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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 28.11.2014, 18:55 hrs]

[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]View of the strike in Indore SSA, MP Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]Closed down in PGM Office, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Ujjain SSA, MP Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Rajasthan Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Kerala Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in BRBRAIT Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Chhattisgarh Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Bellary SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Mandsaur SSA, MP Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Jorhat SSA, Assam Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Ghaziabad SSA, UP (West) Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Khammam SSA, AP Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Punjab Circle.<<click here>>


[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]View of the strike in Shillong SSA, NE-I Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Madhya Pradesh Circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Bikaner SSA, Rajasthan.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Junagadh SSA, Gujarat.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Raichur SSA, Karnataka.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Panna SSA, Madhya Pradesh.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]Customer Care Centre closed down in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu circle.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Bongaigaon SSA, Assam.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Bhubaneswar SSA, Odisha.<<click here>>


[27.11.2014]View of the strike in Betiah in West Champaran, Bihar.<<click here>>


[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.


[17.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on purchase of diaries.<<click here>>


[15.11.2014]Send membership particulars expeditiously to the CHQ.

CHQ has already requested the circle unions, to provide with district wise membership of BSNLEU, as well as all of other unions and associations. Some circles have sent the requisite particulars. But the details have not come from most of the circles.  Hence, CHQ requests the remaining circle secretaries also to immediately send the membership details to the CHQ.


[15.11.2014]Government may provide BSNL with Rs.11,000 crore loan, for  merger with MTNL.

The huge amount of loan that MTNL is having, is one of the reasons why the unions and associations in BSNL are opposing the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL. Rs.14,600 crore is said to be MTNL's debt. A report that has come in the media says that the government is proposing to give a soft loan to the tune of Rs.11,000 crore to BSNL, to overcome this problem. Even if this report is correct, why BSNL should take over the burden of such a huge loan? Is this not tantamounts to transferring MTNL's loan burden to BSNL? Further, why BSNL should be burdened with the repayment of this loan and it's interest?


[15.11.2014]Air waves sharing and trading. 

In the name of scarcity of spectrum, spectrum sharing has become one agenda to DoT. The private telcos are now very much eager for their cost minimisation with an ulterior motive to make more profit. As such, now question has been raised about non availability of sufficient spectrum which causes low Broad band speed. One presentation from DoT reveals that Govt. is thinking about consolidation of telecom players which is one step towards felicitating sufficient spectrum to the private operators. The usual practice of giving benefit to the private telcos has become more predominant in the reign of the present BJP Govt. 


[14.11.2014]Forum decides to conduct massive campaign among employees and among the public, to make the indefinite strike successful.

Forum has already decided to go on an indefinite strike from 03.02.2015, demanding actions for the revival of BSNL. A meeting of the Forum took place at New Delhi yesterday the 13.11.2014 and chalked out campaign programme for effectively organising the indefinite strike. The meeting also decided to conduct a massive campaign among the public, and also to collect lakhs of signatures from them, in favour of revival of BSNL. The programme is as follows:-


11th  December, 2014                          -   Demands Day.

11th  to  20th December, 2014            -   Campaign among public & collection of signatures.

19th  December, 2014                          -   March to Parliament.

6th  to  8th, January, 2015                    -  Dharna.


[14.11.2014]BSNLEU pays it's richest tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 125th birth anniversary.

Today is the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the architect of modern India. Nehru was a great secularist and played a major role in making India a Secular and Democratic Republic. His vision has helped India to maintain it's unity in diversity till today. In contrast, Pakistan chose to identify itself with a particular relegion, and became an Islamic country. But relegion could not keep that country united. Within 25 years, it got devided and Bangladesh was born.  Nehru also gave birth to the Indian Public Sector. He envisioned that the Public Sector is the foundation for India’s self - reliance and economic independence. Today, both his concepts of secularism and Public Sector are under attack. RSS, which is the mother organisation of the ruling BJP, has openly declared that India is the country of the Hindus. The Narendra Modi government, in persuance of the Neo-Liberal Economic Policies, is determined to kill the Public Sector. While paying our richest tributes to Jawaharl Nehru on his 125th birth anniversary, let us resolve to defend secularism and the Public Sector.  


[14.11.2014]Where do the children go missing?

It is Children's Day today. This day is being celebrated on 14th November every year, which is also the birth anniversary of Jawaharl Nehru. Let us see how children are being taken care in this country. A shocking news has come in today's newspapers that 12,591 children have gone missing in the states of Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, since 2011. Mind it, this figure relates only to four states. Then, one can imagine what will be the number of children who had gone missing from the remaining states. It is also true that in a good number of cases the police just don't care to register FIR. Recently, the Supreme Court summoned the Chief Secretary and the DGP of police of Bihar, and pulled them up for refusal of filing FIRs in Bihar, on missing children. From this, we can easily come to the conclusion that the number of missing children is abominably higher than the official figure. Now, where do these missing children actually go? On their own, these children do not go missing. The spine chilling fact is that, they are being kidnapped by criminal gangs and are being forced in to activities like prostitution, begging, drug trafficking, etc. Mafia gangs, having pan Indian networks, are involved in these horrifying crimes. It is sickening to note that the government machinery has totally and miserably failed all these years, in curtailing these mafia and to provide safety to children.


[14.11.2014]Sports Board meeting to be held on 10.12.2014.

BSNLEU has long been demanding that the meeting of the Sports Board should be held without further delay. Management has now decided that the meeting would take place on 10.12.2014.


[14.11.2014]CHQ Circular No.1 - Make the One Day Strike on 27.11.2014 a historic success.<<click here>>


[14.11.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on non-payment of pension commutation amount as well as DCRG amount to the retirees in Varanasi SSA.<<view letter>> 


[13.11.2014]BSNLEU demands Rs.200 SIM card to the employees working in MTNL areas.

BSNLEU is insisting that the Rs.200/- SIM card facility should be extended to the BSNL employees posted in MTNL areas also. Similarly, the Union is demanding that calls should also be permitted to other networks. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.K. Singhal, GM (Admn.), yesterday the 12.11.2014 and had detailed discussion. The GM (Admn.) has assured to do the needful.


[13.11.2014]Meeting with the GM (Estt.) in BSNL CO.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, yesterday the 12.11.2014 and discussed the following issues. 


(i)         Wage loss of the employees appointed on or after 01.01.2007.

The GM (Estt.) told that the proposal for one additional increment has been approved by the Management Committee. (In the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, the Staff Side has categorically told that one increment is not enough and that they would continue to press for 30% fitment.) 


(ii)         CGA cases of Andhra Pradesh circle.

The General Secretary insisted that Group ‘C’ appointment should be given to the candidates who had already acquired graduation. The GM (Estt.) assured that the issue would be discussed with the CMD. 


(iii)       Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.

The GM (Estt.) replied that the issue is already taken up with CGM, UP (East) and assured to settle soon. 


(iv)       Declaration of JTO LICE results in Gujarat circle.

CHQ has already demanded that the JTO LICE results, withheld in Gujarat circle due to reason connected with educational qualification, should be released. The GM (Estt.) replied that the issue is already taken up with the CGM, Gujarat. 


[13.11.2014]JAC meeting has decided to intensify the mobilisation for the One Day Strike on 27.11.2014.

A meeting of the JAC was held today the 13.11.2014 at New Delhi. Com. Islam Ahmed presided. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener welcomed all and briefed on the preparations made so far. The following decisions are taken. 

i)        The circle and district JACs should take every possible step to completely mobilise the Non-Executives in the strike. 

ii)      With a view to make the planning effective, the JAC calls upon that all the circle and district JACs throughout the country shall hold their meetings on 18.11.2014 and shall discuss about the manners in which effective mobilisation is to be made, to make the strike a total success. The JAC also calls upon the conveners of the circle and district JACs to ensure the participation of the entire constituents of the JACs, especially smaller organisations. 

iii)    Massive lunch-hour demonstrations, as well as gate meetings are to be organised throughout the country on 20.11.2014, to gear up the mobilisation for the strike. 

All circle and district secretaries are requested to fully implement the decision.


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on settlement of 30 point charter of demands.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on Communal Harmony.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on Casual / Contract Labours.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on Filling up of top Posts in BSNL.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on Revision of Labour Laws.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on wage revision and merger of DA.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on indefinite strike from 3.2.2015 for saving BSNL.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]7th AIC resolution on participate in the National Protest Day programme on 5th December, 2014 called by Central Trade Unions.<<click here>>


[13.11.2014]One Day Strike Poster.<<English>> <<Hindi>> 


[13.11.2014]Corporate Office letter on method of pay fixation in IDA pay scale in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL.<<view letter>> 


[13.11.2014]Corporate Office letter to all CGMs on formation of Works Committees at SSA level.<<view letter>> 

[13.11.2014]Declaration of JTO LICE results in Tamil Nadu circle.

Results of the JTO LICE exam, conducted last year, has so far not been declared in Tamil Nadu Circle due to court case. There is a strong feeling among the affected employees that the Management has let them down. BSNLEU has discussed this issue a number of times with the concerned authorities in the Corporate Office. Again this issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), yesterday the 12.11.2014. The General Secretary expressed his unhappiness strongly in this regard. The GM (Estt.) gave the following briefing on the action taken. 


(i)   Corporate Office has already instructed the GM (Admn.) in the CGM Office, Tamil Nadu circle to file the necessary miscellaneous petition in the Court to expedite the settlement. 


(ii)  The Corporate Office has also instructed the GM (Admn.), Tamil Nadu to engage additional counsels, for effectively arguing the case. 


BSNLEU assures that it will persue the case further with all seriousness. 


[13.11.2014]Works Committees: What required is action and not letters alone.

Forum and BSNLEU are continuously focusing that the Works Committees remain only on paper. It is functioning only in a few places. Perhaps, the SSA level Management does not want to conduct the meetings of the Works Committees, due to the fear that they may be faced with embarrassing questions connected with the failing quality of services. This issue was effectively focused once again in the seminar conducted on 08.11.2014, in the All India Conference of BSNLEU, which was attended by two Directors of the BSNL Board. May be due to this, Corporate Office has issued one more “run of the mill” letter on 11.11.2014, to all the CGMs. What required is action and not only letters.


[12.11.2014]Intimating the newly elected office bearers of BSNL Employees Union to the BSNL Management.<<view letter>> 


[12.11.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, demanding immediate re-engagement of the four contract workers vindictively disengaged in Bidar SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<view letter>>


[12.11.2014]Consultation note given by the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate Office.

Copy of the ‘consultation note’ provided by the Management, in the all union meeting held on 11.11.2014, to discuss the issue of switching over to “ON LINE” exams in BSNL. Circle Secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to convey their views to the CHQ immediately.<<view consultation note>> 


[12.11.2014]Museum on Telegraph Services

BSNLEU and the Forum of BSNL Unions / Associations had strongly opposed the closure of Telegraph Services, but BSNL Management did not agree and closed the same on 15th July, 2013. The Forum later asked the Management vide it’s letter dated 02.05.2014 to establish a “Museum on Telegraph Services” with a brief history of Telegraph Services as also the various equipments used during its existence. 


Now the BSNL Corporate Office vide letter No.11-2/2014/T-I dated 29.10.2014 has intimated that such a “Museum on Telegraph Services” has been set up in Kolkata (West Bengal Circle). We express our appreciation for accepting our request and opening the Museum.<<Letter of BSNL>>



[11.11.2014]Enough Evidence against Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh, former Coal Secretary.

The Supreme Court appointed Special public Prosecutor R.S. Cheema, has told the CBI special court, that these is prima facie evidence to proceed against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh, in coal block allocation scam. It may be recollected that, the CBI filed FIR, against Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh in October last year. Immediately, all the corporates of India and their media cried foul. They certified that Kumar Mangalam Birla was a clean-handed person. Similarly, the former CAG Vinod Rai certified that P.C. Parakh was a man of integrity. Later on, the CBI closed down those FIRs. But now, the Supreme court appointed Special Public Prosecutor, as well as the Lawyers representing the CBI, have said that there are enough evidence to proceed against both these persons.


[11.11.2014]Consultation on holding online exams.

Management has proposed to hold all Departmental exams, as well as exams for direct recruitments, through online hereafter. A consultation with unions and associations was conducted today by the GM (Recruitment), BSNL CO.  Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, represented BSNLEU in the meeting. He strongly opposed the proposal of the management to hold online exams for Telecom Mechanic LDCE, TTA LDCE and UDC LDCE. As regards JTO LICE and JAO LICE, he said that the view of the Union will be conveyed within two days. Further, Management wanted to collect Rs.300/= as fees from the Non- Executives for appearing online exam. They also want to fix age limit as 50 (for OC) and 55 (for SC/ST). Both these proposals are also strongly opposed by GS, BSNLEU. Circle Secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to send their views immediately regarding online exams for JTO LICE and JAO LICE.


[11.11.2014]Kettle calling the pot black.

Massive scams took place during the rule of the UPA, like the 2G, Coal Gate etc. The BJP took full advantage of this scams in the Parliamentary election campaign. The BJP said that it would end corruption if it comes to power. Narendra Modi even said that he would form a fast track court to punish the guilty politicians. But those words are gone with the election campaign, it seems. It is reported in the media that the new minister, Shri Y.S. Chowdhury, who joined Narendra Modi’s cabinet a few days back has defaulted repayment of Rs.317.6 crore to the Central Bank of India. Is this the way the BJP and Narendra Modi are going to fight corruption?


[11.11.2014]Hats off to the 'Bengal tigers' <<click here>>


[11.11.2014]Pay Advance equivalent to 3 months' pay, to the flood affected employees of Kashmir.

BSNLEU has been insisting that BSNL Management should sanction Pay Advance, equivalent to 3 months' pay,to the flood affected employees of Kashmir. This issue was also taken up by the Staff Side, in the last National Council meeting. Thereafter, repeatedly this was taken up with the CMD and  GM( Estt.).  Corporate Office is issuing letter today, on this.


[11.11.2014]Impressive rally and massive public meeting held.

In connection with the 7th All India Conference, an impressive rally and a massive public meeting were held on the first day of the Conference, i.e., on 06.11.2014. The Public meeting was held in Rani Rashmoni Avenue, Kolkata. Com. Animesh Mitra, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee welcomed everyone. The meeting was addressed by com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, com. Shyamal Chakraborty, President, CITU, West Bengal State Committee, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary.<<Views of the meeting>>


[11.11.2014]Com.Tapas Kumar Ghosh, General Secretary, BSNLCCWF addressed the 7th AIC.

Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh, General Secretary, BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation addressed the 7th All India Conference on the third day. While thanking BSNLEU for the helping hand that it is extending in taking up the issues of the casual and contract workers, com. Tapas also requested all the circle secretaries to ensure forming the BSNLCCWF in the remaining circles also. Amidst big applause, he announced the decision of the BSNLCCWF to go on One Day strike on 27.11.2014, demanding settlement of the problems of the casual and contract workers.

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[10.11.2014]Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri relinquished the post of President, BSNLEU.

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, the chief architect of BSNLEU, who has been holding the post of the President of the Union since 2010, relinquished it in the 7th All India Conference held at Kolkata, paving way for a younger comrade to take over that responsibility. Under the stewardship of com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, BSNL has been saved from the onslaughts of the government, like unbundling, disinvestment, VRS, etc. Also under his able leadership, the financial status of the BSNL employees improved many fold, through an excellent wage revision, better promotional avenues, etc. Throughout his trade union life, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri has undergone immense sacrifices, for the wellbeing of the workers. The 7th All India Conference has elected him as the Patron of the Union. The new team of office-bearers will carry forward the unfinished tasks of com. V.A.N. Namboodiri.


[10.11.2014]Souvenir of the All India Conference released.

The Reception Committee released the Souvenir of the 7th All India Conference. The Souvenir was released by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and the first copy was received by Com. P.  Abhimanyu, General Secretary. The CHQ greatly appreciates the hard work put in by the Reception Committee for its prompt releasing of the souvenir. <<view photo>>


[10.11.2014]Book containing the write ups of com. Moni Bose released.

In the inaugural session of the 7th All India Conference, a book containing the writings of com. Moni Bose was released. The book was brought out by the Coordination Committee of BSNL circle Unions/Associations, West Bengal circle. It also contains the write ups by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, about com. Moni Bose. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri released the book and the first copy was received by com. Jyotsana Bose, wife of com. Moni Bose.CHQ appreciates the efforts taken by the Coordination Committee.

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[10.11.2014]A massive seminar, on the revival of BSNL was held in the All India Conference of BSNLEU on 08.11.2014. Top Management of the Company as well as the prominent leaders of the BSNL trade union movement participated in it.  The gathering in the seminar was so massive, that it surprised all the guests. Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL could not participate, since he had gone to South Korea. Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and shri Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM) represented the Corporate Management. Com. Animesh Mitra, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee, welcomed every one.  Com. V.A. N.Namboodiri, President, presided over and delivered the presidential address.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary delivered the key note a dress. Thereafter, the two Directors of the BSNL Board addressed. This was followed by the speeches of com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com . Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com.Seshadri, AGS, NFTE BSNL,  com. Alok Nandi, Dy.GS, FNTO, com. R.C.Pandey, GS, BTEU, com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and com.R.Venkataraman, GS, TEPU. Finally, com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee proposed vote of thanks. It is everyone's opinion that this seminar, held in the 7th AIC of BSNLEU, will greatly strengthen the ongoing efforts of the Forum,  to revive BSNL. The following are the views of the seminar:- <<Views of the seminar>>


[10.11.2014]List of office-bearers, elected in the All India Conference, held at Kolkata, from 6th to 9th November, 2014.<<view photo>> <<click here>>


[10.11.2014]The upbeat 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU concluded with a fitting finale.

The 7th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union ended yesterday the 9th November, with a fitting finale. The delegates' session came to an end at around 1600 hrs. Totally, 87 delegates participated in the debate, that took place on the report submitted by the General Secretary. In the end, com. P. Abhimanyu delivered the summing up speech, replying elaborately to the issues raised by the delegates. Thereafter, the report was adopted unanimously. The audited accounts were also adopted unanimously. A number of resolutions were passed on various issues. The amendments to the Union Constitution were also adopted unanimously. Finally, unanimous election of office bearers took place. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri is elected as the Patron of the Union. Key office-bearers of the Union are as follows. Com. Balbir Singh (Punjab) is the President, com. P. Abhimanyu is the General Secretary, com  Swapan Chakraborty (NE-1 circle) is the Deputy General Secretary and com. Saibal Sengupta (Kolkata) is the Treasurer. The entire proceedings of the Conference has given a new tempo to the Organisation. The entire delegates and observers have left the Conference venue, filled with enthusiasm as well as full hope for a bright future. More reports on the Conference will follow.


[08.11.2014]A lively women's convention conducted in the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU.

A lively women's convention was conducted in the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU on 07.11-2014. Hundreds of women comrades attended the convention, apart from the male delegates who were attending the Conference. The Convention was presided over by a 3 member presedium, consisting of com. P. Indira (Tamil Nadu), com. Bhagyalaksmi (Kerala) and com.Banani Chattopadyay (West Bengal). Presidential address was delivered by all the 3 members of the Presedium. Com. Jagmati Sangwan, General Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) who came to address the Convention, was cheered and warmly welcomed by the entire house. Com. D. Shylla (NE 2), com. Sushmita Roy (West Bengal), com. Jothilakshmi (Kerala), com. Rathnambal (Andaman), com. Rani Beena Prasad (Chennai), com. Sandiya (Pune), com. Sulochana Basu (Kolkata) and com. Maya Verma (UP-East) participated in the deliberations. Thereafter, com.Jagmati Sangwan, GS, AIDWA, delivered a sparkling speech, in which she elaborated the problems being faced by the working women at home and in work places, especially in this era of Globalisation. She severely criticised the atrocities being heaped on women throughout the country, especially in the state of West Bengal, and called upon the democratic forces to fight against them. Com. Jagmati also lambasted the communal forces for creating the bogey of "Love Jihad", which in essence curtails women's right, to their choice of marriage. Finally, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention and stressed the necessity to form working women's coordination committees in all circles. He also assured to take up the issues of the women employees, focussed in the convention,with the Management. The Convention came to an end with com. Monisha Biswal Kolkata), proposing the vote of thanks.<<view photos>>


[08.11.2014]General Secretary's Report on Activities presented in the 7th All India Conference.

The delegates session of the 7th All India Conference started yesterday the 07-11-2014. Soon after the session started,the agenda of the Conference was unanimously approved by the house. Thereafter, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, delivered his presidential address. On completion of his address, the President requested the General Secretary to present the report on activities to the house. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the house, presenting the salient points contained in the report. He dwelt at length on the struggles conducted by the Union in the murder case of com.Sukendar Pal Singh, introduction of the New Recognition Rules, victory achieved in the 6th Membership Verification, revival of BSNL, struggles conducted by the United Forum on the demands of the Non-Executives,  settlement of the 78.2% IDA merger, formation of the JAC and the calls for united struggles, circle level conventions on Neo Liberal Policies etc.,  trade union class conducted by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust,  ITS absorption issue,  management of the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust, issues of the casual and contract workers and strengthening of the BSNLCCWF, issues of the pensioners and strengthening of the AIBDPA, merger of BSNL and MTNL and the retrograde recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. Com. K. G . Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, addressed the session and greeted the Conference. He underscored the necessity for close cooperation between BSNLEU and AIBDPA, for the settlement of the issues of the retired employees.  In the post lunch session, the delegates started deliberating on the report presented by the General Secretary.<<view photos>>


[07.11.2014]7th All India Conference of BSNLEU started in Kolkata.

The 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU started enthusiastically in Panchvati Holiday Resorts at Howra,  Kolkata, yesterday the 06-11-2014. The Conference started with flag hoisting. National Flag was hoisted by com. V.A.N . Namboodiri, President. The Red Flag of BSNLEU was hoisted by Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr’s column. Revolutionary welcome songs were sung by the cultural troupe of the Union. The Inaugural session was presided over by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. A minute's silence was observed to pay homage to the martyrs. Com. Sisir Bhattacharji, President, Reception Committee,  welcomed every one. Amidst applause, Com. A. K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, inaugurated the Conference. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Raj Bahadur Rawal, President, Telecom Employees of Nepal (TEAN),  com. M. Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. V. Ramesh, General Secretary, AIIEA, and com. Saibal Sengupta, Joint Convener, Reception Committee, addressed the Conference.  A book, containing writings on com. Moni Bose, written by various leaders was released in the Conference. A massive rally took place after lunch, which culminated into a massive public meeting.<<view photos>>


[05.11.2014]CEC meeting of BSNL Employees Union started at Kolkata.

The 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU is starting in the Historic city of Kolkata tomorrow the 06-11-2014. As a prelude to this Conference, the Central Executive Committee meeting of the Union has started at Kolkata today. The meeting started sharp at 10:00 hrs, which is being presided over by com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President of the Union. Com. Animesh Mitra, Joint General Secretary, Reception Committee and com. P . Abhimanyu, GS, welcomed all the CEC members. The meeting stood in silence for a minute, and paid homage to the leaders who have passed away, since the last All India Conference. Com . V.A.N . Namboodiri, President, delivered the Presidential address. Thereafter, the presentation of the report on activities started and is going on. <<Views of the meeting>>


[01.11.2014]Coal India Ltd. (CIL) unions to go on strike.

The trade unions of Coal India Ltd. (CIL) are going on a one day strike on 24.11.2014, opposing disinvestment, as well as the decision of the government to allow private companies into commercial coal mining. The Narendra Modi government has already taken a decision to sell 10% shares of the CIL, through which the government expects to get Rs.23,600 crore. Further, the government has also passed an ordinance to allot coal blocks to private companies through e-auctioning. All these steps are nothing, but privatising CIL. Against these, the unions in CIL have decided to go on strike. BSNLEU congratulates the CIL unions. 


[01.11.2014]Warren Anderson and the champion of human rights.

Warren Anderson, the Chief of the Union Carbide has died. The accident that took place on 3rd December, 1984, in the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, killed 10,000 people. More than 5 lakh people were injured. Most of these people subsequently died due to lung cancer, liver disease, kidney failure, etc. However, even when such a mass killing had taken place, Warren Anderson was able to get bail immediately after this disaster and left India and went back to US. He never returned, when Indian court summoned him. Thus, a person responsible for such a mass murder was able to escape even without the slightest punishment. Indian government could not even touch him. This is because, he had the protection of the US government. It is a shame that the US government protected this butcher. And still, the US government calls itself as the champion of human rights.


[31.10.2014]Meeting with GM (Estt.)

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri R.K. Goyal, GM(Estt.), yesterday and requested him to take expeditious action on the following issues. 

(i)   Compassionate Ground Appointment in AP Circle, commensurating to the educational qualification of the candidates. 

(ii)  Releasing of the pension commutation amount and TTA promotion, to shri Shyam Narayan Yadav, TM and shri Jammeyjay Lalak Rai, TM, of Varanasi respectively, against whom fake FIRs, have been launched by the then GMTD, Varanasi. 

(iii) Immediate payment of three month’s pay advance to the flood affected employees of Kashmir. 

(iv) Immediate releasing of the JTO LICE result of shri Poppat Pradeepkumar, TTA, Gujarat, which has been wrongly withheld. 

(v) Immediate settlement of HRA cases of Raniganj (M) and Domohani (CT) at par with Asansol, West Bengal. 

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


[31.10.2014]Meeting with Sr.GM (Restg.)

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met Smt. Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Restg.), yesterday and launched the Union’s strong protest, for merger of Civil and Electrical Wings with the SSAs, in Kerala Circle. This is being done as per the order of CGM, Kerala. The leaders demanded to immediately stop this process. The Sr.GM (Restg.) assured to do the needful. Further, the leaders proposed that the PLI and Designation Committee meetings can be held in the 2nd or 3rd week of November. 


[31.10.2014]CHQ demands implementation of the National Council decision on immunity from transfer.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri Shameem Aktar, Sr.GM (SR) yesterday and demanded immediate implementation of the National Council decision on immunity from transfer. In the last National Council meeting, the Staff Side demanded that the office-bearers of Non-Executive unions should also get immunity from transfer for three years, as is being given to the Executives. They also requested him to release the National Council minutes without further delay. The Sr.GM (SR) agreed to do the needful.


[30.10.2014]Corporate Office sanctioned Welfare grant for the flood affected employees of Kashmir.

Corporate Office has issued letter for Welfare grant of Rs.7,000/- to each of the flood affected employees in Kashmir. BSNLEU has been insisting for Rs.7,000/- Welfare grant to the employees.<<view letter>> 

[30.10.2014]Additional Charge as Director (HR), BSNL for shri A.N. Rai extended for six months w.e.f. 04.06.2014.<<view letter>> 

[30.10.2014]Corporate Office sends reminders to CGMs for providing information regarding SC/ST backlog vacancies in the cadres of TTA and TM. <<view letter>> 

[30.10.2014]CHQ writes to the CMD on Compassionate Ground Appointments in Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<view letter>> 

[30.10.2014]CHQ writes to the CMD on vindictive actions in many SSAs as well as on the indifferent attitude of the CGM, Karnataka Circle. <<view letter>>

[29.10.2014]View of the Chhattisgarh Circle Conference.<<view photos>>

[29.10.2014]Implementation of Deloittee Committee's recommendation, put on hold in Maharashtra circle.

Consequent upon the severe protest launched by the unions and associations of Maharashtra circle, against the decision of the Management to implement Area Offices, as recommended by the Deloittee Committee, the CGM, Maharashtra has written to the Corporate Office, asking to keep the decision under abeyance. The CGM has also written to the unions and associations in Maharashtra circle to give their views in writing. Further, the CGM is also calling a meeting of the unions and associations shortly, to discuss this issue. 


[29.10.2014]Forum decides to launch indefinite strike in February, 2015, on the issue of revival of BSNL.

A meeting of the Forum was held New Delhi today the 28-10-2014. Com.Islam Ahmed, presided over the meeting. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, welcomed all. The meeting expressed it’s serious concern over the deteriorating condition of BSNL'S financial position. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the new Minister of Telecommunications, assured of providing necessary infrastructure support for BSNL. But, nothing has come. Instead, attacks like merger of BSNL and MTNL, implementation of the retrograde recommendations of the Deloittee Committee, formation of a separate tower company, etc., are coming one after another. Hence, today's Forum meeting decided that it is a "do or die" situation for us. In one voice, today's meeting decided to launch an indefinite strike from3rd February, 2015. The meeting also decided to launch countrywide programme like signature campaign, propaganda among the public, meeting the MPs, etc are to be carried out in a massive scale, prior to the strike.  Core Committee of the Forum will meet on 12-11-2014 and the Forum will again meet on 13-11-2014, to finalise the charter of demands, strike notice, etc. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to ensure that this struggle becomes a historic success.<<<view details>>>


[28.10.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to stop the transferring of civil and electrical staff in Kerala Circle, in the name of merging civil and electrical wings with the SSAs.<<view letter>>


[27.10.2014]Chhattisgarh circle conference started at Durg.

The circle conference of Chhattisgarh circle started at Durg today, the 27.10.2014. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by com. P.Abhimanyu,GS. A seminar on revitalisation of BSNL followed this. Com.S.C.Bhattacharya,CS, welcomed everyone. The Seminar was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Dharmaraj Mahapatra, secretary, CITU, shri K.S.Madanpuri, GM, Durg, and many others. After lunch, the delegates session started and is going on.


[27.10.2014]Hasty and faulty implementation of ERP in circles.

The ERP is being implemented in circles in a very hasty and faulty manner, due to which the employees are being subjected to unnecessary harassments. The issue is separately discussed with the CMD, as well as with the Senior GM(CIT). Further, the issue was also taken up and seriously discussed in the National Council meeting held on 25-09-2014. However, the Management has not taken sufficient steps to implement a fool-proof ERP. CHQ has once again written to the CMD on the matter.<<view letter>>


[27.10.2014]Inordinate delay in releasing minutes of the National Council meeting.

The last National Council meeting was held on 25-09-2014. Even after the lapse of one month, the Corporate Office has not released the minutes. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, has sought the intervention of the CMD, for getting the minutes released without further delay.


[25.10.2014]Will BSNL management learn lessons from the Infosys CEO?

Vishal Sikka, who has taken over as the CEO of the software giant Infosys in August, is engaged in a number of team building exercises, for revitalising the company. We feel that the BSNL Management should learn some lessons of management from the Infosys CEO. The most important step taken by Sikka is, engaging with the employees intensely, through emails. He has even allocated a separate budget for employee engagement, to sharpen focus on team - building efforts. Contrary to this, the BSNL management never wants to discuss matters related to the development of the Company, with the trade unions, even though the BSNL trade unions are known for their steadfast struggles for strengthening the Company. Trade unions are the representatives of the employees in BSNL. It is very unfortunate that even on very important issues, like the implementation of the decisions of the Deloittee Committee, the Management does not want to take the trade unions into confidence. Secondly, Sikka is giving much importance to re-training and re-skilling the employees, instead of hiring new employees. In BSNL, requirement is there for fresh recruitment of employees. At the same time what about re-training the existing work force? Management has totally forgotten about it. All that BSNL management is doing for the revival of the Company is, engaging and re-engaging consultants, spending huge money.

                                                                    [With inputs from the Business Line dated 25-10-2014] 


[25.10.2014]Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank formed.

21 Asian countries, including India and China, have joined together and have formed the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this was signed on 24.10.2014 at Beijing by the representatives of the 21 countries. The United States is unhappy about the formation of the AIIB, since this will reduce the dependence of member countries of AIIB on World Bank. The World Bank is dictating terms to the third world countries, at the behest of multi national companies. The US has stated that the formation of the AIIB is ambiguous in nature and lacks transparency. We can understand the unhappiness of the US.

[With inputs from The Hidu dated 25.10.2014] 


[25.10.2014]Thousands join protest actions in Spain, against austerity measures.

Thousands of students, lecturers and parents participated in the countrywide protest actions, that took part in Spain yesterday the 24.10.2014. They protested against the austerity measures, increase in university fees as well as other changes being made in the education system. The European governments are still reeling under the economic crisis that started in 2008. However, they are spending billions of dollars to bail out the corporates and are shifting the burdens of the crisis, on the working people, in the name of austerity measures.

[With inputs from the Business Line dated 25.10.2014] 


[25.10.2014]De-nationalisation of the Coal mines.

The Narendra Modi government has issued an ordinance on 20.10.2014, to allocate coal blocks to private companies through “e-auctions”. It may be recollected that the Supreme Court had cancelled the 214 coal blocks, allocated by the UPA-II government, showing favouritism to private companies. However, the decision of the Narendra Modi govt. to reallocate this coal blocks to private companies through e-auctioning is nothing but de-nationalisation of the coal mines, which were nationalised in 1973, through the “Coal Nationalisation Act of 1973”. Under this circumstance a strong demand is being raised, even within the Coal Ministry, that the coal blocks should be allocated to the State government owned mining companies and State owned captive users.

[With inputs from the Business Line dated 25.10.2014]


[25.10.2014]Meeting of Forum with Secretary, DOT on Revival of BSNL and on 78.2% IDA Fixation for Pensioners

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, met Secretary DOT, Sri Rakesh Garg today and discussed about the Revival of BSNL and connected matters. Com. Namboodiri pointed out the need for urgent financial assistance to BSNL from the government so that it can purchase equipment, develop and expand the services. He stated that it was because of the equipment crunch from 2006 onward, due to the cancellation of the 45 million mobile tender, that BSNL started down sliding. He requested that the refund of spectrum charges coming to more than Rs. 6,000 crores and also the USOF allotment of Rs. 1,250 crores in lieu of ADC may be paid at the earliest. Secretary DOT stated that the government will certainly help BSNL for its revival and the issues stated will be taken care of. At the same time, he mentioned that there are several complaints about the services to the public, which have to be improved a lot. He mentioned his own experience while in UP as also in Delhi. He appreciated the workers of Kerala for better service and profit. Com. Namboodiri explained in brief about the action and propaganda being made among the workers by the Forum for improving the services through which the services are improving. 


Com. Namboodiri placed before the Secretary DOT about the hardship of the BSNL pensioners due to delay on settlement of the 78.2% IDA fixation for pre-2007 as also post-2007 pensioners. He requested that the Cabinet Note as required by the Department of Expenditure be prepared early and submitted to the cabinet for taking a decision. Secretary agreed to look in to the matter and expedite the same. Com. Namboodiri thanked the Secretary DOT for the meeting and requested that such meetings may be granted in future also.


[25.10.2014]FORUM Meets CMD BSNL on 24-10-2014

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri A.N.Rai, CMD BSNL and discussed about the Revival of BSNL and connected matters. He asked the CMD not to implement the M/s Deloittee Committee recommendations with out discussing with the Forum and unions/associations. He also requested to keep in abeyance the orders issued for implementing the concept of SSAs in Maharashtra. CMD assured that a meeting with the Forum will be held shortly to discuss the issues in detail. Com.Namboodiri pointed out the non-implementation of labour laws with regard to the casual and contract workers and requested to ensure their implementation. Com.Namboodiri requested for grant of liberal assistance to the employees of Jammu and Kashmir who have lost all in the recent drastic flood. CMD assured that whatever assistance is given by the state government to its employees will be given to the BSNL employees by the management.


[24.10.2014]All India Conference - Circle Secretaries are requested to come with membership details.

One of the important tasks that the forthcoming All India Conference will undertake will be, to assess the strength of BSNLEU in various circles and also to decide ways and means to strengthen the same. Hence, Circle Secretaries are requested to come to the AIC with the district wise details of BSNLEU’s paid members and also the paid members of other unions and associations. Circle Secretaries are requested to collect these informations well in advance from the District Secretaries, and to come to the AIC with the details.


[24.10.2014]All India Conference rally- Circle and District Secretaries are requested to come with banners.

A powerful rally will take place in the All India Conference at Kolkata. The rally will be held on 06.11.2014. It will culminate into a public meeting, which will be addressed by com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, and other leaders. To make the rally impressive and colourful, the Circle and District Secretaries are requested to come with their banners.


[24.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on providing name, mobile no., phone/fax no., email-id of the signing authority while making correspondences with BSNL Corporate office.<<click here>> 


[22.10.2014]83 per cent of the winners in Haryana assembly election are crorepatis.

83 per cent of the winners in the Haryana assembly election are crorepatis. 75 of the total 90 newly elected MLAs are crorepatis. BJP is leading this list. BJP's Faridabad MLA is the richest of all the MLAs with Rs.106 crore asset worth. 40 out of the 47 BJP MLAs are crorepatis. Similarly, 14 out of the 15 MLAs of the Congress and 13 INLD MLAs are crorepatis. Average asset value of the BJP MLAs is Rs.10.50 crore. Average asset value of the Congress MLAs is Rs.12.45 crore. Average asset value of the INLD MLAs is Rs.13.01 crore. Let us hope that all these crorepatis will work in the interest of the poor of this country.


[22.10.2014]Corporate Office asked details of casual labours including TSMs from all circles.<<click here>> 


[21.10.2014]Lufthansa pilots on strike.

German airlines giant, Lufthansa had to cancel 1,450 flights last Sunday, as the pilots of the airlines are on strike, as per the call of the Pilots Union of Lufthansa. The strike is to oppose "an early retirement scheme" to be implemented by the Company.  It is reported that this is the eighth strike in this year, by the Lufthansa pilots. It is also reported that millions of Germans were stranded last week, due to the strike of train drivers. Germany is the strongest economy in Europe. However, the rulers want to transfer the burdens of the economic crisis on the shoulders of the working class. Hence the struggle.


[21.10.2014]Trade Unions oppose implementation of the recommendation of Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle.

BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter to introduce Area Offices in Maharashtra circle,  based on the recommendation of the Deloittee Committee. A meeting of the Forum, Maharashtra circle, was held yesterday the 20-10-2014, at Mumbai. It was participated by all the major organisations of Forum. The meeting unanimously decided to stop implementation of Area Offices in Maharashtra circle. Later on, they met the CGM and expressed their protest. The CGM has assured that Area Offices will not be implemented in Maharashtra circle. Com.N.K.Nalawade, circle secretary,  BSNLEU, Maharashtra, as well as Convener of Forum, Maharashtra, has informed this to the CHQ.


[21.10.2014]Corporate Office releases grant for circles Sports and Cultural boards.<<click here>> 


[20.10.2014]Payment of wages to contract workers should be made only through account payee cheque or online, says Corporate Office.<<view letter>> 


[20.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on verification of first salary & GPF details in ERP.<<view letter>> 


[20.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on setting up Staff Grievance cells in circles and SSAs.<<view letter>> 


[20.10.2014]Strike notice issued by BSNL Casual & Contract Workers Federation for one day strike on 27.11.2014. <<view notification>>


[20.10.2014]Deregulation of diesel price.

The Narendra Modi government has decided to decontrol diesel price from 1st November, 2014.  Simultaneously, it has also cunningly reduced the price of diesel by Rs.3.37 per liter. This has given a wrong message to the people that the price of diesel has come down due to the decontrolling. It is not correct. The price of diesel has come down, since the price of crude oil has considerably come down in the international market. As a result of the deregulation of diesel price, hereafter the price of diesel will not be decided by the government, but will be decided by the market. Normally, the price of crude oil keeps on increasing in the international market. Hence, the price of diesel will also keep on increasing. This will result in an all round increase in the prices of all essential commodities. By  ways of deregulation of diesel price, hereafter government need not give subsidy for diesel and it will save Rs.1,40,000 crore annually. Thus, the main intention of the govt. is to withdraw the subsidy being given, to keep the diesel price under control. Now this money will be given as subsidy to the capitalists. BSNLEU strongly opposes the decision of the govt. to deregulate the price of diesel. 


[20.10.2014]Corporate Office issued letter for sanctioning special casual leave of CEC and 7th AIC.

The Corporate Office has issued letter to all CGMs, for sanctioning special casual leave for the CEC members, for attending the CEC meeting to be held on 05.11.2014, and to all the CEC members and delegates for attending the 7th All India Conference to be held from 6th to 9th November, 2014. <<view letter>> 


[18.10.2014]Rally and Open Session of the All India Conference to take place on 06-11-2014.

The Reception Committee of the 7th All India Conference has decided, that the rally and Open Session will take place on 06-11-2014. One rally will start from the venue of the AIC, i.e., Telecom Factory,  Alipore.  Another rally will start from R.N.Mukherjee road, Dalhousie.  Both the rallies will meet at Rani Rashmoni avenue, Esplanade, where the Open Session will take place. 

[18.10.2014]Reception Committee meeting of the 7th All India Conference held at Kolkata.

The Reception Committee meeting of the 7th All India Conference was held in the CTO Telecom Institute hall at Kolkata. The meeting was presided over by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, President of the Reception Committee. Com.A.K Bhattacharji, Patron of the Reception Committee was present. Com.Animesh Mitra and com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretaries of the Reception Committee, welcomed all. The meeting was addressed by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, com.A.K. Bhattacharji, com.Animesh Mitra, com.Adhir Kumar Sen (Working President) com.Saibal Sengupta, com.Omprakash Singh (Treasurer ) and com.Paritosh Dutta, Convener, Food Committee. Finally, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the comrades. The preperations being done for the 7th All India Conference was reviewed. The members of the Reception Committee are enthusiastic and are hopeful of making the Conference a historic success. The following are the views of the meeting.<<view photos>> 


[18.10.2014]Joint struggle in Maharashtra circle, to stall the implementation of Deloittee Committee's recommendations.

BSNL Corporate Office has taken arbitrary decision to implement the recommendations of the Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle. Neither the unions and associations at the All India level, nor at the circle level, are consulted in this regard. BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle union, has already written to the CGM, Maharashtra, expressing it's strong protest. It has also demanded to keep the implementation under abeyance, pending consultation with the unions. Further, the unions and associations of Maharashtra circle are meeting at Mumbai on 20-10-2014, to chalk out agitational programme, to stall the implementation of the Deloittee Committee's recommendations.


[18.10.2014]Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, appreciated BSNL, for the excellent service rendered by it, in the flood hit areas.

Vishakapatnam and it's surrounding areas were severely damaged, when the cyclone Hud Hud hit coastal Andhra Pradesh. From the media we were able know the extent of damage caused by the cyclone. Services like telecommunications, electricity etc. were damaged in a massive scale. However, BSNL, Andhra Pradesh, plunged into action, and telecom services were restored very quickly, and also much ahead of other private telecom operators. This helped the government authorities in a big way, to carry out relief and rehabilitation works. BSNL was appreciated by all, including the media. More importantly, shri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, spoke to shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, AP, personally and conveyed his appreciation. This is a matter of pride for the entire BSNL family. CHQ appreciates the entire employees, as well as the officers of Andhra Pradesh Circle, for this great performance. We reproduce hereunder, the sms sent to our circle secretary, com.J.Sampathrao, in this regard, by shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, AP.<<view message>> 


[17.10.2014]Corporate Office seeks the views of the circles, on the demand of the Staff Side, National Council, to modify the Transfer Policy.<<view letter>> 


[17.10.2014]General Secretary attending meeting of the Reception Committee of the 7th AIC.

A meeting of the Reception Committee of the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU, is being held at Kolkata tomorrow the 18.10.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the meeting and will be reviewing the preparations being made for the All India Conference. 


[17.10.2014]Website of the Reception Committee of the 7th AIC.

The Reception Committee of the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU has opened a website and has been linked with the CHQ website. The web address is www.bsnleu.wix.com/seventhaic. Comrades are requested to visit the site.


[17.10.2014]BSNLEU severely condemns the decision of the Management to implement the recommendation of Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra.

The BSNL Management has taken decision to implement the recommendation of the Deloittee Committee, to convert the SSAs into Area Offices. Of course, it is stated in the letter that this recommendation is being implemented on pilot basis. It is most condemnable that the Management has taken this decision without making any consultation with the Unions. BSNLEU, together with other Unions and Associations will fight this out.<<view letter>> <<annexure>>


[17.10.2014]Telephone subscriber base crosses 95 crore.

The number of telephone subscribers in India has increased from 946.4 million in July, 2014 to 951.84 million in August, 2014, according to the statement of TRAI. In this, share of the private telecom operators has crossed 90%. The market share of BSNL and MTNL put together comes to 9.84%. However, both the PSUs dominate the landline segment, with 76.41% market share. 


[17.10.2014]BSNL is the first to restore services in the Hud Hud cyclone hit region.

“After severely hit by the Hud Hud cyclone in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh, telecom companies are restoring their services in phases. While the Public Sector BSNL was the first to restore the services, Airtel and Vodafone have said that they are able to revive the services in some parts.”

[-The Business Line dated 17.10.2014]


[16.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on corrective action in the matter of pay fixation of serving / retiring and retired officers.<<view letter>> 


[16.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on recognition of majority representative Association of serving executive employees in BSNL.<<view letter>> 


[16.10.2014]Hindu Muslim unity and inter-marriage.

Communal forces are active, dividing the people of the country, in the name of religion. A “Hindu-Muslim” divide is being created by communal forces, for political gains. Such a communal divide leads to violence and blood-shed. It divides the working masses and weakens the working class unity irreparably. “Love Jihad” is an issue taken up by the communal forces, in their agenda to divide the people. Saif Ali Khan, a noted film artiste has written an article on this issue, in the Indian Express dated 15.10.2014. Apart from inter-marriage, he has discussed a host of other issues connected with communal harmony. We reproduce the article, for the benefit of our leaders.<<view article>>


[15.10.2014]BSNL suffered a loss of Rs.400 crore in the Kashmir floods.

BSNL has suffered a loss of Rs.400 crore in the recent Kashmir floods. This is disclosed by Shri D.K. Agarwal, GMTD, Kashmir. He has stated the 95 landline exchanges out of 99 exchanges have since been restored. As regards mobile service, the GMTD stated that out of 477 BTS in Kashmir, currently 340 BTS are operational.


[15.10.2014]BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation conducted powerful March to Corporate Office.

The BSNLCCWF conducted a powerful March to the Corporate Office today the 15.10.2014. Casual and Contract Workers participated in large numbers who had come from various circles. The programme started at the Eastern Court, with a demonstration and meeting. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, presided over it. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU delivered the inaugural address. The meeting was addressed by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, BSNLEU. Thereafter, the March to Corporate Office started. On reaching Corporate Office, an effective demonstration took place. A memorandum on the burning problems of the Casual and Contract Workers was presented to Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL, by a delegation consisting of com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, com. S.C. Bhattacharya, Treasurer, BSNLEU and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU. The programme ended with another round of demonstration at Eastern Court. BSNLEU congratulates the hundreds of contract and casual workers who came from the nooks and corners of the country to participate in the programme.<<view photos>>


[15.10.2014]Corporate Office calls for particulars related to implementation of EPF, ESI etc., from CGMs.

Based on the complaint of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour, in the meeting held on 29.09.2014, that EPF and ESI are not being implemented for the contract workers in BSNL, Corporate Office has called for particulars in this regard from CGMs.<<view letter>>


[14.10.2014]BSNLEU greets the office-bearers elected in the All India Conference of NFTE, held at Jabalpur.

The 4th All India Conference of NFTE BSNL was held at Jabalpur from 10th to 12th October, 2014. Com. Islam Ahmed and com. Chandeswar Singh have been reelected as the President and General Secretary, respectively. Com. A. Rajmouli has been elected as the new treasurer. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the office-bearers. 


[14.10.2014]Parliamentary Committee on reservation for OBCs held at Chennai.

The Parliamentary Committee on reservation for OBCs was held at Chennai yesterday the 13.10.2014. Parliament members of the Committee as well as top officers from BSNL Corporate Office attended the meeting. A review is learnt to have been made in the meeting, as to whether the mandatory reservation quota for OBC is being implemented in BSNL. 


[14.10.2014]Financial Assistance to the flood affected employees of J&K Circle.

The Staff Side, National Council has already demanded payment of 3 months salary as pay advance to the flood affected employees of J&K circle. BSNLEU has demanded that financial assistance of Rs.7,000/- each from Welfare Board should be paid to the J&K employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD on 08.10.2014 and urged to make the payment expeditiously. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met the GM (Estt.) and the GM (Admn.), today the 14.10.2014 and insisted early payment of the above mentioned relief.


[14.10.2014]Corporate office letter to CGMs for completing Establishment Review, for the purpose of Compassionate Ground Appointments.<<click here>>


[14.10.2014]Tamil Nadu circle conference decides to conduct a massive convention on communal harmony.

Serious deliberations have taken place in the 3 day conference of Tamil Nadu circle union, that concluded on 13th October. It has taken important decisions to strengthen the Union as well as the BSNL in the circle. A significant decision in this direction is to conduct seminars in all SSAs, to improve the viability of BSNL, by concretely discussing the challenges being faced at the SSA level. The conference has also decided to take concrete steps to effectively organise the forthcoming one day strike, to be held on 27.11.2014, as per the call of the JAC. Another important issue that was  seriously discussed, is the threat being posed by the communal forces, to the unity of the working class. So, the Conference has decided to organise a massive convention on communal harmony, in January 2015. The Madurai district union has accepted to host the seminar.


[13.10.2014]BSNL endorsed the Gazatte Notification on enhancement of statutory wage ceiling to Rs.15,000/- from existing limit of Rs.6,500/-<<EPF notification>> <<Gazatte notification>>


[13.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of Junior Accounts officer as on 30.09.2014.<<click here>>


[13.10.2014]Tamil Nadu circle union donates Rs.1 lakh to the CHQ.

The 3 day conference of Tamil Nadu circle union is going on at Trichy. Today is the last day. An amount of Rs. 1 lakh is donated by the Tamil Nadu circle union, to the CHQ today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, received the amount and expressed CHQ's sincere thanks to the Tamil Nadu circle union. <<<view photo>>>


[11.10.2014]BSNLEU heartily congratulates Kailash Satyarthi and Yousafzai Malalaa for jointly winning Nobel prize for peace.
This year's Nobel Prize for peace is awarded to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Yousafzai Malalaa. It is a great news that both the winners belong to the Indian sub continent. Both of them will share the prize money of £ 6,99,000.

Kailash Satyarthi belongs to Madhya Pradesh.  He is a children's rights activist.  His NGO is fighting against child labour and trafficking of children. He is the second Indian to receive the Nobel Prize for peace, after Mother Teresa.

Yousafzai Malalaa is a 17 year old Pakistani girl, and was living in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She defied the ban imposed by the Taliban, that girls should not go to school. As a result, she was shot at the head by the Taliban. However, she escaped that attack and is presently studying in the UK. She symbolises girls' right to education.

[11.10.2014]7th Tamil Nadu circle conference of BSNLEU started at Trichy.
The 7th circle conference of Tamil Nadu circle started enthusiastically at Trichy today, the 11.10.2014. More than 1100 delegates and observers participated the Inaugural Session of the Conference. The National Flag was hoisted by com.M.Narayanasamy, ACS, and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by com.C.Palanichamy, ACS. The Conference is being presided over by com.K.Marimuthu, circle president. Com.Balachander, Chairman, Reception Committee and com.Aslam Basha, General Secretary, Reception Committee welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the Conference. Com.P.Sampath, President, Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front and com.S.Chellappa, circle secretary, also addressed the Inaugural Session. At 1000 hrs, the seminar on the revival of BSNL took place. It was addressed by shri G.V.Reddy, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, shri Raju, PGM, Trichy, com. S.Chellappa and Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. The subjects committee of the Conference started in the post lunch session.<<view photos>>

[10.10.2014]Corporate Office issues order on revised IDA rates w.e.f. 01.10.2014.<<click here>>


[10.10.2014]All India Conference of NFTE started at Jabalpur- Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, greeted.

The 4th All India Conference of NFTE BSNL started at Jabalpur today the 10.10.2014. The Open Session of the Conference was held today morning. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, addressed the session and greeted the Conference, on behalf of BSNLEU.

[10.10.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, demanding withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter which bans demonstrations, dharna, etc.<<view letter>>

[10.10.2014]DPE issued orders for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.10.2014.<<click here>> 

[09.10.2014]West Bengal circle conference started at Krishnanagar.<<click here>> 

[09.10.2014]West Bengal circle union donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ.
The West Bengal circle union has donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ. The amount has been remitted to the CHQ, through NEFT,  on 24.09.2014. CHQ heartily thanks the West Bengal circle union for the donation.


[09.10.2014]Corporate Office letter to all CGM's on shortage of SIMs in the circles.<<click here>> 


[09.10.2014]Corporate Office letter to all Heads of Circles on details of Casual labourers.<<click here>> 

[08.10.2014]JAC served strike notice on CMD BSNL, to go on One Day strike on 27.11.2014.

As per the decision taken in yesterday’s JAC meeting, the leaders of the JAC served the strike notice on CMD BSNL today the 08.10.2014. Since the CMD was not available in the office, the notice was delivered in his office. All the major Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives have signed this strike notice. Some organizations could not reach Delhi to sign the strike notice. However, they will also be serving the strike notice separately.<<view strike notice>>


[07.10.2014]All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held.

A meeting of the All India Centre of BSNLEU was held today the 07.10.2014. The meeting reviewed the preparations being made for conducting the 7th All India Conference at Kolkata. The meeting reiterated the decisions of the CEC meeting held at Rajkot and the Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi, to admit only elected delegates and permitted observers in the forthcoming All India Conference. 


[07.10.2014]JAC decides to go on One Day strike on 27.11.2014.

A meeting of the JAC took place at New Delhi today the 07.10.2014. It was presided over by Com. Chandeswar Singh, President, JAC. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, welcomed everyone and initiated the discussion. The meeting reviewed the dharna held on 23.09.2014 and the 2 hour walkout conducted on 30.09.2014, and congratulated the entire Non-Executives, as well as the leaders, for making both the struggles successful. The meeting expressed its extreme unhappiness over the adamant and negative attitude of the BSNL Management towards settlement of the genuine demands. The meeting decided to give call for One Day strike on 27.11.2014. The strike notice will be served on CMD BSNL tomorrow the 08.10.2014.

[07.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on calculation of monthly contribution towards cost of pension payable in respect of BSNL absorbed employees.<<click here>> 

[07.10.2014]CHQ circular on 7th Al India Conference to be held Kolkata from 6th to 9th November, 2014.<<click here>> 

[07.10.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on the delay in implementation of the decision of the National Council, in respect of payment of pay advance to the employees of J&K Circle.<<view letter>> 

[07.10.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office on granting financial assistance from Welfare Board to the flood affected employees of J&K Circle.<<view letter>>


[06.10.2014]Best wishes and warm greetings on the occasion of Bakrid.

Bakrid is the festival of sacrifice. On this occasion, BSNLEU conveys it’s best wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades. Let this festival instil the spirit of selflessness and sacrifice in the minds of all the people, to serve mankind. 


[04.10.2014]Punjab circle union donates Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee of the 7th AIC.

It is informed by com.Balbir Singh, CS, Punjab, that the Circle Executive Committee meeting of Punjab, that was held recently, has decided to donate Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee of the 7th All India Conference, to be held at Kolkata. CHQ heartily congratulates the Punjab circle union.  


[04.10.2014]Collection of advertisements, for the souvenir to be released in the 7th All India Conference.

The Reception Committee of the 7th All India Conference, to be held at Kolkata, has decided to release a souvenir at the time of the Conference.  Tariff coupons, for collection of the advertisements, have already been distributed to all the circle unions. CHQ requests all the circle unions to extend their helping hand to the Reception Committee, by collection of advertisements. After collection of the advertisements, the same may be sent to the Reception Committee promptly.


[04.10.2014]Crucial meeting of the JAC to be held on 07-10-2014

The next meeting of the Joint Action Committee of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives (JAC), will take place at New Delhi on 07-10-2014. The meeting will review the dharna programme conducted on 23-09-2014, as well as the 2 hour walk out that took place on 30.09.2014. The earlier meeting of the JAC, that was held on 05.09.2014, had already decided that a one day strike would be organised in the month of November, if there is no improvement in the settlement of the issues. Hence, the JAC meeting, that is to be held on 07.10.2014 is a crucial one.


[04.10.2014]Corporate Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change of procedure.<<view letter>>


[03.10.2014]It is International Day of Action today.

International Day of Action is being observed all over the world, as per the call of the World Federation of Trade Unions ( WFTU ), highlighting one of the most burning issues being faced by mankind,  viz., unemployment. Endorsing the call of the WFTU,  the BSNLEU has called on the circle and district unions to observe International Day of Action,  by conducting special meetings at Circle and district levels. In such of those Places where the Central Trade Unions organise this programme, our comrades shall join them in large numbers. Circle and district unions are requested to effectively organise the programme and send reports and photos to the CHQ.


[03.10.2014]CHQ wishes a very happy Dassera / Pooja to all the comrades.

CHQ conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades and their families on the occasion of  Dassera / Pooja. Let these festivals bring joy to all the people, and peace and progress to the nation.


[02.10.2014]"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

The nation is celebrating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today. BSNLEU joins the nation to pay it's respectful homage to the Mahatma. At the same time, we wish to remind all, the golden words that Mahatma told about change. He told, " Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Following this message will be the fittest tribute that we can pay to the Mahatma. Let us become part of the change, that we wish to see in the world.


[01.10.2014]Meeting with CMD BSNL

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL, today the 01.10.2014 and discussed the following issues. 


(1)   The GS sought the immediate intervention of the CMD BSNL, in the victimizations being caused to the members of BSNLEU in Varanasi District, of UP (East) Circle, for participation in trade union action. He pointed out that DCRG and pension commutation of retirees are being with held and promotion is denied to the officials who have passed TTA exam and completed training. The CMD assured to make necessary intervention.


(2)   The GS pointed out that payment of three months salary advance to the flood affected employees of Kashmir, as was assured in the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, has not yet been made. Further the GS also demanded that welfare grant of Rs.7,000/- should also be paid to the flood affected employees of the Kashmir. (This is as per the decision of the latest meeting of the Welfare Board.) 


[01.10.2014]Corporate Office keeps the gag order under abeyance.

As per the assurance given by the Director (HR) in the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, the SR Branch letter, banning demonstrations, dharna etc. is kept under abeyance. We heartily thank Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).<<view letter>>

[01.10.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office, requesting to grant special casual leave to the CEC members and delegates for the 7th All India Conference and CEC meeting.<<view letter>> 

[01.10.2014]CHQ writes to CMD requesting for intervention to settle cases related to victimizations in Varanasi SSA.<<view letter>> 

[01.10.2014]Notification for holding meeting of the K.G. Bose Memorial and Educational Trust.<<view notification>>

[01.10.2014]Notification for holding CEC meeting as a prelude to the 7th All India Conference.<<view letter>>


[30.09.2014]IDA increase:

 It is learnt that IDA increase w.e.f.01.10.2014 will be 6.8%. With this the total IDA payable will become 98.1%.


[30.09.2014]Successful walk out in BSNL Corporate Office.

The call for two hour walk out received a very good response in the BSNL Corporate Office also. The CHQ, as well as the circle office bearers of BSNLEU and NFTE, did very good campaign for the walk out. As a result, employees participated in a large number in the walk out as well in the demonstration. CHQ heartily congratulates the comrades of the Corporate Office.<<view photos>>


[30.09.2014]Two hours walk-out: a tremendous success.

The call of the JAC, for a two hour walk-out today, got a overwhelming support from the Non-Executives. The walk-out has become a resounding success throughout the country. Reports have come from Andaman & Nicobar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Chennai, Rajasthan, UP (West), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kolkata, West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha circles, where almost the entire Non-Executives have participated in the walk-out. The pattern is the same in other circles also. CHQ salutes all the circle and district unions for this performance.<<view photos>>


[30.09.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, regarding the non-implementation of the decisions taken in the National Council meeting.<<view letter>>

[30.09.2014]CHQ issues notification for the 7th All India Conference to be held at Kolkata from 6th to 9th November, 2014.<<view notification>>

[29.09.2014]Organise 2 hour walk out successfully tomorrow.

As per the call of the JAC, a 2 hour walk out by the Non-Executives of BSNL will take place tomorrow the 30.09.2014, between 1100 hrs and 1300 hrs. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to take the last minute efforts, to make the walk-out a grand success. During the walk-out, effective demonstrations may also be organized. Reports and photos may be sent to the CHQ promptly.


[29.09.2014]2 hour walk-out on 30.09.2014. Make it 100% success.

The day long dharna by the JAC, held on 23.09.2014, has become a resounding success. However, the Management continues to turn a “deaf-ear” towards our genuine demands. Under this circumstance, we are left with no other option, but to intensify our struggle. Circle and district secretaries are requested to contact other constituents of the JAC and make all out efforts to make the 2 hour walk-out 100% success.


[29.09.2014]Meeting with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, met the delegation of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) today the 29.09.2014. The meeting took place in the Parliament building. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, Vice-President, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President participated in the delegation. They discussed the issues of non-payment of minimum wage, gratuity, Non-implementation of EPF, ESI schemes of the casual and contract workers, with the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee also met the officers DoT and BSNL including the CMD BSNL. 


[29.09.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office, suggesting alternative to introduction of a new shift in Telecom Factory (Mumbai).<<view letter>>


[27.09.2014]Woman social activist hanged in full public view by ISIS.

Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy was an Iraqi woman and an advocate by profession. She was a crusader for women rights, and human rights. The ISIS which has captured Mosul, the second biggest city of Iraq, arrested Nuaimy and accused that she was functioning against the principles of Islam. She was tried in the court of ISIS, which sentenced her to death. On 22nd September, Nuaimy was hanged to death in full public view. There is no place for human rights or civil rights in the rule of religious fundamentalists. The United Nations has stated that, “educated, professional women seem to be particularly at risk in regions captured by the ISIS.” 


[27.09.2014]Western Powers are responsible for the crisis in the Middle-East.

The democratic forces through out the world are worried about the extraordinary situation prevailing in the Middle-East countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc., where the ISIS and other terrorist groups have unleashed a reign of terror, in the name of Islam. Nicholas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, who addressed the ongoing 69th General Council meeting of the United Nations, has accused that the US and other Western Powers are fully responsible for this situation. He stated that it was the US and Western Powers which provided arms, money, training etc., to various terrorist outfits in the past, to topple the progressive/anti-American governments in this region. 


[27.09.2014]Multi National Companies are happy with Modi sarkar.

Rating agency, ‘Standards and Poors’ gives good conduct certificate.

The Multi-national companies are really happy with the measures being taken by the Narendra Modi govt. Within 4 months of it’s coming to power, the Modi govt. has given big concessions to foreign capital. Decisions are taken by the govt. to increase FDI up to 49% in Insurance, to allow FDI in railways, defence, to curtail subsidies being given to the poor, to curtail the rights of workers by amending labour laws, etc., etc. Earlier, the Standards & Poors had given “Negative” rating, when the UPA-II govt. was in power.


[26.09.2014]Joint platforms like JAC and Forum are very relevant.

In the 31st National Council meeting, held on 25.09.2014, the GM (SR), questioned the necessity of having joint platforms like JAC and Forum. His view is that, when Recognised Unions are there, there is no need for any JAC or Forum. In fact, it is his firm opinion that Management should not negotiate with the JAC and the Forum. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side gave a fitting reply for this. He told that when Shri A. Raja was the Telecom Minister, he cancelled BSNL’s 45 million line GSM tender. When BSNL Management was in a helpless position, it was the Forum which went on one day strike on 11.07.2007, as a result of which BSNL got 23 million lines. Further, he told that it was the Forum, which went on 3 days strike in December 2010, opposing the cancellation of the 93 million line tender. It is the Forum which is struggling to get refund of BWA spectrum charges to BSNL, calculation of it’s pension contribution on basic pay, adequate compensation for BSNL’s rural land line telephony, said com. P. Abhimanyu. Finally, he emphatically told that it is only because of the struggles of all the Unions and Associations, which is being spear headed by the Forum, that BSNL is still surviving.


[26.09.2014]CHQ gets one time relaxation to appear proficiency test – case of Shri M.K. Gamit, Valsad, Gujarat.

CHQ took up the issue of granting one time relaxation for shri M.K. Gamit, Sr.TOA, Valsad SSA, Gujarat, for appearing the mandatory proficiency test. Considering the fact that shri M.K. Gamit is a Compassionate Ground Appointee, belonging to ST Community, CHQ took special efforts and got the issue settled. CHQ is happy that it is able to help a person belonging to the most oppressed section of the society. CHQ expresses it’s gratitude to shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) for settling the case. The District Union, BSNLEU, Valsad, has expressed it’s thanks to the CHQ.<<view letter>>


[26.09.2014]TRAI: More loyal than the King?

The TRAI has questioned the government, why private companies are not involved in implementing the Rs.21,000 crore NOFN project. The government has entrusted the job of laying optic fibre for the NOFN project to 3 PSUs, viz., BSNL, Power Grid Corporation and the RailTel. In August last, Rahul Khullar, TRAI chairman, had asked the government why private companies are not involved in the project. Now, TRAI has released a consultation paper, wherein it has invited suggestions of involving private companies to speed up NOFN. This clearly shows the bias of the TRAI, in favour of the private companies. In the past also the TRAI has taken a series of pro-private decisions and against BSNL. When a person with pro-private bias like Rahul Khullar is the Chairman, how can we expect that the decisions of TRAI will be fair and just.

[26.09.2014]Corprate Office guidelines to the circles on commonly committed mistakes in implementation of ERP and the resolutions for them.<<view letter>>

[26.09.2014]A brief note on the discussions held in the National Council meeting, took place on 25.09.2014.<<click here>>

[26.09.2014]BSNL issues duplicate SIM free of costs in flood hit areas of J&K Circle.<<view letter>>


[26.09.2014]Corporate Office letter on Rule 8 transfer being considered at Circle Level.<<view letter>>


[25.09.2014]31st National Council meeting held. 

The 31st National Council meeting is held today, the 25.09.2014. Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), presided over the meeting. The meeting paid homage to the victims of the unprecedented floods that took place in Kashmir, by observing a minute’s silence. Various issues were discussed in the meeting, a gist of which will be placed in the CHQ website tomorrow. 


[25.09.2014]3 months’ salary advance to be paid to the flood affected BSNL employees of Kashmir. 

In the National Council meeting held today, the Staff Side members strongly demanded that 3 months’ salary should be paid to the flood affected employees of Kashmir, as pay advance, to tide over the hardships caused by the recent floods. The Director (HR) accepted the demand and assured that the advance would be paid immediately. 


[25.09.2014]SR Branch letter, banning demonstrations, dharnas, etc., in BSNL is kept under abeyance. 

On 18.09.2014, the SR Branch of Corporate Office issued a gag order, banning peaceful trade union actions in BSNL, such as demonstrations dharnas, etc. The Staff Side vehemently opposed this order in the National Council meeting held today, and demanded it’s immediate withdrawal. In the face of stiff resistance from the Staff Side members, the Director (HR) instructed that the said order should be kept under abeyance. BSNLEU expresses it’s sincere thanks to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) for keeping the order under abeyance. 


[25.09.2014]National Council Staff Side members demand the Director (HR) to restore normalcy in Kerala Circle. 

The Staff Side members of the National Council drew the attention of the Director (HR) to the ongoing indefinite fast by the SNEA leaders, and also expressed their serious concern over the abnormal situation created due to the adamant vindictive attitude of the CGM, Kerala. They demanded that the CMD should immediately intervene to stop the situation from deteriorating further. 


[25.09.2014]BSNLEU congratulates the Indian scientists for their marvelous feat.

“Mangalyaan”, the Indian space craft sent to probe Mars, has successfully entered into the orbit of that planet yesterday, after traveling 65 crore kilometers. Thus, India has become the first country, to achieve this feat, on it’s first attempt. This is a moment of pride for the entire Indians. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the ISRO and it’s scientists for this marvelous feat. 

[25.09.2014]Corporate Office letter on holding of LICE for promotion of UDC to the grade of Assistant Manager in BSNL Corporate Office.<<view letter>>

[24.09.2014]Meeting of the Staff Side of the National Council held.

As a prelude to the National Council meeting to be held tomorrow the 25.09.2014, a meeting of the Staff Side, National Council, was held at New Delhi, today the 24.09.2014. Members of the Staff Side participated in the meeting and made a thorough discussion of the items to be discussed with the Management in tomorrow’s National Council meeting. 


[24.09.2014]SR Branch of Corporate Office imposes blanket ban on demonstrations, dharna, etc.

The SR Branch of Corporate Office, vide it’s letter dated 18th September, 2014, as issued direction to all the CGM’s to impose dies-non on the employees who participate in protest actions such as demonstration, dharna etc. CHQ vehemently condemns this authoritarian attitude of the SR Branch, which wants to take away the fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of the India, viz., Right to Assembly. This case will be appropriately taken up with the Management.<<view letter>>  


[24.09.2014]Hold massive rallies to the offices of CGMs as per the call of the BSNL CCWF.

BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF), has called upon to hold rallies to CGM offices tomorrow the 25.09.2014. The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU held on 20.07.2014 at New Delhi has endorsed this call and has called upon the circle and district unions of BSNLEU to mobilise the regular employees massively in this march. CHQ once again calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to make tomorrow’s “March to CGM Office” programme a grand success. 


[24.09.2014]CHQ writes to Corporate Office for issuing Presidential Orders to the 38 left out RMs of Assam Circle.<<<view letter>>>  


[24.09.2014]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL protesting the imposed ban by SR Branch on demonstration, dharnas etc.<<<view letter>>>


[24.09.2014]Corporate Office letter on holding of Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) for filling up backlog vacancies of JTO (Telecom/Civil/Electrical) for persons with Disabilities (PWD)-JTO(SRD).<<click here>>


[23.09.2014]Impressive dharna organized at Corporate Office.

As per the call of the JAC, an impressive dharna was organized at Bharat Sanchar Bhawan (Corporate Office). The UP (West) Circle Union and the Haryana circle union of BSNLEU, had mobilised a large number of comrades for the dharna. Com. C. Singh, President, JAC, presided over the dharna and delivered his speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, addressed the gathering and explained in detail, about the demands and the negative attitude of the Management, towards them. The dharna is also addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Sunil Gautam, Dy. GS, SNATTA, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com. Mallikarjun, leader, BSNL MS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com. B.D. Sharma, Acting GS, FNTOBEA and com. R.K. Ram, GS, BTU. Com. Naresh, SNATTA, proposed vote of thanks.<<views of the dharna>> 


[23.09.2014]Dharna programme successfully held throughout the country.

Accepting the call of the JAC, dharnas have been organized very effectively in all the circles. Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat, NE-1, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, UP (West), Odisha, Maharashtra and Telecom Factory (Richhai) circles have sent reports of holding the dharna programme successfully. CHQ congrats all the circle and district unions, for implementing the call successfully.<<views of the dharna>> <<views of the dharna>>


[23.09.2014]JAC leaders met the CMD and demanded immediate intervention to restore normalcy in Kerala circle.

The leaders of the JAC of the Non-Executives met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL and Shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and discussed about the deteriorating situation in Kerala circle. The leaders pointed out that due to the adamant and arrogant attitude of the CGM, Kerala, an abnormal situation has arisen, as a result of which services are deteriorating day by day. The CMD assured that he would make necessary intervention. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, com. C. Singh, President, JAC, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com. Mallikarjun, BSNL MS and com. R.K. Ram, GS, BTU are the JAC leaders who met the CMD. Earlier, the leaders met the SNEA leaders, who are on indefinite fast, and expressed their solidarity. 


[23.09.2014]BSNLEU’s bulletin for observing International Day of Action.

BSNLEU has released bulletins in English as well as in Hindi, for observing International Day of Action. These bulletins have already been dispatched to all the circle and district unions. If required, these bulletins can also be downloaded from the website for making photo copies.<<English>>> / <<Hindi>> 

[23.09.2014]JAC writes to the CMD BSNL seeking his immediate intervention to arrest the deteriorating situation in Kerala circle.<<<view letter>>>

[23.09.2014]JAC's nationwide dharna programme today! Hold it massively!!

As per the call of the JAC, nationwide dharna programme is taking place today, demanding immediate settlement of the long pending demands of the Non-Executives. CHQ calls upon all the comrades to organise the programme massively and to send the right message to the Management. Send report and photos immediately to the CHQ. Congratulations in advance.


[22.09.2014]The two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle, started enthusiastically.<<<click here>>>


[22.09.2014]CHQ writes to the Corporate Management, demanding to sort out the financial liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL first.
BSNL and MTNL Managements arranged for a discussion with the unions and associations in BSNL on 12-09-2014, on the interse seniority issue,  which is likely to arise consequent to the merger of BSNL and MTNL. BSNLEU, as well as all the unions and associations participated in theat meeting, refused to hold any discussion on the subject, and demanded that the  important issues such as the financial liability and the disinvestment issues of MTNL should be first discussed and sorted out. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Management, demanding to first sort out the financial liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL, before talking about the merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<<view letter>>>


[20.09.2014]The two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, ended with unanimous elections.

The two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, came to an end today, with unanimous election of office bearers. Com.B.P.Narayan, com.C.K.Gundanna and com.J.V.Keshav were unanimously reelected as President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Earlier in the day, shri R.K.Mishra, CGM, Karnataka, addressed the Conference and spoke in detail on the steps  being taken to make BSNL profitable in Karnataka. CHQ heartily congratulates the unanimously elected circle office bearers of Karnataka.


[20.09.2014]BSNLEU Circular No.9 - Observe International Day of Action on 3rd October, 2014. Conduct special meetings at Circle and SSA levels.<<click here>>  


[20.09.2014]CBI to probe the role of P.Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case. 

The CBI has said in its charge sheet that it is investigating the “circumstances” of the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval granted by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in connection with the Aircel- Maxis deal. The charge sheet filed before the special court said the CBI is probing the “circumstances” of Chidambaram’s approval to Maxis subsidiary Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd for investing $800 million in Aircel Ltd in 2006. The CBI is also investigating all other “related issues” with regard to the FIPB approval, it said. The CBI said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was the “competent” authority to grant approval for the $800 million foreign investment — which was not obtained — and the Finance Minister was “competent” to grant approval for investments up to Rs.600 crore only.


[20.09.2014]Corporate Office letter on provision of in-service training on "Marketing & Sales" to BSNL Officers / officials.<<click here>>


[19.09.2014]The two day conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, took off to a colourful starting at Madikeri.<<click here>>


[19.09.2014]Corporate Office letter, regarding the eligibility of TTAs, Drivers and LDCs, for promotion under NEPP, is not acceptable to BSNLEU.

BSNLEU has been demanding for a long time that the pay scale upgradations of TTA and Drivers, as well as the conversion from LDC to TOA, should not be treated as promotion under NEPP, and that they should be given 1st promotion on completion of 4 years. The JAC has also included this issue in it's 30 point charter of demands. On this issue, Corporate Office has issued a letter, on 17-09-2014, stating that the TTAs, drivers and the LDCs will be granted promotion as per NEPP, on completion of 4 years, provided they forego the pay scale upgradations/conversion,  that they have already been given. This letter is not acceptable to us. Without putting such a conditionality, the TTAs, Drivers and LDCs should be given 1st promotion under completion of 4 years under NEPP. We will get this issue settled through struggle.


[19.09.2014]Com.S.C.Bhattacharya, CHQ Treasurer bereaved.                                                          

Shri R.C.Bhattacharya, elder brother of com.S.C.Bhattacharya, CHQ Treasurer, passed away today at Raipur,  due to a massive heart attack. Shri R.C.Bhattacharya was 70 years old and has been ailing for sometime. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to com.S.C.Bhattacharya, as well as to the other members of his family.


[19.09.2014]Corporate Office issues clarification regarding claiming medical reimbursement under BSNLMRS.  

The Punjab Circle Administration has imposed a condition, that claims for medical reimbursement should be made in the same financial year, in which the treatment is taken. This is against the order of the Corporate Office, which states that claims for reimbursement should be submitted within six months. CHQ took up the issue with the Corporate Office for which necessary clarification has now been issued.<<click here>>


[19.09.2014]Corporate Office letter on settlement of grievances arisen due to implementation of Non-Executive Promotion Policy (NEPP).<<click here>>


[19.09.2014]Corporate Office letter on Backlog vacancies in SC/ST/OBC categories in TTA and Telecom Mechanic cadres - Furnishing of information.<<click here>>


[18.09.2014]CMD invited to address the seminar to be held in the Kolkata AIC.

CHQ has finalised, in consultation with the Reception Committee, that a seminar on the “Revival of BSNL” will be held in the AIC on 8th November. Top officers in the Corporate Management and leaders of the unions and associations of BSNL will address the seminar. Com. .Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri A.N.Rai, CMD, today the 18-09-2014, and invited him to address the seminar. The CMD has accepted the invitation and has

[18.09.2014]Observe International Day of Action on 3rd October, 2014.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) observes 3rd October of every year, as the International Day of Action. Issues related to the wellbeing of the working class, are being highlighted on this day. The WFTU has decided that UNEMPLOYMENT shall be the subject of the International Day of Action to be observed in 2014. Unemployment is a serious social problem, being faced by the working class. BSNLEU is an affiliate of the WFTU. Hence, the All India Centre meeting, held on 13-09-2014, has decided that the circle and district unions of BSNLEU should observe this day very effectively, by holding special meetings in all districts, as well as at circle levels. It is also decided that if the programme is organised by the Central Trade Unions in a district, our comrades shall participate in it. CHQ calls upon all the district and circle unions to observe International Day of Action very effectively and send reports to the CHQ.

[18.09.2014]Admission of delegates and observers in the 7th All India Conference, to be held at Kolkata.

CHQ has already intimated all the district unions, about their eligibility for delegates and observers, based on the remittance of quota, for admission in the 7th All India Conference to be held at Kolkata. Some district unions have written to the CHQ, requesting to allot more number of observers for their district. Some district unions have even sent their list of delegates and observers, which is many times more than the observers allotted by the CHQ. In this regard CHQ wishes to make it very clear that only the number of delegates and observers, as has already been allotted by the CHQ, will be admitted in the All India Conference this time. More number of observers will not be admitted in the Conference. This is the decision taken in the CEC meeting held at Rajkot. All the district unions have to respect and implement this decision of the CEC.

[18.09.2014]Implement the dharna programme on 23-09-2014 successfully.

The JAC of the unions and associations of the Non - executives has called upon the employees to conduct massive dharnas on 23-09-2014, demanding the immediate settlement of the 30 point charter of demands. The JAC has already printed posters in English and Hindi and has already dispatched them to the districts. Only a few more days are left for the programme.  Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to immediately start making the Mobilisation, so that the programme is conducted very effectively.

[18.09.2014]JAC Poster for the forthcoming struggles of dharna and 2 hours walk out.

<<English Poster>>  <<Hindi Poster>> 


[17.09.2014]Rectification of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees retired within ten months of their absorption in BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000.<<click here>>


[17.09.2014]BSNL excels in the flood ravaged J&K.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported today that BSNL stands in the fore front, in the flood ravaged J&K, in restoring telecommunication services. The agency reports that as on 15.09.2014, BSNL had restored up to 85% of the service. Out of it’s total 1173 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in the state, BSNL restored 934 BTSs as on 15th itself. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the BSNL employees and officers, as well as the Management, for this excellent performance.


[17.09.2014]BSNL cannot be closed down “just like that”

News has appeared in a section of the media that the Cabinet Secretary, shri Ajit Seth convened a meeting of some top officers to consider the closing down of loss making Pubic Sector Companies, including BSNL, MTNL and Air India. CHQ wants to make two points clear in this regard.


1. We have long been telling that the ultimate aim of the govt. is to privatise / close down BSNL. Only with this target in mind, the govt. has continuously taken steps to weaken BSNL.


2. The entire trade unions of the country are up in arms against the government’s move to sell  the PSUs. In the All India Convention of Central Trade Unions, held at New Delhi on 15.09.2014, even BMS, which is close to BJP, has declared that it will join the united struggle to defeat privatization of PSUs. So, it is not easy for the govt. to sell / close down BSNL “just like that”. The united trade union movement will defeat the game plan of the govt.  Comrades need not panic.


[17.09.2014]Kolkata Telephones circle union conducted a highly successful seminar.

Kolkata Telephones circle of BSNLEU conducted an impressive seminar on 16-09-2014, on the issue of revival of BSNL. The seminar, which was conducted in the premises of the Telecom Factory at Alipur, was presided over by com. Ash Mohammed Khan, circle president, BSNLEU, Kolkata Telephones. A large number of comrades attended the meeting. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle secretary, welcomed every one and initiated the discussion on the subject. The seminar was addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, shri K. K. Sapra, CGM, Kolkata Telephones, com. Animesh Mitral, Dy.GS, shri Amit Bhattacharya, PGM, Kolkata Telephones and leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLCCWF, NFTE, SEWA BSNL, etc., addressed the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, while addressing the seminar explained how the anti-PSU policies of the government, scuttling of BSNL's equipment procurement by vested interests, and the inefficient Management have contributed to the present precarious financial condition of the Company. He called upon the employees to stoutly resist the attempts of the government to make BSNL irrelevant and also to urgently and radically improve their work culture. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kolkata Telephones Circle Union for organising a very successful seminar. <<view photos>>  


[17.09.2014]BSNLEU and the TNTCWU score a magnificent victory in Tamil Nadu Nadu circle.


BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union and the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) scored a big success yesterday the 16-09-2014. The leaders of  BSNLEU and TNTCWU started an indefinite fast at the Tamil Nadu CGM's office on 15-09-2014, demanding the immediate reengagement of the 140 contract workers who have been removed from work in the Vellore SSA of Tamil Nadu. On 16- 09-2014, both the Unions conducted a massive dharna at the GGM's office, by mobilising more than 1500 regular employees and contract workers from all over the circle. Simultaneously, the contract workers throughout the circle went on strike.


For the past two months the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle had been maintaining a stiff position that he would not discuss the issues of contract workers with the BSNLEU. However, as a result of this struggle, he was compelled to invite the leaders of BSNLEU and the TNTCWU for negotiation. In the negotiation an agreement is reached. According to this, 85 contract workers would immediately be taken back for work. The remaining workers would also be taken for work expeditiously, in a phased manner. This struggle is a classic example for the unity of the regular employees and the contract worker. CHQ heartily congratulates both the BSNLEU and the TNTCWU, as well as the entire comrades of Tamil Nadu circle, for the magnificent victory. <<view photos>>


[16.09.2014]Posters printed for JAC forthcoming struggle.

JAC has printed posters in English and Hindi for the forthcoming struggles of dharna and 2 hours walk out. CHQ of BSNLEU has already dispatched the posters to all the circle and district secretaries. Comrades are requested to use the posters for effectively organising the struggles.

[16.09.2014]JAC has issued notice to the CMD BSNL for the forthcoming struggle. 

JAC has issued notification to the CMD BSNL for the forthcoming struggle. In the letter, the JAC has briefly mentioned the circumstances under which the struggle is being resorted to.<<< view letter >>>

[16.09.2014]Meeting with GM (Estt).

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt) yesterday the 15-09-2014 and discussed the issues of Compassionate Ground Appointments, date of implementation of the EPF, allowing casual labourers to appear Telecom Mechanic LDCE and other issues. The GM (Estt.) assured that the needful would be done.


[16.09.2014]BSNLEU and TNTCWU conducting massive dharna, in front of Tamil Nadu CGM office at Chennai.

BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) are conducting a massive dharna at the office of the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle. More than 1500 workers, who have come from all the districts of Tamil Nadu, are participating in the struggle. Contract workers are on strike in the circle. The struggle has been launched, demanding reengagement of the 140 contract workers who have been removed from work. CHQ has demanded the CMD BSNL to immediately take back the retrenched workers. CHQ salutes the BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union and the TNTCWU for conducting this militant struggle.


[15.09.2014]Meeting with GM (CIT) on implementation of ERP in Telecom Stores circle.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com . Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri Ramchand, GM (CIT)  and discussed about the redressal of the problems being faced by the employees of Telecom Stores Circle,  due to the implementation of ERP. The GM (CIT) apprised the leaders, of the actions being taken by the Management, to avoid the recurrence of the problems faced by the employees in the drawal of salary.


[15.09.2014]Declaration passed in the National Convention of Workers, held at New Delhi, today the 15.09.2014. <<view declaration>>


[15.09.2014]As per the decision taken in the Forum meeting held on 12.09.2014, the Convener, Forum has given letter to the CMD, proposing to deduct one day basic pay towards the flood relief of J&K Circle. <<view letter>>


[15.09.2014]BSNLEU and Contract Workers Union on struggle in Tamil Nadu.

Demanding the reengagement of the 140 contract workers, who had been terminated in the Vellore SSA of Tamil Nadu, the circle union of BSNLEU and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union have started struggle. Leaders of the BSNLEU and TNTCWU have started indef