Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) official was caught red-handed during a meeting with Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and was forced to take VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme). After the announcement of the relief package of Rs 1.64 lakh crore, Vaishnaw had asked the BSNL employees to work hard and turn things around. The minister had asked the employees to leave their “Sarkari attitude” and focus on customer satisfaction to compete with the private telecom companies.
According to a PTI report, Vaishnaw caught a CGM (Chief General Manager) sleeping in the meeting and asked him to leave the room immediately. Furthermore, CGM was forced to take VRS, which is already approved. The concerned officer here was serving as CGM, Quality Assurance and Inspection in Bengaluru.
Vaishnaw had already warned the employees that those not working would be forced into early retirement. It seems his words were not empty threats. This situation would definitely instill some fear in the employees of BSNL who have not worked well or are taking things for granted.
BSNL employees are set to take things to the next level for the state-run telco, which plans to launch home-grown 4G in 2023. There could be a few soft launches in select parts of the country by the end of 2022. But nothing is confirmed for now.