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BSNLEU CHQ NEWDELHI, 31th August, 2015 [16:10 Hrs]  

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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2015

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

[Last Updated on 31.08.2015, 20:10 hrs]

[31.08.2015]Massive dharnas at Corporate Office, Circle and District levels on 16.09.2015, against Subsidiary Tower Company.

The Forum meeting which met today, has taken the decision to conduct massive dharnas at the Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels, against the decision of the Cabinet for formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting insisted that the government should give up it’s decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting also decided to mobilise more than 1000 comrades in the dharna to be conducted at the BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi. All circle and district secretaries are requested to organise the dharna very effectively.

 

[31.08.2015]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on the nomination from BSNLEU to the PLI Committee.<<view letter>>  

 

[31.08.2015]PLI Committee meeting held today.

The PLI Committee meeting is held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, and com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, participated. At the outset, the Staff Side demanded that Adhoc PLI should be paid to the employees, in case finalisation of the PLI formula is delayed. In the notification of today's meeting, it is mentioned that "PLI based on Performance Management System". Staff Side expressed it's protest. It was agreed to correct. Management Side informed that the PLI formula that is being finalised will be applicable only to the Non-Executives. Management Side informed that the DoT has not so far replied to the query raised by them, whether PLI is to be paid when the company is not earning profit. This was strongly protested by the Staff Side, which demanded that the DPE guideline in this regard should be followed. In the discussion that took place on the targets to be reached for payment of PLI, the Staff Side stated that the parameters are high and need to be brought down. In this connection, it is decided that a meeting with the CFA section will be arranged, say within a week. The GS, BSNLEU, demanded that the PLI Committee meetings should be held regularly, and also in quick succession, so that the formula can be finalised at the earliest. He also informed the Chairman of the Committee that, com. Swapan Chakraborty will be nominated to the Committee, as representative of BSNLEU. This is in view of the fact that, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, is going on leave, and that the conducting of the meeting should not be affected due to his absence. This is accepted by the Chairman. The Staff Side insisted that record of discussion should be issued for the meeting, which was agreed by the Chairman. 

 

[29.08.2015]Do not believe rumour mongers.

Since talks with the government has failed, the Central Trade Unions have decided to go ahead with the strike. At this point of time vested interests will spread rumours. Especially, we know how powerful is the propaganda machinery of the Ruling Party. Definitely they will spread untruths and half truths. Hence, Circle and District Secretaries are requested not to believe any rumour. Firmly take all steps to make the strike success. Inquilab Zindabad. 

 

[29.08.2015]Talks with the government failed. Central Trade Unions decide to go ahead with the 2nd September General Strike.

A meeting of the Central Trade Unions, which are spearheading the 2nd September General Strike, was held in the INTUC office yesterday the 28th August. The meeting reviewed the talks held on 26th and 27th August, between the Central Trade Unions and the Group of Ministers. The overwhelming opinion of the meeting is that the Group of Ministers gave only empty assurances. Hence, the meeting unanimously decided to go ahead with the 2nd September General Strike. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take the last minute efforts to make the strike a historic success.

 

[29.08.2015]2nd day meeting of the Circle Conference of Kolkata Telephones .

An open session was held on 28th August, 2015 in the 2nd day of the Kolkata Telephones Circle Conference. The subject matter of the meeting was “Improvement of BSNL services in Kolkata Telephones and it’s financial viability.” The meeting was presided over by Com Ash Md. Khan, President, Circle Union. After the introductory deliberation by com Saibal  Sengupta, Circle Secretary, Dr. Biswajit Paul, GM(CM) and shri K.C.Ghosh, GM(CFA& EB) of Kolkata TD gave the view points on behalf of the circle administration. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, explained in details on behalf of the CHQ, how improvement of service can be made. He has submitted the background of the initiatives taken by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations for financial viability of the company as also to improve the quality of services. He appeals to the employees to involve each and every one to popularize the night call free facility from 9 pm to 7 am in landline telephones and free roaming facility in GSM to generate new customers and revenue of the company. He further request the circle administration to consult with the Forum at circle level and to finalise the strategies for extensive marketing so that services of Kolkata TD can be improve and with this the circle may make profit in the current financial year. Coms Prosun Mukherjee, CS, AIBSNLEA, Sekhar Majumder, CS,NFTE-BSNL, Biplab Das, Convenor, Co-ordination Committee, BSNLEU, West Bengal, Circle Secretary, SNATTA and other leaders from different unions and associations of Kolkata Telephones Circle also submitted their proposals for improvement of services. A large number of employees other than the delegates have attended the open session.

 

[29.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on review and monitoring of implementation of reservation policy  for Scheduled Castes in BSNL.<<view letter>>  

 

[29.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on minimum Government - Maximum Governance - Simplification of Government procedure for abolition of affidavits and promotion of self-certification.<<covering letter>> <<Enclosure>>

 

[28.08.2015]Enthusiastic strike preparatory meeting held in Chennai Telephones.

An enthusiastic strike preparatory  meeting is held in  Chennai Telephones, to  organise the 2nd September General Strike. The meeting is organized by the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives. Circle presidents of the participating unions and associations presided over the meeting. It was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. R. Venkataraman, GS, TEPU, com. S. Raveendran, GS, SEWA BSNL, com. C. K. Madhivanan, CS, NFTE, com. Lingamurthy, Jt. GS, FNTO and many others. The speakers explained in detail about the demands of the 2nd September General Strike.

 

[28.08.2015]Conciliation meeting held for 2nd September General Strike.

The Dy. Labour Commissioner (Central) held conciliation meeting today, based on the strike notice issued by the BSNL  Unions and Associations, for joining the 2nd September General Strike. Since both the GS and Dy. GS of BSNLEU are out of Delhi, attending organisational meetings, com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, represented BSNLEU  in the meeting. From the Management Side, Sr. GM (SR)  and DGM (SR)  attended. Discussion took place on the charter of demands. However, there is no fruitful outcome. Hence, the 2nd September General Strike will take place as per schedule.

 

[27.08.2015]The 3 day circle conference of Kolkata circle started in Kolkata.

The three day circle conference of BSNLEU, Kolkata circle, started in Chandan Nagar today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan  Chakraborty,Dy.GS are attending the Conference. The National Flag was hoisted by com.Ash Mohammed Khan, circle president. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union Red Flag. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle secretary & Treasurer(CHQ) delivered the welcome address. Com. Ash Mohammed Khan, president, delivered the presidential address. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the conference. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS also addressed. Both the GS and the Dy.GS explained the demands of the 2nd September General Strike, steps being taken by the Modi government against the working class and in support of the corporates, efforts being taken by the Forum on the revival of BSNL, decision of the government to form the Subsidiary Tower Company,etc. The conference was also addressed by com.Anantha Bhattacharji, president, AIBDPA, com.Om Prakash Singh, Organising Secretary(CHQ),etc. In the post lunch session, com.Saibal Sengupta, CS, presented his report on activities. Audited accounts were submitted by the Treasurer. <<<views of the conference.>>>

 

[27.08.2015]Central Cabinet gives four months extension to the Seventh Pay Commission.

The Central Cabinet, in it's meeting held yesterday, has given a four months extension to the 7th Central Pay Commission. Earlier  the Chairman of the 7th CPC has stated that the report of the Commission would be submitted by the end of August, 2015. Now, it's time has been extended upto 31st December, 2015.

 

[26.08.2015]Problem in ERP regarding conversion of GPF advance into Final Withdrawal.

Many circles have brought to the notice of the CHQ that after the implementation of ERP in their respective circles, conversion of GPF advance into Final Withdrawal is not being accepted due to the non-availability of the requisite provision in the ERP system. BSNLEU has already written twice to the GM (ERP) in this regard. However, this problem still remains unresolved. Once again com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to shri Raman Agarwal, GM (ERP), who is stationed at Ghaziabad, in this regard. The GM (ERP) replied that the work in this regard is in progress, in coordination with the HCL. The GM (ERP) further stated that this work would be completed only by mid October. The GS, BSNLEU has insisted for an early settlement of this problem. 

 

[26.08.2015]Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grave concern over call drops.

Telecom Minister, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, has been expressing his concern over call drops. However, the Chief of Vodafone India made a remark that the view of the Telecom Minister, on call drops issue, is not the view of the Government of India. Under this circumstance, the Prime Minister’s Office has issued a statement saying that shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister has expressed his grave concern over call drops.

 

[26.08.2015]Next BSNL Board meeting to be held on 28.08.2015 - Director (HR) urged to ensure approval of E1 payscale and Revised RR of JTO.

Next meeting of the BSNL Board is taking place on 28.08.2015. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) yesterday and requested her to ensure the approval of the Board, for the pending HR issues of the Non-Executives. The GS pointed that the Revised JTO RR and E1 Pay scale are lying pending before the BSNL Board for a vary long time. The Director (HR) assured that needful would be done in this regard.

 

[26.08.2015]BSNLEU’s letter to the Corporate Office, on fixing ultimatum on issuing Presidential Orders.

Corporate Office has issued letter, stating that pending cases if any, would not be considered for issuing of Presidential Orders after 31.08.2015. BSNLEU is if the view that deserving officials should not be punished due to the lethargy of the SSA and circle heads. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Office to review their stand.<<view letter>>  

 

[26.08.2015]BSNLEU submits nominations to the National Council, to fill up the vacant seats.

Consequent to the decision taken in the All India Centre meeting held yesterday, CHQ has sent nominations the Corporate Office, to fill up the vacant seats<<view letter>>  

 

[26.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on presidential orders to Temporary Status Mazdoors upon their absorption in BSNL.<<view letter>>  

 

[26.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of Junior Accounts Officer as on 01.07.2015.<<view letter>>  

 

[25.08.2015]All India Centre meeting decides to nominate members of BSNLEU to the vacant seats in the councils.

In view of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, BSNLEU is not able to nominate members of Alliance Partners to councils. Despite BSNLEU’s best efforts a favourable order from the Hon’ble Court has not come. Under these circumstance, the All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held today, has decided to fill-up the seats kept vacant for Alliance Partners, with the members of BSNLEU. Hence, Circle and District secretaries are requested to immediately send nominations to CHQ, to fill-up the vacant seats in the circle and local councils.  

 

[25.08.2015]BSNLEU’s nominees to the National Council.

In line with the decision to fill-up the seats kept vacant for the Alliance Partners, the All India Centre meeting held today has decided to nominate the following comrades to the National Council: 

 

(1) Com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ).

(2)   Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer (CHQ).

(3)   Com. R.K. Mishra, Circle Secretary, UP (East).

(4)  Com. Ashok Pareek, Circle Secretary, Rajasthan. 

 

[25.08.2015]Joint Action Committee writes to the CMD BSNL, suggesting alternative proposals to improve the quality of broadband service.

BSNLEU has taken a strong position to oppose the decision of the Management Committee to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband. Together with other Unions and Associations of JAC,  the issue was discussed twice with the Management. In these meetings, the Management Side was not able to establish that the outsourcing was necessary to improve the quality of service in the wiredline broadband segment. In continuation of these discussions, the JAC has given alternative proposals to the CMD BSNL for the improvement of broadband service.<<view JAC letter>> 

 

[25.08.2015]Additional items to the 33rd meeting of the National Council.

BSNLEU has already submitted it’s items for being taken up in the forthcoming 33rd meeting of the National Council. Today, BSNLEU has given the following additional items to be discussed in the next National Council meeting.<<view items>> 

 

[25.08.2015]General Secretary proceeding on leave – Deputy General Secretary will look after the duties.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, is proceeding on leave for 16 days from 04th to 20th September, 2015, in connection with his personal works. During this period com. Swapan Chakraborty, Deputy General Secretary will look after the duties of the General Secretary. All Circle and District secretaries are requested to make note of this.<<view letter>>  

 

[24.08.2015]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP(West) circle, resolves to make the 2nd September General Strike a  historic success.

BSNLEU, UP(West) Circle Union conducted it's Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Gazhiabad today. Apart from the Circle Executive Committee members, a large number of district office bearers and active workers attended the meeting from various parts of the circle. Excellent arrangements are made for successfully conducting the meeting. The meeting is held in the Hindi Bhawan and it was presided over by com. Ansar Ali, Circle President. The Union flag was hoisted by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, circle secretary welcomed everyone and placed the report on activities. The meeting was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and com. M.C.Balakrishna,AGS. In their addresses, the CHQ leaders explained about the demands of the 2nd September General Strike. They explained how the Narendra Modi govt. is dismantling the Public Sector of the country, and also how  the Labour Laws of the country are being amended, to serve the  interests of the employers, especially the corporates. They requested the leaders of the UP(West)  circle to effectively organise the 2nd September General Strike. After lunch, the Executive Committee members participated in the debate. Finally, the meeting unanimously resolved to make the 2nd September General Strike a historic success.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[24.08.2015]Views of the Haryana Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting held on 22.08.2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[24.08.2015]Vodafone challenges the authority of the Telecom Minister.

The Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad is repeatedly criticising telecom operators for poor quality of service, especially call drops. He has even issued statement in the Parliament in this regard. The DoT has also taken some steps to ensure quality of service. The repeated comments of the Telecom Minister and the DoT, has irritated the private telecom operators, it seems. This has made the CEO of Vodafone India, Sunil Sood, to challenge the authority of the Telecom Minister. Sunil Sood has stated that the view of the Telecom Minister and the DoT on call drops, does not constitute the view of the Government of India.

 

[24.08.2015]Forum at the Circle and SSA levels should motivate employees in increasing BSNL's customers.

Forum at the Circle and SSA levels have to play a vital role in motivating the employees to substantially increase BSNL's customer base rapidly. The Franchisee Managers and Retail Managers have got to be motivated, so that they regularly visit franchisee premises, as well as retailer outlets, and to ensure that sufficient BSNL products are available in the retailer outlets. As per the call of the Forum at the National level, maximum number of 'Melas' and 'Road shows' should be organised, to increase our sales, by popularising the 'Night Free Call'  and 'Free Roaming' schemes. In the landline segment, no application for new phone connection should be rejected due to 'Non-Feasibility'. Immediate efforts should be taken to lay cables to the upcoming 'colonies' and 'nagars'. Similarly, all out efforts should be taken  to attend cable faults, within the  shortest possible time. In the review meetings  being held with  the Forum, the CMD and Director(CFA)  assure that they will make available whatever stores and materials needed at the field level. Hence, any shortage of materials should immediately be brought to the notice of the National Forum.

 

[24.08.2015]BSNL gave highest number of mobile connections in the month of July.

It is a great news that BSNL has given the highest number of mobile connections in the month of July 2015. BSNL has given 16 lakh mobile  connections in July, while Airtel has given 11.90 lakh connections  and Idea has given 10.25 lakh connections. It must be noted that BSNL gave only 8.6,lakh connections  in the month of May, and this increased to 11 lakh in June. Due to the phase 7 mobile network expansion, there is a general improvement  in BSNL's quality  of service. Together with this, the 'Roaming Free' scheme, introduced by BSNL recently, has put the Company in a strong position, in it's competition with the private operators. In the MNP front also, more number of customers of private companies have migrated to BSNL in the month of July, than the number of BSNL customers migrated to private companies. This is a healthy trend and we, the employees, have to put in our best efforts to maintain this trend.

 

[24.08.2015]Airtel writes to CMD BSNL for having 'Intra Circle Roaming' arrangement.

Airtel has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange, that it had written to the CMD BSNL, requesting to have 'Intra Circle Roaming' arrangement. In it's letter written earlier to the CMD BSNL, the Airtel has expressed it's willingness to have 'Intra Circle Roaming' arrangement with BSNL and had expressed the hope that it would be 'equal opportunity'. If BSNL enters into intra circle roaming with Airtel, then BSNL customers will be catered by Airtel towers, in areas where BSNL is not having proper network coverage, and vice versa. This will be done on a 'revenue sharing' basis. Earlier, when BSNL approached Airtel, Vodafone etc., a few months back, those companies did not show interest. But now, due to the fear that BSNL may enter into a tie-up with Reliance Jio, Airtel has come forward to have the tie-up with BSNL.

 

[24.08.2015]Circle Secretaries are requested to immediately send the figures of the Post Card campaign to the CHQ.

Forum has given call to conduct a 'Post Card Campaign' from 10th to 22nd August, 2015, in which one post card is to be sent to the Minister, from each employee. Circle Secretaries are requested to kindly inform the CHQ, about the number of post cards sent from each district. This matter may kindly be treated as urgent, since the next meeting of the Forum will be held on 31-08-201, wherein a review of the campaign will be done.

 

[22.08.2015]Enthusiastic meeting at Ahmedabad, to organise the 2nd September General Strike.

BSNL Employees Union, Gujarat Circle, organised a impressive meeting in the CGM Office compound on 21.08.2015. Com. Deepak Trivedi, Circle President, BSNLEU, presided over the meeting. Com. T.V. Gelani, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, welcomed everyone and emphasised the need to join the 2nd September General Strike. The meeting was also addressed by com. P.K. Rathod, Circle Secretary, BSNL MS, com. Kumar Laktharia, Circle Secretary, SNATTA, com. Kamlesh Singh Rajput, Circle Secretary, ATM, com. M.S. Vora, Circle Secretary, TEPU and com. Manubhai Chaniara, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA. Finally, com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the meeting at length and explained the demands of the 2nd September General Strike. He also explained, how the Modi government is implementing the dictates of the Indian and multinational corporates in demolishing the Public Sector, as well as in amending the Labour Laws of the country, in the interest of the corporates. The comrades who attended the meeting enthusiastically declared that they would take every steps for the total success of the 2nd September General Strike.

 

[22.08.2015]Haryana Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting resolves to successfully organise 2nd September General Strike.

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Haryana circle is held at Gurgaon today. Apart from the district secretaries and circle office bearers, Branch Secretaries also attended it. The meeting is presided over by com. Naresh Kumar, circle president. Com.M.S.Kadian, circle secretary welcomed everyone. The meeting is addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri,Patron, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Satbir Singh, Secretary, CITU. The leaders elaborately spoke on the charter of demands of the 2nd September General Strike. They explained how the Narendra Modi government is taking steps to kill the Public Sector and turn the workers into slaves, by amending all the Labour Laws in favour of the Corporates. District Secretaries participated in the discussion and spoke on the issues. The meeting unanimously decided to effectively organise the 2nd September General Strike in Haryana circle.

 

[22.08.2015]Meeting with GM (Pers.)

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS met GM (Pers.), BSNL C.O., Shri D. Chakraborti on yesterday, the 21st August, 2015 and discussed the following: 

 

(1)    Re-examining the cases of JAO candidates, who opted to answer questions in Hindi, but answered the practical paper in English.

The leaders informed the GM (Pers.) that the issue was discussed in the 30th meeting of the National Council and it was replied by the Management that the issue will be examined. Since, a good time has already passed, the leaders demanded that the Management should take decision in the matter without further delay. 

 

(2)    Approval for filling up of the vacant posts of Rajabasha Adhikari in Maharashtra circle.

The GM (Rest.) assured to take necessary action in the above matters at the earliest.

 

[21.08.2015]Maharashtra circle gears up to make the 2nd September General Strike a resounding success.

Maharashtra circle conducted an effective meeting at Pune yesterday the 20-08-2015, for organising the 2nd September General Strike. It is organised by the JAC, Maharashtra circle. Comrades participated in this meeting from most of the SSAs of Maharashtra circle. Com.Ramesh Ayare, CS, NFTE & President, JAC, presided over the meeting. Com.Nagesh Nalavade, CS, BSNLEU &Convener, JAC welcomed every one. The meeting was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Dr.Balachandra Kango,AITUC, com.Ravindra Deshpande, BMS, John Verghese, AGS, BSNLEU, K.S.Kulkarni, AGS, NFTE, com.Adasul, CS, SNEA and M.S.Kamble, SEWA BSNL. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, explained the efforts being taken by the Forum for the revival of BSNL and also how the government is taking steps to kill BSNL, like forming of the subsidiary Tower Company. He also spoke at length, on the anti-worker amendments being brought to the Labour Laws, by the Modi government. He called upon the Maharashtra comrades not to leave any stone unturned, to make the 2nd September General Strike a historic success.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[21.08.2015]Gujarat circle executive committee meeting decided to powerfully organise the 2nd September General Strike.

The circle executive committee meeting of Gujarat circle is being held at Ahmedabad today. Com. Deepak Trivedi, circle president is presiding over the meeting. Com. T.V.Gelani, circle secretary welcomed everyone. The house paid it's respectful homage to com. A.M.Patil, the former circle secretary. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the necessity to successfully organise the 2nd September General Strike. He spoke in detail about charter of demands of the General Strike. Thereafter, the meeting unanimously resolved to successfully organise the General Strike in each and every district of Gujarat circle.<<< views of the meeting >>>

 

[21.08.2015]2nd September General Strike preparatory massive meeting held at Srinagar.

Very impressive meeting of BSNLEU Srinagar, SSA was held at Srinagar on 20.08.2015. Com.Bashir Ahmad Khan conducted the proceedings. Com. Ghulam Qadir Dandroo Org. secretary, BSNLEU, welcomed the participants and started the discussion. Com. Mir Nisar Ahmad Circle Secretary while addressing the meeting called upon the workers to make the strike call a grand success. Com. Balbir Singh President, BSNLEU explained in details the issues contained in the 12 point demand Charters of the 11 Central trade unions.  He also explained the demands of Joint Forum contained in trade union action notice submitted to the CMD BSNL. The formation of subsidiary Tower Company was also explained. He criticised the anti-public sector, anti-workers, pro private sector and labour law amendments policies of the Modi Government. He also criticised 100% disinvestment in defence and railways. He also requested the Circle union to start Post card campaign immediately. Circle Union leaders assured that they will make the strike call a grand success and will start post card campaign immediately.  The mood of the participants was very upbeat. Com. Tanvir Ahmed Branch President Barmulla gave vote of thanks.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[20.08.2015]Notification to hold the meeting of the committee on new scheme of Bonus/PLI based on Performance Management System on 31st August, 2015.<<click here>>

 

[20.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on indication of Aadhaar Number in the Salary Package Software/Service Books/Pension Papers of Government Employees as per PMO direction.<<view letter>>

 

[20.08.2015]Enthusiastic response from workers to join the 2nd September General Strike.

Leaders of BSNLEU are touring various circles and are addressing mass meetings, to organise the 2nd September General Strike. The response from workers in all the circles is very encouraging. In the backdrop of the decision of the Central Cabinet to form a Subsidiary Tower Company, the ordinary workers feel that the General Strike should become successful in BSNL, so that the Company can be saved from the attacks of the government. Hence, CHQ calls upon the circle, District secretaries and office bearers at all levels to swing into action immediately.  Time available is very less.  Approach each and every Non-Executive and Executive and convince them to join the General Strike and make it a grand success in BSNL.
 

[20.08.2015]BSNLEU has appealed to the Executive Associations to join the 2nd September General Strike. 

BSNLEU has made appeal to all the Executive Associations to join the strike. BSNLEU has already discussed with the leaders of the Executives Associations, about the significance of joining the 2nd September General Strike. Once again, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, has sent appeal to the leaders of the Executives Associations to join the strike. The GS, BSNLEU, has stated in his message that it will be very difficult to safeguard BSNL alone when the entire Public Sector of the country is under attack from the government,  and that all should join the 2nd September General Strike in order to protect BSNL.

 

[20.08.2015]BSNLEU leader met Director (HR) on 19.08.2015.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, met Ms. Sujatha T. Ray, Director (HR), yesterday, the 19.08.2015 and discussed about the Kerala agitation and Jamshedpur victimisations. The Dy.GS expressed the grave concern of the Union, with regards to the ongoing struggle in Kerala circle and also the non-settlement of victimisations against BSNLEU members of Jamshedpur. The Director(HR) replied that with regards to the Kerala issue,  the Director (CFA) shri N.K. Gupta, is going to Thiruvananthapuram on 20.08.2015 to resolve the issues by discussion with the union leaders. As regards the Jamshedpur victimisations, she stated that the needful action is being taken. 

 

[20.08.2015]BSNLEU urged the Management to hold the 33rd National Council at the earliest.

While discussing with the Director (HR), yesterday, the 19.08.2015, Com. Swapan Chakraborty urged the Director (HR), who is also the chairman of the National Council, to hold the 33rd meeting of the National Council at the earliest. The Director (HR) replied that the meeting will be held in the 1st week of October, 2015.

 

[20.08.2015]Massive meeting held at Visakhapatnam on 18.08.2015, to organise the 2nd September General Strike.

A massive meeting was held at Visakhapatnam on 18.08.2015, to organise the 2nd September General Strike. The meeting was held in the GM office premises. More than 500 comrades attended the meeting enthusiastically. Apart from the comrades of Visakhapatnam, comrades from Srikakulam, East Godavari and Vijayanagaram SSAs also attended the meeting. Com.A.Chittibabu, DS, SNEA & President, Forum, Visakhapatnam, presided over the meeting. The meeting was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle, com.Rajeswar Rao (CITU), com.Stalin (AITUC), com.Latchi Raju, Convener, Forum, com.G.S.N.Raju, DS, BSNLEU, com.Kondal Rao, DS, NFTE, com.Rama Rao, DS, AIBSNLEA and com.Jayanand Rao, DS, SEWA BSNL. Apart from this, com.A.B.K.Ramesh, DS, Vijayanagaram, com.Maheshwar Rao, DS, East Godavari, com.Venkat Rao, DS, Srikakulam, com.Govardhan Rao, Forum, Srikakulam and com.Venkat Rao, DS, SEWA BSNL, Vijayanagaram were also present on the dais. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, spoke at length on the necessity for BSNL employees to join the strike. He also elaborately explained the attacks being made on the trade union rights and concessions being handed out to the corporates. At the end of the meeting, the participants told in one voice that they will enmasse join the 2nd September General Strike.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[20.08.2015]BSNLEU office inaugurated at Hyderabad.

The Andhra Pradesh Circle Union office of BSNLEU was inaugurated at Hyderabad yesterday the 19.08.2015. The new office is housed in the P&T Officer's Quarters, Asman Mahal, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad. Com.Mohan Reddy, CP, com.Taranath, ACS and a large number of comrades participated in the inauguration of the new office. Com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle, presided over the inauguration. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the office. All the comrades paid floral tributes to com.K.G.Bose.<<<views of the inauguration>>>

 

[19.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on extension of gratuity to casual labourers - details regarding engagement of casual labourers.<<view letter>>

 

[19.08.2015]General Secretary addressed massive meeting held at Hyderabad.

BSNLEU, Andhra Pradesh Circle Union conducted massive meeting at Hyderabad today, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS.  Com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & Circle Secretary presided over the meeting. Com.Mohan Reddy, circle president, welcomed every one. The meeting was addressed by com. Chandrashekar Rao, CS, NFTE, com.Ravi Kumar Reddy, ACS, SNEA and com. Sampath Kumar, CS, SNATTA. Finally, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed the meeting and explained the efforts being taken by the Forum for the revival of BSNL. He explained how the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company would severely affect the future of BSNL. Further, he explained the pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government and also spoke in detail about the charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions and the need to join the 2nd September General Strike. <<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[19.08.2015]Com. S. B. Surve, District Secretary, BSNLEU, WTR, passed away.

CHQ is extremely saddened to inform that com. S.B. Surve, District Secretary, BSNLEU, WTR, passed away. He has been ailing for some time and has been admitted in a hospital at Mumbai. Com. S. B. Surve has been simple in appearance, but tireless in serving BSNL and BSNLEU. He has been of immense help to all the BSNL employees who go to take treatment in Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital at Mumbai. We will be badly missing this humanitarian, for all the times to come. BSNLEU dips it's banner and salutes com. S. B. Surve. It also offers its condolences to his family members, relatives and friends.

[19.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on allocation of funds to BSNL Circle Sports & Cultural Boards for the year 2015-16.<<view letter>>

[19.08.2015]General body meeting of BSNLEU Jammu and Udhampur for preparations of September 2nd Strike.<<click here>>

[18.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on mid-term review of availability of SIM cards in all telecom circles for remaining period of FY 2015-16.<<view letter>>

 

[18.08.2015]PLI Committee meeting to be held on 31.08.2015.

The next meeting of the Joint Committee, for finalising the new  PLI formula will be held on 31.08.2015.
 

[18.08.2015]Management urged to hold the next meeting of the National Council expeditiously.

The Staff Side of the National Council has already submitted items for the next meeting of the National Council. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, spoke to shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR), today, and urged him to expeditiously hold the next meeting of the National Council.

 

[18.08.2015]Andhra Pradesh Circle is holding preparatory meetings for the 2nd September General Strike. 
Andhra Pradesh Circle Union of BSNLEU is gearing up it's preparations for successfully conducting the 2nd September General Strike. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is touring the AP circle for two days, starting today. A massive meeting is being held Visakhapatnam today, which will be addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle. Similarly, a meeting is being organised at Hyderabad tomorrow, which will be addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle.

[18.08.2015]Issuing of Presidential Orders in respect of TSMs, who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics. 
The issue of issuing Presidential Orders to those TSMs, who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics after 01-10-2000, was discussed in the last National Council meeting. The Management agreed to forward such cases to the DoT, for issuing of necessary Presidential Orders. In this regard, the Corporate Office has written to all the CGMs, calling for the details of the officials, who were conferred with Temporary Status prior to 01-10-2000, and who were subsequently promoted directly as Telecom Mechanics. It is extremely disturbing to note that, only two circles, viz., MP and WTP have so far sent the requisite details to the Corporate Office. CHQ has already requested all the circle secretaries to ensure that these details are forwarded to the Corporate Office without delay. Despite this, only two circles have so far sent the details. CHQ once again requests all the remaining circle secretaries to immediately take up the issue with their respective CGMs and arrange to send the details to the Corporate Office without further delay.

[18.08.2015]No takers for the voluntary disclosure of black money scheme.

The Narendra Modi government came to power, vowing to bring back the lakhs of cores of rupees of black money, stashed in foreign banks. Before the last Parliament elections, the BJP severely criticised the then UPA government for doing nothing in this regard. What the Narendra Modi government did, after coming to power, is a big question mark. His government announced a voluntary disclosure scheme to the black money holders and also offered immunity to them. But, there is no takers for this scheme. As per today's Times of India report, only Rs 70 to 80 crores has so far been disclosed under the voluntary disclosure scheme.

 

[18.08.2015]Clarification in respect of implementation of policy guidelines issued by BSNL Corporate Office in respect of PA/PS of BSNL field units.<<click here>>

 

[18.08.2015]Posters for 2nd September General Strike.

A poster is being printed jointly by the unions and associations, which are taking part in the 2nd September General Strike. The poster will be despatched to the district unions directly within a day or two. Meanwhile, a format of the poster is uploaded on CHQ website, so that those who want can get extra copies printed.<<< view poster>>>

 

[18.08.2015]Meeting with GM (Estt.). 

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) yesterday, the 17th August, 2015.

 

(1)    Non-implementation of the decision of the National Council – Allowing one more chance to Draughtsman to appear JTO (C) exam and insist for early implementation of the National Council decision since it is already delayed. The GM (Estt.) assured to take prompt action in the matter. 

 

(2)      Issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who were promoted as Telecom Mechanic.
The Dy.GS pointed out that this is also discussed in the National Council and the Management has assured to take up the issue with the DoT. The GM (Estt.) informed that the Management has asked report from the circles but so far circles have so far not submitted the report. She requested the union to see that the circles are sending report at the earliest.

[17.08.2015]General Secretary addressed mass meeting at Coimbatore, on 2nd September General Strike. 
The Coimbatore district union organised a mass meeting at Coimbatore on 14-08-2015, to organise the 2nd September General Strike. Com.C.Rajendran, district secretary welcomed every one. The meeting was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com . S.Chellappa, AGS and circle president, Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, CS and other circle office bearers. A large number of comrades attended the meeting. <<<Views of the meeting>>>

[17.08.2015]General Secretary addressed Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU being held at Gulbarga. 
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of Karnataka is being held at Gulbarga on 16th and 17th August, 2015. Com. B.P.Narayan, circle president is presiding over meeting. The meeting is deliberating ways and means to make the 2nd September General Strike successful in Karnataka circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained the pro-corporate and anti-worker measures being taken by the Narendra Modi government. He also explained in detail, the pro-employer amendments being brought by the government to the Labour Laws of the country. Com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, addressed the meeting and explained the steps being taken by the circle union, to organise the strike. The meeting unanimously resolved to make the 2nd September General Strike successful in Karnataka circle.<<<view photos>>>

[14.08.2015]BSNLEU and SNEA(I) leaders met CMD, BSNL on Kerala issue.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, com. A.P. Dhaiya, AGS, SNEA(I) and com. Khan, senior leader of SNEA(I) in Corporate Office met CMD BSNL, Shri Anupam Shrivastava today, the 14th August, 2015 and strongly argued for implementation of agreed issues of Kerala circle, viz., CGM posting, to withdraw victimisation against leaders of both BSNLEU and SNEA(I) in Kerala and wages issues of Contract Workers. The CMD BSNL informed that Director (CFA), shri N.K. Gupta is being sent to Kerala in next week for settlement of these issues in consultation with Union / Association and the circle administration of Kerala. Meanwhile, Shri R.M. Subbaiah, Sr.GM has been ordered today by the Corporate Office to look after the CGM, Kerala.<<view order>>

 

[14.08.2015]Issue of Presidential orders to TSMs, who were regularised in BSNL - Corporate Office issued orders for 36 leftout cases of MP circle.<<<view order>>>

 

[14.08.2015]Notification for 2nd September, 2015, General Strike served to BSNL Management.<<<view notification>>>

 

[14.08.2015]Tamil Nadu circle union conducting Extended Executive Committee meeting to organise 2nd September General Strike.

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Tamil Nadu circle is taking place in Coimbatore today. This meeting has been specially convened for organising the 2nd September General Strike. Com.S.Chellappa, is presiding over the meeting. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, Circle Secretary, welcomed every one. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the background and demands of the General Strike. He also explained the improvements that have come at the All India level, due to the introduction of the Night Free Call and Free Roaming, as well as the campaign being conducted by the Forum to popularise these schemes. Apart from the circle executive committee members, all the branch secretaries in the circle are also participating in this meeting. A massive open meeting will be held in the evening,  in the telephone exchange premises today.<<<view photos>>>

 

[14.08.2015]Items from BSNLEU  for the forthcoming 33rd meeting of the National Council.<<<view items >>>

 

[14.08.2015]Meeting between the Forum and CMD BSNL.

A meeting between the Forum leaders and the CMD BSNL was held yesterday,  to discuss the developmental issues. Together with the CMD BSNL, Ms.Sujatha Ray, Director (HR) and other senior officers were available. From the Forum, General Secretary/ representative of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, SNATTA, BSNL MS, TEPU, AIBSNLOA,  BTU and BSNL OA participated in the meeting.  At the outset of the meeting, com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum, drew the attention of the CMD BSNL to the following issues:-

 

1) The entire BSNL employees are severely opposed to the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company and the forum will launch struggle against it. 

 

2) News has appeared in the media that, the government is considering implementation of VRS in BSNL. Employees will not allow any VRS in BSNL.

 

 

3) The decision of the Management Committee to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband services in some circles is not acceptable and it would be opposed.

 

 

4) CMD BSNL has already assured to hold a meeting with the Forum,  on the HR plan. But the same has not been conducted so far.


Thereafter, the CMD BSNL told that the introduction of the 'Night Free Call' and the 'Free roaming' schemes have brought very good results. As a result of these, for the first time BSNL has become positive in MNP and the surrendering of landlines has considerably reduced, he said. The CMD BSNL further stated that BSNL would soon implement intra - circle roaming arrangement with major private operators which would solve BSNL's mobile network problems. He requested the cooperation of all the unions and associations to bring in more and more mobile and landline customers, so that BSNL will become profitable quickly.


 

[14.08.2015]No VRS in BSNL

Responding to the concern expressed by the Forum, about the implementation of VRS in BSNL, both the CMD BSNL and the Director ( HR ) emphatically told the Forum leaders in yesterday's meeting that, BSNL Management has no proposal to introduce any VRS. This is mainly because, the government is not prepared to give any money to BSNL, for implementing VRS, they said.
 

[14.08.2015]Intra - Circle Roaming arrangement with major private operators. 

BSNL is going to implement Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) arrangements with major private operators soon. This was told by the CMD BSNL in yesterday's meeting. Through the ICR arrangement, BSNL cusomers will be catered by the towers of other private operators, in areas where BSNL is not having towers. This arrangement will be done on a 'revenue sharing' basis, and it will once for all solve the signal problems of BSNL cusomers. Initially, private operators like Airtel, Vodafone, etc., did not show any interest to BSNL's proposal for ICR. However, the entry of Reliance Jio has compelled these operators now to come forward to have ICR with BSNL. They have already written to CMD BSNL in this regard.

 

[14.08.2015]Director (HR ) will hold discussion with Forum on the HR plan.

BSNL Board has already accepted the recommendations of the Deloittee Committee, with regards to the HR issues. The entire Unions and associations are opposed to the recommendations of the Deloittee Committee, since it aims at rendering a large number of employees surplus. When the issue was discussed with the CMD BSNL previously, he agreed to hold discussion with the Forum, in this regard. However, the same has not taken place. When this issue was raised in yesterday's meeting that this issue would be discussed soon with the Forum, by the Director ( HR ). 

 

[14.08.2015]Next meeting of the Forum will discuss the future struggle programme against the Subsidiary Tower Company.

A brief meeting of the Forum took place after yesterday's discussion with the CMD BSNL. All the leaders who participated in the meeting expressed their grave concern about the decision of the Cabinet to form a Subsidiary Tower Company(STC). Similarly, all the leaders agreed that in the beginning itself the government will definitely induct a private company as a 'Strategic Partner' in the proposed STC. In that case the strategic partner will also have share in the management right from the beginning.  As a result the decisions of the new STC will not be in the interest of BSNL from the beginning itself. This will further affect the financial viability of BSNL. Hence, it is decided by all the leaders that at any cost we should not allow the government to form the STC. Similarly, all agreed that struggle is the only option to stop the formation of the STC. It is decided by all that next meeting of the Forum will be held on 31-08-2015 to finalise our struggle programme to stop the STC.

 

[13.08.2015]Meeting on outsourcing of the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband service.<<click here>>

 

[13.08.2015]Congratulations comrades!! Massive demonstrations conducted throughout the country against formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company.

As per the call of the Forum, massive demonstrations were conducted in all the circles, against the decision of the Narendra Modi government, in favour of forming a Subsidiary Tower Company, and transferring BSNL’s 65,000 towers to that company. CHQ heartily congratulates all the comrades for this extremely good response, and that too at a very short notice. The Forum meeting will take place soon to decide further course of action on this issue.<<view photos>>

 

[13.08.2015]Supreme Court stays Dayanidhi Maran’s arrest.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran’s arrest till September, 14th, in the illegal installation of a 300 line Telephone Exchange at the Minister’s residence. The Court asked the CBI why Maran was not arrested earlier even though the FIR against him was filed in the year 2013? The Court also questioned the CBI, why the officers involved in the installation of illegal exchange were not arrested? While not denying that Dayanidhi Maran had misused his power, the Court observed that it was not the kind of corruption which required arrest. The Court also wanted the CBI that there should not be any political vendetta.  

 

[13.08.2015]Forum meeting with CMD BSNL today.

The Forum is meeting CMD BSNL today, to discuss the developmental activities of BSNL. The meeting is being arranged as per the request of the Forum. Issues like formation of Subsidiary Tower Company, BSNL’s HR policy, Merger of BSNL MTNL, VRS, etc., will be raised by the Forum leaders.

 

[13.08.2015]Meeting with Management on outsourcing of broadband works being held today.

A meeting between the JAC and the Management is taking place today, on the issue of outsourcing of broadband works. Even though, it was BSNLEU which has taken up this issue with the Management, it has invited all the Unions of Non-Executives also for today’s meeting. 

 

[13.08.2015]Government approved spectrum sharing.

The government has taken the important decision to allow spectrum sharing by Telecom Operators. However, spectrum sharing would be allowed only between two operators in one service area, where both the operators have spectrum in the same band – 2G, 3G or 4G. The government also has decided not to allow spectrum leasing. Also for the time being, the government has not decided to allow spectrum trading.  

 

[13.08.2015]Call drops increase by 7 fold, during the period from January to March.

As per the report of the TRAI call drops has increased by 7 folds in 2G networks. It has also reported that quality of 3G service declined by 65% during this period. As per TRAI norms, call drops should not be more than 3% even in the worst case. In the 3G network, call drop was 15.96% during this period. The TRAI report says BSNL has not complied with the TRAI norms in five circles on 2G network and in four circles on 3G network. Earlier, the Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has told the Parliament that, out of the 647 complaints received by TRAI in the month of June, maximum complaints are from the customers of Airtel. 

 

[13.08.2015]Modi government on fast track to kill the Public Sector – Another 10% disinvestment in Coal India Ltd.

The Narendra Modi government is moving on a fast track to demolish the Public Sector of the country. It has taken decision to sell another 10% shares in the prestigious Coal India Ltd. (CIL). Even though, disinvestment started in CIL only in 2013, the government of India is currently holding only 78.65% shares in the CIL. Whether, the Congress government or the BJP government, they keep on saying that, Public Sector would not be privatised. But, if disinvestment continues at this rate all the Public Sector Companies, would be privatised within a few years. The remaining shares are already sold. If another 10% is sold, government shares will go down to 68.65%. 

 

[13.08.2015]Major Private Telecom Companies approach BSNL for intra circle roaming arrangement.

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have approached BSNL for having intra circle roaming (ICR) arrangement. If ICR is put in place, the customer of one company will automatically latch on to the network of the other company, when the signal strength is weak.

 

[13.08.2015]Corporate Office writes to all circles calling for figures with regards to anomalies.

BSNLEU is seriously insisting the BSNL Management to settle the anomalies issue without further delay. Recently, the DoT has told that BSNL itself could take a decision on this issue. Thereafter, BSNLEU has met the GM (Estt.), several times and has insisted that the issue should be settled by BSNL itself, without once again referring it to the DoT. As a result of this, Corporate Office has written to all the CGM’s to furnish figures, so that the case can be processed further. All Circle Secretaries are requested to immediately take steps, so that, the requisite figures are immediately sent to the Corporate Office from each and every circle.<<view letter>> 

 

[13.08.2015]Corporate Office instructions on indication of Aadhar Number in the salary package software / service books / pension papers of government employees.<<view letter>> 

 

[13.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on introduction of On-Net free Nigh Calling facility to post-paid CDMA Fixed / Limited customers.<<view letter>>

 

[12.08.2015]Powerful lunch hour demonstration conducted in BSNL Corporate Office opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

As per the call of the Forum, a powerful lunch hour demonstration was conducted in the BSNL Corporate Office today. Employees of the Corporate Office, as well as NTR, participated in the meeting in a large number. The meeting that ensued, was presided over by com. Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum. Leaders of all the Unions including com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, addressed the meeting and exposed the ill motives of the government, to weaken BSNL by hiving off it’s towers to the Subsidiary Tower Company.

 

[12.08.2015]Protest demonstrations throughout the country today against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

Protest demonstrations are taking place throughout the country today, as per the call of the Forum, against the decision of the Cabinet for forming a Subsidiary Tower Company, by separating all the 65,000 mobile towers from BSNL. Conduct the demonstrations very effectively and send reports and photos to the CHQ. 

 

[12.08.2015]Submitting items for the next National Council meeting.

Next meeting of the National Council has become due, and the Staff Side has to submit items. Staff Side members of BSNLEU, Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office-bearers are requested to kindly send items if any to the CHQ immediately. The same will be submitted to the Management within 2 / 3 days. 

 

[12.08.2015]BSNLEU and SNEA Kerala circle resume struggle.

BSNLEU and SNEA circle unions of Kerala have started Non-Cooperation from today. This is because, Management has gone back from it’s assurances, in respect of settlement of victimizations and revision of contract workers wages. CHQ congratulates the Kerala comrades. Management will be solely responsible for disruption of services if any, in the circle.  

 

[12.08.2015]Meeting with Management on the issue of outsourcing of broadband services.

The JAC has already strongly opposed the decision of the Management Committee to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband in Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Rajasthan circle, Meerut, Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad. In this regard, the next round of discussion between the JAC and the Management will be held in Room No. 120 of the Corporate Office, at 11.00 hrs.  

 

[12.08.2015]Bombay High Court grants anticipatory bail to Teesta Setalvad and her husband.

The Bombay High Court has granted anticipatory bail to Teesta Setalvad and her husband. Modi government is frantically trying get Teesta Setalvad arrested by the CBI, obviously because, she is the person who exposed the cold blooded murders that took place in the Gujarat riots. The Bombay High Court has told the CBI (read Modi government) that citizens should not be victimized if they talk against the government.  

 

[12.08.2015]Another Indian becomes the CEO of a multi national giant.

Sunder Pichai, born and brought up in Chennai, and who graduated in IIT, Kharagpur, has become the New Chief of Google. Sunder Pichai, 43, did his MS and MBA in the US. Prior to this, another Indian, Satya Nadella has become the CEO of Microsoft.  

 

[12.08.2015]Residential landlines of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi disrupted.

The MTNL landline residential connections of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, functioning at No.7, Race Course Road, are disrupted. This disruption has been caused due to the damaging of cables due to road digging. It is a fact that BSNL’s optic fibre and copper cables are being damaged in a large scale due to road digging. This is one of the factor affecting BSNL’s quality of service. Now, the road digging has damaged the cable of the connections working in Prime Minister’s residence itself. Wonderful ! 

 

[12.08.2015]Maternity Leave may be raised to 24 weeks.

At present, maternity Leave is available to the women employees for a period of 12 weeks. Government is contemplating to increase this to 24 weeks. This information was given by Labour Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, in a written reply given in the Lok Sabha.

  

[12.08.2015]NFTE decides to join the 2nd September, General Strike.

The 2 day meeting of the Circle Secretaries of NFTE, held at New Delhi on 10th & 11th August, has unanimously decided to join the 2nd September, General Strike. BSNLEU heartily congratulates NFTE for taking this positive decision.

 

[11.08.2015]Congrats to the Tamil Nadu comrades - Corporate Office issued letter to CGM, Tamil Nadu, to declare JTO LICE results based on recalculated vacancies.

Results of the JTO LICE  conducted in June,2013 were not declared in Tamil Nadu circle for long, due to court case. Meanwhile, it was found out that the vacancies for the said exam were not calculated as per the existing orders. This issue was taken up with the CGM, Tamil Nadu, by BSNLEU and SNATTA. Finally, the matter was referred to the Corporate Office. BSNLEU actively took up this issue with the Corporate Office and got a letter issued to the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, for recalculation of the vacancies, based on the orders already circulated by the Corporate Office. Accordingly,  vacancies were recalculated by the CGM, Tamil Nadu, and was again sent for the approval of the Corporate Office. BSNLEU again insisted upon the Corporate Office to issue the clearance. Finally, Corporatre Office issued letter to the CGM, Tamil Nadu, to declare the results, based on the recalculated vacancies. With this, an injustice meted out to the Direct Recruited TTAs of Tamil Nadu circle has been undone. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the beneficiaries.

 

[11.08.2015]Hold protest demonstrations against decision of the Cabinet for formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

Forum has already given call to hold protest demonstrations throughout the country tomorrow the 12.08.2015, against the decision of the Cabinet to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to coordinate with the other Unions and Associations and to organise powerful demonstrations. Reports and photos may be sent to CHQ.  

 

[11.08.2015]Forum writes to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on requesting to reconsider the decision of the Cabinet to form BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view letter>>

 

[11.08.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.07.<<click here>>

 

[11.08.2015]BSNL to extend the benefit of EPF coverage for pre-induction training period also.

Based on the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Madras, and also the Hon’ble High Court, Madras, EPF benefit should be extended to the pre-induction training period also, in respect of BSNL recruited employees. Corporate Office has issued letter to all the CGM’s to calculate the EPF amount for the pre-induction training period, and also remit it to the respective EPF offices.<<view letter>> 

 

[11.08.2015]CMD BSNL to hold additional charge as Director (Finance) for a further period of three months.

Government has decided that shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL will hold the additional charge of as Director (Finance) also, for a further period of three months.<<click here>>

 

[10.08.2015]Nation wide post card campaign started today.

The Forum has decided to conduct a post card campaign from 10th August 2015 to 22nd August, 2015. This campaign has started throughout the country today. 2.25 lakh post cards will be sent to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, demanding immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. CHQ requests all the Circle and District Secretaries to play the leading role in co-ordinating with all the Unions and Associations of BSNL, and ensure that one post card is sent from each and every BSNL employee.

 

[10.08.2015]Outsourcing of broadband activities- details to be sent to the CHQ.

CHQ, through the website updating dated 27.07.2015, has already brought to the notice of the concerned Circle and District Secretaries that, BSNL Management has decided to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband services in the following cities.  

 

1) Bangalore    2) Hydrabad.    3) Chennai    4) Ahmedabad   5) Kolkata    6) Pune & Nagpur.

7) Gurgaon & Faridabad.      8) Meerut, Noida and Ghaziabad    9) Dehradun    10) Rajasthan-

     Entire circle.

 

In this regard CHQ has called for the following informations:- 

 

(1)      The number of broadband connections in these cities.

(2)      The total number of telecom mechanics and TTAs available in these cities, and whether any shortage of staff is there in these cadres.

(3)      Broadband connection fault rate, revenue from broadband and all other details connected with broadband service. 

 

It is regrettable to note that except from Bangalore, CHQ has not received any information in respect of other cities. Since, meeting with the Management on the outsourcing of wired line broadband service is taking place on 13.08.2015, the concerned circle / district secretaries are requested to immediately send the requisite data to the CHQ.

 

[08.08.2015]The two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh started at Bhopal today.

The two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh circle, started at Bhopal today. A large number of delegates are attending the Conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union red flag. Com.H.S Takur, circle secretary, welcomed every one. Com.B.S.Raguvansi, circle president is presiding over the Conference. The Conference was inaugurated by com. Abhimanyu, GS. 8th August being the 2nd death anniversary of com.S.R.Nayak, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, recollected the contributions and sacrifices of com.S.R.Nayak and paid glowing tributes to him. The General Secretary, further severely criticised the pro-corporate and anti-worker policies of the government, and appealed to the BSNL workers to enmasse join the 2nd September General Strike. After the inaugural address, com.H.S Takur, CS, presented the report on activities. The Treasurer submitted the audited accounts. Thereafter, the delegates started their deliberations. An open session will take place at 17:00 hrs.<<view photos>>

 

[08.08.2015]Make the 2nd September General Strike a resounding success - CHQ circular no.07.<<view circular>>

 

[08.08.2015]Forum circular no.5 dated 07.08.2015.<<view circular>>

 

[08.08.2015]Forum writes to CMD BSNL on holding of demonstrations on 12.08.2015, protesting the decision for formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view letter>>

 

[07.08.2015]Great victory to the struggle conducted by the Kerala comrades - M.S.S.Rao, CGM, transferred from Kerala.

CHQ is extremely glad to inform all that, the Kerala struggle has come to a successful conclusion. The arrogant M.S.S.Rao,CGM, Kerala, has been transferred. Shri.N.K.Gupta, Director (CFA), as well as the in-charge of the southern circles, informed this to Com.P.Abhimanyu over phone. He also told that M.S.S.Rao has been told to immediately hand over the charge to shri Subbaiah. Since the next place of posting of M.S.S.Rao is not yet decided by the Corporate Office, he has been directed to go on leave for three weeks. All the victimisations imposed by M.S.S.Rao are withdrawn. As regards the wage increase demand of the contract workers, an interim wage increase of Rs.100/- is granted. A committee will be constituted to decide their demand. This is also a great victory for the unity of the working class. BSNLEU and SNEA unitedy took on the mighty M.S.S.Rao, and have shunted him out of Kerala. CHQ heartily thanks shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, shri N.K.Gupta, Director (CFA) and all the officers of the Corporate Office who took a very positive stand on this issue and helped to resolve the problem. CHQ heartily congratulates and conveys it's revolutionary greetings to all the comrades of Kerala, for their heroic struggle against injustice.

 

[07.08.2015]Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Chhattisgarh Circle.<<click here>>

 

[07.08.2015]Com. Balbir Singh, All India President, addressed the Circle Executive Committee meeting of Punjab circle.<<view report>>

 

[07.08.2015]Massive post card campaign, demanding revival of BSNL.

2.25 lakh post cards to be sent to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications and IT.

 

In the Forum meeting held on 26.06.2015, it has been decided to conduct a massive “post card campaign” in the month of August. It is also decided that this campaign is to be conducted from 10th to 22nd August, 2015. The decision of the Forum is that one post card should go from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees, to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, demanding immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. The text of the post card shall be as follows:-

 

“Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT is requested to immediately settle the demands submitted by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL.” 

 

The post card should be signed by the individual employee, with his name, designation and the name of the SSA. If the task of sending the post cards is left to the individual employees, everyone may not send the post card. Hence, it is decided that the Forum at the circle and SSA levels should undertake the responsibility of purchasing the post cards in bulk, get the matter written on the post cards, obtain the signatures of the employees, and finally post the post cards. Let us arrange to send one post card from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees. Let us make the Minister and the government to understand the determination of the BSNL employees to revive BSNL.

 

Address of the Minister:

 

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,

Minister of Communications & IT,

Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road,

New Delhi 110001

 

 

[07.08.2015]Immediate settlement of Anomalies issue demanded.

BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the BSNL Management to settle the Anomalies issue without further delay. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed this issue with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (EStt.) yesterday, and expressed the grave concern of the Union on the inordinate delay in the settlement of Anomalies that arose in the First Wage Revision. The GS pointed out that the DoT has already informed that BSNL itself could take a decision on this issue, and expressed his unhappiness that the BSNL Management is delaying taking a decision. He urged that the BSNL Management should take decision without further delay.  

 

[07.08.2015]Granting one advance increment to all the left out Non-Executives appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), yesterday, and insisted immediate settlement of this issue. While welcoming the BSNL Management’s decision to grant one advance increment to the TTAs, to compensate their wage loss, the GS expressed the extreme unhappiness of the Union that this one advance increment is not granted to all other Non-Executives who were appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010. The GS pointed out that this is a blatant discrimination and demanded that one extra increment should immediately be granted to all the Non-Executives appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010. The GM (Estt.) assured that this matter would be seriously looked into. 

 

[07.08.2015]Promotion of the qualified and trained Regular Mazdoors of Chennai circle.

BSNLEU has already written to the Director (HR), demanding that the qualified and trained Regular Mazdoors of Chennai circle should immediately be promoted as Telecom Mechanics, utilising the Telecom Mechanic vacancies existing in that circle. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), yesterday. The GM (Estt.) responded positively and assured that the needful would be done, if a proposal comes from the CGM Chennai circle on the issue.

 

[07.08.2015]Filling up of the backlog vacancies in the category of sports persons.

BSNLEU has been taking up the demand of filling up all the backlog vacancies in the category of sports persons. This issue was raised by com. John Varghese, BSNLEU’s representative in the 10th meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board, held on 10.12.2014. In that meeting Management Side assured that appropriate action would be taken. In continuation of this, Corporate Office has written to all the circles, calling for the details of the backlog vacancies, in the category of sports persons, in each and every circle. This information should be sent to the Corporate Office by 24.08.2015. Circle secretaries are requested to take up this issue with their respective CGM’s and arrange to send the details to the Corporate Office within the stipulated date.<<view letter>>

 

[06.08.2015]Change of designation of the cadre of Sr.TOA - Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, held discussion with the Management Side members of the Designations Committee.

A view has been expressed by the Sr. TOAs below NE11 pay scale that, their designation has been some what downgraded. Keeping this in view, and also after consultation with com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, the issue was today discussed  by Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, with the two Management Side members in the Designations Committee, shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) and Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.). The Convener, JAC, demanded that some change needs to be considered,  in respect of the new designation of the Sr.TOAs below NE 11 pay scale. Both the officers expressed the view that, a limited change may be considered, but major deviation was not acceptable. However, they also informed that, the proposals for the new designations have already been sent for the approval of the Management Committee. Hence, the matter would be further  discussed with the Director (HR).

 

[06.08.2015]General Secretaries of BSNLEU and SNEA meet CMD BSNL on the Kerala struggle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and had a very elaborate discussion with regards to the ongoing struggle in Kerala circle. Both the leaders demanded the immediate shifting of M.S.S.Rao, CGM, Kerala. They categorically told the CMD BSNL that nothing short of the shifting of M.S.S.Rao will improve the situation in Kerala circle. They also requested him to take necessary action before the situation goes out of hand in the circle. The CMD BSNL assured that the needful would be done.

 

[06.08.2015]Forum calls upon employees to hold protest demonstrations on 12.08.2015, opposing formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company.

Opposing the decision of the Central Cabinet for the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company, the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has called upon the employees to conduct powerful demonstrations on 12.08.2015. CHQ calls upon the circle and district secretaries to coordinate with the other constituents of the Forum and arrange to conduct successful demonstrations on 12.08.2015. Reports and photos may be sent to CHQ promptly.

 

[06.08.2015]Payment of one extra increment – BSNLEU once again writes to the Director (HR) to end the discrimination.

One extra increment, granted by the BSNL Management, to the TTAs appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and upto 07.05.2010, has been denied to the other Non-Executives appointed during the same period. BSNLEU has already taken up with the Corporate Office, demanding to end this discrimination. Once again BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) to immediately intervene in this matter.<<view letter>>

 

[06.08.2015]Corporate Office letter on extension of incoming facility on DNP landline numbers on PAN India basis to popularise recently introduced unlimited free night calling and bringing back DNP customers.<<click here>>

 

[06.08.2015]BSNLEU condoles the victims killed in the train accident.

29 people are killed and many are injured in two accidents, that have taken place in Madhya Pradesh yesterday. The Kamayani Express and the Janata Express are involved in these accidents. BSNLEU condoles the death of the passengers killed in the accident and also conveys heart felt condolences to the families of the victims.

 

[06.08.2015]Central Cabinet approves formation of a separate Subsidiary Tower Company.

The Central Cabinet has decided in it’s meeting held yesterday the 05.08.2015, to give approval for formation of a separate Subsidiary Tower Company in BSNL. It means the nearly 65,000 towers of BSNL will be taken away from BSNL, and they would be handed over to another separate Company. Right from the beginning, the Forum and BSNLEU have strongly opposed the formation of separate tower company. Now, the decision of the Central Cabinet is not acceptable to us. Together with Forum, BSNLEU will conduct protest action against this decision of the Narendra Modi government. 

 

[06.08.2015]An interesting scene.

What we are seeing in the picture is, Madam Sonia Gandhi is furiously raising slogans, together with her colleagues out side the Parliament. She is leading a protest demonstration of the Congress Party, against the decision of the Lok Sabha Speaker, of suspending 25 Congress Party MPs from the proceedings of the Lok Sabha. It is really interesting to see that Madam Sonia Gandhi, under whose leadership the country was ruled from 2004 to 2014, herself has jumped into the maidan, to lead the demonstration. Madam Sonia Gandhi is undoubtedly exercising her democratic right to protest an injustice. In the same way, the working class also has the right to protest against injustice. Narendra Modi government has decided to amend the Labour Laws, to take away the right of the working class to go on strike. The stand of the Congress Party, on this issue, is not different from that of the BJP. Whether it is Madam Sonia Gandhi, or Saheb Narendra Modi, they should recognise that, to go on strike, is the inalienable right of the working class. 

 

[06.08.2015]Modi government wants to give only “pie-nuts” to BSNL.

In the Cabinet meeting held yesterday the 06.08.2015, the Narendra Modi government has magnanimously decided to give financial support to BSNL. You know how much? Rs.169.16 crore. We learn that this amount is towards the payment of the BWA spectrum, surrendered to the government by BSNL 4 years ago. Still, an amount of Rs.4,700 crore is due from the government, to BSNL, as the repayment amount for the BWA spectrum that was surrendered by BSNL. But only Rs.169.16 crore is going to be paid, instead of Rs.4,700 crore. This is how, the Narendra Modi government wants to help for the revival of BSNL. It must be remembered that Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble MoC, has been announcing for the past one and half years that, his government would provide infrastructure support for the revival of BSNL. Is it an empty slogan?

[05.08.2015]Senior officers of the Corporate Office held talks with leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA on Kerala struggle. 
Based on the letter jointly given by BSNLEU and SNEA, a team of senior officers of the Corporate Office, including shri A.K.Jain, CGM, NC NGN and shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR), deputed by the CMD BSNL, held talks with the leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA today, on the ongoing struggle in Kerala circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com.Wankhade, AGS, SNEA, participated in the talks. The leaders strongly demanded the immediate settlement of the victimisations as well as settlement of the demands of the contract workers. The officers heard the views of the leaders and told that they would report the matter to the CMD BSNL.

 

[05.08.2015]Director (HR) urged to take settle the Jamshedpur victimisations without further delay.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, met Ms.Sujatha Ray, Director (HR) and demanded implementation of the assurance given, in respect of the settlement of the victimisations in Jamshedpur SSA. The Director (HR) replied that due action is being taken.

 

[05.08.2015]Rejection of applications for new connections on account of “Non-Feasibility” – Circle and District Secretaries to note please.

Forum has already given call to conduct campaign for increasing BSNL’s landline connections, utilising the Night Free Call scheme. CHQ has received reports from many circles that new landline connections are not being given on account of “Non-Feasibility”. Since there is very good response from the public for the Night Free Call scheme, all efforts should be taken to ensure that no application for new connection is rejected on account of “Non-Feasibility”. This issue has been seriously discussed by the Core-Committee of the Forum with the CMD BSNL and Director (CFA) in the review meeting held on 24.07.2015. Based on this, Corporate Office has issued instruction to all the CGM’s vide letter no.GM(PP/S&M)Meeting/2015 dated 28.07.2015, that the SSA Heads should personally look into the cases of “Non-Feasibility”, before it is disposed. Hence, Circle and District Secretaries are requested to look into this matter to ensure that applications are not rejected in a casual manner. Similarly, our District Secretaries should ensure that new cables are laid in upcoming colonies/nagars, so that new connections can be given whenever they are applied for.  

 

[05.08.2015]Non-availability of stores and materials for expansion of landline services.

CHQ is receiving complaints from many circles that adequate drop wire, cable, clip instruments, etc., are not sufficiently available to give new connections and also for line and cable maintenance. The matter also has been seriously discussed by the Forum with the CMD BSNL and Director (CFA). As regards shortage of the above stated stores and materials, Circle and District Secretaries are requested to seriously intervene. If any material is in short supply, the concerned Circle/District Secretary is requested to inform the same to the CHQ promptly. While informing so, the Circle/District Secretary should clearly inform the CHQ, the quantity of each item of the stores/material required, so that the matter can be taken up by the CHQ/Forum at the level of Director (CFA). 

 

[05.08.2015]Modi government gives up “pro-corporate” and “anti-farmer” amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 2013.

It is a very big victory to the democratic forces of the country that, the Narendra Modi government has been forced to give up it’s “pro-corporate” and “anti-farmer” amendments to the Land Acquisition Act that has been passed by the earlier UPA government in 2013. Very importantly, it is a great victory to the farmers that the efforts of the Modi government to bring in a provision in the Land Acquisition Act 2013, which would have empowered the government to grab lands without the consent of the farmers, have been defeated.  

[05.08.2015]Airtel’s Q1 net profit increases by 40%.

It is reported that the net profit of Airtel, for the first quarter of 2015(April to June) is Rs.1,554 crore. The net profit of Airtel during the corresponding period of last year was Rs.1,108 crore. Thus, the first quarter net profit has increased by 40%. It is important to recollect here, how Kapil Sibal, the Communications Minister in the Congress led UPA government was feeling pity for the private telecom companies. He was complaining that the profits of private telecom companies have greatly reduced and their debt burden has sizeably increased. The huge jump in Airtel’s net profit only shows that the policies adopted by the successive BJP and Congress governments have only fattened the bellies of the private telecom companies, while ruining BSNL.

[Source: Business Line dated 05.08.2015]

 

[05.08.2015]Views of the massive meeting organised by Forum at Bangaluru yesterday the 04.08.2015.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[04.08.2015]Forum, Karnataka circle, conducted massive meeting at Bangalore to organise 2nd September General Strike.

Forum, Karnataka circle, conducted a massive meeting at CGM office at Bengaluru today, to organise the 2nd September General Strike. Employees from Bangalore Telecom District, CGM office, Civil Wing, STR, STP, QA, Hasan, Mysore, Mandya, Tumkur and Kolar, attended the meeting in a very large number. Especially, women employees participated in good strength. Com.Krishna Reddy, CS, NFTE and Chairman, Forum, Karnataka circle, presided over the meeting. Com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, BSNLEU and Convener, Forum, welcomed every one. Com.K.S.Seshadhri, AGS, NFTE, com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, BSNLEU, com.S.B.Nagavi, CS, SNEA, com.Rangan, CHQ Special invitee, NFTE, com.H.V.Sudharshan, DS, BSNLEU and convener, Forum, BGTD, Mahalingaiah,CS, FNTO, com.Hiremat,DS, AIBSNLEA, com.Pattaiah, AGS, FNTO, com.Sivalingappa, CS, SEWA BSNL, com.Sundararaj, CS, AIGETOA, com.Muniraju, CP, TEPU, com.Mahadev, GS, BASE and com.Girish, Convener, Forum, CGM office were present on the dias. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum, addressed in detail about the necessity of BSNL employees to participate in the strike. He heavily criticised the pro-corporate and anti-worker policies of the Narendra Modi government. He explained the steps being taken by the government to kill the Public Sector and to change the entire Labour Laws of the country, in favour of the corporates. The call given by Com.P.Abhimanyu, that the 2nd September General Strike should be successfully organised in Karnataka circle, was well responded by the participants. Com.K.S.Seshadhri, AGS, NFTE, translated the speech of Com.P.Abhimanyu in Kannada. CHQ of BSNLEU, as well as Forum, heartily congratulate the Forum, Karnataka circle, for successfully conducting this massive meeting.

 

[04.08.2015]Message of Shri N.K. Mehta, Director (Enterprise), BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[04.08.2015]General Secretary addressing massive strike preparatory meeting at Bangalore today.

The Forum of Karnataka circle has organised a massive meeting at Bangalore today, in preparation for the 2nd September General Strike.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU is addressing the meeting. Other leaders of the Forum are also addressing the meeting.

 

[04.08.2015]Leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA started indefinite hunger strike in Kerala circle.

Leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA of Kerala circle have started indefinite hunger strike in front of the CGM's office at Trivandrum from yesterday the 03-08-2015, demanding settlement of victimisations as well as the justified demands of the contract workers. Com.Chandran, Secretary, CITU, Kerala state, inaugurated the agitation. A large number of Non-Executives, Executives and contract workers gathered at the hunger strike venue, and extended their support and solidarity for the struggle. Prominent leaders, com.P.V.Chandrasekaran (AIBDPA),  com.K.Mohan (CS,BSNLEU), com.George Verghese (CS,SNEA), com . Muralidharan Nair (BSNLEU), com.Somasekaran Nair(BSNL CCLU), etc., addressed the gathering. The CGM, Kerala, instead of settling the demands through dialogue, has threatened that he would impose punishment for participation in the struggle. Both the General Secretaries of BSNLEU and SNEA have already sought the intervention of the CMD BSNL, for the amicable settlement of the struggle. If the issues are not settled, Non-cooperation will start, as per the decision.<<<views of the hunger strike>>>

 

[03.08.2015]Rapist Asaram Bapu is made a 'saint' in the Rajasthan school text book.

Asaram Bapu, the self styled 'Godman' has been arrested and put behind bars, on charges of rape, illegal confinement, etc. Following this many witnesses of the case have been murdered, allegedly at the behest of Asaram Bapu. Under these circumstances, a school text book of Rajasthan state, has described Asaram Bapu, as a saint, equivalent to Buddha, Vivekanand, Guru Nanak, Ramakrishna Paramahans, etc. It may be recollected that sometime back, a subway was about to be inaugurated in Rajasthan, in the name of 'Godse', the murderer of Mahatma Gandhi. 

 

[03.08.2015]Is the Management helping the corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta?  Transfer order issued, but not being relieved.
The corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta, who has already been booked by the CBI, is transferred from Noida to CGM office, Meerut. However, he is yet to be relieved. Meanwhile, Adesh Kumar Gupta is banging the doors of courts, to get his transfer order cancelled. It seems the Corporate Management is indirectly helping Adesh Kumar Gupta to get remedy from court. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has requested the CMD BSNL, as well as the Director (HR) to immediately relieve Adesh Kumar Gupta from Noida and send him to Meerut.

 

[03.08.2015]Meeting with GM (Estt.)

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), today the 03.08.2015, and discussed the following issues.

 

(i)     Pay anomaly/aberrations to the employees due to CDA to IDA conversion w.e.f. 01.10.2000.

The Dy.GS pointed out to the GM (Estt.), that BSNL itself can issue order on settlement of anomalies, without once again referring the matter to the DoT. He provided copies of related orders of the Govt. of India on the subject. He also insisted for an early settlement of the issue, since the same is already delayed inordinately. The GM (Estt.) assured to look into the matter. 

 

(ii)      Stagnation case of RM, Group-D and Industrial Workers

The Dy GS demanded that the stagnation issue should be settled at the earliest, as per the direction of the RLC. The BSNL Management was advised by the RLC, in the conciliation meeting held on 6th May, 2015, that the issue should be settled through bi-lateral discussion with the Unions. However, so far the Management has not initiated any discussing. The Dy.GS demanded early discussion on the issue, to ensure a negotiated settlement.

 

[01.08.2015]Ministers declare that economy is growing, but, growth of eight core industries slows down.

The BJP came to power, with a high voltage campaign, saying that there was a policy paralysis during the rule of the UPA government, as a result of which the economic growth of the country got slowed down. The party also assured the people that, it would take the country in to a high growth path. But, despite the NDA ministers announcing from roof top that the economy is growing, ground reality is something different. For example, the data released by the 'Index of Industrial Production' for the month of May, shows that the growth of eight core industries has slowed down. These industries are coal, crude oil, steel, cement, fertilisers, electricity, natural gas and refinery products.

[Source: The Hindu dated 01.08.2015]

 

[01.08.2015]US spied on Japanese government. 

Latest documents released by the WikiLeaks have confirmed that the US spied on Japanese government. The documents released by the WikiLeaks, include four 'Top Secret' documents of the National Security Agency (NSA), of the US. They reveal that the US spied targets including Japanese Cabinet Office, Finance and Trade Ministry numbers, Bank of Japan officers, etc. It is important to note that Japan is one of the strongest allies of the US for many decades. It had been already revealed earlier that, the other close allies of the US, like Germany, France, etc. were also spied by the US.

 

[31.07.2015]BSNLEU and SNEA write to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate intervention, to restore normalcy in Kerala.<<view letter>>  

 

[31.07.2015]Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS  greeted shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) on his retirement on superannuation.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) today and felicitated him on his retirement on superannuation on 31.07.2015.

 

[31.07.2015]DoP&PW letter on revision of pension of pre-2006 government pensioners.<<click here>> 

 

[31.07.2015]ITS case came up for hearing today.

The case filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA,  on the issue of repatriation of ITS officers, came up for hearing today in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. Detailed arguments took place, but are inconclusive. The case will again come up for hearing on 18th November, 2015. 

 

[31.07.2015]Shri A.N.Rai, Director (EB) retired today.

Shri A.N.Rai, Director (EB), retired on superannuation today. He has been holding the charge of Director (HR) for a long time and was also looking after as CMD BSNL for some months. We wish him a happy retired life. Shri N.K.Mehta will take over charge as the next Director (EB).

 

[31.07.2015]BSNLEU and SNEA (I) To launch joint agitational programme in Kerala circle. 
BSNLEU and SNEA (I),  Kerala circle unions have decided to launch joint agitational programme in Kerala circle, demanding immediate settlement of the victimisations imposed by the CGM, Kerala,  as well as the settlement of the demands of the contract workers. The decision has been taken in the joint circle executive committee meeting of both BSNLEU and SNEA (I), held on 28-07-2015. The agitational programme is as follows. 
 

(1)  Demonstrations in all SSAs from 03.08.2015.
(2)  Indefinite Hunger Strike in front of CGM Office from 03.08.2015.
(3)  Non-cooperation from 10.08.2015.


CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala comrades.

 

[30.07.2015]BSNLEU, Odisha circle union, is conducting Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Bhubaneswar. 
Odisha circle union of BSNLEU is conducting it's Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Bhubaneswar. Apart from the members of the Circle Executive Committee, Branch Secretaries in the circle, as well as active members from various SSAs are participating in this meeting. Com.P.R.Das, Circle President, is presiding over the meeting. The meeting stood in silence for a minute and paid it's respectful homage to the People's President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and former Gujarat Circle Secretary, Com.A.M.Patil. Com. S.R.Das, Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities and com.B.Mondal, Circle Treasurer, presented the financial report. Veteran leaders, com.A.Dhupal and com.Sahadev Biswal, greeted the meeting. Thereafter, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting. In his speech, the GS elaborately explained the anti people and pro corporate economic policies of the Narendra Modi government, and emphasised the necessity to participate enmasse in the 2nd September General Strike. He also explained the efforts being taken by the Forum, to revive BSNL, and the latest developments on that count. The GS also gave a picture of the latest position of the various demands of the Non-Executives. Thereafter, the District Secretaries are deliberating in the meeting.<<view photos>>  

 

[30.07.2015]Number of telephone connections more than the number of people in Nepal.

In Nepal, a country which is considered to be an economically backward, the number of telephone connections have exceeded the number of people. The population of Nepal is 26.49 million. But, the number of telephone connections have reached 26.87 million. Out of these telephone connections, the private company, N Cell is leading with 12.27 million connections. However, the Nepal Telecom, a Public Sector telecom company, comes as a close second, with 11.68 million telephone connections. 

[30.07.2015]General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. Participate enmasse - article of Tele Crusader, August 2015.<<< Read article >>>

[29.07.2015]Capitalism exploits people like slaves” - Pope Francis - (Editorial of the August 2015 issue of Telecrusader).<<click here>> 

[29.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on payment procedure in respect of GPF advances and withdrawals of employees absorbed in BSNL.<<view letter>> 

[29.07.2015]Minutes of the meeting held between Core Committee of the Forum and CMD BSNL on 24.07.2015.<<view minutes>> 

[29.07.2015]Corporate Office letter suggesting methodology to popularise the Night Free Call and Roaming Free plans.<<view letter>> 

[29.07.2015]DO letter of shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) to CGMs on landline / broadband tariffs.<<view letter>>

[29.07.2015]Corporate Office guidelines for referring medical claims to the Corporate Office, by the CGMs.<<view letter>>

[29.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on updation of BSNL employees details viz., Designation, Category, Office Residential Addresses in ERP.<<view letter>>

[29.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on provision of writer to the employees with Disabilities in writing including that of speed during examinations.<<view letter>>

[28.07.2015]Shri Ram Sevak Sharma is the next Chairman of the TRAI.
Shri Ram Sevak Sharma, a 1978 batch IAS officer, has been selected as the next Chairman of the TRAI. He belongs to the Jharkhand cadre. Presently, he is working as the Secretary of the Information Technology department.  The earlier chairman of the TRAI, Rahul Khullar, who took many key decisions in favour of the private operators, retired in May,2015. The new chairman, shri Ram Sevak Sharma, had earlier worked in the UIDAI project,  and is said to have played a significant role in operationalising the 'Aadhaar Card' scheme in a record time.

[28.07.2015]Copy of the minutes of the Designations Committee meeting, held today the 28.07.2015, in which final settlement is reached in respect of new designations of the Non-Executive cadres.<<view minutes>>

[28.07.2015]FLASH!    FLASH!     FLASH!

Breakthrough reached in the change of designations issue.

CHQ congratulates the entire Non-Executive employees. The long pending issue of 'Change of Designations' is settled in today's meeting. Finally, the break through is reached.

Details of the settlement:-


1)  Regular Mazdoor                -  Telecom Assistant.

 

2)  Telecom Mechanic             -  Telecom Technician

 

3)  TTAs                                      -  Junior Engineer.

 

4)  Sr.TOAs in NE11 &

              NE12 pay scales        -  Office Superintendent. 

 

5) Other Sr.TOAs                      -  Office Associate.

[28.07.2015]

Dr. A. P. J.Abdul Kalam passed away - BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage.

The sudden demise of Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, has left the nation in a state of deep sorrow. The former President collapsed while addressing students in the IIM at Shillong, yesterday evening. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared as 'brought dead'. The nation will ever remember Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, not only as the President of India and as a scientist who strengthened the missile system of our defence forces, but as a leader who inspired millions and millions of youngsters to dream for the bright future of this great nation. We pay our respectful homage to this great scientist and humanitarian.

[27.07.2015]D.O. letter to all CGMs regarding free calling during night hours from 9.00 PM to 7.00 AM.<<view letter>> 

[27.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on pay fixation of JAOs(Deptl)(40% quota) of 2010 Batch arising out of Non-Executives’ Wage revision orders dated 7.5.2010 and subsequent clarification dated 18.5.2011- Allowing option for revision of pay from the date of promotion to the grade of JAO.<<view letter>>

[27.07.2015]Crucial meeting of the Designations Committee is to be held tomorrow.

The meeting of the Designations Committee is taking place tomorrow the 28.07.2015 at 11:00 hrs. BSNLEU expects that new designations for the cadres of Sr.TOA and TTA can be settled tomorrow. Agreement is already signed for change of designations of the RM and Telecom Mechanic cadres. If designations of Sr.TOA and TTA are settled tomorrow, then order will soon be issued for change of designations of all the four main cadres, viz., Sr.TOA, TTA, TM and RM.

 

[27.07.2015]Discussion with Management on outsourcing broadband activities.

A discussion took place today, between the Unions and the Management, on the proposal of the Management Committee to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband services. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.C.Singh, GS, NFTE, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com.Sarnam Singh Thomar, BSNL MS, participated from the side of the Unions. Shri Shailendra Agarwal, Sr. GM (NWO BB&IN) and shri Paritosh K Shah, Additional GM(NWO BB&IN ) participated from the Management side. The Union representatives once again told the Management side that, absolutely there is no necessity to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband services. They also buttressed their arguments with inputs received from field units, such as Bangalore Telecom District. Further, the Union representatives demanded the Management side to prove with facts and figures, as to where the revenue has been increased through outsourcing the broadband activities. Finally, it is agreed that outsourcing would not be done, till the issue is discussed threadbare. The next round of discussion would take place on 13th August, 2015. 

 

[27.07.2015]Outsourcing of broadband activities- circle secretaries to note please.

The Management Committee of BSNL has taken decision to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband services in the following cities. Circle Secretaries of the concerned cities are requested to inform CHQ, the number of broadband connections in these cities, total number of telecom mechanics and TTAs available, broadband connection fault rate, revenue from broadband and all other details connected with the development of broadband service. Cities where outsourcing is contemplated.

 

1) Bangalore    2) Hydrabad.    3) Chennai    4) Ahmedabad   5) Kolkata    6) Pune & Nagpur.

7) Gurgaon & Faridabad.      8) Meerut, Noida and Ghaziabad    9) Dehradun    10) Rajasthan-

     Entire circle.

 

27.07.2015]Central Labour Minister rejects the demand of the Central Trade Unions to fix the Minimum Wages at Rs.15,000.

In view of the spiraling price rise, the Central Trade Unions have demanded the Central Government, to fix Rs.15,000 as the Minimum Wage. This is one of the important demands contained in the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions, on which the 2nd September General Strike is taking place. But Bandaru Dattatreya, the Union Minister of Labour has rejected the demand and has said that it could not be accepted. It is worth mentioning that it is the same government which abolished the Wealth Tax for the rich, in the last budget and also gave concessions worth Rs.5,89,285 crore to the Corporates. 

[Source: The Hindu dated 25.07.2015]

 

[27.07.2015]Black Friday for Karnataka state - 13 farmers commits suicide in a single day.

24th July, 2015 was a Black Friday for Karnataka state. 13 farmers committed suicide on that single day. So far, 125 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka state, during the first 6 months of the current year.

 [Source: Times of India dated 25.07.2015]

 

[27.07.2015]Love affairs, impotency and dowry disputes are the reasons for farmer suicides – says Union Agriculture Minister.

The Union Agriculture Minister, Radhey Shyam has stated in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on last Friday that, failed love affairs, impotency and dowry disputes were among the reasons for farmers’ suicides. The statement of the Minister has once again proved that the Narendra Modi government is anti-poor and anti-farmer.

[Source: The Hindu dated 25.07.2015]

 

[25.07.2015]National Convention of Central Public Sector Trade Unions, resolves to make the 2nd September General Strike a resounding success. 

A National Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions was held at Bangalore today, in the Bharat Electronics Ltd. auditorium. A presedium, consisting of the comrades of all the Central Trade Unions presided over the convention. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, delivered the inaugural address. Leaders of various Central Trade Unions also addressed the convention. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the convention and assured the house that the General Strike would be a grand success in BSNL. The convention unanimously adopted a declaration calling upon the entire Public Sector employees to join the 2nd September General Strike and to make the strike a historic success.<<view photos>>

 

[25.07.2015]National Convention of Central Public Sector Trade Unions being held at Bangalore today.

A National Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions is being held at Bangalore today. Delegates of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions are participating in this Convention, to discuss ways and means to successfully organise the 2nd September General Strike. A delegation of BSNLEU, consisting of Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, Karnataka and com. Keshav, circle treasurer, Karnataka are participating in this Convention.


[25.07.2015]Notorious and corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta is shifted from the post of GM, Noida.

Due to the consistent efforts of the trade unions, the notorious and corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta has been shifted from the post of GM, Noida. Everyone is aware that the offices and residences of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida, were raided by the CBI seven months back. Following this, FIR was filed by the CBI, against Adesh Kumar Gupta, on serious corruption charges. Immediately, we demanded that as per the guidelines of the CVC, Adesh Kumar Gupta should not continue to hold the sensitive post of an SSA head, and that he should immediately be shifted from post of GM, Noida. BSNLEU and SNEA continued to put pressure on the CVO, CMD BSNL and Director (HR), BSNL, for shifting Adesh Kumar Gupta. The BSNL Management dilly dallied for months together. However, ultimately, Management had no other option, but to shift the corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta from the post of GM, Noida. Now, he is posted in the CGM office at Meerut (UP West).

 

[25.07.2015]Discussion between Management and Union on outsourcing of broadband activities to be held on 27.07.2015.
BSNLEU is continuously resisting the decision of the Corporate Management to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband service. Our view is that, we have sufficient number of telecom mechanics and TTAs to do these works, and absolutely there is no necessity to outsource them. Moreover, by way of outsourcing, the Company will have to pay a huge amount to the private agencies, which will further strain the finance of the Company.  We have discussed the issue with the Director (CFA) and have cautioned him that we would go on struggle, if the Management proceeded with the outsourcing. As a result, the Management has temporarily put their decision on hold. Meanwhile, the Management has invited us for a discussion. The discussion will take place on 27.07.2015. CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to give inputs in this regard, to effectively counter the arguments of the Management.

 

[24.07.2015]CMD BSNL meets the Core Committee of the Forum on Night Free Calls and Free Roaming issues.

Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL met the Core Committee of the Forum, together with the Director(CFA)  and other top officers of the Mobile and CFA wings. A review was done, as to what extent the introduction of the Night Free Calls and the Free Roaming concessions have benefited the Company. The results given by the Management are very encouraging. As a result of the Free Roaming, BSNL's new mobile connections have substantially increased. For example, 11.06 lakh new mobile connections were given in the month of June. It is told that the new connections would increase to 15 lakh in the month of July 2015. Before Free Roaming was introduced, on an average, 8 lakh connections were given per month. In the landline segment also, very good improvement has come. So far 10 circles have turned positive. They are, A&N, Assam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Jharkhand, J&K, NE1, Punjab, and Rajasthan. Earlier, 1,20,000 landlines were surrendered every month. Now, it is brought down to 30 to 40 thousands per month. The Core Committee members raised the issues of non availability of cable, stores and materials.

 

[24.07.2015]CMD BSNL urged to intervene in the ongoing struggle in Kerala.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed about the alarming situation prevailing in Kerala circle. The GS told the CMD BSNL that the CGM, Kerala, instead of discussing the issues with the Contract Workers Union, which is on struggle for more than a month now, has resorted to victimising the leaders, which cannot be allowed to go on. The GS told the CMD BSNL, that struggle would intensity, if issues are not settled through discussion. The CMD BSNL assured that he would direct the CGM to hold discussion with the Union.

 

[24.07.2015]Management urged to immediately issue order on the anomalies issue.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) yesterday and discussed the anomalies issue once again. Since the DoT has already returned the file back to BSNL, with the remark that BSNL itself could take a decision on the issue, the Union representatives demanded that BSNL should immediately settle the issue and release the order in line with the judgement delivered by the Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, which has been upheld by the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala. The GM (Estt.) told that she would look into the matter.

 

[24.07.2015]Situation worsens in Kerala - shri M.S.S.Rao, CGM, Kerala, resorts to severely victimising leaders- CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, and demands intervention before it is too late.

The casual and contract workers in Kerala circle are on agitation for the past more than a month. They demand justified wage increase, among other things. Instead of negotiating with the Union, shri M.S.S.Rao, CGM, Kerala, who is corrupt to the core, has resorted to severely victimising the leaders. BSNLEU leaders are being imposed with dies-non, for supporting the struggle of the contract workers. CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate action or face intensified struggle.<< view letter >>

 

[24.07.2015]District Secretary, SNEA, Trivandrum, transferred to Kannur, for supporting the struggle of the contract workers.

The District Secretary, SNEA, Trivandrum, has been transferred to Kannur, by the CGM, Kerala. What is the reason? He addressed the meeting of the agitating contact workers and expressed his support and solidarity. We want to tell one thing to shri M.S.S.Rao. We will not allow this jungle raj to continue. We will squarely face this dictator.

 

[24.07.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Management, demanding on early decision by BSNL on the anomalies issue.<<view letter>>

 

[24.07.2015]2nd September, General Strike – circle and district secretaries to note please.

The Central Trade Unions have given call to organise a one day General Strike on 2nd September, 2015, against the Neo-Liberal Policies of the Modi government, which has launched a major assault on the Public Sector of the country and also on the rights of the workers by changing the labour laws in favour of the employers. The Dalhousie CEC meeting of BSNLEU has decided to successfully implement the strike in BSNL. All circle and district secretaries are requested to immediately convene meetings of their respective circle and district executive committees. Tour programme by circle and district office bearers should be undertaken. Pamphlets and posters should also be released in regional languages to effectively organise the strike. All circle and district secretaries are requested to treat this matter as “very urgent.” A report may please be sent to the CHQ on the preparations done, for the strike. 

 

[24.07.2015]Efforts are on to organise a joint campaign for the 2nd September General Strike.

Serious efforts are being taken to organise a joint campaign programme, at the National level, to make the 2nd September General Strike a success in BSNL. An all Union / Association meeting is being held at New Delhi on 27.07.2015. Convener, Forum of Unions and Associations has issued the notification for the meeting.<<view notice>> 

 

[24.07.2015]Forum has demanded a meeting with the CMD BSNL, on the HR plan of the Company.

In the meeting of all Unions and Associations, held on 17.04.2015, CMD BSNL assured that he would hold a separate meeting to discuss the HR plan of the Company. However, so far no meeting is held. Forum has written to the CMD BSNL to immediately hold the meeting.<<view letter>>

 

[22.07.2015]BSNLEU responds to the message of Ms. Sujatha Ray, Director (HR).

Ms. Sujatha Ray has sent a message to the BSNL Employees, on her assuming charge as the Director (HR) of BSNL. BSNLEU has responded to the message of the Director (HR) and has touched upon certain important HR issues related to the Non-Executives, and has sought the new Director (HR)’s immediate attention on these issues.<<view letter>>

 

[22.07.2015]Communal violence has increased by 24%, and deaths by 65% in the first 5 months of 2015.

It is a worrisome matter that, communal violences have increased by 24% in the country, during the first 5 months of 2015. The deaths related to communal clashes have also jumped by 65%. These figures are, as per the data collected by the Home Ministry. During this period, communal clashes have increased mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and West Bengal. It hurts us to note that, West Bengal, once reputed for communal harmony, under the rule of the Left Parties, has also joined this list now. It is also to be noted that the RSS and it’s outfits were conducting various campaigns like “Ghar Vaapsi”, “Love Jihad”, etc. to divide the people on communal lines during this period. Certain Muslim fundamentalist organisations are also competing with the RSS, to spread communal hatred. It is important to note that those who have died and those who are affected in these communal violences are not the corporates and landlords, but ordinary working people. Communal hatred and communal violence ultimately brings misery to the working class. Further, they divide the working class, and weaken it’s struggles against exploitation. That is why BSNLEU is constantly raising it’s voice against the spreading of communal hatred.

 [Source: Times of India dated 22.07.2015]

 

[22.07.2015]Telecom companies asked to report on action taken on call drops by July 31.

The telecom department has raised its pitch on call drops, writing to telecom operators to take steps to optimise radio frequencies in their networks and analyse the reasons for call drops, and report back to the government on the action they have taken to deal with the matter by July 31. In a letter dated July 17, the department has also asked mobile operators to install more sites, adopt in-building solutions and augment existing frequency resources to reduce call drops. 

 

[22.07.2015]RSS declares that IIT, Rourkie is anti-Hindu, since non-vegetarian food is served there.

Organiser, the mouth piece of the RSS, has declared that the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rourkie is anti-Hindu. Do you want to know why? It is because, non-vegetarian food is served in the canteen at IIT, Rourkie. Earlier, RSS said that, eating beef is non-Hindu. ( It is relevant to say that the former Supreme Court judge, justice Markandeya Katju gave a fitting reply by saying, “I am more Hindu than the RSS, but I eat beef” ). Now, RSS says that eating, fish, chicken and mutton is also non-Hindu. Where the RSS wants to take this country to?

[Source: Economic times dated 22.07.2015]

 

[21.07.2015]Message of Ms. Sujatha Ray, Director (HR), BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[21.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on safety measures to be taken to avoid fire.<<click here>>

 

[21.07.2015]Hunger strike by the CHQ leaders, on the Jamshedpur victimisations issue, deferred for one month.

CHQ leaders have planned to sit on hunger strike at Corporate Office tomorrow the 22.07.2015, demanding settlement of the victimisations imposed on the leaders and active members of BSNLEU at Jamshedpur. Following this, several rounds of discussions took place between the CHQ leaders and the Director (HR). The final round of discussion took place at 12.30 hours today. The Director (HR) assured that necessary actions are being taken and also requested to give some more time to complete the same. A written appeal was also given to the Union, by the Management. Considering the appeal given by the Management, the emergency All India Centre meeting held today, has decided to defer the struggle for one month.<<view appeal>>

 

[21.07.2015]Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sugar coated poison, delivered in the Indian Labour Conference.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressed the 46th Indian Labour Conference yesterday. In his address, the Prime Minister has stated that the country cannot be happy, if the labourers are unhappy. These words are very sweet to hear. But, we have to understand that these are only sugar coated words to cheat the workers. In the same speech, the Prime Minister has also given call to the industrialists to create atleast 20 lakh apprentice jobs. We must understand that this call is only to help the corporates. The Indian and multinational corporates want to engage educated and qualified youth, not as workers, but as apprentices. An apprentice will not get any wages, but only stipend. This stipend will be even lesser than the wages of contract workers. The capitalists will exploit these youth as appreciates for many years. The apprentice system is worse than the contract workers system. In fact this is one of the demands of the Indian and multinational corporates to enhance their lootings. To help the corporates, Narendra Modi government wants to bring an amendment to the APPRENTICE ACT. Amendments to the existing labour laws, to enable the capitalists to increase their exploitation, is one of the important issues, on which the 2nd September General Strike is going to take place. We shall enmasse join the strike and make it a historic success.

 

[20.07.2015]Hunger strike by CHQ leaders at Corporate Office on 22.07.2015 demanding to end the “jungle raj” in Jamshedpur.

As already announced, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer will sit in a hunger strike at Corporate Office on 22.07.2015. The struggle is demanding the Corporate Management to settle the victimisations imposed on the leaders and members of BSNLEU, and also demanding to put an end to the “jungle raj” going on in Jamshedpur.

 

[20.07.2015]Broadband outsourcing – BSNLEU held serious discussion with Sr.GM (NOW-BB & IN).

In the backdrop of the decision of the Management to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, held serious discussion with Shri Shailendra Agarwal, Sr.GM (NOW-BB&IN) today. They strongly protested the decision of the Management to outsource the provisioning and outsourcing of broadband, and also explained in detail that the outsourcing would result in deterioration of the service and also would render a large number of Telecom Mechanics and outdoor TTAs surplus. The Sr.GM (NOW-BB&IN) gave a patient hearing and assured that the Director (CFA) would hold discussion with the Union shortly.

 

[17.07.2015]Change of Designation – serious discussion held with GM (Estt.).

The Designations Committee has been functioning for the past so many years. However, still the Committee has not completed its task. Mainly, the problem is still persisting with regards to the Change of Designation of the Sr.TOA and TTA cadres. The JAC meeting held on 12.05.2015 has unanimously decided that atleast the senior most Sr.TOAs should get ‘Superintendent’ designation the TTAs should get ‘Junior Engineer’ designation. BSNLEU has already compelled the Management to hold the Designations Committee meeting on 28.07.2015. It is in this background that com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today the 17.07.2015, and discussed this issue very seriously. The Union Representatives argued with reasoning and logic, as to why the senior officials in the cadre of Sr.TOA should get ‘Superintendent’ designation and TTAs should get ‘Junior Engineer’ designation.  The GM (Estt.) replied that these proposals would be seriously looked into. We hope to clinch new designations for both the Sr.TOAs and TTAs in the forthcoming meeting to be held on 28.07.2015. 

 

[17.07.2015]Management urged to discuss stagnation issue without further loss of time.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, urged Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today, to immediately hold talks with the JAC, on the stagnation issue, as directed by the Regional Labour Commissioner. In the conciliation meeting held on 26.05.2015, the RLC has directed the BSNL Management to settle the stagnation of the RMs, Group ‘D’s etc., by immediately holding discussion with the JAC leaders. Since, the GM (Estt.) was on leave for a whole month thereafter, no   meeting has so far been conducted. In today’s discussion the Union Representatives also suggested ways and means for settling stagnation. The GM (Estt.) assured to hold the discussion soon.  

 

[17.07.2015]Anomaly issue – BSNLEU demanded that the issue should be settled by BSNL Management itself.

BSNL Management had sent it’s proposal to the DoT, for settling the anomaly, which arose in the first Wage Revision. Thereafter, BSNLEU representatives also discussed this issue several times with the DoT officers. However, after keeping the file with them for so many months, the DoT has now sent the file back to the BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today, and strongly demanded that BSNL itself should settle the issue, without referring it to the DoT again. They also cited the order of the DoT, which says that BSNL Corporate Office can take decisions even on issues which involve pension. The GM (Estt.) agreed to relook into the issue, in the background of the DoT order, cited by the Union Representatives.

 

[17.07.2015]Forum writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate solution to the problem of superannuation benefits to the Directly Recruited Employees of BSNL.<<view letter>> 

[17.07.2015]Forum writes to the CMD BSNL, seeking solution to the problems faced in popularising the ‘Night Free Call’ and ‘Free Roaming’ concessions.<<view letter>>

[17.07.2015]Forum seeks meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of Communications.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has already sought a meeting with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications. However, the meeting has not materialised so far. The Forum has once again written to the Hon’ble MoC to grant meeting to discuss issues related to the revival of BSNL.<<view letter>>

 

[17.07.2015]No free local calls on WhatsApp, Viber and Skype.

A high level committee of the DoT has upheld the concept of ‘Net Neutrality’. At the same time, the Committee has also recommended that local calls made through applications like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, etc should be charged. However, messaging and international calls made through these applications will remain free, according to the recommendations.

 

[17.07.2015]CBI moves Madras High Court to cancel Dayanidhi Maran’s anticipatory bail.

The CBI has moved the Madras High Court yesterday, seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to Dayanidhi Maran. The Madras High Court had granted an anticipatory bail to Maran, on June 30, in the illegal telephone exchange case. Maran is the prime accused in this case, while former CGMs of Chennai BSNL, K. Bramhadatan and M.P. Veluswamy are the other accused. In its’ petition, the CBI has stated that Maran is no cooperating with the probe.

 

[16.07.2015]Implementation of the ‘Month Long Campaign’ in Nagercoil SSA, Tamil Nadu Circle. 

Nagercoil is a very small SSA in Tamil Nadu circle. However, the comrades of this small SSA have meticulously implemented the ‘Month Long Campaign’. The Forum of Nagercoil SSA has duly conducted meeting with the district administration on 20.06.2015 and has decided upon the steps for increasing BSNL’s landline and mobile connections. Accordingly, many activities have been carried out by the comrades of this SSA, and the following results have been achieved. CHQ heartily congratulates the Forum of Nagercoil SSA. 

New SIMs – 1,635           New Landlines connections   – 416

MNP         –    319           New Broadband connections – 233

CUG SIM –      48            Reconnections                       –   29

WLL          –     14            FWP                                      –     3

 

[16.07.2015]Forum Circular No.4, dated 16.07.2015.<<click here>>

 

[16.07.2015]Forum expressed its deep concern over the unenthusiastic implementation of the call for Month Long Campaign.  

Forum has already given call to observe a Month long Campaign (which was subsequently extended for one more month) to popularise the Night Free Call as well as the Free Roaming. The Forum meeting took place at New Delhi yesterday the 15.07.2015, reviewed the implementation of the call. In the review, it is learnt that in none of the circles the call had been implemented enthusiastically. It is brought to the notice of the Forum that in many places new landline connections could not be given due to ‘non-feasibility’. However, it is the general observation that the Forum at the circle and district levels should have taken more interest in implementing the Month Long Campaign. Finally, the meeting decided to once again appeal to the Forum at circle and district levels to seriously implement the Campaign to popularise the Night Free Call and the Free Roaming and to get maximum landline and mobile connections.

 

[16.07.2015]Core Committee of the Forum meets Secretary, DoT.

Members of the Core Committee met Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT today, and ascertained the steps taken by the DoT on the important demands of the Forum, with regards to the revival of BSNL.

  

(1)   Payment of Rs.1,250 crore to BSNL as subsidy from USO Fund.

The Secretary, DoT informed that the Telecom Commission has already approved this and now it will go for the approval of the Cabinet.  

 

(2)   78.2% IDA merger to the pensioners.

It was brought to the notice of the Secretary, DoT that the Department of Expenditure has not so far sent its comments on the Cabinet note. The Secretary, DoT directed the Member (Finance) to send a letter to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure immediately in this regard. He also assured that the Note will be sent to the Cabinet expeditiously.

 

(3)   Refund of BWA spectrum charges.

The Core Committee members expressed their concern on the delay in getting the refund of BWA spectrum charges. The Secretary, DoT replied that the issue is being taken up with the Finance Ministry, by the Honb’le Minister of Communications. (Subsequently the Core Committee members came to know that an amount of Rs.830 crores will be refunded to BSNL, being the Licence Fee paid by the Company in 2013-14.) 

 

(4)   Calculation of pension contribution.

It was pointed out to the Secretary, DoT that this demand is not yet settled and that pension contribution is still being calculated on the maximum of the pay scale, instead of on the basic pay. The Secretary replied that it would be looked into. 

 

(5)   Transfer of assets.

It was pointed out to the Secretary that not much development has taken place on this issue, since the discussion that took place on 01.05.2015. The Core Committee members also complaint that the DoT is taking over BSNL’s buildings and lands in many places. They also demanded all needful steps should be taken for the immediate transfer of entire assets to BSNL. Secretary, DoT assured needful would be done. 

 

(6)   Repayment of salary paid to the employees deputed to Term Cell.

The Core Committee members told the Secretary that the salary paid by BSNL, to the employees deputed to the Term Cell, is not yet refunded by the DoT. Secretary, DoT assured needful would be done. 

 

(7)   Merger of BSNL and MTNL.

On this issue the Secretary, DoT said that a final decision will be taken only by the Government.

  

[16.07.2015]Corporate Office issues revised guideline for calculation of CGA posts, based on protest express by BSNLEU.

BSNL Corporate Office issued a misguiding letter on 10.06.2015, (BSNL letter no. 273-19/2015/CGA/E-IV dated 10.06.2015), vide which instruction was given to the circles, to calculate vacancies in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ cadres separately, for the purpose of giving Compassionate Ground Appointment. Before this letter was issued, posts for CGA were not calculated separately for ‘C’ and ‘D’, but only total posts in the Non-Executive category were calculated. Hence, the letter dated 10.06.2015 was a clear cut violation from the earlier letters of the BSNL Corporate Office. Until now CGA is being given based on educational qualification. But according to the letter dated 10.06.2015, even a candidate who is a graduate, will get only a Group ‘D’ posting if Group ‘C’ posts are not available.  This was vehemently opposed by BSNLEU, vide letter no.BSNLEU/512 (CA) dated 11.06.2015. This issue was also discussed with the GM (Estt.) in the Corporate Office. Finally, the Corporate Office accepted BSNLEU’s view and has issued clarification yesterday, reversing the guideline given vide letter dated 10.06.2015.<<view letter>>  

 

[15.07.2015]Mankind has achieved another milestone in space research.

Mankind has achieved another milestone in the field of space research. The US spece craft, ‘New Horizon’, has travelled 4.88 billion kilometres (!) and has captured the images of Pluto. The New Horizon, launched in 2006, has travelled for 9 years to go near Pluto. It went as near as 12,550 KMs from Pluto, and has captured it’s images. The radio signals sent by Pluto, eventhough travelled at the speed of light, took 4 ˝ hours to reach the earth. Pluto is in the farthest reach of the solar system. We warmly congratulate the scientists, who have achieved this feat. 

 

[15.07.2015]27 people killed in the Pushkaram at Godavari.

Tragedy struck Andhra Pradesh yesterday, when 27 people, many of whom are women and children, are killed in a stampede that took place in the Pushkaram festival, on the banks of Godavari river, in Rajahmundary. Definitely this tragedy could have been avoided, had the authorities taken adequate precautionary steps. We deeply mourn the death of these people and convey our heartfelt condolences to their families. 

 

[15.07.2015]India’s telephone customer base crossed 100 crore mark.

India’s telephone customer base has crossed the 100 crore mark in May 2015. According to reports, the total mobile connections were 975.78 million at the end of May 2015. The number of landline connections was 26.27 million. In the mobile segment private operators are holding 91.68% market share, while BSNL and MTNL put together, hold 8.32% market share. In the landline segment BSNL and MTNL hold 74.54% market share. The total number of broadband customers was 104.96 million. In these, Airtel holds 23.39 million, Vodafone holds 21.27 million, BSNL holds 18.50 million, Idea holds 15.76 million and Reliance holds 8.99 million connections.  

 

[15.07.2015]BSNL looks to Wifi for revival.

As per reports, BSNL plans to spend about Rs.60 billion, for rolling out Wifi hotspots throughout the country, over the next two to three years. BSNL has already provided 250 Wifi hotspots, including in tourist places like Agra and Varanasi. It aims to increase this number to 2500 Wifi hotspots and to 40,000 Wifi hotspots by the end of 2018.  Private companies such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Jio are also setting up Wifi hotspots, with a view to compete with BSNL.

 

[15.07.2015]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on the disconnection of CHQ landline connection.<<click here>>

 

[15.07.2015]Melody King M.S. Viswanathan passed away.

M.S. Viswanathan, the legendary music composer, passed away at Chennai yesterday. He has composed music for a whopping 1200 films in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. Many of the songs, for which this melody king had composed music, are ‘ever green’. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to ‘MSV’, the music legend.

[14.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on information in respect of casual labourers who had been conferred temporary status on or before 30.09.2000 and who have been appointed subsequently as Telecom Mechanic in BSNL.<<click here>>

[14.07.2015]Home Ministry gives clearance to Huawei to setup manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu.

The Home Ministry has given clearance to the Chinese firm, Huawei, to setup a manufacturing unit at Tamil Nadu. It may be noted that the same Home Ministry, refused permission to BSNL in the year 2010 to procure mobile equipments from a Chinese manufacturer. At that time it was told by the Home Ministry that, BSNL should not procure equipment from a Chinese company, since it would be a threat to the   security of the nation.

[Source: Times of India]

 

[14.07.2015]Committee for review of BSNLMRS - conditionalities imposed on unions removed.

Based on the demand of BSNLEU, decision was taken in the 32nd meeting of the National Council to form a committee to review BSNLMRS. However, the Corporate Office, while calling for nominations from the unions, laid down many conditionalities. It was stipulated that the union nominees would only be ‘Special Invitees’ in the committee and that the unions should nominate only a person stationed at Delhi. BSNLEU stoutly opposed these conditionalities and wrote to the Director (HR). The issue was also discussed with the GM (Admn.). Yesterday, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, once again met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), yesterday and discussed the issue. The GM (Admn.) agreed to issue a fresh letter to the unions, removing conditionalities.  

 

[14.07.2015]Conferment of Presidential Orders to TSMs who were directly promoted as TMs – Circle Secretaries are requested to immediately act.

The issue of conferring Presidential Orders to those TSMs who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics was discussed in the 32nd meeting of the National Council held on 14.05.2015. Management accepted the demand of the Staff Side that, all those officials who were conferred with Temporary Status before 30.09.2000 and who were subsequently promoted directly as Telecom Mechanics, should be granted with Temporary Status. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has called for from circles, details of such officials. However, it is a matter of regret that so far only a few circles have sent these details to the Corporate Office. CHQ requests all circle secretaries to kindly ensure that the details of the officials who were conferred with Temporary Status prior to 30.09.2000, and who were subsequently promoted directly as a Telecom Mechanics, are immediately sent to the Corporate Office.  

 

[14.07.2015]Meeting of the Designations Committee to be held on 28.07.2015.

As informed by us yesterday, the Designations Committee meeting will be held at 11:00 AM on 28.07.2015. Corporate Office has issued the required notification for this. Staff Side members of the Designations Committee are requested to attend the meeting without fail, and on time.<<view notification>> 

 

[14.07.2015]General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary meet Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujatha T. Ray, Director (HR) today and discussed certain important pending issues of the Non-Executives. Importantly, the representatives insisted upon the Director (HR) to settle the long pending demand of the Non-Executives, i.e., Change of Designations.

 

[14.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on arrangements of ED (Finance), BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[14.07.2015]Corporate Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.07.2015.<<click here>>

 

[13.07.2015]Indian  players shine in Wimbledon 2015.

Indian tennis players have created a history in this year's Wimbledon. Sania Mirza, together with Martina Hingis, has won the Wimbledon women's doubles title. Sania has become the first Indian player to win the Wimbledon women's doubles title. 17 year old Indian youngster, Sumit Nagal, has won this year's Wimbledon Junior boy's double's title. Together with Vietnam's Nam Hoang Ly, Sumit has won the title. The Wimbledon Mixed Double's title has been won by Leander Paes, together with Martina Hingis. Indian players have made their presence felt in this year's Wimbledon. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the three players.

 

[13.07.2015]Corporate Office issued letter for one advance increment to TTAs appointed between 01-01-2007 and 07-05-2010.

As approved by the BSNL Board, in its meeting held on 19.06.2015, the BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter today, for granting one advance increment to the TTAs, who are appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07-05-2010. The increment will be given with arrears. CHQ congratulates all the TTAS who will be benefited from this order. BSNLEU, will take all out efforts to get the benefit for all the Similarly placed Non-Executives also.<<view  letter>>


[13.07.2015]GS and Dy.GS meets Ms.Sujatha Tapan Ray, Director (HR) and greets her.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms.Sujatha Tapan Ray, today and greeted her for assuming charge as the Director (HR). The Director(HR) assured the leaders that she would pay due attention to expeditiously redress the genuine grievances of the Non-Executives in a time bound manner. The leaders assured her the cooperation of the Union, in this endeavour.

 

[13.07.2015]Designations Committee to meet on 28th July.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr.GM(SR),  and told him that time is running out, and the Corporate Office has to fix the date for the next meeting of the  Designations Committee. As a result, the Sr. GM (SR) agreed to convene the Designations Committee on 28-07-2015. Notification for the meeting will be released within a day or two. 

 

[13.07.2015]Leaders of Casual Contract Workers Union on indefinite fast in Kerala.

The leaders of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union have started indefinite fast in Kerala, from 09.07.2015, demanding settlement of the justified demands of the workers. The CGM, Kerala, refuses even discussion of the demands, citing the reason that the Regional Labour Commissioner has already intervened on the matter. Instead, the CGM has started victimising leaders of BSNLEU, for extending solidarity. BSNLEU, Kerala Circle, has demanded the CGM to avoid confrontation and to find amicable settlement of the demands.

 

[13.07.2015]BSNLEU issues notice for agitation, against attacks on BSNLEU and it’s members in Jamshedpur SSA.

The All India Centre of BSNLEU, in it’s meeting held on 09.07.2015 has decided to launch hunger strike at Corporate Office on 22.07.2015, demanding an end to the “jungle-raj” going on in Jamshedpur. It is also decided that Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer will participate in the hunger strike. CHQ has today issued notice to the CMD BSNL, communicating the decision.<<view letter>>

 

[13.07.2015]Com. Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, passed away.

CHQ is shocked and deeply saddened to know that veteran telecom trade union leader and General Secretary of FNTOBEA, com. P. Andiappan passed away at Chennai, yesterday morning. Com.P.Andiappan had been suffering from kidney ailment. Despite his fragile health, com. P. Andiappan attended the felicitation meeting held for com. K. Govindaraj, CS, Chennai, on 02.07.2015, and met com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, and was discussing the latest developments for some time. Till his death, com. P. Andiappan remained committed to the cause of the BSNL workers. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to com. P. Andiappan and also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members, relatives and friends.

 

[11.07.2015]Two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Jharkhand circle started at Ranchi.

The two day circle conference of Jharkhand circle started at Ranchi today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the Conference. In his speech, the General Secretary, criticised the pro private policies of the Modi government, the necessity to join the 2nd September General Strike, efforts of the Forum to revive BSNL, pending issues of the Non-Executives, etc. In the evening, an open session took place. The session was presided over by com.B.Narayan, circle president. Com.Naresh Lal, circle secretary, delivered the key note address.  It was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri S.K.Agarwal, Sr.GM (Admn.), shri H.K.Das, ex CGM, Coal India Ltd., com.R.K.Ram, circle president, SNEA, com.S.K.Prasad, circle secretary, AIBSNLEA and com.Mahipal Singh, circle president, AIBSNLEA.<<<view photos>>>

 

[10.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on postponement of examination for recruitment of Management Trainee from Internal/External Candidates in Telecom Operation and Telecom Finance streams in BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

 

[10.07.2015]Start serious preparations for the General Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015.

The Central Trade Unions, as well as the independent federations, have decided to launch a General Strike on 2nd September, 2015, against the anti-worker and pro- corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. The main issues involved in this strike is the attacks that the government has launched against the Public Sector and the actions being taken to amend the labour laws in favour of the corporates. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie, has unanimously decided to join the General Strike. CHQ is taking steps to chalk out a joint campaign, involving all the unions and associations. Meanwhile, circle and district secretaries are requested to coordinate with the local units of the Central Trade Unions and to make maximum mobilisations for the strike.  

 

[10.07.2015]Jabalpur is retained as the head quarter of the merged Inspection and QA circles.

The BSNL Corporate Office has been taking action to merge the Inspection and QA circles.  BSNLEU took up the issue with the Management and demanded that Jabalpur shall be the head quarters of the merged circle. This demand is raised in view of the fact that a large number of employees of the Inspection circle are working in Jabalpur. And also, Inspection Circle is having it's own building facilities at Jabalpur. BSNLEU discussed this issue with the CMD BSNL and Director (HR). Our demand has been accepted and the Corporate Office has issued letter, stating that Jabalpur shall be the head quarters of the combined circle.<<<view letter>>>

 

[09.07.2015]CHQ office bearers will observe hunger strike at Corporate Office on 22.07.2015, against the 'jungle raj' going on in Jamshedpur.

B.N.Singh, the Sr.GM of Jamshedpur, has unleashed a reign of terror, imposing severe victimisations on the leaders and members of BSNLEU. He is taking revenge on BSNLEU, because, earlier, he had been kicked out of Bongaigaon (Assam) by BSNLEU, because of his rogue behavior. At Jamshedpur, leaders and members of BSNLEU are being issued with charge-sheets, dies-non and vindictive transfers. Using filthy language, not only against the employees, but also against higher officers, is  the trade mark of this rogue officer. All these issues have been taken to the notice of the CMD BSNL and Director (HR) umpteen times. However, the Corporate Management has neither settled the victimisations, nor controlled this rogue officer. Under these circumstances, the All India Centre meeting held today, decided that the President, General Secretary, Dy.General Secretary and the Treasurer shall start hunger strike at BSNL Corporate Office at 1000 hrs on 22nd July, 2015. On the same day, hunger strike would start in Jamshedpur and Ranchi also.

[09.07.2015]DPE issued order for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.07.2015.<<click here>> 

[09.07.2015]CBI will seek cancellation of Dayanidhi Maran’s anticipatory bail.

The CBI has told that it would move the Chennai High Court, seeking cancellation of Dayanidhi Maran’s anticipatory bail, granted by the court. The CBI has told that Maran had got a PRI (Primary Rate Interface) installed at his Boat House residence in Chennai, which enabled traditional phone lines to carry voice, data and video traffic. Each PRI line allows the service provider to provide around 100 to 500 numbers. In Maran’s case, close to 323 numbers were taken, which were used by the Sun TV, said the CBI. Further, Maran has got other PRI lines at his other residences, which led to the BSNL providing a total of 770 phone numbers to him, said the CBI. The CBI further said that these were shown as service category, but actually used for commercial purposes, which led to the lose of Rs.1.8 crore to the government.

 

[09.07.2015]Ms. Sujatha Ray, ED (Finance) is posted as Director (HR) of BSNL.

Ms. Sujatha Ray, ED (Finance) is posted as the Director (HR) of BSNL, vide letter no. 414-09/2014-Pers-I dated 8th July, 2015. BSNL is not having a fulfledged Director (HR) for the past many years. BSNLEU and the Forum have continuously taken up this issue with the government, demanding the posting of a fulfledged Director (HR). We hope that the long pending HR issues of the Non-Executives will get due attention hereafter. BSNLEU heartily congratulates Ms. Sujatha Ray.

 

[09.07.2015]Corporate Office letter, posting Ms. Sujatha Ray as the Director (HR) of BSNL.<<view letter>>

 

[09.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on giving vide publicity to Night Free Calling and Free PAN India roaming Schemes of BSNL - Conducting Press Conference for this purchase.<<view letter>>

 

[09.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on LICE for Promotion of PA to the grade of PS in BSNL Corporate Office.<<view letter>>

 

[08.07.2015]BSNLEU urges Management to immediately hold meetings of the PLI Committee and Designations Committee.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr.GM (SR) and Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and demanded the immediate holding of the meetings of the PLI Committee and the Designations Committee. Both the officers assured that the meetings would be convened expeditiously.

 

[08.07.2015]Govt. orders special audits of mobile networks to check call drops.

Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has ordered special audits of mobile networks to check call drops. The audit is to be carried out by the TERM Cell of the DoT. The Minister has said that the problem of call drops has attained critical proportions, and it is happening even after the govt. has provided sufficient spectrum to the telecom companies in the recent auctioning. The action taken by the Minister is viewed as stepping into the domain of the TRAI, since it is the TRAI which has been mandated with the task of auditing services.

[Source: Times of India dated 08.07.2015]

 

[08.07.2015]District Secretaries are requested to immediately inform the CHQ, of their branch wise requirement of copies of Telecrusader.

It is a decision of the Dalhousie CEC meeting that the district unions which are presently receiving copies of Telecrusader, should immediately inform the CHQ, of their branch wise requirement of the copies of Telecrusader. This decision has been taken, since it is brought to the notice of the CHQ that, many branches are receiving copies of Telecrusader in excess of their requirement. The decision of the CEC is already conveyed to the District Unions through the CHQ circular. Hence, all district secretaries are requested to immediately send the branch wise requirement of the journal. Circle secretaries are also requested to take the needful action in this regard. 

 

[08.07.2015]Outsourcing of broadband service – Circle/District secretaries are requested to send details.

The issue of outsourcing of the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband connections was discussed with the Director (CFA) yesterday, by the CHQ. The decision of the Management to outsource the service was strongly opposed. The Director (CFA) has assured to hold discussion with the union, on this issue shortly. However, during the discussion, he also told us that the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband has already been locally outsourced in some cities like Meerut, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, etc. Hence, the circle/district unions of places where the outsourcing has already been locally done, are requested to immediately provide information to the CHQ, with regards to the impact of the outsourcing on the manpower (Non-Executives). This will be helpful to the CHQ to hold discussion with the Management. 

[08.07.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Director (CFA), demanding to expeditiously hold discussion on the outsourcing of provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband.<<view letter>>

[07.07.2015]Minutes of the 32nd meeting of the National Council held on 14th May,  2015.<<click here>>

 

[07.07.2015]BSNLEU records it's strong opposition with the Director ( CFA ), for the Management's decision to outsource Broadband works.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, met shri N.K.Gupta, Director ( CFA ) today the 07-07-2015, and conveyed the Union's strong opposition to the decision of the Management to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband. They also recorded the strong objection of the Union, for not consulting the Recognised Unions in such a vital issue, which will have serious impact on the Non-Executives. The Director ( CFA ) told that he would discuss the entire issue with the Union within a few days, and that nothing would be finalised about the outsourcing before that discussion. We will hold discussion with the Management on this issue, and will decide about agitational programme, based on the outcome of the talks

 

[07.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of Junior Accounts officer as on 01.07.2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[07.07.2015]Holidays to be observed in BSNL Offices during the year 2016.<<<click here>>>

 

[07.07.2015]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on creative design for Hoardings, Leaflet and Brochure Folder.<<<click here>>>

 

[06.07.2015]Reception Committee of AIBDPA AIC formed.

The Reception Committee, for conducting the forthcoming All India Conference of AIBDPA is formed at Tirupati today the 6.7.2015. Com V A N Namboodiri, Advisor AIBDPA, Com. Sampathrao,  AGS & CS AP, BSNLEU,  Com. Ramachandrudu, CS AIBDPA, Com G Mohan Reddy, Circle President and Com Taranath, ACS, BSNLEU, AP Participated in the formation meeting of the Reception Committee. Shri Y Srinivasareddy, MLC, is elected as the Working Chairman of the Reception Committee and com. Y.S Raju, District Secretary, BSNLEU is elected as the General Secretary. Com. M.Rajareddy, is elected as Joint General Secretary and com. R.D.V.Prasad is elected as the Treasurer. CHQ BSNLEU congratulates the AP comrades for hosting the next All India Conference of AIBDPA.<<<view photos>>>

 

[06.07.2015]DO letter from Director-CM to CGMs of all Telecom circles/ TDs regarding achievement of SIM sale in June 15.<<<click here>>> <<<annexure>>>

 

[06.07.2015]Corporate Office letter on method of pay fixation in IDA pay scale in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL who were promoted after 01.10.2000 and opted IDA pay scales from the date of their promotion in respect of Group 'C' & 'D' employees.<<<click here>>>

 

[04.07.2015]National MNP successfully implemented.

It is certainly a proud moment for India that National Mobile Number Portability is implemented from 3rd July. The Department of Telecom has successfully rolled out the NMNP, involving 175 networks, across 22 circles. This allows customers to retain their mobile numbers, even if they move from one circle/state to another. Introduction of NMNP will surely increase customer satisfaction. BSNL has to improve it’s quality of service, to retain it’s customers. 

 

[04.07.2015]Struggle becomes inevitable to stop outsourcing of broadband service.

BSNL Management has decided to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of broadband service. The Management did not bother to hear the views of the Recognised Unions on the issue, in such a vital matter. Thousands of TTAs and TMs will become surplus, as a result of this outsourcing. This arrogant attitude of the Management cannot be tolerated. GS, BSNLEU is contacting other unions also for a joint struggle. Hence, all circle and district secretaries are requested to be prepared for a struggle. This struggle will not be limited to only demonstrations and dharna, but it will be a serious form of struggle. 

 

[04.07.2015]Final decision on merger of BSNL and MTNL will be taken after getting report of IIM, Bangalore – says Secretary, DoT.

Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT has stated that the government has directed the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore to prepare a feasibility report on the merger of BSNL and MTNL. The Secretary, DoT, has stated that the report of the IIM, Bangalore, is likely to be submitted shortly. He has further stated that it would take 4 to 5 months for the government to take a final decision on the issue, after receiving the IIM report. It may be recollected that the Forum has opposed the merger of BSNL and MTNL, without settling the disinvestment and financial liability issues of MTNL.

(Source: PTI dated 03.07.2015) 

 

[04.07.2015]BSNL launches mobile wallet with cash withdrawal option.

BSNL launched a pre-paid card linked mobile wallet service, which would allow its customers to transfer money, pay for services as well as withdraw cash of up to Rs 1 lakh. The wallet service, Speed Pay, allows a customer to load money even if he does not have a bank account. The money loaded in the mobile wallet can be transferred to a bank account and even withdrawn at bank branches or at BSNL outlets. "Loading money into wallet from a bank account is an option. BSNL customers, who don't have bank accounts, can also load money by visiting any BSNL retail outlet and ask the retailer to recharge their mobile wallet account and pay for various services," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said. 

(Source: PTI dated 03.07.2015)

 

[03.07.2015]BSNL Management decides to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband service.

It has come to our notice that, the BSNL Management has decided to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband service. This will have serious impact on the manpower of the Company, especially the Non-Executives, who are being engaged so far, for provisioning and maintaining wiredline broadband connections. On the one side, Management says employees are in surplus. On the other side, it out sources even services that can be handled by the existing employees. We are sure that Management has taken this decision due to “other reasons”, which are not connected with the improvement of service. It is nothing but arrogant on the part of the BSNL Management to take such a decision without consulting the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU has strongly protested against the decision of the Management. We will resort to agitational programme if the Management does not discuss the issue with the Unions immediately.

 

[03.07.2015]BSNLEU writes to CMD BSNL, strongly protesting the decision of the Management to outsource the provisioning and maintaining broadband service.<<view letter>> 

 

[03.07.2015]Chennai circle union felicitated com. K. Govindarajan, CS, Chennai, on his superannuation.

The Chennai Circle Union of BSNLEU conducted an impressive felicitation meeting to com. K. Govindaraj, who retired from BSNL service on superannuation on 30th June, 2015. The meeting is conducted in the Flower Bazaar exchange, attended by a large number of employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, participated in the meeting and spoke on the contributions of com. K. Govindaraj for the growth of our movement. He also spoke briefly on the call of the Forum to conduct the “Month Long Campaign”. The meeting was also addressed by com. S. Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Ms. S.M. Kalavathi, CGM, com. C.K. Madhivanan, CS, NFTE, com. Lingamurthy, CS, FNTO, com. Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, com. Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA, com. J. Vijayakumar, CS, TEPU, com. Arumugam, CS, PEWA, com. Senthil Kumar, AIIEA, com. K. Krishnan, BEFI and a host of other leaders. CHQ greets com. K. Govindaraj with a long, happy and healthy retired life.<<view photos>>

 

[03.07.2015]Corporate Office issues leaflets on features of free roaming.<<view letter>> <<annexure>>

 

[03.07.2015]Hindi version of Forum circular no.3. containing the decisions taken in the Forum meeting held on 26.06.2015.<<view circular>>

 

[02.07.2015]Chennai circle union conducted Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting.

An Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle is conducted today. Com.M.Kanniappan, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, welcomed every one and presented his report on activities. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the call of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained at length about the anti labour and pro corporate policies of the Modi government and on the decision of the Central Trade Unions to organise a General Strike on 02-09-2015. He also explained the decisions of the Dalhousie CEC meeting, issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well as the issues of the Non-Executives. The meeting took decisions to effectively organise the month long campaign, post card campaign and the 2nd September General Strike.<<<view photos>>>

 

[02.07.2015]Corporate Office instructions on timely settlement of pensionary benefits.<<view letter >>

 

[01.07.2015]BSNL's booking of new landline connections have increased by 35%.

BSNL's booking of new landline connections have increased by 35%, after the introduction of the free call concession, between 9 pm and 7am. This is disclosed to the media by shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL. With 61% market share, BSNL is still the market leader in the landline segment. The CMD BSNL has stated that BSNL is in the process of investing Rs.2, 000 crore to modernise it's telephone exchanges, with a view to provide modern services through landlines. With the introduction of night free calls and modernisation of the landline service, BSNL is expecting to restore growth in it's landline business. 

 

[01.07.2015]Dayanidhi Maran gets anticipatory bail in the installation of 323 illegal telephone lines case.

Dayanidhi Maran has obtained an anticipatory bail from the Madras High Court yesterday.  This bail was granted in the backdrop of the CBI having directed Dayanidhi Maran to appear for questioning today, in connection with the illegal installation of 323 high speed ISDN lines at his residence, while he was the Minister of Communications. Dayanidhi Maran had told the court that the CBI had summoned him only to arrest him. While granting the anticipatory bail, the Court has also told that the CBI can demand cancellation of the bail, if required.

 

[01.07.2015]Full Mobile Number Portability from 3rd July.

Finally, the Full Mobile Number Portability, which is also called as National Mobile Number Portability is going to become operational from 3rd July, 2015. Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT has announced this. National Mobile Number Portability allows a customer to retain his mobile number, even if he shifts from one state to another. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI ), a body of the private GSM operators,  has also stated that they were ready to roll out National MNP from 3rd July, and that they had not applied for further extension of time.

 

[30.06.2015]IDA increase from 1st July, 2015 is 2.1%, with this IDA will be 102.6% w.e.f. 01.07.2015.

 

[30.06.2015]Removal of restriction in Child Care Leave.

BSNLEU has demanded that the Corporate Office should endorse the letter of the DoP&T OM No./3018/6/2013-Estt (L) dated 05.06.2014, vide which the DoP&T has clarified that Child Care Leave can be availed even for a period of less than 15 days. Now the Corporate Office has issued letter, endorsing the DoP&T letter and issuing necessary clarification on the matter. <<<view letter >>>

 

[30.06.2015]Meeting with GM (Admn).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and Com Saibal Sengupta met shri S.K.Sinha, GM (Admn), yesterday, the 29.06.2015 and discussed the following:

 

i) Off-net facility to Rs. 200/-SIM and Rs.200/-cash per month to Non-Executive employees of BSNL working in MTNL areas.The GM informed that both the issues are put up for Management Committee’s approval.

 

ii) Nomination of union representative in BSNLMRS review committee as regular member instead of special invitee as mentioned in earlier letter. The GM assured to issue revise letter.

 

[30.06.2015]Meeting with GM (TF).

Both Com. Swapan Chakraborty and com Saibal Sengupta met Shri Rajesh Kumar,GM(TF) and discussed the issue of framing CSO for factory workers and Restructuring of Industrial Cadres.The GM (TF) informed that the draft CSO has been prepared and submitted to the legal cell of Corporate office for vetting. On the issue of Restructuring of Industrial Cadres, the case is reprocessed and submitted to the Estt. Branch of Corporate Office recently as per the decisions of the 21st Standing Committee meeting.

 

[30.06.2015]The allotment of funds by the Corporate Office.

Fund allotment for Uniform and stitching charges of Chennai Telephones and EPF arrears for casual labourers of NE-I Circle has been sanctioned by the BSNL Corporate Office.

 

[30.06.2015]The Pay Anomaly issue.

In the pay anomaly/aberrations issue, after more than a year, the case file has been returned by the DoT to BSNL, to either to take the decision by the BSNL itself, or to send to DoT in the letter form for decision.

 

[30.06.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.06.<<click here>>

 

[30.06.2015]Com. R. S. Sagar, CS, ALTTC, retiring today.

Com.R.S.Sagar,circle secretary, ALTTC, is retiring from service on superannuation today. CHQ heartily congratulates com. R. S. Sagar. CHQ also wishes him a long, happy and healthy retired life.

 

[29.06.2015]Forum Circular No.3, dated 29.06.2015.<<click here>>

 

[29.06.2015]Let tomorrow's demonstration against the Railways privatisation be a resounding success.

As per the decision of the Dalhousie CEC meeting, BSNLEU has called upon the employees to conduct demonstrations tomorrow the 30-06-2015, demanding scrapping of the Bibek Debroy Committee report, which has recommended privatisation of the Railways. Many comrades think that the demonstration is to extend support to the railway employees. It is exactly not. The demonstration is basically against the policy of the government. BSNLEU is consistently fighting against the Neo Liberal Policies, which are implemented since 1991. It is according to these policies that the government is moving in to disinvesting/privatising the public sector of the country. It is in accordance with these Neo Liberal Policies that the government wants to privatise the Indian Railways now that. It is also very relevant to mention that recently the Prime Minister shri Narendra Modi has stated that it is not the job of the government to be in business. Hence, tomorrow's demonstration is basically against the privatisation policy of the government. Hence, conduct it effectively and send report & photos to the CHQ.

 

[29.06.2015]BSNL installed mobile tower at a height of 16,000 feet, to connect the remotest part of Ladakh with the rest of the country. 

BSNL  has performed another feat, in it's service to the nation. Yes. Last week it installed a mobile tower at a height of 16,000 feet ! The place is 'Chongtash' in Ladakh, which is one of the remotest parts of the country. BSNL has installed this tower with the assistance of the army. By installing a tower there, BSNL has enabled the people of this part of the country to have communication with the rest of the world. No private company will even think of going to such a remote part of the country, since they will not get much 'paisa' from this area. BSNL is the only organisation which dares to serve the people in this  manner. These type of messages should widely be taken to the people through our campaign.

 

[27.06.2015]Revision of Stipend to various cadres in BSNL & payment of arrears thereof, following revision of IDA Pay Scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<View letter>>

 

[27.06.2015] Month long campaign extended for one more month.

The Forum meeting which took place yesterday the 26-06-2015, reviewed the implementation of the call given to conduct a month long campaign, from 8th June to 7th July,  to popularise the " 9 pm to 7 am " free call concession, and also to increase the number of landlines. After detailed discussion, the meeting decided that the campaign should be extended for one more month. It is also decided that, the "Free incoming calls on roaming" facility, recently announced by the Management, should also be popularised in the campaign.  Hence, all circle and district secretaries are requested to take every possible step to effectively conduct the campaign. 

 

[27.06.2015]All circle and district level Forum should meet immediately and plan the successful implementation of the campaign.

The Forum meeting which took place yesterday, expressed it’s dissatisfaction over the slackness on the part of the circle and district level Forums, in implementing the month long campaign. So far, the All India Unions/Associations have not received news from any circle, regarding the implementation of the campaign. Hence, the Forum took the decision yesterday that, all circle level Forums should compulsorily meet by 03-07-2015 and finalise steps for the successful implementation of the campaign. Similarly, all the district level Forums should meet by 06-07-2015 and finalise the steps to be taken at the district level, for the successful implementation of the campaign.  Forum also took the decision to write to the CMD BSNL, complaining about the inaction of the circle and SSA level administrations, in taking steps to increase our customer base, utilising the free call concession. 

 

[27.06.2015]"Free call concession" and” free incoming calls on roaming" will result in massive loss to BSNL, if not properly utilised.

The BSNL Management has taken two bold marketing initiatives recently.  They are the "9 pm to 7 am" free call concession and the "free incoming calls on roaming" facilities. Both these steps have been largely welcomed by the public, as a result of which the Company's image has also greatly improved. At the same time, we should not forget that, the Company is going to lose it's revenue to the extent of thousands of crores of rupees, as a result of the implementation of both these concessions. Increasing our customer base substantially, is the only way to save the Company from this loss of revenue. Hence, we the employees, have to take every possible step, to increase our customer base in a big way, both in the landline and mobile segments. The next one month period should be entirely and effectively utilised too boost our customer base.

 

[27.06.2015]"Post card campaign" to be conducted in the month of August.

The Forum meeting held yesterday, has expressed it’s dissatisfaction over the fact that, the government has not taken any meaningful step for the revival of BSNL. It is already 2 months since the 2 day strike has taken place, and also talks were held with the Secretary, DoT. Except in the matter of 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners, no improvement has come on any other issue. The Forum has decided that, the whole month of July should be utilised to increase our customer base. At the same time, the Forum has come to the conclusion that, we cannot remain silent for long. Hence, it is decided in the meeting held yesterday that, a "Post card campaign " should be conducted in the month of August. This campaign should take place from 10th to 22nd August, 2015. A post card should go from each and every employee to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, demanding immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. The text of the post card shall be as follows:-

" Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT is requested to immediately settle the demands submitted by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. "

The post card should be signed by the individual employee, with his name, designation and SSA. The Forum at the circle and SSA levels should organise this campaign.  Let us make the post card campaign a grand success. Let us arrange to send one post card from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees. Let us make the Minister and the government understand about the determination of the BSNL employees to revive BSNL.

[26.06.2015]BSNLEU writes to the GM (Admn.) on the conditionalties imposed in the formation of the BSNLMRS Review Committee.<<View letter>>

 

[26.06.2015]One increment with arrears to all the Non-Executives appointed between 01.01.2007 to 07.05.2010.

BSNLEU has already taken up the issue with the Management that, whatever compensation given, in respect of wage loss, should be given to all the Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and up to 07.05.2010. This issue is also taken up in the 21st meeting of the Standing Committee, held on 10.02.2015. We will continue to take up this issue and settle it. We hereunder reproduce the relevant portion of the minutes of the above mentioned Standing Committee meeting.

 

Minutes of the 21st meeting of standing Committee of National Council held on 10th February, 2015 and 12th March, 2015.

[No.BSNL/39-5/SR/2014 dated, the 20th April.2015]

 

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