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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

Last Updated on 23.03.2017 [18:50 hrs]

[23.03.2017]Corporate Office issued guidelines at last, on recovery of over payments – A success to the efforts taken by BSNLEU.

BSNLEU has been taking hectic efforts for past so many months, to implement the DoP&T order to settle the recovery of over payments made in the past, in respect of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees. After the matter was referred to the DoT, by the Corporate Office, BSNLEU representatives met the DDG (Estt.) DoT, several times and discussed the issue. As a result of the efforts taken by BSNLEU, DoT issued necessary guidelines to BSNL. Based on this Corporate Office has issued letter today, giving guidelines in respect of recovery of over payments made in the past. However, no mentioned is made in this letter, regarding keeping the ongoing over payments under abeyance, for which BSNLEU has already given letter yesterday. BSNLEU will pursue it further. Meanwhile, circle and district secretaries are requested to ensure that all cases of recovery of over payment are promptly sent to the Corporate Office, by the respective CGMs.<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of vacancies for DR JTO’s.<<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on adhoc welfare grant to Haryana, NTR and NTP circles.<<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Re-designation Committee meeting to be held tomorrow.

As per the decision of the last meeting, the next meeting of Re-designation Committee, will be held at 15:00 hrs tomorrow. Discussions on concrete proposals are expected to take place in this meeting. 

 

[23.03.2017]Next CEC meeting is to be held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June, 2017.

The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held from 9th to 11th June, 2017. Kerala circle union, has kindly consented to host the meeting at Thiruvananthapuram. All CEC members are requested to immediately book their journey tickets. CEC members may kindly note that heavy rush is there in trains, on account of Summer vacation. Hence, tickets may be booked immediately. 

 

[23.03.2017]All India Convention of BSNL Working Women, stands postponed.

As it is already announced, BSNLEU has decided to hold an All India Convention of BSNL Working Women, at Bhopal, on 14.05.2017. However, some circles have informed that train reservations were not available, due to heavy rush in trains, on account of Summer vacation. Hence, the All India Centre meeting held today, has decided to postpone the Convention. Next date of the Convention will be announced shortly. 

 

[23.03.2017]All are requested to send items for the All India Staff Welfare Board meeting.

Based on the demand made by BSNLEU, the Management has come forward to hold meeting of the All India Staff Welfare Board. CHQ has already requested our comrades to send agenda items. Once again circle secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to send agenda items immediately.

 

[23.03.2017]Ludhiana Comrades donated 102 unit blood on BSNLEU Formation Day.

BSNL Employees Union Ludhiana organized 11th Voluntary blood donation camp on 16th formation day. Blood Donation camp was dedicated to the 87th martyrdom day of Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Rajguru and Sukhdev. Doctors and technicians from Red Cross Ludhiana and Krishna hospitals collected the blood. Before the start of blood donation camp, Com. Balbir Singh, National President, of the union, hoisted union Red flag. While hoisting the flag he told that BSNL Employees union is consistently fighting for the safe guards of workers interest as well as the survival of BSNL. He called upon the workers to work relentlessly for further strengthening the union so that anti public sector policies of the Government are defeated.  

 

Shri Manjit Singh Dhillon, Chief General Manager Telecom, Punjab Circle and Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Dhillon inaugurated the blood donation camp. While inaugurated the camp he appreciated the initiative of BSNL employees union. Com. R.L Moudgil former Assistant General Secretary and circle president said that this donated blood saves lives of people and is given to patients of thalassaemia. A health awareness campaign camp for women of BSNL Ludhiana by Punjab circle women’s welfare organization was also organized. 102 employees including officers and staff donated the blood during the camp. The Ludhiana Distt. BSNL Employees Cop. Society limited arranged milk and bananas to the donors. Com. Avtar Singh Jhande District Secretary BSNLEU thanked the blood donors.<<views of the programme>>

 

[23.03.2017]More views of the celebration of BSNLEU's Foundation Day, held on 22.03.2017.<<click here>>

 

[23.03.2017]BSNLEU salutes the martyrs – Comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru.

BSNLEU salutes and pays homage to comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru, on the day of their martyrdom. These martyrs wished to see an India, free from the clutches of imperialism, and also free of poverty, illiteracy and diseases. On this day, let each one of us take the oath, to re-dedicate ourselves for fulfilling the dreams of the martyrs.

 

[23.03.2017]Yogi Adityanath’s father gives some words of wisdom to his son.

Anand Singh Bisht, the 84 year old father of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has given a very important advice to his son. The advice is that, Yogi Adityanath should respect all religions. The father has also told his son that, it was important for him to take people of every section of society along, for overall growth of state. Yogi Adityanath is well known for spreading communal hatred, through his speeches. We hope the new Chief Minister of UP, will listen his father’s words of wisdom.

[Times of India dated 22.03.2017]

 

[22.03.2017]

22nd March

BSNLEU Foundation Day.

 

Revolutionary greetings to the leaders, front-line activists and members of BSNLEU who have toiled all these 16 years to keep the BSNLEU Red Flag flying high. Let us resolve to strengthen BSNLEU, to take on the new challenges in defending BSNL and the future of it’s employees.

 

[22.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, on the issue of merger of BSNL and MTNL.

It is reported in the media that, the Parliamentary Committee on Petitions, has submitted a report to the Parliament, recommending merger of BSNL and MTNL. BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, demanding that the following conditions should be fulfilled, before government takes any step towards merger of BSNL and MTNL. 

(1)   MTNL should be delisted from the share market.

(2)   Government should take over the financial liability of MTNL.

(3)   Government should provide financial assistance to BSNL to revamp the networks in MTNL areas.

(4)   Salary structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should be one on the same. <<view letter>>

 

[22.03.2017]BSNLEU, Bangalore Telecom District, observed BSNLEU Foundation Day by distributing ‘wire cutter tool’ to 1,000 Telecom Technicians.

Bangalore Telecom District has observed BSNLEU Foundation Day today in a different way. The District Union has conducted a function to distribute ‘wire cutter tool’ to 1,000 Telecom Technicians in Bangalore Telecom District. Shri R.M.M. Krishna, PGM, Bangalore Telecom District, handed over the tools to the Branch Secretaries.<<view picture>>

 

[22.03.2017]National Confederation of Officers Associations (NCOA) of PSUs, organised Parliament March against privatisation. 

National Confederation of Officers Associations (NCOA) of CPSUs, an umbrella organisation of the Executives in CPSUs, organised a Parliament March today. The main demands of the March were No Disinvestment/Privatisation in CPSUs, withdrawal of NITI AYOG’s recommendations on strategic sale in PSUs, implementation of 3rd PRC in CPSUs by removing the affordability clauses etc. The programme was inaugurated by com Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of CITU at Easterm Court. The rally at Jantar Mantar was addressed by leaders from NCOA and General Secretaries of many PSUs. On behalf of the BSNLEU, com Swapan Chakraborty,Dy GS addressed the rally since com P.Abhimanyu, GS couldn't attend the meeting due to viral fever. In his speech com Dy.GS, severely criticised the anti PSU policies of the government and expressed our support to the agitations of the NOCA to save PSUs from disinvestment and privatisation. He further appealed to all, to be united for a long and sustained struggle to compel the government to withdraw it’s anti workers and anti PSU policies.<<views of the programme>>

 

[22.03.2017]Com. John Verghese, named as the coach of All India BSNL Cricket Team.

Com. John Verghese, Assistant General Secretary of BSNLEU, as well as an outstanding sports person, is selected as the coach of the BSNL cricket team, that will participate in the All India Public Sector Cricket Tournament (T20), which is beginning at Goa on 26th March, 2017. CHQ heartily congratulates com. John Verghese, AGS.

 

 

[22.03.2017]News have started coming about celebration of BSNLEU Day. Here are some views.

 

 

Bijapur (Karnataka)

 

Mysuru (Karnataka)

 

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)

 

[22.03.2017]Well done comrades!

BSNL’s new tariff with 2GB data per day at Rs.339/- is becoming very popular among the public. Here is an image being used by our comrades, for marketing this new scheme. CHQ heartily congratulates these efforts. Other comrades can also adopt such innovative methods.

                   

                             Advertisement made at GM Office, Nagercoil.          

[21.03.2017]BSNL endorsement of enhancement of gratuity limit to Rs.20 lakh.<<click here>>

[21.03.2017]Observe Martyrdom Day of the legendary freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru.  

23rd March, is the day on which the legendary freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru, went to the gallows and sacrificed their lives, for the freedom of our mother land. Even after many decades of their Martyrdom, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru, continue to inspire and motivate the youngsters of this country, who are fighting against injustices and exploitation. BSNLEU is observing this day as Martyrs Day, every year. Circle and district unions are requested observe this day in a befitting manner. Report and photos may be sent to the CHQ.

 

[21.03.2017]Corporate Office calls for agenda items for the 12th meeting of the BSNL’s Staff Welfare Board.

It may be recollected that BSNLEU has demanded the CMD BSNL, to conduct the meetings of the Welfare Board as well as the Sports and Cultural Board, since the meetings of both these bodies were not held almost for the past two years. Accepting our demand, the Corporate Office has decided to hold the Staff Welfare Board meeting, and has called for agenda items for discussion. Circle secretaries and district secretaries are requested to immediately send items, if any, to the CHQ, for taking up with the Management.<<view letter>>

 

[21.03.2017]Madhya Pradesh circle union conducted an inspiring seminar at Satna.

The Madhya Pradesh circle union of BSNLEU, conducted it's circle executive committee meeting at Satna on 19-03-2017. As a part of the meeting, a very inspiring seminar, on intensifying the Service With A Smile programme, was conducted. A large number of active comrades were mobilised to this seminar, from various SSAs of the circle. Com. B.S.Raghuvansi, CP, presided over the seminar. Com. Yogesh Sharma, DS, Satna and the GS of the Reception Committee, welcomed everyone. Com.Prakash Sharma, CS, initiated the discussion and made a presentation on the challenges and opportunities in MP circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri G. C. Pandey, CGM, MP, com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-president, (CHQ) and shri Akilesh Gupta, Zonal GM, Jabalpur, addressed the seminar. In the delegates session, com. Prakash Sharma, CS, presented report on activities, based on which deliberations were made by the district secretaries and circle office bearers.<<views of the seminar>>

 

[21.03.2017]Madhya Pradesh circle union donates Rs.15 lakhs to the CHQ.

The circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh circle, held at Satna on 19.03.2017, has decided to donate Rs.15 lakh to the CHQ. This amount was raised by the MP circle union, under the leadership of com.S.R.Nayak, for the construction of a building for the Union. However, this task remains unfulfilled, due to the death of com.S.R.Nayak. The MP circle executive committee meeting has requested the CHQ, to utilise the money in memory of com.S.R.Nayak. The CHQ heartily thanks the MP circle union and assures that the amount would be utilised in a befitting manner, to honour the services of com.S.R.Nayak.

 

[21.03.2017]Celebrate BSNLEU's Foundation Day, with the zeal and enthusiasm.

BSNLEU's 16th Foundation Day falls tomorrow. Our comrades throughout the country have already geared up to celebrate the Day. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to celebrate this year's BSNLEU Day with zeal and enthusiasm, especially in utilising the opportunity to remind the employees about their responsibility in the revival of BSNL and in stopping the anti-BSNL onslaughts of the government.

 

[20.03.2017]Grant of Child Adoption Leave of 180 days to female BSNL employees.

BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to extend Child Adoption Leave of 180 days to female BSNL employees as per DoP&T OM dated 31.03.2016. The BSNL Management has now issued the order.<<view order>> <<DoP&T letter>>

[20.03.2017]7th circle conference of Telecom Factory(Jabalpur) started with a largely attended seminar. 
The 7th circle conference of BSNLEU, Telecom Factory (Jabalpur) is being held at Jabalpur today. Com.Sunil Patel, circle president, is presiding over. Com.D.K.Pal, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. A largely attended seminar was held in the morning session. It was addressed by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri D.N.Singh,CGM,TF(J), com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-president(CHQ), com. Prakash Sharma, circle secretary, Madhya Pradesh circle and com. Basant Lal, circle secretary, BABBITT. Many officers and leaders of other unions also were present in the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke in detail on a number of issues, such as the revival of BSNL and the Telecom Factories, fight against Subsidiary Tower Company, BSNL & MTNL merger, wage revision, anti-BSNL policies of the government etc. The delegates session of the Conference started in the post lunch session.<<views of the meeting>>

[18.03.2017]BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions to actively participate in the asset valuation of BSNL’s lands.

Through yesterday’s updating in the website, the CHQ has explained about the new Accounting Standard, to be compulsorily followed by BSNL, which is called Ind AS. The BSNL Management is in the process of bringing the entire valuation of BSNL’s landed property, into the accounts of the Company. The CMD BSNL expressed his desire in yesterday’s meeting, that at least our lands worth Rs.1,50,000 crore should be brought into our accounts this year. The market value of these lands has to be certified by a reputed consultancy. BSNL intends to engage M/s KPMG for this purpose. After the meeting with the CMD BSNL, this issue was discussed by the CHQ office bearers available in the Head Quarters. The view of the CHQ in this regard is that, if assets valuing Rs.1,50,000 crores are brought in to the accounts of BSNL, it will help to boost the image of the Company. We are witnessing that high valued assets of many Public Sector Companies are being sold to private companies at throw-away price, by the government. Through strategic sale and privatisation, the government is allowing big corporates to capture the assets of the Public Sector Companies, and thus loot people’s money. Under these circumstances, if an asset value of Rs.1,50,000 (at least) is brought into the accounts of BSNL, it will act as a deterrent against the strategic sale / privatisation of  BSNL. Hence, the CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to coordinate with other unions and associations, and to accomplish the task of asset valuation of our lands within the target date of 30.06.2017.

 

[17.03.2017]Meeting between Forum and CMD BSNL.

A meeting between the CMD BSNL and Forum was held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA participated in the discussion. In the meeting, the CMD BSNL gave a presentation about the new Accounting Standard, which has to be compulsorily followed by BSNL, w.e.f. this year. The following is the presentation given by the CMD BSNL:- 

 

“So far the Companies in India were following an Accounting Standard called GAP (General Accounting Principle). However, the Government of India has made it compulsory from this year onwards, that the Companies should follow a new Accounting Standard called Ind AS. As per this new Accounting Standard, a different methodology is to be adopted by the Companies, for calculating their net worth. Accordingly, the assets purchased by BSNL, after 01.10.2000, through the revenue it generated from it’s core business alone will be taken for assessing it’s net worth.At the same time, according to the new procedure, the value of the total assets of the Company, like land and buildings, will also figure in the account. For this purpose, BSNL has to bring in the value of it’s entire lands into the account. A consultancy, to be appointed by BSNL, probably KPMG, will assess the market value of these lands and will certify it. In this year’s account, BSNL’s lands worth atleast Rs.1,50,000 crore has to be brought into the account. And, this job has to be completed before 30th June, 2017. If BSNL’s assets worth Rs.1,50,000 crore figure in the account, it will greatly improve the image of the Company in the eyes of public.” 

 

To complete this job, the CMD BSNL requested that the unions and associations should extend their fullest cooperation, so that the total lands of BSNL are identified and brought into the account for valuation. The leaders present in the meeting assured that they would extend their fullest cooperation in this regard. BSNLEU requests all the circle and district unions to actively cooperate with the circle and district level administrations in identifying and bringing the entire landed property of BSNL into accounting.  

 

[17.03.2017]Merger of BSNL and MTNL.

Many rumours are doing the rounds among employees with regards to the merger of BSNL and MTNL. In view of this, the leaders who met the CMD BSNL today, raised the issue in the discussion. The CMD BSNL replied that he was not aware of any development on this issue. The leaders firmly told the CMD BSNL that any merger of BSNL and MTNL can be accepted only if the following conditions are fulfilled by the government. 

 

(1)  The entire financial liability of MTNL should be taken over by the government, and this burden should not be shifted on the shoulders of BSNL.

(2)  The salary structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should be one and the same, and there should not be any discrimination in this count.

(3)  MTNL is a listed in the share market. Hence, merger of MTNL with BSNL, will pave the way for disinvestment / privatisation in BSNL. Hence, the government should first de-list MTNL from the share market, as pre-condition for merger with BSNL. 

 

The CMD BSNL assured that the views of the leaders would be given due consideration.

 

[17.03.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL on the issues of the contract workers.

Com. P. Abihmanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Vice President, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and discussed the issues contained in the memorandum, submitted to the CMD on 22.02.2017, at the time of the BSNLCCWF’s March to Parliament. The representatives demanded that the CMD BSNL should ensure the implementation of the orders of the BSNL Corporate Office, with regards to payment of Minimum Wage, EPF and ESI to contract workers. They pointed out that in most of the circles, the contract workers are paid only a paltry amount as wages, and the remaining amount is being stolen by the contractors. Further, the EPF contribution from the Management Side, as well as from the workers side are also being stolen by the contractors, stated the representatives. They strongly demanded that the Management should form a cell in the Corporate Office, to monitor the implementation of the Corporate Office orders, with regards to the contract workers. They also demanded that the new wages notified in the Gazette, by the Government of India, should immediately be implemented to the contract workers in BSNL. The CMD BSNL stated that the matters would be seriously looked into, for taking necessary action.  

 

[17.03.2017]MoU signed between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India.

Since the earlier MoU signed between BSNL and the Union Bank of India had expired, BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to sign a fresh MoU with that bank to enable the employees to get various loans. The MoU has now been signed.<<view MoU>>  

 

[17.03.2017]Maximum limit of gratuity raised to Rs.20 lakh, w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

The maximum limit of Death cum Retirement Gratuity of the Central Government has been increased to Rs.20 lakh, as per the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The government has now made it applicable to the BSNL/MTNL absorbees also. This enhancement will be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016.<<view letter>>

 

[17.03.2017]Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, raised the Central Government Employees’ strike in the Parliament.

When the more than one million Central Government employees went on a country wide one day strike yesterday, the issue was raised inside the Parliament also. Com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU, raised this issue in the Rajya Sabha and urged upon the Central Government to settle their issue. BSNLEU heartily congratulates com. Tapan Sen.<<view vide clip of com.Tapan Sen’s intervention>>

 

[17.03.2017]BSNLEU once again writes to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on the issue of recovery of over payment.

In continuation of the discussion held by BSNLEU yesterday, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., the Union has once again written to her, demanding to issue direction to all the CGM’s for the immediate stoppage of all recoveries on over payment.<<view letter>> 

 

[17.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on issuing clarification to the CGM, MP, regarding reservation to SC/ST employees.

The CGM, Madhya Pradesh has written to the Corporate Office, seeking clarification on the guidelines issued by BSNL Corporate Office, in the matter of reservation to SC/ST employees, vide letter number no.250-22/2013-Estt.-III dated 28.07.2016. Since the Corporate Office has not replied so far, BSNLEU has written to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., requesting to issue early clarification.<<view letter>>

 

[17.03.2017]Views of the solidarity demonstration, conducted by BSNLEU, in support of the one day strike of the Central Government employees which took place yesterday.<<views>> 

 

[17.03.2017]More than one million Central Government employees went on a one day strike.

More than one million Central Government employees went on a one day strike yesterday, insisting settlement of their charter of demands, which include removal of the injustices done by the 7th CPC. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, which spearheaded the strike, and also the more than one million Central Government employees who went on the strike. CHQ also heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, which conducted solidarity demonstration yesterday, as per the call of the CHQ, in support of the strike.

 

[16.03.2017]Meetings with PGM (Estt.), GM (Rectt.), GM (FP), GM (BFCI) and GM (Admn.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met PGM (Estt.), GM (Rectt.), GM (FP), GM (BFCI) and GM (Admn.), today, and discussed a number of issues. The issues taken up, and the reply given, are as follows:- 

 

[16.03.2017]Producing of NOC by DR JE candidates, at the time of Document Verification.

It has been brought to the notice of our CHQ that, in some places, the circle administrations are pressing the DR JE candidates to produce NOC, during Document Verification. This issue was discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), today. The Union representatives are told that the DR JE candidates need to produce NOC from their earlier employer, only in cases were they had served in a government department or a government company. 

 

[16.03.2017]Declaration of JTO LICE results.

The results of JTO LICE, held on 11.12.2016, are not yet declared. BSNLEU is continuously pursuing with the Management for the early declaration of the results. The issue was once again discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today. It was replied that the Expert Committee, constituted to look into the views / grievances of the candidates, has already met once. Finalisation of the Committees report is delayed due to holidays on account of Holi. It was assured that, the Committee would finalise it’s report soon and that results would be declared by the end of March.

 

[16.03.2017]Conducting of Telecom Technician LDCE.

BSNLEU is continuously insisting upon the Management to hold the TT LDCE, since the same was not conducted last year. The issue was once again discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Rectt.) today. It was agreed that, communication will shortly be sent by the Corporate Office, to the circle administrations, intimating the time schedule for holding the TT LDCE. 

 

[16.03.2017]Steps being taken to settle the transfer cases of DR TTAs who have become JTOs in Assam, NE-I and NE-II.

A good number of DR JEs (erstwhile DR TTAs) serving in the North Eastern circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II have applied for transfer to their home circles, under Rule 8. They are waiting for the past so many years for the transfer. Meanwhile, most of them have already passed the JTO LICE. Now the question arises, whether they should complete another 5 years service in the JTO cadre, to get the eligibility for applying for transfer to their home circles, under Rule 8. BSNLEU is continuously demanding the Corporate Management that, the DR JEs posted in the North Eastern circles should be given transfer to their home circles, as a special case on a priority basis. This issue is taken up by BSNLEU, as an item for discussion in the forthcoming National Council meeting also. Since the National Council meeting is deferred, this issue was discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. It was replied by the PGM (Estt.) that based on the demand raised by BSNLEU, the Corporate Management has taken certain decisions, in respect of the transfer of DR TTAs (including those who have already become JTOs) posted in hard circles. Accordingly, a DR TTA, after becoming a JTO, has to complete only one year of service in the cadre of JTO, for becoming eligible to apply for transfer under Rule 8, to his / her home circle. This concession is applicable to the JTOs working in Assam, NE-I, NE-II, J&K and Andaman & Nicobar circles. The Union representatives further urged upon the PGM (Estt.) to post sufficient number of JTOs in the circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II, from the forthcoming DR JTO recruitment, so that all the JTOs who have applied for transfer to their home circles get relief. The PGM (Estt.) accepted this and assured that sufficient number of DR JTOs will be allotted to the circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II to clear the waiting list. 

 

[16.03.2017]Stopping recovery of over payment, based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court – Circle Secretaries to note please.

Despite the best efforts taken by BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has so far not implemented the DoP&T order, which has been issued based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, regarding stopping recovery of over payment. This matter is taken up by BSNLEU as an item for discussion in the 35th meeting of the National Council. Since the NC meeting is deferred, this issue was discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. GS and Dy.GS strongly argued that without waiting for endorsement by the DoT, the order of the DoP&T should be implemented by BSNL without further delay. After serious discussion, it was agreed by the PGM (Estt.), that in all the cases of excess payment, a final decision will be taken by the Corporate Office. A direction in this regard will be issued by the Corporate Office, to all the CGM’s, directing them to forward the applications for stopping recovery of over payment, to the Corporate Office. The Union representatives demanded that till a final decision is taken by the Corporate Office, all recoveries on over payment should be stopped. This was accepted by the PGM (Estt.). All circle secretaries are hereby requested to take needful action in this regard. The applications of the affected officials should be forwarded to the Corporate Office immediately, by the concerned CGM’s. Details of such cases may be sent to the CHQ, by the circle secretaries.  

 

[16.03.2017]Allowing non-10th standard RMs and Group ‘D’s to appear in the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE.

BSNLEU has long been demanding that, a one time relaxation should be given to the RMs and Group ‘D’s, who are not having 10th standard qualification, to appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE. This issue was once again discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. After prolonged discussion, the PGM (Estt.) agreed to look into the case afresh, and to discuss the case internally in the Corporate Office, with the relevant Branches. BSNLEU will continue to take up the case. 

 

[16.03.2017]Corporate Management urged to immediately conduct JE LICE.

BSNLEU has been continuously pressing upon the Corporate Management to hold the JE (erstwhile TTA) LICE immediately. It is noteworthy that this examination was not conducted last year. This issue was once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. It was replied that after the results of the JTO LICE (held on 11.12.2016), are declared, Corporate Office will be in a position to assess the number of JE posts to be filled up through the LICE. Since the results of the JTO LICE are to be declared shortly, it was assured that further action on this issue will be initiated shortly thereafter.  

 

[16.03.2017]Amendments to the JAO RR, based on the demands raised by BSNLEU, accepted by the Internal Committee of the Corporate Office.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the following amendments should be incorporated to the JAO Recruitment Rules. The Union has been consistently pressurising the Corporate Management to consider the demand.

  

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

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

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

 

The issue was once again discussed with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today. It was replied that the Internal Committee constituted for the purpose has already submitted it’s report and that all the three demands raised by BSNLEU are accepted by the Committee. The GM (FP) assured that, based on the recommendations of the Committee, proposals for amendment to the JAO RR would soon be sent for the approval of the Management Committee and the BSNL Board. 

 

[16.03.2017]Sanctioning of additional JAO posts, to avoid reversion of already appointed JAOs, qualified in the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016.

The results of the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016 are declared and the successful candidates are already posted as JAOs, after completion of training. Thereafter, a review of the JAO LICE results was conducted by the Corporate Office, based on which more than 300 candidates have got qualified. As a result of this, a situation has arisen in circles like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, wherein the candidates who have already been posted as JAO, may get reverted, for want of sufficient number of posts. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Corporate Office, and has demanded that additional JAO posts should be approved, so that none of the already posted JAOs face reversion. This issue was once again discussed with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today. He assured that needful action would be taken on this issue. 

 

[16.03.2017]Problem faced by employees in switching over to lower rate of interest for housing loan.

Most of the banks have reduced their rate of interests, especially for housing loan. The BSNL employees who have availed housing loans should also get this benefit of reduced interest rates. However, it has been brought to the notice of the CHQ that, the banks are demanding payment of 0.5% of the outstanding loan amount from the employees, for switching over to the lower rates of interest. This issue was taken up with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today. It was demanded that employees should be allowed to switch over to lower rate of interest, without any additional payment. The GM (T&BFCI) assured that this matter would be discussed with the Bank Management.  

 

[16.03.2017]Renewal of MoU with Union Bank of India.

The MoU signed between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India, for extension of various loans to the employees has expired. BSNLEU has already demanded renewal of the MoU. This issue was discussed with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI) today. It was replied that the process of renewal of MoU between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India is completed.  

 

[16.03.2017]Payment of cash in lieu of supply of uniforms – Circle secretaries to note please.

In the Uniforms Committee meeting, held on 23.02.2017, a proposal was made by the Management Side for payment of cash to the employees, in lieu of supply of uniforms. The GS and Dy.GS met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) and discussed this issue. The representatives told the GM (Admn.) that payment of cash in lieu of supply of uniforms is a major policy decision connected with the employees, and that BSNLEU can express it’s view on the matter only after discussing the same with all it’s circle secretaries, in the Central Executive Committee meeting. Hence, the representatives demanded that BSNLEU should be given time to discuss this issue and convey it’s decision. All circle secretaries are requested by the CHQ, to ascertain the views of the district and branch unions on this matter, and to convey the same to CHQ. A final decision in this regard will be taken in the forthcoming Central Executive Committee meeting. 

 

[16.03.2017]Extension of Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees.

Based on the demand of BSNLEU, Free Night Calling facility has already been implemented to BSNL pensioners. However, the demand of BSNLEU, to extend the Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees, is not considered by the Management. This issue was discussed with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, and it was strongly pointed out that denial of Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees is a discrimination. It was emphatically demanded that Free Night Calling facility should be extended immediately to the serving employees also. The GM (Admn.) assured that the issue would be taken up at the appropriate level. 

 

[16.03.2017]BSNLEU urges GM (Admn.) to immediately hold the meeting of the Medical Committee.

The Joint Committee for review of the Medical Policy was to be held on 23.02.2017. However, the meeting could not be held that day, since the GM (Admn.) was held up in a discussion in the DoT. The issue was discussed with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today and it was demanded that the meeting of the Medical Committee should be conducted without further delay. The GM (Admn.) assured to hold it soon.

 

[15.03.2017]All union / association meeting decides to conduct gate meetings & badge wearing on 05.04.2017, on wage revision issue. 

A meeting of all unions and associations was held at New Delhi today. Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS presided over. Representatives of BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SNATTA, AIBSNLOA, BTU, BEA, attended the meeting. After detailed discussion, the meeting took the following decisions.

v  To submit a memorandum to the government demanding settlement of :-

(a)   Wage revision to BSNL employees by exempting BSNL from the affordability clause of 3rd PRC's recommendations.

(b)   Periodicity of wage revision should be 5 years.

(c)    Pension revision for BSNL's pensioners.

(d)   30% superannuation benefit to the Directly Recruited employees. 

v  To conduct badge wearing and gate meetings throughout the country on 05-04-2017.

[15.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on calculation of vacancies for promotion to the post of JTOs- clarification thereof.<<view letter>> 

[15.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on distribution of staff by Recruiting Circles to Non-recruiting units on bulk recruitment / promotion /transfer in Circle Cadres of the Telecom Stream.<<view letter>> 

[15.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on sanction of Welfare Fund to various circles.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.03.2017]35th National Council meeting deferred.

The 35th National Council meeting was scheduled to be held on 17.03.2017. It is reported by the Corporate Office today that, this meeting stands deferred, since the Director (HR) is indisposed. BSNLEU will demand to hold the meeting at the earliest.<<view letter>>  

 

[15.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Additional Secretary, DoT, demanding settlement of outstanding HR issues.

The issues of Promotion of  Non-Executives to the E1 pay scale, payment of one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives appointed after 01.01.2007 and payment of Gratuity to the Casual Labourers, are approved by the Management Committee, and are lying pending with the BSNL Board for a very long time. BSNLEU has written to the Additional Secretary of the DoT, who is a Government Director on BSNL Board, seeking his intervention for settlement of these pending issues.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.03.2017]BSNLEU demands extension of Free Night Calling facility to the serving BSNL employees also.

When the Free Night Calling facility was introduced to BSNL’s landline customers, BSNLEU demanded that the facility should be extended to BSNL’s serving and retired employees also. Last week, BSNL Corporate Office issued letter implementing Free Night Calling facility to BSNL pensioners. While thanking the CMD for this settlement, BSNLEU has demanded that the facility should be extended to the serving employees also.<<view letter>>  

[15.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Management demanding to set right the wrongful implementation of NEPP in Odisha circle.<<view letter>>

 

[14.03.2017]Merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular to take place this week.

Badly hit by the tariff war triggered by Reliance Jio, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have decided to merge and to create a new entity. Talks for this merger were going on for the past several months. Media reports say that this merger may be announced this week. For the purpose of merger, the equity value of both the companies has been estimated at Rs.40,000 crore each. Kumar Mangalam Birla will be the chairman of of the new company. The debt of the new company is estimated to be Rs.89,000 crore and it's market share will be 42%. 

 

[14.03.2017]CMD BSNL to hold the additional charge of Director (Finance). 

As per the decision of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC), the CMD BSNL  will hold the charge of the Director(Finance) of BSNL. This post is lying vacant ever since the retirement of shri K.C.G.K.Pillai. The Forum and BSNLEU have already taken up this issue on several occasions. However, the post is not filled up so far. Earlier, Ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR) was holding the additional charge of Director(Finance) also, for a period of six months, up to 28-02-2017.<<view letter>>

 

[14.03.2017]Meeting of all unions and associations to be held tomorrow, to discuss the Wage Revision issue. 

In back drop of the 3rd PRC Report, which is disadvantageous to the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, a meeting of all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL is taking place tomorrow. The meeting will discuss and finalise the strategy to be adopted, to ensure Wage Revision to BSNL employees, as well as revision of pension to the BSNL retirees. The meeting will be held at 15:00 hrs at BSNL MS office, Atul Grove road, New Delhi. All are requested to attend the meeting.

 

[14.03.2017]Conduct solidarity demonstrations on 16-03-2017, in support of the one day strike of the Central Government employees.

CHQ calls upon the BSNL employees to conduct solidarity demonstrations on 16-03-2017, in support of the Central Government employees, who are going on a one day strike on that day. The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has given call for the strike. When the Central Government employees protested against the anti-worker recommendations of the 7th CPC, the government gave assurances to the Central Government employees' leaders on 30-06-2016 and 06-07-2016, to consider to revise the minimum pay and multiplication factor. However, the government has betrayed the employees and has thrown it's assurances to the winds. Minimum Guaranteed Pension is also one of the demands of the strike. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to powerfully organise the demonstrations, and express our solidarity to the fighting Central Government employees.

 

[14.03.2017]Views of the Chennai conference held on 11th & 12th March, 2017.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[11.03.2017]Judgment in the Manesar Maruti Suzuki plant violence. Where is the judgment for the cruel exploitation of workers?

A local court at Gurgaon, delivered it's judgment yesterday, in the violence that took place in the Manesar Maruti Suzuki plant, in the year 2012. Out of the 148 accused, 31 persons were convicted, while 117 persons were acquitted. Out of the 31 who are convicted, 12 are Office bearers of the workers union. In the violence that broke out in the Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar, 90 executives were injured, while the HR Manager lost his life. What was the reason for the violence?  Maruti Suzuki is the biggest car manufacturer of the country. However, no Labour Law of the country, pertaining to Minimum Wage, Working hours, trade union rights, etc. was respected in the Manesar plant. (Same is the case in other plants also) The workers were exploited in the most inhuman manner. The Haryana state government acted hand in glows with the Suzuki Management. Under these circumstances, the cruel suppression of the workers, finally resulted in an eruption of violence. Police acted quickly and made large scale arrests. Now the judgment has come, and the guilty workers are punished. But, what is the punishment for the Maruti Suzuki Management, which trampled the Labour Laws of the country, under it's feet, that led to the violence?

 

[11.03.2017]Chennai circle conference of BSNLEU, started with an enthusiastic seminar.

The two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai circle, started today, with an enthusiastic seminar on the revival of BSNL. The National Flag was hoisted by com. S.K.Mahendran, ex. MLA and Chairman of the Reception Committee. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union Red Flag. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr's column. Com.Kanniappan, circle president, presided over the seminar. Com. S.K.Mahendran, Chairman, Reception Committee, welcomed all and greeted the Conference. Inaugural address of the Seminar was delivered by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS. The General Secretary explained the various steps taken by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. He came down heavily on the government, for it's anti-BSNL and pro-private policies, including the unceremonious shifting of J.S.Deepak, Secretary, Telecom. The seminar was also addressed by Ms. Kalavathy, CGM, Chennai, com. S.Chellappa, AGS, shri Kalyan Sagar, GM(Finance) and shri Chellappan, GM(HR).

 

[11.03.2017]Trade union rights of SC/ST employees of BSNL restored.

The order of the SCT Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, denying Trade Union rights to SC/ST employees, has been cancelled, due to the continuous efforts taken by BSNLEU. Earlier, the SCT Cell of the BSNL Corporate Office, had issued an order, stating that, the SC/ST employees of BSNL, who are members of SEWA BSNL, cannot be members of any trade union. This order was vehemently opposed by BSNLEU, since it amounts to denial of trade union rights of the SC/ST employees. BSNLEU argued that SEWA BSNL is only a welfare association, and not a trade union. Hence, SC/ST employees, can be members of a trade union, as well as of SEWA BSNL. After dilly dallying for long on this issue, the Corporate Office has finally issued letter, restoring the trade union right of SC/ST employees. This is a victory for BSNLEU.<<<view letter>>>

[11.03.2017]BSNL endorsed the revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners - Delinking of revised Pension from qualifying service of 33 years.<<<click here>>

[10.03.2017]More views of the massive March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / District Magistrate’s office throughout the country held on 09.03.2017.<<<click here>>

 

[10.03.2017]BSNL employees oppose privatisation move - media report.<<<click here>>

 

[10.03.2017]MTNL's share price shoots up in the market.

The losses of MTNL continues to increase. However, all of a sudden, it's share price in the market increased by 16 per cent in a single day. As a result of this, the market valuation of MTNL also got increased by Rs. 221 crore. One may wonder, what the reason is? It is nothing, but due to media reports that, talks for the merger of BSNL and MTNL, have once again started at the highest level.

 

[10.03.2017]Member(Services), Telecom Commission, says no talks on,  for the merger of BSNL and MTNL. 
Yesterday, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, in their meeting with shri R. K.Mishra, Member(Services), Telecom Commission, enquired about the rumours of BSNL and MTNL merger. Shri R.K.Mishra denied that any such talks were going on. The representatives made it very clear that, the unions and associations of BSNL strongly oppose any merger, without fulfilling their demands in this regard.

 

[10.03.2017]Legal hurdle in DR JE recruitment crossed.

The case filed in Delhi court, against the DR JE recruitment of BSNL, has been dismissed yesterday. With this, the legal hurdle, sought to be created by some failed candidates, has been removed. The court has upheld the selection. Earlier, an   enquiry conducted by the DoT, has also upheld the DR JE selection, as fair and free. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the selected candidates, who will soon be sent for training.

[10.03.2017]CHQ circular no.3 dated 10th March, 2017.<<<view circular>>

 

[09.03.2017]Free Night calling facility extended to BSNL retirees.

When BSNL extended Free Night calling facility to the customers, BSNLEU demanded that the facility should be extended to BSNL employees and retirees also. BSNLEU wrote several letters to the CMD BSNL, and the demand was raised by the Union on various occasions. BSNLEU’s demand has been partially accepted by the Management now. The Corporate Office has issued letter today, extending Free Night calling facility to BSNL retirees. While expressing thanks to the Management, BSNLEU demands that the facility should be extended to the serving employees as well.<<view letter>>

    

[09.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on distribution of number of candidates selected through the Open Competitive Examination for Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer held in September 2016 between Recruiting Circles and non-recruiting units under their jurisdiction.<<view letter>>

 

[09.03.2017]Magnificent show of strength by BSNL Non-Executives and Executives.

Reports are pouring in from various parts of the country, about the magnificent rallies conducted throughout the country today. Accepting the call given by the unions and associations of BSNL, tens of thousands of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, marched to the Raj Bhawans, collectorates and DM offices throughout the country. Banners and placards were carried, demanding the government not to resort to strategic sale / disinvestment in BSNL, not to form Subsidiary Tower Company, not to favour the Reliance Jio and to immediately allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. BSNLEU heartily thanks the entire employees who have participated in today’s rallies.<<views of the programme>>

 

[09.03.2017]Restrictions for availing GPF advance relaxed.

The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has relaxed the conditions in availing the GPF advance. Similarly, the quantum of GPF advance is also enhanced.<<view letter>>

 

[09.03.2017]BSNL Corporate Office beats a hasty retreat – withdraws it’s gag order issued yesterday.

BSNL Corporate Office issued a gag order yesterday, directing that the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL should not carry out any “joint action programme” under the banner of the “Joint forum”. This order was nothing but a ‘death knell’ to the trade union rights, as well as to the joint movement of the Executives and Non-Executives. BSNLEU immediately protested this circular, by writing a strongly worded letter to the CMD BSNL. BSNLEU has stated that all cooperations to the Management would be withdrawn, if the circular is not taken back immediately. CMD BSNL has taken swift action on this matter. As a result, the SR Branch, vide it’s letter no.BSNL/5-1/SR/2016 dated 09.03.2017, has withdrawn it’s circular issued yesterday. However, the SR Branch wanted to “save it’s face” by saying that “the advisory is kept in abeyance till further orders”. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office should understand that such type of nonsense will not be tolerated by the BSNL trade union movement. We sternly warn that the SR Branch should desist from involving in such adventures in future.<<view letter>>

 

[09.03.2017]Pension revision of BSNL pensioners would be done on time – Assures Member (Services), DoT.

BSNLEU has already written to the Member (Services), DoT, that the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners should be done on time. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri R.K. Mishra, Member (Services), today, and discussed this issue. The representatives pointed out that pension revision of BSNL pensioners should not be delayed this time, as it was done last time. The Member (Services), replied that the DoT is seized of the matter and that they have already initiated steps in this regard. The Member (Services) also assured that the pension revision, w.e.f. 01.01.2017, in respect of BSNL pensioners would be done on time.

 

[09.03.2017]Lunch hour demonstration at BSNL Corporate Office.

As a part of the March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate program, being conducted throughout the country, an impressive lunch hour demonstration was organisd at BSNL Corporate Office today. Com.M.P.Singh,CP,NFTE, presided over. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, and com.K.S.Kulkarni, AGS,NFTE, addressed.<<< views of the demonstration >>>

 

[09.03.2017]Meeting of all unions and associations to be held on 15.03.2017, to discuss Wage Revision issue.

A meeting of all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL will be held at New Delhi on 15.03.2017. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the next Wage Revision to the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, especially in the backdrop of the report submitted by the 3rd PRC.<<view letter>>

 

[08.03.2017]International Women's Day celebrated in Kolkata. 

BSNL Co-ordination committee, with ten circle unions of regular, non regular & retired workers, organised meeting at CTO Hall, Kolkata.Com. Gouri Halder presided over. Com. Biplab Das, GS, BSNLCC welcomed all. Com. Bharati Mutsuddi, eminent lawyer, com. Animesh Mitra, CS & VP BSNLEU CHQ and com. Saibal Sengupta, CS & AGS addressed the meeting.<<views of the celebration>> 

 

[08.03.2017]BSNL Management issues highly provocative letter against trade union rights.

The BSNL Management has issued a highly provocative letter today, laying down conditions that the Non-Executives’ unions and Executives’ associations should not form any “joint forum” and also should not go on “joint action program”.<<view letter>> 

 

[08.03.2017]BSNLEU gives befitting reply to the gag order issued by BSNL Management.

BSNLEU has given a strong rebuttal to the BSNL Management’s gag order, banning “joint forum” and “joint action program”.<<view letter>>

 

[08.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Member (Services), DoT, demanding immediate action on revision of pension for BSNL pensioners.

BSNLEU has written a letter to the Member (Services), DoT, urging upon him to initiate immediate action, for the revision of pension of BSNL’s pensioners. BSNLEU has also demanded that the government should put in place a permanent mechanism for the periodical pension revision of BSNL pensioners.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Wage Revision for BSNL employees.

In the discussion held with the CMD BSNL today, the GS and the Dy.GS enquired about the status with regards to the Wage Revision of BSNL employees. The CMD BSNL told that the BSNL Management is giving a presentation to the Secretary, DoT, shortly.

 

[07.03.2017]United action for Wage Revision of BSNL employees.

The complete report of the 3rd PRC has already available in the public domain. The recommendations carry many strict conditions, which are not in favour of the employees. Especially, the “affordability” clause is against the BSNL employees. Considering the pro-corporate and anti-labour thinking of the present government, the entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL have to gear up for united action, so that they can create compulsion on the government. BSNLEU is already on the job of interacting with all the Unions and Associations in this direction. Soon, an all union / association meeting will be held, to finalise the strategy of the employees.

 

[07.03.2017]Approval for amendments to the Union Constitution, as approved by the 8th All India Conference.

CHQ has already submitted it’s application, to get the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions, to incorporate the amendments passed by the 8th All India Conference, in the Union Constitution. Necessary follow up actions being taken, and we hope to get the approval soon.

 

[07.03.2017]Denial of representation for BSNLEU in the ‘Pension Fund Trust’ and the ‘Gratuity Fund Trust’.

BSNL has recently formed a Trust for the Pension Fund of the DR employees. Similarly, some time back, a Trust has been formed for the Gratuity of the DR employees. In both these Trusts, BSNLEU is not given representation. This issue was seriously discussed today, with the CMD BSNL, by the GS and Dy.GS. The representatives recorded their strong protest for ignoring BSNLEU, which is the biggest Union in BSNL. The CMD BSNL assured to seriously look into the matter.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Non-holding of Welfare Board meeting and Sports & Cultural Board meeting.

Holding of the Welfare Board meeting and Sports & Cultural Board meeting are being inordinately delayed. The GS and Dy.GS took up this issue with the CMD BSNL today, and insisted that both the meetings should be held at the earliest. The CMD BSNL agreed with our view and assured to take prompt action.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Creation of additional DR JE posts.

In their meeting with the CMD BSNL today, the GS and Dy.GS strongly demanded that, the BSNL Management should sanction additional posts, so that the DR JE candidates, whose names figured in the first selection list, but subsequently got deleted, could also be accommodated. Similarly, in some circles, candidates who have secured more marks than the cut off level are not considered. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter sympathetically.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Arbitrary take over of BSNL assets by the DoT- detailed discussion held with the CMD BSNL and guidelines to the circle and district unions.

CHQ is getting reports that BSNL offices / buildings are being arbitrarily taken over by the DoT. This issue was discussed in detail today, by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in the meeting held with shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. They drew the attention of the CMD BSNL, to the recent take over of 2,000 square feet of area, in the PGM office, Bangalore, by the TRAI. The CMD BSNL agreed with our view, that our buildings should not be arbitrarily taken over, without the approval of the Corporate Office. He also assured to look into our complaint, with regards to take over of BSNL offices / buildings at Bangalore. CHQ requests our circle and district secretaries to be vigilant and act quickly, when our assets are taken over by the DoT. The matter should be immediately brought to the notice of the CHQ. Our comrades can also think about physically stopping our assets being taken over, while bringing the matter to the notice of the CHQ.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.03.2017]Once again great performance by BSNL.

Hearty congrats to all ! BSNL has once again added 20 lakh mobile customers in a single month. Despite cut throat competition from Reliance Jio, and Narendra Modi government’s blatant support for that company, BSNL has added 21,86,137 mobile connections in the month of February, 2017. This is a good performance. Uttarakhand circle has achieved 261% of it's target. Tamil Nadu circle has given the highest number of mobile connections (2,37,137). BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire staff and the Management for this magnificent achievement.<<<view Dir.(CM's) DO letter>>>

 

[07.03.2017]Memorandum to be submitted to the Governor / Collector / District Magistrate.

BSNL Unions and Associations are conducting massive March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / District Magistrate’s office throughout the country on 09.03.2017. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the unions and associations, held at New Delhi on 06.02.2017, a memorandum is to be submitted to the Governor / Collector / District Magistrate. The matter to be incorporated in the memorandum has been finalised, in consultation with the unions and associations. The same is attached herewith. Circle and district secretaries are requested to download it and get it ready for submission. Before submission, the address of the Governor / Collector / District Magistrate may be filled up. The memorandum must also be signed by all the circle secretaries / district secretaries, as the case may be.<<view memorandum>> 

[07.03.2017]Inordinate delay in sending local council nominations to the CHQ.

It is nearly 10 months, since the 7th Membership Verification results are declared. However, it is observed that now only nominations to various local councils are being sent to the CHQ. The CHQ has reason to believe that still many district unions have not sent their local council nominations. Such a huge delay in sending local council nominations to the CHQ, only reveals the sorry state of affairs in the functioning of those district unions. It is also observed that, some district unions have sent the local council nominations to the CHQ, without getting the endorsement of the circle secretary. Such nominations will never be approved by the CHQ. Hence, all circle secretaries are requested to kindly make a quick review of the reconstitution of local councils in their respective circles, and to make necessary remedial steps, wherever necessary.

 

[06.03.2017]All India BSNL working women's convention to be held at Bhopal on 14th May, 2017.

Based on the discussions that took place in the 8th All India Conference, the All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, has decided to hold an All India BSNL working women's convention. Accordingly, it is decided that the convention would be held at Bhopal on 14th May, 2017. All circles have to send women delegates for this convention. CHQ will be issuing detailed circular in this regard.

 

[06.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on timely Settlement of Pension and Pensionary benefits to Retired/Retiring Employees.<<<view letter>>>

 

[06.03.2017]Observe International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2017.

Every year, BSNLEU is observing International Women’s Day on 8th March. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to observe this year’s International Women’s Day also in a befitting manner. Equality to women, stopping of the crimes and atrocities against women, etc., are the main issues to be focused in this year’s International Women’s Day. Send report and photos to the CHQ.

 

[04.03.2017]Hindi version of Director (HR)'s DO letter on one hour extra work.<<<click here>>>

 

[04.03.2017]Powerful publicity to be made among the public, during the March to Raj Bhawan, Collectorate/DM Office, to be held on 09-03-2017. 

The unions and associations have decided to conduct March to Raj Bhawan, collectorate / DM office on 09.03.2017. Momorandums are to be submitted to the Governor, Collector and District Magistrate.


Apart from submitting memorandums, the rallies should be utilised to make powerful campaign among the public on the following issues.

 

(1) Against disinvestment/ strategic sale of BSNL.

(2) Against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company and other attempts by the government to weaken BSNL.

(3) Need to immediately allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, to enable the Company to provide high speed data service.

(4) Against all undue supports being extended by the government and the TRAI to Reliance Jio.


Carry placards and banners, with attractive slogans on the above mentioned four issues. Make powerful campaign among the public during the rallies.

 

[04.03.2017]Memorandum to be submitted in the March to Raj Bhawan, collectorate/ DM Office on 09.03.2017. 

CHQ is getting queries from many comrades, regarding the memorandum to be submitted to the Governors, Collectors/District Magistrates on 09-03-2017. It is informed to all that a memorandum is under preparation at the All India level. The same will be finalised, after due consultation among all unions and associations. It will be uploaded on the website by tomorrow. The same may be submitted, after duly filling up the "To" address, and also after signing by the circle/ district secretaries.

 

[04.03.2017]Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, IT, may get additional charge of Telecom Secretary.

While abruptly removing J.S.Deepak from the post of Telecom Secretary, the government has not announced who would take over the post of the Telecom Secretary. In this situation, the news that is doing rounds in the media is that, the Secretary, IT, Aruna Sundararajan, may get the additional charge of Telecom Secretary.

[Courtesy: The Indian Express]

 

[04.03.2017]Cover page photos of Tele Crusader, March,2017 issue, carrying the views of the casual & contract worker's March to Parliament on 22nd February,2017.<<<view images>>>

 

[04.03.2017]Recovery of over payment in case of Non-Executives in BSNL - necessary guidelines as per DoP&T w.r.t. Hon'ble Supreme Court order will be issued soon.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS discussed the matter of necessary orders to stop recovery of excess payment made to Non-Executives in BSNL, straightway to implement the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court as per DoP&T guidelines with Sri A.K.Singh,DGM (Estt.), yesterday, the 3rd March 2017. The DGM informed that the BSNL Management is processing the case and necessary guidelines to Circles will be issued soon after the approval from Dir (F). 

 

[04.03.2017]Rule- 8 transfer cases of the DR JEs posted in remote circles of Assam, NE-I, NE- II, J&K etc.

BSNLEU is consistently demanding to the Management to consider the Rule- 8 transfer cases of the DR JEs posted in remote circles of Assam, NE-I, NE- II, J &K etc and suggested that since most of the officials have appeared in the JTO LICE immediately after promotion as JTOs, they may considered eligible for transfer under rule- 8, by counting their previous service in the JE cadre. The Estt. Section is now processing the case as per the demand of union. 

 

[04.03.2017]Renewal of MoU with the Union Bank of India – BSNLEU demands.

MoU with Union Bank of India for extending various loan schemes to BSNL employees has expired on 31st December, 2016. BSNLEU has demanded the GM (T&BFCI) to take early steps, for the renewal of the MoU. It is informed by the GM that BSNL Management has written to the Union Bank of India to place proposals with reduce interest rate on various loans. The Bank Management may submit their proposals soon after their internal decision. BSNL Management is taking necessary steps for early renewal of the MoU.

 

[03.03.2017]The hasty removal of J.S.Deepak only shows how powerful is Mukesh Ambani's grip on the government. 

The hasty manner in which J.S.Deepak is shifted from the Department of Telecommunications, only shows the influence that the Reliance Industries, and it's Chairman, Mukesh Ambani, is enjoying in the Narendra Modi government. Every one knows that the continuation of it's "Welcome Offer", beyond the 90 days period, may be in some other name, is a violation of the regulations laid down by the TRAI, by the Reliance Jio. Still, the TRAI did not have the back-bone to stop that. Under these circumstances, the Telecom Commission, which met on 22.02.2017, decided to write to the TRAI, that it should discharge it's duties in letter and spirit, so that the revenue of the government is not affected, and also the orderly growth of the communications industry is also protected. Being the Chairman of the Telecom Commission, J.S.Deepak, wrote to the TRAI, conveying the decision. This has definitely angered the Narendra Modi government. Even while he was attending a conference at Barcelona, J.S.Deepak is removed from the post of Secretary, DoT. It is announced by the government that J.S.Deepak is posted as the permanent representative to the WTO. This is only to show the outer world that J.S.Deepak is not shifted with any ulterior motive. The present Representative to the WTO is retiring only in May. So, what is the reason for such a hasty removal. Why is he posted as an OSD in the Commerce department. It is only to ensure that immediately after returning from Barcelona, J.S.Deepak should hand over the charge of Secretary of the DoT to someone else. So powerful is the grip that Mukesh Ambani is having on the government.

 

[03.03.2017]National Council meeting to be held on 17-03-2017.

After dilly dallying for long, finally, the Management has issued the notification for holding the 35th meeting of the National Council. The meeting will be held on 17-03-2017. This meeting is being held nearly 10 months after declaration of the results of the 7th Membership Verification.  Consequently, a long list of issues have been given by the Staff Side, as agenda items for the National Council meeting. BSNLEU has already suggested to the Management, that one more meeting of the National Council should be held in quick succession, in case all the agenda are not discussed in the 35th meeting.  

 

[03.03.2017]Staff Side of the National Council to meet on 16-03-2017.

As a prelude to the National Council meeting to be held on 17-03-2017, a meeting of the Staff Side will be held on 16-03-2017. The Staff meeting will be held at Dada Ghosh Bhawan, and will start sharply at 15:00 hrs. All Staff Side members are requested to kindly note the timing of the meeting, and be present in the meeting on time.

 

[03.03.2017]Corporate Office issued notification for holding of 35th meeting of National Council.<<view notification>>

 

[02.03.2017]J.S.Deepak, Secretary DoT, unceremoniously shifted.

J.S.Deepak, Secretary DoT, has been unceremoniously shifted. He is removed with immediate effect and has been made Officer on Special Duty in the commerce department. The government has also named him as India’s next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June this year, which is nothing but a "dummy" post. J.S.Deepak is at present attending the World Mobile Congress at Barcelona. J.S.Deepak has been strongly supporting BSNL, and that Reliance Jio is "unhappy" with him.

 

[02.03.2017]Shri P.K. Purwar appointed MTNL CMD

Shri P.K. Purwar was today appointed Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for five years. Purwar is currently working as Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation of A K Garg. Purwar held the additional charge of the post of MTNL CMD between June 2014 and June 2015. In June last year, he was again given this additional charge.

 

[02.03.2017]A mammoth Parliament March – Organised by the AISGEF on 10 point charter of demands.

The All India State Government Employees Federation organized a mammoth Parliament March on 10 point charter of demands today, i.e., 2nd March, 2017. Scrapping of NPS and to withdraw outsourcing of permanent jobs are among the 10 point charter of demands. The rally was inaugurated by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, renowned economist of the country. Coms. Srikumar, Secretary General, AISGEF, M. Krishnan, Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government employees and General Secretaries from State Government Employees Federation from different states addressed the rally. On behalf of the BSNL Employees Union, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the rally. In his speech, while criticising the governments at the centre, he pointed out that it is the need of the hour to unite all section of working class of the country to defeat the neo-liberal economic policies followed by both the BJP led NDA government as well as earlier UPA government at centre. He assured that the BSNLEU will be with the AISGEF for further struggles in the coming days to scrap the NPS and other anti-worker decisions of the Central Government and urged the AISGEF to extend their support in the struggles of the BSNL employees to protect the PSUs including BSNL.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[02.03.2017]Corporate Office issues notification on Direct Recruitment in the post of Junior Telecom Officer (JTO) in BSNL from open market through valid GATE score 2017.<<<Forwarding letter>>> <<<view notification>>>

 

[02.03.2017]Dot issued orders delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years in case of pensioners of BSNL/MTNL.<<<click here>>> 

 

 

[01.03.2017]10 lakh bank employees and officers went on strike.

 

As per the call of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), 10 lakh bank employees and officers went on a day long strike yesterday, to press their demands including fixing accountability of top officers over increasing bad loans, opposing labour reforms as well as outsourcing of permanent jobs. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations of bank employees and officers.

 

 

 

 

[01.03.2017]The Tamil Nadu government says that the private telecom companies let down Chennai city when Vardah cyclone struck.

The Tamil Nadu State government has accused the private telecom firms of letting down Chennai city, despite being warned of what was coming. They were asked to keep additional stock of diesel and CoWs (Coverage on Wheels) after the cyclone was predicted, said Commissioner of Revenue Administration K Satyagopal. He was speaking on ‘Cyclone Vardah: Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Perspectives’ at an event organised to mark the National Science Day by the Indian Meteorological Society at the Regional Meteorological Centre on Tuesday."We had asked the mobile communication service providers to put a mechanism in place, but they did not rise up to the occasion,” he said, alleging that there could have been commercial factors behind their decision in not taking the precautionary measures.

[Courtesy: The New Indian Express]

 

[28.02.2017]Dil Khol Ke Bol’ - BSNL launches yet another new scheme.

BSNL has launched an unlimited voice calling plan, ‘Dil Khol Ke Bol’ at Rs.599/- a month for its postpaid customers in India’s all 22 telecom circles, including calls while on roaming. In addition to voice calls, BSNL subscribers can avail 6GB of data every month until first four months, and 3GB of data thereafter every month.

 

As per the scheme, customers will have to pay Rs.599/- per month for this offer for the first four months and Rs.799/- would be charged after the promotional period.

 

[28.02.2017]Reliance Jio may lose 50 million customers after April.

Reliance Jio has lured 100 million customers, by offering free voice calls, under it's welcome offer and later on under New Year offer.  Now, the question is, whether Jio will maintain it's 100 million customers when the freebies come to an end in April? According to the Economic Times, 50 million customers will leave Reliance Jio after April.

 

[28.02.2017]JTO LICE results to be declared in March.

The results of the JTO LICE, that was held on 11th December,2016, are still not declared. This is creating many doubts in the minds of the candidates. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke to Ms.Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and discussed the issue. The GM told that the last date for receiving views/ complaints on the provisional answer key was 27-02-2017, and that the views so received are being placed before the Committee, for consideration. Finally, the GM(Rectt.) assured that the results would be declared in the month of March.

 

[28.02.2017]CMD BSNL fixes target of 10% increase in landline, broadband and FTTH, by utilising one hour extra work.

CMD BSNL has issued a DO letter to all the CGMs, directing them to hold meetings with unions and associations to derive maximum benefit out of the decision to work one hour extra. The CMD BSNL has fixed a target of 10% in landline, broadband & FTTH  for the month of March.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[28.02.2017]General Secretary addresses an impressive meeting at Vadodara.

An impressive meeting of BSNLEU was held at Vadodara city telephone exchange today, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. The meeting was presided over by com.G.S.Rai, district president. Senior leader, com.M.Z.Khan welcomed every one. The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, Gujarat and com.Anand Singh,DS, Baroda & ACS. In his address, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, elaborately spoke on efforts being taken for the revival of BSNL, one hour extra work, March to Raj Bhawan/collectorate, challenges posed by Reliance Jio, need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company & other anti-PSU policies of the Modi government, wage revision from 01-01-2017, etc. Senior leader Javed Sindhi proposed vote of thanks.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[27.02.2017]Wage revision from 01.01.2017 – Be prepared for struggle to get justice.

The 3rd PRC has already submitted it’s report to the government. The government in turn, has referred it to the secretaries of the concerned departments. It is reliably learnt that, according to the terms and conditions set by the 3rd PRC, it will be very difficult for BSNL employees to get wage revision. Hence, the entire Non-Executives and Executives have to gear up for struggle, for getting justice in the next wage revision.    

 

[27.02.2017]Four private operators and one government operator will be ideal – says J.S. Deepak, Secretary, DoT.

Due to the entry of Reliance Jio, mergers of private telecom companies have started taking place. Vodafone is set to merger with Idea Cellular. Telenor is being taken over by Airtel. Already the process for merger of Reliance Communications (Anil Ambani’s) and Aircel has started. Now, indications are there, for the merger of Tata Teleservices and MTS with Reliance Communications. Under these circumstances, J.S. Deepak, Secretary, DoT, has told the PTI that four private operators and one government operator will be ideal for the Indian Telecommunications sector.

 

[27.02.2017]Notification issued to the Secretary, DoT, for holding March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM Office.

On behalf of the unions and associations of BSNL, notice was issued today to the Secretary, DoT, for conducting March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017, on the following issues.

 

(a) Opposing Niti Aayog's recommendation on disinvestment / strategic sale of BSNL.

      (As is evident from PMO ID No.4542267/PMO/2016-ES.I dated 30th December, 2016.)

 

(b) Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

 

(c) Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

 

(d) Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio.

 

CHQ calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to immediately take steps in coordination with the other unions and associations, for conducting the programme massively throughout the country. Banners and placards should be prepared well in advance, for prominently displaying in the rallies, to attract the attention of the general public, on the above mentioned four important issues.<<view letter>>

 

Start the preparations immediately.

 Conduct the programme massively.

 

[27.02.2017]Posting of adequate Non-Executives to CGM Office at Vijayawada – Corporate Office issue revised guideline within a day or two.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana started functioning as separate circles from 01.10.2016. However, still adequate Non-Executives are not posted to CGM Office, Andhra Pradesh at Vijayawada. The Corporate Office issued a letter on 13.02.2017, with regards to posting of Executives and Non-Executives to CGM Office at Vijayawada which is totally inconsistent with the orders on bifurcation. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today and demanded strict implementation of the existing rules on bifurcation, with regards to Non-Executives employees. He also met shri D. Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.) who assured to issue revised guidelines within a day or two.  

 

[27.02.2017]BSNLEU demands immediate finalisation of the date for National Council meeting.

The date for the 35th National Council meeting is yet to be finalised by the Corporate Office. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today and strongly insisted that the National Council meeting should be conducted in the second week of March, 2017. The GM (SR) assured to finalise the date without further delay.

 

[25.02.2017]Delay in the Document Verification of the selected DR JE candidates.

Our leaders from various circles are contacting the CHQ, and are complaining that the process of Document Verification for the selected DR JEs, has not started in their circles. The matter has already been taken to the notice of the GM (Rectt.) of BSNL Corporate Office. In this regard, CHQ wishes to inform that as per the schedule of the DR JE Recruitment, 15th March, 2017 is the last date for Document Verification. Comrades need not get tensed, since sufficient time is there. BSNLEU has already demanded that this time limit should be extended beyond 15th March, if the process of Document Verification is not completed within that date. The Corporate Office has responded positively for this.

 

[25.02.2017]“Get out of my country”.

 

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer from Hyderabad, has been shot dead in Kansas, United States, by an American. Adam Purinton, the 51 year old ex US navy man, shouted “Get out of my country”, while shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla. American’s think that foreign professionals, including Indians, are the reason behind the rising unemployment in that country. Similar incidents are taking place in many developed countries, including in Europe and Australia. We share the grief of the family of Srinivas. At the same time, we wish to say that all these incidents only prove that capitalism is unable to tackle the menace of unemployment. While wealth is getting concentrated in the hands of a few, millions and millions of people continue to suffer due to unemployment and poverty.

 

[25.02.2017]More views of the massive march to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers held on 22.02.2017.<<<view images>>>

 

[24.02.2017]Com. S. Pratapkumar, AGS, bereaved – BSNLEU offers heartfelt condolences.

Shri Sreedharan, father of com. S. Pratapkumar, AGS, passed away today morning at Thiruvananthapuram, at the age of 101. BSNLEU expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to com. S.Pratapkumar, AGS, and his family members.

 

[23.02.2017]Inordinate delay in the Document Verification of DR JE candidates of Assam and NE II circles-  BSNLEU drew the attention of the GM(Rectt.)

BSNLEU  has received complaints that, the process of Document Verification,  in respect of the DR JEs selected for Assam and NE II circles, is getting extremely delayed. Many selected candidates, especially for Assam circle, have not so far received the letter for Document Verification. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,  met Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.) today and drew her attention to this delay. The GM(Rectt.) stated that the letters are being sent by speed post, and that the same would be received within one or two days. The General Secretary requested that the last date for completion of Document Verification should be extended if necessary, especially in the case of Assam candidates.  The GM(Rectt.)  replied that the same would be considered.

 

[23.02.2017]Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU and their mobile number.<<<click here>>>

 

[23.02.2017]Meeting of the Uniforms Committee held.

A meeting of the Committee, formed to revise the rates uniform, etc. was held today. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, attended it. Preliminary discussions were held with regards to the revision of rates. Staff Side informed that next round of discussion could be held after taking inputs from field units.

 

[23.02.2017]Meeting with CMD on 22.02.2017, by General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE and SNEA.

The unions and associations have called upon the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour extra, from 10.02.2017 to 31.03.2017. It is observed that in most of the circles, the CGMs and SSA heads have not taken any action, to utilise this call. Hence, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, CS, NFTE and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL yesterday and requested that the Corporate Office should fix targets for each and every circle, to increase the revenue and connections. The CMD BSNL assured that appropriate instructions would be given to the circles. Com. Prahlad Rai could not participate in the meeting, since he was out of Delhi. In the discussion, CMD BSNL told the 10% revenue of BSNL has decreased during October to December, 2016, due to demonetisation and Reliance Jio entry. Hence, it is very essential to take emergency steps to increase revenue collections by 31st March, 2017, when the financial year ends. 

 

[23.02.2017]Additional nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council, from BSNLEU.

BSNLEU is having 9 seats in the National Council. BSNLEU nominated 5 of it’s members to the National Council and kept 4 seats for alliance partners. BSNLEU is taking efforts to bring the case lying pending in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, on account of which non-members could not be nominated to the council. Since NFTE has not sent it’s nominations till recently, the Management was also not inclined to hold the National Council meeting with only 5 members out of the total strength of 14 members. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU decided to temporarily fill up the seats kept vacant for the alliance partners. In the meanwhile, it was brought to our notice that com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, has become paid member of BSNLEU. Hence, the following four comrades have now been nominated to the National Council by BSNLEU. 

 

(1)    Com. Prakash Sharma, CS, Madhya Pradesh.

(2)    Com. D.K. Bakutra, CS, Gujarat.

(3)    Com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA.

(4)    Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, CS, UP (West).

 

[23.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on procedure for maintaining waiting list for transfer under Rule-8.<<<view letter>>>

 

[23.02.2017]One hour extra work - Nagercoil SSA in Tamil Nadu circle sets example.

The unions and associations of BSNL have decided to call upon the employees to work one hour extra. However, in most of the places, the Management has not discussed this with the unions and associations at the circle/ SSA levels, to chalk out concrete steps. In this situation, a meeting has been held between the Management and the unions & associations of Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu circle, and concrete steps have been decided, to utilise the one hour extra work. CHQ heartily congratulates the unions and associations, as well as the Management of Nagercoil, for setting an example for the whole country. We reproduce hereunder, the minutes of the meeting held at Nagercoil. We request all other circles and SSAs also to follow this example.<<<view minutes>>>

 

[23.02.2017]Meeting of the Designations Committee held yesterday.

A meeting of the Designations Committee was held yesterday, to finalise the new designations of the left out comrades. BSNLEU was represented by com.P. Abhimanyu,GS, com.Balbir Singh, President and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS in that meeting. The Management Side presented the proposals of it's Internal Committee, on change of designations of various cadres. The Staff Side said that they needed time to go through the proposals. After discussion, it was decided that the next meeting will take place on 24-03-2017.

 

[23.02.2017]Massive March to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers.

As per the call of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, a March to the Parliament was held yesterday. It was a massive really. Workers and regular employees have come from almost all circles. BSNLEU had also given call that regular employees should also join the rally. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice-president, CITU, inaugurated the rally at the Eastern Court. At end of the rally, a huge meeting was conducted, at Jantar Mantar, which was presided over by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri. The meeting was addressed by com.Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of the CITU, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, com.Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF and many other leaders. A delegation consisting of com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, com.P.Abhimanyu,  com.Animesh Mitra and com. Tapas Ghosh submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all those who participated in the rally.

 

[23.02.2017]Srinagar Valley Allowance extended for another 2 years from 01-01-2016.

Corporate Office has issued letter, for extending the Srinagar Valley Allowance for another 2 years, w.e.f 01-01-2016. The Allowance will be paid at 12.5℅, subject to a maximum of Rs.850/-.<<< view letter >>>

[23.02.2017]AIBDPA's 2 day CEC meeting starting at Mysuru today - BSNLEU wishes the meeting all success.
The All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) is holding it's 2 day CEC meeting at Mysuru, Karnataka. The meeting starts today. General Secretary, BSNLEU, could not attend this CEC meeting, since he has to attend an important meeting of the "Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions" at New Delhi today.  Hence, the General Secretary has sent the following message to the General Secretary of AIBDPA. BSNLEU wishes the CEC meeting of AIBDPA all success.<<<view message>>>

[23.02.2017]Secretary, DoT, to give a presentation to the Prime Minister, on "Service with a Smile" - It is a matter of pride for all of us.

The Forum of BSNL unions and associations decided to launch the movement, "Service With A Smile" from 1st January, 2016. The BSNL Management also joined this movement and it became a combined movement of all the unions & associations, and the Management. As a result of the SWAS, BSNL is witnessing speedy revival. Further, many organisations, like the railways also have adopted the SWAS concept. It was told by the CMD BSNL, in the meeting held yesterday, that the Secretary, DoT, is going to give a presentation to the Prime Minister, about the SWAS programme launched in BSNL. Certainly, this is a matter of pride for all the unions and associations, who are participating in the SWAS programme. The trade union movement of BSNL has set an example for the entire country. The SWAS movement is not a one year programme, but it is a continuous programme. Hence, CHQ fervently appeals to the circle and district unions to further intensify this programme, in coordination with all the unions and associations.

 

[22.02.2017]DR JE recruitment - latest position.

Document Verification of the qualified candidates has already started in all circles. Stay was not granted in the case filed in the Jaipur Bench of the Hon'ble CAT. Similarly, hearing took place in the Principle Bench of the CAT at New Delhi today, wherein also no stay was granted. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met Ms.Anima Roy,GM(Rect.) today, and discussed about the status of the Document Verification process. She confirmed that Document Verification has already started in all circles. Some candidates brought to our notice, saying that DV has not started in Tamil Nadu circle. The GM(Rect.) spoke to the GM(HR) Tamil Nadu circle, and confirmed that DV process has already started in Tamil Nadu circle also.

 

[22.02.2017]View of the rally (March to Parliament) of the casual contact workers taking place at New Delhi today.

 

[22.02.2017]Com.A.K.Padmanabhan inaugurating BSNL contract workers March to Parliament at Eastern Court today.

 

[21.02.2017]Additional items submitted by the Staff Side for the 35th meeting of the National Council.<<<view items>>

 

[21.02.2017]Tata Teleservices may merge with Reliance Communications.

Media reports say that Tata Teleservices has initiated talks with Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications. The entry of Reliance Jio has created a crisis for other telecom companies. Hence, companies are trying for merger with one another, to face the ongoing fierce competition. Vodafone has already initiated talks with Idea for merger. Reliance Communications initiated steps to merge with Aircel. In the present case, a mega merger of Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel and MTS is in the offing.

 

[21.02.2017]March to Parliament tomorrow, by BSNL casual and contract workers.

BSNL casual and contract workers, under the banner of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF), are conducting a March to Parliament tomorrow. Regularisation of the casual and contract workers, equal pay for equal work, implementation of Corporate Office orders on Minimum Wage, EPF & ESI, stopping & settlement of victimisations, etc. BSNLEU has called upon the regular employees, especially from the nearby circles, to express our solidarity with the casual and contract workers.

 

[20.02.2017]Good response from circles, in submitting items for discussion in the National Council.

CHQ requested circles and CHQ office bearers, to submit items for discussion in the National Council. Very good response has come. Not all items deserve to be taken up at the National Council level. Still, CHQ appreciates the interest and spirit shown by many circle unions and CHQ office bearers, in submitting the items. CHQ has already submitted the items for discussion, and will be submitting additional items tomorrow. Considering the number of items and their importance, BSNLEU has demanded that one more session of the National Council should be conducted immediately, if the items could not be discussed in one day.

[20.02.2017]Corporate office letter on payment of DA to Casual Labourers(TSM) to draw their wages in terms of this office letter no.269-11/2009-Pers-IV/LE dated 01.10.2010.<<<view letter>> 

[20.02.2017]Corporate office letter on details of TSMs regularized on or before 01.10.2000 and absorbed in BSNL w.e.f 01.10.2000 and covered under Rule-37A of CCS(Pension).<<<view letter>>

[20.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on engagement details of Casual Labourers who have retired, left organisation and expired during the period from 01.10.2000 to till date.<<<view letter>>

 

[20.02.2017]Corporate Office notification on meeting of the Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres.<<<click here>>

 

[18.02.2017]Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists.

To promote tourism in India and to encourage e-visa, Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to foreign tourists with e-visa. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma launched this scheme on Wednesday to help foreign tourists to communicate in India. On arriving in India, foreign tourists will get free BSNL SIM cards from the government, which would be loaded with Rs 50 talk time and 50 MB data. 

 

[18.02.2017]The impressive Gujarat circle conference of BSNLEU started at Vadtal, near Anand. 

The 2 day circle conference of BSNLEU, Gujarat, started at Vadtal, near Anand today. Com. Deepak Trivedi, circle president is presiding. An impressive Open Session was held in the morning. Com. T. V. Gelani, CS, welcomed everyone. The Open Session was addressed by shri Devu Sinh Chauhan, MP, Kheda, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, shri Pradeep Kumar Hota, CGM, Gujarat, com. M. K. Dave, AGS, shri Anil Kumar Kothari, GM(Admn.) CGM office and shri Siddharth Sahu, GM, Nadiad. In the meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, placed certain issues before shri Devu Sinh Chauhan, MP,  with regards to the revival of BSNL. The GS explained about the efforts taken by the BSNL employees, for the revival of BSNL, like Customer Delight Movement, Service With A Smile, and also about the latest decision of offering one hour extra work. He explained about the demand of the unions and associations of BSNL that the government should allot 4G spectrum, free of cost to BSNL. The MP assured that needful action would be taken. The General Secretary also explained at length about the decisions of the recently held All India Conference of BSNLEU. In the post lunch session, report on activities was placed by the circle secretary,  on which deliberations are taking place.<<<Views of the conference>>>

 

[18.02.2017]National Council meeting is to be held tentatively on 7th March, 2 017.

Due to the delay in submitting nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council, there is inordinate delay in convening the 35th meeting of the National Council. Now, the National Council is slated to take place tentatively on 7th March, 2017. BSNLEU has already submitted it's items for discussion.

 

[17.02.2017]Enthusiastic circle conference of BSNLEU, Mumbai Telecom Factory.

The circle conference of Mumbai Telecom Factory is held today. Com.S.A.Tendulkar, circle president, presided over. Com. S.D.Chowdary, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. A large number of factory workers and officers attended the open session. It was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.N.K.Nalawade,VP(CHQ), and shri A.M.Bodale,CGM,TF,Mumbai. In his address, the General Secretary elaborately spoke about the issues related to the revival of BSNL, anti-BSNL Policies of the government, decisions of the unions and associations to work one hour extra, specific issues related to the factories and it's workers, etc. After the open session, the GS, accompanied by com.N.K.Nalawade,VP(CHQ), com.S.D.Chowdary,CS and other office bearers, visited the various shops of the factory, and had interaction with the workers about their floor level problems. After lunch, the delegates session of the conference started.<<<Views of the conference>>>

[16.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on sanction of Welfare Fund to various circles.<<<click here>>

[16.02.2017]CHQ circular no.2 dated 16th February, 2017.<<<view circular>>

[16.02.2017]Items given by BSNLEU for the 35th meeting of the National Council.<<view items>> 

[16.02.2017]Corporate Office issues corrigendum in respect of declared result dated 1st Feb 2017 for Direct recruitment of Junior Engineers (Erstwhile TTA) in BSNL for the year 2015 from open market.<<forwarding letter>> <<annexure>>

[15.02.2017]ISRO launches a record 104 satellites into orbit.

The Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched it’s PSLV rocket today, carrying a record 104 satellites and successfully placing them all into their orbits. This is a world record. Before this, Russia has launched 37 satellites in a single rocket. We heartily congratulate the entire scientists and technocrats for this spectacular achievement. This feat of the ISRO only demonstrates the scientific and technological capabilities of our country. However, the question is, why India continues to be a poor and a backward country?  

 

 

 

[15.02.2017]Meetings of the Medical and Uniforms committees to be held on 23.02.2017.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ) met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), yesterday and urged upon him to conduct the meetings of the Medical Committee and the Uniforms Committee without further delay. Consequent to this, the meetings of both the Medical Committee and the Uniforms Committee are scheduled to be held on 23.02.2017. 

 

[15.02.2017]Meeting with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ) met the Director (HR), yesterday and discussed the following issues. 

 

(a)  DR JE recruitment.

The Union representatives demanded that the Management should take serious efforts to vacate the stay imposed on the DR JE recruitment, by the Jaipur Bench of the Hon’ble CAT. They also urged upon the Director (HR) to increase the DR JE posts to a sufficient extent, so that the candidates whose names are deleted in the second list, and also the candidates who have secured above cut off level marks, could be accommodated. The Director (HR) assured to look into these issues. 

 

(b) Implementation of DoP&T order on recovery of over payment.

Based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the DoP&T has already issued order that, over payment wrongly made to the Group C & D employees, should not be recovered. BSNL has not implemented this order, on the plea that the DoP&T letter was not endorsed by the DoT. However, the DDG (Estt.), DoT, in a meeting with com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has informed that endorsement of the DoP&T letter, by the DoT, is not necessary, and that BSNL itself can very well implement the DoP&T order. The Union representatives expressed their unhappiness on BSNL’s dilly dallying on this issue and urged upon the Director (HR) to take immediate steps for the implementation of the DoP&T order. The Director (HR) assured to look into the matter.  

 

(c)  Inordinate delay in constituting the Joint Wage Negotiation Committee.

The Union representatives pointed out that the Management is unnecessarily delaying formation of the Joint Wage Negotiation Committee. They demanded that the truncated wage revision committee, that has already been constituted by the Corporate Office, should be modified, by giving representation to the Recognised Unions. The Director (HR) assured to take necessary steps in this regard.

 

[14.02.2017]Meeting with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission on GPF payment issue.

Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri Prahalad Singh, Member (Finance), Telecom Commission today and discussed about the problems being faced by the BSNL Employees in getting GPF advance on time. At present, BSNL is paying GPF advance to employees, and is claiming the amount back from the DoT. In this arrangement, employees are suffering, since BSNL is not having money to pay GPF advance on time. To settle this problem, BSNLEU has already written to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, suggesting that every month DoT should give advance amount to BSNL, for payment of GPF advance to the employees, and that after payment, BSNL can settle the account with the DoT. This suggestion was discussed with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission today. He responded very positively and appreciated the suggestion given by BSNLEU. The Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, also told that the issue would be discussed with the DoT and BSNL officers. After this meeting, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri Yashwant Narain Singh, GM (T&BFCI) and requested him coordinate with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, so that early decision could be taken on the proposal given by BSNLEU.

 

[13.02.2017]One hour extra work – circle and district unions are requested to take serious steps for effective implementation.

The unions and associations have already taken decision to call upon the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour extra every day. Even though, many circle unions have appreciated this decision, so far CHQ has not received any feedback, regarding the implementation of this decision. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held today, discussed this issue and has called upon all the circle and district secretaries to implement this decision with all seriousness, in coordination with other unions and associations. CHQ also requests the circle and district secretaries to send a feedback to the CHQ, through SMS. 

 

[13.02.2017]The Reliance Jio impact - Idea cellular goes into loss.

Idea cellular, the 3rd biggest telecom company in the country, has gone into loss. For the quarter ended December 31st, 2016 (for the period from October to December, 2016), Idea cellular has posted a net loss of Rs.385.6 crore. The revenue of the company has also gone down by 3.79% during this period. During the same period in 2015 (October to December, 2015), Idea cellular has earned a net profit of Rs.655.6 crore. 

 

[13.02.2017]The Reliance Jio impact - Reliance Communications goes into loss.

The Anil Ambani led Reliance Communications has posted a net loss of Rs.531 crore in the quarter ended December, 2016 (for the period from October to December, 2016). The revenue of the company has gone down by 7% during this period. During the same period in 2015 (October to December, 2015), the company has earned a net profit of Rs.171 crore. 

 

[13.02.2017]The Reliance Jio impact - Vodafone to merge with Idea cellular.

Having seriously impacted by the competition from Reliance Jio, Vodafone, the Britain based multinational company, has started talks with Idea cellular for a merger. Aditiya Birla Group, that owns Idea cellular, has told that talks were going on for the merger of Vodafone and Idea cellular. If this merger takes place, the new company will become largest mobile company in India, with 39 crore customers. At present, Airtel is the biggest company with 26.6 crore customers. 

 

[13.02.2017]Director HR’s message on the decision for working one hour extra.

On behalf of the BSNL Management, Ms. Sujata T. Ray the Director (HR), has given a message, welcoming the decision of the unions and associations, to work an extra one hour every day. She has stated that this decision, on such a mega scale, has no parallel anywhere else. <<view message>> 

 

[13.02.2017]Document verification in DR JE recruitment stayed till 27th February, by the Hon’ble Jaipur CAT.

It is regretted to inform that the CAT, Jaipur has stayed the 'Document Verification', in the DR JE recruitment, till 27th February. Details of the order are awaited. Earlier in the day, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed with the GM(Rectt.) and asked  why letters for document verification are not sent. The GM(Rectt.) replied that there was no change in the schedule already announced by the Corporate Office, and that she would look into the delay. Meanwhile, the Jaipur CAT order has come. BSNLEU will do it's best to remove the deadlock.

 

[13.02.2017]Media report on BSNLEU’s Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE-1 and NE-II at Jorhat, Assam.<<view report>>

 

[11.02.2017]Submission of items for discussion in the National Council.

The meeting of the National Council is to be conducted shortly. Management has requested us to submit the items for discussion. Hence, all the circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to send items if any, with the relevant details, for taking up in the National Council.

 

[11.02.2017]Assam, NE-I and NE-II circles conduct delegates session.

The 7th joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II circles started yesterday at Jorhat. The joint inaugural session and open session were held yesterday. Today, all the three circles conducted their delegates sessions separately. Reports on activities and audited accounts were placed before the delegates and discussions started. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, attended the delegates sessions of all the three circles separately, and addressed. He gave a detailed account of the issues of the Non-Executives, taken up by the CHQ during this period, and explained about their settlement, as well as about the latest position. The GS also explained to the employees, about the decisions of the all unions and associations to work one hour extra, and to conduct march to Rajbhawan / collectorate on 9th March, 2017.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[11.02.2017]BSNL signed MOU with Canara Bank for extension of loans to employees

The MOU signed between BSNL and Canara Bank expired on 31-12-2017. BSNLEU took up the matter with the Corporate Office, and pressed for early signing of MOU, so that employees could get various loans, without any hassle. Corporate Office has taken prompt action on this and an MOU is signed with the Canara Bank on 08-02-2017<<click here>>

 

[10.02.2017]Joint circle conference of Assam,NEI and NEII started jubilantly at Jorhat.

The 7th joint circle conference of Assam, NEI and NEII circles started jubilantly at Jorhat today. The National Flag was hoisted by com.N.C.Chetia,Chairman Reception Committee and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. The inaugural session was presided over by a presidium consisting of com.Swapan Chakraborty(NEI) com.R.C.Dawka(Assam) and com.Prafullah Singh(NE II). The session was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and other members of the presidium, com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer(CHQ), com.M.R.Das,ACS, AIBDPA, com.Bijoy Deka,CS, Assam, com.Sivji Ray,CS,NE I and com.Saheb Singh, CS, NE II. An open session was held in the afternoon, which was addressed by com.N.C. Chetia, Chairman, Reception Committee, shri M.K.Seth, CGM, Assam, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.S.N.Sarma,CS,AIBDPA and other leaders. After that the subjects committee of the three circle unions started separately.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[10.02.2017]Make the March to Parliament by casual & contract workers a success.

The All India Conference of BSNLEU, recently held at Chennai, has decided that the "March to Parliament" by the casual and contract workers, to be held on 22-02-2017, should be made a success. CHQ has already written to the BSNLEU circle unions nearer to Delhi, to mobilise the maximum number of regular employees from their circles, and make the Parliament March a grand success. Once again the CHQ requests those circle unions to mobilise the maximum number of regular employees for the programme.

 

[09.02.2017]The 3 day joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II taking place at Jorhat.

The 3 day joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II is starting at Jorhat, Assam, tomorrow. These three North Eastern circles, still maintain the tradition of conducting a joint circle conference. All these 3 circles are the bastions of BSNLEU, and stand in the forefront of all the struggles. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS (who is also the circle president of NE-I) are participating in this Conference.

 

[09.02.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR), demanding immediate implementation of the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, on recovery of excess payments.
The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, has ordered that recovery of payments, mistakenly made by the employer, in excess of their entitlement, should not be recovered. The government, vide DoP&T  letter cited under reference, has implemented the judgement. However, BSNL has not implemented this order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, on the plea that the DoP&T letter has not been endorsed to it, by the DoT. On the other hand the DoT has told our Union that the BSNL, on it's own, can implement the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding immediate implementation of the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court.<<< view letter>>>

 

[09.02.2017]BSNL's Rs.1,000 crore  contract awarded to L&T and others to provide 35,000 Wi Fi hotspots.

According to media reports, BSNL has awarded a Rs.1,000 crore contract, to a group of companies, including L&T, for providing 35,000 Wi Fi hotspots. Elitecore, UTStarcom and Cisco are the other companies.  BSNL expects to operationalise all these hotspots by March,2018. BSNL will be offering data services through these hotpots, at a faster speed than 4G technology. As per reports, the installation is expected to start this month, and the equipments for this have already been procured.

 

[09.02.2017]Achievement of mobile target in the month of January,2017.

There were some errors in the website updating made yesterday, with regards to the mobile targets achieved in the month of January 2017. The updating stands corrected and the error is regretted.

 

[08.02.2017]Hearty congrats to all !  BSNL once again achieves the target of adding more than 20 lakh mobile customers a month. 
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire staff and the Management of BSNL, for once again achieving the target of adding more than 20 lakh mobile customers in a single month. In January 2017, BSNL has added 20, 63,287 new mobile customers. UP(East) circle has come first by adding 2,31,220 customers and Rajasthan circle has come second by adding 1,83,739 customers. Andhra Pradesh circle has come third by adding 1,77,294 customers. BSNLEU heartily congratulates these circles, and also all other circles which have achieved their targets. 

 

It is worth mentioning that BSNL is able to make this achievement, even at a time when serious challenges are posed by Reliance Jio. It is sure that the new tariffs introduced by BSNL, offering unlimited voice calls, and also 1 GB data for RS. 36, etc., have played a big role in this achievement. All unions and associations have called on the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour extra, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. We should make it a point that campaigns like melas, roadshows, etc., should be launched aggressively during this period, so as to give the widest publicity to our new tariffs.  This will help us in a big way to increase our company's revenue as well as customers.

 

[08.02.2017]Kolkata Telephones circle conducted an impressive SWAS rally.

The Kolkata Telephones circle management and the Forum of Unions & Associations jointly conducted an impressive rally at Kolkata today, as a part of the ongoing SWAS programme. Shri S P Tripathi, CGM, com. Saibal Sengupta, convener of forum & CS BSNLEU, com.Sekhar Majumder,CS NFTE, com.Dilip Saha, CS SNEA, com.Subhasish Mitra, ACS AIBSNEA, com.Saikat Das, CS AIGETOA,  other union leaders and other top officers of Kolkata Telephones, participated in the rally. Almost five hundred employees joined the rally. They carried banners and placards in their hands, publicising the attractive plans launched by BSNL. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Forum of Kolkata Telephones, for organising this impressive rally.<<views of the rally>>

 

[08.02.2017]Reliance Jio is killing competition -  Airtel complains to the Competition Commission of India.
Reliance Jio continues to offer free voice calls and data, even after completion of the 90 day period, stipulated for Promotional Offers. Still, the complaint raised by Airtel, with the TRAI in this connection, is rejected. Now, Airtel has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission of India(CCI), saying that Reliance Jio is killing competition. Airtel has stated that no other telecom company in India or abroad, is offering services free of cost, or any free unlimited voice calling. Reliance Jio is doing it, and it's goal is to eliminate competition, stated Airtel in the complaint. It has also stated that once Reliance Jio gets higher market share, then it will increase the tariff. Let us wait and see, what the CCI is going to do.

 

[07.02.2017]Volunteers of the 8th All India Conference felicitated at Chennai. 

Tamil Nadu circle union conducted an extended circle executive committee meeting at Chennai today. Com. Chellappa, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and placed the report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the decisions of the 8th All India Conference, held at Chennai. The meeting took decisions to effectively organise the "Extra One Hour Work" programme and the "March to Raj Bhawan / District Collectorate" programme. It also decided to hold the circle conference at Erode, in April, 2017. Finally, felicitation was held for the volunteers who worked in the 8th All India Conference. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Chellappa, AGS and CP, com. P. Indira, Convener, Working Women's Coordination Committee and com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS felicitated the dedicated services rendered by the volunteers in the AIC. Thereafter, district wise volunteers were called to the dias, and were honoured by the General Secretary with mementos. The meeting came to an end, with com. Chandrasekaran proposing vote of thanks.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[07.02.2017]Organise March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017:-

As has already been informed, the meeting of the unions and associations of BSNL, held on 06-02-2017, has decided to organise March to Raj Bhawan / District collctorate / DM Office, on 09-03-2017. It means, rallies should be conducted at all circle and district headquarters on 09-03-2017. This programme will help us in a big way, to propagate among the public, the conspiracies being hatched by the government and the Niti Ayog, to weaken / kill BSNL. The following 4 issues should be highlighted in this programme. All circle and district secretaries are requested to coordinate with the other unions and associations, to successfully conduct this programme. 

Issues to be highlighted:-

a)      Opposing PMO letter on implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the strategic

       sale /privatisation of BSNL.

b)      Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

c)       Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

d)      Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio.

 

[07.02.2017]Why we should work one hour extra?

The unions and associations of BSNL have called on the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL to work for one hour extra, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. Why should we work one hour extra? The unions and associations have already taken many steps, for the financial revival of BSNL. A very good improvement has already come, as a result of this. However, certain developments, like the entry of Reliance Jio, and also demonetisation, have greatly affected the revival process. Especially, the open support being extended to Reliance Jio, by the government and the TRAI, have created very big problems for BSNL. 

 

Under these circumstances, it has become very emergent for the employees, to take every possible step to increase the revenue and productivity of the Company, before the financial year ends on 31st March, 2017. The new tariffs recently introduced by BSNL, for voice calls and data, should be given a very big publicity among the people. This will help BSNL in a big way to face the challenge from Reliance Jio. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, to take all possible steps, in coordination with all other unions and associations, to implement the decision to work one hour extra.

 

[07.02.2017]Letter to CMD BSNL, on behalf of unions and associations, regarding one hour extra work.

Letter is written to the CMD BSNL, on behalf of the unions and associations, intimating the decision taken in yesterday's meeting, to work for extra one hour, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017, for increasing the productivity of the Company. The CMD BSNL is also requested to send necessary intimation to all the circle and SSA heads, for extending cooperation, as well as for arranging for necessary stores and materials.<<<view letter>>>

 

[06.02.2017]Decisions of the all union / association meeting, held today.

All union/association meeting held today. Com.Chandeswar Singh presided. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU explained about the issues to be discussed. The following comrades participated. Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.N.L.Sharma, AGS, AIBSNLEA, com.T.C.Jain, FS, AIBSNLEA, com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, com. O.P.Sharma, VP, BTEU, com.Sureshkumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.Rashid Khan, AGS, TEPU and com.Hari Singh, SG, BTU.  

 

Following decisions are taken:-

 

1)   With a view to boost the performance of the Company before the financial year ends,  all Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL are requested to work one hour extra, daily from 10th February to 31st March, 2017, for intensifying marketing and for improving quality of services.

 

2)     To conduct March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017:- 

 

(a)    Opposing PMO letter on implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the strategic sale /privatisation of BSNL.

(b)    Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

(c)     Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.

(d)    Opposing favours being extended to Reliance Jio. 

 

[06.02.2017]Posting of adequate staff in the CGM Office, Vijayawada.

The CGM Office at Vijayawada, the Head Quarters of the newly formed Andhra Pradesh circle, is not provided with adequate manpower. Work is suffering due to acute shortage of staff. The issue was discussed with shri D. Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ. The PGM (Pers.) replied that approval is being given by the Corporate Office, for the proposals given by the CGM, AP circle. 

 

[06.02.2017]Meeting with the Director (HR), on recruitment of DR JEs.

BSNL Corporate Office has recently released the list of 2,700 newly recruited DR JEs. The process was much delayed due to the intervention of the DoT. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ, met ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today, and thanked the Management for successfully overcoming the road-blocks. However, the union representatives pointed out that, still some candidates remain aggrieved, and demanded the Director (HR) to consider approving of additional posts to overcome this problem. The Director (HR) requested the representatives to discuss the issue with the GM (Rectt.). As per the GM (Rectt.), creation of additional posts has to be decided only by the Management. The matter could not be discussed with the CMD BSNL, since he is out of Delhi today. Further discussion in this regard will take place. 

 

[06.02.2017]Representation to the Recognised Unions in the Trust for Pension Fund.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ, met the Director (HR), the Company Secretary and the GM (SR) and lodged their strong protest, for not providing representation to the Recognised Unions, in the recently formed Trust of the Pension Fund. The representatives pointed out that a large number of Non-Executives are directly recruited employees, and non-provision of representation to the Recognised Unions of Non-Executives is not acceptable.  The issue will be further discussed with the CMD BSNL.

 

[04.02.2017]Telecom subscriber base in India, crossed 1.12 billion (112 crore) in November 2016.

The total number of telecom subscribers in India, has reached 1.12 billion (112 crore) in November,2016. Reliance Jio alone added over 1.62 crore connections in November, taking its total subscriber base to 5.18 crore. Idea Cellular followed Reliance Jio with net addition of 25.2 lakh new customers. Bharti Airtel added 10.8 lakh customers, Vodafone 8.90 lakh subscribers, BSNL 8.31 lakh, Telenor 4. 86 lakh,. Aircel 3.02 lakh, Reliance Communications 1.56 lakh and MTNL 3,364.

 

[04.02.2017]BSNL to offer 1 GB data at Rs.36.

 

To counter the competition from Reliance Jio, BSNL today reduced 3G mobile internet rates by about three-fourths, bringing down the cost of per GB data to as low as Rs 36 under a special pack.

 

[04.02.2017]Supreme Court says it will order auctioning of Aircel’s spectrum.

 

T. Anandakrishnan, owner of the Malayasian Company, Maxis, continues to dodge from appearing in a corruption case going on in the Supreme Court. Annoyed by this, the chief justice of India, J.S, Khehar said yesterday that, the Supreme Court would order auctioning of the spectrum being held by Aircel. Presently, Aircel is being owned by the Malayasian Company, Maxis. Aircel is getting merged with Reliance Communications.

 

[03.02.2017]Corporate Office approved off-net call facility in Rs.200/- SIM.

The off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) that has been extended on an experimental basis, lapsed months ago. BSNLEU has consistently been urging the Management to re-introduce the off-net call facility. The Corporate Office has been delaying taking a decision, under the pretext of getting inputs from circles. However, due to the consistent pressure exerted by BSNLEU, finally the Corporate Office has issued order today, extending off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) in Rs.200/- SIM.<<view order>>

 

[03.02.2017]Corporate Office letter on Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer (erstwhile TTA) in BSNL for the year 2015 from the open market – Declaration of result.<<Forwarding letter>> <<result sheet>>

 

[03.02.2017]BSNL declares reviewed results of JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016.

As has already been informed, BSNLEU has been insisting the Management to expeditiously complete the review of the results of the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016. After much delay, the review results are declared today. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the successful candidates.<<Forwarding letter>> <<result sheet-1>> <<result sheet-2>>

 

[03.02.2017]Maran brothers discharged from the Aircel Maxis case.

Former Minister of Communications, Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and others are discharged yesterday, by the CBI court, in the Aircel Maxis case. Dayanidhi Maran was the Communications Minister from 2004 to 2007. Aircel promoter C. Sivasankaran made a complaint to the CBI that, during the above period, he was coerced by Dayanidhi Maran to sell his stakes in Aircel,  to the Malaysian company Maxis, owned by T. Ananda Krishnan. In consideration for this, Rs. 742 crore was paid to Dayanidhi Maran, by two Mauritius based companies, accused the Enforcement Directorate(ED). However, the CBI court has held that there is no prima facie evidence against the accused persons. The ED has said that it would appeal against the order of the CBI trial court. Advocate Prashant Bushan has stated that, the discharge by the CBI court, without even a trial, in a case which has strong evidence, is absurd.

[ Source : The Hindu dated 03-02-2017]

 

[03.02.2017]TRAI gives clean chit to Reliance Jio’s tariff offers.

Mukesh Ambani,  the richest Indian, is using his financial muscle to finish off all other telecom companies,  including BSNL, so that he can loot the people with high tariffs, after all other telecom companies are killed. The free voice calls and data being offered by Reliance Jio, is nothing but 'predatory tariff'. First, Reliance Jio offered a promotional offer, as 'welcome offer'. However, this promotional offer can be only for a period of 90 days from 5th November. But, once again Reliance Jio implemented another offer as 'Happy new year offer', which is valid till 31st March, 2017. The Happy New year offer is nothing but the extension of the Welcome Offer, but in a different name. This is a clear violation of norms. However, the TRAI, which is supposed to guard against predatory tariffs, has said that the Happy New year offer is not the extension of the welcome offer. This decision only shows the influence that Reliance Jio is having over the government and over the Regulator.

 

[03.02.2017]Modi government plans to raise Rs. 72,500 crore, through disinvestments.

The Modi government has targeted to raise Rs. 72,500 crore through disinvestments in Public Sector companies, in the next financial year. This is almost double the target of the current financial year, fixed at Rs. 45,500 crore. This means severe attack is going to be launched on the public sector companies, including BSNL.  Already, the government has taken decision to raise Rs. 11,000 crore by way of disinvestments in general insurance companies. The working class has to unitedly stop this onslaught.

 

[02.02.2017]Leading Kannada film hero, Shivraj Kumar, becomes BSNL mobile customer.

Leading Kannada film hero, Shivraj Kumar, the son of legendary Kannada actor, Dr.Rajkumar, has become BSNL's post paid mobile customer today. The marketing to get this 'star customer' was done by the leading BSNLEU comrades of CGM office, Karnataka, com.P.Girish, district secretary, CGM Office and com.R.K.Rao, superintendent, CGM office. CHQ heartily congratulates both these comrades for their good work. This is an example that others should also emulate.

 

[02.02.2017]JAO LICE review results to be declared shortly.

BSNLEU has been demanding review of the results of the JAO LICE, which was held on 17th July, 2016. Management formed an internal committee for the purpose, and the Committee had also submitted it's report sometime back. BSNLEU has met the Director(HR) and urged for early declaration of the review results. Under these circumstances, it is learnt that the review results may be declared shortly.

 

[02.02.2017]BSNLEU opposes online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE.

The Corporate Office intends to hold online examinations for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE. This has been conveyed by the GM(Rectt.&Tng.). Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Rectt.&Tng.) strongly opposing online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE.<<<view letter>>>

 

[02.02.2017]Labour Law reforms will be implemented soon - says the budget.

The budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has not mentioned any thing about the important demand of the trade unions that, the minimum wage should be increased to Rs. 18,000 per month. 90% of the work force in India are contract workers, whose wages are abysmally low. Increasing their minimum wages to Rs. 18,000 will not only help the workers,  but will also give a boost to the economic growth,  since increase in the wages of a very large section of the workers will certainly increase the demand for goods. However, nothing is mentioned about this in the budget. 

However, it is clearly mentioned in the budget that, the government will move fast, to bring the Labour Law reforms. Indian and multi national corporates have been telling the government that, Indian Labour Laws are very stringent, and have been demanding that these Labour Laws should be diluted in favour of the investors. They say that, these laws are outdated and need to be changed. However, due to the stiff opposition from the Indian working class, the government is not able to implement the so called reforms. Now, it is mentioned in the budget that government will speedily bring the Labour Law reforms. 

 

[02.02.2017]BSNLEU demands renewal of MOU with the Canara Bank.

MOU, signed by BSNL, with the Canara Bank, for extension of various loans to the employees, has expired in December, 2016. BSNLEU has demanded the GM(T&BFCI) to take early steps, for the renewal of the MOU.

 

[01.02.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director(HR), demanding settlement of the transfer problem faced by the TTAs, as well as the JTO promoted TTAs.

BSNLEU has long been taking up settlement of the transfer cases of the TTAs posted in North Eastern circles. Bottle neck is created now, on the TTAs becoming JTOs. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), suggesting a way out, as well as demanding immediate settlement of the transfer cases.<<<view letter>>>

 

[01.02.2017]Declaration of the National Convention of Public Sector Trade Unions, held at Bangalore on 29-01-2017.<<view declaration>>

 

[01.02.2017]BSNLEU demands restructuring of Hindi Translators, both Junior Hindi Translators  and Senior Hindi Translators and to provide them promotional avenue  to Rajbhasa Adhikari post, (AD-OL) at par with Central government depts.

Com Swapan Chakraborty Dy GS and com Jhon Varghes, AGS met shri D.Chakraborty, PGM  (Pers.) and demanded that the restructuring  of Hindi Translators, both Junior Hindi Translators and Senior Hindi Translators  to provide  them promotional avenue to the post of  Rajbhasa Adhikari (AD-OL), which is pending with the BSNL management for a long time . It was demanded that the process should be completed with out further delay. The GM (Pers.) informed that proposal was sent to the DoT, for restructuring of the Rajbhasa Adhikari post, with creation of 175 intermediary post of Asstt Rajbhasa Adhikari in E-1 pay scale, so that Hindi Translators in Non- Executive posts can get promotion through LICE to E-1 scale.100% posts of Asstt. Rajbhasha Adhikari are to be filled up through LICE. The DoT has sent back the proposal to BSNL for certain queries and the EF cell in BSNL is processing the reply of those queries. He further assured that the proposal will be re-submitted to the DoT at the earliest to get it approved by the DoT.  

 

[01.02.2017]CBI court convicts former AGM of Gujarat circle in Disproportionate Assets case.

A special CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted a former senior BSNL official for possession of disproportionate assets (DA) and sentenced him three-year imprisonment besides slapping a fine of Rs 27 lakh. Kiran Premchand Patel, former assistant general manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), in Gujarat's Bhavnagar has been convicted for DA to the tune of 29.84 lakh, which was 148 per cent of his income during the check period of January 1997 to January 2004, CBI officials said here today.

 

[31.01.2017]On Child Adoption Leave, BSNLEU urged the PGM (Estt.) to endorse the DoP&T orders.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on yesterday, the 30.01.2017 and demanded that the DoP&T has issued orders to grant Child Adoption Leave on the lines of Maternity Leave admissible to natural mothers in 2006. In 2009, the DoP&T has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 on the lines of Maternity Leave. It is informed that the BSNL C.O. has not endorsed the orders of the DoP&T issued in 2006 and 2009. Since, BSNL is following the Leave Rules of the Government of India, the Union representatives demanded that the Child Adoption Leave should be endorsed by the BSNL C.O., so that eligible women employee can avail the same. The PGM (Estt.), assured to look into the matter. 

[31.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on nomination in the national council and submission of agenda items for discussions in the next National Council meeting.<<view letter>> 

[31.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on meeting of the Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres – postponement of the meeting scheduled for 03.02.2017.<<view letter>>

[31.01.2017]Meeting with GM (Rectt.).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), BSNL CO., on 30th January, 2017 and discussed the following issues:- 

 

(1)   To declare the results of the JTO LICE for the year 2015 – 16 held on 11.12.2016.

The Union representatives urged that the JTO LICE for the year 2015 – 16 was held on 11.12.2016, but till today the results are not declared. The GM (Rectt.), informed that e-verification for some of the candidates are pending. However, the Rectt. Cell is busy with declaration of the review results of the JAO LICE, which may take 2 / 3 days. Soon after that, the answer key of the JTO LICE of 2015-16 will be uploaded as SOP giving 7 days time to submit complaints if any and thereafter the results will be declared. She hoped that the process will be completed by 15th of February to declare the results.  

 

(2)   To announce the date for LDCE for Telecom Technician (Erstwhile TM).

The Union representatives requested the GM (Rectt.) to announce the date for LDCE for Telecom Technician (TM). The GM (Rectt.) informed that a meeting of the Management and Recognised Unions will be arranged soon to decide the methodology of the exam.

 

[31.01.2017]DoT upholds the DR JE recruitment conducted by BSNL- BSNLEU heartily congrats all the DR JE selected candidates.

DoT has cleared the file in favour of the DR JE selected candidates. BSNLEU conveys hearty congrats to all the selected candidates. At the same time, BSNLEU also assures that it will ensure prompt processing of the case by BSNL Corporate Office, for completion of document verification, etc. BSNLEU also heartily congrats the BSNL Management because, the recruitment process done by the Corporate Office has been upheld by the enquiry conducted by the DoT.

 

[31.01.2017]Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, felicitated.

A felicitation meeting was held for Com Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, BSNLMS,  in the CTO Sabhagar, Eastern Court, New Delhi, on 30th January, 2017, for his retirement on superannuation.  The meeting was presided over by com Mallikarjun,President, BTEF. Leaders and workers from BSNL and MTNL attended the meeting in a large number. The meeting was addressed by com V.A.N.Namboodiri, com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS and many others. On behalf of BSNLEU, com.Suresh Kumar was honoured, by offering a shawl. Com Jhon Vhargese, AGS,BSNLEU and com R.S.Chouhan,vice-president(CHQ) were also present in the meeting.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[30.01.2017]BSNLEU demands the Director (CFA)  to immediately divert 15,000 CLIP phones to the poll bound UP(East) circle.

There is acute shortage of CLIP phones in the poll bound UP(East) circle,  where BSNL is having the obligation to emergently provide landline connections to meet the electoral requirements. The CGM, UP(East) circle has sought immediate diversion of 15,000 CLIP phones.  BSNLEU has written to the Director(CFA)  demanding diversion of 15,000 CLIP phones to UP(East)  circle, without delay.<<<view CHQ letter>>>

 

[30.01.2017]Widespread protests in the US, against President Donald Trump's mad decision to ban Muslims of 7 countries entering America.

 

US President Donald Trump has imposed strict immigration policy. He has banned people of 7 Muslim majority countries from entering America. The countries are, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. However, widespread protests have taken place in America, against Trump's mad decision. Silicon Valley's top executives, including India-born CEOs Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella, condemned President Donald Trump's immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, voicing concern that the move could directly hit their own staffers and stop bringing great talent to the US.


Condemning the move, Nadella, in a post on LinkedIn, said "As an immigrant and as a CEO, I've both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic." 

 

[30.01.2017]Private mobile operators urge the TRAI to stop BSNL's app based Limited Fixed Mobile Telephony service.

BSNL has started an application (app) based "Limited Fixed Mobile Telephony (LFMT) service, which enables customers to convert their mobile phones into cordless phones,  for making and receiving landline calls from indoors. However, private mobile companies, represented by the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) have complained to the TRAI and have demanded to immediately stop this application based "Limited Fixed Mobile Service". The COAI- has claimed that as per TRAI norms, no "Termination Charge" is applicable for calls between landlines, and that BSNL is misusing this provision.

 

[30.01.2017]BSNL's losses come down, as income from services increase by 5.8%.

It is a very good news that  BSNL's losses have come down to Rs 4,890 crore for the period from January to December, 2016. The losses of BSNL during the same period in the previous year, ie., January to December 2015 remained at  Rs 6,121.


BSNL's  income from services has also increased by 5.8 % during this period. It has increased to Rs 19,379.6 crore during this period. The figure stood at Rs 18,314.9 crore in the same period during 2015. BSNL also expects that the losses will further come down for the full financial year, as the fourth quarter is a seasonally strong quarter.

 

[30.01.2017]Privatisation of the Indian Railways started - BSNLEU strongly condemns the reported move being made by the Narendra Modi government.

BSNLEU strongly condemns the steps reportedly being taken by the government to gradually privatise the Indian railways. This measure is reportedly being started by handing over the running of the prestigious and heritage trains linking the hill stations. Quoting railway officials, ‘Economic Times’ has reported that the routes linking Kalka and Shimla, Siliguri and Darjeeling and the Nilgiri mountains with the plains, Neral and Matheran and the Kangra valley railways would be among the first to be handed over to the private operators including foreign companies. It has reported that the private companies, including the foreign corporates will not only run the trains but also maintain the lines and the stations and also own the station on these lines. They will reportedly be allowed to decide the fares after the approval of the Rail Development Authority of India that is going to be constituted. 

 

[30.01.2017]Impressive rally and convention of Central Public Sector trade unions, held at Bengaluru.

A very effective convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions was held at Bengaluru on 29.01.2017. Wage Revision to the Central Public Sector employees w.e.f. 01-01-2017 and fighting against the attacks being launched on the Public Sector, by the Narendra Modi government, are the important issues discussed in the Convention. BSNLEU is represented in the Convention by it's President, com. Balbir Singh.  On the previous day, i.e., on 28-02-2017, a massive rally of the Central Public Sector employees, numbering around 20,000, took place in Bengaluru, demanding to stop the attacks on the Public Sector, and demanding immediate settlement of wage revision to the employees.<<<views of the conference>>>

 

[30.01.2017]7th circle conference of West Bengal circle started jubilantly at Kolkata.

The 7th circle conference of West Bengal circle, started jubilantly at Kolkata on 27-01-2017. Com Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU West Bengal, inaugurated the conference. Com Saibal Sengupta, AGS, addressed the Conference on behalf of the CHQ. Com Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secy, Telecom Factory & Organising Secretary (CHQ), Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF, Com. Biplab Das, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee also addressed the inaugural session. A working women's convention and a seminar on the development of West Bengal Circle also took place in the Conference. Com Kalyani Chakraborty, Convenor, All India Bank Employees Federation, com. Animesh Mitra, CS&VP(CHQ) com. Banani Chattopadhyay, com. Jhumur Baandyopadhyay, com. Sutapa Roy and com. Mamata Sarkar addressed the Women 's convention.   The Seminar was addressed  by com. Animesh Mitra, CS, West Bengal circle & Vice president (CHQ),  shri R N Jha CGMT WB circle,  com Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA,  com. Ranjit Mukherjee, NFTE,  Com Arindam Choudhury, SNATTA,  and Partha Das, SC/ST Welfare Association.<<<views of the conference>>>

 

[30.01.2017]BSNLEU demands the Corporate Office to enhance the Child Adoption Leave from 135 days to 180 days. 

The Department of Personnel & Training,  vide it’s OM No.13018/4/2004-Estt.(L) dated 31-03-2006 has granted Child Adoption Leave for 135 days to female government servants for adoption of a child upto the age of one year, on the lines of Maternity Leave admissible to natural mothers. After implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the Maternity Leave was enhanced from 135 days to 180 days. Subsequently, the DoP&T has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave also from 135 days to 180 days. However, BSNL has so far not implemented this. CHQ has written to the Corporate Office, demanding implementation of the DoP&T order for the enhancement of the Child Adoption Leave.<<<view letter>>>

 

[28.01.2017]Contract workers March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017 - Make it a grand success.

The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF), is organising a March to the Parliament on 22nd February, 2017, to highlight the demands of the casual and contract workers. BSNLEU always remains in the forefront, in fighting against the injustices being meted out to the casual and contract workers. The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai, has given a call to the regular workers also to massively participate in this rally, and raise their voices in support of the demands of the casual and contract workers. The CHQ of BSNLEU has called upon the circle unions of BSNLEU, nearer to Delhi, to take special efforts to mobilise maximum number of regular employees in the rally. Let us make the March to Parliament a grand success. 

 

[28.01.2017]Streamlining the publication of Tele Crusader and BSNL Swar - Circle and district secretaries are requested to extend their maximum cooperation.

The two monthly magazines being run by BSNLEU, viz., Tele Crusader (English) and BSNL SWAR (Hindi) are playing an important role in educating the employees on the wrong policies of the government, and on various happenings within India and at the international level, which are connected with the working class movement. CHQ is taking much care, to publish these two magazines in manner, so that they are very useful to the workers. Our Union stands benefited to a great extent from these journals.  This is understood from the high quality of debate, made by the delegates in the last All India Conference. Apart from time and energy, CHQ is also spending a lot of money on these magazines. CHQ has decided to improve these magazines, if required, by spending more money also. A large number of employees have since retired. And also 16,000 employees are retiring every year, out of which, a major portion is the Non-Executives. Thus, certainly, the number of copies need to be printed, has also come down. Hence, CHQ wants to know the exact number of copies of Tele Crusader and BSNL Swar, required by each one of our branches. Further, every month, a number of magazine bundles despatched to the branches, are being returned to the CHQ. This may be due to the reason that the addresses are not updated, or due to the merger of branch unions, with the nearby branches, due to the fast phase of retirements. In view of this, CHQ is urgently in need of the following information, to streamline the publishing of our magazines. 

 

1)   The number of copies of Tele Crusader / BSNL Swar, actually required by each branch in a district. Number of members in the branch may also be mentioned.

 

2)    An updated mailing address of all the branch secretaries in each district.

 

3)   Details of the branch unions, merged with nearby branches, due to the fast phase of retirements. 

 

All district secretaries are requested to send these information within two weeks, to their respective circle unions. Circle unions are requested to collect these information from all the districts of their circle, and to send it to the CHQ, by the end of February. Let us ensure that each paisa that we spend on our magazines, is spent usefully.

 

[27.01.2017]General Secretaries of BSNLEU and NFTE demand withdrawal of victimisations imposed on associations of the Executives.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and demanded withdrawal of victimisations imposed in the leaders of the associations of the Executives. They pointed out that imposition of the wage cut for demonstration and dharna is not acceptable. They also demanded withdrawal of the disciplinary action initiated against the leaders of the Executives to restore normalcy in BSNL, so that the Executives, together with the Non-Executives can single mindedly concentrate in the revival of BSNL. The CMD BSNL told that the request of BSNLEU and NFTE would be looked into. <<view joint letter>>

 

[27.01.2017]Action demanded to overcome the acute shortage of staff in the newly formed CGM office at Vijayawada.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Pers.) today, and discussed about the shortage of staff in the newly started CGM office of Andhra Pradesh circle at Vijayawada. The GS pointed out that there is acute shortage of staff in the CGM office at Vijayawada, as a result of which works are suffering to a great extent. The GS demanded that the Corporate Office should take immediate action to overcome the shortage without further delay. The GM (Pers.) agreed to take needful action.

 

[27.01.2017]Releasing of Welfare Fund to Andhra Pradesh circle demanded.

Welfare Fund allocation has already been made to various circles, including Andhra Pradesh circle. However, the funds are actually not released so far by the Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Mayank Sharma, DGM (Admn.) and demanded immediate releasing of the funds. The DGM (Admn.) assured to do the needful.  

 

[27.01.2017]BSNLEU pays homage to the army personnel, killed in avalanche in Kashmir.

During the past two days, 15 army personnel, including one officer, have been killed in avalanche, that have taken place in Gurez and Sonmarg areas of Kashmir. Heavy snow fall and storm are retarding the rescue operations. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the killed army personnel and offers condolences to their families and friends.

 

[27.01.2017]Meeting of all unions and associations to be held on 06.02.2017.

A meeting of the all unions and associations will be held at 3 pm on 06.02.2017. The venue of the meeting will be BSNL MS office. The next course of action on the Subsidiary Tower Company and also issues like PMO office letter on BSNL, facing challenges from Reliance Jio, and BSNL’s 4G service will be discussed in this meeting.

 

[27.01.2017]BSNL Management demands the government to allot 700 MHz spectrum.

While all other private operators have started 4G service, BSNL has not yet started the same. This is the age of data, and BSNL cannot sustain in the market without providing 4G service. For providing 4G service, spectrum is required. BSNL has requested the government to allot 700 MHz spectrum for this purpose. BSNLEU, in it’s 8th All India Conference held recently, has demanded that the government should allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, free of cost.  

 

[27.01.2017]BJP inducting it’s party people as ‘independent’ directors in top PSUs. 

The BJP government, which is taking all out efforts to kill the public sector, has now taken decision to induct 10 of it’s party people, as the independent directors on the boards of top public sector companies. The NDA’s Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), has taken decision to this effect.

 

These include, party’s Delhi unit Vice President Shazia Ilmi; Gujarat IT cell convenor Rajika Kacheria; minority face of the BJP in Gujarat Asifa Khan; former BJP MLA candidate from Odisha Surama Padhy and former Bihar MLC Kiran Ghai Sinha.

 

They are to be inducted as independent directors of Navaratna PSUs that include Engineers India Ltd (EIL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and the National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO). 

[Source: The Indian Express dated 27.01.2017]

 

[25.01.2017]Forum writes to the Prime Minister of India.

Forum of BSNL unions and associations has written a detailed letter to the Prime Minister of India, responding to the letter of the Prime Minister’s Office, addressed to the Secretary, DoT, calling for report on the implementation of the Niti Aayog's report, for the closure / transfer to states / status, etc., of BSNL and ITI. The unions and associations of BSNL have to chalk out agitational programme without delay, against the covert moves being made by the Niti Aayog and the Government of India, for the disinvestment through strategic sale / privatisation / closure of BSNL, which is being seriously contemplated by the Niti Aayog and the Government of India.<<view letter>> 

[25.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), BSNL, on the illegal recovery from employees, in the name of EPF contribution arrears.<<view letter>>  

[25.01.2017]BSNLEU writes to the DDG (Estt.), DoT, on request for implementing revised DCRG for BSNL absorbed DoT employees w.e.f. 1.1.2016.<<view letter>>  

[25.01.2017]DoT guidelines for retention of BSNL/MTNL Staff Quarters to DoT Employees in the Event of transfer/repatriation/deputation/training etc.<<click here>>

[24.01.2017]Meeting with the Director (HR), BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, and discussed the following issues:- 

 

(a) Complaints connected with the Consolidation of Business Areas.

It was pointed out that in circles like Karnataka and Telengana, the CGM’s are proceeding with the Consolidation of Business Areas, without holding proper discussion with the Recognised Union. In all the cases, the work load increases many fold in the Head Quarters of the Business Area, since the dealing of HR issues get transferred there. Necessary action needs to be taken to cope with this additional work load. Another important issue involved is that, after consolidation, the Non-Executives have to travel hundreds of kilometres to reach the Head Quartes of the Business Area, to get their grievances redressed. This issue also needs to be taken care, before consolidation is done. The Director (HR) assured that these issues would be looked into.

   

(b) Inordinate delay in the review of JAO LICE results.

It was pointed out that there is inordinate delay in reviewing the results of the JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016. The Director (HR) informed that this would be completed within the next few days.

 

 

(c) Jungle raj in Dharbanga SSA of Bihar circle.

It was pointed out that the GM, Dharbanga SSA in Bihar circle, is running a jungle raj in that SSA, and is flouting all rules of the Company. It was also pointed out how a member of BSNLEU is being harassed in the matter of allotment of quarters. The Director (HR), assured to look into the matter.

 

 

(d) Victimisation of com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur.

It was pointed that the official has been imposed with a disproportionate punishment. It was requested that the review petition of the official, submitted to the Director (HR) may be disposed of expeditiously. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful.

 

 

(e) Inordinate delay in the reconstitution of the National Council.

It was pointed that 8 months have already elapsed, after the results of the 7th Membership Verification are declared, and that still the National Council has not been reconstituted. It was assured that needful action would be taken.

 

 

(f) Holding of JTO LICE to fill-up 50% vacancies for Draughtsman cadre.

It was pointed out that the decision of the National Council, to hold a JTO LICE, to fill-up 50% vacancies from the Draughtsman cadre, has not been implemented even after many years, despite the Union has give many letters. It was also pointed that non-implementation of the results of the National Council is nothing but an insult to the Apex Negotiating Forum. The Director (HR) assured to take needful action on this.

 

[24.01.2017]Meeting with the OSD to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, on the issue of DR JE recruitment.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met shri A.N. Rai, OSD to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications today, and discussed about the recruitment of DR JE. The GS and the AGS informed the OSD that the enquiry conducted by the DoT has already been completed. They requested him to take up the issue with the Hon’ble Minister and to ensure that an early direction on this issue is given to the BSNL Management. The OSD assured that he would inform the same to the Hon’ble Minister.

 

[23.01.2017]Status of the DR JE recruitment.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and enquired about the status of the recruitment process of the DR JE. The GM (Rectt.) replied that BSNL has so far not received any direction from the DoT on this matter. It is understood that the enquiry conducted by the DoT, with regards to the recruitment of DR JE, is already completed and a report is already submitted to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications. Now, a decision on the matter is to be taken by the Hon’ble Minister, which he has not done so far.  

 

[23.01.2017]Meeting with Sr.GM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Estt.), and discussed the following issues:- 

 

a)  The Union representatives requested the Sr.GM (Estt.) to expeditiously consider the demand of the Union, on making amendments to the JTO Recruitment Rules. It is pointed out that since all the three JTO LICE examinations are already over now, the Management should expeditiously bring the amendments to the JTO RR, as has been assured earlier. The Sr.GM (Estt.), assured that needful action would be taken.  

 

b)  The issues of settlement of anomalies and endorsement of the government order on recovery of excess payment are lying pending with DoT for a long time. BSNLEU has already discussed these issues several times with the authorities in the DoT. The Union representatives demanded that one more reminder should be sent to the DoT on both these issues. The Sr.GM (Estt.) agreed.

[21.01.2017]photographs of the rally held at Kolkata on 19th January, 2017, at the call of BSNLCMU and BSNLEU, WB Circle, on the demand of  "Equal Pay for Equal Work."<<<views of the rally>>>

 

[21.01.2017]A very effective convention held at Ernakulam.

A largely attended convention is organised at Ernakulam today, which is addressed by the General Secretary. Comrades from nearby SSAs like Aleppey, Kottayam, Palakkad and Malappuram also attended this convention. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, circle president, presided over the convention. Com.P.S.Peethambaran, district president, Ernakulam, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention. In his speech, the General Secretary, spoke in detail, about the international and national developments and on the decisions taken in the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com.M.Vijayakumar, Organising Secretary(CHQ) translated the General Secretary's speech into Malayalam. Com.S.Pratap Kumar, AGS, com.N.Guruprasad, CS, AIBDPA and Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi, Convenor, Kerala circle Mahila Committee, addressed the convention. Com.K.V.Premkumar, district secretary, Ernakulam, thanked everyone. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala circle union and Ernakulam district union for organising a very effective convention.<<<views of the convention>>>

[21.01.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.1 dated 17th January, 2017.<<<view circular>>

[20.01.2017]Heros of the Kerala struggle are felicitated by the General Secretary.
Six leaders, who were suspended, charge-sheeted and transferred to far off places in Kerala circle, by the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S.Rao, at the time of the Kerala struggle, are honoured by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, in the convention held at Tiruvanantapuram today. Despite severe victimisations, these comrades remained in the fore front and led the struggle. <<<Views of the honouring.>>>

 

[20.01.2017]An impressive convention conducted in Tiruvanantapuram.

An impressive convention is conducted in the CGM Office premises, Thiruvananthapuram, today. The purpose of the convention is to explain the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, and also to celebrate the victory of the struggle, conducted by the BSNLEU and SNEA comrades of Kerala circle, against the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S. Rao, the then CGM of Kerala circle. The convention was presided over by Com. A.V. Kuriakose, Circle President. Com. K. Mohanan, CS, welcomed everyone and delivered the introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention, congratulating the Kerala comrades for their heroic struggle against the tyranny of M.S.S. Rao, and demanding justice to the Casual and Contract Workers. He also explained in detail, the decisions of the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com. M. Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, com. George Verghese, Circle President, SNEA, com. P.K. Muraleedharan, CS, P-III, com. Muraleedharan Nair, former AGS, com. Somasekaran Nair, CS, BSNLCCWF and com.Jacob Thomas, circle president, P-lll also addressed the seminar. A large number of comrades from the CGM office and Trivandrum district attended the convention. Finally, com. K. Mohanan, CS, proposed the vote of thanks.<<<views of the convention>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC pay revision in respect of employees working in BSNL on CDA scales due to non-issuance of Presidential orders for their absorption in BSNL - admissibility of perks and allowances etc.<<<view letter>>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on FAQ on Constitution of Councils ion BSNL.<<<view letter>>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on grant of cash award to sportspersons for achieving excellence in International Tournaments/Meets during 2016.<<<view letter>>>

[20.01.2017]Corporate Office letter on grant of cash award to sportspersons for achieving excellence in National Tournaments/Meets during the calendar year 2016.<<<view letter>>>

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

[18.01.2017]BSNLEU demands to allot funds for GPF.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[18.01.2017]Capitalism cannot solve the problems of mankind.

   Socialism is the only alternative.

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

[12.01.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

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

 

a)      Formation of Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[12.01.2017]Meeting with GM (SR).

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

 

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

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

 

b)     Delay in convening the PLI Committee meeting.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

[10.01.2017]Review of JAO LICE results.

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

 

[10.01.2017]Amendments to JAO LICE Recruitment Rules.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[07.01.2017]India’s GDP growth rate falls.

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

<<< List of Office bearers>>>

 

[04.01.2017]The best All India Conference of BSNLEU.

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

 

[04.01.2017]8th All India Conference concluded jubilantly.

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

[28.12.2016]212 start ups closed down in 2016.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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


[27.12.2016]Victimisations at Varanasi. 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[26.12.2016]Management forms a truncated Wage Revision Committee.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

bsnleutnc@gmail.com 

Fax No: 044-28294252

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[21.12.2016]GPF funds allotted to circles.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

                  View of the strike at Bhopal

 

               View of the strike at Hyderabad

 

                View of the strike at Jaipur.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

The circle executive committee meeting of the Corporate Office circle union of BSNLEU was held in the Corporate Office today. Com. Kamal Kishore, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. P.S.Bisht, circle