Nearly five months after it was dissolved,the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has begun the process of setting up a new telephone advisory committee (TAC) for Pune district again. The TAC,also represented by private members including MPs,has a mandate to meet at least twice a year to discuss the problems of poor connectivity or faulty telephone lines in the city.
According to BSNL officials,seven nominations have been finalised for the TAC. The last TAC which was dissolved on September 22 was represented by 20 nominees including the MPs. Besides the members that are nominated by the MPs,the parliamentary members will be the ex-officio members of the committee.
Ashish Pathak,additional general manager,BSNL said,the nomination of officials to the TAC has started and its meeting is being convened to discuss a range of public issues. The meeting is likely to be held in May or June,he said. The term of the new TAC will last till December 22,2013,said a BSNL official.
V K Mahindra,Principal General Manager (PGM),BSNL,said the nominations have been recieved which has kickstarted the process of holding its meeting.
However,even as the BSNL officials said that the TAC meeting will be convened in the next 1-2 months,there are however,demands that the meeting should be held at the earliest and the TAC be made more effective. Gajanan Babar,Maval MP,said that meetings of the TAC should be convened on regular basis for discussion on issues of public importance. I have already submitted the nominations to the Telecom Ministry which has also issued letters in this regard to the BSNL office in Pune. With the nominations being received by the telecom company it should hold the meetings of the TAC at the earliest.
The District Secretary of BSNL employees Union,N K Nalwade,said,There is a need to make the TAC more effective. Government makes a lot of expenditure on the TACs and the members are also given different facilities including free telephone connections to help them raise public issues. But even as some issues like the denial in permission by the Pune Municipal Corporation to allow the road digging was taken up in the TAC meetings there was not much follow up action in the matter.
Babar said,TAC has been an active forum for the public issues and a number of such issues like disruptions in the telephone connectivity and the difficulties people face in paying the bill were earlier taken up.
As per official documents available with Newsline,the TAC meeting earlier took up issues including the high road digging charges imposed by the PMC on BSNL,strength of distributors of the telecom company in Pune,loss of customers by BSNL on the implementation of mobile number portability service,non working of landline connections in Shirur.