Skewed plan

Print edition : June 14, 2013

A November 22, 2011, photograph shows employees of BSNL/MTNL at a demonstration in New Delhi demanding immediate repatriation of non-optee Indian Telecom Service officers who had been on deputation in BSNL/MTNL since its formation.

At a BSNL exchange in Noida. BSNL helps the government meet a major social obligation by providing telecom services to rural and remote areas of the country. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Department of Telecommunications’ plan to revive BSNL and MTNL primarily hinges on massive job cuts while leaving unaddressed policy decisions that have favoured private operators and pushed the PSUs into a financial mess.
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