BSNL employees protest, contractor denies charge

SrdAt the protest rally by the BSNL employees in Ludhiana on Friday. Gurmeet Singh

Activists of the Forum of BSNL Executives and Non-Executives Unions and associations comprising BSNL Employees' Union, Sanchar Nigam Executives Association, All India BSNL Executives Association, AIGETOA, National Federation of Telecom BSNL Employees, National Federation of Telecom Employees, and SC/ST Welfare Association of BSNL held a demonstration in front of the BSNL Bharat Nagar office against BSNL contractor Rohit Kumar Sabharwal.

The entire workforce of BSNL, Ludhiana, gathered at Bharat Nagar Chowk and a massive march was taken to the offices of Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, where the members handed over a memorandum to the Police Commissioner demanding immediate registration of an FIR against the contractor.

Addressing the gathering, Balbir Singh, circle secretary, BSNL Employees Union, and Gurpreet Singh, circle president, said the contractors were looting BSNL in the name of housekeeping to the tune of lakhs of rupees.

The members said the contractor was threatening the union leaders over the phone. They alleged that they were being forced to sign bogus bills of the contractor. The matter was reported to GM (telecom), but he took no action against the contractor. Jasbir Singh, another member, said the agitation would continue till some action was taken against the contractor.

However, when contacted, Sabbharwal said, "I have detected two-three big scams in BSNL in which top office- bearers of BSNL are involved. This is the reason for their protest against me. They had rather threatened me, what to talk of me giving them any threats. I am surprised to hear about their allegations of corruption by contractor when all bills have been signed by officers. They should rather contact the ones who sign the bills."

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