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Ministry pulled up for payments to ITS officers without cabinet's nod

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KOLKATA: The ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions has hauled up the communications ministry for not seeking Cabinet approval before paying salaries to former BSNL andMTNL executives working in the telecom department. 

Last November, all senior executives of BSNL and MTNL belonging to the Indian Telecom Service (ITS) who wanted to return to the communications ministry were directed to join the telecom department's technical wing. 

But the telecom department has failed to assign any meaningful work to these ITS officers over the past five months. This has enraged the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions, which feels the department continues to squander central resources by paying salaries to unproductive staff. 

"The decision to depute Indian Telecom Service officers in MTNL and BSNL, when these telcos were spun off into separate companies from the telecom department, was taken by the Cabinet," says an internal note of the ministry reviewed by ET. "It is not known whether the Cabinet was approached before transferring these officers back to the telecom department." 

An official in the ministry said that it appears the mass transfer orders were issued in a hurry without proper assessment on the actual number of vacancies in the telecom department. 

"The decision to move some 355 of these ITS officers to a surplus cell is a clear indication of poor handling of the repatriation issue by the telecom department," the official said. 

Till date, these officers have no work and the government has already spent 25 crore on salaries and another 6 crore on transfer costs. 

The ministry, which is under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister's Office, has also questioned the logic of declaring ITS officers surplus at a time when BSNL has lost its senior managers and is on verge of organisational breakdown. BSNL has appealed to DoT to put in place a contingency hiring plan. 

The Indian Telecom Service Association, the body representing ITS officers has, however, questioned the legality of BSNL's emergency recruitment drive triggered by the exodus of its senior staff. 

"Under present DoT regulations, any fresh recruitment at either BSNL or MTNL can start only after all Indian Telecom Service officers who opted to return to the communications ministry from these PSUs are redeployed in the telecom department," an ITSA official said.

10 comments:

  1. These ITS people are not acceptable by the private operators or by any other govt depertments, hence they may be sent back to DOT for getting their salaries without any productive service. They are the burden of the recruiting depertment.

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  2. s k haloi (guwahati)
    ITS officers became burden for BSNL and MTNL. Now they are enjoying their salaries and other ammenities without any job. The central govt. should stop their salaries and all other ammenities.

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  3. suresh (Chennai)
    It is pathetic to see that Govt is worried about the financial loss due to this surplus ITS in DOT. None seem to understand the pathetic situation of BSNL, which pays to 1000 ITS officers for no productivity and no decision making on their part. It was these ITS officers who contributed the current crisis in BSNL

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  4. SKR (CHANDIGARH)
    THERE SHOULD BE SAME TREATMENT AS TO OTHER EMPLOYEES i.e. "NO WORK NO PAY" AS ALL REPATRIATED ITS's ARE DOING THERE PERSONAL WORK,WHO IS CHECKING THEIR ATTENDANCE AND BUT WORK ARE THEY ARE DOING AND GETTING MINIMUM ONE LAC. HOW THE PAY CAN BE RELEASED WITHOUT WORK. UNKNOWN SKR

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  5. Yadav (meerut)
    They will be wastful even if they are redeployed in BSNL / MTNL .. Some where they have to stay and get salary till retirement.Let that be DOT which is not bothered about profit / loss

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  6. koteswaraRao.Nerella (Hyderabad)
    The issue of repatriation of the ITS was more than 8 year old and the Ministry/DOT/BSNL were sleeping over this.Now in November when 385 ITS were sent to ABSORPTION CELL in the DOT, no body knows how these officers will be engaged and who will pay their hefty pay without work.Somebody should be held responsible for this huge loss to the exchequer and their pension and retirement benifits should be withheld for gross deriliction of duty

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  7. kumar (mumbai)
    It appears nobody is bothered for years together. BSNL & MTNL are running in huge losses due to bad policies of central govt. Repatriated officers are also enjoying free paid holidays and are not available in new delhi. Govt should settle this issue and stop further wastage of public money.

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  8. Jagadeesan (chennai)
    Yes it is a national waste not to deploy ITS officers in meaningful assignments after repatriating them from BSNL and MTNL! All those involved in this goofup especially the Top DOT officials should be taken to task to task by PMO!! Its heard that Repatriated ITS officers were treated badly by DOT. That is the treatment of govt for Technocrats. What a shame!!

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  9. VP Reddy (Secund)
    Why is the Telecom Ministry always caught on the wrong foot?? Shocking to see the Govt again incurring wasteful, and unproductive expenditure of crores of rupees out of Govt exchequer (its public money my dear), and keeping its officers idle and without work!! On one hand, the Govt talks of the New Telecom Policy (NTP-11), advancement in telcom, 4G, lawful monitoring... and on other hand, sleeps over the vital issue of proper manpower management in its own ministry!!

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