Telcos lose Rs 80 cr due to BSNL stir

New Delhi, March 23 | Updated: Mar 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
The nationwide strike called by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) executives has resulted in a notional loss of business of about Rs 80 crore for industry players (other than BSNL). The communications and information technology minister Dayanidhi Maran on Wednesday informed Parliament that the strike was called off by the BSNL executives.

According to an association representing the industry, at least 5% of the monthly revenue would have been impacted by the strike. Being the countrys leading fixed line player with a huge cellular mobile reach, the strike by BSNL executives has hit almost all the operators (both cellular mobile or fixed line services of other players). The average monthly revenue of the industry is to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore.

A senior official at BSNL told FE some notorious BSNL employees themselves were manually disrupting BSNL STD routes and telephone links. The Union Forum of BSNL Executive Associations had called off their ongoing agitation, unconditionally after a meeting with Mr Maran, BSNL said in an official release.

West Bengal, in particular, had been hit worse due to the strike with the failure of telecommunication links. "We have told them their demands would be heard and asked them to call off their strike in the larger interest of public," Mr Maran said.

The minister has assured that the BSNL management would look into the employees demands, All India BSNL Executive Association general secretary S Basu said.