NEW DELHI: A Congress Rajya Sabha member Monday sought immediate steps to revive state-owned telecom firms MTNL and BSNL, saying employees were not being paid salaries on time.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Ripun Bora said while private sector companies have been alloted 4G and 5G spectrum, the two public sector enterprises were being forced to operate services through the 3G spectrum.
According to him, about 45,000 employees of MTNL and 1.74 lakh of BSNL were not being paid salaries on time for several months now.
"The government should bail them out," Bora said and made a case for recapitalisation of the two PSUs.
The Congress MP asked the government to take "immediate steps" to reduce losses of the two public sector telecom companies and revive them.
In his Zero Hour mention, Swait Malik (BJP) raised the issue of problems being faced by the people, including senior citizens due to cases of cheque bounce.
He described cases of cheque bounce as a serious issue and said people have lost their life savings.
Stressing that more than 20 lakh cases of cheque bounce were pending in courts, Malik made a case for stringent laws to deal with the menace.
He suggested that accused in cheque bounce cases should be made to deposit the entire amount involved in court pending disposal of the case.
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