BSNL Broadband Unlimited Plans Updated to Offer Up to 6 Times More High-Speed Data


After revising its Rs. 299 broadband plan to offer more speed and data, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is now again revising a slew of its unlimited broadband plans to offer more data benefits. The company has also introduced daily FUP limits on these plans, which wasn’t the case earlier, but it has increased the data offering by up to six times. The revised BSNL unlimited broadband plans include Rs. 675, Rs. 845, Rs. 999, Rs. 1,199, Rs. 1,495, Rs. 1,745 and Rs. 2,295 plans, with the most premium plan offering up to 35GB of data per day.

The revised BSNL BBG Combo ULD 675 broadband plan offers 5GB data per day at 10Mbps speeds. Therefore, the plan now offers 150GB of data benefit per month, instead of the earlier prescribed 35GB data. Apart from the daily 5GB data, this plan also offers unlimited voice calling benefits (local +STD) on any network within India.

The BSNL BBG Combo ULD 845 broadband plan now offers 10GB of data per day at 10Mbps speeds, offering 300GB of data instead of 50GB that was offered earlier. Post FUP limit speed and unlimited voice calling facility is also offered with this plan. Similarly, there’s also the BSNL BBG Combo ULD 999 and Combo ULD 1199 broadband plans that now offer 15GB of data per day and 20GB of data per day respectively, at 10Mbps speeds.

The BBG Combo ULD 1495 broadband plan used to earlier offer 140GB data per month, but now it offers 25GB data per day (750GB data in total). And the most premium BSNL BBG Combo ULD 2295 broadband plan offers 35GB of data per day at 24Mbps speeds. Earlier, it used to offer a total of 200GB data at 24Mbps speeds.

Lastly, BSNL has also revised its BSNL BBG Combo 1745 VDSL broadband plan that now offers 30GB data per day at 16Mbps speeds. Earlier, this plan used to offer 140GB of data at 16Mbps speed, and 2Mbps after the FUP limit was crossed.

Tthe unlimited voice calling benefit and the 2Mbps speed downgrade after the FUP limit is crossed is valid across all plans. These BSNL broadband plans have been revised in all circles. All of the new plans can be viewed on the BSNL website.

As mentioned, the BSNL Rs. 299 broadband plan was recently also revised to offer 1.5GB of data per day at a download speed of up to 8Mbps. This brings a total data offering of 45GB for 30 days. Upon exceeding the limit, customers will get data access at up to 1Mbps speed. The broadband plan also gives unlimited local and STD voice calls within India on BSNL network only. For other networks in the country, the plan offers unlimited voice calls between 10:30pm to 6am and on Sundays. It also comes bundled with free voice calling benefits worth Rs. 300 on networks other than BSNL.



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BSNL Recharge Packs: Here Are All of BSNL’s Recent Prepaid Offerings


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has maintained an aggressive stance to retain market share since Reliance Jio started operations, has been launching a plethora of recharge plans over the last few months. Taking on Jio in the competitive Indian market, the state-run telecom company has launched a number of prepaid packs ahead of Diwali, which is when people use a lot of data and voice calling benefits to call their friends and families. BSNL has also been tweaking its prepaid offering to take on competition from Jio, Vodafone, and others. Here, we provide a look at BSNL’s recently launched and revised recharges, including limited and unlimited plans, in the past few months to help you decide which plan you should purchase.

BSNL Rs. 399 recharge pack
Last month, BSNL had introduced this offer wherein it is offering new customers benefits of its STV 399 plan for Rs. 100. Notably, it is available only to non-BSNL customers who are using LPG from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and transfer to the network via Mobile Number Portability (MNP). Such LPG users will be provided with coupons, which can then be redeemed for a new free BSNL SIM. However, the coupons will be available in seven states only, including Uttar Pradesh (East & West), Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

Eligible users will be able to avail the STV 399 plan for just Rs. 100 in the new BSNL SIM. Coming to the BSNL STV 399, this plan was launched earlier this year, and its benefits include unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and 1GB data per day. It comes with a validity period of 74 days. Also, it offers free Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) with unlimited song change option. Notably, this offer is applicable during national roaming as well, including Delhi and Mumbai circles.

BSNL Rs. 180, Rs. 410, Rs. 510 recharge packs
BSNL is providing 9 percent extra value over and above three full talk-time prepaid recharge packs in its suite. The Rs. 180 BSNL recharge pack will come with a talk-time value of Rs. 190 (5.5 percent extra), the Rs. 410 pack will get the customer Rs. 440 worth of talk-time (an additional 7.3 percent), and the Rs. 510 recharge pack will come with Rs. 555 worth of talk-time (a 9 percent increase). The offer is valid across Indian telecom circles (where BSNL operates) from October 25, 2018, to November 11, 2018.

BSNL ‘Diwali Mahadhamaka Offer’
Last month, BSNL also introduced its ‘Diwali Mahadhamaka’ offer with two new annual packs priced at Rs. 1,699 and Rs. 2,099, respectively. The Rs. 1,699 BSNL recharge pack comes with 2GB of data per day, unlimited local/ STD/ roaming voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and free PRBT (Personalised Ring Back Tone). The pack carries a validity of 365 days. With the same validity, the Rs. 2,099 BSNL recharge pack offers 4GB of data per day, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and free PRBT. Post-FUP speed limits for both packs is 80Kbps.

BSNL Rs. 1,097 recharge pack
In October, BSNL had launched its Rs. 1,097 recharge that brought unlimited voice calls (local, STD, and roaming) and a total of 25GB for 365 days. That recharge is currently limited to the Kolkata circle. This means you’ll get only 70MB of data per day for the entire 365-day validity. Also, BSNL hasn’t provided any SMS benefits.

BSNL Rs. 78 recharge pack
BSNL, in October, unveiled its STV 78 prepaid pack on the occasion of Durga Puja, Dussehra, and Diwali 2018 to offer “unlimited data”, unlimited voice calls, and unlimited video calls to subscribers availing this pack. The validity of the pack is 10 days and it is currently applicable in all eligible telecom circles. The BSNL 78 recharge comes with a daily unlimited data limit of 2GB after which speed will be reduced to 80Kbps. Also, there appear to be no daily limits for voice calls and video calls. BSNL is also offering unlimited national roaming at no additional cost.

BSNL Rs. 9, Rs. 29 recharge packs
Last month, BSNL revised its Rs. 9 and Rs. 29 recharge packs that it first introduced around Independence Day in August. The Rs. 9 recharge pack now comes with a total of 100MB data, 100 SMS messages, and unlimited voice calls with a validity of one day. The Rs. 29 pack, on the other hand, comes with 1GB of data, total 300 SMS messages, with the same 7-day validity.

BSNL Bumper Offer
BSNL has been offering 2.2GB additional data per day during the festive season in India. For new BSNL subscribers, the ‘Bumper’ 2.2GB per day data offer will be applicable on five unlimited plan vouchers, priced at Rs. 186, Rs. 429, Rs. 485, Rs. 666, and Rs. 999. Meanwhile, existing BSNL subscribers will be able to avail the data offer on five unlimited STVs worth Rs. 187, Rs. 333, Rs. 349, Rs. 444, and Rs. 448. This brings as much as 3.2GB of daily data limit with Rs. 186 BSNL recharge that originally offered 1GB data per day for 28 days. Likewise, subscribers opting for the Rs. 444 recharge get 6.2GB data per day for 60 days. The same recharge option was originally offering 4GB daily data.

BSNL ‘Ananth’ Rs. 105, ‘Ananth Plus’ Rs. 328 recharge packs
The Rs. 105 BSNL recharge pack, dubbed BSNL Ananth, comes as the telco’s entry-level pack that offers truly unlimited calling with a validity of 26 days. The pack does not include any data or SMS benefits. On the other hand, the Rs. 328 recharge pack, called Ananth Plus, offers the same calling benefits with an extended validity of 90 days. Notably, the voice-only packs in BSNL’s prepaid mobile suite are applicable only for the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana circle. Also, free calling is not applicable in the Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles.

BSNL Rs. 241, Rs. 27 recharge packs
With this update, the STV 241 recharge now gives users benefits of up to 2.5GB of data per day. This takes total benefits to 75GB, considering the pack has a validity of 30 days. The refreshed pack benefits are only available in the Kerala circle. Notably, the BSNL Rs. 241 recharge has received this revision on a promotional basis and the revised benefits are valid between September 10, 2018, and December 5, 2018. BSNL had also revised its entry-level Rs. 27 STV recharge data-exclusive pack to now offer a total of 1.5GB of 2G/ 3G data for a period of three days. Previously, this pack was offering 1GB of data for a period of seven days to BSNL subscribers.

BSNL Rs. 155 recharge pack
The BSNL STV 155, first introduced as a promotional offer in June, was brought to the open market in September. It offers 2GB of daily data for a period of 17 days.

BSNL Rs. 75 recharge pack
BSNL had launched the Rs. 75 recharge option for prepaid subscribers earlier this year. It brings unlimited voice calls as well as 10GB of data and 500 SMS benefits. The new recharge option comes with a validity 15 days, alongside a validity extension option. Subscribers will be able to enjoy the benefits of the Rs. 75 BSNL recharge even after the given validity by recharging with an STV of Rs. 98 and above. Notably, the validity extension functionality can be used to extend benefits by up to 18 days. It was initially made available in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle as the ‘BSNL Jeevitha Prepaid Plan’.



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BSNL Transfers Activist Rehana Fathima


Rehana Fathima’s house was allegedly vandalised by unidentified people.

Kochi: 

Activist Rehana Fathima, a BSNL employee who had made an attempt to enter the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, has been transferred to the Palarivattom telephone exchange in the city where public contact is not required, sources said.

Fathima, a telecom technician working in the customer relations section at the Boat Jetty branch in Kochi, was on Tuesday transferred to the telephone exchange at Palarivattom.

However, the sources said she has not committed dereliction of duty.

Sabarimala Karma Samithi on Tuesday organised a protest march to the Palarivattom BSNL office, seeking her expulsion.

The Kerala Muslim Jama’ath Council had expelled Fathima from the Muslim community for “hurting sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees”.

The activist’s house was allegedly vandalised by unidentified people while she was away trying to climb the holy hills on Friday last.

She made a failed attempt to reach the temple with heavy police protection.

The attackers reached Fathima’s house in Panambilly Nagar while she was climbing the hills.

Fathima, a model and activist who was part of the ‘Kiss of Love’ movement in Kochi in 2014 against alleged moral policing, was among the two women who had reached the hilltop, but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum following massive protests by Ayyappa devotees.

A mother of two, the activist had kicked up a row last year by posing for photos topless with watermelons to protest against a Kozhikode-based college professor’s statement comparing women’s breasts to watermelons.

A case has been registered by police in Pathanamthitta against the activist for hurting religious sentiments.

On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra had lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine, but a section of devotees has been protesting the decision.





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BSNL Revises Rs. 29, Rs. 9 Recharges With Up to 1GB Data, 300 SMS Benefits


BSNL has revised its Rs. 29 and Rs. 9 recharge packs to come in line with the private telcos. The latest revision comes weeks after the state-owned telco brought Rs. 29 and Rs. 9 recharge packs under its Freedom Offer ahead of India’s Independence Day in August. While the original Rs. 29 BSNL recharge was majorly competing against Reliance Jio by offering unlimited data along with an FUP limit of 2GB data per day and 100 SMS messages per day for seven days, the updated Rs. 29 recharge offers 1GB data and 300 SMS messages as total along with the seven-day validity. The Rs. 9 BSNL recharge, on the other hand, was originally giving prepaid subscribers the identical benefits of the Rs. 29 recharge but with a validity of one day. It now offers 100MB data and 100 SMS messages along with a single day validity. Both revised BSNL recharge packs have retained the existing unlimited local calling benefits. The packs also offer unlimited national roaming.

Under the revised BSNL Rs. 29 recharge, the telco is offering unlimited local/ STD voice calling benefits to any network in home circle and national roaming, except Delhi and Mumbai. The recharge pack also offers 1GB data and 300 SMS messages for seven days. It additionally includes free access to PRBT (Personalised Ringback Tone) throughout the validity period. Previously, the Rs. 29 recharge offered unlimited data benefits, 100 SMS messages per day, and free PRBT alongside unlimited voice calling benefits. The recharge did have an FUP limit of 2GB data per day, following which the speed will drop to 80Kbps.

The updated Rs. 9 BSNL recharge offers unlimited local and STD calls to any network in home circle and national roaming except Delhi and Mumbai, 100MB data, and 100 SMS messages for a day.

Contrary to the Rs. 29 and Rs. 9 recharge packs by BSNL, Reliance Jio is currently offering 0.15GB data per day, unlimited voice calls, and 70 SMS messages for seven days with its Rs. 52 recharge, while a Rs. 19 Jio recharge offers identical benefits for a day. The Jio recharge options are available with free access to Jio apps.

The revised recharge packs were first spotted by TelecomTalk.



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BSNL Rs. 18 Recharge Debuts With Unlimited Data, Calling for 2 Days to Take on Jio


BSNL Rs. 18 Recharge Debuts With Unlimited Data, Calling for 2 Days to Take on Jio

The Rs. 18 BSNL pack rivals 19 Jio recharge that offers 0.15GB data and unlimited voice calls for a day

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Saturday launched a Rs. 18 special tariff voucher (STV) for pan-India subscribers to celebrate its 18th anniversary. The Rs. 18 BSNL recharge brings unlimited voice calls and unlimited video calls alongside unlimited data access for two days. The state-owned telco has also announced its premium recharge options with up to 18 percent additional talk time and bundled data. While the Rs. 1,801 BSNL recharge brings a talk time of Rs. 2,125 and 15GB data, the Rs. 1,201 recharge comes with a talk time of Rs. 1,417 and 10GB data. The latest development is aimed to counter Reliance Jio that has attracted a large number of telecom subscribers in the country through affordable recharge options.

In the bouquet of new offers, the Rs. 18 BSNL recharge brings unlimited voice calls and video calls as well as unlimited data. The recharge comes with a validity of two days. It competes against the Rs. 19 Jio recharge that includes 0.15GB data per day as well as unlimited voice calls and 20 SMS messages for a day.

Further, BSNL has launched its new high-value recharge options with a validity of 90 days. The Rs. 1,801 recharge in the new range comes with a talk time of Rs. 2,125 and 15GB data. Subscribers can also opt for the Rs. 1,201 recharge that brings a talk time of Rs. 1,417 and 10GB of data. Similarly, there is the Rs. 601 recharge with a talk time of Rs. 709 and 5GB of data.

The new recharge offers from BSNL are effective from October 1 to October 18 on a pan-India basis.

Earlier this week, BSNL launched the Rs. 299 postpaid plan with benefits such as 31GB data, unlimited voice calling benefits, and 100 SMS per day throughout the monthly billing cycle. That plan was designed to take on the Rs. 199 Jio plan and Rs. 299 postpaid plans by Airtel and Vodafone.



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BSNL FTTH Broadband Plans Revised to Offer Up to 3.5TB Data to Compete With Jio GigaFiber


BSNL FTTH (Fibre to the Home) broadband offerings have been revised to now offer more data at faster speeds, in a possible attempt to take on Jio GigaFiber, for which registrations began recently on August 15. Four premium offerings in the BSNL high-speed fibre range of plans have been upgraded – namely, the ones priced at Rs. 3,999, Rs. 5,999, Rs. 9,999, and Rs. 16,999. BSNL has increased both the download limit caps as well as the plan speed for these four. The revised plans will be effective pan India (wherever BSNL has coverage) starting September 1, 2018. Jio GigaFiber plans, on the other hand, have not been revealed yet.

Let’s go over the new revisions to BSNL’s FTTH plans, as first reported by Telecom Talk. The Rs. 3,999 now comes with a download limit of 750GB, speeds of up to 60Mbps, and post-FUP speed of 4Mbps. This compares to a 500GB download cap at 50Mbps in the most recent revision back in July.

The Rs. 5,999 FTTH plan now comes with 70Mbps data access speeds with a limit of up to 1,250GB for the entire month. Post-FUP speed is set at 6Mbps. Previously, this plan came with 1,000GB of data at 60Mbps download and upload speeds. Moving on to the high-ranking Rs. 9,999 broadband plan, it now offers 2,250GB of data access at speeds of up to 100Mbps, compared to 2000GB at 80Mbps in the recent revision. Post-FUP speed stands at 8Mbps.

Lastly, the most premium FTTH broadband plan priced at Rs. 16,999 comes with a humongous data limit of 3,500GB or 3.5TB at speeds of up to 100Mbps. The last revision had brought the plan up to 3TB of data at 100Mbps.

On a related note, DTH service provider Tata Sky in late August launched its high-speed broadband service to take on Jio GigaFiber’s upcoming wider public release. Tata Sky will provide speeds ranging between 5Mbps and 100Mbps with unlimited Internet access.



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BSNL Rakhi Recharge Gives Unlimited Voice Calls, Data for Rs. 399 to Rival Jio


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has maintained an aggressive stance to retain market share since Reliance Jio started operations, has launched a new ‘Rakhi offer’ for prepaid users. The state-owned telecom operator is offering with this plan unlimited voice calls and data at Rs. 399 to take on rivals such as Jio, Vodafone, and Airtel. Even though this BSNL plan has been launched to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan, it comes with a validity of 74 days. This STV399 offer can be availed starting August 26, but there is no clarity on how long the plan will be available.

As mentioned, with the new BSNL Rs. 399 recharge pack, subscribers can make unlimited voice calls and send unlimited SMS messages for the 74-day validity period. Furthermore, they will also get unlimited data benefits for the entire validity period. Additionally, it also comes with free Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) with unlimited song change option. Notably, the new offer will be applicable during national roaming as well, including Delhi and Mumbai circles.

“Raksha Bandhan is a festival of unlimited love and affection between brothers and sisters and in line with the spirit of festival BSNL is launching this STV399 with all unlimited features which can be an ideal gift for anyone,” Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL said in a press statement.

In terms of offers close to the BSNL STV399, Jio has a few plans that offer 4G data for similar validity periods. It has a Rs. 349 plan that offers unlimited calls, SMS messages, 1.5GB of daily data, and complimentary Jio apps subscription for 70 days. Similarly, a Rs. 398 plan from Jio offers the same benefits but with 2GB of data per day for 70 days. Also, a Rs. 399 plan provides 1.5GB of data per day and a plan worth Rs. 448 offers 2GB daily data, alongside the other benefits, for a validity period of 84 days.

The state-run telco has been on a roll lately. It has been revising a number of its old plans, and introducing more new plans that suit old subscribers as well as attract new ones. To recall, the state-owned telco had recently launched two recharge packs worth Rs. 29 and Rs. 9 to celebrate Independence Day, on a pan-India basis. However, the plans will no longer be valid after Saturday.

Earlier in August, BSNL had launched a new Rs. 27 STV as well. This recharge plan offers 1GB of data for a validity period of 7 days, with unlimited voice calls and 300 SMS messages for the validity period. Users can avail unlimited voice calling benefits without any FUP limit. The plan is available pan-India for all subscribers as BSNL had instructed all circle authorities to execute the Rs. 27 plan. However, the voice calling benefits are not applicable in Mumbai and Delhi circles.



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Youth busy in Hindus Muslim debate, 55,000 jobs in SAIL, IOC, BSNL just vanished


आज की राजनीति नौजवानों आपको चुपके से एक नारा थमा रही है. तुम हमें वोट दो, हम तुम्हें हिन्दू मुस्लिम डिबेट देंगे. इस डिबेट में तुम्हारे जीवन के दस-बीस साल टीवी के सामने और चाय की दुकानों पर आराम से कट जाएंगे. न नौकरी की ज़रूरत होगी न दफ्तर जाने में एड़ी में दर्द होगा. कई बार गोदी मीडिया के अख़बार और चैनल देखने से लगता है कि इस दौर में मुसलमानों से नफ़रत करना ही रोज़गार है. मंत्री और नेता नौजवानों के सामने नहीं आते. आते भी हैं तो किसी महान व्यक्ति की महानता का गुणगान करते हुए आते हैं. ताकि देशप्रेम की आड़ में देश का नौजवान अपनी भूख के बारे में बात न करे. यही इस दौर की ख़ूबसूरत सच्चाई है. बेरोज़गार रोज़गार नहीं मांग रहा है. वो इतिहास का हिसाब कर रहा है. उसे नौकरी नहीं, झूठा इतिहास चाहिए!

क्या आपको पता है कि 2014-15 और 2015-16 के साल में प्राइवेट और सरकारी कंपनियों ने कितनी नौकरियां कम की हैं? सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र की कंपनी को मैं सरकारी ही कहता हूं. CENTRE FOR MONITORING INDIAN ECONOMY के निदेशक महेश व्यास हर मंगलवार को बिजनेस स्टैंडर्ड में रोज़गार को लेकर लेख लिखते हैं. हिन्दी के अखबारों में ऐसे लेख नहीं मिलेंगे. वहां आपको सिर्फ घटिया पत्रकारों के नेताओं के संस्मरण ही मिलेंगे. बहरहाल महेश व्यास ने जो लिखा है वो मैं आपके लिए हिन्दी में पेश कर रहा हूं.


2014-15 में 8 ऐसी कंपनियां हैं जिनमें से हर किसी ने औसत 10,000 लोगों को काम से निकाला है. इसमें प्राइवेट कंपनियां भी हैं और सरकारी भी. वेदांता ने 49,741 लोगों को छंटनी की है. फ्यूचर एंटरप्राइज़ ने 10,539 लोगों को कम किया. फोर्टिस हेल्थकेयर ने 18000 लोगों को कम किया है. टेक महिंद्रा ने 10,470 कर्मचारी कम किए हैं. SAILसार्वजनिक क्षेत्र की कंपनी है, इसने 30,413 लोगों की कमी की है. BSNL 12,765 लोगों को काम से निकाला है. INDIAN OIL CORPORATION ने 11,924 लोगों घटाया है. सिर्फ तीन सरकारी कंपनियों ने करीब 55000 नौकरियां कम की हैं. क्या प्रधानमंत्री ने इसका डेटा दिया था लोकसभा में? क्या आपने मांगा था?

2015-16 में लार्सन एंड ट्रूबो L&T ने 1,11020 नौकरियां कम कर दीं. फ्यूचर एंटरप्राइज़ ने 23,449 लोगों को निकाल दिया. इस साल सेल ने 18,603 लोगों को निकाला या नौकरियां कम कर दीं. इसके बाद भी इस साल रोज़गार वृद्धि की दर 0.4 प्रतिशत रही.

ज़रा पता कीजिए फ्यूचर एंटरप्राइज़ किसकी कंपनी है जिसने दो साल में 34000 लोगों को निकाला है या घटाया है. सर्च कीजिए तो. 2016-17 में कोरपोरेट सेक्टर में नौकिरियों की हालत सुधरी है. रोज़गार में वृद्धि की दर 2.7 फीसदी रही है. पिछले कई सालों की तुलना में यह अच्छा संकेत है मगर 4 प्रतिशत रोज़गार वृद्धि के सामने मामूली है.

महेश व्यास बताते हैं कि 2003-4, 2004-05 में रोज़गार की वृद्धि काफी ख़राब थी. लेकिन उसके बाद 2011-12 तक 4 प्रतिशत की दर से बढ़ती है जो काफी अच्छी मानी जाती है. 2012-13 से इसमें गिरावट आने लगती है. इस साल 4 प्रतिशत से गिर कर 0.9 प्रतिशत पर आ जाती है. 2013-14 में 3.3 प्रतिशत हो जाती है. मगर 2014-15 में फिर तेज़ी से गिरावट आती है. 2015-16, 2016-17 में भी गिरावट बरकार रहती है. इन वर्षों में रोज़गार वृद्धि का औसत मात्र 0.75 प्रतिशत रहा है. 2015-16 में तो रोज़गार वृद्धि की दर 0.4 प्रतिशत थी.

महेश व्यास रोज़गार के आंकड़ों पर लगातार लिखते रहते हैं. इस बार लिखा है कि भारतीय कंपनियां बहुत सारा डेटा छिपाती हैं. ज़रूरत है वे और भी जानकारी दें. व्यास लिखते हैं कि हम कंपनियों को मजबूर करने में नाकाम रहे हैं कि वे रोज़गार के सही आंकड़े दें. कानून है कि कंपनियां स्थायी और अस्थायी किस्म के अलग अलग रोज़गार के आंकड़े दिया करेंगी.

महेश व्यास की संस्था CMIE 3,441 कंपनियों के डेटा का अध्ययन करती है. 2016-17 के लिए उसके पास 3000 से अधिक कंपनियों का डेटा है. जबकि 2013-14 में उनके पास 1443 कंपनियों का ही डेटा था.

2016-17 में 3,441 कंपनियों ने 84 लाख रोज़गार देने का डेटा दिया है. 2013-14 में 1,443 कंपनियों ने 67 लाख रोज़गार देने का डेटा दिया था. इस हिसाब से देखें तो कंपनियों की संख्या डबल से ज़्यादा होने के बाद भी रोज़गार में खास वृद्धि नहीं होती है.

कर्मचारी भविष्य निधि संगठन (EPFO) का नया आंकड़ा आया है. पिछले साल सितंबर से इस साल मई के बीच कितने कर्मचारी इससे जुड़े हैं, इसकी समीक्षा की गई है. पहले अनुमान बताया गया था कि इस दौरान 45 लाख कर्मचारी जुड़े. समीक्षा के बाद इसमें 12.4 प्रतिशत की कमी आ गई है. यानी अब यह संख्या 39 लाख हो गई है.

EPFO के आंकड़े घटते-बढ़ते रहते हैं. कारण बताया गया है कि कंपनियां अपना रिटर्न लेट फाइल करती हैं. जो कर्मचारी निकाले जाते हैं या छोड़ जाते हैं, उनकी सूचना भी देर से देती हैं. सितंबर 2017 से लेकर मई 2018 के हर महीने के EPFO पे-रोल की समीक्षा की गई है. किसी महीने में 5 प्रतिशत की कमी आई है तो किसी महीने में 27 फीसदी की. इस साल मई में 10 प्रतिशत की कमी है. जबकि उसके अगले महीने जून में 24 प्रतिशत की वृद्धि हुई है. कुल मिलाकार नई समीक्षा के अनुसार 9 महीनों में EPFO से जुड़ने वाले कर्मचारियों की संख्या करीब 39 लाख के आस-पास हो जाती है.

इसी संदर्भ में आप मेरा 2 अगस्त 2018 का लेख पढ़ सकते हैं. जो मैंने कई लेखों को पढ़कर हिन्दी में लिखा था. मेरे ब्लॉग कस्बा पर है और फेसबुक पेज पर भी है. उसका एक हिस्सा आपके सामने पेश कर रहा हूं. आपको पता चलेगा कि कैसे प्रधानमंत्री इधर-उधर की बातें कर ऐसी कहानी सुना गए, जो खुद बताती है कि नौकरी है नहीं, नौकरी की झूठी कहानी ज़रूर है.

“प्रधानमंत्री ने लोकसभा में अविश्वास प्रस्ताव पर जवाब देते हुए रोज़गार के कई आंकड़े दिए थे. आप उस भाषण को फिर से सुनिए. वैसे रोज़गार को लेकर शोध करने और लगातार लिखने वाले महेश व्यास ने 24 जुलाई के बिजनेस स्टैंडर्ड में उनके भाषण की आलोचना पेश की है. प्रधानमंत्री आंकड़े दे रहे हैं कि सितंबर 2017 से मई 2018 के बीच भविष्य निधि कोष से 45 लाख लोग जुड़े हैं. इसी दौरान नेशनल पेंशन स्कीम में करीब साढ़े पांच लाख लोग जुड़े हैं. अब महेश व्यास कहते हैं कि यह संख्या होती है पचास लाख मगर प्रधानमंत्री आसानी से 70 लाख कर देते हैं. राउंड फिगर के चक्कर में बीस लाख बढ़ा देते हैं.”

50 से 70 लाख करने का जादू हमारे प्रधानमंत्री ही कर सकते हैं. इसीलिए वे ईमेल से इंटरव्यू देते हैं. ताकि एंकर भी बदनाम न हो कि उसने नौकरी को लेकर सही सवाल नहीं किया. प्रधानमंत्री ने हाल में ई मेल से इंटरव्यू देकर गोदी मीडिया के एंकरों को बदनाम होने से बचा लिया. मीडिया की साख गिरती है तो उसकी आंच उन पर आ जाती है.

इसीलिए कहता हूं कि आप पाठक और दर्शक के रूप में अपना व्यवहार बदलें. थोड़ा सख़्त रहें. देखें कि कहां सवाल उठ रहे हैं और कहां नहीं. सवालों से ही तथ्यों के बाहर आने का रास्ता खुलता है. हिन्दी के अख़बार आपको कूड़ा परोस रहे हैं और आपकी जवानी के अरमानों को कूड़े से ढांप रहे हैं.


अख़बार ख़रीद लेने और खोलकर पढ़ लेने से पाठक नहीं हो जाते हैं. गोदी मीडिया के दौर पर हेराफेरी को पकड़ना भी आपका ही काम है. वर्ना आप अंधेरे में बस जयकारे लगाने वाले हरकारे बना दिए जाएंगे. मैंने बीस साल के पाठकीय जीवन में यही जाना है कि चैनल तो कूड़ा हो ही गए हैं, हिन्दी के अख़बार भी रद्दी हैं.

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Kerala Floods: How Google, Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and BSNL Are Helping the Affected


Kerala floods have ravaged daily life in the state, resulting in the death of over 300 people and displacing more than 3 lakh. A red alert has been issued in Kerala due to the rains and 2,000 relief camps have been set up. Internet search giant Google has joined telecom operators Airtel, Vodafone, Jio, BSNL and Idea in helping the affected people using technology. Google is allowing Android users to share their locations even when they are offline to help rescuers find them. The telcos are offering data and calling benefits to prepaid customers in the state, while postpaid users are getting extension on bill payments as well as uninterrupted services due to the disruption resulting from Kerala floods. Airtel is also providing free Wi-Fi and calling facility to affected users, and is providing them the option to recharge their phones’ batteries at select Airtel stores.

Google Maps users on Android phones and tablets will be able to send the plus code of their locations online as well as offline. They just need to zoom in to their location to the maximum – just touch and hold on the location to drop a pin on the map. At the bottom will be an address – any user can find this code to locate you, and share it with others as well. To share the Google Maps location plus code offline during the Kerala floods, you can send it via SMS or make a call to any number. To share it online, enter the plus code and city name in the search box of the Google Maps or Search app.   

In the aftermath of Kerala floods, Airtel is offering prepaid subscribers in the state auto-approval of talk time credit worth Rs. 30. This sum will be credited automatically to their accounts, and will have to be paid back later on. Along with this, the prepaid users will get 1GB of mobile data with validity of 7 days. Additionally, all STD and local calls made to Airtel numbers will be free from August 17 to August 19.

Postpaid and home broadband users are getting an extension on bill payment as well uninterrupted access to services. Airtel says is also setting up VSAT at five centres to deliver free Wi-Fi and calling to people impacted by Kerala floods.

Additionally, anyone can come to one of the 30 Airtel Stores to charge their phones and to make free calls to their friends and family. These Airtel Stores are located in Thrissur, Calicut, Malappuram, Kannur, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ernakulam.

Jio is doing its bit to help those impacted by Kerala floods by offering customers complimentary unlimited voice and data access for a week to stay in touch with their friends and family.

Vodafone is giving prepaid users talk time of up to Rs. 30 as well as 1GB of mobile data. While the data is being credited automatically, subscribers will have to activate it by sending a text message saying CREDIT to 144 or by dialling *130*1#. Vodafone postpaid customers will get uninterrupted services and extension on bill payments, which should give some buffer to those impacted by Kerala floods.

Idea is offering emergency credit of Rs.10 to all prepaid customers. Customers can dial *150*150# to get the talk time instantly. All Idea prepaid customers will also get 1 GB data free valid for 7 days. This benefit will be automatically credited to customers. Idea says it will also extend the due date for bill payment for all postpaid customers to ensure they continue using the services, uninterrupted. Prepaid users whose recharge validities are expiring by August 18 will get validity of another two days. Idea stores will also allow users to charge their phones’ batteries.

CMD BSNL has announced relief for those impacted by Kerala floods in the form of on free calls to both BSNL and non-BSNL numbers, limited to 20 minutes per day. He added that SMS and data to customers residing in flood affected areas of Kerala will be free for the next 7 days beginning Thursday.

The unprecedented rains have caused Kerala floods of a magnitude not seen in recent times. Kochi airport has been shut down, and the army, the navy, the NDRF and other forces are working on rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of the Kerala floods. Food packets and drinking water are being rushed to Kerala for distribution among the people in 14 worst affected districts, while additional National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are also being sent to the state to assist the local administration in operations.



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Kerala Floods: Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL Offer Free Data and More


Rain and floods in Kerala have ravaged daily life in the state, affecting the millions living there. A red alert has been issued in Kerala due to the rains, which have already resulted in at least 67 deaths. Telcos like Airtel, Vodafone, Jio, BSNL, Idea are offering data and calling benefits to prepaid customers in the state, while postpaid users are getting extension on bill payments as well as uninterrupted services due to the disruption resulting from Kerala floods. Airtel will also be providing free Wi-Fi and calling facility to affected users, and is providing them the option to recharge their phones’ batteries at select Airtel stores.

In the aftermath of Kerala floods, Airtel is offering prepaid subscribers in the state auto-approval of talk time credit worth Rs. 30. This sum will be credited automatically to their accounts, and will have to be paid back later on. Along with this, the prepaid users will get 1GB of mobile data with validity of 7 days. Additionally, all STD and local calls made to Airtel numbers will be free from August 17 to August 19.

Postpaid and home broadband users are getting an extension on bill payment as well uninterrupted access to services. Airtel says is also setting up VSAT at five centres to deliver free Wi-Fi and calling to people impacted by Kerala floods.

Additionally, anyone can come to one of the 30 Airtel Stores to charge their phones and to make free calls to their friends and family. These Airtel Stores are located in Thrissur, Calicut, Malappuram, Kannur, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ernakulam.

Jio is doing its bit to help those impacted by Kerala floods by offering customers complimentary unlimited voice and data access for a week to stay in touch with their friends and family.

Vodafone is giving prepaid users talk time of up to Rs. 30 as well as 1GB of mobile data. While the data is being credited automatically, subscribers will have to activate it by sending a text message saying CREDIT to 144 or by dialling *130*1#. Vodafone postpaid customers will get uninterrupted services and extension on bill payments, which should give some buffer to those impacted by Kerala floods.

Idea is offering emergency credit of Rs.10 to all prepaid customers. Customers can dial *150*150# to get the talk time instantly. All Idea prepaid customers will also get 1 GB data free valid for 7 days. This benefit will be automatically credited to customers. Idea says it will also extend the due date for bill payment for all postpaid customers to ensure they continue using the services, uninterrupted.

CMD BSNL has announced relief for those impacted by Kerala floods in the form of on free calls to both BSNL and non-BSNL numbers, limited to 20 minutes per day. He added that SMS and data to customers residing in flood affected areas of Kerala will be free for the next 7 days beginning Thursday.

The unprecedented rains in Kerala have caused flooding and resulted in the death of 25 people in just the last 24 hours. Kochi airport has been shut down, and the army, the navy, the NDRF and other forces are working on rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of the Kerala floods. Food packets and drinking water are being rushed to Kerala for distribution among the people in 14 worst affected districts, while additional National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are also being sent to the state to assist the local administration in operations.



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