Ram Sevak Sharma is the next Chairman of the TRAI.
Shri Ram Sevak Sharma, a 1978 batch IAS officer, has been
selected as the next Chairman of the TRAI. He belongs to the
Jharkhand cadre. Presently, he is working as the Secretary
of the Information Technology department. The earlier
chairman of the TRAI, Rahul Khullar, who took many key
decisions in favour of the private operators, retired in
May,2015. The new chairman, shri Ram Sevak Sharma, had
earlier worked in the UIDAI project, and is said to have
played a significant role in operationalising the 'Aadhaar
Card' scheme in a record time.
of the minutes of the Designations Committee meeting, held
today the 28.07.2015, in which final settlement is reached
in respect of new designations of the Non-Executive
Breakthrough reached in the change of designations issue.
CHQ congratulates the entire Non-Executive employees. The
long pending issue of 'Change of Designations' is settled
in today's meeting. Finally, the break through is reached.
Details of the settlement:-
1) Regular Mazdoor
- Telecom Assistant.
Mechanic - Telecom Technician
4) Sr.TOAs in NE11 &
NE12 pay scales - Office Superintendent.
5) Other Sr.TOAs
- Office Associate.
A. P. J.Abdul Kalam passed away - BSNLEU pays it's
The sudden demise of Dr.
A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, has
left the nation in a state of deep sorrow. The
former President collapsed while addressing students
in the IIM at Shillong, yesterday evening. He was
rushed to the hospital, where he was declared as
'brought dead'. The nation will ever remember Dr.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, not only as the President of
India and as a scientist who strengthened the
missile system of our defence forces, but as
who inspired millions and millions of youngsters to dream for the bright future of this
great nation. We pay our respectful homage to this
great scientist and humanitarian.
letter to all CGMs regarding free
calling during night hours from 9.00 PM to 7.00 AM.<<view letter>>
Office letter on pay fixation of JAOs(Deptl)(40% quota) of
2010 Batch arising out of Non-Executives’ Wage revision
orders dated 7.5.2010 and subsequent clarification dated
18.5.2011- Allowing option for revision of
pay from the date of promotion to the grade of JAO.<<view letter>>
meeting of the Designations Committee is to be
The meeting of the Designations
Committee is taking place tomorrow the 28.07.2015
at 11:00 hrs. BSNLEU expects that new designations for the
cadres of Sr.TOA and TTA can be settled tomorrow.
Agreement is already signed for change of designations of
the RM and Telecom Mechanic cadres. If designations of
Sr.TOA and TTA are settled tomorrow, then order will soon
be issued for change of designations of all the four main
cadres, viz., Sr.TOA, TTA, TM and RM.
with Management on outsourcing broadband activities.
A discussion took place today, between the Unions and the
Management, on the proposal of the Management Committee to
outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line
broadband services. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
com.C.Singh, GS, NFTE, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU and com.Sarnam Singh Thomar, BSNL MS, participated
from the side of the Unions. Shri Shailendra Agarwal, Sr.
GM (NWO BB&IN) and shri Paritosh K Shah, Additional GM(NWO
BB&IN ) participated from the Management side. The Union
representatives once again told the Management side that,
absolutely there is no necessity to outsource the
provisioning and maintenance of wired line broadband
services. They also buttressed their arguments with inputs
received from field units, such as Bangalore Telecom
District. Further, the Union representatives demanded the
Management side to prove with facts and figures, as to
where the revenue has been increased through outsourcing
the broadband activities. Finally, it is agreed that
outsourcing would not be done, till the issue is discussed
threadbare. The next round of discussion would take place
on 13th August, 2015.
of broadband activities- circle secretaries to note
The Management Committee of BSNL has taken decision to
outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wired line
broadband services in the following cities. Circle
Secretaries of the concerned cities are requested to
inform CHQ, the number of broadband connections in these
cities, total number of telecom mechanics and TTAs
available, broadband connection fault rate, revenue from
broadband and all other details connected with the
development of broadband service. Cities where outsourcing
6) Pune & Nagpur.
7) Gurgaon & Faridabad.
8) Meerut, Noida and
Labour Minister rejects the demand of the Central Trade
Unions to fix the Minimum Wages at Rs.15,000.
In view of the spiraling price rise, the Central Trade
Unions have demanded the Central Government, to fix
Rs.15,000 as the Minimum Wage. This is one of the
important demands contained in the 12 point charter of
demands of the Central Trade Unions, on which the 2nd
September General Strike is taking place. But Bandaru
Dattatreya, the Union Minister of Labour has rejected the
demand and has said that it could not be accepted. It is
worth mentioning that it is the same government which
abolished the Wealth Tax for the rich, in the last budget
and also gave concessions worth Rs.5,89,285 crore to the
[Source: The Hindu dated 25.07.2015]
Friday for Karnataka state - 13 farmers commits suicide in
a single day.
24th July, 2015 was a Black Friday for Karnataka state. 13
farmers committed suicide on that single day. So far, 125
farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka state, during
the first 6 months of the current year.
Times of India dated 25.07.2015]
affairs, impotency and dowry disputes are the reasons for
farmer suicides – says Union Agriculture Minister.
The Union Agriculture Minister, Radhey Shyam has stated in
a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on last Friday that,
failed love affairs, impotency and dowry disputes were
among the reasons for farmers’ suicides. The statement of
the Minister has once again proved that the Narendra Modi
government is anti-poor and anti-farmer.
[Source: The Hindu dated 25.07.2015]
Convention of Central Public Sector Trade Unions, resolves
to make the 2nd September General Strike a resounding
A National Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade
Unions was held at Bangalore today, in the Bharat
Electronics Ltd. auditorium. A presedium, consisting of
the comrades of all the Central Trade Unions presided over
the convention. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU,
delivered the inaugural address. Leaders of various
Central Trade Unions also addressed the convention.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the
convention and assured the house that the General Strike
would be a grand success in BSNL. The convention
unanimously adopted a declaration calling upon the entire
Public Sector employees to join the 2nd September General
Strike and to make the strike a historic success.<<view
Convention of Central Public Sector Trade Unions being
held at Bangalore today.
A National Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade
Unions is being held at Bangalore today. Delegates of the
Central Public Sector Trade Unions are participating in
this Convention, to discuss ways and means to successfully
organise the 2nd September General Strike. A delegation of
BSNLEU, consisting of Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, Karnataka and com. Keshav, circle
treasurer, Karnataka are participating in this Convention.
and corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta is shifted from the post of
Due to the consistent efforts of the trade unions, the
notorious and corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta has been shifted
from the post of GM, Noida. Everyone is aware that the
offices and residences of Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Noida,
were raided by the CBI seven months back. Following
this, FIR was filed by the CBI, against Adesh Kumar Gupta,
on serious corruption charges. Immediately, we demanded
that as per the guidelines of the CVC, Adesh Kumar Gupta
should not continue to hold the sensitive post of an SSA
head, and that he should immediately be shifted from post
of GM, Noida. BSNLEU and SNEA continued to put pressure on
the CVO, CMD BSNL and Director (HR), BSNL, for shifting
Adesh Kumar Gupta. The BSNL Management dilly dallied for
months together. However, ultimately, Management had no
other option, but to shift the corrupt Adesh Kumar Gupta
from the post of GM, Noida. Now, he is posted in the CGM
office at Meerut (UP West).
between Management and Union on outsourcing of broadband
activities to be held on 27.07.2015.
BSNLEU is continuously resisting the decision of the
Corporate Management to outsource the provisioning and
maintenance of wired line broadband service. Our view is
that, we have sufficient number of telecom mechanics and
TTAs to do these works, and absolutely there is no necessity
to outsource them. Moreover, by way of outsourcing, the
Company will have to pay a huge amount to the private
agencies, which will further strain the finance of the
Company. We have discussed the issue with the Director
(CFA) and have cautioned him that we would go on struggle,
if the Management proceeded with the outsourcing. As a
result, the Management has temporarily put their decision on
hold. Meanwhile, the Management has invited us for a
discussion. The discussion will take place on 27.07.2015.
CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to give
inputs in this regard, to effectively counter the arguments
of the Management.
BSNL meets the Core Committee of the Forum on Night Free
Calls and Free Roaming issues.
Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL met the Core Committee of
the Forum, together with the Director(CFA) and other top
officers of the Mobile and CFA wings. A review was done,
as to what extent the introduction of the Night Free Calls
and the Free Roaming concessions have benefited the
Company. The results given by the Management are very
encouraging. As a result of the Free Roaming, BSNL's new
mobile connections have substantially increased. For
example, 11.06 lakh new mobile connections were given in
the month of June. It is told that the new connections
would increase to 15 lakh in the month of July 2015. Before Free Roaming was
introduced, on an average, 8 lakh connections were given
In the landline segment also, very good improvement has
come. So far 10 circles have turned positive. They are,
A&N, Assam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Jharkhand, J&K,
NE1, Punjab, and Rajasthan. Earlier, 1,20,000 landlines
were surrendered every month. Now, it is brought down to
30 to 40 thousands per month. The Core Committee members raised the
issues of non availability of cable, stores and materials.
BSNL urged to intervene in the ongoing struggle in Kerala.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam
Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed about the
alarming situation prevailing in Kerala circle. The GS
told the CMD BSNL that the CGM, Kerala, instead of
discussing the issues with the Contract Workers Union,
which is on struggle for more than a month now, has
resorted to victimising the leaders, which cannot be
allowed to go on. The GS told the CMD BSNL, that struggle
would intensity, if issues are not settled through
discussion. The CMD BSNL assured that he would direct the
CGM to hold discussion with the Union.
urged to immediately issue order on the anomalies issue.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met
Ms.Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) yesterday and discussed the
anomalies issue once again. Since the DoT has already
returned the file back to BSNL, with the remark that BSNL
itself could take a decision on the issue, the Union
representatives demanded that BSNL should immediately
settle the issue and release the order in line with the
judgement delivered by the Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, which
has been upheld by the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala. The
GM (Estt.) told that she would look into the matter.
worsens in Kerala - shri M.S.S.Rao, CGM, Kerala, resorts
to severely victimising leaders- CHQ writes to CMD BSNL,
and demands intervention before it is too late.
The casual and contract workers in Kerala circle are on
agitation for the past more than a month. They demand
justified wage increase, among other things. Instead of
negotiating with the Union, shri M.S.S.Rao, CGM, Kerala,
who is corrupt to the core, has resorted to severely
victimising the leaders. BSNLEU leaders are being imposed
with dies-non, for supporting the struggle of the contract
workers. CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding
immediate action or face intensified struggle.<<
view letter >>
Secretary, SNEA, Trivandrum, transferred to Kannur, for
supporting the struggle of the contract workers.
The District Secretary, SNEA, Trivandrum, has been
transferred to Kannur, by the CGM, Kerala. What is the
reason? He addressed the meeting of the agitating contact
workers and expressed his support and solidarity. We want
to tell one thing to shri M.S.S.Rao. We will not allow
this jungle raj to continue. We will squarely face this
writes to the Management, demanding on early decision by
BSNL on the anomalies issue.<<view
September, General Strike – circle and district
secretaries to note please.
The Central Trade Unions have given call to organise a one
day General Strike on 2nd September, 2015, against the
Neo-Liberal Policies of the Modi government, which has
launched a major assault on the Public Sector of the
country and also on the rights of the workers by changing
the labour laws in favour of the employers. The Dalhousie
CEC meeting of BSNLEU has decided to successfully
implement the strike in BSNL. All circle and district
secretaries are requested to immediately convene meetings
of their respective circle and district executive
committees. Tour programme by circle and district office
bearers should be undertaken. Pamphlets and posters should
also be released in regional languages to effectively
organise the strike. All circle and district secretaries
are requested to treat this matter as “very urgent.”
A report may please be sent to the CHQ on the preparations
done, for the strike.
are on to organise a joint campaign for the 2nd
September General Strike.
Serious efforts are being taken to organise a joint
campaign programme, at the National level, to make the 2nd
September General Strike a success in BSNL. An all Union /
Association meeting is being held at New Delhi on
27.07.2015. Convener, Forum of Unions and Associations has
issued the notification for the meeting.<<view
has demanded a meeting with the CMD BSNL, on the HR plan
of the Company.
In the meeting of all Unions and Associations, held on
17.04.2015, CMD BSNL assured that he would hold a separate
meeting to discuss the HR plan of the Company. However, so
far no meeting is held. Forum has written to the CMD BSNL
to immediately hold the meeting.<<view
responds to the message of Ms. Sujatha Ray, Director (HR).
Ms. Sujatha Ray has sent a message to the BSNL Employees,
on her assuming charge as the Director (HR) of BSNL.
BSNLEU has responded to the message of the Director (HR)
and has touched upon certain important HR issues related
to the Non-Executives, and has sought the new Director (HR)’s
immediate attention on these issues.<<view
violence has increased by 24%, and deaths by 65% in the
first 5 months of 2015.
It is a worrisome matter that, communal violences have
increased by 24% in the country, during the first 5 months
of 2015. The deaths related to communal clashes have also
jumped by 65%. These figures are, as per the data
collected by the Home Ministry. During this period,
communal clashes have increased mainly in Uttar Pradesh,
Maharashtra, Haryana and West Bengal. It hurts us to note
that, West Bengal, once reputed for communal harmony,
under the rule of the Left Parties, has also joined this
list now. It is also to be noted that the RSS and it’s
outfits were conducting various campaigns like “Ghar
Vaapsi”, “Love Jihad”, etc. to divide the people on
communal lines during this period. Certain Muslim
fundamentalist organisations are also competing with the
RSS, to spread communal hatred. It is important to note
that those who have died and those who are affected in
these communal violences are not the corporates and
landlords, but ordinary working people. Communal hatred
and communal violence ultimately brings misery to the
working class. Further, they divide the working class, and
weaken it’s struggles against exploitation. That is why
BSNLEU is constantly raising it’s voice against the
spreading of communal hatred.
Times of India dated 22.07.2015]
companies asked to report on action taken on call drops by
The telecom department has raised its pitch on call drops,
writing to telecom operators to take steps to optimise
radio frequencies in their networks and analyse the
reasons for call drops, and report back to the government
on the action they have taken to deal with the matter by
July 31. In a letter dated July 17, the department has
also asked mobile operators to install more sites, adopt
in-building solutions and augment existing frequency
resources to reduce call drops.
declares that IIT, Rourkie is anti-Hindu, since
non-vegetarian food is served there.
Organiser, the mouth piece of the RSS, has declared that
the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rourkie is
anti-Hindu. Do you want to know why? It is because,
non-vegetarian food is served in the canteen at IIT,
Rourkie. Earlier, RSS said that, eating beef is non-Hindu.
( It is relevant to say that the former Supreme
Court judge, justice Markandeya Katju gave a fitting reply
by saying, “I am more Hindu than the RSS, but I eat beef”
). Now, RSS says that eating, fish, chicken and
mutton is also non-Hindu. Where the RSS wants to take this
[Source: Economic times dated 22.07.2015]
of Ms. Sujatha Ray, Director (HR),
Office letter on safety measures to be taken to avoid fire.<<click
strike by the CHQ leaders, on the Jamshedpur
victimisations issue, deferred for one month.
CHQ leaders have planned to sit on hunger strike at
Corporate Office tomorrow the 22.07.2015, demanding
settlement of the victimisations imposed on the leaders
and active members of BSNLEU at Jamshedpur. Following
this, several rounds of discussions took place between the
CHQ leaders and the Director (HR). The final round of
discussion took place at 12.30 hours today. The Director
(HR) assured that necessary actions are being taken and
also requested to give some more time to complete the
same. A written appeal was also given to the Union, by the
Management. Considering the appeal given by the
Management, the emergency All India Centre meeting held
today, has decided to defer the struggle for one month.<<view
Minister Narendra Modi's sugar coated poison, delivered in
the Indian Labour Conference.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressed the 46th Indian
Labour Conference yesterday. In his address, the Prime
Minister has stated that the country cannot be happy, if
the labourers are unhappy. These words are very sweet to
hear. But, we have to understand that these are only sugar
coated words to cheat the workers. In the same speech, the
Prime Minister has also given call to the industrialists
to create atleast 20 lakh apprentice jobs. We must
understand that this call is only to help the corporates.
The Indian and multinational corporates want to engage
educated and qualified youth, not as workers, but as
apprentices. An apprentice will not get any wages, but
only stipend. This stipend will be even lesser than the
wages of contract workers. The capitalists will exploit
these youth as appreciates for many years. The apprentice
system is worse than the contract workers system. In fact
this is one of the demands of the Indian and multinational
corporates to enhance their lootings. To help the
corporates, Narendra Modi government wants to bring an
amendment to the APPRENTICE ACT. Amendments to the
existing labour laws, to enable the capitalists to
increase their exploitation, is one of the important
issues, on which the 2nd September General Strike is going
to take place. We shall enmasse join the strike and make
it a historic success.
strike by CHQ leaders at Corporate Office on 22.07.2015
demanding to end the “jungle raj” in Jamshedpur.
As already announced, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir
Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com.
Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer will sit in a hunger strike at
Corporate Office on 22.07.2015. The struggle is demanding
the Corporate Management to settle
the victimisations imposed on the leaders and members of
BSNLEU, and also demanding to put
an end to the “jungle raj” going on in Jamshedpur.
outsourcing – BSNLEU held serious discussion with Sr.GM
(NOW-BB & IN).
In the backdrop of the decision of the Management to
outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline
broadband, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS, held serious discussion with Shri
Shailendra Agarwal, Sr.GM (NOW-BB&IN) today. They strongly
protested the decision of the Management to outsource the
provisioning and outsourcing of broadband, and also
explained in detail that the outsourcing would result in
deterioration of the service and also would render a large
number of Telecom Mechanics and outdoor TTAs surplus. The
Sr.GM (NOW-BB&IN) gave a patient hearing and assured that
the Director (CFA) would hold discussion with the Union
of Designation – serious discussion held with GM (Estt.).
The Designations Committee has been functioning for the
past so many years. However, still the Committee has not
completed its task. Mainly, the problem is still
persisting with regards to the Change of Designation of
the Sr.TOA and TTA cadres. The JAC meeting held on
12.05.2015 has unanimously decided that atleast the senior
most Sr.TOAs should get ‘Superintendent’ designation the
TTAs should get ‘Junior Engineer’ designation. BSNLEU has
already compelled the Management to hold the Designations
Committee meeting on 28.07.2015. It is in this background
that com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty,
Dy.GS met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today the
17.07.2015, and discussed this issue very seriously. The
Union Representatives argued with reasoning and logic, as
to why the senior officials in the cadre of Sr.TOA should
get ‘Superintendent’ designation and TTAs should get
‘Junior Engineer’ designation. The GM (Estt.) replied
that these proposals would be seriously looked into. We
hope to clinch new designations for both the Sr.TOAs and
TTAs in the forthcoming meeting to be held on 28.07.2015.
urged to discuss stagnation issue without further loss of
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
urged Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today, to
immediately hold talks with the JAC, on the stagnation
issue, as directed by the Regional Labour Commissioner. In
the conciliation meeting held on 26.05.2015, the RLC has
directed the BSNL Management to settle the stagnation of
the RMs, Group ‘D’s etc., by immediately holding
discussion with the JAC leaders. Since, the GM (Estt.) was
on leave for a whole month thereafter, no meeting has so
far been conducted. In today’s discussion the Union
Representatives also suggested ways and means for settling
stagnation. The GM (Estt.) assured to hold the discussion
issue – BSNLEU demanded that the issue should be settled
by BSNL Management itself.
BSNL Management had sent it’s proposal to the DoT, for
settling the anomaly, which arose in the first Wage
Revision. Thereafter, BSNLEU representatives also
discussed this issue several times with the DoT officers.
However, after keeping the file with them for so many
months, the DoT has now sent the file back to the BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS
met Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) today, and strongly
demanded that BSNL itself should settle the issue, without
referring it to the DoT again. They also cited the order
of the DoT, which says that BSNL Corporate Office can take
decisions even on issues which involve pension. The GM (Estt.)
agreed to relook into the issue, in the background of the
DoT order, cited by the Union Representatives.
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate solution to the
problem of superannuation benefits to the Directly Recruited
Employees of BSNL.<<view
writes to the CMD BSNL, seeking solution to the problems
faced in popularising the ‘Night Free Call’ and ‘Free
seeks meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of Communications.
The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has already
sought a meeting with Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble
Minister of Communications. However, the meeting has not
materialised so far. The Forum has once again written to
the Hon’ble MoC to grant meeting to discuss issues related
to the revival of BSNL.<<view
free local calls on WhatsApp, Viber and Skype.
A high level committee of the DoT has upheld the concept of
‘Net Neutrality’. At the same time, the Committee has also
recommended that local calls made through applications like
WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, etc should be charged. However,
messaging and international calls made through these
applications will remain free, according to the
moves Madras High Court to cancel Dayanidhi Maran’s
The CBI has moved the Madras High Court yesterday, seeking
cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to Dayanidhi
Maran. The Madras High Court had granted an anticipatory
bail to Maran, on June 30, in the illegal telephone exchange
case. Maran is the prime accused in this case, while former
CGMs of Chennai BSNL, K. Bramhadatan and M.P. Veluswamy are
the other accused. In its’ petition, the CBI has stated that
Maran is no cooperating with the probe.
of the ‘Month Long Campaign’ in Nagercoil SSA, Tamil Nadu
Nagercoil is a very small SSA in Tamil Nadu circle.
However, the comrades of this small SSA have meticulously
implemented the ‘Month Long Campaign’. The Forum of
Nagercoil SSA has duly conducted meeting with the district
administration on 20.06.2015 and has decided upon the
steps for increasing BSNL’s landline and mobile
connections. Accordingly, many activities have been
carried out by the comrades of this SSA, and the following
results have been achieved. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Forum of Nagercoil SSA.
SIMs – 1,635 New Landlines connections – 416
– 319 New Broadband connections – 233
SIM – 48 Reconnections
– 14 FWP
Circular No.4, dated 16.07.2015.<<click
expressed its deep concern over the unenthusiastic
implementation of the call for Month Long Campaign.
has already given call to observe a Month long Campaign
(which was subsequently extended for one more month) to
popularise the Night Free Call as well as the Free
Roaming. The Forum meeting took place at New Delhi
yesterday the 15.07.2015, reviewed the implementation of
the call. In the review, it is learnt that in none of the
circles the call had been implemented enthusiastically. It
is brought to the notice of the Forum that in many places
new landline connections could not be given due to
‘non-feasibility’. However, it is the general observation
that the Forum at the circle and district levels should
have taken more interest in implementing the Month Long
Campaign. Finally, the meeting decided to once again
appeal to the Forum at circle and district levels to
seriously implement the Campaign to popularise the Night
Free Call and the Free Roaming and to get maximum landline
and mobile connections.
Committee of the Forum meets Secretary, DoT.
Members of the Core Committee met Shri Rakesh Garg,
Secretary, DoT today, and ascertained the steps taken by
the DoT on the important demands of the Forum, with
regards to the revival of BSNL.
Payment of Rs.1,250 crore to BSNL as
subsidy from USO Fund.
The Secretary, DoT informed that the Telecom Commission has already
approved this and now it will go for the approval of the
IDA merger to the pensioners.
It was brought to the notice of the Secretary, DoT that the Department of
Expenditure has not so far sent its comments on the
Cabinet note. The Secretary, DoT directed the Member
(Finance) to send a letter to the Secretary, Department of
Expenditure immediately in this regard. He also assured
that the Note will be sent to the Cabinet expeditiously.
Refund of BWA spectrum charges.
The Core Committee members expressed their concern on the delay in getting
the refund of BWA spectrum charges. The Secretary, DoT
replied that the issue is being taken up with the Finance
Ministry, by the Honb’le Minister of Communications.
(Subsequently the Core Committee members came to know that
an amount of Rs.830 crores will be refunded to BSNL, being
the Licence Fee paid by the Company in 2013-14.)
Calculation of pension contribution.
It was pointed out to the Secretary, DoT that this demand is not yet
settled and that pension contribution is still being
calculated on the maximum of the pay scale, instead of on
the basic pay. The Secretary replied that it would be
Transfer of assets.
It was pointed out to the Secretary that not much development has taken
place on this issue, since the discussion that took place
on 01.05.2015. The Core Committee members also complaint
that the DoT is taking over BSNL’s buildings and lands in
many places. They also demanded all needful steps should
be taken for the immediate transfer of entire assets to
BSNL. Secretary, DoT assured needful would be done.
Repayment of salary paid to the
employees deputed to Term Cell.
The Core Committee members told the Secretary that the salary paid by BSNL,
to the employees deputed to the Term Cell, is not yet
refunded by the DoT. Secretary, DoT assured needful would
Merger of BSNL and MTNL.
On this issue the Secretary, DoT said that a final decision will be taken
only by the Government.
Office issues revised guideline for calculation of CGA
posts, based on protest express by BSNLEU.
BSNL Corporate Office issued a misguiding letter on
10.06.2015, (BSNL letter no. 273-19/2015/CGA/E-IV dated
10.06.2015), vide which instruction was given to the
circles, to calculate vacancies in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’
cadres separately, for the purpose of giving Compassionate
Ground Appointment. Before this letter was issued, posts
for CGA were not calculated separately for ‘C’ and ‘D’,
but only total posts in the Non-Executive category were
calculated. Hence, the letter dated 10.06.2015 was a clear
cut violation from the earlier letters of the BSNL
Corporate Office. Until now CGA is being given based on
educational qualification. But according to the letter
dated 10.06.2015, even a candidate who is a graduate, will
get only a Group ‘D’ posting if Group ‘C’ posts are not
available. This was vehemently opposed by BSNLEU, vide
letter no.BSNLEU/512 (CA) dated 11.06.2015. This issue was
also discussed with the GM (Estt.) in the Corporate
Office. Finally, the Corporate Office accepted BSNLEU’s
view and has issued clarification yesterday, reversing the
guideline given vide letter dated 10.06.2015.<<view
has achieved another milestone in space research.
Mankind has achieved another milestone in the field of
space research. The US spece craft, ‘New Horizon’, has
travelled 4.88 billion kilometres (!) and has captured the
images of Pluto. The New Horizon, launched in 2006, has
travelled for 9 years to go near Pluto. It went as near as
12,550 KMs from Pluto, and has captured it’s images. The
radio signals sent by Pluto, eventhough travelled at the
speed of light, took 4 ½ hours to reach the earth. Pluto
is in the farthest reach of the solar system. We warmly
congratulate the scientists, who have achieved this feat.
people killed in the Pushkaram at Godavari.
Tragedy struck Andhra Pradesh yesterday, when 27 people,
many of whom are women and children, are killed in a
stampede that took place in the Pushkaram festival, on the
banks of Godavari river, in Rajahmundary. Definitely this
tragedy could have been avoided, had the authorities taken
adequate precautionary steps. We deeply mourn the death of
these people and convey our heartfelt condolences to their
telephone customer base crossed 100 crore mark.
India’s telephone customer base has crossed the 100 crore
mark in May 2015. According to reports, the total mobile
connections were 975.78 million at the end of May 2015.
The number of landline connections was 26.27 million. In
the mobile segment private operators are holding 91.68%
market share, while BSNL and MTNL put together, hold 8.32%
market share. In the landline segment BSNL and MTNL hold
74.54% market share. The total number of broadband
customers was 104.96 million. In these, Airtel holds 23.39
million, Vodafone holds 21.27 million, BSNL holds 18.50
million, Idea holds 15.76 million and Reliance holds 8.99
looks to Wifi for revival.
As per reports, BSNL plans to spend about Rs.60 billion,
for rolling out Wifi hotspots throughout the country, over
the next two to three years. BSNL has already provided 250
Wifi hotspots, including in tourist places like Agra and
Varanasi. It aims to increase this number to 2500 Wifi
hotspots and to 40,000 Wifi hotspots by the end of 2018.
Private companies such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and
Reliance Jio are also setting up Wifi hotspots, with a
view to compete with BSNL.
writes to CMD BSNL on the disconnection of CHQ landline
King M.S. Viswanathan passed away.
the legendary music composer, passed away at Chennai
yesterday. He has composed music for a whopping 1200 films
in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. Many of the songs, for
which this melody king had composed music, are ‘ever
it’s respectful homage to ‘MSV’,
the music legend.
Office letter on information in respect of casual
labourers who had been conferred temporary status on or
before 30.09.2000 and who have been appointed subsequently
as Telecom Mechanic in BSNL.<<click
Ministry gives clearance to Huawei to setup manufacturing
unit in Tamil Nadu.
The Home Ministry has given clearance to the Chinese firm,
Huawei, to setup a manufacturing unit at Tamil Nadu. It
may be noted that the same Home Ministry, refused
permission to BSNL in the year 2010 to procure mobile
equipments from a Chinese manufacturer. At that time it
was told by the Home Ministry that, BSNL should not
procure equipment from a Chinese company, since it would
be a threat to the security of the nation.
[Source: Times of India]
for review of BSNLMRS - conditionalities imposed on unions
Based on the demand of BSNLEU, decision was taken in the
32nd meeting of the
National Council to form a committee to review BSNLMRS.
However, the Corporate Office, while calling for
nominations from the unions, laid down many
conditionalities. It was stipulated that the union
nominees would only be ‘Special Invitees’ in the committee
and that the unions should nominate only a person
stationed at Delhi. BSNLEU stoutly opposed these
conditionalities and wrote to the Director (HR). The issue
was also discussed with the GM (Admn.). Yesterday, com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, once
again met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), yesterday and
discussed the issue. The GM (Admn.) agreed to issue a
fresh letter to the unions, removing conditionalities.
of Presidential Orders to TSMs who were directly promoted
as TMs – Circle Secretaries are requested to immediately
The issue of conferring Presidential Orders to those TSMs
who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics was
discussed in the 32nd
meeting of the National Council held on 14.05.2015.
Management accepted the demand of the Staff Side that, all
those officials who were conferred with Temporary Status
before 30.09.2000 and who were subsequently promoted
directly as Telecom Mechanics, should be granted with
Temporary Status. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has
called for from circles, details of such officials.
However, it is a matter of regret that so far only a few
circles have sent these details to the Corporate Office.
CHQ requests all circle secretaries to kindly ensure that
the details of the officials who were conferred with
Temporary Status prior to 30.09.2000, and who were
subsequently promoted directly as a Telecom Mechanics, are
immediately sent to the Corporate Office.
of the Designations Committee to be held on 28.07.2015.
As informed by us yesterday, the Designations Committee
meeting will be held at 11:00 AM on 28.07.2015. Corporate
Office has issued the required notification for this.
Staff Side members of the Designations Committee are
requested to attend the meeting without fail, and on time.<<view
Secretary and Deputy General Secretary meet Director (HR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
met Ms. Sujatha T. Ray, Director (HR) today and discussed
certain important pending issues of the Non-Executives.
Importantly, the representatives insisted upon the
Director (HR) to settle the long pending demand of the
Non-Executives, i.e., Change of Designations.
Office letter on
arrangements of ED (Finance), BSNL.<<click
Office issues order on
revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.07.2015.<<click
shine in Wimbledon 2015.
Indian tennis players have created a history in this
year's Wimbledon. Sania Mirza, together with Martina
Hingis, has won the Wimbledon women's doubles title. Sania
has become the first Indian player to win the Wimbledon
women's doubles title. 17 year old Indian youngster, Sumit
Nagal, has won this year's Wimbledon Junior boy's double's
title. Together with Vietnam's Nam Hoang Ly, Sumit has won
the title. The Wimbledon Mixed Double's title has been won
by Leander Paes, together with Martina Hingis. Indian
players have made their presence felt in this year's
Wimbledon. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the three
Office issued letter for one advance increment to TTAs
appointed between 01-01-2007 and 07-05-2010.
As approved by the BSNL Board, in its meeting held on 19.06.2015,
the BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter today, for
granting one advance increment to the TTAs, who are
appointed between 01.01.2007
and 07-05-2010. The increment will be given with arrears.
CHQ congratulates all the TTAS who will be benefited from
this order. BSNLEU, will take all out efforts to get the
benefit for all the Similarly placed Non-Executives also.<<view
and Dy.GS meets Ms.Sujatha Tapan Ray, Director (HR) and
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met
Ms.Sujatha Tapan Ray, today and greeted her for
assuming charge as the Director (HR). The Director(HR)
assured the leaders that she would pay due attention to
expeditiously redress the genuine grievances of the
Non-Executives in a time bound manner. The leaders assured
her the cooperation of the Union, in this endeavour.
Committee to meet on 28th July.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS,
met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr.GM(SR), and told him that
time is running out, and the Corporate Office has to fix
the date for the next meeting of the Designations
Committee. As a result, the Sr. GM (SR) agreed to convene
the Designations Committee on 28-07-2015. Notification for
the meeting will be released within a day or two.
of Casual Contract Workers Union on indefinite fast in
The leaders of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union have
started indefinite fast in Kerala, from 09.07.2015,
demanding settlement of the justified demands of the
workers. The CGM, Kerala, refuses even discussion of the
demands, citing the reason that the Regional Labour
Commissioner has already intervened on the matter.
Instead, the CGM has started victimising leaders of BSNLEU,
for extending solidarity. BSNLEU, Kerala Circle, has
demanded the CGM to avoid confrontation and to find
amicable settlement of the demands.
issues notice for agitation, against attacks on BSNLEU and
it’s members in Jamshedpur SSA.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU, in it’s meeting held on
09.07.2015 has decided to launch hunger strike at
Corporate Office on 22.07.2015, demanding an end to the
“jungle-raj” going on in Jamshedpur. It is also decided
that Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President,
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Saibal Sengupta,
Treasurer will participate in the hunger strike. CHQ has
today issued notice to the CMD BSNL, communicating the
Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, passed away.
is shocked and deeply saddened to know that veteran
telecom trade union leader and General Secretary of
passed away at Chennai, yesterday morning.
had been suffering from kidney ailment. Despite his
fragile health, com. P.
attended the felicitation meeting held for com. K.
CS, Chennai, on 02.07.2015, and met com. P.
and was discussing the latest developments for some time.
Till his death, com. P.
remained committed to the cause of the
it’s respectful homage to com. P.
and also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to his family
members, relatives and friends.
day circle conference of BSNLEU, Jharkhand circle started
The two day circle conference of Jharkhand circle started
at Ranchi today. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the
Conference. In his speech, the General Secretary,
criticised the pro private policies of the Modi
government, the necessity to join the 2nd
September General Strike, efforts of the Forum to revive
BSNL, pending issues of the Non-Executives, etc. In the
evening, an open session took place. The session was
presided over by com.B.Narayan, circle president.
Com.Naresh Lal, circle secretary, delivered the key note
address. It was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri
S.K.Agarwal, Sr.GM (Admn.), shri H.K.Das, ex CGM, Coal
India Ltd., com.R.K.Ram, circle president, SNEA,
com.S.K.Prasad, circle secretary, AIBSNLEA and com.Mahipal
Singh, circle president, AIBSNLEA.<<<view
Office letter on
of examination for recruitment of Management Trainee
from Internal/External Candidates in Telecom Operation and
Telecom Finance streams in BSNL.<<<view letter>>>
serious preparations for the General Strike to be held
on 2nd September, 2015.
The Central Trade Unions, as well as the independent
federations, have decided to launch a General Strike
on 2nd September, 2015, against the anti-worker and pro-
corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. The
main issues involved in this strike is the attacks that
the government has launched against the Public Sector and
the actions being taken to amend the labour laws in favour
of the corporates. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at
Dalhousie, has unanimously decided to join the General
Strike. CHQ is taking steps to chalk out a joint campaign,
involving all the unions and associations. Meanwhile,
circle and district secretaries are requested to
coordinate with the local units of the Central Trade
Unions and to make maximum mobilisations for the strike.
is retained as the head quarter of the merged Inspection
and QA circles.
The BSNL Corporate Office has been taking action to merge
the Inspection and QA circles. BSNLEU took up the issue
with the Management and demanded that Jabalpur shall be
the head quarters of the merged circle. This demand is
raised in view of the fact that a large number of
employees of the Inspection circle are working in Jabalpur.
And also, Inspection Circle is having it's own building
facilities at Jabalpur. BSNLEU discussed this issue with
the CMD BSNL and Director (HR). Our demand has been
accepted and the Corporate Office has issued letter,
stating that Jabalpur shall be the head quarters of the
combined circle.<<<view letter>>>
office bearers will observe hunger strike at Corporate
Office on 22.07.2015, against the 'jungle raj' going on in
B.N.Singh, the Sr.GM of Jamshedpur, has unleashed a reign
of terror, imposing severe victimisations on the leaders
and members of BSNLEU. He is taking revenge on BSNLEU,
because, earlier, he had been kicked out of Bongaigaon
(Assam) by BSNLEU, because of his rogue behavior. At
Jamshedpur, leaders and members of BSNLEU are being issued
with charge-sheets, dies-non and vindictive transfers.
Using filthy language, not only against the employees, but
also against higher officers, is the trade mark of this
rogue officer. All these issues have been taken to the
notice of the CMD BSNL and Director (HR) umpteen times.
However, the Corporate Management has neither settled the
victimisations, nor controlled this rogue officer. Under
these circumstances, the All India Centre meeting held
today, decided that the President, General Secretary,
Dy.General Secretary and the Treasurer shall start hunger
strike at BSNL Corporate Office at 1000 hrs on 22nd July,
2015. On the same day, hunger strike would start in
Jamshedpur and Ranchi also.
issued order for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.07.2015.<<click
will seek cancellation of Dayanidhi Maran’s anticipatory
The CBI has told that it would move the Chennai High
Court, seeking cancellation of Dayanidhi Maran’s
anticipatory bail, granted by the court. The CBI has told
that Maran had got a PRI (Primary Rate Interface)
installed at his Boat House residence in Chennai, which
enabled traditional phone lines to carry voice, data and
video traffic. Each PRI line allows the service provider
to provide around 100 to 500 numbers. In Maran’s case,
close to 323 numbers were taken, which were used by the
Sun TV, said the CBI. Further, Maran has got other PRI
lines at his other residences, which led to the BSNL
providing a total of 770 phone numbers to him, said the
CBI. The CBI further said that these were shown as service
category, but actually used for commercial purposes, which
led to the lose of Rs.1.8 crore to the government.
Sujatha Ray, ED (Finance) is posted as Director (HR) of
Ms. Sujatha Ray, ED (Finance) is posted as the Director
(HR) of BSNL, vide letter no. 414-09/2014-Pers-I dated 8th
July, 2015. BSNL is not having a fulfledged Director (HR)
for the past many years. BSNLEU and the Forum have
continuously taken up this issue with the government,
demanding the posting of a fulfledged Director (HR). We
hope that the long pending HR issues of the Non-Executives
will get due attention hereafter. BSNLEU heartily
congratulates Ms. Sujatha Ray.
Office letter, posting Ms. Sujatha Ray as the Director
(HR) of BSNL.<<view
Office letter on giving vide publicity to Night Free
Calling and Free PAN India roaming Schemes of BSNL -
Conducting Press Conference for this purchase.<<view
Office letter on LICE for Promotion of PA to the grade of
PS in BSNL Corporate Office.<<view
urges Management to immediately hold meetings of the PLI
Committee and Designations Committee.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Saibal Sengupta,
Treasurer, met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr.GM (SR) and Ms.
Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and demanded the immediate holding
of the meetings of the PLI Committee and the Designations
Committee. Both the officers assured that the meetings
would be convened expeditiously.
orders special audits of mobile networks to check call
Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has ordered
special audits of mobile networks to check call drops. The
audit is to be carried out by the TERM Cell of the DoT.
The Minister has said that the problem of call drops has
attained critical proportions, and it is happening even
after the govt. has provided sufficient spectrum to the
telecom companies in the recent auctioning. The action
taken by the Minister is viewed as stepping into the
domain of the TRAI, since it is the TRAI which has been
mandated with the task of auditing services.
[Source: Times of India dated 08.07.2015]
Secretaries are requested to immediately inform the CHQ,
of their branch wise requirement of copies of Telecrusader.
It is a decision of the Dalhousie CEC meeting that the
district unions which are presently receiving copies of
Telecrusader, should immediately inform the CHQ, of their
branch wise requirement of the copies of Telecrusader.
This decision has been taken, since it is brought to the
notice of the CHQ that, many branches are receiving copies
of Telecrusader in excess of their requirement. The
decision of the CEC is already conveyed to the District
Unions through the CHQ circular. Hence, all district
secretaries are requested to immediately send the branch
wise requirement of the journal. Circle secretaries are
also requested to take the needful action in this regard.
of broadband service – Circle/District secretaries are
requested to send details.
The issue of outsourcing of the provisioning and
maintenance of wiredline broadband connections was
discussed with the Director (CFA) yesterday, by the CHQ.
The decision of the Management to outsource the service
was strongly opposed. The Director (CFA) has assured to
hold discussion with the union, on this issue shortly.
However, during the discussion, he also told us that the
provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband has
already been locally outsourced in some cities like Meerut,
Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, etc. Hence, the
circle/district unions of places where the outsourcing has
already been locally done, are requested to immediately
provide information to the CHQ, with regards to the impact
of the outsourcing on the manpower (Non-Executives). This
will be helpful to the CHQ to hold discussion with the
writes to the Director (CFA), demanding to expeditiously
hold discussion on the outsourcing of provisioning and
maintenance of wiredline broadband.<<view
of the 32nd meeting of the National Council held on 14th
records it's strong opposition with the Director ( CFA ),
for the Management's decision to outsource Broadband
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer,
met shri N.K.Gupta, Director ( CFA ) today the 07-07-2015,
and conveyed the Union's strong opposition to the decision
of the Management to outsource the provisioning and
maintenance of wired line broadband. They also recorded
the strong objection of the Union, for not consulting the
Recognised Unions in such a vital issue, which will have
serious impact on the Non-Executives. The Director ( CFA )
told that he would discuss the entire issue with the Union
within a few days, and that nothing would be finalised
about the outsourcing before that discussion. We will hold
discussion with the Management on this issue, and will
decide about agitational programme, based on the outcome
of the talks
Office letter on
position in the grade of Junior Accounts officer as on
to be observed in BSNL Offices during the year 2016.<<<click
Office letter to all CGMs on
creative design for Hoardings, Leaflet and Brochure Folder.<<<click
Committee of AIBDPA AIC formed.
The Reception Committee, for conducting
the forthcoming All India Conference of AIBDPA is formed
at Tirupati today the 6.7.2015. Com V A N Namboodiri,
Advisor AIBDPA, Com. Sampathrao, AGS & CS AP,
BSNLEU, Com. Ramachandrudu, CS AIBDPA, Com G Mohan Reddy,
Circle President and Com Taranath, ACS, BSNLEU, AP
Participated in the formation meeting of the Reception
Committee. Shri Y Srinivasareddy, MLC, is elected as the
Working Chairman of the Reception Committee and com. Y.S
Raju, District Secretary, BSNLEU is elected as the General
Secretary. Com. M.Rajareddy, is elected as Joint General
Secretary and com. R.D.V.Prasad is elected as the
Treasurer. CHQ BSNLEU congratulates the AP comrades for
hosting the next All India Conference of AIBDPA.<<<view
letter from Director-CM to CGMs of all Telecom circles/
TDs regarding achievement of SIM sale in June 15.<<<click
Office letter on method of pay fixation in IDA pay scale
in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL who were promoted
after 01.10.2000 and opted IDA pay scales from the date of
their promotion in respect of Group 'C' &
MNP successfully implemented.
It is certainly a proud moment for India that National
Mobile Number Portability is implemented from 3rd July.
The Department of Telecom has successfully rolled out the
NMNP, involving 175 networks, across 22 circles. This
allows customers to retain their mobile numbers, even if
they move from one circle/state to another. Introduction
of NMNP will surely increase customer satisfaction. BSNL
has to improve it’s quality of service, to retain it’s
becomes inevitable to stop outsourcing of broadband
BSNL Management has decided to outsource the provisioning
and maintenance of broadband service. The Management did
not bother to hear the views of the Recognised Unions on
the issue, in such a vital matter. Thousands of TTAs and
TMs will become surplus, as a result of this outsourcing.
This arrogant attitude of the Management cannot be
tolerated. GS, BSNLEU is contacting other unions also for
a joint struggle. Hence, all circle and district
secretaries are requested to be prepared for a struggle.
This struggle will not be limited to only demonstrations
and dharna, but it will be a serious form of struggle.
decision on merger of BSNL and MTNL will be taken after
getting report of IIM, Bangalore – says Secretary, DoT.
Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT has stated that the
government has directed the Indian Institute of Management
(IIM), Bangalore to prepare a feasibility report on the
merger of BSNL and MTNL. The Secretary, DoT, has stated
that the report of the IIM, Bangalore, is likely to be
submitted shortly. He has further stated that it would
take 4 to 5 months for the government to take a final
decision on the issue, after receiving the IIM report. It
may be recollected that the Forum has opposed the merger
of BSNL and MTNL, without settling the disinvestment and
financial liability issues of MTNL.
(Source: PTI dated 03.07.2015)
launches mobile wallet with cash withdrawal option.
BSNL launched a pre-paid card linked mobile
wallet service, which would allow its customers to
transfer money, pay for services as well as withdraw cash
of up to Rs 1 lakh. The wallet service, Speed Pay, allows
a customer to load money even if he does not have a bank
account. The money loaded in the mobile wallet can be
transferred to a bank account and even withdrawn at bank
branches or at BSNL outlets. "Loading money into wallet
from a bank account is an option. BSNL customers, who
don't have bank accounts, can also load money by visiting
any BSNL retail outlet and ask the retailer to recharge
their mobile wallet account and pay for various services,"
BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava
(Source: PTI dated 03.07.2015)
Management decides to outsource the provisioning and
maintenance of wiredline broadband service.
It has come to our notice
that, the BSNL Management has decided to outsource the
provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband
service. This will have serious impact on the manpower of
the Company, especially the Non-Executives, who are being
engaged so far, for provisioning and maintaining wiredline
broadband connections. On the one side, Management says
employees are in surplus. On the other side, it out
sources even services that can be handled by the existing
employees. We are sure that Management has taken this
decision due to “other reasons”, which are not connected
with the improvement of service. It is nothing but
arrogant on the part of the BSNL Management to take such a
decision without consulting the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU
has strongly protested against the decision of the
Management. We will resort to agitational programme if the
Management does not discuss the issue with the Unions
writes to CMD BSNL, strongly protesting the decision of
the Management to outsource the provisioning and
maintaining broadband service.<<view
circle union felicitated com. K. Govindarajan, CS,
Chennai, on his superannuation.
The Chennai Circle Union
of BSNLEU conducted an impressive felicitation meeting to
com. K. Govindaraj, who retired from BSNL service on
superannuation on 30th June, 2015. The meeting is
conducted in the Flower Bazaar exchange, attended by a
large number of employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
participated in the meeting and spoke on the contributions
of com. K. Govindaraj for the growth of our movement. He
also spoke briefly on the call of the Forum to conduct the
“Month Long Campaign”. The meeting was also addressed by
com. S. Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Ms. S.M. Kalavathi, CGM,
com. C.K. Madhivanan, CS, NFTE, com. Lingamurthy, CS, FNTO,
com. Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, com. Shanmugasundararajan,
CS, SNEA, com. J. Vijayakumar, CS, TEPU, com. Arumugam,
CS, PEWA, com. Senthil Kumar, AIIEA, com. K. Krishnan,
BEFI and a host of other leaders. CHQ greets com. K.
Govindaraj with a long, happy and healthy retired life.<<view
Office issues leaflets on features of free roaming.<<view
version of Forum circular no.3. containing the decisions
taken in the Forum meeting held on 26.06.2015.<<view
circle union conducted Extended Circle Executive Committee
An Extended Circle
Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle is
conducted today. Com.M.Kanniappan, circle president,
presided over the meeting. Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, welcomed
every one and presented his report on activities.
Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, addressed the meeting and spoke on
the call of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained
at length about the anti labour and pro corporate policies
of the Modi government and on the decision of the Central
Trade Unions to organise a General Strike on 02-09-2015.
He also explained the decisions of the Dalhousie CEC
meeting, issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as
well as the issues of the Non-Executives. The meeting took
decisions to effectively organise the month long campaign,
post card campaign and the 2nd September General Strike.<<<view
Office instructions on timely settlement of pensionary
booking of new landline connections have increased by 35%.
BSNL's booking of new landline connections have increased
by 35%, after the introduction of the free call
concession, between 9 pm and 7am. This is disclosed to the
media by shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL. With 61% market
share, BSNL is still the market leader in the landline
segment. The CMD BSNL has stated that BSNL is in the
process of investing Rs.2, 000 crore to modernise it's
telephone exchanges, with a view to provide modern
services through landlines. With the introduction of night
free calls and modernisation of the landline service, BSNL
is expecting to restore growth in it's landline business.
Maran gets anticipatory bail in the installation of 323
illegal telephone lines case.
Dayanidhi Maran has obtained an anticipatory bail from the
Madras High Court yesterday. This bail was granted in the
backdrop of the CBI having directed Dayanidhi Maran to
appear for questioning today, in connection with the
illegal installation of 323 high speed ISDN lines at his
residence, while he was the Minister of Communications.
Dayanidhi Maran had told the court that the CBI had
summoned him only to arrest him. While granting the
anticipatory bail, the Court has also told that the CBI
can demand cancellation of the bail, if required.
Mobile Number Portability from 3rd July.
Finally, the Full Mobile Number Portability, which is also
called as National Mobile Number Portability is going to
become operational from 3rd July, 2015. Shri Rakesh Garg,
Secretary, DoT has announced this. National Mobile Number
Portability allows a customer to retain his mobile number,
even if he shifts from one state to another. The Cellular
Operators Association of India (COAI ), a body of the
private GSM operators, has also stated that they were
ready to roll out National MNP from 3rd July, and that
they had not applied for further extension of time.
increase from 1st July, 2015 is 2.1%, with this IDA will
be 102.6% w.e.f. 01.07.2015.
of restriction in Child Care Leave.
BSNLEU has demanded that the Corporate Office should
endorse the letter of the DoP&T OM No./3018/6/2013-Estt
(L) dated 05.06.2014, vide which the DoP&T has clarified
that Child Care Leave can be availed even for a period of
less than 15 days. Now the Corporate Office has issued
letter, endorsing the DoP&T letter and issuing necessary
clarification on the matter. <<<view
with GM (Admn).
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and Com Saibal Sengupta
met shri S.K.Sinha, GM (Admn), yesterday, the 29.06.2015
and discussed the following:
i) Off-net facility to Rs. 200/-SIM and
Rs.200/-cash per month to Non-Executive employees of BSNL
working in MTNL areas.The GM informed that both the issues
are put up for Management Committee’s approval.
ii) Nomination of union representative in BSNLMRS
review committee as regular member instead of special
invitee as mentioned in earlier letter. The GM assured to
issue revise letter.
with GM (TF).
Both Com. Swapan Chakraborty and com Saibal Sengupta met
Shri Rajesh Kumar,GM(TF) and discussed the issue of
framing CSO for factory workers and Restructuring of
Industrial Cadres.The GM (TF) informed that the draft CSO
has been prepared and submitted to the legal cell of
Corporate office for vetting. On the issue of
Restructuring of Industrial Cadres, the case is
reprocessed and submitted to the Estt. Branch of Corporate
Office recently as per the decisions of the 21st
Standing Committee meeting.
allotment of funds by the Corporate Office.
Fund allotment for Uniform and stitching charges of
Chennai Telephones and EPF arrears for casual labourers of
NE-I Circle has been sanctioned by the BSNL Corporate
Pay Anomaly issue.
In the pay anomaly/aberrations issue, after more than a
year, the case file has been returned by the DoT to BSNL,
to either to take the decision by the BSNL itself, or to
send to DoT in the letter form for decision.
R. S. Sagar, CS, ALTTC, retiring today.
Com.R.S.Sagar,circle secretary, ALTTC, is retiring from
service on superannuation today. CHQ heartily
congratulates com. R. S. Sagar. CHQ also wishes him a
long, happy and healthy retired life.
Circular No.3, dated 29.06.2015.<<click
[29.06.2015]Let tomorrow's demonstration
against the Railways privatisation be a resounding
As per the decision of
the Dalhousie CEC meeting, BSNLEU has called upon the
employees to conduct
demonstrations tomorrow the 30-06-2015, demanding
scrapping of the Bibek Debroy Committee report, which has
recommended privatisation of the Railways. Many comrades
think that the demonstration is to extend support to the
railway employees. It is exactly not. The demonstration is
basically against the policy of the government. BSNLEU is
consistently fighting against the Neo Liberal Policies,
which are implemented since 1991. It is according to these
policies that the government is moving in to disinvesting/privatising
the public sector of the country. It is in accordance with
these Neo Liberal Policies that the government wants to
privatise the Indian Railways now that. It is also very
relevant to mention that recently the Prime Minister shri
Narendra Modi has stated that it is not the job of the
government to be in business. Hence,
tomorrow's demonstration is basically against the
privatisation policy of the government. Hence, conduct it
effectively and send report & photos to the CHQ.
installed mobile tower at a height of 16,000 feet, to
connect the remotest part of Ladakh with the rest of the
BSNL has performed
another feat, in it's service to the nation. Yes. Last
week it installed a mobile tower at a height of 16,000
feet ! The place is 'Chongtash' in Ladakh, which is one of
the remotest parts of the country. BSNL has installed this
tower with the assistance of the army. By installing a
tower there, BSNL has enabled the people of this part of
the country to have communication with the rest of the
world. No private company will even think of going to such
a remote part of the country, since they will not get much
'paisa' from this area. BSNL is the only organisation
which dares to serve the people in this manner. These
type of messages should widely be taken to the people
through our campaign.
of Stipend to various cadres in BSNL & payment of arrears
thereof, following revision of IDA Pay Scales of BSNL
employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<View letter>>
long campaign extended for one more month.
The Forum meeting which
took place yesterday the 26-06-2015, reviewed the
implementation of the call given to conduct a month long
campaign, from 8th June to 7th July, to popularise the
" 9 pm to 7 am " free call concession, and also to
increase the number of landlines. After detailed
discussion, the meeting decided that the campaign should
be extended for one more month. It is also decided that,
the "Free incoming calls on roaming" facility, recently
announced by the Management, should also be popularised in
the campaign. Hence, all circle and district secretaries
are requested to take every possible step to effectively
conduct the campaign.
circle and district level Forum should meet immediately
and plan the successful implementation of the campaign.
The Forum meeting which
took place yesterday, expressed it’s dissatisfaction over
the slackness on the part of the circle and district level
Forums, in implementing the month long campaign. So far,
the All India Unions/Associations have not received news
from any circle, regarding the implementation of the
campaign. Hence, the Forum took the decision yesterday
that, all circle level Forums should compulsorily meet
by 03-07-2015 and finalise steps for the successful
implementation of the campaign. Similarly, all the
district level Forums should meet by 06-07-2015 and
finalise the steps to be taken at the district level, for
the successful implementation of the campaign. Forum also
took the decision to write to the CMD BSNL, complaining
about the inaction of the circle and SSA level
administrations, in taking steps to increase our customer
base, utilising the free call concession.
call concession" and” free incoming calls on roaming" will
result in massive loss to BSNL, if not properly utilised.
The BSNL Management has
taken two bold marketing initiatives recently. They are
the "9 pm to 7 am" free call concession and the "free
incoming calls on roaming" facilities. Both these steps
have been largely welcomed by the public, as a result of
which the Company's image has also greatly improved. At
the same time, we should not forget that, the Company is
going to lose it's revenue to the extent of thousands of
crores of rupees, as a result of the implementation of
both these concessions. Increasing our customer base
substantially, is the only way to save the Company from
this loss of revenue. Hence, we the employees, have to
take every possible step, to increase our customer base in
a big way, both in the landline and mobile segments. The
next one month period should be entirely and effectively
utilised too boost our customer base.
card campaign" to be conducted in the month of August.
The Forum meeting held
yesterday, has expressed it’s dissatisfaction over the
fact that, the government has not taken any meaningful
step for the revival of BSNL. It is already 2 months since
the 2 day strike has taken place, and also talks were held
with the Secretary, DoT. Except in the matter of 78.2% IDA
merger for pensioners, no improvement has come on any
other issue. The Forum has decided that, the whole month
of July should be utilised to increase our customer base.
At the same time, the Forum has come to the conclusion
that, we cannot remain silent for long. Hence, it is
decided in the meeting held yesterday that, a "Post card
campaign " should be conducted in the month of August.
This campaign should take place from 10th to 22nd August,
2015. A post card should go from each and every employee
to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, demanding
immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. The text of the
post card shall be as follows:-
" Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT is requested to
immediately settle the demands submitted by the Forum, for
the revival of BSNL. "
The post card should be
signed by the individual employee, with his name,
designation and SSA. The Forum at the circle and SSA
levels should organise this campaign. Let us make the
post card campaign a grand success. Let us arrange to send
one post card from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees.
Let us make the Minister and the government understand
about the determination of the BSNL employees to revive
writes to the GM (Admn.) on the conditionalties imposed in
the formation of the BSNLMRS Review Committee.<<View letter>>
increment with arrears to all the Non-Executives appointed
between 01.01.2007 to 07.05.2010.
BSNLEU has already taken
up the issue with the Management that, whatever
compensation given, in respect of wage loss, should be
given to all the Non-Executives appointed on or after
01.01.2007 and up to 07.05.2010. This issue is also taken
up in the 21st meeting of the Standing Committee, held on
10.02.2015. We will continue to take up this issue and
settle it. We hereunder reproduce the relevant portion of
the minutes of the above mentioned Standing Committee
Minutes of the 21st meeting of standing
Committee of National Council held on
10th February, 2015
12th March, 2015.
dated, the 20th April.2015]
Reduction in emoluments
to the Non-Executives Joining on or after
01.01.2007-Protection for negative arrears in respect of
Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and grant
of pay protection by allowing the fitment benefit to the
non-executive employees recruitment on or after
Management side informed
that in respect of TTAs, who joined before 07.05.2010, a
proposal to grant one advance increment in the new pay
scale and arrear of the fixation benefit has been approved
by the Management Committee of BSNL and it has been
submitted for the approval of BSNL Board. The staff side
demanded that their demands for all non-executives
appointed on or after 01.01.2007 with arrears. Management
side explained that the complete demand of the staff side
was considered but it was finally decided to extend the
benefit to TTA only as it is the only, non-executive grade
to which direct recruitment from open market is being made
pressurises Management to hold PLI and Designations
committee meetings immediately.
The Management has
stopped calling the meetings of the PLI Committee and the
Designations Committee, for reasons best known to them.
BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to hold
the meetings of both these committees immediately. On
24.06.2015, the GS and Dy. GS, BSNLEU, urged shri A.N. Rai,
Director (HR) to ensure that meetings are held without
further delay. Again, yesterday the 25.06.2015, the GS and
Dy. GS, BSNLEU, met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR) and
Chairman of the Designations and PLI committees, and
expressed their concern over the delay in holding the
meetings. Shri Akhar said that the GM (Estt.) and The GM (EF)
are on leave and assured that the dates for the meetings
would be fixed immediately after their joining.
BSNLEU speaks to GM, ERP on conversion of GPF advance In
to GPF withdrawal, under ERP.
After the introduction of
the ERP, employees are not able to convert their ‘GPF
advance’ into ‘GPF withdrawal’. This is because, provision
for the same has not been made in the ERP system. BSNLEU
has already taken up this issue with the GM, ERP. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, once again spoke to shri Raman Agarawal,
GM, ERP (office in Ghaziabad) today, and requested for
early solution of the problem. The GM, ERP, assured to do
the needful expeditiously.
meeting is taking place today.
A meeting of the Forum of
BSNL Unions and Associations is taking place at 1430 hrs
today at BSNL MS office. The Forum will review the
implementation of the assurances given by the Secretary,
DoT, in the meeting held on 01.05.2015. The meeting will
also review the implementation of the month long campaign.
Appropriate decisions will also be taken for future course
of action of these issues.
is this Renumerations Committee?
We are told by the
Director (HR) yesterday that the Revised JTO RR and E1 pay
scale issues are referred to the RENUMERATIONS COMMITTEE.
We have heard about Remunerations Committee. What is
Renumerations Committee? It is a committee consisting of
only the Directors from DoT and the outside Directors.
These outside Directors and DoT Directors will sit
separately, and will consider, whether the proposals put
forth by the Directors from BSNL can be approved or not.
This practically means that the outside and DoT Directors
can over-ride any proposal brought to the BSNL Board, by
BSNL’s Directors. It appears to us that the power of BSNL
Directors in the Board is a big zero.
Office issued order on extension of Special concessions/
facilities to employees working in Kashmir Valley.
BSNLEU has continuously
been taking up the issue of extension of Special
concessions/ Facilities to the employees posted in Kashmir
Valley. The extension was granted by the DoP&T on
26.04.2015, which was endorsed by the DoT on 18.05.2015.
BSNLEU kept on insisting the Corporate Office to endorse
the extension order, as a result of which order was issued
yesterday the 24.06.2015 by the Corporate Office.<<View letter>>
DoT and Additional Secretary, DoT are unwilling to meet
Convener, Forum, has
given a Letter to the Secretary, DoT, on 08.06.2015,
requesting for a meeting to review the assurances given in
the meeting held on 01.01.2015, between the Forum and the
Secretary, DoT. However, no reply was given to the Forum.
When the Convener went to meet the Secretary, DoT, today
the 25.06.2015, he was told to meet the Additional
Secretary. When the Convener went to meet the Additional
Secretary, he was told that the Additional Secretary did
not want to have any discussion with the Forum at this
juncture. It is already 2 moths since the BSNL employees
went on a total strike. It is not only that there is no
improvement on the demands, but the top officers of the
DoT are not even prepared to meet the representatives of
the Forum. This is because, they have no reply to give to
the Forum, about the action taken by them on the
assurances. The meeting of the Forum, taking place
tomorrow, will discuss this and will take appropriate
with the Director (HR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri A.N. Rai,
Director (HR) yesterday the 24.06.2015 and discussed about
the HR issues lying pending before the BSNL Board.
(HR) replied that the BSNL Board meeting held on
19.06.2015 has approved ‘one extra increment’ for the TTAs
appointed on or after 01.01.2007, to compensate their wage
loss. He further said that other issues like Revised JTO
RR, E1 pay scale, etc., are not approved by the Board, but
were referred to the ‘Renumerations Committee’, for which
the Union representatives expressed their deep resentment.
2. It was demanded that
the deserving CGA cases of Kerala circle, which are
rejected before the redelegation of power to the CGMs,
should be reexamined.
3) Similarly, it was
demanded that the merger of civil in Kerala circle should
4) Further it was pointed
out that the PLI Committee and Designation Committee
meetings are not being held for a very long time.
On all the above issues,
the Director (HR) assured to do the needful.
expressed it’s deep anguish and resentment over the
non-approval of Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale, by the
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri Anupam
Srivastava, CMD BSNL today and expressed their deep
anguish and resentment over the delay in approving the
Revised RR of JTO and E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives,
by the BSNL Board. The CMD BSNL patiently heard their
views and firmly assured that both these issues would be
given approval in the next Board meeting.
mobile service in Chennai –BSNLEU complains to the CMD
Improvement in the
quality of BSNL’s mobile service is observed in most of
the circles, due to the phase VII expansion. However, the
quality of service continues to deteriorate in Chennai
circle, despite the best efforts being taken by the Forum
in Chennai circle. The GS BSNLEU requested the CMD BSNL,
in the meeting held today, to immediately intervene in
writes to the Director (HR), demanding review of the CGA
cases of Kerala circle.<<View letter>>
press release on the call to hold protest demonstrations
on 30.06.2015, against the Bihek Debroy Committee report.<<click
protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015
the Bibek Debroy Committee report.
privatization of Indian Railways.
The Bibek Debroy
Committee, appointed by the Narendra Modi government, has
prepared a blue print for the privatisation of the Indian
Railways. The Committee has recommended that private
players should be allowed to run passenger trains, and
that the Separate Railway Budget should be scrapped. It is
also recommended that a Railway Regulatory Authority
should be set up. It is apalling to note that the
Committee has recommended that there is no necessity for
running hospitals, schools, catering, Railway Protection
Force etc, by the railways. Private players should be
allowed in the manufacturing of coaches, wagons and
locomotives, the Committee has recommended. It is very
important to note that the Bibek Debroy Committee has made
the recommendations in the back drop of the government’s
decision to allow 100% FDI. Undoubtedly, if the
recommendations are implemented, it will result in the
Indian Railways being taken over by Indian and multi
national corporates. Bibek Debroy, a member of the Niti
Aayog has said that this is not the privatization of
Indian Railways, but only private entry. So, what happened
in the telecom 15 years ago, is going to happen in the
railways also. Railways unions are observing ‘Black Day’
on 30.06.2015, against the Debroy committee report. The
CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie has called on the
BSNL employees to hold protest demonstrations on
30.06.2015, demanding the scrapping of the Bibek Debroy
Committee report. Circle and district unions are requested
to effectively organise the demonstrations, ensuring the
fullest participation of the employees, and to
successfully implement the call of the CEC. Please send
photos and report of the program.
Mela is Kerala Circle.
Utilising the unlimited
outgoing free calls facility introduced by BSNL from 9pm
to 7am, Kerala circle is organizing “Reconnection Melas.”
These Melas are to get back the landline customers who
have already taken disconnection. With a view to win back
the “disconnected” customers, Kerala circle is also
offering rebates for their outstanding bills. These Melas
are to be held from 24th to 27th June, 2015 in various
places. The initiative being taken by kerala circle can be
followed by other circles also.
Source: The New Indian Express. Dated 23.06.2015
of the All India Co-Ordination Committee of Public Sector
Trade Unions (CITU), held at Hyderabad, on 21st June.<<click
passed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie.
Resolution on the one day
General Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015.<<click
Resolution on important
long pending issues of the Non-Executives.<<click
Resolution on the next wage revision in
Resolution on the 2 day strike on the revival of BSNL.<<click
Resolution on the month- long campaign, called on by the
Resolution against the Land Acquisition Bill brought by
the Modi government.<<click
of the committee to review BSNLMRS - Conditionalities
imposed are unacceptable
With a view to mitigate
the hardships being faced by the employees on account of
medical reimbursement, BSNLEU had demanded formation of a
review committee. The issue was also discussed in the 32nd
meeting of the National Council, held on 14-05-2015. It
was decided in the meeting that, a committee would be
formed to review the BSNLMRS. Accordingly, the Corporate
Office has issued a letter, calling for nominations to the
Committee, from the Recognised Unions. However, in the
letter certain conditionalities have been imposed which
are not acceptable to us. For example, it is mentioned
that union representatives will be only "special invitees"
to the committee and that, they should be from Delhi only.
The issue will be taken up with the Corporate Management
for appropriate action.
<<< view CO letter >>>
Mitra Singh, veteran Line Staff leader of Kolkata passed
CHQ is extremely saddened
to hear the news that, Com. Narayan
Mitra Singh, a veteran Line Staff leader of Kolkata
Telephones, is no more. He passed away today at 0400 hrs
at Kolkata. He was 91 years old.
Com. Narayan Mitra Singh retired from service more than 30
years ago. However, he remained committed to our movement
till he breathed his last. He was attending all our
meetings being held at Kolkata. He remained a source of
inspiration and a symbol of conviction to all our
comrades. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful
homage to Com.Narayan Mitra Singh.
decisions taken in the Dalhousie CEC meeting.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU,
held at Dalhousie has taken the following important
decisions. All Circle and District Secretaries are
requested to take note of the decisions and to ensure
1) The CEC meeting decided
to call upon the entire BSNL employees to enmasse join
the General Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015,
called on by the Central Trade Unions.
2) On the non-settlement
of the problems of the Non-Executives, the meeting
directed the CHQ to take up the issue with the JAC for
necessary trade union action, if required.
3) The meeting called upon
the Circle and District unions to vigorously implement
the month long campaign, called on by the Forum.
4) The meeting decided
that, circle and district council meetings should
immediately be conducted, in circle/district where the
same is not conducted.
5) The meeting decided
that all the District Secretaries should take immediate
steps for the periodic conducting of the Works Committee
The meeting decided
that study classes should be organised by the K.G.Bose
Memorial and Educational Trust. Timing, subject and
centres are to be decided by the Trust.
As regards Tele
Crusader, the meeting decided that all the District
Secretaries should immediately intimate the CHQ, the
branch wise requirement of the journal.
The meeting unanimously
accepted the offer of the Tamil Nadu circle union to
host the next All India Conference.
Board meeting rescheduled to be held today.
BSNL Board meeting was
scheduled to be held yesterday the 18.06.2015.
However, the meeting did not take place yesterday. It has
been rescheduled and is taking place today.
Secretary, BSNLEU, urged CMD BSNL and Director (HR) to get
the issues of the Non-Executives approved in today's Board
The BSNL Board of
Directors' meeting is taking place today. Important issues
of the Non-Executives, like the approval of the Revised RR
of JTO, promotion to Non-Executives in the E1 payscale,
etc are lying pending for the approval of the Board for a
very long time. Recently, CHQ wrote to the CMD BSNL and
the Director (HR), and requested to ensure the approval of
these issues in today's Board meeting. The issues were
also discussed with them in person. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS, who is in
Gujarat today, once again spoke to both the CMD BSNL and
the Director (HR) and requested them to ensure that these
issues are approved in today's Board meeting.
given to Prime Minister on the revival of BSNL.
As reported by media, a
presentation has been given to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, on the the revival of BSNL. The presentation was
given by the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 15.06.2015.
It is also reported that senior officers of the DoT and
BSNL were present during the presentation. It is very
important to note that this presentation has taken place
in the backdrop of a strong jolt given by the BSNL
employees, who went on a near total 2 day strike on 21st
and 22nd April, 2015, demanding immediate steps by the
government for the revival of BSNL.
relinquished as the CMD MTNL.
The MTNL has reported in
a filing to the SEBI that, P. K.
Purwar has relinquished as the CMD MTNL.
It is also reported that N.
K. Yadav, has taken over additional
charge as the CMD MTNL till the next CMD is posted. P.
K. Purwar is the Director
(Finance) of MTNL. He was selected by the PESB, for the
post of CMD MTNL in November, 2013. On the retirement of
A. K. Garg,
CMD MTNL on 30th April, P.K.Purwar took over charge as the
CMD MTNL. However, his posting as the regular CMD MTNL was
not approved by the ACC. The MTNL is also running in heavy
loss. Under these circumstances, P.
K. Purwar had relinquished as the
of com. A. M. Patil took place at Godhra - CHQ leaders
paid respectful homage.
The body of com. A. M.
Patil, the deceased circle secretary of Gujarat, was
cremated at Godhra today. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron,
com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS,
reached Godhra and paid their respects to the departed
leader, by placing wreaths on his body. They also consoled
the son and daughter of the leader. The body was cremated
around noon. A large number of leaders and comrades from
Gujarat circle were present. Com. Mane, ACS, BSNLEU,
Maharashtra circle, and comrades attended the funeral
function. A largely attended condolence meeting was held
near the crematorium, which was addressed by CHQ leaders
meeting concluded at Dalhousie.
The 3 day CEC meeting of
BSNLEU started at Dalhousie yesterday the 16-06-2015. The
meeting was adjourned at lunch break yesterday, since Com.
Patil, CS, Gujarat, became unwell and was taken to the
hospital, where he passed away. Again the CEC meeting
resumed at 0900 hrs today. The meeting passed a condolence
resolution, paying tributes to Com.
A. M. Patil.
The CEC members stood in silence for a minute and paid
their respectful homage to the departed leader.
Thereafter, many important
decisions were taken and resolutions were also passed on
vital issues. The meeting unanimously adopted the report
presented by the General Secretary. At 1200hrs the meeting
concluded, with com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy. GS, proposing the
vote of thanks.
funeral of Com.A.M.Patil is taking place at Godhra
The body of Com.
Patil, who passed away yesterday, is being taken to Godhra
by road in a well preserved manner and wrapped in BSNLEU's
Red Flag. The vehicle carrying the body of Com. A. M.
Patil, left Pathankot at 2230 hrs yesterday, accompanied
by another vehicle in which our comrades are traveling.
Earlier, a condolence meeting took place at Pathankot
telephone exchange at 2200 hrs. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President
(CHQ), com.John Verghese, AGS, shri Charan Das, GM, BSNL,
Pathankot, senior officers of BSNL, Pathankot, com.
Jagdish Rai, DS, BSNLEU, Pathankot, com.T.A.Biju, CHQ
Office Secretary, and a large number of Pathankot comrades
participated in the meeting and paid floral tributes to
the departed leader.
number of BSNLEU comrades paid their respects to
Com.A.M.Patil, at Jaipur.
On it's way to Godhra,
the vehicle carrying the body of Com.
Patil, CS, Gujarat, reached Jaipur at 1130 hrs today the
17-06-2015. More than 100 comrades had gathered at PGMTD
office, Jaipur, to pay their respectful homage to the
departed leader. Com.M.K.Nagpal and com.S.K.Vijay, senior
leaders of BSNLEU, Rajasthan circle, and all other
comrades who had gathered, paid floral tributes to the
body of com. A.
M. Patil. Thereafter, the
journey resumed at 1230 hrs.
leaders of BSNLEU are taking part in the funeral of
The body of Com. A. M.
Patil, who passed away yesterday, is reaching Godhra in
Gujarat tonight. The funeral of the
late leader is taking place
tomorrow morning at Godhra. Com. V.
A. N. Namboodiri, Patron,
com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary and com . Swapan
Chakraborty, Deputy General Secretary are rushing to
Godhra, to take part in the funeral and to pay their last
respects to the departed leader.
A.M.Patil, circle secretary, Gujarat, passed away.
the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started
today at Dalhousie. After Flag hoisting, the Inaugural
Session started and was going on, when com. A.
M. Patil, circle secretary,
Gujarat, became ill. Immediately he was rushed to the
hospital and was given emergency treatment. However, due
to severe heart attack, com. A. M.
Patil passed away at around 14:40
hrs. BSNLEU has lost a dedicated leader. We dip our banner
and pay our respectful homage to the departed leader. We
also convey our heartfelt condolences to the family
members of com. A. M. Patil. CHQ requests that BSNLEU
flags in all places may be flown in half mast.
3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts tomorrow at Dalhousie.
The 3 day CEC meeting of
BSNLEU starts tomorrow the 16-06-2015 at Dalhousie in
Himachal Pradesh, and will go on up to 18-06-2015. Com. Balbir Singh, President, will preside over the meeting.
Com . V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, is delivering the
inaugural address. This CEC meeting will review all the
major developments that have taken place after the last
All India Conference held in November, 2014, at Kolkata.
The meeting will also take important decisions on major
issues confronting the employees and the Company.
new facility of 'free incoming calls on roaming', has
taken off today.
BSNL's new facility of
'free incoming calls on roaming', has taken off throughout
the country today. Only in the month of May, BSNL launched
the 'Night Free Call' facility for it's landline
customers. BSNL, which has been lagging behind the private
operators, has once again started putting up a stiff fight
to it's private competitors, say industry observers.
government prepares blue-print for privatisation of Indian
Narendra Modi government
has already allowed 100% FDI in the railways. Now, the
Bibek Debroy Committee, appointed by the Modi government,
has prepared a blue print for the privatisation of the
Indian Railways. The broad recommendations of the
Committee are as follow:-
players should be allowed to run passenger trains.
Railway Budget should be scrapped.
Railway Regulatory Authority should be set up.
is no necessity for running hospitals, Schools, catering,
Private players should be allowed in the manufacturing of
coaches, wagons and locomotives.
It is note worthy that
recently Narendra Modi has assured the Railway Unions that
people are spreading rumours that Railways are going to be
privatised. Govt. has no such intension.
Unions to observe “Black Day “on 30th June, 2015, opposing
the Debroy Committee report.
NITI Aayog member, Bibek
Debroy, has submitted a 300 page report to the government
yesterday the 12.06.2015. This is nothing but a blue-print
for the privatisation of the Railways. Railway Minister,
Suresh Prabhu has stated that they want only to allow
private participation in Railways, but do not intend to
privatise the Railways. As reported by the Times of India
today, the railway unions have given call to observe
“Black Day” on 30.06.2015, against the Bibek Debroy
Committee report. BSNLEU extends it’s full support and
solidarity to the railway unions.
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding early approval of Revised
JTO RR and E1 pay scale, by the BSNL Board.<<View letter>>
commission clears norms for spectrum trading.
Almost 16 months after
the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India submitted its
recommendations, the spectrum trading and sharing
guidelines were approved by the Telecom Commission
yesterday the 11.06.2015. However, the final notification
is still awaited as the matter would now be referred to
the Cabinet for final approval Spectrum Trading would be
beneficial for the bigger operators. For instance, an
operator who wants more spectrum can now buy it from
another operator, having spectrum in the same band, but
not having enough use for it. “We will try to send the
norms to the Cabinet by the end of this month”, said
Secretary, DoT and Telecom Commission chairman Rakesh Garg
said after the meeting.
BSNL endorses the call of the Forum, to observe a month
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations has already given call to observe a month
long campaign, from 8th June to 7th July,2015, to
popularise the "9 pm to 7am" free call concession (Night
Free Call Concession). Forum has called on that, this
concession should be effectively utilised to substantially
increase BSNL's landline connections. The Core Committee
of the Forum met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL on
09.06.2015, and demanded that the Corporate Office should
endorse the call of the Forum, to ensure coordinated
action between the administration and the Forum. The CMD
accepted our proposal. Accordingly, the CMD has issued a
DO letter yesterday, to all the CGM's, directing them to
meet the Forum and coordinate with them, the task of
popularising the Night Free Call Concession. Hence, the
circle and district level Forum conveners are requested to
immediately arrange meetings with the CGMs/GMs, and chalk
out coordinated action program.
<< view CMD's DO letter >>
landline connections go up by 54% in
Due to the introduction
of the night free call concession on 1st May, new landline
connections have increased by 54% in Mysore district. This
is announced to the press by shri T.V.Venkatram, PGM,
Mysore. The night free call concession is really a 'game
changer'. If utilised properly, the scheme will really go
a big way in reviving BSNL. This is what the Mysore
experience tells us.
The Hindu dt. 11th June, 2015)
of Committee for reviewing BSNLMRS.
has been decided in the 32nd
meeting of the National Council, held on 14.05.2015, to
form a committee for reviewing the BSNLMRS. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) and
insisted expeditious constitution of the committee.
demands withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter dated
10.06.2015, on calculation of posts for Compassionate
office guidelines on calculation of posts for CGA.
Office has issued guidelines on 10.06.2015, for
calculating vacancies for offering Compassionate Ground
Appointment. It is stated in the letter, that vacancies
should be calculated separately for the group ‘C’ and ‘D’
posts. This letter is against the instructions issued in
2002 and will create unnecessary problems.
of BSNL’s market share.
As of 30.04.2015, the
total telephone connections of the country comes to 100
crore. Out of this, BSNL’s telephone connections are 9.4
crore. As such BSNL’s market share is 9.4 %. BSNL has
added 4.3 lakh connections in April, 2015.
In the wireless segment,
the total number of connections in the country is 97.3, crore. Out of this, BSNL’s connections are 7.8 crore.
Thus, BSNL’s market share comes to 8% and is in the 6th
In the broadband segment,
total connections in the country are 1.55 crore out of
which BSNL’s connections are 99 lakh. This comes to 64.2%
market share, which gives BSNL 1st position in broadband
with the Director (HR).
Com. P. Abimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri A.N. Rai,
Director (HR) today the 10.06.2015 and discussed the
Vicimisations in Jamshedpur (SSA).
The Director (HR) is
urged upon to intervene in the ongoing victimisations at
Jamshedpur SSA, where large scale vindictive transfers
have been ordered, in violation of the norms of the
Settlement of new
The Union representatives
pointed out that out of the four major non-executive
cadres, new designations are finalised in respect of 3
cadres, viz., TTA, TM and RM and that only the new
designation of Sr. TOA cadre is not settled. They demanded
that, the designation of
should be considered for the Sr. TOAs.
Allotment of alternative
accommodation to BSNLEU
Union representatives insisted upon the Director (HR) to
immediately allot alternative accommodation to BSNLEU,
since the present quarter at Gole Market is being handed
over to the Jharkhand government.
The Director (HR) heard
the view of the Union representatives and assured to take
urged to hold the meetings of the Designations Committee
and PLI Committee expeditiously.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri Shameem Akthar,
Sr. GM (SR) and the Chairman of the Designations Committee
yesterday the 09.06.2015, and urged upon him to find a
solution to the long pending problem of change of
designations. As regards the cadre of Sr. TOA, the Union
representatives informed that the JAC has decided to
demand the new designation of “Superintendent”. They also
urged that the meeting of the Designations Committee
should be held without further delay. They demanded that
the PLI Committee meeting should also be convened
Sarkar is bringing ‘hire and fire’ rules.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is repeatedly giving statement that his government is
but pro- poor.
But the actions of the Modi Sarkar proves that it is 100%
pro- corporate. His labour Ministry is moving in the
direction of giving unlimited powers to the corporates to
hire and fire workers. Steps are already taken to amend
the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules
1946, to introduce “FIXED TERM EMPLOYMENT”. Workers
employed under this fixed term employment can be
retrenched at any time, without any notice or
compensation. This is one of the steps being introduced by
Narendra Modi, to ensure “EASE OF DOING BUSINESS” for the
corporates. The Central Trade Unions of the country are
totally kept in the dark about this amendment to the
Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules
1946. CITU has vehemently protested this move.
<<View CITU’s letter>>
IDA merger for pensioners - File signed by Hon’ble
Minister of Communications.
One of the important
demands of the 2 day strike, held on 21st & 22nd April,
2015, is 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. In the talks
that were held on 01-05-2015, the Secretary, DoT assured
that DoT will expeditiously send the Cabinet Note, on this
issue. We learned today that, the Hon'ble Minister of
Communications has signed the file. Now, the file will go
for the approval of the Cabinet. We hope the issue will
reach a final settlement quickly.
BSNL urged to intervene and to stop the worsening of
situation in Kerala circle.
discussed with shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL today,
about the worsening situation in Kerala circle. He pointed
out that the CGM, is adopting high handed methods, in
dealing with the justified demands and democratic trade
union activities of the employees. The GS also pointed out
that the quality of services in Kerala circle has started
deteriorating, because of the attitude of the CGM, and
requested the CMD to make necessary intervention before it
is too late. The CMD has assured to do the needful.
Committee of the Forum meets CMD BSNL and discusses issues
related to the revival BSNL.
The Core Committee of the
Forum met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, today and
discussed issues related to the revival of BSNL. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, Convener,
Forum, com . Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum and com.
Prahalad Rai, member, Core Committee participated in this
discussion. The Core Committee pointed out that the
Corporate Office had so far not endorsed the call of the
Forum, to conduct a month long campaign to popularise the
free call concession and to boost BSNL's landline service.
The CMD agreed to issue the endorsement immediately. The
Core Committee also ascertained from the CMD, the
implementation of the assurances given by the Secretary,
DoT, in the meeting held on 01-05-2015. The core Committee
has also sought a meeting with the Secretary, DoT, which
is likely to take place within a day or two.
with the Director (CFA).
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri N.K.Gupta, Director
( CFA ) today and discussed the following issues:-
1) Frequent breakdown of
the International Gateway at Kolkata.
The representatives pointed out that the
International Gateway at Kolkata is frequently getting
breakdown, as a result of which the services are
disrupted. It was also pointed out that customers are
annoyed over these interruption and they are leaving BSNL.
The Director (CFA) assured to take necessary remedial
measures at the earliest.
2) The representatives
requested that the demand of BSNLEU, to allow the serving
and retired employees of BSNL also to avail the free call
concession introduced on landlines from 9 pm to 7am. The
Director (CFA) assured that this would be looked into.
Office letter on availability of various stores and
The adequate supply for
various stores and materials, for the improvement of
services is being continuously taken up by BSNLEU, Staff
Side of the National Council and the Forum. This issue was
once again discussed very seriously by the Staff Side, in
the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on
14.05.2015. Consequent upon this, the Management has come
out with a detailed status report, with regards to the
supply / procurement of various items of stores and
materials. Circle and District secretaries are requested
to go through this status report of the Corporate Office,
and to give their response to the CHQ.
<< view report >>
to offer free Wi fi service at Taj Mahal, from 16th June.
BSNL will be offering
free Wi fi service to the lakhs of tourists who are
visiting Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, from 16th June,
2015. However, the availability of this free Wi fi service
will be limited to 30 minutes only. Usage of Wi fi service
beyond 30 minutes will invite a cost of Rs.30 per hour.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications,
will inaugurate the service on 16th June. Bangalore based QuadGen is providing the necessary wireless support to
BSNL, for providing this service.
buys bandwidth from Bangladeshi Company, to strengthen
it's internet services in the North East.
BSNL has signed agreement
with the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL)
to buy bandwidth, for strengthening it's internet services
in the North East. The BSCCL has agreed to sell it's
unused bandwidth to BSNL at $1.2 million a year. According
to this agreement, BSNL will get 10 gigabits per second
and the bandwidth export will start in September this
year. The agreement to this effect was signed by shri
Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL and shri Monwar Hos sain, CMD
BSCCL yesterday the 07-06-2015.
month long campaign to popularise the free call
concession, as well as to boost BSNL's landline service
Forum has given call to
the entire BSNL employees to observe a month long campaign
to popularise BSNL's free calls on landlines from "9 pm to
7am", and also to boost the marketing of landlines. The
campaign is to be conducted for a month from 8th June to
7th July, 2015, and it is starting today. During this
campaign, maximum publicity is to be made about the free
call concession, and also maximum efforts are to be taken
to increase BSNL's landline connections. Meetings between
the forum leaders and circle/SSA heads are to be completed
by 15th June, 2015, to chalk out joint action programme.
Being the conveners of Forum at circle and SSA levels, the
circle/district secretaries of BSNLEU have a very crucial
role in successfully organising the campaign, by uniting
all the other constituents of the Forum. Kindly do not
forget that this is an important step in our efforts to
revive BSNL. Conduct the campaign effectively and send
reports and photos to the CHQ promptly.
at Dalhousie - CEC members to kindly note please.
comrades have informed that, of late there is some
fluctuation in the climate at Dalhousie, and that
sometimes it becomes slightly chill. Hence, CEC members
are requested to come with slight warm clothings, since it
may become necessary.
of the service sector slips below the 50 point mark.
At the time of election
campaign for the Parliamentary elections, the BJP blamed
that the economic growth of the country was hampered
because of the "Policy Paralysis" of the UPA government.
The BJP and it's Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi promised
the nation that, they would take the economic growth of
the country to new heights. But, even after one year of
the BJP rule, growth of industrial and service sectors
continue to be sluggish. A recent report ( The HSBC PMI)
says that for the first time in 13 months, the growth of
the service sector has slipped to 49.6, ie., below the 50
point mark. It is relevant to note that the service sector
contributes to 57% of the GDP.
All India Roaming to all BSNL Mobile customers from 15th
June 2015. DO Letter from CMD to all CGMs.
Maggi episode unveils the cruel face of capitalism.
It is found by various
authorities in India that, Maggi, one of the most sought
after fast food by the youngsters, contains dangerous
levels of lead, and other chemicals, which are very
injurious to health. These items are used as ingredients,
to make Maggy more tasty. 'Nestle', the multinational
company that manufacturers Maggi, knows all these facts.
However, it is least bothered about the health of the
people, who eat such dangerous products. All that it wants
is super profits. This applies to other MNCs like Coke,
Pepsi, etc.,etc. "Doing whatever is required", to harvest
super profits is their only business ethic. This is the
real face of capitalism.
writes to shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for
Communications and IT, demanding expeditious laying of
optic fibre cable between the Mainland and Andaman &
decision on Net neutrality will be taken by the Cabinet -
Telecom Minister, shri
Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that the report submitted
by the six member DoT Committee has been received by him
and that the same would be uploaded on the website of the
Department within a few days. He stated that, a copy of
the report has also been sent to the TRAI. After receipt
of the report of the TRAI, the Cabinet will take a final
decision on Net neutrality, said the Minister.
Source : ET Telecom.com dated 4th June,2015]
government to set up National Cyber Coordination Centre.
The Indian government has
decided to set up a National Cyber Coordination Centre, at
an outlay of Rs.770 crore, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Telecom Minister has announced. He also stated that, the
government has decided to set up a Botnet Cleaning and
Malware Analysis Centre, at an expenditure of Rs.90.5
[Source : ET Telecom. com dated 3rd
operators may face disincentives for call drops.
Telecom operators may
face disincentives for call drops, said Telecom Minister,
shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Minister stated that, this
is being explored in the backdrop of frequent call drops
being faced by the consumers. Telecom Secretary, Rakesh
Garg stated that the Member(Technology) has been asked to
work on the matter, and that it would be referred to the
TRAI, if needed.In any case the disincentive would be
finalised within six months, said the Telecom Secretary.
[Source : ET Telecom. com dated 2nd June,2015]
New trend of violence in Kashmir.
During the past 10 days,
Kashmir Valley is witnessing a new trend, in terrorists
related violence. Telecom outlets and telecommunications
towers have came under attack from terrorists. Also, those
people who have leased out their lands to telecom
companies, for erecting telecommunications towers, have
come under attack. Three men were shot dead and several
people were injured in the last ten days. As a result of
these attacks, all the five main BSNL franchises operating
across Kashmir valley were closed down from 1st of June.
Following this, all the sub - franchises and retailers
have also closed down their business in all the districts
of Kashmir. As a result, no BSNL customer has been able to
recharge his/her connection since 1st June. It is also
reported that the various telecom outlets are seen
removing the advertisement posters and hoardings from
their shops. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)
has stated that out of the toatl 6,000 towers in the
state,2,500 towers are affected. However, as reported by
The Greater Kashmir today, ' The Kashmir Valley BSNL Tower
Landlords Association' President, shri Shabir Ahmed Lone
has stated, that they have resumed the operation of all
the BSNL towers. He has said that this decision is taken
after an emergency meeting is held between the Police and
with shri M.C. Chaubey, ED (CN) BSNL On 04.06.2015
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU met shri M.C. Chaubey,
ED (CN), BSNL today, the 04.06.2015 and discussed the
issue of frequent failures of BSNL network in the NE
Region and requested to take remedial measures. The Dy.GS
informed the ED (CN), BSNL that a pilot project to lay OFC
in the duct of National Highway from Guwahati to Shillong
at an approximate cost of Rs. 33 crore has been proposed
by the BSNL to DoT for approval and wanted to know the
status of the proposal. The ED (CN), Shri Chaubey informed
that the proposed pilot project is being submitted to DoT.
He also informed that the BSNL C.O. has advised the CGM,
NETF, to submit another option to the NH Authority to
allow BSNL to lay cable through PLB duct through the
National Highway which may be of a lesser cost. He
appreciated that the union is taking up such issues and
assured that the BSNL C.O. will take all positive steps to
augment the Network in the Region and hopefull by
issued on grant of Special Casual Leave to CEC members to
attend the CEC meeting to be held at Dalhousie form 16th
to 18th June, 2015.<<< view letter >>>
Nadu circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, takes
decision to successfully implement the month long
The Tamil Nadu circle
Executive Committee meeting is held at Chennai today. The
meeting took off with the
hoisting of Union flag by
Abhimanyu, GS. Com.
S. Chellappa, Circle
President, presided over the meeting. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS,
inaugurated the meeting. In his address, the General
Secretary, explained about the two day strike, details of
the talks held with the Secretary, DoT, decisions of the
Forum to conduct the month long campaign, status of the
issues of the Non-Executives, call of the Central TUs for
General Strike, etc. Com.
Babu Radhakrishnan, Circle Secretary, presented
report on activities. The circle executive committee
members participated in the discussion. Finally, the
meeting took important decisions, including the one for
successful implementation of the decision of the Forum, to
conduct month long campaign.<<
view photos >>
(CFA)'s DO letter to all the CGM's to effectively utilise
the 9 pm to 7 am free call concession, for increasing
<<< view letter >>>
Cabinet upgrades 29 cities and towns on the basis of 2011
census, for payment of higher HRA and Transport Allowance.
The Union Cabinet has
approved upgradation of 29 cities and towns, on the basis
of 2011 census, for the payment of higher HRA and
Transport Allowance. On the basis of the census,
Ahmedabad and Pune are upgraded to "X" category from "Y"
category. Apart from these, 21 cities are also upgraded.
They are, Nellore, Gurgaon, Bokaro, Gulbarga, Thrissur,
Malapuram, Kannur, Kollam, Ujjain, Vasai-Virar city,
Malegaon, Nanded-Waghala, Sangli, Rourkela, Ajmer, Erode,
Noida, Firozabad, Jhansi, Siliguri and Durgapur. Apart
from this, Patna, Kochi, Indore, Coimbatore and Gazhiabad
are advanced to "Specified Higher Class.
These upgradations are effective from 1st
customer growth and enhancement of network capacity.
BSNL has increased 47
lakh new customers in 2014-15, said shri Anupam Srivastava,
CMD BSNL. He has stated that, with this BSNL has reversed
the earlier trend of negative growth. He further stated
that 25,645 BTSs are being installed at a cost of Rs.4805
crore to enhance BSNL's network capacity. Of this 15,000
BTSs are already installed and the remaining will be
installed by December, 2015, said the CMD. He further
stated that BSNL is going to spend another Rs.1, 000 crore, to
enhance the network capacity in the Northern and Western
to offer free incoming calls on roaming, from 15th June.
Telecom Minister, shri
Ravi Shankar Prasad, has announced that BSNL will offer
free incoming calls on roaming, from 15th June,2015
BSNL is having a mobile subscriber base of 7.72 crore at
the end of March 2015. Shri Anupam Srivasta, CMD BSNL,
said that, the free incoming on roaming may result in a
slight fall in the revenue. However, this fall in revenue
can well be offset, since the free incoming offer will
bring in new customers to BSNL, said the CMD.
of BSNL & MTNL put on the back burner?
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Minister for Communications and IT avoided giving a direct
answer, when asked by reporters about the merger of BSNL &
MTNL. When reporters asked about the merger of the two
companies, all that the Minister said was, " Let them go
in the revival path. We will see." The reply of the
minister certainly indicates that the government is not in
a hurry with the merger of BSNL and MTNL. Obviously, this
is the impact created by the recent 2 day strike of the
entire BSNL employees. "No to the merger of BSNL & MTNL"
was an important demand of the strike.
revenue went up by 2.1% in 2014-15, says the Telecom
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Minister for Communications and IT has stated that the
BSNL is on the recovery path. The Minister said that
BSNL's revenue went up by 2.1% in 2014-15. He further
stated that under the phase 7 expansion, 15,000 new base
tower stations were commissioned in one year, which have
reduced call - drops and have eased the congestion.
particulars of the 2 day strike to CHQ - Circle
Secretaries to kindly note place.
The 2 day strike held on
21st & 22nd April, called on by the Forum, was a historic
success. Still, a proper review, as to how the strike has
taken place in various SSAs and circles, has to be made.
This review will be carried out in the forthcoming CEC
meeting, which is taking place from 16th to 18th
Dalhousie. Those Circle Secretaries who have not yet sent
the district wise strike figures to the CHQ, are requested
to compulsorily bring them when they come to the CEC
meeting. This may kindly be treated as very important.
of Srinagar Valley Allowance.
The extension of Srinagar
Valley Allowance is being inordinately delayed, even after
issuing of order by the DoP&T. BSNLEU is continuously
urging the Corporate Office to issue the letter. We are
informed by the Corporate Office that the matter is
referred to the DoT, for necessary approval. Com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the issue with
the Director (Staff), DoT, today, as a result of which,
necessary endorsement was given by the DoT. The letter is
also handed over to the Corporate Office.
Indian telecom market expected to grow at 10.3% in
The number of telephone
customers in India has already reached the 100 crore mark.
But the growth does not seem to slow down. Market research
reports say that it is expected to grow at 10.3% during
2015-20 period. This is the forecast of 'Market Research
Reports Incorporation'. India is one of the fastest
growing markets in the world. It is also the second
largest telecom network in the world.
panel submits report on net neutrality.
The telecom department
panel on net neutrality has submitted its report to the
communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The report, which has been prepared by a six-member
committee appointed in January, will be a key component
for the government's policy on net neutrality, a concept
which guarantees free and non-discriminatory access to the
Web. While the contents of the report weren't yet known,
it had reported earlier that the committee was veering
towards a view that any definition of net neutrality must
maintain the core principles, which is not to allow
blocking, prioritization and throttling of content
providers on a network.
demands that payment of GPF advance to BSNL employees
should not be taken over by the DoT.
BSNLEU has written to
Ms.Annie Moreas, the Member (Finance ), Telecom
Commission, that the payment of GPF advance to the BSNL
employees should not be taken over by the DoT, but it
should continued to be done by the BSNL. This is because,
the availability of staff in DoT Cells is very small. As a
result, even at present the final settlement of GPF
payment to the retirees is being delayed by more than a
month. We have pointed out that if the DoT promptly
refunds the GPF advance amount to BSNL, this problem will
be solved.<<<view letter>>>
loss Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March.
MTNL is reported to have
run into a loss of Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended
with 31st March 2015. However, income from operations of
the Company has increased during this period. MTNL has
earned Rs.876.42 crore from operations during this period,
whereas, the amount stood at only Rs.841.73 crore for the
same period during last year. On the overall, MTNL's net
loss during 2014-15 comes to
Rs.2893.39 crore. The Company earned a net profit of
Rs.7825.13 crore during the previous year
to Invest Rs. 7000 Crore.
BSNL has announced that
they will invest Rs. 7000 crore to set up 3G and 4G Wi-Fi
spots across every nook and corner in the country. While
speaking at the TeleAnalysis event in New Delhi, chairman
and MD of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said, “Wi-Fi is an
obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot
be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network
so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to Wi-Fi.
In two to three years, we will be investing Rs.7,000 crore
to set up integrated Wi-Fi across the country.”
BSNL employee attacked.
Three persons targeted in
recent incidents of violence in north Kashmir's Sopore and
Patten areas were civilians and not the employees of
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). According to Home
Ministry sources, among the violence victims, Rafiq Ahmad
killed at Iqbal Market Sopore was a salesman in a private
telecom center while as the other deceased in related
incident -- Ghulam Mohammad Dar of Dooru Sopore, and
injured Imtiyaz Nadru of Pattan, have BSNL towers
installed in their premises.
Circle Executive Committee meeting of Kerala Circle.
Kerala circle is holding
it's 2 day Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at
Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting started yesterday.
Com.A.V.Kuriakose, the Circle President, is presiding over
the meeting. Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran, the former Kerala
Circle Secretary and Patron of the AIBDPA, com.
Muralidharan Nair, former AGS of BSNLEU greeted the
meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the meeting. In
his address, the GS elaborately spoke on the decision of
the Central Trade Unions to go on a General Strike on
02.09.2015, the 2 day strike by the Forum, for the revival
of BSNL, the efforts of the JAC to settle the issues of
the Non-Executives and the present status of the various
issues, the decision of the Forum to conduct the month
long campaign to popularise the "9 pm to 7 am" free call
concession and to increase landlines, etc.
Com.S.Pratapkumar, AGS and com M.Vijayakumar,
Org. Secretary also
addressed the meeting.<<view
takes up the issue of frequent failure of International
Gateway (IGW) and MPLS backbone at Kolkata.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty,
Dy.GS, met Shri P.K. Pandey, PGM (Radio), yesterday the
29.05.2015, and discussed the issue of frequent break
downs of the International Gateway (IGW) and MPLS backbone
at Kolkata. The Dy.GS told the PGM (Radio) that due to the
break downs of the system, subscribers in the North East
Region are surrendering their broadband connections which
will seriously affect the revenue of the Company, apart
from damaging the image of the Company, in the eyes of the
public. The PGM (Radio) informed that necessary remedial
measures are being taken and assured that he will
personally monitor the matter.
from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant -
Non-implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High
Com. Swapan Chakraborty,
Dy.GS met Ms. Sujatha Roy, ED (Finance), yesterday the
29.05.2015, and expressed the Union's extreme unhappiness
over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the
order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, in the matter of
promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant. The
ED(Finance), assured to take appropriate action at the
year achievement of the Modi Sarkar is "NATO".
The one year achievement
of the Narendra Modi government has been beautifully
expressed in one word, by the former officers of the
defence forces. The word is NATO. It does not refer to the
"North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". But, it means " No
Action, Talk Only". One Rank One Pension (OROP) is not
only the demand of the Ex Service men, but it is one of
the election promises of the BJP. Former officers of the
defence forces are extremely frustrated, since Narendra
Modi government has done nothing on this, except talking.
The Ex Service Men's Movement has announced that, it is
going to conduct a rally at New Delhi on 14-06-2015, on
this issue. For the poor people, the one year achievement
of Modi Sarkar is nothing, but NATO. At the same time, for
the corporates and multi national companies, a lot has
Office directs Tamil Nadu circle administration to
re-calculate vacancies for the JTO LICE, in accordance
with the orders.
BSNLEU has been demanding
the Corporate Office, to issue instruction to the Tamil
Nadu circle administration, to re-calculate the JTO LICE
vacancies in accordance with the orders of DoP&T, since
this has not been followed. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU,
Corporate Office has issued necessary instruction to the
CGM, Tamil Nadu, today.<<view
once again insists upon the Corporate Office to issue the
necessary clarification to Tamil Nadu circle, on
calculation of JTO vacancies.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.),
today, the issue of giving clarification to Tamil Nadu
circle, on calculating JTO vacancies. The GM (Estt.)
assured to do the needful expeditiously.
requests CMD BSNL to send necessary communications to the
CGMs, to co-ordinate with the Forum, for the successful
implementation of the month long campaign.
Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convener, Forum discussed with Shri Anupam Shrivastava,
CMD BSNL today, regarding the decision of the Forum to
conduct a month long campaign to popularise the “9pm to
7am” free call concession, and to increase the landline
connections. Forum has already written to the CMD in this
regard. The Convener, Forum, told the CMD that the success
of this month long campaign greatly depends upon the
co-ordination between the Forum and the circle and
district level administrations. He desired that the
Corporate Office should send a communication in this
regard to the CGMs. The CMD agreed to look into this.
distinction: India leads world hunger list.
implementation of full-throated economic reforms for the
past 24 years, India continuous to be the country with the
largest number of people living in hunger. This has been
brought out by various surveys. Now, once again the
‘State of food security in the world
2015’ report released by the United Nations
Food and Agricultural Organisation it is stated that India
accounts for the highest estimated number of
undernourished people in any single country, with an
estimated 194.6 million, or about one in every four such
people in the world. Globally, the number of
undernourished people has fallen by 216 million between
1990-92 and 2015, from just over a billion to 795 million.
However, India's contribution to this fall has been small,
with its numbers down by just 15.5 million.
[Source: Times of India 28.05.2015]
Committee formed, to host the forthcoming CEC meeting at
The Himachal Pradesh
circle union is hosting the next CEC meeting, to be held
at Dalhousie, from 16th to 18th June, 2015. A Reception
Committee has been formed to successfully conduct the CEC
meeting. Com. B.S. Thakur, TTA, Shimla, com. H.R. Patiyal,
Sr.TOA, Mandi and com. Gopal Chandel, TTA, Shimla have
been elected as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer
respectively. CHQ congratulates the comrades and other
office-bearers of the Reception Committee.
month long campaign to popularise free call concession on
landline and to increase landline connections.
The Forum has given call
to conduct a campaign from 8th June to 7th July, to
popularise the “9pm to 7am free call” concession and
thereby to increase the landline connections. The Forum
has also listed out the steps to be taken during the month
long campaign. The circular of the Forum in this regard is
placed on the website. Being the conveners of the Forum at
circle and district levels, the circle and district
secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to immediately take
the steps for the successful implementation of the
campaign. Meetings of the Forum may immediately be
convened and works may be started at once.
Forum, writes to the CMD BSNL, communicating the decisions
of the Forum, on conducting month long campaign to
popularise the free call concession and thereby to
increase the landline connections.<<view
approves a list of 38 RMs and TMs of Assam circle for the
issuing of presidential orders.<<view
Trade Unions give call for General Strike on 2nd
A National Convention of
workers was held at New Delhi, today the 26.05.2015. The
convention is organised by all the 11 central trade unions
as well as independent federations of workers / employees.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com. Balbir Singh,
President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS participated
in the convention. After detailed deliberations the
convention has called upon the working class of the
country to go on a General Strike on 2nd September, 2015,
against the retrograde anti-worker and pro-corporate
policies of the Narendra Modi government. BSNLEU heartily
welcomes the decision.
of the National Convention of workers conducted by the
Central Trade Unions at New Delhi on 26.05.2015.<<click
to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, former Convener, Forum.
A warm felicitation was
accorded to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, the founding convener
of Forum, in the meeting held yesterday the 25.05.2015.
Leaders of all the organisations present in the meeting
praised the role played by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri in
starting this joint platform in 2004 and for leading it
for nearly 12 years. On behalf of the Forum a memento and
shawl was offered to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri. Finally, com.
V.A.N. Namboodiri addressed the meeting acknowledging the
of the Forum, taken in the meeting held on 25.05.2015.<<click
Sengupta, Treasurer, CHQ, bereaved.
CHQ is saddened to
hear the news that, shri Utpal Sengupta, the eldest
brother of com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, CHQ, has passed
away today, at Kolkata. Shri Utpal Sengupta has been
unwell for some time. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt
condolences to com. Saibal Sengupta, to his family
members, relatives, friends and all the comrades.
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.
Office letter on opening of Monsoon Control Room.<<view
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.
achievement of Modi Sarkar - tax to be deducted on PF
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.
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]
Sector bank employees will get 15% pay hike and 30 months
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.
Broadband customer base reached 100 million.
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.
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?
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
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.
and 30% superannuation benefits issue discussed with the
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.
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.
fixes a minimum bench mark to the external candidates for
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.
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.
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.
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
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
writes to the GM (Admn.) demanding extension of the free
call concession on the landlines of the serving and
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
notification for the Recruitment of Management Trainee
from internal candidates.<<view
notification for the Recruitment of Management Trainee
from external candidates.<<view
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
of Non-Executives for the recruitment of Management
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.
to join the strike against the anti-labour policies of
“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.”
from Times of India dated 20.05.2015]
writes to the CVO, on the threatening and blackmails of
shri Rohit Sabharwal, contractor, Ludhiana.<<view
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
(1) Officials holding two year ITI certificate in
any discipline is eligible to appear the LICE for TTA.
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
BSNL will hold the additional charge of Director (Finance)
for a period of three months beyond 01.03.2015.<<view
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.
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
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
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>>
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
(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.
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.
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
(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 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.
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
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.
BSNL is urged to take immediate action on Adesh Kumar
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
pays respectful homage to com. Moni Bose.
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.
Office calls for report on the functioning of Works
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>>
Office letter on strict implementation of the Transfer
corporate office letter>>
of EPF to casual labourers from 01.10.2000 to 10.01.2011
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>>
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
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
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.
DNA 16th May, 2015]
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
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
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.
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
Day satyagraha by the Casual and Contract Workers of
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
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