New Delhi, Mar 19 : Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday that the government is making all-out efforts to make Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited competitive. Besides, experienced employees who have taken voluntary retirement in these companies may be considered for reemployment, he added.
Replying to a supplementary question in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour, Prasad said that he wanted to get public sector undertaking operative in telecommunications field. BSNL has done a commendable job in times of flood, cyclone and other incidents of natural calamities. Earlier, Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre said 78,569 employees in BSNL and 14,387 employees in MTNL have sought voluntary retirement.
A majority share of their dues will be given before March 31 and the remaining amount will be given by next year. He also said that in BSNL, the amount spent on salary has now been reduced to half. The employees have been paid till January and arrangements are being made to settle their claims for medical and Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) whereas the Government has allocated over Rs 527 crore to implement the voluntary retirement scheme for them as well.(UNI)