BSNL employees may not get salary hike this time: Reports

BSNL, the state-run telecom operator, is leaving no stone unturned to become a profitable entity in the highly competitive telecom market, which is ruled by private carriers. In a bid to further solidify its efforts, the PSU may decide not to give its employees salary hike as announced in the seventh pay commission if the company runs in loss in the coming year.


BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava, according to media reports, said that the employees of the company won’t get the benefit of the salary hike if the company runs in loss in 2015-16.

“This is the most crucial year in the history of BSNL, because 2017 will be the year when our salaries are going to be revised as a third PRC (Pay Review Committee), and let me tell you … unless we are profitable the salary is not going to be revised,” Shrivastava was quoted as saying.

BSNL’s salary expense is Rs 15,000 crore, which is more than the top line of many private and government PSUs.
The PSU, which had been posting losses since the previous four years, posted an operating profit of Rs 672 crore for the financial year 2014-15 compared to an operating loss of Rs 691 crore in the previous fiscal.

The telco is looking to increase the profit further, and within another two to three years (2018-19) it is aiming to achieve net profit, according to Shrivastava, who also said that 2017 is a very important year and the telco has to make sure that this year profit and loss account looks good.

“I have instructed all my IFA’s that their prime duty is to look towards the revenue. Gone are the days when we were sitting and only signing on the file. No, revenue is your prime responsibility,” Shrivastava further added.

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February 4, 2016 2:52 pm 2:52 PM
I was going through the comments, that the employees should be sacked and they just dont do any work, sit ideally all along the day and play games. So i though of doing some research on, how the company is doing financially. Interestingly i found a link in which TRAI says that BSNL added 2 Million new mobile subscribers in the Month of Jan 2016. I digged further and found that the Data clocked by BSNL has become 4 times in the last 3 years or so. (All this is listed by the TRAI) So i just want to roll… Read more »
February 2, 2016 1:51 pm 1:51 PM
If BSNL & MTNL are privatized then what will happen?? Owner of them will get most benefit from vast infrastructure of BSNL/MTNL, they will increase rates of the services( may be they improve quality ), AND rest private players will skyrocket the prices of telecom services. AND who will be first to cry of price hikes??? Those who are now advocating for privatization of BSNL /MTNL… Just because BSNL MTNL are Government companies and making loss, provides services which are not good compare to private operators, doesn’t becomes target for privatization. There are other ways to revive them, and at… Read more »
S Gopal
February 2, 2016 9:09 pm 9:09 PM


Madhan Kumar
February 2, 2016 8:27 pm 8:27 PM


AK Sharma
February 2, 2016 12:22 pm 12:22 PM
I went to a BSNL office nearest to my house. Here The Junior Engineers of BSNL have knowledge about latest offers and plans as well as other knowledge about computer basics and broadband related problems. They also respond quickly with to all my queries and doubts. This type of people in BSNL deserves to stay. And I am sure these young engineers can make the BSNL profitable if they get coordination and co-operation from higher authority. But union leaders either deserve to get out from BSNL or should be upgraded with current day training and product knowledge about all the… Read more »
S Gopal
February 2, 2016 1:13 pm 1:13 PM

Down South too, the Junior Engineers of BSNL seem to be a class apart. They are really very good. Such bright young minds will be affected if at the starting of their career they will not receive a pay hike and it might lead to an exodus to other operators. This blanket non-implementation of pay hike is unfair. They have to find a way around this blanket ban and reward employees who are working hard and executing their duties otherwise such a measure to get the company profitable might boomerang on the apex management’s plan.