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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

 
  
   
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 22.05.2017 [19:25 hrs]

[22.05.2017]Meeting with Punjab National Bank, to study the merits and demerits of it’s health insurance scheme.

Switching over to health insurance scheme, (mediclaim) is being suggested by some comrades, as a solution to the problems now being faced by BSNL employees, under BSNLMRS. However, there are certain problems in the mediclaim system also. It is also true that, most of the PSUs have implemented mediclaim for their employees. The Medical Review Committee, formed by the Management, also could not make much headway. This issue was today discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra VP (CHQ) in the Corporate Office, with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admin.) and shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI). The Union representatives suggested that we can discuss the issue with one or two insurance companies to find out the facts. The Punjab National Bank is offering health insurance for Rs.5 lakh, at an annual premium of Rs. 7000, which is very attractive. The Union representatives suggested that a meeting between the unions, PNB and BSNL Management could be arranged shortly, which has been agreed to.    

 

[22.05.2017]BSNLEU demanded action on Canara Bank, for collecting lumpsome amount for switching over to lower rates of interest.

On the above subject BSNLEU has already written a complaint to shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI). Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh, Mitra, VP (CHQ) met him and demanded action of Canara Bank, which is demanding huge amount from employees, to avail the benefit of reduced rates of interest.  The GM (T&BFCI) directed his officers to immediately take action this matter.

 

[22.05.2017]Allotment of funds for GPF payment.

The payment of GPF advance/ withdrawal in some circles is already taken over by the DoT.  In respect of the left out circles, Corporate Office has to allot funds for GPF payment com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra VP (CHQ) met shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI) and demanded early allotment of funds to those circles. However, the GM (T&BFCI) replied that the Corporate Office is not in a position to allot funds this month, since revenue collection is severely affected due to the Reliance Jio factor. However, the Union representatives insisted for fund allotment. This issue would be further discussed with the Director (Finance).

 

[22.05.2017]Problem of the DR JE selected candidates, whose names are deleted from the 2nd selection list.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ) discussed with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, about the case of the DR JE selected candidates, whose names were deleted from the 2nd selection list. Now that the document verification is completed, the Union representatives told the GM (Rectt.) that a good number of candidates did not turn up for document verification, and hence those posts are remaining vacant. They demanded that, in their place, the selected candidates, whose names are deleted from the 2nd selection list, should be included. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the last date for receiving particulars in this regard, from circles, is fixed as 16.06.2017. The GM (Rectt.) assured that this date would not be extended further, and that a decision on this matter would be taken after that.  

 

[22.05.2017]Training programme of DR JE candidates selected for UP (West) circle.

CHQ is receiving calls from DR JE selected candidates for UP (West) circle, enquiring about their training programme. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ) discussed it today, with Ms. Anima Roy. It was replied that training for 62 candidates selected for UP (West) circle will start from 12.06.2017 at Lucknow.

 

[22.05.2017]Tripartite MoU amongst Department of Posts, BBNL and BSNL for the provision of Broadband services. <<<click here>>>

 

 

[20.05.2017]Training to the DR JEs recruited to Punjab circle.

There is inordinate delay in deputing the 400 DR JEs, recruited to Punjab circle, for training, due to non-availability of seats in the training centres. CHQ has already taken up this issue with the Corporate Office. At the same time, the CHQ has also directed the Punjab circle union of BSNLEU, to take up this issue with the Punjab circle administration. Accordingly, the issue was discussed by com. Balbir Singh, CS, Punjab, with the circle administration. The circle administration has disclosed the following as it's roadmap, for training the DR JE candidates.

 

1)   20 DR JEs will be deputed for training at Indore from May 29th, 2017.

2)  100 DR JEs will be deputed for training at Rajpura, Punjab on June 5th, 2017.

3)   Remaining 240 DR JEs will be deputed for training in various training centres before June 20th, 2017.

 

[20.05.2017]Telecom services to become expensive under GST.
Telecom services are going to become costlier under the GST tax regime, which is going to be implemented shortly. Finance Minister Arun Jaitey today told reporters after the GST Council meeting in Srinagar that telecom services will be taxed at 18 per cent. At present, telecom customers are paying 15 % of their phone bills as tax and cess.

 

[20.05.2017]Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, felicitated in the Tamil Nadu circle conference, by the erstwhile DR JEs(TTAs).

Various roadblocks were created last year, by courts,  as well as by some vested interests, in holding the JTO LICE. BSNLEU relentlessly took steps to clear those road-blocks, and to hold the exam, without violating the directions of the Courts.  Various complications arose in the process,  which were successfully sorted out, by taking up the issues on time with the Corporate Management. As a result, three separate LICEs were successfully conducted last year. It was  marathon exercise, carried out in BSNL, which has never happened in the history of the Company. In all these 3 LICEs,  a record number of 6,000 DR JEs got promoted as JTOs. Had BSNLEU not made the timely interventions, these promotions would have been terribly delayed. With a  view to appreciate the effective role played by BSNLEU,  in successfully conducting the JTO LICEs, a group of erstwhile DR JEs, who passed the JTO LICE, and who are promoted as JTOs now, felicitated Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, in the Tamil Nadu circle conference yesterday. A memento was presented to the General Secretary.

<<< views of the felicitation >>>

 

 

[20.05.2017]Views of the impressive Open Session,  held in the Tamil Nadu circle conference. 
As already reported, the Tamil Nadu circle conference  of BSNLEU, started yesterday at Erode. A very impressive Open Session  took place yesterday, which was addressed by prominent trade union leaders and senior officers of the Company. Various issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well as the anti-PSU and anti - worker policies of the government were discussed.  
<<< views of the Open Session >>>

 

 

[19.05.2017]Two day Tamil Nadu circle conference started enthusiastically at Erode today.

The two day Tamil Nadu circle conference of BSNLEU started enthusiastically at Erode today. Com. S. Chellappa, AGS & circle president, is presiding the Conference. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary welcomed everyone. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the conference. He dealt at length, about the anti-PSU & anti- BSNL steps being taken by government, efforts being made for the revival of BSNL, issues of the Non-Executives, including wage revision. An open session that took place in the evening, was addressed by com .P .Abhimanyu, GS, Ms .Poonguzhali, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, com. Karumalaian, Dy. GS, CITU, Tamil Nadu, shri Karunanidhi, PGM(CFA), com. K. Natarajan, CS, NFTE, com. Kanniappan, CS, BSNLEU, Chennai, com. R. Rajashekar, CS, SNEA, com. C. K .Narasimman, CS, AIBDPA, com. P. Indira, Convenor, BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee and com. Vinod Kumar, CS, BSNLCCWF.

 

 

[19.05.2017]Respectful homage to com.Moni Bose, on the occasion of his 7th death anniversary.
Today is the 7th death anniversary of our great leader com. Moni Bose. His selfless life, sacrifices and guidances continue​ inspire each and every leader and front line worker of BSNLEU. While paying respectful homage to com. Moni Bose, BSNLEU pledges to work in the path shown by him

 

 

 

[19.05.2017]Issue relating to medical facility extended to retired employees.<<<click here>>>

 

 

[19.05.2017]Meeting against the policies of Central Government called by mass organisations held at New Delhi on 18th May 2017 decided to organise massive movements including conventions.

A Meeting of mass organisations comprising the Central Trade unions, different unions and associations in CPSUS, government departments and social organisations was held at New Delhi on 18th May, 2017.

 

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the deteriorating situation in the country in regard to communal harmony and economic distress impacting all section of people adversely. Com Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kishan Sabha and com Amarjeet Kaur, President, AITUC initiated the discussion.

 

All the representatives discussed on  growing communal threat, attack on democratic rights, diverse opinion and dissent, issues of social justice, gender equality and gender justice, the agrarian crises, farmers suicides, the issues of land reforms and social security of agricultural workers, disinvestment & privatization of PSUs and public utility services, attack on working class in the name of labour reforms, privatization, commercialization & communalization of education, commercialization of health sector and other basic amenities, growing unemployment and contractorisation. BSNLEU was represented by com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS. After detailed discussions the meeting decided to organise massive movements beginning with conventions centrally in New Delhi and state capitals shortly.

 

 

[18.05.2017]BSNLEU’s demand on the issue of downgradation of Sr. TOAs from 7100 scale to 6550 scale.

Based on CHQ website updating dated 16.5.2017, on the issue of downgradation of the Sr. TOAs from 7100 to 6550 scale, CHQ is getting queries form many affected comrades. It is being asked what is the demand of the union on this issue. In the meeting held between BSNLEU and the Management on 16.05.2017, BSNLEU has demanded that the OTBP promotion granted to the Sr. TOAs in 7100- 200-10100 scale, after 01.10.2000, should be treated as the 1st promotion under NEPP. Consequently, the official should be given 2nd promotion under NEPP in 7800-225-11175 scale on completion of next 7th years. If BSNLEU’s demand is accepted, it will not only solve the downgradation problem, but will give further benefit to the affected Sr. TOAs, as per NEPP. The Management Side has responded favourably to BSNLEU’s demand and has assured to take it up with the Director (HR). BSNLEU will pursue the issue further.

 

[18.05.2017]BSNLEU writes to the GM (T&BFCI) Corporate Office, on collection of lumpsome amount by Canara Bank.

Commercial banks have reduced their rates of interest recently, for Home loan, etc. However, the Canara Bank is demanding the payment of a one time lumpsome amount from the loanees, for switching over to the lower rate of interest. The issue is already discussed with the GM (T&BFCI), Corporate Office. BSNLEU has written to the GM (T&BFCI) with concrete details and has demanded to stop this collection. <<<view letter>>>

 

[18.05.2017]Non- telecom revenues will not form part of AGR- rules Hon’ble Tripura High Court.

At present, 8% of the AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) of the telecom companies, is being collected as License Fee, by the government. The Hon’ble Tripura High Court has given an order that the non-telecom revenue of the telecom companies should not be taken into account for calculating the AGR. Non- telecom revenue includes rent, interest, dividend, sale of fixed asset, etc. This order will reduce the license fee presently being paid by the companies. It will also reduce the spectrum Usage Charge being paid by the companies, which is being calculated at 3% of the revenue.

 

[18.05.2017]Stop violation of Corporate Office order on immunity from transfers- BSNLEU writes to the GM (SR) BSNL Corporate Office.

Corporate Office order on immunity from transfers to office bearers of Recognised Unions is being violated by the CGM, Gujarat. BSNLEU seeks the intervention of the GM (SR), Corporate Office.   <<<view letter>>>

 

[17.05.2017]Expeditious training to the left out DR JE  candidates of Punjab circle.

400  DR JE candidates are selected for Punjab circle. This is a big number. Out of the 400, so far only 40 candidates are sent for training. Due to the non-availabilty of seats in training classes, the training to the left out candidates is being delayed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, took this issue to the notice of Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.), and demanded that the Corporate Office should take up this issue with the CGM, Training Centre, Jabalpur, for the allotment of more number of  seats to Punjab circle. The​ GM(Rectt.) replied that needful action is already taken up for speedy completion of training of Punjab candidates. BSNLEU will pursue the issue further.

 

[17.05.2017]Settlement of one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives, who suffer wage loss.

Employees are enquiring with concern, about the fate of demand of granting one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives, who are appointed after 01-10-2000, and who suffer wage loss. This issue is lying pending with the BSNL Board for a long time due to TOAs- blocks created there. Despite best efforts taken by BSNLEU, the issue is not settled. In the 35th National Council meeting, held on 11-05-2017, com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, raised this issue seriously, in his initial remarks. In response to it, the Director (HR) and Chairman of the National Council, Ms.Sujata Ray replied that she would take up this issue with renewed efforts, to get it approved by the Board of Directors. BSNLEU will seriously pursue this issue.

 

[17.05.2017]Presidential order to be issued to 38 left- out officials of Jorhat, Assam circle.

The issuing of Presidential Orders to 38 left-out officials of Jorhat, Assam, is being pursued by the CHQ. The issue was delayed due to non- receipt of requisite details from Assam circle. All relevant details are received recently. The cases are being compiled by the SR Branch of the Corporate Office, for submission to the DoT. CHQ is pursuing the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[17.05.2017]Renewal of Corporate Tie-up with Oriental Bank of commerce for extending various Loan Schemes to BSNL Employees.<<< view letter >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[16.05.2017]Impressive circle conference of BSNLEU, J& K started at Srinagar in adverse situation.

 

 

 

 

 

The 6th circle conference of BSNLEU, J& K circle started enthusiastically at Srinagar today, even amidst an adverse situation. After paying homage to the martyrs, the conference started with inaugural address by com Swapan Chakraborty Dy. GS. In his speech com Swapan Chakraborty elaborated on the present socio political situation of the country and the attacks on the working people of the country by the present BJP led NDA govt. He further explained in detail the issues of revival of BSNL and staff issues including wage revision. Before that com G. Q. Dandroo, All India Organising Secretary and the Chairman of the Reception Committee gave his welcome address. Com Mir Nisar Ahamed,CS, J&K also addressed the meeting. The meeting was presided over by com Narain Singh Manhas, Circle President. The conference will continue today and tomorrow.<<<click here>>>

 

 

[16.05.2017]Problem of downgradation of the Sr.TOAs from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale, at the time of opting for NEPP - Positive development in today's discussion.

One more round of discussion took place today, between the Management and BSNLEU, on the above subject. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and com. Gakul Bora, Treasurer, represented BSNLEU. Ms. Madhu Arora,PGM (Estt.) and shri Sheo Shankar Prasad, DGM(Estt.) participated from the Management Side. The union representatives argued that the unfair condition stipulated in the NEPP that, the Sr.TOAs should forego their OTBP promotion, got after 01-10-2000, in order to switch over to NEPP, should be withdrawn. They also demanded that the resultant loss inflicted on the Sr. TOAs should also be mitigated. The Management Side took a positive stand on the issue, and assured to take it up with the Director (HR) for necessary solution.

 

[16.05.2017]Upgradation of pay scale of TTA, w.e.f. 01.10.2000, should not be treated as 1st promotion under NEPP- BSNLEU demands.

The upgradation of pay scale of TTA cadre was implemented from 01.10.2000. Later on, when the agreement on NEPP was signed, it was agreed between BSNLEU and the Management that all upgradations given after 01.10.2000, were to be treated as 1st promotion under NEPP. But when the order on NEPP was issued, the Management made a twisting. It was written in NEPP that all upgradations made on or after 01.10.2000, are to be treated as 1st promotion under NEPP. As a result of this, the TTAs were denied promotion under NEPP, on 01.10.2004. This issue was raised by BSNLEU, in today’s discussed by with the Management. Union demanded that the pay scale upgradation of TTAs, given w.e.f. 01.10.2000, should not be treated as 1st promotion under NEPP. On this issue also, the Management took a positive stand and agreed to examine the demand of the union.

 

[16.05.2017]Wage Revision issue – GS and Treasurer meets the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com Gakul Bora, Treasurer, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) today and discussed about the disturbing signals that are coming from the DoT on the matter of wage revision. The representatives demanded that BSNL should play a pro-active role and should strongly advocate that the employees should be given wage revision. They also told that denial of wage revision to the employees would upset the ongoing process of revival of BSNL. The Director (HR) assured that the Management is fully with the employees.

 

[16.05.2017]Com. P. Abhimanyu and com. Gakul Bora, Treasurer, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admin.) today and discussed the following.

 

Medical Review Committee.

 

 The Committee formed to review the BSNLMRS should meet without further delay, to discuss the sufferings of the employees. The GM (Admin.) agreed to call the meeting in the 2nd week of June.

 

Night Free calling to employees.

 

It was replied in the National Council meeting that this issue is being processed in the CFA Branch. Union urged upon the GM (Admin.) for early issuing of the order. The GM (Admin.) assured to do the needful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[15.05.2017]Hold MT exam at least to fill up the departmental quota - BSNLEU tells the CMD BSNL.

 

 

 

 

 

The Management Trainee (MT) exam notified by the BSNL Management, to recruit the future managers of the Company, was subsequently put in cold storage. The ITS officers are also retiring fast. If the Company does not recruit the MTs now, who will run the Company in future?  In his meeting with the CMD BSNL today, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, strongly demanded that the Management should immediately hold the MT exam, at least to fill up the departmental quota. The CMD BSNL agreed to look into this matter.

 

 

 

 

[15.05.2017]Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations seeks meeting with the Secretary,DoT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms.Aruna Sundararajan has taken over charge as the new Secretary, DoT( look after), at a time when wrong signals are coming from the DoT, on the issue of wage revision to BSNL employees. The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has sought a meeting with the new Secretary, DoT, to clear the apprehensions.<<< view letter >>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[15.05.2017]BSNL Management is fully with the employees, in the matter of wage revision - says CMD BSNL.

 

 

 

 

Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met shri Anupam Srivastava,CMD BSNL today, and expressed his serious concern about the wrong signals that are coming from the DoT, on the wage revision issue. The General Secretary requested that the BSNL Management must fully support the efforts of the unions and associations to get the maximum benefit from the wage settlement. He also told the CMD BSNL that, any attempt made by any one from the DoT side, to deny wage revision to BSNL employees, will have serious repercussions. The CMD BSNL told that this BSNL Management is fully with the employees, in the matter of wage revision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[13.05.2017]Odisha circle conference got successfully kick-started.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2 day conference of Odisha circle, got kick-started at RTTC, Bhubaneswar today. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by the com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, amidst thunderous slogans. Immediately after this, a seminar on the revival of BSNL took place. Com.P.R.Das, circle president,delivered the presidential address. The Seminar was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, shri A. K. Pahi, GM (EB), shri P. K. Sahoo, Principal, RTTC, com. S. R. Das, CS, BSNLEU, com. P. K. Nayak, Asst. Treasurer (CHQ) and com. B. C. Biswal, circle secretary, SNEA. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke briefly on the revival of BSNL and the role being played by the unions and associations. In the post lunch session, the report on activities was presented by com.S.R.Das, CS and audited accounts were presented by the Treasurer. Delegates are deliberating.<<<click here>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[12.05.2017]Forum of BSNL unions and associations writes to the new Secretary, DoT, to positively intervene in the matter of wage revision to BSNL employees.<<<view letter>>>  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[12.05.2017]Unfortunate change in the stand of DoT, on wage revision issue.

 

 

 

 

 

So far, the DoT has supported wage revision to BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2017. However, it is very disturbing to learn that, all of a sudden, the DoT has changed it’s stand. The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has urgently written to Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, the new Secretary, DoT, to intervene in this matter. BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district secretaries to gear up the employees for serious and sustained struggles to settle wage revision.

 

 

[12.05.2017]Major break throughs in yesterday’s National Council meeting.

 

 

a)  Reservation to SC/ST employees.

 

 

BSNLEU has been fighting for the last so many years, for the implementation of DoP&T Rules, on SC/ST reservation in departmental exams. Due to BSNLEU’s pressure, Management formed two internal committees. Based on the recommendations of these committees, some concessions were given. But, DoP&T orders were not fully implemented. This issue was again raised by BSNLEU in yesteday’s National Council meeting. It was strongly demanded that the DoT order dated 30.11.92, which is close to DoP&T order, should be implemented. According to this order, 20% marks for SC employees and 15% marks for ST employees should be accepted. The Chairperson, Ms. Sujata Ray, directed the Management Side to examine the implementation of this DoT order. BSNLEU heartily thanks the Chairperson.

 

b) Contract Workers and Recognised Unions.

 

Corporate Office has recently issued letter that Recognised Unions should not be allowed to discuss contract workers issues. BSNLEU took up this issue in yesteday’s National Council meeting. It was pointed out that the Union is the only link between the exploited contract workers and the Management, as far as redressal of grievances is concerned. The Chairperson of the National Council, who is also the Director (HR)) was requested not to close  a down this channel of communication. The Chairperson has kindly consented to revisit the issue. BSNLEU heartily thanks her. 

 

c) Recovery of EPF contribution arrears from employees.

 

In respect of many employees appointed after 01-10-2000, Management was wrongly deducting GPF contribution, instead of EPF contribution. Recently, Management said that these employees are not eligible for GPF and started recovering arrears of employees contribution of the EPF, from their salary. BSNLEU opposed this saying that this is violation of the EPF Act, and demanded that the arrears should be paid by the Management. But Management did not accept. The issue was taken up by BSNLEU in yesterday's National Council meeting. After hearing the views of the Staff Side, the Chairperson ruled that the EPF Act alone should be implemented on this matter.

 

[12.05.2017]Ms. Aruna Sundararajan is the new Secretary, DoT.

Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, IT, is given the additional Charge of Secretary, DoT. Earlier, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan has served as government director in BSNL Board. As such, she was aware of the ongoings in BSNL. We hope that, this will help her to take a positive stand on BSNL and it’s employees. BSNLEU heartily welcome Ms. Aruna Sundararajan.  

 

[12.05.2017]Airtel’s Q4 profit dipped by 72%, during the 3 months ended in March 2017.

Airtel’s Q4 profit has dipped by 72%, during the 3 months ended in March 2017. At Rs.373 crore, this is Airtel's smallest net profit of a Quarter, during the last 4 years.  Reliance Jio's Predatory pricing is the reason for this fall.

 

[12.05.2017]JE LICE – Corporate Office calls for inputs on vacancies.

In yesterday’s National Council meeting, the staff Side insisted the Management to immediately notify the JE LICE. In response, the Management Side stated that the notification would be issued, after assessing the vacancies in various circles. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has written to the CGMs today, calling for the inputs.<<<view letter>>>

 

 

[11.05.2017]Highlights of the 35th meeting of the National Council.

The 35th meeting of the National Council was held today. Due to paucity of time some issues could not be discussed. Hence, the meeting was adjourned and will again be held shortly. The following is a brief note on today’s discussion:- <<view note>>

 

[10.05.2017]Warm greetings on the occasion of Buddha Jayanthi.

 

BSNLEU wishes warm greetings to all, on the occasion of Buddha Jayanthi. Lord Buddha showed to this world, the path of ahimsa and peace. At a time when the nation is facing unrest in the name of religion, region, caste etc., let us remember the preachings of Lord Buddha, and to work to ensure harmony among all people.

 

 

 

[10.05.2017]BSNLEU salutes the martyrs, on the occasion of 160th anniversary of the first War of Indian Independence.

BSNLEU salutes Rani Lakshmibhai, Tantya Tope, Mangal Pandey, Kunwar Singh and the innumerable martyrs and fighters, on the occasion of the 161st anniversary of the First War of Indian Independence (10th May 1857 to 1st November 1858). More than 22 lakh Indians (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, etc.) have laid down their lives, fighting fearlessly against the British colonialists and their native collaborators (feudal kings and landlords) in this biggest ever war against colonialists. Long Live the memories of 1857 and Red Salute to all those brave martyrs of our soil.

 

 

[09.05.2017]Meeting with PGM (Estt.).

 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakravarty, Dy. GS and Com. M. K. Dave, AGS  met Ms. Madhu Arora PGM (Estt.) and discussed the following issues. :

 

Implementation of Supreme Court Order on Recovery of Over Payment.:

 

The issue was once again discussed with the PGM (Estt.) today. During the course of discussion, the PGM (Estt.) expressed her concern that a huge amount may be involved to implement the Supreme Court Order. For example, Rs. 2 Crore may be required to settle the cases of a small circle like Punjab.  The Union Representatives responded to this, by saying that the Supreme Court Order has to be implemented, irrespective of the volume of expenditure involved. The Representatives also expressed their concern about the delay in the settlement of this issue by the Management. It was also pointed out that the Union may have to resort to legal remedy, if the implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court is unduly delayed.

 

Relaxing the 10th Standard qualification for TT LDCE.:

 

The PGM (Estt.) said that a decision on this issue would be taken in National Council Meeting to be held on 11.05.2017.

 

Holding of JE LICE. :

 

Union Representatives expressed their concern over the undue delay in issuing notification for holding JE LICE. The PGM (Estt.) replied that the Corporate Office is in the process of ascertaining vacancy position in various circles. The representatives requested expeditious action by the Corporate Office.

 

Conferment of first Promotion under NEPP, on completion of 4 years to the TSMs regularized after 01.10.2000. :

 

The PGM (Estt.) replied that this issue is being submitted for the approval of Management Committee and thereafter it will be sent to the DOT.

 

Undoing the down gradation of  Sr. TOAs from 7100 to 6550 pay scale. :

 

One round of discussion has taken place between the Management and BSNLEU on 28.04.2017. In today’s meeting, it is decided to have further discussion on 16.05.2017.

 

Settlement of anomaly issues. :

 

The Union Representatives once again expressed their serious concern over the inordinate delay in the settlement of Anomalies issue. They requested the PGM (Estt.) to once again approach the DOT in this regard.

 

[09.05.2017]Corporate Office letter, removing com. Sunil Gautam from National Council, is kept in abeyance.

Com. Sunil Gautam, who is a member of BSNLEU, has been nominated to the National Council, by BSNLEU. Yesterday, the Corporate Office arbitrarily removed com. Sunil Gautam, from the Staff Side of the National Council, without discussing anything with BSNLEU. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and com. M.K. Dave, AGS, discussed this issue with shri A.M. Gupta GM (SR) today. Consequently, Corporate Office has kept it’s letter under abeyance. BSNLEU heartily thanks shri A.M. Gupta GM (SR).<<< view letter >>>

 

[09.05.2017]SC/ST employees can be members of SEWA BSNL, as well as trade Unions - Corporate Office replies to SEWA BSNL.

On the intervention of BSNLEU, Corporate Office has issued letter that SC/ST employees of SEWA BSNL, can also be members of trade unions. This letter of the Corporate Office is protested by SEWA BSNL. Corporate Office has once again clarified this issue.<<< view letter >>>

 

09.05.2017]Meeting with GM (Recruitment)

 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and Com. M.K. Dave, AGS, met Ms Anima Roy GM (Rectt.) and discussed the following issues.

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Delay in the training of DR JEs.

The Union representatives told the GM (Rectt.) that there is unwanted delay in sending the DE JE selected candidates for training, in circles like Assam. The GM (Rectt.) replied that this is due to non-availability of seats in training classes, since JTO and JAO batches are also undergoing training now. She also assured that the matter would be taken up with the CGM, Training Centre, Jabalpur, for expediting the process.

 

Settlement of the case of the eliminated candidates.

The Union representatives pointed out that the DR JE candidates, whose names figured in the 1st selection list, but were deleted in the 2nd list, are waiting for a solution for their problem. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the details regarding the candidates who did not turn up / failed in the Document Verification, are still not sent by the CGMs, and that on receipt of the details only, a decision could be taken. The Union representatives urged upon her to expedite the same.

 

Removal of Exam Fee for Telecom. Technician LDCE.

Union representatives once again raised the issue of levying Exam Fees ( Rs. 750 for OC and Rs. 500 for SC/ST ) for the Telecom Technician LDCE. The GM ( Rectt.) replied that, in view of the objection raised by the Union, Management is considering this issue favourably, and letter in this regard would be issued shortly.

 

[08.05.2017]Who sought permission to use PM’s photo in Reliance Jio’s advertisement? – PMO refuses to answer RTI question.

The PMO has refused to reply to an RTI question, asking who applied for permission to use the photo of shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, in the advertisements of Reliance Jio. The PMO has stated that the exercise of giving reply to this question, would disproportionately divert the resources of the PMO from the normal discharge of it’s functions. The RTI question was raised by a PTI correspondent. The reply was refused under section 7(9) of RTI Act, 2005.

 

[08.05.2017]BSNLEU has achieved break through on Rule 8 transfer of DR JEs

The DR JEs ( erstwhile TTAs), posted in remote circles like Assam, NE-I and NE-II, did not get transfer under Rule 8, even after completion of the specified 5 years of service. This is due to shortage problem. Since most of them have passed JTO LICE now, their request transfers under Rule 8, will not materialise for many more years. Hence, BSNLEU seriously took up this issue and discussed with the Director (HR), who assured that these case would be considered sympathetically. Accordingly, Corporate Office has modified the Transfer Policy. The DR JEs of Assam, NE-I, NE-II, J&K and A&N circles will be come eligible for Rule 8 transfer, on completion of one year service as JTO/ JAO. In case of other circles, this period will be two years. <<< view letter >>>

 

[08.05.2017]BSNL is to set up 3000 more mobile towers in Maoist- affected areas.

Media reports say that the government may ask BSNL to set up 3000 more mobile towers in the Maoist-affected areas. This is to ensure more effective communication between the security forces, in view of the recent killing of 25 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh, by Maoists. It is worth mentioning that BSNL has already completed within a record time, the task of setting up as many as 2200 towers in the 7 Maoist affected states - 227 in Andhra Pradesh, 184 in Bihar, 797 in Chhattisgarh, 782 in Jharkhand, 253 in Odisha, 60 in Maharashtra and 22 in Madhya Pradesh. It should also be noted that the private telecom companies do not provide service in Maoist-affected states, and only BSNL is doing the job.

 

 

[06.05.2017]Slide in SIM sales needs to be viewed seriously.

While BSNL achieved peak in SIM sales in the month March, with a record sales of 29.5 lakh SIMs, there is a slide in the month of April. Only a few circles have achieved their targets, and the total sales were only 17 lakh. The reason behind this slide is to be viewed seriously, and necessary remedial actions have to be taken to reach the target in the month of May. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to look into this.

[06.05.2017]Staff Side has to ensure maximum settlement of issues in the National Council meeting. The National Council is meeting one year after the 7th Membership Verification. The Staff Side has taken a lot of burning issues of the employees for this meeting. The Management Side has to adopt a positive attitude and find solution to the long pending problems. The Staff Side, which is meeting on 10th May, has to work out a unified approach to ensure maximum settlement. BSNLEU will take the initiative in this regard.

[05.05.2017]Corporate Office letter on holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LICE) for promotion to the cadre of Telecom Technician (erst-while TM) for the Recruitment Year 2016.<<<click here>>>

[05.05.2017]Corporate Office letter on calculation of vacancies of JTO under LICE and DR quota.<<<view letter>>>

 

[05.05.2017]DO letter from Director-CM to CGMs of all Telecom circles/ TDs regarding SIM sales target and achievement in April, 2017.<<<click here>>> <<<annexure-1>>>  <<<annexure-2>>>

 

[05.05.2017]Shri R.N.Jha, relieved as the CGM, West Bengal.

Shri R.N.Jha, CGM, West Bengal was transferred by the Corporate Management, in view of his poor performance, as well as industrial unrest prevailing in the circle, due to his mishandling of the trade unions. Even after his transfer to the North East Task Force at Guwahati, shri R.N.Jha continued to function as the CGM, West Bengal. The issue was seriously taken up with the CMD BSNL, by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. Consequently, the CGM, Kolkata has been instructed by the Corporate Office to take additional charge of West Bengal circle, till shri Shyam Narayan joins as the new CGM of West Bengal. BSNLEU heartily thanks the CMD BSNL for his intervention.
<<<view letter>>>

 

[04.05.2017]Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits.<<<click here>>> 

 

[04.05.2017]Delay in sending DR JE candidates for training - BSNLEU seeks the intervention of the Corporate Office.

BSNLEU is receiving complaints from DR JE selected candidates that, certain circle administrations, including Assam, Punjab, etc., are not taking needful action for sending the candidates for training, as per the time frame set by the Corporate Office. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke to Ms.Anima Roy,GM(Rectt.) and solicited the intervention of the Corporate Office in this matter. The GM(Rectt.) assured to take up the issue with the concerned circle administrations.

[04.05.2017]BSNLEU letter for the granting of special casual leave, for CEC meeting.<<<click here>>> 

[03.05.2017]Corporate Office guidelines for settlement of medical Claims.<<<click here>>> 

[03.05.2017]Corporate Office letter on on Preventive Health Care - clarifications.<<<click here>>>

[03.05.2017]First promotion on completion of 4 years, under NEPP, to all the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000.

BSNLEU has taken up the issue of extending first promotion on completion of 4 years, under NEPP, to all the TSM regularised on or after 01.10.2000 as per the court judgement of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh High Court which was upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Due to our continuous effort, the Management has finally agreed to extend the benefits to all such employees. Since, the matter is linked with pension, the matter will now be forwarded to DoT for it’s approval. This matter is confirmed by the PGM (Estt.), Ms. Madhu Arora, to the Union representatives yesterday, while they met her. 

 

[03.05.2017]BSNLEU discuss with GM (Admn.) to extend “Night Free Calling” facility to the serving employees.

BSNLEU is consistently demanding to the Management to extend “Night Free Calling” facility to the serving employees of BSNL. The Union has written letter to the CMD BSNL to extend the facility without further delay. In continuation to this, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Ramesh Chand Sharma, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), BSNL CO., yesterday, i.e., 02.05.2017 and discussed the matter. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful at the earliest. 

 

[03.05.2017]On creation of requisite vacancies, circle wise in the cadre of JAO to the extent of accommodating all qualified officials – BSNLEU request the Management to settle the issue.

BSNLEU has already taken up with the Management, the issue of creation of requisite vacancies, circle wise in the JAO cadre for appointment of all qualified candidates. In this regard, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Ramesh Chand Sharma, Org. Secretary (CHQ), once again met shri Sunil Rajput, DGM (FP) and enquired the matter. The DGM(FP) informed that no requisition so far been received from any circle in the matter. 

 

[03.05.2017]One time relaxation in the educational qualification, to appear in the TT LDCE.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Ramesh Chand Sharma, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM(Estt.), BSNL CO., and discussed the matter. The PGM (Estt.) informed the representatives that the Management is agreed with the justified demand of the Union and necessary decision will be conveyed soon. Shri Sheoshankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.) also present in the discussion.

 

[02.05.2017]BSNLEU's letter, addressed to com.Sebastin, GS,SNEA & Convenor, JF, expressing whole hearted support to the agitational programme of the Executives.

<<< view letter >>>

 

[02.05.2017]More views of the May Day celebration, held at various circles.<<< views >>>

 

[02.05.2017]All India BSNL Working Women's Convention - Circle Secretaries to note please.

As has already been announced, BSNLEU is conducting the All India Convention of BSNL Working Women, at Hyderabad on 8th July, 2017. Circle secretaries are requested to make the necessary arrangements for sending women comrades to this convention, from their respective circles. A list the delegates may kindly be sent to the CHQ at the earliest. 

 

[02.05.2017]Tamil Nadu circle conducted successful executive committee meeting at Chennai.

BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union conducted it's circle executive committee meeting at Chennai today. Com.S.Chellappa, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed every one and presented report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained various issues. He hailed the sacrifice of the May Day martyrs and called on to carry forward the spirit of the struggle for eight hour working day. He deplored the anti-PSU offensive of the Narendra Modi government and explained the various issues of the Non-Executives, including wage revision. The meeting discussed many important issues, like the revival of the Company, settlement of the issues of the contract workers, forthcoming circle conference to be held at Erode, etc.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[01.05.2017]May Day observed.
May Day is observed with revolutionary fervour today. Flag
hoisting was done and respectful homage was paid to the May Day martyrs. As per the call of the CHQ, gate/ hall meetings were conducted in almost all places, and the important issues faced by BSNL employees were explained.
<<< views >>>

[01.05.2017]BSNLEU submits items for discussion in the forthcoming meeting of the Sports Board.<<<view letter>>>

[29.04.2017]Well done BSNL - Editorial of the Telecrusader, May, 2017.<<View letter>> 

[29.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on calling agenda for 11th Sports Board Meeting.<<View letter>> 

[29.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on replacement of E1A and E2A scales by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f.01.01.2007.<<View letter>> 

[29.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on BSNL Training Policy (2017-2020).<<View letter>> 

 

[28.04.2017]End discriminations in granting facilities of recognition-BSNLEU insists.

BSNLEU is continuously demanding that the discriminations existing among various recognised organisations in BSNL, in the matter of facilities of recognition, should be removed. The issue is once again discussed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, with shri A.M.Gupta,GM(SR) today. The GM stated that action in this regard is being taken.

 

[28.04.2017]Inaugural issue of the All India Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions' Bulletin.

 <<<page no.1>>>  <<<page no.2>>>  <<<page no.3>>>  <<<page no.4>>>

[28.04.2017]Take action on banks which violate the MoU, signed with BSNL, for extending loans to employees.
Subsequent to the reduction in bank interest rates, BSNL employees opt for lower interest rates, for the outstanding loans, that they have taken from banks. However, banks are demanding huge amounts from the employees, for switching over to lower interest rates. For example Rs.8,000/- is demanded for an outstanding Home loan of Rs.10 lakh. BSNLEU has already taken this to the notice of the BSNL Management. The issue was once again discussed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, with shri Y.N.Singh,GM(BFCI) today. The GS demanded prompt action by the Management on the banks which violate the MoU, including cancellation of the MoU. The GM assured to take suitable action.

[28.04.2017]Latest position with regards to the payment of GPF.

This issue was once again discussed today by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, with shri Y.N.Singh,GM(BFCI). The latest position on the matter is as follows:- 

 

1)      Payment of GPF for Punjab, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal is already taken over by the DoT.

 

2)      Payment  is being taken over by the DoT, and GPF  payment for the month of May will be made by the DoT in respect of the following circles :-

 

Uttarakhand, MP, Rajasthan, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Kolkata, Telecom Stores, Telecom Factory (Kolkata), ETP, ETR, NE I and NE II.

 

3)      In respect of the remaining circles, funds for payment of GPF will be allotted by BSNL Corporate Office only, since the DoT has not got ready to take over the payment of these circles.

 

[28.04.2017]Discussion on the issue of downgradation of the Sr.TOAs, from 7100 to 6550 payscale.

BSNLEU is continuously trying to undo the injustice done to the Sr.TOAs, who were downgraded from7100 to 6550 pay scale, at the time when they opted for NEPP. BSNLEU is continuously telling the Management that, this downgradation is unjustified and should be settled. Based on the recent letters written by BSNLEU, Management desired for a fresh discussion on the issue. Accordingly, discussion took place today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and shri Sheo Shankar Prasad, DGM(Estt.) participated. Discussion took place based on the NEPP agreement signed by BSNLEU with the Management, and also the various letters written by BSNLEU on the matter till now. The methodologies for settling this problem were also explored. Discussion is inconclusive and will continue further. BSNLEU is determined to solve this long pending problem of the Sr.TOA cadre. 

 

[28.04.2017]Staff Side meeting of the National Council.

The 35th meeting of the National Council is to be held on 11-05-2017. As a precursor to this meeting, the Staff Side meeting will be held at 15:00 hrs on 10-05-2017, at Dada Ghosh Bhawan. All members of the Staff Side are requested to attend the meeting without fail.

 

[28.04.2017]All India Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions' Bulletin released.

The All India Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions, of which, BSNLEU is a part, has taken decision to publish a quarterly news bulletin. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU, is one of the members of the 3 member editorial team of the Bulletin. A brief programme was held at the CITU Office at New Delhi, today, in which, com.K.Hemalata, National President of CITU, released the first issue of the Bulletin, and it was received by com.Dev Roye, Secretary, CITU. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, took part in the programme.<<<view of the programme>>>

 

[28.04.2017]Recognition of CGM(O) District Union, Bhubaneswar.

BSNLEU, CGM Office district branch, Bhubaneswar, is being wrongly treated as a Branch Union. This is totally wrong, as per Corporate Office letters. BSNLEU has already written to the Corporate Office to intervene. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, once again discussed this with shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) today. The GM(SR) spoke to the GM(HR), CGM(O), Bhubaneswar, and advised him to take necessary remedial action in this regard.

 

[28.04.2017]This year’s May Day - circle and district secretaries to note please.

CHQ has already given call to observe this year’s May Day by hoisting Union flag and also conducting gate meetings to highlight the following issues. 

 

1) No disinvestment/ strategic sale/ privatisation of PSUs, including BSNL. No formation of Subsidiary Tower Company in BSNL.

2) Withdraw amendments to the Labour Laws. Do not curtail the hard won trade union rights of the working class.

3) Stop attacks on freedom of expression. Stop attacks on the secular fabric of the country. 

 

Circle and district secretaries are requested to ensure that the May Day is effectively observed as per the call of the CHQ.

 

[27.04.2017]Delay in extending the “Night Free Calling” facility to the serving employees, will demotivate them – BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the “Night Free Calling” facility, extended to all the landline customers of BSNL, should also be extended to the serving and retired employees of BSNL. On 9th March, 2017, BSNL has extended this facility to the retired employees. BSNLEU has again wrote to the CMD BSNL, as well as GM (Admn.), BSNL CO, demanding that the facility should be extended to the serving employees without delay. The matter was also discussed with the CMD BSNL and GM (Admn.), BSNL CO. However, the issue is still not settled. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, stating that delay in extending the facility to the serving employees will demotivate them.

<<View letter>> 

 

[27.04.2017]101 old Man Kaur brings glory to India.

It is a matter of pride for all Indian’s that, the 101 year old Man Kaur from Chandigarh, has won gold medal in the 100 metres race, for the 100 + age group. This race was held at Auckland on 24th April, 2017. There was no one else to compete with her in the race. Man Kaur took to sports, at the late age of 93, and has so far won 17 gold medals. BSNLEU heartily congratulates this ‘grand old lady’ of India for her magnificent achievement. At the same time, we also have a lesson to learn from Man Kaur. After retirement from service, most of our employees get a mindset that “every thing is over”. But, the story of Man Kaur tells us that, a lot can be done and achieved even after retirement. Doing exercises to the extent possible, and keeping busy with useful activities, will make people as useful citizens even after retirement. 

 

[27.04.2017]Former CBI Director, Ranjit Sinha, booked in connection with the coal scam.

It is an irony that the CBI has booked it’s former Director Ranjit Sinha, in a corruption case. It was alleged by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan that, while being the CBI Director, Ranjit Sinha had met persons accused in the coal scam, at his official residence. The Supreme Court formed an SIT to investigate into the matter, based on which Ranjit Sinha has been booked. The CBI investigates corruptions at high levels. But, when the chief of the CBI himself involves in corruption, then where can the people go?

 

[26.04.2017]Corporate Office issues letter on revision of wages of the contract workers.

The Government of India has already made Gazette Notification on 19.01.2017, accepting the proposal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, on the revision of minimum wage. BSNLEU and BSNL CCWF have been pressing on the Corporate Office to endorse this Gazette Notification. The Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office has issued letter today, stating that the Gazette Notification was statutory and needs no endorsement from the Corporate Office, for it’s implementation.  

<<view letter>> 

 

[26.04.2017]35th meeting of the National Council meeting is to be held on 11th May, 2017.

The postponed 35th meeting of the National Council will be held on 11th May, 2017, for which the SR Branch of the Corporate Office has issued notification.

<<view notification>>

 

[25.04.2017]Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) will hold the post of Director (Finance), BSNL for a further period of six months w.e.f. 01.03.2017.

<<view corporate Office letter>>

 

[25.04.2017]BSNLEU objects to the dropping of Staff Side items for discussion in the 35th meeting of the National Council.

The Staff Side of the National Council has already submitted items for discussion in the 35th meeting of the National Council. Meanwhile, the SR Branch of the Corporate Office has written to the Secretary, Staff Side, suggesting to drop four agenda items, submitted by the Staff Side, since action on these items are already taken / being taken. BSNLEU has objected, stating that this is not the correct practice.

<<view letter>>

 

[25.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to the PGM (Estt.), forwarding cases for settlement, on the issue of recovery of over payment.

Due to the continuous efforts taken by BSNLEU, Management has agreed that the Corporate Office would look into cases related to recovery of over payment, based on the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. An instruction in this regard has already been sent to all the CGMs. However, the Corporate Office is maintaining that it has not received cases from any circle. BSNLEU has written to the PGM (Estt.), three cases received by it from the affected employees / pensioner.

<<view letter>>

 

[25.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to the PGM (Estt.) on the down gradation of Sr.TOAs from 7100-200-10100 pay scale to 6550-185-9320 pay scale.

BSNLEU is seriously pressing the Management to settle the issue of down gradation of Sr.TOAs from 7100-200-10100 pay scale to 6550-185-9320 pay scale, at the time of their opting for NEPP. Continuous discussions are taking place between BSNLEU and the Director (HR) / PGM (Estt.). BSNLEU has once again written to the PGM (Estt.) enclosing all the earlier letters written by BSNLEU on this issue.

<<view letters>>

 

[25.04.2017]BSNLEU pays homage to the 25 slain BSF personnel in Chhattisgarh.

25 BSF personnel are gruesomely massacred, in an ambush made by Maoists, at Sukma, in Chhattisgarh state. It is extremely unfortunate that the Central Government as well as the various State Governments are unable to find a political solution to the Maoist problem. BSNLEU pays homage to the 25 BSF personnel, who have been killed while discharging their duty to the nation. BSNLEU also offers it’s condolences to the families of the slain personnel.

 

[25.04.2017]Excellent performance by Public Sector Company LIC.

LIC, the government company in the life insurance segment is steadily increasing it’s market share. As on March, 2017, LICs market share remained at 71.07%. This was 70.04% in March, 2016, and 69.02% in March, 2015. Even though, many Indian and multinational corporates are competing with LIC, the public sector company is able to maintain it’s strong dominance, by offering extremely good customer satisfaction. BSNLEU heartily congratulates LIC and the All India Insurance Employees Association, for this excellent performance.

[Source: Times of India dated 25.04.2017]

 

[24.04.2017]Circle and District unions are requested to extend fullest support and cooperation to the agitation by the Joint Forum of BSNL Executives’ Associations.

The Joint Forum of BSNL Executives’ Associations has solicited BSNLEU’s support and solidarity for their following agitational programme, to save all the Executives – promoted or directly recruited after 01.01.2017 – from demotion, to settle superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees, and to settle other HR issues. 

Agitational programme 

 

(1)   72 hours’ relay hunger strike from 25.04.2017.

(2)   Mass casual leave on 28.04.2017.

(3)   Indefinite relay hunger strike and Work According to Rule from 01.05.2017.

 

All circle and district unions of BSNLEU are requested to extend their fullest support and cooperation to the above agitational programme.

 

[24.04.2017]Corporate Office urged to reply the queries of Punjab circle regarding JAO LICE.

All the circles have deputed the candidates selected through the JAO LICE for training. Whereas, Punjab circle has raised certain queries with the Corporate Office. As a result, selected candidates from Punjab are not sent for the training. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with shri Sunil Rajputh, DGM (SEA). It is assured that necessary reply would be sent to Punjab circle within a day or two.

 

[24.04.2017]India has reduced poverty but all our neighbours have reduced it much faster.

Poverty has traditionally been measured by the number of people with income below the poverty line. But this doesn't tell us how far below that line the poor are. The poverty gap index adds up the shortfall of each poor person's income from the poverty line and divides the sum by the country's population to arrive at the mean shortfall. China is almost 10 times better off than India.

<<View chart>>

[Source: The Times of India dated 24.04.2017] 

 

[24.04.2017]An alarming 1.5 lakh people died in road accidents in India last year.

The Times of India has revealed that an alarming 1.5 lakh people died in road accidents in India last year. It means 410 people have died per day. This must be the highest number of deaths, due to road accidents, in the whole world. Under development of our roads is the main reason for these horrific accidents and deaths. Even where roads are developed with private participation, high amounts are collected in the toll gates. This is the 25 years’ of infrastructure development story of India.

 [Source: The Times of India dated 24.04.2017] 

 

[24.04.2017]BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation formed in NE-I circle.

The foundation circle conference of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union in NE-I circle was held at Agartala on 22nd and 23rd April 2017. More than 300 delegates from Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram participated in the conference. The open session was held on 22nd April in the telephone exchange, Agartala. It was inaugurated by com Sankar Prasad Dutta, General Secretary of CITU, Tripura and hon'ble M.P.(Lok Sabha). In his speech he severely criticised the anti PSU policies of the government and expressed that a strong & sustainable struggles are required to resist the onslaught of the government with the support of the common people of the country. Coms. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General of BSNLCCWF, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Shivjee Roy,CS, BSNLEU, NE- I, Sankar Bardhan, DS,BSNLEU Tripura and other leaders from Tripura,Meghalaya and Mizoram also addressed. The conference elected 21 office bearers of the circle union with comrades Khokan Choudhury as circle President, Sankar Malakar as circle Secretary and Prasenjit Saha as Treasurer.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[22.04.2017]BSNL now offers 3GB data per day.

BSNL has revised one of its popular prepaid plan–STV 339 to upgrade the data limits to 3GB a day from 2GB earlier joining the data war to take on its rivals.

  

The state-owned company has also launched a slew of promotional offers of ‘Dil khol ke bol’  New STV349, ‘Triple ACE’,  New STV333, ‘Nehle pe dehla’,  New STV395 under the prepaid mobile services to stay ahead in the competition. “These unbeatable offers are among the best offers in the Industry”, the PSU said.

(Source:Hindustan Times dt. 22-04-2017)

 

[22.04.2017]Circle Executive Committee meeting of Assam circle started at Tezpur.

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of Assam circle started at Tezpur today. A presedium consisting of com. B.K.Kakoti, com.D.Mahanta, com.Ajit Gogoi, S.B.Roy and com.S.Deb, are presiding over the meeting. Com.Bijoy Deka, CS, welcomed every one and placed his report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the issues of BSNL's revival, wage revision, pending issues of the Non-Executives, need to fight against the pro-private and anti-PSU policies of the Modi government. The meeting was also addressed by shri S.K.Deb,GM, Tezpur, who spoke on the initiatives being taken in the district for the revival of BSNL. In the post lunch session, district secretaries are deliberating.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[21.04.2017]BSNLEU's call for observing this year's May Day.

CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to observe this year's May Day in a befitting manner, by glorifying the struggle for 8 hours' work, as well as the sacrifices of the May Day martyrs. Together with this, we have to highlight certain important issues confronted by us. 

 

The Modi government and it's Niti Aayog are launching deadly attacks to destroy the Public Sector, including BSNL, through disinvestment/strategic sale and privatisation. The hard won rights of the Indian working class, are being taken away through Labour Law amendments, by the BJP led governments at the Centre, as well as in various states. Unity of the working class and united struggles are being weakened, by communal forces, in the name of religion. Those who criticise the government are branded as 'Desh Drohis'. Freedom of expression is being trampled. 

 

Under these circumstances, CHQ calls upon our circle and district unions to observe this year's May Day, by flag hoisting and holding gate meetings. The following issues are to be highlighted in the gate meetings:- 

 

1) No disinvestment/ strategic sale/ privatisation of PSUs, including BSNL. No formation of Subsidiary Tower Company in BSNL.

2) Withdraw amendments to the Labour Laws. Do not curtail the hard won trade union rights of the working class.

3) Stop attacks on freedom of expression. Stop attacks on the secular fabric of the country.

 

 

All circle and district unions are requested to observe the programme massively and to send reports and photos to the CHQ.

 

[21.04.2017]BSNL Fights Back Jio Scare – Activates Record 2.95 million New Connections in March!

 by Mohul Ghosh

 

At a time when the nation is swept by Jio mania, and the subsequent battle among telecom operators, state-run BSNL has been quietly fighting their own battle, and to increase their user base.

 

And if based on March reports, it is clear that BSNL has clearly staged a coup here.

 

As per reports coming in, BSNL has successfully activated 2.95 million new pre-paid connections in the month of March 2017, which is quite a feat in itself.

 

Especially because April was the month Jio started offering their paid Prime subscriptions. This clearly means that BSNL has attracted a niche user base of their own, based on attractive plans and offerings, which were mainly launched to counter the onslaught of Jio, Airtel and other private telcos.

 

[News published by Track.in]

 

[21.04.2017]BSNLEU once again writes the PGM(Estt.) on the issue of relaxing the condition of 10th standard qualification, for appearing the Telecom Technician LDCE.

BSNLEU is seriously taking up the issue of relaxing the condition of 10th standard qualification, for appearing the Telecom Technician LDCE. Several rounds of discussions have already taken place. In this connection, BSNLEU has once again written to the PGM(Estt.), drawing her attention to the discussion that had taken place in the 26th meeting of the National Council. <<< view letter >>>

 

[20.04.2017]BSNL Management comes up with the idea of forming a Benevolent Fund, after rejecting BSNLEU's demand for the same, a few years back.

BSNLEU took up the demand a few years back, for the formation of a fund at the Corporate Office level, for providing financial assistance to the families of the employees, who die while on service. BSNLEU had suggested that a monthly contribution could be collected from the willing employees, for this fund. However, at that time, without applying it's mind seriously to our demand, the Management rejected it. Now, the Management has come out with the same idea, i.e., to form a "Benevolent Fund", and has called for our views. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to send their views on the subject, immediately.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[20.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (CM), demanding to remove the restriction imposed in e-KYC.

BSNL has already started mobile SIM activation, through e-KYC. However, the restriction of only one e-KYC per Customer Service Centre, is creating problems in the prompt activation of SIMs. BSNLEU has written to the Director (CM) to remove the restriction.<<<view letter>>>

 

[20.04.2017]Those who criticise the government are branded as “anti-nationals” or “desh drohis”- says Justice A.P.Shah.

Delivering the M.N. Roy memorial lecture at New Delhi yesterday, the former chief justice of Delhi High Court, justice A.P. Shah, has expressed his worry that any one who criticises the government, are being branded as “anti-nationals” or “desh drohis”. More worrying is that, criminal charges of ‘sedition’ could be slapped against such people, he said. Justice A.P. Shah further stated that, sloganeering and flag-raising have also become tests for nationalism. The lecture was attended by the Law Commission Chairman, Justice B.S. Chauhan, the third senior most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Chelameswar and many former and sitting judges of the Supreme Court. 

 

[20.04.2017]Justice, A.P. Shah, questions Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a national law against cow slaughter.

Justice A.P. Shah, has questioned RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a national law on cow slaughter. He has said that India is a diverse country, where states like Kerala, or the various states in the North East, consider beef as a staple part of their food. Justice A.P. Shah also said that a single ideology or way of life, should not be forced on the entire country.

 

[19.04.2017]All the selected DR JE candidates will be sent for training by 15th May, 2017 and their training will be completed by 30th June, 2017.

As regards DR JE recruitment, many candidates are contacting BSNLEU and are expressing their concern, for the delay in the completion of Document Verification (DV) process in many circles, and also the delay in getting orders for training. This issue was discussed by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today. As regards, the non-completion of DV process in certain circles, she told that the delay is due to the fact that, some of the selected candidates have not turned up for the DV process, and hence the administration in those circles has extended the time limit for the candidates to complete their DV process. This is the reason why the DV process is still not completed in certain circles. 

 

As regards, the delay in sending candidates for training, the GM (Rectt.) told that totally 2,700 DR JE candidates are selected, and that all of them could not be sent for training in one go. This is due to the shortage of seats in the training centres of BSNL. She also told that already JTO candidates selected in the three LICEs held last year, are also undergoing training now. However, the GM (Rectt.) assured that all the selected DR JE candidates would be sent for training by 15th May, 2017 and that the training of all the candidates will be completed by 30th June, 2017.   

 

[19.04.2017]BSNLEU once again raises the issue of the DR JE candidates, whose names were dropped in the second selection list.

In his meeting with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again demanded that the candidates whose names figured in the first DR JE selection list, and which were subsequently dropped, should also be considered for appointment. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the number of unfilled vacancies will be known only by 15th May, 2017, and that the Management could come to a conclusion on this demand, only thereafter. However, the General Secretary insisted that after 15th May, 2017, when all the selected candidates are sent for training, the candidates whose names are dropped from the second selection list should also be considered for appointment.   

 

[19.04.2017]BSNL Management is favourably considering BSNLEU’s demand, to drop the exam fee for Telecom Technician LDCE candidates.

As regards the proposal to collect exam fee from the Telecom Technician LDCE candidates, BSNLEU has already demanded that the proposal should be dropped. This issue was once again discussed with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, today. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the demand of BSNLEU is being examined by the Corporate Office and assured that the decision would be positive.

  

[19.04.2017]One time relaxation in the educational qualification, to appear in the TT LDCE.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, once again raised with the Management today, the demand of giving one time relaxation in the educational qualification, for appearing in the Telecom Technician LDCE. In their meeting with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), the representatives pointed out that the one time relaxation in the 10th standard qualification, for appearing in the TT LDCE, will greatly help the hilly and backward circles like Assam, NE-I, NE-II, Uttaranchal, etc. The issue is already discussed with the Director (HR) yesterday, who has positively responded. 

 

[19.04.2017]Settle the grievance of the Sr.TOAs, whose pay scale was downgraded from 7,100 to 6,550 – Demands BSNLEU.

BSNLEU is consistently demanding the BSNL Management to settle the grievance of the Sr.TOAs, whose pay scale was downgraded from 7,100 to 6,550, at the time of their opting for NEPP. This issue was once again discussed today by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.). The representatives pointed out that the injustice rendered to the Sr.TOAs should be undone. In this connection, they also conveyed to the PGM (Estt.), the proposal received in this connection from the affected Sr.TOAs. 

 

[19.04.2017]Conduct one more DR JE recruitment immediately, to meet out the shortage – Demands BSNLEU.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, demanded today that, BSNL should immediately conduct one more DR JE recruitment, to meet out the shortage. In their meeting with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today, the representatives pointed out the example of Karnataka circle. In that circle, 318 DR JEs have got selected as JTOs in all the three JTO LICEs held in 2016. In their place, Karnataka circle is allotted with only 120 DR JEs. Even in this allotment, a majority of the posts are allotted to the non-recruiting circles of STP, STR, BBNW and NGN, and that Karnataka telecom circle is allotted with only 20 number of DR JEs. It was also pointed out by the representatives that maintenance of the networks and quality of services would be greatly affected in all the circles, if the short fall is not immediately made good. The PGM (Estt.) assured that the matter would be appropriately looked into by the Management. 

 

[19.04.2017]Discussion with the GM(T&BFCI) on the payment of GPF advance / withdrawals.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Y.N. Singh, GM(T&BFCI) and discussed the emerging situation in the payment of GPF advance / withdrawal to the employees. The GM(T&BFCI) replied to the queries raised by the representatives, regarding the taking over of GPF payment, by the DoT.  The representatives thanked the GM(T&BFCI) for the timely allotment of GPF funds for this month to all the circles.  

 

[19.04.2017]11th May, 2017 is the probable date for holding 35th meeting of the National Council.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and demanded the early conducting of the 35th meeting of the National Council. In the discussion 11th May, 2017 emerged as the probable date for holding the National Council meeting. However, this date has to be approved by the Director (HR). 

 

[19.04.2017]Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, dismissed the petition filed by shri Ratnesh Kumar and others, challenging the selection of 2,700 DR JEs by BSNL.

The Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, in it’s order dated 09.03.2017, has dismissed the petition filed by shri Ratnesh Kumar and others, challenging the selection of 2,700 DR JEs by BSNL. BSNL Corporate Office has circulated this order to the field units, for using in the other ongoing cases on the matter.<<forwarding letter>> <<view judgement>>

 

[18.04.2017]DoT takes over payment of GPF advance/withdrawal of BSNL employees.

As has already been informed by BSNLEU, through it's website updating dated 10-04-2017, as well as through earlier updatings, the DoT has taken over the responsibility of the payment of GPF advance/withdrawal of BSNL employees. However, BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Member (Finance) of the DoT, and has already ensured that, the sanctioning of GPF advance/ withdrawal will be done by the SSA heads, as is being done now. As a result of this, the employees will not be facing any fresh restrictions in the payment. Only the payment into the bank accounts of the employees, will be done by the CCAs of the concerned circles. This taking over of the GPF payment, by the DoT, will be done in two phases. <<< view letter >>>

 

[18.04.2017]Consensus reached between the Staff Side and the Management Side on the change of designation of the left out Non-Executives.

A meeting of the Joint Committee for change of designation of the left out Non-Executives cadres took place today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU in the meeting. From the Management Side, ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Rect.), shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) and ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) participated. After detailed discussion, consensus is reached between the Staff Side and Official Side to give the designation of Assistant Telecom Technician to the cadres of (1) Ayah (2) Bearer (3) Beldar (4) Chowkidar (5) Cleaner (6) Duftry (7) Farash (8) Khalasi (9) Lady Chowkidar (10) Mali (11) Office Peon (12) Peon (13) Safaiwala (14) Shramik (15) Sweeper (16) Wash Boy (17) Dish Boy (18) Gate Man (19) Water Man. Even though, the above consensus is reached in today’s meeting, this is subject to the final approval of the Management Committee. The next meeting of the Designation Committee will be held on 26th June, 2017 to discuss about the remaining cadres.

 

[18.04.2017]Director (HR) positively agrees to consider the demand of BSNLEU, to permit non-10th standard officials to appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE, as a one time relaxation.

BSNLEU is strongly demanding the Corporate Management to give one time relaxation to the non-10th standard officials, for appearing in the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE. In many circles, a good number of Telecom Technician posts are available. However, very less number of officials are eligible to appear in the exam, due to the 10th standard condition. The issue was discussed with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ). The representatives strongly demanded that the Management should consider this as a one time relaxation. After detailed discussion the Director (HR) agreed to positively consider the demand.  

 

[18.04.2017]Settlement of the downgradation of Sr.TOAs from 7100-200-10100 pay scale to 6550-185-9325 pay scale.

At the time of implementation of NEPP, the Sr.TOAs, who were already promoted under OTBP, and who opted for NEPP, were downgraded from 7100-200-10100 pay scale to 6550-185-9325 pay scale. BSNLEU has been continuously insisting upon the Management to undo this injustice done to the Sr.TOAs. The issue was once again discussed by the representatives of BSNLEU today, in their meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR). She heard the views of the representatives fully and directed this issue with the PGM (Estt.). BSNLEU will further pursue this case with the Corporate Management.  

 

[18.04.2017]Corporate Office guidelines to the circles, regarding providing feedback on the implementation of cash payment without voucher to retired employees under BSNLMRS.<<click here>>

 

[18.04.2017]Venue of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU.

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, is being held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June,2017. The Kerala circle union, which is hosting the meeting, has announced that the RTTC, Thiruvananthapuram, is the venue of the CEC meeting. All members of the CEC are requested to take note of this.

 

[17.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) on the inadequate recruitment of DR JEs.

A large number of DR JEs are getting promoted as JTOs, through the three JTO LICEs that were conducted in 2016. Apart from this, a large number of DR JEs have completed five years of service and are awaiting Rule 8 transfers. Hence, BSNLEU had pointed out to the Corporate Management on time, to recruit adequate number of DR JEs to manage the shortage. However, it had gone unheeded. Once again BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) to look into this issue.<<view letter>>

[17.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on revised IDA rates @ 117.1% w.e.f. 01.04.2017.<<view letter>>

 

[15.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on informal meetings with non- recognised unions and associations.<<< view letter >>>

 

 

[15.04.2017]BSNLEU, Chhattisgarh circle conference started jubilantly at Raipur.

 

The 6th circle conference of BSNLEU, Chhattisgarh circle, is being held at Raipur today. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by com.S.H.Dani, circle president. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr's column. In the morning session, a seminar on the revival of BSNL was held. It was presided over by com. S.H.Dani, circle president. Com. R.S.Bhatt, circle secretary welcomed everyone and initiated the discussion. The seminar was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, shri R.N.Patel, CGM, Chhattisgarh, Com.Dharmaraj Mahapatra, Central Zone Secretary, AIIEA, com.S.M.Cheelamwar, CS, NFTE, com. R. R. Srivastav, CS, SNEA, com.G.S.Sharma, CP, FNTO, com. Gagan Soni, CS, AIGETOA, com. Sachin Soni, CS, SNATTA, com. R.P.Atmapujya and com.Ashwini Kausik, CS, CCWF. In his speech, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,explained the collective efforts taken by the unions and associations of BSNL, in fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the government, as well as the steps taken for the revival of BSNL. After lunch, report on activities and audited accounts were submitted. Delegates are participating in the debate. <<click here>>

 

 

[13.04.2017]126th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the occasion of the 126th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, as well as the great social reformer, BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage.

[13.04.2017]Happy Vishu, Vaisakhi, Good Friday, Tamil New Year, Maisadi, Vaisakhadi and Bhihu.

 

 

BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all, on the occasion of Vishu, Vaisakhi, Good Friday, Tamil New Year, Maisadi, Vaisakhadi and Bihu.

 

[13.04.2017]Industrial out put falls to a 4 month low and Retail inflation rises to a 5 month high.

According to the statistics released by the government, the industrial output of the country has contracted by 1.2%, which is a four month low. The data shows that the out put fell by 1.2% in February, 2017, compared to the 1.9% growth in February, 2016. Further, the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), also shows that the Retail Inflation has reached 3.8% in March 2017, which is a five month high.

 

[13.04.2017]Completion of Document Verification – deadlock in Maharashtra circle – BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) for intervention.

According to the time schedule set out by the Corporate Office, for the recruitment of DR JEs, Document Verification is to be completed by 15th March, 2017, and candidates are to be deputed for training by 15th April, 2017. While, all the circles are adhering to the time schedule set out by the Corporate Office, Maharashtra circle has not yet completed the task of Document Verification. This has delayed in deputing the selected candidates for training. BSNLEU has discussed this issue with the GM (Rectt.) BSNL CO.  BSNLEU has also written to the Director (HR), seeking her immediate intervention to break the deadlock in Maharashtra circle.<<view letter>>

 

[13.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate posting of a regular CGM in West Bengal circle.

Shri R.N. Jha, CGM, West Bengal has already been transferred out of West Bengal. However, no CGM has joined in his place so far. This has created a vacuum. West Bengal circle is already lagging behind in achieving targets. Delay in posting a regular CGM will further deteriorate the situation. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate posting of a regular CGM in West Bengal circle.    <<view letter>>

 

[12.04.2017]BSNLEU seeks meeting with the Director (HR) to discuss the problems of Telecom Technician LDCE and down gradation of Sr.TOA pay scale.

BSNLEU has sought a meeting with the Director (HR) to discuss one time relaxation in qualification for appearing TT LDCE and settlement of the problem of the Sr.TOAs, whose pay scale was reduced from 7100-200-10100 to 6550-185-9325.<<view letter>>

 

[12.04.2017]Intervention of the Corporate Office sought by BSNLEU, to resolve the recognition problem of Bhubaneswar CGM Office district union.

The circle administration of Odisha is creating problems in the recognition of the Bhubaneswar CGM Office district union. The circle administration says that the Recognised Union can have only a branch union in the CGM Office and not a district union. The administration is quoting irrelevant old orders. BSNLEU has written to shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office. The issue was also discussed with him today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. The GM (SR) has assured to intervene.<<view letter>>

 

[12.04.2017]Corporate Office urged to conduct early meeting of the National Council.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, during their discussion with the shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today, urged that the 35th meeting of the National Council, which had been postponed should be held without further delay. The GM (SR) assured to fix early date, in consultation with the Director (HR).

 

[12.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), expressing thanks for restoring the medical allowance of the retired employees.<<view letter>>

 

[12.04.2017]Reliance Jio comes out with new tariff plans, after withdrawing it’s “Summer Surprise Offer”.

Consequent to the TRAI directing Reliance Jio to withdraw it’s “Summer Surprise Offer”, the Company has come out with new tariff plans to face the competition and to retain it’s customers. One plan offers 1GB data per day, for 84 days, at Rs.309/- to it’s prime members. Another plan offers 2GB data per day, for 84 days, at Rs.509/-. In both these plans there will be unlimited calling facility.  

 

[12.04.2017]Item taken up by BSNLEU in the 31st meeting of the National Council, demanding restoration of the facility of cash payment, without voucher, to the retired officials.

 

We reproduce hereunder the item taken up by BSNLEU in the 31st meeting of the National Council, demanding restoration of cash payment, without voucher, to the retired officials.

 

Item 7.7: - Staff Side mentioned that retired employees find it extremely difficult to go to the offices and submit their medical claims, for reimbursement, therefore, payment of Medical Allowance, without voucher, may be restored at least for the retired employees.

 

Reply: - Management Side replied that without voucher medical allowance scheme is withdrawn / stopped due the deteriorating financial conditions of the company during past few years and this step has helped in reducing the financial burden of the company. However on persistent demand of Staff Side it was agreed to re-examine this issue by the Admn. Branch of Corporate Office.

 

[12.04.2017]Corporate Office sanctioned final Welfare Grant 2015-16.<<view letter>> 

 

[12.04.2017]Appointment to all the candidates qualified in the review of the JAO LICE results – Circle secretaries to take action please.

Consequent to the review of the results of the JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016, more number of candidates have become qualified in some circles, than the available vacancies. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded that more number of posts should be approved by the Management, so that all the officials who are already posted provisionally, and also those who have got qualified in the review, get appointment. BSNLEU is consistently taking up this issue with the Corporate Office. This issue was once again discussed yesterday, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, with shri Sunil Rajput, DGM (FP). During the discussion the DGM (FP) told that so far the Corporate Office has not received communication from any circle, regarding this problem. Hence, CHQ requests the circle secretaries to look into this issue, and wherever sufficient number of posts are not available, the issue should be discussed with their respective CGMs, and they should be told to take it up with the Corporate Office. 

 

[12.04.2017]Settlement of recovery of over payment – Circle secretaries to note please.

On the issue of stopping recoveries of over payment, BSNLEU took best efforts, as a result of which the Corporate Office has agreed to examine such cases, based on the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. However, it is a matter of regret that so far no case has been forwarded to the Corporate Office by any CGM. We have already requested the circle secretaries, to send copies of the representations of the affected employees to the CHQ. However, so far no copy of the representation of any affected official has been received by the CHQ. The circle secretaries are once again reminded to look into this issue and to send copies of the representations of the affected employees to the CHQ immediately.   

 

[11.04.2017]Restoration of payment of medical allowance to BSNL retirees.

The medical allowance that was being paid to the employees and retirees of BSNL, for out door treatment, without voucher, had been withdrawn. BSNLEU had been consistently demanding that the facility should be restored. It is also the demand of BSNLEU that, the facility should be restored atleast to the retirees. Being in their advanced age, the retired officials are facing problems in getting the out door medical expenses reimbursed. Corporate Office has issued letter restoring the facility to the retirees. BSNLEU thanks the Management. At the same time, it demands that the facility should be restored to the serving employees also.<<view letter>> 

 

[11.04.2017]14th April declared holiday on account of birthday of Dr. Ambedkar.

BSNL endorses order of the Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personal and Training) for declaring 14th April as holiday on account of the birth day of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.<<view letter>> 

 

[11.04.2017]Document Verification and training for the selected DR JE candidates.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and discussed about the training of DR JEs. In the discussion, it was pointed out by the union representatives that, in circles like Maharashtra, NE-I etc., the administration has not taken action for deputing the selected DR JE candidates for training. The GM (Rectt.) instructed the DGM (Rectt.) to do the needful in this regard. When enquired about the completion of Document Verification, the GM (Rectt.) told the representatives that still Document Verification is not completed in some circles, and the same is expected to be completed shortly. As such, the Corporate Office is not in a position to ascertain as to how many selected candidates have become eligible for appointment, after Document Verification. 

 

[11.04.2017]JAO LICE results of J&K circle declared.

Results of the JAO LICE under 40% quota declared by the Corporate Office.<<view results>>

 

[11.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on holding of LICE for promotion to the grade of Rajbhasha Adhikari in BSNL Field Units - furnishing of year-wise vacancy position from 2012-13 to 2017-18.<<view letter>>

 

[10.04.2017]BSNLEU is urging upon the Corporate Office to allot fund for payment of GPF advance.

Our comrades from many circles are contacting the CHQ, and are insisting to ensure that fund is allotted this month, by the Corporate Office, for the payment of GPF advance. CHQ has already taken up this issue with the GM (T&BFCI). Further, CHQ has written to the Director (HR), demanding early allotment of funds.<<view letter>> 

 

[10.04.2017]Payment of GPF advance is to be taken over by the DoT.

BSNL employees are facing difficulty in getting payment of GPF advance / withdrawal, in view of the financial crisis of the Company. BSNLEU has taken up this issue with the Member (Finance) of the Telecom Commission, and has demanded that fund should be allotted by the DoT, to BSNL, in advance, so that the Corporate Office can allot funds to the circles without any delay. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS with shri Chiraniya, GM (CA), last week. During the discussion, the following was disclosed by the GM (CA). There is a proposal for the DoT to take over the payment of GPF advance / withdrawal. If this is finalised, payment of GPF advance / withdrawal of 11 circles will be take over by the DoT in the first stage. However, as at present, the power for sanctioning the GPF advance / withdrawal, will remain with the Heads of the SSAs. The amount for payment will be paid into the account of the employee, by the CCA of the concerned circle. It is expected that this proposal will be finalised soon.  

 

[08.04.2017]Effective seminar conducted in Bihar circle conference.

An effective seminar was conducted in the post lunch session of the Bihar circle conference today. Com.B.P.Singh,CS, initiated the discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, shri R.S.Verma, GM, Katihar, shri Md. Baarik, DGM, and shri Vidhyasagar, AGM, addressed the Seminar. The leaders and officers displayed a BSNL marketing umbrella, highlighting the need for the BSNL employees to plunge head-on, in the marketing activities.<<<views of the seminar>>>

 

[08.04.2017]The 2 day circle conference of Bihar started at Katihar. 

BSNLEU, Bihar circle conference, started at Katihar today. The 2 day conference was inaugurated by com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Earlier, com. B.P.Singh, circle secretary, welcomed every one. In his inaugural speech, the General Secretary touched upon important issues related to BSNL's revival and government's pro-private measures, Wage Revision and pension revision w.e.f 01-01-2017, need to intensify the struggle against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company & strategic sale, merger of BSNL and MTNL and many other issues. Com.B.P.Singh,CS, presented the circle union's report on activities and the accounts were presented by the  Treasurer. The delegates session started after lunch.<<views of the conference>>

 

[07.04.2017]More views of the Call Attention Day, held on 05.04.2017.<<click here>>

 

[07.04.2017]All India BSNL Working Women’s Convention rescheduled to be held at Hyderabad on 08.07.2017.

It is already informed that, the All India BSNL Working Women’s Convention, scheduled to be held by BSNLEU at Bhopal, on 14.05.2017, was postponed due to the problems in getting train reservation. The issue was discussed in the All India Centre meeting held today. It is decided to hold the said convention at Hyderabad on 08.07.2017. All circle secretaries are requested to take note of this and to make arrangements for sending the delegates. 

 

[07.04.2017]A new achievement by BSNL - Added 29.5 lakh mobile customers in March, 2017.

BSNL has once again did the wonder. It has added 29,52,251 new mobile customers in the month of March, 2017. This may be the highest number of mobile connections given by BSNL in any month. It is very important to note that BSNL has made this achievement, in the face of cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio. Gujarat has come first, by adding 2,82,982 new mobile customers. UP (East) circle has come second, by adding 2,54,542 new mobile customers. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, as well as the Management, for making this achievement.<<view Director (CM’s) letter>>   <<annexure-1>> <<annexure-2>>

 

[07.04.2017]Corporate Office initiated action, based on the demand of BSNLEU.

BSNLEU has demanded the Corporate Office to conduct LICE to the grade of Rajbasha Adhikari. The issue was discussed with the Management. Corporate Office has now initiated the process of holding the LICE to the grade of Rajbasha Adhikari, and has directed the circles to inform the number of vacancies upto 31.03.2017.<<view letter>>

 

[07.04.2017]TRAI orders Reliance Jio to withdraw it’s “Summer Surprise Plan”.

Finally the TRAI has acted on the irregularities being committed by Reliance Jio Infocomm. The TRAI has instructed the Reliance Jio to withdraw it’s “Summer Surprise Plan”. According to this plan, Reliance Jio has offered free services for 3 months to all the customers who pay an initial fee by 15th April. The Reliance Jio has told that it will accept the TRAI direction. Meanwhile, the DoT has submitted a 12 page letter to shri Manoj Sinha, MoS(C), wherein it has stated that the collection of licence fee to the government has got reduced by 30%, due to the tariff war initiated by Reliance Jio. 

 

[07.04.2017]BSNLEU opposes the exam fee imposed for the Telecom Technician LDCE.

BSNLEU has already written to the Corporate Office, opposing the exam fee imposed for the Telecom Technician LDCE to be held on 09.07.2017. This issue was discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), by com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, yesterday. It was demanded that the fee should be withdrawn. The GM (Rectt.) assured that BSNLEU’s demand would be examined. 

 

[07.04.2017]Meeting with GM (FP).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP), yesterday, and discussed the following issues related to the JAO LICE and JAO Recruitment Rules. 

 

(1)   Removal of pay scale criteria for appearing in the JAO LICE.

In the draft JAO RR, the Management has proposed that 5 years of service in the 9020 – 17430 pay scale is compulsory for appearing in the JAO LICE.  BSNLEU has already opposed this and has demanded that all officials having the requisite qualification and 5 years of service in any pay scale, should be permitted to appear in the JAO LICE. The GM (FP) responded positively to this demand and assured that this aspect would be examined.

 

(2)   Reduction in the LICE quota opposed.

In the draft JAO RR, the Management has proposed to reduce the LICE quota from 50% to 25%. In yesterday’s meeting this was opposed by BSNLEU, and demanded that LICE quota should continue to be 50%. In response to this, the GM (FP) stated that the reduction in the LICE quota has been proposed, since sufficient number of internal candidates are not applying for the exam. But, BSNLEU insisted that the quota should not be reduced.

 

(3)   Approval for additional JAO posts to accommodate all the candidates qualified in the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016.

As a result of the review of the JAO LICE results (held on 17.07.2016), more than 300 candidates have got qualified. This is in addition to the qualified candidates who have already been appointed provisionally, on completion of training. Due to this, a problem has arisen in some circles, where more number of candidates have got qualified than the notified vacancies. BSNLEU has already written to the Corporate Office, demanding to approve more posts, so that all the qualified candidates get posting. The GM (FP) assured that this would be looked into.

 

[06.04.2017]Modi government takes major step towards privatisation of the Indian Railways. 
In a major step towards the privatisation of the Indian Railways, the Central Cabinet gave clearance yesterday, for the formation of Regulatory Authority, for the Railways. A Regulatory Authority comes into picture, only when two or more operators exist. So,  this is a clear indication that private operators are going to be allowed to operate train services. The immediate impact of private entry in the railways will be,  steep increase in the railway fares. Gradually, the government will take all steps to encourage private train operators and to kill the existing Indian Railways

 

[06.04.2017]BSNLEU opposes introduction of exam fee, for the Telecom Technician LDCE
BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR),  opposing the introduction of collecting exam fee from the candidates who appear in the Telcom Technician LDCE. The Union has pointed out that, so far no fee was collected for the Telecom Mechanic LDCE. <<<view letter>>>

 

[05.04.2017]Call Attention Day – Impressive lunch hour meeting conducted at BSNL Corporate Office.

Call Attention Day was observed in the BSNL Corporate Office. An impressive lunch hour meeting was conducted. Large number of employees of the Corporate Office attended the meeting. It was addressed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. N.L. Sharma, AGS (HQ), AIBSNLEA, com. Ravi Sheel Verma, GS, AIGETOA, com. Rakesh Sethi, GS, AIBSNLOA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Hari Singh, Dy.GS, BTU and com. H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA. Com. V.P. Singh, CS, AIBSNLEA, conducted the programme. The leaders who addressed the meeting, highlighted the demands and assured to intensify the struggles, if the demands are not accepted by the government.<<view of the programme>>

 

[05.04.2017]Demands of the Call Attention Day discussed with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, and apprised her of the Call Attention Day being observed today, by the unions and associations of BSNL. They explained that the unions and associations are demanding:-

 

(a)   BSNL to be exempted from the “Affordability Clause” of the recommendations of 3rd PRC.

(b)   Expeditious Pension Revision to BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(c)    Implementation of 30% superannuation benefits to the Directly Recruited Employees.

(d)   Pension contribution should be calculated on the actual basic pay.

 

The issues were discussed in detail and it was demanded that BSNL Management should also take up these issues with the government. 

 

[05.04.2017]Director (HR) urged upon to keep recoveries on over payment, under abeyance.

Corporate Office has already issued guidelines to the field units, with regards to the issue of settlement of recovery of over payment. According these guidelines, the cases will be decided by the Corporate Office, based on merits. BSNLEU has already demanded that pending final decisions to be taken by the Corporate Office, recovery of the over payments should be kept under abeyance. The Corporate Office has not taken any decision on our demand. The issue was raised by the GS and the Dy.GS, with the Director (HR) today. She replied that a decision on keeping the recoveries on abeyance would be taken by the Corporate Office soon. 

 

[05.04.2017]First promotion on completion of 4 years, under NEPP, to all the TSMs regularised after 01.10.2000 – BSNLEU urged upon the Director (HR).

The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh High Court that, the TSMs regularised after 01.10.2000 are DoT recruitees. As such, the first promotion under NEPP should be given to them on completion of 4 years and not after 8 years, as in the case of BSNL recruitees. BSNLEU has already demanded that this judgement should be made applicable not only to the officials who filed the case, but also to all the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000. The issue was discussed by the GS and Dy.GS, with the Director (HR) today. She assured that a sympathetic decision would be taken on this issue. 

 

[05.04.2017]Director (HR) urged upon to end discrimination in extending facilities to the unions and associations.

BSNLEU has already written to the BSNL Management, demanding that the discrimination in extending facilities to the unions and associations should end. Certain facilities which are extended to the SEWA BSNL and SNEA, are not extended to the Recognised Trade Unions of the Non-Executives. This issue was raised before the Director (HR) by the GS and Dy.GS today. The union demanded that discriminations should end. The Director (HR) assured to settle this issue positively.<<view letter>> 

 

[05.04.2017]Director (HR) urged to conduct the 35th meeting of the National Council at the earliest.

The 35th meeting of the National Council has been postponed since the Director (HR) got indisposed. The GS and Dy.GS, in their discussion with the Director (HR) today, requested her to hold the meeting as earliest possible. The Director (HR) assured that the meeting would be held soon. 

 

[05.04.2017]Call Attention Day observed impressively throughout country - BSNL Non-Executives and Executives send a strong message to the government.

As per the call of the unions and associations, Call Attention Day was observed throughout the country today. Demands badges were worn by the employees, and impressive gate meetings were conducted in all the circles, demanding to settle wage revision, pension revision and pension related issues. By observing the Call Attention Day impressively throughout the country, the unions and associations of BSNL have sent a strong message to the government to settle the demands.<<views of the programme>> 

 

[05.04.2017]Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE to be held on 09.07.2017.  

BSNLEU has been consistently pressing upon the Corporate Management to conduct the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE. This exam was not conducted last year. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has communicated to the CGM’s to conduct the LDCE on 09.07.2017. BSNLEU has also opposed the holding of online exam for conducting the TT LDCE. This demand is also accepted and the proposed LDCE would be conducted off line. The model notification, to be issued by the CGM’s, has also been circulated to the CGM’s. The period for submitting applications is from 01.06.2017 to 30.06.2017. The exam will be conducted in 25 territorial circles.<<view Corporate Office letter>>  <<<Model notification>>

 

[05.04.2017]BSNLEU opposes the fee, proposed to be collected from the Telecom Technician LDCE candidates.

BSNL Corporate Office has prescribed exam fee, to be paid by the candidates appearing in the Telecom Technician LDCE. The amount will be Rs.750/- for OC / OBC and Rs.500/- for SC/ST. Collection of exam fee for the Telecom Technician LDCE is not consulted with BSNLEU, which is the Main Recognised Union. Collection of exam fee for TT LDCE is not acceptable to BSNLEU and the Union strongly opposes this decision of the Corporate Office. The issue would be taken up immediately with the appropriate authority.  

 

[05.04.2017]BSNLEU urged upon the Director (HR) to consider the eliminated DR JE candidates for appointment.

BSNLEU is consistently urging upon the Corporate Management to consider the cases of the candidates, whose names are eliminated in the second selection list of the ongoing DR JE Recruitment. Their number is around 70, and BSNLEU is insisting upon the Management to consider them also for appointment. This issue was discussed by the GS and Dy.GS with the Director (HR) today. The Director (HR) replied that this issue would be looked into, after the ongoing Document Verification process is completed.  

 

[05.04.2017]BSNL signs MoU with the Punjab National Bank for extension of various loans to the employees.<<forwarding letter>> <<annexure>>   

 

[05.04.2017]G.C.Bidika, Additional GM, Microwave Project, arrested by the CBI.

Shri G.C.Bidika, Additional GM, BSNL, Microwave Project, Odisha was arrested by the CBI. The officer was caught red handed by the CBI, while taking Rs.1 lakh as bribe from a contractor, for passing a bill. It is noteworthy that, BSNLEU has already demanded the Corporate Office, to transfer shri G.C.Bidika, since he is remaining in this post for long years, and is involved in unhealthy practices.  It is unfortunate that the Corporate Office did not listen to the complaint of BSNLEU. We heartily welcome the arrest of shri G.C.Bidika.

Shri G. C.Bidika arrested and being taken away by the CBI.

 

[03.04.2017]CGM, West Bengal transferred to NETF at Guwahati.

Shri R.N. Jha, CGM, West Bengal, who became notorious for attacks against BSNLEU, by utilising Trinamool goons, has been transferred out of West Bengal. He is posted in North East Task Force at Guwahati. We heartily thank the CMD BSNL for taking this decision.

 

[03.04.2017]Document Verification and deputation for training of DR JEs.

BSNL Corporate Office has set 15.03.2017 as the deadline for completion of Document Verification of the DR JEs. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), and discussed this issue today. The GS was told that Document Verification is already completed in all the circles, except a few circles, which have asked for certain clarifications from the Corporate Office. The GM (Rectt.) told that Document Verification will be completed within a week in the remaining circles also, and thereafter the candidates would be deputed for training.

 

[03.04.2017]Considering the DR JE candidates for appointment, whose names figured in the first DR JE selection list.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, who met ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.), today,  reiterated BSNLEU’s demand that, the candidates whose names figured in the first DR JE selection list, and which were deleted in the second list, should also be considered for appointment. The GM (Rectt.) responded positively to the demand. She told that if sufficient posts remain vacant at the end of the Document Verification process, the question of giving appointment to the left out candidates would be examined. The GS requested the GM (Rectt.) to process this expeditiously.

 

[03.04.2017]First promotion on completion of 4 years, under NEPP, to the TSMs regularised after 01.10.2000.

Due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, the TSMs regularised as Regular Mazdoors, after 01.10.2000, are treated as DoT recruitees. However, these officials are treated as BSNL recruitees, for promotion under NEPP. As a result, they got their first promotion only after completion of 8 years, and not after completion of 4 years. This issue was continuously taken up by BSNLEU. It was demanded that they are DoT recruitees, and they should get their first promotion on completion of 4 years. But, the BSNL Management did not accept this. Some aggrieved officials went to the court. The Hon’ble Punjab and Himachal Pradesh High Court ordered that these officials are DoT recruitees, and that they should get first promotion after 4 years, as per NEPP. This judgement was upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court also. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU has demanded that the benefit of this judgement should not be restricted to the officials who filed the case, but should be extended to all the TSMs regularised as RMs, on or after 01.10.2000. This matter is under the active consideration of the Corporate Management and we expect a favourable decision on this.

[03.04.2017]Intimation sent to the Secretary, DPE and the Secretary, DoT, on observing Call Attention Day on 05.04.2017, by the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL.<<view letter>>

[03.04.2017]Organise Call Attention Day powerfully on 05.04.2017.

As per the decision taken in the meeting of unions and associations, held at New Delhi on 15.03.2017, Call Attention Day is to be observed on 05.04.2017, by wearing demands badges and conducting gate meetings. All circle and district secretaries are requested to organise the programme effectively, in coordination with other unions and associations. It is brought to our notice that in one or two circles, holiday falls on 05.04.2017, on account of Ram Navami. In such of those circles, decision can be taken locally, in consultation with other unions and associations, to conduct the programme on some other date. 

Demands 

 

(1)   Settle Wage Revision of BSNL Employees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(2)   Settle revision of pension from 01.01.2017.

(3)   Implement 30% Superannuation benefits to DR employees.

(4)   Calculate pension contribution on actual basic pay.

 

[03.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer (erstwhile TTA) and JTO (T) cadres - Amendments /modifications regarding Caste Certificates.<<view letter>>

 

[03.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointments Conduction of HPC.<<view letter>> 

 

[03.04.2017]Corporate Office letter on Higher Pension under Para 11(3) of the EPS 1995.<<view letter>>

 

[03.04.2017]JTO LICE results declared.

Results of the JTO LICE, held on 11-12-2016 are declared by the Corporate Office today. Declaration of these results were delayed, and BSNLEU was continuously pressing the Corporate Office to declare the results. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.) today and expressed thanks for the efforts taken by the Recruitment Branch for the declaration of the results.<<<Forwarding letter>>> <<< view results>>> <<< Answer key>>>

 

[01.04.2017]Government totally failed in creating new jobs - says Government's Employment Survey.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government claim that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. But, the government has totally failed in creating new jobs. Prime Minister's slogans like "Make in India", "Skill India", etc., have miserably failed to create new jobs. The Quarterly Employment Survey, conducted by the Labour Bureau of the government of India, shows that only 12,000 jobs are created by the Manufacturing Sector in India, during the six month period between 01-04-2016 and 01-10-2016. The total jobs created during this 6 month period, by 8 key sectors, viz., Manufacturing, Construction, Trade, Transport, IT/BPO, Education, Health and Accommodation was only 1,10,000. Besides, after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi has made 56 foreign trips and has visited 45 countries, to bring foreign investment. But, the above mentioned Survey shows that growth in capital formation has also steeply gone down in 2016-17 compared to 2015-16. The growth in capital formation was 6.1% in 2015-16 and it has come down to 0.6% in 2016-17. The BJP accused that during the UPA rule, the economy was paralysed due to the inefficiency of the government. But, what the above figures show? The BJP is expert only in creating communal hatred, but not in creating jobs and solve the problem of the unemployed youth.

[source: Times of India deted. 31-03-2017]

[01.04.2017]Prices have gone down! Let us believe it.

The IDA has decreased. It has decreased by 2.3% to 117.2% w.e.f 01-04-2017. The prices of the essential commodities that we buy in the market, have not gone down. But the Modi government's figures say that prices have gone down. Let us believe it.

 

[01.04.2017]Com.S.D.Sharma, former BSNLEU District Secretary of Jabalpur passed away. 
CHQ is extremely sorry to inform that com. S.D.Sharma, former BSNLEU District Secretary of Jabalpur, passed away yesterday. He was only 62 years old. For long years, he had been one of the the key organisers of our union at Jabalpur and a close associate of former BSNLEU leader, com. S.R.Nayak. Com.S.D.Sharma had been unwell for the past few years. CHQ deeply mourns the death of com.S.D.Sharma and offers it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[30.03.2017]Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, write to the government, on the Wage Revision issue.

As per the decision taken in the meeting of the unions and associations, held at New Delhi, on 15-03-2017, a detailed letter is written to the government, on the wage revision issue of BSNL employees. The letter addressed to the Secretary, DPE and the Secretary, DoT, demands that BSNL employees should be given Wage Revision w.e.f 01-01-2017, by exempting BSNL from the "affordability" clause of the 3rd PRC, pension revision w.e.f 01-01-2017, 30% superannuation benefits to the Directly Recruited Employees and calculation of Pension Contribution on the actual basic pay.<<<view letter>>>

 

[30.03.2017]Corporation Office letter on creation of Liability in respect of Superannuation Pension Scheme for the FY 2016-17.<<view letter>>

 

[30.03.2017]Corporate Office guidelines on prevention of Sexual harassment at Workplace.<<click here>>

 

[30.03.2017]Corporate Office issues guidelines to the CGM's on remittance of CHQ quota to BSNLEU.

To streamline the remittance of CHQ quota to BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has issued clear- cut guidelines to the CGMs. According to this, the CHQ quota should be directly sent to the All India Union, by NEFT /RTGS. Further, the circle offices should also send district wise details of the quota, to the All India Union every month, by email. These guidelines are issued, based on the request made by BSNLEU. Hence, all circle secretaries are requested to kindly ensure that these guidelines are strictly implemented by their respective CGMs.<<<click here>>>

 

[30.03.2017]Com. S.D.Choudhary, circle secretary, Telecom Factory(Mumbai) bereaved.

CHQ is extremely sorry to inform that shri Devi Das Chaudhary, aged 89, father of com. S.D.Choudhary, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Telecom Factory(Mumbai) passed away today. The CHQ of BSNLEU conveys it's heartfelt condolences to com. S.D.Choudhary, his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[30.03.2017]Prime Minister's Office responds to BSNLEU's letter on the merger of BSNL and MTNL. 

BSNLEU has written letter to the Prime Minister, shri Narendra Modi on the issue of merger of BSNL and MTNL. BSNLEU has demanded that certain conditions should be fulfilled before the government proceeds with the Merger, so that the interests of BSNL and it's employees are not affected. The Prime Minister's Office has responded to the letter. BSNLEU's letter has been referred to the Secretary, DoT, with a copy to the General Secretary of BSNLEU.<<<view letter>>>

 

[30.03.2017]Corporate Office agrees to hold LICE for Rajbasha Adhikari, as demanded by the BSNLEU.

BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to immediately hold the LICE for Rajbasha Adhikari.  As a follow up to this letter, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Manish Kumar, Joint GM (Pers.), Corporate Office, yesterday, and pointed out that the exam is not held for the last five years, as a result of which vacancies have arisen due to retirement, etc. The Jt. GM (Pers.) agreed with our reasoning and assured to process the holding of the LICE of Rajbasha Adhikari at the earliest.

 

[30.03.2017]Corporate Office has accepted BSNLEU's demand and issued modified guidelines on immunity from transfers.

BSNLEU has already informed through website updating about the ambiguous guidelines issued by the SR Branch of the Corporate Office, on the facility of immunity from transfers. BSNLEU expressed it's strong protest to those guidelines, and demanded that the ambiguous portion of the guidelines should be modified, by issuing a corrigendum. This issue was personally discussed with shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) also. He has accepted the demand of BSNLEU, and the Corporate Office has issued a revised guideline on immunity from transfers to the office bearers of the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU heartily thanks shri A.M.Gupta, GM (SR) for the prompt action.<<click here>>

 

29.03.2017]Only 13% of Jio’s customers have opted for "Jio Prime Membership" - others are migratory birds.

Reliance Jio proudly claims that it has acquired a customer base of 120 million, within a short period of 6 months. Now, it has announced that it's free voice call and data offer is coming to an end on 31st March and has also called on it's customers to join the "Jio Prime Membership Offer", for which the customer has to pay Rs. 99 every month. But, the response for this call from Jio’s customers is very poor. Only 16 million customers, out of the total 120 million customers, have so far registered themselves for the "Jio Prime Membership Offer". It means only 13% of the 120 million are Jio’s real customers. Others are only "migratory birds", who went to Reliance Jio, to avail free services.

 

[29.03.2017]"The Sanyasi Chief Minister" - Editorial of the Telecrusader, April, 2017.<<click here>>

 

[29.03.2017]Large scale retrenchment is in the offing, as mergers take place in the telecom industry.

Due to the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio, many private telecom companies are resorting to mergers. Vodafone India is getting merged with Idea Cellular and Aircel is getting merged with Reliance Communications. Many more mergers are likely to take place. It is also true that employees are going to be retrenched massively due to these mergers. For example, due to the merger of Vodafone and Idea, 10,000 to 25,000 employees are going to be retrenched, say media reports. Together with the indirectly employed, the number of people who will lose their jobs will be around 1,00,000. More employees and workers are bound to lose their jobs due to more number of mergers. Worldwide, millions of workers lose their jobs due to such mergers and acquisitions. These mergers take place to protect the interests of the corporates. However, none worry about the millions who lose their livelihoods. This is part of the game in the capitalist system. 

 

[29.03.2017]Start organising the "Call Attention Day" in right earnest.

"Call Attention Day ", to be observed on 05-04-2017, is the first joint action, called on by the major unions and associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, for the settlement of Wage Revision, w.e.f 01-01-2017. Demands badges are to be worn by the employees on that day, and massive gate meetings are to be organised. Circle and district secretaries are requested to start the preparations immediately. Coordinate with other unions and associations and organise the programme massively. Let us send the right message to the government.

 

[28.03.2017]Recovery of over payment issue – Kind attention of the circle secretaries.

It is already informed through CHQ website that, the Corporate Office has agreed to look into the cases of over payment for necessary settlement. Corporate Office has already issued circular in this regard to all the CGM’s. The issue was reviewed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.). It is told by the GM (Estt.) that so far no reference has come from any CGM, with regards to the cases of over payment in their circles. In the discussion, it is decided the union will collect representations from the affected employees and handover the same to the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office. In view of this, CHQ requests all the circle secretaries to seriously look into this matter. Copies of the representation with all details, addressed to the Director (HR), through the proper channel, may be collected from the affected employees, and the same may be sent to the CHQ at the earliest. CHQ will submit those representations to the Establishment Branch for necessary examination.

    

[28.03.2017]Keeping recovery of over payments under abeyance.

BSNLEU has already demanded the Corporate Office to keep the recovery of over payments under abeyance, till a final decision is taken by the Corporate Office, case by case. Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) has agreed to examine our demand. However, no decision on this issue could be taken so far, since the Director (HR) is on leave. A decision on this, is likely to be taken soon after the Director (HR) joins duty.

 

[28.03.2017]Matter for the badge, to be worn on the Call Attention Day to be held on 05.04.2017.

The meeting of the unions and associations held at New Delhi on 15.03.2017, has called on the employees to wear Demands Badges on 05.04.2017 and also to conduct gate meetings. The matter to be printed on the badges is given below. Circle and district secretaries are requested to print badges, carrying this matter, to be worn on the Call Attention Day, to be held on 05.04.2017.

 

Call Attention Day

05.04.2017 

DEMANDS

 

(1)    Settle Wage Revision of BSNL Employees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(2)    Settle revision of pension from 01.01.2017.

(3)   Implement 30% Superannuation benefits to DR employees.

(4)    Calculate pension contribution on actual basic pay.

Unions and Associations in BSNL

 

[28.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) demanding to immediately hold the Rajbasha Adhikari LICE.

The last LICE for Rajbasha Adhikari was held on 02.12.2012. Thereafter, no examination was held for almost five years. BSNLEU has demanded that the examination should be conducted immediately, for all the vacancies that have arisen all these five years.<<view letter>>

 

[28.03.2017]Value of BSNL Corporate Office’s land and building is a whopping Rs.2,300 crore.

In the meeting held with the Forum, on 18th March, 2017, the CMD BSNL solicited the support of the unions and associations, as well as the entire Non-Executives and Executives, for fulfilling the very important task of “valuation of BSNL’s lands and buildings, at the prevailing market rates”. At present, the value of BSNL’s lands are based on very old rates, as a result, they are shown very less in our accounts. The CMD told that valuation of BSNL’s entire lands throughout the country should completed by 30th June, 2017. Assessing the correct value of our landed property, based on prevailing market rates, and bringing them in to the accounts of the Company, will greatly boost the image of BSNL, said the CMD BSNL. He also told that, as a first step, he had instructed the officers to assess the market value of the land and building of the BSNL Corporate Office located at Janpath, New Delhi, within a week. Accordingly, the market value of the land and building of the Corporate Office has been assessed, and it is fixed at a whopping Rs.2,300 crore. This news is really inspiring all of us. At this rate, what will be the market value of the entire lands of BSNL located in the length and breadth of the country. All of us should contribute to unveil the actual asset value of BSNL.   

 

[28.03.2017]Removal of non-existent cadres in the ERP system.

In the Designations Committee meeting held on 24.03.2017, the staff Side pointed out that, despite change of designations already implemented in respect of the four main cadres of RM, TM, Sr. TOA and TTA, the new designations are not incorporated in the ERP system in many circles, as a result of which confusions are prevailing. The Corporate Office has now written to all the CGMs to incorporate new designations. Circle and district secretaries are also requested to take the needful action on this matter.<<view letter>>

 

[27.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), demanding to take steps for the immediate declaration of the results of the JTO LICE held on 11.12.2016.

The results of the JTO LICE, held on 11.12.2016 are not declared so far. It is already more than three and half months since the examination was held, and the candidates who are awaiting the results are frustrated. BSNLEU has been assured by the Corporate Office that the results would be declared by 31st March, 2017. However, this ultimatum is not being maintained. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), soliciting her intervention for the early declaration of the results.<<view letter>>

 

[27.03.2017]BSNLEU demands changes in the draft JAO Recruitment Rules 2016.

As already informed through our website, the BSNL Corporate Office has released a draft JAO Recruitment Rules. In the said draft rules the Internal Quota has been reduced from 50% to 25%. BSNLEU has opposed this reduction in Internal Quota, and has also demanded other changes. The changes demanded by BSNLEU to the draft JAO RR 2016 are as follows:- 

(1) The 40% of the vacant posts in the circles should be filled by promotions from the employees working in BSNL through Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE).

(2) 10% of the vacant posts in the circles should be filled by promotion from senior employees in Accountant / Junior Accountant / LDCE (TA) cadres working in BSNL through Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE).

(3) As regards the eligibility condition, employees with the requisite qualification and who have completed 5 years of service, should be made eligible to appear the LICE.

(4)  The Rule may be called JAO Recruitment Rules 2017, instead of 2016.<<view letter>> 

 

[27.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, demanding immediate solution to the anomalies issue.

BSNL Corporate Office has already written to the DoT, seeking approval for it’s proposal, for the settlement of the long pending problem of Anomalies. BSNLEU has already discussed the issue with the concerned officers in the DoT on a number of occasions. However, the DoT has not taken the needful action. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU has written to shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, seeking his intervention for the early settlement of the issue.<<view letter>>

 

[27.03.2017]Khammam circle conference further strengthened the unity of BSNLEU in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh circle.

The highly successful two day circle conference of BSNLEU, held at Khammam on 25th & 26th March, got jubilantly concluded yesterday. Massive participation of employees in the open session, impressive cultural programme, constructive deliberations and excellent arrangements by the Reception Committee, are the highlights of the conference. Contrary to the expectations of some vested interests, the conference took place in a very peaceful and cordial atmosphere. Unanimous election of office-bearers is the hall-mark of the conference. The Andhra Pradesh circle union got bifurcated and Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, conducted the election of office-bearers for both the Telangana and the Andhra Pradesh circle unions. Com. G. Mohan Reddy and com. J. Sampath Rao are elected as President and Circle Secretary of Telangana circle. Com. K. Prabhakara Rao and com. P. Asokababu are elected as President and Circle Secretary of Andhra Pradesh circle. The Khammam circle conference has undoubtedly further strengthened the unity of BSNLEU in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh circles. CHQ heartily congratulates both the newly formed circle unions.

 

[25.03.2017]Agenda items called for, for holding 11th meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board. 

BSNL Corporate Office has called for the agenda items, for discussion in the 11th meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board. This letter has been issued, after BSNLEU sought the intervention of the CMD BSNL, to hold a meeting of the Board, since the same has not been held for two years. Hence, our comrades are requested to immediately send items if any, for discussion in the meeting.<<< view letter>>>

 

[25.03.2017]K.G.Bose Memorial Trust meeting to be held at Tiruvananthapuram on 09-06-2017.

A meeting of the K.G.Bose Memorial Trust, will be held on 09-06-2017, at Tiruvananthapuram. The meeting will start at 19:00 hrs and will be presided over by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Chairman of the Trust. A formal notification will be issued shortly. All Trust members are requested to kindly take note of this, and to attend the meeting without fail. 

 

[25.03.2017]CEC members and district secretaries are requested to send their views on the draft for new JAO RR. 

BSNL Corporate Office has released the draft for a new JAO Recruitment Rules.  copy of the draft has been sent to BSNLEU, calling for our views. The same is uploaded on CHQ website. BSNLEU has already sought certain amendments to the existing JAO RR. Circle Secretaries,  CHQ office bearers and district secretaries are requested to immediately send their views to the CHQ for taking up with the Corporate Office.

 

[25.03.2017]5th circle conference of Andhra Pradesh started with great enthusiasm.

The 5th circle conference of BSNLEU, Andhra Pradesh circle, started at Khammam today, amidst great enthusiasm. The National Flag was hoisted by veteran leader, com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by the General Secretary, com. P.Abhimanyu, amidst thunderous slogans. Floral tributes were paid at martyr's column. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, delivered the inaugural address. Com. Saibabu, General Secretary, CITU, Telengana state, addressed the Conference elaborately, critically analysing the economic policies of the Modi government. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the Conference, focusing on the issues of wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, merger of BSNL and MTNL, revival of BSNL, challenges posed by Reliance Jio,  with the active support of the Modi government, and the communal politics being pursued by the divisive forces to divide the working people. Com. P.Asokababu, vice-president(CHQ) and com. J.Sampathrao, CS, addressed the Conference, touching upon organisational issues and issues connected with BSNL. In the post lunch session, report on activities and audited accounts were presented, based on which delegates are making deliberations.<<<views of the conference>>>

 

[25.03.2017]Meeting of Joint Committee to suggest change in designation to left out non-executive cadres.

Meeting of Joint Committee, to suggest change in designations of the left out non-executive cadres, was held yesterday the 24.04.2017. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. In the meeting, the Staff Side gave proposal for change of designation of the 12 left out Group D cadres. They demanded that these cadres should be re-designated as ‘Telecom Assistant’. The Staff Side further pointed out that after scrutiny of the list of the designations supplied by the Management, in the meeting held on 22.02.2017, it is found that 19 cadres are not existing. Hence, the Staff Side requested the Management that those employees be put in the four mainstream designations i.e., ATT, TT, JE or OS / SOA respectively. The Management Side replied that they would look into the proposals made by the Staff Side.

 

[24.03.2017]BSNLEU strongly opposes the reduction of departmental quota proposed in the new JAO Recruitment Rules.

BSNLEU has demanded certain important amendments to the JAO Recruitment Rules, to mitigate the hardships of the Non-Executives in appearing in the JAO exam. Management has now released draft for a new Recruitment Rules. While the demands of the BSNLEU have been accepted by the Management, the departmental quota has been reduced to 25% only. BSNLEU strongly opposes this reduction in departmental quota. A detailed letter will be given to the Management, communicating the detailed views of BSNLEU on the matter.<<view draft Recruitment Rules>> <<JAO RR letter>>

 

[24.03.2017]Notification for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from 9th to 11th June, 2017.<<view notification>>

 

[24.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on delay in pension revision allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA /DR with basic pay / pension to 78.2% DA/DR.<<view letter>>

 

[24.03.2017]GM (Restg.) agrees to issue early clarification for re-categorisation of contract workers in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu circle has sought approval from the Corporate Office, to re-categorise the contract workers (into semi skilled / skilled) as it has been done in Kerala circle. The Corporate Office has so far not given the approval. Hence, this issue was discussed yesterday with shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. M.K.Dave, AGS. The GM (Restg.) agreed to issue necessary guideline to the CGM, Tami Nadu, at the earliest.

 

[24.03.2017]Corporate Management urged upon, to issue early endorsement for the Ministry of Labour & Employment order on revision of wages of the contract workers.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has revised the wages of contract workers, w.e.f. 19th January, 2017, vide letter No. 1/13(3)/2017-LS-II, dated 17.03.2017. However, BSNL Corporate Office has not so far endorsed this letter. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. M.K. Dave, AGS, met shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), yesterday and insisted for early endorsement of the letter by BSNL. The GM (Restg.) assured of expeditious action.

 

[24.03.2017]Letter of the SR Branch, on immunity from transfers, protested.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. M.K. Dave, AGS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) and expressed their strong protest to the tone and tenor of the letter issued by the SR Branch, on immunity from transfer to office-bearers of the Recognised Unions. The SR Branch letter no.BSNL/39-3/SR/2015 dated 15.03.2017, is bound to be misinterpreted by a number of CGMs / GMs. The GM(SR) appreciated the views of the representatives and assured to issue necessary corrigendum.

 

[24.03.2017]GM(SR) urged to instruct the CGMs, to send district wise quota particulars.

At present, CGM offices are sending All India Union quota to the CHQ, in a centralised manner, without mentioning the district wise quota particulars. BSNLEU has already demanded that the circles should send district wise break-up figures also. The GM(SR) was once again urged upon yesterday, to issue necessary instruction in this regard to the CGMs. The GM(SR) assured to do the needful.

[24.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the GM (SR), demanding to issue corrigendum to the Corporate Office letter on immunity from transfers.<<view letter>> 

[24.03.2017]Letter of the SR Branch of the BSNL Corporate Office, creating fresh restrictions on the facility of immunity from transfer.<<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Corporate Office issued guidelines at last, on recovery of over payments – A success to the efforts taken by BSNLEU.

BSNLEU has been taking hectic efforts for past so many months, to implement the DoP&T order to settle the recovery of over payments made in the past, in respect of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees. After the matter was referred to the DoT, by the Corporate Office, BSNLEU representatives met the DDG (Estt.) DoT, several times and discussed the issue. As a result of the efforts taken by BSNLEU, DoT issued necessary guidelines to BSNL. Based on this Corporate Office has issued letter today, giving guidelines in respect of recovery of over payments made in the past. However, no mentioned is made in this letter, regarding keeping the ongoing over payments under abeyance, for which BSNLEU has already given letter yesterday. BSNLEU will pursue it further. Meanwhile, circle and district secretaries are requested to ensure that all cases of recovery of over payment are promptly sent to the Corporate Office, by the respective CGMs.<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of vacancies for DR JTO’s.<<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on adhoc welfare grant to Haryana, NTR and NTP circles.<<view letter>>

 

[23.03.2017]Re-designation Committee meeting to be held tomorrow.

As per the decision of the last meeting, the next meeting of Re-designation Committee, will be held at 15:00 hrs tomorrow. Discussions on concrete proposals are expected to take place in this meeting. 

 

[23.03.2017]Next CEC meeting is to be held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June, 2017.

The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held from 9th to 11th June, 2017. Kerala circle union, has kindly consented to host the meeting at Thiruvananthapuram. All CEC members are requested to immediately book their journey tickets. CEC members may kindly note that heavy rush is there in trains, on account of Summer vacation. Hence, tickets may be booked immediately. 

 

[23.03.2017]All India Convention of BSNL Working Women, stands postponed.

As it is already announced, BSNLEU has decided to hold an All India Convention of BSNL Working Women, at Bhopal, on 14.05.2017. However, some circles have informed that train reservations were not available, due to heavy rush in trains, on account of Summer vacation. Hence, the All India Centre meeting held today, has decided to postpone the Convention. Next date of the Convention will be announced shortly. 

 

[23.03.2017]All are requested to send items for the All India Staff Welfare Board meeting.

Based on the demand made by BSNLEU, the Management has come forward to hold meeting of the All India Staff Welfare Board. CHQ has already requested our comrades to send agenda items. Once again circle secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to send agenda items immediately.

 

[23.03.2017]Ludhiana Comrades donated 102 unit blood on BSNLEU Formation Day.

BSNL Employees Union Ludhiana organized 11th Voluntary blood donation camp on 16th formation day. Blood Donation camp was dedicated to the 87th martyrdom day of Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Rajguru and Sukhdev. Doctors and technicians from Red Cross Ludhiana and Krishna hospitals collected the blood. Before the start of blood donation camp, Com. Balbir Singh, National President, of the union, hoisted union Red flag. While hoisting the flag he told that BSNL Employees union is consistently fighting for the safe guards of workers interest as well as the survival of BSNL. He called upon the workers to work relentlessly for further strengthening the union so that anti public sector policies of the Government are defeated.  

 

Shri Manjit Singh Dhillon, Chief General Manager Telecom, Punjab Circle and Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Dhillon inaugurated the blood donation camp. While inaugurated the camp he appreciated the initiative of BSNL employees union. Com. R.L Moudgil former Assistant General Secretary and circle president said that this donated blood saves lives of people and is given to patients of thalassaemia. A health awareness campaign camp for women of BSNL Ludhiana by Punjab circle women’s welfare organization was also organized. 102 employees including officers and staff donated the blood during the camp. The Ludhiana Distt. BSNL Employees Cop. Society limited arranged milk and bananas to the donors. Com. Avtar Singh Jhande District Secretary BSNLEU thanked the blood donors.<<views of the programme>>

 

[23.03.2017]More views of the celebration of BSNLEU's Foundation Day, held on 22.03.2017.<<click here>>

 

[23.03.2017]BSNLEU salutes the martyrs – Comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru.

BSNLEU salutes and pays homage to comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru, on the day of their martyrdom. These martyrs wished to see an India, free from the clutches of imperialism, and also free of poverty, illiteracy and diseases. On this day, let each one of us take the oath, to re-dedicate ourselves for fulfilling the dreams of the martyrs.

 

[23.03.2017]Yogi Adityanath’s father gives some words of wisdom to his son.

Anand Singh Bisht, the 84 year old father of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has given a very important advice to his son. The advice is that, Yogi Adityanath should respect all religions. The father has also told his son that, it was important for him to take people of every section of society along, for overall growth of state. Yogi Adityanath is well known for spreading communal hatred, through his speeches. We hope the new Chief Minister of UP, will listen his father’s words of wisdom.

[Times of India dated 22.03.2017]

 

[22.03.2017]

22nd March

BSNLEU Foundation Day.

 

Revolutionary greetings to the leaders, front-line activists and members of BSNLEU who have toiled all these 16 years to keep the BSNLEU Red Flag flying high. Let us resolve to strengthen BSNLEU, to take on the new challenges in defending BSNL and the future of it’s employees.

 

[22.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, on the issue of merger of BSNL and MTNL.

It is reported in the media that, the Parliamentary Committee on Petitions, has submitted a report to the Parliament, recommending merger of BSNL and MTNL. BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, demanding that the following conditions should be fulfilled, before government takes any step towards merger of BSNL and MTNL. 

(1)   MTNL should be delisted from the share market.

(2)   Government should take over the financial liability of MTNL.

(3)   Government should provide financial assistance to BSNL to revamp the networks in MTNL areas.

(4)   Salary structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should be one on the same. <<view letter>>

 

[22.03.2017]BSNLEU, Bangalore Telecom District, observed BSNLEU Foundation Day by distributing ‘wire cutter tool’ to 1,000 Telecom Technicians.

Bangalore Telecom District has observed BSNLEU Foundation Day today in a different way. The District Union has conducted a function to distribute ‘wire cutter tool’ to 1,000 Telecom Technicians in Bangalore Telecom District. Shri R.M.M. Krishna, PGM, Bangalore Telecom District, handed over the tools to the Branch Secretaries.<<view picture>>

 

[22.03.2017]National Confederation of Officers Associations (NCOA) of PSUs, organised Parliament March against privatisation. 

National Confederation of Officers Associations (NCOA) of CPSUs, an umbrella organisation of the Executives in CPSUs, organised a Parliament March today. The main demands of the March were No Disinvestment/Privatisation in CPSUs, withdrawal of NITI AYOG’s recommendations on strategic sale in PSUs, implementation of 3rd PRC in CPSUs by removing the affordability clauses etc. The programme was inaugurated by com Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of CITU at Easterm Court. The rally at Jantar Mantar was addressed by leaders from NCOA and General Secretaries of many PSUs. On behalf of the BSNLEU, com Swapan Chakraborty,Dy GS addressed the rally since com P.Abhimanyu, GS couldn't attend the meeting due to viral fever. In his speech com Dy.GS, severely criticised the anti PSU policies of the government and expressed our support to the agitations of the NOCA to save PSUs from disinvestment and privatisation. He further appealed to all, to be united for a long and sustained struggle to compel the government to withdraw it’s anti workers and anti PSU policies.<<views of the programme>>

 

[22.03.2017]Com. John Verghese, named as the coach of All India BSNL Cricket Team.

Com. John Verghese, Assistant General Secretary of BSNLEU, as well as an outstanding sports person, is selected as the coach of the BSNL cricket team, that will participate in the All India Public Sector Cricket Tournament (T20), which is beginning at Goa on 26th March, 2017. CHQ heartily congratulates com. John Verghese, AGS.

 

 

[22.03.2017]News have started coming about celebration of BSNLEU Day. Here are some views.

 

 

Bijapur (Karnataka)

 

Mysuru (Karnataka)

 

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)

 

[22.03.2017]Well done comrades!

BSNL’s new tariff with 2GB data per day at Rs.339/- is becoming very popular among the public. Here is an image being used by our comrades, for marketing this new scheme. CHQ heartily congratulates these efforts. Other comrades can also adopt such innovative methods.

                   

                             Advertisement made at GM Office, Nagercoil.          

[21.03.2017]BSNL endorsement of enhancement of gratuity limit to Rs.20 lakh.<<click here>>

[21.03.2017]Observe Martyrdom Day of the legendary freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru.  

23rd March, is the day on which the legendary freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru, went to the gallows and sacrificed their lives, for the freedom of our mother land. Even after many decades of their Martyrdom, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru, continue to inspire and motivate the youngsters of this country, who are fighting against injustices and exploitation. BSNLEU is observing this day as Martyrs Day, every year. Circle and district unions are requested observe this day in a befitting manner. Report and photos may be sent to the CHQ.

 

[21.03.2017]Corporate Office calls for agenda items for the 12th meeting of the BSNL’s Staff Welfare Board.

It may be recollected that BSNLEU has demanded the CMD BSNL, to conduct the meetings of the Welfare Board as well as the Sports and Cultural Board, since the meetings of both these bodies were not held almost for the past two years. Accepting our demand, the Corporate Office has decided to hold the Staff Welfare Board meeting, and has called for agenda items for discussion. Circle secretaries and district secretaries are requested to immediately send items, if any, to the CHQ, for taking up with the Management.<<view letter>>

 

[21.03.2017]Madhya Pradesh circle union conducted an inspiring seminar at Satna.

The Madhya Pradesh circle union of BSNLEU, conducted it's circle executive committee meeting at Satna on 19-03-2017. As a part of the meeting, a very inspiring seminar, on intensifying the Service With A Smile programme, was conducted. A large number of active comrades were mobilised to this seminar, from various SSAs of the circle. Com. B.S.Raghuvansi, CP, presided over the seminar. Com. Yogesh Sharma, DS, Satna and the GS of the Reception Committee, welcomed everyone. Com.Prakash Sharma, CS, initiated the discussion and made a presentation on the challenges and opportunities in MP circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri G. C. Pandey, CGM, MP, com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-president, (CHQ) and shri Akilesh Gupta, Zonal GM, Jabalpur, addressed the seminar. In the delegates session, com. Prakash Sharma, CS, presented report on activities, based on which deliberations were made by the district secretaries and circle office bearers.<<views of the seminar>>

 

[21.03.2017]Madhya Pradesh circle union donates Rs.15 lakhs to the CHQ.

The circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh circle, held at Satna on 19.03.2017, has decided to donate Rs.15 lakh to the CHQ. This amount was raised by the MP circle union, under the leadership of com.S.R.Nayak, for the construction of a building for the Union. However, this task remains unfulfilled, due to the death of com.S.R.Nayak. The MP circle executive committee meeting has requested the CHQ, to utilise the money in memory of com.S.R.Nayak. The CHQ heartily thanks the MP circle union and assures that the amount would be utilised in a befitting manner, to honour the services of com.S.R.Nayak.

 

[21.03.2017]Celebrate BSNLEU's Foundation Day, with the zeal and enthusiasm.

BSNLEU's 16th Foundation Day falls tomorrow. Our comrades throughout the country have already geared up to celebrate the Day. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to celebrate this year's BSNLEU Day with zeal and enthusiasm, especially in utilising the opportunity to remind the employees about their responsibility in the revival of BSNL and in stopping the anti-BSNL onslaughts of the government.

 

[20.03.2017]Grant of Child Adoption Leave of 180 days to female BSNL employees.

BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to extend Child Adoption Leave of 180 days to female BSNL employees as per DoP&T OM dated 31.03.2016. The BSNL Management has now issued the order.<<view order>> <<DoP&T letter>>

[20.03.2017]7th circle conference of Telecom Factory(Jabalpur) started with a largely attended seminar. 
The 7th circle conference of BSNLEU, Telecom Factory (Jabalpur) is being held at Jabalpur today. Com.Sunil Patel, circle president, is presiding over. Com.D.K.Pal, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. A largely attended seminar was held in the morning session. It was addressed by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri D.N.Singh,CGM,TF(J), com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-president(CHQ), com. Prakash Sharma, circle secretary, Madhya Pradesh circle and com. Basant Lal, circle secretary, BABBITT. Many officers and leaders of other unions also were present in the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke in detail on a number of issues, such as the revival of BSNL and the Telecom Factories, fight against Subsidiary Tower Company, BSNL & MTNL merger, wage revision, anti-BSNL policies of the government etc. The delegates session of the Conference started in the post lunch session.<<views of the meeting>>

[18.03.2017]BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions to actively participate in the asset valuation of BSNL’s lands.

Through yesterday’s updating in the website, the CHQ has explained about the new Accounting Standard, to be compulsorily followed by BSNL, which is called Ind AS. The BSNL Management is in the process of bringing the entire valuation of BSNL’s landed property, into the accounts of the Company. The CMD BSNL expressed his desire in yesterday’s meeting, that at least our lands worth Rs.1,50,000 crore should be brought into our accounts this year. The market value of these lands has to be certified by a reputed consultancy. BSNL intends to engage M/s KPMG for this purpose. After the meeting with the CMD BSNL, this issue was discussed by the CHQ office bearers available in the Head Quarters. The view of the CHQ in this regard is that, if assets valuing Rs.1,50,000 crores are brought in to the accounts of BSNL, it will help to boost the image of the Company. We are witnessing that high valued assets of many Public Sector Companies are being sold to private companies at throw-away price, by the government. Through strategic sale and privatisation, the government is allowing big corporates to capture the assets of the Public Sector Companies, and thus loot people’s money. Under these circumstances, if an asset value of Rs.1,50,000 (at least) is brought into the accounts of BSNL, it will act as a deterrent against the strategic sale / privatisation of  BSNL. Hence, the CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to coordinate with other unions and associations, and to accomplish the task of asset valuation of our lands within the target date of 30.06.2017.

 

[17.03.2017]Meeting between Forum and CMD BSNL.

A meeting between the CMD BSNL and Forum was held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA participated in the discussion. In the meeting, the CMD BSNL gave a presentation about the new Accounting Standard, which has to be compulsorily followed by BSNL, w.e.f. this year. The following is the presentation given by the CMD BSNL:- 

 

“So far the Companies in India were following an Accounting Standard called GAP (General Accounting Principle). However, the Government of India has made it compulsory from this year onwards, that the Companies should follow a new Accounting Standard called Ind AS. As per this new Accounting Standard, a different methodology is to be adopted by the Companies, for calculating their net worth. Accordingly, the assets purchased by BSNL, after 01.10.2000, through the revenue it generated from it’s core business alone will be taken for assessing it’s net worth.At the same time, according to the new procedure, the value of the total assets of the Company, like land and buildings, will also figure in the account. For this purpose, BSNL has to bring in the value of it’s entire lands into the account. A consultancy, to be appointed by BSNL, probably KPMG, will assess the market value of these lands and will certify it. In this year’s account, BSNL’s lands worth atleast Rs.1,50,000 crore has to be brought into the account. And, this job has to be completed before 30th June, 2017. If BSNL’s assets worth Rs.1,50,000 crore figure in the account, it will greatly improve the image of the Company in the eyes of public.” 

 

To complete this job, the CMD BSNL requested that the unions and associations should extend their fullest cooperation, so that the total lands of BSNL are identified and brought into the account for valuation. The leaders present in the meeting assured that they would extend their fullest cooperation in this regard. BSNLEU requests all the circle and district unions to actively cooperate with the circle and district level administrations in identifying and bringing the entire landed property of BSNL into accounting.  

 

[17.03.2017]Merger of BSNL and MTNL.

Many rumours are doing the rounds among employees with regards to the merger of BSNL and MTNL. In view of this, the leaders who met the CMD BSNL today, raised the issue in the discussion. The CMD BSNL replied that he was not aware of any development on this issue. The leaders firmly told the CMD BSNL that any merger of BSNL and MTNL can be accepted only if the following conditions are fulfilled by the government. 

 

(1)  The entire financial liability of MTNL should be taken over by the government, and this burden should not be shifted on the shoulders of BSNL.

(2)  The salary structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should be one and the same, and there should not be any discrimination in this count.

(3)  MTNL is a listed in the share market. Hence, merger of MTNL with BSNL, will pave the way for disinvestment / privatisation in BSNL. Hence, the government should first de-list MTNL from the share market, as pre-condition for merger with BSNL. 

 

The CMD BSNL assured that the views of the leaders would be given due consideration.

 

[17.03.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL on the issues of the contract workers.

Com. P. Abihmanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Vice President, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and discussed the issues contained in the memorandum, submitted to the CMD on 22.02.2017, at the time of the BSNLCCWF’s March to Parliament. The representatives demanded that the CMD BSNL should ensure the implementation of the orders of the BSNL Corporate Office, with regards to payment of Minimum Wage, EPF and ESI to contract workers. They pointed out that in most of the circles, the contract workers are paid only a paltry amount as wages, and the remaining amount is being stolen by the contractors. Further, the EPF contribution from the Management Side, as well as from the workers side are also being stolen by the contractors, stated the representatives. They strongly demanded that the Management should form a cell in the Corporate Office, to monitor the implementation of the Corporate Office orders, with regards to the contract workers. They also demanded that the new wages notified in the Gazette, by the Government of India, should immediately be implemented to the contract workers in BSNL. The CMD BSNL stated that the matters would be seriously looked into, for taking necessary action.  

 

[17.03.2017]MoU signed between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India.

Since the earlier MoU signed between BSNL and the Union Bank of India had expired, BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to sign a fresh MoU with that bank to enable the employees to get various loans. The MoU has now been signed.<<view MoU>>  

 

[17.03.2017]Maximum limit of gratuity raised to Rs.20 lakh, w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

The maximum limit of Death cum Retirement Gratuity of the Central Government has been increased to Rs.20 lakh, as per the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The government has now made it applicable to the BSNL/MTNL absorbees also. This enhancement will be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016.<<view letter>>

 

[17.03.2017]Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, raised the Central Government Employees’ strike in the Parliament.

When the more than one million Central Government employees went on a country wide one day strike yesterday, the issue was raised inside the Parliament also. Com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU, raised this issue in the Rajya Sabha and urged upon the Central Government to settle their issue. BSNLEU heartily congratulates com. Tapan Sen.<<view vide clip of com.Tapan Sen’s intervention>>

 

[17.03.2017]BSNLEU once again writes to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on the issue of recovery of over payment.

In continuation of the discussion held by BSNLEU yesterday, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., the Union has once again written to her, demanding to issue direction to all the CGM’s for the immediate stoppage of all recoveries on over payment.<<view letter>> 

 

[17.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on issuing clarification to the CGM, MP, regarding reservation to SC/ST employees.

The CGM, Madhya Pradesh has written to the Corporate Office, seeking clarification on the guidelines issued by BSNL Corporate Office, in the matter of reservation to SC/ST employees, vide letter number no.250-22/2013-Estt.-III dated 28.07.2016. Since the Corporate Office has not replied so far, BSNLEU has written to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., requesting to issue early clarification.<<view letter>>

 

[17.03.2017]Views of the solidarity demonstration, conducted by BSNLEU, in support of the one day strike of the Central Government employees which took place yesterday.<<views>> 

 

[17.03.2017]More than one million Central Government employees went on a one day strike.

More than one million Central Government employees went on a one day strike yesterday, insisting settlement of their charter of demands, which include removal of the injustices done by the 7th CPC. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, which spearheaded the strike, and also the more than one million Central Government employees who went on the strike. CHQ also heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, which conducted solidarity demonstration yesterday, as per the call of the CHQ, in support of the strike.

 

[16.03.2017]Meetings with PGM (Estt.), GM (Rectt.), GM (FP), GM (BFCI) and GM (Admn.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met PGM (Estt.), GM (Rectt.), GM (FP), GM (BFCI) and GM (Admn.), today, and discussed a number of issues. The issues taken up, and the reply given, are as follows:- 

 

[16.03.2017]Producing of NOC by DR JE candidates, at the time of Document Verification.

It has been brought to the notice of our CHQ that, in some places, the circle administrations are pressing the DR JE candidates to produce NOC, during Document Verification. This issue was discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), today. The Union representatives are told that the DR JE candidates need to produce NOC from their earlier employer, only in cases were they had served in a government department or a government company. 

 

[16.03.2017]Declaration of JTO LICE results.

The results of JTO LICE, held on 11.12.2016, are not yet declared. BSNLEU is continuously pursuing with the Management for the early declaration of the results. The issue was once again discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today. It was replied that the Expert Committee, constituted to look into the views / grievances of the candidates, has already met once. Finalisation of the Committees report is delayed due to holidays on account of Holi. It was assured that, the Committee would finalise it’s report soon and that results would be declared by the end of March.

 

[16.03.2017]Conducting of Telecom Technician LDCE.

BSNLEU is continuously insisting upon the Management to hold the TT LDCE, since the same was not conducted last year. The issue was once again discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Rectt.) today. It was agreed that, communication will shortly be sent by the Corporate Office, to the circle administrations, intimating the time schedule for holding the TT LDCE. 

 

[16.03.2017]Steps being taken to settle the transfer cases of DR TTAs who have become JTOs in Assam, NE-I and NE-II.

A good number of DR JEs (erstwhile DR TTAs) serving in the North Eastern circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II have applied for transfer to their home circles, under Rule 8. They are waiting for the past so many years for the transfer. Meanwhile, most of them have already passed the JTO LICE. Now the question arises, whether they should complete another 5 years service in the JTO cadre, to get the eligibility for applying for transfer to their home circles, under Rule 8. BSNLEU is continuously demanding the Corporate Management that, the DR JEs posted in the North Eastern circles should be given transfer to their home circles, as a special case on a priority basis. This issue is taken up by BSNLEU, as an item for discussion in the forthcoming National Council meeting also. Since the National Council meeting is deferred, this issue was discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. It was replied by the PGM (Estt.) that based on the demand raised by BSNLEU, the Corporate Management has taken certain decisions, in respect of the transfer of DR TTAs (including those who have already become JTOs) posted in hard circles. Accordingly, a DR TTA, after becoming a JTO, has to complete only one year of service in the cadre of JTO, for becoming eligible to apply for transfer under Rule 8, to his / her home circle. This concession is applicable to the JTOs working in Assam, NE-I, NE-II, J&K and Andaman & Nicobar circles. The Union representatives further urged upon the PGM (Estt.) to post sufficient number of JTOs in the circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II, from the forthcoming DR JTO recruitment, so that all the JTOs who have applied for transfer to their home circles get relief. The PGM (Estt.) accepted this and assured that sufficient number of DR JTOs will be allotted to the circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II to clear the waiting list. 

 

[16.03.2017]Stopping recovery of over payment, based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court – Circle Secretaries to note please.

Despite the best efforts taken by BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has so far not implemented the DoP&T order, which has been issued based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, regarding stopping recovery of over payment. This matter is taken up by BSNLEU as an item for discussion in the 35th meeting of the National Council. Since the NC meeting is deferred, this issue was discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. GS and Dy.GS strongly argued that without waiting for endorsement by the DoT, the order of the DoP&T should be implemented by BSNL without further delay. After serious discussion, it was agreed by the PGM (Estt.), that in all the cases of excess payment, a final decision will be taken by the Corporate Office. A direction in this regard will be issued by the Corporate Office, to all the CGM’s, directing them to forward the applications for stopping recovery of over payment, to the Corporate Office. The Union representatives demanded that till a final decision is taken by the Corporate Office, all recoveries on over payment should be stopped. This was accepted by the PGM (Estt.). All circle secretaries are hereby requested to take needful action in this regard. The applications of the affected officials should be forwarded to the Corporate Office immediately, by the concerned CGM’s. Details of such cases may be sent to the CHQ, by the circle secretaries.  

 

[16.03.2017]Allowing non-10th standard RMs and Group ‘D’s to appear in the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE.

BSNLEU has long been demanding that, a one time relaxation should be given to the RMs and Group ‘D’s, who are not having 10th standard qualification, to appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE. This issue was once again discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. After prolonged discussion, the PGM (Estt.) agreed to look into the case afresh, and to discuss the case internally in the Corporate Office, with the relevant Branches. BSNLEU will continue to take up the case. 

 

[16.03.2017]Corporate Management urged to immediately conduct JE LICE.

BSNLEU has been continuously pressing upon the Corporate Management to hold the JE (erstwhile TTA) LICE immediately. It is noteworthy that this examination was not conducted last year. This issue was once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. It was replied that after the results of the JTO LICE (held on 11.12.2016), are declared, Corporate Office will be in a position to assess the number of JE posts to be filled up through the LICE. Since the results of the JTO LICE are to be declared shortly, it was assured that further action on this issue will be initiated shortly thereafter.  

 

[16.03.2017]Amendments to the JAO RR, based on the demands raised by BSNLEU, accepted by the Internal Committee of the Corporate Office.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the following amendments should be incorporated to the JAO Recruitment Rules. The Union has been consistently pressurising the Corporate Management to consider the demand.

  

(i)  Non-Executives who have completed 5 years service in any pay scale with the requisite qualification should be allowed to appear in the exam.

(ii) The upper age limit should be kept as 55 years on par with JTO RR, since JTO and JAO are allied cadres of the same pay scale.

(iii) The cut off date for reckoning the 5 year residency period should be shifted from 1st January to 1st July of the vacancy year, since the cut off date is generally fixed as 1st July of the year in all Recruitment Rules.  

 

The issue was once again discussed with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today. It was replied that the Internal Committee constituted for the purpose has already submitted it’s report and that all the three demands raised by BSNLEU are accepted by the Committee. The GM (FP) assured that, based on the recommendations of the Committee, proposals for amendment to the JAO RR would soon be sent for the approval of the Management Committee and the BSNL Board. 

 

[16.03.2017]Sanctioning of additional JAO posts, to avoid reversion of already appointed JAOs, qualified in the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016.

The results of the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016 are declared and the successful candidates are already posted as JAOs, after completion of training. Thereafter, a review of the JAO LICE results was conducted by the Corporate Office, based on which more than 300 candidates have got qualified. As a result of this, a situation has arisen in circles like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, wherein the candidates who have already been posted as JAO, may get reverted, for want of sufficient number of posts. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Corporate Office, and has demanded that additional JAO posts should be approved, so that none of the already posted JAOs face reversion. This issue was once again discussed with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today. He assured that needful action would be taken on this issue. 

 

[16.03.2017]Problem faced by employees in switching over to lower rate of interest for housing loan.

Most of the banks have reduced their rate of interests, especially for housing loan. The BSNL employees who have availed housing loans should also get this benefit of reduced interest rates. However, it has been brought to the notice of the CHQ that, the banks are demanding payment of 0.5% of the outstanding loan amount from the employees, for switching over to the lower rates of interest. This issue was taken up with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today. It was demanded that employees should be allowed to switch over to lower rate of interest, without any additional payment. The GM (T&BFCI) assured that this matter would be discussed with the Bank Management.  

 

[16.03.2017]Renewal of MoU with Union Bank of India.

The MoU signed between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India, for extension of various loans to the employees has expired. BSNLEU has already demanded renewal of the MoU. This issue was discussed with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI) today. It was replied that the process of renewal of MoU between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India is completed.  

 

[16.03.2017]Payment of cash in lieu of supply of uniforms – Circle secretaries to note please.

In the Uniforms Committee meeting, held on 23.02.2017, a proposal was made by the Management Side for payment of cash to the employees, in lieu of supply of uniforms. The GS and Dy.GS met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) and discussed this issue. The representatives told the GM (Admn.) that payment of cash in lieu of supply of uniforms is a major policy decision connected with the employees, and that BSNLEU can express it’s view on the matter only after discussing the same with all it’s circle secretaries, in the Central Executive Committee meeting. Hence, the representatives demanded that BSNLEU should be given time to discuss this issue and convey it’s decision. All circle secretaries are requested by the CHQ, to ascertain the views of the district and branch unions on this matter, and to convey the same to CHQ. A final decision in this regard will be taken in the forthcoming Central Executive Committee meeting. 

 

[16.03.2017]Extension of Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees.

Based on the demand of BSNLEU, Free Night Calling facility has already been implemented to BSNL pensioners. However, the demand of BSNLEU, to extend the Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees, is not considered by the Management. This issue was discussed with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, and it was strongly pointed out that denial of Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees is a discrimination. It was emphatically demanded that Free Night Calling facility should be extended immediately to the serving employees also. The GM (Admn.) assured that the issue would be taken up at the appropriate level. 

 

[16.03.2017]BSNLEU urges GM (Admn.) to immediately hold the meeting of the Medical Committee.

The Joint Committee for review of the Medical Policy was to be held on 23.02.2017. However, the meeting could not be held that day, since the GM (Admn.) was held up in a discussion in the DoT. The issue was discussed with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today and it was demanded that the meeting of the Medical Committee should be conducted without further delay. The GM (Admn.) assured to hold it soon.

 

[15.03.2017]All union / association meeting decides to conduct gate meetings & badge wearing on 05.04.2017, on wage revision issue. 

A meeting of all unions and associations was held at New Delhi today. Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS presided over. Representatives of BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SNATTA, AIBSNLOA, BTU, BEA, attended the meeting. After detailed discussion, the meeting took the following decisions.

v  To submit a memorandum to the government demanding settlement of :-

(a)   Wage revision to BSNL employees by exempting BSNL from the affordability clause of 3rd PRC's recommendations.

(b)   Periodicity of wage revision should be 5 years.

(c)    Pension revision for BSNL's pensioners.

(d)   30% superannuation benefit to the Directly Recruited employees. 

v  To conduct badge wearing and gate meetings throughout the country on 05-04-2017.

[15.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on calculation of vacancies for promotion to the post of JTOs- clarification thereof.<<view letter>> 

[15.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on distribution of staff by Recruiting Circles to Non-recruiting units on bulk recruitment / promotion /transfer in Circle Cadres of the Telecom Stream.<<view letter>> 

[15.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on sanction of Welfare Fund to various circles.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.03.2017]35th National Council meeting deferred.

The 35th National Council meeting was scheduled to be held on 17.03.2017. It is reported by the Corporate Office today that, this meeting stands deferred, since the Director (HR) is indisposed. BSNLEU will demand to hold the meeting at the earliest.<<view letter>>  

 

[15.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Additional Secretary, DoT, demanding settlement of outstanding HR issues.

The issues of Promotion of  Non-Executives to the E1 pay scale, payment of one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives appointed after 01.01.2007 and payment of Gratuity to the Casual Labourers, are approved by the Management Committee, and are lying pending with the BSNL Board for a very long time. BSNLEU has written to the Additional Secretary of the DoT, who is a Government Director on BSNL Board, seeking his intervention for settlement of these pending issues.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.03.2017]BSNLEU demands extension of Free Night Calling facility to the serving BSNL employees also.

When the Free Night Calling facility was introduced to BSNL’s landline customers, BSNLEU demanded that the facility should be extended to BSNL’s serving and retired employees also. Last week, BSNL Corporate Office issued letter implementing Free Night Calling facility to BSNL pensioners. While thanking the CMD for this settlement, BSNLEU has demanded that the facility should be extended to the serving employees also.<<view letter>>  

[15.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Management demanding to set right the wrongful implementation of NEPP in Odisha circle.<<view letter>>

 

[14.03.2017]Merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular to take place this week.

Badly hit by the tariff war triggered by Reliance Jio, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have decided to merge and to create a new entity. Talks for this merger were going on for the past several months. Media reports say that this merger may be announced this week. For the purpose of merger, the equity value of both the companies has been estimated at Rs.40,000 crore each. Kumar Mangalam Birla will be the chairman of of the new company. The debt of the new company is estimated to be Rs.89,000 crore and it's market share will be 42%. 

 

[14.03.2017]CMD BSNL to hold the additional charge of Director (Finance). 

As per the decision of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet(ACC), the CMD BSNL  will hold the charge of the Director(Finance) of BSNL. This post is lying vacant ever since the retirement of shri K.C.G.K.Pillai. The Forum and BSNLEU have already taken up this issue on several occasions. However, the post is not filled up so far. Earlier, Ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR) was holding the additional charge of Director(Finance) also, for a period of six months, up to 28-02-2017.<<view letter>>

 

[14.03.2017]Meeting of all unions and associations to be held tomorrow, to discuss the Wage Revision issue. 

In back drop of the 3rd PRC Report, which is disadvantageous to the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, a meeting of all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL is taking place tomorrow. The meeting will discuss and finalise the strategy to be adopted, to ensure Wage Revision to BSNL employees, as well as revision of pension to the BSNL retirees. The meeting will be held at 15:00 hrs at BSNL MS office, Atul Grove road, New Delhi. All are requested to attend the meeting.

 

[14.03.2017]Conduct solidarity demonstrations on 16-03-2017, in support of the one day strike of the Central Government employees.

CHQ calls upon the BSNL employees to conduct solidarity demonstrations on 16-03-2017, in support of the Central Government employees, who are going on a one day strike on that day. The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has given call for the strike. When the Central Government employees protested against the anti-worker recommendations of the 7th CPC, the government gave assurances to the Central Government employees' leaders on 30-06-2016 and 06-07-2016, to consider to revise the minimum pay and multiplication factor. However, the government has betrayed the employees and has thrown it's assurances to the winds. Minimum Guaranteed Pension is also one of the demands of the strike. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to powerfully organise the demonstrations, and express our solidarity to the fighting Central Government employees.

 

[14.03.2017]Views of the Chennai conference held on 11th & 12th March, 2017.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[11.03.2017]Judgment in the Manesar Maruti Suzuki plant violence. Where is the judgment for the cruel exploitation of workers?

A local court at Gurgaon, delivered it's judgment yesterday, in the violence that took place in the Manesar Maruti Suzuki plant, in the year 2012. Out of the 148 accused, 31 persons were convicted, while 117 persons were acquitted. Out of the 31 who are convicted, 12 are Office bearers of the workers union. In the violence that broke out in the Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar, 90 executives were injured, while the HR Manager lost his life. What was the reason for the violence?  Maruti Suzuki is the biggest car manufacturer of the country. However, no Labour Law of the country, pertaining to Minimum Wage, Working hours, trade union rights, etc. was respected in the Manesar plant. (Same is the case in other plants also) The workers were exploited in the most inhuman manner. The Haryana state government acted hand in glows with the Suzuki Management. Under these circumstances, the cruel suppression of the workers, finally resulted in an eruption of violence. Police acted quickly and made large scale arrests. Now the judgment has come, and the guilty workers are punished. But, what is the punishment for the Maruti Suzuki Management, which trampled the Labour Laws of the country, under it's feet, that led to the violence?

 

[11.03.2017]Chennai circle conference of BSNLEU, started with an enthusiastic seminar.

The two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai circle, started today, with an enthusiastic seminar on the revival of BSNL. The National Flag was hoisted by com. S.K.Mahendran, ex. MLA and Chairman of the Reception Committee. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union Red Flag. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr's column. Com.Kanniappan, circle president, presided over the seminar. Com. S.K.Mahendran, Chairman, Reception Committee, welcomed all and greeted the Conference. Inaugural address of the Seminar was delivered by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS. The General Secretary explained the various steps taken by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. He came down heavily on the government, for it's anti-BSNL and pro-private policies, including the unceremonious shifting of J.S.Deepak, Secretary, Telecom. The seminar was also addressed by Ms. Kalavathy, CGM, Chennai, com. S.Chellappa, AGS, shri Kalyan Sagar, GM(Finance) and shri Chellappan, GM(HR).

 

[11.03.2017]Trade union rights of SC/ST employees of BSNL restored.

The order of the SCT Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, denying Trade Union rights to SC/ST employees, has been cancelled, due to the continuous efforts taken by BSNLEU. Earlier, the SCT Cell of the BSNL Corporate Office, had issued an order, stating that, the SC/ST employees of BSNL, who are members of SEWA BSNL, cannot be members of any trade union. This order was vehemently opposed by BSNLEU, since it amounts to denial of trade union rights of the SC/ST employees. BSNLEU argued that SEWA BSNL is only a welfare association, and not a trade union. Hence, SC/ST employees, can be members of a trade union, as well as of SEWA BSNL. After dilly dallying for long on this issue, the Corporate Office has finally issued letter, restoring the trade union right of SC/ST employees. This is a victory for BSNLEU.<<<view letter>>>

[11.03.2017]BSNL endorsed the revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners - Delinking of revised Pension from qualifying service of 33 years.<<<click here>>

[10.03.2017]More views of the massive March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / District Magistrate’s office throughout the country held on 09.03.2017.<<<click here>>

 

[10.03.2017]BSNL employees oppose privatisation move - media report.<<<click here>>

 

[10.03.2017]MTNL's share price shoots up in the market.

The losses of MTNL continues to increase. However, all of a sudden, it's share price in the market increased by 16 per cent in a single day. As a result of this, the market valuation of MTNL also got increased by Rs. 221 crore. One may wonder, what the reason is? It is nothing, but due to media reports that, talks for the merger of BSNL and MTNL, have once again started at the highest level.

 

[10.03.2017]Member(Services), Telecom Commission, says no talks on,  for the merger of BSNL and MTNL. 
Yesterday, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, in their meeting with shri R. K.Mishra, Member(Services), Telecom Commission, enquired about the rumours of BSNL and MTNL merger. Shri R.K.Mishra denied that any such talks were going on. The representatives made it very clear that, the unions and associations of BSNL strongly oppose any merger, without fulfilling their demands in this regard.

 

[10.03.2017]Legal hurdle in DR JE recruitment crossed.

The case filed in Delhi court, against the DR JE recruitment of BSNL, has been dismissed yesterday. With this, the legal hurdle, sought to be created by some failed candidates, has been removed. The court has upheld the selection. Earlier, an   enquiry conducted by the DoT, has also upheld the DR JE selection, as fair and free. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the selected candidates, who will soon be sent for training.

[10.03.2017]CHQ circular no.3 dated 10th March, 2017.<<<view circular>>

 

[09.03.2017]Free Night calling facility extended to BSNL retirees.

When BSNL extended Free Night calling facility to the customers, BSNLEU demanded that the facility should be extended to BSNL employees and retirees also. BSNLEU wrote several letters to the CMD BSNL, and the demand was raised by the Union on various occasions. BSNLEU’s demand has been partially accepted by the Management now. The Corporate Office has issued letter today, extending Free Night calling facility to BSNL retirees. While expressing thanks to the Management, BSNLEU demands that the facility should be extended to the serving employees as well.<<view letter>>

    

[09.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on distribution of number of candidates selected through the Open Competitive Examination for Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer held in September 2016 between Recruiting Circles and non-recruiting units under their jurisdiction.<<view letter>>

 

[09.03.2017]Magnificent show of strength by BSNL Non-Executives and Executives.

Reports are pouring in from various parts of the country, about the magnificent rallies conducted throughout the country today. Accepting the call given by the unions and associations of BSNL, tens of thousands of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, marched to the Raj Bhawans, collectorates and DM offices throughout the country. Banners and placards were carried, demanding the government not to resort to strategic sale / disinvestment in BSNL, not to form Subsidiary Tower Company, not to favour the Reliance Jio and to immediately allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. BSNLEU heartily thanks the entire employees who have participated in today’s rallies.<<views of the programme>>

 

[09.03.2017]Restrictions for availing GPF advance relaxed.

The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has relaxed the conditions in availing the GPF advance. Similarly, the quantum of GPF advance is also enhanced.<<view letter>>

 

[09.03.2017]BSNL Corporate Office beats a hasty retreat – withdraws it’s gag order issued yesterday.

BSNL Corporate Office issued a gag order yesterday, directing that the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL should not carry out any “joint action programme” under the banner of the “Joint forum”. This order was nothing but a ‘death knell’ to the trade union rights, as well as to the joint movement of the Executives and Non-Executives. BSNLEU immediately protested this circular, by writing a strongly worded letter to the CMD BSNL. BSNLEU has stated that all cooperations to the Management would be withdrawn, if the circular is not taken back immediately. CMD BSNL has taken swift action on this matter. As a result, the SR Branch, vide it’s letter no.BSNL/5-1/SR/2016 dated 09.03.2017, has withdrawn it’s circular issued yesterday. However, the SR Branch wanted to “save it’s face” by saying that “the advisory is kept in abeyance till further orders”. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office should understand that such type of nonsense will not be tolerated by the BSNL trade union movement. We sternly warn that the SR Branch should desist from involving in such adventures in future.<<view letter>>

 

[09.03.2017]Pension revision of BSNL pensioners would be done on time – Assures Member (Services), DoT.

BSNLEU has already written to the Member (Services), DoT, that the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners should be done on time. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri R.K. Mishra, Member (Services), today, and discussed this issue. The representatives pointed out that pension revision of BSNL pensioners should not be delayed this time, as it was done last time. The Member (Services), replied that the DoT is seized of the matter and that they have already initiated steps in this regard. The Member (Services) also assured that the pension revision, w.e.f. 01.01.2017, in respect of BSNL pensioners would be done on time.

 

[09.03.2017]Lunch hour demonstration at BSNL Corporate Office.

As a part of the March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate program, being conducted throughout the country, an impressive lunch hour demonstration was organisd at BSNL Corporate Office today. Com.M.P.Singh,CP,NFTE, presided over. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, and com.K.S.Kulkarni, AGS,NFTE, addressed.<<< views of the demonstration >>>

 

[09.03.2017]Meeting of all unions and associations to be held on 15.03.2017, to discuss Wage Revision issue.

A meeting of all the unions and associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL will be held at New Delhi on 15.03.2017. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the next Wage Revision to the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, especially in the backdrop of the report submitted by the 3rd PRC.<<view letter>>

 

[08.03.2017]International Women's Day celebrated in Kolkata. 

BSNL Co-ordination committee, with ten circle unions of regular, non regular & retired workers, organised meeting at CTO Hall, Kolkata.Com. Gouri Halder presided over. Com. Biplab Das, GS, BSNLCC welcomed all. Com. Bharati Mutsuddi, eminent lawyer, com. Animesh Mitra, CS & VP BSNLEU CHQ and com. Saibal Sengupta, CS & AGS addressed the meeting.<<views of the celebration>> 

 

[08.03.2017]BSNL Management issues highly provocative letter against trade union rights.

The BSNL Management has issued a highly provocative letter today, laying down conditions that the Non-Executives’ unions and Executives’ associations should not form any “joint forum” and also should not go on “joint action program”.<<view letter>> 

 

[08.03.2017]BSNLEU gives befitting reply to the gag order issued by BSNL Management.

BSNLEU has given a strong rebuttal to the BSNL Management’s gag order, banning “joint forum” and “joint action program”.<<view letter>>

 

[08.03.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Member (Services), DoT, demanding immediate action on revision of pension for BSNL pensioners.

BSNLEU has written a letter to the Member (Services), DoT, urging upon him to initiate immediate action, for the revision of pension of BSNL’s pensioners. BSNLEU has also demanded that the government should put in place a permanent mechanism for the periodical pension revision of BSNL pensioners.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Wage Revision for BSNL employees.

In the discussion held with the CMD BSNL today, the GS and the Dy.GS enquired about the status with regards to the Wage Revision of BSNL employees. The CMD BSNL told that the BSNL Management is giving a presentation to the Secretary, DoT, shortly.

 

[07.03.2017]United action for Wage Revision of BSNL employees.

The complete report of the 3rd PRC has already available in the public domain. The recommendations carry many strict conditions, which are not in favour of the employees. Especially, the “affordability” clause is against the BSNL employees. Considering the pro-corporate and anti-labour thinking of the present government, the entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL have to gear up for united action, so that they can create compulsion on the government. BSNLEU is already on the job of interacting with all the Unions and Associations in this direction. Soon, an all union / association meeting will be held, to finalise the strategy of the employees.

 

[07.03.2017]Approval for amendments to the Union Constitution, as approved by the 8th All India Conference.

CHQ has already submitted it’s application, to get the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions, to incorporate the amendments passed by the 8th All India Conference, in the Union Constitution. Necessary follow up actions being taken, and we hope to get the approval soon.

 

[07.03.2017]Denial of representation for BSNLEU in the ‘Pension Fund Trust’ and the ‘Gratuity Fund Trust’.

BSNL has recently formed a Trust for the Pension Fund of the DR employees. Similarly, some time back, a Trust has been formed for the Gratuity of the DR employees. In both these Trusts, BSNLEU is not given representation. This issue was seriously discussed today, with the CMD BSNL, by the GS and Dy.GS. The representatives recorded their strong protest for ignoring BSNLEU, which is the biggest Union in BSNL. The CMD BSNL assured to seriously look into the matter.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Non-holding of Welfare Board meeting and Sports & Cultural Board meeting.

Holding of the Welfare Board meeting and Sports & Cultural Board meeting are being inordinately delayed. The GS and Dy.GS took up this issue with the CMD BSNL today, and insisted that both the meetings should be held at the earliest. The CMD BSNL agreed with our view and assured to take prompt action.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Creation of additional DR JE posts.

In their meeting with the CMD BSNL today, the GS and Dy.GS strongly demanded that, the BSNL Management should sanction additional posts, so that the DR JE candidates, whose names figured in the first selection list, but subsequently got deleted, could also be accommodated. Similarly, in some circles, candidates who have secured more marks than the cut off level are not considered. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter sympathetically.<<view letter>>

 

[07.03.2017]Arbitrary take over of BSNL assets by the DoT- detailed discussion held with the CMD BSNL and guidelines to the circle and district unions.

CHQ is getting reports that BSNL offices / buildings are being arbitrarily taken over by the DoT. This issue was discussed in detail today, by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in the meeting held with shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. They drew the attention of the CMD BSNL, to the recent take over of 2,000 square feet of area, in the PGM office, Bangalore, by the TRAI. The CMD BSNL agreed with our view, that our buildings should not be arbitrarily taken over, without the approval of the Corporate Office. He also assured to look into our complaint, with regards to take over of BSNL offices / buildings at Bangalore. CHQ requests our circle and district secretaries to be vigilant and act quickly, when our assets are taken over by the DoT. The matter should be immediately brought to the notice of the CHQ. Our comrades can also think about physically stopping our assets being taken over, while bringing the matter to the notice of the CHQ.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.03.2017]Once again great performance by BSNL.

Hearty congrats to all ! BSNL has once again added 20 lakh mobile customers in a single month. Despite cut throat competition from Reliance Jio, and Narendra Modi government’s blatant support for that company, BSNL has added 21,86,137 mobile connections in the month of February, 2017. This is a good performance. Uttarakhand circle has achieved 261% of it's target. Tamil Nadu circle has given the highest number of mobile connections (2,37,137). BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire staff and the Management for this magnificent achievement.<<<view Dir.(CM's) DO letter>>>

 

[07.03.2017]Memorandum to be submitted to the Governor / Collector / District Magistrate.

BSNL Unions and Associations are conducting massive March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / District Magistrate’s office throughout the country on 09.03.2017. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the unions and associations, held at New Delhi on 06.02.2017, a memorandum is to be submitted to the Governor / Collector / District Magistrate. The matter to be incorporated in the memorandum has been finalised, in consultation with the unions and associations. The same is attached herewith. Circle and district secretaries are requested to download it and get it ready for submission. Before submission, the address of the Governor / Collector / District Magistrate may be filled up. The memorandum must also be signed by all the circle secretaries / district secretaries, as the case may be.<<view memorandum>> 

[07.03.2017]Inordinate delay in sending local council nominations to the CHQ.

It is nearly 10 months, since the 7th Membership Verification results are declared. However, it is observed that now only nominations to various local councils are being sent to the CHQ. The CHQ has reason to believe that still many district unions have not sent their local council nominations. Such a huge delay in sending local council nominations to the CHQ, only reveals the sorry state of affairs in the functioning of those district unions. It is also observed that, some district unions have sent the local council nominations to the CHQ, without getting the endorsement of the circle secretary. Such nominations will never be approved by the CHQ. Hence, all circle secretaries are requested to kindly make a quick review of the reconstitution of local councils in their respective circles, and to make necessary remedial steps, wherever necessary.

 

[06.03.2017]All India BSNL working women's convention to be held at Bhopal on 14th May, 2017.

Based on the discussions that took place in the 8th All India Conference, the All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, has decided to hold an All India BSNL working women's convention. Accordingly, it is decided that the convention would be held at Bhopal on 14th May, 2017. All circles have to send women delegates for this convention. CHQ will be issuing detailed circular in this regard.

 

[06.03.2017]Corporate Office letter on timely Settlement of Pension and Pensionary benefits to Retired/Retiring Employees.<<<view letter>>>

 

[06.03.2017]Observe International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2017.

Every year, BSNLEU is observing International Women’s Day on 8th March. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to observe this year’s International Women’s Day also in a befitting manner. Equality to women, stopping of the crimes and atrocities against women, etc., are the main issues to be focused in this year’s International Women’s Day. Send report and photos to the CHQ.

 

[04.03.2017]Hindi version of Director (HR)'s DO letter on one hour extra work.<<<click here>>>

 

[04.03.2017]Powerful publicity to be made among the public, during the March to Raj Bhawan, Collectorate/DM Office, to be held on 09-03-2017. 

The unions and associations have decided to conduct March to Raj Bhawan, collectorate / DM office on 09.03.2017. Momorandums are to be submitted to the Governor, Collector and District Magistrate.


Apart from submitting memorandums, the rallies should be utilised to make powerful campaign among the public on the following issues.

 

(1) Against disinvestment/ strategic sale of BSNL.

(2) Against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company and other attempts by the government to weaken BSNL.

(3) Need to immediately allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, to enable the Company to provide high speed data service.

(4) Against all undue supports being extended by the government and the TRAI to Reliance Jio.


Carry placards and banners, with attractive slogans on the above mentioned four issues. Make powerful campaign among the public during the rallies.

 

[04.03.2017]Memorandum to be submitted in the March to Raj Bhawan, collectorate/ DM Office on 09.03.2017. 

CHQ is getting queries from many comrades, regarding the memorandum to be submitted to the Governors, Collectors/District Magistrates on 09-03-2017. It is informed to all that a memorandum is under preparation at the All India level. The same will be finalised, after due consultation among all unions and associations. It will be uploaded on the website by tomorrow. The same may be submitted, after duly filling up the "To" address, and also after signing by the circle/ district secretaries.

 

[04.03.2017]Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, IT, may get additional charge of Telecom Secretary.

While abruptly removing J.S.Deepak from the post of Telecom Secretary, the government has not announced who would take over the post of the Telecom Secretary. In this situation, the news that is doing rounds in the media is that, the Secretary, IT, Aruna Sundararajan, may get the additional charge of Telecom Secretary.

[Courtesy: The Indian Express]

 

[04.03.2017]Cover page photos of Tele Crusader, March,2017 issue, carrying the views of the casual & contract worker's March to Parliament on 22nd February,2017.<<<view images>>>

 

[04.03.2017]Recovery of over payment in case of Non-Executives in BSNL - necessary guidelines as per DoP&T w.r.t. Hon'ble Supreme Court order will be issued soon.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS discussed the matter of necessary orders to stop recovery of excess payment made to Non-Executives in BSNL, straightway to implement the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court as per DoP&T guidelines with Sri A.K.Singh,DGM (Estt.), yesterday, the 3rd March 2017. The DGM informed that the BSNL Management is processing the case and necessary guidelines to Circles will be issued soon after the approval from Dir (F). 

 

[04.03.2017]Rule- 8 transfer cases of the DR JEs posted in remote circles of Assam, NE-I, NE- II, J&K etc.

BSNLEU is consistently demanding to the Management to consider the Rule- 8 transfer cases of the DR JEs posted in remote circles of Assam, NE-I, NE- II, J &K etc and suggested that since most of the officials have appeared in the JTO LICE immediately after promotion as JTOs, they may considered eligible for transfer under rule- 8, by counting their previous service in the JE cadre. The Estt. Section is now processing the case as per the demand of union. 

 

[04.03.2017]Renewal of MoU with the Union Bank of India – BSNLEU demands.

MoU with Union Bank of India for extending various loan schemes to BSNL employees has expired on 31st December, 2016. BSNLEU has demanded the GM (T&BFCI) to take early steps, for the renewal of the MoU. It is informed by the GM that BSNL Management has written to the Union Bank of India to place proposals with reduce interest rate on various loans. The Bank Management may submit their proposals soon after their internal decision. BSNL Management is taking necessary steps for early renewal of the MoU.

 

[03.03.2017]The hasty removal of J.S.Deepak only shows how powerful is Mukesh Ambani's grip on the government. 

The hasty manner in which J.S.Deepak is shifted from the Department of Telecommunications, only shows the influence that the Reliance Industries, and it's Chairman, Mukesh Ambani, is enjoying in the Narendra Modi government. Every one knows that the continuation of it's "Welcome Offer", beyond the 90 days period, may be in some other name, is a violation of the regulations laid down by the TRAI, by the Reliance Jio. Still, the TRAI did not have the back-bone to stop that. Under these circumstances, the Telecom Commission, which met on 22.02.2017, decided to write to the TRAI, that it should discharge it's duties in letter and spirit, so that the revenue of the government is not affected, and also the orderly growth of the communications industry is also protected. Being the Chairman of the Telecom Commission, J.S.Deepak, wrote to the TRAI, conveying the decision. This has definitely angered the Narendra Modi government. Even while he was attending a conference at Barcelona, J.S.Deepak is removed from the post of Secretary, DoT. It is announced by the government that J.S.Deepak is posted as the permanent representative to the WTO. This is only to show the outer world that J.S.Deepak is not shifted with any ulterior motive. The present Representative to the WTO is retiring only in May. So, what is the reason for such a hasty removal. Why is he posted as an OSD in the Commerce department. It is only to ensure that immediately after returning from Barcelona, J.S.Deepak should hand over the charge of Secretary of the DoT to someone else. So powerful is the grip that Mukesh Ambani is having on the government.

 

[03.03.2017]National Council meeting to be held on 17-03-2017.

After dilly dallying for long, finally, the Management has issued the notification for holding the 35th meeting of the National Council. The meeting will be held on 17-03-2017. This meeting is being held nearly 10 months after declaration of the results of the 7th Membership Verification.  Consequently, a long list of issues have been given by the Staff Side, as agenda items for the National Council meeting. BSNLEU has already suggested to the Management, that one more meeting of the National Council should be held in quick succession, in case all the agenda are not discussed in the 35th meeting.  

 

[03.03.2017]Staff Side of the National Council to meet on 16-03-2017.

As a prelude to the National Council meeting to be held on 17-03-2017, a meeting of the Staff Side will be held on 16-03-2017. The Staff meeting will be held at Dada Ghosh Bhawan, and will start sharply at 15:00 hrs. All Staff Side members are requested to kindly note the timing of the meeting, and be present in the meeting on time.

 

[03.03.2017]Corporate Office issued notification for holding of 35th meeting of National Council.<<view notification>>

 

[02.03.2017]J.S.Deepak, Secretary DoT, unceremoniously shifted.

J.S.Deepak, Secretary DoT, has been unceremoniously shifted. He is removed with immediate effect and has been made Officer on Special Duty in the commerce department. The government has also named him as India’s next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June this year, which is nothing but a "dummy" post. J.S.Deepak is at present attending the World Mobile Congress at Barcelona. J.S.Deepak has been strongly supporting BSNL, and that Reliance Jio is "unhappy" with him.

 

[02.03.2017]Shri P.K. Purwar appointed MTNL CMD

Shri P.K. Purwar was today appointed Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for five years. Purwar is currently working as Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation of A K Garg. Purwar held the additional charge of the post of MTNL CMD between June 2014 and June 2015. In June last year, he was again given this additional charge.

 

[02.03.2017]A mammoth Parliament March – Organised by the AISGEF on 10 point charter of demands.

The All India State Government Employees Federation organized a mammoth Parliament March on 10 point charter of demands today, i.e., 2nd March, 2017. Scrapping of NPS and to withdraw outsourcing of permanent jobs are among the 10 point charter of demands. The rally was inaugurated by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, renowned economist of the country. Coms. Srikumar, Secretary General, AISGEF, M. Krishnan, Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government employees and General Secretaries from State Government Employees Federation from different states addressed the rally. On behalf of the BSNL Employees Union, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the rally. In his speech, while criticising the governments at the centre, he pointed out that it is the need of the hour to unite all section of working class of the country to defeat the neo-liberal economic policies followed by both the BJP led NDA government as well as earlier UPA government at centre. He assured that the BSNLEU will be with the AISGEF for further struggles in the coming days to scrap the NPS and other anti-worker decisions of the Central Government and urged the AISGEF to extend their support in the struggles of the BSNL employees to protect the PSUs including BSNL.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[02.03.2017]Corporate Office issues notification on Direct Recruitment in the post of Junior Telecom Officer (JTO) in BSNL from open market through valid GATE score 2017.<<<Forwarding letter>>> <<<view notification>>>

 

[02.03.2017]Dot issued orders delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years in case of pensioners of BSNL/MTNL.<<<click here>>> 

 

 

[01.03.2017]10 lakh bank employees and officers went on strike.

 

As per the call of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), 10 lakh bank employees and officers went on a day long strike yesterday, to press their demands including fixing accountability of top officers over increasing bad loans, opposing labour reforms as well as outsourcing of permanent jobs. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations of bank employees and officers.

 

 

 

 

[01.03.2017]The Tamil Nadu government says that the private telecom companies let down Chennai city when Vardah cyclone struck.

The Tamil Nadu State government has accused the private telecom firms of letting down Chennai city, despite being warned of what was coming. They were asked to keep additional stock of diesel and CoWs (Coverage on Wheels) after the cyclone was predicted, said Commissioner of Revenue Administration K Satyagopal. He was speaking on ‘Cyclone Vardah: Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Perspectives’ at an event organised to mark the National Science Day by the Indian Meteorological Society at the Regional Meteorological Centre on Tuesday."We had asked the mobile communication service providers to put a mechanism in place, but they did not rise up to the occasion,” he said, alleging that there could have been commercial factors behind their decision in not taking the precautionary measures.

[Courtesy: The New Indian Express]

 

[28.02.2017]Dil Khol Ke Bol’ - BSNL launches yet another new scheme.

BSNL has launched an unlimited voice calling plan, ‘Dil Khol Ke Bol’ at Rs.599/- a month for its postpaid customers in India’s all 22 telecom circles, including calls while on roaming. In addition to voice calls, BSNL subscribers can avail 6GB of data every month until first four months, and 3GB of data thereafter every month.

 

As per the scheme, customers will have to pay Rs.599/- per month for this offer for the first four months and Rs.799/- would be charged after the promotional period.

 

[28.02.2017]Reliance Jio may lose 50 million customers after April.

Reliance Jio has lured 100 million customers, by offering free voice calls, under it's welcome offer and later on under New Year offer.  Now, the question is, whether Jio will maintain it's 100 million customers when the freebies come to an end in April? According to the Economic Times, 50 million customers will leave Reliance Jio after April.

 

[28.02.2017]JTO LICE results to be declared in March.

The results of the JTO LICE, that was held on 11th December,2016, are still not declared. This is creating many doubts in the minds of the candidates. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke to Ms.Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and discussed the issue. The GM told that the last date for receiving views/ complaints on the provisional answer key was 27-02-2017, and that the views so received are being placed before the Committee, for consideration. Finally, the GM(Rectt.) assured that the results would be declared in the month of March.

 

[28.02.2017]CMD BSNL fixes target of 10% increase in landline, broadband and FTTH, by utilising one hour extra work.

CMD BSNL has issued a DO letter to all the CGMs, directing them to hold meetings with unions and associations to derive maximum benefit out of the decision to work one hour extra. The CMD BSNL has fixed a target of 10% in landline, broadband & FTTH  for the month of March.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[28.02.2017]General Secretary addresses an impressive meeting at Vadodara.

An impressive meeting of BSNLEU was held at Vadodara city telephone exchange today, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. The meeting was presided over by com.G.S.Rai, district president. Senior leader, com.M.Z.Khan welcomed every one. The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, Gujarat and com.Anand Singh,DS, Baroda & ACS. In his address, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, elaborately spoke on efforts being taken for the revival of BSNL, one hour extra work, March to Raj Bhawan/collectorate, challenges posed by Reliance Jio, need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company & other anti-PSU policies of the Modi government, wage revision from 01-01-2017, etc. Senior leader Javed Sindhi proposed vote of thanks.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[27.02.2017]Wage revision from 01.01.2017 – Be prepared for struggle to get justice.

The 3rd PRC has already submitted it’s report to the government. The government in turn, has referred it to the secretaries of the concerned departments. It is reliably learnt that, according to the terms and conditions set by the 3rd PRC, it will be very difficult for BSNL employees to get wage revision. Hence, the entire Non-Executives and Executives have to gear up for struggle, for getting justice in the next wage revision.    

 

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