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BSNLEU CHQ NEWDELHI, 28th February, 2015 [11.00 Hrs]  

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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2015

 
  
   
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 01.03.2015,09:30 hrs]

 

[01.03.2015]Decisions of the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 26-02-2015.

<<<click here>>>

 

[28.02.2015]Smt. Sujatha Ray, is selected for the post of Director (HR), BSNL.

Smt. Sujatha Ray, who is presently the ED (Finance) of BSNL, is selected by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for the post of Director (HR) of BSNL. Thus, the Director (HR) post which is lying vacant for nearly 3 years is going to be filled up soon. This is one of the important demands of the Forum also. Smt. Yojna Das is already selected by the PESB for the post of Director (Finance). So, soon BSNL will be having two women Board of Directors, out of 5 Directors. BSNLEU heartily congratulates Smt. Sujatha Ray.

 

[28.02.2015]National MNP from 3rd May.

Mobile number portability (MNP) is already implemented from January 2011. But this is available only within the circle. But now, the TRAI has decided that National Mobile Number Portability (National MNP) will be implemented from 3rd May, 2015.

 

[28.02.2015]ONGC biggest profit earner and BSNL biggest loss maker.

Among the top performing Public Sector Companies in 2013-14, ONGC is in the 1st position, with a net profit of Rs.22,094 crore. BSNL is the biggest loss making company with a net loss of Rs.7,019 crore. 

 

[28.02.2015]TRAI proposes to cut mobile roaming rates up to 80%

TRAI has proposed to cut STD call rates during roaming to Re 1 per minute, from maximum charge of Rs 1.5 per minute. For incoming calls, the regulator wants telecom companies to charge a maximum of 45 paise per minute, instead of 75 paise permitted at present. Besides, it has proposed a maximum of 25 paise per STD SMS sent by customers when they are roaming, compared to the prevailing ceiling tariff of 1.5 paise per SMS. TRAI has also said that local SMS should be charged a maximum of only 20 paise compared Re 1 that can be levied at present. The regulator has sought comments from stakeholders by March 13, after which it will issue the final order.

 

[28.02.2015]Government’s only religious book is the Indian Constitution.

The type of remarks passed by Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, on Mother Teresa, has drawn severe criticism, especially from the media. Pressure also increased on Prime Minister, who was also an RSS Pracharak, to explain his position on such a remark. Under this circumstance, the Prime Minister has made the following statement. We welcome this statement and wish the Prime Minister will implement whatever he says in letter and spirit. 

My government’s only religion is ‘India first’; my government’s only religious book is the Indian Constitution; our only devotion is ‘Bharat Bhakti’, and our only prayer is for the welfare for all.’’ 

[Source: The Hindi dated 28.02.2015] 

 

[28.02.2015]Hold Spectrum Auctioning, but don’t finalise results – says Supreme Court.

Cases were filed by private telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance and Idea in the High Courts of Delhi, Karnataka, Allahabad and Tripura, against certain conditions in the Spectrum Auctioning, to be held next month. As a result of this, the Central Government had sought the intervention of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has ordered yesterday that govt. could conduct auctioning of Spectrum, but the results should not be finalized without it’s approval. 

 

[28.02.2015]Why ministers love corporates?

The BJP came to power utilising the popular anger of the people, against the Congress Party, in whose rule massive scams like the 2G and Coalgate have taken place. Whether it is 2G or Coalgate, the big corporates looted the wealth of the nation by bribing the politicians in power. Now it is slowly coming out that the leaders of the ruling BJP are not different from the Congress leaders. Sufficient evidence has come out now, which shows that Nitin Gadgari, the present Union Minister and former BJP President, has stayed with his family in a luxury yacht belonging to the Essar group, in the “French Reviera”. Gadari has admitted that he, his wife, two sons and daughter stayed for two nights in the luxury yacht in July 2013, as guests. This may appear to be a small favour. But this shows the “closeness” between the political leaders and the big corporates. Now we can understand why the ministers are favouring the corporates and weakening the public sector companies.

[Source: Indian Express dated 28.02.2015]

[28.02.2015]Meeting of the Forum held on 27th February 2015.<<<click here>>>

 

  2 Day strike on 21st & 22nd April, 2015 

 

[27.02.2015]A meeting of the Forum is held today under the presidentship of Com.Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener welcomed. A very serious and thorough discussion took place regarding the decision of the Forum to go on strike for the revival of BSNL. Keeping the ground reality into account, and also to ensure the widest mobilization of employees, as well as public sympathy, the following decisions are taken unanimously. 

(i)      A two day strike will take place on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.

(ii)     Strike notice will be served on 12th March, 2015.

(iii)    Demonstrations shall be conducted throughout the country on 12th March, 2015, i.e. the day on which strike notice will be served.

 

(iv)   Press Conference shall be conducted on 12th March, 2015 in all circle headquarters by Forum, to give wide publicity to the strike and demands.

 

(v)    Those circles which have not completed their circle level conventions should complete them immediately. Further, District level conventions and Branch General Body meetings should also be organised to fully mobilize the employees in the strike.

 

(vi)   The last date for signature campaign to collect one crore signatures is extended upto 31.03.2015. All circles are requested to complete their quota (50 signatures per employees) within this date.

 

(vii) The strike notice will be signed by only General Secretaries. All General Secretaries are requested to be present at New Delhi on 12th March.

 

[27.02.2015]Modi government takes move to appoint private executives to the top posts of 5 Public Sector banks.

In pursuant to the Neo-Liberal policies, the Modi government is taking steps to kill the public sector of the country. Now, his Finance Ministry has called for applications from private executives, to fill up the MD posts of 5 PSU banks. These banks are Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and IDBI. This is being done under the pretext to improve the efficiency of the PSU banks. It may be noted that more than 100 private banks of the United States became bankrupt in the Economic Crisis that started in 2008. But the Indian PSU banks withstood that crisis. In the name of efficiency, now the Modi Sarkar wants to ruin the PSU banks.

 

[27.02.2015]Link pay of government employees with productivity.

The 14th Finance Commission has suggested that the pay of the government employees should be linked with productivity. It is reported that the 7th Central Pay Commission has been asked to look into this aspect of improving the quality of public services by linking pay with productivity.

 

[26.02.2015]The Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is held at New Delhi today. 23 out of 25 Central Office bearers attended the meeting. The meeting is held at K.G. Bose Bhawan and was presided over by Com. Balbir Singh, President. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union Red Flag. Homage was paid to com. S.K. Vyas, the former Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees and to com. Chhiddu Singh, former AGS of BSNLEU. Com. Balbir Singh, President, delivered the presidential address. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, greeted the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, presented the note for discussion in the meeting. All the 23 office bearers, including com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, participated in the deliberations. Finally com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, summed up the discussions. Unanimous decisions were taken. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer proposed vote of thanks.<<view of the meeting>>

 

[26.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on inordinate delay in forwarding GPF final payment cases to CCAs.<<<view letter>>>

 

[26.02.2015]Central Trade Unions are conducting nationwide Satyagraha today.

All the 11 Central Trade Unions of the country are conducting nationwide Satyagraha (civil disobedience) today against the disinvestment / privatisation of Public Sector companies, pro-corporate labour reforms, throwing open the country to the lootings of multi national companies by increasing FDI cap in various sectors, demanding to increase the minimum wages of the unorganised workers, as well as other demands contained in the 10 point charter of demands. It is very important to note that BMS, the trade union considered to be very close to the ruling BJP, is also spearheading this Satyagraha. Since almost the entire leaders, as well as the front line activists of BSNLEU have left their places and already come over to Delhi to participate in the March to Parliament, we are not in a position to participate in any programme today.

 

[26.02.2015]Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is taking place at New Delhi today.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, which consists of the Central Office-bearers of the Union, is meeting at New Delhi today. The meeting will importantly review the campaign programme made so far, in connection with the strike, called on by the Forum. The meeting will take decisions to further intensify the campaign programme.

 

[25.02.2015]Memorandum on BSNL'S revival is submitted to the Prime Minister's Office.

The memorandum on BSNL'S revival, on which lakhs of signatures of the people of this country were collected, was submitted to the Prime Minister's Office today,   by the leaders of the Forum. At the end of the March to the Parliament, a delegation of the leaders of the Forum,  consisting of com.C.Singh (President, Forum & GS, NFTE), com.V.A.N.Namboodiri (Convener, Forum), com . P . Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com . K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com . Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA went to the Prime Minister's Office and submitted the memorandum.

 

[25.02.2015]BSNL Employees hold massive March to Parliament.

The Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL conducted a massive March to Parliament today, demanding immediate steps by the Government and by the Management for the revival of BSNL. More than 5000 comrades participated in the March, who had come from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from North East to Gujarat. They marched through the streets of Delhi, raising slogans for the revival of BSNL. The circle unions of BSNLEU have mobilised comrades in a big way for the March.<<Views of the March to Parliament>>

 

[25.02.2015]Central Trade Union leaders and MPs address the rally of BSNL employees at Jantar Mantar.

The thousands of BSNL employees who participated in the March to the Parliament were stopped at Jantar Mantar by the police, where a huge meeting took place. It was addressed by com. Tapan Sen, MP, com. Brajesh Upadhyay, GS, BMS, com. Amarjit Kaur, Secretary, AITUC, com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Gs, AIRF, shri Dharam Veer Gandhi, MP (AAP), com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. C. Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.C. Pande, GS, BTEU, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Sunil Gautam, GS, SNATTA, com. R.P. Sahu, GS, AIGETOA and com. Hari Singh, Dy.GS, BTU.<<click here>>

 

[25.02.2015]Enthused Save BSNL convention held in Telecom Stores Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[24.02.2015]Abolition of termination charge for calls from landlines will help BSNL.

TRAI has abolished the termination charge, which is being charged for calls which originate from landlines. The rate is 20 paise per call at present. Similarly, TRAI has also reduced the termination charge for calls which originate from mobile phones from 20 paise to 14 paise. The abolition of termination charges for landline calls will greatly help BSNL, since it will reduce the Inter Connection Usage Charges being paid to private companies. BSNL is the biggest land line service provider, with 1.7 crore connections. 

 

[24.02.2015]Mohan Bhagwat Maligns Mother Teresa.

Great people who lived in this world and who served mankind, are considered to be beyond region, language, religion, etc. Mother Teresa was one such great soul. She was an European by birth. But lived for long years in India. The “Missionaries of Charity”, founded by her, are serving mankind in 133 countries. Especially, they are serving people affected with Leprosy, HIV, TB and many such dreaded diseases. Recognising her services, she was conferred with Nobel Prize in 1979. But Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, has made a new discovery. He has said that Mother Teresa did service with an ulterior motive of making religious conversions. Mohan Bhagwat’s speech is clearly aimed at spreading communal hatred. His remark is coming close on the heals of attacks on churches in Delhi and in various other places. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated that his government will not allow any one to spread communal hatred. We hope that the speech of people like Mohan Bhagwat will go to the notice of the Prime Minister.

 

[24.02.2015]Decisions of the Forum meeting held on 23rd February, 2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[24.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on scruitinization of CGA applications to be put up before circle HPC - Complete in all respect.<<<click here>>>

 

[24.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change of procedure.<<<click here>>>

 

[24.02.2015]Historic Convention held in West Bengal circle to 'SAVE BSNL'.<<<click here>>>

 

[24.02.2015]March to Parliament - comrades to kindly note place.

The March to Parliament, called on by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations,  is taking place tomorrow the 25-02-2015. The Forum meeting that took place yesterday has finalized the details of the March. Accordingly, the March will start from BSNL Corporate Office in Janpath sharply at 11:00 AM.  So, all comrades are requested to reach the Corporate Office atleast by 10:30 AM. The March will reach the Parliament street police station, where a meeting will be held. Dr.Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), com.Tapan Sen (CITU), com. Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC) and Brajesh Upadhyay (BMS) and all the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations of BSNL will address the gathering. All District Secretaries are requested to bring the banners and flags for the rally without fail. It is also requested that all the comrades of BSNLEU shall wear badges, which will be distributed by the CHQ of BSNLEU. Circle Secretaries are requested to kindly collect them and distribute to the comrades of their respective circles. ALL THE CIRCLE AND DISTRICT SECRETARIES ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT THE COMRADES SHALL REMAIN IN THE MEETING, TILL IT IS OVER. Further, all the Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure utmost discipline at the time of the March to the Parliament, which is very very important.

 

[24.02.2015]All signatures collected may be handed over to the Convener, Forum.

The comrades who are coming to participate in the March to the Parliament, are also bringing the signatures collected from the people. These signatures will be handed over to the Prime Minister's Office at the end of the March to the Parliament tomorrow.  Hence, all the comrades who have brought the collected signatures, may kindly hand them over immediately to com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, at his residence in D7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market(Near Bangla Sweets).

[23.02.2015]Vehicle campaign / Jatha among people by Forum, Palakkad, in support of the demands for revival of BSNL.<<<click here>>>

[23.02.2015]Nation Building or Nation Looting?

Media is getting flooded with the news that top officers of Reliance Industries Ltd. (of Mukesh Ambani) Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group (of Anil Ambani) Cairns India Ltd. ( of Anil Agarwal) Essar, Jubilant and many other corporate companies are involved in secretly gathering important documents by bribing officers of various ministries. Secret documents of the government, connected with Oil, Power, Coal ministries have gone into the hands of these companies, which have been utilised to swindle peoples money. This is how the private companies are serving the nation. It is a matter of shame that the government and the mantris are trying to make the people believe that these private companies are engaged in Nation Building.

 

[23.02.2015]Will BSNL learn lessons from Prasar Bharati?

The entire world is caught with the cricket world cup fever. Television channels earn huge profits through telecasting the cricket matches alive. But, unfortunately, the Delhi High Court placed restrictions on Prasar Bharati (Door Dharshan) to telecast the matches. Clearly, this would have benefited the Star TV. But the Prasar Bharati fought the case in the Supreme Court and has removed the restrictions laid down by the Delhi High Court. Will the BSNL Management learn lessons from Prasar Bharati?

 

[23.02.2015]Steps to fatten the corporates.

Deepak Parekh, Chairman of the HDFC Bank has demanded the government to immediately start disinvestment in BSNL, LIC and Air India. He has expressed his satisfaction for the steps taken by the government to reduce subsidies and demanded that the forthcoming budget should give incentives to the corporates. All the above stated steps are already being taken by the Narendra Modi government, which says that all these steps are required to improve the economy. But the statement of Deepak Parekh proves that these steps are only to fatten the corporates.

[Times of India, dated 23.02.2015] 

 

[23.02.2015]BSNL to have tower sharing arrangement.

PTI has reported that the BSNL and Airtel are going to sign an agreement for tower sharing to strengthen their 2G mobile service. Airtel is having 1,42,890 towers covering 87% of India’s population. Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, has stated that co-opetition, (co-operative competition) is his one of the key strategies, according to which BSNL will co-operate with other players to expand it’s business. It is reported that BSNL will be having 1,10,000 towers after June this year.

[PTI, dated 22.02.2015]

 

[23.02.2015]Salutes to Mandya comrades.

Mandya District in Karnataka circle has collected 27,800 signatures. The number of employees in Mandya district is only 291. Thus, the signatures collected comes to 95 signatures per employees. Maddur is a small telephone exchange in Mandya District, with only 30 employees. These 30 comrades have collected 6000 signatures, which comes to 200 signatures per employee. CHQ salutes the Madya district comrades, especially, the Maddur comrades for the marvelous performance. But the question CHQ wishes to ask is, if Maddur comrades can collect 200 signatures per employee, why at least the quota fixed by Forum is not being fulfilled in many places? 

 

[23.02.2015]Successful Convention on Save BSNL campaign at Bhopal, MP 

Convention on Save BSNL campaign organised by the Forum of BSNL unions and associations, MP Circle was held at Bhopal, on 21.02.2015. The convention was presided over by com Jagdish Singh, vice president, BSNLEU, CHQ. Com H.S. Thakhur, CS, BSNLEU & Convener, Forum, BSNL Unions/Associations, MP Circle welcomes all leaders on dias and placed before the house the matters for the convention. Com Pramode Pradhan, Secretary, CITU, MP inaugurated the convention and explained about the present situations of the working class in the country. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU spoke at length on the issues of BSNL in the present condition and also the role of the successive govt. at the centre from 1991, from when the LPG policy started in the country. He urged to the workers to prepare for a long and sustained struggle including indefinite strike. Com R. P. Sahu, GS, AIGETOA, Com Dutta Majumder, President, SNEA, MP, Com Habib Khan, CS, NFTE - BSNL etc. spoke in the meeting. Vote of thanks was proposed by com. Narang, CS, BSNLOA, MP. 1,03,345 signatures collected from different Districts under MP Circle were handed over to Com Swapan Chakraborty by the Circle Forum in the meeting to be submitted to the Prime Minister.<<<view photos>>>

 

[21.02.2015]J&K circle conducts an impressive convention at Jammu.

Forum of BSNL Unions/Association organised a very impressive “Convention” at Jammu, on February 20th 2015. Inspite of extremely bad weather, employees from all corner of J&K participated in the convention. Com.Narayan Singh, Circle President, BSNLEU presided over the convention and Com. Mir Nizar Ahmad, CS, BSNLEU conducted the programme. Com. Raman Sharma welcomed the participants and leaders. All the circle level leaders of Forum including Com.Mir Nizar Ahmad, CS, BSNLEU, com.P.K Bali, CS, SNEA(I), com.P.C. Thapa, CS, AIBSNLEA, & com.Amrik Singh, CS, AIGETOA expressed their views. Com. Gulam Qadir Dandroo, Org.Secy, BSNLEU CHQ was also present. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, elaborately explained the strike issues. While expressing his views on the agitational programme as well as on the charter of demands, he called upon the workers to make the 17th March, indefinite strike a grand success. The participants assured the leaders that they will make the indefinite strike a grand success in the valley.<<<view photos>>>

 

[21.02.2015]Andhra Pradesh comrades have collected 7 lakh signatures.

Andhra Pradesh circle union of BSNLEU has reported that 7 lakh signatures are so far collected in that circle. The work of collecting signatures is continuing and they are sure of reaching the figure to 8 lakh. CHQ heartily congratulates all the Andhra Pradesh Circle comrades for their sustained hard work. 

 

[21.02.2015]Ernakulam District shows the way of how to conduct the “Save BSNL Campaign”.

The Forum has given call to collect 1 crore signatures from public, in support of our demands for the revival of the Company. BSNL trade union movement has got an extra ordinary tradition of a hundred years and with well organised structures at the All India, State and District levels. This type of well-entrenched trade union set up is available only in very few PSUs. With this type of organization, we could have easily collected a few crores of signatures. The whole idea behind the collection of signatures is to make the people of this country understand, how the government is slowly killing BSNL, for the benefit of the private companies. That is why Forum gave call for conducting a “SAVE BSNL CAMPAIGN”. But, unfortunately, only in a few places our comrades have conducted this campaign seriously. CHQ has received a report from the Ernakulam District union, of how this campaign is conducted in that SSA. The call of the Forum has been implemented in letter and spirit. While heartily congratulating the Ernakulam comrades for their sincere and hard work, CHQ requests all comrades to go through this report.<<<view report>>> 

[21.02.2015]Photos of “Save BSNL Campaign” in Ernakulam District.<<<view photos>>>

[21.02.2015]Signature campaign at Burrabazar Exchange, kolkata on 03.02.2015.<<click here>>

[20.02.2015]Discussion with Management on TTA RR.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today and insisted the demand of the Union that the Non-Executives, on promotion as TTAs, under the LDCE, should not be treated as circle cadre. Other wise, on becoming TTAs, these employees will be transferred and posted in other SSAs of the circle, far away from their present SSAs. The GM (Estt.) suggested that some rules can be put in place so that the employees are not harassed on promotion as TTAs and suggested that the Union can give it’s views on this. However, the GS insisted upon the demand of the Union. 

 

[20.02.2015]On the right of the Recognised Union to nominate members to councils.

BSNLEU is continuously pressing the Management to implement the Hon’ble Kerala High Court direction, on the right of the Management to nominate non-members to councils. The issue is already taken up with the new CMD. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) today and urged upon him to do the needful and implement the Court directive without further delay. The Sr.GM (SR) assured to do the needful. 

 

[20.02.2015]Supply of the copy of the report of BSNL’s Committee on extending lesser standards of evaluation for SC/ST employees.

The Committee formed by BSNL Management, on the issue of extending lesser standards of evaluation to SC/ST employees, has already submitted it’s report. BSNLEU is insisting the Management to provide the Union with a copy of the report. Com. P. Abhimanyu insisted the Sr.GM (SR) to immediately provide a copy. After seeing the report, BSNLEU will take further action, if the orders of DoP&T on the subject is not fulfilled.

 

[20.02.2015]Circle Conference of Telecom Factory, Jabalpur.<<click here>>

 

[20.02.2015]Signature Campaign programme in TF Gopalpur, Kolkata.<<click here>>

 

[20.02.2015]Kolkata Forum conducted Circle level convention

The Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations conducted a circle level convention on 19.2.2015 at Subarnabanik Samaj Hall, Kolkata.  Com. Tridib Chakraborty, Circle President AIBSNLEA presided over the meeting. Circle Secretary, BSNL Employees Union & convener of the Kolkata forum Com. Saibal Sengupta initiated the discussion and elaborately explained the need for Forum decisions to conduct a mass public contact through signature campaign, Street corner meetings, March to Parliament and indefinite strike in BSNL from 17th March 2015. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), BSNLEU, stated that other than the people of India we have ten crore customers & three lakh employees. If we can get their support we shall be able to defend the attacks on BSNL. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Vice President (CHQ), BSNLEU and Circle Secretary Telecom Stores circle Com. Adhir Kumar Sen also addressed. Com. Sekhar Majumder (NFTE BSNL) com. Aniruddha Mondal (BTU BSNL), com. Prasun Mukhopadhyay (AIBSNLEA) and com. Dilip Saha (SNEA) strongly raised their voice against the anti-BSNL policies of the ruling BJP Government. Leaders from AIBDPA & CTTMU were also present to extend their support. In a full house gathering convention concluded with the message of greater unity of workers to Save BSNL & Save Nation.<<view photos>>

[20.02.2015]Signature Campaign programme in Satna SSA, MP Circle.<<click here>>

[20.02.2015]Signature Campaign programme in Kottayam SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click here>>

 

[20.02.2015]Vijayawada SSA has collected a whopping 60,000 signatures ! Plan to collect another 25,000 !!

As per the report received by com. Ramesh Babu L, District Secretary, Vijayawada, the collection of signatures is going on intensively and with full steam in Krishna District for the past one month. Already they have collected 60,000 signatures, which itself is a stupendous job, and still they have planned to collect another 25,000 signatures by 23.02.2015. Apart from this, Vijayawada comrades have met a number MPs, MLAs, MLCs and leaders of various political parties and gathered support. BSNLEU, Vijayawada District Union is playing a leading role in carrying out this task. CHQ heartily congratulates Vijayawada comrades for their tremendous efforts.<<< view photos >>> 

 

[19.02.2015]Signature Campaign - Fantastic performance by Bidar comrades.

CHQ is delighted to inform that Bidar SSA comrades have done a marvelous job in conducting the Signature Campaign. Bidar is a very small SSA in Karnataka circle, with total employees strength of 240. (BSNLEU= 160; NFTE= 30 ; Executives = 50). 12,000 is their quota of signatures to be collected, as per the decision of the All India Forum. (240×50). Whereas, as per the report of com.Gundanna, CS, BSNLEU, Karnataka, the Bidar comrades have collected 15,400 signatures. CHQ feels proud of the Bidar comrades.

 

[19.02.2015]Rajasthan circle conducts a huge "Save BSNL" convention.

The Forum of Rajasthan circle conducted a huge convention today. The convention, which is organised in the premises of the PGM TD office, Jaipur, was presided over by com.R.G. Dixit. Com.Ashok Pareek, Convener, Forum, welcomed all the leaders and the comrades. More than 1000 comrades enthusiastically participated in the convention. It is addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, com.G.L.Jogi, President, SNEA, com . Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com.R.Khanna, President, SNATTA, com.Rasheed Khan, AGS, TEPU and com.Abhishek Jain, AGS, AIGETOA. All the leaders explained the demands contained in the charter of demands, on which the indefinite strike from 17-03-2015 is going to take place. They exhorted the Rajasthan comrades to effectively take steps to make the strike 100% success. CHQ heartily congratulates the Forum of Rajasthan circle for organising a highly successful convention. <<< views of the convention>>>

 

[19.02.2015]Meeting of the Forum to be held on 23-02-2015.

A meeting of the Forum is to take place  on 23-02-2015. The meeting will review the preparations that are going on to successfully conduct the March to the Parliament on 25-02-2015. The meeting will also review the other preparations like "Save BSNL Campaign", Collection of one crore signatures and also the circle level conventions, which are being organised to successfully launch the indefinite strike from 17-03-2015.

 

[19.02.2015]Massive signature campaign in Indore.

Signature campaign is going on in a massive way in Indore, as reported by com.Prakash Sharma, District Secretary, BSNLEU. According to the report, two women employees alone have collected 2,500 signatures. CHQ salutes both these women comrades. big gate meetings are also organised to motivate the employees to collect signatures. Indore District Union is hopeful of fulfilling it's quota within the target date.<<< view photos >>>

 

[19.02.2015]Bihar circle convention held at Patna on 18.02.2015.<<click here>> 

 

[18.02.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding to amend the RR of TTA, to continue to treat departmental candidates as SSA cadre.<<view letter>>

 

[18.02.2015]Congrats Nizamabad comrades.

CHQ conveys it's hearty congrats to the Nizambad comrades for collecting 43,260 signatures and completing their signature campaign. This is conveyed to the CHQ by com. E.V.L. Narayana, District Secretary, BSNLEU. According to the staff strength, Nizambad should collect 40,000 signatures. But they have exceeded their quota and have collected 43,260 signatures. Perhaps, this is the first district to complete it's quota. Hats off to the Nizambad comrades.<<view photo>> 

 

[18.02.2015]BSNL signed MoU with Bank of India for loans.<<view letter>> <<Copy of agreement>>

 

[18.02.2015]Signature campaign in Palakkad SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[18.02.2015]“Physician! Heal thyself”.

During his visit to India, US President Barak Obama made an observation that religious intolerance is increasing in India. Obama should realize that this intolerance is being practiced in his own country also. A Hindu temple has been vandalised at Seattle in the US and it’s walls are defaced, ahead of the Maha Shivaratri celebrations. On one of the walls, the miscreants had also painted the word “Get Out”. Similarly, a few days back, a 57 year old hapless Indian, named Sureshbhai Patel, became paralytic, due to the attack on him by the US police. Such attacks are being carried out because the victims are “non-whites”. This is a clear case of racial discrimination. While giving advice to others, Obama should also take a care of his own country. 

[18.02.2015]Corporate Office clarification on ERP implementation.<<view letter>>

 

[18.02.2015]Hats off to Jabalpur comrades. They show how the signature campaign is to be conducted.

The Jabalpur comrades have done an excellent job yesterday and have shown how the signature campaign is to be conducted. On the day of the Maha Shivaratri, a large number of gathering of people will come to the temple. Utilising this opportunity, they have gone to the people and have conducted the signature campaign. In one day, they have collected 10,000 signatures. A wonderful job indeed. Hats to the Jabalpur comrades. This is how the "Save BSNL campaign" is to be conducted among the people.<<click here>>

 

 

[18.02.2015]“My government will not allow any religious group, of majority or minority communities, to incite hatred against others.”

“My government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the majority or the minority, to incite hatred against others. Every one has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice, without coercion or undue influence. We cannot accept violence against any religion on any pretext and I strongly condemn such violence. My government will act strongly in this regard”.

  - Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

[Times of India – 18.02.2015] 

BSNLEU whole heartedly welcome the above statement of the Prime Minister. As a custodian of the rights of the people of this country, the Prime Minister has significant role in maintaining the unity of various sections of the people.  We sincerely hope he will fulfill this responsibility.

 

[18.02.2015]AAP government will regularise contract workers.

The Aam Admi Party, in it’s election promise, had stated that it would regularize the contract workers. As a first step of fulfilling this promise, the AAP government has issued instructions now, that the services of contract workers should not be terminated until further notice. The Deputy Chief Minister has stated that contract workers had to be regularized and permanent jobs were necessary in critical sectors like education and health. He also stated that the focus was on working out ways to deliver permanent jobs.

[Times of India – 18.02.2015] 

BSNLEU welcomes this pro-worker step of the AAP government and desires that similar action should be taken by the central government and other state governments also.

 

 

[17.02.2015]Signature campaign- Circle and District Secretaries to seriously note please.

The date for submission of the 1 crore signatures is fast approaching. They have to be submitted to the Prime Minister's Office on the day of the March to Parliament, is., on 25-02-2015. So far the response for the signature campaign from various circles is very poor. Whatever photos being received by CHQ, on signature campaign, are photos of submitting memorandum to the MPs and MLAs. Very few photos are received on collecting signatures from mass of the people. This clearly indicates that collection of signatures from people is not being done in right earnest. This is very regrettable. Being the biggest union in the Forum, BSNLEU is having special responsibility to fulfill the collection of 1 crore signatures. Kindly bear in mind that our signature campaign should not become a laughing stock. Hence, CHQ requests the Circle Secretaries to immediately gear up the collection of signatures and complete the target well within the time. Kindly remember that the quota for each circle is 50 signatures per employee of the circle.

 

[17.02.2015]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (SR) demanding immediate supply of copy of the report of the Committee on relaxed standards for SC/ST employees.<<view letter>>

 

[17.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on solutions given to the problems which have arisen due to the implementation of ERP.<<view letter>>

 

[17.02.2015]Spectrum auctioning.

Spectrum auctioning is to start on 4th March, 2015. Govt. expects to earn Rs.80,000 crore to Rs.1,00,000 crore. Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Jio Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel and Uninor will be bidding spectrum in the auctioning.

 

[17.02.2015]MTNL’s third quarter loss is Rs.730.83 crore.

MTNL’s loss for the third quarter ended in December 2014 is Rs.730.83 crore. It’s loss for the second quarter ended in September 2014 was Rs.834.22 crore. 

 

[17.02.2015]Quality of service: I do not buy the excuse of private operators – says Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The following is the view expressed by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, in the vision 4G LTE Telecom Conclave, held on 14.02.2015, organized by television channel news X. 

 

“When people come with complaint about call drop on private mobile operators network, what should I tell them? Private telecom operators need to ponder on this call drop. All this is because lack of spectrum… I’m sorry. I don’t buy this,” he said.

[Reported by m.tech.firstpost.com dated 16.02.215]

 

[17.02.2015]BSNL Employees Union opposes outsourcing of BSNL’s Call Centre services and demands to reconsider the decision – Business Line.

The view of BSNLEU is that the call centre services of BSNL should be manned by the BSNL employees only. Outsourcing it to private agency is a wasteful expenditure and it is being done for reasons other than BSNL’s efficiency. BSNLEU demands that the Management should reconsider it’s decision. The views of com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary is published in Business Line. <<view the news>>

 

 

[17.02.2015]Corporate Office lays down time schedule for holding TTA exam (LDCE) for the Recruitment Year 2014.

  • Notification to be issued on or before 07.03.2015

  • Exam to be held between 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs on 07.06.2015.

  • Results to be declared within 3 months of holding the exam.

  • The exam is to be conducted on the same day and on the same time in all circles.<<view letter>>

[16.02.2015]“Fight against privatization of Public Services” - calls on the landmark 12th Congress of the Trade Union International of Public Services (TUI PS).<<click here>>

[16.02.2015]Circle level Convention of Karnataka circle held at Bangalore on 10.2.2015.<<click here>>

[16.02.2015]Memorandum submitted to MP in Nizambad SSA, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click here>>

[16.02.2015]Signature Campaign programme at Kottayam SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click here>>

 

[14.02.2015]COMRADE S.K. VYAS NO MORE.

 

With deep grief and extreme sorrow, it is intimated that Com. S.K.Vyas, the legendary leader of the Central Govt. Employees and   Pensioners, is no more. He passed away at about 08.20 PM on 13 February 2015, at  a Jaipur hospital, where he was admitted a few days back after a massive heart attack. He was recovering, but all of a sudden, the situation worsened and he passed away.

 

He was 85 years.

 

His funeral will take place at Jodhpur on 14th Feb 2015. Com.Vyasji was the Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and workers since 1967 for more than four decades. He was holding the posts of Secretary General of both BCPC and NCCPA, Federations of Pensioners Associations till his end.

 

His death is an irreparable loss to the entire CGE and Pensioners movement. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades. TEARFUL Red Salute to Com.S.K.Vyas !

 

[14.02.2015]Forum of BSNL Union/ Association.<<Parliament March /Strike Poster>>

 

[13.02.2015]Maharashtra Circle Executive Committee meeting planned for the successful implementation of the Indefinite Strike.

The Maharashtra Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at Mumbai on 7th and 8th February, 2015. Com. Nalawade, Circle Secretary welcomed every one. Com. Gagre, Circle President, presided. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. John Verghese, AGS and com. Sandhya Gadgil, Vice-President (CHQ) attended the meeting. CGM(O) District Union, Mumbai had made excellent arrangements for the meeting. An impressive Open Session was held on 7th February, addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Shri M.K. Jain, CGM, Maharashtra, shri M.K. Mishra, CGM, WTP, shri J.K. Ghai, Principal CCA, Smt. Marina George, Sr.GM(Fin.) and com. Nalawade, CS, addressed the session. The Subjects Committee held detailed discussion about organisational issues as well as the steps for successfully organising the indefinite strike from 17th March, 2015. Together with com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. John Verghese, AGS and com. Sandhya Gadgil, VP, addressed the Subjects Committee.<<<view photo>>>

[13.02.2015]Circle level Convention of Kerala circle held at Thrissur on 11.2.2015.<<click here>>

[13.02.2015]Signature Campaign Programme at West Bengal Circle.<<click here>>

 

[12.02.2015]Meeting of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations held on 11.02.2015.<<click here>>

 

[12.02.2015]Signature campaign at Mandla SSA, Madhya Pradesh Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[12.02.2015]Signature campaign at Palakkad SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Corporate Office guidelines for consolidation of bank accounts on migration to ERP in the circle.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Circle level convention of NE-II Circle held at Imphal.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Signature campaign at Thiruvananthapuram SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Signature campaign at Calicut SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Signature campaign at Malda SSA, West Bengal Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Signature campaign at Srikakulam SSA, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2015]Signature campaign at Krishna SSA, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click here>> 

 

[10.02.2015]Highlights of the PLI Committee meeting, held today the 10.02.2015. 

The PLI Committee meeting is held today. The two Staff Side members, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE participated. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU were present. Sr.GM (SR), Sr.GM (Restg.), GM (Estt.) and GM (EF), participated from the Management Side. In the meeting, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, raised the following issues. 

 

(i)    As already been decided in the meeting held on 27.06.2014, under the Chairmanship of Director (HR), the basis from payment of PLI should be the National level productivity of the Company and not the performance of the Non-Executives, as is being wrongly interpreted by the Management.

(ii)  Management should clarify whether this PLI formula will be made applicable only to the Non-Executives or to the Executives also.

(iii) In the new PLI formula, targets for not only excellent grade but also for fair, good and very good grades should also be there.

(iv) The number of mobile connections given should also be made a parameter to measure productivity.

(v)  A ‘Record of Discussion’, for each meeting of the PLI Committee should be issued. 

 

A very good discussion took place. The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 12.03.2015. Management Side said that they would convey their stand on the issues raised, in the next meeting.

[10.02.2015]Meeting of the CMD with Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations on 09.02.2015.<<click here>>

[10.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on SLP ( C) /2015 CC No(s). 396/2015 filed by Chandresh Kumar Tripathi and ors. Vs CMD BSNL and ors. regarding grant of grace marks in JAO Exam.<<covering letter>> <<SC order>>

[10.02.2015]MoU signed with State Bank of India for extending various loan schemes to BSNL employees.<<view letter>> <<Copy of agreement>>

[09.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of stipend to various cadres in BSNL on revision of IDA Pay Scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<click here>>

 

[09.02.2015]Signature campaign at Kottayam, Kerala Circle.<<click here>>

 

[09.02.2015]Signature campaign at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click here>>

 

[09.02.2015]March to the Parliament – Circle and District Secretaries to note please.

CHQ once again requests all the circle secretaries to take all out efforts to mobilise comrades to the March to the Parliament program, to be held on 25.02.2015, as per the quota already allotted and communicated to each and every circle. As already intimated, comrades who are coming over and above the allotted quota, shall arrange their own accommodation for staying. District Secretaries are requested to compulsorily bring flags and banners of BSNLEU, for carrying during the rally. During the time of the Parliament March, the climate will be pleasant during day time. However, chillness will be there during night time and also during morning and evening. Hence, the comrades are requested to come with sufficient warm clothings.

 

[06.02.2015]CHQ writes to Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, demanding early approval of the Revised RR of JTO and E-1 pa scale, by the BSNL Board.<<view letter>>

 

[06.02.2015]Religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi – says Obama.

The communal hatred being spreaded in India by certain forces is drawing more and more criticism. During his last visit to India, Obama has cautioned about the people of India getting devided on communal lines. He told in a meeting held at New Delhi that India would progress only so long as it is not splintered on communal lines. Again Obama has made a serious observation on this matter. He has told that the communal incidents that are taking place in India would have shocked Gandiji. The following is the observation that Obama has made yesterday. 

 

“Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible country…. but a place where religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targetted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji.”

 

[06.02.2015]Forum circular, on the decisions of the meeting held on 05.02.2015.<<click here>>

 

[05.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on grant of cash Award to Sportspersons for Excellence in International Tournament/meets for year 2014.<<view letter>>

 

[05.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on grant of cash award to Sportsperson in national tournament for calendar year 2014.<<view letter>>

 

[05.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on Sanchar Krida Award for outstanding Sportsperson in BSNL for the calendar year 2014.<<view letter>>

 

[05.02.2015]CHQ writes to Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, demanding implementation of the direction of the Hon'ble Kerala High Court, on nominating non- members to councils.<<view letter>>

 

[05.02.2015]Meeting with Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and discussed about the problem that has arisen in Chennai circle, as a result of outsourcing services that had been handled by our employees. The GS has strongly demanded that these employees should not be harassed in the name of redeployment, but should be gainfully utilized by allotting alternative works, for which our Union has already given proposals to the Circle Administration. The Director (CFA) has assured to intervene.

 

[05.02.2015]Meeting with Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and sought his intervention in resolving the dead-lock, that has arisen in the finalization of new designations for the Non-Executives. The GS also urged the Director (HR) to resolve the victimizations that are going on in Jamshedpur and Varanasi. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful.

 

[05.02.2015]Hon’ble Minister worried about the quality of service of private operators.

I am concerned and worried about the decline in the quality of services of not only broadband, but telecom services of private operators. It is my gentle request and warning to private operators to improve service quality. This is the agony of consumers that I am conveying to them. I have also asked concerned officials in the ministry to look into the issue and convey the measures they need to take. I am aware that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is the body to examine the issue, but as the representative of the people and the minister of the sector, I am equally accountable to consumers of telecom services. The government is concerned about the quality, since growth of broadband has direct link to GDP growth.

[Source: Hindustan Times, dated 05.02.2015] 

 

[05.02.2015]BSNL and MTNL given step–motherly treatment – says Hon’ble Minister.

I have already told both companies to improve their services. But, I must add, during the last six to seven years both public sector companies have been given step-motherly treatment.

[Source: Hindustan Times, dated 05.02.2015]

 

[05.02.2015]Highly Successful “Save BSNL Save Nation” Convention held at Ludhiana (Punjab).<<click here>>

 

[05.02.2015]State level convention at Agartala, NE1 Circle.<<click here>>

 

[05.02.2015]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on sanction of Temporary Advance.<<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2015]Corporate Office has issued letter for holding LICE for TTA under 50% quota, for the Recruitment Year 2014.<<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2015]Waiving of ceiling for treatment of Hepatitis.

BSNLEU has taken up with the Corporate Office, the case demanding to waive the ceiling under BSNLMRS, for the treatment of Hepatitis. Now, the Corporate Office has once again issued letter in this regard to the CGM, Punjab. However, this letter is applicable to all the circles. Wherever, cases come up, circle secretaries are requested to tell the concerned CGM to forward the cases to the Corporate Office, as per the procedure mentioned in this letter.<<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (CFA), on utilisation of the surplus staff, consequent to outsourcing of services at Chennai.<<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2015]Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, met the following officers yesterday the 03.02.2015 and discussed the following issues.

 

Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.).

The leaders met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and in respect of casual labourers, they demanded early implementation of EPF w.e.f. 01.10.2000 and also implementation of gratuity Act. They also insisted fixation of wages in IDA pay scales for them. The implementation of CAT order in respect of Com. G.Q. Dandroo, TM, Srinagar was insisted.

 

Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR).

The leaders met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) and demanded early implementation of the National Council decision on removal of discrimination in the matter of immunity from transfer for Non-Executives. They also demanded to resolve the issue of granting recognition to the District unions in Chennai circle. The Sr.GM (SR) assured to do the needful.

 

Shri A.K. Singhal, GM (Admn.).

The leaders met Shri A.K. Singhal, GM (Admn.) and insisted early decision on issuing of Rs.200 SIM Card to the BSNL employees posted in MTNL service areas. They pointed out that the issue is getting inordinately delayed. They also insisted the re-engagement of four contract workers disengaged in Bidar, Karnataka circle. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful.

 

Shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA).

BSNLEU has already taken up the issue of penal interest being recovered from the employees, on account of late remittances of instalments of bank loans, by the AOs. The leaders met shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA) and insisted to take appropriate action to avoid this. The GM (CA) assured that needful would be done. 

[04.02.2015]Corporate Office notification for holding PLI Committee meeting on 10.02.2015.<<click here>>

[04.02.2015]Corporate Office letter on method of pay fixation in IDA pay scale in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL who were promoted after 01.10.2000 and opted IDA pay scales from the date of their promotion.<<<click here>>>

 

[04.02.2015]BJP ruled Rajasthan government wanted fly-over to be named after Nathuram Godse.

It is a matter of shame for the entire nation, that the BJP government of Rajasthan was about to inaugurate a fly-over, named after ‘Nathuram Godse’, the murderer of Mahatma Gandhi. A plaque carrying the name “Nationalist Naturam Godse” was already fixed on the fly-over. However, it was protested by the media. Fearing trouble, thereafter, the District Collector ordered removal of the plaque. It may be noted that some time back, Sakshi Maharaj, an MP of the BJP, said that Nathuram Godse was a Patriot. Mahatma Gandhi stood for communal harmony, especially between the Hindus and Muslims. It was for this reason that he was murdered by Godse. Now, the BJP and the Hindutva forces glorify Nathuram Godse. This a shame for the entire nation.

 

[03.02.2015]Participation by various circles in the March to Parliament.

CHQ has already informed the number of comrades to be brought to Delhi, by various circles, for the “March to the Parliament” to be held on 25.02.2015. However, some circles have expressed their desire to bring more number of comrades for the rally. CHQ informs that circles can bring more number of comrades than the quota fixed for them, provided the accommodation for such comrades can be arranged by the circles themselves. Due to the non-availability of accommodation in Delhi, CHQ can arrange accommodation only as per for the quota informed by the CHQ.

 

[03.02.2015]Additional inputs for finalizing new PLI formula.

The Staff Side had sought for additional inputs in the last PLI Committee meeting. It demanded details regarding the achievements of the Company during the last three financial years. These details are necessary for fixing targets. Accordingly, the Management has provided the achievements of the Company for the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The weightage points that the Management proposes to give for each KPI is also indicated. All circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers are requested to go through this and send their views latest by 08.02.2015. Matter is urgent. The next PLI committee meeting will be held on 10.02.2015.<<view details>>

 

[03.02.2015]Don’t compromise India’s interest for FDI – says Reserve Bank Governor.

The Narendra Modi government, in it’s eight months in office, has relaxed FDI norms in insurance, defence, railways and many such sectors. The trade union movement has been expressing it’s concern against such relaxations. Raghuram Rajan, the Governor of the Reserve Bank has warned yesterday that India’s interest should not be compromised for the sake of attracting FDI. “India should not be rail-roaded into compromising it’s interests to attract FDI” – said Raghuram Rajan. The statement of Raghuram Rajan is very important, since it is made at a time when the government is surrendering the interests of the country, to bring in FDI.

[Source: Times of India, dated 03.02.2015]

 

[03.02.2015]Save BSNL Save Nation Convention held at Lucknow on 02.02.2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[02.02.2015]Lack of seriousness in conducting circle level conventions.

CHQ is repeatedly informing our circle unions to make all out preparations for the successful launching of the indefinite strike from 17th March. Holding circle level conventions is a very important part of the mobilization for the strike. However, CHQ is sorry to make the observation that there is lack of seriousness in holding this convention. So far only 3 circles have conducted the convention. They are Chennai, Tamil Nadu and UP (East). Punjab and Bihar circles have fixed the dates for the convention. There is no information to CHQ, from other circles in this regard. Hence, CHQ requests all the remaining circles to immediately fix the date and hold the convention. 

 

[02.02.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office to, implement the Hon’ble CAT order for deputation to TTA training – case of J&K circle.<<view letter>> 

 

[02.02.2015]Forum is meeting at New Delhi on 05.02.2015.

A meeting of the Forum is being held at New Delhi on 05.02.2015. The meeting is being held to review the preparations being done for the indefinite strike in various circles such as, holding of “Save BSNL” campaign, collection of one crore signatures, conducting circle level conventions and March to the Parliament.

 

[31.01.2015]Biggest ever disinvestment done by the Narendra Modi government.

The Narendra Modi government raked in Rs.22,600 crore yesterday, through the biggest ever disinvestment that has been made in this country. The government sold 10% shares of the Coal India Ltd.(CIL) yesterday. Even during recent strike of the coal workers, the government gave an assurance that the CIL will not be privatised. But, within no time, such a massive disinvestment is done. If this unmindful disinvestment is not stopped, very soon CIL will end up in total  privatisation.

 

[31.01.2015]Bomb blast by Sunni group in Shia temple kill 60 people in Pakistan.

A powerful bomb blast at Shikarpur, in Sind province of Pakistan, has killed 60 people. The bomb was blasted in a mosque, where people had gathered in a large number for their Friday prayer. It is reported that a hard line 'Sunni' group is responsible for this bomb blast. People belonging to the 'Shia' group is a minority in Pakistan. They are only one fifth of Pakistan's 180 million population. The 'Sunni' group that has claimed responsibility for the bombing, has said that the Shia Muslims are 'infedels', and that they are their number one enemies. Pakistan is a best example which shows that relegion cannot be the basis for keeping people united.

[Source: The Times of India dated 31.01.2015]

 

[31.01.2015]Signature Campaign programme started at Agartala, NE-I Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[30.01.2015]1,60,000 signatures collected in Tamil Nadu handed over to the leaders.

1,60,000 signatures collected in  various districts of Tamil Nadu circle were handed over to the All India leaders,  who addressed the Tamil Nadu convention held at Cuddalore today, amidst tumultuous applause. In this, Salem district alone had collected 50,000 signatures. The total quota of signatures to be collected in Tamil Nadu is 9,00,000. The Forum leaders of Tamil Nadu assured the National leaders that this target will be achieved well within the target date. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu comrades. CHQ also requests all other circles to speed up the collection of signatures, since this task has to be completed by 25.02.2015.<<<view photo>>>

 

[30.01.2015]Tamil Nadu circle conducts a massive convention to organise the indefinite strike.

The Forum of Tamil Nadu circle conducted a massive convention today the 30.01.2015, at Cuddalore. The convention was presided over by all the circle presidents of the constituent unions. Com.R.Sridhar, District Secretary, NFTE welcomed all. The convention was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, General Secretary, NFTE, Com.K.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA and com.P.Venugopal, President, AIBSNLEA. The convention was also addressed by all the circle secretaries of the constituent unions. All the leaders requested the delegates of the convention to effectively organise the "Save BSNL" campaign, collection of one crore signatures, 25th February March to Parliament and the Indefinite Strike from 17-03-2015. Undoubtedly, this convention has boosted the morale of the Tamil Nadu comrades to effectively organise the indefinite strike.<<<view photos>>>

 

[30.01.2015]Signature Campaign programme started at WB Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[30.01.2015]Taliban is not a terrorist group - certifies the United States.

It is a known fact that the Taliban is an international terrorist organisation, which has killed a large number of people, in cold blooded massacres. Only recently, they gunned down more than 350 innocent school children in Peshawar, Pakistan. It is the same Taliban which tried to kill Malalaa Yousuzai, the Nobel Prize winner, for violating their order that girls should not go to school. It strange that the US has now given a certificate that the Taliban is not a terrorist organisation, but it is an armed rebellion. May be, the US says so because, the Taliban is jointly created by the US and Pakistan. It is a wonder that the US says that it is waging a war against terror.


[30.01.2015]Narendra Modi government wants to give an escape route to the tax - cheating MNCs.

A good number of MNCs are cheating the government of India without paying their taxes. The best example is Vodafone, which has to pay Rs.13,000 crore to the Indian government,  by way of cheating tax. Shell, Nokia, etc., are also coming in this list. On the contrary, the MNCs have been accusing that there is no proper investment climate in India. Now, the Narendra Modi government has decided to create the proper investment climate. A decision is taken by the government, not to go on appeal in higher courts, in the tax cheating cases by MNCs. The Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued instruction for this effect. So, in all probability, Vodafone may also escape from its liability to pay Rs.13,000 crore to the government.

 

[29.01.2015]Chennai Circle Forum conducts a very effective convention.

The Forum, Chennai  circle, conducted a very effective convention today. The convention is held in the sprawling Raja Annamali Mandram. Com.C.K.Madhivanan, CS, NFTE, presided over the convention. Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, BSNLEU,  welcomed everyone. Leaders of the Forum addressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed the Convention and elaborately spoke on the important demands on which the indefinite strike from17-03-2015 is taking place. He also explained as to how the successive governments at the Centre have taken steps to weaken BSNL. The GS also called upon the leaders and comrades to effectively conduct the "Save BSNL" Campaign,  as well as the signature campaign and also mobilise maximum comrades for the March to Parliament. The Convention was also addressed by com.Lingamurty, Dy.GS, FNTO,  Com.Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA and many others.<<<view photos>>>

 

[29.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on JAO (DR) Exam to be held on 22-02-2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[29.01.2015]Signature Campaign at Chennai Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[29.01.2015]Signature Campaign at Srikakulam, Andhra Pradeh Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[29.01.2015]Signature Campaign at Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[29.01.2015]Signature Campaign at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[29.01.2015]Signature Campaign at Raipur, Chhattisgarh Circle.<<<click here>>>

 

[28.01.2015]Preparations for the indefinite strike - plunge into action immediately and send photos as well as reports for updating on CHQ website.

Dear comrades, the indefinite strike is going to take place in BSNL from 17th March, demanding immediate action by the government for the revival of BSNL. This may be the last chance for us to get the BSNL revived. So, this is a "Now or Never" situation. We have to mobilise our entire strength and resources, to ensure that the strike takes place successfully. The Forum has already given call to conduct a "Save BSNL Campaign", to create awareness among the general public. Through the conducting of this campaign, one crore signatures should also be collected from the general public, in support of the revival of BSNL. It means, signatures have got to be collected at the rate of 50 signatures per employee. This is not an unrealistic target. But the time at our disposal is very less. The one crore signatures are going to be handed over to the Prime Minister's Office on 25.02.2015, i.e., the day on which the March to Parliament will take place. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to immediately plunge into action and to make the "Save BSNL Convention", "collection of one crore signatures" and the "Indefinite strike" a historic success. Being the biggest constituent of the Forum, it is needless to say that the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU, should have a very close coordination with the other constituents of the Forum. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to immediately plunge into action and take all out efforts to make the entire programme a success. With a view to encourage our circle and district unions to plunge into the preparations, CHQ will be updating the photos and reports of "Save BSNL Convention" and "Signature Campaign" on CHQ website. Comrades are requested to send photos and reports.

[28.01.2015]MoU signed with Canara Bank for extending various loan schemes to BSNL employees.<<view letter>> <<Copy of agreement>>

[28.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on Information of casual labours who had been conferred Temporary Status on or before 30.09.2000 and appointed subsequently as TM.<<<click here>>>

[28.01.2015]"Not a matter of pride for we Indians"- article of Tele Crusader 2015.<<< Read article >>>

[28.01.2015]Telecom spectrum auctioning is postponed to 4th March.

The auctioning of the 2G and 3G spectrum by the government has been postponed. Originally the auctioning was fixed to be held on 25th February.  But now, the date has been changed to 4th March. This postponement is due to the fact that the Ministry of Communications is still not able to fix the  All India Base Price for the 3G spectrum. The Narendra Modi government is expecting to raise at least Rs.16,000 crore in 2014-15, through the sale of spectrum.

[27.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on filling up of backlog vacancies.<<<click here>>>

[27.01.2015]CMD D.O. letter to Unions and Associations.<<<click here>>>

[27.01.2015]R.K.Laxman, India's best known cartoonist, passed away.

 

India’s best known cartoonist, R.K.Laxman, passed away yesterday at Pune, at the age of 94. For over 50 years he had been entertaining the Indian newspaper readers with his creation of the "common man". R.K.Laxman was well known for his political cartoons, through which he exposed the hypocrisy of the political class. Further, in most of his cartoons, R.K.Laxman highlighted the plight of the marginalised and downtrodden sections of the people. The nation has lost an artist with great creativity. BSNLEU mourns the death of R.K.Laxman and pays it's respectful homage to him.

 

[24.01.2015]Twelth Congress of the TUI PS is taking place at Kathmandu on 13th and 14th February, 2015.

The Twelth Congress of the Trade Union International Public Services (TUI PS) is taking place in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 13th and 14th February, 2015. BSNLEU is an affiliate of the TUI PS. Four delegates are allotted to BSNLEU to attend the 12th Congress. Accordingly, com. Balbir Singh (President), com. P. Abhimanyu (General Secretary), com. Swapan Chakraborty (Deputy General Secretary) and com. Saibal Sengupta (Treasurer) are participating in the Congress. The BSNLEU delegation is leaving for Kathmandu on 12.02.2015.

 

[24.01.2015]Telecom Companies cannot mortgage spectrum – says DoT.

Private Telecom Companies are consistently demanding that the government should allow them to mortgage their spectrum to banks, for taking loans. Spectrum is the asset of the nation. It is being allotted to telecom companies for a specific period, for which the companies pay spectrum fee to the government. As such, government cannot allow any telecom company to mortgage this spectrum, for any purpose. Still, the greedy and profit hungry private telecom companies have been lobbying that they should be allowed to mortgage spectrum. Now, media report says that the DoT has decided not to allow telecom companies to mortgage the spectrum allotted to them.

 

[24.01.2015]European Central Bank is giving $1.2 trillion bail-out to big corporates.

Governments of the European countries have already given huge concessions and bail-outs to the big Corporates, to enable them to come out of the economic crises that started in 2008. At the same time, these governments imposed wage-cut, retrenchment, increasing of work-load, pension-cut, etc., on the working class, in the name of “austerity measures”. The working class has gone in to a series of struggles in all the European countries, against those anti-labour “austerity” measures. Again the European Central Bank has announced a stimulus (bail-out to the corporates) of 1.2 trillion US dollars on 22.01.2015. This stimulus is again going to impose burdens on the European working class. It must also be noted that it is the governments of these developed European countries, which are dictating that the Indian government should not give subsidies to the poor Indian people. A crude joke indeed.

 

[23.01.2015]Meeting with Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD today. The GS congratulated Shri Srivastava for his elevation as the CMD BSNL and assured the fullest cooperation of BSNLEU, for the revival of BSNL. The GS thanked the CMD for holding a discussion with the unions and associations on 09.02.2015, and requested that such periodic meetings should take place, on the developmental issues of BSNL. The CMD assured to do this. Further, the following issues were discussed with the CMD. 

 

Victimisations in Jamshedpur: - The attention of the CMD was drawn to the victimizations that are taking place in Jamshedpur SSA, by the Sr.GM of that SSA. The GS requested the CMD to intervene and put an end to the victimisations. The CMD assured to look into this and do the needful. 

 

Non-payment of pension commutation and DCRG amounts in Varanasi SSA:- The attention of the CMD was also drawn to the non-payment of pension commutation and DCRG amounts to the comrades of Varanasi, against whom fabricated FIRs were filed by the erstwhile GM, Varanasi, for their participation in trade union struggle. The CMD assured to look into this and do the needful. 

 

[23.01.2015]Providing Rs.200/- SIM to the employees working in MTNL areas.

BSNLEU is continuously urging the BSNL Management to provide Rs.200/- SIM to the left out BSNL employees working in MTNL areas. Based on our demand, the Corporate Office has requested the concerned CGMs to provide the number of Non-Executives, posted in MTNL service areas. However, the required information is not sent by the CGMs. Hence, CHQ requests the NTR, UP(West), Haryana and Maharashtra circle secretaries to immediately arrange to send the information. 

 

[23.01.2015]Corporate Office letter, reminding the CGMs to send the number of Non-Executives posted in MTNL service areas.<<<view letter>>>

[23.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of IQ rates.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL, on vindictive actions of the Sr.GM, Jamshedpur.<<<view letter>>>

[23.01.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL, on withholding of pension commutation and DCRG amount to the victimised employees of Varanasi SSA.<<<view letter>>>

[23.01.2015]Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA), will hold additional charge as Director (CM), BSNL for a period of three months w.e.f. 16.01.2015.<<click here>>

[23.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of stipend to various cadres in BSNL on revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Odisha Circle held at Bhubaneswar.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]Kolkata witnessed a huge "Human Chain" programme by BSNL Employees.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]Com.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, bereaved.                                                                                        

CHQ belatedly came to know that the father of com.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA, passed away on 20-01-2015. BSNLEU, conveys it's heartfelt condolences to com.Sebastin and his family.

 

[22.01.2015]CBI arrested former Additional Private Secretary of Dayanidhi Maran and Sun TV officials.

The CBI has arrested V.Gowthaman, the former Additional Private Secretary of Dayanidhi Maran yesterday. The arrest is made in connection with the misuse of power by Dayanidhi Maran, when he was the Minister of Communications, for illegally provisioning 323 high speed telephone lines in his residence at Chennai, which were utilised for commercial purposes by the Sun TV, owned by the family of Dayanidhi Maran. The CBI has also arrested the Chief Technical Officer and another technical employee of the Sun TV. The CBI enquiry in this case was initiated at the behest of the former Telecom Minister, A.Raja. The Special CBI Director, M.S.Sharma enquired the case and submitted his report in September 2007. However, the report was kept in cold storage by the UPA government, for political reasons.

 

[22.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of National Council.<<<click here>>>

 

[22.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of Standing Committee of National Council.<<<click here>>>

 

[22.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on holding of meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council.<<<click here>>>

 

[22.01.2015]An impressive seminar held in the ongoing 4th circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle.

As a part of the ongoing 4th circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle, an impressive seminar, the theme of which was "Save BSNL, Save Nation", was held yesterday the 21.01.2015. Com.Mohan Reddy, circle president, presided over the session. com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & Circle Secretary welcomed the delegates as well as the guests and initiated the debate. Almost all the circle secretaries of the Forum, as well as the officers of BSNL participated in the seminar. A host of leaders, including com.P.Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ), com.Ramachandradu, circle secretary, AIBDPA and com.Sambasiva Rao (AIBDPA) were present in the seminar. A very serious and constructive debate took place on improvement of services at the circle level and revival of BSNL at the All India level. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, participated in the discussion and exposed the pro-private policies of the successive governments that came to power at the Centre, as well as the misuse of power by the ministers who went out of way to favour the private operators. He called upon the employees to make the indefinite strike an all out success, so that BSNL can be salvaged. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, addressed and explained the memorandum that has been submitted to the government, giving proposals for the revival of BSNL. Com. Chandrashekar Rao, CS, NFTE, com.Viswanath, CS, SNEA, com.Srinivasa Reddy, CS, AIBSNLEA, com.Sampath Kumar, CS, SNATTA,  and com.Veerabhadra Rao, CS, AIGETOA addressed the seminar and explained the steps to be taken for the revival of BSNL. They also called upon the employees to make the March to Parliament as well as the indefinite strike a historic success.  Shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, Andhra Pradesh and shri K.V. Satyanarayana, GM, East Godavari SSA addressed from the Management side and placed their views. CHQ heartily congratulates the AP circle union for organising a very successful seminar.<<view photos>>

 

[21.01.2015]Corporate Office issued Special Casual Leave letter to Central Office-bearers of BSNLEU for attending Central Secretariat meeting at New Delhi on 26th February.<<<view letter>>>

 

[21.01.2015]Government may impose "Swachh Bharat Tax" on Telecom services.

As per media reports, the government is moving in the direction of imposing a new tax on Telecom services called "Swachh Bharat Cess". In this way, the government intends to create a corpus, to fund the "Swachh Bharat" movement, launched by the Prime Minister. However, levying of this new tax will raise the tariff. It is learnt that the Attorney General has advised the government, that it cannot levy the new tax, without amending the Finance Act.

 

[21.01.2015]Corporate Office order on enhancement of kit allowance for All India BSNL tournaments  and  National level tournaments.<<<view order>>>

 

[21.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on calculation of pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees those who are retiring within 6 months.<<<view letter>>>

 

[21.01.2015]Standing Committee meeting to be held on 10-2-2015.

BSNLEU, as well as the Staff Side of the National Council, have been insisting the Management to conduct the meeting of the Standing Committee. The meeting is not held for a long time. Due to our insistence, it was decided by the Management to hold the meeting on 27-01-2015. However, subsequently it was postponed, as per the request of some members of the Staff Side. Now, it is decided to hold the meeting on 10-02-2015.

 

[21.01.2015]Meeting on revival of BSNL to be held on 09-02-2015.

BSNLEU has been continuously demanding the BSNL Management to hold periodic interactions with the unions and associations, to discuss about the developmental activities of the Company. BSNLEU is of the strong opinion that this will enable the entire workforce to actively involve in the revival of the Company. Sometime back, shri A.N.Rai, who was holding the charge of CMD, assured BSNLEU to hold one such meeting. In the meanwhile, the Forum also has given call to go on indefinite strike, on the revival of BSNL. The Sr. GM (SR) informed Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, today, that the Management has decided to hold one such meeting on 09-02-2015. BSNLEU welcomes the decision of the Management. It also wishes to state that this should not be a one time affair, but a continuous process.

 

[21.01.2015]Removal of discrimination in the matter of immunity from transfers- GS, BSNLEU expressed his utter unhappiness over the delay in implementing the decision of the National Council. 
BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Corporate Management to end the glaring discrimination that is existing between the office bearers of the Non-Executives and the Executives in the matter of immunity from transfers. The earlier GM (SR) was severely opposed to our demand. However, the issue was taken up by the BSNLEU in the National Council meeting, wherein the Director (HR) agreed to settle the issue. Meanwhile, shri Shameem Akhtar has taken over as the Sr.GM(SR). BSNLEU has approached him a number of times to issue order, as per the decision taken in the National Council. It is a matter of regret that no action has so far been taken in the matter. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has once again spoken to the SR. GM (SR) today and has expressed his utter unhappiness over the delay in implementing the decision of the National Council and has demanded immediate issuing of the order.

 

[21.01.2015]General Secretary addressed the Subjects Committee of AP circle conference.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the subjects committee of the AP circle conference yesterday evening. In his speech, the General Secretary severely criticised the anti-Public sector policies of the Narendra Modi government and also the divisive policies of the RSS, as well as other communal forces. He highlighted the united struggle of the 7 lakh coal workers and stated that more such united struggles of the working class will take place in the days to come, against the anti-people policies of the Modi government. The General Secretary also explained about the united struggle conducted by the JAC, and insisted that this unity should further be strengthened. He also explained about the status of the various issues of the Non-Executives.<<view photo>>

 

[20.01.2015]Andhra Pradesh Circle conference started enthusiastically at Rajahmundry.

The four day circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle, started enthusiastically at Rajahmundry today. Before the Conference started, the leaders and delegates went in a procession and garlanded the statue of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle, com.P.Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ) and other leaders garlanded the statue. Thereafter, the flag - hoisting took place. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, hoisted the National Flag and com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, hoisted the Union Red Flag.  Thereafter, floral tributes were paid at the martyr’s column. The inaugural session was presided over by com.Mohan Reddy, circle president, and Com.Sampathrao, circle secretary, welcomed every one.  The session was addressed by com.Narasigha Rao, Vice-President, CITU, AP State, shri Murali Mohan, MP, shri Butchaia Chowdhary, MLA, smt.Rajani Sesha Sai, Mayor, Rajahmundry, shri Satyanarayana Rao,MLA, and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron addressed the session. In the post - lunch session, the subjects committee started.<<view photos>>

 

[20.01.2015]Meeting with the GM (Estt.) in BSNL CO.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) on 19.01.2015 and discussed the following issues.

(i)  Declaration of JTO LICE result of Shri Poppat Pradipkmar, TTA, which has been withheld.

(ii) TM LDCE – Relaxation of 10th standard qualification to appear the exam. - The GM (Estt.) has informed that informations has been asked from the circles for number of vacancies and number of eligible candidates who have 10th standard. After receiving the said informations necessary decision in this matter will be taken.

(iii) TTA LICE to notify and to arrange qualifying screening test for non 10+2 TMs – The GM (Estt.) informed that the case is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court to the matter of qualifying exam for non 10+2 candidates. Meanwhile management will initiate for conducting TTA LICE according to the RR.

(iv) Admissibility of GPF, Leave encashment, death gratuity and other pensionary benefits to 8 (eight) deceased RMs (adhoc) of Darbhanga under Bihar circle – Necessary report is called for from Bihar Circle in the matter. 

[20.01.2015]Meeting with the DDG (Estt.), DoT on 19.01.2015.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri R.K. Mishra, DDG (Estt.), DoT on 19.01.2015 and discussed the following issues. 

(i)   Approval for issuing Presidential Orders for about 110 TSMs who were regularized on or after 01.10.2000, working in different circles in BSNL – The DDG (Estt), DoT assured to take immediate actions in the matter.

(ii)  Pay anomaly cases that have arisen in the 1st Wage Revision – The DDG (Estt), assured that he will take necessary initiative for processing the file immediately.

 

[19.01.2015]Communication with the CHQ -  comrades to note please:-
It is observed that of late our comrades are sending photos and reports of struggles to the CHQ, through "Whatsapp" to the General Secretary. Undoubtedly, Whatsapp is an effective tool for Communication. However, it cannot be the method of sending reports and photos to the CHQ. When a large number of comrades send photos and reports on the mobile of the GS, through Whatsapp, it causes a big inconvenience. The best method is to send them through the email, and if not, by post. Circle Secretaries are requested to bring this to the notice of the district and branch secretaries.

 

[19.01.2015]CHQ writes to the GM(Admn.), Corporate Office, demanding re-engagement of the four victimised contract workers of Bidar SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<view letter>>

 

[19.01.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, seeking modification to the Recruitment Rules of the TTA.<<view letter>>

 

[17.01.2015]TRAI bats for private operators and insists 19% lower price for 3G spectrum.

TRAI has once again insisted that the price of 3G spectrum should be fixed 19% lower than the price determined by the auctioning held in 2010.  It sounds bizarre that the TRAI wants the price of the spectrum lesser than the price determined in the auctioning held four years ago. It may be recollected that the TRAI had earlier recommended that a portion of 900 MHz spectrum being held by BSNL should be taken away, and be made available for the forthcoming auctioning.

 

[17.01.2015]Com.T.A.Biju, Office Secretary, CHQ, bereaved.                                                                     

CHQ is saddened to know that shri K.K.Appu, father of com.T.A.Biju, Office Secretary, CHQ, has passed away at 15:00 hrs today. CHQ offers it's heartfelt condolences to com.T.A.Biju, as well as to his family members.

 

[16.01.2015]Allotment of funds for payment of GPF advance to the circles.

CHQ is continuously taking up the case with the Corporate Office, for the allotment of funds to circles, for payment of GPF advance. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, once again spoke to shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA) today and urged him to do the needful, for the allotment of funds. The GM(CA) assuerd that Corporate Office will start allotting funds from Monday onwards. 

 

[16.01.2015]Renewal of MoU with Canara Bank.

CHQ has taken to the notice of the Corporate Office that the MoU signed with Canara Bank had expired, and that the same has got to be renewed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has spoken to shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA), who has assured that action would be taken for the renewal of the MoU.

 

[16.01.2015]Shri Anupam Srivastava is appointed as the new CMD BSNL.

Shri Anupam Srivastava is appointed as the new CMD BSNL. The DoT issued the order for this yesterday the 15-01-2015, and shri Anupam Srivastava took over the charge yesterday itself. It is a good news that a BSNL absorbed officer has become the CMD of the Company. BSNLEU warmly greets shri Anupam Srivastava and hopes that BSNL will restore it's past glory under his stewardship.

 

[16.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on the appointment of shri Anupam Srivastava the new CMD of BSNL.<<< view letter >>>

 

[16.01.2015]The appointment of the new CMD BSNL is linked with the merger of BSNL and MTNL.
The order for appointing shri Anupam Srivastava as the new CMD of BSNL is issued on 15.01.2015. It is seen from the letter, that the appointment of the new CMD of BSNL is linked with the merger of BSNL and MTNL. One of the conditions of the appointment of shri Anupam Srivastava as the CMD of BSNL is that, his appointment will be reviewed, in case the merger of  BSNL and MTNL takes place, to enable to put in place a new board of directors. This only shows that the government has not at all taken into account the reservations being expressed by the employees of BSNL with regards to the merger. This only underlines the need for a powerful struggle to stop the merger.

 

[16.01.2015]MoU signed with Allahabad Bank for extending various Loan Schemes to BSNL Employees.<<view letter>> <<Copy of agreement>>

 

[15.01.2015]ACC approves the name of shri Anupam Srivastava as the CMD BSNL.

Finally BSNL has a reason to smile. It is going to get a full fledged CMD. Quoting the PTI, the Economic Times has reported that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared the name of shri Anupam Srivastava for the post of CMD BSNL. It may be noted that the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), selected shri Anupam Srivastava for the post of CMD BSNL in 2013 itself. However, thereafter his appointment was deliberately delayed by the political bosses, as a result of which BSNL is remaining headless for a long time.

 

[14.01.2015]Corporate Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f 01.01.2015.<<click here>

 

[14.01.2015]Compassionate Ground Appointment to a married daughter, who was unmarried at the time of applying for job.

Andhra Pradesh Circle administration had sought a clarification from the Corporate Office, regarding the eligibility for Compassionate Ground Appointment. The question is, whether a married daughter, who was unmarried at the time of applying, can be given appointment under Compassionate Ground. This clarification was sought by AP circle in 2013 itself. But the case was lying with the Corporate Office, without any direction being given to that circle. CHQ has intervened in the case, and now clarification is given by the CO.<<<view clarification>>>

 

[14.01.2015]Tamil Nadu circle conducts demonstrations, protesting the inaction of the Corporate Management, to overcome the acute shortage in SIM cards.

Acute shortage of SIM cards is prevailing in many circles. This is seriously affecting the expansion of BSNL, as well as the revenue of the Company. For example, Tamil Nadu circle is not able to provide 5.5 lakh mobile connections to the Tamil Nadu Police Department, for which an agreement has already been signed. CHQ is continuously and seriously taking up this issue with the concerned authorities in the Corporate Office. However, the voice of concern being raised by us, has fallen in deaf ears. The Tamil Nadu Circle Union has conducted demonstrations in all the SSAs yesterday the 13-01-2015, protesting the inaction of the Corporate Management and also demanding immediate supply of SIM cards. Fax messages are also being sent to the Additional Secretary of the DoT, seeking the intervention of the Ministry in this matter. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu Circle Union.

 

[13.01.2015]Air India has finally turned into a profit making company.

Air India has been running in loss for the past several years. In fact, Air India was being cited as an example for the inefficiency of the Public Sector of the country. However, finally, Air India has turned into a profit making company. It has recorded a profit of Rs.14.6 crore in December, 2014, according to a PTI release dated 12.01.2015. This is an encouraging news for the BSNL trade unions, which are fighting for the revival of BSNL. When Air India can be converted into a profit making company, why not BSNL?

 

[13.01.2015]Meeting with Director (CM) on 13.01.2015.

Com Swapan Chakraborty Dy.GS, BSNLEU met the Director (CM), BSNL, Shri Anupam Srivastava and discussed the issue of non-availability of SIM cards in Circles like Kerala, Tamilnadu and Maharashtra, and requested him to take immediate action, since it is affecting the expansion and growth of BSNL, as well as loss of revenue of the company. The Director(CM) intimated that he is very much concerned about the matter, and as such he has spoken to the CMD, BSNL, who is on tour to Kerala.

 

[12.01.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL, on the acute shortage of SIM cards in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other circles.<<view letter>>

 

[12.01.2015]Non - allotment of funds for payment of GPF and Festival advances.

CHQ is receiving complaints from various circles, that funds for GPF and Festival advances are not allotted by the Corporate Office. Com .P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA) today, and demanded immediate releasing of funds. The GM (CA) replied that Corporate Office is not having sufficient cash to release the funds. However, he assured to try to do the needful.
 

[12.01.2015]Mobilisation for the 25th February Parliament March.

It is already informed, that the Forum has decided to conduct a massive Parliament March on 25.02.2015. The All India Centre meeting has discussed this issue and has fixed quota for various circles, for mobilisation. This is communicated through the CHQ circular no.3. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to fully implement the decision. In case any circle wishes to mobilise more comrades, than what is decided by the All India Centre, the same may be informed to the CHQ immediately for arranging the accommodation for the comrades to stay.<<<view mobilisation quota>>>

[12.01.2015]Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of SC/ST has requested the Secretary, DoT and the CMD, BSNL to take appropriate action on priority basis to fill-up backlog SC/ST vacancies in the cadre of JTO (Civil/Electrical) for departmental quota in BSNL w.r.t. the letter from the General Secretary of BSNLEU.<<view letter>>

[12.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on eligibility of disabled children for family pension after marriage and eligibility for two family pensions - clarification regarding.<<view letter>>

[12.01.2015]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM(SR) on the lack of seriousness, on the part of the Management, in discussing issues in the National Council.<<view letter>>

 

10.01.2015]Designations Committee meeting ends in deadlock.

The Designations Committee meeting was held yesterday the 09.01.2015. com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and com. Mahabir Singh (NFTE) participated from Staff Side. Shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR), Ms. Madhu Arora, Sr. GM (Restg.) and Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt) participated from Management Side. Discussion resumed on the change of designation of the Sr. TOA cadre. In the last meeting, the Staff Side has demanded “Superintendent” designation for Sr. TOA, since Management was not prepared to give the designations such as “Associate officer”, “Manager” or Executive. In yesterday’s meeting also the Management Side told that they cannot give “Superintendent” designation also to the Sr. TOAs. Especially, shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) firmly told that, as a member of the Committee, he would not accept to give the Superintendent designation to the Sr. TOAs. Thus, the meeting ended in a deadlock, without any development.

 

[10.01.2015]Discussion on HR plan.

At the end of the designations Committee meeting held yesterday the 09.01.2015, Management held a discussion with the Staff Side on the proposed HR Plan of the Management. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, appreciated the Management for not accepting the proposals made by the Deloittee Committee, with regards to staffing norms. The representatives of BSNLEU opposed the proposal to reduce the strength of Non- Executives as well as JTOs and JAOs. They also criticised the Management for outsourcing the various jobs of the Company, which could be done by employees themselves. They also told that the views of BSNLEU would be submitted within a day or two. 

 

[09.01.2015]CHQ circular no.3. - Hindi <<click here>

 

[09.01.2015]Central Secretariat meeting to be held on 26.02.2015.

A meeting of the Central Secretariat (consisting of the Central Office-bearers) will be held at New Delhi on 26.02.2015. All Central office-bearers are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting.

[09.01.2015]Consequent to the election of new office-bearers in the 7th All India Conference, re-nomination is made to the National Council.<<view letter>>

[09.01.2015]Consequent to the election of new office-bearers in the 7th All India Conference, re-nominations are made to the Standing Committee.<<view letter>>

[09.01.2015]CHQ writes to Corporate Office, requesting to grant special casual leave to the Central Office-bearers for the meeting of the Central Secretariat.<<view letter>>   

[09.01.2015]Notification for the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at New Delhi on 26.02.2015.<<click here>>

[09.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change of procedure.<<view letter>>

[09.01.2015]DPE issued orders for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.01.2015.<<click here>> 

[09.01.2015]Dharna programme successfully held throughout the country - More views.<<click here>>

 

[08.01.2015]BSNLEU salutes the Coal workers.

The 5 day strike of the Coal workers was withdrawn on the 2nd day, i.e. on 07.01.2015. BSNLEU congratulates the 7 lakh Coal workers, and their trade unions for launching such a mighty struggle against the retrograde policy of the Narendra Modi government to kill the Public Sector. The Coal Minister, Piyush Goyal, has assured that a committee would be formed to look into the demand of the trade unions (no privatisation of the Coal sector), based on which the strike has been called off. Undoubtedly, the strike is a signal to the Modi government that the working class will not silently accept the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of his government.

[08.01.2015]CHQ  writes to the Sr.GM(SR), demanding corrections to the minutes of the meeting, held between the JAC and the Management on 22.12.2014, on the 30 point charter of demands <<View letter>>

[08.01.2015]Decisions of the meeting of Forum held on 7th January 2015.<<click here>>

[08.01.2015]Tasks ahead, after the successful three day dharna.

The three day dharna, called on by the Forum, as a prelude to the indefinite strike, has taken place very successfully in almost all the circles. Especially, the leaders and cadres of BSNLEU have taken up this program very seriously, and have worked hard to make it a success. CHQ heartily congrats every one for doing this excellent job. Every where, the employees have also responded well to the call. This shows the resolve of the ordinary worker to defend BSNL. This only indicates that the indefinite strike will be a grand success. Now, we have to move ahead with the next stage of the program. Holding the "Save BSNL Campaign" in every nooks and corners of all the towns and cities, collection of one crore signatures and conducting the circle level conventions are the next stage of the program. CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to concentrate on these works and implement the program successfully.

 

[08.01.2015]Third day dharna held at BSNL Corporate Office, despite a very bad weather.

The third and final day dharna was also successfully held at BSNL Corporate Office today the 08.01.2015. Despite a very bad weather, a good number of comrades participated in today's dharna. During lunch hour, leaders of the constituents addressed the gathering. Com. Balbir Singh, President, participated in today's dharna at Corporate Office and addressed the gathering on behalf of BSNLEU. <<<Views of dharna>>>

 

[08.01.2015]CHQ requests circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers to send their views on the HR Plan.

Corporate Office has provided our Union with a paper on "Man power Plan" and "Staffing Norms". The paper has already been uploaded on CHQ website on 29-12-2015 itself. CHQ has also requested our comrades to send their views on the issue. So far CHQ has not received any response on this, from any one. This is unfortunate. Views of the field units will enable CHQ to take a clear view on the issue. Hence, CHQ requests all the circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers to study the paper and send their views to the CHQ within two days. CHQ has to submit it's view to the Management without further delay.


[08.01.2015]Forum meeting discusses preparations for the indefinite strike and connected program. 

A meeting of the Forum was held yesterday the 07.01.2015, and reviewed the preparations for the indefinite strike and connected program. The meeting decided that:-

 

1) The "Save BSNL campaign" should be effectively organised. It was pointed out with concern, by some leaders in the meeting, that this campaign has not even started in most of the circles.

 

2) The task of collecting one crore signatures should also start immediately and in right earnest, so that the signatures can be submitted to the Prime Minister's Office on 25-02-2015, i.e., on the day of the March to Parliament. The collected signatures should reach the Convener, Forum, by 15.02.2015.

 

3) The Mobilisation by various unions and associations for the March to the Parliament was discussed. BSNLEU assured that it would mobilise 1750 comrades from all the circles.

 

 

4) Holding the Circle level conventions, to organise the strike, should be completed promptly. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, is entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating with the constituents of BSNLEU in this regard.

 

5) It was decided to hold lunch hour demonstrations throughout the country, on 08-01-2015, in support of the coal workers strike.


CHQ requests all circle and district secretaries to meticulously implement the decisions of the Forum.

 

[08.01.2015]Dharna programme successfully held throughout the country.<<views of dharna>>

 

[07.01.2015]Lunch hour demonstration tomorrow the 08.01.2015, in support of the Coal workers strike.

The strike of the 7 lakh Coal workers, against privatisation of the Coal sector has entered the second day today. The major 5 central trade unions, including the BMS, are spear-heading the strike. The Forum meeting, held on 07.01.2015 decided to conduct lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow the 08.01.2015, in support of the strike. Circle and district secretaries are requested to hold the lunch hour meeting effectively. 

 

[07.01.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Prime Minister and Coal Minister, supporting the strike of the Coal workers and demanding withdrawal of the Coal Ordinance. <<letters-1>> <<letters-2>> 

 

[07.01.2015]CHQ circular no.3. <<click here>

 

[07.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of stipend to various cadres in BSNL on revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<click here>>

 

[06.01.2015]Meeting with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Annie Moraes, Member Finance of the Telecom Commission and discussed the following issues. 

 

(i)        Revision of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger.

The leaders pointed out that this issue is lingering on for a very long time without any settlement and that the pensioners have become frustrated. The Member (Finance) told that the matter is getting the serious attention of the Ministry, and told that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the Cabinet, is getting finalised. 

 

(ii)       Reimbursement of the salary paid to the BSNL employees, working with the DoT.

It was pointed out by the leaders that a big amount has become due, to be paid to the BSNL by the DoT. This is on account of the salary already paid by the BSNL to the employees deputed to DoT. It was demanded that this amount should immediately be paid by the DoT. The Member (Finance) assured that the needful would be done. 

 

(iii)     Reimbursement of GPF advance amount paid by BSNL.

The issue is already discussed with the Member (Finance), by BSNLEU, a few months back. However, it was pointed out that still delay is there in some circles, in reimbursing the amount spent by BSNL, for payment of GPF advance. The Member (Finance) assured to do the needful.

 

[06.01.2015]Successful dharna took place in the BSNL Corporate Office.

As per the call of the Forum, a very good dharna took place at the BSNL Corporate Office today. BSNLEU has taken special efforts to mobilise comrades for today’s dharna. As per the decision of the All India Centre, more than 100 comrades of UP (West) circle participated in today’s dharna, who have come from Ghaziabad, Noida, Meerut, Aligarh and Moradabad. CHQ heartily congratulates the UP (West) comrades. The dharna was addressed by leaders of the Forum, including com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS (SNEA), com. Parhalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and com. V.K. Thomar, AGS, BSNL MS. All the leaders expressed their determination to make the strike successful.<<view of dharna>>

 

[06.01.2015]3 day dharna, called on by the Forum started.

The 3 day dharna program, called on by the Forum, demanding immediate steps by the government for the revival of BSNL, started in right earnest throughout the country today, the 06.01.2015. As per information received by the CHQ, a large number of Non-Executives and Executives are participating in the dharna in all SSAs and circles. CHQ requests the circle/district secretaries to send report and photos. 

 

[06.01.2015]5 day strike of the Coal Workers started.

The 5 day strike of the Coal workers throught the country, started today the 06.01.2015. 7 lakh workers have joined this strike, which has been called on by 5 central trade unions, viz., BMS, INTUC, AITUC, CITU and HMS. The strike is against the move of the Narendra Modi government to privatize the coal sector. BSNLEU salutes the 5 central trade unions and the 7 lakh coal workers.

 

[06.01.2015]Notification for meeting of Joint Committee to evolve scheme of Bonus/Productivity Linked Incentive based on PMS.<<View Notification>> <<proposed KPIs>>

 

[06.01.2015]Corporate Office letter to the Convener, Forum, on the dharna program.<<click here>>

 

[06.01.2015]Non-reimbursement the amount paid as salary to BSNL employees, working on deputation with the DoT - CHQ writes to the Member (Finance).<<View letter>>

 

[06.01.2015]Filling up of the vacant posts of the CMD and Director (HR), BSNL - CHQ writes to Additional Secretary, Department of Telecom.<<View letter>>

 

[05.01.2015]Conciliation between the JAC and BSNL Management by the RLC.

A conciliation by the RLC, between the JAC and BSNL Management, was held today the 05.01.2015, on the 30 point charter of demands. JAC leaders, including com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, participated in the meeting. There is no improvement on any of the demands. The next date of the conciliation is 27.02.2015. 

 

[05.01.2015]End discrimination in immunity from transfers. Recognise District Unions in Chennai circle - Sr.GM (SR) urged.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM(SR), today the 05.01.2015 and demanded immediate removal of the discrimination between the Non-Executives and the Executives, in the matter of immunity from transfers. They also demanded the Management to immediately recognize the District Unions of BSNLEU, in Chennai circle, on the same analogy of the Kolkata circle. The Sr.GM(SR) responded positively to both the issues.

 

[05.01.2015]DoT ows Rs.70 crore to BSNL, on account of salaries paid by BSNL, to the employees deputed to DoT.

A good number of BSNL employees have been deputed to DoT Cell, TERM Cell etc. BSNL continues to pay salary to these employees. So far DoT has not reimbursed this amount to BSNL, which comes to Rs.70 crore. This is another example of how BSNL is being exploited. BSNLEU will take up this issue with the appropriate authorities. 

 

[05.01.2015]Hold meetings of the National Council and Standing committee – Sr.GM (SR) urged.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) and requested him to hold the meetings of the National Council, as well as the meeting of the Standing Committee without further delay. The Sr.GM (SR) replied that the date of Standing Committee is finalised and the date of the National Council will be finalized soon, in consultation with the Director (HR). 

 

[05.01.2015]Standing Committee meeting to be held.

A meeting of the Standing Committee will be held on 27th January, 2015.

 

[05.01.2015]Meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of major Non-Executive Cadres. <<View letter>>

 

[03.01.2015]Committee on "Change of Designations" to be held on 09-01-2015.

The Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office has notified to hold a meeting of the Committee on "Change of Designations" on 09.01.2015. Some breakthrough is expected to be made in this meeting with regards to the new designations of the cadres of Sr. TOA and TTA.

 

[03.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on review of results of failed SC-ST candidates of LICE for the post of Telecom Mechanic - Revised guidelines.<<View letter>>

 

[03.01.2015]Corporate Office reminder on modification sought in transfer policy.<<View letter>>

 

[02.01.2015]Give top most priority to the "Save BSNL Campaign" and collection of one crore signatures.

The Forum has already given call to collect one crore signatures from the public, by way of conducting save BSNL campaigns, throughout the country. CHQ has received reports about collection of signatures from some circles. But no report is received from any circle about the "save BSNL campaign". Conducting of this campaign, among the public, is very essential to educate the people about the need for the existence of BSNL. BSNLEU, being the largest constituent of the Forum, has to take initiative for holding "save BSNL campaign" as well as collection of one crore signatures, by appropriately coordinating with the other constituents of the Forum. Hence, circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to give top most priority to these works. 

[02.01.2015]Tele Crusader article on the forthcoming indefinite strike, from 17th March, 2015, for the revival of BSNL.<<< view article >>>

[02.01.2015]Meeting of Forum of NTR held on Dharna programme from 6th to 8th January, 2015 at Corporate Office.

A meeting of Circle Secretaries of all constituents of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations under NTR & Corporate office was held on 2nd January 2015 at Circle Union office of NFTE BSNL, Eastern Court, New Delhi. The meeting was addressed by Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. C. Singh, GS, NFTE. The meeting decided to hold the dharna on 6th 8th January, 2015 called by Forum at Corporate Office from 10 A:M to 5 P:M in a befitting manner.

 

[02.01.2015]Excess amount paid to class III, IV staff cannot be recovered, says Supreme Court.<<View order copy>>

 

[01.01.2015]Mobilisation for the relay dharna to be held on 6th, 7th and 8th January, 2015 at Corporate Office - CHQ writes to Circle Secretaries of UP (West), Haryana, NTR and Corporate Office circles.<<View letter>>

 

[01.01.2015]Corporate Office rejects the demand of including women union representatives in the Committees Against Sexual Harassment.

BSNLEU has written to the Management, demanding that women union representatives should be included as members of the Committees Against Sexual Harassment of Women in Work places. This demand is raised based on our experience that the existing Committees are not as effective as they should be. Unfortunately, the Corporate Office has given a letter to us, rejecting the demand. However, this issue will be discussed in the forthcoming meeting of the National Council, since it is taken up as an item of the Staff Side. <<<view Corporate Office letter >>>

 

[31.12.2014]IDA from 01.01.2015 will be raised by 2.2%.

IDA from 01.01.2015 will be raised by 2.2%. With this IDA will be 98.1+2.2 = 100.3% from 01.01.2015.

[31.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (CM) on the acute shortage of SIM cards in various circles.<<View letter>>

[31.12.2014]Further extension of three months w.e.f. 01.01.2015, has been given to shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) as additional charge of the post of CMD, BSNL.<<view letter>> 

 

[31.12.2014]Review of results of failed SC-ST candidates of LICE for the post of TTA.

BSNLEU is continuously urging the Management for the implementation of the orders of the DoP&T, regarding lesser standards of evaluation for SC & ST candidates.  We are also demanding that based on this, the results of the examinations that were conducted recently should also be reviewed. Under these circumstances, guidelines are issued by the Corporate Office to review the results of failed SC/ST candidates.  However, these guidelines fall short of the DoP&T orders.  Further, Corporate Office guidelines say that these guidelines are applicable only for future examinations.  BSNLEU will continue to insist for the proper implementation of the DoP&T orders.<<<view Corporate Office letter >>>

 

[31.12.2014]Decisions of the Forum Meeting held on 30th December 2014. <<<click here>>> 

 

[31.12.2014]Memorandum for Signature Campaign in Hindi.<<<click here>>>

 

[31.12.2014]Poster for "Save BSNL Campaign" programmes called by Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations.<<<click here>>>

 

[30.12.2014]Airtel drops its plan to raise VoIP call charges.

Airtel has announced that it is not raising the VOIP call charges such as calls on Skype, viber, etc. A few days ago Airtel announced that it was hiking the VOIP call charges by 16 times. This came under by severe criticism by the public, especially in the social media. As a result of this Airtel has proposed to drop the call charge hike. However, a statement issued by Airtel says that the decision is taken in view of media reports that the TRAI is releasing a consultation paper on the issue.

 

[30.12.2014]Meeting with GM (Estt) on Compassionate Ground Appointments.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri R.K.Goyal GM (Estt.) today, and insisted on prompt disposal of the Compassionate Ground Appointment cases of Andhra Pradesh Circle, which are lying pending with the Corporate Office for a long time. The GM (Estt.) assured to take appropriate action.

 

[30.12.2014]Forum meeting held.

A meeting of the Forum was held at New Delhi today. The meeting held discussions about the successful implementation of the agitational programme of the Forum such as the 3 day dharna, signature campaign, March to Parliament and the indefinite strike. 

 

[29.12.2014]Non-furnishing of report on the one day strike held on 27-11-2014.

CHQ has already requested all the circle secretaries to furnish the district wise figures of the one day strike, that took place on 27.11.2014. The CHQ has also sent a proforma, in which the figures are to be given. However, 13 circles have so far not sent the report. Since it is getting inordinately delayed, the remaining circles are also requested to send the report within a few days.

[29.12.2014]Management has given a draft paper to our Union, on "Man power plan and staffing norms for territorial circles, and has requested us to give our comments on the same. CHQ requests the circle secretaries and Central office-bearers to submit their views on the subject, to enable the CHQ to furnish the views of the Union to the Management.<<view draft>>

[29.12.2014]CHQ writes to Ms.Madhu Arora, Sr. GM (Restg.) , on submitting the response of the Union on the man power projection of the company.<<View letter>>

 

[29.12.2014]District Secretary, Almora, Uttarakhand, passed away.                                                      

CHQ is saddened to know that com.Pan Singh Bisht, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Almora, Uttarakhand, has passed away today. Com.Bisht was suffering from lung cancer. CHQ pays its respectful homage to the departed comrade, and heartfelt condolences to the family members, comrades and friends.

 

[27.12.2014]Excess amount paid to class III, IV staff cannot be recovered, says Supreme Court.

Recovery of excess amount paid to Class-III and Class-IV employees, due to employer's mistake, is not permissible in law, the Supreme Court has ruled. Saying that it would cause extremely harsh consequences to them who are totally dependent on their wages to run their family, observed the Court. The Apex Court has said that employees of lower rung service spend their entire earning in the upkeep and welfare of their family, and if such excess payment is allowed to be recovered from them, it would cause them far more hardship, than the reciprocal gains to the employer. A bench of Justice JS Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra also directed that an employer cannot recover excess amount in case of a retired employee or one who is to retire within one year and where recovery process is initiated five years after excess payment.

 

[27.12.2014]Narendra Modi government brings in Ordinance to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector, from the present 26 % to 49 %.

Through a Bill introduced in the Parliament,  the Narendra Modi government tried to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector, from the present 26% to 49%.  However, the BJP is in minority in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition Parties, especially the Left Parties, opposed the Bill tooth and nail.  As a result, the bill could not be passed in the Parliament. But, the BJP government did not hesitate to hike the FDI through the back door method. It hurriedly brought an ordinance for this, and the President of India has given his approval for the same. It is crystal clear, that the Narendra Modi government is hell bent to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector before the US President Barack Obama arrives in India, to participate in the Republic Day celebrations. This development also makes it amply clear, that Barack Obama is coming to India, not merely to participate in the Republic Day celebrations, but to boost the business prospects of the US multi national companies. BSNLEU strongly condemns the Ordinance passed to increase the FDI limit from 26% to 49% in the Insurance Sector and demands the government to withdraw the same.

 

[27.12.2014]Participate in the Lunch Hour demonstrations on 29-12-2014, demanding immediate withdrawal of the Ordinance, to hike the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector from 26% to 49 %.

The All India Insurance Employees Association(AIIEA) has given call to hold lunch hour demonstrations on 29-12-2014, to demand the immediate withdrawal of the Ordinance, that has been promulgated,  to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector, from 26% to 49%. CHQ calls upon the Circle and District unions to participate in those demonstrations in good strength and to express BSNLEU's support and solidarity for the demand of withdrawing the Ordinance.

 

[27.12.2014]5th circle conference of BSNLEU, ALTTC.

The 5th Circle Conference of BSNL Employees Union, ALTTC, was held yesterday, the 26th December, 2014, in the Student Hall, ALTTC, Ghaziabad. Com. R.S. Chauhan, Circle President, presided over the conference. Com. R.S. Sagar, Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities. The open session of the conference was addressed by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, Shri Mahesh Seth, PGM, ALTTC, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU. In his speech, the Deputy General Secretary vividly explained the various issues connected with the employees as well as BSNL. He also exposed the anti-people policies of the BJP govt. and the danger of communal harmony.<<view photos>>

 

[26.12.2014]Secretary DoT warns BSNL's top officers of administrative action.

Telecom Secretary, shri Rakesh Garg has warned that administrative action would be taken against top BSNL officers, for not completing targets. In a recently held internal meeting, shri Garg has reportedly warned the top BSNL officers for 'delayed decision making' and 'failure to meet the deadline', set by the Prime Minister, for concluding the National Broadband Network. While the Secretary, DoT, is so much worried about the delay in the launching of National Broadband Network,  we fail to understand, why he or the government are not worried about the delay and failures in carrying out the expansion of BSNL's networks? 

 

[26.12.2014]Airtel raises the tariff of Internet calls by 16 times.

Airtel has raised it's tariff for Internet calls by 16 times. A large number of people use internet services to make voice calls to their family members who are abroad. Companies which provide Voice over Internet Protocol, charge the calls at normal data rates. However, due to the steep tariff hike made by Airtel, the rates of voice calls on Internet are likely to increase many fold.  Other private operators like Vodafone, Idea, etc., may also likely to follow suit. This is an excellent example how private companies will loot the public, if a healthy competition is not there. Only a strong and vibrant BSNL can keep the call charges affordable for the common man, by providing an effective competition.  This is the one message that has to be effectively taken to the people during the signature campaign.  

 

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