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Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri

 [President]

 

Com. P. Abhimanyu

[General Secretary]

 

Com. P. Asokababu

[Deputy General Secretary]

 

Com. S.C. Bhattacharya

[Treasurer]

 

 
       
 

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[28.06.2013]4.0% IDA increase on Revised (2007) pay/pension becomes due w.e.f. 1st July, 2013, i.e. 74.9 + 4.0 = 78.9%. Orders not issued.

 

 

 

[28.06.2013]Postal Department to start Banking Service.

 

The department of posts has applied for a license before the Reserve Bank of India, for starting a full-fledged banking service. Initially it will start 50 branches of the ”Posts Bank", which will be increased to 150 branches within 5 years. The Postal Department is already running a Savings Bank Service and that experience will help it to run the new Posts Bank. This shows that the Postal Department is exploring new possibilities to improves its finances, which is a good example for BSNL to emulate, i.e., exploring new avenues for augmenting it's revenue. It may be recollected that till a few years back, BSNL was simply sitting on a massive cash reserve of Rs.30, 000 crore, without utilising it for the expansion of it's business interests. 

 

 

[28.06.2013]NLC employees to go on indefinite strike from 3rd July, 2013, against disinvestment.

 

The Joint Action Committee of the trade unions of NLC (Neyveli Lignite Corporation), has given call for indefinite strike from 03.07.2013, against the decision of the Central Government to disinvest it's shares in this Navaratna PSU. The tripartite talks held yesterday, to avert the strike has failed. It has become certain now, that the indefinite strike will start as scheduled. As a prelude to the strike, the NLC employees wore black badges yesterday. Gate meetings are being conducted today and tomorrow. On 02.07.2013, there will be a massive hunger strike. Meanwhile, a proposal made by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, that 5% shares of NLC could be sold to the State Government organisations, was flatly rejected by the JAC. BSNLEU congratulates the trade unions of NLC, who had taken a firm position against disinvestment. It also conveys its revolutionary greetings to the NLC employees, who are on a warpath against the disastrous policy of privatisation of the UPA government.

 

 

 

[27.06.2013]Reinstate retrenched contract workers of Jamshedpur.

In Jamshedpur SSA of BSNL, about 45 casual/contract workers are victimised for going on agitation for getting their due minimum wage. The contractors and BSNL Management together were exploiting the workers by denying the minimum wage and other rights of the workers violating the EPF, ESI Act etc. The workers went on strike and got implementation of some orders on the above, but the many workers were retrenched as revenge. 

 

BSNL is a fully owned government PSU. But the field level management is violating the acts of Parliament like Minimum Wage Act, EPF Act, Contract Labour Act, ESI Act etc. with impunity. When they are compelled to implement these orders of the government and can not continue their exploitation, they victimise the workers. By retrenching so many workers the maintenance and repair works are also seriously affected. To what extend the ethics and law-abiding has gone down with these officers of BSNL. 

 

The BSNL top management has to take immediate remedial action to restore normalcy and also for a human face, which the Prime Minister has called for.

 

[26.06.2013]All India Convention on BSNL’s viability is to be held on 03.08.2013.

The All India Convention, for improvement of BSNL’s viability will be held on 03.08.2013 (date confirmed). The convention, which is being organized by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, will be held in the Mavlankar Auditorium, New Delhi. Prominent Central Trade Union leaders, Members of Parliament, as well as the All India leaders of the BSNL Unions and Associations will address the Convention. It is the decision of the Forum that the delegates from all the circles should participate in the convention.

 

[26.06.2013]Salute to the brave-hearts in Uniform.

The soldiers and officers of the Air force, Army and the ITBP are showing exemplary courage in carrying out the relief and rescue works in the flood ravaged Uttarakhand. In doing so, they are subjecting their lives to high risk. An Air force helicopter engaged in rescue works got crashed yesterday, due to which around 20 people, including the flood victims are killed. We condole the death of the flood victims who are killed in the crash. We pay our respectful homage to the Indian Air Force, ITBP, NDRF Personnel, killed in the mishap. We salute those brave hearts in uniform who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

 

[25.06.2013]Delhi’s Street children collect Rs.20, 000 for Uttarakhand relief fund.

A group of street children of Delhi, have collected Rs.20, 000, for Uttarakhand relief fund. This fund will be handed over to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund today. It should be noted that these street children are rag-pickers. They run an association called “Badhte Kadam,” which has collected the donation. This amount is donated to ensure that the homeless children stuck in Uttarakhands floods and landslips are evacuated safely.

 

[24.06.2013]Vodafone dictates terms to the govt. 

Ten days after the Indian govt. conveyed it’s willingness to Vodafone, for an out of court settlement (non-binding conciliation) in the Rs.11,200 crore tax – cheating case, Vodafone has written to the govt., stating that it needs some more time to reply to the govt.’s proposal. According to reports, the govt. is willing to waive certain component of interest and penalty. But, Vodafone wants the entire penalty, interest, as well as a portion of the tax to be waived. Moreover, Indian govt. has stated that the conciliation would be done under the Indian Arbitration Law. But, the Vodafone wants the conciliation under United Nation’s Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is a matter of deep regret that a foreign company that has cheated the Indian govt. to the tune of Rs.8500 crore, tries to dictate terms and the Indian govt. is meekly surrendering.

 

 

[24.06.2013]Meeting of Forum at Mysore.

 

A meeting of the BSNL employees was organised under the platform of BSNL Unions/Associations at Mysore GM office premises on 21st June in connection with the visit of Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, National Convener of the Forum.

 

 

More than three hundred workers were present. The meeting was presided over by the Chairman of the Forum Com.B.S.Venkatesh, Circle President SNEA. Coms. Krishna Gowde, Circle Vice-President, AIBSNLEA, M.C.Balakrishna, All India org. Secretary, BSNLEU, M.Mahadevappa, Dist. Secretary, BSNLEU, Lingaraju, DS SEWA BSNL, B.V.Ramachandra,DS AIBSNLEA, MahadeveGowda, DS NFTE, Basavaraju DS AIBDPA and other leaders were present in the dais. Com. Ganesh, Convener, Forum welcomed all. Shri K.L. Jayaram, Sr.GM, addressed the meeting and appreciated the work being done by the Forum to improve the services. He assured that he will make maximum efforts for improving BSNL. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri,Convener, Forum and President BSNL Employees Union spoke mainly on the need to strengthen BSNL and the proposals given by the Forum to the Group of Ministers looking in to the revival of BSNL. The action taken by the Forum in this connection was briefed. He congratulated the workers for the excellent support in the recent proposed strike due to which the DOT / Management was compelled to issue orders on 78.2% IDA fixation.

 

[22.06.2013]Women employees of Writers' Building stage protest march against rapes and killings in West Bengal.

Protesting against the growing atrocities against women in West Bengal, a section of the women employees of the state government, conducted a protest march on 18.06.2013. The more important part of this news is that, this protest march went through the corridors of the Writer’s Building (Secretariat of West Bengal Government). They carried placards and shouted slogans against the ever increasing atrocities against women in West Bengal. “We who work in the Writer’s Building are not feeling safe any longer, after the incidents of rape at Barasat and Gede, over the past few days”, said one of the protesting employees.” It may be remembered that a college girl was brutally raped and murdered at Barasat in 24 Parganas district, a few days back. “We think that as a woman, she (the Chief Minister) will understand our plight better”, said another employee.” However, when the protesters went to meet the Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee, she refused to meet them or receive their memorandum.<<click here>> 

[Source: The Hindu dated 19.06.2013.]

 

[22.06.2013]Now, Private Telecom Companies demand revival package. 

At a time when the govt. has formed a GoM under shri P. Chidambaram, to recommend about the revival of BSNL and MTNL, the private telecom companies have started demanding a revival package. In a presentation given to the DoT, the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) has stated that debts of private telecom companies have doubled. It was Rs.82,726 crore in 2008-09, and has increased to Rs.1,85,720 crore in 2011-12. It has further stated that the margin of the private telecom companies has also reduced from 33.8% in 2008, to 28.9% in 2012. In India, the levies and taxes are also very high, compared to other Asian countries, said the COAI – for example the levies and taxes come to 30% of the revenue, whereas it is only 15% in other Asian countries. Thus, to come out of this crisis, the COAI has demanded that 100% FDI should be allowed, and also the license fee should be reduced to 1 to 2% of annual revenue.

 

[22.06.2013]Settlement of anomalies – Circle Secretaries to note please.

 CHQ is pressing the Corporate Management hard, to settle the anomalies that arose in the 1st wage revision. In this regard, CHQ is insisting for the implementation of the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench, wherein it is stated that the pay of the senior should be stepped up at par with junior. The Corporate Management, in turn, has called for certain inputs from the Circles. Two reminders were also written to the CGMs in this regard. But so far only 2 Circles have given the input. Corporate Management says that the case cannot be processed with these little inputs. Hence circle secretaries are requested to pressurize their respective CGMs to immediately send the necessary inputs to the Corporate Office at the earliest. Copies of the letters, written by the Corporate Office to the CGMs on this subject are enclosed.<<CO letter>> <<reminder-1>>  <<reminder-2>> 

 

[21.06.2013]Appeal for relief fund, to the suffering people of Uttarakhand. 

Dear Comrades, 

For the past few days we are viewing through TV Channels, the unprecedented devastations that have been caused by floods in Uttarakhand. More than 70,000 pilgrims got trapped in inaccessible terrains. Large portions of roads and many bridges have been washed away. The people of Uttarakhand are facing untold miseries. The airforce and the military are struggling to evacuate the affected people. However, it is impossible for the government alone to mitigate the sufferings of the people of that state. It is the duty of every citizen to extend their helping hand to the suffering people of Uttarakhand. The All India Centre meeting held today the 21.06.2013, has decided to request the BSNL Management to deduct Rs.200/- from the salary of the employees (one time deduction) and to remit the same to the relief fund of the people of Uttarakhand. CHQ appeals to all the comrades to ensure implementation of the decision. 

[Foot-note: According to the constitution amendment, the Central Secretariat of BSNLEU is now renamed as All India Centre].    P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary

 

[21.06.2013]Review of JAO part-II exam results. 

CHQ has already requested the Management to review the results of the recently held JAO Part II exam, by granting grace marks. Our demand is based on the fact that this is the last exam under the old syllabus. Moreover, large number of posts remain unfilled in many circles. We feel that if the CGMs also write to the CO, for review, with the details like no. of candidates passed and number of vacancies unfilled, it will be helpful. Hence, circle secretaries are requested to approach their CGMs for writing to the CO, in this regard.

[20.06.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K. Upadhyay today the 20.06.2013 and discussed the following issues.<<click here>> 

 

[20.06.2013]Meeting with the Director (Finance). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) and demanded that 78.2% IDA merger should be the basis for payment of those allowances which are paid as a percentage of basic pay (other than HRA, PU allowance etc.) The Director (Finance) agreed to consider it. 

 

Review of JAO results. 

The Union representatives strongly demanded that the results of the recently held JAO part II exam should be reviewed by granting grace marks, since a large number of vacancies remain unfilled.

 

 

[19.06.2013]Collect Rs.100/- donation for CHQ. 

It is the decision of the 6th All India Conference, held at Ludhiana, to collect Rs.100/- from each member and to send it to the CHQ, towards donation for All India Union. This decision was taken to tide over the financial hardship that the All India Union is experiencing, especially after purchasing a building for our Union at New Delhi. Comrades may keep in mind that CHQ is paying Rs.1,32,000 as interest every month, for the bank loan of Rs.1.40 crore, that has been taken to purchase the Union building. Hence, Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure that Rs.100/- is meticulously collected from each and every member and that the same is sent to the CHQ without delay.

 

[19.06.2013]Com. Ruma Chattopadhyay, National Cycling Coach and Vice-President of BSNLEU, Head Quarters District Branch, Kolkata died in a road accident at Noida. 

Com. Ruma Chattopadhyay, Cycling Coach of India and Honorary Board Member of Cycling Federation of India, died in a road accident yesterday morning, at Noida. A car hit her, when she was coaching the trainees at Noida. She was taken to the Kailash Hospital, Noida, where she was declared dead. Com. Ruma was a senior Accountant in Kolkata telephones and was the vice-president of BSNL Employees Union in the Head Quarters District Branch. On hearing the news, CHQ swung in to action. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, rushed to the hospital. Com. S.P. Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Noida was informed and he sent a team of comrades to the hospital, eventhough he was out of station. Our comrades remained there till the post mortem was completed in a govt. hospital. The Sports Authority of India undertook the responsibility of sending the body of Com. Ruma to Kolkata. CHQ pays homage to Com. Ruma Chattopadhyay and offers heartfelt condolences to her family members as well as the comrades of Kolkata Telephones. CHQ also sincerely thanks the comrades of Noida District Union of BSNLEU, for their cooperation and support.

 

[18.06.2013]Meeting with Sr.GM (TS) on the closure of Telegram Service.

Based on the letter given by BSNLEU, against closure of Telegram Service, a discussion took place between Union representatives and shri Shameem Aktar, Sr.GM (TS). Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. R.S. Chouhan, Organising Secretary (CHQ) and com. Chiddu Singh, ACS, NTR Circle participated in the discussion. BSNLEU representatives strongly opposed the closure of telegram service and gave alternative suggestions to overcome the Rs.135 crore loss incurred during 2012-13. The issue will be further persued by BSNLEU. 

 

[18.06.2013]Discussion with GM (Estt.) on introduction of E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, as well as payment of all allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and urged upon him to take steps for early implementation of the E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, as has been agreed in the last National Council meeting. The GM (Estt.) assured to take expeditious action. Further, the GS explained about the agreement signed on 12.06.2012 and demanded that all allowances should be paid, based on 78.2% IDA merger. The issue will further be discussed with the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.

 

[18.06.2013]BSNLEU Mumbai Meeting oppose closure of telegram services.

The meeting of the BSNLEU CTO District Branch Mumbai held on 17th June 2013 at the CTO Conference Hall expressed its strong protest against the decision of BSNL Management to close the telegram services from 15th July 2013. It demanded the management to cancel the ill-motived and ill-timed decision. More than 300 comrades participated including a good number of ladies. 

Comrades Purushotham Gedam, Circle Secretary Maharashtra, S.S.Ubhe, Dist. Secretary, CTO, Dist. Secretary, Raighar and other leaders addressed. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions / Associations spoke in detail and briefed the house about the decision of BSNLEU and Forum to oppose the decision of Management. He also spoke on the recent settlement of 78.2% IDA pay fixation, movement of Forum for Revival of BSNL and for better Service and the memorandum submitted to the GoM. He called upon the workers our task to improve the services.

A Press conference was held after the meeting at the Press club. Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Purushotham Gedam and S.S.Ubhe told in detail about our opposition to the closure of Telegram services. It was also told to the press about the decision of the Forum to organise an All India Convention on ‘Revival of BSNL’ and its memorandum to ‘GoM’.

 

[18.06.2013]Anand Sharma wants to increase FDI in telecom to 100%

Anand Sharma, Commerce and Industry Minister has said that the proposal to increase the FDI up to 100% in Telecom, would soon come before by the Cabinet. The FDI in Telecom Sector is already increased to 74%. On one side, the government is saying that importing telecom equipments from China will create security problems for the nation. But on the other side, it wants to allow 100 FDI in telecom, which will lead to multi national companies taking over the Indian telecom industry. Does it mean that there is no threat to the nation from the Western Powers?

 

 

[17.06.2013]Forum leaders of Pondicherry present memorandum to shri V. Narayanaswamy, Hon’ble Minister and Member of the GoM on revival of BSNL and MTNL.

 

The leaders of Forum, Pondicherry, met shri V. Narayanaswamy, Hon’ble Minister and a member of the Group of Ministers, formed for the revival of BSNL and MTNL, on 15-06-2013. They have presented a copy of the memorandum, already submitted to the GoM. The Hon’ble Minister has assured to look into it and do the needful.

 

 

[15.06.2013]Govt. initiates conciliation with Vodafone in the Rs.11, 200 crore tax cheating case.

 

The UPA govt. has initiated the conciliation process with Vodafone, in the Rs.11, 200 crore tax cheating case. Last week, the Union Cabinet took decision to have a ‘non-binding conciliation’ with vodafone, under the ‘Indian Arbitration and contract Act’. Following this, the Income Tax Department has formally written to Vodafone, conveying it’s readiness for conciliation. According to media reports, Indian govt. is agreeable to waive off certain component of the interest and penalty. But Vodafone wants the entire interest and penalty, as well as a part of the principal, to be waived off. It is a matter to be waited and seen, what the govt. is going to do.

 

 

[15.06.2013]78.2% IDA merger – Pensioners will also get the benefit.

 

CHQ is getting calls from pensioners, anxiously asking whether they will also get the benefit out of the 78.2% IDA merger. Our Circle and District Secretaries have to tell the pensioners that the Forum is taking all necessary steps to get the benefit extended to the pensioners also. The attention of the Secretary, DoT, Member (Finance) and DDG (TPF) is already drawn towards this issue. Follow up action will be taken meticulously by the forum.

 

 

[15.06.2013]Expeditiously submit copies of Memorandum to the MPs.

 

Forum has already given the call to submit copies of the memorandum (submitted to the Group of Ministers) to all the MPs. However, it appears that only in few places, the memorandum has been submitted. The Core Committee meeting reviewed this and decided to appeal to the leaders at the circle and district levels, to immediately approach the MPs and submit the memorandum.

 

 

 

[14.06.2013]Meeting with Director (HR), on non-settlement of anomalies.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri A. N. Rai, Director (HR) and expressed their unhappiness in respect of the acute delay in the implementation of the judgment of the Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, regarding settlement of anomalies. The Director (HR) replied that the requisite inputs, as sought by the Corporate Office, has not come from the circles, due to which the processing of this case is being delayed. The Union representatives pointed out the assurance given in the National Council, by the Chairman, that the case would be processed, taking into consideration the inputs received from circles upto 31-03-2013. They also strongly demanded that the Corporate Office should issue order in this regard without further delay.

 

 

[14.06.2013]Core Committee of the Forum meets.

The Core Committee of the Forum met today the 14-06-2013, and discussed about the implementation of the decisions taken by the Forum in it's meeting held yesterday. Com. V. A. N.Namboodiri, com. P. Abhimanyu, com. Chandeswar Singh, com. K. Sebastin, com. Prahalad Rai, and com. K. Jayaprakash participated in the meeting. The following decisions are the decisions:-

 

 1) To hold the National Convention at New Delhi, tentatively on 03-08-2013. It will be held in the Mavlankar Hall. Delegates from all the circles should attend the Convention. Prominent trade union leaders and members of the Parliament will be invited. Other details will be finalized by the Core Committee shortly.

 

 2) Members of the Core Committee should meet the Group of Ministers immediately and present our case on BSNL's viability.

 

 3) Members of the Core Committee should meet the concerned Directors of BSNL Board as well top officers of the Corporate Office and discuss about increasing the revenue, improving quality of the services, etc.

 

 

[14.06.2013]Forum opposes the discontinuation of the telegram service.

 

The Forum meeting held yesterday the 13-06-2013 seriously discussed the unilateral decision of the BSNL Management to discontinue the Telegram Service from 15.07.2013. It was unanimously decided to oppose the decision of the Management and also decided to stop the discontinuation of the Telegram Service, through all possible means.

 

 

 

[14.06.2013]Forum decides to launch a powerful nationwide movement to strengthen BSNL.

A meeting of the Forum took place at New Delhi yesterday the 13-06-2013, to essentially discuss about the ways and means to improve the financial viability of BSNL. A very useful and constructive debate took place. It was decided in the meeting, to launch a nationwide powerful movement, involving the employees, to improve the financial viability BSNL. The following decisions are taken in this direction:- 

1)  To continue to unwaveringly fight against the wrong and anti-BSNL policies of the government.

2)  To continue to take action with a view to pressurise the BSNL Management for timely procurement of equipments and all essential items for improvement of the quality of services.

3)  To conduct a campaign among the employees for the improvement of their work culture as well as their interactions with the customers.

4)  To continuously keep a watch on the wasteful expenditures being incurred by the Management and to stop it.

 

 

[14.06.2013]Core Committee of the Forum formed.

In the Forum meeting held yesterday the 13-06-2013, the question of improving the functioning of the Forum was discussed. With a view to take timely decisions and interventions, it was decided to form a Core Committee. The following comrades are the members of the Core Committee. Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE BSNL, com. K. Sebastian, GS, SNEA, com. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and com. N. D. Ram, President, SEWA BSNL.

 

[14.06.2013]Forum decides to conduct conventions at National, Circle and District levels.

With a view to effectively launch the nationwide campaign to strengthen the viability of BSNL, it is decided by the Forum to conduct conventions at the National, Circle and District levels. The National Convention will be held at New Delhi, in the first week of August, 2013.The conventions at the Circle and District levels will also be conducted expeditiously.

 

[13.06.2013]Meeting with shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) on the issue of stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr.D, etc.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R. K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed at length the issue of stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr. D, etc. The leaders pointed out that these employees are not getting benefit in promotion and demanded early solution for the problem. GM (Estt.) assured to find out a remedy.

 

[13.06.2013]Meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on revival of BSNL and MTNL, held.

The GoM met yesterday the 12.06.2013 and discussed about the revival of BSNL and MTNL, as per media reports. The DoT has made a presentation to the GoM and has strongly demanded the refund of Rs. 12, 846 crore to BSNL and MTNL for the surrender of BWA spectrum. The DoT has also pleaded that a large portion of MTNL’s pension liability, amounting to Rs.7500 crore, should be shared by the government. The meeting is inconclusive and has not taken any decision. The next meeting of the GoM is expected to take place soon.

 

[11.06.2013]BSNL Management is expected to issue the order today. Thereafter, Forum will meet to decide about the strike.

 

The BSNL Management is expected to issue the order on 78.2 % IDA merger today the 11-06-2013. Thereafter, the forum of BSNL Unions and Associations will meet to take a decision about the strike.

 

[10.06.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL on the date of effect of 78.2% IDA merger.

Forum leaders, consisting of com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA, com. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and expressed their thanks for helping to resolve the 78.2% IDA merger issue. In the meeting the leaders strongly demanded that the 78.2% IDA merger should be implemented atleast from the date on which BSNL Board gave approval of 78.2% IDA merger. However, CMD BSNL expressed that it could be implemented only from the date on which Presidential Directive is issued, i.e. 10-06-2013, according to the decision of the DoT.

 

[10.06.2013]78.2% IDA merger settled. DoT issued Presidential Directive. Hearty congratulations to one and all.

The order on 78.2% IDA merger has finally been issued today the 10-06-2013, by the DoT. BSNL will issue the order tomorrow. It is a matter of great joy and relief that one of the most burning problem of the BSNL employees has finally been settled. Undoubtedly, the call for indefinite strike and the total determination of the entire employees to fight out the demand has settled the issue. The credit goes to the unity of the employees. CHQ congratulates the entire employees as well as the all the unions and associations for this great achievement. Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has once again done a commendable job by uniting all, which made the settlement possible.  CHQ also heartily thanks the Secretary, DoT, CMD BSNL, Director (Finance) and Director (HR) for trying their best to bring in a settlement and also for avoiding the indefinite strike. It is also a matter of great joy that the retired comrades will get their pension refixed based on 78.2% IDA.

 

[10.06.2013]Central Executive Committee meeting to be held at Kolkata from 7th to 9th July, 2013.

At the time when our CEC meeting takes place at Kolkata, it will be raining heavily. Hence, the Reception Committee has informed that it would be difficult to make arrangements for visitors. Hence, CHQ requests the circle secretaries not to bring any visitor.

 

[07.06.2013] Flash News!

Dear Comrades, At 18-45 hrs. today, it was informed by the CMD,BSNL that the  DoT has taken decision to approve 78.2% IDA merger and that the order will be issued today or on  Monday, by the DoT. As far as CHQ is concerned, nothing is confirmed, unless order is issued by the DoT. Hence, let us wait for the order to be issued and till then there should not be any let up in the preparations for the strike.

[07.06.2013] “Our approval for 78.2% IDA merger is not necessary”, says BRPSE.

Com. P. Abhmanyu, GS, together with other leaders of the Forum, met the Director, BRPSE (Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises) regarding 78.2% IDA merger. The Director,BRPSE, categorically informed the leaders that for 78.2% IDA merger, the approval of BRPSE is not necessary and that the DoT itself can take the decision.

 

[07.06.2013]Forum meeting decides to intensify the preparations for the indefinite strike.

 

A meeting of the Forum took place yesterday, the 06-06-2013. Com. Islam Ahmed presided over it. Com. P. Abhimanyu briefed the members on the discussion that took place with the Secretary, DoT, earlier in the day. Thereafter a thorough discussion took place, in which all the developments, including the discussion with the Secretary, DoT and the 5th June dharna, were reviewed. Finally, the meeting unanimously decided to intensify the preparations for the indefinite strike. The following decisions were taken in this regard.

 

1) Press meets are to be conducted at circle and district levels on 10-06-2013.

 

2) With a view to mobilise the employees, massive Lunch Hour Demonstrations are to conducted on 11-06-2013.

 

3) To meet the Secretary, BRPSE tomorrow the 07-06-2013 and to discuss the issue.

 

In view of the above developments and decisions, CHQ calls upon all the Circle, District and Branch Unions to fully gear up the mobilisation for the strike and to make it a resounding success.

 

[06.06.2013]Forum leaders meet shri M.F.Farooqui, Secretary, DoT.

Leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri M.F.Farooqui, Secretary, DoT, today the 06-06-2013. They handed over a copy of the memorandum, already submitted to the GoM, on the revival of BSNL and discussed it's salient points. Thereafter, the leaders solicited the intervention of the Secretary, DoT, for an early solution to the 78.2% IDA merger issue. He heard the views of the leaders patiently and assured that he would take all necessary steps for the early settlement of the issue. He also said that he would like to meet the leaders again in this regard within a day or two. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, represented BSNLEU in this meeting.

 

[05.06.2013]Forum meeting to be held tomorrow the 06-06-2013 to review the preparations for the indefinite strike.

A meeting of the Forum, is taking place at New Delhi tomorrow the 6-06-2013. The meeting will review  the preparations so far done throughout the country for the indefinite strike from 12-06-2013, and will also find out ways and means to intensify them further.

 

[05.06.2013]Meeting with Secretary, DoT, tomorrow the 06-06-2013, on 78.2% IDA merger issue.

The leaders of the Forum are having a meeting with the Secretary, DoT, tomorrow the 06-06-2013, on the 78.2% IDA merger issue. The leaders will seek the intervention of the Secretary, DoT, for an amicable settlement of the issue.

 

[05.06.2013]Massive dharnas conducted throughout the country, demanding immediate approval by DoT, for 78.2% IDA merger.

As per the call of the Forum, massive dharnas were conducted throughout the country today, the 05-06-2013, demanding immediate approval of DoT, for 78.2 % IDA merger. The response is realy overwhelming every where. CHQ heartily thanks every on and calls upon to seriously prepare for the indefinite strike from 12-06-2013.

 

[04.06.2013]JTO LICE is over - a great task accomplished.

The JTO LICE has taken place on 02-06-2013. The exam has been held after years of delay. BSNLEU appreciates the BSNL Management for accomplishing this great task. At every point of time, BSNLEU had taken serious and sincere efforts for holding the exam, in a manner which will benefit the employees. The completion of this exam will help BSNL in a big way, since thousands of JTO posts are going to be filled up, which will ultimately result in the improvement of BSNL's services. Certain categories of employees who aspired to appear the exam could not do so, due to non- availability of provisions in the RR. BSNLEU will sincerely try to bring modifications to the RR, so that such employees can also compete in the exam. BSNLEU congratulates in advance, all those candidates who are going to emerge successful in this exam.

 

[04.06.2013]Organise daylong dharna massively tomorrow - Let message go to the Management and the DoT, that strike will be total from 12-06-2013.

 

CHQ calls upon the District, Circle and Branch unions to organise massive daylong dharna tomorrow, the 05-06-2013, demanding immediate approval by DoT for 78.2% IDA merger. Let the maximum number of employees participate in the dharna. Tomorrow's programme should be so massive, that it sends a clear message to the BSNL Management and the DoT, that the indefinite strike from 12th June will be total, if 78.2% IDA merger is not settled by then.

 

[04.06.2013]Reception Committee formed for the next CEC meeting, to be held at Kolkata.

 

The West Bengal Circle Union is making all out efforts for successfully holding the next CEC meeting, to be held at Kolkata. A Reception Committee has been formed for the purpose.

 

Com. Pijush Chakraborty is the President, com. Swapan Chand and com. Anindya Sarkar are the Joint Secretaries and com. Gobinda das is the Finance Secretary. 21 committees and 7 sub committees have also been formed to make the CEC meeting a grand success.

 

[04.06.2013]Vodafone once again slapped a fine of Rs.1263 crore, for cheating the government.

 

 

At the time when Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal, is trying his best to bail out Vodafone, through an out- of-court settlement, in the Rs. 11, 200 crore tax cheating case, the DoT has slapped another fine on Vodafone, for Rs.1263 crore, for cheating license fee and spectrum charges. It has been found out by the DoT, that during the period from 2008-09 to 2010-11, Vodafone had cheated the government of license fee and spectrum charges, by under stating it's revenue. License Fee and Spectrum Charges are levied on Telecom companies, based on the Adjusted Gross Revenue of each company. To avoid paying License Fee and Spectrum Charges, Vodafone had under stated its revenue. Without showing any lenience, the government should ensure that Vodafone pays the fine amount.

 

[01.06.2013]BSNL is entrusted by the Govt. to erect 2199 towers in Naxal affected areas for mobile coverage.

The central government has cleared the long pending proposal of erecting 2199  towers in the naxal affected areas in A.P., Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, M.P.,Odisha, UP and West Bengal in order to cover the so far not-covered areas by mobile connections. The proposal has been pending for some years. The recent drastic attack by the naxalites and killing of senior leaders of Congress in Chattisgarh have woken up the sleeping ministry which took the decision now.

 

The 3,046.12 crore project will be funded from USOF and no tender need be floated. BSNL will be entrusted with the work. Of course, the government very well know that no private telco will take up this dangerous task in the naxalite areas.

 

BSNL is dedicated to the nation and it will take up the responsibility. The Government should remember that it is only BSNL which it can depend upon any emergency and security of the nation and the people.

 

[01.06.2013]Discussion held with GM (Estt.) on 30-05-2013, on important pending staff problems:-

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, held discussion with Shri R. K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), on some important pending staff problems. The details of the discussion are as follow:-

 

1) Reduction of salary of the employees appointed on or after 01-01-2007:-

 

Union representatives insisted that as per the assurance given in the National Council, the Establishment section should re-examine this issue afresh. After discussion, the GM (Esstt) stated that a further discussion can be held on the issue next week.

 

2) Introduction of E1 payscale to the Non-Executives:-

Union representatives insisted that the decision of the National Council, to introduce E1 payscale to the Non-Executives should be implemented expeditiously. It was agreed to process the case expeditiously.

 

 

3) Settlement of anomalies:-
Union representatives insisted upon the demand raised in the National Council, to implement the judgement of the Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, to all the affected seniors. Based on the inputs so far received from the circles, it was agreed process the case.

 

4) Promotion under NEPP should not be denied based on  average entries made prior to the implementation of the NEPP:-

Union representatives insisted that the above decision of the National Council should be implemented without further delay.It was agreed to take up the issue for the approval of the MC and the Board.

 

 

5) Revision of guidelines for compassionate ground appointments:-
Union representatives demanded that revised guidelines should be issued for compassionate ground appointments, based on the decision of the National Council. It was agreed that the same can be discussed after 10 days.

 

 

 6) Revision of Telecom Mechanic RR, for making industrial workers eligible for the exam (LDCE):-

It was agreed to do the same, after the present exam is completed in the remaining circles also.

 

 7) Raising the upper age limit for appearing the Telecom Mechanic exam( LDCE

The issue was discussed at length. GM (Estt) pointed out the as per RR, there is no upper age limit for appearing the LDCE. However, the Union representatives pointed out that a number of circle administrations have taken a position that 40 is the upper age limit, and hence the Corporate Office should issue a clarification on this.

 

[31.05.2013]Age limit for appearing Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE).

As per the Recruitment Rules (RR), there is no age limit for officials to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE. But many circles have taken the stand that 40 years is the age limit. This is totally wrong. Age limit is only for the Direct Recruitment and for departmental exam (LDCE) there is no age limit. Hence, in such of those circles where the administration is creating problem, the circle secretaries may request the concerned officer to get the matter clarified by the Corporate Office. CHQ. Is also trying to get a clarification issued by Corporate Office.

 

[30.05.2013]Forum leaders to meet Secretary, DoT on 06-06-2013, on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger.

Leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations are meeting the Secretary, DoT, on 06-06-2013, to discuss the issue of 78.2% IDA merger. now, whether BSNL employees will get 78.2% IDA merger or not, fully depends upon our mobilisation for the indefinite strike w.e.f.12-06-2013. Hence, let us totally mobillise the employees to make the strike successful. In this connection, the dharna to be held on 05-06-2013 is to be made a total success. CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch unions to gear up and take all out efforts to make the dharna as well as the strike a historic success.

 

[30.05.2013]Dot proposes to fine Airtel Rs.650 crore for cheating.

Yet another cheating done by Airtel, has come to light. The DOT has proposed to fine Airtel to the tune of Rs. 650 crore for providing ‘Subscriber Local Dialling ‘ (SLD) in 13 circles between 2003 and 2005, which facilitated the subscribers to avoid paying roaming and STD charges. By allowing SLD to it’s customers, Airtel did manipulation and thereby avoided paying levy to the government for long distance calls. DOT will soon issue show cause notice to Airtel in this regard. Similar action will be taken on Vodafone also (the then Hutch). However, Airtel will pay this fine or it will be let off, is a mater to be waited and seen. It is to be noted that already Airtel as well as all the private telecom companies are imposed penalties worth rupees thousands of crores which they have never paid.

 

[31.05.2013]Age limit for appearing Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE).

As per the Recruitment Rules (RR), there is no age limit for officials to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE. But many circles have taken the stand that 40 years is the age limit. This is totally wrong. Age limit is only for the Direct Recruitment and for departmental exam (LDCE) there is no age limit. Hence, in such of those circles where the administration is creating problem, the circle secretaries may request the concerned officer to get the matter clarified by the Corporate Office. CHQ. Is also trying to get a clarification issued by Corporate Office.

 

[30.05.2013]Forum leaders to meet Secretary, DoT on 06-06-2013, on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger.

Leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations are meeting the Secretary, DoT, on 06-06-2013, to discuss the issue of 78.2% IDA merger. now, whether BSNL employees will get 78.2% IDA merger or not, fully depends upon our mobilisation for the indefinite strike w.e.f.12-06-2013. Hence, let us totally mobillise the employees to make the strike successful. In this connection, the dharna to be held on 05-06-2013 is to be made a total success. CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch unions to gear up and take all out efforts to make the dharna as well as the strike a historic success.

 

[30.05.2013]Dot proposes to fine Airtel Rs.650 crore for cheating.

Yet another cheating done by Airtel, has come to light. The DOT has proposed to fine Airtel to the tune of Rs. 650 crore for providing ‘Subscriber Local Dialling ‘ (SLD) in 13 circles between 2003 and 2005, which facilitated the subscribers to avoid paying roaming and STD charges. By allowing SLD to it’s customers, Airtel did manipulation and thereby avoided paying levy to the government for long distance calls. DOT will soon issue show cause notice to Airtel in this regard. Similar action will be taken on Vodafone also (the then Hutch). However, Airtel will pay this fine or it will be let off, is a mater to be waited and seen. It is to be noted that already Airtel as well as all the private telecom companies are imposed penalties worth rupees thousands of crores which they have never paid.

 

 

[29.05.2013]Central Executive Committee meeting to be held at Kolkata, from 7th to 9th July, 2013.

The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Kolkata on 7th, 8th and 9th July, 2013. West Bengal circle is hosting the meeting. The venue of the CEC meeting is Cooperative Hall, Ultadanga, Kolkata. Open Session of the CEC meeting will be held at Mahajati Sadan. This is an important CEC meeting, being held after the 6th Membership Verification. Hence, all CEC members are requested to attend the meeting without fail. Comrades are also requested to book their tickets in advance.

 

[28.05.2013]JTO LDCE - Confusion regarding counting of vacancies.

It seems that the letter issued by Corporate Office on 14-05-2013 has created some confusion regarding calculation of vacancies for the forthcoming JTO LDCE. The issue was discussed with the Establishment section of the Corporate Office, which is the nodal section for this purpose. We are categorically told that the vacancies from the year 2000 onwards will have to be counted for the forthcoming exam. Confusion in this regard has been created in some circles, including Tamil Nadu circle. CHQ will ensure that necessary corrective letter is issued by corporate office at the earliest.

 

[28.05.2013]Settlement of anomalies- implementation of the assurance given in the National Council.

The issue of settlement of the anomalies created in the 1st wage revision is being long perused by CHQ. It is our demand that the order of Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, should be implemented in respect of all the affected seniors.The issue was again discussed in the last National Council meeting, held on 31-01-2013. We were told that a decision in this regard would be taken after 31-03-2013. However, so far no action is taken.The issue was discussed with GM (Estt.) and it was insisted that order in this regard should be issued without further delay.

 

[28.05.2013]Non-implementation of the agreement signed on designations change.

An agreement was signed between the BSNLEU and the Management, on 31-01-2013, regarding change of designations in respect of the cadres of Regular Mazdoor and Telecom Mechanic. However, the same is not yet implemented, for the reasons best known to the Corporate Management. CHQ has launched a bitter complaint in this regard to the Director (HR) a few days ago. Again the matter has been discussed with the GM (SR). We have categorically told him, that implementation of the agreement will not be left to the 'mercy' of the officers in the Corporate Office. We have made it clear that struggle will become imminent, if the agreement is not implemented immediately.

 

[28.05.2013]Holding of the meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board.

Meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board has not taken place for the past 2 years. Important decisions have been taken, without holding the Board meeting. BSNLEU has made a strong complaint in this regard to the CMD BSNL. Now, Management has started moving, and items have been called for. The last date for submission of the items is fixed as 31-05-2013. CHQ will ensure that the Board meeting takes place expeditiously.

 

[28.05.2013]'Average' entries made in the CRs, prior to 23-03-2010, should not be taken into account for giving promotions under NEPP.

The above issue was discussed a number of times with the Management. In the last National Council meeting, this issue was again discussed and we were assured that it would be taken up with the Management Committee / BSNL Board, for necessary relaxation. However, nothing is done so far. The issue is discussed with GM (Estt.), and was insisted that necessary action should be taken expeditiously.

 

[28.05.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL- 27-05-2013.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 27-05-2013 and discussed the following issues.

 

 

1)   78.2% IDA merger - CMD replied that the matter is being actively perused by him with the Secretary, DoT. The Union representatives urged upon the CMD to find an amicable solution before the commencement of the indefinite strike.

 

 

2)   The Union representatives requested the CMD to intervene in the agitation that is going on in Jamshedpur. CMD contacted the CGM, Jharkhand and directed him to find solution to the demands raised in the struggle.

 

 

3)   The Union representatives once again raised the demand that the CMD should preside over the National Council meetings. They also requested that a constitution be framed for the functioning of the councils and that a mechanism should be put in place to find solution to the issues which are not settled in the National Council. CMD assured to look into the demands.

 

[28.05.2013]Meeting with Sr GM (Admn) - 27-05-2013.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri A.K.Sangi, Sr.GM (Admn.), yesterday and discussed the following issues.

 

1)  Non-payment of minimum wages to contract workers at Jamshedpur, as per the Corporate Office order as well as non- implementation of EPF and ESI schemes- The Sr.GM (Admn.) assured that the issue would be looked into.

 

 

2)    Implementation of the agreement reached in the National Council, on the demand that officials should be given option to include divorced/ widowed/ separated daughters and sisters as dependents for the purpose of BSNLMRS. The Sr.GM(Admn) assured to take action on this.

 

[27.05.2013]“CAG is only an accountant.” – Kapil Sibal.

An angry Kapil Sibal has stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General was only an accountant and he cannot criticize the 2G auctioning. Vinod Rai, CAG, who retired recently, had become a crusader in the fight against corruption. He had recently stated that the 2G auctioning conducted by the govt., last year was destroyed by the private mobile companies by forming a cartel among themselves. Kapil Sibla became very furious due to this and has said that the CAG ultimately was only an accountant and that be could not comment about the auction conducted by the government. Now, the question is, why Kapil Sibal should become so angry on Vinod Rai?  The CAG has only criticized the private telecom companies, and not the government or the minister. Is it because of the love that Kapil Sibla is having for the private companies? Or is it because Vinod Rai exposed the massive scams of the UPA govt., like the 2G, Coal Gate, Commonwealth, etc.?

 

[27.05.2013]BSNL added 2.9 lakh new customers, while all major private companies lost their customers sizeably, during October to December 2012.

According to the TRAI report, BSNL gained 2.9 lakh new customers during the period from October to December 2012. During the same period, all major private operators lost lakhs of their customers. As a result the market share of BSNL increased from 10.99% in September 2012 to 11.56% in December 2012.

Number of customers lost by private operators from September 2012 to December 2012-

Reliance                   -           16.32 million

Tata Tele Services -           8.80   million

Vodafone                 -           5.19    million

Airtel                         -           4.02   million

Aircel                         -           3.26   million

Sistema Shyam       -           1.71   million

Idea                            -           1.52   million

 

[23.05.2013]GS meets Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and sought his intervention to find a solution to the ongoing struggle in Jamshedpur SSA of Jharkhand Circle. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. The GS demanded immediate implementation of the agreement on change of designations. He also requested the Director (HR) to accept the demand of the Union to modify the Transfer Policy, so as to reduce the qualifying service to two years for out of SSA / Circle transfers. The Director (HR) told that it would be looked into.

 

[22.05.2013]Massive demonstrations conducted, demanding implementation of the agreement on 78.2% IDA merger.

Responding to the call of the Forum, massive demonstrations are conducted throughout the country, demanding immediate implementation of the agreement signed on 78.2% IDA merger. CHQ heartily congratulates all the comrades. Further, CHQ calls upon all the Circle and District Secretaries to fully gear up to successfully hold dharna on 05.06.2013 and indefinite strike from 12.06.2013.

 

 

[21.05.2013]Registrar of Trade Unions approve amendments to the Union Constitution.

The amendments passed by the Ludhiana All India Conference, has duly been submitted by the CHQ, for the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions. CHQ is glad to inform that those amendments have now been duly approved by the Registrar of Trade Unions.

 

[17.05.2013]78.2% IDA fixation - BRPSE says that the matter has not been referred to it. 

On enquiry, the Secretary, BRPSE has stated that the DoT has so far not referred the 78.2% IDA merger issue to it. Further, he has also stated that the matter need not be referred to BRPSE, since BSNL has not yet been declared as a sick PSU, and hence the DoT itself is empowered to take a decision on the matter. The reply given by the Secretary, BRPSE, clearly shows that there is a planned effort by some vested interests to confuse the employees and to also to deny them 78.2% IDA merger. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the comrades to immediately start making serious preparations to make the indefinite strike a total success.

 

[20.05.2013]Article of the People's Democracy, on the memorandum submitted by Forum, to the Group of Ministers.

People's Democracy has written an article on the memorandum submitted by the Forum, to the Group of Ministers, on the revival of BSNL. We reproduce the article hereunder. We sincerely thank People's Democracy for supporting the demands of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, on the revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[20.05.2013]Shri P.R.Natarajan, M.P. writes to shri P.Chidambaram, on the memorandum submitted by the Forum.

Shri P.R.Natarajan, Member Parliament, (Lok Sabha member, Coimbatore) has written to shri P.Chidambaram, Chairman of the Group of Ministers, supporting the demands of the Forum, on the matter of BSNL's revival. We sincerely thank shri P.R.Natarajan, for taking the matter seriously with the GoM.<<click here>>

 

[18.05.2013]Red salute to com.Moni Bose, on the occasion of his third Death Anniversary. 

Tomorrow the 19th May, 2013, is the third Death Anniversary of com.Moni Bose, the veteran leader of the P&T Trade Union movement, as well as the former General Secretary of the AITEU Class lll. The life of Com.Moni Bose is a classic example for selflessness and sacrifice. He had been the symbol of unity and struggle. Till he breathed his last three years ago, com. Moni Bose had been the guiding force of BSNLEU. On this occasion, let us resolve to carry forward the ideals for which com.Moni Bose struggled all throughout his life. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays respectful homage to the great leader.

 

[16.05.2013]Arvind Kejriwal criticizes Kapil Sibal in the Vodafone tax case. 

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has criticized Law Minister Kapil Sibal for favouring Vodafone, in the Rs.11,000 crore tax cheating case. Kejriwal has questioned Kapil Sibal’s haste, for agreeing for an “out of court settlement”, within 24 hours of taking charge as Law Minister. He has accused that Kapil Sibal’s Lawyer-son is appearing for the Company. Kejriwal has further stated that the proposal for an out of court settlement is violation of an Act passed by the Parliament.

 

[15.05.2013]Meeting with Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the following issues with shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), today the 15.05.2013:- 

 

(i)   GS demanded immediate restoration of BSNLEU’s office accommodations in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat Circles. The GM (SR) spoke to the GMs (HR/Admn.) of all these circles and directed them to immediately restore the office accommodation to BSNLEU, in such of those districts, where it has been vacated. 

(ii)  GS requested that Corporate Office should immediately issue order, for provision of office accommodation to the Recognised Unions. GM (SR) replied that the issue is under active consideration of the Corporate Office and order will be issued shortly. 

(iii) GS requested that the agreement signed in respect of change of designations to RMs and TMs should be implemented immediately and that discussion should start without delay for changing designations of other cadres also. GM (SR) replied that this would be seriously looked into. 

(iv) GS requested that Corporate Office letter on allotment of council seats to the Recognised Unions should be issued without further delay. GM (SR) assured that Management would take an early decision. 

[15.05.2013]Meeting with Sr.GM (Recruitment) on implementation of DoP&T orders on reservation of SC/ST employees. 

Based on the discussion held in the last National Council meeting, BSNLEU has already submitted a note to the Sr.GM(Rectt.), and has held a detailed discussion in respect of implementing DoP&T orders on reservation to SC/ST employees. The Sr.GM(Rectt.) replied that he has gathered information that a high level committee, formed by BSNL Management in this regard has already taken decisions on this, and assured that a copy of the same would be provided to the Union soon. CHQ would further persue this issue.

 

[15.05.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) on Casual / Contract Labour issues. 

Com. V.A.N Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, BSNLEU met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) on 14.05.2013 and discussed about the regularization of the Casual Labour. The union representatives demanded that the issues of the contract workers in Jamshedpur, who are on strike for the last one month against retrenchment etc. be settled. Director (HR) said he will speak to the CGM, Jharkhand.

 

[15.05.2013]Kapil Sibal proposes out of court settlement with Vodafone in the Rs.11,000 crore tax cheating case.

As per media reports, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal will soon approach the Cabinet, seeking it’s approval for an out of court settlement with Vodafone in the Rs.11,000 crore tax cheating case. Vodafone cheated govt. to the tune of Rs.8,500 crore in income tax in 2007. Since Vodafone refused to pay the amount, legal battle is going on for the past so many years. When Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister, he brought changes in the Income Tax Law, to ensure that Vodafone does not escape. The total amount payable by Vodafone now is Rs.11,000 crore, which includes the interest. However, Kapil Sibal and the UPA govt. have become very kind to Vodafone now and want to settle the tax dispute out of court. Now, the question is, why Kapil Sibal and UPA govt. don’t have such kindness towards BSNL?

 

 

[14.05.2013]Forum leaders meet shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and presented a copy of the memorandum submitted to the GoM.

The Forum leaders met shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) today, and presented a copy of the memorandum already submitted to the Group of Ministers. The important issues of the memorandum were also discussed. The CMD agreed with most of the points and assured that those issues would also be taken by BSNL. Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri (Convener) com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and com. Rajmouli, Secretary, NFTE, participated in the meeting. 

 

[14.05.2013]CMD BSNL assures to persue 78.2% IDA merger.

In the meeting with the CMD BSNL today, the Forum leaders expressed their serious concern over the referring of 78.2% IDA merger issue to the BRPSE. The CMD BSNL shared the concern of the leaders and assured to seriously persue the case with the DoT and BRPSE. 

 

[14.05.2013]BSNLEU leaders met CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS discussed the following issues with Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD, today the 14.05.2013. 

i)    Immediate releasing of letter by Corporate Office, with regards to the eligibility of council seats to the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU leaders demanded seats should be allotted strictly according to the Recognition Rules and no deviation from it. 

ii)   National Council meetings should be presided over by the CMD BSNL and all the Directors of the Board should be part of the official side. 

iii)  Leaders expressed their utter dissatisfaction and resentment over the inaction of the Corporate Management, in the murder case of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh, Ex.DS, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad. 

iv)  The leaders demanded to immediately hold the meeting of the Sports Board. 

 

The CMD assured to look into the above mentioned issues seriously and to take appropriate action. 

[14.05.2013]Meeting with Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and demanded the immediate implementation of the agreement signed between the Recognised Union and the Management on change of designations. Director (HR) assured to do the needful. 

 

[14.05.2013]Submitting of Memorandum to the MPs by the Circle and District Secretaries.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has already submitted a detailed memorandum to the Group of Ministers, on the revival of BSNL. This memorandum has to be submitted to all the MPs and their intervention is to be sought, so that the Group of Ministers take appropriate decisions to revive BSNL. Hence, all Circle and District Secretaries have to meet all the MPs immediately, together with other leaders of the Forum, and submit copies of the memorandum. (The memorandum is uploaded on the CHQ website on 10.05.2013). All Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take up this very seriously and submit the memorandum within a week, since the GoM is likely to take their decision very soon.

 

[14.05.2013]Political interference and administrative bungling are the reasons for BSNL’s abysmal state of affairs.

“It is true that a combination of political interference and administrative bungling over the years, and not the employees per se, is what that has led to the abysmal state of affairs”. 

- The Business Line in its editorial dated 14.05.2013, on the revival of BSNL and MTNL.

 

[13.05.2013]All Circle Secretaries are requested to send their e-mail IDs to CHQ.

It is very essential that all Circle Secretaries should have their e-mail IDs, for effective communication with CHQ. Circle Secretaries who don't have e-mail IDs are requested to immediately open the same and e-mail it to CHQ (chqbsnleu@sify.com). Those Circle Secretaries who are already having e-mail IDs are requested to once again send them to the CHQ.

 

[13.05.2013]BSNLEU welcomes the victory of democracy in Pakistan.

The results of the elections conducted to the Parliament in Pakistan has come. The PML-N is set to from the next government and Nawaz Sharif is set to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the third time. It is heartening to note that despite a boycott call given by the Taliban, 60% of the eligible voters have voted in the elections. This is the first time after independence of Pakistan that power is being handed over by one elected government to another elected government. (This is because the Pakistani military used to overthrow the elected governments and capture power.) During his election campaign, Nawaz Sharif has announced that Pakistan should move towards better relations with India, to resolve the remaining issues through peaceful means, including the Kashmir problem. He has also promised to investigate the role of the ISI in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Definitely these are good signs for better relations between India and Pakistan. 

 

[13.05.2013]Public Sector banks write off Rs.15,000 crore bad loans every year.

More than Rs.83,000 crore loan, that was given to the Corporates, have become bad loans during the past one and half years, according to the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance. According to the report, every year the Public Sector Banks are writing off an average of Rs.15,000 crore. As a result of these bad loans, the profiles of the Public Sector banks get dwindled. The looting of the Public Sector Banks by the Corporates and Industrialists is taking place for a very long time. The government is permitting it by remaining as a silent spectator.

 

[11.05.2013]Next meeting of the Central Executive Committee.

The Central Secretariat meeting, held today the 11.05.2013, has decided to hold the next meeting of the Central Executive Committee in the first week of July. West Bengal Circle has consented to host the meeting. The exact venue and date of the CEC meeting will be announced shortly.

 

[10.05.2013]Meeting with Director (Finance).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS met Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) and discussed about the general financial position of BSNL. During the discussion, they requested the Director (Finance) to allot funds on time, for the payment of GPF advance as well as for payment of wages to the casual and contract workers.

 

[10.05.2013]Meeting with Member Services.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, met Shri S.C. Misra, Member (Services) and discussed the following issues, which have already been taken up with DoT by BSNLEU. 

 

i)           Issuing of presidential orders to the employees who were recruited and sent for training before 01.10.2000, but whose appointment took place after 01.10.2000. 

 

ii)   Treating the TSMs, who were regularized after 01.10.2000 (but were issued with presidential orders) as DoT recruitees for the eligibility of promotions under NEPP. 

 

As regards the first item, the Member (Services) conveyed the decision of the DoT, that this category of employees would be treated only as BSNL Recruitees. 

 

As regards the second item, he advised the Union to once again take up and discuss the issue with the BSNL Management.

 

[10.05.2013]Memorandum submitted to the Group of Ministers (GoM).

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has submitted a memorandum to the Group of Ministers (GoM), which has been formed to revive BSNL & MTNL, headed by Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram. The memorandum speaks in detail about the measures to be taken by the Govt., for the revival of BSNL. It has been prepared after in depth discussion by the Forum. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to give vide publicity for this memorandum among the employees. We can say that the demands contained in this memorandum shall be the charter of demands of the entire BSNL employees, for future struggles for the revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[10.05.2013]GM (SR) meets Recognised Unions.

Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR) held a meeting with BSNLEU and NFTE today the 10.05.2013. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. The GM (SR) solicited the support of the Unions, for improving the health of the Company. Both the Unions expressed their whole hearted support and cooperation for strengthening the Company. Some concrete proposals were given by the Unions in this respect. The GM (SR) assured that the proposals would be finalized after discussion in the Management.

 

[10.05.2013]DoT submits it’s note to the GoM on revival of BSNL & MTNL.

BSNL’s revenue for the financial year 2012-13 is around Rs.26,396 crore, while it’s expenditure is around Rs.34,590. Thus, it’s net loss will be around Rs.8,194. BSNL’s outstanding loans come to Rs.4,264 crore. These are the informations furnished by DoT, in it’s note submitted to the Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by P. Chidambaram, according to media reports. As per reports, DoT has also suggested that govt. should support BSNL to implement the VRS and also govt. should bear the cost, supposed to be paid by BSNL for the 2G spectrum that it is having beyond 4.4 MHz and CDMA spectrum, beyond 2.5 MHz. DoT has also recommended repayment of BWA spectrum charges to BSNL.

 

[09.05.2013]FORUM TAKES DECISION TO GO ON INDEFINITE STRIKE, DEMANDING IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF 78.2% IDA MERGER. 

The meeting of the Forum, which took place today the 09-05-2013, has taken the historic decision to go on indefinite strike, demanding the immediate settlement of 78.2% IDA merger. The issue of 78.2% IDA merger was sent to the approval of DoT. However, the DoT, instead of giving it's approval, has referred the matter to the BRPSE ( Board For Reconstruction of Public Sector Undertakings).This is nothing but putting 78.2% IDA merger in the cold storage. 

 

After discussing the issue threadbare, the Forum has decided to give call for the following agitational programme. Today's meeting was attended by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri (Convener) com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.C.Singh, GS, NFTE, com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com.Suresh Kumar, GS BSNL MS, and com.S.P.Sharma, President, WRU. 

AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME:- 

                      1) Demonstrations on 22-05-2013. 2) Dharna on 05-06-2013. 3) Indefinite Strike from 12-06-2013. 

CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch level organisations to immediately swing into action to make the agitational programme hundred per cent success. The joint appeal of all the general secretaries will be issued tomorrow.

 

[09.05.2013]Contract workers Union formed at ALTTC, Ghaziabad. 

BSNL Contract Workers Union has been formed at ALTTC, Ghaziabad. On 8th May, 2013, a meeting of the contract workers was held at ALTTC presided over by Com. R.S.Sagar, Circle Secretary of BSNLEU. About 60 comrades participated. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF, S.C.Bhattacharjee, Treasurer, BSNLEU and Circle Secretary Chhattisgarh, L.D.Shukla and other leaders addressed and spoke about the issues of the contract workers. A few contract workers spoke pointing out their problems. 

 

After discussion, it was decided to form BSNL Contract Workers Union at ALTTC. Office bearers with Coms. L.D.Shukla (President) and R.S.Sagar (Circle Secretary) were elected unanimously.

 

[08.05.2013]Forum submitting memorandum to the Group of Ministers.

Govt. has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM), under the chairmanship of Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister, to give recommendations regarding the survival of BSNL and MTNL. Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has decided to submit a memorandum to the GoM. In this memorandum, the Forum is enunciating the policy decisions/steps to be taken by the Govt. for the revival of BSNL. The memorandum is likely to be submitted tomorrow.

 

[08.05.2013]BSNL’s loss has started coming down. 

It is a great news for the entire BSNL family that the losses of the Company has started coming down. Till last year (2011-12), BSNL’s losses were increasing by leaps and bounds. But this jump in the losses has been arrested now. It has started coming down. In the year 2011-12, BSNL’s loss was Rs.9000 crore. According to reliable sources, the loss for the last Financial Year (2012-13) will be around Rs.8200 crore only. Undoubtedly, we, the employees have played a significant role in this. Our united struggles, under the banner of JAC/Forum, have forced the Management to procure the requisite equipments, modems, CLIP instruments, cable, OFC, etc. This has helped the improvement of our services. Definitely we can make BSNL into a profit making company once again. By unitedly fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the government and by improving our work culture, we can achieve it. Let us do it. 

 

[07.05.2013]Mindless disinvestment of Manmohan Singh government continues. 

The Manmohan Singh government has decided to disinvest another 10% shares of Coal India Ltd. This round of disinvestment is expected to fetch around Rs.20,000 crore to the govt. and is expected to be completed by September, 2013. It is sure that this move of the govt. is likely to be resisted by the trade union movement. 

 

[07.05.2013]Reliance increased mobile charges by over 20%. 

Reliance Communications has increased it’s mobile phone tariff by over 20%, w.e.f. 04.05.2013. It is pertinent to mention that only in October last Reliance Communications raised it’s tariff by 25%, i.e., from 1.2 paise  per second to 1.5 paise per second. Following Reliance Communications, other private operators are also expected to raise their call charges.

 

[06.05.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) and GM (SR) on constitution of councils.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), today the 06.05.2013, and urged upon them to immediately issue instructions regarding the constitution of councils, based on the results of 6th verification.

 

[04.05.2013]Sexual Harassment – GM Faridabad transferred.

BSNL Management was compelled to transfer P.K.Shrivastava, Sr GM, Faridabad (Haryana) to Ranchi (Jharkhand) in the face of strong protest from the workers against the sexual harassment of one women executive at Faridabad for the last few years. Her complaint to the higher officers were of to no avail. 

 

Yesterday, about 100 officials from Faridabad and Corporate office, a good number of them women workers, gate-crashed to the office of the Director (HR) and demanded immediate action against the Sr.GM for his harassment of the official, including 13 local transfers within a span of 2 years! At last the Director (HR) agreed to transfer the Sr.GM immediately and the order was issued then and there transferring him to Ranchi. The demand of the unions for suspension was also agreed, which will be issued after approval from the controlling authority, in this case, Minister. The Unions/Associations also demanded that the Sr.GM should be repatriated to DOT immediately. 

 

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU along with Com.M.S.Kadian, Circle Secretary, Haryana, Com. Kuldeep Singh, Asst. Treasurer, CHQ were also present along with the General Secretaries of AIGETOA, SNEA etc. 

 

Hearty Congratulations to the workers for their relentless fight and success!

 

 

[02.05.2013]May Day celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm world over. 

May Day was celebrated yesterday with traditional zeal and enthusiasm throughout the country. The Circle, District and Branch level organisations of BSNLEU have celebrated May Day in a big way throughout the country. Especially, the working class of Europe who has been hit by rampant unemployment and declining living standards, took to the streets throughout Europe. Countries like France, Russia, Spain, Italy, etc., witnessed massive rallies. In Greece, a powerful strike was organized against the austerity measures of the government.<<click here>>

 

[02.05.2013]Supreme Court criticizes the centre for providing Z category security to Mukesh Ambani. 

The Supreme Court of India has criticized the Govt. of India, for it’s decision to provide Z category security to Mukesh Ambani. On 01-05-2013, the Court asked why such people were being given Z category security, when the common people are feeling unsafe. The Court also remarked that a five year old girl would not have been raped, had there been proper security in the capital.

 

[29.04.2013]Constitution amendments

The amendments to the Union Constitution, passed in the Ludhiana All India Conference, have been duly submitted for the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions. CHQ has been continuously taking follow up action for the early approval of the amendments. It is expected that the approval by the Registrar is likely to be issued this week.

 

[29.04.2013]Shri Anupam Shrivastav is the new Director (CM)     

Director (CM), shri R.K,Agarwal, is retiring tomorrow the 30-04-2013. In his place, shri Anupam Shrivastav is assuming charge as the new Director (CM) on 01.05.2013.

 

[27.04.2013]Observe May Day in the most befitting manner.

CHQ calls upon all Circle, District and Branch Unions to observe the forthcoming May Day in the most befitting manner. Multi national companies and the Indian Corporates, are exploiting the working people to the hilt and are crushing their democratic and trade union rights. The government of India is not only closing it’s eyes to these attacks, but is also providing more and more concessions to the MNCs and Corporates. The Indian working class has to unitedly resist these attacks. The May Day celebrations, while glorifying the sacrifices of the May Day martyrs, have to strengthen the Working class unity for more militant united struggles that are to come in the near future. 

 

[27.04.2013]Hold meetings of the steering Committees of the United Forum at the circle and SSA levels immediately and finalise nominations to the councils.

BSNL Corporate Office has issued orders for granting recognition. Now, CHQ has to send nominations to the councils at various levels. Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to immediately finalise their nominations by holding meetings of the Steering Committees of the United Forum. The nominations have to be finalized strictly in accordance with the agreement signed by the CHQ of BSNLEU with the Alliance Partners of the United Forum.

 

[27.04.2013]WFTU - May Day Message.<<click here>>

 

[26.04.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) on issues of Casual & Contract Labour.

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), BSNL on 26th April and discussed in detail about regularization of casual labour and other issues of Casual & Contract labour. 

 

Com. Namboodiri pointed out that not a single casual labour was regularized in West Bengal Circle since formation of BSNL and they should be regularized as done in other departments. The wages have to be modified as per IDA scales. With regard to regularization, Director (HR) stated that he will enquire about how regularization was done in other departments as per DoP&T order. He also agreed to examine the payment of wages on IDA scale. Further meetings will be held on the issues of Casual & Contract Workers.

 

[25.04.2013]Com. Mrinal Kanti Dasgupta, Veteran Telecom Leader passed away.

BSNLEU CHQ expresses its deep grief at the sad demise of Com. Mrinal Kanti Dasgupta (82), Veteran leader of Telecom Movement on 25.04.2013. He was the Circle President of E-III, Calcutta Telephones Circle as also, 12th July Committee, CGCC and Pensioners Organisations. His contributions in building up E-III (N) Union and BSNLEU is well known and appreciated. CHQ conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, comrades and friends.

[25.04.2013]Reply from Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Communications Minister & IT to com. Brinda Karat, former Member of Parliament (RS), regarding child care leave.<<click here>>

[23.04.2013]Casual/Contract Workers on Hunger Strike in West Bengal.

More than one thousand Casual/Contract Workers are on Indefinite Hunger Strike in front of CGM Office, West Bengal, demanding regularization, payment of IDA wages instead of CDA Wages, payment of wages for the last few months etc. Coms. Tapas Ghosh, General Secretary, BSNL CCWF, Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, BSNL CCWF & Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and other leaders addressed the workers and met the CGM West Bengal. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNL CCWF & BSNLEU met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and demanded for settling the issues, failing which a serious situation may arise. Director (HR) agreed to urgently examine the case.

 

[20.04.2013]BSNLEU deeply mourns the passing away of com. C. Kuppusamy, Ex. MP & All India President of TEPU.

 

BSNLEU is extremely sorry to inform that Com. C. Kuppusamy, All India President of TEPU, has passed away last night. Com. C. Kuppusamy was a former MP, who had dedicated his entire life for the upliftment of the working class. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader and heartfelt condolences to all the comrades of TEPU.

 

[19.04.2013]BSNLEU solemnly assures.

 

BSNLEU has never discriminated between the DoT recruitees and the BSNL recruitees. Under the strained financial condition of the Company, BSNLEU had tried it’s best to settle the grievances of all categories of the employees. It is heartening to note that both the DoT recruitees as well as the BSNL recruitees have overwhelmingly voted for BSNLEU, in the 6th verification. BSNLEU heartily thanks all of them. BSNLEU solemnly assures that it will leave no stone unturned to settle the grievances/demands of each and every category of the employees.

 

[19.04.2013]BSNLEU thanks and congratulates the partners of the United Forum. 

BSNLEU heartily thanks and congratulates all the partners of the United Forum – TEPU, BSNL MS, SEWA BSNL, NFTBE and FNTOBEA – who had tirelessly worked for the magnificent victory of BSNLEU in the 6th Verification. BSNLEU looks on to function with better cohesion and coordination with the Alliance Partners, in the days to come.

 

[19.04.2013]BSNLEU flag flying high in Ghaziabad. 

Many thought that BSNLEU will be demolished in Ghaziabad, after the murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. But CHQ never let the Ghaziabad comrades to get demoralized. CHQ gave rock like support to the Ghaziabad District Union. In the 5th verification, BSNLEU lost by 7 votes in Ghaziabad. But in the 6th verification, BSNLEU has secured 441 votes and has won by 162 votes. CHQ salutes the brave-hearts of Ghaziabad, under the leadership of Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, the new District Secretary. They have set an example for the entire country.

 

[19.04.2013]The beginning of a New Era. 

The era in which a single union was recognized, has gone. A New Era has begun, in which more than one union will be recognized. After prolonged debate within the organization, BSNLEU had consciously demanded the New System, in which more than one union will be recognized, with proportionate representation. Let us not be afraid of the challenges. Let us change the challenges into stepping stones to reach new heights. BSNLEU heartily congratulates NFTE and looks on to work with close coordination with it, for the betterment of the employees and the Company. BSNLEU also congratulates FNTO and BTEU BSNL who will get Limited Trade Union Facilities. Let us all move unitedly for a better future. 

[19.04.2013]6th Verification results at a glance

 v             Votes secured:- 

BSNLEU        =  99,380   (48.6%)

NFTE             = 61,915  (30.28%)

FNTO            = 14,088    (6.89%)

BTEU BSNL  =   4,508     (2.2%) 

v           In the 5th Verification BSNLEU had won in 23 circles. However, in the 6th Verification, BSNLEU has won in 28 circles. This time BSNLEU has won in 5 more circles where it lost last time. 

v          Compared to the last verification, BSNLEU has increased its percentage of votes from   46.57 to 48.6, i.e., BSNLEU has increased it’s share of votes by 2.03%

v            NFTE’s percentage of votes has reduced from 34.96 to 30.28, i.e., NFTE’s share of votes is reduced by 4.68%.

v           FNTO’s percentage of votes has reduced from 7.38 to 6.89, i.e., FNTO’s vote share is reduced by 0.49%.

 v           As per the results of this verification, BSNLEU gets the status of Main Recognised Representative Union.

 v           NFTE gets the status of Second Recognised Representative Union.

 v          FNTO and BTEU BSNL will get Limited Trade Union Facilities.

 

 

[17.04.2013]ITS Repatriation case coming up in the Principal CAT tomorrow.
The case filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, on the ITS repatriation issue is coming up for hearing in the Principal CAT tomorrow the 18-04-2013. The case is against the action of the government, which circumvented the order of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court. The order of the Hon'ble Court was that all the unabsorbed ITS officers should be repatriated to DoT.

 

[16.04.2013]PEACEFUL 6TH MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION - SINCERE THANKS TO THE VOTERS & HEARTY CONGRATS TO THE FUNCTIONARIES.
The polling for the 6th Membership Verification has taken place in a totally peaceful atmosphere. The voter turn out is also reported to be very high. No untoward incident is reported from any part of the country. All these show the high level of the maturity of the BSNL employees, as well as their firm belief in democracy. The CHQ of BSNLEU sincerely thanks the entire Non-Executives of BSNL for this. The pattern of voting, as reported from most parts of the country, strongly indicates that BSNLEU is poised to win this election with a high margin. The entire leaders and cadres of BSNLEU have put in months of systematic and hard work to achieve this. CHQ sincerely thanks and heartily congratulates all of them. The BSNL Management has ensured a very fair election. Hence, it deserves a high degree of appreciation. In short, all of us have become part of a great democratic exercise, for which we can genuinely feel proud of.

 

[16.04.2013]Voting for 6th Membership Verification has started. Brisk polling is reported from all Circles. BSNLEU will win with a huge margin.
Voting has started for the 6th Membership Verification. Brisk polling is reported from all circles. Since morning employees have turned out in large numbers to cast their votes. Much enthusiasm is seen among the voters. There is no doubt that BSNLEU will win the election with a huge margin. However, there can be no room for complacency. Leaders and cadres of BSNLEU have to ensure that each and every member / supporter is brought to the polling booth and made to cast his/ her vote. Victory is our's.

 

 

BSNLEU wishes Revolutionary May Day Greetings.

 

BSNLEU wishes it’s Revolutionary May Day Greetings to all the comrades. It pays it’s respectful homage and  glowing tributes   to the May Day Martyrs, who laid down their lives in the struggle to put an end to the cruel and inhuman exploitation of the Capitalist Class.  On this day, BSNLEU also rededicates itself to the struggle to put an end to the exploitation of man by man.

 

Poster of 6th Membership Verification.

<<Poster-English>> <<Poster-Hindi>>  <<small poster>>

 

 

[15.04.2013]Please ensure that all the Members / Supporters cast their votes on Mobile Symbol.

Almost the past three months have witnessed a very hectic election campaign. Leaders of BSNLEU, from the CHQ to the Branch level have done an excellent job, mobilising the mass of the employees in favour of BSNLEU. CHQ salutes each and every one for this marvelous job. However, the climax of this campaign is getting the votes polled in favour of BSNLEU. Kindly remember the saying "there are many a slip between the cup and the lip." Kindly do not give any chance for such slips. We have to ensure that each and every member/supporter casts his/ her vote on mobile symbol. CHQ requests all the leaders and cadres to execute this job meticulously to gain maximum votes in tomorrow's election.

 

[15.04.2013]BSNLEU will come out of the 6th Verification in flying colours.

As per the reports coming from the length and breadth of the country, BSNLEU is poised to win the 6th Membership Verification with a landslide margin. Employees know which is the union that struggled for the past 8 years to safeguard BSNL and their future. Similarly, employees know who are the opportunists and turn coats, who supported the government on crucial issues of Corporatisation, Privatisation, VRS, etc. Hence, employees have decided to massively vote in favour of BSNLEU. CHQ salutes the entire leaders at various levels for tirelessly working for the past several months to ensure BSNLEU's 5th consecutive victory.

 

[15.04.2013]Meeting at Delhi.<<click here>>

[15.04.2013]Vote BSNLEU and save BSNL and its workers!<<click here>>

[15.04.2013]A huge election campaign meeting held at Sector-34 Chandigarh.<<click here>>

 

[15.04.2013]Chandigarh will create history by increasing the margin of votes.<<click here>>

 

[15.04.2013]Whirlwind tour of AGS BSNLEU, Com. R. L. Moudgil, in Sangrur & Bathinda SSA,s of Punjab Circle.

Com. R. L. Moudgil, AGS addressed a very disciplined and impressive meeting at Sangrur GM, office compound on 12th April, 2013. He explained the issues concerning BSNL and employees in details. Com. P. C. Bagha, CS, SEWA BSNL condemned the threatening and abusing of SC employees/leaders by NFTE in frustration. More and more people are extending support to BSNLEU including DRTTAs. Com. Sukhwinder Singh, District President, BSNLEU, Com. Mewa Singh, District President, SEWA BSNL, Com. Rameshwar Dass, DS, BSNLEU, Darshan Singh Dardi, DS , SEWA BSNL, Com. Gurmel Singh Circle Org. Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Harvinder Singh, Finance Secretary  SEWA BSNL, also addressed the meeting.

 

[15.04.2013]Bathinda SSA Organises very enthusiastic gathering on a holiday.

A very impressive meeting was organised in the hall of Teachers Home on 2nd Saturday i.e. 13th April, 2013. More than 100 members attended the meeting including 9 ladies staff members on a holiday. It is a small SSA but staff was very enthusiastic and spared time to know the activities of Union.  Com. R. L Moudgil, AGS, spoke for one hour and explained each and every issue relating to survival of BSNL, our struggles, and issues of staff and future tasks. Com. P. C. Bagha, CS, SEWA BSNL spoke in details the anti employees role of NFTE, and appealed to all the employees to teach them a lesson. Coms. Piara Singh, Dy. Circle Secretary, SEWA BSNL & NTR, Bihari Lal, DS, SEWA BSNL, Gurmeet Singh, District President, SEWA BSNL, Om Raj, Asst. Circle Secretary, SEWA BSNL, Charhat Singh, Asst. Circle Secretary, SEWA BSNL, Hari Chand, District President, BSNLEU, Manohar Lal, DS, BSNLEU  also addressed the meeting. 

 

[15.04.2013]Spectacular Election Meeting at Warangal.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2013]NFTE is building castles in the air.                            

NFTE, in it’s website updating dated 10-04-2013, has made a false claim that the JTO (O) Association is  supporting NFTE in the circles of MP, Kerala, Karnataka and West Bengal. This is a totally wrong and mischievous propaganda. The General secretary of JTO (O) Association has refuted this claim in his website. Moreover, most of the officiating TTAs are the members of BSNLEU and they will vote for BSNLEU. NFTE is building castles in the air. Let them do it.

 

[13.04.2013]An inspiring election campaign meeting held at Nadiad (Gujarat) on 12.04.2013.

Com P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed one more huge and inspiring election campaign meeting at Nadiad, in Gujarat circle on 12-04-2013. More than 500 employees attended the meeting which took place in the telephone exchange. Com.T.V.Gelani, DS, Nadiad welcomed every one. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the audience and explained as to how BSNLEU has spearheaded united struggles during the last 8 years, to save BSNL from the retrograde measures of the govt., such as disinvestment, privatization, unbundling, cancellation of the mobile tenders, VRS, etc. He also explained with data as to how BSNLEU has improved the financial status of the Non-Executives, through a magnificent wage revision, a new land mark promotional policy, etc. The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU, com.P.K.Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com.M.B.Chaniara, CS, AIBDPA and many others of the meeting. The following are some of the views.<<click here>>

[13.04.2013]Views of the enthusiastic election campaign meeting held at Surendranagar on 11-04-2013.<<click here>>

[13.04.2013]Views of the massive election campaign meeting held at Rajkot on

11-04-2013.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2013]Kanpur will bring big victory.

This time Kanpur, one of the big cities in UP (E) will bring a surprise with big majority for BSNLEU /United Forum. This is what the massive meeting of the United Forum participated by more than 600 workers held on 12th April has assured the All India leaders who attended the meeting. Com. K.S. Chouhan, Dist. President, BSNLEU presided. Com. K.N. Tripathy, Circle president and District Secretary BSNLEU welcomed all. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and Convener UF spoke in detail about the achievements of BSNLEU and the sustained struggles organised to defeat the proposals of government to disinvest and privatise BSNL as also against VRS. Com. N.T. Sajwani, All India President, NFTBE, Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice-President, BSNLEU, Com. Sharad P. Agerwal, Confederation, Smt. SusheelaGautam, SEWA BSNL, Coms. Jiyalal, Shukla and other leaders addressed.

 

[13.04.2013]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed one more massive election campaign meeting in Gujarat Circle, held at Vadodara.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2013]Election Campaign-Scooter rally in Vijayawada, on 12..4..2013.<<click here>>

 

 

[12.04.2013]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed one more massive election campaign meeting in Gujarat Circle, held at Vadodara. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed another massive election campaign meeting in Gujarat circle, held at Vadodara, today the 12-04-2013. The meeting was held in the City Telephone Exchange, which was presided over by com.B.D.Baria, District President, Vadodara. More than 600 employees attended the meeting. Com.M.Z.Khan, District Secretary, welcomed everyone. Apart from com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, the meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU, com.A.M.Patel, Org.Secretary (CHQ), SEWA BANL, com.P.K.Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com.Bharatbhai Purbia, CP, BSNL MS, com.M.B.Chaniara, CS, AIBDPA, com.K.P.Pande, CS, NFTBE, com.J.M.Prajapati, Ex CS, BSNLEU, com.Gurucharan Kori, CVP, BSNLEU, and com. K.R.Verma, COS, BSNLEU. In his speech which lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, gave a detailed account of the achievements of BSNLEU, in respect of protecting BSNL and also in respect of ameliorating the service conditions of the employees. He also exposed the betrayals of NFTE on crucial issues, which have seriously impacted the Company and the employees.

 

[12.04.2013]Massive election meeting at Jabalpur.<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Patiala SSA all set to cross 50 % mark - NFTE gets frustrated.<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Election meeting held at Jodhpur<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, addressed largely attended meetings in UP (East) Circle.<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Rajkot (Gujarat) once again proved to be the bastion of BSNLEU- General Secretary addressed a huge gathering on 11-04-2013.

A huge gathering of more than 900 employees attended the mammoth election campaign meeting, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, held at Rajkot yesterday the 11-04-2013. It included a large number of women employees. The meeting took place in the Jubilee Bagh Telephone Exchange, which was presided over by com. P.U. Rathod, District President.

 

Com. P. K. Thakkar, District Secretary as well as circle President, welcomed every one. In his speech, com. P.K. Thakkar pointed out that, a large number of employees have joined BSNLEU, from NFTE, FNTO and other unions after the last Membership Verification due to which the strength of BSNLEU has considerably increased in Rajkot. Apart from the General Secretary, the meeting was also addressed by com. D.K. Bakutra, CS, com. K.V. Patel, ACS, com. Y.M. Raval, ACS, com. D.S. Teraiya, CVP, com. Dabi, COS, SEWA BSNL and com. N.G.Parmar, DS, SEWA BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his speech, high lighted the achievements of BSNLEU and nailed down the mischievous propaganda of NFTE leaders, being made against BSNLEU. He also gave a list of important issues, on which NFTE betrayed the workers and joined hands with the Management / Government.

 

[11.04.2013]BSNLEU will win in Gujarat Circle with a big margin. 

BSNL Employees Union in Gujarat circle is surging ahead. As is happening in other circles, meetings addressed by CHQ leaders are drawing a large number of employees. Employees appreciate the hard work done by BSNLEU during the last eight years, in protecting the Company from the onslaughts of the anti- BSNL policies of the government, as well as improving the service conditions of the employees. Hence, BSNLEU is sure to win in Gujarat circle, in the 6th Membership Verification, with a big margin.

 

[11.04.2013]An enthusiastic election campaign meeting at Surendranagar, Gujarat. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed an enthusiastic election campaign meeting today, at Surendranagar, in Gujarat Circle. Eventhough it is a small SSA with only 294 Non-Executive employees, the paid membership of BSNLEU is 212. And today's meeting was attended by around 200 employees. Com. Magan Vania, District President presided over the meeting. Com. Md. Ataullah, District Secretary, welcomed all. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and elucidated on the various achievements of BSNLEU. He also threw light on the united struggles led by BSNLEU through which disinvestment, privatisation, unbundling, VRS, etc., were stopped. The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU, com.K.V.Patel, ACS, com.Y.D.Pathan, Circle Organising Secretary and com.M.K.Alam, Ex.DS.

 

[11.04.2013]Massive and inspiring election meetings in Hyderabad. <<click here>>

 

[10.04.2013]Election campaign meeting at BSNL Corporate Office.

A Lunch Hour election campaign meeting took place in the BSNL Corporate Office. A good number of Corporate Office employees attended the meeting, which was presided over by Com. Kamal Dev Sah, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU. The meeting was addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. Kuldeep Singh, Assistant Treasurer (CHQ), BSNLEU and Com. Arvind Kumar, Leader, Local Council, addressed the meeting. The speakers high lighted the achievements of BSNLEU as well as pro-government and pro-Management stands of NFTE.

[10.04.2013]Massive Election meetings at Gowliguda, CGMT Office and Charminar in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

[10.04.2013]Whirlwind tour of Com.R.L Moudgil, AGS, BSNLEU in Ludhiana.<<click here>>

 

[10.04.2013]All 18 members of Dhuri Branch of Sangrur SSA, Punjab, join BSNLEU. 

All the 18 NFTE members of Dhuri Branch of Sangrur SSA in Punjab Circle have joined BSNLEU, under the leadership of Com. Ranjit Singh. CHQ congratulates and welcome all the comrades into BSNLEU. 

 

[10.04.2013]BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA filed case in Principal CAT, on the ITS repatriation issue. 

BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA have filed case in the Principal CAT, New Delhi, challenging the orders of DoT dated 11.03.2013, on the ITS repatriation issue, circumventing the orders of Hon’ble Delhi High Court on the matter.

 

[09.04.2013]General Secretary addressed a huge gathering at Nagpur.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]DPE issued order for IDA revision.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Very impressive meetings at Kandaghat and Solan in H P Circle.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Com P.Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ) addressed 3 well attended election meetings in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Election campaign meeting at Rewari SSA, Haryana.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Election campaign meeting at Rourkela (Odisha).<<click here>>

 

[08.04.2013]Massive turn out for General Secretary’s election campaign meeting at City Telephone Exchange, Bangalore. << click here>>

 

[08.04.2013]Meeting at ALTTC, Ghaziabad 

The election campaign meeting at ALTC Ghaziabad was held on 8th April 2013. About 100 workers attended. Com. R.S. Chauhan Circle President presided. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU spoke on the need to vote for BSNLEU with the great achievement of the Union during the last 8 years of recognition. Coms. R.S. Sagar, Circle Secretary, ALTTC, Upender Singh District Secretary, Ghaziabad, senior leader R.C. Malhotra and Surender Singh addressed.

[08.04.2013]Election Campaign in Tumkur and Kolar (Karnataka)<<click here>>

[06.04.2013]Jaipur meeting proved beyond doubt, the supremacy of BSNLEU in Rajasthan circle.<<click here>>

[06.04.2013]General Secretary addressed well attended meeting at Agra.<<click here>>

[06.04.2013]Very large gatherings at Bijnor and Moradabad campaign meetings. <<click here>>

[06.04.2013]Campaign meeting at Bhubaneswar. <<click here>>

 

[06.04.2013]Election Campaign in Davanagere SSA (Karnataka) <<click here>>

 

[05.04.2013]A massive election campaign meeting took place in Lucknow.<<click here>>

 

[05.04.2013]Election Campaign in Hubli Dharwad SSA (Karnataka).<<click here>>

 

[04.04.2013]Impressive election campaign meeting at Muzaffarnagar 

A very impressive election campaign meeting was organised in Muzaffarnagar. Com. Onkar Sharma, District President presided over the meeting. Com. Inderpal, District Secretary, BSNLEU initiated the proceedings with welcome of CHQ and circle leaders. Coms. R. L. Moudgil, AGS BSNLEU, Sukhbir Singh, Org. Secretary and Com. R S Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, UP (West) addressed the meeting. Com R L Moudgil explained in details the issues like survival of BSNL and role played by BSNLEU with the cooperation of United Front and Joint Forum, Financial viability of BSNL, losses in BSNL with details all details of reasons for loss and the way out and our efforts. He also explained in details issues like historical Wage revision. NEPP, 78.2% IDA issue status and background. About 140 employees attended the meeting. The district Secretary assured more than 50% votes from Muzaffarnagar SSA in ensuing verification. 

 

[04.04.2013]Massive Election Campaign Meeting at Saharanpur

A massive election campaign meeting was organised at Saharanpur in General Manager Office compound. More than 150 employees including ladies staff attended the meeting. Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President and District Secretary welcomed the CHQ and Circle leaders. Com. M J Khan, District President conducted the proceeding. Com. Pritam Singh, Circle Council member presided over the meeting. Coms R. L Moudgil, AGS, CHQ, Com. Sukhbir Singh, Org Secretary, Com. R S Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, UP (West) addressed the meeting. Com Moudgil explained in details all the issues concerning employees and BSNL. He explained how the BSNL is under attack from government and private operators and failure of the management in running the affairs of BSNL. He explained how BSNLEU alongwith others Unions/Associations has been conducting series of struggles during this period to save BSNL. He also explained why BSNL is going in loss for the last three years and what are steps taken by BSNLEU alongwith Joint Forum to revive it.

 

[04.04.2013]Where West Bengal is going to?

It is utterly shocking to know that a student union leader was mercilessly beaten up and killed by the police in Kolkata. The victim, Sudipto Gupta, a State Committee member of the Students Federation of India (SFI), died yesterday, succumbing to grievous head injuries. Sudipto was one among the students, on whom the police launched a brutal attack, when they were peacefully demonstrating at Esplanade in Kolkata, demanding student elections in the State.  We are at loss to understand what is happening in West Bengal. At the time of the General Strike, held on 20th & 21st February, the ear of a worker, who joined the strike, was chopped off by the Trinamool Congress goons. Earlier, a poor peasant was arrested and put in the jail for raising a question to the Chief Minister Mamata Bannerji, in a public meeting. Likewise, a Jadavpur University professor was put in jail, for drawing a cartoon on Mamata Bannerji. Where West Bengal is going to? Is this the democracy that Mamata Bannerji assured for the people of West Bengal?

 

[04.04.2013]Massive Election meetings at Bellary and Koppala (Karnataka) on 03.04.2013.<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2013]Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU along with Coms. Suniti Choudhari, All India Organising Secretary and B.P. Singh, Circle Secretary addressed election campaign meetings at Patna and Hajipur on 1st and 2nd April.

 

[03.04.2013]Tour of Jharkhand.<<click here>>

[03.04.2013]Dy.General Secretary addressed a huge gathering in Silchar.<<click here>>

[03.04.2013]Election Campaign Meeting at UP (West) Circle.<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2013]Excellent election meeting at Raichur (Karnataka).<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2013]NFTE District President of Raichur joined BSNLEU.<<click here>>

 

[02.04.2013]General Secretary indisposed.                

Com.P.Abhimanyu,General Secretary is indisposed. As a result, his tour programme scheduled for 1st, 2nd and 3rd April are cancelled. He is expected to resume his election campaign in the meeting to be held on 4th at Lucknow.

 

[02.04.2013]Testimony for employees’ satisfaction, due to the introduction of NEPP.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]BSNLEU conducted massive meeting at Salem on 30-03-2013.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Virudhunagar District Union once again proved it’s ability to mobilize<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Madurai conducted a mammoth election campaign meeting on 28.03.2013.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Bihar workers behind BSNLEU

 The one day tour by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri at Patna and Hajipur were attended by hundreds of workers who assured that BSNLEU will win in Bihar despite many hurdles created by vested interests.


The meeting at Hajipur at 1100 hours was presided by District President Com. A.K.Singh. Dist.Secretary Com.Janak Rai welcomed. Coms.B.P.Singh, Circle Secretary and Suniti Choudhari All India Org. Secretary addressed. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, All India President in his speech touched upon the new recognition rules, achievements of BSNLEU, fight against privatisation etc. He called upon the workers to vote and elect BSNLEU. The next meeting was held at Patna presided over by Com. B.P. Singh Circle Secretary. Com.Namboodiri spoke in detail.

 

 

[02.04.2013]Shri M.F. Farooqui, IAS, has taken over charge as the new Secretary, DoT.

Shri M.F. Farooqui, IAS, has taken over charge as the new Secretary, DoT, on 1st April, 2013. He has succeeded shri R.Chandrashekar, who retired on 31st March, 2013. Shri M.F.Farooqui, a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer of the 1978 batch, had also served as the secretary of the Dept. of Heavy Industries.   

                                                 

[02.04.2013]Com.Bagwan Dass, NFTE District President of Hisar, Haryana, joined BSNLEU.

Com.Bagwan Dass, NFTE District President of Hisar, Haryana, joined BSNLEU on 01-04-2013, in the presence of com. M.S.Kadian, circle Secretary, com.Naresh Kumar, circle president and com. Kuldeep Singh, Asst.Treasurer(CHQ). CHQ congratulates and welcomes com.Bagwan Dass into BSNLEU.

[02.04.2013]United Forum conducted mammoth election campaign meeting at Chennai on 26-03-2013.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Election campaign at Bidar and Gulbarga (Karnataka).<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]Excellent election campaign meeting at Tirunelveli.<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu Circle, donated Rs.1 Lakh to the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front.<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]Election campaign of Com P.Asokababu, Vice President(CHQ) in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]BSNLEU, NE-II Circle will come up with maximum support in the 6th membership verification.<<click here>>

[29.03.2013] IDA INCREASE 3.4%  FROM 01-04-2013.
IDA increase is 3.4% w.e.f. 01-04-2013. The total IDA, thus payable comes to 74.9% ( 71.5% +3.4% =74.9%).  Similarly, the IDA increase on pre-revised pay scales is 5.8% and the total IDA payable on pre- revised pay scales comes to 195.3% ( 189.5% + 5.8%= 195.3% )

[29.03.2013]General Secretary's tour programme for  the week ending 06.04.2013.
The following is the tour programme of com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, for the week ending 06-04-2013. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to organise the meetings very effectively. Details of the programme:-

                       01-04-2013- Jammu.
02-04-2013- Meerut.
03-04-2013- Jabalpur.
04-04-2013- Lucknow.
05-04-2013- Agra.
06-04-2013- Jaipur

[28.03.2013]Unprecedented massive gathering greeted the General Secretary at Vellore in Tamil Nadu.<<click here>>

[28.03.2013]Puducherry conducted inspiring election campaign meeting, addressed by General Secretary.<<click here>>

[28.03.2013]Overwhelming turn out for General Secretary's meeting at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu Circle.<<click here>>

[28.03.2013]Whirl wind tour of Com P.Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ) in Vijayawada.<<click here>>

[26.03.2013]Agreement reached between BSNLEU and SEWA BSNL

We are glad to announce that agreement is reached between BSNLEU and SEWA BSNL regarding the 6th Membership Verification. Copy of the agreement is as follows.<<click here>>

 

[26.03.2013]Balance Welfare Fund to be allotted shortly. 

BSNLEU has demanded that the balance of the Welfare Fund allotment to the Circles, should be made without delay. It is accepted and the fund is likely to be allotted within a few days.

[26.03.2013]Telephone Subscribers' Base in India for the month of Jan' 2013.<<click here>>

[26.03.2013]Com P.Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ) addressed a best attended election meeting at Kukatpalli Housing Board Colony in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

[26.03.2013]Campaign meeting in Rajasthan.<<click here>>

 

[25.03.2013]Massive Election Meeting at CGMT Office, Bhopal.<<click here>>

[25.03.2013]An inspiring election campaign meeting at Kolkata Telecom Stores, addressed by General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]It is a forgone conclusion that BSNLEU will comfortably win the 6th Membership Verification with more than 50% votes. 

It is ridiculous to note that a Union which is not even having 50, 000 paid members, is shouting from roof top that it would win the 6th Verification with more than 50% votes. Every thing would become clear once when the ballot boxes are opened on 18-04-2013. It is now a foregone conclusion that BSNLEU will win the forthcoming Verification with more than 50% votes. This claim is borne out of the fact that BSNLEU itself is having a solid paid membership of 1,14,534. This is based on records and no one can deny that. The total voters in the 6th Verification is 2,04,796. So, BSNLEU is having more than 50% of the voters as it's paid members. Hence, BSNLEU once again emerge as the sole recognised union of BSNL in the 6th Verification. The following are the circle wise figures of total number of employees and the paid members of BSNLEU.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]NFTE District Secretary of Kamrup, in Assam circle, issued with notice for swindling BSNLEU's money.
Shri Ambika Bejbarua is at present the NFTE District Secretary of Kamrup District, in Assam circle. Earlier, he was the District Secretary of BSNLEU. However, the Central Secretariat of BSNLEU took disciplinary action against him and derecognised him, for the reasons of swindling union money, strike-breaking and other serious violations of union discipline. However, soon after his removal from the post of district secretary in BSNLEU, he was taken into NFTE and was made the District Secretary of NFTE in Kamrup district. BSNLEU gave complaint to the Management that he had illegally taken payment of the BSNLEU Circle Union quota of Rs.53,514/- from the Management, with the help of some officers. Now, the Administration has issued notice to shri Ambika Bejbarua to immediately pay Rs.53,514/-, either to the BSNLEU Circle Union, or to the Administration, failing which action will be taken against him.

[23.03.2013]Upbeat Branch Secretaries convention of Assam Circle addressed by General Secretary.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary addressed one of the biggest ever meetings at Kolkata yesterday, the 22-03-2013.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]Campaign tour of Com. Namboodiri in Karnataka.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]Excellent Meetings at Indore (Madhya Pradesh) on BSNLEU Day, 22.3.2013.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary made whirlwind tour in Kolkata. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary and com.Animesh Mitra, Deputy General Secretary made whirlwind tour in Kolkata yesterday the 22-03-2013, and addressed meetings in Alipore Telecom Factory, Telecom Stores and at Telephone Bhavan. Workers gathered in large numbers in all the three meetings and assured the leaders of BSNLEU's resounding victory in the 6th Membership Verification. Despite attacks on trade union rights in West Bengal state by the ruling Trinamul Congress, the forthcoming Verification will prove once again that West Bengal and Kolkata circles are the fortress of BSNLEU.

 

[23.03.2013]Massive election campaign meeting held at Alipore Telecom Factory.<<click here>>

Revolutionary Greetings on the 12th Anniversary of BSNLEU's Foundation.

CHQ conveys its revolutionary greetings to all the comrades on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of BSNLEU's foundation. Twelve years ago, it was on this day, that the foundation stone was laid for this great organisation. Within twelve years, BSNLEU has grown into a mighty organisation, capable of pushing back the evil designs of the government, whether it is disinvestment aimed at privatisation, reduction of workforce through VRS, Unbundling, etc., through united struggles. Even today, BSNL survives as a Public Sector Undertaking, only because the initiatives and leadership role played by BSNLEU for the past eight years, as the Recognised Union BSNL. Thus, BSNLEU has become the symbol of unity and struggles. It has vastly improved the living conditions of the BSNL employees through an excellent Wage Revision, introduction of improved promotional avenues, etc. Let us all take a solemn resolution on this glorious day, that we will leave no stone unturned, including the improving of our work culture, to protect and strengthen BSNL and to once again make it a viable and profit making Company.

 

[22.03.2013]Election campaign meeting in Gujarat <<click here>>

[22.03.2013]Com.P.Abhimanyu,General Secretary addressed a large gathering at Patna.<<click here>>

[22.03.2013]Election Campaign in Bhopal.<<click here>>

[21.03.2013]Meetings at Rohtak and Hissar (Haryana) <<click here>>

[21.03.2013]Massive Election Meeting at Gwalior <<click here>>

[21.03.2013]Massive meeting at Pune on 14.03.2013, addressed by com.Animesh Mitra,Dy.GS.<<click here>>

[20.03.2013]Excellent response for General Secretary’s election campaign at Ranchi.<<click here>>

[20.03.2013]Mass meeting of BSNLEU at Udaipur (Rajasthan) on 19.03.2013.<<click here>>

[20.03.2013]General Secretary addressed meetings at Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.<<click here>>  

[20.03.2013]Godhara District, BSNLEU is united. 

District Secretary Godhara SSA, Gujarat intimated that not a single member of BSNLEU has defected to any other union. All are working hard to achieve a overwhelming majority for BSNLEU in Godhara SSA.

 

[20.03.2013]BSNLEU, Rajasthan Circle vows to ensure 80% votes in favour of BSNLEU in the 6th Membership Verification.<<click here>>  

 

[20.03.2013]Development in ITS repatriation case 

Writ petition 1803/2013 filed jointly by SNEA(I), BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA praying for quashing the order of DoT dated 11.3.2013 to deploy unabsorbed ITS to BSNL came up for hearing in the Hon Delhi HC. Hon HC while maintaining that the order of DoT dated 11.3.2013 is a clear infringement of the judgment of the Hon HC in WP 22515/2005 and CM 16683/2013(Application filed by SNEA(I), BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA), however advised the applicants to move applications seeking similar relief at appropriate forum. Hon bench during the course of argument observed that passing any order in the instant writ petition might prejudice contempt proceedings already initiated by the Hon Delhi High Court.  

 

We engaged Senior Advocate Sri. Neeraj Kaul and heated arguments took place. UOI represented by Addl. Solicitor General and BSNL by Sr. Advocate Sri. V. K. Rao. We will be taking further course of action in the coming days.

 

[20.03.2013]Meeting with Joint Secretary (T), DOT 

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President BSNLEU, Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice-President and K.G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, All India BSNL – DOT Pensioners Association met Shri Uma Shankar, Joint Secretary (T), DOT on 19th  March  and discussed about certain issues. The representatives demanded that the 78.2% IDA fixation, which has been approved by the BSNL Board, be approved by the DOT so that the benefit will accrue to the employees.  He assured that all steps are being taken for grant of 78.2%. The union leaders wanted the refund of the amount (charges) of BWA Spectrum surrendered by it. Further the Rs.1, 500 approved by DOT in lieu of loss making village telephones etc. is to be paid. Joint Secretary (T) assured that speedy action will be taken in these matters. 

 

[19.03.2013]United forum meeting held on 18-03-2013.

The United Forum meeting was held yesterday the 18-03-2013 at New Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Chairman of the UF, com. Suresh Kumar. The meeting was attended by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU. Com.R.Venkataraman, President, TEPU, com.N.D.Ram. President, SEWA BSNL, and com.R.K.Kohli, SG, NFTBE. Com.P.Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, had earlier intimated his inability to attend the meeting on health grounds. Issues connected with seat sharing, methodology for nomination of the council members etc., were discussed and finalized. The meeting resolved to unleash a powerful election campaign and to make BSNLEU to win the 6th Verification with more than 50% votes. 

 

[19.03.2013]Forum meeting postponed.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations meeting had been notified to be held yesterday, the18-03-2013. However, some Unions and Associations, including NFTE, SNEA  and AIBSNLEA could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable reasons. Hence, the meeting was postponed.

 

[19.03.2013]Andhra Pradesh circle union on struggle path.

In Andhra Pradesh circle, 8 districts are functioning without General Managers. Whereas, 8 General Managers are posted in the CGM(O) at Hyderabad, against 3 sanctioned GM posts. Due to this discriminatory postings of GMs, services are suffering in a big way and staff grievances are not being redressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with the Director (HR), yesterday the 18-03-2013 and requested his intervention. Demanding the immediate filling up of the vacant GM posts, the AP Circle Union of BSNLEU is conducting a massive day long dharna in front of the CGM office at Hydrabad today. Lunch hour demonstrations are conducted in all districts. CHQ heartily congratulates the AP Circle Union for launching the trade union action.

 

[19.03.2013]Celebrate BSNLEU’s Foundation Day in a befitting manner. 

The 12th Foundation Day of BSNL Employees Union is falling on 22.03.2013. During the last 12 years, BSNLEU has grown from strength to strength and has become the saviour of the employees as well as of the BSNL. It has improved the financial status of the employees and has defended BSNL from the onslaughts of the hostile government policies. The CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Unions to celebrate BSNLEU’s Foundation Day in a befitting manner, by hoisting Union flag, distributing sweets, and of course, by organizing social/welfare activities like blood donation, etc.

 

[18.03.2013]Contempt petition admitted. 

The contempt petition, filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, against the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, on the ITS repatriation issue, is admitted in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. Notice is being issued to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL.

[18.03.2013]Tour Programme of Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU.<<click here>>

[18.03.2013]Mehsana District, Gujarat, conducted an excellent election campaign meeting.<<click here>>

[18.03.2013]General Secretary addressed a largely attended election campaign meeting at Ahmedabad.<<click here>>

[18.03.2013]Election campaign in Guntur SSA, (AP Circle).<<click here>>

[18.03.2013]Election campaign- massive meetings addressed by Com P.Asokababu, Vice President in AP Circle<<click here>>

[18.03.2013]Election Campaign in Chhattisgarh.<<click here>>

[16.03.2013]Ever biggest election campaign meeting held at Ludhiana.<<click here>>

 

[15.03.2013]General Secretary addressed election campaign meeting at Dehradun in Uttarakhand. <<click here>>

 

[15.03.2013]General Secretary addressed successful election campaign meeting at Karnal in Haryana Circle.<<click here>>

 

[14.03.2013]CONTEMPT PETITION FILED AGAINST SECRETARY, DOT AND CMD, BSNL IN THE HON'BLE DELHI HIGH COURT.

The Department of Telecom and BSNL Management have circumvented the judgment of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court, in the matter of ITS repatriation. They have made a mockery of the judgement of the Hon'ble Court by showing on paper, that all the unabsorbed IT'S officers are repatriated to DoT and again brought back on deputation to BSNL. BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, the three organisations which are legally fighting for the repatriation of the unabsorbed ITS officers, have filed a contempt petition in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court, against the Secretary, DoT, and the CMD BSNL on this matter.

 

[14.03.2013]Meeting with GM (TF) on telecom factory issues.

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and Com. Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice-President met Shri Rajesh Kumar, GM (TF), Corporate Office on 12th March and discussed in detail about the issues facing the Telecom Factories. Shri K.K.Sinha, CGM, Telecom Factory, Mumbai was also present.  The BSNLEU representatives raised certain very important issues which were taken up in the last meeting of the National Council and which require urgent attention like  modernising the factories and starting production of PLB HDPE pipes and CLIP instruments, manufacturing of VRLA Batteries and ADSL Modem,  directing the CGMs / GMs to procure the towers only from the Telecom Factories where hundreds of towers have been manufactured and kept ready for issue, as per the indent of the concerned circles / SSAs etc. The union representatives also demanded that the 29 workers of TF Mumbai as also the Canteen workers be granted NEPP without further delay.  GM (TF) assured that he will take up these matters with due importance.

 

[14.03.2013]Meeting with Additional Secretary, DOT

 Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU along with Vice-President Com. Adhir Kr. Sen  met Additional secretary, DOT, Smt. Rita Teotiaand discussed about the finance of the BSNL and requested for early release of the Rs. 1500 crore allotted both by USOF and DOT in lieu of the ADC which has been stopped. The union representatives alsostated that since BSNL has surrendered the BWA Spectrum, the charges paid already by it be returned. The present weak financial position of BSNL be considered and both the above amounts be paid to BSNL at the earliest, before 31st March, the end of this financial year. Additional Secretary appreciated our demands. She stated that with regard to the Rs. 1500 crore USOF allotment, the funds are with the Department of Expenditure and the DOT has already approached them for the release of the funds and the same will be actively persued. With regard to the refund of the charges for the surrendered BWA spectrum, the Additional Secretary stated that the government has so far not taken any decision since this is a policy issue and nobody has been given refund for surrender of spectrum so far. However the issue has already been taken with the government. The efforts being made by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations for improvement of the services were explained by the Union representatives, which was appreciated by the Additional secretary.

 

[14.03.2013]BSNLEU, Bihar Circle started Membership Verification campaign from Gaya District with much enthusiasm.

Campaign meeting for 6th Membership Verification of Bihar Circle started from Gaya District with a mass meeting held on 11th March, 2013 in GMTD Office compound. The meeting presided over by Com R.D. Sharma, District President. Addressing the meeting, Com. Swapan Cakraborty, AGS explained in details about BSNL's present situation and united struggles led by BSNLEU for a strong BSNL and various achievements during the period of its recognition. Com. B. P. Singh, CS, Sunithi Choudhuri, All India Organising Secretary, Suresh Prasad, DS and other leaders also addressed the meeting. The warm attendance of BSNL Employees indicated confidence on BSNLEU.  

 

[14.03.2013]Meeting of BSNLEU at Sasaram, Bihar

BSNLEU, Sasaram District, Bihar Circle conducted a mass meeting of BSNL employees in the Telephone Exchange compound at Sasaram on 12th  March, 2013. The meeting was presided over by Com Niraj Kumar, President. Com Swapan Chakraborty, AGS addressed and explained before the gathering about different issues including joints struggles against privatisation, disinvestment and those for improvement of BSNL services throughout the country. He elaborated about various achievements earned during the period of it’s recognition. Com B. P. Singh, CS, Sunithi Choudhuri, All India Organising Secretary, CHQ, Ram Iqbal Singh, DS, Sahid Hussain, ADS and a direct recruited TTA also spoke. A large number of members from BSNLEU, NFTE attended the meeting and confirmed wining of BSNLEU over 50% majority.

 

[14.03.2013]108 Members of FNTO join BSNLEU in Haryana Circle- FNTO Circle Union dissolved.

The entire 108 members of FNTO of Haryana circle have joined BSNLEU. The FNTO Circle Secretary has sent his resignation. With this, the FNTO circle Union in Haryana Circle stands dissolved. The leaders of FNTO were garlanded and welcomed by com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, in the meeting held at Karnal, on 13-03-2013. The CHQ of BSNLEU congratulates all the comrades and welcomes them into our mighty organisation. The dissolution of the circle union of FNTO in Haryana circle, and the joining of it's entire members in BSNLEU, only indicates the sort of confidence that workers are having on BSNLEU, throughout the country.

 

[14.03.2013]Com.Animesh Mitra, Deputy General Secretary addressed huge election campaign meeting at Jamshedpur.

Com. Animesh Mitra, Deputy General Secretary addressed a huge election campaign meeting at Jamshedpur on 10-03-2013.The meeting was also addressed by com. Naresh Lal, Circle Secretary and com. B. Narayan, Vice-President (CHQ). Workers had gathered in a large number in the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, in his speech elaborately explained about the circumstances under which the 6th Membership Verification is taking place, the attacks of the government on BSNL, the united struggles led by BSNLEU to defend the company, the various achievements of the Union, as well as on the current status of various staff issues. The gathering enthusiastically assured to vote BSNLEU massively.

[13.03.2013]Massive election campaign meeting held at Ambala.<<click here>>

[13.03.2013]General Secretary addressed well attended campaign meeting at Rajpura, Patiala SSA, Punjab.<<click here>>

[13.03.2013]A huge election campaign meeting held at Gurudaspur.<<click here>>

[13.03.2013]General Secretary addressed massive meeting at Amritsar.<<click here>>

[12.03.2013]Election campaign meeting held at Jalandhar - General Secretary addressed.<<click here>>

[12.03.2013]High Drama in the matter of ITS repatriation. 

Under pressure from the Hon'ble Delhi High Court order to repatriate all the unabsorbed ITS officers within six weeks, DoT and BSNL conducted a funny drama yesterday. Two sets orders were issued each by DoT and BSNL yesterday. According to those orders, all the ITS officers are repatriated to DoT yesterday and all of them are again brought back to BSNL on deputation on the same day.

 

[11.03.2013]FNTO Circle President of Chhattisgarh Circle joined BSNLEU, in the presence of Com.Animesh Mitra, DY. GS.<<click here>>

 

[11.03.2013]Meeting with Administrator USO Fund

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations along with Com. Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice-President, BSNLEU met Shri  Ravi Shankar, Administrator, USO Fund and discussed about the early payment of Rs. 1,500 crore to BSNL which has already been approved  and allotted by the DOT and USOF as per the recommendations of the TRAI in lieu of ADC.  Administrator stated that the fund is with the Finance Ministry and that he will make all efforts for early payment.

 

[11.03.2013]No need to vacate the Union offices.

Management in certain circles has asked BSNLEU to vacate the offices allotted to it stating that since the recognition period of two years is over. They cited the corporate office instructions stating that the period of recognition is over by 13th February 2013. Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU along with Com. Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice-President met GM (SR) Sri Neeraj Verma and discussed the matter. GM(SR) agreed that the order issued is applicable  only to the offices allotted in 2011 and the union offices allotted earlier will continue with the union. Since all the union offices allotted to BSNLEU is in 2005, the present order of corporate is not applicable. No union office need be vacated. 

 

[11.03.2013]Order on allowing Instrumentation Engineering likely to be issued in a day or two. 

We have demanded that Instrumentation Engineering should be allowed as eligible qualification for appearing the JTO LDCE. This demand is raised based on the fact that it was already accepted as eligible qualification for the JTO LDCE held in 2010, to fill up the back log vacancies. We have urged upon the Corporate Office to issue the clarification without further delay, since 16th April is the last date for submission of applications. Our demand has been accepted and the clarification for this will be issued in a day or two.

 

[11.03.2013]Excellent Election Campaign meeting at Moga, Punjab Circle.<<click here>>

 

 

[09.03.2013]Building Fund received at the time of Extended CEC meeting, held at Warangal.

 CHQ acknowledges with thanks, receipt of the following donations, for Building Fund.

 

Sr.No. Name     SSA Circle Building Fund
1 Calcutta Telephone Circle (CTD) Kolkata Kolkata Telephones 100000
2 Telecom Factory, Alipore SSA Alipore TF-Kolkata 8000
3 Telegraph SSA, Chennai Telephones (CTO) Telegraph Chennai Telephones 6000
4 Srinagar (Garwal) SSA Srinagar (Garwal) Uttarakhand 5000
5 Rudraprayag Branch Srinagar (Garwal) Uttarakhand 4800
6 Gopeshwar Branch Srinagar (Garwal) Uttarakhand 2000
7 Com. L. Penchalaiah, TA (retd.), Nellore SSA (AIBDPA) Nellore Andhra Pradesh 1500

 

 

[09.03.2013]Meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to be held on 18.03.2013. 

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations will take place on 18.03.2013. It will review the implementation of the agreement signed between Forum and the BSNL Management on 12.06.2012, especially on 78.2% IDA fixation. The meeting will also decide on appropriate trade union action, for the implementation of the remaining items of the agreement. 

 

[09.03.2013]United Forum is meeting on 18.03.2013. 

The National Steering Committee of the United Forum will meet at New Delhi on 18.03.2013. The meeting will finalise the strategy and campaign programme for the 6th Membership Verification.

 

[08.03.2013]The heroic struggles against corporatisation and NFTE's role of betrayal.

We are not surprised that the present leadership of NFTE, either do not know what happened at the time of Corporatisation, or they have forgotten it. Hence, it has become necessary for us to tell, what happened at that time. The following are the facts related with Corporatisation.<<click here>>

 

[08.03.2013]Rajasthan Circle conducts a very successful Convention of Branch Secretaries.<<click here>>

 

[07.03.2013]Truth is bitter. But NFTE should accept it. 

NFTE has stated in it's website that BSNL is making Rs.10, 000 crore loss and that BSNLEU is responsible for it. We really sympathise with NFTE. They are searching for reasons to blame BSNLEU. Any way, we are thankful to them for starting a very good debate. But, NFTE friends should tell, how BSNLEU is responsible for the present pathetic condition of BSNL. On the other hand, we have ample evidence to prove that NFTE is responsible for the present condition of the BSNL and it's employees. Govt. created this corporation only with a view to privatise it. Hence, the present BSNLEU leadership fought against corporatisation tooth and nail. In the year 2000, we went on strike twice, opposing corporatisation. We warned the employees well in advance, as to what would happen to them if corporatisation is done. Whatever warning we gave, has proved to be correct today. But, what is the role of NFTE in the matter of corporatisation? NFTE supported it. NFTE helped the Govt. to bring in the corporation. After the formation of BSNL, as per it's agenda, Govt. has taken steps, one after another, to kill BSNL. Still BSNLEU is mobilising all the unions and associations and is fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the Govt. BSNL employees know all these facts very well. That is why they are giving rock- like support to BSNLEU for the last 8 years.

 

[07.03.2013]Congrats - Child Care Leave approved by Management Committee

It is learnt that the Management Committee has approved the Child Care Leave, in it’s meeting, held yesterday the 07.03.2013. It has been the long pending demand of the JAC/Forum, that the Child Care Leave, implemented for the Central Govt. employees, should be implemented in BSNL also. Finally, agreement was signed on 12.06.2012, for settlement of Child Care Leave. However, it’s implementation had been delayed. Now, we are glad that the Management has decided to implement it. Again, this is a big achievement of the united struggle.

 

[06.03.2013]A report on the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Warangal, from 26th to 28th February, 2013.<<click here>>

 

[06.03.2013]JTO LDCE - Including Instrumentation Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as eligible qualifications and age relaxation for Ex-Service man. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed with GM (Estt.) and GM (Rect.) today, and urged upon them to take expeditious decision on allowing Instrumentation Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as eligible qualification for JTO LDCE and also the issue of age relaxation for Ex-Service Man. Some decision is expected soon.

 

[05.03.2013]Haryana conducts an upbeat convention of the Branch Secretaries<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on issues of Casual and Contract Workers<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on congratulating the workers for successful 2 day General Strike on 20th - 21st February, 2013 and significance of the strike <<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on settlement of 78.2% IDA fixation, implementation of Child Care Leave and introduction of superannuation benefits to BSNL recruitees.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on union recognition election to be held on 16.04.2013.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on the wage reduction being faced by the employees appointed after 01.01.2007.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on settling of burning issues.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on Customer Delight Movement.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on thanking the Reception Committee.<<click here>>

 

[04.03.2013]Extended CEC meeting resolution on the ghastly murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad.<<click here>>

 

[01.03.2013]BSNLEU will win with more than 50% votes - BSNLEU leaders declared in the upbeat Open Session.<<click here>>

 

[01.03.2013]6th Membership Verification posters released in the Extended CEC.<<click here>>

 

[01.03.2013]Campaign Material for the 6th Membership Verification released in the Warangal Extended CEC.<<click here>>

 

[06.03.2013]Hugo Chavez passes away 

Comrade Hugo Chavez, the revolutionary leader of Venezuela, has passed away. He was 58 years old and was suffering from cancer. After becoming the President of Venezuela, he took firm action, against the multi national companies that were exploiting the oil resources of that country. Natural resources of Venezuela were brought under the government control by him. The revenue from those natural resources were utilized by Chavez to alleviate the poverty of the common people of that country. All those actions of Hugo Chavez, annoyed the US imperialism. It did every thing to remove Chavez from power. But with the massive support of the people of Venezuela, Chavez got elected as the President for four consecutive times. Today, most of the countries in the world are implementing the economic policies being dictated by the US imperialism. But, Chavez rejected those economic policies. He showed an alternative economic policy for the betterment of the working class. He successfully implemented it in his own country. Inspired by him, the entire countries in South America have rejected the dictates of the US imperialism and are following the alternative policies shown by Chavez. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to comrade Hugo Chavez. He will ever remain as an inspiration for the working class movement, in it’s struggle against exploitations.

 

[04.03.2013]Hon’ble Delhi High Court dismissed petition filed by DoT on ITS repatriation issue. 

On 15th February, 2013, Hon’ble Delhi High Court ordered that ITS repatriation should be completed within six weeks. Thereafter, DoT has filed another petition in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. After repatriating the ITS officers as per Hon’ble Court order, again DoT wants to bring them back on deputation for 10 years, as per the decision of the Cabinet. Hon’ble Court rejected this petition of the DoT today, the 04.03.2013.

 

[02.03.2013]Branch Secretaries Convention of Haryana Circle to be held at Rohtak, on 05.03.2013.

Haryana circle is holding it's Branch Secretaries Convention at Rohtak on 05.03.2013. Circle Union is taking all out efforts to make the Convention successful. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, as well as the circle level leaders are attending the Convention. 

 

[02.03.2013]Branch Secretaries Convention of Rajasthan Circle to be held at Jaipur on 08.03.2013.

Rajasthan circle union is holding it's Branch Secretaries Convention on 08-03-2013, at Jaipur. The Circle Union is mobilising branch secretaries from all over the circle for the successful conducting of the convention. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, together with the circle level leaders are attending the Convention. 

 

[02.03.2013]Tour programme of CHQ leaders - Circle and District Secretaries to note please.
CHQ leaders are allotted with tour programme for the 6th Membership Verification, and the same is going on successfully. However, it is observed that some circle/ district unions are not sending the report and photos immediately, for uploading the same on the CHQ website. Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to kindly send the reports and photos of the programme, attended by CHQ leaders promptly, for uploading on CHQ website. 

 

[02.03.2013]International Women's Day - Observe it in a befitting manner.

8th March is International Women's Day. It is the tradition of the Working Class movement to observe the Day, conducting seminars, meetings and similar such programme, for raising voice for the liberation of women. In our country, women are denied equal rights from time immemorial, and are being treated as second class citizens. Every day media report the atrocities being meted out to women, such as molestation, rape, dowry killings, etc., etc. The recent gang rape and murder of the Delhi para-medical student is only the tip of the ice-berg. Trade unions cannot remain insensitive to such atrocities being committed on women. Hence, the forthcoming International Women's Day deserves to be effectively observed by us. CHQ calls upon the Circle and District unions to plan and effectively conduct seminars, meetings, etc., to observe the Day. Reports and photos may be sent to CHQ for uploading the same on the website.

 

[28.02.2013]Extended CEC concluded with a massive open session.

The 3 day Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU concluded at Warangal today. The meeting emphatically decided to make BSNLEU win with more than 50% votes. More than 1500 comrades attended the open session, which was addressed by top leaders of BSNLEU and leaders of fraternal organisations.

 

[27.02.2013]Extended CEC Continuing for the Second Day.

The Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU is continuing for the second day at Warangal today. District secretaries as well as CEC members are participating in the debate, based on the report presented by the General Secretary yesterday. So far 40 district secretaries and 32 CEC members have participated in the debate in a very spirited manner. Speaker after speaker announced amidst thundering applause, that they would make BSNLEU to win in the 6th verification with more then 50 per cent votes.

[27.02.2013]Massive Open Session to take place at Warangal tomorrow, The 28th February, 2013.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU, being held at Warangal. Andhra Pradesh circle union is organising a massive Open Session tomorrow, to mark the successful culmination of the Extended CEC meeting. Thousands of BSNL employees from all over of AP circle will participate in the meeting. CHQ leaders as well as leaders of AP circle union will address the Open Session.

 

[25.02.2013]BSNL replied to the queries raised by the DOT on 78.2% IDA fixation.

BSNL has finally replied to the queries raised by the DoT, on the matter of 78.2% IDA fixation. The reply was sent to the DoT last Friday. If DoT makes further delay in the approval of the case, then the Forum will take decision for appropriate trade union action.

 

[25.02.2013]The Extended CEC of BSNLEU starts tomorrow at Warangal.

The Extended Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Employees Union is starting at Warangal, tomorrow the 26-02-2013. The meeting will be inaugurated by com.A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, at 1000 hrs tomorrow. The meeting will continue till 28th February, 2013. It is expected to discuss the important issues faced by BSNL and it's employees. It will also discuss and finalise the Union's strategy for the forthcoming Membership Verification.

 

[22.02.2013]BSNLEU condemns the dastardly bomb blasts in Hyderabad. 

Two high intensity bomb blasts have rocked Hyderabad yesterday. 14 people are killed and dozens are injured. BSNLEU severely condemns this heinous attacks and offer it’s heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Hyderabad is a city, which is repeatedly being targeted by terrorists. Still, the State and Central Governments have not put in place, the mechanism required to prevent such attacks. This is a matter of regret. 

 

[22.02.2013]Extended CEC will take place at Warangal as per schedule. 

Following the Hyderabad bomb blasts, some comrades have enquired whether Extended CEC would take place. It is hereby informed that the Extended CEC will take place as per schedule. Warangal is 130 kilo metres away from Hyderabad. Com. J. Sampath Rao, General Secretary, Reception Committee has informed that Extended CEC meeting would take place very peacefully and that all precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the delegates. 

 

[22.02.2013]CHQ salutes all the leaders and comrades who participated in the Historic General Strike. 

The two day General Strike has taken place successfully in BSNL. Many circles have done extremely well in this strike, while weaknesses are observed in some circles. CHQ – BSNLEU salutes the comrades and leaders of BSNLEU, as well as that of all the unions and associations that have participated in the strike. We have written a glorious chapter in the trade union history of our country. Hearty congrats to one and all. 

 

[22.02.2013]Rs.7000 crore tax cheating – P. Chidambaram says cabinet will look into the proposals of Vodafone. 

Vodafone has cheated Govt. of India tax to the tune of Rs.7000 crore in 2007. Together with interest and penalty, Vodafone has to pay more than Rs.11,00 crore. In this connection, recently Vodafone has made suggestions for amicable settlement of the issue. Following this, top Finance Ministry officers have held talks with Vodafone recently. P. Chidambaram has said yesterday, that the proposals made by Vodafone would be looked into by the Union Cabinet next week. We have to wait and see what concessions govt. is going to give to Vodafone.

 

[21.02.2013]Height of Brutality in Mamata’s West Bengal – Worker’s ear chopped off for joining the strike.

Jungle Raj is going on in West Bengal, ever since Trinamool Congress came to power. Goons of Trinamool Congress have taken law in to their hands. Scores of leaders and workers of left parties and trade unions have been killed after Mamata Bannerjee came to power. For this General Strike, Mamata Bannerjee herself threatened the workers not to join the strike. Now, news has come that the ear of a panchayat worker, who joined the strike yesterday has been chopped of by the Trinamool goons. This single incident proves that what sort of jungle raj is going on in West Bengal. BSNLEU severely condemns this action of the Trinamool goons and demands immediate action on the criminals who did this. 

 

[21.02.2013]2nd day of the General Strike. 

Excellent strike has taken place in most of the Circles in BSNL. CHQ salutes all the leaders and comrades. The second day strike is also taking place successfully. We shall feel proud that we have become the part of the biggest strike the country has ever seen.

 

[20.02.2013]Historic two day General Strike started.

The historic two day General Strike has started throughout the country. According to the reports received so far, strike is very successful in BSNL. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure that strike successfully continues for 48 hours. 

Workers Unity Zindabad !

Inquilab Zindab !

 

[19.02.2013]10 lakh workers to join the General Strike in Gurgaon – Manesar industrial belt – reports the Economic Times 

In the industrial belt of Gurgaon – Manesar alone, 10 lakh (one million) workers are joining the two day General Strike to be held on 20th and 21st February. This belt is having plants of major car and two wheeler manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Honda motor cycle, Hero motor cycles etc. This news is reported today by the Economic Times paper. This indicates that the two day General Strike will be a historic success in the entire country. Let the BSNL employees also massively join this great industrial action.

 

[19.02.2013]Circle / District Secretaries kindly note 

For the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting at Warangal (Andhra Pradesh), the accommodation committee incharge is Com. N. Mohanbabu (No.09441018864). Circle / District Secretaries are requested to inform him about their arrivals etc.

 

[18.02.2013]United Forum meeting resolves to secure more than 50% votes for BSNLEU 

A meeting of th`e United Forum was held at New Delhi today the 18.02.2013. Com. Suresh Kumar, Chairman of the United Forum, presided over the meeting. All the constituents of the United Forum attended the meeting, except Com. V. Subburaman (TEPU) and Com. P.Andiappan (FNTOBEA), who could not come due to health reasons. The meeting unanimously decided to:- 

v       Secure more than 50% votes to BSNLEU in the 6th Membership Verification. 

v     Issue joint appeal and posters and also to conduct joint tours to mobilise

       support for BSNLEU. 

v      To conduct the next meeting of the United Forum in the first week of March,

      2013.

 

[18.02.2013]Timing of the Two Day General Strike – Circle and District Secretaries to note please 

The Two Day General Strike, to be organised on 20th & 21st February, will start from 0000 hours on 20.02.2013 and will continue for 48 hours. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to make note of this and organize the strike accordingly, in coordination with other unions and associations who are joining the strike.

 

[18.02.2013]Take all out efforts to make the 2 day General Strike successful. 

The 2 day General Strike will take place as scheduled, on 20th and 21st. There is only one more day left for the historic action. The Indian Working Class is all set to make the strike a resounding success and to write a glorious chapter in the trade union history of our country. As per the reports received, very good preparations are going on in BSNL, throughout the country. CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Secretaries to make complete mobilization to make the strike a total success in BSNL.

 

[16.02.2013]Membership particulars – Circle Secretaries to note please. 

In the Extended CEC meeting to be held at Warangal, the Circle Secretaries are requested to submit a written statement regarding the district wise membership of BSNLEU, as well as of the other unions. This is very important for the planning for the 6th verification. Hence, Circle Secretaries are requested to submit the same without fail.

 

[16.02.2013]Status of holding screening test for the non 10+2 candidates 

Since non 10+2 candidates cannot appear the TTA exam (LDCE), BSNLEU demanded to hold screening test for them. Management has accepted this. BSNL Board has already given it’s approval to relax the TTA Recruitment Rules for holding the Screening Test. BSNLEU is insisting upon the Corporate Office to immediately issue order on this. However, Corporate Office did not issue the order, since the ongoing TTA exam is not conducted in Kolkata, NE-II and UP (East) Circles. In the meanwhile the Hon’ble CAT Chennai Bench has given an order that an official who has once passed the Screening Test can appear the subsequent TTA LDCE’s also and there is no necessity for them to appear Screening Test again and again. This judgement has been confirmed by the Hon’ble Madras High Court also. BSNLEU is demanding that this judgement should be implemented by BSNL. However, Management is in no mood to accept this and intends to file an SLP in the Supreme Court against the order of the Hon’ble Chennai CAT. So the issuing of order by Corporate Office, for holding a Screening Test for the TTA LDCE is likely to be delayed. 

 

[16.02.2013]Scam after scam – It is VVIP Chopper scam now 

Scam after scam. This is the achievement of the Congress led UPA government. And it is the VVIP Chopper scam now. The govt. has spent Rs.3600 crore, to purchase choppers for VVIPs like Prime Minister, President etc. The Choppers were purchased from Augusta Westland Company. Now it is found out that the Italian company, Finmeccanica has paid Rs.362 crore kickbacks to get the contract. 

 

[16.02.2013]Petrol, diesel prices hiked once again. 

On 16.02.2013, the price of petrol is again hiked by Rs.1.50 a litre and the price of diesel is hiked by 45 paise per litre. This is the result of the policy of the UPA government which has ‘decontrolled’ the prices of petrol and diesel. In Chennai, the price of petrol per litre now is Rs.72.17 and the price if diesel is Rs.51.23. These price hikes will once again result in another all round price increase. BSNLEU condemns this price-hike and demands to withdraw it immediately.

 

[15.02.2013]United Forum to meet on 17.02.2013 

The National Steering Committee of the United Forum will meet at 1500 hrs. on 17.02.2013, at the office of TEPU, New Delhi. The meeting will finalise the strategy as well as campaign programme for the forthcoming membership verification.

 

[15.02.2013]Hearty congrats. Delhi High Court has dismissed BSNL's petition on ITS repatriation. Directed to implement it's earlier order within 6 weeks.

 

[14.02.2013]Non-allotment of Fund for GPF advance - General Secretary discussed the issue with Director (Finance). 

Complaints have come from various circles that no fund is allotted for the payment of GPF advance. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, discussed the issue with Director (Finance), shri K.C.G.K.pillai. The Director (Finance) said that this was due to acute shortage of funds in the Corporate Office. However, he assured that the needful would be done, for the arrangement of necessary funds, within a couple of days. 

 

[14.02.2013]Extension of BSNLEU's Recognition till the date of Membership Verification - Decision of the CLC to come within a few days. 

BSNLEU has demanded that the recognition of BSNLEU should be extended till the conducting of the 6th Membership Verification. The matter has been referred to the Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC), by the BSNL Management. We expect that a favourable decision is to be taken by the CLC shortly on this matter.

 

[14.02.2013]JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. CONDUCT DHARNAS MASSIVELY ON 15-02-2013, DEMANDING IMMEDIATE APPROVAL OF 78.2% IDA FIXATION BY THE DoT. 

DoT is unnecessarily delaying it's approval for 78.2% IDA fixation. It is asking all irrelevant queries from BSNL with an intention to deny 78.2% IDA fixation to the BSNL employees. We have waited for 8 months. We cannot and should not remain silent any more. As per the call of the Forum, massive demonstrations have been conducted on 11.02.2013. As the next course of action let us conduct day long dharnas very effectively through the country on 15.02.2013, as per the decision of the Forum. Let us send the right signal to the DoT.

 

[13.02.2013]Extension of BSNLEU's recognition beyond 13-02-2013.
BSNLEU has demanded that it's recognition should be extended beyond 13-02-2013. However, BSNL Management, instead of taking a decision on this, has referred the matter to the Chief Labour Commissioner. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the CLC. We are hopeful that a favourable decision will come from the CLC.

 

[13.02.2013]Nomination of Circle Representatives - Circle Secretaries to note please.

CHQ has already intimated all the CGMs, through fax, the name of the Circle Representative of BSNLEU, of that concerned circle, for the 6th Membership Verification. If any CGM has not received the nomination, the same may immediately be informed to the General Secretary. Circle Secretaries are requested to check up this immediately. Matter is very urgent.

 

[13.02.2013]Rs. 500/- is the delegate fee for the extended CEC to be held at Warangal.
The Reception Committee for the forthcoming Extended CEC, to be held at Warangal, from 26th to 28th February, 2013, has decided that Rs.500/- shall be the Delegate Fee. District Secretaries attending the Extended CEC are requested to make note of this, and cooperate for the success of the programme.

 

[13.02.2013]Com.C.K.Gundanna - a shining example of selflessness, sacrifice and commitment to the organisation. 

On 7th February, 2013, CHQ received the shocking and sad news that shri Shashank, the beloved son of com.C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary, Karnataka, passesed away. We had no words to console com.C.K.Gundanna. It is nothing but natural that any parent will be completely shattered with such a disaster in his family. By that time, the Circle level Convention of the Branch Secretaries, had already been scheduled to be held at Mysore on 11th and 12th February, 2013. All arrangements were already made for the Convention. So, naturally CHQ was worried as to what would happen to that Convention. But, to the surprise of everyone, com.C.K.Gundanna reached Mysore for the Convention, and got fully involved in successfully conducting the convention. His contribution to the Convention was key to it's success. The way in which com.C.K.Gundanna involved himself and conducted the Convention, unmindful of the disaster that took place in his family only a few days ago, made everyone of us to feel proud. CHQ has no words to praise the selflessness, sacrifice and commitment to the Organisation, of Com.C.K.Gundanna. Yes, he is a shining example of all these qualities. CHQ salutes Com.C.K.Gundanna.

 

[08.02.2013]AIBDPA All India Conference ends with unanimous election of office bearers. 

The first triennial All India Conference of AIBDPA is conducted successfully and concluded yesterday, the 07.02.2013 with unanimous election of office-bearers. Com. A.K. Bhattacharjee (Kolkata) and Com. K.G. Jayaraj (Kerala) are re-elected as President and General Secretary, respectively. Com. G.B. Salakki (Karnataka) is elected as Treasurer. Com. P.V. Chandrasekharan (Kerala) and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri are elected as Patron and Advisor, respectively. BSNLEU congratulates all the office-bearers elected in the conference.

 

[05.02.2013]AIBDPA conducting it's 1st All India Conference at Kannur. 

The All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) is conducting it's 1st All India Conference at Kannur, in Kerala, from 6th to 7th February, 2013. The inaugural function will take place tomorrow the 6th February. Veteran parliamentarian, com. Basudev Acharya, MP, is inaugurating the Conference. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. M. Krishnan, SG, NFPE and senior officers of the BSNL and DoT are also addressing the Conference. CHQ of BSNLEU conveys it's revolutionary greetings to AIBDPA and also wishes the Conference every success.

 

[04.02.2013]Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, will inaugurate the Extended CEC. 

The Extended CEC of BSNLEU is taking place at Warangal, from 26th to 28th February, 2013. CHQ is glad to inform that, the veteran trade union leader and the National President of CITU, Com. A.K. Padmanabhan has kindly consented to inaugurate the Extended CEC, despite his very busy schedule.

 

[04.02.2013]Age relaxation for Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE) 

The upper age limit for departmental candidates, to appear the Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE) at present is as follows:- 

 

General – 40 years       OBC – 43 years            SC/ST – 45 years 

In the 28th National Council meeting held on 30.01.2013, the Staff Side demanded this age limit should further be relaxed. Management Side agreed to look into this.

[01.02.2013]Agreement signed for change of designations of RM and TM cadres 

As per the decision of the National Council meeting held on 30.01.2013, a meeting of the Designations Committee was held on 31.01.2013. In this meeting the following agreement is signed. 

 

(1)     The new designation for the cadre of Regular Mazdoor will be Telecom Assistant. 

(2)     The new designation for the cadre of Telecom Mechanic will be Telecom Technician. 

(3)     In respect of the cadres of Sr.TOA, TTA, as well as other cadres, further talks will take place for finalising new designations.

 

[01.02.2013]United Forum meeting held on 30.01.2013 

The National Steering Committee of the United Forum met on 30.01.2013, at New Delhi, under the chairmanship of Com. Suresh Kumar. The meeting reviewed the situation after the introduction of the New Recognition Rules as well as the announcement of the 6th Membership Verification. All the constituents of the UF firmly reiterated that the Alliance should continue and also should be strengthened. The meeting decided to meet again on 17.02.2013 at New Delhi to finalise the campaign programme for the 6th Verification.

 

[01.02.2013]Meeting with Sr.GM (Recruitment) on the issue of relaxation in qualifying standards for SC/ST employees 

As per the decision of the National Council, a meeting took place with the Management yesterday the 31.01.2013, on the issue of relaxation in qualifying standards for SC/ST employees. From the Management Side, Shri P.C. Mehta, Sr.GM (Recruitment) and Smt. Bindu Rai, DGM (Recruitment) were present. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President were present from the Union Side. The Union representatives submitted a note on the issue with relevant orders. A detailed discussion took place. The Sr.GM (Recruitment) assured that the matter would be looked into and needful would be done.   

 

[31.01.2013]Promotion to E 1 pay scale of Rs.16,400 – 40,500 

As per the agreement signed on NEPP, the Staff Side raised demand in the National Council meeting held yesterday the 30.01.2013, that 10% of the Non-Executive employees who complete one year service in the NE 12 pay scale should be promoted to the E 1 pay scale of Rs.16,400 – 40,500. Management Side accepted this demand. 

 

[31.01.2013]Designations Committee meeting to be held today the 31.01.2013 

As per the discussion held in the National Council meeting held yesterday, the Designations Committee meeting will take place today. We expect some result. 

 

[31.01.2013]Walk out in the National Council meeting over the Gaziabad murder 

Staff Side members vehemently criticized the BSNL Management for not taking any action so far, on those who are accused in the murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. The Staff Side members made a symbolic walkout over this issue and recorded their strong protest.

 

[24.01.2013]FORUM DECIDES TRADE UNION ACTION ON 78.2% IDA FIXATION ISSUE.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is held today, mainly to discuss the issue of non-implementation of the agreement signed with the Management on 78.2% IDA fixation. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNL MS, BSNL WRU, BSNL BTU attended the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS represented BSNLEU. The meeting is of the opinion that DoT is delaying the settlement of 78.2% IDA fixation issue, by seeking unnecessary queries from BSNL Management. At the same time the BSNL Management is also not showing any interest in finding any solution to the issue. Hence, the meeting unanimously decided to launch the following trade union action. If the issue remains unsettled even after conducting these agitations, then the Forum will meet again on 22-02-2013, and will launch drastic trade union struggle to settle the issue.

 

Programme of action:-

 

1) During the period of 28th to 30th January, the District Secretaries of all the Unions and Associations of Forum, should send the following savingram to the Secretary, DoT, with copies to the Hon'ble Minister of Communications and to CMD BSNL. 

2) To conduct demonstrations on 11-02-2013. 

3) District level Dharna programme on 15-02-2013. 

 

Text of savingram:- 

 

"Demand immediate implementation of the agreement

 on 78.2% IDA merger." 

 

CHQ requests the Circle and District Secretaries of BSNLEU to ensure the successful implementation of the above decisions of the Forum.

 

[23.01.2013] Conduct “Campaign Week” from 11th to 16th February, 2013 to organize the General Strike

The Unions and Associations of BSNL, including BSNLEU and NFTE, have given call to observe a Campaign Week” from 11th to 16th February, 2013. During this week, joint meetings should be conducted at all districts. These joint meetings should be utilized to educate the employees about the significance of the strike demands and to mobilize them for participating in the General Strike. All Circle and District Secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to approach the leaders of other signatory unions and to organize the meetings effectively.

 

[23.01.2013]Clarion call to BSNL Employees to enmasse join the February, 20th & 21st  General Strike

Thirteen Unions and Associations of BSNL have called upon the BSNL Employees to enmasse join the 2 day General Strike to be held on 20th and 21st February, 2013. The Joint Appeal given by the 13 Unions and Associations are enclosed for the information and necessary action of all the Circle and District Secretaries.<<click here>>

 

 

[23.01.2013] 239 comrades join BSNLEU in Chennai Circle

180 members of NFTE have left that union in Chennai Circle and have joined BSNLEU, under the leadership of Com. S. Mani, Assistant Circle Secretary, and Com. N. Vijayan, Circle Vice-President of NFTE. Together with them, Com. G. Panneerselvam, Divisional Secretary, K.K. Nagar and Com. P. Jayakumar, former Divisional Secretary, R.K. Nagar of NFTE have also joined BSNLEU. In addition to this, 59 comrades from other unions have also joined BSNLEU in Chennai. CHQ BSNLEU heartily welcomes all the 239 comrades into BSNLEU.

 

[22.01.2013] JF meeting with MoS Shri Jitender Singh

Leaders of the Joint Forum of BSNL/MTNL Unions/Associations today, 22st January, met Shri Jitender Singh, Minister of State and discussed about the repatriation issue of non-optee ITS officers and requested for early settlement. The Minister fully heard the delegation, went through the representation and assured that he will take up the matter with Minister of Communications. Com. M.K. Bagchi, Chairman, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convenor and other leaders of JF participated in the discussion.

 

 

[21.01.2013]Reception Committee for Extended Central Executive Committee Meeting formed.  

The Extended Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Employees Union is to be held at Warangal from 26th to 28th February, 2013. Nearly 500 District Secretaries of the Union will be attending the meeting. Andhra Pradesh circle union is making all out efforts to make the meeting successful. AP Circle Union has formed a Reception Committee, with com. P. Asokababu, Vice- President (CHQ), as the Working Chairman and with com. J. Sampathrao, Circle Secretary, as the General Secretary. The venue of the meeting will be PGR Gardens, 100 feet Road, Hanamkonda, Warangal.

 

Circle secretaries are requested to inform the Reception Committee, of the details of the arrival of the delegates of their respective circles.  

 

[21.01.2013] Meidia reports on BSNL'S VRS Scheme.  

News has come in some newspapers today, regarding BSNL'S VRS plan. It is sensationally reported in those papers, that BSNL has proposed to send one lakh employees home, through it's VRS scheme. There is nothing new in this news. Every one knows that BSNL has already sent a proposal for VRS to the government more than a year ago. But the question is, who will give money required for implementing this VRS? It requires more than RS. 20, 000 crore. Moreover, after spending such a huge amount, BSNL will be saving only around Rs.3, 000 crore annually, in the wage bill. Hence, as per some reliable sources, the govt. is thinking, whether it is wise to spend such a huge amount for BSNL's VRS scheme.

 

 

[19.01.2013]Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to meet on 24.01.2013

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is meeting on 24.01.2013. The meeting will discuss and take decisions on important issues. BSNLEU will suggest a strong trade union action for the immediate settlement of 78.2% IDA fixation issue.

 

[19.01.2013]78.2% IDA fixation - Meeting with Member (Services)

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, met Shri S.C. Misra, Member (Services), DoT, yesterday, the 18.01.2013, and urged upon him to take necessary steps for the early approval of 78.2% IDA fixation by the DoT. The Member (Services) assured the leaders to do the needful.

 

[18.01.2013]DoT calls for more queries from BSNL on 78.2% IDA fixation.

It is learnt that the DoT has called for some more clarification on the issue of 78.2% IDA fixation issue. We cannot allow DoT to keep on delaying the approval for 78.2% IDA fixation issue. Forum will meet shortly and take appropriate action to settle the issue.

 

[18.01.2013]Successful Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Andaman & Nicobar Circle.

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Employees union, Andaman & Nicobar was held on 29.12.2012 at Port Blair. Com. S.P. Kalairajan, CS, BSNLEU, A&N hoisted the union flag. Welcome address was given by Com. K. Vijayan, Working Chairman, Reception Committee. The delegates session was inaugurated by Com. B. Chandra Chooden, General Secretary, CITU, A&N. Com. S.P. Kalairajan, CS presented the report on which 40 delegates discussed. Open session was held at 1700 hrs, which was presided over by Com. G. Rajagopal. Com. D. Ayyappan, General Secretary, NGO, A&N Island, Shri V. Raju, CGM, A&N Circle, Shri S.G. Kamble, Addl. GM (Admn.), Com. S.P. Kalairajan, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Vinodh Krishna, Zonal Secretary, SNEA, Com. Samir Chowdhari, CS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Stephen Fernandez, Secretary, NFPE addressed the Open Session. Vote of thanks was given by Com. Thirthankar Biswas, ACS, BSNLEU.

 

[17.01.2013]Punjab Circle Branch Secretaries Convention held at Ludhiana.

Punjab Circle Union conducted a very successful Branch Secretaries Convention at Ludhiana today, the 17.01.2013. Com. R.L. Moudgil, Circle President, who presided over the meeting, also welcomed everyone. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS addressed the Convention. Com. Balbir Singh, CS, summed up the discussion.

 

[16.01.2013]JTO LDCE to be held on 02.06.2013.

It is learnt the BSNL CO has given direction to the CGMs, to hold the JTO LDCE on 02.06.2013.

 

[16.01.2013]Tour programme of CHQ office-bearers for the 6th Membership Verification.

The Central Secretariat meeting of our Union, held on 12.01.2013, has finalized the following tour programme for the CHQ office-bearers, for the 6th Membership Verification. Circle Secretaries are requested to contact the concerned CHQ office-bearers, allotted for their respective Circles, and organize the tour programme immediately.<<click here>>

 

[15.01.2013]Extended CEC meeting at Warangal – points to be noted by CEC members and District Secretaries 

i)      In view of the importance of this meeting, Circle Secretaries are requested to ensure that all the District Secretaries of their respective circles attend the meeting without fail. 

ii)    For attending the Extended CEC meeting, CEC members and District Secretaries are requested to book their tickets, either to WARANGAL station or to KHAJIPET station. Both stations are very near by. 

iii)  For effectively conducting the meeting, Circle Secretaries are requested not to bring any visitor, other than the District Secretaries. 

iv) District Secretaries are requested to come with the banners of their district unions.

 

[15.01.2013]BSNLEU submitted application to participate in the 6th Membership Verification

BSNLEU submitted it’s application today, for participating in the 6th Membership Verification. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS and Com. John Verghese, Org. Secretary were present, when the application was submitted by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS.

 

[15.01.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) on TTA LDCE and Wage Reduction issue

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborthy, AGS met Director (HR) yesterday the 14.01.2013 and discussed the following issues:- 

 

(a)   Promptly conducting JTO LDCE

The union representatives pointed out that BSNL CO has not notified the time schedule for holding the JTO LDCE even after clearance was given by the Kerala High Court two months ago. They urged upon the Director (HR) to hold the exam immediately. 

 

(b)   Settle the wage reduction problem of the post 01.01.2007 appointees

The union representatives urged upon the Director (HR) to immediately resolve the wage reduction problem of the post 01.01.2007 appointed Non-Executives, by granting advance increments, as has been done in the case of JTOs and JAOs. 

Director (HR) responded by stating that both the issues would be sympathetically looked into.

 

[14.01.2013]Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office bearers are requested to inform CHQ of their E-Mail IDs. 

All Circle Secretaries and CHQ officer bearers are requested to inform CHQ of their E-Mail IDs immediately. Similarly, those Circle Secretaries and CHQ office bearers who do not have E-Mail ID are requested to immediately open the same and inform it to the CHQ. This is urgently required by the CHQ for having prompt communication.

 

[10.01.2013]Extended CEC Meeting will be held at Warangal from 26th to 28th February, 2013

Extended Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Warangal, in Andhra Pradesh Circle, from 26th to 28th February, 2013. Apart from CEC members, all the District Secretaries also shall participate in this meeting. They are requested to book their tickets immediately. Notification will be issued shortly.

 

 

[09.01.2013]CHQ Building Fund

CHQ thankfully acknowledges receipt of the following donations towards Building Fund.

 

Sr.No.

Name    

SSA

Circle

Building Fund

1

Raigarh District Union 

Raigarh

Maharashtra

11000

2

Moradabad SSA

Moradabad

UP (West)

10000

3

Com. Shankar

Bangalore

Karnataka

5000

4

AIBDPA Chhattisgarh Circle

Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh

5000

5

Com. Mohanan

Bangalore

Karnataka

2000

6

Com. Venkataswamy

Bangalore

Karnataka

2000

7

Com. G.S. Nagarajan

Bangalore

Karnataka

1080

8

Com. S. Kumarji Sharma, Ex. D/S, BSNLEU

Manipur

NE-II

1000

9

Com. J.N. Jaidka, District Secretary, CGM (O), Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Punjab

1000

10

Tamil Nadu Circle 

Tamil Nadu 

Tamil Nadu

500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[08.01.2013]Joint Forum leaders met Additional Secretary, DoT.

Leaders of the Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL unions and Associations met the Additional Secretary, DoT and discussed issues connected with the viability of BSNL and MTNL, as well as important issues connected with the employees of BSNL and MTNL. It included

 

[08.01.2013]Joint Forum leaders met Additional Secretary, DoT.

Leaders of the Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL unions and Associations met the Additional Secretary, DoT and discussed issues connected with the viability of BSNL and MTNL, as well as important issues connected with the employees of BSNL and MTNL. It included immediate payment of Rs.1500 crore compensation to BSNL from USO fund, exemption of BSNL and MTNL from the one time payment for the additional 2G spectrum, enhancement of minimum pension from Rs.3500 to Rs.3880, settlement of pension anomaly, payment of Govt. pension to MTNL employees, etc. The leaders of the Forum strongly insisted upon the Additional Secretary to expeditiously give approval for the 78.2% IDA fixation for the BSNL employees, which is being unduly delayed by the DoT.

 

[08.01.2013]All Union meeting on February 20th and 21st General strike, to be held on 12-01-2013.

A meeting of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL is to be held at New Delhi, on 12-01-2013, on the issue of successfully conducting the February 20th and 21st General Strike. The meeting will discuss about conducting a joint campaign programme to make the strike successful in BSNL.

 

 

[08.01.2013]United Forum to meet on 19-01-2013

A meeting of the United Forum of BSNL Unions will take place at New Delhi on 19-01-2013. The meeting will discuss about the implementation of the New Recognition Rules, conducting of the 6th Membership Verification, etc.

 

 

[06.01.2013]Com.Om Prakash Gupta passed away- BSNLEU pays respectful homage

With deep sorrow, we inform that com.Om Prakash Gupta, former Secretary General of NFTE and one of the tallest leaders of the P&T trade union movement, passed away today the 6th January,2013. He recently turned 90 years old. He is survived by two sons. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to the departed leader and offers it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members. CHQ directs all the branches of BSNLEU to fly the Union flag in half mast.

 

[05.01.2013]West Bengal Circle Branch Secretaries Convention Started

The two day convention of the Branch Secretaries of West Bengal Circles started at Jalpaiguri today. It was inaugurated by Com. Mahendra Kumar Roy, MP. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, welcomed all and presented the report. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the house in detail, covering all the current issues. The convention will continue tomorrow also.

 

[05.01.2013]Meeting with GM(SR) 

The BSNLEU leaders met Shri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR) on 4th January 2013 and discussed about the ensuing Membership Verification and connected matters in general. The leaders also pressed for holding of the National Council and the Standing Committee at the earliest. The items for the NC meeting have already been given by the General Secretary BSNLEU. Standing Committee meeting has not been held for a long time. GM(SR) assured that both the National council and Standing Committee meetings will be held at the earliest. Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU, Swapan Chakroborty, AGS, BSNLEU and Com. K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA participated.

 

[05.01.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL

Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU, K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary AIBDPA and Swapan Chakraborty, AGS BSNLEU, met Shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and discussed certain important issues. The delay in issuing orders on 78.2% was focused and stressed the need to ensure early issue of orders by DOT. It was pointed out by the union representatives that there is acute delay in issue of orders for removal of anomaly of seniors getting less than their juniors occurred in the 2000 wage revision from CDA to IDA, though the joint committee of official and staff side has already agreed a few months back. The unions also demanded that the minimum pension for BSNL retirees should be Rs. 3,880 (half of the lowest wage Rs.7760) instead of Rs. 3500 as at present.

 

The union representatives also demanded the CMD to immediately take up with the DOT/Government for exemption of one-time charge for the extra-spectrum BSNL is having considering the social commitment of the government being implemented by BSNL. BSNL management should take up with the DOT for early reimbursement of charges for the spectrum, which has already been surrendered by BSNL. The DOT should also be pressurised to release the Rs. 1,500 crore from USO Fund without delay. CMD assured that early action will be taken in these matters.

 

[04.01.2013]Meeting with Sr.GM (Rectt) on JTO LICE.

On 3rd January 2013 Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and Com. R.S.Chauhan,  All India Organising Secretary BSNLEU met Shri P.C.Mehta, Sr.GM (Recruitment) and demanded early announcement of the LICE for JTO. Sr.GM (Rectt) appreciated the necessity of holding the examination at the earliest and stated that all efforts are being made for the same. He stated that certain information has been asked for from Establishment Section and circles and as soon as the same is received, the dates for LICE will be announced. The union leaders pointed out that waiting for reports from circles will delay the matter and hence the dates be fixed at the earliest. The GM appreciated the union’s stand and agreed for the  issue of examination dates at the earliest.

 

[03.01.2013]Notification for 6th Verification to be issued soon.

Notification for the 6th Membership Verification is likely to be issued by the Corporate Office within a day or two. The process of 6th Verification is expected to be completed by the end of April 2013.

 

[03.01.2013]Meeting with Joint Secretary (T), DOT

Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA met Shri Malay Shrivastava, Joint Secretary (T), DOT on 2nd January 2013 and discussed issues connected with the viability of BSNL. Joint Secretary (T) stated that the Rs.1,500crore from the USOF is already approved by the Telecom Commission and the process is on for payment to the BSNL. With regard to the refund of the Spectrum charges to BSNL and MTNL, he stated that is under consideration. The union leaders stressed the need to exempt BSNL from payment for the extra spectrum. He pointed out that this is to be considered and decided by the government of India and DOT not alone.  

 

The union leaders also pointed out that the pension anomaly of those retired within 10 months after the formation BSNL is yet pending and requested for favourable early decision.

[01.01.2013]4.2% IDA becomes due w.e.f. 01.01.2013
4.2% IDA has become due w.e.f. 01.01.2013. So, the total IDA that will be payable w.e.f. 01.01.2013 will be 71.5% (67.3 + 4.2 = 71.5%).

[01.01.2013]Com. Shriram Tiwari, a long time CHQ office bearer of BSNLEU, retired from service on 31.12.2012. Com. Tiwari has rendered remarkable service to the Union, both at Madhya Pradesh level and at the CHQ level. CHQ wishes a very happy retired life to Com. Shriram Tiwari.

[29.12.2012]Delhi gangrape victim dies at a Singapore hospital. 

With deep sorrow and heavy heart, we inform that the 23 year old Delhi medical college student, who was brutally and sadistically gangraped and attacked, has died in Mt.Elizabeth hospital at Singapore. We pay our homage to the victim and also our heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim. The inhuman attack on the girl shows that our country has reached new heights in committing brutal crimes against women. The fittest tribute that we can pay the Delhi gangrape victim is to become part of the democratic struggle against the crimes being committed against women.

 

[28.12.2012]Pondicherry Contract Workers' Spirit of Working Class Solidarity

Pondicherry contract workers came to know from the CHQ website, about the tragic death of Com. Umesh Yadav, contract worker, Jabalpur. Thereafter, the General Body meeting of the Contract Workers Union, Pondicherry, was conducted on 27.12.2012. In that meeting itself, after paying homage to Com. Umesh Yadav, the contract workers voluntarily collected an amount of Rs.3700/-, towards the relief fund of the family of Com. Umesh Yadav. It is praiseworthy that these workers have collected the donation on their own and without any call from higher bodies. CHQ appreciates the Pondicherry contract workers for their spirit of working class solidarity.

 

[28.12.2012]Holding of conventions of Branch Secretaries- Circle Secretaries to note please.

It is the decision of the Central Executive Committee, that circle wide conventions of the branch secretaries should be conducted in all circles. Holding of these conventions are very essential from the organizational point of view. However, so far only Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and NE1 circles have successfully conducted these conventions. Further, the circles of West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra have fixed up dates for holding the conventions. Nothing is heard from other circles in this respect. Perhaps, they are thinking that these conventions can be conducted just before the next verification. This is totally incorrect. We are already running behind the schedule. Hence, the remaining circle secretaries are requested to immediately contact the General Secretary and fix up the date for the convention. Matter is very urgent.

 

[26.12.2012]The tragic death of com.Umesh Yadav, contract worker, Jabalpur.

CHQ is shocked and deeply grieved to inform that com.Umesh Yadav, a contract worker and an active member of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation at Jabalpur, met with a tragic death while on duty, yesterday the 25-12-2012. While a telephone post was being removed, in connection with the digging of a trench, for laying sewage pipeline, it fell and hit com. Umesh Yadav, who was engaged in cable maintenance work. The comrade sustained severe head injury and was declared dead when rushed to the hospital. We severely condemn the negligence of the Jabalpur Municipal and BSNL authorities, due to which the tragic death has occurred. Com.Umesh Yadav is survived by his parents, wife and two sons. We pay our heartfelt condolence to all of them.

 

[21.12.2012]Massive March to the Parliament held.

A massive March to the Parliament was held yesterday, the 20-12-2012. The Rally was organized by the Central Trade Unions, as a precursor for the upcoming two days strike, that will be taking place on 20th and 21st February, 2013, and to press upon the demands contained in the Charter of Demands for the strike. BSNLEU members participated in the rally in a large number. From the CHQ, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, and com.Saibal Sengupta, Asst.General Secretary, participated in the rally. CHQ congratulates all the comrades who participated in the rally.

 

[20.12.2012] BSNL floated tender for bank loan.

BSNL has floated a tender for availing  Bank loan of Rs.18,000 crore. This is the first time that BSNL is going  in for availing such a huge loan. However, the purpose of availing  such a huge loans is not known.

 

[19.12.2012]Successful convention of the Central PSU unions at Chennai – 15.12.2012 

Central Trade Unions conducted a successful convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions, on 15.12.2012, with a view to successfully organize the forth coming two days strike on 20th & 21st February, 2013. About 500 delegates were present in this all India Convention, where all Central Trade Unions leaders (CITU, AITUC, INTUC, HMS, BMS) were also present. Delegates and leaders from all the public sector units including the Coordination Committee of Bangalore and Hyderabad PSUs were also present in the meeting. A presidium was formed consisting of Central Trade Unions leaders Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU and Com. Mahadevan (AITUC) explained the importance of 2 day strike. Other leaders from BMS, HMS, INTUC, LPF and JAF also spoke in the meeting. From CHQ Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, attended the meeting and conveyed the decision of Ludhiana conference for joining the strike. He also narrated the situation in BSNL, which is under attack from the pro-private and anti-PSU policies of the UPA govt. policies. Com. Punitha Udhayakumar Vice-President (CHQ) and Com. Govindarajan, Circle Secretary, Chennai also took part in the convention.

 

[19.12.2012]Holding of Branch Secretaries convention without further delay

The Central Executive Committee meeting, held in March, 2012, at New Delhi called upon all the Circle Unions to conduct “Circle wide convention of the Branch Secretaries.” It is noted that only a few circles have so far conducted this convention, while a few more have fixed up dates for the same. CHQ calls upon the remaining circle unions to immediately hold the convention and fix up the dates in consultation with the General Secretaries.

 

[19.12.2012]Immediately arrange to send details of JTO vacancies

Corporate Office has already sent communication to all the CGMs, requesting to provide details about the vacancy position in the cadre of JTO. But it is learnt that none of the Circle has so far responded. Circle Secretaries are requested to ensure that the required information is sent to the BSNL CO, by all the CGMs immediately, since it is urgently required in connection with forth coming JTO LDCE.

 

[19.12.2012]Andhra Pradesh Circle is getting ready to host the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting

Andhra Pradesh Circle union has accepted to host the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting. This meeting will be participated by the District Secretaries also. AP Circle union proposes to hold it in the first week of February, either at Hyderabad or at Warangal. Exact details will be announced shortly. All District Secretaries and CEC members are requested to make preparations to attend the meeting without fail.

 

[19.12.2012]November, 2012 witnessed sharpest fall in GSM customers

GSM operators have lost a whopping 9.68 million customers in the month of November, 2012. The number of GSM customers lost by the four private operators is as follows:-

 

          Bharati Airtel         - 2.8 million

          Vodafone             - 2.38 million

          Idea Cellular         - 1.56 million

          Aircel                   - 1.46 million

 

There figures are released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)

 

- Economic Times – 19.12.2012

 

[18.12.2012]Second Day of the Dharna

The second day of the Dharna, as called on by the Joint Forum of BSNL & MTNL Unions, is successfully taking place throughout the country today. At the Corporate Office, a big gathering participated in the Dharna, which was addressed by all the General Secretaries, including Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU. CHQ congratulates all the leaders and comrades for successfully implementing the call.

 

[18.12.2012]ITS repatriation case came up for hearing in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court today

ITS repatriation case came up for hearing today in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court. ASG gave copy of the minutes of the meeting of Committee of Secretaries and told the Hon'ble Delhi High Court that Cabinet will take decision on ITS repatriation by mid January. On this Hon'ble Delhi High Court fixed 01.02.2013 as the next date of hearing.

 

[17.12.2012]UPA govt. uses CBI to ‘black mail’ Mulayam - Samajwadi Party accuses

It is known to everyone that the UPA 2 govt. is not having majority in Parliament. However, when voting took place on the FDI issue in both houses of the Parliament, the govt. got majority votes. Especially, the Samajwadi Party and BSP, which severely opposed FDI when the debate took place, finally supported the same when voting took place. How? UPA govt. uses it’s influences to manufacture majority. The influences are of two type. 

 

(i)          Money power: - Walmart has confessed that it has spent Rs. 125/- crore, to promote it’s business interests in India. It is not difficult to understand who would have received this amount. 

 

(ii)       The UPA uses the CBI to promote it’s interests. There are reasons to suspect that govt. has used CBI to make Mulayamji and Mayawatiji to ‘fall in line’. 

 

Proof: - Samajwadi party has now openly accused that the UPA govt. is blackmailing Mulayamji through the CBI, to make him support the quota bill in the Parliament. [The Hindu dated 17.12.2012]

 

[17.12.2012]JTO LDCE to be held in the 1st week of June

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, held a detailed discussion with the Sr.GM (Rect.), today the 17.12.2012, on holding the JTO LDCE earlier than July 2013. This was in continuation of the discussion already had with Director (HR), on the subject. The GS abundantly impressed upon the Sr.GM (Rect.) that holding the exam in July 2013 will be too late, in view of the fact that the employees are denied the opportunity for the past so many years and strongly pleaded that the exam should be held earlier. Sr.GM (Rect.) explained that a minimum of 3 months’ notification is required to hold the exam. He further explained that the exam for Direct Recruitment of TTAs is already scheduled to be held in the last week of May 2013 to fill up 2600 posts and it could not be postponed. In view of the above circumstances and considering the request of the Union, he agreed to hold the JTO LDCE in the first week of June, 2013, for which notification will be issued in February, 2013.

 

[15.12.2012]Discussion with Management on New Recognition Rules

Discussion took place yesterday the 14.12.2012, between BSNLEU and the Management, on the issue of New Recognition Rules. We firmly told that the retrograde proposals of the Management, such as conducting future verifications under check off system, reducing the number of office bearers at various levels, restrictions in making nominations to the councils etc. cannot be accepted. We have strongly told the Management that the existing facilities should not be curtailed. Management has also assured to look into some of the proposals made by us. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Saibal Sengupta, Asst. General Secretary participated in the meeting. From the Management’s side, Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), Shri Mukesh Meena, DGM (SR) and Shri Wadwa, AGM (SR) participated.

 

[12.12.2012]Hold solidarity demonstrations supporting the strike of the Central Govt. Employees.                                                                                                                 

The Central Govt. Employees are on a One Day strike today the 12-12-2012, as per the call of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers.  The strike is against the PFRDA Bill, demanding Universal Public Distribution System, Wage Revision, etc. (See website updating dated 07-12-2012). CHQ has already given call to conduct solidarity Lunch Hour Demonstrations today, in support of the strike. Circle and District secretaries are requested to ensure the effective implementation of the call.

 

[12.12.2012]8th General Convention of Telecom Employees Association of Nepal

The 8th General Convention of Telecom Employees Association of Nepal (TEAN) is being held at Kathmandu today and tomorrow, i.e., on 12th and 13th December, 2012. BSNLEU and TEAN is having fraternal relationship for the past so many years. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President are attending the Convention. BSNLEU conveys it’s revolutionary greetings to TEAN, for the success of it’s 8th General Convention.

 

[12.12.2012]Two day Dharna on 17th & 18th December – Circle & District Secretaries are requested to convene meeting of the Forum

The Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions and Associations have already given call to conduct 2 day dharna on 17th and 18th December, 2012, on the issues of ITS repatriation and viability of BSNL and MTNL. Circle and District Secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to ensure the immediate holding of the Forum meetings at each and every circle and district level, to plan the successful implementation of the 2 day dharna. 

 

[11.12.2012]Walmart used money power for gaining entry in India. 

A few days back, both the houses of our Parliament have voted in favour of allowing FDI in the multi-brand retail trade. Even such of those MPs and parties which opposed FDI in the multi-brand retail trade, did not vote against it when actual voting took place in the issue. What was the reason? Undoubtedly, those parties and MPs were influenced to vote in favour of allowing FDI. They were influenced in many ways. One way was using money power. Now the Walmart itself has made a disclosure that it spent $25 million (Rs. 125 crore), on lobbying, which includes efforts to gain foot hold in the Indian market (Times of India- 11-12-2012). It is not only Walmart, but all the multi national companies use their enormous financial muscle to capture market in the 3rd World Countries. Now, Walmart itself has made the disclosure. What more evidence is required? Walmart might have won the battle in the Parliament. But the people of the country should fight the battle on the streets to chase Walmart, etc., out of the country. Yes, it is possible.

 

[11.12.2012]Respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose

It is today, 11th December, that com. K.G. Bose left us 38 years ago. The ideological path shown by the great leader, who dedicated his entire life for the cause of the working class, is still guiding thousands and thousands of leaders in the trade union movement. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose.

 

[07.12.2012]Central Govt. Employees go on one day strike on 12-12-2012. Organise solidarity demonstrations.

The Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and workers has given call for one day strike on 12-12-2012, on the following demands:-

 

    1)     Scrap the New Pension Scheme and withdraw the PFRDA Bill.

    2)     Reintroduce the Universal Public distribution system.

    3)     Stoppage of outsourcing and contractisation.

    4)     Regularisation of the Casual, Contingent and Daily Rated Workers, as well as the

        Grameen Dak Sewaks.

    5)      Set up the 7th Central Pay Commission, for wage revision of the Central Govt.

        Employees.

    6)      Remove the arbitrary restrictions on Compassionate Ground Appointments.

    7)      Revive the Negotiating forums, i.e., the JCM etc. 

 

CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Unions to organize Lunch Hour Demonstrations on 12-12-2012, to extend our solidarity to the struggle of the Central Government Employees and Workers, for their justified demands. 

 

[07.12.2012]6th Membership verification and the New Recognition Rules. 

CHQ  has demanded that the recognition period of BSNLEU should be extended beyond 13-02-2013 and until the 6th Membership Verification is conducted, if the Management is not in a position to conduct the verification on time. Without prejudice to this demand, BSNLEU has given it’s views on the proposals of the Management, for framing BSNL’s Recognition Rules. The Sr.GM (SR) assured com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, on 05-12-2012 that the Management has no intention to delay the Verification. He further told the GS that the notification for the Verification would be issued soon and for that matter he wants to finalise the Recognition Rules without delay.

 

[07.12.2012]Settlement of 78.2% IDA fixation.

Every day our comrades are eagerly making calls to the CHQ and enquire as to when the approval of DoT would be given for the 78.2% IDA fixation. CHQ of BSNLEU as well as the Forum are very eager to settle this demand without delay. CHQ has written to the Secretary, DoT, in this regard. Further, the Joint Forum has given call to conduct two days dharna on 17th and 18th December,2012, on this issue also. BSNLEU and Forum will ensure that there is no undue delay in the settlement of this issue.

 

[06.12.2012]Holding the JTO LICE at the earliest possible date

BSNLEU is continuously taking up the issue of holding the JTO LICE at the earliest possible date. This has already been discussed with the Director (HR). This issue is further discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with the Sr.GM (Rectt.), today the 06.12.2012. The Sr.GM (Rectt.) acknowledged that the Director (HR) has already discussed the issue with him. He further assured that he is trying to fix a time schedule earlier than July, 2013 for holding the exam. CHQ will continue with it’s efforts to hold the exam at the earliest.

 

[06.12.2012]Joint Forum decides to conduct enmasse dharna on 17th and 18th December, 2012 

The Joint Action Committee of BSNL and MTNL Unions, which met on 04.12.2012 reviewed the ongoing agitational programme and took the following decisions. 

 

(1)   The ongoing agitation on ITS repatriation issue is to be intensified. In addition to the ITS repatriation issue, the following issues connected with the viability of BSNL and MTNL are also to be included in the charter of demands. 

 

a)    Repayment of BWA spectrum fee.

b)   Adequate compensation for BSNL’s rural land line operations.

c)  Immediate releasing of fund from USO fund.

d)   Exempting BSNL and MTNL from payment of fee for the 2G spectrum they are holding

    beyond 4.4 MHz.

e)   Procurement of equipments and materials.

f)    Exempting BSNL and MTNL from spectrum refarming.

g)   Exempting BSNL and MTNL from payment for Spectrum Liberalisation.

h)   Payment of pension by the government in respect of MTNL employees.

i)     Immediate issuing of Presidential Directive for 78.2% IDA fixation to BSNL employees. 

 

(2)   Highlighting the above demands, it is decided to conduct a two day nationwide ‘enmasse dharna’ on 17th and 18th December, 2012. 

 

[04.12.2012]Joint Forum is meeting today

The Joint Forum of BSNL & MTNL Unions is meeting today, to take decision on the future course of action in ITS repatriation issue.

 

[04.12.2012]Supreme Court Reimposes the ceiling of 200 SMSs per day 

The Supreme Court has set aside the order of the TDSAT, which had earlier quashed the order of the TRAI, which had imposed a ceiling of 200 SMSs per day. The TRAI first imposed a ceiling of 100 SMSs per day. Later on this limit was raised to 200. However, the TDSAT quashed that ceiling. With the order of the Supreme Court, the ceiling of 200 SMSs per day is once again coming into force.

 

[26.11.2012]Joint Forum leaders meet MoS, Communications 

Leaders of the Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions, met Dr. Kruparani Killi, Minister of State for Communications, on 24.11.2012 and presented a memorandum, demanding the immediate repatriation of the non-optee ITS officers. 

 

[26.11.2012]Personal upgradation of the officiating JTOs 

While taking all out efforts to ensure the early conducting of the JTO LDCE, CHQ is also taking efforts so that BSNLEU’s demand of personal upgradation of the officiating JTOs is settled without any further delay. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has already held discussion with the GM (Estt.) and has demanded to take appropriate action for bringing the Chandigarh Court case to an end, so that the issue of personal upgradation of officiating JTO’s can be taken up.  

 

[26.11.2012]Renewal of MoU with Canara Bank 

CHQ has already written to Corporate Office (on 05.11.2012) on the renewal of MoU with Canara Bank, for availing of loans by BSNL employees. Corporate Office has already initiated action in this regard. However, Canara bank authorities are still awaiting approval from their Corporate Office at Mumbai, for renewal of the MoU. CHQ is persuing the case.

 

[24.11.2012]Joint Forum decides to intensify the struggle.

The Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions and Associations met yesterday the 23-11-2012. The meeting congratulated all the unions and associations and their leaders, for making the March to Parliament, held on 22-11-2012, a grand success. As regards future course of action on the ITS repatriation issue, the following decisions are taken.

 

(1) The struggle is to be intensified further. For deciding the future course of action the Joint Forum will meet on 04-12-2012.

 

(2) The Joint Forum leaders will meet the ministers and secretaries, connected with the ITS repatriation issue and discuss.

 

[21.11.2012]March to Parliament on 22-11-2012 on ITS repatriation issue Conduct demonstrations throughout the country.

As per the decision of the Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL unions and associations, a massive March to Parliament is being organized on 22-11-2012, demanding immediate repatriation of the non-optee ITS officers. It has also been decided that Nation-wide demonstrations should be conducted on the same day. Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to contact the other constituents of the Forum and organize the demonstrations effectively.

 

[20.11.2012]Conciliation conducted by Dy. CLC on the demands of the strike held on 16-11-2012.

In continuation of the conciliatory proceedings held on 16-11-2012, shri S.K. Chand, Dy. CLC, conducted conciliation today between the United Forum and the BSNL Management. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, Com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, Com. V. Subburaman, GS, TEPU, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and Com. Thomas, AGS, BSNL MS Participated in the meeting. Union leaders strongly pressed for taking action against Adesh Kumar Gupta and others, as demanded in the strike notice. After hearing the views of both sides, the Dy. CLC ordered that next meeting will take place on 06-12-2012, before which BSNL Management should hold a meeting between Director (HR)/ CMD and the Unions.

 

[20.11.2012]Notification issued for holding JTO LICE and Telecom Mechanic LDCE. 

Due to our consistent efforts Corporate Office has issued notification for holding JTO LICE, for the vacancies upto 31-03-2012. Similarly, the notification for holding Telecom Mechanic LDCE is also issued. We sincerely thank the administration for taking a positive decision on these.

 

[19.11.2012]All Union meeting on Recognition Rules.

The All Union meeting, convened by BSNL Management on Recognition Rules, took place today the 19-11-2011. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS  and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, represented BSNLEU. Management gave it’s proposals for framing it’s Recognition Rules. It contains many retrograde proposals, which requires in depth discussion. It will take a least a few more months to finalize the new recognition rules, based on these proposals. Since the recognition period of BSNLEU will lapse on 13-02-2013, there will not be any recognized union for the Non-Executive employees thereafter. Such a vacuum will be detrimental to the interest of the employees. It seems that Management also wants such a situation. We cannot allow such a situation to arise. .Hence, Management has to immediately start the process for conducting the 6th Membership Verification. In view of this, BSNLEU demanded that the 6th Membership Verification should be conducted based on the existing Code of Discipline and thereafter the new recognition rules can be finalized by holding threadbare discussions. On hearing the views, Management side stated that unions can give their view points in writing within the next ten days. The following is the proposals given by the Management for new recognition rules.<<click here>>

 

[17.11.2012]Hearty thanks to the Associations of the Executives 

The one day strike, that took place on 16.11.2012 is by and large very successful throughout the country. The comrades of the Executive Associations, especially that of SNEA and AIBSNLEA have given a very good support to the struggle. CHQ heartily thanks the entire executive fraternity for this support. 

[17.11.2012]Next course of action on the murder case of com. Sukendar Pal Singh 

Despite the continuous trade union actions being launched, demanding the arrest/suspension of Adesh Kumar Gupta, BSNL/DoT have not taken any action. The top officers of BSNL and DoT are refusing to take any action on him, only because he is an ITS officer. We cannot allow things to go this way. CHQ is seriously thinking about the next course of action to be taken. Circle Secretaries and CHQ Office-bearers are requested to send their valuable suggestions in this regard immediately.

 

[17.11.2012]March to Parliament on 22.11.2012 

The Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions and Associations has decided to conduct a “March to the Parliament” on 22.11.2012, i.e. the day on which the Winter Session of the Parliament begins, demanding the immediate repatriation of the non-optee ITS officers to DoT. Circle Unions of BSNLEU, which are adjacent to Delhi, are requested to make serious efforts to ensure maximum mobilization for the rally and make it a grand success.

 

[16.11.2012]Conciliation with Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) on the issue of one day strike on 16.11.2012 

The Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation between the United Forum and the BSNL Management today the 16.11.2012, on the demand contained in the strike notice for the one day strike on 16.11.2012. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS and com. N.D. Ram, President, SEWA BSNL represented the United Forum. They strongly demanded that Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Gaziabad should be suspended/repatriated immediately, or else the struggle would be intensified. After hearing both sides, the Dy. CLC (C), adjourned the proceedings to 20.11.2012, with the direction that BSNL Management should hold bilateral talks with the United Forum before 20.11.2012. <<Copy of proceedings>> 

 

[16.11.2012]78.2% IDA fixation – BSNL sends it’s reply to DoT 

BSNL has finally sent it’s replies to the queries raised by DoT, on the issue of 78.2% IDA fixation. The file was sent to DoT yesterday, the 15.11.2012. We will persue the case with DoT further, for getting it’s approval at the earliest. 

 

[16.11.2012]Holding JTO LICE for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012 

CHQ is actively persuing the case with the Corporate Management for the holding of JTO LICE for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012. Favourable order is expected to be issued on Monday next. 

 

[16.11.2012]Shri Ajaydeep Sarang, Chhattisgarh conferred with “Gundadhar Sanman” award – CHQ congratulates. 

CHQ congratulates com. Ajaydeep Sarang, Sports Assistant, O/o GMTD, Raipur who is awarded “Gundadhar Sanman” award, with cash reward of Rs. One Lakh by the Chhattisgarh Govt. for his excellent performance in International & National Weightlifting events. The award was given by the Hon'ble President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 06.11.2012, in a function organised by the State Govt. on the occasion of State Formation Day Celebration.

 

[16.11.2012]Strike has started, demanding the arrest and suspension of Adesh Kumar Gupta and other accused. 

The one day strike, called on today, the 16.11.2012, by the United Forum, demanding the arrest/suspension of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Ghaziabad and others in the murder case of com. Sukendar Pal Singh, has started throughout the country. Very good reports are coming almost from all Circles. As per reports, Customer Service Centres are closed in many places. CHQ salutes the leaders and comrades of the United Forum.

 

[15.11.2012]Meet MPs on the ITS repatriation issue 

Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has decided that the Circle and District Secretaries should meet the Hon’ble MPs of their respective constituencies and present a copy of the memorandum already submitted to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, on the ITS repatriation issue. Our comrades should also brief the Hon’ble MPs, as to how BSNL suffers due to the continuation of the non-optee ITS officers on illegal deputation in BSNL. Since the Winter Session of the Parliament starts on 22nd November, 2012, the task of meeting the Hon’ble MPs should be completed within this week.  <<Click here for memorandum>>

 

[15.11.2012]Go ahead with the strike. Make it a historic success. 

No action is so far taken by the BSNL Management/DoT, on the murder accused, Adesh Kumar Gupta. It is crystal clear that the ITS dominated BSNL Management as well as DoT are protecting him. We cannot expect any justice from them. Hence, there is no change in the decision to go on one day strike tomorrow the 16.11.2012. Make the strike a historic success. The strike will be from 0000 hours to 0000 hours.

 

[14.11.2012]Holding JTO LICE the vacancies up to 31.03.2012

CHQ is seriously persuing this case. The file that was sent for legal opinion has been been received back. Now it will be sent for the final approval of the Director (HR). We are hopeful of a favurable decision that will come shortly.

 

[14.11.2012]Make the 16th November One day All India Strike a historic success.

Dear comrades, it is already three weeks since com.Sukendar Pal Singh, DS, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad was murdered by Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, BSNL, Ghaziabad and four others. The accused persons are not yet arrested. Adesh Kumar Gupta, who had amassed huge wealth through massive corruptions, is learned to have heavily bribed the police officers. So, the Ghaziabad police is remaining as silent spectators. Despite our massive rally and blockade of the SSP’s office at Ghaziabad on 9th November, 2012, no action has been taken by the police.

 

We have met the top DoT officers as well as CMD BSNL and demanded the immediate suspension/repatriation of Adesh Kumar Gupta. But no action is taken. May be the affinity that the top ITS officers of DoT and BSNL are having towards Adesh Kumar Gupta, ITS, has stopped them from taking any action. 

 

Only one question we want to ask the top bosses of BSNL and DoT. Had an ITS officer been murdered like this by a Non-Executive employee, would they have remained silent for so many weeks? Would they have not at least suspended the Non-Executive employee? But in the case of com.Sukendar, he is only Non-Executive employee. “So What”, is the attitude of top bosses of DoT and BSNL. This is nothing but the same ‘colonial mind-set’ that the British rulers were having. Are we going to tolerate this gross discrimination and injustice? The reply should be an emphatic NO. Hence, effectively organize the one day strike on 16th November, 2012 and give a fitting reply to the bosses of DoT and BSNL.

 

[12.11.2012]Casual & Contract workers will participate in the 16th November Strike

BSNLCCWF CHQ has called upon the Casual and Contract workers to participate in the one day strike on 16th November called by the BSNL Employees Union and the United Forum of BSNL Unions strongly protesting against the brutal murder of Com. Sukenderpal Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad and demanding immediate arrest and suspension of Adesh Kumar, GM, Ghaziabad against whom FIR has already been filed under IPC 147 and 302 for murder.  

 

BSNLEU thanks BSNLCCWF for the prompt decision. The BSNLEU leaders are requested to contact with the BSNLCCWF & United Forum leaders and jointly make the strike a great success.

 

[10.11.2012]Successful dharnas conducted throughout the country on 09-11-2012.

As per the call of the United Forum, massive dharnas were conducted throughout the country yesterday the 09-11-2012, demanding the immediate arrest of Adesh Kumar Gupta and other accused, who murdered com.Sukendar Pal Singh, payment of PLI, exemption of BSNL from the proposed one time payment of spectrum fee, for the2G spectrum that BSNL is holding beyond 4.4 MHz, and also repealing of the decision of the Cabinet to allow 49% FDI in Pension Fund & in the Insurance sector. CHQ congratulates all the Circle and District unions and also the constituents of the United Forum for successfully implementing the call. 

[10.11.2012]Gear up preperations for conducting One Day Strike successfully on 16.11.2012.

The United Forum has given call for conducting One Day strike on 16-11-2012. The strike is to condemn the brutal murder of com.Sukendar Pal Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU,Gaziabad, and  also to demand the immediate arrest of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM,BSNL, Gaziabad and other accused, for the murder. As every one knows that CHQ has taken all possible measures to ensure the arrest of the accused. But the DoT officers as well as BSNL Corporate Management are not prepared to take any action on the accused Adesh Kumar Gupta. In fact, they are supporting and shielding him. No one knows to what extent top officers are benefited from Adesh Kumar Gupta who is involved in massive corruptions in Gaziabad SSA. Under these circumstances, we are left with no other option but to successfully implement the call for One Day Strike on 16-11-2012. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to immediately swing into action to make the strike a historic success and to teach lesson to the Management which has closed it’s eyes to the brutal murder. 

 

[09.11.2012]Massive Rally and Dharna at Ghaziabad Today.

Dear comrades, it is already 19 days, since our beloved com.Sukendar Pal Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, was killed in a cold blooded murder at Ghaziabad. He was brutally attacked by Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, and his henchmen inside the chamber of the GM. Com.Sukendar died of the severe head injuries that he sustained in the attack. An FIR has been filed against Adesh Kumar Gupta and four others, under sections 147 and 302. However, even after 19 days, no accused is arrested. The criminal, Adesh Kumar Gupta is comfortably carrying out his routine day to day duties as a General Manager.

 

We have approached the DoT, CMD BSNL and even shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communications. The least that the DoT and BSNL could have done is that Adesh Kumar Gupta could have been repatriated to DoT, since he is a Non-optee ITS officer. But even that has not been done. It is crystal clear now, that the DoT and BSNL are shielding and protecting the criminal, Adesh Kumar Gupta. This cannot be allowed to go on.  

 

Similarly, the Ghaziabad police have not touched Adesh Kumar Gupta so far. Every one knows what the reason is. Adesh Kumar Gupta is spending huge amount of money, that he has amassed through massive corruptions in Ghaziabad. Hence, BSNLEU is organizing a rally as well as a dharna in front of the SP’s office at Ghaziabad today, demanding the immediate arrest of the accused, as well as to expose the nexus between the police and the criminal Adesh Kumar Gupta. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, will lead the Rally and the Dharna. All Circle and District Secretaries are requested to conduct an effective campaign among the employees and prepare them very seriously for the forthcoming one day strike on 16th November, 2012.

 

[09.11.2012]Forum Leaders meet smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA, at Rae Bareli.                                                                          

Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations of UP (East) Circle, met Smt Sonia Gandhi, Hon’ble MP and UPA Chair person at Rae Bareli, on 08.11.2012 and submitted a memorandum demanding the immediate termination of the illegitimate deputation of non-optee ITS officers in BSNL/MTNL. Forum leaders explained the whole issue to her, so that she understood the dangerous duality of ITS (their lien in DOT and deputation in BSNL) which is causing huge loss to BSNL and MTNL, to the Services, as well as the customer's satisfaction. Smt. Sonia Gandhi assured to look into the matter. She agreed that our demand is very genuine and immediately directed her PS Mr Dheeraj Srivastava to take up the matter with Hon’ble MOC.

 

[08.11.2012]Hearing in Hon’ble Delhi High Court on the ITS repatriation issue

The hearing on ITS repatriation issue came up for hearing in the Hon’ble Delhi Court yesterday the 07.11.2012. The Asst. Solicitor General requested the Hon’ble Court to grant 10 years time for completing the repatriation of the non-optee ITS officers. Hon’ble Court did not accept this and told that the repatriation should be completed by 15.12.2012, or submit concrete proposal for their repatriation. The next date of hearing is on 18.12.2012.

 

[08.11.2012]Massive Lunch Hour demonstration in BSNL Corporate Office

As per the call of the Joint Forum of BSNL & MTNL Unions and Associations, a massive demonstration was held in the BSNL Corporate Office today the 08.11.2012. A large number of Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL and MTNL participated in it. Chairman com. A.K. Bakchi and Convener com. V.A.N. Namboodiri of the Joint Forum and all the General Secretaries addressed the gathering. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, in his address, appealed that the Joint Forum should take up the issues related with the revival of BSNL and MTNL also in the agitational programme. 

 

[08.11.2012]JTO LICE – Holding the exam for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012

BSNLEU is taking serious efforts to ensure that the forthcoming JTO LICE is held for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, met the GM (Legal) on 06.11.2012 and strongly demanded to hold the exam for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012. Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, again discussed the issue with Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), and requested him to accept the demand. CHQ is now hopeful that the issue will be settled favourably.

 

[08.11.2012]Supreme Court sees nexus between Dhayanidhi Maran and Maxis, in the Aircel takeover

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India said yesterday the 07.11.2012, that the CBI investigation prima facie indicates that there is a nexus between former Telecom Minister, Dhayanidhi Maran and the Malaysian Telecom Company, Maxis, in the take over of the Aircel by the latter. The CBI has accused that Dhayanidhi Maran has forced C. Sivasankaran to sell his stake in Aircel to Maxis, a Malaysian Company.

 

[08.11.2012]BSNL Employees Union conducting Massive Rally/Dharna in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police at Ghaziabad, on 09.11.2012

BSNL Employees Union is conducting a Massive Rally at Ghaziabad on 09.11.2012, condemning the inaction of the police, in arresting the accused persons, viz., Adesh Kumar Gupta and others, who murdered com. Sukendar Pal Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad, on 22.10.2012. A massive Dharna will also take place in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police. 

A preparatory meeting for conducting these programme was held at Ghaziabad on 07.11.2012. All the District Secretaries of UP (West) Circle participated in the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary and Com. R.L. Moudgil, Asst. General Secretary, Com. R.S. Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, UP (West) and Com. R.S. Sagar, Circle Secretary, ALTTC, Ghaziabad addressed the meeting. The District Secretaries have assured to mobilize not less than 1500 workers for the rally.

 

[08.11.2012]Joint Forum call to conduct demonstrations today, on ITS repatriation issue

Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions and Associations have given call to conduct Lunch Hour demonstrations today the 08.11.2012, on the ITS repatriation issue. Circle and District Branches are requested to successfully implement it.

 

[07.11.2012]Decisions taken in the Central Secretariat meeting held, on 06-11-2012. 

1)    It is decided to hold a massive rally to the SP’s office at Ghaziabad, on 09.11.2012, demanding the immediate arrest of the accused, in the brutal murder of com.Sukendar Pal Singh. 

2)     The United Forum has already given call to conduct Nationwide dharnas, on 09-11-2012, demanding payment of PLI, exemption of BSNL from the payment of one time spectrum fee, and to repeal the decision to allow 49% FDI in Pension Fund and in the Insurance Sector. Now it is decided to include the demand for arresting the accused in the murder case of com.Sukendar Pal Singh.

3)     It is decided to demand the BSNL Management to immediately start the process for holding the 6th Membership Verification, based on the Code of Discipline. This decision is taken in view of the fact that the recognition granted to BSNLEU is expiring on 13.02.2013, after which there will not be any recognized union and thus a vacuum will be created. Even though it is already one year since BSNLEU demanded framing of BSNL’s own recognition rule, the Management has not taken any concrete step so far. Under this circumstance, even if BSNL decides to frame it’s own recognition rule now, it will take at least a few more months for the same to be put in place. 

4)    It is also decided to hold an Extended Central Executive Committee meeting in the last week of December or in the first week of January, for planning the campaign for the 6th Verification.

[06.11.2012]BSNLEU condemns the mischief 

“Pls give some more amount to EU to stop asking for LICE” 

The above entry is made on the blogspot of Shri Kabeerdas (kabeerdasjtoblogspot.in). BSNLEU severely condemns this. On 05.08.2012 the officiating JTOs gave a donation of Rs.55,000/- to the GS, BSNLEU, in the Branch Secretaries convention of BSNLEU, held at Vijayawada, towards BSNLEU building fund. This news was placed on BSNLEU website on 06.08.2012. The donation is accepted, since the donors are members of BSNLEU. However, had the donation been given with the hidden agenda to make BSNLEU to stop the JTO LICE, then we will return the donation. Members of BSNLEU have donated Rs.2 crore for building fund. As such, BSNLEU does not require donations from any one with hidden agenda. BSNLEU will take all out efforts to ensure the immediate holding of the JTO LICE. At the same time it will also leave no stone unturned to ensure the personal upgradation of the officiating JTOs. There will not be any compromise in this.

 

[05.11.2012]All India Conference of SNATTA

The All India Conference of SNATTA was held at Jaipur on 3rd and 4th November, 2012. A seminar was held on the second day of the Conference. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed the seminar and explained the efforts taken by BSNLEU to settle the various issues of the TTAs. He also severely criticised the anti-BSNL and pro-private policies of the government and called upon the SNATTA to become part of the united struggle, that is going on to salvage BSNL. The leaders of SNATTA also responded positively and assured that they would fight together with other organizations, to safeguard BSNL. 

CHQ congratulates the newly elected office-bearers of SNATTA.

[03.11.2012]Text of Telegram to be sent on 05.11.2012, by Circle and District Secretaries,

 

TO

 

(1)     SHRI AKHILESH YADAV

HON'BLE CHIEF MINISTER OF UTTAR PRADESH

LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI BHAWAN,

LUCKNOW – 226 001

UTTAR PRADESH

 

(2)     SHRI KAPIL SIBAL

HON’BLE MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS,

         107, 1ST FLOOR, SANCHAR BHAWAN

         RAFI MARG, NEW DELHI – 110 001

 

"Immediately arrest and suspend Adesh Kumar Gupta, General Manager, BSNL, Ghaziabad and others for murdering Sukendar Pal Singh, District Secretary, BSNL Employees Union on 22.10.2012."

 

[03.11.2012]Economic growth and Widening Divide

The latest World Bank Report on Global Hunger, 2012 confirms the fact that the hiatus between the rich and the poor continues to sharply widen. 

 

In terms of relative hunger measurements, India ranks at number 65 in a total of 79 countries assessed by the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2012. Neighbouring Pakistan and Nepal are ranked higher. What is worse is the World Bank’s observation, “According to latest data on child under-nutrition, from 2005-10, India ranked second to last on child underweight out of 129 countries. Only Timor-Leste (try to locate this country on the map) had a higher rate of underweight children.” India’s GHI 2012 is 22.9, higher than the GHI 1996 of 22.6. This is the result of the two decades of the highly ‘celebrated’ reform process. 

 

Lamenting India’s track record as being “disappointing”, the World Bank Report says, “India has lagged behind in improving its GHI score despite strong economic growth. After a small increase between 1996 and 2001, India’s GHI score fell only slightly, and the latest GHI returned to about the 1996 level. This stagnation in GHI scores occurred during a period when India’s gross national income (GNI) per capita almost doubled, rising from about 1,460 to 2,850 constant 2005 international dollars between 1995-97 and 2008-10.” The Report further says, “After 1996, however, the disparity between economic development and progress in the fight against hunger widened and India moved further away from the predicted line (of declining hunger).” 

[Courtesy: The Working Class dated November, 2012]

 

[02.11.2012]Memorandum on the issues of Casual and Contract Workers, submitted to the CMD BSNL.

As per the decision of the 6th All India Conference, a memorandum, addressed to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, on the issues of casual and contract workers, was submitted to Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL, today the 02.11.2012, by com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. General Secretary. Serious discussion took place on the contents of the memorandum, such as non-implementation of the Corporate Office order on payment of wages to contract workers, as per the notification of the Labour Ministry, non-implementation of the social security measures, such as EPF and ESI to the casual and contract workers etc. CMD BSNL assured that Management would take sincere efforts to settle these issues. As regards the regularization of left-out casual labourers, the Union representatives pressed hard that this issue should be settled without further delay.

 

[02.11.2012]78.2% IDA fixation.

This issue was discussed with the CMD, BSNL, in today’s meeting. BSNLEU leaders expressed their total unhappiness over the undue delay in sending reply by BSNL, to the queries raised by the DoT, on the agreement on 78.2% IDA fixation. CMD BSNL assured that he would intervene and ensure that the reply is sent without further delay.

 

[02.11.2012]Holding the JTO LICE for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS met the GM (Estt.) today the 02.11.2012, and demanded that the JTO LICE should be notified immediately. The GM (Estt.) informed that the Corporate Office is already on the job. Further, the GS and Dy.GS insisted that the demand of BSNLEU, that the JTO LICE should be held for the vacancies up to 31.03.2012, should be implemented. The GM (Estt.) replied that the issue is already sent for legal opinion, and that action will be taken based on the legal opinion. BSNLEU will further persue the case and will ensure that the forthcoming JTO LICE is conducted for the vacancies upto 31.03.2012.

 

[01.11.2012]Send Demands Day Telegrams

Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure the sending of Demand Day Telegrams, as per the details of the CHQ Website updating dated 28.10.2012.

 

[01.11.2012]Demands Day observed in Delhi

As per the call of the All India Conference, ‘Demands Day’ is being observed throughout the country today. In New Delhi, the ‘Demands Day’ demonstration and meeting took place in the Eastern Court. The gathering was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. General Secretary and com. R.S. Chauhan, Organising Secretary.

 

[31.10.2012]Collect Rs.100/- per member as CHQ donation, as per the decision of the All India Conference

The 6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union, held at Ludhiana, has decided that an amount of Rs.100/- per member should be collected from each of our members, to tide over the financial strain that CHQ is undergoing. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure the collection of this donation and promptly remit the same to the CHQ.

[31.10.2012]Status of the ITS repatriation case in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court

The ITS repatriation case came up for hearing in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court today the 31.10.2012. Senior Council Shri Patwalia, who appeared on behalf of the BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, submitted to the judges that the unabsorbed ITS officers should be repatriated to DoT, immediately, since their continuation in BSNL on deputation is illegal and that there are sufficient staff and officers to run BSNL. However, the Assistant Solicitor General did not turn up and on his behalf the court was requested to adjourn the hearing. Thereafter, the Hon’ble judges adjourned the hearing to 07.11.2012, and directed that the reply affidavit should be filed.

 

[30.10.2012]Leaders of Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions meet Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble MoC, on ITS issue

Leaders of the Joint Forum of BSNL and MTNL Unions, met Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communications, today the 30.10.2012, on the ITS issue. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, Com. P. Abhimanyu, BSNLEU, Com. C. Singh, NFTE, Com. G.L. Jogi & Com. K. Sebastin (SNEA), Com. Prahlad Rai (AIBSNLEA), Com. Suresh Kumar (BSNL MS), Com. N.D. Ram (SEWA BSNL), Com. Amit Roy (AIGETOA), Com. Zile Singh (NTSU) and Com. M.K. Bagchi, Com. Kaushik, Com. Mange Ram (MTNL). The Leaders told Shri Kapil Sibal, that either the ITS Officers should get absorbed in BSNL & MTNL or they should be repatriated. They should not be allowed to continue on deputation in BSNL & MTNL. The leaders also requested the Hon’ble Minister to ensure the immediate refund of money, on account of refund of BWA spectrum by BSNL and also the immediate payment of Rs.1500/- crore compensation to BSNL, as recommended by TRAI. The Hon’ble Minister patiently heard the leaders and assured that the needful would be done.

 

[29.10.2012]Press Conference held at New Delhi, on the issue of murder of com. Sukendar Pal Singh

Press Conference was held at New Delhi today the 29.10.2012, in the Press Club of India, on the issue of murder of com. Sukendar Pal Singh, DS, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and Com. N.D. Ram, President, SEWA BSNL addressed the media persons.

 

They explained all facts related to the murder and severely condemned the heinous crime. The condemned the Ghaziabad Police, who is protecting Adesh Kumar Gupta and other culprits. They also demanded the immediate arrest and suspension of Adesh Kumar Gupta and other culprits.  

 

Com. R.S. Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, UP (West), BSNLEU comrades from Ghaziabad and family members of late Com. Sukendar Pal Singh also participated in the press conference.<<view photos>>

 

[28.10.2012]Implement the agitational programme of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations in the most successful manner.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has given call to conduct the following agitational programme on the very important issue of immediate repatriation of the non-absorbed ITS officers, as per the directive of the Hon’ble High Court, Delhi. This is a period of so many agitations. Already calls are given by the United Forum as well as the BSNLEU to conduct some other agitational programme, on certain other vital issues. CHQ is aware of the difficulties of our comrades at the Circle and District levels in implementing so many agitations at a stretch. However, it is also very important to implement the decisions of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations. Hence, CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Unions to powerfully conduct the following programme on ITS repatriation issue.  

                    

                          (1)   Day long hunger strike from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at SSA/Circle

                               /Corporate Office levels for one week from 29.10.2012. 

                           

                          (2)   March to Raj Bhawan/Collectorate on 30.10.2012. (As far as the March

                                to Parliament is concerned, the Forum has decided to hold it on 22.11.2012,

                                when the Winter Session of the Parliament begins.)

 

[28.10.2012]Observe ‘Demands Day’ on 01.11.2012, on the issues of the Casual Contract Workers.

The 6th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Ludhiana, has called upon the BSNLEU to observe a ‘Demands Day’ on 01.11.2012, to highlight the grievances of the Casual and Contract Workers and to urge upon the government and BSNL to settle their legitimate demands. According to the call of the AIC, demonstrations and gate meetings are to be conducted Telegrams are also to be sent as per the details of the enclosure. Telegrams are to be sent by the Circle and District Secretaries. CHQ wishes to remind all, that basically this is the programme to be conducted by BSNLEU, mobilizing the regular employees. Casual and Contract Workers should also be involved in the programme.<<click here>>

 

[28.10.2012]Press Conference at New Delhi, to high light the ghastly murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh

The United Forum is holding a press conference, in the Press Club of India, at New Delhi on 29.10.2012, to highlight the ghastly murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. Elaborate arrangements are made for the successful conduct of the conference. Media persons of all the prominent news papers and TV channels are invited. The decision of the United Forum to go on one day strike will also be highlighted in the press conference.

 

[26.10.2012]CHQ Leaders meet CMD BSNL on the murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, met Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL today the 26.10.2012 and demanded immediate suspension of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Gaziabad, for the murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. In addition to this, the leaders also demanded the immediate repatriation of Adesh Kumar Gupta to DoT, since he is an unabsorbed ITS officer. The CMD assured to look into the matter.

 

[26.10.2012]BSNLEU flag flies high in Ghaziabad

Many thought that BSNLEU will vanish in Ghaziabad after the death of our beloved leader Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. But the District Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU met at Ghaziabad on 25.10.2012, and has elected Com. Upendar Singh Teotia as the new District Secretary. CHQ congratulates com. Upendar Singh, for taking over the charge of District Secretary in a time of crisis. The entire members of BSNLEU at Ghaziabad are on indefinite strike and dharna, demanding the immediate arrest of Adesh Kumar Gupta and four other culprits. CHQ salutes the courageous comrades of Ghaziabad. 

 

[26.10.2012]Post mortem report of com. Sukendar Pal Singh is received

CHQ has received a copy of the post mortem report of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. As per the report, Com. Sukendar has sustained serious head injuries. His skull is broken. There are also swellings and bruises on many parts of his body. Central Secretariat of BSNL Employees Union is meeting tomorrow the 27.10.2012, to decide on further programme of action, demanding immediate arrest of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Ghaziabad and other culprits.

 

 

[25.10.2012]BSNL Employees Union on strike today in UP (West) Circle

The members of BSNL Employees Union are on a one day strike today, the 25.10.2012, in UP (West) Circle, demanding immediate arrest of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, BSNL and others, for the murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad. CHQ congratulates the UP (West) Circle Union and all our members of that circle.

[25.10.2012]EGoM decides to exempt BSNL and MTNL from payment of one time 2G spectrum fee

It may be recollected that earlier the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has decided that all the existing telecom operators should pay a one time spectrum fee for the 2G spectrum that they hold beyond the 4.4 MHz limit. Accordingly BSNL had to pay a minimum amount of Rs.6250 crore. A strong demand was raised that BSNL and MTNL should be exempted from the proposed payment. General Secretary, BSNLEU, wrote a detailed letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble MoC etc., demanding to exempt BSNL from the payment, since it’s financial condition is very weak. Now it, is reported that the EGoM has decided to exempt BSNL and MTNL from making the payment.

 

[22.10.2012]With profound grief I inform that our Gaziabad District Secretary, Com. Sukendra Pal Singh has expired today. It is alleged that he was attacked by the General Manager, BSNL, and his goondas, in the GM Office, due to which the death has taken place. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. BSNLEU also severely condemns this brutal act, and calls upon our branches to conduct powerful protest demonstrations tomorrow the 23.10.2012, demanding proper investigation and arrest of the culprits.

 

[22.10.2012]Forum Meeting at Belgaum 

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions / Associations was organised at Belgaum, Karnataka on 20th October. Belgaum is one of the largest SSAs in Karnataka with very good co-ordinating functioning of the unions. More than 400 comrades belonging to all the unions participated, though arranged at short notice. Com. Hanjanamani Presided. Com. C.K.Gundanna, Circle secretary, BSNLEU, welcomed all and spoke on the immediate issue of ITS officers repatriation issue and the agitation on getting the same implemented.

 

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, National Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations spoke in length about the demands of the present agitation on the ITS repatriation issue and called upon the workers to implement the agitational programmes most effectively. He also spoke about the issue of the casual/contract workers, on the demand for Bonus, the financial viability of BSNL, the ‘Customer Delight Year’ programme, the neo-liberal policies of the government etc. He called upon the leaders and workers of all unions to jointly make the strike of 20-21 February 2013 being organised by the Central TUs a big success in BSNL also. 

 

The meeting was attended by Coms. B.C.Balakrishna, Org. secretary BSNLEU CHQ, Panduranga Naik, AGS, SNEA, Birse, DS, BSNLEU, Thadpathy, DS,  SNEA, Hittalamani, DS, AIBSNLEA, Sambedkar, DS NFTE, Vijay Gaonkar, DS, Goa, Keshav, Circle treasurer, BSNLEU and other leaders.

 

[20.10.2012]Meeting of Forum at Goa 

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations of Goa was held at the Conference Hall, Panjim GMT(O) on 19th October 2012 to mobilise the workers for the agitational programmes being organised on the demands of the workers. A large number of workers including lady comrades attended. Com.M.S.Kaushal, Convener of the Forum, welcomed all. Coms. Vijay Balgaonkar, Secretary BSNLEU, A.S.Aga, Secretary SNEA, Garge, AIBSNLEA, Sanjay Sabnees, SNATTA, Lourde Fernadez, BTEU, Atul Watvay and other leaders were present in the dais. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, National Convener of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations who had reached Goa on his way to attend the Circle Conference of BSNLCCWF at Belgaum, was garlanded and welcomed by the various unions/associations. 

In his speech, Com.Namboodiri thanked the workers for the reception and explained in detail about the on-going agitation on the issue of ITS repatriation, the financial viability of BSNL, the anti-worker policies of the government and the necessity for united struggle to save BSNL etc. He also briefed the house about the various demands. He called upon the employees to participate in the agitational programmes planned by the Central trade Unions including the two days strike on 20-21 February 2013 against price rise, denial of trade unions rights, disinvestment and demanding settlement of the immediate demands of the workers. BSNL Workers in Goa are well organised and they are determined to make all the programmes of the Forum a big success.

[18.10.2012]Parliament March Programme postponed from 26th October to 30th October, 2012 due to Eid Festival

A meeting of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations was held today the 18.10.2012. Com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS attended. The following decisions were taken:

 

(1)   The Parliament March programme fixed for 26th October has been postponed to

      30th October, 2012 in view of Eid festival. 

 

(2)    A memorandum will be prepared for submission to Hon’ble Prime Minister at Delhi

      and to Collector/Governor at SSA/Circle levels. 

 

(3)    The Forum will approach MTNL organizations for joint struggle.

 

[16.10.2012]Meeting of all unions conducted by BSNL Management

The all unions meeting, called on by the Management, took place today the 16.10.2012. The meeting was presided over by Shri N.K. Narang, PGM (SR), BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, represented BSNLEU. Both the representatives of BSNLEU, presented the views of the union, as already submitted in writing on 10.10.2012. Likewise other unions also spelt out their views. The views are varied and mixed. After hearing the views, management assured to call another meeting on the subject soon.

[16.10.2012]Successfully implement the calls of the United Forum, as well as the calls of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations

Considering the urgency of certain issues, like PLI, payment of spectrum fee and allowing 49% FDI in Pension Fund and insurance sector, the United Forum has given call to conduct demonstrations on 17.10.2012 and dharna on 09.11.2012. At the same time, our circles, districts and branches should successfully implement the calls of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations, as has already been announced. There should not be any lacking in that.

 

[16.10.2012]Successful dharnas conducted throughout the country as per the call of the Forum

As per the call of the Forum, successful dharnas were conducted throughout the country yesterday the 15.10.2012, demanding repatriation of the unopted ITS officers. A huge dharna programme was conducted at the BSNL Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. R.L. Moudgil participated in the programme on behalf of the CHQ. <<click here>>

[13.10.2012]Attention of all Circle, District and Branch Secretaries.United Forum gives call for agitational programme

 The United Forum has called upon the BSNL employees to conduct the following agitational programme.

 

Ø       Wear demands badges and conduct demonstrations on 17.10.2012.

 

Ø       Conduct dharna on 09.11.2012.

 

Demands

 

i)       Immediately make payment of minimum PLI, (Productivity Linked Incentive) as per the existing formula before Pooja. Evolve a new PLI formula, as per the decision taken in the 27th National Council meeting.

ii)     Exempt BSNL from the payment of one time spectrum fee, as decided by the Empowered Group of Ministers, for the 2G spectrum being held by BSNL, over and above 4.4 MHz.

iii)    Rescind the Cabinet decisions to introduce 26% FDI in Pension Fund and to increase the quantum of FDI from 26% to 49% in the insurance sector.

 

Circle and District Secretaries are requested to coordinate with other constituents of the United Forum and conduct the programme massively.

 

[12.10.2012]Send savingrams on the ITS repatriation issue.

As per the decision of the Forum, savingrams are to be sent to the Prime Minister, Minister of Communications, Cabinet Secretary, Secretary, DoT, and the CMD BSNL, demanding repatriation of the un-opted ITS officers. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure that these savingrams are sent before 13-10-2012 .The following is the addresses to which savingrams are to be sent, as well as the text of the message to be sent.<click here>>

 

[12.10.2012]Observe 1st November,2012 as the Demand Day of Casual and Contract Workers.

The 6th All India Conference of BSNLEU, discussed at length, the plight of the casual and contract workers in BSNL. In most of the places they are being ruthlessly exploited. No law of the country, in respect of minimum wages, working hours, social security, etc., are being implemented. The left out casual labourers are being denied their rightful regularization. The 6th AIC has decided to take up the issues of the casual and contract workers more seriously and also to conduct agitational programme. Thus, the AIC has decided to observe 1st November,2012, as the Demand Day of casual and contract workers. This is the decision of the AIC of BSNLEU. As such all the circle, district and branch units of BSNLEU are requested to observe this programme in a very serious manner. Where ever BSNL Casual and Contact Workers Federation is functioning, the programme is to be observed together with them. 

 

[12.10.2012]Central Secretariat of BSNLEU is meeting tomorrow the 13-10-2012.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is taking place tomorrow, the 13-10-2012. The meeting is expected to take decisions regarding the implementation of the various decisions of the 6th All India Conference, recently held at Ludhiana. 

 

[12.10.2012]Felicitation Meeting, for the volunteers of the Ludhiana All India Conference.                                 

The 6th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held in Ludhiana, will ever remain green in the memories of all those who attended it. The Conference was highly successful. All the programme of the AIC were planned meticulously and were carried out very effectively. Even though around 4000 delegates and observers came to attend the conference, the situation was very ably managed by the Reception Committee. In this, the role of the volunteers of the AIC, was extremely good. They worked like bees and were always with smiling faces. Thus, the Reception Committee of the 6th AIC is rightly holding a meeting to felicitate these volunteers. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS, are taking part in the meeting and will felicitate the volunteers.

 

[11.10.2012]Massive Demonstrations held today, the 11.10.2012

As per the call of the Forum, a very impressive Lunch Hour Demonstration, as well as a massive meeting, took place today at the Corporate Office, New Delhi, demanding immediate repatriation of the non-opted ITS officers. It was addressed by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Rajmouli, Secretary, NFTE, Com. Madhu Trivedi, AGS, FNTO and many others. All the speakers criticized the BSNL Management and the Govt. for the non settlement of the issue and vowed to intensify the struggle.<<click here>>

 

 

 

[10.10.2012]Shome Committee gives escape route to Vodafone 

It is known to all that, Vodafone, the Multi National Giant, cheated govt. of India of income tax to the tune of Rs.7,900 crore, when it acquired the Hutchison Essar company in 2007. Govt. of India has demanded that Vodafone should pay Rs.11,218 crore. (Rs.7,900 crore tax and the remaining is interest) However, Vodafone refused to pay this amount. The tussle in this regard is going on between govt. of India and Vodafone for the past five years. When Shri Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister, an amendment was made to the Income Tax Act 1961, with retrospective effect, to recover the tax amount from Vodafone. But, thereafter, the government changed it’s stand and appointed the Parthasarathi Shome Committee to go into the matter. The report of the Committee is made public yesterday the 09.10.2012. The Committee has said in it’s report that any taxation involving indirect transfer of assets located in India should be prospective and not retrospective. ‘Thus, the Shome Committee has given a clear escape route’ to Vodafone. If the report of this Committee is implemented, than Vodafone need not pay Rs.11,218 crore to govt. of India. In fact the Parthasarathi Shome Committee was appointed by the Govt. to bail out Vodafone. The Committee has done it’s job. This is another glaring example how the government bails out the private telecom companies.

 

[10.10.2012]Approval of 78.2% IDA fixation 

Based on the queries raised by the DoT, on the issue of 78.2% IDA fixation, Corporate Office is in the process of giving reply those queries. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met the Director (Finance) as well as the GM (Estt.) yesterday the 09.10.2012 and requested them to expeditiously complete this process. CHQ hopes that the reply would be sent soon.

 

[10.10.2012]Building fund received 

Com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ), BSNLEU has donated Rs.25,000/- towards Building Fund. CHQ heartily thank him. At the time of 6th AIC held at Ludhiana, and prior to that many Circle and District Unions, as well as many comrades handed over donations towards Building Fund. CHQ heartily thank them all. The following are the details.<<click here>>

 

[09.10.2012]BSNL to pay Rs.6250 crore as 2G spectrum fee 

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, has decided that the telecom companies should pay a one time fee for the 2G spectrum they hold beyond 4.4 MHz. According to this, BSNL may have to pay a one time spectrum fee of Rs.6,250 crore. MTNL may have to pay Rs.4,640 crore. All the telecom companies put together, may have to pay Rs.27,000 crore. BSNLEU strongly demands that BSNL and MTNL, being the government owned companies, should be exempted from paying this license fee. Because of the various anti BSNL/MTNL as well as the pro-private decisions of the government, both BSNL and MTNL are in the verge of collapsing. If BSNL and MTNL are forced to pay this spectrum fee, then it will be detrimental for both these public sector companies.

 

[09.10.2012]Forum serves notice for agitation to the CMD BSNL on ITS repatriation issue 

A notice for agitation, signed by the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations affiliated to the Forum, was served today the 09.10.2012, on the CMD BSNL, demanding repatriation of the unabsorbed ITS officers. The details of this agitational programme are already uploaded on CHQ website on 05.10.2012.

 

 

[05.10.2012]Forum gives call for agitations, demanding immediate repatriation of non-opted ITS officers

The forum of BSNL unions and Associations, which met at New Delhi on 04.10.2012, has decided to launch the following struggles, demanding immediate repatriation of non-opted ITS officers from BSNL, or taking back of all the BSNL employees to govt. service and allow them to work in BSNL on deputation. 

 

11th October, 2012                    -    Lunch Hour Demonstrations at SSA , Circle and

                                                       Corporate Office Levels. 

 

11th to 13th October, 2012        - Sending savingram to Prime Minister, Cabinet

                                                     Secretary, Minister of Communications, Secretary

                                                     DoT and CMD BSNL. 

 

15th  October,2012                     - Dharna at SSA, Circle and Corporate Office Levels. 

 

26th October,2012                      - March to Parliament, Raj Bhavan and District

                                                     Collectorate. 

 

From 29th October, 2012            - One week relay hunger strike & Indefinite

                                                      Non-Cooperation.

 

If issue is not settled, Forum will give call for Indefinite Strike.

 

[04.10.2012]IDA increase from 01-10-2012

Queries are being asked as to how much IDA has become due from 1st October, 2012. According to unofficial information, it is 5.8%. Order of the DPE is awaited in this regard. 

 

[04.10.2012]Telecom Mechanic Recruitment Rules and the number of vacant posts.

Corporate Office has released amended Recruitment Rules of the Telecom Mechanic cadre on 19-09-2012, wherein it is mentioned that the number of available posts are 78,000. Queries are being asked, as to how many of these posts are vacant. This information is not readily available with the Corporate Office and it has to be collected from the SSAs. This information may be made available by December, 2012.

 

[03.10.2012]DoT to seek Finance Ministry’s approval for refund of BWA spectrum money to BSNL. 

The Secretary, DoT, shri R.Chandrashekar has told the media that DoT, would seek the approval of the Finance Ministry, for refunding the BWA spectrum money of Rs.6724.51 crore to BSNL. It may be remembered that BSNL was forced to pay Rs.8313.80 crore to the government, as BWA spectrum charges. However, BSNL could use this spectrum only in a few circles. The JAC pressed upon the BSNL management to return the remaining BWA spectrum. The JAC also went on strikes, demanding refund of this spectrum amount. We will continue to press upon the government for early refund of this money to BSNL.

 

[03.10.2012]India is a deeply divided country.

Recently, Prime Minister Manmohan singh made a televised speech, after his government took decision to allow 51% FDI in multi brand retail trade. He strongly advocated that foreign investment is very necessary for the economic growth of the country, which in turn will help to eradicate poverty from the country. It is already 21years since the Neo Liberal economic policies are implemented in this country. Manmohan Singh, as the then Finance Minister of the country, introduced these policies in the year 1991. Whether poverty has reduced due to the implementation of these policies? The answer is a very big NO. In fact, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. This is not what we say, but what the Times of India has reported yesterday. Let us read what it has reported.<<click here>>

 

[03.10.2012]Com. Y.Narayana, 6th AIC delegate from Bidar, Karnataka, passed away

Com.Y.Narayana, delegate from Bidar, Karnataka, to the 6th AIC, held at Ludhiana, expired due to massive heart attack at Agra, on his way back from the AIC. Post mortem of his body was done at Agra Govt. hospital. Com.R.S.Fauzdar, circle secretary, UP(West) and other comrades did the needful for this. Thereafter, the body was taken to the AIIMS, where it was embalmed. After that the body, as well as the Bidar comrades who were accompanying the body of the late comrade, were flown to Hyderabad on the evening of 1st October, 2012. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, did the needful in this regard on behalf of the CHQ. Com.Gundanna,CS, Karnataka, took necessary steps for taking the body from Hyderabad to Bidar by road. The cremation of the late com.Y.Narayana, took place yesterday the 02-10-2012.  

 

CHQ pays it’s respectful homage to com.Y.Narayana and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the family members of com.Y.Narayana, as well as to the comrades of Karnataka circle.

 

 

[01.10.2012]

On 12th anniversary of formation of BSNL 

Today is the 12th anniversary of the formation of BSNL. BSNL still stands tall, thanks to the united struggles that have taken place to defeat the anti-BSNL policies of the government. BSNLEU conveys it’s hearty greetings to all on this occasion. While fighting against the wrong policies of the government, it is also the duty of each and every employee to improve his/her performance, so that the quality of BSNL’s services will improve, which in turn will help BSNL to become a profit making company soon. Let us all take pledge today, to achieve this goal.

 

 

[01.10.2012]ITS repatriation case 

BSNL Management has sought extension of time, for indefinite period, for the repatriation of the unabsorbed ITS Officers. This petition came up for hearing in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court today, the 1st October, 2012. The Hon’ble Court did not grant extension of time, as sought by BSNL. The next hearing will take place on 31.10.2012. The impleading petition filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, will also be heard on that day.

 

[26.09.2012]6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union – open session  

The open session of the 6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union took place at 17.30 hrs. yesterday the 25.09.2012. It was presided over by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU. Com. R.L. Moudgil, AGS and Chairman of the Reception Committee welcomed the leaders who had come to participate in the open session. Com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU, inaugurated the open session. In his speech Com. Tapan Sen, severely criticised the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the UPA government and the need for the entire working class to unite and fight back against those wrong policies of the Government. He also called upon the BSNL Employees and their Unions & Associations to take steps to improve the quality of BSNLs services to improve the viability of the company.  The other leaders whose spoke in the open session were Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Raghunath Singh, GS, CITU, Punjab, Com. Jayprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. R.K. Kohli, SG, NFTBE and Com. Rasheed Khan, AGS, TEPU, addressed the session. Com. Balbir Singh, General Secretary, Reception Committee proposed the vote of thanks.<<photos>>

 

[25.09.2012]6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union – Procession

 A grand procession of the 6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union took place on the afternoon of today the 25.09.2012. The procession started at 15.30 hrs. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, Com. P. Asokababu, Dy. General Secretary, Com. R.L. Moudgil, Assistant General Secretary and Chairman Reception Committee and Com. Balbir Singh, General Secretary, Reception Committee led the procession. Delegates from various Circles participated in the procession with their banners. <<photos>>

 

[25.09.2012]6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union started at Ludhiana

The 6th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union took off successfully at Ludhiana, today the 25.09.2012. At 10.30 hrs the flag hoisting ceremony took place. The National Flag was hoisted by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and the Union Flag was hoisted by Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary. All the leaders, delegates and observers paid floral tributes at the Martyrs column. The inaugural ceremony started at 11.00 hrs. More than 4000 delegates and observers participated in the ceremony. The sprawling conference hall which is having a capacity of 2500, was overflowing and the remaining comrades were seated in the adjoining shamiana. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU presided over the inaugural ceremony. Com. H.S. Sidhu, Chairman, Reception Committee welcomed everybody. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, National President, CITU, inaugurated the conference with his educative speech. Thereafter, Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE, Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. P. Asokababu, Dy. General Secretary, BSNLEU addressed. Com. Balbir Singh, General Secretary, Reception Committee, proposed vote of thanks. <<photos>>

 

[22.09.2012]Reliance Communications raises tariff by 25%

Gone are the days of low phone tariffs. Yesterday, the 21-09-2012, Reliance Communications increased it’s tariffs, both for prepaid as well as for postpaid, by 25%. Undoubtedly, this is a hefty increase. There is no doubt that other private operators will also follow suit soon. In fact, the increasing of tariff by Reliance Communications, can be a concerted plan of action by the private operators, to raise the tariff.

 

[21.09.2012]India ranks with Angola, Congo and Camaroon, on nutrition 

Nearly half of Indian children are under weight and stunted and more than 70% of women and children have serious nutritional deficiencies including anemia. Even Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal rank higher than India, as per the report submitted by the “Save the Children” organization. The study says that India’s economic growth has not translated into better nutrition for it’s children, say the report.

[Source: The Times of India dated 21.09.2012]

[20.09.2012]Forum leaders met Secretary, DoT, on ITS issue 

The representatives of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri R. Chandrashekar, Secretary, DoT, today the 20.09.2012 and discussed the ITS issue. The Forum representatives argued that the non-settlement of the ITS issue is adversely affecting the growth and development of BSNL. They demanded that the uncertainty should come to an end, the Company should have it’s own management and for this purpose the judgement of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court should be implemented. 

On hearing the views of the Forum representatives, the Secretary, DoT told that the views of the Forum leaders are very valid and that the same would be duly taken into account while sending a proposal to the cabinet. 

The Forum leaders requested the Secretary, DoT to give early approval for the BSNL’s proposal for 78.2% IDA fixation. The Secretary, DoT told that it is being looked into. 

Further, when the leaders enquired about the status of the TRAI’s recommendation to provide financial assistance to BSNL, the Secretary, DoT told that the same is being processed. 

The Forum leaders also requested the Secretary, DoT that BSNL should not be made to shell out extra money for it’s Spectrum Liberalisation. For this the Secretary, DoT said that the issue would be considered, keeping the interest of BSNL in mind. 

Apart from Secretary, DoT, the Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary (Telecom), Joint Secretary (Admn.), Member (Services) etc. were present in the meeting. Leaders of all major constituents of Forum were present in todays meeting. BSNLEU was represented by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. P. Asokababu, Dy.GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS.

[19.09.2012]Hold demonstrations on 20.09.2012 - Give a befitting reply to the atrocious decisions of the UPA government

 

The UPA government wants to serve the US and the Multi National companies, rather than serving the common people of our country. That is why ruthlessly it has taken decisions to allow FDI in multi brand retail, hike the price of diesel, cut down the supply of subsidised cylinders etc. The whole country will hit back at these policies, on 20th September, 2012. The CHQ of BSNLEU has called upon to hold powerful country wide protest demonstrations on 20th September, 2012.Hold the programme successfully.

 

[19.09.2012]Indore comrades create a record 

The Accounts & Commercial Branch of Indore, in Madhya Pradesh Circle, has created record. This the biggest Branch Union in M.P. Circle, with 140 members. This Branch consists of a good number of lady comrades. In the Branch Conference held on 07.09.2012, a new team of office-bearers are elected. The beauty of the election is that, all the office-bearers are lady comrades. More important aspect of this election is that, the male comrades of that branch took the initiative to hold such an election. The requirement of our movement is that more and more lady comrades should be encouraged to actively participate in the union activities. The election held in the Accounts and Commercial Branch of Indore, will definitely send a positive message in this direction to the entire country. CHQ congratulates the new team of office-bearers and appreciates the good work done by our Indore comrades, especially, the District Secretary, Com. Prakash Sharma.

 

[18.09.2012]Conduct Lunch Hour Demonstration today, the 18.09.2012, as per the call of the Forum

CHQ calls upon to successfully conduct lunch hour demonstrations today the 18.09.2012, as per the call of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations, to high light our demand on the ITS repatriation issue. Send reports and photos to CHQ. 

 

[18.09.2012]GS met Director HR on Child Care Leave, Superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees and New Recognition Rules 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) yesterday the 17.09.2012 and demanded immediate implementation of the Child Care Leave, formation of the committee to finalise the superannuation benefits of BSNL recruited employees and framing of BSNL’s Recognition Rules. Director (HR) assured that action will be taken on these issues without further delay. He also assured that all union meeting will be called soon on the issue of BSNL’s Recognition Rules.

 

[17.09.2012]Conduct nation wide protest demonstrations on 20.09.2012 

The UPA government has ruthlessly hiked the price of Diesel by Rs.5/- per litre and has limited the supply of subsidised LPG cylinder to 6 per family, per year. Further, the UPA government has also decided to allow FDI in multi brand retail trade as well as in civil aviation. It has also decided to sell the shares of many PSUs. All these actions are to please the Corporate Houses and the Multi National Companies. These decisions will bring only miseries to the working masses of this country. Hence, CHQ calls upon the Circle, District and Branches to conduct protest lunch hour demonstrations on 20.09.2012. Conduct the programme effectively and send reports and photos to the CHQ.

 

[15.09.2012]How is that so many politicians benefited in the allotment of coal blocks – asks Supreme Court 

The Supreme Court asked the Government, how is that so many politicians, their relatives or supporters were benefited in the allotment of 194 coal blocks. On 14th September, 2012, the Supreme Court asked this question to the Solicitor General of Govt. of India. The Supreme court is currently hearing a PIL filed by advocate M.L. Sharma, seeking cancellation of all the 194 coal blocks that have been allotted. It has directed the Government to explain within eight weeks, the policy guideline and the process that are adopted in the allocation of coal blocks.

 

[14.09.2012]We condemn the hike in price of Diesel and capping the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per year 

The UPA government has unscrupulously hiked the price of Diesel by `5/- per litre and also has restricted the number of LPG cylinders, to be supplied to a family at subsidised price, to six per year. The steep increase in the price of Diesel will increase the cost of transport and thereby increase the prices of all commodities. Similarly, the decision to restrict the number of subsidized LPG cylinders to six per year, per family, is going to severely affect the house holds. The common people are already reeling under severe inflation and the above measures of the UPA government is going to worsen the situation. We severely condemn these actions of the UPA government and demand to roll back the same.

 

[13.09.2012]Implementation of Child Care Leave and Superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees – General Secretary met CMD BSNL 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, today the 13.09.2012 and requested speedy implementation of the agreement signed on 12.06.2012, in respect of Child Care Leave and Superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited employees. CMD BSNL assured that necessary action would be taken in this regard. 

 

[13.09.2012]Modified order for issuing `200/- Free SIM card – GS met GM (Admn.) 

BSNLEU has already taken up the case to issue modified order in respect of `200/- free SIM card, to over come the difficulties being faced by the employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (Admn.), today the 13.09.2012 and insisted for issuing of early order in this regard. GM (Admn.) replied that the proposal in this regard is being sent to the Management Committee for it’s approval.

 

[11.09.2012]Proposal for 78.2% IDA fixation sent to DoT 

The proposal for 78.2% IDA fixation, approved by the BSNL Board, has been sent to the DoT for it's approval.

 

 

[10.09.2012]Respectful homage to Com. Indersain Das 

Com. Indersain Das, the long time office-secretary of NFPTE/NFTE, passed away yesterday, the 09.09.2012. Being one of the senior leaders in the NFPTE/NFTE organizations, Com. Inder commanded respect from all sections. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the departed leader, and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members.

 

[08.09.2012]The following are some of the important programme of the 6th All India Conference, to be held at Ludhiana from 25th to 28th September, 2012 

At 1030 hrs on 25.09.2012, the 6th All India Conference will be inaugurated by Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU. Other leaders who will address the inaugural function include Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General of NFPE. At 1600 hrs on 25.09.2012, there will be a procession. At 1730 hrs Com. Tapan Sen, M.P. as well as the General Secretary of CITU, will inaugurate the open session. Leaders of sister unions in BSNL will address the open session. At 1730 hrs on 26.09.2012, a seminar on “BSNL’s viability and National Telecom Policy 2012” will be held. Dr. Prabhir Purkayastha of Delhi Science Forum, Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Fin.) and others will address the seminar. At 1130 hrs on 27.09.2012, a women’s convention will be held, which will be addressed by Com. Sudha Sundararaman, General Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association. The Souvenir of the 6th All India Conference will be inaugurated by Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) at 1730 hrs on 27.09.2012.

 

[07.09.2012]General Secretary attends the 6th AIC Reception Committee meeting at Ludhiana.

The Reception Committee meeting of the 6th All India Conference, to be held at Ludhiana, took place today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, attended the meeting. Com.R.L.Moudgil, President of the Reception Committee, presided over the meeting. Com.Balbir Singh, General Secretary of the Reception Committee, reported on the preparations done so far in respect of the AIC. The meeting after reviewing the preparations, took various decisions to successfully conduct the AIC. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, in his speech, appreciated the brave comrades of Punjab circle for undertaking the stupendous task of conducting the AIC. He also reported on the developments pertaining to various issues concerning the employees and that of the company.

 

[07.09.2012]Latest position of 78.2% IDA fixation and NE12 pay scale.

78.2% IDA fixation and NE12 pay scale are approved in the BSNL Board meeting, held on 28-08-2012. Now, the 78.2% IDA fixation issue has to go for the approval of the DoT. On the NE12 Pay Scale issue, BSNL management has to issue order for it’s implementation. Both these steps are not taken, since the Board minutes are not yet released. CHQ has requested the Management to promptly take action on these two issues, soon after the Board minutes are released.  

 

[07.09.2012]Holding of Pre qualifying Screening Test for TTA LDCE.

In it’s meeting held on 28-08-2012, the BSNL Board has approved the proposal of the Management Committee, to hold a Pre qualifying screening Test, for the TTA LDCE. It may be remembered that BSNLEU has been continuously demanding that Pre qualifying Screening Test should be conducted for the officials who are not possessing 10+2 qualification, to enable them to appear the TTA LICE. This demand was accepted in the 26th National Council meeting, held on 27-02-2012( item no. 8.15). Now the Board has relaxed the Recruitment Rules and has given it’s approval to conduct that screening test. However, this relaxation will not be applicable for the present TTA LDCE, since no modification/ relaxation of the Recruitment Rules are permissible after notification for the exam is issued. This relaxation will be applicable for the next TTA LDCE.

 

[07.09.2012]Supreme Court orders to transcribe all Neera Radia tapes within 2 months.

On 06-09-2012, the Supreme Court of India ordered the Income Tax department to transcribe all Neera Radia Tapes within a period of 2 months. Neera Radia has played a dubious role in the illegal allotment of 2G spectrum. Totally 5,831 of her telephone calls have been taped by the government. Further, in a joint affidavit filed by the ministries of Home, Finance and IT, it had been stated that the Finance Minister had received a complaint in 2007, that Neera Radia had built up an empire of Rs.300 crore, and that she was an agent of foreign intelligence agencies, indulging in anti national activities. On this complaint, it was directed that the matter be examined.

 

[07.09.2012]Killing the Public Sector and nurturing the Private Sector is the policy of the UPA government.    

The CAG’s report on the Coalgate scam has brought out how the nation is looted to the tune of Rs.1,86,000 crore by private companies, to whom coal blocks were allotted without any bidding. Now, another shocking revelation is made by the media. That is, Coal India Limited (CIL), which is a Public Sector Company, has been repeatedly requesting the Coal Ministry from 2008, to allot it 130 coalbolcks. These coalblocks were required for the expansion of the CIL. But the Coal Ministry did not accept the request of the CIL. Instead, it asked the CIL to go to African and South East Asian countries for mining coal. Private companies are allowed to loot the coalmines in India. But the government company is asked to go abroad to meet it’s requirements. This is how the UPA govt. is killing the public Sector, while nurturing the private sector.

[05.09.2012]Forum leaders meet Joint Secretary (T) on ITS repatriation issue

Leaders of the Forum met Shri Malai Srivastava, Joint Secretary(T) yesterday the 04.09.2012 and discussed the issue of ITS repatriation. The leaders insisted upon the Joint Secretary(T) that the direction of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court should be implemented and that the deputation, of the unabsorbed ITS officers should not be extended beyond 30.09.2012. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. C. Singh, SG, NFTE, Com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA and Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA participated in the delegation. 

 

[05.09.2012]Forum calls upon to hold demonstrations on 18.09.2012 on ITS repatriation issue

An emergent meeting of the Forum, took place on 04.09.2012, under the chairmanship of Com. C. Singh, SG, NFTE. The following decisions were taken unanimously. 

 

i)       The meeting thanked the CMD BSNL and other Directors for the approval of 78.2% IDA fixation by the BSNL Board. However, the meeting expressed it’s dissatisfaction over the non-implementation of the agreements reached on 12.06.2012, in respect of Child Care Leave and Retirement benefits of the BSNL recruited employees. The meeting decided to insist upon the CMD BSNL to take immediate action to settle both the issues.

 

ii)     The meeting decided to call upon the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL to conduct “Launch Hour Demonstration” on 18.09.2012, demanding repatriation of the unabsorbed ITS officers before 30.09.2012, as per the judgement of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court.

 

 

[31.08.2012]Meeting with CMD BSNL

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, and expressed their thanks for the approval of the 78.2% IDA fixation by the BSNL Board. The CMD BSNL requested the leaders to ensure the cooperation of the employees to improve the quality of the service, especially in the landline and broadband segments, and thereby to increase the revenue of the Company. The GS and AGS also met Director (HR) and Director (Finance) and thanked them for the approval of the 78.2% IDA fixation. 

 

[31.08.2012]Malnutrition of Gujarati children and Narendra Modi’s reply

According to the latest available data from the Indian government, half of the Gujarati children under five years age are stunted or grown less for their age. In an interview to the Wall Street journal, Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi has said that this was because the girls are ‘figure conscious’ and do not eat sufficiently. According to Government of India figures, Gujarat ranks very low on health and nutrition. <<click here>> [Source Times of India dated 30.08.2012]

 

[29.08.2012]6th conference of NTR circle, took place at New Delhi.

The 6th circle conference of BSNL Employees Union, NTR circle, was held today the 29.08.2012. in the Eastern Court, New Delhi. Com. H.L. Makkad, circle President Presided over the Conference. Com. R.S. Chauhan, circle Secretary, welcomed every one. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, inaugurated the Conference and delivered his speech. A seminar, on the viability of BSNL was held, which was attended by a large number of employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, Shri A.K. Goel, CGM, NTR, Shri Ram Yagya, CGM. NTP, Shri Mukesh Mathur, S