There were over 2,00,000 tweets with the hashtag #IndianeedBSNL on social media platform Twitter.
The government's plan to revive BSNL should be in public domain within a month, the chairman of the troubled telecom firm said on Monday. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director P K Purwar also said that the salary of all employees will be paid before Diwali.
The law and telecom minister acknowledged that there are problems in the telecom sector, which are being looked upon by the government.
Purwar said the Rs 850-crore pay-out would be given before Diwali “from our own resources on accruals”
Dismissing rumours about the state-owned operator's closure, heads of both Calcutta Telephones that looks after the Kolkata circle and the West Bengal telecom circle said deployment of 4G equipment is progressing at a rapid pace.
A group of ministers headed by Home Minister Amit Shah has approved a revival plan proposed by the DoT.
BSNL said the plan entails a reasonable package comprising components like a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), 4G spectrum and allowing monetisation of assets available with it
The underlying basis of scrapping interconnect usage charges (IUC) was the maximisation of consumer welfare in a sustained manner and adoption of more efficient technologies that are vital for orderly growth of the telecom services sector in India.
The employees have also planned lunch-hour protests and want to know what the government is doing to revive the two companies.
The government had earlier rejected a Rs 74,000 crore bailout package for BSNL and MTNL.
The direction has come after the finance ministry raised objections to a proposal moved by the telecom department (DoT) for reviving the two PSUs.
Purwar also said that the government will not be helping the telecom company with the funds, but it will help BSNL to resolve certain legacy issues.
The letter comes days after reports said that the finance ministry had proposed the closure of the troubled PSU.
It should not be viewed as selling the family silver but for changing the structure of PSUs and improving their efficiency.
BSNL’s Rs 777 plan sits between JioFiber Bronze and JioFiber Silver Plan.
BSNL has informed employees about its intention to impose a penalty on non-achievement of targets, the report said.
Saddled with past claims and HR-related bills from the two cash-strapped firms, DoT has now shot-off letters to the two ailing corporations asking them to withdraw such employees.
The Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said the government wants that BSNL should be promoted and it is the "top priority".
JioFiber offers several monthly and annual plans for its users, which come with additional benefits and free gifts
Under section 197 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), prior sanction from a competent officer is needed to prosecute a government servant for alleged criminal act done in discharge of his official duty and "no court shall take cognizance of such offence except with the previous sanction".
The move comes at a time when BSNL is facing mounting pressure on its financials, and it even delayed payment of employee salaries for the second time this year.
Employees Union of BSNL, however, has alleged that the land parcels proposed to be transferred to the SPV at value of Rs 20,210 crore are at prime locations of big cities and are "grossly undervalued".
The number of employees of BSNL stands at 1,65,179 and the total employee cost is a staggering 75 percent of the total income of the company.
A BSNL employee union had last week claimed that the salaries of employees for July had not been paid on the due date and they had not been informed by the management about when the payments would be cleared.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) to produce the report on August 9, the next date of hearing in the matter.