BSNL Employee Commits Suicide Over Worries About the Company’s Future
In his suicide note, Ashish Kumar wrote that receiving his February salary in mid-March gave rise to his anxieties.
On May 3, a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) employee from Ambala committed suicide by jumping into a canal. Leaving a suicide note on a WhatsApp message, the man ended his life by jumping into the Jansui canal.
According to an Amar Ujala report, Ashish Kumar, a resident of Harinagar near Ambala Cantonment’s BD Floor Mill, was stressed with the fear of BSNL shutting down. The conditions at the state-owned telephone operator have been dire for some time. BSNL, as per reports, did not pay salaries to over 1.68 lakh employees in February.
In his suicide note, Kumar had written that he was a telecom technician in BSNL Shahabad office. He had been disturbed by rumours of BSNL shutting down, for several days. He had been worried about the future of the company ever since he received his February salary mid-March. “That is why I am committing suicide. After my death, none of the BSNL employees, family members and other people should be troubled. I am committing suicide on my own.”
According to Jagdev Singh Gaba, head of the employee union at BSNL, Ashish was going to get married in December. His brother said that there was no indication of him ever facing any troubles. It was only after he read the suicide note Ashish’s brother realise something was amiss.
The cops, as per Amar Ujala, had not found Ashish’s body, despite divers exploring the waters for several hours.
BSNL employees have been unhappy is now common knowledge. In March, the plight of the unpaid employees went viral in one video. In the video, a woman who is supposedly a BSNL employee could be seen crying about how the salary delay was affecting not just her life, but the lives of others around her as well.
There have reports of the company laying off thousands of employees in a bid to save itself from a financial crisis that followed Reliance Jio’s entry into the telecom market. Many have suggested that the Narendra Modi-led government’s patronage of Jio has worsened BSNL’s financial woes