Anguish over erosion in BSNL, MTNL base

New Delhi: Concern was voiced in Rajya Sabha over the shift of subscriber base from BSNL and MTNL to private celluar operators.

In his Special Mention, A Elavarasan (AIADMK) said more than 2.2 lakh mobile subscribers of BSNL and around 14,000 from MTNL have now switched over to private operators owing to poor network and call drop like problems with the government service providers.

He said it was a matter of concern and urged the government to take remedial measures to improve their functioning.

Rudra Narayan Pany (BJP) demanded measures to introduce greater transparency in the appointment of heads of public sector undertakings.

Pointing out the recent corruption case against the NALCO CMD, Pany said care should be taken in appointment of such officials in NALCO and other PSUs.

Avtar Singh Karimpuri (BSP) demanded steps to find remedy for incurable diseases like cancer and kidney ailments, saying proper treatment of these diseases is not available in India.

Vijay J Darda (Cong) expressed concern over the alarming level of pollution in rivers in Maharashtra.