New Delhi, Apr 4: Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government of favouring private companies and conspiring to close down public sector enterprises like the BSNL and MTNL and render thousands of their workers unemployed.
Speaking to media persons here, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, referring to the BSNL and the MTNL , the state owned telecom companies who are in a distress due to lack of funds and infrastructure and obtaining the 4g spectrum for which one is not able to manage the license fee, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's model is focussed towards favoring the corporates and bringing down the government owned enterprises .
Mr Surjewala alleged that on one hand PM is ready to save his business friends using the public money and on the other hand the government is unwilling to save its own enterprise and make it better , and not even thinking of those employees of such companies who are on the brink of losing their jobs.
The Congress leader said that combinedly, jobs of 225000 employees of BSNL and MTNL are likely to be taken away post elections.
He further hit-out at the government over reports of LIC putting in Rs 9000 cr into IDBI to save the sinking company and also referred to the cases such as public sector banks trying to save the sinking Jet Airways whereas the government plans to sell Air India.
He said that the BSNL has been denied 4G license by the government. Similarly, MTNL's spectrum license which has to be renewed by April 6 is also going to be cancelled as the company is not able to manage the license fee of Rs 11000 crore as it is not allowed to take loans and neither is the government is ready to provide the funds for the same.
' When MTNL fails to renew the license , automatically the spectrum will be further given to the private players', said Mr Surjewala.
Since December the employees of the these companies are not getting regular salaries.
Thirty once per cent of the are likely to lose their jobs as the elections are over , he added. (UNI)