NGO for probe on PSU telcom bosses

NGO Telecom Watchdog claims that Anupam Shrivastava has not filed SPR
Mumbai: With the future of the staff of the loss making MTNL and BSNL numbering 40,000 and 2,50,000 respectively at stake, the NGO Telecom Watchdog that was the second petitioner in the 2G scam case with Prashant Bhushan’s Centre for Public Interest Litigation, has written to the Prime Minister asking for an enquiry into the functioning of the twocompanies under Anupam Shrivastava, director holding charge as CMD BSNL, and P.K. Purwar, director (finance), MTNL, who is scheduled to be promoted to CMD of MTNL.
The cumulative loss of both the state-run telecom companies is about Rs 48,778 crore. In 2013-14, it is Rs7,084 crore for BSNL and Rs1,908 cr for MTNL.BSNL has been on the decline for the last five years, and has constantly been seeking bailouts from the government.“Unfortunately, the government has never tried to address the core issue; it is important to “hunt” for the right person for the top post,” said Mr Anil Kumar of Telecom Watchdog.
Mr Kumar said that Mr Shrivastava has not filed his Special Performance Report (SPR) which is mandatory for any director on the board of a central public sector within 30 days on completion of his first year tenure, for confirmation or otherwise. If he fails in SPR grading, he is sent back to his previous position. “It appears not even the DoT insisted for the SPR. The DoT should have played its role as they were aware of BSNL’s performance,” he said.
In the case of Mr Purwar who also holds additional charge as CMD of MTNL, Mr Kumar alleged that he has not been cleared by the CVC despite repeated letters by the DoT.
“Yet, the DoT is pushing for his case for chairman and managing director for some unknown reasons,” said Mr Kumar.
( Source : dc )
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