“Staff corner” a site dedicated for Central Government Employees report as follows:--
Government employees as well as public sector officials may have to surrender private phones and broadband connections and opt for MTNL and BSNL. The move is as part of the government's plan to improve the finances of the two PSUs. This fowwlows the model followed favouring Air India, by which the government officers, PSU executives and those working for autonomous bodies funded by the Centre are bound to fly. "They may be making losses, but MTNL and BSNL are public assets. We are working on this proposal as part of measures to support their revival," said a government official, defending the plan.
MTNL, which operates in Delhi and Mumbai, has been accumulating losses since 2008-09. In 2012-13, the company registered a loss of over Rs 5,300 crore on annual revenue of a little under Rs 3,500 crore. The losses for BSNL, as per unaudited results, were close to Rs 8,200 crore in 2012-13, compared to around Rs 8,850 crore in 2011-12. BSNL has been in the red since 2009-10. "The basic idea is to ensure that whatever money is spent by the government on telecom usage, it goes to BSNL and MTNL," a senior BSNL executive said.
The proposal has been sent for inter-ministerial consultations by the telecom department and if approved, it will be submitted before the group of ministers (GoM) that has been tasked to work out the revival of the telcos, highly-placed sources said. The GoM is headed by finance minister P Chidambaram. The Centre may also issue an advisory to the state governments to follow a similar line, "but we cannot ensure that they adhere to the proposal", a source said.
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