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RECOGNITION: The Sanchar Sarathy and Sanchar Seva Padak awardees with Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, A. Subramanian (seated second from right), Chief General Manager, BSNL, Tamil Nadu Circle, K. Sridhara (third from right) and Principal Gene ral Manager, BSNL, Coimbatore, A.S. Egaya (fourth from right), in the city on Saturday. - Photo: M. Periasamy.
RECOGNITION: The Sanchar Sarathy and Sanchar Seva Padak awardees with Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, A. Subramanian (seated second from right), Chief General Manager, BSNL, Tamil Nadu Circle, K. Sridhara (third from right) and Principal Gene ral Manager, BSNL, Coimbatore, A.S. Egaya (fourth from right), in the city on Saturday. - Photo: M. Periasamy.

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`BSNL registers 50 per cent growth in profits for the last three years'

Coimbatore: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been registering 50 per cent growth in profits for the last three years, said its Chief General Manager for Tamil Nadu, K. Sridhara.

He was speaking at a function organised here on Saturday to present the Bharat Sanchar Sarathy and Seva Padak awards to five employees of BSNL, Coimbatore.

Though the revenue from basic phone services had been constant without any major variation, that from mobile services had helped the Tamil Nadu Circle of BSNL achieve more than 50 per cent growth in profits over the last three years. Profits had soared from Rs. 450 crore last year to an approximate Rs. 685 crore during the current year, he said. It was the effort and cooperation extended by the employees that made this possible despite frequent fall in tariffs and an increasing competitive atmosphere.

By stepping up the work for increasing the capacity of exchanges and installing Core Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) exchanges at a faster pace, Mr. Sridhara said the waiting list had been brought down and at this rate the total backlog would come down to 5,000 in areas that could not be covered by wired phones or CDMA phones.

The circle had plans to increase the coverage of dataone broadband service from 30 towns to 400 towns in the next one year.

The Principal General Manager of BSNL, Coimbatore, A.S. Egaya, said from an equipped capacity of 14,000 lines the telecom district had released 9,700 connections in about 59 exchange areas. Efforts were on to extend broadband service to 94 towns by the end of this year.

Plan 140

Mr. Egaya said the Plan 140 would be made permanently available in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Pollachi areas with effect from Saturday. The phone with a monthly rental of Rs. 140 would give free calls worth Rs. 60. Call charges above the free pluses would be Rs. 1.20 per pulse. Customers who booked a new phone or migrated to OneIndia plan would be provided with a telephone instrument rich with features such as Calling Line Identification Presentation (CLIP) facility.

The Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, A. Subramanian, lauded the toll free services offered by BSNL.

He presented the Sanchar Sarathy awards to D. Mohan, Telecom Mechanic, V.A. Padmini, Senior Telephone Supervisor, A. Suneesh, Telecom Technical Assistant and the Seva Padak awards to R. Ravinathan, Junior Telecom Officer and A. Sanjeevan, Senior Accounts Officer.

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