BSNL gets a humiliating backlash from Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday when the court asked why the government-owned telecommunication company is still trying to procure outdated equipment of 4G.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed indicating the plight of the residents of the rural and backward areas state in the matters regarding Internet services.
According to a report by Live Law, when the Counsel of BSNL said that BSNL had already called for tenders for the supply of 4G equipment but the same could not be finalized because of the objections raised by various authorities of the government, the Bench of Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice CB Barowalia was surprised hearing the argument and asked
"When the entire world is proceeding or has rather switched over to 5G technology, why the BSNL is still trying to procure outdated equipment of 4G. Why public money is sought to be wasted, is a matter of concern both for the public as well as for this Court."
The reported qouted Court saying that no government or authority for that matter has a right to say that it would indulge in wasteful expenditure and any attempt to fritter away the State resources can definitely be checked by this Court.
The court also added that it is not powerless to prevent waste and squandering of public funds, as and when questioned.
The Court asked BSNL to file a comprehensive affidavit as to why it still wants to pursue and pushing for the equipment, which is totally obsolete and outdated and would only be rendered scrap very shortly.
The matter has been listed for consideration on June 21, 2021.
Meanwhile, the service providers have been directed to ensure that all Mobile Towers that have been erected thus far are fully operational and functional and compliance report in this regard be filed by them on or before the next date of hearing.
The Counsel appearing for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. submitted that Jio had erected approximately 600 towers in the last one year and it proposes to erect many such new towers. The counsel for Jio also pointed out the difficulty coming in the way on account of stay orders that have been passed by the various Courts.