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Airtel to lay-off section of Telenor staff post-merger

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A day after government approved its merger with telecom Airtel, a section of India's employees are facing lay-off.

They got mails from asking them to attend a meeting with the HR officials to discuss "way ahead and next step", an employee working for the Norwegian telecom company's Indian subsidiary in circle said.

Confirming the move, said "not all people from will find meaningful roles within Airtel".

The on May 14 approved the merger -- a move that will make the subscriber base of Sunil Mittal-led firm almost twice the size of new entrant

Both the companies had entered into an agreement for the deal in February 2017.

A employee said he attended a meeting with HR officials of after receipt of a mail yesterday.

"They told me that post merger, they have no place for my position. They offered me five months salary and asked my resignation letter. I have not decided what to do, the employee told on condition of anonymity.

An Airtel source said has around 1,400 employees and 700 of them had been absorbed.

Airtel offered "good financial" package besides continuance of and free calls to the dropouts, the source said.

A of Airtel said the company has already "on-boarded over 700 people from and provided them growth opportunities" across its (Airtels) India and international operations.

"Its inevitable that in a post-integration scenario such as this, not all people from will find meaningful roles within Airtel.

"We are ensuring that these people get appropriate support such as continued financial and medical allowances along with the assistance of our placement partners, the said in an email reply.

The mail received by Telenor employees said "You must be aware that Telenor (India) has been integrated with Ltd. With regards to this legal merger, we invite you for a personal discussion with the Airtel Team to inform you about way ahead and next steps. Be available for the meeting as per the details below."

Telenor India runs operations in seven circles -- (and Telangana), Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, (East), UP (West) and

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:30 IST