In many places, BSNL quarters are kept vacant for want of occupants. This is more with the officers' quarters. These vacant quarters, due to non-use and non-cleaning quickly becomes damaged, dirty and a health risk.
BSNLEU and Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations had demanded that such vacant quarters can be bulk-allotted to other central governments /state governments /PSUs etc after making agreements with them. In some places, this system has already been implemented getting some money through rent and resulting in keeping the quarters in good condition.
We took up the case for allotment of vacant quarters to retired officials. This has been agreed, although the rent is on the higher side and has to be reduced.
Now there is one more scope if the quarters are still vacant. A demand has come in the CEC meeting of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation meeting that vacant quarters be allotted to BSNL Casual/Contract workers.
This demand is reasonable and can be agreed by the BSNL Management. These workers have been serving DOT/BSNL for the last 20 years or so.
The matter will be taken up with BSNL management by the Union.