J Gopikrishnan on why a marriage of BSNL and MTNL makes sense

How effective will a merger of BSNL/MTNL be; what are the different angles that led to the crisis in Govt owned telecom sector where pvt companies flourished but govt owned didn't; what needs to be done to revive it, and how BSNL can play as a rate checker in the market and much more in this detailed discussion.

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Reference – Telecom firms owe over Rs.92,000 Crores to Government of India – PGurus.com, July 29 2019


  1. BSNL and MTNL serve a very useful purpose. It is BSNL which carried Telecom services to the village level. They were forced into bad days by a non congress non BJP central Minister by not according permission to update their services, to purchase new equipment and so on all to help private players. BSNL being a public sector organization was a open book, no hidden agenda, all employees at all levels approachable right from the Minister downwards etc. The Government has taken the most right decision in not closing, not privatising but to revive it. Let us not follow thw American model of economics which obviously make the rich richer at the expense of the poor.The American capitalist model has failed.

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