A N Rai

State-run telco BSNL has appointed A N Rai as the interim chairman and managing director, reports PTI.

He will be taking over from RK Upadhyay who retired on June 30, 2014. Prior to this, Rai was working as the Director (Enterprise) at BSNL since September 2011. Before that, he was serving as the chief general manager of Orissa Circle at BSNL.

As indicated by the report, Upadhyay’s tenure was expected to end by April this year, however he had received two one-month extensions from the former telecom minister Kapil Sibal,

Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) had previously recommended (pdf) BSNL’s director (consumer mobility) Anupam Shrivastava for the position in December last year, however the report cites sources to suggest that Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) is yet to give its final approval.

Last month, BSNL had introduced Facebook and WhatsApp data bundles in the north zone. It had also announced a bundle plan for Pantel’s Bharatphone. Upadhyay had then mentioned that the phone has been designed especially for e-governance applications,  however it’s not clear if the device will come pre-bundled with the e-governance apps that are available on DeITY’s app store.

PK Purwar

P K Purwar is MTNL CMD

The report also says ACC has approved the appointment of P K Purwar as the chairman and managing director of the other state-run telco MTNL. This was after AK Garg retired from the company last month. Purwar was previously the Director (Finance) at MTNL and PESB had recommended (pdf) his name for the CMD position last November.

Last month, the telco had reported a profit of Rs 9,600 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 (Q4-FY14), due to government’s pension benefits and other exceptional items totalling Rs 10,216.1 crore. Indian government had earlier decided to take over the liability for payment of pensionary benefit w.e.f 01.10.2000 as per the pattern of BSNL. This came into effect from March 3, 2014.

The total operational revenue for MTNL was at Rs 841.7 crore for the quarter, down from Rs 853.3 crore in the previous quarter and Rs 918.6 crore in the same quarter last year.

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