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BSNL employees go on strike in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, April 21: BSNL employees under the banner of All India BSNL Union, the state-owned telecom firm has resorted to two days strike on 21-22 April, 2015 to protest against government for not taking concrete action to revive the loss making company and has demanded Rs 7,950 crore from the government.

The Forum has demanded immediate action from the government and BSNL management for BSNL’s revival and has demanded Rs 7,950 crore which is pending with the government for a long time. The employees with 20 point demand were seen protesting in Jamshedpur too.

The BSNL Jamshedpur employees will be on strike on Wednesday, April 22 also. All the employees and workers gathered at Golmuri office and shouted slogans against the central government.

District Spokesperson of Forum of BSNL Union and Association, KK Singh said “BSNL needs to immediately purchase equipments for providing mobile and broadband services for which sufficient funds are required.

An amount of Rs 6,700 crore is due to be paid to BSNL by government towards the cost of spectrum, which BSNL has surrendered”.

According to Singh, if BSNL is shut down, mobile call rates would go up by INR 10-INR 16. As per the Forum, BSNL was the No 1 telecom company in India with annual revenues of about Rs 40,000 crore and profit of around Rs 8,000 – Rs 10,000 crore till 2006. 

The present loss of the company is around Rs 7,000- Rs 8,000 crore per year and if these assurances are honored and implemented BSNL will be profitable. The Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations has suggested various proposals for providing better service to the customers on which also no action is taken.

As per the call of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, the BSNL employees, both executives and non-executives numbering around 2.25 lakhs, will resort to two days strike.

DoT has invited Forum members for talks on 25th April, 2015 after the strike so Forum members have decided to go for 2 day strike on 21-22 April, 2015.

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