Bhartiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced commencement of Gandhigiri Par-II to recover pending payment worth crores from defaulters. As per BSNL, in Shimla only, a massive amount of approximately Rs. 2.75 crore is pending with its consumers as they have not paid their bills for over a yea now. Presently, there are total 12,910 defaulters that includes 7, 658 landline, 2,861 mobile, 2,200 W.L.L, and 191 WiMAX users.

The Gandhigiri campaign was first started by BSNL two years ago in which the staff had visited all such defaulters and had staged a sort of peaceful protest in front of their houses. BSNL had recovered about Rs. 50 lakh from its previous campaign.

The General Manager,BSNL, M.C. Singh said that all preparations have been completed for the Part-II of the campaign. Staff has been divided into separate groups for various regions of the district. Each such group will carry banners saying Bakaya Rashi Vapis Karo (बकाया राशि वापिस करो) and will knock on the doors of defaulters.

Discount Offers for Defaulters

BSNL has also rolled out discount plans for defaulters who chose to pay the entire pending bill. For defaulters who have not paid their bills since last one year, 10 percent will be off. The discount is 25 percent for a period of 2-3 years, 30 percent for a period of 3-5 years. In cases that are older than five years, there is a discount of 50 percent. On payment, the defaulters will also be given 100 percent discount on one-month bill as well as installment charges.

Mr. Singh said defaulters can pay their pending bills at the Office of General Manager, BSNL in SDA Complex, Kasumpti. Defaulters can also pay the pending amount in installments in case they find one-time payment economically inconvenient. The defaulters can also contact on 94180-13413 or 0177-2627355.

BSNL is committed for the welfare and development of the society by providing cost-efficient services to even remote regions of Himachal, said Mr. Sigh. He asked defaulters to come ahead and clear their bills so that they could also be part of this objective.

If the defaulters still fail to pay pending amount, BSNL will initiate legal action against them, he said.


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