National Telecom backbone and largest landline service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to withdraw the Free Telephone facility at Airport, Major Hospitals and District Hospitals. BSNL has taken this decision in an attempt to reduce its operating losses.
The PSU has announced the withdrawal of this facility due to withdrawal of service tax exemption with effect from 01-03-2015. BSNL authorities also clarified that, if any Airport or Hospital administration requires telephone facility they may continue the same in private capacity.
An Official statement regarding the withdrawal of Free Telephone facility at Airport and Major Hospitals read as follows -
In view of free telephone facility at Airport/Major Hospitals and District Hospitals being included in the ambit of service tax, it has been decided that the same stands closed with immediate effect. However, if any Airport/Hospital administration requires this facility, they may continue the same in private capacity.
BSNL has issued this order with the approval of competent authority. This order will be implemented with immediate effect on PAN India basis.
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