The BSNL officer who napped in the minister’s meeting has been charged with violating VRS

An official at BSNL who fell asleep in Ashwani Vaishnaw’s meeting after cabinet cleared a Rs 1.64 lakh crore package for the public sector enterprise has retired voluntarily.

As part of a pan-India Chief General Manager (CGM) meeting in August first week, the minister made terse remarks and asked BSNL employees to put their best efforts into turning around the loss-making and debt-ridden telecom firm within 24 months or opt for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS).

In the meeting, a minister caught a CGM napping and asked him to leave the room and take VRS immediately. According to the source, his VRS has been approved today.

In Bengaluru, the officer was CGM, Quality Assurance, and Inspection.BSNL and the telecom ministry didn’t respond to an email query.

In the meeting, Vaishnaw said those who can’t work can take VRS and rest at home, and if they’re hesitant, the government can impose mandatory retirement rules like they do in the railways.

It’s now up to everyone to make the company very strong after the government approved a package worth Rs 1.64 lakh crore.

This is BSNL’s third big financial help after a Rs 69,000 crore relief package in 2019.Afterwards, 4G capex was supported financially.

As well as financial support, the government has merged Bharat Broadband Network Limited with BSNL, which has been connecting village panchayats with fibre optic networks.

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