BSNL director AK Garg joins MTNL as chairman and managing director

AK Garg, director (human resources) of BSNL, has been
appointed as chairman and managing director of telecom PSU MTNL.

Garg replaces acting CMD Kuldip Singh.

Singh, the company’s technical director, was given the
additional charge of CMD following resignation of CMD RSP Sinha in January this

MTNL, which provides telecom services in Delhi and Mumbai
circles, had not been able to take any major decision regarding the functioning
of the firm in absence of a full time CMD, according to a report in Business Standard.

Increasing competition from private players and rising
wage costs have impacted MTNL in a major way and it has been losing revenues
and market share on a constant basis.

The Telecom Minister is taking a keen interest in turning
around loss making PSUs like BSNL and MTNL and has recently decided to have a
monthly review of their operations and performance.

The government recently appointed RK Upadhyay CMD of
BSNL, which operates telecom services nationwide barring two metros — Delhi
and Mumbai.

IN January 2011, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
appointed A.K Garg as director (HR). He has extensive experience, spanning 33
years in telecommunications. An engineering graduate in electrical and
communication from IIT Roorkee, Garg initially joined the Department of
Telecommunications’ Group A services in 1977. Prior to joining BSNL, he served
as chief General manager at Kolkata Telephones.

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