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BSNLEU CHQ NEWDELHI, 28th July, 2015 [18:55 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 28.07.2015, 19:05 hrs]

[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 ½ 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.07.<<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]

 

Reduction in emoluments to the Non-Executives Joining on or after 01.01.2007-Protection for negative arrears in respect of Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and grant of pay protection by allowing the fitment benefit to the non-executive employees recruitment on or after 01.01.2007.

 

Management side informed that in respect of TTAs, who joined before 07.05.2010, a proposal to grant one advance increment in the new pay scale and arrear of the fixation benefit has been approved by the Management Committee of BSNL and it has been submitted for the approval of BSNL Board. The staff side demanded that their demands for all non-executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 with arrears. Management side explained that the complete demand of the staff side was considered but it was finally decided to extend the benefit to TTA only as it is the only, non-executive grade to which direct recruitment from open market is being made by BSNL.

 

[26.06.2015]BSNLEU pressurises Management to hold PLI and Designations committee meetings immediately.

The Management has stopped calling the meetings of the PLI Committee and the Designations Committee, for reasons best known to them. BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to hold the meetings of both these committees immediately. On 24.06.2015, the GS and Dy. GS, BSNLEU, urged shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) to ensure that meetings are held without further delay. Again, yesterday the 25.06.2015, the GS and Dy. GS, BSNLEU, met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR) and Chairman of the Designations and PLI committees, and expressed their concern over the delay in holding the meetings. Shri Akhar said that the GM (Estt.) and The GM (EF) are on leave and assured that the dates for the meetings would be fixed immediately after their joining.

 

[26.06.2015]GS, BSNLEU speaks to GM, ERP on conversion of GPF advance In to GPF withdrawal, under ERP.

After the introduction of the ERP, employees are not able to convert their ‘GPF advance’ into ‘GPF withdrawal’. This is because, provision for the same has not been made in the ERP system. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the GM, ERP. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again spoke to shri Raman Agarawal, GM, ERP (office in Ghaziabad) today, and requested for early solution of the problem. The GM, ERP, assured to do the needful expeditiously.

 

[26.06.2015]Forum meeting is taking place today.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is taking place at 1430 hrs today at BSNL MS office. The Forum will review the implementation of the assurances given by the Secretary, DoT, in the meeting held on 01.05.2015. The meeting will also review the implementation of the month long campaign. Appropriate decisions will also be taken for future course of action of these issues.

 

26.06.2015]What is this Renumerations Committee?

We are told by the Director (HR) yesterday that the Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale issues are referred to the RENUMERATIONS COMMITTEE. We have heard about Remunerations Committee. What is Renumerations Committee? It is a committee consisting of only the Directors from DoT and the outside Directors. These outside Directors and DoT Directors will sit separately, and will consider, whether the proposals put forth by the Directors from BSNL can be approved or not. This practically means that the outside and DoT Directors can over-ride any proposal brought to the BSNL Board, by BSNL’s Directors. It appears to us that the power of BSNL Directors in the Board is a big zero.

 

[25.06.2015]Corporate Office issued order on extension of Special concessions/ facilities to employees working in Kashmir Valley.

BSNLEU has continuously been taking up the issue of extension of Special concessions/ Facilities to the employees posted in Kashmir Valley. The extension was granted by the DoP&T on 26.04.2015, which was endorsed by the DoT on 18.05.2015. BSNLEU kept on insisting the Corporate Office to endorse the extension order, as a result of which order was issued yesterday the 24.06.2015 by the Corporate Office.<<View letter>>

 

[25.06.2015]Secretary, DoT and Additional Secretary, DoT are unwilling to meet the Forum.

Convener, Forum, has given a Letter to the Secretary, DoT, on 08.06.2015, requesting for a meeting to review the assurances given in the meeting held on 01.01.2015, between the Forum and the Secretary, DoT. However, no reply was given to the Forum. When the Convener went to meet the Secretary, DoT, today the 25.06.2015, he was told to meet the Additional Secretary. When the Convener went to meet the Additional Secretary, he was told that the Additional Secretary did not want to have any discussion with the Forum at this juncture. It is already 2 moths since the BSNL employees went on a total strike. It is not only that there is no improvement on the demands, but the top officers of the DoT are not even prepared to meet the representatives of the Forum. This is because, they have no reply to give to the Forum, about the action taken by them on the assurances. The meeting of the Forum, taking place tomorrow, will discuss this and will take appropriate decision.

 

[25.06.2015]Meeting with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) yesterday the 24.06.2015 and discussed about the HR issues lying pending before the BSNL Board.

 

 1.The Director (HR) replied that the BSNL Board meeting held on 19.06.2015 has approved ‘one extra increment’ for the TTAs appointed on or after 01.01.2007, to compensate their wage loss. He further said that other issues like Revised JTO RR, E1 pay scale, etc., are not approved by the Board, but were referred to the ‘Renumerations Committee’, for which the Union representatives expressed their deep resentment.

 

2. It was demanded that the deserving CGA cases of Kerala circle, which are rejected before the redelegation of power to the CGMs, should be reexamined.

 

3) Similarly, it was demanded that the merger of civil in Kerala circle should be withdrawn.

 

4) Further it was pointed out that the PLI Committee and Designation Committee meetings are not being held for a very long time. 

 

On all the above issues, the Director (HR) assured to do the needful.  

 

[25.06.2015]BSNLEU expressed it’s deep anguish and resentment over the non-approval of Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale, by the BSNL Board.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL today and expressed their deep anguish and resentment over the delay in approving the Revised RR of JTO and E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, by the BSNL Board. The CMD BSNL patiently heard their views and firmly assured that both these issues would be given approval in the next Board meeting.

 

[25.06.2015]Deteriorating mobile service in Chennai –BSNLEU complains to the CMD BSNL.

Improvement in the quality of BSNL’s mobile service is observed in most of the circles, due to the phase VII expansion. However, the quality of service continues to deteriorate in Chennai circle, despite the best efforts being taken by the Forum in Chennai circle. The GS BSNLEU requested the CMD BSNL, in the meeting held today, to immediately intervene in this matter.<<View letter>>

 

[25.06.2015]CHQ circular no.7 dated 24.06.2015.<<click here>>

 

[24.06.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding review of the CGA cases of Kerala circle.<<View letter>>

 

[24.06.2015]BSNLEU’s press release on the call to hold protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015, against the Bihek Debroy Committee report.<<click here>>

 

[24.06.2015]

Hold protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015

 

Scrap the Bibek Debroy Committee report.

 No privatization of Indian Railways.

The Bibek Debroy Committee, appointed by the Narendra Modi government, has prepared a blue print for the privatisation of the Indian Railways. The Committee has recommended that private players should be allowed to run passenger trains, and that the Separate Railway Budget should be scrapped. It is also recommended that a Railway Regulatory Authority should be set up. It is apalling to note that the Committee has recommended that there is no necessity for running hospitals, schools, catering, Railway Protection Force etc, by the railways. Private players should be allowed in the manufacturing of coaches, wagons and locomotives, the Committee has recommended. It is very important to note that the Bibek Debroy Committee has made the recommendations in the back drop of the government’s decision to allow 100% FDI. Undoubtedly, if the recommendations are implemented, it will result in the Indian Railways being taken over by Indian and multi national corporates. Bibek Debroy, a member of the Niti Aayog has said that this is not the privatization of Indian Railways, but only private entry. So, what happened in the telecom 15 years ago, is going to happen in the railways also. Railways unions are observing ‘Black Day’ on 30.06.2015, against the Debroy committee report.  The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie has called on the BSNL employees to hold protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015, demanding the scrapping of the Bibek Debroy Committee report. Circle and district unions are requested to effectively organise the demonstrations, ensuring the fullest participation of the employees, and to successfully implement the call of the CEC. Please send photos and report of the program.

[23.06.2015]Reconnection Mela is Kerala Circle.

Utilising the unlimited outgoing free calls facility introduced by BSNL from 9pm to 7am, Kerala circle is organizing “Reconnection Melas.” These Melas are to get back the landline customers who have already taken disconnection. With a view to win back the “disconnected” customers, Kerala circle is also offering rebates for their outstanding bills. These Melas are to be held from 24th to 27th June, 2015 in various places. The initiative being taken by kerala circle can be followed by other circles also.

Source: The New Indian Express. Dated 23.06.2015

[23.06.2015]Meeting of the All India Co-Ordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions (CITU), held at Hyderabad, on 21st June.<<click here>>

 

[22.06.2015]Resolutions passed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie.

 

Resolution on the one day General Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015.<<click here>>

Resolution on important long pending issues of the Non-Executives.<<click here>>

Resolution on the next wage revision in BSNL.<<click here>>

Resolution on the 2 day strike on the revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

Resolution on the month- long campaign, called on by the Forum.<<click here>>

Resolution against the Land Acquisition Bill brought by the Modi government.<<click here>>

 

[20.06.2015]Constitution of the committee to review BSNLMRS - Conditionalities imposed are unacceptable

With a view to mitigate the hardships being faced by the employees on account of medical reimbursement, BSNLEU had demanded formation of a review committee. The issue was also discussed in the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on 14-05-2015. It was decided in the meeting that, a committee would be formed to review the BSNLMRS. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has issued a letter, calling for nominations to the Committee, from the Recognised Unions. However, in the letter certain conditionalities have been imposed which are not acceptable to us. For example, it is mentioned that union representatives will be only "special invitees" to the committee and that, they should be from Delhi only. The issue will be taken up with the Corporate Management for appropriate action. <<< view CO letter  >>>

 

[20.06.2015]Com.Narayan Mitra Singh, veteran Line Staff leader of Kolkata passed away.

CHQ is extremely saddened to hear the news that, Com. Narayan Mitra Singh, a veteran Line  Staff leader of Kolkata Telephones, is no more. He passed away today at 0400 hrs at Kolkata. He was 91 years old. Com. Narayan Mitra Singh retired from service more than 30 years ago. However, he remained committed to our movement till he breathed his last. He was attending all our meetings being held at Kolkata. He remained a source of inspiration and a symbol of conviction to all our comrades. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to Com.Narayan Mitra Singh.

 

[19.06.2015]Important decisions taken in the Dalhousie CEC meeting.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie has taken the following important decisions. All Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take note of the decisions and to ensure their implementation.
 

1) The CEC meeting decided to call upon the entire BSNL employees to enmasse join the General      Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015, called on by the Central Trade Unions.

2) On the non-settlement of the problems of the Non-Executives, the meeting directed the CHQ to      take up the issue with the JAC for necessary trade union action, if required.

3) The meeting called upon the Circle and District unions to vigorously implement the month long      campaign, called on by the Forum.

4) The meeting decided that, circle and district council meetings should immediately be          conducted, in circle/district where the same is not conducted.

5) The meeting decided that all the District Secretaries should take immediate steps for the periodic conducting of the Works Committee meetings.

6) The meeting decided that study classes should be organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust. Timing, subject and centres are to be decided by the Trust.

7) As regards Tele Crusader, the meeting decided that all the District Secretaries should immediately intimate the CHQ, the branch wise requirement of the journal.

8) The meeting unanimously accepted the offer of the Tamil Nadu circle union to host the next All India Conference.

 

[19.06.2015]BSNL Board meeting rescheduled to be held today.

BSNL Board meeting was scheduled to be held yesterday the 18.06.2015. However, the meeting did not take place yesterday.  It has been rescheduled and is taking place today.

 

[18.06.2015]General Secretary, BSNLEU, urged CMD BSNL and Director (HR) to get the issues of the Non-Executives approved in today's Board meeting.

The BSNL Board of Directors' meeting is taking place today. Important issues of the Non-Executives, like the approval of the Revised RR of JTO, promotion to Non-Executives in the E1 payscale, etc are lying pending for the approval of the Board for a very long time. Recently, CHQ wrote to the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR), and requested to ensure the approval of these issues in today's Board meeting. The issues were also discussed with them in person. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, who is in Gujarat today, once again spoke to both the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) and requested them to ensure that these issues are approved in today's Board meeting.

 

[18.06.2015]Presentation given to Prime Minister on the revival of BSNL.

As reported by media, a presentation has been  given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the the revival of BSNL. The presentation was given by the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 15.06.2015. It is also reported that senior officers of the DoT and BSNL were present during the presentation. It is very important to note that this presentation has taken place in the backdrop of a strong jolt given by the BSNL employees, who went on a near total 2 day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015, demanding immediate steps by the government for the revival of BSNL.

 

[18.06.2015]P.K.Purwar relinquished as the CMD MTNL.

The MTNL has reported in a filing to the SEBI that, P. K. Purwar has relinquished as the CMD MTNL. It is also reported that N. K. Yadav, has taken over additional charge as the CMD MTNL till the next CMD is posted. P. K. Purwar is the Director (Finance) of MTNL. He was selected by the PESB, for the post of CMD MTNL in November, 2013. On the retirement of A. K. Garg, CMD MTNL on 30th April, P.K.Purwar took over charge as the CMD MTNL. However, his posting as the regular CMD MTNL was not approved by the ACC. The MTNL is also running in heavy loss. Under these circumstances, P. K. Purwar had relinquished as the CMD MTNL.

 

 

[18.06.2015]Funeral of com. A. M. Patil took place at Godhra - CHQ leaders paid respectful homage.

The body of com. A. M. Patil, the deceased circle secretary of Gujarat, was cremated at Godhra today. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, reached Godhra and paid their respects to the departed leader, by placing wreaths on his body. They also consoled the son and daughter of the leader. The body was cremated around noon. A large number of leaders and comrades from  Gujarat circle were present. Com. Mane, ACS, BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle, and comrades attended the funeral function. A largely attended condolence meeting was held near the crematorium, which was addressed by CHQ leaders and others.

 

[17.06.2015]CEC meeting concluded at Dalhousie.

The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU started at Dalhousie yesterday the 16-06-2015. The meeting was adjourned at lunch break yesterday, since Com. A. M. Patil, CS, Gujarat, became unwell and was taken to the hospital, where he passed away. Again the CEC meeting resumed at 0900 hrs today. The meeting passed a condolence resolution, paying tributes to Com. A. M. Patil. The CEC members stood in silence for a minute and paid their respectful homage to the departed leader. Thereafter, many important decisions were taken and resolutions were also passed on vital issues. The meeting unanimously adopted the report presented by the General Secretary. At 1200hrs the meeting concluded, with com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, proposing the vote of thanks.
 

[17.06.2015]The funeral of Com.A.M.Patil is taking place at Godhra tomorrow.

The body of Com. A. M. Patil, who passed away yesterday, is being taken to Godhra by road in a well preserved manner and wrapped in BSNLEU's Red Flag. The vehicle carrying the body of Com. A. M. Patil, left Pathankot at 2230 hrs yesterday, accompanied by another vehicle in which our comrades are traveling. Earlier, a condolence meeting took place at Pathankot telephone exchange at 2200 hrs. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President (CHQ), com.John Verghese, AGS, shri Charan Das, GM, BSNL, Pathankot, senior officers of BSNL, Pathankot, com. Jagdish Rai, DS, BSNLEU, Pathankot, com.T.A.Biju, CHQ Office Secretary, and a large number of Pathankot comrades participated in the meeting and paid floral tributes to the departed leader.

 

[17.06.2015]Large number of BSNLEU comrades paid their respects to Com.A.M.Patil, at Jaipur.

On it's way to Godhra, the vehicle carrying the body of Com. A. M. Patil, CS, Gujarat, reached Jaipur at 1130 hrs today the 17-06-2015. More than 100 comrades had gathered at PGMTD office, Jaipur, to pay their respectful homage to the departed leader. Com.M.K.Nagpal and com.S.K.Vijay, senior leaders of BSNLEU, Rajasthan circle, and all other comrades who had gathered, paid floral tributes to the body of com. A. M. Patil. Thereafter, the journey resumed at 1230 hrs.

 

[17.06.2015]Senior leaders of BSNLEU are taking part in the funeral of Com.A.M.Patil.

The body of Com. A. M. Patil, who passed away yesterday, is reaching Godhra in Gujarat tonight. The funeral of the late leader is taking place tomorrow morning at Godhra. Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, Patron, com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary and com . Swapan Chakraborty, Deputy General Secretary are rushing to Godhra, to take part in the funeral and to pay their last respects to the departed leader.

 

 

[16.06.2015]Com. A.M.Patil, circle secretary, Gujarat, passed away.

Dear comrades,
the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started today at Dalhousie. After Flag hoisting, the Inaugural Session started and was going on, when com. A. M. Patil, circle secretary, Gujarat, became ill. Immediately he was rushed to the hospital and was given emergency treatment. However, due to severe heart attack, com. A. M. Patil passed away at around 14:40 hrs. BSNLEU has lost a dedicated leader. We dip our banner and pay our respectful homage to the departed leader. We also convey our heartfelt condolences to the family members of com. A. M. Patil. CHQ  requests that BSNLEU flags in all places may be flown in half mast.

 

[15.06.2015]The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts tomorrow at Dalhousie.

The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts tomorrow the 16-06-2015 at Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, and will go on up to 18-06-2015. Com. Balbir Singh, President, will preside over the meeting. Com . V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, is delivering the inaugural address. This CEC meeting will review all the major developments that have taken place after the last All India Conference held in November, 2014, at Kolkata. The meeting will also take important decisions on major issues confronting the employees and the Company.

 

[15.06.2015]BSNL's new facility of 'free incoming calls on roaming', has taken off today.

BSNL's new facility of 'free incoming calls on roaming', has taken off throughout the country today. Only in the month of May, BSNL launched the 'Night Free Call' facility for it's landline customers. BSNL, which has been lagging behind the private operators, has once again started putting up a stiff fight to it's private competitors, say industry observers.

 

[13.06.2015]Modi government prepares blue-print for privatisation of Indian Railways.

 

Narendra Modi government has already allowed 100% FDI in the railways. Now, the Bibek Debroy Committee, appointed by the Modi government, has prepared a blue print for the privatisation of the Indian Railways. The broad recommendations of the Committee are as follow:-

 

i)           Private players should be allowed to run passenger trains.

ii)         Separate Railway Budget should be scrapped.

iii)       A Railway Regulatory Authority should be set up.

iv)      There is no necessity for running hospitals, Schools, catering, Police.

       v)    Private players should be allowed in the manufacturing of coaches, wagons and locomotives.

It is note worthy that recently Narendra Modi has assured the Railway Unions that people are spreading rumours that Railways are going to be privatised. Govt. has no such intension.

[13.06.2015]Railway Unions to observe “Black Day “on 30th June, 2015, opposing the Debroy Committee report.

NITI Aayog member, Bibek Debroy, has submitted a 300 page report to the government yesterday the 12.06.2015. This is nothing but a blue-print for the privatisation of the Railways. Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has stated that they want only to allow private participation in Railways, but do not intend to privatise the Railways. As reported by the Times of India today, the railway unions have given call to observe “Black Day” on 30.06.2015, against the Bibek Debroy Committee report. BSNLEU extends it’s full support and solidarity to the railway unions.

 

 

[12.06.2015]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, demanding early approval of Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale, by the BSNL Board.<<View letter>>

 

[12.06.2015]Telecom commission clears norms for spectrum trading.

Almost 16 months after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India submitted its recommendations, the spectrum trading and sharing guidelines were approved by the Telecom Commission yesterday the 11.06.2015. However, the final notification is still awaited as the matter would now be referred to the Cabinet for final approval Spectrum Trading would be beneficial for the bigger operators. For instance, an operator who wants more spectrum can now buy it from another operator, having spectrum in the same band, but not having enough use for it. “We will try to send the norms to the Cabinet by the end of this month”, said Secretary, DoT and Telecom Commission chairman Rakesh Garg said after the meeting.

 

[12.06.2015]CMD BSNL endorses the call of the Forum, to observe a month long campaign.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has already given call to observe a month long campaign, from 8th June to 7th July,2015, to popularise the "9 pm to 7am"  free call concession (Night Free Call Concession). Forum has called on that, this concession should be effectively utilised to substantially increase BSNL's landline connections.  The Core Committee of the Forum met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL on 09.06.2015, and demanded that the Corporate Office should endorse the call of the Forum, to ensure coordinated action between the administration and the Forum. The CMD accepted our proposal. Accordingly, the CMD has issued a DO letter yesterday, to all the CGM's, directing them to meet the Forum and coordinate with them, the task of popularising the Night Free Call Concession. Hence, the circle and district level Forum conveners are requested to immediately arrange meetings with the CGMs/GMs, and chalk out coordinated action program. << view CMD's DO letter >>

 

 

[11.06.2015]New landline connections go up by 54% in Mysore.

Due to the introduction of the night free call concession on 1st May, new landline connections have increased by 54% in Mysore district. This is announced to the press by shri T.V.Venkatram, PGM, Mysore. The night free call concession is really a 'game changer'. If utilised properly, the scheme will really go a big way in reviving BSNL. This is what the Mysore experience tells us.


(Source: The Hindu dt. 11th June, 2015)

[11.06.2015]Formation of Committee for reviewing BSNLMRS.

It has been decided in the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on 14.05.2015, to form a committee for reviewing the BSNLMRS. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) and insisted expeditious constitution of the committee.

 

[11.06.2015]BSNLEU demands withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter dated 10.06.2015, on calculation of posts for Compassionate Ground Appointments. <<View letter>>

 

[11.06.2015]Corporate office guidelines on calculation of posts for CGA.

Corporate Office has issued guidelines on 10.06.2015, for calculating vacancies for offering Compassionate Ground Appointment. It is stated in the letter, that vacancies should be calculated separately for the group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts. This letter is against the instructions issued in 2002 and will create unnecessary problems. <<View letter>>

 

[10.06.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.06.<<click here>>

 

[10.06.2015]Details of BSNL’s market share.

As of 30.04.2015, the total telephone connections of the country comes to 100 crore. Out of this, BSNL’s telephone connections are 9.4 crore. As such BSNL’s market share is 9.4 %. BSNL has added 4.3 lakh connections in April, 2015.

 

In the wireless segment, the total number of connections in the country is 97.3, crore. Out of this, BSNL’s connections are 7.8 crore. Thus, BSNL’s market share comes to 8% and is in the 6th position.

 

In the broadband segment, total connections in the country are 1.55 crore out of which BSNL’s connections are 99 lakh. This comes to 64.2% market share, which gives BSNL 1st   position in broadband segment.

 

[10.06.2015]Meeting with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) today the 10.06.2015 and discussed the following issues.

 

i)    Vicimisations in Jamshedpur (SSA).

 

The Director (HR) is urged upon to intervene in the ongoing victimisations at Jamshedpur SSA, where large scale vindictive transfers have been ordered, in violation of the norms of the Transfer Policy.

 

ii)   Settlement of new designations issue.

 

The Union representatives pointed out that out of the four major non-executive cadres, new designations are finalised in respect of 3 cadres, viz., TTA, TM and RM and that only the new designation of Sr. TOA cadre is not settled. They demanded that, the designation of ‘Superintendent’ should be considered for the Sr. TOAs.

 

iii)   Allotment of alternative accommodation to BSNLEU

 The Union representatives insisted upon the Director (HR) to immediately allot alternative accommodation to BSNLEU, since the present quarter at Gole Market is being handed over to the Jharkhand government.

 

The Director (HR) heard the view of the Union representatives and assured to take prompt action.

 

 

[10.06.2015]Management urged to hold the meetings of the Designations Committee and PLI Committee expeditiously.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR) and the Chairman of the Designations Committee yesterday the 09.06.2015, and urged upon him to find a solution to the long pending problem of change of designations. As regards the cadre of Sr. TOA, the Union representatives informed that the JAC has decided to demand the new designation of “Superintendent”. They also urged that the meeting of the Designations Committee should be held without further delay. They demanded that the PLI Committee meeting should also be convened immediately.

 

[10.06.2015] Modi Sarkar is bringing ‘hire and fire’ rules.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is repeatedly giving statement that his government is not ‘pro-corporate’, but pro- poor. But the actions of the Modi Sarkar proves that it is 100% pro- corporate. His labour Ministry is moving in the direction of giving unlimited powers to the corporates to hire and fire workers. Steps are already taken to amend the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules 1946, to introduce “FIXED TERM EMPLOYMENT”. Workers employed under this fixed term employment can be retrenched at any time, without any notice or compensation. This is one of the steps being introduced by Narendra Modi, to ensure “EASE OF DOING BUSINESS” for the corporates. The Central Trade Unions of the country are totally kept in the dark about this amendment to the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules 1946. CITU has vehemently protested this move. <<View CITU’s letter>>

 

 

[09.06.2015] 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners - File signed by Hon’ble Minister of Communications.

One of the important demands of the 2 day strike, held on 21st & 22nd April, 2015, is 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. In the talks that were held on 01-05-2015, the Secretary, DoT assured that DoT will expeditiously send the Cabinet Note, on this issue. We learned today that, the Hon'ble Minister of Communications has signed the file. Now, the file will go for the approval of the Cabinet. We hope the issue will reach a final settlement quickly.

 

[09.06.2015] CMD BSNL urged to intervene and to stop the worsening of situation in Kerala circle.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed with shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL today, about the worsening situation in Kerala circle. He pointed out that the CGM, is adopting high handed methods, in dealing with the justified demands and democratic trade union activities of the employees. The GS also pointed out that the quality of services in Kerala circle has started deteriorating, because of the attitude of the CGM, and requested the CMD to make necessary intervention before it is too late. The CMD has assured to do the needful.

 

[09.06.2015] Core Committee of the Forum meets CMD BSNL and discusses issues related to  the revival BSNL.

The Core Committee of the Forum  met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL,  today and discussed issues related to the revival of BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum, com . Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum and com. Prahalad Rai, member, Core Committee participated in this discussion. The Core Committee pointed out that the Corporate Office had so far not endorsed the call of the Forum, to conduct a month long campaign to popularise the free call concession and to boost BSNL's landline service. The CMD agreed to issue the endorsement immediately. The Core Committee also ascertained from the CMD, the implementation of the assurances given by the Secretary, DoT, in the meeting held on 01-05-2015. The core Committee has also sought a meeting with the Secretary, DoT, which is likely to take place within a day or two.

 

[09.06.2015] Meeting with the Director (CFA).

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri N.K.Gupta, Director ( CFA ) today and discussed the following issues:-

 

1) Frequent breakdown of the International Gateway at Kolkata. The representatives pointed out that the International Gateway at Kolkata is frequently getting breakdown, as a result of which the services are disrupted. It was also pointed out that customers are annoyed over these interruption and they are leaving BSNL. The Director (CFA) assured to take necessary remedial measures at the earliest.

 

2) The representatives requested that the demand of BSNLEU, to allow the serving and retired employees of BSNL also to avail the free call concession introduced on landlines from 9 pm to 7am. The Director (CFA) assured that this would be looked into.

 

[08.06.2015]Corporate Office letter on availability of various stores and materials.

The adequate supply for various stores and materials, for the improvement of services is being continuously taken up by BSNLEU, Staff Side of the National Council and the Forum. This issue was once again discussed very seriously by the Staff Side, in the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on 14.05.2015. Consequent upon this, the Management has come out with a detailed status report, with regards to the supply / procurement of various items of stores and materials. Circle and District secretaries are requested to go through this status report of the Corporate Office, and to give their response to the CHQ. << view report >>

 

[08.06.2015]BSNL to offer free Wi fi service at Taj Mahal, from 16th June.

 

BSNL will be offering free Wi fi service to the lakhs of tourists who are visiting Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, from 16th June, 2015. However, the availability of this free Wi fi service will be limited to 30 minutes only. Usage of Wi fi service beyond 30 minutes will invite a cost of Rs.30 per hour. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, will inaugurate the service on 16th June.  Bangalore based QuadGen is providing the necessary wireless support to BSNL, for providing this service.

 

 

[08.06.2015]BSNL buys bandwidth from Bangladeshi Company, to strengthen it's internet services in the North East.

BSNL has signed agreement with the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL)
to buy bandwidth, for strengthening it's internet services in the North East. The BSCCL has agreed to sell it's unused bandwidth to BSNL at $1.2 million a year. According to this agreement, BSNL will get 10 gigabits per second and the bandwidth export will start in September this year. The agreement to this effect was signed by shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL and shri Monwar Hos sain, CMD BSCCL yesterday the 07-06-2015.

 

[08.06.2015]Forum's month long campaign to popularise the free call concession, as well as to boost BSNL's landline service starts today.

Forum has given call to the entire BSNL employees to observe a month long campaign to popularise BSNL's free calls on landlines from "9 pm to 7am", and also to boost the marketing of landlines. The campaign is to be conducted for a month from 8th June to 7th July, 2015, and it is starting today.  During this campaign, maximum publicity is to be made about the free call concession, and also maximum efforts are to be taken to increase BSNL's landline connections. Meetings between the forum leaders and circle/SSA heads are to be completed by 15th June, 2015, to chalk out joint action programme. Being the conveners of Forum at circle and SSA levels, the circle/district secretaries of BSNLEU have a very crucial role in successfully organising the campaign, by uniting all the other constituents of the Forum. Kindly do not forget that this is an important step in our efforts to revive BSNL. Conduct the campaign effectively and send reports and photos to the CHQ promptly.

 

[06.06.2015]Climate at Dalhousie - CEC members to kindly note please.

Reception Committee comrades have informed that, of late there is some fluctuation in the climate at Dalhousie, and that sometimes it becomes slightly chill. Hence, CEC members are requested to come with slight warm clothings, since it may become necessary.

 

[06.06.2015] Growth of the service sector slips below the 50 point mark.

At the time of election campaign for the Parliamentary elections, the BJP blamed that the economic growth of the country was hampered because of the "Policy Paralysis" of the UPA government. The BJP and it's Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi promised the nation that, they would take the economic growth of the country to new heights. But, even after one year of the BJP rule, growth of industrial and service sectors continue to be sluggish. A recent report ( The HSBC PMI) says that for the first time in 13 months, the growth of the service sector has slipped to 49.6, ie., below the 50 point mark. It is relevant to note that the service sector contributes to 57% of the GDP.
 

[05.06.2015]Free All India Roaming to all BSNL Mobile customers from 15th June 2015. DO Letter from CMD to all CGMs. <<<view D O letter>>>

 

[05.06.2015]The Maggi episode unveils the cruel face of capitalism.

It is found by various authorities in India that, Maggi, one of the most sought after fast food by the youngsters, contains dangerous levels of lead, and other chemicals, which are very injurious to health. These items are used as ingredients,  to make Maggy more tasty. 'Nestle', the multinational company that manufacturers Maggi, knows all these facts. However, it is least bothered about the health of the people, who eat such dangerous products. All that it wants is super profits. This applies to other MNCs like Coke, Pepsi, etc.,etc. "Doing whatever is required", to harvest super profits is their only business ethic. This is the real face of capitalism.

 

[05.06.2015]BSNLEU writes to shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications and IT, demanding expeditious laying of optic fibre cable between the Mainland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands <<<view letter>>>

 

[05.06.2015]Final decision on Net neutrality will be taken by the Cabinet - says Minister.

Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that the report submitted by the six member DoT Committee has been received by him and that the same would be uploaded on the website of the Department within a few days. He stated that, a copy of the report has also been sent to the TRAI. After receipt of the report of the TRAI, the Cabinet will take a final decision on Net neutrality, said the Minister.
                                                                                         

                                                                                          [ Source : ET Telecom.com dated 4th June,2015]

 

[05.06.2015]Indian government to set up National Cyber Coordination Centre.

The Indian government has decided to set up a National Cyber Coordination Centre, at an outlay of Rs.770 crore, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Telecom Minister has announced. He also stated that, the government has decided to set up a Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre, at an expenditure of Rs.90.5 crore.
                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                    [Source : ET Telecom. com dated  3rd June,2015]

 

[05.06.2015]Telecom operators may face disincentives for call drops.

Telecom operators may face disincentives for call drops, said Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Minister stated  that, this is being explored in the backdrop of frequent call drops being faced by the consumers. Telecom Secretary,  Rakesh Garg stated that the Member(Technology) has been asked to work on the matter, and that it would be referred to the TRAI, if needed.In any case the disincentive would be finalised within six months, said the Telecom Secretary.
                                                                                        

[Source : ET Telecom. com  dated 2nd June,2015]

[04.06.2015]A New trend of violence in Kashmir.

During the past 10 days, Kashmir Valley is witnessing a new trend, in terrorists related violence. Telecom outlets and telecommunications towers have came under attack from terrorists. Also, those people who have leased out their lands to telecom companies, for erecting telecommunications towers, have come under attack. Three men were shot dead and several people were injured in the last ten days. As a result of these attacks, all the five main BSNL franchises operating across Kashmir valley were closed down from 1st of June. Following this, all the sub - franchises and retailers have also closed down their business in all the districts of Kashmir. As a result, no BSNL customer has been able to recharge his/her connection since 1st June. It is also reported that the various telecom outlets are seen removing the advertisement posters and hoardings from their shops. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has stated that out of the toatl 6,000 towers in the state,2,500 towers are affected. However, as reported by The Greater Kashmir today, ' The Kashmir Valley BSNL Tower Landlords Association' President, shri Shabir Ahmed Lone has stated, that they have resumed the operation of all the BSNL towers. He has said that this decision is taken after an emergency meeting is held between the Police and BSNL authorities.

 

[04.06.2015]Meeting with shri M.C. Chaubey, ED (CN) BSNL On 04.06.2015

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU met shri M.C. Chaubey, ED (CN), BSNL today, the 04.06.2015 and discussed the issue of frequent failures of BSNL network in the NE Region and requested to take remedial measures. The Dy.GS informed the ED (CN), BSNL that a pilot project to lay OFC in the duct of National Highway from Guwahati to Shillong at an approximate cost of Rs. 33 crore has been proposed by the BSNL to DoT for approval and wanted to know the status of the proposal. The ED (CN), Shri Chaubey informed that the proposed pilot project is being submitted to DoT. He also informed that the BSNL C.O. has advised the CGM, NETF, to submit another option to the NH Authority to allow BSNL to lay cable through PLB duct through the National Highway which may be of a lesser cost. He appreciated that the union is taking up such issues and assured that the BSNL C.O. will take all positive steps to augment the Network  in the Region and hopefull by September 2015

 

[04.06.2015]Orders issued on grant of Special Casual Leave to CEC members to attend the CEC meeting to be held at Dalhousie form 16th to 18th June, 2015.<<< view letter >>>

 

[03.06.2015]Tamil Nadu circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, takes decision to successfully implement the month long campaign.

The Tamil Nadu circle Executive Committee meeting is held at Chennai today. The meeting took off with the hoisting of Union flag by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. Com. S. Chellappa, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting. In his address, the General Secretary, explained about the two day strike, details of the talks held with the Secretary, DoT, decisions of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign, status of the issues of the Non-Executives, call of the Central TUs for General Strike,  etc. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, Circle Secretary, presented report on activities. The circle executive committee members participated in the discussion. Finally, the meeting took important decisions, including the one for successful implementation of the decision of the Forum, to conduct month long campaign.<< view photos >>

 

 

[03.06.2015]Director (CFA)'s DO letter to all the CGM's to effectively utilise the 9 pm to 7 am free call concession, for increasing landline connections. <<< view letter >>>

 

[03.06.2015]Union Cabinet upgrades 29 cities and towns on the basis of 2011 census, for payment of higher HRA  and Transport Allowance.

The Union Cabinet has approved upgradation of 29 cities and towns, on the basis of 2011 census, for the payment of  higher HRA and Transport Allowance. On the basis of the census,  Ahmedabad and Pune are upgraded to "X" category from "Y" category. Apart from these, 21 cities are also upgraded. They are, Nellore, Gurgaon, Bokaro, Gulbarga, Thrissur, Malapuram, Kannur, Kollam, Ujjain, Vasai-Virar city, Malegaon, Nanded-Waghala, Sangli, Rourkela, Ajmer, Erode, Noida, Firozabad, Jhansi, Siliguri and Durgapur. Apart from this, Patna, Kochi, Indore, Coimbatore and Gazhiabad are advanced to "Specified Higher Class. These upgradations are effective from 1st April,2014.

 

[03.06.2015]CHQ circular no.6 dated 03.06.2015. <<click here>>

 

[03.06.2015]BSNL's customer growth and enhancement of network capacity.

BSNL has increased 47 lakh new customers in 2014-15, said shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL. He has stated that, with this BSNL has reversed the earlier trend of negative growth. He further stated that 25,645 BTSs are being installed at a cost of Rs.4805 crore to enhance BSNL's network capacity. Of this 15,000 BTSs are already installed and the remaining will be installed by December, 2015, said the CMD. He further stated that BSNL is going to spend another Rs.1, 000 crore, to enhance the network capacity in the Northern and Western zones.

 

[03.06.2015] BSNL to offer free incoming calls on roaming, from 15th June.

Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, has announced that BSNL will offer free incoming calls on roaming, from 15th June,2015 BSNL is having a mobile subscriber base of 7.72 crore at the end of March 2015. Shri Anupam Srivasta, CMD BSNL,  said that, the free incoming on roaming may result in a slight fall in the revenue. However, this fall in revenue can well be offset, since the free incoming offer will bring in new customers to BSNL, said the CMD.

 

[03.06.2015]Merger of BSNL & MTNL put on the back burner?

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and IT avoided giving a direct answer, when asked by reporters about the merger of BSNL & MTNL. When reporters asked about the merger of the two companies, all that the Minister said was, " Let them go in the revival path. We will see." The reply of the minister certainly indicates that the government is not in a hurry with the merger of BSNL and MTNL. Obviously, this is the impact created by the recent 2 day strike of the entire BSNL employees.  "No to the merger of BSNL & MTNL" was an important demand of the strike.

 

[03.06.2015]BSNL's revenue went up by 2.1% in 2014-15, says the Telecom Minister.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and IT has stated that the BSNL is on the recovery path. The Minister said that BSNL's revenue went up by 2.1% in 2014-15. He further stated that under the phase 7 expansion, 15,000 new base tower stations were commissioned in one year, which have reduced call - drops and have eased the congestion.

 

[03.06.2015]Sending particulars of the 2 day strike to CHQ - Circle Secretaries to kindly note place.

The 2 day strike held on 21st & 22nd April, called on by the Forum, was a historic success. Still, a proper review, as to how the strike has taken place in various SSAs and circles, has to be made. This review will be carried out in the forthcoming CEC meeting, which is taking place from 16th to 18th June, at Dalhousie. Those Circle Secretaries who have not yet sent the district wise strike figures to the CHQ, are requested to compulsorily bring them when they come to the CEC meeting. This may kindly be treated as very important.

 

[02.06.2015] Extension of Srinagar Valley Allowance.

The extension of Srinagar Valley Allowance is being inordinately delayed, even after issuing of order by the DoP&T. BSNLEU is continuously urging the Corporate Office to issue the letter. We are informed by the Corporate Office that the matter is referred to the DoT, for necessary approval. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the issue with the Director (Staff), DoT, today, as a result of which, necessary endorsement was given by the DoT. The letter is also handed over to the Corporate Office.

 

[02.06.2015] Indian telecom market expected to grow at 10.3% in 2015-20.

The number of telephone customers in India has already reached the 100 crore mark. But the growth does not seem to slow down. Market research reports say that it is expected to grow at 10.3% during 2015-20 period. This is the forecast of  'Market Research Reports Incorporation'. India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. It is also the second largest telecom network in the world.

 

[02.06.2015]DoT panel submits report on net neutrality.

The  telecom department panel on net neutrality has submitted its report to the communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The report, which has been prepared by a six-member committee appointed in January, will be a key component for the government's policy on net neutrality, a concept which guarantees free and non-discriminatory access to the Web. While the contents of the report weren't yet known, it had reported earlier that the committee was veering towards a view that any definition of net neutrality must maintain the core principles, which is not to allow blocking, prioritization and throttling of content providers on a network.

 

[01.06.2015]BSNLEU demands that payment of GPF advance to BSNL employees should not be taken over by the DoT.

BSNLEU has written to Ms.Annie Moreas, the Member (Finance ), Telecom Commission, that the payment of GPF advance to the BSNL employees should not be taken over by the DoT, but it should continued to be done by the BSNL. This is because, the availability of staff in DoT Cells is very small. As a result, even at present the final settlement of GPF payment to the retirees is being delayed by more than a month.  We have pointed out that if the DoT promptly refunds the GPF advance amount to BSNL, this problem will be solved.<<<view letter>>>

 

[01.06.2015]MTNL's loss Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March.

MTNL is reported to have run into a loss of Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March 2015. However, income from operations of the Company has increased during this period. MTNL has earned Rs.876.42 crore from operations during this period, whereas, the amount stood at only Rs.841.73 crore for the same period during last year. On the overall, MTNL's net loss during 2014-15 comes to Rs.2893.39 crore. The Company earned a net profit of Rs.7825.13 crore during the previous year

 

[30.05.2015]BSNL to Invest Rs. 7000 Crore.

BSNL has announced that they will invest Rs. 7000 crore to set up 3G and 4G Wi-Fi spots across every nook and corner in the country. While speaking at the TeleAnalysis event in New Delhi, chairman and MD of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said, “Wi-Fi is an obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to Wi-Fi. In two to three years, we will be investing Rs.7,000 crore to set up integrated Wi-Fi across the country.” 

 

[30.05.2015]No BSNL employee attacked.

Three persons targeted in recent incidents of violence in north Kashmir's Sopore and Patten areas were civilians and not the employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). According to Home Ministry sources, among the violence victims, Rafiq Ahmad killed at Iqbal Market Sopore was a salesman in a private telecom center while as the other deceased in related incident -- Ghulam Mohammad Dar of Dooru Sopore, and injured Imtiyaz Nadru of Pattan, have BSNL towers installed in their premises. 

[30.05.2015]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Kerala Circle.

Kerala circle is holding it's 2 day Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting started yesterday. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, the Circle President, is presiding over the meeting.  Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran, the former Kerala Circle Secretary and Patron of the AIBDPA, com. Muralidharan Nair, former AGS of BSNLEU greeted the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the meeting. In his address, the GS elaborately spoke on the decision of the Central Trade Unions to go on a General Strike on 02.09.2015, the 2 day strike by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL, the efforts of the JAC to settle the issues of the Non-Executives and the present status of the various issues, the decision of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign to popularise the "9 pm to 7 am" free call concession and to increase landlines, etc. Com.S.Pratapkumar, AGS and com M.Vijayakumar, Org. Secretary also addressed the meeting.<<view photos>> 

 

[30.05.2015]BSNLEU takes up the issue of frequent failure of International Gateway (IGW) and MPLS backbone at Kolkata.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri P.K. Pandey, PGM (Radio), yesterday the 29.05.2015, and discussed the issue of frequent break downs of the International Gateway (IGW) and MPLS backbone at Kolkata. The Dy.GS told the PGM (Radio) that due to the break downs of the system, subscribers in the North East Region are surrendering their broadband connections which will seriously affect the revenue of the Company, apart from damaging the image of the Company, in the eyes of the public. The PGM (Radio) informed that necessary remedial measures are being taken and assured that he will personally monitor the matter.
 

[30.05.2015]Promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant - Non-implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court. 

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Ms. Sujatha Roy, ED (Finance), yesterday the 29.05.2015, and expressed  the Union's extreme unhappiness over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, in  the matter of promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant. The ED(Finance), assured to take appropriate action at the earliest.

 

[29.05.2015]One year achievement of the Modi Sarkar is "NATO".

The one year achievement of the Narendra Modi government has been beautifully expressed in one word, by the former officers of the defence forces. The word is NATO. It does not refer to the "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". But, it means " No Action, Talk Only". One Rank One Pension (OROP) is not only the demand of the Ex Service men, but it is one of the election promises of the BJP. Former officers of the defence forces are extremely frustrated, since Narendra Modi government has done nothing on this, except talking. The Ex Service Men's Movement has announced that, it is going to conduct a rally at New Delhi on 14-06-2015, on this issue. For the poor people, the one year achievement of Modi Sarkar is nothing, but NATO. At the same time, for the corporates and multi national companies, a lot has been achieved.  

 

[29.05.2015]Corporate Office directs Tamil Nadu circle administration to re-calculate vacancies for the JTO LICE, in accordance with the orders.

BSNLEU has been demanding the Corporate Office, to issue instruction to the Tamil Nadu circle administration, to re-calculate the JTO LICE vacancies in accordance with the orders of DoP&T, since this has not been followed. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, Corporate Office has issued necessary instruction to the CGM, Tamil Nadu, today.<<view corporate office letter>>

 

[28.05.2015]BSNLEU once again insists upon the Corporate Office to issue the necessary clarification to Tamil Nadu circle, on calculation of JTO vacancies.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), today, the issue of giving clarification to Tamil Nadu circle, on calculating JTO vacancies. The GM (Estt.) assured to do the needful expeditiously.

 

[28.05.2015]Forum requests CMD BSNL to send necessary communications to the CGMs, to co-ordinate with the Forum, for the successful implementation of the month long campaign.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum discussed with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, regarding the decision of the Forum to conduct a month long campaign to popularise the “9pm to 7am” free call concession, and to increase the landline connections. Forum has already written to the CMD in this regard. The Convener, Forum, told the CMD that the success of this month long campaign greatly depends upon the co-ordination between the Forum and the circle and district level administrations. He desired that the Corporate Office should send a communication in this regard to the CGMs. The CMD agreed to look into this.

 

[28.05.2015]Dubious distinction: India leads world hunger list.

Despite the implementation of full-throated economic reforms for the past 24 years, India continuous to be the country with the largest number of people living in hunger. This has been brought out by various surveys. Now, once again the ‘State of food security in the world 2015’ report released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation it is stated that India accounts for the highest estimated number of undernourished people in any single country, with an estimated 194.6 million, or about one in every four such people in the world. Globally, the number of undernourished people has fallen by 216 million between 1990-92 and 2015, from just over a billion to 795 million. However, India's contribution to this fall has been small, with its numbers down by just 15.5 million. 

[Source: Times of India 28.05.2015]

 

[27.05.2015]Reception Committee formed, to host the forthcoming CEC meeting at Dalhousie.

The Himachal Pradesh circle union is hosting the next CEC meeting, to be held at Dalhousie, from 16th to 18th June, 2015. A Reception Committee has been formed to successfully conduct the CEC meeting. Com. B.S. Thakur, TTA, Shimla, com. H.R. Patiyal, Sr.TOA, Mandi and com. Gopal Chandel, TTA, Shimla have been elected as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. CHQ congratulates the comrades and other office-bearers of the Reception Committee.

 

[27.05.2015]Conduct month long campaign to popularise free call concession on landline and to increase landline connections.

The Forum has given call to conduct a campaign from 8th June to 7th July, to popularise the “9pm to 7am free call” concession and thereby to increase the landline connections. The Forum has also listed out the steps to be taken during the month long campaign. The circular of the Forum in this regard is placed on the website. Being the conveners of the Forum at circle and district levels, the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to immediately take the steps for the successful implementation of the campaign. Meetings of the Forum may immediately be convened and works may be started at once. 

 

[27.05.2015]Convener, Forum, writes to the CMD BSNL, communicating the decisions of the Forum, on conducting month long campaign to popularise the free call concession and thereby to increase the landline connections.<<view letter>> 

 

[27.05.2015]DoT approves a list of 38 RMs and TMs of Assam circle for the issuing of presidential orders.<<view letter>>

 

[26.05.2015]Central Trade Unions give call for General Strike on 2nd September, 2015.

A National Convention of workers was held at New Delhi, today the 26.05.2015. The convention is organised by all the 11 central trade unions as well as independent federations of workers / employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS participated in the convention. After detailed deliberations the convention has called upon the working class of the country to go on a General Strike on 2nd September, 2015, against the retrograde anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. BSNLEU heartily welcomes the decision.

[26.05.2015]Declaration of the National Convention of workers conducted by the Central Trade Unions at New Delhi on 26.05.2015.<<click here>>

[26.05.2015]Felicitation to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, former Convener, Forum.

A warm felicitation was accorded to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, the founding convener of Forum, in the meeting held yesterday the 25.05.2015. Leaders of all the organisations present in the meeting praised the role played by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri in starting this joint platform in 2004 and for leading it for nearly 12 years. On behalf of the Forum a memento and shawl was offered to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri. Finally, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri addressed the meeting acknowledging the felicitation.<<view photo>> 

[26.05.2015]Decisions of the Forum, taken in the meeting held on 25.05.2015.<<click here>>

 

[26.05.2015]Com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, CHQ, bereaved.

CHQ is saddened to hear the news that, shri Utpal Sengupta, the eldest brother of com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, CHQ, has passed away today, at Kolkata. Shri Utpal Sengupta has been unwell for some time. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to com. Saibal Sengupta, to his family members, relatives, friends and all the comrades.

 

[25.05.2015]Convener and President, JAC, met the CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC and com. C. Singh, President, JAC met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. They drew his attention towards the non-settlement of some serious issues of the Non-Executives like stagnation, designation change, etc. They also pointed out that the JAC is seeking a meeting with the CMD, for discussing these issues and the same has not materialised so for. The CMD assured to look into the issue and to do the needful. 

[25.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on opening of Monsoon Control Room.<<view letter>>

[25.05.2015]Government is for net-neutrality – says Minister of Communications.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications has stated that government would soon finalise the rules on net-neutrality, on receipt of the reports of the TRAI and the Telecom Department Committee. However, he stated that there must be “availability of internet for all” and that there must be no discrimination in access to internet. 

 

[25.05.2015]Another achievement of Modi Sarkar - tax to be deducted on PF withdrawals.

The EPF organisation has issued a notification on 21st May, to deduct Tax at Source (TDS) on pro-mature Provident Fund withdrawals, from 1st June onwards. Central Trade Unions have opposed this move of the Modi government. It is worth remembering that the same Modi government has given more than Rs.5 lakh crores as concessions to the big corporates in the last budget. Having done so, the government now wants to deduct income tax on PF withdrawals of the workers. This is indeed another great achievement of Modi Sarkar.

 

[23.05.2015]Over 60% of global workforce without stable and full time jobs – says ILO.

Over 60% of the world’s workforce today is employed on short term contracts, informal jobs without any contract, self employed or in unpaid family jobs, says a new report of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The report of the ILO, called “World Employment and Social Outlook 2015”, estimates a loss of $3.7 trillion in the global demand due to unemployment and lagging labour incomes and their effects on consumption, investment and government revenue. ILO report warns of serious economic and social repercussions as a consequence of all these.

[Source: Business Line – 23.05.2015] 

 

[23.05.2015]Public Sector bank employees will get 15% pay hike and 30 months arrears.

Employees of Public Sector Banks and old generation private sector banks will get 15% pay hike and arrears for 30 months. This is the deal that the unions and the bank Managements have reached. The settlement that has been reached, will be formalised on 25th May, 2015. 7.5 lakh bank employees will be benefited by this wage settlement. 

 

 

[23.05.2015]India’s Broadband customer base reached 100 million.

India’s Broadband connections have crossed the 100 million mark. These connections include, both wired and wireless. According to the definition of the TRAI, a data connection with a minimum speed of 512 kbps is considered as a broadband connection. As of 31st March, 2015, the number of broadband connections stood at 99.20 million. Airtel is having the largest no. of broadband customers with 22.01 million. Vodafone is second with 19.37 million. BSNL is the third with 18.88 million and Idea comes fourth with 14.52 million. The broadband subscriber base is growing at 2% per month.

 

[22.05.2015]Those who want to eat beef can go to Pakistan – says Nagvi.

Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukthar Abbas Naqvi has stated that those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan. The Minister does not know that in many states, including Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, a large number of people eat beef. Whether Naqvi wants all these people to go to Pakistan?

 

[22.05.2015]Calculation of JTO LICE vacancies of Tamil Nadu circle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed the issue today with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and shri A.K. Singh, AGM (Pers.IV) and insisted for the intervention of the Corporate Office, in rectifying the mistakes that have arisen in the calculation of JTO-LICE vacancies in Tamil Nadu circle.<<view letter>> 

 

[22.05.2015]BSNLEU insists upon the Corporate Office for the prompt holding of the PLI Committee meeting.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today and insisted for the convening of the PLI Committee meeting without further delay. The GM (Estt.) responded positively to the demand. 

 

[22.05.2015]Stagnation and 30% superannuation benefits issue discussed with the Management.

The issues of Stagnation and 30% Superannuation benefits were once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. The GS pointed out that the Stagnation problem is basically a creation of the Management and that the union has already given various options for settling the same, which should be looked into by the Management in right earnest. On the 30% superannuation benefits issue, the GS demanded that this issue should be solved expeditiously and to the satisfaction of the Directly Recruited employees of BSNL.

 

[22.05.2015]Shri A.N. Rai, will hold additional charge of Director (CM).

The DoT has directed that shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) will also hold the additional charge as the Director (CM). Shri A.N. Rai is already holding additional charge as the Director (HR) also. 

 

[22.05.2015]BSNL fixes a minimum bench mark to the external candidates for MT recruitment.

BSNL has notified that the external candidates desiring to apply for the MT recruitment should possess a minimum of 60% marks (for OC) and 55% Marks (for SC/ST) in the engineering degree.

 

[21.05.2015]CVO questioned as to why no action is taken on Adesh Kumar Gupta, against whom CBI has filed FIR five months ago.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met shri V.K. Singh, CVO BSNL yesterday the 20.05.2015, and asked why no action has been taken against Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida, against to whom CBI has filed FIR five months ago. The leaders also questioned why his name is not included in the ODI list (Officer of Doubtful Integrity) and how he continues to hold the sensitive post of the head of an SSA. The CVO was giving evasive replies. The leaders told the CVO that they will be taking the case to the CVC level, if prompt action is not taken on Adesh Kumar Gupta.

  

[21.05.2015]ITS contempt case came up for hearing today.

The ITS contempt case came up for hearing in the Delhi High Court. The counsel for DoT submitted that they were prepared to change their order and were prepared to implement the order of the Hon’ble High Court in a phased manner. However, the counsel for BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA opposed this and insisted that the original order of the Hon’ble High Court should be implemented. Thereafter, the case was posted for hearing on 31.07.2015.

 

[21.05.2015]Corporate Office directs CGMs to take efforts to ensure that good hospitals remain in BSNL’s empanelment.  

In the 32nd meeting of the National Council held on 14.05.2015, the Staff Side expressed it’s utmost unhappiness that good and reputed hospitals are being forced to leave BSNL’s empanelment due to the inordinate delay in settlement of bills. As a result of this, Corporate Office has issued letter to all the CGMs to ensure that good hospitals remain in BSNL’s panel, through prompt releasing of payments.<<view letter>> 

 

[21.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on instructions for provision of liability on account of payment of EPF to casual labourers for the period between 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011.<<view letter>> 

 

[21.05.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (Admn.) demanding extension of the free call concession on the landlines of the serving and retired employees.<<view letter>>  

 

[21.05.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding implementation of the National Council decision to re-examine the RR of MT, so as to give opportunity to the Non-Executives.<<view letter>>

[21.05.2015]BSNL’s notification for the Recruitment of Management Trainee from internal candidates.<<view notification>>

[21.05.2015]BSNL’s notification for the Recruitment of Management Trainee from external  candidates.<<view notification>>

 

[21.05.2015]Take all out efforts to popularise BSNL’s free calls scheme.

It is more than one month, since the BSNL Management introduced the scheme of allowing free calls from it’s landlines from 9pm to 7am. This is an innovative scheme indeed. If proper marketing is done by utilizing this scheme, it will help to substantially increase BSNL’s landline market share. But it is a misfortune that the public in general is still not fully aware that such a concession has been given to the BSNL landline customers. Hence, the employees of BSNL have to take initiative to organise various marketing activities, like organising melas, etc., to popularise the free calls scheme. The circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take the initiative in this regard. The Forum which is meeting at New Delhi on 25.05.2015, will discuss this issue and will give the necessary guideline to the circle and district level units.

 

[21.05.2015]Eligibility of Non-Executives for the recruitment of Management Trainee.

Management has issued notification for the recruitment of Management Trainees. Against the “internal quota”, only Executives are eligible to appear. A question arises, why the Non-Executives, who have the requisite qualification (engineering degree), are not being allowed. Earlier, BSNLEU had taken up this item in the National Council and Management was forced to amend the RR for including Non-Executives also for the MT recruitment. However, thereafter, due to pressure from certain vested interests, Management secretly revised the RR, to exclude the Non-Executives. Hence, BSNLEU once again took up this issue in the National Council. This time, Management replied that notification was going to be issued shortly, and hence revision of the RR would be considered after the 1st recruitment is made. However, the recruitment was also delayed. Now, the notification is issued. BSNLEU will force to Management to amend the RR, after this recruitment is over, to provide opportunity to the Non-Executives also.

 

[20.05.2015]BMS to join the strike against the anti-labour policies of Modi government.

“The Sangh Parivar-affiliate, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, has turned down RSS' persuasion and decided to join other trade unions to announce a protest against the Modi government's economic policies on May 26 when it completes its first year in office.” 

 

“Sources said BMS conveyed to RSS its decision to join other central trade unions to announce the plan to hold a countrywide strike against Modi government's "anti-labour" policies, FDI and other related decisions.” 

[Excerpts from Times of India dated 20.05.2015]

[20.05.2015]BSNLEU writes to the CVO, on the threatening and blackmails of shri Rohit Sabharwal, contractor, Ludhiana.<<view letter>

[20.05.2015]Two year ITI certificate holders and Sports Assistants in the pay scale of Rs.9020 – 17430 with five years service are eligible to appear TTA LICE.

As regards the eligibility to appear the LICE for promotion to the cadre of TTA, Corporate Office has issued the following two clarifications.

(1)   Officials holding two year ITI certificate in any discipline is eligible to appear the LICE for TTA.

(2)   Sports Assistants who are in the pay scale of Rs.9020 – 17430 and with five years of residency service in the pay scale are eligible to appear the LICE for TTA.<<view letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]CMD BSNL will hold the additional charge of Director (Finance) for a period of three months beyond 01.03.2015.<<view CO letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]Officials with degree, diploma and post graduation obtained directly from universities without passing +2 exam are not eligible to appear TTA LICE.

CHQ is getting a number of queries, as to whether officials who had not passed the regular +2 exam, but who have obtained degree, diploma and post graduation directly from the universities are eligible to appear the forthcoming TTA LICE. CHQ has already taken up this issue with the Corporate Office and has held discussion with the GM (Estt.). Corporate Office however, has taken a position that such officials are not eligible to appear the forthcoming TTA LICE.

 

[20.05.2015]Hold PLI Committee meeting without further delay.

The Joint Committee, formed to finalise the new Bonus/PLI formula has not met after 12.03.2015. The Staff Side has already settled crucial issues in finalising the new Bonus/PLI formula. For example, it is already decided in the Joint Committee that Bonus/PLI will not be linked with the profit of the Company, but only with the National Level Productivity of the Company. Further, the Management Side has been taking a stubborn position that the new Bonus/PLI formula will be linked with the PMS (Performance Management System). However, through discussion, the Staff Side has made the Management Side to accept that the new Bonus/PLI formula will not be linked with the PMS. Several other improvements have also been made. BSNLEU has demanded that the next meeting of the Joint Committee should be convened without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]Will not the Rich and the Affluent be brought to justice.

It appears that in our country that the Rich and the Affluent will not be brought to justice even if they commit serious criminal offences. FIR was filed against Adesh Kumar Gupta, the notorious former GM of Ghaziabad, in the murder case of our former district secretary com. Sukendar Pal Singh. However, Adesh Kumar Gupta was able to get the FIR quashed through court. Thereafter, on 19.12.2014, CBI raided the offices and residences of Adesh Kumar Gupta. An FIR has been filed by the CBI under section 168 of the IPC, against Adesh Kumar Gupta for charges of corruption and misuse of official powers. However, so far BSNL Management has not taken any action on Adesh Kumar Gupta. What is the secret? BSNLEU once again has written to the CMD BSNL to take immediate action.<<view letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]Rich tributes paid to com. Moni Bose, on the occasion of his 5th Death Anniversary.

The K.G. Bose Smriti Bhawan Trust and the BSNL Co-ordination Committee of West Bengal conducted a meeting yesterday the 19.05.2015, at Kolkata, to observe the 5th death anniversary of com. Moni Bose. The meeting was presided over by com. Adhir Kr. Sen, the former vice-president (CHQ) of BSNLEU. Com. Jyotsna Bose, wife of com. Moni Bose and Dr. Goutam Bose, the son of com. Moni Bose, were also present in the meeting. Rich tributes were paid to the leader, by com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), com. Dilip Das, former AGS, com. Biplab Das, Convener, Co-ordination Committee, com. Sisir Roy, former Circle Secretary, Kolkata Telephones, com. Piyush Chakraborty, com. Manisha Biswas, com. Akhilesh Banerjee and many others.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[19.05.2015]Corporate Office issues clarification to Andhra Pradesh circle, on the educational criteria to appear TTA LICE.

Based on the request of the Andhra Pradesh Circle Union of BSNLEU, CHQ has demanded that the Corporate Office should issue necessary clarification to the CGM, AP circle, on the educational criteria to appear the TTA LICE. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has issued necessary clarification.<<view letter>>

 

[19.05.2015]GM (Estt.) urged to send expeditious guideline to Tamil Nadu circle on calculating JTO LICE vacancies.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), today the 19.05.2015, and discussed the following issues.

(1)  The GS urged upon the GM (Estt.) and Shri A.K. Singh, AGM (Pers.IV) to immediately issue necessary guideline to Tamil Nadu circle, on the method of calculating vacancies for the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013. The GS also discussed with them the recent judgement of the Hon’ble Madras High Court, on the JTO LICE, for further and appropriate legal action.

(2)  The GS demanded the GM (Estt.) to honour the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam bench, as well as the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala, in the matter of promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant.

(3)  The GS pointed out that all the Telecom Mechanics who were conferred with Temporary Status prior to 30.09.2000 should be issued with Presidential Orders. He further pointed out that while calling for data from the circles, the Corporate Office has laid down 10.04.2006 as the cut of date, which is a violation of the DoT orders.

(4)  The GS demanded that the Overtime Rates should immediately be revised as per the judgement of the Hon’ble Mumbai High Court. BSNLEU has already written in this regards to the Corporate Office.  

 

The GM (Estt.) assured to take appropriate action on the issues represented by the GS, BSNLEU. 

 

[19.05.2015]GM (Admn.), BSNL Corporate Office, urged upon to immediately constitute the Committee for review of BSNLMRS, as per the decision of the National Council.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri S.K. Sinha, GM(Admn.) today the 19.05.2015 and discussed the following issues.

(1)   The GS demanded that as per the decision of the National Council meeting held on 14.05.2015, the sub-committee of the National Council, on the review of the BSNLMRS should immediately be constituted. The GM (Admn.) assured that immediate action will be taken to constitute the Committee.

(2)   The GS demanded that Corporate Office should immediately issue letter on granting Rs.200/- per month, in lieu of the Rs.200/- SIM to all the BSNL Staff posted in the MTNL service areas. The GM (Admn.) replied that the issue is being sent for the approval of the Management Committee.

(3)   On the issue of allowing and that letter will be issued after approval of the Management Committee. calls to other networks on the Rs.200/- SIM the GS demanded that Corporate Office should take a decision without further delay.

 

[19.05.2015]Meeting with Sr.GM (SR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM(SR) today and demanded that BSNLEU should be expeditiously allotted with an alternative accommodation, since the government as already decided to handover the present accommodation at D-7 to the Jharkhand government. The GS also requested the Sr.GM(SR) to finalise the constitution for the National, Circle and local councils without further delay, since both the Recognised Union have already submitted their views on the issue.

 

[19.05.2015]CMD BSNL is urged to take immediate action on Adesh Kumar Gupta.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA and com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today and demanded immediate action on Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida, on whom serious corrupt charges are leveled by the CBI, and also FIR has been filed. The CMD assured to look into this.  

 

[19.05.2015]BSNLEU pays respectful homage to com. Moni Bose.

BSNLEU pays it’s a respectful homage to com. Moni Bose, on the occasion of his 5th death anniversary. Com. Moni Bose left us on this day in 2010. BSNLEU will continue to follow the path shown by com. Moni Bose, and will strive to achieve his unfulfilled goals.

 

[18.05.2015]Corporate Office calls for report on the functioning of Works Committees.

In the National Council meeting held on 14.05.2015, the staff side made a bitter complaint about the non-functioning of the Works Committees. Formation of Works Committees at SSA level is the demand, as well as achievement of BSNLEU. However, in most of the SSAs, either the Works Committee is still not constituted, or meetings are not being held, as per the stipulation of the Corporate Office orders. It is obvious that the district level administration does not want to convene meetings of the Works Committee, for fear of criticism from Recognised Unions, on the issue of improving the quality of services. Unfortunately, the district unions of the Recognised Unions are also not showing much interest in getting the meeting of the Works Committees conducted periodically. CHQ calls upon the district unions to view this issue seriously and to take steps for conducting regular meetings of the Works Committees. The Director (HR) has also assured in the last National Council meeting, to explore the possibilities of forming Works Committees at circle levels.<<view corporate office letter>> 

 

[18.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on strict implementation of the Transfer Policy.<<view corporate office letter>>  

 

[18.05.2015]Payment of EPF to casual labourers from 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011 settled.

The EPF scheme has already been implemented to the casual labourers working in BSNL, as a social security measure. However, the scheme is implemented only w.e.f. 10.01.2011, even though the casual labourers are working even before the BSNL is formed. Hence, BSNLEU and the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF) have been continuously taking up the issue that the EPF scheme should be implemented w.e.f. 01.10.2000. As a result, Corporate Office has issued letter today, directing all the CGM’s to immediately make payment of EPF contribution arrears for the period from 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011. All the casual labourers working BSNL will get a very big amount credited in their EPF accounts as a result of this order. BSNLEU congratulates all the beneficiaries.<<view corporate office letter>> <<enclosure>>

 

[18.05.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (ERP), BSNL Corporate Office, demanding immediate provision in the ERP system, to facilitate employees for converting their GPF advance into Final Withdrawal.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.05.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office, demanding revision OTA rates in line with the judgement of the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay.<<view letter>>

 

[18.05.2015]Airtel to get $2.5 billion as loan from Chinese banks – Agreement signed during Modi’s China visit.

Bharti Airtel has signed agreement with Chinese Banks, to get loans to the tune of 2.5 billion US dollars (Rs.15,000 crore). The Company will get $2 billion as loan from China Development Bank and $500 million as loan from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Agreements to this effect were signed during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China. It is a known fact that Chinese commercial banks are extending loans at much cheaper rates than the Indian commercial banks. Bharti Airtel is already having network equipment sourcing agreements with China’s ZTE and Hua Wei.

[Source: DNA 16th May, 2015]

 

[18.05.2015]Procurement of sufficient stores and materials to take advantage of the scheme offering free calls between 9 pm and 7 am - CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL.

All are aware that the Management has introduced the scheme which offers free calls on landlines between 9 pm and 7 am. This scheme cannot bring the desired results, unless our landline network is maintained fault-free. The acute shortage of stores and materials prevailing at the field level is a big hurdle in maintaining a fault-free landline network. CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL demanding immediate and adequate procurement of good quality stores and materials. Circle and district secretaries are requested to take up this issue at their respective levels, pressurising the administration to promptly procure the requisite stores and materials.<<view letter>>

 

[18.05.2015]Issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who were promoted as Telecom Mechanics - CHQ writes to the Corporate Office demanding not to make any discrimination between those who were promoted before 10.04.2006 and after that date.<<view letter>>

 

[16.05.2015]India’s poor performance in the export of Hi-tech goods.

It is almost 24 years since the Neo-Liberal Policies are implemented. It was tom-tommed by the govt. that the liberalisation of the economy will bring huge capital and state-of-the art technology. But the latest figures released by the World Bank shows that India is even behind countries like Thailand and Vietnam in the export of Hi-tech goods. China with the export of Hi-tech goods worth $560/- billion is ranking no.1 and Germany with $193.1 billion is the second. India with $16.7 is in the 23rd position. Thailand with $33.9 billion and Vietnam with $27.8 billion are much ahead of India. 

 

[16.05.2015]Why I will not waive my gas subsidy.

The government is moving fast in withdrawing all the subsidies being given to the common man. Healthcare, Education, and food subsides are already cut down to a great extent. While doing this, the government is also increasing the quantum of concessions being given to the corporates. In the budget for the year 2015-16, concessions worth Rs.5,89,285.2 crore are given to the corporates. Recently, the government has given call to the citizens to sacrifice their gas subsidy. A write up, published in the Mangalore Today News Network on the subject is reproduced for the benefit of our visitors.<<<view article>>>

 

[16.05.2015]Two Day satyagraha by the Casual and Contract Workers of Kerala Circle.

The Casual and Contract Workers of Kerala circle, organised under the banner of BSNL Casual Contract Labour Union, went on a two day satyagraha on 13th & 14th May, 2015. The satyagraha was conducted in front of the CGM office, as well as in front of the all the GM offices. The demands raised were implementation of the agreement reached between the CGM and the Union, regularisation of all casual and contract workers, wage increase, equal wages for equal work, payment of wages on time, implementation of EPF & ESI to all workers, supply of Identity Card, payment of bonus, supply of adequate stores and materials for the improvement of services, etc. A large number of casual and contract workers participated in the satyagrahas. Leaders and active members of BSNLEU participated and supported the satyagraha. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the casual and contract workers of Kerala.<<views of satyagraha>>

 

[15.05.2015]BSNL's press release on carrying over unused 3G data to next recharge.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.05.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to immediately send the clarification to the CGM, Tamil Nadu, regarding the methodology for calculation of vacancies, for the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.05.2015]BSNL Management has issued notification for the recruitment of Management Trainees (MT).

BSNL Management has issued notification for the recruitment of Management Trainees (MT). Recruitment will be done to fill 200 posts. Among these 200 posts, 150 will be for Telecom Operations and 50 will be for Telecom Finance. Application has to be submitted online, which starts on 25th May and ends on 14th June. For the Internal candidates 4 years of service as Executive is must. BSNLEU is strongly demanding that the Non-Executives also, who process the requisite qualification, should be allowed to appear the exam. Management has assured that the RR would be reviewed, after holding the first exam/recruitment. BSNLEU will continue to pressurise the Management to permit Non-Executives to appear this exam. 

 

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