09 August 2012

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BSNL Samadhaan : Special Scheme for Disputed Bills Settlement

BSNL introduced SAMADHAANa Special Relief Scheme for for Disputed Bills Settlement in respect of Broadband usage telephone bills for the benefit of existing and ex-customers of Broadband Services.

The main reasons for non-payment of Broadband bill/s are reported to be the customer getting a bill for usage of Broadband beyond his expected usage. This generally happens in the initial usage of Broadband Connections due to non awareness about the appropriate BSNL Broadband Plans required to be selected to suffice the customer requirements.
BSNL Samadhan for broadband bills
To win back such customers BSNL has decided to introduce onetime Special Relief Scheme SAMADHAN with the options as indicated below as a goodwill gesture as one time relief to settle the disputed bills of such customers.

Option - I 
A limited usage BB plan customer against whom one or more such alleged excessive bill/s is/are outstanding may under this option settle his bill/s to the extent of maximum three bills of three consecutive billing cycles as follows:
  1. Pay Rs. 750/- for excess usage (beyond the admissible limit as per plan) for first 5 GB per Bill and the remaining excess usage (if any) beyond 5 GB @ Rs. 100/- per GB or part thereof per bill. This settlement shall be applicable individually against each disputed bill.
  2. The relief mentioned at (1) above under this option can be availed of up to a maximum of three consecutive bills only i.e., the latest disputed bills and two immediately preceding bills, in case these two preceding bills too are disputed and unpaid.
  3. Head of the SSA may, however, on the merits of each case allow settlement of such disputed bills for six consecutive billing cycles i.e., the latest disputed bill and preceding five bills, if disputed and unpaid.
  4. The above mentioned relief shall be allowed to the customer, if the customer simultaneously chooses a BB Plan at least BBG 375 or any other higher Plan (in terms of FMC). Such customers have to commit to remain in the BB Plan so chosen for a period of twelve months after the aforesaid settlement, by payment of eleven months FMC as annual Payment in advance.
Option - II
Under this option the customer can settle his disputed bill/s as follows:

The limited usage BB plan customer may choose any limited usage Broadband Plan of higher FMC. The customer’s disputed bills under the earlier plan may be settled as per the chosen New Limited Usage Plan. In case the free usage in the chosen plan is less than the total usage in each of the disputed bills, the remaining usage against each such bill may be settled as per the existing usage charges per MB prescribed in the chosen plan. The remaining usage charges so calculated may be collected in 12 equal monthly installments, if customer desires.

The above relief shall be applicable to customer only if the customer commits to remain in the chosen limited Plan for a period of twelve months after the aforesaid settlement, by payment of eleven months FMC as annual Payment in advance.

The relief mentioned at (1) above under this option shall be applicable uniformly up to three consecutive bills only i.e., the latest disputed bills and two immediately preceding bills, in case these two preceding bills too are disputed and unpaid.

Head of the SSA may, however, on the merits of each case allow settlement of such disputed bills for six consecutive billing cycles i.e., the latest disputed bill and preceding five bills, if disputed and unpaid.
Option - III
  1. The limited usage BB plan customer can select any of the following Unlimited Plans to get corresponding rebate on the excess usage of his/her disputed bill/s.
    BSNL SAMADHAAN Unlimited Broadband Plans
  2. The plan selected by the customer under this option should be of same/higher FMC than the plan availed by the customer in exiting disputed bill.
  3. The relief mentioned at (1) above under this option shall be applicable uniformly up to three consecutive bills only i.e., the latest disputed bills and two immediately preceding bills, in case these two preceding bills too are disputed and unpaid.
  4. Head of the SSA may, however, on the merits of each case allow settlement of such disputed bills for six consecutive billing cycles i.e., the latest disputed bill and preceding five bills, if disputed and unpaid.
  5. The above relief shall be applicable to customer only if the customer commits to remain in the chosen plan for a period of twelve months after the aforesaid settlement, by payment of eleven months FMC as Annual payment in advance.
Option-IV
1. In case where the limited usage BB plan customer does not want to give any commitment for the future, he may be given the option to settle his disputed bills by allowing him to pay excess usage as follows:
(a) Payment for FMC: as per earlier plan
(b) Payment of excess usage beyond free limit shall be @
  • Rs 1000/- up to first 5 GB
  • Rs 200/- per GB for every additional GB or part thereof beyond 5 GB up to 10 GB
  • Rs. 100/- per GB for every additional GB or part thereof beyond 10 GB
2. The customer can avail any plan thereafter.
3. The relief mentioned at (1) above under this option shall be applicable uniformly up to three consecutive bills only i.e., the latest disputed bills and two immediately preceding bills, in case these two preceding bills too are disputed and unpaid.

Other Terms and Conditions
  • A customer can avail any of the options in the above mentioned scheme only once in lifetime on a particular connection.
  • Plan chosen under relief scheme shall be applicable only for all the disputed bills and the future committed period. No past undisputed bill shall be settled through this scheme.
  • Amount of relief/rebate granted under this scheme shall be for basic usage amount only and not in respect of service tax thereon, already paid to concerned authorities on billed amount.
  • Any hitherto regretted case & disconnected for non-payment, which could have been settled on the basis of options of this concession scheme may also be considered for settlement under the scheme, if the customer makes an appeal.
  • In case a customer is already disconnected and wants to avail any of the options of the above scheme, he shall not be charged any reconnection/installation fee and Fixed monthly charges for the intervening period i.e., from the date of disconnection of BB connection up to the date of reconnection.
  • Disconnected BB connections under the scheme shall be reconnected on customer's request after receipt of payment through different settlement options indicated above and clearance of outstanding bills against related landline connection.
  • The bills relating to landline connection, outstanding if any shall be paid by the customer as required under existing instructions for restoration of disconnected b-fone connections.
  • The customer should be asked to give his Cell Phone number on which usage alerts can be sent in future, and he may also be advised to keep a check on his usage on BSNL Broadband Data Usage Selfcare Portal showing the customer log details and should keep watch on the pop-up alerts on the screen.
This Special Relief Scheme will be available for a period upto 31st October 2015, only for those limited usage BB plan customers who have disputed unpaid Broadband bills till 31st March 2015 in all the circles and this Special scheme BSNL SAMADHAAN will help the existing and ex-customers of Broadband services of BSNL for settlement of Disputed Bills in Broadband usage bills.
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