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ITS executives want govt to repatriate them from BSNL, MTNL

“We want the government to repatriate 550 ITS officers currently being posted in the BSNL and MTNL, and have been offered a special voluntary retirement scheme (VRS),” said PK Jain, president of the ITSA. The move to offer VRS would put an additio...

, ET Bureau|
Nov 13, 2019, 11.42 AM IST
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New Delhi: Officers of the Indian Telecommunication Services (ITS) have demanded that the Centre repatriate them from the state-owned telecom companies — Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) — saying they are being discriminated against.

“We want the government to repatriate 550 ITS officers currently being posted in the BSNL and MTNL, and have been offered a special voluntary retirement scheme (VRS),” PK Jain, president of the Indian Telecommunication Services Association (ITSA), told ET.

Jain added that the move to offer VRS would put an additional financial burden on the financially-struggling state-run telecom carriers, and the officers deputed in BSNL for years wanted to come back to the government.

The group said they have been discriminated against by restricting the nominations for the selection of BSNL directors for finance, consumer mobility, and enterprise businesses to just 12.

They sought expansion of the selection process to include more ITS cadre officers which, according to Jain, is one of the main grievances.

In October 2019, the Public Enterprises Selection Board, as part of the selection process, shortlisted 12 officials for the selection of the three BSNL directors’ positions.

Of the 12 officers asked to appear for the interview on November 14, seven would have less than a two-year tenure left by the time of the final selection, pointed out some ITS officers.

“The PMO should intervene and direct the Department of Personnel & Training to at least call all eligible persons who had applied for the interview so that the selection will be broad based and ensure fairness,” an ITS officer, who did not wish to be named, said.

Nearly 25 such officers were put aside by the selection board.

In a letter to telecom secretary Anshu Prakash, dated November 5, and seen by ET, the association said that ITS officers were treated as outsiders for the vacancies at BSNL board level without even providing equal opportunity to these deployed officers.

The ITS officers said salary disbursements for the last six months have been delayed, and that they had previously met top officials of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to raise their concerns.

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