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BSNL employees take to the streets

Hundreds of non-executive workers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) took to the streets on Thursday to protest against the Centre’s alleged lack of will to initiate 4G and 5G services under the public utility. Some 600 to 800 BSNL workers formed a human chain at prime locations near their district offices in Karnataka, while 300 gathered in Bengaluru.

The workers told TOI they cannot wait any longer, otherwise the utility will bite the dust. BSNL had been promised 4G rollout several times between 2022 and 2023 by the department of telecommunication, government of India. “They’ve stuck to the timeline of 18 months. Every time we ask them about the progress, they say 18 months. We are certain that 4G infrastructure will not be ready in 18 months from now,” one protester said.

CK Gundanna, state president of BSNL employees’ union, cited a report of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which stated that BSNL had lost over 75,000 subscribers in March and April. Private companies have been granted 5G licence when they don’t even run a telecom company, the protesters argued.

They said the management does not bother much and parrots the telecom ministry’s timeline whenever questions about 4G and 5G services are raised. Operative technicians, junior engineers, contract workers, and pensioners were some of many non-executive staffers protesting.

“We are also demanding a third pay revision and revision of pension along with this. BSNL having 4G services is a promise made in Parliament,” Gundanna said.

In rural areas, where BSNL is considered to have a monopoly, subscription is dwindling quickly. “In the era of 5G, we don’t even have 4G. Now, with work from home being a common practice along with improved methods of study, how will the children, youngsters and adults cope with 3G data given by BSNL?” Gundanna asked.

With a joint forum formed by seven non-executive unions in the country, BSNL employees plan a march to Sanchar Bhavan in New Delhi on July 17 after submitting a memorandum to the governors of all states on June 14. ToI

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