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DoT revives BSNL, MTNL merger plans

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has revived a proposal for the merger of state-run telecom firms Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) to synergise their business operations across the country. The proposal floated by DoT under Communications Minister Kapil Sibal gains significance because the merger plan was given a quiet burial under former telecom minister A Raja for the last three years. In its draft strategic plan, the department while showing concern over the deteriorating performance of BSNL and MTNL, said: “BSNL and MTNL should be ...