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Thursday, 13 June 2013
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ஆம் .தந்தி சேவை ஜூலை 15 முதல் நிறுத்தபடுகிறது . தபாலை காப்போம் -தபால்துறையை மீட்போம்
BSNL decided to shut down 160-year-old telegram services from July 15
emails and SMS seem to have pushed the humble telegram service to a
quiet corner with the BSNL deciding to discontinue the 160-year-old
telegraph service from July 15. Once
the main source of quick and urgent communication, the service
delivered many happy and sad news to people spread all over the country.
But with the advent of technology and newer means of communication, the telegram found itself edged out. As per a circular issued by Shameem Akhtar, Sr. General Manager (Telegraph Services)
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Corporate office, New Delhi, the
telegraph service is to be discontinued with effect from July 15, 2013.
circular sent to various telecom district and circle offices as per the
instruction of a competent authority denotes that telegram services
will be closed from July 15 and as a result all telegraph offices under
the management of BSNL will have to stop booking telegrams from that
date. The circular has also directed the telecom offices to maintain
the log books,
service messages, delivery slips only for six months from the date of
bookings. However, complaints, press reports and other messages from
different consumer forum are to be kept for one year.
at BSNL Delhi said, “We had asked the government to support the service
as it was not commercially viable and the government said the BSNL
board should decide on it.
“We have taken a decision to close the service after consultation with the Department of Posts.They also said that there are better options available,” the sources said.
BSNL has instructed that surplus telegraph staff members would be
deployed to mobile services, landline telephony, broadband services and
shifting could take place within the next 3 months. Faced with declining
revenues, the government had in May 2011, revised the telegram charges
after a gap of 60 years. The telegram charges for inland services was
hiked to Rs. 27/50 from Rs. 350, 4/50 earlier.
months ago, telegram services for overseas communication was withdrawn
by BSNL. Within a short time of BSNL handling telegram services in
1990s, the PSU had a rift with the Department of Posts following which
telegrams were accepted as phonograms from various villages and other
centres from telephone consumers. This too had restrictions and embargo
during certain hours.
to PTI over phone, R. Pattabhiraman, the state secretary of National
Federation of Telecom Employees said, “Before taking such a decision,
the PSU should have consulted trade unions on the issue of deployment of
the so-called surplus employees. There will be many issues and
dissatisfaction among staff members when the exercise of shifting staff to some other portfolio or locations is made.
it is not known whether the Government consulted or took the guidance
from stakeholders like consumer councils, consumers of telegraph
services and judiciary,” he said.
Pattabhiraman pointed out that Indian courts had accepted only
telegrams and telegram receipts as proof of evidence in civil or
criminal suits. It was also a handy mode of communication for jawans and
armed forces for seeking leave, transfer or joining reports. Similarly,
rural India was using telegram services to communicate. Instead of
scrapping the service, it should have been handed over to the postal
department which was handling the services right from its inception in
Shanmugham, a social activist, said stopping a live wire service like
this can be decided only by an enactment of a suitable law or amendment.