BSNL's losses narrow to Rs 4,890 crore in April-Dec
State-owned BSNL's losses have narrowed to Rs 4,890 crore for the nine months ended December 31, 2016, from Rs 6,121 crore in the year-ago period. The state-run telecom company posted a 5.8 per cent increase in income from services at Rs 19,379.6 crore during the period under review. The figure stood at Rs 18,314.9 crore in the same period of the previous year. The telecom company expects losses to come down for the full financial year as the fourth quarter is a seasonally strong quarter. "Our revenue from services have risen by 5.8 per cent and the total income is up 7 per cent. It is a good sign," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI. Noting that the losses are down substantially on a year-on-year basis, he said, "the overall loss for the full year is likely to be further lower, as most of the revenue comes in during the fourth quarter." The same was the case in 2015-16, when loss for full year tapered down due to fourth quarter performance, he added. With other income coming in at 42 per cent higher, the total income was pegged at Rs 20,290.5 crore for nine months ending December 2016 against Rs 18,954.4 crore in the same period of the previous year. The telecom PSU reported a loss of Rs 7,019 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 8,234 crore in 2014-15. Its losses have less than halved to Rs 3,880 crore in 2015-16.
On the other hand, the total revenue (which includes revenue from operations and other income) rose from Rs 27,996 crore in 2013-14, to Rs 28,645 crore in 2014-15, and further to Rs 32,919 crore in 2015-16. Communications Minister Manoj Sinha had informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply on December 9, 2016, that BSNL's losses in the April-June quarter of FY17 stood at Rs 1,721 crore while total income was at Rs 7,331 crore. Revenue from operations stood at Rs 7,183 crore during April-June quarter of 2016-17. BSNL's revenue from operation has increased from Rs 26,153 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 27,242 crore in 2014-15, and to Rs 28,449 crore in 2015-16.
Vested interests depriving mobile connectivity to border areas: Arunachal MP to PM Narendra Modi
Residents of some remote villages in the north-eastern border state of Arunachal Pradesh are being denied mobile connectivity services of state-run telecom provider BSNL for over two years by some "vested interests", an MP from the state has alleged in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ninong Ering, the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal East seat, has also faulted some un-named bureaucrats who, he alleged, were "acting unprofessionally" in this case. Ering, in a recent letter to the PM, claimed that despite a "delayed" call of tenders in April 2016 for providing mobile connectivity to his region, "there has been a further delay of over five months even after tenders were evaluated, because USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund) and BSNL are trying to include rejected bidders by manipulating the CVC and tender guidelines."
"Despite your (PM) stated position on speedy execution of public investment projects and inexorable push towards Digital India, it seems vested interests are bent upon denying mobile connectivity to the people of North East region and in particular Arunachal Pradesh, the area that I represent. "..it seems they want to deny the citizens of my villages their very voice. I have already informed about such delays being caused and perpetuated by bizarre action in my letters written (earlier)," Ering said. The MP wondered "if some officials in theUSOF and BSNL are working to distort and bend rules for reasons best known to them, by altering tender conditions, or favouring select bidders, passing the buck and ostensibly pitching for a re-tendering process even when clear biddersare in place," he said. The MP rued that while there are some "shining" bureaucrats in the country who are working hard to push India into a pre-eminent global position, there are "others who sully their example by acting unprofessionally". "It is time such individuals were held accountable for their actions," he said, adding the border areas of his state were "highly sensitive due to sharing of international borders like China and Burma (Myanmar) in particular." "There are many places, villages and even towns which are yet to be exposed to the cellular technology. I therefore, urge you (PM) to personally examine the matter and take the strictest action possible, to prevent further delays in execution of this crucial project," he said. Arunachal Pradesh has two Lok Sabha seats and the other constituency, Arunachal West, is represented by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OFFICIALS WHO HAVE PASSED THE JAO 40% EXAM IN THE REVIEW CONDUCTED BY THE CORPORATE OFFICE
AFTER RELEASE OF THE RESULTS IN SEPTEMBER 2016, THE CHQ TOOK UP WITH THE CMD BSNL REGARDING SEVERAL DISCREPANCIES IN THE QUESTION PAPER, ANSWER KEY ETC.
THE MATTER WAS PURSUED BY THE CHQ WITH THE CMD BSNL AND THE EFFORTS YIELDED FRUITS. THE FINAL RESULTS ARE RELEASED NOW. SOME MORE OFFICIALS HAVE PASSED IN THE EXAMINATION.
WHEN THE DEMAND FOR REVIEW CAME UP, THE RECOGNISED UNION HAS STATED IN ITS WEBSITE AS FOLLOWS.
[09.09.2016]Demand for granting grace marks for the JAO LICE rejected by the Director (HR).
BSNLEU has already written to the BSNL Management, demanding to grant grace marks for the candidates who have failed in the last JAO LICE, by a few marks. The issue was discussed with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, on 07.09.2016. The representatives explained the case in detail, with the justifications. However, the Director(HR) replied that Management is not giving grace marks for any exam, and said that the demand could not be accepted.”
IT IS THE VICTORY OF THE BTEU (BSNL) AS IT PURSUED THE MATTER AND CONVINCED THE MANAGEMENT TO ORDER FOR REVIEW. THE HON'BLE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS WAS ALSO REQUESTED TO INTERVENE IN THIS MATTER BY THE SG ITEF Shri SVS.SUBRAHMANYAM & Shri.R.C.PANDEY, GS BTEU (BSNL)
WE THANK THE HON'BLE MOC, CMD BSNL, DIRECTOR HR, GM FINANCE, GM RECRUITMENT BSNL CO ND FOR THEIR EFFORTS.