ITI Ltd in procurement made by three Telecom corporations — BSNL, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), a transfer geared toward strengthening ITI’s order e book and bettering its monetary well being.

“There are two immediate tenders on the anvil, apart from many others that are continuing. One of them is a contract for supply of GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks) equipment under the second phase of Bharat Net project,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava advised PTI.

The contract, valued at roughly Rs 400 crore, will provide ITI Ltd the chance to qualify for a 20 per cent share, Shrivastava mentioned. Another contract, multi-service entry node (MSAN), will emerge as early as subsequent month.

“This is a tender where we procure hardware equipment for storage, so that work we are going to give to ITI. The tender for this is likely to be out in December,” he mentioned, including that the contract in its entirety will likely be valued at Rs 300 crore, of which ITI can qualify for 20 per cent.

The two initiatives are along with these which are already on, and the place ITI is taking part, he added. The latest Cabinet nod on continuation of procurement quota coverage for ITI Ltd entails reserving 30 per cent of the procurement orders positioned by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for the merchandise manufactured by the state-owned Telecom tools maker.

The procurement quota additionally contains 20 per cent of the orders for the turnkey initiatives (equivalent to GSM community roll-out, Wi-Fi of BSNL and MTNL and BharatNet mission community roll-out of BBNL).

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