wishes a very Happy Deepawali.
wishes a very Happy Deepawali to all. Deepawali is
the festival of lights. Let the festival bring
brightness and happiness in the lives of all.
India Conference - Circle Secretaries are requested to
come with membership details.
One of the important
tasks that the forthcoming All India Conference will
undertake will be, to assess the strength of BSNLEU in
various circles and also to decide ways and means to
strengthen the same. Hence, Circle Secretaries are
requested to come to the AIC with the district wise
details of BSNLEU’s paid members and also the paid members
of other unions and associations. Circle Secretaries are
requested to collect these informations well in advance
from the District Secretaries, and to come to the AIC with
India Conference rally- Circle and District Secretaries
are requested to come with banners.
A powerful rally will
take place in the All India Conference at Kolkata. The
rally will be held on 06.11.2014. It will culminate into a
public meeting, which will be addressed by com.Tapan Sen,
General Secretary, CITU, and other leaders. To make the
rally impressive and colourful, the Circle and District
Secretaries are requested to come with their banners.
Office letter on providing name, mobile no., phone/fax
no., email-id of the signing authority while making
correspondences with BSNL Corporate office.<<click
per cent of the winners in Haryana assembly election are
83 per cent of the
winners in the Haryana assembly election are crorepatis.
75 of the total 90 newly elected MLAs are crorepatis. BJP
is leading this list. BJP's Faridabad MLA is the richest
of all the MLAs with Rs.106 crore asset worth. 40 out of
the 47 BJP MLAs are crorepatis. Similarly, 14 out of the
15 MLAs of the Congress and 13 INLD MLAs are crorepatis.
Average asset value of the BJP MLAs is Rs.10.50 crore.
Average asset value of the Congress MLAs is Rs.12.45 crore.
Average asset value of the INLD MLAs is Rs.13.01 crore.
Let us hope that all these crorepatis will work in the
interest of the poor of this country.
Office asked details of casual labours including TSMs from
pilots on strike.
German airlines giant,
Lufthansa had to cancel 1,450 flights last Sunday, as the
pilots of the airlines are on strike, as per the call of
the Pilots Union of Lufthansa. The strike is to oppose "an
early retirement scheme" to be implemented by the
Company. It is reported that this is the eighth strike in
this year, by the Lufthansa pilots. It is also reported
that millions of Germans were stranded last week, due to
the strike of train drivers. Germany is the strongest
economy in Europe. However, the rulers want to transfer
the burdens of the economic crisis on the shoulders of the
working class. Hence the struggle.
Unions oppose implementation of the recommendation of
Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle.
BSNL Corporate Office has
issued letter to introduce Area Offices in Maharashtra
circle, based on the recommendation of the Deloittee
Committee. A meeting of the Forum, Maharashtra circle, was
held yesterday the 20-10-2014, at Mumbai. It was
participated by all the major organisations of Forum. The
meeting unanimously decided to stop implementation of Area
Offices in Maharashtra circle. Later on, they met the CGM
and expressed their protest. The CGM has assured that Area
Offices will not be implemented in Maharashtra circle.
Com.N.K.Nalawade, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Maharashtra,
as well as Convener of Forum, Maharashtra, has informed
this to the CHQ.
Office releases grant for circles Sports and Cultural
of wages to contract workers should be made only through
account payee cheque or online, says Corporate Office.<<view
Office letter on verification of first salary & GPF
details in ERP.<<view
Office letter on setting up Staff Grievance cells in
circles and SSAs.<<view
notice issued by BSNL Casual & Contract Workers Federation
for one day strike on 27.11.2014.
of diesel price.
The Narendra Modi
government has decided to decontrol diesel price from 1st
November, 2014. Simultaneously, it has also cunningly
reduced the price of diesel by Rs.3.37 per liter. This has
given a wrong message to the people that the price of
diesel has come down due to the decontrolling. It is not
correct. The price of diesel has come down, since the
price of crude oil has considerably come down in the
international market. As a result of the deregulation of
diesel price, hereafter the price of diesel will not be
decided by the government, but will be decided by the
market. Normally, the price of crude oil keeps on
increasing in the international market. Hence, the price
of diesel will also keep on increasing. This will result
in an all round increase in the prices of all essential
commodities. By ways of deregulation of diesel price,
hereafter government need not give subsidy for diesel and
it will save Rs.1,40,000 crore annually. Thus, the main
intention of the govt. is to withdraw the subsidy being
given, to keep the diesel price under control. Now this
money will be given as subsidy to the capitalists. BSNLEU
strongly opposes the decision of the govt. to deregulate
the price of diesel.
Office issued letter for sanctioning special casual leave
of CEC and 7th AIC.
The Corporate Office has
issued letter to all CGMs, for sanctioning special casual
leave for the CEC members, for attending the CEC meeting
to be held on 05.11.2014, and to all the CEC members and
delegates for attending the 7th All India Conference to be
held from 6th to 9th November, 2014.
and Open Session of the All India Conference to take place
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All India Conference has decided, that the
rally and Open Session will take place on 06-11-2014. One
rally will start from the venue of the AIC, i.e., Telecom
Factory, Alipore. Another rally will start from
R.N.Mukherjee road, Dalhousie. Both the rallies will meet
at Rani Rashmoni avenue, Esplanade, where the Open Session
will take place.
Committee meeting of the 7th All India Conference held at
The Reception Committee
meeting of the 7th All India Conference was held in the
CTO Telecom Institute hall at Kolkata. The meeting was
presided over by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, President of the
Reception Committee. Com.A.K Bhattacharji, Patron of the
Reception Committee was present. Com.Animesh Mitra and
com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretaries of the
Reception Committee, welcomed all. The meeting was
addressed by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, com.A.K. Bhattacharji,
com.Animesh Mitra, com.Adhir Kumar Sen (Working President)
com.Saibal Sengupta, com.Omprakash Singh (Treasurer ) and
com.Paritosh Dutta, Convener, Food Committee. Finally,
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the comrades. The
preperations being done for the 7th All India Conference
was reviewed. The members of the Reception Committee are
enthusiastic and are hopeful of making the Conference a
historic success. The following are the views of the
struggle in Maharashtra circle, to stall the
implementation of Deloittee Committee's recommendations.
BSNL Corporate Office has
taken arbitrary decision to implement the recommendations
of the Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle. Neither
the unions and associations at the All India level, nor at
the circle level, are consulted in this regard. BSNLEU,
Maharashtra circle union, has already written to the CGM,
Maharashtra, expressing it's strong protest. It has also
demanded to keep the implementation under
abeyance, pending consultation with the unions. Further,
the unions and associations of Maharashtra circle are
meeting at Mumbai on 20-10-2014, to chalk out agitational
programme, to stall the implementation of the Deloittee
N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh,
appreciated BSNL, for the excellent service rendered by
it, in the flood hit areas.
Vishakapatnam and it's
surrounding areas were severely damaged, when the cyclone
Hud Hud hit coastal Andhra Pradesh. From the media we were
able know the extent of damage caused by the cyclone.
Services like telecommunications, electricity etc. were
damaged in a massive scale. However, BSNL, Andhra Pradesh,
plunged into action, and telecom services were restored
very quickly, and also much ahead of other private telecom
operators. This helped the government authorities in a big
way, to carry out relief and rehabilitation works. BSNL
was appreciated by all, including the media. More
importantly, shri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief
Minister, spoke to shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, AP, personally
and conveyed his appreciation. This is a matter of pride
for the entire BSNL family. CHQ appreciates the entire
employees, as well as the officers of Andhra Pradesh
Circle, for this great performance. We reproduce
hereunder, the sms sent to our circle secretary,
com.J.Sampathrao, in this regard, by shri V.Srinivasan,
Office seeks the views of the circles, on the demand of
the Staff Side, National Council, to modify the Transfer
Secretary attending meeting of the Reception Committee
of the 7th AIC.
A meeting of the
Reception Committee of the 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU, is being held at Kolkata tomorrow
the 18.10.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the
meeting and will be reviewing the preparations being made
for the All India Conference.
of the Reception Committee of the 7th AIC.
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU has
opened a website and has been linked with the CHQ website.
The web address is
Comrades are requested to visit the site.
severely condemns the decision of the Management to
implement the recommendation of Deloittee Committee in
The BSNL Management has
taken decision to implement the recommendation of the
Deloittee Committee, to convert the SSAs into Area
Offices. Of course, it is stated in the letter that this
recommendation is being implemented on pilot basis. It is
most condemnable that the Management has taken this
decision without making any consultation with the Unions.
BSNLEU, together with other Unions and Associations will
fight this out.<<view
subscriber base crosses
The number of telephone
subscribers in India has increased from 946.4 million in
July, 2014 to 951.84 million in August, 2014, according to
the statement of TRAI. In this, share of the private
telecom operators has crossed 90%. The market share of
BSNL and MTNL put together comes to 9.84%. However, both
the PSUs dominate the landline segment, with 76.41% market
is the first to restore services in the Hud Hud cyclone
“After severely hit by
the Hud Hud cyclone in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh,
telecom companies are restoring their services in phases.
While the Public Sector BSNL was the first to restore the
services, Airtel and Vodafone have said that they are able
to revive the services in some parts.”
[-The Business Line dated
Office letter on corrective action in the matter of pay
fixation of serving / retiring and retired officers.<<view
Office letter on recognition of majority representative
Association of serving executive employees in BSNL.<<view
Muslim unity and inter-marriage.
Communal forces are
active, dividing the people of the country, in the name of
religion. A “Hindu-Muslim” divide is being created by
communal forces, for political gains. Such a communal
divide leads to violence and blood-shed. It divides the
working masses and weakens the working class unity
irreparably. “Love Jihad” is an issue taken up by the
communal forces, in their agenda to divide the people.
Saif Ali Khan, a noted film artiste has written an article
on this issue, in the Indian Express dated 15.10.2014.
Apart from inter-marriage, he has discussed a host of
other issues connected with communal harmony. We reproduce
the article, for the benefit of our leaders.<<view
suffered a loss of Rs.400 crore in the Kashmir floods.
BSNL has suffered a loss
of Rs.400 crore in the recent Kashmir floods. This is
disclosed by Shri D.K. Agarwal, GMTD, Kashmir. He has
stated the 95 landline exchanges out of 99 exchanges have
since been restored. As regards mobile service, the GMTD
stated that out of 477 BTS in Kashmir, currently 340 BTS
Casual Contract Workers Federation conducted powerful
March to Corporate Office.
The BSNLCCWF conducted a
powerful March to the Corporate Office today the
15.10.2014. Casual and Contract Workers participated in
large numbers who had come from various circles. The
programme started at the Eastern Court, with a
demonstration and meeting. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLCCWF, presided over it. Com. A.K.
Padmanabhan, President, CITU delivered the inaugural
address. The meeting was addressed by Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU. Thereafter, the March to Corporate Office started.
On reaching Corporate Office, an effective demonstration
took place. A memorandum on the burning problems of the
Casual and Contract Workers was presented to Shri A.N. Rai,
CMD BSNL, by a delegation consisting of com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU, com. S.C. Bhattacharya, Treasurer, BSNLEU and com.
Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU. The programme ended with
another round of demonstration at Eastern Court. BSNLEU
congratulates the hundreds of contract and casual workers
who came from the nooks and corners of the country to
participate in the programme.<<view
Office calls for particulars related to implementation of
EPF, ESI etc., from CGMs.
Based on the complaint of
the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, to the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour, in the meeting
held on 29.09.2014, that EPF and ESI are not being
implemented for the contract workers in BSNL, Corporate
Office has called for particulars in this regard from CGMs.<<view
greets the office-bearers elected in the All India
Conference of NFTE, held at Jabalpur.
The 4th All India
Conference of NFTE BSNL was held at Jabalpur from 10th to
12th October, 2014. Com. Islam Ahmed and com. Chandeswar
Singh have been reelected as the President and General
Secretary, respectively. Com. A. Rajmouli has been elected
as the new treasurer. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all
Committee on reservation for OBCs held at Chennai.
Committee on reservation for OBCs was held at Chennai
yesterday the 13.10.2014. Parliament members of the
Committee as well as top officers from BSNL Corporate
Office attended the meeting. A review is learnt to have
been made in the meeting, as to whether the mandatory
reservation quota for OBC is being implemented in BSNL.
Assistance to the flood affected employees of J&K Circle.
The Staff Side, National
Council has already demanded payment of 3 months salary as
pay advance to the flood affected employees of J&K circle.
BSNLEU has demanded that financial assistance of
Rs.7,000/- each from Welfare Board should be paid to the
J&K employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD on
08.10.2014 and urged to make the payment expeditiously.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met the GM (Estt.) and the
GM (Admn.), today the 14.10.2014 and insisted early
payment of the above mentioned relief.
office letter to CGMs for completing Establishment Review,
for the purpose of Compassionate Ground Appointments.<<click
Nadu circle conference decides to conduct a massive
convention on communal harmony.
have taken place in the 3 day conference of Tamil Nadu
circle union, that concluded on 13th October. It has taken
important decisions to strengthen the Union as well as the
BSNL in the circle. A significant decision in this
direction is to conduct seminars in all SSAs, to improve
the viability of BSNL, by concretely discussing the
challenges being faced at the SSA level. The conference
has also decided to take concrete steps to effectively
organise the forthcoming one day strike, to be held
on 27.11.2014, as per the call of the JAC. Another
important issue that was seriously discussed, is the
threat being posed by the communal forces, to the unity of
the working class. So, the Conference has decided to
organise a massive convention on communal harmony, in
January 2015. The Madurai district union has accepted to
host the seminar.
endorsed the Gazatte Notification on enhancement of
statutory wage ceiling to Rs.15,000/- from existing limit
Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of Junior
Accounts officer as on 30.09.2014.<<click
Nadu circle union donates
Rs.1 lakh to the CHQ.
The 3 day conference of
Tamil Nadu circle union is going on at Trichy. Today is
the last day. An amount of Rs. 1 lakh is donated by the
Tamil Nadu circle union, to the CHQ today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
GS, received the amount and expressed CHQ's sincere thanks
to the Tamil Nadu circle union.
heartily congratulates Kailash Satyarthi and Yousafzai
Malalaa for jointly winning Nobel prize for peace.
This year's Nobel Prize
for peace is awarded to India's Kailash Satyarthi and
Pakistan's Yousafzai Malalaa. It is a great news that both
the winners belong to the Indian sub continent. Both of
them will share the prize money of Ł 6,99,000.
Kailash Satyarthi belongs to Madhya Pradesh. He is a
children's rights activist. His NGO is fighting against
child labour and trafficking of children. He is the second
Indian to receive the Nobel Prize for peace, after Mother
Yousafzai Malalaa is a 17 year old Pakistani girl, and was
living in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She defied the ban
imposed by the Taliban, that girls should not go to
school. As a result, she was shot at the head by the
Taliban. However, she escaped that attack and is presently
studying in the UK. She symbolises girls' right to
Tamil Nadu circle conference of BSNLEU started at Trichy.
circle conference of Tamil Nadu circle started
enthusiastically at Trichy today, the 11.10.2014. More
than 1100 delegates and observers participated the
Inaugural Session of the Conference. The National Flag was
hoisted by com.M.Narayanasamy, ACS, and the Union Red Flag
was hoisted by com.C.Palanichamy, ACS. The Conference is
being presided over by com.K.Marimuthu, circle president.
Com.Balachander, Chairman, Reception Committee and
com.Aslam Basha, General Secretary, Reception Committee
welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the
Conference. Com.P.Sampath, President, Tamil Nadu
Untouchability Eradication Front and com.S.Chellappa,
circle secretary, also addressed the Inaugural Session. At
1000 hrs, the seminar on the revival of BSNL took place. It
was addressed by shri G.V.Reddy, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle,
shri Raju, PGM, Trichy, com. S.Chellappa and
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. The subjects committee of the
Conference started in the post lunch session.<<view
Office issues order on revised IDA rates w.e.f. 01.10.2014.<<click
India Conference of NFTE started at Jabalpur- Com.Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS, greeted.
The 4th All
India Conference of NFTE BSNL started at Jabalpur today
the 10.10.2014. The Open Session of the Conference was
held today morning. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, addressed
the session and greeted the Conference, on behalf of
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding withdrawal of the Corporate
Office letter which bans demonstrations,
issued orders for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.10.2014.<<click
Bengal circle conference started at Krishnanagar.<<click
Bengal circle union donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ.
The West Bengal circle
union has donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ. The amount has
been remitted to the CHQ, through NEFT, on 24.09.2014.
CHQ heartily thanks the West Bengal circle union for the
Office letter to all CGM's on shortage of SIMs in the
Office letter to all Heads of Circles on details of Casual
served strike notice on CMD BSNL, to go on One Day strike
As per the decision taken in yesterday’s JAC meeting, the
leaders of the JAC served the strike notice on CMD BSNL
today the 08.10.2014. Since the CMD was not available in
the office, the notice was delivered in his office. All
the major Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives
have signed this strike notice. Some organizations could
not reach Delhi to sign the strike notice. However, they
will also be serving the strike notice separately.<<view
India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held.
A meeting of the All
India Centre of BSNLEU was held today the 07.10.2014. The
meeting reviewed the preparations being made for
conducting the 7th All India Conference at Kolkata. The
meeting reiterated the decisions of the CEC meeting held
at Rajkot and the Central Secretariat meeting held at New
Delhi, to admit only elected delegates and permitted
observers in the forthcoming All India Conference.
decides to go on One Day strike on 27.11.2014.
A meeting of the JAC took
place at New Delhi today the 07.10.2014. It was presided
over by Com. Chandeswar Singh, President, JAC. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, welcomed everyone and initiated
the discussion. The meeting reviewed the dharna held on
23.09.2014 and the 2 hour walkout conducted on 30.09.2014,
and congratulated the entire Non-Executives, as well as
the leaders, for making both the struggles successful. The
meeting expressed its extreme unhappiness over the adamant
and negative attitude of the BSNL Management towards
settlement of the genuine demands. The meeting decided to
give call for One Day strike on 27.11.2014. The strike
notice will be served on CMD BSNL tomorrow the 08.10.2014.
Office letter on calculation of monthly contribution
towards cost of pension payable in respect of BSNL
circular on 7th Al India Conference to be held
Kolkata from 6th to 9th November,
writes to Corporate Office on the delay in implementation
of the decision of the National Council, in respect of
payment of pay advance to the employees of J&K Circle.<<view
writes to Corporate Office on granting financial
assistance from Welfare Board to the flood affected
employees of J&K Circle.<<view
wishes and warm greetings on the occasion of Bakrid.
Bakrid is the festival of
sacrifice. On this occasion, BSNLEU conveys it’s best
wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades. Let this
festival instil the spirit of selflessness and sacrifice
in the minds of all the people, to serve mankind.
circle union donates Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee
of the 7th AIC.
It is informed by
com.Balbir Singh, CS, Punjab, that the Circle Executive
Committee meeting of Punjab, that was held recently, has
decided to donate Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee of
the 7th All
India Conference, to be held at Kolkata. CHQ heartily
congratulates the Punjab circle union.
of advertisements, for the souvenir to be released in the
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All
India Conference, to be held at Kolkata, has decided to
release a souvenir at the time of the Conference. Tariff
coupons, for collection of the advertisements, have
already been distributed to all the circle unions. CHQ
requests all the circle unions to extend their helping
hand to the Reception Committee, by collection of
advertisements. After collection of the advertisements,
the same may be sent to the Reception Committee promptly.
meeting of the JAC to be held on 07-10-2014
The next meeting of the
Joint Action Committee of the Unions and Associations of
the Non-Executives (JAC), will take place at New Delhi
on 07-10-2014. The meeting will review the dharna
programme conducted on 23-09-2014, as well as the 2 hour
walk out that took place on 30.09.2014. The earlier
meeting of the JAC, that was held on 05.09.2014, had
already decided that a one day strike would be organised
in the month of November, if there is no improvement in
the settlement of the issues. Hence, the JAC meeting, that
is to be held on 07.10.2014 is a crucial one.
Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change
is International Day of Action today.
International Day of
Action is being observed all over the world, as per the
call of the World Federation of Trade Unions ( WFTU ),
highlighting one of the most burning issues being faced by
mankind, viz., unemployment. Endorsing the call of the
WFTU, the BSNLEU has called on the circle and district
unions to observe International Day of Action, by
conducting special meetings at Circle and district levels.
In such of those Places where the Central Trade Unions
organise this programme, our comrades shall join them in
large numbers. Circle and district unions are requested to
effectively organise the programme and send reports and
photos to the CHQ.
wishes a very happy Dassera / Pooja to all the comrades.
CHQ conveys best wishes
and warm greetings to all the comrades and their families
on the occasion of Dassera / Pooja. Let these festivals
bring joy to all the people, and peace and progress to the
the change that you wish to see in the world."
The nation is celebrating
the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today. BSNLEU
joins the nation to pay it's respectful homage to the
Mahatma. At the same time, we wish to remind all, the
golden words that Mahatma told about change. He told, " Be
the change that you wish to see in the world." Following
this message will be the fittest tribute that we can pay
to the Mahatma. Let us become part of the change, that we
wish to see in the world.
with CMD BSNL
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL, today the 01.10.2014 and
discussed the following issues.
GS sought the immediate intervention of the CMD BSNL, in
the victimizations being caused to the members of BSNLEU
in Varanasi District, of UP (East) Circle, for
participation in trade union action. He pointed out that
DCRG and pension commutation of retirees are being with
held and promotion is denied to the officials who have
passed TTA exam and completed training. The CMD assured to
make necessary intervention.
GS pointed out that payment of three months salary advance
to the flood affected employees of Kashmir, as was assured
in the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, has
not yet been made. Further the GS also demanded that
welfare grant of Rs.7,000/- should also be paid to the
flood affected employees of the Kashmir. (This is as per
the decision of the latest meeting of the Welfare Board.)
Office keeps the gag order under abeyance.
As per the assurance
given by the Director (HR) in the National Council meeting
held on 25.09.2014, the SR Branch letter, banning
demonstrations, dharna etc. is kept under abeyance. We
heartily thank Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).<<view
writes to Corporate Office, requesting to grant special
casual leave to the CEC members and delegates for the 7th
All India Conference and CEC meeting.<<view
writes to CMD requesting for intervention to settle cases
related to victimizations in Varanasi SSA.<<view
for holding meeting of the K.G. Bose Memorial and
for holding CEC meeting as a prelude to the 7th All
is learnt that IDA increase w.e.f.01.10.2014 will be 6.8%.
With this the total IDA payable will become 98.1%.
walk out in BSNL Corporate Office.
The call for two hour
walk out received a very good response in the BSNL
Corporate Office also. The CHQ, as well as the circle
office bearers of BSNLEU and NFTE, did very good campaign
for the walk out. As a result, employees participated in a
large number in the walk out as well in the demonstration.
CHQ heartily congratulates the comrades of the Corporate
hours walk-out: a tremendous success.
The call of the JAC, for
a two hour walk-out today, got a overwhelming support from
the Non-Executives. The walk-out has become a resounding
success throughout the country. Reports have come from
Andaman & Nicobar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Chennai,
Rajasthan, UP (West), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Kolkata, West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha circles, where
almost the entire Non-Executives have participated in the
walk-out. The pattern is the same in other circles also.
CHQ salutes all the circle and district unions for this
writes to CMD BSNL, regarding the non-implementation of
the decisions taken in the National Council meeting.<<view
issues notification for the 7th All
India Conference to be held at Kolkata from 6th to
2 hour walk out successfully tomorrow.
As per the call of the
JAC, a 2 hour walk out by the Non-Executives of BSNL will
take place tomorrow the 30.09.2014, between 1100 hrs and
1300 hrs. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to
take the last minute efforts, to make the walk-out a grand
success. During the walk-out, effective demonstrations may
also be organized. Reports and photos may be sent to the
hour walk-out on 30.09.2014. Make it 100% success.
The day long dharna by
the JAC, held on 23.09.2014, has become a resounding
success. However, the Management continues to turn a
“deaf-ear” towards our genuine demands. Under this
circumstance, we are left with no other option, but to
intensify our struggle. Circle and district secretaries
are requested to contact other constituents of the JAC and
make all out efforts to make the 2 hour walk-out 100%
with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour.
Standing Committee on Labour, met the delegation of BSNL
Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) today the
29.09.2014. The meeting took place in the Parliament
building. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. P.
Abhimanyu, Vice-President, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG and com.
Animesh Mitra, Vice-President participated in the
delegation. They discussed the issues of non-payment of
minimum wage, gratuity, Non-implementation of EPF, ESI
schemes of the casual and contract workers, with the
Standing Committee. The Standing Committee also met the
officers DoT and BSNL including the CMD BSNL.
writes to Corporate Office, suggesting alternative to
introduction of a new shift in Telecom Factory (Mumbai).<<view
social activist hanged in full public view by ISIS.
Salih Ali al-Nuaimy was an Iraqi woman and an advocate by
profession. She was a crusader for women rights, and human
rights. The ISIS which has captured Mosul, the second
biggest city of Iraq, arrested Nuaimy and accused that she
was functioning against the principles of Islam. She was
tried in the court of ISIS, which sentenced her to death.
On 22nd September,
Nuaimy was hanged to death in full public view. There is
no place for human rights or civil rights in the rule of
religious fundamentalists. The United Nations has stated
that, “educated, professional women seem to be
particularly at risk in regions captured by the ISIS.”
Powers are responsible for the crisis in the Middle-East.
democratic forces through out the world are worried about
the extraordinary situation prevailing in the Middle-East
countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc., where the
ISIS and other terrorist groups have unleashed a reign of
terror, in the name of Islam. Nicholas Maduro, the
President of Venezuela, who addressed the ongoing 69th General
Council meeting of the United Nations, has accused that
the US and other Western Powers are fully responsible for
this situation. He stated that it was the US and Western
Powers which provided arms, money, training etc., to
various terrorist outfits in the past, to topple the
progressive/anti-American governments in this region.
National Companies are happy with Modi sarkar.
Rating agency, ‘Standards and Poors’
gives good conduct certificate.
companies are really happy with the measures being taken
by the Narendra Modi govt. Within 4 months of it’s coming
to power, the Modi govt. has given big concessions to
foreign capital. Decisions are taken by the govt. to
increase FDI up to 49% in Insurance, to allow FDI in
railways, defence, to curtail subsidies being given to the
poor, to curtail the rights of workers by amending labour
laws, etc., etc. Earlier, the Standards & Poors had given
“Negative” rating, when the UPA-II govt. was in power.
platforms like JAC and Forum are very relevant.
In the 31st National
Council meeting, held on 25.09.2014, the GM (SR),
questioned the necessity of having joint platforms like
JAC and Forum. His view is that, when Recognised Unions
are there, there is no need for any JAC or Forum. In fact,
it is his firm opinion that Management should not
negotiate with the JAC and the Forum. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Secretary, Staff Side gave a fitting reply for this. He
told that when Shri A. Raja was the Telecom Minister, he
cancelled BSNL’s 45 million line GSM tender. When BSNL
Management was in a helpless position, it was the Forum
which went on one day strike on 11.07.2007, as a result of
which BSNL got 23 million lines. Further, he told that it
was the Forum, which went on 3 days strike in December
2010, opposing the cancellation of the 93 million line
tender. It is the Forum which is struggling to get refund
of BWA spectrum charges to BSNL, calculation of it’s
pension contribution on basic pay, adequate compensation
for BSNL’s rural land line telephony, said com. P.
Abhimanyu. Finally, he emphatically told that it is only
because of the struggles of all the Unions and
Associations, which is being spear headed by the Forum,
that BSNL is still surviving.
gets one time relaxation to appear proficiency test – case
of Shri M.K. Gamit, Valsad, Gujarat.
CHQ took up the issue of
granting one time relaxation for shri M.K. Gamit, Sr.TOA,
Valsad SSA, Gujarat, for appearing the mandatory
proficiency test. Considering the fact that shri M.K.
Gamit is a Compassionate Ground Appointee, belonging to ST
Community, CHQ took special efforts and got the issue
settled. CHQ is happy that it is able to help a person
belonging to the most oppressed section of the society.
CHQ expresses it’s gratitude to shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.)
for settling the case. The District Union, BSNLEU, Valsad,
has expressed it’s thanks to the CHQ.<<view
More loyal than the King?
The TRAI has questioned
the government, why private companies are not involved in
implementing the Rs.21,000 crore NOFN project. The
government has entrusted the job of laying optic fibre for
the NOFN project to 3 PSUs, viz., BSNL, Power Grid
Corporation and the RailTel. In August last, Rahul Khullar,
TRAI chairman, had asked the government why private
companies are not involved in the project. Now, TRAI has
released a consultation paper, wherein it has invited
suggestions of involving private companies to speed up
NOFN. This clearly shows the bias of the TRAI, in favour
of the private companies. In the past also the TRAI has
taken a series of pro-private decisions and against BSNL.
When a person with pro-private bias like Rahul Khullar is
the Chairman, how can we expect that the decisions of TRAI
will be fair and just.
Office guidelines to the circles on commonly committed
mistakes in implementation of ERP and the resolutions for
brief note on the discussions held in the National Council
meeting, took place on 25.09.2014.<<click
issues duplicate SIM free of
costs in flood hit areas of J&K Circle.<<view
Office letter on Rule 8 transfer being considered at
Council meeting held.
The 31st National
Council meeting is held today, the 25.09.2014. Shri A.N.
Rai, Director (HR), presided over the meeting. The meeting
paid homage to the victims of the unprecedented floods
that took place in Kashmir, by observing a minute’s
silence. Various issues were discussed in the meeting, a
gist of which will be placed in the CHQ website tomorrow.
months’ salary advance to be paid to the flood affected
BSNL employees of Kashmir.
In the National Council
meeting held today, the Staff Side members strongly
demanded that 3 months’ salary should be paid to the flood
affected employees of Kashmir, as pay advance, to tide
over the hardships caused by the recent floods. The
Director (HR) accepted the demand and assured that the
advance would be paid immediately.
Branch letter, banning demonstrations, dharnas, etc., in
BSNL is kept under abeyance.
On 18.09.2014, the SR
Branch of Corporate Office issued a gag order, banning
peaceful trade union actions in BSNL, such as
demonstrations dharnas, etc. The Staff Side vehemently
opposed this order in the National Council meeting held
today, and demanded it’s immediate withdrawal. In the face
of stiff resistance from the Staff Side members, the
Director (HR) instructed that the said order should be
kept under abeyance. BSNLEU expresses it’s sincere thanks
to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) for keeping the order
Council Staff Side members demand the Director (HR) to
restore normalcy in Kerala Circle.
The Staff Side members of
the National Council drew the attention of the Director
(HR) to the ongoing indefinite fast by the SNEA leaders,
and also expressed their serious concern over the abnormal
situation created due to the adamant vindictive attitude
of the CGM, Kerala. They demanded that the CMD should
immediately intervene to stop the situation from
congratulates the Indian scientists for their marvelous
“Mangalyaan”, the Indian
space craft sent to probe Mars, has successfully entered
into the orbit of that planet yesterday, after traveling
65 crore kilometers. Thus, India has become the first
country, to achieve this feat, on it’s first attempt. This
is a moment of pride for the entire Indians. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the ISRO and it’s scientists for
this marvelous feat.
Office letter on holding of LICE for promotion of UDC to
the grade of Assistant Manager in BSNL Corporate Office.<<view
of the Staff Side of the National Council held.
As a prelude to the
National Council meeting to be held tomorrow the
25.09.2014, a meeting of the Staff Side, National Council,
was held at New Delhi, today the 24.09.2014. Members of
the Staff Side participated in the meeting and made a
thorough discussion of the items to be discussed with the
Management in tomorrow’s National Council meeting.
Branch of Corporate Office imposes blanket ban on
demonstrations, dharna, etc.
The SR Branch of
Corporate Office, vide it’s letter dated 18th September,
2014, as issued direction to all the CGM’s to impose
dies-non on the employees who participate in protest
actions such as demonstration, dharna etc. CHQ vehemently
condemns this authoritarian attitude of the SR Branch,
which wants to take away the fundamental right enshrined
in the Constitution of the India, viz., Right to Assembly.
This case will be appropriately taken up with the
massive rallies to the offices of CGMs as per the call of
the BSNL CCWF.
BSNL Casual Contract
Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF), has called upon to hold
rallies to CGM offices tomorrow the 25.09.2014. The
Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU held on 20.07.2014
at New Delhi has endorsed this call and has called upon
the circle and district unions of BSNLEU to mobilise the
regular employees massively in this march. CHQ once again
calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to make
tomorrow’s “March to CGM Office” programme a grand
writes to Corporate Office for issuing Presidential Orders
to the 38 left out RMs of Assam Circle.<<<view
writes to CMD BSNL protesting the imposed ban by SR Branch
on demonstration, dharnas etc.<<<view
Office letter on holding of Special Recruitment Drive (SRD)
for filling up backlog vacancies of JTO
(Telecom/Civil/Electrical) for persons with Disabilities (PWD)-JTO(SRD).<<click
dharna organized at Corporate Office.
As per the call of the
JAC, an impressive dharna was organized at Bharat Sanchar
Bhawan (Corporate Office). The UP (West) Circle Union and
the Haryana circle union of BSNLEU, had mobilised a large
number of comrades for the dharna. Com. C. Singh,
President, JAC, presided over the dharna and delivered his
speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, addressed the
gathering and explained in detail, about the demands and
the negative attitude of the Management, towards them. The
dharna is also addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.
Sunil Gautam, Dy. GS, SNATTA, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS,
AIBDPA, com. Mallikarjun, leader, BSNL MS, com. Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com.
B.D. Sharma, Acting GS, FNTOBEA and com. R.K. Ram, GS,
BTU. Com. Naresh, SNATTA, proposed vote of thanks.<<views
of the dharna>>
programme successfully held throughout the country.
Accepting the call of the
JAC, dharnas have been organized very effectively in all
the circles. Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat,
NE-1, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, UP (West), Odisha,
Maharashtra and Telecom Factory (Richhai) circles have
sent reports of holding the dharna programme successfully.
CHQ congrats all the circle and district unions, for
implementing the call successfully.<<views
of the dharna>> <<views
of the dharna>>
leaders met the CMD and demanded immediate intervention to
restore normalcy in Kerala circle.
The leaders of the JAC of
the Non-Executives met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL and Shri
N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and discussed about the
deteriorating situation in Kerala circle. The leaders
pointed out that due to the adamant and arrogant attitude
of the CGM, Kerala, an abnormal situation has arisen, as a
result of which services are deteriorating day by day. The
CMD assured that he would make necessary intervention.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, com. C. Singh,
President, JAC, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU,
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar,
GS, BSNL MS, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com. Mallikarjun,
BSNL MS and com. R.K. Ram, GS, BTU are the JAC leaders who
met the CMD. Earlier, the leaders met the SNEA leaders,
who are on indefinite fast, and expressed their
bulletin for observing International Day of Action.
BSNLEU has released
bulletins in English as well as in Hindi, for observing
International Day of Action. These bulletins have already
been dispatched to all the circle and district unions. If
required, these bulletins can also be downloaded from the
website for making photo copies.<<English>>> / <<Hindi>>
writes to the CMD BSNL seeking his immediate intervention
to arrest the deteriorating situation in Kerala circle.<<<view
nationwide dharna programme today! Hold it massively!!
As per the call of the
JAC, nationwide dharna programme is taking place today,
demanding immediate settlement of the long pending demands
of the Non-Executives. CHQ calls upon all the comrades to
organise the programme massively and to send the right
message to the Management. Send report and photos
immediately to the CHQ. Congratulations in advance.
two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle, started
writes to the Corporate Management, demanding to sort out
the financial liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL
BSNL and MTNL Managements
arranged for a discussion with the unions and associations
in BSNL on 12-09-2014, on the interse seniority issue,
which is likely to arise consequent to the merger of BSNL
and MTNL. BSNLEU, as well as all the unions and
associations participated in theat meeting, refused to
hold any discussion on the subject, and demanded that the
important issues such as the financial liability and the
disinvestment issues of MTNL should be first discussed and
sorted out. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to
the Corporate Management, demanding to first sort out the
financial liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL,
before talking about the merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<<view
two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, ended with
The two day circle
conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, came to an end today,
with unanimous election of office bearers. Com.B.P.Narayan,
com.C.K.Gundanna and com.J.V.Keshav were unanimously
reelected as President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer,
respectively. Earlier in the day, shri R.K.Mishra, CGM,
Karnataka, addressed the Conference and spoke in detail on
the steps being taken to make BSNL profitable in
Karnataka. CHQ heartily congratulates the unanimously
elected circle office bearers of Karnataka.
Circular No.9 - Observe International Day of Action on 3rd October,
2014. Conduct special meetings at Circle and SSA levels.<<click
to probe the role of
P.Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The CBI has said in its
charge sheet that it is investigating the “circumstances”
of the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval
granted by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in
connection with the Aircel- Maxis deal. The charge sheet
filed before the special court said the CBI is probing the
“circumstances” of Chidambaram’s approval to Maxis
subsidiary Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd for
investing $800 million in Aircel Ltd in 2006. The CBI is
also investigating all other “related issues” with regard
to the FIPB approval, it said. The CBI said the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was the “competent”
authority to grant approval for the $800 million foreign
investment — which was not obtained — and the Finance
Minister was “competent” to grant approval for investments
up to Rs.600 crore only.
Office letter on provision of in-service training on
"Marketing & Sales" to BSNL Officers / officials.<<click
two day conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, took off
to a colourful starting at Madikeri.<<click
Office letter, regarding the eligibility of TTAs, Drivers
and LDCs, for promotion under NEPP, is not acceptable to
BSNLEU has been demanding
for a long time that the pay scale upgradations of TTA and
Drivers, as well as the conversion from LDC to TOA, should
not be treated as promotion under NEPP, and that they
should be given 1st promotion on completion of 4 years.
The JAC has also included this issue in it's 30 point
charter of demands. On this issue, Corporate Office has
issued a letter, on 17-09-2014, stating that the TTAs,
drivers and the LDCs will be granted promotion as per NEPP,
on completion of 4 years, provided they forego the pay
scale upgradations/conversion, that they have already
been given. This letter is not acceptable to us. Without
putting such a conditionality, the TTAs, Drivers and LDCs
should be given 1st promotion under completion of 4 years
under NEPP. We will get this issue settled through
R.C.Bhattacharya, elder brother of com.S.C.Bhattacharya,
CHQ Treasurer, passed away today at Raipur, due to a
massive heart attack. Shri R.C.Bhattacharya was 70 years
old and has been ailing for sometime. CHQ conveys it’s
heartfelt condolences to com.S.C.Bhattacharya, as well as
to the other members of his family.
Office issues clarification regarding claiming medical
reimbursement under BSNLMRS.
The Punjab Circle
Administration has imposed a condition, that claims for
medical reimbursement should be made in the same financial
year, in which the treatment is taken. This is against the
order of the Corporate Office, which states that claims
for reimbursement should be submitted within six months.
CHQ took up the issue with the Corporate Office for which
necessary clarification has now been issued.<<click
Office letter on settlement of grievances arisen due to
implementation of Non-Executive Promotion Policy (NEPP).<<click
Office letter on Backlog
vacancies in SC/ST/OBC categories in TTA and Telecom
Mechanic cadres - Furnishing of information.<<click
to address the seminar to be held in the Kolkata AIC.
has finalised, in consultation with the Reception
Committee, that a seminar on the “Revival
of BSNL” will be held
in the AIC on 8th November. Top officers in the Corporate
Management and leaders of the unions and associations of
BSNL will address the seminar. Com. .Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri A.N.Rai, CMD, today
the 18-09-2014, and invited him to address the seminar.
The CMD has accepted the invitation and has
International Day of Action on 3rd October, 2014.
The World Federation of
Trade Unions (WFTU) observes 3rd October of every year, as
the International Day of Action. Issues related to the
wellbeing of the working class, are being highlighted on
this day. The WFTU has decided that UNEMPLOYMENT shall be
the subject of the International Day of Action to be
observed in 2014. Unemployment is a serious social
problem, being faced by the working class. BSNLEU is an
affiliate of the WFTU. Hence, the All India Centre
meeting, held on 13-09-2014, has decided that the circle
and district unions of BSNLEU should observe this day very
effectively, by holding special meetings in all districts,
as well as at circle levels. It is also decided that if
the programme is organised by the Central Trade Unions in
a district, our comrades shall participate in it. CHQ
calls upon all the district and circle unions to observe
International Day of Action very effectively and send
reports to the CHQ.
of delegates and observers in the 7th All India
Conference, to be held at Kolkata.
CHQ has already intimated
all the district unions, about their eligibility for
delegates and observers, based on the remittance of quota,
for admission in the 7th All India Conference to be held
at Kolkata. Some district unions have written to the CHQ,
requesting to allot more number of observers for their
district. Some district unions have even sent their list
of delegates and observers, which is many times more than
the observers allotted by the CHQ. In this regard CHQ
wishes to make it very clear that only the number of
delegates and observers, as has already been allotted by
the CHQ, will be admitted in the All India Conference this
time. More number of observers will not be admitted in the
Conference. This is the decision taken in the CEC meeting
held at Rajkot. All the district unions have to respect
and implement this decision of the CEC.
the dharna programme on 23-09-2014 successfully.
The JAC of the unions and
associations of the Non - executives has called upon the
employees to conduct massive dharnas on 23-09-2014,
demanding the immediate settlement of the 30 point charter
of demands. The JAC has already printed posters in English
and Hindi and has already dispatched them to the
districts. Only a few more days are left for the programme.
Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to
immediately start making the Mobilisation, so that the
programme is conducted very effectively.
for the forthcoming struggles of dharna and 2
of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees retired within ten
months of their absorption in BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000.<<click
excels in the flood ravaged J&K.
The Press Trust of India
(PTI) has reported today that BSNL stands in the fore
front, in the flood ravaged J&K, in restoring
telecommunication services. The agency reports that as on
15.09.2014, BSNL had restored up to 85% of the service.
Out of it’s total 1173 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in
the state, BSNL restored 934 BTSs as on 15th itself.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the BSNL employees and
officers, as well as the Management, for this excellent
cannot be closed down “just like that”
News has appeared in a
section of the media that the Cabinet Secretary, shri Ajit
Seth convened a meeting of some top officers to consider
the closing down of loss making Pubic Sector Companies,
including BSNL, MTNL and Air India. CHQ wants to make two
points clear in this regard.
1. We have long been
telling that the ultimate aim of the govt. is to privatise
/ close down BSNL. Only with this target in mind, the
govt. has continuously taken steps to weaken BSNL.
2. The entire trade
unions of the country are up in arms against the
government’s move to sell the PSUs. In the All India
Convention of Central Trade Unions, held at New Delhi on
15.09.2014, even BMS, which is close to BJP, has declared
that it will join the united struggle to defeat
privatization of PSUs. So, it is not easy for the govt. to
sell / close down BSNL “just like that”. The united trade
union movement will defeat the game plan of the govt.
Comrades need not panic.
Telephones circle union conducted a highly successful
Kolkata Telephones circle
of BSNLEU conducted an impressive seminar on 16-09-2014,
on the issue of revival of BSNL. The seminar, which was
conducted in the premises of the Telecom Factory at Alipur, was
presided over by com. Ash Mohammed Khan, circle president,
BSNLEU, Kolkata Telephones. A large number of comrades
attended the meeting. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle
secretary, welcomed every one and initiated the discussion
on the subject. The seminar was addressed by Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, shri K. K. Sapra, CGM, Kolkata Telephones,
com. Animesh Mitral, Dy.GS, shri Amit Bhattacharya, PGM,
Kolkata Telephones and leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLCCWF,
NFTE, SEWA BSNL, etc., addressed the seminar.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, while addressing the seminar
explained how the anti-PSU policies of the government,
scuttling of BSNL's equipment procurement by vested
interests, and the inefficient Management have contributed
to the present precarious financial condition of the
Company. He called upon the employees to stoutly resist
the attempts of the government to make BSNL irrelevant and
also to urgently and radically improve their work culture.
CHQ heartily congratulates the Kolkata Telephones Circle
Union for organising a very successful seminar.
and the TNTCWU score a magnificent victory in Tamil Nadu
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle
union and the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union
(TNTCWU) scored a big success yesterday the 16-09-2014.
The leaders of BSNLEU and TNTCWU started an indefinite
fast at the Tamil Nadu CGM's office on 15-09-2014,
demanding the immediate reengagement of the 140 contract
workers who have been removed from work in the Vellore SSA
of Tamil Nadu. On 16- 09-2014, both the Unions conducted a
massive dharna at the GGM's office, by mobilising more
than 1500 regular employees and contract workers from all
over the circle. Simultaneously, the contract workers
throughout the circle went on strike.
For the past two months
the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle had been maintaining a stiff
position that he would not discuss the issues of contract
workers with the BSNLEU. However, as a result of this
struggle, he was compelled to invite the leaders of BSNLEU
and the TNTCWU for negotiation. In the negotiation an
agreement is reached. According to this, 85 contract
workers would immediately be taken back for work. The
remaining workers would also be taken for work
expeditiously, in a phased manner. This struggle is a
classic example for the unity of the regular employees and
the contract worker. CHQ heartily congratulates both the
BSNLEU and the TNTCWU, as well as the entire comrades of
Tamil Nadu circle, for the magnificent victory. <<view
printed for JAC forthcoming struggle.
JAC has printed posters
in English and Hindi for the forthcoming struggles of
dharna and 2 hours walk out. CHQ of BSNLEU has already
dispatched the posters to all the circle and district
secretaries. Comrades are requested to use the posters for
effectively organising the struggles.
has issued notice to the CMD BSNL for the forthcoming
JAC has issued
notification to the CMD BSNL for the forthcoming struggle.
In the letter, the JAC has briefly mentioned the
circumstances under which the struggle is being resorted
view letter >>>
with GM (Estt).
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt)
yesterday the 15-09-2014 and discussed the issues of
Compassionate Ground Appointments, date of implementation
of the EPF, allowing casual labourers to appear Telecom
Mechanic LDCE and other issues. The GM (Estt.) assured
that the needful would be done.
and TNTCWU conducting massive dharna, in front of Tamil
Nadu CGM office at Chennai.
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle
and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) are
conducting a massive dharna at the office of the CGM,
Tamil Nadu circle. More than 1500 workers, who have come
from all the districts of Tamil Nadu, are participating in
the struggle. Contract workers are on strike in the
circle. The struggle has been launched, demanding
reengagement of the 140 contract workers who have been
removed from work. CHQ has demanded the CMD BSNL to
immediately take back the retrenched workers. CHQ salutes
the BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union and the TNTCWU for
conducting this militant struggle.
with GM (CIT) on implementation of ERP in Telecom Stores
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com . Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri Ramchand, GM
(CIT) and discussed about the redressal of the problems
being faced by the employees of Telecom Stores Circle,
due to the implementation of ERP. The GM (CIT) apprised
the leaders, of the actions being taken by the Management,
to avoid the recurrence of the problems faced by the
employees in the drawal of salary.
passed in the National Convention of Workers, held at New
Delhi, today the 15.09.2014.
per the decision taken in the Forum meeting held on
12.09.2014, the Convener, Forum has given letter to the
CMD, proposing to deduct one day basic pay towards the
flood relief of J&K Circle.
and Contract Workers Union on struggle in Tamil Nadu.
reengagement of the 140 contract workers, who had been
terminated in the Vellore SSA of Tamil Nadu, the circle
union of BSNLEU and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers
Union have started struggle. Leaders of the BSNLEU and
TNTCWU have started indefinite fast in front of the Tamil
Nadu CGM office at Chennai. A massive dharna will be held
in this venue tomorrow. CHQ Congratulates the Tamil Nadu
letter addressed to CMD>>
circle conference of Haryana successfully held at Bhiwani.
The 6th circle conference
of Haryana circle was successfully held at Bhiwani on
14.09.2014. The Conference started with the hoisting of
the Union flag by com .V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. The
Open Session was held in the morning. It was addressed by
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President
and shri S.P. Tripati, GM, Rohtak. The delegates session
was held in the afternoon. Com. M.S. Kadian, CS, Presented
the report on activities. A good number of comrades
participated in the discussion. Thereafter, com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, spoke, explaining the various issues being
taken at the All India Level and also about the struggle
call by the JAC. The report and the accounts were passed
unanimously. At the end, com. Naresh Kumar and com. M.S.
Kadian were unanimously reelected as the President and
Circle Secretary respectively. <<Views
of the Conference>>
Convention of Workers held at New Delhi.
A National Convention of
Workers, organized by the Central Trade Unions was held at
New Delhi today the 15.09.2014. The Convention was held in
the Constitution Club and was jointly presided over by all
the National Presidents of the Central Trade Unions. Apart
from the representatives of the Central TUs,
representatives of the federations of various industries
also attended. From BSNLEU Com. V.A.N Namboodiri,
President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS attended the convention. It was addressed
by com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, com. Gurudas Dasgupta, GS,
AITUC, com. Brajesh Upadhyay, GS, BMS, Dr. Sanjiva Reddy,
President, INTUC and many others. The Convention passed a
declaration and has decided to conduct the following
programme of action.
1. State level joint
conventions in September and October. Wherever possible
district and industry level joint conventions may be
2. National Protest Day to
be observed on 05.12.2014, on which massive
demonstrations are to be held. Demonstration at Delhi
will be held with workers from states nearer to Delhi.
Linked Incentive (PLI) – our demand is justified.
The demand of the JAC on
the issue of PLI is very justified. For the past so many
years Management has been denying PLI to the BSNL
employees on the plea that the Company is not earning
profit. We had shown to the Management, the DPE
guidelines, wherein it is categorically stated that PLI is
not linked with the profit of a PSU. In the talks held
between the JAC and the Management on 27.06.2014, the JAC
demanded that PLI should not be linked with profit, as per
the DPE guidelines. It was accepted by the Management.
According to the decision taken in that meeting, the Joint
Committee on PLI is in the process of finalising the “New
PLI formula”, based on the productivity of the Company.
However, it will take a few more months to finalise the
same. Under these circumstances, the JAC has raised the
demand that one month’s pay should be paid as Adhoc PLI,
before Pooja, pending finalisation of the New PLI formula.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, as well as the Convener of
the JAC, has met the CMD twice and has demanded payment of
adhoc PLI. If this justified demand is rejected, then the
employees will be left with no other option, but to go on
BSNL employees are left with no
other option, but to hit back.
The next few months are
going to be a period of serious struggles in BSNL. The
genuine demands of the Non-Executives, including PLI are
being rejected by the Management. The E-1 pay scale and
the Revised Recruitment Rules of the JTO, are already
approved by the Management Committee. However, the BSNL
Board of Directors refuses to give approval to both these
issues, on the plea that the Company is running in loss.
This attitude of the Board of Directors cannot be
accepted. On one side the Management and the govt. are
doing nothing to revive the financial condition of the
Company. The suggestions given by the Forum, in this
respect, are thrown into the dustbin. On the other side,
the Deloittee Committee’s recommendations and the move to
merge BSNL & MTNL are threatening the very future of the
employees and the Company. Under these circumstances, the
employees of BSNL are left with no other option but to hit
back. Yes comrades, we have to hit back strongly.
beckon us! Let us march ahead!!
The JAC of the
Non-Executives has given call for dharna on 23.09.2014,
two hours walk out on 30.09.2014 and one day strike in the
month of November. These struggles have become inevitable
because our justified demands have been rejected. The
Forum has decided to give call for indefinite strike
against the merger of BSNL & MTNL, recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee as well as demanding concrete steps
for the revival of BSNL. The date of this strike will be
finalised in the next meeting of the Forum, which is
meeting shortly. In short, the next few months are going
to be a period of struggles and turbulence in BSNL. We are
left with no other option, but to hit back. CHQ requests
all the Circle and District Secretaries are requested to
get fully prepared to meet the situation. They are
requested to take the initiative to strengthen the unity
of the Non-Executives, as well as the entire employees of
BSNL. JAC and Forum should immediately be formed in
whichever district and circle where they are not formed.
Without unity we cannot save BSNL and also cannot win over
our justified demands. Yes comrades. Struggles beckon us!
Let us march ahead!!
Side members express protest, in the meeting of the
Sub-Committee formed to discuss “interse-seniority” issue,
connected with the merger of BSNL & MTNL.
A meeting of the
Sub-Committee, formed to discuss the “interse-seniority”
issue, connected with the merger of BSNL & MTNL, was held
today. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the
Forum, the Staff Side members informed the Management that
they would not discuss the interse-seniority issue, unless
and otherwise the other major issues like the financial
liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL are first
discussed and sorted out. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
explained this decision in detail, before the BSNL & MTNL
officers. Other representatives of the unions and
associations also took the same stand and demanded that
govt. should first discuss the major issues connected with
the merger. Hence, no discussion on the interse-seniority
issue took place today. Finally, the Management Side said
that the Staff Side views can be given in writing, which
would be forwarded to the govt.
decides to organise struggle to stop merger of BSNL & MTNL,
without settling the major apprehensions of the employees.
A meeting of the Forum
took place today the 12.09.2014, the following decisions
were taken unanimously.<view
employees will donate one day salary for Jammu & Kashmir
relief - Forum press release.<<<click
of the FORUM held on 12th September 2014.<<<click
meeting decides that one day basic pay of the employees
will be donated as relief to the flood affected people of
Jammu & Kashmir.
The Forum meeting that
was held today the 12.09.2014, has taken the decision that
a proposal shall be given to the Management, that an
amount equivalent to one day’s basic pay shall be deducted
from the salary of the employees, and the same shall be
donated as relief to the people of Jammu & Kashmir who are
very badly affected by floods. Since the people of J&K are
facing a natural calamity that has not taken place during
the past 100 years, all employees are requested to
co-operate and agree to donate one day’s basic pay.
with CMD on 11.09.2014.
Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.N.
Rai, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 11.09.2014, and discussed the
with GM (Estt.) on 11.09.2014.
Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri R.K.
Goyal, GM (Estt.), and discussed the following issues.
labourers working in BSNL, with the requisite
qualification should be allowed to appear the Telecom
of implementation of EPF, in respect of casual labourers
in BSNL, should be compulsorily from 01.10.2000, and not
from any later date.
The pay scale upgradations of the TTA and Driver cadres,
from 01.10.2000, should not be treated as the first
upgradation under NEPP and they should be given first
upgradation w.e.f. 2004.
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding payment of financial
assistance to the flood ravaged circle of Jammu & Kashmir.<<<view letter>>>
circular no. 5 - JAC decides to intensify the struggle.<<<click
& Kashmir limping back to normalcy.
Jammu & Kashmir, which is
devastated by unprecedented floods, is limping back to
normalcy. The floods have started to recede. Relief and
rescue operations are being carried out by the armed
forces in full swing. After many days, early this morning,
the General Secretary was able to contact com. Bashir
Ahmed Khan, District Secretary, Srinagar. He told that the
floods have started receding, however, the fate of
employees are not known, as communication continues to
remain paralysed. Still, the circle secretary, com. Nisar
Ahmed could not be contacted. BSNLEU, while assuring the
Management of all cooperation, has demanded immediate
financial relief to the BSNL employees of J&K circle.
to become a 100% multi national company.
Uninor, which is
operating in 7 circles with 30 million subscribers, is all
set to become a 100% multi national company. Norwegian
multi national company, Telenor, is have 74% stake in
Uninor. The remaining 26% is being held by Lakshdeep
Investments. Telenor has clinched a Rs.7.8 billion deal to
purchase the 26% stake from it’s partner. It has already
got the approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board
Modi govt.’s big step to kill the Public Sector.
The Narendra Modi
government has taken a drastic decision on 10.09.2014 to
kill the Indian Public Sector. The govt. has taken
decision to disinvest the shares in three PSUs for a
whopping Rs.45,000 crore. The three PSUs are Coal India
Ltd. (CIL), ONGC and National Hydroelectric Power
Corporation (NHPC). In CIL, the govt. has decided to sell
10% stake, while the figure is 11.3% in NHPC and 5% in
ONGC. In addition to this, the govt. has already decided
to sell 10% stake in the SAIL. Undoubtedly the BJP govt.
ruling at the Centre is also following the same
Neo-Liberal Policy, which was followed by the previous
Congress led UPA govt. Let the working class muster
strength and launch serious struggles to safeguard the
Conference of the Corporate Office held.
The Circle Conference of
the Corporate Office circle branch was held today the
10.09.2014. Com. Rajiv Kumar Singh, presided over the
meeting. Com. Kamal Dev Sah, Circle Secretary, welcomed
all and placed his report. The members participated in the
discussion and raised the issues of the Corporate Office
employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the
conference. He appreciated the efforts being taken by the
Corporate Office Circle Union for increasing union
membership. He explained the audience about the present
condition of the Company, for which the pro-private
policies of the govt., as well as inefficiency of the
Management are responsible. The efforts being taken by the
JAC to resolve the problems of the Non-Executives, was
also explained. Finally, election of office-bearers took
place. The list of office-bearers with Com. Pratap Singh
Bist, LDC, com. Kamal Dev Sah, LDC and com. Sunil Kumar,
LDC were unanimously elected as the President, Circle
Secretary and Treasurer respectively. CHQ conveys its
congratulations to the newly elected circle office bearers
of Corporate Office circle union branch.
Office letter on
issue of Presidential Order to RMs who were having
temporary status as on 30.09.2000 and regularised in
pursuance to DoT letter No.269-94/98-STN-II dated
29.09.2000 - Clarification.<<<click
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding appointments under
compassionate ground, according to the educational
qualifications of the candidates.<<<view letter>>>
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding handling of the issues
of casual and contract workers by the Establishment Branch
of Corporate Office.<<<view letter>>>
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding implementation of
gratuity to the casual labourers.<<<view letter>>>
Office letter on holding meeting with unions and
associations on HR integration of BSNL and MTNL.<<<click
6th Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE1 and
NE2 culminated in a massive rally and open session.
Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE1 and NE2 circles,
that started on 06-09-2014, and was going on for the last
three days, came to an end with a colourful rally and an
open session. Hundreds of employees enthusiastically
participated in the procession.
At the end an impressive
open session was held in the Rabindra Nath Tagore
Centenary Memorial Hall. It was addressed by Com. Manik
Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and shri D.P. Singh, CGM, NE-1
Circle. The Hon’ble Chief Minister and the General
Secretary criticised the Neo-Liberal Policies and insisted
for strengthening of the struggles against those policies.
They also reiterated the necessity to fight against
communal forces. In the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief
Minister released the souvenir of the Joint Circle
circular, on the decision of the JAC to intensify the
struggle on the demands of the Non-Executives.<<click
Office letter to CGMs on shortage of SIMs.<<click
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations,
from the following comrades, as well as Circle and
badly affected in worst ever flood after Independence.
Unprecedented flood has
crippled life in Kashmir. The Capital Srinagar itself is
stated to be badly affected. This is said to be the worst
ever flood, seen after Independence. So far, 175 people
are reported killed in flood and landslides. However, it
is feared that more number of people might have been
killed in landslides in isolated and far flung areas. The
Army has deployed 23,000 personnel, who have so far
rescued more than 23,000 people. Telecommunication
services are totally disrupted and we are not able to
contact our comrades. In this hour of crisis, we pledge
our whole hearted support and solidarity to our brothers
and sisters who are facing the fury of nature in Kashmir.
We also convey our heartfelt condolences to the people,
who have lost their near and dear. Hope normalcy will be
District Union donated Rs.20,200/ towards CHQ fund.
Rs.20,200 was donated
towards CHQ Fund, in the ongoing Assam circle conference
being held at Agartala. This donation is collected by the
Jorhat District Union. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, received the
donation and congratulated the Jorhat comrades.<<click
seminar held in the joint circle conference of Assam, NE 1
& NE 2.<<click
Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE-1 and NE-2 circles
took off at Agartala, with an enthusiastic inaugural
takes decision to go on strike.
A meeting of the JAC was
held yesterday the 05.09.2014. Com. C. Singh, President,
JAC, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convener, JAC welcomed every one and briefed on the
Demands Day programme that have taken place and the status
of the various issues. He told that even issues like E-1
pay scale and new RR of the JTO are lying pending, since
the Board of Directors has not approved them. Thereafter,
detailed discussion took place on the agenda.
Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNL MS, TEPU, SNATTA,
BTEU, FNTOBEA, BTU and BSNL WRU took part in the
discussion. The following decisions were taken
meeting expressed it’s extreme displeasure and resentment
since no improvement has taken place on any of the issues
on which discussion took place between the JAC and the
Management on 27.6.2014.
(ii) In order to intensify the struggle, a one day
dharna is to be conducted at the Corporate Office, circles
and SSAs on 23.09.2014.
(iii) Two hour walk out is to be conducted on
30.09.2014 from 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs.
(iv) One day strike will take place in November,
the date of which will be decided in the next JAC meeting
to be held on 04.10.2014.
taken in the BSNL Staff Welfare Board meeting
held on 04.09.2014.<<<click
Office letter on declaration of assets and liabilities by
the public servants for the each year and placing the same
in public domain of the Ministries/Departments -
Instructions with regard to Non-Executives equivalent to
Group C employees of BSNL.<<<click
writes to the Hon'ble Minister of Telecom, demanding
immediate discussion with unions on the issue of merger of
BSNL and MTNL.<<<view letter>>>
Office letter on organisational structure
implementation in ERP for CM Vertical.<<<click
selects Celltick for home screen marketing service (BSNL
BZZ) to its subscribers - press release.<<<click
Office letter on floating of tenders by Circles / SSAs.<<<click
with GM (Estt.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
held discussion with Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the
04.09.2014, during which he reminded many issues that have
already been discussed on earlier occasions, such as
problems connected with NEPP, fixation of pay after
01.10.2000, Compassionate Ground Appointments, Telecom
Mechanic promotion to the officials who have already been
qualified and completed training, Allowing casual
labourers to appear the Telecom Mechanic LICE, and also
the gratuity and EPF issues of the casual labourers. The
GM (Estt.) assured that action is being taken on most of
moving on fast track on the issue of merger of BSNL and
It is widely reported in
the media, that the DoT is moving fast on the issue of
merger of BSNL and MTNL. As per reports, the DoT has fixed
June, 2015 as the deadline for the merger, for which it
will move a Cabinet Note in April, 2015. However, the DoT
wants to hold discussion with the Unions and Associations
on this matter only in March, 2015. From the above time
schedule it is clear that by the time the DoT holds talk
with the unions, the merger of BSNL and MTNL would have
become a fait accompli. We will not allow this to happen.
The unions and associations, under the banner of Forum,
will meet shortly and will finalise their strategy.
Office letter on recruitment of Junior Hindi Translators
through Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE) to
be held on 9th November, 2014.<<<click
Office circular on rationalisation of the tariff under
prepaid mobile services.<<<click
Office letter on suspension of all the activity related to
manufacturing of CAT-5 cable by Telecom Factories.<<<click
Board meeting held.
meeting of the Staff Welfare Board was held today at New
Delhi today. The meeting was presided over by shri A.N.Rai,
CMD BSNL. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, represented BSNLEU in the
meeting. At the outset, Com.P.Abhimanyu expressed his deep
anguish over the extreme delay in holding the Welfare
Board meeting. The last meeting was held in
February, 2011. The CMD BSNL assured that the meeting will
be held without delay hereafter. A note on the discussions
held on the agenda item will be put on the website
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding expeditious redressal of the
problems being faced by the employees of Telecom Stores,
due to the hasty implementation of the ERP .<<<
Office letter on early settlement of pre-2006 pension
Secretary addressed the seminar of the Puducherry district
The Puducherry district
conference of BSNLEU, was held today the 02.09.2014.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, attended the
conference and addressed the seminar on the viability of
BSNL. He exposed the anti-BSNL policies of the successive
governments that came to power at the centre, which have
weakened the BSNL, as well as the efforts taken by the
unions and associations, under the banner of Forum, to
revive BSNL. He called upon the employees to improve the
quality of service, by improving work culture. The seminar
was also addressed by com.S.Chellappa, circle secretary,
shri Santhosam, GM, and smt. Radhika, DGM, Puducherry.
Office letter on release of pensionary benefits in view of
judgment of Honble Supreme Court in CA No.6770 of 2013.<<<click
Office letter on relieving of JTOs working on
issued for holding the 31st meeting of the
meeting of the National Council should have been held in
the month of August itself, as per the decision taken in
the last meeting. However, the same was not held, perhaps
due the fact that the Director (HR) is busy, since he is
also looking after as the CMD. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Secretary, Staff Side met him on 26.08.2014, and insisted
early conducting of the meeting. Accordingly Corporate
Office has issued notification to hold the meeting on
of admissible delegates and observers to the various
district unions, for the 7th AIC, based on the
quota received by the CHQ - Circle and District
Secretaries to note please.
CHQ has dispatched
letters to all the circle and district secretaries,
intimating the admissibility of delegates and observers to
each of the district union, for the forthcoming 7th
All India Conference, based on the quota received by the
CHQ. Discrepancies, found if any, may kindly be intimated
in writing to the CHQ, latest by 14.09.2014.
writes to the Corporate Office, regarding the
non-consideration of the suggestions given by BSNLEU, in
framing the new Recruitment Rules for the cadre of TTA.<<<
International Day of Action on 3rd October.
October 3rd of every year is
being observed by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU),
as the International Day of Action. Accordingly, the WFTU
has given call to observe October 3rd of this year also as
the International Day of Action. The issue that is to be
focused on this day is “unemployment”. This is a
very serious issue, that is impacting a vast majority of
the population across the world. Millions of youth are
struggling world over, to get a job for the subsistence of
their families. This is a subject which is very much
connected with the working class. Due to the world
economic crisis that started in 2008, millions of workers
lost their jobs. While the governments of various
countries spent billions of dollars to bail out the
capitalists, the workers who lost their jobs were left
high and dry. BSNLEU is affiliated to the WFTU. As such it
is our duty to implement the call of the WFTU. The CEC
meeting held at Rajkot has also decided that the
International Day of Action should be observed in a
befitting manner. CHQ calls upon the circle and district
unions to implement the call.
Chargesheets Marans for Rs 822cr Maxis Kickbacks.
The CBI on Friday filed a
chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal case before a special
court hearing the 2G scam cases, naming former Telecom
Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and
others for their alleged role in doling out Rs 600 crore
as bribes. Five individuals named in the chargesheet
include Dayanidhi, Sun Group CMD Kalanithi, Malaysian
tycoon T Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall, a
director in many of Krishnan’s companies. Former telecom
secretary and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
chairman J S Sarma, who died in March, has also been named
as an accused. However, his name has been put in a column
of the accused against whom trial cannot proceed. The CBI
also charged four companies — Maxis Communications Berhad,
Sun Direct TV Ltd, Astro All Asia Networks and South Asia
Entertainment Holdings Ltd. The 72-page chargesheet, which
does not differ much from the original FIR, includes the
names of 151 witnesses and a set of 655 documents.
The New Indian Express dated 30-08-2014]
rectification of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees
retired within ten months of their absorption in BSNL
of delegates and observers for the 7th All
CHQ has finalized the
eligible number of delegates and observers of each and
every district union, for the forthcoming 7th
All India Conference, to be held at Kolkata. This
eligibility is worked out, based on the quota received by
CHQ, from January 2012 to December, 2013. District Unions
are requested to elect their delegates and observers based
on this eligibility. As per the decision of the Rajkot CEC
meeting, admission of delegates and observers in the AIC
will be strictly according the allotment made by CHQ only.
It is also requested that the list of delegates and
observers from each district union, may please be
intimated to the CHQ and the Reception Committee, atleast
two weeks prior to the AIC. Queries / corrections to
the quota sent to the CHQ, or allotment of delegates /
observers to the districts, may please be sent in writing
to the CHQ latest by 14.09.2014.
<<view the list>>
writes to the CMD BSNL,
on proposed merger of Inspection
Circle and QA Circle.<<view
writes to the GM (Admn.), BSNL on
non-availability of empanelled
hospitals in Rajasthan Circle.<<view
writes to the Director (HR), BSNL, on
compassionate ground appointment
cases – Case of Madhya Pradesh Circle.<<view
writes to the Director (HR), BSNL, on
constitution of Committee for pay revision of OL Cadres.<<view
writes to GM (Admn.), BSNL on
reimbursement of medical claim as a
Special measure – case of Shri G.H. Vagadoda, Sr.TOA(G),
Office letter on HOCC Discussions - Comments on
recommendations of the consultant M/s Deloittee on HR
Court dismisses Dayanidhi Maran’s petition. Says filing
charge sheet is CBI’s prerogative.
A petition field by the
former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, is dismissed by
the Supreme Court today. Maran has demanded that the
Supreme Court should refrain the CBI from filing a charge
sheet against him, since the CBI has not completed it’s
Malaysia side investigation. The Supreme Court has stated
that filing the charge sheet is the prerogative of the
CBI, and that the Court would not intervene in that.
Office letter on proposal of incentive scheme for BSNL
staff for making recovery of more than one year old
outstanding dues in respect of permanent closed
connections of leased circuits.<<click
of Hon'ble MoC&IT during HOCC held on 21 - 22 August'14.<<click
with CMD BSNL
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.N.
Rai, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 26.08.2014 and discussed the
Adhoc PLI : The leaders
informed the CMD, that the Joint Committee to finalise the
New PLI formula is on the job. Since it will take atleast
2 months to finalise the New PLI formula, the Company
should pay one month pay as adhoc PLI,
demanded the leaders.
delay in approving E-1 pay scale and revised JTO
: The leaders
pointed out that there is inordinate delay in approving
the E-1 pay scale and the revised Recruitment Rules of the
JTO cadre. They urged upon the CMD to get both the issues
approved by the next meeting of the Board of Directors.
meeting of the National Council: It is the
decision of the last meeting of the National Council, that
the next meeting (31st meeting) would be held
in the 2nd / 3rd week of August,
2014. However, no date has so far been fixed for the
meeting. The leaders insisted upon the CMD to hold the
meeting at least in the month of September, 2014.
The CMD assured that all
the issues raised by the Union leaders would be
appropriately be looked into.
Rs.200/- free SIM to the BSNL Employees posted in MTNL
Allow off net calls on Rs.200/- free
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.K.
Singhal, GM (Admn.), yesterday the 26.08.2014, and
demanded that Rs.200/- free SIM should be issued to the
BSNL employees posted in MTNL areas. They insisted that
there should not be any discrimination among the BSNL
employees, on the issue of issuing Rs.200/- free SIM card.
Similarly, off net calls (calls to other networks) should
also be allowed on Rs.200/- free SIM, demanded the
leaders. The GM (Admn.), assured to look into this demands
and to do the needful.
of 7th All
India Conference of BSNLEU inaugurated.
Veteran trade union
leader Com. Ananta Bhattacharjee inaugurated the Website
of the 7th AIC, at Kolkata, in a meeting of the
Reception Committee, held on 22.8.2014. Com. Adhir Sen,
Working Chairman of the Reception Committee presided over
the meeting. Most of the joint conveners of different
subcommittees along with the volunteers were present in
the meeting. Joint Secretaries of the Reception Committee
Com. Animesh Mitra & Com. Saibal Sengupta welcomed the
members in the meeting on the eve of this historic moment.
They also apprised the house the latest position of the
preparation of the 7th AIC. Treasurer Com.
Omprakash Singh informed the house the financial position
of the Reception Committee. Both the Joint Secretaries and
Treasurer appealed to the members to donate generously and
remit the same without any delay. Conveners of the
different sub-committees reaffirmed to make the 7th
AIC, a historic success. www.bsnleu.wix.com/seventhaic
is the web address of the 7th All India
Conference. CHQ heartily congratulates the Reception
Committee, for adopting latest technology to successfully
organise the All India Conference.
level dharna successfully held throughout the country on
the demands of the casual contract workers.
As per the call of the
BSNL CCWF and the BSNLEU, very successful dharnas are
conducted yesterday the 26.08.2014, at the SSA level. The
reports coming from various circles in this regard is very
encouraging. In most of the places, the dharnas were
conducted successfully and jointly by BSNL CCWF and the
BSNLEU. CHQ heartily congratulates all comrades for the
successful dharna. CHQ also requests all circle
secretaries to send a report on this programme, with
photos. The next programme on these demands will be March
to CGM Offices on 25.09.2014. CHQ requests all the circle
and district unions to start making preparations for that
programme for onwards.<<view
of implementation of EPF, in respect of casual labourers.
EPF has been implemented
for casual labourers in BSNL. However, Corporate Office
has not specified the date of its implementation. Circles
like West Bengal and NE-1 has sought clarification from
the Corporate Office in this respect. However, no decision
has yet been taken so far. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.M.C.Balakrishna, Org. Secretary(CHQ) met shri
R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the 26-08-2014, and insisted
that Corporate Office should issue guideline to implement
EPF w.e.f 01-10-2000, i.e., from the date of formation of
of Hon'ble CAT judgement, in respect of the Ex-service
men, who are provisionally allowed to appear JTO LICE.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com. M.C.Balakrishna, Org.Secretary (CHQ), met shri
R.K.Goyal today, and once again urged upon him to
implement the Hon'ble CAT judgement, in respect of the
Ex-service men, who had already been provisionally allowed
to appear the JTO LICE. They told the GM (Estt.) not to
prolong the litigation, but to honour and implement the
judgement already given in favour of the Ex-service men.
Recruitment Rules of the cadre of TTA released by
Office letter on grant of incentives to eligible
non-executives for manning the vacant posts of Junior
Hindi Translators (JHT) through local arrangements.<<click
writes to Shri Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to
the Prime Minister, on filling up the vacant Director
posts in the BSNL Board.<<click
of the 20th meeting of Standing Committee of
National Council held on 22nd July, 2014.<<click
personalities, U.R. Ananthamurthy and Richard Attenborough
writer and Jnanpith award winner, U.R. Ananthamurthi has
passed away. Richard Attenborough, who directed the Oscar
award wining movie, Gandhi, has passed away. BSNLEU pays
rich tributes and condolence to both the personalities.
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding payment of adhoc PLI,
pending finalisation of the new PLI formula, based on the
productivity of the Company.<<click
writes to the Director (HR), BSNL, on the
delay in holding the
31st meeting of the National Council.<<click
writes to CMD BSNL on the
delay in approving the revised RR of JTO and E-1 pay
scale, by the BSNL Board.<<click
of the JAC will be held on 05.09.2014.
A meeting of the JAC of
the Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives will be
held at New Delhi on 05.09.2014. The venue is BSNL MS
office. The meeting will review the ‘Demands Day’, held on
07.08.2014, and will also decide about future course of
the dharna of the casual contract workers on 26.08.2014, a
A dharna, on the genuine
demands of the casual and contract workers, will be held
tomorrow the 26.08.2014. Circle and District Secretaries
of BSNLEU are requested to organize the programme,
together with BSNL CCWF effectively.
Left-out Casual labours and Contract workers.
Casual labour wage
to be the same as the lowest wage in BSNL, instead of
that of DOT.
Minimum Wage as per
Government Orders to be implemented to the contract
workers, including higher wages for semi-skilled,
skilled and highly skilled and as per A, B and C class
cities. Wages to be paid through account/cheque in time.
Even if contractor changes, the same workers should
Social Security measures like EPF, ESI, Gratuity, Bonus.
HRA / Quarters to be
allotted to casual contract workers.
EPF Account to be
opened by the Principal Employer instead of by
Issue of Identity
Cards by BSNL Management.
should take necessary steps to improve the services by
procuring sufficient equipment to enable expansion and
Equal Pay for Equal
work for contract workers.
- Reinstate all the retrenched workers.
Casual and Contract Workers Federation.
Tax Department serves a Demand Notice on BSNL for Rs.6234
It is very unfortunate
that the Income Tax Department has served a Demand Notice
on BSNL for Rs.6234 crore. The claim of the Income Tax
Department is that, BSNL had under reported its income,
for the financial year 2011-12. This allegation has been
denied by the CMD of BSNL, shri A.N.Rai. He has stated
that BSNL would appeal against this notice, with the
Income Tax Commissioner.
(Source: Economic Times dt. 23.08.2014)
Pradesh Circle Executive Committee meeting
being held at
The Circle Executive
Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh Circle, is
being held at Indore. The meeting started with flag
hoisting. National flag was hoisted by com.B.S.Raghuwansi,
circle president, and the Union flag was hoisted by
com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral tributes were
paid at the martyrs column. Thereafter, the Executive
Committee meeting started. Com.B.S.Raghuwansi, presided
over the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, inaugurated the
subjects committee. Com.H.S.Tahkur, circle secretary
presented the report on activities. Thereafter the seminar
on the revival of BSNL started. Com.H.S.Tahkur initiated
the discussion with his speech. The seminar was addressed
by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri Prakash Bhallal, Sr.GM (Admn.),
shri.Piyush Khare, Sr.GM, Indore, com.Sailendra Tahkur,
Secretary, CITU, Madhya Pradesh, com.Jagdish Singh,
Organising Secretary (CHQ), com.N.T.Sajwani, leader, NFTBE,
com.B.S.Raghuwansi, circle president, com.Mahesh Sharma,
CS, SNEA and com.Prakash Sharma, District Secretary and
Chairman of the Reception Committee. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
in speech explained how the pro-private policies of the
government weakened BSNL. He also explained about the
efforts being made by the Forum for the revival of BSNL.
The subjects committee started after the lunch and is
going on. The following are some of the views of the
Office letter on time bound disposal of disciplinary /
vigilance cases against the retiring / retired employees.<<click
writes to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications for the
early refund of Rs.6724.51 crore to BSNL, being the refund
of BWA spectrum charges.<<view
to the CMD BSNL, urging to manufacture mobile towers in
the Telecom Factories and not to purchase them from
Secretary joins CHQ after treatment.
Dear Comrades, I have
joined CHQ today, after undergoing an eye surgery at
Chennai on 13.08.2014, to set right a problem in the
retina. I sincerely thank all the comrades who conveyed
their best wishes for my speedy recovery.
of Circles Conference taking place in New Delhi.
The Heads of Circles
Conference has started at New Delhi today the 21-08-2014.
The meeting will take place today and tomorrow. Among
other things, the HOCC is expected to discuss the report
of the Deloittee Committee, based on which the Management
will take a decision. As usual, the Management has stated
that a final decision would be taken after consulting the
demonstration conducted at BSNL Corporate Office, against
the report of the Deloittee Committee.
As per the call of the
Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, a lunch hour
demonstration was conducted at Corporate Office today,
against the report of the Deloittee Committee. A large
number of employees participated in the demonstration.
Slogans were raised, demanding the scrapping of the
Deloittee Committee's report. The meeting was addressed by
com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, convener, Forum, com.Chandeswar
Singh, GS, NFTE, com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.Suresh
Kumar, GS BSNL MS, com.R.S.Chauhan, CS, NTR,
com.M.C.Balakrishna, Org.Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, and many
others. It is very relevant that the Forum has conducted
this demonstration on the day when the HOCC meeting is
taking place. We hope that the Management would have got
the right message from this demonstration, and that it
will take a wise decision on the matter.
14th Foundation Day of BSNLEU West Bengal
Office letter, on today's demonstration at Corporate
Office, against the report of the Deloittee Committee.
demonstration against the report of the Deloittee
Committee, to be held at Corporate
Office tomorrow the 21.08.2014.
Demonstrations, as per
the call of the Forum, against the report of the Deloittee
Committee, were held at the SSA and Circle levels on
12.08.2014. Employees overwhelmingly participated in those
demonstrations throught the country. However, it has been
decided that the demonstration at the Corporate Office
would be held on 21.08.2014. Accordingly, a lunch hour
demonstration will take place at the Corporate
rates may fall, as TRAI lowers access charge.
According to a decision
announced by the TRAI on 24th July, customers can choose
their International Long Distance Operator ( ILDO ), for
speaking ISD calls, by purchasing calling cards from that
ILDO. For this, the ILDO has to pay an 'access charge' to
the local service
provider. This access charge has been decided by the TRAI,
and was announced yesterday. According to this
announcement, access charge will be 40 paise per minute
for wireless service and Rs.1.20 per minute for wireline
service. As a result of this announcement, competition is
expected to increase, and ISD rates are expected to fall.
Dharnas on 26.08.2014, at SSA levels, on the demands of
the casual and contract workers.
The BSNL Casual and
Contract Workers Federation has decided to organise
dharnas on 26.08.2014, at SSA levels (in front of GM / TDM
offices), urging the BSNL Management to settle the long
pending problems of the casual and contract workers. The
Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi
on 20.07.2014, has decided that the Union should take all
out efforts to make the agitational programme of the
casual and contract workers a grand success. Hence, CHQ
calls upon the circle and district Secretaries to take
initiative, to organise the dharna effectively. Special
attention should be taken to mobilise the regular
employees in large numbers in the dharna. Details
regarding the demands for the agitation is uploaded on CHQ
website on 24.07.2014.
Recruitment Rules of the cadre of TTA approved by BSNL
It is understood that the
BSNL Board has given it's approval for the new Recruitment
Rules of the cadre of TTA. It is also learnt that the
Board has approved the payment of an incentive of Rs.800/-
per month, to those who look after the charge of Hindi
Translator. However, it is disappointing to learn, that
the Board has kept pending the issues of E1 pay scale and
new Recruitment Rules of the cadre of JTO.
writes to the Hon'ble Minister of Communications, urging
rejection of the demand of the Cellular Operators
Association of India (COAI), for reallocation of the
900MHz spectrum, being held by the BSNL.<<<view
Bank Governor cautions that merger of banks should not
affect the healthy banks.
Now days, much is being
talked about the merger of smaller Public Sector Banks
with bigger Public Sector Banks. For example, it is being
proposed that the State Bank group of banks should be
merged with the main State Bank of India. Expressing his
opinion on the merger of banks, shri Raghuram Rajan, the
Reserve Bank Governor, has cautioned that the proposed
merger of banks should not affect the health of the banks
which are already in good financial position. Shri
Raghuram Rajan had been the Chief Economist of the IMF,
and he knows what will be the impact of unmindful mergers.
The caution made by the Reserve Bank Governor, well
applies to the merger of BSNL, with MTNL, which has
already become sick. The people who are blindly proposing
the merger, should understand that the proposed merger
will irrevocably affect BSNL, which has just started
showing signs of recovery.
telecom companies are out to snatch BSNL's 900 MHz
The Cellular Operator's
Association of India (COAI) has requested the government
to take over a portion of the 900MHz spectrum that BSNL is
presently having, and make it available for the spectrum
auctioning, that is to take place early next year. The
900MHz spectrum that BSNL is having in all the 22 circles
wherein it is providing services, is very efficient
compared to the spectrum in other bands such as 1800MHz.
The 900MHz spectrum is presently being used by BSNL for
voice services, as well as for providing high-speed data
services. However, in future, BSNL can also provide 4G
service with this 900MHz spectrum, by adopting the LTE
technology. This is the reason why the private companies
want to snatch BSNL's spectrum in the 900MHz. If the
demand of the COAI is accepted by the government, it will
be a big blow for BSNL's future plans of providing 4G
service. The employees have to unitedly defeat the game
plan of the private operators.
going on in full swing, to make the demonstration at
Corporate Office, on 21.08.2014 successful, against the
report of the Deloittee Committee.
BSNLEU is taking serious
efforts to make the demonstration at Corporate Office, to
be held on 21-08-2014, successful. The Forum of BSNL
Unions and Associations has given call to conduct this
programme against the report of the Deloittee Committee.
Preparatory meeting was held on 12.08.2014, at Corporate
Office and on 14.08.2014 at NTR circle, attended by com.
Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org.
Secretary (CHQ), com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary (CHQ)
and com. Kamal Sah, CS, Corporate Office. It was decided
in the both meetings that BSNLEU shall mobilise maximum
number of employees to make the programme successful.
[14.08.2014]Warm greetings on the occasion of 68th
has completed 67 years, after getting independence
from British Imperialism. It has evolved into one of
the strongest democracies of the world. On this
occasion, we pay our respectful homage to all the
freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for
getting freedom for our great nation. At the same
time, we have to realise that economic freedom has
still not dawned on a vast majority of our people. A
recent report of the United Nations has pointed out
that 1/3 of the world's extreme poor live in India.
Similarly, the founding fathers of the Indian
Republic resolved that India should be a secular
nation. But, the secular fabric of our nation is now
under attack from communal forces. While celebrating
the Independence Day, let us all resolve to
strengthen democracy and secularism in the country,
and also to fulfill the dream of the freedom
fighters to get economic freedom to all the people
of our country.
for the Casual Labourers – Discussion held with GM (Estt.).
BSNL Employees Union has
raised the demand for gratuity to the Casual Labourers who
are yet to be regularised by the Department. A discussion
was held with the Management on 12th August, on the same
subject. Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. M.C. Balakrishna,
Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and
highlighted our logic on the demand to the Management. It
will be appropriate that as per the Labour Act these
casual labourers also should come under the purview of the
gratuity. It is unfortunate that though the concern CGM’s
have send a series of letters to the Corporate Office to
get the necessary approval in this regard, but it is still
pending in the Corporate Office. After patiently hearing
the logic of the demands, GM (Estt.) has assured that
positive action will be taken at the earliest.
are being harassed to get GPF advance – Discussion held
with CMD BSNL and Member (Finance), DoT.
According to the BSNL
Management, the DoT is not serious to make payment to the
BSNL particularly in the case of the GPF advance. Staffs
are being facing the difficulties to get the GPF advance
during last one year on plea of non-availability of fund.
The matter was discussed with CMD on 11th August, and with
Member (Finance), DoT, on 13th August. It was told to CMD
that more funds should be allotted for the GPF advance as
Pooja festival is knocking of the door and employees have
good requirement for the money. He assured that after
consultation with the ED (Finance), suitable action would
be taken. On 13th August, similar discussion took place
with Ms. Annie Moraes, Member (Finance) DoT. She assured
that case will be look into and if necessary some
mechanism can be framed, so that the staff can get the GPF
advance directly from the concerned CCA units.
Ground Appointment – A new policy is going to be framed by
the Corporate Office.
Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri
Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), and Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), on
12th August, 2014 for holding of HPC meeting for the CG
Appointment. It is learnt from the both officers that
department is going to finalise a new scheme for the CG
Appointment. According to this scheme Corporate Office
will finalize the parameters and circle office will
arrange the HPC meeting for the CG Appointments. A list of
the approved candidates can be prepared and earmarked
vacancies can be filled up from the list.
is going on for a good gathering on 21st August, in
Corporate Office for the demonstration programme against
Deloittee Committee recommendation.
Staffs are very serious
in Delhi to make a good gathering on 21st in the Corporate
Office. Both Circle Union in Corporate Office and NTR
Circle has arranged campaign programme in this purpose in
their area. Meeting held on 12.08.2014, at Corporate
Office and on 14.08.2014 at NTR office where Com. Animesh
Mitra, Dy.GS and Com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary
(CHQ), com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary (CHQ) and com.
Kamal Shah, CS, Corporate Office were present in the
meeting. It was decided in the both meeting that BSNLEU
will take initiative to mobilise the maximum number of
membership under the banner of Forum in the programme.
They will also publish pamphlet and posters on the
is not only the solution – Observation of the broadband
cell of the Corporate Office.
Corporate Office has
expressed its unhappiness regarding the performance of the
circles for outsourcing of wirelines broadband service
including installation and maintenance. Recently the
broadband cell of the Corporate Office has stopped the
circle administration not to make further agreement with
the vendors for the outsourcing of broadband maintenance.
In this connection they have issued a circular on
06th August, asking Head of Circles about the status of
the customer before and after outsourcing. It will be
appropriate to mention here that while Management is
considering the Deloittee committee recommendations who
have advocated outsourcing of the total operation and
maintenance job, the observation of the broadband cell of
the Corporate Office is altogether different. As per their
observation, the customer satisfaction and reduction of
fault rates does not appear tenable as the circles who
have entered in maintenance contract have registered
negative growth for the broadband connections.<<click
meeting will be held on 04.09.2014.
Notification has already
been issued by the Management to hold the meeting of the
Staff Welfare Board on 22-08-2014. This meeting stands
postponed and will be held on 04.09.2014.<<view
resentment expressed by the BSNL employees against the
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee.
It is reported from all
over the country, that massive demonstrations were held in
all SSA’s and Circle Head Quarters yesterday
the 12.08.2014. It was a programme by the Forum of BSNL
Unions/Associations, against the retrograde
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. CHQ has
received reports from most of the circles, which reveals
that a strong resentment is prevailing among the employees
against the report. The success of yesterday's programme
has sent a strong message to the Management to scrap the
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. In Delhi,
preparations are going on in full swing, to organise a big
gathering of the Executives & Non-Executives, for the
demonstration to be held on 21st August at the
Corporate Office. CHQ heartily congratulates all the
circle and district unions for making the programme
successful. The following are some of the views of
letter, on formation of a Committee
to explore the possibility of setting up of a company
funded by Maharatna and other CPSEs to administer and
manage the sick CPSEs.<<view
sheet will be filed against Dayanidhi Maran by the end of
this month - CBI tells the Supreme Court.
The CBI informed the
Supreme Court yesterday, that a charge sheet would be
filed by the end of this month, against the former Telecom
Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Dayanidhi Maran is accused of forcing Aircel's owner to
sell his stake to the Malysian firm, Maxis, in return for
investment in Maran's family owned Sun TV. The Centre for
Public Interest Litigation, an NGO, has filed a PLI in
2011 before the Supreme Court Bench monitoring the 2G
scam. It alleged that Dayanidhi Maran, during his tenure
as Telecom Minister, forced Sivasankaran, to sell his
stake in Aircel to the Maxis group. In turn, the Maxis
group invested Rs.599.01 crore in Sun Direct and Rs.111 crore in
the FM Radio, both controlled by Maran's family.
writes to the Member (Finance) of the
seeking her intervention, to resolve the problem of
belated / denial of
payment of GPF advance to BSNL employees.<<click
Welfare meeting likely to be postponed
It is learnt that the
Staff Welfare Board meeting may be postponed once again.
In the discussion with the GM (Admn.) on 11.08.2014, it
was told that due to the Heads of Circles meeting to be
held on the same day, i.e., on 22.08.2014, it is not
possible to hold the Staff Welfare Board meeting also.
Further, it was proposed that the Staff Welfare Board
meeting may be held in the first week of September. Sports
and Cultural Board meeting will be held in the month of
opposition to the recommendations of Deloittee Committee
conveyed to the CMD BSNL
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, met CMD BSNL,
yesterday the 11.08.2014, and conveyed to him the
resentment of the employees against the retrograde
recommendations of M/s Deloittee Committee. It was told by
the Leaders that the recommendations for centralization
and merger of the SSAs activities, total outsourcing of
O&M works, downsizing of the staff strength, closure of
Telecom Factories & Civil Wing and discontinuation of
Sr.TOA cadre etc. are not at all acceptable to BSNLEU. It
was also intimated to him that the demonstration programme
will be organized on 12th August, under the banner of the
Forum, throughout the country, against the Deloittee
Committee's recommendations. The CMD BSNL, assured to
look into the matter.
powerful demonstrations today, against the report of the
Forum of Unions and
Associations of BSNL has given call, to conduct protest
demonstrations at circle and SSA levels today, against the
report of the Deloittee Committee. CHQ calls upon our
comrades to make the call a success, by massively
mobilising the employees. Please send report to the CHQ.
Secretary to undergo an eye surgery this weekend.
undergo an eye surgery this weekend at Chennai. He is
expected to join the CHQ on 22.08.2014. Com.Animesh
Mitra,Dy.GS, will be available in the CHQ.
rent arrears to BSNL from Private Companies.
It is unfortunate that
when BSNL is facing serious financial crisis, the
Management has failed to collect an amount of Rs.41 crores
arrears payment from the private telecom companies towards
the rent for sharing for BSNL Towers. Same issue was
raised by our union when discussion was held with the
Management on the issue of formation of separate tower
company. BSNL Employees Union had opined that we
should more careful and cautious to collect more revenue
from the private operators through tower sharing instead
of formation of separate tower company. But it is alarming
to all of us that even we have failed to collect the money from
the operators in this crucial junction.
has purchased 1269 towers from the open market, keeping
idle its own telecom factories.
It is learnt from the
Parliament replies that BSNL has purchased 1269 towers at
a cost Rs.71.26 crore from equipment vendors over last 8
years. It is unfortunate that when our Telecom Factories
are facing tremendous crisis due to shortage of orders for
manufacturing towers, the company has spent huge money. At
the same time the department has also confirmed that the
tower materials to manufacture 1100 towers are available
in our telecom factories. So question will come
automatically that when material is available in the
factory, why company is purchasing telecom towers from the
of the JAC postponed.
The next meeting of the
National JAC, scheduled to be held at New Delhi
on 11.08.2014, has been postponed, due to the health
condition of the Convener. The next date of the meeting
will be announced shortly.
by Forum, against the report of the Deloittee Committee,
is to be held at Corporate Office on 21.08.2014, instead
Forum has already given
call to conduct protest demonstrations on 12.08.2014,
against the report of the Deloittee Committee. In view of
the change in the dates of the HOCC, Forum has decided
that the demonstration at Corporate Office will take
place on 21.08.2014. At circle and SSA levels, the
demonstration will take place as per the original
schedule, i.e., on 12.08.2014.
profit or loss - Hon'ble MoC has expressed the views of
the govt. in Parliament.<<click
of Circles Conference postponed to August 21st
The Heads of Circle
Conference (HOCC), which has been scheduled to be held at
New Delhi, on 12th and 13th August
has been postponed. The Conference will now be held on 21st
and 22nd August.
powerful demonstrations on 12.08.2014, against the
retrograde report of the Deloittee Committee.
demonstrations on 12.08.2014, against the retrograde
report of the Deloittee Committee. The Forum of the Unions
and Associations of BSNL, has called upon the employees to
hold powerful demonstrations at the Corporate Office,
Circle Office and SSA levels on 12.08.2014, against the
retrograde recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. CHQ
calls upon all the Circle and District Unions to implement
the call successfully.
Office writes to circles regarding speedy settlement of
revision of pre-2006 pension cases.<<click
rectification of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees
retired within ten months of their absorption in BSNL
Day successfully observed all over the country.
As per the call of the
JAC, Demands Day is successfully observed today, by
wearing badges and conducting lunch hour demonstrations.
Non-Executives throughout the country massively
participated in this programme and recorded their
resentment towards the non-settlement of their long
pending problems. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Non-Executives for making the programme a resounding
Day" on 07-08-2014 is the beginning.
Conduct it massively.
Get ready for more serious struggles.
Total neglect of the genuine grievances of the
Non-Executives has become the order of the day in
BSNL. Anything and everything is being made
available to the top officers. Financial position of
the Company does not come in the way for that
matter. But, so far as the Non-executives are
concerned, they should not raise any demand till the
Company becomes profit-making once again. This
double standard of the Management cannot continue
for long. Struggle alone can put an end to this
hypocrisy. Observing Demands Day on 07.08.2014, by
conducting Lunch Hour Demonstrations and wearing
badges is only the beginning. Do it massively. More
serious forms of struggles are in the pipe-line. Get
ready for it.
plans to start Telecom Finance Corporation.
The government is
planning to start a Non-Banking
Infrastructure Finance Corporation, called Telecom
Finance Corporation. Quoting the Telecom Minister, Ravi
Shankar Prasad, the Economic Times has reported that the
Telecom Finance Corporation will come under the
administrative control of the DoT, and will start
functioning by 2017. Sources of funding for the TFC
will be through issue of taxable and tax-free bonds. Other
sources will be the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and
raises landline and broadband tariffs Upto 40%.
Airtel has raised it's
landline and broadband tariffs upto 40%. The company has
stated the the tariff hike is due to the increase in the
cost of inputs. Airtel is having 14 lakh land line
Office letter on grant of cash award to Sportspersons for
achieving excellence in International Tournaments/Meets
Office letter on grant of cash award to Sportspersons for
achieving excellence in National Tournaments/Meets during
and MTNL sign pact with ONGC.
BSNL and MTNL have signed
an agreement with the ONGC. This agreement will be for a
period of 5 years. According to this agreement, BSNL and
MTNL will provide land line and mobile services, as well
as leased circuit services to ONGC, all over the country.
The agreement was signed by the Director (T&FS) of the
ONGC, shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL and Shri P.K. Purwar (CMD
massive nationwide demonstrations on 12-08-2014,
against the retrograde report of the Deloittee Committee.
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations, which held it's meeting yesterday the
04.08.2014, has given call to the BSNL employees to
conduct massive nation wide demonstrations on 12.08.2014,
protesting against the retrograde report of the Deloittee
Committee. The Report is completely anti-worker in nature.
CHQ of BSNLEU has already written a detailed letter to the
CMD BSNL on 04.08.2014, opposing the Deloittee committee's
report, lock, stock and barrel. Circle and District
secretaries are requested to use this letter for
organising the employees, against the report. CHQ requests
each and every one of the comrades of BSNLEU to ensure
that the demonstration on 12.08.2014 becomes a resounding
Nadu Circle has given call for circle wide struggle,
demanding reinstatement of 140 retrenched contract
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu
circle, has given call for circle wide struggle, along
with the Tamil Nadu Contract Workers Union, demanding the
immediate reinstatement of 140 contract workers, who were
retrenched in Vellore SSA. The talks held with the CGM,
Tamil Nadu circle, in this respect, had failed. BSNLEU,
Vellore SSA, along with the retrenched contract workers
are conducting huger strike against the victimisation,
since 01.08.2014. As per the call of the Circle Union,
demonstrations are taking place throughout the circle
today, the 05.08.2014. The agitation will intensify if the
problem is not settled. CHQ heartily congratulates the
Tamil Nadu Circle Union for fighting for the cause of the
government faced with problems in passing the Insurance
Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill to increase FDI
limit to 49% in the Insurance Sector, could not be taken
up in the Rajya Sabha yesterday the 04.08.2014, due to the
determined resistance by the opposition parties. There are
250 members in the Rajya Sabha, out of which the ruling
BJP's strength is only 64. Hence, the BJP took hectic
efforts to get the support of the Congress Party, to pass
the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Even though the Congress
Party is in favour of increasing the FDI limit to 49%, due
to political compulsions, it has decided not to facilitate
a free hand to the BJP. It is demanding that the Bill
should be referred to the Select Committee of the
Parliament. In any case the Narendra Modi government is
faced with problems to pass the Bill for the time being.
We cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. The Insurance
employees are determined to go on strike, on the day when
the Bill is taken up in the Rajya Sabha. The circle and
District Unions of BSNLEU should conduct powerful
demonstrations in support of the strike on that day.
strongly opposes the report of Deloittee Committee and
demands the Management to discuss it with the Unions and
of CHQ quota through NEFT- District Secretaries to note
CHQ has already sent a
circular to all the District Secretaries, wherein the
details of CHQ's bank account, for remittance of quota
through NEFT, were provided. However, it is observed that
still some District Secretaries have written to the CHQ
asking for the details of the bank account. A copy of the
circular which is already sent, is once again being
uploaded on the website. District Secretaries are
requested to take a print out of the details of the bank
account, and are requested to hand it over to the
concerned AO, with a request to send the CHQ quota
directly to the CHQ, through NEFT.<<click
opposition in the Rajya Sabha, to the Bill which seeks to
increase FDI in the Insurance sector.
The Narendra Modi
government is hell bent to raise the FDI in the Insurance
sector to 49%, to please the World Bank and Multi National
Companies. The Bill is not likely to be passed in the
Rajya Sabha, since the opposition parties are not likely
to allow the Bill to be passed so easily. The Congress
Party is likely to demand that the Bill should be referred
to the Select Committee. However, CHQ wishes to remind
that our comrades should conduct protest demonstrations
throughout the country, on the day when the Insurance
employees go on strike, against the increase in FDI to
Office letter on Sanchar Krida Award for outstanding
Sportspersons in BSNL for the year 2013.<<click
will doom BSNL.
(Article of Telecrusader
Office letter on database of BSNL employees (both
Executives as well as Non-Executives.<<click
[31.07.2014]Recruitment of Junior Hindi Translators
through LICE to be held on 9th November, 2014
Bengal circle union on warpath, to put an end to the
Bengal circle union is conducting agitational programme,
highlighting the administrative paralysis that is
prevailing in the circle. For months together, the circle
is being run without a regular CGM. This has adversely
affected the services, as well as settlement of staff
issues. A hunger strike was launched in front of the CGM's
office, yesterday the 30.07.2014, which was participated
in by 70 leaders of the circle union, as well as various
district Unions. Again a massive lunch hour demonstration
was conducted today the 31.07.2014, in front of the CGM's
office, in which more than 600 comrades participated. They
highlighted the deadlock prevailing in the settlement of
workers issues, as well the deficiencies in the service.
CHQ congratulates West Bengal circle union.
urged the Corporate Office to announce the date of
implementation of EPF facility.
Corporate Office has
already issued order to the field units to implement EPF
scheme for the casual labourers and TSMs. However, the
Corporate Office has not specified the date from which
this scheme is to be implemented. BSNLEU has demanded that
the scheme should be implemented from 01.10.2000, since
all these casual labourers and TSMs are working from the
period of DoT. The issue was again discussed with the GM (Estt.)
by Com.P.Abhimanyu, yesterday the 30.07.2014. The GM (Estt.)
replied that the issue is being discussed in the Corporate
Office, and that a decision would be intimated to the
circles by the end of August.
formation of JAC at circle and district levels, and make
all out preparations to make the "Demands Day" a grand
Many circle unions have
informed the formation of the JAC in their circles.
However, nothing is heard in this regard from other
circles. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to
immediately form the JAC in all circles and districts, by
coordinating with the other unions and associations of the
Non-Executives. "Demands Day" should be effectively
organised on 07.08.2014, by wearing demands badge, and
also by conducting lunch hour demonstrations. CHQ
earnestly requests circle and district secretaries to give
utmost importance to this work.
Allocation of Drop wire, to various circles by the
Corporate Office, for the year 2014-15.<<click
Office circular to all CGM's, on
encashment of EL at the time of availing LTC by Govt.
Employees on deemed deputation to BSNL.<<click
meeting of AIBDPA being held at Coimbatore.
The Central Executive
Committee meeting of All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners
Association (AIBDPA) is being held at Coimbatore on 29th
and 30th July, 2014. General Secretary,
BSNLEU, could not participate in the meeting, due to his
preoccupation. BSNLEU conveys its revolutionary greetings
to the meeting and also wishes it all success. BSNLEU also
assures of its fullest cooperation for the settlement of
the genuine grievances of the pensioners.
with GM (Pers.), BSNL CO.
Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, met
shri S.S.Agarwal, BSNL CO, and apprised him of the
situation prevailing in Kerala circle, due to the ongoing
struggle of SNEA. He apprised the GM (Pers.) that the
service in the country's topmost profit earning circle is
deteriorating day by day, because of the arrogant
behaviour of the CGM, Kerala, and requested that the
Corporate Office should step in before it is too late. The
GM (Pers.) assured that the matter would be looked into.
writes to the CMD BSNL, on the issue of regularisation of
left out casual labourers.<<click
growth and poverty alleviation
Editorial of Tele Crusader
items to be discussed in the 11th Staff Welfare
Board meeting which will be held on 22.08.2014.<<click
Board meeting to take place on 22.08.2014.
BSNLEU has consistently
been urging the BSNL Management, to convene the meeting of
the BSNL Staff Welfare Board, which met last in the year
2011. BSNLEU also urged the new CMD to hold the meeting
expeditiously. As a result of this, the Management has
notified to hold the Welfare Board meeting on 22.08.2014,
BSNLEU has already submitted it’s agenda items for this
Office letter on representation of SC, ST, OBC, Minorities
and the Women on Selection Board/Committee.<<view
a drive to complete the collection of Rs.100/- from each
member – Decision of the Central Secretariat meeting.
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 20.07.2014,
seriously viewed the slackness on the part of many circle
unions, in the matter of implementing the decision of the
7th All India Conference, held at Ludhiana, to
collect Rs.100/- from each member, at the time of payment
of 78.2% IDA merger. The All India Conference decided to
raise this donation to repay the outstanding Bank Loan of
Rs.1.40 crore, that was taken to purchase the K.G. Bose
Bhawan. Hence, the meeting of the Central Secretariat has
called upon the Circle and District unions, to launch a
drive and collect Rs.100/- from those members who have not
given the donation so far, and remit it to the CHQ at the
earliest. The list of donations so far received by CHQ is
being taken for the revival of BSNL and MTNL.
Reply given by Shri Ravi
Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications and
IT, on 11.07.2014 in the Rajya Sabha.<<click
circle conducted a very successful seminar on the
viability of BSNL.<<click
donation received on 26-07-2014, in the Odisha circle
CHQ acknowledges with
gratitude, the receipt of the following CHQ donations,
handed over to Com . P.Abhimanyu today the 26-07-2014, in
the Odisha circle conference.
Union - Rs.5,000/-
Union - Rs.4, 300/-
Union - Rs.3, 000/-
Union - Rs.2, 000/-
two day conference of BSNLEU, Odisha circle, got
kick-started at Bhubaneswar.
The two day conference of
BSNLEU, Odisha circle, got kick-started today, at CTTC, Bhubaneswar.
The Conference started with the hoisting of the Union Red
Flag by Com. P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral
tributes were paid to the martyrs, by the delegates, at
the martyr's column. The Conference is being presided over
by Com.Sahadev Biswal, circle president. Totally, 114
delegates are participating in this Conference. Com.
P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, inaugurated the
Conference. In his inaugural address, Com. P.Abhimanyu,
GS, gave an outline of the political change that has taken
place in the country, as well as the retrograde economic
policies being persued by the Narendra Modi government and
the response of the working class to those anti-people
policies. He also spoke at length about the initiatives
being taken by the JAC, to settle the various long pending
problems of the non- executives. Thereafter, Com.P.R.Das,
circle secretary, presented the report on activities.
Audited Accounts were presented to the house by com. B.
Mondal, circle treasurer. This is followed by the Subjects
which the delegates are deliberating. A seminar will take
place tomorrow, on the viability of BSNL.<<<view
solidarity demonstrations on the day when Insurance
Employees go on strike against increasing FDI limit to 49%
in Insurance Sector.
The Narendra Modi
government has decided to increase Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) limit to 49% in the Insurance Sector.
Absolutely there is no justification for this. This is
nothing but a step to demolish the Public Sector Companies
in the Insurance Sector, and to allow the Multi National
Companies to loot the people's money. Public Sector
Insurance Companies like LIC and GIC are doing extremely
well, and contribute in a big way for the 'Nation
Building's. Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, has
stated that the Congress Party had already assured its
support to the government in this regard. This is yet
another evidence that proves that there is no difference
between the Congress Party and the BJP, as far as economic
policies are concerned. The government may take up
the "Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill" for passing, when
the Parliament resumes on 30th June. The All India
Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) has already
decided to go on strike, the day on which the Bill is
taken up for consideration in the Parliament. It is the
duty of the BSNL employees to express solidarity with the
insurance employees, when they go on strike, on an issue
which is connected with the economic sovereignty of our
country. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the Circle and District
Unions to organise massive demonstrations, on the day when
the Insurance employees go on strike. CHQ calls upon our
comrades to take this call very seriously and do the
maximum mobilisation to make this programme a success.
with GM (Admn.)
Com P.Abhimanyu, GS, and
com.John Verghese, Organising Secretary (CHQ), met shri
A.K.Singhal, GM (Admn.) and discussed about the inordinate
delay in holding the meetings of the Welfare Board and the
Sports & Cultural Board. The GM told that his earlier
assurance to hold the meetings in the month of July could
not be fulfilled, in view of the Heads of Circles'
Conference, which is being held in August. However, he
told that the Welfare Board Meeting would be held
on 22-08-2014, and that the Sports & Cultural Board
Meeting would be held in the month of September. The
leaders urged the GM (Admn.) to hold the meetings without
any further postponements.
Circular No.07 -
“Demands Day” powerfully on 07.08.2014. Organise JAC’s in
all Circle and Districts without further delay.<<click
Circular No.06 dated 24.07.2014.<<click
Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF) on struggle
path - Join enmasse and make the agitational programme of
a grand success.
BSNL CCWF has given call
for agitational programme, to settle the long pending
demands of the Casual and Contract Workers. The CEC
meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot in February, 2014,
discussed at length, the problems of the Casual Contract
Workers and has decided that BSNLEU should ensure that the
agitational programme of BSNL CCWF becomes a total
success. Despite repeated orders issued by BSNL Corporate
Office, the Casual and Contract Workers are being
inhumanly exploited at the field level. Hence, all Circle
and District Secretaries are requested to ensure the
enmasse participation of our members in the following
Programme of Action
Dharna at SSA level
– 26th August 2014.
March to CGM Office
– 25th September 2014.
March to CMD BSNL Office
– 15th October 2014.