BSNL unions allege government patronising Reliance Jio

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BSNL unions allege government patronising Reliance Jio (File)

Blaming Reliance Jio for monetary woes of the Telecom sector, worker unions of BSNL on Wednesday alleged that the government was favouring the most recent entrant over different corporations and mentioned they may go on an indefinite strike from December 3. The worker unions claimed that the government has not allotted spectrum for 4G Companies to BSNL so as to stop it from competing towards 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 enormous monetary muscle, Reliance Jio is providing Companies 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 cellular service Companies.  It alleged that Reliance Jio will steeply increase name and knowledge 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 instant 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 towards Reliance Jio needed to pay the value, 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 because of the 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 government’s rule within the matter of BSNL’s cost 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.

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