“The refund will be made to ensure support for the revival and revitalisation of BSNL and MTNL in the competitive telecom sector. It shall also help these PSUs to arrange finances to meet basic financial commitments such as operation and maintenance of their telecom network,” the GoM stated as per the media reports.
The Joint Forum of BSNL/MTNL Unions/Associations has been continuously pressurizing the DOT and the Government to refund these charges, which will help the PSUs to reduce their loss and utilise the funds for development. It had also submitted detailed memorandum to the GoM on this subject.
This is not charity, but only refund of the money for the surrender of the airwaves, which the government can again auction for mopping up funds.
The GoM has to take decisions still on the demand of the Joint Forum to mandate all the Central and state Governments and their PSUs that they should use BSNL/MTNL services. The proposal is already with the Government. Another major demand is to waive the Licence Fee for these government companies. Union's pressure should continue in these matters.
(About the Contributor: V.A.N Namboodiri is President of BSNL Employees Union)