'Perform Or Perish': Vaishnaw Warns BSNL Employees Days After Telecom PSU Gets Rs 1.64 Lakh Crore Revival Package From Govt
Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has warned BSNL employees to shed 'Sarkari' attitude and perform their best or they would be made to compulsorily retire and sent home packing.
In a meeting with the senior management of the struggling state-owned telecom PSU, which on 27 July got a Rs 1.64 lakh crore revival package from the PM Modi-led Union Cabinet, Vaishnaw reportedly warned the 62,000-strong workforce of BSNL that there should be no doubts regarding the ultimatum issued.
“You have to do what is expected of you. Otherwise, pack up. You should not have any doubt on this. This will be the norm, and this will be the new normal – perform or perish,” Vaishnaw was quoted by Times of India as saying.
“People who do not work are free to take VRS and go home. If they show resistance in taking VRS, we will use 56J (a Rule used to order premature retirement)… So, you have to perform the best, or be ready to pack up and go home. That’s absolutely clear. Don’t have any doubts about this in your mind," he said.
The minister also said that MTNL "does not have a future".
"We all know the constraints of MTNL and what problems it faces. We will do a different exercise for that, and determine what should be the next steps," he added.
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