In support of their demands – most important being revival of loss-making Bharat Sanchar Nagam Limited, its employees have planned a two-day strike in April. Services will be affected as faults on lines cannot be attended and subscribers might not be able to pay their bills on those two days.Members of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, Tamil Nadu Circle, alleged that the BSNL had suffered losses since 2009 owing to its pro-private sector policy. Association convenor S. Chellappa told presspersons here that the BSNL had incurred losses because of non-purchasing of equipment and cancellation of tenders. Although there was a demand from customers for more mobile connections, BSNL was unable to expand its operations because of lack of equipment.“We plan to go on strike on April 21 and 22 to insist on various demands, including merging Bharat Broadband Network Limited with BSNL and the latter’s expansion,” he said.Over 2.5 lakh BSNL workers will be taking part in the all-India strike, including 8,000 in Chennai.
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