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Pioneers 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 23-04-2014 at 19:45 hrs]

 

[23.04.2014]Meeting of the Designation Committee to be held tomorrow the 24.04.2014.

The Committee for Change of Designations of the Non-Executives is meeting tomorrow. The Committee meeting has not taken place for a long time, due to the total negligence on the part of the Management. This is the first meeting, after reconstituting the Committee, with the representation of both the Recognised Unions. We hope that the Management will come forward to settle the issue amicably, and without further loss of time.

 

[23.04.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, strongly protesting the decision of the BSNL Board to form a Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view letter>>

 

[23.04.2014]30th meeting of the National Council held.

The 30th meeting of the National Council took place today the 23-04-2014. Shri A.N.Rai, chairman of the National Council, presided over. In today's meeting the Staff Side strongly protested the indifferent attitude of the Management,  in settling the long pending genuine problems of the Non-Executives, on the plea that the Company is facing a crisis. It was also questioned, how the top officers of the Company continue to incur extravagant expenditures when the Company is facing financial crisis. Further, the repeated statements being made by the CMD BSNL, to give a wrong picture, as if the Company has gone into loss only because of the huge expenditure being incurred for payment of salaries to the employees, was strongly protested by the Staff Side in the meeting. The Management was demanded to start early discussion on the charter of demands submitted to the CMD BSNL on 09-04-2014, and to find an amicable solution to the problems. As regards the decision of the BSNL Board to form a separate Subsidiary Tower Company, as well as the proposal to induct a strategic partner subsequently,  they came under the severe criticism of the Staff Side. The Staff Side recorded it's strong protest for the decisions and demanded to rescind the same. A brief report on the discussions that took place today will be uploaded on the website tomorrow.

 

[22.04.2014]Corporate Office letter to all CGM's on Empanelment of hospitals at Kolkata and Chennai.<<view letter>>

 

[22.04.2014]National Council Staff Side meeting held.

As a prelude to the National Council meeting to be held tomorrow the 23.04.2014, a meeting of the Staff Side took place at Dada Ghosh Bhawan. Com. Islam Ahmed, Leader, Staff Side, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary Staff Side, welcomed all and explained about the purpose of the meeting. The meeting made a brief review of the last NC meeting deliberations. Thereafter, a detailed discussion took place on the agenda items for the NC meeting to be held tomorrow.

 

[21.04.2014]Presentation by Management on formation of a subsidiary tower company.

 

A presentation was made by the Management, to the unions and associations, today the 21.04.2014, on the formation of a subsidiary tower company.  A good number of unions and associations participated. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS participated on behalf of BSNLEU. In the presentation, Management gave the following informations.

 

 

(i)    BSNL is having more than 60,000 towers. But it is unable to earn much revenue from these towers.

 

(ii)   To earn more revenue from towers, Management has decided to form a subsidiary tower company.

 

(iii)  Consultant Company, KPMG, was engaged by BSNL for this purpose. KPMG had submitted it’s report.

 

(iv)  BSNL’s Board of Directors has already taken decision to form a subsidiary tower company, which has been sent to government’s approval. It is before the GoM now.

 

(v)  After formation of the subsidiary company, a strategic partner will be inducted who will bring in technical expertise as well as capital.

 

After listening to the presentation, the unions and associations made the following observations.

 

(i)   It was strongly protested that the BSNL Board had taken decision to form a subsidiary tower company, without taking the unions and associations into confidence.

 

(ii)   After formation of the tower company, the Management intends to induct a strategic partner, by selling the shares of the subsidiary company to that strategic partner. This is nothing but disinvestment, which ultimately will lead to privatization of the tower company. The unions and associations have expressed their strong protest for this.

 

The GM (SR) assured that the views of the unions and associations would be taken to the notice of the top Management.

[21.04.2014]Seminar & Felicitation program of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti held at Indore on 14th April, 2014.<<click here>>

[21.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of JAO/AAO as on 01.03.2014.<<click here>>

 

[21.04.2014]Corporate Office issues order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014.<<click here>>

 

[21.04.2014]Tamil Nadu circle conducts an impressive convention at Coimbatore.<<click here>>

 

[19.04.2014]Report on Jharkhand Extended Circle working committee meeting held on 12.04.2014.<<click here>>

 

[19.04.2014]CAG can audit accounts of private telecom companies-says Supreme Court.

In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) can audit the accounts of private telecom companies, upholding the judgement earlier given by the Delhi High Court, on the subject. The Supreme Court has ordered that the CAG can audit the accounts books of private companies, which are doing business, using national wealth or natural resources, on a revenue sharing basis. The background of this case is that, the private telecom companies pay license fee to the government, based on their revenue collection. But it was found out that the private telecom companies are under reporting their revenue, and are cheating the government of it's due share of their revenue collection. Hence, the government took the decision that the CAG would audit the account books of private telecom companies. However, this was challenged by the private telecom companies in the Delhi High Court, which dismissed their petitions. Against the judgement of the Delhi High Court, appeals were made in the Supreme Court. 

 

The judgement of the Supreme Court is crucial in the sense, that it may be made applicable in sectors like coal, petroleum, natural gas, etc., where private companies are doing business in the natural resources of the country, on a revenue sharing basis. 

 

[19.04.2014]MTNL to manage and maintain a Confidential Network of the government.

The government is putting in place, a 'Secured and Dedicated Communications Network' (SDCN), for confidential, intra-departmental communications. Central Ministers, beauracrats and top officials of India's security agencies will use this secured network. The management and maintenance of this secured network is to be handled by the MTNL.  Government of India might have felt the compulsion of putting in place such a secured and dedicated network, in view of the fact that the United States is spying the communications of the top most leaders of almost all the countries in the world.

 

[17.04.2014]West Bengal circle convention on Neo Liberal policies, etc., at Kolkata on 16.04.2014.<<click here>>

 

[17.04.2014]All India Conference to be held from 6th to 9th November, 2014 at Kolkata.

Decision has already been taken to hold the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU at Kolkata. The 4 circle unions of West Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory (Kolkata) and Telecom Stores have accepted the responsibly to host the Conference. The reception committee for conducting the AIC has already been formed. The All India Centre meeting which took place at New Delhi yesterday the 16-04-2014, has finalised the dates for the AIC. It will be held from 6th to 9th November, 2014.

 

[17.04.2014]Discussion on pending issues. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed about the various pending issues. Especially, discussion took place on issues like removal of hardships in the implementation of NEPP, implementation of E1 pay scale, giving one time relaxation to officials who do not have 10th std. qualification to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE, rescinding of Corporate Office letter withdrawing one additional increment granted in lieu of Grade IV, granting full 3% additional increment on promotion under NEPP even to officials who are in stagnation, Srinagar Valley allowance were discussed. The union representatives pressed for early settlement of these issues.

 

[17.04.2014]Foreign investors have pumped Rs.30,000/- crore into Indian share market since 1st February, 2014.   

With the hope that the Narendra Modi led BJP will form the next government at the Centre, Foreign investors (FIIs) have pumped a staggering Rs.30,000/- crore into Indian share market since 1st February, 2014. What is their expectation? Their expectation is that Narendra Modi, after becoming Prime Minister, will put in place such policies which will be helpful for them to loot the people of India. 

 

[17.04.2014]Supreme Court says that Child Care Leave can be availed continuously for 2 years. 

A woman employee having minor children, can avail Child Care Leave (CCL) for a maximum period of 2 years (730 days). Recently, the Kolkata High Court has passed an order, stating that the rules do not permit a woman employee to avail uninterrupted CCL for 730 days. However, now the Supreme Court has set aside the order of the Kolkata High Court and has held that a woman employee can avail uninterrupted CCL for 730 days. 

 

[17.04.2014]Most of the Congress and BJP candidates for Lok Sabha elections are crorepatis. 

It is a known fact that the New Liberal Policies being implemented by the Congress and BJP parties are only helping the rich to become richer. As a result, India is now having more number of billionaires than Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland. From the nominations filed for the Lok Sabha elections, it is seen that 86% of Congress Party candidates and 83% of the BJP candidates are crorepatis. How can we expect these crorepatis to work for the poor people of this country?

 

[17.04.2014]Meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of major Non-Executive Cadres will be held on 24-04-2014.<<view letter>>

 

[16.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on revision of stipend payable to DR TTAs / Sr.TOAs / TMs. 

The Staff Side of the National Council has taken up the item for revising the stipend payable to DR TTAs / Sr.TOAs / TMs, for the forthcoming 30th National Council meeting. Based on this, the Corporate Office has issued clarification to the circles stating that stipend should be revised based on Corporate Office letters dated 05th August, 2005 and 12th November, 2008. Accordingly, 70% of the minimum of the pay scale plus the admissible IDA shall be the stipend payable to the trainees.<<view letter>>  

 

[16.04.2014]Corporate Office guideline on handling cases, challenging the JTO RR.  

The Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh, vide it’s final order dated 30.01.2014, has rejected the candidature of those who were provisionally allowed to appear the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013, upholding the provisions of the JTO RR 2001. Corporate Office has directed the circle heads to utilise this judgement of the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh, in dealing with cases filed in different courts, challenging the JTO RR 2001. <<view letter>>

 

[16.04.2014]A.P.Circle holds Massive Convention at Hyderabad on 16.4.2014.<<click here>>

 

[16.04.2014]Rajasthan Circle Convention at Jaipur.<<click here>>

 

[16.04.2014]Smt. Sujata Tapan Ray is appointed as ED (Finance) of BSNL.

Smt. Sujata Tapan Ray, presently working as PGM (Finance), Gujarat, is appointed as the ED (Finance) of BSNL. She is an absorbed IP&T AFS officer. BSNLEU welcomes Smt. Sujata Tapan Ray.<<view letter>>

 

[16.04.2014]Rs.200/- free SIM cared to all employees.

BSNLEU has taken up issue with the Management, demanding that Rs.200/- free SIM card should be issued to the left out employees also, i.e., those staff who are working in the indoor as well as in offices also. The issue is also taken up by the Staff Side for the forth coming 30th National Council meeting to be held on 23.04.2014. The Corporate Office has called for certain details from the circles, in this regard. All circle secretaries are requested to immediately discuss the issue with the CGMs and arrange to send the inputs without delay.<<view letter>>

 

[15.04.2014]BSNL to start a technical university which will offer engineering and management courses.

BSNL has initiated steps to start a technical university,  which will offer technical and management courses. It also intends to offer courses on cyber security. The Company will shortly approach the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), as well as the University Grants Commission (UGC) in this regard. BSNL is having very big training institutes at Ghaziabad and at Jabalpur. Apart from this, it is also having training institutes at 16 other places. By utilising this vast infrastructure, obviously  the  Company intends to moblise more resources. Certainly, the initiative being by the Company is a step in the right direction and we welcome it.

 

[15.04.2014]Airtel and Vodafone hike tariffs

Airtel and Vodafone have secretly hiked tariffs of some of the plans. Airtel has increased tariffs on some of its plans from 45 paise to 50 paise. It's 28 day mobile Internet pack will hereafter be valid for only 25 days. In this manner Vodafone has also modified some of its plans. This tariff hike is expected to result in fare hike by other operators also. Airtel and Vodafone command 52% market share.

 

[15.04.2014]National Council meeting rescheduled.  It will be held on 23-04-2014.
The National Council meeting has been notified to be held on 22-04-2014. The meeting is now rescheduled, and will be held on 23-04-2014. All members of the National Council are requested to make note of the change of date, and are requested to reschedule their journey accordingly. <<click here>>

[15.04.2014]Staff Side meeting of the National Council will be held on 22-04-2014.

In view of the change in the date of the meeting of the National Council, the date of the meeting of the Staff Side also stands modified. The Staff Side meeting will now take place on 22-04-2014. The time and venue remains the same. National Council members are requested to make note of this change.

[15.04.2014]Designations Committee meeting will be held on 24-04-2014.

Notification has already been issued by the Management to hold the meeting of the Designations Committee on 23-04-2014. This meeting stands postponed and will be held on 24-04-2014. Committee members are requested to make note of this change in the date.

 

[14.04.2014]BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Dr.B.R.Ambedkar - 14.04.2014

 

BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage and rich tributes to Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, on the occasion of his 123rd birth anniversary. The Indian Constitution is the contribution of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, which greatly helps the country to continue as a modern democracy in the present day world.


He was a great social reformer, who selflessly dedicated his entire life in crusading against the atrocities being meted out to the dalits and other oppressed sections of the society. The CEC meeting, held at Rajkot, has rightly called upon our units to observe Dr.B.R.Ambedkar's birth anniversary in a befitting manner. On this day, let us take the resolution to work to complete the unfinished goals of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar. 

[14.04.2014]Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations writes to Secretary, DoT on 78.2% IDA fixation benefit to pensioners who retired before 10.06.2013.<<view letter>>

[12.04.2014]The 6th Bihar circle conference successfully held at Muzaffarpur.<<click here>>

[12.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on details of Departmental JAOs - 2010 batch for the purpose of Seniority List in the Grade of AAOs/JAOs.<<view letter>> <<annexure>>

[12.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on calculation of vacancies for Compassionate Ground Appointments.<<view letter>>

[11.04.2014]Successful convention held at Chhattisgarh circle on Neo Liberal Policies, communal harmony, etc.<<click here>>

 

[11.04.2014]Modify Presidential Order on payment of 78.2% IDA merger - Forum resolves to raise the demand before the DoT.

The meeting of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations was held on 09-04-2014, reviewed the issue of revision of pension to the retirees, based on 78.2% IDA merger. It is learnt that the settlement of the issue is getting delayed in view of the fact that the Department of Expenditure has raised certain queries to the DoT, on it's proposal to revise pension notionally from 01-01-2007 and payment from 10-06-2013. It is learnt that the Dept. of Expenditure has asked the DoT, how pension could be fixed on notional basis. The meeting of the Forum discussed the issue at length and came to the conclusion that the Presidential Directive issued by the DoT on 10-06-2013 is the root cause for all the problems, wherein it is mentioned that fixation of 78.2% IDA merger would be done notionally from 01-01-2007 and payment would be made only from 10-06-2013. Hence,  the meeting unanimously decided to demand the DoT, to modify it's Presidential Order issued on 10-06-2013, to the effect that actual payment on 78.2% IDA merger will be made from 01-01-2007 itself,  both for the serving employees,  as well as for the pensioners. It is decided to seriously persue this case with the DoT. 

 

[11.04.2014]Decision to go on struggle, for the revival of BSNL, is to be taken after the formation of the new government at the centre - Forum meeting decides.

The Forum meeting, held on 09-04-2014, reviewed the financial condition of BSNL, as well as the demands raised in the memorandum submitted by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. Neither the government nor the BSNL Management has taken any step so far in this regard. It was strongly felt that going on struggles was unavoidable to pressurise the government and the Management to take action on the memorandum.  However, in view of the on going elections to the Lok Sabha, it is decided that decision to go on struggles would be taken after formation of the new government at the centre.

[11.04.2014]Successful convention held at Punjab circle on Neo-Liberal Policies, their impact on BSNL, Communal Harmony and Ten Point Demand Charter of Central Trade Unions.<<click here>>

[09.04.2014]Copy of the Memorandum on the long pending demands of the Non-Executives, submitted to the CMD BSNL, by JAC, today the 09.04.2014.<<view memorandum>> 

[09.04.2014]JAC of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives submitted memorandum to the CMD BSNL.

Representatives of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Union and Associations of the Non-Executives met shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, today the 09.04.2014 and submitted a Memorandum on the long pending demands of the Non-Executives. The delegation of the representatives consisted of com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Convenor, JAC, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and President, JAC, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and Joint Convenor, JAC, com. R.C. Pandey, GS, BTEU and Financial Secretary, JAC, com. Pawan Meena, GS, SNATTA and Joint Convenor, JAC, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Abdus Samad, Dy.GS, TEPU, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE and com. R.S. Yadav, Jt. Secretary, BSNL ATM. The representatives insisted upon the CMD BSNL to look into the problems and to ensure an early and amicable settlement. The CMD BSNL assured to do the needful.<<view photo>> 

[09.04.2014]Corporate Office writes to all the CGM’s to send details of the employees who are granted with the temporary status before 30.09.2000 and regularised after 01.10.2000.<<view letter>>

[08.04.2014]Submission of memorandum and Lunch hour demonstration at Corporate Office on 09.04.2014. 

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives will submit a memorandum to the CMD BSNL on 09.04.2014, on the burning problems of the Non-Executives.  A lunch hour demonstration will also take place in the Corporate Office on that day. All the General Secretaries are requested to participate in these programme.

 

[08.04.2014]Amit Shah spits communal venom in UP.

Amit Shah, General Secretary of BJP has spitted communal venom in Uttar Pradesh. In his speech at Bijnor on 4th April, he had spoken that Mayawati had given 19 poll tickets to the people of a particular community, who rape women and kill men and youth. Such speeches are aimed at further inciting communal violence and thereby dividing people. BSNLEU severely condemns the speech of Amit Shah. (Times of India dated 08.04.2014).<<view report>>

 

[08.04.2014]Class on Trade Union history conducted.

As a part of the two day trade union class, being organised by the K.G. Bose Memorial and ducation Trust, a class on trade union history was conducted today by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU. The history of World Trade Union Movement, Indian Trade Union Movement and the P&T Trade Union Movement was explained in today’s class. With this topic, the today class came to an end. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, concluded the class by conveying CHQ’s gratitude to the circle unions for utilising the class in an effecting manner.<<view photo>>  

 

[08.04.2014]Indore district union donated Rs.31,000/-.

Indore district union donated Rs.31,000/- as CHQ fund. Com. Prakash Sharma, District Secretary, Indore handed over the cheque today to the CHQ in the trade union class conducted at K.G. Bose Bhawan.<<view photo>>

 

[07.04.2014]K.G.Bose Memorial and Education Trust conducts trade union class at New Delhi.

A two day trade union class, by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Education Trust, started today. The classes took place in the auditorium of K.G.Bose Bhawan, New Delhi. Comrades from Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,  Jharkhnad, UP (East), UP (West), Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Corporate Office participated in the class. Each circle participated in the class with their allotted number of students. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, president, welcomed all the comrades. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke briefly on the need for conducting the trade union class. Thereafter, the class started. Today's first class was conducted by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, on "Neo Liberal Policies and their impact on Telecom Sector." In the post lunch session, class on "Communal Harmony" was conducted by professor Rajeev Kunwar of Delhi University. At the end of each class, questions were raised by the students, which were answered by the teachers.<<< views of the class>>>

[07.04.2014]Convention as resolved by the CEC Rajkot was conducted jointly by the BSNLEU TF & TS Circle Kolkata.<click here>>

[05.04.2014]Karnataka circle conducts convention on Neo-Liberal policies, communal harmony and 10 point charter of demands at Hubli.<<click here>>

[05.04.2014]DPE issued order on IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014.<<click here>>

 

[04.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on  various issues raised by the Unions and Associations.<<click here>>

 

[04.04.2014]US and European Union play dirty politics in Ukraine - Editorial of Tele Crusader April, 2014.<<click here>> 

[04.04.2014]US secretly built Twitter like network to stir unrest in Cuba.

The United States is preaching about democracy and human rights to the entire world. But it is the number one country in murdering democracy in other countries, which it does not like. The Associated Press, has now exposed how the US tries to topple the progressive government in Cuba. We reproduce hereunder excerpts from today’s Times of India in this regard. 

“The US government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” – a communications network, designed to undermine the communist govt. in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, the Associated Press has learned. First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people, then the plan was to push them towards dissent. Yet, its users were neither aware it was created by a US agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used some day for political purposes.” 

- Times of India 04.04.2014

 

[03.04.2014]CMD's DO letter regarding settlement of pre 2006 CDA pension revision cases.<<view letter>> 

 

[03.04.2014]Corporate Office calls for applications for finalising panel of coaches.<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2014]Shri John A Thomas will look after as ED (Finance), BSNL.

Consequent to the retirement of Smt. Geeta Rau, ED (Finance), Corporate Office has issued letter stating that Shri John A Thomas, PGM (IA&ENT), Corporate Office, will look after as ED (Finance).<<view letter>> 

 

[02.04.2014]BSNL endorses DoT letter on CGHS facilities to BSNL retirees.<<click here>>

 

[02.04.2014]Trade Union Classes to be held at New Delhi on 7th and 8th April – Circle Secretaries to note please.

It is already intimated that the K.G. Bose Memorial and Education Trust is holding trade union classes at K.G. Bose Bhawan, New Delhi, on 7th and 8th April, 2014, for the North Indian Circles. CHQ has also already intimated the names of the circles and the number of seats allotted to each circle. The circle secretaries are requested to inform the General Secretary through SMS immediately, the actual number of comrades attending the classes from their circles, as well as the date and time of their arrival. The classes will start at 1000 hrs on 7th April and will be over at 1400 hrs on 8th April.

 

[02.04.2014]The Circle Executive Committee meeting and Convention of NTR Circle.

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of NTR circle was held in the CTO Sabhaghar today the 02.04.2014. Com. H.L. Makkar, Circle President, presided over the meeting. As a part of this meeting a convention on Neo Liberal Policies, Communal Harmony and the 10 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. The convention was addressed by Com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS, com. R.S. Chauhan and com. Chhidu Singh, Asst. Circle Secretary. Nearly 200 comrades attended the convention. 

 

[02.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on 2nd amendment to BSNL Employees Gratuity Trust Rules.<<click here>> <<annexure>>

 

[02.04.2014]Madhya Pradesh circle conducts successful convention as per the decision of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>

 

[02.04.2014]Corporate Office has issued letter on formation of Standing Committee.

BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management for early formation of the Standing Committee of the National Council. Corporate Office has now issued the letter. BSNLEU will have 3 members and NFTE will have 2 members in the Committee.<<view letter>> 

 

[01.04.2014]Meeting with Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and discussed the following issues.

 

(1)      Immunity from transfer at par with Executives.

It was demanded that the office-bearers of the recognised unions of Non-Executives should be granted immunity from transfers for three years, as is being given for the Executives. (This demand is already rejected by the GM (SR).

 

(2)     Change of designations.

Management should consider without further delay, the change of designations of the Non-Executives. (The designations committee meeting is taking place on 23.04.2014)

 

(3)       5 years of qualifying service for appearing JTO LICE.

The present qualifying service for appearing JTO LICE should be reduced to atleast 5 years.

 

(4)      One time relaxation for appearing Telecom Mechanic LDCE.

As a one time relaxation, the RMs and Group ‘D’s, who are not having 10th std. qualification should be allowed to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE.

 

(5)      Remitting CHQ quota of union subscription through RTGS.

Corporate Office should issue a circular to all the CGMs, directing the DDOs to remit quota of union subscription to the CHQ through RTGS.

 

(6)     Srinagar Valley Allowance.

Following the order issued by the DoP&T, the BSNL Board should immediately take decision for the extension of Srinagar Valley Allowance.

 

(7)      Implementation of the settlement reached on correct implementation of NEPP.

The settlement reached on 18.10.2013, in respect of correct implementation of NEPP should be implemented without further delay.

 

(8)       Harassments of GM, Jamshedpur.

Corporate Office should ensure to immediately stop the harassments of GM Jamshedpur.

 

The Director (HR) assured to look into all these issues and to take appropriate action.

 

[01.04.2014]Meeting with GM (NOFN).

Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Sebastin, GS (SNEA) and com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS met Shri Ranjan Ghosh, GM (NOFN) and discussed the impact that BBNL will have on the future of BSNL. Various doubts being raised by the employees regarding BBNL were also got clarified. More discussions in this regard may be required.

 

[01.04.2014]Meeting with Sr.GM (BFCI).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS met Smt. Yojna Das, Sr.GM (BFCI) and discussed the following issues.

  

(1) The representatives pointed out that the EMI amount being recovered from the employees, towards bank loans, are not being remitted to the banks, by 10th of every month, which results in imposition of penal interest on the employees. This delay, it is being told at the SSA level, is due to non-allotment of fund from Corporate Office.

 

The Sr.GM replied that the reason being told by the SSA administrations is not correct. She assured that sufficient fund would be allotted on time, if the same is requisitioned by the circles on time. 

 

(2)  The representatives pointed out that sufficient fund is not being allotted to Kolkata Circle for BSNLMRS, as a result of which many hospitals have withdrawn from BSNL tie-up, citing heavy backlog of payment. 

 

The Sr.GM, also refuted this. She stated that sufficient fund will be allotted, if requisitioned on time.

[01.04.2014]Corporate Office letter on posting JAO candidates to nearby/deficient circles.<<view letter>> 

[31.03.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR), on removal of discrimination in immunity from transfers between the office-bearers of the Non-Executives and Executives.<<view letter>> 

[31.03.2014]SR Section of the Corporate Office rejects BSNLEU’s demand for parity on immunity from transfers between the Non-Executives and Executives.<<view letter>> 

[31.03.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR), on the acute delay in the settlement reached on correct implementation of NEPP.<<view letter>> 

31.03.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR), on extension of Srinagar Valley allowance and special concession/facilities to the employees working in Kashmir Valley.<<view letter>>

[31.03.2014]IDA decreased.

It is reliably learnt that the IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014 has decreased by 2.1%. Therefore the new rate of IDA will be 88.4%.  

 

[29.03.2014]“Kettle calling the pot black” - Article of Telecrusader on Lok Sabha Elections 2014. <<click here>>

 

[28.03.2014]Designations Committee meeting to take place on 23.04.2014.

The Reconstituted Committee for Change of Designations of the Non-Executives, will meet on 23.04.2014. The issue of change of designations is unduly delayed by the Management. Now, we will try to sort it out as early as possible. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS are representatives of BSNLEU in the Committee.<<view letter>>

 

[28.03.2014]Withdrawal of one extra increment granted in lieu of Grade IV - Corporate Office writes to CGMs.

BSNLEU has strongly opposed the Corporate Office letter, vide which the one extra increment granted in lieu of Grade IV, to the officials one year prior to their retirement, and has demanded restoration of that one increment. Corporate Office has requested the CGMs to furnish certain informations in this connection. Circle Secretaries are requested to kindly take up this issue with their respective CGMs and arrange early despatch of the informations to the Corporate Office.<<view letter>>

 

[27.03.2014]Notification for the National Council meeting to be held on 22.04.2014.<<click here>>

 

[27.03.2014]Functioning of councils – Circle and District Secretaries to note please:- 

In most of the circles and SSAs, councils are already formed. After the 6th verification two unions, viz., BSNLEU and NFTE are participating in the councils. It is very essential that the Staff Side members of both the unions act in coordination. This is necessary for the smooth functioning of the councils, as well as for the settlement of the issues. Lack of coordination among, Staff Side members will be exploited by unscrupulous officers from the Management Side. To improve coordination, the following guidelines should compulsorily followed.

 

(i)   Staff Side items are submitted to the Management only by the Staff Side Secretary. But before submission of the items, both the unions should sit, discuss and unanimously finalise the items to be submitted.

 

(ii)  Holding of a pre-council Staff Side meeting, one day prior to the council meeting, is a must. In this meeting, the items already submitted should be discussed thoroughly and a unified approach on those issues should be evolved.

 

(iii) Being the major Union, Circle/District Secretaries of BSNLEU are having more responsibility in ensuring coordinated functioning between both the unions in the councils.

 

Wherever unresolved differences exist between both the unions in the matter of functioning in councils, the matter should immediately be brought to the notice of the Circle/General Secretary of BSNLEU, for necessary intervention and solution.

 

[27.03.2014]Article on contract labour by com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU. 

The system of contract labour is introduced by the capitalists to maximise their profit by ruthlessly exploiting the working class. Even after 43 years of bringing in a law in the Indian Parliament (Contract Labour Regulation and Abolition Act 1970), to protect the interests of the contract labour, their condition continues to be very pathetic. Their wages, working hours, job security, social security etc., etc., continue to be very abysmal. It is shocking to know that the telecom sector engages the largest number of contract labour (60% of the total workforce of the PSUs and private companies) in the country. BSNLEU is relentlessly taking efforts to orgainse the contract workers under the banner of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF). In this connection we reproduce a recent article by com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, which throws much light on the issue. Comrades are requested to read it.<<view article>>

[27.03.2014]A brief report on observing International Women’s day, BSNLEU’s foundation day and anniversary of the Martyrdom of comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru in Tamil Nadu circle.<<click here>>

[26.03.2014]BSNLEU greets the newly elected All India office bearers of FNTO.

The All India Conference of FNTO was held at Chennai, from 20th to 22nd March, 2014. In this conference, com. Thomas John.K, com. K. Jayaprakash and com. B.C.Pathak were elected as President, General Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. BSNLEU heartily greets the entire team of office bearers elected in the Conference.

[26.03.2014]Kolkata circle conducted an effective convention as per the decision of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>

[26.03.2014]Orissa circle conducts successful convention as per the decision of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>

[26.03.2014]Kerala circle conducts an inspiring convention as per the decision of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>

[26.03.2014]CEC meeting BSNLEU, Kerala Circle.

The Circle executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU Kerala Circle was held at P & T House Thiruvananthapuram on 19th March 2014.  Com. A.V.Kuriakose, Circle President, presided.  Com. K.Mohan, Circle secretary, welcomed all. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLEU, addressed the CEC and explained the decisions of the CEC Rajkot for effective implementation. He also spoke on the decisions of the Forum as well as the newly formed JAC of Non-Executive Unions/Associations. The CEC discussed in detail about the issues and organisational matters. The tasks of the workers in the present situation as well as in the general elections were also discussed.

 

[26.03.2014]BSNLEU Day celebrated in Kozhikode.

BSNLEU Foundation Day, 22nd March 2014, was celebrated at Kozhikode by organising a well attended meeting in the PGM Office premises. Com. Purushothaman, District President, presided. Com. Jayarajan District Secretary, BSNLEU welcomed all. Inaugurating the meeting, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, spoke about the heritage of BSNLEU and the circumstances under which the Union was formed by merging 8 existing unions. The achievements of the union during the last 13 years were also focused. Com. Vijayakumar, ACS, BSNLEU and Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi, convener, State Mahila committee also addressed.<<view photos>>

 

[26.03.2014]BSNLCCLU Kerala convention.<<click here>>

 

[26.03.2014]Chennai Telephones Circle celebrates BSNLEU Day.<<click here>>

 

[25.03.2014]Observance of Foundation Day of BSNLEU at WB Circle.<<click here>>

 

[25.03.2014]14th Foundation Day of BSNLEU a tribute by Calcutta Telephones Circle.

Unlike the previous years, the members of  Calcutta Telephones Circle has acted as a pointer with love for their sacred union, BSNL Employees Union, with the dream of holding the Red flag of the union high in the sky. Thousands and thousand workers in co-ordination with AIBDPA & Calcutta Telephones Thika Majdoor union members assembled in the offices and exchanges and by hoisting union flag and garlanding Martyr column paid due homage  to our   ancestors who sacrificed their life for the cause of exploitation free society. Forty six divisional organizations under thirteen district branches implemented the foundation day in an orderly manner. District Secretaries, Division Branch Secretaries, Organisers, leaders in their address to the workers conveyed the message to continue struggle against communal forces, to defend neo-liberal economic policy, save democracy, empower women’s rights, protect workers interest and uphold the Red Flag of our union. Circle Union conducted one convention at Subarna Banik Samaj Hall and observed the foundation day in the light of trade union education.

 

[24.03.2014]Corporate Office letter on Declaration of Holiday on 14th  April, 2014 - Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.<<click here>>

 

[24.03.2014]8th Blood Donation camp held on the eve of BSNLEU's foundation day at Ludhiana.<<click here>> 

 

[24.03.2014]Assam Circle organized BSNLEU's foundation day.<<click here>>

[24.03.2014]BSNLEU's Foundation Day celebrated at  Ahmednagar.<<click here>>

[24.03.2014]BSNLEU's Foundation Day celebrated at Durg.<<view photo>>

 

[24.03.2014]District Branch Indore commemorate BSNLEU day & Martyrdom day. 

In the auspices of 14th foundation day of BSNLEU & Martyrdom Anniversary of Com. Bhagat Singh, Com. Sukhdev and Com. Rajguru,  Indore District Comrades organized two days program on 22nd and 23rd in a befitting manner. In a very good gathering comprising our women members on foundation day, Com. M L Chaudhari, Assistant Circle Secretary addressed the meeting. On 23rd a seminar was conducted where Com. Ajit Ketkar, leader of Insurance Employees Union in his eloquent speech emulate the life & thoughts of the Martyrs co-relating their ideological relevance with the present trade union movement. Com. Prakash Sharma, District Secretary threw light on the revolutionary actions of the Martyrs.

 

[24.03.2014]Corporate Office issues guidelines for nominations to local councils at circle headquarters and SSA levels.<<view letter>>

 

[24.03.2014]Joint Action Committee (JAC) of unions and associations of Non-Executives to submit charter of demands on 09-04-2014.

It was decided in the meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of unions and associations of the Non-Executives, held at New Delhi on 11-03-2014, to submit a memorandum to the Management,  consisting of the important problems of the Non-Executives. Accordingly,  it is decided that the memorandum Will be submitted to the CMD BSNL on 09-04-2014. A lunch hour demonstration will also take place at the Corporate Office on that day. General Secretaries of all the affiliated unions and associations are requested to participate in the programme. If Management fails to settle the burning problems,  then countrywide agitational programme will start after the Parliament elections.

 

[24.03.2014]Com.Islam Ahmed, president, NFTE BSNL, bereaved.

We are deeply grieved to know that the daughter of com.Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE BSNL, has passed away at Allahabad today. She has been ailing and was under treatment for the past several months. BSNLEU condoles the death of com.Islam's daughter. It also offers it's deepest condolences to com.Islam as well as all the members of his family.

 

[22.03.2014]Corporate Office letter on Periodical Cash Fund Authorisation to all circles - revision of proforma.<<click here>> 

 

[22.03.2014]BSNLEU's Foundation Day celebrated at Puducherry.<<view photos>>

 

[22.03.2014]Revolutionary greetings on the occasion of BSNLEU's Foundation Day.

CHQ conveys it's revolutionary greetings to all the comrades on the occasion of BSNLEU's Foundation Day, today. BSNLEU has brought many path-breaking achievements for the employees. Right from it's inception, it has stood in the forefront to safeguard the Company from the anti-BSNL policies of the government. Reviving BSNL's past glory is BSNLEU's top most agenda today. On this occasion, CHQ calls upon the entire employees to come forward to strengthen BSNL, by way of sustained struggles against government's hostile policies and also by way of giving better performance, through improved work culture.

BSNLEU zindabad.

Worker's unity zindabad.

Inquilab zindabad.

 

[21.03.2014]All India Conference of FNTO at Chennai-  General Secretary addressed the Open Session.

The Open Session of the All India Conference of FNTO took place today at Chennai. It was inaugurated by the veteran leader of the INTUC, shri Kaalan. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed it and greeted the Conference and the delegates. In his speech,  com. P.Abhimanyu, emphatically underscored the necessity of the unity of all the unions and associations of  the Non-Executives, for settling the long pending problems, as well as to defend BSNL.<<view photos>>

[21.03.2014]Director (CM)'s DO letter to CGMs on Improved Quality of Mobile Services.<<view letter>> <<annexure>>

[20.03.2014]Eminent writer and journalist, Kushwant Singh passed away.

Eminent writer and journalist, Kushwant Singh has passed away. He was 99 years old. He shot to fame by writing his first novel "Train to Pakistan", which was written with the Indo-Pakistan partition as the backdrop. He has written more than 85 novels and has worked in many journals including the reputed "Illustrated Weekly of India". He was a recipient of Padma Vibhushan award. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to the great writer and also offers it's heartfelt condolences to his family members.

 

[20.03.2014]General Secretary addressing the All India Conference of FNTO being held at Chennai. 

The All India Conference of FNTO is being held at Chennai. It's Open Session is taking place at 1600 hrs tomorrow the 21-03-2014 and Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU is addressing it. BSNLEU wishes the Conference all success.

[20.03.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) on withdrawal of BSNL letter which denies the one increment granted in lieu of Grade IV.<<view letter>>

[20.03.2014]JAC of the Unions and Associations of Non-Executives writes to the CMD BSNL on the wage reduction issue of those who are appointed on or after 01.01.2007.

As per the decision of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Unions and Associations of Non-Executives, held at New Delhi on 11.03.2014, letter is written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to immediately settle the wage reduction issue of those who are appointed on or after 01.01.2007, by granting 30% fitment. <<view letter>> 

[20.03.2014]Corporate Office releases final grant of welfare fund to various circles.<<click here>> 

[19.03.2014]Shortage of stores, materials etc. – Circle Secretaries to note please.

As regards the issue of shortage of stores, materials etc., the Rajkot CEC has given an important guideline to the circle secretaries. They should take inputs from all the district secretaries, regarding the shortage of various store items, equipments, etc. Thereafter, the shortage position should be taken up with their respective CGMs. The CGMs should be made to take up the shortage in respect of various items with the Corporate Office. A copy of this letter should be sent to the CHQ, so that the issue can be taken up in a very concrete manner with the top Management. This decision is taken in view of the fact that the Corporate Management is telling that there is no shortage of any item at the field level. All circle secretaries are requested to immediately implement this decision of the Rajkot CEC. 

 

[19.03.2014]Observe BSNLEU’s Foundation Day (22.03.2014) and the Martyrdom anniversary of Baghat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru (23.03.2014).

The CEC of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot, has given the call to all the district and circle secretaries to observe in a befitting manner, BSNLEU’s Foundation Day (22.03.2014) and the anniversary of the martyrdom of the great freedom fighters, comrades Baghat Singh, Sukh Dev and Rajguru. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to observe both the anniversaries, by holding various programme. A report on the programme and photos may be sent to CHQ without delay. 

 

[19.03.2014]Remittance of CHQ quota through NEFT/RTGS.

CHQ has already taken a decision that the quota meant for CHQ should be sent by the DDOs only through NEFT/RTGS. This ensures prompt remittance of quota to CHQ. A circular has already been sent to the circle and district secretaries, together with a copy of our bank’s letter, which carries all the details of our bank account. A copy of this bank letter should be handed over to the DDO, with a request to send the quota directly to CHQ, through NEFT/RTGS. All circle and district secretaries are requested to kindly cooperate.

 

[18.03.2014]Corporate Office letter on payment of Pension Contribution and Leave Salary Contribution for BSNL employees who are deputed to DoT Cell, TERM Cell and CCA.<<view letter>>

 

[18.03.2014]National Council meeting is to be held on 22nd April, 2014

The 30th meeting of the National Council will be held on 22nd April, 2014. Notification for this will be issued by the Management shortly. As a prelude to the National Council meeting, a Staff Side meeting will be held at 1000 hrs on 21st April, 2014. All members of the National Council are requested to make note of the dates and plan their journey accordingly. 

 

[18.03.2014]Management to make presentation on subsidiary tower company issue on 21st April, 2014.

BSNL Board has passed a resolution to create a subsidiary tower company. The entire tower business of BSNL will be taken over by that company. Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations have vehemently opposed this, since it will be easy thereafter, for the government to privatize the tower company. Now, the Management has proposed to give a presentation to the Forum at 1500 hrs on 21st April, 2014.

 

[18.03.2014]Committee for change of designations of Non-Executives reconstituted.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.03.2014]SR Branch of Corporate Office levels wild allegation against BSNLEU.

Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri is the president of BSNLEU and thus he is residing in the accommodation allotted to BSNLEU in New Delhi. He is also the President of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, in which capacity he is writing to the Management on the genuine demands of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers. The resolution passed by BSNLEU in it’s recently held CEC meeting at Rajkot, to support the struggles of casual and contract workers is not to the liking of the Management. Instead of spending it’s energy to settle the problems of casual and contract workers, the SR Branch of Corporate Office has come out with a wild allegation that the accommodation allotted to BSNLEU is being misused.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.03.2014]BSNLEU replies to Corporate Office stating that the accommodation allotted to it is being properly utilized. <<view letter>>

 

[18.03.2014]Struggle of BSNLCCWF

Corporate Office advises BSNLEU not to support the struggle of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.03.2014]Struggle of BSNLCCWF

The struggle of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation is justified. It’s demands are genuine. BSNLEU’s support to the struggle is not violative of the Recognition Rules. In fact, it is the Management, which is not fulfilling it’s duties, as envisaged in the Code of Discipline. BSNLEU writes to Corporate Office.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.03.2014]CHQ conveys warm greetings and best wishes on the occasion of Holi.

Holi is knocking the doors. On this occasion, CHQ conveys it’s warm greetings and best wishes to one and all. Holi marks end of the dreaded winter and the onset of the pleasant Spring. It is celebrated with colours. A combination of so many colours add to the richness of the festival. Similarly, a combination of so many regions, languages, religions, customs, etc. add to the richness of our great nation. While celebrating Holi, let us also resolve to strengthen the harmony of the people belonging to all the regions languages, religions etc.

 

[15.03.2014]Two day trade union class at New Delhi – Circle Secretaries to note please.

On behalf of the K.G. Bose Memorial and Education Trust, a 2 day trade union class is being organized. The classes will be held on 7th and 8th April, 2014, at K.G. Bose Bhawan, New Delhi and are meant for the comrades of the North Indian circles. Allotment of seats to various circles is already intimated through CHQ circular no.2 dated 26th February, 2014. (Available on CHQ website). CHQ is making all steps to provide comforts to the comrades attending the classes. Circle Secretaries are requested to book the journey ticket without delay and are requested to immediately inform CHQ about the times of arrival and departure of the comrades. 

[15.03.2014]Items submitted by the Staff Side, for discussion in the 30th National Council meeting, to be held in April, 2014.<<click here>>

[15.03.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office demanding free SIM to all the Non-Executives as well as access to the customers of other networks and CUG of the Executives.<<view letter>>

 

[14.03.2014]Meeting with Higher Power Committee on the issue of Superannuation Benefits of Directly Recruited Employees.

A meeting of Forum leaders with the members of the Higher Power Committee, on the issue of the Superannuation benefits of the directly recruited employees was held today in the Corporate Office. Convener, Forum and the representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA participated in the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, insisted upon the following points, on behalf of BSNLEU. 

i)        As per DPE letters dated 26.11.2008, 02.04.2009 and 24.01.2013, all PSUs, including BSNL, should contribute 30% of pay + DA towards the superannuation benefits of it’s employees. This is already implemented in all major PSUs. 

ii)      BSNL is already contributing 18% of the pay + DA, towards EPF, Gratuity and PRMB (Post Retirement Medical Benefits). Hence, the remaining 12% (30% - 18%) should compulsorily be contributed towards the pension fund of the employees. 

iii)    The proposal of the Management that it could only contribute 2% towards pension fund, on the plea that the Company is in loss and also that it will yield 50% of the last pay drawn as pension, are not acceptable to the BSNLEU. 

iv)   There will be major industrial unrest in BSNL, if the Management refuses to implement the Government orders in respect of superannuation benefits. 

 

[14.03.2014]Provide free SIM card to all the Non-Executives.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Adhir Kumar Singhal, who had recently assumed charge in the Corporate Office as GM (Admn.). In the discussion, the GS demanded that

(i)        BSNL should issue free SIM card to the Non-Executives working in indoor and offices also.

(ii)       Connectivity to the customers of other net works as well as to the CUG of Executives should be provided.

(iii)    The meetings of BSNL Welfare Board and BSNL Sports and Cultural Board, which are not held for long, should be held without further delay. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful.

 

[14.03.2014]Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to meet on 09.04.2014 to decide serious form of struggles on the issues connected with BSNL’s revival.

The leaders of the Forum held a brief discussion in the Corporate Office today, after meeting with the Higher Power Committee was over. The leaders noted with concern that the BSNL Management has not held any discussion so far with the Forum, on the demand to rescind the Board decision to form a subsidiary tower company. Similarly on the other demands of the Forum, like action programme to aggressively counter the competition from Reliance Jio, no move has been made. It was decided in the meeting to hold a full pledged meeting of the Forum on 09.04.2014, for taking a decision to go on serious form of struggles.

[14.03.2014]Review of result of failed OC candidates of JAO Part-II examination held in December 2012 by granting grace marks - Corporate Office order.<<click here>>

[14.03.2014]Corporate Office letter on Vacancy position in the grade of JAO/AAO as on 01.03.2014.<<click here>> <<annexure>>

[13.03.2014]Rs.50 crore swindled in providing private company mobile connections to railway employees. 

The Railways have given mobile connections to nearly one lakh of it’s employees. The connections are taken from a leading private mobile company (Airtel). Now, CBI has filed a case against the officials of Rail Tel Corporation for swindling Rs.50 crore, in this deal. Railways being a Central Government Dept. should have taken connections only from BSNL. But the Railway Management ignored BSNL and took it from Airtel. Now everyone will understand why top officers of Railways preferred a private company.

[Source: Times of India – 13.03.2014] 

 

[13.03.2014]Vodafone is sharing Indian subscriber data secretly with British intelligence agency – Accuses Home Ministry. 

The Union Home Ministry of India has accused that Vodafone, the UK based multi national company, is secretly sharing subscriber data with a British Intelligence and Security Organisation. GCHQ (Government Communication Head Quarters) is the British Organisation. Vodafone is accused of secretly giving unlimited access to its network of under sea cables, which carries much of world’s phone calls and internet traffic. It is very pathetic that the Home Ministry has opened it’s eyes to reality so late. 

 

It is the Government of India that had permitted 100% FDI in telecom, which has enabled multi national companies like Vodafone to spread their roots deeply in India. BSNLEU has conducted struggles, demanding that FDI limit in telecom should not be raised. But it is the Congress led UPA govt. which initially raised it to 74% and later on to 100%.

[Source: Times of India – 11.03.2014]

 

[13.03.2014]April 14th declared as holiday on account of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's birthday.<<click here>>

 

[13.03.2014]CHQ thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations, from the following comrades, as well as Circle and District Unions.<<click here>>

 

[13.03.2014]Forum writes to CMD BSNL on energy conservation.<<click here>>

 

[13.03.2014]Corporate Office reminder on provision of rent free Landline (bphone) connection – Review thereon.<<click here>>

 

[13.03.2014]Corporate Office circular on promotional offers during the festival season under mobile services.<<click here>>

 

[12.03.2014]Meeting of all Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL, held at New Delhi.

A meeting of all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL was held at New Delhi, yesterday the 11-03-2014. The meeting was held in the office of BSNL MS and was attended by the general secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE BSNL, FNTO, BTEU BSNL, SNATTA, NFTBE and BTU BSNL. It was also attended by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and representatives of BSNL MS, TEPU, BSNL ATM and ITEF. Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE BSNL presided over the meeting.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, welcomed every one and explained about the purpose of the meeting. Thereafter, a detailed discussion took place on the pending burning issues of the Non-Executives as well about the indifferent and insensitive attitude of the BSNL Management, towards the settlement of them. The issues that are to be taken up with the Management were identified. It was decided to immediately submit a memorandum on the pending issues to the Management and also to go on struggle, demanding settlement. It was decided that the struggle will take place after the forthcoming elections to the parliament. However, in view of the urgency of the issues, it was decided to conduct a dharna by the General Secretaries in the Corporate Office, in this month itself.
 

[12.03.2014]Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL formed.

With a view to conduct sustained struggles for the settlement of the important and burning problems of the Non-Executives, it was decided to form a platform of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL. Accordingly the Joint Action Committee of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL was formed in yesterday's meeting. The following comrades are unanimously elected as the office bearers of the JAC. 

 

President: Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE BSNL


Convener: Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU


Joint Convener: Com.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO


Joint Convener: Com.Pawan Meena, GS, SNATTA


Treasurer: Com.R.C.Pandey, GS, BTEU BSNL


All the General Secretaries of the affiliated Unions and Associations will be the members of the JAC.

[12.03.2014]UP (West) circle conducts an excellent circle level convention at Ghaziabad, as per the decision of the Rajkot CEC meeting. 
The UP (West) circle level convention was held at Ghaziabad today, on three key issues, viz., The Impact of Neo Liberal Economic Policy on Telecom Sector, Communal Harmony and the 10 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. This convention is being held in accordance with the decision of the Rajkot CEC meeting. The UP (West) circle union had made excellent arrangements for the convention. Com.Ansar Ali, circle president presided over the meeting. More than 350 comrades, from all districts of UP (West) circle, took part in the convention. Com.Saibal Sengupta, AGS and com.Sukvir Singh, Organising Secretary (CHQ) also took part in the convention. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention and elaborately spoke in the issues, conveying the views of the All India Union on them. The gathering accepted and appreciated the views of the Union on above mentioned issues and also assured to carry forward the message to all the nooks and corners of the circle.<<<view photos>>

[11.03.2014]The upbeat Maharashtra Circle Conference concluded with unanimous election of office-bearers.

The two day Maharashtra circle conference of BSNLEU, which was held at Ahmed Nagar, with a lot of enthusiasm, concluded with unanimous election of office bearers. The seminar on revival of BSNL, as well as the convention on Neo-Liberal Policies, communal harmony and the charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions, were conducted very effectively. The deliberations of the delegates that took place in the conference, revealed the maturity of our organisation. At the end of the conference, a unanimous panel of office-bearers, with com. Appa Saheb Gagre (Ahmed Nagar), com. Nagesh Nalawade (Pune) and com. Ganesh Hinge (CGM Office, Mumbai) was elected, as President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. CHQ heartily congratulates the new team of office-bearers. CHQ also appreciates Ahmed Nagar District Union for making excellent arrangements for the success of the Conference.

 

[11.03.2014]Meeting of all unions and associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL is taking place today.

A meeting of all unions and associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL is taking place in the BSNL MS Office at New Delhi today. The meeting will discuss about the long pending burning problems of the Non-Executives as well as the negligent and insensitive attitude of the BSNL Management towards the settlement of those issues. The meeting is also expected to chalk out a programme of action for the settlement of the issues. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the various organizations for making such a united move. 

 

[11.03.2014]The growth of Gujarat: Lies are exposed.

The implementation of the Neo-Liberal Economic Policy in India, since 1991 has only benefited the corporates and the rich. It is claimed that Indian economy has grown by 16 times since 1991. But this growth has not benefited the poor and working people of this country. The story is the same in Gujarat also. It is only Ambanis and Adanis who are benefited from the more than 10 year rule of Narendra Modi in Gujarat. The condition of the poor and working people in Gujarat has become more miserable. The article that is published in today’s Times of India exposes the bogus claims of Narendra Modi and others regarding the so called incredible growth of Gujarat.<<read article>>

 

[11.03.2014]BSNL donated Rs.14,88,59,650 to Uttarakhand flood victims relief fund.<<click here>>

 

[11.03.2014]DoP&T letter on determination of inter se seniority of direct recruits and promotees.<<click here>>

 

[10.03.2014]The two day Maharashtra Circle Conference started jubilantly at Ahmed Nagar. 

The jubilant 2 day Maharashtra Circle Conference, started at Ahmed Nagar yesterday the 09.03.2014. The Conference started with flag hoisting ceremony. National Flag was hoisted by com.Nagesh Nalawade, Circle President.  The Union Red Flag was hoisted by com. Vittal Auti, Secretary, Reception Committee. 527 delegates, 45 observers and 20 circle office bearers are participating in the Conference. A seminar on the "Revival of BSNL" was held yesterday. Com.Purushottam Gedam, Circle Secretary, initiated the discussion. The seminar was lively and was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri Anand Kulkarni, CGM, Maharashtra, com.Ajit Abhyankar (CITU), com.Nagesh Nalawade, Circle President and  com.Konde (State Govt. Employees Association). Thereafter, Com.Gedam, Circle Secretary presented the report on activities, which was followed by the deliberation of delegates. As per the decision of the Rajkot CEC meeting, a seminar was held in the conference today on the issues of (1) Neo Liberal Policy and it's impact on telecom (2) 10 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions (3) Communal Harmony. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, elaborately spoke on the issues and emphasised the need to fight against the Neo Liberal Policies and to strive to strengthen communal harmony. The delegates responded to the message of the convention enthusiastically and declared that they would take all out efforts to implement the decision of the CEC. The deliberations in the Conference are continuing.<<<view photos>>

 

[08.03.2014]Demonstration at Pondicherry demanding action on Reliance, which damaged BSNL’s cables.

Damaging of BSNL’s cables by others is a major problem in the proper maintenance of our landline service. As a result of this, thousands of our landlines go faulty at a time. It is also true that many times private telecom companies, who are our competitors, intentionally damage our cables. Our comrades should be vigilant on this and immediately plunge into action to nab the culprits. Recently BSNL cables were damaged by Reliance at Pondicherry. Immediately all the unions and associations in BSNL conducted protest demonstration, demanding action on Reliance. We appreciate and congratulate the comrades of Pondicherry.<<<view photos>> 

 

[08.03.2014]Narendra Modi is “our man”, says RSS.

The RSS said yesterday that BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is an “RSS Worker” (RSS Karyakarta). RSS Joint General Secretary, Dattatreya Horabale told the press reporters, “we are proud of him as our Karyakarta.”

Courtesy: “Times of India – 08.03.2014”

[08.03.2014]Meeting of post 01-01-2007 Recruited TTAs with Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri at Ludhiana on 06-03-2014.<<click here>>

[08.03.2014]BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee, celebrates, International Women’s Day on 07-03-2014 at Ludhiana.<<click here>>

 

[08.03.2014]State Level Convention of All India BSNL/DOT Pensioners Association held at Ludhiana on 06-03-2014.<<click here>>

 

[08.03.2014]Please send items for the next National Council meeting.

The next meeting of the National Council will be held in the 1st week of April, 2014. Hence, comrades are requested to kindly send important items if any, to be taken up in the next National Council meeting, immediately.

 

[08.03.2014]CHQ conveys warm greetings to all, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

CHQ conveys it’s warm greetings to all, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The present day society is dominated by men and still women are being treated as “second class citizens”. Violence against women, both at home and outside, is on the increase. Equal opportunities are being denied to them. The bill placed in the Parliament to provide 33% quota to women in the law making bodies, still remains a distant dream. The advent of the Neo-Liberal Economic Policy has made the lives of women more miserable. The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot, has rightly called upon the circle and district unions to observe this years International Women’s Day in a befitting manner. On this day, let us all take the oath that we will stand up to defend the equality and rights of women, both at home and every where. 

 

[08.03.2014]Corporate Office issues letter regarding the vacancies applicable for the JTO LDCE, that was held on 02.06.2013.

A number of court cases are still going on in respect of the JTO LDCE that was held on 02.06.2013, as a result of which the results are not declared in those circles, and the candidates who appeared the exam are suffering. Due to the efforts made by BSNLEU, Corporate Office agreed to release the results in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh Circle. Case is still going on in Tamil Nadu. To defend this case, CHQ BSNLEU requested the Corporate Office to issue a letter, clearly mentioning the vacancies that were applicable for the exam (held on 02.06.2013). Corporate Office has issued the letter.<<view letter>>

 

[08.03.2014]CHQ wrote to Corporate Office demanding immediate releasing of the remaining 50% welfare grant to Telecom Factory (Mumbai) as well as to all the circles.<<click here>>

[07.03.2014]Meeting with Director (HR) on important issues. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Saibal Sengupta, AGS met shri.A.N.Rai, Director (HR) and discussed the following important issues:- 

a)   One time relaxation for appearing the Telecom Mechanic LDCE:-
It was demanded that the officials who are not possessing 10th std. qualification should be allowed to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE, as a one time relaxation. It was explained that this will help to ease the stagnation issue to a certain extent, since the RMs who are struck in stagnation will get a chance to get out of it.

 b)  Abnormal delay in the implementation of the settlement reached on 18-10-2013:-
It was pointed out the there is inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances given in the settlement reached on 18-10-2013, in the context of the one day strike call, especially, assurances given to mitigate the hardships caused in the implementation of NEPP, change of designations, E1 pay scale, etc. 

c)   Removal of discrimination in immunity from transfer: -

It was demanded that the period of immunity from transfer,  in respect of the office bearers of the recognised unions of the Non-Executives should be at par with that of the Executives, i.e.,  not for one year only, but for one full term. 

 

d)   Formation of the Standing Committee and holding of the next National Council meeting:-
It was demanded the Standing Committee of the National Council should be formed without further delay, and also the next meeting of the National Council should be held in the 1st week of April. 

e)    Intervention to be made in the harassments going on in Jamshedpur SSA:-
It was pointed out that the harassments in Jamshedpur SSA, by the GM, are going on unabated, despite repeatedly being brought to the notice of the Corporate Office. 

The Director (HR) assured that appropriate action would be taken on these issues.

 

[07.03.2014]Corporate Office letter on Revised Scheme and Syllabus for  LICE for filling up posts in the cadre of Junior Accounts Officer under both 40% and 10% quota.<<click here>>

 

[07.03.2014]India is high-tech. It’s having one of the largest number of billionaires. But one third of the world’s poor people also live in India.

Reverend Jesse Jackson, a well known American Civil rights activist who recently visited India, has said that India is a high tech country, with one of the biggest number of billionaires. But at the same time India is also having one third of the worlds poor people. He said that poverty is a weapon of mass destruction and we need a war on it. He said that there is job for every one in India, for which investment has to be made in infrastructure like transport, construction of houses etc. One person coming to power from a poor Community does not change the situation, he said. For example, he said, Barak Obama is the number one in the US – but the African American community continues to be number one in infant mortality, short life expectancy, school suspensions and in the prison population.

[06.03.2014]Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chhattisgarh held at Raipur.<<click here>>

[06.03.2014]Circle Secretaries to note please.

Take immediate steps to hold the circle level conventions.

The Rajkot CEC meeting has called upon the circle unions to hold circle level conventions on three important issues, viz., Neo-Liberal Economic Policy and it's impact on the Telecom Sector, Communal Harmony, and the 10 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions and their struggles. The CEC has decided that these conventions should be completed by 15th April. CHQ has already finalised the list of senior CHQ office bearers who will be addressing the conventions in various circles and the same is already conveyed to the circle unions through circular. So far, only Karnataka and UP (West) circles have fixed dates for the conventions. Other circle unions are also requested to immediately fix the date for the conventions, in consultation with the CHQ office bearers allotted for their circles. Circle unions should take care to mobilise maximum number of comrades from all the SSAs. Circle Secretaries are requested to take immediate steps to hold the conventions successfully. The arrangements being made, including the date of the convention, may kindly be informed to the General Secretary immediately, through SMS.

 

[06.03.2014]Observe BSNLEU's Foundation Day on 22-03-2014.

Observe Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on 23-03-2014.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot has decided to observe BSNLEU's Foundation Day which falls on 22-03-2014. The CEC meeting also decided to observe the Martyrdom Day of the great freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, which falls on 23-03-2014. Since both these important days fall in this month itself, CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Unions to make all preparations to effectively observe them. Both these days should be observed in each and every district in a befitting manner. District Unions are requested to do the necessary planning in advance. Report and photos of the programme may be sent to the CHQ. 

[06.03.2014]BSNL retirees who are in receipt of Central Civil Pension can opt for CGHS.<<< view DoT letter >>>

[06.03.2014]Corporate Office circular on special discount scheme for serving/retired employees of BSNL under EVDO and NIC postpaid data plan.<<click here>>

[06.03.2014]Meeting with Secretary DOT.<<click here>>

[05.03.2014]Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer (CHQ), felicitated for retirement on superannuation, in an impressive meeting at Raipur.<<click here>>

[05.03.2014]TEPU assures to participate in the meeting of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives to be held on 11-03-2014, and to participate in the proposed united trade union action. <<<view letter >>>

[05.03.2014]Meeting with CMD BSNL

The Forum representatives Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener and Prahlad Rai, GS AIBSNLEA met Shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL on 4th March, 2014 and discussed the issues of Merger of BSNL and MTNL, Formation of Tower Company and other connected matters. 

 

The Forum representatives expressed their strong protest against the proposal of Merger of BSNL and MTNL without settling the HR, Disinvestment and assets/ liabilities (of MTNL) issues. The question of merger can take place only after solutions are found out for the above issues. They also opposed the formation of a tower company. 

 

CMD stated that no decision has been taken so far and the unions will be taken in to confidence before any decision is taken. He stated that maximum effort is being taken to make BSNL financially viable. He also mentioned that the view points of the unions are known to the management.

 

A copy of the letter addressed to Secretary DOT stating that BSNL workers will go on Immediate Indefinite Strike if any arbitrary decisions are taken in the above matters was handed over to CMD BSNL.

 

[05.03.2014]Discussion with the GM (Estt.) on important pending issues.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS and com.Saibal Sengupta, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM(Estt.) yesterday the 04.03.2014 and discussed the following issues.

 

a) Wage loss issue of the post 01-01-2007 appointees.

b) Amendments proposed by the Union to the JTO Recruitment Rules-importantly reduction

     in the qualifying service to appear the JTO LICE.

c) Implementation of the agreement reached with the Union, regarding redressal of the

     hardships that have arisen in the implementation of the NEPP.

d) Allowing the non 10th standard officials to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE, as a one time

     relaxation.

e) Granting of the full 3% increment on promotion under NEPP, to the officials facing

     stagnation.

 

The issues were discussed in detail. The leaders urged upon the GM (Estt.) to settle the issues without further delay.

 

[05.03.2014]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS and com.Saibal Sengupta, AGS, met shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR) yesterday the 04.03.2014 and discussed the following issues.

a) Removing the discrimination in the period of immunity from transfers, to the office bearers of the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives, vis-a-vis Executives. The GM (SR) assured to look into this.

b) Constituting the Standing Committee, without further delay, for monitoring the implementation of the decisions of the National Council. Union representatives demanded that the GM (SR) should be the chairman of the Standing Committee, so that coordination between various branches of the Corporate Office will be smooth. The GM (SR) assured to constitute the Committee at the earliest.

c) Holding of the National Council meeting in the first week of April 2014, as was decided in the last National Council meeting. The GM (SR) agreed to the demand and requested the Staff Side to submit the agenda items without delay.

[05.03.2014]CHQ thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations, from the following comrades, as well as Circle and District Unions.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (HR) on the vindictive actions of GM, Jamshedpur.<<view letter>>

 

[04.03.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (HR) on one time relaxation in the qualification to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<<view letter>>  

 

[04.03.2014]Meeting of All Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives to be held at New Delhi on 11.03.2014.

A meeting of All Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives of BSNL will take place at 1600 hrs on 11.03.2014 at the BSNL MS office, New Delhi. The meeting will discuss about the important pending demands/problems of the Non-Executives and will chalk out action programme for the settlement of the same.

 

[04.03.2014]Forum writes to the Secretary, DoT, conveying the decision to go on indefinite strike if govt. takes decision to merge BSNL and MTNL.<<view letter>>

 

[04.03.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on extension of Special concessions/facilities to employees working in Kashmir Valley.<<view letter>>  

 

[04.03.2014]Corporate Office letter regarding safety from fire incidents.<<view letter>>

 

[04.03.2014]Forum writes to ED (Finance), BSNL, on superannuation benefits to BSNL appointed employees.<<view letter>>

 

[03.03.2014]Forum firmly decides that Management should pay 30% superannuation benefits to the directly recruited employees.

The Forum meeting held today firmly decided that BSNL Management should contribute 30% superannuation benefit to the directly recruited employees, as per the DPE orders. The meeting rejected the paltry offer that has been made by the Management.  The meeting decided to submit a memorandum to the Higher Power Committee, that has been formed under the chairmanship of the ED (Finance), to decide this issue. The meeting also decided to meet the ED (Finance) immediately in this regard.

 

[03.03.2014]                       Keep the powder dry.

 - "Immediate Lightning Indefinite Strike", if government arbitrarily decides to merge  BSNL and MTNL, or to bifurcate BSNL by forming a subsidiary tower company.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is held today, at the BSNL MS office in New Delhi. The meeting congratulated the employees for the powerful demonstrations conducted on 28-02-2014, against the merger of BSNL and MTNL. The meeting took into account that the Hon'ble Minister of Communications is still taking steps for the merger. Hence, the meeting decided to call upon  the employees to go on " Immediate Lightning Indefinite Strike", if the government takes arbitrary decision to merge BSNL and MTNL, without settling the financial liability, disinvestment and HR issues, or decides to bifurcate BSNL and to form a subsidiary tower company. It was decided to give a letter to the Secretary, DoT, tomorrow morning itself, conveying this decision. CHQ calls upon the circle and district secretaries to keep the employees fully prepared for the strike.

 

[03.03.2014]Forum meeting to be held today.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is taking place today. The meeting will take decision on the future course of action to be taken on the purposed merger of BSNL and MTNL, as well as on the concrete suggestions of the Forum from the speedy revival of BSNL. 

 

[03.03.2014]Central Cabinet took no decision on merger of BSNL and MTNL as well as on increasing the retirement age to 62.

The Central Cabinet meeting once again took place yesterday the 02.03.2014. The meeting did not take any decision on the merger of BSNL and MTNL. Further, the meeting did not take any decision regarding increasing the retirement age of the Central Government employees to 62, as was reported in the media. 

[03.03.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, seeking removal of the discrimination, in the matter of immunity from transfer, between office-bearers of the Non-Executives and the Executives.<<view letter>>

[01.03.2014]Gujarat: The other side of the growth story. (Article of Telecrusader March'14).<<click here>>

[01.03.2014]Observe International Women's Day on 8th March.
International Women's Day is being observed on 8th March world over. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot recently, had decided that International Women's Day should be observed by the circle and district unions this year in a befitting manner. Circle unions are requested to take steps to ensure that all district unions observe International women's Day this year.

[01.03.2014]CHQ Circular No.02 (Hindi) <<click here>>

 

[28.02.2014]Central Cabinet approves the Terms of Reference for the 7th Central Pay Commission. 
The Central Cabinet approved today,  the Terms of Reference for the 7th Central Pay Commission,  that had been formed to revise the pay and allowances and other service conditions of the Central Government employees. The Cabinet has also approved payment of another 10% DA to the Central Government employees.<<click here>> <click here>>

 

[28.02.2014]Corporate Office writes to the CGMs of MP, Rajasthan, AP, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala, reminding to send details connected with the grievances that had arisen due to the implementation of NEPP.<<click here>>

 

[28.02.2014]Postal Department shows the way.

When private courier companies entered in the service, it was predicted that the government postal service will meet it's death. But the Postal Department has not only withstood the competition of private courier companies, but is also trying to find newer means for it's survival. It is already running it's own savings bank service. Now, with the view to expand it's scope of business, the Postal Department is starting it's own ATM service also. It's first ATM was started in Chennai yesterday the 27-02-2014. Smt.Padmini Gopinath, Secretary, Department of Posts, said on the occasion that, 2800 such ATMs would be started by the end of 2015. We hope that the BSNL Management, which had lost it's golden opportunities to develop it's business, will learn some lesson on how to expand business from the Postal Department.  

 

[28.02.2014]BSNL employees conduct massive protest demonstrations throughout the country against the reckless move to merge BSNL and MTNL.

Responding to the call of the Forum at a very short notice, the employees of the BSNL conducted massive lunch hour demonstrations throughout the country today, against the reckless move of the government to merge BSNL and MTNL, without addressing the problems of disinvestment, MTNL's huge financial liability, HR issues, etc. CHQ heartily congratulates the entire employees for their alacrity, and also calls upon them to get ready for more serious forms of struggles to save BSNL, from the unscrupulous steps of the government.

 

[27.02.2014]Hold lunch hour demonstrations  tomorrow the 28-02-2014, at circle and SSA levels, against merger of BSNL and MTNL.

The Forum of BSNL unions and associations, which met at New Delhi today, has given the call for holding Lunch Hour Demonstrations tomorrow the 28-02-2014 , at circle and SSA levels, against the mad rush of the UPA government to merge BSNL and MTNL. Forum has already submitted a detailed memorandum to the Prime Minister on this issue. But without consulting the employees representatives, the government is rushing to merge BSNL and MTNL. This cannot be allowed.  Hence, comrades are requested to organise powerful lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow, together with all the constituents of the Forum. Again, the Forum will meet on 04-03-2014 to decide about the next course of action.

 

[27.02.2014]12 lakh people applied for 1,500 jobs in Gujarat.

Indian corporates and their media are doing over time to praise the Gujarat model of economic growth. They propagate that to bring such a growth for the whole country, Narendra Modi should become the prime minister. But, what is the reality? Like other Indian states, it is only the “rich” and the “super rich” who are benefited in Gujarat. For example, recently more than 12 lakh people have applied for 1, 500 jobs in Gujarat. And what is the salary? Less than Rs. 5,300 per month. From this one can understand the severity of unemployment in that state. Further, the number of state government employees was once 2.15 lakh. But, today it is only 1.74 lakh employees. At the centre, the UPA government is following the Neo Liberal Economic Policy. It is the same Neo Liberal Economic Policy, that is being followed in Gujarat also.

 

[27.02.2014]Corporte office letter on revised Scheme and Syllabus for LICE for filling up posts in the cadre of JAO under both 40% and 10% quota.<<click here>> <<annexure>> 

 

[27.02.2014]Corporate Office calls for options for umpires and refrees for All India BSNL tournaments.<<click here>> 

 

[26.02.2014]Merger of BSNL and MTNL - Editorial of Tele Crusader March, 2014.<<click here>> 

 

[26.02.2014]CHQ Circular No.02 dated 26.02.2014.<<click here>>

 

[26.02.2014]Meeting with Officers of Department of Expenditure on 78.2% IDA 

Today, 26th February, Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum   and K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA met Shri Vijay Kumar Singh Director (ADM), Department of Expenditure as also Shri Vivek Ashish, Under Secretary and Shri Sanjay Kumar, Section Officer and discussed about the approval for 78.2% IDA for BSNL retirees. The Forum/ Association representatives stated that undue delay has already taken place in the matter and that the pensioners are restive and requested for early approval which will benefit the pensioners. All the officers assured that the delay has taken place as they were fully engaged with the restructure process of BSNL/MTNL being proposed by the Empowered Group of Ministers. However, they assured that the process of approval for 78.2% will start by today/tomorrow and will be finalised without further delay. 

 

[26.02.2014]Centre may raise age of retirement by 2 years to 62. 

As per media reports, the Centre is contemplating to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. However, this may come into force only from March 2014. The central cabinet may take a decision to this effect within a day or two. 

 

[26.02.2014]Meeting with Administrator, USO Fund.

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, yesterday the 25-02-2014, met Shri N.Ravi Shankar, Administrator, Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and discussed about the assistance to be provided to BSNL from the Fund. Com. Namboodiri asked the Administrator to release the Rs. 1,250 crore which is approved for BSNL for 2012-13 in lieu of ADC at the earliest. He stated that there was much delay from BSNL for getting reply to certain clarifications. After getting the clarifications, they have been forwarded NIC for approval. Once the approval comes, the amount will be released. The Administrator also stated that the NOFN, installation of 2200 towers in the naxalite area, the network for the defence for release of spectrum etc. are being delayed and require urgent attention by BSNL, for which funds are being allotted by the USOF.

 

[25.02.2014]Non-implementation of DoP&T orders on implementation of reservation to SC/ST employees in promotional exams in BSNL. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed this issue with the Sr.GM (Rectt.) today and sought for details regarding the action taken on this subject, as per the decision of the 29th National Council meeting held on 23.12.2013. The Sr.GM (Rectt.) informed that the Corporate Office is taking action to review the recommendations of the Committee. The General Secretary conveyed to the Sr.GM (Rectt.) that the Union would be constrained to take appropriate action on this issue, if needful is not done without further delay.

 

[25.02.2014]Corporate Office to issue guideline CGM, Andhra Pradesh circle, regarding discrepancies in JTO LDCE question paper. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed today with shri P.C. Mehta, Sr.GM (Rectt.) and insisted upon him to issue necessary guidelines to the CGM, AP circle, for taking remedial measures, regarding the alleged discrepancies that had arisen in the question papers of the last JTO LDCE, held in Andhra Pradesh circle. The Sr.GM (Rectt.) agreed to issue guideline to the CGM, AP circle, as well as a general guideline to all the CGMs in this regard, as demanded by the General Secretary. 

 

[25.02.2014]DoT conveys approval for issuing presidential orders to 21 RMs of Andhra Pradesh, 12 RMs of UP (West), 8 RMs of ETR and 5 RMs of UP (East), who are conferred with status before 30.09.2000 and regularized after 01.10.2000.<<view letter>>

 

[25.02.2014]Trade Union class to be conducted at New Delhi on 7th and 8th April, 2014. 

A trade union class will be held for the comrades of the North Indian Circles at New Delhi, on 7th and 8th April, 2014. This class is being conducted by the K.G. Bose Trust. Details of the circles which will participate in this class, number of comrades and other details will be communicated to the concerned circle secretaries immediately.

 

[25.02.2014]Hold demonstrations on the demands of Casual Contract Workers.<<click here>>

 

[25.02.2014]ONGC is the top profit making PSU in 2012 - 13. 

ONGC is the top profit making PSU in 2012-13, with Rs.20,926 crore profit. Power major NTPC retained it’s position as the 2nd highest profit making PSU. However, Fertiliser Corporation of India has jumped to the 3rd position, replacing Coal India Limited, which is pushed down to the 4th place. NDMC is in the 6th position, followed by Indian Oil Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India and GAIL. In the same period, BSNL has incurred a loss of Rs.7,884 crore.

 

[24.02.2014]Consequent to the protest letter of CHQ BSNLEU [letter no. BSNLEU/604 (Dev) dated 19.02.2014, addressed to Director (CFA)], Corporate Office cancels permission granted to M/s Gupta Agency to hold exhibition in CSCs of Kerala Circle.<<click here>>

 

[24.02.2014]6th Circle conference of Telecom stores, Kolkata.<<click here>>

 

[24.02.2014]Destroy the State Government employees Coordination Committee – Mamata Banerjee orders.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has openly called upon her supporters to destroy the trade union of the West Bengal State Govt. employees named as “State Govt. Employees Coordination Committee”. Never before in the history of independent India, the Chief Minister of a state government has openly given call to destroy the trade union of his/her employees. This call was given by Mamata Banerjee in the conference of the rival state government employees organisation floated by her party. This is a shame on Indian democracy. We reproduce hereunder, the news reported by ‘The Statesman’ dated 23rd February, 2014. 

 

“Addressing the federation's convention, Miss Banerjee said: “Holding back files, non-cooperation and mischief are the only tasks of the Coordination Committee members that have been deteriorating the administration's work for the past three decades”. Terming the government employees as “the state's resources”, she asked them to destroy the Coordination Committee.” 

 

BSNLEU strongly condemns this act of the West Bengal Chief Minister.

[24.02.2014]Whether Govt. departments and PSUs will avail BSNL/MTNL's services on preferential basis? Hon'ble MoS's reply in Parliament.<<click here>>

[24.02.2014]Reception Committee of the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU formed.<<click here>>

[24.02.2014]West Bengal Circle union conducted circle level trade union class.<<click here>>

[22.02.2014]CHQ Circular No.01 (Hindi).<<click here>>

[22.02.2014]Kolkata Telecom Factory conducted a very successful circle conference.<<click here>>

[21.02.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) BSNL, on abnormal delay in issuing order for the implementation of the E1 payscale.<<view letter>>

[21.02.2014]68 crore Indians are below poverty line: says global consultancy firm McKinsey.
Government of India and the Planning Commission have become notorious for releasing 'cooked-up' poverty lines. As per this 'cooked up' poverty lines crores of people are brought out of poverty, claims the government.  But, as per McKinsey, an international consultant,  68 crore people are still below the poverty line in India. What McKinsey calls as an empowerment line, is determined on the basis of the level of consumption required for an individual to fulfil their basic need for food, energy, housing, drinking water, sanitation, health care, education and social security at a level sufficient to sustain a modest standard of living. In India, to achieve this standard of living, a person has to earn atleast Rs.1,336 per month. This comes to Rs.45 per day. In today's price levels, we know to what extent a person with Rs.45 as income per day, can fulfil his basic requirements. Still, 68 crore people are not getting even this Rs.45 per day.

[20.02.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, demanding to include the pay loss issue of the Non-Executives, appointed on or after 01.01.2007, in the terms of reference to the Higher Level Committee, which is formed to look into the pay loss of the JTOs and JAOs.<<view letter>>

 

[20.02.2014]Central Government employees may get 50% DA merger.

The Central Government has already formed the 7th Pay Commission for it's employees. The Commission will recommend wage revision for the 50 lakh Central Government employees, as well as pension revision for the 30 lakh pensioners. As per media reports, the Government may merge 50% DA with the basic pay, for which the unions are hard pressing the Government. As of now, the Central Government employees are getting 90% DA. They are going to get another 10% DA increase from next month, which will take their total DA to 100% of pay. The normal practice is that DA will be merged with pay, when it reaches 50%. Merger of 50% DA with basic pay was done by the 5th Pay Commission, while the 6th Pay Commission refused to do so. Now, as per media reports, the Government is likely to make a proposal in this regard to the terms of reference for the 7th Pay Commission. In respect of the BSNL employees, the BSNLEU has already raised the demand that 50% IDA should be merged with the basic pay. The recently held Rajkot CEC meeting of BSNLEU has passed a resolution, strongly demanding 50% IDA merger.

[20.02.2014]Corporate Office letter regarding supply of complete result of Junior Accounts Officer LICE against 10%.<<click here>>

[19.02.2014]CHQ writes to Director (CFA) to cancel the permission granted to M/s Gupta Agency for conducting exhibitions of Broadband modems in CSCs throughout Kerala Circle.<<view letter>>

[19.02.2014]CHQ circular to all Circle and District Secretaries, on the decisions of the Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>

[18.02.2014]Meeting with smt. Rita Teotia, Additional Secretary, DoT, on the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com.Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, met smt.Rita Teotia, Additional Secretary, DoT, and discussed about the merger of BSNL and MTNL. The two leaders elaborated the contents of the memorandum, submitted by the Forum, to the Prime Minister. They also conveyed the apprehensions prevailing in the minds of the employees, that BSNL should not be doomed, in view of the fact that MTNL is having a huge financial liability. The Additional Secretary assured the leaders that the concerns of the employees would be taken care of.  

(Note: - Most of the leaders of the Forum are out of Delhi, and in view of the urgency of the issue, the two leaders had the meeting.)

[18.02.2014]Corporate Office letter on constitution of Higher Level Committee on Superannuation Benefits of DR Employees and Pay-Parity/loss of pay of DR-JTO/JAO.<<click here>>

[18.02.2014]Corporate Office order on promotional offer of full talk time on Top-up recharge of Rs.100 to Rs.199.<<click here>>

[18.02.2014]Promotion order issued on 02.07.2013 and subsequent dates with regard to LDCE-2012 - Abnormal delay by circles in furnishing relieving/joining details i.r.o. promoted officers to this office.<<click here>>

[18.02.2014]CMD's DO letter to CGMs on settlement of revision of pension of pre-2006 CDA pensioners.<<click here>>

[18.02.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, urging to immediately start manufacturing of telephone instruments in Kolkata telecom factory.<<view letter>> 

[18.02.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on non-holding of circle council meeting in Corporate Office.<<view letter>> 

[18.02.2014]Forum writes to Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of Communications and IT, seeking meeting to discuss the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<view letter>> 

[18.02.2014]Corporate Office letter on Direct Recruitment of TTAs from Open market for the Recruitment Year - 2012 - Status of the unfilled vacancies.<<view letter>> 

[17.02.2014]GS writes to all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives in BSNL, as per the decision of the Rajkot CEC meeting, for united struggle to settle the long pending important problems.<<view letter>> 

[17.02.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) demanding implementation of the agreement reached on 18.10.2013, on the problems of the Non-Executives.<<view letter>> 

[17.02.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR), demanding one time relaxation in the 10th standard educational qualification to appear in the Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<<view letter>>

 

[15.02.2014]Memorandum submitted by Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to the Prime Minister of India, on the question of merger of BSNL and MTNL, as well issues connected with the future growth/development of BSNL.<<view memorandum>>

 

[15.02.2014]General Secretary addressed Bihar circle executive committee meeting,  held at Patna.<<click here>>

 

 

[14.02.2014]Director (CM)'s letter on achieving revenue target from mobile services.<<click here>>

 

 

[14.02.2014]Corporate Office letter regarding JTO induction training structure and syllabus.<<click here>>

 

 

[14.02.2014]Corporate Office issues letter to hold Telecom Mechanic LDCE for the year 2013.<<click here>>

 

 

[14.02.2014]Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed a number of pending issues. 

 

Wage Reduction issue: GS insisted that the wage reduction problem of the post 01.01.2007 appointed employees, should immediately be solved by granting suitable number of additional increments with arrears. The GM (Estt.) said that it would be looked into. 

 

Framing of new JTO(T) RR: The GM (Estt.) stated that the suggestions of BSNLEU, with regards to the new JTO(T) RR, are being looked into. The GS strongly insisted that the demand of the Union, regarding reduction of the qualifying service to appear the exam should be positively considered. 

 

Telecom Mechanic LDCE: Corporate Office has issued letter for holding the Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE) for the Recruitment Year 2013, for which vacancies upto 31.03.2014 will be considered. The GS pointed out that the union has already raised the demand to allow the non 10th standard officials to write the TM exam as a one time relaxation. He strongly insisted the GM (Estt.) to consider this demand, since this will help to reduce the number of RMs, who are struck in stagnation. The GM (Estt.) said this would be looked into. 

 

NEPP related problems: A settlement on the problems related to NEPP is already reached between the UF and the Management. In this regard Corporate Office had called for inputs from CGMs. GS insisted that the agreement should immediately be implemented, without waiting for inputs from circles, since the issue is getting abnormally delayed. 

 

E 1 payscale: The GM (Estt.) replied that the file is now going for the approval of the BSNL Board. The GS pointed out the abnormal delay and insisted on early approval by the Board. 

 

Anomalies of the 1st wage revision: So far, Management has not taken any action to implement the agreement. GS expressed his unhappiness over this and requested the Management to take immediate action.

[14.02.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on the discrepancies/errors that had arisen in the JTO LDCE, held in June 2013, in AP Circle.<<view letter>>

[13.02.2014]Emergency meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, held today the 13.02.2014, takes important decisions regarding the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL, and also regarding strengthening of the viability of BSNL. <<<view decisions >>>

[13.02.2014]Corporate Office letter on formation of local councils in SSAs where only one union exists.<<click here>>

[13.02.2014]Resolutions passed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014.

[1] Resolution on the decisions of the GoM and the Government on the revival of BSNL.<<view>>

[2] Resolution on wage reduction issue of those who are appointed on or after 01.01.2007.<<view>> 

[3] Resolution on the non-settlement of the Superannuation benefits of the directly recruited employees of BSNL. <<view>> 

[4] Resolution on the non-implementation of the settlement reached between the United Forum and the BSNL Management. <<view>> 

[5] Resolution on Compassionate Appointments. <<view>> 

[6] Resolution on regularization of left out casual labours in BSNL. <<view>> 

[7] Resolution on supporting the agitational programme of BSNLCCWF. <<view>> 

[8] Resolution on General Elections. <<view>> 

[9] Resolution on Communal Harmony. <<view>> 

[10] Resolution on Merger of MTNL & BSNL. <<view>> 

[11] Resolution on expansion of 3G service and launching of 4G service for BSNL. <<view>>

[12] Resolution on thanking Reception Committee. <<view>> 

[13.02.2014]Compasionate Ground Appointments - Corporate Office letter on the liabilities of the deceased employees.<<click here>>

[13.02.2014]Corporate Office letter on pay minimum wages, EPF, ESI etc. to contract workers and the duty of the administration to get them implemented.<<click here>>

[13.02.2014]Special donation received at the time of Central Executive Committee meeting, held at Rajkot.<<click here>>

[12.02.2014]Shri A.N. Rai, Director, BSNL Board, will hold the charge of Director (HR) for six more months.<<click here>>

[12.02.2014]Shri Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM), will hold additional charge as Director (Finance).<<click here>>

[12.02.2014]CHQ writes to shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister for Communications & IT, over the secretive and hasty steps being taken to merge BSNL and MTNL.<<click here>> 

 

[12.02.2014]The US wants to decide who should form government in India. 

The US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, will be meeting BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi tomorrow. It may be remembered that it is the same US that had denied visa to Narendra Modi since 2005, for his alleged role in the Gujarat riots in 2002. Now, what made the US ambassador in India to meet shri Narendra Modi? The reason is that, the International rating agency ‘Moody’s’ has said that, if the combination of regional parties forms government after the Parliament elections, it would adversely affect the implementation of the Neo-Liberal Economic Policies in India. This in turn will certainly affect the interests of the Multi National Companies operating in India. Hence, to stop this from happening the US has decided to boost the image of Narendra Modi, who is widely expected to implement the pro-rich Neo-Liberal policies more vehemently. This is the reason behind the US’s sudden move to hold a meeting between Nancy Powel and Narendra Modi. The US wants to decide as to who should form the next government in India. What is going to be the reply of the Indian people?

 

[11.02.2014]Gujarat Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU held at Rajkot on 10.02.2014.

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Gujarat circle was held at Rajkot on 10.02.2014. The meeting was presided over by com. P.K. Thakkar, Circle President, Com. D.K. Bakutra, Circle Secretary, presented his report on activities. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke in detail about the status of various issues including the viability of BSNL. He appreciated the circle union, under whose leadership, BSNLEU is growing from strength to strength in Gujarat.<<view photos>>

 

[11.02.2014]Open session of the CEC meeting.<<click here>> 

 

[11.02.2014]The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot has rejected the proposal of the Management to link PLI with Performance Management System (PMS). CHQ writes to the Management, demanding that PLI should be paid to all the employees without any discrimination. <<view letter>>

 

[11.02.2014]Hats off to the Gujarat comrades. 

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot from 7th to 9th February, is really a landmark, in the history of BSNLEU. It has passed path-breaking resolutions. The meeting was very systematic and business like. One important reason for the success of the meeting was the excellent arrangements made by the Gujarat Circle union and Rajkot District Union. More than the comforts provided to the CEC members, it was the warm hospitality, love and affection shown by the Rajkot comrades that drew the appreciation of one and all. CHQ salutes com. P.K. Thakkar, District Secretary, Rajkot and Circle President, Gujarat and his team, for the excellent manner in which they had made the arrangements. CHQ also salutes com. D.K. Bakutra and other leaders of the Gujarat circle union, for making the Rajkot CEC meeting a memorable one.

[11.02.2014]BSNLEU writes to shri  Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communications and IT, expressing solidarity to the strike of the Central Govt. Employees and demanding settlement of the demands.<<view letter>>

[11.02.2014]Central Govt. employees going on a two day strike – Extend solidarity action.

The Central Govt. employees are going on a 2 day strike, as per the call of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers. The strike will start from the midnight of 12.02.2014. The charter of demands, on which the Central Govt. employees are going on strike includes, (1) DA merger, (2) Interim Relief, (3) Grant of Civil Servant status and inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC, (4) Regularisation and revision of wages of casual labourers, (5) Rescind PFRDA Act and scrap new Pension Scheme, (6) Date of effect of 7th CPC 01.01.2014 and Five year wage revision in future, (7) Fixation of minimum pay based on Need-based minimum wage formula worked out by 15th ILC and modified by Supreme Court later, (8) Settlement of anomalies, (9) Implementation of Arbitration awards, (10) Five promotions, (11) Cashless & hassle free medical facilities, (12) Removal of restrictions on compassionate appointments, (13) Removal of bonus ceiling, (14) Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation, casualisation and privatisation, (15) Filling up of vacant posts, (16) Stop price rise and strengthen public distribution system, (17) Right to strike, vacate victimisations and revive JCM forums. 

 

Circle, District and Branch Secretaries are requested to extend fullest cooperation to the strike, by way of conducting solidarity demonstrations, meetings etc.

 

[10.02.2014]The CEC meeting of BSNLEU takes important decisions. 

The crucial CEC meeting of BSNLEU was held from 7th to 9th February, 2014, at Rajkot. The meeting deliberated on the important problems of the employees, the issues connected with the revival of BSNL, and on the very important issues being faced by the working class of this nation. After indepth deliberations on the agenda items, the meeting took the following important decisions and also passed resolutions on key issues.<<decisions>> 

[10.02.2014]Corporate Office letter on information in respect of grant of one extra increment to BCR Grade-III employees one year prior to their retirement.<<click here>> 

[10.02.2014]Corporate Office letter on issue of guidelines relating to residential accommodation by the Directorate of Estate-application there-of in BSNL.<<click here>> 

[08.02.2014]CEC meeting of BSNLEU continuing for the second day.<<click here>> 

[07.02.2014]CEC meeting of BSNLEU started enthusiastically in Rajkot, Gujarat.<<click here>> 

[06.02.2014]Hua Wei hacked BSNL nework?

Smt. Killi Kruparani, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications and IT, informed the Parliament yesterday the 05-02-2014, that it has come to the notice of the government that Hua Wei, a Chinese telecom equipment company has hacked BSNL's network recently. 

 

" There were reports of a mobile tower being impacted a few months ago in coastal area of Andhra Pradesh that was attributed to hacking by the company's engineers", said the Minister. This is a very serious matter. Nation's security is our topmost priority and there can be no compromise on this. At the same time, the government should also apply it's mind into another aspect. Even the technical experts in BSNL admit that the equipments being supplied by the Chinese companies, viz., Hua Wei and ZTE are of better quality and are cheaper, compared to the equipments supplied by European manufacturers. That was why, ZTE recently won the tender to supply 15 million mobile line equipments to BSNL. Naturally, the European multi national companies are engaged in campaign to discredit Hua Wei and ZTE, purely due to business considerations. Even recently, Tejas Communications, an Indian equipment manufacturer, has made a complaint to the Home Ministry that BSNL is procuring equipments from Chinese companies, which is detrimental to the nation's security. Hence, the government should make a thorough study in to all these aspects.

[05.02.2014]BSNL Management calls for the views of the union on the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<view letter>> 

[05.02.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Management on the issue of proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<view letter>> 

[05.02.2014]BSNL Management has extended BSNL MRS facility to the ITS officers on deputation to BSNL.<<view letter>>

[05.02.2014]ITS officers on deputation to BSNL can avail facilities only as per govt. rules. Facilities given by BSNL to it’s own employees should not be extended to ITS officers. Top officers cannot avail all luxuries, while rejecting the very genuine demands of Non-Executives. CHQ writes to CMD BSNL.<<view letter>>

[05.02.2014]Nominations called for the career progression for outstanding sportspersons.

BSNLEU has been demanding that outstanding sportspersons should be rewarded with suitable career progression. Even in the letter no. BSNLEU/513 (WLF) dated 31.05.2013, we have expressed our unhappiness regarding the non-implementation of such a scheme in BSNL. Corporate Office has now called for nominations. Circle Secretaries are requested to discuss this with their CGMs and arrange to send the nominations at the earliest.<<view letter>> 

[05.02.2014]Corporate Office directs CGM, Madhya Pradesh to look into the complaint of BSNLEU, regarding JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.<<view letter>>

[05.02.2014]Government sets up 7th Central Pay Commission.

The government set up the 7th Central Pay Commission yesterday the 04.02.2014. Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur is the chairman of the Commission. The other members of the Commission are Vivek Rae, Petroleum Secretary, Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and Meena Agarwal of the Finance Ministry. The recommendations are likely to take place from 01.01.2016.

 

[05.02.2014]BSNLEU team meets Shri S.C. Sharma, GM (PP&SM) and discusses about BSNL’s mobile network expansion programme.

BSNLEU team, consisting of com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met Shri S.C. Sharma, GM (PP&SM), Corporate Office and had a lengthy and detailed discussion about BSNL’s mobile service. This meeting took place as a sequel to the presentation given by Corporate Management on 30.11.2013, to the unions and associations. The team underscored the necessity to immediately improve the quality of BSNL’s mobile service, which is very essential for the revival of the Company. They also enquired about BSNL’s action plan to counter the 4G service to be provided by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Company. The GM explained about the progress of BSNL’s on going 15 million line equipment installation. He also explained that serious actions are being taken to improve the quality of service through network optimization and also by reducing the BTS outage period due to power failure. As regards facing the competition that is to arise from Reliance Jio’s 4G service, the GM replied that BSNL can provide matching service. Through the 900 Mhz spectrum that BSNL is already having, LTE technology can be adopted for providing 4G service, said the GM. BSNLEU team insisted that the Management should take prompt action to procure equipment for providing 4G service.

 

[04.02.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL regarding media reports on sale of BSNL's landed property.<view letter>>

 

[04.02.2014]Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, left for Barcelona, to attend world pensioner’s meet.

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, and the Advisor of the All India BSNL and DoT Pensioner’s Association (AIBDPA), left for Barcelona (Spain) today. He will be participating as a delegate of the AIBDPA, in the World Pensioners Conference, organized by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). The Conference will take place on 5th and 6th February, 2014. CHQ congratulates com.V.A.N. Namboodiri and also wishes him Bon Voyage. 

 

[04.02.2014]Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU meeting at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014. The meeting is taking place at a crucial juncture. It will take stock of the agitational programme conducted by the United Forum, as well as the settlement reached thereon. The meeting will have focused discussion on the issues of the directly recruited employees viz., wage reduction of those who are appointed after 01.01.2007, superannuation benefits, etc. Issues like stagnation, regularization of left out casual labourers and problems of contract workers will also come under serious discussion. 

 

[04.02.2014]2G spectrum auctioning started – Bids worth Rs.40,000 crore made.

The auctioning for 2G spectrum in the 1800 Mhz and 900 Mhz started yesterday. On the first day itself bids worth Rs.40,000 crore were made. The competition is fierce because the licenses of major private companies like Airtel, Vodafone, etc. will expire in November this year. These private companies tried to get extension for their licenses, but they could not get. Then, they went to the Supreme Court to stay the auctioning of 2G spectrum. That also did not succeed. So, now they are forced to bid in the auctioning for their survival. 

 

[04.02.2014]95% of the Railway workers vote in favour of going on strike.

The two major Railway employees Federations, viz., AIRF and NFIR had conducted strike ballots separately, amongst their members. The ballot was to ascertain whether strike should be conducted or not. The important issues for the strike include the sectional demands of the railwaymen. But it also includes demands like scrapping of the New Pension Scheme and to end the engaging of contract labour as well as outsourcing of jobs in the railways.

 

[03.02.2014]Grant of Special Casual leave on request, to members of Central Executive Committee of BSNLEU for attending their CEC meeting at Rajkot, Gujarat from 7th to 9th February, 2014.<click here>>

 

[03.02.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office for payment of 20% HRA to Vellore, Tamil Nadu Circle.<view letter>>

 

[01.02.2014]Why no films are being produced on the plight of the marginalized and the poor? – Asks actor / film maker Aparna Sen.

Actor/film maker Aparna Sen has asked why movies are not being made on the plight of the marginalized communities and the urban and rural poor. She said that she wished the film makers to make films on the marginalised people, the invisible, for whom there is no space in the society. She was talking in during a session at the maiden Kolkata Language and Literature festival at Kolkata.

 

[01.02.2014]Cabinet fixes 5% as spectrum usage charge.

The Union Cabinet has finally decided that 5% shall be the Spectrum Usage Charge(SUC). Telecom Service Providers pay a charge to the government,  for the spectrum that they purchase. This SUC is calculated as a percentage of their annual revenue. So far, SUC is being collected at the rate of 3% to 8% of the revenue. TRAI has recommended that SUC should be collected at a flat rate. Taking this into consideration, the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has decided that the SUC should be 5% of the revenue. Now, this has been approved by the government. The auctioning for 2G spectrum is going to start on 03-02-2014.

 

[01.02.2014]TDSAT rejects the demand of private telecom operators for extension of licences.

The licences of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea for providing mobile services in the circles of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are due to expire in November, 2014. These companies had requested the government to give extension for their above mentioned licences. It was not accepted by the government. So, these companies have made an appeal before the TDSAT. However, the TDSAT has now rejected the appeal of the private companies.

[31.01.2014]Submission of additional agenda for the 11th meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board - CHQ writes to Sr.GM (Admn.), BSNL C.O.<view letter>>

[31.01.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on promotion to the cadre of Senior Accountant from Junior Accountant – Request to implement the judgement of CAT, Ernakulam.<<view letter>>

[31.01.2014]JTO LDCE results of Punjab circle to be declared by Monday.
The JTO LDCE results for Punjab circle has not been declared due to court cases. Now, the court case is disposed and CHQ has been demanding the Corporate Management to advise the Punjab circle administration to declare the results without further delay. Today we are informed by the Management that the Punjab results would be declared by Monday.

[31.01.2014]CHQ once again emphatically writes  to the Corporate Management to grant five additional increments to solve the wage reduction problem of the Non-Executives appointed on or after 01-01-2007.<<view letter>>

[31.01.2014]JTO LDCE results of Punjab Circle - CHQ writes to GM (Estt.), BSNL C.O.<<click here>>

 

[31.01.2014]Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer, CHQ, retiring from service today.

Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer, CHQ, as well as Circle Secretary, Chhattisgarh circle is retiring on superannuation today the 31.01.2014, from BSNL service, after rendering a long innings of meritorious service.  CHQ is conveying it's best wishes to com.S.C.Bhattacharya for a happy, healthy and long retired life.

 

[30.01.2014]BSNLEU pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi and pledges to strengthen secularism.

Mahatma Gandhi was killed this day, 66 years ago. Three bullets of a religious fanatic took his life away. Who was that religious fanatic, what was his political ideology, are well known to the people of this country. It is also well known to the people of this country that Mahatma stood for secularism and communal harmony, especially for Hindu Muslim unity. It was exactly for this reason that he was killed. After 66 years of Mahatma's killing, communal forces are still active and are spreading hatred among people in the name of religion. While paying our respectful homage to Mahatma, let us also take the pledge that we will work to strengthen communal harmony among the people of all religions.

[30.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to ensure the drawal of full 3% increment, on promotion under NEPP, even to the officials who have reached stagnation.<<click here>>

[30.01.2014]BSNL Management's total failure in introducing a pension scheme for the directly recruited employees. (Article of Telecrusader February'14).<<click here>>

[29.01.2014]Corporate Office order  on promotion of  "One nation, One number, One rupee a day - Roaming free by BSNL".<<view letter>> <<Annexure>>

 

[29.01.2014]Meeting with Sr.GM (Recruitment)  on implementation of DoP&T orders, on Reduction of qualifying marks, for SC/ST employees.
Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri P.C.Mehta, Sr.GM (Rect.) yesterday the 28-01-2014, and discussed the non-implementation of the decision of the 29th National Council meeting, on the issue of Reduction of qualifying marks for SC/ST employees in the departmental examinations. The Sr.GM (Rect.) assured that action would be taken as per decision of the National Council. CHQ has also sent a detailed letter today the 29.01.2014, to the Sr.GM (Rect.) on the subject.

 

[29.01.2014]Meeting with the Sr.GM (Restructuring), demanding to hold the meeting of the Reconstituted Designations Committee immediately. 
Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met smt.Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Restg.) today the 29.01.2014 and demanded to immediately hold the meeting of the Reconstituted Designations Committee,  so that the  new designations of the left out mainstream cadres, viz., Sr.TOA and TTA can be finalised soon. BSNLEU has already given the names of it's representatives to the Committee. The Sr.GM (Restg.) assured that the meeting of the Committee would be convened soon after receiving the names of the representatives of the other Recognised Union.

 

[29.01.2014]Minutes of the 29th meeting of the National Council held on 23rd December, 2013 under the chairmanship of Director (HR), BSNL Board.<<click here>>

 

[29.01.2014]Pete Seeger, the revolutionary  poet and singer of the United States passed away.
The working class world over keeps on singing the revolutionary song "we shall overcome", to instil hope and confidence, that we shall win one day, by overcoming all the difficulties. Pete Seeger, the revolutionary poet and singer of the United States, who gave this song to the working class, passed away in New York, on 27-01-2014, at the age of 94. He vociferously opposed the naked aggression of the United States on Vietnam, Afganistan, etc., and stood strongly with the struggles of the working class world over. In his death, the world has lost a great champion who stood for equality and justice. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the great singer.

[29.01.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on LTC facility to the employees-  adoption of double standards by the BSNL Management.<<view letter>>

[29.01.2014]Discussion with the GM (Estt.) on 28.01.2014, regarding the pending issues that the Union has already taken up with the Management

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met GM (Estt.) yesterday the 28.01.2014 and discussed on the following pending issues.

1)      Correct Implementation of the NEPP : - Corporate Office has already called for certain informations from the circles on the subject. Regarding the AGS told the GM (Estt.) that even after the lapse of more than one month , the required informations are not submitted by the circles and the settlement of the issue is getting delayed. He insisted that the Management should now take action at the Corporate Office level without waiting for informations from the circles. The GM (Estt.) assured to process the case.

2)      Implementation of E1 Pay Scale: -  It is informed by the GM (Estt.) that the Management Committee has already approved the case and it is being shortly sent for the approval of the Board of Directors.

3)      Salary deduction of the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2007 : - GM (Estt.) informed that the case is pending before the Management Committee. The AGS expressed his deep dissatisfaction about the delay in the settlement of the case and  requested for early decision.

4)      Settlement of anomalies of the 1st Wage Revision:- The GM (Estt.) informed that the case is put to up to the CMD and thereafter it will go for the approval of the DoT, since pension is involved.

5)      Another examination in the cadre of TM by relaxing the eligibility conditions:- BSNLEU has already raised a demand that one TM examination should be conducted, by relaxing the 10th standard qualification as a one time measure, to enable the RMs who are not having 10th standard qualification to write the exam. The AGS insisted that the demand should be accepted. The GM (Estt.) replied that the circles will be asked to submit vacancy position SSA wise, and thereafter that necessary decisions would be taken.

[29.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (Rect.), demanding implementation of the decision of the National Council, with regards to the non-implementation of the DoP&T orders for reduction of qualifying marks to SC/ST employees.<<view letter>>

[28.01.2014]BSNL Employees Union, Indore organises a very successful Customer Delight Mela. Sets an excellent example. 

In a rare display of the sense of belongingness to the organisation, BSNLEU, Indore, has organized a very successful BSNLEU CUSTOMER DELIGHT MELA on 18-01-2014. Considering the overwhelming response from customers the Mela was extended further in the form of MINI MELA. The organisers sold 522 SIMS in the Mela. It is heartening to note that a group of creamy layer customers from one reputed colony, announced the booking of 100 FTTH connections along with booking of 11 FTTH including 4 with annual plan on the spot. This announcement was made in presence of Shri N.K.Yadav, CGM, MP circle, who inaugurated the Customer Delight Mela. He appreciated the effort of the union and said such motivational actions by the unions will make BSNL financially strong. CHQ heartily congratulates the Indore District Union, which has set an example for the whole country. Fighting against the wrong policies of the government is very necessary to save BSNL. But, simultaneously, our employees should also take initiative in all such manners which will increase the customer base of the Company, as well as it's revenue.<<views of the Mela>> 

 

[28.01.2014]The Competition Commission of India turns down BSNL's complaint against private operators.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has turned down a complaint made by BSNL on private Telecom operators regarding cartelisation. BSNL has made the complaint that in 2010, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea entered into an understanding in the bidding for 3G spectrum.  Accordingly, they formed a cartel among themselves and selectively bid for 3G spectrum. In the auction, Airtel bid for13 circles, Vodafone bid for 11 circles and Idea bid for 9 circles. After getting the spectrum, they made illegal roaming arrangements among themselves and provided 3G service even in circles for which they did not bid for 3G spectrum. The CCI, however rejected BSNL's complaint, on the plea that there is no prima facie evidence to prove the complaint. As regards the provision of illegal roaming, the CCI told that it was not the authority to enquire into the matter. The decision of the CCI dated 16-01-2014, was made public yesterday the 27-01-2014.

 

[28.01.2014]Jewel thief said that he conducted robbery to expose the growing inequality in the country. 
A jewellery shop in Hyderabad was looted last week and jewellery worth Rs.6 crore was looted. The thief entered into the shop by making a hole in the wall of the jewellery shop. In a strange turn of events, the thief, G.Kiran Kumar, walked into a TV studio in Hyderabad last Sunday, and disclosed that he was the person who looted the jewellery. He further told that he did so, to send a message on the growing social inequality and corruption in India. "I am fed up with the way the system is functioning. Politicians are thieves who loot us for 5 years and I became a thief just for a night to show the world the growing inequality", he said. We agree with G.Kiran Kumar, that the economic policies being implemented by the successive BJP and Congress governments at the Centre, has created a big inequality between the "Haves" and the "Have nots" of the country. But robbery is not the way to remove the inequality. It can be removed only through struggles for the correct policy.

 

[27.01.2014]Punjab circle union felicitates com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, on their superannuation from BSNL service.<<click here>> 

 

[27.01.2014]MoU signed with Canara Bank for extending various Loan Schemes to BSNL Employees - C.O. has issued order.<<click here>> 

 

[27.01.2014]BSNLEU submitted agenda items for discussion in the forthcoming meeting of the BSNL Welfare Board.<<click here>> 

 

[25.01.2014]Private company complains to the NSA, against BSNL’s procuring equipment from Chinese Company. 

Tejas Networks, a private company which manufactures optical networking and switching equipments has raised a complaint with the National Security Advisor, that BSNL is intending to procure equipments from a Chinese Company, ignoring Indian Companies. The company has stated that BSNL’s procuring switching equipment from Chinese Companies, will be a threat to the country’s security. The fact is that, all the private telecom operators are procuring equipments from Chinese Companies. The complaint of Tejas Networks is nothing but a ploy to block BSNL’s equipment procurement and thereby stop it’s network expansion.

 

[24.01.2014]Government decides to increase the monthly pension to Rs.1,000/-.

It is reported that the government has decided to raise the minimum pension to Rs.1, 000 per month, which will benefit around 27 lakh workers. It may be noted that at present a large number of employees in the unorganised sector are getting even Rs.20 or Rs.40 as monthly pension. The Central Trade Unions have long been pressurising the government to increase the quantum of pension. Further, it is also reported that the government has decided to raise the ceiling of employer's contribution to EPF from the present Rs.6, 500 to Rs.15, 000.

 

[24.01.2014]BSNL and MTNL are to launch free roaming plans from January 26.
Both BSNL and MTNL are going to launch free roaming plans from 26th January. The scheme is likely  to be announced by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal within a couple of days. Accordingly,  MTNL's Mumbai customer will not have to pay any extra charge,  when he comes to Delhi, and vice-versa. It is learnt that BSNL will also have a free roaming plan, however, the BSNL customers may have to pay a nominal charge to avail this facility.

 

[24.01.2014]400 unidentified dead bodies found in the capital since last December.

Nearly 400 unidentified dead bodies are found in Delhi so far since December, it is reported by a voluntary organisation called SAM: BKS. All the persons who died are homeless persons who have died due to the severe winter. On one side, the government keeps on tom-toming that India is fast becoming an economic super power, due to the implementation of the Neo-Liberal Economic policies. But it is a hard fact that the economic growth has not benefited the common people of the country. The death of 400 homeless people, that too in the capital of the country, only highlights this fact.

[24.01.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on the discrepancies in the question paper of JTO LICE held in Madhya Pradesh Circle.<<click here>> 

[23.01.2014]Corporate Office writes to CGMs, regarding the acute delay in submitting pension papers of the retiring employees to the CCAs.<<click here>> 

[23.01.2014]Corporate Office writes to circles regarding speedy settlement of revision of pre-2006 pension cases.<<click here>>

[23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (Restructuring), BSNL CO, demanding to convene the meeting of the Committee on Change of Designations.<<click here>> 

[23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding early settlement of wage reduction of the officials appointed on or after 01.01.2007.<<click here>> 

[23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Secretary (DoT), demanding early settlement of the revision of pension to the BSNL retirees, based on 78.2% IDA merger.<<click here>> 

[23.01.2014]CHQ writes to the GM (Estt.), suggesting changes to the draft JTO Recruitment Rules 2014.<<click here>>

[23.01.2014]The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL CCWF was held at Bhubaneswar on 18-19 January, 2014.<<click here>>

 

[22.01.2014]Corporate Management gave presentation on Performance Management System, to the representatives of the Recognised Unions.

A presentation was given by the Corporate Management, to the representatives of the Recognised Unions today the 22.01.2014, on the Performance Management System. In the last meeting of the PLI Committee, Management told that it wanted to frame a PLI formula based on Performance Management System. Hence, to study about the (PMS), the Staff Side had sought a presentation. In today’s presentation, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS and com.S.C.Bhattacharya, Treasurer, participated from BSNLEU. 

 

[22.01.2014]High Court order to allow the CAG to audit the accounts of private telecom companies challenged in Supreme Court.

Telecom Companies pay Spectrum Usage Change (SUC) to the govt., based on their Annual Gross Revenue (AGR). However, the private telecom companies are understating their AGR with a view to cheat the govt. in the payment of SUC. Hence, recently the Delhi High Court ordered that the accounts of the private telecom companies would be audited by the CAG. Against this order, the private telecom companies have field an appeal in the Supreme Court. 

 

[22.01.2014]Finance Ministry favours 3% as spectrum usage charge.

The Finance Ministry has favoured the recommendation of the TRAI, that 3% shall be the Spectrum Usage Charge, for the companies that get spectrum in the forthcoming auctioning. For BWA spectrum it is favouring continuation of 1% spectrum usage charge, but to charge them weighted average of 3% and 1%, if they buy spectrum in the forthcoming auctioning.

[22.01.2014]Corporate Office allots adhoc grants to various circle Sports and Cultural Boards.<<click here>>

[21.01.2014]CHQ writes to the Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), urging to hold the adjourned conciliatory proceedings in the murder case of com. Sukendar Pal Singh.<<view letter>>

[21.01.2014]Corporate Office letter on disciplinary authority for awarding major penalty to a non-executive Group-C official in case of non-availability of DGM level officer.<<click here>>

 

[21.01.2014]Anand Sharma says decision to allow FDI in retail trade is irreversible.

The Delhi State Government has recently decided to withdraw the earlier decision of the Shiela Dikshit Government to allow 51% FDI in retail trade. The AAP government has done this, taking into account the massive protest expressed by the people of this country against FDI in retail trade. It has already written to the centre, of it’s decision not allow 51% FDI in retail trade. However, the Union Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma has now said that no state govt. will be allowed to reverse it’s decision on FDI in retail trade, since it will spoil the investment climate of the country. The Aam Aadmi Party govt. in Delhi has learned lesson from the defeat of the Congress Party in the elections held for four state assemblies. But it seems the Congress Party will never learn any lesson.

 

[21.01.2014]CHQ has opened a new account in the Corporation Bank at New Delhi, for payment of CHQ quota through NEFT / RTGS.

With a view to facilitate payment of CHQ quota through NEFT / RTGS, CHQ has opened a new account in the Corporation Bank at New Delhi. Such of those circle/district unions which require the Bank Account details, may obtain the same from CHQ. 

 

[21.01.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) demanding implementation of the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, against withholding of Pension, Gratuity or Leave Encashment due to pending disciplinary/criminal cases.<<view letter>>

 

[21.01.2014]General Secretary addressed the All India Conference of the All India Insurance Employees Association. 
The 23rd All India Conference of the All India Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA), started yesterday the 20-01-2014, at Nagpur. More than 1800 delegates and visitors are participating in the 5 day Conference.  The inaugural session of the Conference was held at 1700 hrs yesterday. Com.Sitaram Yechury, MP, inaugurated the Conference and gave an account of how the successive NDA and UPA governments at the Centre had taken steps to weaken the Public Sector insurance companies. He also explained how the Left Parties are fighting against such retrograde moves, inside and outside the Parliament. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the inaugural session and greeted the delegates. He explained in detail how the UPA and NDA governments had given support to the private telecom companies and created roadblocks for the growth and development of BSNL. He also gave an account of the united struggles being waged by the Forum to save and strengthen BSNL.<<< view photos >>>

[21.01.2014]BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation decides to conduct struggle on the burning issues of casual and contract workers.

The BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, in it’s Central Executive Committee meeting held on 18th and 19th January, 2014 at Bhubaneswar, has decided to conduct agitational programme for the settlement of the very genuine grievances of casual and contract workers. All circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to successfully organize the agitational programme, together with the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation. In such of those districts where BSNL C&CWF does not exist, the district unions of BSNLEU are requested to undertake the responsibility to effectively organize the programme.<<view demands and programme>>

[20.01.2014]General Secretary addressed a largely attended meeting at Nagpur.<<click here>>

[20.01.2014]Renewal of MoU with Canara Bank.
The MoU signed with Canara Bank  for various loans, had already expired and a new MoU has got to be signed. CHQ is continuously taking up this issue with the GM (BFCI). The matter got delayed because, eventhough BSNL Corporate Office took initiative to renew the tie-up, Corporate Office of Canara Bank did not respond on time. Now, belatedly, Canara Bank has agreed to sign a fresh MoU. But they have quoted higher rates of interests, compared to the last time. Hence, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with the GM (BFCI) today and has requested to renegotiate the rates of interests with the Canara Bank, which she has agreed to. If this is not done, than the employees will be put to loss, due to higher rates of interests. CHQ will persue the matter and ensure early renewal of the tie-up.

[20.01.2014]Corporate Office has circulated draft JTO(T) Recruitment Rules. <<click here>>

[20.01.2014]The upbeat UP (West) circle conference concluded with firm resolutions to improve the services and to strengthen the organisation. 
The two day upbeat conference of UP(West) circle, concluded yesterday the 19-01-2014, with firm resolutions to improve the services as well as to strengthen our organisation in the circle. A very serious discussion took place in the delegates session of the conference, in which a good number of delegates participated. Among other issues discussed in the Conference, the delegates expressed their serious concern about the non-availability of various materials due to which maintenance works are hampered. Finally, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, explained about the All India level issues that were raised by the delegates. Com.R.S.Fauzdar, circle secretary summed up the discussion and replied to the points. The report of the circle secretary as well as the audited accounts were approved by the house. In the election to the office-bearers, com.Ansar Ali (Saharanpur), is elected as President and com.Upender Singh Teotia (Ghaziabad), is elected as circle secretary. CHQ congratulates the new office-bearers elected in the conference.

[20.01.2014]Veteran leader com.R.S.Fauzdar laid down office as the circle secretary of UP (West).
Com.R.S.Fauzdar, veteran leader, has laid down the office of circle secretary, in the just concluded conference of the UP (West) circle. During his entire trade union life, com R.S.Fauzdar has selflessly worked for the betterment of the employees. He is a true follower of the ideals of com.K.G.Bose, as well as a militant fighter against injustices. He is the founder circle secretary of our union in UP (West) circle and has spent his entire time and energy to strengthen our movement. The services and sacrifices of com.R.S.Fauzdar will ever be gratefully remembered by our entire movement.

[18.01.2014]The two day conference of UP (West) circle started at Bareilly.<<click here>>

 

[17.01.2014]Com. P.L. Dua, Treasurer, NFTE passed away.

It was shocking to hear that com. P.L. Dua, treasurer, NFTE has passed away today. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to com. P.L. Dua and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the family members of the departed leader and to the leaders and comrades of NFTE. 

 

[17.01.2014]Circle secretaries are requested act fast, in sending the inputs sought by Corporate Office regarding NEPP.

Due to the efforts taken by the United Forum, to overcome the difficulties experienced by the employees in the implementation of NEPP, an agreement was reached with the Management on 18.10.2013. While order has already been issued on the issue connected with ‘Average entries’, Corporate Office has sought certain inputs from the circles in respect of certain other issues. Prompt reply from circles is very necessary for early solution of those issues. Hence, circle secretaries are requested to discuss the issue with their respective CGMs and to ensure sending of early reply to the Corporate Office.

 

[16.01.2014]Management moving some modifications to the existing policy on Compassionate Ground Appointments.
Our Union has been consistently taking up with the  Management, the issue of removing the deficiencies contained in the CGA Policy. As a result of this, Management has moved certain amendments to the existing CGA Policy. These amendments will go for the approval of the Management Committee shortly. The amendments relate to:-
(i) Son / daughter who is physically handicapped.
(ii) Son / daughter who has lost both the parents.
(iii) Applicant who is living in a rented house.
(iv) Dependant of the deceased employee, who is not covered by the government pension.

 

[16.01.2014]Corporate Office issued order for 5% IDA increased w.e.f. 01.01.2014.<<click here>>

 

[16.01.2014]8 Telecom companies to bid in the auction for sale of 2G spectrum.

The auctioning for 2G spectrum is to take place on 3rd February, 2014. Yesterday, the 15th January, 2014 was the last date for submitting applications and the last date for withdrawal is 27th January. All the existing companies, excepting Videocon, Systema Shyam and Loop Mobile, are participating in the auctioning. 

 

[16.01.2014]BSNL and MTNL should procure 30% equipment through ITI.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs which met yesterday the 15th January, 2014 has decided that BSNL and MTNL should procure 30% of their equipments through ITI. The CCEA has decided this policy will be in effect for one year from September, 2014, after which it will be reviewed. 

[16.01.2014]CHQ writes to GM (Estt.), seeking one time relaxation in the RR, to allow non 10th standard officials to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<<view letter>>

[15.01.2014]BSNLEU demands that BSNL Management should contribute a minimum of 12% as pension contribution of the Direct Recruited employees.<<view letter>>

 

[15.01.2014]Meeting on superannuation benefits of BSNL recruited employees.

A meeting between the Management and various unions and associations took place today the 15.01.2014, on the subject of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS represented BSNLEU. Private insurance company, Bajaj Allianz, as well as BSNL Management gave presentations of the subject. Thereafter, Management Side told that it could contribute only 2% of pay+DA of the BSNL recruited employees, towards their pension fund. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, told in unequivocal terms that the proposal for 2% is not at all acceptable to BSNLEU and strongly argued that a minimum of 12% should be contributed by the Management, as per the orders of the DPE. He also cited the quantum of pension contribution being made by various other PSUs. Further, the GS made it very clear that the management of pension fund should be entrusted with the govt. insurance companies and not with private insurance companies.

 

[15.01.2014]Aam Aadmi Party government at Delhi withdraws 51% FDI in multi brand retail trade.

The Aam Aadmi Party government at Delhi has withdrawn the decision of the earlier Shiela Dikshit government to allow 51% FDI in multi brand retail trade. The Delhi government has written to the DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), withdrawing the decision. “If FDI comes in Retail Trade, then crores of small scale Indian businessmen will come on the roads, since they will lose their business and livelihood,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a letter written to the Delhi traders. 

 

[15.01.2014]Employees Provident Fund to get 8.75% interest.

Over eight crore depositors of the Employees Provident Fund will get an interest of 8.75% for the financial year 2013-14. The interest paid last year was 8.5%. 

 

[15.01.2014]MTNL to place Rs.600 crore order for GSM lines.

The MTNL is expected to place orders worth Rs.600 crore in the coming few months, for procuring GSM equipments. CMD MTNL has stated that the tender is opened and the companies which have bidded are Nokia, Alcatel, Hua Wei and ZTE.

 

[13.01.2014]Case of denial of promotion under NEPP, due to average entries, is settled.

It has been a strong demand of BSNLEU that the difficulty experienced by the Non-Executives in the NEPP, due to the grading criteria, should be mitigated. Particularly, BSNLEU had been demanding that none should be denied promotions under NEPP, due to the “Average” entries made in the CRs, prior to the introduction of NEPP. The issue was taken up in the National Council. This was one of the important demands for the one day strike that was to take place on 25.10.2013. However, Management agreed to settle this issue in the talks held on 18.10.2013. Accordingly, order has been issued today by the Corporate Office. We are thankful to the Management, especially to the GM (Estt.).<<view letter>>

 

[13.01.2014]DPE issues order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2014.<<click here>>

 

[13.01.2014]7th Circle Conference of BSNL CMU, West Bengal ended with determination to struggle to save BSNL and to settle the demands of workers.<<click here>>

 

[13.01.2014]Corporate Office issues modification regarding Staff Side representation in the Joint Committee for Change of Designations.<<view letter>> 

 

[13.01.2014]CHQ letter, requesting the Management to sanction Special CL for the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot.<<view letter>> 

 

[13.01.2014]BSNLEU sends it's nominations to the Joint Committee on Change of Designations.<<view letter>> 

 

[13.01.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) on the vindictive actions of the Sr.GM, Jamshedpur.<<view letter>> 

 

[13.01.2014]West Bengal Circle union conducted demonstration and human chain, condemning the ghastly rape and murder of the girl of Madhyamgram.<<click here>>

 

[11.01.2014]US is a good competitor to India in corruption.

The following is an excerpt from the recent interview of Nobel Laureate and eminent economist Joseph Stiglitz, given at Bangalore. 

“The US is a good competitor to India in corruption. The US drug industry succeeded in getting a provision incorporated wherein the government cannot bargain with the industry on drug prices. That added $500 billion in costs to the government's healthcare expenditure. Such provisions happen because of campaign contributions that are a form of corruption. We tend to focus on public sector corruption, but there is corruption in the private sector.  The US financial sector was rife with corruption. The absence of corporate governance (as demonstrated in the 2008 financial crisis) is a form of corruption. Walmart demonstrated in Mexico that it is an expert in corruption. Credit rating agencies were paid by investment banks — so they competed to give the banks good ratings. So corruption in India is not extraordinary, but you are in the top league. Erosion of honesty and trust has become global. You have to have checks and balances.”

 

[11.01.2014]Notification for the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot, from 7th to 9th February, 2014.<<view notification>> 

 

[11.01.2014]Bank account of all Head of SSA’s of BSNL frozen by the EPF authority for non-payment of EPF contribution in respect of contract workers. 

Finally, EPF Commissioner Chhattisgarh Region, Raipur, has implemented its verdict to recover Rs. two crore sixty lacs towards EPF contribution of 300 contract workers.  It may be recollected that in the year 2008 a case was filed before EPF Commissioner by the BSNL Theka Mazdoor Union Chhattisgarh stating that EPF act is not implemented. A sample of 300 contract workers cases with the details were submitted before EPF authority. 18 hearings took place before EPF authority, BSNL management was allowed ample opportunity to explain their position but there was no convincing reply on the part of BSNL officers. On the contrary contract worker’s view points were effectively put forth by all leaders under the guidance of CITU.  An agitational programme of “March to EPF Commissioner Office” was also organised jointly by the BSNL Theka Mazdoor Union and BSNLEU. Now it is learnt that BSNL management is likely to submit an appeal before Hon’ble Hight Court Chhattisgarh for release of frozen accounts of head of SSA’s. It is an irony that instead of feeling guilt for such kind of violation of labour law’s, the Chhattisgarh management unleashed mischievous propaganda that due to this verdict and the role played by the BSNLEU and BSNL Theka Mazdoor Union, regular employees salary could not be drawn.

 

[10.01.2014]Cabinet decides to refund BSNL’s BWA spectrum charges- a victory for unity and struggle.

The Central Cabinet has decided on 09.01.2013, to refund the BWA spectrum charges that has been paid by BSNL. This is in view of the fact that BSNL had already surrendered the BWA spectrum allotted to it, except for few circles. It is learnt that this refund will be adjusted against the future payments of Licence Fee by BSNL. This decision of the Cabinet will give a big relief to BSNL, which is in need of money for it’s capital expenditures. It may also be remembered that the unions and associations have gone on struggle on a number of occasions, under the banner of the Forum, demanding refund of BSNL spectrum charges. The decision of the Cabinet is a victory for our unity and struggle. 

 

[10.01.2014]Updating on the website of the Press Information Bureau, on the cabinet decision to refund BWA spectrum charges to BSNL and MTNL <<view updating>>

 

[09.01.2014]Views of the massive 'Save BSNL' convention, conducted at Chennai, by the Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU, on 07.01.2014.<<click here>> 

 

[09.01.2014]Views of the meeting, to felicitate com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, held at Chennai on 07.01.2014.<<click here>> 

 

[09.01.2014]Contact General Secretary on alternative mobile number.

General Secretary’s mobile connection 9868231113 is not in a working condition. Hence, all are requested to contact on the alternative number 9013677714. The first connection is expected to work by tomorrow evening. The inconvenience caused is regretted.

 

[09.01.2014]DoT calls for furnishing of information in connection with rectification of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees retired within ten months of their absorption in BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000.<<click here>> 

 

[09.01.2014]Director (HR)'s DO letter to CGMs on effecting rotational transfers of officers holding sensitive posts.<<click here>>

 

[08.01.2014]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of Joint Committee to suggest change in designation of major non-executive cadres.<<click here>> 

 

[08.01.2014]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, felicitated by Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions. 

Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU, conducted a felicitation function at Chennai yesterday the 07.01.2014 for com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, who retired on superannuation on 31.12.2013. The meeting was presided over by com.K.Marimuthu, CP, Tamil Nadu and com.S.Yogalingam, CP, Chennai. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, com.K.Vallinayagam, Ex.GS, FNTO, com.S.Chellappa, CS, TN, com.K.Govindarajan, CS, Chennai, com.Punitha Udhayakumar, Vice-President, CHQ, com.Subburaman, GS, TEPU, COM.S.Raveendran, GS, SEWA BSNL, com.Pattabiraman, CS, NFTE, com.P.Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, com.Gopinathan, CS, SNEA, com.Sivakumar, CP, AIBSNLEA, Com.Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA, Chennai and a host of other leaders participated in the meeting and felicitated com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. 

 

[08.01.2014]Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions conduct massive seminar.

The Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU conducted a massive "Save BSNL" seminar at Chennai yesterday the 07-01-2014. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU. inaugurated the seminar, which took place in the sprawling kamarajar Arangam. More than 1800 comrades from all Districts of Tamil Nadu circle and Chennai circle participated in the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, delivered the key note address. Shri A.N.Rai, Director (HR & EB). Shri Ashraf Khan, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle and shri Balasubramanian, CGM, Chennai circle addressed the seminar. Top officers of both the circles also attended.

 

[07.01.2014]Meeting with the representatives of staff unions / associations on the issue of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees to be held on 15.01.2014.<<click here>> 

 

[07.01.2014]CAG to audit the accounts of private telecom companies.

Almost all the private telecom companies are cheating the government, by not paying the due spectrum usage charge(SUC) to the government.  All the telecom companies, including BSNL and MTNL, are paying spectrum usage charge(SUC).  This SUC is calculated based on the Annual Gross Revenue of the companies.  But the private telecom companies understate their revenue, and thereby cheat the government of due payment of SUC. For example, during 2006-08 period, five private companies, viz, Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone and Tata Teleservices and Idea understated their revenue by Rs.10,268 crore. Thereafter, the DoT audited the accounts of the private companies through private auditors and slapped a penalty of Rs.1,594 crore on those five private companies. Now the government has noted variations in the revenues of the private telecom companies, based on the data given by TRAI and SEBI. So it decided to get the accounts of the private companies audited by the CAG, which is objected by the private companies. But the Delhi High Court in it's judgment delivered yesterday the 06-01-2014, has ruled that the CAG can audit the accounts of private telecom companies. The audit of the CAG will now bring to light the cheatings of the private companies by understating their revenue.

 

[06.01.2014]All union / association meeting to be held on the issue of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees.

BSNLEU is consistently pressurising the BSNL Management to expeditiously finalise the scheme for superannuation benefits of the BSNL recruited employees. Finalisation of this scheme is getting unduly delayed. It was seriously discussed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,  with the Director (HR) as well as with the GM (Estt.) on 03-01-2014. With a view to finalise the scheme early,  the BSNL Management is intending to convene an all union / association meeting on the issue. The meeting is expected to take place in this month itself.

 

[06.01.2014]The Bali summit and the blackmail of the developed countries. - editorial of Tele Crusader January, 2014.<<click here>> 

 

[04.01.2014]Why we say religion cannot unite mankind?

The people of Iraq have faced untold miseries due to the invasion by the US and NATO forces, which was condemned by the entire world. But now, the people of Iraq are being tormented by the two warring groups, belonging to Islam. The Iraq government is being controlled by the Shia group. The Sunni group has vowed that it would liberate the people of Iraq from the Shia dominated government of that country. Suicide bombings, mindless gun firings and car bomb explosions have become the order of the day in Iraq. Thousands of innocent Iraqi people are being killed, not by Americans, but by their own people. Yesterday the 03.01.2014, the Sunni militants, together with Al-Qaida, fought with the government forces and took over the cities of Falluja and Ramadi. No one knows when these killings would stop. 

 

[04.01.2014]Vodafone wants all tax cheating cases to be included in the conciliation.

A conciliation is already started between Vodafone and the Indian government in the Rs.11,500 crore tax cheating case by Vodafone. Now, Vodafone has now requested the government to include all it’s tax cheating cases in the ongoing conciliation. It may be noted that very recently the Income Tax department has slapped one more notice on Vodafone, in a case wherein the Company had cheated Rs.3,700 crore as Income Tax. Likewise, Vodafone has involved in so many tax cheating cases.

 

[04.01.2014]Tata Teleservices may be taken over by Vodafone.

Vodafone has initiated talks with the Tata Group, for buying it’s shares in Tata Teleservices. Tata Group is having 59.45% stake in Tata Teleservices. The other major share holder of the company is Docomo of Japan. If Tata Teleservices is taken over by Vodafone, than it will become the biggest telecom company. 

 

[04.01.2014]“I wanted 2G spectrum to be auctioned.” – says Manmohan Singh, PM.

In the press conference held yesterday the 03.01.2014, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told that he wanted the 2G spectrum and coal-blocks to be auctioned. But both the 2G spectrum and coal-blocks were not sold through auction, because of which the country had lost Rs.1,76,000 crore and Rs.1,86,000 crore respectively. Now, the question is, when the 2G spectrum and coal-blocks were sold without auctioning, why Manmohan Singh remained a silent spectator? Was it because he did not want to earn the displeasure of his coalition partners in order to remain in power? 

 

[04.01.2014]Tamil Nadu and Chennai Circle unions of BSNLEU are holding a felicitation meeting at Chennai on 07.01.2014, for com. P. Abhimanyu, GS.

The Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU are holding a meeting at Chennai on 07.01.2014, to felicitate com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, who retired from service on superannuation on 31.12.2013. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and many other leaders are addressing the meeting. 

 

[04.01.2014]Massive ‘Save BSNL’ seminar to be held at Chennai on 07.01.2014.

The Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of BSNLEU, are holding a massive ‘Save BSNL’ convention at Chennai on 07.01.2014. The seminar is to be addressed by top BSNL officers, including Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR & EB) and trade union leaders. 1500 employees are attending the seminar. 

 

[04.01.2014]Inputs called for by the BSNL CO in connection with NEPP – Circle Secretaries are requested to act fast.

The United Forum, has demanded the BSNL Management to settle the difficulties being faced by the employees in NEPP. As per the agreement reached in the talks held on 18.10.2013, Management has started processing the case. In this connection, Corporate Office has called for certain inputs from the circles vide it’s letter no.13-5/2013-Pen(B) dated 09.12.2013 (Refer to CHQ website updating dated 10.12.2013). Since settlement of this problem very much depends upon the inputs to be sent by the CGMs, all circle secretaries are requested to immediately discuss the issue with their respective CGMs and to arrange for expeditious dispatch of the inputs to the Corporate Office.

 

[03.01.2014]11th meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board – Calling for agenda items.

Corporate Office has called for agenda items, vide it’s letter dated 27.12.2013, to be discussed in the forthcoming Welfare Board meeting. CHQ has to submit the items to the Corporate Office before 30.01.2014. Hence, Circle / District Secretaries as well as CHQ office bearers who wish to send items, are requested to send the same to CHQ, by E-mail / Fax within a week.

[03.01.2014]Times of India editorial dated 03.01.2014 on the ghastly gang-rape and murder of 16 year old girl in Kolkata and the barbaric behaviour of Kolkata police. <<click here>>

[03.01.2014]Meeting with Director (HR) 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) today the 03.01.2014 and discussed the following issues. 

 

(a)   Inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances given in the talks held on 18.10.2013.

The General Secretary expressed his anguish and dissatisfaction over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances given in the talks held on 18.10.2013, in respect of the demands of the one day strike proposed to be held on 25.10.2013. 

 

He pointed out that the processing of these issues are going on at a very slow speed in the Corporate Office, as a result of which issuing of orders is getting unduly delayed. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. 

 

(b)   Vindictive transfer of the District Secretary, ETP, Odisha.

The General Secretary demanded cancellation of the transfer order, since it is vindictive and also in violation of the Corporate Office order on immunity from transfers available for the District Secretary of the Recognised Union. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. 

 

CHQ writes to the Director (HR), expressing the anguish and concern of the Union, over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the assurances, given in the talks held on 18.10.2013. <<view letter>> 

 

[03.01.2014] Wage reduction of the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2007.

Com. P. Abhimnyu, GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt) and expressed his deep concern about the abnormal delay in the settlement of the issue and requested to ensure it’s settlement without further delay. 

 

[03.01.2014] Regular Promotion of the officiating JTOs.

BSNLEU is continuously persuing this case. The case is being processed in the Corporate Office. We hope that the final order will be issued by the end of March 2014, for the regular JTO promotion of around 1800 officiating JTOs. 

 

[03.01.2014] Screening test for non 10+2 candidates to appear TTA LDCE.

Corporate Office is finalizing the New Recruitment Rules of the TTA cadre. The demand of BSNLEU to make provision for holding screening test for the non 10+2 candidates for appearing TTA LDCE is not accepted. In the discussion held with shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the 03.01.2014, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, demanded that the screening test should be held atleast as a one time measure. The GM (Estt) accepted this and told that the same would be done after the disposal of the court case, that is going on in this connection. 

 

[03.01.2014] Finalising of the JTO RR.

BSNLEU has long been demanding to make some important changes in the JTO Recruitment Rules. Based on this, the Corporate Office has formed a Committee for finalising the new JTO RR. Soon, Corporate Office will call for the views of the Recognised Unions on the new RR. It is reliably learnt that the Committee has accepted BSNLEU’s demand to include Mechanical Diploma / BE for JTO LICE. In the discussion held with shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), today the 03.01.2014 com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has insisted to accept the demand of BSNLEU for reduction of the qualifying service to appear JTO LICE. 

 

[03.01.2014] Revision of pension based on 78.2% IDA merger.

The issue of revision of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger is cleared by the Department of Pension. It is understood that the proposal of the DoT to revise the pension based on 78.2% IDA merger, notionally upto 09.06.2013, and with arrears from 10.06.2013, is approved by the Department of Pension. This applies to those who retired prior to 01.01.2007, as well as to those who retired after 01.01.2007. Now, DoT will send the file for the approval of the Department of Expenditure.

 

[03.01.2014]CHQ writes to Director (HR) on the vindictive transfer of the District Secretary, ETP, Odisha.<<click here>> 

 

[02.01.2014]In the name of God and religion!!! 

All religions, whether it is Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, preach love, fraternity and peace. But, men, in the name of religion kill each other. Religious fanatics are in the back ground of most of the killings that are taking place in the world today. Central African Republic is a country which got it’s independence from France in the year 1960. This is a country, which is very rich in natural resources, including diamonds, gold and petroleum. With such abundant natural resources, this country should be flourishing. But what is happening is to the contrary. A civil war is going on in that country between Muslims and Christians, as a result of which thousands of people are being butchered. The information recently given by the UNICEF (United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund) is extremely shocking. Both the fighting sides are aiming at, and are killing the boys of their rival group. Such the killings may be aimed at the elimination of the future generation of their rival group. What can be more cruel than this? And remember, this is taking place in the name of God and religion.

 

[02.01.2014]Corporates clash in finalizing new SUC. 

At present, all telecom companies are paying 3% to 8% of their Annual Gross Revenue (AGR) as Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) to the government. As regards Broadband service, Jio Reliance which has got All India license and BWA spectrum in 2010, the SUC payable is 1%. On this, what the TRAI has recommended is, to fix the SUC at a flat rate of 3% for mobile as well as Broad Band service operators. Mobile operators have welcomed this, since the SUC paid by companies like Airtel and Vodafone will be reduced by Rs.400/- crore. But Jio Reliance promoter Mukesh Ambani has opposed this, since the SUC in his case will increase from 1% to 3%. The Telecom Commission and Group of Ministers are expected to take a final view on this issue shortly. 

 

[02.01.2014]Cash rich PSUs may be told to buy the shares of other PSUs.
Media reports say, that the government may ask the cash rich PSUs to buy the shares of other PSUs, in order to achieve it's target in disinvestment. So far in this financial year, the government is able to raise only Rs.1, 325 crore, as against it's budgeted target of Rs.40, 000 crore, through disinvestment. This was due to the stiff resistance to government's disinvestment programme. According to the new proposal, a government may ask cash rich PSUs to buy the shares of other PSUs, with which they are having business links. For example, Coal India Limited (CIL) may be asked to pick up the shares of power sector PSUs like NTPC, Power Grid, etc.

 

[02.01.2014]Full fledged MNP may be delayed.
National level implementation of the MNP facility is likely to be delayed further. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is already introduced. However, this is limited to the circle level and not available at All India level. In September 2013, the TRAI has mandated that mobile companies should implement National MNP within a period of 6 months. However, it is reported that the DoT has not accepted the conditions laid down by the TRAI in this regard. As a result, implementation of National level MNP is going to be delayed further.

 

[01.01.2014]The New Year Resolution. 

The New Year is born. This is the period when the unions and associations in BSNL are straining every nerve to save and strengthen the Company. While fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the government, we also have to improve the quality of our services. Improving our work culture is very essential to save BSNL. Hence, let each and everyone of us take the New Year resolution to improve our work culture.

 

[01.01.2014]BSNLEU meeting at Salem.<<click here>>

 

[31.12.2013]IDA increase is 5% from 01-01-2014.

It is learnt that the IDA increase, that has become due w.e.f. 01.01.2014 is 5%. With this IDA increase, the total IDA that has become payable from 01.01.2014 will be 90.5% (85.5% + 5 %).

 

[31.12.2013]CHQ wishes happy retirement to com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.R.L.Moudgil,AGS and Com.P.C. Kandpal, CS, Uttarakhand.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com.R.L.Moudgil, Assistant General Secretary and Com.P.C. Kandpal, Circle Secretary, Uttarakhand Circle are retiring from service today, on superannuation. CHQ wishes a very happy retirement to all the leaders. CHQ also wishes a long, happy and healthy life to all the leaders.

[30.12.2013]Corporate Office letter on 11th meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board - Calling for Agenda item.<<click here>>

[30.12.2013]Letters of the Reception Committee for conducting the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot.<<letter-1>> <<letter-2>>

[30.12.2013]Glowing tributes paid to com.T.S.Rajan, in Chennai condolence meeting.<<click here>>

[30.12.2013]Homage paid to com.T.S.Rajan on behalf of CHQ of BSNLEU.
On hearing the death of com.T.S.Rajan, BSNLEU comrades from Maharashtra circle, as well as Mumbai Telecom Factory went to Anushakthi Nagar, Mumbai and paid homage to the departed leader. Com.Purushottam Gedam, circle Secretary,  Maharashtra circle, placed wreath and paid respectful homage to the late leader, on behalf of the Central Head Quarters of BSNLEU. They also offered condolences to the family members of com.T.S.Rajan.