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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

Last Updated on 19.01.2017 [18:10 hrs]

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

[18.01.2017]BSNLEU demands to allot funds for GPF.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[18.01.2017]Capitalism cannot solve the problems of mankind.

   Socialism is the only alternative.

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

[12.01.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

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

 

a)      Formation of Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[12.01.2017]Meeting with GM (SR).

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

 

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

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

 

b)     Delay in convening the PLI Committee meeting.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

[10.01.2017]Review of JAO LICE results.

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

 

[10.01.2017]Amendments to JAO LICE Recruitment Rules.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[07.01.2017]India’s GDP growth rate falls.

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

<<< List of Office bearers>>>

 

[04.01.2017]The best All India Conference of BSNLEU.

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

 

[04.01.2017]8th All India Conference concluded jubilantly.

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

[28.12.2016]212 start ups closed down in 2016.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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


[27.12.2016]Victimisations at Varanasi. 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[26.12.2016]Management forms a truncated Wage Revision Committee.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

bsnleutnc@gmail.com 

Fax No: 044-28294252

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[21.12.2016]GPF funds allotted to circles.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

                  View of the strike at Bhopal

 

               View of the strike at Hyderabad

 

                View of the strike at Jaipur.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

[06.12.2016]Respectful homage to Selvi J. Jayalalitha.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[03.12.2016]Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.

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

 

[02.12.2016]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

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

 

Kerala victimisations.

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

 

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

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

 

[02.12.2016]Meeting with GM (Estt.). 

Holding of Telecom Technician and Junior Engineer exams.

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

 

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

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

 

[02.12.2016]Meeting with GM (SR). 

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

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

 

Postponement of the All India BSNL Badminton meet.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

[30.11.2016]One more attack on the army.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

[Courtesy: The Hindu 30.11.2016]

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[28.11.2016]Posters for the One Day Strike.

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

  

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[22.11.2016]Queues of pain for tiny gain?

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

[Source: Times of India dated 21.11.2016]

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

            

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

[15.11.2016]The Central Secretariat meeting concluded successfully. 

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

 

[12.11.2016]Central Secretariat meeting started jubilantly at Chennai.

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[04.11.2016]Impressive seminar in Karnataka circle conference.

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

 

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

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

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

[04.11.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR), demanding review of the JAO LICE results, by correcting the discrepancies.<<<view letter>>>

[03.11.2016]Get ready to unleash serious struggles to stop Subsidiary Tower Company - Circle and District Secretaries to note please.

CHQ has already informed through website updating that, the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications has signed the Cabinet Note, for the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. With a view to build the broadest possible unity to stop the STC, the General Secretaries of BSNLEU and NFTE have taken initiative to convene an all union/association meeting on 16th November. The meeting is expected to take decision for serious form of struggles, to stop the STC. Under these circumstances, the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to get ready to unleash any serious struggle, for which decision  will be taken in the 16th November meeting. Front line leaders and activists of the Union, at the circle and district levels may be alerted accordingly.

 

[03.11.2016]BSNLEU seeks the intervention of the Secretary, DPE, in the matter of early constitution of the Wage Revision Committee for the Non-Executives in BSNL.

As has already been informed through our website, BSNL Management has informed us that the Wage Revision Committee, for the revision of wages of the Non-Executives, cannot be constituted without the approval of the DPE/DoT. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DPE, on the matter.<<view letter>>

 

[03.11.2016]The inspiring two day circle conference of Karnataka started at Mysore.

The inspiring two day circle conference of Karnataka circle started at Mysore today. 520 delegates are participating enthusiastically in this conference. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, hoisted the Union Red Flag and com.B.P.Narayan, circle president, hoisted the National Flag. Shri Rajashekhar Koti, Chairman of the Reception Committee, welcomed the delegates and the leaders. Com.B.P.Narayan,CP, delivered the presidential address. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the Conference. In his inaugural address, the General Secretary, among other issues, focused the need to fight against exploitation of the capitalists, both in India and globally. He also cautioned how the unity of the working class is being broken in the name of religion, region, caste, language and other factors, and called upon the workers to be vigilant against divisive forces. The session was also addressed by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri,  Patron, com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS and com.C.K.Gundanna,CS.<<<views of the conference >>>

 

[02.11.2016]BSNLEU urges upon the Management to reconstitute the National Council without further delay.

BSNLEU has already submitted it's nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council, and has also complied with the other stipulations laid down by the Management. Since the GM(HR) is on leave, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.K.Sinha, DGM(SR) today and urged upon him to expeditiously reconstitute the National Council. The DGM(SR) assured to do the needful. 

 

[02.11.2016]Corporate Office letter on special concessions to Central Govt. employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached / subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of central Govt.<<view letter>>

 

[02.11.2016]LICE for promotion from Group ‘C’ to the grade of JAO under 10% quota held on 24/09/2016, result declared.<<forwarding letter>> <<merit list>>

[02.11.2016]LICE for promotion from Group ‘C’ to the grade of JTO(T) under 50% quota for the vacancy year 2014 – 15, held on 24/09/2016, result declared. CHQ congratulates all the successful candidates! <<forwarding letter>> <<Merit list>>

[02.11.2016]All Union / Association meeting to be held on 16.11.2016 to decide the future course of action against Subsidiary Tower Company issue.

An all Union / Association meeting is being convened on 16.11.2016, to discuss and decide about the future course of action against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Keeping in mind, the necessity to forge overall unity on this issue, the two General Secretaries of the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives are convening this meeting.<<view notice>>

 

[02.11.2016]Stopping the recovery of over payment, mistakenly made in the past – BSNLEU urges upon the DDG (Estt.), DoT, to promptly endorse the DoP&T letter.

BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the DoT to endorse the DoP&T’s letter on stopping recovery of over payment, mistakenly made to the Group ‘C & D’ employees in the past. BSNL has not yet implemented the DoP&T order on the subject, since it is not endorsed by the DoT. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri S.K. Jain, DDG (Estt.), DoT, today and once again urged upon him to expeditiously endorse the DoP&T letter. The GS told that the delay in endorsing the DoP&T letter by the DoT, is causing extreme financial hardship to the Non-Executives in BSNL. The DDG (Estt.) responded positively and assured to look into the matter and to do the needful. 

 

[02.11.2016]DoT urged to get approval of the DPE, for starting wage negotiations in BSNL.

As regards starting the wage negotiations of the Non-Executives in BSNL, the Management has replied that the same cannot be done without getting necessary approval from the DoT and DPE. The matter was discussed with shri Pawan Gupta, Director (PSU-1), DoT, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. In the meeting, the GS insisted that the DoT should take initiative on the matter for getting the necessary approval of the DPE. Further, the GS also reminded that the DoT should give necessary approval for the proposal made by BSNL Management for the settlement of anomalies, which is lying pending with the DoT for a long time. The Director (PSU-1) assured to do the needful on both the matters. 

 

[02.11.2016]BSNL urged to implement 7th CPC pay scales for the unabsorbed DoT employees working in BSNL.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the 7th CPC pay scales should be implemented for the unabsorbed DoT employees, working in BSNL. However, so far BSNL has not implemented the same. The issue was discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. The GM (Estt.) responded by saying that the internal committee formed for this purpose will be meeting most probably on 07th November, in which decision will be taken for the implementation of the 7th CPC scales. 

 

[02.11.2016]Stopping recovery of over payment mistakenly made in the past – BSNLEU writes to the DDG (Estt.), DoT, demanding early endorsement of the DoP&T letter.

BSNLEU has already demanded the DoT to endorse the DoP&T letter no. F.No.18/03/2015-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 02.03.2016, as per which over payment mistakenly made in the past, to the Group ‘C & D’ employees should not be recovered. BSNL has so far not implemented the DoP&T letter on the plea that the DoT has not endorsed the same. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the DDG (Estt.), DoT, requesting to endorse the DoP&T letter without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[01.11.2016]BSNLEU and SNATTA demand immediate declaration of the JTO LICE results.

In view of the inordinate delay in the declaration of the JTO LICE results, the matter was seriously discussed with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) and Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.), today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA. The representatives expressed their serious concern over the delay and told that the candidates who have appeared in the exam are getting frustrated.  After discussion, it was agreed that the results will be declared without further delay. The understanding of the union representatives is that the results may be declared today or tomorrow. 

 

[01.11.2016]No postponement of the JTO LICE to be held on 11th December, 2016 – demand BSNLEU and SNATTA.

The last date for online registration for appearing in the JTO LICE to be held on 11.12.2016, has been extended upto 07th November, 2016. This extension of time for online registration has raised doubts that the exam to be held on 11.12.2016 may also get postponed. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, who met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.), today, strongly demanded that the exam should not be postponed on any account, lest there would be serious complications.  The GM (Rectt. & Trg.), assured that absolutely there will not be any postponement of the exam, and that the exam would be held on 11th December, 2016. 

 

[01.11.2016]Transfer problem of the DR JEs (erstwhile TTAs) posted in circles like Assam, NE-I and NE-II. 

This issue is already taken up with the Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, discussed this issue today with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR). The representatives explained that a good number of DR JEs, who have already applied for Rule 8 transfer, and waiting for a long time, have to get their transfer, so that they can appear the JTO LICE to be held on 11.12.2016, in their new circles. Otherwise, their transfers will get delayed for a few more years. The Director (HR) appreciated the concern of the union representatives and assured to do the needful, after taking the necessary inputs. The circle secretaries of Assam, NE-I and NE-II have requested by the CHQ, to immediately inform how many DR JEs are waiting for Rule 8 transfers, in their respective circles. 

 

[01.11.2016]Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company stiffly opposed.

In their meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, expressed strong opposition to the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. In response, the Director (HR) stated that the Cabinet Note on formation of Subsidiary Tower Company has been approved by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications. The note will now be discussed by the Cabinet. The Union representatives stated that formation of Subsidiary Tower Company is a major step towards killing BSNL, and the employees will take all possible steps to stop it. 

 

[01.11.2016]Abnormal situation prevailing in West Bengal – Director (HR) urged to intervene.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, discussed this issue with the Director (HR) today. The representatives expressed their strong opposition for imposing wage cut for participation in the 2nd September, General Strike, even without issuing any show-cause notice. The Director (HR) assured that the matter would be looked into. 

 

[01.11.2016]Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.

This long pending problem was once again discussed with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) today by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA. The representatives emphatically told the Director (HR) that the CGM Office, UP (East) and GM Office, Varanasi SSA are wilfully misleading the Corporate Office by continuously feeding wrong informations. Director (HR) assured that justice would be rendered to the victimised employees.

 

[01.11.2016]Problems of Contract Workers and the role of Recognised Union – BSNLEU and SNATTA register it’s strong protest to the Corporate Office letter.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, expressed their strong protest to the Corporate Office letter no. BSNL/39-10/SR/2008 dated 21.10.2016, which states that the Recognised Union should not be allowed to discuss the problems of Contract Workers. The protest was expressed in today’s meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR). The representatives pointed out that the union cannot close it’s eyes and remain silent when crores of rupees of the Company is being looted by the contractors in connivance with the corrupt officers.

 

[01.11.2016]BSNL Management replies that Wage Revision Committee cannot be formed without permission from DoT / DPE.

BSNLEU and United Forum are pressurising the Corporate Management to expeditiously form the Wage Revision Committee, so that the wage revision of the Non-Executives are not unduly delayed. The matter has been seriously discussed with the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL. The United Forum has conducted dharna on 08.09.2016 and hunger strike on 20.09.2016, with this issue as an important demand. Under these circumstances, the Corporate Office has issued a letter stating that, the Wage Revision Committee cannot be formed without receiving permission from the DoT and DPE. BSNLEU cannot accept this explanation. 3rd Pay Revision Committee has already been formed, for the revision of wages of the Executives. The committee is expected to submit it’s report within the next few months. In such a situation, we cannot remain idle with the reply given by the Corporate Management. BSNLEU will take the initiative to unite all the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives and start agitational programme.<<view letter>>

 

[31.10.2016]Last date of Online Registration process for the JTO LICE 50% for the vacancy year 2015-16 is extended to 07/11/2016.<<view order>> 

 

[31.10.2016]Director (HR), BSNL, issued D.O. Letter to all CGMs for timely forwarding of Pension cases to CCAS so that pension cases are not delayed.<<click here>>

 

[31.10.2016]Allotment of ESIC Sub-code for various BSNL offices/Units for TSM and casual labours.<<click here>>  

 

[31.10.2016]India ranks 97th of 118 in global hunger index. - (Article of the November 2016 issue of Telecrusader) <<<click here>>>

 

[31.10.2016]Suggestions for redesignation of left out cadres are called for.

CHQ has already informed about the reconstitution of the Designations Committee. This Committee is expected to take up the redesignation of all the left out cadres ,ie., other than RM,TM,Sr.TOA and TTA. CHQ requests circle and district secretaries, as well as willing comrades, to send their suggestions to the CHQ.

 

[29.10.2016]Contractual staff must get equal wages as regular staff: Supreme Court.

Bringing relief to lakhs of contractual government employees, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that temporary workers are entitled to wages at par with permanent employees. Basing the judgement on the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’, the Court said that rule constitutes a clear and unambiguous right vested in every employee – whether regular or temporary.

 

 

[28.10.2016]Reconstitution of the Committee for  Redesignation of the  left out Non-Executives.

The four main Non-Executive cadres of RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA have already been re-designated. However, many Non-Executive cadres are still not re-designated. BSNLEU has been continuously demanding the Corporate Management to reconstitute the Redesignation Committee, consequent to the conducting of the 7th Membership Verification, and to undertake the task of rdesignating the left out cadres. As a result, Corporate Office has reconstituted the Committee.<<<view letter>>>

[28.10.2016]Corporate Office issues  corrigendum to revision of TTA (now Junior Engineer) Induction Training structure and syllabus.<<<click here>>>

[28.10.2016]More views of the demonstrations held on 27.10.2016, against the formation of  Subsidiary Tower Company.<<<click here>>>

[28.10.2016]No VRS in BSNL - Staff strength of the Company will get reduced by 7% in 2017-18, due to retirements.

BSNL will reduce its workforce by nearly 7% in 2017-18, from the employee-base of 2,09,996 in 2016-17. BSNL expects total employees as on April 30, 2017, to be 1,96,162, the state-driven telco said in response to an application filed under the Right to Information Act 2005. The VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) proposal aimed at bringing down headcount is however on hold, according to Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL.

[courtesy: The Economic Times dt. 28-10-2016 ]

 

[28.10.2016]BSNLEU insists upon Management, for immediate declaration of JTO LICE results. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, telephonically spoke to Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt. & Tng.) today, and enquired about the status of the declaration of the JTO LICE results. He pointed out that the declaration of the results is getting delayed and this is causing anxiety among the aspirant candidates. In reply, the GM(Rectt.&Tng.) stated that the works related to declaration of the results are almost completed and that the results would be declared either before Diwali or immediately after Diwali. She also told the GS that, the results could not be declared as early as it was expected, due to some officers going on leave.

 

[28.10.2016]Declaration of the results of the JTO LICE - beware of cheats. 

BSNLEU has come to know that some unscrupulous elements are trying to cheat the  JTO LICE  candidates and to make quick money. The modus operandi is that, the fraudster will call the candidate over phone, will disclose the candidate's roll number, etc., and will say that the candidate falls 2 or 4 marks short of passing the exam. The fraudster will then claim that, the candidate will get pass mark, if certain amount is paid. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has taken this matter promptly to the notice of the appropriate authority in the Corporate Office. The Corporate Office has informed the GS that, the process of evaluating the JTO LICE results is an 'air-tight' process, and that absolutely there is no chance for any fraudulent activity. Further, the GS is also assured that due legal action is being taken, based on some evidences that have been made available to the Corporate Office. In view of this, BSNLEU sincerely requests the candidates not to fall prey to unscrupulous elements.

 

[27.10.2016]Tremendous response from employees, against government's move to form Subsidiary Tower Company.

All the unions and associations of BSNL have given call to conduct demonstrations today, against the government's move to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. The call has evoked tremendous response from employees throughout the country. The Non-Executives and Executives have expressed their anger against the government's move to form the Subsidiary Tower Company. The employees have told the government in one voice today that, formation of Subsidiary Tower Company is not acceptable to them, as it would irreparably weaken BSNL. If the government does not stop the move, then the employees will be left with no other option, but to resort to direct action.<<views of the demonstration>>

 

[27.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on nomination of staff side members in National Council.<<view letter>>

 

[26.10.2016]Forum writes to CMD BSNL, conveying the decision of all unions and associations of BSNL to conduct demonstrations on 27-10-2016, against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view letter>>

 

[26.10.2016]Air India is in talks with BSNL for providing wi fi service on board.

It is reported that the Air India is in talks with BSNL for providing wi fi service on board. Air India has told BSNL to provide with details like cost, etc. Air India intends to provide wi fi facility in it's long haul flights to North America, Europe, Australia, etc. Leading international airways companies have already provided wi fi service on board.

 

[26.10.2016]DoT forms committee to study TRAI's recommendation to impose penalty on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.

Following the TRAI's decision to impose Rs.3,050 crore penalty on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, for not providing points of interconnection to Reliance Jio, the DoT has set up a committee to examine the issue. According to media reports,  the committee will study TRAI’s recommendations and submit a report within 10-15 days.

 

[26.10.2016]Condolence meeting  held at Eastern Court, New Delhi, for the late leader, com. H.L.Makkar, former president of NTR circle union.

A well attended condolence meeting was organised today at Eastern Court, New Delhi, for the late leader, com. H.L.Makkar, former president of NTR circle union. Com.R.S.Chauhan, CS,NTR & Organising Secretary(CHQ) conducted the meeting. At the beginning, all the comrades paid floral tributes to com.H.L.Makkar. The house stood in silence for a minute and paid it's respectful homage to the late leader. All the speakers, viz., shri Veer Kamal Chopra,CGM, NTR, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com.K.R.Yadav, VP(CHQ) recollected the contributions of com.H.L.Makkar for the trade union movement and paid rich tributes to him. CHQ heartily congratulates the NTR circle union for organising a good condolence meeting for com.H. K.Makkar.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[26.10.2016]BSNLCCWF to conduct March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017.

The Secretariat meeting of BSNLCCWF, held at New Delhi today the 26.10.2016, has decided to conduct a March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017, during the budget session of the Parliament. Circle and district unions of BSNLEU should extend maximum help and participation, for the success of this March.

[25.10.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) demanding to immediately relieve the DR JEs, who have applied for rule-8 transfers and are waiting for long years.<<view letter>>

[25.10.2016]Effectively organise united demonstrations against Subsidiary Tower Company.

All the Unions and Associations of BSNL have given call to conduct demonstrations throughout the country on 27.10.2016, opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to approach all the Unions and Associations immediately, for organising demonstrations unitedly. General Secretary is taking initiative for conducting an all union meeting soon, for deciding the next course of action on this issue. 

 

[25.10.2016]Conciliation meeting between the United Forum and the BSNL Management.

One more conciliation meeting was held yesterday the 24.10.2016, by the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, on the 24 point charter of demands. Shri Tej Bahadur has taken over charge as the new RLC(C). The United Forum was represented by com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Sunil Gautham, Dy.GS, SNATTA. BSNL Management was represented by shri A.K. Singh, DGM (Estt.) and shri A.K. Sinha, DGM (SR). The Management Side gave an additional note on the status of the 24 point charter of demands. The RLC(C) directed the United Forum representatives to give their response to this note. The next meeting will be held on 22.11.2016.

 

[24.10.2016]Membership Verification of the Executives postponed once again.

The Membership Verification of the Executives, which was scheduled to be held on 16.11.2016, has once again been postponed. According to the Corporate Office letter dated 18th October, 2016, the new time schedule for holding the verification is as follows:- 

 

Conduct of elections – 07.12.2016

 

Counting of votes &

declaration of results  - 09.12.2016. <<view letter>>

 

[24.10.2016]Conciliation by Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) is taking place today on the pending issues of the Non-Executives.

The United Forum of BSNL Unions is conducting continuous agitational programme for the settlement of the long pending issues of the Non-Executives. On 08.09.2016 country wide dharna programme was conducted. On 20.09.2016, one day hunger strike was conducted. Based on the notification given for these agitational programme, the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) has initiated conciliation meeting. A few sittings have already taken place. One more round of conciliation is taking place today. In today’s conciliation, the United Forum is presenting point by point rebuttal to the status report submitted by the Management on various demands of the United Forum. For this, the United Forum has submitted the following note to the Regional Labour Commissioner.<<view note>> 

 

[24.10.2016]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, strongly protesting the Corporate Office letter, which directs the CGM’s not to hold any discussion with the Recognised Union on the issues of the contract workers.

The BSNL Corporate Office has issued a letter on 21.10.2016, directing the CGM’s not to hold any negotiation / discussion, even with the Recognised Union, on the problems of contract workers. BSNLEU has strongly protested this letter, and has demanded the CMD BSNL to withdraw this letter. In 90% of the districts, the Corporate Office letters on minimum wages, EPF & ESI, are not implemented. In all these places, the contract workers are being exploited and their money is being looted by contractors and corrupt officers. Wherever the contract workers dare to raise the voice against this exploitation, they are being mercilessly thrown out of work. If any contract worker dares to form a union, he is sure to lose his job. The Corporate Office is only issuing stereo typed letters to the CGM’s, but is not able to put in place a mechanism to ensure that the letters issued by it are meticulously implemented in all the districts. So long as the exploitation of the contract workers continues, BSNLEU will stand in the forefront to fight for the rights of the contract workers.<<view CHQ letter>> 

 

[24.10.2016]Corporate Office letter directing the CGM’s not to discuss / negotiate issues of the contract workers with the Recognised Union.<<view letter>>

 

[24.10.2016]Payment of PLI, together with salary, to be made on 27th and 28th of this month.

BSNLEU has been pressing the Corporate Management hard, for the payment of PLI before Deepawali. As per the information given by the GM (T&BFCI), Corporate Office, payment of PLI will be made along with the salary of this month. This payment will be made on 27th and 28th. Saturday will be holiday for the Corporate Office.

[22.10.2016]Kerala struggle - Truth prevailed.

At the peak of the struggle against M.S.S.Rao, the then CGM of Kerala, six of our leaders, working in Tiruvanntapuram, were transferred to far off places in the circle. A bogus complaint was also given against these leaders, at the behest of M.S.S.Rao, that they involved in sexual harassment. Subsequently, due to the intervention of the CHQ, these transfers to far off places were cancelled. Still, five leaders of the CGM office were posted outside the CGM office at Tiruvanntapuram, citing the bogus sexual harassment complaint against them. Charge sheets were served against them. Finally, in the report of the Inquiry Officer, it is stated that these leaders did not involve in any sexual harassment. Following this, orders are issued, transferring and posting all the five leaders back in the CGM Office. CHQ heartily congratulates all the five leaders.

 

 

[22.10.2016]The 2 day circle conference of UP(West) circle enthusiastically started at Ghaziabad.

The 2 day circle conference of UP (West) circle enthusiastically started at ALTTC, Ghaziabad today. The meeting got kick-started with the hoisting of BSNLEU's Red flag by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. Com.Ansar Ali, circle president is presiding over the meeting. 323 delegates are participating in this conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, inaugurated the conference, by giving a detailed account of the government's anti- worker policies, settlement of government's pension contribution, issues connected with the revival of BSNL, PLI, wage revision and pending demands of the Non-Executives. Com.Upendar Singh Teotia presented report on activities. Com.R.K.Mittal, circle treasurer presented the audited accounts. Thereafter, the subjects committee started.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[22.10.2016]DoT letter on extension of the CGHS facilities to the retired BSNL/MTNL employees who are in receipt of pension from Central Civil Estimates-criteria for determining Grade Pay and Ward entitlement.<<<view letter>>>

 

[22.10.2016]In an unprecedented move, TRAI recommends Rs.3,050 crore penalty on Airtel, Vodafoe and Idea.

It is an open secret that the entire government machinery, right from Prime Minister Narandra Modi, is extending total support to Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio. Now, the TRAI, in a swift action, has recommended Rs.3,050 crore penalty on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, for not providing sufficient Points of Interconnection(PoI) to Reliance Jio. In it's letter to the DoT, the TRAI has stated that the denial of PoIs to Reliance Jio warrants even cancellation of the licences of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. We are surprised to note, why the same seriousness was not shown, by the TRAI and the government, when rules were violated on earlier occasions, by private companies, as a result of which BSNL sustained irreparable loss.

 

[21.10.2016]Change the training centre from RTTC Bhubaneswar to RTTC Hyderabad – case of smt. Ramadevi Gadi, AOS, GMTD Visakhapatnam.

Com. Rama Devi Gadi, AOS, Visakhapatnam, passed the recent JAO LICE and was ordered to undergo induction training at RTTC Bhubaneswar. Since the official is undergoing treatment at Hyderabad, she applied for change of training center to RTTC Hyderabad. But, the CGM, NATFM, Hyderabad, rejected her application. GS, BSNLEU took up the matter with the Director(HR), who promptly issued necessary direction to the CGM, NATFM, for change of training center of com. Rama Devi Gadi. CHQ heartily thanks Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), for her compassion and swift action.  CHQ also heartily congratulates com. Rama Devi Gadi wish her success.<<<view Corporate Office letter>>>

 

[21.10.2016]8th All India Conference Reception Committee held it's meeting enthusiastically at Chennai.

The Reception Committee meeting of the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, was enthusiastically held at Chennai yesterday. Com.T.K.Rangarajan, MP, who is the President of the Reception Committee, presided over the meeting and delivered an impressive presidential address. Being one of the senior leader of the CITU, com.T.K.R recollected his close association with BSNLEU. Com. P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and briefly spoke about the significance of background, in which the 8th All India Conference is taking place. The meeting was also addressed by com. P.Sampath,Convenor, Untouchability Eradication Front, com. Sukumaran, GS,CITU, com. Senthilkumar, South Zone Secretary,  AIIEA, and leaders of many other organisation addressed the meeting. Fruitful discussions took place with regards to successfully organising the Conference.<<<views of the meeting>>>

[21.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on holding of LICE for promotion to the cadre of Telecom Technician for the Recruitment year 2016.<<<view letter>>> 

[21.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on holding deployment of Junior Engineer and JTOs in Non-recruiting circles.<<<view letter>>>

[20.10.2016]Com. Sivashankar, Branch Secretary, GM Office Branch, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, gives Rs.35,000/- as donation for 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU.

Tamil Nadu circle union is hosting the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU. The circle Union is raising donations from members to meet the expenditures of holding the Conference. BSNLEU members throughout the circle are responding to the call in an overwhelming manner. For example, com. Sivashankar, Branch Secretary, GM Office Branch,  Cuddalore, who is a directly recruited JE,  gave his one month take home salary, i.e., Rs.35,000/- as his donation for the All India Conference. This amount was handed over in today's circle executive committee meeting being held at Chennai. CHQ highly appreciates the spirit of com. Sivashankar.

 

[20.10.2016]CHQ directs circle and district unions of BSNLEU to ensure implementation of Corporate Office letters on payment of minimum wages to contract workers and remittance of EPF and ESI contributions.

Corporate Office issued letter long back that, wages to the contract workers should be paid either by a/c payee cheques, or through online payment into their accounts. Similarly, Corporate Office has also issued repeated letters to ensure that the EPF and ESI contributions are properly remitted to those agencies. However, it is a matter of great regret that these directions of the Corporate Office are still not implemented in most of the places. The BSNLCCWF has conducted many agitations on these issues. Corporate Office has now issued two strong letters on 7th October, 2016, directing all the CGMs to take appropriate action for the implementation of the Corporate Office directions on these issues. CHQ is repeatedly insisting that the circle and district unions of BSNLEU should pay attention to these issues. CHQ once again insists that the circle and district unions of BSNLEU should take immediate action, so that Corporate Office letters dated 7th October, 2016 are immediately implemented. Coordinated action should be taken with BSNLCCWF, wherever it is functioning.<<<Corporate Office letter-1>>>   <<<Corporate Office letter-2>>>

 

[20.10.2016]Tamil Nadu circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Chennai.

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle, is being held at Chennai today. Com.S.Chellappa, circle president, is presiding over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting and dealt with the developments that have taken place after the 7th Membership Verification such as removal of the ceiling on government's pension contribution, revision of HRA on 78.2% IDA merger, settlement of PLI, etc. He underlined the necessity to strengthen united struggles to stop the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company, achieving Wage Revision and to ensure BSNL's uninterrupted revival, despite challenges thrown by the entry of Reliance Jio. The GS also insisted that all necessary steps should be taken for the implementation of the two recent orders of the Corporate Office on payment wages to contract workers, as well as on issue of EPF & ESI. The meeting is holding serious discussions about the ways and means for successfully conducting the forthcoming All India Conference of BSNLEU and also on the settlement of the issues of the contract workers in the circle.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[20.10.2016]Candidates selected for JTO (Electrical) should immediately be deputed for training - BSNLEU demanded.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA met GM (Rectt. & Trg), Ms. Anima Roy, yesterday, the 19.10.2016 and demanded that the candidates who have selected from JTO (Electrical) LICE should immediately be deputed for training. The representatives stated that the candidates were selected 5 months before, where as the Management has not deputed them for training. The GM (Rectt. & Trg.) informed that initially there were some problems for imparting training to the selected candidates. But finally it is decided that the training shall be started from 1st week of November, 2016 in the ALTTC, Ghaziabad.

 

[19.10.2016]BSNLEU urges upon the CMD BSNL to immediately allot funds for the payment of PLI.

It is already more than 10 days, since order was issued by the Corporate Office for the payment of PLI for the year 2014-15. However, so far funds are not allotted to the circles, for the payment of PLI. When the General Secretary contacted the GM(T&BFCI)  in this regard today,  he was also not in a position to tell as to when funds would be allotted. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL to immediately take steps for the allotment of funds, without any further delay.<<<view letter>>>

 

[19.10.2016]Director(HR)  urged to do the needful for the extension of the off-net call facility in Rs.200/- SIM.

The off-net call facility, made available in the Rs.200/- SIM, provided to the Non-Executives has lapsed. BSNLEU has already demanded the Corporate Management to extend this facility. However, the Admn. Branch of the Corporate Office, is calling for some unnecessary information from the circles in this regard. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, who met the Director(HR) yesterday, pointed out the unnecessary delay in this regard, and demanded extension of the off-net call facility without further delay. The Director(HR)  assured to look into the matter and to do the needful. 

 

[19.10.2016]United struggle against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

Hold massive demonstrations on 27-10-2016.

The Forum had decided to hold demonstrations on 26-10-2016, against the government's move to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. In the meanwhile, efforts were taken to conduct a united struggle against the danger of the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company. Accordingly, with the view to facilitate a united struggle, the date of the demonstration has now been changed to 27-10-2016. Circle and District Unions of BSNLEU are requested to approach all unions and associations of the Non-Executives and Executives, and to organise powerful united demonstrations against the danger of Subsidiary Tower Company. Let us tell the government in one voice, and in the loudest possible manner, that the united telecom trade union movement will not allow BSNL to be privatised. 

 

[19.10.2016]LoC crossed earlier also, but not publicised.

The government has told a Parliamentary panel yesterday that, the army had crossed the LoC (Line of Control) to hit targets earlier also, but it was not publicised. Responding to a question by Satyavrat Chaturvedi of the Congress Party, Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs that, on earlier occasions the army had carried out operations, to hit targets on the other side of the LoC, but they were not publicised.

(Source: Times of India dated 19-10-2016)

 

[18.10.2016]Those who become Ministers of Telecommunications are either corrupt, or advocates for the corrupt.

The Supreme Court of India yesterday dismissed the petition, challenging the jurisdiction of the 2G Court, to hear the Aircel – Maxis deal. Kapil Sibal, who was appearing for the petitioner, argued that the Aircel – Maxis deal is not connected with the 2G scam, and as such the special CBI Court, hearing the 2G scam, has no jurisdiction to hear the Aircel – Maxis deal. Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran has been accused by the CBI, of pressurising Chennai based Telecom Promoter C. Sivasankaran, to sell his stake in Aircel to the Maxis Group. It is a tragedy that the advocate for the accused in this case is none other then the former Telecom Minister, viz., Kapil Sibal. It has become a curse for BSNL that, those who become Ministers of Telecommunications are either corrupt, or advocates for the corrupt.

[Source: Times of India dated 18.10.2016]

 

[18.10.2016]BSNLEU insists the DoT for early approval for BSNL’s proposal for the settlement of Anomalies.

BSNLEU is continuously pursuing the settlement of the Anomalies issue. As already informed, BSNL Corporate Office has sent it’s proposal on this issue for the approval of the DoT. BSNLEU is pursuing the case at the DoT level also. Today, once again com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Pawan Gupta, Director (PSU-1), DoT, and insisted for the early approval for the proposals given by BSNL Corporate Office. The Director (PSU-1) assured to take a final decision on this issue at the earliest.  

 

[18.10.2016]BSNLEU expresses it’s serious concern to the Director (HR), regarding the inordinate delay in the constitution of Committee for Wage Negotiations.

BSNLEU is seriously taking steps for the early constitution of the Committee for Wage Negotiations. The issue was discussed with the CMD BSNL on 14.10.2016, wherein the CMD BSNL gave a positive signal. Consequent to this, the issue was once again discussed with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. The representatives pointed out that the delay in constituting the Committee for Wage Negotiations will result in an unpleasant situation, wherein the settlement of wage revision of the Non-Executives will be delayed and will be lingering on, even after the settlement of wage revision of the Executives, based on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. The Director (HR) understood the concern of BSNLEU and assured that expeditious steps would be taken for the early constitution of the Committee for Wage Negotiations. 

 

[18.10.2016]BSNLEU complains of total stalemate in the settlement of the grievances of the Non-Executives.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, expressed their deep dissatisfaction to Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), on the total stalemate in the settlement of the grievances of the Non-Executives. During their discussion with the Director (HR) today, the representatives pointed out that Corporate Office is not coming forward to settle even such of the problems of the Non-Executives, which do not involve any financial burden for the Company. Responding to the complaint of the representatives, the Director (HR) stated that Management is having limitation in settling problems which involve additional expenditure, in view of the on going financial crisis of the Company. Finally, it was agreed that a formal meeting will take place soon for discussing the pending issues.

 

[18.10.2016]Modi government to privatise 20 PSUs.

The Modi government is moving fast in bulldozing the Public Sector. News has come now that, the next move of the government is to reduce government’s share holding to less than 50% in 20 PSUs. This is nothing but privatisation. Many among those 20 PSUs are profit making, like the Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. BSNL employees are trying to once again make BSNL profit making. But, once BSNL starts making profit, the government may think it is time to privatise BSNL. We have to think about this and to fight against all moves of the government to privatise PSUs. Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company is one such move. 

[Source: Times of India dated 18.10.2016]

[18.10.2016]SWAS in Vodafone also?

After the launching of the SWAS (Service With A Smile) programme, great improvement has come in BSNL. The entire Non-Executives and Executives are seriously involved in improving BSNL’s quality of services and marketing. We think that in no other organisation, this sort of endeavour is undertaken by the employees, whether PSU or private. Now, Vodafone has given call to it’s 13,000 employees to help in facing the stiff competition from Reliance Jio. Vittorio Colao, the CEO of Vodafone, has urged the employees to “leave no stone unturned” to retain and attract customers.

[Source: Economic Times dated 18.10.2016]

 

[18.10.2016]RSS’s teachings behind ‘surgical strike’- says Parrikar.

Our heroic soldiers are sacrificing their lives to protect our borders and save the lives of people from terrorists. The attack on Uri camp and the following surgical strike are still fresh in our minds. But the political parties, both the opposition and the ruling, are taking political gain out of these. The latest in this is Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar. He has told that the RSS teachings are behind the surgical strike. It is condemnable that the Defence Minister of the country is making such a statement.

[Source: Times of India & Economic Times dated 18.10.2016]

 

[17.10.2016]Forum circular no.12, communicating decisions of the meeting held on 14.10.2016.<<view circular>> 

 

[17.10.2016]BSNLEU makes additional nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council.

Taking various factors in to consideration, the All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held on 13.10.2016, has decided to make additional nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council. Accordingly, CHQ has written to the BSNL Corporate Office.<<view letter>> 

[17.10.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Jt. General Manager (Pers.), requesting to take steps for the speedy disposal of the SLP No.8575/2012, filed by the officiating AD(OL)s.<<view letter>>

[17.10.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), demanding the immediate constitution of the committee for negotiating the wage revision.<<view letter>>

 

[17.10.2016]An employee can accumulate his / her leave 300 days also, rules Punjab and Haryana High Court.

In a significant judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the accumulated unutilised leave of an employee cannot be reduced to 300 days even if he is entitled to leave encashment for a maximum of 300 days.

 

“If an employee is entitled to leave encashment for a maximum limit of 300 days, that does not mean that the accumulated unutilised leave is to be reduced to 300 days if it exceeds the limit. The earned leave will continue to accumulate till the retirement of the petitioners and the petitioners are to be granted the maximum benefit of 300 days, as stated in the rules.”

[Source: The Tribune, dated 15.10.2016]

 

[16.10.2016]Mobilise the employees for serious struggles against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Make the 26th demonstration a grand success.
The Forum and BSNLEU  have already stiffly opposed the move of the government to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. Under this circumstance, it is disturbing to learn that the Minister of State for Communications has signed the Cabinet Note, for the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. If the Cabinet approves this note, then the entire tower asset of BSNL will be taken away, and a separate tower company will be formed. The government assures that this company will be a subsidiary company of BSNL, and that it will be a 100% government company. However, this is only a clever move of the government to weaken BSNL. At a time when the Niti Aayog is working over time to privatise / close down public sector  companies, it is needless to say that the Subsidiary Tower Company will soon become it's target. There is every possibility that strategic sale will be started in the Subsidiary Tower Company sooner than later. In short,  formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company will be the beginning of BSNL’s end. In the past also, on many occasions the government has tried to start disinvestment in BSNL. However, the united trade union movement of BSNL has gone on heroic struggles and has defeated those moves. Now also, if the entire unions and associations join together, certainly the move of the government to form a Subsidiary Tower Company can be defeated. The Core Committee of the Forum, which met on 14-10-2016, has decided to conduct massive demonstrations on 26-10-2016. All circle and district unions are called upon to immediately start mobilising the employees for serious struggles against formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. As a first step, make the 26th demonstration a grand success.
 

[15.10.2016]All India Conference list of delegates of the left out circles.

While releasing the list of eligible delegates, in respect of various district unions, for the forthcoming All India Conference, the delegates list of certain circles were not announced earlier, due to receipt of incomplete CHQ quota remittance particulars. Since, the same is received now, the eligibility of delegates in respect of the district unions of Rajasthan, J&K, Chennai, Odisha, Jharkhand and QA Bangalore is being released by the CHQ now, as per the enclosed list.<<view list>> 

 

[15.10.2016]Hats off to these comrades for implementing SWAS with all seriousness.

As a part of the ongoing ‘Service With A Smile’ (SWAS) programme, BSNLEU comrades are actively engaged in works of improving the networks, installations, etc., throughout the country. Though, most of those activities are not being reported to the CHQ, we do receive some reports. CHQ is glad to upload photos on maintenance of pillars done by our comrades at Palani in Tamil Nadu circle and at Mysuru in Karnataka circle.<<view images>> 

 

[15.10.2016]Air India posts Rs.105 crore operating profit.

Because of the pro-private and anti-PSU policies of the successive government’s Air India has become a loss making PSU. In the name of merger of Air India and Indian Airlines in 2007, lucrative routes were allotted to the private airlines. As a result of this and other wrong policy decisions, Air India went into loss. Infact, Air India is being cited as an example to malign the public sector. It is good news that for the first time after merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, Air India has posted an operating profit of Rs.105 crore for the financial year 2015 – 16. 

 

[15.10.2016]BSNL to invest Rs.2,500 crore for network expansion in the second half of this financial year.  

Inspite of it’s financial strain, BSNL is trying to invest as much money as possible for the expansion of it’s networks. BSNL has already invested Rs.1,500 crore so far in this current financial year for the expansion of networks. Another Rs.2,500 crore will be invested for the purpose in the remaining part of the financial year.

 

[15.10.2016]Notification for the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at Chennai on 12th & 13th November, 2016.<<click here>>

 

[14.10.2016]Decisions of the meeting of the Core Committee of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations.

A meeting of the Core Committee of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations was held today the 14.10.2016, in Room No.706 of BSNL Corporate Office. Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, presided over the meeting. The following decisions were taken unanimously:- 

 

(1)   It is learnt that the government is moving fast in the direction of forming BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company, which will be detrimental to the future of BSNL. Hence, the meeting decided to conduct demonstrations on 26.10.2016, at the Corporate Office, circle and district levels, opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The future course of action on this issue will be decided in the next meeting of the Forum, to be held on 17.11.2016. 

 

(2)   As regards improving the financial viability of BSNL, the meeting appreciated the Management and the entire employees, since BSNL continues to give the highest number of mobile connections every month. The meeting noted with satisfaction that BSNL has given 23 lakh mobile connections in September, 2016. The meeting called upon the Non-Executives and Executives to take all out efforts to further increase the sales and revenue of the Company, since this year’s financial results will be very crucial for the forthcoming Wage Revision. The meeting also urged upon the employees to take best efforts to provide good quality services to the customers, by maintaining the networks fault-free. As regards chalking out action programme to face the challenges thrown by the entry of Reliance Jio, it is decided to hold a full-fledged meeting of the Forum on 17.11.2016, and to discuss the issue.

 

(3)   ‘Telecom Live’, a monthly journal on Telecom Sector, is continuously printing articles and materials, maligning BSNL and tarnishing it’s image, at the behest of ‘vested interests’. Hence, today’s meeting decided to conduct a lunch hour demonstration at BSNL Corporate Office on 17.11.2016, condemning Telecom Live. It is also decided in the meeting, to write a complaint to the Press Council of India, against Telecom Live. 

 

(4)   BSNL Management and the employees are taking great efforts for reviving the Company. These efforts have started yielding good results. However, the meeting observed with regret that, the DoT, which is expected to support BSNL, is actually taking decisions against BSNL. Hence, it is decided in the meeting, to write a detailed letter to shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, explaining the efforts being taken by the BSNL Management and it’s employees for the revival of the Company, as well as about the decisions and actions of the DoT, against BSNL.

[14.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on introduction of ‘Freedom Plan’ as a promotional offer under prepaid mobile services.<<view letter>>

[14.10.2016]Declare JTO LICE results without delay and hold the next JTO LICE as per schedule - BSNLEU demands. 

Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.&Tng.) and demanded expeditious declaration of the results of the JTO LICE held on 24-09-2016. The GM(Rectt.&Tng.) stated that the declaration of the results is getting slightly delayed, since BSNL has started following the standard procedure being followed by other PSUs, for online exams, with regards to declaration of results. According to this, after ascertaining the views of the candidates, with regards to wrong questions etc., the Experts Committee will take decisions and based on that, results will be declared. In any case, the GM(Rectt.&Tng.) assured that the results would be declared by around 27th October.  The GS demanded that there should not be any postponement of the JTO LICE to be held on 11-12-2016, for which he was assured that the JTO LICE would be held as per the schedule.

 

[14.10.2016]Do not believe rumours about PLI payment.

It seems a lot of rumours and confusions are being spreaded, with regards to the payment of PLI. Corporate Office has already issued order for payment of Rs. 3,000/- as PLI. All employees will get this payment. There is no doubt in it. If anyone wants to get this payment postponed, as appealed by the Director (HR), they can do so. But, it is not compulsory. It is not true that, those who take PLI payment will not get wage revision. All those who take payment of PLI of Rs.3,000/-, will also be eligible for wage revision. District Secretaries are requested to explain this to all.

 

[14.10.2016]CMD BSNL urged to constitute the Wage Negotiation Committee for the Non-Executives, without further delay.

In today's meeting with the CMD BSNL, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, explained in detail, the need to expeditiously form the Wage Negotiation Committee for the Non-Executives. The GS convincingly told the CMD BSNL, that if formation of the Wage Negotiation Committee is delayed, it will result in an undesirable situation, wherein the wage settlement of the Non-Executives will be greatly delayed, even after the wage settlement of the Executives. The CMD BSNL agreed with the GS, and assured that the matter would be positively looked into.

 

[14.10.2016]BSNLEU discussed with CMD BSNL, about the worsening situation in West Bengal circle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed about the nefarious role being played by shri R.N.Jha, CGM, West Bengal, to weaken BSNLEU. The GS pointed out that,  developmental activities have come to a standstill and that the one point programme of the CGM,  West Bengal, is to break BSNLEU. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter and to do the needful.

[13.10.2016]Corporate Office issues corrigendum to facilities granted to SC/ST Employees Welfare Association.<<view letter>>

[13.10.2016]Corporate Office press release on data offer of one year validity on the occasion of Dussehra - Muharram under prepaid mobile services.<<click here>> 

[13.10.2016]Corporate Office press release on BSNL became the fifth largest mobile operator in net addition of new customers in July-2016 –TRAI.<<view letter>>

[13.10.2016]Well done com. P. Asokababu, VP (CHQ)!

A function was held at Vijayawada on 11.10.2016 for the inauguration of Andhra Pradesh Telecommunication and Postal circles. The meeting was attended by shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Com. P. Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ), while addressing the meeting, placed a request before the Hon’ble Chief Minister to allot 5 acres of land for BSNL, Andhra Pradesh telecom circle, in the capital city of Amravati. The Hon’ble Chief Minister immediately accepted the request of com. P. Asokababu, VP, and declared the same in the meeting. CHQ heartily congratulates com. P. Asokababu, VP.

 

[13.10.2016]BSNL Corporate Office formed an Internal Committee to look into the proposals of BSNLEU for modifying JAO Recruitment Rules.

BSNLEU is continuously insisting the BSNL Management to incorporate the following amendments to the JAO RR 2001:- 

(i)   Non-Executives who have completed 5 years service in any pay scale with the requisite qualification should be allowed to appear in the exam.

(ii)  The upper age limit should be kept as 55 years on par with JTO RR, since JTO and JAO are allied cadres of the same pay scale.

(iii)  The cut off date for reckoning the 5 year residency period should be shifted from 1st January to 1st July of the vacancy year, since the cut off date is generally fixed as 1st July of the year in all Recruitment Rules.  

To study the proposals of BSNLEU, BSNL Corporate Office has formed an Internal Committee. On 03.10.2016, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP). Again this issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, today, with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), who is a member of the Internal Committee. The representatives had a detailed discussion explaining the demands. The GM (Estt.) assured to look into the issue positively. 

 

[13.10.2016]Corporate Office urged to immediately issue instruction for conducting Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LICE.

BSNLEU is continuously urging upon the Corporate Management to issue instruction to the CGMs for holding the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LICE. The issue was once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS & com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. She replied that Corporate Office is calling for circle wise vacancies, on receipt of which the direction for holding TT LICE would be issued. The representatives urged the GM (Estt.), to ensure that unwanted delay would not be there in issuing the direction to hold the TT LICE. As stated by the GM (Estt.), Corporate Office has issued letter today, calling for the circle wise vacancy positions. All circle secretaries are requested to ensure that the requisite information is send to the Corporate Office by their respective CGMs.<<view letter>>

 

[10.10.2016]Meeting with Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and conveyed the sincere thanks of the Union, for taking decision to pay PLI and also for issuing prompt order for the same. The General Secretary further expressed his extreme displeasure over the anti-BSNLEU role being played by shri R.N. Jha, CGM, West Bengal. The General Secretary also expressed his unhappiness over the extreme delay in implementing the Corporate Office direction, for the settlement of the victimisations at Varanasi. The Director (HR) assured that expeditious actions are being taken on both the issues. During this discussion, the Director (HR) informed the General Secretary that she had given an appeal to the employees to forego / defer the payment of PLI. She also explained that it is only an appeal and not a compulsion. 

 

[10.10.2016]General Secretary urged the GM (Pers.) to restore the trade union rights of the SC/ST employees without any further delay.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Pers.), and expressed his extreme unhappiness over the delay in restoring the trade union rights of the SC/ST employees of BSNL. It may be remembered that BSNLEU has already opposed the letter, issued by SCT Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, which says that an SC/ST employee who becomes a member of SEWA BSNL, cannot become member of any trade union. BSNLEU has already written to the Corporate Management, stating that this letter is a denial of trade union rights to the SC/ST employees, and thus a violation of the Indian Trade Unions Act 1926. The GM (Pers.), replied that action is already being taken based on the opposition conveyed by BSNLEU, and that a letter in this regard will be issued shortly. 

 

[10.10.2016]Meeting with shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR & Restg. &WSI).

Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR & Restg. &WSI), and expressed the hearty thanks of the union, for his positive role played in the PLI issue. The General Secretary also congratulated shri A.M. Gupta, for having been appointed as the full-fledged GM (SR) of the Corporate Office.

[10.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE) for promotion from Group “C” to the grade of JTO(E) under 20% quota held on 27.03.2016- allotment of circle.<<view letter>> 

[10.10.2016]The General Secretary returned after attending the WFTU Congress.

After successfully attending the 17th Congress of the WFTU at Durban, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, safely returned to New Delhi, yesterday the 09.10.2016, and has joined the CHQ. The General Secretary sincerely thanks all the comrades who had sent greetings / wishes to him for attending the WFTU Congress. 

 

[10.10.2016]17th Congress of WFTU successfully concluded with a massive rally.

             Com. George Mavericos re-elected as General Secretary.

The 17th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), held at Durban, South Africa, from 5th to 8th October, 2016, was a great success in strengthening the unity of the international working class movement. 1244 delegates, including 320 women, from 111 countries, participated in the Congress. As of now, 244 trade unions, having a total membership of 92 million are affiliated to the WFTU. 112 speakers participated in the discussion, who vividly explained about the capitalist exploitation going on in their countries, and the struggles being waged by the working class. The Congress has infused a new and strong determination into the delegates, to strengthen working class unity and struggles against capitalist exploitation. Com. George Mavericos of Greece was once again re-elected as the General Secretary of the WFTU. A massive rally, marking the end of the 17th Congress, took place in the streets of Durban city on 8th October, 2016.<<view images>> 

 

[10.10.2016]Let the achievement of PLI further strengthen the unity of the employees.

BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire BSNL employees for receiving PLI for the year 2014-15. It may not be a payment of full PLI. But, considering the fact that the employees are getting PLI after 7 long years, this is a great achievement. The last PLI payment was made for the year 2008-09, for which order was issued on 18.09.2009. Before 7th Membership Verification, Management offered a paltry amount as PLI, for the year 2014-15. BSNLEU not only rejected this amount, but also vowed to get justice to the employees. The country wide powerful demonstrations conducted by BSNLEU on 01.04.2016 and massive dharnas conducted by the United Forum on 07.04.2016, mounted great pressure on the Management. Based on the notice issued by the United Forum for this dharna, conciliations continuously took place, in which the Regional Labour Commissioner also strongly indicted the Management for denial of PLI to the BSNL employees. After the 7th Membership Verification, the General Secretary of BSNLEU and the General Secretary of NFTE worked in close coordination, both inside the PLI Committee, and with the CMD BSNL. This created a situation, wherein the BSNL Management could not deny PLI to the employees, and the CMD BSNL agreed for Rs.3,000/- as PLI for the year 2014 – 15. Our comrades must understand that this payment of PLI is achieved while the Company is still running into a net loss of Rs.3,880/- crore. Further, it is also a great achievement, that both the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives have achieved payment of PLI to all, including to the Executives. This achievement of PLI should galvanise the unity of the Non-Executives for the achieving the settlement of wage revision from 01.01.2017. 

 

[10.10.2016]Shri A.M. Gupta assumed charge as the full-fledged GM (SR) in Corporate Office.

BSNLEU has long been demanding that Corporate Office should have a full-fledged GM (SR). From 1st April, 2016, shri A.M. Gupta (GM Restg./WS&I) has been acting as the GM (SR) also. The non-availability of a full-fledged GM (SR) in the Corporate Offie greatly affected the coordination between the Corporate Office and filed units. BSNLEU took up this issue on a number of times with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). Now shri A.M. Gupta is posted as full-fledged GM (SR) and shri Ashutosh Gupta is posted as the GM (GM Restg./WS&I).<<view letter>>

[08.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on promotional offer on the occasion of Diwali, under prepaid mobile services.<<view letter>>  

[08.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on deployment of Junior Engineers in the Non-recruiting circles - furnishing of information thereof.<<view letter>> 

[07.10.2016]Corporate Office issues order  on grant of productivity linked incentive (PLI) to BSNL Employees for the year 2014-2015.<<view order>>

 

[07.10.2016]BSNL has made achievements of providing 20 lakh mobile connections in September, 2016.

BSNL has made the achievement of providing 20 lakh mobile connections once again in the month of September, 2016. A total of 22,25,569 mobile connections were provided in September, 2016 and has achieved 96.39% target.<<view DO letter from Dir.(CM)>> <<annexure-I>> <<annexure-II>>

 

[07.10.2016]Corporate Office issues order  on revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.10.2016.<<view order>> 

 

[07.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on implementation of provision of EPF/ESI for contract workers.<<view letter>> 

 

[07.10.2016]Com. H.L. Makkad, veteran leader of the BSNLEU, NTR, passed away.

CHQ is extremely saddened to inform that, com. H.L. Makkad, veteran leader of the BSNLEU, NTR, Delhi, passed away at New Delhi on 05.10.2016, at the age of 76 years. Com. H.L. Makkad was the Vice-President of AITEU Class-III(N), CHQ and after formation of BSNL, he hold the post of Circle President of BSNLEU, NTR circle for 15 years. Presently he was the patron of the circle union. Com. Makkad played a very important role in building the union in NTR and extended full cooperation to the CHQ during his lifetime. BSNLEU pay it’s respectful homage to the departed leader and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to all his family members, comrades and friends.

 

[07.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on LICE JTO(T) 50% 2013-14 held on 22-05-2016 and 16-07-2016--result of AP circle minimum qualifying marks.<<view letter>> 

 

[07.10.2016]Addendum in BSNL SoP for online Examinations.<<Forwarding letter>> <<Addendum>> 

 

[07.10.2016]The unique method of demonstration by the South African working class.

In different parts of the world, working class adopt different methods to express their opposition as well as solidarity. In India we commonly raise slogans by conducting demonstrations. In South Africa, trade unions do it, by combining songs with body movements. It looks look very impressive. In the ongoing WFTU Congress, the members of the COSATU, the militant trade union of South Africa, greeted the impressive speakers in a similar fashion. The  following is how they greeted a speaker from Britain.<<<Watch to the video clip>>>

[07.10.2016]DPE has issued order, revising IDA payable to 120.3%.<<click here>> 

 

[07.10.2016]Order for PLI is delayed due to negative attitude of the DoT nominee in BSNL Board -ready for strong trade union action.

Getting the information that Addl. Secretary, DoT, the Chairmen of the BSNL Board Remuneration Committee, denied to sign the file for approval of PLI for the year 2014-15, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, BSNLEU and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri N. Sivasailam, Addl. Secretary, DoT yesterday, the 05.10.2016 and urged for approval for the same. The Addl. Secretary, expressed that without the full meeting of the remuneration committee, he will not sign the file. After much discussion, he agreed to attend the meeting by 10th of October, 2016. The representatives than met the CMD, BSNL, Shri Anupam Srivastava and the Director (HR), BSNL, Ms. Sujata Ray and strongly submitted that if the PLI payment is not made immediately, the union have no options but to go for direct trade union actions. Both the CMD and the Director (HR) assured to get the issue settled by shortest time. Worker must be ready for a strong trade union action, if the PLI is denied or delayed by the BSNL Board.  

 

[06.10.2016]South African Labour Minister, Nelisima Mildred Oliphant, addressed the WFTU Congress- Carried the House with her pro-worker speech.

Today, the South African Labour Minister, Nelisima Mildred Oliphant, addressed the ongoing WFTU Congress, being held at Durban. In her brief speech, she exposed how the capitalists are adopting newer methods to exploit the working class and to increase their profits. She also emphasised the working class to choose the right leadership and to struggle unitedly against the exploitation of the capitalist class. It was altogether a different experience to hear such a speech from a person holding a high position in the South African government. It made the delegates to think that it is necessary to have persons in the government, who will raise their voice in support of the working class.

 

[06.10.2016]Corporate Office instructions to all CGMs on payment of wages to contract labour by the contractor through Cheque / on-line payment.<<click here>>

 

[05.10.2016]BSNLEU demanded for early release of the results of JTO LICE for the year 2014 – 15.

Com. Swapan Charaborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, discussed with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), yesterday, the 04.10.2016, on results of JTO LICE for the year 2014 – 15 which was held on 24.09.2016. The union representatives submitted that as per the standard procedures, the result is to release first and than answer keys are to upload for finding discrepancies. They further stressed that since the registration for the next JTO LICE for the year 2015 – 16 is to start from 10.10.2016, it is better to declare the result before that. To this, the GM (Rectt.) assured to look into the matter. 

 

[05.10.2016]BSNL Management to initiate the process for holding 50% special examination from Draughtsman to JTO (Civil/Electrical) as decided in the National Council.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, while discussing with the GM (Rectt.), Ms. Anima Roy, yesterday, the 04.10.2016, raised the issue of holding 50% special examination from Draughtsman to JTO (Civil/Electrical) as decided in the 28th National Council meeting held on 30.01.2013. Earlier, it was decided to conduct the exam in March, 2016, which was deferred to May, 2016. But, the Management could not notified the exam, for which nothing in known to the Union. After detailed discussion, the GM (Rectt.) assured to conduct the exam with in the current financial year. 

 

[05.10.2016]TT LDCE and JE LDCE to be conducted as soon.

BSNLEU has taken up the issue to fix the date for holding Telecom Technician (erstwhile TM) LDCE and Junior Engineer (erstwhile TTA) LDCE at the earliest. Since a good number of vacancies are there in many circles in both cadres. In continuation to the demand, the union has written letter to GM (Estt.) and GM (Rectt.), BSNL CO. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the matter with the GM (Estt.) Ms. Madhu Arora, yesterday, the 04.10.2016 and explained that both the exams will be conducted offline and decentralised manner. Therefore, it is not necessary to take up the case by the Rectt. Cell to decides for date of the exam. As per procedures, the cadre controlling authority, i.e., Estt. Cell of the Corporate Office is to issue notice to the circles to conduct the exam with 3 (three) months time from the notice of the Corporate Office. The GM (Estt.), agreed with the arguments and assured to process for issuing necessary notice to the circles to hold the exam.

 

[05.10.2016]Com. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, addressed the 17th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions(WFTU), started at Durban, South Africa, this morning.

The 17th Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) started at Durban, South Africa at 09.00 am (local time) today. Delegates from 111 countries are participating in this Congress.Com.George Mavricos, General Secretary, WFTU, welcomed the delegates. Amidst thunderous applause, com. Jacob Zuma, the President of the South African Republic, addressed the Congress and greeted the delegates. In his address, the president elaborately spoke on the  heroic role of the South African working class, against the hateful apartheid. Com.Zuma paid rich tributes to the WFTU, for leading international struggle against the capitalist exploitation. He also severely criticised the the capitalist system, which is the basic reason for the ongoing world economic crisis. To this, he extensively quoted what Karl Marx has said about the capitalist economic crisis. It is a great honour, that the President of South Africa himself came and addressed the WFTU Congress. The Congress will go on till the evening of 8th October.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[04.10.2016]PLI for 2014 – 15 has been put up to remuneration Committee of BSNL Board for approval.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), to know the latest news on PLI payment for the year 2014 – 15. The GM (Restg.) informed that the file is put up to remuneration Committee of BSNL Board for approval. The member of the said Committee are the CMD BSNL, Director (HR) and two Board members from DoT. Once, the Committee approves the file, necessary orders will be issued. The union representatives appealed for getting approval by 1 / 2 days, so that the orders can be issued by this week. The GM (Restg.), responded positively. 

 

[04.10.2016]Orders issued for deputing successful candidates for JAO training.

BSNLEU has been taken up the issue of deputing the qualified and eligible candidates for JAO training. For this, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the matter with the GM (Rectt. & Trg.) and GM (FP) on 03.10.2016. Today, the 4th October, 2016, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA met the GM (Rectt. & Trg.) Ms. Anima Roy and requested to issue necessary orders for training. The GM (Rectt. & Trg.), responded immediately and issued orders to the CGM, NATFM, Hyderabad to start the training.<<view order>> 

 

[04.10.2016]Corporate Office letter on modification in policy for provision for pre-paid GSM SIM card to all Non-Executives working in BSNL.<<view order>> 

 

[04.10.2016]BSNLEU Varanasi district conducted General Body meeting.

The District Union of BSNLEU, Varanasi, conducted a well attended General Body meeting on 1st October, 2016. The meeting was presided over by Com. Rajendra Prasad, District President. Com. Chandrama Yadav, DS, welcomed all leaders and members and especially mentioned that the general body meeting decided to hold on 1st October, 2016 to observe foundation day of BSNL. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the gathering and mentioned how the government formed the BSNL converting the DTS and what was the aim of the government. He elaborated the struggles conducted by the BSNLEU with the help of all Unions and Associations to defeat the conspiracy of the government to kill the PSU to please their masters, the corporates and MNCs. He further explained the pending issues of the employees i.e., PLI, Pay anomalies, Exam for TT/JE etc. and assured that the union will take all measures and struggles to get Wage Revision from 01.01.2017 for the Non-Executives. Com. R.K. Mishra, Circle Secretary, also spoken in the meeting. Coms. Om Bhaskar, senior leader, BSNLEU, Sukhmangal Singh, Org. Secretary, BSNLMS, Haridwar Yadav, AGS, BSNLCCWF and com. Ramsamuch Biswakarma, AIBDPA also addressed the meeting.<<views of the meeting>>

[03.10.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Management demanding to include dates for TT LDCE and JE LDCE, in the calendar for examinations.<<view letter>> 

[03.10.2016]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Management demanding early training for the candidates who have passed the JAO LICE. <<view letter>>

[03.10.2016]CMD's message on BSNL Day.<<view letter>> 

[03.10.2016]Issues related to the JTO LICE discussed with the GM (Rectt. & Trg.).

During his meeting with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rect. & Trg.) today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, raised the following issues related to the JTO LICE. 

 

(1)  The GS further pointed out that the in section A of the question paper of the exam, the grammar part was very tough and above standard. Similarly, there were also many wrong questions. The GS requested the GM (Rect. & Trg.) that all these should be taken into account during valuation and that the candidates should not be put to disadvantage on account of this. 

 

(2)  The GS pointed out that the attempted key and the correct key were not yet provided to the candidates who appeared the JTO LICE held on 24.09.2016 and demanded that the same should be provided promptly. He also demanded that the results should be published at the earliest possible. 

 

(3)  The GS requested that the forthcoming JTO LICE, to be held on 11.12.2016, should be held as per schedule, and without any postponement.

 

[03.10.2016]GS leaves for Durban, South Africa, tonight.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is leaving New Delhi tonight, to attend the 17th Congress of the WFTU, to be held at Durban, South Africa, from 5th to 8th October, 2016. The GS will be returning on 9th October evening. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, will be looking after the duties of the GS, during this period.  

 

[03.10.2016]Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles complete – CHQ of BSNLEU salutes all the leaders and active comrades.

BSNL Corporate Office has been taking steps for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles, consequent to the formation of a separate Telangana state. This bifurcation process has become complete and the two circles have started functioning in a full-fledged manner from 01.10.2016. The Andhra Pradesh circle union, leaders and active comrades, have played a major role in strengthening BSNL Employees Union, not only at the AP circle level, but also at the national level. While expressing it’s deep gratitude to all the comrades, the CHQ of BSNLEU hopes that the comrades of the bifurcated circles of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will continue to play the same energetic role in strengthening BSNLEU and the Company in the days to come.<<view Corporate Office letter>>

 

[03.10.2016]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today, and handed over the invitation letter, for addressing the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, to be held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017. The CMD kindly consented to attend and address the Conference. The GS also discussed the following issues with the CMD BSNL. 

 

Early payment of PLI amount The PLI amount for 2014 – 15 is already approved by the Management Committee, and it is informed that approval of the BSNL Board is required for it’s payment. The GS requested the CMD BSNL to take speedy steps to ensure payment of the PLI amount before pooja. 

 

Facing Reliance Jio’s competition - The GS discussed with the CMD, about the challenge being faced by BSNL from Reliance Jio’s predatory tariff. The CMD informed the GS that, from the New Year onwards, BSNL will offer free voice calls, with data pack at cheaper rate than the Reliance Jio. However, this tariff will be available only to customers who are having BSNL’s broadband connection, said the CMD BSNL. The GS welcomed the bold decision of the Management and assured the fullest cooperation from BSNLEU and the Forum for the effective marketing of the proposed new tariff.  

 

[03.10.2016]Expeditiously depute the passed candidates for JAO training – GS demands.

The JAO LICE was held on 17.07.2016. However, the passed candidates are yet to be sent for training. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) and with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. &Training). The GS pointed out that absolutely there is no reason for any delay in this regard, and demanded that all the passed candidates should immediately be deputed for training. Both the GM (FP) and the GM (Rectt. & Training) assured to take prompt action. 

 

[03.10.2016]Take immediate steps to remove the stringent conditions of the JAO RR 2001 – GS demands.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today, and discussed the following demands of BSNLEU, with regards to relaxing the stringent conditions of the JAO RR 2001. 

 

(i)       Non-Executives who have completed 5 years service in any pay scale with the requisite qualification should be allowed to appear in the exam.

(ii)     The upper age limit should be kept as 55 years on par with JTO RR, since JTO and JAO are allied cadres of the same pay scale.

(iii)    The cut off date for reckoning the 5 year residency period should be shifted from 1st January to 1st July of the vacancy year, since the cut off date is generally fixed as 1st July of the year in all Recruitment Rules.  

 

After detailed discussion, the GM (FP) agreed with the above demands of BSNLEU, and assured the GS that needful steps would be taken promptly, to incorporate necessary amendments to the JAO RR 2001. 

 

[03.10.2016]BSNLEU demands Corporate Management to immediately fix date for TT LDCE and JE LDCE.

BSNLEU has already written to the Corporate Management, pointing out that no date has been fixed in BSNL’s calendar for examinations, with regards to holding Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE. The issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and Ms. Anima Roy GM (Rectt.&Trg.). The GM (Estt.) replied that these exams could not be conducted, mainly because Corporate Office has to conduct three JTO LICEs this year, apart from the other routine examinations. However, the GS pointed out the necessity to hold the TT LDCE and JE LDCE promptly, and insisted the Management to hold the same by notifying them in the calendar. 

 

[03.10.2016]BSNLEU demands to restore the off-net facility on Rs.200/- SIM.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, and pointed out that the provision of off-net calls (for Rs.50/-) in the Rs.200/- SIM has been withdrawn. The GS demanded the facility should be immediately restored. The GM (Admn.) responded positively and assured to take needful action.<<view letter>>