Ministry of Commerce has addressed DoT officials and warned BSNL of disciplinary actions. Ministry Commerce Warns Disciplinary Actions BSNL.
The Central is highlighting Make In India concept to grow the Indian economy.
Strict Actions Against Officials:
The letter was sent to the telecom secretary by DPIIT stated that the government would take strict and disciplinary actions against officials who have imposed closed conditions on domestic manufactures in bad faith.
BSNL Violated Public Procurement Policy:
DPIIT (The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) has addressed the center. They have marked that the state-owned telecom operator has violated the public procurement policy of 2017.
The policy of Make In India was not following the Telecom operator.
Letter Sent To The Chairman:
The letter was also sent to the Chairman of BSNL stating that if there is a default by the telco in follow up of government policies, corrective actions should be taken by the telco, and the government order must be executed.
Ministry Commerce Warns Disciplinary Actions BSNL:
The telecom equipment promotional Council (TEPC) has red-flagged a tender. The tender released by BSNL was regarding the expansion of 9th phase 4G expansion.
The Expansion Project:
The expansion project includes up-gradation of 50,000 sites in all cities including 7000 in Mumbai and Delhi circle.
What TPEC Says:
As per TEPC, the state-owned telco has violated Unions policy, and it might bring international players for funding despite getting entire funds from the government.
Multinational Vendors Applied For Tender:
Various multinational companies like Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei, and ZTE have submitted the application for tender. The tender is for the 9th Phase up-gradation of 4G sites. BSNL is the only major telecom operator that doesn’t provide 4G connectivity to its users.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, BSNL has postponed the bid opening date until May 25, 2020, and marked that no discussion before the bid would take place. Also, the state-owned telco has mandated at least Rs 8,000 crore of annual turnover for the vendors planning to participate in the auction.