of the Designation Committee to be held tomorrow the
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
to CMD BSNL, strongly protesting the decision of the BSNL
Board to form a Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view
meeting of the National Council held.
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
Office letter to all CGM's on Empanelment
of hospitals at Kolkata and Chennai.<<view
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.
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
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
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
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.
& Felicitation program of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar
Jayanti held at Indore on 14th April, 2014.<<click
letter on vacancy position in the grade of JAO/AAO as on
issues order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014.<<click
Nadu circle conducts an impressive convention at
Jharkhand Extended Circle working committee meeting held
can audit accounts of private telecom companies-says
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
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
to manage and maintain a Confidential Network of the
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
Bengal circle convention on Neo Liberal policies, etc., at
Kolkata on 16.04.2014.<<click
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.
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
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.
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.
of the Congress and BJP candidates for Lok Sabha elections
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?
of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of
major Non-Executive Cadres
will be held on 24-04-2014.<<view letter>>
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
Office guideline on handling cases, challenging the JTO
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
holds Massive Convention at Hyderabad on 16.4.2014.<<click
Circle Convention at Jaipur.<<click
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
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
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.
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.
Council meeting rescheduled. It will be held
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
Side meeting of the National Council will be held
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.
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
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 BSNL Unions and Associations writes to Secretary, DoT
on 78.2% IDA fixation benefit to pensioners who retired
6th Bihar circle conference successfully held
Office letter on details of Departmental JAOs - 2010 batch
for the purpose of Seniority List in the Grade of AAOs/JAOs.<<view
Office letter on calculation of vacancies for
Compassionate Ground Appointments.<<view
convention held at Chhattisgarh circle on Neo Liberal
Policies, communal harmony, etc.<<click
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.
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
held at Punjab circle on Neo-Liberal Policies, their impact on BSNL, Communal
Harmony and Ten Point Demand Charter of Central Trade
of the Memorandum on the long pending demands of the
Non-Executives, submitted to the CMD BSNL, by JAC, today
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
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
[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.
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
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
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
Memorial and Education Trust conducts trade union class at
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>>>
as resolved by the CEC Rajkot was conducted jointly by the
BSNLEU TF & TS Circle Kolkata.<click
circle conducts convention on Neo-Liberal policies,
communal harmony and 10 point charter of demands at Hubli.<<click
issued order on IDA w.e.f. 01.04.2014.<<click
Office letter on various issues raised by the Unions
and European Union play dirty politics in Ukraine
- Editorial of Tele Crusader April, 2014.<<click
secretly built Twitter like network to stir unrest in
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
“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
DO letter regarding settlement of pre 2006 CDA pension
Office calls for applications for finalising panel of
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
endorses DoT letter on CGHS facilities to BSNL retirees.<<click here>>
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.
Circle Executive Committee meeting and Convention of NTR
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
Office letter on 2nd amendment to BSNL
Employees Gratuity Trust Rules.<<click here>>
circle conducts successful convention as per the decision
of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>
Office has issued letter on formation of Standing
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
with Director (HR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR)
and discussed the following issues.
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
Management should consider without further delay, the
change of designations of the Non-Executives. (The
designations committee meeting is taking place on
5 years of qualifying service for appearing JTO
The present qualifying service for appearing JTO LICE
should be reduced to atleast 5 years.
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.
Remitting CHQ quota of union subscription through
Corporate Office should issue a circular to all the CGMs,
directing the DDOs to remit quota of union subscription to
the CHQ through RTGS.
Following the order issued by the DoP&T, the BSNL Board
should immediately take decision for the extension of
Srinagar Valley Allowance.
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.
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.
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
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
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
The Sr.GM, also refuted
this. She stated that sufficient fund will be allotted, if
requisitioned on time.
Office letter on posting JAO candidates to
writes to Director (HR), on removal of discrimination in
immunity from transfers between the office-bearers of the
Non-Executives and Executives.<<view
Section of the Corporate Office rejects BSNLEU’s demand
for parity on immunity from transfers between the
Non-Executives and Executives.<<view
writes to Director (HR), on the acute delay in the
settlement reached on correct implementation of NEPP.<<view
writes to Director (HR), on extension of Srinagar Valley
allowance and special concession/facilities to the
employees working in Kashmir Valley.<<view
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%.
calling the pot black”
- Article of Telecrusader on Lok Sabha Elections 2014.
Committee meeting to take place
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
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
for the National Council meeting to be held on 22.04.2014.<<click here>>
of councils – Circle and District Secretaries to note
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.
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
(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.
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.
on contract labour by com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President,
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
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>>
greets the newly elected All India office bearers of FNTO.
The All India Conference
of FNTO was held at Chennai, from 20th to 22nd
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.
circle conducted an effective convention as per the
decision of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>
circle conducts successful convention as per the decision
of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>
circle conducts an inspiring convention
the decision of Rajkot CEC.<<click here>>
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.
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
Kerala convention.<<click here>>
Telephones Circle celebrates BSNLEU Day.<<click here>>
of Foundation Day of BSNLEU at WB Circle.<<click here>>
Foundation Day of BSNLEU a tribute by Calcutta Telephones
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
Office letter on
Declaration of Holiday on 14th
2014 - Birthday of Dr. B.R.
Blood Donation camp held on the eve of BSNLEU's foundation
day at Ludhiana.<<click
Circle organized BSNLEU's foundation day.<<click
[24.03.2014]BSNLEU's Foundation Day
[24.03.2014]BSNLEU's Foundation Day
celebrated at Durg.<<view
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.
Office issues guidelines for nominations to local councils at
circle headquarters and SSA levels.<<view
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
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.
Office letter on Periodical Cash Fund Authorisation to all
circles - revision of proforma.<<click
[22.03.2014]BSNLEU's Foundation Day
celebrated at Puducherry.<<view
greetings on the occasion of BSNLEU's Foundation Day.
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.
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
(CM)'s DO letter to CGMs
Improved Quality of Mobile Services.<<view
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.
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.
writes to Director (HR) on withdrawal of BSNL letter which
denies the one increment granted in lieu of Grade IV.<<view
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
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%
Office releases final grant of welfare fund to various
of stores, materials etc. – Circle Secretaries to note
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.
BSNLEU’s Foundation Day (22.03.2014) and the Martyrdom
anniversary of Baghat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru
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
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.
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>>
Council meeting is to be held on 22nd April,
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.
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.
for change of designations of Non-Executives
Branch of Corporate Office levels wild allegation against
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
replies to Corporate Office stating that the accommodation
allotted to it is being properly utilized.
Corporate Office advises
BSNLEU not to support the struggle of BSNL Casual Contract
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
[15.03.2014]CHQ conveys warm greetings and best wishes on
the occasion of 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.
day trade union class at New Delhi – Circle Secretaries to
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.
submitted by the Staff Side, for discussion in the 30th
National Council meeting, to be held in April, 2014.<<click here>>
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>>
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.
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
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.
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
There will be major industrial unrest in BSNL, if the
Management refuses to implement the Government orders in
respect of superannuation benefits.
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
BSNL should issue free SIM card to the Non-Executives
working in indoor and offices also.
Connectivity to the customers of other net works as well
as to the CUG of Executives should be provided.
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
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.
of result of failed OC candidates of JAO Part-II
examination held in December 2012 by granting grace marks
Office order.<<click here>>
Office letter on Vacancy position in the grade of JAO/AAO
as on 01.03.2014.<<click here>>
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]
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]
14th declared as holiday on account of Dr. B.R.
Ambedkar's birthday.<<click here>>
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations, from
the following comrades, as well as Circle and District
writes to CMD BSNL on energy conservation.<<click here>>
Office reminder on provision of rent free Landline (bphone)
connection – Review thereon.<<click here>>
Office circular on promotional offers during the festival
season under mobile services.<<click here>>
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.
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.
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.
(West) circle conducts an excellent circle level
convention at Ghaziabad, as per the decision of the Rajkot
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
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.
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
the various organizations for making such a united move.
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
donated Rs.14,88,59,650 to Uttarakhand flood victims
relief fund.<<click here>>
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
at Pondicherry demanding action on Reliance, which damaged
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
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
Courtesy: “Times of India – 08.03.2014”
of post 01-01-2007 Recruited TTAs with Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri at Ludhiana on 06-03-2014.<<click here>>
Working Women’s Coordination Committee, celebrates,
International Women’s Day on 07-03-2014 at Ludhiana.<<click here>>
Level Convention of All India BSNL/DOT Pensioners
Association held at Ludhiana on 06-03-2014.<<click here>>
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.
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.
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
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>>
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
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
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
The Director (HR) assured
that appropriate action would be taken on these issues.
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>>
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.
Executive Committee meeting of Chhattisgarh held at Raipur.<<click here>>
Secretaries to note please.
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.
BSNLEU's Foundation Day on 22-03-2014.
Observe Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru
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
retirees who are in receipt of Central Civil Pension can
opt for CGHS.<<<
view DoT letter >>>
circular on special discount scheme for serving/retired
employees of BSNL under EVDO and NIC postpaid data plan.<<click here>>
with Secretary DOT.<<click here>>
Treasurer (CHQ), felicitated for retirement on
superannuation, in an impressive meeting at Raipur.<<click here>>
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 >>>
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
taken in the above matters was handed over to CMD BSNL.
with the GM (Estt.) on important pending issues.
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
loss issue of the post 01-01-2007 appointees.
proposed by the Union to the JTO Recruitment
in the qualifying service to appear the JTO LICE.
of the agreement reached with the Union, regarding
redressal of the
hardships that have arisen in the implementation of the
d) Allowing the non 10th
standard officials to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE, as a
of the full 3% increment on promotion under NEPP, to the
The issues were discussed
in detail. The leaders urged upon the GM (Estt.) to settle
the issues without further delay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations, from
the following comrades, as well as Circle and District
writes to the Director (HR) on the vindictive actions of
writes to the Director (HR) on one time relaxation in the
qualification to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<<view
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.
writes to the Secretary, DoT, conveying the decision to go
on indefinite strike if govt. takes decision to merge BSNL
writes to Corporate Office on
of Special concessions/facilities to employees working in
Office letter regarding safety from fire incidents.<<view
writes to ED (Finance), BSNL, on superannuation benefits
to BSNL appointed employees.<<view
firmly decides that Management should pay 30%
superannuation benefits to the directly recruited
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
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
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.
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
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
The other side of the growth story.
(Article of Telecrusader
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.
Circular No.02 (Hindi)
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
office letter on
Scheme and Syllabus for LICE for filling up posts in the
cadre of JAO under both 40% and 10% quota.<<click
Office calls for options for umpires and refrees for All
India BSNL tournaments.<<click
of BSNL and MTNL - Editorial of Tele Crusader March, 2014.<<click
Circular No.02 dated 26.02.2014.<<click
with Officers of Department of Expenditure on 78.2% IDA
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.
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.
with Administrator, USO Fund.
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.
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.
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
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
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
demonstrations on the demands of Casual Contract Workers.<<click
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
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
Circle conference of Telecom stores, Kolkata.<<click
the State Government employees Coordination Committee –
Mamata Banerjee orders.
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
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
strongly condemns this act of the West Bengal Chief
Govt. departments and PSUs will avail BSNL/MTNL's services
on preferential basis? Hon'ble MoS's reply in Parliament.<<click
Committee of the 7th All India Conference of
Bengal Circle union conducted circle level trade union
Telecom Factory conducted a very successful circle
writes to Director (HR) BSNL, on
delay in issuing order for the implementation of the E1
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.
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
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.
Office letter regarding supply of complete result of
Junior Accounts Officer LICE against 10%.<<click
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
circular to all Circle and District Secretaries, on the
decisions of the Rajkot CEC.<<click
with smt. Rita Teotia, Additional Secretary, DoT, on the
proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.
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.)
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
Office order on promotional offer of full talk time on
Top-up recharge of Rs.100 to Rs.199.<<click
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
[18.02.2014]CMD's DO letter to CGMs
settlement of revision of pension of pre-2006 CDA
writes to CMD BSNL, urging to immediately start
manufacturing of telephone instruments in Kolkata telecom
writes to Corporate Office on non-holding of circle
council meeting in Corporate Office.<<view
writes to Shri Kapil
Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of Communications
and IT, seeking meeting to discuss the proposed merger of
BSNL and MTNL.<<view
Office letter on Direct Recruitment of TTAs from Open
market for the Recruitment Year - 2012 - Status of the
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
writes to Director (HR) demanding implementation of the
agreement reached on 18.10.2013, on the problems of the
writes to Director (HR), demanding one time relaxation in
the 10th standard educational qualification to
appear in the Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<<view
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
Secretary addressed Bihar circle executive committee
meeting, held at Patna.<<click
(CM)'s letter on achieving revenue target from mobile
Office letter regarding JTO induction training structure
Office issues letter to hold Telecom Mechanic LDCE for the
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.
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
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.
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.
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
writes to Corporate Office on the discrepancies/errors
that had arisen in the JTO LDCE, held in June 2013, in AP
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 >>>
Office letter on formation
of local councils in SSAs where only one union exists.<<click
passed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot, from
7th to 9th February, 2014.
 Resolution on the
decisions of the GoM and the Government on the revival of
 Resolution on
wage reduction issue of those who are appointed on or
 Resolution on the
non-settlement of the Superannuation benefits of the
directly recruited employees of BSNL.
 Resolution on the
non-implementation of the settlement reached between the
United Forum and the BSNL
Resolution on Compassionate
Resolution on regularization
of left out casual labours in BSNL.
Resolution on supporting the
agitational programme of BSNLCCWF.
Resolution on General
Resolution on Communal
Resolution on Merger of MTNL
Resolution on expansion of
3G service and launching of 4G service for BSNL.
 Resolution on
thanking Reception Committee.
Ground Appointments - Corporate Office letter on the
liabilities of the deceased employees.<<click
Office letter on pay minimum wages, EPF, ESI etc. to
contract workers and the duty of the administration to get
received at the time of Central Executive Committee
meeting, held at Rajkot.<<click
A.N. Rai, Director, BSNL Board, will hold the charge of Director (HR)
for six more months.<<click
Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM), will hold additional
charge as Director (Finance).<<click
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
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
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
session of the CEC meeting.<<click
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.
off to the Gujarat comrades.
The CEC meeting of
BSNLEU, held at Rajkot from 7th to 9th
really a landmark, in
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.
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
Govt. employees going on a two day strike – Extend
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
Office letter on information in respect of grant of one
extra increment to BCR Grade-III employees one year prior
to their retirement.<<click
Office letter on issue
guidelines relating to residential accommodation by the
Directorate of Estate-application there-of in BSNL.<<click
meeting of BSNLEU continuing for the second day.<<click
meeting of BSNLEU started enthusiastically in Rajkot,
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
" 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.
Management calls for the views of the union on the
proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<view
writes to the Corporate Management on the issue of
proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<view
Management has extended BSNL MRS facility to the ITS
officers on deputation to BSNL.<<view
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
called for the career progression for outstanding
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
Office directs CGM, Madhya Pradesh to look into the
complaint of BSNLEU, regarding JTO LICE held on
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.
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.
writes to CMD BSNL regarding media reports on sale of
BSNL's landed property.<view
V.A.N. Namboodiri, left for Barcelona, to attend world
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.
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.
spectrum auctioning started – Bids worth Rs.40,000 crore
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
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.
leave on request, to members of Central Executive
Committee of BSNLEU for attending their CEC meeting at
Rajkot, Gujarat from 7th to 9th
writes to Corporate Office for payment of 20% HRA to
Vellore, Tamil Nadu Circle.<view
no films are being produced on the plight of the
marginalized and the poor? – Asks actor / film maker
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.
of additional agenda for the 11th meeting of
BSNL Staff Welfare Board - CHQ
Sr.GM (Admn.), BSNL C.O.<view
writes to Corporate Office on
promotion to the cadre of Senior Accountant from Junior
Accountant – Request to implement the judgement of CAT,
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.
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
LDCE results of Punjab Circle - CHQ
writes to GM (Estt.), BSNL C.O.<<click
Treasurer, CHQ, retiring from service today.
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
pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi and pledges to strengthen
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.
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
Management's total failure in introducing a pension scheme
for the directly recruited employees.
(Article of Telecrusader
Office order on promotion of "One
nation, One number, One rupee a day - Roaming free by BSNL".<<view
with Sr.GM (Recruitment) on implementation of DoP&T
orders, on Reduction of qualifying marks, for SC/ST
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
with the Sr.GM (Restructuring), demanding to hold the
meeting of the Reconstituted Designations Committee
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.
of the 29th meeting of the National Council
held on 23rd December, 2013 under the
chairmanship of Director (HR), BSNL Board.<<click
Seeger, the revolutionary poet and singer of the United
States passed away.
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
writes to Corporate Office on
LTC facility to the employees- adoption of double
standards by the BSNL Management.<<view
with the GM (Estt.) on 28.01.2014, regarding the pending
issues that the Union has already taken up with the
Com. Swapan Chakraborty,
AGS, met GM (Estt.) yesterday the 28.01.2014 and discussed
on the following pending issues.
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
Implementation of E1 Pay Scale: -
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.
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.
Settlement of anomalies of the 1st Wage
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.
Another examination in the
cadre of TM by relaxing the eligibility conditions:-
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.
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
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>>
Competition Commission of India turns down BSNL's
complaint against private operators.
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.
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.
circle union felicitates com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and
com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, on their superannuation from BSNL
signed with Canara Bank for extending various Loan Schemes
to BSNL Employees - C.O. has issued order.<<click
submitted agenda items for discussion in the forthcoming
meeting of the BSNL Welfare Board.<<click
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.
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,
and MTNL are to launch free roaming plans from January 26.
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.
unidentified dead bodies found in the capital since last
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.
writes to Corporate Office on the discrepancies in the
question paper of JTO LICE held in Madhya Pradesh Circle.<<click
Office writes to CGMs, regarding the acute delay in
submitting pension papers of the retiring employees to the
Office writes to circles regarding speedy settlement of
revision of pre-2006 pension cases.<<click
writes to the Sr.GM (Restructuring), BSNL CO, demanding to
convene the meeting of the Committee on Change of
writes to the Director (HR), demanding early settlement of
wage reduction of the officials appointed on or after
writes to the Secretary (DoT), demanding early settlement
of the revision of pension to the BSNL retirees, based on
78.2% IDA merger.<<click
writes to the GM (Estt.), suggesting changes to the draft
JTO Recruitment Rules 2014.<<click
Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL CCWF was held
at Bhubaneswar on 18-19 January, 2014.<<click
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.
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.
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.
Office allots adhoc grants to various circle Sports and
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
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
Sharma says decision to allow FDI in retail trade is
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.
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
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
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
view photos >>>
Casual Contract Workers Federation decides to conduct
struggle on the burning issues of casual and contract
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>>
Secretary addressed a largely attended meeting at Nagpur.<<click
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.
Office has circulated draft JTO(T) Recruitment Rules. <<click
upbeat UP (West) circle conference concluded with firm
resolutions to improve the services and to strengthen the
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.
leader com.R.S.Fauzdar laid down office as the circle
secretary of UP (West).
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.
two day conference of UP (West) circle started at Bareilly.<<click
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.
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.
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
(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.
Office issued order for 5% IDA increased w.e.f.
Telecom companies to bid in the auction for sale of 2G
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.
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.
writes to GM (Estt.), seeking one time relaxation in the
RR, to allow non 10th standard officials to
appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE.<<view
demands that BSNL Management should contribute a minimum
of 12% as pension contribution of the Direct Recruited
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.
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
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%.
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.
of promotion under NEPP, due to average entries, is
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
issues order for revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2014.<<click
Circle Conference of BSNL CMU, West Bengal ended with
determination to struggle to save BSNL and to settle the
demands of workers.<<click
Office issues modification regarding Staff Side
representation in the Joint Committee for Change of
letter, requesting the Management to sanction Special CL
for the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot.<<view
sends it's nominations to the Joint Committee on Change of
writes to Director (HR) on the vindictive actions of the
Bengal Circle union conducted demonstration and human
chain, condemning the ghastly rape and murder of the girl
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.”
for the CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot, from 7th
to 9th February, 2014.<<view
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.
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.
on the website of the Press Information Bureau, on the
cabinet decision to refund BWA spectrum charges to BSNL
of the massive 'Save BSNL' convention, conducted at
Chennai, by the Tamil Nadu and Chennai circle unions of
BSNLEU, on 07.01.2014.<<click
of the meeting, to felicitate com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, held
at Chennai on 07.01.2014.<<click
General Secretary on alternative mobile number.
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.
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
(HR)'s DO letter to CGMs on effecting rotational transfers
of officers holding sensitive posts.<<click
Office letter on reconstitution of Joint Committee to
suggest change in designation of major non-executive
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Bali summit and the blackmail of
the developed countries. -
editorial of Tele Crusader January, 2014.<<click
we say religion cannot unite mankind?
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.
wants all tax cheating cases to be included in the
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
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
wanted 2G spectrum to be auctioned.” – says Manmohan
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
Nadu and Chennai Circle unions of BSNLEU are holding a
felicitation meeting at Chennai on 07.01.2014, for com. P.
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.
‘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.
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.
meeting of BSNL Staff Welfare Board – Calling for agenda
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.
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.
with Director (HR)
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director
(HR) today the 03.01.2014 and discussed the following
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.
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
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
Wage reduction of the employees appointed on or after
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.
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.
Screening test for non 10+2 candidates to appear TTA
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
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.
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.
writes to Director (HR) on the vindictive transfer of the
District Secretary, ETP, Odisha.<<click here>>
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.
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
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.
fledged MNP may be delayed.
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.
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.
meeting at Salem.<<click here>>
increase is 5% from 01-01-2014.
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 %).
wishes happy retirement to com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,
com.R.L.Moudgil,AGS and Com.P.C. Kandpal, CS, Uttarakhand.
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
Office letter on 11th meeting of BSNL Staff
Welfare Board - Calling for Agenda item.<<click here>>
of the Reception Committee for conducting the CEC meeting
to be held at Rajkot.<<letter-1>>
tributes paid to com.T.S.Rajan, in Chennai condolence
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.