homage to com. N.J. Iyer.
is Com.N.J. Iyer’s death anniversary today. Com. Iyer is
one of the outstanding leaders of the P&T trade union
movement. He has played a significant role in developing a
class conscious trade union movement among the P&T
employees. Eventhough he was the General Secretary of the
RMS Class-III union, he has made immense contribution to
develop a militant trade union movement in the telecom
wing. On this day, we pay our respectful homage to com.
N.J. Iyer and resolve to carry forward his legacy.
is the 10th largest company in India, based on
Among the 4,15,886
companies that are functioning in the country, and which
have filed their balance sheets in the financial year
2013-14, Reliance India Ltd. (RIL) is the biggest company,
by it’s assets value. It is a matter of pride for all of
us that BSNL is the 10th biggest company in this list.
This reply is given in the Parliament yesterday, by Shri
Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs. The following
is the reply given by the Minister in Parliament.<<view
with CMD BSNL.
Com. Balbir Singh,
President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD and
discussed the following issues:-
Nominating non-members to the National circle and local councils.
The Union representatives
drew the attention of the CMD, to the direction of the
Hon’ble Kerala High Court on the subject and requested him
to give necessary guideline to the SR Branch. They handed
over a copy of the Hon’ble Court direction on the subject.
The CMD agreed to do the needful.
BSNL’s HR plan.
BSNLEU has already given
it’s response to the decisions of the Management
Committee, on the HR plan of BSNL, based on the
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. The Union
Representatives demanded the Management to hold a
discussion with the Union on this subject. As regards the
merger of small SSAs into Areas, the representatives
demanded that the interests of the Non-Executives should
be protected. They also demanded that the Management
should clearly spell out in writing, the steps it intends
to do in this regard. The CMD agreed to both the demands.
Long pending problems of the Non-Executives.
The representatives drew
the attention of the CMD towards the long pending problems
of the Non-Executives on which the JAC had gone on
struggle. They proposed that the CMD should hold a meeting
with the representatives of the JAC to sort out the
issues. The CMD agreed to hold one such meeting soon.
Handling of grievances of contract workers in the Corporate Office.
At present the issues of
contract workers are being dealt with by the Admn. Branch.
However, this Branch is not having any machinery to
monitor the implementation of the BSNL CO orders.
Moreover, the Labour Enforcement (LE) section is with the
Establishment Branch. Hence, BSNLEU has already raised the
demand that the contract workers issue should be dealt
with by the LE section in the Establishment Branch. This
demand is once again raised with the CMD today and he
assured to look into it.
No to BSNL and MTNL merger.
The union representatives
insisted upon the CMD that the BSNL Management should
stoutly oppose any merger of BSNL and MTNL, since it will
doom the future of BSNL. The CMD told that appropriate
action in this regard would be taken.
of Presidential Orders to TSMs, who were regularized in
The above issue is
continuously being taken up by BSNLEU, with the Corporate
Office and the DoT. So far, 110 cases from different
circles were forwarded by the Corporate Office to the DoT
for approval. BSNLEU took up the issue with the DoT and
got 44 cases of different circles approved. The union is
persuing the remaining cases. Circle wise breakup figure
of approved cases are given below:-
Andhra Pradesh Circle - 15
Calcutta Telephones Circle - 9
Himachal Pradesh Circle - 1
J&K Circle - 8
Rajasthan Circle - 10
(6) UP (West) Circle - 1
The respective circle
secretaries are requested to send the details of the
pending cases which are duly forwarded to the Corporate
Office with details for further processing.
for the two day strike.
Forum has already given
call for a two day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.
CHQ has sent circular on 02.03.2015 directing all the
circle and district unions to launch serious preparations.
Circles which have not completed their quota of signature
collection should complete it by 31.03.2015. Circle level
conventions should immediately be conducted, wherever the
same is not held. Further, district level conventions and
Branch General Body meetings should also be held, to fully
gear up the employees. The available time should be used
in the best possible manner to mobilise the employees and
also to mobilize public support.
campaign by ETR district union on 08.03.2015 at Brigade
Committee meeting to be held on 12-03-2015.
The next meeting of the
PLI Committee will take place on 12.03.2015. The
Management Side is expected to come with the replies about
the basics of the proposed PLI formula, about which Staff
Side raised questions in the last meeting.
Committee meeting to be held on 12-03-2015.
A meeting of the Standing
Committee of the National Council will be held
on 12.03.2015. This is the continuation of the last
meeting, and it will discuss the left out
issues, notified for the last meeting.
imported telecom equipments worth Rs. 74,000 crore in
India imported telecom
equipments for a staggering Rs.74,116 crore in 2013-14.
This includes mobile handsets. Telecom equipments imported
in 2012-13 stood at Rs. 61,539 crore. 225 million mobile
handsets were imported in 2014. During the first 7 months
of 2014-15 alone, India has imported telecom equipments
worth Rs. 52,310 crore. Indian government has allowed 100
FDI in the Telecom Sector. Government said that 100% FDI
in telecom will boost indigenous manufacturing in the
sector. However, as a matter of fact, indigenous
manufacturing is declining. For example, 155 million
handsets were manufactured in 2011. This number got
reduced to 58 million in 2014. Long live Narendra Modi's
slogan of "Manufacture in India".
employees on strike against increase in FDI limit.
The Insurance employees
are on a nationwide strike today, against the increasing
of FDI limit to 49% in the Insurance Sector. The All India
Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) has given the
call. BSNLEU, expresses it support and solidarity to the
struggle of the Insurance employees and condemns the Narendra
Modi government for opening the Insurance Sector to the
looting of MNCs.
2,42,896 crore is the debt of Indian Telecom companies.
Telecom Minister shri
Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Parliament on 3rd March that
the total debt of all the telecom companies is Rs.
2,42,896 crore. Out of this, BSNL's debt is Rs. 4459 crore.
MTNL 'so debt is Rs. 14,120 crore. The remaining Rs.
2,24,317 crore is the debt of private telecom companies.
to offer broadband service through cable networks.
CMD BSNL shri
Anupam Srivastava has told that BSNL is exploring the
possibilities to provide broadband services through cable
networks, for which it wants to make
agreements with cable operators . It is reported that this
model is already successfully tested in many parts of the
country. The CMD has also told that within two
years, BSNL intends to double it's revenue to Rs.
16,000 crore, from the present Rs. 8850 crore.
's customer base declines - Parliament informed.
Telecom Minister shri
Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Parliament on 3rd March, 2015
that the customer base of BSNL is declining. According to
the information given by the Minister, the customer base
of BSNL stood at 945.09 lakh in March 2012. In March 2014,
it reduced to 924 lakh. Whereas, it stood at 781.28 lakh
in January 2015.
(Source: Times of India
value reached Rs. 77,000 in the Spectrum Auctioning.
Bidding value reached a
whopping Rs. 77,000 crore on the third day of the ongoing
Spectrum Auctioning on Friday. On the first day, the
bidding values reached Rs. 60,000 crore. On
the second day, this figure stood at Rs. 65,000 crore.
conveys International Women's Day greetings to all.
8th March of every year
is being celebrated as the International Women's Day. CHQ
conveys it's warm greetings and best wishes to all on this
occasion. Even though one half of our nation's
population is women, they are not being treated as equals
to men. Equality in opportunities is being denied to
them in all respects. Atrocities and injustices against
women are increasing day by day. On the day of the
International Women's Day, let us resolve to raise our
voice for the rights of women. Let us start treating women
as equals, at home and in the society. As the activists
and leaders of a powerful trade union, we can effectively
raise our voice against all injustices on women.
International Womens Day on 8th March.
8th March of every year
is being celebrated as the International Women's Day world
over. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot last
year, decided that this day should be celebrated by BSNLEU
also in a befitting manner. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the
circle and district unions to observe International
Women's Day on 8th March. Special meetings may be observed
on this day, highlighting the contributions of women to
the growth of the nation as well as the inequalities and
injustices being meted out to women in our society.
Reports and photos may be sent to the CHQ.
in the ITS case adjourned to 23rd March.
Hearing in the ITS
contempt case, filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSLEA, came up
for hearing in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court today.
However, the judge recused himself from hearing the case.
Hence, the hearing is adjourned to 23rd March,
2015. It may be noted that the same judge has appeared as
the government counsel earlier, in the same
Bill passed in Rajya Sabha.
Media reports say that
the Insurance Bill, paving the way to increase the FDI
cap to 49% is passed in the Rajya Sabha today. This is an
atrocious step by the Narendra Modi government, to enable
the multi national companies to capture the Indian
Insurance Sector and to loot the people's money. BSNLEU
severely condemns this act of the government, and vows to
continue its fight against the Neo Liberal Policies,
in tandem with the Central Trade Unions.
and MTNL were I'll treated in the last seven years, and
we're not allowed to expand" - says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
I don’t completely discount
the merger but as of now my main focus is to revising the
health of these two companies. I can tell you on your
channel, you have been following this sector very closely,
the way these two public sector undertakings have been
ill-treated in the last seven years is something to be
seen to be believed. Both of these companies were in
profit by the year 2005-2006, thousands and thousands of
crore. What happened in the subsequent years that they
have come under such a critical state? Something which I
can openly tell you today that every attempt was made that
they are not allowed to expand.
(Source: From Ravi Shankar Prasad's
interview to CNBC on 28-02-2015)
demonstrations tomorrow the 03.03.2015, against the
anti-people budget of the Modi sarkar.
government’s first full year budget is presented in the
Parliament on 28.02.2015. Huge concessions are given to
the Indian and Foreign corporates. At the same time,
severe cut is made in the allotment of funds to the
schemes meant for the common people. Indirect taxes which
will affect the ordinary people are increased heftily.
Disinvestment target is fixed at a whopping Rs.69, 500
crore. Govt. also wants to make strategic sale of the PSUs
to the private. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the Circle and
District Unions to hold country wide powerful
demonstrations tomorrow the 03.03.2015, expressing our
protest to the budget.<<View
salient Features of the budget.>>
Sujatha Ray, is selected for the post of Director (HR),
Smt. Sujatha Ray, who is
presently the ED (Finance) of BSNL, is selected by the
Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for the post of
Director (HR) of BSNL. Thus, the Director (HR) post which
is lying vacant for nearly 3 years is going to be filled
up soon. This is one of the important demands of the Forum
also. Smt. Yojna Das is already selected by the PESB for
the post of Director (Finance). So, soon BSNL will be
having two women Board of Directors, out of 5 Directors.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates Smt. Sujatha Ray.
MNP from 3rd May.
Mobile number portability
(MNP) is already implemented from January 2011. But this
is available only within the circle. But now, the TRAI has
decided that National Mobile Number Portability (National
MNP) will be implemented from 3rd May, 2015.
biggest profit earner and BSNL biggest loss maker.
Among the top performing
Public Sector Companies in 2013-14, ONGC is in the 1st
position, with a net profit of Rs.22,094 crore. BSNL is
the biggest loss making company with a net loss of
proposes to cut mobile roaming rates up to 80%
TRAI has proposed to cut
STD call rates during roaming to Re 1 per minute, from
maximum charge of Rs 1.5 per minute. For incoming calls,
the regulator wants telecom companies to charge a maximum
of 45 paise per minute, instead of 75 paise permitted at
present. Besides, it has proposed a maximum of 25 paise
per STD SMS sent by customers when they are roaming,
compared to the prevailing ceiling tariff of 1.5 paise per
SMS. TRAI has also said that local SMS should be charged
a maximum of only 20 paise compared Re 1 that can be
levied at present. The regulator has sought comments from
stakeholders by March 13, after which it will issue the
Spectrum Auctioning, but don’t finalise results – says
Cases were filed by private
telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance and Idea in the
High Courts of Delhi, Karnataka, Allahabad and Tripura,
against certain conditions in the Spectrum Auctioning, to
be held next month. As a result of this, the Central
Government had sought the intervention of the Supreme
Court. The Supreme Court has ordered yesterday that govt.
could conduct auctioning of Spectrum, but the results
should not be finalized without it’s approval.
meeting of the Forum is held today under the presidentship
of Com.Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum. Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, Convener welcomed. A very serious and thorough
discussion took place regarding the decision of the Forum
to go on strike for the revival of BSNL. Keeping the
ground reality into account, and also to ensure the widest
mobilization of employees, as well as public sympathy, the
following decisions are taken unanimously.
A two day
strike will take place on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.
notice will be served on 12th March, 2015.
shall be conducted throughout the country on 12th March,
2015, i.e. the day on which strike notice will be served.
Conference shall be conducted on 12th March, 2015 in all
circle headquarters by Forum, to give wide publicity to
the strike and demands.
circles which have not completed their circle level
conventions should complete them immediately. Further,
District level conventions and Branch General Body
meetings should also be organised to fully mobilize the
employees in the strike.
last date for signature campaign to collect one crore
signatures is extended upto 31.03.2015. All circles are
requested to complete their quota (50 signatures per
employees) within this date.
strike notice will be signed by only General Secretaries.
All General Secretaries are requested to be present at New
Delhi on 12th March.
Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi.
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU is held at New Delhi today. 23 out of 25
Central Office bearers attended the meeting. The meeting
is held at K.G. Bose Bhawan and was presided over by Com.
Balbir Singh, President. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted
the Union Red Flag. Homage was paid to com. S.K. Vyas, the
former Secretary General of Confederation of Central
Government Employees and to com. Chhiddu Singh, former AGS
of BSNLEU. Com. Balbir Singh, President, delivered the
presidential address. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron,
greeted the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, presented the
note for discussion in the meeting. All the 23 office
bearers, including com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
participated in the deliberations. Finally com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, summed up the discussions. Unanimous
decisions were taken. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer
proposed vote of thanks.<<view
of the meeting>>
Trade Unions are conducting nationwide Satyagraha today.
All the 11 Central Trade
Unions of the country are conducting nationwide Satyagraha
(civil disobedience) today against the disinvestment /
privatisation of Public Sector companies, pro-corporate
labour reforms, throwing open the country to the lootings
of multi national companies by increasing FDI cap in
various sectors, demanding to increase the minimum wages
of the unorganised workers, as well as other demands
contained in the 10 point charter of demands. It is very
important to note that BMS, the trade union considered to
be very close to the ruling BJP, is also spearheading this
Satyagraha. Since almost the entire leaders, as well as
the front line activists of BSNLEU have left their places
and already come over to Delhi to participate in the March
to Parliament, we are not in a position to participate in
any programme today.
Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is taking place at New Delhi
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU, which consists of the Central
Office-bearers of the Union, is meeting at New Delhi
today. The meeting will importantly review the campaign
programme made so far, in connection with the strike,
called on by the Forum. The meeting will take decisions to
further intensify the campaign programme.
on BSNL'S revival is submitted to the Prime Minister's
The memorandum on BSNL'S
revival, on which lakhs of signatures of the people of
this country were collected, was submitted to the Prime
Minister's Office today, by the leaders of the
Forum. At the end of the March to the Parliament, a
delegation of the leaders of the Forum, consisting
of com.C.Singh (President, Forum & GS, NFTE),
com.V.A.N.Namboodiri (Convener, Forum), com . P .
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com . K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com
. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA went to the Prime Minister's
Office and submitted the memorandum.
Employees hold massive March to Parliament.
The Non-Executives and
Executives of BSNL conducted a massive March to Parliament
today, demanding immediate steps by the Government and by
the Management for the revival of BSNL. More than 5000
comrades participated in the March, who had come from
Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from North East to Gujarat.
They marched through the streets of Delhi, raising slogans
for the revival of BSNL. The circle unions of BSNLEU have
mobilised comrades in a big way for the March.<<Views
of the March to Parliament>>
Trade Union leaders and MPs address the rally of BSNL
employees at Jantar Mantar.
The thousands of BSNL
employees who participated in the March to the Parliament
were stopped at Jantar Mantar by the police, where a huge
meeting took place. It was addressed by com. Tapan Sen,
MP, com. Brajesh Upadhyay, GS, BMS, com. Amarjit Kaur,
Secretary, AITUC, com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Gs, AIRF, shri
Dharam Veer Gandhi, MP (AAP), com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
Convener, Forum, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. C.
Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad
Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.C. Pande, GS, BTEU, com. Suresh
Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Sunil Gautam, GS, SNATTA, com.
R.P. Sahu, GS, AIGETOA and com. Hari Singh, Dy.GS, BTU.<<click
Save BSNL convention held in Telecom Stores Circle.<<<click
Convention held in West Bengal circle to 'SAVE BSNL'.<<<click
to Parliament - comrades to kindly note place.
The March to Parliament,
called on by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations,
is taking place tomorrow the 25-02-2015. The Forum meeting
that took place yesterday has finalized the details of the
March. Accordingly, the March will start from BSNL
Corporate Office in Janpath sharply at 11:00 AM. So,
all comrades are requested to reach the Corporate Office
atleast by 10:30 AM. The March will reach the Parliament
street police station, where a meeting will be held.
Dr.Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), com.Tapan Sen (CITU), com.
Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC) and Brajesh Upadhyay (BMS) and
all the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations
of BSNL will address the gathering. All District
Secretaries are requested to bring the banners and flags
for the rally without fail. It is also requested that all
the comrades of BSNLEU shall wear badges, which will be
distributed by the CHQ of BSNLEU. Circle Secretaries are
requested to kindly collect them and distribute to the
comrades of their respective circles. ALL THE CIRCLE AND
DISTRICT SECRETARIES ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT THE
COMRADES SHALL REMAIN IN THE MEETING, TILL IT IS OVER.
Further, all the Circle and District Secretaries are
requested to ensure utmost discipline at the time of the
March to the Parliament, which is very very important.
signatures collected may be handed over to the Convener,
The comrades who are
coming to participate in the March to the Parliament, are
also bringing the signatures collected from the people.
These signatures will be handed over to the Prime
Minister's Office at the end of the March to the
Parliament tomorrow. Hence, all the comrades who
have brought the collected signatures, may kindly hand
them over immediately to com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener,
Forum, at his residence in D7, Telegraph Place, Gole
Market(Near Bangla Sweets).
to Mandya comrades.
Mandya District in
Karnataka circle has collected 27,800 signatures. The
number of employees in Mandya district is only 291. Thus,
the signatures collected comes to 95 signatures per
employees. Maddur is a small telephone exchange in Mandya
District, with only 30 employees. These 30 comrades have
collected 6000 signatures, which comes to 200 signatures
per employee. CHQ salutes the Madya district comrades,
especially, the Maddur comrades for the marvelous
performance. But the question CHQ
wishes to ask is, if Maddur comrades can collect 200
signatures per employee, why at least the quota fixed by
Forum is not being fulfilled in many places?
Convention on Save BSNL campaign at Bhopal, MP
Convention on Save BSNL campaign
organised by the Forum of BSNL unions and associations, MP
Circle was held at Bhopal, on 21.02.2015. The convention
was presided over by com Jagdish Singh, vice president,
BSNLEU, CHQ. Com H.S. Thakhur, CS, BSNLEU & Convener,
Forum, BSNL Unions/Associations, MP Circle welcomes all
leaders on dias and placed before the house the matters
for the convention. Com Pramode Pradhan, Secretary, CITU,
MP inaugurated the convention and explained about the
present situations of the working class in the country.
Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU spoke at length on
the issues of BSNL in the present condition and also the
role of the successive govt. at the centre from 1991, from
when the LPG policy started in the country. He urged to
the workers to prepare for a long and sustained struggle
including indefinite strike. Com R. P. Sahu, GS, AIGETOA,
Com Dutta Majumder, President, SNEA, MP, Com Habib Khan,
CS, NFTE - BSNL etc. spoke in the meeting. Vote of thanks
was proposed by com. Narang, CS, BSNLOA, MP. 1,03,345
signatures collected from different Districts under MP
Circle were handed over to Com Swapan Chakraborty by the
Circle Forum in the meeting to be submitted to the Prime
circle conducts an impressive convention at Jammu.
Forum of BSNL
Unions/Association organised a very impressive
“Convention” at Jammu, on February 20th 2015. Inspite of
extremely bad weather, employees from all corner of J&K
participated in the convention. Com.Narayan Singh, Circle
President, BSNLEU presided over the convention and Com.
Mir Nizar Ahmad, CS, BSNLEU conducted the programme. Com.
Raman Sharma welcomed the participants and leaders. All
the circle level leaders of Forum including Com.Mir Nizar
Ahmad, CS, BSNLEU, com.P.K Bali, CS, SNEA(I), com.P.C.
Thapa, CS, AIBSNLEA, & com.Amrik Singh, CS, AIGETOA
expressed their views. Com. Gulam Qadir Dandroo, Org.Secy,
BSNLEU CHQ was also present. Com. Balbir Singh, President,
BSNLEU, elaborately explained the strike issues. While
expressing his views on the agitational programme as well
as on the charter of demands, he called upon the workers
to make the 17th March, indefinite strike a grand success.
The participants assured the leaders that they will make
the indefinite strike a grand success in the valley.<<<view
Pradesh comrades have collected 7 lakh signatures.
Andhra Pradesh circle
union of BSNLEU has reported that 7 lakh signatures are so
far collected in that circle. The work of collecting
signatures is continuing and they are sure of reaching the
figure to 8 lakh. CHQ heartily congratulates all the
Andhra Pradesh Circle comrades for their sustained hard
District shows the way of how to conduct the “Save BSNL
The Forum has given call
to collect 1 crore signatures from public, in support of
our demands for the revival of the Company. BSNL trade
union movement has got an extra ordinary tradition of a
hundred years and with well organised structures at the
All India, State and District levels. This type of
well-entrenched trade union set up is available only in
very few PSUs. With this type of organization, we could
have easily collected a few crores of signatures. The
whole idea behind the collection of signatures is to make
the people of this country understand, how the government
is slowly killing BSNL, for the benefit of the private
companies. That is why Forum gave call for conducting a
“SAVE BSNL CAMPAIGN”. But, unfortunately, only in a few
places our comrades have conducted this campaign
seriously. CHQ has received a report from the Ernakulam
District union, of how this campaign is conducted in that
SSA. The call of the Forum has been implemented in letter
and spirit. While heartily congratulating the Ernakulam
comrades for their sincere and hard work, CHQ requests all
comrades to go through this report.<<<view
of “Save BSNL Campaign” in Ernakulam District.<<<view
campaign at Burrabazar Exchange, kolkata on 03.02.2015.<<click
with Management on TTA RR.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today and insisted the
demand of the Union that the Non-Executives, on promotion
as TTAs, under the LDCE, should not be treated as circle
cadre. Other wise, on becoming TTAs, these employees will
be transferred and posted in other SSAs of the circle, far
away from their present SSAs. The GM (Estt.) suggested
that some rules can be put in place so that the employees
are not harassed on promotion as TTAs and suggested that
the Union can give it’s views on this. However, the GS
insisted upon the demand of the Union.
the right of the Recognised Union to nominate members to
BSNLEU is continuously
pressing the Management to implement the Hon’ble Kerala
High Court direction, on the right of the Management to
nominate non-members to councils. The issue is already
taken up with the new CMD. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri
Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) today and urged upon him to do
the needful and implement the Court directive without
further delay. The Sr.GM (SR) assured to do the needful.
of the copy of the report of BSNL’s Committee on extending
lesser standards of evaluation for SC/ST employees.
The Committee formed by
BSNL Management, on the issue of extending lesser
standards of evaluation to SC/ST employees, has already
submitted it’s report. BSNLEU is insisting the Management
to provide the Union with a copy of the report. Com. P.
Abhimanyu insisted the Sr.GM (SR) to immediately provide a
copy. After seeing the report, BSNLEU will take further
action, if the orders of DoP&T on the subject is not
Conference of Telecom Factory, Jabalpur.<<click
Campaign programme in TF Gopalpur, Kolkata.<<click
Forum conducted Circle level convention
The Forum of BSNL Unions
& Associations conducted a circle level convention on
19.2.2015 at Subarnabanik Samaj Hall, Kolkata. Com.
Tridib Chakraborty, Circle President AIBSNLEA presided
over the meeting. Circle Secretary, BSNL Employees Union &
convener of the Kolkata forum Com. Saibal Sengupta
initiated the discussion and elaborately explained the
need for Forum decisions to conduct a mass public contact
through signature campaign, Street corner meetings, March
to Parliament and indefinite strike in BSNL from 17th
March 2015. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ),
BSNLEU, stated that other than the people of India we have
ten crore customers & three lakh employees. If we can get
their support we shall be able to defend the attacks on
BSNL. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Vice President (CHQ), BSNLEU
and Circle Secretary Telecom Stores circle Com. Adhir
Kumar Sen also addressed. Com. Sekhar Majumder (NFTE BSNL)
com. Aniruddha Mondal (BTU BSNL), com. Prasun Mukhopadhyay
(AIBSNLEA) and com. Dilip Saha (SNEA) strongly raised
their voice against the anti-BSNL policies of the ruling
BJP Government. Leaders from AIBDPA & CTTMU were also
present to extend their support. In a full house gathering
convention concluded with the message of greater unity of
workers to Save BSNL & Save Nation.<<view
Campaign programme in Satna SSA, MP Circle.<<click
Campaign programme in Kottayam SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click
SSA has collected a whopping 60,000 signatures ! Plan to
collect another 25,000 !!
As per the report
received by com. Ramesh Babu L, District Secretary,
Vijayawada, the collection of signatures is going on
intensively and with full steam in Krishna District for
the past one month. Already they have collected 60,000
signatures, which itself is a stupendous job, and still
they have planned to collect another 25,000 signatures by
23.02.2015. Apart from this, Vijayawada comrades have met
a number MPs, MLAs, MLCs and leaders of various political
parties and gathered support. BSNLEU, Vijayawada District
Union is playing a leading role in carrying out this task.
CHQ heartily congratulates Vijayawada comrades for their
view photos >>>
Campaign - Fantastic performance by Bidar comrades.
CHQ is delighted to
inform that Bidar SSA comrades have done a marvelous job
in conducting the Signature Campaign. Bidar is a very
small SSA in Karnataka circle, with total employees
strength of 240. (BSNLEU= 160; NFTE= 30 ; Executives =
50). 12,000 is their quota of signatures to be collected,
as per the decision of the All India Forum. (240×50).
Whereas, as per the report of com.Gundanna, CS, BSNLEU,
Karnataka, the Bidar comrades have collected 15,400
signatures. CHQ feels proud of the Bidar comrades.
circle conducts a huge "Save BSNL" convention.
The Forum of Rajasthan
circle conducted a huge convention today. The convention,
which is organised in the premises of the PGM TD office,
Jaipur, was presided over by com.R.G. Dixit. Com.Ashok
Pareek, Convener, Forum, welcomed all the leaders and the
comrades. More than 1000 comrades enthusiastically
participated in the convention. It is addressed by
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.Islam Ahmed, President,
NFTE, com.G.L.Jogi, President, SNEA, com . Prahalad Rai,
GS, AIBSNLEA, com.R.Khanna, President, SNATTA, com.Rasheed
Khan, AGS, TEPU and com.Abhishek Jain, AGS, AIGETOA. All
the leaders explained the demands contained in the charter
of demands, on which the indefinite strike
from 17-03-2015 is going to take place. They exhorted the
Rajasthan comrades to effectively take steps to make the
strike 100% success. CHQ heartily congratulates the Forum
of Rajasthan circle for organising a highly successful
<<< views of the convention>>>
of the Forum to be held on 23-02-2015.
A meeting of the Forum is
to take place on 23-02-2015. The meeting will review
the preparations that are going on to successfully conduct
the March to the Parliament on 25-02-2015. The meeting
will also review the other preparations like "Save BSNL
Campaign", Collection of one crore signatures and also the
circle level conventions, which are being organised to
successfully launch the indefinite strike from 17-03-2015.
signature campaign in Indore.
Signature campaign is
going on in a massive way in Indore, as reported by
com.Prakash Sharma, District Secretary, BSNLEU. According
to the report, two women employees alone have collected
2,500 signatures. CHQ salutes both these women comrades.
big gate meetings are also organised to motivate the
employees to collect signatures. Indore District Union is
hopeful of fulfilling it's quota within the target date.<<<
view photos >>>
circle convention held at Patna on 18.02.2015.<<click
CHQ conveys it's hearty
congrats to the Nizambad comrades for collecting 43,260
signatures and completing their signature campaign. This
is conveyed to the CHQ by com. E.V.L. Narayana, District
Secretary, BSNLEU. According to the staff strength,
Nizambad should collect 40,000 signatures. But they have
exceeded their quota and have collected 43,260 signatures.
Perhaps, this is the first district to complete it's
quota. Hats off to the Nizambad comrades.<<view
campaign in Palakkad SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click
off to Jabalpur comrades. They show how the signature
campaign is to be conducted.
The Jabalpur comrades
have done an excellent job yesterday and have shown how
the signature campaign is to be conducted. On the day of
the Maha Shivaratri, a large number of gathering of people
will come to the temple. Utilising this opportunity, they
have gone to the people and have conducted the signature
campaign. In one day, they have collected 10,000
signatures. A wonderful job indeed. Hats to the Jabalpur
comrades. This is how the "Save BSNL campaign" is to be
conducted among the people.<<click
government will not allow any religious group, of majority
or minority communities, to incite hatred against others.”
government will not allow any religious group, belonging
to the majority or the minority, to incite hatred against
others. Every one has the undeniable right to retain or
adopt the religion of his or her choice, without coercion
or undue influence. We cannot accept violence against any
religion on any pretext and I strongly condemn such
violence. My government will act strongly in this regard”.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
[Times of India –
whole heartedly welcome the above statement of the Prime
Minister. As a custodian of the rights of the people of
this country, the Prime Minister has significant role in
maintaining the unity of various sections of the people.
We sincerely hope he will fulfill this responsibility.
government will regularise contract workers.
Aam Admi Party, in it’s election promise, had stated that
it would regularize the contract workers. As a first step
of fulfilling this promise, the AAP government has issued
instructions now, that the services of contract workers
should not be terminated until further notice. The Deputy
Chief Minister has stated that contract workers had to be
regularized and permanent jobs were necessary in critical
sectors like education and health. He also stated that the
focus was on working out ways to deliver permanent jobs.
[Times of India –
BSNLEU welcomes this pro-worker step of the AAP government
and desires that similar action should be taken by the
central government and other state governments also.
campaign- Circle and District Secretaries to seriously
The date for submission
of the 1 crore signatures is fast approaching. They have
to be submitted to the Prime Minister's Office on the day
of the March to Parliament, is., on 25-02-2015. So far the
response for the signature campaign from various circles
is very poor. Whatever photos being received by CHQ, on
signature campaign, are photos of submitting memorandum to
the MPs and MLAs. Very few photos are received on
collecting signatures from mass of the people. This
clearly indicates that collection of signatures from
people is not being done in right earnest. This is very
regrettable. Being the biggest union in the Forum, BSNLEU
is having special responsibility to fulfill the collection
of 1 crore signatures. Kindly bear in mind that our
signature campaign should not become a laughing stock.
Hence, CHQ requests the Circle Secretaries to immediately
gear up the collection of signatures and complete the
target well within the time. Kindly remember that the
quota for each circle is 50 signatures per employee of the
Spectrum auctioning is to
start on 4th March, 2015. Govt. expects to earn Rs.80,000
crore to Rs.1,00,000 crore. Airtel, Vodafone, Idea,
Reliance Jio Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices,
Aircel and Uninor will be bidding spectrum in the
third quarter loss is Rs.730.83 crore.
MTNL’s loss for the third
quarter ended in December 2014 is Rs.730.83 crore. It’s
loss for the second quarter ended in September 2014 was
Employees Union opposes outsourcing of BSNL’s Call Centre
services and demands to reconsider the decision – Business
The view of BSNLEU is that
the call centre services of BSNL should be manned by the
BSNL employees only. Outsourcing it to private agency is a
wasteful expenditure and it is being done for reasons
other than BSNL’s efficiency. BSNLEU demands that the
Management should reconsider it’s decision. The views of
com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary is published in
<<view the news>>
Office lays down time schedule for holding TTA exam (LDCE)
for the Recruitment Year 2014.
Notification to be issued on or before 07.03.2015
Exam to be held between 10:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs on
Results to be declared within 3 months of holding the
The exam is to be conducted on the same day and on the
same time in all circles.<<view
against privatization of Public Services” - calls
on the landmark 12th Congress of the Trade
Union International of Public Services (TUI PS).<<click
level Convention of Karnataka circle held at Bangalore on
submitted to MP in Nizambad SSA, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click
Campaign programme at Kottayam SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click
S.K. VYAS NO MORE.
deep grief and extreme sorrow, it is intimated that Com.
S.K.Vyas, the legendary leader of the Central Govt.
Employees and Pensioners, is no more. He
passed away at about 08.20 PM on 13 February 2015, at
a Jaipur hospital, where he was admitted a few days back
after a massive heart attack. He was recovering, but all
of a sudden, the situation worsened and he passed away.
He was 85 years.
His funeral will
take place at Jodhpur on 14th Feb 2015. Com.Vyasji was the
Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Govt.
Employees and workers since 1967 for more than four
decades. He was holding the posts of Secretary General of
both BCPC and NCCPA, Federations of Pensioners
Associations till his end.
His death is an
irreparable loss to the entire CGE and Pensioners
movement. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved
family, friends and comrades. TEARFUL Red Salute to
Circle Executive Committee meeting planned for the
successful implementation of the Indefinite Strike.
The Maharashtra Circle
Executive Committee meeting was held at Mumbai on 7th and
8th February, 2015. Com. Nalawade, Circle Secretary
welcomed every one. Com. Gagre, Circle President,
presided. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. John Verghese, AGS
and com. Sandhya Gadgil, Vice-President (CHQ) attended the
meeting. CGM(O) District Union, Mumbai had made excellent
arrangements for the meeting. An impressive Open Session
was held on 7th February, addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, Shri M.K. Jain, CGM, Maharashtra, shri M.K. Mishra,
CGM, WTP, shri J.K. Ghai, Principal CCA, Smt. Marina
George, Sr.GM(Fin.) and com. Nalawade, CS, addressed the
session. The Subjects Committee held detailed discussion
about organisational issues as well as the steps for
successfully organising the indefinite strike from 17th
March, 2015. Together with com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com.
John Verghese, AGS and com. Sandhya Gadgil, VP, addressed
the Subjects Committee.<<<view
level Convention of Kerala circle held at Thrissur on
Campaign Programme at West Bengal Circle.<<click
campaign at Mandla SSA, Madhya Pradesh Circle.<<click
campaign at Palakkad SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click
level convention of NE-II Circle held at Imphal.<<click
campaign at Thiruvananthapuram SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click
campaign at Calicut SSA, Kerala Circle.<<click
campaign at Malda SSA, West Bengal Circle.<<click
campaign at Srikakulam SSA, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click
campaign at Krishna SSA, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click
of the PLI Committee meeting, held today the 10.02.2015.
The PLI Committee meeting is held today. The two Staff
Side members, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Islam
Ahmed, President, NFTE participated. Com. Balbir Singh,
President, BSNLEU and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU were present. Sr.GM (SR), Sr.GM (Restg.), GM (Estt.)
and GM (EF), participated from the Management Side. In the
meeting, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, raised the
already been decided in the meeting held on 27.06.2014,
under the Chairmanship of Director (HR), the basis from
payment of PLI should be the National level productivity
of the Company and not the performance of the
Non-Executives, as is being wrongly interpreted by the
should clarify whether this PLI formula will be
made applicable only to the Non-Executives or to the
the new PLI formula, targets for not only excellent
grade but also for fair, good and very good grades should
also be there.
number of mobile connections given should also be made a
parameter to measure productivity.
‘Record of Discussion’, for each meeting of the PLI
Committee should be issued.
A very good discussion took place. The next meeting of the
Committee will be held on 12.03.2015. Management Side said
that they would convey their stand on the issues raised,
in the next meeting.
campaign at Kottayam, Kerala Circle.<<click
campaign at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<click
Successful “Save BSNL Save Nation” Convention held at
level convention at Agartala, NE1 Circle.<<click
ruled Rajasthan government wanted fly-over to be named
after Nathuram Godse.
is a matter of shame for the entire nation, that the BJP
government of Rajasthan was about to inaugurate a
fly-over, named after ‘Nathuram
Godse’, the murderer of Mahatma Gandhi. A
plaque carrying the name “Nationalist
Naturam Godse” was already fixed on the
fly-over. However, it was protested by the media. Fearing
trouble, thereafter, the District Collector ordered
removal of the plaque. It may be noted that some time
back, Sakshi Maharaj, an MP of the BJP, said that Nathuram
Godse was a Patriot.
Mahatma Gandhi stood for communal harmony, especially
between the Hindus and Muslims. It was for this reason
that he was murdered by Godse. Now, the BJP and the
Hindutva forces glorify Nathuram Godse. This a shame for
the entire nation.
by various circles in the March to Parliament.
CHQ has already informed
the number of comrades to be brought to Delhi, by various
circles, for the “March to the Parliament” to be held on
25.02.2015. However, some circles have expressed their
desire to bring more number of comrades for the rally. CHQ
informs that circles can bring more number of comrades
than the quota fixed for them, provided the accommodation
for such comrades can be arranged by the circles
themselves. Due to the non-availability of accommodation
in Delhi, CHQ can arrange accommodation only as per for
the quota informed by the CHQ.
inputs for finalizing new PLI formula.
The Staff Side had sought
for additional inputs in the last PLI Committee meeting.
It demanded details regarding the achievements of the
Company during the last three financial years. These
details are necessary for fixing targets. Accordingly, the
Management has provided the achievements of the Company
for the financial years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The
weightage points that the Management proposes to give for
each KPI is also indicated. All circle secretaries and
Central Office-bearers are requested to go through this
and send their views latest by 08.02.2015. Matter is
urgent. The next PLI committee meeting will be held on
BSNL Save Nation Convention held at Lucknow on 02.02.2015.<<<click
of seriousness in conducting circle level conventions.
CHQ is repeatedly
informing our circle unions to make all out preparations
for the successful launching of the indefinite strike from
17th March. Holding circle level conventions is a very
important part of the mobilization for the strike.
However, CHQ is sorry to make the observation that there
is lack of seriousness in holding this convention. So far
only 3 circles have conducted the convention. They are
Chennai, Tamil Nadu and UP (East). Punjab and Bihar
circles have fixed the dates for the convention. There is
no information to CHQ, from other circles in this regard.
Hence, CHQ requests all the remaining circles to
immediately fix the date and hold the convention.
Campaign programme started at Agartala, NE-I Circle.<<<click
signatures collected in Tamil Nadu handed over to the
collected in various districts of Tamil Nadu circle
were handed over to the All India leaders, who
addressed the Tamil Nadu convention held at Cuddalore
today, amidst tumultuous applause. In this, Salem district
alone had collected 50,000 signatures. The total quota of
signatures to be collected in Tamil Nadu is 9,00,000. The
Forum leaders of Tamil Nadu assured the National leaders
that this target will be achieved well within the target
date. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu comrades.
CHQ also requests all other circles to speed up the
collection of signatures, since this task has to be
completed by 25.02.2015.<<<view
Nadu circle conducts a massive convention to organise the
The Forum of Tamil Nadu
circle conducted a massive convention today the
30.01.2015, at Cuddalore. The convention was presided over
by all the circle presidents of the constituent unions.
Com.R.Sridhar, District Secretary, NFTE welcomed all.
The convention was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, General
Secretary, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, General
Secretary, NFTE, Com.K.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA
and com.P.Venugopal, President, AIBSNLEA. The convention
was also addressed by all the circle secretaries of the
constituent unions. All the leaders requested the
delegates of the convention to effectively organise the
"Save BSNL" campaign, collection of one crore signatures,
25th February March to Parliament and the Indefinite
Strike from 17-03-2015. Undoubtedly, this convention has
boosted the morale of the Tamil Nadu comrades to
effectively organise the indefinite strike.<<<view
Campaign programme started at WB Circle.<<<click
Circle Forum conducts a very effective convention.
The Forum, Chennai
circle, conducted a very effective convention today. The
convention is held in the sprawling Raja Annamali Mandram.
Com.C.K.Madhivanan, CS, NFTE, presided over the
convention. Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, BSNLEU, welcomed
everyone. Leaders of the Forum addressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
GS, BSNLEU, addressed the Convention and elaborately spoke
on the important demands on which the indefinite strike
from17-03-2015 is taking place. He also explained as to
how the successive governments at the Centre have taken
steps to weaken BSNL. The GS also called upon the leaders
and comrades to effectively conduct the "Save BSNL"
Campaign, as well as the signature campaign and also
mobilise maximum comrades for the March to Parliament. The
Convention was also addressed by com.Lingamurty, Dy.GS,
FNTO, Com.Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA and many
Campaign at Chennai Circle.<<<click
Campaign at Srikakulam, Andhra Pradeh Circle.<<<click
Campaign at Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu Circle.<<<click
Campaign at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu Circle.<<<click
Campaign at Raipur, Chhattisgarh Circle.<<<click
for the indefinite strike - plunge into action immediately
and send photos as well as reports for updating on CHQ
Dear comrades, the
indefinite strike is going to take place in BSNL from 17th
March, demanding immediate action by the government for
the revival of BSNL. This may be the last chance for us to
get the BSNL revived. So, this is a "Now or Never"
situation. We have to mobilise our entire strength and
resources, to ensure that the strike takes place
successfully. The Forum has already given call to conduct
a "Save BSNL Campaign", to create awareness among the
general public. Through the conducting of this campaign,
one crore signatures should also be collected from the
general public, in support of the revival of BSNL. It
means, signatures have got to be collected at the rate of
50 signatures per employee. This is not an unrealistic
target. But the time at our disposal is very less. The one
crore signatures are going to be handed over to the Prime
Minister's Office on 25.02.2015, i.e., the day on which
the March to Parliament will take place. Hence, CHQ calls
upon all the circle and district secretaries to
immediately plunge into action and to make the "Save BSNL
Convention", "collection of one crore signatures" and the
"Indefinite strike" a historic success. Being the biggest
constituent of the Forum, it is needless to say that the
circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU, should have a
very close coordination with the other constituents of the
Forum. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the circle and district
unions to immediately plunge into action and take all out
efforts to make the entire programme a success. With a
view to encourage our circle and district unions to plunge
into the preparations, CHQ will be updating the photos and
reports of "Save BSNL Convention" and "Signature Campaign"
on CHQ website. Comrades are requested to send photos and
spectrum auctioning is postponed to 4th March.
The auctioning of the 2G
and 3G spectrum by the government has been postponed.
Originally the auctioning was fixed to be held on 25th
February. But now, the date has been changed to 4th
March. This postponement is due to the fact that the
Ministry of Communications is still not able to fix the
All India Base Price for the 3G spectrum. The Narendra
Modi government is expecting to raise at least Rs.16,000
crore in 2014-15, through the sale of spectrum.
India's best known cartoonist, passed away.
best known cartoonist, R.K.Laxman, passed away yesterday
at Pune, at the age of 94. For over 50 years he had been
entertaining the Indian newspaper readers with his
creation of the "common man". R.K.Laxman was well known
for his political cartoons, through which he exposed the
hypocrisy of the political class. Further, in most of his
cartoons, R.K.Laxman highlighted the plight of the
marginalised and downtrodden sections of the people. The
nation has lost an artist with great creativity. BSNLEU
mourns the death of R.K.Laxman and pays it's respectful
homage to him.
Congress of the TUI PS is taking place at Kathmandu on
13th and 14th February, 2015.
The Twelth Congress of
the Trade Union International Public Services (TUI PS) is
taking place in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 13th and 14th
February, 2015. BSNLEU is an affiliate of the TUI PS. Four
delegates are allotted to BSNLEU to attend the 12th
Congress. Accordingly, com. Balbir Singh (President), com.
P. Abhimanyu (General Secretary), com. Swapan Chakraborty
(Deputy General Secretary) and com. Saibal Sengupta
(Treasurer) are participating in the Congress. The BSNLEU
delegation is leaving for Kathmandu on 12.02.2015.
Companies cannot mortgage spectrum – says DoT.
Private Telecom Companies
are consistently demanding that the government should
allow them to mortgage their spectrum to banks, for taking
loans. Spectrum is the asset of the nation. It is being
allotted to telecom companies for a specific period, for
which the companies pay spectrum fee to the government. As
such, government cannot allow any telecom company to
mortgage this spectrum, for any purpose. Still, the greedy
and profit hungry private telecom companies have been
lobbying that they should be allowed to mortgage spectrum.
Now, media report says that the DoT has decided not to
allow telecom companies to mortgage the spectrum allotted
Central Bank is giving $1.2 trillion bail-out to big
Governments of the
European countries have already given huge concessions and
bail-outs to the big Corporates, to enable them to come
out of the economic crises that started in 2008. At the
same time, these governments imposed wage-cut,
retrenchment, increasing of work-load, pension-cut, etc.,
on the working class, in the name of “austerity measures”.
The working class has gone in to a series of struggles in
all the European countries, against those anti-labour
“austerity” measures. Again the European Central Bank has
announced a stimulus (bail-out to the corporates) of 1.2
trillion US dollars on 22.01.2015. This stimulus is again
going to impose burdens on the European working class. It
must also be noted that it is the governments of these
developed European countries, which are dictating that the
Indian government should not give subsidies to the poor
Indian people. A crude joke indeed.
with Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD today. The GS
congratulated Shri Srivastava for his elevation as the CMD
BSNL and assured the fullest cooperation of BSNLEU, for
the revival of BSNL. The GS
thanked the CMD for holding a discussion with the unions
and associations on 09.02.2015, and requested that such
periodic meetings should take place, on the developmental
issues of BSNL. The CMD assured to do this. Further, the following issues were discussed with
Victimisations in Jamshedpur: - The attention of
the CMD was drawn to the victimizations that are taking
place in Jamshedpur SSA, by the Sr.GM of that SSA. The GS
requested the CMD to intervene and put an end to the
victimisations. The CMD assured to look into this and do
Non-payment of pension commutation and DCRG amounts in
Varanasi SSA:- The attention of the CMD was also
drawn to the non-payment of pension commutation and DCRG
amounts to the comrades of Varanasi, against whom
fabricated FIRs were filed by the erstwhile GM, Varanasi,
for their participation in trade union struggle. The CMD
assured to look into this and do the needful.
Rs.200/- SIM to the employees working in MTNL areas.
BSNLEU is continuously
urging the BSNL Management to provide Rs.200/- SIM to the
left out BSNL employees working in MTNL areas. Based on
our demand, the Corporate Office has requested the
concerned CGMs to provide the number of Non-Executives,
posted in MTNL service areas. However, the required
information is not sent by the CGMs. Hence, CHQ requests
the NTR, UP(West), Haryana and Maharashtra circle
secretaries to immediately arrange to send the
Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Odisha Circle held
arrested former Additional Private Secretary of Dayanidhi
Maran and Sun TV officials.
The CBI has arrested
V.Gowthaman, the former Additional Private Secretary of
Dayanidhi Maran yesterday. The arrest is made in
connection with the misuse of power by Dayanidhi Maran,
when he was the Minister of Communications, for illegally
provisioning 323 high speed telephone lines in his
residence at Chennai, which were utilised for commercial
purposes by the Sun TV, owned by the family of Dayanidhi
Maran. The CBI has also arrested the Chief Technical
Officer and another technical employee of the Sun TV. The
CBI enquiry in this case was initiated at the behest of
the former Telecom Minister, A.Raja. The Special CBI
Director, M.S.Sharma enquired the case and submitted his
report in September 2007. However, the report was kept in
cold storage by the UPA government, for political reasons.
impressive seminar held in the ongoing 4th
circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle.
As a part of the ongoing
4th circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle,
an impressive seminar, the theme of which was "Save BSNL,
Save Nation", was held yesterday the 21.01.2015. Com.Mohan
Reddy, circle president, presided over the session.
com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & Circle Secretary welcomed the
delegates as well as the guests and initiated the debate.
Almost all the circle secretaries of the Forum, as well as
the officers of BSNL participated in the seminar. A host
of leaders, including com.P.Asokababu, Vice-President
(CHQ), com.Ramachandradu, circle secretary, AIBDPA and
com.Sambasiva Rao (AIBDPA) were present in the seminar. A
very serious and constructive debate took place on
improvement of services at the circle level and revival of
BSNL at the All India level. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
participated in the discussion and exposed the pro-private
policies of the successive governments that came to power
at the Centre, as well as the misuse of power by the
ministers who went out of way to favour the private
operators. He called upon the employees to make the
indefinite strike an all out success, so that BSNL can be
salvaged. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, addressed and
explained the memorandum that has been submitted to the
government, giving proposals for the revival of BSNL. Com.
Chandrashekar Rao, CS, NFTE, com.Viswanath, CS, SNEA,
com.Srinivasa Reddy, CS, AIBSNLEA, com.Sampath Kumar, CS,
SNATTA, and com.Veerabhadra Rao, CS, AIGETOA
addressed the seminar and explained the steps to be taken
for the revival of BSNL. They also called upon the
employees to make the March to Parliament as well as the
indefinite strike a historic success. Shri
V.Srinivasan, CGM, Andhra Pradesh and shri K.V.
Satyanarayana, GM, East Godavari SSA addressed from the
Management side and placed their views. CHQ heartily
congratulates the AP circle union for organising a very
may impose "Swachh Bharat Tax" on Telecom services.
As per media reports, the
government is moving in the direction of imposing a new
tax on Telecom services called "Swachh Bharat Cess". In
this way, the government intends to create a corpus, to
fund the "Swachh Bharat" movement, launched by the Prime
Minister. However, levying of this new tax will raise the
tariff. It is learnt that the Attorney General has advised
the government, that it cannot levy the new tax, without
amending the Finance Act.
Committee meeting to be held on 10-2-2015.
BSNLEU, as well as the
Staff Side of the National Council, have been insisting
the Management to conduct the meeting of the Standing
Committee. The meeting is not held for a long time. Due to
our insistence, it was decided by the Management to hold
the meeting on 27-01-2015. However, subsequently it was
postponed, as per the request of some members of the Staff
Side. Now, it is decided to hold the meeting on
on revival of BSNL to be held on 09-02-2015.
BSNLEU has been
continuously demanding the BSNL Management to hold
periodic interactions with the unions and associations, to
discuss about the developmental activities of the Company.
BSNLEU is of the strong opinion that this will enable the
entire workforce to actively involve in the revival of the
Company. Sometime back, shri A.N.Rai, who was holding the
charge of CMD, assured BSNLEU to hold one such meeting. In
the meanwhile, the Forum also has given call to go on
indefinite strike, on the revival of BSNL. The Sr. GM (SR)
informed Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, today, that the
Management has decided to hold one such meeting on
09-02-2015. BSNLEU welcomes the decision of the
Management. It also wishes to state that this should not
be a one time affair, but a continuous process.
of discrimination in the matter of immunity from
transfers- GS, BSNLEU expressed his utter unhappiness over
the delay in implementing the decision of the National
continuously pressurising the Corporate Management to end
the glaring discrimination that is existing between the
office bearers of the Non-Executives and the Executives in
the matter of immunity from transfers. The earlier GM (SR)
was severely opposed to our demand. However, the issue was
taken up by the BSNLEU in the National Council meeting,
wherein the Director (HR) agreed to settle the issue.
Meanwhile, shri Shameem Akhtar has taken over as the
Sr.GM(SR). BSNLEU has approached him a number of times to
issue order, as per the decision taken in the National
Council. It is a matter of regret that no action has so
far been taken in the matter. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has
once again spoken to the SR. GM (SR) today and has
expressed his utter unhappiness over the delay in
implementing the decision of the National Council and has
demanded immediate issuing of the order.
Secretary addressed the Subjects Committee of AP circle
Secretary, addressed the subjects committee of the AP
circle conference yesterday evening. In his speech, the
General Secretary severely criticised the anti-Public
sector policies of the Narendra Modi government and also
the divisive policies of the RSS, as well as other
communal forces. He highlighted the united struggle of the
7 lakh coal workers and stated that more such united
struggles of the working class will take place in the days
to come, against the anti-people policies of the Modi
government. The General Secretary also explained about the
united struggle conducted by the JAC, and insisted that
this unity should further be strengthened. He also
explained about the status of the various issues of the
Pradesh Circle conference started enthusiastically at
The four day circle
conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle, started
enthusiastically at Rajahmundry today. Before the
Conference started, the leaders and delegates went in a
procession and garlanded the statue of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron,
com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle, com.P.Asokababu,
Vice-President (CHQ) and other leaders garlanded the
statue. Thereafter, the flag - hoisting took place.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, hoisted the National Flag
and com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, hoisted the Union
Red Flag. Thereafter, floral tributes were paid at
the martyr’s column. The inaugural session was presided
over by com.Mohan Reddy, circle president, and
Com.Sampathrao, circle secretary, welcomed every one.
The session was addressed by com.Narasigha Rao,
Vice-President, CITU, AP State, shri Murali Mohan, MP,
shri Butchaia Chowdhary, MLA, smt.Rajani Sesha Sai, Mayor,
Rajahmundry, shri Satyanarayana Rao,MLA, and
com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron addressed the session. In the
post - lunch session, the subjects committee started.<<view
with the GM (Estt.) in BSNL CO.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty,
Dy.GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) on 19.01.2015 and
discussed the following issues.
(i) Declaration of JTO
LICE result of Shri Poppat Pradipkmar, TTA, which has been
LDCE – Relaxation of 10th standard qualification to
appear the exam. - The GM (Estt.) has informed that
informations has been asked from the circles for number of
vacancies and number of eligible candidates who have 10th
standard. After receiving the said informations necessary
decision in this matter will be taken.
(iii) TTA LICE to notify and to arrange
qualifying screening test for non 10+2 TMs – The GM
(Estt.) informed that the case is pending in the Hon’ble
Supreme Court to the matter of qualifying exam for non
10+2 candidates. Meanwhile management will initiate for
conducting TTA LICE according to the RR.
of GPF, Leave encashment, death gratuity and other
pensionary benefits to 8 (eight) deceased RMs (adhoc) of
Darbhanga under Bihar circle – Necessary report is
called for from Bihar Circle in the matter.
with the DDG (Estt.), DoT on 19.01.2015.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty,
Dy.GS, met Shri R.K. Mishra, DDG (Estt.), DoT on
19.01.2015 and discussed the following issues.
for issuing Presidential Orders for about 110 TSMs who
were regularized on or after 01.10.2000, working in
different circles in BSNL – The DDG (Estt), DoT
assured to take immediate actions in the matter.
anomaly cases that have arisen in the 1st Wage Revision
– The DDG (Estt), assured that he will take necessary
initiative for processing the file immediately.
with the CHQ - comrades to note please:-
It is observed that of
late our comrades are sending photos and reports of
struggles to the CHQ, through "Whatsapp" to the General
Secretary. Undoubtedly, Whatsapp is an effective tool for
Communication. However, it cannot be the method of sending
reports and photos to the CHQ. When a large number of
comrades send photos and reports on the mobile of the GS,
through Whatsapp, it causes a big inconvenience. The best
method is to send them through the email, and if not, by
post. Circle Secretaries are requested to bring this to
the notice of the district and branch secretaries.
bats for private operators and insists 19% lower price for
TRAI has once again
insisted that the price of 3G spectrum should be fixed 19%
lower than the price determined by the auctioning held in
2010. It sounds bizarre that the TRAI wants the
price of the spectrum lesser than the price determined in
the auctioning held four years ago. It may be recollected
that the TRAI had earlier recommended that a portion of
900 MHz spectrum being held by BSNL should be taken away,
and be made available for the forthcoming auctioning.
Office Secretary, CHQ, bereaved.
CHQ is saddened to
know that shri K.K.Appu, father of com.T.A.Biju, Office
Secretary, CHQ, has passed away at 15:00 hrs today. CHQ
offers it's heartfelt condolences to com.T.A.Biju, as well
as to his family members.
approves the name of shri Anupam Srivastava as the CMD
Finally BSNL has a reason
to smile. It is going to get a full fledged CMD. Quoting
the PTI, the Economic Times has reported that the
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared the name
of shri Anupam Srivastava for the post of CMD BSNL. It may
be noted that the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB),
selected shri Anupam Srivastava for the post of CMD BSNL
in 2013 itself. However, thereafter his appointment was
deliberately delayed by the political bosses, as a result
of which BSNL is remaining headless for a long time.
Nadu circle conducts demonstrations, protesting the
inaction of the Corporate Management, to overcome the
acute shortage in SIM cards.
Acute shortage of SIM
cards is prevailing in many circles. This is seriously
affecting the expansion of BSNL, as well as the revenue of
the Company. For example, Tamil Nadu circle is not able to
provide 5.5 lakh mobile connections to the Tamil Nadu
Police Department, for which an agreement has already been
signed. CHQ is continuously and seriously taking up this
issue with the concerned authorities in the Corporate
Office. However, the voice of concern being raised by us,
has fallen in deaf ears. The Tamil Nadu Circle Union has
conducted demonstrations in all the SSAs yesterday the
13-01-2015, protesting the inaction of the Corporate
Management and also demanding immediate supply of SIM
cards. Fax messages are also being sent to the Additional
Secretary of the DoT, seeking the intervention of the
Ministry in this matter. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Tamil Nadu Circle Union.
India has finally turned into a profit making company.
Air India has been
running in loss for the past several years. In fact, Air
India was being cited as an example for the inefficiency
of the Public Sector of the country. However, finally, Air
India has turned into a profit making company. It has
recorded a profit of Rs.14.6 crore in December, 2014,
according to a PTI release dated 12.01.2015. This is an
encouraging news for the BSNL trade unions, which are
fighting for the revival of BSNL. When Air India can be
converted into a profit making company, why not BSNL?
for the 25th February Parliament March.
It is already informed,
that the Forum has decided to conduct a massive Parliament
March on 25.02.2015. The All India Centre meeting has
discussed this issue and has fixed quota for various
circles, for mobilisation. This is communicated through
the CHQ circular no.3. CHQ requests the circle secretaries
to fully implement the decision. In case any circle wishes
to mobilise more comrades, than what is decided by the All
India Centre, the same may be informed to the CHQ
immediately for arranging the accommodation for the
comrades to stay.<<<view
Committee meeting ends in deadlock.
Committee meeting was held yesterday the 09.01.2015. com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS,
NFTE and com. Mahabir Singh (NFTE) participated from Staff
Side. Shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR), Ms. Madhu Arora,
Sr. GM (Restg.) and Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt)
participated from Management Side. Discussion resumed on
the change of designation of the Sr. TOA cadre. In the
last meeting, the Staff Side has demanded “Superintendent”
designation for Sr. TOA, since Management was not prepared
to give the designations such as “Associate officer”,
“Manager” or Executive. In yesterday’s meeting also the
Management Side told that they cannot give
“Superintendent” designation also to the Sr. TOAs.
Especially, shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) firmly told that,
as a member of the Committee, he would not accept to give
the Superintendent designation to the Sr. TOAs. Thus, the
meeting ended in a deadlock, without any development.
on HR plan.
At the end of the
designations Committee meeting held yesterday the
09.01.2015, Management held a discussion with the Staff
Side on the proposed HR Plan of the Management. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, appreciated the Management for not
accepting the proposals made by the Deloittee Committee,
with regards to staffing norms. The representatives of
BSNLEU opposed the proposal to reduce the strength of Non-
Executives as well as JTOs and JAOs. They also criticised
the Management for outsourcing the various jobs of the
Company, which could be done by employees themselves. They
also told that the views of BSNLEU would be submitted
within a day or two.
ahead, after the successful three day dharna.
The three day dharna,
called on by the Forum, as a prelude to the indefinite
strike, has taken place very successfully in almost all
the circles. Especially, the leaders and cadres of BSNLEU
have taken up this program very seriously, and have worked
hard to make it a success. CHQ heartily congrats every one
for doing this excellent job. Every where, the employees
have also responded well to the call. This shows the
resolve of the ordinary worker to defend BSNL. This only
indicates that the indefinite strike will be a grand
success. Now, we have to move ahead with the next stage of
the program. Holding the "Save BSNL Campaign" in every
nooks and corners of all the towns and cities, collection
of one crore signatures and conducting the circle level
conventions are the next stage of the program. CHQ
requests all the circle and district unions to concentrate
on these works and implement the program successfully.
day dharna held at BSNL Corporate Office, despite a very
The third and final day
dharna was also successfully held at BSNL Corporate Office
today the 08.01.2015. Despite a very bad weather, a good
number of comrades participated in today's dharna. During
lunch hour, leaders of the constituents addressed the
gathering. Com. Balbir Singh, President, participated in
today's dharna at Corporate Office and addressed the
gathering on behalf of BSNLEU.
<<<Views of dharna>>>
requests circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers to
send their views on the HR Plan.
Corporate Office has
provided our Union with a paper on "Man power Plan" and
"Staffing Norms". The paper has already been uploaded on
CHQ website on 29-12-2015 itself. CHQ has also requested
our comrades to send their views on the issue. So far CHQ
has not received any response on this, from any one. This
is unfortunate. Views of the field units will enable CHQ
to take a clear view on the issue. Hence, CHQ requests all
the circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers to study
the paper and send their views to the CHQ within two days.
CHQ has to submit it's view to the Management without
meeting discusses preparations for the indefinite strike
and connected program.
A meeting of the Forum
was held yesterday the 07.01.2015, and reviewed the
preparations for the indefinite strike and connected
program. The meeting decided that:-
The "Save BSNL campaign" should be effectively organised.
It was pointed out with concern, by some leaders in the
meeting, that this campaign has not even started in most
of the circles.
The task of collecting one crore signatures should also
start immediately and in right earnest, so that the
signatures can be submitted to the Prime Minister's Office
on 25-02-2015, i.e., on the day of the March to
Parliament. The collected signatures should reach the
Convener, Forum, by 15.02.2015.
The Mobilisation by various unions and associations for
the March to the Parliament was discussed. BSNLEU assured
that it would mobilise 1750 comrades from all the circles.
Holding the Circle level conventions, to organise the
strike, should be completed promptly. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
BSNLEU, is entrusted with the responsibility of
coordinating with the constituents of BSNLEU in this
It was decided to hold lunch hour demonstrations
throughout the country, on 08-01-2015, in support of the
coal workers strike.
CHQ requests all circle and district secretaries to
meticulously implement the decisions of the Forum.
with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Annie Moraes,
Member Finance of the Telecom Commission
and discussed the following issues.
of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger.
The leaders pointed out
that this issue is lingering on for a very long time
without any settlement and that the pensioners have become
frustrated. The Member (Finance) told that the matter is
getting the serious attention of the Ministry, and told
that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the
Cabinet, is getting finalised.
Reimbursement of the salary
paid to the BSNL employees, working with the DoT.
It was pointed out by the
leaders that a big amount has become due, to be paid to
the BSNL by the DoT. This is on account of the salary
already paid by the BSNL to the employees deputed to DoT.
It was demanded that this amount should immediately be
paid by the DoT. The Member (Finance) assured that the
needful would be done.
Reimbursement of GPF advance
amount paid by BSNL.
The issue is already
discussed with the Member (Finance), by BSNLEU, a few
months back. However, it was pointed out that still delay
is there in some circles, in reimbursing the amount spent
by BSNL, for payment of GPF advance. The Member (Finance)
assured to do the needful.
dharna took place in the BSNL Corporate Office.
As per the call of the
Forum, a very good dharna took place at the BSNL Corporate
Office today. BSNLEU has taken special efforts to mobilise
comrades for today’s dharna. As per the decision of the
All India Centre, more than 100 comrades of UP (West)
circle participated in today’s dharna, who have come from
Ghaziabad, Noida, Meerut, Aligarh and Moradabad. CHQ
heartily congratulates the UP (West) comrades. The dharna
was addressed by leaders of the Forum, including com.
V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
com. K. Sebastin, GS (SNEA), com. Parhalad Rai, GS,
AIBSNLEA, com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, com.
Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and com. V.K. Thomar, AGS, BSNL MS.
All the leaders expressed their determination to make the
dharna, called on by the Forum started.
The 3 day dharna program,
called on by the Forum, demanding immediate steps by the
government for the revival of BSNL, started in right
earnest throughout the country today, the 06.01.2015. As
per information received by the CHQ, a large number of
Non-Executives and Executives are participating in the
dharna in all SSAs and circles. CHQ requests the
circle/district secretaries to send report and photos.
ows Rs.70 crore to BSNL, on account of salaries paid by
BSNL, to the employees deputed to DoT.
A good number of BSNL
employees have been deputed to DoT Cell, TERM Cell etc.
BSNL continues to pay salary to these employees. So far
DoT has not reimbursed this amount to BSNL, which comes to
Rs.70 crore. This is another example of how BSNL is being
exploited. BSNLEU will take up this issue with the
on "Change of Designations" to be held on 09-01-2015.
The Restructuring Branch
of the Corporate Office has notified to hold a meeting of
the Committee on "Change of Designations" on 09.01.2015.
Some breakthrough is expected to be made in this meeting
with regards to the new designations of the cadres of Sr.
TOA and TTA.
top most priority to the "Save BSNL Campaign" and
collection of one crore signatures.
The Forum has already
given call to collect one crore signatures from the
public, by way of conducting save BSNL campaigns,
throughout the country. CHQ has received reports about
collection of signatures from some circles. But no report
is received from any circle about the "save BSNL
campaign". Conducting of this campaign, among the public,
is very essential to educate the people about the need for
the existence of BSNL. BSNLEU, being the largest constituent of the Forum, has to take initiative
for holding "save BSNL campaign" as well as collection of
one crore signatures, by appropriately coordinating with
the other constituents of the Forum. Hence, circle and
district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to give top
most priority to these works.
of report on the one day strike held on 27-11-2014.
CHQ has already requested
all the circle secretaries to furnish the district wise
figures of the one day strike, that took place on
27.11.2014. The CHQ has also sent a proforma, in which the
figures are to be given. However, 13 circles have so far
not sent the report. Since it is getting inordinately
delayed, the remaining circles are also requested to send
the report within a few days.
Secretary, Almora, Uttarakhand, passed away.
CHQ is saddened to
know that com.Pan Singh Bisht, District Secretary, BSNLEU,
Almora, Uttarakhand, has passed away today. Com.Bisht was
suffering from lung cancer. CHQ pays its respectful homage
to the departed comrade, and heartfelt condolences to the
family members, comrades and friends.
amount paid to class III, IV staff cannot be
recovered, says Supreme Court.
Recovery of excess amount
paid to Class-III and Class-IV employees, due to
employer's mistake, is not permissible in law, the Supreme
Court has ruled. Saying that it would cause extremely
harsh consequences to them who are totally dependent on
their wages to run their family, observed the Court. The
Apex Court has said that employees of lower rung service
spend their entire earning in the upkeep and welfare of
their family, and if such excess payment is allowed to be
recovered from them, it would cause them far more
hardship, than the reciprocal gains to the employer. A
bench of Justice JS Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra also
directed that an employer cannot recover excess amount in
case of a retired employee or one who is to retire within
one year and where recovery process is initiated five
years after excess payment.
circle conference of BSNLEU, ALTTC.
The 5th Circle
Conference of BSNL Employees Union, ALTTC, was held
yesterday, the 26th December, 2014, in the
Student Hall, ALTTC, Ghaziabad. Com. R.S. Chauhan, Circle
President, presided over the conference. Com. R.S. Sagar,
Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities. The
open session of the conference was addressed by Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, Patron, Shri Mahesh Seth, PGM, ALTTC, Com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU. In his speech, the
Deputy General Secretary vividly explained the various
issues connected with the employees as well as BSNL. He
also exposed the anti-people policies of the BJP govt. and
the danger of communal harmony.<<view
the Public Campaign" is renamed as "Save BSNL Campaign".
The Forum has already
decided to conduct a massive "Meet the Public Campaign"
and also to collect one crore signatures from the people.
The meeting of the Forum, which took place on 19.12.2014,
has decided to rename this campaign as "Save BSNL
Campaign", so that our message of saving BSNL, will be
effectively conveyed to the people. Circle and District
Secretaries are requested to note this and conduct the
gave presentation on ERP.
Accepting the demand of
the Staff Side, that a presentation should be given to the
Unions and Associations on ERP, the Management organised
the same today the 23.12.2014. The presentation was given
by Shri Raman Agarwal, GM (ERP) and his team of officers
from the ERP center at Ghaziabad. From the Staff Side,
com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS,
NFTE, com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL
MS participated in the presentation. The presentation was
very useful and informative.
Responding to the
question raised by the Staff Side leaders, the GM (ERP)
replied that making the employees surplus is not the aim
of the ERP, but it is aimed at the better utilization of
the resources, as well as manpower of the Company. The
leaders demanded that the Non-Executives should also be
given training, for the implementation of the ERP. This
was accepted by the Management Side. The leaders also
pointed out that the Management should take enough
precautionary steps, so that the employees do not face
difficulties at the time of implementation of ERP in the
circles. The Management Side assured that needful would be
done in this regard.
the three day dharna programme effectively from 6th to 8th
The Forum of BSNL Unions and
Associations has given call to conduct a three day dharna
programme from 6th to 8th January, 2015. This dharna
programme should be organised very effectively, with
maximum participation by the employees. Circle and
District secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take
initiative, as well as to coordinate with the other
constituents of the Forum, and make the dharna programme a
Chhiddu Singh, former AGS, BSNLEU, passed away.
CHQ is extremely
shocked to inform that com. Chhiddhu Singh, a veteran
leader, as well as the former Assistant General Secretary
of our Union, has passed away today, due to heart attack.
His funeral is taking place today evening. CHQ leaders are
attending the funeral. We dip our banner and pay our
respectful homage to the departed leader. We also convey
our heartfelt condolences to the family members, relatives
and friends of com. Chhiddu Singh.
Adesh Kumar Gupta out of BSNL – CMD urged.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri A.N. Rai, CMD
yesterday the 14.12.2014 and demanded the immediate
repatriation of Adesh Kumar Gupta, the former GM of
Ghaziabad, to DoT. The leaders told the CMD that the CBI
has raided the houses and offices of Adesh Kumar Gupta and
have found evidences for large scale swindling of money,
misuse of power, running of many companies without getting
proper permission from BSNL and so on. The CMD assured
that a report would be called for from the CGM, UP (West)
on the matter immediately, and that appropriate action
would be taken. CHQ will continue to put pressure on the
Management to throw Adesh Kumar Gupta out of BSNL.
Secretary addressed the Tamil Nadu circle conference of
The 2 day Tamil Nadu
circle conference of AIBDPA started at Vellore today. The
Conference was inaugurated by com.Sukumaran, General
Secretary, CITU, Tamil Nadu. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General
Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the Conference. In his
speech, com. P.Abhimanyu, explained the various issues of
the BSNL and DoT pensioners, including the pension
revision, based on 78.2 % IDA merger, which is one of the
important issues on which the Forum has given call for the
indefinite strike from 17-03-2015. He also exposed the
anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, as
well as the evil designs of the Sang Parivar, which is
dividing the people on communal lines. Com. A.Babu
Radhakrishnan, CS, BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle and
Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, BSNLEU, Chennai Circle, also
addressed the Conference.<<view
Day conducted at BSNL Corporate Office.
Lunch hour demonstration
was held at BSNL Corporate Office today the 11.12.2014 to
observe Demands Day. Almost the entire Executives and
Non-Executives of BSNL Corporate Office participated in
the demonstration. The gathering was addressed by com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener,
Forum, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and President
Forum, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. A.A. Khan,
Circle Secretary, SNEA and com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA.
The demonstration was also attended by com. Balbir Singh,
President, BSNLEU, com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, BSNLEU,
com. John Verghese, AGS, BSNLEU , com. M.C. Balakrishna,
AGS and R.S. Chauhan Org.Secretary<<view
“Meet the Public” campaign today.
As per the call of the
Forum, “Meet the Public”
Campaign, as well as
collecting of one crore signatures are to start
today the 11.12.2014. There is a general feeling among the
public that the services of BSNL are not good only because
the employees are not working properly. Hence it is our
duty to explain to them, how the government is
systematically killing BSNL, to benefit the private
telecom companies. It is very essential to win over the
support of the people for safeguarding BSNL. So, unleash
the Meet the Public Campaign is a big way. It starts from
today and shall go on till campaign is done among the
people in each and every town and city in a massive
manner. Naturally, being the biggest Union in the Forum,
BSNLEU has to take initiative and coordinate with all the
constituents of Forum, for the success of the program.
one crore signatures.
Forum has decided to
collect a minimum of one crore signatures from the public,
in support of the revival of BSNL. These signatures are to
be collected from the public during the Meet the Public
campaign. Some comrades may feel that collecting one crore
signatures is impossible. But, the All India Insurance
Employees Association (AIIEA), a comparatively smaller
organisation, has collected one crore signature many years
ago. Infact, the 2,40,000 BSNL Non-Executives and
Executives can collect much more signatures. The collected
signatures will be submitted to the Prime Minister in the
March to Parliament, to be held on 25.02.2015. Hence,
start collecting the signatures immediately, with all
take in the Sports Board Meeting held on 10th
Kit allowance for All India Events increased from
Rs.2,000/- to Rs.2,500/- and for National events it is
increased from Rs.2,500/- to Rs.3,000/-.
(ii) Events will be increased from the present 7
to 12 on getting inputs from circles and the unions.
(ii) For Sports Recruitment inputs from various
circle and Unions will be called for. Recruitment will
be done in Group C cadre as per Sports recruitment
(iv) Incentives will be given to 1st 2nd &
3rd place holders at National events.
(v) All India Cricket Tournament will be held on
(vi) National Team will be declared at the All
India meet itself.
(vii) Technical delegates will be sent as per
homage to com. K.G. Bose on his 40th death
years have passed since com. K.G. Bose left us. But he
continues to be the beckon light of the Telecommunication
and Postal trade union movements. On this day, while
cherishing the ideals of com. K.G. Bose, we shall resolve
to proceed in the path shown by him for the betterment of
the working masses. Red salutes to com. K.G. Bose.
of the Designations Committee meeting.
The meeting of the
Designations Committee is held today the 10.12.2014. The
meeting was attended by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir
Singh, President and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President,
from BSNLEU and by com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, and com.
Mahabir Singh from NFTE. Prolonged discussions took place
in respect of change of designations of Sr.TOA and TTA.
The Staff Side demanded, Junior Engineer designation for
the cadre of TTA. The Management Side told that this would
be discussed in the their internal meeting and decision
would be informed in the next meeting. As regards, the
cadre of Sr.TOA, Management Side was not prepared to
consider the demand of Associate Officer, Manager and
Executive. Finally, after holding a discussion among
themselves, the Staff Side demanded that the designation
of ‘Telecom Associate’ can be given to the Sr.TOAs at the
entry level, and the designation of ‘Superintendent’
should be given to them, who are placed in the NE-9, 10,
11 & 12 pay scales. The Management Side told that this
would also be discussed in their internal meeting, and
that the decision would be conveyed in the next meeting of
the Designations Committee meeting to be held on
Demands Day powerfully.
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations has given call to observe Demands Day
tomorrow the 11.12.2014, by holding lunch hour
demonstrations, on the issue of revival of BSNL. Forum has
also decided to conduct many program, including indefinite
strike from 17.03.2015. Hence, circle and district
secretaries are requested to organise lunch hour
demonstrations very effectively, in coordination with the
other constituents of the Forum, and to fully explain the
charter of demands of the Forum, on revival of BSNL.
views on proposals given by the Management for evolving
The next meeting of the
PLI Committee is to be held on 09.12.2014. Management has
already provided to us, with their proposals for measuring
the performance. They include the achievements of BSNL in
2013-14, in respect of landline, Broadband connections
given, duration within which connections are
provided/faults are attended, etc. Based on these, the
targets to be achieved in 2014-15 are also given. These
details are already updated on CHQ website on 24.07.2014
itself. However, so far CHQ has not received any comment
from our comrades. Hence, it is requested that
circle/district secretaries and Central office-bearers may
give their comments by 08.12.2014, to help CHQ to take a
final view on these issues.<<view
of today’s PLI Committee meeting.
A meeting of the PLI
Committee is held today the 09.12.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu
and com. Islam Ahmed, Staff Side members of the Committee,
participated. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, was
The Staff Side members
strongly insisted that the new PLI scheme should be based
on National level productivity of the Company, as was
agreed, to in the meeting held between the Director (HR)
and the JAC, on 27.06.2014. The Staff Side demanded that
the achievement in respect of mobile connections should be
included, and CDMA connections should be dropped, from the
Key Parameter Indicators (KPIs). This was accepted.
Further the Staff Side demanded that the details regarding
achievements of the Company, for the financial years of
2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 should be provided, so that
the targets for the coming years can be fixed. Management
Side assured to furnish these inputs shortly. It was
decided to hold the next meeting of the Committee on
Muralidharan Nair, former AGS, retired.
Muralidharan Nair, former AGS of our Union retired on
superannuation on 30.11.2014, after completing more than
40 years of meritorious service. As AGS of the Union, com.
Muralidharan Nair has played a major role in formulating
major policy decisions of the Union. An elaborate farewell
meeting is being organised for him at Trivandrum on 18th
December, 2014, which will be addressed by com. Kodiyeri
Balakrishnan, former Home Minister of Kerala. CHQ wishes a
long, healthy and active life for com. Muralidharan Nair.
with shri Anupam Srivastava, Director ( CM ), on expansion
of BSNL's mobile networks.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, met shri Anupam Srivastava, Director
(CM) yesterday the 08-12-2014, and expressed their concern
over the slow pace of expansion of BSNL's mobile networks,
as a result of which the Company is lagging behind in it's
competition with the private operators. The Director (CM)
told the leaders that under the phase 7 expansion, 9
million lines are already rolled out, and another 10
million line roll out is under process. He also assured
that in the phase 8 expansion, which will start in 2015,
importance will be given to data services. The leaders
requested the Director (CM) that the Management should
have a regular interaction with the representatives of the
employees, regarding the developmental activities of
the Company, to which the Director (CM) responded
opposed the outsourcing of call centre services, related
to Landline and Broadband connections.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, met shri N.K.Gupta, Director
(CFA) yesterday the 08-12-2014, and expressed their strong
protest for the outsourcing of call centre services,
related to Landline and Broadband connections. The leaders
also recorded their strong objection, for not consulting
the Recognised Unions , before outsourcing these services.
They also pointed out that 70 SR. TOAs who had been
manning these services, have become surplus in Chennai. A
letter in this regard was handed over to the Director
(CFA). BSNLEU will continue fight against such unwanted
outsourcing of BSNL's services.
Das, Sr.GM (BFCI) is selected as Director (Finance).
BSNL's Director (Finance)
post is lying vacant since November, 2013. The Public
Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) conducted the selection
yesterday the 08-12-2014,to fill up this post. 10 persons
appeared in the selection. Smt.Yojna Das, who is presently
SR. GM (BFCI) is selected for the post. She will take over
as the next Director (Finance) of BSNL soon. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates smt. Yojna Das.
protests BSNL's senior counsel's continuous absence in the
JTO LICE case in Chennai High Court.
On 03-12-2014, BSNLEU
strongly protested to the BSNL Management, about the
non-cooperation of BSNL's senior counsel, in the Tamil
Nadu JTO LICE case, being heard in the Chennai High Court.
BSNL's senior counsel did not appear the court to argue
the case on 03-12-2014. Yesterday, again he did not appear
the court to argue the case. Thus, the case is getting
unnecessarily prolonged. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.)
yesterday the 08.12.2014, and conveyed their strong
displeasure over this .The GM (Estt.) assured to take up
the issue with the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle.
concrete action to stop the damaging of BSNL's OFC and
copper cables by outside agencies"- BSNLEU tells the
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS, in their meeting with the
Director (CFA) today, demanded that BSNL should take stern
action to stop BSNL’s OFC and copper cables from being
damaged by the outside agencies like PWD, etc.
BSNL's OFC is being damaged on a large scale due to road
widening projects, etc., as a result of which network
failure happens on a big scale. Similarly, BSNL's copper
cables are also being damaged extensively by various
agencies. The Director (CFA) assured to take appropriate
district wise strike particulars to the CHQ by 15.12.2014.
The JAC has decided to
make a detailed assessment of the one day strike, with
district wise particulars, in the next meeting to be held
on 20.12.2014. Hence, all the circle secretaries are
requested to send a written report to the CHQ, with
district wise particulars, by 15.12.2014. The particulars should include total
number of Non-Executives in the SSA, number of employees
joined the strike, number of employees went on leave and
number of employees performed duty. Circle
Secretaries are requested to treat this as most urgent.
decides to take up the 30% Superannuation benefits demand
of the Direct Recruited employees.
Forum is taking up only
issues connected with the revival of BSNL. Normally, Forum
does not take up the economic demands of the employees.
The one exception to this was the 78.2% IDA merger issue.
Forum took it up in view of the gravity of the issue.
Still Forum is trying to get 78.2% IDA merger settled for
the pensioners. In today’s Forum meeting, com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU suggested that the “30%
Superannuation benefits” issue of the Direct Recruited
Employees should be taken up by the Forum, in view of the
fact that BSNL is violating the Central Cabinet decisions,
on the issue of pensionary benefits to the BSNL’s directly
recruited employees. The demand of GS, BSNLEU was accepted
by the Forum. Now, this issue will also be included in the
charter of demands for the Indefinite Strike.
Demands Day successfully on 11.12.2014.
It is the decision of the
Forum of Unions and Associations to observe
Demands Day on 11.12.2014, on the issue of revival of
BSNL. As per the decision, Lunch hour demonstrations should be conducted,
highlighting the demands of the Forum, contained in the
notice for Indefinite Strike, for the revival of BSNL. CHQ
calls upon the circle and district unions to effectively
organize the Demands Day on 11.12.2014.
decides to collect one crore signature from public, in
support of the revival of BSNL.
The Forum meeting held
today the 05.12.2014 has taken the landmark decision to
collect one crore signature from the public, in support of
the revival of BSNL. Peoples support is very crucial for
the revival of BSNL. The Forum has also decided to conduct
a “Meet the Public” programme from 11.12.2014 onwards. The
one crore signatures are to be collected during this “meet
the public” program. As per the decision, each employee in
BSNL has to collect at least 50 signatures from the
public, to achieve the target of collecting one crore
signature. Let us massively mobilize public support in
favour of BSNL’s revival. These signatures will be
submitted to the Prime Minister, on the day of the
March to Parliament, to be held on 25.02.2015.
Let us swing into action and collect one crore signature.
of the Indefinite Strike changed.
The date of the
Indefinite Strike, on the revival of BSNL, has been
changed to 17.03.2015. The Forum meeting, held
today the 05.12.2014, has taken this decision, with a view
to make more time available for the preparations for the
Indefinite Strike. According to the revised schedule, the
March to Parliament program will be held on 25.02.2015,
during the budget session of the Parliament.
decides to hold massive conventions in all circles.
The Forum meting held
today the 05.12.2014, has decided to hold massive
conventions in all Circles, during the months of January
and February, to make the Indefinite Strike a historic
success. All circle secretaries are requested to organize
the conventions in coordination with other constituents of
the Forum, as well as with the CHQ of BSNLEU.
meeting today to plan campaign program for the indefinite
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations is meeting today at New Delhi, to chalk
out the campaign program to effectively organise the
indefinite strike from 03.02.2014, called on the issue of
revival of BSNL.
protest day conducted with massive participation.
With a view to mobilise
the Indian working class against the anti-worker and
anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, the
Central Trade Unions gave call to observe National Protest
Day today the 05.12.2014. This programme is being
organized massively throughout the country. As a part of
this program, the Central Trade Unions conducted a massive
dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi today. Thousands of
workers participated in this dharna and raised slogans
against the pro-rich and anti-poor policies of the
government. Leaders of all the eleven Central Trade Unions
addressed the huge gathering. CHQ leaders and comrades of
the Corporate Office participated in the dharna.<<views
of the dharna>>
V.R. Krishna Iyer passes away – BSNLEU pays respectful
has reported that justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, eminent
jurist has passed away. He was popular for the many
landmark judgements that he had given, which are having
far-reaching implications in politics and the society as a
whole. He was a great humanitarian. In 1952, he was
elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly; in 1957, he
became a minister in the first Communist government in
Kerala, serving until 1959. Having been the minister of
law, power, prisons, irrigation and social welfare in
the Government of Kerala, he was instrumental in bringing
about many significant changes in these sectors. In 1973,
he was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India,
he is the last but one Supreme Court judge to have
previously served as a politician. He was conferred with Padma
Vibhushan in the year 1999. Recently, his 100th birth day
was celebrated. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to
justice V.R. Krishna Iyer.
circle secretary of ETP circle, wrote to the Management,
demanding to cut the salary of the employees who
participate in the one day strike.
NFTE circle secretary of
ETP circle, had written to the CGM of ETP circle,
demanding to apply the principle of "No pay for no work",
against the employees who participate in the one day
strike, held on 27.11.2014. Further, she had requested the
CGM to keep all the offices open on the day of the strike,
and also to provide "protection" for the "loyal workers"
who come to work. The All India leadership of NFTE, being
part of the JAC, has played a significant role in
organising the united struggle successfully all over the
country. But, one circle union of NFTE had asked the
Management to impose wage cut on the employees. Further,
it was this circle secretary of NFTE, who disrupted
BSNLEU’s All India Conference at Kolkata, by mobilising
goondas of the Trinamool Congress. Undoubtedly, this
person is a shame for the trade union movement.<<view
National Protest Day programme on 5th December,
2014, as called on by the Central Trade Unions.
The National Convention
of Workers, called on by all the eleven Central Trade
Unions, at New Delhi, on 15th September, 2014, decided to
observe a National Protest Day programme on 5th December,
2014 through massive joint demonstrations in all state
capitals. The 7th All India Conference of BSNL Employees
Union held at Kolkata from 6 – 9 September, 2014, resolved
to extends it’s full support to the programme of action to
reverse the anti-worker, anti-people policies of the
government and also to protect the interest of the nation and the people. CHQ
appeals to all employees in BSNL to make the National
Protest Day on 5th December, 2014 a grand success, by
participating in the joint demonstrations massively and
also to prepare for further struggles.
historic strike – CHQ salutes all the comrades.
Yesterday’s one day
strike has been a resounding success. The strike is near
total in many circles. In most of the other circles, the
strike is very successful. CHQ salutes the entire leaders
and cadres who had toiled hard to make the strike a
historic success. However, it is a matter of great regret
that the strike has not taken place in Gujarat and Jammu &
Kashmir circles. When the employees of all other circles
go on strike, it is not proper on the part of the leaders
and employees of these two circles that they did not join
the strike. CHQ has not received any information about the
strike from NTR, Telecom Factory (Mumbai) and Inspection
Circles, despite sending reminder.
Non-Executives have created history.
It is heartening to note
that the one day strike by the Non-Executives is a total
success in most of the circles. In many places, not even a
single Non-Executive employee has entered the office. The
Non-Executives have created history. Circle Secretaries
are requested to kindly send photos to the CHQ
immediately, for uploading on website.
Strike began, Red salutes to the comrades.
The Historic One Day
Strike has began. The 1, 86,000 Non-Executives have shown
to the Management that they cannot be befooled any more
and taken for granted. This is only a warning signal to
the incompetent BSNL Management. If they do not wake up,
more serious actions will follow. JAC conveys it’s hearty
congrats to all the leaders and comrades.
powerful demonstrations in work places.
shall be organized at work places tomorrow the 27.11.2014,
highlighting the genuine demands of the Non-Executives.
Sufficient publicity may be given in the media for the
thanks SNEA and AIBSNLEA.
JAC has sought the
support and solidarity of both the Executive Organisations,
viz., SNEA and AIBSNLEA. Both the organisations have
extended their support and solidarity. Circle and District
Secretaries are requested to coordinate with SNEA and
AIBSNLEA, for the grand success of the one day strike.
with the RLC failed.
The Regional Labour
Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation meeting
between the JAC and BSNL Management today. No issue was
settled in this conciliation, since the Management
continued to be adamant. Thus, the conciliation ended
without any result. The next date for conciliation is
fixed as 05.01.2015.
held with Management failed. Go ahead with the strike with
Talks were held between
the JAC and the Management at 1700 hrs, yesterday the
25.11.2014. Neither the Director (HR), nor any Director of
the Board was present in the talks. This is the
seriousness that Management is having in respect of the
strike of 1,86,000 Non-Executive employees. Not even a
single issue was settled in the talks. Those who were
present in the talks from the Management side, were very
casual in respect of settlement of the problems. The JAC
meeting, which was held after the talks, unanimously
decided to go ahead with the strike. Circle and district
unions are requested to organise the strike with full
strength and make it 100% success. Meet each and every
employee in the work spot and motivate them to participate
in this historic struggle.
with the RLC is to take place today.
The Regional Labour
Commissioner has invited both the JAC and the Management
for conciliation today, at 1100 hrs. A miracle is not
likely to happen, since the Management is very adamant.
Outcome of the conciliation will be communicated
immediately after it is over. Carry on with the
preparations for the strike.
greets the newly elected All
India office-bearers of SNATTA.
The All India Conference
of SNATTA was held at Kolkata on 23.11.2014. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the open session and explained
about the ways and means to overcome the ongoing crisis of
BSNL. While explaining the steps taken by BSNLEU and the
JAC to resolve the problems of the DRTTAs, the GS strongly
pleaded them to join enmasse the one day strike by JAC to
be held on 27.11.2014. BSNLEU greets com. R. Khanna, com.
Anoop Mukherjee and com. Sunil Gautam, who are elected as
President, General Secretary and Dy. General Secretary
to be held between the JAC and the Management today.
Talks are being held between
the JAC and the Management at 1700 hrs. today the
25.11.2014, on the 30 point charter of demands. CHQ wishes
to inform that the strike will definitely take place, if
Management does not come up with a settlement for the
demands. Preparations for the strike should continue to go
on with full tempo.
two more days left for the historic strike.
Dear comrades, only two
more days are left for the historic one day strike to be
held on 27.11.2014. It is historic because, for the first
time after the formation of BSNL, a united strike,
consisting almost all the unions and associations of the
Non-Executives, is taking place for the settlement of the
most genuine problems of the Non-Executives. CHQ requests
all the leaders and comrades to meet each and every
employee of BSNL and make the strike a total success.
of accommodation in K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi.
Accommodation is being
provided to our comrades in K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi.
The demand for providing accommodation is increasing fast.
While decision is already taken to arrange more number of
rooms, we have also to consider the request of maximum
number of comrades. It is observed that at present
requests being received for providing accommodation up to
10 days at a stretch. In view of the limited number of
rooms available, it is informed that accommodation can be
provided for three days only. Extension for more number of
days will be done based on availability of vacant rooms.
This will help us to provide accommodation to maximum
number of comrades. Circle and District Secretaries are
requested to keep this in mind, while forwarding requests
to the CHQ.
of the JAC meeting held at New Delhi on 18-11-2014.
A meeting of the National
level JAC was held at New Delhi today the 18-11-2014. The
meeting was presided over by Com . Chandeswar Singh,
President of the JAC. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC,
welcomed every one and briefed the house regarding the
preparations done so far to conduct the strike
effectively. The meeting reviewed the preparations being
made in various circles in this regard. After detailed
discussions, the following decisions are taken
1) Reports received
from various circles are very encouraging and show that
preparations are going on very seriously in all circles.
JAC requests that the remaining days should also be
utilised to make the strike 100% successful.
2) The lunch
hour demonstrations and gate meetings, to be held
on 20-11-2014, should be organised massively, since it
will help to make the strike successful.
3) It was decided
that the strike shall be a stay - out strike, and it will
take place from 0000 hrs to 0000 hrs on 27-11-2014.
demonstrations should take place in front of all the
offices on the day of the strike, ie., on 27-11-2014. This
will take the message to the people about our strike.
5) It is decided
that the JAC should give appeal to all the associations of
the Executives, requesting them to extend cooperation and
solidarity. This appeal should be given at the All India,
Circle and District levels.
recovery: Corporates are disappointed.
corporates and their media
were painting a rosy picture before the Parliament
elections, that the country’s economy will be revived if
Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister. But the Economic
Times, the mouth piece of the corporates, has published a
news today the 17.11.2014, that the initial euphoria, that
arose after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in
May, has started to fade away. The ET has given an example
that the sale of passenger vehicle this year will be 2
lakh lesser than the vehicles sold in 2012. This is
happening despite the steep fall in the fuel price.
Narendra Modi is also following the same Neo Liberal
Policies followed by the Congress, and soon it is going to
be proved that he has no solution for the economic
problems of the country.
not close down loss making / sick PSUs.
It is reliably learnt
that the Narendra Modi government has taken steps for the
closure of PSUs like Hindustan Photo Films, HMT Watches,
Hindustan Cables, Thungabatra Steel, etc. These closure is
being done under the pretext that these PSUs have become
sick. It is also reported that the govt. has planned to
close down another 15 loss making PSUs in the next round.
We know how the profit making BSNL was converted into a
loss making PSU. Thus, PSUs become loss making or sick
only because of the anti-PSU policies of the government.
Hence, the govt. should take appropriate steps to revive
the loss making/sick PSUs, instead of closing them down.
circle and district level JACs tomorrow.
The National JAC, which
met on 13.11.2014 at New Delhi, has directed that all
circle and district level JACs should meet on 18.11.2014,
for the purpose of effectively organising the one day
strike that is to take place on 27.11.2014. Hence, CHQ
requests all the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU
to ensure that the JAC meetings are conducted in all
circles and districts.
membership particulars expeditiously to the CHQ.
CHQ has already requested
the circle unions, to provide with district wise
membership of BSNLEU, as well as all of other unions and
associations. Some circles have sent the requisite
particulars. But the details have not come from most of
the circles. Hence, CHQ requests the remaining circle
secretaries also to immediately send the membership
details to the CHQ.
may provide BSNL with Rs.11,000 crore loan, for merger
The huge amount of loan
that MTNL is having, is one of the reasons why the unions
and associations in BSNL are opposing the proposed merger
of BSNL and MTNL. Rs.14,600 crore is said to be MTNL's
debt. A report that has come in the media says that the
government is proposing to give a soft loan to the tune of
Rs.11,000 crore to BSNL, to overcome this problem. Even if
this report is correct, why BSNL should take over the
burden of such a huge loan? Is this not tantamounts to
transferring MTNL's loan burden to BSNL? Further, why BSNL
should be burdened with the repayment of this loan and
waves sharing and trading.
In the name of scarcity
of spectrum, spectrum sharing has become one agenda to DoT.
The private telcos are now very much eager for their cost
minimisation with an ulterior motive to make more profit.
As such, now question has been raised about non
availability of sufficient spectrum which causes low Broad
band speed. One presentation from DoT reveals that Govt.
is thinking about consolidation of telecom players which
is one step towards felicitating sufficient spectrum to
the private operators. The usual practice of giving
benefit to the private telcos has become more predominant
in the reign of the present BJP Govt.
decides to conduct massive campaign among employees and
among the public, to make the indefinite strike
already decided to go on an indefinite strike from
03.02.2015, demanding actions for the revival of BSNL.
A meeting of the Forum took place at New Delhi yesterday
the 13.11.2014 and chalked out campaign programme for
effectively organising the indefinite strike. The meeting
also decided to conduct a massive campaign among the
public, and also to collect lakhs of signatures from them,
in favour of revival of BSNL. The programme is as
2014 - Demands Day.
11th to 20th
December, 2014 - Campaign among public & collection
2014 - March to Parliament.
6th to 8th,
January, 2015 - Dharna.
pays it's richest tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 125th
Today is the 125th
birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the architect of
modern India. Nehru was a great secularist and played a
major role in making India a Secular and Democratic
Republic. His vision has helped India to maintain it's
unity in diversity till today. In contrast, Pakistan chose
to identify itself with a particular relegion, and became
an Islamic country. But relegion could not keep that
country united. Within 25 years, it got devided and
Bangladesh was born. Nehru also gave birth to the Indian
Public Sector. He envisioned that the Public Sector is the
foundation for India’s self - reliance and economic
independence. Today, both his concepts of secularism and
Public Sector are under attack. RSS, which is the mother
organisation of the ruling BJP, has openly declared that
India is the country of the Hindus. The Narendra Modi
government, in persuance of the Neo-Liberal Economic
Policies, is determined to kill the Public Sector. While
paying our richest tributes to Jawaharl Nehru on his 125th
birth anniversary, let us resolve to defend secularism and
the Public Sector.
do the children go missing?
It is Children's Day
today. This day is being celebrated on 14th November every
year, which is also the birth anniversary of Jawaharl
Nehru. Let us see how children are being taken care in
this country. A shocking news has come in today's
newspapers that 12,591 children have gone missing in the
states of Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh,
since 2011. Mind it, this figure relates only to four
states. Then, one can imagine what will be the number of
children who had gone missing from the remaining states.
It is also true that in a good number of cases the police
just don't care to register FIR. Recently, the Supreme
Court summoned the Chief Secretary and the DGP of police
of Bihar, and pulled them up for refusal of filing FIRs in
Bihar, on missing children. From this, we can easily come
to the conclusion that the number of missing children is
abominably higher than the official figure. Now, where do
these missing children actually go? On their own, these
children do not go missing. The spine chilling fact is
that, they are being kidnapped by criminal gangs and are
being forced in to activities like prostitution, begging,
drug trafficking, etc. Mafia gangs, having pan Indian
networks, are involved in these horrifying crimes. It is
sickening to note that the government machinery has
totally and miserably failed all these years, in
curtailing these mafia and to provide safety to children.
Board meeting to be held on 10.12.2014.
BSNLEU has long been
demanding that the meeting of the Sports Board should be
held without further delay. Management has now decided
that the meeting would take place on 10.12.2014.
demands Rs.200 SIM card to the employees working in MTNL
BSNLEU is insisting that
the Rs.200/- SIM card facility should be extended to the
BSNL employees posted in MTNL areas also. Similarly, the
Union is demanding that calls should also be permitted to
other networks. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.K.
Singhal, GM (Admn.), yesterday the 12.11.2014 and had
detailed discussion. The GM (Admn.) has assured to do the
with the GM (Estt.) in BSNL CO.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, yesterday the
12.11.2014 and discussed the following issues.
Wage loss of the employees appointed on or after
The GM (Estt.) told that the proposal for one additional
increment has been approved by the Management Committee.
(In the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, the
Staff Side has categorically told that one increment is
not enough and that they would continue to press for 30%
CGA cases of Andhra Pradesh circle.
The General Secretary insisted that Group ‘C’ appointment
should be given to the candidates who had already acquired
graduation. The GM (Estt.) assured that the issue would be
discussed with the CMD.
Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.
The GM (Estt.) replied that the issue is already taken up
with CGM, UP (East) and assured to settle soon.
Declaration of JTO LICE results in Gujarat circle.
CHQ has already demanded that the JTO LICE results,
withheld in Gujarat circle due to reason connected with
educational qualification, should be released. The GM (Estt.)
replied that the issue is already taken up with the CGM,
meeting has decided to intensify the mobilisation for the
One Day Strike on 27.11.2014.
A meeting of the JAC was held today the 13.11.2014 at New
Delhi. Com. Islam Ahmed presided. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convener welcomed all and briefed on the preparations made
so far. The following decisions are taken.
The circle and district JACs should take every possible
step to completely mobilise the Non-Executives in the
With a view to make the planning effective, the JAC calls
upon that all the circle and district JACs throughout the
country shall hold their meetings on 18.11.2014 and shall
discuss about the manners in which effective mobilisation
is to be made, to make the strike a total success. The JAC
also calls upon the conveners of the circle and district
JACs to ensure the participation of the entire
constituents of the JACs, especially smaller organisations.
Massive lunch-hour demonstrations, as well as gate
meetings are to be organised throughout the country on
20.11.2014, to gear up the mobilisation for the strike.
All circle and district secretaries are
requested to fully implement the decision.
of JTO LICE results in Tamil Nadu circle.
Results of the JTO LICE exam, conducted last year, has so
far not been declared in Tamil Nadu Circle due to court
case. There is a strong feeling among the affected
employees that the Management has let them down. BSNLEU
has discussed this issue a number of times with the
concerned authorities in the Corporate Office. Again this
issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with shri
R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), yesterday the 12.11.2014. The
General Secretary expressed his unhappiness strongly in
this regard. The GM (Estt.) gave the following briefing on
the action taken.
(i) Corporate Office
has already instructed the GM (Admn.) in the CGM Office,
Tamil Nadu circle to file the necessary miscellaneous
petition in the Court to expedite the settlement.
(ii) The Corporate
Office has also instructed the GM (Admn.), Tamil Nadu to
engage additional counsels, for effectively arguing the
BSNLEU assures that it will persue the case
further with all seriousness.
Committees: What required is action and not letters alone.
Forum and BSNLEU are
continuously focusing that the Works Committees remain
only on paper. It is functioning only in a few places.
Perhaps, the SSA level Management does not want to conduct
the meetings of the Works Committees, due to the fear that
they may be faced with embarrassing questions connected
with the failing quality of services. This issue was
effectively focused once again in the seminar conducted on
08.11.2014, in the All India Conference of BSNLEU, which
was attended by two Directors of the BSNL Board. May be
due to this, Corporate Office has issued one more “run of
the mill” letter on 11.11.2014, to all the CGMs. What
required is action and not only letters.
note given by the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate
Copy of the ‘consultation
note’ provided by the Management, in the all union meeting
held on 11.11.2014, to discuss the issue of switching over
to “ON LINE” exams in BSNL. Circle Secretaries and CHQ
office-bearers are requested to convey their views to the
on Telegraph Services
BSNLEU and the Forum of
BSNL Unions / Associations had strongly opposed the
closure of Telegraph Services, but BSNL Management did not
agree and closed the same on 15th July, 2013. The Forum
later asked the Management vide it’s letter dated
02.05.2014 to establish a “Museum on Telegraph Services”
with a brief history of Telegraph Services as also the
various equipments used during its existence.
Now the BSNL Corporate
Office vide letter No.11-2/2014/T-I dated 29.10.2014 has
intimated that such a “Museum on Telegraph Services” has
been set up in Kolkata (West Bengal Circle). We express
our appreciation for accepting our request and opening the
Evidence against Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh,
former Coal Secretary.
Court appointed Special public Prosecutor R.S. Cheema, has
told the CBI special court, that these is prima facie
evidence to proceed against industrialist Kumar Mangalam
Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh, in coal block
allocation scam. It may be recollected that, the CBI filed
FIR, against Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh in
October last year. Immediately, all the corporates of
India and their media cried foul. They certified that
Kumar Mangalam Birla was a clean-handed person. Similarly,
the former CAG Vinod Rai certified that P.C. Parakh was a
man of integrity. Later on, the CBI closed down those FIRs.
But now, the Supreme court appointed Special Public
Prosecutor, as well as the Lawyers representing the CBI,
have said that there are enough evidence to proceed
against both these persons.
on holding online exams.
Management has proposed
to hold all Departmental exams, as well as exams for
direct recruitments, through online hereafter. A
consultation with unions and associations was conducted
today by the GM (Recruitment), BSNL CO. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, represented BSNLEU in the meeting. He strongly opposed
the proposal of the management to hold online exams for
Telecom Mechanic LDCE, TTA LDCE and UDC LDCE. As regards
JTO LICE and JAO LICE, he said that the view of the Union
will be conveyed within two days. Further, Management
wanted to collect Rs.300/= as fees from the Non-
Executives for appearing online exam. They also want to
fix age limit as 50 (for OC) and 55 (for SC/ST). Both
these proposals are also strongly opposed by GS, BSNLEU.
Circle Secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to
send their views immediately regarding online exams for
JTO LICE and JAO
calling the pot black.
Massive scams took place
during the rule of the UPA, like the 2G, Coal Gate etc.
The BJP took full advantage of this scams in the
Parliamentary election campaign. The BJP said that it
would end corruption if it comes to power. Narendra Modi
even said that he would form a fast track court to punish
the guilty politicians. But those words are gone with the
election campaign, it seems. It is reported in the media
that the new minister, Shri Y.S. Chowdhury, who joined
Narendra Modi’s cabinet a few days back has defaulted
repayment of Rs.317.6 crore to the Central Bank of India.
Is this the way the BJP and Narendra Modi are going to
off to the 'Bengal
Advance equivalent to 3 months' pay, to the flood affected
employees of Kashmir.
BSNLEU has been insisting
that BSNL Management should sanction Pay Advance,
equivalent to 3 months' pay,to the flood affected
employees of Kashmir. This issue was also taken up by the
Staff Side, in the last National Council meeting.
Thereafter, repeatedly this was taken up with the CMD and
GM( Estt.). Corporate Office is issuing letter today, on
rally and massive public meeting held.
In connection with the
7th All India Conference, an impressive rally and a
massive public meeting were held on the first day of the
Conference, i.e., on 06.11.2014. The Public meeting was
held in Rani Rashmoni Avenue, Kolkata. Com. Animesh Mitra,
Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee
welcomed everyone. The meeting was addressed by com. Tapan
Sen, General Secretary, CITU, com. Shyamal Chakraborty,
President, CITU, West Bengal State Committee, com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President and com. P. Abhimanyu, General
of the meeting>>
Kumar Ghosh, General Secretary, BSNLCCWF addressed the 7th
Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh,
General Secretary, BSNL Casual and Contract Workers
Federation addressed the 7th All India Conference on the
third day. While thanking BSNLEU for the helping hand that
it is extending in taking up the issues of the casual and
contract workers, com. Tapas also requested all the circle
secretaries to ensure forming the BSNLCCWF in the
remaining circles also. Amidst big applause, he announced
the decision of the BSNLCCWF to go on One Day strike
on 27.11.2014, demanding settlement of the problems of the
casual and contract workers.
relinquished the post of President, BSNLEU.
V.A.N. Namboodiri, the chief architect of BSNLEU, who has
been holding the post of the President of the Union since
2010, relinquished it in the 7th All India Conference held
at Kolkata, paving way for a younger comrade to take over
that responsibility. Under the stewardship of
com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, BSNL has been saved from the
onslaughts of the government, like unbundling,
disinvestment, VRS, etc. Also under his able leadership,
the financial status of the BSNL employees improved many
fold, through an excellent wage revision, better
promotional avenues, etc. Throughout his trade union life,
com. V.A.N. Namboodiri has undergone immense
sacrifices, for the wellbeing of the workers. The 7th All
India Conference has elected him as the Patron of the
Union. The new team of office-bearers will carry forward
the unfinished tasks of com. V.A.N. Namboodiri.
of the All India Conference released.
The Reception Committee
released the Souvenir of the 7th All India Conference. The
Souvenir was released by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President
and the first copy was received by Com. P. Abhimanyu,
General Secretary. The CHQ greatly appreciates the hard
work put in by the Reception Committee for its prompt
releasing of the souvenir. <<view
containing the write ups of com. Moni Bose released.
In the inaugural
session of the 7th All India Conference, a book containing
the writings of com. Moni Bose was released. The book was
brought out by the Coordination Committee of BSNL circle
Unions/Associations, West Bengal circle. It also contains
the write ups by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and
com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, about com. Moni
Bose. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri released the book and the
first copy was received by com. Jyotsana Bose, wife of
com. Moni Bose.CHQ appreciates the efforts taken by the
massive seminar, on the revival of BSNL was held in the
All India Conference of BSNLEU on 08.11.2014. Top
Management of the Company as well as the prominent leaders
of the BSNL trade union movement participated in it. The
gathering in the seminar was so massive, that it surprised
all the guests. Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL could not
participate, since he had gone to South Korea. Shri N.K.
Gupta, Director (CFA) and shri Anupam Srivastava, Director
(CM) represented the Corporate Management. Com. Animesh
Mitra, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee,
welcomed every one. Com. V.A. N.Namboodiri, President,
presided over and delivered the presidential address.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary delivered the key note
a dress. Thereafter, the two Directors of the BSNL Board
addressed. This was followed by the speeches of com.
Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com . Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA,
com.Seshadri, AGS, NFTE BSNL, com. Alok Nandi, Dy.GS,
FNTO, com. R.C.Pandey, GS, BTEU, com.Suresh Kumar, GS,
BSNL MS and com.R.Venkataraman, GS, TEPU. Finally,
com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretary of the
Reception Committee proposed vote of thanks. It is
everyone's opinion that this seminar, held in the 7th AIC
of BSNLEU, will greatly strengthen the ongoing efforts of
the Forum, to revive BSNL. The following are the views of
of the seminar>>
of office-bearers, elected in the All India Conference,
held at Kolkata, from 6th to 9th November, 2014.<<view
upbeat 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU concluded with a
The 7th All India
Conference of BSNL Employees Union ended yesterday the 9th
November, with a fitting finale. The delegates' session
came to an end at around 1600 hrs. Totally, 87 delegates
participated in the debate, that took place on the report
submitted by the General Secretary. In the end, com. P.
Abhimanyu delivered the summing up speech, replying
elaborately to the issues raised by the delegates.
Thereafter, the report was adopted unanimously. The
audited accounts were also adopted unanimously. A number
of resolutions were passed on various issues. The
amendments to the Union Constitution were also adopted
unanimously. Finally, unanimous election of office bearers
took place. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri is elected as the Patron
of the Union. Key office-bearers of the Union are as
follows. Com. Balbir Singh (Punjab) is the President, com.
P. Abhimanyu is the General Secretary, com Swapan
Chakraborty (NE-1 circle) is the Deputy General Secretary
and com. Saibal Sengupta (Kolkata) is the Treasurer. The
entire proceedings of the Conference has given a new tempo
to the Organisation. The entire delegates and observers
have left the Conference venue, filled with enthusiasm as
well as full hope for a bright future. More reports on the
Conference will follow.
lively women's convention conducted in the 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU.
A lively women's
convention was conducted in the 7th All India Conference
of BSNLEU on 07.11-2014. Hundreds of women comrades
attended the convention, apart from the male delegates who
were attending the Conference. The Convention was presided
over by a 3 member presedium, consisting of com. P. Indira
(Tamil Nadu), com. Bhagyalaksmi (Kerala) and com.Banani
Chattopadyay (West Bengal). Presidential address was
delivered by all the 3 members of the Presedium. Com.
Jagmati Sangwan, General Secretary, All India Democratic
Women’s Association (AIDWA) who came to address the
Convention, was cheered and warmly welcomed by the entire
house. Com. D. Shylla (NE 2), com. Sushmita Roy (West
Bengal), com. Jothilakshmi (Kerala), com. Rathnambal
(Andaman), com. Rani Beena Prasad (Chennai), com. Sandiya
(Pune), com. Sulochana Basu (Kolkata) and com. Maya Verma
(UP-East) participated in the deliberations. Thereafter,
com.Jagmati Sangwan, GS, AIDWA, delivered a sparkling
speech, in which she elaborated the problems being faced
by the working women at home and in work places,
especially in this era of Globalisation. She severely
criticised the atrocities being heaped on women throughout
the country, especially in the state of West Bengal, and
called upon the democratic forces to fight against them.
Com. Jagmati also lambasted the communal forces for
creating the bogey of "Love Jihad", which in essence
curtails women's right, to their choice of marriage.
Finally, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention
and stressed the necessity to form working women's
coordination committees in all circles. He also assured to
take up the issues of the women employees, focussed in the
convention,with the Management. The Convention came to an
end with com. Monisha Biswal Kolkata), proposing the vote
Secretary's Report on Activities presented in the 7th All
The delegates session of
the 7th All India Conference started yesterday the
07-11-2014. Soon after the session started,the agenda of
the Conference was unanimously approved by the house.
Thereafter, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, delivered his
presidential address. On completion of his address, the
President requested the General Secretary to present the
report on activities to the house. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
General Secretary, addressed the house, presenting the
salient points contained in the report. He dwelt at length
on the struggles conducted by the Union in the murder case
of com.Sukendar Pal Singh, introduction of the New
Recognition Rules, victory achieved in the 6th Membership
Verification, revival of BSNL, struggles conducted by the
United Forum on the demands of the Non-Executives,
settlement of the 78.2% IDA merger, formation of the JAC
and the calls for united struggles, circle level
conventions on Neo Liberal Policies etc., trade union
class conducted by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational
Trust, ITS absorption issue, management of the K.G.Bose
Memorial and Educational Trust, issues of the casual and
contract workers and strengthening of the BSNLCCWF, issues
of the pensioners and strengthening of the AIBDPA, merger
of BSNL and MTNL and the retrograde recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee. Com. K. G . Jayaraj, General
Secretary, AIBDPA, addressed the session and greeted the
Conference. He underscored the necessity for close
cooperation between BSNLEU and AIBDPA, for the settlement
of the issues of the retired employees. In the post lunch
session, the delegates started deliberating on the report
presented by the General Secretary.<<view
All India Conference of BSNLEU started in Kolkata.
The 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU started enthusiastically in Panchvati
Holiday Resorts at Howra, Kolkata, yesterday the
06-11-2014. The Conference started with flag hoisting.
National Flag was hoisted by com. V.A.N . Namboodiri,
President. The Red Flag of BSNLEU was hoisted by Com. P.
Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral tributes were paid at
the martyr’s column. Revolutionary welcome songs were sung
by the cultural troupe of the Union. The Inaugural session
was presided over by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. A
minute's silence was observed to pay homage to the
martyrs. Com. Sisir Bhattacharji, President, Reception
Committee, welcomed every one. Amidst applause, Com. A.
K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, inaugurated the
Conference. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Raj Bahadur Rawal,
President, Telecom Employees of Nepal (TEAN), com. M.
Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. V. Ramesh, General
Secretary, AIIEA, and com. Saibal Sengupta, Joint
Convener, Reception Committee, addressed the Conference.
A book, containing writings on com. Moni Bose, written by
various leaders was released in the Conference. A massive
rally took place after lunch, which culminated into a
massive public meeting.<<view
meeting of BSNL Employees Union started at Kolkata.
The 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU is starting in the Historic city of
Kolkata tomorrow the 06-11-2014. As a prelude to this
Conference, the Central Executive Committee meeting of the
Union has started at Kolkata today. The meeting started
sharp at 10:00 hrs, which is being presided over by
com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President of the Union. Com.
Animesh Mitra, Joint General Secretary, Reception
Committee and com. P . Abhimanyu, GS, welcomed all the CEC
members. The meeting stood in silence for a minute, and
paid homage to the leaders who have passed away, since the
last All India Conference. Com . V.A.N . Namboodiri,
President, delivered the Presidential address. Thereafter,
the presentation of the report on activities started and
is going on.
<<Views of the meeting>>
India Ltd. (CIL) unions to go on strike.
The trade unions of Coal
India Ltd. (CIL) are going on a one day strike on
24.11.2014, opposing disinvestment, as well as the
decision of the government to allow private companies into
commercial coal mining. The Narendra Modi government has
already taken a decision to sell 10% shares of the CIL,
through which the government expects to get Rs.23,600
crore. Further, the government has also passed an
ordinance to allot coal blocks to private companies
through e-auctioning. All these steps are nothing, but
privatising CIL. Against these, the unions in CIL have
decided to go on strike. BSNLEU congratulates the CIL
Anderson and the champion of human rights.
Warren Anderson, the
Chief of the Union Carbide has died. The accident that
took place on 3rd December, 1984, in the Union Carbide
plant in Bhopal, killed 10,000 people. More than 5 lakh
people were injured. Most of these people subsequently
died due to lung cancer, liver disease, kidney failure,
etc. However, even when such a mass killing had taken
place, Warren Anderson was able to get bail immediately
after this disaster and left India and went back to US. He
never returned, when Indian court summoned him. Thus, a
person responsible for such a mass murder was able to
escape even without the slightest punishment. Indian
government could not even touch him. This is because, he
had the protection of the US government. It is a shame
that the US government protected this butcher. And still,
the US government calls itself as the champion of human
Chhattisgarh Circle Conference.<<view
of Deloittee Committee's recommendation, put on hold in
Consequent upon the
severe protest launched by the unions and associations of
Maharashtra circle, against the decision of the Management
to implement Area Offices, as recommended by the Deloittee
Committee, the CGM, Maharashtra has written to the
Corporate Office, asking to keep the decision under
abeyance. The CGM has also written to the unions and
associations in Maharashtra circle to give their views in
writing. Further, the CGM is also calling a meeting of the
unions and associations shortly, to discuss this issue.
decides to launch indefinite strike in February, 2015, on
the issue of revival of BSNL.
A meeting of the
Forum was held New Delhi today the 28-10-2014. Com.Islam
Ahmed, presided over the meeting. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri,
Convener, welcomed all. The meeting expressed it’s serious
concern over the deteriorating condition of BSNL'S
financial position. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the new
Minister of Telecommunications, assured of providing
necessary infrastructure support for BSNL. But, nothing
has come. Instead, attacks like merger of BSNL and MTNL,
implementation of the retrograde recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee, formation of a separate tower
company, etc., are coming one after another. Hence,
today's Forum meeting decided that it is a "do or die"
situation for us. In one voice, today's meeting decided to
launch an indefinite strike from3rd February, 2015. The
meeting also decided to launch countrywide programme like
signature campaign, propaganda among the public, meeting
the MPs, etc are to be carried out in a massive scale,
prior to the strike. Core Committee of the Forum will
meet on 12-11-2014 and the Forum will again meet
on 13-11-2014, to finalise the charter of demands, strike
notice, etc. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions
to ensure that this struggle becomes a historic success.<<<view details>>>
circle conference started at Durg.
The circle conference of
Chhattisgarh circle started at Durg today, the 27.10.2014.
The Union Red Flag was hoisted by com. P.Abhimanyu,GS. A
seminar on revitalisation of BSNL followed this.
Com.S.C.Bhattacharya,CS, welcomed everyone. The Seminar
was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Dharmaraj
Mahapatra, secretary, CITU, shri K.S.Madanpuri, GM, Durg,
and many others. After lunch, the delegates session
started and is going on.
delay in releasing minutes of the National Council
The last National Council
meeting was held on 25-09-2014. Even after the lapse of
one month, the Corporate Office has not released the
minutes. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, has
sought the intervention of the CMD, for getting the
minutes released without further delay.
BSNL management learn lessons from the Infosys CEO?
Vishal Sikka, who has
taken over as the CEO of the software giant Infosys in
August, is engaged in a number of team building exercises,
for revitalising the company. We feel that the BSNL
Management should learn some lessons of management from
the Infosys CEO. The most important step taken by Sikka
is, engaging with the employees intensely, through emails.
He has even allocated a separate budget for employee
engagement, to sharpen focus on team - building efforts.
Contrary to this, the BSNL management never wants to
discuss matters related to the development of the Company,
with the trade unions, even though the BSNL trade unions
are known for their steadfast struggles for strengthening
the Company. Trade unions are the representatives of the
employees in BSNL. It is very unfortunate that even on
very important issues, like the implementation of the
decisions of the Deloittee Committee, the Management does
not want to take the trade unions into confidence.
Secondly, Sikka is giving much importance to re-training
and re-skilling the employees, instead of hiring new
employees. In BSNL, requirement is there for fresh
recruitment of employees. At the same time what about
re-training the existing work force? Management has
totally forgotten about it. All that BSNL management is
doing for the revival of the Company is, engaging and
re-engaging consultants, spending huge money.
inputs from the Business Line dated 25-10-2014]
Infrastructure Investment Bank formed.
Asian countries, including India and China, have joined
together and have formed the Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
for this was signed on 24.10.2014 at Beijing by the
representatives of the 21 countries. The United States is
unhappy about the formation of the AIIB, since this will
reduce the dependence of member countries of AIIB on World
Bank. The World Bank is dictating terms to the third world
countries, at the behest of multi national companies. The
US has stated that the formation of the AIIB is ambiguous
in nature and lacks transparency. We can understand the
unhappiness of the US.
[With inputs from The Hidu dated 25.10.2014]
join protest actions in Spain, against austerity measures.
of students, lecturers and parents participated in the
countrywide protest actions, that took part in Spain
yesterday the 24.10.2014. They protested against the
austerity measures, increase in university fees as well as
other changes being made in the education system. The
European governments are still reeling under the economic
crisis that started in 2008. However, they are spending
billions of dollars to bail out the corporates and are
shifting the burdens of the crisis, on the working people,
in the name of austerity measures.
[With inputs from the Business Line dated 25.10.2014]
of the Coal mines.
The Narendra Modi
government has issued an ordinance on 20.10.2014, to
allocate coal blocks to private companies through
“e-auctions”. It may be recollected that the Supreme Court had
cancelled the 214 coal blocks, allocated by the UPA-II
government, showing favouritism to private companies.
However, the decision of the Narendra Modi govt. to
reallocate this coal blocks to private companies through
e-auctioning is nothing but
de-nationalisation of the coal
mines, which were nationalised in 1973, through the “Coal
Nationalisation Act of 1973”. Under this circumstance a
strong demand is being raised, even within the Coal
Ministry, that the coal blocks should be allocated to the
State government owned mining companies and State owned
[With inputs from the Business Line dated 25.10.2014]
of Forum with Secretary, DOT on Revival of BSNL and on
78.2% IDA Fixation for Pensioners
Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, met
Secretary DOT, Sri Rakesh Garg today and discussed about
the Revival of BSNL and connected matters. Com. Namboodiri
pointed out the need for urgent financial assistance to
BSNL from the government so that it can purchase
equipment, develop and expand the services. He stated that
it was because of the equipment crunch from 2006 onward,
due to the cancellation of the 45 million mobile tender,
that BSNL started down sliding. He requested that the
refund of spectrum charges coming to more than Rs. 6,000
crores and also the USOF allotment of Rs. 1,250 crores in
lieu of ADC may be paid at the earliest. Secretary DOT
stated that the government will certainly help BSNL for
its revival and the issues stated will be taken care of.
At the same time, he mentioned that there are several
complaints about the services to the public, which have to
be improved a lot. He mentioned his own experience while
in UP as also in Delhi. He appreciated the workers of
Kerala for better service and profit. Com. Namboodiri
explained in brief about the action and propaganda being
made among the workers by the Forum for improving the
services through which the services are improving.
Com. Namboodiri placed
before the Secretary DOT about the hardship of the BSNL
pensioners due to delay on settlement of the 78.2% IDA
fixation for pre-2007 as also post-2007 pensioners. He
requested that the Cabinet Note as required by the
Department of Expenditure be prepared early and submitted
to the cabinet for taking a decision. Secretary agreed to
look in to the matter and expedite the same. Com.
Namboodiri thanked the Secretary DOT for the meeting and
requested that such meetings may be granted in future
Meets CMD BSNL on
Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri
A.N.Rai, CMD BSNL and discussed about the Revival of BSNL
and connected matters. He asked the CMD not to implement
the M/s Deloittee Committee recommendations with out
discussing with the Forum and unions/associations. He also
requested to keep in abeyance the orders issued for
implementing the concept of SSAs in Maharashtra. CMD
assured that a meeting with the Forum will be held shortly
to discuss the issues in detail. Com.Namboodiri pointed
out the non-implementation of labour laws with regard to
the casual and contract workers and requested to ensure
their implementation. Com.Namboodiri requested for grant
of liberal assistance to the employees of Jammu and
Kashmir who have lost all in the recent drastic flood. CMD
assured that whatever assistance is given by the state
government to its employees will be given to the BSNL
employees by the management.
India Conference - Circle Secretaries are requested to
come with membership details.
One of the important
tasks that the forthcoming All India Conference will
undertake will be, to assess the strength of BSNLEU in
various circles and also to decide ways and means to
strengthen the same. Hence, Circle Secretaries are
requested to come to the AIC with the district wise
details of BSNLEU’s paid members and also the paid members
of other unions and associations. Circle Secretaries are
requested to collect these informations well in advance
from the District Secretaries, and to come to the AIC with
India Conference rally- Circle and District Secretaries
are requested to come with banners.
A powerful rally will
take place in the All India Conference at Kolkata. The
rally will be held on 06.11.2014. It will culminate into a
public meeting, which will be addressed by com.Tapan Sen,
General Secretary, CITU, and other leaders. To make the
rally impressive and colourful, the Circle and District
Secretaries are requested to come with their banners.
per cent of the winners in Haryana assembly election are
83 per cent of the
winners in the Haryana assembly election are crorepatis.
75 of the total 90 newly elected MLAs are crorepatis. BJP
is leading this list. BJP's Faridabad MLA is the richest
of all the MLAs with Rs.106 crore asset worth. 40 out of
the 47 BJP MLAs are crorepatis. Similarly, 14 out of the
15 MLAs of the Congress and 13 INLD MLAs are crorepatis.
Average asset value of the BJP MLAs is Rs.10.50 crore.
Average asset value of the Congress MLAs is Rs.12.45 crore.
Average asset value of the INLD MLAs is Rs.13.01 crore.
Let us hope that all these crorepatis will work in the
interest of the poor of this country.
pilots on strike.
German airlines giant,
Lufthansa had to cancel 1,450 flights last Sunday, as the
pilots of the airlines are on strike, as per the call of
the Pilots Union of Lufthansa. The strike is to oppose "an
early retirement scheme" to be implemented by the
Company. It is reported that this is the eighth strike in
this year, by the Lufthansa pilots. It is also reported
that millions of Germans were stranded last week, due to
the strike of train drivers. Germany is the strongest
economy in Europe. However, the rulers want to transfer
the burdens of the economic crisis on the shoulders of the
working class. Hence the struggle.
Unions oppose implementation of the recommendation of
Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle.
BSNL Corporate Office has
issued letter to introduce Area Offices in Maharashtra
circle, based on the recommendation of the Deloittee
Committee. A meeting of the Forum, Maharashtra circle, was
held yesterday the 20-10-2014, at Mumbai. It was
participated by all the major organisations of Forum. The
meeting unanimously decided to stop implementation of Area
Offices in Maharashtra circle. Later on, they met the CGM
and expressed their protest. The CGM has assured that Area
Offices will not be implemented in Maharashtra circle.
Com.N.K.Nalawade, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Maharashtra,
as well as Convener of Forum, Maharashtra, has informed
this to the CHQ.
of diesel price.
The Narendra Modi
government has decided to decontrol diesel price from 1st
November, 2014. Simultaneously, it has also cunningly
reduced the price of diesel by Rs.3.37 per liter. This has
given a wrong message to the people that the price of
diesel has come down due to the decontrolling. It is not
correct. The price of diesel has come down, since the
price of crude oil has considerably come down in the
international market. As a result of the deregulation of
diesel price, hereafter the price of diesel will not be
decided by the government, but will be decided by the
market. Normally, the price of crude oil keeps on
increasing in the international market. Hence, the price
of diesel will also keep on increasing. This will result
in an all round increase in the prices of all essential
commodities. By ways of deregulation of diesel price,
hereafter government need not give subsidy for diesel and
it will save Rs.1,40,000 crore annually. Thus, the main
intention of the govt. is to withdraw the subsidy being
given, to keep the diesel price under control. Now this
money will be given as subsidy to the capitalists. BSNLEU
strongly opposes the decision of the govt. to deregulate
the price of diesel.
Office issued letter for sanctioning special casual leave
of CEC and 7th AIC.
The Corporate Office has
issued letter to all CGMs, for sanctioning special casual
leave for the CEC members, for attending the CEC meeting
to be held on 05.11.2014, and to all the CEC members and
delegates for attending the 7th All India Conference to be
held from 6th to 9th November, 2014.
and Open Session of the All India Conference to take place
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All India Conference has decided, that the
rally and Open Session will take place on 06-11-2014. One
rally will start from the venue of the AIC, i.e., Telecom
Factory, Alipore. Another rally will start from
R.N.Mukherjee road, Dalhousie. Both the rallies will meet
at Rani Rashmoni avenue, Esplanade, where the Open Session
will take place.
Committee meeting of the 7th All India Conference held at
The Reception Committee
meeting of the 7th All India Conference was held in the
CTO Telecom Institute hall at Kolkata. The meeting was
presided over by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, President of the
Reception Committee. Com.A.K Bhattacharji, Patron of the
Reception Committee was present. Com.Animesh Mitra and
com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretaries of the
Reception Committee, welcomed all. The meeting was
addressed by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, com.A.K. Bhattacharji,
com.Animesh Mitra, com.Adhir Kumar Sen (Working President)
com.Saibal Sengupta, com.Omprakash Singh (Treasurer ) and
com.Paritosh Dutta, Convener, Food Committee. Finally,
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the comrades. The
preperations being done for the 7th All India Conference
was reviewed. The members of the Reception Committee are
enthusiastic and are hopeful of making the Conference a
historic success. The following are the views of the
struggle in Maharashtra circle, to stall the
implementation of Deloittee Committee's recommendations.
BSNL Corporate Office has
taken arbitrary decision to implement the recommendations
of the Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle. Neither
the unions and associations at the All India level, nor at
the circle level, are consulted in this regard. BSNLEU,
Maharashtra circle union, has already written to the CGM,
Maharashtra, expressing it's strong protest. It has also
demanded to keep the implementation under
abeyance, pending consultation with the unions. Further,
the unions and associations of Maharashtra circle are
meeting at Mumbai on 20-10-2014, to chalk out agitational
programme, to stall the implementation of the Deloittee
N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh,
appreciated BSNL, for the excellent service rendered by
it, in the flood hit areas.
Vishakapatnam and it's
surrounding areas were severely damaged, when the cyclone
Hud Hud hit coastal Andhra Pradesh. From the media we were
able know the extent of damage caused by the cyclone.
Services like telecommunications, electricity etc. were
damaged in a massive scale. However, BSNL, Andhra Pradesh,
plunged into action, and telecom services were restored
very quickly, and also much ahead of other private telecom
operators. This helped the government authorities in a big
way, to carry out relief and rehabilitation works. BSNL
was appreciated by all, including the media. More
importantly, shri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief
Minister, spoke to shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, AP, personally
and conveyed his appreciation. This is a matter of pride
for the entire BSNL family. CHQ appreciates the entire
employees, as well as the officers of Andhra Pradesh
Circle, for this great performance. We reproduce
hereunder, the sms sent to our circle secretary,
com.J.Sampathrao, in this regard, by shri V.Srinivasan,
Secretary attending meeting of the Reception Committee
of the 7th AIC.
A meeting of the
Reception Committee of the 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU, is being held at Kolkata tomorrow
the 18.10.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the
meeting and will be reviewing the preparations being made
for the All India Conference.
of the Reception Committee of the 7th AIC.
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU has
opened a website and has been linked with the CHQ website.
The web address is
Comrades are requested to visit the site.
severely condemns the decision of the Management to
implement the recommendation of Deloittee Committee in
The BSNL Management has
taken decision to implement the recommendation of the
Deloittee Committee, to convert the SSAs into Area
Offices. Of course, it is stated in the letter that this
recommendation is being implemented on pilot basis. It is
most condemnable that the Management has taken this
decision without making any consultation with the Unions.
BSNLEU, together with other Unions and Associations will
fight this out.<<view
subscriber base crosses
The number of telephone
subscribers in India has increased from 946.4 million in
July, 2014 to 951.84 million in August, 2014, according to
the statement of TRAI. In this, share of the private
telecom operators has crossed 90%. The market share of
BSNL and MTNL put together comes to 9.84%. However, both
the PSUs dominate the landline segment, with 76.41% market
is the first to restore services in the Hud Hud cyclone
“After severely hit by
the Hud Hud cyclone in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh,
telecom companies are restoring their services in phases.
While the Public Sector BSNL was the first to restore the
services, Airtel and Vodafone have said that they are able
to revive the services in some parts.”
[-The Business Line dated
Muslim unity and inter-marriage.
Communal forces are
active, dividing the people of the country, in the name of
religion. A “Hindu-Muslim” divide is being created by
communal forces, for political gains. Such a communal
divide leads to violence and blood-shed. It divides the
working masses and weakens the working class unity
irreparably. “Love Jihad” is an issue taken up by the
communal forces, in their agenda to divide the people.
Saif Ali Khan, a noted film artiste has written an article
on this issue, in the Indian Express dated 15.10.2014.
Apart from inter-marriage, he has discussed a host of
other issues connected with communal harmony. We reproduce
the article, for the benefit of our leaders.<<view
suffered a loss of Rs.400 crore in the Kashmir floods.
BSNL has suffered a loss
of Rs.400 crore in the recent Kashmir floods. This is
disclosed by Shri D.K. Agarwal, GMTD, Kashmir. He has
stated the 95 landline exchanges out of 99 exchanges have
since been restored. As regards mobile service, the GMTD
stated that out of 477 BTS in Kashmir, currently 340 BTS
Casual Contract Workers Federation conducted powerful
March to Corporate Office.
The BSNLCCWF conducted a
powerful March to the Corporate Office today the
15.10.2014. Casual and Contract Workers participated in
large numbers who had come from various circles. The
programme started at the Eastern Court, with a
demonstration and meeting. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLCCWF, presided over it. Com. A.K.
Padmanabhan, President, CITU delivered the inaugural
address. The meeting was addressed by Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU. Thereafter, the March to Corporate Office started.
On reaching Corporate Office, an effective demonstration
took place. A memorandum on the burning problems of the
Casual and Contract Workers was presented to Shri A.N. Rai,
CMD BSNL, by a delegation consisting of com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU, com. S.C. Bhattacharya, Treasurer, BSNLEU and com.
Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU. The programme ended with
another round of demonstration at Eastern Court. BSNLEU
congratulates the hundreds of contract and casual workers
who came from the nooks and corners of the country to
participate in the programme.<<view
greets the office-bearers elected in the All India
Conference of NFTE, held at Jabalpur.
The 4th All India
Conference of NFTE BSNL was held at Jabalpur from 10th to
12th October, 2014. Com. Islam Ahmed and com. Chandeswar
Singh have been reelected as the President and General
Secretary, respectively. Com. A. Rajmouli has been elected
as the new treasurer. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all
Committee on reservation for OBCs held at Chennai.
Committee on reservation for OBCs was held at Chennai
yesterday the 13.10.2014. Parliament members of the
Committee as well as top officers from BSNL Corporate
Office attended the meeting. A review is learnt to have
been made in the meeting, as to whether the mandatory
reservation quota for OBC is being implemented in BSNL.
Assistance to the flood affected employees of J&K Circle.
The Staff Side, National
Council has already demanded payment of 3 months salary as
pay advance to the flood affected employees of J&K circle.
BSNLEU has demanded that financial assistance of
Rs.7,000/- each from Welfare Board should be paid to the
J&K employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD on
08.10.2014 and urged to make the payment expeditiously.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met the GM (Estt.) and the
GM (Admn.), today the 14.10.2014 and insisted early
payment of the above mentioned relief.
Nadu circle conference decides to conduct a massive
convention on communal harmony.
have taken place in the 3 day conference of Tamil Nadu
circle union, that concluded on 13th October. It has taken
important decisions to strengthen the Union as well as the
BSNL in the circle. A significant decision in this
direction is to conduct seminars in all SSAs, to improve
the viability of BSNL, by concretely discussing the
challenges being faced at the SSA level. The conference
has also decided to take concrete steps to effectively
organise the forthcoming one day strike, to be held
on 27.11.2014, as per the call of the JAC. Another
important issue that was seriously discussed, is the
threat being posed by the communal forces, to the unity of
the working class. So, the Conference has decided to
organise a massive convention on communal harmony, in
January 2015. The Madurai district union has accepted to
host the seminar.
Nadu circle union donates
Rs.1 lakh to the CHQ.
The 3 day conference of
Tamil Nadu circle union is going on at Trichy. Today is
the last day. An amount of Rs. 1 lakh is donated by the
Tamil Nadu circle union, to the CHQ today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
GS, received the amount and expressed CHQ's sincere thanks
to the Tamil Nadu circle union.
heartily congratulates Kailash Satyarthi and Yousafzai
Malalaa for jointly winning Nobel prize for peace.
This year's Nobel Prize
for peace is awarded to India's Kailash Satyarthi and
Pakistan's Yousafzai Malalaa. It is a great news that both
the winners belong to the Indian sub continent. Both of
them will share the prize money of £ 6,99,000.
Kailash Satyarthi belongs to Madhya Pradesh. He is a
children's rights activist. His NGO is fighting against
child labour and trafficking of children. He is the second
Indian to receive the Nobel Prize for peace, after Mother
Yousafzai Malalaa is a 17 year old Pakistani girl, and was
living in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She defied the ban
imposed by the Taliban, that girls should not go to
school. As a result, she was shot at the head by the
Taliban. However, she escaped that attack and is presently
studying in the UK. She symbolises girls' right to
Tamil Nadu circle conference of BSNLEU started at Trichy.
circle conference of Tamil Nadu circle started
enthusiastically at Trichy today, the 11.10.2014. More
than 1100 delegates and observers participated the
Inaugural Session of the Conference. The National Flag was
hoisted by com.M.Narayanasamy, ACS, and the Union Red Flag
was hoisted by com.C.Palanichamy, ACS. The Conference is
being presided over by com.K.Marimuthu, circle president.
Com.Balachander, Chairman, Reception Committee and
com.Aslam Basha, General Secretary, Reception Committee
welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the
Conference. Com.P.Sampath, President, Tamil Nadu
Untouchability Eradication Front and com.S.Chellappa,
circle secretary, also addressed the Inaugural Session. At
1000 hrs, the seminar on the revival of BSNL took place. It
was addressed by shri G.V.Reddy, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle,
shri Raju, PGM, Trichy, com. S.Chellappa and
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. The subjects committee of the
Conference started in the post lunch session.<<view