750 BSNL employees may be offered VRS

Sushant Ranjan
Saturday, 6 April 2019

The VRS offer will lead to exit of 54,000 staffers (30 per cent of total strength). The board has accepted a proposal to reducing close to 54,000 employees and is said to be waiting for elections to get over before taking the final call.

PUNE: Around 750 employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Pune may be offered the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) option. There are reports of BSNL board approving recommendations on reducing the retirement age to 58 from the current 60.

The VRS offer will lead to exit of 54,000 staffers (30 per cent of total strength). The board has accepted a proposal to reducing close to 54,000 employees and is said to be waiting for elections to get over before taking the final call.  A members of the BSNL union in Pune said that at its March meeting, the BSNL board approved three out of 10 suggestions put forth by an expert panel set up by the government.

“We opposed the government’s proposal to implement a voluntary retirement scheme, alleging that it is a strategy to reduce the PSU’s workforce before handing it over to a private player. There is an age limit of 60 years in all central government organisation, then why the government is playing age game only with BSNL employees,” he said.

The union said Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha had given assurance in 2018 that BSNL would be allotted spectrum for 4G services but it is pending. The employees union said the government should immediately allocate 4G spectrum for financial revival and help BSNL financially by extending the soft loan for the expansion of its networks.

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