of the next meeting of the National Council.
BSNLEU has been demanding that the next meeting of
National Council should be held as early as possible. Now
the date will be tentatively 10th March, 2016. Letter is
likely to be issued by the Corporate Office shortly.
Circle Executive Committee meeting of Karnataka
felicitated comrades for their excellent role in
implementing SWAS programme.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee
meeting of Karnataka circle, being held at Mysore, took
the pledge to serve our customers with a smiling face.
Com.H.V.Sudharshan, District Secretary, Bangalore Telecom
District read out the pledge and the entire audience
repeated it and took the pledge. Thereafter, the meeting
felicitated two comrades for their excellent role in
implement the SWAS programme. The first comrade was com.
Umesh Naik, Telecom Mechanic, Pandeshwara Telephone
exchange, Mangalore SSA. He has made the achievement of
marketing and bringing in 140 connections in one month!
The second one is com.S.B.Alur, Telecom Mechanic, Ekkambi
telephone exchange, Karwar district. He was felicitated by
the public, on the last Republic Day, for his excellent
service to the customers. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, felicitated
and honoured both the comrades.
BSNLEU conducted an impressive Extended Circle Executive
Committee meeting at Mysore.
Karnataka circle is conducting a very impressive Extended
Circle Executive Committee meeting at Mysore. Apart from
the Circle Executive Committee members, a large number of
office bearers of various levels and active
members attended the meeting from all the SSAs.
Com.B.Narayan, circle president, presided over the
meeting, while com.C.K.Gundanna,CS, welcomed every one,
and explained about the importance of the meeting. In the
morning session a very effective seminar on "Service With
A Smile" programme was conducted. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
addressed the seminar and explained in detail about the
efforts being taken by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL.
He also explained at length about the various aspects
connected with the call. Followed by this,
com.H.V.Sudharshan, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Bangalore
Telecom District, spoke on the implementation of the SWAS
programme in Bangalore and Karnataka circle. In the
afternoon, the General Secretary will address the meeting
on issues related with the 7th Membership Verification.<<views
of the meeting>>
circle union conducted an effective Extended Circle
Executive Committee meeting.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chennai
circle was held yesterday. A large number of comrades,
including the circle office bearers, district secretaries,
district and branch level office bearers, attended the
meeting. Com.Kanniappan, Circle President, presided over
the meeting. Com.K.Govindaraj, Circle Secretary presented
the note for discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed
the meeting. In his address, the General Secretary
elaborately spoke on the Service With A Smile programme,
status of the issues of the Non-Executives and other
issues connected with the 7th Verification. A
detailed discussion took place on the campaign to be
conducted for the Verification, and decisions were taken.<<views
of the meeting>>
submitted it's application to contest in the 7th
BSNLEU has submitted its application to contest the 7th
Membership Verification. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and
com.S.Chellappa, AGS submitted the duly filled in
application yesterday. BSNLEU has done tremendous work
since the last 6th membership verification, for the
revival of the Company and also to settle the genuine
problems of the Non-Executives. Hence, BSNLEU is facing
the 7th Membership verification from a position of
strength, and it is sure to perform better this time, by
increasing its voting percentage.
to be released to Chennai and Tamil Nadu circles today for
BSNLEU has been continuously taking
efforts, to get funds released for giving relief to the
flood affected employees of Chennai and Tamil Nadu
circles. The issue was again discussed with shri Yashwant
Narayan Singh, GM(T&BFCI) yesterday, by com.Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.S.Chellappa, AGS. The GM agreed
to release Rs.14 crore to Chennai circle and Rs.4.31 crore
to Tamil Nadu circle. The fund will be released to these
cable TV network as an alternative method to provide
digital connectivity - says TRAI chairman.
R.S.Sharma, chairman of the TRAI has
suggested that cable TV networks can be utilised to
provide digital connectivity, instead of relying only upon
optic fibre and mobile phones. Recently, the TRAI
recommended that the public private partnership could be
looked into, to expedite the implementation of the NOFN,
which is renamed as Bharat Net now. Under the Bharat Net,
broadband connectivity is to be provided to 2.5 lakh
village panchayats. But, the implementation of this
project is getting unduly delayed. The TRAI chairman has
said that there are 100 million homes with cable TV
connections, and these networks can be utilised to provide
an assured speed of 10 Mb per second. This method is being
practised even in countries like the US, said the TRAI
Ground Appointments - BSNLEU has scored a major
Until now, the dependents of the officials who are killed
in accidents while on duty, were not getting Compassionate
Ground Appointments on priority basis. They were treated
at par with other candidates seeking Compassionate Ground
Appointments. BSNLEU took up this issue and demanded that
the dependents of the officials killed in accidents while
on duty should be given appointment on a priority basis.
This was accepted and Corporate Office has issued the
necessary order for this. BSNLEU heartily thanks Ms.Sujata
Ray, Director(HR) for settling this case.<<<view
upholds 'Net Neutrality' and says 'No' to differential
pricing of data services.
It is a great news that the TRAI has finally come out in
support of Net Neutrality and against the differential
pricing of data services. Earlier, the TRAI has made
extensive consultations on this issue. A record 24 lakh
responses were received by the TRAI to it's consultation
on this issue. Facebook stage managed to send 18 lakh
responses to the TRAI, in support of its Free Basics,
which were, in essence, against Net Neutrality. On the
otherhand, a large number of eminent citizens and
intellectuals campaigned for Net Neutrality. Many
political parties, including the Left Parties also
extended their support to Net Neutrality. This massive
opinion in favour of Net Neutrality has made the TRAI to
finally come out in support of it. The TRAI has stated
that no service provider shall offer or charge
discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of
content. A fine of Rs. 50,000 would be levied per day,
subject to a maximum of Rs. 50 lakh, for any violation of
these regulations by the service providers, the TRAI has
said. BSNLEU heartily welcomes this decision of the TRAI.
to conduct nationwide protest action on 24th February,
against the Narendra Modi government.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to
conduct nationwide protest action on 24th February. This
agitation is to oppose the pro- corporate Labour Law
amendments that the NDA government wants to bring in, and
also to express the Union's protest on the non- settlement
of the demands. It is to be noted that this protest action
is being conducted on the eve of the crucial budget
session of the Parliament. What is more significant is
that both the ruling BJP and the BMS are following the
ideology of the RSS. When the entire trade unions went on
a General Strike on 2nd September last year, the BMS
withdrew from the strike in the last minute, on the advise
of the RSS. While withdrawing from the strike, the BMS
told that the Narendra Modi government should be given
more time to settle the demands. The decision of the BMS
to launch the protest action now only shows that more
serious struggles are required to stop the Modi
government's anti-worker and pro-corporate steps.
demands reduction of qualifying service to appear the JTO
LDCE, Civil and Electrical.
Qualifying service to appear the JTO(T) LICE has already
been reduced from 7 years to 5 years due to the efforts
taken by BSNLEU. However, the qualifying service to appear
the JTO LDCE of electrical and civil wings continue to be
10 years. BSNLEU has demanded that this should also be
reduced to 5 years, at par with JTO(T) LICE.<<view
of the telecom companies fail the call drop tests conducted
by the TRAI.
In its latest report on call drops, Trai has said that
most of the telecom companies had failed the tests
conducted by it recently in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune,
Surat, Indore and Bhubaneswar to assess the call drops
problem. According to the TRAI parameters, not more than
2% of calls on a telecom operator's network should drop.
TRAI has published the results of the call drop tests on
it's website, which is strongly objected to by the
association of the private telecom companies.
companies are to be benefited to the extent of Rs.1.5 lakh
crore, if the TRAI recommendations on Bharat Net are
The TRAI has recommended that the job of laying optic
fibre cables and operating them for the 'Bharat Net',
under the Built, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) system,
should be handed over to private companies. At present,
the cable laying job is being done by government
organisations, including BSNL. Now, an organisation called
'Broadband India Forum(BIF) has stated that private
companies would be benefited to the extent of Rs.1.5 lakh
if the recommendations of the TRAI are implemented.
Off Net calls on Rs.200/- SIM – BSNLEU once again urges
the Director (HR).
The Rs.200/- SIM was provided to all the Non-Executive,
because of the efforts taken by BSNLEU. However, Off Net
calls are not being allowed on these SIMs. BSNLEU has
already raised the demand in the 32nd National Council
meeting held on 14.05.2015. Once again BSNLEU has written
to the Director (HR) demanding to allow Off Net calls on
opposes the recommendations of the TRAI on Bharat Net.
The TRAI has recommended that the laying of optic fibre
cable for the Bharat Net (earlier name NOFN) should be
handed over to private companies on the basis of Built,
Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. The TRAI has also
recommended that the government should provide financial
assistance to the private companies to carry out this
project. This is nothing but a naked privatisation of the
Bharat Net. BSNLEU has opposed this and written to the
Hon’ble Minister of Communications.<<view
denounces the government move for strategic sale of PSUs.
Calls for countrywide protest.<<press
Office issued letter making MDF/test room landline number
of telephone exchange free from prepaid SIM card of Line
BSNLEU took up a case in the 33rd meeting of the National
Council, demanding that the MDF/test room landline numbers
of telephone exchanges should be made free for the prepaid
SIM card of the Line
Staff. The demand was accepted. The
Corporate Office has issued letter implementing the demand
writes to the Director (HR) demanding to review the TTA
exam held in 2015, by granting relaxation in qualifying
exam fee for the JTO (T) LICE.
BSNL Management has decided to collect an exam fee of
Rs.500/- from the OC/OBC candidates and Rs.250/- from the
SC/ST candidates for the forthcoming JTO(T) LICE. BSNLEU
writes to the Director (HR & Finance) to withdraw this
writes to the CMD BSNL demanding extension of incentives
to Project Vijay Team.
BSNL’s retail Managers and Project Vijay Team is bringing
in 17.5 lakh new mobile connections in December, 2015 and
20.70 lakh mobile connections in January, 2016. BSNLEU
demands CMD BSNL to extend the incentives being given to
the Project Vijay Team beyond October, 2015.<<view
notification for holding JTO (T) LICE released by
Corporate Office has already issued communication to all
the CGMs, with regards to holding the JTO(T) LICE.
According to this, notification for holding the JTO(T)
LICE is to be issued by the CGMs. Corporate Office has
released a model notification for holding JTO (T) LICE.<<view
Gujarat candidates with B.Sc (Physics) to appear the JTO
LICE - BSNLEU writes to the Management.
As per the JTO(T) RR, candidates with Physics and Maths
are eligible to appear the JTO LICE. However, in Gujarat
circle, as per the educational policy of that state,
universities are offering B.Sc degree courses only either
with maths or physics. Thus, the B.Sc graduates from
Gujarat universities are deprived from the opportunity to
paper the forthcoming JTO LICE. BSNLEU has written to the
Director(HR) to allow the B.Sc graduates from Gujarat to
appear the JTO LICE.<<view
's decision on Net Neutrality soon.
A high-powered committee, headed by Communications and IT
minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of state for PMO,
Jitendra Singh and Science and Technology minister Harsh
Vardhan, will take the final decision on the issue of Net
Neutrality. The Committee will meet soon after the Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) submits its
recommendations on differential pricing of data tariffs.
The recommendations are expected to be made public any
lakh mobile connections is the target for February, 2016.
As already informed, BSNL has achieved the landmark of
providing 20.70 lakh mobile connections in the month of
January, 2016. In this, Bihar, Jharkhand and Rajasthan
circles have exceeded their targets by 211%, 191% and 137%
respectively. UP (East), Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu
circles have provided 2.09 lakh, 1.95 lakh and 1.81 lakh
connections respectively, and have come as the top three
circles in providing mobile connections.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates all these circles. For the
month of February, 2016, Corporate Office has set 20 lakh
mobile connections as the target.<<view
India Conference of the AIBDPA is successfully concluded.
The second Triennial All
India Conference of the AIBDPA was held at Tirupathi,
yesterday and today. Very good deliberations took place in
the Conference. The Conference has passed unanimous
resolution, requesting the members of the AIBDPA to work
for the victory of BSNLEU.
The Conference was
concluded with unanimous election of office bearers.
Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, com.K.G.Jayaraj and com.
R.Aravindakshan Nayar are elected as President, General
Secretary and Treasurer,
respectively. Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran is elected as Patron
and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri is elected as Advisor. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the elected office bearers.
conveys it's strong protest to the Director(HR) for
linking PLI with Performance Management System(PMS).
Office has issued a letter once again, linking PLI with
the PMS. This is a settled matter. The Staff Side of the
National Council, as well as BSNLEU, have taken the stand
that the PLI should not be linked with the PMS. In fact,
this issue has already been discussed and decided. The
matter was discussed with shri A.N.Rai, the erstwhile
Director(HR), and understanding is already reached that
the PLI would not be linked with the PMS, but it would be
based on the National Level Productivity of the Company.
But, the Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office is
mischievously continue to link PLI with PMS. BSNLEU has
conveyed it's song protest to the Director(HR).<<<view
Office letter on reconstitution of the
writes to the Director(HR) on the non-declaration of the
TTA LDCE results in Himachal Pradesh circle.
TTA LDCE was held in
Himachal Pradesh circle on 07th June 2015. However, the
results are so far not declared due to some court case.
BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), requesting to
declare the results, by keeping the posts vacant, in
respect of the candidates who have gone to the court.<<<view
programme of the CHQ Office bearers for the 7th Membership
The All India
Centre of our Union met at New Delhi on 30-01-2016 and
discussed at length about the preparations for the
forthcoming 7th Membership Verification. After discussion,
the Centre has finalised a tour programme for the All
India office bearers. Circle secretaries are requested to
contact the All India office bearer allotted for their
circle and to make all arrangements for organising a very
effective election campaign.<<<view
of the Reception Committee of the Extended Central
Executive Committee meeting, to be held at Ahmed Nagar,
from 19th to 21st February, 2016.<<<view
Triennial All India Conference of AIBDPA started at
The Second Triennial All India Conference of the All India
BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) started at
Tirupathi today. Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, President,
AIBDPA, is presiding over the conference. Com.K.G.Jayaraj,
GS, AIBDPA and com.J.Sampathrao, CS,BSNLEU, AP Circle,
welcomed the delegates. Om.T.K.Rangarajan,MP, delivered
the inaugural address. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, AIBDPA, com.Animesh Mitra,
Secretary General, BSNLCCWF and com.K.Ragavendran, General
Secretary, Postal & RMS Pensioners Association addressed
and greeted the delegates. More than 1000 delegates are
attending the conference. The conference will
continue tomorrow also and will discuss various issues
being faced by the BSNL pensioners.<<<views
of the conference >>>
Office letter on
Temporary Deputation as Co-ordinator/Assistant Haji Officer/
Haji Assistant to Consulate General of India, Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia for Haji-2016.<<view
Secretary urges Director(HR) to ensure review of the
results of JTO LICE and TTA LDCE.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR)
yesterday, and once again requested her to get the JTO
LICE 2013 results reviewed in such of those circles, where
additional marks were not given for wrong questions. The
GS also requested her to get the Hon'ble CAT order
implemented in Andhra Pradesh circle, in respect of
reviewing the JTO LICE results by granting additional
marks for wrong questions. The Director(HR) was also urged
to get the reviews implemented before the notifications
are issued for holding the forthcoming JTO LICE. The GS
further requested her to get the TTA LDCE results also
reviewed in the similar manner in Madhya Pradesh circle.
The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. The GS also
met shri D.Chakraborty, GM(Rectt.) and requested him to
ensure that the review of the JTO LICE and TTA LDCE
results reviewed without delay.
you want to break away from the Indian Union"? - Supreme
Court asks Gujarat government for not implementing
National Food Security Act.
The Supreme Court of India asked the Gujarat government
yesterday, whether it wanted to break away from the Indian
Union. This question was asked by the Supreme Court
because, the National Food Security Act(NFSA), passed by
the Indian Parliament in 2013, is still not implemented in
Gujarat. The NFSA is for providing food grains to the poor
people of this country. The Gujarat government has still
not implemented this Act and has already got four
extensions. Had this Act been implemented in Gujarat, 3.8
crore poor people would have been benefited. It may also
be noted that till April 2015, Narendra Modi was the chief
minister of Gujarat. It is a pity that the determination
shown by Narendra Modi to help Ambani and Adani, was not
shown to help the poor people of Gujarat.
[Source : The Hindu dt. 02-02-2016]
for Recognition of majority
representative union(s) of non-executive employees in BSNL -
holding of 7th Membership Verification process -
calling up of application.<<view
of 7th Membership Verification to elect majority
representative union(s) of non-executive employees in BSNL -
Preparation of revised Electoral Rolls regarding.<<click
of Non-Executive staff till completion of 7th Membership
Verification process in BSNL.<<click
of Chief Returning Officer - Conduct of 7th Membership
Verification for electing majority representative union(s)
of non-executive employees in BSNL.<<click
Triennial AIC of AIBDPA is starting at Tirupathi tomorrow
The 2nd triennial All
India Conference of AIBDPA is being held at Tirupathi
on 2nd and 3rd February,2016.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is participating and greeting the
Conference. BSNLEU conveys it's revolutionary greetings to
all the leaders and delegates of the Conference.
Membership Verification is to be held in May 2016.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Shameem Akthar, PGM(SR)
today and discussed about the timing of holding the 7th
Membership verification. The PGM(SR) replied that the
Verification will be held in the month of May 2016. He
said that a slight change in the timing was necessitated
due to the transferring of 120 employees from NTR circle
to the Corporate Office, on the grounds of administrative
Day to be observed on 10th March.
The Central Trade Unions have decided to observe 10th
March as the Protest Day. This programme is the
continuation of the General Strike that took place on 2nd
September, 2015, on the demands such as no disinvestment
of PSUs, minimum wage of Rs.15,000 to contract workers,
controlling of price rise, etc.
(HR), BSNL issued D.O. letter to all CGMs to furnish
Reservation Rosters for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in
the cadre of JTO and TTAs.<<<click
has given 20 lakh new mobile connections in January.
We are extremely happy to inform that BSNL has given 20
lakh new mobile connections in January, 2016. This is a
new record. Earlier, BSNL has given 17.5 lakh new
connections in December, 2015. BSNLEU heartily
congratulates the entire employees and Management for this
J.S. Deepak is the new Secretary, Telecom.
Shri J.S. Deepak has taken over as the Secretary, DoT.
Shri J.S. Deepak had earlier been the Joint Secretary, DoT.
Shri Rakesh Garg, who had been Secretary, DoT still
recently had been shifted, reportedly of his
unsatisfactory performance in the matters like call drop.
The Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has told that
shri J.S. Deepk was his choice.
Committee meeting with the CMD BSNL.
A meeting took place between the Core Committee of the
Forum and the CMD BSNL today. At the outset, the leaders
expressed their unhappiness and disappointment over the
statement made by the CMD BSNL at Bangalore, wherein he
has said that BSNL employees would not get wage revision
unless the Company becomes profit making. Thereafter, the
CMD BSNL explained about the efforts being made by BSNL to
have intra circle roaming (sharing of networks)
arrangements with other private operators. He said that
Airtel, Idea and Vodafone do not want to have any ICR with
BSNL. In such a situation, the CMD said, BSNL has no other
option, but to have ICR arrangement with Reliance Jio. The
leaders told that BSNL should be very cautious in having
any agreement with Reliance Jio, given their past track
Seshagiri Rao, former General Secretary of JETA passed
former General Secretary of
has passed away at Bangalore. At the time of formation of
firmly stood in the struggle against
He will be remembered as an honest and committed leader
who led many struggles in the interest of the employees.
pays respectful homage to com.
and offers heartfelt condolences to his family and all the
homage to the father of the Nation.
Today is the 68th anniversary of the
martyrdom of Mahathma Gandhi, the father of the Nation.
Gandhiji stood for strengthening of the unity of people,
belonging to various religions, especially Hindus and
Muslims. Finally, he fell prey to the
bullets of a Hindu fanatic. Gandhiji laid down his
life for the unity of the people of this nation. On this
day of his martyrdom, while paying our respectful homage
to Gandhiji, let us all resolve to
work for strengthening communal
employees of Bharuch District, Gujarat Circle have
conducted very good road show, publicising the various
products of BSNL. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the
seminar held in Uttarakhand circle conference.
An impressive seminar was held yesterday the 28.01.2016 as
a part of the two day Uttarakhand circle conference of
BSNLEU. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com. Animesh
Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), CGM, Uttarakhand, Senior
Officers of Uttarakhand circle and circle secretaries of
NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA address the seminar. Earlier, com.
P.C. Kandpal, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.
P.B. Dobhal, Circle President, presided over the seminar.
Very good presentations were made by the leaders and
of the seminar>>
wage revision without making profit – BSNLEU’s response.
CMD has reportedly told media persons at Bangalore
yesterday that, BSNL employees would not get wage revision
w.e.f. 01.01.2017, unless the Company makes profit. This
may be the view of the Management. BSNLEU does not agree
with this view. Even the CMD has admitted earlier that,
BSNL has missed the ‘voice call bus’, because BSNL was not
able to procure equipments for many years. The Hon’ble
Minister for Communications, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, has
told the Parliament that, the previous government did not
allow BSNL to expand it’s network for 10 years. Thus, BSNL
has become loss making, not because of the employees, but
because of the government and the ministers. On the other
hand, the employees are taking all out efforts for the
revival of the Company. The launching of “Customer Delight
Year” and the “Service With A Smile” programme are
evidences for this. Hence, it will not be fair on the part
of the Management to penalise the employees for the crimes
committed by the previous government and ministers. BSNL
Executives and Non-Executives should get wage revision
w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Management should understand that 100%
strike will take place, in case the next wage revision is
wage revision unless BSNL makes profit – Says CMD BSNL.
The CMD while participating in the inauguration of the
WiFi hotspots in Bangalore is reported to have told that
BSNL employees would not get wage revision w.e.f.
01.01.2017, unless BSNL makes profit.<<view
Office issued time table for holding JTO LICE.
Corporate Office has issued letter, intimating to the CGMs,
the long awaited time table for holding the JTO LICE.
BSNLEU has demanded that the notification of the LICE
should be issued only by the CGMs. Further, BSNLEU has
also demanded that the JTO LICE should be held before
the Direct Recruitment is held for the JTO cadre. Both our
demands have been accepted. According to the Corporate
Office letter, the notification will be issued on 15th
February. Online application for the exam will start
on 22nd February and will end on 22nd March. The exam will
be held on 8th May,2016. BSNLEU heartily thanks shri
D.Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.) for taking very positive action
in this matter. BSNLEU also warmly greets the entire
employees who are eagerly awaiting the JTO LICE.<<<view
Wi-Fi hot spots launched in Bengaluru.
Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, inaugdunction a programme
at Bengaluru today, in which BSNL's Wi-Fi hot spots were
launched. Shri N.K.Gupta, Director(CFA), BSNL was also
present in the function.<<<view
an example of Service With A Smile.
BSNLEU and the Forum are continuously insisting that our
employees should become more customer friendly, to ensure
the revival of BSNL. This is the very purpose behind the
launching of the Service With A Smile programme. Even at
present, in many places, our comrades are serving the
customers with a smiling face. One such employee is com.
S.B.Alur, Telecom Mechanic, Ekkambi exchange, in Karwar,
Karnataka circle. The public of Ekkambi are so delighted
with the services of com.S.B.Alur,TM, that he was honoured
by the people of Ekkambi in the Republic Day celebrations,
held on 26-01-2016 at Ekkambi. We are proud to note that
com.S.B.Alur is the District President of BSNLEU, Uttar
Karnataka Telecom District. CHQ heartily congratulates
view photo >>>
circle conference inaugurated by the General Secretary.
The 2 day circle conference of Uttarakhand circle started
at Dehradun today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the
National flag and the Union Flag was hoisted by com.Dobhal,
circle president. The conference was inaugurated by
com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. In his speech, the General Secretary
explained the pro-corporate policies of the NDA
government, which are ruining BSNL as well as other PSUs.
He also explained the various steps being taken by the
Forum, for the revival of BSNL. As regards the issues of
the Non-Executives, the General Secretary elaborately
explained the various settlements achieved by BSNLEU and
the JAC and also about the status of the pending issues.
Together with the General Secretary, com.Animesh Mitra,
Vice-president, is also attending the circle conference.
After the inaugural address, com.PC.Kandpal,circle
secretary presented the report on activities.<<<views
of the conference >>>
spectrum auction to fetch Rs.5 lakh crore to the
The Central Government is intending to go in for another
round of spectrum auctioning. The TRAI has recommended to
the government to auction 2000 MHz
of spectrum, which
includes spectrum in the 700 MHz
band also. This auctioning is expected to fetch Rs.5.4 lakh
crore revenue to the government. It may be remembered that
the government got Rs.1.1 lakh crore in 2015, through
Minister Narendra Modi tells the secretaries to
dismiss employees who refuse to improve.
In a meeting held with the secretaries of various
departments yesterday, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi
has told that stern action should be taken against the
employees who refuse to mend their ways, despite repeated
complaints. Actions suggested by the PM include that of
dismissal under Rule 56 (J) of Fundamental Rules and
reduction of pension under Rule 48 of CCS Pension Rules.
Office reply to BSNLEU, on the demand of allotment of
higher type of quarters to the employees on request.<<view
writes to Director (HR) demanding JTO LICE notification to
be issued by the CGMs.
Issuing of the JTO LICE is getting inordinately delayed.
Corporate Office has called for vacancy position from the
circles. Still some circles have not sent the requisite
inputs. Considering the past experiences connected with
litigations, BSNLEU has demanded that the notifications
for holding JTO LICE should be allowed to be issued by the
Employees Union extends it’s full support to the BSNL CCWF
programme on 29th January, 2016.
BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation has given a call
to organise trade union action on 29th January, 2016,
throughout the country. On that day memorandums,
consisting of the demands of the casual and contract
workers will be submitted to the CGMs. This programme is
very justified in view of the fact that the various orders
issued by the Corporate Office, in respect of the contract
workers, are not being implemented in most of the circles.
CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions of
BSNLEU to extend their total cooperation by fully
participating in the programme of submitting memorandum to
artificially raising prices of pulses: Intelligence Bureau
informs the government.
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has informed the government
that importers of pulses have formed a cartel. They are
buying pulses in large quantities, but are stocking them
in Canada, to artificially raise the price. Media say that
the IB has also informed the government, the names of the
traders who are involved in the hoarding of pulses. Prices
of pulses are sky rocketing. Tur dal is being sold at
Rs.175 per kg in the market. We have to wait and see what
action the government is going to take.
[Source: Times of India dated 26.01.2016]
between the CMD BSNL and Core Committee of the Forum to be
held on 01.02.2016.
A meeting between the CMD BSNL and the Core Committee of
the Forum will be held on 01.02.2016. This meeting is
expected to review the implementation of the “Service With
A Smile” programme and also BSNL’s strategy to face the
competition from the private operators.
circle conference to be held on 28th and 29th
The two day circle conference of Uttarakhand circle will
be held at Dehradun tomorrow and day after tomorrow. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President
(CHQ), are attending the conference.
of the meeting held on 11.01.2016, between the JAC and the
BSNL Management on the issue of removal of stagnation.<<view
Secretary’s meeting with GM (Rectt.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.),
today and discussed issues related to review of results of
TTA LDCE and JTO LICE (2013). The GS demanded that the
Corporate Office should immediately issue guidelines to MP
and Jharkhand circles, giving direction to grant
additional mark to the wrong questions of TTA LDCE and JTO
LICE (2013) respectively.
demands holding of JTO LICE, prior to JTO Direct
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his discussion with Shri D.
Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), today, insisted that the
Corporate Office should direct the circles to immediately
issue notifications for holding the next JTO LICE. The GS
also insisted that Direct Recruitment in the cadre of JTO
should be done only after holding the JTO LICE. The GM (Rectt.)
responded positively to this demand and assured to do the
Secretary’s meeting with GM (Estt.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.),
today and requested her to issue necessary guideline to
the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, for the clarification that has
been sought by the later on calculation of JTO vacancies.
For the queries raised by the GS, the GM (Estt.) replied
that the issue of granting one additional increment to the
left out Non-Executives who are facing wage loss, is being
sent for the approval of the Management Committee. This
issue, GM (Estt.) assured, would also be placed for the
approval of the next Board of Directors meeting, to be
held in the month of February, 2016.
contribution issue of the Directly Recruited employees is
still in a dead-lock.
The issue of making 6% pension contribution to the
Directly Recruited employees, by the BSNL Management,
continues to be in a dead-lock. It is learnt that the
issue is still lying with the EF Branch. BSNLEU has
already taken up this with the Director (HR) and has
demanded that the issue should be expeditiously taken for
the approval of the Board of Directors without delay.
BSNLEU will seek the intervention of the CMD for the
removal of the dead-lock.
to recruit 2500 employees each in the cadres of TTA and
BSNL Corporate Office is in the process of making Direct
Recruitment to the cadres of TTA and JTO. It is learnt
that BSNL will recruit 2500 employees each in these cadres
of TTA and JTO.
Secretary addressed Extended Circle Executive Committee
meeting of Assam Circle.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Assam
circle was held at Guwahati yesterday, the 24.01.2016.
Com. Raja, Circle President, presided over the meeting.
Com. Bijoy Dekha, Circle Secretary, presented the report
on activities. Apart from the Circle Office bearers and
district secretaries, branch secretaries were also
presented in the meeting. Senior leaders of the movement,
com. M.R. Das, com. Sailen Sarma and com. Sankar Kumar Das
were also presented the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
General Secretary, addressed the meeting and spoke in
detail on the economic policies of the government,
forthcoming 7th Membership Verification and
issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well as the
various problems and demands of the Non-Executives.<<<views
of the meeting>>>
With A Smile - program at Khammam SSA.
In implementation of the call of the Forum, to conduct
"Service With A Smile" programme, the District Forum of
Khammam SSA in Andhra Pradesh circle, has conducted
rallies at Khammam, Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam and
has promoted the various products of BSNL. The
Non-Executives and Executives of Khammam SSA have
overwhelmingly participated in these rallies. The District
Forum of Khammam has also decided to conduct another 100
road shows and to conduct intensive marketing in the SSA.<<<views
of the rallies>>>
urged to arrange uninterrupted supply of SIMS, Micro SIMs
and Nano SIMs.
Micro SIMs and Nano SIMs are not available in BSNL.
Further, shortage of SIMs are also being experienced in
some circles. This cannot be the scenario, when BSNL is
trying to dramatically increase it's mobile customer base.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL to take immediate
<<< view letter >>>
urges Management to conduct the 7th Membership
Verification as per schedule.
BSNLEU has once again urged the Corporate Management to
hold the 7th Membership Verification as per the time
schedule that has already been provided, in the all union
meeting held on 11-01-2016. Com.Animesh Mitra,
Vice-president, met shri Shameem Akthar, PGM(SR) yesterday
and told him that there should not be any delay in holding
the verification. The PGM(SR) has replied that the
verification will be held without any change in the dates
that have already been informed.
A.M.Gupta, GM(Restg.) may be the CRO of 7th Verification.
It is reliably learnt that shri A.M.Gupta,GM(Restructuring)
may be appointed as the Chief Returning Officer for the
forthcoming 7th Membership Verification.
urged to consider allowing non-plus two officials to
appear the TTA LDCE.
It is the long pending demand of BSNLEU that, the non- ten
plus two officials should be allowed to appear the TTA
LDCE, through a screening test, as a one time measure.
Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president, met Ms.Madhu Arora,GM (Estt.)
yesterday and insisted the Management to consider this
demand. The issue will further be taken up with the
circle conducting Extended Circle Executive Committee
meeting at Guwahati.
Assam circle union is conducting an Extended Circle
Executive Committee meeting at Guwahati today. Apart from
other issues, the meeting will prominently discuss about
the 7th Membership Verification. The meeting will be
addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS.
seminar on Revival of BSNL conducted at Aizawl.
As a part of it's two day Extended Circle Executive
Committee meeting, NE I circle union conducted a lively
seminar yesterday, on the revival of BSNL. A very good
gathering attended the seminar in the compound of the
Satellite Maintenance Station at Aizwal. The seminar was
presided over by com.D.S.Shylla, circle vice-president.
Com.Shivjee Ray, circle secretary welcomed everyone.
Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, delivered the key note
address. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and shri K.K.Saxena,CGM,NE I
circle addressed the seminar. The General Secretary,
explained at length about the call on "Service With A
Smile" programme. The seminar created a very good
impression on the audience.<<<views
of the seminar>>>
Office has issued the amendment
in BSNL Employees Transfer Policy.<<click
Secretary addressed the Extended Circle Executive
Committee meeting of NE I circle.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of NE I
circle continued to be held for the second day today.
Members of the Committee completed their deliberations
today. The Circle Secretary, Com.Shivji Ray delivered the
summing up speech, elaborately replying to the questions
raised by the members. Thereafter, com.Swapan
Chakraborty,Dy.GS and finally com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
addressed. In his speech, the General Secretary explained
at length, the wrong policies of the government, efforts
being taken by the Forum for the revival of BSNL and the
improvements that have come in the financial position of
the Company. He also spoke in detail on the status of the
various issues of the Non-Executives. A seminar on the
revival of BSNL is also taking place today, which will be
a dressed by the CGM and other officers, apart from the GS
and the Dy.GS.<<<views
of the meeting>>>
Office letter on updation of BSNL employees details viz.,
Designation, Payscale, Category (SC/ST/OBC/GE), Category of
Physically Handicapped etc. in ERP.<<view
Office letter to all CGMs on
introduction of promotional scheme in all the Circles to
bring back disconnected Broadband customers.<<view
Office letter on status of LICE for TTA under 50% quota for
the Recruitment Year 2014 - Furnishing of information.<<view
aspects of Sales and Marketing - D.O. letter from Director
(CM) to all CGMs of Territorial Circles.<<view
circle is holding Extended Circle Executive Committee
meeting at Aizwal.
NE1 circle union is holding it's two day Extended Circle
Executive committee meeting at Aizwal. The meeting will
be held today and tomorrow. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS are addressing this meeting.
Among other issues, the meeting will also prominently
discuss the forthcoming 7th Membership Verification. A
seminar on the revival of BSNL is being held tomorrow,
which will be addressed by the GS, Dy.GS, CGM,NE1 circle
and other officers.
Communications pays Rs.5,383 crore as "Spectrum
Reliance Communications has paid yesterday, an amount of
Rs.5,383.84 crore to the government, towards "Spectrum
Liberalisation" fee. This amount is paid for the
Liberalisation of it's spectrum in the 800/850 MHz, which
the Company is holding in 16 circles. Liberalisation Fee
is the amount paid to the government, to provide value
added services, including 4G service, utilising the
spectrum that has already been allotted to provide 2G
severely criticises Facebook for drumming up support for
the Free Basics programme, in response to TRAI's
consultation paper on differential pricing of data
The TRAI has severely criticised the Facebook, for
conducting an orchestrated campaign in response to the
TRAI's cosultation paper. Earlier, the TRAI had circulated
a consultation paper, calling for the opinion, on
differential pricing of data services. In response to
this, the Facebook launched a massive campaign through
advertisements, drumming up support of it's users in
favour of it's Free Basics programme. The Facebook had
also claimed widespread support for it's Free Basics
programme. The TRAI has responded to this, saying, neither
the spirit nor the letter of it's consultation paper
warrants such a campaign by Facebook. If accepted, it will
have serious impact on policymaking in India, said the
TRAI. It is to be noted that the Facebook has spent more
than Rs.100 crore for advertisements, to subvert the
consultation process of the TRAI.
[Source: Times of India dt. 21.01.2016]
shrinks, share market crashes and rupee value plummets.
But, the government keeps on saying that the economy is
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley keep on saying that Indian economy is in good
health and is keeping a steady GDP growth. They keep on
saying this despite the recent PMI index (Purchasing
Manager's Index) showed that in December 2015, the
manufacturing activity in India had the deepest fall since
2013. Yesterday, the Share Market had the sharpest fall in
the last 20 months. And also, yesterday the Indian Rupee
had the sharpest fall since 2013. The value of Indian
Rupee against the US Dollar now stands at Rs.68.
Office urged to renew MOU with Canara Bank.
The MOU signed between BSNL and Canara Bank, for extending
various loans to BSNL employees has expired.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri Yashwant Narayan Singh,
GM(T&BFCI) today and demanded to take expeditious steps
for the renewal of the MoU. The GS also requested the GM(T&BFCI)
to make the renewal, by suitably reducing the interest
rates for various loans, keeping into account that the
Reserve Bank had already reduced the interest rate. The GM
(T&BFCI ) assured to do the needful.
Office letter to all CGMs on compliance on implementation
of EPF coverage for Pre-induction Training Period of BSNL
Secretary releases poster of the AIBDPA All India Conference
In a brief, but spirited function organised at the GM's
office at Tirupathi today, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, released
the poster of the 2nd biennial All India Conference of the
AIBDPA. Earlier, the General Secretary hoisted the Union
Flag at the GM,BSNL office, at Tirupathi. In a meeting,
presided over by com.L. Venkatathri, district president,
BSNLEU, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke on the latest position
of the issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well
as on the important issues of the Non-Executives,
including 78.2% IDA merger issue of the pensioners.
Com.Y.Subramania Raja, district secretary, welcomed the
gathering, and also thanked the GS for addressing the
of the meeting>>>
Funds may be released in a day or two.
CHQ is continuously taking efforts to get the funds
released to the circles, by the Corporate Office, for the
payment of GPF advance. It is learnt that Corporate Office
may release the funds in a day or two.
Court of India restrains government of India from doing
further disinvestment in Hindustan Zinc.
In a significant move, the Supreme Court of India has
restrained the government of India yesterday, from going
ahead with any further disinvestment in Hindustan Zinc.
The order was passed by a bench of the Supreme Court,
headed by the Chief Justice of India, T.S.Thakur, on a
petition filed by the National Conference of
Officer's Association, challenging the disinvestment. The
Conference has alleged that large scale irregularities are
involved in the disinvestment that had already taken
place. The Court has questioned why the government was in
a hurry to sell the remaining shares in the Hindustan
Zinc. It has also called for a status report from the CBI
on this issue. This order of the court is a significant
development, as far as the Public Sector is concerned.
Office letter on various Gazette
notification issued by EPFO from time to time.<<view
Nadu Forum conducted an inspiring convention to implement
the Service With A Smile programme.
Tamil Nadu Forum conducted an inspiring convention
at Pondicherry today, for the effective implementation of
the Service With A Smile programme.
Com.Pattabiraman,CS,NFTE, as well as the President Forum,
presided over the Convention. Com.S.Chellappa, CP,BSNLEU,
as well as the Convenor, Forum, explained in brief about
the purpose of holding the convention. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
GS,BSNLEU, as well as the Convenor of the Forum,
com.Chandeswar Singh, GS,NFTE, as well as the President of
Forum, com.K.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, com.Venugopal,
President,AIBSNLEA and all the circle secretaries
addressed. From the Management side,
Ms.Poonguzhali,CGM,Tamil Nadu circle, shri Ravi,PGM (F),
shri P.Santosham,GM (NWP-CM), shri P.V.Karunanidhi,GM (NWP-CFA)
and Ms.Leela Sankari,GM,Pondicherry addressed. More than
800 delegates attended the convention from all the
districts of Tamil Nadu circle. The speeches of the
leaders and the officers really inspired those who
participated the convention.<<views
of the programme>>
issued on grant of Special Casual Leave to CEC members
and District Secretaries to attend
the Extended CEC meeting to be held
at Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)
form 19th to 21st
reduces call charges by 80% for existing customers also.
BSNL has extended the scheme of giving 80 per cent
reduction in mobile rates to its existing customers also,
with effect from January 16. The company had earlier cut
down the charges by 80% for its new customers. The call
rates have been reduced for both per minute and per second
billing plans, said R.K.Mittal, Director (Consumer
Tamil Nadu is conducting a circle level convention on
"Service With A Smile tomorrow.
Forum Tamil Nadu circle is conducting a convention on
"Service With A Smile" tomorrow. This circle
level convention, which is taking place at Pondicherry,is
being addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
com.Chandeswar Singh, GS,NFTE, com.K.Sebastin, GS,SNEA,
com.Venugopal, President,AIBSNLEA and other leaders of the
Forum. From the Management side, it is being attended by
Ms.Poonguzhali,CGM,Tamil Nadu circle, and other top
of 120 officials from NTR circle to the Corporate Office.
Corporate Office is taking
steps to transfer 120 officials from NTR circle to the
Corporate Office. These officials are working under the
AGM (Buildings) in NTR Circle. All the unions and
associations in NTR circle are opposing this move.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL
yesterday and insisted to drop the decision. Later on, the
GS met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) also, and requested her
not to transfer the officials. Both the CMD BSNL and the
Director(HR) have said that the matter would be looked
BSNLEU, requests the CMD BSNL to consider payment of Adhoc
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met
the CMD BSNL yesterday and once again insisted for the
payment of Adhoc PLI. The GS insisted that it was
necessary on the part of the BSNL Management to consider
payment of Adhoc PLI, in view of the fact that the
performance of the Company, in terms of getting new
customers, has greatly increased due to the tremendous
efforts being taken by the employees. The GS reminded the
CMD BSNL that a record 17.5 lakh mobile connections were
given in the month of December 2015. The CMD BSNL said
that he would look into the matter.
Advance - what is the real problem?
Employees are facing very
big problem in getting GPF Advance. No GPF Advance is paid
for the past 2 to 3 months. Employees are taking advance
only from the money deducted from their salary. Then why
BSNL is not paying GPF Advance? Fact is that, the amount
deducted from employees salary is immediately being
remitted to the DoT. BSNL cannot keep that money with it
even for one day. BSNL is paying GPF advance to employees
from it's own pocket, and claims it from DoT. But, this
money is not promptly being reimbursed by DoT. This is the
whole problem. At any point of time, amount varying from
Rs.500 crore to Rs. 1,000 crore remains outstanding, to be
reimbursed by DoT, to BSNL. Now BSNL is not having money
to pay GPF advance. This matter is continuously being
taken up with the Member(Finance) of the DoT, and also
with the CMD BSNL and Director(HR). Yesterday also
com.P.Abhimanyu GS, discussed this issue with the CMD BSNL.
He has assured to make arrangement for funds in the coming
Hindu cartoon on the economic condition of the country.<<view
in issuing of letter by the Corporate Office, inviting
applications for the 7th Verification.
As per the time schedule
for 7th Membership
Verification, to be implemented by the Corporate Office,
the one month time limit for submitting applications for
participation in the verification started yesterday the
14.01.2016. However, Corporate Office has not issued any
letter, inviting applications. The issue was discussed by
com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR).
It was replied that the Corporate Office will issue the
letter within a few days.
humanity rally against religious fundamentalism.
Indonesia is the country
with the largest Muslim population in the world. The IS
has made a terror attack in Jakarta, the capital of
Indonesia. Seven people are killed. The Indonesian
government has confirmed that it was an attack by the IS.
This terror attack is to be condemned in the most severe
term. At the same time, it is to be noted that both the
attackers and the attacked belong to the same religion,
i.e. Islam. Then, why this should happen? Every religion,
including Islam, preach love and peace. But,
fundamentalists, whether it is Islamic or any other
religion, do not accept this. They preach hatred and
spread violence. Let humanity rally against religious
Care Leave applied at least for five working days should
not be refused unless there is grave circumstances.
DoP&T has issued letter
with regards to the sanctioning of Child Care Leave.
According to this letter Child Care Leave, applied for at
least five working days, should not be normally rejected,
unless there is grave and compelling circumstances.<<view
Office letter on issuing confirmation to the officials
appointed prior to 01.10.2000, as well as, after
Office issues clarifications on Recruitment Rules for JAO.<<view
Office letter on Skill Enhancement Training to BSNL
employees through Telecom Sector Skill Council.<<view
Salem, Tamil Nadu circle, conducts two wheeler jaatha and
mela, as part of the SWAS.
Forum, Salem district,
Tamil Nadu circle, has conducted a two wheeler jaatha and
a mela, as a part of the ongoing Service With A Smile programme. A 6 km long two wheeler jaatha was conducted on
13.01.2016. Throughout the jaatha, it was explained to the
general public, through speeches and by distribution of
pamphlets, details about the SWAS, as well as about the
various products of BSNL. A mela was conducted on the same
day at Meyyanur exchange, participated by Forum leaders
and DGMs. 450 SIMs, 20 landline / broadband connections
were sold. CHQ heartily congratulates the comrades of
of the programme>>
of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who directly became
Issuing of Presidential
Orders to the TSMs who directly became Telecom Mechanics,
was taken up by the Staff Side, in National Council
meeting held on 14th May, 2015. To forward these cases to
the DoT, BSNL Corporate Office had called for details from
circles. Despite repeated reminders sent by the BSNL CO,
most of the circles have not sent the required
information. BSNL CO has issued one more letter in this
regard to the CGMs. Circle Secretaries are requested to
take up this issue with their CGMs and to arrange to send
reply to the BSNL CO.<<view
Communications (RCOM) to pay Rs.5,500 crore to the
government for spectrum liberalisation.
The government has
directed Anil Ambani’s RCOM to pay Rs.5,500 crore, towards
spectrum liberalisation in 16 circles. Spectrum
liberalisation is providing latest mobile services,
including 4G, using the spectrum allotted for providing 2G
service. RCOM has applied for liberalising it’s spectrum,
in the 800 MHz spectrum in 20 circles.
is in crisis, but Ministers paint rosy picture.
The BJP came to power, by
swearing to make India into an industrial hub and economic
super power. But, after one and half years of it’s coming
to power, the Indian economy has gone into a crisis.
India’s industrial production has got reduced by 3.2% in
November, 2015, the worst performance since October, 2011.
Overall exports have got reduced by 17.6% ($21.35 billion)
during the period from April to October, 2015. At the same
time consumer price inflation has increased by 5.6% in
December, 2015. Indications are clear that the country’s
economy is in crisis. But the Prime Minister and Finance
Minister keep pronouncing that economy will grow by 7.5%.
Coimbatore, for effective implementation of SWAS.
CHQ heartily congratulates
Forum Coimbatore for effectively implementing SWAS. The
program was launched at Coimbatore, with the PGM
Coimbatore inaugurating it in the Main Telephone Exchange
Building. It was attended by 200 staff members. This was
followed by an effective rally conducted in Coimbatore
Race Course area, participated in by the PGM Coimbatore,
senior officers, all the Forum Leaders and more than 350
employees. Thereafter, Mela was organised on 12th
& 13th January, 2016,
at Ondipudur Coimbatore. BSNLEU District office bearers
and Circle officer bearers participated actively. 480 SIM
cards (with MNP 30 Nos.), 86
landlines with broadband were sold.<<views
of the programme>>>
BTech grads apply for watchman post in Visakhapatnam!
Call it the heights of
unemployment, if you will but officials at the Eastern
Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (APEPDCL) were in
for a shock of their lives when they found that the 338
candidates that applied for the sole watchman's post for
its Visakhapatnam circle office at Ram Nagar had MBA and
BTech grads among them. Though,
there is no basic educational qualification for the
watchman's post, which has a salary of Rs.25,000/- per
month, and the basic criteria is that the candidate should
just know how to read and write in Telugu and should be
not more than 35 years of age, most of those who applied
were BSc, BCom, BBM, with some even holding BTech and MBA
The Times of India, dt. 14.01.2016]
sets up panel to study 7th Pay Commission’s
Government decided to set
up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P.K.
Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th
Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration
of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh
pensioners. The Cabinet has
approved the setting up of Empowered Committee of
Secretaries to process the recommendations of 7th Pay
Commission in an overall perspective, Parliamentary
affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.
The Indian Express, dt. 13.01.2016]
writes to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission,
demanding immediate reimbursement of the amount spent by
BSNL for payment of GPF advance to employees.
already taken up the matter with the Member (Finance),
Telecom Commission, for timely reimbursement of the amount
spent by BSNL for payment of GPF advance to employees. The
non-reimbursement of the amount by the DoT is complicating
the matter more. BSNLEU has once again written to the
Member (Finance), demanding timely reimbursement.<<view
(HR) writes to the IFA's of the
circles, directing to furnish information on reimbursement
of GPF amount paid to employees, by the CCAs.<<view
of funds to the circles, by the Corporate Office, for
payment of GPF advance.
Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL,
today, and demanded that Corporate Office should
immediately release funds to the circles, for payment of
GPF advance. The CMD BSNL replied that the problem has
arisen because DoT has not reimbursed so far, the amount
already spent by BSNL, for payment of GPF advance. He also
stated that BSNL has to take bank loan at 9.5% interest
rate for payment of GPF advance. The GS told the CMD BSNL
that taking bank loan is unavoidable, since employees did
not get GPF advance in December, 2015 also. The CMD BSNL
assured to look into.
BSNLEU discusses with CMD BSNL about the infrastructure
sharing with Reliance Jio.
Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL,
today, and seriously discussed about the agreement, said
to have been signed by Reliance Jio with BSNL, on
infrastructure sharing. The CMD BSNL asserted that no
agreement has been signed with the Reliance Jio, for
sharing of infrastructure. He further stated that Reliance
Jio has only been provided with POIs (Point of Inter
Connectivity) and level one services like 100, 101 etc.,
as has been provided to all other private operators.
of results of the TTA LDCE, conducted in Madhya Pradesh
Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.),
today, and expressed the unhappiness of the union,
regarding the non-implementation of the assurance given to
the union on review of the results of the TTA LDCE,
conducted in Madhya Pradesh circle. The union had already
demanded that additional marks should be granted for wrong
questions. Eventhough, this was accepted, no review of the
results has been done in Madhya Pradesh circle. After
today’s discussion, the GM (Rectt.) assured that necessary
instruction would be given to the Madhya Pradesh circle
of the results of the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.
already demanded that additional marks should be granted
for wrong questions, while review of the results are done
by the Expert Committee at the circle level. The issue has
already been discussed with the Director (HR). Com.P.
Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with shri D.
Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), today. It was assured by the GM
(Rectt.), that necessary instruction in this regard would
of DoP&T orders regarding reservation to SC/ST employees
The issue was
discussed today with Shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rectt.), by
com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. During the discussion, the GM (Rectt.),
informed the GS that the Committee designated to study the
status of implementation of DoP&T orders in BSNL, has
already submitted it’s report to the Director (HR). The GM
(Rectt.) also stated that the Committee has recommended
further relaxation of the standards to SC/ST employees in
departmental examinations. The GS demanded that the
relaxation recommended by the Committee should be
implemented retrospectively. BSNLEU will further take up
this issue with the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.
items given by BSNLEU for the 34th meeting of the National
writes to the CMD BSNL on agreement signed with Reliance
BSNLEU has written to the
CMD BSNL, on the matter of the agreement signed with
Reliance Jio for infrastructure sharing. The unions and
associations in BSNL are taking all out efforts for the
revival of BSNL. As such, the Management should have
discussed before hand with the Forum, about it’s proposal
to enter into any sort of agreement with Reliance Jio,
which is notorious for cheatings. BSNLEU has every reason
to believe that BSNL Management is forced to enter into
agreement with Reliance Jio, under pressure from the
government. Hence, the union has demanded the Management
to immediately discuss with it about the entire details of
the agreement with Reliance Jio.<<view
urged to conduct the 7th Membership Verification as per
BSNLEU has communicated to
the Director (HR), as well as to the PGM (SR), stating
that there is no necessity to postpone the 7th Membership
Verification, as was demanded by some of the organisations
in the all Union meeting held on 11.01.2016. The union has
demanded that the verification should be conducted as per
schedule, in the month of April, 2016.
of funds to circles for GPF advance.
BSNLEU was assured last
week by the GM (T&BFCI) that Corporate Office would allot
funds to the circles, for payment of GPF advance, latest
by 11.01.2016. However the funds were not released as was
assured. The issue was discussed with Director (HR) today
by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu,
Vice-President. The Director (HR) stated that efforts are
being taken to get bank loan for the payment of GPF
advance. The representatives requested her to ensure
releasing of the funds at the earliest.
with Director (HR).
Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice-President, met
Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) today the 12.01.2016, and
discussed the following issues.
Review of the results of the JTO LICE held on
stated that the recommendations of the expert committee
formed in Andhra Pradesh circle, to review the results of
the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013, has been upheld by the
Hon’ble CAT Hyderabad. The union demanded that the
judgement of the Hon’ble CAT should be implemented without
going on appeal. It was also demanded that in whichever
circle additional marks are not given for wrong questions,
a review of the result should be made by granting full
of one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives
appointed on or after 01.01.2007.
formed to look into the demand of granting one additional
increment to the left out Non-Executives appointed on or
after 01.01.2007, and who are undergoing wage loss, has
recommended granting of one additional increment. The
union demanded that this issue should be expeditiously
taken for the approval of the Management Committee and
BSNL Board, so that the affected employees get relief
without further delay.
benefits of the Directly Recruited employees.
It is learnt
that the proposal to contribute 6% of the pay, as the
pension contribution of the Management, has got stuck up
in the EF section. The Director (HR) was requested to
ensure that this matter is expeditiously taken for the
approval of the Management Committee and the BSNL Board.
Non-implementation of the DoP&T orders on SC/ST
of the Director (HR) is once again drawn to the issue of
non-implementation of the DoP&T orders on reservation to
SC/ST employees. The union complained that the committee
which was formed to look into the matter has not submitted
it’s report within the stipulated period of one month. The
Director (HR) was requested to urgently look into the
matter and to ensure early implementation of the DoP&T
Director (HR) assured that the above issues would be
looked into and also the needful would be done.
Side items for the 34th meeting of the National
circular on outsourcing of the provisioning and maintenance
of wired line broadband connections.<<view
letter to the CMD BSNL demanding consideration of Adhoc
payment of PLI.
BSNLEU has once again urged the CMD BSNL to consider
payment of Adhoc PLI, in view of the massive activities
being undertaken by the employees to increase the revenue
as well as customer base of BSNL. The efforts of the
employees have already yielded good results, and the
revenue and the connections have increased sizeably.
Payment of Adhoc PLI will further boost the morale of the
employees for active involvement in the revival of BSNL.<<view
Union meeting on 7th Membership Verification.
An all Union meeting, convened by BSNL Management, on
conducting the 7th Membership Verification, was held
today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh,
President, represented BSNLEU. Shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM
(SR) and shri Ram Sakhal, Addl.GM (SR), attended from the
Management Side. All the other applicant unions, who
participated in the 6th Membership Verification also
attended the meeting. In that meeting Management spelt out
the following time schedule for conducting the 7th
Letter inviting applications
Issuing of notification
Last date for withdrawal
Date of election
Counting and declaration of results
BSNL urged to settle the pension contribution issue of the
Directly Recruited employees without further delay.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President,
met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed
the following issues.
The representatives requested the CMD BSNL to ensure that
the New Designations and the E-1 payscale, which
were already approved by the Management Committee, are
approved in the forthcoming meeting of the Board of
Finalising pension contribution to the Directly
The representatives pointed out that the pension
contribution by BSNL Management, to the Directly Recruited
employees is getting abnormally delayed. The pension
scheme for these employees has not yet been introduced,
since Management has not yet decided about it’s
contribution to the Pension Fund. They also pointed out
that this is causing huge loss to the employees who are
retiring and also to the families of those employees who
The CMD BSNL assured that these matters would be looked
meeting discussed about effective implementation of the
A meeting of the Forum is held today, under the
presidentship of com. Chandeswar Singh, President. The
meeting was attended by all the major organisations. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, Convenor, stressed the necessity to give
further guidelines to the field units for effectively
implementing the “Service With A Smile” programme. After
detailed discussion the following decisions were taken.
has already given detailed instructions with regards to
improving quality of service as well as stepping up
marketing activities. It is decided that circle and
district level Forums should hold fortnightly review
meetings and to monitor the implementation of the SWAS.
banners may be displayed in all Customer Care Centres and
BSNL Offices with a view to make publicity about the SWAS,
as well as various products of BSNL.
on the guidelines already given by the Forum at the All
India level, the circle and district level Forums are
requested to motivate employees to individually engage in
marketing activities. Quota may also fixed for them.
should be distributed among the public to bringing more
number of connections.
a view to increase revenue, existing customers should be
educated to avail various Value Added Services through the
Monthly progress reports should be sent to the All
between JAC and BSNL Management on the issue of
A meeting between JAC and BSNL Management on the issue of
stagnation is held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com.
Asokababu, Vice-President, represented BSNLEU. Com.Raj
Mouli (NFTE), com.R.C. Pandey (BTEF) and com. Suresh Kumar
(BSNLMS) also attended the meeting. Management was
represented Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and shri Sheo
Sankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.). The Union Representatives
strongly demanded that the Management should find out ways
and means to settle the stagnation issue, which has badly
affected the employees in the RM and Group ‘D’ categories.
After detailed discussion the following decisions are
Staff Side demanded that stagnation increment should be
granted every year, instead of once in two years, and the
matter should be referred to the DoT for getting necessary
approval. Management Side agreed to examine this demand.
The Staff Side pointed out some cases where the
group ‘D’ officials getting stagnation increment and NEPP
on the same date were deprived of the benefit of
stagnation increment. The Staff Side gave the example of a
case where the official who was due for stagnation
increment in NE-2 payscale (7840-14700) on 01.10.2011 and
should have been fixed at Rs.15,150/- pay along with the
stagnation increment was actually fixed at a lower pay of
Rs.14,880/- since on the same date he got promotion to
NE-3 pay scale (7900 – 14880). The Staff Side demanded to
protect the stagnation increment benefit as well as NEPP
benefit. The Management Side agreed to consider the
proposal for allowing such officials to draw stagnation
increments in NE-2 payscale and to consider these
officials as if they are notionally in NE-3 payscale so
that on 01.10.2019 the official will get his NEPP
promotion to NE-4 payscale.
pay revision of the officiating JTOs as on 01.01.2007.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. P. Asokababu,
Vice-President, had a detailed discussion with Shri Sheo
Shankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.) on the matter of correct
fixation of pay of the officiating JTOs. The
representatives demanded that the pay revision of the
officiating JTOs, should be done substantially in the JTO
payscale, and notionally in the TTA payscale, as on
01.01.2007. The DGM (Estt.) assured that the matter would
be looked into.
of one additional increment to the left out
Non-Executives, who are appointed on or after 01.01.2007.
This issue was discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt),
today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. P. Asokababu,
Vice-President. The representatives pointed out that the
matter is getting inordinately delayed. The GM (Estt.),
replied that the committee designated to look into this
issue has already recommended that one extra increment
should also be granted to the left out Non-Executives, who
are appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and who are suffering
wage loss. The representatives requested the GM (Estt.) to
take this issue to the approval of the Management
Committee without further delay.
Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2016.<<view letter>>
notification for the Limited Departmental Competitive
Examination (LDCE) for promotion to the grade of Junior
Telecom Officer (Electrical) under 20% Quota to be held on
Office notification for holding of
Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE) for
promotion of UDC to the grade of Assistant Manager in BSNL
letter to the PGM (SR), seeking
sanctioning of Special Casual Leave for the
Extended CEC meeting to
be held at Ahmed Nagar,
writes to the Corporate Office on
allotment of staff quarters based on
pay scales - request for allotment of higher Type quarters
writes to the Director (HR) on
request for an amendment in JTO(Telecom) RR 2014.<<view
of the committee to review BSNLMRS.
The first meeting of the committee to review BSNLMRS was
held yesterday the 08.01.2016. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, participated
from the Staff Side. From the Management Side, shri S.K.
Sinha, GM (Admn.), shri Ram Sakhal, Addl.GM (SR), shri S.H.
Rao, DGM(EF) and shri Sualeh, DM attended. In the meeting
com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, pointed out that employees are
facing much hardship to get treatment under the BSNLMRS in
view of the following reasons.
CGHS rates are much lower then the prevailing
market rates, as a result of which no good hospital is
prepare to come in to the empanelment of BSNL. And also,
for most of the treatments, the employees have to spend
sizable amount from their pockets.
Since BSNL is in a financial crisis, it is not
settling the bills of the empanelled hospitals on time. As
a result, good hospitals do not want to have tie-up with
The GS, BSNLEU, suggested that a via media has to be found
out to mitigate the sufferings being experienced by the
employees. A very detailed discussion took place. Finally
the following decisions are taken.
The systems of medical reimbursement in other
PSUs, for example Coal India Ltd., State Bank of India and
BHEL are to be studied.
It is to be examined, whether BSNL can switch
over to the medi-claim system.
Corporate Office will immediately write to all
circles, directing them to expeditiously dispose of the
Next meeting of the Committee will be held in
the last week of February.
made it’s presence felt in the Lok Mahitee Abhiyan held at
Press Information Bureau (Ministry of Information &
Broadcasting), Gujarat Region conducted “LOK MAHITEE
ABHIYAN” in Navsari District. In this programme, BSNL
opened a stall to sell it’s products. Com. M.K. Dave,
District Secretary, BSNLEU, who is also retail manager,
Navsari, took part along with other BSNL officers and
explained about the details of various services being
offered by BSNL. Complaints and suggestions from the
public were taken not off. The visitors to the programme
showed keen interest to avail the products of BSNL such as
a landline, broadband and mobile services.<<views
of the programme>>
Coimbatore conducted an impressive rally.
The Forum has given call to give maximum publicity among
the people, as a part of the ongoing SWAS programme, to
popularise the various schemes of BSNL, such as the Night
Free Call, Roaming Free etc. As per this call, Coimbatore
SSA Forum conducted an impressive rally Yesterday. The PGM
of Coimbatore as well as Forum leaders took part in this
rally. More than 350 Employees participated. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the Coimbatore comrades.<<views
of the rally>>
for the Extended CEC meeting to be
held at Ahmed Nagar (Maharashtra),
from 19th to
writes to the Corporate Office on stalemate in the
settlement of Anomalies, as well as issuing of Presidential
Orders to the TSMs who are directly promoted as Telecom
writes to the Corporate Office on non-holding of the PLI
writes to the PGM (SR) on non-holding of the Standing
writes to Director (HR) on non-implementation of DoP&T
orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL.<<view
writes to the Corporate Office on revision of guidelines
for granting Compassionate Ground Appointments in the case
of officials who are killed in accidents while on duty.<<view
Office letter on grant of Cash Award to Sportspersons for
achieving excellence in International
Tournaments during the Calendar Year 2015.<<click
gets 24 lakh responses on it’s paper on differential
pricing of data services.
The TRAI has received 24 lakh responses on it’s paper on
differential pricing of data services. This is the largest
number of response that the TRAI has ever received on any
of it’s consultation. Out of this, 18 lakh responses have
come through Facebook’s campaign in favour of it’s ‘Free
basics’. Nearly 5 lakh responses have come in support of
‘Net neutrality’. The TRAI Chairman shri R.S. Sharma has
already stated that most of the responses received through
the Face Book do not answer the issues raised by the TRAI.
This prompted the TRAI Chairman to comment that he was not
conducting an opinion poll. It is to be noted that the
Facebook has spent Rs.100 crore for, advertisements in
support of it’s Free basics.
[Source: Economic Times dt. 08.01.2016]
huge concessions given, private investment has not come,
as expected by the government.
The Narendra Modi government has given huge concessions to
the corporates, both Indian and multinational. The
government expected that this will help to bring in large
scale private investment. But the government’s mid-year
economic review has found out that ‘private
investment, as a growth engine, has failed’.
[Source: Economic Times dt. 08.01.2016]
Nadu circle Forum conducting a circle level convention on
“Service With a Smile”.
The Tamil Nadu circle Forum is conducting a circle level
convention on ‘Service With a Smile’. This convention is
aimed at successfully implementing the SWAS in the circle.
The convention is being held at Pondicherry on 19.01.2016.
Ground Appointment to the dependents of the employees
killed in accidents while on duty, on priority basis.
This issue is being continuously taken up with the
Management by BSNLEU. As a result, the Establishment
Branch has prepared a note for the approval of the
Management Committee, for revision of guidelines for
granting Compassionate Ground Appointment. This issue was
again discussed today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.
Balbir Singh, President, with the Director (HR) and GM (Estt.).
In the MC note, the Establishment Branch is proposing to
give Compassionate Ground Appointment to the dependents of
the officials who lost their lives in the following
(1) Electrocution (2) Accidents while
attending telephone / cable faults (3) Militant
attacks (4) Fire accidents.
Together with the above mentioned accidents, BSNLEU has
demanded that road accidents while on duty should also be
included. If any other type of accident is to be included
in the guideline, the same may immediately be communicated
to CHQ through E-mail / SMS.
of DoP&T orders in BSNL, with regards to reservation to
the SC/ST employees in the Departmental Examinations.
This issue is being continuously persued by BSNLEU, with
the Management. The Director (HR) has constituted an
internal committee, with the direction to submit a report
within a period of one month, on the status of
implementation of DoP&T orders, with regards to
reservation to the SC/ST employees in the Departmental
Examinations. Since the one month period is already over,
the issue was once again discussed today with the Director
(HR), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh,
President. The representatives expressed their unhappiness
to the Director (HR) over the delay in the issue. The
Director (HR) assured that she would enquire about the
developments on the issue and inform the Union shortly.
of more number of informal meetings, as well as time to
BSNLEU, for discussing staff matters with the Director
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President,
raised the above issue with the Director (HR) today. At
present, BSNLEU is being treated at par with all other
Unions and Associations, in the matter of granting
informal meetings. In today’s meeting, the representatives
demanded that BSNLEU should be allotted with more number
of meetings, as well as time, to discuss staff matters
with the Director (HR), considering the fact that it is
the Major Recognised Representative Union of BSNL, which
has secured 48.6% votes in the last Membership
Verification. Director (HR) accepted the view of BSNLEU
and assured that appropriate action would be taken.
urged to immediately hold PLI committee meeting.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President,
met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), and demanded that the
meeting of the PLI committee should be convened
immediately. The representatives pointed out that the last
meeting of the PLI committee was held on 31.08.2015, and
that thereafter no meeting of the committee has taken
place. The GM (Restg.) assured to do the needful to hold
the meeting expeditiously.
review committee meeting to be held tomorrow.
The meeting of the Joint Committee, which has been
constituted to review the BSNLMRS is taking place at 15:00
hrs tomorrow the 08.01.2016.
fee for the Extended Central Executive Committee meeting
is fixed as Rs.800/-.
The All India Centre meeting held today, discussed about
the preparations for the Extended Central Executive
Committee meeting, being held at Ahmed Nagar from 19th
to 21st February, 2016. In consultation with
the Maharashtra circle union, the All India Centre meeting
has decided that the delegate fee for the Extended CEC
meeting shall be Rs.800/-.
(HR) urged to review results of the JTO LICE held on
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President
held detailed discussion today, with Ms. Sujata Ray,
Director (HR) on the above subject. The representatives
pointed out that in some circles, including Jharkhand, the
Expert Committees formed to review the results of the JTO
LICE held on 02.06.2013, have not given full additional
marks to the wrong questions, as has been done in other
circles. In this regard, they also pointed out that the
decision of the 30th meeting of the National
Council, held on 28.05.2014 is not implemented. The
Director (HR) agreed with the view of the Union and
assured that necessary action would be taken in this
of 7th Membership Verification in April 2016 is confirmed.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President met
shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR) and enquired about the
preparations for the 7th Membership
Verification. The PGM (SR) replied that all actions are
being taken to hold the verification on 26.04.2016, for
which results will be declared on 28.04.2016. The PGM (SR)
further stated that the holding of elections for some
state assemblies would not cause any change in BSNL’s time
schedule to hold the 7th Membership
(SR) urged to hold the Standing Committee meeting without
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir Singh, President
urged shri Shameem Akhtar, PGM (SR) today, to take steps
for the holding the Standing Committee meeting without
further delay. They pointed out that review of the
implementation of the decisions of the National Council
meetings is not being done, since the Standing Committee
meeting is not taking place. The PGM (SR) assured that
prompt action would be taken to hold the meeting.
(HR) urged to get approval of the important HR issues of
the Non-Executives in the forthcoming meeting of the Board
It is understood that next meeting of the Board of
Directors will be held in the end of this month. So far,
no date is fixed. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Balbir
Singh, President, in their meeting with Ms. Sujata Ray,
Director (HR) today, urged her to ensure that the
important pending HR issues of the Non-Executives, such as
New Designations, E1 payscale and Superannuation benefits
of the Directly Recruited employees are approved by the
Board in it's forthcoming meeting. They pointed out that
these issues are already considerably delayed. The
Director (HR) assured that needful would be done.
Office letter on grant of Cash Award to Sportspersons for
achieving excellence in National Tournaments during the
Calendar Year 2015.<<view
With A Smile” (SWAS) -
CHQ circular no.11.<<view
has issued order,
revising IDA payable
writes to the Director (HR), demanding review of the JTO
LICE (2013) results, by granting full marks to the wrong
for payment of GPF advance to be released latest by next
The issue of releasing of funds by the Corporate Office,
for payment of GPF advance was discussed with shri
Yashwant Narayan Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today by com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS. The GM (T&BFCI) has assured that funds will
be released immediately, and latest by next Monday.
to all. BSNL
gives a record 17.5 lakh mobile connections in December,
BSNL has achieved a new milestone of
adding a record 17.5 lakh new mobile customers in
December, 2015. This is the highest number
of mobile connections ever provided in one single month
and 87.59% more than the target fixed for the month of
December, 2015. The highest previous record was 16.1 lakh
mobile connections given in July, 2015.
Bihar, Jharkhand, Kolkata, NE-I, Rajasthan, Chennai, Tamil
Nadu and Maharashtra circles have done extremely well. All
these circles have achieved more than 100% of the targets
set for them. Maharashtra circle has come first, by
achieving 141% of it's target. BSNLEU heartily
congratulates all these performers.<<view
targets & achievements list>>
Kashinath Yadav, former circle president, Telecom Factory,
Mumbai passed away.
regrets to inform that com.
former circle president, Telecom Factory, Mumbai has
passed away at 6 AM today. He was 76 years old. CHQ pays
it’s respectful homage to com.
and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to all the family
members, relatives and friends of com.
and also to the comrades of the Telecom Factory, Mumbai.
Tamil Nadu circle to conduct rallies on 08.01.2016.
The Forum, Tamil Nadu circle, has decided to conduct
rallies throughout the circle on 08.01.2016. This
programme is being organised as a part of the ongoing
“Service With A Smile” movement. The rallies would be
utilised to attract the attention of the general public to
the various facilities / services being offered by BSNL.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates Forum, Tamil Nadu Circle for
taking this initiative.
shrinks for the first time in 2 years - Fall sharpest in 7
A survey shows that the manufacturing activity in India
has started shrinking. The survey conducted by the Nikkei
India Manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) also
shows that the fall in the manufacturing activity in
December 2015 is the biggest after October 2013. It may be noted that he NDA
government headed by Narendra Modi, came to power by
promising that it would change India into a manufacturing
giant. Especially, the Prime Minister has given the slogan
of "Make in India", and is continuously touring foreign
countries to bring in foreign investments. Huge
concessions are also being given to the Indian and
multinational corporates. Still the manufacturing activity
is shrinking. This is because, the Narendra Modi
government is also following the same wretched Neo Liberal
Policies, that was followed by the Congress led UPA
[ Source: The Economic Times dt. 05-01-2016 ]
introduce new penalty rule for telecom operators.
Telecom Minister, Ravishankar Prasad told yesterday that
the government will soon introduce a new rule to impose
penalties on telecom operators who violate norms. In March
2004, the Telecom Commission finalised proposals for
imposing penalties. According to these proposals,
penalties start with a warning that invites a penalty of
Rs.1 lakh. Thereafter, Rs.1 crore, Rs.5 crore, Rs.20 crore
and Rs.50 crore are the other stages of penalties.
Whatever rule govt. may introduce, private operators
follow only one rule. Cheat the govt. and loot the people,
is their rule.
Office letter on
of Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) for SC/ST/OBC Candidates
for recruitment of Telecom Technical Assistant(TTA) in BSNL
from external candidates -
awaited process for holding JTO LICE started.
awaited process for holding the JTO LICE, as per the
Revised RR, has started. The Establishment Branch of the
Corporate Office has issued today, to the Recruitment
Branch to direct all the CGMs to calculate the posts for
JTO LICE under 50% quota up to 31.03.2016. Accordingly,
the GM(Rect.) will now send the direction to all the CGMs.
Another important feature of the letter of the
Establishment Branch is that, it is categorically
mentioned that the JTO LICE would be conducted for all the
vacancies that arise up to 31-03-2016. This is a victory
for BSNLEU. There was an attempt in the Corporate Office
to hold the JTO LICE only for a portion of the vacancies
and not for all. BSNLEU took it up with the CMD BSNL, who
gave a categorical commitment, to hold the JTO LICE for
all the vacant posts. Accordingly letter has now been
issued to hold the exam for all the vacancies up to
31-03-2016. BSNLEU will further pursue the case for early
issuing of the Notification to hold the JTO LICE.<<view
freedom fighter, former General Secretary of AITUC,
as well as the former General Secretary of the Communist
Party of India, passed away at New Delhi on 02.01.2016. He
had been unwell for some time and had been admitted in a
hospital at New Delhi. Com.A.B.Bhardan
was one of the outstanding leaders of the working class
movement of our country. He relentlessly worked to
strengthen working class unity and for the upliftment
of the downtrodden. BSNLEU
dips its banner and pays it's respectful homage to the
CEC meeting at Ahmed Nagar - Circle and District
Secretaries to note please.
CHQ is receiving requests from comrades, for admitting
visitors in the Extended CEC meeting, to be held at Ahmed
Nagar. The Maharashtra circle union, which is hosting the
Extended CEC meeting, has already strictly informed the
CHQ that they are not in a position to allow visitors. CHQ
wishes to firmly tell that no one will be allowed in the
Extended CEC meeting, other than the circle secretaries,
central office bearers and district secretaries. If for
any genuine reason, any district secretary is not able to
attend the Extended CEC meeting, than only the Assistant
District Secretary should be deputed to the meeting, with
due authorisation letter. All comrades are requested to
cooperate with the CHQ.
is allotted with alternative accommodation.
BSNLEU is presently having official accommodation, at D7
Telegraph Place, Gole Market. Since the govt. of India has
handed over this place to the Jharkhand govt., BSNLEU
demanded for alternative accommodation. Temporarily,
accommodation is provided at Atul Grove Road, New Delhi -
110001. The Director(HR) has
assured the General Secretary that, soon BSNLEU will be
allotted with suitable accommodation.
to get Rs.10,000 crore as Income Tax return from the
Income Tax department.
BSNL will soon be getting Rs.10,000 crore return from the
Income Tax department. This was disclosed by Shri Anupam
Srivastava,CMD BSNL. In a meeting held in the BSNL
Corporate Office yesterday, connected with the New Year
day, the CMD disclosed this. The Income Tax department has
collected Rs.10,000 crore in excess from BSNL. This is because,
BSNL's accounts are not reconciled by the DoT during the
past 15 years. The Forum seriously took up this issue with
the Secretary, DoT, at the time of the 2 day strike that
took place in April 2015. In the talks held on 01.05.2015
with the Forum, the Secretary, DoT assured that the DoT
would take all necessary steps to get the accounts of BSNL
reconciled at the earliest. The CMD has also stated that
as a first installment, BSNL will be getting Rs.891 crore
from the Income Tax department.
introduces free roaming from toady.
MTNL is introducing free roaming from today. Accordingly,
MTNL customers who roam out of MTNL service areas will not
be charged with roaming charges. Telecom Minister, Ravi
Shankar Prasad has made an announcement of this.
of corrupt M.S.S.Rao held up pending disciplinary
The corrupt M.S.S.Rao, former CGM of Kerala retired on
superannuation yesterday the 31st December 2015. However,
his pension, DCRG, etc., have been withheld. He will now
get only provisional pension, as per Corporate Office
letter. It is understood that disciplinary proceeding has
been initiated against M.S.S.Rao for corrupt practices and
swindling of money. It may be noted that this same
M.S.S.Rao issued legal notice to GS,BSNLEU and other
leaders of the CHQ, when BSNLEU made updatings about his
corrupt practices on the CHQ website.<<click
Office letter on status in the cadre of TTA as on
31.12.2015 in respect of officials seeking inter-circle
transfer under Rule-8 of BSNL Employees Transfer policy.<<view
Modi’s Pakistan visit -
(Editorial of the January 2016
issue of Telecrusader).<<click
New Year greetings and message.<<click
increased by 4.5% from 01-01-2016.
The IDA has increased by 4.5%, with effect
from 01-01-2016. Presently IDA is being paid at 107.9%.
Thus the new IDA payable will be 112.4%. The new rate will
be implemented after order is issued by the DPE.
by 2015. Welcome 2016.
The year 2015 is coming to a close. It is a memorable year
indeed. The working class has seen many ups and downs in
this year. The pro-corporate and anti-worker Neo Liberal
Policies are implemented with increased vigour, by the BJP
led NDA government. More attacks were launched on the
Public Sector, through disinvestments. Nevertheless, the
working masses have registered many victories too. The
attempts made by the Narendra Modi government to enact law
for grabbing lands from farmers, without their consent,
has been dramatically defeated. The 2nd September General
Strike, against the pro-corporate policies of the
government became a historic success. The entire BSNL
employees went on a historic 2 day strike in April, to
strengthen and safeguard BSNL. This strike was preceded by
countrywide signature campaign and massive March to the
Parliament. As a result of the efforts taken by all the
unions and associations, under the leadership of the
Forum, good results have started coming in the revival of BSNL. Let us bid goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016, with
the fervent hope that the united working class movement
will register more significant victories in the New Year.
the "Service With A Smile" (SWAS) programme powerfully
The Forum has given call to launch it's ambitious 100 day
programme of the "Service With A Smile" (SWAS) from the
New Year Day, i.e., 01.01.2016. The CMD BSNL has formally
inaugurated this programme at the BSNL Corporate Office
yesterday, in the presence of the Forum leaders. Likewise,
the programme has been inaugurated at all the circles and
SSAs. The Forum has issued a detailed circular, as to how
the SWAS is to be implemented. This circular is updated on
CHQ website on 28.12.2015. All the circle and district
secretaries of BSNLEU, being the convenors of the Forum,
at circle and district levels, are requested to
appropriately coordinate with all the other constituents
of the Forum, and to ensure that the SWAS is effectively
launched from the New Year day.
Membership Verification process getting kick-started - CHQ
calls upon all the circle, district and branch unions to
gear up to face the verification.
The 7th Membership Verification process is getting
kick-started. The Corporate Management has called for an
all union meeting on 11th January, 2016, at New Delhi, for
discussing about the smooth conducting of the 7th
Verification. All the organisations which had
participated in the 6th Membership Verification are
invited to attend this meeting. With this meeting, the 7th
Membership Verification is getting kick-started. Hence all
the circle, district and branch unions are requested to
gear up to face the 7th verification.<<view
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MRS Review Committee to meet on 08-01-2016.
As per the Kolkata All India Conference decision, BSNLEU
raised the demand that a committee should be constituted,
to review the BSNL MRS, since employees are experiencing
much hardship in getting treatment under the scheme. No
reputed hospital is prepared to give treatment to BSNL
employees at the CGHS rates, since the prevailing market
rates are much higher than the CGHS rates. Hence, almost
50% of the expenditures incurred for treatments, are being
borne by the employees themselves. Moreover, due to
belated payment of bills by BSNL, reputed hospitals have
gone out of BSNL's tie up. Net result is that, employees
are not getting treatment from good quality hospitals.
These are the reasons why BSNLEU demanded for a review
committee. This issue was subsequently raised by BSNLEU in
the National Council, and decision was taken to form a
review committee. However, unnecessary problems were
created by the Admn. Branch of the Corporate Office, in
constituting the Committee. As a result, BSNLEU
registered it's strong protest with the Director(HR).
Only thereafter the Committee was constituted.
The meeting of the BSNL MRS Committee will now meet on 08.01.2016.
BSNLEU will try it's best to ease the problems being faced
by the employees.
WITH A SMILE" (SWAS) programme inaugurated by the CMD BSNL
at Corporate Office.
Sharply at 10:00 am today, the
entire officers and staff of BSNL Corporate Office,
together with the Forum leaders, assembled at the Bharat
Sanchar Bhawan, the Corporate Office of BSNL, at Janpath,
New Delhi. Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) welcomed
every one to the inauguration of the SWAS programme. This
was followed by the CMD BSNL, Shri Anupam Shrivastava,
reading out the pledge to serve the customers with a
smile. The entire staff and officers, as well as the Forum
leaders, took the pledge. In his inaugural speech, the CMD
BSNL asserted that the BSNL will soon regain it's past
glory. He also praised the Forum of BSNL Unions and
Associations, which has conceived the SWAS programme. The
brief, but enthusiastic inauguration of the SWAS, in the
Corporate Office, has given the much required boost to the
programme. Let us all pool our entire energy for the 100
days, starting with 1st January, 2016, to successfully
organise the SWAS.<<<views
of the programme>>>
urges the Director(HR) to expeditiously consider
appointment on Compassionate Ground, on priority basis, to
the wards of the employees killed in accidents while on
BSNLEU has once again urged the BSNL Management to
consider giving Compassionate Ground Appointments on
priority basis, to the wards of the employees killed in
accidents while on duty. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron and com.Kuldeep Singh,
Assistant Treasurer, met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) today
and urged her to expeditiously give guidelines to the CGMs
in this regard. They also handed over to her, CHQ's
letter, demanding CGA on priority basis, to the wards of
three employees (two from Andhra Pradesh circle and one
from Maharashtra circle) who were killed in accidents
while on duty.
Chennai circle union, conducts powerful demonstration
infront of the Telecom Employees Co-operative Society
office at Chennai, demanding reduction of interest rate,
proper auditing of Society accounts, curtailment of
wasteful expenditures etc.
BSNL Employees Union, Chennai circle, conducted a powerful
demonstration today, infront of the Telecom Employees
Co-operative Society office at Chennai. This demonstration
was conducted demanding reduction of the interest rate
from 16% to 12%, curtailment of wasteful expenditures,
proper auditing of the Society accounts, etc. One of the
major demands of today’s demonstration is, the immediate
distribution of the land, which has been purchased for
distribution among the Society members. The demonstration
was presided over by com. Kanniappan, Circle President and
was addressed by com. K. Govindaraj, Circle Secretary. CHQ
heartily congratulates the Chennai circle union and all
the members who have participated in the demonstration.<<view
Ground Appointment to the wards of the employees who died
in accidents, while on duty.
BSNLEU is continuously raising the demand that Management
should give appointment to the wards of the employees who
died in accidents, while on duty, on a priority basis.
This issue was raised in the last National Council
meeting. The Director (HR) has told that the demand would
be examined. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR),
sending three such cases pertaining to Maharashtra and
Andhra Pradesh circles, for appointment on a priority
With A Smile” (SWAS) programme to get inaugurated at
Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels tomorrow. Circle
and district secretaries are requested to do the needful.
The ambitious “Service With A Smile” (SWAS) programme,
called on by the Forum, is to be observed for 100 days,
starting from 1st January, 2016. This programme is getting
inaugurated at 10:00 AM by shri Anupam Shrivastava, at the
BSNL Corporate Office, tomorrow the 30th December, 2015.
Simultaneously, this programme is to be inaugurated at all
circles and SSAs, by the respective CGMs and SSA heads.
Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to
contact their respective CGMs and SSA heads, as well as
all other constituents of the Forum, and to effectively
organise the SWAS programme.
circular on 100 days programme of the
With A Smile"
CEC of BSNLEU will be held at Ahmed Nagar, from 19th
to 21st February, 2016.
The Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Ahmed
Nagar in Maharashtra circle, from 19th to 21st February,
2016. Apart from the CHQ office bearers and the Circle
Secretaries, the District Secretaries shall also attend
this Extended CEC meeting. No visitor will be allowed.
Ahmed Nagar is well connected by train. The city can also
be reached by road from Pune (100 KMs), Aurangabad (110
KMs), Manmad (120 KMs) and Dound (90 KMs). All CEC members
and District Secretaries are requested to book their
journey tickets immediately. District Secretaries are also
eligible for special casual leave to attend this meeting.
A list of trains which touch Ahmed Nagar is enclosed for
the convenience of the comrades.<<view
list of trains>>
of allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger.
As per the agreement signed between the Forum and the
Management on 12.06.2012, with regards to 78.2% IDA
merger, a review should have been made by the Management
on 01.04.2013, for the payment of all allowances based on
78.2% IDA merger. However, so far Management has not
considered payment of allowances based on 78.2% IDA
merger. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with
the CMD BSNL today the 28.12.2015, and urged him to take
steps for payment of all allowances based on 78.2% IDA
merger. BSNLEU also handed over the following letter to
the CMD today on this matter.<<view
delay in the finalisation of Management’s pension
contribution to the Directly Recruited employees of the
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met CMD BSNL today, and expressed
extreme unhappiness on the non-settlement of the pension
contribution by BSNL Management, in respect of the
Directly Recruited employees. The GS drew the attention of
the CMD BSNL to the fact that some of the RMs, who were
regularised after 01.10.2000, have retired recently
without any pensionary benefits. He urged upon the CMD to
immediately finalise the pension contribution by the BSNL
Management, as per the DPE orders. A letter was handed
over to the CMD on this issue.<<view
of funds by Corporate Office for payment of GPF advance.
BSNLEU has tried it’s best to persuade the Corporate
Management to allot necessary funds for the payment of GPF
advance. However, the GM (T&BFCI), told that funds could
not be released this month due to acute shortage of the
same. He has told that funds would be allotted only next
month. It may be noted that the deductions made by BSNL
Management from the employees, on account of GPF, is being
remitted to DoT immediately. As such, BSNL spends it’s own
money for making payment of GPF advance, which will be
claimed from DoT. Since, the DoT is not reimbursing the
amount on time, BSNL is finding difficulty to cope with
on Stagnation issue, between BSNL Management and the JAC
to be held on 11.01.2016.
The BSNL Management will hold a discussion on the
Stagnation issue with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of
the Non-Executive Unions and Associations at 15:00 hrs on
11.01.2016. This decision was taken in the formal meeting
held between BSNLEU and the Director (HR) on 21.12.2015.
with GM (Restg.), on the Change of Designations issue.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.),
today and thanked him for his efforts in getting the
approval of the Management Committee for the New
Designations. The GS also requested the GM (Restg.), to
take the necessary steps to get the Board’s approval for
the new designations.
Office letter on skill Enhancement Training to BSNL
employees through Telecom Sector Skill Council.<<<view
Office letter on
review of engagement of Apprentices
A.C. Shah, former circle secretary of Gujarat,
deep sorrow and grief, CHQ informs that com. A.C. Shah,
former circle secretary of Gujarat,
has passed away in a hospital at Indore, on 24th December,
2015. Com. A.C. Shah was the founding father of BSNLEU in
Gujarat circle. He took extreme pains to organise BSNLEU
in each and every district of Gujarat circle, against
heavy odds. Mainly it is because of his contributions,
that BSNLEU is a formidable organisation in Gujarat today.
Com. A.C. Shah had also been the vice-president of BSNLEU
for many years. CHQ dips it’s banner and pays it’s
respectful homage to com. A.C. Shah. It also conveys it’s
heartfelt condolences to his family members, relatives and
friends as well as to the comrades of Gujarat circle.
Class successfully conducted in Lucknow centre.
As per schedule, the Study Class being organised by the
K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust, was successfully
conducted in Lucknow centre on 22nd and 23rd December,
2015. The Class was organised in Parijat Guest House, in
sector 11, Lucknow. Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-president(CHQ),
acted as the principal of the class. On 22nd morning,
com.R.K.Mishra, circle secretary, UP(East) circle,
welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, briefly spoke on
the necessity of organising such a study class. The first
class of this Centre, on the topic of "Tasks of the Trade
union" was conducted by com.Swadesh Dev Roye, National
Secretary, CITU. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, conducted class in
the afternoon on “Neo-Liberal Policies and it’s impact on
Telecom Sector”. Today morning, com.Badal Saroj,
Vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, conducted class on
"Trade Union and Social Issues". Comrades from UP(East),
UP(West), Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and NTR Circles
participated in the class. The UP(East) circle union of
BSNLEU has made excellent arrangements for the class. CHQ
heartily thanks and congratulates the UP (East) circle
union for successfully conducting the Study Class.<<views
of the class>>
circle executive committee meeting held on 23-12-2015.
The circle executive committee of BSNLEU, Odisha was held
on 23rd December, 2015, under the presidentship of com
P.R.Das. Com.S.R.Das, circle secretary welcomed everyone
and placed the report of activities. The main item for
discussion was the strengthening of the
Organisation. All the District Secretaries and
Circle Office bearers participated in the discussion and
placed their views. Com.A.Dhupal
patron and com Biswal, Patron, addressed the meeting and
requested all the District Secretaries and office bearers
to work hard for the improvement of the organisation. The
CEC meeting took many decisions for the settlement of
Designations are approved by the Management Committee.
Congrats comrades. It is learnt that the Management
Committee meeting, held yesterday, has approved the New
Designations, as has been finalised by the Designations
Committee, held on 11.12.2015. Now, this may go for the
approval of the BSNL Board. Approval of the BSNL Board may
become necessary, since the new designations have to be
incorporated in the Recruitment Rules of all the four
cadres, viz., RM, TM, Sr.TOA and TTA. Recruitment Rules
are framed by the Board and any change in the RR can be
done only by the Board. We will take all steps to ensure
that order on New Designations are issued at the earliest.
Mela organised in Karwar SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<view
of the Black badge demonstrations held on 22-12-2015,
demanding 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners.<<view
writes to the Director (HR), on the Corporate Office
letter, which stipulates wrongful pay fixation in the case
of Officiating JTOs.
The order issued by the Corporate Office on the
implementation of FR 22(1)(a)(1) for Officiating JTOs is
not proper and is causing loss to the officiating JTOs.
BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR) requesting for
Kumar, General Secretary, CITU, Karnataka state passed
is extremely shocked to know that Com.Prasanna Kumar,
General Secretary, CITU, Karnataka State, has passed away
today morning, due to cardiac arrest. Com.Prasanna Kumar
was less than 50 years of age, and his death is a big loss
to the working class movement in Karnataka state. It is
very pertinent to state that Com.Prasanna Kumar was a
leader of the Karnataka State BSNL Contract Workers Union,
and had led many struggles for the settlement of the
grievances of the contract workers. BSNLEU pays it's
respectful homage to com.Prasanna Kumar and also conveys
it's heartfelt condolences to all the family members,
relatives and friends of the departed leader.
informs Delhi High Court that no fine would be imposed on
Telecom companies, for call drops, till 6th
The TRAI has already notified that from 1st
January onwards, fine would be imposed on telecom
companies, for call drops. The Cellular Operators'
Association of India (COAI) and the Association of Unified
Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) have challenged
this notification in the High Court of Delhi.
This petition was heard yesterday. The next hearing on
this petition would be held on 6th
January. The TRAI also has given an undertaking to the
Court that it would not impose any fine for call drops
till 6th January.
of designations issue before the Management Committee
meeting to be held today.
Comrades are aware that during the past one month, BSNLEU
has did a lot of ground work to find a solution to the
long delayed and frustrated issue of change of
designations of the four main Non-Executive cadres of RM,
and TTA. As a result, the Designations Committee, which
met on 11-12-2015, has finalised new designations and has
signed the necessary agreement. Thereafter, BSNLEU has
continuously kept on urging the Corporate Management to
get the agreement implemented at the earliest. On
21-12-2015, BSNLEU gave the final push, by meeting the CMD
BSNL and the Director(HR) and urged them to get the new
designations approved in the ensuing Management Committee.
We were assured that the new designations issue will be
placed before the Management Committee meeting to be held
today. Today morning, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, once again
requested the CMD BSNL to get the new designations
approved by the Management Committee. We hope that a
result will come today.
discussed with Director (HR), the following issues on
21.12.2015 after the formal
(a) Problem related to
redeployment of NTR staff in BSNL Corporate Office.
The Director (HR), after hearing the union, directed the
PGM (SR) to arrange a tripartite meeting of BSNLEU, CGM (NTR)
and GM (Admn.), BSNL CO, early to find out a solution for
(b) Designation of Non-Executive
of BSNL to be placed before the Management Committee
meeting to be held on 23.12.2015 for approval.
The Director (HR) assured that the issue will be placed
before the Management Committee meeting to be held on
23.12.2015 for approval.
(c) E1 payscale.
The E1 pay scale will be
placed in the BSNL Board meeting to be held in January,
2016 for approval.
(d) Allotment of accommodation
The union complained to the Director (HR), that the
Management is denying proper accommodation to BSNLEU. To
this, she assured that the union would be allotted with
badge demonstrations effectively conducted demanding
immediate pension revision of BSNL pensioners based on 78.2%
Black badge demonstrations are effectively conducted
throughout the country, demanding immediate pension revision
of BSNL pensioners, based on 78.2% IDA merger. At the
Corporate Office, a demonstration was held effectively, in
the presence of all the constituents of the Forum. The
programme was presided over by Com.Chandeswar Singh,
Chairman, Forum. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, veteran leader,
addressed the gathering.<<<view
With A Smile"(SWAS) programme to be inaugurated at
Corporate Office, CGMs offices and SSA Heads' offices,
simultaneously at 10.00 am on 30-12-2015.Circle and district
secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to make the programme
It is already announced that the Forum has decided to
conduct a massive programme, which will be called as
"Service With A Smile"(SWAS), for 100 days, starting
from 01-01-2016. During these 100 days, all the
Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL shall conduct a
serious drive to substantially increase the mobile, landline
and broadband connections. Similarly, all efforts shall be
made to maintain fault free networks, BTSs,
importantly, all the Non-Executives and Executives should
try to enhance the customer satisfaction, by serving them
with a smile. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL has kindly
consented to inaugurate the programme at 10.00
am on 30-12-2015, at the BSNL Corporate Office.
Simultaneously, the programme will be inaugurated at the CGM
offices and SSA Heads' offices also. All the circle and
district secretaries of BSNLEU, being the circle and
district level conveners of the Forum, are requested to
coordinate with other unions and associations, and to
successfully organise the inauguration of the SWAS programme
at all the circles and SSAs.
letter to all CGMs on "Service
With a Smile"
office letter on fixation of pay of officiating JTO's
under FR 22(1)a(i) and reversion before sending them for Phase
formal meeting with the Director(HR) on 21-12-2015.
BSNLEU's formal meeting with the Director(HR) took place
on 21.12.215. Meeting was presided over by Ms.Sujata Ray,
Director(HR). Shri ShameemAkthar, PGM(SR), Ms.Madhu Arora,
GM(Estt.), shri Manish, DGM(Pers.) and shri Ram Shakal,
Addl.GM (SR) participated from the Management side.
Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and
com.R.S.Chauhan, Org.Secretary(CHQ) participated from the
Union side. The following issues were discussed.
(1) Non-Implementation of the
direction of the Regional Labour Commissioner(RLC)
on the issue of stagnation.
The Union stated that the RLC, in the conciliatory meeting
held after the one day strike took place on 27.11.2014,
has directed the Management to find a solution to the
problem of stagnation, by holding a discussion with the
Union. The Union stated that no such meeting, as directed
by the RLC is conducted by the Management.
On hearing the complaint of the union, the
Director(HR) directed the Management Side to immediately
hold the discussion.
2) Non-Implementation of the DoP&T
orders on reservation to SC/ ST employees.
The issue is already taken up with the Director(HR), based
on which a committee has already been constituted, with
the mandate that it's report should be submitted within a
month. Since the one month time limit is already exceeded,
Union asked what action is being taken. The Management
side replied that the Committee is finalising it's report
within a few days.
The Director(HR) firmly stated that all steps would
be taken to implement the DoP&T orders on SC/ST
reservation in BSNL
Violation of the agreement signed between BSNLEU and the
Management on NEPP.
The Union stated that as per the NEPP agreement signed
between BSNLEU and the Management on 30.10.2008, only the
upgradation of pay scales like OTBP, BCR etc., granted
between 01-10-2000 and 01.10.2004 should be treated as 1st
promotion under NEPP, and the post based promotions given
during this period should not be treated as 1st promotion
under NEPP. The Union further stated that in the order
issued by the Management on 23-03-2010, on NEPP, even post
based promotions granted during the above mentioned period
are treated as 1st promotion under NEPP, which is a
violation of the agreement.
The Director(HR) questioned why this issue is being
taken up so belatedly, for which the union
replied that BSNLEU is taking up this issue ever since the order on
NEPP was issued. finally, it was decided that the issue
will be further discussed with relevant records.
Black badge demonstrations today, as per the call of the
Forum, demanding 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners
As per the call of the Forum,organise Black badge
demonstrations today, demanding 78.2% IDA merger for the
pensioners. Organise it effectively with other unions &
associations. Send report and photos to the CHQ.
vacancy particulars still awaited from 10 circles. BSNLEU
has requested the circle secretaries to immediately
arrange to send the particulars.
BSNLEU is taking all out efforts to get the JTO LICE
notified without further delay. The matter has also been
discussed by our CHQ with the CMD BSNL.
The CMD has assured
to do the needful. However, still 10 circles have not sent
particulars to the Corporate Office,
regarding the number
of vacant JTO posts available in their circle. Since the
approval of the BSNL Board is required to hold the JTO
LICE, particulars from the remaining circles are also
necessary. The circles which so far have not sent the
particulars are, Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Bihar,
Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, NEII, Punjab, UP(West),
Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and NTR. CHQ has already
requested the circle secretaries of these circles to take
up the issue immediately with their respective CGMs, so
that the required particulars are sent to the Corporate
Office within a week
with CMD BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD
BSNL, today and discussed the following issues:-
Holding JTO LICE immediately and for the entire vacancies.
The GS expressed his unhappiness over the undue delay in
issuing notification for the JTO LICE. He also expressed
his apprehension that there is a move in the Corporate
Office, to fill up only a part of the existing JTO
vacancies and not fully, through the forthcoming JTO LICE.
The GS strongly demanded that the entire JTO vacancies
should be notified for the JTO LICE.
The GS demanded that the recent agreement reached between
the Management and the Staff Side should be implemented
positively before 31.12.2015.
Implementation of E1 pay scale.
The GS strongly demanded at atleast in the next Board
meeting the E1 pay scale should be approved. The CMD
positively responded on all the issues and stated that
needful would be done.
Procedure not followed by the Expert Committees of some
circles in 2013 JTO LICE.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Rect.)
and drew his attention to the injustice done in the last
JTO LICE, by some of the circle Expert Committees. While
reviewing the results of the JTO LICE conducted in 2013,
in some circles the Expert Committees have given full
marks to the candidates for the wrong questions. This is
the correct procedure. But in some circles, this procedure
has not been followed by Expert Committees, with the
result that injustice is done to the candidates of those
circles. The GS demanded the necessary rectification
should be done, wherever this procedure is not followed.
If necessary, BSNLEU will take this issue with the CMD
BSNL and the Director (HR).
With A Smile” (SWAS) programme to be inaugurated
simultaneously at Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels
at 10.00 am on 30.12.2015.
The Core Committee of the Forum, met shri Anupam
Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and finalised the details of
the inauguration of the “Service With a Smile”
programme. Accordingly, the programme will be inaugurated
by shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, at Corporate Office,
at 10.00 am on 30.12.2015. Similarly, in all the circles,
the CGMs will inaugurate the programme and the heads of
SSAs will inaugurate at the SSAs at 10.00 am 30.12.2015.
Even though it’s inauguration will be made on 30.12.2015,
the 100 day programme of the “Service With A Smile”
(SWAS) will be observed from the New Year Day on
Study Class to be conducted on 22nd and 23rd December.
As has already been announced, the last
round of the Study Class, being organised by the K.G.Bose
Memorial and Educational Trust, will be held at Lucknow
on 22nd and 23rd December. The details of the topics and
teachers are as follows :-
1) Neo- Liberal Policies and it's
impact on Telecom Sector
- Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU.
2) Tasks of the Trade union -
Com.Swadesh Dev Roy, National Secretary, CITU.
3) Trade Union and Social Issues
- Com.Badal Saroj, Vice-president, CITU, Madhya
Venue of the Study Class and
Parijat Guest House, 22/2, Insaf
Nagar, Sector 11, Indira Nagar, Lucknow.
Land mark : Near telephone
exchange, Sector 10, Indira Nagar.
Guest house mobile no. 09026779966
Com. K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ)- 08004180077
District Union of BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle, continues to
organise road shows to market BSNL's products.
Kalyan district union of BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle,
continues to organise road shows to market BSNL's
products. Com.K.S.Baste, District Secretary, BSNLEU,
com.S.M.Chachad, com.M.N.Zende, com.K.C.Bagate,
com.T.N.Dhole and com.B.R.Gore organised a road show
yesterday at Samhaji Chowk, Ullhas Nagar. CHQ heartily
congratulates Kalyani District union for their efforts.<<<view
the torrential downpour taking a toll on vital public
installations, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) managed
to provide landline and net connectivity to a number of
its subscribers at Chennai. How this was possible? The
Hindu dated 16th December, 2015 explains.<<<
view article >>>
Tamil Nadu Circle Union's commendable flood relief work at
Chennai and Tamil Nadu.
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu Circle Union, has
done a commendable job in the flood ravaged Chennai city
and parts of Tamil Nadu circle. Soon after the flood, the
circle union gave call to it’s members to donate Rs.10
each for flood relief. Members responded generously and
contributed Rs.5 lakh. With this amount, the circle union
has already provided one round of relief materials in the
flood affected districts of Tamil Nadu. At Chennai, apart
from creating huge loss to the properties of the people,
the floods have also created another big problem for the
people. A large amount of garbage, from wasted materials,
has become a threat for the health of the people. Various
agencies are involved in clearing this huge garbage.
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union, has also contributed it's
mite in clearing the garbage at Chennai. On 17.12.2015,
250 comrades of BSNLEU and Contract Workers Union, plunged
into action, doing cleaning works. At 9 am, the programme
was inaugurated by Ms.Poonguzhali, CGM, Tamil Nadu Circle,
in the presence of com.P.Sampath, President of Tamil Nadu
Untouchability Eradication Front. Throughout the day the
comrades cleaned the streets, school, bus stand, etc., and
removed the garbage. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil
views of the function>>>
Committee of the Forum to meet on 21.12.2015.
A meeting of the Core Committee of the
Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations will be held
at 12:00 hrs on 21-12-2015. This meeting will discuss and
take decisions about the implementation of the 100 days
programme of " SERVICE WITH A SMILE ". Prior to this
meeting, the Core Committee will meet the CMD BSNL, to
finalise the date of the launching of the Programme.
India only 9% of mobile users have 3G connection.
Four years after 3G services were
launched in the country, there are just about 93 million
3G subscribers. This is just 9 per cent of the total
mobile user base. The 3G penetration in the country
significantly varies across the circles, with 21 per cent
in Mumbai and a mere 4 per cent in Uttar Pradesh (East).
About 300 million of the 981
million mobile subscribers in India use mobile data, but
only 93 million of these have 3G connections. The top five
circles by 3G penetration are Mumbai, Delhi, Kerala,
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with average revenues per user (ARPUs)
writes to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister,
requesting to take lessons from natural calamities like
the Chennai floods, and to permit BSNL to install it's
equipments in government buildings and public places.
Once again it was established during the recent Chennai
floods, that only BSNL provides services to the public
during natural calamities. Only BSNL maintains the
communications, and helps relief and rescue operations,
while all the private operators deliberately shut down
their equipments and run away. In it's last meeting, the
Forum decided to write to the Prime Minister, Minister of
Communications and IT, etc., seeking the help of the
government for installing BSNL's
equipments in government offices, public places, etc.<<<view
writes to Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT on 78.2% IDA
merger to pensioners.
The Forum has taken decision to hold nationwide
demonstrations on 22.12.2015,
wearing black badges, demanding settlement of 78.2% IDA
merger for the pensioners. It was also decided in the
Forum meeting, to write to the Secretary, DoT,
communicating this decision of the Forum, and also
demanding immediate settlement of the issue. Accordingly,
Forum has written letter.<<<view
(East) circle conducted a massive rally of the contract
workers, to the CGM'S office, Lucknow.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation
(BSNLCCWF) and BSNLEU, UP(East) circle unions have
conducted a massive rally of the contract workers at
Lucknow yesterday, demanding settlement of the burning
problems of the contract workers. More than 1,500 contract
workers and regular BSNL employees participated in the
rally. Initially, the circle administration called the
police to stop the rally from reaching the CGM's
office. However, finally the administration was forced to
hold talks with the leaders and accepted to take action on
all important issues. Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary
General, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, com.K.R.Yadav,
Vice-president of the BSNLCCWF and com.R.K.Mishra, CS
BSNLEU, addressed the rally.<<<views
of the rally>>>
Chennai Circle Union distributes flood relief materials to
the affected employees.
A good number of BSNL employees are also badly affected in
the recent floods, especially, lower grade employees and
contract workers. BSNLEU Chennai Circle Union distributed
relief materials worth Rs.2 lakh, to these affected
employees, including contract workers. The relief
materials were distributed in a function held in the
BSNLEU circle union office yesterday. The Chief General
Manager, Ms. Kalavavathi, participated in the function and
distributed the relief materials. Each packet of the
relief materials packet distributed, contained a 5 litre
pressure cooker, 10 kilos of rice, bed sheet, provisions,
plate, tumbler, soaps and tea powder packet. CHQ heartily
congratulates our Chennai circle union for this noble
views of the function>>>
items, to be discussed in the Formal Meeting, to be held
with the Director (HR),
urged to settle expeditiously pending vigilance cases
against non-executive employees to be absorbed in BSNL.
It is seen that even after 15 years of formation of BSNL,
vigilance cases are pending against Group-C & D staff in
DoT. Due to which these employees are yet to be absorbed
in BSNL. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met yesterday,
the 16.12.2015, Shri Hoshiyar Singh, Director (Staff), DoT
and discussed the issue. The leader requested the Director
(Staff) to settle expeditiously, those vigilance cases
S. Rajumani, RM, CTE, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Shri
Indreswar Baruah, LM, (retired on 30.09.2010) etc.,
pending for a long time, since the pension issue of some
non-executives are not settled in absence of P.O. The
Director (Staff) instructed the TFS section to process
those pending cases and assured the union that the matter
will be taken in a special care.
of funds for payment of GPF advance - General Secretary
urges GM (T&BFCI) to take needful action.
Many circles are complaining that funds have not been
released by the Corporate Office, for the payment of GPF
advance. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS has spoken to the GM (T&BFCI)
today and urged upon him to release the funds without
inflation is at 14 month high.
Inflation has touched a 14 month high. According to media
reports, the retail inflation has reached a 14 month high
of 5.4%. The NDA government came to power, assuring people
that it would bring price rise under control. BSNLEU,
along with the Central Trade Unions, went on a General
Strike on 2nd September. One of the important demand of
the strike is controlling price rise. Normally, the rise
in the prices of petroleum products is one of the reasons
for price rise. However, after Narendra Modi came to
power, the price of crude oil in the international market
was steadily falling and at present it has fallen below
Rs.40 per barrel. Still, the retail inflation has touched
a 14 month high.
writes to CMD BSNL to expeditiously release funds for
flood relief of the affected employees of Chennai and
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to
immediately release funds, for the payment of flood relief
to the affected employees of Chennai city and parts of
Tamil Nadu circle. Apart from payment of flood advance,
the Union has demanded that an interest free loan of Rs.
one lakh be paid to the employees who are badly affected.<<<
Management urged to take immediate steps for uninterrupted
network in Uttarakhand Circle.
It was reported to the CHQ that the BSNL network in
Uttarakhand, especially in Almora and Haldwani areas are
frequently interrupted due to which our customers in GSM
and Broadband services are affected. Since, the Director (EB)
and ED (CN) are on tour. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
met Shri K.D. Lakhmani, GM (Core Network Operation), BSNL
CO. yesterday, the 15.12.2015 and urged to take immediate
steps for uninterrupted network in Uttarakhand circle. The
GM (Core Network Operation) appreciated the concern of the
union in the matter and instructed the concerned authority
in Uttarakhand to restore the services and to report to
the Corporate Office if any further action is necessary.
outsourcing is not in the interest of BSNL – A glaring
example of Jaipur SSA.
The Management Committee of BSNL took decision to
outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line
broadband connections in many cities and circle. BSNLEU
opposed such mindless outsourcing. In the discussions that
took place between the Management and the Union, it came
to the notice of the union that in Jaipur SSA, under
Rajasthan Circle, the local authority has already
outsourced the maintenance and provisioning of wired line
broadband services. In the last meeting the Management
tried to justify the outsourcing activities saying it
improved the service and reduced expenditures in Jaipur.
But the reality is different. As a result of our stiff
opposition, our Jaipur District union opposed further
extension of outsourcing after 27th October, 2015 and
compelled the local authority to manage the work of
maintenance and provisioning of broadband services by the
BSNL Staff only from November, 2015. The result is
excellent. It is experienced that not only fault
rate reduced but repeat fault rate also reduced compared
to carry out the work by the outsourcing agency. In
October, 2015, when the work was maintained by the
outsourcing agency, the fault rate was 29.66%, where as in
November, 2015, while the work done by our staff, the
fault rate reduced to 24.08%. Similarly, repeat
fault booked in October, 2015 was 4123 and in November,
2015, repeat fault booked 3188. In November, 2014, while
outsourcing agency was engaged, our broadband fault
clearance rate in 24 hours was 42%, where as in November,
2015, it increased to 54%. In first week of December,
2015, the clearance rate increased to 80%. Thus, it is
crystal clear that outsourcing of broadband activities is
not in the interest of BSNL.
is ranking 130 in Human Development Index.
The ruling classes have continuously been 'tom toming'
that the Neo Liberal Policies will result in eradication
of poverty. It is already 25 years since the Neo Liberal
Policies are implemented. Alas ! India is still ranking
130 in the Human Development Index (HDI) — according to
the 2015 edition of the Global Human Development report,
released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
yesterday. According to the latest ranking, India stands
higher than neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan but lower
than countries like Namibia, Guatemala, Tajikistan and
even Iraq. Norway tops the HDI ranking, followed by
Australia, Switzerland and Denmark. The latest ranking is
based on data from 188 countries.
Secretary addressed Jharkhand circle executive committee
The Jharkhand circle executive committee meeting is held
at Ranchi today. Com.B.Narayan, circle president, presided
over the, meeting. Com.Naresh Lal,
circle secretary welcomed everyone and presented his
report on activities. Apart from district secretaries and
circle office bearers, a good number of functionaries from
various districts also attended the meeting. All the
members of the executive committee participated in the
deliberations. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS addressed the meeting
and explained various issues connected with the problems
of the Non-Executives, viability of BSNL,
Lal, CS, finally summed up the
of the meeting>>
letter of Shri
CMD BSNL for Enterprise
business - Kind attention to all CGMs.<<view
upholds complaints against Airtel.
Customer Complaints Council (CCC) of Advertising Standard
Council of India (ASCI) upheld five complaints against
Bharti Airtel, in which four was for promotions of it’s 4G
services and one was for broadband service.
The claim offer of, “Get the same data benefits as your 3G
pack and enjoy superfast 4G speeds at no extra cost; Free
4G Upgrade” was found misleading by omission of a
disclaimer qualifying that the benefits offered under
retail plans are not available to users under corporate
plans”, ASCI said in it’s order.
(Source: PTI dated 14.12.2015)
Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU at Pune.
Maharashtra circle is hosting the forthcoming Central
Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU. The meeting will be
held at Pune in the third week of February, 2016. The
exact dates of the meeting will be announced within a day
or two. Apart from the Circle Secretaries and Central
Office bearers, all the District Secretaries shall also be
attending this Extended CEC meeting. Maharashtra circle
union is making all efforts to effectively conduct this
call to organise black badge demonstrations on 22.12.2015,
demanding to immediately implement 78.2% IDA merger to
pensioners. Circle and district secretaries are requested
to implement the call effectively.
It is a big injustice to the pensioners that the
government has so far not approved the 78.2% IDA merger
for the pensioners. It is already two and half years since
the serving employees got their wages revised on the basis
of 78.2% IDA merger. The Cabinet note prepared by the DoT
on the matter, is already signed by the Hon'ble Minister
of Communications. However, the note has so far not
reached the Cabinet, and has got stuck up in the process
of Inter Ministerial circulation. Forum, as well as unions
and associations have already discussed this with the
Secretary, DoT, and other top officers a number of times.
However, the issue is not settled till now. Hence, the
Forum which met on 10.12.2015 has given the call to hold
black badge demonstrations throughout the country
on 22.12.2015. Circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU
are requested to coordinate with all the other unions and
associations immediately and to organise the black badge
demonstrations effectively on 22.12.2015. Reports and
photos may be sent to the CHQ for publishing in the
convention of functionaries of four circles organised at
The four circle unions in West Bengal state, jointly
organised an impressive convention of their functionaries
at Kolkata today. The Convention was held in the Kolkata
CTO hall. Com.Saibal Sengupta, CS, Kolkata and
Treasurer(CHQ) presided over the convention. Com.Animesh
Mitra, CS,West Bengal &Vice President(CHQ) welcomed
everyone. Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, President,AIBDPA and
com.Om Prakash Singh,CS,TF &Vice-president (CHQ) were
present. The meeting was attended by the circle and
district level office bearers of West Bengal, Kolkata,
Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores circles.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained
about the efforts being made by the Forum, for the revival
of the BSNL, as well as about the status of the various
issues of the serving and retired employees. He called
upon the functionaries to successfully organise the
"Service with a Smile" programme to be launched by the
Forum from 1st January, 2016. CHQ
heartily congratulates the four circle unions for
organising an effective and successful meeting of the
of the convention>>
Memorial and Educational Trust successfully organises 2
day Study Class at Kolkata.
The 2 day Study Class at Kolkata centre was organised
successfully on 13th and 14th December, 2015, by the
K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust. Com.Adhir Kumar
Sen acted as the principal of the class. On 12th morning,
class was conducted by com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary,
CITU, on the topic "Tasks of the Trade Union". In the
afternoon session of the same day, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
BSNLEU, conducted class on the topic, "Neo-Liberal
Policies and it’s impact on Telecom Sector." On the second
day, i.e., today, the class was conducted by com.Badal
Saroj, Vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, on the topic,
"Trade Unions and Social Issues". All the classes were
conducted in an inspiring and educative way. The West
Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores circle
unions have made very good arrangements for the class. CHQ
heartily congratulates all the four circle unions for the
success of the class.<<<views
of the class>>>
Office letter to all Heads of Telecom
Circles on representation
of Sc /ST in HPC of Compassionate Ground
Office letter to all CGMs on proper operation of Contract
Provisions related to labour laws Contract.<<view
circular no.8, communicating decisions of the meeting held
representatives meet CMD BSNL.
Representatives of the Forum met CMD BSNL at 18:00 hrs.
yesterday, the 11.12.2015. The representatives conveyed to
the CMD, about the decision of the Forum to observe a 100
days drive called “SERVICE WITH A SMILE”, starting
from 1st January, 2016. The CMD appreciated the Forum for
taking such an initiative, and said that it would go a
long way in the revival of BSNL. He also stated that the
Management will render it’s fullest cooperation for the
successful implementation of the programme.
of new designations to the cadres of RM, TM, Sr.TOA and
CHQ has informed yesterday, about the settlement reached
in the Joint Committee for change of designations of the
major non-executive cadres. Prior to this meeting BSNLEU
did a lot of ground work. It met the CMD BSNL, Director
(HR), Director (CFA) and Director (EB) individually and
explained with relevant documents how the TTA cadre is
fully justified to be re-designated as JE. The CMD as well
as the Directors of BSNL Board were completely convinced
in this manner. As regards, the cadre of Sr.TOA, agreement
was already reached in the Joint Committee meeting held on
28.07.2015, to confer “Office Superintendent” to the
Sr.TOAs in NE-11 and NE-12 pay scales. It was also decided
to re-designate the Sr.TOAs below NE-11 pay scales as
“Office Associate”. However, comrades expressed their
unhappiness about the “Office Associate” designation.
Hence, yesterday, before the commencement of the Joint
Committee meeting, the General Secretaries of BSNLEU and
NFTE met the PGM (SR), GM (Estt.) and GM (Restg.)
separately and demanded that the Sr.TOAs below NE-11 pay
scale should be re-designated as “Assistant Office
Superintendent”. Only as a result of all these ground
work, the Management Side members agreed to confer
“Assistant Office Superintendent” designation, to the
Sr.TOAs in NE-9 and NE-10 pay scales. The new designation
of “Assistant Telecom Technician” to the cadre of RM was
proposed by the Management Side itself, which was agreed
by the Staff Side. They also agreed to redesignate the
Sr.TOAs in NE-7 and NE-8 pay scales as “Senior Office
Class at Kolkata Centre to be held on 13th and 14th
The Study Class being organised by K.G. Bose Memorial and
Educational Trust will be held at the Kolkata Centre on
13th and 14th December, 2015. The teachers and their
topics for the Kolkata Study Class will be as follows:-
(1) Tasks of the Trade Union
– com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU.
(2) Neo-Liberal Policies and
impact on Telecom
– com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU.
(3) Social issues and Trade Unions
– com. Badal Saroj,
Vice President, CITU,
reached in change of designations of the non-executives.
Hearty congrats. Break through reached in the matter of
designations change. Agreement reached in today's
Designation Committee meeting as follows:-
1) NE7 & NE 8 = Senior Office Associate.
2) NE9 & NE10 = Assistant Office
3) NE 11 & NE 12 = Office Superintendent.
Assistant Telecom Technician
Now the decisions of the Joint Committee on change of
designations will go for the approval of the Management
Committee. We hope to get the order issued soon. CHQ
wishes hearty congrats to all the comrades.<<view
writes to the Corporate Management on the Change of
Designation of Sr.TOA cadre.<<click
meeting pays homage to the flood victims. Congratulates
the officers and employees of Chennai circle.
The meeting of the Forum, held yesterday, paid homage to
com. Deivasigamani, Telecom Mechanic, and all other people
killed in the unprecedented floods at Chennai and other
parts of Tamil Nadu. The meeting whole heartedly
appreciated the officers and employees of Chennai
Telephones, for maintaining good services during the
floods, which helped the relief and rescue operations in a
big way. The service rendered by Chennai BSNL has drawn
all round appreciation from the public. The meeting also
called upon the entire employees of Chennai circle, to
take all out efforts to rectify the faults that have been
created by the floods, and to sustain the goodwill that
BSNL has earned from the public during the time of the
decides to conduct a 100 days drive to be called as
“SERVICE WITH A SMILE”.
The Forum meeting held yesterday, has decided to
call on the Executives and Non-Executives to observe a 100
days drive, which will be called “SERVICE WITH A SMILE”,
starting from 1st January, 2016. The objectives of the 100
days drive will be
(1) Vigorous marketing of mobile, landline and
(2) Ensure fault free services.
(3) Reconnection of broadband and landline
(4) Special focus on MNP.
demonstrations, wearing black badges on 22.12.2015,
demanding immediate settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to the
The Forum meeting held yesterday, expressed it’s extreme
unhappiness over the non-settlement of 78.2% IDA merger to
the retirees. Hence, the meeting decided to observe
demonstrations throughout the country, by wearing black
badges, on 22.12.2015.
Office letter on
skill enhancement training to BSNL
employees through telecom sector skill council.<<view
pays respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose.
is the 41st death anniversary of com. K.G. Bose, one of
the finest working class leaders. The thoughts of com. K.G.
Bose has changed the course of the P&T trade union
movement. BSNLEU is marching ahead in his foot steps. In
his last letter written from a London hospital, while
fighting against cancer, com. K.G. Bose wrote that he
wished to survive, to fight against all injustices. While
paying our respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose, we
reaffirm our commitment to fight against all injustices
round of the Designations Committee meeting to be
held tomorrow the 11-12-2015
Since the Corporate Management expressed it's intention to
hold another round of meeting of the Designations
Committee, BSNLEU demanded that such a meeting should be
held within this week itself. This issue was discussed
further with the GM (Restg.) today, and considering the
urgency of the issue, it is decided that the meeting would
be held tomorrow the 11-12-2015 itself. We are hopeful
that after tomorrow's meeting, the issue will be sent
for the approval of the Management Committee. BSNLEU wants
to find a solution to this issue by 31st December.
Management urged to immediately finalise the new
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.),
today and urged upon him to immediately finalise the new
designations. In the course of the discussion, the GM (Restg.)
stated that one more meeting of the designations committee
needs to be conducted. The GS, BSNLEU, in that case,
demanded that the meeting should be conducted within this
week. This is accepted by the GM (Restg.).
with the CMD BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD
BSNL, today and demanded that the unjustified and illegal
transfers of six leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA should be
immediately cancelled. The GS explained at length that the
delay in the cancellation of the transfers is causing
widespread resentment among the employees in Kerala and
demanded that the same should be settled without further
with Director (HR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR),
today, and demanded that BSNLEU should be allotted with a
suitable alternative accommodation immediately. He also
urged upon the Director (HR) to find a solution to the
long delayed issue of change of new designations. The
Director (HR) assured that the needful would be done
meeting with BSNLEU to be held on 21.12.2015.
The formal meeting between BSNLEU and the Director (HR),
scheduled to be held today the 10.12.2015, has been
postponed due to administrative convenience. This meeting
has been rescheduled and now will be held on 21.12.2015.
meeting taking place today.
A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is
being held in the BSNL MS office at 1600 hrs. today. The
meeting will review settlement of issues related to the
development of BSNL, as well as other important issues.
Office called from circles
details of TTA.<<view
Office letter on
compliance report to Lok Sabha Secretariat on payment of
Minimum Wages to contract -Labour.<<view
of unions and associations of BSNL meet CMD BSNL, who is
BSNL has received an all round appreciation from the
public, for the commendable services that it rendered to
the people of Chennai, during the recent unprecedented
rains and floods. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL is in
Chennai today, to review the restoration of BSNL's
networks. The unions and associations have met the CMD
BSNL and have discussed. They have submitted charter of
demands with regards to the restoration of the networks
damaged by the floods and also relief to the flood
employee washed away in Chennai floods.
BSNLEU is extremely sorry to report that, a Telecom
Mechanic has been killed in the recent torrential rains
and floods that battered Chennai. Com. G.Deivasigamani, a
Telecom Mechanic, and also the Branch President of BSNLEU,
working in the Ganesh Nagar RSU of Chennai Telephones, has
been washed away by the floods. It is reported that this
incident had taken place while com. G.Deivasigamani was
returning home after completing his duty. BSNLEU pays it's
respectful homage to com.Deivasigamani, and also conveys
it's heartfelt condolences to his family members.
day of the Study Class at Ludhiana.
The Study Class at Ludhiana continued at Ludhiana today
for the second day. Students are participating in the
class enthusiastically. Com.R.L.Moudgil, veteran leader of
the Telecom trade union movement conducted today's class
on the topic, “Trade Unions and Social Issues.”<<<view
in the forefront of serving the people in distress.
An impression is being sought to be
created, especially by the media that government companies
provide sub-standard services. BSNL has also been
subjected to this sort of criticism. But the torrential
rains that Chennai has witnessed, and the subsequent
floods, have proved beyond doubt that BSNL is in the
forefront in serving the people and the private companies
are in the forefront in only looting the people. It was
lauded by one and all that, it was only BSNL which
provided service during the floods, while all the private
companies had closed down their shops during this period
when the people were in distress. The following are the
figures, provided by the Hindu dated 06-12-2015, with
regards to the number of towers of each telecom
company, that remained operational during the floods at
Vodafone is having 1669 towers. But it
did not provide details with regards to the number of it's
towers which remained operational.
companies lose Rs.300 crore, due to the Chennai floods.
continues to reel under the worst rains in over a century.
So far, 270 are reported to have died due to the floods.
The National Disaster Response Force has so far, rescued
over 10,000 people. As per media reports, telecom
companies have suffered losses of around Rs.300 crore.
Out of the Rs.300 crore losses, Rs.100 crore is on account
of network restoration and Rs.200 crore on account of
revenue losses over the past seven days.
day Study Class started at Ludhiana.
As a part of
the ongoing study classes, being organised by the K.G.Bose
Memorial and Educational Trust, the next round of class
started at Ludhiana today. Com.Balbir Singh, President,
presided over the class. In the morning session, com.
P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU, conducted the class on the topic,
"Neo Liberal Policies and it's impact on Telecom Sector".
In the post lunch session, Com.K.Hemalata, National
Secretary, CITU, conducted the class on the topic, "Tasks
of the Trade Unions". The Punjab circle union, as well as
the Ludhiana district union, have made excellent
arrangements for the class. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Punjab and Ludhiana comrades and also all the comrades who
participated in the class.<<<view
Office letter to all CGMs on remittance of EPF
contribution for the Pre-induction Training Period.<<view
Office letter on holding of SRD for PWD candidates for
recruitment of JAO, JTO(T) and JTO(C) and SRD for SC/ST/OBC
candidates for recruitment of TTA in BSNL on 20.12.2015 -
Appointment of examination observer.<<view
Gandhi, Vice President, Congress party, on labour law
“Prime Minister thinks that the workers of India are
dishonest, work shirkers and could be made to work only by
wielding a lathi. He feels labour laws have to be weakened
and workers disciplined so that they are forced to work.
He wants to bring them on their knees. If you look at the
new laws being made in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana, it
will become clear that Modi has started a big assault on
The above is the statement made by not any trade union
leader, but by shri Rahul Gandhi, Vice President, Indian
National Congress. He has spoken so, in the 31st
All India Plenary session of the Indian National Trade
Union Congress (INTUC). What he has spoken is 100%
correct. However, it is to be noted that, the same Rahul
Gandhi was vociferously supporting amendments to the
Labour Laws, when the UPA was running the government.
writes to the Director (HR,) demanding immediate solution
to the stagnation issue.
BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the BSNL Management to
find a solution to the stagnation problem, due to which
nearly 80% of the employees in the cadres of RM and Group
‘D’ are suffering. Despite the best efforts taken by
BSNLEU and the JAC, the issue still remains unresolved.
Hence, BSNLEU has once again written a serious letter to
the Director (HR) demanding settlement of the issue.<<view
writes to the Corporate Office, demanding not to change
the dates of the All India BSNL weight lifting tournament.
All India BSNL weight lifting tournament was originally
scheduled to be held from 27th to 30th January, 2016 at
Kerala. However, due to reasons best known to some in the
Corporate Office, the dates were subsequently changed, to
hold the tournament from 5th to 8th January, 2016. BSNLEU
has already written to the GM (Admn.), BSNL CO, not to
change the date of the tournament since the participants,
especially from Delhi, will face problem in getting train
reservation. BSNLEU has once again written to the GM (Admn.)
requesting not to change the date.<<view
again, it is BSNL alone which goes to the rescue of the
people affected by natural calamities.
It is a well-known fact that only BSNL comes to the rescue
of the people who are affected by natural calamities. This
has been proved time and again. This has once again been
proved in Chennai now. Only BSNL's networks are working in
most of the flood ravaged areas of Chennai city. A lot of
messages are doing the rounds in the social media, where
in BSNL is being praised and private telecom companies are
being bitterly criticised. We reproduce some of the
Casual Contract Workers Federation conducts dharna in UP
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation has conducted
dharna programme in UP (East) circle, on 01-12-2015,
insisting settlement of the justified demands of the
casual and contract workers. The program has taken place
in all the SSAs, actively supported by BSNLEU.<<view
of the program>>
in the online application for the TTA SRD is settled.
Management is conducting Special Recruitment Drive to fill
up the unfilled vacancies in the cadre of TTA. The
applications for this exam has to be made online. In the
option for filling the degree of the candidate, provision
was there only to select B.Sc. There was no provision to
select B.E or B.Tech qualifications. This lapse was
brought the notice of BSNLEU by the SNATTA circle
secretary of Maharashtra circle. The issue was discussed
with the GM(Pers.&Rectt.) in the Corporate Office by com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. As a result of the
intervention made by BSNLEU, the above mentioned lapse has
been set right by the Corporate Office.
class” by K.G Bose Memorial & Education Trust at Ludhiana.
Dear Comrades as already informed that the two days “Study
Class “ for Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Corporate office,
NTR, Himachal Pradesh and J&K being conducted at Ludhiana
by Com. K.G.Bose memorial & education trust on December
8th & 9th, 2015. All arrangement for accommodation, food
etc. are made by the Ludhiana Comrades. Reception
Committee is constituted with Com. Amarjit Chander its
Chairman and Com. Avtar Singh Jhande, General Secretary.
Com. Parvinderjit Singh Pankaj will head the Accommodation
Committee. Food Committee will be headed by Com. Paramjit
Singh Vice President BSNLEU Ludhiana. Com. Darshan Singh
President BSNLEU Ludhiana will look after the arrangements
made for setting up a camp at railway station and bus
stand to guide the participants to reach the venue of
“Study Class”. Venue for the “Study Class” will be
“Community Centre” Sanchar Colony, Bhai Randhir Singh
Nagar, Ludhiana. Stay arrangement has been made in the
vacant staff quarters in the Sanchar Colony. The venue is
at a distance of Seven K.Ms from railway Station and four
K.Ms from Bus Stand, Ludhiana. Reception committee will
set up camps at Railway Station and Bus Stand on
December 07, 2015. Participants can contact Reception
Committee as per details given below:-
1. Chairman Reception Committee -
Com. Amarjit Chander M/No. 94176-00014
2. General Secretary Reception Committee
- Com. Avtar Singh Jhande
3. Com. Darshan Singh & Avtar Singh -
Incharge Camps at Railway station & Bus stand
M/No. 9417100666 and 9417417517
4. Com. Paramjit Singh -
Chairman food committee 94172-88333
of the 8th circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala, donated
Rs.40,000/ to the relief of the flood affected people of
The ongoing Kerala circle conference of BSNLEU, being held
in Kozhikode, has extended it's helping hand to the flood
affected people of Tamil Nadu. The Conference decided to
collect contributions from the delegates attending the
Conference, for flood relief. Immediately, volunteers went
through the Conference hall and collected donation from
the delegates. Within no time Rs.40,000/- got collected.
The Kerala leaders handed over the amount to
com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, to be handed over for the flood
relief activities. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala
comrades for extending their helping hand to the people of
Tamil Nadu at this hour of crisis.<<<view
arguments taking place in the 2G Spectrum Scam case.
The Special Public Prosecutor has informed the CBI Special
Court yesterday that, the former Telecom Minister A Raja
ignored the advise of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
on the issue of considering revision of entry fee for 2G
spectrum licences. The final arguments are now taking
place in the 2G Spectrum Allocation Scam case. The special
public prosecutor said that A.Raja had responded in a
"hurry" to the Prime Minister's November 2, 2007 letter,
in which Singh had asked Raja to consider revision of
entry fee and it indicated that there was a conspiracy.
The argument will continue today also.
[ Source: ET
Telecom.com dt. 04-12-2015]
Office formed committee to review implementation of DoP&T
orders on SC/ST reservation in BSNL.
BSNLEU is insisting for the past few years that, the DoP&T
orders on reservation to SC/ST employees, should be
implemented in letter and spirit. The issue was discussed
several times with the Corporate Management, both inside
and outside the National Council. As result of this,
Corporate Office formed a Committee to look into the
issue. However, the Committee gave an eye-wash report. It
neither accepted the DoP&T orders, nor rendered justice to
the SC/ST employees of BSNL. The Committee Report only
reflected the utterly biased mind-set of the top officers
of BSNL that, quality will be compromised, if SC/ST
reservation is implemented. Every one should understand
that, giving reservation to SC/ST employees is not
anybody's charity, but it is the constitutional right of
the SC/ST employees. Hence, BSNLEU once again took up this
issue with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR) and firmly told
her that the Union would be forced to seek constitutional
remedy, if the issue is not settled. The Director( HR)
assured that a small committee would be constituted which
would give it's report within a month. Yesterday, the GM (Pers)
has informed com.Swapan Chakraborty , Dy.GS, that the
Committee has already been constituted, with PGM (Elect.),
DGM(Pers) and CLO(SCT) as members. BSNLEU will vigilantly
do the necessary follow up.
Office called from circles for deployment
details of Sr.TOA.<view
of the Mahila Convention, conducted, as a part of the
ongoing 8th circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala.<<<view
extends it's helping hand to the people of rain battered
True to it’s traditions, BSNL has once again extended it's
helping hand to the people of Chennai, who are facing
Nature's fury. At a time when Chennai city has become a
virtual island, due to torrential rains, communication is
playing a vital role in the relief and rescue operations.
BSNL, while contributing to this in a big way, has also
announced concessions to it’s customers. Accordingly, BSNL
will allow free local and STD calls to other BSNL mobile
phone users, as well as 100 MB data for seven days for its
prepaid users. A rental rebate of seven days and extension
of billing cycle by 15 days, has also been announced.
BSNLEU congratulates the Management for this gesture.
heartily congratulates com.Kuldeep Singh, Assistant
Treasurer (CHQ), on his
Com.Kuldeep Singh, Assistant Treasurer (CHQ), retired from
service on superannuation, on 30th November, 2015. Com.Kuldeep Singh, a respected and seasoned leader of
BSNLEU, from Haryana circle, has rendered commendable
service to our Organisation, both at Haryana circle level,
as well as at the National level. CHQ heartily
congratulates com.Kuldeep Singh, and wish him a long,
happy and healthy retired life.
class continuing for the second day at Indore.
Class that started at Indore, yesterday, is continuing for
the second day today. The topic of today's class is "Tasks
of the Trade Union." The class is being conducted by
Com.K.Hemalata, National Secretary of the CITU.<<<view
8th circle conference of Kerala under way.
The 8th circle
conference of BSNLEU, Kerala circle, which started
yesterday, is continuing for the second day today. The
conference was inaugurated yesterday by
Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri,
Patron, BSNLEU, also addressed the session.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the Subjects Committee
today and spoke at length on the status of all the issues
of the Non-Executives, apart from matters related to the
revival of BSNL and economic policies of the government.
Around 600 delegates and observers are participating in
the Conference. A massive rally and public meeting will
take place today, as a part of the conference.<<<view
proposal for disinvestment in BSNL - Minister of
Communications informs Parliament.
Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and IT,
informed Parliament that government has no plan for
disinvestment in BSNL. The Minister, in a written reply
given to a question raised in the Parliament, has stated
that government has no plan for disinvestment in BSNL and
MTNL, as a part of the revival plan. (MTNL is already
disinvest upto 46% as on date) The Minister has also
informed that BSNL has already started showing positive
results in the matter of revival. He has further stated
that BSNL has allocated Rs.7,795 crore for expansion works
during the financial year 2015-16.
Office issued letter for formation of Committee to
review BSNL Medical
letter of shri R.K. Mittal, Director (CM), to
Heads of all Territorial Circles.<<click here>>
two day Study Class started at Indore.
The two day
'Study Class', organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and
Educational Trust, started at Indore today. 100 students
from the circles of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat,
Telecom Factory (Mumbai) are taking part in the class.
Com.Prakash Sharma, circle secretary, Madhya Pradesh,
welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, conducted the
first class, under the topic of " Neo-Liberal Policies and
it's Impact in the Telecom Sector". Com.Badal Saroj,
vice-president, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, is conducting the
class in the post-lunch session, under the topic "Trade
Unions and Social Issues."
National Secretary, CITU will be conducting
class tomorrow, under the topic " Tasks of Trade Unions.
The MP circle union has made excellent arrangements for
the class, for which CHQ heartily congratulates it.<<view
upbeat CEC meeting held at New Delhi
- CHQ circular no.10.<<click here>
representatives urged PGM (SR), GM (Estt.) and GM (Rest.
) to ensure settlement of new designations expeditiously.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, met all the Management side
members of the Joint Committee for Change of Designations
yesterday, and gave a final push for the settlement of the
new designations. They met shri Shameem Akthar(PGM SR), Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and shri A.M.Gupta,GM (Restg.)
and requested all the three officers to extend their
cooperation for the settlement of new designations without
any further delay. All the three officers assured of their
fullest cooperation. Especially, the representatives
requested the GM (Restg.) to immediately move the file for
the approval of the Management Committee.