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BSNL employees on hunger strike, serious accusations levelled at management

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New Delhi: Employees of the country’s state-owned telecom company BSNL have serious accusations against the management. Employees said that management was forcing them to seek voluntary retirement (VRS). They are being pressurised into taking VRS.

At the same time, the employees alleged that, if we disobey them, we will be transferred to some other place and their age limit for retirement will also be reduced. Employees have decided to sit on hunger strike from today.

Not voluntary compulsory retirement scheme

All India Unions and Association of BSNL says, this is not a voluntary retirement but a compulsory retirement scheme. According to the union, they are not opposed to the VRS scheme, but as the name of the scheme is voluntary retirement, how appropriate is it to threaten them? While the scheme is not beneficial for the lower level employees, they are being forced to accept it.

Why VRS sought?

The government telecom company is constantly undergoing loses.  According to the company, by now, an estimated 77,000 employees have already taken VRS. The company has a total of 1.6 lakh employees. According to the company, if 80,000 employees leave the company with VRS, the company will save Rs 7000 crore. Therefore, management wants employees to leave for voluntary retirement.