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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

 
  
   
Pioneer of the P&T Trade Union Movement : Coms. Henry Barton, Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, Dada Ghosh, K.G. Bose, N.J. Iyer & K. Adinarayana

 

           Henry Barton    Babu Tarapada Mukherjee   Dada B.N. Ghosh          Com. K.G. Bose           

Com. N.J. Iyer          Com. K. Adinarayana

 

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

Last Updated on 22.08.2017 [19:10 hrs]

[22.08.2017]Superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees.

The issue of implementing the government orders on superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees, is lingering on for a long time. As per government orders, Management should contribute 30% of the pay of the DR employees, as superannuation benefits. The Management has already contributing 18% towards EPF, DCRG, Post Retirement Medical Benefits, etc. So the remaining 12% should be made as pension contribution. But, the Management has so far not implemented this. They were proposing to make 3% as pension contribution, in view of the financial crisis of the Company. However, BSNLEU and other unions and associations did not accept this. In the one day strike held on 27.07.2017, this was one among the four demands. After the strike, Management started proposing 5% as pension contribution. Under these circumstances, Management had invited BSNLEU for a discussion on this subject. Accordingly, a discussion took place today between BSNLEU and the Management. Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.), represented the Management. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, participated in the discussion. The DGM (Estt.) conveyed the proposal of the Management, for making 5% as pension contribution to the DR employees. BSNLEU made it very clear to the Management that the union wants implementation of 30% superannuation benefits. However, keeping in mind, the inordinate delay in the implementation of the pension scheme for the DR employees, BSNLEU told the Management that it can proceed with the implementation of it’s proposal of contributing 5% pay, towards the Pension Fund. At the same time, BSNLEU made it very clear that it will continue to raise the demand that the Management should implement the government orders on contributing 30% pay towards the superannuation benefits of the DR employees.

 

[22.08.2017]Minimum wage fixed by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India is applicable to casual labourers also.  

The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has already revised the minimum wages, which has been notified in the Gazette on 19.01.2017. These minimum wages are applicable to the contract workers engaged in BSNL. So far as the casual labourers working in BSNL are concerned, they are being paid wages based on the lowest CDA pay scale. Under these circumstances, a letter is issued by the BSNL Corporate Office today stating that, the minimum wages fixed by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India is applicable to the casual labourers also. It means, in whichever circle, the minimum wages fixed by the State Government is higher than the lowest CDA pay scale, then the casual labourers should be paid the minimum wages fixed by the State Government.<<view letter>>

 

[22.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on tele-density and Market Share report as on 30.06.2017.<<click here>> <annexure>>

 

[22.08.2017]Unions and associations write to the CMD BSNL on the decline in productivity of the Company.

The unions and associations have withdrawn all their cooperations to the Management, w.e.f. 01.07.2017, in view of the attacks launched by the BSNL Management, on the rights of the unions and associations, even to conduct peaceful agitational programme. In a letter to the Management, the unions and associations have informed that the Non-Executives and Executives will not do any extra work w.e.f. 01.07.2017, but will only perform their normal duties. It is unfortunate that, the Management has not held any talks with the unions and associations on this issue, even after the lapse of more than one and half months. As a result of this withdrawal of cooperation the productivity of the Company has considerably declined. Even after the entry of Reliance Jio, BSNL has been consistently providing more than 20 lakh new mobile connections every month. For example, in the month of June, 2017, BSNL had provided 26,96,993 new mobile connections. However, the new mobile connections provided by BSNL in the month of July, 2017, has got reduced to 17,75,953. This clearly shows that the performance of BSNL has significantly declined in the month of July, 2017. Unions and associations has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to solve the deadlock through discussions.<<view letter>>

 

[22.08.2017]Wage Revision talks in Coal India Limited – Lessons for BSNL.

Negotiations for wage revision have already started in the Public Sector Company of Coal India Ltd. All the Central Trade Unions, including the BMS, have joined together and are negotiating unitedly with the Management. The unions demand 25% fitment. However, the Management offered to give 10% only. Having seen that all the unions have joined together, Management is now compelled to give an offer for 18% fitment. However, unions have not accepted this offer and are insisting for more fitment. It is also to be noted that the unions in the Coal sector demand 25% fitment for a period of 5 years. As per our information, the unions may achieve more than 20% fitment, for a 5 year period. It is also significant to note that as per the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, maximum fitment is only 15% for a period of 10 years. 3rd PRC recommendations are applicable to Coal India Ltd. also. However, through their unity, the Coal India Limited Unions are going to achieve more than what is recommended by the 3rd PRC, in terms quantum of fitment and periodicity. Unions and associations of BSNL have to learn lessons from the unity of the trade unions of Coal India Ltd.

 

[21.08.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.6 dated 19th August, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[21.08.2017]Exploitation of the PSUs should stop. 

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is reported to have given instructions to his ministers not to stay in 5 star hotels and also not to avail any undue facilities from the PSUs coming under their respective ministries. This instruction has been given based on the reports received by the Prime Minister that his ministers have the tendencies to stay in 5 star hotels and avail various facilities from the PSUs under their ministries. Certainly, the Prime Minister has taken a welcome step. However, the same Modi government recently directed all the central PSUs, including BSNL, to spend huge amounts to publicise throughout the country, the 3 year achievements of the NDA government. The government and the ministers should totally stop exploiting the Public Sector companies.

 

[19.08.2017]CHQ circular no.6 dated 19th August, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[19.08.2017]Next CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held at New Delhi on 07th & 8th November, 2017.

The All India Centre meeting held yesterday has decided to re-schedule the dates of the next Central Executive Committee meeting. As per this decision, the CEC meeting will be held at New Delhi on 07th & 08th November, 2017. These dates are final. All the CEC members are requested to kindly book their journey tickets in advance.

 

[19.08.2017]Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU to be held on 16th September, 2017, at Jaipur.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Jaipur on 16th September, 2017. The Rajasthan circle union has kindly consented to host this Central Secretariat meeting. This meeting will be attended only by the Central Office bearers. Hence, all central office bearers are requested to attend the meeting without fail and also to book their journey tickets at the earliest.  

 

[19.08.2017]Centenary celebrations of the Great October Revolution – BSNLEU decides to hold seminar in nine centres.

The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai, has resolved that the union should celebrate the Centenary of the Great October Revolution. Accordingly, one seminar has already been conducted at Thiruvananthapuram. These celebrations come to a close on 7th November, 2017. The All India Centre meeting held yesterday, has decided that seminars should be conducted in the following 9 centres before 7th November, 2017. These centres will be:-

 

(1)   New Delhi                   (6) Benguluru

(2)   Kolkata                        (7) Andhra Pradesh & Telangana    

(3)   Ahmedabad                (8) Chennai

(4)   Bhopal                         (9) Tamil Nadu

(5)   Guwahati

 

The circle unions are requested to make note of this, and to do the needful for the successful completion of the seminars before the due date. 

 

[19.08.2017]Massive 3 days’ continuous dharna at New Delhi on 09th, 10th & 11th November, 2017.

The National Convention of workers, organised by the Central Trade Unions and independent federations & unions (including BSNLEU), was held at New Delhi on 08.08.2017. This convention, after elaborate discussion, has decided to organise a massive 3 days’ continuous dharna of workers at New Delhi on 09th, 10th & 11th November, 2017. It is the decision to mobilise lakhs and lakhs of workers in this dharna on all the 3 days, and to show a mammoth opposition to the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held yesterday, has decided to massively mobilise the BSNL employees also in this 3 days’ continuous dharna. All the circle unions are requested make note of this and to mobilise maximum number of employees in this dharna, from their respective circles. The circle secretaries should take the initiative to book the journey tickets of the participants in advance and also to give intimation to the CHQ.

 

[18.08.2017]NDA governments media publicity, on wage revision of the Public Sector Employees, based on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC.

The recommendations of the 3rd PRC are already implemented vide DPE’s letters dated 03rd August and 04th August, 2017. Now, the DPE has issued another letter to all the Administrative Ministries of the Central Public Sector Undertakings, about giving media publicity on the wage revision of the PSU employees.<<view letter>>

 

[18.08.2017]AIBSNLEA positively responds to BSNLEU’s desire for united approach and struggle on the issue of wage revision.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, vide his letter no.BSNLEU/103(Forum) dated 10.08.2017, has written to com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, expressing BSNLEU’s desire for a united approach and struggle to settle the wage revision of BSNL employees. Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, has favourably responded to this letter.<<view letter>>

 

[18.08.2017]BSNL’s revenue collection is not reduced due to the cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio – Says CMD BSNL.

The revenue collections of all the private telecom companies have sizably got reduced due to the cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio. BSNL’s revenue collections are also severely hit by Reliance Jio’s predatory pricising. However, it is an appreciable aspect that the revenue collection of BSNL has not got reduced. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, has told this to the media persons. According to his information, the revenue collection of BSNL was Rs.28,449 crore for the financial year 2016, whereas the revenue collection for 2017 is Rs.28,477 crore. 

 

[18.08.2017]Do not transfer unwilling Non-Executives of Telangana circle to Andhra Pradesh circle – BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Management.

After bifurcation of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh circle into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, unwilling Non-Executives were transferred from Telangana circle, to be posted in the CGM Office of Andhra Pradesh circle at Vijayawada. Under this condition, the BSNL Corporate Office wants to transfer more Non-Executives from Telangana circle to the CGM Office at Vijayawada in the name of “staff shortage”. Surprisingly, the Corporate Office is not prepared to consider the request of the Non-Executives, working within Andhra Pradesh circle, for posting at the CGM Office, Vijayawada. BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Management, demanding not to disturb any unwilling Non-Executive from Telangana circle, but to consider the request of the willing Non-Executives of Andhra Pradesh circle, to be posted at the CGM Office, Vijayawada.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.08.2017]BSNL Management constituted an Internal Committee on the issue of wage revision.

In the discussion held between the unions & associations and the CMD BSNL on 09.08.2017, it was disclosed by the CMD BSNL that an Internal Committee of the Management would be formed on the issue of wage revision. The task of this Committee would be to give recommendations to the Management, on how the wage revision issue could be taken up with the government, in the wake of the letter issued by the DPE in it’s letter dated 03.08.2017.<<view letter>> 

[18.08.2017]Corporate Office notification on meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres.<<view notification>>

[18.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on concessional telephone facility to retired / retiring employees of BSNL.<<view letter>>

[17.08.2017]BSNLEU demands the Corporate Office to release funds for the payment of contract workers' wages in Tamil Nadu circle.

It has been brought to the notice of the CHQ that this month's wages of contract workers in Tamil Nadu circle, are not paid so far. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS met shri Y.N.Singh, GM(T&BFCI) today and demanded immediate releasing of the requisite funds for the payment. The GM(T&BFCI) assured to do the needful.

 

[17.08.2017]The State Department of the United States, in it's annual international report notes increase in violence related to religious intolerance.

The Narendra Modi government is very close to the United States, both during the previous Obama administration and the present Trump administration. Hence it is very important to know what the US government has reported about the Narendra Modi government on the spreading of communal violence. The U.S. State Department noted the following in its annual International Religious Freedom Report released on 15th August, 2017. 

 

"India has recorded a spike in violence related to religious intolerance in 2016 and the authorities have routinely refused to take action against cow vigilantes. Authorities frequently did not prosecute members of vigilante 'cow protection' groups who attacked consumers, or traders of beef, usually Muslims, despite an increase in attacks compared to previous years,” the report said, listing the series of violent incidents in India last year. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) reported 751 conflicts between religious communities, which resulted in 97 deaths and 2,264 injuries in 2015, jumping from 644 communal incidents, resulting in 95 deaths and 1,921 injuries the previous year".

[Source : The Hindu dated 16-08-2017]

 

[17.08.2017]BSNLEU demands holding of 50% JTO (TF) LICE.

There is acute shortage in the cadre of JTO (TF). Filling up of these vacancies will greatly help to improve the efficiency and productivity of our Telecom Factories. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), pointing out that no JTO (TF) LICE has taken place after the formation of BSNL and has demanded to immediately hold the 50% JTO (TF) LICE.<<view letter>>

[16.08.2017]Minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11th May, 2017.<<click here>>

[16.08.2017]Corporate Office sanctioned final Welfare grant 2016-17 to BRBRAITT circle.<<click here>>

 

[16.08.2017]BSNLEU demands the Director (HR) to hold the adjourned 35th meeting of the National Council without further delay.

The 35th meeting of the National Council was held on 11.05.2017. Only 12 agenda items could be discussed on that day, due to paucity of time. The meeting was adjourned, and the Management Side assured to hold the adjourned meeting shortly. However, even after the lapse of three months, the adjourned meeting has not been held. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Staff Side, Secretary, has written to the Director (HR) demanding to hold the adjourned meeting without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[16.08.2017]BSNL seeks 2 years’ extension of the validity of it’s mobile licence.

BSNL was issued with the mobile licence in the year 2000. As such, it will expire in the year 2020. Under these circumstances, BSNL Management has written to the government, demanding extension of it’s licence for 2 more years. BSNL’s justification for this demand is as follows. BSNL was issued mobile licence in the year 2000, subject to finalisation of terms and conditions based on the recommendations of the TRAI. BSNL made it’s first rollout in 2002. Therefore, the effective date of the licence should be 2002. If this is accepted, then BSNL’s licence will be valid till 2022.

 

[16.08.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), demanding release of the minutes of the National Council meeting, held on 11.05.2017.

The minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017 are yet to be released. It is already 3 months since the meeting was held, and the important decisions taken in that meeting are not implemented, due to the non-releasing of the minutes. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) demanding early releasing of the minutes.<<view letter>>

 

[16.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on revised flat rate of licence fee applicable for General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country w.e.f. 01.07.2017.<<view letter>>

 

BSNLEU wishes a very Happy 71st

 Independence Day.

 

Our great nation has completed 70 years of it’s independence, and is stepping into the 71st year tomorrow. BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all our comrades, as well as all the citizens of our country. 70 years ago, when the nation was celebrating it’s freedom, Mahatma Gandhi did not participate in those celebrations. He was sitting on hunger strike, calling upon the people of the country, to stop the killings taking place due to Hindu-Muslim riots. The Mahatma was forced not to participate in the celebrations, but to undertake a hunger strike, because lakhs of people were killed in the Hindu-Muslim riots that shook the nation during the partition.

 

India is a Union of States. The different states of the Indian Union have different languages, religions, cultures and food habits. The Indian Union will remain strong so long as the languages, religions, cultures and food habits of different states are respected. This is what called unity in diversity. If the language, religion, culture and food habit of one state is imposed on another state, then the unity of our great nation will also be weakened. Intolerance is the greatest enemy of our nation. Celebrated scientists, social activists and even retired officers of the armed forces have protested the increasing violence and the growth of intolerance in the recent years. On the occasion of the 71st Independence Day, let us resolve to respect the language, religion, culture and food habits of others, and strengthen the unity of the Indian Union.

 

[14.08.2017]Meeting with the new GM (Trng.).

Shri Keshav Rao has taken over as the new GM (Training) in the BSNL Corporate Office. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, met him today and welcomed him on behalf of BSNLEU. During the discussion, the GS demanded commencement of early training for the Directly Recruited JTOs, whose recruitment took place recently, through the GATE. The GM (Trng.) replied that their training is scheduled to start on 28th August, 2017.

 

[14.08.2017]Immediately release minutes of the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017 and also hold one more meeting to discuss the pending items – Demands BSNLEU.

The 35th meeting of the National Council was held on 11.05.2017. That meeting could not complete the discussion of all agenda items, due to shortage of time. Thus, it was decided to hold another meeting of the National Council shortly. However, even after the lapse of 3 months, neither the adjourned meeting is conducted, nor minutes of the meeting held on 11.05.2017 has been released. BSNLEU has already met the GM (SR) several times and demanded to hold the meeting and also to release the minutes. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again met shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today and demanded to release the minutes without further delay, and also to conduct the adjourned meeting of the National Council. The GM (SR) assured to look into the matter.

 

[14.08.2017]Inordinate delay in constituting local and circle councils – Management attracts the attention of the Union.  

In the meeting held today, between the GS, BSNLEU and the GM (SR), BSNL CO, it was pointed out that councils have not yet been constituted in many districts, as well as in some circles. It was told that this is due to non-submission of nominations from the Staff Side. It is already more than a year since the 7th Membership Verification was conducted. It is very unfortunate that still Staff Side nominations are not submitted in many district and circles, as a result of which councils are not constituted. CHQ directs such of those district unions as well as circle unions, where councils are not yet nominated, to immediately send their proposal for nominations.  

 

[12.08.2017]Tragedy in Gorakhpur - 63 children die within 5 days in the government hospital.

It is horrifying to hear that, 63 children have died within 5 days in the government BRD Medical College hospital at Gorakhpur. More heart breaking is the news that 30 children have died within 48 hours. Social activist and Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi has called this a massacre. Media reports that the death is due to the stoppage of oxygen supply in the emergency wards. The company which was supplying oxygen is said to have disconnected oxygen supply, due to non-payment. However, the government maintains that the deaths are due to medical reasons and not due to stoppage of oxygen supply. Whatever may be the reason, it is a very big tragedy of the recent times. One thing important to note is that, Gorakhpur is the place of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, shri Yogi Adityanath. BSNLEU conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the parents, family members and relatives of all the dead children.  

[12.08.2017]Holding of LICE for Junior Engineer under 50% quota for the year 2016 – Corporate Office calls for category wise break up figures of vacancies.<<view letter>>

[12.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of norms for sanction of sports grant for All India BSNL Tournaments / Meets.<<view letter>>

[12.08.2017]Industrial production fell to a 4 year low.

The Prime Minister and Finance Minister are continuously making tall claims that the Indian economy is growing fast, and soon it is going to become the no.1 economy in the world. However, the truth is the other way round. According to government’s own statistics, the industrial production of our country has come down to a 4 year low in the month of June, 2017. Especially, the production of Capital Goods has come down by 6.8% in the month of June. The production of Consumer Durables has come down by 2.1% in the same month.

[Courtesy: Economic Times dated 12.08.2017]

 

[12.08.2017]Supreme Court stays Government of India’s ban on livestock trade.

Some time back, the Government of India had issued a rule, banning the sale of livestock, like cows, bulls, buffalos, etc. The government rule says that it’s intension is to stop the sale of livestock for slaughter. After issuing of this order, people, especially Muslims and Dalit’s were attacked and killed by “cow vigilantes”, in many parts of the country, on the allegation that they were carrying beef. After some time, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court stayed certain provisions of this rule. Yesterday, the Supreme Court had imposed a total stay on the above mentioned rule of the Central Government. During the course of the hearing, Justice J.S. Khehar, the Chief Justice of India, asked the government, “Why are you always presuming that animals are cows or bulls? It could be chicken”. He further asked “Why can’t a man take it home and eat it?” The Chief Justice also made a remark that “slaughter is not a cruelty”.         

[11.08.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the CMD BSNL to fill the GM(Estt.) post in the Corporate Office, with a suitable person.
The GM(Establishment) post in the Corporate Office has become vacant. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com. John Verghese,AGS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava,CMD BSNL today urged upon him to fill up the post with a suitable person. They explained that the GM(Estt.) in the Corporate Office is responsible for handling the HR issues of the entire Non-Executives, and such the Management should post a suitable person in that post. The CMD BSNL gave a patient hearing and assured to do the needful.

[11.08.2017]Night Free Calling facility for serving employees, has gone for the approval of the Management Committee.

BSNLEU is continuously demanding that the Night Free Calling facility, which is already implemented for the retired officials, should be implemented for the serving employees also. We are continuously pursuing this case. The GM(Admn.) told com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com.John Verghese, AGS, today that, the file has gone to the Management Committee, for it's approval. 

 

[11.08.2017]Implementation of the National Council decision on payment of arrears of employees EPF contribution.
In the case of some employees appointed after 01-10-2000, Management has wrongly implemented GPF, instead of implementing EPF. Subsequently, after many years, Management told those employees that they were not eligible for GPF, and that they had to pay the arrears of employees EPF contribution. In the last National Council meeting, held on 11-05-2017, BSNLEU took up this case. BSNLEU demanded that, as per EPF Act, the employees need not pay the arrears, since it was the mistake of the Management in wrongly implementing GPF, instead of EPF. Finally, the Chairman gave the direction that EPF Act should be implemented. However, so far no action has been taken by the Management. Today, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com.John Verghese,AGS, met, Shri Chirania, GM(CA) and discussed the issue. After discussion, the GM(CA) replied that decision of the NC meeting would be implemented, soon after receipt of the minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council.

 

[11.08.2017]BSNL Independence Day offer: Voice, SMS, and combo vouchers will now be free on roaming.

BSNL users will now be able to enjoy voice, SMS, Special Tarrif Voucher (STV), and combo vouchers benefits even when they are bon national roaming. The feature will go live on Independence Day on PAN India basis. The plan is likely to benefit people who travel frequently. Currently, BSNL's STV are only valid in home state/ Licencee Service Area (LSA). Starting, August 15, these benefits will continue even outside home LSA. National roaming is already free on BSNL's network.

 

[10.08.2017]BSNLEU writes to the General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, on united struggles to settle the wage revision.

AIBSNLEA has made a website updating, on yesterday’s meeting between CMD BSNL and unions and associations. At the end of the updating, the General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, has insisted that all the unions and associations should set aside their differences and should unitedly conduct “decisive struggles” to settle wage revision. BSNLEU has written to the General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, welcoming their stand, and assuring to take best efforts to bring everyone together for a united struggle.<<view letter>>  

 

[10.08.2017]CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held at New Delhi, tentatively on 05th & 06th October, 2017.

The All Centre meeting of BSNLEU was held yesterday the 09.08.2017. A brief review of the one day strike was made. It is decided to make a full-fledged review in the CEC meeting, after getting district wise strike particulars from all the circles. As regards, further action programme to settle the wage revision, the meeting decided to hold a meeting of the Central Executive Committee meeting, for making detailed discussion and to know the view points of the circles. It is also decided that the tentative dates for the CEC meeting shall be 05th & 6th October, 2017. The dates will be finalised on booking the hall, accommodation, etc. 

 

[10.08.2017]BSNL’s performance declines in July, 2017.

Protesting against the attacks being made by the Corporate Management on the rights of the unions and associations to conduct even peaceful agitational programme, the unions and associations have withdrawn all cooperatoins w.e.f. 01.07.2017. Consequent to this withdrawal of cooperation, the performance of BSNL has gone down in the month of July, 2017. This is known from the performance in the mobile segment. Even after the entry of Reliance Jio, BSNL was giving more than 20 lakh new mobile connections every month. In June, 2017, BSNL provided 23,96,993 new mobile connections. However, in July, 2017, BSNL was able to provide only 17,75,953 new mobile connections. Obviously the performance in other segments like landline and broadband would have also gone down. 

 

[10.08.2017]BSNLEU rejects cash payment in lieu of supply of uniforms.

BSNL Management has constituted a Joint Committee to decide about the supply of uniforms and also the revision of the rates of other supply items. In the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 23.02.2017, the Management Side proposed to stop the supply of uniform clothes and to make cash payment. BSNLEU told the Management Side that, a decision could be taken only after ascertaining the views of the circle unions. This issue was discussed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Thiruvananthapuram in June, 2017. Further discussions were made in the All India Centre meeting held yesterday. Finally, it is decided not to accept the proposal of the Management for payment of cash, in lieu of supply of uniform clothes. Further, it is also demanded to insist for supply of good quality uniform clothes. CHQ has written to the Management, communicating this decision.<<view letter>> 

[10.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on decisions taken in 11th Board meeting of the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board.<<view letter>>

[09.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendation of the 7th CPC - Revision of pension of pre-2016 Pensioner / Family Pensioner under 7th CPC.<<view letter>>

[09.08.2017]All India Protest Day to be observed tomorrow on the issues of casual contract workers.

The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation has given call to observe All India Protest Day tomorrow, against retrenchment of contract workers in various circles and non-implementation of the revised minimum wages for contract workers. It is also decided to submit memorandum to the local administration on the above issues. CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions to ensure active participation of BSNLEU members in this struggle.

 

[09.08.2017]Meeting between CMD BSNL and unions and associations.

As per the invitation of the CMD BSNL, a meeting between him and the unions and associations took place today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, participated. Discussion took place on the wage revision and revival of BSNL issues. GS, BSNLEU, explained in detail about the letter issued by the DPE on 03.08.2017, which had closed all the doors for settlement of wage revision in BSNL. However, he told that the struggle to settle wage revision in BSNL would be intensified, till it is achieved. The CMD BSNL assured that the Management would continue to take all out efforts to secure wage revision. He also requested that the employees should ensure that the financial position of the Company is improved.

 

[09.08.2017]Corporate Office issued letter, increasing union subscription.

The Chennai All India Conference of BSNLEU passed an amendment to the Constitution, for increasing the Union subscription. The same is approved by the Registrar of Trade Union. The BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter today, intimating to all the CGMs, about the increased rate of subscription. Accordingly, the new rate of subscription is as follows:-

 

CHQ   –         Rs.17/- [ In this Rs.5/- for All India Conference ]

Circle   –        Rs.10/-

District –        Rs.18/-

Total  =          Rs.45/-  <<view letter>>

 

[09.08.2017]Trade union registrar approves amendments to the constitution of BSNLEU.

The last All India Conference, held at Chennai, passed certain amendments to the Constitution. Even though CHQ took immediate action to get the approval of the Registrar of trade unions, there was delay in getting the same. However, the same is approved. The same is enclosed for the information of members.<<view letter>>

 

[08.08.2017]Massive 3 day dharna at New Delhi from 9th to 11th November, 2017.

Indefinite strike to follow.

In today’s National Convention of Workers, held at New Delhi, path-breaking decisions have been taken to fight against the pro-corporate and anti-poor economic policies of the Narendra Modi government. Accordingly, a massive three day dharna will be organised at New Delhi from 9th to 11th November, 2017. According to the decision, lakhs of workers will participate on all the three days of the dharna. As per today’s decision, an indefinite strike will also be organised throughout the country after the three day dharna. The above decisions show the determination of the central trade unions to bitterly fight against the pro-corporate and anti-poor economic policies of the NDA government. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the central trade unions for taking such path-breaking decisions, to counter the anti-working class policies of the government. CHQ will plan for the effective participation of BSNLEU in both the programme.

 

[08.08.2017]Declaration of today’s National Convention of Workers.

The massively attended National Convention of Workers, held at New Delhi today, has unanimously passed a declaration. Circle and district unions are requested to give wide publicity to this declaration. It may be translated in regional languages and may be printed in circle union magazines, apart from printing pamphlets.<<view declaration>>

 

[08.08.2017]Massive National Convention of Workers came down heavily on the anti-poor and anti-worker policies of the NDA government.

The 10 central trade unions, viz., INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, together with independent federations of employees and workers, conducted a massive National Convention of Workers at New Delhi today. Thousands of workers participated in the convention, which was held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The participation in the convention was so massive that, thousands of workers could not enter the stadium, since it had become full. A presidium, consisting of the presidents of all the 10 central trade unions, presided over the convention. It was addressed by Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), com. Amarjit Kaur (AITUC), com. Tapan Sen (CITU), com. H.S. Siddhu (HMS) and many others. The speakers severely criticised the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government, which is only enabling the corporates and the rich to maximise their profits. Failure to generate employment, control price rise and attacks on the public sector came under severe criticism. The speakers also unleashed bitter criticism on the government and the ruling party, for dividing the working masses in the name of religions. Finally, the convention unanimously adopted a declaration, laying the blue print for fighting against the anti-poor and anti-worker economic policies of the government.<<views of the programme>>   

[08.08.2017]Minutes of the 11th meeting of the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board. <<click here>>

[08.08.2017]Corporate Office sanctioned final Welfare grant 2016-17 to various circles.<<click here>>

[08.08.2017]Corporates steal money from nationalised banks.

Com. Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the CPI(M) has demanded an explanation from the government on corporate loan waiver. According to media reports, the government banks have written off Rs.81,683 crore bad loans in 2016-17. A major chunk of this Rs.81,683 crore is the loan taken by big corporates and not repaid. This is a novel method of stealing public money. Big corporates take lakhs of crores of rupees as loans from nationalised banks and do not refund them. Finally, the government silently write off these loans. Thus, the government itself is helping the big corporates to steal public money from the nationalised banks. Before taking charge as Prime Minister, shri Narendra Modi, assured the people of this country, that he would serve the poor if elected to power. But, after getting elected as Prime Minister he is only serving the corporates.

 

[08.08.2017]Varnika Kundu created history.

A girl, named Varnika Kundu, has created history in fighting violence against women. Vikas Barala and his friend tried to kidnap Varnika Kundu at Chandigarh in the midnight recently. After being chased by the two men, the girl had dialled 100 and called the police. Had she not acted sensibly, she would have become another victim like Nirbhaya. It is interesting to know that Vikas Barala is the son of Haryana BJP President, Subash Barala. We salute Varnika Kundu. She not only got the two men arrested, but also has bravely told the media that she did not want to keep her identity a secret. Another BJP leader, Ramveer Bhatti, BJP state Vice President, instead of condemning the crime, had questioned why a girl should go out alone at midnight? Ramveer Bhatti’s question only exposes the feudal mindset of the ruling party, which is trying to teach moral lessons to the entire people of this country. BSNLEU salutes Varnika Kundu. She has set an example in fighting crimes against women.

 

[08.08.2017]Mob lynchings in India sending a wrong message internationally - Noted economist Kaushik Basu.
Noted economist, Kaushik Basu has said that, the mob lynchings that are taking place in India, are sending a wrong message to the international community, about our country. Basu said that we are proud of our heritage, but, it is equally important that, our country should become modern and economically strong.

[Source: Kaushik Basu's interview in NDTV today]

 

[08.08.2017]Com.H.Munilingappa, veteran leader of BSNLEU, Karnataka, passed away.

CHQ is saddened to hear that, com.H.Munilingappa, a veteran leader of BSNLEU, Karnataka, has passed away. He had held various positions in BSNLEU, at the circle level, like ACS, vice- president, etc. He was also circle secretary of SEWA BSNL for long years. Till he breathed his last, com.Munilingappa remained as an ardent supporter of BSNLEU. CHQ pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader and offers heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[07.08.2017]Sending strike particulars to the CHQ - circle secretaries to note please.

Following the One Day Strike, held on 27-07-2017, CHQ has requested the circle unions to send district wise strike particulars. It is regretted to inform that still a good number of circle secretaries have not send the report. All such circle secretaries are requested to immediately send the report, without further delay.

 

[07.08.2017]Narendra Modi government gives reward to the Public Sector employees - Cuts down the HRA rates.

The Narendra Modi government has given a very big reward to the public sector employees, who are carrying out Nation building works. The government (DPE) has issued letter for cutting down the HRA rates of the Public Sector employees. The 30% HRA has been reduced to 24%, 20% reduced to 18% and 10% reduced to 8%. These are the new HRA rates prescribed by the 3rd PRC and accepted by the government. The new rates will come into effect from the date of issue of the Presidential Directive.

 

[07.08.2017]Rajasthan circle conference was held jubilantly.

The Rajasthan circle conference of BSNLEU was jubilantly held at Bikaner, on 23rd and 24th July,2017. The Bikaner district union had made excellent arrangements for the Conference. Com.Kamal Singh Gohil, president, presided over the conference. A seminar was held in the first day morning, which was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, shri Bhanwar Singh Bhati, MLA, com.Ravindra Shukla, GS,CITU, Rajasthan, shri.Mathur PGM,Bikaner, and shri Shashi Kant,GM( Admn), Rajasthan. Com. Ashok Pareek, CS, presented the report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the subjects committee and explained about the wage revision issue, the need to effectively organise the One Day Strike and other issues of the Non-Executives. Serious deliberations took place in the conference. Election of office bearers took place unanimously.<<views of the conference>>

 

[05.08.2017]DoT / Corporate Office letters on payment of GPF advance by the DoT.<<<view letter>>>

 

[05.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of the facility of immunity from transfers to the office bearers of the Recognised Unions.<<<view letters>>>

 

[05.08.2017]National Convention of Workers being held at New Delhi on 08-08-2017.

A National Convention of Workers is being held at New Delhi on 08-08-2017. The Convention is being organised by the Central Trade Unions, to chalk out action programme against the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the NDA government. BSNLEU is participating in this Convention with 15 delegates.

 

[04.08.2017]Manufacturing and Service sector activities fall down sharply.

The Prime Minister and the Finance Minister keep on telling that the economy of our country is growing fast, due to the steps being taken by the government. However, the truth is contrary. Reports say that activities of the Service and Manufacturing sectors have fallen down sharply. The Nikkei India Services PMI Business Activity Index fell to 45.9 in July this year.  This is reported to be a 4 year low. Similarly, the Nikkei Index for the Manufacturing sector fell to 46.

[Source: The Business Line dt. 04-08-2017]

 

[04.08.2017]BSNLEU strongly refutes the charges of the BSNL Management.

The one day strike that has been conducted on 27.07.2017, is a huge success. Besides, the strike has been totally peaceful, without any untoward incident, involved by the leaders/members of the unions and associations. But, the Corporate Office is hell-bent to malign the strike. In a letter issued to the General Secretaries of BSNLEU and SNEA today, the SR Branch of the Corporate Office has alleged that members of unions and associations had involved in gross indiscipline in various circles, and also offices are not functioning normally in Assam circle, from the day of the strike. These are baseless allegations. The Non-Executives and Executives of Assam circle are carrying out their duties normally, after the day of the strike. However, the CGM of Assam, is trying to malign the unions and associations, to hide his total inefficiency, incompetence and lack of devotion to the Company. Unions and associations will give a fitting reply to this letter of the Corporate Office.

 

[04.08.2017]DPE issued letter on implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC.

The DPE has finally issued letter regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. This letter is based on the decision of the Union Cabinet, held on 19.07.2017, which had accepted the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, without any major change. As per the letter issued by the DPE, it has become clear now that, BSNL employees are not eligible for wage revision. This letter has also now exposed the rumours being spread by some top officers of BSNL, as well as some unions and associations, that the Minister and the government are favourably considering the wage revision of BSNL employees. The unions and associations will meet soon to decide about the next course of action. <<<view letter>>>

 

[03.08.2017]Payment of Medical Allowance to BSNL retirees not effected due to non creation of template in ERP - BSNLEU urged GM (Admn), BSNL CO to intervene. 

BSNL Corporate Office issued order to restore Medical Allowance to BSNL retirees from 01.04.2017, as per the decision taken in the National Council. It is reported by our members that the payment of Medical Allowance to BSNL retirees is not yet effected, due to non-creation of template in ERP. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the GM (Admn.),BSNL CO, today and urged to intervene. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful.

 

[03.08.2017]CGM, NETF, apologises for the unwarranted police action at Guwahati, on the day of the strike.

On 27-07-2017, when the employees went on strike, more than 400 Non-Executives and Executives were taken into police custody in Guwahati. The CGM, Assam and CGM, NETF (North East Task Force) are responsible for the unwarranted police action. Protesting this police excess, the unions and associations launched a massive demonstration at Guwahati on 28.07.2017. Hundreds of Non-Executives and Executives participated in this demonstration and expressed their anger over the police action. Following this, shri R.N.Jha, CGM, NETF, has apologised in writing, for being responsible for the police action.

 

[03.08.2017]Corporate Office decides to fill up unfilled DR JE vacancies.

In the DR JE recruitment done by BSNL last year, vacancies are not filled up in many circles, due to the non-reporting by the selected candidates, and also many selected DR JE candidates becoming JTOs. BSNLEU had taken this to the notice of the Management. Now, the Management has taken decision to fill up these vacancies from the waiting list.<<<view letter>>>

 

[02.08.2017]BSNLEU demands to allow candidates having higher qualification from open university to appear in TT (TM) LDCE.

In Andhra Pradesh circle, Non-Executives who have higher qualification from Open University are not being allowed to appear in the TT (TM) LDCE to be held on 20.08.2017. The circle administration maintains that higher education, obtained from open university will not be accepted. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS discussed the matter with the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO, Ms. Madhu Arora, today, and demanded to allow such candidates to appear in the LDCE to be held on 20.08.2017. However, the PGM(Estt.) maintained that no such case is referred by the CGM, AP, and assured to look into such cases, as and when referred  to the Corporate Office.

 

[02.08.2017]BSNLEU demands publication of JTO LICE results, in cases of Sr.TOAs who were allowed to appear the exam through judicial intervention.

Some of the Sr.TOAs from Kerala circle, who were earlier in the OTBP pay scale of 7100-10100, but who were reverted to the pay scale of 6550-9320 after opting for NEPP, were not allowed to appear the JTO LICE, irrespective of their educational and other qualifications.  Some of them went to the court and obtained interim orders to appear the exam held on 11.12.2016. However, the Corporate Office has with held publication of the results of such candidates. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the GM (Rectt.), Ms. Anima Roy today, and demanded to declare their results. The GM (Rectt.), intimated that the Management will go through the judgement of the court and will do the needful.

 

[02.08.2017]The GM (Rectt.) is requested to issue notification for the LDCE of 50% JE (TTA).

In continuation of the discussion with the PGM (Estt.) yesterday, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the GM (Rectt.) today, and requested her to issue the notification for the LDCE of 50% JE (TTA) without waiting for information from circles, relating to vacancy position. The GM (Rectt.) assured the Dy.GS that necessary action will be taken soon in this regard.  

 

[02.08.2017]Meeting with PGM (Estt.).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO, yesterday, the 1st August, 2017 and discussed the following. 

 

(1) Implementation of the Guwahati High Court order on regularisation of casual labours of Tezpur SSA, Assam.

Casual labours with Temporary Status of Tezpur, Assam, were converted to casual labours by the BSNL Management in 2011 vide a speaking order with reference to a judgement issued by the CAT, Guwahati. Those casual labours made appeal to Guwahati High Court, which has quashed the CAT order and directed the BSNL Management to restore the Temporary Status to those casual labours. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the matter with PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO and demanded to cause to issue necessary instructions to the circle to restore Temporary Status to those casual labours as per Hon’ble High Court, Guwahati direction. The PGM (Estt.), assured to do the needful. 

 

(2)   To issue notification for the 50% JE LDCE immediately.

It was decided earlier to hold 50% JE LDCE in BSNL. The Recruitment Cell is to issue the notification. BSNLEU has already discussed the matter with the GM (Rectt.), BSNL to issue the notification. The GM (Rectt.) informed that they are waiting for the number of vacancies to be informed by the Establishment Cell. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the issue with the PGM (Estt.) and demanded that the Establishment Cell may intimate the Recruitment Cell that necessary notification may be issued without waiting for the total number of vacancies, since promotions to eligible candidates will be conferred based on upto the available vacancies only. The PGM (Estt.) assured to take up the issue with the GM Recruitment.

 

[02.08.2017]Dr.P.M.Bhargava, a renowned scientist has passed away.

Dr.P.M.Bhargava, an internationally renowned molecular biologists and molecular physicist, has passed away.  Apart from being a scientist, he had been a great patriot and progressive minded human being. Dr.P.M.Bhargava had inspired thousands of rationalists in the country and instilled courage and steadfastness among the people to stand firm and fight against obscurantism, irrationality, superstition, pseudoscience and communal forces. Protesting against the growing intolerance in the country, the great scientist had returned his Padma Bhushan award.  BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to the great scientist.

 

[02.08.2017]Arvind Panagariya, vice-chairman of Niti Ayog resigns.

Arvind Panagariya, the vice-chairman of the Niti Ayog, has resigned. Under Arvind Panagariya, the Niti Ayog became an instrument in the hands of the Narendra Modi government to attack the Public Sector. It may be remembered that recently, the Niti Ayog recommended the privatisation of the Air India. Prior to becoming the VC of the Niti Ayog, Arvind Panagariya had worked in the World Bank, IMF and the WTO. Hence, after taking over as the VC of the Niti Ayog, Arvind Panagariya completely implemented the dictates of the World Bank and IMF to kill the Indian Public Sector.

 

[01.08.2017]Com. Kamla Singh, Circle Vice President, BSNLEU, Jharkhand, passed away.

CHQ is extremely sorry to inform that Com. Kamla Singh, Circle Vice President, BSNLEU, Jharkhand, has passed away. CHQ pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader and offers it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[01.08.2017]Unions and associations write to the Director (HR), in reply to her messages.

The messages to the employees, by Director (HR) are being uploaded on BSNL’s intranet. In those messages a picture is being sought to be painted, as if the Company is getting affected due to the agitations being conducted by the unions and associations. In the letter, it is explained how BSNL became a loss making Company due to the discriminatory policies / measures of the government and how the agitations of the unions and associations have strengthened the Company.<< View Director (HR)’s message>> <<view letter of the unions and associations>>

 

[01.08.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Management, demanding withdrawal of Rule 55(A)(1) and (2), inserted in to the CDA rule.

BSNL Management has recently amended the CDA Rules. The existing provision of Rule 55(ii)(b) is deleted and Rules 55(A)(1) and (2) are inserted. The new Rule 55(A)(1) says that the Company has the absolute right to retire an Executive who had entered service before attaining the age of 35 years, and who has attained the age of 50 years. It is also stated that in other cases an official can be retired on attaining the age of 55 years. Para (2) of the newly inserted provision says that the Company has the absolute right to retire any employee after he has completed 30 years of service, by giving him a notice of not less than 3 months in writing, or by paying 3 months pay and allowances, in lieu of such notice. BSNLEU has demanded that the nearly inserted Rules 55(A)(1) and (2) should be withdrawn.<<view letter>>

 

[31.07.2017]One third of BSNL’s lands valued at Rs.65,000 crore.

The book value of BSNL’s landed properties are pegged at Rs.975 crore. However, the recent valuation of BSNL’s landed properties reveal that, the value of one third of BSNL’s landed properties alone come to Rs.65,000 crore. These one third landed properties are located in the major cities of the country. The land at New Delhi in which the Corporate Office is located alone is valued at Rs.2,500 crore. This valuation was done as per the new “Indian Accounting Standard”, for which the consultant KPMG was engaged by BSNL.  This information was disclosed to the PTI by shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. 

 

[31.07.2017]Military veterans write to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, condemning attacks on Muslims and Dalits.

More than 100 officers, who had retired from the Army, Air-force and Navy have written a letter to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, condemning the attacks on Dalits and Muslims, in the name of protecting cows. In the letter they have stated that, they were witness to unprecedented attacks on society at large by the relentless vigilantism of self appointed protectors of Hinduism. Muslims and Dalits have been the worst hit by cow vigilantism, they have stated. The letter has also expressed concern over the climate of fear and suppression of dissent. It is very significant that more than 100 retired officers of the armed forces, who may be belonging to different religions, have raised their voice against the killings that are taking place in the name of “cow vigilantism”. 

 

[31.07.2017]Taslima Nasreen not allowed to enter Aurangabad.

Taslima Nasreen, the noted writer, who landed at Aurangabad on 30.07.2017, was not allowed to enter the city. She had gone to Aurangabad to visit Ajanta and Ellora. Muslim protestors, belonging to the AIMIM party, led by it’s MLA, Imtiyaz Jaleel, gathered outside the Aurangabad Airport, shouted slogans “Taslima go back”. The protestors said that Taslima Nasreen had “hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims across the world”, and hence would not be allowed to step on Aurangabad soil. The protestors had also gathered out side the hotel where Taslima was to stay. Sensing trouble, the police advised Taslima to leave Aurangabad, which was accepted by her, and she went back to Mumbai. The protest of AIMIM of not allowing Taslima Nasreen to enter Aurangabad is undemocratic and condemnable. Certainly, they have right to protest against Taslima’s writings, if they feel that they are objectionable. But, they have no right to flex their muscle and to stop any one from entering the city. It is relevant mention here that Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladesh national, was sent out of that country, in 1994, by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

[31.07.2017]Com. R. Muthusundaram, President, All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF), passed away.

Com. R. Muthusundaram, former General Secretary of the AISGEF and the sitting President of that organisation has passed away. He has also served as the General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association. Com. R. Muthusundaram had been unwell for some time. His death is an irreparable loss to the AISGEF. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the departed leader and conveys it’s heart felt condolences to the family members, friends and comrades of com. R. Muthusundaram.

 

[29.07.2017]Inter Ministerial Group on Telecom to submit it's report soon.

As per media reports, the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG), formed by the government, to suggest solutions to the financial problems being faced by the private telecom companies, is likely to submit it’s report to the government soon. The government formed the IMG on 16th May of this year, after the private telecom companies, viz., Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, approached the government, complaining that their revenues were severely hit by the predatory pricings of Reliance Jio.

 

[29.07.2017]Airtel's net profit fell by 75% in Q1.

Airtel’s profit for the 1st Quarter (Q1), i.e., during April to June, 2017, fell by 75%. The companies profit during the same period in 2016 was Rs.1,462 crore. However, it came down to Rs.367 crore this year.

 

[29.07.2017]Idea's net loss Rs.617 in Q1.

Idea went into a loss of Rs.617 crore during the first Quarter (Q1) i.e., from April to June, 2017. It earned a profit of Rs.497 crore during the same period in 2016.

 

[29.07.2017]More views of the one day strike, held at various circles on 27.07.2017.<<click here>>

 

[28.07.2017]District wise strike particulars should be sent to the CHQ by tomorrow evening.

The one day strike called on by the unions and associations yesterday, is a huge success. BSNLEU, SNEA, FNTO, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA very successfully organised this strike. Employees have participated in the strike massively. CHQ of BSNLEU has already given call to all the circle secretaries to send district wise strike particulars. This report has to reach the CHQ, latest by tomorrow evening. So far, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telecom Factory (Kolkata) and Telecom Factory (Jabalpur) have sent the report. The remaining circles are also requested to send the report immediately. 

 

[28.07.2017]West Bengal circle protested attack by Trinamool goons.

We have informed yesterday that com. Animesh Mitra, VP (CHQ) & CS, West Bengal and some other comrades were attacked by the Trinamool goons at CTO Kolkata, yesterday. Despite wide spread hooliganism being unleashed by the Trinamool goons in various parts of West Bengal circle in the recent month, the one day strike has taken place very successfully in West Bengal circle. A protest demonstration was held today at the entrance of CTO building, Kolkata, where the attack took place yesterday, to condemn the cowardly act of the Trinamool goons. Com. Animesh Mitra and other leaders addressed.

                        

                                    Protest demonstration held today, at CTO building, Kolkata.

 

[28.07.2017]Massive protest demonstration at Guwahati against the highhandedness of shri M.K. Seth, CGM, Assam and shri R.N. Jha, CGM, NE Taskforce.

A massive protest demonstration was conducted in the BSNL complex at Pan Bazar, Guwahati, against the highhandedness of shri M.K. Seth, CGM, Assam and shri R.N. Jha, CGM, NE Taskforce. Without any provocation, these two CGM’s called in the police and paramilitary forces to the CGM office at Pan Bazar, yesterday, and got more than the 400 striking employees taken in to police custody. All the 400 employees were later on let off by the police. To condemn the highhanded action of both the CGM’s, hundreds of employees participated in the protest demonstration held in Pan Bazar today.

           

                                    Protest demonstration held today, at Guwahati.

 

[27.07.2017]A new zeal and enthusiasm are seen among the employees.

Tomorrow’s strike will be a massive success.

The Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, led by the unions and associations of BSNL, are all set to create a new history tomorrow. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the tempo among the employees is tremendous and unprecedented. The whirlwind campaign conducted by BSNLEU, throughout the country, during the past three weeks, has created a new awareness among the employees. They are determined to settle wage revision and pension revision, superannuation benefits and restoration of trade union rights. The fact that some unions and associations are not with the employees in tomorrow’s strike, has not created any vacillation. The Corporate Management continuously unleashed threatenings against the employees going on strike. However, the employees are undeterred. A new zeal and enthusiasm are seen among the employees in fighting against the injustices, meted out to them, by the DoT and the NDA government. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the employees ahead of tomorrow’s grand success.   

 

[27.07.2017]BSNLEU heartily congratulates all for the massive success of today’s strike.

The one day strike today, called on by the unions and associations, has become a massive success. The Non-Executives and Executives have told the government and the BSNL Management in no uncertain terms that, they will not tolerate the nonsense. The success of this strike also indicates that more serious forms of struggles, including an indefinite strike, will become imminent, if the government and BSNL Management does not come forward to settle the wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and removal of restrictions on trade union activities. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations for making this strike a historic success. The CHQ also congratulates the circle and district unions, which have toiled for the past one month, for the success of this strike. 

 

[27.07.2017]Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), attacked by Trinamool goons.

The Trinamool goons have continuously been trying to weaken BSNLEU in West Bengal circle. However, BSNLEU continues to be as strong, as it was earlier. The one day strike today is very successful in West Bengal circle. Angered by the success of the strike, the Trinamool goons have attacked com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ) & circle secretary of West Bengal circle and some other comrades today. The attack has taken place at the entrance of the CTO Building, Kolkata. BSNLEU strongly condemns this cowardly act. 

 

[27.07.2017]400 comrades were taken into police custody in Guwahati.

The strike in Assam circle is total. However, the CGM of Assam circle has called in police and paramilitary forces to the BSNL complex in Panbazar, Guwahati. 400 of our comrades have been taken into police custody. However, later on they have been let out. Despite this threatening, strike is total in Guwahati, as well as in all other districts of Assam circle. CHQ of BSNLEU conveys it’s revolutionary greetings to the brave comrades of Assam circle.  

[27.07.2017]Press release issued by unions and associations on successful one day strike in BSNL.<<view press statement>>

[27.07.2017]Massive demonstrations conducted throughout the country.

For the first time, the unions and associations called on the employees to conduct demonstrations on the day of the strike. As per this call, massive demonstrations have been conducted throughout the country. These demonstrations have got very good media coverage. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations for organising such huge demonstrations. We attach some of the views herewith.<<views of the strike>> <<more views of the strike>>

 

 

[27.07.2017]BSNLEU pays respectful homage to Professor U.R. Rao and Professor Yash Pal.

 

                   

                         Professor U.R. Rao                                                                                 Professor Yash Pal

 

Two reputed scientists of India have passed away on 24.07.2017. The one is internationally renowned space scientist and former ISRO Chief, Professor U.R. Rao, and the other is Professor Yash Pal. Both are Padma Vibhushan award winners. Dr. U.R. Rao, has made great contributions in making India as one of the leading nations in space technology. Professor Yash Pal, on the other hand, has played a leading role in taking science to the common man, explaining the scientific facts behind various happenings. It is sad that the country has lost two of it’s great sons. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to both these scientists and offers heartfelt condolences to their family members and friends.  

 

[27.07.2017]Circle secretaries are requested to send strike figures to the CHQ by 18:00 hrs. today.

Circle secretaries are requested to send district wise number of the Non-Executives and Executives who participated in the strike by 18:00 hrs. today. This is very important and all circle secretaries are requested to send the report. Further, it is requested that, the photos of today’s strike and demonstrations may be sent through e-mail to the CHQ. Kindly avoid sending the photos through Whatsapp, since we have problem in uploading photos sent through Whatsapp, on the website. 

 

[27.07.2017]Tremendous response to the one day strike call.

The one day strike, called on by the unions and associations of BSNL, has received tremendous response from the Non-Executives and Executives. The strike started at 00:00 hrs. today. As per the reports pouring from various circles, employees are massively participating in the strike. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the employees who are participating in the strike.

 

 

[26.07.2017]Hectic campaign for the strike done in the Corporate Office.

The leaders of the unions and associations made a hectic campaign among the Non-Executives and Executives of the Corporate Office today. They went to the employees, seat by seat and appealed to them to join tomorrow’s strike. The employees are convinced and assured the leaders to join the strike.  

 

[26.07.2017]Conciliation conducted by the Regional Labour Commissioner.

Based on the notice served by the unions and associations for tomorrow’s strike, the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central), conducted a conciliation meeting today, between the BSNL Management and the unions & associations. On behalf of the unions & associations, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Mohinder, CS, FNTO, com. H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Harnam Singh Thomar, Dy.GS, BSNL MS participated. No meeting point was reached between the Management and the unions & associations. The unions & associations informed the Regional Labour Commissioner that tomorrow’s strike will take place.  

 

[26.07.2017]Pune district union organised huge felicitation meeting for com. N.K. Nalawade.

 

          

 

The Pune district union of BSNLEU conducted a huge meeting yesterday, to felicitate com. N.K. Nalawade, Circle Secretary, Maharashtra, who is retiring on superannuation on 31.07.2017. A large number of comrades, both from Pune as well as from other districts of Maharashtra circle, had gathered in the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, veteran leader and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), participated in the meeting and felicitated com. N.K. Nalawade. Addressing in the meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, highly appreciated the contributions of com. N.K. Nalawade, for the growth of BSNLEU in Maharashtra circle. Utilising the occasion, the General Secretary explained how the BSNL employees are being betrayed by the DoT and the government in the matter of wage revision. He called on the huge gathering to make the strike total in Maharashtra circle. The response of the gathering showed that the strike will be a grand success.<<More views of the meeting>>

 

[26.07.2017]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Andaman & Nicobar Circle resolves to make the one day strike a grand success.

Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU Andaman & Nicobar Telecom Circle was held on 23.07.2017 at BSNLEU Union Office Telephone Bhawan Port Blair. The Union Flag was hoisted by Com. S.P.Kalairajan Circle Secretary BSNLEU. Com.Parimal Chander welcomed all. Com.C.N.Banerjee, Working Chairman, presided the meeting. Com. S.P. Kalairajan, CS, inaugurated the meeting by elaborately discussing about the issues connected with the one day strike for wage revision. The meeting was also addressed com. Vinodh Krishna, Circle Secretary, SNEA, com. Srikumar, General Secretary, NGO Union and com. K. Rethinambal and the issues were explained. The meeting decided to make the one day strike on 27.07.2017, a grand success. Com.H.B.Debnath Branch Secretary Rangat, proposed vote of thanks.<<views of the meeting>>

[25.07.2017]BSNL employees to go on one day strike on 27.07.2017 - View Media Report. <<The Hindu>> <<Business Standard>>

[25.07.2017]SNATTA Circle level committees have decided to participate one day strike on 27.07.2017. <<View some of the circles decisions>>

 

[25.07.2017]Verification of signature by controlling officer, in the case of officials filling up forms for deduction of union subscription.

It seems some unions have demanded that when an official fills up declaration form, for deduction of union subscription, his / her signature need not be verified by the controlling officer. We do not know which union has made such a demand. Corporate Office has sought our view on this matter. If this condition is cancelled, then it will pave the way for committing malpractices. Hence, BSNLEU has informed the Management that verification of signature by the controlling officer is a must, and there is no reason to change this clause.<<<view letter>>>

 

[25.07.2017]Question and answers in connection with the Wage Revision.

Question :   According to the 3rd PRC recommendations, BSNL is not eligible for Wage Revision. On 19-07-2017, the Cabinet meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has already fully approved the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Under these circumstances, whether the DoT has power to allow BSNL to give Wage Revision to it's employees? 


Answer : Certainly, the DoT, being the Administrative Ministry for BSNL, is having a major role to play in the Wage Revision of BSNL employees. However, we should understand that, right from the beginning, the DoT is playing a negative role in the matter of wage revision to BSNL employees. The unions and associations, as well as the BSNL Management have demanded exemption from the Affordablity Clause of the 3rd PRC. But, the the government will not accept this, unless it is recommended by the DoT. 


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5-2017, the Committee of Secretaries meeting took place under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary, to take it's final decision on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Shri Sivasailam, Additional Secretary, who attended that meeting on behalf of the DoT, did not demand that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC. Thus, the Committee of Secretaries decided not to give exemption to any PSU. So, we must understand that the DoT itself is not in favour of giving any exemption to BSNL, from the recommendations of the 3rd PRC.


Thereafter, the draft Cabinet Note, prepared by the Committee of Secretaries, came for the vetting of the DoT. Thus, the DoT got one more opportunity to help BSNL. This opportunity should have been utilised by the DoT, to get it's recommendation incorporated in the Cabinet Note, that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordablity Clause of the 3rd PRC. But, the DoT did not do so. Thus, it is very clear that the DoT itself does not want to give Wage Revision to BSNL employees. So, if anyone says that the Cabinet might have given power to the DoT, to consider Wage Revision to BSNL employees, they are only fooling themselves and fooling the employees. Only the powerful struggles of the BSNL employees can compel the DoT and the NDA government to settle the Wage Revision. 
<<click here for Hindi version>>

 

[25.07.2017]The press statement issued by com.P.Abhimanyu, on behalf of the unions and associations has got very good response from the media. The following is the coverage made by the Economic Times.

NEW DELHI: Employees of state-owned telecom firm BSNL have called a day-long nationwide strike on July 27 for not being given wage hike by the third pay revision committee. The committee recommends hike on the basis of performance of public sector firms. "BSNL became a loss making entity not because of the employees but because of the anti-BSNL policies and measures adopted by the government. BSNL was not allowed to procure equipments for its mobile network expansion from 2006 to 2012," BSNL Employee Union convenor P. Abhimanyu said in a statement. 

 

The recommendation of the third Pay Revision Committee was approved by the Cabinet on July 19. As per the affordability clause of the recommendations, only those public sector undertakings (PSUs) which have earned profit during the last three financial years are eligible to give wage revision to their employees. "The officers and workers of BSNL are going on a one day strike on July 27, 2017, demanding wage revision. The next round of wage revision has become due for the entire public sector employees from January 1, 2017," the statement said. Abhimanyu alleged that tenders floated by BSNL to procure mobile equipments were cancelled one after another by the government to benefit the private telecom companies. 

 

 "As a result of this blockade created by the government in the procurement of equipments, BSNL was not able to take advantage of the exponential growth witnessed in the mobile segment, during this period," he said. BSNL Management started procurement of equipments from 2013 onwards and thereafter, significant improvement has been made to the BSNL's quality of services. As a result of all these efforts, a significant change has come in the financial position of the company, the statement said. BSNL had incurred Rs 691 crore operational loss in the year 2013-14, whereas it earned an operational profit of Rs 672 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 3,854 crore in the year 2015-16.

 

"Even in the midst of cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio, BSNL is adding 20 lakh new mobile customers every month. BSNL is sure to become a profit making PSU within next 2-3 years," the statement said. Abhimanyu said that BSNL officers and workers have significantly contributed in bringing the company on revival path and BSNL employees should be given wage revision with 15 per cent fitment. "The unions and associations will be compelled to resort to more serious forms of struggles, if the government does not respond favourably to the demand of the employees," he said.

 

[24.07.2017]Hold massive demonstrations on the day of strike.

The unions and associations which have given call for one day strike on 27.07.2017, have also decided to call upon the employees to conduct massive demonstrations in all places on the day of the strike. Such demonstrations will certainly bring media focus and the message about the strike will reach far and wide among the people. Hence, CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions to take steps for effectively organising the demonstrations massively on the day of the strike.

 

[24.07.2017]BSNLEU expressed solidarity for the struggle of AIDEF.

The All India Defence Employees Federation is conducting dharna at New Delhi from 3rd July to 14th August, against the privatisation of Defence production.  BSNLEU leaders and comrades visited the dharna pandal today and expressed their support and solidarity for the fighting defence employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, com.Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ), com.R.S.Chouhan, Organising Secretary (CHQ) and com.P.S.Bist, circle secretary, Corporate Office and NTR circle and Corporate Office participated in the programme. On behalf of AIDEF, com.Gopal Rao, Joint Secretary, thanked the BSNLEU comrades.<<<views of the programme>>>

 

[24.07.2017]One day strike to start at 00:00 hrs. on 27.07.2017 to 00:00 hrs. on 28.07.2017.

The time of the one day strike that is going to be held on 27.07.2017, shall be as follows. The strike will start at 00:00 hrs. on 27.07.2017 and will be over at 00:00 hrs. on 28.07.2017. All circle and district secretaries are requested to convey this everybody.  

 

[24.07.2017]Press statement on the one day strike to be held on 27.07.2017.

A press statement has been issued by the unions and associations today, on the one day strike being organised on 27.07.2017. Circle and district secretaries are requested to kindly arrange for getting this press statement published / telecasted in the state level and local news papers / TV channels.<<view press statement>>

 

[24.07.2017]Designation Committee meeting postponed.

The meeting of the Joint Committee on Change of Designations of the left out Non-Executive cadres was to be held on 31.07.2017. However, without assigning any valid reason, the Management has postponed this meeting.<<view letter>>

 

[22.07.2017]Night Free calling facility for serving employees, to be introduced shortly.

BSNLEU is continuously pursuing the demand of introducing Night Free calling facility for the serving employees. The case was being processed in the CFA Branch. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue once again with shri A.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) yesterday, who replied that the file has come from the CFA Branch. He also assured that letter, extending the facility to the serving employees, would be issued shortly.

 

[22.07.2017]SR Branch urged to release the minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council.

The minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017, is still not released, even though the draft minutes is already vetted by the Secretary, Staff Side. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), yesterday and pointed out that the decisions taken in the NC meeting held on 11.05.2017, are not being implemented, since minutes of the meeting is not yet released. He urged upon the GM (SR), to release the minutes without further delay. The GM (SR), replied that it would be released next week.

 

[22.07.2017]BSNLEU demands prompt implementation of DoT order number 22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992, on reservation to SC/ST employees in Internal Examinations.

BSNLEU is the only Union which is continuously fighting for the implementation of the DoP&T order in BSNL, for the relaxation to be given to SC/ST employees in Internal Examinations.  As a result of the efforts taken by BSNLEU, twice Management formed Internal Committees and based on the recommendations of these Committees, some concessions were given. However, the Government of India orders on this matter are not fully implemented. This issue was once again raised by BSNLEU in the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017. The Staff Side demanded that the DoT order number 22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992, which is similar to the DoP&T orders, should be implemented in BSNL. According to this order, 20% is the bench mark for SC employees and 15% for ST employees. The Chairman of the National Council responded positively and assured that implementation of the above stated DoT order would be examined. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.) yesterday. She replied that action in this regard would be initiated, soon after receipt of the minutes of the NC meeting.

 

[22.07.2017]Meeting with PGM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) yesterday, and discussed the following issues.

 

(1)  Implementation of court order on settlement of Anomalies.

In the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, BSNLEU complained that this issue is not being actively pursued by the BSNL with the DoT. In reply, it was assured that it would be taken up with the DoT seriously. In yesterday’s meeting, the PGM (Estt.), replied that two meetings have taken place between BSNL and DoT on this issue, after the National Council meeting, wherein the DoT has requested the BSNL to provide details with regards to the court order on this matter, and also how the stepping up of the pay of the senior at par with the junior, was done by BSNL, in implementation of the court order. Corporate Office has called for some particulars from circles in this regard, and the same would be forwarded to the DoT as early as possible.

 

(2)  Non-implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on recovery of over payment wrongly made in the past.

Even after the National Council meeting, BSNLEU has taken several cases to the notice of the Corporate Office, demanding implementation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court order. However, the Corporate Office has not done anything, except issuing some vague letters to the circles. This issue was discussed yesterday, to which the PGM (Estt.) told that the financial implication for the Company will be huge on this matter, and hinted that it would not be possible for BSNL to implement the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Now, we will look into the legal options for the implementation of the order.

 

 (3)   Relaxing the educational qualification for appearing Telecom Technician LDCE.

In the last National Council meeting, BSNLEU has demanded that the 10th Std. qualification, for appearing Telecom Technician LDCE, should be relaxed as a one time measure. The Management Side replied that, the demand would be looked into, after ascertaining the vacancies available in various circles. In yesterday’s meeting, the PGM (Estt.), replied that the circles have been told to give vacancy details. On receipt of the same, further action would be taken.

 

[22.07.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the PGM (Estt.) for early issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who are directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the TSMs who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics, after 01.10.2000 should also be issued with Presidential Orders, and should be treated as DoT recruitees. Even though, the Management has already accepted this, the cases are not sent to DoT, for approval. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) yesterday. She replied that only after getting the number of such officials from all the circles, BSNL could take up the case with DoT. It was also replied that many circles still have not sent the details. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to kindly ensure that the requisite details are sent by the circles, to the Corporate Office, without further delay.

 

[22.07.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the PGM (Estt.), for the early implementation of court order on conferring 1st promotion after 4 years, in cases of TSMs regularised after 01.10.2000.

BSNLEU has already demanded the Management to implement the court order, which states that TSMs regularised as RMs after 01.10.2000 are also DoT recruitees, and hence should be conferred with 1st promotion under NEPP, on completion of 4 years. In yesterday’s meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, expressed his concern to the PGM (Estt.), that the issue is not still settled. The PGM (Estt.), replied that the matter is already taken up with the Management Committee and, approval of the same is awaited.

 

[22.07.2017]PGM (Estt.) takes negative stand on settlement of grievances in implementation of NEPP.

BSNLEU has been seriously trying to settle the two injustices done to the Non-Executives, in the implementation of NEPP. One is the down gradation of Sr.ToAs from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale. The other one is treating the pay scale upgradation of the TTAs w.e.f. 01.10.2000, as 1st promotion under NEPP. In the recent months, BSNLEU has discussed this issue several times with the Director (HR) and the PGM (Estt.). However, no final decision has been taken by the Management. Both these issues were once again discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) yesterday. It was astonishing, that in yesterday’s meeting, the PGM (Estt.) told that it would be very difficult for the Management to reopen both these cases at this stage. We will not give up and will try to settle these issues by all means.

 

[22.07.2017]SNATTA’s inconsequential withdrawal from strike.

We have come across a letter of SNATTA, wherein the association has withdrawn from the one day strike to take place on 27.07.2017. It is true that SNATTA is a signatory to the strike notice. However, both the GS and Dy.GS of SNATTA have not participated in the dharna held on 20.06.2017 and the hunger strike held on 13.07.2017. Moreover, BSNLEU came to know that com. Anup Mukherjee, GS, SNATTA, has got elected as President of the Executives Association called Bharatiya BSNL Officer’s Association (BBOA). Com. Sunil Gautam, is elected as the Deputy General Secretary of this Executives Association. This BBOA says it has applied for affiliation to BMS. It is astonishing that they have withdrawn from the strike, when the Cabinet decision is detrimental to the wage revision of BSNL employees. <<view BBOA letter>> <<BBOA list of office bearers>>

 

[22.07.2017]Enthusiastic Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Haryana, resolves to make the strike a resounding success. 

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Haryana, was held on 21st July 2017 at Rohtak enthusiastically and jubilantly. The meeting decided to participate in the strike on 27th July, called by unions and associations of BSNL, for 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment benefit without any condition for the executives and non-executives from 01.01.2017. The meeting was presided over by com Naresh Kumar, Circle President, BSNLEU. Com M.S.Kadian, CS BSNLEU, Haryana gave his introductory speech and welcomed all. The meeting was inaugurated by com V.A.N.Namboodiri, veteran leader and founder GS of BSNLEU. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, in his speech explained all the developments on wage revision and other issues and appealed to all employees to participate in the strike on 27th July, irrespective of union / association affiliations. Com.Arvind Pal Dhaiya, Jt. Secretary, SNEA, com.Ramesh Chand Sharma, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, com. Pushpa Sharma, AGS, BSNLMS, com. Harginder Singh, CS, AIGTEOA, com.Gulab Singh, CS, BSNLMS, com.Kuldeep Singh, Organising Secretary, AIBDPA  (CHQ) and President, BSNLCCWF, Haryana and many other leaders also addressed.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[21.07.2017]

Only serious and sustained struggles can settle wage revision.

All the false propaganda, that have been made regarding the wage revision to BSNL employees, are exposed now. The BSNL Management has been making a high voltage propaganda that the DoT and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications are positive and favourable towards the wage revision of BSNL employees, and that they would definitely get wage revision. The employees were also being told that some unions and associations were unnecessarily creating problems in the settlement of wage revision, by going on unwarranted agitations. Appeal after appeal of the top Management were uploaded on BSNL’s intranet, requesting the employees not to join the agitation. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office was also issuing weekly bulletins stating that everything is moving in the right direction and that BSNL employees will get wage revision. It is very very very very unfortunate that some of the unions and associations were also telling that the DoT and the Minister were positive and there was no necessity to go on strike at this juncture. However, the Union Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, has exposed all the lies and rumours that were being spread in the matter of wage revision to BSNL employees. The Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Accordingly, the employees of loss making PSUs like BSNL are not eligible for wage revision. It is very important to mention here that the DoT, which is the Administrative Ministry of BSNL, did not make any attempt to tell the government that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC. We have been telling from the very beginning that wage revision could not be settled without serious and sustained struggles. We call upon the entire Non-Executives and Executives to join the one day strike to be held on 27.07.2017, and to make it a resounding success. Let us tell the government in one voice that we will fight till the last, to settle wage revision.

 

[21.07.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.5 dated 17th July, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[21.07.2017]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chhattisgarh circle.

A good meeting was held at Raipur, Chattishgarh, on 19-07-2017. About 75 delegates were there. Leaders from SNEA, FNTO, SNTTA and AIBDPA spoke in the meeting. Com. Dani presided over the meeting and com. Bhatt initiated the discussion. The meeting started at 11:30 hrs. at Gass hall after flag hoisting. Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, CHQ, explained the charter of demands in detail. At the concluding part of the meeting at 4 pm the contract labours and conveyed their full support to the strike.<<<views of the meeting>>>

[21.07.2017]CHQ writes to the PGM (Estt.), on non-implementation of the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court on recovery of over payment.<<view letter>>

[20.07.2017]Conferment of Group ‘B’ status to Senior Accountants, as per judgement of Hon’ble CAT, Lucknow.

The above mentioned issue was taken up in the 35th National Council meeting, held on 11.05.2017. In that meeting, the demand of the Staff Side was accepted that, the Corporate Office would take up the issue with the DoT, for the issuing of fresh Presidential Orders, to the Senior Accountants, with Group ‘B’ status. The follow up action taken by the Corporate Office in this regard, was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, today, with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP). The GM (FP) replied that a meeting on this issue was held between the BSNL and DoT officers on 13.07.2017, and that the DoT has agreed to issue fresh / modified Presidential Orders to the Senior Accountants. The General Secretary requested the GM (FP) to take the necessary follow up action.  

 

[20.07.2017]BSNL Employees resolved to hold successful strike on 27th July in the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU in UP (East).

UP (East) circle union conducted an impressive extended Circle Executive Committee meeting on 19th July at Lucknow for the preparations of one day strike on 27th July, 2017. Other than the circle executive committee members, district secretaries, branch secretaries, a good number of activists from different districts were also participated the meeting. The meeting was presided over by com D.N.Tripathi, circle president. Com R.K.Mishra, circle secretary out lined the discussions for the meeting. The open session that held in the afternoon was addressed by com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU. In his speech he severely criticised the anti PSU policies of the government and expressed that a united and strong struggles of all unions and associations only can only save the BSNL from the attack. He also narrated the developments of 3rd PRC and appealed to all employees to participate in the strike on 27th July irrespective of unions and associations affiliations. Com.Ajai Trivedi, CS, SNEA, com.Sankar Saran, CS, AIGTEOA, com.Mrs.Maya Verma, Member of BSNL Working Women's Coordination committee and com K.R.Yadav, Vice President, BSNLEU CHQ also addressed the meeting. The extended circle executive committee meeting took a resolution to conduct the one day strike on 27th July, 2017 in the UP(East) circle  successfully.<<<views of the meeting>>>

[20.07.2017]Cabinet understood to have approved recommendations of the 3rd PRC.

Strike will take place on 27.07.2017. Take all out efforts to make it a historic success.

As regards the implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, no official information is available, about the decisions of the Cabinet meeting held yesterday. Even the media is not having access to the decisions of the Cabinet meeting. However, it is reliably learnt that, the Cabinet has approved the major recommendations of the 3rd PRC, including it’s “Affordability Clause”. Accordingly, employees of loss making PSUs, including BSNL, may not be eligible for wage revision. Thus, the decision of the unions and associations of BSNL to go on one day strike on 27.07.2017, to create compulsions on the government, proves to be correct and justified. Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to take maximum efforts to ensure participation of each and every employee in the one day strike. This is our life and death matter. Hence, no question of going back from the decision to conduct the strike. One Day Strike will take place on 27.07.2017, as per schedule. Through our struggles, we will compel the government to change it’s decision with regards to the 3rd PRC.

 

[20.07.2017]Approval of 3rd PRC report by the Union Cabinet.

We have learnt from some news papers that, the Central Cabinet has approved the decisions of the 3rd PRC yesterday. However, details of the decisions of the Cabinet are not available any where. Most importantly, we are unable to ascertain the information regarding BSNL. Correct information is not available even on the government’s website - “Press Information Bureau”. CHQ is trying to collect information. Further communication will be made by the CHQ, after obtaining exact information.

 

[20.07.2017]Cabinet clears pay hike for CPSE employees.

The Cabinet today cleared a 15 per cent hike in salaries for public sector company employees. The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd Pay Commission for central public sector enterprises’ (CPSE) employees, an official said here. 

 

The commission had recommended a 15 per cent increase in emoluments, the lowest so far. Higher wages are effective from January 1, 2017. The previous commission had given a 37.2 per cent rise in 2007 and the first commission had given between 24 per cent and 30 per cent increase.

[Courtesy: BusinessLine dated 19.07.2017]

 

[19.07.2017]Revision of rates for uniform and other supply items – Circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to note.

The Corporate Office has already formed a Committee for the revision of the rates of uniform and other supply items. A meeting of this Committee was held on 23.02.2017. In that meeting, the Management Side offered “cash payment”, in lieu of “supply of uniform”. This issue was discussed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Thiruvananthapuram. However, in view of the prominence given to the wage revision issue and the one day strike to settle wage revision, no final decision could be taken on the uniform issue, in the CEC meeting. A meeting of this “Committee on uniform and other supply items” is likely to take place shortly. In view of this, all circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to inform the CHQ immediately whether the present system of supply of uniform should continue, or we can accept the proposal of the Management for cash payment. As far as possible, the views of district secretaries may also be ascertained on the matter. This matter is urgent and the circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to compulsorily convey their view to the CHQ within one week. 

 

[19.07.2017]No recovery from salary of an employee, without giving notice – BSNLEU expresses it’s protest to the order issued by Corporate Office.

The Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has issued an instruction to the field units, with regards to the precaution to be followed at the time of fixation of pay of employees. According to this instruction, a mention should be made in the pay fixation order that, overpayment if any, detected at a subsequent date, would be recovered without any further notice. BSNLEU has expressed it’s protest to this order. The Union has stated that no recovery could be made from the salary of an employee, without giving them notice and opportunity to express their view. A letter in this regard is written to the PGM (Estt.) of the Corporate Office.<<view BSNLEU letter>> <<view Corporate Office letter>>

 

[19.07.2017]Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises replies to com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, with regards to the 3rd PRC.

BSNLEU has written a detailed letter, addressed to shri Anand Geete, Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. In that letter, BSNLEU had sought the intervention of the Hon’ble Minister, for issuing an instruction to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), for giving exemption to BSNL, from the “Affordability Clause” of the 3rd PRC. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has replied to BSNLEU, stating that the recommendations of the 3rd PRC are under the consideration of the government.<<view letter>> 

 

[19.07.2017]Staff Welfare Board of Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated.    

The erstwhile Andhra Pradesh circle has been bifurcated into two circles, viz., Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The two circles have started functioning in a full-fledged manner from April 2017. However, the Staff Welfare Board is not bifurcated. BSNLEU is has written to the Corporate Management, demanding bifurcation of the Board. The Corporate Office has now issued letter, for the bifurcation of the Board w.e.f. 01.04.2018.<<view letter>> 

 

[19.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of revised minimum wages – Circle / District secretaries are requested to utilise this letter for the implementation of revised minimum wages.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has already issued Gazette notification on 19.01.2017, revising the minimum wages. Corporate Office also has issued letter on 30.06.2017, directing the circles to implement the minimum wages. In some circles the revision of minimum wages has taken place. Whereas, the same is not implemented in the majority of the circles. Now, the Corporate Office has issued a letter to all the CGMs, directing them to send a compliance certificate, with regards to the implementation of the revised minimum wages. In whichever circle the revised minimum wages are not implemented, the circle / district secretaries are requested to make an intervention utilising this Corporate Office letter, for implementation of the revised minimum wages.<<view letter>>

 

[19.07.2017]Dy.GS addressed an instant general body meeting of BSNL Employees at Faizabad. 

After attending the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Uttarakhand, com Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS was on his way to Lucknow by train to attend the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP (East) circle to be held on 19th July. On the way, the Dy.GS was requested by the employees of Faizabad to address a meeting. This instantly organised meeting was held in the GMTD office, which was presided over by com. Ramchet Yadav, District President, BSNLEU. In his hour long speech com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS explained all issues related to the 3rd PRC, and appealed to the employees to participate the strike on 27th July irrespective of union and association affiliations. Coms Tilak raj Tiwari, DS,BSNLEU, S.S.Pandit, AGM,Shiv Sahay Singh DS, AIBDPA and leaders from different unions and associations were on dias. All employees declared that the strike on 27th July will be total.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[18.07.2017]Unprecedented enthusiasm generated in the Bihar Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting, foretells that the One Day Strike will be a great success.

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Bihar, held in the UPTRC Hall, Patna, today, witnessed an unprecedented enthusiasm among the participants. Apart from branch secretaries, a good number of active workers also attended the meeting, from each and every district of Bihar circle. Com.M.K.Singh, CP, presided over the meeting. Com.B.P.Singh, CS, welcomed everyone and outlined the purpose of holding such an Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting, explained about all the issues connected with the wage revision, and called upon the employees of Bihar circle to make the One Day Strike an unprecedented success. Com.Ratish Kumar, CS, SNEA and com. Wasi Ahmed, AGS, AIGETOA both made inspiring speeches and roused the audience. Com. Sunithi Choudhary, Organising Secretary(CHQ), BSNLEU, com. Ranjan Kumar, CP, SNEA and com. N.K.Srivastava, CS, AIBDPA  also addressed the meeting. In short, today's meeting has generated a huge enthusiasm among the employees to make the strike a success.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[18.07.2017]West Bengal Circle Extended Executive Committee meeting resolves to make the One Day Strike a historic success.

The two day extended circle EC meeting of West Bengal circle union was held on 16th & 17th July, 2017 at Durgapur. About 100 delegates (Circle office bearers, District secretaries and Branch secretaries) attended. The meeting started with the hoisting of the Union Red flag by Circle president Com. Nazes Nouroz. Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly, Veteran Leader of Telecom movement, inaugurated the meeting. Com. Siunil Garai, District Secretary, Durgapur welcomed the delegates. Com. Santosh Deb Roy, Local MLA greeted the the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary addressed the meeting, placed a report on activities of the last six months after the circle conference, and on the tasks before us. Com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS, attended the meeting and spoke on the issues. He appreciated the preparation and determination of the delegates to make the one day strike on 27th July, 2017 a total success. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB Circle, also greeted the meeting. Totally, 50 delegates and 4 Circle office bearers participated in the deliberations. The meeting unanimously decided with determination to make the one day strike on 27th July, 2017 a grand success under any circumstance.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[17.07.2017]CHQ circular no.5 dated 17th July, 2017.<<<view circular>>

 

[17.07.2017]Extended CEC meeting of Assam Circle held at Guwahati.

Assam, the traditional strong hold of BSNLEU, conducted it's strike preparatory Extended CEC meeting at Guwahati on 15-07-2017. The programme got kick-started with the hoisting of Union's Red Flag and paying of floral tributes at the martyr's column. 150 comrades, including circle EC members, branch secretaries and active functionaries participated in the meeting. Com. Bijoy Deka CS, welcomed all and gave the introductory speech. Com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer, CHQ, spoke at length and explained about the recommendations of the 3rd PRC as well as the attitude of the government towards the Public Sector. He called on the employees to make the One Day Strike a resounding success in Assam, to win over wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and to safeguard the trade union rights in BSNL. Com M. R.Das, VP, CHQ, AIBDPA, addressed and explained about the glorious tradition of Assam, as far as struggles are concerned. Detailed discussion took place and the road map for making the One Day Strike a total success was drawn.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[17.07.2017]Spectacular joint convention of AP Circle - enthusiastic delegates resolve to make the One Day Strike a total success.

The Unions & Associations of AP Circle conducted a joint convention on 16.7.2017 at Makineni Basavapunnaiah Vignana Kendram, Vijayawada. Com L.Rameshbabu ACS BSNLEU invited the speakers to the dais. The convention was presided over by Com Chandrasekhar AGS, SNEA. 250 delegates attended from all the SSAs in the Circle. Com Ch.Venkateswarlu CS FNTO, Com J.Umamaheswara Rao CS SNEA, Com D.Venugopal CS AIGETOA, Com KSC Bose CS AIBDPA addressed the convention explaining the necessity for the one day strike on 27.7.2017 on wage revision. Com P.Asokababu Vice President (CHQ) & Convener of the Circle Forum of the BSNL Unions & Associations spoke in detail explaining the demands, the attitude and policies of the Government and the necessity for all non-executives & executives in BSNL to participate in the strike on 27.7.2017 on wage revision and the necessity to further intensify the struggle. The convention has resolved unanimously to make the strike a grand success.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[17.07.2017]A mighty show of unity and strength by the Unions and Associations of MP circle.

A massively attended Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh was held on 15.07.2017 at Com. S.R Nayak Hall, Community Centre Bhopal. The meeting was presided over by Com. B.S Raghuwanshi, Circle President.  Apart from the Circle Executive Committee members and Branch Secretaries, a large number of active members of all the unions and associations also attended the meeting.Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, explained in detail the strike issues including wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and withdrawal of corporate office letter, banning trade union activities. He called upon the workers to make the strike a grand success. Com. Badal Saroj, Vice President, CITU, MP, threw light on the prevailing political, social and economic situation of the country. He wished the strike a grand success and extended full support to the strike.  The meeting was also addressed by com. Jagdish Singh, Vice President, BSNLEU (CHQ), com. Prakash Sharma, CS, BSNLEU, MP Circle, com. S.Dutta Mazumdar, CS, SNEA, com. Sonkusare, CS, AIGETOA, com. Alok Namdeo, as CS, SNATTA, com. S.C Shrivastav, President, AIBDPA,MP, com. H.S Thakur, Circle President, AIBDPA, com. Aga khan, CS, FNTO, MP. Com. Meena Choradia, All India BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee member also addressed the meeting. The speakers assured total strike in Madhya Pradesh Circle. The meeting concluded with thunderous slogans.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[17.07.2017]The militant Kolkata Telephones Circle decides to massively campaign among the employees, through posters, leaflets, flex banners, mass meetings, group meetings, man to man campaign, etc., to make the One Day Strike a total success.

The militant Kolkata Telephones Circle organised an Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting on 14th July 2017.  Com. Sisir Roy presided over the meeting, which was held in the Subarna Banik Samaj auditorium. Office bearers and activists of the Circle, District and Division level, participated in the meeting in large numbers. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Circle Secretary, initiated the discussion on the One Day Strike to be held on 27-07-2017. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President, CHQ  spoke in detail, and explained the issues related to Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Superannuation Benefits and attacks on trade union rights in BSNL. He declared that workers will make the 27th July strike a historic success. Com. Soumen Ghosh, Assistant Circle Secretary SNEA explained the need for raising strong protest by the workers and expressed the total support from SNEA for the strike. Decisions were taken to massively campaign among the workers through posters, leaflets, flex banners, mass meetings, group meetings, man to man campaign, etc., to make the One Day Strike a total success.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[17.07.2017]Uttarakhand circle gears up to make the One Day Strike a grand success.

To gear up the preparations to make the One Day Strike successful, the extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of the BSNL Employees Union held on 16th July, 2017 at Dehradun. The meeting was presided over by com G.P.Kala, Circle President, BSNLEU, Uttarakhand. At first com K.S.Soun, Circle Secretary, submitted the draft activities report. Addressing the meeting, com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, explained in detail about the entire developments connected with the 3rd PRC issue. The meeting was also addressed by com. P.B. Dhobal, veteran leader and patron of BSNLEU, Uttarakhand, com Sitaram, CS, FNTO, com. Kailash Sonkar, Circle President, FNTO, com. P.B.Kothari, BSNLEU, com. P.S.Bist, BSNLEU and others. The meeting decided to mobilise entire employees to participate in the strike on 27th July, 2017 in Uttarakhand and to make it a cent percent success. It was also decided to approach all unions and associations of BSNL in Uttarakhand to build unity for further struggles to get the PRC with 15% fitment benefit settled with out any pre-conditions. Although it was Sunday and was raining torrentially, 100 delegates attended the meeting enthusiastically.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[15.07.2017]Tamil Nadu Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting generates huge enthusiasm for the success of the One Day Strike.

Tamil Nadu circle union conducted a very impressive Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting, at Tirunelveli today. The Tirunelveli District Union had made wonderful arrangements for the meeting. A large number of Branch Secretaries of BSNLEU enthusiastically participated in this meeting, from the various districts of Tamil Nadu. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by the General Secretary, amidst thunderous slogans. Com.Soosai Maria Anthony, District Secretary, Tirunelveli & General Secretary, Reception Committee welcomed everyone. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, introduced the Note for discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and spoke at length, explaining the various aspects connected with the wage revision issue. The meeting was also addressed by com.R.Rajasekar, CS, SNEA, com. Vinod Krishna, Circle Organising Secretary, AIGETOA and com. Vinod Kumar, CS, TNTCWU. The meeting has generated huge enthusiasm among the participants. They have pledged to relentlessly work for the success of the strike.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[14.07.2017]Gist of today's Sports and Cultural Board meeting. 

BSNL Sports and Cultural Board meeting was held today. CMD BSNL presided over. Com.John Verghese, BSNLEU representative, participated. Decisions of the meeting are as under:-  

 

Recruitments under sports quota (ratio of men and women 60: 40) will be put on fast track. Recruitment will be done for National meets. Promotion and increment pending will be processed on fast track. All India event total 8. In AIBSNL tournament, rates of breakfast and lunch revised to 75 and Rs.125. Kit money enhanced to AIBSNL meet Rs.3,000/- and for PSU Rs.4,000/. Honorarium for circle treasurer increased to Rs.4,000/-. Corporate sports fund increased to 2.5 Crs. Refreshment allowance increased to Rs.300/-.

 

[14.07.2017]Start preparations for the One Day Strike in right earnest.

The unions and associations have successfully organised the dharna on 20th June and the hunger strike on 13th July. Now, the next phase of the struggle is One Day Strike on 27th July. The massive support being given by the employees for the agitational programme of the unions and associations is heartening. It shows that the decision to go on strike is fully justified. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to immediately gear up the preparations for the One Day Strike on 27th July. Conduct meetings in all offices, exchanges and work places. Meet each and every employee, irrespective of their union/association affiliation, and convince them to join the strike. Take all out efforts to make the Strike a historic success. 

 

[14.07.2017]Hunger strike a grand success - CHQ congratulates all the comrades.

The hunger strike, called on by the unions and associations, was observed with overwhelming enthusiasm yesterday. The photos received by the CHQ show that, the call has received massive support from the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL. Even in remote, as well as small stations, employees have participated in good numbers. The success of the hunger strike indicates that the employees will make the One Day Strike a historic success. CHQ heartily congratulates the leaders of the unions and associations for successfully organising the programme.

<<views of the hunger strike>> <<views of the hunger strike-1>>

 

[14.07.2017]Views of the hunger strike held at Tamil Nadu circle on 13.07.2017-<<click here>>

[14.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on direct recruitment in the post of Junior Telecom Officer (JTO) in BSNL from open market through valid GATE Score-2017. <<<click here>>>

[14.07.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoT on bearing on Pension and Pensionary benefits.<<<view letter>>>

[13.07.2017]FNTO decides to join the One Day Strike on 27-07-2017.

The One Day Strike to be held on 27-07-2017, demanding wage revision and other issues, has received a boost. FNTO, in it's Central Executive Committee meeting, held at Patna on 7th & 8th July,2017, has firmly decided to join the One Day Strike. BSNLEU heartily congratulates FNTO leadership for taking this right decision. BSNLEU will have close coordination with FNTO in the days to come, for settling the issues of the employees. 

 

[13.07.2017]Unions and associations have demanded a meeting with the Directors of BSNL Board.

The unions and associations of BSNL, have written to the Management, demanding a meeting with the Directors of BSNL Board. This letter is written to seek the intervention of the Board of Directors, in the matter of arbitrary and whimsical attacks being made on the rights of the employees to go on even peaceful agitational programme.<<<view letter>>>

 

[13.07.2017]Massive hunger strike conducted in Corporate Office - Leaders resolve to massively organise the one day strike on 27-07-2017.

A massive hunger strike was organised at BSNL Corporate Office today, as per the decision of the unions and associations. A large number of employees participated in the programme. Com.K.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, presided over this hunger strike, which was held in the Eastern Court. It was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com.G.L.Jogi, Chairman, SNEA,  com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.Lakshman Banoth, President, AIGETOA and com. S.D.Sharma, GS, ATM. In his speech, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, elaborately spoke on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, the conclusion of the Committee of Secretaries, need for more united and intensified struggles to achieve wage revision, attacks being launched the NDA government to demolish the Public Sector, need to unitedly fight to protect BSNL, etc.  The participants of the meeting expressed their strong resolve to make the one day strike 27-07-2017, a massive success. Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, came to the hunger strike pandal and greeted the agitation.

<<< view of the hunger strike >>>

 

[13.07.2017]Hunger Strike, demanding settlement of wage revision and other issues started.

As per the call of the unions and associations of BSNL, hunger strike has started throughout the country in the right earnest. News is pouring in from various parts of the country that, the Non-Executives and Executives are participating in today's hunger strike with great enthusiasm. At New Delhi, the hunger strike started at the Eastern Court of the Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,  com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. K Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com. Lakshman Banoth, President, AIGETOA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and com.S.D.Sharma,GS, ATM, are leading the hunger strike.

 

 

[13.07.2017]Extended circle executive meeting at Odisha Circle Bhubaneswar

Odisha circle union conducted a very enthusiastic Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting on 12th July 2017 at old CGM building conference hall Bhubaneswar. Apart from the circle & district level leader's, a large number of Branch secretaries participated. Com S C Bhattacharjee circle president presided over the meeting. Com S R Das Circle Secretary Odisha welcomed everyone & briefly addressed. Com Animesh Mitra All India vice-president addressed the meeting in his speech he elaborately explained the demands of strike. Meeting was also addressed by Com B C Biswal Circle Secretary SNEA, Com. P K Mohanty Circle President AIGETOA, Com RK Gahan C.S FNTO & Com N. Moharana CS BSNLMS.<<views of the meeting>> 

[12.07.2017]UP(West) circle union conducted a rousing Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Meerut.
UP(West) circle union conducted a rousing Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Meerut today. Apart from circle and district level leaders, a large number of branch secretaries enthusiastically participated. Com.Ansar Ali, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, CS, UP(West) circle, welcomed every one and briefly addressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting. In his speech, the GS explained about the demands, report of the 3rd PRC and the need to go on strike. The participants gave a rousing applause to the decision to go on strike, on the wage revision issue. Meeting was also addressed by com.R.P.Sharma, CS,SNEA and com. Farooqi, circle president, AIGETOA.<<views of the meeting>> 

[12.07.2017]Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU NE-II Circle resolves to make the strike successful.

Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, NE-II Circle, was held yesterday under the presidentship of com. Prodip Deb. The meeting started with the hoisting of union flag. Floral tributes were offered to the martyrs. The welcome address was delivered by com. R.K. Das, DS, Nagaland SSA. Com Gakul Borah, Treasurer(CHQ), elaborately explained the issue of 3rd PRC and called upon the employees to make the One Day Strike on 27.07.2017, a 100% success. The other speakers were com. Sukhai Sema, AIBSNLEA, com. P.R. Kuma, DS, NFTE, com. K. Saheb Singh, CS, NE-II Circle. In spite of heavy rain and disruption of transport facilities, most of the branches including three district secretaries were present and participated in the deliberations. The meeting ended after the presidential speech by com. Pradip Deb and vote of thanks by com. N.A. Ahamaed, Br. Secy. External, Dimapur.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[12.07.2017]Punjab circle conducted an enthusiastic Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting.

BSNL Employees union Punjab circle conducted a very enthusiastic extended CWC meeting on 11th  July, 2017 and Bagichi Wala mandir, Sangrur SSA. Almost all the CWC members, District Secretaries and branch secretaries attended the meeting. At the outset, the Union Red Flag, was hoisted amidst thunderous slogans. Other than leaders, a large number of comrades from Sangrur SSA attended the meeting. Com. Bhag Lal Koundal, Circle President presided over the meeting. Com. Balbir Singh, All India Presidents elaborately explained the issues of wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and withdrawal of letter banning trade union activities. Com. Raghbir Singh, District Secretary, SNEA, Pawan Verma, Circle Secretary, SNATTA, Iqbal Singh Dillon, ACS, H.S Dhillon District Secretary Chandigarh also addressed the meeting. 25 branch secretaries took part in deliberations and assured complete strike in their respective SSAs. CHQ heartily congratulates the Punjab circle union.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[12.07.2017]DoT endorsed the orders of DOP&PW on restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon'ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 6048/2010 and Civil Appeal No. 6371/2010.<<<click here>>>

 

[12.07.2017]DoT takes away the right of BSNL, on taking decision on issues of the employees, in matters having pension implications.

On 23.05.2008, the DoT issued an important letter to BSNL, regarding taking decision on matters having pension implications. According to this letter, BSNL need not take the prior approval of the DoT, for taking decision even on staff matters having pension implications. However, the DoT has now withdrawn that letter. In it's letter dated 04.07.2017, the DoT has stated that on matters having pension implications, the BSNL can take decision only after getting the prior approval of the DoT. This is a set back for BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

 

[12.07.2017]Meeting of the Designations Committee to be held on 31-07-2017.

Corporate Office has informed that the postponed meeting of the Designations Committee will now be held at 15:00 hrs on 31-07-2017. Staff Side members of the Committee are requested to attend the meeting without fail. <<<View letter>>>

 

[12.07.2017]Organise tomorrow's hunger strike with the maximum number of employees.

As per the decision of the unions and associations, the next phase of our ongoing agitational programme for settlement of wage revision is, to organise hunger strike on 13-07-2017, ie., tomorrow. Circle and district secretaries are requested to mobilise the maximum number of employees in the hunger strike, since it will greatly help us to successfully organise the One Day Strike on 27-07-2017. Necessary coordination may please be done with the other unions and associations to make the programme massive and successful. Send photos and report to the CHQ.

 

 

[11.07.2017]BSNLEU condemns the brutal attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 pilgrims were injured, when terrorists opened fire at a bus carrying pilgrims, on their way back from the Amarnath shrine, in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. BSNLEU severely condemns this brutal attack and killings. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members of the victims and wish speedy recovery of the injured. Com. Basheer Ahmed Khan, Circle Secretary, J&K circle, BSNLEU, has also condemned this mindless attack. This attack only highlights the vulnerability of the Amarnath pilgrims. The Central government should strengthen the security arrangements to the pilgrims.

[11.07.2017]General Secretary makes a spirited speech in the lunch hour meeting at Tamil Nadu CGM office. 
Utilising the visit of Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, to Chennai city yesterday, the CGM office district union of the Tamil Nadu circle, organised an excellent lunch hour meeting, in the CGM Office. Even though the meeting was organised at a very short notice, more than 200 Non-Executives and Executives of the CGM office attended this meeting. Com.G.Valanarasu, DS, SNEA, presided over the meeting. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, BSNLEU, welcomed everyone. Com. P. Abhimanyu,GS, made a spirited speech and explained about all the matters connected with wage revision. He called upon the comrades to make the strike a grand success. Com. Senthil Kumar, CS, TSOA, proposed vote of thanks.<<views of the meeting>>

[11.07.2017]Gujarat circle union holds a massive Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Ahmedabad. 
Gujarat circle union conducted a massive Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting today at Ahmedabad. Apart from the Circle Executive Committee members and branch secretaries, a large number of active comrades also participated in this meeting. Totally, around 400 comrades participated in this meeting, held in the C.K.Khadayata Hall. Com. Deepak Trivedi, CP, presided. Com. D.K.Bakutra, CS, welcomed all. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and elaborately spoke on wage revision issue. The meeting was also addressed by com. N.J.Bhatia, CS, NFTE, com. P..K.Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com. Shridhar Waghela, CS, SNATTA and com. M.B.Chaniara, CS, AIBDPA. The delegates session that followed was addressed by the circle executive committee members, who assured to make the one day strike on 27th July, a historic success. The massive turn out of the Gujarat meeting unfailingly tells us that the One Day Strike on 27th July is going to be a landslide success.<<views of the meeting>>

[11.07.2017]Chennai Circle expresses it's determination to make the One Day Strike a great success.

Chennai circle union conducted it's extended circle executive committee meeting yesterday, for the preparation of the One Day Strike to be held on 27th July. Apart from branch secretaries, a large number of active workers also participated with great enthusiasm. Com.E.Natarajan,CP, presided. Com.M.Kanniappan,CS, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke in detail about the wage revision issue. The meeting was also addressed  by com.S.Lingamurthy, Dy.GS & CS, FNTO, com. Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA, com.S.Uma Chandran, CS, AIGETOA, com.Babu Radhakrishnan,CS,BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu, com.T.Kasi, CS, BSNLCCWF and com. G.S.Narasimman, CS, AIBDPA. The speeches of the leaders were well received by the audience who expressed their determination to unwaveringly participate in the One Day Strike.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[10.07.2017]Highly successful Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Karnataka circle, foretells the victory of the One Day Strike. 

Karnataka circle union conducted a highly successful Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Bengaluru yesterday. More than 200 comrades attended. Apart from the circle executive members, more than 90% of the branch secretaries of the circle attended the meeting. Com. M.C.Balakrishna, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, welcomed everyone and explained about the objective of holding the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting urgently. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke elaborately on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, anti PSU actions of the government, decisions of the unions and associations, with regards to the demands and agitational programme, provocative steps taken by the BSNL Management to curtail trade union activities In BSNL, etc. He called upon the employees to make the One Day Strike on 27-07-2017, a massive success. The speech of the General Secretary was received with thunderous applause. Com.S.B.Nagavi, circle secretary of SNEA, delivered a brief but inspiring speech. While addressing the meeting, Com.H.V.Sudharshan, Organising Secretary(CHQ) assured that the employees of Karnataka circle would make the strike a historic success. Com. B.P.Narayan, Patron, com. Muddaiyah, CS, AIBDPA, com. Sundararaju, CS, AIGETOA, com.Prasad,CS,BSNL MS,  com. Mahadev, CS, BASE and com. Arunkumar, DP, SNATTA, were present on the dias. CHQ heartily congratulates the Karnataka circle union for organising a highly successful Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at a very short notice.<<views of the meeting>>

[10.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on amendment in BSNL Employees Transfer Policy.<<view letter>>

[10.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on verification of Eligibility based on Date of Appointment in respect of JTOs who appeared and passed LDCE, 2015 held on 21.06.2015.<<view letter>>

[10.07.2017]Well done Telengana circle. 

A pleasant surprise was waiting for the delegates, who came to participate in the All India BSNL Working women's Convention, held at Hyderabad. That is the arrangements done for the Convention. Most of the delegates reached Hyderabad on 7th itself. The Reception Committee, under the dynamic leadership of com. J. Sampath Rao, circle secretary, Telengana circle, had made wonderful arrangements for the convention. The staying accommodation, convention hall, cultural programme, food arrangements, etc., were appreciated by all the delegates. In fact, no delegate had any dissatisfaction, with regards to any of the arrangement. At a very short notice, the Reception Committee had organised the programme, to the satisfaction of all. CHQ heartily congratulates the Reception Committee.

 

[10.07.2017]All India BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee formed.

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June, 2017, discussed and finalised the guidelines for the formation of an All India BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee. In accordance with those guidelines, the Convention held at Hyderabad, on 08-07-2017, had elected the All India BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee. This Committee will work as a sub-committee of BSNLEU.

 

Following is the Committee, elected at Hyderabad. 


Convenor :                   Com. P. Indira, Tamil Nadu. 

 

Joint Convenors:        1) Com. Bhagyalakshmi, Kerala. 

2) Com. Banani Chattopadyaya, West Bengal. 

3) Com. Sunithi Choudhary, Bihar.

 

Committee Members:1) Com. Sharmila Dutta, Kolkata.

2) Com. Niruben Solanki, Gujarat. 

3) Com. Meena Choradia, Madhya Pradesh. 

4) Com. D. A. Shylla, North East-1

5) Com. C.H.Vanasri, Telengana.

6) Com. Rama Devi, Andhra Pradesh. 

7) Com.Sukhpreet Kaur, Punjab. 

8) Com. Jyotsana Mokashi, Maharashtra. 

9) Com. Latha Kamalakar, Karnataka. 

10) Com. V. Latha, Chennai. 

11) Com. Chandra Prabha Muchhal,  Haryana. 

12) Com. Maya Verma, UP(East). 

13) Com. Urmila Nagvanshi, Telecom Factory(Jabalpur) 

 

CHQ conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all the Committee members. We are confident that this Committee will endeavour to further the interests of the working women of BSNL.
<<<view of the Committee members >>>

 

[10.07.2017]BSNLEU's Working Women's convention is a huge success. 

The All India BSNL Working women's convention, called on by BSNLEU, is a huge success. 240 BSNL women employees, who had come from 17 circles, enthusiastically participated in this convention, held at Hyderabad on 08-07-2017. The delegates' turn out is certainly beyond the expectations. Twenty delegates participated in the discussion. They expressed their problems being faced in the workplaces, as well as the demands to be raised before the Management. Many speakers raised their voices against the atrocities being heaped on women, in the country. All the delegates appreciated the CHQ, for organising such a convention. They also pointed out that, this should not be a one time event, but such meetings should take place regularly. The circle wise list of delegates participated in the Convention is as follows. Gujarat : 23 ;  Kerala : 22;  Karnataka : 18 ; Chennai  : 17 ;  Madhya Pradesh : 16 ; Tamil Nadu : 15 ; Andhra Pradesh : 10 ; Maharashtra : 10 ; Kolkata : 8 ; Punjab : 7 ; Bihar : 6 ; West Bengal : 5 ; Telecom Factory (Jabalpur) : 4 ; UP(East) : 3 ; Haryana : 2 ; North East-1 : 1 and  the hosting  circle Telengana : 73. CHQ heartily congratulates all the delegates who participated in the convention and made it a great success. CHQ also congratulates the circle unions, which took the interest to send the delegates.<<views of the convention>>

 

[09.07.2017]Com.D.Gnanaiah passed away - BSNLEU pays respectful homage.
We are saddened to know that, Com.D.Gnanaiah, a great leader of the P&T trade union movement, and former Secretary General of NFPTE, passed away yesterday. A former postal employee, com.D.Gnanaiah, rose to the position of the Secretary General of the great NFPTE. He led the 1968 strike and got arrested. He was an excellent  orator and a capable organiser. Com.D.Gnanaiah dedicated his entire life to the working class movement, and he will ever be remembered. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader. We also convey our heartfelt condolences to all his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[08.07.2017]All India BSNL Working Women's Convention started enthusiastically at Hyderabad.

The All India BSNL Working Women's Convention, organised by BSNLEU, started enthusiastically today morning, at Potti Sriramulu Telugu University auditorium, in Hyderabad. The Telengana and Andhra Pradesh circle unions have made excellent arrangements for the convention. A large number of BSNL women employees have come from all parts of the country. A presidium, consisting of com. Balbir Singh, President, com.Sunithi Chowdhari, Organising Secretary (CHQ), com.Bhagyalakshmi(Kerala), com.Sharmila Dutta(Kolkata),com.Prema(Tamil Nadu) and com.Padmavathi(Hydrabad), is presiding over the Convention. Com.Sampath Rao, circle secretary, Telengana and the General Secretary of the Reception Committee, welcomed all. Com.Hemalata, President, CITU, inaugurated the convention with an enlightening speech. She explained the role played by women in the trade union movement, and also the problems being faced by working women in the present socio economic conditions. The Convention was greeted by com. Rama Devi, vice-president,CITU, Telengana and Ms.Usha Devi, former Dean of the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, delivered the key note address and outlined the tasks before the working women of BSNL. After lunch, deliberations by the delegates started, and is going on.

 

[08.07.2017]Payment of IDA at revised rates from 01.07.2017 - BSNL endorses DPE orders.<<click here>>

 

 

[07.07.2017]BSNLEU, Telengana circle organises a very impressive convention of contract workers at Hyderabad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSNLEU, Telengana circle union, organised a very impressive convention of the contract workers at Hyderabad today. More than 200 contract workers participated in this convention, from all over the Telengana circle. Com.G.Mohan Reddy, circle president, BSNLEU, Telengana, presided over the convention. Com. J.Sampath Rao, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Telengana, welcomed everyone, and explained about the objectives of organising the convention. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, inaugurated the convention and spoke on the various issues connected with the contract workers. The convention was also addressed by com.M.Saibabu, General Secretary, CITU, Telengana, com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, com. P. Asokababu, Vice-president (CHQ) & circle secretary, BSNLEU, Andhra Pradesh , com. Rama Devi, Vice president, CITU and com. Vijay Vodnal, ACS, BSNLEU. Com.G.Sambasiva Rao, ACS, BSNLEU, proposed the resolution of the convention, which was unanimously adopted by the house. Many contract workers, including women, participated in the discussion and spoke about their problems. In the end, Telengana circle union of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF ) was formed. <<< views of the convention >>>

 

[07.07.2017]Notification to hold JE LICE, under 50% quota, for the Recruitment year 2016 - BSNLEU demands modification of the cut off date, to determine the eligibility condition of the candidates.

BSNL Corporate Office has issued notification for holding JE LICE. It is mentioned in the notification that vacancies up to 31-03-2017 should be computed for this exam. However, it is stated that, the cut off date for determining the eligibility condition of the candidates is fixed as 01.07.2016. This is illogical. Therefore, BSNLEU has written to the PGM(Estt.), demanding to modify the cut off date.<<view letter>>  

 

[07.07.2017]Corporate Office released list of selected DR JE candidates, against unfilled posts - BSNLEU's demand accepted.

As regards the DR JE recruitment made in 2016, BSNLEU has been continuously demanding that, the Management should give appointment to those candidates, whose names were there in the first selection list, but were subsequently got deleted from the second selection list, due to reservation given to PWD candidates. BSNLEU demanded that such candidates should be given appointment, utilising the vacant places caused due to non-reporting of candidates for the document verification. BSNLEU's demand has been accepted, and the Corporate Office has announced the selection of DR JEs against the unfilled posts. Most of the candidates whose names were deleted from the 2nd selection list have got selected now. Still, it is reported that some candidates did not get selected. Both the GS and Dy.GS are out of Delhi. Soon after their returning, the issue will be discussed.

 

[07.07.2017]ATM leaders visit CHQ office - express their desire to work in close coordination with BSNLEU.

The ATM is holding it's All India level meeting at New Delhi today. The All India leaders who have come over to Delhi to attend this meeting, paid a visit to the CHQ office. They include com.Anil Kumar, President, com.S.D.Sharma, General Secretary and com.Revti Prasad,AGS. The leaders were warmly welcomed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Ramesh Chand, Organising Secretary (CHQ). The ATM leaders expressed their desire to work in close coordination with BSNLEU, in the matters of wage revision, safeguarding BSNL from the attacks of the government and other issues. BSNLEU leaders too expressed their willingness to work together with the ATM. It is important to note that the ATM is a signatory of the strike notice for the One Day Strike to be held on 27-07-2017. In the last Membership Verification, ATM had alliance with the BTEU.

 

 

 

[07.07.2017]FNTO is holding it's two day CEC meeting at Patna - BSNLEU wishes the meeting all success.

The two day CEC meeting of FNTO is starting at Patna today. This meeting is expected to take important decisions, including on the One Day Strike to be held on 27-07-2017. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke to com.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, over phone yesterday, and wished success to the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, also expressed the hope that the meeting would take important decisions in the interest of BSNL and the employees.

 

[07.07.2017]Non-implementation of the Revised Guidelines issued by the BSNL Corporate Office, for review of the results of the failed SC/ST candidates, in respect of the JAO LICE held on 17-07- 2016 - BSNLEU writes to the GM(FP), BSNL CO.<<view letter>>

 

 

[06.07.2017]Matter for printing hand bills for organising the one day strike to be held on 27.07.2017.

The CHQ of BSNLEU has prepared a matter for printing of hand bills by various circle and district unions. CHQ requests the non-Hindi speaking circle unions to translate the matter into the regional languages and to get the hand bills printed. It is the duty of the district unions to ensure that this hand bill reaches the hands of each and every BSNL employee.<<view matter>>

 

[06.07.2017]Action taken report by the BSNL Corporate Office, on BSNLEU’s letter addressed to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, on the wage revision issue.

BSNLEU has written a detailed letter to shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS(C), on 27.05.2017, seeking his intervention for exempting BSNL from the “Affordability Clause” of the 3rd PRC. BSNL Corporate Office, vide it’s letter no.BSNL/12-1/SR/2017 dated 13.06.2017 (received belatedly by BSNLEU), has informed BSNLEU about the action taken on this matter. It has informed that BSNL’s comments on the matter, along with justification for wage revision, has been forwarded to the Administrative Ministry.

<<view letter>>    

[06.07.2017]DPE orders on IDA increase from 01.07.2017.<<click here>>    

[06.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on periodical conducting of circle and local meetings.

Corporate Office has once again issued a letter to all the CGMs yesterday. Periodical conducting of Circle and Local council meetings, as per the periodicity already communicated to the circles by the Corporate Office, has been reiterated in yesterday’s letter. However, in many circles and SSAs, council meetings are not taking place as per the guidelines of the Corporate Office. Circle and district secretaries are requested to utilise this letter to ensure periodical conducting of meetings of the Circle and Local councils.<<view letter>>

 

[05.07.2017]Rajasthan circle organised an inspiring Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Jaipur. 

Rajasthan circle union organised a very effective  Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Jaipur today. Apart from circle executive committee members, branch secretaries also participated in a large number. The Jaipur district union has made excellent arrangements for the meeting. Com. Kamal Singh Gohil, CP, presided over the meeting. Com.P.K.Jain, district secretary, Jaipur, welcomed everyone. Com. Ashok Pareek, CS,  briefly explained about the purpose of the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke in detail, about the need to go on struggle, on the wage revision issue. Recommendations of the 3rd PRC, developments in the Committee of Secretaries, attacks on the Public Sector,  circumstances under which the unions and associations withdrew their cooperation to the BSNL Management, etc., were thoroughly explained by the General Secretary. The meeting was also addressed by com. Vijay Singh, Organising Secretary(CHQ),  com. S.D.Sharma, GS, ATM,  com. S.S.Rajput,CS,SNEA, com. P.N.Sharma, CS, AIGETOA, com. Lal Singh Vikal, CS, SEWA BSNL, com. Suresh Agarwal, DS, BSNL MS, com. Ashok Kumar, CS, BTEU, com. M.K.Nagpal, CS,AIBDPA, com. V.P. Sharma, veteran leader and com. S.K.Vijay, circle VP addressed the meeting. After hearing the speeches of the leaders, the participants of the meeting vowed to make the One Day strike to be held on 27th July, 2017, a grand success in Rajasthan circle. The meeting ended with emotional slogans.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[05.07.2017]Corporate Office reminder on engagement details of Casual Labourers.<<click here>>

 

[04.07.2017]Be serious in holding meetings of the National Council – Staff Side writes to the Director (HR).

Staff Side of the National Council, has written to the Director (HR), expressing it’s unhappiness over the casual manner in which meetings of the National Council are being fixed and postponed. The 35th National Council meeting was held on 11.05.2017. Since, all the items could not be discussed in that meeting, due to paucity of time, it was agreed to adjourn the meeting and to hold the same shortly. However, the adjourned meeting was not held, despite reminders by the Secretary, Staff Side. On 30.06.2017, it was notified to hold the National Council meeting on 06.07.2017. However, on 03.07.2017 itself, this meeting was postponed. It seems the Management is not serious in holding meetings of the National Council. The issue was discussed with shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), by com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, today. The GM (SR) assured to hold the adjourned meeting without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[04.07.2017]Implementation of government orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL.

BSNLEU has long been demanding the implementation of the DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL. In the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, BSNLEU demanded the implementation of DoT letter no.22-5/9-1-NCG dated 30.11.1992, wherein the government has set 20% for Scheduled Castes and 15% for Scheduled Tribes, as qualifying marks. The Chairman, National Council, advised the Management Side to examine this letter. But, nothing has happened so far. BSNLEU has written to the PGM (Estt.), demanding to implement the aforementioned DoT order, to fill up the unfilled SC/ST vacancies of the JTO LICEs and JAO LICE, conducted in 2016.<<view letter>> <<annexure>>

 

[04.07.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the Management to expeditiously dispose off the Review Petition of com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur.

Com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur, has submitted a Review Petition to the Director (HR), against the vindictive and disproportionate punishment imposed on him. BSNLEU has already urged upon the Director (HR), a number of times to expeditiously dispose off this Review Petition. Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed the issue with shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), who is coordinating on this issue.

 

[04.07.2017]Designations Committee meeting postponed.

The meeting of the Joint Committee, on Change of Designations of the left out Non-Executives, scheduled to be held today, has been postponed. The Staff Side has suggested that the meeting can be fixed on 30th / 31st July or on 1st August, 2017.<<view letter>>

 

[04.07.2017]NE- I Circle holding Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Shillong.
The NE-I circle union of BSNLEU is holding it’s extended Circle Executive Committee meeting today and tomorrow at Shillong. The meeting started at 10:00 hrs. today in the telephone exchange complex with hoisting of union flag by circle president, com D. A.Shylla. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU inaugurated the extended executive committee meeting. In his speech he explained eloboratedly about the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, efforts taken by the unions and to settle the wage revision, the vindictive actions taken by the management at corporate office and decisions of all unions and associations to withdraw all cooperations to the Management from 1st July, 2017. He called on the the entire BSNL employees to make the one day strike on 27.07.2017 a grand success. The meeting was also addressed by com Gopal Das,CS, AIBDPA, com Sankar Malakar, CS, BSNLCCWF. Com Shivjee Roy Circle Secretary submitted draft activities report. Com. D. A. Shylla, Circle President is presiding.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[04.07.2017]More views of the leaders of BSNLEU greeted hunger strike of the National Forum.<<click here>>

 

[03.07.2017]Leaders of BSNLEU greeted hunger strike of the National Forum.

The National Forum is observing hunger strike on the wage revision issue. BSNLEU called on it's circle and district unions to greet the struggle and also to express our support and solidarity for the struggle. Information is received that the leaders and comrades of BSNLEU have enthusiastically participated in this programme in various circles. CHQ heartily congratulates our comrades for the response to the call of the CHQ.<<<views>>>

 

[03.07.2017]Leaders of unions and associations greeted the hunger strike of National Forum.

Leaders of the unions and associations greeted the hunger strike being observed by the National Forum. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA, com.G.L.Jogi, Chairman, SNEA, com.R.S.Chauhan, Vice President(CHQ), BSNLEU, com.P.S.Bist, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Corporate Office, went to the venue of the hunger strike, and expressed their solidarity for the struggle.

 

 

[03.07.2017]National Council meeting to be held on 06-07-2017 postponed.

The adjourned meeting of the National Council has been fixed to be held on 06-07-2017. However, the Management has postponed the meeting all of a sudden. All National Council members are requested to take note of this.<<<view letter>>>

 

[03.07.2017]Privatisation process of Air India to start by December, 2017. 


The Government has set December, 2017, as the time limit for starting the process to privatise Air India. It has  formed a Ministerial Committee for selling Air India. The five member Committee will be headed by Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister. The other members of the Committee are, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal and Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

 

[01.07.2017]Unions and associations of Assam, make timely intervention to stop the starting of Vodafone's customer care centre in BSNL's training centre.

Today, all unions and associations of Assam circle unitedly protested against the Assam circle administration's action of allotting accommodation for Vodafone, to start Customer Care Centre in BSNL's training centre ( RTTC), at Tarapur Chaariyali, Guwahati. Leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA, went to the CGM, Assam, to express their protest. Understanding the mood of the employees, the CGM Assam, told that Vodafone's call centre would be closed down. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations of Assam circle for making this timely intervention.<<Views of the protest>>

 

[01.07.2017]Com.S.P.Kalairajan, CS, Andaman & Nicobar felicitated on superannuation.

Com.S.P. Kalairajan, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Andaman & Nicobar, retired on superannuation yesterday. An impressive felicitation meeting was organised at Port Blair yesterday, to honour him. The CGM of A&N circle, General Managers of the circle, leaders of NGO association, CITU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA addressed the meeting and praised the good services rendered by com. S.P.Kalairajan. Non-Executives and Executives of A&N circle participated in the meeting in good number.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[01.07.2017]What is withdrawal of cooperation?

From today onwards, the unions and associations have withdrawn their cooperation for the BSNL Management. In this connection, we wish to give certain guidelines to our comrades.


Q : What is the meaning of withdrawal of cooperation?

A : This is not a non-cooperation, which is a form of struggle. We are only withdrawing our cooperation to the Management. It means we will only do our normal duties. And we will not be doing any extra duty, which is not a part of routine duty. So far, we have been doing a lot of extra duties voluntarily, to speed up the revival of the Company. For example, an OS, who is posted in an office, or a Telecom Technician, posted in the line maintenance, were also voluntarily doing extra work, like participation in Road Shows, Melas, etc. But, from today onwards, we will not do all those​ extra works. We shall discharge only our normal duties.


Q : Why and how long this withdrawal of cooperation will continue?

A : The unions and associations of BSNL have been spearheading a voluntary movement for the revival of BSNL. "Customer Delight Movement", "Service With A Smile Movement" etc., launched by the unions and associations, have played a key role in improving the financial condition of BSNL. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, has rightly praised  the role of the unions and associations in many Forums. However, there are some top officers in the Company, who are not actually interested in the revival of the Company. Especially, the HR Department is involved in unnecessary provocation of the unions and associations. Many high-handed orders have been issued in the recent months, to snatch away the rights​ of the employees, even to go on peaceful agitational programme. For example, one such order says that, even dharna will be treated as strike, and wage cut will be imposed. We have taken this to the notice of the CMD BSNL. However, due to the reasons not known to us, he also has not made any effective intervention. Hence, we are left with no other option, but to withdraw our cooperation. This will continue, so long as the repressive orders are not withdrawn.

 

[01.07.2017]Tour programme of the General Secretary in connection with the One Day Strike.

The following is the tour programme of the General Secretary, in connection with the mobilisation for the One Day Strike. Circle Secretaries are requested to note down the dates and to effectively organise the meetings, as per the decision of the Thiruvananthapuram CEC meeting. 

 

05-07-2017 - Jaipur.

08-07-2017 - Hyderabad.

09-07-2017 - Tumkur, Karnataka.

10-07-2017 - Chennai.

11-07-2017- Ahmedabad.

12-07-2017 - Meerut, UP (West)

15-07-2017 - Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

18-07-2017 - Patna, Bihar.

 

[30.06.2017]IDA increased by 1.9%.

The IDA has reportedly increased by 1.9% from 1st July, 2017. With this increase, the new IDA shall be 119%.

 

[30.06.2017]Corporate Office letter to all CGM’s on revised labour rates - compliance thereof.<<<view letter>>>

[30.06.2017]Corporate Office issued notification for adjourned meeting of the National Council to be held on 6th July, 2017.<<<view letter>>>

 

[30.06.2017]BSNLEU urged upon the GM (SR) to uphold the immunity from transfers, in Ahmedabad.

Shri H.S. Menat, OS, (WTR), Ahmedabad in entitled for immunity from transfers, since he is the Asstt. District Secretary of BSNLEU. The PGM, Ahmedabad had issued transfer order for Shri H.S. Menat, violating the Corporate Office order on immunity from transfers. BSNLEU, has already written letter to GM (SR), BSNL to instruct the Gujarat circle to cancel the transfer order issued to Shri H.S. Menat. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the matter with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today, and demanded implementation of the Corporate Office orders on immunity from transfers, to the office bearers of the Recognised Union. The GM (SR) assured to do the needful.

 

[30.06.2017]BSNLEU extends it's support to the hunger strike programme of NFTE and it's allies.

NFTE and it's allies are conducting relay hunger strike on 3rd and 4th July,2017, on the wage revision issue. Since this programme is being conducted on the most important issue of the BSNL employees, CHQ has decided to extend it's support to this programme. Accordingly, all circle and district secretaries are requested to visit the hunger strike pandal, and to greet the struggle.

 

[30.06.2017]Withdrawal of cooperation to the BSNL Management, to be implemented from tomorrow.

The unions and associations of BSNL have decided to withdraw all cooperations to the BSNL Management from tomorrow onwards, i.e., from 01.07.2017. All circle and district secretaries are requested to strictly implement the decision. According to the decision, the Non-Executives and Executives​ will have to do only their normal duties. They need not do any extra work. This decision has been taken in view of the attacks being mounted by the BSNL Management, on the rights of the unions and associations, even to conduct peaceful agitational programme.

 

[30.06.2017]Com.S.P.Kalairajan, circle secretary, Andaman and Nicobar, retiring today.

Com.S.P.Kalairajan, circle secretary, Andaman & Nicobar, is retiring from service today, on superannuation. Com.S.P.Kalairajan is the architect of our movement in Andaman & Nicobar circle. He has toiled life long, to keep our Red Flag flying high in the far off island. CHQ heartily congratulates com.S.P.Kalairajan, and wishes him a happy, productive and long life.

 

[30.06.2017]Adjourned meeting of the National Council to be held on 6th July, 2017.

Corporate Office has fixed the adjourned meeting of the National Council on 06th July, 2017, without consulting the Secretary, Staff Side. However, in view of our preparations for the  strike, BSNLEU has not demanded any change in the date. All National Council members of BSNLEU are requested to attend the meeting. Since the Staff Side has already discussed all the agenda items, another Staff Side meeting will not be held.

 

[29.06.2017]NDA government once again betrays the Central Government employees - This is a sample of what is going to happen in BSNL.

The Cabinet meeting that was held yesterday, has once again betrayed the 48 lakh Central Government employees. The Cabinet which took a final decision yesterday, on the recommendations of the COA, has refused to accept the demands of the employees in respect of restoring the HRA back to 30%, 20% and 10%, which were cut down by the 7th CPC to 24%, 16% and 8%. Further, the Cabinet also took  decision to implement the allowances only from 01.07.2017, instead of 01.01.2016, thereby, denying 18 months' arrears to the employees. The decisions of the Central Cabinet should open the eyes of the BSNL employees. This is only a sample of what the government is going to do in the matter of wage revision of BSNL employees.

 

[29.06.2017]All India BSNL Working Women's Convention - Circle Secretaries and delegates to note please.

As already announced, the All India BSNL Working Women's Convention is being ​organised by BSNLEU at Hyderabad, on 08.07.2017. Com.K.Hemalata, National President, CITU, has   kindly consented to inaugurate the Convention. The venue of the Convention is Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, near Hyderabad (Nampally) railway station. Staying accommodation for the delegates will be arranged from the morning of 07.07.2017 to the morning of 09.07.2017. Staying beyond this period, has to be paid by the delegates themselves. For details, com.J.Sampath Rao, circle secretary, Telengana circle, may please be contacted over phone no.09440171616.

 

[29.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners and Family Pensioners on account of implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of Seventh CPC.<<<view letter>>>

 

[29.06.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoT on modifications in Seventh CPC recommendations on Pay and Pensionary benefits in respect of some Categories of Employees.<<<view letter>>> <<<endorsement>>>

 

[29.06.2017]Central Cabinet decides to sell Air India - BSNLEU strongly condemns the decision of the Modi government.

BSNLEU strongly condemns the decision of the Union Cabinet to privatise Air India. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, told reporters yesterday that, the Union Cabinet has decided to privatise Air India, through the disinvestment route. He further told that the Cabinet has decided to form a committee to finalise the modalities of disinvestment. In any case, the government has decided to sell Air India, within one year. Air India was nationalised in 1953. Even today, Air India is having 17% market share in the civil aviation segment, with 41 international routes and 72 domestic routes. Air India was systematically weakened by the government, first by the merger Air India and Indian Airlines, and thereafter, by pushing it into a debt trap with massive purchasing of aircrafts, through loans.

 

[28.06.2017]Posters for the One Day Strike despatched - Circle and District Secretaries are requested to utilise them effectively.

Posters are printed in English and Hindi, for the forthcoming One Day Strike to be held on 27.07.2017, by the unions and associations. The same have already been despatched also. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to make arrangements to display these posters in prominent places.

 

[28.06.2017]BSNL Sports and Cultural Board meeting to be held on 14th July, 2017.

The BSNL Sports and Cultural Board meeting has not been held for the past two years. BSNLEU took up the issue and demanded that the meeting should be held. Resultantly, Corporate Office has notified to hold the meeting on 14th July, 2017. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, will preside over the meeting. Com.John Verghese, AGS, is representing BSNLEU in the Sports and Cultural Board.

 

[28.06.2017]National Convention of Workers to be held at New Delhi on 08th August, 2017.

The Central Trade Unions are continuously conducting campaign against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the government. As a part of this campaign, the Central Trade Unions are organising a National Convention of Workers at New Delhi on 8th August, 2017. It will be held in the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, and will start at 11:00 am. Attacks on the Public Sector, amendments to the labour laws in favour of the employers, massive contractorisation of jobs, etc., will be the major issues before the convention. CHQ will shortly inform the number of delegates, who will participate on behalf of BSNLEU.<<View communique of Central Trade Unions>>>

[28.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on restoration of without voucher facility to Retired employees under BSNLMRS.<<<view letter>>>

 

[28.06.2017]Kerala circle unions conducted successful joint convention to organise the One Day Strike.

Kerala circle unions conducted a successful joint convention at Ernakulam on 23rd June, to organise the One Day Strike. More than 300 comrades attended. Convention was organized by BSNLEU, NUBSNLW (FNTO), BSNLMS, SEWA BSNL (Kerala circle), SNEA and AIGETOA. Com. P.Nandakumar, All India Secretary, CITU inaugurated the convention. Com. T.Santhoshkumar, Circle Secretary, SNEA, presided over the convention. Sri.V.P.George(State Secretary, INTUC), Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri (founder General Secretary, BSNLEU), K.V.Jose (Circle Secretary, NUBSNLW (FNTO), S.Saheer (Circle Secretary, AIGETOA), T.V.Rajeevan Nair (Circle Secretary, BSNLMS), P.A.Kumaran (Circle Asst. Secretary, SEWA BSNL) George Varghese (Circle President, SNEA), Baby Antony (All India Org. Secretary, NUBSNLW (FNTO), S.Prathapkumar, AGS, BSNLEU addressed the convention. Com. K. Mohan Circle Secretary, BSNLEU welcomed and Com.A.V.Kuriakose (Circle President, BSNLEU) extended vote of thanks. It was decided in the Convention to conduct district level conventions sub division level combined meetings, squad work etc. as part of campaign. It was also decided to go to each and every worker so that the message of strike should reach all workers. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala circle unions for this initiative.<<<views of the convention>>>

 

[27.06.2017]Appointment for the DR JE candidates, who are removed from the 2nd selection list.

BSNLEU has been insisting upon the BSNL Management to give appointment to the DR JE candidates, who were announced as selected in the first selection list last year, but whose names subsequently got removed from the second selection list. This happened because, the Management made some adjustments in the selection list, to provide reservation to PWD candidates. Thus, around 70 candidates' names got removed from the second selection list. They missed the chance by very narrow margin, say 0.5 marks or so. BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to some how accommodate these candidates also, since they were announced as selected in the first selection list. Today, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, met Ms.Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.) and discussed this issue again. The representatives insisted that the vacancies that have arisen, due to the non-reporting of the selected candidates for document verification, could be utilised for this. The GM(Rectt.) assured to do the needful on this issue. The representatives insisted for early action in this regard.

 

[27.06.2017]Unions and associations decide to withdraw all cooperations to the Management, from 01.07.2017.

A meeting of the unions and associations took place today, under the chairmanship of com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA. Com. P.Abhimanyu, convenor, welcomed every one, and explained about the purpose of the meeting. The meeting severely condemned the high handed actions of the BSNL Management, in curtailing the fundamental rights of the employees to go on even peaceful agitations. The unions and associations are extending their fullest cooperation for the financial revival of the Company. The Non-Executives and Executives​ of BSNL are not only carrying out their own duties, but are also doing all extra works, keeping the larger interests of the Company in mind. This is how the employees are extending cooperation for the revival of BSNL. On the other hand, the Corporate Management is issuing letter after letter, curtailing the legitimate rights of the employees, to conduct even peaceful agitational programme. According to the latest letter of the Corporate Office, dharna will also be treated as strike, and wage cut will be imposed. After detailed discussion, the meeting unanimously decided to withdraw all cooperations to the Management from 01-07-2017. From this day onwards, the employees will only do their work and will not involve in any extra activities.

 

[24.06.2017]CMD BSNL urged to break the deadlock, in the settlement of the HR issues of Non-Executives, lying pending with the BSNL Board.

In their meeting with the CMD BSNL held yesterday, the GS, Dy.GS and Treasurer, urged upon him to break the deadlock, in the settlement of the HR issues of Non-Executives, lying pending with the BSNL Board.  Promotion in E1 pay scale, one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives, who are suffering wage loss and implementation of Gratuity to the casual workers, are the three issues, already approved by the BSNL Management Committee, but are kept in the deep freezer by the Board of Directors. The issues are lying pending with the Board of Directors for the past several years. 

 

[24.06.2017]Suppression of trade union rights will not be tolerated.

The CMD BSNL was told in clear terms yesterday, by the GS, Dy.GS and Treasurer of BSNLEU that, suppression of trade union rights will not be tolerated in BSNL. The representatives pointed out how the HR department of the Corporate Office is issuing letter after letter, curbing trade union rights in BSNL. Copies of the said letters were handed over to the CMD BSNL. He assured to look into the issue.

 

[24.06.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the CMD BSNL to ensure maintenance of law and order within office premises in West Bengal circle.

Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, yesterday and urged upon him to intervene in the abnormal and alarming situation prevailing in West Bengal circle, wherein outside goons are entering BSNL offices and are threatening the employees to leave BSNLEU and to join the Trinamool Union (TEU). The representatives pointed out that, maintaining law and order within office premises is the duty and responsibility of the BSNL Management. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter and to take needful action.

 

[24.06.2017]BSNLEU has lost a veteran leader.

Com.D.Nagamanyam, a veteran leader of the telecom trade union movement, breathed his last at 11:20 am today, at Hyderabad. He had been unwell for quite some time. Com.D.Nagamanyam is one of the founding leaders of BSNLEU in Andhra Pradesh circle. He was former district secretary of BSNLEU, Hyderabad telecom district. Com.D.Nagamanyam has played a key role in organising the casual workers and line staff also. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader. CHQ also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members and comrades of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles.

 

[23.06.2017]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding to stop the attacks on trade union rights.

BSNL Corporate Office is issuing letters, one after another, curbing the rights of the workers to go on struggle. Imposition of wage cut has been proposed, even for going on dharna and hunger strike. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to end these attacks on the rights of the workers to go on struggle.<<<view letter>>>

 

[23.06.2017]Tour programme for CHQ office bearers to attend Extended Circle Executive Committee meetings.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Thiruvananthapuram, has decided that all circle unions should conduct Extended Circle Executive Committee meetings (including branch secretaries), for effectively organising the One Day strike to be held on 27.07.2017. In this connection, the All India Centre meeting, held yesterday, has finalised the following tour programme for the CHQ office bearers. Circle secretaries are requested to coordinate with the All India office bearer allotted for their circle, and to fix the date for conducting Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting.

 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary  - Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Bihar,

                                                                               Tamil Nadu and Chennai.

 

Com. Balbir Singh, President                     - Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

 

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS           - UP (East), NE-I, Haryana, Uttarakhand and NTR.

 

Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President         - Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

 

Com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer                     - Assam and NE-II.

 

[23.06.2017]Com. John Verghese, AGS nominated to the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board.

The All India Centre meeting, held yesterday, has decided to nominate com. John Verghese, AGS, as the member of BSNL Sports and Cultural Board.

 

[23.06.2017]Remittance of BSNLEU’s annual subscription to the TUI (PS).

The All India Centre meeting, held yesterday, has decided to immediately remit BSNLEU’s annual subscription to the Trade Union International (Public Services). As per the Constitution of the TUI (PS), BSNLEU’s annual subscription comes to 700 US dollars. The same will be remitted shortly.

 

[22.06.2017]Immediately settle the HR issues pending with the BSNL Board - Demands BSNLEU.

The three HR issues of:-

(i)    Promotion for Non-Executives in E1 pay scale,

(ii)   Granting one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives, like Sr.TOAs, RMs, etc.,

        suffering wage loss,

(iii)  Implementation of gratuity to casual labourers,

are already approved by the Management Committee, but are lying pending with the Board of Directors for years together. BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding approval of these issues by the BSNL Board without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[22.06.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoT on admissibility of Flexi-Fare in Shatabdi/Rajdhani/Duronto Trains while availing LT - clarification.<<click here>> 

 

[22.06.2017]Secretary of the Staff Side, National Council, writes to the GM (SR) on non-holding of the adjourned 35th meeting of the National Council.

The 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017. Out of the 28 agenda items, only 10 items were discussed. Other items were not discussed due to paucity of time. It was decided to adjourn the meeting, and to hold the same shortly. However, even after the lapse of nearly one and half months, the Corporate Office has not even fixed the date for holding the adjourned meeting, despite several reminders by the Secretary, Staff Side. Hence, Secretary, Staff Side has written to the GM (SR), demanding to hold the adjourned meeting, without further delay.<<view letter>> 

 

[22.06.2017]Finalise the minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017 – Secretary, Staff Side writes to the GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office.

No minutes has so far been issued by the Corporate Office, on the decisions taken in the 35th meeting of the National Council. Due to non-releasing of the minutes, various Branches of the Corporate Office have not taken initiative to implement the decisions taken in the meeting held on 11.05.2017. The Secretary, Staff Side has written to the GM (SR), demanding to finalise the minutes without further delay.<<view letter>> 

[22.06.2017]Corporate Office introduces incentives to the staff, to increase the growth of landline and broadband connections.<<view letter>> 

[22.06.2017]Corporate Office issues corrigendum to the merit list announced on 12th May, 2017, for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs through GATE scoring 2017.<<view letter>>

[21.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on Social Security Scheme for the families of BSNL Employees who die untimely i.e. during service - Entirely to be funded by BSNL Employees on pay roll.<<<click here>>> 

[21.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on holidays to be observed in BSNL Offices during the year 2018.<<<click here>>> 

[21.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners and Family Pensioners on account of implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Seventh CPC.<<<click here>>> 

[21.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on engagement details of Casual Labourers.<<<click here>>>

[21.06.2017]The two day circle executive committee meeting of Maharashtra circle started at Karad.

The two day circle executive committee meeting of Maharashtra circle, started enthusiastically at Karad today. The Satara district union has made excellent arrangements for the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union's Red Flag amidst sloganeering. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr's column. Com.Appa Gagre, circle president is presiding over the meeting. Com.Nagesh Kumar Nalawade, circle secretary, welcomed every one. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting. In his speech, the GS spoke elaborately on the wage revision issue. The recommendations of the 3rd PRC, the efforts being taken by the unions and associations to settle the wage revision, the anti-trade union steps being taken by the Corporate Management to crush the struggle for wage revision, etc. While elaborating the steps taken by the employees for the revival of BSNL, the GS stated that in the wake of severe repression being let loose by the Management, the unions and associations will have to review their approach in this regard. Com.Nagesh Kumar Nalawade, CS, presented his report on activities and the Treasurer placed a report on the financial position. The meeting is continuing with the deliberations by the circle executive committee members.<<<views of the meeting>>> 

[21.06.2017]More views of the dharna, held at various circles on 20.06.2017.<<<click here>>>

[20.06.2017]Today’s dharna is a huge success across the country.

Reports being received from various circles reveal that the day long dharna, hold on by the unions and associations, for the settlement of wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and withdrawal of the gag order, is a huge success. Despite the Corporate Office issuing retrograde guidelines to crush the agitation, the Executives and Non-Executives have massively responded to the call of the unions and associations. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the leaders of the unions and associations for making the struggle a massive success.

 

<<views of the dharna>>  <<views of the dharna-1>>  

 

[20.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on filling of DR JE (erstwhile TTA) in BSNL - Vacancy status.<<view letter>> 

 

[20.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on formation of Internal Committee on Sexual Harassment of Women at work place.<<view letter>>

 

[20.06.2017]BSNL Management issues a nasty letter, to curb trade union activities and to weaken the trade union movement.

BSNL Management has issued a nasty letter yesterday, the 19.06.2017, to curb trade union activities and to weaken trade union movement. In a detailed letter, the Corporate Management has virtually banned the proposed agitational programme by the unions and associations for the settlement of wage revision. According to this letter, dharna is to be treated as strike. The actions to be taken include, wage cut, calling the police, etc. It seems that the BSNL Management wants only “Yes Men” to be leaders of the trade unions. On 14.06.2017, Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), conducted a one hour class to com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, advising him not to go ahead with the proposed agitational programme. But, she was politely replied that, the proposed agitation cannot be withdrawn. On 19.06.2017, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met CMD BSNL and held an elaborate discussion. They pleaded to the CMD BSNL, not to take actions to crush our struggles. However, it is unfortunate that the Management has issued such a letter to crush struggles. When the Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL, tirelessly work to strengthen the financial position of the Company, the officers, availing 5 star hotel facilities and lavish foreign tours, and whose only work is to give “lip-service” for the revival of the Company, want to crush the trade union movement. When such attacks are mounted on the unions and associations, the Non-Executives and Executives can no longer expected to walk extra mile, for the financial revival of the Company. The unions and associations will soon meet at New Delhi to protect the rights of the unions and associations to go on struggle for the settlement of their justified demands.<<view Corporate Office letter>>  

 

[20.06.2017]BSNLEU vows settlement of Superannuation Benefits issue of Directly Recruited employees and also punitive actions against AIGETOA leaders.

Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, has already been issued with a charge sheet, for participation in agitational programme. In spite of that, com. Ravi Shil Verma, and his comrades participated in today’s dharna outside Corporate Office at New Delhi. While inviting com. Ravi Shil Verma, to address the dharna, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, announced amidst thunderous slogans that the on going struggle of the unions and associations would certainly settle the Superannuation Benefits issue of the Directly Recruited employees, and also would ensure withdrawal of punitive actions against com. Ravi Shil Verma and other comrades.   

     

[20.06.2017]Unions and Associations conducting an electrified dharna, outside BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi.

The narrow minded BSNL Corporate Management denied permission to Unions and Associations today, to conduct dharna at Corporate Office, demanding settlement of wage revision and other issues. Undeterred by this action of the Management, comrades sat outside the Corporate Office and conducted an impressive and electrified dharna. Police tried to remove us from this place also. They directed the comrades to shift the struggle to Jantar Mantar. But the comrades are determined and refused to move away. Today, we have given a fitting reply to the Corporate Management, who is trying to crush our justified struggle for settlement of wage revision.

 

 

<<<more views of the dharna>>>

 

[20.06.2017]Dharna at Corporate Office.

Corporate Management has denied permission to hold dharna inside Corporate Office. Comrades who came to participate in the dharna, denied permission to enter Corporate Office. All the comrades are standing outside the main gate of Corporate Office in rain and drizzling.

 

 

Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, explaining to police officers, about our justification to go on struggle.

 

[19.06.2017]Organise tomorrow’s dharna in the most successful manner.

As per the decision taken in the all union / association meeting held on 02.06.2017, dharnas are to be organised throughout the country tomorrow the 20.06.2017. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to coordinate with other unions and associations, and to organise the dharna programme in the most successful manner. We are facing threats from the Management. But, wage revision is a life and death issue for the BSNL employees. Hence, take all out efforts to ensure maximum mobilisation, for sending the right message to the government.   

 

[19.06.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and demanded withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter, banning trade union activities within office premises. The representatives pointed out that when the unions and associations are extending their fullest cooperation to the Management, in the matter of BSNL’s revival, it is not appropriate on the part of Management to ban trade union activities. The CMD BSNL assured to look into this issue.  

 

[19.06.2017]Allotment of funds for payment of GPF.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again met shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI) today, and discussed the allotment of funds for GPF payment. The GM (T&BFCI) informed the GS that funds will be allotted today for those circles whose GPF payment is yet to be taken over by the DoT. 

 

[19.06.2017]BSNLEU demands to hold the adjourned meeting of the National Council and also to issue the National Council meeting minutes expeditiously.

The National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, had to be adjourned, since all the agenda items could not be discussed. However, the Management has so far not fixed the date for holding the adjourned National Council meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and insisted to hold the adjourned meeting of the National Council expeditiously. Further, the GS also demanded that the minutes of the meeting held on 11.05.2017, should also be released without further delay. The GM (SR) assured to look into these issues.

 

[19.06.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.4 dated 15th June, 2017.<<<view letter>>>

 

[19.06.2017]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter, banning trade union activities within office premises.

Quoting a direction given by the Hon'ble Patiala House District Court, New Delhi, the Corporate Office has issued letter, banning trade union activities within office premises. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding withdrawal of the letter.<<<view letter>>>

 

[17.06.2017]BSNLEU's poster for the All India BSNL Working Women's Convention, to be held at Hyderabad on 08-07-2017.

 

[17.06.2017]BSNLEU writes to shri Anand Geete, Minister for Heavy Industries.

While mobilising the employees for one day strike, BSNLEU is also trying to reach out to the key ministers of the government, with a view to mobilise the support, for the settlement of wage revision to BSNL employees. DPE is a crucial department in the wage revision of PSU employees. It comes under the Ministry of Heavy Industries. Hence, BSNLEU has written to shri Anand Geete, Minister for Heavy Industries, explaining the details and also seeking for an appointment to meet him.<<<view letter >>>

 

[17.06.2017]Conduct Extended Circle Executive Committee meetings immediately, for the purpose of organising one day strike.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, has directed all circle unions to conduct Extended Circle Executive Committee meetings for the purpose of planning and organising the one day strike, to be held on 27.07.2017, on the wage revision issue. All circle secretaries are requested to immediately fix the date for the meeting, in consultation with the CHQ. Each circle will be allotted with a CHQ office bearer, for giving guidance. All branch secretaries should also be invited for the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting.

 

[16.06.2017]Take all out efforts - make the 20th June dharna a grand success.

As per the decision of the unions and associations, country wide dharnas are to be conducted on 20th June, demanding wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits for the Directly Recruited employees and withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter, banning trade union activities. Only a few days are left for this struggle. Circle and district secretaries are requested to coordinate with the other unions and associations and to take maximum efforts to make the programme a massive success.

 

[16.06.2017]CHQ circular no. 04.

CHQ has issued the circular no.04, carrying the decisions of the Tiruvananthapuram CEC meeting, and also decisions of the unions and associations on the struggle for wage revision. Circle and district Secretaries are requested to take serious efforts to implement the decisions.<<<view circular >>>

 

[16.06.2017]Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications replies to com.Tapan Sen, MP, on the proposal of the Niti Ayog to start strategic sale in BSNL.

Last year, it was reported in the media that, the Niti Ayog has recommended strategic sale in BSNL. Within one or two days, i.e., on 25-07-2016, com.Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary, CITU, raised this issue in the Rajya Sabha. While pointing out how BSNL went into loss due to the anti-BSNL policies of the government, com.Tapan Sen also mentioned the progress being achieved in the financial revival of the Company. He strongly demanded that no strategic sale/ disinvestment should be made in BSNL. Now, after nearly a year, shri Manoj Sinha, the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, has replied in writing, to the issue raised by com. Tapan Sen. We heartily thank com. Tapan Sen, for his intervention made in the Parliament. At the same time, we wish to state that we should continue to remain vigil against the attempts being made by the government, to start disinvestment /strategic sale in BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

 

[15.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on general guidelines regarding promotion to higher grade in BSNL.<<view letter>>

 

[15.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on extending soft tenure facilities to JTO and below level grades (Non-Executives) opting/transferred to Circle Office at Vijayawada.<<view letter>>

 

[15.06.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoT on Revision of pension of Pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners on account of implementation of Government s decision on the recommendations of Seventh CPC.<<view letter>> <endorsement>>

 

[15.06.2017]Allot 280 DR JEs and 270 DR JTOs additionally to Karnataka circle – BSNLEU urged upon the Director (HR).

BSNLEU has already written to the Director (HR), demanding allotment of additional DR JEs and DR JTOs, for Karnataka circle, in view the acute shortage being experienced in respect of these cadres. This shortage has arisen since Corporate Office has not made proper study and assessment of the requirements in DR JE and DR JTO cadres. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), yesterday and discussed this issue in detail. The GS demanded that Karnataka circle should immediately be allotted with additional 280 DR JEs and 270 DR JTOs, by drawing them from among the qualified candidates of the recently conducted DR JE and DR JTO recruitments. The Director (HR) assured that needful in this regard would be done. 

 

[15.06.2017]Director (Finance) assures allotment of GPF funds in the 3rd week of June.

As regards the allotment of funds by the Corporate Office, for payment of GPF advance, BSNLEU had already discussed the issue with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI). Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (Finance), yesterday and insisted upon allotment of funds to the circles expeditiously. The GM (T&BFCI) was called in to this discussion by the Director (Finance) for knowing the actual position. The GM (T&BFCI), reported that Corporate Office is not in a position to allot funds immediately, since BSNL has already made an over draft of Rs.950 crore from banks, and that absolutely there is no cash in the hands of the Corporate Office. Finally, after much insistence by the GS, the GM (T&BFCI), assured to some how release the funds in the 3rd week of this month.  

 

[15.06.2017]Allot additional JAO posts to solve the problem of the reverted JAOs – BSNLEU demands Director (Finance).

Some of the successful JAO candidates, who got selected in the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016, and who were posted as JAOs on completion of training, have been reverted back to their parent cadres. This is because more candidates have got qualified in the belatedly conducted review of the JAO LICE results. BSNLEU has already written to the Director (Finance), demanding additional allotment of JAO posts to those circles. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (Finance), yesterday insisted this issue again. Specific mention was made that 6 JAOs have been reverted in Kerala circle. The Director (Finance) assured that this issue would be looked into sympathetically.<<view letter>>

 

[15.06.2017]Supreme Court issues notice to the Central Government, on the ban on sale of cattle.

The Central Government has already issued a notification, banning sale of cattle for slaughter. Many state governments have objected to this notification, stating that the Central Government has encroached into their power. Under these circumstances, the Supreme Court has issued notice to the Central Government. The Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to file it’s response within two weeks.

 

[14.06.2017]12 corporates have Rs.6 lakh crore outstanding bank loans.

Recently 6 farmers were shot dead by the Madhya Pradesh police. What crime did they do? They agitated, demanding waiver of their farm loans. Farmers are not cheating the nation. They are in real trouble. Otherwise, 3 lakh Indian farmers would not have committed suicide in the course of last 30 years. However, the government mercilessly shoots the farmers down. Ok. But, today, the NDTV has reported that, 12 Indian corporates are having outstanding bank loans of rupees 6 lakh crore. Now, the question is, whether the government will shoot down these corporates, as it did in the case of the farmers? Certainly not. These 6 lakh crore rupee loan is going to be treated as bad loan, and will be silently written off. Let us believe that ours is a government, which is of the people, for the people and by the people.

 

[14.06.2017]Drought even after rainfall – The pathetic condition of BSNL.

Even before the commencement of the recently conducted DR JE and DR JTO recruitments, BSNLEU urged upon the Corporate Management to study the actual requirement of each circle, and to recruit the DR JEs and DR JTOs, based on actual requirement. However, this assessment, as demanded by BSNLEU, has not been done. Consequently, circles are facing acute shortage in the cadres of DR JEs and DR JTOs, even after the recent recruitments. The classic example is Karnataka circle. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to immediately provide 280 DR JEs and 270 DR JTOs.<<view letter>>

 

[13.06.2017]Front page of Telecrusader, June, 2017.

 

 

[13.06.2017]Medical Insurance Scheme – BSNLEU urges GM (Admn.) to arrange for expeditious meeting.

The GM (Admn.) and the GM (BFCI), BSNL Corporate Office, have already agreed to hold a meeting with the Punjab National Bank, with a view to study the medical insurance scheme, that has been introduced by the bank. However, so far the meeting has not materialised. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), today and urged upon him to hold this meeting expeditiously.

 

[13.06.2017]BSNL Board of Directors to meet shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on 16.06.2017.

The road block that has been created in the wage revision of BSNL employees, by the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC, has created wide spread disappointment and anger among the employees. The unions and associations of BSNL have served notice on the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL to go on struggle, including on a one day strike on 27.07.2017. In this backdrop, the CMD BSNL has written a letter to the Secretary, DoT, strongly supporting wage revision to BSNL employees. In addition to this, the entire Board of Directors are meeting shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on 16.06.2017. It is expected that the Board of Directors will urge upon the Hon’ble MoS(C) to intervene in the wage revision matter of BSNL employees.  

 

[13.06.2017]BSNLEU urged shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), to withdraw the BSNL letter no.9-3/SR/2017/Pt. dated 08.05.2017.

Consequent to the serving of the notice for agitational programme, including one day strike, by the unions and associations of BSNL, the Corporate Office has made an appeal to the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations to withdraw the proposed struggle. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), today and held detailed discussion with him. The GS, BSNLEU, made it absolutely clear that the agitation will take place as per schedule since the wage revision issue is connected with the future of 2 lakh employees. Further, he made it clear that the BSNL Management, on it’s part, should immediately take steps to settle the Superannuation benefits demands of the Directly Recruited employees. The GS also informed the GM (SR) that the Management has created “an emergency like situation in BSNL” by banning all trade union activities within the office premises. He strongly demanded that the order banning all trade union activities within the office premises, should immediately be withdrawn.<<view CO letter>>  

 

[13.06.2017]BSNLEU urged upon the GM (Admn.), to immediately extend the “Night Free Calling facility” to the serving employees of BSNL.

In the last National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, in reply to the Staff Side demand on extending the “Night Free Calling facility” to the serving employees, the Management Side replied that the issue would be settled soon, and that the matter was being processed by the CFA section. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met the GM (Admn.), today and urged upon him to immediately issue the letter for extending the facility to the serving employees.

 

[13.06.2017]Well done Kerala circle union!

The CEC meeting held at Tiruvananthapuram from 9th to 11th June,2017, is truly a landmark event. The meeting will long be remembered, for it's rich deliberations and important decisions. Together with this, the excellent manner in which arrangements had been made for this CEC meeting, will also be remembered for long. Accepting the appeal of the CHQ, the Kerala circle union, under the leadership of com.K.Mohanan, circle secretary, had made praiseworthy arrangements, both for the Seminar on Great October Revolution, as well as for the CEC meeting. The CEC meeting has passed a resolution, placing on record, it's deep appreciation for the Reception Committee. CHQ also conveys it's sincere thanks to the Kerala circle union.

 

[12.06.2017]The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Thiruvananthapuram from 9th to 11th June, 2017, discussed various issues connected with the organisation and has taken the following decisions.<<view CEC decisions>>

 

[12.06.2017]Decision of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU on the issue of wage revision.

The issue of wage revision of BSNL employees, w.e.f. 01.01.2017, was discussed in depth in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Thiruvananthapuram from 9th to 11th June, 2017. The meeting came to the conclusion that, in the present circumstances, when the government at the centre, is launching an all out attack to dismantle the public sector of the country, it will not be easy to settle the wage revision without united and sustained struggles. Under these circumstances, the CEC meeting appreciated the initiative taken by BSNLEU, to convene an all union / association meeting on 02.06.2017, and also welcomed the decision to go on struggles, including the one day strike on 27.07.2017. The meeting directed the CHQ of BSNLEU to massively organise the agitational programme, as per the decision of the all union / association meeting held on 02.06.2017. At the same time, the CEC meeting has also directed the CHQ to continue with it’s efforts to bring all the unions and associations into the struggle.<<view CEC resolution>>

 

[12.06.2017]Saplings planted by leaders in the Thiruvananthapuram RTTC premises.

Global warming and it’s impacts on this planet, the arrogant decision of Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and the approach of the working class on these issues, were also among the important agenda, discussed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Thiruvananthapuram. It is relevant to these issues, that saplings were planted by the leaders, in the Thiruvananthapuram RTTC premises, the venue of the CEC meeting. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, Vice President, CITU, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, former General Secretary, BSNLEU, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President and K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, planted the saplings. CHQ heartily thanks the Reception Committee for making the arrangements for this.<<views of the programme>>

 

[12.06.2017]The landmark Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU successfully concluded.

The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU, which will be considered as a landmark in the history of our movement, successfully came to a conclusion yesterday. The meeting deliberated and worked out the strategy for the settlement of the vital issue of wage revision. Apart from this, very serious discussions took place on many important issues like the global warming, aggressive attacks being mounted by the Narendra Modi government on the public sector, steps being taken by the government to curtail freedom of expression and to alienate religious minorities, attacks being mounted on freedom of expression, the necessity to strengthen unity of the working class, etc. The seminar held on 09.06.2017, to celebrate the centenary of the great October revolution, set the trend for discussions in the CEC meeting. The CEC meeting has also drawn the road map in respect of all important issues being faced by BSNL and the employees.<<views of the CEC meeting>>

 

[12.06.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (Finance) for allotment of GPF funds.

BSNLEU has drawn the attention of the Director (Finance), towards the hardships being experienced by the employees, due to non-allotment of funds last month, by the Corporate Office, for payment of GPF advance / withdrawal. Further, Idu’l Fitr, an important festival is falling on 26th June, 2017. BSNLEU has written letter to the Director (Finance), demanding immediate allotment of funds.<<view letter>>  

 

[10.06.2017]The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started at Tiruvananthapuram jubilantly today.

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started at Tiruvananthapuram jubilantly today. Com.Balbir Singh, President hoisted the Union's Red Flag, amidst slogans. Com.P.Abhimanyu, placed the wreath at the Marty's column. All the CEC members paid floral tributes. Thereafter, saplings were planted by leaders in the RTTC campus. Com.Balbir Singh, President is presiding over the meeting. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice president, CITU, inaugurated the meeting and delivered a brilliant speech. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, founder general secretary of BSNLEU, Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran, senior leader and former Kerala circle secretary, and com.K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, addressed the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, presented the report on activities. CEC members have started deliberating on the report.

 

[09.06.2017]BSNLEU organised a very successful seminar at Tiruvananthapuram, on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution.

As a part of it's Central Executive Committee meeting, BSNLEU organised an impressive seminar at Tiruvananthapuram today, to celebrate the Centenary of the Great October Revolution, which gave birth to the Soviet Union. The seminar was held in the Victoria Jubilee Town Hall. Com.Balbir Singh, President,BSNLEU, presided over it. Com.Sivan Kutty, Secretary,CITU and Chairman of the Reception Committee for the CEC meeting, welcomed every one. Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice President,CITU, inaugurated the seminar. He provided a lot of details, highlighting the achievements of the Soviet Union. Followed by him, com. Elamaram Kareem, General Secretary, CITU, Kerala state addressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, who spoke thereafter, listed the projects came up in India, with the technical assistance of Soviet Union, in hydro-electric power generation, steel production, oil refinery, etc. Finally, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, former General Secretary of BSNLEU addressed​. Com.K.Mohanan, circle secretary, Kerala and the General Convenor of the Reception Committee, proposed vote of thanks. CHQ heartily thank the Kerala circle union for organising this successful seminar.<<<views of the seminar>>> 

[09.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on filling up of vacancies through DR JTO (GATE 2017) through direct recruitment.<<<view letter>>> 

[09.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on status of document verification/ joining of DRJE in BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

[09.06.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoT on implementation of Governments decision on the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission -Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/ family pensioners. <<<view letter>>> <<endorsement>>

[09.06.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoP&PW on revision of Pension for pre-2006 pensioners - Delinking of revised Pension from qualifying service of 33 years.<<<view letter>>> <<endorsement>>

[08.06.2017]Corporate Office issues clarifications regarding DR JTO recruitment.

DR JE recruited candidates are undergoing training or field training. In this situation, DR JTO selection has taken place through GATE scoring. Many DR JE selected candidates have also got DR JTO selection. In this regard, Corporate Office had issued guidelines. The Corporate Office has clarified that, if selected as DR JTO, the candidates who are already selected as DR JE, can be allowed to become DR JTO. No compensation, towards DR JE training expenses, needs to be collected from such candidates. They can be discharged from the surety bonds already executed and new surety bonds has to be taken for JTO recruitment.<<<view letter>>>

 

[08.06.2017]Notice on struggle for wage revision, served on Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL.

As per the unanimous decisions taken in the all union/association meeting, held at New Delhi on 02.06.2017, notice for agitation is served on Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL. After waiting for sufficiently long time, and after understanding in which direction things are moving, the unions and associations have unanimously come to the conclusion, to launch united struggles. CHQ requests the circle and district unions to immediately mobilise the employees.<<<view notice>>> 

 

[08.06.2017]CMD BSNL writes to the Secretary, DoT and Secretary, DPE on the wage revision issue.

Shri Anupam Shrivastava has written a letter to the Secretary, DoT and the Secretary, DPE, justifying Wage Revision to BSNL employees, with 15% fitment. We are very grateful to the CMD BSNL. It is evident that the CMD BSNL has written this letter, subsequent to the meeting with him, by the leaders of the unions and associations, on 05-06-2017, conveying him of the decision to go on one day strike on 27-07-2017, on the wage revision issue. While we welcome the initiative of the CMD BSNL on this issue, we caution the circle and district unions that this letter should not create any illusion or complacency among us, that the wage revision is going to be settled easily. A serious and sustained struggle is necessary to settle wage revision. Full preparation for the one day strike and other agitations should start in the right earnest immediately.<<<view letter>>>

 

[08.06.2017]BSNLEU condemns the firing on farmers in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, and demands settlement of the justified demands of the farmers.

Farmers of the BJP ruled states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are on struggle, demanding remunerative prices for their products and also waiver of farm loans. Due to drought and crop failure, hundreds of farmers have committed suicide last year and this year. Under these circumstances, it is highly condemnable that, the Madhya Pradesh government had fired on the agitating farmers in Mandsaur district, in which 5 farmers have been killed. When the government writes off thousands of crores of rupees, taken by big corporates as loans from public sector banks, certainly the demands of the farmers, for fair price and waiver of loans are totally justified. BSNLEU supports the struggle of the farmers. It demands that, instead of dealing the struggle with high-handedness, the government should talk with the farmers and settle their demands.

 

[07.06.2017]Kerala circle all set to hold the CEC meeting of BSNLEU.

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Tiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June, 2017. An Organising Committee, with com.K.Mohanan,CS, Kerala, as the General Convenor, is leaving no stone unturned, for successfully conducting this meeting. This meeting is taking place at a crucial time. The most important task before this meeting will be, finalising the strategy to settle the wage revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017. Serious deliberations will take place on other agenda items also. A seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution will be held in the afternoon of 09.06.2017. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice-president, CITU and other prominent leaders will address it.

 

[06.06.2017]Corporate Office sets deadline for forwarding cases for issuing of Presidential Orders.

It is a great achievement of BSNLEU that, all the TSMs who are regularised after 01-10-2000, are being issued with Presidential Orders. As a result of this, thousands and thousands of RMs, regularised after 01-10-2000, have become eligible for government pension. However, even after 11 years of this settlement, still cases are being sent to the DoT, for issuing of Presidential Orders. DoT has taken this delay very seriously. BSNL Corporate Office has set 15th June as the last day for sending all the pending cases, with full details. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to look into this, and to ensure that all pending cases are forwarded to the Corporate Office before the last date.<<view letter>> <<Annexure>>

 

[06.06.2017]Modi government uses CBI to browbeat NDTV.

It is disturbing to note that the CBI has raided the residence and offices of NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy. This is nothing but a blatant attack on freedom of the media. NDTV is not supporting the divisive and communal politics of the ruling BJP and the RSS. It stands for democracy and secularism. But, the Modi government, which is taking the country towards dictatorship, tries to suppress the voice of NDTV. Last year, the government ordered to stop the telecasting of NDTV for one day, citing the reason that it telecasted sensitive details relating to the Pathankot terrorist attack. Unfazed by the browbeating of the government, NDTV firmly continues to stand for secularism. Now the Modi government is using CBI to silence the NDTV. The TV channel had taken loan from ICICI bank, and the same has already been repaid. Still, the government, which has no guts to take action on the corporates who cheat banks, has conducted raids on NDTV, blaming that the channel has caused loss to ICICI bank. A few days back BJP's national spokesman, Sambit Patra behaved arrogantly in an NDTV talk show, for which he was told either to apologise, or to leave the show. This has angered the BJP and the RSS. Hence, this CBI raid. All the democratic minded people, should stand up against the high handedness of the Modi government.

 

[06.06.2017]Funds for GPF payment will be made 4th week of this month.

The allotment of funds for GPF payment is pending for more than one month due to shortage of revenue collections. Those circles where DoT has not yet taken over the payment are pressurising the CHQ to get early allotment of funds. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI & Taxation) today, i.e., 06.06.2017 and demanded early allotment of GPF fund. The GM assured that the fund will be allotted in the 4th week of this month.

[06.06.2017]Corporate Office letter on details of representations for review of result of failed SC/ST candidates in JAO LICE 40% (notified on 07.03.2016 and JAO 10% (notified on 03.06.2016).<<view letter>>

[05.06.2017]Not a single bullet fired in the India-China border, during the last 40 years - says Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

"It is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of it," Modi said speaking at a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

[courtesy: Times of India dated 05.06.2017]

 

 

 

 

[05.06.2017]Representatives of unions and associations urge upon the CMD BSNL to take pro-active measures for the settlement of wage revision.

BSNL unions and associations met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and conveyed to him the decisions taken in the all union / association meeting, held on 02.06.2017, for launching struggles for the settlement of wage revision. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. Mohinder Singh (FNTO), com. Badrikumar Mehta (AIGETOA), com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNLMS, com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, com. Rakesh Sethi, GS, AIBSNLOA and com. Rana Pratap, GS, BEA, participated in the discussion today. The representatives told the CMD BSNL that they were compelled to launch agitational programme, since the Committee of Secretaries, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, is proceeding with the finalisation of the Cabinet Note, without considering exemption to BSNL from the “Affordability Clause” of the 3rd PRC. They requested the CMD BSNL to strongly take up the issue with the DoT and DPE, in the backdrop of the decision for agitational programme by the unions and associations. The CMD BSNL firmly told that he is with the employees, on the matter of wage revision. In the meeting the representatives strongly demanded that the BSNL Corporate Office order, banning trade union activities should be immediately withdrawn and that the disciplinary actions proceeded against the leaders of the associations should be dropped. The CMD assured to look into the matter. 

 

[05.06.2017]BSNL engages Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) from tomorrow for doing retail business.

A brief discussion took place between the representatives of unions and associations and the CMD BSNL today, while the wage revision issue was discussed. During the discussion the CMD BSNL informed the representatives that, as a first of it’s kind in the country, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) named AERO VOYCE is starting it’s operation tomorrow in collaboration with BSNL. AERO VOYCE will purchase voice time and data from BSNL in bulk and will do the marketing among customers. GS, BSNLEU, questioned the CMD BSNL, whether engaging an MVNO will not affect the revenue collection of BSNL. The CMD BSNL replied that by engaging an MVNO, BSNL’s revenue will increase and will not be affected. 

 

[05.06.2017]Government says it is ready to review the notification issued, to ban the trade of cattle for slaughter.

The Central Government has already issued notification to ban sale of cattle for slaughter. The issue of beef eating and cattle trade has sparked protests in several states. The notification of the government has come under severe protest from states like Meghalaya, Nagaland, Goa and Kerala. Processions have taken out in the North Eastern states against this notification and a prominent BJP leader of Meghalaya has also resigned from the party, protesting against the decision of the government. Apart from these various groups have also demanded the withdrawal of government’s notification. In view of this pressure the government has stated yesterday that it is open to review it’s decision, without any prestige issue. The Union Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan has stated that the intension behind the notification was not to harm any group, influence food habits or affect slaughter business. The Minister further stated that the suggestions that have been submitted would be reviewed.     

[Courtesy: Times of India dated 05.06.2017]

 

[03.06.2017]Court case with regards to nominations to councils comes to an end.

Subsequent to the 6th Membership Verification, FNTO filed a petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala. The prayer in that petition was that Recognised Unions should not be allowed to nominate “Non-Members” to the councils. BSNLEU take best efforts to bring this case to an end. However, due to the non-cooperation of one of the respondents, the case got dragged on for years together. Under these circumstances, the case came up for final hearing on 26th May, 2017. The Hon’ble Court decided to close the case, since the writ petition filed in this case, has become infructuous. Now, the Recognised Unions are free to make nominations to the councils, as per their choice.<<view court order>>      

 

[03.06.2017]Meeting between CMD BSNL and Unions and Associations of BSNL to be held on 05.06.2017.

The All Union / Association meeting held on 02.06.2017, has decided that a meeting should be held with CMD BSNL. This is to inform the BSNL Management about the demands that are finalised in the meeting and also the agitational programme that have been chalked out. Accordingly, the meeting is arranged to be held at 10:30 am on 05.06.2017. All General Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting without fail.

 

[03.06.2017]Circular on the decisions of the All Union / Association meeting, held yesterday, on the issue of wage revision.<<view circular>>

 

[02.06.2017]Unconditionally withdraw the gag order – demands meeting of unions / associations.

The BSNL Management has obtained a stay from the Patiala District Court, New Delhi on 06.05.2017, for conducting trade union activities, inside office premises. Vide letter no.BSNL/9-3/SR/2017/pt. dated 08.05.2017, the Corporate Office has communicated this to all the CGMs. As a result of the above mentioned actions taken by the BSNL Management, all trade union activities inside the office compound, have been banned. Citing the Corporate Office letter, many CGMs have already given letters to the unions and associations, banning demonstration, dharna, hunger strike, etc. Thus, all trade union activities remain banned in BSNL. The all union / association meeting, held at New Delhi today, strongly condemned this letter and demanded that the same should be withdrawn immediately, and unconditionally.<<view letter>>

 

[02.06.2017]It is a “Do or Die” situation now. Circle and district unions are requested to immediately plunge into action.

Everyone knows that, as per the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC, the employees of BSNL are not eligible for wage revision. The Affordability Clause reads as follows:-

 

Additional financial impact should not be more than 20% of the average PBT of the last 3 financial years preceding the year of implementation.”

 

Since BSNL has not earned any profit from 2009–10 onwards, naturally it’s employees are not eligible for wage revision. The unions and associations of BSNL have demanded that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC, so that the employees can get wage revision. BSNL Management is in support of this. DoT was also in support of this, so long as Mr. J.S. Deepak was the Secretary, DoT. However, DoT’s stand has changed now. In the last meeting on wage revision, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, the DoT did not demand exemption to BSNL from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC. Without any doubt, we can say that the DoT has let down the entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL.  Now, the decisions of the government, on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC are being finalised. At least at this juncture, the BSNL employees have to unitedly raise their voice, through appropriate action programme, that they should be given wage revision. It is a “do or die” situation now. Keeping all these factors in view, the meeting of all unions / associations, which met at New Delhi today, have decided to go on strike on 27.07.2017. All circle and district secretaries are requested to immediately plunge it to action. Coordinate with all the unions and associations, meet each and every employee and make the dharna, hunger strike and one day strike successful.

 

[02.06.2017]Overwhelming response to the meeting of all unions and associations, to discuss the wage revision issue.

A crucial meeting of BSNL unions and associations was held at New Delhi today, to discuss the ways and means to settle the wage revision of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Considering the seriousness of the situation, leaders of all the major organisations overwhelmingly responded to the call and attended today’s meeting. Those who were present in the meeting are:-

 

BSNLEU: Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS & com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer.

NFTE: A. Raja Mouli, Treasurer.

SNEA: Com. G.L. Jogi, Chairman, com. K. Sebastin, GS & com. M.S. Adasul, Dy.GS.

AIBSNLEA: Com. Prahlad Rai, GS.   

FNTO: Com. Mohinder Singh, CS, NTR.

AIGETOA: Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS & com. B. Lakshman, President.

BSNLMS: Com. Sarnam Singh, Thomar, Dy.GS.

ATM: Com. Revti Prasad, AGS.

BTU: Com. Hari Singh, Dy.SG.

BSNLOA: Com. H.P. Singh, Dy.GS.

 

Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, presided over the meeting. In depth discussions took place about the present condition of the wage revision, as well as the hurdles that have been created in respect of BSNL employees. Finally, a concrete action programme, which includes a one day strike, was finalised unanimously to settle the wage revision.   

 

[02.06.2017]Meeting of BSNL unions / associations take historic decision to go on strike for the settlement of wage revision.

The meeting of all unions / associations that was held at New Delhi today, has unanimously finalised the following action programme, to settle the wage revision issue and to protect trade union rights of unions and associations in BSNL.

 

Action programme:

 

(i)     Day long dharna throughout the country on 20.06.2017.

(ii)    Hunger strike on 13.07.2017.

(iii)  One day strike on 27.07.2017.   

 

Demands:

 

(i)    Settle wage revision and pension revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(ii)  Settle superannuation benefits to the Directly Recruited Employees.

(iii) Unconditionally withdraw the Corporate Office letter dated 08.05.2017, banning all trade union activities in BSNL.

 

The meeting also decided that the dates of the struggle can be changed, if necessary. It is decided that the notice for the agitational programme should be signed by all the General Secretaries of unions and associations. Further, the meeting decided that all other communications to the government / Management would be signed by com.P.Abhimanyu, Convenor.  

 

[02.06.2017]All union / association leaders meet com. Chandeswar Singh, General Secretary, NFTE BSNL, and urged upon him to join the united struggle.

After completion of today’s meeting of all unions / associations, the leaders who participated in the meeting, viz., com. P. Abhimanyu, com. Swapan Chakraborty, com. Gakul Borah (BSNLEU), com. K. Sabastin, com.G.L. Jogi, com. M.S. Adasul (SNEA), Com. Mohinder Singh, (FNTO), com. Ravi Shil Verma (AIGETOA), com. Sarnam Singh, Thomar (BSNLMS), com. Revti Prasad (ATM) and com. Hari Singh (BTU), went to NFTE BSNL’s office and held discussion with com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE. The leaders impressed upon the GS, NFTE, about the need for united struggle and requested him join the same for the successful settlement of wage revision. The leaders also conveyed to com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, that the dates of the struggle, which have been finalised in the meeting of all unions / associations could be altered if necessary. The GS, NFTE, assured to take a favourable decision in consultation with other comrades.

 

[02.06.2017]All unions / associations meeting to discuss the wage revision issue today.

As has already been informed, a meeting of all unions / associations is taking place at New Delhi today, to discuss and evolve strategy to settle wage revision issue. The meeting will start at 14:00 hrs. at BSNL MS Office in Atul Grove Road.  

 

[02.06.2017]Manufacturing slows down to 3 month low.

As per the Central Statistics Office, the GDP growth of India has already slowed down to 6.1%. Now, Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) says that the manufacturing of the country has also slowed down to a 3 month low, in May 2017. The report says capital goods production has recorded a contraction. Further, it states that international demand for Indian-manufacture goods has also contracted.  

 

[02.06.2017]Senior officers should take less salary to stop lay offs of younger workers – says N.R. Narayana Murthy.

Major IT companies are planning to make larger then usual lay offs this year. To avoid such lay offs, the co-founder of Infosys, N.R. Narayana Murthy, has suggested that senior officers of the IT industry should take less salary. “I have a feel that it is possible to save the jobs of youngsters,” he said, noting that many of them may have families depending on them. The statement of N.R. Narayana Murthy only shows that the top brass of the IT industry take hefty amount as their salary, without worrying about the lower level employees. 

 

[02.06.2017]The 3 year performance of Modi sarkar – Fact and fiction.

The government is claiming that the country’s economy has become very strong during the 3 year rule of the Modi sarkar. However, data released by various agencies, including the Central Statistics Office, paint a different picture. The GDP growth has slowed down. Manufacturing has also slowed down. Demand for exports has come down. Investment by the corporates is also not picking up. Despite all these gloomy situation, the government and the ministers keep claiming that the economy is very strong. To expose this lie, the Times of India has printed this cartoon today. 

 

[02.06.2017]Inter Ministerial Group to study the crisis of private telecom companies.

The government has setup an Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) to study the financial crisis of the private telecom companies. The first meeting of this IMG begins on 12th June, 2017. As a precursor to this meeting, the DoT officers are holding a series of meetings with Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and TATA Tele-Services. When the corporates earn hefty profit, they do not think about the country and the people. But, when the corporates land in crisis, the country and it’s government start worrying about them. Among all the telecom companies today, BSNL is having the least debt burden. Below is the list of loans taken by various private telecom companies. 

 

Reliance Communications    Tata Tele-Services    Bharati Airtel

44,000 cr.                                30,000 cr.                    $14.09 billion

 

Aircel                                       Idea Cellular                 Vodafone India

23,000 cr.                                50,072 cr.                    8.7 billion

 

[02.06.2017]Corporate Office sanctioned final Welfare Grant 2016-17.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[01.06.2017]Today is the 98th birthday of veteran leader, com. Sisir Bhattacharji.

CHQ is delighted to hear belatedly that, today is the 98th birthday of com.Sisir Bhattacharji, the veteran leader of the P&T trade union movement. Com.Sisir is one of the architects of the P&T trade union movement, who has worked shoulder to shoulder with most of the pioneers of the P&T trade union movement, including com.K.G.Bose, com.N.J.Iyer, com.Adhinarayana and com.O.P.Gupta. A symbol of selflessness and sacrifice, com.Sisir is still in the thick of movement. The BSNLEU leaders of Bengal visited com.Sisir Bhattacharji today and have greeted him. BSNLEU wishes good health to the veteran leader.

 

[01.06.2017]Forum of IT Employees demands the Labour Commissioner to stop illegal termination of employees.
IT is the one sector where trade union movement is weak till now. Employees in this sector are faced with a host of problems. Their workload is severe. They will be thrown out of job, whenever the IT companies face crisis. For the first time, we hear an organisation called 'Forum of IT employees' (FITE) raising it's voice against the exploitation of IT employees.  The FITE has requested the Maharashtra Labour Commissioner to order Tech Mahindra to stop illegal removals of IT employees immediately, and establish conciliation between the management and staff. 

 

[01.06.2017]Pea-cock is National Bird because it does not have sex.

A judge of the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court has revealed a new theory, why the pea-cock is accepted as the National Bird of India? According to Mahesh Chand Sharma, judge of the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court, a pea-cock does not have sex with a pea-hen. This is why the pea-cock is accepted as the National Bird of India, said the judge. He has further stated that the pea-hen becomes pregnant by picking the tears of the pea-cock. It is a tragedy to our country that a sitting High Court judge can talk such rubbish against science. Mahesh Chand Sharma retired from service yesterday. 

 

[01.06.2017]Contrary to the claims of the government, GDP growth slows down.

The Government and it’s ministers keep on claiming that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. However, statistics say that the Indian economy has slowed down. The GDP growth for the quarter from January to March, 2017 has slowed down to 6.1%. The GDP growth for the same three months in 2016 remained at 7%. This data is released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) yesterday. As a result of this slow down, India’s economic growth for the period from January to March, 2017 is lesser than the GDP growth of China, which recorded 6.9% GDP growth during the above stated period. 

 

[01.06.2017]Mother comes forward to sell her kidney.

Unable to maintain her family of four children, Aarti Sharma of Agra, has come forward to sell her kidney. In a hand-written note, posted on social media, she has stated that demonetisation gave a hard blow to her family’s small garment business and pushed them into poverty. Our Prime Minister proudly claims that demonetisation has given a severe blow to black money holders. But, in reality, demonetisation has given hard blow not to the black money holders, but to thousands of families like Aarti Sharma.     

 

[31.05.2017]BSNLEU demands formation of separate Staff Welfare Board and Sports & Cultural Board for Telangana circle.

The Andhra Pradesh circle is already bifurcated. A separate Telangana circle has already been formed. However, the Staff Welfare Board and the Sports and Cultural Board continue to be the same for both the circles. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding formation of a separate Staff Welfare Board and Sports & Cultural Board for Telangana circle.

<<<view letter>>> 

 

[31.05.2017]BSNL Management decides to hold JE LICE under 50% quota.

BSNLEU has been pressing the BSNL Management hard, to hold the JE LICE under the 50% quota. The Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has conveyed the decision of the Management today, to hold the JE LICE under 50% quota, for the Recruitment year 2016. The circles have been directed to compute the vacancies up to 31-03-2017, for this Exam. Directions for holding the Exam will be separately notified by the Recruitment Branch of the soon. 

<<<view letter>>> 

 

[31.05.2017]BSNLEU strongly condemns the recommendation of the Niti Agog to privatise the Air India.

Finally, the cat has come out of the bag. The desire of the Narendra Modi government, to privatise the prestigious Air India, has been formally recommended by the Niti Ayog. After pushing the Air India into loss, through a series of mismanagements, including the merger of Air India and the Indian Airlines, the government has now come out with the move to privatise it. It is a fact, the Air India has greatly improved it’s performance in the recent years. It has made operational profit of 105 crore rupees in 2015-16 and 300 crore rupees in 2016-17, despite all the bunglings made by the government. As such, absolutely there is no reason for the government to privatise the Air India. The Niti Agog has also recommended the writing off of the 30,000 crore rupees debt burden of Air India. When the government wants to privatise Air India, why it wants to write off the debt burden. Further, in the recent years, the government has pumped in (capital infusion) 24,723 crore rupees into Air India, from the Exchequer. Now, this entire 54,723 crore rupees is going to be handed over as bonanza, to the corporate which is going to take over the Air India. The Niti Ayog’s recommendation is nothing but the pre-determined line of the government. BSNLEU strongly condemns the decision of the Niti Agog and demands the government to desist from privatising the Air India. The working class of India should fight against the decision of the Narendra Modi government to hand over the Air India to the corporates.

 

[31.05.2017]Qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates in the TT LDCE to be held on 20.08.2017. BSNLEU requested GM (Rectt.) to issue corrigendum.

The Recruitment Branch of Corporate Office has issued model notification, where in minimum qualifying marks prescribed 20% in each and 30% in aggregate, in respect of SC/ST candidates. This is contrary to the Corporate Office order, which has set no aggregate mark limit for SC/ ST employees. The matter was discussed yesterday with Shri D. Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.), BSNL CO, who is looking after as GM (Rectt.) by Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer. It was demanded that, a corrigendum should be issued to the model notification. The PGM (Pers.) assured that necessary correction will be issued.

 

[30.05.2017]CBI initiates enquiry into the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines.

The CBI has started a preliminary enquiry into the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines. The enquiry is initiated against the unknown officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, for causing huge loss to the Exchequer. This merger was done with the ultimate objective to kill the public sector carrier. Many studies, including the one undertaken by Parliamentary committees have severely criticised the merger. This enquiry by the CBI, should serve as an eye-opener to those who support the merger of BSNL and MTNL.

[Courtesy: The New Indian Express dated 30-05-2017]

 

[30.05.2017]Meeting with the GM (FP).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Gokul Borah, Treasurer met Shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) on 30.05.2017 and handed over a copy of the letter written by the GM (F), O/o CGM, Chennai to consider for additional 6 (six) JAO posts as a one time measure for the circle to accommodate qualified candidates after review result. The GM (FP) agreed to look into the matter. Shri Sunil Rajput, DGM (FP) was also present during discussion.

 

[30.05.2017]Remove the confusion in respect of aggregate mark to be obtained by SC/ST employees - BSNLEU writes to the GM (Rectt.), demanding to issue corrigendum to the model notification for holding TT LDCE.

The Recruitment Branch of the Corporate Office has issued model notification for holding the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) to the cadre of TT (erstwhile TM) on 20.08.2017. In that notification, it is mentioned that SC/ST employees should secure minimum 20% in each part and 30% in aggregate. This is contrary to the Corporate Office letter no.250-22/2013-Estt- III dated 28-07-2016, wherein no aggregate mark is prescribed. BSNLEU has written to the GM(Rectt.), demanding to issue necessary corrigendum to remove the deviation from the Corporate Office letter on the matter.

<<view letter>>

 

[30.05.2017]Reliance Communications losing heavily in the telecom tariff war.

Anil Ambani, one of India's richest men is losing heavily in the country's cut-throat telecom price war. Reliance Communications, the mobile service provider owned by billionaire Anil Ambani, saw its stock price crash by more than 20% on Monday to its lowest level in nearly a year. The sudden stock plunge followed a report by the Economic Times newspaper that Reliance Communications which has borrowed $6.5 billion, had missed repayments  to at least 10 banks. The company reported annual losses of $200 million on Saturday, down from a profit of $100 million the previous year. 

 

[30.05.2017]On settlement of Pay aberration of seniors due to point to point fixation in 1st wage revision- BSNLEU representatives met Director (Estt.), DoT.

The problem of pay anomalies, being suffered by seniors, due to point to point fixation from CDA to IDA payscale w.e.f. 01.10.2000, is pending with the DoT for a long time despite of our repeated persuasions. The file has been moved by the Director (PSU), DoT after a long time. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, and com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer discussed the issue with shri Pawan Gupta, Director (PSU-I). Since, the case is forwarded to the Estt. Section, of DoT, both the representatives met Ms. Vandhara Sethi, Director (Estt.), DoT and requested for expeditious action in the matter. The Director (Estt.) assured to do the needful at the earliest.

 

[30.05.2017]BSNLEU leaders express solidarity with the striking employees of the Bangalore based Public Sector Enterprises.
BSNLEU leaders expressed solidarity with the employees of the Bangalore based Public Sector Enterprises, who are on struggle against disinvestment, strategic sale and privatisation of the Public Sector. Accompanied by the BSNLEU leaders, viz., com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, com. M.C.Balakrishna, CP and com.Narasimmamurthy, Asst.circle treasurer, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, veteran leader, addressed the agitating BEML and BEL workers today and expressed solidarity with their struggle.<<<view images>>

 

[29.05.2017]Withdraw the Notification banning sale of cattle for slaughter.

Through the notification number 396, called Regulation on Livestock Rules 2017, imposes a ban on sale of cattle for slaughter all across India. Cattle in this notification are defined as bulls, cows, bullocks, buffaloes, steers, heifers, calves and camels. In January this year, a bench headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had stayed the order of the Himachal Pradesh High Court which, through a judgement in 2016, had directed the central government to enact a national law against cow slaughter. The Supreme Court did not accept that the central government has the jurisdiction to do so. The case is still before the top court. Thus, the present notification by the central government circumvents the Supreme Court stay order. Instead of a national ban on cow slaughter, it imposes a national ban on the sale of all cattle for slaughter. This includes the six states where there is no law at present against cow slaughter. Thus, the notification is a direct encroachment on the rights of the States and on the federal structure of the constitution. Further, it will give unlimited powers to the 'Gau Rakshaks', who are involving in 'man slaughter', in the name of stopping 'cow slaughter', creating communal tensions. Hence, the government should withdraw this notification

 

[29.05.2017]BSNLEU seeks appointment with shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, to discuss the wage revision issue. <<< view letter >>>

 

[29.05.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (CM), demanding supply of OF cable to Chhattisgarh circle, for the provisioning of better connectivity with BTS. <<< view letter >>>

 

[29.05.2017]BSNL Plans Satellite Phone Service for all in 2 years.

BSNL which has already started satellite phone service, plans to extend it to all citizens in two years. “We have applied to international Maritime Organisation. In 18-24 months, we will be in a position to open satellite phones service for citizens in a phased manner,” told Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL. Satellite phones will be able to work in any part of the country, even inside flights and ships. The service will cover areas where no networks are present. BSNL has started satellite phone service using INMARSAT service, which will be initially offered to government agencies and later extended to citizens in a phased manner.

[Source PTI, Date 29.05.2017]

 

[27.05.2017]Court sentences 3-year imprisonment to ex-GM of BSNL in DA case.

A Delhi court  has sentenced three years imprisonment to Ajay Kumar Takkar, former General Manager of BSNL, Maharashtra circle and slapped fine of Rs five lakh for amassing disproportionate assets (DA) to the tune of Rs 17,34,706, a CBI statement said today.The Court has also sentenced one year jail along with fine of Rs one lakh to his wife Sandhya Takkar in connection with same case and confiscated two immovable properties located at Mumbai and one at Gautam Budh Nagar of Uttar Pradesh including a bank account maintained at Bank of India, Mumbai, it added.The CBI said it had registered a case on 27 September, 2004 against Takkar following allegations that during the period December, 1977 to 2004, he had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 41,59,435. During investigation, a large number of immovable and movable assets were also identified.

 

[ Courtesy : News Home >> India ]

 

[27.05.2017]BSNL serves people and others are for money.

It is a matter of fact that only BSNL serves the people of this country and private telecom companies are here only to make money. Especially, when natural calamities strike, only BSNL remains in the field and serves the affected people. Private telecom companies shut down their services and run away during such times. The Hon’ble Minister of State, Communications, shri Manoj Sinha has aptly driven home this point, with a recent statement, which reads as follows.

 

“BSNL is there, where others are not there,

others are there, where money is there”

:@manojsinhabjp https://t.co/o

 

[27.05.2017]All unions / associations meeting to be held on 02.06.2017, to discuss the wage revision issue.

A meeting of all unions / associations of BSNL is being held on 02.06.2017, to discuss about the strategy, as well as programme of action, to settle the wage revision issue. The venue is BSNL MS Office, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi and the meeting will start at 14:00 hrs.

 

[27.05.2017]Organising Committee formed to hold the CEC meeting of BSNLEU.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held at Tiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June, 2017. The Kerala circle union, which is hosting the CEC meeting, has formed an Organising Committee, with com. V. Sivankutty, Former MLA as chairman, com. S. Prathap Kumar AGS, as working chairman, and com. K. Mohanan, Circle Secretary, as the general convenor. Sub- committees are also formed to carry out various functions.

 

[26.05.2017]Corporate Office letter calling for Vacancies in respect of Backlog Vacancies for Other Backward Classes (OBC category DR-JTO) for conductive Special Recruitment Drive in the following format. <<< view letter >>>

 

[26.05.2017]Corporate Office issues letter to all the CGMs, to expedite confirmation of eligible officials. <<< view letter >>>

 

[26.05.2017]Corporate Office letter granting special casual leave to the CEC members of BSNLEU to attend CEC meeting to be held at Tiruvananthpuram from 9th to 11t