Guwahati: The Assam circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Friday clarified that recent media reports regarding the closure of the government-aided telecom service provider are completely fabricated and untrue.
Addressing media persons amidst speculations over the development, chief general manager of BSNL, Assam Circle, Sandeep Govil clarified that there is no such proposal with the government of India about the closure of BSNL and MTNL telecom services as it is a 100% government-owned public sector unit and has a robust network infrastructure across the country.
The BSNL state chief further informed that the recent media reports dated to October 9 and 10 about the recommendations of union finance ministry for the closure of BSNL is completely fabricated and made with a vested interest as the reports clearly lack authenticity as it is quoted as a source from the finance ministry.
“BSNL’s market share is improving day by day and is providing services to a different category of customers including strategically important defence sector across the country, so there is no question of shutting it down”, Govil added.
Bringing attention to a speech made by the union telecom minister at the parliament after swearing-in of the new government earlier this year, Govil said that the centre will announce a special revival package for BSNL very soon and in this regard, a group of ministers has been formed for monitoring purposes.
“Top ministers of the Union government including honourable home minister Amit Shah and the union finance minister is also a member of the group of ministers,” Govil informed.
Talking about BSNL’s future plan in Assam, the senior official informed that the telecom service provider is planning to launch 4G services and has started operating it in nearly 14 districts and eight more districts across the state will be completed by this month.
Adding to it, Govil also informed that BSNL Assam circle has recently signed an agreement worth Rs 25 crore with the state government to establish nearly 77 public facilitation centres across all districts of the state.
“BSNL will establish these centres in the next two to three months and will provide people with all kind of digital services through it”, Govil said.
Meanwhile attacking its immediate competitor in telecom services for the recent change in tariffs, the top BSNL official said that a telecom company that has once promised of providing free calling service to its customers now has started charging for every call made to other operators.
“BSNL will never indulge in such kind of profit-making tactics and it is very clear as we were the first telecom service provider in the country to provide our customers with free incoming calls at a time when other operators charged at least Rs 4 to 5 for the same,” he added.