In another sign of worry in the telecom division, government-claimed BSNL did not pay salaries to over 1.76 lakh employees in February. The story isn’t altogether different at MTNL, the other telecom PSU, whose employees have been getting postponed pay rates for as long as a couple of months, including last month.
BSNL Employees Yet To Receive February Month Salaries
J.J. Mathias, president, MTNL Executives’ Association, told, “Generally we get our salary credited by the end of the month. December salary was credited on January 5, 2019, January salary was credited on February 21 and we are yet to receive our salaries for February.”
On Wednesday, however, a senior government official said MTNL was given ₹171 crore by the Department of Telecom, and the administrator and overseeing executive were told to pay the salaries.
“This amount was an internal settlement… it was due to MTNL,” the official said. BSNL employees too would get their salaries before the Holi festival (on March 21). There were some technical issues, otherwise BSNL would also have got funds on Tuesday itself. “For this, ₹850 crore will be generated through internal resources.”
BSNL, in a statement, said the pay rates of employees in Kerala, Jammu, and Kashmir and the BSNL Corporate office (barring senior officers and the Board) had just been launched while the pay rates for outstanding circles would be dispensed before March 21. BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Srivastava did not react to calls and messages sent by the source.
“We salute the resolve & dedication of our BSNL colleagues across the country. We shall emerge stronger & better. We have the unstinted support of the govt. BSNL’s own cash flow would be utilized for salaries before the festival of colour,” said Mr. Srivastava in a tweet.
MTNL CEO Pravin Kumar Purwar told, “In any organisation, there can be some issues here and there. We have already ordered to make the payment of salaries on March 14. So there are no issues as far as MTNL is concerned. I am making payment for electricity bills and all statutory payments in time.”
The government is mulling a revival package for the two PSUs, including about ₹8,000 crore VRS package for employees. This was also taken up for discussion at the February meeting of the Digital Communications Commission, the highest decision-making body for the telecom sector. However, no decision on it was taken.