With its recruitment rules failing to woo back executives who have left for the department of telecom (DoT), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is being forced to tap the private sector to rebuild its senior management team.
Last year, in November, a large number of the Indian Telecom Service (ITS) officers deputed to BSNL had opted for a transfer to the telecom department, where the pension is higher. This led to a depilation in BSNL’s middle and top management. BSNL’s effort to woo them back has failed to elicit any response.
According to sources, the state-run telco’s new recruitment rules are not acceptable to the ITS officers as moving back to BSNL would mean loss of seniority and lower compensation. There are also rumours about BSNL revising retirement age to 58, from 60 at present.
BSNL had more than 1,300 ITS officers when it was carved out as a separate entity from DoT. The stakes are high for the majority of the ITS officers who are of the rank of general manager in 45-55 age group.
In case they opt for returning to BSNL, they will have to first retire from government service and their pension will be linked to their current basic salary. But if they remain in central government service, their pension will be higher as it will be linked to their final basic salary.