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BSNL Employees Union calls for protest against asset monetisation

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New Delhi, Aug 27: The BSNL Employees Union has called upon all employees of the state-run telco to protest on Friday against the Centre’s asset monetisation plan.

In a statement, the employees union alleged that in the name of “National Monetisation Pipeline” (NMP), the government has decided to hand over the national assets at throw away price to the corporates.

“The argument of the government that, the ownership of these assets will continue to remain with the government itself, is nothing but a ‘sugar-coated poison’,” it said.

“To express its opposition to Monetisation, BSNLEU calls upon the entire BSNL employees to organise protest Lunch Hour Demonstrations throughout the country tomorrow, 27.08.2021.”

As per the union, it is disturbing that the government has decided to hand over 2.86 lakh kilometre of Bharatnet Optic Fibre, as well as 14,917 mobile towers of BSNL and MTNL.

“Accordingly, the entire high speed internet backbone of the country, constructed with the people’s money, is going to be handed over to the corporates. Similarly, the handing over of the 14,917 mobile towers to the corporates, is nothing but the beginning of privatisation of BSNL and MTNL. The handing over of the mobile towers to the corporates will deliver a body blow to BSNL and MTNL,” said the statement.

Amid the criticism of the National Monetisation Pipeline, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday had said that under the plan nothing will be sold off and there will mandatory handing back of the assets to the government.

The NMP targets to raise Rs 6 lakh crore through asset monetisation of Central government, over a four-year period, from FY22 to FY25.

As per the government only under-utilised brownfield assets will be monetised.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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