NT unions vent frustration

Kathmandu, February 1:

Closure of pre-paid mobile service, which has the highest number of subscribers, is taking Nepal Telecom (NT) towards uncertainty.

It has been closed since January 18 and the company is bearing a huge loss, states a press release issued by the Central Union Struggle Committee (CUSC). The CUSC is a joint committee formed by Nepal Telecom Workers Union and Nepal Telecom Employees Association.

The closure of Nepal Telecom’s prepaid mobile and resumption of post-paid mobile and UTL services show the discrepancy in government policy towards a huge number of users, adds the release. The company has already suffered heavy financial losses due to closure of post-paid service for six months on an earlier instance. The repeated action by the government is nothing but an attempt to weaken the goodwill and revenue generating means of the organisation, states the release.

There is not much of a technical difference between pre-paid mobile and post-paid mobile services but the revenue generated through pre-paid mobile is very high compared to the post-paid services. Both trade unions have informed that they will boycott the forthcoming anniversary of NT.