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BSNL and MTNL merger may be completed in 24 months: Prasad

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said the merger of state-owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL is likely to be completed in 18-24 months.

"The Cabinet in its meeting held on October 23, 2019, approved the revival plan for BSNL and MTNL which inter-alia includes in-principle approval for merger of BSNL and MTNL. The process of merger is likely to be completed in 18-24 months," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

The government has earlier said that till the completion of the merger, MTNL will operate as a subsidiary of BSNL. Both the debt-ridden companies have rolled out VRS, which is open for employees till December 3.

In the case of BSNL, as many as 77,000 employees of state-owned telecom corporation have opted for the recently launched VRS till now.

While in the case of MTNL, 13,532 employees have opted for the VRS scheme so far.

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