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BSNLEU CHQ NEWDELHI, 05th February, 2016 [11:30 Hrs]  

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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2016

 
  
   
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 05.02.2016, 19:00 hrs]

[05.02.2016]CITU denounces the government move for strategic sale of PSUs. Calls for countrywide protest.<<press release>>

 

[05.02.2016]Corporate Office issued letter making MDF/test room landline number of telephone exchange free from prepaid SIM card of Line Staff.

BSNLEU took up a case in the 33rd meeting of the National Council, demanding that the MDF/test room landline numbers of telephone exchanges should be made free for the prepaid SIM card of the Line Staff. The demand was accepted. The Corporate Office has issued letter implementing the demand of BSNLEU.<<view letter>>

[05.02.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) demanding to review the TTA exam held in 2015, by granting relaxation in qualifying marks.<<view letter>>

[05.02.2016]Withdraw exam fee for the JTO (T) LICE.

BSNL Management has decided to collect an exam fee of Rs.500/- from the OC/OBC candidates and Rs.250/- from the SC/ST candidates for the forthcoming JTO(T) LICE. BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR & Finance) to withdraw this fee.<<view letter>>

 

[05.02.2016]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL demanding extension of incentives to Project Vijay Team.

BSNL’s retail Managers and Project Vijay Team is bringing in 17.5 lakh new mobile connections in December, 2015 and 20.70 lakh mobile connections in January, 2016. BSNLEU demands CMD BSNL to extend the incentives being given to the Project Vijay Team beyond October, 2015.<<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2016]Model notification for holding JTO (T) LICE released by Corporate Office.

Corporate Office has already issued communication to all the CGMs, with regards to holding the JTO(T) LICE. According to this, notification for holding the JTO(T) LICE is to be issued by the CGMs. Corporate Office has released a model notification for holding JTO (T) LICE.<<view CO letter>>

 

[04.02.2016]Allow Gujarat candidates with B.Sc (Physics) to appear the JTO LICE - BSNLEU writes to the Management. 

As per the JTO(T) RR, candidates with Physics and Maths are eligible to appear the JTO LICE. However, in Gujarat circle, as per the educational policy of that state, universities are offering B.Sc degree courses only either with maths or physics. Thus, the B.Sc graduates from Gujarat universities are deprived from the opportunity to paper the forthcoming JTO LICE. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR) to allow the B.Sc graduates from Gujarat to appear the JTO LICE.<<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2016]Government 's decision on Net Neutrality soon.

A high-powered committee, headed by Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of state for PMO, Jitendra Singh and Science and Technology minister Harsh Vardhan, will take the final decision on the issue of Net Neutrality. The Committee will meet soon after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) submits its recommendations on differential pricing of data tariffs. The recommendations are expected to be made public any day.

 

[04.02.2016]20 lakh mobile connections is the target for February, 2016.

As already informed, BSNL has achieved the landmark of providing 20.70 lakh mobile connections in the month of January, 2016. In this, Bihar, Jharkhand and Rajasthan circles have exceeded their targets by 211%, 191% and 137% respectively. UP (East), Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu circles have provided 2.09 lakh, 1.95 lakh and 1.81 lakh connections respectively, and have come as the top three circles in providing mobile connections. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all these circles. For the month of February, 2016, Corporate Office has set 20 lakh mobile connections as the target.<<view letter>> <<annexure-1>>

 

[03.02.2016]All India Conference of the AIBDPA is successfully concluded. 

The second Triennial All India Conference of the AIBDPA was held at Tirupathi, yesterday and today. Very good deliberations took place in the Conference. The Conference has passed unanimous resolution, requesting the members of the AIBDPA to work for the victory of BSNLEU.

  

The Conference was concluded with unanimous election of office bearers. Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, com.K.G.Jayaraj and com. R.Aravindakshan Nayar are elected as President, General Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran is elected as Patron and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri is elected as Advisor. BSNLEU heartily  congratulates the elected office bearers.

 

[03.02.2016]BSNLEU conveys it's strong protest to the Director(HR)  for linking PLI with Performance Management System(PMS).

The Corporate Office has issued a letter once again, linking PLI with the PMS. This is a settled matter. The Staff Side of the National Council, as well as BSNLEU, have taken the stand that the PLI should not be linked with the PMS. In fact, this issue has already been discussed and decided. The matter was discussed with shri A.N.Rai, the erstwhile Director(HR), and understanding is already reached that the PLI would not be linked with the PMS, but it would be based on the National Level Productivity of the Company. But, the Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office is mischievously continue to link PLI with PMS. BSNLEU has conveyed it's song protest to the Director(HR).<<<view letter>>>

 

[03.02.2016]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of the PLI Committee.<<<view letter>>>

 

[03.02.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR) on the non-declaration of the TTA LDCE results in Himachal Pradesh circle.

TTA LDCE was held in Himachal Pradesh circle on 07th June 2015. However, the results are so far not declared due to some court case. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), requesting to declare the results, by keeping the posts vacant, in respect of the candidates who have gone to the court.<<<view letter>>>

 

[03.02.2016]Tour programme of the CHQ Office bearers for the 7th Membership Verification. 

The All India Centre of our Union met at New Delhi on 30-01-2016 and discussed at length about the preparations for the forthcoming 7th Membership Verification. After discussion, the Centre has finalised a tour programme for the All India office bearers. Circle secretaries are requested to contact the All India office bearer allotted for their circle and to make all arrangements for organising a very effective election campaign.<<<view tour programme>>>

[03.02.2016]Circular  of the Reception Committee of the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting, to be held at Ahmed Nagar, from 19th to 21st February, 2016.<<<view circular>>> 

[02.02.2016]Second Triennial All India Conference of AIBDPA started at Tirupathi. 

The Second Triennial All India Conference of the All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) started at Tirupathi today. Com.Anantha Bhattacharji,  President, AIBDPA, is presiding over the conference. Com.K.G.Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA and com.J.Sampathrao, CS,BSNLEU, AP Circle, welcomed the delegates.  Om.T.K.Rangarajan,MP, delivered the inaugural address. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, AIBDPA,  com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF and com.K.Ragavendran, General Secretary, Postal & RMS Pensioners Association addressed and greeted the delegates. More than 1000 delegates are attending the conference. The conference will continue tomorrow also and will discuss various issues being faced by the BSNL pensioners.<<<views of the conference >>>  

 

[02.02.2016]Corporate Office letter on Temporary Deputation as Co-ordinator/Assistant Haji Officer/ Haji Assistant to Consulate General of India, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Haji-2016.<<view letter>>  

 

[02.02.2016]General Secretary urges Director(HR) to ensure review of the results of JTO LICE and TTA LDCE.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) yesterday, and once again requested her to get the JTO LICE 2013 results reviewed in such of those circles, where additional marks were not given for wrong questions. The GS also requested her to get the Hon'ble CAT order implemented in Andhra Pradesh circle, in respect of reviewing the JTO LICE results by granting additional marks for wrong questions. The Director(HR) was also urged to get the reviews implemented before the notifications are issued for holding the forthcoming JTO LICE. The GS further requested her to get the TTA LDCE results also reviewed in the similar manner in Madhya Pradesh circle. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. The GS also met shri D.Chakraborty, GM(Rectt.) and requested him to ensure that the review of the JTO LICE and TTA LDCE results reviewed without delay. 

 

[02.02.2016]"Do you want to break away from the Indian Union"? - Supreme Court asks Gujarat government for not implementing National Food Security Act.

The Supreme Court of India asked the Gujarat government yesterday, whether it wanted to break away from the Indian Union. This question was asked by the Supreme Court because, the National Food Security Act(NFSA), passed by the Indian Parliament in 2013, is still not implemented in Gujarat. The NFSA is for providing food grains to the poor people of this country. The Gujarat government has still not implemented this Act and has already got four extensions. Had this Act been implemented in Gujarat, 3.8 crore poor people would have been benefited. It may also be noted that till April 2015, Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat. It is a pity that the determination shown by Narendra Modi to help Ambani and Adani, was not shown to help the poor people of Gujarat.

[Source : The Hindu dt. 02-02-2016]

 

[01.02.2016]Notice for Recognition of majority representative union(s) of non-executive employees in BSNL - holding of 7th Membership Verification process -  calling up of application.<<view notification>> 

 

[01.02.2016]Conduct of 7th Membership Verification to elect majority representative union(s) of non-executive employees in BSNL - Preparation of revised Electoral Rolls regarding.<<click here>> 

 

[01.02.2016]Non-transfer of Non-Executive staff till completion of 7th Membership Verification process in BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[01.02.2016]Appointment of Chief Returning Officer - Conduct of 7th Membership Verification for electing majority representative union(s) of non-executive employees in BSNL.<<click here>>  

 

[01.02.2016]2nd Triennial AIC of AIBDPA is starting at Tirupathi tomorrow

The 2nd triennial All India Conference of AIBDPA is being held at Tirupathi on 2nd and 3rd February,2016.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is participating and greeting the Conference. BSNLEU conveys it's revolutionary greetings to all the leaders and delegates of the Conference.

 

[01.02.2016]7th Membership Verification is to be held in May 2016.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Shameem Akthar, PGM(SR) today and discussed about the timing of holding the 7th Membership verification. The PGM(SR) replied that the Verification will be held in the month of May 2016. He said that a slight change in the timing was necessitated due to the transferring of 120 employees from NTR circle to the Corporate Office, on the grounds of administrative requirement.

 

[01.02.2016]Protest Day to be observed on 10th March.

The Central Trade Unions have decided to observe 10th March as the Protest Day. This programme is the continuation of the General Strike that took place on 2nd September, 2015, on the demands such as no disinvestment of PSUs, minimum wage of Rs.15,000 to contract workers, controlling of price rise, etc.

 

[01.02.2016]Director (HR), BSNL issued D.O. letter to all CGMs to furnish Reservation Rosters for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the cadre of JTO and TTAs.<<<click here>>>

 

[01.02.2016]BSNL has given 20 lakh new mobile connections in January.

We are extremely happy to inform that BSNL has given 20 lakh new mobile connections in January, 2016. This is a new record. Earlier, BSNL has given 17.5 lakh new connections in December, 2015. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire employees and Management for this feet. 

 

[01.02.2016]Shri J.S. Deepak is the new Secretary, Telecom.

Shri J.S. Deepak has taken over as the Secretary, DoT. Shri J.S. Deepak had earlier been the Joint Secretary, DoT. Shri Rakesh Garg, who had been Secretary, DoT still recently had been shifted, reportedly of his unsatisfactory performance in the matters like call drop. The Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has told that shri J.S. Deepk was his choice.

 

[01.02.2016]Core Committee meeting with the CMD BSNL.

A meeting took place between the Core Committee of the Forum and the CMD BSNL today. At the outset, the leaders expressed their unhappiness and disappointment over the statement made by the CMD BSNL at Bangalore, wherein he has said that BSNL employees would not get wage revision unless the Company becomes profit making. Thereafter, the CMD BSNL explained about the efforts being made by BSNL to have intra circle roaming (sharing of networks) arrangements with other private operators. He said that Airtel, Idea and Vodafone do not want to have any ICR with BSNL. In such a situation, the CMD said, BSNL has no other option, but to have ICR arrangement with Reliance Jio. The leaders told that BSNL should be very cautious in having any agreement with Reliance Jio, given their past track record.

 

[01.02.2016]Com. Seshagiri Rao, former General Secretary of JETA passed away.

Com. Seshagiri Rao, former General Secretary of JETA has passed away at Bangalore. At the time of formation of BSNL, com. Seshagiri Rao firmly stood in the struggle against corporatisation. He will be remembered as an honest and committed leader who led many struggles in the interest of the employees. BSNLEU pays respectful homage to com. Seshagiri Rao and offers heartfelt condolences to his family and all the comrades of SNEA

 

[30.01.2016]Respectful homage to the father of the Nation.

 

Today is the 68th anniversary of the martyrdom of Mahathma Gandhi, the father of the Nation. Gandhiji stood for strengthening of the unity of people, belonging to various religions, especially Hindus and Muslims. Finally, he fell prey to the bullets of a Hindu fanatic. Gandhiji laid down his life for the unity of the people of this nation. On this day of his martyrdom, while paying our respectful homage to Gandhiji, let us all resolve to work for strengthening communal harmony.

 

[29.01.2016]BSNL employees of Bharuch District, Gujarat Circle have conducted very good road show, publicising the various products of BSNL. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Bharuch comrades.<<view photos>>

[29.01.2016]Impressive seminar held in Uttarakhand circle conference.

An impressive seminar was held yesterday the 28.01.2016 as a part of the two day Uttarakhand circle conference of BSNLEU. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), CGM, Uttarakhand, Senior Officers of Uttarakhand circle and circle secretaries of NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA address the seminar. Earlier, com. P.C. Kandpal, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. Com. P.B. Dobhal, Circle President, presided over the seminar. Very good presentations were made by the leaders and officers.<<view of the seminar>>

 

[29.01.2016]No wage revision without making profit – BSNLEU’s response.

CMD has reportedly told media persons at Bangalore yesterday that, BSNL employees would not get wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017, unless the Company makes profit. This may be the view of the Management. BSNLEU does not agree with this view. Even the CMD has admitted earlier that, BSNL has missed the ‘voice call bus’, because BSNL was not able to procure equipments for many years. The Hon’ble Minister for Communications, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, has told the Parliament that, the previous government did not allow BSNL to expand it’s network for 10 years. Thus, BSNL has become loss making, not because of the employees, but because of the government and the ministers. On the other hand, the employees are taking all out efforts for the revival of the Company. The launching of “Customer Delight Year” and the “Service With A Smile” programme are evidences for this. Hence, it will not be fair on the part of the Management to penalise the employees for the crimes committed by the previous government and ministers. BSNL Executives and Non-Executives should get wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Management should understand that 100% strike will take place, in case the next wage revision is denied.

 

[29.01.2016]No wage revision unless BSNL makes profit – Says CMD BSNL.

The CMD while participating in the inauguration of the WiFi hotspots in Bangalore is reported to have told that BSNL employees would not get wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017, unless BSNL makes profit.<<view report>>

 

[28.01.2016]Corporate Office issued time table for holding JTO LICE.

Corporate Office has issued letter, intimating to the CGMs, the long awaited time table for holding the JTO LICE. BSNLEU has demanded that the notification of the LICE should be issued only by the CGMs. Further, BSNLEU has also demanded that the  JTO LICE should be held  before the Direct Recruitment is held for the JTO cadre. Both our demands have been accepted. According to the Corporate Office letter, the notification will be issued on 15th February. Online application for the exam will start on 22nd February and will end on 22nd March. The exam will be held on 8th May,2016. BSNLEU heartily thanks shri D.Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.) for taking very positive action in this matter. BSNLEU also warmly greets the entire employees who are eagerly awaiting the JTO LICE.<<<view letter>>>

 

[28.01.2016]BSNL's Wi-Fi hot spots launched in Bengaluru. 

Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, inaugdunction a  programme at Bengaluru today,  in which BSNL's  Wi-Fi hot spots were launched.  Shri N.K.Gupta, Director(CFA), BSNL was also present in the function.<<<view image>>>

 

[28.01.2016]Com.S.B.Alur, an example of Service With A Smile.

BSNLEU and the Forum are continuously insisting that our employees should become more customer friendly, to ensure the revival of BSNL. This is the very purpose behind the launching of the Service With A Smile programme. Even at present, in many places, our comrades are serving the customers with a smiling face. One such employee is com. S.B.Alur, Telecom Mechanic, Ekkambi exchange, in Karwar, Karnataka circle. The public of Ekkambi are so delighted with the services of com.S.B.Alur,TM, that he was honoured by the people of Ekkambi in the Republic Day celebrations, held on 26-01-2016 at Ekkambi. We are proud to note that com.S.B.Alur is the District President of BSNLEU, Uttar Karnataka Telecom District. CHQ heartily congratulates com.S.B.Alur.<<< view photo >>>

 

[28.01.2016]Uttarakhand circle conference inaugurated by the General Secretary.

The 2 day circle conference of Uttarakhand circle started at Dehradun today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the National flag and the Union Flag was hoisted by com.Dobhal, circle president. The conference was inaugurated by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. In his speech, the General Secretary explained the pro-corporate policies of the NDA government, which are ruining BSNL as well as other PSUs. He also explained the various steps being taken by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. As regards the issues of the Non-Executives, the General Secretary elaborately explained the various settlements achieved by BSNLEU and the JAC and also about the status of the pending issues. Together with the General Secretary, com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president, is also attending the circle conference. After the inaugural address, com.PC.Kandpal,circle secretary presented the report on activities.<<<views of the conference >>> 

 

[28.01.2016]Next spectrum auction to fetch Rs.5 lakh crore to the government.

The Central Government is intending to go in for another round of spectrum auctioning. The TRAI has recommended to the government to auction 2000 MHz of spectrum, which includes spectrum in the 700 MHz band also. This auctioning is expected to fetch Rs.5.4 lakh crore revenue to the government. It may be remembered that the government got Rs.1.1 lakh crore in 2015, through spectrum auctioning.

 

[28.01.2016]Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells the secretaries to dismiss employees who refuse to improve.
In a meeting held with the secretaries of various departments yesterday, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has told that stern action should be taken against the employees who refuse to mend their ways, despite repeated complaints. Actions suggested by the PM include that of dismissal under Rule 56 (J) of Fundamental Rules and reduction of pension under Rule 48 of CCS Pension Rules.

[27.01.2016]Corporate Office reply to BSNLEU, on the demand of allotment of higher type of quarters to the employees on request.<<view letter>>

[27.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to Director (HR) demanding JTO LICE notification to be issued by the CGMs.

Issuing of the JTO LICE is getting inordinately delayed. Corporate Office has called for vacancy position from the circles. Still some circles have not sent the requisite inputs. Considering the past experiences connected with litigations, BSNLEU has demanded that the notifications for holding JTO LICE should be allowed to be issued by the CGMs.<<view letter>>

 

[27.01.2016]BSNL Employees Union extends it’s full support to the BSNL CCWF programme on 29th January, 2016.

BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation has given a call to organise trade union action on 29th January, 2016, throughout the country. On that day memorandums, consisting of the demands of the casual and contract workers will be submitted to the CGMs. This programme is very justified in view of the fact that the various orders issued by the Corporate Office, in respect of the contract workers, are not being implemented in most of the circles. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU to extend their total cooperation by fully participating in the programme of submitting memorandum to the CGMs.

 

[27.01.2016]Hoarders artificially raising prices of pulses: Intelligence Bureau informs the government.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has informed the government that importers of pulses have formed a cartel. They are buying pulses in large quantities, but are stocking them in Canada, to artificially raise the price. Media say that the IB has also informed the government, the names of the traders who are involved in the hoarding of pulses. Prices of pulses are sky rocketing. Tur dal is being sold at Rs.175 per kg in the market. We have to wait and see what action the government is going to take.

[Source: Times of India dated 26.01.2016] 

 

[27.01.2016]Meeting between the CMD BSNL and Core Committee of the Forum to be held on 01.02.2016.

A meeting between the CMD BSNL and the Core Committee of the Forum will be held on 01.02.2016. This meeting is expected to review the implementation of the “Service With A Smile” programme and also BSNL’s strategy to face the competition from the private operators. 

 

[27.01.2016]Uttarakhand circle conference to be held on 28th and 29th January, 2016.

The two day circle conference of Uttarakhand circle will be held at Dehradun tomorrow and day after tomorrow. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), are attending the conference.

[25.01.2016]Minutes of the meeting held on 11.01.2016, between the JAC and the BSNL Management on the issue of removal of stagnation.<<view minutes>>

 

[25.01.2016]General Secretary’s meeting with GM (Rectt.).

 Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), today and discussed issues related to review of results of TTA LDCE and JTO LICE (2013). The GS demanded that the Corporate Office should immediately issue guidelines to MP and Jharkhand circles, giving direction to grant additional mark to the wrong questions of TTA LDCE and JTO LICE (2013) respectively.  

 

[25.01.2016]BSNLEU demands holding of JTO LICE, prior to JTO Direct Recruitment.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his discussion with Shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), today, insisted that the Corporate Office should direct the circles to immediately issue notifications for holding the next JTO LICE. The GS also insisted that Direct Recruitment in the cadre of JTO should be done only after holding the JTO LICE. The GM (Rectt.) responded positively to this demand and assured to do the needful. 

 

[25.01.2016]General Secretary’s meeting with GM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), today and requested her to issue necessary guideline to the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, for the clarification that has been sought by the later on calculation of JTO vacancies. For the queries raised by the GS, the GM (Estt.) replied that the issue of granting one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives who are facing wage loss, is being sent for the approval of the Management Committee. This issue, GM (Estt.) assured, would also be placed for the approval of the next Board of Directors meeting, to be held in the month of February, 2016.

  

[25.01.2016]Pension contribution issue of the Directly Recruited employees is still in a dead-lock.

The issue of making 6% pension contribution to the Directly Recruited employees, by the BSNL Management, continues to be in a dead-lock. It is learnt that the issue is still lying with the EF Branch. BSNLEU has already taken up this with the Director (HR) and has demanded that the issue should be expeditiously taken for the approval of the Board of Directors without delay. BSNLEU will seek the intervention of the CMD for the removal of the dead-lock. 

 

[25.01.2016]BSNL to recruit 2500 employees each in the cadres of TTA and JTO.

BSNL Corporate Office is in the process of making Direct Recruitment to the cadres of TTA and JTO. It is learnt that BSNL will recruit 2500 employees each in these cadres of TTA and JTO.  

 

[25.01.2016]General Secretary addressed Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Assam Circle.

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Assam circle was held at Guwahati yesterday, the 24.01.2016. Com. Raja, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com. Bijoy Dekha, Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities. Apart from the Circle Office bearers and district secretaries, branch secretaries were also presented in the meeting. Senior leaders of the movement, com. M.R. Das, com. Sailen Sarma and com. Sankar Kumar Das were also presented the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the meeting and spoke in detail on the economic policies of the government, forthcoming 7th Membership Verification and issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well as the various problems and demands of the Non-Executives.<<<views of the meeting>>> 

 

[25.01.2016]Service With A Smile - program at Khammam SSA.

In implementation of the call of the Forum, to conduct "Service With A Smile" programme, the District Forum of Khammam SSA in Andhra Pradesh circle, has conducted rallies at Khammam, Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam and has promoted the various products of BSNL. The Non-Executives and Executives of Khammam SSA have overwhelmingly participated in these rallies. The District Forum of Khammam has also decided to conduct another 100 road shows and to conduct intensive marketing  in the SSA.<<<views of the rallies>>>

 

[23.01.2016]Management urged to arrange uninterrupted supply of SIMS, Micro SIMs and Nano SIMs.

Micro SIMs and Nano SIMs are not available in BSNL. Further, shortage of SIMs are also being experienced in some circles. This cannot be the scenario, when BSNL is trying to dramatically increase it's mobile customer base. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL to take immediate action. <<< view letter >>> 

 

[23.01.2016]BSNLEU urges Management to conduct the 7th Membership Verification as per schedule. 

BSNLEU has once again urged the Corporate Management to hold the 7th Membership Verification as per the time schedule that has already been provided, in the all union meeting held on 11-01-2016. Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president, met shri Shameem Akthar, PGM(SR) yesterday and told him that there should not be any delay in holding the verification. The PGM(SR) has replied that the verification will be held without any change in the dates that have already been informed. 

 

[23.01.2016]Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(Restg.) may be the CRO of 7th Verification. 

It is reliably learnt that shri A.M.Gupta,GM(Restructuring) may be appointed as the Chief Returning Officer for the forthcoming 7th Membership Verification. 

 

[23.01.2016]Management urged to consider allowing non-plus two officials to appear the TTA LDCE.

It is the long pending demand of BSNLEU that, the non- ten plus two officials should be allowed to appear the TTA LDCE, through a screening test, as a one time measure. Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president, met Ms.Madhu Arora,GM (Estt.) yesterday and insisted the Management to consider this demand. The issue will further be taken up with the Director(HR). 

 

[23.01.2016]Assam circle conducting Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Guwahati. 

Assam circle union is conducting an Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Guwahati today. Apart from other issues, the meeting will prominently discuss about the 7th Membership Verification.  The meeting will be addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. 

 

[23.01.2016]Lively seminar on Revival of BSNL conducted at Aizawl. 

As a part of it's  two day Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting,  NE I circle union conducted a lively seminar yesterday, on the revival of BSNL. A very good gathering attended the seminar in the compound of the Satellite Maintenance Station at Aizwal. The seminar was presided over by com.D.S.Shylla, circle vice-president. Com.Shivjee Ray, circle secretary welcomed everyone. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, delivered the key note address. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and shri K.K.Saxena,CGM,NE I circle addressed the seminar. The General Secretary, explained at length about the call on "Service With A Smile" programme. The seminar created a very good impression on the audience.<<<views of the seminar>>> 

 

[22.01.2016]Corporate Office has issued the amendment in BSNL Employees Transfer Policy.<<click here>>

 

[22.01.2016]General Secretary addressed the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of NE I circle.

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of NE I circle continued to be held for the second day today. Members of the Committee completed their deliberations today. The Circle Secretary, Com.Shivji Ray delivered the summing up speech, elaborately replying to the questions raised by the members. Thereafter, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and finally com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed. In his speech, the General Secretary explained at length, the wrong policies of the government, efforts being taken by the Forum for the revival of BSNL and the improvements that have come in the financial position of the Company. He also spoke in detail on the status of the various issues of the Non-Executives. A seminar on the revival of BSNL is also taking place today, which will be a dressed by the CGM and other officers, apart from the GS and the Dy.GS.<<<views of the meeting>>> 

[22.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on updation of BSNL employees details viz., Designation, Payscale, Category (SC/ST/OBC/GE), Category of Physically Handicapped etc. in ERP.<<view letter>>

[22.01.2016]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on introduction of promotional scheme in all the Circles to bring back disconnected Broadband customers.<<view letter>>

[21.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on status of LICE for TTA under 50% quota for the Recruitment Year 2014 - Furnishing of information.<<view letter>>

[21.01.2016]Important aspects of Sales and Marketing - D.O. letter from Director (CM) to all CGMs of Territorial Circles.<<view letter>>

[21.01.2016]NE1 circle is holding Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Aizwal.

NE1 circle union is holding it's two day Extended Circle Executive committee meeting  at Aizwal. The meeting will be held today and tomorrow. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS are addressing this meeting. Among other issues, the meeting will also prominently discuss the forthcoming 7th Membership Verification. A seminar on the revival of BSNL is being held tomorrow, which will be addressed by the GS, Dy.GS, CGM,NE1 circle and other officers.
 

[21.01.2016]Reliance Communications pays Rs.5,383 crore as "Spectrum Liberalisation" fee.

Reliance Communications has paid yesterday, an amount of Rs.5,383.84 crore to the government, towards "Spectrum Liberalisation" fee. This amount is paid for the Liberalisation of it's spectrum in the 800/850 MHz, which the Company is holding in 16 circles. Liberalisation Fee is the amount paid to the government, to provide value added services, including 4G service, utilising the spectrum that has already been allotted to provide 2G service.

 

[21.01.2016]TRAI severely criticises Facebook for drumming up support for the Free Basics programme, in response to TRAI's consultation paper on differential pricing of data services.

The TRAI has severely criticised the Facebook, for conducting an orchestrated campaign in response to the TRAI's cosultation paper. Earlier, the TRAI had circulated a consultation paper, calling for the opinion, on differential pricing of data services. In response to this, the Facebook launched a massive campaign through advertisements, drumming up support of it's users in favour of it's Free Basics programme. The Facebook had also claimed widespread support for it's Free Basics programme. The TRAI has responded to this, saying, neither the spirit nor the letter of it's consultation paper warrants such a campaign by Facebook. If accepted, it will have serious impact on policymaking in India, said the TRAI. It is to be noted that the Facebook has spent more than Rs.100 crore for advertisements, to subvert the consultation process of the TRAI.

[Source: Times of India dt. 21.01.2016]

 

[21.01.2016]Manufacturing shrinks, share market crashes and rupee value plummets. But, the government keeps on saying that the economy is growing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley keep on saying that Indian economy is in good health and is keeping a steady GDP growth. They keep on saying this despite the recent PMI index (Purchasing Manager's Index) showed that in December 2015, the manufacturing activity in India had the deepest fall since 2013. Yesterday, the Share Market had the sharpest fall in the last 20 months. And also, yesterday the Indian Rupee had the sharpest fall since 2013. The value of Indian Rupee against the US Dollar now stands at Rs.68.

 

[21.01.2016]Corporate Office urged to renew MOU with Canara Bank.

The MOU signed between BSNL and Canara Bank, for extending various loans to BSNL employees has expired. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri Yashwant Narayan Singh, GM(T&BFCI) today and demanded to take expeditious steps for the renewal of the MoU. The GS also requested the GM(T&BFCI) to make the renewal, by suitably reducing the interest rates for various loans, keeping into account that the Reserve Bank had already reduced the interest rate. The GM (T&BFCI ) assured to do the needful. 

 

[20.01.2016]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on compliance on implementation of EPF coverage for Pre-induction Training Period of BSNL recruited employees.<<view letter>>

 

[20.01.2016]General Secretary releases poster of the AIBDPA All India Conference at Tirupathi.

In a brief, but spirited function organised at the GM's office at Tirupathi today, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, released the poster of the 2nd biennial All India Conference of the AIBDPA. Earlier, the General Secretary hoisted the Union Flag at the GM,BSNL office, at Tirupathi.  In a meeting, presided over by com.L. Venkatathri, district president, BSNLEU, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke on the latest position of the issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well as on the important issues of the Non-Executives, including 78.2% IDA merger issue of the pensioners. Com.Y.Subramania Raja, district secretary, welcomed the gathering, and also thanked the GS for addressing the gathering.<<<views of the meeting>>> 

 

[20.01.2016]GPF Funds may be released in a day or two.

CHQ is continuously taking efforts to get the funds released to the circles, by the Corporate Office, for the payment of GPF advance. It is learnt that Corporate Office may release the funds in a day or two.

 

[20.01.2016]Supreme Court of India restrains government of India from doing further disinvestment in Hindustan Zinc.

In a significant move, the Supreme Court of India has restrained the government of India yesterday, from going ahead with any further disinvestment in Hindustan Zinc. The order was passed by a bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India, T.S.Thakur, on a petition filed by the National Conference of Officer's Association, challenging the disinvestment. The Conference has alleged that large scale irregularities are involved in the disinvestment that had already taken place. The Court has questioned why the government was in a hurry to sell the remaining shares in the Hindustan Zinc. It has also called for a status report from the CBI on this issue. This order of the court is a significant development, as far as the Public Sector is concerned.

[19.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on various Gazette notification issued by EPFO from time to time.<<view letter>>

[19.01.2016]Tamil Nadu Forum conducted an inspiring convention to implement the Service With A Smile programme. 
Tamil Nadu Forum conducted an inspiring convention at Pondicherry today, for the effective implementation of the Service With A Smile programme. Com.Pattabiraman,CS,NFTE, as well as the President Forum, presided over the Convention. Com.S.Chellappa, CP,BSNLEU, as well as the Convenor, Forum, explained in brief about the purpose of holding the convention. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU, as well as the Convenor of the Forum, com.Chandeswar Singh, GS,NFTE, as well as the President of Forum, com.K.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, com.Venugopal, President,AIBSNLEA and all the circle secretaries addressed. From the Management side, Ms.Poonguzhali,CGM,Tamil Nadu circle, shri  Ravi,PGM (F), shri P.Santosham,GM (NWP-CM), shri P.V.Karunanidhi,GM (NWP-CFA) and Ms.Leela Sankari,GM,Pondicherry addressed. More than 800 delegates attended the convention from all the districts of Tamil Nadu circle. The speeches of the leaders and the officers really inspired those who participated the convention.<<views of the programme>>

[19.01.2016]Order issued on grant of Special Casual Leave to CEC members and District Secretaries to attend the Extended CEC meeting to be held at Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) form 19th to 21st February, 2016.<<click here>> 

 

[18.01.2016]BSNL reduces call charges by 80% for existing customers also.

BSNL has extended the scheme of giving 80 per cent reduction in mobile rates to its existing customers also, with effect from January 16. The company had earlier cut down the charges by 80% for its new customers. The call rates have been reduced for both per minute and per second billing plans, said R.K.Mittal, Director (Consumer Mobility).

 

[18.01.2016]Forum Tamil Nadu is conducting a circle level convention on "Service With A Smile tomorrow. 

Forum Tamil Nadu circle is conducting a convention on "Service With A Smile" tomorrow. This circle level convention, which is taking place at Pondicherry,is being addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.Chandeswar Singh, GS,NFTE, com.K.Sebastin, GS,SNEA, com.Venugopal, President,AIBSNLEA and other leaders of the Forum. From the Management side, it is being attended by Ms.Poonguzhali,CGM,Tamil Nadu circle, and other top officers.

 

[16.01.2016]Transfer of 120 officials from NTR circle to the Corporate Office.

Corporate Office is taking steps to transfer 120 officials from NTR circle to the Corporate Office. These officials are working under the AGM (Buildings) in NTR Circle. All the unions and associations in NTR circle are opposing this move. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL yesterday and insisted to drop the decision. Later on, the GS met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) also, and requested her not to transfer the officials. Both the CMD BSNL and the Director(HR) have said that the matter would be looked  into.


[16.01.2016]GS, BSNLEU, requests the CMD BSNL to consider payment of Adhoc PLI.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD BSNL yesterday and once again insisted for the payment of Adhoc PLI. The GS insisted that it was necessary on the part of the BSNL Management to consider payment of Adhoc PLI, in view of the fact that the performance of the Company, in terms of getting new customers, has greatly increased due to the tremendous efforts being taken by the employees. The GS reminded the CMD BSNL that a record 17.5 lakh mobile connections were given in the month of December 2015. The CMD BSNL said that he would look into the matter.

 

[16.01.2016]GPF Advance - what is the real problem?

Employees are facing very big problem in getting GPF Advance. No GPF Advance is paid for the past 2 to 3 months. Employees are taking advance only from the money deducted from their salary. Then why BSNL is not paying GPF Advance? Fact is that, the amount deducted from employees salary is immediately being remitted to the DoT. BSNL cannot keep that money with it even for one day. BSNL is paying GPF advance to employees from it's own pocket, and claims it from DoT. But, this money is not promptly being reimbursed by DoT. This is the whole problem. At any point of time, amount varying from Rs.500 crore to Rs. 1,000 crore remains outstanding, to be reimbursed by DoT, to BSNL. Now BSNL is not having money to pay GPF advance. This matter is continuously being taken up with the Member(Finance) of the DoT, and also with the CMD BSNL and Director(HR). Yesterday also com.P.Abhimanyu GS, discussed this issue with the CMD BSNL. He has assured to make arrangement for funds in the coming week.        

[15.01.2016]The Hindu cartoon on the economic condition of the country.<<view cartoon>> 

[15.01.2016]Delay in issuing of letter by the Corporate Office, inviting applications for the 7th Verification.

As per the time schedule for 7th Membership Verification, to be implemented by the Corporate Office, the one month time limit for submitting applications for participation in the verification started yesterday the 14.01.2016. However, Corporate Office has not issued any letter, inviting applications. The issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR). It was replied that the Corporate Office will issue the letter within a few days. 

 

[15.01.2016]Let humanity rally against religious fundamentalism.

Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. The IS has made a terror attack in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Seven people are killed. The Indonesian government has confirmed that it was an attack by the IS. This terror attack is to be condemned in the most severe term. At the same time, it is to be noted that both the attackers and the attacked belong to the same religion, i.e. Islam. Then, why this should happen? Every religion, including Islam, preach love and peace. But, fundamentalists, whether it is Islamic or any other religion, do not accept this. They preach hatred and spread violence. Let humanity rally against religious fundamentalism.

 

[15.01.2016]Child Care Leave applied at least for five working days should not be refused unless there is grave circumstances.

DoP&T has issued letter with regards to the sanctioning of Child Care Leave. According to this letter Child Care Leave, applied for at least five working days, should not be normally rejected, unless there is grave and compelling circumstances.<<view letter>>  

[15.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on issuing confirmation to the officials appointed prior to 01.10.2000, as well as, after 01.10.2000.<<view letter>> 

[15.01.2016]Corporate Office issues clarifications on Recruitment Rules for JAO.<<view letter>>

 

[15.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on Skill Enhancement Training to BSNL employees through Telecom Sector Skill Council.<<view letter>>

 

[15.01.2016]Forum, Salem, Tamil Nadu circle, conducts two wheeler jaatha and mela, as part of the SWAS.

Forum, Salem district, Tamil Nadu circle, has conducted a two wheeler jaatha and a mela, as a part of the ongoing Service With A Smile programme. A 6 km long two wheeler jaatha was conducted on 13.01.2016. Throughout the jaatha, it was explained to the general public, through speeches and by distribution of pamphlets, details about the SWAS, as well as about the various products of BSNL. A mela was conducted on the same day at Meyyanur exchange, participated by Forum leaders and DGMs. 450 SIMs, 20 landline / broadband connections were sold. CHQ heartily congratulates the comrades of Forum, Salem.<<views of the programme>>

 

[14.01.2016]Issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who directly became Telecom Mechanics.

Issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who directly became Telecom Mechanics, was taken up by the Staff Side, in National Council meeting held on 14th May, 2015.  To forward these cases to the DoT, BSNL Corporate Office had called for details from circles. Despite repeated reminders sent by the BSNL CO, most of the circles have not sent the required information. BSNL CO has issued one more letter in this regard to the CGMs. Circle Secretaries are requested to take up this issue with their CGMs and to arrange to send reply to the BSNL CO.<<view letter>> 

 

[14.01.2016]Reliance Communications (RCOM) to pay Rs.5,500 crore to the government for spectrum liberalisation.

The government has directed Anil Ambani’s RCOM to pay Rs.5,500 crore, towards spectrum liberalisation in 16 circles. Spectrum liberalisation is providing latest mobile services, including 4G, using the spectrum allotted for providing 2G service. RCOM has applied for liberalising it’s spectrum, in the 800 MHz spectrum in 20 circles. 

 

[14.01.2016]Economy is in crisis, but Ministers paint rosy picture.

The BJP came to power, by swearing to make India into an industrial hub and economic super power. But, after one and half years of it’s coming to power, the Indian economy has gone into a crisis. India’s industrial production has got reduced by 3.2% in November, 2015, the worst performance since October, 2011. Overall exports have got reduced by 17.6% ($21.35 billion) during the period from April to October, 2015. At the same time consumer price inflation has increased by 5.6% in December, 2015. Indications are clear that the country’s economy is in crisis. But the Prime Minister and Finance Minister keep pronouncing that economy will grow by 7.5%.

 

[14.01.2016]Congrats Coimbatore, for effective implementation of SWAS.

CHQ heartily congratulates Forum Coimbatore for effectively implementing SWAS. The program was launched at Coimbatore, with the PGM Coimbatore inaugurating it in the Main Telephone Exchange Building. It was attended by 200 staff members. This was followed by an effective rally conducted in Coimbatore Race Course area, participated in by the PGM Coimbatore, senior officers, all the Forum Leaders and more than 350 employees. Thereafter, Mela was organised on 12th & 13th January, 2016, at Ondipudur Coimbatore. BSNLEU District office bearers and Circle officer bearers participated actively. 480 SIM cards (with MNP 30 Nos.), 86 landlines with broadband were sold.<<views of the programme>>>

 

[14.01.2016]MBAs, BTech grads apply for watchman post in Visakhapatnam!

Call it the heights of unemployment, if you will but officials at the Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (APEPDCL) were in for a shock of their lives when they found that the 338 candidates that applied for the sole watchman's post for its Visakhapatnam circle office at Ram Nagar had MBA and BTech grads among them. Though, there is no basic educational qualification for the watchman's post, which has a salary of Rs.25,000/- per month, and the basic criteria is that the candidate should just know how to read and write in Telugu and should be not more than 35 years of age, most of those who applied were BSc, BCom, BBM, with some even holding BTech and MBA degrees. 

 

[Source: The Times of India, dt. 14.01.2016] 

 

[14.01.2016]Government sets up panel to study 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Government decided to set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. The Cabinet has approved the setting up of Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in an overall perspective, Parliamentary affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.

 

[Source: The Indian Express, dt. 13.01.2016]

 

[13.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, demanding immediate reimbursement of the amount spent by BSNL for payment of GPF advance to employees.

BSNLEU has already taken up the matter with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, for timely reimbursement of the amount spent by BSNL for payment of GPF advance to employees. The non-reimbursement of the amount by the DoT is complicating the matter more. BSNLEU has once again written to the Member (Finance), demanding timely reimbursement.<<view letter>>

[13.01.2016]Director (HR) writes to the IFA's of the circles, directing to furnish information on reimbursement of GPF amount paid to employees, by the CCAs.<<view letter>>

[13.01.2016]Releasing of funds to the circles, by the Corporate Office, for payment of GPF advance.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today, and demanded that Corporate Office should immediately release funds to the circles, for payment of GPF advance. The CMD BSNL replied that the problem has arisen because DoT has not reimbursed so far, the amount already spent by BSNL, for payment of GPF advance. He also stated that BSNL has to take bank loan at 9.5% interest rate for payment of GPF advance. The GS told the CMD BSNL that taking bank loan is unavoidable, since employees did not get GPF advance in December, 2015 also. The CMD BSNL assured to look into.

 

[13.01.2016]GS, BSNLEU discusses with CMD BSNL about the infrastructure sharing with Reliance Jio.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today, and seriously discussed about the agreement, said to have been signed by Reliance Jio with BSNL, on infrastructure sharing. The CMD BSNL asserted that no agreement has been signed with the Reliance Jio, for sharing of infrastructure. He further stated that Reliance Jio has only been provided with POIs (Point of Inter Connectivity) and level one services like 100, 101 etc., as has been provided to all other private operators.

 

[13.01.2016]Review of results of the TTA LDCE, conducted in Madhya Pradesh circle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), today, and expressed the unhappiness of the union, regarding the non-implementation of the assurance given to the union on review of the results of the TTA LDCE, conducted in Madhya Pradesh circle. The union had already demanded that additional marks should be granted for wrong questions. Eventhough, this was accepted, no review of the results has been done in Madhya Pradesh circle. After today’s discussion, the GM (Rectt.) assured that necessary instruction would be given to the Madhya Pradesh circle administration.

 

[13.01.2016]Review of the results of the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.

BSNLEU has already demanded that additional marks should be granted for wrong questions, while review of the results are done by the Expert Committee at the circle level. The issue has already been discussed with the Director (HR). Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), today. It was assured by the GM (Rectt.), that necessary instruction in this regard would be issued.

 

[13.01.2016]Implementation of DoP&T orders regarding reservation to SC/ST employees in BSNL.

The issue was discussed today with Shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. During the discussion, the GM (Rectt.), informed the GS that the Committee designated to study the status of implementation of DoP&T orders in BSNL, has already submitted it’s report to the Director (HR). The GM (Rectt.) also stated that the Committee has recommended further relaxation of the standards to SC/ST employees in departmental examinations. The GS demanded that the relaxation recommended by the Committee should be implemented retrospectively. BSNLEU will further take up this issue with the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.

 

[13.01.2016]Additional items given by BSNLEU for the 34th meeting of the National Council.<<view items>>

 

[12.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL on agreement signed with Reliance Jio.

BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, on the matter of the agreement signed with Reliance Jio for infrastructure sharing. The unions and associations in BSNL are taking all out efforts for the revival of BSNL. As such, the Management should have discussed before hand with the Forum, about it’s proposal to enter into any sort of agreement with Reliance Jio, which is notorious for cheatings. BSNLEU has every reason to believe that BSNL Management is forced to enter into agreement with Reliance Jio, under pressure from the government. Hence, the union has demanded the Management to immediately discuss with it about the entire details of the agreement with Reliance Jio.<<view letter>>

 

[12.01.2016]Management urged to conduct the 7th Membership Verification as per the schedule.

BSNLEU has communicated to the Director (HR), as well as to the PGM (SR), stating that there is no necessity to postpone the 7th Membership Verification, as was demanded by some of the organisations in the all Union meeting held on 11.01.2016. The union has demanded that the verification should be conducted as per schedule, in the month of April, 2016. 

 

[12.01.2016]Allotment of funds to circles for GPF advance.

BSNLEU was assured last week by the GM (T&BFCI) that Corporate Office would allot funds to the circles, for payment of GPF advance, latest by 11.01.2016. However the funds were not released as was assured. The issue was discussed with Director (HR) today by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President. The Director (HR) stated that efforts are being taken to get bank loan for the payment of GPF advance. The representatives requested her to ensure releasing of the funds at the earliest. 

 

[12.01.2016]Meeting with Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) today the 12.01.2016, and discussed the following issues. 

 

(1)   Review of the results of the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.

The union stated that the recommendations of the expert committee formed in Andhra Pradesh circle, to review the results of the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013, has been upheld by the Hon’ble CAT Hyderabad. The union demanded that the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT should be implemented without going on appeal. It was also demanded that in whichever circle additional marks are not given for wrong questions, a review of the result should be made by granting full additional marks. 

 

(2)  Granting of one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007.

The committee formed to look into the demand of granting one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007, and who are undergoing wage loss, has recommended granting of one additional increment. The union demanded that this issue should be expeditiously taken for the approval of the Management Committee and BSNL Board, so that the affected employees get relief without further delay. 

 

(3) Superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees.

It is learnt that the proposal to contribute 6% of the pay, as the pension contribution of the Management, has got stuck up in the EF section. The Director (HR) was requested to ensure that this matter is expeditiously taken for the approval of the Management Committee and the BSNL Board. 

 

(4)  Non-implementation of the DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation.

The attention of the Director (HR) is once again drawn to the issue of non-implementation of the DoP&T orders on reservation to SC/ST employees. The union complained that the committee which was formed to look into the matter has not submitted it’s report within the stipulated period of one month. The Director (HR) was requested to urgently look into the matter and to ensure early implementation of the DoP&T orders. 

 

The Director (HR) assured that the above issues would be looked into and also the needful would be done.

[12.01.2016]Staff Side items for the 34th meeting of the National Council.<<view items>> 

[12.01.2016]JAC circular on outsourcing of the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband connections.<<view circular>> 

[12.01.2016]BSNLEU letter to the CMD BSNL demanding consideration of Adhoc payment of PLI.

BSNLEU has once again urged the CMD BSNL to consider payment of Adhoc PLI, in view of the massive activities being undertaken by the employees to increase the revenue as well as customer base of BSNL. The efforts of the employees have already yielded good results, and the revenue and the connections have increased sizeably. Payment of Adhoc PLI will further boost the morale of the employees for active involvement in the revival of BSNL.<<view letter>>

 

[11.01.2016]All Union meeting on 7th Membership Verification.

An all Union meeting, convened by BSNL Management, on conducting the 7th Membership Verification, was held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President, represented BSNLEU. Shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR) and shri Ram Sakhal, Addl.GM (SR), attended from the Management Side. All the other applicant unions, who participated in the 6th Membership Verification also attended the meeting. In that meeting Management spelt out the following time schedule for conducting the 7th Membership Verification. 

 

Letter inviting applications                    - 14.01.2016

Issuing of notification                             - 18.02.2016

Last date for withdrawal

 of application                                            - 22.02.2016

Date of election                                          - 26.04.2016

Counting and declaration of results    - 28.04.2016

 

[11.01.2016]CMD BSNL urged to settle the pension contribution issue of the Directly Recruited employees without further delay.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President, met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed the following issues. 

 

(1)  New Designations.

The representatives requested the CMD BSNL to ensure that the New Designations and the E-1 payscale, which were already approved by the Management Committee, are approved in the forthcoming meeting of the Board of Directors. 

 

(2)  Finalising pension contribution to the Directly Recruited employees.

The representatives pointed out that the pension contribution by BSNL Management, to the Directly Recruited employees is getting abnormally delayed. The pension scheme for these employees has not yet been introduced, since Management has not yet decided about it’s contribution to the Pension Fund. They also pointed out that this is causing huge loss to the employees who are retiring and also to the families of those employees who have died. 

 

The CMD BSNL assured that these matters would be looked into seriously.

 

[11.01.2016]Forum meeting discussed about effective implementation of the SWAS.

A meeting of the Forum is held today, under the presidentship of com. Chandeswar Singh, President. The meeting was attended by all the major organisations. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convenor, stressed the necessity to give further guidelines to the field units for effectively implementing the “Service With A Smile” programme. After detailed discussion the following decisions were taken. 

(1)  Forum has already given detailed instructions with regards to improving quality of service as well as stepping up marketing activities. It is decided that circle and district level Forums should hold fortnightly review meetings and to monitor the implementation of the SWAS.  

(2)  Flex banners may be displayed in all Customer Care Centres and BSNL Offices with a view to make publicity about the SWAS, as well as various products of BSNL.  

(3)  Based on the guidelines already given by the Forum at the All India level, the circle and district level Forums are requested to motivate employees to individually engage in marketing activities. Quota may also fixed for them.

(4)  Pamphlets should be distributed among the public to bringing more number of connections.

(5)  With a view to increase revenue, existing customers should be educated to avail various Value Added Services through the GPRS.

(6)   Monthly progress reports should be sent to the All India Unions.

 

[11.01.2016]Meeting between JAC and BSNL Management on the issue of stagnation.

A meeting between JAC and BSNL Management on the issue of stagnation is held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Asokababu, Vice-President, represented BSNLEU. Com.Raj Mouli (NFTE), com.R.C. Pandey (BTEF) and com. Suresh Kumar (BSNLMS) also attended the meeting. Management was represented Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and shri Sheo Sankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.). The Union Representatives strongly demanded that the Management should find out ways and means to settle the stagnation issue, which has badly affected the employees in the RM and Group ‘D’ categories. After detailed discussion the following decisions are taken. 

(1)  The Staff Side demanded that stagnation increment should be granted every year, instead of once in two years, and the matter should be referred to the DoT for getting necessary approval. Management Side agreed to examine this demand. 

(2)   The Staff Side pointed out some cases where the group ‘D’ officials getting stagnation increment and NEPP on the same date were deprived of the benefit of stagnation increment. The Staff Side gave the example of a case where the official who was due for stagnation increment in NE-2 payscale (7840-14700) on 01.10.2011 and should have been fixed at Rs.15,150/- pay along with the stagnation increment was actually fixed at a lower pay of Rs.14,880/- since on the same date he got promotion to NE-3 pay scale (7900 – 14880). The Staff Side demanded to protect the stagnation increment benefit as well as NEPP benefit. The Management Side agreed to consider the proposal for allowing such officials to draw stagnation increments in NE-2 payscale and to consider these officials as if they are notionally in NE-3 payscale so that on 01.10.2019 the official will get his NEPP promotion to NE-4 payscale.

 

[11.01.2016]Correct pay revision of the officiating JTOs as on 01.01.2007.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President, had a detailed discussion with Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.) on the matter of correct fixation of pay of the officiating JTOs. The representatives demanded that the pay revision of the officiating JTOs, should be done substantially in the JTO payscale, and notionally in the TTA payscale, as on 01.01.2007. The DGM (Estt.) assured that the matter would be looked into.

 

[11.01.2016]Granting of one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives, who are appointed on or after 01.01.2007.

This issue was discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt), today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President. The representatives pointed out that the matter is getting inordinately delayed. The GM (Estt.), replied that the committee designated to look into this issue has already recommended that one extra increment should also be granted to the left out Non-Executives, who are appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and who are suffering wage loss. The representatives requested the GM (Estt.) to take this issue to the approval of the Management Committee without further delay.

[11.01.2016]Corporate Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2016.<<view letter>>

[11.01.2016]BSNL’s notification for the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) for promotion to the grade of Junior Telecom Officer (Electrical) under 20% Quota to be held on 27/03/2016.<<view notification>>

[11.01.2016]Corporate Office notification for holding of Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE) for promotion of UDC to the grade of Assistant Manager in BSNL Corporate Office.<<view notification>>

[11.01.2016]BSNLEU’s letter to the PGM (SR), seeking sanctioning of Special Casual Leave for the Extended CEC meeting to be held at Ahmed Nagar, Maharashtra, from 19th to 21st February, 2016. <<view letter>>

[11.01.2016]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office on allotment of staff quarters based on pay scales - request for allotment of higher Type quarters if vacant.<<view letter>>  

 

[11.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) on request for an amendment in JTO(Telecom)  RR 2014.<<view letter>>

 

[09.01.2016]Meeting of the committee to review BSNLMRS.

The first meeting of the committee to review BSNLMRS was held yesterday the 08.01.2016. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, participated from the Staff Side. From the Management Side, shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), shri Ram Sakhal, Addl.GM (SR), shri S.H. Rao, DGM(EF) and shri Sualeh, DM attended. In the meeting com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, pointed out that employees are facing much hardship to get treatment under the BSNLMRS in view of the following reasons. 

 

(a)   CGHS rates are much lower then the prevailing market rates, as a result of which no good hospital is prepare to come in to the empanelment of BSNL. And also, for most of the treatments, the employees have to spend sizable amount from their pockets.  

 

(b)   Since BSNL is in a financial crisis, it is not settling the bills of the empanelled hospitals on time. As a result, good hospitals do not want to have tie-up with BSNL. 

 

The GS, BSNLEU, suggested that a via media has to be found out to mitigate the sufferings being experienced by the employees. A very detailed discussion took place. Finally the following decisions are taken. 

 

(1)   The systems of medical reimbursement in other PSUs, for example Coal India Ltd., State Bank of India and BHEL are to be studied.

 

(2)   It is to be examined, whether BSNL can switch over to the medi-claim system.

 

(3)   Corporate Office will immediately write to all circles, directing them to expeditiously dispose of the pending bills.

 

(4)   Next meeting of the Committee will be held in the last week of February.

 

[09.01.2016]BSNL made it’s presence felt in the Lok Mahitee Abhiyan held at Navsari.

Press Information Bureau (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting), Gujarat Region conducted “LOK MAHITEE ABHIYAN” in Navsari District. In this programme, BSNL opened a stall to sell it’s products. Com. M.K. Dave, District Secretary, BSNLEU, who is also retail manager, Navsari, took part along with other BSNL officers and explained about the details of various services being offered by BSNL. Complaints and suggestions from the public were taken not off.  The visitors to the programme showed keen interest to avail the products of BSNL such as a landline, broadband and mobile services.<<views of the programme>>

 

[09.01.2016]Forum, Coimbatore conducted an impressive rally.

The Forum has given call to give maximum publicity among the people, as a part of the ongoing SWAS programme, to popularise the various schemes of BSNL, such as the Night Free Call, Roaming Free etc. As per this call, Coimbatore SSA Forum conducted an impressive rally Yesterday. The PGM  of Coimbatore as well as Forum leaders took part in this rally. More than 350 Employees participated. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Coimbatore comrades.<<views of the rally>>

 

[09.01.2016]Notification for the Extended CEC meeting to be held at Ahmed Nagar (Maharashtra), from 19th to 21st February, 2016.<<view notification>> 

 

[09.01.2016]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.11.<<click here>>

 

[08.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Office on stalemate in the settlement of Anomalies, as well as issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who are directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics.<<view letter>> 

[08.01.2016]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office on non-holding of the PLI committee meeting.<<view letter>> 

[08.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the PGM (SR) on non-holding of the Standing Committee meetings.<<view letter>> 

[08.01.2016]CHQ writes to Director (HR) on non-implementation of DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL.<<view letter>> 

[08.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Office on revision of guidelines for granting Compassionate Ground Appointments in the case of officials who are killed in accidents while on duty.<<view letter>>

[08.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on grant of Cash Award to Sportspersons for achieving excellence in International Tournaments during the Calendar Year 2015.<<click here>> 

 

[08.01.2016]TRAI gets 24 lakh responses on it’s paper on differential pricing of data services.

The TRAI has received 24 lakh responses on it’s paper on differential pricing of data services. This is the largest number of response that the TRAI has ever received on any of it’s consultation. Out of this, 18 lakh responses have come through Facebook’s campaign in favour of it’s ‘Free basics’. Nearly 5 lakh responses have come in support of ‘Net neutrality’. The TRAI Chairman shri R.S. Sharma has already stated that most of the responses received through the Face Book do not answer the issues raised by the TRAI. This prompted the TRAI Chairman to comment that he was not conducting an opinion poll. It is to be noted that the Facebook has spent Rs.100 crore for, advertisements in support of it’s Free basics.

[Source: Economic Times dt. 08.01.2016]

 

[08.01.2016]Despite huge concessions given, private investment has not come, as expected by the government.

The Narendra Modi government has given huge concessions to the corporates, both Indian and multinational. The government expected that this will help to bring in large scale private investment. But the government’s mid-year economic review has found out that ‘private investment, as a growth engine, has failed’.

[Source: Economic Times dt. 08.01.2016]

 

[08.01.2016]Tamil Nadu circle Forum conducting a circle level convention on “Service With a Smile”.

The Tamil Nadu circle Forum is conducting a circle level convention on ‘Service With a Smile’. This convention is aimed at successfully implementing the SWAS in the circle. The convention is being held at Pondicherry on 19.01.2016.

 

[07.01.2016]Compassionate Ground Appointment to the dependents of the employees killed in accidents while on duty, on priority basis.

This issue is being continuously taken up with the Management by BSNLEU. As a result, the Establishment Branch has prepared a note for the approval of the Management Committee, for revision of guidelines for granting Compassionate Ground Appointment. This issue was again discussed today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President, with the Director (HR) and GM (Estt.). In the MC note, the Establishment Branch is proposing to give Compassionate Ground Appointment to the dependents of the officials who lost their lives in the following circumstances. 

 

(1) Electrocution (2) Accidents while attending telephone / cable faults (3) Militant attacks (4) Fire accidents. 

 

Together with the above mentioned accidents, BSNLEU has demanded that road accidents while on duty should also be included. If any other type of accident is to be included in the guideline, the same may immediately be communicated to CHQ through E-mail / SMS. 

 

[07.01.2016]Implementation of DoP&T orders in BSNL, with regards to reservation to the SC/ST employees in the Departmental Examinations.

This issue is being continuously persued by BSNLEU, with the Management. The Director (HR) has constituted an internal committee, with the direction to submit a report within a period of one month, on the status of implementation of DoP&T orders, with regards to reservation to the SC/ST employees in the Departmental Examinations. Since the one month period is already over, the issue was once again discussed today with the Director (HR), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President. The representatives expressed their unhappiness to the Director (HR) over the delay in the issue. The Director (HR) assured that she would enquire about the developments on the issue and inform the Union shortly. 

 

[07.01.2016]Allotment of more number of informal meetings, as well as time to BSNLEU, for discussing staff matters with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President, raised the above issue with the Director (HR) today. At present, BSNLEU is being treated at par with all other Unions and Associations, in the matter of granting informal meetings. In today’s meeting, the representatives demanded that BSNLEU should be allotted with more number of meetings, as well as time, to discuss staff matters with the Director (HR), considering the fact that it is the Major Recognised Representative Union of BSNL, which has secured 48.6% votes in the last Membership Verification. Director (HR) accepted the view of BSNLEU and assured that appropriate action would be taken. 

 

[07.01.2016]Management urged to immediately hold PLI committee meeting.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), and demanded that the meeting of the PLI committee should be convened immediately. The representatives pointed out that the last meeting of the PLI committee was held on 31.08.2015, and that thereafter no meeting of the committee has taken place. The GM (Restg.) assured to do the needful to hold the meeting expeditiously.  

 

[07.01.2016]BSNLMRS review committee meeting to be held tomorrow.

The meeting of the Joint Committee, which has been constituted to review the BSNLMRS is taking place at 15:00 hrs tomorrow the 08.01.2016.  

 

[07.01.2016]Delegate fee for the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting is fixed as Rs.800/-.

The All India Centre meeting held today, discussed about the preparations for the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting, being held at Ahmed Nagar from 19th to 21st February, 2016. In consultation with the Maharashtra circle union, the All India Centre meeting has decided that the delegate fee for the Extended CEC meeting shall be Rs.800/-.

 

[07.01.2016]Director (HR) urged to review results of the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President held detailed discussion today, with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) on the above subject. The representatives pointed out that in some circles, including Jharkhand, the Expert Committees formed to review the results of the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013, have not given full additional marks to the wrong questions, as has been done in other circles. In this regard, they also pointed out that the decision of the 30th meeting of the National Council, held on 28.05.2014 is not implemented. The Director (HR) agreed with the view of the Union and assured that necessary action would be taken in this regard. 

 

[07.01.2016]Holding of 7th Membership Verification in April 2016 is confirmed.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President met shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR) and enquired about the preparations for the 7th Membership Verification. The PGM (SR) replied that all actions are being taken to hold the verification on 26.04.2016, for which results will be declared on 28.04.2016. The PGM (SR) further stated that the holding of elections for some state assemblies would not cause any change in BSNL’s time schedule to hold the 7th Membership Verification. 

 

[07.01.2016]PGM (SR) urged to hold the Standing Committee meeting without further delay.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President urged shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR) today, to take steps for the holding the Standing Committee meeting without further delay. They pointed out that review of the implementation of the decisions of the National Council meetings is not being done, since the Standing Committee meeting is not taking place. The PGM (SR) assured that prompt action would be taken to hold the meeting.

 

[07.01.2016]Director (HR) urged to get approval of the important HR issues of the Non-Executives in the forthcoming meeting of the Board of Directors.

It is understood that next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held in the end of this month. So far, no date is fixed. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President, in their meeting with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) today, urged her to ensure that the important pending HR issues of the Non-Executives, such as New Designations, E1 payscale and Superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees are approved by the Board in it's forthcoming meeting. They pointed out that these issues are already considerably delayed. The Director (HR) assured that needful would be done.

 

[07.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on grant of Cash Award to Sportspersons for achieving excellence in National Tournaments during the Calendar Year 2015.<<view letter>>

[06.01.2016]“Service With A Smile” (SWAS) CHQ circular no.11.<<view circular>> 

[06.01.2016]DPE has issued order, revising IDA payable to 112.4%.<<click here>> 

 

[06.01.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), demanding review of the JTO LICE (2013) results, by granting full marks to the wrong questions.<<view letter>>

 

[06.01.2016]Funds for payment of GPF advance to be released latest by next Monday.

The issue of releasing of funds by the Corporate Office, for payment of GPF advance was discussed with shri Yashwant Narayan Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. The GM (T&BFCI) has assured that funds will be released immediately, and latest by next Monday. 

 

[06.01.2016]Congratulations to all. BSNL gives a record 17.5 lakh mobile connections in December, 2015.

BSNL has achieved a new milestone of adding a record 17.5 lakh new mobile customers in December, 2015. This is the highest number of mobile connections ever provided in one single month and 87.59% more than the target fixed for the month of December, 2015. The highest previous record was 16.1 lakh mobile connections given in July, 2015. Bihar, Jharkhand, Kolkata, NE-I, Rajasthan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra circles have done extremely well. All these circles have achieved more than 100% of the targets set for them. Maharashtra circle has come first, by achieving 141% of it's target.  BSNLEU heartily congratulates all these performers.<<view targets & achievements list>>

 

[06.01.2016]Com. Kashinath Yadav, former circle president, Telecom Factory, Mumbai passed away.

CHQ regrets to inform that com. Kashinath Yadav, former circle president, Telecom Factory, Mumbai has passed away at 6 AM today. He was 76 years old. CHQ pays it’s respectful homage to com. Kashinath Yadav, and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to all the family members, relatives and friends of com. Kashinath Yadav and also to the comrades of the Telecom Factory, Mumbai.

 

[05.01.2016]Forum, Tamil Nadu circle to conduct rallies on 08.01.2016.

The Forum, Tamil Nadu circle, has decided to conduct rallies throughout the circle on 08.01.2016. This programme is being organised as a part of the ongoing “Service With A Smile” movement. The rallies would be utilised to attract the attention of the general public to the various facilities / services being offered by BSNL. BSNLEU heartily congratulates Forum, Tamil Nadu Circle for taking this initiative.

 

[05.01.2016]Manufacturing shrinks for the first time in 2 years - Fall sharpest in 7 years.

A survey shows that the manufacturing activity in India has started shrinking. The survey conducted by the Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) also shows that the fall in the manufacturing activity in December 2015 is the biggest after October 2013.  It may be noted that he NDA government headed by Narendra Modi, came to power by promising that it would change India into a manufacturing giant. Especially, the Prime Minister has given the slogan of "Make in India", and is continuously touring foreign countries to bring in foreign investments. Huge concessions are also being given to the Indian and multinational corporates. Still the manufacturing activity is shrinking. This is because, the Narendra Modi government is also following the same wretched Neo Liberal Policies, that was followed by the Congress led UPA government.

[ Source: The Economic Times dt. 05-01-2016 ]

[05.01.2016]Government to introduce new penalty rule for telecom operators.

Telecom Minister, Ravishankar Prasad told yesterday that the government will soon introduce a new rule to impose penalties on telecom operators who violate norms. In March 2004, the Telecom Commission finalised proposals for imposing penalties. According to these proposals, penalties start with a warning that invites a penalty of Rs.1 lakh. Thereafter, Rs.1 crore, Rs.5 crore, Rs.20 crore and Rs.50 crore are the other stages of penalties. Whatever rule govt. may introduce, private operators follow only one rule. Cheat the govt. and loot the people, is their rule.

 

[04.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on holding of Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) for SC/ST/OBC Candidates for recruitment of Telecom Technical Assistant(TTA) in BSNL from external candidates - Rescheduling thereof.<<click here>>

 

[04.01.2016]The much awaited process for holding JTO LICE started.

The much awaited process for holding the JTO LICE, as per the Revised RR, has started. The Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has issued today, to the Recruitment Branch to direct all the CGMs to calculate the posts for JTO LICE under 50% quota up to 31.03.2016. Accordingly, the GM(Rect.) will now send the direction to all the CGMs. Another important feature of the letter of the Establishment Branch is that, it is categorically mentioned that the JTO LICE would be conducted for all the vacancies that arise up to 31-03-2016. This is a victory for BSNLEU. There was an attempt in the Corporate Office to hold the JTO LICE only for a portion of the vacancies and not for all. BSNLEU took it up with the CMD BSNL, who gave a categorical commitment, to hold the JTO LICE for all the vacant posts. Accordingly letter has now been issued to hold the exam for all the vacancies up to 31-03-2016. BSNLEU will further pursue the case for early issuing of the Notification to hold the JTO LICE.<<view notification>>

 

[04.01.2016]Com.A.B.Bhardan passed away.

Com.A.B.Bhardhan, freedom fighter, former General Secretary of AITUC, as well as the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of India, passed away at New Delhi on 02.01.2016. He had been unwell for some time and had been admitted in a hospital at New Delhi. Com.A.B.Bhardan was one of the outstanding leaders of the working class movement of our country. He relentlessly worked to strengthen working class unity and for the upliftment of the downtrodden. BSNLEU dips its banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader.
 

[04.01.2016]Extended CEC meeting at Ahmed Nagar - Circle and District Secretaries to note please.

CHQ is receiving requests from comrades, for admitting visitors in the Extended CEC meeting, to be held at Ahmed Nagar. The Maharashtra circle union, which is hosting the Extended CEC meeting, has already strictly informed the CHQ that they are not in a position to allow visitors. CHQ wishes to firmly tell that no one will be allowed in the Extended CEC meeting, other than the circle secretaries, central office bearers and district secretaries. If for any genuine reason, any district secretary is not able to attend the Extended CEC meeting, than only the Assistant District Secretary should be deputed to the meeting, with due authorisation letter. All comrades are requested to cooperate with the CHQ.

 

[02.01.2016]BSNLEU is allotted with alternative accommodation.

BSNLEU is presently having official accommodation, at D7 Telegraph Place, Gole Market. Since the govt. of India has handed over this place to the Jharkhand govt., BSNLEU demanded for alternative accommodation. Temporarily, accommodation is provided at Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001. The Director(HR) has assured the General Secretary that, soon BSNLEU will be allotted with suitable accommodation.

 

[02.01.2016]BSNL to get Rs.10,000 crore as Income Tax return from the Income Tax department.

BSNL will soon be getting Rs.10,000 crore return from the Income Tax department. This was disclosed by Shri Anupam Srivastava,CMD BSNL. In a meeting held in the BSNL Corporate Office yesterday, connected with the New Year day, the CMD disclosed this. The Income Tax department has collected Rs.10,000 crore in excess from BSNL. This is because, BSNL's accounts are not reconciled by the DoT during the past 15 years. The Forum seriously took up this issue with the Secretary, DoT, at the time of the 2 day strike that took place in April 2015. In the talks held on 01.05.2015 with the Forum, the Secretary, DoT assured that the DoT would take all necessary steps to get the accounts of BSNL reconciled at the earliest. The CMD has also stated that as a first installment, BSNL will be getting Rs.891 crore from the Income Tax department. 

 

[01.01.2016]MTNL introduces free roaming from toady.

MTNL is introducing free roaming from today. Accordingly, MTNL customers who roam out of MTNL service areas will not be charged with roaming charges. Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has made an announcement of this.

 

[01.01.2016]Pension of corrupt M.S.S.Rao held up pending disciplinary proceeding.

The corrupt M.S.S.Rao, former CGM of Kerala retired on superannuation yesterday the 31st December 2015. However, his pension, DCRG, etc., have been withheld. He will now get only provisional pension, as per Corporate Office letter. It is understood that disciplinary proceeding has been initiated against M.S.S.Rao for corrupt practices and swindling of money. It may be noted that this same M.S.S.Rao issued legal notice to GS,BSNLEU and other leaders of the CHQ, when BSNLEU made updatings about his corrupt practices on the CHQ website.<<click here>>

 

[01.01.2016]Corporate Office letter on status in the cadre of TTA as on 31.12.2015 in respect of officials seeking inter-circle transfer under Rule-8 of BSNL Employees Transfer policy.<<view letter>>

 

[01.01.2016]Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s  Pakistan visit - (Editorial of the January 2016 issue of Telecrusader).<<click here>>

 

[31.12.2015]CMD's New Year greetings and message.<<click here>>

 

[31.12.2015]IDA increased by 4.5% from 01-01-2016.

The IDA has increased by 4.5%, with effect from 01-01-2016. Presently IDA is being paid at 107.9%. Thus the new IDA payable will be 112.4%. The new rate will be implemented after order is issued by the DPE.

 

[31.12.2015]Good by 2015. Welcome 2016.

The year 2015 is coming to a close. It is a memorable year indeed. The working class has seen many ups and downs in this year. The pro-corporate and anti-worker Neo Liberal Policies are implemented with increased vigour, by the BJP led NDA government. More attacks were launched on the Public Sector, through disinvestments.  Nevertheless, the working masses have registered many victories too. The attempts made by the Narendra Modi government to enact law for grabbing lands from farmers, without their consent, has been dramatically defeated. The 2nd September General Strike, against the pro-corporate policies of the government became a historic success. The entire BSNL employees went on a historic 2 day strike in April, to strengthen and safeguard BSNL. This strike was preceded by countrywide signature campaign and massive March to the Parliament. As a result of the efforts taken by all the unions and associations, under the leadership of the Forum, good results have started coming in the revival of BSNL. Let us bid goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, with the fervent hope that the united working class movement will register more significant victories in the New Year.

 

[31.12.2015]Launch the "Service With A Smile" (SWAS) programme powerfully from tomorrow.

The Forum has given call to launch it's ambitious 100 day programme of the "Service With A Smile" (SWAS) from the New Year Day, i.e., 01.01.2016. The CMD BSNL has formally inaugurated this programme at the BSNL Corporate Office yesterday, in the presence of the Forum leaders. Likewise, the programme has been inaugurated at all the circles and SSAs. The Forum has issued a detailed circular, as to how the SWAS is to be implemented. This circular is updated on CHQ website on 28.12.2015. All the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU, being the convenors of the Forum, at circle and district levels, are requested to appropriately coordinate with all the other constituents of the Forum, and to ensure that the SWAS is effectively launched from the New Year day.

 

[31.12.2015]7th Membership Verification process getting kick-started - CHQ calls upon all the circle, district and branch unions to gear up to face the verification.

The 7th Membership Verification process is getting kick-started. The Corporate Management has called for an all union meeting on 11th January, 2016, at New Delhi, for discussing about the smooth conducting of the 7th Verification.  All the organisations which had participated in the 6th Membership Verification are invited to attend this meeting. With this meeting, the 7th Membership Verification is getting kick-started. Hence all the circle, district and branch unions are requested to gear up to face the 7th verification.<<view letter>>

 

[30.12.2015]Sign and send the petition to TRAI before 7.1.2016 and save your right to net neutrality.

A serious attack is being made by Facebook in the name of "free basics by Facebook" on our right to net neutrality. Net neutrality means access to all content/websites/applications/platforms on Internet without discrimination. Internet provider should not priorities or bar access to any of these on Internet and should not price differently. All are requested to go to the website www.fsmi.in immediately and send the petition prescribed in it, to TRAI, by email before 7.1.2016... Click www.fsmi.in."

 

[30.12.2015]BSNL MRS Review Committee to meet on 08-01-2016.

As per the Kolkata All India Conference decision, BSNLEU  raised the demand that a committee should be constituted, to review the BSNL MRS, since employees are experiencing much hardship in getting treatment under the scheme. No reputed hospital is prepared to give treatment to BSNL employees at the CGHS rates, since the prevailing market rates are much higher than the CGHS rates.  Hence, almost 50% of the expenditures incurred for treatments, are being borne by the employees themselves. Moreover, due to belated payment of bills by BSNL, reputed hospitals have gone out of BSNL's tie up. Net result is that, employees are not getting treatment from good quality hospitals. These are the reasons why BSNLEU demanded for a review committee. This issue was subsequently raised by BSNLEU in the National Council, and decision was taken to form a review committee. However, unnecessary problems were created by the Admn. Branch of the Corporate Office, in constituting the Committee.  As a result, BSNLEU registered it's strong protest with the Director(HR). Only thereafter the Committee was constituted. The meeting of the BSNL MRS Committee will now meet on 08.01.2016. BSNLEU will try it's best to ease the problems being faced by the employees.

 

[30.12.2015]"SERVICE WITH A SMILE" (SWAS) programme inaugurated by the CMD BSNL at Corporate Office. 

Sharply at 10:00 am today, the entire officers and staff of BSNL Corporate Office, together with the Forum leaders, assembled at the Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, the Corporate Office of BSNL, at Janpath, New Delhi. Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) welcomed every one to the inauguration of the SWAS programme. This was followed by the CMD BSNL, Shri Anupam Shrivastava, reading out the pledge to serve the customers with a smile. The entire staff and officers, as well as the Forum leaders, took the pledge. In his inaugural speech, the CMD BSNL asserted that the BSNL will soon regain it's past glory. He also praised the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, which has conceived the SWAS programme. The brief, but enthusiastic inauguration of the SWAS, in the Corporate Office, has given the much required boost to the programme. Let us all pool our entire energy for the 100 days, starting with 1st January, 2016, to successfully organise the SWAS.<<<views of the programme>>>

 

[30.12.2015]BSNLEU urges the Director(HR) to expeditiously consider appointment on Compassionate Ground, on priority basis, to the wards of the employees killed in accidents while on duty.

BSNLEU has once again urged the BSNL Management to consider giving Compassionate Ground Appointments on priority basis, to the wards of the employees killed in accidents while on duty. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron and com.Kuldeep Singh, Assistant Treasurer, met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) today and urged her to expeditiously give guidelines to the CGMs in this regard. They also handed over to her, CHQ's letter, demanding CGA on priority basis, to the wards of three employees (two from Andhra Pradesh circle and one from Maharashtra circle) who were killed in accidents while on duty.

 

[29.12.2015]BSNLEU, Chennai circle union, conducts powerful demonstration infront of the Telecom Employees Co-operative Society office at Chennai, demanding reduction of interest rate, proper auditing of Society accounts, curtailment of wasteful expenditures etc.

BSNL Employees Union, Chennai circle, conducted a powerful demonstration today, infront of the Telecom Employees Co-operative Society office at Chennai. This demonstration was conducted demanding reduction of the interest rate from 16% to 12%, curtailment of wasteful expenditures, proper auditing of the Society accounts, etc. One of the major demands of today’s demonstration is, the immediate distribution of the land, which has been purchased for distribution among the Society members. The demonstration was presided over by com. Kanniappan, Circle President and was addressed by com. K. Govindaraj, Circle Secretary. CHQ heartily congratulates the Chennai circle union and all the members who have participated in the demonstration.<<view images>>

 

[29.12.2015]Compassionate Ground Appointment to the wards of the employees who died in accidents, while on duty.

BSNLEU is continuously raising the demand that Management should give appointment to the wards of the employees who died in accidents, while on duty, on a priority basis. This issue was raised in the last National Council meeting. The Director (HR) has told that the demand would be examined. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), sending three such cases pertaining to Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh circles, for appointment on a priority basis.<<view letter>>

 

[29.12.2015]“Service With A Smile” (SWAS) programme to get inaugurated at Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels tomorrow. Circle and district secretaries are requested to do the needful.

The ambitious “Service With A Smile” (SWAS) programme, called on by the Forum, is to be observed for 100 days, starting from 1st January, 2016. This programme is getting inaugurated at 10:00 AM by shri Anupam Shrivastava, at the BSNL Corporate Office, tomorrow the 30th December, 2015. Simultaneously, this programme is to be inaugurated at all circles and SSAs, by the respective CGMs and SSA heads. Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to contact their respective CGMs and SSA heads, as well as all other constituents of the Forum, and to effectively organise the SWAS programme.

 

[28.12.2015]Forum circular on 100 days programme of the "Service With A Smile" (SWAS).<<view circular>>

 

[28.12.2015]Extended CEC of BSNLEU will be held at Ahmed Nagar, from 19th to 21st February, 2016.

The Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Ahmed Nagar in Maharashtra circle, from 19th to 21st February, 2016. Apart from the CHQ office bearers and the Circle Secretaries, the District Secretaries shall also attend this Extended CEC meeting. No visitor will be allowed. Ahmed Nagar is well connected by train. The city can also be reached by road from Pune (100 KMs), Aurangabad (110 KMs), Manmad (120 KMs) and Dound (90 KMs). All CEC members and District Secretaries are requested to book their journey tickets immediately. District Secretaries are also eligible for special casual leave to attend this meeting. A list of trains which touch Ahmed Nagar is enclosed for the convenience of the comrades.<<view list of trains>>

 

[28.12.2015]Payment of allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger.

As per the agreement signed between the Forum and the Management on 12.06.2012, with regards to 78.2% IDA merger, a review should have been made by the Management on 01.04.2013, for the payment of all allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger. However, so far Management has not considered payment of allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with the CMD BSNL today the 28.12.2015, and urged him to take steps for payment of all allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger. BSNLEU also handed over the following letter to the CMD today on this matter.<<view letter>>  

 

[28.12.2015]Extreme delay in the finalisation of Management’s pension contribution to the Directly Recruited employees of the Company.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met CMD BSNL today, and expressed extreme unhappiness on the non-settlement of the pension contribution by BSNL Management, in respect of the Directly Recruited employees. The GS drew the attention of the CMD BSNL to the fact that some of the RMs, who were regularised after 01.10.2000, have retired recently without any pensionary benefits. He urged upon the CMD to immediately finalise the pension contribution by the BSNL Management, as per the DPE orders. A letter was handed over to the CMD on this issue.<<view letter>> 

 

[28.12.2015]Allotment of funds by Corporate Office for payment of GPF advance.

BSNLEU has tried it’s best to persuade the Corporate Management to allot necessary funds for the payment of GPF advance. However, the GM (T&BFCI), told that funds could not be released this month due to acute shortage of the same. He has told that funds would be allotted only next month. It may be noted that the deductions made by BSNL Management from the employees, on account of GPF, is being remitted to DoT immediately. As such, BSNL spends it’s own money for making payment of GPF advance, which will be claimed from DoT. Since, the DoT is not reimbursing the amount on time, BSNL is finding difficulty to cope with the situation. 

 

[28.12.2015]Discussion on Stagnation issue, between BSNL Management and the JAC to be held on 11.01.2016.

The BSNL Management will hold a discussion on the Stagnation issue with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Executive Unions and Associations at 15:00 hrs on 11.01.2016. This decision was taken in the formal meeting held between BSNLEU and the Director (HR) on 21.12.2015.  

 

[28.12.2015]Meeting with GM (Restg.), on the Change of Designations issue.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), today and thanked him for his efforts in getting the approval of the Management Committee for the New Designations. The GS also requested the GM (Restg.), to take the necessary steps to get the Board’s approval for the new designations.

[28.12.2015]Corporate Office letter on skill Enhancement Training to BSNL employees through Telecom Sector Skill Council.<<<view letter>>>

[28.12.2015]Corporate Office letter on review of engagement of Apprentices in BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

 

[26.12.2015]Com. A.C. Shah, former circle secretary of Gujarat, passed away.

 

With deep sorrow and grief, CHQ informs that com. A.C. Shah, former circle secretary of Gujarat, has passed away in a hospital at Indore, on 24th December, 2015. Com. A.C. Shah was the founding father of BSNLEU in Gujarat circle. He took extreme pains to organise BSNLEU in each and every district of Gujarat circle, against heavy odds. Mainly it is because of his contributions, that BSNLEU is a formidable organisation in Gujarat today. Com. A.C. Shah had also been the vice-president of BSNLEU for many years. CHQ dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to com. A.C. Shah. It also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members, relatives and friends as well as to the comrades of Gujarat circle.

 

 

[24.12.2015]Study Class successfully conducted in Lucknow centre.

As per schedule, the Study Class being organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust, was successfully conducted in Lucknow centre on 22nd and 23rd December, 2015. The Class was organised in Parijat Guest House, in sector 11, Lucknow. Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-president(CHQ), acted as the principal of the class. On 22nd morning, com.R.K.Mishra, circle secretary, UP(East) circle, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, briefly spoke on the necessity of organising such a study class. The first class of this Centre, on the topic of "Tasks of the Trade union" was conducted by com.Swadesh Dev Roye, National Secretary, CITU. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, conducted class in the afternoon on “Neo-Liberal Policies and it’s impact on Telecom Sector”. Today morning, com.Badal Saroj, Vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, conducted class on "Trade Union and Social Issues". Comrades from UP(East), UP(West), Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and NTR Circles participated in the class. The UP(East) circle union of BSNLEU has made excellent arrangements for the class. CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates the UP (East) circle union for successfully conducting the Study Class.<<views of the class>>

 

[24.12.2015]Odisha circle executive committee meeting held on 23-12-2015.

The circle executive committee of BSNLEU, Odisha was held on 23rd December, 2015, under the presidentship of com P.R.Das. Com.S.R.Das, circle secretary welcomed everyone and  placed the report of activities. The main item for discussion was the strengthening of the Organisation. All the District Secretaries and Circle Office bearers participated in the discussion and placed their views. Com.A.Dhupal patron and com Biswal, Patron, addressed the meeting and requested all the District Secretaries and office bearers to work hard for the improvement of the organisation. The CEC meeting took many decisions for the settlement of staff problems.<<view images>>

 

[24.12.2015]New Designations are approved by the Management Committee.

Congrats comrades. It is learnt that the Management Committee meeting, held yesterday, has approved the New Designations, as has been finalised by the Designations Committee, held on 11.12.2015. Now, this may go for the approval of the BSNL Board. Approval of the BSNL Board may become necessary, since the new designations have to be incorporated in the Recruitment Rules of all the four cadres, viz., RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA.  Recruitment Rules are framed by the Board and any change in the RR can be done only by the Board. We will take all steps to ensure that order on New Designations are issued at the earliest.

[23.12.2015]BSNL Mela organised in Karwar SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<view images>>

[23.12.2015]Views of the Black badge demonstrations held on 22-12-2015, demanding 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners.<<view images>>

[23.12.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), on the Corporate Office letter, which stipulates wrongful pay fixation in the case of Officiating JTOs. 

The order issued by the Corporate Office on the implementation of FR 22(1)(a)(1) for Officiating JTOs is not proper and is causing loss to the officiating JTOs. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR) requesting for corrective measure.<<<view letter>>>

 

[23.12.2015]Com.Prasanna Kumar, General Secretary, CITU, Karnataka state passed away. 

BSNLEU is extremely shocked to know that Com.Prasanna Kumar, General Secretary, CITU, Karnataka State, has passed away today morning, due to cardiac arrest. Com.Prasanna Kumar was less than 50 years of age, and his death is a big loss to the working class movement in Karnataka state. It is very pertinent to state that Com.Prasanna Kumar was a leader of the Karnataka State BSNL Contract Workers Union, and had led many struggles for the settlement of the grievances of the contract workers. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to com.Prasanna Kumar and also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to all the family members, relatives and friends of the departed leader.

 

[23.12.2015]TRAI informs Delhi High Court that no fine would be imposed on Telecom companies, for call drops, till 6th January.

The TRAI has already notified that from 1st January onwards, fine would be imposed on telecom companies, for call drops. The Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) and the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) have challenged this notification in the High Court of Delhi. This petition was heard yesterday. The next hearing on this petition would be held on 6th January. The TRAI also has given an undertaking to the Court that it would not impose any fine for call drops till 6th January. 

 

[23.12.2015]Change of designations issue before the Management Committee meeting to be held today.

Comrades are aware that during the past one month, BSNLEU has did a lot of ground work to find a solution to the long delayed and frustrated issue of change of designations of the four main Non-Executive cadres of RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA. As a result, the Designations Committee, which met on 11-12-2015, has finalised new designations and has signed the necessary agreement. Thereafter, BSNLEU has continuously kept on urging  the Corporate Management to get the agreement implemented at the earliest. On 21-12-2015, BSNLEU gave the final push, by meeting the CMD BSNL and the Director(HR) and urged them to get the new designations approved in the ensuing Management Committee. We were assured that the new designations issue will be placed before the Management Committee meeting to be held today. Today morning, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, once again requested the CMD BSNL to get the new designations approved by the Management Committee. We hope that a result will come today.

 

[23.12.2015]BSNLEU discussed with Director (HR), the following issues on 21.12.2015 after the formal meeting.

(a) Problem related to redeployment of NTR staff in BSNL Corporate Office.

The Director (HR), after hearing the union, directed the PGM (SR) to arrange a tripartite  meeting of BSNLEU, CGM (NTR) and GM (Admn.), BSNL CO, early to find out a solution for the matter.

 

(b) Designation of Non-Executive of BSNL to be placed before the Management Committee meeting to be held on 23.12.2015 for approval.

The Director (HR) assured that the issue will be placed before the Management Committee meeting to be held on 23.12.2015 for approval.

 

(c) E1 payscale.

 The E1 pay scale will be placed in the BSNL Board meeting to be held in January, 2016 for approval.

 

 (d) Allotment of accommodation to BSNLEU.

The union complained to the Director (HR), that the Management is denying proper accommodation to BSNLEU. To this, she assured that the union would be allotted with proper accommodation.

[23.12.2015]Black badge demonstrations effectively conducted demanding immediate pension revision of BSNL pensioners based on 78.2% IDA merger.

Black badge demonstrations are effectively conducted throughout the country, demanding immediate pension revision of BSNL pensioners, based on 78.2% IDA merger. At the Corporate Office, a demonstration was held effectively, in the presence of all the constituents of the Forum. The programme was presided over by Com.Chandeswar Singh, Chairman, Forum. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, veteran leader, addressed the gathering.<<<view images>>>

[23.12.2015]"Service With  A Smile"(SWAS) programme to be inaugurated at Corporate Office, CGMs offices and SSA Heads' offices, simultaneously at 10.00 am on 30-12-2015.Circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to make the programme success. 

It is already announced that the Forum has decided to  conduct a massive programme, which will be called as "Service With A Smile"(SWAS), for 100 days, starting from 01-01-2016. During these 100 days, all the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL shall conduct a serious drive to substantially increase the mobile, landline and broadband connections. Similarly, all efforts shall be made to maintain fault free networks, BTSs, etc. Most importantly, all the Non-Executives and Executives should try to enhance the customer satisfaction,  by serving them with a smile. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL has kindly consented to inaugurate the programme at 10.00 am on 30-12-2015, at the BSNL Corporate Office. Simultaneously, the programme will be inaugurated at the CGM offices and SSA Heads' offices also. All the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU, being the circle and district level conveners of the Forum, are requested to coordinate with other unions and associations, and to successfully organise the inauguration of the SWAS programme at all the circles and SSAs. 

[22.12.2015]CMD’s letter to all CGMs on "Service With a Smile" movement.<<<view letter>>>

[22.12.2015]Corporate office letter on fixation of pay of officiating JTO's under FR 22(1)a(i) and reversion before sending them for Phase I training.<<<view letter>>>

[22.12.2015]BSNLEU's formal meeting with the Director(HR) on 21-12-2015.

BSNLEU's formal meeting with the Director(HR) took place on 21.12.215. Meeting was presided over by Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR). Shri ShameemAkthar, PGM(SR), Ms.Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), shri Manish, DGM(Pers.) and shri Ram Shakal, Addl.GM (SR) participated from the Management side. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com.R.S.Chauhan, Org.Secretary(CHQ) participated from the Union side. The following issues were discussed.

 

(1) Non-Implementation of the direction of the Regional Labour Commissioner(RLC) on the issue of stagnation.

The Union stated that the RLC, in the conciliatory meeting held after the one day strike took place on 27.11.2014, has directed the Management to find a solution to the problem of stagnation, by holding a discussion with the Union. The Union stated that no such meeting, as directed by the RLC is conducted by the Management.


On hearing the complaint of the union, the Director(HR) directed the Management Side to immediately hold the discussion.

 

2) Non-Implementation of the DoP&T orders on reservation to SC/ ST employees.

The issue is already taken up with the Director(HR), based on which a committee has already been constituted, with the mandate that it's report should be submitted within a month. Since the one month time limit is already exceeded, Union asked what action is being taken. The Management side replied that the Committee is finalising it's report within a few days. 

 

The Director(HR) firmly stated that all steps would be taken to implement the DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL

 

3)  Violation of the agreement signed between BSNLEU and the Management on NEPP.

The Union stated that as per the NEPP agreement signed between BSNLEU and the Management on 30.10.2008, only the upgradation of pay scales like OTBP, BCR etc., granted between 01-10-2000 and 01.10.2004 should be treated as 1st promotion under NEPP, and the post based promotions given during this period should not be treated as 1st promotion under NEPP. The Union further stated that in the order issued by the Management on 23-03-2010, on NEPP, even post based promotions granted during the above mentioned period are treated as 1st promotion under NEPP, which is a violation of the agreement.


The Director(HR) questioned why this issue is being taken up so belatedly, for which the union replied that BSNLEU is taking up this issue ever since the order on NEPP was issued. finally, it was decided that the issue will be further discussed with relevant records.

 

[22.12.2015]Organise Black badge demonstrations today, as per the call of the Forum, demanding 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners

As per the call of the Forum,organise Black badge demonstrations today,  demanding 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. Organise it effectively with other unions & associations. Send report and photos to the CHQ.  

 

[22.12.2015]JTO vacancy particulars still awaited from 10 circles. BSNLEU has requested the circle secretaries to immediately arrange to send the particulars.

BSNLEU is taking all out efforts to get the JTO LICE notified without further delay. The matter has also been  discussed by our CHQ with the CMD BSNL. The CMD has assured to do the needful. However, still 10 circles have not sent particulars to the Corporate Office, regarding the number of vacant JTO posts available in their circle. Since the approval of the BSNL Board is required to hold the JTO LICE, particulars from the remaining circles are also necessary. The circles which so far have not sent the particulars are,  Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand,  NEII, Punjab, UP(West), Uttarakhand,  West Bengal, and NTR. CHQ has already requested the circle secretaries of these circles to take up the issue  immediately with their respective CGMs,  so that the required particulars are sent to the Corporate Office within a week

 

[21.12.2015]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

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

 

(1)  Holding JTO LICE immediately and for the entire vacancies.

The GS expressed his unhappiness over the undue delay in issuing notification for the JTO LICE. He also expressed his apprehension that there is a move in the Corporate Office, to fill up only a part of the existing JTO vacancies and not fully, through the forthcoming JTO LICE. The GS strongly demanded that the entire JTO vacancies should be notified for the JTO LICE. 

 

(2)  New Designations.

The GS demanded that the recent agreement reached between the Management and the Staff Side should be implemented positively before 31.12.2015. 

 

(3)  Implementation of E1 pay scale.

The GS strongly demanded at atleast in the next Board meeting the E1 pay scale should be approved. The CMD positively responded on all the issues and stated that needful would be done. 

 

[21.12.2015]Standard Procedure not followed by the Expert Committees of some circles in 2013 JTO LICE.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rect.) and drew his attention to the injustice done in the last JTO LICE, by some of the circle Expert Committees. While reviewing the results of the JTO LICE conducted in 2013, in some circles the Expert Committees have given full marks to the candidates for the wrong questions. This is the correct procedure. But in some circles, this procedure has not been followed by Expert Committees, with the result that injustice is done to the candidates of those circles. The GS demanded the necessary rectification should be done, wherever this procedure is not followed. If necessary, BSNLEU will take this issue with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR).

 

[21.12.2015]“Service With A Smile” (SWAS) programme to be inaugurated simultaneously at Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels at 10.00 am on 30.12.2015.

The Core Committee of the Forum, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and finalised the details of the inauguration of the “Service With a Smile” programme. Accordingly, the programme will be inaugurated by shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, at Corporate Office, at 10.00 am on 30.12.2015. Similarly, in all the circles, the CGMs will inaugurate the programme and the heads of SSAs will inaugurate at the SSAs at 10.00 am 30.12.2015. Even though it’s inauguration will be made on 30.12.2015, the 100 day programme of the “Service With A Smile” (SWAS) will be observed from the New Year Day on 01.01.2016.

 

[19.12.2015]Lucknow Study Class to be conducted on 22nd and 23rd December. 

As has already been announced, the last round of the Study Class, being organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust, will be held at Lucknow on 22nd and 23rd December. The details of the topics and teachers are as follows :-

 

1) Neo- Liberal Policies and it's impact on Telecom Sector - Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU.

 

2) Tasks of the Trade union - Com.Swadesh Dev Roy, National Secretary, CITU.

 

3) Trade Union and Social Issues - Com.Badal Saroj, Vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh. 

 

Venue of the Study Class and accommodation:-

 Parijat Guest House, 22/2, Insaf Nagar, Sector 11, Indira Nagar, Lucknow.                

Land mark : Near telephone exchange,  Sector 10, Indira Nagar.

 

Contact numbers:-

Guest house mobile no. 09026779966

Com.R.K.Mishra,CS,BSNLEU,UP(East) - 09415077447

Com. K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ)- 08004180077

 

[19.12.2015]Kalyan District Union of BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle, continues to organise road shows to market BSNL's products.

Kalyan district union of BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle, continues to organise road shows to market BSNL's products. Com.K.S.Baste, District Secretary, BSNLEU, com.S.M.Chachad, com.M.N.Zende, com.K.C.Bagate, com.T.N.Dhole and  com.B.R.Gore organised a road show yesterday at Samhaji Chowk, Ullhas Nagar. CHQ heartily  congratulates Kalyani District union for their efforts.<<<view images>>>

[19.12.2015]Despite the torrential downpour taking a toll on vital public installations, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) managed to provide landline and net connectivity to a number of its subscribers at Chennai. How this was possible?  The Hindu dated 16th December, 2015 explains.<<< view article >>>

[18.12.2015]BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu Circle Union's commendable flood relief work at Chennai and Tamil Nadu.

BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu Circle Union, has done a commendable job in the flood ravaged Chennai city and parts of Tamil Nadu circle. Soon after the flood, the circle union gave call to it’s members to donate Rs.10 each for flood relief. Members responded generously and contributed Rs.5 lakh. With this amount, the circle union has already provided one round of relief materials in the flood affected districts of Tamil Nadu. At Chennai, apart from creating huge loss to the properties of the people, the floods have also created another big problem for the people. A large amount of garbage, from wasted materials, has become a threat for the health of the people. Various agencies are involved in clearing this huge garbage. BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union, has also contributed it's mite in clearing the garbage at Chennai. On 17.12.2015, 250 comrades of BSNLEU and Contract Workers Union, plunged into action, doing cleaning works. At 9 am, the programme was inaugurated by Ms.Poonguzhali, CGM, Tamil Nadu Circle, in the presence of com.P.Sampath, President of Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front. Throughout the day the comrades cleaned the streets, school, bus stand, etc., and removed the garbage. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu comrades.<<< views of the function>>>

 

[18.12.2015]Core Committee of the Forum to meet on 21.12.2015.

A meeting of the Core Committee of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations will be held at 12:00 hrs on 21-12-2015. This meeting will discuss and take decisions about the implementation of the 100 days programme of " SERVICE WITH A SMILE ". Prior to this meeting, the Core Committee will meet the CMD BSNL, to finalise the date of the launching of the Programme. 

 

[18.12.2015]In India only 9% of mobile users have 3G connection.

Four years after 3G services were launched in the country, there are just about 93 million 3G subscribers. This is just 9 per cent of the total mobile user base. The 3G penetration in the country significantly varies across the circles, with 21 per cent in Mumbai and a mere 4 per cent in Uttar Pradesh (East). About 300 million of the 981 million mobile subscribers in India use mobile data, but only 93 million of these have 3G connections. The top five circles by 3G penetration are Mumbai, Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with average revenues per user (ARPUs) of Rs.225.

[Source: BusinessLine dated 18.12.2015]

 

[18.12.2015]Forum writes to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister, requesting to take lessons from natural calamities like the Chennai floods, and to permit BSNL to install it's equipments in government buildings and public places

Once again it was established during the recent Chennai floods, that only BSNL provides services to the public during natural calamities. Only BSNL maintains the communications, and helps relief and rescue operations, while all the private operators deliberately shut down their equipments and run away. In it's last meeting, the Forum decided to write to the Prime Minister, Minister of Communications and IT, etc., seeking the help of the government for installing BSNL's equipments in government offices, public places, etc.<<<view letter>>>

 

[18.12.2015]Forum writes to Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT on 78.2% IDA merger to pensioners.

The Forum has taken decision to hold nationwide demonstrations on 22.12.2015, wearing black badges, demanding settlement of 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. It was also decided in the Forum meeting, to write to the Secretary, DoT, communicating this decision of the Forum, and also demanding immediate settlement of the issue. Accordingly, Forum has written letter.<<<view letter>>>

 

[17.12.2015]UP (East) circle conducted a massive rally of the contract workers, to the CGM'S office, Lucknow.

BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) and BSNLEU,  UP(East) circle unions have conducted a massive rally of the contract workers at Lucknow yesterday, demanding settlement of the burning problems of the contract workers. More than 1,500 contract workers and regular BSNL employees participated in the rally. Initially, the circle administration called the police to stop the rally from reaching the CGM's office. However, finally the administration was forced to hold talks with the leaders and accepted to take action on all important issues. Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-president of the BSNLCCWF and com.R.K.Mishra, CS BSNLEU, addressed the rally.<<<views of the rally>>>

 

[17.12.2015]BSNLEU, Chennai Circle Union distributes flood relief materials to the affected employees.

A good number of BSNL employees are also badly affected in the recent floods, especially, lower grade employees and contract workers. BSNLEU Chennai Circle Union distributed relief materials worth Rs.2 lakh, to these affected employees, including contract workers. The relief materials were distributed in a function held in the BSNLEU circle union office yesterday. The Chief General Manager, Ms. Kalavavathi, participated in the function and distributed the relief materials. Each packet of the relief materials packet distributed, contained a 5 litre pressure cooker, 10 kilos of rice, bed sheet, provisions, plate, tumbler, soaps and tea powder packet. CHQ heartily congratulates our Chennai circle union for this noble work.<<< views of the function>>>

[17.12.2015]BSNLEU's items, to be discussed in the Formal Meeting, to be held with the Director (HR), on 21-12-2015.<<<view letter>>>

[17.12.2015]Dot urged to settle expeditiously pending vigilance cases against non-executive employees to be absorbed in BSNL.

It is seen that even after 15 years of formation of BSNL, vigilance cases are pending against Group-C & D staff in DoT. Due to which these employees are yet to be absorbed in BSNL. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met yesterday, the 16.12.2015, Shri Hoshiyar Singh, Director (Staff), DoT and discussed the issue. The leader requested the Director (Staff) to settle expeditiously, those vigilance cases like  shri S. Rajumani, RM, CTE, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Shri Indreswar Baruah, LM, (retired on 30.09.2010) etc., pending for a long time, since the pension issue of some non-executives are not settled in absence of P.O. The Director (Staff) instructed the TFS section to process those pending cases and assured the union that the matter will be taken in a special care.

 

[16.12.2015]Non-allotment of funds for payment of GPF advance - General Secretary urges GM (T&BFCI) to take needful action.

Many circles are complaining that funds have not been released by the Corporate Office, for the payment of GPF advance. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS has spoken to the GM (T&BFCI) today and urged upon him to release the funds without further delay. 

 

[16.12.2015]Retail inflation is at 14 month high.

Inflation has touched a 14 month high. According to media reports, the retail inflation has reached a 14 month high of 5.4%. The NDA government came to power, assuring people that it would bring price rise under control. BSNLEU, along with the Central Trade Unions, went on a General Strike on 2nd September. One of the important demand of the strike is controlling price rise. Normally, the rise in the prices of petroleum products is one of the reasons for price rise. However, after Narendra Modi came to power, the price of crude oil in the international market was steadily falling and at present it has fallen below Rs.40 per barrel. Still, the retail inflation has touched a 14 month high.

 

[16.12.2015]BSNLEU writes to CMD BSNL to expeditiously release funds for flood relief of the affected employees of Chennai and Tamil Nadu.

BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to immediately release funds, for the payment of flood relief to the affected employees of Chennai city and parts of Tamil Nadu circle. Apart from payment of flood advance, the Union has demanded that an interest free loan of Rs. one lakh be paid to the employees who are badly affected.<<< view letter>>>

 

[16.12.2015]Corporate Management urged to take immediate steps for uninterrupted network in Uttarakhand Circle.

It was reported to the CHQ that the BSNL network in Uttarakhand, especially in Almora and Haldwani areas are frequently interrupted due to which our customers in GSM and Broadband services are affected. Since, the Director (EB) and ED (CN) are on tour. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri K.D. Lakhmani, GM (Core Network Operation), BSNL CO. yesterday, the 15.12.2015 and urged to take immediate steps for uninterrupted network in Uttarakhand circle. The GM (Core Network Operation) appreciated the concern of the union in the matter and instructed the concerned authority in Uttarakhand to restore the services and to report to the Corporate Office if any further action is necessary. 

 

[16.12.2015]Broadband outsourcing is not in the interest of BSNL – A glaring example of Jaipur SSA.

The Management Committee of BSNL took decision to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband connections in many cities and circle. BSNLEU opposed such mindless outsourcing. In the discussions that took place between the Management and the Union, it came to the notice of the union that in Jaipur SSA, under Rajasthan Circle, the local authority has already outsourced the maintenance and provisioning of wired line broadband services. In the last meeting the Management tried to justify the outsourcing activities saying it improved the service and reduced expenditures in Jaipur. But the reality is different. As a result of our stiff opposition, our Jaipur District union opposed further extension of outsourcing after 27th October, 2015 and compelled the local authority to manage the work of maintenance and provisioning of broadband services by the BSNL Staff only from November, 2015. The result is excellent. It is experienced that not only fault rate reduced but repeat fault rate also reduced compared to carry out the work by the outsourcing agency. In October, 2015, when the work was maintained by the outsourcing agency, the fault rate was 29.66%, where as in November, 2015, while the work done by our staff, the fault rate reduced to 24.08%. Similarly, repeat fault booked in October, 2015 was 4123 and in November, 2015, repeat fault booked 3188. In November, 2014, while outsourcing agency was engaged, our broadband fault clearance rate in 24 hours was 42%, where as in November, 2015, it increased to 54%. In first week of December, 2015, the clearance rate increased to 80%. Thus, it is crystal clear that outsourcing of broadband activities is not in the interest of BSNL.

 

[16.12.2015]India is ranking 130 in Human Development Index.

The ruling classes have continuously been 'tom toming' that the Neo Liberal Policies will result in eradication of poverty. It is already 25 years since the Neo Liberal Policies are implemented. Alas ! India is still ranking 130 in the Human Development Index (HDI) — according to the 2015 edition of the Global Human Development report, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday. According to the latest ranking, India stands higher than neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan but lower than countries like Namibia, Guatemala, Tajikistan and even Iraq. Norway tops the HDI ranking, followed by Australia, Switzerland and Denmark. The latest ranking is based on data from 188 countries.

 

[15.12.2015]General Secretary addressed Jharkhand circle executive committee meeting. 

The Jharkhand circle executive committee meeting is held at Ranchi today. Com.B.Narayan, circle president, presided over the, meeting. Com.Naresh Lal, circle secretary welcomed everyone and presented his report on activities. Apart from district secretaries and circle office bearers, a good number of functionaries from various districts also attended the meeting. All the members of the executive committee participated in the deliberations. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS addressed the meeting and explained various issues connected with the problems of the Non-Executives, viability of BSNL, etc. Com.Naresh Lal, CS, finally summed up the discussion.<<view of the meeting>>

[15.12.2015]DO letter of Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL  for Enterprise business - Kind attention to all CGMs.<<view letter>> 

[15.12.2015]ASCI upholds complaints against Airtel.

Customer Complaints Council (CCC) of Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) upheld five complaints against Bharti Airtel, in which four was for promotions of it’s 4G services and one was for broadband service.

 

The claim offer of, “Get the same data benefits as your 3G pack and enjoy superfast 4G speeds at no extra cost; Free 4G Upgrade” was found misleading by omission of a disclaimer qualifying that the benefits offered under retail plans are not available to users under corporate plans”, ASCI said in it’s order.

(Source: PTI dated 14.12.2015)

 

[15.12.2015]Extended Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU at Pune.

Maharashtra circle is hosting the forthcoming Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU. The meeting will be held at Pune in the third week of February, 2016. The exact dates of the meeting will be announced within a day or two. Apart from the Circle Secretaries and Central Office bearers, all the District Secretaries shall also be attending this Extended CEC meeting. Maharashtra circle union is making all efforts to effectively conduct this meeting. 

 

[15.12.2015]Forum call to organise black badge demonstrations on 22.12.2015, demanding to immediately implement 78.2% IDA merger to pensioners. Circle and district secretaries are requested to implement the call effectively. 

It is a big injustice to the pensioners that the government has so far not approved the 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. It is already two and half years since the serving employees got their wages revised on the basis of 78.2% IDA merger. The Cabinet note prepared by the DoT on the matter, is already signed by the Hon'ble Minister of Communications. However, the note has so far not reached the Cabinet, and has got stuck up in the process of Inter Ministerial circulation. Forum, as well as unions and associations have already discussed this with the Secretary, DoT, and other top officers a number of times. However, the issue is not settled till now. Hence, the Forum which met on 10.12.2015 has given the call to hold black badge demonstrations throughout the country on 22.12.2015. Circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to coordinate with all the other unions and associations immediately and to organise the black badge demonstrations effectively on 22.12.2015. Reports and photos may be sent to the CHQ for publishing in the website. 

 

[14.12.2015]Successful convention of functionaries of four circles organised at Kolkata.

The four circle unions in West Bengal state, jointly organised an impressive convention of their functionaries at Kolkata today. The Convention was held in the Kolkata CTO hall. Com.Saibal Sengupta, CS, Kolkata and Treasurer(CHQ) presided over the convention. Com.Animesh Mitra, CS,West Bengal &Vice President(CHQ) welcomed everyone. Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, President,AIBDPA  and com.Om Prakash Singh,CS,TF &Vice-president (CHQ) were present. The meeting was attended by the circle and district level office bearers of West Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores circles. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the efforts being made by the Forum, for the revival of the BSNL, as well as about the status of the various issues of the serving and retired employees. He called upon the functionaries to successfully organise the "Service with a Smile" programme to be launched by the Forum from 1st January, 2016. CHQ heartily congratulates the four circle unions for organising an effective and successful meeting of the functionaries.<<views of the convention>>

 

[14.12.2015]K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust successfully organises 2 day Study Class at Kolkata.

The 2 day Study Class at Kolkata centre was organised successfully on 13th and 14th December, 2015, by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust. Com.Adhir Kumar Sen acted as the principal of the class. On 12th morning, class was conducted by com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, on the topic "Tasks of the Trade Union". In the afternoon session of the same day, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, conducted class on the topic, "Neo-Liberal Policies and it’s impact on Telecom Sector." On the second day, i.e., today, the class was conducted by com.Badal Saroj, Vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, on the topic, "Trade Unions and Social Issues". All the classes were conducted in an inspiring and educative way. The West Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores circle unions have made very good arrangements for the class. CHQ heartily congratulates all the four circle unions for the success of the class.<<<views of the class>>>

 

[14.12.2015]Corporate Office letter to all Heads of Telecom Circles on  representation of Sc /ST in HPC of Compassionate Ground Appointment.<<view letter>> 

 

[14.12.2015]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on proper operation of Contract Provisions related to labour laws Contract.<<view letter>> 

 

[12.12.2015]Forum circular no.8, communicating decisions of the meeting held on 10.12.2015.<<view circular>> 

 

[12.12.2015]Forum representatives meet CMD BSNL.

Representatives of the Forum met CMD BSNL at 18:00 hrs. yesterday, the 11.12.2015. The representatives conveyed to the CMD, about the decision of the Forum to observe a 100 days drive called “SERVICE WITH A SMILE”, starting from 1st January, 2016. The CMD appreciated the Forum for taking such an initiative, and said that it would go a long way in the revival of BSNL. He also stated that the Management will render it’s fullest cooperation for the successful implementation of the programme.  

 

[12.12.2015]Finalisation of new designations to the cadres of RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA.

CHQ has informed yesterday, about the settlement reached in the Joint Committee for change of designations of the major non-executive cadres. Prior to this meeting BSNLEU did a lot of ground work. It met the CMD BSNL, Director (HR), Director (CFA) and Director (EB) individually and explained with relevant documents how the TTA cadre is fully justified to be re-designated as JE. The CMD as well as the Directors of BSNL Board were completely convinced in this manner. As regards, the cadre of Sr.TOA, agreement was already reached in the Joint Committee meeting held on 28.07.2015, to confer “Office Superintendent” to the Sr.TOAs in NE-11 and NE-12 pay scales. It was also decided to re-designate the Sr.TOAs below NE-11 pay scales as “Office Associate”. However, comrades expressed their unhappiness about the “Office Associate” designation. Hence, yesterday, before the commencement of the Joint Committee meeting, the General Secretaries of BSNLEU and NFTE met the PGM (SR), GM (Estt.) and GM (Restg.) separately and demanded that the Sr.TOAs below NE-11 pay scale should be re-designated as “Assistant Office Superintendent”. Only as a result of all these ground work, the Management Side members agreed to confer “Assistant Office Superintendent” designation, to the Sr.TOAs in NE-9 and NE-10 pay scales. The new designation of “Assistant Telecom Technician” to the cadre of RM was proposed by the Management Side itself, which was agreed by the Staff Side. They also agreed to redesignate the Sr.TOAs in NE-7 and NE-8 pay scales as “Senior Office Associate.” 

 

[12.12.2015]Study Class at Kolkata Centre to be held on 13th and 14th December, 2015.

The Study Class being organised by K.G. Bose Memorial and Educational Trust will be held at the Kolkata Centre on 13th and 14th December, 2015. The teachers and their topics for the Kolkata Study Class will be as follows:- 

(1)  Tasks of the Trade Union                     – com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU.

(2)   Neo-Liberal Policies and it’s

        impact on Telecom                               – com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU.

(3)  Social issues and Trade Unions         com. Badal Saroj, Vice President, CITU,

                                                                               Madhya Pradesh.

 

[11.12.2015]Breakthrough reached in change of designations of the non-executives.

Hearty congrats. Break through reached in the matter of  designations change. Agreement reached in today's Designation Committee meeting as follows:-

 

Sr.ToA cadre:- 

1) NE7 & NE 8      =       Senior Office Associate.

2) NE9 & NE10     =       Assistant Office Superintendent.

3) NE 11 & NE 12 =       Office Superintendent.

RM:       Assistant Telecom Technician

TM :      Telecom Technician.

TTA :    JE. 

          

Now the decisions of the Joint Committee on change of designations will go for the approval of the Management Committee. We hope to get the order issued soon. CHQ wishes hearty congrats to all the comrades.<<view agreement>>

[11.12.2015]JAC writes to the Corporate Management on the Change of Designation of Sr.TOA cadre.<<click here>>

[11.12.2015]Forum meeting pays homage to the flood victims. Congratulates the officers and employees of Chennai circle.

The meeting of the Forum, held yesterday, paid homage to com. Deivasigamani, Telecom Mechanic, and all other people killed in the unprecedented floods at Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. The meeting whole heartedly appreciated the officers and employees of Chennai Telephones, for maintaining good services during the floods, which helped the relief and rescue operations in a big way. The service rendered by Chennai BSNL has drawn all round appreciation from the public. The meeting also called upon the entire employees of Chennai circle, to take all out efforts to rectify the faults that have been created by the floods, and to sustain the goodwill that BSNL has earned from the public during the time of the floods. 

 

[11.12.2015]Forum decides to conduct a 100 days drive to be called as “SERVICE WITH A SMILE”.

The Forum meeting held yesterday, has decided to call on the Executives and Non-Executives to observe a 100 days drive, which will be called “SERVICE WITH A SMILE”, starting from 1st January, 2016. The objectives of the 100 days drive will be  

(1)    Vigorous marketing of mobile, landline and broadband connections.

(2)    Ensure fault free services.

(3)    Reconnection of broadband and landline connections.

(4)    Special focus on MNP. 

 

[11.12.2015]Conduct demonstrations, wearing black badges on 22.12.2015, demanding immediate settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to the retirees.

The Forum meeting held yesterday, expressed it’s extreme unhappiness over the non-settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to the retirees. Hence, the meeting decided to observe demonstrations throughout the country, by wearing black badges, on 22.12.2015.

 

[11.12.2015]Corporate Office letter on skill enhancement training to BSNL employees through telecom sector skill council.<<view letter>> 

 

[11.12.2015]BSNLEU pays respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose.

Today is the 41st death anniversary of com. K.G. Bose, one of the finest working class leaders. The thoughts of com. K.G. Bose has changed the course of the P&T trade union movement. BSNLEU is marching ahead in his foot steps. In his last letter written from a London hospital, while fighting against cancer, com. K.G. Bose wrote that he wished to survive, to fight against all injustices. While paying our respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose, we reaffirm our commitment to fight against all injustices and inequalities.

 

[10.12.2015]Final round of the  Designations Committee meeting to be held tomorrow the 11-12-2015

Since the Corporate Management expressed it's intention to hold another round of meeting of the Designations Committee, BSNLEU demanded that such a meeting should be held within this week itself.  This issue was discussed further with the GM (Restg.) today, and considering the urgency of the issue, it is decided that the meeting would be held tomorrow the 11-12-2015 itself. We are hopeful that after tomorrow's meeting, the issue will be sent for the approval of the Management Committee. BSNLEU wants to find a solution to this issue by 31st December.

 

[10.12.2015]Corporate Management urged to immediately finalise the new designations.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), today and urged upon him to immediately finalise the new designations. In the course of the discussion, the GM (Restg.) stated that one more meeting of the designations committee needs to be conducted. The GS, BSNLEU, in that case, demanded that the meeting should be conducted within this week. This is accepted by the GM (Restg.).

 

[10.12.2015]Meeting with the CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and demanded that the unjustified and illegal transfers of six leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA should be immediately cancelled. The GS explained at length that the delay in the cancellation of the transfers is causing widespread resentment among the employees in Kerala and demanded that the same should be settled without further delay.  

 

[10.12.2015]Meeting with Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today, and demanded that BSNLEU should be allotted with a suitable alternative accommodation immediately. He also urged upon the Director (HR) to find a solution to the long delayed issue of change of new designations. The Director (HR) assured that the needful would be done expeditiously.  

 

[10.12.2015]Formal meeting with BSNLEU to be held on 21.12.2015.

The formal meeting between BSNLEU and the Director (HR), scheduled to be held today the 10.12.2015, has been postponed due to administrative convenience. This meeting has been rescheduled and now will be held on 21.12.2015. 

 

[10.12.2015]Forum meeting taking place today.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is being held in the BSNL MS office at 1600 hrs. today. The meeting will review settlement of issues related to the development of BSNL, as well as other important issues.

[09.12.2015]Corporate Office called from circles for deployment details of TTA.<<view letter>> 

[09.12.2015]Corporate Office letter on compliance report to Lok Sabha Secretariat on payment of Minimum Wages to contract -Labour.<<view letter>> 

[09.12.2015]Leaders of unions and associations of BSNL meet CMD BSNL, who is in Chennai.

BSNL has received an all round appreciation from the public, for the commendable services that it rendered to the people of Chennai, during the recent unprecedented rains and floods. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL is in Chennai today, to review the restoration of BSNL's networks. The unions and associations have met the CMD BSNL and have discussed. They have submitted charter of demands with regards to the restoration of the networks damaged by the floods and also relief to the flood affected employees. 

 

[09.12.2015]BSNL employee washed away in Chennai floods.

BSNLEU is extremely sorry to report that, a Telecom Mechanic has been killed in the recent torrential rains and floods that battered Chennai. Com. G.Deivasigamani, a Telecom Mechanic, and also the Branch President of BSNLEU, working in the Ganesh Nagar RSU of Chennai Telephones, has been washed away by the floods. It is reported that this incident had taken place while com. G.Deivasigamani was returning home after completing his duty. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to com.Deivasigamani, and also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members.

 

[09.12.2015]Second day of the Study Class at Ludhiana. 

The Study Class at Ludhiana continued at Ludhiana today for the second day. Students are participating in the class enthusiastically. Com.R.L.Moudgil, veteran leader of the Telecom trade union movement conducted today's class on the topic, “Trade Unions and Social Issues.”<<<view images>>> 

 

[08.12.2015]BSNL in the forefront of serving the people in distress.

An impression is being sought to be created, especially by the media that government companies provide sub-standard services. BSNL has also been subjected to this sort of criticism. But the torrential rains that Chennai has witnessed, and the subsequent floods, have proved beyond doubt that BSNL is in the forefront in serving the people and the private companies are in the forefront in only looting the people. It was lauded by one and all that, it was only BSNL which provided service during the floods, while all the private companies had closed down their shops during this period when the people were in distress. The following are the figures, provided by the Hindu dated 06-12-2015, with regards to the number of towers of each telecom company, that remained operational during the floods at Chennai.

 

COMPANY.     FAILURE

BSNL.               22.5%

AIRTEL.            53%

IDEA.                 84%

RELIANCE.      80%

AIRCEL.            60%

SSTL.                 82%

DDSL.                94% 

 

Vodafone is having 1669 towers. But it did not provide details with regards to the number of it's towers which remained operational. 

 

[08.12.2015]Telecom companies lose Rs.300 crore, due to the Chennai floods.

Chennai continues to reel under the worst rains in over a century. So far, 270 are reported to have died due to the floods. The National Disaster Response Force has so far, rescued over 10,000 people. As per media reports, telecom companies have suffered losses of around Rs.300 crore.  Out of the Rs.300 crore losses, Rs.100 crore is on account of network restoration and Rs.200 crore on account of revenue losses over the past seven days.

 

[08.12.2015]Two day Study Class started at Ludhiana.

As a part of the ongoing study classes, being organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust, the next round of class started at Ludhiana today. Com.Balbir Singh, President, presided over the class. In the morning session, com. P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU, conducted the class on the topic, "Neo Liberal Policies and it's impact on Telecom Sector". In the post lunch session, Com.K.Hemalata, National Secretary, CITU, conducted the class on the topic, "Tasks of the Trade Unions". The Punjab circle union, as well as the Ludhiana district union, have made excellent arrangements for the class. CHQ heartily congratulates the Punjab and Ludhiana comrades and also all the comrades who participated in the class.<<<view images>>>

 

[08.12.2015]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on remittance of EPF contribution for the Pre-induction Training Period.<<view letter>> 

 

[08.12.2015]Corporate Office letter on holding of SRD for PWD candidates for recruitment of JAO, JTO(T) and JTO(C) and SRD for SC/ST/OBC candidates for recruitment of TTA in BSNL on 20.12.2015 - Appointment of examination observer.<<view letter>> 

 

[07.12.2015]Rahul Gandhi, Vice President, Congress party, on labour law amendments.

“Prime Minister thinks that the workers of India are dishonest, work shirkers and could be made to work only by wielding a lathi. He feels labour laws have to be weakened and workers disciplined so that they are forced to work. He wants to bring them on their knees. If you look at the new laws being made in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana, it will become clear that Modi has started a big assault on workers.” 

The above is the statement made by not any trade union leader, but by shri Rahul Gandhi, Vice President, Indian National Congress. He has spoken so, in the 31st All India Plenary session of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). What he has spoken is 100% correct. However, it is to be noted that, the same Rahul Gandhi was vociferously supporting amendments to the Labour Laws, when the UPA was running the government.  

 

[07.12.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR,) demanding immediate solution to the stagnation issue.

BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the BSNL Management to find a solution to the stagnation problem, due to which nearly 80% of the employees in the cadres of RM and Group ‘D’ are suffering. Despite the best efforts taken by BSNLEU and the JAC, the issue still remains unresolved. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written a serious letter to the Director (HR) demanding settlement of the issue.<<view letter>> 

 

[07.12.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Office, demanding not to change the dates of the All India BSNL weight lifting tournament.

All India BSNL weight lifting tournament was originally scheduled to be held from 27th to 30th January, 2016 at Kerala. However, due to reasons best known to some in the Corporate Office, the dates were subsequently changed, to hold the tournament from 5th to 8th January, 2016. BSNLEU has already written to the GM (Admn.), BSNL CO, not to change the date of the tournament since the participants, especially from Delhi, will face problem in getting train reservation. BSNLEU has once again written to the GM (Admn.) requesting not to change the date.<<view letter>>  

 

[05.12.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.10.<<click here>>

 

[05.12.2015]Once again, it is BSNL alone which goes to the rescue of the people affected by natural calamities.

It is a well-known fact that only BSNL comes to the rescue of the people who are affected by natural calamities. This has been proved time and again. This has once again been proved in Chennai now. Only BSNL's networks are working in most of the flood ravaged areas of Chennai city. A lot of messages are doing the rounds in the social media, where in BSNL is being praised and private telecom companies are being bitterly criticised. We reproduce some of the messages.

<<<view messages>>>

 

[05.12.2015]BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation conducts dharna in UP (East) circle.

BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation has conducted dharna programme in UP (East) circle, on 01-12-2015, insisting settlement of the justified demands of the casual and contract workers. The program has taken place in all the SSAs, actively supported by BSNLEU.<<view of the program>>

 

[05.12.2015]Lapse in the online application for the TTA SRD is settled.

Management is conducting Special Recruitment Drive to fill up the unfilled vacancies in the cadre of TTA. The applications for this exam has to be made online. In the option for filling the degree of the candidate, provision was there only to select B.Sc. There was no provision to select B.E or B.Tech qualifications. This lapse was brought the notice of BSNLEU by the SNATTA circle secretary of Maharashtra circle. The issue was discussed with the GM(Pers.&Rectt.) in the Corporate Office by com. Swapan Chakraborty,  Dy.GS. As a result of the intervention made by BSNLEU, the above mentioned lapse has been set right by the Corporate Office.

 

[04.12.2015]“Study class” by K.G Bose Memorial & Education Trust at Ludhiana.

Dear Comrades as already informed that the two days “Study Class “ for Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Corporate office, NTR, Himachal Pradesh and J&K  being conducted at Ludhiana by Com. K.G.Bose memorial & education trust on December 8th & 9th, 2015. All arrangement for accommodation, food etc. are made by the Ludhiana Comrades. Reception Committee is constituted with Com. Amarjit Chander its Chairman and Com. Avtar Singh Jhande, General Secretary. Com. Parvinderjit Singh Pankaj will head the Accommodation Committee. Food Committee will be headed by Com. Paramjit Singh Vice President BSNLEU Ludhiana. Com. Darshan Singh President BSNLEU Ludhiana will look after the arrangements made for setting up a camp at railway station and bus stand to guide the participants to reach the venue of “Study Class”. Venue for the “Study Class” will be “Community Centre” Sanchar Colony, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana. Stay arrangement has been made in the vacant staff quarters in the Sanchar Colony. The venue is at a distance of Seven K.Ms from railway Station and four K.Ms from Bus Stand, Ludhiana. Reception committee will set up camps at Railway Station and Bus Stand on December 07, 2015. Participants can contact Reception Committee as per details given below:- 

 

1. Chairman Reception Committee  - Com. Amarjit Chander M/No. 94176-00014

2. General Secretary Reception Committee  - Com. Avtar Singh Jhande M/No.94170-57905

3. Com. Darshan Singh & Avtar Singh  - Incharge Camps at Railway station & Bus stand M/No. 9417100666 and 9417417517

4. Com. Paramjit Singh  - Chairman food committee 94172-88333

 

[04.12.2015]Delegates of the 8th circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala, donated Rs.40,000/ to the relief of the flood affected people of Tamil Nadu. 

The ongoing Kerala circle conference of BSNLEU, being held in Kozhikode, has extended it's helping hand to the flood affected people of Tamil Nadu. The Conference decided to collect contributions from the delegates attending the Conference, for flood relief. Immediately, volunteers went through the Conference hall and collected donation from the delegates. Within no time Rs.40,000/- got collected. The Kerala leaders handed over the amount to com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, to be handed over for the flood relief activities. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala comrades for extending their helping hand to the people of Tamil Nadu at this hour of crisis.<<<view images>>>

 

[04.12.2015]Final arguments taking place in the 2G Spectrum Scam case.

The Special Public Prosecutor has informed the CBI Special Court yesterday that, the  former Telecom Minister A Raja ignored the advise of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on the issue of considering revision of entry fee for 2G spectrum licences. The final arguments are now taking place in the 2G Spectrum Allocation Scam case. The special public prosecutor said that A.Raja had responded in a "hurry" to the Prime Minister's November 2, 2007 letter, in which Singh had asked Raja to consider revision of entry fee and it indicated that there was a conspiracy. The argument will continue today also.

[ Source: ET Telecom.com dt. 04-12-2015]

 

[04.12.2015]Corporate Office formed committee to review implementation of DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL.

BSNLEU is insisting for the past few years that, the DoP&T orders on reservation to SC/ST employees, should be implemented in letter and spirit. The issue was discussed several times with the Corporate Management, both inside and outside the National Council. As result of this, Corporate Office formed a Committee to look into the issue. However, the Committee gave an eye-wash report. It neither accepted the DoP&T orders, nor rendered justice to the SC/ST employees of BSNL. The Committee Report only reflected the utterly biased mind-set of the top officers of BSNL that, quality will be compromised, if SC/ST reservation is implemented. Every one should understand that, giving reservation to SC/ST employees is not anybody's charity, but it is the constitutional right of the SC/ST employees. Hence, BSNLEU once again took up this issue with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR) and firmly told her that the Union would be forced to seek constitutional remedy, if the issue is not settled. The Director( HR) assured that a small committee would be constituted which would give it's report within a month. Yesterday, the GM (Pers) has informed com.Swapan Chakraborty , Dy.GS, that the Committee has already been constituted, with PGM (Elect.), DGM(Pers) and CLO(SCT) as members. BSNLEU will vigilantly do the necessary follow up. 

[04.12.2015]Corporate Office called from circles for deployment details of Sr.TOA.<view letter>>

[03.12.2015]Views of the Mahila Convention, conducted, as a part of the ongoing 8th circle  conference of BSNLEU, Kerala.<<<view images>>>

[03.12.2015]BSNL extends it's helping hand to the people of rain battered Chennai.

True to it’s traditions, BSNL has once again extended it's helping hand to the people of Chennai, who are facing Nature's fury. At a time when Chennai city has become a virtual island, due to torrential rains, communication is playing a vital role in the relief and rescue operations. BSNL, while contributing to this in a big way, has also announced concessions to it’s customers. Accordingly, BSNL will allow free local and STD calls to other BSNL mobile phone users, as well as 100 MB data for seven days for its prepaid users. A rental rebate of seven days and extension of billing cycle by 15 days, has also been announced. BSNLEU congratulates the Management for this gesture.

 

[03.12.2015]CHQ heartily congratulates com.Kuldeep Singh, Assistant  Treasurer (CHQ), on his superannuation. 

Com.Kuldeep Singh, Assistant Treasurer (CHQ), retired from service on superannuation, on 30th November, 2015. Com.Kuldeep Singh, a respected and seasoned leader of BSNLEU, from Haryana circle, has rendered commendable service to our Organisation, both at Haryana circle level, as well as at the National level. CHQ heartily congratulates com.Kuldeep Singh, and wish him a long, happy and healthy retired life.

 

[03.12.2015]Study class continuing for the second day at Indore.

The Study Class that started at Indore, yesterday, is continuing for the second day today. The topic of today's class is "Tasks of the Trade Union." The class is being conducted by Com.K.Hemalata, National Secretary of the CITU.<<<view images>>>

 

[03.12.2015]The 8th circle conference of Kerala under way.

The 8th circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala circle, which started yesterday, is continuing for the second day today. The conference was inaugurated yesterday by Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU.  Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, BSNLEU, also addressed the session. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the Subjects Committee today and spoke at length on the status of all the issues of the Non-Executives, apart from matters related to the revival of BSNL and economic policies of the government. Around 600 delegates and observers are participating in the Conference. A massive rally and public meeting will take place today, as a part of the conference.<<<view image>>>

 

[03.12.2015]No proposal for disinvestment in BSNL - Minister of Communications informs Parliament. 

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and IT, informed Parliament that government has no plan for disinvestment in BSNL. The Minister, in a written reply given to a question raised in the Parliament, has stated that government has no plan for disinvestment in BSNL and MTNL, as a part of the revival plan. (MTNL is already disinvest upto 46% as on date) The Minister has also informed that BSNL has already started showing positive results in the matter of revival. He has further stated that BSNL has allocated Rs.7,795 crore for expansion works during the financial year 2015-16.

 

[02.12.2015]Corporate Office issued letter for formation of Committee to review BSNL Medical Policy (BSNLMRS).<<view letter>>

 

[02.12.2015]DO letter of shri R.K. Mittal, Director (CM), to Heads of all Territorial Circles.<<click here>>

 

[02.12.2015]The two day Study Class started at Indore.

The two day 'Study Class', organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust, started at Indore today. 100 students from the circles of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telecom Factory (Mumbai) are taking part in the class. Com.Prakash Sharma, circle secretary, Madhya Pradesh, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, conducted the first class, under the topic of " Neo-Liberal Policies and it's Impact in the Telecom Sector". Com.Badal Saroj, vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, is conducting the class in the post-lunch session, under the topic "Trade Unions and Social Issues."

Com.K.Hemalata, National Secretary, CITU will be conducting class tomorrow, under the topic " Tasks of Trade Unions. The MP circle union has made excellent arrangements for the class, for which CHQ heartily congratulates it.<<view images>

 

[01.12.2015]BSNLEU’s upbeat CEC meeting held at New Delhi - CHQ circular no.10.<<click here>

 

[01.12.2015]BSNLEU  representatives urged PGM (SR), GM (Estt.) and GM (Rest. ) to ensure settlement of new designations expeditiously. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, met all the Management side members of the Joint Committee for Change of Designations yesterday, and gave a final push for the settlement of the new designations. They met shri Shameem Akthar(PGM SR), Ms.Madhu Arora, GM  (Estt.) and shri A.M.Gupta,GM (Restg.) and  requested all the three officers to extend their cooperation for the settlement of new designations without any further delay. All the three officers assured of their fullest cooperation. Especially, the representatives requested the GM (Restg.) to immediately move the file for the approval of the Management Committee.

 

[01.12.2015]CMD BSNL and Director (HR) urged to settle the vindictive transfers in Kerala.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL yesterday, and sought his immediate intervention for the cancellation of the 6 vindictive transfers, remaining in Kerala circle. Both the General Secretaries explained in detail, how the transfers are unjustified, vindictive and master-minded by M.S.S. Rao. Thereafter, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and urged her for cancellation of the transfers. Both the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) have assured that the needful would be done. 

 

[01.12.2015]JE designation to TTAs – BSNLEU representatives meet the Directors of BSNL Board and urge them to settle the issue.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and shri N.K. Mehta, Director (EB) yesterday and requested them to immediately approve the new designations. Since the Management Committee had earlier returned the file and expressed reservations with regards to giving JE designation to TTAs, the Union representatives provided the necessary documents to these Directors, which show that the employees with 3 years diploma as entry level qualification are designated as JEs in other Central Government departments and in other PSUs. The Directors are convinced and assured to do the needful in this regard. 

 

[01.12.2015]Corporate Management urged to expeditiously hold the JTO LICE.

Corporate Office has not yet issued the necessary notifications, for holding the JTO LICE, based on the Revised JTO RR. Corporate Office has called for details regarding JTO vacancies existing in various circles. 30th October is the last date for submitting these details by the circles. However, Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) told the BSNLEU representatives yesterday that, so far only 15 circles have intimated the vacancy position. Hence, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, raised this issue with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) yesterday and expressed their unhappiness over the delay. They pointed out that JTO LICE has taken place only once in the 15 years of existence of BSNL, and hence any further delay in holding the JTO LICE would not be in the interest of the Company. The Director (HR) appreciated the view of BSNLEU’s representatives and assured that she would do the needful. 

 

[01.12.2015]Corporate Office letter on seeking clarifications on BSNLMRS.<view letter>>

[30.11.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office on the change of designations of the employees below NE-11 payscale in the cadre of Sr.TOA.<<view letter>> 

[30.11.2015]Staff Side, National council writes to the Director (HR) demanding corrigendum to the 33rd meeting of the National Council.<<view letter>> 

[30.11.2015]BSNL Casual Contract workers union, Chhattisgarh circle, conducts an impressive meeting on 29.11.2015, at Raipur.

BSNL Casual Contract workers union, Chhattisgarh circle, conducted an impressive meeting on 29.11.2015, at Raipur. Comrade Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF addressed the meeting. About 400 workers were present for this conference. He appreciated the unity of the workers and said that the union will fight for the rights of the workers.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[30.11.2015]World summit on ‘Climate-change’ starts at Paris today.

Leaders of 150 countries are participating in the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change, which starts at Paris today. This conference will discuss ways and means to reduce carbon emission, so that the rise in global temperature will be less than 2 degrees between 2015 to 2030. India’s stand in this conference is that, the Advanced Countries, through their massive industrialisation, are responsible for Global Warming. So, they must cut down their carbon emissions substantially, and also should give funds to the developing countries to access ‘Green Technology’.

 

[30.11.2015]TRAI chief tells telecom companies not to insult subscribers.

R.S. Sharma, chairman of the TRAI, has told the telecom companies not to insult subscribers. On the issue of paying compensation for call-drops, some of the telecom companies have told that subscribers would deliberately drop calls, to claim compensation. “Are your telling me that 50 crore people in this country will run to get Rs.3 through a call drop every day?, asked the TRAI Chairman. 

 

[30.11.2015]Compensation to customers for call-drops to be implemented from 1st January, 2016.

R.S. Sharma, Chairman, TRAI, has refuted the claim of the telecom companies that they would face Rs.54, 000 crore annually by way of compensation to call-drops. According to the TRAI, the telecom companies may lose Rs.800 crore annually on this count. The TRAI has stated that its tests conducted in June and September showed no improvement in the call-drop situation. TRAI would make another set of tests in December and the ‘call-drop’ compensation to consumers will be implemented from 1st January 2016.

 

[28.11.2015]Supreme Court allows CBI to grill Dayanidhi Maran for 6 days.

The Supreme Court has told Dayanidhi Maran to cooperate with the CBI, in it's investigation that would be held between November 30 and December 5.This direction is given by the Court in the case against Maran, involving the illegal installation of 764-line virtual telephone exchange with 353-high-end connections capable of supporting dense data networks, at his Chennai residence. In its FIR, the CBI had stated that the estimated a loss to the exchequer was Rs. 1.7 crore. Dayanidhi Maran is also facing two other cases: One is that of coercing Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran into selling stake to Malaysian company Maxis, for which the CBI charge-sheeted in August 2014. The other is a money-laundering case, pursued the enforcement directorate, for which attachment orders for assets worth Rs. 742 crore were issued and stayed by the Supreme Court.

 

[28.11.2015]BSNL to provide Wi-Fi services at all 125 airports.

The Airports Authority of India has decided to permit BSNL to provide Wi-Fi service in all its 125 airports. The installation of Wi-Fi services is a major shift by AAI as majority of airports presently do not provide Wi-Fi services. In the first stage, BSNL will be allowed to provide Wi-Fi service at those airports where presently there are no Wi-Fi services. With respect to Wi-Fi rates, BSNL will be asked to charge the rates provided by ministry of civil aviation (MoCA).

 

[28.11.2015]DoT orders payment of ex-gratia lumpsum compensation, and enhanced Family Pension, to the family of the employee, whose death occurred while on duty.

The DoT has ordered an ex-gratia lumpsum payment of Rs.9, 85,000, as well as an enhanced Family Pension of 60%, to the family of shri B.C. Sampat, ex JTO (OFC), Ahmedabad, whose death occurred while on duty. This is a very good decision. BSNLEU welcomes this decision of the Secretary, DoT. <<View letter>>

 

[28.11.2015]Clearence of broadband faults.

BSNLEU and other Unions and Associations are strongly opposing the outsourcing of wired line broadband connections. BSNLEU has given alternative proposals to the outsourcing of the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband connections. This issue was seriously discussed in the New Delhi CEC meeting of BSNLEU. When we oppose outsourcing, it is our basic duty to ensure that the broadband faults are cleared without any delay. The circle and district secretaries are requested to pay serious attention to this matter. In this connection, a paper given by the Management on clearence and pending broadband faults in various circles, is attached herewith, for information and suitable action. <<View letter>>

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