India’s primary public telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), has developed an internal rift, between the employees and the management. The Company’s employee unions have initiated a campaign to remove the chairman and managing director of the PSU, Pravin Kumar Purwar. All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) called for an agitation, via a circular on September 27, which urged employees to come together to raise their demands, primary among them being the removal of the CMD.
The union members would be wearing black badges and hoisting blag flags during the demonstration, which will be organised on October 26, 2021. The protesters will demand settlement of a charter of demands.
This month, AUAB will be starting a campaign on social media to demand the removal of Purwar from the post.
The Union has specified that they believe that Purwar was responsible for the “all round failure” of the Company. The mismanagement of the revival package allocated to the firm in 2019 was a major disappointment under his leadership. The AUAB holds the CMD responsible for the failure of the revamp operation.
BSNL sits at around Rs 30,000 crores in losses at the moment. The Union has alleged that there was a lag of about four to five months in the salary disbursement earlier, which has somewhat improved of late. However, the AUAB alleges that BSNL still fails to disburse salary on the due date despite around 80,000 employees leaving BSNL by opting for the voluntary retirement scheme.
Purwar is the current CMD of BSNL as well as MTNL. He has led the latter for over five years.