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English Release 28-February 2015
Date Month Year
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Text of PM’s reaction on Union General Budget 2015 to DD News
  • PM accepts resignation of Dr. R.K. Pachauri from PM's Council on Climate Change
  • PM welcomes Union Budget; terms it positive and pragmatic
  • PM remembers the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of our scientists on National Science Day
  • Department of Atomic Energy
  • Physics Utsav-2015 at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre inaugurated by Dr. Sekhar Basu, Director, BARC
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Union Budget fulfills aspirations of the North-Eastern Region and J&K, say Dr. Jitendra Singh
  • Min of Defence
  • Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff pays Homage to Valiant Armed Forces Personnel at Noida Shaheed Smarak
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Budget 2015-16 Marks the Beginning of Co-Operative Federalism and Empowerment of the States.
  • Self Employment and Talent Utilisation (SETU) to be Established
  • ATAL Innovation Mission (AIM) to be Set up
  • Corporate Tax to be Reduced and GST to be Implemented
  • National Investment and Infrastructure Fund to be Set up
  • Five New Ultra-Mega Power Projects to be Set Up

    Second Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Station Will be Commissioned in 2015-16

  • Facilities at Cultural World Heritage Sites are to be Restored: Arun Jaitley
  • Arun Jaitley Says Development Should be as Green as Possible
  • Facilities at Cultural World Heritage Sites are to be Restored: Arun Jaitley
  • Education Sector Allocated Rs. 68968 Cr while Rural Development gets Rs 79526 Cr in the Year 2015-16
  • Task Force to Establish a Sector Neutral Financial Redressal Agency to be Set Up
  • Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) to be Set Up
  • Government to Launch A National Skills Mission Soon Aiims to be Launched in J&K, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam in 2015-16
  • Forwards Markets Commission to be Merged with Sebi
  • 8 Centrally Sponsored Schemes Delinked from Support of the Centre
  • No Change in the Rate of Personal Income-Tax and The Rate of Tax for Companies on Income in Financial Year 2015-16
  • A Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) an Electronic Plateform for Financing of Trade Receivables of MSMES
  • Monetising Gold
  • Postal Network Spread Across the Country to be Used for Increasing Access to Formal Financial System
  • Universal Social Security System for all Specially the Poor and the Under-Privileged:
  • Employees Under the Employees Provident Fund(EPF) to be Provided two Options
  • Shri Jaitley Announces Measures to Improve the Ease of Doing Business with
  • Focus to Improve Quality and Effectiveness of Activities Under MGNREGA
  • Benefits to Middle Class Tax Payers in the Budget 2015-16
  • ‘Act East’ Policy of the Government
  • Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank Set up for Small Enterprises in Lending Priority was Given to SC/ST Enterprises
  • Distinction Between Different types of Foreign Investments Done Away to Simplify the Procedure for Indian Companies to Attract Foreign Investment
  • Jaitley’s Budget to Create Jobs through Revival of Growth and Investment with Promotion of Domestic Manufacturing and “Make In India”
  • Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna to be Fully Supported
  • Tax Measures Announced to Promote Swachh Bharat Initiatives and Public Health.
  • Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Outlines Measures to Curb Black Money in Budget 2015-16
  • Effective and Hassle-Free Agriculture Credit with a Special Focus on Small and Marginal Farmers
  • Job Creation Through Revival of Growth and Investment and Promotion of Domestic Manufacturing and ‘Make in India’.
  • Investment In Infrastructure To Go Up By Rs.70,000 Crore In Year 2015-16 Over Year 2014-15
  • Black Money Bill in the Current Session
  • Corporate Tax to be Reduced and GST to be Implemented;
  • Eligible Donations to Swachh Bharat Kosh and Clean Ganga Fund to be 100% Deductible
  • Effective and Optimal Allocation of Natural Resources and Financial Inclusion Among the Priorities of the Government Enunciated in Budget Speech
  • Indirect Tax Proposals to Maximize Benefits to the Economy
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Budget is Pro-People, Balanced, Growth-Oriented, Inclusive and Progressive: Shri J P Nadd
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Rajnath Singh congratulates Arun Jaitley
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme to be Extended to 150 Countries Gradually, Finance Ministe
  • Min of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Sports Minister Sarbanand Sonowal congratulates Indian cricket team

Previous Date

 
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology07-December, 2012 16:07 IST
Implementation of Recommendations of Sam Pitroda Committee on BSNL

           

 

            The Government had set up a Committee under Sam Pitroda to review the functioning of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).  The important recommendations of the Sam Pitroda Committee were as follows:

 

·         Focus on selection of the best professionals from the market at market rates.

·         Appoint an eminent person from the private sector as the Chairman.

·         Separate the post of the Managing Director/ CEO (from CMD). 

·         Change the Board composition to seven directors {one internal (MD/CEO), one non-executive chairman, two government nominee and three external directors}.

·         Provide three year contracts with specific targets for all key management team members.

·         Establish four independent business units for Fixed access, Mobility, Enterprise and New businesses.

·         Complete ITS (Indian Telecom Service) absorption process.

·         Induct significant young talent in Technology, IT, marketing, sales, etc.

·         Retire or transfer around 100K employees through processes like VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme).

 

·         Change procurement processes and procedures substantially using tools such as e-Procurement, vendor rating, rate running contracts, schedules, etc.

·         Disinvest 30% through Indian strategic investor and at Initial Public Offering (IPO) to return 10% to the government and use 20% for employee VRS, expansion and operation.

·         Provide 30 million new high speed broadband connections in the next three years.

·         Unbundle local loop for public and private companies.

·         Proactively offer sharing of active and passive infrastructure to other operators.

·         Enhance rural communication facilities by connecting 250,000 panchayats.

·         Create a separate subsidiary company for tower related infrastructure.

·         Create a separate subsidiary to hold land bank and other real estate assets.

·         Establish a BSNL venture fund to invest and/ or acquire small appropriate technology companies.

 

Telecom Commission deliberated on the recommendations of the Sam Pitroda Committee on improving the performance of the BSNL in its meeting held on 7.7.2010. The Telecom Commission decided to constitute ‘Internal Committee’ under the Chairmanship of Member (Services), Department of Telecommunications to give its recommendations on the report. Accordingly on 19.08.2010, a Committee under the Chairmanship of Member (Services) was constituted.

 

The internal committee submitted its report on 29.10.2010, which was discussed again in Telecom Commission in its meeting, held on 30.11.2010. Telecom Commission has decided the following in the matter:

 

(i)       Taking 30-50 professional from market at market rates changing Board Constitution or separating Chairman and MD posts may not be feasible in only one Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) as it may trigger protest from BSNL and demand for similar treatment by other PSUs.

(ii)      This is not the opportune time for listing & disinvestment of BSNL, as company is on downward performance path & disinvestment may not realize true value of the company.  In absence of listing, option of giving stocks as incentive, to key management is not available for the present.

(iii)     VRS across the board may not be required; BSNL could examine option of VRS for select categories, examining financial burden and cost/benefit of the company.

(iv)    On adopting Managed capacity or managed services model - Internal Committee view that the Board of BSNL may take a view is endorsed.

(v)     Unbundling of the local loop is a commercial decision, which shall be decided by BSNL Board after critically examining the issue.

(vi)    All other issues are operational and commercial issues of BNSL for which the Board is competent to take decisions.

 

The Commission also observed that some of the above issues including items (ii), (iii) and (v) could be revisited if the need arose in the context of any major policy decisions involving restructuring and repositioning of BSNL.

 

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT in written reply to a question in Rajya   Sabha today.

 

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MV/RK

 


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