Members demand Govt intervention in BSNL crisis

NEW DELHI, June 26:Shiv Sena member Vinayak Raut and BJP lawmaker Jagdambika Pal on Wednesday expressed their worry about the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has been witnessing rough waters for the past few years, and asked for government intervention to save the telecom operator.
There was a time when the telecom operator was among the few telecom operators in India earning profits in excess but now was in serious financial trouble.
Speaking during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Mr Pal said there was a lot competition from private operators, and to tide up the financial crisis, the retirement age of employees could be reduced to 58 years from the present age of 60 years.
Compared to its rivals, BSNL has been lagging way behind in terms of services and technological advancements. In an era where everyone is preparing for 5G network, BSNL is testing its 4G network across the country. Mr Pal said the BSNL implement 4G at the earliest.
Mr Raut said all government schemes for the poor, were connected with the BSNL so it should be revived at the earliest.
“Today, the BSNL is on the verge of shut down,” he said and asked the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter.
Ladakh lawmaker Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of BJP said authorities should improve BSNL services in the region.
He demanded installation of BSNL towers and Digital Satellite Public Telephones (DSPT) be set up in far flung areas.
He said due to not having of fair telephonic and internet connectivity in Ladakh, the residents as well as defence personnel of the region were being denied many required services.