BSNL Strike Issue raised by Hon’ble MP Sri Sankar Prasad Datta (CPIM –Tripura West) in Lok Sabha on 22.4.2015, under Special Mention, during zero hourSRI SANKAR PRASAD DATTA (TRIPURA WEST): Hon. Speaker, Madam, all of us know that people of the country are concerned about the BSNL employees who are on strike for the last two days, yesterday and today. What is their demand? Their demand is for the survival of the BSNL. Their main demand is to save the BSNL. It is a PSU, Public Sector Undertaking. The BSNL employees are demanding to save the BSNL. They have 20-point demands. We know that earlier when the BSNL was started, there were 3.5 lakh employees. In the meantime, 1.4 lakh employees have retired. (d2/1315/vr/sk) . At present, the BSNL is having 2.25 lakh employees. BSNL was a profit making body upto 2007 and near about 48,000 had been profited by BSNL. That is why, the employees of BSNL are demanding that no merger should be done with MTNL. Their other demands are: vacant posts of Directors should be filled up; refund of spectrum charges to the tune of Rs.6,700 crore should be done; free spectrum should be allotted to BSNL and there should be a recruitment drive for filling up of vacant posts in BSNL. With these words, I conclude my speech and hope that the Government will look into the issues pertaining to the BSNL employees. Thus, it would save the BSNL and save the nation. HON. SPEAKER: S/Shri Adv. Joice George, P.K. Biju, Jitendra Chaudhury, A. Sampath, and P. Karunakaran are allowed to associate with Shri Shankar Prasad Datta.