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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2015

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

[Last Updated on 24.01.2015, 19:30 hrs]

 

Heartiest greetings on the occasion of 66th Republic Day.

BSNLEU wishes heartiest greetings to all, on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India. While paying our respectful homage to all those who sacrificed their lives for the formation of a free and democratic Republic of India, let us all take the oath to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country, as well as the secular character of our constitution.

 

[24.01.2015]Twelth Congress of the TUI PS is taking place at Kathmandu on 13th and 14th February, 2015.

The Twelth Congress of the Trade Union International Public Services (TUI PS) is taking place in Kathmandu (Nepal) on 13th and 14th February, 2015. BSNLEU is an affiliate of the TUI PS. Four delegates are allotted to BSNLEU to attend the 12th Congress. Accordingly, com. Balbir Singh (President), com. P. Abhimanyu (General Secretary), com. Swapan Chakraborty (Deputy General Secretary) and com. Saibal Sengupta (Treasurer) are participating in the Congress. The BSNLEU delegation is leaving for Kathmandu on 12.02.2015.

 

[24.01.2015]Telecom Companies cannot mortgage spectrum – says DoT.

Private Telecom Companies are consistently demanding that the government should allow them to mortgage their spectrum to banks, for taking loans. Spectrum is the asset of the nation. It is being allotted to telecom companies for a specific period, for which the companies pay spectrum fee to the government. As such, government cannot allow any telecom company to mortgage this spectrum, for any purpose. Still, the greedy and profit hungry private telecom companies have been lobbying that they should be allowed to mortgage spectrum. Now, media report says that the DoT has decided not to allow telecom companies to mortgage the spectrum allotted to them.

 

[24.01.2015]European Central Bank is giving $1.2 trillion bail-out to big corporates.

Governments of the European countries have already given huge concessions and bail-outs to the big Corporates, to enable them to come out of the economic crises that started in 2008. At the same time, these governments imposed wage-cut, retrenchment, increasing of work-load, pension-cut, etc., on the working class, in the name of “austerity measures”. The working class has gone in to a series of struggles in all the European countries, against those anti-labour “austerity” measures. Again the European Central Bank has announced a stimulus (bail-out to the corporates) of 1.2 trillion US dollars on 22.01.2015. This stimulus is again going to impose burdens on the European working class. It must also be noted that it is the governments of these developed European countries, which are dictating that the Indian government should not give subsidies to the poor Indian people. A crude joke indeed.

 

[23.01.2015]Meeting with Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD today. The GS congratulated Shri Srivastava for his elevation as the CMD BSNL and assured the fullest cooperation of BSNLEU, for the revival of BSNL. The GS thanked the CMD for holding a discussion with the unions and associations on 09.02.2015, and requested that such periodic meetings should take place, on the developmental issues of BSNL. The CMD assured to do this. Further, the following issues were discussed with the CMD. 

 

Victimisations in Jamshedpur: - The attention of the CMD was drawn to the victimizations that are taking place in Jamshedpur SSA, by the Sr.GM of that SSA. The GS requested the CMD to intervene and put an end to the victimisations. The CMD assured to look into this and do the needful. 

 

Non-payment of pension commutation and DCRG amounts in Varanasi SSA:- The attention of the CMD was also drawn to the non-payment of pension commutation and DCRG amounts to the comrades of Varanasi, against whom fabricated FIRs were filed by the erstwhile GM, Varanasi, for their participation in trade union struggle. The CMD assured to look into this and do the needful. 

 

[23.01.2015]Providing Rs.200/- SIM to the employees working in MTNL areas.

BSNLEU is continuously urging the BSNL Management to provide Rs.200/- SIM to the left out BSNL employees working in MTNL areas. Based on our demand, the Corporate Office has requested the concerned CGMs to provide the number of Non-Executives, posted in MTNL service areas. However, the required information is not sent by the CGMs. Hence, CHQ requests the NTR, UP(West), Haryana and Maharashtra circle secretaries to immediately arrange to send the information. 

 

[23.01.2015]Corporate Office letter, reminding the CGMs to send the number of Non-Executives posted in MTNL service areas.<<<view letter>>>

[23.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of IQ rates.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL, on vindictive actions of the Sr.GM, Jamshedpur.<<<view letter>>>

[23.01.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL, on withholding of pension commutation and DCRG amount to the victimised employees of Varanasi SSA.<<<view letter>>>

[23.01.2015]Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA), will hold additional charge as Director (CM), BSNL for a period of three months w.e.f. 16.01.2015.<<click here>>

[23.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of stipend to various cadres in BSNL on revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Odisha Circle held at Bhubaneswar.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]Kolkata witnessed a huge "Human Chain" programme by BSNL Employees.<<<click here>>>

[23.01.2015]Com.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, bereaved.                                                                                        

CHQ belatedly came to know that the father of com.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA, passed away on 20-01-2015. BSNLEU, conveys it's heartfelt condolences to com.Sebastin and his family.

 

[22.01.2015]CBI arrested former Additional Private Secretary of Dayanidhi Maran and Sun TV officials.

The CBI has arrested V.Gowthaman, the former Additional Private Secretary of Dayanidhi Maran yesterday. The arrest is made in connection with the misuse of power by Dayanidhi Maran, when he was the Minister of Communications, for illegally provisioning 323 high speed telephone lines in his residence at Chennai, which were utilised for commercial purposes by the Sun TV, owned by the family of Dayanidhi Maran. The CBI has also arrested the Chief Technical Officer and another technical employee of the Sun TV. The CBI enquiry in this case was initiated at the behest of the former Telecom Minister, A.Raja. The Special CBI Director, M.S.Sharma enquired the case and submitted his report in September 2007. However, the report was kept in cold storage by the UPA government, for political reasons.

 

[22.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of National Council.<<<click here>>>

 

[22.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on reconstitution of Standing Committee of National Council.<<<click here>>>

 

[22.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on holding of meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council.<<<click here>>>

 

[22.01.2015]An impressive seminar held in the ongoing 4th circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle.

As a part of the ongoing 4th circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle, an impressive seminar, the theme of which was "Save BSNL, Save Nation", was held yesterday the 21.01.2015. Com.Mohan Reddy, circle president, presided over the session. com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & Circle Secretary welcomed the delegates as well as the guests and initiated the debate. Almost all the circle secretaries of the Forum, as well as the officers of BSNL participated in the seminar. A host of leaders, including com.P.Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ), com.Ramachandradu, circle secretary, AIBDPA and com.Sambasiva Rao (AIBDPA) were present in the seminar. A very serious and constructive debate took place on improvement of services at the circle level and revival of BSNL at the All India level. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, participated in the discussion and exposed the pro-private policies of the successive governments that came to power at the Centre, as well as the misuse of power by the ministers who went out of way to favour the private operators. He called upon the employees to make the indefinite strike an all out success, so that BSNL can be salvaged. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, addressed and explained the memorandum that has been submitted to the government, giving proposals for the revival of BSNL. Com. Chandrashekar Rao, CS, NFTE, com.Viswanath, CS, SNEA, com.Srinivasa Reddy, CS, AIBSNLEA, com.Sampath Kumar, CS, SNATTA,  and com.Veerabhadra Rao, CS, AIGETOA addressed the seminar and explained the steps to be taken for the revival of BSNL. They also called upon the employees to make the March to Parliament as well as the indefinite strike a historic success.  Shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, Andhra Pradesh and shri K.V. Satyanarayana, GM, East Godavari SSA addressed from the Management side and placed their views. CHQ heartily congratulates the AP circle union for organising a very successful seminar.<<view photos>>

 

[21.01.2015]Corporate Office issued Special Casual Leave letter to Central Office-bearers of BSNLEU for attending Central Secretariat meeting at New Delhi on 26th February.<<<view letter>>>

 

[21.01.2015]Government may impose "Swachh Bharat Tax" on Telecom services.

As per media reports, the government is moving in the direction of imposing a new tax on Telecom services called "Swachh Bharat Cess". In this way, the government intends to create a corpus, to fund the "Swachh Bharat" movement, launched by the Prime Minister. However, levying of this new tax will raise the tariff. It is learnt that the Attorney General has advised the government, that it cannot levy the new tax, without amending the Finance Act.

 

[21.01.2015]Corporate Office order on enhancement of kit allowance for All India BSNL tournaments  and  National level tournaments.<<<view order>>>

 

[21.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on calculation of pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees those who are retiring within 6 months.<<<view letter>>>

 

[21.01.2015]Standing Committee meeting to be held on 10-2-2015.

BSNLEU, as well as the Staff Side of the National Council, have been insisting the Management to conduct the meeting of the Standing Committee. The meeting is not held for a long time. Due to our insistence, it was decided by the Management to hold the meeting on 27-01-2015. However, subsequently it was postponed, as per the request of some members of the Staff Side. Now, it is decided to hold the meeting on 10-02-2015.

 

[21.01.2015]Meeting on revival of BSNL to be held on 09-02-2015.

BSNLEU has been continuously demanding the BSNL Management to hold periodic interactions with the unions and associations, to discuss about the developmental activities of the Company. BSNLEU is of the strong opinion that this will enable the entire workforce to actively involve in the revival of the Company. Sometime back, shri A.N.Rai, who was holding the charge of CMD, assured BSNLEU to hold one such meeting. In the meanwhile, the Forum also has given call to go on indefinite strike, on the revival of BSNL. The Sr. GM (SR) informed Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, today, that the Management has decided to hold one such meeting on 09-02-2015. BSNLEU welcomes the decision of the Management. It also wishes to state that this should not be a one time affair, but a continuous process.

 

[21.01.2015]Removal of discrimination in the matter of immunity from transfers- GS, BSNLEU expressed his utter unhappiness over the delay in implementing the decision of the National Council. 
BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Corporate Management to end the glaring discrimination that is existing between the office bearers of the Non-Executives and the Executives in the matter of immunity from transfers. The earlier GM (SR) was severely opposed to our demand. However, the issue was taken up by the BSNLEU in the National Council meeting, wherein the Director (HR) agreed to settle the issue. Meanwhile, shri Shameem Akhtar has taken over as the Sr.GM(SR). BSNLEU has approached him a number of times to issue order, as per the decision taken in the National Council. It is a matter of regret that no action has so far been taken in the matter. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has once again spoken to the SR. GM (SR) today and has expressed his utter unhappiness over the delay in implementing the decision of the National Council and has demanded immediate issuing of the order.

 

[21.01.2015]General Secretary addressed the Subjects Committee of AP circle conference.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the subjects committee of the AP circle conference yesterday evening. In his speech, the General Secretary severely criticised the anti-Public sector policies of the Narendra Modi government and also the divisive policies of the RSS, as well as other communal forces. He highlighted the united struggle of the 7 lakh coal workers and stated that more such united struggles of the working class will take place in the days to come, against the anti-people policies of the Modi government. The General Secretary also explained about the united struggle conducted by the JAC, and insisted that this unity should further be strengthened. He also explained about the status of the various issues of the Non-Executives.<<view photo>>

 

[20.01.2015]Andhra Pradesh Circle conference started enthusiastically at Rajahmundry.

The four day circle conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle, started enthusiastically at Rajahmundry today. Before the Conference started, the leaders and delegates went in a procession and garlanded the statue of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, com.J.Sampathrao, AGS & CS, AP Circle, com.P.Asokababu, Vice-President (CHQ) and other leaders garlanded the statue. Thereafter, the flag - hoisting took place. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, hoisted the National Flag and com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, hoisted the Union Red Flag.  Thereafter, floral tributes were paid at the martyr’s column. The inaugural session was presided over by com.Mohan Reddy, circle president, and Com.Sampathrao, circle secretary, welcomed every one.  The session was addressed by com.Narasigha Rao, Vice-President, CITU, AP State, shri Murali Mohan, MP, shri Butchaia Chowdhary, MLA, smt.Rajani Sesha Sai, Mayor, Rajahmundry, shri Satyanarayana Rao,MLA, and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron addressed the session. In the post - lunch session, the subjects committee started.<<view photos>>

 

[20.01.2015]Meeting with the GM (Estt.) in BSNL CO.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) on 19.01.2015 and discussed the following issues.

(i)  Declaration of JTO LICE result of Shri Poppat Pradipkmar, TTA, which has been withheld.

(ii) TM LDCE – Relaxation of 10th standard qualification to appear the exam. - The GM (Estt.) has informed that informations has been asked from the circles for number of vacancies and number of eligible candidates who have 10th standard. After receiving the said informations necessary decision in this matter will be taken.

(iii) TTA LICE to notify and to arrange qualifying screening test for non 10+2 TMs – The GM (Estt.) informed that the case is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court to the matter of qualifying exam for non 10+2 candidates. Meanwhile management will initiate for conducting TTA LICE according to the RR.

(iv) Admissibility of GPF, Leave encashment, death gratuity and other pensionary benefits to 8 (eight) deceased RMs (adhoc) of Darbhanga under Bihar circle – Necessary report is called for from Bihar Circle in the matter. 

[20.01.2015]Meeting with the DDG (Estt.), DoT on 19.01.2015.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri R.K. Mishra, DDG (Estt.), DoT on 19.01.2015 and discussed the following issues. 

(i)   Approval for issuing Presidential Orders for about 110 TSMs who were regularized on or after 01.10.2000, working in different circles in BSNL – The DDG (Estt), DoT assured to take immediate actions in the matter.

(ii)  Pay anomaly cases that have arisen in the 1st Wage Revision – The DDG (Estt), assured that he will take necessary initiative for processing the file immediately.

 

[19.01.2015]Communication with the CHQ -  comrades to note please:-
It is observed that of late our comrades are sending photos and reports of struggles to the CHQ, through "Whatsapp" to the General Secretary. Undoubtedly, Whatsapp is an effective tool for Communication. However, it cannot be the method of sending reports and photos to the CHQ. When a large number of comrades send photos and reports on the mobile of the GS, through Whatsapp, it causes a big inconvenience. The best method is to send them through the email, and if not, by post. Circle Secretaries are requested to bring this to the notice of the district and branch secretaries.

 

[19.01.2015]CHQ writes to the GM(Admn.), Corporate Office, demanding re-engagement of the four victimised contract workers of Bidar SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<view letter>>

 

[19.01.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, seeking modification to the Recruitment Rules of the TTA.<<view letter>>

 

[17.01.2015]TRAI bats for private operators and insists 19% lower price for 3G spectrum.

TRAI has once again insisted that the price of 3G spectrum should be fixed 19% lower than the price determined by the auctioning held in 2010.  It sounds bizarre that the TRAI wants the price of the spectrum lesser than the price determined in the auctioning held four years ago. It may be recollected that the TRAI had earlier recommended that a portion of 900 MHz spectrum being held by BSNL should be taken away, and be made available for the forthcoming auctioning.

 

[17.01.2015]Com.T.A.Biju, Office Secretary, CHQ, bereaved.                                                                     

CHQ is saddened to know that shri K.K.Appu, father of com.T.A.Biju, Office Secretary, CHQ, has passed away at 15:00 hrs today. CHQ offers it's heartfelt condolences to com.T.A.Biju, as well as to his family members.

 

[16.01.2015]Allotment of funds for payment of GPF advance to the circles.

CHQ is continuously taking up the case with the Corporate Office, for the allotment of funds to circles, for payment of GPF advance. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, once again spoke to shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA) today and urged him to do the needful, for the allotment of funds. The GM(CA) assuerd that Corporate Office will start allotting funds from Monday onwards. 

 

[16.01.2015]Renewal of MoU with Canara Bank.

CHQ has taken to the notice of the Corporate Office that the MoU signed with Canara Bank had expired, and that the same has got to be renewed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, has spoken to shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA), who has assured that action would be taken for the renewal of the MoU.

 

[16.01.2015]Shri Anupam Srivastava is appointed as the new CMD BSNL.

Shri Anupam Srivastava is appointed as the new CMD BSNL. The DoT issued the order for this yesterday the 15-01-2015, and shri Anupam Srivastava took over the charge yesterday itself. It is a good news that a BSNL absorbed officer has become the CMD of the Company. BSNLEU warmly greets shri Anupam Srivastava and hopes that BSNL will restore it's past glory under his stewardship.

 

[16.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on the appointment of shri Anupam Srivastava the new CMD of BSNL.<<< view letter >>>

 

[16.01.2015]The appointment of the new CMD BSNL is linked with the merger of BSNL and MTNL.
The order for appointing shri Anupam Srivastava as the new CMD of BSNL is issued on 15.01.2015. It is seen from the letter, that the appointment of the new CMD of BSNL is linked with the merger of BSNL and MTNL. One of the conditions of the appointment of shri Anupam Srivastava as the CMD of BSNL is that, his appointment will be reviewed, in case the merger of  BSNL and MTNL takes place, to enable to put in place a new board of directors. This only shows that the government has not at all taken into account the reservations being expressed by the employees of BSNL with regards to the merger. This only underlines the need for a powerful struggle to stop the merger.

 

[16.01.2015]MoU signed with Allahabad Bank for extending various Loan Schemes to BSNL Employees.<<view letter>> <<Copy of agreement>>

 

[15.01.2015]ACC approves the name of shri Anupam Srivastava as the CMD BSNL.

Finally BSNL has a reason to smile. It is going to get a full fledged CMD. Quoting the PTI, the Economic Times has reported that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared the name of shri Anupam Srivastava for the post of CMD BSNL. It may be noted that the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), selected shri Anupam Srivastava for the post of CMD BSNL in 2013 itself. However, thereafter his appointment was deliberately delayed by the political bosses, as a result of which BSNL is remaining headless for a long time.

 

[14.01.2015]Corporate Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f 01.01.2015.<<click here>

 

[14.01.2015]Compassionate Ground Appointment to a married daughter, who was unmarried at the time of applying for job.

Andhra Pradesh Circle administration had sought a clarification from the Corporate Office, regarding the eligibility for Compassionate Ground Appointment. The question is, whether a married daughter, who was unmarried at the time of applying, can be given appointment under Compassionate Ground. This clarification was sought by AP circle in 2013 itself. But the case was lying with the Corporate Office, without any direction being given to that circle. CHQ has intervened in the case, and now clarification is given by the CO.<<<view clarification>>>

 

[14.01.2015]Tamil Nadu circle conducts demonstrations, protesting the inaction of the Corporate Management, to overcome the acute shortage in SIM cards.

Acute shortage of SIM cards is prevailing in many circles. This is seriously affecting the expansion of BSNL, as well as the revenue of the Company. For example, Tamil Nadu circle is not able to provide 5.5 lakh mobile connections to the Tamil Nadu Police Department, for which an agreement has already been signed. CHQ is continuously and seriously taking up this issue with the concerned authorities in the Corporate Office. However, the voice of concern being raised by us, has fallen in deaf ears. The Tamil Nadu Circle Union has conducted demonstrations in all the SSAs yesterday the 13-01-2015, protesting the inaction of the Corporate Management and also demanding immediate supply of SIM cards. Fax messages are also being sent to the Additional Secretary of the DoT, seeking the intervention of the Ministry in this matter. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu Circle Union.

 

[13.01.2015]Air India has finally turned into a profit making company.

Air India has been running in loss for the past several years. In fact, Air India was being cited as an example for the inefficiency of the Public Sector of the country. However, finally, Air India has turned into a profit making company. It has recorded a profit of Rs.14.6 crore in December, 2014, according to a PTI release dated 12.01.2015. This is an encouraging news for the BSNL trade unions, which are fighting for the revival of BSNL. When Air India can be converted into a profit making company, why not BSNL?

 

[13.01.2015]Meeting with Director (CM) on 13.01.2015.

Com Swapan Chakraborty Dy.GS, BSNLEU met the Director (CM), BSNL, Shri Anupam Srivastava and discussed the issue of non-availability of SIM cards in Circles like Kerala, Tamilnadu and Maharashtra, and requested him to take immediate action, since it is affecting the expansion and growth of BSNL, as well as loss of revenue of the company. The Director(CM) intimated that he is very much concerned about the matter, and as such he has spoken to the CMD, BSNL, who is on tour to Kerala.

 

[12.01.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL, on the acute shortage of SIM cards in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other circles.<<view letter>>

 

[12.01.2015]Non - allotment of funds for payment of GPF and Festival advances.

CHQ is receiving complaints from various circles, that funds for GPF and Festival advances are not allotted by the Corporate Office. Com .P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to shri Rajiv Singh, GM (CA) today, and demanded immediate releasing of funds. The GM (CA) replied that Corporate Office is not having sufficient cash to release the funds. However, he assured to try to do the needful.
 

[12.01.2015]Mobilisation for the 25th February Parliament March.

It is already informed, that the Forum has decided to conduct a massive Parliament March on 25.02.2015. The All India Centre meeting has discussed this issue and has fixed quota for various circles, for mobilisation. This is communicated through the CHQ circular no.3. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to fully implement the decision. In case any circle wishes to mobilise more comrades, than what is decided by the All India Centre, the same may be informed to the CHQ immediately for arranging the accommodation for the comrades to stay.<<<view mobilisation quota>>>

[12.01.2015]Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of SC/ST has requested the Secretary, DoT and the CMD, BSNL to take appropriate action on priority basis to fill-up backlog SC/ST vacancies in the cadre of JTO (Civil/Electrical) for departmental quota in BSNL w.r.t. the letter from the General Secretary of BSNLEU.<<view letter>>

[12.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on eligibility of disabled children for family pension after marriage and eligibility for two family pensions - clarification regarding.<<view letter>>

[12.01.2015]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM(SR) on the lack of seriousness, on the part of the Management, in discussing issues in the National Council.<<view letter>>

 

10.01.2015]Designations Committee meeting ends in deadlock.

The Designations Committee meeting was held yesterday the 09.01.2015. com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and com. Mahabir Singh (NFTE) participated from Staff Side. Shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR), Ms. Madhu Arora, Sr. GM (Restg.) and Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt) participated from Management Side. Discussion resumed on the change of designation of the Sr. TOA cadre. In the last meeting, the Staff Side has demanded “Superintendent” designation for Sr. TOA, since Management was not prepared to give the designations such as “Associate officer”, “Manager” or Executive. In yesterday’s meeting also the Management Side told that they cannot give “Superintendent” designation also to the Sr. TOAs. Especially, shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) firmly told that, as a member of the Committee, he would not accept to give the Superintendent designation to the Sr. TOAs. Thus, the meeting ended in a deadlock, without any development.

 

[10.01.2015]Discussion on HR plan.

At the end of the designations Committee meeting held yesterday the 09.01.2015, Management held a discussion with the Staff Side on the proposed HR Plan of the Management. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, appreciated the Management for not accepting the proposals made by the Deloittee Committee, with regards to staffing norms. The representatives of BSNLEU opposed the proposal to reduce the strength of Non- Executives as well as JTOs and JAOs. They also criticised the Management for outsourcing the various jobs of the Company, which could be done by employees themselves. They also told that the views of BSNLEU would be submitted within a day or two. 

 

[09.01.2015]CHQ circular no.3. - Hindi <<click here>

 

[09.01.2015]Central Secretariat meeting to be held on 26.02.2015.

A meeting of the Central Secretariat (consisting of the Central Office-bearers) will be held at New Delhi on 26.02.2015. All Central office-bearers are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting.

[09.01.2015]Consequent to the election of new office-bearers in the 7th All India Conference, re-nomination is made to the National Council.<<view letter>>

[09.01.2015]Consequent to the election of new office-bearers in the 7th All India Conference, re-nominations are made to the Standing Committee.<<view letter>>

[09.01.2015]CHQ writes to Corporate Office, requesting to grant special casual leave to the Central Office-bearers for the meeting of the Central Secretariat.<<view letter>>   

[09.01.2015]Notification for the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at New Delhi on 26.02.2015.<<click here>>

[09.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change of procedure.<<view letter>>

[09.01.2015]DPE issued orders for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.01.2015.<<click here>> 

[09.01.2015]Dharna programme successfully held throughout the country - More views.<<click here>>

 

[08.01.2015]BSNLEU salutes the Coal workers.

The 5 day strike of the Coal workers was withdrawn on the 2nd day, i.e. on 07.01.2015. BSNLEU congratulates the 7 lakh Coal workers, and their trade unions for launching such a mighty struggle against the retrograde policy of the Narendra Modi government to kill the Public Sector. The Coal Minister, Piyush Goyal, has assured that a committee would be formed to look into the demand of the trade unions (no privatisation of the Coal sector), based on which the strike has been called off. Undoubtedly, the strike is a signal to the Modi government that the working class will not silently accept the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of his government.

[08.01.2015]CHQ  writes to the Sr.GM(SR), demanding corrections to the minutes of the meeting, held between the JAC and the Management on 22.12.2014, on the 30 point charter of demands <<View letter>>

[08.01.2015]Decisions of the meeting of Forum held on 7th January 2015.<<click here>>

[08.01.2015]Tasks ahead, after the successful three day dharna.

The three day dharna, called on by the Forum, as a prelude to the indefinite strike, has taken place very successfully in almost all the circles. Especially, the leaders and cadres of BSNLEU have taken up this program very seriously, and have worked hard to make it a success. CHQ heartily congrats every one for doing this excellent job. Every where, the employees have also responded well to the call. This shows the resolve of the ordinary worker to defend BSNL. This only indicates that the indefinite strike will be a grand success. Now, we have to move ahead with the next stage of the program. Holding the "Save BSNL Campaign" in every nooks and corners of all the towns and cities, collection of one crore signatures and conducting the circle level conventions are the next stage of the program. CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to concentrate on these works and implement the program successfully.

 

[08.01.2015]Third day dharna held at BSNL Corporate Office, despite a very bad weather.

The third and final day dharna was also successfully held at BSNL Corporate Office today the 08.01.2015. Despite a very bad weather, a good number of comrades participated in today's dharna. During lunch hour, leaders of the constituents addressed the gathering. Com. Balbir Singh, President, participated in today's dharna at Corporate Office and addressed the gathering on behalf of BSNLEU. <<<Views of dharna>>>

 

[08.01.2015]CHQ requests circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers to send their views on the HR Plan.

Corporate Office has provided our Union with a paper on "Man power Plan" and "Staffing Norms". The paper has already been uploaded on CHQ website on 29-12-2015 itself. CHQ has also requested our comrades to send their views on the issue. So far CHQ has not received any response on this, from any one. This is unfortunate. Views of the field units will enable CHQ to take a clear view on the issue. Hence, CHQ requests all the circle secretaries and Central Office-bearers to study the paper and send their views to the CHQ within two days. CHQ has to submit it's view to the Management without further delay.


[08.01.2015]Forum meeting discusses preparations for the indefinite strike and connected program. 

A meeting of the Forum was held yesterday the 07.01.2015, and reviewed the preparations for the indefinite strike and connected program. The meeting decided that:-

 

1) The "Save BSNL campaign" should be effectively organised. It was pointed out with concern, by some leaders in the meeting, that this campaign has not even started in most of the circles.

 

2) The task of collecting one crore signatures should also start immediately and in right earnest, so that the signatures can be submitted to the Prime Minister's Office on 25-02-2015, i.e., on the day of the March to Parliament. The collected signatures should reach the Convener, Forum, by 15.02.2015.

 

3) The Mobilisation by various unions and associations for the March to the Parliament was discussed. BSNLEU assured that it would mobilise 1750 comrades from all the circles.

 

 

4) Holding the Circle level conventions, to organise the strike, should be completed promptly. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, is entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating with the constituents of BSNLEU in this regard.

 

5) It was decided to hold lunch hour demonstrations throughout the country, on 08-01-2015, in support of the coal workers strike.


CHQ requests all circle and district secretaries to meticulously implement the decisions of the Forum.

 

[08.01.2015]Dharna programme successfully held throughout the country.<<views of dharna>>

 

[07.01.2015]Lunch hour demonstration tomorrow the 08.01.2015, in support of the Coal workers strike.

The strike of the 7 lakh Coal workers, against privatisation of the Coal sector has entered the second day today. The major 5 central trade unions, including the BMS, are spear-heading the strike. The Forum meeting, held on 07.01.2015 decided to conduct lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow the 08.01.2015, in support of the strike. Circle and district secretaries are requested to hold the lunch hour meeting effectively. 

 

[07.01.2015]BSNLEU writes to the Prime Minister and Coal Minister, supporting the strike of the Coal workers and demanding withdrawal of the Coal Ordinance. <<letters-1>> <<letters-2>> 

 

[07.01.2015]CHQ circular no.3. <<click here>

 

[07.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of stipend to various cadres in BSNL on revision of IDA pay scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<click here>>

 

[06.01.2015]Meeting with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Annie Moraes, Member Finance of the Telecom Commission and discussed the following issues. 

 

(i)        Revision of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger.

The leaders pointed out that this issue is lingering on for a very long time without any settlement and that the pensioners have become frustrated. The Member (Finance) told that the matter is getting the serious attention of the Ministry, and told that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the Cabinet, is getting finalised. 

 

(ii)       Reimbursement of the salary paid to the BSNL employees, working with the DoT.

It was pointed out by the leaders that a big amount has become due, to be paid to the BSNL by the DoT. This is on account of the salary already paid by the BSNL to the employees deputed to DoT. It was demanded that this amount should immediately be paid by the DoT. The Member (Finance) assured that the needful would be done. 

 

(iii)     Reimbursement of GPF advance amount paid by BSNL.

The issue is already discussed with the Member (Finance), by BSNLEU, a few months back. However, it was pointed out that still delay is there in some circles, in reimbursing the amount spent by BSNL, for payment of GPF advance. The Member (Finance) assured to do the needful.

 

[06.01.2015]Successful dharna took place in the BSNL Corporate Office.

As per the call of the Forum, a very good dharna took place at the BSNL Corporate Office today. BSNLEU has taken special efforts to mobilise comrades for today’s dharna. As per the decision of the All India Centre, more than 100 comrades of UP (West) circle participated in today’s dharna, who have come from Ghaziabad, Noida, Meerut, Aligarh and Moradabad. CHQ heartily congratulates the UP (West) comrades. The dharna was addressed by leaders of the Forum, including com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS (SNEA), com. Parhalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and com. V.K. Thomar, AGS, BSNL MS. All the leaders expressed their determination to make the strike successful.<<view of dharna>>

 

[06.01.2015]3 day dharna, called on by the Forum started.

The 3 day dharna program, called on by the Forum, demanding immediate steps by the government for the revival of BSNL, started in right earnest throughout the country today, the 06.01.2015. As per information received by the CHQ, a large number of Non-Executives and Executives are participating in the dharna in all SSAs and circles. CHQ requests the circle/district secretaries to send report and photos. 

 

[06.01.2015]5 day strike of the Coal Workers started.

The 5 day strike of the Coal workers throught the country, started today the 06.01.2015. 7 lakh workers have joined this strike, which has been called on by 5 central trade unions, viz., BMS, INTUC, AITUC, CITU and HMS. The strike is against the move of the Narendra Modi government to privatize the coal sector. BSNLEU salutes the 5 central trade unions and the 7 lakh coal workers.

 

[06.01.2015]Notification for meeting of Joint Committee to evolve scheme of Bonus/Productivity Linked Incentive based on PMS.<<View Notification>> <<proposed KPIs>>

 

[06.01.2015]Corporate Office letter to the Convener, Forum, on the dharna program.<<click here>>

 

[06.01.2015]Non-reimbursement the amount paid as salary to BSNL employees, working on deputation with the DoT - CHQ writes to the Member (Finance).<<View letter>>

 

[06.01.2015]Filling up of the vacant posts of the CMD and Director (HR), BSNL - CHQ writes to Additional Secretary, Department of Telecom.<<View letter>>

 

[05.01.2015]Conciliation between the JAC and BSNL Management by the RLC.

A conciliation by the RLC, between the JAC and BSNL Management, was held today the 05.01.2015, on the 30 point charter of demands. JAC leaders, including com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, participated in the meeting. There is no improvement on any of the demands. The next date of the conciliation is 27.02.2015. 

 

[05.01.2015]End discrimination in immunity from transfers. Recognise District Unions in Chennai circle - Sr.GM (SR) urged.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM(SR), today the 05.01.2015 and demanded immediate removal of the discrimination between the Non-Executives and the Executives, in the matter of immunity from transfers. They also demanded the Management to immediately recognize the District Unions of BSNLEU, in Chennai circle, on the same analogy of the Kolkata circle. The Sr.GM(SR) responded positively to both the issues.

 

[05.01.2015]DoT ows Rs.70 crore to BSNL, on account of salaries paid by BSNL, to the employees deputed to DoT.

A good number of BSNL employees have been deputed to DoT Cell, TERM Cell etc. BSNL continues to pay salary to these employees. So far DoT has not reimbursed this amount to BSNL, which comes to Rs.70 crore. This is another example of how BSNL is being exploited. BSNLEU will take up this issue with the appropriate authorities. 

 

[05.01.2015]Hold meetings of the National Council and Standing committee – Sr.GM (SR) urged.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) and requested him to hold the meetings of the National Council, as well as the meeting of the Standing Committee without further delay. The Sr.GM (SR) replied that the date of Standing Committee is finalised and the date of the National Council will be finalized soon, in consultation with the Director (HR). 

 

[05.01.2015]Standing Committee meeting to be held.

A meeting of the Standing Committee will be held on 27th January, 2015.

 

[05.01.2015]Meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of major Non-Executive Cadres. <<View letter>>

 

[03.01.2015]Committee on "Change of Designations" to be held on 09-01-2015.

The Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office has notified to hold a meeting of the Committee on "Change of Designations" on 09.01.2015. Some breakthrough is expected to be made in this meeting with regards to the new designations of the cadres of Sr. TOA and TTA.

 

[03.01.2015]Corporate Office letter on review of results of failed SC-ST candidates of LICE for the post of Telecom Mechanic - Revised guidelines.<<View letter>>

 

[03.01.2015]Corporate Office reminder on modification sought in transfer policy.<<View letter>>

 

[02.01.2015]Give top most priority to the "Save BSNL Campaign" and collection of one crore signatures.

The Forum has already given call to collect one crore signatures from the public, by way of conducting save BSNL campaigns, throughout the country. CHQ has received reports about collection of signatures from some circles. But no report is received from any circle about the "save BSNL campaign". Conducting of this campaign, among the public, is very essential to educate the people about the need for the existence of BSNL. BSNLEU, being the largest constituent of the Forum, has to take initiative for holding "save BSNL campaign" as well as collection of one crore signatures, by appropriately coordinating with the other constituents of the Forum. Hence, circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to give top most priority to these works. 

[02.01.2015]Tele Crusader article on the forthcoming indefinite strike, from 17th March, 2015, for the revival of BSNL.<<< view article >>>

[02.01.2015]Meeting of Forum of NTR held on Dharna programme from 6th to 8th January, 2015 at Corporate Office.

A meeting of Circle Secretaries of all constituents of Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations under NTR & Corporate office was held on 2nd January 2015 at Circle Union office of NFTE BSNL, Eastern Court, New Delhi. The meeting was addressed by Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. C. Singh, GS, NFTE. The meeting decided to hold the dharna on 6th 8th January, 2015 called by Forum at Corporate Office from 10 A:M to 5 P:M in a befitting manner.

 

[02.01.2015]Excess amount paid to class III, IV staff cannot be recovered, says Supreme Court.<<View order copy>>

 

[01.01.2015]Mobilisation for the relay dharna to be held on 6th, 7th and 8th January, 2015 at Corporate Office - CHQ writes to Circle Secretaries of UP (West), Haryana, NTR and Corporate Office circles.<<View letter>>

 

[01.01.2015]Corporate Office rejects the demand of including women union representatives in the Committees Against Sexual Harassment.

BSNLEU has written to the Management, demanding that women union representatives should be included as members of the Committees Against Sexual Harassment of Women in Work places. This demand is raised based on our experience that the existing Committees are not as effective as they should be. Unfortunately, the Corporate Office has given a letter to us, rejecting the demand. However, this issue will be discussed in the forthcoming meeting of the National Council, since it is taken up as an item of the Staff Side. <<<view Corporate Office letter >>>

 

[31.12.2014]IDA from 01.01.2015 will be raised by 2.2%.

IDA from 01.01.2015 will be raised by 2.2%. With this IDA will be 98.1+2.2 = 100.3% from 01.01.2015.

[31.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (CM) on the acute shortage of SIM cards in various circles.<<View letter>>

[31.12.2014]Further extension of three months w.e.f. 01.01.2015, has been given to shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) as additional charge of the post of CMD, BSNL.<<view letter>> 

 

[31.12.2014]Review of results of failed SC-ST candidates of LICE for the post of TTA.

BSNLEU is continuously urging the Management for the implementation of the orders of the DoP&T, regarding lesser standards of evaluation for SC & ST candidates.  We are also demanding that based on this, the results of the examinations that were conducted recently should also be reviewed. Under these circumstances, guidelines are issued by the Corporate Office to review the results of failed SC/ST candidates.  However, these guidelines fall short of the DoP&T orders.  Further, Corporate Office guidelines say that these guidelines are applicable only for future examinations.  BSNLEU will continue to insist for the proper implementation of the DoP&T orders.<<<view Corporate Office letter >>>

 

[31.12.2014]Decisions of the Forum Meeting held on 30th December 2014. <<<click here>>> 

 

[31.12.2014]Memorandum for Signature Campaign in Hindi.<<<click here>>>

 

[31.12.2014]Poster for "Save BSNL Campaign" programmes called by Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations.<<<click here>>>

 

[30.12.2014]Airtel drops its plan to raise VoIP call charges.

Airtel has announced that it is not raising the VOIP call charges such as calls on Skype, viber, etc. A few days ago Airtel announced that it was hiking the VOIP call charges by 16 times. This came under by severe criticism by the public, especially in the social media. As a result of this Airtel has proposed to drop the call charge hike. However, a statement issued by Airtel says that the decision is taken in view of media reports that the TRAI is releasing a consultation paper on the issue.

 

[30.12.2014]Meeting with GM (Estt) on Compassionate Ground Appointments.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri R.K.Goyal GM (Estt.) today, and insisted on prompt disposal of the Compassionate Ground Appointment cases of Andhra Pradesh Circle, which are lying pending with the Corporate Office for a long time. The GM (Estt.) assured to take appropriate action.

 

[30.12.2014]Forum meeting held.

A meeting of the Forum was held at New Delhi today. The meeting held discussions about the successful implementation of the agitational programme of the Forum such as the 3 day dharna, signature campaign, March to Parliament and the indefinite strike. 

 

[29.12.2014]Non-furnishing of report on the one day strike held on 27-11-2014.

CHQ has already requested all the circle secretaries to furnish the district wise figures of the one day strike, that took place on 27.11.2014. The CHQ has also sent a proforma, in which the figures are to be given. However, 13 circles have so far not sent the report. Since it is getting inordinately delayed, the remaining circles are also requested to send the report within a few days.

[29.12.2014]Management has given a draft paper to our Union, on "Man power plan and staffing norms for territorial circles, and has requested us to give our comments on the same. CHQ requests the circle secretaries and Central office-bearers to submit their views on the subject, to enable the CHQ to furnish the views of the Union to the Management.<<view draft>>

[29.12.2014]CHQ writes to Ms.Madhu Arora, Sr. GM (Restg.) , on submitting the response of the Union on the man power projection of the company.<<View letter>>

 

[29.12.2014]District Secretary, Almora, Uttarakhand, passed away.                                                      

CHQ is saddened to know that com.Pan Singh Bisht, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Almora, Uttarakhand, has passed away today. Com.Bisht was suffering from lung cancer. CHQ pays its respectful homage to the departed comrade, and heartfelt condolences to the family members, comrades and friends.

 

[27.12.2014]Excess amount paid to class III, IV staff cannot be recovered, says Supreme Court.

Recovery of excess amount paid to Class-III and Class-IV employees, due to employer's mistake, is not permissible in law, the Supreme Court has ruled. Saying that it would cause extremely harsh consequences to them who are totally dependent on their wages to run their family, observed the Court. The Apex Court has said that employees of lower rung service spend their entire earning in the upkeep and welfare of their family, and if such excess payment is allowed to be recovered from them, it would cause them far more hardship, than the reciprocal gains to the employer. A bench of Justice JS Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra also directed that an employer cannot recover excess amount in case of a retired employee or one who is to retire within one year and where recovery process is initiated five years after excess payment.

 

[27.12.2014]Narendra Modi government brings in Ordinance to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector, from the present 26 % to 49 %.

Through a Bill introduced in the Parliament,  the Narendra Modi government tried to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector, from the present 26% to 49%.  However, the BJP is in minority in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition Parties, especially the Left Parties, opposed the Bill tooth and nail.  As a result, the bill could not be passed in the Parliament. But, the BJP government did not hesitate to hike the FDI through the back door method. It hurriedly brought an ordinance for this, and the President of India has given his approval for the same. It is crystal clear, that the Narendra Modi government is hell bent to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector before the US President Barack Obama arrives in India, to participate in the Republic Day celebrations. This development also makes it amply clear, that Barack Obama is coming to India, not merely to participate in the Republic Day celebrations, but to boost the business prospects of the US multi national companies. BSNLEU strongly condemns the Ordinance passed to increase the FDI limit from 26% to 49% in the Insurance Sector and demands the government to withdraw the same.

 

[27.12.2014]Participate in the Lunch Hour demonstrations on 29-12-2014, demanding immediate withdrawal of the Ordinance, to hike the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector from 26% to 49 %.

The All India Insurance Employees Association(AIIEA) has given call to hold lunch hour demonstrations on 29-12-2014, to demand the immediate withdrawal of the Ordinance, that has been promulgated,  to increase the FDI limit in the Insurance Sector, from 26% to 49%. CHQ calls upon the Circle and District unions to participate in those demonstrations in good strength and to express BSNLEU's support and solidarity for the demand of withdrawing the Ordinance.

 

[27.12.2014]5th circle conference of BSNLEU, ALTTC.

The 5th Circle Conference of BSNL Employees Union, ALTTC, was held yesterday, the 26th December, 2014, in the Student Hall, ALTTC, Ghaziabad. Com. R.S. Chauhan, Circle President, presided over the conference. Com. R.S. Sagar, Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities. The open session of the conference was addressed by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, Shri Mahesh Seth, PGM, ALTTC, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU. In his speech, the Deputy General Secretary vividly explained the various issues connected with the employees as well as BSNL. He also exposed the anti-people policies of the BJP govt. and the danger of communal harmony.<<view photos>>

 

[26.12.2014]Secretary DoT warns BSNL's top officers of administrative action.

Telecom Secretary, shri Rakesh Garg has warned that administrative action would be taken against top BSNL officers, for not completing targets. In a recently held internal meeting, shri Garg has reportedly warned the top BSNL officers for 'delayed decision making' and 'failure to meet the deadline', set by the Prime Minister, for concluding the National Broadband Network. While the Secretary, DoT, is so much worried about the delay in the launching of National Broadband Network,  we fail to understand, why he or the government are not worried about the delay and failures in carrying out the expansion of BSNL's networks? 

 

[26.12.2014]Airtel raises the tariff of Internet calls by 16 times.

Airtel has raised it's tariff for Internet calls by 16 times. A large number of people use internet services to make voice calls to their family members who are abroad. Companies which provide Voice over Internet Protocol, charge the calls at normal data rates. However, due to the steep tariff hike made by Airtel, the rates of voice calls on Internet are likely to increase many fold.  Other private operators like Vodafone, Idea, etc., may also likely to follow suit. This is an excellent example how private companies will loot the public, if a healthy competition is not there. Only a strong and vibrant BSNL can keep the call charges affordable for the common man, by providing an effective competition.  This is the one message that has to be effectively taken to the people during the signature campaign.  

 

[26.12.2014]"Meet the Public Campaign" is renamed as "Save BSNL Campaign".

The Forum has already decided to conduct a massive "Meet the Public Campaign" and also to collect one crore signatures from the people. The meeting of the Forum, which took place on 19.12.2014, has decided to rename this campaign as "Save BSNL Campaign", so that our message of saving BSNL, will be effectively conveyed to the people. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to note this and conduct the campaign accordingly.

 

[24.12.2014]MOU signed with Union Bank of India (UBI) for extending various loan Schemes to BSNL Employees.<<View letter>>

 

[24.12.2014]Next meeting of the Designations Committee to be held on 09-01-2015.

Next meeting of the Designations Committee will be held on 09-01-2015. Notification for the same will be issued by the Restructuring Branch shortly. In the last meeting of the Committee, the Staff Side has made some new proposals and the same was subsequently taken to the notice of the CMD also, by BSNLEU. So we hope for some breakthrough in the next meeting.

 

[24.12.2014]Review of the results of the JAO exam.

BSNLEU has been demanding the Management to review the results of the JAO exam held last, in respect of the candidates who opted to write the exam in English, but gave the reply in other language. Now, the Management has written to the CGMs, calling for the details of such cases. We hope that our demand will be favourably considered. <<<view letter>>> 

 

[24.12.2014]MoU with Union Bank of India renewed.

BSNLEU has been demanding the Management to renew the MoU signed with the Union Bank of India, which had lapsed some time back. Management has renewed the MoU on 22-12-2014.

 

[24.12.2014]Minutes of the 10th meeting of BSNL Sports & Cultural Board held at New Delhi on 10th December, 2014.<<covering letter>> <<click here>>

 

[24.12.2014]Corporate Office issued modified policy for renting/leasing out vacant staff quarters  of BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[23.12.2014]A note on the meeting between the JAC and the BSNL Management, held on 22.12.2014, on the 30 point charter of demands.<<click here>>

 

[23.12.2014]Management gave presentation on ERP.

Accepting the demand of the Staff Side, that a presentation should be given to the Unions and Associations on ERP, the Management organised the same today the 23.12.2014. The presentation was given by Shri Raman Agarwal, GM (ERP) and his team of officers from the ERP center at Ghaziabad. From the Staff Side, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS participated in the presentation. The presentation was very useful and informative.  

 

Responding to the question raised by the Staff Side leaders, the GM (ERP) replied that making the employees surplus is not the aim of the ERP, but it is aimed at the better utilization of the resources, as well as manpower of the Company. The leaders demanded that the Non-Executives should also be given training, for the implementation of the ERP. This was accepted by the Management Side. The leaders also pointed out that the Management should take enough precautionary steps, so that the employees do not face difficulties at the time of implementation of ERP in the circles. The Management Side assured that needful would be done in this regard.  

 

[23.12.2014]Organise the three day dharna programme effectively from 6th to 8th January, 2015.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has given call to conduct a three day dharna programme from 6th to 8th January, 2015. This dharna programme should be organised very effectively, with maximum participation by the employees. Circle and District secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take initiative, as well as to coordinate with the other constituents of the Forum, and make the dharna programme a grand success.

 

[22.12.2014]Meeting between JAC and the Management on 30 point charter of demands.

BSNL Management held a meeting today the, 22.12.2014, with the JAC, to discuss the 30 point charter of demands. This meeting is conducted as per the direction given by the Regional Labour Commissioner, in the conciliation meeting held on 26.11.2014. No major decision is taken this meeting. A note on the same will be uploaded on the CHQ website tomorrow.

 

[22.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Additional Secretary, DoT, demanding the immediate repatriation of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida.<<view letter>>

 

[20.12.2014]BSNLEU writes to Sr.GM (SR), on requesting him to extend invitation to all the Unions and Associations, for the presentation on ERP, to be held on 23.12.2014.<<view letter>>

 

[20.12.2014]CHQ leaders pay last respects to com. Chhiddu Singh.

CHQ leaders paid their last respects to com. Chhiddu Singh. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS went to com. Chhiddu Singh’s residence at Tughlakabad Extension and paid their last respects to the departed leader. They conveyed their condolences, to com. Chhiddu Singh’s son. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron and com. R.S. Chauhan, Organising Secretary (CHQ) went to the Nehru Place crematorium, where com. Chhiddu Singh’s body was cremated and paid their last respects to the leader.

[20.12.2014]Forum circular on SAVE BSNL - Organising Three Days Dharna from 6th to 8th January 2015.<<click here>>

[20.12.2014]Decisions of the Meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions / Associations held on 19th December 2014.<<click here>>

[20.12.2014]Today’s JAC meeting postponed.

In view of the sudden death of Com. Chhiddu Singh, former AGS of BSNLEU, the JAC meeting, scheduled to be held today, stands postponed.

 

[20.12.2014]Discussion with Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL by GS and Dy.GS on certain important issues.<<click here>>

 

[20.12.2014]BSNLEU demands a meeting between the Management and the Unions & Associations on the revival of BSNL.

In the meeting held with the CMD, yesterday the 19.12.2014, com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, insisted that the Management should hold a meeting with the unions and associations to discuss about the issues connected with the development/revival of BSNL. The CMD agreed the demand and assured to hold the meeting in January, 2015.

 

[20.12.2014]Com. Chhiddu Singh, former AGS, BSNLEU, passed away.                                                  

CHQ is extremely shocked to inform that com. Chhiddhu Singh, a veteran leader, as well as the former Assistant General Secretary of our Union, has passed away today, due to heart attack. His funeral is taking place today evening. CHQ leaders are attending the funeral. We dip our banner and pay our respectful homage to the departed leader. We also convey our heartfelt condolences to the family members, relatives and friends of com. Chhiddu Singh.

 

[20.12.2014]Throw Adesh Kumar Gupta out of BSNL – CMD urged.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri A.N. Rai, CMD yesterday the 14.12.2014 and demanded the immediate repatriation of Adesh Kumar Gupta, the former GM of Ghaziabad, to DoT. The leaders told the CMD that the CBI has raided the houses and offices of Adesh Kumar Gupta and have found evidences for large scale swindling of money, misuse of power, running of many companies without getting proper permission from BSNL and so on. The CMD assured that a report would be called for from the CGM, UP (West) on the matter immediately, and that appropriate action would be taken. CHQ will continue to put pressure on the Management to throw Adesh Kumar Gupta out of BSNL.

 

[19.12.2014]Ravi Shankar Prasad is protecting Reliance Jio - accuses Prasant Bushan.

Prasant Bushan, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court and leader of the AAP, has alleged that Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, is favouring the Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. which is going to launch it's 4G services in 2015. Prasant Bushan has filed a Public Interest Litigation(PLI) in the Supreme Court,   challenging the government's decision to allow Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio to offer voice services on its 4G spectrum. Admitting the PLI, the Supreme Court has already issued a notice to the DoT. Acting on the notice of the Supreme Court, the Access Service Division of the DoT has prepared a notice, to be issued to the Reliance Jio. However, Ravi Shankar Prasad is sitting on the file for the past 3 months, and is not allowing the DoT to proceed in the matter, said Prasant Bushan. He has also accused that Ravi Shankar Prasad is protecting Reliance Jio, since the Minister was the advisor of Reliance Industries Ltd., before taking charge as the Minister of Communications. Prasant Bushan has provided documents which prove that Ravi Shankar Prasad had taken Rs. 84 lakh as fee, from Reliance Industries Ltd, for advising the Company on legal matters for the period from April 2013 to March 2014. It was just 2 months after the last payment thus made, that Ravi Shankar Prasad assumed charge as the Minister of Communications, said Prasant Bushan. It may be recollected that Prasant Bushan played a major role in getting A.Raja booked, for his role in the 2G scam.

[Source: The Hindu dated 19-12-2014]

[18.12.2014]The main accused in the murder case of com.Sukendar Pal Singh is being interrogated by the CBI.
It is reliably learnt that the main accused in the murder case of com.Sukendar Pal Singh, our former District Secretary of Gazhiabad, is being interrogated by the CBI, on corruption charges. The interrogation is still going on. More information will be known shortly.
 

[18.12.2014]Forum meeting is to take place tomorrow. 

A meeting of the Forum is taking place tomorrow. The meeting will discuss and decide about the effective carrying out of the campaign, that is underway, to organise the indefinite strike, demanding speedy revival of BSNL.

 

[18.12.2014]Organise "Meet the Public" program effectively and start collecting one crore signatures. 
Forum has given call for conducting "Meet the Public" program and for collecting one lakh signatures from public. In many places this program has started. CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to give utmost importance to this program.  The general public has got to be educated that the existence of BSNL is very essential for the nation, as well as for the people. The lootings being made by the private telecom companies and the support being given to them by the government, have got to be exposed. CHQ suggests that groups of around ten comrades can conduct street corner / road side meetings, in places where people gather in good number. Flex boards, containing details, can be displayed. Speeches should be made on mike, while signatures are collected from the public. Many such meetings may be conducted in each and every town/ city. Let us start the work immediately, and complete it on time, by mobilising our entire energy.

[17.12.2014]Presentation on ERP on 23.12.2014 - Corporate Office notice.<<click here>>

[17.12.2014]Tamil Nadu Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Chennai.

The Tamil Nadu Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Chennai today the 17-12-2014. The meeting started with the Union flag hoisting, by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Com.S.Chellappa, Circle President,  is presiding over the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting. In his speech, the General Secretary explained about the decisions of the Kolkata All India Conference, the one day strike held on 27-11-2014, the decisions of the Forum to go on indefinite strike from 17-03-2015, etc. Com.A.Babu Radhakrishnan, Circle Secretary, presented the note for discussion. Thereafter, deliberation by the Executive Committee members started and is going on.<<< views of the meeting>>> 

 

[17.12.2014]Black money stashed in foreign banks during 2003-12 comes to Rs.28 lakh crore.
Black money is running a parallel economy in India. Narendra Modi announced during his campaign for Parliament elections, that he would bring back the black money stashed in foreign banks. But, even after being pulled up by the Supreme Court, the Narendra Modi government has done precious little on this matter. Under these circumstances, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), an International body, has told that Indian black money stashed in foreign banks during the ten year period from 2003 to 2012, comes to Rs. 28 lakh crore. The GFI has told that in the year 2012 alone Rs. 6 lakh crore black money went out of India, into foreign banks. Let the government tell the people, how it is going to tackle the menace of black money.

[Source: The Business Line dt. 16-12-2014]

[17.12.2014]BSNL CO issued circular, to stop printing and distributing the bills to BSNL employees for their residential service landline/broadband connections.<<click here>>

 

[17.12.2014]BSNLEU condemns the brutal killing of 132 school children in Pakistan.

Our hearts started bleeding when news came yesterday, that 132 school children are brutally murdered by the Taliban terrorists in Pakistan. This is the height of savagery and a very big tragedy for the Indian sub-continent.   According to reports, totally 145 people are killed.  BSNLEU condemns this cowardly act in the strongest terms. BSNLEU also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, especially to the parents who have lost their children. 

 

[16.12.2014]BSNLEU insists on Telecom Mechanic promotion to trained officials, through personal upgradation.

A section of the officials who have passed the Telecom Mechanic exam, and who have also completed training, are not promoted due to non-availability of vacancies. BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to promote these officials as Telecom Mechanics, through personal upgradation. This issue was taken up in the 29th meeting of the National Council, but was not settled. Again, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com.John Verghese, AGS, submitted a note to shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) yesterday the 15.12.2014, and discussed the issue. The GM (Estt.) firmly told that our proposal for personal upgradation would not be accepted. BSNLEU will continue to insist for the settlement of this issue.

 

[16.12.2014]Signature Campaign to be conducted on revised memorandum.

The Forum has decided to collect 1 crore signatures from the public, in support of the revival of BSNL. These signatures are to be submitted to the Prime Minister, at the end of the March to the Parliament, to be conducted on 25-02-2015. Forum has already finalised a memorandum, on which signatures are to be collected. Since some shortcomings were there in the memorandum, Forum has prepared a new memorandum. Comrades are requested to collect the signatures in the new memorandum.<<<view memorandum>>>


[16.12.2014]Left out circles are requested to immediately send the strike report.

CHQ has already requested the circle unions to send report containing the district wise figures of the one day strike that took place on 27-11-2014. Many circles have not yet sent this report. Since the All India Centre of BSNLEU, as well as the JAC are going to conduct the review, all the circles which have not sent the report are requested to immediately send the report. 

 

[16.12.2014]General Secretary addressed the Tamil Nadu circle conference of AIBDPA.

The 2 day Tamil Nadu circle conference of AIBDPA started at Vellore today. The Conference was inaugurated by com.Sukumaran, General Secretary, CITU, Tamil Nadu. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the Conference. In his speech, com. P.Abhimanyu, explained the various issues of the BSNL and DoT pensioners, including the pension revision, based on 78.2 % IDA merger, which is one of the important issues on which the Forum has given call for the indefinite strike from 17-03-2015. He also exposed the anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, as well as the evil designs of the Sang Parivar, which is dividing the people on communal lines. Com. A.Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle and Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, BSNLEU, Chennai Circle, also addressed the Conference.<<view photos>>

 

[16.12.2014]BSNL CO issued clarifications on Compassionate Ground Appointment.<<click here>>

 

[16.12.2014]BSNL CO letter on prohibiting outside influence on transfers of BSNL Executives/Non-Executives.<<click here>>

 

[15.12.2014]Sr.GM (SR), BSNL CO is urged to remove the discrimination in the matter of immunity from transfer.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM(SR) today the 15.12.2014 and urged him to immediately take action on the decision of the 31st meeting of the National Council, and to put an end to the discrimination in the matter of immunity from transfer for the office-bearers of the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives, vis-à-vis the Executives. The Sr.GM(SR) assured to do the needful. 

 

[15.12.2014]Presentation on ERP.

BSNLEU has demanded the BSNL Management to make a detailed presentation to the Unions on ERP. This has been accepted by the Management. Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM(SR), informed the leaders of BSNLEU today the 15.12.2014 that a presentation on ERP would be made to the Unions on 23.12.2014. 

 

[15.12.2014]Notification for talks between the JAC and Management, to be held on 22.12.2014, on the 30 point charter of demands. <<view letter>>

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to Sr.GM (SR), on granting facilities of Recognition to the district unions of Chennai circle..<<view letter>>

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (CM), on the acute shortage of SIM cards in Tamil Nadu circle. <<view letter>>

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to Director (CFA) on procurement of equipments and materials for improving landline and broadband services .<<view letter>> 

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to the GM (ERP), BSNL CO, on implementation of ERP.<<view letter>> 

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to the GM (Estt.), BSNL CO, on transferring of civil wing staff in the name of merger.<<view letter>> 

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to the GM (Estt.), BSNL CO, on promotion of qualified and trained officials, as Telecom Mechanics, through personal upgradation.<<view letter>> 

[15.12.2014]CHQ writes to the GM (BFCI), BSNL CO on charging of penal interest by banks, on loans availed by employees.<<view letter>> 

[13.12.2014]Discussion with shri Raman Aggarwal.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. John Verghese, AGS, met Shri Raman Aggarwal, GM, ERP, and Discussed about the problems being faced by employees, while ERP is implemented in circles. They told the GM (ERP) that the Management should learn from the problems that have arisen so far while implementation of ERP in the circles, and similar mistakes should not repeat. The GM (ERP) assured that the needful would be done. During the discussion, the GM (ERP) told that ERP is being implemented in the circles of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the current month. Also in January, 2015, it will be implemented in UP (East) UP (West), Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The leaders demanded that the ERP wing should give a detailed presentation to the unions on ERP Project. The GM (ERP) assured that the same would be implemented at the earliest.

 

[13.12.2014]Nathuram Godse is a patriot, says BJP, MP.

It is extremely shocking that Sakshi Maharaj, an MP of the BJP from Uttar Pradesh has told that Naturam Godse was a patriot. The following is what told by Sakshi Maharaj. 

"I believe Nathuram Godse was also a nationalist and Mahatma Gandhiji also did a lot for the nation. Godse was an aggrieved person. He may have done something by mistake but was not an anti- national. He was a patriot." 

Nathuram Godse was a Hindu communalist. He killed Gandhiji, because Gandhiji stood for Hindu-Muslim unity. It is highly condemnable that Sakshi Maharaj has told that Godse was a patriot. It must also be noted that people like Sakshi Maharaj make such statements when the RSS is trying it’s best to divide the people on communal lines. 

[13.12.2014]Build Ram temple as early as possible, says UP Governor.

Ram Naik, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh has said that Ram Mandir should be built as early as possible, since it is the wish of the people of this country. It may appear that there is nothing wrong in Ram Naik saying that Ram Mandir should be constructed. But it should be noted that he has said this, while attending a function in Faizabad, in which district stood the Babari Masjid, which was demolished by the Sang Pariwar. Hence, what Ram Naik has said was that, Ram Temple should be constructed in the place where the Babri Masjid stood once. Ram Naik is a person from the RSS. But it is very unfortunate that he has made this statement while holding the Constitutional post of a Governor.

[12.12.2014]CHQ Circular No.2 - Hindi.<<click here>>

[12.12.2014]Government imposed penalty of Rs 21.79 billion for violation of customer verification guidelines.

The Ministry of Communications and IT has stated that the government has imposed a cumulative penalty of Rs 21.79 billion till September 2014 on the telecom operators for the violation of customer verification guidelines. The maximum penalty has been imposed on Aircel at Rs 4.86 billion, followed by Reliance Communications at Rs 4.54 billion and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited at Rs 3.29 billion till end-September 2014. The ministry added that a penalty of Rs. 3.09 billion has been imposed on Bharti Airtel and Rs 2.11 billion on Vodafone India, while Idea Cellular has been fined an amount of Rs 1.23 billion for violation of the verification guidelines over the same period. The government has also imposed a penalty of Rs 1.72 billion on Tata Teleservices Limited, Rs 5.23 billion on Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited and Rs 1.16 billion on Telewings Communications for the same violations.

 

[12.12.2014]BSNL employees appointed on or after 01.08.2014 are not eligible for benefits under BSNL GSLI scheme 2005.<<view BSNL letter>> 

 

[12.12.2014]BSNLEU submits it's views to the Corporate Office on recruitment under sports quota and on participation by circles at All India events.<<view letter>>

 

[12.12.2014]CHQ writes to Sr.GM (SR) demanding implementation of the decision of the National Council on removal of discrimination in immunity from transfer between the office-bearers of Non-Executive Unions and Executive Associations.<<view letter>>

 

[12.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (SR) on implementation of the decision of the National Council on renegotiation with LIC, for enhancing the premiums of insurance policies.<<view letter>>

 

[12.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (SR) demanding corrections to the minutes of the 31st meeting of the National Council.<<view letter>>

 

[11.12.2014]Demands Day conducted at BSNL Corporate Office.

Lunch hour demonstration was held at BSNL Corporate Office today the 11.12.2014 to observe Demands Day. Almost the entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL Corporate Office participated in the demonstration. The gathering was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, Forum, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and President Forum, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. A.A. Khan, Circle Secretary, SNEA and com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA. The demonstration was also attended by com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, BSNLEU, com. John Verghese, AGS, BSNLEU , com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS and R.S. Chauhan Org.Secretary<<view photos>>

 

[11.12.2014]Launch “Meet the Public” campaign today.

As per the call of the Forum, “Meet the Public” Campaign, as well as collecting of one crore signatures are to start today the 11.12.2014. There is a general feeling among the public that the services of BSNL are not good only because the employees are not working properly. Hence it is our duty to explain to them, how the government is systematically killing BSNL, to benefit the private telecom companies. It is very essential to win over the support of the people for safeguarding BSNL. So, unleash the Meet the Public Campaign is a big way. It starts from today and shall go on till campaign is done among the people in each and every town and city in a massive manner. Naturally, being the biggest Union in the Forum, BSNLEU has to take initiative and coordinate with all the constituents of Forum, for the success of the program. 

 

[11.12.2014]Collect one crore signatures.

Forum has decided to collect a minimum of one crore signatures from the public, in support of the revival of BSNL. These signatures are to be collected from the public during the Meet the Public campaign. Some comrades may feel that collecting one crore signatures is impossible. But, the All India Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA), a comparatively smaller organisation, has collected one crore signature many years ago. Infact, the 2,40,000 BSNL Non-Executives and Executives can collect much more signatures. The collected signatures will be submitted to the Prime Minister in the March to Parliament, to be held on 25.02.2015. Hence, start collecting the signatures immediately, with all seriousness.<<view format>> 

 

[11.12.2014]It is “Demands Day” today.

Demands Day is to be observed today throughout the country, by holding lunch hour demonstrations, highlighting the demands of the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. Conduct it successfully and send reports and photos to the CHQ.

 

[11.12.2014]Decisions take in the Sports Board Meeting held on 10th December, 2014.

(i) Kit allowance for All India Events increased from Rs.2,000/- to Rs.2,500/- and for National events it is increased from Rs.2,500/- to Rs.3,000/-.

(ii) Events will be increased from the present 7 to 12 on getting inputs from circles and the unions.

(ii) For Sports Recruitment inputs from various circle and Unions will be called for. Recruitment will be done in Group C cadre as per Sports recruitment Rules.

(iv) Incentives will be given to 1st  2nd & 3rd place holders at National events.

(v) All India Cricket Tournament will be held on T20 Format.

(vi) National Team will be declared at the All India meet itself.

(vii) Technical delegates will be sent as per merit list.

 

[11.12.2014]Respectful homage to com. K.G. Bose on his 40th death anniversary.

 

40 years have passed since com. K.G. Bose left us. But he continues to be the beckon light of the Telecommunication and Postal trade union movements. On this day, while cherishing the ideals of com. K.G. Bose, we shall resolve to proceed in the path shown by him for the betterment of the working masses. Red salutes to com. K.G. Bose.

 

 

[10.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding a full-fledged presentation to the Unions, on ERP.<<view letter>>

 

[10.12.2014]Minutes of the 31st meeting of the National Council, held on 25th September, 2014.<<view letter>>

 

[10.12.2014]Highlights of the Designations Committee meeting.

The meeting of the Designations Committee is held today the 10.12.2014. The meeting was attended by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, from BSNLEU and by com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, and com. Mahabir Singh from NFTE. Prolonged discussions took place in respect of change of designations of Sr.TOA and TTA. The Staff Side demanded, Junior Engineer designation for the cadre of TTA. The Management Side told that this would be discussed in the their internal meeting and decision would be informed in the next meeting. As regards, the cadre of Sr.TOA, Management Side was not prepared to consider the demand of Associate Officer, Manager and Executive. Finally, after holding a discussion among themselves, the Staff Side demanded that the designation of ‘Telecom Associate’ can be given to the Sr.TOAs at the entry level, and the designation of ‘Superintendent’ should be given to them, who are placed in the NE-9, 10, 11 & 12 pay scales. The Management Side told that this would also be discussed in their internal meeting, and that the decision would be conveyed in the next meeting of the Designations Committee meeting to be held on 08.01.2015.

 

[10.12.2014]Organise Demands Day powerfully.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has given call to observe Demands Day tomorrow the 11.12.2014, by holding lunch hour demonstrations, on the issue of revival of BSNL. Forum has also decided to conduct many program, including indefinite strike from 17.03.2015. Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to organise lunch hour demonstrations very effectively, in coordination with the other constituents of the Forum, and to fully explain the charter of demands of the Forum, on revival of BSNL.

 

[09.12.2014]Forum Circular on Indefinite Strike from 17th March, 2015.<<click here>>

 

[09.12.2014]Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations - Memorandum on Save BSNL - Save Nation.<<click here>>

 

[09.12.2014]Highlights of today’s PLI Committee meeting.

A meeting of the PLI Committee is held today the 09.12.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu and com. Islam Ahmed, Staff Side members of the Committee, participated. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, was also present. 

The Staff Side members strongly insisted that the new PLI scheme should be based on National level productivity of the Company, as was agreed, to in the meeting held between the Director (HR) and the JAC, on 27.06.2014. The Staff Side demanded that the achievement in respect of mobile connections should be included, and CDMA connections should be dropped, from the Key Parameter Indicators (KPIs). This was accepted. Further the Staff Side demanded that the details regarding achievements of the Company, for the financial years of 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 should be provided, so that the targets for the coming years can be fixed. Management Side assured to furnish these inputs shortly. It was decided to hold the next meeting of the Committee on 27.01.2015. 

[09.12.2014]Com. Muralidharan Nair, former AGS, retired.

Com. Muralidharan Nair, former AGS of our Union retired on superannuation on 30.11.2014, after completing more than 40 years of meritorious service. As AGS of the Union, com. Muralidharan Nair has played a major role in formulating major policy decisions of the Union. An elaborate farewell meeting is being organised for him at Trivandrum on 18th December, 2014, which will be addressed by com. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, former Home Minister of Kerala. CHQ wishes a long, healthy and active life for com. Muralidharan Nair.

 

[09.12.2014]Discussion with shri Anupam Srivastava, Director ( CM ), on expansion of BSNL's mobile networks.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, met shri Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM) yesterday the 08-12-2014, and expressed their concern over the slow pace of expansion of BSNL's mobile networks, as a result of which the Company is lagging behind in it's competition with the private operators. The Director (CM) told the leaders that under the phase 7 expansion, 9 million lines are already rolled out, and another 10 million line roll out is under process. He also assured that in the phase 8 expansion, which will start in 2015, importance will be given to data services. The leaders requested the Director (CM) that the Management should have a regular interaction with the representatives of the employees, regarding the  developmental activities of the Company, to which the Director (CM) responded positively

 

[09.12.2014]BSNLEU opposed the outsourcing of call centre services, related to Landline and Broadband connections.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, met shri N.K.Gupta, Director (CFA) yesterday the 08-12-2014, and expressed their strong protest for the outsourcing of call centre services, related to Landline and Broadband connections. The leaders also recorded their strong objection, for not consulting the Recognised Unions , before outsourcing these services. They also pointed out that 70 SR. TOAs  who had been manning these services, have become surplus in Chennai. A letter in this regard was handed over to the Director (CFA). BSNLEU will continue fight against such unwanted outsourcing of BSNL's services.

 

[09.12.2014]Smt.Yojna Das, Sr.GM (BFCI) is selected as Director (Finance).

BSNL's Director (Finance) post is lying vacant since November, 2013. The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) conducted the selection yesterday the 08-12-2014,to fill up this post. 10 persons appeared in the selection. Smt.Yojna Das, who is presently SR. GM (BFCI) is selected for the post. She will take over as the next Director (Finance) of BSNL soon. BSNLEU heartily congratulates smt. Yojna Das.

 

[09.12.2014]BSNLEU protests BSNL's senior counsel's continuous absence in the JTO LICE case in Chennai High Court.

On 03-12-2014, BSNLEU strongly protested to the BSNL Management, about the non-cooperation of BSNL's senior counsel, in the Tamil Nadu JTO LICE case, being heard in the Chennai High Court.  BSNL's senior counsel did not appear the court to argue the case on 03-12-2014. Yesterday, again he did not appear the court to argue the case. Thus, the case is getting unnecessarily prolonged. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.M.C.Balakrishna, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) yesterday the 08.12.2014, and conveyed their strong displeasure over this .The GM (Estt.) assured to take up the issue with the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle. 

 

[09.12.2014]"Take concrete action to stop the damaging of BSNL's OFC and copper cables by outside agencies"- BSNLEU tells the Director (CFA).

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS, in their meeting with the Director (CFA) today, demanded that BSNL should take stern action to stop BSNL’s OFC and copper cables from being damaged by the outside agencies like PWD, etc.  BSNL's OFC is being damaged on a large scale due to road widening projects, etc., as a result of which network failure happens on a big scale. Similarly, BSNL's copper cables are also being damaged extensively by various agencies. The Director (CFA) assured to take appropriate action.

 

[08.12.2014]Items of the Staff Side, for the 32nd meeting of the National Council.<<click here>>

 

[08.12.2014]Narendra Modi government’s first dose of poison to kill the Public Sector.

Narendra Modi government has injected it’s first dose of poison, to kill the Public Sector. 5% of the shares of SAIL was sold on 05.12.2014, which fetched the government Rs.1725 crore. With this, the government’s share in SAIL is reduced to 75%. The Modi Sarkar has plan to raise Rs.62,425 crore, in this financial year, by way of selling PSU shares.

[08.12.2014]BSNL Employees Transfer Policy updated upto 24.11.2014.<<letter>> <<enclosure>>

[06.12.2014]CHQ Circular No.2 - Hearty congrats for the successful One Day Strike.<<click here>>

 

[06.12.2014]Send district wise strike particulars to the CHQ by 15.12.2014.

The JAC has decided to make a detailed assessment of the one day strike, with district wise particulars, in the next meeting to be held on 20.12.2014. Hence, all the circle secretaries are requested to send a written report to the CHQ, with district wise particulars, by 15.12.2014. The particulars should include total number of Non-Executives in the SSA, number of employees joined the strike, number of employees went on leave and number of employees performed duty. Circle Secretaries are requested to treat this as most urgent. 

 

[06.12.2014]Send views on proposals given by the Management for evolving PLI scheme.

The next meeting of the PLI Committee is to be held on 09.12.2014. Management has already provided to us, with their proposals for measuring the performance. They include the achievements of BSNL in 2013-14, in respect of landline, Broadband connections given, duration within which connections are provided/faults are attended, etc. Based on these, the targets to be achieved in 2014-15 are also given. These details are already updated on CHQ website on 24.07.2014 itself. However, so far CHQ has not received any comment from our comrades. Hence, it is requested that circle/district secretaries and Central office-bearers may give their comments by 08.12.2014, to help CHQ to take a final view on these issues.<<view proposals>>

 

[06.12.2014]Decisions of the JAC, taken in the meeting held on 06.12.2014.

A meeting of the JAC was held on 06.12.2014 under the presidentship of com. Chandeswar Singh, President. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener welcomed every one and explained the purpose of holding the meeting. After detailed discussions, the following decisions are taken unanimously. 

(1) The meeting reviewed the One Day strike held on 27.11.2014. The strike has taken place very successfully, except in a few circles. The JAC heartily congratulated the employees for making the strike a grand success. Further, the JAC decided to make a circle wise assessment of the strike in the next meeting to be held on 20.12.2014. The meeting also decided that the General Secretaries of the constituent unions / associations shall give a written report to the JAC, with district wise figures. 

(2) The PLI Committee meeting is taking place on 09.12.2014. The Staff Side members of the PLI Committee shall finalise the formula, based on the National level productivity of the Company. 

(3)  It was decided that the Staff Side members of the Designations Committee shall meet at 1500 hrs. on 09.12.2014 to finalise the stand to be taken in the meeting of the Designations Committee to be held on 10.12.2014.

 

[06.12.2014]Decisions of the Forum meeting held on 5th December, 2015.<<click here>>

 

[05.12.2014]Forum decides to take up the 30% Superannuation benefits demand of the DirectRecruited employees.

Forum is taking up only issues connected with the revival of BSNL. Normally, Forum does not take up the economic demands of the employees. The one exception to this was the 78.2% IDA merger issue. Forum took it up in view of the gravity of the issue. Still Forum is trying to get 78.2% IDA merger settled for the pensioners. In today’s Forum meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU suggested that the “30% Superannuation benefits” issue of the Direct Recruited Employees should be taken up by the Forum, in view of the fact that BSNL is violating the Central Cabinet decisions, on the issue of pensionary benefits to the BSNL’s directly recruited employees. The demand of GS, BSNLEU was accepted by the Forum. Now, this issue will also be included in the charter of demands for the Indefinite Strike.

 

[05.12.2014]Organise Demands Day successfully on 11.12.2014.

It is the decision of the Forum of Unions and Associations to observe Demands Day on 11.12.2014, on the issue of revival of BSNL. As per the decision, Lunch hour demonstrations should be conducted, highlighting the demands of the Forum, contained in the notice for Indefinite Strike, for the revival of BSNL. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to effectively organize the Demands Day on 11.12.2014. 

 

[05.12.2014]Forum decides to collect one crore signature from public, in support of the revival of BSNL.

The Forum meeting held today the 05.12.2014 has taken the landmark decision to collect one crore signature from the public, in support of the revival of BSNL. Peoples support is very crucial for the revival of BSNL. The Forum has also decided to conduct a “Meet the Public” programme from 11.12.2014 onwards. The one crore signatures are to be collected during this “meet the public” program. As per the decision, each employee in BSNL has to collect at least 50 signatures from the public, to achieve the target of collecting one crore signature. Let us massively mobilize public support in favour of BSNL’s revival. These signatures will be submitted to the Prime Minister, on the day of the March to Parliament, to be held on 25.02.2015. Let us swing into action and collect one crore signature. 

 

[05.12.2014]Date of the Indefinite Strike changed.

The date of the Indefinite Strike, on the revival of BSNL, has been changed to 17.03.2015. The Forum meeting, held today the 05.12.2014, has taken this decision, with a view to make more time available for the preparations for the Indefinite Strike. According to the revised schedule, the March to Parliament program will be held on 25.02.2015, during the budget session of the Parliament. 

 

[05.12.2014]Forum decides to hold massive conventions in all circles.

The Forum meting held today the 05.12.2014, has decided to hold massive conventions in all Circles, during the months of January and February, to make the Indefinite Strike a historic success. All circle secretaries are requested to organize the conventions in coordination with other constituents of the Forum, as well as with the CHQ of BSNLEU.

 

[05.12.2014]BSNLEU makes re-nomination to the Staff Side of the designation committee, consequent to election of new office-bearers in the 7th All India Conference.<<view letter>>

 

[05.12.2014]Forum meeting today to plan campaign program for the indefinite strike.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is meeting today at New Delhi, to chalk out the campaign program to effectively organise the indefinite strike from 03.02.2014, called on the issue of revival of BSNL.

 

[05.12.2014]National protest day conducted with massive participation.

With a view to mobilise the Indian working class against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, the Central Trade Unions gave call to observe National Protest Day today the 05.12.2014. This programme is being organized massively throughout the country. As a part of this program, the Central Trade Unions conducted a massive dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi today. Thousands of workers participated in this dharna and raised slogans against the pro-rich and anti-poor policies of the government. Leaders of all the eleven Central Trade Unions addressed the huge gathering. CHQ leaders and comrades of the Corporate Office participated in the dharna.<<views of the dharna>>

 

[04.12.2014]BSNLEU demands Management to form a Committee to review BSNLMRS.

In view of the sufferings that BSNL employees are undergoing in availing treatment under BSNLMRS, BSNLEU is demanding the Management to form a Committee to review BSNLMRS.<<view letter>>

 

[04.12.2014]BSNL Management outsources call centre services related to Landlines and Broadband.

It is the strong demand of BSNLEU as well as the Staff Side of the National Council that BSNL employees should be utilized to provide call centre services, instead of outsourcing them. This is one of the demands on which the JAC went on a one day strike on 27.11.2014. Inspite of this, the Management has now outsourced the call centre services, related to Landline and Broadband, to an agency called M/s AEGIS Ltd. BSNLEU strongly demands that the services should be handed over to our own staff.<<view letter>>

 

[04.12.2014]Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer passes away – BSNLEU pays respectful homage.

PTI has reported that justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, eminent jurist has passed away. He was popular for the many landmark judgements that he had given, which are having far-reaching implications in politics and the society as a whole. He was a great humanitarian. In 1952, he was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly; in 1957, he became a minister in the first Communist government in Kerala, serving until 1959. Having been the minister of law, power, prisons, irrigation and social welfare in the Government of Kerala, he was instrumental in bringing about many significant changes in these sectors. In 1973, he was sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, he is the last but one Supreme Court judge to have previously served as a politician. He was conferred with Padma Vibhushan in the year 1999. Recently, his 100th birth day was celebrated. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to justice V.R. Krishna Iyer.

 

[04.12.2014]Meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in designation of major Non-Executive Cadres.<<view letter>>

 

[04.12.2014]Meeting of Joint Committee to involve scheme of Bonus/Productivity Linked Incentive based on PMS.<<view letter>>

 

[03.12.2014]Corporate Office letter, extending facilities to the office-bearers elected in the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held from 6th to 9th November, 2014, at Kolkata.<<click here>>

 

[03.12.2014]PLI Committee meeting on 09.12.2014.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, and Com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS met Smt. Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Restg.) and discussed for finalising the date for next meeting of the PLI Committee. The leaders requested the Management to keep only one meeting i.e., meeting of PLI Committee on 09.12.2014, since the union has fixed some other programme on that day. The Sr.GM (Restg.) is agreed on the matter. Further, the leaders request the Management to fix the meeting of designation committee on next day i.e., on 10.12.2014.

[03.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office on the JTO LICE court case of Tamil Nadu circle.<< view letter>>

[03.12.2014]BSNL and MTNL's poor quality of service raised in the Lok Sabha.

It is reported by the PTI, that the members of the Lok Sabha bitterly complained about the poor quality of services being provided by the BSNL and MTNL. This issue came in for serious debate in the Lok Sabha on 01.12.2014, when Ms. R.Geetha of the YSR Congress, raised it. Soon, she was joined by a host of MPs belonging to various parties. The members have expressed their own bitter experiences in getting proper connectivity. The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations had conducted a movement of approaching the MPs on the issue of BSNL's revival, and explaining to them about the factors responsible for the downfall of BSNL, as well as about the Forum's proposals for the revival of BSNL. Unfortunately, this call was not seriously implemented, except in some places. The debate that took place on 01.12.2014, has underscored the necessity to once again approach all the MPs, for getting their support for the revival of BSNL.

 

[02.12.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding inclusion of women union representatives in the Complaints Committee for prevention of sexual harassment of women employees at work places.<<<view letter>>>

 

[02.12.2014]Do not mix mythology with science - Editorial of Tele Crusader December, 2014.<<click here>> 

 

[02.12.2014]Com.Jagdish Singh, Vice-President (CHQ), retired.

Com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-President (CHQ), and also a respected senior leader of BSNLEU, retired from BSNL service on 30.11.2014, after rendering a meritorious service of 36 years. He was warmly felicitated in a function held at Jabalpur. CHQ congratulates Com.Jagdish Singh, and wish him a long, happy and active retired life.

[02.12.2014]CHQ writes to SR. GM (Restg.) on holding the meeting of the committee on PLI /designation change.<<<view letter>>>

[01.12.2014]Meeting with GM (Rectt.)

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS met Shri D. Chakraborti, GM (Rectt.) today, the 01.12.2014 and discussed on the following issues. 

(i)   SC/ST relaxation of BSNL issue, as per the orders of the DoP&T. 

(ii)  Grace marks to the candidates who appeared JAO LDCE 40% and opted for Hindi but answered in English in practical paper. 

(iii) To review the results of JTO examination held in 2013 in different circles. 

The union leaders handed over letters and documents on the above issues to the Management and requested for expeditious actions. 

The GM (Rectt.) assured to take appropriate action on these issues.

[01.12.2014]Corporate Office releases final grant of welfare fund to various circles.<<click here>> 

[01.12.2014]Corporate Office letter on method of pay fixation in IDA pay scale in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL who were promoted after 01.10.2000 and opted IDA pay scales from the date of their promotion.<<click here>> 

[01.12.2014]Views of the strike held on 27.11.2014.<<click here>> 

 

[29.11.2014]NFTE circle secretary of ETP circle, wrote to the Management, demanding to cut the salary of the employees who participate in the one day strike.

NFTE circle secretary of ETP circle, had written to the CGM of ETP circle, demanding to apply the principle of "No pay for no work", against the employees who participate in the one day strike, held on 27.11.2014. Further, she had requested the CGM to keep all the offices open on the day of the strike, and also to provide "protection" for the "loyal workers" who come to work. The All India leadership of NFTE, being part of the JAC, has played a significant role in organising the united struggle successfully all over the country. But, one circle union of NFTE had asked the Management to impose wage cut on the employees. Further, it was this circle secretary of NFTE, who disrupted BSNLEU’s All India Conference at Kolkata, by mobilising goondas of the Trinamool Congress. Undoubtedly, this person is a shame for the trade union movement.<<view letter>> 

[29.11.2014]CHQ writes to the Management, demanding to constitute Works Committees at All India and Circle levels and also to take action on SSA heads who violate Corporate Office orders.<<view letter>> 

[29.11.2014]Observe National Protest Day programme on 5th December, 2014, as called on by the Central Trade Unions.

The National Convention of Workers, called on by all the eleven Central Trade Unions, at New Delhi, on 15th September, 2014, decided to observe a National Protest Day programme on 5th December, 2014 through massive joint demonstrations in all state capitals. The 7th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union held at Kolkata from 6 – 9 September, 2014, resolved to extends it’s full support to the programme of action to reverse the anti-worker, anti-people policies of the government and also to protect the interest of the nation and the people. CHQ appeals to all employees in BSNL to make the National Protest Day on 5th December, 2014 a grand success, by participating in the joint demonstrations massively and also to prepare for further struggles. 

[29.11.2014]Parliament questions on Merger of MTNL with BSNL.<<click here>> 

[29.11.2014]Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha asked questions on remedial steps to make BSNL profit making.<<click here>>

[28.11.2014]A historic strike – CHQ salutes all the comrades.

Yesterday’s one day strike has been a resounding success. The strike is near total in many circles. In most of the other circles, the strike is very successful. CHQ salutes the entire leaders and cadres who had toiled hard to make the strike a historic success. However, it is a matter of great regret that the strike has not taken place in Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir circles. When the employees of all other circles go on strike, it is not proper on the part of the leaders and employees of these two circles that they did not join the strike. CHQ has not received any information about the strike from NTR, Telecom Factory (Mumbai) and Inspection Circles, despite sending reminder. 

 

[28.11.2014]BSNLEU heartily thanks SNEA and AIBSNLEA.

BSNLEU heartily thanks SNEA and AIBSNLEA, the two Associations of the Executives, for extending solid support for the one day strike of the Non-Executives. This augurs well for the future united struggles of the Non-Executives and Executives, for the revival of BSNL. 

 

[28.11.2014]What next?

The historic one day strike of the Non-Executives has taken place very successfully. We hope that this strike will open the eyes of the BSNL Management. They cannot take the Non-Executives for granted hereafter. If the desired improvement on demands does not come, then the JAC will be forced to give call for more serious form of struggles.

 

[27.11.2014]Send items for the next meeting of the National Council.

As per the decision of the last National Council meeting, the next meeting of the National Council is to be held in December, 2014. Hence, National Council members, circle Secretaries and Central Office bearers are requested to send items at the earliest, preferably by 30th November, 2014.

 

[27.11.2014]The Non-Executives have created history.

It is heartening to note that the one day strike by the Non-Executives is a total success in most of the circles. In many places, not even a single Non-Executive employee has entered the office. The Non-Executives have created history. Circle Secretaries are requested to kindly send photos to the CHQ immediately, for uploading on website.

 

[27.11.2014]Historic Strike began, Red salutes to the comrades.

The Historic One Day Strike has began. The 1, 86,000 Non-Executives have shown to the Management that they cannot be befooled any more and taken for granted. This is only a warning signal to the incompetent BSNL Management. If they do not wake up, more serious actions will follow. JAC conveys it’s hearty congrats to all the leaders and comrades.

Workers Unity Zindabad.

[26.11.2014]Organise powerful demonstrations in work places.

Powerful demonstrations shall be organized at work places tomorrow the 27.11.2014, highlighting the genuine demands of the Non-Executives. Sufficient publicity may be given in the media for the strike action. 

 

[26.11.2014]Hearty thanks SNEA and AIBSNLEA.

JAC has sought the support and solidarity of both the Executive Organisations, viz., SNEA and AIBSNLEA. Both the organisations have extended their support and solidarity. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to coordinate with SNEA and AIBSNLEA, for the grand success of the one day strike.

 

[26.11.2014]Conciliation with the RLC failed.

The Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation meeting between the JAC and BSNL Management today. No issue was settled in this conciliation, since the Management continued to be adamant. Thus, the conciliation ended without any result. The next date for conciliation is fixed as 05.01.2015.

 

[26.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on modification sought in BSNL Employees Transfer Policy.<<click here>>

 

[26.11.2014]Talks held with Management failed. Go ahead with the strike with full strength.

Talks were held between the JAC and the Management at 1700 hrs, yesterday the 25.11.2014. Neither the Director (HR), nor any Director of the Board was present in the talks. This is the seriousness that Management is having in respect of the strike of 1,86,000 Non-Executive employees. Not even a single issue was settled in the talks. Those who were present in the talks from the Management side, were very casual in respect of settlement of the problems. The JAC meeting, which was held after the talks, unanimously decided to go ahead with the strike. Circle and district unions are requested to organise the strike with full strength and make it 100% success. Meet each and every employee in the work spot and motivate them to participate in this historic struggle. 

 

[26.11.2014]Conciliation with the RLC is to take place today.

The Regional Labour Commissioner has invited both the JAC and the Management for conciliation today, at 1100 hrs. A miracle is not likely to happen, since the Management is very adamant. Outcome of the conciliation will be communicated immediately after it is over. Carry on with the preparations for the strike.

 

[26.11.2014]BSNLEU greets the newly elected All India office-bearers of SNATTA.

The All India Conference of SNATTA was held at Kolkata on 23.11.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the open session and explained about the ways and means to overcome the ongoing crisis of BSNL. While explaining the steps taken by BSNLEU and the JAC to resolve the problems of the DRTTAs, the GS strongly pleaded them to join enmasse the one day strike by JAC to be held on 27.11.2014. BSNLEU greets com. R. Khanna, com. Anoop Mukherjee and com. Sunil Gautam, who are elected as President, General Secretary and Dy. General Secretary respectively.

 

[25.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on amendment in BSNL Employees Transfer Policy.<<click here>>

 

[25.11.2014]Talks to be held between the JAC and the Management today.

Talks are being held between the JAC and the Management at 1700 hrs. today the 25.11.2014, on the 30 point charter of demands. CHQ wishes to inform that the strike will definitely take place, if Management does not come up with a settlement for the demands. Preparations for the strike should continue to go on with full tempo. 

 

[25.11.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, demanding extension of the Rs.200/- SIM facility to the employees working in MTNL areas, and also to provide, ‘off not’ call facility on the SIM.<<view letter>>

 

[25.11.2014]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS, met shri A.N. Rai, CMD yesterday and discussed the following issues:- 

 

(i)         Problems related to Karnataka Circle.

The leaders explained in detail to the CMD about the highhandedness and autocratic style of functioning of the GM Belgaum, as a result of which services as well as employees are suffering. They also complained about the vindictive steps being taken against the functionaries of BSNLEU, by the SSA heads of Tumkur, Kolar, Mysore, Gulbarga etc. They also seriously complained about the unhelpful attitude of the CGM Karnataka, who refuses to intervene and control the highhanded SSA heads. The CMD assured to do the needful. 

 

(ii)       CGM cases of Andhra Pradesh Circle.

The leaders once again pressed upon the CMD to consider offering Group ‘C’ posting to the candidates who had acquired graduation after the date of application. CMD assured to look into this. 

 

(iii)     Re-engagement of four contract workers of Bidar SSA.

The leaders insisted upon the CMD to ensure the re-engagement of four contract workers who have been disengaged for starting trade union. 

 

(iv)     Relaxation grace marks for the JTO LICE held in 2013.

The leaders insisted upon the CMD to have a rethinking on this issue and to grant relaxation/grace marks in view of the fact that next JTO LICE is getting unduly delayed, in view of the non-approval of the revised JTO RR, by the BSNL Board.

[24.11.2014]Management invites JAC for the talks to be held tomorrow the 25.11.2014.<<view letter>>

[24.11.2014]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (Restructuring) regarding merger of Civil wing and transfers of staff in Kamrup SSA.<<view letter>>

[24.11.2014]Press release of JAC, in connection with the one day strike taking place on 27.11.2014.<<click here>>

[24.11.2014]CHQ writes to the Circle Secretaries of West Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores, pacing it’s appreciation on record, for successfully conducting the 7th AIC.<<view letter>>

[24.11.2014]CHQ writes to the Director (CM) regarding cheatings by the content providers in Kerala Circle.<<view letter>>

[24.11.2014]Only two more days left for the historic strike.

Dear comrades, only two more days are left for the historic one day strike to be held on 27.11.2014. It is historic because, for the first time after the formation of BSNL, a united strike, consisting almost all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives, is taking place for the settlement of the most genuine problems of the Non-Executives. CHQ requests all the leaders and comrades to meet each and every employee of BSNL and make the strike a total success. 

 

[24.11.2014]JAC may be called for talks.

BSNL Management has contacted the Convener and President of the JAC and has expressed their inclination to invite the JAC for talks. The talks may take place tomorrow, since the President of JAC is out of Delhi. However, CHQ wishes to inform that circle and district level JACs should continue to keep the tempo in mobilizing the employees. Strike will definitely take place if our reasonable demands are not accepted. There is no need for any let in the preparations for the strike.

[22.11.2014]Indonesian President flies in economy class. BSNL’s top officers fly in business class.
Joko Widodo, the newly elected Indonesian President, surprised every one yesterday, when he travelled in an economy class flight to Singapore. The President said that he did not prefer to fly in his official VIP jet, since he was going to Singapore on a family visit. We just compare Joko Widodo to the top officers of BSNL. Our officers fly in only in business class and stay only in star hotels. But, when the employees demand settlement of their very genuine problems, they say Company is running in loss. It is highly hypocritical that our top officers are reminded of Company's financial position, only when the employees demand settlement of their genuine grievances. They don't remember it when they travel in business class or stay in star hotels.

[22.11.2014]Allotment of accommodation in K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi.

Accommodation is being provided to our comrades in K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi. The demand for providing accommodation is increasing fast. While decision is already taken to arrange more number of rooms, we have also to consider the request of maximum number of comrades. It is observed that at present requests being received for providing accommodation up to 10 days at a stretch. In view of the limited number of rooms available, it is informed that accommodation can be provided for three days only. Extension for more number of days will be done based on availability of vacant rooms. This will help us to provide accommodation to maximum number of comrades. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to keep this in mind, while forwarding requests to the CHQ. 

 

[22.11.2014]Only four more days left for the strike. Put in maximum efforts and make the strike a resounding success.

Dear comrades, only four more days are left for the one day strike. CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries, as well as the active comrades to put in maximum efforts to make each and every employee to participate in the strike. For the first time after formation of BSNL, all the major unions and associations are going on strike for the settlement of the burning problems of the Non-Executives. Hence, make the strike 100% success. The Management should understand that they cannot continue to ill-treat the Non-Executive employees any more. 

 

[22.11.2014]BSNLEU seeks the intervention of the Hon’ble Minister of Labour, Govt. of India.

BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble Minister of Labour, Govt. of India, inviting his attention to the road blocks being created by the BSNL Management, for the peaceful settlement of the burning problems of the Non-Executives, across the negotiating table.<<view letter>>

 

[22.11.2014]BSNLEU once again writes to the Management, demanding grace marks/relaxation for the candidates who appeared JTO LICE last year.<<view letter>>

 

[22.11.2014]Judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh, on revaluation in examinations.<<view order>>

 

[21.11.2014]Lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings conducted successfully throughout the country.

As per the call of the JAC, Lunch hour demonstrations and Gate meetings have taken place very successfully throughout the country. Leaders have explained in detail about the justified demands of the Non-Executives to the employees as well as about the negative and unhelpful attitude of the Management. CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to gear up the preparations and make the strike a historic success. 

 

[21.11.2014]AIBDPA conducts successful March to Sanchar Bhawan.

All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) conducted a very successful March to the Sanchar Bhawan yesterday the 20.11.2014, demanding early settlement of pension revision based on 78.2% IDA merger, as well as other justified demands of the retirees. More than 1000 pensioners participated in the rally and raised slogans, pressing settlement of the issues. The March was addressed by com. S.K. Vyas, Secretary General of BCPC and NCCPA, com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, com. K.G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA and com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU. CHQ heartily congratulates AIBDPA for conducting the successful March to Sanchar Bhawan.

 

[21.11.2014]JAC decides not to participate in today’s talks with Management.

An emergency meeting of the JAC was held at New Delhi today. Com. Chandeswar Singh, President, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener welcomed every one and explained the purpose of the meeting. The invitation letter of the Management, inviting only the Recognised Unions for the talks to be held today the 21.11.2014, to discuss the strike demands, was placed before the house. The meeting unanimously decided not to participate in the talks. Further it is also decided to take all out efforts to make the strike a historic success. 

[21.11.2014]JAC writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding to hold talks with the JAC, on the demands contained in the strike notice.<<view letter>>

[20.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on four hours daily off to sportspersons selected to represent BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[20.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on 10th meeting of BSNL Sports & Cultural Board.<<click here>>

 

[20.11.2014]Letter of the Management, inviting for talks, on the demands contained in the charter of demands for the strike notice.

Letter of the Management, inviting both the Recognised Unions, to discuss the charter of demands contained in the strike notice for the One Day strike is received. But, once again the Management has mischievously invited only the two Recognised Union, whereas the strike notice was served by the JAC. It is also mentioned that, as per Rules, Management will hold discussion only with the Recognised Unions. This is a clear-cut attempt of the Management to break the unity of the Non-Executives. Whether to participate in the talks or not, will be decided after consulting the constituents of the JAC.<<<view letter>>>

[20.11.2014]Notice for indefinite Strike from 3rd February, 2015 by  BSNL Executives and Non-Executives.<<view notice>>

[19.11.2014]Notice for indefinite strike served on CMD BSNL.
The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations have already taken decision to go on indefinite strike w.e.f. 03.02.2015, demanding action by the government, as well as by the BSNL Management, for the revival of BSNL. The notice for the indefinite strike was served on the CMD BSNL today the 19.11.2014.

[19.11.2014]Rajasthan circle conference started at Udaipur.<<click here>>

[14.11.2014]CHQ Circular No.1 - Hindi.<<click here>>

[19.11.2014]CHQ writes to the Hon'ble Home Minister, Govt. of India, on extending relaxed standards to the SC/ST employees, who appeared in promotional exams from 22.07.1997 to 08.09.2000, or whose results were declared during this period.<<view letter>>

[19.11.2014]Management invites the JAC for talks.

BSNL Management has proposed to hold talks with the JAC, on the demands contained in the charter of demands for the one day strike, that is to take place on 27-11-2014. The talks are expected to take place at 1500 hrs on 21-11-2014, for which notice is likely to be issued today.

 

[18.11.2014]Decisions of the JAC meeting held at New Delhi on 18-11-2014.

A meeting of the National level JAC was held at New Delhi today the 18-11-2014. The meeting was presided over by Com . Chandeswar Singh, President of the JAC. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, welcomed every one and briefed the house regarding the preparations done so far to conduct the strike effectively. The meeting reviewed the preparations being made in various circles in this regard. After detailed discussions, the following decisions are taken unanimously.

1)  Reports received from various circles are very encouraging and show that preparations are going on very seriously in all circles. JAC requests that the remaining days should also be utilised to make the strike 100% successful.

2)   The lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings, to be held on 20-11-2014, should be organised massively, since it will help to make the strike successful.

3)  It was decided that the strike shall be a stay - out strike, and it will take place from 0000 hrs to 0000 hrs on 27-11-2014.

4)  Massive demonstrations should take place in front of all the offices on the day of the strike, ie., on 27-11-2014. This will take the message to the people about our strike.

5)  It is decided that the JAC should give appeal to all the associations of the Executives,  requesting them to extend cooperation and solidarity.  This appeal should be given at the All India, Circle and District levels.

 

[18.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on modification sought in transfer policy.<<click here>>

 

[18.11.2014]CHQ writes to GM (Rectt.) on switching over to online exam.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.11.2014]Letter to all CGM's from Shri Anupam Shrivastava, Director (Consumer Mobility), BSNL.<<view letter>> 

 

[17.11.2014]Economic recovery: Corporates are disappointed.

Indian corporates and their media were painting a rosy picture before the Parliament elections, that the country’s economy will be revived if Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister. But the Economic Times, the mouth piece of the corporates, has published a news today the 17.11.2014, that the initial euphoria, that arose after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in May, has started to fade away. The ET has given an example that the sale of passenger vehicle this year will be 2 lakh lesser than the vehicles sold in 2012. This is happening despite the steep fall in the fuel price. Narendra Modi is also following the same Neo Liberal Policies followed by the Congress, and soon it is going to be proved that he has no solution for the economic problems of the country. 

 

[17.11.2014]Do not close down loss making / sick PSUs.

It is reliably learnt that the Narendra Modi government has taken steps for the closure of PSUs like Hindustan Photo Films, HMT Watches, Hindustan Cables, Thungabatra Steel, etc. These closure is being done under the pretext that these PSUs have become sick. It is also reported that the govt. has planned to close down another 15 loss making PSUs in the next round. We know how the profit making BSNL was converted into a loss making PSU. Thus, PSUs become loss making or sick only because of the anti-PSU policies of the government. Hence, the govt. should take appropriate steps to revive the loss making/sick PSUs, instead of closing them down. 

 

[17.11.2014]Hold circle and district level JACs tomorrow.

The National JAC, which met on 13.11.2014 at New Delhi, has directed that all circle and district level JACs should meet on 18.11.2014, for the purpose of effectively organising the one day strike that is to take place on 27.11.2014. Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU to ensure that the JAC meetings are conducted in all circles and districts.

 

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