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Bengal govt. owes ₹46 crore to BSNL, CM’s intervention sought: official

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With its inability to recover dues, the cash-starved telecom company has not been able to meet its own payment obligations, BSNL (Bengal Circle) CGM Ramakant Sharma said

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) claimed that the West Bengal government owed ₹46 crore to the telecom operator and urged the State to expedite the payment as it has been facing a cash crunch.

With its inability to recover dues, the cash-starved telecom company has not been able to meet its own payment obligations, BSNL (Bengal Circle) CGM Ramakant Sharma said on Monday.

“The State government owed ₹46 crore and we have asked the State Chief Secretary to expedite payment of the dues with the various departments,” he said.

BSNL Bengal Circle, which had failed to clear power dues of ₹17 crore to the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL), also sought a moratorium till March 2020, he said.

“We have sought a moratorium till March 2020 for the payment of power dues and requested the State not to cut off electricity connection,” Mr.Sharma said.

BSNL apprehended that under the current situation it will not be able to meet the power bill obligations in full till next March, he said.

“In the last two to three months, we have not been able to pay the power bills in full. Now, the dues come to ₹17 crore. We have requested the State government to give us more time and the dues would be cleared in the next four installments post March 2020,” he said.

BSNL (Kolkata Circle) CGM Biswajit Paul said their power dues were up to ₹8-10 crore, owed to CESC and WBSEDCL.

He, however, said that the dues were “not alarming” and so far there had been “no issue” with the two power utilities.

BSNL sources said Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad has written to the Chief Ministers of several States, including West Bengal, seeking their intervention for granting the moratorium to the State-owned telecom operator.

The Centre has approved a plan to revive the ailing PSU telecom operator and it has also floated a VRS scheme which received good responses from the employees.

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