Uninor employees' bid to save company business in India

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Employees of telecom service provider Uninor along with their families would gather at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to tell the government that their future is at stake if Uninor's operations are shut in India.

A smaller group of people will also proceed to the offices of Communications Minister Kapil Sibal and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh thereafter.

Uninor, a joint venture between Norway's Telenor and India-based Unitech, would be asking the government to allow its operations till auctions of the cancelled 2G licences takes place.

The firm, which stands to lose its licences to operate in India following Supreme Court's order to cancel 122 telecom licences issued in 2008, is likely to be in an even difficult situation with the government having sought an extension of time to conduct the auction.

The Supreme Court had asked the firms affected by the order to shut shops in four months and ordered the government to conduct auction of the cancelled licences in the due time.

However, the government has said that the auction would take at least 400 days which would require firms like Uninor to halt their operations after June 2 till the time an auction takes place.

"The purpose of this gathering will be to register our presence, bring to the government of India's attention the fact that Uninor's future is our future and that we deserve a chance to continue," an Uninor employee said.

Uninor employees' bid to save company business in India - The Economic Times
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