March 29, 2012 2:56:22 am
In a bid to revive over 50,000 landline connections that were earlier closed by the BSNL for non payment of bills,the telecom company has given a discount of 1 per cent to people to clear dues which have piled up to Rs 7 crore in Pune district. The deadline for clearence has been fixed as March 31.
According to senior BSNL officials,the landline connections were snapped in a period of some three years after subscribers failed to pay bills and now the company has asked customers to clear the dues up to February 29 this year latest by the end of this financial year to avail special discount of 1 per cent on the total amount. The special discount scheme is applicable for 4 lakh working connections,as well.
BSNL general manager,finance,Yashwant Singh,however,said the per centage of non payments and closures in the landline category of phones was negligible compared to the new people who are taking the service of the telecom operator. He said recovery in the landline category was nearly 99 per cent for the last six months. The recovery has improved from the time the closures were made, Singh said.
As per the BSNL circular the special discount will be adjusted in the next bill. However,the discount scheme is not being made applicable for the PCOs. Singh said,the scheme could not be offered to the PCOs as they work on commercial lines with the telecom provider and are given commission for bringing business to the company. Mamata Joshi,BSNL chief accounts officer,said the scheme has been formulated to boost recoveries. According to officials,BSNL first stopped outgoing and incoming services before the connections were closed down.
We have recovered the instruments but the subscribers had to pay on their own which they have not done and the discount will help them clear the dues, said a BSNL official.
Singh said if the people whose connections have been suspended fail to pay the bills by March 31,the company will issue them notices and even file court cases.
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