SNEA lashes management for negative growth in BSNL

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Agartala, Sep 21 (UNI) Executives of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today lashed the management for their depressing role and accused the organisational strategies for BSNL's negative growth.

Addressing an open session of Northeast circle Conference of Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA) here, All India General Secretary of the union G L Jogi charged that 1800 Indian Technical Service (ITS) officers were responsible for the steady decline of BSNL.

He stated that both the policy makers and the top officials of the company were forging conspiracy as a result of which private service operators had been gradually spreading it's business.

Discriminatory policies of the government and the regulator to favour private operators at the expense of BSNL, unprofessional, inertia ridden top BSNL management, virtually no improvement in our work culture, mindset, customer interface, red taepism and lack of complete vision and mission have become a threat for the company, Mr Jogi pointed out.

He said that since 1994 the telecom policy of the country had allowed the private operators to launch mobile service but MTNL was not allowed to do it despite better network and customer friendly attitude.

Mr Jogi however added, the then communication minister Pramod Mahajan bailed out the private operators by formulating telecom policy in 1999 and still private tele-service providers are not paying license fee though they are using BSNL infrastructure, which could have added Rs 120 crore profit annually.

SNEA officials also demanded to post Chief General Manager (CGM) in each state capital of the Northeast to ensure development of the region.

They also advocated for pro-people policies, stating various restrictions were imposed for NE customers like barring roaming facilities in prepaid mobile service due to it's proximity of Bangladesh.

At the same time, the border villagers were not allowed to use mobile or wireless telephone and as a result they had been using Bangladesh telecom service, they added.

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