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Its Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Maharashtra Circle launches special CUG plan for OBC(Other Backward Classes) class people specially to connect people from the same castes. BSNL has just launched a closed user group plan for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Maharashtra. It has tied up with the Satyashodhak OBC Parishad, a non-political organisation, for a prepaid talk time plan at nominal charges. The parishad plans to add 6,000 members every month. BSNL will give free sim cards to OBCs after they get recommendation letters from district nodal officers of the Satyashodhak OBC Parishad. Nodal officers will endorse application forms (which can be obtained at BSNL customer care centres) if a caste certificate is produced. Hanumant Upre, president of the Parishad, said it was the outcome of three months of discussions with BSNL. “The talk time scheme will not only increase interaction among the 357 sub-castes of OBCs but will also pave the way for inter-caste marriages,” he said.
The state has about 6 crore OBCs drawn from 375 castes – nearly half its population and its most populous community. The community, which is scattered across regions and divided culturally, is significant in the state’s socio-political structure. Other than prominent leaders such as Gopinath Munde (Bharatiya Janata Party), Chhagan Bhujbal (Nationalist Congress Party), several political parties have a large number of OBC legislators and members of Parliament. The launch of the scheme, note political observers, comes at a time when elections to 33 zilla parishads, 200 municipalities and 22 municipal corporations are slated to be held this November and next February. Every political party in the state is concentrating on reaching out to OBCs. BSNL’s talk time scheme may come in handy for parties to increase their base. In May, BSNL had launched a special rate plan for para-military forces, covering 900,000 jawans.
BSNL Satyashodhak OBC Parishad CUG Plan Details:
1. Monthly Charges: Rs. 90 / Month
2. Free Talk-time:
Own Network = 100 Minute
Other Network = 200 Minute
3. Free SMS: 250 every Month
4. Free GPRS: 100 Mb per Month
5. National Roaming: Rs. 1
6. OBC to OBC Calls: FREE (Within CUG Group Numbers)