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Patanjali Launches ‘Swadeshi SIM’, Partners With BSNL

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.

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The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.
Baba Ramdev made the announcement of the launch of the swadeshi sim on Sunday, 27 May. Wikimedia commons

By Ajay Kumar

The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giant, Patanjali, has announced that it will soon debut in the telecom sector. Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev made the announcement. Patanjali on Sunday had launched Swadeshi Sim cards n partnership with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

At the launch, Baba Ramdev said that BSNL is a Swadeshi Network and the two said companies have the common motive of ‘welfare of the country’.

Like other telecom giants, Patanjali too is making its enter massive by launching its sim with a health, life and accidental insurances. It will also offer unlimited calls across the country, a 2GB data pack and 100 SMS a day for a recharge of Rs 144. This is said to be the best plan of BSNL till now. In addition to these, Patanjali sim card holders will also get a discount of 10 percent on Patanjali products.

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.
Patanjali has tied up with BSNL for its plans. Wikimedia commons

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.

While talking to ANI, Baba Ramdev said, ” There are five lakh counters of BSNL and from there people can soon get Patanjali swadeshi-samradhi card.”

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In 2016-2017, Patanjali had crossed a turnover of Rs 10,500 crore by making a growth of 111 percent and was aiming to cross the mark of 20,000 crore in 2018. Whereas, BSNL is one of the top three loss-making ventures of the government. It had reported a net loss of Rs 4,786 crore in 2016-2017. This partnership is being seen to bring a new competition in the telecom market that will benefit both the companies and, obviously, the users.

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Government Prepares Comprehensive Plan For Revival of BSNL

It also noted that a Coordination Committee comprising senior officers of the DoT, BSNL management, and representatives of AUAB is already working in this regard

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BSNL is providing mobile services in Kashmir. Image Source: www.freejobsinfo.in

The government is making all efforts to make state-run BSNL robust and financially viable again and has prepared a comprehensive plan for its revival, an official said on Sunday, on the eve of a nationwide strike called by the employees unions over their demands.

BSNL employees and officers have given a three-day country-wide strike call from February 18 to highlight their long-pending issues, including allotment of 4G spectrum to the telecom major and wage revision for the workforce.

“All efforts are being made, and will continue to be made, to make BSNL robust and financially viable,” a Communications Ministry statement said.

“The main demands of the All India Unions and Associations of Bharat Sanchar Nigam (AUAB) include benefits to executives under the 3rd Pay Revision Committee (PRC) with 15 per cent fitment and to non-executives as per the 8th wage negotiations w.e.f. 1.1.2017, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, revision of pension for BSNL retirees w.e.f. 1.1.2017 and delinking of same with pay revision for PRC implementation, and deduction of payment of pension contribution by BSNL on actual basic pay instead of on the highest level of the pay scale.

“Government wishes to re-emphasize that it will continue to engage with the BSNL management and representatives of the unions and associations, to support their reasonable demands, and to guide the organization towards a revival,” it said.

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.
Comprehensive plan prepared for BSNL’s revival: Government.

Noting that the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) is taking “positive steps” regarding each of these demands, the ministry said the issue of alloting 4G spectrum to BSNL is being referred to telecom regulator TRAI “to recommend on the issue of administrative allocation, quantum, price and appropriate frequency band”.

“Further action will be taken on receipt of the said recommendation. In parallel, a comprehensive proposal for revival of BSNL has been prepared, which will be taken up for consideration by competent authorities very soon.”

It also noted that a Coordination Committee comprising senior officers of the DoT, BSNL management, and representatives of AUAB is already working in this regard.

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“Representatives of AUAB have also held meetings with the DOT Additional Secretary in which they have been duly apprised of the progress being made in relation to their demands,” the statement said.

It pointed out that the BSNL management has appealed to its employees not to resort to any agitation at this critical juncture when the organization is engaged in “sincere and serious efforts” to protect and enhance the company’s market share, “and when any disruption in services can only adversely impact the interests of BSNL and its customers, employees and other stakeholders.” (IANS)