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BSNL In The Doldrums

CONSIDERING the deluge of telecom companies providing cellular and landline services in the country one would have thought that the government would be making extra efforts to promote BSNL so as to ensure itself maximum subscribers and revenue. But matters of connectivity and redressal of complaints have let down BSNL very badly. These days BSNL broadband services is playing second fiddle to a number of private service providers who have capitalised on its shortcomings to make inroads into not only the corporate sector but have also added enough domestic subscribers to increase their tally. Delivering standard Internet services through efficient network, retail broadband initiatives by many such private players have increased competition in the market for the BSNL. However, it does appear that BSNL is not overly perturbed over this setback. But then, BSNL has never been an epitome of efficiency when it comes to services rendered! Sinking under its own weight, the government telecom company seems to be plagued by issues which go beyond matters technical. Call it administrative lapses or whatever you may, but despite having the resources to be No 1 in the market, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited as the state-owned telecommunication company providing telecom services and network management is stricken by the same problems that afflict almost all the government departments when it comes to their services. An acute shortage of manpower in any department cannot be ascribed to as being a major reason for its failing standards! The prompt payment of consumer bills insisted upon by the department is however in sharp contrast to its response to complaints. Ironically, BSNL’s warnings of disconnection come at a time when consumers are being billed for ‘dead’ connections which are apparently not being ‘revived’ in spite of repeated complaints and requests. Quite obviously, the government’s ‘tech push’ which plans to provide electronic governance and universal phone connectivity across the country has hit a roadblock. Or is it mismanagement which is at the crux of these problems! Apparently the technical personnel and the commercial staff at the BSNL are not working in tandem and this has evidently affected the department’s functioning.

PACHU MENON, MARGAO

Ground for Tapping Solar Energy

THE state government is contemplating introducing Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model for solar power generation in the state (NT, November 7, 2019). In this respect the state is looking at the feasibility of utilising private roof spaces for fitting solar panels for cheaper power generation. Under this particular model, the Manglorean tiles and metal tin sheets in Goan homes can be replaced with special solar panels which are connected to the grid. The state looks to generate minimum of 13 megawatt power by tapping solar energy. Instead of utilising private roof space for fitting solar panels, the government could look to tapping solar energy in a much bigger way. In several countries solar energy is tapped by installing solar panels on ground mounts over vast stretches of land. Several rows of movable solar panels are mounted on small poles which can be rotated in such a way that the panels face the sun at all times. The energy generated is then supplied to private homes. The government could introducing such a procedure to tap solar energy in a big way. Several solar panels could be installed on open government land or on a vast ground which is not utilised for installing ground mount solar panels and the energy produced can then be supplied to private homes.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

Look Beyond Mosque, Temple

AFTER much deliberations and giving a fair opportunity for all the stakeholders to justify their stance, the Supreme Court on Saturday pronounced the eagerly awaited verdict on  the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid disputed site at Ayodhya. The unanimous verdict of the five-judge Constitution bench headed by  Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has cleared the way for the construction of the Ram temple. The SC    directed  the Centre to allocate alternative land to the Muslims in Ayodhya for the construction of a mosque. It was held during the hearings that the Babri mosque  was built on the site where there was a structure, not necessarily a temple. That apart it was stressed that the Hindus offered prayers at the site believing it to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. This is the belief and lacks historical evidence. What we indisputably know is that on December 6, 1992, in perhaps the most uncivilised manner, the mosque was demolished despite the matter being sub-judice by kar sevaks led by various Hindu hardliners including the leading men of the BJP, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal; some of these leaders have now withdrawn from active politics. The SC  verdict has no doubt paved the way for the construction of the temple, but everyone who believes in humanity will always experience the pain and agony that it has been envisaged hurting the sentiments of the other community. We wonder what the verdict would have been if the Babri mosque  was in place at the site. In other words, the most heartrending demolition  of the mosque has cleared the path for the favourable judgment for Hindus. In my opinion there is one more chance for this community to try and walk the human path and exhibit the greatest largesse by donating the said land for a human cause, like building a massive hospital on the lines of AIIMS for attending to the common man free of cost. Next the Muslims can do likewise with the land that would be allotted by the Centre. Nothing other than this can promote lasting peace in our midst.

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES

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