BSNL Dismisses News of Closure, Promises Continued Services to Subscribers

There have been news reports floating about the Finance Ministry discussing about BSNL's closure, but in a new statement BSNL has dismissed the news

By October 10th, 2019 AT 6:58 PM
  • BSNL has said that it is waiting on the revival package and the VRS for its employees
  • BSNL currently has 1.65 lakh employees

The news about Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and its troubling financial situation is not new in the telecom industry. Ever since the kickstart of the data tariff war, the state-led telecom operator has been in a tough spot, financially speaking with all the debt and the payment that it owes to the vendors. The state-led telco also has a huge burden of paying salaries to its employees. Out of all the telecom operators in the industry right now, BSNL has the highest salary to revenue ratio, which is also the reason for its tough financial situation. Now, amidst all this crisis, there have also been talks about BSNL and MTNL’s closure, and the idea has been floating around quite a bit. A few days back, a new report made rounds of the internet which included the finance ministry’s comments on the same topic. Now, in a new release sent by BSNL, the government led telco has negated these statements.


BSNL Focuses on Revival of Company

In its press release sent out by the telco minutes ago, it noted that BSNL has been in service since long and it continues to remain that way. The telco also highlighted the fact that it is in the process of seeking a revival package from the government and hence closure is not an option which it is looking at for now. BSNL said, “Recently, there has been published in Media about the closure of BSNL. In this regard, it is clarified that there is a plan under consideration for revival of BSNL by Govt. of India by giving suitable package in terms of VRS/4G spectrum and allowing monetisation of assets available with BSNL.” Now it is worth noting that the talks of BSNL’s revival have also been afloat for long, but there has been no real progress on that front.

As per the latest report based on the inputs coming from the Finance Ministry, the cost of providing an attractive voluntary retirement scheme to all the 1.65 lakh employees of BSNL along with considering the repayment of its debt would cost the government Rs 95,000 crore. There was also news that the statements from the Financial Ministry have been not yet been formally forwarded to BSNL. Meanwhile, the BSNL employees union has been demanding for the revival of the telecom operator since long. The union in its previous attempts has raised its voice for a revival package which would bring VRS for the employees, and the 4G spectrum for the telco so that it could reach in a better position so as to compete with the private telecom operators. However, even that has not happened yet.

BSNL Still Not Near VRS and 4G Spectrum Allocation

Right now, BSNL is under a debt of Rs 13,900 crore. Along with this, BSNL in its release also noted, “We assure the esteemed customers that BSNL has always served the nation especially during difficult times of natural calamities and had provided affordable services throughout India even at remote places. We shall continue to do so in future.” Going by the words of BSNL, it seems that the telco currently has no plans of shutting down operations. On the other hand, it has been active on the consumer front rolling out new plans, prepaid vouchers, revising plans and offers. The telco has also been testing 4G services in many states of India including Kerala, Maharashtra and others. With this situation brewing in the industry, it remains to be seen which turn BSNL takes in the near future.

Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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Lovegin Francis
Lovegin Francis

If all the employees of the bsnl donate their 2month salary in every year it would be sufficient to save bsnl from losses.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

BSNL has the worst employees.
Gave complaint for dead landline many times and they close down the complaint without even bothering to come and check these days. Won’t even pick up the calls. Even after paying over 800rs per month, they are least bothered about customers. I miss Reliance broadband. Fed up of BSNL which has downtime half the month. JIO gives me 5-20 Mbps speeds throughout the day at my home. Thinking of closing BSNL account and just sticking with JIO mobile net.

Patel bhai
Patel bhai

@ Girish Ganda
U do that and one day mota bhai company will end up like chota bhai.
But BSNL will always remain BSNL.
“Jab tak suraj chand rahega BSNL tera naam rehega”

Girish Gowda
Girish Gowda

I don’t wanna pay for services not rendered. Half the time BSNL has issues. If you love BSNL so much, why don’t you pay my BSNL bill then?


Why do you use BSNL if it is so much problematic to you??

Just switch to other operator .

Girish Gowda
Girish Gowda

No other operator near my home. Simple. One fiber operator is just like one road beside mine and he won’t come to my home saying it’s another area.

Patel bhai
Patel bhai

@ Ganda
Mota bhai & chota bhai grew up talking on BSNL

Girish Gowda
Girish Gowda

Why are you calling me your husband?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

I would suggest getting a Jiofi in this case, and recharge 399 plan twice, and add a 100rs plan for 10GB extra data along with the minutes for calling. It would make up the loss for BSNL landline.

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