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Letter to BS: Govt must clearly state its intent behind BSNL-MTNL merger

Some balance, without burdening tax payers, is welcome


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This refers to “BSNL, MTNL to merge, to get Rs 70,000 crore in deal” (October 25). First and foremost, the government must state whether the aim of the merger is to make the entity profitable or is it to extend the telecom services to every nook and corner of the country — even inaccessible and non-profitable locations. If the answer to the question is to make the organisation profit-oriented, the following steps should also be considered. First, the government should permit the shut-down of around 13,000 telephone exchanges in rural areas that are incurring a loss of Rs 3 lakh

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First Published: Oct 27 2019 | 9:32 PM IST

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