BSNL employees excited to take VRS; Management not prepared to face staff shortage
Thrissur: The management of the Indian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is all aghast to see the excitement of the employees to apply for the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) as no precautions have been taken to face the consequences of the move.
A meeting of the chiefs of all circles in the country has been called on Monday in this situation. They are directed to put forward suggestions to resolve the problems with VRS. Within eight days of announcing VRS, 75,000 employees have given consent letter.
The scheme will come into force on February 1, 2020. It was announced without planning any alternative to overcome the shortage of staff. The central government had assumed that surplus of staff was the reason for the crisis in the company.
The response of the staff to the VRS was not revealed. Also some trade unions opposed the move. With this, the government and the management believed that the staff are not likely to take favourable stand.
Also action was taken to compel more staff to take VRS. As part of this, fund was not allocated to many BSNL exchanges. Senior employees had to meet the expenses of repairing and maintenance works. None of the bills in this regard were passed.
Many of the exchanges are now functioning with the amount raised by staff of lower rung. All employees of a subdivision in Punjab have applied for VRS.
A nationwide transfer is likely to be implemented after February 1 to resolve the shortage of staff. Clerks and linemen are presently transferred within the district. This is likely to be changed to circle level. Transfer of Junior Telecom Officers (JTO) will be changed from circle level to all India level.