- Chairman of BSNL, Pravin Kumar Purwar said in an interview that around 50 percent of the employees from the state-run telecom carrier will be asked to leave as voluntary retirement.
- As of now, BSNL has 1.65 lakh employees.
The state-owned telecom enterprise BSNL has now confirmed that 50 percent of the employees will be asked to leave, and the process shortly begin. This comes with the protest which has erupted all across the nation against this. It is to be seen will Govt. again intervene and infuse emergency funds now?
Chairman of BSNL, Pravin Kumar Purwar said in an interview that around 50 percent of the employees from the state-run telecom carrier will be asked to leave as voluntary retirement.
This scheme of VRS or Voluntary Retirement Scheme will be offered to these 50 percent employees in the upcoming days.
He said, “One of the proposals under discussion is the VRS. We are looking forward to 70,000 to 80,000 employees, and make it attractive for the employees, so that they can see value in the VRS.”
When he was asked how will the company manage if so many employees leave altogether, then he mentioned that even after removing those 80,000 employees, 1 lakh employees will be still working. As of now, BSNL has 1.65 lakh employees.
The primary objective here is to save money and enable BSNL to survive.
He said, “The staff cost in MTNL and BSNL can be reduced. We all know that BSNL’s employee cost is 75% of the revenue. The number of persons in the organisation are far higher than the competitors.”
BSNL Employee Protest For August Salary
According to the BSNL Employees Union, it is absolutely clear that the employees still haven’t received their August Salary and protests have erupted all across the nation.
According to P Abhimanyu who is the general secretary of the BSNL Employee Union are sad, heartbroken and devastated as there is no communication about when will the salary be credited. There are uncertainty and chaos everywhere. More than 70 percent of the contract workers also haven’t received their salaries since February.
Union believes that this is a tactic used by the government to force more and more employees to take VRS and leave the company. More than 2000 employees have been asked to leave already.
The employee cost of BSNL is 75.06 percent and that of MTNL is 87.15 percent of their total income which is much more than the private telecom companies which vary between 2.9 to 5 percent.