BSNL employees unions to go indefinite strike from March 17, may impact its users

The eight Unions of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have decided to go nationwide indefinite stir from March 17 to protest against by the Narendra Modi government to consider the public sector unit as sick industry. The decision may impact its services among its subscribers in India if it happens.

The BSNL employees would be submitting a letter to Prime Minister on February 25 signed by one crore people while urging him not to grant the sick PSU status to BSNL. The unions have alleged the lack of financial support by the government to BSNL.


“BSNL is suffering losses as it is providing connectivity to rural areas. The cost of setting a landline connection in these areas works out to Rs 15,000 per connection but we are able to collect only Rs 180 or Rs 190 per month as user charges,” said M Kanniappan, BSNL employees union president.

Kanniappan alleged that it is the private sector which is using the infrastructure of BSNl and now they have even stopped paying access deficit charges.

On the other hand, the much-awaited merger of telecom public sector undertakings (PSUs), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), is likely to take place in July as the two companies look at synergising operations by offering services as a single entity.

At present, BSNL offers services in the entire country except Delhi and Mumbai. MTNL provides telecom services in these two zones.

The total debt of the two firms increased to Rs.21,208 crore at the end of June 2014. The public sector firms are also losing market share.

Plus, the market share of BSNL has been reduced to 12.3% at the end of May 2014 from 13.27% at the end of March 2012, while that of MTNL stood at 4.83% at the end of May 2014.

Lastly, MTNL recorded a net loss of Rs.5,321.12 crore in an annual revenue of Rs.3,428.6 crore in 2012-13. BSNL’s losses, according to unaudited results stood at Rs.8,198 crores for 2012-13.

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February 3, 2015 12:32 pm 12:32 PM

If the unions really go for a “strike” no one call say they are “sick”………

Goutam Guha
April 8, 2015 10:50 pm 10:50 PM

How funny the strike in BSNL. Workers enjoy leave without submission of any kind of leave. Also get salary for the day or period of strike. Management do not take any action for implementation of its circular No Work No Pay. Public do not get any service during strike. The company is hundred percent state owned. Public money is misused on strike day as salary is being paid on strike also. Unions are not interested to restore the discipline in BSNL.

February 3, 2015 2:12 am 2:12 AM
Dear all, I’m here not to justify the BSNL guys are not working. In any sector you may see there is mixture of working and not working staffs. BSNL is being a public sector here also the same condition exists. Here I’m listing some reasons why people of India should support BSNL 1.But still there are many dedicated peoples are working here probably many of you friends came across them. 2. There are certain reasons why BSNL is struggling in this stiff private competion. 3. No of towers owned by private operators are more than BSNL. You may ask why… Read more »
February 7, 2015 2:36 pm 2:36 PM

one of the worst thing about bsnl employees is their CHALTA HAI attitude..they know that even if they dont work they will be getting up customer care..some idiot picks up the phone who instead of solving the problem provides u a complaint number, and u know that your complaint will never be redressed again..worst is the 3G service..weak 3G enabled BTS led to no 3G service indoors..IN calcutta circle even in kolkata itself 3G speeds are abysmally low..when will employees understand..bsnl is not sick..ITS IN COMA… wake up..

S. Chat.
February 13, 2015 11:35 pm 11:35 PM
We, the customers of BSNL i.e. Kolkata telephones, gets worst service and behavior from this Govt. Organization. In land line, most of the time phone remains dead and several docket gets no response. In mobile service, most of the time the signal remains blank. Personally I’m facing the network problem. Once it was common that if power cut happens then BSNL mobile signal will become blank. Now signal remains blank frequently for two or three though power remains. And, if you go for any kind of service at local exchange, then the remaining interest to keep and support BSNL will… Read more »
February 1, 2015 10:55 pm 10:55 PM
i had one experience in BSNL. When i entered to BSNL CSC i find they are happily reading the Newspapers in front of other customers and not doing the work as well. When i asked abt some e-mail plan renewal they say we do not do here u have to go to other place and after finishing my talk again they are reading newspapers and talking to some one else. I came back home and complained in PGPORTAL and in the next few days the same CSC/person i went called me by saying that we will renew the plan so… Read more »
February 3, 2015 4:02 pm 4:02 PM

Dear Customer,utmost sorry for your incidence.If you face any problem in future please contact BSNL administration department immediately.

February 2, 2015 8:40 pm 8:40 PM

I am talking only about my area. I have ISD facility enabled in the BSNL landline. I think this is the only reason the persons attend the complaints promptly.

I know technically about the upload, download and link speed. So even if they answer in a irresponsible manner, my questions make them work punctual for my connection.

S Gopal
February 2, 2015 5:35 pm 5:35 PM
You are quite accurate in the description provided of a quintessential CSC of BSNL. I must admit that the level of air-conditioning in CSCs is so effective that the customer service executives are chilled out that they are ice cold towards the customer’s requirements. The older the person, unfortunately, the less the interest. In a Circle Head Office premises CSC they have made a young employee sit with a register to take a note of the customer’s number and note the complaint and she doubles up as the resolution personnel. If she gets the drift of the problem she comes… Read more »
February 2, 2015 3:44 pm 3:44 PM

Bsnl almost maximum workers are uncle and grandfathers thats the reason behind losses they read newspaper,timepass simply talking with each other about the countries politics bla bla bla and are simply not aware of th e importance of Digital india mission.