No light at the end of tunnel before Diwali for BSNL, MTNL employees

Both MTNL and BSNL employee unions have already served the notices to their management about the proposed agitation

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The loss-making public sector telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has agreed to pay salary to its 1.5 lakh employees from the month of September. BSNL CMD PK Purwar told a news agency that the telecom giant will pay salary to its employees before Diwali.

He said that the BSNL’s salary bill was ₹850 crore a month, whereas the company revenue inflow was ₹1,600 crore a month.

According to the reports, the salary of nearly 1.8 lakh employees of BSNL along with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has not been paid. While the salary of nearly 22,000 MTNL employees has not been paid for the month of August and September, the salary of nearly 1.58 lakh BSNL employees has not been paid for the last month.

Earlier last week, the government had announced dearness allowance of five per cent for the central government employees which will cost them ₹16,000 crore a year. The announcement was made despite the salaries of 1.5 lakh employees of the two PSUs are still pending.

Therefore, MTNL employees have decided to take out a candlelight protest march from India Gate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on Wednesday evening. On the other hand, representatives of nearly 10 odd employee unions and associations of BSNL will observe a one-day hunger strike on Friday to press for their demands, including payment of salary.

Both MTNL and BSNL employee unions have already served the notices to their management about the proposed agitation.

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