The meeting of the Joint Committee on PLI is held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, participated. From the Management Side, details related to staff strength, number of connections and revenue collections for the financial years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (upto 3rd quarter) were provided. The staff strength has come down from 2,25,512 (as on 31.03.2015) to 1,83,963 (as on 01.02.2018). Compared to 2017, mobile connections have increased by 7.2%, FTTH BB connections increased by 42.3% and leased lines have increased by 20.9% in 2018. Whereas, landline, WLL and ADSL Broadband have decreased by 10%, 19.7% and 7.1% respectively. Total income of the Company remained at Rs.31,533 crores in 2016 - 17, while it has come down to Rs.16,268 crore in 2017 – 18 (upto 3rd quarter). The Management Side stated that, considering the drastic fall in the income of the Company, only a token amount could be given as PLI. However, the Staff Side unanimously rejected this proposal. They demanded that more than what was paid last time, should be paid as PLI to the employees.