SNEA(I)/CHQ/GM(SR)/ 3/9-10 Dated 3rd Sept.,10
Sh. Shakeel Ahmed,
BSNL, Corporate office,
Sub; Presentation by Unions/Associations on Sam Pitroda recommendations.
Ref: BSNL/16-1/SR/2010 dated 1st Sept.,10.
Pitroda panel was constituted by Hon’ble PM to take a holistic view of what has
precisely pushed BSNL in the deep crisis that it is in now and suggest a
comprehensive plan of action to turn around BSNL. Panel has come out with a
blue print, addressing, beside other, some fundamental and core issues like
enhancing the quality of senior managers by inducting 30 to 50
professionals from outside on market rate, drastically changing the
composition of the board with only one member from within BSNL,
completing ITS absorption in a time bound manner, introducing innovative
and radical measures for equipment procurement like e – tendering,
adopting managed capacity/services model, inducting young talent
belonging to the Company etc, etc.
It is paradoxical that, while all the vital and critical recommendations of the panel
having real and huge potential of turning around BSNL have been summarily
brushed aside by the government, as is clearly manifest and evident in the
manner selection process for CMD/BSNL is initiated and eligibility criterion is
finalized, this Association is being asked to submit its views on what are
essentially non issues, viewed and analyzed against the backdrop of how the
potential and basic recommendations of the Panel have been set aside, thereby
defeating the very objective of the efforts of Hon’ble PM. Instead of starting
from “A”, efforts are being made to start from “Z” so as to reach a big zero
only and only to ensure that BSNL is finished to finally pave the way for its
privatization. That is the final game plan of the vested interests that have
been and continue to surround BSNL from all corners.
The only issue meriting our opinion, out of the four on which we have been
restricted to express our opinion, thus virtually precluding us from expressing our
views on core issues on which government is not at all interested in initiating any
action, is “inculcating a performance driven culture to create a meritocratic
Organization”. While this issue unquestionably and undoubtedly has huge
scope of turning around BSNL, the key to its successful implementation for
producing tangible results is its implementation and monitoring by
managers having a direct stake in the Company. By any stretch of
imagination, this radical reform, having enormous potential to lift BSNL to
great heights, cannot produce any results unless issue of “ITS absorption
is conclusively resolved”.
To put matters very straight, unless the government addresses the core and
basic issues, identified by the Pitroda panel, any attempt to have a look at other
inconsequential recommendations is an exercise in futility, amounting to simply
beating about the bush, only reinforcing all pervading perception that government
completes lacks seriousness and will and commitment to revive BSNL.
With kind regards,
.( G.L.Jogi )