Unions & Associations of BSNL were invited for discussions
by the BSNL Management today to discuss regarding
restructuring plan and Revival of BSNL. CMD BSNL Sh. P.K.
Purwar chaired the meeting. Com. S. Sivakumar, GS AIBSNLEA,
Com. Bhagwan Singh, AGS(HQ), GS & President of BSNLEU, NFTE,
SNEA participated in the meeting. Sh. Arvind Vadnerkar,
Director(HR), BSNL Board and Sh. Manish Kumar,
GM(Restructuring) were also participated in the meeting.
CMD BSNL welcomed
all the Leaders of BSNL recognized Unions & Associations and
explained about the steps taken by BSNL Management for
maximization of revenue.
SIM Sales: CMD
mentioned that there is 5% increase in SIM Sales in the
month of Jan., Feb and March-2020. SIM Sales in Feb.2020 is
18.80 lakhs and in March-2020 is 20 lakhs.
Market Share of BSNL
is increasing marginally.
In the BB Sector
number of disconnection is very significant and CMD further
mentioned that we have to arrest the disconnections of BB.
In the EB Sector
revenue is increasing 8 to 10%.
Mobile & Broadband
overall initially positive.
Phase of disconnections are very less.
FTTH – 6000 OLTs integrated, due to this customer base and
constant partner momentum started.
In the rural area,
exchanges having 10 lines, 15 lines and 20 lines is
economically unviable. However, Hon’ble MOC assured for
subsidy. In the 20,000 Rural telephone exchanges human
interface is planned to be changed with the alternate
He further mentioned
that upto 10 Kms in the rural area localized mobile system
on revenue share basis will be done with Bharat Air Fiber at
a speed of more than 60 Mbps speed.
CMD mentioned out of 78569 VRS Optees , 78334 VRS
applications were accepted and 198 VRS optees has been
expired. As on date 76929 VRS Optees have been sanctioned
with Provisional Pension. As on date about 75000 cases
processed for PPOs and forwarded to CCAs concerned. Out of
that, 26370 PPOs were issued till date.
He appreciated the
outstanding efforts taken by the BSNL management with the
support of the all the Unions & Associations of BSNL for
successful implementation of BSNL VRS-2019. He also conveyed
the message of Hon’ble MOC that today Hon’ble MOC will
appreciate the efforts and support extended by all the
Unions & Associations of BSNL for the successful
implementation of the BSNL VRS Plan -2019 in the Floor of
Leave encashment and Ex-gratia payments:
CMD BSNL assured that Leave encashment payment and Ex-gratia
payment will be paid on 31st March, 2020. Already
77585 VRS cases were processed for the above cited payments.
Rs. 4850 crore towards Leave encashment after TDS is being
processed in LIC. Finance Ministry agreed to appropriate Rs.
5000 Crore towards the first installment of Ex-gratia
payment, however, we are the short of 1300 crore towards the
payment of Ex-gratia. Hence balance amount of Ex-gratia will
be paid in the first week of April, 2020.
Central Govt. made provision in the Budget FY:2020-21
towards the cost of 4G license including GST but BSNL is not
in a position to take the 4G spectrum immediately due to
1. We are having
outstanding bills to be payable to the vendors M/s ZTE, M/s
Nokia and M/s Erricson to the tune of Rs. 2000 Crores.
2. M/s Nokia
installed 13000 equipment’s in the Phase 8.4 has quoted 3.5
lakh for the software/hardware upgradation from 3G to 4G and
7 lakh for green field which is L-1 subject to the
conditions that Rs.300 Cr has to be paid before 31.3.2020
and compensation for Foreign Exchange fluctuation whereas
M/s ZTE installed around 24,000 equipment’s has quoted 7
lakh for the software/hardware upgradation from 3G to 4G and
10 lakh for green field which is L-2 but the conditions put
forth by M/s ZTE is unrealistic. In addition to this the
rates quoted by L-1 and L-2 alongwith conditions has not
been approved by the BSNL Board since consensuses has not
3. If BSNL is taken
4G License immediately without procurement/upgradation of
equipment’s we have to pay license fee @Rs. 5.5 crore per
day i.e. to the booked in the books of Accounts.
4. However, BSNL
Management has proposed to float new Tender for the
procurements of 4G equipment’s in the next week. It will
take another 8 months for roll out of 4G.
Association’s Leaders expressed their serious concern for
the immediate launching of 4G in BSNL to attract more
customers and increase the revenue.
that during the FY our Bank loan including O/s bills comes
around 40,000 crore. We further required 10000 to 12000
Crore for 4G launching and Rs. 5000 Crore for OFC
maintenance. BSNL is paying Rs. 4000 crore towards bank
interest and we can saved Rs. 6500 towards employee cost.
Roughly we required 50,000 crore for our annual expenditure
but our annual revenue is around Rs. 20000 crore. Hence for
the deficit BSNL is depending on Sovereign guarantee bond to
the tune of Rs. 8500 crore and monetization of vacant
assets. He further mentioned that in the first week of
April,2020, BSNL will get a Rs. 8500 crore Sovereign
guarantee from Finance Ministry. 14 assets were identified
by BSNL for monetization but DIPAM accepts only 11 assets to
the commercial value of Rs. 18,200 Crore for which BSNL is
expecting transactional advise within a week. Three MNCs
come forward for purchase. Discussions has not been taken
place due to COVID-19.
Merger of BSNL
CMD mentioned that there is a pressure for the merger of
BSNL & MTNL to be completed within six months. Union &
Associations Leaders requested CMD BSNL to discuss with the
recognized Unions & Associations before the implementation
of merger. CMD replied that merger of BSNL & MTNL comes
under the purview of equity structure of DIPAM, Finance
Ministry & DoT. However he assured that suggestions of
recognized Unions & Associations will be taken care of and
forwarded to DoT.
We expressed our
serious concern regarding the non maintenance of vast
Telecom Network due to non availability of man power and
non-implementation of outsourcing tender. CMD explained that
out of 1600 clusters EOI have been opened for 1100 cluster
and tender have been awarded for 280 clusters and he
personally monitoring the same. We brought to the notice of
CMD, the problems faced by field unit executives for
attending the faults in the
cables due to non-availability of man power in the post VRS
scenario. We further requested Primary cables maintenance
has to be outsourced along with the secondary cable mtce.
and also requested to relax the tender conditions and powers
has to be delegated to CGMs to utilize the existing staff of
BSNL who are having rich experience in attending the faults
to participate in the tender.
CMD replied that he
was aware of the situation and it will be reviewed shortly.
He further mentioned that due to the non-implementation of
the tender in all the clusters more funds has been allotted
to all the Circles to meet out the monthly mtce. expenditure
and so as to maintain the Telecom Network fault free. We
expressed our serious concern against the non implementation
of outsourcing tender in CSCs. CMD appreciated our concern
and assured to look into. We requested CMD to issue
necessary instructions to the CGMs to provide hand sanitizer
in all the CSCs due to COVID-19. CMD agreed to issue
We requested CMD to
fix the time line for the monthly salary disbursement since
the net salary from Feb., 2020 onwards comes around Rs. 360
crore only. CMD assured that salary disbursement will be
streamlined within two months and Feb., 2020 salary will be
paid in last week of March-2020.