BSNL employees stage protest march; demands rollback of Govt decision on STC

BSNL employees stage protest march; demands rollback of Govt decision on STC
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Kohima, April 19: Protesting the Central Government’s decision to form BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company, employees of BSNL in Nagaland today rallied up to Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum demanding immediate steps to roll back the decision.
Hundreds of officers and staff Nagaland BSNL under NE-II Circle participated in massive march which started from Area Manager BSNL office in New Minister’s Hill and culminated at Raj Bhavan.
In the memorandum submitted to the Governor, PB Acharya, the officers and various unions of BSNL NE-II Circle said “The hiving off of BSNL 66,800 mobile towers to the Subsidiary Tower Company, will certainly jeopardize the future of BSNL and its employees.”
Stating that about 1.25 lakh mobile BTSs are installed on these Towers, they said the decision of the Union Cabinet that the Subsidiary Tower Company would function under the control of BSNL Management has been violated, with the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, even without the knowledge of the BSNL Board.
The formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company is nothing but depriving BSNL of its tower assets, they said, adding that the existing mobile services and the future expansion plans of BSNL will be seriously affected by this decision.
In this, they said it is the considered opinion of the Unions and Associations of BSNL that, the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company will be detrimental to BSNL, while also firmly viewing that, formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company will ultimately culminate into its privatization, through the route of strategic sale, and thereby ruining the future of BSNL.
The Unions and Associations of BSNL are of the firm view that, formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company will ultimately culminate into it’s privatization, through the route of strategic sale, and thereby ruining the future of BSNL, they said.
“The entire employees and their Unions and Associations of BSNL vehemently opposed the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company and request the Government to roll back the same”, they said.
Expressing that the employees and the Management are taking all out efforts for the revival of BSNL, as a result of this, the financial position of the company has improved significantly, and the same is acknowledged and appreciated by the Minister of State for Communications, they said under these circumstances, absolutely there is no need to split BSNL into pieces.
They also maintained that the BSNL unions and associations have also conducted various agitation programme, such as demonstration, dharna, two days strike on December 12 and 13, 2017, and a march to Sanchar Bhawan on February 23 last.
Rolling back the decision of the government to form the Subsidiary Tower Company is an important demand of all these struggles, they said while lamenting that inspite of all these opposition from the employees to the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company, it is not known what compels the Government to go ahead.
Under these circumstances, the Unions and Associations of BSNL urged upon the Nagaland Governor “to recommend to the Government of India to take immediate steps to roll back the decision to create the Subsidiary Tower Company of BSNL, to Save BSNL.”