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BSNL still awaits payment for Digital India work done a yr ago


Nagpur: Cash-strapped Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has brought all of the Nagpur district underneath virtual connectivity, awaits to be paid for the process it has performed just about a yr ago.
The state-owned telecommunication corporate had brought broadband get admission to to all 761 gram panchayats across the district. As towards the total invoice of Rs19.49 crore for the paintings, BSNL is but to obtain over Rs14 crore.

The paintings order for proceeding the Wi-Fi services in 500 gram panchayats and installation in 261 others got here in June, 2018, from the district collector’s place of work. The order does no longer make any commitment about fee schedule. Rather it has a clause pronouncing the cash can be paid as per availability of price range.

This was a part of the Digital India initiative during which Nagpur was at the forefront. So a long way, BSNL has received simplest Rs5 crore and its officers were operating pillar to put up to get the balance amount.

In the standard course, BSNL do not have accredited an order if it had condition that payments can be performed as per availability of price range. Since the order was from the government’s side, BSNL made up our minds to move ahead. The fee has now been caught up. Considering that fee will also be received on quarterly basis, the recovery was began three months later.

BSNL has to pursue the state government for recovery as the quantity has already been billed from its side. If the cash isn't learned, it'll end up with a mismatch within the accounts, a source stated.

BSNL’s process was to get the connection to the villages and the gram panchayats were meant to subscribe the services. The subscription up to now has been negligible. The cable community was laid by Bharat Broadband, additionally a central authority undertaking, for which an expenditure of just about Rs100 crore has been undertaken, a source stated.


This amount has to ultimately come from the dep. of data generation of the state.


Meanwhile, senior officers of BSNL within the state approached chief minister Devendra Fadnavis soliciting for him that energy connections to its installations must no longer be snapped instantly in case the company defaulted on fee of the bills. Fadnavis was advised that it must be regarded as that BSNL has presence far and wide the state and plays a very important function in its construction providing services to government departments including police.


The corporation does no longer have price range to pay the forthcoming energy bills for lots of of its exchanges, stated sources.




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