Industry

Released salary payment for July: BSNL Chief

Distressed telecom PSUs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and BSNL have been making losses and have faced challenges in clearing staff salaries in the recent past

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on Monday said that it has released salaries of employees for payment for the month of July.

The salary payments are being funded out of internal accruals, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director PK Purwar told PTI.

A BSNL employee union had last week claimed that the salaries of employees for July had not been paid on the due date and they had not been informed by the management about when the payments would be cleared.

Mr. Purwar had said that the salaries would be cleared on August 5.

“BSNL has already released the salary of employees, for which the funds have been transferred to the banks,” Mr. Purwar said on Monday.

Losses

Distressed telecom PSUs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and BSNL have been making losses and have faced challenges in clearing staff salaries in the recent past.

The two PSUs had delayed payment of salaries for February until mid-March due to a financial crisis. BSNL had then said that it used its internal accruals to clear the pending wages.

The Telecom Department is preparing a rescue plan for the two companies in the form of a revival package that entails components like voluntary retirement scheme, asset monetisation, and allocation of 4G spectrum.

The Telecom Department is also “working on” a proposal for merger of cash-strapped PSUs as part of efforts to revive the ailing State-owned telecom firms.

BSNL’s loss is estimated to be around ₹ 14,000 crore with a decline in revenue to ₹ 19,308 crore during 2018-19. The public sector firm’s provisional loss was ₹ 4,859 crore in 2015-16, ₹ 4,793 crore in 2016-17, ₹ 7,993 crore in 2017-18 and is estimated to swell to ₹ 14,202 crore in 2018-19, according to information presented in Parliament.

The number of employees of BSNL stands at 1,65,179 and the total employees’ cost is a staggering 75% of the total income of the company.

Private players on the other hand have very low employee cost. Airtel has 20,000 workers and the employees’ cost is 2.95% of the income while Vodafone with 9,883 employees has the cost pegged at 5.59%.

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