invites the JAC for talks.
BSNL Management has
proposed to hold talks with the JAC, on the demands
contained in the charter of demands for the one day
strike, that is to take place on 27-11-2014. The talks are
expected to take place at 1500 hrs on 21-11-2014, for
which notice is likely to be issued today.
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
India Conference of NFTE started at Jabalpur- Com.Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS, greeted.
The 4th All
India Conference of NFTE BSNL started at Jabalpur today
the 10.10.2014. The Open Session of the Conference was
held today morning. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, addressed
the session and greeted the Conference, on behalf of
Bengal circle conference started at Krishnanagar.<<click
Bengal circle union donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ.
The West Bengal circle
union has donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ. The amount has
been remitted to the CHQ, through NEFT, on
24.09.2014. CHQ heartily thanks the West Bengal circle
union for the donation.
served strike notice on CMD BSNL, to go on One Day strike
As per the decision taken in yesterday’s JAC meeting, the
leaders of the JAC served the strike notice on CMD BSNL
today the 08.10.2014. Since the CMD was not available in
the office, the notice was delivered in his office. All
the major Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives
have signed this strike notice. Some organizations could
not reach Delhi to sign the strike notice. However, they
will also be serving the strike notice separately.<<view
India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held.
A meeting of the All
India Centre of BSNLEU was held today the 07.10.2014. The
meeting reviewed the preparations being made for
conducting the 7th All India Conference at Kolkata. The
meeting reiterated the decisions of the CEC meeting held
at Rajkot and the Central Secretariat meeting held at New
Delhi, to admit only elected delegates and permitted
observers in the forthcoming All India Conference.
decides to go on One Day strike on 27.11.2014.
A meeting of the JAC took
place at New Delhi today the 07.10.2014. It was presided
over by Com. Chandeswar Singh, President, JAC. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, welcomed everyone and initiated
the discussion. The meeting reviewed the dharna held on
23.09.2014 and the 2 hour walkout conducted on 30.09.2014,
and congratulated the entire Non-Executives, as well as
the leaders, for making both the struggles successful. The
meeting expressed its extreme unhappiness over the adamant
and negative attitude of the BSNL Management towards
settlement of the genuine demands. The meeting decided to
give call for One Day strike on 27.11.2014. The strike
notice will be served on CMD BSNL tomorrow the 08.10.2014.
wishes and warm greetings on the occasion of Bakrid.
Bakrid is the festival of
sacrifice. On this occasion, BSNLEU conveys it’s best
wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades. Let this
festival instil the spirit of selflessness and sacrifice
in the minds of all the people, to serve mankind.
circle union donates Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee
of the 7th AIC.
It is informed by
com.Balbir Singh, CS, Punjab, that the Circle Executive
Committee meeting of Punjab, that was held recently, has
decided to donate Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee of
the 7th All
India Conference, to be held at Kolkata. CHQ heartily
congratulates the Punjab circle union.
of advertisements, for the souvenir to be released in the
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All
India Conference, to be held at Kolkata, has decided to
release a souvenir at the time of the Conference. Tariff
coupons, for collection of the advertisements, have
already been distributed to all the circle unions. CHQ
requests all the circle unions to extend their helping
hand to the Reception Committee, by collection of
advertisements. After collection of the advertisements,
the same may be sent to the Reception Committee promptly.
meeting of the JAC to be held on 07-10-2014
The next meeting of the
Joint Action Committee of the Unions and Associations of
the Non-Executives (JAC), will take place at New Delhi
on 07-10-2014. The meeting will review the dharna
programme conducted on 23-09-2014, as well as the 2 hour
walk out that took place on 30.09.2014. The earlier
meeting of the JAC, that was held on 05.09.2014, had
already decided that a one day strike would be organised
in the month of November, if there is no improvement in
the settlement of the issues. Hence, the JAC meeting, that
is to be held on 07.10.2014 is a crucial one.
is International Day of Action today.
International Day of
Action is being observed all over the world, as per the
call of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU),
highlighting one of the most burning issues being faced by
mankind, viz., unemployment. Endorsing the call of the
WFTU, the BSNLEU has called on the circle and district
unions to observe International Day of Action, by
conducting special meetings at Circle and district levels.
In such of those Places where the Central Trade Unions
organise this programme, our comrades shall join them in
large numbers. Circle and district unions are requested to
effectively organise the programme and send reports and
photos to the CHQ.
wishes a very happy Dassera / Pooja to all the comrades.
CHQ conveys best wishes
and warm greetings to all the comrades and their families
on the occasion of Dassera / Pooja. Let these festivals
bring joy to all the people, and peace and progress to the
the change that you wish to see in the world."
The nation is celebrating
the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today. BSNLEU
joins the nation to pay it's respectful homage to the
Mahatma. At the same time, we wish to remind all, the
golden words that Mahatma told about change. He told, " Be
the change that you wish to see in the world." Following
this message will be the fittest tribute that we can pay
to the Mahatma. Let us become part of the change, that we
wish to see in the world.
with CMD BSNL
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL, today the 01.10.2014 and
discussed the following issues.
GS sought the immediate intervention of the CMD BSNL, in
the victimizations being caused to the members of BSNLEU
in Varanasi District, of UP (East) Circle, for
participation in trade union action. He pointed out that
DCRG and pension commutation of retirees are being with
held and promotion is denied to the officials who have
passed TTA exam and completed training. The CMD assured to
make necessary intervention.
GS pointed out that payment of three months salary advance
to the flood affected employees of Kashmir, as was assured
in the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, has
not yet been made. Further the GS also demanded that
welfare grant of Rs.7,000/- should also be paid to the
flood affected employees of the Kashmir. (This is as per
the decision of the latest meeting of the Welfare Board.)
walk out in BSNL Corporate Office.
The call for two hour
walk out received a very good response in the BSNL
Corporate Office also. The CHQ, as well as the circle
office bearers of BSNLEU and NFTE, did very good campaign
for the walk out. As a result, employees participated in a
large number in the walk out as well in the demonstration.
CHQ heartily congratulates the comrades of the Corporate
hours walk-out: a tremendous success.
The call of the JAC, for
a two hour walk-out today, got a overwhelming support from
the Non-Executives. The walk-out has become a resounding
success throughout the country. Reports have come from
Andaman & Nicobar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Chennai,
Rajasthan, UP (West), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Kolkata, West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha circles, where
almost the entire Non-Executives have participated in the
walk-out. The pattern is the same in other circles also.
CHQ salutes all the circle and district unions for this
2 hour walk out successfully tomorrow.
As per the call of the
JAC, a 2 hour walk out by the Non-Executives of BSNL will
take place tomorrow the 30.09.2014, between 1100 hrs and
1300 hrs. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to
take the last minute efforts, to make the walk-out a grand
success. During the walk-out, effective demonstrations may
also be organized. Reports and photos may be sent to the
hour walk-out on 30.09.2014. Make it 100% success.
The day long dharna by
the JAC, held on 23.09.2014, has become a resounding
success. However, the Management continues to turn a
“deaf-ear” towards our genuine demands. Under this
circumstance, we are left with no other option, but to
intensify our struggle. Circle and district secretaries
are requested to contact other constituents of the JAC and
make all out efforts to make the 2 hour walk-out 100%
with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour.
Standing Committee on Labour, met the delegation of BSNL
Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) today the
29.09.2014. The meeting took place in the Parliament
building. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. P.
Abhimanyu, Vice-President, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG and com.
Animesh Mitra, Vice-President participated in the
delegation. They discussed the issues of non-payment of
minimum wage, gratuity, Non-implementation of EPF, ESI
schemes of the casual and contract workers, with the
Standing Committee. The Standing Committee also met the
officers DoT and BSNL including the CMD BSNL.
social activist hanged in full public view by ISIS.
Salih Ali al-Nuaimy was an Iraqi woman and an advocate by
profession. She was a crusader for women rights, and human
rights. The ISIS which has captured Mosul, the second
biggest city of Iraq, arrested Nuaimy and accused that she
was functioning against the principles of Islam. She was
tried in the court of ISIS, which sentenced her to death.
On 22nd September,
Nuaimy was hanged to death in full public view. There is
no place for human rights or civil rights in the rule of
religious fundamentalists. The United Nations has stated
that, “educated, professional women seem to be
particularly at risk in regions captured by the ISIS.”
Powers are responsible for the crisis in the Middle-East.
democratic forces through out the world are worried about
the extraordinary situation prevailing in the Middle-East
countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc., where the
ISIS and other terrorist groups have unleashed a reign of
terror, in the name of Islam. Nicholas Maduro, the
President of Venezuela, who addressed the ongoing 69th General
Council meeting of the United Nations, has accused that
the US and other Western Powers are fully responsible for
this situation. He stated that it was the US and Western
Powers which provided arms, money, training etc., to
various terrorist outfits in the past, to topple the
progressive/anti-American governments in this region.
National Companies are happy with Modi sarkar.
Rating agency, ‘Standards and Poors’
gives good conduct certificate.
companies are really happy with the measures being taken
by the Narendra Modi govt. Within 4 months of it’s coming
to power, the Modi govt. has given big concessions to
foreign capital. Decisions are taken by the govt. to
increase FDI up to 49% in Insurance, to allow FDI in
railways, defence, to curtail subsidies being given to the
poor, to curtail the rights of workers by amending labour
laws, etc., etc. Earlier, the Standards & Poors had given
“Negative” rating, when the UPA-II govt. was in power.
platforms like JAC and Forum are very relevant.
In the 31st National
Council meeting, held on 25.09.2014, the GM (SR),
questioned the necessity of having joint platforms like
JAC and Forum. His view is that, when Recognised Unions
are there, there is no need for any JAC or Forum. In fact,
it is his firm opinion that Management should not
negotiate with the JAC and the Forum. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Secretary, Staff Side gave a fitting reply for this. He
told that when Shri A. Raja was the Telecom Minister, he
cancelled BSNL’s 45 million line GSM tender. When BSNL
Management was in a helpless position, it was the Forum
which went on one day strike on 11.07.2007, as a result of
which BSNL got 23 million lines. Further, he told that it
was the Forum, which went on 3 days strike in December
2010, opposing the cancellation of the 93 million line
tender. It is the Forum which is struggling to get refund
of BWA spectrum charges to BSNL, calculation of it’s
pension contribution on basic pay, adequate compensation
for BSNL’s rural land line telephony, said com. P.
Abhimanyu. Finally, he emphatically told that it is only
because of the struggles of all the Unions and
Associations, which is being spear headed by the Forum,
that BSNL is still surviving.
gets one time relaxation to appear proficiency test – case
of Shri M.K. Gamit, Valsad, Gujarat.
CHQ took up the issue of
granting one time relaxation for shri M.K. Gamit, Sr.TOA,
Valsad SSA, Gujarat, for appearing the mandatory
proficiency test. Considering the fact that shri M.K.
Gamit is a Compassionate Ground Appointee, belonging to ST
Community, CHQ took special efforts and got the issue
settled. CHQ is happy that it is able to help a person
belonging to the most oppressed section of the society.
CHQ expresses it’s gratitude to shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.)
for settling the case. The District Union, BSNLEU, Valsad,
has expressed it’s thanks to the CHQ.<<view
More loyal than the King?
The TRAI has questioned
the government, why private companies are not involved in
implementing the Rs.21,000 crore NOFN project. The
government has entrusted the job of laying optic fibre for
the NOFN project to 3 PSUs, viz., BSNL, Power Grid
Corporation and the RailTel. In August last, Rahul Khullar,
TRAI chairman, had asked the government why private
companies are not involved in the project. Now, TRAI has
released a consultation paper, wherein it has invited
suggestions of involving private companies to speed up
NOFN. This clearly shows the bias of the TRAI, in favour
of the private companies. In the past also the TRAI has
taken a series of pro-private decisions and against BSNL.
When a person with pro-private bias like Rahul Khullar is
the Chairman, how can we expect that the decisions of TRAI
will be fair and just
Council meeting held.
The 31st National
Council meeting is held today, the 25.09.2014. Shri A.N.
Rai, Director (HR), presided over the meeting. The meeting
paid homage to the victims of the unprecedented floods
that took place in Kashmir, by observing a minute’s
silence. Various issues were discussed in the meeting, a
gist of which will be placed in the CHQ website tomorrow.
months’ salary advance to be paid to the flood affected
BSNL employees of Kashmir.
In the National Council
meeting held today, the Staff Side members strongly
demanded that 3 months’ salary should be paid to the flood
affected employees of Kashmir, as pay advance, to tide
over the hardships caused by the recent floods. The
Director (HR) accepted the demand and assured that the
advance would be paid immediately.
Branch letter, banning demonstrations, dharnas, etc., in
BSNL is kept under abeyance.
On 18.09.2014, the SR
Branch of Corporate Office issued a gag order, banning
peaceful trade union actions in BSNL, such as
demonstrations dharnas, etc. The Staff Side vehemently
opposed this order in the National Council meeting held
today, and demanded it’s immediate withdrawal. In the face
of stiff resistance from the Staff Side members, the
Director (HR) instructed that the said order should be
kept under abeyance. BSNLEU expresses it’s sincere thanks
to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) for keeping the order
Council Staff Side members demand the Director (HR) to
restore normalcy in Kerala Circle.
The Staff Side members of
the National Council drew the attention of the Director
(HR) to the ongoing indefinite fast by the SNEA leaders,
and also expressed their serious concern over the abnormal
situation created due to the adamant vindictive attitude
of the CGM, Kerala. They demanded that the CMD should
immediately intervene to stop the situation from
congratulates the Indian scientists for their marvelous
“Mangalyaan”, the Indian
space craft sent to probe Mars, has successfully entered
into the orbit of that planet yesterday, after traveling
65 crore kilometers. Thus, India has become the first
country, to achieve this feat, on it’s first attempt. This
is a moment of pride for the entire Indians. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the ISRO and it’s scientists for
this marvelous feat.
of the Staff Side of the National Council held.
As a prelude to the
National Council meeting to be held tomorrow the
25.09.2014, a meeting of the Staff Side, National Council,
was held at New Delhi, today the 24.09.2014. Members of
the Staff Side participated in the meeting and made a
thorough discussion of the items to be discussed with the
Management in tomorrow’s National Council meeting.
massive rallies to the offices of CGMs as per the call of
the BSNL CCWF.
BSNL Casual Contract
Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF), has called upon to hold
rallies to CGM offices tomorrow the 25.09.2014. The
Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU held on 20.07.2014
at New Delhi has endorsed this call and has called upon
the circle and district unions of BSNLEU to mobilise the
regular employees massively in this march. CHQ once again
calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to make
tomorrow’s “March to CGM Office” programme a grand
dharna organized at Corporate Office.
As per the call of the
JAC, an impressive dharna was organized at Bharat Sanchar
Bhawan (Corporate Office). The UP (West) Circle Union and
the Haryana circle union of BSNLEU, had mobilised a large
number of comrades for the dharna. Com. C. Singh,
President, JAC, presided over the dharna and delivered his
speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, addressed the
gathering and explained in detail, about the demands and
the negative attitude of the Management, towards them. The
dharna is also addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.
Sunil Gautam, Dy. GS, SNATTA, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS,
AIBDPA, com. Mallikarjun, leader, BSNL MS, com. Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com.
B.D. Sharma, Acting GS, FNTOBEA and com. R.K. Ram, GS,
BTU. Com. Naresh, SNATTA, proposed vote of thanks.<<views
of the dharna>>
programme successfully held throughout the country.
Accepting the call of the
JAC, dharnas have been organized very effectively in all
the circles. Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat,
NE-1, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, UP (West), Odisha,
Maharashtra and Telecom Factory (Richhai) circles have
sent reports of holding the dharna programme successfully.
CHQ congrats all the circle and district unions, for
implementing the call successfully.<<views
of the dharna>> <<views
of the dharna>>
leaders met the CMD and demanded immediate intervention to
restore normalcy in Kerala circle.
The leaders of the JAC of
the Non-Executives met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL and Shri
N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and discussed about the
deteriorating situation in Kerala circle. The leaders
pointed out that due to the adamant and arrogant attitude
of the CGM, Kerala, an abnormal situation has arisen, as a
result of which services are deteriorating day by day. The
CMD assured that he would make necessary intervention.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, com. C. Singh,
President, JAC, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU,
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar,
GS, BSNL MS, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com. Mallikarjun,
BSNL MS and com. R.K. Ram, GS, BTU are the JAC leaders who
met the CMD. Earlier, the leaders met the SNEA leaders,
who are on indefinite fast, and expressed their
bulletin for observing International Day of Action.
BSNLEU has released
bulletins in English as well as in Hindi, for observing
International Day of Action. These bulletins have already
been dispatched to all the circle and district unions. If
required, these bulletins can also be downloaded from the
website for making photo copies.<<English>>> / <<Hindi>>
nationwide dharna programme today! Hold it massively!!
As per the call of the
JAC, nationwide dharna programme is taking place today,
demanding immediate settlement of the long pending demands
of the Non-Executives. CHQ calls upon all the comrades to
organise the programme massively and to send the right
message to the Management. Send report and photos
immediately to the CHQ. Congratulations in advance.
two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle, started
two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, ended with
The two day circle
conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, came to an end today,
with unanimous election of office bearers. Com.B.P.Narayan,
com.C.K.Gundanna and com.J.V.Keshav were unanimously
reelected as President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer,
respectively. Earlier in the day, shri R.K.Mishra, CGM,
Karnataka, addressed the Conference and spoke in detail on
the steps being taken to make BSNL profitable in
Karnataka. CHQ heartily congratulates the unanimously
elected circle office bearers of Karnataka.
to probe the role of
P.Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The CBI has said in its
charge sheet that it is investigating the “circumstances”
of the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval
granted by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in
connection with the Aircel- Maxis deal. The charge sheet
filed before the special court said the CBI is probing the
“circumstances” of Chidambaram’s approval to Maxis
subsidiary Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd for
investing $800 million in Aircel Ltd in 2006. The CBI is
also investigating all other “related issues” with regard
to the FIPB approval, it said. The CBI said the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was the “competent”
authority to grant approval for the $800 million foreign
investment — which was not obtained — and the Finance
Minister was “competent” to grant approval for investments
up to Rs.600 crore only.
two day conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, took off
to a colourful starting at Madikeri.<<click
Office letter, regarding the eligibility of TTAs, Drivers
and LDCs, for promotion under NEPP, is not acceptable to
BSNLEU has been demanding
for a long time that the pay scale upgradations of TTA and
Drivers, as well as the conversion from LDC to TOA, should
not be treated as promotion under NEPP, and that they
should be given 1st promotion on completion of 4 years.
The JAC has also included this issue in it's 30 point
charter of demands. On this issue, Corporate Office has
issued a letter, on 17-09-2014, stating that the TTAs,
drivers and the LDCs will be granted promotion as per NEPP,
on completion of 4 years, provided they forego the pay
scale upgradations/conversion, that they have already
been given. This letter is not acceptable to us. Without
putting such a conditionality, the TTAs, Drivers and LDCs
should be given 1st promotion under completion of 4 years
under NEPP. We will get this issue settled through
CHQ Treasurer bereaved.
R.C.Bhattacharya, elder brother of com.S.C.Bhattacharya,
CHQ Treasurer, passed away today at Raipur, due to a
massive heart attack. Shri R.C.Bhattacharya was 70 years
old and has been ailing for sometime. CHQ conveys it’s
heartfelt condolences to com.S.C.Bhattacharya, as well as
to the other members of his family.
International Day of Action on 3rd October, 2014.
The World Federation of
Trade Unions (WFTU) observes 3rd October of every year, as
the International Day of Action. Issues related to the
wellbeing of the working class, are being highlighted on
this day. The WFTU has decided that UNEMPLOYMENT shall be
the subject of the International Day of Action to be
observed in 2014. Unemployment is a serious social
problem, being faced by the working class. BSNLEU is an
affiliate of the WFTU. Hence, the All India Centre
meeting, held on 13-09-2014, has decided that the circle
and district unions of BSNLEU should observe this day very
effectively, by holding special meetings in all districts,
as well as at circle levels. It is also decided that if
the programme is organised by the Central Trade Unions in
a district, our comrades shall participate in it. CHQ
calls upon all the district and circle unions to observe
International Day of Action very effectively and send
reports to the CHQ.
of delegates and observers in the 7th All India
Conference, to be held at Kolkata.
CHQ has already intimated
all the district unions, about their eligibility for
delegates and observers, based on the remittance of quota,
for admission in the 7th All India Conference to be held
at Kolkata. Some district unions have written to the CHQ,
requesting to allot more number of observers for their
district. Some district unions have even sent their list
of delegates and observers, which is many times more than
the observers allotted by the CHQ. In this regard CHQ
wishes to make it very clear that only the number of
delegates and observers, as has already been allotted by
the CHQ, will be admitted in the All India Conference this
time. More number of observers will not be admitted in the
Conference. This is the decision taken in the CEC meeting
held at Rajkot. All the district unions have to respect
and implement this decision of the CEC.
the dharna programme on 23-09-2014 successfully.
The JAC of the unions and
associations of the Non - executives has called upon the
employees to conduct massive dharnas on 23-09-2014,
demanding the immediate settlement of the 30 point charter
of demands. The JAC has already printed posters in English
and Hindi and has already dispatched them to the
districts. Only a few more days are left for the programme.
Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to
immediately start making the Mobilisation, so that the
programme is conducted very effectively.
for the forthcoming struggles of dharna and 2
excels in the flood ravaged J&K.
The Press Trust of India
(PTI) has reported today that BSNL stands in the fore
front, in the flood ravaged J&K, in restoring
telecommunication services. The agency reports that as on
15.09.2014, BSNL had restored up to 85% of the service.
Out of it’s total 1173 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in
the state, BSNL restored 934 BTSs as on 15th itself.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the BSNL employees and
officers, as well as the Management, for this excellent
cannot be closed down “just like that”
News has appeared in a
section of the media that the Cabinet Secretary, shri Ajit
Seth convened a meeting of some top officers to consider
the closing down of loss making Pubic Sector Companies,
including BSNL, MTNL and Air India. CHQ wants to make two
points clear in this regard.
1. We have long been
telling that the ultimate aim of the govt. is to privatise
/ close down BSNL. Only with this target in mind, the
govt. has continuously taken steps to weaken BSNL.
2. The entire trade
unions of the country are up in arms against the
government’s move to sell the PSUs. In the All India
Convention of Central Trade Unions, held at New Delhi on
15.09.2014, even BMS, which is close to BJP, has declared
that it will join the united struggle to defeat
privatization of PSUs. So, it is not easy for the govt. to
sell / close down BSNL “just like that”. The united trade
union movement will defeat the game plan of the govt.
Comrades need not panic.
Telephones circle union conducted a highly successful
Kolkata Telephones circle
of BSNLEU conducted an impressive seminar on 16-09-2014,
on the issue of revival of BSNL. The seminar, which was
conducted in the premises of the Telecom Factory at Alipur, was
presided over by com. Ash Mohammed Khan, circle president,
BSNLEU, Kolkata Telephones. A large number of comrades
attended the meeting. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle
secretary, welcomed every one and initiated the discussion
on the subject. The seminar was addressed by Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, shri K. K. Sapra, CGM, Kolkata Telephones,
com. Animesh Mitral, Dy.GS, shri Amit Bhattacharya, PGM,
Kolkata Telephones and leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLCCWF,
NFTE, SEWA BSNL, etc., addressed the seminar.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, while addressing the seminar
explained how the anti-PSU policies of the government,
scuttling of BSNL's equipment procurement by vested
interests, and the inefficient Management have contributed
to the present precarious financial condition of the
Company. He called upon the employees to stoutly resist
the attempts of the government to make BSNL irrelevant and
also to urgently and radically improve their work culture.
CHQ heartily congratulates the Kolkata Telephones Circle
Union for organising a very successful seminar.
and the TNTCWU score a magnificent victory in Tamil Nadu
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle
union and the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union
(TNTCWU) scored a big success yesterday the 16-09-2014.
The leaders of BSNLEU and TNTCWU started an indefinite
fast at the Tamil Nadu CGM's office on 15-09-2014,
demanding the immediate reengagement of the 140 contract
workers who have been removed from work in the Vellore SSA
of Tamil Nadu. On 16- 09-2014, both the Unions conducted a
massive dharna at the GGM's office, by mobilising more
than 1500 regular employees and contract workers from all
over the circle. Simultaneously, the contract workers
throughout the circle went on strike.
For the past two months
the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle had been maintaining a stiff
position that he would not discuss the issues of contract
workers with the BSNLEU. However, as a result of this
struggle, he was compelled to invite the leaders of BSNLEU
and the TNTCWU for negotiation. In the negotiation an
agreement is reached. According to this, 85 contract
workers would immediately be taken back for work. The
remaining workers would also be taken for work
expeditiously, in a phased manner. This struggle is a
classic example for the unity of the regular employees and
the contract worker. CHQ heartily congratulates both the
BSNLEU and the TNTCWU, as well as the entire comrades of
Tamil Nadu circle, for the magnificent victory. <<view
printed for JAC forthcoming struggle.
JAC has printed posters
in English and Hindi for the forthcoming struggles of
dharna and 2 hours walk out. CHQ of BSNLEU has already
dispatched the posters to all the circle and district
secretaries. Comrades are requested to use the posters for
effectively organising the struggles.
with GM (Estt).
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt)
yesterday the 15-09-2014 and discussed the issues of
Compassionate Ground Appointments, date of implementation
of the EPF, allowing casual labourers to appear Telecom
Mechanic LDCE and other issues. The GM (Estt.) assured
that the needful would be done.
and TNTCWU conducting massive dharna, in front of Tamil
Nadu CGM office at Chennai.
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle
and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) are
conducting a massive dharna at the office of the CGM,
Tamil Nadu circle. More than 1500 workers, who have come
from all the districts of Tamil Nadu, are participating in
the struggle. Contract workers are on strike in the
circle. The struggle has been launched, demanding
reengagement of the 140 contract workers who have been
removed from work. CHQ has demanded the CMD BSNL to
immediately take back the retrenched workers. CHQ salutes
the BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union and the TNTCWU for
conducting this militant struggle.
with GM (CIT) on implementation of ERP in Telecom Stores
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com . Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri Ramchand, GM
(CIT) and discussed about the redressal of the problems
being faced by the employees of Telecom Stores Circle,
due to the implementation of ERP. The GM (CIT) apprised
the leaders, of the actions being taken by the Management,
to avoid the recurrence of the problems faced by the
employees in the drawal of salary.
passed in the National Convention of Workers, held at New
Delhi, today the 15.09.2014.
circle conference of Haryana successfully held at Bhiwani.
The 6th circle conference
of Haryana circle was successfully held at Bhiwani on
14.09.2014. The Conference started with the hoisting of
the Union flag by com .V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. The
Open Session was held in the morning. It was addressed by
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President
and shri S.P. Tripati, GM, Rohtak. The delegates session
was held in the afternoon. Com. M.S. Kadian, CS, Presented
the report on activities. A good number of comrades
participated in the discussion. Thereafter, com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, spoke, explaining the various issues being
taken at the All India Level and also about the struggle
call by the JAC. The report and the accounts were passed
unanimously. At the end, com. Naresh Kumar and com. M.S.
Kadian were unanimously reelected as the President and
Circle Secretary respectively. <<Views
of the Conference>>
Convention of Workers held at New Delhi.
A National Convention of
Workers, organized by the Central Trade Unions was held at
New Delhi today the 15.09.2014. The Convention was held in
the Constitution Club and was jointly presided over by all
the National Presidents of the Central Trade Unions. Apart
from the representatives of the Central TUs,
representatives of the federations of various industries
also attended. From BSNLEU Com. V.A.N Namboodiri,
President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS attended the convention. It was addressed
by com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, com. Gurudas Dasgupta, GS,
AITUC, com. Brajesh Upadhyay, GS, BMS, Dr. Sanjiva Reddy,
President, INTUC and many others. The Convention passed a
declaration and has decided to conduct the following
programme of action.
1. State level joint
conventions in September and October. Wherever possible
district and industry level joint conventions may be
2. National Protest Day to
be observed on 05.12.2014, on which massive
demonstrations are to be held. Demonstration at Delhi
will be held with workers from states nearer to Delhi.
Linked Incentive (PLI) – our demand is justified.
The demand of the JAC on
the issue of PLI is very justified. For the past so many
years Management has been denying PLI to the BSNL
employees on the plea that the Company is not earning
profit. We had shown to the Management, the DPE
guidelines, wherein it is categorically stated that PLI is
not linked with the profit of a PSU. In the talks held
between the JAC and the Management on 27.06.2014, the JAC
demanded that PLI should not be linked with profit, as per
the DPE guidelines. It was accepted by the Management.
According to the decision taken in that meeting, the Joint
Committee on PLI is in the process of finalising the “New
PLI formula”, based on the productivity of the Company.
However, it will take a few more months to finalise the
same. Under these circumstances, the JAC has raised the
demand that one month’s pay should be paid as Adhoc PLI,
before Pooja, pending finalisation of the New PLI formula.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, as well as the Convener of
the JAC, has met the CMD twice and has demanded payment of
adhoc PLI. If this justified demand is rejected, then the
employees will be left with no other option, but to go on
BSNL employees are left
with no other option, but to hit back.
The next few months are
going to be a period of serious struggles in BSNL. The
genuine demands of the Non-Executives, including PLI are
being rejected by the Management. The E-1 pay scale and
the Revised Recruitment Rules of the JTO, are already
approved by the Management Committee. However, the BSNL
Board of Directors refuses to give approval to both these
issues, on the plea that the Company is running in loss.
This attitude of the Board of Directors cannot be
accepted. On one side the Management and the govt. are
doing nothing to revive the financial condition of the
Company. The suggestions given by the Forum, in this
respect, are thrown into the dustbin. On the other side,
the Deloittee Committee’s recommendations and the move to
merge BSNL & MTNL are threatening the very future of the
employees and the Company. Under these circumstances, the
employees of BSNL are left with no other option but to hit
back. Yes comrades, we have to hit back strongly.
beckon us! Let us march ahead!!
The JAC of the
Non-Executives has given call for dharna on 23.09.2014,
two hours walk out on 30.09.2014 and one day strike in the
month of November. These struggles have become inevitable
because our justified demands have been rejected. The
Forum has decided to give call for indefinite strike
against the merger of BSNL & MTNL, recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee as well as demanding concrete steps
for the revival of BSNL. The date of this strike will be
finalised in the next meeting of the Forum, which is
meeting shortly. In short, the next few months are going
to be a period of struggles and turbulence in BSNL. We are
left with no other option, but to hit back. CHQ requests
all the Circle and District Secretaries are requested to
get fully prepared to meet the situation. They are
requested to take the initiative to strengthen the unity
of the Non-Executives, as well as the entire employees of
BSNL. JAC and Forum should immediately be formed in
whichever district and circle where they are not formed.
Without unity we cannot save BSNL and also cannot win over
our justified demands. Yes comrades. Struggles beckon us!
Let us march ahead!!
Side members express protest, in the meeting of the
Sub-Committee formed to discuss “interse-seniority” issue,
connected with the merger of BSNL & MTNL.
A meeting of the
Sub-Committee, formed to discuss the “interse-seniority”
issue, connected with the merger of BSNL & MTNL, was held
today. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the
Forum, the Staff Side members informed the Management that
they would not discuss the interse-seniority issue, unless
and otherwise the other major issues like the financial
liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL are first
discussed and sorted out. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
explained this decision in detail, before the BSNL & MTNL
officers. Other representatives of the unions and
associations also took the same stand and demanded that
govt. should first discuss the major issues connected with
the merger. Hence, no discussion on the interse-seniority
issue took place today. Finally, the Management Side said
that the Staff Side views can be given in writing, which
would be forwarded to the govt.
meeting decides that one day basic pay of the employees
will be donated as relief to the flood affected people of
Jammu & Kashmir.
The Forum meeting that
was held today the 12.09.2014, has taken the decision that
a proposal shall be given to the Management, that an
amount equivalent to one day’s basic pay shall be deducted
from the salary of the employees, and the same shall be
donated as relief to the people of Jammu & Kashmir who are
very badly affected by floods. Since the people of J&K are
facing a natural calamity that has not taken place during
the past 100 years, all employees are requested to
co-operate and agree to donate one day’s basic pay.
with CMD on 11.09.2014.
Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.N.
Rai, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 11.09.2014, and discussed the
with GM (Estt.) on 11.09.2014.
Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri R.K.
Goyal, GM (Estt.), and discussed the following issues.
labourers working in BSNL, with the requisite
qualification should be allowed to appear the Telecom
of implementation of EPF, in respect of casual labourers
in BSNL, should be compulsorily from 01.10.2000, and not
from any later date.
The pay scale upgradations of the TTA and Driver cadres,
from 01.10.2000, should not be treated as the first
upgradation under NEPP and they should be given first
upgradation w.e.f. 2004.
& Kashmir limping back to normalcy.
Jammu & Kashmir, which is
devastated by unprecedented floods, is limping back to
normalcy. The floods have started to recede. Relief and
rescue operations are being carried out by the armed
forces in full swing. After many days, early this morning,
the General Secretary was able to contact com. Bashir
Ahmed Khan, District Secretary, Srinagar. He told that the
floods have started receding, however, the fate of
employees are not known, as communication continues to
remain paralysed. Still, the circle secretary, com. Nisar
Ahmed could not be contacted. BSNLEU, while assuring the
Management of all cooperation, has demanded immediate
financial relief to the BSNL employees of J&K circle.
to become a 100% multi national company.
Uninor, which is
operating in 7 circles with 30 million subscribers, is all
set to become a 100% multi national company. Norwegian
multi national company, Telenor, is have 74% stake in
Uninor. The remaining 26% is being held by Lakshdeep
Investments. Telenor has clinched a Rs.7.8 billion deal to
purchase the 26% stake from it’s partner. It has already
got the approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board
Modi govt.’s big step to kill the Public Sector.
The Narendra Modi
government has taken a drastic decision on 10.09.2014 to
kill the Indian Public Sector. The govt. has taken
decision to disinvest the shares in three PSUs for a
whopping Rs.45,000 crore. The three PSUs are Coal India
Ltd. (CIL), ONGC and National Hydroelectric Power
Corporation (NHPC). In CIL, the govt. has decided to sell
10% stake, while the figure is 11.3% in NHPC and 5% in
ONGC. In addition to this, the govt. has already decided
to sell 10% stake in the SAIL. Undoubtedly the BJP govt.
ruling at the Centre is also following the same
Neo-Liberal Policy, which was followed by the previous
Congress led UPA govt. Let the working class muster
strength and launch serious struggles to safeguard the
Conference of the Corporate Office held.
The Circle Conference of
the Corporate Office circle branch was held today the
10.09.2014. Com. Rajiv Kumar Singh, presided over the
meeting. Com. Kamal Dev Sah, Circle Secretary, welcomed
all and placed his report. The members participated in the
discussion and raised the issues of the Corporate Office
employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the
conference. He appreciated the efforts being taken by the
Corporate Office Circle Union for increasing union
membership. He explained the audience about the present
condition of the Company, for which the pro-private
policies of the govt., as well as inefficiency of the
Management are responsible. The efforts being taken by the
JAC to resolve the problems of the Non-Executives, was
also explained. Finally, election of office-bearers took
place. The list of office-bearers with Com. Pratap Singh
Bist, LDC, com. Kamal Dev Sah, LDC and com. Sunil Kumar,
LDC were unanimously elected as the President, Circle
Secretary and Treasurer respectively. CHQ conveys its
congratulations to the newly elected circle office bearers
of Corporate Office circle union branch.
6th Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE1 and
NE2 culminated in a massive rally and open session.
Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE1 and NE2 circles,
that started on 06-09-2014, and was going on for the last
three days, came to an end with a colourful rally and an
open session. Hundreds of employees enthusiastically
participated in the procession. At the end an impressive
open session was held in the Rabindra Nath Tagore
Centenary Memorial Hall. It was addressed by Com. Manik
Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and shri D.P. Singh, CGM, NE-1
Circle. The Hon’ble Chief Minister and the General
Secretary criticised the Neo-Liberal Policies and insisted
for strengthening of the struggles against those policies.
They also reiterated the necessity to fight against
communal forces. In the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief
Minister released the souvenir of the Joint Circle
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations,
from the following comrades, as well as Circle and
badly affected in worst ever flood after Independence.
Unprecedented flood has
crippled life in Kashmir. The Capital Srinagar itself is
stated to be badly affected. This is said to be the worst
ever flood, seen after Independence. So far, 175 people
are reported killed in flood and landslides. However, it
is feared that more number of people might have been
killed in landslides in isolated and far flung areas. The
Army has deployed 23,000 personnel, who have so far
rescued more than 23,000 people. Telecommunication
services are totally disrupted and we are not able to
contact our comrades. In this hour of crisis, we pledge
our whole hearted support and solidarity to our brothers
and sisters who are facing the fury of nature in Kashmir.
We also convey our heartfelt condolences to the people,
who have lost their near and dear. Hope normalcy will be
District Union donated Rs.20,200/ towards CHQ fund.
Rs.20,200 was donated
towards CHQ Fund, in the ongoing Assam circle conference
being held at Agartala. This donation is collected by the
Jorhat District Union. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, received the
donation and congratulated the Jorhat comrades.<<click
seminar held in the joint circle conference of Assam, NE 1
& NE 2.<<click
Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE-1 and NE-2 circles
took off at Agartala, with an enthusiastic inaugural
Board meeting to take place on 22.08.2014.
BSNLEU has consistently
been urging the BSNL Management, to convene the meeting of
the BSNL Staff Welfare Board, which met last in the year
2011. BSNLEU also urged the new CMD to hold the meeting
expeditiously. As a result of this, the Management has
notified to hold the Welfare Board meeting on 22.08.2014,
BSNLEU has already submitted it’s agenda items for this
of the Committee, formed by BSNLEU’s Rajkot CEC meeting,
to study the implications of the merger of BSNL & MTNL.<<view
for discussion in the Committee for merger of BSNL & MTNL,
presented by Com. P. Asokababu, (VP, CHQ), Convener of the
BSNLEU organised a massive felicitation function in honour
of Com. Balwinder Singh DS Ludhiana on 02.07.2014.<<click
Circle Executive Committee meeting being held at Dhule.<<click
with the CMD BSNL.<<click
Branch of the Corporate Office denies special casual leave
for the Central Secretariat meeting to be held at New
Delhi on 20.07.2014.
CHQ has issued notification
to hold a meeting of the Central Secretariat at New Delhi
on 20.07.2014. Central Secretariat is a constitutional
body of BSNLEU, duly approved by the Registrar of Trade
Unions. Further, the same SR Branch had issued letter for
the grant of special casual leave, for the Central
Secretariat meeting, held on 26.08.2013. Hence, it is
ridiculous that the SR Branch has decided to deny special
casual leave for the participants of the meeting to be
held on 20.07.2014. This denial, only reveals the anti-BSNLEU
attitude of the GM (SR). BSNLEU will appropriately handle
Office circle union conducts convention as per the
decision of Rajkot CEC.
of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives
submitted memorandum to the CMD BSNL.
Representatives of the Joint
Action Committee (JAC) of the Union and Associations of
the Non-Executives met shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, today
the 09.04.2014 and submitted a Memorandum on the long
pending demands of the Non-Executives. The delegation of
the representatives consisted of com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
BSNLEU and Convenor, JAC, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and
President, JAC, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and Joint
Convenor, JAC, com. R.C. Pandey, GS, BTEU and Financial
Secretary, JAC, com. Pawan Meena, GS, SNATTA and Joint
Convenor, JAC, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Abdus
Samad, Dy.GS, TEPU, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE and com.
R.S. Yadav, Jt. Secretary, BSNL ATM. The representatives
insisted upon the CMD BSNL to look into the problems and
to ensure an early and amicable settlement. The CMD BSNL
assured to do the needful.<<view
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations, from
the following comrades, as well as Circle and District
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations, from
the following comrades, as well as Circle and District
takes decision to go on strike.
A meeting of the JAC was
held yesterday the 05.09.2014. Com. C. Singh, President,
JAC, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convener, JAC welcomed every one and briefed on the
Demands Day programme that have taken place and the status
of the various issues. He told that even issues like E-1
pay scale and new RR of the JTO are lying pending, since
the Board of Directors has not approved them. Thereafter,
detailed discussion took place on the agenda.
Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNL MS, TEPU, SNATTA,
BTEU, FNTOBEA, BTU and BSNL WRU took part in the
discussion. The following decisions were taken
meeting expressed it’s extreme displeasure and resentment
since no improvement has taken place on any of the issues
on which discussion took place between the JAC and the
Management on 27.6.2014.
(ii) In order to intensify the struggle, a one day
dharna is to be conducted at the Corporate Office, circles
and SSAs on 23.09.2014.
(iii) Two hour walk out is to be conducted on
30.09.2014 from 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs.
(iv) One day strike will take place in November,
the date of which will be decided in the next JAC meeting
to be held on 04.10.2014.
with GM (Estt.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
held discussion with Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the
04.09.2014, during which he reminded many issues that have
already been discussed on earlier occasions, such as
problems connected with NEPP, fixation of pay after
01.10.2000, Compassionate Ground Appointments, Telecom
Mechanic promotion to the officials who have already been
qualified and completed training, Allowing casual
labourers to appear the Telecom Mechanic LICE, and also
the gratuity and EPF issues of the casual labourers. The
GM (Estt.) assured that action is being taken on most of
moving on fast track on the issue of merger of BSNL and
It is widely reported in
the media, that the DoT is moving fast on the issue of
merger of BSNL and MTNL. As per reports, the DoT has fixed
June, 2015 as the deadline for the merger, for which it
will move a Cabinet Note in April, 2015. However, the DoT
wants to hold discussion with the Unions and Associations
on this matter only in March, 2015. From the above time
schedule it is clear that by the time the DoT holds talk
with the unions, the merger of BSNL and MTNL would have
become a fait accompli. We will not allow this to happen.
The unions and associations, under the banner of Forum,
will meet shortly and will finalise their strategy.
Board meeting held.
meeting of the Staff Welfare Board was held today at New
Delhi today. The meeting was presided over by shri A.N.Rai,
CMD BSNL. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, represented BSNLEU in the
meeting. At the outset, Com.P.Abhimanyu expressed his deep
anguish over the extreme delay in holding the Welfare
Board meeting. The last meeting was held in
February, 2011. The CMD BSNL assured that the meeting will
be held without delay hereafter. A note on the discussions
held on the agenda item will be put on the website
Secretary addressed the seminar of the Puducherry district
The Puducherry district
conference of BSNLEU, was held today the 02.09.2014.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, attended the
conference and addressed the seminar on the viability of
BSNL. He exposed the anti-BSNL policies of the successive
governments that came to power at the centre, which have
weakened the BSNL, as well as the efforts taken by the
unions and associations, under the banner of Forum, to
revive BSNL. He called upon the employees to improve the
quality of service, by improving work culture. The seminar
was also addressed by com.S.Chellappa, circle secretary,
shri Santhosam, GM, and smt. Radhika, DGM, Puducherry.
issued for holding the 31st meeting of the
meeting of the National Council should have been held in
the month of August itself, as per the decision taken in
the last meeting. However, the same was not held, perhaps
due the fact that the Director (HR) is busy, since he is
also looking after as the CMD. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Secretary, Staff Side met him on 26.08.2014, and insisted
early conducting of the meeting. Accordingly Corporate
Office has issued notification to hold the meeting on
of admissible delegates and observers to the various
district unions, for the 7th AIC, based on the
quota received by the CHQ - Circle and District
Secretaries to note please.
CHQ has dispatched
letters to all the circle and district secretaries,
intimating the admissibility of delegates and observers to
each of the district union, for the forthcoming 7th
All India Conference, based on the quota received by the
CHQ. Discrepancies, found if any, may kindly be intimated
in writing to the CHQ, latest by 14.09.2014.
International Day of Action on 3rd October.
October 3rd of every year is
being observed by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU),
as the International Day of Action. Accordingly, the WFTU
has given call to observe October 3rd of this year also as
the International Day of Action. The issue that is to be
focused on this day is “unemployment”. This is a
very serious issue, that is impacting a vast majority of
the population across the world. Millions of youth are
struggling world over, to get a job for the subsistence of
their families. This is a subject which is very much
connected with the working class. Due to the world
economic crisis that started in 2008, millions of workers
lost their jobs. While the governments of various
countries spent billions of dollars to bail out the
capitalists, the workers who lost their jobs were left
high and dry. BSNLEU is affiliated to the WFTU. As such it
is our duty to implement the call of the WFTU. The CEC
meeting held at Rajkot has also decided that the
International Day of Action should be observed in a
befitting manner. CHQ calls upon the circle and district
unions to implement the call.
Chargesheets Marans for Rs 822cr Maxis Kickbacks.
The CBI on Friday filed a
chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal case before a special
court hearing the 2G scam cases, naming former Telecom
Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and
others for their alleged role in doling out Rs 600 crore
as bribes. Five individuals named in the chargesheet
include Dayanidhi, Sun Group CMD Kalanithi, Malaysian
tycoon T Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall, a
director in many of Krishnan’s companies. Former telecom
secretary and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
chairman J S Sarma, who died in March, has also been named
as an accused. However, his name has been put in a column
of the accused against whom trial cannot proceed. The CBI
also charged four companies — Maxis Communications Berhad,
Sun Direct TV Ltd, Astro All Asia Networks and South Asia
Entertainment Holdings Ltd. The 72-page chargesheet, which
does not differ much from the original FIR, includes the
names of 151 witnesses and a set of 655 documents.
The New Indian Express dated 30-08-2014]
of delegates and observers for the 7th All
CHQ has finalized the
eligible number of delegates and observers of each and
every district union, for the forthcoming 7th
All India Conference, to be held at Kolkata. This
eligibility is worked out, based on the quota received by
CHQ, from January 2012 to December, 2013. District Unions
are requested to elect their delegates and observers based
on this eligibility. As per the decision of the Rajkot CEC
meeting, admission of delegates and observers in the AIC
will be strictly according the allotment made by CHQ only.
It is also requested that the list of delegates and
observers from each district union, may please be
intimated to the CHQ and the Reception Committee, atleast
two weeks prior to the AIC. Queries / corrections to
the quota sent to the CHQ, or allotment of delegates /
observers to the districts, may please be sent in writing
to the CHQ latest by 14.09.2014.
<<view the list>>
Court dismisses Dayanidhi Maran’s petition. Says filing
charge sheet is CBI’s prerogative.
A petition field by the
former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, is dismissed by
the Supreme Court today. Maran has demanded that the
Supreme Court should refrain the CBI from filing a charge
sheet against him, since the CBI has not completed it’s
Malaysia side investigation. The Supreme Court has stated
that filing the charge sheet is the prerogative of the
CBI, and that the Court would not intervene in that.
of Hon'ble MoC&IT during HOCC held on 21 - 22 August'14.<<click
with CMD BSNL
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.N.
Rai, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 26.08.2014 and discussed the
Adhoc PLI : The leaders
informed the CMD, that the Joint Committee to finalise the
New PLI formula is on the job. Since it will take atleast
2 months to finalise the New PLI formula, the Company
should pay one month pay as adhoc PLI,
demanded the leaders.
delay in approving E-1 pay scale and revised JTO
: The leaders
pointed out that there is inordinate delay in approving
the E-1 pay scale and the revised Recruitment Rules of the
JTO cadre. They urged upon the CMD to get both the issues
approved by the next meeting of the Board of Directors.
meeting of the National Council: It is the
decision of the last meeting of the National Council, that
the next meeting (31st meeting) would be held
in the 2nd / 3rd week of August,
2014. However, no date has so far been fixed for the
meeting. The leaders insisted upon the CMD to hold the
meeting at least in the month of September, 2014.
The CMD assured that all
the issues raised by the Union leaders would be
appropriately be looked into.
Rs.200/- free SIM to the BSNL Employees posted in MTNL
Allow off net calls on Rs.200/- free
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.K.
Singhal, GM (Admn.), yesterday the 26.08.2014, and
demanded that Rs.200/- free SIM should be issued to the
BSNL employees posted in MTNL areas. They insisted that
there should not be any discrimination among the BSNL
employees, on the issue of issuing Rs.200/- free SIM card.
Similarly, off net calls (calls to other networks) should
also be allowed on Rs.200/- free SIM, demanded the
leaders. The GM (Admn.), assured to look into this demands
and to do the needful.
of 7th All
India Conference of BSNLEU inaugurated.
Veteran trade union
leader Com. Ananta Bhattacharjee inaugurated the Website
of the 7th AIC, at Kolkata, in a meeting of the
Reception Committee, held on 22.8.2014. Com. Adhir Sen,
Working Chairman of the Reception Committee presided over
the meeting. Most of the joint conveners of different
subcommittees along with the volunteers were present in
the meeting. Joint Secretaries of the Reception Committee
Com. Animesh Mitra & Com. Saibal Sengupta welcomed the
members in the meeting on the eve of this historic moment.
They also apprised the house the latest position of the
preparation of the 7th AIC. Treasurer Com.
Omprakash Singh informed the house the financial position
of the Reception Committee. Both the Joint Secretaries and
Treasurer appealed to the members to donate generously and
remit the same without any delay. Conveners of the
different sub-committees reaffirmed to make the 7th
AIC, a historic success. www.bsnleu.wix.com/seventhaic
is the web address of the 7th All India
Conference. CHQ heartily congratulates the Reception
Committee, for adopting latest technology to successfully
organise the All India Conference.
level dharna successfully held throughout the country on
the demands of the casual contract workers.
As per the call of the
BSNL CCWF and the BSNLEU, very successful dharnas are
conducted yesterday the 26.08.2014, at the SSA level. The
reports coming from various circles in this regard is very
encouraging. In most of the places, the dharnas were
conducted successfully and jointly by BSNL CCWF and the
BSNLEU. CHQ heartily congratulates all comrades for the
successful dharna. CHQ also requests all circle
secretaries to send a report on this programme, with
photos. The next programme on these demands will be March
to CGM Offices on 25.09.2014. CHQ requests all the circle
and district unions to start making preparations for that
programme for onwards.<<view
of implementation of EPF, in respect of casual labourers.
EPF has been implemented
for casual labourers in BSNL. However, Corporate Office
has not specified the date of its implementation. Circles
like West Bengal and NE-1 has sought clarification from
the Corporate Office in this respect. However, no decision
has yet been taken so far. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.M.C.Balakrishna, Org. Secretary(CHQ) met shri
R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the 26-08-2014, and insisted
that Corporate Office should issue guideline to implement
EPF w.e.f 01-10-2000, i.e., from the date of formation of
of Hon'ble CAT judgement, in respect of the Ex-service
men, who are provisionally allowed to appear JTO LICE.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com. M.C.Balakrishna, Org.Secretary (CHQ), met shri
R.K.Goyal today, and once again urged upon him to
implement the Hon'ble CAT judgement, in respect of the
Ex-service men, who had already been provisionally allowed
to appear the JTO LICE. They told the GM (Estt.) not to
prolong the litigation, but to honour and implement the
judgement already given in favour of the Ex-service men.
personalities, U.R. Ananthamurthy and Richard Attenborough
writer and Jnanpith award winner, U.R. Ananthamurthi has
passed away. Richard Attenborough, who directed the Oscar
award wining movie, Gandhi, has passed away. BSNLEU pays
rich tributes and condolence to both the personalities.
of the JAC will be held on 05.09.2014.
A meeting of the JAC of
the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives will be
held at New Delhi on 05.09.2014. The venue is BSNL MS
office. The meeting will review the ‘Demands Day’, held on
07.08.2014, and will also decide about future course of
the dharna of the casual contract workers on 26.08.2014, a
A dharna, on the genuine
demands of the casual and contract workers, will be held
tomorrow the 26.08.2014. Circle and District Secretaries
of BSNLEU are requested to organize the programme,
together with BSNL CCWF effectively.
Left-out Casual labours and Contract workers.
Casual labour wage
to be the same as the lowest wage in BSNL, instead of
that of DOT.
Minimum Wage as per
Government Orders to be implemented to the contract
workers, including higher wages for semi-skilled,
skilled and highly skilled and as per A, B and C class
cities. Wages to be paid through account/cheque in time.
Even if contractor changes, the same workers should
Social Security measures like EPF, ESI, Gratuity, Bonus.
HRA / Quarters to be
allotted to casual contract workers.
EPF Account to be
opened by the Principal Employer instead of by
Issue of Identity
Cards by BSNL Management.
should take necessary steps to improve the services by
procuring sufficient equipment to enable expansion and
Equal Pay for Equal
work for contract workers.
- Reinstate all the retrenched workers.
Casual and Contract Workers Federation.
Tax Department serves a Demand Notice on BSNL for Rs.6234
It is very unfortunate
that the Income Tax Department has served a Demand Notice
on BSNL for Rs.6234 crore. The claim of the Income Tax
Department is that, BSNL had under reported its income,
for the financial year 2011-12. This allegation has been
denied by the CMD of BSNL, shri A.N.Rai. He has stated
that BSNL would appeal against this notice, with the
Income Tax Commissioner.
(Source: Economic Times dt. 23.08.2014)
Pradesh Circle Executive Committee meeting
being held at
The Circle Executive
Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh Circle, is
being held at Indore. The meeting started with flag
hoisting. National flag was hoisted by com.B.S.Raghuwansi,
circle president, and the Union flag was hoisted by
com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral tributes were
paid at the martyrs column. Thereafter, the Executive
Committee meeting started. Com.B.S.Raghuwansi, presided
over the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, inaugurated the
subjects committee. Com.H.S.Tahkur, circle secretary
presented the report on activities. Thereafter the seminar
on the revival of BSNL started. Com.H.S.Tahkur initiated
the discussion with his speech. The seminar was addressed
by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri Prakash Bhallal, Sr.GM (Admn.),
shri.Piyush Khare, Sr.GM, Indore, com.Sailendra Tahkur,
Secretary, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, com.Jagdish Singh,
Organising Secretary (CHQ), com.N.T.Sajwani, leader, NFTBE,
com.B.S.Raghuwansi, circle president, com.Mahesh Sharma,
CS, SNEA and com.Prakash Sharma, District Secretary and
Chairman of the Reception Committee. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
in speech explained how the pro-private policies of the
government weakened BSNL. He also explained about the
efforts being made by the Forum for the revival of BSNL.
The subjects committee started after the lunch and is
going on. The following are some of the views of the
Secretary joins CHQ after treatment.
Dear Comrades, I have
joined CHQ today, after undergoing an eye surgery at
Chennai on 13.08.2014, to set right a problem in the
retina. I sincerely thank all the comrades who conveyed
their best wishes for my speedy recovery.
of Circles Conference taking place in New Delhi.
The Heads of Circles
Conference has started at New Delhi today the 21-08-2014.
The meeting will take place today and tomorrow. Among
other things, the HOCC is expected to discuss the report
of the Deloittee Committee, based on which the Management
will take a decision. As usual, the Management has stated
that a final decision would be taken after consulting the
demonstration conducted at BSNL Corporate Office, against
the report of the Deloittee Committee.
As per the call of the
Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, a lunch hour
demonstration was conducted at Corporate Office today,
against the report of the Deloittee Committee. A large
number of employees participated in the demonstration.
Slogans were raised, demanding the scrapping of the
Deloittee Committee's report. The meeting was addressed by
com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, convener, Forum, com.Chandeswar
Singh, GS, NFTE, com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.Suresh
Kumar, GS BSNL MS, com.R.S.Chauhan, CS, NTR,
com.M.C.Balakrishna, Org.Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, and many
others. It is very relevant that the Forum has conducted
this demonstration on the day when the HOCC meeting is
taking place. We hope that the Management would have got
the right message from this demonstration, and that it
will take a wise decision on the matter.
14th Foundation Day of BSNLEU West Bengal
demonstration against the report of the Deloittee
Committee, to be held at Corporate
Office tomorrow the 21.08.2014.
Demonstrations, as per
the call of the Forum, against the report of the Deloittee
Committee, were held at the SSA and Circle levels on
12.08.2014. Employees overwhelmingly participated in those
demonstrations throught the country. However, it has been
decided that the demonstration at the Corporate Office
would be held on 21.08.2014. Accordingly, a lunch hour
demonstration will take place at the Corporate
rates may fall, as TRAI lowers access charge.
According to a decision
announced by the TRAI on 24th July, customers can choose
their International Long Distance Operator ( ILDO ), for
speaking ISD calls, by purchasing calling cards from that
ILDO. For this, the ILDO has to pay an 'access charge' to
the local service
provider. This access charge has been decided by the TRAI,
and was announced yesterday. According to this
announcement, access charge will be 40 paise per minute
for wireless service and Rs.1.20 per minute for wireline
service. As a result of this announcement, competition is
expected to increase, and ISD rates are expected to fall.
Dharnas on 26.08.2014, at SSA levels, on the demands of
the casual and contract workers.
The BSNL Casual and
Contract Workers Federation has decided to organise
dharnas on 26.08.2014, at SSA levels (in front of GM / TDM
offices), urging the BSNL Management to settle the long
pending problems of the casual and contract workers. The
Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi
on 20.07.2014, has decided that the Union should take all
out efforts to make the agitational programme of the
casual and contract workers a grand success. Hence, CHQ
calls upon the circle and district Secretaries to take
initiative, to organise the dharna effectively. Special
attention should be taken to mobilise the regular
employees in large numbers in the dharna. Details
regarding the demands for the agitation is uploaded on CHQ
website on 24.07.2014.
Recruitment Rules of the cadre of TTA approved by BSNL
It is understood that the
BSNL Board has given it's approval for the new Recruitment
Rules of the cadre of TTA. It is also learnt that the
Board has approved the payment of an incentive of Rs.800/-
per month, to those who look after the charge of Hindi
Translator. However, it is disappointing to learn, that
the Board has kept pending the issues of E1 pay scale and
new Recruitment Rules of the cadre of JTO.
Bank Governor cautions that merger of banks should not
affect the healthy banks.
Now days, much is being
talked about the merger of smaller Public Sector Banks
with bigger Public Sector Banks. For example, it is being
proposed that the State Bank group of banks should be
merged with the main State Bank of India. Expressing his
opinion on the merger of banks, shri Raghuram Rajan, the
Reserve Bank Governor, has cautioned that the proposed
merger of banks should not affect the health of the banks
which are already in good financial position. Shri
Raghuram Rajan had been the Chief Economist of the IMF,
and he knows what will be the impact of unmindful mergers.
The caution made by the Reserve Bank Governor, well
applies to the merger of BSNL, with MTNL, which has
already become sick. The people who are blindly proposing
the merger, should understand that the proposed merger
will irrevocably affect BSNL, which has just started
showing signs of recovery.
telecom companies are out to snatch BSNL's 900 MHz
The Cellular Operator's
Association of India (COAI) has requested the government
to take over a portion of the 900MHz spectrum that BSNL is
presently having, and make it available for the spectrum
auctioning, that is to take place early next year. The
900MHz spectrum that BSNL is having in all the 22 circles
wherein it is providing services, is very efficient
compared to the spectrum in other bands such as 1800MHz.
The 900MHz spectrum is presently being used by BSNL for
voice services, as well as for providing high-speed data
services. However, in future, BSNL can also provide 4G
service with this 900MHz spectrum, by adopting the LTE
technology. This is the reason why the private companies
want to snatch BSNL's spectrum in the 900MHz. If the
demand of the COAI is accepted by the government, it will
be a big blow for BSNL's future plans of providing 4G
service. The employees have to unitedly defeat the game
plan of the private operators.
going on in full swing, to make the demonstration at
Corporate Office, on 21.08.2014 successful, against the
report of the Deloittee Committee.
BSNLEU is taking serious
efforts to make the demonstration at Corporate Office, to
be held on 21-08-2014, successful. The Forum of BSNL
Unions and Associations has given call to conduct this
programme against the report of the Deloittee Committee.
Preparatory meeting was held on 12.08.2014, at Corporate
Office and on 14.08.2014 at NTR circle, attended by com.
Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org.
Secretary (CHQ), com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary (CHQ)
and com. Kamal Sah, CS, Corporate Office. It was decided
in the both meetings that BSNLEU shall mobilise maximum
number of employees to make the programme successful.
[14.08.2014]Warm greetings on the occasion of 68th
has completed 67 years, after getting independence
from British Imperialism. It has evolved into one of
the strongest democracies of the world. On this
occasion, we pay our respectful homage to all the
freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for
getting freedom for our great nation. At the same
time, we have to realise that economic freedom has
still not dawned on a vast majority of our people. A
recent report of the United Nations has pointed out
that 1/3 of the world's extreme poor live in India.
Similarly, the founding fathers of the Indian
Republic resolved that India should be a secular
nation. But, the secular fabric of our nation is now
under attack from communal forces. While celebrating
the Independence Day, let us all resolve to
strengthen democracy and secularism in the country,
and also to fulfill the dream of the freedom
fighters to get economic freedom to all the people
of our country.
for the Casual Labourers – Discussion held with GM (Estt.).
BSNL Employees Union has
raised the demand for gratuity to the Casual Labourers who
are yet to be regularised by the Department. A discussion
was held with the Management on 12th August, on the same
subject. Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. M.C. Balakrishna,
Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and
highlighted our logic on the demand to the Management. It
will be appropriate that as per the Labour Act these
casual labourers also should come under the purview of the
gratuity. It is unfortunate that though the concern CGM’s
have send a series of letters to the Corporate Office to
get the necessary approval in this regard, but it is still
pending in the Corporate Office. After patiently hearing
the logic of the demands, GM (Estt.) has assured that
positive action will be taken at the earliest.
are being harassed to get GPF advance – Discussion held
with CMD BSNL and Member (Finance), DoT.
According to the BSNL
Management, the DoT is not serious to make payment to the
BSNL particularly in the case of the GPF advance. Staffs
are being facing the difficulties to get the GPF advance
during last one year on plea of non-availability of fund.
The matter was discussed with CMD on 11th August, and with
Member (Finance), DoT, on 13th August. It was told to CMD
that more funds should be allotted for the GPF advance as
Pooja festival is knocking of the door and employees have
good requirement for the money. He assured that after
consultation with the ED (Finance), suitable action would
be taken. On 13th August, similar discussion took place
with Ms. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance) DoT. She assured
that case will be look into and if necessary some
mechanism can be framed, so that the staff can get the GPF
advance directly from the concerned CCA units.
Ground Appointment – A new policy is going to be framed by
the Corporate Office.
Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri
Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), and Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), on
12th August, 2014 for holding of HPC meeting for the CG
Appointment. It is learnt from the both officers that
department is going to finalise a new scheme for the CG
Appointment. According to this scheme Corporate Office
will finalize the parameters and circle office will
arrange the HPC meeting for the CG Appointments. A list of
the approved candidates can be prepared and earmarked
vacancies can be filled up from the list.
is not only the solution – Observation of the broadband
cell of the Corporate Office.
Corporate Office has
expressed its unhappiness regarding the performance of the
circles for outsourcing of wirelines broadband service
including installation and maintenance. Recently the
broadband cell of the Corporate Office has stopped the
circle administration not to make further agreement with
the vendors for the outsourcing of broadband maintenance.
In this connection they have issued a circular on
06th August, asking Head of Circles about the status of
the customer before and after outsourcing. It will be
appropriate to mention here that while Management is
considering the Deloittee committee recommendations who
have advocated outsourcing of the total operation and
maintenance job, the observation of the broadband cell of
the Corporate Office is altogether different. As per their
observation, the customer satisfaction and reduction of
fault rates does not appear tenable as the circles who
have entered in maintenance contract have registered
negative growth for the broadband connections.<<click
meeting will be held on 04.09.2014.
Notification has already
been issued by the Management to hold the meeting of the
Staff Welfare Board on 22-08-2014. This meeting stands
postponed and will be held on 04.09.2014.<<view
resentment expressed by the BSNL employees against the
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee.
It is reported from all
over the country, that massive demonstrations were held in
all SSA’s and Circle Head Quarters yesterday
the 12.08.2014. It was a programme by the Forum of BSNL
Unions/Associations, against the retrograde
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. CHQ has
received reports from most of the circles, which reveals
that a strong resentment is prevailing among the employees
against the report. The success of yesterday's programme
has sent a strong message to the Management to scrap the
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. In Delhi,
preparations are going on in full swing, to organise a big
gathering of the Executives & Non-Executives, for the
demonstration to be held on 21st August at the
Corporate Office. CHQ heartily congratulates all the
circle and district unions for making the programme
successful. The following are some of the views of
sheet will be filed against Dayanidhi Maran by the end of
this month - CBI tells the Supreme Court.
The CBI informed the
Supreme Court yesterday, that a charge sheet would be
filed by the end of this month, against the former Telecom
Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Dayanidhi Maran is accused of forcing Aircel's owner to
sell his stake to the Malysian firm, Maxis, in return for
investment in Maran's family owned Sun TV. The Centre for
Public Interest Litigation, an NGO, has filed a PLI in
2011 before the Supreme Court Bench monitoring the 2G
scam. It alleged that Dayanidhi Maran, during his tenure
as Telecom Minister, forced Sivasankaran, to sell his
stake in Aircel to the Maxis group. In turn, the Maxis
group invested Rs.599.01 crore in Sun Direct and Rs.111 crore in
the FM Radio, both controlled by Maran's family.
Welfare meeting likely to be postponed
It is learnt that the
Staff Welfare Board meeting may be postponed once again.
In the discussion with the GM (Admn.) on 11.08.2014, it
was told that due to the Heads of Circles meeting to be
held on the same day, i.e., on 22.08.2014, it is not
possible to hold the Staff Welfare Board meeting also.
Further, it was proposed that the Staff Welfare Board
meeting may be held in the first week of September. Sports
and Cultural Board meeting will be held in the month of
opposition to the recommendations of Deloittee Committee
conveyed to the CMD BSNL
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, met CMD BSNL,
yesterday the 11.08.2014, and conveyed to him the
resentment of the employees against the retrograde
recommendations of M/s Deloittee Committee. It was told by
the Leaders that the recommendations for centralization
and merger of the SSAs activities, total outsourcing of
O&M works, downsizing of the staff strength, closure of
Telecom Factories & Civil Wing and discontinuation of
Sr.TOA cadre etc. are not at all acceptable to BSNLEU. It
was also intimated to him that the demonstration programme
will be organized on 12th August, under the banner of the
Forum, throughout the country, against the Deloittee
Committee's recommendations. The CMD BSNL, assured to
look into the matter.
powerful demonstrations today, against the report of the
Forum of Unions and
Associations of BSNL has given call, to conduct protest
demonstrations at circle and SSA levels today, against the
report of the Deloittee Committee. CHQ calls upon our
comrades to make the call a success, by massively
mobilising the employees. Please send report to the CHQ.
Secretary to undergo an eye surgery this weekend.
undergo an eye surgery this weekend at Chennai. He is
expected to join the CHQ on 22.08.2014. Com.Animesh
Mitra,Dy.GS, will be available in the CHQ.
rent arrears to BSNL from Private Companies.
It is unfortunate that
when BSNL is facing serious financial crisis, the
Management has failed to collect an amount of Rs.41 crores
arrears payment from the private telecom companies towards
the rent for sharing for BSNL Towers. Same issue was
raised by our union when discussion was held with the
Management on the issue of formation of separate tower
company. BSNL Employees Union had opined that we
should more careful and cautious to collect more revenue
from the private operators through tower sharing instead
of formation of separate tower company. But it is alarming
to all of us that even we have failed to collect the money from
the operators in this crucial junction.
has purchased 1269 towers from the open market, keeping
idle its own telecom factories.
It is learnt from the
Parliament replies that BSNL has purchased 1269 towers at
a cost Rs.71.26 crore from equipment vendors over last 8
years. It is unfortunate that when our Telecom Factories
are facing tremendous crisis due to shortage of orders for
manufacturing towers, the company has spent huge money. At
the same time the department has also confirmed that the
tower materials to manufacture 1100 towers are available
in our telecom factories. So question will come
automatically that when material is available in the
factory, why company is purchasing telecom towers from the
by Forum, against the report of the Deloittee Committee,
is to be held at Corporate Office on 21.08.2014, instead
Forum has already given
call to conduct protest demonstrations on 12.08.2014,
against the report of the Deloittee Committee. In view of
the change in the dates of the HOCC, Forum has decided
that the demonstration at Corporate Office will take
place on 21.08.2014. At circle and SSA levels, the
demonstration will take place as per the original
schedule, i.e., on 12.08.2014.
profit or loss - Hon'ble MoC has expressed the views of
the govt. in Parliament.<<click
of Circles Conference postponed to August 21st
The Heads of Circle
Conference (HOCC), which has been scheduled to be held at
New Delhi, on 12th and 13th August
has been postponed. The Conference will now be held on 21st
and 22nd August.
powerful demonstrations on 12.08.2014, against the
retrograde report of the Deloittee Committee.
demonstrations on 12.08.2014, against the retrograde
report of the Deloittee Committee. The Forum of the Unions
and Associations of BSNL, has called upon the employees to
hold powerful demonstrations at the Corporate Office,
Circle Office and SSA levels on 12.08.2014, against the
retrograde recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. CHQ
calls upon all the Circle and District Unions to implement
the call successfully.
Day successfully observed all over the country.
As per the call of the
JAC, Demands Day is successfully observed today, by
wearing badges and conducting lunch hour demonstrations.
Non-Executives throughout the country massively
participated in this programme and recorded their
resentment towards the non-settlement of their long
pending problems. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Non-Executives for making the programme a resounding
Day" on 07-08-2014 is the beginning.
Conduct it massively. Get ready for more serious
Total neglect of the genuine grievances of the
Non-Executives has become the order of the day in
BSNL. Anything and everything is being made
available to the top officers. Financial position of
the Company does not come in the way for that
matter. But, so far as the Non-executives are
concerned, they should not raise any demand till the
Company becomes profit-making once again. This
double standard of the Management cannot continue
for long. Struggle alone can put an end to this
hypocrisy. Observing Demands Day on 07.08.2014, by
conducting Lunch Hour Demonstrations and wearing
badges is only the beginning. Do it massively. More
serious forms of struggles are in the pipe-line. Get
ready for it.
plans to start Telecom Finance Corporation.
The government is
planning to start a Non-Banking
Infrastructure Finance Corporation, called Telecom
Finance Corporation. Quoting the Telecom Minister, Ravi
Shankar Prasad, the Economic Times has reported that the
Telecom Finance Corporation will come under the
administrative control of the DoT, and will start
functioning by 2017. Sources of funding for the TFC
will be through issue of taxable and tax-free bonds. Other
sources will be the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and
raises landline and broadband tariffs Upto 40%.
Airtel has raised it's
landline and broadband tariffs upto 40%. The company has
stated the the tariff hike is due to the increase in the
cost of inputs. Airtel is having 14 lakh land line
and MTNL sign pact with ONGC.
BSNL and MTNL have signed
an agreement with the ONGC. This agreement will be for a
period of 5 years. According to this agreement, BSNL and
MTNL will provide land line and mobile services, as well
as leased circuit services to ONGC, all over the country.
The agreement was signed by the Director (T&FS) of the
ONGC, shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL and Shri P.K. Purwar (CMD
massive nationwide demonstrations on 12-08-2014,
against the retrograde report of the Deloittee Committee.
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations, which held it's meeting yesterday the
04.08.2014, has given call to the BSNL employees to
conduct massive nation wide demonstrations on 12.08.2014,
protesting against the retrograde report of the Deloittee
Committee. The Report is completely anti-worker in nature.
CHQ of BSNLEU has already written a detailed letter to the
CMD BSNL on 04.08.2014, opposing the Deloittee committee's
report, lock, stock and barrel. Circle and District
secretaries are requested to use this letter for
organising the employees, against the report. CHQ requests
each and every one of the comrades of BSNLEU to ensure
that the demonstration on 12.08.2014 becomes a resounding
Nadu Circle has given call for circle wide struggle,
demanding reinstatement of 140 retrenched contract
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu
circle, has given call for circle wide struggle, along
with the Tamil Nadu Contract Workers Union, demanding the
immediate reinstatement of 140 contract workers, who were
retrenched in Vellore SSA. The talks held with the CGM,
Tamil Nadu circle, in this respect, had failed. BSNLEU,
Vellore SSA, along with the retrenched contract workers
are conducting huger strike against the victimisation,
since 01.08.2014. As per the call of the Circle Union,
demonstrations are taking place throughout the circle
today, the 05.08.2014. The agitation will intensify if the
problem is not settled. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Tamil Nadu Circle Union for fighting for the cause of the
government faced with problems in passing the Insurance
Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill to increase FDI
limit to 49% in the Insurance Sector, could not be taken
up in the Rajya Sabha yesterday the 04.08.2014, due to the
determined resistance by the opposition parties. There are
250 members in the Rajya Sabha, out of which the ruling
BJP's strength is only 64. Hence, the BJP took hectic
efforts to get the support of the Congress Party, to pass
the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Even though the Congress
Party is in favour of increasing the FDI limit to 49%, due
to political compulsions, it has decided not to facilitate
a free hand to the BJP. It is demanding that the Bill
should be referred to the Select Committee of the
Parliament. In any case the Narendra Modi government is
faced with problems to pass the Bill for the time being.
We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. The Insurance
employees are determined to go on strike, on the day when
the Bill is taken up in the Rajya Sabha. The circle and
District Unions of BSNLEU should conduct powerful
demonstrations in support of the strike on that day.
of CHQ quota through NEFT- District Secretaries to note
CHQ has already sent a
circular to all the District Secretaries, wherein the
details of CHQ's bank account, for remittance of quota
through NEFT, were provided. However, it is observed that
still some District Secretaries have written to the CHQ
asking for the details of the bank account. A copy of the
circular which is already sent, is once again being
uploaded on the website. District Secretaries are
requested to take a print out of the details of the bank
account, and are requested to hand it over to the
concerned AO, with a request to send the CHQ quota
directly to the CHQ, through NEFT.<<click
opposition in the Rajya Sabha, to the Bill which seeks to
increase FDI in the Insurance sector.
The Narendra Modi
government is hell bent to raise the FDI in the Insurance
sector to 49%, to please the World Bank and Multi National
Companies. The Bill is not likely to be passed in the
Rajya Sabha, since the opposition parties are not likely
to allow the Bill to be passed so easily. The Congress
Party is likely to demand that the Bill should be referred
to the Select Committee. However, CHQ wishes to remind
that our comrades should conduct protest demonstrations
throughout the country, on the day when the Insurance
employees go on strike, against the increase in FDI to
Bengal circle union on warpath, to put an end to the
Bengal circle union is conducting agitational programme,
highlighting the administrative paralysis that is
prevailing in the circle. For months together, the circle
is being run without a regular CGM. This has adversely
affected the services, as well as settlement of staff
issues. A hunger strike was launched in front of the CGM's
office, yesterday the 30.07.2014, which was participated
in by 70 leaders of the circle union, as well as various
district Unions. Again a massive lunch hour demonstration
was conducted today the 31.07.2014, in front of the CGM's
office, in which more than 600 comrades participated. They
highlighted the deadlock prevailing in the settlement of
workers issues, as well the deficiencies in the service.
CHQ congratulates West Bengal circle union.
urged the Corporate Office to announce the date of
implementation of EPF facility.
Corporate Office has
already issued order to the field units to implement EPF
scheme for the casual labourers and TSMs. However, the
Corporate Office has not specified the date from which
this scheme is to be implemented. BSNLEU has demanded that
the scheme should be implemented from 01.10.2000, since
all these casual labourers and TSMs are working from the
period of DoT. The issue was again discussed with the GM (Estt.)
by Com.P.Abhimanyu, yesterday the 30.07.2014. The GM (Estt.)
replied that the issue is being discussed in the Corporate
Office, and that a decision would be intimated to the
circles by the end of August.
formation of JAC at circle and district levels, and make
all out preparations to make the "Demands Day" a grand
Many circle unions have
informed the formation of the JAC in their circles.
However, nothing is heard in this regard from other
circles. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to
immediately form the JAC in all circles and districts, by
coordinating with the other unions and associations of the
Non-Executives. "Demands Day" should be effectively
organised on 07.08.2014, by wearing demands badge, and
also by conducting lunch hour demonstrations. CHQ
earnestly requests circle and district secretaries to give
utmost importance to this work.
meeting of AIBDPA being held at Coimbatore.
The Central Executive
Committee meeting of All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners
Association (AIBDPA) is being held at Coimbatore on 29th
and 30th July, 2014. General Secretary,
BSNLEU, could not participate in the meeting, due to his
preoccupation. BSNLEU conveys its revolutionary greetings
to the meeting and also wishes it all success. BSNLEU also
assures of its fullest cooperation for the settlement of
the genuine grievances of the pensioners.
with GM (Pers.), BSNL CO.
Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, met
shri S.S.Agarwal, BSNL CO, and apprised him of the
situation prevailing in Kerala circle, due to the ongoing
struggle of SNEA. He apprised the GM (Pers.) that the
service in the country's topmost profit earning circle is
deteriorating day by day, because of the arrogant
behaviour of the CGM, Kerala, and requested that the
Corporate Office should step in before it is too late. The
GM (Pers.) assured that the matter would be looked into.
a drive to complete the collection of Rs.100/- from each
member – Decision of the Central Secretariat meeting.
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 20.07.2014,
seriously viewed the slackness on the part of many circle
unions, in the matter of implementing the decision of the
7th All India Conference, held at Ludhiana, to
collect Rs.100/- from each member, at the time of payment
of 78.2% IDA merger. The All India Conference decided to
raise this donation to repay the outstanding Bank Loan of
Rs.1.40 crore, that was taken to purchase the K.G. Bose
Bhawan. Hence, the meeting of the Central Secretariat has
called upon the Circle and District unions, to launch a
drive and collect Rs.100/- from those members who have not
given the donation so far, and remit it to the CHQ at the
earliest. The list of donations so far received by CHQ is
being taken for the revival of BSNL and MTNL.
Reply given by Shri Ravi
Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications and
IT, on 11.07.2014 in the Rajya Sabha.<<click
circle conducted a very successful seminar on the
viability of BSNL.<<click
donation received on 26-07-2014, in the Odisha circle
CHQ acknowledges with
gratitude, the receipt of the following CHQ donations,
handed over to Com . P.Abhimanyu today the 26-07-2014, in
the Odisha circle conference.
Union - Rs.5,000/-
Union - Rs.4, 300/-
Union - Rs.3, 000/-
Pulbani District Union
- Rs.2, 000/-
two day conference of BSNLEU, Odisha circle, got
kick-started at Bhubaneswar.
The two day conference of
BSNLEU, Odisha circle, got kick-started today, at CTTC, Bhubaneswar.
The Conference started with the hoisting of the Union Red
Flag by Com. P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral
tributes were paid to the martyrs, by the delegates, at
the martyr's column. The Conference is being presided over
by Com.Sahadev Biswal, circle president. Totally, 114
delegates are participating in this Conference. Com.
P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, inaugurated the
Conference. In his inaugural address, Com. P.Abhimanyu,
GS, gave an outline of the political change that has taken
place in the country, as well as the retrograde economic
policies being persued by the Narendra Modi government and
the response of the working class to those anti-people
policies. He also spoke at length about the initiatives
being taken by the JAC, to settle the various long pending
problems of the non- executives. Thereafter, Com.P.R.Das,
circle secretary, presented the report on activities.
Audited Accounts were presented to the house by com. B.
Mondal, circle treasurer. This is followed by the Subjects
which the delegates are deliberating. A seminar will take
place tomorrow, on the viability of BSNL.<<<view
solidarity demonstrations on the day when Insurance
Employees go on strike against increasing FDI limit to 49%
in Insurance Sector.
The Narendra Modi
government has decided to increase Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) limit to 49% in the Insurance Sector.
Absolutely there is no justification for this. This is
nothing but a step to demolish the Public Sector Companies
in the Insurance Sector, and to allow the Multi National
Companies to loot the people's money. Public Sector
Insurance Companies like LIC and GIC are doing extremely
well, and contribute in a big way for the 'Nation
Building's. Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, has
stated that the Congress Party had already assured its
support to the government in this regard. This is yet
another evidence that proves that there is no difference
between the Congress Party and the BJP, as far as economic
policies are concerned. The government may take up
the "Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill" for passing, when
the Parliament resumes on 30th June. The All India
Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) has already
decided to go on strike, the day on which the Bill is
taken up for consideration in the Parliament. It is the
duty of the BSNL employees to express solidarity with the
insurance employees, when they go on strike, on an issue
which is connected with the economic sovereignty of our
country. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the Circle and District
Unions to organise massive demonstrations, on the day when
the Insurance employees go on strike. CHQ calls upon our
comrades to take this call very seriously and do the
maximum mobilisation to make this programme a success.
with GM (Admn.)
Com P.Abhimanyu, GS, and
com.John Verghese, Organising Secretary (CHQ), met shri
A.K.Singhal, GM (Admn.) and discussed about the inordinate
delay in holding the meetings of the Welfare Board and the
Sports & Cultural Board. The GM told that his earlier
assurance to hold the meetings in the month of July could
not be fulfilled, in view of the Heads of Circles'
Conference, which is being held in August. However, he
told that the Welfare Board Meeting would be held
on 22-08-2014, and that the Sports & Cultural Board
Meeting would be held in the month of September. The
leaders urged the GM (Admn.) to hold the meetings without
any further postponements.
PLI formula: comrades are requested to send their views
BSNL Management is
denying PLI to the employees for the past three years, on
the plea that the Company is not earning profit. We have
been consistently telling that PLI should not be linked
with profit. In the meeting held on 27.06.2014, with the
JAC, the Management had agreed that PLI will be linked
only with the productivity of the Company and not with
profit. All along, DoT/BSNL employees were getting PLI
based on productivity only. Based on the decision taken on
27.06.2014, Management side has given some proposals, in
the Joint PLI Committee meeting held yesterday the
23.07.2014. In that proposals (table), the achievements of
BSNL in 2013–14 are given in column 3 as the bench marks.
These achievements are taken from the report submitted by
BSNL to TRAI. They are also called as KPI (Key Parameter
Indicator). The achievements (KPI) include landline /
Broadband connections given, disconnections, time within
which connections are provided / faults are attended, and
many other things. Based on these bench marks (KPI),
targets to be achieved in 2014–15 for obtaining Excellent,
Very Good and Good Gradings are also given. Now we have to
see whether the targets are achievable or should be
reduced. Suggestions have come that achievements in FTTH,
marketing etc. should also be included in the achievements
(KPI). Similar and other suggestions are invited. Comrades
can also give any other suggestion, as to how PLI can be
A meeting of the Joint
Committee to finalise the new PLI formula was held today
the 23.07.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, represented BSNLEU
in the meeting. As regards the new PLI formula, it was
decided in the meeting held on 27.06.2014, between the JAC
and the Management, that it would be based on productivity
of the Company and not based on the profitability.
Accordingly, Management Side had come with their
proposals. We have to study this and give our alternative
proposals. Hence, comrades are requested to go through
these proposals and convey their views to the CHQ at the
Committee meeting held.
A meeting of the reconstituted Designations Committee
meeting was held today the 23.07.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. Animesh
Mitra, Dy.GS, attended the meeting on behalf of BSNLEU. In
the meeting, Smt. Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Restructuring)
stated that an agreement is already signed in respect of
change of designations of RM and TM. She also said that
the agreed new designation for RM is Telecom Assistant
and TM is Telecom Technician. In respect of the
remaining two major cadres, Management Side proposed as
i) Sr.TOA - Telecom Office
ii) TTA - Telecom
BSNLEU rejected both the proposals and demanded the
following new designations.
Sr.TOA - Telecom Associate
TTA - Junior Engineer
The discussions are
inconclusive and further discussions will be held.
Secretary, BSNLEU and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met CMD
BSNL on Casual Contract Workers issues.
A delegation of BSNLEU
and BSNLCCWF met CMD BSNL yesterday the 22.07.2014, on the
issue of Casual and Contract Workers long pending demands.
They have highlighted the problems related to
regularisation, revision of wages, gratuity and social
security benefits etc. CMD BSNL has told that he has
sympathy for these issues and will look into them, though
financial position does not permit it. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS were in the
leaders met CMD BSNL and urged timely allotment of funds
to circles for payment of GPF advance.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. Animesh Mitra,
Dy. GS, met Shri A.N.Rai, CMD BSNL and explained the
hardships being undergone by the employees due to
non-payment of GPF advance. The leaders also apprised the
CMD that employees are very much agitated over this issue
and urged him to ensure timely allotment of funds to
circles, by the Corporate Office. The CMD assured to do
profit is at Rs.7825 crore and BSNL’s loss is at Rs.7085
It is stated by shri Ravi
Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Moc in the Parliament, that MTNLs
profit for the year 2013-14 was Rs. 7825 crore and BSNL’s
loss was Rs.7085 crore.
MTNL made a loss of
Rs.5321 crore in the year 2012-13. However, due to certain
steps taken by the government, such as write back of
provisions on account of pensionary liabilities and
spectrum amortization, MTNL has shown in it’s accounts
that it has made a profit of Rs.7825 crore. BSNL’s loss
stood at Rs.7884 crore in 2012-13. It is reduced to Rs.
7085 crore in 2013-14
Committee meeting held.
The standing Committee of
the National Council met today the 22.07.2014. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com.
Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, participated from BSNLEU. Most of
the items are very old items, discussed in the National
Council, before 6th verification. Some important items
discussed are as follows.<<view
of the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU held at New
Delhi on 20.07.2014.<<click
Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi.
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU was held at New Delhi on 20.07.2014. The
meeting which was held in K.G. Bose Bhawan, was presided
over by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. The meeting
started with flag hoisting. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, hoisted the union red flag. Floral tribute were
paid at the martyrs column. The meeting stood in silence
for a minute and paid it’s respectful homage to the
departed leaders. After approval of agenda by the house,
presidential address was delivered by com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General
Secretary, presented the note for discussion. In his
speech the General Secretary, highlighted the changed
scenario in the country, in the backdrop of which the
meeting is taking place. He explained the anti-worker,
anti-people measures being followed by the Narendra Modi
Government, the efforts being made by the JAC to settle
the problems of the Non-Executives etc. 19 office-bearers
participated in the discussion that ensued. The meeting
after through discussion took important decisions with
regards to the demands of the Non-Executives, Revival of
BSNL and strengthening of the organisation.
of M/s. Deloittee consultant.
consultant, appointed by BSNL Management for the financial
revival as well for HR planning, has submitted it’s
report. The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at
New Delhi yesterday, the 20.07.2014 has taken a bird’s eye
view of the report. No copy of the report has so far been
provided to the Unions and Associations. The Central
Secretariat has decided that the Management should discuss
the report with the Unions before it’s implementation. It
is also decided to take up this issue with the Forum.
of BSNLEU’s Committee on merger of BSNL and MTNL.
A meeting of BSNLEU’s
Committee on merger of BSNL and MTNL took place at New
Delhi today. The meeting is attended by all the Committee
members viz., com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com P.
Abhimanyu, GS, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. P.
Asokababu, Vice President, com. Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice
President, com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, com. Swapan Chakraborty,
AGS, com. S.C. Bhattacharya, treasurer, com. S. Chellappa,
CS, Tamil Nadu, com. K. Mohan, CS, Kerala, com. N.K.
Nalawade, CS, Maharashtra and com. M.C. Balakrishna,
Organising Secretary (CHQ).
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, presided over the meeting, which was held at
K.G. Bose Bhawan.Com. P. Abhimayu, GS, welcomed the
Committee members and made a brief introduction of the
subject, in the back ground of the changed political
scenario. Com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ) and
convener of the Committee presented the note for
The Committee members
deliberated on the pros and cons of the issue of merger of
BSNL and MTNL. Finally, the Committee came to the
unanimous conclusion that the government should not go
ahead with the merger of BSNL and MTNL, without settling
the issues related to disinvestment and financial
liability of MTNL, HR issues, etc.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS
finally summed up the discussion and thanked all the
committee members for sparing their valuable time and
coming to participate in the meeting.<<view
decides to observe “Demands Day” on 07.08.2014.
A meeting of the JAC of the
Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives was held
yesterday the 17.07.2014. A review of the discussions,
held between the JAC and the Management, in the meeting
held on 27.06.2014, was made. The meeting expressed it’s
utter dissatisfaction, since no progress has taken place
in the settlement of the demands. Hence it is decided to
observe a “Demands Day” on 07.08.2014, to urge the
Management to settle the demands without further delay.
Badge wearing and Lunch Hour Demonstrations will take
place on that Day. The next meeting of the JAC will take
place on 11.08.2014, to decide the further course of
impressive meeting held at CGM office, Bangalore,
addressed by the General Secretary.
The CGM Office District
Union, Bangalore, organized an impressive meeting in the
premises of CGM office, yesterday the 16.07.2014, which
was addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. More than 300
comrades, including a large number of women employees,
attended the meeting, which was presided over by com.
Vasanth Kumar, District President, CGM Office and com.
Melu Giri, District President, Bangalore Telecom District.
Com. C.K. Gundanna, Circle Secretary, Karnataka welcomed
every one. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke in detail on the
status of various demands of the employees. He explained
the issues related to the viability of BSNL and also the
role of the employees on that count. The GS gave an
account of the anti-people and anti public sector measures
being taken by the Modi government and emphasized the need
for united struggles of the working class, against those
GS, addressed a well attended meeting at
Utilising the visit of
com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, to Bellary, the District Union of
Bellary organised a special meeting on 14-07-2014, at GM
office premises. The meeting was presided over by com.Noor
Mohammed, District President. A large number of comrades,
including a good number of women employees of Bellary
district attended the meeting. Com.Tippesamy, District
Secretary welcomed all. Com.C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary
and com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting. In his
speech, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, explained about the
retrograde economic measures being implemented by the Modi
government. He also spoke at length about the measures to
be taken to revive BSNL and also about the latest position
of various demands of the Non-Executives.
Rakesh Garg will be the new Secretary, DoT.
Shri Rakesh Garg, an IAS
officer of the 1980 batch will be the next Secretary of
the DoT. At present shri Rakesh Garg is the Principal
Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. The post of the Secretary DoT
became vacant after the retirement of shri Farooqui on 30th
June. BSNLEU heartily welcomes the new Secretary DoT.
Proceedings against an employee cannot be continued after
his retirement" - says Supreme Court.
against an employee cannot be continued after his
retirement, in the absence of specific clause in the
employment rules, providing for such enquiry, the Supreme
Court has said. In a recent order, a Supreme Court Bench,
consisting of Justices T.S Thakur and C.Nagappan had said
that once an employee retires from service there was no
authority vested in the employer to continue the
disciplinary Proceedings even for the purpose of imposing
any deduction in the benefits payable after retirement to
the delinquent employee.
to invest Rs 39,458 crore in BSNL, MTNL in next five
State-run carriers Bharat
Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd
(MTNL) will get a massive fresh investment of Rs 39,458
crore over the next five years, as the government plans to
bring the loss making units back on their feet.
public sector telecom companies that together have a debt
of Rs 21,208 crore as of June end, face declining revenue
due to loss of market share, increasing expenditure and
inability to invest in network expansion, telecom minister
Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha, the upper
house of Parliament.”
[Source: The Economic Times, dated
lakh workers went on strike in the UK, against the
retrograde and anti worker steps of the government.
Over 10 lakh public
sector workers went on strike in the United Kingdom,
on 10.07.2014. The strike was against privatisation of
Public Services, imposition of pay caps, cuts in pension
and jobs, changes in age of retirement, etc. It is to be
noted that the government froze the wages of the Public
Sector employees in 2010. Further, in 2012, it introduced
an annual 1% cap on wage rise. This year also, wage rise
was not permitted more than 1%. These measures are nothing
but, transferring the burden of the economic crisis to the
shoulders of the working people. The working class of the
UK has given a fitting reply to the rulers, by going on
the massive strike. Those participated in the strike
included civil servants, transport workers, teachers,
firefighters, council workers, etc. Massive rallies,
demonstrations and picketings have also taken place
throughout the UK, in support of the strike.
expels US official for involvement in spying.
US is spying all the countries, their governments and
their leaders. India is not exempted. However, the Indian
government has no courage to condemn or to take action
against the US. At the same time, Germany is a friendly
country to the US. But, despite being a friendly country,
the Chancellor of Germany, Angella Merkel had severely
condemned the US, for it's spying activities. Now, Germany
has also taken the tough measure of expelling an official
of the US embassy, from Germany, for his involvement in
spying activities. The German government has ordered the
US intelligence station chief in Berlin, to leave the
country. Will the Indian government learn some lesson from
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations,
from the following comrades, as well as Circle and
Secretary attending the General Council meeting of CITU,
as a fraternal delegate.
The four day General
Council meeting of CITU started today the 11.07.2014, at
Bellary, in Karnataka. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is invited as
a fraternal delegate to participate in the meeting. He is
attending the meeting. He, along with com.C.K.Gundanna,
circle secretary, Karnataka, will also address a meeting
of the BSNLEU at Bellary.
Casual Leave letter issued by the SR Branch of Corporate
Special Casual Leave, for
holding the Central Secretariat meeting on 20.07.2014, was
earlier denied by the SR Branch of the Corporate Office.
We represented the case to the CMD BSNL, who assured to
intervene. Meanwhile, we discussed the matter with the SR
Branch also. Now, letter is issued for granting the
Special CL. We thank the SR Branch for taking the
corrective step.<<view letter>>
Kerala forms committee after committee to reduce the
penalty imposed on a private company.
BSNL is going in loss and
every one has to make sincere and serious effort to
increase the revenue. Under this circumstance, we are
shocked to know what is going on in Kerala circle. On
19.07.2011, the then CGM, Kerala, imposed a penalty of
Rs.30 crore on M/s Nortel, for failure in completing Phase
IV expansion. However, the present CGM sheds crocodile
tears that such a harsh penalty is imposed on a private
company. So, he formed a committee on 22.01.2014 to review
(reduce???) the penalty. However, the review committee
also said that the penalty is justified. But, the present
CGM cannot sleep since a harsh punishment is imposed on a
private company. Hence, on 15.05.2014, the CGM has formed
another committee to review the penalty imposed on M/s
Nortel. We want to know what is the interest of the CGM,
in forming committee after committee to reduce the quantum
of penalty imposed on a private company?
with Member (Services), Telecom Commission, regarding
pension revision, based on 78.2% IDA merger.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met Shri S.C. Misra, Member
(Services), Telecom Commission,
09.07.2014, and urged him to expedite
the issue of pension revision, based on 78.2% IDA merger.
The Member (Services) explained that the work of sending
the file to the Department of Expenditure again is going
on seriously, and is likely to be signed by the Secretary, DoT, within a day or two, and thereafter it would be sent
to the DoE.
PSUs are headless.
35 PSUs in the country
are headless at present, with their top posts like CMD,
MD, Chairman, etc. lying vacant. This includes BSNL and
MTNL, where the CMD posts are not filled. They are being
looked after by some other officers, on the basis of
“additional charge”. In BSNL, apart from, the post of CMD,
the crucial posts of Director (HR) and Director (Finance)
are also lying vacant. It is really a pathetic situation
that the government is not bothered about this.
Undoubtedly, this is a part of the government’s game plan
to weaken the PSUs and to finally to finish them off.
subscriber base stood at 938.4 million in May 2014: TRAI.
According to the Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the overall Indian
telecom subscriber base increased by 0.27 per cent, from
935.87 million as of end-April 2014 to 938.4 million as of
end-May 2014. The wireless subscriber base increased by
0.30 per cent to 910.16 million, while the wireline user
base witnessed a decline of 0.62 per cent to 28.18 million
during the same period.
K.C. Jena, Circle Vice-President, Odisha, passed away.
Com. K.C. Jena,
Circle Vice-President and Secretary, Staff Side, Local
Council, Baripada, passed away at Apollo hospital,
Bhubaneswar, at 1600 hrs yesterday the 03.07.2014. He
suffered a heart attack. Com. K.C. Jena was a senior
leader of BSNLEU in Odisha circle. CHQ pays respectful
homage to the departed leader and offers heartfelt
condolences to the members of his family, friends, as well
as all the comrades of Odisha circle.
Secretary addressed an impressive meeting at Salem, Tamil
The Salem District Union
of BSNLEU conducted an impressive meeting at Salem on
02.07.2014. A large number of comrades attended the
meeting, which was presided over by com. S. Tamil Mani,
District President, as well as ACS. Com. E. Gopal,
District Secretary, delivered the welcome address. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, Com. S. Chellappa, CS, and Com. M.
Narayanasamy, ACS addressed the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, spoke at length about the anti-people and anti-labour
measures being taken one by one, by the Narendra Modi
govt., the status of various demands of the Non-Executives
and the tasks to be under taken for the revival of BSNL.<<view
issues show-cause notice to Idea Cellular for alleged
violation of CMTS licence norms.
The Department of
Telecommunications (DoT) has issued a show-cause notice to
Idea Cellular for alleged violation of Cellular Mobile
Telephone Services (CMTS) licence norms in the Delhi
circle. Earlier in 2007, the operator had allegedly issued
3,640 mobile phone connections to Limco Sales Corporation
(LSC), which in turn rented them out to individuals. Under
the CMTS licence, renting of SIM cards is not permitted.
Further, Idea Cellular had transferred various important
rights to LSC without conducting regular checks to ensure
its enforcement. The checks were necessary to comply with
licence conditions for ensuring national security and no
loss to the government revenue. DoT has now asked Idea
Cellular to reply why action should not be initiated
against it for violation of licence terms and conditions.
bags two purchase orders for Rs.2984 crore from BSNL.
Public Sector Company ITI
has bagged two purchase orders from BSNL, for Rs.2984
crore. These orders are part of Network for Spectrum (NFS),
project for setting up of optical fibre network.
is the Only Mobile Operator having Presence up to Amarnath
Holy Cave with a Valuable Free Talktime...
On the commencement of
Holy Amarnath Yatra 2014, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL),
the pioneer telecom company, PSU has provided mobile
connectivity enroute Holy Cave both from Pahalgam as well
as from Baltal Route. With the commissioning of the state
of art technology Mobile BTS’s, the pilgrims of Amarnath
Yatra 2014, can remain in touch with their families during
the entire Amarnath Yatra. Needless to mention that BSNL
is the only mobile operator, which is providing the mobile
connectivity for the Amarnath Yarties. By this, Indian
mobile subscribers may understand that, the private
telecom operators offer their telecom services only in
cities and urban areas not in remote & special areas for
the general public of India where revenue potential is
[Source: BSNL Teleservices, dated
Kerala boosts earnings
Earnings of the Kerala
Circle of BSNL during 2013-14 financial year are
Rs.2819.60 crore, higher by Rs.200 crore than what the
circle earned in the previous year. The profit for the
year had risen to Rs.411.20 crore, an increase of
Rs.124.62 crore over that of the previous year. CHQ
congratulate the Kerala comrades for their excellent
Chennai circle conducted a very successful convention on
Neo-Liberal Policies, Communal Harmony and the 10 point
charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions.<<click
arrested the BSNL General Manager at Karnal, Haryana.
The CBI has arrested the
General Manager of BSNL Karnal, in Haryana circle, for
demanding and taking a bribe of Rs.2 lakh. The amount is
taken by the GM, from a JTO, for favouring him in the
departmental enquiry. The CBI laid a trap, and arrested
the GM red handed, when he was receiving the bribe money.
The CBI has also raided the residences of the GM at Karnal
and at Delhi.
to be increased by 2.9% from 1st July, 2014,
which raised from 88.4% to 91.3%.
suggested DoT to cancel broadband spectrum allocated to
In its draft report, the
CAG has suggested to DoT to cancel nationwide broadband
spectrum allocated to Infotel Broadband Services, now a
Reliance Industries company, for allegedly rigging the
auction and violating rules.
The draft report sent to
the department of telecom (DoT) for comments, said, "the
DoT failed to recognize the tell-tale sign of rigging of
the auction right from beginning of the auction" in which
a small ISP, Infotel Broadband Services Pvt Ltd (IBSPL)
emerged winner of pan-India broadband spectrum by paying
5,000 times of its net worth.
RIL, which acquired IBSPL
within hours of it winning the spectrum and later renamed
it Reliance Jio. Government auditor asks why ‘front firm’
picking air waves was not red-flagged; how RJio was
allowed to offer voice telephony. The auditor said that
going by the value telcos paid for spectrum between 2012
and 2014, RJio appeared to have been accorded undue
advantage of Rs.22,842 crore. The main issue is a policy
that permitted Internet service providers (ISP) with
broadband spectrum to start offering voice telephony
services by paying an additional Rs.1,658 crore.
According to the CAG, the policy may have resulted in a
loss to the exchequer.
[Courtesy: Business Line]
gist of discussions, held between the JAC and the Director
(HR), on 27.06.2014.<<click
held talks with the Director (HR), on the 30 point charter
The JAC held talks with
the Director (HR) today the 27-06-2014, on the 30 point
charter of demands. The JAC leaders who participated in
the talks included com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener,JAC,
com.Chandeswar Singh, President, JAC, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri,
President, BSNLEU, com.Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE,
com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.R.K.Kohli, GS, NFTBE,
com.Sunil Gautam(SNATTA). Management side was also
represented by shri.R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.), shri Neeraj
Verma, GM (SR), shri A.K.Singhal, GM (Admn.), smt.Smita
Choudhary, GM (EF), smt. Madhu Arora, GM (Restg.), shri
S.S.Agarwal, GM(Pers) and shri Satish Wadhwa, DGM (SR).
Elaborate discussion took place on all the 30 demands
contained in the charter of demands. It was agreed that
discussion on certain issues will continue further. A gist
of the discussion will be uploaded on the website shortly.
of JAC held.
A meeting of the JAC of
the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives was held
today, the 26.06.2014. Com. Chandeswar Singh, President,
JAC, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convenor, JAC, welcomed the participants and reported on
the developments that had taken place, since the
presentation of the charter of demands on 09.04.2014. The
meeting unanimously decided to participate in the meeting
to be held with the Director (HR), tomorrow, on the 30
point charter of demands. It was also decided that the
next meeting of the JAC will be held on 17.07.2014.
JACs at all circle and district levels.
The JAC meeting held at
New Delhi today the, 26.06.2014, decided that JACs should
be formed at all circle and district levels. The circle
and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to
interact with all other constituents of the JAC and form
the circle and district level JACs at the earliest.
of the Standing Committee held.
A meeting of the
re-constituted Standing Committee was held today, the
26.06.2014. The items which were already discussed in the
29th and 30th National Council meetings were reviewed. It
was agreed in the meeting, that the items discussed in the
Standing Committee, prior to the 6th Membership
Verification will be discussed in the Standing Committee
meeting to be held on 22.07.2014. A brief note on the
discussions held to today will be uploaded on CHQ website
Management invites JAC for talks.
As already reported, the
BSNL Management had been taking a strong position that
they would not hold any discussion with the JAC on the 30
point charter of demands. The leaders of BSNLEU and NFTE
met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), and held discussions
today the 26.06.2014. The leaders urged the Director (HR)
to invite the JAC for talks. Convinced by the arguments of
the leaders, the Director (HR) agreed to invite the JAC
for talks. A letter has been issued in this regard,
addressed to com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, JAC,
and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE & President, JAC.<<<view
of BSNL Associations and Unions meeting held on
A meeting of the Forum of
BSNL Associations and Unions held on 25th June,
2014 took the following decisions:
(1) The Forum will
approach the Hon’ble Minister for Communications & IT for
holding meeting on revival of BSNL at the earliest.
(2) Since, the DoT
has not replied the queries of Deptt. Of Expenditures on
revision of pension on the basis of 78.2% of IDA for BSNL
Pensioners’ till date, the Forum will approach the
Secretary, DoT, immediately and urge him to send reply to
the DOE queries.
shows green signal to BSNL's Rs 3,567 crore project in
naxal hit areas.<<click
with 10 employees to come under EPFO; 50 lakh to gain.<<click
assault on the Public Sector.
The Modi government is
moving fast to kill the Public Sector. His government has
already initiated steps to sell 5% shares in SAIL, 10%
shares in Coal India, 10% shares in RINL, 11.6% shares in
NHPC. The government has also started the process of
selling it’s 29.54% residual shares in Hindustan Zinc and
it’s 49% shares in BALCO. From the disinvestment of the 5 PSUs
alone, viz., SAIL Hindustan Zinc, RINL, Coal India and
NHPC, the government aims to mobilize Rs.69,000 crore.
This excludes the amount that the government will get from
the sale of 49% shares of BALCO. Undoubtedly, this is a
major assault on the Public Sector of the country.
The Economic Times dated 23-06-2014]
of Ambedkar Jayanthi by BSNLEU
strong state backed player, not good for Telecom Sector” –
says private lobby.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Hon’ble MoC had stated that revival of BSNL and MTNL was
his priority and that the govt. would provide
infrastructure support to both the PSUs. The private
telecom operators, who are continuously enjoying the
support of the govt., have started raising a hue and cry
over the Minister’s statement. As reported by the Hindu
dated 22.06.2014, Credit Suisse, a research firm, has
stated that “a strong state backed competitor is not a
good news for the Industry.” What Credit Suisse has said
is nothing but the voice of the Private lobby. Let us wait
and see what happens.
with the GM (Estt.) at Corporate Office.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, (GM (Estt.),
today, the 23.06.2014, and discussed the following pending
Committee meeting to be held at 1100 hrs on 26.06.2014.
The newly reconstituted
Standing Committee of the National Council will meet at
1100 hrs on 26.06.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, are
the representatives of BSNLEU in the Committee. The
Management Side will consist of GM (SR), GM (Estt.), GM (EF)
and DGM (SR). The Committee will review the actions taken
to implement the decisions taken in the National Council.
meeting to be held at 1600 hrs on 26.06.2014.
A meeting of the JAC of
the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives will be
held at 1600 hrs on 26.06.2014. The venue of the meeting
is BSNL MS office. The meeting will review the
developments that have taken place after the submission of
the 30 point charter of demands to the Management, as well
as the future course of action to be taken thereon.
Anupam Shrivastava’s name not cleared by the ACC, for the
post of CMD BSNL.
BSNL will not be having a
regular CMD, after 30th June. The Appointments
Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has refused to clear,
Director (CM), Shri Anupam Shrivastava’s appointment, as
the next CMD of BSNL. Shri Anupam’s name has been
recommended by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB)
and was cleared by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
However, after the change of government at the Centre, the
ACC wants the DoT to resubmit the file, after
incorporating the views of the new Minister, Shri Ravi
Shankar Prasad. As a result of this, BSNL will not be
having a regular CMD after 30th June, when the
present CMD retires. BSNLEU has already written to the
Hon’ble Minister to take urgent steps to fill up the posts
of CMD BSNL, Director (HR) and Director (Finance).
Modi has started giving the bitter pills.
The Modi government has
steeply hiked the railway passenger fare and the freight
tariffs. The passenger fare is hiked by 14.2%. The freight
charges are increased by 6.5%. Both these increases are
the steepest ever made. The common man will be badly hit
by these increases. More importantly, the steep increase
in freight tariffs are going to push up the prices of all
the commodities. In 2013, the UPA government increased the
fares by 5 – 10 per cent after 10 long years. Before that,
the fares were reduced when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the
Railway Minister in UPA-I govt. Fares were once again
reduced when Mamata Bannerjee was the Railway Minister in
UPA-II govt. The BJP, which came to power by attacking the
Congress party for inflation and price rise, has delivered
a blow to the ordinary people, by increasing the passenger
fare and freight charges. BSNLEU strongly condemns these
hikes and demands to withdraw them.
LICE question paper with errors – GS urges Sr.GM (Rect.)
to implement National Council meeting decision.
It is repeatedly being
taken up by BSNLEU that Management should take remedial
measures in respect of the question papers with errors,
for the JTO exam held on 02.06.2013. The issue was
discussed in the 30th National Council meeting
also, and appropriate decision was taken. As per the
decision, the Sr.GM (Rect.) should send a letter to all
the CGMs directing them to take remedial measures. Despite
repeated reminders, this letter is yet to be issued.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to the Sr.GM (Rect.) today the
20.06.2014 and urged him to immediately issue the letter.
The Sr.GM (Rect.) assured to issue the letter.
of MTNL shares surged in Mumbai stock exchange, following
Ravi Shankar Prasad's announcement.
Hon'ble Minister of
Communications, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad's statement on
the revival of BSNL and MTNL has sent the right signal
across the country. He has stated that the government
would provide infrastructure support for the revival of
BSNL and MTNL. As a result of this statement, the price of
the shares of MTNL has surged in the Mumbai stock
exchange. The price of MTNL shares, which was selling at
Rs.33.85, increased by 7%. The statement of the Minister
has given confidence to the public that MTNL will be
revived. This has pushed the price of it's share in the
should expeditiously install mobile towers in the naxalite
infected districts of Chhattisgarh state - says Chief
Minister, Raman Singh.
Shri Raman Singh, Hon'ble
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, has instructed BSNL, that
it should expeditiously install 181 towers in the naxalite
infected districts of Chhattisgarh. It should be noted
that no private telecom company is prepared to provide
mobile service to the people of those districts in
Chhattisgarh, which are affected with naxalite insurgency.
BSNL being the government company, has been told by the
government of India to install towers and start providing
mobile service in those areas. The government must realise
that it is only BSNL which will stand by the people and
the country, when the security of the nation is at threat.
Hence, government should not try to kill BSNL.
will provide infrastructure support to MTNL and BSNL- says
shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble MoC.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble MoC, has stated that
MTNL and BSNL need proper infrastructure support. He has
pointed out that in the past, MTNL and BSNL had not
received the attention that they required. He has also
assured that the government would provide the necessary
infrastructure support to MTNL and BSNL. Further, he has
stated that he has told MTNL and BSNL that they should
improve their quality of services to the customers. We
fully agree with the Hon'ble MoC's statement. He has
rightly pointed out that MTNL and BSNL were neglected in
the past. We also welcome his statement that the
government would provide necessary infrastructure support
to both the PSUs. There cannot be two opinion that both
MTNL and BSNL's quality of services should be improved,
and we are sure that the employees would achieve it. This
is the first time that a Minister of Communications has
openly come out in support of the two telecom PSUs. It may
be remembered that soon after shri Ravi Shankar Prasad
assumed office, BSNLEU wrote to him, drawing his attention
as to how BSNL's equipment supply was blocked
systematically by vested interests for nearly 6 years and
also how BSNL was being denied level playing field,
vis-a-vis private telecom companies. BSNLEU, will remain
in the forefront in persuading the Hon'ble MoC, so that
BSNL gets the required support from the government.
Times of India dated 18-06-2014]
tightens around Dayanidhi Maran in the misuse of 323 ISDN
The CBI is proceeding
fast against Dayanidhi Maran, for misusing 323 high speed
ISDN lines, when he was the Minister for Communications.
According to media reports, Dayanidhi Maran was grilled by
the CBI, at New Delhi, last month. The accusation against
Dayanidhi Maran was that, he misused his power and got a
virtual telephone exchange, with 323 lines, installed at
his Chennai residence. Those 323 lines were high speed
ISDN lines, capable of carrying huge volume of high speed
digital data across the globe. A dedicated cable was also
laid, for connecting this telephone exchange with the Sun
TV, owned by Dayanidhi Maran's family. So, it is obvious
that the 323 ISDN lines were misused for the transmission
of Sun TV's programme. Eventhough CBI started the probe in
2011 itself, it was moving slow for political reasons.
However, it has started moving fast, after the new
government came to power at Centre.
[ Courtesy : Times of India dated 17-06-2014
Secretary addressed Tamil Nadu Circle Executive Committee
The Tamil Nadu Circle
Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held at
Chennai today. Com.V.P.Indira, Vice- President of the
Circle Union, is presiding over the meeting.
inaugurated the meeting. In his address, the GS explained
bout the present political situation of the country and
the role of the working class, issues connected with the
viability of BSNL and their present status, issues of the
Non-Executives and efforts being taken by the JAC, etc.
Com.S.Chellappa, CS, presented his report on activities.
Circle Executive Committee members are deliberating on the
report. The following are the views of the meeting.
successful Punjab circle conference ended in an upbeat
The upbeat Punjab circle
conference has come to a successful completion. A large
number of delegates participated in the delegates' session
and debated on a number of issues, related to the problems
of the Non-Executives, as well as the viability of the
Company. Finally, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, replied to the
issues raised by the delegates, in detail. He explained
the efforts taken by BSNLEU to solve the problems as well
as their present status, formation of the JAC, etc. He
emphasised that the Non-Executives have to unitedly fight, to
bring improvement on the issues. Thereafter, the report on
activities, as well as audited report were passed, and
election of office-bearers was held unanimously.
Undoubtedly, the Conference has given an impetus to BSNLEU,
for further advancement in Punjab circle.
wine in new bottle.
One of the opposition
members in the Lok Sabha, while participating in the
debate on the President's address, remarked that the
policy of the BJP government is nothing but "old wine in
new bottle". Despite it's tall claims to serve the poor
people, the steps being taken by the Narendra Modi
government indicate, that it is going to follow the same
old Neo-Liberal policies, that were followed by the
Congress led UPA government. For example, media reports
say that the new government is moving in the direction of
deregulating the price of diesel. This means nothing but
withdrawal of the subsidy on diesel. As reported by the
Economic Times dated 12.06.2014, the Oil Ministry is
moving a note to the Cabinet, for withdrawal of subsidy on
diesel, by deregulating it's price. This move will help
the Modi government to save Rs. 1, 40, 000 crore. But at
the same time, this move will hit the poor hard, as it
will shoot up an alround price rise.
circle conference of BSNLEU, Punjab circle, started
enthusiastically at Chandigarh.<<click