From past few days days several top media houses of the country have been reporting that in a top level board meeting meeting of the BSNL it has been decided that around 54,000 employees would be released from their jobs. The news, naturally created furores across the country as so many people losing their jobs at the same time could prove to be fatal for both them personally and for the nation as a whole. The reports were further fuelled by several social media activists and self styled news checkers, who in this saw an opportunity to attack the incumbent Narendra Modi led Government.
However now, a tweet by none other than the CMD of BSNL, Anupam Srivastava has emerged, refuting all such reports and remuours. In fact, the tweet was made hours after the top level board meeting, on Wednesday night. But for some reason it did not grab the attention of the people.
Srivastava in his Tweet had clarified that a number of decisions were taken as part of a turnaround of the company, which include 4G spectrum allotment and lucrative Voluntary Retirement Schemes (VRS) for those employees willing to opt for them. Apart from this, the reports about a huge cut in number of employees doesn’t hold any air.
“Turnaround of #BSNL being devised by @DoT_India & @BSNLCorporate includes allotment of 4G spectrum & offering lucrative VRS to willing staff. Reduction of retirement age or laying off employees is not at all being considered. BSNL denies any such media appearances in this regard.” Srivastava tweeted.
The rumours first started spreading after Deccan Herald on Wednesday after the meeting reported that the BSNL board approved the proposal to layoff over 54,000 employees as a part of a retrenchment plan, the final call on which was likely to be taken after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The report also said the teleco’s board had given a green signal to three of 10 suggestions put forth by an expert government panel set up by the Centre, which included reduction in retirement age from the existing 60 years to 58 years, VRS for all employees aged 50 years and above, and fast-tracking allocation of 4G spectrums to BSNL.