Either carry out or “perish” – was Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s terse message throughout his first assembly with the staff of public sector telecom operator BSNL. In a leaked audio from the assembly, he was heard warning the 62,000-strong workforce of the ailing firm that anybody not performing might be made to take voluntary retirement.
He known as the assembly with the senior administration of the corporate on Thursday, days after asserting a Rs 1.64 lakh crore package deal for the revival of BSNL.
“I will be measuring the performance every month. Those who don’t want to work can take voluntary retirement and go home. Or you will be made to take voluntary retirement, like what happened in railways,” he was heard saying within the over five-minute lengthy clip.
To make BSNL financially viable, the Union Cabinet permitted the revival package deal amounting to Rs 1.64 lakh crore on July 27.
“We have done what we were supposed to do and now you need to perform…This is going to be the new normal from now on. Perform or perish. Only your performance can save you in this competitive industry. I want to see the results in the next 24 months. I will see monthly report on your performance,” Mr Vishnaw stated.
Revival measures permitted by the cupboard give attention to infusing recent capital for upgrading BSNL providers, allocating spectrum, de-stressing its stability sheet, and augmenting its fibre community.
“The way the revival package has been made, no other government in the world could have taken such a huge risk as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken. This was not a small allocation,” the minister added.
The cupboard additionally permitted a proposal to merge Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) with BSNL.
Through this merger, BSNL will get an extra 5.67 lakh kilometres of optical fibre which has been laid throughout 1.85 lakh village panchayats within the nation.
Currently, BSNL has an optical fibre cable community of over 6.83 lakh kilometres.