The AUAB has has written a letter on November 16, to the Secretary, Telecom, demanding cancellation of the Presidential Order issued for the taking over of the ALTTC campus, by the DoT. The AUAB has also demanded a meeting with the Secretary, Telecom, for discussing the issue.
ALTTC is the premier and advanced Training Centre of BSNL. It is spread over 83 acres of land with very good infrastructure for advanced training. The value of this property is estimated around Rs.6,000 crore. Taking over of this property by the DoT is viewed as violation of the Cabinet decision taken at the time of formation of BSNL.
In the year 2000, BSNL was formed by converting the DTS and the DTO into a company. At that time, the Cabinet decided that, the assets and liabilities of DTS / DTO will also be transferred to BSNL. According to this decision of the Cabinet, the entire liabilities were transferred to BSNL. Whereas, the assets are not transferred in the name of BSNL till today. Utilising this as an opportunity, the DoT is taking over the assets of BSNL in various circles.
In the similar fashion, Presidential Order was issued vide letter no.8-9/2020-Asset Management dated 21.02.2022, for the taking over of the ALTTC campus, by the DoT. At that time also, the Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL throughout the country organised agitational programmes, protesting against issuing of the Presidential Order, for taking over the ALTTC campus. Consequent to this, the order issued for the taking over of the ALTTC campus, was kept under abeyance.
However, to the utter surprise and disbelief of the employees of BSNL, order was issued once again on 10th November, 2023, for the taking over of the ALTTC campus by the DoT. This has once again created great resentment among the employees.
Under these circumstances, the meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB), expressed it’s vehement opposition for the taking over of the ALTTC, by the DoT.