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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2015

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

[Last Updated on 25.05.2015, 13:50 hrs]

[25.05.2015]Convener and President, JAC, met the CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC and com. C. Singh, President, JAC met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. They drew his attention towards the non-settlement of some serious issues of the Non-Executives like stagnation, designation change, etc. They also pointed out that the JAC is seeking a meeting with the CMD, for discussing these issues and the same has not materialised so for. The CMD assured to look into the issue and to do the needful. 

[25.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on opening of Monsoon Control Room.<<view letter>>

[25.05.2015]Government is for net-neutrality – says Minister of Communications.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications has stated that government would soon finalise the rules on net-neutrality, on receipt of the reports of the TRAI and the Telecom Department Committee. However, he stated that there must be “availability of internet for all” and that there must be no discrimination in access to internet. 

 

[25.05.2015]Another achievement of Modi Sarkar - tax to be deducted on PF withdrawals.

The EPF organisation has issued a notification on 21st May, to deduct Tax at Source (TDS) on pro-mature Provident Fund withdrawals, from 1st June onwards. Central Trade Unions have opposed this move of the Modi government. It is worth remembering that the same Modi government has given more than Rs.5 lakh crores as concessions to the big corporates in the last budget. Having done so, the government now wants to deduct income tax on PF withdrawals of the workers. This is indeed another great achievement of Modi Sarkar.

 

[23.05.2015]Over 60% of global workforce without stable and full time jobs – says ILO.

Over 60% of the world’s workforce today is employed on short term contracts, informal jobs without any contract, self employed or in unpaid family jobs, says a new report of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The report of the ILO, called “World Employment and Social Outlook 2015”, estimates a loss of $3.7 trillion in the global demand due to unemployment and lagging labour incomes and their effects on consumption, investment and government revenue. ILO report warns of serious economic and social repercussions as a consequence of all these.

[Source: Business Line – 23.05.2015] 

 

[23.05.2015]Public Sector bank employees will get 15% pay hike and 30 months arrears.

Employees of Public Sector Banks and old generation private sector banks will get 15% pay hike and arrears for 30 months. This is the deal that the unions and the bank Managements have reached. The settlement that has been reached, will be formalised on 25th May, 2015. 7.5 lakh bank employees will be benefited by this wage settlement. 

 

 

[23.05.2015]India’s Broadband customer base reached 100 million.

India’s Broadband connections have crossed the 100 million mark. These connections include, both wired and wireless. According to the definition of the TRAI, a data connection with a minimum speed of 512 kbps is considered as a broadband connection. As of 31st March, 2015, the number of broadband connections stood at 99.20 million. Airtel is having the largest no. of broadband customers with 22.01 million. Vodafone is second with 19.37 million. BSNL is the third with 18.88 million and Idea comes fourth with 14.52 million. The broadband subscriber base is growing at 2% per month.

 

[22.05.2015]Those who want to eat beef can go to Pakistan – says Nagvi.

Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukthar Abbas Naqvi has stated that those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan. The Minister does not know that in many states, including Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, a large number of people eat beef. Whether Naqvi wants all these people to go to Pakistan?

 

[22.05.2015]Calculation of JTO LICE vacancies of Tamil Nadu circle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed the issue today with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and shri A.K. Singh, AGM (Pers.IV) and insisted for the intervention of the Corporate Office, in rectifying the mistakes that have arisen in the calculation of JTO-LICE vacancies in Tamil Nadu circle.<<view letter>> 

 

[22.05.2015]BSNLEU insists upon the Corporate Office for the prompt holding of the PLI Committee meeting.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today and insisted for the convening of the PLI Committee meeting without further delay. The GM (Estt.) responded positively to the demand. 

 

[22.05.2015]Stagnation and 30% superannuation benefits issue discussed with the Management.

The issues of Stagnation and 30% Superannuation benefits were once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. The GS pointed out that the Stagnation problem is basically a creation of the Management and that the union has already given various options for settling the same, which should be looked into by the Management in right earnest. On the 30% superannuation benefits issue, the GS demanded that this issue should be solved expeditiously and to the satisfaction of the Directly Recruited employees of BSNL.

 

[22.05.2015]Shri A.N. Rai, will hold additional charge of Director (CM).

The DoT has directed that shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) will also hold the additional charge as the Director (CM). Shri A.N. Rai is already holding additional charge as the Director (HR) also. 

 

[22.05.2015]BSNL fixes a minimum bench mark to the external candidates for MT recruitment.

BSNL has notified that the external candidates desiring to apply for the MT recruitment should possess a minimum of 60% marks (for OC) and 55% Marks (for SC/ST) in the engineering degree.

 

[21.05.2015]CVO questioned as to why no action is taken on Adesh Kumar Gupta, against whom CBI has filed FIR five months ago.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met shri V.K. Singh, CVO BSNL yesterday the 20.05.2015, and asked why no action has been taken against Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida, against to whom CBI has filed FIR five months ago. The leaders also questioned why his name is not included in the ODI list (Officer of Doubtful Integrity) and how he continues to hold the sensitive post of the head of an SSA. The CVO was giving evasive replies. The leaders told the CVO that they will be taking the case to the CVC level, if prompt action is not taken on Adesh Kumar Gupta.

  

[21.05.2015]ITS contempt case came up for hearing today.

The ITS contempt case came up for hearing in the Delhi High Court. The counsel for DoT submitted that they were prepared to change their order and were prepared to implement the order of the Hon’ble High Court in a phased manner. However, the counsel for BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA opposed this and insisted that the original order of the Hon’ble High Court should be implemented. Thereafter, the case was posted for hearing on 31.07.2015.

 

[21.05.2015]Corporate Office directs CGMs to take efforts to ensure that good hospitals remain in BSNL’s empanelment.  

In the 32nd meeting of the National Council held on 14.05.2015, the Staff Side expressed it’s utmost unhappiness that good and reputed hospitals are being forced to leave BSNL’s empanelment due to the inordinate delay in settlement of bills. As a result of this, Corporate Office has issued letter to all the CGMs to ensure that good hospitals remain in BSNL’s panel, through prompt releasing of payments.<<view letter>> 

 

[21.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on instructions for provision of liability on account of payment of EPF to casual labourers for the period between 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011.<<view letter>> 

 

[21.05.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (Admn.) demanding extension of the free call concession on the landlines of the serving and retired employees.<<view letter>>  

 

[21.05.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding implementation of the National Council decision to re-examine the RR of MT, so as to give opportunity to the Non-Executives.<<view letter>>

[21.05.2015]BSNL’s notification for the Recruitment of Management Trainee from internal candidates.<<view notification>>

[21.05.2015]BSNL’s notification for the Recruitment of Management Trainee from external  candidates.<<view notification>>

 

[21.05.2015]Take all out efforts to popularise BSNL’s free calls scheme.

It is more than one month, since the BSNL Management introduced the scheme of allowing free calls from it’s landlines from 9pm to 7am. This is an innovative scheme indeed. If proper marketing is done by utilizing this scheme, it will help to substantially increase BSNL’s landline market share. But it is a misfortune that the public in general is still not fully aware that such a concession has been given to the BSNL landline customers. Hence, the employees of BSNL have to take initiative to organise various marketing activities, like organising melas, etc., to popularise the free calls scheme. The circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take the initiative in this regard. The Forum which is meeting at New Delhi on 25.05.2015, will discuss this issue and will give the necessary guideline to the circle and district level units.

 

[21.05.2015]Eligibility of Non-Executives for the recruitment of Management Trainee.

Management has issued notification for the recruitment of Management Trainees. Against the “internal quota”, only Executives are eligible to appear. A question arises, why the Non-Executives, who have the requisite qualification (engineering degree), are not being allowed. Earlier, BSNLEU had taken up this item in the National Council and Management was forced to amend the RR for including Non-Executives also for the MT recruitment. However, thereafter, due to pressure from certain vested interests, Management secretly revised the RR, to exclude the Non-Executives. Hence, BSNLEU once again took up this issue in the National Council. This time, Management replied that notification was going to be issued shortly, and hence revision of the RR would be considered after the 1st recruitment is made. However, the recruitment was also delayed. Now, the notification is issued. BSNLEU will force to Management to amend the RR, after this recruitment is over, to provide opportunity to the Non-Executives also.

 

[20.05.2015]BMS to join the strike against the anti-labour policies of Modi government.

“The Sangh Parivar-affiliate, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, has turned down RSS' persuasion and decided to join other trade unions to announce a protest against the Modi government's economic policies on May 26 when it completes its first year in office.” 

 

“Sources said BMS conveyed to RSS its decision to join other central trade unions to announce the plan to hold a countrywide strike against Modi government's "anti-labour" policies, FDI and other related decisions.” 

[Excerpts from Times of India dated 20.05.2015]

[20.05.2015]BSNLEU writes to the CVO, on the threatening and blackmails of shri Rohit Sabharwal, contractor, Ludhiana.<<view letter>

[20.05.2015]Two year ITI certificate holders and Sports Assistants in the pay scale of Rs.9020 – 17430 with five years service are eligible to appear TTA LICE.

As regards the eligibility to appear the LICE for promotion to the cadre of TTA, Corporate Office has issued the following two clarifications.

(1)   Officials holding two year ITI certificate in any discipline is eligible to appear the LICE for TTA.

(2)   Sports Assistants who are in the pay scale of Rs.9020 – 17430 and with five years of residency service in the pay scale are eligible to appear the LICE for TTA.<<view letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]CMD BSNL will hold the additional charge of Director (Finance) for a period of three months beyond 01.03.2015.<<view CO letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]Officials with degree, diploma and post graduation obtained directly from universities without passing +2 exam are not eligible to appear TTA LICE.

CHQ is getting a number of queries, as to whether officials who had not passed the regular +2 exam, but who have obtained degree, diploma and post graduation directly from the universities are eligible to appear the forthcoming TTA LICE. CHQ has already taken up this issue with the Corporate Office and has held discussion with the GM (Estt.). Corporate Office however, has taken a position that such officials are not eligible to appear the forthcoming TTA LICE.

 

[20.05.2015]Hold PLI Committee meeting without further delay.

The Joint Committee, formed to finalise the new Bonus/PLI formula has not met after 12.03.2015. The Staff Side has already settled crucial issues in finalising the new Bonus/PLI formula. For example, it is already decided in the Joint Committee that Bonus/PLI will not be linked with the profit of the Company, but only with the National Level Productivity of the Company. Further, the Management Side has been taking a stubborn position that the new Bonus/PLI formula will be linked with the PMS (Performance Management System). However, through discussion, the Staff Side has made the Management Side to accept that the new Bonus/PLI formula will not be linked with the PMS. Several other improvements have also been made. BSNLEU has demanded that the next meeting of the Joint Committee should be convened without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]Will not the Rich and the Affluent be brought to justice.

It appears that in our country that the Rich and the Affluent will not be brought to justice even if they commit serious criminal offences. FIR was filed against Adesh Kumar Gupta, the notorious former GM of Ghaziabad, in the murder case of our former district secretary com. Sukendar Pal Singh. However, Adesh Kumar Gupta was able to get the FIR quashed through court. Thereafter, on 19.12.2014, CBI raided the offices and residences of Adesh Kumar Gupta. An FIR has been filed by the CBI under section 168 of the IPC, against Adesh Kumar Gupta for charges of corruption and misuse of official powers. However, so far BSNL Management has not taken any action on Adesh Kumar Gupta. What is the secret? BSNLEU once again has written to the CMD BSNL to take immediate action.<<view letter>>

 

[20.05.2015]Rich tributes paid to com. Moni Bose, on the occasion of his 5th Death Anniversary.

The K.G. Bose Smriti Bhawan Trust and the BSNL Co-ordination Committee of West Bengal conducted a meeting yesterday the 19.05.2015, at Kolkata, to observe the 5th death anniversary of com. Moni Bose. The meeting was presided over by com. Adhir Kr. Sen, the former vice-president (CHQ) of BSNLEU. Com. Jyotsna Bose, wife of com. Moni Bose and Dr. Goutam Bose, the son of com. Moni Bose, were also present in the meeting. Rich tributes were paid to the leader, by com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), com. Dilip Das, former AGS, com. Biplab Das, Convener, Co-ordination Committee, com. Sisir Roy, former Circle Secretary, Kolkata Telephones, com. Piyush Chakraborty, com. Manisha Biswas, com. Akhilesh Banerjee and many others.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[19.05.2015]Corporate Office issues clarification to Andhra Pradesh circle, on the educational criteria to appear TTA LICE.

Based on the request of the Andhra Pradesh Circle Union of BSNLEU, CHQ has demanded that the Corporate Office should issue necessary clarification to the CGM, AP circle, on the educational criteria to appear the TTA LICE. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has issued necessary clarification.<<view letter>>

 

[19.05.2015]GM (Estt.) urged to send expeditious guideline to Tamil Nadu circle on calculating JTO LICE vacancies.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), today the 19.05.2015, and discussed the following issues.

(1)  The GS urged upon the GM (Estt.) and Shri A.K. Singh, AGM (Pers.IV) to immediately issue necessary guideline to Tamil Nadu circle, on the method of calculating vacancies for the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013. The GS also discussed with them the recent judgement of the Hon’ble Madras High Court, on the JTO LICE, for further and appropriate legal action.

(2)  The GS demanded the GM (Estt.) to honour the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam bench, as well as the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala, in the matter of promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant.

(3)  The GS pointed out that all the Telecom Mechanics who were conferred with Temporary Status prior to 30.09.2000 should be issued with Presidential Orders. He further pointed out that while calling for data from the circles, the Corporate Office has laid down 10.04.2006 as the cut of date, which is a violation of the DoT orders.

(4)  The GS demanded that the Overtime Rates should immediately be revised as per the judgement of the Hon’ble Mumbai High Court. BSNLEU has already written in this regards to the Corporate Office.  

 

The GM (Estt.) assured to take appropriate action on the issues represented by the GS, BSNLEU. 

 

[19.05.2015]GM (Admn.), BSNL Corporate Office, urged upon to immediately constitute the Committee for review of BSNLMRS, as per the decision of the National Council.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri S.K. Sinha, GM(Admn.) today the 19.05.2015 and discussed the following issues.

(1)   The GS demanded that as per the decision of the National Council meeting held on 14.05.2015, the sub-committee of the National Council, on the review of the BSNLMRS should immediately be constituted. The GM (Admn.) assured that immediate action will be taken to constitute the Committee.

(2)   The GS demanded that Corporate Office should immediately issue letter on granting Rs.200/- per month, in lieu of the Rs.200/- SIM to all the BSNL Staff posted in the MTNL service areas. The GM (Admn.) replied that the issue is being sent for the approval of the Management Committee.

(3)   On the issue of allowing and that letter will be issued after approval of the Management Committee. calls to other networks on the Rs.200/- SIM the GS demanded that Corporate Office should take a decision without further delay.

 

[19.05.2015]Meeting with Sr.GM (SR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM(SR) today and demanded that BSNLEU should be expeditiously allotted with an alternative accommodation, since the government as already decided to handover the present accommodation at D-7 to the Jharkhand government. The GS also requested the Sr.GM(SR) to finalise the constitution for the National, Circle and local councils without further delay, since both the Recognised Union have already submitted their views on the issue.

 

[19.05.2015]CMD BSNL is urged to take immediate action on Adesh Kumar Gupta.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA and com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today and demanded immediate action on Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida, on whom serious corrupt charges are leveled by the CBI, and also FIR has been filed. The CMD assured to look into this.  

 

[19.05.2015]BSNLEU pays respectful homage to com. Moni Bose.

BSNLEU pays it’s a respectful homage to com. Moni Bose, on the occasion of his 5th death anniversary. Com. Moni Bose left us on this day in 2010. BSNLEU will continue to follow the path shown by com. Moni Bose, and will strive to achieve his unfulfilled goals.

 

[18.05.2015]Corporate Office calls for report on the functioning of Works Committees.

In the National Council meeting held on 14.05.2015, the staff side made a bitter complaint about the non-functioning of the Works Committees. Formation of Works Committees at SSA level is the demand, as well as achievement of BSNLEU. However, in most of the SSAs, either the Works Committee is still not constituted, or meetings are not being held, as per the stipulation of the Corporate Office orders. It is obvious that the district level administration does not want to convene meetings of the Works Committee, for fear of criticism from Recognised Unions, on the issue of improving the quality of services. Unfortunately, the district unions of the Recognised Unions are also not showing much interest in getting the meeting of the Works Committees conducted periodically. CHQ calls upon the district unions to view this issue seriously and to take steps for conducting regular meetings of the Works Committees. The Director (HR) has also assured in the last National Council meeting, to explore the possibilities of forming Works Committees at circle levels.<<view corporate office letter>> 

 

[18.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on strict implementation of the Transfer Policy.<<view corporate office letter>>  

 

[18.05.2015]Payment of EPF to casual labourers from 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011 settled.

The EPF scheme has already been implemented to the casual labourers working in BSNL, as a social security measure. However, the scheme is implemented only w.e.f. 10.01.2011, even though the casual labourers are working even before the BSNL is formed. Hence, BSNLEU and the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF) have been continuously taking up the issue that the EPF scheme should be implemented w.e.f. 01.10.2000. As a result, Corporate Office has issued letter today, directing all the CGM’s to immediately make payment of EPF contribution arrears for the period from 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011. All the casual labourers working BSNL will get a very big amount credited in their EPF accounts as a result of this order. BSNLEU congratulates all the beneficiaries.<<view corporate office letter>> <<enclosure>>

 

[18.05.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (ERP), BSNL Corporate Office, demanding immediate provision in the ERP system, to facilitate employees for converting their GPF advance into Final Withdrawal.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.05.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office, demanding revision OTA rates in line with the judgement of the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay.<<view letter>>

 

[18.05.2015]Airtel to get $2.5 billion as loan from Chinese banks – Agreement signed during Modi’s China visit.

Bharti Airtel has signed agreement with Chinese Banks, to get loans to the tune of 2.5 billion US dollars (Rs.15,000 crore). The Company will get $2 billion as loan from China Development Bank and $500 million as loan from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Agreements to this effect were signed during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China. It is a known fact that Chinese commercial banks are extending loans at much cheaper rates than the Indian commercial banks. Bharti Airtel is already having network equipment sourcing agreements with China’s ZTE and Hua Wei.

[Source: DNA 16th May, 2015]

 

[18.05.2015]Procurement of sufficient stores and materials to take advantage of the scheme offering free calls between 9 pm and 7 am - CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL.

All are aware that the Management has introduced the scheme which offers free calls on landlines between 9 pm and 7 am. This scheme cannot bring the desired results, unless our landline network is maintained fault-free. The acute shortage of stores and materials prevailing at the field level is a big hurdle in maintaining a fault-free landline network. CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL demanding immediate and adequate procurement of good quality stores and materials. Circle and district secretaries are requested to take up this issue at their respective levels, pressurising the administration to promptly procure the requisite stores and materials.<<view letter>>

 

[18.05.2015]Issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who were promoted as Telecom Mechanics - CHQ writes to the Corporate Office demanding not to make any discrimination between those who were promoted before 10.04.2006 and after that date.<<view letter>>

 

[16.05.2015]India’s poor performance in the export of Hi-tech goods.

It is almost 24 years since the Neo-Liberal Policies are implemented. It was tom-tommed by the govt. that the liberalisation of the economy will bring huge capital and state-of-the art technology. But the latest figures released by the World Bank shows that India is even behind countries like Thailand and Vietnam in the export of Hi-tech goods. China with the export of Hi-tech goods worth $560/- billion is ranking no.1 and Germany with $193.1 billion is the second. India with $16.7 is in the 23rd position. Thailand with $33.9 billion and Vietnam with $27.8 billion are much ahead of India. 

 

[16.05.2015]Why I will not waive my gas subsidy.

The government is moving fast in withdrawing all the subsidies being given to the common man. Healthcare, Education, and food subsides are already cut down to a great extent. While doing this, the government is also increasing the quantum of concessions being given to the corporates. In the budget for the year 2015-16, concessions worth Rs.5,89,285.2 crore are given to the corporates. Recently, the government has given call to the citizens to sacrifice their gas subsidy. A write up, published in the Mangalore Today News Network on the subject is reproduced for the benefit of our visitors.<<<view article>>>

 

[16.05.2015]Two Day satyagraha by the Casual and Contract Workers of Kerala Circle.

The Casual and Contract Workers of Kerala circle, organised under the banner of BSNL Casual Contract Labour Union, went on a two day satyagraha on 13th & 14th May, 2015. The satyagraha was conducted in front of the CGM office, as well as in front of the all the GM offices. The demands raised were implementation of the agreement reached between the CGM and the Union, regularisation of all casual and contract workers, wage increase, equal wages for equal work, payment of wages on time, implementation of EPF & ESI to all workers, supply of Identity Card, payment of bonus, supply of adequate stores and materials for the improvement of services, etc. A large number of casual and contract workers participated in the satyagrahas. Leaders and active members of BSNLEU participated and supported the satyagraha. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the casual and contract workers of Kerala.<<views of satyagraha>>

 

[15.05.2015]BSNL's press release on carrying over unused 3G data to next recharge.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.05.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to immediately send the clarification to the CGM, Tamil Nadu, regarding the methodology for calculation of vacancies, for the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.<<view letter>> 

 

[15.05.2015]BSNL Management has issued notification for the recruitment of Management Trainees (MT).

BSNL Management has issued notification for the recruitment of Management Trainees (MT). Recruitment will be done to fill 200 posts. Among these 200 posts, 150 will be for Telecom Operations and 50 will be for Telecom Finance. Application has to be submitted online, which starts on 25th May and ends on 14th June. For the Internal candidates 4 years of service as Executive is must. BSNLEU is strongly demanding that the Non-Executives also, who process the requisite qualification, should be allowed to appear the exam. Management has assured that the RR would be reviewed, after holding the first exam/recruitment. BSNLEU will continue to pressurise the Management to permit Non-Executives to appear this exam. 

 

[15.05.2015]India’s telephone users are 100 crore now.

The number of telephone customers has reached the magic figure of 100 crores in the end of April 2015. As per the report of the TRAI, India’s telephone customer’s number was 996.49 million in the month of March 2015. The average monthly growth of telephone customers is .93%. As such, the number has reached 1 billion (100 crores) by the end of April 2015. 

 

In this, BSNL’s customers were 77.02 million by the end of March 2015. MTNL’s was 3.51 million customers of other operators are as follows: 

 

Airtel                       - 226.01 million

Vodafone               - 183.80 million

Idea                        - 157.80 million

Reliance                 - 109.47 million

Aircel                      - 81.39 million

Tata Teleservices - 66.31 million 

 

[15.05.2015]Supreme Court dismisses the petitions of private operators for extension of license period.

The Supreme Court of India dismissed a bench of petitions yesterday, filed by the private telecom operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance. These companies have prayed for the extension of the period of their licenses. The Supreme Court has observed that there was no merit in the petitions.

[14.05.2015]Note on the discussions took place in the National Council meeting held today the 14th May 2015. <<view letter>> 

[14.05.2015]National Council meeting held.

The 32nd National Council meeting was held today, the 14.05.2015. The meeting was presided over by Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR). Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President and com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, Karnataka participated in the meeting from BSNLEU. A note on the discussions and decisions of the meeting will be uploaded on CHQ website shortly.

 

[14.05.2015]DoT diverted over Rs 33,000 crore from USO Fund for other purposes.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has diverted 33,682 crore from the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund, for other purposes from 2002-03 to 2013-14, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said in its report on Accounts of Union Finances. The USO Fund was formed to provide telephone and broadband services in rural areas.  

 

"Against the total collection of universal access levy (UAL) of 58,579.4 crore during 2002-03 to 2013-14, disbursement of subsidy of only 24,896.5 crore was made from the fund during these periods. Rest of the amount was spent for other purposes," the CAG said.

[Source: Economic Times dated 13.05.2015]

[14.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on implementation of service tax on PLI premium in the ERP system.<<view letter>> 

[14.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on conducting regular quarterly meetings of Works Committees and sending consolidated reports. <<view letter>>

[14.05.2015]Forum Circular No.1, dated 14.05.2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[14.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on extension of additional facility of unlimited free calls between 9 PM to 7AM on landline and mobile of any network within India under all the “retail” Broadband combo plans including circle specific BB Combo plans and those BB combo plans which were earlier withdrawn for new customers but still some customers are working in these plans.<<<click here>>>

 

[13.05.2015]Calculation of JTO vacancies in Tamil Nadu circle, for the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013 - General Secretary meets GM(Estt.), BSNL CO.

The Tamil Nadu Circle administration has written to the BSNL Corporatre Office, seeking approval for the methodology in which the JTO vacancies are to be calculated for the JTO LICE held on 02.06.2013.  This letter was written on 15.04.2015. It is almost one month since the approval was sought. However, so far Corporate Office has not approved any of the two methodologies suggested by the TN circle administration. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), BSNL CO today and discussed the issue and demanded that early approval be given to Tamil Nadu circle. The GM (Estt.) assured to look into this and send expeditious approval to Tamil Nadu circle.

 

[13.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on information of casual labours who had been conferred Temporary Status on or before 30.09.2000 and appointed subsequently as TM.<<<click here>>>

 

[13.05.2015]Management urged to immediately issue Rs.200 SIM to the Non-Executives posted in MTNL areas.

Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), yesterday the 12.05.2015 and demanded that the Rs.200/- SIM facility should immediately be provided to the Non-Executives posted in MTNL service areas. They also demanded that the Management should immediately take decision to allow calls to other networks on this SIM.

 

[13.05.2015]BSNLEU demands Management to extend free call facility on landlines to the employees and retirees also.

BSNL has introduced the scheme of allowing free calls on landlines from 9 pm to 7 am. But the same is not extended to the landlines of BSNL employees and retirees (SE DoT and R DoT categories). BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the CMD BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) yesterday the 12.05.2015 and demanded him to take steps to extend this facility to the employees and retirees also.

 

[13.05.2015]Decisions of the meeting of the JAC, held yesterday the 12.05.2015.<<<click here>>>

 

[12.05.2015]TRAI reduces IUC charges.

The TRAI has reduced the Inter connect Usage Charges (IUC). The charge is reduced from 20 paise per minute to 14 paise per minute. The IUC is paid by the operator, whose customer makes a call, to the operator whose customer receives the call. 

 

[12.05.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, demanding Rs.200/- SIM to the Non-Executives posted in MTNL service areas and also the facility to call customers of other networks.<<<view letter>>>

 

[12.05.2015]Narendra Modi government now wants to grab PSU lands for corporates.

Through the “Land Acquisition Bill”, the Narendra Modi government wanted to grab the lands of farmers and to hand them over to the Corporates. However, this bill has created severe opposition among the farmers and people. So, the government is now eyeing the lands of Public Sector Undertakings. The PSUs are having vast tracts of lands with them in prime locations. In the name of infrastructure development, the Modi government wants to grab these lands, only to be handed over to the corporates. It is reported that the Ministry of Heavy Industries, the nodal ministry of the PSUs, has already sought details of lands available with the PSUs. It is reported that 2.5 lakh acres of lands are available with the sick PSUs alone.

[Source: The Economic Times, dated 12.05.2015]

 

[12.05.2015]Sanctioning of annual sports grants to various Circles.<<view Corporate Office letter>>  

 

[11.05.2015]The viewership of BSNLEU website crossed 15,00,000.

It is amazing to note that the viewership of BSNLEU website crossed the 15,00,000 mark on 09-05-2015. This shows how popular, as well as trusted, is the website of BSNLEU. Even though BSNLEU started it's website in 2005, the site was modified on 27-01-2009. So, 15,00,000 is the number of visitors who visited the website after 27-01-2009. BSNLEU not only carries updates connected with the BSNL and it’s employees, but also on all social, political and economic issues affects the working class and the people of the country. This website will continue to play this pivotal role in creating awareness among the employees. BSNLEU sincerely thanks all the viewers for the solid support they have given. 

 

[11.05.2015]Joint Action Committee (JAC) meeting taking place on 12-05-2015.

A meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives is taking place on 12-05-2015. This meeting is expected to review the status of the important issues of the Non-Executives and to decide the future course of action. 

 

[11.05.2015]Forum to meet on 13-05-2015 to chalk out future course of action.

The Forum of Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives and Executives will meet at New Delhi on 13-05-2015. The meeting will review the 2 day strike, as well as the talks that were held on 01-05-2015, with the Secretary, DoT. After reviewing the developments, the meeting is expected to decide about the future course of action, on the issue of revival of BSNL. 

 

[11.05.2015]National Council meets on 14-05-2015.

The National Council meeting is taking place on 14-05-2015. This meeting should have been held in the month of December 2014 itself. However, due to the lethargy and negligent attitude of the Management, it is taking place much belatedly, despite repeated reminders by the Staff Side to hold the meeting on time. As a prelude to the National Council meeting, the Staff Side meeting is taking place at 1030 hrs on 13-05-2015.

 

[11.05.2015]Com. Yashveer Singh, District Secretary, Haridwar passed away.                                       

CHQ is extremely shocked and saddened to inform that com.Yashveer Singh, District Secretary, Haridwar, passed away yesterday, due to a massive heart attack. Com. Yashveer Singh was aged only around 50 years. CHQ pays it's respectful homage to com.Yashveer Singh and conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the departed leader.

 

[09.05.2015]CAG points out loss of Rs.31,000 crore loss due to non-imposition of fines and undue gains to private operators.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pointed out a loss of Rs.31,000 crore to the exchequer,  due to non-imposition of fines and undue gains to private telecom companies.  The CAG has pointed out that Bharati Airtel made an undue gain of Rs.499 crore, due to the hasty decision of the DoT to merge Chennai telecom circle with Tamil Nadu in 2005. Further,  Reliance Jio was benefited to the tune of Rs.3367.29, since the DoT allowed it to provide voice service under the new licensing regime. The CAG has also pulled up the DoT's vigilance arm for failing to impose a penalty of Rs.4,300 crore on telecom companies for violation of mobile tower radiation rules. The CAG has also stated that Reliance Communications and Tata Tele services were benefitted to the tune of Rs.822.06 crore, after the DoT granted telecom licenses for dual technology in October 2007. It is also accused by the CAG that the decision of the DoT to allow intra - circle roaming, which involves sharing of spectrum by telecom operators,  also caused huge financial loss.

 

[ source: Indian Express date 09-05-2015 ]

 

[08.05.2015]Corporate Office guidelines on constitution of local councils at Circle Headquarters and SSA levels.<<click here>> 

 

[08.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on allotment of Staff Quarters to the Officers of DoT Units viz. VTM/TERM/CCA - Cells.<<click here>> 

 

[08.05.2015]BSNL's quality of service come under severe criticism in Parliament.

BSNL's quality of service came under severe criticism in the Parliament on Tuesday last.  While criticising the quality of service of BSNL, shri Sanjay Dotre, a member of the BJP, wondered whether some of the BSNL employees are working for the private telecom companies, since they are not interested in improving their own services, and thereby helping the private companies to expand their networks. The MP drew applause from the opposition bench. Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad intervened and defended BSNL by saying that BSNL is suffering from the days of the UPA government. 

 

[08.05.2015]Teledensity in urban India is 168.

Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has provided the following information in the Parliament, regarding the telecom services of the country.  The Minister has stated that Teledensity in urban India stood at 168, as of February, 2015, while the same in rural areas stood at 47. The National teledensity stood at 78.73 said the Minister.  He has also stated that out of the 5 lakh villages in the country, only 55,000 villages do not have telecom network.

 

[08.05.2015]CMD, BSNL writes to all CGMs to provide uninterrupted telecom services during Monsoon season.<<click here>> 

 

[08.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on Operation Samundra (BSNL) Manthan.<<click here>> 

 

[08.05.2015]Minutes of the 21st meeting of Standing Committee of National Council  held on 10th  February and 12th March, 2015.<<click here>> 

 

[07.05.2015]Corporate Office approves one more center to hold TTA exam in AP circle. 

The Andhra Pradesh Circle Union requested the CHQ to take up issue with the Corporate Office, for arranging more exam centres for the forthcoming TTA exam. CHQ took up the issue and demanded to arrange 3 more centres. However, the Corporate Office agreed to organise only one more centre at Vijayawada, in addition to Hyderabad. <<<view letter>>>

 

[07.05.2015]Revenue of the Indian Telecom Sector hits Rs.2.19 trillion.

Quoting the figures provided by the Minister of Communications in the Parliament, the PTI has reported that the revenue of the Indian Telecom Sector was a whopping Rs.2.19 trillion($34.3 billion) for the financial year 2013-14. This is equivalent to 1.93 % of the GDP of the country.  In the financial year 2012-13, the revenue of the Telecom Sector was Rs.2.07 trillion. 

 

[07.05.2015]Corporate Office issues letter, to allow immunity from transfers beyond the first term.

CHQ is pleased to inform that after much dilly - dallying, the Corporate Office has finally issued letter, modifying the earlier letter issued on immunity from transfers. According to earlier letter of the Corporate Office, immunity from transfers to the office bearers of the Recognised Unions will be available only for the first term, and not for the subsequent terms. BSNLEU took up the issue continuously, demanding that the facility should be made available for the subsequent terms also, as per the DoT orders. This was discussed with the Director (HR) and was accepted also. However, the matter was delayed and modified letter was not issued. Meanwhile, BSNLEU came to know that the SR Branch was moving a note to deny our demand. Hence, CHQ lodged it's protest. The matter was discussed with the GS, NFTE BSNL also, and he also consented for giving call for protest demonstrations. Under these circumstances, the Corporate Office has issued letter, modifying the earlier letter. As per this letter, the facility of immunity from transfers will be available for the subsequent terms also.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.05.2015]Corporate Office letter on conducting Circle High Power Committee (CHPC) meeting for consideration of Compassionate Ground Appointment (CGA) cases as per changed procedure.<<<view letter>>>

 

[07.05.2015]Shri Shameem Aktar, Sr.GM (SR) says that the demand of the Union on the issue of immunity from transfers is being settled.

Shri Shameem Aktar, Sr.GM (SR) spoke to com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, today and conveyed the decision of the Corporate Office to settle the issue of immunity from transfers. He has said that the demand of the Union, that the facility of immunity from transfers should be made available to the office bearers of the Recognised Unions not only for the first term, but also for the subsequent terms is accepted. He has stated that the Corporate Office letter in this regard, would be issued shortly.

 

[06.05.2015]RLC directs BSNL Management to explore the possibility of settling the stagnation issue.

The Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted conciliation today the 06.05.2015, between the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives and the BSNL Management, on the charter of demands on which the one day strike took place on 27.11.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS participated in the discussion on behalf of the JAC. Sr.GM (SR) and GM (Estt.) participated from the Management. The Management Side submitted a status report on the 9 issues on which the Convener JAC had submitted a detailed note to the RLC. The JAC representatives strongly argued that the stagnation issue should be settled, if necessary by revising the wage revision agreement. They also pointed out that the wage revision agreement was already revised by the Management, while granting 78.2% IDA fixation. The Management Side agreed to hold discussion with the JAC on the issue of stagnation as well as other demands contained in the charter of demands.<<view minutes>> 

[06.05.2015]The status report submitted to the RLC, by the BSNL Management, in response to the detailed note submitted to the RLC, by the Convener of the JAC.<<view report>> 

[06.05.2015]Immunity from transfers – BSNL Management wants to deny the facility for the subsequent terms.

While issuing the revised order on immunity from transfers to the office-bearers of the Recognised Trade Unions, the BSNL Corporate Office has mischievously inserted a condition that the facility of immunity from transfers will be available only for one term. This is against the DoT order, on immunity from transfers, existing till recently. BSNLEU has taken up this issue with the Director (HR) and strongly demanded that the facility should be made available for the subsequent terms also, as per the DoT orders. BSNLEU has already written a number of letters on this issue and has already held a number of discussions. The issue was again discussed with the Sr.GM (SR) today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. From today’s discussion, it is understood that the BSNL Management is moving in the direction of giving the facility only for the first term and not for the subsequent terms. This move of the Management is mischievous and is aimed at curtailing the trade union rights in BSNL. BSNLEU will shortly give call for nation wide protest demonstrations, in consultation with other organizations, against this mischievous move of the BSNL Management.

[06.05.2015]"Farmer suicides, Neo-Liberal Policies and the working class" - article of Tele Crusader, May 2015.<<< Read article >>>

[06.05.2015]JAC writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding discussion on the long pending problems of the Non-Executives.<<view letter>> 

[06.05.2015]CHQ writes to the CMD BSNL to get the Revised JTO RR approved by the BSNL Board, without further delay.<<view letter>>

[05.05.2015]Struggle against the anti-labour policies of Modi government will be decided on 26th May, 2015 – says BMS General Secretary.

Com. Vrijesh Upadyay, the General Secretary, BMS, has stated in a statement that the Central Trade Unions are holding a Workers Convention at New Delhi on 26th May, 2015, to decide nationwide agitational programme, including strike, against the anti-worker policies of the government. Dilution of Labour Laws, disinvestment in PSUs, price rise, unemployment, universal social security cover for workers, etc. are the issues against which the struggle would take place, said com. Vrijesh Upadyay. It is a known fact that BMS is close to the BJP. Even an organisation like the BMS is unable to bear the anti-labour policies of the Narendra Modi government. 

 

[05.05.2015]RLC conciliation to take place tomorrow, on the demands of the JAC.

The Regional Labour Commissioner will hold a conciliation meeting tomorrow the 06.05.2015, between the JAC and the BSNL Management, on the demands of the one day strike that took place on 27.11.2014. 

 

[05.05.2015]JAC meeting to be held on 12.05.2015.

A meeting of the Joint Action Committee of the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives will be held at 1600 hrs on 12.05.2015, at the BSNLMS office. The meeting will review the status of the issues and will decide about the future course of action.

 

[02.05.2015]A clarification on refund of BWA Spectrum charges from the DoT.

Originally, BSNL was to get an amount of Rs.6,700 crore from the DoT,  towards refund of BWA Spectrum charges. But, thereafter, Rs.2,000 crore has been adjusted towards the payments to be made by the BSNL to the DoT. Thus, as of now, only Rs.4,700 crore is due from the DoT, towards refund of BWA Spectrum charges. We came to know about this fact only a few days back. We are making this clarification, since some comrades have raised the doubt.

 

[02.05.2015]Two day circle conference of UP (East) circle started at Chitrakoot. 
The two day circle conference of BSNLEU of UP (East) circle started at Chitrakoot in Banda district today. The conference is inaugurated by com.Premnath Rai, General Secretary, CITU, Uttar Pradesh. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President also addressed the Conference. The leaders explained the issues related to the revival of BSNL, the grievances of the Non-Executives and the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. Delegates session started after the inaugural session. <<<views of the Conference>>>

 

[02.05.2015]Views of May Day celebration.<<click here>>

 

[02.05.2015]Note on talks held between the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations and the Secretary, DoT, on 01-05-2015, on the demands of the 2 days strike, held on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.

All the Unions and Associations that took part in the 2 day strike participated in the talks. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, represented BSNLEU.  Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT, Ms.Reeta Teotia, Special Secretary, DoT, shri Uma Shankar, Joint Secretary, DoT, Ms.Annie Moress, Member (Finance) and shri N.K.Gupta, Member (Services) participated from the DoT. BSNL Management was represented by shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, Ms.Sujatha Ray, Executive Director (Finance) and shri Shameem Akhtar Sr.GM(SR). The following are the important issues that were discussed. It was very evident from the discussion, that our 2 day strike has created very good impact on the government.<<< view note >>>

 

[01.05.2015]Forum is meeting Secretary, DoT, today.

As already informed, the Secretary, DoT, is meeting the leaders of the Forum at 1700 hrs. today, to discuss the demands raised in the two day strike held on 21st and 22nd April. Depending upon the outcome of today’s meeting, Forum will decide upon the future course of action.

 

[01.05.2015]Corporate Office press release on announces reduction in Roaming Tariffs by 75%.<<click here>> 

 

[01.05.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.05.<<click here>>

 

 

[30.04.2015]Adding insult to injury.

Om Prakash Dhankar, the agriculture minister of Haryana, belonging to the BJP, has stated that the farmers committing suicide are cowards and criminals. This is highly condemnable. The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) says that 2,96,438 farmers have committed suicide between 1995 and 2013. Are the farmers mad to commit suicide in such large numbers? It must be noted that this is the period of intensive implementation of the Neo-Liberal Policies, as a result of which the subsidies given to farmers are cut down in a big way. Monsoon failure and unseasonal rains also compounded the problems of farmers, especially small and medium sized farmers. These are the factors which have driven the farmers to commit suicide in such large numbers. It is a shame on the ruling BJP, that it’s ministers have become so arrogant to make such derogatory remarks.

 

[30.04.2015]Meeting with shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD and conveyed the appreciation of the Union for taking the bold decision of making calls free from landlines between 9 pm to 7 am, and stated that this step would boost BSNL’s marketting in a big way. They also drew the attention of the CMD BSNL to the non-settlement of the burning issues of the Non-Executives, on which strike took place on 27.11.2014, and demanded a discussion on the issues. The CMD has assured for a discussion in the month of May.

 

[30.04.2015]Meeting with GM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and once again urged upon her to issue expeditious clarification and to Andhra Pradesh circle, on the queries raised about the eligibility to appear the TTA exam. The representatives also urged the GM (Estt.) to send expeditious clarification, on the queries raised by the CGM, Kolkata on NEPP. Some discussion crept in with regards to the pension contribution of Directly Recruited employees. The representatives reiterated the stand of the Union that 30% contribution, in respect of superannuation benefits, should be made by the Management.

[30.04.2015]Intimation for meeting between Forum and the Secretary, DoT, on 01.05.2015, on the demands of the 2 day strike, held on 21st & 22nd April, 2015.<<click here>>

 

[29.04.2015]In defence of net neutrality – Editorial of the May 2015 issue of Telecrusader.<<click here>>

 

[29.04.2015]Nepal earth quake death toll may rise to 10,000.

Nepal Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala has informed that the Nepal earth quake death toll may rise to 10,000. Already 5,000 dead bodies are recovered. India is extending all helps to give relief to the quake affected Nepal.

 

 

 

 

 

[29.04.2015]CEC meeting at Dalhousie – CEC members to note please.

CHQ has already informed all CEC members that Pathankot is the nearest railway station to reach Dalhousie. In case, tickets are not available to Pathankot, CEC members are requested to reach Jalandhar by train. From Jalandhar, CEC members can reach Dalhousie by road, via Pathankot. As already informed by the Reception Committee, CEC members are once again requested strictly not to bring any guest with them. 

 

[29.04.2015]Idea’s net profit increases by 60% and Airtel’s net profit increases by 31% in the 4th quarter.

As per media reports Idea’s net profit increased by 60% and Airtel’s net profit increased by 31% in the 4th quarter, for the period from January to March 2015. Airtel’s net profit for the 4th quarter is Rs.1255 crore. The Company’s net profit for the same period last year was Rs.962 crore. Similarly, Idea reported a net profit of Rs.942 crore for the 4th quarter. The Company’s net profit has increased by 60% compared to the net profit of last year.

 

[28.04.2015]Two day CEC meeting of AIBDPA started at Jamnagar.

The two day CEC meeting of All India BSNL and DOT Pensioners Association started at Jamnagar today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, who is invited to attend the meeting, could not attend the same due to unavoidable reasons. BSNLEU expresses its warm greetings to the CEC members and wishes the CEC meeting all success.

 

[28.04.2015]Grab the new opportunity to increase landline customers.

BSNL was not able to take advantage of the mobile services, since the Ministers and Government did not allow the Company to expand it’s networks. At the same time, BSNL’s problems got compounded due to the large scale surrender of landlines also. Crores of BSNL’s landlines are surrendered in the recent years. The BSNL Management has now come out with a scheme which will help to substantially restore the lost glory of the Company. The scheme announced by BSNL, which offers free calls from BSNL landlines to all networks between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am should be publicised among the public in a massive way. This will not only help us to stop the surrender of landlines, but will also help us to increase our landline customers substantially. Remember how BSNL made rapid strides in mobile service in 2003-04 by announcing incoming calls free and by doing away with the deposit for postpaid connections.

 

[28.04.2015]DO letter of CMD BSNL to all CGM's on introducing free calls between 9 pm and 7 am.<<view letter>>

 

[28.04.2015]Telecom Secretary pulls up telecom companies for call drops and inflated bills.

Telecom Secretary, Rakesh Garg, has pulled up telecom operators for call drops and inflated bills. He has said that people believe that call drops are a deliberate attempt of service providers for charging a customer multiple times. The Telecom Secretary has also said the service providers frequently change the package rates, contrary to the initially agreed arrangement without any consent of the customer. What the Telecom Secretary has not mentioned is that only the private telecom companies are cheating the customers in these manners.

 

[28.04.2015]Do not carry out works for DoT, without advance payment or approval from BSNL Corporate Office.

It is learnt that BSNL Corporate Office has directed the circle heads not to carry out works at Department of Telecom (DoT) offices in their regions without advance payments or prior permission of the Corporate Office. The letter reads thus: - "It is hereby directed not to carry out any work on behalf of DoT without receipt of written sanctions from DoT and without advance payment for carrying out such work. The claims are raised on DoT, after completion of the work and in most of the cases such amounts remain unrealised and thus appear outstanding amount in the books of accounts as claims recoverable from DoT." It is learnt that, the letter asked BSNL Chief General Managers to instruct all the unit heads of their circle including civil engineering and electrical wings to "strictly comply with these instructions". It is learnt that an estimated amount of Rs.300 crores remains unpaid, on account of works carried out by BSNL for the DoT.

[Source: Press Trust of India, dated 27 April 2015]

 

[27.04.2015]Observe May Day in the most befitting manner.

The working people of the country are in the midst of a serious attacks. The Narendra Modi government is taking speedy steps to curtail the hard won rights of the working class, through changes in the labour laws. Serious attack is being launched on the Public Sector through a massive disinvestment programme. While the government is heaping concessions to the corporates, it has launched an attack on the subsidies meant for the marginalised sections of the people. The RSS is out to divide the working people on communal lines. Hence, this year’s May Day should be utilised to highlight the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government and also the necessity to strengthen the unity of all sections of the working people.

 

[27.04.2015]CHQ writes reminder to the Corporate Office, on issuing clarifications to the CGM, AP circle, on the eligibility to appear TTA LDCE.<<view letter>>

 

[27.04.2015]CHQ writes  to the Corporate Office, demanding to permit the CGM, AP circle to hold the TTA LDCE in four centres.<<view letter>>

 

[27.04.2015]Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met the following officers and discussed the following issues. 

Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.)

Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) is requested to send necessary clarifications sought by Andhra Pradesh circle, on the eligibility to appear TTA LICE, and also to issue orders on implementation of EPF w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the casual labours. The issue of extension of special incentives to the employees working in Kashmir Valley is also insisted. The GM (Estt.), assured to do the needful at the earliest. 

Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (Restg.).

It was demanded to immediately hold the meeting on BSNL’s HR Plan, as per the assurance given by the CMD BSNL, to the Forum on 17th April, 2015. The GM (Restg.) assured to do so. 

Shri D. Chakrabarti, GM (Rectt.).

The GM (Rectt.) is demanded to expeditiously send the approval for holding TTA exam in more centres in Andhra Pradesh circle, in addition to circle HQ. The GM (Rectt.) assured that needful would be done.

[27.04.2015]Notification to hold National Council meeting on 14th May, 2015.<<click here>>

[27.04.2015]BSNL and MTNL to levy local call charges to all calls to Nepal for 3 days.

BSNL has always risen to the occasion, in helping the people in distress, whenever natural calamities have taken place. In line with this tradition, BSNL and MTNL announced on 25.04.2015 that, local call charges will be made applicable to all calls made to Nepal. This facility will be in vogue for 3 days. Airtel too, on the same day, announced that calls to Nepal would be free for 48 hours. 

 

[27.04.2015]Private operators threaten to raise data tariffs by 6 times.

Private telecom operators like Airtel, Reliance etc. attempted make the internet a facility of the rich and thereby mint more money. However, their attempt to disturb the ‘Net neutrality’ is almost foiled now. 11.8 lakh protest emails have been sent to the TRAI and the Minister of Telecommunications, is forced to make a statement that the govt. would take a final decision on this. Having frustrated with these developments, Gopal Vittal, MD, Airtel, has announced that they may be forced to raise the data tariff by 6 times. Such anti-people moves by the private companies should be sufficiently taken to the people through our propaganda. 

 

[27.04.2015]Attempt of the CGM, Kerala, to break the strike with police, defeated.

The CGM, Kerala is notorious for his anti-worker attitude and provocative actions. During the 2 day strike, he had summoned a large posse of police to break the strike in CGM office at Trivandrum. However, the determination of the leaders and comrades has foiled the attempt of the CGM. Congrats to Kerala comrades.<<view picture>>

 

[27.04.2015]BSNLEU records it’s protest over the inordinate delay in holding meeting of the National Council.

The meeting of the National Council should take place once in three months. However, it is already six months since the last meeting of the National Council was held in September, 2014. It seems holding of the National Council meeting has become the last priority of the Corporate Management. Hence, BSNLEU has written letter to the CMD BSNL, expressing it’s deep unhappiness over the inordinate delay in holding National Council meetings.<<view letter>>

 

[27.04.2015]TEAN leaders acknowledge BSNLEU’s message of solidarity.

 

The death-toll in Nepal, due to the Himalayan earthquake has risen to 2,200. Large scale devastation is caused to buildings and other infrastructures. BSNLEU has conveyed it’s condolences for those who are killed, and has expressed it’s solidarity with the people of Nepal at this hour of crisis. In reply to BSNLEU’s messages, the following replies are sent by the leaders of the Telecom Employees Association of Nepal (TEAN).

 

“Thank you comrade, hope everything will be normal though after shock in repetition of earthquake is still going on. Thanks.”

 

- Com. Tankalal Shrestha, senior leader of the TEAN, Nepal.

(25.04.2015)

 “Thank you comrade for your solidarity. What happened here is terrible but we are not losing hope and still keeping it all together and fighting it back collectively.”

 

- Com. Indu Acharya Senior Vice-President, TEAN, Nepal.

(26.04.2015)

 

[25.04.2015]CHQ circular no.5 dated 25.04.2015. <<click here>

 

[25.04.2015]Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications held discussion with MPs, on the revival of BSNL.

Members of Parliament, belonging to the CPI(M), including Shri Shankar Prasad Dutta, shri Jitendra Chowdhary, shri A. Sampath, shri P. Karunakaran and shri P.K. Biju  had raised the issue of the strike by 2.25 lakh BSNL employees, demanding revival of BSNL, during ‘Zero Hour’ in the Lok Sabha on 22.04.2015. Consequent to this, it is learnt that the Minister of Communications, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, met these MPs yesterday the 24.04.2015 and has discussed the issue. Details of the discussion are awaited.

 

[25.04.2015]11.8 lakh emails sent to the TRAI, demanding net neutrality.

11.8 lakh emails have reportedly been sent to the TRAI, demanding net neutrality. Telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance etc. have taken steps to create a situation, wherein access to good quality and speedy internet will be denied to the common people. The TRAI, which has been taking a series of pro-corporate measures, is supporting this measure of Airtel, Reliance, etc. Opposing the moves, which will deny net neutrality, a campaign is started to send emails to the TRAI, demanding net neutrality. According to the reports, 11.8 lakh such emails are sent to the TRAI till yesterday, the last day to send views to the TRAI.

 

[25.04.2015]Earthquake in Nepal.

A very powerful earthquake, measuring 7.9 in the Richter Scale, hit Nepal. This is the most powerful earthquake that has hit Nepal in the last 80 years. Loss of lives and widespread damages to buildings are reported. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to com. Thankalal Shreshta, one of the important leaders of the Telecom Employees Association of Nepal (TEAN) and conveyed BSNLEU’s sympathy and concern to the affected people. Damages and loss of lives are also being reported from states bordering Nepal, like UP, Bihar, etc. BSNLEU expresses it’s condolences to the people who are killed in the quake. 

 

[25.04.2015]Notification for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at Himachal Pradesh from 16th to 18th June, 2015.<<click here>>

 

[25.04.2015]Narendra Modi government decides to invest workers Provident Fund money in the share market, to benefit the corporates.

The Labour Ministry has directed the EPF Organisation to invest up to 15% of it’s funds in the share market. The EPFOs deposits for the year is Rs.80,000 crore. This amount is expected to increase up to Rs.1,00,000 crore, due to the monthly wage ceiling that has been increased from Rs.6,500 to Rs.15,000. Thus, according to the directive of the Labour Ministry, in this year itself Rs.15,000 crore may invested in the share market from the EPF fund of the workers. And this Rs.15,000 crore will be used by the big capitalists to increase their profits. Ample chances are there that this workers money, invested in the share market, may finally vanish also, as it happened in the US and in the Europe at the time of the Economic Crisis.

[Source: Times of India dated 25.04.2015]

 

[25.04.2015]Get ready for more serious struggles to save BSNL.

The BSNL employees are on struggle almost for the past six months, demanding to take steps for the revival of BSNL. The first notice for indefinite strike from 03.02.2015, was served on 18.11.2014. Later on, the dates were changed and finally the 2 day strike took place on 21st and 22nd April, 2015. When the 2.25 lakh employees of one of the biggest PSUs were on struggle, it is a shame on the Minister of Communications and the Secretary, DoT, that they could not find time to meet the trade union leaders and discuss the issues, all these 6 months. We proudly say that India is the biggest democracy in the world. Can such a pathetic situation prevail for the workers in a democracy? And fact remains that during all these 6 months the Minister and the Secretary, DoT, had time to meet the corporates in the telecom industry. 

One day before the strike, i.e. on 20.04.2015 the leaders were called for talks with the Secretary, DoT at 7:30 PM. That is, hardly 5 hours before the strike was to start. Thereafter, it was informed that the Secretary, DoT would meet the leaders on 25.04.2015. However, this date was also changed to 27.04.2015. Again this meeting has been postponed to 01.05.2015. This is the importance that the Narendra Modi government gives to the 2.25 lakh employees and to the crucial telecom PSU. All these show that, the employees of BSNL should get ready for more serious mobilizations and struggles to save BSNL.

 

[24.04.2015]2 day Tsunami in BSNL

The 2 day strike by the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees has swept the whole country like a Tsunami. In no circle the strike has failed. Offices, Customer Care Centres and Telephone Exchanges were deserted from Kashmir to Kanya kumari. It is almost 100% in all the circles, on both the days. The massive participation of the employees, on both the days of the strike, only shows their concern for the future of this company, as well as their determination to revive it. BSNLEU heartily thanks the entire employees who participated in the strike. BSNLEU also heartily thanks all the Unions and Associations and the Forum, who have successfully organised this magnificent strike.

 

[24.04.2015]Letter of invitation to the Forum, for meeting with the Secretary, DoT.<<click here>>

 

[24.04.2015]Forum writes to the Hon'ble Minister of Communications, seeking meeting to discuss the issues related to the revival of BSNL.<<view letter>>

[24.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on furnishing of information regarding retired employees for review of without voucher facility to them.<<click here>>

[24.04.2015]National Council meeting again postponed.

After a long delay of 4 months, the 32nd National Council meeting was to take place on 28.04.2015. However, yesterday evening it was informed by the Corporate Office that the meeting was postponed. It is a matter of deep regret that holding the meeting of the National Council, and thereby finding solution to the problems of the Non-Executives, has become the last priority of the Management. The Staff Side will take up this issue with the appropriate authority. 

 

[24.04.2015]Meeting with the Secretary, DoT, rescheduled.

A meeting had been arranged on 27.04.2015, between the Forum and the Secretary, DoT. It is informed that this meeting is postponed and will now take place on 01.05.2015.

 

[23.04.2015]CHQ writes to CMD, BSNL on special concessions to Central Government/PSU employees working Kashmir Valley.<<view letter>>

 

[23.04.2015]National Council meeting being held on 28.04.2015

The National Council meeting is being held on 28.04.2015. The last meeting (31st meeting of the National) was held on 25.09.2014. It was decided in that meeting that the next meeting (32nd meeting of the National Council) would be held by the end of December, 2014. The Staff Side submitted it’s items on 08.12.2014. However, the top officers of BSNL are so busy with the developmental activities of BSNL (???) that they could not find enough time for petty things like holding of the National Council meeting. Anyway, the Director (HR) is kind enough to hold the meeting on 28.04.2015, i.e. after a delay of 4 full months.

 

[23.04.2015]Staff Side meeting to be held 27.04.2015.

As a prelude to the meeting of the National Council, that is being held on 28.04.2015, a meeting of the Staff Side of the National council is being held on 27.04.2015. The meeting will be held in Dada Ghosh Bhawan, and will start at 1030 hrs. All members of the Staff Side are requested to attend the meeting without fail. 

 

[23.04.2015]What next?

After the historic 2 day strike, the one question that is being asked by everyone is “what next?”  Now, a meeting is going to take place between the Forum leaders and Secretary, DoT. Depending upon the outcome of the meeting, the next course of action would be decided. If no improvement comes, certainly the Forum will meet soon and take appropriate decision regarding future course of actions. In any case, the anger witnessed among the employees, during the 2 day strike, will not be allowed to fade away. It will be definitely channelised further, to bring pressure on the government, to take steps for the revival of the BSNL. 

 

[23.04.2015]Salute to our veterans.

The Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL have heroically participated in the 2 day strike held on 21st and 22nd April. In many places, the retired employees, who had been the leaders of the movement earlier, have enthusiastically supported the struggle. We salute those veterans and hope that in the future also they will remain as the part of our struggles. 

 

[23.04.2015]Com. Tapas Ghosh, Secretary General, BSNL CCWF, getting married tomorrow.

Com. Tapas Ghosh, Secretary General of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, is getting married tomorrow at Kolkata. Ms. Sonali is the bride. BSNLEU conveys it’s best wishes and warm greetings to com. Tapas Ghosh and to the bride. 

 

[23.04.2015]Corporate Office letter regarding wide publicity of unlimited free calling during night hours from BSNL Landline phones and acquiring new Landline customers.<<click here>> 

 

[23.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on looking after arrangement for the post of Restg./WSandI, BSNL CO, New Delhi.<<click here>>

[23.04.2015]Grant of DA to Central Government Employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.01.2015.<<click here>>

[23.04.2015]Details of the 2 day strike of the BSNL employees raised in the Lok Sabha.<<view note>>

[22.04.2015]Meeting between Secretary, DoT and Forum, on the issues connected with the 2 day strike, is resheduled to be held at 1700 hrs on 27.04.2015.<<click here>>

[22.04.2015]Shri Sankar Prasad Datta, MP, CPI(M), writes to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on the revival of BSNL and MTNL.<<click here>>

[22.04.2015]BSNL Employees two days strike complete - Forum press release.<<click here>>

 

[22.04.2015]Views of the strike in various circles.<<click here>>

 

[22.04.2015]CITU supports the strike of BSNL employees.

Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, National President of the CITU, has issued a statement, conveying the support of the CITU, to the 2 day strike of the employees of BSNL. The CITU has strongly supported the demands of the employees for the revival of BSNL and has severely criticised the Secretary, DoT and the Telecom Minister, for not inviting the leaders for talks. On behalf of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL, we express our sincere thanks to the CITU.<<view the statement of CITU>>

 

[22.04.2015]Trinamool goons attack BSNLEU members on strike in Kolkata. 

Rapes are freely allowed in West Bengal, but not strikes by the working class. 

In Kolkata, the goons of the ruling Trinamool Congress, have attacked the striking BSNLEU members of CGM Office of West Bengal Circle. The attack has taken place yesterday evening, outside the CGM Office of West Bengal circle. Four comrades are injured in the attack. All of them were admitted in hospital and were discharged later on. Police compliant has been lodged. BSNLEU strongly condemns this attack and demands the law enforcing authorities to bring the criminals to books.

 

[22.04.2015]Revival of BSNL issue raised in Lok Sabha today.

When the 2.25 lakh employees of BSNL were on a nationwide strike, demanding steps for revival of BSNL, the issue was also raised in the Lok Sabha today. Shri Sankar Prasad Dutta, Lok Sabha member of the CPI(M), from Tripura West constituency, raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, during zero hour today. BSNLEU heartily thanks shri Sankar Prasad Dutta, who also happens to be the General Secretary of CITU, Tripura. The details of the question and the reply will be updated on our website, soon after the same received. 

 

[22.04.2015]Management rigs strike figures.

The 2 day strike of the BSNL employees is 100% in all the circles on both the days. However, the BSNL Management tries to derive petty pleasure, by cooking up the strike figures and showing that the strike is not successful. This has happened in many places. BSNLEU strongly condemns this rigging done by the Management.

 

[22.04.2015]BSNL Corporate Office letter and press release on introducing unlimited free calls on landline from 9 pm to 7 am. <<view letter>>

 

[21.04.2015]Circle heads are empowered to waive the outdoor ceiling in deserving cases of notified chronic diseases - Corporate Office letter.<<click here>>

 

[21.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on indication of Aadhaar number in the Salary Package software and pension papers of retiring govt. employees.<<click here>>

 

[21.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on works undertaken/carried out by BSNL on behalf of DoT.<<click here>>

 

[21.04.2015]Views of the strike from various circles.<<click here>>

 

[21.04.2015]Reporting on the successful strike by circle and district secretaries.

Since morning CHQ is receiving a flood of messages about the success of strike in various circles and districts. Our circle and district secretaries are really enthusiastic about the unprecedented success of the strike. CHQ wishes to share this information with everyone. We are re-producing the texts received from various comrades.<<view messages>>

 

[21.04.2015]History created in the BSNL Corporate Office.

Normally, strikes do not take place in the BSNL Corporate Office. To break this deadlock, all the General Secretaries went to the Corporate Office today morning and appealed to the employees to join the strike. Management brought the police in large numbers and attempted to provoke the leaders. However, more than 80% of the employees responded to the appeal of the leaders and joined the strike. This is the first time that a successful strike is organized in BSNL Corporate Office. A lunch hour meeting was organised in the Corporate Office. The gathering, was addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE and President, Forum, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.C. Pandey, GS, BTEU, com. Rakesh Sethi, GS, AIBSNLOA, com. A.A. Khan, CS, SNEA and com. Subendru, AIGETOA. Earlier in the day, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, Forum and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, addressed the gathering in front of the Corporate Office.<<click here>> 

 

[21.04.2015]Forum salutes the employees. Vows to launch indefinite strike as the next step.

A meeting of all the General Secretaries of the Forum is held in the BSNL Corporate Office at 1330 hrs today. Com. Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum, presided over the meeting. The meeting took stock of the ongoing two day strike. The report received by all the General Secretaries is that the employees have overwhelmingly responded to the strike call and that the strike is total in all the circles. The meeting saluted the employees for the grand success of the strike. All the General Secretaries opined that the Forum should give call for indefinite strike, as the next step, if the government does not accept the demands of the Forum to revive BSNL. It was decided to take a decision on this immediately after the strike.

 

[21.04.2015]Strike is a total success in all the circles.

CHQ is pleased to inform that the 2 day strike is a total success in all the circles. Offices are closed down in most of the circles. The Non - Executives and Executives have massively responded to the strike call. Most of the circles have reported that 100%employees have joined the strike. We can say that the strike is an unprecedented success. CHQ heartily congratulates all the employees as well as the Unions and Associations for the success of this historic strike.

[20.04.2015]Forum press release on BSNL Employees' Two Days Strike on 21-22 April 2015 Demanding Revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

[20.04.2015]DoT invites Forum for talks on 25-04-2015.

The first strike notice to go on indefinite strike from 03-02-2015, on the issue of revival of BSNL, was served by the Forum, on the Secretary, DoT & CMD BSNL, on 18-11-2014. Thereafter, the strike was deferred to 17-03-2015. Finally it was decided that a 2 day strike would take place on 21st & 22nd April, 2015. Thus, it is already 5 months since the Forum issued the strike notice. However, the DoT did not get time all these  5 months to  hold talks with the Forum. Now, the DoT has invited the Forum for talks on 25th April, 2015. This is the importance that the DoT is giving to the trade unions. Despite this invitation, the Forum, in its meeting held today morning, decided to go ahead with the strike call. 

 

[20.04.2015]100% strike every where.

CHQ has received feedback from many circles about the preparations for tomorrow's strike. Invariably, all the reports say that the strike will be 100%. This is the situation prevailing in all the circles. The two day strike is going to be a 100% success throughout the country.

 

[20.04.2015]Forum meeting took place today.

The Forum meeting took place at 1100 hrs today at New Delhi. The meeting unanimously decided to go ahead with the two strike, and to make it a total success. Strike will start at 0000 hrs on 21.04.2015 and will continue up to 2400 hrs on 22.04.2015. It will be a stay out strike. On both the days, powerful demonstrations should be organised outside officers, in which all the employees should be made to participate. Sufficient media publicity should be arranged for the demonstrations and the strike and send photos & reports to the CHQ promptly.

 

[18.04.2015]BMS conducts protest demonstration against cancellation of minimum PF pension of Rs.1000.

It is a known fact that the BMS, the biggest trade union of the country, is functioning based on the ideology of the RSS. It is also a known fact that the Narendra Modi government is being remote controlled by the RSS. However, the attacks on the working class, by the Narendra Modi government is becoming so intolerable, that the even the BMS is not able to remain silent, but to come out to the streets and struggle. For example, today's New Indian Express has reported that the BMS conducted demonstrations, protesting against the withdrawal of the minimum Provident Fund Pension of Rs.1000. The BMS has stated that this social security was introduced as a result of long drawn struggles of the working class, and the withdrawal of this pension by the BJP led government will affect 32 lakh families of the workers.

 

[18.04.2015]Action taken report provided by the BSNL Management, in the meeting held on 17.04.2015, between the Forum and the CMD BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[18.04.2015]Forum to meet on 20-04-2015.

A meeting of the Forum will be held on 20.04.2015, to review the discussion that has taken place on 17.04.2015, between the Forum and the CMD BSNL. The meeting will be held at 11:00 hrs in the BSNL MS office.

 

[18.04.2015]Corporate Office issued order on merger of STR and STP circles under single CGM.<<click here>>

 

[18.04.2015]No outcome in the meeting between Forum and CMD BSNL.

A meeting took place yesterday the 17-04-2014, between the Forum and the CMD BSNL. There is no outcome on any issue. The CMD BSNL requested the leaders to defer the strike, so that a meeting can be held with the Secretary, DoT.  The Secretary, DoT has gone on a foreign tour and will be returning only on the evening of 20th April.  The CMD BSNL could not give any assurance that the meeting with the Secretary, DoT, would take place immediately. But, he told that the meeting could take place in 15 days to one month. The Forum replied that the decision would be conveyed after discussion.  The Forum meeting will take place on 20th April. The opinion of BSNLEU is that there is no necessity to defer the strike. However, the matter will be discussed in the Forum meeting and decision will be taken. In the meantime, CHQ requests the circle and district unions to keep the mobilisation for the strike in full tempo. 

 

[17.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on clarification for reimbursement of dietary supplements under BSNLMRS.<<view letter>>

 

[17.04.2015]BSNL joins hands with the US based QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc, to provide public wi fi service in Hyderabad.

High speed public wi fi is started in Hyderabad yesterday. To start with, the service is started in the Hussein Sagar Lake area, which is the heart of the city. The service can be availed by the public, within a radius of 10 kilometres. BSNL, jointly with the US based QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc., is providing the service. The service will be free for the first 30 minutes, and the speed of the broadband will vary from 2 mbps to 10 mbps. 1,800 to 2,500 persons can access this public wi fi at a time. It is said that Hyderabad is one among the 2,500 cities which will provide public wi fi in the country. Internationally, London, San Francisco and Barcelona are among the cities which provide city wide public wi fi service to the people. BSNL, with it's 6,00,000 kilometer long optic fibre network, can play the key role in providing such public wi fi throughout the country.

 

[17.04.2015]Successful “Save BSNL” Convention held at Shillong on 13.04.2015.

A successful “Save BSNL” convention, called on by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, NE-I Circle, was held at Shillong on 13.04.2015. The convention was presided over by com. Ashit Ghosh, CS, SNEA & President, Forum, NE-I.  Com. Gopal Das, Convenor, Forum, NE-I Circle initiated the discussion after welcoming all. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, BSNLEU, CHQ addressed the convention. In his speech he explained 20 point charter of demands of the Forum, for revival of BSNL. He also explained how the successive governments conspired to weaken BSNL. He appealed to all the workers of BSNL to massively participate in the 2 day strike, that is  to place on 21st and 22nd of April, 2015. Com. Dr. M.N. Bhattacharjee, President, MJCTUA, com. J.L. Das, General Secretary, MJCTUA, and com. Ramani Bhattacharjee, GS, CoC of CGE also addressed the convention and expressed total support to the struggle of BSNL Employees for the revival of the company. Com. S. Goswami, CS, BSNLEU, NE-I, com. Ashit Ghosh, CS, SNEA, com. Santanu Ghosh, CS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.B. Das, Circle President, NFTE, com. B. Lahakar, CS, FNTO also addressed the seminar. Vote of thanks was given by com. D.A. Shyela, Vice-President, BSNLEU, NE-I. A good number of BSNL Executives and Non-Executives attended the successful convention. <<view photos>>

 

[17.04.2015]Circle convention of Uttarakhand, held on 10-04-2015.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations of Uttarakhand circle conducted a very successful convention on "Save BSNL" on 10-4-2015 at Dehradun. A large number of members from all Unions and Associations attended. Senior leader Com.J.P.Kothari presided over the convention. Com.Kishori Lal  Chamoli, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Dehradun welcomed everyone. Com.P.C.Kandpal, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU conducted the proceedings of the convention. He also explained the 20 point charter of demands of the Forum. Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice President, BSNLEU (CHQ), Com.P.B.Dobhal, Circle President, BSNLEU, Com.S.S.Rauthan, Circle Secretary, SNEA, Com.A.B.Uniyal, Circle Secretary, NFTE, Com.B.M.Dhyani, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Com.Sita Ram, Circle Secretary, FNTO, Com.Jai Vikram, Circle president, SNEA, Com.Jag Veer Singh Rana, NFTE, Com.Triveni Prassad, Circle Secretary, BTEU, Com.R.S.Pandey, Circle President, AIBSNLEA, Com.A.K.Chaudhary, Circle Secretary, SC/ST W.A. and Com.P.C.Uniyal, Ex.C.S., SNEA also addressed and explained the charter of demands and anti BSNL policies of the Government. They urged the employees to make the strike 100 % success.<<view photos>>

 

[16.04.2015]Final arguments started in the 2G scam case.

Final arguments have started in the CBI Special Court, which is hearing the 2G scam case. In this case, the CBI has filed charge sheet against 17 persons, including the former Telecom Minister A.Raja. In yesterday's argument, the CBI counsel argued that A.Raja changed the cut off date for receiving the applications for allotment of 2G spectrum, to favour ineligible companies and also misled the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on the matter. The final arguments will continue on 25th May. 

 

[16.04.2015]D.O. letter from Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL to all CGMs, on importance of “Customer Care” services in BSNL, keeping in mind the implementation of Mobile Number Portability on PAN India basis. He has stressed upon adopting new work culture and new methodology to satisfy the valued customers.<<click here>>

 

[16.04.2015]D.O. letter from CMD BSNL, Shri Anupam Shrivastava to all CGMs and employees of BSNL, emphasising on capturing the ever increasing data values. In future 35-40% of total revenue will come from the Data Services only. He has called upon all the employees to gear up for this challenge to make the BSNL a market leader in this segment.<<click here>>

 

[16.04.2015]Gujarat Circle Convention.

Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations of Gujarat Circle conducted a marvelous “Save BSNL” convention at Ahmedabad, Gujarat Circle. Large number of employees including district secretaries and presidents of all the Unions/Associations attended the convention. Com. N.J. Bhatia presided over the convention. Com. A.M. Patil conducted the proceedings of the convention. He also delivered the key address on the forthcoming two days strike. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU explained the 20 point charter of demands of the Forum. He also explained the reasons of debacle of the BSNL, decling market share and deteriorating financial position of the company. He also criticized the Neo-Liberal policies of the Government. He told that the govt. of India is totally anti-public sector and wants to kill all the public sector. He called upon the workers to make the strike call a grand success. Com. H.R. Tiwari, Vice President, NFTE CHQ, com. B.S. Khandeker, President, ATM, com.P.K. Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com. Rakesh Mehta, CHQ member of SNEA(I), com. Kumar Lakhtarya, CS, SNATTA, com. S.R. Kshatriya, CS, ATM, com. H.J. Chauhan, CS, BTEU, com. R.M. Belani, CS, AIBSNLEA, com. P. Mathew, CS, AIGETOA, com. K.D. Maurya, CS, SEWA and com. J.K. Sutariya, CS, BSNLOA also addressed the convention. All the leaders of Forum of Gujarat assured that the strike will be complete in Gujarat Circle.<<view photos>>

 

[15.04.2015]The Hindu paper reporting on the 2 day strike of BSNL employees, to be held on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.

In support of their demands – most important being revival of loss-making Bharat Sanchar Nagam Limited, its employees have planned a two-day strike in April. Services will be affected as faults on lines cannot be attended and subscribers might not be able to pay their bills on those two days. Members of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, Tamil Nadu Circle, alleged that the BSNL had suffered losses since 2009 owing to its pro-private sector policy. Association convenor S. Chellappa told presspersons here that the BSNL had incurred losses because of non-purchasing of equipment and cancellation of tenders. Although there was a demand from customers for more mobile connections, BSNL was unable to expand its operations because of lack of equipment. “We plan to go on strike on April 21 and 22 to insist on various demands, including merging Bharat Broadband Network Limited with BSNL and the latter’s expansion,” he said. Over 2.5 lakh BSNL workers will be taking part in the all-India strike, including 8,000 in Chennai.

[Source: The Hindu 15.04.2015]

 

[15.04.2015]Haryana conducted successful convention on save BSNL.

Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations of Haryana conducted a very impressive “Save BSNL” convention at Rewari District on 14.04.2015, in spite of holiday on account of birth day of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar large number of employees from all corners of Haryana attended the convention Com. H.K. Goel, CS, NFTE, presided over the Convention. The proceedings of the convention were conducted by Com. Jai Pal Singh Chaudhary, CS, SNEA (I) Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, explained the 20 point demand charter of the Forum. He also explained the reasons for going on two days strike Com. C. Singh Chairman Forum, G.L. Gogi President SNEA (I) K. Sebastin GS, SNEA (I), Suresh Kumar GS BSNL MS, M.S. Kadian CS, BSNLEU, Kuldip Singh Astt. Treasure BSNLEU, S.P. Madan, Vice President, NFTE, Gulab Singh, CS BSNL MS, Mukesh Choudhary, CS, SNATTA, Arvind Pal Dahiya, AGS, SNEA (I) also addressed the convention. All the circle leaders assured to make the call a grand success. <<click here>>

 

[15.04.2015]Gujarat marches ahead.

It has been our serious concern in the recent past, that strike calls were not being implemented in Gujarat circle. It was a setback that the one day strike on 27-11-2014, called on by the JAC, did not take place in that circle. CHQ of BSNLEU took up this issue very seriously in the Forum meetings, as a result of which a joint circle executive committee meeting of all the unions and associations of Gujarat circle was held in Ahmedabad on 20th March. This meeting helped in a big way, to dispel the lack of trust, that was prevailing between various unions and associations of Gujarat circle. Thereafter, situation started improving. Forum of Gujarat circle was also formed. Following this, a very successful convention was held today the15-04-2015, wherein all the unions and associations participated, and resolved to make the 2 day strike a historic success in Gujarat circle. CHQ salutes the Gujarat comrades.

 

[15.04.2015]All India State Government Employees Federation( AISGEF) expresses solidarity with the BSNL employees who are going on strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015, and urges the government to settle the demands. 

The All India State Government Employees Federation has expressed solidarity with the BSNL employees, who are going on strike on 21st and 22nd April. It has also urged the government to settle the demands. BSNLEU heartily thanks the AISGEF. The following is the statement made by the AISGEF in support of the strike.<<click here>>

 

[15.04.2015]CMD BSNL to meet the leaders of the Forum on 17-04-2015, to dicuss the strike issues.

The CMD BSNL has invited the leaders of the Forum,  for a discussion on the issues on which the 2 day strike is taking place on 21st and 22nd April, 2015. The meeting will take place at 1600 hrs on 17.04.2015.

 

[13.04.2015]Corporate Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f 01.04.2015.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of landline Tariff Plans with introduction of unlimited free calling during night hours i.e. 9PM to 7AM) on any network.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2015]BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

BSNLEU joins the nation to pay it's respectful homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, one of the greatest sons of India, is the chief architect of the Constitution of India. It is needless to state that it is the strong foundation, that is laid down in the Constitution, still helps India to be a democratic nation. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, throughout his life relentlessly fought for social justice for the Dalits. While paying our homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, we also pledge to work to achieve his unfinished goals.

 

[13.04.2015]CEC meeting of BSNLEU to be held at Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, on 16, 17 & 18 June, 2015.

The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh on 16th, 17th and 18th June, 2015. The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is Pathankot. As all of us know, Himachal Pradesh is a small circle. Hence, the HP circle union has strictly informed that arrangements would be made only for the CEC members. All Circle Secretaries and Central Office bearers are requested not to bring anyone extra. Notification will be issued shortly.

 

[11.04.2015]Central Executive Committee meeting to be held in Himachal Pradesh.

CHQ has proposed to hold the next CEC meeting in May / June. Himachal Pradesh Circle has proposed to host this meeting. The decision to this effect is taken in the circle executive committee meeting of Himachal Pradesh, held at Nadaun, on 09.04.2015, which was addressed by com.Balbir Singh, President. Com.H.S.Syal, CS, Himachal Pradesh Circle has said that the dates of the CEC meeting would be finalised shortly, in consultation with the CHQ.


[11.04.2015]Next conciliation meeting on JAC demands will be held on 6th May, 2015.

The next conciliation meeting on the charter of demands of the JAC, will be held between the JAC and the Management on 6th May, 2015, in the presence of the Regional Labour Commissioner ( Central ) at New Delhi.


[11.04.2015]Utilise the whole of next week to make the two day strike 100% success. 

Almost, only one week is left for the two day strike. It must be borne in mind that this is the strike which is going to decide the future of BSNL. Hence, our comrades must make the necessary ground work for the whole of next week, to ensure that the total Non-Executives and Executives participate in the strike. Leaders and functionaries of the Forum must visit all the exchanges / offices and must meet each and every employee, to ensure their participation in the strike. Especially, care must be taken to convince the employees who habitually go on leave during the strike. If necessary, a small team of the Forum must visit their houses and convince them to participate in the strike. 

[11.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on timely settlement of pensionary benefits.<<click here>>

[11.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on settlement of provisional pension/gratuity cases.<<click here>>

[10.04.2015]Central Trade Unions to hold a National Convention of Workers at New Delhi on 26th May,2015.
A meeting of the Central Trade Unions was held in the INTUC office at New Delhi, yesterday the 09.04.2015. The meeting took place to mainly to decide about the struggle against the anti-worker policies of the Narendra Modi government. In this meeting it is decided to hold a National Convention of Workers at New Delhi on 26th May,2015. The date and nature of the struggle will be announced in this convention. 

[10.04.2015]Joint circular of the Central Trade Unions.<<click here>> 

[10.04.2015]General Secretary addressed the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Karnataka circle. 
The Karnataka circle union of BSNLEU organised a very effective Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Bengaluru today. The sole purpose of the meeting is to effectively organise the forthcoming two day strike, called on by the Forum. The meeting is held in the Varadachar Memorial Hall, and it is presided over by com. B.P.Narayan, circle president. Apart from the district secretaries and circle office bearers, a good number of active functionaries from all the districts of Karnataka also attended the meeting. Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, welcomed every one and explained about the significance of holding such a meeting at this juncture. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke elaborately on the background of raising various demands by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL.  He urged upon the functionaries to make the strike 100% successful. The meeting is also addressed by com. M.C. Balakrishna, AGS, as well as by all the district secretaries. CHQ heartily congratulates the Karnataka circle union for taking this important step to effectively organise the strike.<<view photos>> 

[10.04.2015]Forum of Unions/Associations of BSNL Himachal Pradesh Circle conducted a very impressive convention on 08.04.2015.

Forum of Unions/Associations of BSNL Himachal Pradesh Circle, conducted a very impressive convention on 08.04.2015 at Nadaun (Hamirpur SSA). Com. Ravinder Sharma, Circle President, BSNLEU, presided over the convention. Com. K.C. Panwar District Secretary Shimla conducted the proceedings of the convention. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU explained the 20 point charter of demands of the Forum. He also explained the reasons of deteriorating position of BSNL. He told that Neo-Liberal policies adopted by the successive governments are ruining the public sectors of the country including BSNL. The policies of previous and present government are depriving BSNL from providing efficient and quality services by blocking the supply of equipment and with other hurdles. The telecom minister is only blaming the previous Government for debacle of BSNL. But he has done nothing for BSNL since the last ten months. He is making statements only. President called upon the workers to make the forthcoming strike a grand success so that the BSNL as well as its workers are saved from the cruel clutch of multinational companies as well as its workers are saved from the cruel clutch of multinational companies as well as the anti-public sector policies of Modi government. Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Arvind Pal Dahiya, AGS, SNEA, com. H.L. Syal, CS, BSNLEU, com. Tilak Thakur, Joint Secretary, SNEA, North Zone, com. Sudarshan Kumar, CS, SNEA, com. Jarnail Sing, CS, BSNL MS, com. Rakesh Dhiman, ACS, AIBSNLEA and Smt. Monica Sagar, Org. Secretary, SNEA (HP) also expressed their views and assured that 21st & 22nd April strike will be 100% in Himachal Pradesh.<<view photos>>

 

[10.04.2015]Organise two day strike on 21 - 22 April, 2015 - Forum Circular.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2015]Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted conciliation meeting on the demands of the 2 day strike to be held on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.

The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation meeting today between the unions & Associations of BSNL and the Management, on the charter of demands for the 2 day strike that is to take place on 21st & 22nd April,2015. Representatives of the Unions and Associations, as well as the representatives of the BSNL Management were present. Director ( PSU) of the DoT was also present.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, explained in detail on the demands of the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. He narrated how BSNL's procurement of equipments,  as well as it’s expansion of networks were stalled by vested interests, which has landed BSNL in the present financial crisis. He argued that instead of implementing the suggestions of the Unions and Associations for the revival of BSNL,  the government is taking speedy measures to kill BSNL once for all, like the merger of BSNL and MTNL, formation of a subsidiary tower company, etc. The BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation also presented it's demands connected with the casual and contract workers.

 

[09.04.2015]Absolutely no need at all for tariff hike - says Telecom Secretary.

After the recent spectrum auctioning, all the major private telecom companies are arguing that tariffs have got to be raised, since they have spent huge amount for payment of spectrum charges. Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has opposed this. However, shri Rahul Khullar, Chairman, TRAI, has strongly supported the private telecom companies' stand of increasing tariffs. Under these circumstances, shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT, has said that absolutely there is no case for hiking the tariff. He has stated that the profits of the telecom companies continue to be robust, while the debt levels remain within the comfortable limits. Shri Garg has also stated that out of the Rs.1.1 lakh crore total spectrum bidding amount, all the private companies put together have to immediately pay only Rs.29,000 crore, and the balance is to be paid over a period of 10 years after a 2 year moratorium. The revenue of the Telecom companies is increasing at the rate of 11% per annum and the burden on them due payment of spectrum charges will also be very marginal, said the Secretary, DoT.

 

[09.04.2015]NTR Circle Conference inaugurated.

The two day NTR circle conference of BSNLEU started today. Com. H.L. Makkad, Circle President, is presiding over the conference. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, inaugurated the conference. Com. P. Abhimanyu addressed the conference and emphasised the need to make the two day strike successful. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, Shri A.K. Goel, CGM, NTR and Shri A.K. Jain, CGM, NTP are also addressing the conference.<<view photos>>

 

[08.04.2015]Ms. Madhu Arora, has taken over as the new GM (Estt.), Corporate Office.

Ms. Madhu Arora, has taken over as the new GM (Estt.) in the Corporate Office. Ms. Madhu Arora is an experienced officer. BSNLEU heartily welcomes her. Shri R.K. Goyal, who had been the GM (Estt.) hitherto, is posted as the GM, Sonipat. BSNLEU heartily thanks shri R.K. Goyal for all the helps and cooperation that he has extended to the needy employees. BSNLEU wishes both the officers all success in their new assignments. 

 

[08.04.2015]Sr.GM (SR) is urged to speedily amend the order on immunity from transfers.

CHQ has already approached the Director (HR), seeking amendment to the Corporate Office order on granting immunity from transfers. BSNLEU has sought that the immunity should be granted not only during the first team, but for the subsequent terms also. The Director (HR) has accepted this. However, there is acute delay in issuing the modified order. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri Shameem Akthar, Sr.GM (SR) and urged him to process the case expeditiously. 

 

[08.04.2015]The GM (Estt.) is urged to clarify the eligibility to appear TTA LICE, as sought by Andhra Pradesh Circle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met both Ms. Madhu Arora and shri R.K. Goyal today and greeted them. Ms. Madhu Arora, the new GM (Estt.) is urged to expeditiously send necessary clarifications sought by Andhra Pradesh circle administration on the eligibility to appear TTA LICE. The GM (Estt.) assured to do so. 

 

[08.04.2015]112 shall be the new no. for all emergency calls.

The TRAI has proposed that 112 shall be the new number for all emergency calls across the country, such as, police, fire and ambulance. In the US, 911 is the single number for all emergency calls. The TRAI has also recommended setting up of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) to handle distress calls.

 

[08.04.2015]Rs. 2.60 lakh crore is the unpaid bank loans by the corporates.

Rs. 2.60 lakh crore is the loan amount,  not  repaid to the Public Sector banks, by the big ticket corporates in 2014. It is important to note that this amount was Rs. 80,818 crore in 2013.

 

[Source: Economic Times 08.04.2015] 

[08.04.2015]“The Beef Ban” – Editorial of the April 2015 issue of Telecrusader.<<click here>>

[08.04.2015]DPE issued order for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.04.2015.<<click here>> 

[08.04.2015]Decisions of Forum meeting held on 07.04.2015.<<click here>>

 

[07.04.2015]Narendra Modi govt.’s steps to demolish the Public Sector.

In pursuance of the Neo-Liberal policies, the Narendra Modi Government is taking steps vigorously to demolish the entire public sector. We cannot save BSNL alone when the entire Public Sector is demolished. While fighting for the revival of BSNL, it is also our duty to fight to save the Public Sector of the country.<<view details>>

 

[07.04.2015]Central Trade Unions to meet on 09.04.2015, to decide struggle against the anti-worker policies of the Narendra Modi govt.

The Central Trade Unions are meeting at New Delhi on 09.04.2015. Organising struggle against the anti-worker and anti-public sector steps of the Narendra Modi government is the top agenda of the meeting. 

 

[07.04.2015]Celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on 14.04.2015.

It is the decision of the Rajkot Central Executive Committee meeting, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, as well as the champion of the down-trodden people. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in the most befitting manner. Garlanding of the photo/statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Organising of seminars etc. may be done. Reports and photos may be sent to the CHQ promptly. 

 

[07.04.2015]Meeting of the Forum held.

A meeting of the Forum is held at New Delhi today. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS attended the meeting. (Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, could not attend, since he was attending the Steering Committee meeting of the Central PSU unions.) Review of the preparations for the 2 day strike, despatching the signatures collected to the PMO, sending of a joint circular by all the General Secretaries, non-settlement of 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners, taking up of pension revision of BSNL retirees with the 7th CPC, etc. were discussed.

 

[07.04.2015]Meeting of the Steering Committee of Central Public Sector Trade Union held.

A meeting of the Steering Committee of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions is held in the CITU office at New Delhi today. Being a member of the Steering Committee, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, attended the meeting. Com. Swadesh Dev Roy, National Secretary, CITU, presided. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, addressed the meeting and introduced the agenda. Members of the Steering Committee participated in the discussion. The following decisions are taken:- 

(1) A three day interactive workshop of the Public Sector Trade Union functionaries is to be organised at Bangalore. 

(2) A convention of Public Sector contract workers is to be organised in Jharkhand. 

(3) A convention on the revival of sick Public Sector industries is to be organised at Kolkata. 

(4) It is decided to organise stiff resistance to the move being made by the Narendra Modi government to amend all the existing Labour Laws, to benefit the capitalists and against the working class. 

The dates of the workshop/convention will be finalised in consultation with the hosting states.

[07.04.2015]Corporate Office letter on fake advertisement for recruitment.<<view letter>>

[07.04.2015]Declaration of Holiday on 14th  April, 2015 - Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - Corrigendum.<<click here>>

[06.04.2015]CHQ writes to the Sr.GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office, communicating the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions for the Constitutional Amendments passed in the 7th All India Conference.<<view letter>> 

[06.04.2015]Poster for the 2 day strike to be held on 21 – 22 April, 2015.

CHQ has printed a poster (pull out) in the centre page of the April 2015 issue of the Telecrusader. All the Branch Secretaries are requested to pull out this poster from the journal and paste it on the notice board.<<view poster>>

 

[06.04.2015]Cartoon of the month.

The following is the cartoon printed in the front cover page of the April 2015 issue of the Telecrusader, regarding the Land Acquisition Bill that has been brought by the Narendra Modi Government.<<view cartoon>> 

[06.04.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), requesting to issue necessary guidelines on the clarifications sought by Andhra Pradesh Circle Administration in respect of the forthcoming TTA LICE.<<view letter>> 

[06.04.2015]Why BSNL lost the race?

The following is the article written in the April, 2015 issue of the Telecrusader, on the confessions made by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications and IT, for the failure of BSNL.<<view article>>> 

 

[06.04.2015]Circle level conventions of Haryana and Uttarakhand.

The Circle Forum of Haryana has informed that the Circle level convention of Haryana will take place on 14.04.2015 at Rewari. Similarly the Circle Forum of Uttarakhand has informed that the Circle level convention will be held on 10.04.2015 at Dehradun.

 

[04.04.2015]BSNL to provide Wi Fi hotspots throughout the country at a cost of Rs.7000 crore.

Shri Anupam Srivasta, CMD has told that BSNL will be providing wi fi hotspots throughout the country, at a cost of Rs.7000 crore, with a view to provide hi speed wireless service. These hotspots will be integrated with 3G and 4G networks. BSNL has made a tie - up with  the QuadGen wireless for this purpose. The CMD has told that 2,500 hotspots will be created by the end of this financial year.

 
[04.04.2015]Telecom Minister warns private companies against deterioration in services.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and IT, has warned the private operators against further deterioration of services. The Minister said that complaints like call drops should not be there, since the private operators have got plenty of spectrum. Further, he said that as a result of the recent spectrum auctioning, there cannot be an increase in the call charges of more than 1.3 paisa per minute.


[04.04.2015]Chief Labour Commissioner to hold conciliation on 09-04-2015.

It is informed that the Chief Labour Commissioner ( Central ) will hold a conciliation meeting on 09.04.2015, in connection with the strike notice that has been served by the Forum, to go on a two day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.

[04.04.2015]Order of the Ministry of Labour & Employment on increase in Variable Dearness Allowance.<<< view letter >>>

[04.04.2015]ST official of Gujarat circle, helped by BSNLEU, clears the Proficiency Test.

As per the Corporate Office order, candidates appointed under Compassionate Ground, to the cadre of Sr.TOA, should pass the Proficiency Test. According to orders, a candidate who has failed to pass the test within two attempts are to be terminated from service.  Shri Gamit, Sr.TOA, Valsad SSA in Gujarat circle, was about to be terminated, since the official did not pass the test within two attempts. The official belongs to ST community. BSNLEU took up the case with the Corporate Office and demanded that one more attempt should be given to shri Gamit, in relaxation of the rules. Finally, Director (HR) approved the case and granted one more chance to the official. The Valsad District Union has informed the CHQ today that, shri Gamit has cleared the Proficiency Test. BSNLEU feels proud that the Union was able to help a candidate belonging to one of the most downtrodden and exploited sections.

 

[04.04.2015]Andhra Pradesh conducted successful convention on save BSNL.

The AP Circle Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations conducted a successful convention on "Save BSNL", on 1.4.2015 at Hyderabad. 500 delegates from all unions/Associations attended. Com Ch.Chandrasekhara Rao CS NFTE presided. Com P.Asokababu Vice President (CHQ) BSNLEU, in his address, explained in detail about the policies of the Government that resulted in losses to BSNL and how the Modi Government is refusing the payment of amounts due to be paid by it to BSNL. He detailed how Modi government is intensifying implementation of pro-corporate, anti worker policies and the necessity for the Working class to unitedly oppose it.  He told that  the two day strike on 21-22 April should be made successful to see that the Government comes down to settle the demands raised by the Forum for saving BSNL. Com P.Padmanabha Rao Joint Secretary(South) SNEA, Com.K.Anjaiah Secretary (CHQ) NFTE, Com J.Saibaba AGS(E) AIBSNLEA, Com A.Ganesh President (CHQ) BTEU, Com Com B.Lakshman Vice President(CHQ) AIGETOA, Com Ch. Venkateswarlu CS, FNTO, Com M.Sampath Kumar CS SNATTA have addressed. A resolution was adopted unanimously, appealing to all the executives and the non-executives in the circle to fully participate in the two day strike.<<view photos>>

 

[01.04.2015]Former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran's properties worth over Rs.700 crore attached by the ED.

Times of India has reported that former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran's property worth more than Rs.700 crore are attached by the Enforcement Directorate, in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case. It is the allegation against Dayanidhi Maran that, when he was the Telecom Minister, he forced Sivasankaran, the promoter of Aircel, to sell his shares in that company, to the Malaysian company, Maxis. It is alleged by the CBI that, in return the Maran brothers got a huge amount of money from Maxis.

 

[01.04.2015]Constitution Amendments of the Kolkata AIC approved by the Registrar of Trade Unions.

CHQ is glad to inform that the amendments to the Union Constitution, passed by the 7th All India Conference of our Union, are duly approved by Registrar of Trade Unions. Hence, all these amendments come into force with immediate effect. These amendments will be published in the next issue of the Tele Crusader. CHQ will also soon bring out the amended constitution booklet. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Biju, Office Secretary, have taken appreciable efforts to get the amendments approved expeditiously.

 

[01.04.2015]Maharashtra circle conducted a mammoth convention at Mumbai.

The Forum of Maharashtra circle conducted a mammoth convention today at Mumbai. More than 1,300 Non-Executives and Executives participated in it. Com. Ramesh Ayare, CS, NFTE, as well as the President, Forum, presided over the convention. Com.N.K.Nalawade, CS, BSNLEU, as well as the Convener, Forum, welcomed everyone. Com.M.Adasul, CS, SNEA, conducted the proceedings. The convention was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.Seshadri, AGS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com.C.M.Saste, Organising Secretary, AIBSNLEA(West Zone). Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, explained how BSNL’S procurement of equipments was stalled for nearly 6-7 years, due to the conspiracy hatched by the private telecom companies and the politicians in power, which drastically affected the company's network expansion and resulted in the deterioration of services. He explained the other important demands and urged the employees to make the strike 100% success. He congratulated the Forum, Maharashtra circle for making a massive mobilisation and for making excellent arrangements for the success of the convention. Com.A.G.Joshi, CS, AIBSNLEA, proposed the vote of thanks.<<view photos>>

 

[01.04.2015]BSNL, Kolkata Telephone District has launched a special drive for redressal of billing and payment related complaints of BSNL customers. Director (CFA), BSNL  appreciated all officers/officials who contributed in this special drive. He has instructed all circles to make similar efforts.<<click here>>

 

[01.04.2015]Corporate Office letter to all Heads of Circles on engagement details of casual labourers.<<click here>>

 

[31.03.2015]Sr. GM (SR) urged to expeditiously modify the Corporate Office letter on immunity from transfers.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) today and once again urged him to immediately modify the letter already issued by the Corporate Office, on immunity from transfers, for the office bearers of the Recognised Unions. In the letter issued on the matter, by the Corporate Office,  it is mentioned that the immunity will be available for only one term, which is a deviation from the DoT order that has been followed until now. The issue is already discussed with the Director (HR). The Sr.GM (SR) assured that necessary modification would be issued soon. 

 

[31.03.2015]IDA increased by 0.2%.

It is reported that IDA has increased from 100.3% to 100.5%, i.e., a net increase of 0.2%, w.e.f. 01.04.2015.

[31.03.2015]Corporate Office letter on maintenance of Lady Officers/Officials Pool for allotment of BSNL Staff Quarters.<<click here>>

 

[31.03.2015]CMD BSNL urged to immediately intervene and settle the victimisations in Jamshedpur SSA.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL and urged him to immediately intervene and settle the victimisations of Jamshedpur SSA of Jharkhand circle. They submitted a letter containing the details of the members of BSNLEU, who had been transferred vindictively, and in violation of the Transfer Policy of BSNL. The CMD advised shri A.N.Rai, Director (HR), who was also available in the meeting, to take appropriate action. The leaders also invited the CMD to attend and address the meeting of the National Council, which is scheduled to take place on 28-04-2015, which was accepted by him. 

 

[31.03.2015]Executive Director (NB) urged to settle the dead - lock in the production of drop wire in Mumbai Telecom Factory. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Md. Ashraff Khan, Executive Director (NB) and complained about the inordinate delay created by the QA, in issuing certificate to the production of drop wire in Mumbai Telecom Factory, which has stalled the manufacturing. He replied that the issue would be sorted out soon. 

 

[31.03.2015]Management urged to expeditiously allot alternative accommodation to BSNLEU.

In today's meeting with the Executives Director (NB), the GS and Dy.GS. urged that BSNLEU should immediately be allotted with an alternative accommodation,  in view of the fact that the quarter presently being occupied by BSNLEU is already sold to the Jharkhand government, by the Central Government. The ED (NB) assured that a suitable alternative accommodation would be allotted soon.

[31.03.2015]Corporate Office reply to BSNLEU on remedial measures regarding discrepancies in the JTO LICE.<<click here>>

[31.03.2015]UP (West) Circle conducts impressive convention at Meerut.<<click here>>

[30.03.2015]Notification to hold National Council meeting on 28.04.2015.<<click here>>

[30.03.2015]Corporate Office writes to GS, BSNLEU, stating that relaxation for SC/ST candidates, as recommended by the Committee, will be available only for future exams.<<view letter>>

[30.03.2015]Corporate Office letter on the formation of a Special Cell to audit inventory, assets and work in progress.<<view letter>>

[30.03.2015]CHQ’s intervention results in timely financial relief to a comrade who is critically ill.  

Com. Vijay Shankar Tyagi, TM, NTR, Muzaffarnagar, (UP-West), was affected with pneumonia and was admitted in a critical condition in a hospital at Noida. He was placed on ventilator. The official’s family had spent a large amount, since the ventilator charge alone came to Rs.30,000 per day. The hospital refused cashless treatment, since the patient belongs to another SSA. On knowing about the case, GS, BSNLEU wrote letter to the Director (HR) on 23.03.2015 and discussed the matter with him, and sought immediate intervention of the Corporate Office. As a result of this, an amount of Rs.2,72,000 was paid to com. Vijay Shankar Tyagi on 25.03.2015 itself, in settlement of his already submitted medical claim. This came as a big relief to the family of com. Vijay Shankar Tyagi. He is improving and has been removed from the ventilator support. CHQ heartily thanks the Director (HR) for the timely intervention.

 

[30.03.2015]Private operators are planning to make undue gains, blaming the spectrum prices – says Ravi Shankar Prasad. 

The private telecom companies have told that there would be an increase in the tariffs, as a result of the high bidding amounts in the recent spectrum auctioning. Airtel Chief, Sunil Mittal Bharti has said recently that there would be an increase of 5 - 7 paise per minute for voice calls and 1 - 2 paise for the data usage of 1 mb. Reliance Communications has also said that there was a need to raise the tariffs. But Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has snubbed the private telecom operators and said that they were planning to make undue gains by blaming spectrum prices. He said that spectrum would be with the telecom companies for 20 years and also said that as per an analysis, the a yearly load on telecom operators is going to be 1.3 paise per connection per minute call.

[27.03.2015]Corporate Office letter on revision of pension/ family of pre-2007 retirees BSNL IDA pensioners /family pensioners, who retired prior to 01.01.2007 and post 2007 BSNL IDA pensioners / family pensioners, who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013.<<click here>>  

[27.03.2015]Corporate Office letter on updation of ERP system of BSNL employees.<<click here>> 

[26.03.2015]Celebration of the Foundation Day of the BSNL Employees Union.

The Foundation Day of the BSNLEU was celebrated at Shillong, in NE-I Circle, on the 24th March 2015. The day was celebrated by holding a Blood Donation Camp, in cooperation with the Regional Blood Bank, Pasteur Institute, Shillong. The blood donation camp, which was organized in the Union Office, was inaugurated by the Chief General Manager N.E-1 Circle, Sri. D.P.Singh and most of the comrades, including many Officers, voluntarily donated blood. Before the starting of the blood donation bank, the Union Flag was hoisted and homage was paid to the martyrs.<<view photos>>

 

[26.03.2015]Decisions of Forum meeting held on 25.03.2015.<<click here>>

 

[26.03.2015]Spectrum auctioning ended. Government to get Rs.1,10,000 crore.

The spectrum auctioning, which was going on for the past 19 days has come to an end. Totally 115 rounds of auctioning have taken place. The total bidding amount comes to Rs.1,09,874 crore. The spectrum auctioning that took place in 2010 fetched Rs.1,06,000 crore. 8 private mobile companies, whose existing permits are expiring in 2015-16, have participated in this auctioning. They have complained that the high bidding amounts would further increase their debt and have already hinted that the call charges would increase by 10% to 15%.

 

[26.03.2015]An enlightening seminar on ‘the relevance of Public Sector in Telecom’ organised at Thiruvananthapuram, to mark the BSNLEU Foundation Day. 

To observe the BSNLEU Foundation Day, and also as a part of the on going SAVE BSNL campaign, a largely attended seminar was organised at Thiruvananthapuram on 24.03.2015. Com. S. Prathap Kumar, AGS, BSNLEU welcomed everyone. Com. R.Muraleedharan Nair, former AGS of BSNLEU presided over the seminar. Dr. Thomas Issac MLA, the former Finance Minister of Kerala as well as a Central Committee member of the CPI(M), addressed the seminar. He spoke in detail about the role and the relevance Public Sector in the Telecom industry. Com.P.V Jose, BEFI State President, Com. Ganapathi Krishnan, LIC Employees Union Divisional President, Com. P.K. Muraleedharan, All India Postal Employees Union Cl 111 Circle Secretary and Com. K Mohan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU also addressed the seminar. Com Biju Raghavan, District Secretary, BSNLEU, CGM Office proposed the vote of thanks. The seminar was jointly organised by the Thiruvananthapuram district union, Civil Wing district union and the CGMT Office district union.<<view photos>>

 

[25.03.2015]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office, on the denial of rightful promotion under NEPP - case of Shri G.S. Rai, Sr.TOA(P), Vadodara.<<view letter>>

 

[25.03.2015]Spectrum auction value reached.  

The total biddings in the on going spectrum auctioning has reached Rs.1,09,000 crores as of yesterday the, 24.03.2015. It is important to note that the private telecom operators have already hinted that the high spectrum cost would result in increased tariff. Our private telecom operator should make note of the point that the recent spectrum auctioning conducted in the United States has fetched the government Rs.2,40,000 crores (40 billion US dollars).  

 

[25.03.2015]Birth Day of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, on 14.04.2015, declared as holiday.  

Government of India has declared that 14.04.2015, will be a holiday on account of the Birth Day of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Copy of the order is placed on the website.

 

[25.03.2015]Study on mobile radiation begins. 

At least 17 top scientific institutions in the country, including AIIMS and IIT Delhi, have been commissioned by the Union government to address concerns about radiation emitted from mobile phones and phone towers causing illnesses.  It is important to note that an earlier research has said that disappearance of butterflies, bees, insects and sparrows from big cities had been due to radiation from mobile phone towers.

[Source: Times of India, dated 25.03.2015] 

 

[25.03.2015]Observation of BSNLEU Foundation Day and Martyrdom Day of comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. 

As called on by the CHQ, BSNLEU Foundation Day and Martyrdom Day of comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru have been observed in many circles in an inspiring manner. Flag hoistings, special meetings and seminars have been conducted to mark the Day. Chennai circle has conducted a special meeting addressed by leaders. They have also donated 10 ceiling fans to a home of mentally retarded children and have provided lunch to the children of that home. A special meeting and blood donation camp has been organised in Ludhiana, Punjab. Seminars/meetings are arranged at Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Moradabad (Up-West), Palayamkottai (Tamil Nadu) and Bangalore. A “Save BSNL” Campaign is conducted among the public in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu. Flag hoistings have taken place in many places.<<Chennai circle>> <<Punjab circle>> <<Other circles>>

 

[24.03.2015]Corporate Office letter on Declaration of Holiday on 14th  April, 2015 - Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.<<click here>>

 

[24.03.2015]BSNL ATM also issues strike notice for the 2 day strike to be held on 21st & 22nd April, 2015.

The Forum of Unions and Associations served the notice on 12.03.2015, for the 2 Day Strike to be held on 21st & 22nd April, 2015. BSNL ATM did not sign this strike notice, since the General Secretary, Com. S.D. Sharma, could not reach Delhi on that day. However, BSNL ATM has served the strike notice today. We appreciate the spirit of BSNL ATM.<<view notice>>

 

[24.03.2015]Maharashtra circle convention on 01.04.2015.

The circle level convention of Maharashtra circle will be held at CGM Office, Mumbai on 01.04.2015. Com. N.K. Nalawade, CS, BSNLEU and Convener, Forum, Maharashtra circle has informed CHQ that efforts are being made to mobilize representatives from each and every district of Maharashtra. All India leaders of all the major organizations of Forum are attending the convention. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is addressing this convention.

 

[24.03.2015]Conciliation by the RLC, on the demands of the JAC to be held on 30.03.2015.

A conciliation between the JAC of the Non-Executives and the BSNL Management will be conducted by the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) on 30.03.2015 at New Delhi, on the 30 point charter of demands on which the one day strike took place on 27.11.2014. The JAC has submitted a brief note to the RLC (Central) on the important demands of the JAC.

[23.03.2015]GM (Estt.), Corporate Office writes to the CGMs, reminding to send immediate details on pay fixation of those who are promoted after 01.10.2000 and who opted for pay fixation in IDA pay scales.<<view letter>> <<enclosure>>

[23.03.2015]Note submitted by the JAC, to the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) on some of the burning and long pending problems of the Non-Executives.<<view note>> 

[23.03.2015]CHQ writes to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) on requesting to extend the emergency financial help to Shri Vijay Shankar Tyagi, Telecom Mechanic, NTR, Muzaffarnagar.<<view letter>>

[23.03.2015]BSNL Management's reply to BSNLEU on the issue of nominating non-members to the Councils.<<click here>>

 

[23.03.2015]

Red salutes to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. 

Revolutionary greetings to all the comrades on BSNLEU’s Foundation Day.

22nd March is the Foundation Day of BSNLEU. This being Sunday this year, CHQ has decided that this year’s Foundation Day of BSNLEU should be observed today, the 23rd March, which is the Martyrdom Day of the great freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. BSNLEU has achieved a lot for the employees, as well as for the survival of BSNL, through united struggles. On this day of the martyrdom of our National Heroes, we once again pledge ourselves to relentlessly work to establish a society free of exploitations. Red salutes to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Revolutionary greetings to all the comrades on BSNLEU’s Foundation Day.

 

[21.03.2015]Relegious faith should be respected. Relegious fanatism should be condemned.

The Islamic State (also called the ISIS) bombed two mosques yesterday the 20.03.2015 in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. 142 people were killed and 350 people were injured. It is to be noted that all those who were killed and injured are muslims. More atrocious is that all the victims were killed when they were involved in Friday prayers in the mosques. This is a barbaric act and should be condemned by one and all, irrespective of relegious faith. An organisation which wants to establish Islamic rule, is killing the followers of Islam. This is what is called relegious fanatism. Relegious faith of all kinds should be respected. Relegious fanatism should be condemned.

[Source: Times of India – 21.03.2015]

 

[21.03.2015]Spectrum bids fall to Rs.1.05 lakh crore.

The bids for spectrum fell sharply to Rs.1.05 lakh crore yesterday the 20.03.2015. As per the bids of the previous day, the government was assured more than Rs.1.09 lakh crore. 

 

[21.03.2015]Nationalisation of coal mines done in 1973, by Smt. Indira Gandhi, is killed by Modi government.

“The Coal Mines Special Provisions Bill” is passed in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. This bill will enable the govt. to privatise the coal mines through the back door. It will empower the government to allow private companies to mine coal and sell it in the open market. With this the Modi government has effectively killed the nationalisation of coal mines done by Smt. Indira Gandhi in 1973. Congress and Left Parties opposed this bill in the Rajya Sabha. Eventhough NDA does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha, the bill is passed with the support of parties like Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal and AIADMK.

 

[21.03.2015]Maneka Gandhi too expresses unhappiness on 50% cut in child scheme funds.

In the budget submitted by the Modi govt., a 50% cut is made in the funds for “Integrated Child Development Scheme”. This huge cut will greatly affect various schemes meant for the vast section of poor children. It is noteworthy that in the same budget, the Modi govt. has abolished the wealth tax, amounting Rs.8315 crores and has given concessions worth Rs.5,89,285.2 crore to the corporates. The Left Parties and trade unions have strongly opposed the budget. Now, the NDA Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi has also admitted that the cut in funds for child schemes will adversely affect the welfare of children in the country.

[Times of India – 21.03.2015]

 

[21.03.2015]Praiseworthy role of the Circle and District unions of BSNLEU in Gujarat Circle.<<view letter>>

[21.03.2015]“Save BSNL” convention successfully conducted in Assam Circle.<<click here>>

[21.03.2015]Dead-lock broken in Gujarat – Forum constituted.

Gujarat circle had always remained in the forefront in all the struggles that have taken place in the past. However, a worrisome trend developed there, and recent strikes did not take place. With a view to break this dead-lock, it was decided to conduct a Joint Circle Executive Committee of all the Unions and Associations of Gujarat circle. This is a new experiment which has not been conducted anywhere in the country. However, all the major Unions and Associations responded well both at the National level, as well as at the Circle level. General Secretaries of all major organizations, viz., BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA and BSNL MS attended the meeting and addressed. As a result, the dead-lock in Gujarat is broken. The circle level Forum is constituted in the meeting and it is also decided that this body will meet within a few days and plan to conduct the circle level convention. At a very short notice, BSNLEU circle union took up the responsibility of making arrangements for this Joint Executive Committee meeting and did it wonderfully.

 

[20.03.2015]Joint Circle Executive Committee meeting of Gujarat Circle held.

The Joint Circle Executive Committee meeting of Gujarat circle was held at Ahmedabad, today the 20-03-2015. The meeting was held to successfully organise the two day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015. Com.A.M.Patil, circle secretary, BSNLEU, welcomed everyone. Com.C.Sigh, GS, NFTE & President, Forum, presided over the meeting and delivered his address. Thereafter, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS addressed the gathering and stressed on the importance to successfully organise the two day strike. Thereafter, the circle secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNL MS, ATM and AIGETOA spoke and assured that the strike would be successfully organised in Gujarat circle. Finally, the circle level Forum of Gujarat circle was formed. Com.A.M.Patil, CS, BSNLEU is elected as the Convener and com.N.J.Bhatia is elected as the President. The meeting ended with slogans to successfully organise the strike and to save BSNL.<<view photos>> 

 

[20.03.2015]Action taken by CHQ to restore SIM  card and drop wire production in Telecom Factory.<<view letter>>

 

[20.03.2015]BSNL's revenue will be Rs. 29,000 crore for the financial year 2014-15- says CMD BSNL.

BSNL's revenue for the financial year 2014-15 will be Rs. 29,000 crore, the CMD BSNL has stated,  as reported by TeleAnalysis. The growth of the Company will be 4 to 5 per cent, the CMD has stated. He has also expressed hope that the Company would become profit making in the Financial Year 2018-19. 

 

[20.03.2015]Phase 7 expansion project will be completed by June 2015- says CMD BSNL.

Shri Anupam Shrivastava has told that the phase 7 GSM expansion project of BSNL will be completed by June 2015, as reported by TeleAnalysis. The Company has invested Rs. 4804 crore for this project of which 60 per CENT work is completed so far, said the CMD. In this project 27,000 towers are being erected, of which 15,000 are of 2G and 12,000 are of 3G, he has said.

 

[20.03.2015]CHQ writes to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (EB) on the roadblocks being created by the QA, in the production of dropwire by Telecom Factory, Mumbai.<<view letter>>

 

[19.03.2015]Meeting with Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and discussed the following issues. 

 

(1)   Immunity from Transfer.

The leaders demanded that the provision contained in the DG P&T order, regarding the availability of the facility immunity from transfer beyond the first term, should continue to be implemented in BSNL. The Director (HR) accepted this. 

 

(2)   Dropwire production in Telecom Factory, Mumbai.

The leaders complained that the production of dropwire has stopped in Telecom Factory Mumbai, due to unwanted delay in granting certificate by the QA. The Director (HR) spoke to the ED (NB) and directed him to immediately sort out the issue.

 

(3)   Holding of one more exam for Draughtsmen to appear JTO(C) exam.

The Director (HR) assured that the decision of the National Council would be expeditiously implemented. 

 

(4)  Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.

The Director (HR) assured that he would personally discuss this issue with the CGM, UP (East) during his visit to Lucknow on 20.03.2015 and would sort it out.

 

(5)   Alternative accommodation for BSNLEU.

The leaders demanded immediate allotment of alternative accommodation to BSNLEU, since the present allotment at D-7 is already sold out to the Government of Jharkhand. The Direcor (HR) assured that the needful would be done. 

 

[19.03.2015]BSNLEU writes to Shri Rajeev Agarwal, Member (Services), Telecom Commission, on denial of pay fixation in IDA pay scale, in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL, who were promoted prior to 01.10.2000 but opted under FR22(I)(a)(I) for fixation of their pay in the promoted scale on the date of their next increment in the lower grade, which fell after 01.10.2000. <<view letter>>

 

[19.03.2015]BSNLEU writes to Shri V. Umashankar, Joint Secretary, Telecom, demanding expeditious filling up of the vacant Board of Directors post in BSNL.<<view letter>>

 

[18.03.2015]Payment of Medical Allowance without voucher to the retired employees.

BSNL Employees Union has long been demanding that payment of Medical Allowance without voucher should be extended atleast to the retired employees, since the Management declined to restore it to the serving employees. This demand is raised in view of the fact that the retired employees, in their advanced age, find it extremely difficult to get the medical expenses reimbursed by submitting vouchers. This demand is raised in the National Council also. In this connection, the Corporate Office has now called for certain particulars from the circles. Circle Secretaries are requested to ensure that this particulars are expeditiously sent to the Corporate Office.<<view letter>>

 

[18.03.2015]Corporate Office directs SSA heads to meet MPs.

The Corporate Office has sent a circular to all the CGM’s with the direction that all the SSA heads in BSNL should meet the members of Parliament of their respective constituencies. In this meetings, the SSA heads should apprise the MPs of the problems in providing telecom facilities, as well as their suggestions for improvement of services. All the CGM’s are directed to send a compliance report to the Corporate Office by 27th March, 2015 and a meeting between the Hon’ble Minister of Communications and IT and the members of the Parliament will be held in BSNL Corporate Office in April, 2015. This instruction is being sent as per the direction of the PS to Minister. This is a good opportunity for our Management to apprise the MPs about the problems being faced by BSNL in providing satisfactory services to the public. We hope that this opportunity will be aptly utilised by the Management.<<view letter>>

[18.03.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR) on non-implementation of the decision of the National Council for giving one more chance to Draughtsmen to appear JTO(C) exam.<<view letter>>

[18.03.2015]CHQ writes to shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), demanding to remove the restriction imposed on the facility of Immunity from Transfers.<<view letter>>

[18.03.2015]1857 freedom struggle is a ‘communal war’ – says VHP Joint General Secretary, Surendra Jain.

The freedom struggle that took place in 1857 is known as the First War of Indian Independence. Thousands of our fore fathers fought against the British Imperialists and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our motherland. It is a glorious chapter in struggle for freedom, in which the freedom fighters unitedly fought, forgetting their language, region, caste and religion. However, it is sickening to note that it is dubbed as a communal war by the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP). Surendra Jain, Joint General Secretary of the VHP has said that the freedom struggle took place in 1857 is a communal war, fought for religion and similar wars would be waged if Christians do not stop conversions. The RSS is out to devide the people on religious line. The speech of the VHP leader only shows that the Sangh Parivar may stoop to any level to achieve their goal. The working class has to remain vigilant and unitedly fight against this communal fire.   

 

[18.03.2015]Biddings in the spectrum auctioning reach Rs.1.07 lakh crore. Private companies hint tariff increase.

The biddings in the ongoing spectrum auctioning have touched a new height of Rs.1.07 lakh crore on day 12. This is higher than the Rs.1.06 lakh crore collected in the auctioning held in the year 2010. In the present auctioning, Idea Cellular has committed Rs.30,000 crore, Vadafone Rs.24,000 crore and Airtel Rs.21,000 crore. Private telecom companies have also hinted that the high bidding amounts will result in fare hike and the days of cheap telecom tariff will soon go.

 

[17.03.2015]National Council meeting.

Corporate Office has issued notification to hold the National Council on 13.04.2015. This date is fixed unilaterally and without ascertaining the availability of the Staff Side members. Hence, the Staff Side has sought a change in the date. 

 

[17.03.2015]BSNLEU’s demand on immunity from transfer accepted. Union has demanded to remove the restriction.

As per the order of the DG P&T, so far the facility of immunity from transfers was eligible to the office bearers of the Recognised Union, only for a period of one year. However, this is extendable beyond one year, based on the mutual goodwill between the Union and the Administration. BSNLEU has demanded that the period of immunity from transfer should be three years, instead of one year, since recognition is granted for a period of 3 years as per the New Recognition Rule. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, Management has issued order yesterday. However, they have imposed a restriction that the facility of immunity from transfer will be given only once and will not be available for the second time. This restriction is not acceptable to BSNLEU. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) today and demanded that this restriction should be removed. The Sr.GM (SR) has assured that the demand of the Union would be looked into. 

 

[17.03.2015]Meeting with the ED (Finance).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Smt. Sujatha Ray today and congratulated her for getting selected as the next Director (HR). The leaders gave her a brief picture of the grievances of the Non-Executives and solicited her cooperation for their smooth settlement. 

 

[17.03.2015]Meeting with the ED (IT&CA).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri N.K. Mehta, ED (IT and Corporate Affairs) and congratulated him for having selected for the post of next Director (Enterprise Business). They held a brief discussion on about the proposed HR plan of the Company.

 

[17.03.2015]Meeting with the GM (Telecom Factories).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri Rajesh Kumar, GM (Telecom Factories) yesterday the 16.03.2015 and demanded immediate restoration of the production of SIM cards and dropwire in the Mumbai Telecom Factory. The GM (TF) replied that the chip modules for production of SIM cards will be made available shortly. However, production of dropwire can be restored only the approval of sample is given by the QA. The leaders also held a detailed discussion about the revival of the Telecom Factories.

 

[16.03.2015]Corporate Office letter to all CGM's on immunity from transfer to the Recognised Representative Unions of Non-Executive employees in BSNL.<<view letter>>

 

[16.03.2015]Ravi Shankar Prasad announces launch of BSNL’s new NGN technology.

On 14.03.2015, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated BSNL’s Next Generation Network (NGN) technology, based on fixed line. The Next Generation Network (NGN) of BSNL allows users to make video calls through landline phones, do multi-media video conferencing, transfer calls from landline to mobiles and vice versa. The facility is currently available in Bangalore and soon whole of Karnataka will be covered. The inauguration was done by Ravi Shankar Prasad by placing a video call to R.K. Mishra, Chief General Manager of BSNL in the Karnataka circle. BSNL plans to convert 14 million telephone lines with NGN technology by the end of December, 2017. This involves an investment of Rs.1000 crore.

[Source: Economic Times 13.03.2015]

 

[16.03.2015]CHQ letter to the GM (Rectt.) on communications with the Union.<<view letter>> 

 

[16.03.2015]CHQ writes to the GM (ERP) on the consolidation of SSAs and it’s impact on Non-Executives.<<view letter>>

 

[16.03.2015]Latest Broadband market shares by various service providers.

Airtel            - 21.48 %      

BSNL            - 20.18 %

Vodafone     – 18.91%