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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

Last Updated on 27.02.2017 [16:10 hrs]

[27.02.2017]Wage revision from 01.01.2017 – Be prepared for struggle to get justice.

The 3rd PRC has already submitted it’s report to the government. The government in turn, has referred it to the secretaries of the concerned departments. It is reliably learnt that, according to the terms and conditions set by the 3rd PRC, it will be very difficult for BSNL employees to get wage revision. Hence, the entire Non-Executives and Executives have to gear up for struggle, for getting justice in the next wage revision.    

 

[27.02.2017]Four private operators and one government operator will be ideal – says J.S. Deepak, Secretary, DoT.

Due to the entry of Reliance Jio, mergers of private telecom companies have started taking place. Vodafone is set to merger with Idea Cellular. Telenor is being taken over by Airtel. Already the process for merger of Reliance Communications (Anil Ambani’s) and Aircel has started. Now, indications are there, for the merger of Tata Teleservices and MTS with Reliance Communications. Under these circumstances, J.S. Deepak, Secretary, DoT, has told the PTI that four private operators and one government operator will be ideal for the Indian Telecommunications sector.

 

[27.02.2017]Notification issued to the Secretary, DoT, for holding March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM Office.

On behalf of the unions and associations of BSNL, notice was issued today to the Secretary, DoT, for conducting March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017, on the following issues.

 

(a) Opposing Niti Aayog's recommendation on disinvestment / strategic sale of BSNL.

      (As is evident from PMO ID No.4542267/PMO/2016-ES.I dated 30th December, 2016.)

 

(b) Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

 

(c) Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

 

(d) Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio.

 

CHQ calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to immediately take steps in coordination with the other unions and associations, for conducting the programme massively throughout the country. Banners and placards should be prepared well in advance, for prominently displaying in the rallies, to attract the attention of the general public, on the above mentioned four important issues.<<view letter>>

 

Start the preparations immediately.

 Conduct the programme massively.

 

[27.02.2017]Posting of adequate Non-Executives to CGM Office at Vijayawada – Corporate Office issue revised guideline within a day or two.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana started functioning as separate circles from 01.10.2016. However, still adequate Non-Executives are not posted to CGM Office, Andhra Pradesh at Vijayawada. The Corporate Office issued a letter on 13.02.2017, with regards to posting of Executives and Non-Executives to CGM Office at Vijayawada which is totally inconsistent with the orders on bifurcation. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today and demanded strict implementation of the existing rules on bifurcation, with regards to Non-Executives employees. He also met shri D. Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.) who assured to issue revised guidelines within a day or two.  

 

[27.02.2017]BSNLEU demands immediate finalisation of the date for National Council meeting.

The date for the 35th National Council meeting is yet to be finalised by the Corporate Office. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today and strongly insisted that the National Council meeting should be conducted in the second week of March, 2017. The GM (SR) assured to finalise the date without further delay.

 

[25.02.2017]Delay in the Document Verification of the selected DR JE candidates.

Our leaders from various circles are contacting the CHQ, and are complaining that the process of Document Verification for the selected DR JEs, has not started in their circles. The matter has already been taken to the notice of the GM (Rectt.) of BSNL Corporate Office. In this regard, CHQ wishes to inform that as per the schedule of the DR JE Recruitment, 15th March, 2017 is the last date for Document Verification. Comrades need not get tensed, since sufficient time is there. BSNLEU has already demanded that this time limit should be extended beyond 15th March, if the process of Document Verification is not completed within that date. The Corporate Office has responded positively for this.

 

[25.02.2017]“Get out of my country”.

 

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer from Hyderabad, has been shot dead in Kansas, United States, by an American. Adam Purinton, the 51 year old ex US navy man, shouted “Get out of my country”, while shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla. American’s think that foreign professionals, including Indians, are the reason behind the rising unemployment in that country. Similar incidents are taking place in many developed countries, including in Europe and Australia. We share the grief of the family of Srinivas. At the same time, we wish to say that all these incidents only prove that capitalism is unable to tackle the menace of unemployment. While wealth is getting concentrated in the hands of a few, millions and millions of people continue to suffer due to unemployment and poverty.

 

[25.02.2017]More views of the massive march to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers held on 22.02.2017.<<<view images>>>

 

[24.02.2017]Com. S. Pratapkumar, AGS, bereaved – BSNLEU offers heartfelt condolences.

Shri Sreedharan, father of com. S. Pratapkumar, AGS, passed away today morning at Thiruvananthapuram, at the age of 101. BSNLEU expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to com. S.Pratapkumar, AGS, and his family members.

 

[23.02.2017]Inordinate delay in the Document Verification of DR JE candidates of Assam and NE II circles-  BSNLEU drew the attention of the GM(Rectt.)

BSNLEU  has received complaints that, the process of Document Verification,  in respect of the DR JEs selected for Assam and NE II circles, is getting extremely delayed. Many selected candidates, especially for Assam circle, have not so far received the letter for Document Verification. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,  met Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.) today and drew her attention to this delay. The GM(Rectt.) stated that the letters are being sent by speed post, and that the same would be received within one or two days. The General Secretary requested that the last date for completion of Document Verification should be extended if necessary, especially in the case of Assam candidates.  The GM(Rectt.)  replied that the same would be considered.

 

[23.02.2017]Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU and their mobile number.<<<click here>>>

 

[23.02.2017]Meeting of the Uniforms Committee held.

A meeting of the Committee, formed to revise the rates uniform, etc. was held today. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, attended it. Preliminary discussions were held with regards to the revision of rates. Staff Side informed that next round of discussion could be held after taking inputs from field units.

 

[23.02.2017]Meeting with CMD on 22.02.2017, by General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE and SNEA.

The unions and associations have called upon the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour extra, from 10.02.2017 to 31.03.2017. It is observed that in most of the circles, the CGMs and SSA heads have not taken any action, to utilise this call. Hence, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, CS, NFTE and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL yesterday and requested that the Corporate Office should fix targets for each and every circle, to increase the revenue and connections. The CMD BSNL assured that appropriate instructions would be given to the circles. Com. Prahlad Rai could not participate in the meeting, since he was out of Delhi. In the discussion, CMD BSNL told the 10% revenue of BSNL has decreased during October to December, 2016, due to demonetisation and Reliance Jio entry. Hence, it is very essential to take emergency steps to increase revenue collections by 31st March, 2017, when the financial year ends. 

 

[23.02.2017]Additional nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council, from BSNLEU.

BSNLEU is having 9 seats in the National Council. BSNLEU nominated 5 of it’s members to the National Council and kept 4 seats for alliance partners. BSNLEU is taking efforts to bring the case lying pending in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, on account of which non-members could not be nominated to the council. Since NFTE has not sent it’s nominations till recently, the Management was also not inclined to hold the National Council meeting with only 5 members out of the total strength of 14 members. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU decided to temporarily fill up the seats kept vacant for the alliance partners. In the meanwhile, it was brought to our notice that com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, has become paid member of BSNLEU. Hence, the following four comrades have now been nominated to the National Council by BSNLEU. 

 

(1)    Com. Prakash Sharma, CS, Madhya Pradesh.

(2)    Com. D.K. Bakutra, CS, Gujarat.

(3)    Com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA.

(4)    Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, CS, UP (West).

 

[23.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on procedure for maintaining waiting list for transfer under Rule-8.<<<view letter>>>

 

[23.02.2017]One hour extra work - Nagercoil SSA in Tamil Nadu circle sets example.

The unions and associations of BSNL have decided to call upon the employees to work one hour extra. However, in most of the places, the Management has not discussed this with the unions and associations at the circle/ SSA levels, to chalk out concrete steps. In this situation, a meeting has been held between the Management and the unions & associations of Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu circle, and concrete steps have been decided, to utilise the one hour extra work. CHQ heartily congratulates the unions and associations, as well as the Management of Nagercoil, for setting an example for the whole country. We reproduce hereunder, the minutes of the meeting held at Nagercoil. We request all other circles and SSAs also to follow this example.<<<view minutes>>>

 

[23.02.2017]Meeting of the Designations Committee held yesterday.

A meeting of the Designations Committee was held yesterday, to finalise the new designations of the left out comrades. BSNLEU was represented by com.P. Abhimanyu,GS, com.Balbir Singh, President and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS in that meeting. The Management Side presented the proposals of it's Internal Committee, on change of designations of various cadres. The Staff Side said that they needed time to go through the proposals. After discussion, it was decided that the next meeting will take place on 24-03-2017.

 

[23.02.2017]Massive March to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers.

As per the call of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, a March to the Parliament was held yesterday. It was a massive really. Workers and regular employees have come from almost all circles. BSNLEU had also given call that regular employees should also join the rally. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice-president, CITU, inaugurated the rally at the Eastern Court. At end of the rally, a huge meeting was conducted, at Jantar Mantar, which was presided over by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri. The meeting was addressed by com.Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of the CITU, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, com.Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF and many other leaders. A delegation consisting of com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, com.P.Abhimanyu,  com.Animesh Mitra and com. Tapas Ghosh submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all those who participated in the rally.

 

[23.02.2017]Srinagar Valley Allowance extended for another 2 years from 01-01-2016.

Corporate Office has issued letter, for extending the Srinagar Valley Allowance for another 2 years, w.e.f 01-01-2016. The Allowance will be paid at 12.5℅, subject to a maximum of Rs.850/-.<<< view letter >>>

[23.02.2017]AIBDPA's 2 day CEC meeting starting at Mysuru today - BSNLEU wishes the meeting all success.
The All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) is holding it's 2 day CEC meeting at Mysuru, Karnataka. The meeting starts today. General Secretary, BSNLEU, could not attend this CEC meeting, since he has to attend an important meeting of the "Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions" at New Delhi today.  Hence, the General Secretary has sent the following message to the General Secretary of AIBDPA. BSNLEU wishes the CEC meeting of AIBDPA all success.<<<view message>>>

[23.02.2017]Secretary, DoT, to give a presentation to the Prime Minister, on "Service with a Smile" - It is a matter of pride for all of us.

The Forum of BSNL unions and associations decided to launch the movement, "Service With A Smile" from 1st January, 2016. The BSNL Management also joined this movement and it became a combined movement of all the unions & associations, and the Management. As a result of the SWAS, BSNL is witnessing speedy revival. Further, many organisations, like the railways also have adopted the SWAS concept. It was told by the CMD BSNL, in the meeting held yesterday, that the Secretary, DoT, is going to give a presentation to the Prime Minister, about the SWAS programme launched in BSNL. Certainly, this is a matter of pride for all the unions and associations, who are participating in the SWAS programme. The trade union movement of BSNL has set an example for the entire country. The SWAS movement is not a one year programme, but it is a continuous programme. Hence, CHQ fervently appeals to the circle and district unions to further intensify this programme, in coordination with all the unions and associations.

 

[22.02.2017]DR JE recruitment - latest position.

Document Verification of the qualified candidates has already started in all circles. Stay was not granted in the case filed in the Jaipur Bench of the Hon'ble CAT. Similarly, hearing took place in the Principle Bench of the CAT at New Delhi today, wherein also no stay was granted. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met Ms.Anima Roy,GM(Rect.) today, and discussed about the status of the Document Verification process. She confirmed that Document Verification has already started in all circles. Some candidates brought to our notice, saying that DV has not started in Tamil Nadu circle. The GM(Rect.) spoke to the GM(HR) Tamil Nadu circle, and confirmed that DV process has already started in Tamil Nadu circle also.

 

[22.02.2017]View of the rally (March to Parliament) of the casual contact workers taking place at New Delhi today.

 

[22.02.2017]Com.A.K.Padmanabhan inaugurating BSNL contract workers March to Parliament at Eastern Court today.

 

[21.02.2017]Additional items submitted by the Staff Side for the 35th meeting of the National Council.<<<view items>>

 

[21.02.2017]Tata Teleservices may merge with Reliance Communications.

Media reports say that Tata Teleservices has initiated talks with Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications. The entry of Reliance Jio has created a crisis for other telecom companies. Hence, companies are trying for merger with one another, to face the ongoing fierce competition. Vodafone has already initiated talks with Idea for merger. Reliance Communications initiated steps to merge with Aircel. In the present case, a mega merger of Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel and MTS is in the offing.

 

[21.02.2017]March to Parliament tomorrow, by BSNL casual and contract workers.

BSNL casual and contract workers, under the banner of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF), are conducting a March to Parliament tomorrow. Regularisation of the casual and contract workers, equal pay for equal work, implementation of Corporate Office orders on Minimum Wage, EPF & ESI, stopping & settlement of victimisations, etc. BSNLEU has called upon the regular employees, especially from the nearby circles, to express our solidarity with the casual and contract workers.

 

[20.02.2017]Good response from circles, in submitting items for discussion in the National Council.

CHQ requested circles and CHQ office bearers, to submit items for discussion in the National Council. Very good response has come. Not all items deserve to be taken up at the National Council level. Still, CHQ appreciates the interest and spirit shown by many circle unions and CHQ office bearers, in submitting the items. CHQ has already submitted the items for discussion, and will be submitting additional items tomorrow. Considering the number of items and their importance, BSNLEU has demanded that one more session of the National Council should be conducted immediately, if the items could not be discussed in one day.

[20.02.2017]Corporate office letter on payment of DA to Casual Labourers(TSM) to draw their wages in terms of this office letter no.269-11/2009-Pers-IV/LE dated 01.10.2010.<<<view letter>> 

[20.02.2017]Corporate office letter on details of TSMs regularized on or before 01.10.2000 and absorbed in BSNL w.e.f 01.10.2000 and covered under Rule-37A of CCS(Pension).<<<view letter>>

[20.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on engagement details of Casual Labourers who have retired, left organisation and expired during the period from 01.10.2000 to till date.<<<view letter>>

 

[20.02.2017]Corporate Office notification on meeting of the Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres.<<<click here>>

 

[18.02.2017]Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists.

To promote tourism in India and to encourage e-visa, Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists with e-visa. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma launched this scheme on Wednesday to help foreign tourists to communicate in India. On arriving in India, foreign tourists will get free BSNL SIM cards from the government, which would be loaded with Rs 50 talk time and 50 MB data. 

 

[18.02.2017]The impressive Gujarat circle conference of BSNLEU started at Vadtal, near Anand. 

The 2 day circle conference of BSNLEU, Gujarat, started at Vadtal, near Anand today. Com. Deepak Trivedi, circle president is presiding. An impressive Open Session was held in the morning. Com. T. V. Gelani, CS, welcomed everyone. The Open Session was addressed by shri Devu Sinh Chauhan, MP, Kheda, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, shri Pradeep Kumar Hota, CGM, Gujarat, com. M. K. Dave, AGS, shri Anil Kumar Kothari, GM(Admn.) CGM office and shri Siddharth Sahu, GM, Nadiad. In the meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, placed certain issues before shri Devu Sinh Chauhan, MP,  with regards to the revival of BSNL. The GS explained about the efforts taken by the BSNL employees, for the revival of BSNL, like Customer Delight Movement, Service With A Smile, and also about the latest decision of offering one hour extra work. He explained about the demand of the unions and associations of BSNL that the government should allot 4G spectrum, free of cost to BSNL. The MP assured that needful action would be taken. The General Secretary also explained at length about the decisions of the recently held All India Conference of BSNLEU. In the post lunch session, report on activities was placed by the circle secretary,  on which deliberations are taking place.<<<Views of the conference>>>

 

[18.02.2017]National Council meeting is to be held tentatively on 7th March, 2 017.

Due to the delay in submitting nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council, there is inordinate delay in convening the 35th meeting of the National Council. Now, the National Council is slated to take place tentatively on 7th March, 2017. BSNLEU has already submitted it's items for discussion.

 

[17.02.2017]Enthusiastic circle conference of BSNLEU, Mumbai Telecom Factory.

The circle conference of Mumbai Telecom Factory is held today. Com.S.A.Tendulkar, circle president, presided over. Com. S.D.Chowdary, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. A large number of factory workers and officers attended the open session. It was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.N.K.Nalawade,VP(CHQ), and shri A.M.Bodale,CGM,TF,Mumbai. In his address, the General Secretary elaborately spoke about the issues related to the revival of BSNL, anti-BSNL Policies of the government, decisions of the unions and associations to work one hour extra, specific issues related to the factories and it's workers, etc. After the open session, the GS, accompanied by com.N.K.Nalawade,VP(CHQ), com.S.D.Chowdary,CS and other office bearers, visited the various shops of the factory, and had interaction with the workers about their floor level problems. After lunch, the delegates session of the conference started.<<<Views of the conference>>>

[16.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on sanction of Welfare Fund to various circles.<<<click here>>

[16.02.2017]CHQ circular no.2 dated 16th February, 2017.<<<view circular>>

[16.02.2017]Items given by BSNLEU for the 35th meeting of the National Council.<<view items>> 

[16.02.2017]Corporate Office issues corrigendum in respect of declared result dated 1st Feb 2017 for Direct recruitment of Junior Engineers (Erstwhile TTA) in BSNL for the year 2015 from open market.<<forwarding letter>> <<annexure>>

[15.02.2017]ISRO launches a record 104 satellites into orbit.

The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched it’s PSLV rocket today, carrying a record 104 satellites and successfully placing them all into their orbits. This is a world record. Before this, Russia has launched 37 satellites in a single rocket. We heartily congratulate the entire scientists and technocrats for this spectacular achievement. This feat of the ISRO only demonstrates the scientific and technological capabilities of our country. However, the question is, why India continues to be a poor and a backward country?  

 

 

 

[15.02.2017]Meetings of the Medical and Uniforms committees to be held on 23.02.2017.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ) met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), yesterday and urged upon him to conduct the meetings of the Medical Committee and the Uniforms Committee without further delay. Consequent to this, the meetings of both the Medical Committee and the Uniforms Committee are scheduled to be held on 23.02.2017. 

 

[15.02.2017]Meeting with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ) met the Director (HR), yesterday and discussed the following issues. 

 

(a)  DR JE recruitment.

The Union representatives demanded that the Management should take serious efforts to vacate the stay imposed on the DR JE recruitment, by the Jaipur Bench of the Hon’ble CAT. They also urged upon the Director (HR) to increase the DR JE posts to a sufficient extent, so that the candidates whose names are deleted in the second list, and also the candidates who have secured above cut off level marks, could be accommodated. The Director (HR) assured to look into these issues. 

 

(b) Implementation of DoP&T order on recovery of over payment.

Based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the DoP&T has already issued order that, over payment wrongly made to the Group C & D employees, should not be recovered. BSNL has not implemented this order, on the plea that the DoP&T letter was not endorsed by the DoT. However, the DDG (Estt.), DoT, in a meeting with com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has informed that endorsement of the DoP&T letter, by the DoT, is not necessary, and that BSNL itself can very well implement the DoP&T order. The Union representatives expressed their unhappiness on BSNL’s dilly dallying on this issue and urged upon the Director (HR) to take immediate steps for the implementation of the DoP&T order. The Director (HR) assured to look into the matter.  

 

(c)  Inordinate delay in constituting the Joint Wage Negotiation Committee.

The Union representatives pointed out that the Management is unnecessarily delaying formation of the Joint Wage Negotiation Committee. They demanded that the truncated wage revision committee, that has already been constituted by the Corporate Office, should be modified, by giving representation to the Recognised Unions. The Director (HR) assured to take necessary steps in this regard.

 

[14.02.2017]Meeting with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission on GPF payment issue.

Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri Prahalad Singh, Member (Finance), Telecom Commission today and discussed about the problems being faced by the BSNL Employees in getting GPF advance on time. At present, BSNL is paying GPF advance to employees, and is claiming the amount back from the DoT. In this arrangement, employees are suffering, since BSNL is not having money to pay GPF advance on time. To settle this problem, BSNLEU has already written to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, suggesting that every month DoT should give advance amount to BSNL, for payment of GPF advance to the employees, and that after payment, BSNL can settle the account with the DoT. This suggestion was discussed with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission today. He responded very positively and appreciated the suggestion given by BSNLEU. The Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, also told that the issue would be discussed with the DoT and BSNL officers. After this meeting, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri Yashwant Narain Singh, GM (T&BFCI) and requested him coordinate with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, so that early decision could be taken on the proposal given by BSNLEU.

 

[13.02.2017]One hour extra work – circle and district unions are requested to take serious steps for effective implementation.

The unions and associations have already taken decision to call upon the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour extra every day. Even though, many circle unions have appreciated this decision, so far CHQ has not received any feedback, regarding the implementation of this decision. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held today, discussed this issue and has called upon all the circle and district secretaries to implement this decision with all seriousness, in coordination with other unions and associations. CHQ also requests the circle and district secretaries to send a feedback to the CHQ, through SMS. 

 

[13.02.2017]The Reliance Jio impact - Idea cellular goes into loss.

Idea cellular, the 3rd biggest telecom company in the country, has gone into loss. For the quarter ended December 31st, 2016 (for the period from October to December, 2016), Idea cellular has posted a net loss of Rs.385.6 crore. The revenue of the company has also gone down by 3.79% during this period. During the same period in 2015 (October to December, 2015), Idea cellular has earned a net profit of Rs.655.6 crore. 

 

[13.02.2017]The Reliance Jio impact - Reliance Communications goes into loss.

The Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications has posted a net loss of Rs.531 crore in the quarter ended December, 2016 (for the period from October to December, 2016). The revenue of the company has gone down by 7% during this period. During the same period in 2015 (October to December, 2015), the company has earned a net profit of Rs.171 crore. 

 

[13.02.2017]The Reliance Jio impact - Vodafone to merge with Idea cellular.

Having seriously impacted by the competition from Reliance Jio, Vodafone, the Britain based multinational company, has started talks with Idea cellular for a merger. Aditiya Birla Group, that owns Idea cellular, has told that talks were going on for the merger of Vodafone and Idea cellular. If this merger takes place, the new company will become largest mobile company in India, with 39 crore customers. At present, Airtel is the biggest company with 26.6 crore customers. 

 

[13.02.2017]Director HR’s message on the decision for working one hour extra.

On behalf of the BSNL Management, Ms. Sujata T. Ray the Director (HR), has given a message, welcoming the decision of the unions and associations, to work an extra one hour every day. She has stated that this decision, on such a mega scale, has no parallel anywhere else. <<view message>> 

 

[13.02.2017]Document verification in DR JE recruitment stayed till 27th February, by the Hon’ble Jaipur CAT.

It is regretted to inform that the CAT, Jaipur has stayed the 'Document Verification', in the DR JE recruitment, till 27th February. Details of the order are awaited. Earlier in the day, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed with the GM(Rectt.) and asked  why letters for document verification are not sent. The GM(Rectt.) replied that there was no change in the schedule already announced by the Corporate Office, and that she would look into the delay. Meanwhile, the Jaipur CAT order has come. BSNLEU will do it's best to remove the deadlock.

 

[13.02.2017]Media report on BSNLEU’s Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE-1 and NE-II at Jorhat, Assam.<<view report>>

 

[11.02.2017]Submission of items for discussion in the National Council.

The meeting of the National Council is to be conducted shortly. Management has requested us to submit the items for discussion. Hence, all the circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to send items if any, with the relevant details, for taking up in the National Council.

 

[11.02.2017]Assam, NE-I and NE-II circles conduct delegates session.

The 7th joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II circles started yesterday at Jorhat. The joint inaugural session and open session were held yesterday. Today, all the three circles conducted their delegates sessions separately. Reports on activities and audited accounts were placed before the delegates and discussions started. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, attended the delegates sessions of all the three circles separately, and addressed. He gave a detailed account of the issues of the Non-Executives, taken up by the CHQ during this period, and explained about their settlement, as well as about the latest position. The GS also explained to the employees, about the decisions of the all unions and associations to work one hour extra, and to conduct march to Rajbhawan / collectorate on 9th March, 2017.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[11.02.2017]BSNL signed MOU with Canara Bank for extension of loans to employees

The MOU signed between BSNL and Canara Bank expired on 31-12-2017. BSNLEU took up the matter with the Corporate Office, and pressed for early signing of MOU, so that employees could get various loans, without any hassle. Corporate Office has taken prompt action on this and an MOU is signed with the Canara Bank on 08-02-2017<<click here>>

 

[10.02.2017]Joint circle conference of Assam,NEI and NEII started jubilantly at Jorhat.

The 7th joint circle conference of Assam, NEI and NEII circles started jubilantly at Jorhat today. The National Flag was hoisted by com.N.C.Chetia,Chairman Reception Committee and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. The inaugural session was presided over by a presidium consisting of com.Swapan Chakraborty(NEI) com.R.C.Dawka(Assam) and com.Prafullah Singh(NE II). The session was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and other members of the presidium, com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer(CHQ), com.M.R.Das,ACS, AIBDPA, com.Bijoy Deka,CS, Assam, com.Sivji Ray,CS,NE I and com.Saheb Singh, CS, NE II. An open session was held in the afternoon, which was addressed by com.N.C. Chetia, Chairman, Reception Committee, shri M.K.Seth, CGM, Assam, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.S.N.Sarma,CS,AIBDPA and other leaders. After that the subjects committee of the three circle unions started separately.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[10.02.2017]Make the March to Parliament by casual & contract workers a success.

The All India Conference of BSNLEU, recently held at Chennai, has decided that the "March to Parliament" by the casual and contract workers, to be held on 22-02-2017, should be made a success. CHQ has already written to the BSNLEU circle unions nearer to Delhi, to mobilise the maximum number of regular employees from their circles, and make the Parliament March a grand success. Once again the CHQ requests those circle unions to mobilise the maximum number of regular employees for the programme.

 

[09.02.2017]The 3 day joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II taking place at Jorhat.

The 3 day joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II is starting at Jorhat, Assam, tomorrow. These three North Eastern circles, still maintain the tradition of conducting a joint circle conference. All these 3 circles are the bastions of BSNLEU, and stand in the forefront of all the struggles. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS (who is also the circle president of NE-I) are participating in this Conference.

 

[09.02.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR), demanding immediate implementation of the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, on recovery of excess payments.
The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, has ordered that recovery of payments, mistakenly made by the employer, in excess of their entitlement, should not be recovered. The government, vide DoP&T  letter cited under reference, has implemented the judgement. However, BSNL has not implemented this order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, on the plea that the DoP&T letter has not been endorsed to it, by the DoT. On the other hand the DoT has told our Union that the BSNL, on it's own, can implement the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding immediate implementation of the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court.<<< view letter>>>

 

[09.02.2017]BSNL's Rs.1,000 crore  contract awarded to L&T and others to provide 35,000 Wi Fi hotspots.

According to media reports, BSNL has awarded a Rs.1,000 crore contract, to a group of companies, including L&T, for providing 35,000 Wi Fi hotspots. Elitecore, UTStarcom and Cisco are the other companies.  BSNL expects to operationalise all these hotspots by March,2018. BSNL will be offering data services through these hotpots, at a faster speed than 4G technology. As per reports, the installation is expected to start this month, and the equipments for this have already been procured.

 

[09.02.2017]Achievement of mobile target in the month of January,2017.

There were some errors in the website updating made yesterday, with regards to the mobile targets achieved in the month of January 2017. The updating stands corrected and the error is regretted.

 

[08.02.2017]Hearty congrats to all !  BSNL once again achieves the target of adding more than 20 lakh mobile customers a month. 
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire staff and the Management of BSNL, for once again achieving the target of adding more than 20 lakh mobile customers in a single month. In January 2017, BSNL has added 20, 63,287 new mobile customers. UP(East) circle has come first by adding 2,31,220 customers and Rajasthan circle has come second by adding 1,83,739 customers. Andhra Pradesh circle has come third by adding 1,77,294 customers. BSNLEU heartily congratulates these circles, and also all other circles which have achieved their targets. 

 

It is worth mentioning that BSNL is able to make this achievement, even at a time when serious challenges are posed by Reliance Jio. It is sure that the new tariffs introduced by BSNL, offering unlimited voice calls, and also 1 GB data for RS. 36, etc., have played a big role in this achievement. All unions and associations have called on the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour extra, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. We should make it a point that campaigns like melas, roadshows, etc., should be launched aggressively during this period, so as to give the widest publicity to our new tariffs.  This will help us in a big way to increase our company's revenue as well as customers.

 

[08.02.2017]Kolkata Telephones circle conducted an impressive SWAS rally.

The Kolkata Telephones circle management and the Forum of Unions & Associations jointly conducted an impressive rally at Kolkata today, as a part of the ongoing SWAS programme. Shri S P Tripathi, CGM, com. Saibal Sengupta, convener of forum & CS BSNLEU, com.Sekhar Majumder,CS NFTE, com.Dilip Saha, CS SNEA, com.Subhasish Mitra, ACS AIBSNEA, com.Saikat Das, CS AIGETOA,  other union leaders and other top officers of Kolkata Telephones, participated in the rally. Almost five hundred employees joined the rally. They carried banners and placards in their hands, publicising the attractive plans launched by BSNL. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Forum of Kolkata Telephones, for organising this impressive rally.<<views of the rally>>

 

[08.02.2017]Reliance Jio is killing competition -  Airtel complains to the Competition Commission of India.
Reliance Jio continues to offer free voice calls and data, even after completion of the 90 day period, stipulated for Promotional Offers. Still, the complaint raised by Airtel, with the TRAI in this connection, is rejected. Now, Airtel has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission of India(CCI), saying that Reliance Jio is killing competition. Airtel has stated that no other telecom company in India or abroad, is offering services free of cost, or any free unlimited voice calling. Reliance Jio is doing it, and it's goal is to eliminate competition, stated Airtel in the complaint. It has also stated that once Reliance Jio gets higher market share, then it will increase the tariff. Let us wait and see, what the CCI is going to do.

 

[07.02.2017]Volunteers of the 8th All India Conference felicitated at Chennai. 

Tamil Nadu circle union conducted an extended circle executive committee meeting at Chennai today. Com. Chellappa, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and placed the report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the decisions of the 8th All India Conference, held at Chennai. The meeting took decisions to effectively organise the "Extra One Hour Work" programme and the "March to Raj Bhawan / District Collectorate" programme. It also decided to hold the circle conference at Erode, in April, 2017. Finally, felicitation was held for the volunteers who worked in the 8th All India Conference. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Chellappa, AGS and CP, com. P. Indira, Convener, Working Women's Coordination Committee and com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS felicitated the dedicated services rendered by the volunteers in the AIC. Thereafter, district wise volunteers were called to the dias, and were honoured by the General Secretary with mementos. The meeting came to an end, with com. Chandrasekaran proposing vote of thanks.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[07.02.2017]Organise March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017:-

As has already been informed, the meeting of the unions and associations of BSNL, held on 06-02-2017, has decided to organise March to Raj Bhawan / District collctorate / DM Office, on 09-03-2017. It means, rallies should be conducted at all circle and district headquarters on 09-03-2017. This programme will help us in a big way, to propagate among the public, the conspiracies being hatched by the government and the Niti Ayog, to weaken / kill BSNL. The following 4 issues should be highlighted in this programme. All circle and district secretaries are requested to coordinate with the other unions and associations, to successfully conduct this programme. 

Issues to be highlighted:-

a)      Opposing PMO letter on implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the strategic

       sale /privatisation of BSNL.

b)      Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

c)       Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

d)      Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio.

 

[07.02.2017]Why we should work one hour extra?

The unions and associations of BSNL have called on the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL to work for one hour extra, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. Why should we work one hour extra? The unions and associations have already taken many steps, for the financial revival of BSNL. A very good improvement has already come, as a result of this. However, certain developments, like the entry of Reliance Jio, and also demonetisation, have greatly affected the revival process. Especially, the open support being extended to Reliance Jio, by the government and the TRAI, have created very big problems for BSNL. 

 

Under these circumstances, it has become very emergent for the employees, to take every possible step to increase the revenue and productivity of the Company, before the financial year ends on 31st March, 2017. The new tariffs recently introduced by BSNL, for voice calls and data, should be given a very big publicity among the people. This will help BSNL in a big way to face the challenge from Reliance Jio. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, to take all possible steps, in coordination with all other unions and associations, to implement the decision to work one hour extra.

 

[07.02.2017]Letter to CMD BSNL, on behalf of unions and associations, regarding one hour extra work.

Letter is written to the CMD BSNL, on behalf of the unions and associations, intimating the decision taken in yesterday's meeting, to work for extra one hour, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017, for increasing the productivity of the Company. The CMD BSNL is also requested to send necessary intimation to all the circle and SSA heads, for extending cooperation, as well as for arranging for necessary stores and materials.<<<view letter>>>

 

[06.02.2017]Decisions of the all union / association meeting, held today.

All union/association meeting held today. Com.Chandeswar Singh presided. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU explained about the issues to be discussed. The following comrades participated. Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.N.L.Sharma, AGS, AIBSNLEA, com.T.C.Jain, FS, AIBSNLEA, com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, com. O.P.Sharma, VP, BTEU, com.Sureshkumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.Rashid Khan, AGS, TEPU and com.Hari Singh, SG, BTU.  

 

Following decisions are taken:-

 

1)   With a view to boost the performance of the Company before the financial year ends,  all Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL are requested to work one hour extra, daily from 10th February to 31st March, 2017, for intensifying marketing and for improving quality of services.

 

2)     To conduct March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017:- 

 

(a)    Opposing PMO letter on implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the strategic sale /privatisation of BSNL.

(b)    Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

(c)     Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

(d)    Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio. 

 

[06.02.2017]Posting of adequate staff in the CGM Office, Vijayawada.

The CGM Office at Vijayawada, the Head Quarters of the newly formed Andhra Pradesh circle, is not provided with adequate manpower. Work is suffering due to acute shortage of staff. The issue was discussed with shri D. Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ. The PGM (Pers.) replied that approval is being given by the Corporate Office, for the proposals given by the CGM, AP circle. 

 

[06.02.2017]Meeting with the Director (HR), on recruitment of DR JEs.

BSNL Corporate Office has recently released the list of 2,700 newly recruited DR JEs. The process was much delayed due to the intervention of the DoT. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ, met ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today, and thanked the Management for successfully overcoming the road-blocks. However, the union representatives pointed out that, still some candidates remain aggrieved, and demanded the Director (HR) to consider approving of additional posts to overcome this problem. The Director (HR) requested the representatives to discuss the issue with the GM (Rectt.). As per the GM (Rectt.), creation of additional posts has to be decided only by the Management. The matter could not be discussed with the CMD BSNL, since he is out of Delhi today. Further discussion in this regard will take place. 

 

[06.02.2017]Representation to the Recognised Unions in the Trust for Pension Fund.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ, met the Director (HR), the Company Secretary and the GM (SR) and lodged their strong protest, for not providing representation to the Recognised Unions, in the recently formed Trust of the Pension Fund. The representatives pointed out that a large number of Non-Executives are directly recruited employees, and non-provision of representation to the Recognised Unions of Non-Executives is not acceptable.  The issue will be further discussed with the CMD BSNL.

 

[04.02.2017]Telecom subscriber base in India, crossed 1.12 billion (112 crore) in November 2016.

The total number of telecom subscribers in India, has reached 1.12 billion (112 crore) in November,2016. Reliance Jio alone added over 1.62 crore connections in November, taking its total subscriber base to 5.18 crore. Idea Cellular followed Reliance Jio with net addition of 25.2 lakh new customers. Bharti Airtel added 10.8 lakh customers, Vodafone 8.90 lakh subscribers, BSNL 8.31 lakh, Telenor 4. 86 lakh,. Aircel 3.02 lakh, Reliance Communications 1.56 lakh and MTNL 3,364.

 

[04.02.2017]BSNL to offer 1 GB data at Rs.36.

 

To counter the competition from Reliance Jio, BSNL today reduced 3G mobile internet rates by about three-fourths, bringing down the cost of per GB data to as low as Rs 36 under a special pack.

 

[04.02.2017]Supreme Court says it will order auctioning of Aircel’s spectrum.

 

T. Anandakrishnan, owner of the Malayasian Company, Maxis, continues to dodge from appearing in a corruption case going on in the Supreme Court. Annoyed by this, the chief justice of India, J.S, Khehar said yesterday that, the Supreme Court would order auctioning of the spectrum being held by Aircel. Presently, Aircel is being owned by the Malayasian Company, Maxis. Aircel is getting merged with Reliance Communications.

 

[03.02.2017]Corporate Office approved off-net call facility in Rs.200/- SIM.

The off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) that has been extended on an experimental basis, lapsed months ago. BSNLEU has consistently been urging the Management to re-introduce the off-net call facility. The Corporate Office has been delaying taking a decision, under the pretext of getting inputs from circles. However, due to the consistent pressure exerted by BSNLEU, finally the Corporate Office has issued order today, extending off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) in Rs.200/- SIM.<<view order>>

 

[03.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer (erstwhile TTA) in BSNL for the year 2015 from the open market – Declaration of result.<<Forwarding letter>> <<result sheet>>

 

[03.02.2017]BSNL declares reviewed results of JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016.

As has already been informed, BSNLEU has been insisting the Management to expeditiously complete the review of the results of the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016. After much delay, the review results are declared today. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the successful candidates.<<Forwarding letter>> <<result sheet-1>> <<result sheet-2>>

 

[03.02.2017]Maran brothers discharged from the Aircel Maxis case.

Former Minister of Communications, Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and others are discharged yesterday, by the CBI court, in the Aircel Maxis case. Dayanidhi Maran was the Communications Minister from 2004 to 2007. Aircel promoter C. Sivasankaran made a complaint to the CBI that, during the above period, he was coerced by Dayanidhi Maran to sell his stakes in Aircel,  to the Malaysian company Maxis, owned by T. Ananda Krishnan. In consideration for this, Rs. 742 crore was paid to Dayanidhi Maran, by two Mauritius based companies, accused the Enforcement Directorate(ED). However, the CBI court has held that there is no prima facie evidence against the accused persons. The ED has said that it would appeal against the order of the CBI trial court. Advocate Prashant Bushan has stated that, the discharge by the CBI court, without even a trial, in a case which has strong evidence, is absurd.

[ Source : The Hindu dated 03-02-2017]

 

[03.02.2017]TRAI gives clean chit to Reliance Jio’s tariff offers.

Mukesh Ambani,  the richest Indian, is using his financial muscle to finish off all other telecom companies,  including BSNL, so that he can loot the people with high tariffs, after all other telecom companies are killed. The free voice calls and data being offered by Reliance Jio, is nothing but 'predatory tariff'. First, Reliance Jio offered a promotional offer, as 'welcome offer'. However, this promotional offer can be only for a period of 90 days from 5th November. But, once again Reliance Jio implemented another offer as 'Happy new year offer', which is valid till 31st March, 2017. The Happy New year offer is nothing but the extension of the Welcome Offer, but in a different name. This is a clear violation of norms. However, the TRAI, which is supposed to guard against predatory tariffs, has said that the Happy New year offer is not the extension of the welcome offer. This decision only shows the influence that Reliance Jio is having over the government and over the Regulator.

 

[03.02.2017]Modi government plans to raise Rs. 72,500 crore, through disinvestments.

The Modi government has targeted to raise Rs. 72,500 crore through disinvestments in Public Sector companies, in the next financial year. This is almost double the target of the current financial year, fixed at Rs. 45,500 crore. This means severe attack is going to be launched on the public sector companies, including BSNL.  Already, the government has taken decision to raise Rs. 11,000 crore by way of disinvestments in general insurance companies. The working class has to unitedly stop this onslaught.

 

[02.02.2017]Leading Kannada film hero, Shivraj Kumar, becomes BSNL mobile customer.

Leading Kannada film hero, Shivraj Kumar, the son of legendary Kannada actor, Dr.Rajkumar, has become BSNL's post paid mobile customer today. The marketing to get this 'star customer' was done by the leading BSNLEU comrades of CGM office, Karnataka, com.P.Girish, district secretary, CGM Office and com.R.K.Rao, superintendent, CGM office. CHQ heartily congratulates both these comrades for their good work. This is an example that others should also emulate.

 

[02.02.2017]JAO LICE review results to be declared shortly.

BSNLEU has been demanding review of the results of the JAO LICE, which was held on 17th July, 2016. Management formed an internal committee for the purpose, and the Committee had also submitted it's report sometime back. BSNLEU has met the Director(HR) and urged for early declaration of the review results. Under these circumstances, it is learnt that the review results may be declared shortly.

 

[02.02.2017]BSNLEU opposes online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE.

The Corporate Office intends to hold online examinations for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE. This has been conveyed by the GM(Rectt.&Tng.). Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Rectt.&Tng.) strongly opposing online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE.<<<view letter>>>

 

[02.02.2017]Labour Law reforms will be implemented soon - says the budget.

The budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has not mentioned any thing about the important demand of the trade unions that, the minimum wage should be increased to Rs. 18,000 per month. 90% of the work force in India are contract workers, whose wages are abysmally low. Increasing their minimum wages to Rs. 18,000 will not only help the workers,  but will also give a boost to the economic growth,  since increase in the wages of a very large section of the workers will certainly increase the demand for goods. However, nothing is mentioned about this in the budget. 

However, it is clearly mentioned in the budget that, the government will move fast, to bring the Labour Law reforms. Indian and multi national corporates have been telling the government that, Indian Labour Laws are very stringent, and have been demanding that these Labour Laws should be diluted in favour of the investors. They say that, these laws are outdated and need to be changed. However, due to the stiff opposition from the Indian working class, the government is not able to implement the so called reforms. Now, it is mentioned in the budget that government will speedily bring the Labour Law reforms. 

 

[02.02.2017]BSNLEU demands renewal of MOU with the Canara Bank.

MOU, signed by BSNL, with the Canara Bank, for extension of various loans to the employees, has expired in December, 2016. BSNLEU has demanded the GM(T&BFCI) to take early steps, for the renewal of the MOU.

 

[01.02.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR), demanding settlement of the transfer problem faced by the TTAs, as well as the JTO promoted TTAs.

BSNLEU has long been taking up settlement of the transfer cases of the TTAs posted in North Eastern circles. Bottle neck is created now, on the TTAs becoming JTOs. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), suggesting a way out, as well as demanding immediate settlement of the transfer cases.<<<view letter>>>

 

[01.02.2017]Declaration of the National Convention of Public Sector Trade Unions, held at Bangalore on 29-01-2017.<<view declaration>>

 

[01.02.2017]BSNLEU demands restructuring of Hindi Translators, both Junior Hindi Translators  and Senior Hindi Translators and to provide them promotional avenue  to Rajbhasa Adhikari post, (AD-OL) at par with Central government depts.

Com Swapan Chakraborty Dy GS and com Jhon Varghes, AGS met shri D.Chakraborty, PGM  (Pers.) and demanded that the restructuring  of Hindi Translators, both Junior Hindi Translators and Senior Hindi Translators  to provide  them promotional avenue to the post of  Rajbhasa Adhikari (AD-OL), which is pending with the BSNL management for a long time . It was demanded that the process should be completed with out further delay. The GM (Pers.) informed that proposal was sent to the DoT, for restructuring of the Rajbhasa Adhikari post, with creation of 175 intermediary post of Asstt Rajbhasa Adhikari in E-1 pay scale, so that Hindi Translators in Non- Executive posts can get promotion through LICE to E-1 scale.100% posts of Asstt. Rajbhasha Adhikari are to be filled up through LICE. The DoT has sent back the proposal to BSNL for certain queries and the EF cell in BSNL is processing the reply of those queries. He further assured that the proposal will be re-submitted to the DoT at the earliest to get it approved by the DoT.  

 

[01.02.2017]CBI court convicts former AGM of Gujarat circle in Disproportionate Assets case.

A special CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted a former senior BSNL official for possession of disproportionate assets (DA) and sentenced him three-year imprisonment besides slapping a fine of Rs 27 lakh. Kiran Premchand Patel, former assistant general manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), in Gujarat's Bhavnagar has been convicted for DA to the tune of 29.84 lakh, which was 148 per cent of his income during the check period of January 1997 to January 2004, CBI officials said here today.

 

[31.01.2017]On Child Adoption Leave, BSNLEU urged the PGM (Estt.) to endorse the DoP&T orders.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on yesterday, the 30.01.2017 and demanded that the DoP&T has issued orders to grant Child Adoption Leave on the lines of Maternity Leave admissible to natural mothers in 2006. In 2009, the DoP&T has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 on the lines of Maternity Leave. It is informed that the BSNL C.O. has not endorsed the orders of the DoP&T issued in 2006 and 2009. Since, BSNL is following the Leave Rules of the Government of India, the Union representatives demanded that the Child Adoption Leave should be endorsed by the BSNL C.O., so that eligible women employee can avail the same. The PGM (Estt.), assured to look into the matter. 

[31.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on nomination in the national council and submission of agenda items for discussions in the next National Council meeting.<<view letter>> 

[31.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on meeting of the Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres – postponement of the meeting scheduled for 03.02.2017.<<view letter>>

[31.01.2017]Meeting with GM (Rectt.).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), BSNL CO., on 30th January, 2017 and discussed the following issues:- 

 

(1)   To declare the results of the JTO LICE for the year 2015 – 16 held on 11.12.2016.

The Union representatives urged that the JTO LICE for the year 2015 – 16 was held on 11.12.2016, but till today the results are not declared. The GM (Rectt.), informed that e-verification for some of the candidates are pending. However, the Rectt. Cell is busy with declaration of the review results of the JAO LICE, which may take 2 / 3 days. Soon after that, the answer key of the JTO LICE of 2015-16 will be uploaded as SOP giving 7 days time to submit complaints if any and thereafter the results will be declared. She hoped that the process will be completed by 15th of February to declare the results.  

 

(2)   To announce the date for LDCE for Telecom Technician (Erstwhile TM).

The Union representatives requested the GM (Rectt.) to announce the date for LDCE for Telecom Technician (TM). The GM (Rectt.) informed that a meeting of the Management and Recognised Unions will be arranged soon to decide the methodology of the exam.

 

[31.01.2017]DoT upholds the DR JE recruitment conducted by BSNL- BSNLEU heartily congrats all the DR JE selected candidates.

DoT has cleared the file in favour of the DR JE selected candidates. BSNLEU conveys hearty congrats to all the selected candidates. At the same time, BSNLEU also assures that it will ensure prompt processing of the case by BSNL Corporate Office, for completion of document verification, etc. BSNLEU also heartily congrats the BSNL Management because, the recruitment process done by the Corporate Office has been upheld by the enquiry conducted by the DoT.

 

[31.01.2017]Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, felicitated.

A felicitation meeting was held for Com Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, BSNLMS,  in the CTO Sabhagar, Eastern Court, New Delhi, on 30th January, 2017, for his retirement on superannuation.  The meeting was presided over by com Mallikarjun,President, BTEF. Leaders and workers from BSNL and MTNL attended the meeting in a large number. The meeting was addressed by com V.A.N.Namboodiri, com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS and many others. On behalf of BSNLEU, com.Suresh Kumar was honoured, by offering a shawl. Com Jhon Vhargese, AGS,BSNLEU and com R.S.Chouhan,vice-president(CHQ) were also present in the meeting.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[30.01.2017]BSNLEU demands the Director (CFA)  to immediately divert 15,000 CLIP phones to the poll bound UP(East) circle.

There is acute shortage of CLIP phones in the poll bound UP(East) circle,  where BSNL is having the obligation to emergently provide landline connections to meet the electoral requirements. The CGM, UP(East) circle has sought immediate diversion of 15,000 CLIP phones.  BSNLEU has written to the Director(CFA)  demanding diversion of 15,000 CLIP phones to UP(East)  circle, without delay.<<<view CHQ letter>>>

 

[30.01.2017]Widespread protests in the US, against President Donald Trump's mad decision to ban Muslims of 7 countries entering America.

 

US President Donald Trump has imposed strict immigration policy. He has banned people of 7 Muslim majority countries from entering America. The countries are, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. However, widespread protests have taken place in America, against Trump's mad decision. Silicon Valley's top executives, including India-born CEOs Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella, condemned President Donald Trump's immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, voicing concern that the move could directly hit their own staffers and stop bringing great talent to the US.


Condemning the move, Nadella, in a post on LinkedIn, said "As an immigrant and as a CEO, I've both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic." 

 

[30.01.2017]Private mobile operators urge the TRAI to stop BSNL's app based Limited Fixed Mobile Telephony service.

BSNL has started an application (app) based "Limited Fixed Mobile Telephony (LFMT) service, which enables customers to convert their mobile phones into cordless phones,  for making and receiving landline calls from indoors. However, private mobile companies, represented by the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) have complained to the TRAI and have demanded to immediately stop this application based "Limited Fixed Mobile Service". The COAI- has claimed that as per TRAI norms, no "Termination Charge" is applicable for calls between landlines, and that BSNL is misusing this provision.

 

[30.01.2017]BSNL's losses come down, as income from services increase by 5.8%.

It is a very good news that  BSNL's losses have come down to Rs 4,890 crore for the period from January to December, 2016. The losses of BSNL during the same period in the previous year, ie., January to December 2015 remained at  Rs 6,121.


BSNL's  income from services has also increased by 5.8 % during this period. It has increased to Rs 19,379.6 crore during this period. The figure stood at Rs 18,314.9 crore in the same period during 2015. BSNL also expects that the losses will further come down for the full financial year, as the fourth quarter is a seasonally strong quarter.

 

[30.01.2017]Privatisation of the Indian Railways started - BSNLEU strongly condemns the reported move being made by the Narendra Modi government.

BSNLEU strongly condemns the steps reportedly being taken by the government to gradually privatise the Indian railways. This measure is reportedly being started by handing over the running of the prestigious and heritage trains linking the hill stations. Quoting railway officials, ‘Economic Times’ has reported that the routes linking Kalka and Shimla, Siliguri and Darjeeling and the Nilgiri mountains with the plains, Neral and Matheran and the Kangra valley railways would be among the first to be handed over to the private operators including foreign companies. It has reported that the private companies, including the foreign corporates will not only run the trains but also maintain the lines and the stations and also own the station on these lines. They will reportedly be allowed to decide the fares after the approval of the Rail Development Authority of India that is going to be constituted. 

 

[30.01.2017]Impressive rally and convention of Central Public Sector trade unions, held at Bengaluru.

A very effective convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions was held at Bengaluru on 29.01.2017. Wage Revision to the Central Public Sector employees w.e.f. 01-01-2017 and fighting against the attacks being launched on the Public Sector, by the Narendra Modi government, are the important issues discussed in the Convention. BSNLEU is represented in the Convention by it's President, com. Balbir Singh.  On the previous day, i.e., on 28-02-2017, a massive rally of the Central Public Sector employees, numbering around 20,000, took place in Bengaluru, demanding to stop the attacks on the Public Sector, and demanding immediate settlement of wage revision to the employees.<<<views of the conference>>>

 

[30.01.2017]7th circle conference of West Bengal circle started jubilantly at Kolkata.

The 7th circle conference of West Bengal circle, started jubilantly at Kolkata on 27-01-2017. Com Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU West Bengal, inaugurated the conference. Com Saibal Sengupta, AGS, addressed the Conference on behalf of the CHQ. Com Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secy, Telecom Factory & Organising Secretary (CHQ), Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF, Com. Biplab Das, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee also addressed the inaugural session. A working women's convention and a seminar on the development of West Bengal Circle also took place in the Conference. Com Kalyani Chakraborty, Convenor, All India Bank Employees Federation, com. Animesh Mitra, CS&VP(CHQ) com. Banani Chattopadhyay, com. Jhumur Baandyopadhyay, com. Sutapa Roy and com. Mamata Sarkar addressed the Women 's convention.   The Seminar was addressed  by com. Animesh Mitra, CS, West Bengal circle & Vice president (CHQ),  shri R N Jha CGMT WB circle,  com Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA,  com. Ranjit Mukherjee, NFTE,  Com Arindam Choudhury, SNATTA,  and Partha Das, SC/ST Welfare Association.<<<views of the conference>>>

 

[30.01.2017]BSNLEU demands the Corporate Office to enhance the Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days. 

The Department of Personnel & Training,  vide it’s OM No.13018/4/2004-Estt.(L) dated 31-03-2006 has granted Child Adoption Leave for 135 days to female government servants for adoption of a child upto the age of one year, on the lines of Maternity Leave admissible to natural mothers. After implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the Maternity Leave was enhanced from 135 days to 180 days. Subsequently, the DoP&T has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave also from 135 days to 180 days. However, BSNL has so far not implemented this. CHQ has written to the Corporate Office, demanding implementation of the DoP&T order for the enhancement of the Child Adoption Leave.<<<view letter>>>

 

[28.01.2017]Contract workers March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017 - Make it a grand success.

The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF), is organising a March to the Parliament on 22nd February, 2017, to highlight the demands of the casual and contract workers. BSNLEU always remains in the forefront, in fighting against the injustices being meted out to the casual and contract workers. The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai, has given a call to the regular workers also to massively participate in this rally, and raise their voices in support of the demands of the casual and contract workers. The CHQ of BSNLEU has called upon the circle unions of BSNLEU, nearer to Delhi, to take special efforts to mobilise maximum number of regular employees in the rally. Let us make the March to Parliament a grand success. 

 

[28.01.2017]Streamlining the publication of Tele Crusader and BSNL Swar - Circle and district secretaries are requested to extend their maximum cooperation.

The two monthly magazines being run by BSNLEU, viz., Tele Crusader (English) and BSNL SWAR (Hindi) are playing an important role in educating the employees on the wrong policies of the government, and on various happenings within India and at the international level, which are connected with the working class movement. CHQ is taking much care, to publish these two magazines in manner, so that they are very useful to the workers. Our Union stands benefited to a great extent from these journals.  This is understood from the high quality of debate, made by the delegates in the last All India Conference. Apart from time and energy, CHQ is also spending a lot of money on these magazines. CHQ has decided to improve these magazines, if required, by spending more money also. A large number of employees have since retired. And also 16,000 employees are retiring every year, out of which, a major portion is the Non-Executives. Thus, certainly, the number of copies need to be printed, has also come down. Hence, CHQ wants to know the exact number of copies of Tele Crusader and BSNL Swar, required by each one of our branches. Further, every month, a number of magazine bundles despatched to the branches, are being returned to the CHQ. This may be due to the reason that the addresses are not updated, or due to the merger of branch unions, with the nearby branches, due to the fast phase of retirements. In view of this, CHQ is urgently in need of the following information, to streamline the publishing of our magazines. 

 

1)   The number of copies of Tele Crusader / BSNL Swar, actually required by each branch in a district. Number of members in the branch may also be mentioned.

 

2)    An updated mailing address of all the branch secretaries in each district.

 

3)   Details of the branch unions, merged with nearby branches, due to the fast phase of retirements. 

 

All district secretaries are requested to send these information within two weeks, to their respective circle unions. Circle unions are requested to collect these information from all the districts of their circle, and to send it to the CHQ, by the end of February. Let us ensure that each paisa that we spend on our magazines, is spent usefully.

 

[27.01.2017]General Secretaries of BSNLEU and NFTE demand withdrawal of victimisations imposed on associations of the Executives.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and demanded withdrawal of victimisations imposed in the leaders of the associations of the Executives. They pointed out that imposition of the wage cut for demonstration and dharna is not acceptable. They also demanded withdrawal of the disciplinary action initiated against the leaders of the Executives to restore normalcy in BSNL, so that the Executives, together with the Non-Executives can single mindedly concentrate in the revival of BSNL. The CMD BSNL told that the request of BSNLEU and NFTE would be looked into. <<view joint letter>>

 

[27.01.2017]Action demanded to overcome the acute shortage of staff in the newly formed CGM office at Vijayawada.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Pers.) today, and discussed about the shortage of staff in the newly started CGM office of Andhra Pradesh circle at Vijayawada. The GS pointed out that there is acute shortage of staff in the CGM office at Vijayawada, as a result of which works are suffering to a great extent. The GS demanded that the Corporate Office should take immediate action to overcome the shortage without further delay. The GM (Pers.) agreed to take needful action.

 

[27.01.2017]Releasing of Welfare Fund to Andhra Pradesh circle demanded.

Welfare Fund allocation has already been made to various circles, including Andhra Pradesh circle. However, the funds are actually not released so far by the Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Mayank Sharma, DGM (Admn.) and demanded immediate releasing of the funds. The DGM (Admn.) assured to do the needful.  

 

[27.01.2017]BSNLEU pays homage to the army personnel, killed in avalanche in Kashmir.

During the past two days, 15 army personnel, including one officer, have been killed in avalanche, that have taken place in Gurez and Sonmarg areas of Kashmir. Heavy snow fall and storm are retarding the rescue operations. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the killed army personnel and offers condolences to their families and friends.

 

[27.01.2017]Meeting of all unions and associations to be held on 06.02.2017.

A meeting of the all unions and associations will be held at 3 pm on 06.02.2017. The venue of the meeting will be BSNL MS office. The next course of action on the Subsidiary Tower Company and also issues like PMO office letter on BSNL, facing challenges from Reliance Jio, and BSNL’s 4G service will be discussed in this meeting.

 

[27.01.2017]BSNL Management demands the government to allot 700 MHz spectrum.

While all other private operators have started 4G service, BSNL has not yet started the same. This is the age of data, and BSNL cannot sustain in the market without providing 4G service. For providing 4G service, spectrum is required. BSNL has requested the government to allot 700 MHz spectrum for this purpose. BSNLEU, in it’s 8th All India Conference held recently, has demanded that the government should allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, free of cost.  

 

[27.01.2017]BJP inducting it’s party people as ‘independent’ directors in top PSUs. 

The BJP government, which is taking all out efforts to kill the public sector, has now taken decision to induct 10 of it’s party people, as the independent directors on the boards of top public sector companies. The NDA’s Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), has taken decision to this effect.

 

These include, party’s Delhi unit Vice President Shazia Ilmi; Gujarat IT cell convenor Rajika Kacheria; minority face of the BJP in Gujarat Asifa Khan; former BJP MLA candidate from Odisha Surama Padhy and former Bihar MLC Kiran Ghai Sinha.

 

They are to be inducted as independent directors of Navaratna PSUs that include Engineers India Ltd (EIL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and the National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO). 

[Source: The Indian Express dated 27.01.2017]

 

[25.01.2017]Forum writes to the Prime Minister of India.

Forum of BSNL unions and associations has written a detailed letter to the Prime Minister of India, responding to the letter of the Prime Minister’s Office, addressed to the Secretary, DoT, calling for report on the implementation of the Niti Aayog's report, for the closure / transfer to states / status, etc., of BSNL and ITI. The unions and associations of BSNL have to chalk out agitational programme without delay, against the covert moves being made by the Niti Aayog and the Government of India, for the disinvestment through strategic sale / privatisation / closure of BSNL, which is being seriously contemplated by the Niti Aayog and the Government of India.<<view letter>> 

[25.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), BSNL, on the illegal recovery from employees, in the name of EPF contribution arrears.<<view letter>>  

[25.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the DDG (Estt.), DoT, on request for implementing revised DCRG for BSNL absorbed DoT employees w.e.f. 1.1.2016.<<view letter>>  

[25.01.2017]DoT guidelines for retention of BSNL/MTNL Staff Quarters to DoT Employees in the Event of transfer/repatriation/deputation/training etc.<<click here>>

[24.01.2017]Meeting with the Director (HR), BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, and discussed the following issues:- 

 

(a) Complaints connected with the Consolidation of Business Areas.

It was pointed out that in circles like Karnataka and Telengana, the CGM’s are proceeding with the Consolidation of Business Areas, without holding proper discussion with the Recognised Union. In all the cases, the work load increases many fold in the Head Quarters of the Business Area, since the dealing of HR issues get transferred there. Necessary action needs to be taken to cope with this additional work load. Another important issue involved is that, after consolidation, the Non-Executives have to travel hundreds of kilometres to reach the Head Quartes of the Business Area, to get their grievances redressed. This issue also needs to be taken care, before consolidation is done. The Director (HR) assured that these issues would be looked into.

   

(b) Inordinate delay in the review of JAO LICE results.

It was pointed out that there is inordinate delay in reviewing the results of the JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016. The Director (HR) informed that this would be completed within the next few days.

 

 

(c) Jungle raj in Dharbanga SSA of Bihar circle.

It was pointed out that the GM, Dharbanga SSA in Bihar circle, is running a jungle raj in that SSA, and is flouting all rules of the Company. It was also pointed out how a member of BSNLEU is being harassed in the matter of allotment of quarters. The Director (HR), assured to look into the matter.

 

 

(d) Victimisation of com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur.

It was pointed that the official has been imposed with a disproportionate punishment. It was requested that the review petition of the official, submitted to the Director (HR) may be disposed of expeditiously. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful.

 

 

(e) Inordinate delay in the reconstitution of the National Council.

It was pointed that 8 months have already elapsed, after the results of the 7th Membership Verification are declared, and that still the National Council has not been reconstituted. It was assured that needful action would be taken.

 

 

(f) Holding of JTO LICE to fill-up 50% vacancies for Draughtsman cadre.

It was pointed out that the decision of the National Council, to hold a JTO LICE, to fill-up 50% vacancies from the Draughtsman cadre, has not been implemented even after many years, despite the Union has give many letters. It was also pointed that non-implementation of the results of the National Council is nothing but an insult to the Apex Negotiating Forum. The Director (HR) assured to take needful action on this.

 

[24.01.2017]Meeting with the OSD to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, on the issue of DR JE recruitment.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met shri A.N. Rai, OSD to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications today, and discussed about the recruitment of DR JE. The GS and the AGS informed the OSD that the enquiry conducted by the DoT has already been completed. They requested him to take up the issue with the Hon’ble Minister and to ensure that an early direction on this issue is given to the BSNL Management. The OSD assured that he would inform the same to the Hon’ble Minister.

 

[23.01.2017]Status of the DR JE recruitment.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and enquired about the status of the recruitment process of the DR JE. The GM (Rectt.) replied that BSNL has so far not received any direction from the DoT on this matter. It is understood that the enquiry conducted by the DoT, with regards to the recruitment of DR JE, is already completed and a report is already submitted to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications. Now, a decision on the matter is to be taken by the Hon’ble Minister, which he has not done so far.  

 

[23.01.2017]Meeting with Sr.GM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Estt.), and discussed the following issues:- 

 

a)  The Union representatives requested the Sr.GM (Estt.) to expeditiously consider the demand of the Union, on making amendments to the JTO Recruitment Rules. It is pointed out that since all the three JTO LICE examinations are already over now, the Management should expeditiously bring the amendments to the JTO RR, as has been assured earlier. The Sr.GM (Estt.), assured that needful action would be taken.  

 

b)  The issues of settlement of anomalies and endorsement of the government order on recovery of excess payment are lying pending with DoT for a long time. BSNLEU has already discussed these issues several times with the authorities in the DoT. The Union representatives demanded that one more reminder should be sent to the DoT on both these issues. The Sr.GM (Estt.) agreed.

[21.01.2017]photographs of the rally held at Kolkata on 19th January, 2017, at the call of BSNLCMU and BSNLEU, WB Circle, on the demand of  "Equal Pay for Equal Work."<<<views of the rally>>>

 

[21.01.2017]A very effective convention held at Ernakulam.

A largely attended convention is organised at Ernakulam today, which is addressed by the General Secretary. Comrades from nearby SSAs like Aleppey, Kottayam, Palakkad and Malappuram also attended this convention. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, circle president, presided over the convention. Com.P.S.Peethambaran, district president, Ernakulam, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention. In his speech, the General Secretary, spoke in detail, about the international and national developments and on the decisions taken in the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com.M.Vijayakumar, Organising Secretary(CHQ) translated the General Secretary's speech into Malayalam. Com.S.Pratap Kumar, AGS, com.N.Guruprasad, CS, AIBDPA and Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi, Convenor, Kerala circle Mahila Committee, addressed the convention. Com.K.V.Premkumar, district secretary, Ernakulam, thanked everyone. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala circle union and Ernakulam district union for organising a very effective convention.<<<views of the convention>>>

[21.01.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.1 dated 17th January, 2017.<<<view circular>>

[20.01.2017]Heros of the Kerala struggle are felicitated by the General Secretary.
Six leaders, who were suspended, charge-sheeted and transferred to far off places in Kerala circle, by the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S.Rao, at the time of the Kerala struggle, are honoured by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, in the convention held at Tiruvanantapuram today. Despite severe victimisations, these comrades remained in the fore front and led the struggle. <<<Views of the honouring.>>>

 

[20.01.2017]An impressive convention conducted in Tiruvanantapuram.

An impressive convention is conducted in the CGM Office premises, Thiruvananthapuram, today. The purpose of the convention is to explain the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, and also to celebrate the victory of the struggle, conducted by the BSNLEU and SNEA comrades of Kerala circle, against the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S. Rao, the then CGM of Kerala circle. The convention was presided over by Com. A.V. Kuriakose, Circle President. Com. K. Mohanan, CS, welcomed everyone and delivered the introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention, congratulating the Kerala comrades for their heroic struggle against the tyranny of M.S.S. Rao, and demanding justice to the Casual and Contract Workers. He also explained in detail, the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com. M. Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, com. George Verghese, Circle President, SNEA, com. P.K. Muraleedharan, CS, P-III, com. Muraleedharan Nair, former AGS, com. Somasekaran Nair, CS, BSNLCCWF and com.Jacob Thomas, circle president, P-lll also addressed the seminar. A large number of comrades from the CGM office and Trivandrum district attended the convention. Finally, com. K. Mohanan, CS, proposed the vote of thanks.<<<views of the convention>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC pay revision in respect of employees working in BSNL on CDA scales due to non-issuance of Presidential orders for their absorption in BSNL - admissibility of perks and allowances etc.<<<view letter>>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on FAQ on Constitution of Councils ion BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on grant of cash award to sportspersons for achieving excellence in International Tournaments/Meets during 2016.<<<view letter>>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on grant of cash award to sportspersons for achieving excellence in National Tournaments/Meets during the calendar year 2016.<<<view letter>>>

[19.01.2017]Director (CM) letter to all CGM's on International Wi-Fi Services of BSNL to its Pre-paid and Postpaid Customer.<<<view letter>>>

 

[19.01.2017]Corporate Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2017.<<<click here>>>

 

[19.01.2017]Unions and associations of Khammam SSA, conduct dharna against Consolidation of Business Area.

In the name of Consolidation of Business Areas, Management is bringing minor SSAs under the control of adjacent major SSAs. In this process, employees, especially the Non-Executives encounter many problems. BSNLEU has demanded that the process of Consolidation of Business Areas should be stopped, pending discussion. All unions and associations of Khammam SSA in Telangana SSA have conducted a massive dharna, opposing this SSA being brought under Warangal SSA. CHQ heartily congratulates the Khammam comrades.<<< views of the dharna >>

 

[19.01.2017]Holding of circle conferences, where they have become due - circle secretaries to note please.

In view of the All India Conference, General Secretary could not give dates to hold circle conferences, in respect of the circles where it has become due. Now that the All India Conference is already over, circle conferences must be conducted in those circles. CHQ requests the concerned circle secretaries to do the needful in this regard.

 

[18.01.2017]Corporate Office letter to the GS, NFTE, with copy to the GS,BSNLEU, on nomination Staff Side members to the National Council.<<<view letter>>>

 

[18.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on strike, Dharna conducted by Unions and Associations on 15.12.2016, 27.12.2016 and 28.12.2016.<<<view letter>>>

 

[18.01.2017]BSNLEU demands to allot funds for GPF.

BSNLEU has demanded the Corporate Office to allot funds to the circles, for this month's payment of GPF advance. Today, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, has urged shri Y.N.Singh, GM(T&BFCI), Corporate Office, to take necessary steps for the allotment of funds to the circles.

 

[18.01.2017]Prime Minister's Office (PMO) writes to the DoT, calling for report on the status of implementation of Niti Aayog's recommendations on BSNL and ITI.

May be a week ago, a letter, said to have been written by the PMO, to the DoT, calling for report  on the implementation of the Niti Aayog's recommendations on BSNL and ITI, started doing rounds on whatsapp and email. In the letter, Niti Aayog's recommendation is mentioned as CLOSURE / TRANSFER TO STATES, etc. BSNLEU did not react on it, because we wanted to verify whether the letter is genuine or faked. Through our sources, we enquired and have confirmed that the letter is genuine. This letter only shows the underground conspiracy being hatched out to close down / privatise BSNL. It may be remembered that in July last year, reports leaked out regarding the Niti Aayog's plan to do Strategic Sale in BSNL. Against this, BSNLEU and Forum conducted protest demonstrations throughout the country. Immediately, Niti Aayog issued a press statement, saying that it has no plan to start strategic sale in BSNL. But, it is proved that underground conspiracy is going on to finish off BSNL. BSNLEU will consult with all unions and associations on this issue, and will take appropriate action.<<<view letter>>>

 

[18.01.2017]BSNL launches Mobile TV and Fixed Mobile Telephony.

In a bid to meet competition from private telecom operators,  BSNL  launched mobile TV service called 'Ditto TV' and also limited 'Fixed Mobile Telephony' yesterday.  FMT is an app that virtually turns mobiles into cordless phone working in sync with landlines within home premises.

 

[18.01.2017]Capitalism cannot solve the problems of mankind.

   Socialism is the only alternative.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claims that because of the bold steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian economy has become the fastest growing economy in the world. Whereas, the former Finance Minister, P.Chidambaram claims that, Indian economy started competing with the developed countries, only after the Neo Liberal Economic policies were introduced in 1991, by the Congress government, led by P.V.Narasimmha Rao and Dr.Manmohan Singh. However, the trade union movement  keeps on saying that, whether the government is run by the Congress Party or the BJP Party, the Neo Liberal Economic Policies being implemented by both these parties, have only helped the rich to become super rich, while the poor have become miserably poorer. Yesterday's Times of India report proves what Arun Jaitley and P.Chidambaram say is wrong, and what the trade unions say is correct. 


As per the report published in the Times of India yesterday, the richest 1% Indians have 58% of the total wealth of India. Just 57 billionaires in India, have the wealth equivalent to the bottom 70% of Indians. Not only this, only 8 billionaires of the world, are having 50% of the world's total wealth with them. This is because, all the capitalist countries of the world are following the same Neo Liberal Economic Policies, being dictated by the World Bank and the IMF. Trade unions also say that Capitalism cannot solve the problems of mankind, and Socialism is the only alternative.

 

[17.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on LICE for promotion to the grade of JAO under 40% Quota - Conducting of Examination in Jammu.<<<view letter>>>

[17.01.2017]CHQ circular on the upbeat All India Conference of BSNLEU.

This CHQ circular contains a brief narration of the proceedings, as well as the decisions of the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai. It is regretted that there is some delay in releasing this circular, due to the illness of the General Secretary. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take sincere efforts to implement the decisions of the AIC.<<<view circular>>>

 

[17.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR) demanding to put the process of Consolidation of Business Areas on hold, pending discussion.

The process of Consolidation of Business Areas is being implemented in various circles, without addressing the problems that are likely to be faced by the employees in future. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded to put the process of Consolidation of Business Areas on hold, pending discussion.<<<view letter>>>

 

[16.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), demanding implementation of the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh Bench, on deputing qualified JAO candidates for training.

The qualified candidates of the JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016, belonging to Haryana circle are not yet sent for training. Judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh Bench, delivered on 28.11.2016, is yet to be implemented by Haryana circle. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding expeditious implementation of the court verdict.<<View letter>>

 

[16.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) demanding expeditious decision on the review of the JAO LICE results.

BSNLEU has demanded review of the results of the JAO LICE held on 17th July, 2016. Management formed an internal committee to conduct the review. The committee has already submitted it’s report. However, a final call on the review is yet to be taken by the Management. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) demanding expeditious decision on this issue.<<view letter>>

 

[16.01.2017]BSNL makes tie-up with Tata Communications for providing unlimited data, through Wi-Fi hotspots while on international roaming.

BSNL has made a tie-up with the Tata Communications, for providing unlimited data, through Wi-Fi hotspots to it’s customers while on international roaming. With this tie-up, BSNL’s customers can get access to 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots in various countries world over. This facility will be provided by BSNL at fixed tariff, priced at Rs.999/- for three days, Rs.1,599/- for 15 days and Rs.1,999/- for 30 days. BSNL is the first mobile operator in India to provide such a facility to the customers going abroad. Tata Communications has a global network of submarine cable and provides connectivity to more than 240 countries.

 

[13.01.2017]Discussion held in today's Designations Committee meeting.

Meeting of the designation committee for finalising designations for the left out cadres is held today. In the meeting, the Management side submitted a list of 119 left out cadres. After detailed discussions it is found that a good number of cadres are not existing at present. Hence, it was decided that the Management should form an internal sub-committee to find out within 15 days, as to how many cadres are exactly existing at present.  The Designations Committee will again meet on 3rd February. The staff side further proposed that the cadres should be segregated scale and stream wise and can be designated as per the mainstream designations. BSNLEU was represented by com Balbir Singh, President and com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, could not attend today's meeting due to illness.

[13.01.2017]Corporate Office order, prescribing pay slabs in IDA scales, for calculating Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowances.<<view order>>   

[13.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on forming committees at circle and SSA levels, for improving the conditions of IQs.<<view letter>>

[13.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Office on the extension of MoU with Union Bank of India.

The MoU signed between BSNL and Union Bank of India, for extending various loans to BSNL employees has expired on 31.12.2016. BSNLEU has written to the GM (T&BFCI), Corporate Office, demanding to renew the MoU.<<view letter>>

 

[12.01.2017]Stalemate in DR JE recruitment – General Secretary meets CMD BSNL with the representatives of the selected candidates.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD BSNL today, with the representatives of the DR JE selected candidates, viz., shri Krishan Kanhaiya and ms. Achhita Prakash. Com. Ramesh Chand, Organising Secretary (CHQ), was also present. The representatives of BSNLEU and the representatives of the selected candidates urged upon the CMD BSNL to use his good office to find a prompt solution to the stalemate prevailing in the DR JE recruitment. The CMD BSNL replied that the matter is presently being enquired by the DoT, and any action needed to be taken by the BSNL Management, can be taken only after completion of the enquiry by the DoT.  

 

[12.01.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and discussed the following issues:- 

 

a)      Formation of Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation.

Formation of the truncated Wage Negotiation Committee, without representation from Recognised Unions, was resented. It was pointed out that without formation of a Joint Committee, no negotiation on wage revision could take place between the Management and the Staff Side. It was strongly demanded that the Management should immediately constitute a Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation with trade union representatives. CMD BSNL agreed to this demand and assured to take needful action.  

 

b)      Extension of off-net call facility in the Rs.200/- SIM.

It was pointed out that the Corporate Office has so far not taken decision to extend the off-net call facility to the Non-Executives on their Rs.200/- SIMs, despite several letters are written to the Management on this issue. The CMD BSNL assured to take expeditious decision on this matter. (Subsequently, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), also met shri A.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), and insisted for early issuance of the letter on this issue.) 

 

c)      Nomination of the tainted MP to the TAC of Kolkata opposed.

Nomination of shri Kunal Ghosh, the tainted MP, to the Telephone Advisory Committee of Kolkata was strongly opposed. A copy of the letter written by BSNLEU, to the Secretary, DoT, was handed over to the CMD BSNL. The CMD BSNL replied that nominations to the TAC are being made by the government, and that their decision is final in the matter. 

 

[12.01.2017]GM (Rectt.) urged to issue early notification for holding Telecom Technician LICE and Junior Engineer LICE.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and discussed this issue. They pointed that the TT LICE and JE LICE were not held last year (2016). Hence, it was urged that the Recruitment Branch should immediately issue notification to the circles for holding TT LICE and JE LICE. The representatives also pointed out that the Corporate Office has so far not issued calendar for examinations for this year and demanded that the same should be issued without further delay. The GM (Rectt.) assured to do the needful.<<view letter>> 

 

[12.01.2017]Meeting with GM (SR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and discussed the following issues:- 

 

a)   Corporate Office letter on remittance of union subscription quota to the CHQ.

The representatives thanked the GM (SR) for the issuance of letter by the Corporate Office, directing the circle administrations for the prompt remittance of union subscription quota to the district, circle and All India Unions. However, they pointed out that no direction is given in that letter that, while sending quota to the All India Union, the circle offices should also send a list showing the district wise quota particulars. The GM (SR) agreed to this point and assured that immediately Corporate Office will send a direction in this regards to all the CGM’s. 

 

b)     Delay in convening the PLI Committee meeting.

It was pointed out by the union representatives that the PLI committee meeting, for framing the new PLI formula, is not being conducted. It was demanded that the meeting should be convened immediately, and also regular meetings should take place for finalising the new PLI formula at an early date. The GM (SR) replied that appropriate action would be taken in this regard. 

 

c)   Early disposal of the review petition of com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, Jamshedpur.

The review petition, preferred by com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur, against the unjustified punishment imposed on him, is lying pending with the Corporate Office for a long time. Recently, the official has also sent a reminder on this issue. The representatives demanded that Corporate Office should promptly take decision on this review petition. The GM (SR) assured to take needful action. 

 

[12.01.2017]Method for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs in BSNL.

CHQ is getting enquiries from various quarters, with regards to the Direct Recruitment of JTOs in BSNL. Till recently, BSNL was conducting examinations for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs. However, decision has been taken by the BSNL Management, to make the Direct Recruitment of JTOs through the GATE Examination. This is the method being presently followed by various Public Sector Undertakings, for the recruitment of their Engineers. Hence, those who aspire to become JTOs in BSNL, through the Direct Recruitment, have to appear the GATE Examination. BSNL is likely to start it’s registration for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs, through the GATE Examination, shortly.

 

[11.01.2017]Housing and automobile sectors seriously hit by demonetisation.

Demonetisation has brought sufferings to millions of people. Unorganised workers have lost their jobs massively. Those who continue with their jobs do not get their wages. Agriculturalists have suffered in a big way. But, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister continue to make tall claims about the benefits to the economy, brought by demonetisation. Now, news has started coming, how badly the economy is hit. Today’s Economic Times has reported that sales of automobiles have fallen 18.66% in the month of December. In this, sales of two wheelers got reduced by 22.04% and sales of three wheelers have got reduced by 36.23%. The paper reports that this is the steepest fall since 2000 in the automobile industry. The paper has also reported that home sales has got reduced by 23% during the period from July to December, 2016. Only Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say why the nation is made to suffer so much due to demonetisation?  

 

[11.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, giving alternative proposal to overcome the problem in the payment of GPF advance.

Due to the cash crunch being faced by BSNL, the Corporate Office is not able to allot funds to the circles every month, for payment of GPF advance to the employees. To over come this problem, BSNLEU has written to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, demanding allotment of funds in advance to BSNL every month, so that employees do not face any problem in getting payment of GPF advance on time.<<view letter>>

 

[11.01.2017]Resolutions passed in the All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017.

(1)   On Wage Revision from 01.01.2017.<<click here>>

(2)   On settlement of long pending demands of the Non-Executives.<<click here>>

(3)   On demonetisation.<<click here>>

(4)   On Observing the centenary year of the Great October Socialist Revolution.<<click here>>

(5)   On Communal Harmony.<<click here>>

(6)   On BSNL facing competition and advancing as a strong PSU in the changed scenario in telecom sector.<<click here>>

(7)   On strengthening the united struggles of BSNL employees and working class.<<click here>>

(8)   On Equal Pay for Equal Work.<<click here>>

 

[10.01.2017]General Secretary, BSNLEU, urged the Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, to clear the deadlock created in the DR JE recruitment.

The Direct Recruitment in the cadre of Junior Engineer, conducted by BSNL in September, 2016, has been put on hold by the DoT. It’s also being told that the DoT is conducting an enquiry on this issue, based on the complaints received. Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, who is conducting the enquiry into the complaints. Since it is a sensitive issue, the Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, declined to share any information with the General Secretary. However, the General Secretary urged upon him to expeditiously complete the enquiry, since delay in the resolution of the issue will affect both BSNL, as well as the selected candidates.

 

[10.01.2017]Review of JAO LICE results.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today, and discussed about the review of the JAO LICE results. The GM (FP) told that the Committee which was constituted for reviewing the results, has already submitted it’s report to the Director (HR), and a final call on this has to be taken at that level. BSNLEU will further pursue this issue. 

 

[10.01.2017]Amendments to JAO LICE Recruitment Rules.

BSNLEU has already demanded to make certain amendments to the JAO LICE Recruitment Rules, to lessen the hardships being experienced by the Non-Executives, in appearing in the exam. The Corporate Office has constituted a Committee for considering this. However, the Committee has not yet finalised it’s report. In his meeting with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, insisted for an early decision on this issue.  

 

[10.01.2017]Allotment of funds to Tamil Nadu circle for payment of festival advance.

Tamil Nadu circle has demanded Rs.50 lakh from the Corporate Office, for the payment of festival advance to the employees, for the forthcoming Pongal festival. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today, and demanded immediate allotment of funds to Tamil Nadu circle. The GM (T&BFCI), assured that the funds would be allotted positively by tomorrow. 

 

[10.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on annual health check-up to the employees below the rank of GM.<<view letter>>

 

[10.01.2017]Indian corporates oppose Narendra Modi government's move to totally handover the civil aviation sector to multinational corporations.

The Narendra Modi government is moving in the direction of handing over the civil aviation sector, completely to multinational corporates, by removing all the existing restrictions. Interestingly, the Indian corporates operating in the civil aviation sector, are opposing this move. Recently, Spice Jet CMD, Ajay Singh and Indigo Airlines President, Aditya Ghosh have met the Union Commerce and Industries Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, and have warned that the changes that the government is trying to do in the civil aviation sector, will have security implications for the nation. As per the present rules, (Aircraft Rules 1937) a Scheduled Operator's Permit can be given by the government, only to a company where the substantial ownership and effective control are in the hands of Indian nationals. Now, the Narendra Modi government wants to throw this restriction away, so that multinational corporations can totally take over the Indian civil aviation sector into their hands.

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

[09.01.2017]Corporate Office letter to CGMs on remittance of quota to various levels of BSNLEU.

After the introduction of ERP, CHQ is not receiving monthly remittance of quota of Union subscription, from many circles, as per the orders of the Corporate Office. Hence, CHQ took up the issue with the Corporate Office. Based on this, the Corporate Office has issued letter to the CGMs, directing them to ensure separate remittances of quota every month, to the CHQ , as well as to the  circle and district unions. Circle and district secretaries are requested to ensure the meticulous implementation of this order.<<< view Corporate Office letter >>>

 

[09.01.2017]BSNLEU demands withdrawal of the tainted MP's nomination to the TAC of Kolkata Telephones circle.

The central government has nominated shri Kunal Ghosh, MP, to the Telephone Advisory Committee of Kolkata Telephones circle. This MP has been arrested by the CBI, in connection with the Saradha scam. He was in jail, and was granted indefinite bail only last Friday. On one side, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is making high decibel speeches against corruption. On the other side, the government is patronising politicians who are involved in massive scams. BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DoT, demanding immediate withdrawal of the nomination of shri Kunal Ghosh.<<< view letter>>>

 

[09.01.2017]Designations Committee meeting to be held on 13th January, 2017.

After order was issued for change of designations of the four main cadres, viz., RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA, BSNLEU has been continuously demanding that the designations of the remaining cadres of the Non-Executives should also be changed. However, Management took much time to reconstitute the Committee. Now, a meeting of the reconstituted Committee has been scheduled to be held on 13th January, 2017. BSNLEU will take all out efforts to find new designations to the left out Non-Executive cadres.<<<view notification for the meeting>>> 

 

[09.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, communicating the list of Central Office-bearers, elected in the 8th All India Conference of the Union, held at Chennai.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.01.2017]India’s GDP growth rate falls.

India’s economic growth, for the year ending March 31st, 2017, is set to fall. As per estimates, the GDP growth rate will be 7.1%. This figure remained at 7.6% in the last year. Despite loud noises made by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister about the economic performance of the government, growth of the industrial and service sectors have fallen sizeably.

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

[07.01.2017]Supreme Court stayed sale of Aircle’s 2G spectrum.

The Supreme Court has stayed the sale of it’s 2G spectrum by Aircel. This company is presently owned by Malaysian business tycoon, T. Ananda Krishnan. A Delhi trial court is already hearing the accusation that, Dayanidhi Maran favoured T. Ananda Krishnan to take over Aircel from it’s promoter C. Sivasankaran. In return, T. Ananda Krishnan had invested Rs.600/- crore in the TV channel owned by Dayanidhi Maran’s family.

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

[07.01.2017]97% of the scrapped notes are deposited with banks.

Nearly 97% of the demonetised Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes are deposited with banks, as on 31st December, 2016. Rs.15.44 lakh crore, representing 86% of all currency notes were declared invalid on November 8th. Out of these banned notes, Rs.14.97 currency notes are returned to the banks. Only 3% banned notes are not returned to the banks. This almost tallies with the estimation of economic experts that only 3% of black money is kept in the form of cash. This only shows that demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes has helped very little in abolishing black money.

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

[07.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on details of Court Cases for counting of Casual Workers service for pensionary benefits.<<<view letter>>>

 

[06.01.2017]Pay Revision to the unabsorbed DoT employees, based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC.
Still many unabsorbed DoT employees are working in BSNL, for whom Presidential Orders are not issued, due to one reason or the other. They are eligible for Pay Revision, as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. BSNLEU took up this issue and demanded implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC for these employees. After much delay, the Corporate Office had issued letter yesterday, for the implementation of the same.<<<view letter>>>

 

[05.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate constitution of a Joint Wage Negotiation Committee.

Ever since the government constituted the 3rd PRC, for the wage revision of the Executives, BSNLEU is demanding constitution of the wage revision committee for the Non-Executives. After dilly dallying for a long time, Corporate Office has formed a wage revision committee, without any representation from the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, rejecting this truncated wage revision committee, and demanding immediate constitution of a Joint Wage Negotiation Committee, with the representatives of the Recognised Unions. <<< view letter >>>

 

[04.01.2017]Hearty thanks to the Reception Committee of the 8th All India Conference.

 

The Reception Committee of the 8th All India Conference, headed by com. T. K. Rangarajan, M. P, com. S. Chellappa, AGS, and com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, TN, did a wonderful job in providing excellent arrangements, and making the Chennai All India Conference a memorable one for all times to come. CHQ heartily thanks the entire leaders and members of BSNLEU,Tamil Nadu circle, for doing this marvelous job.

 

[04.01.2017]Office-bearers elected in the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU.

 

<<< List of Office bearers>>>

 

[04.01.2017]The best All India Conference of BSNLEU.

Each and every conference of BSNLEU turns out to be a milestone. However, the 8th All India Conference held at Chennai will be considered as the best conference. It is because of the quality of the debate conducted by the delegates, and the involvement with which the delegates and observers participated in the conference. The house remained jam-packed till the last minute of the last day of the conference. <<< Views of the conference >>>

 

[04.01.2017]8th All India Conference concluded jubilantly.

 

The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, which started at Chennai on 31st December,2016, got concluded jubilantly yesterday. Important issues like struggles to stop the Subsidiary Tower Company, settlement of wage revision, settlement of the Non-Executives' issues, etc., are deeply discussed by the Conference, and valuable guidance has been given to the CHQ. Com. Balbir Singh, com. P.Abhimanyu and com.Swapan Chakraborty are re-elected as President, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary, respectively. Com.Gakul Borah(Assam), is elected as the new Treasurer. At 19:00 hrs, the Conference got concluded in an upbeat mood, amidst thunderous slogans.

 

 

[02.01.2017]More views of the fantastic seminar, held in the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU.

Only some photos of the the fantastic seminar, held on 31-12-2016, in the ongoing All India Conference of BSNLEU were uploaded on CHQ website. The remaining photos are uploaded here with. CHQ regrets for the delay. <<< Remaining views of the Seminar >>>

 

[02.01.2017]Delegates Session of 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU started.

The Delegates Session of the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU started in the afternoon of 31st December, 2016. Com. Balbir Singh, presided over and com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, welcomed all. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, Vice-President, CITU, inaugurated the session, vividly explaining the international and national developments in the trade union front. He exposed the pro-corporate policies of the Modi government. The session is also addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, com. Raj Bahadur Rawal, President, Telecom Employees Association of Nepal (TEAN), com. M. Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. V. Ramesh, GS, AIIEA, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA and com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF.<<view photo>

 

[31.12.2016]8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, started with an excellent seminar.

 

The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, started at Chennai today. National Flag was hoisted by com. Balbir Singh, President and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by Com.P.Abhimanyu,General Secretary. The seminar titled "Service With A Smile for the Revival of BSNL" was presided over by com. Balbir Singh. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary delivered the Keynote address. Shri. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, com. Chandeswar Singh,GS, NFTE, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com. G.L.Jogi, chairman, SNEA,com.Sivakumar,President, AIBSNLEA, ms.Poonguzhali,CGM, Tamil Nadu, ms. Kalavathi, CGM, Chennai, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and com. Chellapandian, President, TEPU addressed. It is a highly successful seminar, addressed by more than 2,000 delegates, observers and visitors. The speeches of the officers and the leaders have inspired the audience and will certainly motivate them for further involvement in the revival of BSNL. <<< views of the seminar >>>

 

[29.12.2016]BSNLEU's jubilant All India Conference to start on 31st December, 2016.

 

BSNLEU's 8th All India Conference is all set to start jubilantly at Chennai day after tomorrow, ie., 31st December, 2016. CMD BSNL Director (HR) and leaders of BSNL Unions and associations are participating in the seminar titled "Service With A Smile for the revival of BSNL". Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice-president, CITU, is inaugurating the delegates session. The Reception Committee has made exhaustive preparations for the success of the Conference.<<click here>>

 

 

[28.12.2016]212 start ups closed down in 2016.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has vowed to make India a manufacturing hub, for which he has given the slogan " Make in India". He is tirelessly touring the world to attract investments. However, the scope for industrial expansion continues to be bleak. New industries, which are called " Start ups" are being closed down in a big way. In 2016, 212 start ups were closed down. In 2015, this figure stood at 140. It must also be noted that these start ups would have availed all the concessions extended by the government, apart from huge bank loans. Reason for closure of these startups is lack of domestic demand.

 

[28.12.2016]TRAI calls for explanation from Reliance Jio, for violation of guidelines.

 

Reliance Jio is only allowed to extend free promotional deals for up to 90 days, according to TRAI guidelines. So its "Welcome Offer", which presented voice, data and text messages at no cost, could only be made available between September 5 and December 3, 2016 However, in the beginning of December, Reliance Jio again announced a "Happy New Year Offer", for the new and existing customers which will deliver similar benefits as the Welcome Offer until March 31 next year. The TRAI, did not question the violation of it's guidelines by Reliance Jio.Now Airtel has filed a petition before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), accusing TRAI of ignoring violations by Reliance Jio. After this, the TRAI has called for explanation from Reliance Jio.

 

 

[27.12.2016]BSNLEU demands formation of Joint Committee for wage negotiations.

Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR) today and pointed out that the Wage revision committee, formed by the Management, without union representatives, will not serve the purpose and demanded formation of a joint committee, with representation from recognised unions. Director(HR) assured that the issue would be looked into.


[27.12.2016]Victimisations at Varanasi. 

The severe victimisations at Varanasi, wherein BSNLEU leaders and members are implicated in forged FIRs, are being taken up with the Corporate Office for a long time. But, the directions given by Corporate Office were not being implemented by the UP(East) circle administration, as well as the Varanasi district administration. They were also misleading the Corporate Office by providing false information. However, BSNLEU has been continuously taking up the issue. In this regard, it is learnt that the CGM and GM(Admn.) of UP(East) circle are being called by the Corporate Office for discussion. If the problem is not resolved soon, BSNLEU will be forced to start agitation.

 

[26.12.2016]Conciliation on UF's 24 point charter of demands.

The Regional Labour Commissioner conducted a conciliation between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, on the 24 point charter of demands. In the earlier meeting, the RLC had suggested one more round of discussion, between the UF and the Management. In today's meeting it was informed that the Management is not prepared for such a discussion. Further, they demanded closure of many items of the 24 point charter of demands. But, this was opposed by the UF representatives, who told that they would give a rejoinder to the note submitted by the Management. The next round of conciliation will be held on 6th February,2017. The conciliation was attended by com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com.Kuldeep Singh,Asst.Treasurer(CHQ) from BSNLEU, com.Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA and com.Sarnam Singh Thomar,Dy.GS, BSNL MS.

 

[26.12.2016]Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) writes to the DoT, suggesting to start early talks for Wage Revision.

In the earlier conciliation meeting, between the United Forum and BSNL Management, the Regional Labour Commissioner(Central) accepted the argument of the United Forum that, the negotiations for wage revision of the Non-Executives should be started immediately, since government has already constituted the 3rd PRC for the Executives. Further, he assured that he himself would take up the issue with the DoT. Accordingly, the RLC has written to the DoT.<<< view RLC's letter >>>

 

[26.12.2016]Management forms a truncated Wage Revision Committee.

BSNLEU is insisting upon the Management to start the Wage negotiations, since government has already constituted the 3rd PRC for the Executives. But, the Management has been avoiding it, on the plea that they have not received clearance from the DPE, for doing so. In this situation, BSNLEU demanded to at least constitute the Wage Negotiations Committee, so that wage negotiation can be started immediately after clearance is received from the government. But, this demand was also not considered, despite so many letters are written. Finally com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met the CMD BSNL last Friday, and insisted the demand. After discussion, the CMD BSNL gave a positive assurance. However, the Corporate Office has issued letter today, for the formation of a Wage Revision Committee, without representation from the Recognised Unions. This is not acceptable to us. BSNLEU will soon take up the issue further with the CMD BSNL for immediate formation of a Wage Negotiation Committee, which will be consisting of both Management and Union sides.<<<view Corporate Office Letter>>>

 

[24.12.2016]Massive “March to CGMT Office” conducted in West Bengal.

More than 1,000 BSNL employees, casual & contract workers and pensioners participated in a massive “March to the CGMT Office” on 22nd December, 2016, organised by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, West Bengal circle, against the total breakdown of the BSNL Administration in West Bengal circle. There is heavy backlog of pending problems of the regular employees, casual & contract workers and pensioners. The casual & contract workers have not received salary for months together. Pensioners have not got their arrears on account of 78.2% IDA merger. Regular employees are aggrieved that their promotions, personal claims and other day to day problems are not getting settled on time. This rally is a warning for the Circle Administration. If situation does not improve, serious struggles may become inevitable.<<Views of the programme>>

 

[24.12.2016]BSNL’s endorsement of Government of India’s decisions for the revision of pension / gratuity / commutation of pension / family pension / disability pension / ex-gratia lump-sum compensation etc., based on the recommendations of  the 7th Pay Commission.<<click here>> <<enclosure-1>> <<enclosure-2>>

 

[24.12.2016]R.S. Varma, DGM, BSNL, Bulandshahr, has been arrested by CBI for taking bribe of Rs. 10,000/- from a contractor.

R.S. Varma, DGM, Bulandshahar, was arrested by the CBI while taking a bribe for clearing bills. It is alleged that the DGM was demanding 5% of the tender amount for payment clearance. The CBI laid a trap in the GMTD Office, BSNL Bulandshahar, and the DGM was caught while accepting the money.

 

[23.12.2016]Circle Secretaries are requested to send the names of the delegates and observers, to the Reception Committee, latest by 27th December, 2016.

The Reception Committee of the 8th All India Conference, has requested the CHQ to immediately send them, the names of the delegates and observers, attending the All India Conference from each and every circle, latest by 27th December, 2016. Hence, all the circle secretaries are requested to kindly send the names of the delegates and observers of their circles, to the Reception Committee immediately. These names should be sent by e-mail or by fax, latest by 27th December, 2016.E-mail ID & Fax No. of the Reception Committee is as follows:- 

bsnleutnc@gmail.com 

Fax No: 044-28294252

 

[23.12.2016]Enquiry instituted to look into the complaints connected with the selection of DR JEs.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications today, and discussed about the DR JE recruitment, that has been put on hold by the DoT. The General Secretary is told that an enquiry has been instituted by the DoT, to look into the complaints received from candidates, with regards to wrong questions / answers of the exam. The Joint Secretary (Administration) of the DoT is conducting this enquiry. In this connection, the DoT has raised certain queries with the Recruitment Branch of the BSNL Corporate Office, for which replies are sent by BSNL. Later on today, the GS met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.), BSNL Corporate Office, and discussed this issue. He urged upon the GM (Rectt. & Trg.) to take needful action for the early completion of the enquiry, so that the recruitment process could be completed. 

 

[23.12.2016]CMD BSNL is urged upon by BSNLEU, to immediately constitute the Wage Negotiation Committee, pending receipt of approval by the DPE.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and conveyed the anguish of the employees over the inordinate delay in the constitution of the Wage Negotiation Committee. The GS insisted that pending receipt of clearance from the DPE, for starting wage negotiations, BSNL Management should immediately start the task of constituting the Wage Negotiation Committee. If this task is completed, wage negotiations can be started immediately after receipt of clearance from the DPE. The CMD BSNL agreed with the reasoning of the GS and assured that needful action would be taken.

 

[23.12.2016]Approve the pending HR issues of the Non-Executives without further delay – CMD BSNL urged.

The CMD BSNL is urged today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, to immediately approve the HR issues which are lying pending for the approval of the Board of Directors. The GS pointed out that the HR issues of Non-Executives, viz., promotion in E1 pay scale, granting of one advance increment to the left-out Non-Executives, appointed between 01.01.2007 and 06.05.2010 and payment of gratuity to casual labourers, are already approved by the Management Committee and are sent for the approval of the BSNL Board. However, these issues are yet to be approved by the BSNL Board, and hence they are hanging fire, pointed out the GS. The CMD BSNL replied that this issue would be looked into. 

[23.12.2016]Letter written by BSNLEU, to the CMD BSNL, urging immediate constitution of the Wage Negotiation Committee, pending receipt of clearance from the DPE.<<view letter>> 

[23.12.2016]Letter written by BSNLEU, to the CMD BSNL, urging immediate approval of the HR issues of the Non-Executives, lying pending with the BSNL Board.<<view letter>>

[22.12.2016]Delegates and observers of the All India Conference should bring their BSNL photo IDs.

Delegates and observers for the All India Conference to be held at Chennai are requested to bring their photo IDs, issued by BSNL, without fail. The delegates and observers will be required to produce their photo IDs in the places where their accommodations are arranged. CHQ is making this request in the interest of the delegates and observers. Since, the climate during night times will be slightly chill, the delegates and observers are also requested to bring their bed-sheets.

 

[22.12.2016]Cabinet approves Cadre Review of the ITS Officers – Director General of Telecom post to be created once again.

The Central Cabinet met on 21.12.2016, presided over by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The meeting has finalised the Cadre Review of the ITS Officers. According to this decision, a post of Director General of Telecom is to be created. It may be remembered that originally there was a post of Director General of Telecom. The cadre strength of the ITS is restricted to the present working strength of 1,690.<<view Cabinet decisions>> 

 

[22.12.2016]BSNLEU once again writes to shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, on the Direct Recruitment of JEs.

BSNLEU has once again written to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, shri Manoj Sinha, requesting him to immediately take steps to break the stalemate that has arisen in the Direct Recruitment of JEs. BSNLEU has pointed out that a fool proof method has been adopted by the BSNL Management to avoid any malpractice in the online exam. BSNLEU has also pointed out to the Minister, that any further delay in the appointment of the selected DR JEs will result in acute shortage in the cadre of JEs, which will have an adverse impact in the quality of BSNL’s services.<<view letter>>

 

[21.12.2016]GPF funds allotted to circles.

Corporate Office has allotted funds to the circles, for GPF payment. Despite cash crunch, funds are sent. We appreciate the GM(T&BFCI) for this. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, had a long discussion with shri Y.N.Singh, GM(T&BFCI) today, about making uninterrupted payment of GPF advance to the employees, in a situation wherein BSNL is facing cash crunch due to demonetisation, as well as reduction in revenue, due to competition from Reliance Jio. Certain suggestions have come up in the discussion, which will be further discussed with the Member(Finance) of the DoT.

 

[21.12.2016]BSNLEU writes to the CMD for allotment of funds for payment of GPF advance.

Corporate Office has not allotted funds to the circles this month, for the payment of GPF advance. When the issue was discussed with the GM (T&BFCI), BSNLEU is told that funds would not be allotted this month, due to cash crunch. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding allotment of funds.<<view letter>>

 

[21.12.2016]BSNLEU demands payment of Rs.10,000/- of the salary in cash.

The Finance Ministry and the DPE have issued letters, stating that a salary advance of Rs.10,000/- should be paid in cash to the employees of the PSEs. BSNLEU wrote to the Director (HR), last month, demanding implementation of the order. However, it was not implemented in BSNL. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding Rs.10,000/- of the salary, for the month of December, 2016, to be paid in cash.<<view letter>>

 

[21.12.2016]Demonetisation managers incapable, I am breaking my head over it – Chandrababu Naidu.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who was among the first to welcome the Centre’s demonetisation decision, did a turnaround on Tuesday, saying it was “not what we wished for” and pointed out that there was no solution in sight even after “more than 40 days”. Naidu also heads the 13-member central committee set up to look into the demonetisation issue, and his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is an ally of the NDA. I am spending two hours daily to review the situation and ease the problems caused by demonetisation. I am breaking my head daily, but we are unable to find a solution to this problem,” he said. Naidu had earlier praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, even taking credit for the decision. A day after Modi made the announcement on November 8, the TDP was quick to claim that it was a “victory” for Naidu.

[Source: The Indian Express dated December 21, 2016]

 

[21.12.2016]Corporate Office letter on implementation of EPF coverage for pre-appointment training period of BSNL recruited employees.<<view letter>>

 

[20.12.2016]CMD BSNL’s greeting message for the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU to be held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017.<<view message>>

 

[20.12.2016]Corporate Office issues revised letter, sanctioning Special Casual Leave for the CEC members and delegates, for attending 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU.<<view letter>>

  

[20.12.2016]Corporate Office issues order for a wage cut for the One Day strike held on 15.12.2016.

Corporate Office has issued order today the 20.12.2016, for effecting wage cut for the One Day strike that has taken place on 15.12.2016. This move of the Management is nothing but an attempt to blunt future struggles opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNL is very dear to the Executives and Non-Executives. They are determined to save BSNL at any cost. They will make the Management to understand soon that, wage cut cannot deter the employees from going on more militant forms of struggles to protect BSNL.<<view CO letter>> 

 

[20.12.2016]Instructions to be followed in connection with the 8th All India Conference, to be held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017.

The All India Centre of our Union has discussed about the ways and means for conducting our 8th All India Conference successfully, as well as in an orderly and disciplined manner. These decisions of the All India Centre were communicated to the CEC members and district secretaries, through the CHQ circular no.15, dated 22nd September, 2016, i.e., 3 months before the All India Conference. According to the decisions of the All India Centre: - 

 

(1)  Registration of the delegates and observers will be held from 14:00 hrs. to 20:00 hrs. on 30th December, 2016. With a view to facilitate this, the Reception Committee has arranged staying accommodation and food for the delegates and observers from 30th December, 2016 onwards. Hence, it is the responsibility of the circle secretaries to ensure that all the delegates and observers of their respective circles are registered on 30th December, 2016 itself. On any account registration of delegates and observers will not be done on 31st December, 2016.  

 

(2)  Visitors will be allowed in the Seminar and the Inauguration of the Subjects Committee to be held on 31st December, 2016. However, it should be kept in mind that the capacity of the Hall is only 1,500. 

 

(3)  Only delegates and observers will be allowed in the Subjects Committee, i.e., from 1st January, 2017 to 3rd January, 2017. No visitors will be allowed in the Subjects Committee. 

 

All comrades are requested to kindly follow the decisions of the All India Centre, and to cooperate with the CHQ and the Reception Committee for the success of the 8th All India Conference. 

 

[20.12.2016]National Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions to be held at Bangalore on 29th January, 2017.

The Central Trade Unions have decided to conduct a National Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions at Bangalore, on 29th January, 2017. The two issues that will be discussed in this convention are, the strategy to be adopted against disinvestment / privatisation of PSUs and wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017. BSNLEU is invited to participate in the convention. 

 

[20.12.2016]Circle Unions to send particulars of the one day strike held on 15.12.2016.

The One Day strike on 15.12.2016, against the decision of the government to form a Subsidiary Tower Company was a complete success. It is very important to note that the strike has become nearly 100% success, without much preparation. In most of the places the offices were closed down. A full fledged review of the strike will be done in the CEC meeting to be held on 30.12.2016 and also in the All India Conference. Hence, all circle secretaries are requested to send district wise strike particulars in the enclosed performa. This is a very important task that the circle unions should urgently do.<<view performa>>  

 

[19.12.2016]Corporate Office letter on amendment to BSNL Transfer Policy.<<view letter>>  

 

[19.12.2016]Information regarding Special Casual Leave to attend 8th All India Conference.

Order is already issued by the BSNL Corporate Office, granting special casual leave to the Central Office bearers, circle Secretaries and delegates, to attend the 8th All India Conference, to be held at Chennai. However, the Corporate Office has done a mistake in that letter, with regards to the dates of the All India Conference. A corrigendum is being issued by the Corporate Office. All Central Office bearers, Circle Secretaries and delegates are therefore, requested not to worry about this, but to apply for special casual leave on time.<<view letter>>  

 

[19.12.2016]BSNL is taking on Reliance Jio, by announcing aggressive marketing. Offers unlimited free voice calls. 

BSNL is taking on Reliance Jio, by announcing unlimited voice calls. It has announced two schemes with unlimited voice calls. The first one is unlimited free voice calls, within BSNL network with 300 MB data, for Rs.99. The validity period will be 28 days. However, this offer is limited to Kolktat TD, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The second scheme is with unlimited calls, which includes other networks also, with 1 GB data usage for Rs.300. It's validity period will be 28 days. These new tariffs announced by BSNL, have to be popularised among the public, through aggressive marketing.

 

[19.12.2016]C.L.Yadav, GM, BSNL, Jallandhar, booked by CBI,  on corruption charge.

CBI has booked a General Manager of BSNL, presently posted in Jallandhar, on corruption charge. The CBI has accused that C.L.Yadav, while working as GM, Projects in Indore, has misused his office, and has favored a company called Texmo Pipes and Products Ltd., in the purchasing of duct pipes. For this, C.L.Yadav has received bribe of over Rs. 60 lakh. The CBI has conducted raids in the residences of C.L.Yadav, as well as that of the Managing Director and a Director of Texmo pipes.

(Source :Times of India dt. 17-12-2016)

 

[17.12.2016]Corporate Office issued instructions for timely settlement of pensionary benefits.<<click here>> 

[17.12.2016]Corporate Office letter on sanction of Sports grant for different circles.<<view letter>>

 

[16.12.2016]More views of the strike held on 15.12.2016.<<views of the strike-1>> <<views of the strike-2>> <<views of the strike-3>>

 

[16.12.2016]Views of the strike held on 15.12.2016.<<click here>>

 

[16.12.2016]Fund allotment for GPF payment may not be possible this month – says GM (T&BFCI).

CHQ is getting enquires from various circles, with regards to the allotment of GPF fund by the Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI). The GM told that BSNL is facing acute shortage of cash due to demonetisation. He further told that the revenue collection of BSNL has been greatly affected and Corporate Office is not in a position to allot funds this month for payment of GPF advance. CHQ will further take up this issue.

 

[15.12.2016]Press statement issued by BSNLEU on the historic One Day strike, against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view press statement>> 

 

[15.12.2016]Photos of the One Day strike will be uploaded on website tomorrow.

CHQ has received a large number of enthusiastic photos, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, both on e-mail and on whatsapp. It is evident from the photos that, the participation of the employees in the strike is massive and unprecedented. We regret that these photos could not be uploaded on the website today itself, since the work load involved is heavy. All the photos will be uploaded on the website tomorrow.

 

[15.12.2016]Massive one day strike, against fragmentation of BSNL, successfully started throughout the country.

The one day strike against the conspiracy of the government, to fragment BSNL, by forming a Subsidiary Tower Company, has successfully started throughout the country. Initial reports say that, the strike has evoked massive response, both among the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL. BSNLEU salutes all the comrades.

 

                  View of the strike at Bhopal

 

               View of the strike at Hyderabad

 

                View of the strike at Jaipur.

 

[14.12.2016]Deadlock created in the recruitment of DR JEs is seriously raised by the General Secretary, BSNLEU, with the Additional Secretary, Dot, in today's meeting.
At the end of today's meeting at New Delhi, between shri N. Sivasailam, Additional Secretary, Department of Telecommunications and the unions and associations of BSNL, to discuss about the Subsidiary Tower Company issue, com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, seriously raised the deadlock created in the recruitment of DR JEs. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, pointed that at a time when most of the serving DR JEs have already passed the JTO exams that were conducted this year, and  also at  a time when BSNL is facing acute shortage in the cadre of DR JEs, the deadlock created in the recruitment of DR JEs, is going to cause irreparable loss to BSNL. The GS, BSNLEU, also explained to the Additional Secretary, about crucial duties that are being carried out by the DR JEs  in BSNL, and told that all these works are going to be seriously hampered, if the recruitment process of the selected candidates is not immediately completed,and if they are not given posting. The Additional Secretary gave a patient hearing to the GS,BSNLEU, and assured that the matter would be seriously looked into.

 

[14.12.2016]Strike will take place tomorrow - Decision taken by all unions & associations after meeting with the Additional Secretary, Telecom.

A meeting took place at 5.00 pm today, between shri N.Sivasailam, Additional Secretary, DoT and the BSNL unions and associations. The meeting went on for one hour. The AST explained in detail about the proposals regarding formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The representatives raised the question as to what is the guarantee that strategic sale will not be done in the STC. For this, the AST said that he could not tell what would happen in future. After completion of the meeting, the all union & association representatives met and decided that the strike should take place as per decision. All the circle and district unions are requested to organise the strike very effectively.

 

[14.12.2016]Timing of the One Day Strike on 15-12-2016.

The One Day Strike on 15.12.2016 will start at 0000 hrs on 15.12.2016 at will end at 0000 hrs on 16.12.2016. 

 

[14.12.2016]Meeting with the Additional Secretary at 1700 hrs today.

BSNL Management has informed that a meeting is arranged between the Additional Secretary, DoT and the Unions and Associations, with regards to the One Day Strike on 15.12.2016 against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view letter>> 

 

[14.12.2016]It is the unorganised workers who are the worst hit.

It is the unorganised workers, who are very severely affected by the Note Ban, imposed by the Modi government. Unorganised workers constitute 90% of the total work force of the country. They find it extremely difficult to get their wages since their wages are paid in cash. Even after more than one month of the demonetisation, the severity of the problem has not reduced. Times of India, which is widely considered to be a pro-corporate paper, has reported yesterday the 13-12-2016 that 23.4 lakh workers did not get any work in November, 2016. No work means they will not get any money for their livelihood. Still long queues are standing before banks and ATMs. But Prime Minister and Finance Minister keep saying that the situation is coming to normal.

 

[13.12.2016]Organise massive rallies at circle and district levels tomorrow the 14.12.2016.

As per the call of the Unions and Associations of BSNL, rallies are to be conducted tomorrow throughout the country, at circle and district levels. CHQ requests all circle and district secretaries to effectively organise these rallies, in coordination with other unions and associations. It must be targeted to mobilise each and every Non-Executive and Executive of BSNL in these rallies, so that it becomes a mobilisation for the one day strike to be held on 15.12.2016.

 

[13.12.2016]General Secretary and Dy.General Secretary meet CMD BSNL and the OSD to the Minister in connection with the recruitment of DR JEs.

In connection with the stalemate that has been created in the recruitment of DR JEs, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today, and expressed their extreme unhappiness about the stalemate that has been created in the recruitment of DR JEs. The CMD BSNL agreed with the views of BSNLEU and stated that the results are put on hold as per the directions of the DoT. He also assured that prompt action would be taken to complete the recruitment process, once clearance is given by the DoT. Thereafter, both the GS and Dy.GS tried to meet the Private Secretary of the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications. However, that meeting did not materialise today. Hence, both the representatives met shri A.N. Rai, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Hon’ble Minister of State and discussed the matter. They strongly argued that the results of the online examination that has already been conducted should not be cancelled. They told the OSD that the exam was conducted online and that it has been conducted in the most transparent, fare and free manner. The leaders also pointed that most of the DR JEs working in BSNL are already promoted as JTOs. There is acute shortage of DR JEs in BSNL. Under such a situation, BSNL will face a crisis, if the selected DR JE candidates are not appointed. The OSD assured to take the views of BSNLEU to the notice of the Hon’ble Minister of State.

 

[13.12.2016]3rd round of JTO LICE successfully completed on 11.12.2016.

The 3rd and the last round of the JTO LICE is successfully completed on 11.12.2016. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the candidates who have appeared in the exam and wish good luck to all of them. Many road blocks and court cases came in the way of conducting the JTO LICE. However, all the road blocks are crossed and all the three rounds of JTO LICEs have been conducted successfully. BSNLEU also heartily thanks the Corporate Management for extending maximum cooperation to complete the JTO LICE process.

 

[13.12.2016]Immediately constitute the Joint committee for Wage Negotiation – CMD BSNL urged.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, during their discussion with shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, strongly demanded that the Corporate Management should immediately constitute the Joint Committee for wage negotiations. They pointed out that DPE clearance is not necessary for constituting the Joint Committee. They demanded the committee should be immediately formed and that the wage negotiations can start soon after receipt of clearance from the DPE. The CMD BSNL fully agreed with the argument of the Union and assured to do the needful.

 

[12.12.2016]FNTO and it's Forum partners are joining the one day strike, against Subsidiary Tower Company.

A discussion is held today, between com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,BSNLEU, and com.K.Jayaprakash,GS,FNTO & Convenor of the Forum led by FNTO. Com.P.Abhimanyu requested that FNTO and it's Forum partners should join the one day strike to be held on 15-12-2016. Com.Jayaprakash agreed to it and said that letter to this effect would be given to the Management tomorrow.

 

[12.12.2016]Circle and district secretaries are requested to greet lunch hour demonstration of FNTO and it's Forum.

FNTO and it's Forum partners are holding  lunch hour demonstration on 14-12-2016, on Wage Revision issue and opposing Subsidiary Tower Company. Since these are common issues, CHQ requests circle and district secretaries to greet/ address this lunch hour demonstration programme.

 

[10.12.2016]Membership Verification of the Executives completed. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all.

The Membership Verification of the Executives is over. After the formation of BSNL, this is the first Membership Verification for the Executives. SNEA has come first with 20,128 and AIBSNLEA has come a close second with 18,438 votes. BSNLEU heartily congratulates both SNEA and AIBSNLEA for their wonderful performance. BSNLEU also heartily congratulates all the Associations which have cooperated for the accomplishment of the democratic exercise. The Verification campaign was a prolonged one and substantial bitterness has been generated in the process. BSNLEU’s prayer is that, this should not result in a permanent rift. All the Associations of the Executives and Unions of the Non-Executives have to join hands, for carrying out the greater task of protecting and strengthening BSNL. Let us unitedly carry out this task.<<view results>> 

 

[10.12.2016]FNTO, BSNL SU and BSNL WRU are positive to join the strike.

A discussion is held today between com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, with regards to the 15th December One Day Strike. Followed by this com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to com. Zile Singh, GS, BSNL Staff Union(BSNL SU) and com. S.P. Sharma, GS, BSNL Workers Rashtriya Union (BSNL WRU) also. It is expected that a favourable decision will be taken by these unions shortly, for joining the 15th December, strike.

 

[09.12.2016]Corporate Office announces approval for holding Telecom Technician LICE (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic), for the vacancies of the year 2016.

BSNLEU has been pressing the Corporate Management hard to hold examination for promotion to the cadre of Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic). No examination was conducted for promotion to the cadre of Telecom Technician in the year 2016. Due to the continuous efforts taken by BSNLEU, the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has given it’s approval to the Chief General Managers for conducting the Telecom Technician LICE. As per this letter, the total vacancies in the cadre of Telecom Technician as on 31.03.2016 will be calculated and 50% of the vacancies will be year marked for the LICE. Now, the actual take of the LICE will be announced by the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate Office.<<view letter>>

 

[09.12.2016]BSNLEU demands the immediate reconstitution of the National Council.

It is already seven months after the results of the 7th Membership Verification were declared. However, the National Council is not yet reconstituted based on the results of the 7th Membership Verification, despite BSNLEU’s repeated reminders. Once again BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding immediate reconstitution of the National Council.<<view letter>>

 

[09.12.2016]Joint Convention held at Kottayam for organising 15th December, strike.

A joint convention was held at Kottayam yesterday, for organising the 15th December, strike. Com. V.K. Gangadharan, DP, BSNLEU, presided over. Com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, BSNLEU, delivered the inaugural address. Com. V. Karthikeyan, ACS, BSNLEU, com. Ponnamma Thankan, COS, BSNLEU, com. Biju Joseph, CHQ office bearer, SNEA, com. A. Sasi Kumar, DS, NFTE and com. Thomas Sebastin, DS, SNEA, addressed the convention.<<view images>>

 

[09.12.2016]BSNLEU’s press statement on One Day Strike against the Subsidiary Tower Company.

BSNLEU has issued the following press statement on 1st December, 2016, with regards to the One Day Strike to be held on 15.12.2016, against formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. This press statement can be utilised, for the issuing of press statements at the circle and district level.<<click here>>

 

[09.12.2016]BSNL’s Direct Recruitment to the cadre of Junior Engineers – BSNLEU writes to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications.

BSNL’s Direct Recruitment to the cadre of Junior Engineer has been put on hold by the DoT. BSNLEU has written to shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoS(C), demanding immediate completion of the recruitment process, so that the selected candidates get posting without delay.<<view letter>> 

 

[09.12.2016]Corporate Office letter on Direct Recruitment  of Junior Engineers (JE) Exam.<<view letter>>

 

[08.12.2016]Organise massive rallies on 14.12.2016, to educate the general public about the ill effects of Subsidiary Tower Company.

An emergency meeting of the Unions and Associations were held today. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. K.S. Kulkarni, AGS, NFTE, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, com. S.S. Thomar, Dy.GS, BSNL MS and com. Rakesh Sethi, GS, AIBSNLOA, participated in the meeting. Detailed discussions were held with regards to organising the 15th December, one day strike successfully. It was unanimously decided that massive rallies are to be organised at circle and district levels on 14.12.2016, to educate the general public about the nefarious game plan of the government to weaken BSNL, by breaking into pieces. The meeting decided that banners and placards should be carried in the rallies to reach our message to the public. The time available is very less. However, conducting rallies on 14.12.2016, is very much required for the success of the strike. CHQ requests that each every Non-Executives and Executives should be made to participate in these rallies. Circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to coordinate with other unions and associations immediately and to organise the rallies massively. 

 

[08.12.2016]Conduct press conferences and issue press release to generate publicity for the One Day Strike against Subsidiary Tower Company.

The Unions and Associations of BSNL, which emergently met at New Delhi today the 08.12.2016, decided that press statements should be issued at the circle and district levels immediately. This press statements should explain to the public about the efforts being taken by the unions and associations for the revival of BSNL, and how the government is trying to weaken BSNL by taking away is it’s mobile towers and form a separate tower company. Today’s meeting has decided that press statements should be issued at all circle and district levels, since the One Day Strike call, as well as the demand of the strike, have not received the much required public attention. Circle and district levels of BSNLEU are requested to try their best to do this job successfully, by coordinating with other unions and associations.

 

[08.12.2016]Holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi will be on 12.12.2016, instead of 13.12.2016.

The date of the holiday, on account of Milad-Un-Nabi was earlier announced as 13.12.2016. However, this has been changed by the government and now the holiday will be on 12.12.2016.<<view letter>> 

 

[08.12.2016]BSNLEU will take all out efforts to ensure that the future of the qualified candidates in the Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineers is not jeopardised.

BSNLEU is getting a lot of communication, through e-mail / whatsapp, from the candidates who have got qualified in the recently conducted examination for Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineers. We can understand that these candidates are extremely anguished since their selection process has been put on hold by the Department of Telecommunications. BSNLEU wishes to inform all the successful candidates that the Union will do it’s best to ensure that the qualified candidates get justice, and their recruitment is not jeopardised due to undue political intervention.

 

[08.12.2016]BSNLEU, Corporate Office circle executive committee meeting held. 

The circle executive committee meeting of the Corporate Office circle union of BSNLEU was held in the Corporate Office today. Com. Kamal Kishore, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. P.S.Bisht, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS addressed the meeting and explained about the move being made by the government to fragment BSNL, by forming a Subsidiary Tower Company and the need to stop it. They requested the office bearers to make fullest mobilisation, in coordination with other unions and associations, to make the strike success. Thereafter, the committee members participated in the discussion. The meeting resolved to make the strike success.

 

[07.12.2016]Has political interference started playing a role in BSNL recruitment also?

Examination was recently conducted for the Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineers (erstwhile TTA). The results were also announced. However, further processing of the recruitment, like verification of original documents etc., are not taking place. CHQ is getting a lot of enquires in this regard. Hence, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.) today, and discussed this issue. In the discussion, the Union representatives are told that the recruitment process of the DR JE has been held up as per the instruction of the DoT. Further, it is learnt from other sources that, the recruitment has been held up by the DoT, as per the instruction from the office of the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications [MoS(C)]. It is surprising to note that the recruitment process of a cadre in BSNL has been held up due to the interference of the office of the MoS(C) for the first time. This tantamounts to interference in the functioning of BSNL. So far, the internal examinations, as well as direct recruitments in BSNL, have been made in a free and fair manner, without room for any corruption. This has been happening despite the prevalence of wide spread corruption in the country. We have been rightly feeling proud of this. However, it seems political interference has started playing a role in BSNL also. BSNLEU will continue to fight for free and fair internal examinations as well as direct recruitments.  

 

[07.12.2016]Extension of “off-net” facility on the Rs.200/- SIM - file being moved for the approval of the Management Committee.

As regards the inordinate delay in the extension of “off-net” facility on the Rs.200/- SIM, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, and expressed the serious concern of the Union. BSNLEU has already written several letters to the Management and has already discussed the issue with the Director (HR) and GM (Admn.) on many occasions. Today, the GM (Admn.), told that the file is being sent for the approval of the Management Committee and assured that order will be issued soon.

 

[07.12.2016]JTO LICE to be held as per schedule on 11.12.2016.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.) today, and discussed about the forthcoming JTO LICE to be held on 11.12.2016. The representatives enquired as to whether any change in the date of holding the examination is being contemplated. The GM (Rectt. & Trg.), replied that as per schedule the exam will be held on 11.12.2016 and that there will not be any postponement of the exam.

 

[07.12.2016]BSNLEU once again writes to the Director (HR), demanding review of the results of the JTO LICE held on 24.09.2016.<<view letter>>

 

[07.12.2016]BSNL to Offer Unlimited Voice Calls, and 300MB data for Rs.149/-.

BSNL is coming up with a new plan priced at Rs.149/- per month to face the challenge posed by Reliance Jio. Subscribers enrolling for this plan will be able to make unlimited voice calls to any network and enjoy 300MB data also. This plan is likely to be effective from January 1, 2017.

 

[07.12.2016]BSNLEU demands constitution of the Joint Committee for wage negotiations, pending receipt of clearance from the DPE.  

BSNLEU is continuously demanding the BSNL Management to start negotiations for wage revision of the Non-Executives, since the government has already constituted the 3rd PRC for the revision of wages of the Executives. However, the Management is dodging the same, on the plea that BSNL has not received clearance from the DPE for starting wage negotiations. BSNLEU is demanding the Management to atleast constitute the Joint Committee, so that the wage negotiations can be started immediately after receipt of clearance from the DPE.<<view letter>> 

 

[07.12.2016]Injustice to SC/ST candidates in JAO posting in Telengana circle.

The circle administration of Telengana is doing grave injustice to the SC/ST candidates, in the matter of postings in JAO cadre. These SC/ST candidates who passed in the latest JAO LICE, and who have successfully completed their induction training, are being posted in far off SSAs, without considering their choices for place of posting. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding immediate intervention.<<view letter>> 

 

[07.12.2016]BSNLEU demands expeditious review of the results of the JAO LICE.

The BSNL Management has already constituted an Expert Committee, for the review of the results of the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016, based on the complaints received from the candidates. BSNLEU has already written to the Management, with necessary details, demanding review of the results. Since, the review is getting delayed, BSNLEU has once again written to the Corporate Office, demanding immediate review of the results.<<view letter>>

 

[06.12.2016]CHQ requests circle unions to extend their helping hand to the Reception Committee of the 8th All India Conference.

The Tamil Nadu circle union has accepted the big challenge of hoisting the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU. 1,880 delegates and observers are participating in this conference. The expenditure for this four day conference comes to a huge amount. The Tamil Nadu circle union is collecting donations only from the employees. The employees are also giving donations generously. However, this may not be sufficient to meet out the expenditure of the conference. Hence, as per the decision of the Central Secretariat meeting held at Chennai, other circle unions are also requested to extend their helping hand, by collecting advertisements for the souvenir. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to seriously look into this and to do the needful.

 

[06.12.2016]16,64,349 new mobile connections provided by BSNL in November, 2016.

BSNL has provided 16,64,349 new mobile connections in the month of November, 2016. It is an appreciable fact that BSNL is able to add more than 16 lakh customers in a month, even after the entry of Reliance Jio. However, this is lesser than the 20 lakh mobile connections provided by BSNL in the month of October, 2016. With 1,83,702 new connections, Tamil Nadu tops the list. CHQ requests the circle and district unions to play a more pro-active role to achieve the target of 23,10,000 new connections for the month of December, 2016.<<view Corporate Office letter>> <<<annexure-1>>>  <<<annexure-2>>>

 

[06.12.2016]Respectful homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on his 61st death anniversary.

BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, on the occasion of his 61st death anniversary, called as “Mahaparinirvan Diwas”. On this day, we resolve to rededicate ourselves in the struggle for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of the people of our society. 

 

 

[06.12.2016]Respectful homage to Selvi J. Jayalalitha.

Selvi J. Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, passed away at Chennai last night, after a prolonged battle conducted by the doctors failed to save her life. In a country where politics is dominated by men, selvi J. Jayalalitha has earned a unique place for herself, through her courageous style of functioning. As the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she has implemented a lot of welfare measures for the downtrodden people. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the departed leader.

 

[06.12.2016]Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, bereaved.

We are extremely saddened to know that smt. Leelawati Devi, wife of com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, passed away today morning in a Patna hospital. She has been seriously ill for quite sometime and all the efforts taken to save her life went in vain. We share the grief of com. Chandeswar Singh and his family members, and offer our heartfelt condolences to all of them. 

 

[03.12.2016]Allow payment of BSNL bills with old Rs.500/- notes till 15th December – BSNLEU writes to the Hon’ble MoS(C).

As already stated earlier, BSNL’s revenue collections are badly hit by the demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes. The time limit allowed by the government, for making pre-paid mobile recharging with old Rs.500/- notes has expired. As such, BSNL’s problems will also now aggravate. Since the government has fixed 15th December as the deadline for changing old Rs.500/- notes, BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble MoS(C), requesting to allow payment of BSNL’s bills for mobile, landline, broadband, leased lines, etc., with old Rs.500/- notes, till 15th December.<<view letter>>

 

[03.12.2016]Non-implementation of CVC guidelines in respect of tenure of officers.

As per CVC guidelines, officers holding sensitive posts, should not be allowed to continue in those posts on expiry of their terms. But this CVC guideline is being violated in the circles of Haryana and Odisha. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Pers.), yesterday. The GM (Pers.) agreed to do the needful. 

 

[03.12.2016]Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, expressed his extreme unhappiness to shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) yesterday, over the extreme delay in the settlement of victimisations in Varanasi. The GS firmly demanded that stern action should be taken against the officers who are dodging / violating the direction of the Corporate Office. The GM (SR) replied this matter is being seriously looked into.

 

[02.12.2016]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed about the following issues. 

 

Kerala victimisations.

The GS requested the CMD BSNL to put an end to the remaining victimisations in Kerala circle, in the light of the findings of the Inquiry Officer. The CMD BSNL told that the issue would be looked into. 

 

Stand still of developmental activities in West Bengal and anti-BSNLEU activities of the CGM, West Bengal.

The GS pointed out that the developmental activities of BSNL in West Bengal have come to a stand still and that the only job done by the CGM, West Bengal is to break BSNLEU. The CMD BSNL told that thus issue would be looked into. 

 

[02.12.2016]Meeting with GM (Estt.). 

Holding of Telecom Technician and Junior Engineer exams.

BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Corporate Management to hold the TT and JE LDCEs. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue once again today with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.). The GS demanded that efforts should be taken to hold these exams early in 2017. The GM (Estt.) assured to do the needful. 

 

Implementation of 7 CPC pay scales to the unabsorbed DoT employees (Non-Executives) working in BSNL.

BSNLEU is taking up this issue with the Corporate Management repeatedly. Once again it was discussed by com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.). She replied that steps are being taken to issue early orders. 

 

[02.12.2016]Meeting with GM (SR). 

Problems in the remittance of CHQ quota after the introduction of ERP.

After introduction of ERP, some problems have arisen in the remittance of CHQ quota, by the administration. Quota of subscription is not being regularly remitted to the CHQ, by the circle administrations. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR). The GS is assured needful action would be taken to streamline the remittance of CHQ quota by the circle administrations. 

 

Postponement of the All India BSNL Badminton meet.

The All India BSNL Badminton meet is scheduled to be held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 14th to 17th December, 2016. In view of the All India One Day Strike to be held on 15.12.2016, com. P. Abhimanyu, Gs, demanded shri A.M. Gupta, (GM admn. incharge) to postpone the meet. The GM assured to look into it.

 

[02.12.2016]Reliance Jio extends free voice and data service upto 31st March.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., announced yesterday that the customers of Reliance Jio will get free voice calls and data service free up to 31st March. Private telecom operators are taken aback by this announcement. Shares of leading private operators like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea tumbled in the share market. Clearly, Mukesh Ambani is using his huge financial muscle to capture the telecom market. Now, other operators, including BSNL, also compelled to match the concessions offered by Reliance Jio, which will affect their revenue.  

 

[01.12.2016]One Day Strike on 15-12-2016 – Circle and District Secretaries to seriously note please.

CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to start serious preparations for the One Day strike to be held on 15.12.2016. Being the leaders of the Major Recognised Union, the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU have a very special role to play. They have to take the initiative to coordinate with the other unions and associations, so that the strike preparations are done collectively. There should not be any lagging due to the thinking that, strike will become successful, since all unions and associations are participating. There is a proverb that “Every body’s business is no body’s business”. We should not become slack, thinking that others will take the initiative. BSNLEU has to take the initiative. We should realise that we are fighting against the policy of a powerful government. The formation of Subsidiary Tower Company can only be stopped through a mighty united struggle. Hence, all out efforts should be taken to ensure 100% participation in the strike. The time available for strike preparation is very less. Start conducting strike preparatory meetings immediately at all places to mobilise the employees. The matter contained in the CHQ circular no.17 could be utilised to print pamphlets, which should be distributed to each and every employee. Going seat by seat, if necessary house to house to meet the employees, is necessary to ensure 100% participation. CHQ may be kept informed by the circle secretaries, about the preparations that are being taken.

 

[01.12.2016]Com. K. Hemalata elected as the President of CITU.

The 5 day All India Conference of CITU, held at Puri, came to an end yesterday. Com. Tapan Sen is re-elected as the General Secretary. Com. K. Hemalata, is elected as the new President. Com. K. Hemalata was the National Secretary in the outgoing body. It is highly appreciable that CITU has elected a lady comrade as it’s National President. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, is elected as the Vice-President. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the newly elected office bearers of CITU.

 

[01.12.2016]Public become violent, as they don’t get money from banks.

As days pass on, withdrawing money from the banks and ATMs is getting difficult for people. People do not get money even after waiting in queues for hours together. In places like Meerut, Agra, etc., the police has resorted to lathi charge to disperse the public, who became restive due to not getting money. In Doghat Village of Baghpat district (Uttar Pradesh), the bank staff ran out of the bank building and took refuge in the police station, since the customers became violent because of not getting money. 

 

 

[01.12.2016]Com. A.V. Kuriakose, Circle President, Kerala retired.

Com. A.V. Kuriakose, BSNLEU circle president, Kerala, retired yesterday from service on superannuation. Before the formation of BSNLEU, com. A.V.Kuriakose had functioned as the Kerala circle secretary of the Telegraph Class IV Union also. CHQ heartily greets com. A.V. Kuriakose on his retirement and wishes a long, healthy and happy retired life.

 

[30.11.2016]Implementation of the 7th CPC pay scales for the unabsorbed DoT employees working in BSNL.

The new pay scales, as recommended by the 7th CPC, is not yet implemented in respect of the unabsorbed DoT employees (Non-Executives), working in BSNL. The issue was taken up by BSNLEU, based on which Management constituted a Committee to look into the issue. The Committee has now submitted it’s report to the CMD BSNL. BSNLEU is following up the issue, for it’s early settlement.

[30.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on holding of LICE for promotion to the cadre of Telecom Technician (erst-while Telecom Mechanic) for the Recruitment year 2016-<<view letter>> 

[30.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on deployment of Junior Engineer (erst-while TTAs) and JTO (T)s in Non-Recruiting Circles-<<view letter>>

[30.11.2016]One more attack on the army.

BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the 7 army personnel killed in the Fidayeen attack carried out on the Nagrota Army Head Quarters, near Jammu. Hats off to our jawans who have fought heroically and rescued women and children, taken as hostages during the attack. It really pains us to note that this is the third attack on the armed forces during the last two years. Earlier, Pathankot air force and Uri army camp were attacked. After the surgical strike, Defence Minister, Manohar Parikkar declared that, Pakistan has not come out of the anaesthesia that was given during the surgical strike. But thereafter, 17 Indians soldiers were killed in hostilities in the India Pakistan border. Now, a major attack on our army head quarters has taken place. Mind, these are not attacks on our ordinary people, but on the army and the air force. Let our ministers not play with the lives of our jawans by making irresponsible statements. They should show some political maturity to put an end to the hostilities prevailing in the border. 

 

[30.11.2016]Bad loans of Public Sector banks increased by Rs.80,000/- crore in 3 months.

The bad loans of the Public Sector banks increased by Rs.80,000/- crore during the 3 month period, i.e., July to September, 2016. It is unbelievable. This is how the corporates and the rich loot people's money. They take loans from Public Sector Banks and simply do not return. And there is no one, including the government, to question them. This is how, the Public Sector Banks are made to face the crisis. As of 30th September, 2016, the total bad loans of the Public Sector Banks stood at a whopping Rs.6,30,323 crore. Why don't the Prime Minister make a surgical strike on the corporates who cheat the Public Sector Banks?

 

[30.11.2016]Demonetisation will slow down GDP growth – says Flitch Ratings.

The much touted demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes will affect the GDP growth. According to Flitch Ratings, the GDP growth will slow down to 6.9%, instead of the earlier expected 7.4%. “Due to demonetisation, the Indian consumers have not had the cash needed to complete purchases, and there have been reports of supply chains being disrupted and farmers unable to buy seeds and fertiliser for sowing season”, Flitch Ratings report said.

[Courtesy: The Hindu 30.11.2016]

 

[30.11.2016]On pay day, workers are left high and dry.

In a situation wherein already people are waiting in long queues before banks and ATMs, the salaried employees are going to face a night mare in getting their salary money on hand. This is the first pay day after the Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes are withdrawn by the government. Even after 22 days of demonetisation, the situation has not improved. The worst hit are the workers in the unorganised sector. Since there is very little cash flow, they do not get their wages. Nobody knows when the situation will improve.

 

[29.11.2016]What is the intention behind government’s move to form Subsidiary Tower Company?

The government and the BSNL Management are advancing deceptive and misleading arguments to confuse the employees, on the issue of formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNLEU’s circular explains how the arguments of the government and the Management are camouflaging their real motive.<<view circular>>

 

[29.11.2016]BSNLEU urges Corporate Office to expeditiously hold meeting of the Designations Committee.

Meeting of the Joint Committee, for the change of the designations of the left out Non-Executives, has been formed. However, despite BSNLEU’s insistence for holding early meeting, the Management has so far not fixed date for the meeting. BSNLEU has once again written to the Management, insisting to hold the meeting expeditiously.<<view letter>>

 

[29.11.2016]7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, Telecom Factories, Kolkata held on 18th & 19th November, 2016. 

The 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, Telecom Factories, Kolkata was held at Telecom Factory, Kolkata on 18th & 19th November, 2016. Com. Sekhar Bhattacharjee, circle president, presided over. Com. Om. Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. The conference was inaugurated by com. Sisir Bhattacharjee, veteran leader of the P&T trade union movement.  Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, BSNLEU (CHQ), com. Arup Sarkar, CS, CCMU, KTD, com. Sahabuddin Siddique, CS, CCMU, TF, Kolkata and com. Adhir Sen, VP, AIBDPA, addressed the inaugural session held on 18.11.2016. The open session of the conference was held on 19.11.2016, and was addressed by com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ). In his speech, com. Animesh Mitra, sharply criticised the economic policy of the government and urged upon the workers to improve their work culture, so as to provide better services to the customers. The conference was also addressed by Shri A.K. Kundu, CGM, TF, Kolkata and shri R.K. Upadhyay, GM, TF, Kolkata.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[29.11.2016]7th Circle Conference of Telecom Stores Circle, Kolkata, held on 18th November, 2016. 

The 7th Circle conference of Telecom Stores Circle, Kolkata, was held on 18th November 2016. Com. Thakur Ch. Das, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Saibal Sengupta, CHQ Treasurer. In his speech, com. Saibal, explained about the present political and economic situation of the country. He insisted that the unity of the working class has to be strengthened, so that a formidable resistance can be unleashed against the pro-corporate and anti-worker policies of the government. The serious discussion took place in the subjects committee, on the report placed by the Circle Secretary. The conference gave valid suggestions on various issues. The concluding speech of the conference was delivered by com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), who threw light on various vital issues.

 

[28.11.2016]Posters for the One Day Strike.

Posters are being printed in English and Hindi, for the forthcoming One Day Strike against the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. They will dispatched to all districts tomorrow. They may be utilised in the campaign to make the strike successful. Besides this, circle and district unions are also requested to print posters in the regional languages.<<<English poster>>>  <<<Hindi poster>>>

 

[28.11.2016]Views of the dharna held on 25.11.2016, against the formation of  Subsidiary Tower Company.<<<views of the dharna-1>>> <<<views of the dharna-2>>>

 

[28.11.2016]Delegates of the 15th All India Conference of CITU staged human chain, protesting demonitisation.

The 2,000 strong delegates of the 15th All India Conference of CITU, being held at Puri in Odisha, conducted an impressive human chain today. The Human Chain started at 07:30 am. The participants decried the demonitisation implemented by the Modi government, which has put the working people of this country in enormous hardships. They demanded immediate action, to bring an end to the sufferings. This human chain is part of the " Jan Aakrosh Divas " being observed throughout the country.

 

[26.11.2016]15th All India Conference of CITU started enthusiastically at Puri.

The 15th All India Conference of CITU, started enthusiastically today, at com. Samar Mukharji Nagar, in Puri,Odisha. The five day conference will be held up to 30th December. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, hoisted the Union flag and delivered the presidential address of the Conference. Leaders of various Central Trade Unions greeted the conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, is attending the Conference as a delegate. 

  

 

[26.11.2016]"The living legend" com. Fidel Castro, passes away.

We are extremely saddened to hear that "the living legend", com.Fidel Castro has passed away. He was 90 years of old.  Com.Castro, who transformed Cuba into a socialist country, continued to be the source of energy, for decades together, to the revolutionary forces throughout the world. He withstood all the attempts made by the CIA, to assassinate him. Despite the sanctions imposed by the US imperialism for decades together, Cuba continues to advance as a socialist country, importantly due to the inspiration provided to Cuba, by com.Fidel Castro. BSNLEU dips it's banner and  pays it's respectful homage to com. Fidel Castro.

 

 

[26.11.2016]Rs.1,000/- is the delegate fee for the 8th All India Conference.

The All India Centre meeting, held on 24-11-2016, has decided that Rs.1,000/- shall be the fee for delegates and observers of the 8th All India Conference, to be held at Chennai, from 31st December,2016, to 3rd January,2017. The quantum of delegate fee is decided, by taking into account various aspects. Kind cooperation of all concerned is solicited.

 

[25.11.2016]Director(HR) held discussion with unions and associations on Subsidiary Tower Company issue.

Late yesterday evening, Ms.Sujata T.Ray called the unions and associations for a discussion on the Subsidiary Tower Company issue. Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, represented BSNLEU. The Director(HR) explained about the benefits of forming the Subsidiary Tower Company, and requested the representatives to reconsider their decision to go on agitation. However, the representatives reiterated the decision to go on struggle.
 

[25.11.2016]Dharna against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company is a massive success.

The dharna, called on by the unions and associations of BSNL, against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company today, is a massive success. The Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL throughout the country have participated in large numbers in the dharna. In the dharna held at BSNL Corporate Office, leaders of the all unions and associations addressed. Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, presided. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Arvind Dahiya, Joint Secretary, SNEA, Dr. V.P. Singh, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, com. Sharma, VP, BTEU, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, com. Hari Singh, Dy.GS, BTU, com. H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA, etc., addressed. All the leaders declared that the one day strike on 15.12.2016 will be a total success. 

 

[25.11.2016]FNTO is positive to join the one day strike on 15.12.2016.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, telephonically spoke to com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, who is in Hyderabad, after the passing away of his mother, and discussed about the one day strike to be held on 15.12.2016 against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. In the discussion, com. Jayaprakash, stated that he would  discuss this issue within his organisation and would take a positive decision soon. We are hopeful that FNTO also would take a favourable decision to join the strike.

 

[25.11.2016]Prepaid recharges up to Rs.500/- in old notes will be allowed till Dec 15.

Consumers with pre-paid connections will be able to do top-ups for a maximum of Rs.500/- each, using older currency notes till December 15, the finance ministry said Thursday evening, while announcing a list of services where older Rs.500/- notes will be accepted for another 21 days.

 

[25.11.2016]Dharna against Subsidiary Tower Company started throughout the country.

As per the call of the unions and associations of BSNL, country wide dharna programme started today, against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. An impressive dharna started at BSNL Corporate Office also.

   

[24.11.2016]Notification for the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, to be held at Chennai, from 31.12.2016 to 03.01.2017.<<view notification>> 

[24.11.2016]Notification for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at Chennai on 30.12.2016.<<view notification>>

[24.11.2016]Let tomorrow’s dharna the preparation for the one day strike to be held on 15.12.2016.

The dharna to be held tomorrow against formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company will be the preparation for the one day strike, to be held on 15.12.2016. Hence, circle and district unions are requested to mobilise maximum number of Non-Executives and Executives in tomorrow’s dharna, so that it will be a grand preparation for the one day strike. The massive success of tomorrow’s dharna should send the right message to the government also. 

 

[24.11.2016]Demonetisation seriously hits BSNL’s revenue collection – Forum writes to the Secretary, DoT, urging to take remedial measures.

The demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes has seriously hit BSNL’s revenue collection. BSNL’s revenue was growing at 8% before demonetisation. But after that, the growth has dipped to -2%. This is alarming and will severely hit BSNL’s ongoing revival process. The Forum has written to the Secretary, DoT, requesting to allow BSNL to receive payments from customers in old Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- currency notes upto 31st December, 2016, to overcome the crisis.<<view letter>>

 

[23.11.2016]Com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO,  bereaved. 
We came to know belatedly that, smt.Padmavathamma, mother of com.Jayaprakash,General Secretary, FNTO, passed away at Hydrabad yesterday. She was 98 years old. BSNLEU conveys it's heartfelt condolences to com.Jayaprakash and members of his family.
 

[23.11.2016]BSNLEU demands payment of salary advance of Rs.10,000/- as per DOE & DPE orders.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the salary for the month of November, 2016, should be paid in cash. Now, the Department of Expenditure and Department of Public Enterprises have issued letters that the ‘below supervisory level employees of Public Sector Enterprises’ should be paid a salary advance of Rs.10,000/-. BSNLEU has written to the Director (Finance) and GM (T&BFCI) demanding payment of salary advance to BSNL employees.<<view letter>> <<DOE & DPE letter>> 

 

[23.11.2016]BSNLEU urges upon the Management to immediately convene meeting of the Joint Committee to review medical policy.

As per the demand of BSNLEU, the Management has already constituted a Joint Committee for the review of the medical policy. However, the meeting of the committee has not taken place after the 7th Membership Verification. BSNLEU has already urged the Management to convene the meeting of the committee. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), today and demanded the immediate convening of the meeting. Based on this, it is agreed that the meeting will take place in the first week of December. 

 

[23.11.2016]BSNLEU demands immediate restoration of the “Off-Net” calls.

The facility of Off-Net calls provided on the Rs.200/- SIM to the Non-Executives had lapsed. BSNLEU has already demanded that the facility should be restored. However, instead of restoring the facility, the Corporate Office keeps on writing to the CGMs, calling for inputs. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in their meeting with the GM (Admn.) today, demanded that the Off-Net facility should be restored without further delay. The GM (Admn.) responded positively and assured to take the necessary steps. 

 

[23.11.2016]Immediate re-constitution of the National Council pressed upon.

It is already more than 6 months since the results of the 7th Membership Verification are declared. However, the National Council has not so far been re-constituted. BSNLEU has already written to the Director (HR), demanding immediate re-constitution of the National Council. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today and demanded re-constitution of the National Council without further delay. They pointed out that such a delay has never taken place before, in re-constituting the National Council based on Membership Verification results. The GM (SR) replied that the National Council could not be reconstituted since the 2nd Recognised Union has not submitted it’s nominations to the Staff Side. 

 

[23.11.2016]BSNLEU bitterly criticises the inordinate delay in the settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.

In their meeting with the GM (SR) today, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, bitterly criticised the Corporate Management for it’s ineffectiveness to make proper intervention and settle the victimisations at Varanasi. The representatives demanded that Corporate Office should fix the responsibility and take appropriate action on the officers who had given false information to the Court and to the Corporate Office. The GM (SR) assured that action would be taken accordingly. 

 

[23.11.2016]Outcome of the conciliation meeting conducted by the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) on the 24 point charter of demands of the United Forum.

The Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation meeting between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, on the 24 point charter of demands. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. John Verghese, AGS, com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA and com. S.S. Tomar, AGS, BSNLMS, represented the United Forum. On the issue of Wage Revision, the United Forum accused that the Management is unnecessarily delaying constitution of the Wage Negotiation Committee. The Management Side replied that the Committee could not be constituted necessary approval has not come from the DPE. The United Forum clarified that approval of the DPE is required only for starting the Wage Negotiation, whereas no approval is required to constitute the Committee. After hearing both sides, the RLC (C) observed that the demand of the United Forum is justified and directed the Management to look into this. The RLC (C) also assured that he himself would write to the DoT, requesting to expedite the commencement of the Wage Negotiations. As regards the other demands contained in the 24 point charter of demands, the RLC (C) suggested that a Committee of BSNL Management and the United Forum could be constituted (with equal number of members from both sides), for having one more round of discussion. The United Forum agreed for the proposal. The Management Side stated that the suggestion would be taken for the approval of the Management. 

 

[23.11.2016]Notice for dharna and strike, by unions and associations of BSNL, against formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company issued.

The unions and associations of BSNL served notice today, on the Secretary, DoT and the CMD BSNL, for conducting day long dharna on 25.11.2016 and strike on 15.12.2016, against formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. 14 unions and associations have signed the notice for dharna and strike. They are:- BSNLEU, NFTE BSNL, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, SNATTA, BSNLMS, ATM, AIBSNLOA, BTU, BSNLOA and BEA. Efforts are on to bring other left out unions and associations also in to the struggle.<<View strike notice>>

 

[22.11.2016]Queues of pain for tiny gain?

Although there are no exact figures, estimates for black money range from 20-66% of the GDP. That is, anywhere between Rs. 27 lakh crore and Rs. 90 lakh crore.


A committee on 'Measures to Tackle Black Money in India and Abroad', set up by the finance ministry in 2012 and headed by the chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had said that "demonetisation may not be a solution for tackling black money in the economy, which is largely held in the form of benami properties, bullion and jewellery etc."


So, estimates for illegal cash range from 3% to 5% of the total black economy. Taking the higher 5% figure, black money in cash would be somewhere between Rs.1.4 lakh crore and Rs.4.5 lakh crore. 

 

All this computation goes to show only one thing — a very large share, in fact the bulk of black money, is not going to be caught in the present drive. 

 

A recent study by the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, carried out under the supervision of the National Investigation Agency with the help of top government economic and intelligence bodies concluded that the total fake currency in circulation in India was Rs.400 crore. This figure was confirmed by minister of state for finance Arjun Meghwal in the Rajya Sabha in August last year. 

 

So, fake notes worth Rs.400 crore will definitely become unusable as a result of demonetisation. But that will last only till the counterfeiters don't print fresh fake currency based on the new notes. Then the whole cycle may start again. In short, the ongoing disruption of daily life across the country is highly unlikely to finish the scourge of either black money or terror funding. Maybe all this pain was in vain.

[Source: Times of India dated 21.11.2016]

 

[22.11.2016]Organise dharna against Subsidiary Tower Company massively on 25.11.2016.

The Unions and Associations of BSNL have decided to organise dharna throughout the country on 25.11.2016, against government’s move to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. All circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to coordinate with other unions and associations and to organise the dharna programme massively.

 

[21.11.2016]Pre-All India Conference CEC meeting – Circle Secretaries and Central Office-bearers to note please.

The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU will be held at Chennai from 31.12.2016 to 03.01.2017. In this connection, the Central Executive Committee meeting will be held on 30th December, 2016. The meeting will start sharply at 10:00 hrs. All Circle Secretaries and Central Office-bearers are requested to make note of this and to book their journey tickets accordingly. 

 

[21.11.2016]Declaration of the results of Junior Engineers (Direct Recruitment) and the instructions to the CGMs thereon.<<Forwarding letter>> <<result sheet>> 

 

[21.11.2016]Corporate office letter on inputs to be provided by circles, with regards to court cases.<<view letter>>

 

[21.11.2016]More lives have been lost in the name of religion than political ideology - says Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Shri T.S.Thakur, Chief Justice of India, has severely criticised communal forces, which spread hatred and violence in the name of religion. Addressing in the function to release a book at New Delhi, the Chief Justice has spoken as follows:- 

 

"More lives have been lost in the name of religion than political ideology. The manner in which a person chooses to practice his religion is between him and God and no third person has any business to interfere. Religion is personal. No one has any business to say how you practice your faith. The thought that "only my path is right" has led to destruction, damage and bloodshed." 

 

It is very important that the Chief Justice of India has expressed such views, at a time when communal forces are dividing the people in the name of religion, to take political advantage. 

 

[21.11.2016]BSNLEU offers heartfelt condolences to the victims of the train accident.

It was shocking to know that the Patna bound Indore - Rajendranagar express train met with a major accident yesterday. Many coaches have derailed, due to which 120 passengers were killed and more than 200 were injured. Cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. BSNLEU offers it's heartfelt condolences.

 

 

[19.11.2016]Supreme Court of India severely criticises the government on the demonitisation issue.

 

            

The Supreme Court came down hard on the government on Friday for not doing enough to ease the cash crunch in the country, warning that the situation was serious and people were still so anxious that there could be riots. 

 

The government’s surprise decision to scrap high-value currency has led to chaos, with snaking queues outside banks and ATMs even 10 days after the decision. The bills accounted for 86% of all cash in the economy. 

 

“People are affected and they have the right to approach the courts. People are frantic. There may be riots,” said a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice A R Dave.

[Source: Hindustan Times dated 19-11-2016.]

 

[19.11.2016]7th circle conference of Haryana started enthusiastically at Rohtak.

The 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, Haryana circle, started today at Rohtak. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by com. Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS. Open Session of the conference was presided over by com.Naresh Kumar, CP. Com. M.S.Kadian, CS, welcomed every one and delivered the introductory speech. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.Arvind Dhaiya, Jt.Secretary, SNEA, com.Kuldeep Singh, Asstt. Treasurer, CHQ, BSNLEU, shri Suresh Garg,GM(Admn) and shri  Captan Singh,GMTD, Rohtak, addressed the session. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS in his speech, explained about the present political and economic conditions of the country. He further explained about issues such as Subsidiary Tower Company, wage revision, PLI, stagnation, dept. exams, etc. Finally he appealed to all delegates to take serious effort for formation of BSNLCCWF and AIBDPA in Haryana circle to strengthen the organisation for further united struggles to achieve the rights of the workers.<<<views of the meeting>>> 

 

[19.11.2016]BSNLEU once again insists the Management to pay November salary in cash.

BSNLEU has already written to the to the CMD BSNL, demanding that the salary for the month of November should be paid in cash, since withdrawal of cash from banks / ATMs has become very difficult after the withdrawal of Rs.1,000/- and Rs.500/- currency notes. Once again com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Sri Y.N. Singh, GM(T&BFCI) yesterday, and insisted that the  November salary should be paid in cash, to mitigate the sufferings of the employees. The GM(T&BFCI) assured that the demand would be appropriately looked into.

 

[19.11.2016]Congrats ! Corporate Office issues letter to give provisional promotion to the successful JAO trainees.

BSNLEU is glad to inform that the Management has taken decision to give provisional promotion to the JAO trainees who have passed in the JAO LICE held on 17-11-2016, and who have successfully completed the training. Earlier, Management took decision to postpone their promotion, pending a fresh review of the results of the exam. BSNLEU strongly protested this decision and wrote a strong letter to the Director(HR). The issue was also discussed with the Director(HR), GM(Rectt.&trng.) and GM(FP). Consequently, the Management has decided to give provisional promotion to the candidates. This is a great relief to them. BSNLEU thanks the Director(HR) and other officers for taking the right decision.<<<view letter>>> <<annexure>>

[19.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on result of LICE for promotion to the grade of JAO under 40% Quota - Follow up action.<<<click here>>>

[19.11.2016]Corporate Office reminder on modification in policy for provision for pre-paid GSM SIM card to all Non-Executives working in BSNL.<<<click here>>>

[19.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on information related to TTAs appointed as JTO under Direct Recruitment quota.<<<click here>>>

[19.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on information regarding number of employees waiting for compassionate ground appointment.<<<click here>>>

[18.11.2016]Forum, Assam, conducted agitation against the appointment of Rajiv Yadav, retired CGM,Assam, as consultant.

All BSNL unions and associations of Assam circle conducted a powerful demonstration at CGM office, Guwahati today, under the banner of the Forum, protesting against the appointment of Rajiv Yadav as a consultant for NOFN and other government projects in the North East. Rajiv Yadav recently retired as the CGM of Assam and he was unpopular during his tenure as the CGM, because of his incompetence and doubtful integrity. The employees of Assam don't have faith in Rajiv Yadav. His appointment as the consultant, and that too a few months after his retirement, is seen as a clear act of favouritism by the BSNL Corporate Office. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Forum of Assam circle and demands the immediate withdrawal of Rajiv Yadav.<<<views of the agitaton>>> 

 

[18.11.2016]CHQ Hindi circular on the decisions of the Central Secretariat meeting, held at Chennai.<<<view circular>>>

 

[18.11.2016]A well organised Dharna was conducted infront of CGMT office at Ahmedabad, Gujrat Circle.

A well organised Dharna was conducted infront of CGMT office at Ahmedabad, Gujrat Circle today, demanding immediate settlement of long pending problems of the Non-Executives.  More than 300 comrades, from across the Gujarat, participated in the Dharna. Com. Deepak Trivedi Circle President presided over. All the District Secretaries addressed. A very impressive lunch hour demonstration was also conducted. Com. Balbir Singh President, BSNLEU, addressed the dharna and supported the demands. He also explained in detail the issues of Non-Executives, formation of separate subsidiary Tower company, Wage revision etc. Com. D.K Bakutra Organising Secretary(CHQ)  addressed and declared that the Gujarat comrades would continue the struggle until their demands are settled.<<<views of the dharna>>> 

 

[18.11.2016]Militant and massive struggle in Tamil Nadu,  by TNTCWU and BSNLEU, demanding settlement of the issues of the contract workers. 

More than 2000 contract workers and regular employees of BSNL are conducting a massive dharna today, at Tamil Nadu CGM's office in Chennai. They are demanding the re-engagement of the 11 retrenched contract workers.  Implementation of the Corporate Office letters on payment of wages and EPF and ESI are the other issues. The CGM Tamil Nadu, instead of settling the problems amicably, took a high handed position and brought in a large number of police force to crush the struggle. In the morning, barricades were created at the main entrance of the CGM office and the gate was closed down.  The agitating comrades were not allowed to enter. However, all the comrades managed to get inside the compound and started the dharna. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS,BSNLEU, com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS,BSNLEU, com. Murugaiah, President, TNTCWU, com. Vinodh, Secretary, TNTCWU and com.P.Palanisamy, AGS, BSNLCCWF are leading the struggle. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu comrades and wishes the heroic struggle success.<<<views of the dharna>>>

 

[18.11.2016]SEA section of the Corporate Office endorses Recruitment Branch letter, directing the CGMs not to issue promotion orders to the JAO trainees.<<<view letter>>>

 

[17.11.2016]BSNLEU demands that November salary should be paid in cash to the employees, directly by BSNL.

The demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- currency notes has created acute shortage in cash flow. Like the other citizens of India, BSNL employees are also suffering a lot in getting money from banks and ATMs. They are standing hours together before banks and ATMs to get cash. Under these circumstances, if the November salary of the employees is sent to the banks, it will be very difficult for the employees to withdraw money from the bank and ATMs. This will further complicate the situation for the BSNL employees. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to take steps, for the payment of November salary in cash to the employees, directly to be made by the BSNL Management, instead of sending the same to the bank.<<<view letter>>>

 

[17.11.2016]Director (HR) urged to do the needful for issuing posting orders to the JAO trainees.

The Corporate Office has issued instructions, directing the CGMs not to issue the promotion orders for the successful candidates in JAO cadre. The union has already written letter to the Director (HR) to take necessary action for issuing posting orders without any postponement. In this regard, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Balbir Singh, President met Director (HR) and empathetically urged her to cancel the instructions issued by the Recruitment Cell on postponement, since the trainees are completing training on tomorrow i.e., 18.11.2016, and if the posting will be done after review of the results, they will be deprived of getting promotions for further one month. The Director (HR) assured to look into the matter and to do the needful.

 

[17.11.2016]Forum conducted demonstration at Corporate Office, condemning "Telecom Live". 

The BSNL employees are taking efforts tirelessly, under the leadership of the Forum, to revive of BSNL. In this situation, the "Telcom Live" magazine is continuously carrying articles, damaging BSNL. This is being done at the behest of vested interests. The aim of the "Telcom Live" is to somehow stop the revival of BSNL. The Core Committee of the Forum, which held it's meeting on 14-10-2016, decided to conduct a demonstration at the Corporate Office, and also to burn copies of the "Telcom Live", to record the protest of the employees. Accordingly, a demonstration was conducted at BSNL Corporate Office today, and copies of the "Telecom Live" were also burnt. Meeting was presided over by com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary (CHQ). The demonstration was addressed by com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastian, GS, SNEA, com. V.P.Singh, CS, AIBSNLEA, com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, com. Padmanabha Rao, AGS, SNEA and com. Arvind Dahia, Joint Secretary, SNEA.<<<views of the demonstration>>>

 

[17.11.2016]Gujarat circle union is conducting massive dharna at Ahmedabad, demanding immediate settlement of pending problems.

BSNLEU, Gujarat circle union is organising a massive dharna at Ahmedabad tomorrow. The agitation is to demand immediate settlement of the long pending staff problems, as well as against the anti-BSNLEU actions being taken by the Gujarat circle administration. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, is participating and addressing the dharna on behalf of the CHQ. 

 

[17.11.2016]BSNLEU strongly protests against the Corporate Office letter, delaying promotion orders to the JAO trainees.

BSNLEU has strongly protested against the Corporate Office letter, which directs the CGMs not to issue promotion orders to the JAO trainees. A letter is written to the Director(HR), protesting the decision of the Management and demanding that promotion orders should be issued to the JAO trainees immediately. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, discussed this issue with Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt. & Trng.) and has demanded that the JAO trainees should be issued with promotion orders without any delay.<<<view BSNLEU letter>>>

 

[17.11.2016]Corporate Office postpones issuing of promotion orders to the successful JAO trainees. 

JAO LICE was conducted on 17th July, 2016 and the successful candidates were deputed for training. Their training is coming to an end today and they have to be issued with orders for posting them as JAOs. However, the Corporate Office has issued letter, directing the CGMs not to issue the promotion orders.<<<view Corporate Office letter>>>

 

[16.11.2016]All union/association meeting decides to organise One Day Strike against formation Subsidiary Tower Company.

The all union association meeting held at New Delhi today, decided to conduct dharna on 25.11.2016 and one day strike on 15.12.2016, against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. This is the unanimous decision of all the unions and associations which attended today's meeting. In the past, the united BSNL trade union movement has foiled all attempts of the government to destroy BSNL. Once again we will prove that we will not allow BSNL to be destroyed. Circle and district unions are requested to immediately start the preparations, in coordination with all the unions and associations, to make the strike a historic success.

 

[16.11.2016]Com.C.K.Gundanna,CS, Karnataka, bereaved -  CHQ conveys heartfelt condolences. 

CHQ is extremely sorry to inform that smt.Sharadamma, mother of com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, Karnataka, passed away at Bangalore today. She was 88 years old and was not keeping good health for some time. CHQ offers it's heartfelt condolences to com.C.K.Gundanna, his family members, friends and to all the comrades who are associated with com.C.K.Gundanna.

 

[15.11.2016]CHQ circular on the decisions of the Central Secretariat meeting, held at Chennai.

The following is the CHQ circular on the decisions of the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, which was held at Chennai on 12th and 13th November,2016. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take all out efforts, to implement such of those decisions on which action is required to be taken by them.<<<view circular>>>

[15.11.2016]Com. Dipen Ghosh, a doyen of the Central Government employees trade union movement, passed away
Com. Dipen Ghosh, a former member of the Parliament, as well as a doyen of the Central Government employees trade union movement, passed away at Kolkata on 13th November, 2016. Com. Dipen Ghosh, a powerful orator, effectively raised many issues of the working class movement in general, and the Central Government employees movement in particular, in the Parliament. He was a great well wisher of BSNLEU also. When the sad news came, the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU was in session at Chennai. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, paid glowing tributes to the departed leader and followed by this, the house paid respectful homage to him. BSNLEU conveys it's heartfelt condolences to the family,  friends, relatives of the
departed leader, as well as to all the comrades associated with him.

[15.11.2016]All union / association meeting, to decide action programme against Subsidiary Tower Company to be held on 16-11-2016.

As already announced, a meeting of all unions / associations of BSNL will be held at 03:00 pm on 16.11.2016 at BSNL MS office, New Delhi. The meeting will discuss and decide about the future programme of action against the government's move to form the Subsidiary Tower Company.

 

[15.11.2016]The Central Secretariat meeting concluded successfully. 

The two day Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU came to an end successfully, after deliberating on all the important issues. The meeting expressed it's satisfaction at the settlement of PLI. It expressed it's deep concern over the inordinate delay in the commencement of Wage Negotiations. The meeting authorised the CHQ to resort to appropriate trade union action, to ensure the early commencement of the talks. On the issue of Subsidiary Tower Company, the meeting directed the CHQ to organise serious struggles, together with all unions and associations, to stop the formation of a separate tower company. The meeting, while acknowledging improvement in certain issues of the Non-Executives, urged the CHQ to seriously pursue the remaining issues also vigorously.

 

[12.11.2016]Central Secretariat meeting started jubilantly at Chennai.

The two day Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU started jubilantly at Chennai today. The meeting started with flag hoisting. Com. Balbir Singh, President, hoisted the National Flag and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by com. P. Abhimanyu,GS. Com. S. Chellappa, AGS & circle president, welcomed everyone. The house stood in silence for a minute and paid homage to the martyrs. Com. Balbir Singh, President, delivered presidential address. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, greeted the meeting.  Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, presented the note for discussion. He explained in detail about the achievement of removal of the ceiling on government's pension contribution, 2nd September General Strike, settlement of PLI, revival of BSNL, delay in the formation of Wage Negotiation Committee, Subsidiary Tower Company and other issues. After the presentation of the General Secretary, deliberation by Central Secretariat members started and is going on.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[12.11.2016]Demonetisation of Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes create chaotic situation in the country.

The Narendra Modi government has declared that Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes are invalid. Government says this is to curb black money and counterfeit currency notes. Experts say that this action is not going to curb black money or counterfeit notes. On the contrary, the ordinary citizens of the country are put in extreme hardship. They wait in long queues, for hours together, before banks and ATMs, and return home empty handed. The government's action has come under severe criticism. We publish hereunder a cartoon, printed in The Hindu today.                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[11.11.2016]BSNLEU urges upon the CMD BSNL to take needful action, so that field units of BSNL can continue to receive old Rs.500/ and Rs.1,000/ currency notes beyond 11-11-2016.

Based on order of the Finance Ministry, BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter that old Rs.500/ and Rs.1000/ currency notes could be accepted up to 11th November. Requests are coming from field units, especially from marketing units, to get this deadline  extended by a few more days, so that BSNL's revenue collections through meals, lok adalat, etc., will not be affected. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, has urged upon the CMD BSNL to do the needful in this regard. The CMD BSNL replied that ha had already requested the DoT, to get the necessary extension.

 

[10.11.2016]Review of the results of JTO LICE 2014-15 held on 24.09.2016 and JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016 - BSNLEU urged the Management to expedite the process.

BSNLEU has written letters to Director (HR) and discussed the matter of review of the  results of JTO LICE held on 24.09.2016 for the vacancy year 2014-15 and also the results of the JAO LICE which was held on 17.07.2016 in view of the wrong questions/ answers in the question paper and answer sheet. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met the GM(Rectt), Ms Anima Roy today, the 10.11.2016 and once again discussed about these issues. The GM (Rectt) informed that the expert committee formed by the Management has reviewed the wrong questions/ answers in the question paper in case of JTO LICE. But the Union emphatically pointed out that the Expert Committee has not fully considered all the wrong questions / answers in part A of the exam, and demanded to review the same once again. But the GM(Rectt.) firmly told that the Management is not ready for any further review of the results. As regards the JAO LICE, the GM assured to expedite the process of review of the result with reference to the letter of the union.

[10.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on maintenance of BSNL buildings and staff quarters.<<<view letter>>> 

[10.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on cancellation of examination notification of MT (Internal/External).<<<view letter>>>

 

[10.11.2016]US election results -  a verdict against the pro-corporate policies.

Contrary to the predictions made by opinion polls, Donald Trump has trounced Hillary Clinton, and has got elected as the 45th President of the United States. Trump has won by a big margin. Media reports say that a vast majority of the white working class has predominantly voted for Trump. Job loss is a very serious problem being faced by the working class in the US and Europe. To maximise their profits, the US multi national corporates have outsourced millions of American jobs to China, Mexico, India, Vietnam, etc. Trump exploited this issue perfectly. He promised that he would bring back all those jobs. Result?  Trump has won by a big margin. We can say that the results of the US presidential election is a verdict against the pro-corporate policies pursued the US government. We have to wait and see, whether Donald Trump will fulfill his promise or not?  We attach herewith an article written in the November issue of the Tele Crusader, on the US elections.<<<view article>>>

 

[10.11.2016]BSNLEU's Central Secretariat meeting to be held at Chennai on 12th and 13th November

Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU to be held at Chennai on 12th and 13th November. The meeting will review the developments that have taken place after the last CEC meeting held at New Delhi in July, 2016 and will also finalise the union's strategy with regards to the major issues like Subsidiary Tower Company, Wage Revision, etc. Tamil Nadu circle union, which is hosting the meeting,  has made good arrangements to make the meeting successful. The following is the venue of the meeting. 

ASHA NIVAS, 
SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, 
9, RUTLAND GATE, 
5TH STREET, THOUSAND LIGHT, 
CHENNAI-600 006
LAND MARK : APOLLO CHILDREN'S  HOSPITAL.
 

For any information, members of the Central Secretariat may contact the following comrades. 
 

Com. S. Chellappa, AGS :- 09444031715.
Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, CS :- 09443408787.

 

 

[09.11.2016]Corporate Office issued Special Casual Leave letter to Central Office-bearers of BSNLEU for attending Central Secretariat meeting at Chennai on 12th and 13th November, 2016.<<<view letter>>>

 

[09.11.2016]Decision to be taken shortly to implement 7th CPC pay scales for the unabsorbed DoT employees working in BSNL.

On the demand of the BSNLEU to implement the 7th CPC pay scales for the unabsorbed DoT employees working in BSNL, the BSNL Management will issue necessary orders shortly. The matter is confirmed by the GM (Estt.), BSNL, Ms. Madhu Arora, yesterday the 08.11.2016 to com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, while he met her on the matter.

 

[09.11.2016]BSNLEU urged the Management to settle the Restructuring of Industrial Cadres in Telecom Factories.
BSNLEU has taken up the issue of Restructuring of Industrial Cadres in Telecom Factories with the Management long back. The union has written to Director (HR), BSNL on 06.09.2016, urging to ensure that the decision of the Management to implement the Restructuring of Industrial Cadres, giving the reference of the decisions conveyed by the Management in the 31st National Council meeting held on 25.09.2012, that the proposals will be reprocessed by TF Cell with fresh justification. Regarding this issue, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary(CHQ), met shri B.B. Bisoyoi, GM (TF), BSNL on 08.11.2016 and requested him to submit the proposals to the competent authority immediately since the matter is inordinately delayed. Shri Tiwari, DGM (TF) was also present in the meeting. The GM (TF) informed that the proposals were once processed and sent to the Estt. Cell for further necessary action. He assured that they would be reprocessed shortly, as per the decision of the 31st National Council meeting. He further informed that the Certified Standing Orders (CSO) for Telecom Factories have been approved by the Management and are forwarded to the Central Labour Commissioner (CLC) for approval.

 

[08.11.2016]BSNL has approached DoT, for the allotment of 700MHz spectrum, for providing 4G services.

BSNL has written to the DoT, seeking allotment of 5MHz block of 700 MHz spectrum for providing 4G services. In the recently concluded spectrum auctioning, private telecom operators did not show much interest in bidding for this  700 MHz spectrum. They have blamed that the base price of the 700 MHz spectrum, which was fixed at Rs.11,485 crore per MHz, was very high. 

 

700 MHz spectrum is very efficient and offers good coverage with lesser number of base stations. "BSNL is already having 2500 MHz spectrum. Together with this, if BSNL gets 700 MHz spectrum, the Company can roll out it's 4G services", said shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. He has told the PTI that the government can allot the 700 MHz spectrum to BSNL and that in lieu of payment for this spectrum, the government can increase it's paid-up equity in the Company. BSNLEU welcomes the move made by BSNL to get 700 MHz spectrum to provide 4G service. Together with other unions and associations, BSNLEU will take all out efforts to get this spectrum.

 

[08.11.2016]Hold special JTO LICE (Civil /electrical) under 50% quota for the Draughtsmen as agreed in the National Council - BSNLEU  writes to the Director (HR).

BSNLEU is continuously demanding the Management to conduct a special JTO LICE (Civil /electrical) to fill up 50% vacancies from among Draughtsmen. This exam will be for those Draughtsmen who could not appear in the similar exam held earlier. Even though the Management has agreed for this in the 28th National Council meeting held on 30-01-2013, the Corporate Management is yet to implement the decision, telling various excuses. BSNLEU has once again written to the Director(HR)  strongly demanding to hold the exam without further delay.<<<view letter>>>

 

[08.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on details of Temporary Status Mazdoor regularized on or after 01.10.2000 and absorbed in BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000 and covered under Rule 37-A of CCS(Pension) Rules.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.11.2016]Shri P.K.Thakkar removed from the post of district secretary, Rajkot district.

Shri P.K.Thakkar has been removed from the post of district secretary of BSNLEU, Rajkot district. He continued to be a strike breaker, and all opportunities given to him to correct himself failed. Apart from this, he is involved in serious violation of trade union discipline. The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Ahmedabad on 05-11-2016, unanimously decided to remove him from the post of district secretary, and also to debar him from holding any post in the Union for a period of 5 years. 

 

[07.11.2016]General Secretary's meeting with the CGM, ITPC.

Utilising, his visit to Pune, to attend the Maharashtra circle conference, com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, together with com. John Verghese, AGS, visited ITPC, Pune and held discussion with shri Prabhash Singh, CGM, ITPC. Shri Prabhash Singh was also the former General Secretary of ITSA, and was comrade in arms of com. Moni Bose and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, during the late 90s, in the fight against privatisation and corporatisation. Discussion took place on various issues like the role of ITPC in the improvement of BSNL's quality of services, manpower requirement of ITPC for carrying out new IT projects, etc. The General Secretary assured the CGM ITPC that BSNLEU will take up these issues with the Corporate Office for early resolution.

 

[07.11.2016]BSNLEU writes to shri J.S.Deepak, Secretary, DoT, on the pension revision of BSNL retirees.

BSNLEU is continuously trying for a permanent mechanism for the pension revision of BSNL retirees. This issue has been taken up through the Forum. After the 2 day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015, discussion took place between the Forum and the Secretary, DoT. In that meeting, Forum was assured that the issue of pension revision, with effect from 01-01-2017, would be referred to the 3rd PRC.  However, it was not included in the Terms of Reference to the 3rd PRC.  It is also told by the 3rd PRC that, it would not give any recommendation on pension revision of BSNL retirees, since the matter is not included in the Terms of Reference. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DoT, demanding to immediately take the required steps for including it in the Terms of Reference.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.11.2016]Non declaration of JAO 10% results of Gujarat circle. 

It has come to the notice of the CHQ that in the JAO 10% results, for which examination was conducted recently, was not declared for Gujarat circle. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS, met the GM (Rectt.) today, and discussed about this issue.  During the discussion, the GM(Rectt.) informed that 3 candidates appeared in this exam, and out of these 3 candidates no one has passed. Hence no result is declared for Gujarat circle.

[07.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on vacancy status of JTO(T) 50% quota for the year 2015-16.<<<view letter>>>

[07.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on award of Scholarship to the Wards of employees of BSNL CO for the year 2016-17.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[07.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on standing instructions on filing of court cases amongst Government entities.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[07.11.2016]Impressive open session held in the Maharashtra circle conference of BSNLEU.

An impressive open session was held in the ongoing Maharashtra circle conference of BSNLEU, being held at Pune. Com. Nalawade, CS, welcomed all to the open session. Com. Appa Gagre, CP,  presided. The open session was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, shri, Piyush Khare, CGM, Maharashtra, shri Prabhat Singh, CGM, ITPC, com. Ajit Abhyankar, GS, CITU, Maharashtra, com. Kiran Moge(AIDWA), shri Dinesh Dwiwedi, PGM, Pune, com.Kokate, CS, SNEA, Maharashtra, com.Joshi, CS,and many others. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his address, highlighted the progress being made in the revival of BSNL, due to the hard work of the employees and the Management and requested the employees to take all out efforts, to ensure that the Company makes profit within a year or two. Com. Appa Gagre, CP, addressed and delivered vote of thanks.<<<views of the open session>>>

 

[05.11.2016]$1.55 billion penalty slapped on Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries, for stealing gas in Krishna Godhawari Basin.

The government has slapped a penalty of 1.55 billion US Dollars on Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries, for stealing gas from the blocks of ONGC, in the Krishna Godhawari Basin. It is note worthy that the Reliance Industries has been stealing the gas for the past 7 years. Based on the complaint from the ONGC, the government appointed a committee under retired judge, justice Verma, who has given the decision. It should also be noted that it is this Reliance Industries, which is an expert in cheating, has entered the telecom industry now, in the brand name of " Reliance Jio".

[Courtesy: The Deccan Herald dated 05-11-2016]

 

[05.11.2016]BSNLEU, Gujarat circle union, conducted a very effective executive committee meeting at Ahmedabad.

The circle executive committee meeting of Gujarat, is held at Ahmedabad today. Com. Deepak Trivedi, CP, presided over the meeting. Com. T.V.Gelani, CS, welcomed every one and presented his report on activities, for the period after the last circle executive committee meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and congratulated all the comrades for making the 2nd September General Strike successful in Gujarat. The GS also spoke at length and lashed at the pro-corporate policies of the government. He hailed the settlement of PLI, explained the Union's strategy for the next wage revision, necessity to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company, etc. The meeting reviewed the 2nd September General Strike and unanimously decided on the disciplinary action against com.P.K.Thakkar, district secretary of Rajkot, for his continuous and unabated anti- union activities. The meeting also decided to conduct trade union action to settle the pending problems in the circle.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[05.11.2016]Extension of the off-net call facility on Rs.200/- SIM – BSNLEU demands immediate order.

BSNLEU has already demanded the Director (HR) to extend the off-net call facility on Rs.200/- SIM, which was discontinued after the experimental period of 6 moths. BSNLEU has also pointed out that the unnecessary delay is caused due to calling for some information from the circle by the Administration Branch of the Corporate Office. To this matter, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) yesterday, the 04.11.2016 and enquired the matter. After discussion, the GM (Admn.) has agreed to extend the facility without further delay since it is already delayed.

 

[05.11.2016]DO letter from Director-CM to CGMs of all Telecom circles/ TDs regarding SIM sales target and achievement in October, 2016.<<<click here>>> <<<annexure-1>>>  <<<annexure-2>>>

 

[04.11.2016]Impressive seminar in Karnataka circle conference.

An impressive seminar, titled "SWAS and the Revival of BSNL", is held today at Mysore, as part of the ongoing 6th Karnataka circle conference of BSNLEU. A large number of employees attended. Com.B.P.Narayan, CP, presided over and com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, welcomed every one. The seminar was addressed by shri K.Nagaraju,CGM, Karnataka, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, com.M.C.Balakrishna,AGS, Ms. Suman Pillai, Sr.GM(Finance), shri K.L.Jayaram, PGM, Mysuru, and many others. The General Secretary in his speech, highlighted the efforts being taken by the employees under the banner of the Forum, including the SWAS, for the Revival of BSNL.<<<views of the seminar >>>

 

[04.11.2016]Jailbreak jumble: Escape and killing of SIMI undertrials in Bhopal raises more questions than answers.

Something is rotten in the state of Madhya Pradesh. First there was the Vyapam scam, in connection with which about 40 people met mysterious deaths since investigations started, but no kingpins have been unearthed yet. Now eight members of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) escaped from ISO certified Bhopal central jail before being gunned down in an alleged encounter, in a manner that raises more questions than answers. Various discrepancies in versions of the encounter where the undertrials died suggest the encounters were faked, in which case the question arises whether such encounters were staged to cover up lapses in jail administration.

(Courtesy: Times of India dated 04-11-2016)

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