The country’s biggest government telecom company BSNL is now preparing to give VRS i.e. Voluntary Retirement to 70 to 80 thousand employees. According to media reports, these employees (BSNL Employees) will be retired by giving an attractive package as soon as they get approval from the central government. BSNL Chairman Praveen Kumar Purwar said these things in an interview given to the media. He has said that there are many employees in BSNL. If 60 to 70 thousand also take VRS then 1 lakh employees will be saved. BSNL has a debt of about 15,000 crore rupees.
Praveen Kumar Purwar told media, “We are earning extra by giving land on lease and rent. Right now we are expecting revenue of 200 crores rupees and this can be easily increased to 1000 crores rupees. This is the annual revenue. We have to emphasize this in the next 12-15 months. We have 68 thousand towers. We have given 13-14 thousand towers to others. We are exploring the possibility of increasing the tenancy of the towers so that additional income can be earned.”
In the year 2008, the subsidiary company of BSNL, MTNL launched the first 3G service in India. In February 2009, BSNL launched 3G service. Private network operators were also given license to launch 3G service in April 2010.
But in the 4G race, BSNL was left far behind. BSNL did not even start its 4G service. BSNL remained with 3G in the era of 4G. Also, BSNL did not reduce the price of its 3G tariff. Due to this BSNL suffered heavy losses.
BSNL is not the only company that has suffered the loss of this 4G race. Around 55 percent of the total revenue of BSNL is spent on the salaries of the employees.
This expenditure increases by eight percent every year. BSNL proposed to the government to meet its expenses by taking loans from banks, but the government declined.