MTNL, BSNL asset monetization plan may face hurdles: Ravi Shankar Prasad

By May 28th, 2016 AT 1:42 PM

The asset monetization plan for state-run telcos BSNL and MTNL has started already started to face hurdles due to predefined rules and regulations, even as the Telecom Ministry is trying hard to get the revenues up for these PSUs. According to a PTI report, the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the precondition of using the land for telecom infrastructure at time of allotment may prove to be a hurdle. He said that some local support will be required to ensure that such plans go through smoothly.


The government has already formed a high-level committee at the departmental level to look into how to utilise the excess land holdings of MTNL and BSNL, Prasad said, adding that the boards of these companies have been empowered to take the right decisions.

Prasad said that the government wants MTNL’s revenue to increase, not only in terms of improving connectivity and consumer base, but also in optimum utilisation of their resources and infrastructure.

According to the Minister, MTNL had reported a profit of Rs 10,000 crore when the Vajpayee government demitted office. He added that the PSU was reeling under losses of Rs 8,000 crore at the end of a decade of Congress rule. “The employees have to come together and collectively ensure improvement in the financial conditions of these units,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Photo and Image Files

Recent Posts

One Set-Top Box for All Providers Will be a Reality By End of 2019: Trai

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has said that it plans to roll out interoperability of set-top-boxes by the...

Competition in the Indian Telecom Market is Expected to Rationalise: Vodafone Idea

The telecom sector is being taxed like non-essential items such as liquor and cigarette, instead of being treated as critical...

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 Confirmed to Sport 4000mAh Battery and Splash Protection

Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi Y3 in India on April 24 as the Chinese company already scheduled its launch...