for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to
be held at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
from 9th to 11th June, 2017.<<view
Office letter on delay in pension
revision allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA /DR with
basic pay / pension to 78.2% DA/DR.<<view
(Restg.) agrees to issue early clarification for re-categorisation
of contract workers in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu circle has sought approval from the Corporate
Office, to re-categorise the contract workers (into semi
skilled / skilled) as it has been done in Kerala circle.
The Corporate Office has so far not given the approval.
Hence, this issue was discussed yesterday with shri
Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. M.K.Dave, AGS. The
GM (Restg.) agreed to issue necessary guideline to the CGM,
Tami Nadu, at the earliest.
Management urged upon, to issue early endorsement for the
Ministry of Labour & Employment order on revision of wages
of the contract workers.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has revised the
wages of contract workers, w.e.f. 19th January, 2017, vide
letter No. 1/13(3)/2017-LS-II, dated 17.03.2017. However,
BSNL Corporate Office has not so far endorsed this letter.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and
com. M.K. Dave, AGS, met shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.),
yesterday and insisted for early endorsement of the letter
by BSNL. The GM (Restg.) assured of expeditious action.
of the SR Branch, on immunity from transfers, protested.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and
com. M.K. Dave, AGS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) and
expressed their strong protest to the tone and tenor of
the letter issued by the SR Branch, on immunity from
transfer to office-bearers of the Recognised Unions. The
SR Branch letter no.BSNL/39-3/SR/2015 dated 15.03.2017, is
bound to be misinterpreted by a number of CGMs / GMs. The
GM(SR) appreciated the views of the representatives and
assured to issue necessary corrigendum.
urged to instruct the CGMs, to send district wise quota
At present, CGM offices are sending All India Union quota
to the CHQ, in a centralised manner, without mentioning
the district wise quota particulars. BSNLEU has already
demanded that the circles should send district wise
break-up figures also. The GM(SR) was once again urged
upon yesterday, to issue necessary instruction in this
regard to the CGMs. The GM(SR) assured to do the needful.
writes to the GM (SR), demanding to issue corrigendum to
the Corporate Office letter on immunity from transfers.<<view
of the SR Branch of the BSNL Corporate Office, creating
fresh restrictions on the facility of immunity from
Office issued guidelines at last, on recovery of over
payments – A success to the efforts taken by BSNLEU.
BSNLEU has been taking hectic efforts for past so many
months, to implement the DoP&T order to settle the
recovery of over payments made in the past, in respect of
Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees. After the matter was referred
to the DoT, by the Corporate Office, BSNLEU
representatives met the DDG (Estt.) DoT, several times and
discussed the issue. As a result of the efforts taken by
BSNLEU, DoT issued necessary guidelines to BSNL. Based on
this Corporate Office has issued letter today, giving
guidelines in respect of recovery of over payments made in
the past. However, no mentioned is made in this letter,
regarding keeping the ongoing over payments under
abeyance, for which BSNLEU has already given letter
yesterday. BSNLEU will pursue it further. Meanwhile,
circle and district secretaries are requested to ensure
that all cases of recovery of over payment are promptly
sent to the Corporate Office, by the respective CGMs.<view
Office letter on revision of vacancies for DR JTO’s.<<view
on adhoc welfare grant
to Haryana, NTR and NTP circles.<<view
Committee meeting to be held tomorrow.
As per the decision of the last meeting, the next meeting
of Re-designation Committee, will be held at 15:00 hrs
tomorrow. Discussions on concrete proposals are expected
to take place in this meeting.
CEC meeting is to be held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 9th
to 11th June, 2017.
The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU
will be held from 9th to 11th June, 2017. Kerala circle
union, has kindly consented to host the meeting at
Thiruvananthapuram. All CEC members are requested to
immediately book their journey tickets. CEC members may
kindly note that heavy rush is there in trains, on account
of Summer vacation. Hence, tickets may be booked
India Convention of BSNL Working Women, stands postponed.
As it is already announced, BSNLEU has decided to hold an
All India Convention of BSNL Working Women, at Bhopal, on
14.05.2017. However, some circles have informed that train
reservations were not available, due to heavy rush in
trains, on account of Summer vacation. Hence, the All
India Centre meeting held today, has decided to postpone
the Convention. Next date of the Convention will be
are requested to send items for the All India Staff
Welfare Board meeting.
Based on the demand made by BSNLEU, the Management has
come forward to hold meeting of the All India Staff
Welfare Board. CHQ has already requested our comrades to
send agenda items. Once again circle secretaries and CHQ
office-bearers are requested to send agenda items
Comrades donated 102 unit blood on BSNLEU Formation Day.
BSNL Employees Union Ludhiana organized 11th Voluntary
blood donation camp on 16th formation day. Blood Donation
camp was dedicated to the 87th martyrdom day of
Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Rajguru and Sukhdev. Doctors
and technicians from Red Cross Ludhiana and Krishna
hospitals collected the blood. Before the start of blood
donation camp, Com. Balbir Singh, National President, of
the union, hoisted union Red flag. While hoisting the flag
he told that BSNL Employees union is consistently fighting
for the safe guards of workers interest as well as the
survival of BSNL. He called upon the workers to work
relentlessly for further strengthening the union so that
anti public sector policies of the Government are
Shri Manjit Singh Dhillon, Chief General Manager Telecom,
Punjab Circle and Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Dhillon inaugurated
the blood donation camp. While inaugurated the camp he
appreciated the initiative of BSNL employees union. Com.
R.L Moudgil former Assistant General Secretary and circle
president said that this donated blood saves lives of
people and is given to patients of thalassaemia. A health
awareness campaign camp for women of BSNL Ludhiana by
Punjab circle women’s welfare organization was also
organized. 102 employees including officers and staff
donated the blood during the camp. The Ludhiana Distt.
BSNL Employees Cop. Society limited arranged milk and
bananas to the donors. Com. Avtar Singh Jhande District
Secretary BSNLEU thanked the blood donors.<<views
of the programme>>
views of the celebration of BSNLEU's Foundation Day, held
salutes the martyrs – Comrades Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and
BSNLEU salutes and pays homage to comrades
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru, on the day of their
martyrdom. These martyrs wished to see an India, free from
the clutches of imperialism, and also free of poverty,
illiteracy and diseases. On this day, let each one of us
take the oath, to re-dedicate ourselves for fulfilling the
dreams of the martyrs.
Adityanath’s father gives some words of wisdom to his son.
Singh Bisht, the 84 year old father of the Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has given a very important
advice to his son. The advice is that, Yogi Adityanath
should respect all religions. The father has also told his
son that, it was important for him to take people of every
section of society along, for overall growth of state.
Yogi Adityanath is well known for spreading communal
hatred, through his speeches. We hope the new Chief
Minister of UP, will listen his father’s words of wisdom.
[Times of India dated
greetings to the leaders, front-line activists and
members of BSNLEU who have toiled all these 16 years
to keep the BSNLEU Red Flag flying high. Let us
resolve to strengthen BSNLEU, to take on the new
challenges in defending BSNL and the future of it’s
writes to shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, on
the issue of merger of BSNL and MTNL.
It is reported in the media that, the Parliamentary
Committee on Petitions, has submitted a report to the
Parliament, recommending merger of BSNL and MTNL. BSNLEU
has written to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, demanding that
the following conditions should be fulfilled, before
government takes any step towards merger of BSNL and MTNL.
should be delisted from the share market.
Government should take over the
financial liability of MTNL.
Government should provide financial
assistance to BSNL to revamp the networks in MTNL areas.
structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should be one
on the same.
Bangalore Telecom District, observed BSNLEU Foundation Day
by distributing ‘wire cutter tool’ to 1,000 Telecom
Bangalore Telecom District has observed BSNLEU Foundation
Day today in a different way. The District Union has
conducted a function to distribute ‘wire cutter tool’ to
1,000 Telecom Technicians in Bangalore Telecom District.
Shri R.M.M. Krishna, PGM, Bangalore Telecom District,
handed over the tools to the Branch Secretaries.<<view
of Officers Associations (NCOA) of PSUs, organised
Parliament March against privatisation.
National Confederation of Officers Associations (NCOA) of
CPSUs, an umbrella organisation of the Executives in CPSUs,
organised a Parliament March today. The main demands of
the March were No Disinvestment/Privatisation in CPSUs,
withdrawal of NITI AYOG’s recommendations on strategic
sale in PSUs, implementation of 3rd PRC in
CPSUs by removing the affordability clauses etc. The
programme was inaugurated by com Tapan Sen, MP and General
Secretary of CITU at Easterm Court. The rally at Jantar
Mantar was addressed by leaders from NCOA and General
Secretaries of many PSUs. On behalf of the BSNLEU, com
Swapan Chakraborty,Dy GS addressed the rally since com
P.Abhimanyu, GS couldn't attend the meeting due to viral
fever. In his speech com Dy.GS, severely criticised the
anti PSU policies of the government and expressed our
support to the agitations of the NOCA to save PSUs from
disinvestment and privatisation. He further appealed to
all, to be united for a long and sustained struggle to
compel the government to withdraw it’s anti workers and
anti PSU policies.<<views
of the programme>>
John Verghese, named as the coach of All India BSNL
John Verghese, Assistant General Secretary of BSNLEU, as
well as an outstanding sports person, is selected as the
coach of the BSNL cricket team, that will participate in
the All India Public Sector Cricket Tournament (T20),
which is beginning at Goa on 26th March, 2017. CHQ
heartily congratulates com. John Verghese, AGS.
have started coming about celebration of BSNLEU Day. Here
are some views.
BSNL’s new tariff with 2GB data per day at Rs.339/- is
becoming very popular among the public. Here
image being used by our comrades, for marketing this new
scheme. CHQ heartily congratulates these efforts. Other
comrades can also adopt such innovative methods.
Advertisement made at GM
endorsement of enhancement of gratuity limit to Rs.20 lakh.<<click
Martyrdom Day of the legendary freedom fighters – Bhagat
Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru.
23rd March, is the day on which the legendary
freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru,
went to the gallows and sacrificed their lives, for the
freedom of our mother land. Even after many decades of
their Martyrdom, Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru,
continue to inspire and motivate the youngsters of this
country, who are fighting against injustices and
exploitation. BSNLEU is observing this day as Martyrs Day,
every year. Circle and district unions are requested
observe this day in a befitting manner. Report and photos
may be sent to the CHQ.
Office calls for agenda items for the 12th meeting of the
BSNL’s Staff Welfare Board.
It may be recollected that BSNLEU has demanded the CMD
BSNL, to conduct the meetings of the Welfare Board as well
as the Sports and Cultural Board, since the meetings of
both these bodies were not held almost for the past two
years. Accepting our demand, the Corporate Office has
decided to hold the Staff Welfare Board meeting, and has
called for agenda items for discussion. Circle secretaries
and district secretaries are requested to immediately send
items, if any, to the CHQ, for taking up with the
Pradesh circle union conducted an inspiring seminar at
The Madhya Pradesh circle union of BSNLEU, conducted it's
circle executive committee meeting at Satna on 19-03-2017.
As a part of the meeting, a very inspiring seminar, on
intensifying the Service With A Smile programme, was
conducted. A large number of active comrades were
mobilised to this seminar, from various SSAs of the
circle. Com. B.S.Raghuvansi, CP, presided over the
seminar. Com. Yogesh Sharma, DS, Satna and the GS of the
Reception Committee, welcomed everyone. Com.Prakash
Sharma, CS, initiated the discussion and made a
presentation on the challenges and opportunities in MP
circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri G. C. Pandey, CGM,
MP, com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-president, (CHQ) and shri
Akilesh Gupta, Zonal GM, Jabalpur, addressed the seminar.
In the delegates session, com. Prakash Sharma, CS,
presented report on activities, based on which
deliberations were made by the district secretaries and
circle office bearers.<<views
of the seminar>>
Pradesh circle union donates Rs.15 lakhs to the CHQ.
The circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya
Pradesh circle, held at Satna on 19.03.2017,
has decided to donate Rs.15 lakh to the CHQ. This amount
was raised by the MP circle union, under the leadership of
com.S.R.Nayak, for the construction of a building for the
Union. However, this task remains unfulfilled, due to the
death of com.S.R.Nayak. The MP circle executive committee
meeting has requested the CHQ, to utilise the money in
memory of com.S.R.Nayak. The CHQ heartily thanks the MP
circle union and assures that the amount would be utilised
in a befitting manner, to honour the services of
BSNLEU's Foundation Day, with the zeal and enthusiasm.
BSNLEU's 16th Foundation Day falls tomorrow.
Our comrades throughout the country have already geared up
to celebrate the Day. CHQ calls upon the circle and
district unions to celebrate this year's BSNLEU Day with
zeal and enthusiasm, especially in utilising the
opportunity to remind the employees about their
responsibility in the revival of BSNL and in stopping the
anti-BSNL onslaughts of the government.
of Child Adoption Leave of 180 days to female BSNL
BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to extend
Child Adoption Leave of 180 days to female BSNL employees
as per DoP&T OM dated 31.03.2016. The BSNL Management has
now issued the order.<<view
circle conference of Telecom Factory(Jabalpur) started
with a largely attended seminar.
The 7th circle conference of BSNLEU, Telecom
Factory (Jabalpur) is being held at Jabalpur today.
Com.Sunil Patel, circle president, is presiding over.
Com.D.K.Pal, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. A
largely attended seminar was held in the morning session.
It was addressed by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri
D.N.Singh,CGM,TF(J), com. Jagdish Singh, Vice-president(CHQ),
com. Prakash Sharma, circle secretary, Madhya Pradesh
circle and com. Basant Lal, circle secretary, BABBITT.
Many officers and leaders of other unions also were
present in the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke in
detail on a number of issues, such as the revival of BSNL
and the Telecom Factories, fight against Subsidiary Tower
Company, BSNL & MTNL merger, wage revision, anti-BSNL
policies of the government etc. The delegates session of
the Conference started in the post lunch session.<<views
of the meeting>>
calls upon the circle and district unions to actively
participate in the asset valuation of BSNL’s lands.
updating in the website, the CHQ has explained about the
new Accounting Standard, to be compulsorily followed by
BSNL, which is called Ind AS. The BSNL
Management is in the process of bringing the entire
valuation of BSNL’s landed property, into the accounts of
the Company. The CMD BSNL expressed his desire in
yesterday’s meeting, that at least our lands worth
Rs.1,50,000 crore should be brought into our accounts this
year. The market value of these lands has to be certified
by a reputed consultancy. BSNL intends to engage M/s KPMG
for this purpose. After the meeting with the CMD BSNL,
this issue was discussed by the CHQ office bearers
available in the Head Quarters. The view of the CHQ in
this regard is that, if assets valuing Rs.1,50,000 crores
are brought in to the accounts of BSNL, it will help to
boost the image of the Company. We are witnessing that
high valued assets of many Public Sector Companies are
being sold to private companies at throw-away price, by
the government. Through strategic sale and privatisation,
the government is allowing big corporates to capture the
assets of the Public Sector Companies, and thus loot
people’s money. Under these circumstances, if an asset
value of Rs.1,50,000 (at least) is brought into the
accounts of BSNL, it will act as a deterrent
against the strategic sale / privatisation of BSNL.
Hence, the CHQ requests all the circle and district unions
to coordinate with other unions and associations, and to
accomplish the task of asset valuation of our lands within
the target date of 30.06.2017.
between Forum and CMD BSNL.
meeting between the CMD BSNL and Forum was held today.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS,
NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS,
AIBSNLEA participated in the discussion. In the meeting,
the CMD BSNL gave a presentation about the new Accounting
Standard, which has to be compulsorily followed by BSNL,
w.e.f. this year. The following is the presentation given
by the CMD BSNL:-
“So far the Companies in
India were following an Accounting Standard called
GAP (General Accounting Principle). However, the
Government of India has made it compulsory from this year
onwards, that the Companies should follow a new Accounting
Standard called Ind AS. As per this new
Accounting Standard, a different methodology is to be
adopted by the Companies, for calculating their net worth.
Accordingly, the assets purchased by BSNL, after
01.10.2000, through the revenue it generated from it’s
core business alone will be taken for assessing it’s net
worth.At the same time, according to the new procedure,
the value of the total assets of the Company, like land
and buildings, will also figure in the account. For this
purpose, BSNL has to bring in the value of it’s entire
lands into the account. A consultancy, to be appointed by
BSNL, probably KPMG, will assess the market value of these
lands and will certify it. In this year’s account, BSNL’s
lands worth atleast Rs.1,50,000 crore has to be brought
into the account. And, this job has to be completed before
30th June, 2017. If BSNL’s assets worth Rs.1,50,000 crore
figure in the account, it will greatly improve the image
of the Company in the eyes of public.”
To complete this job, the
CMD BSNL requested that the unions and associations should
extend their fullest cooperation, so that the total lands
of BSNL are identified and brought into the account for
valuation. The leaders present in the meeting
assured that they would extend their fullest cooperation
in this regard. BSNLEU requests all the circle and
district unions to actively cooperate with the circle and
district level administrations in identifying and bringing
the entire landed property of BSNL into accounting.
of BSNL and MTNL.
Many rumours are doing the
rounds among employees with regards to the merger of BSNL
and MTNL. In view of this, the leaders who met the CMD
BSNL today, raised the issue in the discussion. The CMD
BSNL replied that he was not aware of any development on
this issue. The leaders firmly told the CMD BSNL that any
merger of BSNL and MTNL can be accepted only if the
following conditions are fulfilled by the government.
entire financial liability of MTNL should be taken over by
the government, and this burden should not be shifted on
the shoulders of BSNL.
salary structure of the employees of BSNL and MTNL should
be one and the same, and there should not be any
discrimination in this count.
a listed in the share market. Hence, merger of MTNL with
BSNL, will pave the way for disinvestment / privatisation
in BSNL. Hence, the government should first de-list MTNL
from the share market, as pre-condition for merger with
The CMD BSNL assured that
the views of the leaders would be given due consideration.
with CMD BSNL on the issues of the contract workers.
Com. P. Abihmanyu, GS,
BSNLEU & Vice President, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra,
Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, met shri Anupam Shrivastava,
CMD BSNL and discussed the issues contained in the
memorandum, submitted to the CMD on 22.02.2017, at the
time of the BSNLCCWF’s March to Parliament. The
representatives demanded that the CMD BSNL should ensure
the implementation of the orders of the BSNL Corporate
Office, with regards to payment of Minimum Wage, EPF and
ESI to contract workers. They pointed out that in most of
the circles, the contract workers are paid only a paltry
amount as wages, and the remaining amount is being stolen
by the contractors. Further, the EPF contribution from the
Management Side, as well as from the workers side are also
being stolen by the contractors, stated the
representatives. They strongly demanded that the
Management should form a cell in the
Corporate Office, to monitor the implementation of the
Corporate Office orders, with regards to the contract
workers. They also demanded that the new wages notified in
the Gazette, by the Government of India, should
immediately be implemented to the contract workers in BSNL.
The CMD BSNL stated that the matters would be seriously
looked into, for taking necessary action.
signed between BSNL Management and Union Bank of India.
Since the earlier MoU
signed between BSNL and the Union Bank of India had
expired, BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to
sign a fresh MoU with that bank to enable the employees to
get various loans. The MoU has now been signed.<<view
limit of gratuity raised to Rs.20 lakh, w.e.f. 01.01.2016.
The maximum limit of Death
cum Retirement Gratuity of the Central Government has been
increased to Rs.20 lakh, as per the recommendation of the
7th Central Pay Commission. The government has now made it
applicable to the BSNL/MTNL absorbees also. This
enhancement will be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2016.<<view
Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, raised the Central
Government Employees’ strike in the Parliament.
When the more than one million Central Government
employees went on a country wide one day strike yesterday,
the issue was raised inside the Parliament also. Com.
Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU, raised this issue
in the Rajya Sabha and urged upon the Central Government
to settle their issue. BSNLEU heartily congratulates com.
vide clip of com.Tapan Sen’s intervention>>
once again writes to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on the
issue of recovery of over payment.
In continuation of the
discussion held by BSNLEU yesterday, with Ms. Madhu Arora,
PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., the Union has once again written to
her, demanding to issue direction to all the CGM’s for the
immediate stoppage of all recoveries on over payment.<<view
writes to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on issuing
clarification to the CGM, MP, regarding reservation to
The CGM, Madhya Pradesh
has written to the Corporate Office, seeking clarification
on the guidelines issued by BSNL Corporate Office, in the
matter of reservation to SC/ST employees, vide letter
number no.250-22/2013-Estt.-III dated 28.07.2016. Since
the Corporate Office has not replied so far, BSNLEU has
written to the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., requesting to issue
of the solidarity demonstration, conducted by BSNLEU, in
support of the one day strike of the Central Government
employees which took place yesterday.<<views>>
than one million Central Government employees went on a
one day strike.
More than one million
Central Government employees went on a one day strike
yesterday, insisting settlement of their charter of
demands, which include removal of the injustices done by
the 7th CPC. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers,
which spearheaded the strike, and also the more than one
million Central Government employees who went on the
strike. CHQ also heartily congratulates all the circle and
district unions of BSNLEU, which conducted solidarity
demonstration yesterday, as per the call of the CHQ, in
support of the strike.
with PGM (Estt.), GM (Rectt.), GM (FP), GM (BFCI) and GM (Admn.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
met PGM (Estt.), GM (Rectt.), GM (FP), GM (BFCI) and GM (Admn.),
today, and discussed a number of issues. The issues taken
up, and the reply given, are as follows:-
of NOC by DR JE candidates, at the time of Document
It has been brought to the
notice of our CHQ that, in some places, the circle
administrations are pressing the DR JE candidates to
produce NOC, during Document Verification. This issue was
discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), today. The
Union representatives are told that the DR JE candidates
need to produce NOC from their earlier employer, only in
cases were they had served in a government department or a
of JTO LICE results.
The results of JTO LICE,
held on 11.12.2016, are not yet declared. BSNLEU is
continuously pursuing with the Management for the early
declaration of the results. The issue was once again
discussed with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today. It was
replied that the Expert Committee, constituted to look
into the views / grievances of the candidates, has already
met once. Finalisation of the Committees report is delayed
due to holidays on account of Holi. It was assured that,
the Committee would finalise it’s report soon and that
results would be declared by the end of March.
of Telecom Technician LDCE.
BSNLEU is continuously
insisting upon the Management to hold the TT LDCE, since
the same was not conducted last year. The issue was once
again discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Rectt.) today.
It was agreed that, communication will shortly be sent by
the Corporate Office, to the circle administrations,
intimating the time schedule for holding the TT LDCE.
being taken to settle the transfer cases of DR TTAs who
have become JTOs in Assam, NE-I and NE-II.
A good number of DR JEs
(erstwhile DR TTAs) serving in the North Eastern circles
of Assam, NE-I and NE-II have applied for transfer to
their home circles, under Rule 8. They are waiting for the
past so many years for the transfer. Meanwhile, most of
them have already passed the JTO LICE. Now the question
arises, whether they should complete another 5 years
service in the JTO cadre, to get the eligibility for
applying for transfer to their home circles, under Rule 8.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding the Corporate Management
that, the DR JEs posted in the North Eastern circles
should be given transfer to their home circles, as a
special case on a priority basis. This issue is taken up
by BSNLEU, as an item for discussion in the forthcoming
National Council meeting also. Since the National Council
meeting is deferred, this issue was discussed with ms.
Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. It was replied by the PGM
(Estt.) that based on the demand raised by BSNLEU, the
Corporate Management has taken certain decisions, in
respect of the transfer of DR TTAs (including those who
have already become JTOs) posted in hard circles.
Accordingly, a DR TTA, after becoming a JTO, has to
complete only one year of service in the cadre of JTO, for
becoming eligible to apply for transfer under Rule 8, to
his / her home circle. This concession is applicable to
the JTOs working in Assam, NE-I, NE-II, J&K and Andaman &
Nicobar circles. The Union representatives further urged
upon the PGM (Estt.) to post sufficient number of JTOs in
the circles of Assam, NE-I and NE-II, from the forthcoming
DR JTO recruitment, so that all the JTOs who have applied
for transfer to their home circles get relief. The PGM (Estt.)
accepted this and assured that sufficient number of DR
JTOs will be allotted to the circles of Assam, NE-I and
NE-II to clear the waiting list.
recovery of over payment, based on the judgement of the
Hon’ble Supreme Court – Circle Secretaries to note please.
Despite the best efforts
taken by BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has so far not
implemented the DoP&T order, which has been issued based
on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, regarding
stopping recovery of over payment. This matter is taken up
by BSNLEU as an item for discussion in the 35th meeting of
the National Council. Since the NC meeting is deferred,
this issue was discussed with ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.)
today. GS and Dy.GS strongly argued that without waiting
for endorsement by the DoT, the order of the DoP&T should
be implemented by BSNL without further delay. After
serious discussion, it was agreed by the PGM (Estt.), that
in all the cases of excess payment, a final decision will
be taken by the Corporate Office. A direction in this
regard will be issued by the Corporate Office, to all the
CGM’s, directing them to forward the applications for
stopping recovery of over payment, to the Corporate
Office. The Union representatives demanded that till a
final decision is taken by the Corporate Office, all
recoveries on over payment should be stopped. This was
accepted by the PGM (Estt.). All circle secretaries are
hereby requested to take needful action in this regard.
The applications of the affected officials should be
forwarded to the Corporate Office immediately, by the
concerned CGM’s. Details of such cases may be sent to the
CHQ, by the circle secretaries.
non-10th standard RMs and Group ‘D’s to appear in the
Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE.
BSNLEU has long been
demanding that, a one time relaxation should be given to
the RMs and Group ‘D’s, who are not having 10th standard
qualification, to appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE.
This issue was once again discussed with ms. Madhu Arora,
PGM (Estt.) today. After prolonged discussion, the PGM (Estt.)
agreed to look into the case afresh, and to discuss the
case internally in the Corporate Office, with the relevant
Branches. BSNLEU will continue to take up the case.
Management urged to immediately conduct JE LICE.
BSNLEU has been
continuously pressing upon the Corporate Management to
hold the JE (erstwhile TTA) LICE immediately. It is
noteworthy that this examination was not conducted last
year. This issue was once again discussed with Ms. Madhu
Arora, PGM (Estt.) today. It was replied that after the
results of the JTO LICE (held on 11.12.2016), are
declared, Corporate Office will be in a position to assess
the number of JE posts to be filled up through the LICE.
Since the results of the JTO LICE are to be declared
shortly, it was assured that further action on this issue
will be initiated shortly thereafter.
to the JAO RR, based on the demands raised by BSNLEU,
accepted by the Internal Committee of the Corporate
BSNLEU has already
demanded that the following amendments should be
incorporated to the JAO Recruitment Rules. The Union has
been consistently pressurising the Corporate Management to
consider the demand.
who have completed 5 years service in any pay scale with
the requisite qualification should be allowed to appear in
upper age limit should be kept as 55 years on par with JTO
RR, since JTO and JAO are allied cadres of the same pay
The cut off date for reckoning the 5 year residency period
should be shifted from 1st January to 1st July of the
vacancy year, since the cut off date is generally fixed as
1st July of the year in all Recruitment Rules.
The issue was once again
discussed with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today. It was
replied that the Internal Committee constituted for the
purpose has already submitted it’s report and that all the
three demands raised by BSNLEU are accepted by the
Committee. The GM (FP) assured that, based on the
recommendations of the Committee, proposals for amendment
to the JAO RR would soon be sent for the approval of the
Management Committee and the BSNL Board.
of additional JAO posts, to avoid reversion of already
appointed JAOs, qualified in the JAO LICE held on
The results of the JAO
LICE held on 17.07.2016 are declared and the successful
candidates are already posted as JAOs, after completion of
training. Thereafter, a review of the JAO LICE results was
conducted by the Corporate Office, based on which more
than 300 candidates have got qualified. As a result of
this, a situation has arisen in circles like Kerala and
Tamil Nadu, wherein the candidates who have already been
posted as JAO, may get reverted, for want of sufficient
number of posts. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue
with the Corporate Office, and has demanded that
additional JAO posts should be approved, so that none of
the already posted JAOs face reversion. This issue was
once again discussed with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP) today.
He assured that needful action would be taken on this
faced by employees in switching over to lower rate of
interest for housing loan.
Most of the banks have
reduced their rate of interests, especially for housing
loan. The BSNL employees who have availed housing loans
should also get this benefit of reduced interest rates.
However, it has been brought to the notice of the CHQ
that, the banks are demanding payment of 0.5% of the
outstanding loan amount from the employees, for switching
over to the lower rates of interest. This issue was taken
up with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today. It was
demanded that employees should be allowed to switch over
to lower rate of interest, without any additional payment.
The GM (T&BFCI) assured that this matter would be
discussed with the Bank Management.
of MoU with Union Bank of India.
The MoU signed between
BSNL Management and Union Bank of India, for extension of
various loans to the employees has expired. BSNLEU has
already demanded renewal of the MoU. This issue was
discussed with shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI) today. It was
replied that the process of renewal of MoU between BSNL
Management and Union Bank of India is completed.
of cash in lieu of supply of uniforms – Circle secretaries
to note please.
In the Uniforms Committee
meeting, held on 23.02.2017, a proposal was made by the
Management Side for payment of cash to the employees, in
lieu of supply of uniforms. The GS and Dy.GS met shri S.K.
Sinha, GM (Admn.) and discussed this issue. The
representatives told the GM (Admn.) that payment of cash
in lieu of supply of uniforms is a major policy decision
connected with the employees, and that BSNLEU can express
it’s view on the matter only after discussing the same
with all it’s circle secretaries, in the Central Executive
Committee meeting. Hence, the representatives demanded
that BSNLEU should be given time to discuss this issue and
convey it’s decision. All circle secretaries are requested
by the CHQ, to ascertain the views of the district and
branch unions on this matter, and to convey the same to
CHQ. A final decision in this regard will be taken in the
forthcoming Central Executive Committee meeting.
of Free Night Calling facility to the serving employees.
Based on the demand of
BSNLEU, Free Night Calling facility has already been
implemented to BSNL pensioners. However, the demand of
BSNLEU, to extend the Free Night Calling facility to the
serving employees, is not considered by the Management.
This issue was discussed with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.)
today, and it was strongly pointed out that denial of Free
Night Calling facility to the serving employees is a
discrimination. It was emphatically demanded that Free
Night Calling facility should be extended immediately to
the serving employees also. The GM (Admn.) assured that
the issue would be taken up at the appropriate level.
urges GM (Admn.) to immediately hold the meeting of the
The Joint Committee for
review of the Medical Policy was to be held on 23.02.2017.
However, the meeting could not be held that day, since the
GM (Admn.) was held up in a discussion in the DoT. The
issue was discussed with shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today
and it was demanded that the meeting of the Medical
Committee should be conducted without further delay. The
GM (Admn.) assured to hold it soon.
union / association meeting decides to conduct gate
meetings & badge wearing on 05.04.2017, on wage revision
A meeting of all unions and
associations was held at New Delhi today. Com. Suresh
Kumar, GS, BSNL MS presided over. Representatives of
BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SNATTA, AIBSNLOA, BTU, BEA,
attended the meeting. After detailed discussion, the
meeting took the following decisions.
To submit a
memorandum to the government demanding
settlement of :-
Wage revision to BSNL employees by exempting BSNL
from the affordability clause of 3rd PRC's
Periodicity of wage revision should be 5 years.
Pension revision for BSNL's pensioners.
30% superannuation benefit to the Directly
conduct badge wearing and gate meetings throughout the
country on 05-04-2017.
Office letter on calculation of
vacancies for promotion to the post of JTOs- clarification
Office letter on distribution of staff by Recruiting
Circles to Non-recruiting units on bulk recruitment /
promotion /transfer in Circle Cadres of the Telecom
Office letter on sanction of Welfare Fund to various
National Council meeting deferred.
National Council meeting was scheduled to be held on
17.03.2017. It is reported by the Corporate Office today
that, this meeting stands deferred, since the Director
(HR) is indisposed. BSNLEU will demand to hold the meeting
at the earliest.<<view
writes to the Additional Secretary, DoT, demanding
settlement of outstanding HR issues.
The issues of
Promotion of Non-Executives to the E1 pay scale, payment
of one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives
appointed after 01.01.2007 and payment of Gratuity to the
Casual Labourers, are approved by the Management
Committee, and are lying pending with the BSNL Board for a
very long time. BSNLEU has written to the Additional
Secretary of the DoT, who is a Government Director on BSNL
Board, seeking his intervention for settlement of these
demands extension of Free Night Calling facility to the
serving BSNL employees also.
When the Free
Night Calling facility was introduced to BSNL’s landline
customers, BSNLEU demanded that the facility should be
extended to BSNL’s serving and retired employees also.
Last week, BSNL Corporate Office issued letter
implementing Free Night Calling facility to BSNL
pensioners. While thanking the CMD for this settlement,
BSNLEU has demanded that the facility should be extended
to the serving employees also.<<view
writes to the Corporate Management demanding to set right
the wrongful implementation of NEPP in Odisha circle.<<view
of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular to take place this
Badly hit by the tariff war triggered by Reliance Jio,
Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have decided to merge and
to create a new entity. Talks for this merger were going
on for the past several months. Media reports say that
this merger may be announced this week. For the purpose of
merger, the equity value of both the companies has been
estimated at Rs.40,000 crore each. Kumar Mangalam Birla
will be the chairman of of the new company. The debt of
the new company is estimated to be Rs.89,000 crore and
it's market share will be 42%.
BSNL to hold the additional charge of Director (Finance).
As per the decision of the Appointments Committee of the
Cabinet(ACC), the CMD BSNL will hold the charge of the
Director(Finance) of BSNL. This post is lying vacant ever
since the retirement of shri K.C.G.K.Pillai. The Forum and
BSNLEU have already taken up this issue on several
occasions. However, the post is not filled up so far.
Earlier, Ms. Sujata Ray, Director(HR) was holding the
additional charge of Director(Finance) also, for a period
of six months, up to 28-02-2017.<<view
of all unions and associations to be held tomorrow, to
discuss the Wage Revision issue.
In back drop of the 3rd PRC Report,
which is disadvantageous to the Non-Executives and
Executives of BSNL, a meeting of all the unions and
associations of the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL
is taking place tomorrow. The meeting will discuss and
finalise the strategy to be adopted, to ensure Wage
Revision to BSNL employees, as well as revision of pension
to the BSNL retirees. The meeting will be held
at 15:00 hrs at BSNL MS office, Atul Grove road, New
Delhi. All are requested to attend the meeting.
solidarity demonstrations on 16-03-2017,
in support of the one day strike of the Central Government
CHQ calls upon the BSNL employees to conduct solidarity
demonstrations on 16-03-2017,
in support of the Central Government employees, who are
going on a one day strike on that day. The Confederation
of Central Government Employees and Workers has given call
for the strike. When the Central Government employees
protested against the anti-worker recommendations of the
7th CPC, the government gave assurances to the Central
Government employees' leaders on 30-06-2016 and
06-07-2016, to consider to revise the minimum pay and
multiplication factor. However, the government has
betrayed the employees and has thrown it's assurances to
the winds. Minimum Guaranteed Pension is also one of the
demands of the strike. CHQ calls upon the circle and
district unions to powerfully organise the
demonstrations, and express our solidarity to the fighting
Central Government employees.
of the Chennai conference held on 11th & 12th March, 2017.<<views
of the meeting>>
in the Manesar Maruti Suzuki plant violence. Where is the
judgment for the cruel exploitation of workers?
A local court at Gurgaon, delivered it's judgment
yesterday, in the violence that took place in the Manesar
Maruti Suzuki plant, in the year 2012. Out of the 148
accused, 31 persons were convicted, while 117 persons were
acquitted. Out of the 31 who are convicted, 12 are Office
bearers of the workers union. In the violence that broke
out in the Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar, 90 executives
were injured, while the HR Manager lost his life. What was
the reason for the violence? Maruti Suzuki is the
biggest car manufacturer of the country. However, no
Labour Law of the country, pertaining to Minimum Wage,
Working hours, trade union rights, etc. was respected in
the Manesar plant. (Same is the case in other plants also)
The workers were exploited in the most inhuman manner. The
Haryana state government acted hand in glows with the
Suzuki Management. Under these circumstances, the cruel
suppression of the workers, finally resulted in
an eruption of violence. Police acted quickly and made
large scale arrests. Now the judgment has come, and the
guilty workers are punished. But, what is the punishment
for the Maruti Suzuki Management, which trampled the
Labour Laws of the country, under it's feet, that led to
circle conference of BSNLEU, started with an enthusiastic
The two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai circle, started
today, with an enthusiastic seminar on the revival of BSNL.
The National Flag was hoisted by com. S.K.Mahendran, ex.
MLA and Chairman of the Reception Committee.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union Red Flag. Floral
tributes were paid at the martyr's column. Com.Kanniappan,
circle president, presided over the seminar. Com.
S.K.Mahendran, Chairman, Reception Committee, welcomed all
and greeted the Conference. Inaugural address of the
Seminar was delivered by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS. The General
Secretary explained the various steps taken by the Forum,
for the revival of BSNL. He came down heavily on the
government, for it's anti-BSNL and pro-private policies,
including the unceremonious shifting of J.S.Deepak,
Secretary, Telecom. The seminar was also addressed by Ms.
Kalavathy, CGM, Chennai, com. S.Chellappa, AGS, shri
Kalyan Sagar, GM(Finance) and shri Chellappan, GM(HR).
union rights of SC/ST employees of BSNL restored.
The order of the SCT Cell of BSNL Corporate Office,
denying Trade Union rights to SC/ST employees, has been
cancelled, due to the continuous efforts taken by BSNLEU.
Earlier, the SCT Cell of the BSNL Corporate Office, had
issued an order, stating that, the SC/ST employees of BSNL,
who are members of SEWA BSNL, cannot be members of any
trade union. This order was vehemently opposed by BSNLEU,
since it amounts to denial of trade union rights of the
SC/ST employees. BSNLEU argued that SEWA BSNL is only a
welfare association, and not a trade union. Hence, SC/ST
employees, can be members of a trade union, as well as of
SEWA BSNL. After dilly dallying for long on this issue,
the Corporate Office has finally issued letter, restoring
the trade union right of SC/ST employees. This is a
victory for BSNLEU.<<<view
endorsed the revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners -
Delinking of revised Pension from qualifying service of 33
views of the massive March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate /
District Magistrate’s office throughout the country
held on 09.03.2017.<<<click
employees oppose privatisation move - media report.<<<click
share price shoots up in the market.
The losses of MTNL continues to increase. However, all of
a sudden, it's share price in the market increased by 16
per cent in a single day. As a result of this, the market
valuation of MTNL also got increased by Rs. 221 crore. One
may wonder, what the reason is? It is nothing, but due to
media reports that, talks for the merger of BSNL and MTNL,
have once again started at the highest level.
Telecom Commission, says no talks on, for the merger
of BSNL and MTNL.
Yesterday, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy. GS, in their meeting with shri R.
K.Mishra, Member(Services), Telecom Commission, enquired
about the rumours of BSNL and MTNL merger. Shri R.K.Mishra
denied that any such talks were going on. The
representatives made it very clear that, the unions and
associations of BSNL strongly oppose any merger, without
fulfilling their demands in this regard.
hurdle in DR JE recruitment crossed.
The case filed in Delhi court, against the DR JE
recruitment of BSNL, has been dismissed yesterday. With
this, the legal hurdle, sought to be created by some
failed candidates, has been removed. The court has upheld
the selection. Earlier, an enquiry conducted
by the DoT, has also upheld the DR JE selection, as fair
and free. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the selected
candidates, who will soon be sent for training.
no.3 dated 10th
Night calling facility extended to BSNL retirees.
When BSNL extended Free Night calling facility to the
customers, BSNLEU demanded that the facility should be
extended to BSNL employees and retirees also. BSNLEU wrote
several letters to the CMD BSNL, and the demand was raised
by the Union on various occasions. BSNLEU’s demand has
been partially accepted by the Management now. The
Corporate Office has issued letter today, extending Free
Night calling facility to BSNL retirees. While expressing
thanks to the Management, BSNLEU demands that the facility
should be extended to the serving employees as well.<<view
Office letter on distribution of number of candidates
selected through the Open Competitive Examination for
Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer held in September
2016 between Recruiting Circles and non-recruiting units
under their jurisdiction.<<view
show of strength by BSNL Non-Executives and Executives.
Reports are pouring in from various parts of the country,
about the magnificent rallies conducted throughout the
country today. Accepting the call given by the unions and
associations of BSNL, tens of thousands of the
Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, marched to the Raj
Bhawans, collectorates and DM offices throughout the
country. Banners and placards were carried, demanding the
government not to resort to strategic sale / disinvestment
in BSNL, not to form Subsidiary Tower Company, not to
favour the Reliance Jio and to immediately allot 4G
spectrum to BSNL. BSNLEU heartily thanks the entire
employees who have participated in today’s rallies.<<views
of the programme>>
for availing GPF advance relaxed.
The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has
relaxed the conditions in availing the GPF advance.
Similarly, the quantum of GPF advance is also enhanced.<<view
Corporate Office beats a hasty retreat – withdraws it’s
gag order issued yesterday.
BSNL Corporate Office issued a gag order yesterday,
directing that the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL
should not carry out any “joint action programme”
under the banner of the “Joint forum”. This
order was nothing but a ‘death knell’ to the trade union
rights, as well as to the joint movement of the Executives
and Non-Executives. BSNLEU immediately protested this
circular, by writing a strongly worded letter to the CMD
BSNL. BSNLEU has stated that all cooperations to the
Management would be withdrawn, if the circular is not
taken back immediately. CMD BSNL has taken swift action on
this matter. As a result, the SR Branch, vide it’s letter
no.BSNL/5-1/SR/2016 dated 09.03.2017, has withdrawn it’s
circular issued yesterday. However, the SR Branch wanted
to “save it’s face” by saying that “the advisory is
kept in abeyance till further orders”. The SR
Branch of the Corporate Office should understand that such
type of nonsense will not be tolerated by the BSNL trade
union movement. We sternly warn that the SR Branch should
desist from involving in such adventures in future.<<view
revision of BSNL pensioners would be done on time –
Assures Member (Services), DoT.
BSNLEU has already written to the Member (Services), DoT,
that the revision of pension of BSNL pensioners should be
done on time. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri R.K. Mishra, Member
(Services), today, and discussed this issue. The
representatives pointed out that pension revision of BSNL
pensioners should not be delayed this time, as it was done
last time. The Member (Services), replied that the DoT is
seized of the matter and that they have already initiated
steps in this regard. The Member (Services) also assured
that the pension revision, w.e.f. 01.01.2017, in respect
of BSNL pensioners would be done on time.
hour demonstration at BSNL Corporate Office.
As a part of the March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate
program, being conducted throughout the country, an
impressive lunch hour demonstration was organisd at BSNL
Corporate Office today. Com.M.P.Singh,CP,NFTE, presided
over. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, and com.K.S.Kulkarni,
views of the demonstration >>>
of all unions and associations to be held on 15.03.2017,
to discuss Wage Revision issue.
A meeting of all the unions and associations of the
Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL will be held at New
Delhi on 15.03.2017. The purpose of the meeting is to
discuss the next Wage Revision to the Non-Executives and
Executives of BSNL, especially in the backdrop of the
report submitted by the 3rd PRC.<<view
Women's Day celebrated in Kolkata.
BSNL Co-ordination committee, with ten circle unions of
regular, non regular & retired workers, organised meeting
at CTO Hall, Kolkata.Com. Gouri Halder presided over. Com.
Biplab Das, GS, BSNLCC welcomed all. Com. Bharati Mutsuddi,
eminent lawyer, com. Animesh Mitra, CS & VP BSNLEU CHQ and
com. Saibal Sengupta, CS & AGS addressed the meeting.<<views
of the celebration>>
Management issues highly provocative letter against trade
The BSNL Management has issued a highly provocative letter
today, laying down conditions that the Non-Executives’
unions and Executives’ associations should not form any
“joint forum” and also should not go on “joint action
gives befitting reply to the gag order issued by BSNL
BSNLEU has given a strong rebuttal to the BSNL
Management’s gag order, banning “joint forum” and “joint
writes to the Member (Services), DoT, demanding immediate
action on revision of pension for BSNL pensioners.
BSNLEU has written a letter to the Member (Services), DoT,
urging upon him to initiate immediate action, for the
revision of pension of BSNL’s pensioners. BSNLEU has also
demanded that the government should put in place a
permanent mechanism for the periodical pension revision of
Revision for BSNL employees.
In the discussion held with the CMD BSNL today, the GS and
the Dy.GS enquired about the status with regards to the
Wage Revision of BSNL employees. The CMD BSNL told that
the BSNL Management is giving a presentation to the
Secretary, DoT, shortly.
action for Wage Revision of BSNL employees.
The complete report of the 3rd PRC has already
available in the public domain. The recommendations carry
many strict conditions, which are not in favour of the
employees. Especially, the “affordability” clause is
against the BSNL employees. Considering the pro-corporate
and anti-labour thinking of the present government, the
entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL have to gear
up for united action, so that they can create compulsion
on the government. BSNLEU is already on the job of
interacting with all the Unions and Associations in this
direction. Soon, an all union / association meeting will
be held, to finalise the strategy of the employees.
for amendments to the Union Constitution, as approved by
the 8th All India Conference.
CHQ has already submitted it’s application, to get the
approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions, to incorporate
the amendments passed by the 8th All India
Conference, in the Union Constitution. Necessary follow up
actions being taken, and we hope to
get the approval soon.
of representation for BSNLEU in the ‘Pension Fund Trust’
and the ‘Gratuity Fund Trust’.
BSNL has recently formed a Trust for the Pension Fund of
the DR employees. Similarly, some time back, a Trust has
been formed for the Gratuity of the DR employees. In both
these Trusts, BSNLEU is not given representation. This
issue was seriously discussed today, with the CMD BSNL, by
the GS and Dy.GS. The representatives recorded their
strong protest for ignoring BSNLEU, which is the biggest
Union in BSNL. The CMD BSNL assured to seriously look into
of Welfare Board meeting and Sports & Cultural Board
Holding of the Welfare Board meeting and Sports & Cultural
Board meeting are being inordinately delayed. The GS and
Dy.GS took up this issue with the CMD BSNL today, and
insisted that both the meetings should be held at the
earliest. The CMD BSNL agreed with our view and assured to
take prompt action.<<view
of additional DR JE posts.
In their meeting with the CMD BSNL today, the GS and Dy.GS
strongly demanded that, the BSNL Management should
sanction additional posts, so that the DR JE candidates,
whose names figured in the first selection list, but
subsequently got deleted, could also be accommodated.
Similarly, in some circles, candidates who have secured
more marks than the cut off level are not considered. The
CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter sympathetically.<<view
take over of BSNL assets by the DoT- detailed discussion
held with the CMD BSNL and guidelines to the circle and
CHQ is getting reports that BSNL offices / buildings are
being arbitrarily taken over by the DoT. This issue was
discussed in detail today, by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in the meeting held with
shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. They drew the attention
of the CMD BSNL, to the recent take over of 2,000 square
feet of area, in the PGM office, Bangalore, by the TRAI.
The CMD BSNL agreed with our view, that our buildings
should not be arbitrarily taken over, without the approval
of the Corporate Office. He also assured to look into our
complaint, with regards to take over of BSNL offices /
buildings at Bangalore. CHQ requests our circle and
district secretaries to be vigilant and act quickly, when
our assets are taken over by the DoT. The matter should be
immediately brought to the notice of the CHQ. Our comrades
can also think about physically stopping our assets being
taken over, while bringing the matter to the notice of the
again great performance by BSNL.
Hearty congrats to all
! BSNL has once again added 20 lakh mobile
customers in a single month. Despite cut throat
competition from Reliance Jio, and Narendra Modi
government’s blatant support for that company, BSNL has
added 21,86,137 mobile connections in the month of
February, 2017. This is a good performance. Uttarakhand
circle has achieved 261% of it's target. Tamil Nadu circle
has given the highest number of mobile connections
(2,37,137). BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire staff
and the Management for this magnificent achievement.<<<view
Dir.(CM's) DO letter>>>
to be submitted to the Governor / Collector / District
BSNL Unions and Associations are conducting massive March
to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / District Magistrate’s
office throughout the country on 09.03.2017. As per the
decision taken in the meeting of the unions and
associations, held at New Delhi on 06.02.2017, a
memorandum is to be submitted to the Governor / Collector
/ District Magistrate. The matter to be incorporated in
the memorandum has been finalised, in consultation with
the unions and associations. The same is attached
herewith. Circle and district secretaries are requested to
download it and get it ready for submission. Before
submission, the address of the Governor / Collector /
District Magistrate may be filled up. The memorandum must
also be signed by all the circle secretaries / district
secretaries, as the case may be.<<view
delay in sending local council nominations to the CHQ.
It is nearly 10 months, since the 7th Membership
Verification results are declared. However, it is observed
that now only nominations to various local councils are
being sent to the CHQ. The CHQ has reason to believe that
still many district unions have not sent their local
council nominations. Such a huge delay in sending local
council nominations to the CHQ, only reveals the sorry
state of affairs in the functioning of those district
unions. It is also observed that, some district unions
have sent the local council nominations to the CHQ,
without getting the endorsement of the circle secretary.
Such nominations will never be approved by the CHQ. Hence,
all circle secretaries are requested to kindly make a
quick review of the reconstitution of local councils in
their respective circles, and to make necessary remedial
steps, wherever necessary.
India BSNL working women's convention to be held at Bhopal
on 14th May, 2017.
Based on the discussions that took place in the 8th All
India Conference, the All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU,
has decided to hold an All India BSNL working women's
convention. Accordingly, it is decided that the convention
would be held at Bhopal on 14th May, 2017. All circles
have to send women delegates for this convention. CHQ will
be issuing detailed circular in this regard.
Office letter on
timely Settlement of Pension and
Pensionary benefits to Retired/Retiring
International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2017.
Every year, BSNLEU is observing International Women’s Day
on 8th March. CHQ
calls upon all the circle and district unions to observe
this year’s International Women’s Day also in a befitting
manner. Equality to women, stopping of the crimes and
atrocities against women, etc., are the main issues to be
focused in this year’s International Women’s Day. Send
report and photos to the CHQ.
version of Director (HR)'s DO letter on one hour extra
publicity to be made among the public, during the March to
Raj Bhawan, Collectorate/DM Office, to be held
The unions and associations have
decided to conduct March to Raj Bhawan, collectorate / DM
office on 09.03.2017. Momorandums are to be submitted to
the Governor, Collector and District Magistrate.
submitting memorandums, the rallies should be utilised to
make powerful campaign among the public on the following
(1) Against disinvestment/ strategic
sale of BSNL.
(2) Against formation of Subsidiary
Tower Company and other attempts by the government to
(3) Need to immediately allot 4G
spectrum to BSNL, to enable the Company to provide high
speed data service.
(4) Against all undue supports being
extended by the government and the TRAI to Reliance Jio.
Carry placards and
banners, with attractive slogans on the above mentioned
four issues. Make powerful campaign among the public
during the rallies.
to be submitted in the March to Raj Bhawan, collectorate/
DM Office on 09.03.2017.
CHQ is getting queries from many
comrades, regarding the memorandum to be submitted to the
Governors, Collectors/District Magistrates on 09-03-2017.
It is informed to all that a memorandum is under
preparation at the All India level. The same will be
finalised, after due consultation among all unions and
associations. It will be uploaded on the website
by tomorrow. The same may be submitted, after duly filling
up the "To" address, and also after signing by the circle/
Sundararajan, Secretary, IT, may get additional charge of
While abruptly removing J.S.Deepak from
the post of Telecom Secretary, the government has not
announced who would take over the post of the Telecom
Secretary. In this situation, the news that is doing
rounds in the media is that, the Secretary, IT, Aruna
Sundararajan, may get the additional charge of Telecom
The Indian Express]
page photos of Tele Crusader, March,2017 issue, carrying
the views of the casual & contract worker's March to
Parliament on 22nd February,2017.<<<view
of over payment in case of Non-Executives in BSNL -
necessary guidelines as per DoP&T w.r.t. Hon'ble Supreme
Court order will be issued soon.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS discussed the matter of
necessary orders to stop recovery of excess payment made
to Non-Executives in BSNL, straightway to implement the
order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court as per DoP&T guidelines
with Sri A.K.Singh,DGM (Estt.), yesterday, the 3rd
March 2017. The DGM informed that the BSNL Management is
processing the case and necessary guidelines to Circles
will be issued soon after the approval from Dir (F).
8 transfer cases of the DR JEs posted in remote circles of
Assam, NE-I, NE- II, J&K etc.
BSNLEU is consistently demanding to the Management to
consider the Rule- 8 transfer cases of the DR JEs posted
in remote circles of Assam, NE-I, NE- II, J &K etc and
suggested that since most of the officials have appeared
in the JTO LICE immediately after promotion as JTOs, they
may considered eligible for transfer under rule- 8, by
counting their previous service in the JE cadre. The Estt.
Section is now processing the case as per the demand
of MoU with the Union Bank of India – BSNLEU demands.
MoU with Union Bank of India for extending various loan
schemes to BSNL employees has expired on 31st December,
2016. BSNLEU has demanded the GM (T&BFCI) to take early
steps, for the renewal of the MoU. It is informed by the
GM that BSNL Management has written to the Union Bank of
India to place proposals with reduce interest rate on
various loans. The Bank Management may submit their
proposals soon after their internal decision. BSNL
Management is taking necessary steps for early renewal of
hasty removal of J.S.Deepak only shows how powerful is
Mukesh Ambani's grip on the government.
The hasty manner in which J.S.Deepak is shifted from
the Department of Telecommunications, only shows the
influence that the Reliance Industries, and it's Chairman,
Mukesh Ambani, is enjoying in the Narendra Modi
government. Every one knows that the continuation of it's
"Welcome Offer", beyond the 90 days period, may be in some
other name, is a violation of the regulations laid down by
the TRAI, by the Reliance Jio. Still, the TRAI did not
have the back-bone to stop that. Under these
circumstances, the Telecom Commission, which met on
22.02.2017, decided to write to the TRAI, that it should
discharge it's duties in letter and spirit, so that the
revenue of the government is not affected, and also the
orderly growth of the communications industry is also
protected. Being the Chairman of the Telecom Commission,
J.S.Deepak, wrote to the TRAI, conveying the decision.
This has definitely angered the Narendra Modi government.
Even while he was attending a conference at Barcelona, J.S.Deepak
is removed from the post of Secretary, DoT. It is
announced by the government that J.S.Deepak is posted as
the permanent representative to the WTO. This is only to
show the outer world that J.S.Deepak is not shifted with
any ulterior motive. The present Representative to the WTO
is retiring only in May. So, what is the reason for such a
hasty removal. Why is he posted as an OSD
in the Commerce department. It is only to ensure that
immediately after returning from Barcelona, J.S.Deepak
should hand over the charge of Secretary of the DoT to
someone else. So powerful is the grip that Mukesh Ambani
is having on the government.
Council meeting to be held on 17-03-2017.
After dilly dallying for long, finally, the Management has
issued the notification for holding the 35th meeting of
the National Council. The meeting will be held
on 17-03-2017. This meeting is being held nearly 10 months
after declaration of the results of the 7th Membership
Verification. Consequently, a long list of
issues have been given by the Staff Side, as agenda items
for the National Council meeting. BSNLEU has already
suggested to the Management, that one more meeting of the
National Council should be held in quick succession, in
case all the agenda are not discussed in the 35th
Side of the National Council to meet on 16-03-2017.
As a prelude to the National Council meeting to be held
on 17-03-2017, a meeting of the Staff Side will be held
on 16-03-2017. The Staff meeting will be held at Dada
Ghosh Bhawan, and will start sharply at 15:00 hrs. All
Staff Side members are requested to kindly note the timing
of the meeting, and be present in the meeting on time.
Office issued notification for holding of 35th meeting of
Secretary DoT, unceremoniously shifted.
J.S.Deepak, Secretary DoT, has been unceremoniously
shifted. He is removed with immediate effect and has been
made Officer on Special Duty in the commerce department.
The government has also named him as India’s next
Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June
this year, which is nothing but a "dummy" post. J.S.Deepak
is at present attending the World Mobile Congress at
Barcelona. J.S.Deepak has been strongly supporting BSNL,
and that Reliance Jio is "unhappy" with him.
P.K. Purwar appointed MTNL CMD
Shri P.K. Purwar was today appointed
Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL. The Appointments
Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to
the post for five years. Purwar is currently working as
Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a
full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation
of A K Garg. Purwar held the additional charge of the post
of MTNL CMD between June 2014 and June 2015. In June last
year, he was again given this additional charge.
mammoth Parliament March – Organised by the AISGEF on 10
point charter of demands.
The All India State Government
Employees Federation organized a mammoth Parliament March
on 10 point charter of demands today, i.e., 2nd March,
2017. Scrapping of NPS and to withdraw outsourcing of
permanent jobs are among the 10 point charter of demands.
The rally was inaugurated by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik,
renowned economist of the country. Coms. Srikumar,
Secretary General, AISGEF, M. Krishnan, Secretary General
of Confederation of Central Government employees and
General Secretaries from State Government Employees
Federation from different states addressed the rally. On
behalf of the BSNL Employees Union, Com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the rally. In his speech,
while criticising the governments at the centre, he
pointed out that it is the need of the hour to unite all
section of working class of the country to defeat the
neo-liberal economic policies followed by both the BJP led
NDA government as well as earlier UPA government at
centre. He assured that the BSNLEU will be with the AISGEF
for further struggles in the coming days to scrap the NPS
and other anti-worker decisions of the Central Government
and urged the AISGEF to extend their support in the
struggles of the BSNL employees to protect the PSUs
of the meeting>>
Office issues notification on Direct Recruitment in the
post of Junior Telecom Officer (JTO) in BSNL from open
market through valid GATE score 2017.<<<Forwarding
issued orders delinking of revised pension from qualifying
service of 33 years in case of pensioners of BSNL/MTNL.<<<click
lakh bank employees and officers went on strike.
per the call of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), 10
lakh bank employees and officers went on a day long strike
yesterday, to press their demands including fixing
accountability of top officers over increasing bad loans,
opposing labour reforms as well as outsourcing of
permanent jobs. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions
and associations of bank employees and officers.
Tamil Nadu government says that the private telecom
companies let down Chennai city when Vardah cyclone
The Tamil Nadu State government has accused the private
telecom firms of letting down Chennai city, despite being
warned of what was coming. They were asked to keep
additional stock of diesel and CoWs (Coverage on Wheels)
after the cyclone was predicted, said Commissioner of
Revenue Administration K Satyagopal. He was speaking on
‘Cyclone Vardah: Disaster Management and Rehabilitation
Perspectives’ at an event organised to mark the National
Science Day by the Indian Meteorological Society at the
Regional Meteorological Centre on Tuesday."We had asked
the mobile communication service providers to put a
mechanism in place, but they did not rise up to the
occasion,” he said, alleging that there could have been
commercial factors behind their decision in not taking the
[Courtesy: The New Indian Express]
Khol Ke Bol’ - BSNL launches yet another new scheme.
BSNL has launched an unlimited voice calling plan, ‘Dil
Khol Ke Bol’ at Rs.599/- a month for
its postpaid customers in India’s all 22 telecom circles,
including calls while on roaming. In addition to voice
calls, BSNL subscribers can avail 6GB of data every month
until first four months, and 3GB of data thereafter every
As per the scheme, customers will have to pay Rs.599/- per
month for this offer for the first four months and
Rs.799/- would be charged after the promotional period.
Jio may lose 50 million customers after April.
Reliance Jio has lured 100 million customers, by offering
free voice calls, under it's welcome offer and later on
under New Year offer. Now, the question is, whether
Jio will maintain it's 100 million customers when the
freebies come to an end in April? According to the
Economic Times, 50 million customers will leave Reliance
Jio after April.
LICE results to be declared in March.
The results of the JTO LICE, that was held on 11th
December,2016, are still not declared. This is creating
many doubts in the minds of the candidates.
Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke to Ms.Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.)
today, and discussed the issue. The GM told that the last
date for receiving views/ complaints on the provisional
answer key was 27-02-2017, and that the views so received
are being placed before the Committee, for consideration.
Finally, the GM(Rectt.) assured that the results would be
declared in the month of March.
BSNL fixes target of 10% increase in landline, broadband
and FTTH, by utilising one hour extra work.
CMD BSNL has issued a DO letter to all the CGMs, directing
them to hold meetings with unions and associations to
derive maximum benefit out of the decision to work one
hour extra. The CMD BSNL has fixed a target of 10% in
landline, broadband & FTTH for the month of March.<<<view
Secretary addresses an impressive meeting at Vadodara.
An impressive meeting of BSNLEU was held at Vadodara city
telephone exchange today, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS.
The meeting was presided over by com.G.S.Rai, district
president. Senior leader, com.M.Z.Khan welcomed every one.
The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS,
Gujarat and com.Anand Singh,DS, Baroda & ACS. In his
address, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, elaborately spoke on efforts
being taken for the revival of BSNL, one hour extra work,
March to Raj Bhawan/collectorate, challenges posed by
Reliance Jio, need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower
Company & other anti-PSU policies of the Modi government,
wage revision from 01-01-2017, etc. Senior leader Javed
Sindhi proposed vote of thanks.<<<views
of the meeting>>>
revision from 01.01.2017 – Be prepared for struggle to get
The 3rd PRC has already submitted it’s report to the
government. The government in turn, has referred it to the
secretaries of the concerned departments. It is reliably
learnt that, according to the terms and conditions set by
the 3rd PRC, it will be very difficult for BSNL employees
to get wage revision. Hence, the entire Non-Executives and
Executives have to gear up for struggle, for getting
justice in the next wage revision.
private operators and one government operator will be
ideal – says J.S. Deepak, Secretary, DoT.
Due to the entry of Reliance Jio, mergers of private
telecom companies have started taking place. Vodafone is
set to merger with Idea Cellular. Telenor is being taken
over by Airtel. Already the process for merger of Reliance
Communications (Anil Ambani’s) and Aircel has started.
Now, indications are there, for the merger of Tata
Teleservices and MTS with Reliance Communications. Under
these circumstances, J.S. Deepak, Secretary, DoT, has told
the PTI that four private operators and one government
operator will be ideal for the Indian Telecommunications
issued to the Secretary, DoT, for holding March to Raj
Bhawan and Collectorate / DM Office.
On behalf of the unions and associations of BSNL, notice
was issued today to the Secretary, DoT, for conducting
March to Raj Bhawan and Collectorate / DM Office on 9th
March, 2017, on the following issues.
Niti Aayog's recommendation on disinvestment / strategic
sale of BSNL.
(As is evident from PMO ID
No.4542267/PMO/2016-ES.I dated 30th December,
formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.
allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.
favours being extended to Reliance Jio.
CHQ calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to
immediately take steps in coordination with the other
unions and associations, for conducting the programme
massively throughout the country. Banners and placards
should be prepared well in advance, for prominently
displaying in the rallies, to attract the attention of the
general public, on the above mentioned four important
Start the preparations
the programme massively.
of adequate Non-Executives to CGM Office at Vijayawada –
Corporate Office issue revised guideline within a day or
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana started functioning as
separate circles from 01.10.2016. However, still adequate
Non-Executives are not posted to CGM Office, Andhra
Pradesh at Vijayawada. The Corporate Office issued a
letter on 13.02.2017, with regards to posting of
Executives and Non-Executives to CGM Office at Vijayawada
which is totally inconsistent with the orders on
bifurcation. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue
with Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today and demanded
strict implementation of the existing rules on
bifurcation, with regards to Non-Executives employees. He
also met shri D. Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.) who assured to
issue revised guidelines within a day or two.
demands immediate finalisation of the date for National
The date for the 35th National Council meeting is yet to
be finalised by the Corporate Office. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today and strongly insisted
that the National Council meeting should be conducted in
the second week of March, 2017. The GM (SR) assured to
finalise the date without further delay.
in the Document Verification of the selected DR JE
Our leaders from various circles are contacting the CHQ,
and are complaining that the process of Document
Verification for the selected DR JEs, has not started in
their circles. The matter has already been taken to the
notice of the GM (Rectt.) of BSNL Corporate Office. In
this regard, CHQ wishes to inform that as per the schedule
of the DR JE Recruitment, 15th March, 2017 is the
last date for Document Verification. Comrades need
not get tensed, since sufficient time is there. BSNLEU has
already demanded that this time limit should be extended
beyond 15th March, if the process of Document Verification
is not completed within that date. The Corporate Office
has responded positively for this.
out of my country”.
Kuchibhotla, an engineer from Hyderabad, has been shot
dead in Kansas, United States, by an American. Adam
Purinton, the 51 year old ex US navy man, shouted
“Get out of my country”, while shooting Srinivas
Kuchibhotla. American’s think that foreign professionals,
including Indians, are the reason behind the rising
unemployment in that country. Similar incidents are taking
place in many developed countries, including in Europe and
Australia. We share the grief of the family of Srinivas.
At the same time, we wish to say that all these incidents
only prove that capitalism is unable to tackle the menace
of unemployment. While wealth is getting concentrated in
the hands of a few, millions and millions of people
continue to suffer due to unemployment and poverty.
views of the
to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers
held on 22.02.2017.<<<view
S. Pratapkumar, AGS, bereaved – BSNLEU offers heartfelt
Shri Sreedharan, father of com. S. Pratapkumar, AGS,
passed away today morning at Thiruvananthapuram, at the
age of 101. BSNLEU expresses it’s heartfelt condolences to
com. S.Pratapkumar, AGS, and his family members.
delay in the Document Verification of DR JE candidates of
Assam and NE II circles- BSNLEU drew the attention
of the GM(Rectt.)
BSNLEU has received complaints that, the process of
Document Verification, in respect of the DR JEs
selected for Assam and NE II circles, is getting extremely
delayed. Many selected candidates, especially for Assam
circle, have not so far received the letter for Document
Verification. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Anima
Roy, GM(Rectt.) today and drew her attention to this
delay. The GM(Rectt.) stated that the letters are being
sent by speed post, and that the same would be received
within one or two days. The General Secretary requested
that the last date for completion of Document Verification
should be extended if necessary, especially in the case of
Assam candidates. The GM(Rectt.) replied that
the same would be considered.
Secretaries of BSNLEU and their mobile number.<<<click
of the Uniforms Committee held.
A meeting of the Committee, formed to
revise the rates uniform, etc. was held today.
Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, attended
it. Preliminary discussions were held with regards to the
revision of rates. Staff Side informed that next round of
discussion could be held after taking inputs from field
with CMD on 22.02.2017, by General Secretaries of BSNLEU,
NFTE and SNEA.
The unions and associations have called
upon the Non-Executives and Executives to work one hour
extra, from 10.02.2017 to 31.03.2017. It is observed that
in most of the circles, the CGMs and SSA heads have not
taken any action, to utilise this call. Hence, com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, CS, NFTE and
com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri Anupam Shrivastava,
CMD BSNL yesterday and requested that the Corporate Office
should fix targets for each and every circle, to increase
the revenue and connections. The CMD BSNL assured that
appropriate instructions would be given to the circles.
Com. Prahlad Rai could not participate in the meeting,
since he was out of Delhi. In the discussion, CMD BSNL
told the 10% revenue of BSNL has decreased during October
to December, 2016, due to demonetisation and Reliance Jio
entry. Hence, it is very essential to take emergency steps
to increase revenue collections by 31st March,
2017, when the financial year ends.
nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council,
BSNLEU is having 9 seats in the
National Council. BSNLEU nominated 5 of it’s members to
the National Council and kept 4 seats for alliance
partners. BSNLEU is taking efforts to bring the case lying
pending in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, on account of
which non-members could not be nominated to the council.
Since NFTE has not sent it’s nominations till recently,
the Management was also not inclined to hold the National
Council meeting with only 5 members out of the total
strength of 14 members. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU
decided to temporarily fill up the seats kept vacant for
the alliance partners. In the meanwhile, it was brought to
our notice that com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA, has
become paid member of BSNLEU. Hence, the following four
comrades have now been nominated to the National Council
Com. Prakash Sharma, CS, Madhya Pradesh.
Com. D.K. Bakutra, CS, Gujarat.
Com. Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA.
Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, CS, UP (West).
Office letter on procedure for maintaining waiting list
for transfer under Rule-8.<<<view
hour extra work - Nagercoil SSA in Tamil Nadu circle sets
The unions and associations of BSNL have decided to call
upon the employees to work one hour extra. However, in
most of the places, the Management has not discussed this
with the unions and associations at the circle/ SSA
levels, to chalk out concrete steps. In this situation, a
meeting has been held between the Management and the
unions & associations of Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu circle,
and concrete steps have been decided, to utilise the one
hour extra work. CHQ heartily congratulates the unions and
associations, as well as the Management of Nagercoil, for
setting an example for the whole country. We reproduce
hereunder, the minutes of the meeting held at Nagercoil.
We request all other circles and SSAs also to follow this
of the Designations Committee held yesterday.
A meeting of the Designations Committee was held
yesterday, to finalise the new designations of the left
out comrades. BSNLEU was represented by com.P.
Abhimanyu,GS, com.Balbir Singh, President and com.Swapan
Chakraborty,Dy.GS in that meeting. The Management Side
presented the proposals of it's Internal Committee, on
change of designations of various cadres. The Staff Side
said that they needed time to go through the proposals.
After discussion, it was decided that the next meeting
will take place on 24-03-2017.
March to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers.
As per the call of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers
Federation, a March to the Parliament was held yesterday.
It was a massive really. Workers and regular employees
have come from almost all circles. BSNLEU had also given
call that regular employees should also join the rally.
Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice-president, CITU, inaugurated the
rally at the Eastern Court. At end of the rally, a huge
meeting was conducted, at Jantar Mantar, which was
presided over by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri. The meeting was
addressed by com.Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of
the CITU, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Animesh Mitra,
Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, com.Tapas Ghosh, Working
President, BSNLCCWF and many other leaders. A delegation
consisting of com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, com.P.Abhimanyu,
com.Animesh Mitra and com. Tapas Ghosh submitted a
memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office. BSNLEU heartily
congratulates all those who participated in the rally.
Valley Allowance extended for another 2 years from
Corporate Office has issued letter, for extending the
Srinagar Valley Allowance for another 2 years, w.e.f
01-01-2016. The Allowance will be paid at 12.5℅, subject
to a maximum of Rs.850/-.<<<
view letter >>>
2 day CEC meeting starting at Mysuru today - BSNLEU wishes
the meeting all success.
The All India BSNL and DoT Pensioners Association
(AIBDPA) is holding it's 2 day CEC meeting at Mysuru,
Karnataka. The meeting starts today. General Secretary,
BSNLEU, could not attend this CEC meeting, since he has to
attend an important meeting of the "Coordination Committee
of Public Sector Trade Unions" at New Delhi today.
Hence, the General Secretary has sent the following
message to the General Secretary of AIBDPA. BSNLEU wishes
the CEC meeting of AIBDPA all success.<<<view
DoT, to give a presentation to the Prime Minister, on
"Service with a Smile" - It is a matter of pride for all
The Forum of BSNL unions and associations decided to
launch the movement, "Service With A Smile" from 1st
January, 2016. The BSNL Management also joined this
movement and it became a combined movement of all the
unions & associations, and the Management. As a result of
the SWAS, BSNL is witnessing speedy revival. Further, many
organisations, like the railways also have adopted the
SWAS concept. It was told by the CMD BSNL, in the meeting
held yesterday, that the Secretary, DoT, is going to give
a presentation to the Prime Minister, about the SWAS
programme launched in BSNL. Certainly, this is a matter of
pride for all the unions and associations, who are
participating in the SWAS programme. The trade union
movement of BSNL has set an example for the entire
country. The SWAS movement is not a one year programme,
but it is a continuous programme. Hence, CHQ fervently
appeals to the circle and district unions to further
intensify this programme, in coordination with all the
unions and associations.
JE recruitment - latest position.
Document Verification of the qualified candidates has
already started in all circles. Stay was not granted in
the case filed in the Jaipur Bench of the Hon'ble CAT.
Similarly, hearing took place in the Principle Bench of
the CAT at New Delhi today, wherein also no stay was
granted. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met Ms.Anima Roy,GM(Rect.)
today, and discussed about the status of the Document
Verification process. She confirmed that Document
Verification has already started in all circles. Some
candidates brought to our notice, saying that DV has not
started in Tamil Nadu circle. The GM(Rect.) spoke to the
GM(HR) Tamil Nadu circle, and confirmed that DV process
has already started in Tamil Nadu circle also.
of the rally (March to Parliament) of the casual contact
workers taking place at New Delhi today.
inaugurating BSNL contract workers March to Parliament at
Eastern Court today.
items submitted by the Staff Side for the 35th meeting of
the National Council.<<<view
Teleservices may merge with Reliance Communications.
Media reports say that Tata
Teleservices has initiated talks with Anil Ambani's
Reliance Communications. The entry of Reliance Jio has
created a crisis for other telecom companies. Hence,
companies are trying for merger with one another, to face
the ongoing fierce competition. Vodafone has already
initiated talks with Idea for merger. Reliance
Communications initiated steps to merge with Aircel. In
the present case, a mega merger of Reliance
Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel and MTS is in
to Parliament tomorrow, by BSNL casual and contract
BSNL casual and contract workers, under
the banner of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers
(BSNLCCWF), are conducting a March to
Parliament tomorrow. Regularisation of the casual and
contract workers, equal pay for equal work, implementation
of Corporate Office orders on Minimum Wage, EPF & ESI,
stopping & settlement of victimisations, etc. BSNLEU has
called upon the regular employees, especially from the
nearby circles, to express our solidarity with the casual
and contract workers.
response from circles, in submitting items for discussion
in the National Council.
CHQ requested circles and CHQ office
bearers, to submit items for discussion in the National
Council. Very good response has come. Not all items
deserve to be taken up at the National Council level.
Still, CHQ appreciates the interest and spirit shown by
many circle unions and CHQ office bearers, in submitting
the items. CHQ has already submitted the items for
discussion, and will be submitting additional
items tomorrow. Considering the number of items and their
importance, BSNLEU has demanded that one more session of
the National Council should be conducted immediately, if
the items could not be discussed in one day.
office letter on payment of DA to Casual Labourers(TSM) to
draw their wages in terms of this office letter
no.269-11/2009-Pers-IV/LE dated 01.10.2010.<<<view
office letter on details of TSMs regularized on or before
01.10.2000 and absorbed in BSNL w.e.f 01.10.2000 and
covered under Rule-37A of CCS(Pension).<<<view
Office letter on
details of Casual Labourers who have retired, left
organisation and expired during the period from 01.10.2000
to till date.<<<view
Office notification on meeting of
the Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of
left out Non-Executive Cadres.<<<click
of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM cards to
To promote tourism in India and to encourage e-visa,
Ministry of Tourism partners with BSNL to offer free SIM
cards to foreign tourists with e-visa. Tourism Minister
Mahesh Sharma launched this scheme on Wednesday to help
foreign tourists to communicate in India. On arriving in
India, foreign tourists will get free BSNL SIM cards from
the government, which would be loaded with Rs 50 talk time
and 50 MB data.
impressive Gujarat circle conference of BSNLEU started at
Vadtal, near Anand.
The 2 day circle conference of BSNLEU, Gujarat, started at
Vadtal, near Anand today. Com. Deepak Trivedi, circle
president is presiding. An impressive Open Session was
held in the morning. Com. T. V. Gelani, CS, welcomed
everyone. The Open Session was addressed by shri Devu Sinh
Chauhan, MP, Kheda, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, shri Pradeep
Kumar Hota, CGM, Gujarat, com. M. K. Dave, AGS, shri Anil
Kumar Kothari, GM(Admn.) CGM office and shri Siddharth
Sahu, GM, Nadiad. In the meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
placed certain issues before shri Devu Sinh Chauhan, MP,
with regards to the revival of BSNL. The GS explained
about the efforts taken by the BSNL employees, for the
revival of BSNL, like Customer Delight Movement, Service
With A Smile, and also about the latest decision of
offering one hour extra work. He explained about the
demand of the unions and associations of BSNL that the
government should allot 4G spectrum, free of cost to BSNL.
The MP assured that needful action would be taken. The
General Secretary also explained at length about the
decisions of the recently held All India Conference of
BSNLEU. In the post lunch session, report on activities
was placed by the circle secretary, on which
deliberations are taking place.<<<Views
of the conference>>>
Council meeting is to be held tentatively on 7th March, 2
Due to the delay in submitting
nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council,
there is inordinate delay in convening the 35th meeting of
the National Council. Now, the National Council is slated
to take place tentatively on 7th March, 2017. BSNLEU has
already submitted it's items for discussion.
circle conference of BSNLEU, Mumbai Telecom Factory.
The circle conference of Mumbai Telecom
Factory is held today. Com.S.A.Tendulkar, circle
president, presided over. Com. S.D.Chowdary, circle
secretary, welcomed everyone. A large number of factory
workers and officers attended the open session. It was
addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.N.K.Nalawade,VP(CHQ),
and shri A.M.Bodale,CGM,TF,Mumbai. In his address, the
General Secretary elaborately spoke about the issues
related to the revival of BSNL, anti-BSNL Policies of the
government, decisions of the unions and associations to
work one hour extra, specific issues related to the
factories and it's workers, etc. After the open session,
the GS, accompanied by com.N.K.Nalawade,VP(CHQ),
com.S.D.Chowdary,CS and other office bearers, visited the
various shops of the factory, and had interaction with the
workers about their floor level problems. After lunch, the
delegates session of the conference started.<<<Views
of the conference>>>
Office letter on sanction of Welfare Fund to various
no.2 dated 16th
given by BSNLEU for the 35th meeting of the
Office issues corrigendum in
respect of declared result dated 1st Feb 2017 for Direct
recruitment of Junior Engineers (Erstwhile TTA) in BSNL
for the year 2015 from open market.<<forwarding
launches a record 104 satellites into orbit.
Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) has
successfully launched it’s PSLV rocket today, carrying a
record 104 satellites and successfully placing them all
into their orbits. This is a world record. Before this,
Russia has launched 37 satellites in a single rocket. We
heartily congratulate the entire scientists and
technocrats for this spectacular achievement. This feat of
the ISRO only demonstrates the scientific and
technological capabilities of our country. However, the
question is, why India continues to be a poor and a
of the Medical and Uniforms committees to be held on
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org.
Secretary (CHQ) met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.), yesterday
and urged upon him to conduct the meetings of the Medical
Committee and the Uniforms Committee without further
delay. Consequent to this, the meetings of both the
Medical Committee and the Uniforms Committee are scheduled
to be held on 23.02.2017.
with the Director (HR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org.
Secretary (CHQ) met the Director (HR), yesterday and
discussed the following issues.
DR JE recruitment.
The Union representatives demanded that the Management
should take serious efforts to vacate the stay imposed on
the DR JE recruitment, by the Jaipur Bench of the Hon’ble
CAT. They also urged upon the Director (HR) to increase
the DR JE posts to a sufficient extent, so that the
candidates whose names are deleted in the second list, and
also the candidates who have secured above cut off level
marks, could be accommodated. The Director (HR) assured to
look into these issues.
of DoP&T order on recovery of over payment.
Based on the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the
DoP&T has already issued order that, over payment wrongly
made to the Group C & D employees, should not be
recovered. BSNL has not implemented this order, on the
plea that the DoP&T letter was not endorsed by the DoT.
However, the DDG (Estt.), DoT, in a meeting with com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, has informed that endorsement of the DoP&T
letter, by the DoT, is not necessary, and that BSNL itself
can very well implement the DoP&T order. The Union
representatives expressed their unhappiness on BSNL’s
dilly dallying on this issue and urged upon the Director
(HR) to take immediate steps for the implementation of the
DoP&T order. The Director (HR) assured to look into the
Inordinate delay in constituting the Joint Wage
The Union representatives pointed out that the Management
is unnecessarily delaying formation of the Joint Wage
Negotiation Committee. They demanded that the truncated
wage revision committee, that has already been constituted
by the Corporate Office, should be modified, by giving
representation to the Recognised Unions. The Director (HR)
assured to take necessary steps in this regard.
with the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission on GPF
Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand, Org.
Secretary (CHQ), met shri Prahalad Singh, Member
(Finance), Telecom Commission today and discussed about
the problems being faced by the BSNL Employees in getting
GPF advance on time. At present, BSNL is paying GPF
advance to employees, and is claiming the amount back from
the DoT. In this arrangement, employees are suffering,
since BSNL is not having money to pay GPF advance on time.
To settle this problem, BSNLEU has already written to the
Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, suggesting that
every month DoT should give advance amount to BSNL, for
payment of GPF advance to the employees, and that after
payment, BSNL can settle the account with the DoT. This
suggestion was discussed with the Member (Finance),
Telecom Commission today. He responded very positively and
appreciated the suggestion given by BSNLEU. The Member
(Finance), Telecom Commission, also told that the issue
would be discussed with the DoT and BSNL officers. After
this meeting, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Ramesh Chand,
Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri Yashwant Narain Singh, GM
(T&BFCI) and requested him coordinate with the Member
(Finance), Telecom Commission, so that early decision
could be taken on the proposal given by BSNLEU.
hour extra work – circle and district unions are requested
to take serious steps for effective implementation.
The unions and associations have
already taken decision to call upon the Non-Executives and
Executives to work one hour extra every day. Even though,
many circle unions have appreciated this decision, so far
CHQ has not received any feedback, regarding the
implementation of this decision. The All India Centre
meeting of BSNLEU held today, discussed this issue and has
called upon all the circle and district secretaries to
implement this decision with all seriousness, in
coordination with other unions and associations. CHQ also
requests the circle and district secretaries to send a
feedback to the CHQ, through SMS.
Reliance Jio impact - Idea cellular goes into loss.
Idea cellular, the 3rd
biggest telecom company in the country, has gone into
loss. For the quarter ended December 31st, 2016
(for the period from October to December, 2016), Idea
cellular has posted a net loss of Rs.385.6 crore. The
revenue of the company has also gone down by 3.79% during
this period. During the same period in 2015 (October to
December, 2015), Idea cellular has earned a net profit of
Reliance Jio impact - Reliance Communications goes into
The Anil Ambani led Reliance
Communications has posted a net loss of Rs.531 crore in
the quarter ended December, 2016 (for the period from
October to December, 2016). The revenue of the company has
gone down by 7% during this period. During the same period
in 2015 (October to December, 2015), the company has
earned a net profit of Rs.171 crore.
Reliance Jio impact - Vodafone to merge with Idea
Having seriously impacted by the competition from Reliance
Jio, Vodafone, the Britain based multinational company,
has started talks with Idea cellular for a merger. Aditiya
Birla Group, that owns Idea cellular, has told that talks
were going on for the merger of Vodafone and Idea
cellular. If this merger takes place, the new company will
become largest mobile company in India, with 39 crore
customers. At present, Airtel is the biggest company with
26.6 crore customers.
HR’s message on the decision for working one hour extra.
On behalf of the BSNL Management, Ms. Sujata T. Ray the
Director (HR), has given a message, welcoming the decision
of the unions and associations, to work an extra one hour
every day. She has stated that
this decision, on such a mega scale, has no parallel
verification in DR JE recruitment stayed till 27th
February, by the Hon’ble Jaipur CAT.
It is regretted to inform that the CAT,
Jaipur has stayed the 'Document Verification', in the DR JE recruitment, till 27th February.
Details of the order are awaited. Earlier in the day,
com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed with the GM(Rectt.) and
asked why letters for document verification are not
sent. The GM(Rectt.) replied that there was no change in
the schedule already announced by the Corporate Office,
and that she would look into the delay. Meanwhile, the
Jaipur CAT order has come. BSNLEU will do it's best to
remove the deadlock.
report on BSNLEU’s Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE-1
and NE-II at Jorhat, Assam.<<view
of items for discussion in the National Council.
The meeting of the National Council is
to be conducted shortly. Management has requested us to
submit the items for discussion. Hence, all the circle
secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to send
items if any, with the relevant details, for taking up in
the National Council.
and NE-II circles conduct delegates
The 7th joint circle conference of
circles started yesterday at Jorhat. The joint inaugural
session and open session were held yesterday. Today, all
the three circles conducted their delegates sessions
separately. Reports on activities and audited accounts
were placed before the delegates and discussions started.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, attended the delegates
sessions of all the three circles separately, and
addressed. He gave a detailed account of the issues of the
Non-Executives, taken up by the CHQ during this period,
and explained about their settlement, as well as about the
latest position. The GS also explained to the
employees, about the decisions of the all unions and
associations to work one hour extra, and to conduct march
to Rajbhawan / collectorate on 9th March, 2017.<<views
of the meeting>>
signed MOU with Canara Bank for extension of loans to
The MOU signed between BSNL and Canara Bank expired on
31-12-2017. BSNLEU took up the matter with the Corporate
Office, and pressed for early signing of MOU, so that
employees could get various loans, without any hassle.
Corporate Office has taken prompt action on this and an
MOU is signed with the Canara Bank on 08-02-2017<<click
circle conference of Assam,NEI and NEII started jubilantly
The 7th joint circle conference of Assam, NEI and NEII
circles started jubilantly at Jorhat today. The National
Flag was hoisted by com.N.C.Chetia,Chairman Reception
Committee and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by
com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. The inaugural session was presided
over by a presidium consisting of com.Swapan
Chakraborty(NEI) com.R.C.Dawka(Assam) and com.Prafullah
Singh(NE II). The session was addressed by
com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and other
members of the presidium, com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer(CHQ),
com.M.R.Das,ACS, AIBDPA, com.Bijoy Deka,CS, Assam,
com.Sivji Ray,CS,NE I and com.Saheb Singh, CS, NE II. An
open session was held in the afternoon, which was
addressed by com.N.C. Chetia, Chairman, Reception
Committee, shri M.K.Seth, CGM, Assam, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,
com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.S.N.Sarma,CS,AIBDPA and
other leaders. After that the subjects committee of the
three circle unions started separately.<<views
of the meeting>>
the March to Parliament by casual & contract workers a
The All India Conference of BSNLEU,
recently held at Chennai, has decided that the "March to
Parliament" by the casual and contract workers, to be held
on 22-02-2017, should be made a success. CHQ has already
written to the BSNLEU circle unions nearer to Delhi, to mobilise
the maximum number of regular employees from their
circles, and make the Parliament March a grand success.
Once again the CHQ requests those circle unions to
mobilise the maximum number of regular employees for the
3 day joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and
NE-II taking place at Jorhat.
The 3 day joint circle conference of Assam, NE-I and NE-II
is starting at Jorhat, Assam, tomorrow. These three North
Eastern circles, still maintain the tradition of
conducting a joint circle conference. All these 3 circles
are the bastions of BSNLEU, and stand in the forefront of
all the struggles. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
(who is also the circle president of NE-I) are
participating in this Conference.
writes to the Director(HR), demanding immediate
implementation of the order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court
of India, on recovery of excess payments.
The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, has ordered that
recovery of payments, mistakenly made by the employer, in
excess of their entitlement, should not be recovered. The
government, vide DoP&T letter cited under reference,
has implemented the judgement.
However, BSNL has not implemented this order of the
Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, on the plea that the DoP&T
letter has not been endorsed to it, by the DoT. On the
other hand the DoT has told our Union that the BSNL, on
it's own, can implement the order of the Hon'ble Supreme
Court. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR),
demanding immediate implementation of the order of the
Hon'ble Supreme Court.<<<
Rs.1,000 crore contract awarded to L&T and others to
provide 35,000 Wi Fi hotspots.
According to media reports, BSNL has awarded a Rs.1,000
crore contract, to a group of companies, including L&T,
for providing 35,000 Wi Fi hotspots. Elitecore, UTStarcom
and Cisco are the other companies. BSNL expects to
operationalise all these hotspots by March,2018. BSNL will
be offering data services through these hotpots, at a
faster speed than 4G technology. As per reports, the
installation is expected to start this month, and the
equipments for this have already been procured.
of mobile target in the month of January,2017.
There were some errors in the website updating made
yesterday, with regards to the mobile targets achieved in
the month of January 2017. The updating stands corrected
and the error is regretted.
congrats to all ! BSNL once again achieves the
target of adding more than 20 lakh mobile customers a
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire staff and
the Management of BSNL, for once again achieving the
target of adding more than 20 lakh mobile customers in a
single month. In January 2017, BSNL has added 20, 63,287
new mobile customers. UP(East) circle has come first by
adding 2,31,220 customers and Rajasthan circle has come
second by adding 1,83,739 customers. Andhra Pradesh circle
has come third by adding 1,77,294 customers. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates these circles, and also all other
circles which have achieved their targets.
It is worth mentioning that BSNL is
able to make this achievement, even at a time when serious
challenges are posed by Reliance Jio. It is sure that the
new tariffs introduced by BSNL, offering unlimited voice
calls, and also 1 GB data for RS. 36, etc., have played a
big role in this achievement. All unions and associations
have called on the Non-Executives and Executives to work
one hour extra, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. We should
make it a point that campaigns like melas, roadshows,
etc., should be launched aggressively during this period,
so as to give the widest publicity to our new tariffs.
This will help us in a big way to increase our company's
revenue as well as customers.
Telephones circle conducted an impressive SWAS rally.
The Kolkata Telephones circle management and the Forum of
Unions & Associations jointly conducted an impressive
rally at Kolkata today, as a part of the ongoing SWAS
programme. Shri S P Tripathi, CGM, com. Saibal Sengupta,
convener of forum & CS BSNLEU, com.Sekhar Majumder,CS NFTE,
com.Dilip Saha, CS SNEA, com.Subhasish Mitra, ACS AIBSNEA,
com.Saikat Das, CS AIGETOA, other union leaders and
other top officers of Kolkata Telephones, participated in
the rally. Almost five hundred employees joined the rally.
They carried banners and placards in their hands,
publicising the attractive plans launched by BSNL. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the Forum of Kolkata Telephones,
for organising this impressive rally.<<views
of the rally>>
Jio is killing competition - Airtel complains to the
Competition Commission of India.
Reliance Jio continues to offer free voice calls and data,
even after completion of the 90 day period, stipulated for
Promotional Offers. Still, the complaint raised by Airtel,
with the TRAI in this connection, is rejected. Now, Airtel
has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission of
India(CCI), saying that Reliance Jio is killing
competition. Airtel has stated that no other telecom
company in India or abroad, is offering services free of
cost, or any free unlimited voice calling. Reliance Jio is
doing it, and it's goal is to eliminate competition,
stated Airtel in the complaint. It has also stated that
once Reliance Jio gets higher market share, then it will
increase the tariff. Let us wait and see, what the CCI is
going to do.
of the 8th All India Conference felicitated at Chennai.
Tamil Nadu circle union conducted an extended circle
executive committee meeting at Chennai today. Com.
Chellappa, circle president, presided over the meeting.
Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed
everyone and placed the report on activities.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained
about the decisions of the 8th All India Conference, held
at Chennai. The meeting took decisions to effectively
organise the "Extra One Hour Work" programme and
the "March to Raj Bhawan / District Collectorate"
programme. It also decided to hold the circle conference
at Erode, in April, 2017. Finally, felicitation was held
for the volunteers who worked in the 8th All India
Conference. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Chellappa, AGS and
CP, com. P. Indira, Convener, Working Women's Coordination
Committee and com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS felicitated the
dedicated services rendered by the volunteers in the AIC.
Thereafter, district wise volunteers were called to the
dias, and were honoured by the General Secretary with
mementos. The meeting came to an end, with com.
Chandrasekaran proposing vote of thanks.<<<views
of the meeting>>>
March to Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th
As has already been informed, the meeting of the unions
and associations of BSNL, held on 06-02-2017, has decided
to organise March to Raj Bhawan / District collctorate /
DM Office, on 09-03-2017. It means, rallies should be
conducted at all circle and district headquarters
on 09-03-2017. This programme will help us in a big way,
to propagate among the public, the conspiracies being
hatched by the government and the Niti Ayog, to weaken /
kill BSNL. The following 4 issues should be highlighted in
this programme. All circle and district secretaries are
requested to coordinate with the other unions and
associations, to successfully conduct this programme.
Issues to be
Opposing PMO letter on
implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the strategic
sale /privatisation of BSNL.
Opposing formation of
Subsidiary Tower Company.
Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost,
Opposing favours being
extended to Reliance Jio.
we should work one hour extra?
The unions and associations of BSNL have called on the
Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL to work for one hour
extra, from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. Why should we work
one hour extra? The unions and associations have already
taken many steps, for the financial revival of BSNL. A
very good improvement has already come, as a result of
this. However, certain developments, like the entry of
Reliance Jio, and also demonetisation, have greatly
affected the revival process. Especially, the open support
being extended to Reliance Jio, by the government and the
TRAI, have created very big problems for BSNL.
Under these circumstances, it has become very emergent for
the employees, to take every possible step to increase the
revenue and productivity of the Company, before the
financial year ends on 31st March, 2017. The new tariffs
recently introduced by BSNL, for voice calls and data,
should be given a very big publicity among the people.
This will help BSNL in a big way to face the challenge
from Reliance Jio. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the circle
and district unions of BSNLEU, to take all possible steps,
in coordination with all other unions and associations, to
implement the decision to work one hour extra.
to CMD BSNL, on behalf of unions and associations,
regarding one hour extra work.
Letter is written to the CMD BSNL, on behalf of the unions
and associations, intimating the decision taken in
yesterday's meeting, to work for extra one hour,
from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017, for increasing the
productivity of the Company. The CMD BSNL is also
requested to send necessary intimation to all the circle
and SSA heads, for extending cooperation, as well as for
arranging for necessary stores and materials.<<<view
of the all union / association meeting, held today.
All union/association meeting held
today. Com.Chandeswar Singh presided. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
BSNLEU explained about the
issues to be discussed. The following comrades
GS, SNEA, com.N.L.Sharma,
AIBSNLEA, com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA
BSNL, com. O.P.Sharma, VP, BTEU, com.Sureshkumar,
BSNL MS, com.Rashid Khan,
AGS, TEPU and com.Hari Singh, SG,
Following decisions are taken:-
a view to boost the performance of the Company before the
financial year ends, all Non-Executives and
Executives of BSNL are requested to work one hour extra,
daily from 10th February to 31st March, 2017, for
intensifying marketing and for improving quality of
To conduct March to
Raj Bhawan / Collectorate / DM Office on 9th March, 2017:-
Opposing PMO letter
on implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the
strategic sale /privatisation of BSNL.
Opposing formation of
Subsidiary Tower Company.
of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.
being extended to Reliance Jio.
of adequate staff in the CGM Office, Vijayawada.
The CGM Office at Vijayawada, the Head Quarters of the
newly formed Andhra Pradesh circle, is not provided with
adequate manpower. Work is suffering due to acute shortage
of staff. The issue was discussed with shri D. Chakraborty,
PGM (Pers.), by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P.
Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ. The PGM (Pers.) replied
that approval is being given by the Corporate Office, for
the proposals given by the CGM, AP circle.
with the Director (HR), on recruitment of DR JEs.
BSNL Corporate Office has recently released the list of
2,700 newly recruited DR JEs. The process was much delayed
due to the intervention of the DoT. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
and com. P. Asokababu, Vice President, CHQ, met ms. Sujata
Ray, Director (HR), today, and thanked the Management for
successfully overcoming the road-blocks. However, the
union representatives pointed out that, still some
candidates remain aggrieved, and demanded the Director
(HR) to consider approving of additional posts to overcome
this problem. The Director (HR) requested the
representatives to discuss the issue with the GM (Rectt.).
As per the GM (Rectt.), creation of additional posts has
to be decided only by the Management. The matter could not
be discussed with the CMD BSNL, since he is out of Delhi
today. Further discussion in this regard will take place.
to the Recognised Unions in the Trust for Pension Fund.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. P. Asokababu, Vice
President, CHQ, met the Director (HR), the Company
Secretary and the GM (SR) and lodged their strong protest,
for not providing representation to the Recognised Unions,
in the recently formed Trust of the Pension Fund. The
representatives pointed out that a large number of
Non-Executives are directly recruited employees, and
non-provision of representation to the Recognised Unions
of Non-Executives is not acceptable. The issue will be
further discussed with the CMD BSNL.
subscriber base in India, crossed 1.12 billion (112 crore)
in November 2016.
The total number of telecom subscribers in India, has
reached 1.12 billion (112 crore) in November,2016.
Reliance Jio alone added over 1.62 crore connections in
November, taking its total subscriber base to 5.18 crore.
Idea Cellular followed Reliance Jio with net addition of
25.2 lakh new customers. Bharti Airtel added 10.8 lakh
customers, Vodafone 8.90 lakh subscribers, BSNL 8.31 lakh,
Telenor 4. 86 lakh,. Aircel 3.02 lakh, Reliance
Communications 1.56 lakh and MTNL 3,364.
to offer 1 GB data at Rs.36.
To counter the competition from Reliance Jio, BSNL today
reduced 3G mobile internet rates by about three-fourths,
bringing down the cost of per GB data to as low as Rs 36
under a special pack.
Court says it will order auctioning of Aircel’s spectrum.
T. Anandakrishnan, owner of the Malayasian Company, Maxis,
continues to dodge from appearing in a corruption case
going on in the Supreme Court. Annoyed by this, the chief
justice of India, J.S, Khehar said yesterday that, the
Supreme Court would order auctioning of the spectrum being
held by Aircel. Presently, Aircel is being owned by the
Malayasian Company, Maxis. Aircel is getting merged with
Office approved off-net call facility in Rs.200/- SIM.
The off-net call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) that has
been extended on an experimental basis, lapsed months ago.
BSNLEU has consistently been urging the Management to
re-introduce the off-net call facility. The Corporate
Office has been delaying taking a decision, under the
pretext of getting inputs from circles. However, due to
the consistent pressure exerted by BSNLEU, finally the
Corporate Office has issued order today, extending off-net
call facility (limited to Rs.50/-) in Rs.200/- SIM.<<view
Office letter on Direct Recruitment of Junior Engineer
(erstwhile TTA) in BSNL for the year 2015 from the open
market – Declaration of result.<<Forwarding
declares reviewed results of JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016.
As has already been informed, BSNLEU has been insisting
the Management to expeditiously complete the review of the
results of the JAO LICE held on 17.07.2016. After much
delay, the review results are declared today. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the successful candidates.<<Forwarding
brothers discharged from the Aircel Maxis case.
Former Minister of Communications, Dayanidhi Maran, his
brother Kalanidhi Maran and others are discharged
yesterday, by the CBI court, in the Aircel Maxis case.
Dayanidhi Maran was the Communications Minister from 2004
to 2007. Aircel promoter C. Sivasankaran made a complaint
to the CBI that, during the above period, he was coerced
by Dayanidhi Maran to sell his stakes in Aircel, to
the Malaysian company Maxis, owned by T. Ananda Krishnan.
In consideration for this, Rs. 742 crore was paid to
Dayanidhi Maran, by two Mauritius based companies, accused
the Enforcement Directorate(ED). However, the CBI court
has held that there is no prima facie evidence against the
accused persons. The ED has said that it would appeal
against the order of the CBI trial court. Advocate
Prashant Bushan has stated that, the discharge by the CBI
court, without even a trial, in a case which has strong
evidence, is absurd.
[ Source : The Hindu dated 03-02-2017]
gives clean chit to Reliance Jio’s tariff offers.
Mukesh Ambani, the richest Indian, is using his
financial muscle to finish off all other telecom
companies, including BSNL, so that he can loot the
people with high tariffs, after all other telecom
companies are killed. The free voice calls and data being
offered by Reliance Jio, is nothing but 'predatory
tariff'. First, Reliance Jio offered a promotional offer,
as 'welcome offer'. However, this promotional offer can be
only for a period of 90 days from 5th November. But, once
again Reliance Jio implemented another offer as 'Happy new
year offer', which is valid till 31st March, 2017. The
Happy New year offer is nothing but the extension of the
Welcome Offer, but in a different name. This is a clear
violation of norms. However, the TRAI, which is supposed
to guard against predatory tariffs, has said that the
Happy New year offer is not the extension of the welcome
offer. This decision only shows the influence that
Reliance Jio is having over the government and over the
government plans to raise Rs. 72,500 crore, through
The Modi government has targeted to raise Rs. 72,500 crore
through disinvestments in Public Sector companies, in the
next financial year. This is almost double the target of
the current financial year, fixed at Rs. 45,500 crore.
This means severe attack is going to be launched on the
public sector companies, including BSNL. Already,
the government has taken decision to raise Rs. 11,000
crore by way of disinvestments in general insurance
companies. The working class has to unitedly stop this
Kannada film hero, Shivraj Kumar, becomes BSNL mobile
Leading Kannada film hero, Shivraj Kumar, the son of
legendary Kannada actor, Dr.Rajkumar, has become BSNL's
post paid mobile customer today. The marketing to get this
'star customer' was done by the leading BSNLEU comrades of
CGM office, Karnataka, com.P.Girish, district secretary,
CGM Office and com.R.K.Rao, superintendent, CGM office.
CHQ heartily congratulates both these comrades for their
good work. This is an example that others should also
LICE review results to be declared shortly.
BSNLEU has been demanding review of the results of the JAO
LICE, which was held on 17th July, 2016.
Management formed an internal committee for the purpose,
and the Committee had also submitted it's report sometime
back. BSNLEU has met the Director(HR) and urged for early
declaration of the review results. Under these
circumstances, it is learnt that the review results may be
opposes online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior
The Corporate Office intends to hold online examinations
for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE. This
has been conveyed by the GM(Rectt.&Tng.). Hence, BSNLEU
has written to the GM(Rectt.&Tng.) strongly opposing
online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior
Law reforms will be implemented soon - says the budget.
The budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has
not mentioned any thing about the important demand of the
trade unions that, the minimum wage should be increased to
Rs. 18,000 per month. 90% of the work force in India are
contract workers, whose wages are abysmally low.
Increasing their minimum wages to Rs. 18,000 will not only
help the workers, but will also give a boost to the
economic growth, since increase in the wages of a
very large section of the workers will certainly increase
the demand for goods. However, nothing is mentioned about
this in the budget.
However, it is clearly mentioned in the budget that, the
government will move fast, to bring the Labour Law
reforms. Indian and multi national corporates have been
telling the government that, Indian Labour Laws are very
stringent, and have been demanding that these Labour Laws
should be diluted in favour of the investors. They say
that, these laws are outdated and need to be changed.
However, due to the stiff opposition from the Indian
working class, the government is not able to implement the
so called reforms. Now, it is mentioned in the budget that
government will speedily bring the Labour Law reforms.
demands renewal of MOU with the Canara Bank.
MOU, signed by BSNL, with the Canara Bank, for extension
of various loans to the employees, has expired in
December, 2016. BSNLEU has demanded the GM(T&BFCI) to take
early steps, for the renewal of the MOU.
writes to the Director(HR), demanding settlement of the
transfer problem faced by the TTAs, as well as the JTO
BSNLEU has long been taking up
settlement of the transfer cases of the TTAs posted in
North Eastern circles. Bottle neck is created now, on the
TTAs becoming JTOs. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR),
suggesting a way out, as well as demanding immediate
settlement of the transfer cases.<<<view
of the National Convention of Public Sector Trade Unions,
held at Bangalore on 29-01-2017.<<view
demands restructuring of Hindi Translators, both Junior
Hindi Translators and Senior Hindi Translators and to
provide them promotional avenue to Rajbhasa Adhikari
post, (AD-OL) at par with Central government depts.
Com Swapan Chakraborty Dy GS and com Jhon Varghes,
AGS met shri D.Chakraborty, PGM (Pers.) and demanded that
the restructuring of Hindi Translators, both Junior Hindi
Translators and Senior Hindi Translators to provide them
promotional avenue to the post of Rajbhasa Adhikari (AD-OL),
which is pending with the BSNL management for a long time
. It was demanded that the process should be
completed with out further delay. The GM (Pers.) informed
that proposal was sent to the DoT, for restructuring of
the Rajbhasa Adhikari post, with creation of 175
intermediary post of Asstt Rajbhasa Adhikari in E-1 pay
scale, so that Hindi Translators in Non- Executive posts
can get promotion through LICE to E-1 scale.100% posts of
Asstt. Rajbhasha Adhikari are to be filled up through
LICE. The DoT has sent back the proposal to BSNL for
certain queries and the EF cell in BSNL is processing the
reply of those queries. He further assured that the
proposal will be re-submitted to the DoT at the earliest
to get it approved by the DoT.
court convicts former AGM of Gujarat circle in
Disproportionate Assets case.
A special CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted a former
senior BSNL official for possession of disproportionate
assets (DA) and sentenced him three-year imprisonment
besides slapping a fine of Rs 27 lakh. Kiran Premchand
Patel, former assistant general manager, Bharat Sanchar
Nigam Limited (BSNL), in Gujarat's Bhavnagar has been
convicted for DA to the tune of 29.84 lakh, which was 148
per cent of his income during the check period of January
1997 to January 2004, CBI officials said here today.
Child Adoption Leave, BSNLEU urged the PGM (Estt.) to
endorse the DoP&T orders.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS
met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO., on yesterday,
the 30.01.2017 and demanded that the DoP&T has issued
orders to grant Child Adoption Leave on the lines of
Maternity Leave admissible to natural mothers in 2006. In
2009, the DoP&T has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave from
135 days to 180 on the lines of Maternity Leave. It is
informed that the BSNL C.O. has not endorsed the orders of
the DoP&T issued in 2006 and 2009. Since, BSNL is
following the Leave Rules of the Government of India, the
Union representatives demanded that the Child Adoption
Leave should be endorsed by the BSNL C.O., so that
eligible women employee can avail the same. The PGM (Estt.),
assured to look into the matter.
Office letter on nomination in the national council and
submission of agenda items for discussions in the next
National Council meeting.<<view
Office letter on meeting of the Joint Committee to suggest
Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres –
postponement of the meeting scheduled for 03.02.2017.<<view
with GM (Rectt.).
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. John Verghese, AGS
met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.), BSNL CO., on 30th January,
2017 and discussed the following issues:-
To declare the results of the JTO LICE for the year 2015 –
16 held on 11.12.2016.
The Union representatives urged that the JTO LICE for the
year 2015 – 16 was held on 11.12.2016, but till today the
results are not declared. The GM (Rectt.), informed that
e-verification for some of the candidates are pending.
However, the Rectt. Cell is busy with declaration of the
review results of the JAO LICE, which may take 2 / 3 days.
Soon after that, the answer key of the JTO LICE of 2015-16
will be uploaded as SOP giving 7 days time to submit
complaints if any and thereafter the results will be
declared. She hoped that the process will be completed by
15th of February to declare the results.
announce the date for LDCE for Telecom Technician
The Union representatives requested the GM (Rectt.) to
announce the date for LDCE for Telecom Technician (TM).
The GM (Rectt.) informed that a meeting of the Management
and Recognised Unions will be arranged soon to decide the
methodology of the exam.
upholds the DR JE recruitment conducted by BSNL- BSNLEU
heartily congrats all the DR JE selected candidates.
DoT has cleared the file in favour of
the DR JE selected candidates. BSNLEU conveys hearty
congrats to all the selected candidates. At the same time,
BSNLEU also assures that it will ensure prompt processing
of the case by BSNL Corporate Office, for completion of
document verification, etc. BSNLEU also heartily congrats
the BSNL Management because, the recruitment process done
by the Corporate Office has been upheld by the enquiry
conducted by the DoT.
Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, felicitated.
A felicitation meeting was held for Com
Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, BSNLMS, in the CTO
Sabhagar, Eastern Court, New Delhi, on 30th January, 2017,
for his retirement on superannuation. The meeting
was presided over by com Mallikarjun,President, BTEF.
Leaders and workers from BSNL and MTNL attended the
meeting in a large number. The meeting was addressed by
com V.A.N.Namboodiri, com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS and
many others. On behalf of BSNLEU, com.Suresh Kumar was
honoured, by offering a shawl. Com Jhon Vhargese,
AGS,BSNLEU and com R.S.Chouhan,vice-president(CHQ) were
also present in the meeting.<<<views
of the meeting>>>
demands the Director (CFA) to immediately divert
15,000 CLIP phones to the poll bound UP(East) circle.
There is acute shortage of CLIP phones in the poll bound
UP(East) circle, where BSNL is having the obligation
to emergently provide landline connections to meet the
electoral requirements. The CGM, UP(East) circle has
sought immediate diversion of 15,000 CLIP phones.
BSNLEU has written to the Director(CFA) demanding
diversion of 15,000 CLIP phones to UP(East) circle,
protests in the US, against President Donald Trump's mad
decision to ban Muslims of 7 countries entering America.
US President Donald Trump has imposed strict immigration
policy. He has banned people of 7 Muslim majority
countries from entering America. The countries are, Iran,
Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. However,
widespread protests have taken place in America, against
Trump's mad decision. Silicon Valley's top executives,
including India-born CEOs Google's Sundar Pichai and
Microsoft's Satya Nadella, condemned President Donald
Trump's immigration ban on people from seven
Muslim-majority countries, voicing concern that the move
could directly hit their own staffers and stop bringing
great talent to the US.
Condemning the move, Nadella, in a post on LinkedIn, said
"As an immigrant and as a CEO, I've both experienced and
seen the positive impact that immigration has on our
company, for the country, and for the world. We will
continue to advocate on this important topic."
mobile operators urge the TRAI to stop BSNL's app based
Limited Fixed Mobile Telephony service.
BSNL has started an application (app) based "Limited Fixed
Mobile Telephony (LFMT) service, which enables customers
to convert their mobile phones into cordless phones,
for making and receiving landline calls from indoors.
However, private mobile companies, represented by the COAI
(Cellular Operators Association of India) have complained
to the TRAI and have demanded to immediately stop this
application based "Limited Fixed Mobile Service". The COAI-
has claimed that as per TRAI norms, no "Termination
Charge" is applicable for calls between landlines, and
that BSNL is misusing this provision.
losses come down, as income from services increase by
It is a very good news that BSNL's losses have come
down to Rs 4,890 crore for the period from January to
December, 2016. The losses of BSNL during the same period
in the previous year, ie., January to December 2015
remained at Rs 6,121.
BSNL's income from services has also increased by
5.8 % during this period. It has increased to Rs 19,379.6
crore during this period. The figure stood at Rs 18,314.9
crore in the same period during 2015. BSNL also expects
that the losses will further come down for the full
financial year, as the fourth quarter is a seasonally
of the Indian Railways started - BSNLEU strongly condemns
the reported move being made by the Narendra Modi
BSNLEU strongly condemns the steps reportedly being taken
by the government to gradually privatise the Indian
railways. This measure is reportedly being started by
handing over the running of the prestigious and heritage
trains linking the hill stations. Quoting railway
officials, ‘Economic Times’ has reported that the routes
linking Kalka and Shimla, Siliguri and Darjeeling and the
Nilgiri mountains with the plains, Neral and Matheran and
the Kangra valley railways would be among the first to be
handed over to the private operators including foreign
companies. It has reported that the private companies,
including the foreign corporates will not only run the
trains but also maintain the lines and the stations and
also own the station on these lines. They will reportedly
be allowed to decide the fares after the approval of the
Rail Development Authority of India that is going to be
rally and convention of Central Public Sector trade
unions, held at Bengaluru.
A very effective convention of the Central Public Sector
Trade Unions was held at Bengaluru on 29.01.2017.
Wage Revision to the Central Public Sector employees w.e.f.
01-01-2017 and fighting against the attacks being launched
on the Public Sector, by the Narendra Modi government, are
the important issues discussed in the Convention. BSNLEU
is represented in the Convention by it's President, com.
Balbir Singh. On the previous day, i.e.,
on 28-02-2017, a massive rally of the Central Public
Sector employees, numbering around 20,000, took place in
Bengaluru, demanding to stop the attacks on the Public
Sector, and demanding immediate settlement of wage
revision to the employees.<<<views
of the conference>>>
circle conference of West Bengal circle started jubilantly
The 7th circle conference of West Bengal circle, started
jubilantly at Kolkata on 27-01-2017. Com Shyamal
Chakraborty, President CITU West Bengal, inaugurated the
conference. Com Saibal Sengupta, AGS, addressed the
Conference on behalf of the CHQ. Com Om Prakash Singh,
Circle Secy, Telecom Factory & Organising Secretary (CHQ),
Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF, Com. Biplab
Das, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee also addressed
the inaugural session. A working women's convention and a
seminar on the development of West Bengal Circle also took
place in the Conference. Com Kalyani Chakraborty, Convenor,
All India Bank Employees Federation, com. Animesh Mitra,
CS&VP(CHQ) com. Banani Chattopadhyay, com. Jhumur
Baandyopadhyay, com. Sutapa Roy and com. Mamata Sarkar
addressed the Women 's convention. The Seminar
was addressed by com. Animesh Mitra, CS, West Bengal
circle & Vice president (CHQ), shri R N Jha CGMT WB
circle, com Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA, com. Ranjit
Mukherjee, NFTE, Com Arindam Choudhury, SNATTA,
and Partha Das, SC/ST Welfare Association.<<<views
of the conference>>>
demands the Corporate Office to enhance the Child Adoption
Leave from 135 days to 180 days.
The Department of Personnel & Training, vide it’s OM
No.13018/4/2004-Estt.(L) dated 31-03-2006 has granted
Child Adoption Leave for 135 days to female government
servants for adoption of a child upto the age of one year,
on the lines of Maternity Leave admissible to natural
mothers. After implementation of the 6th Central Pay
Commission recommendations, the Maternity Leave was
enhanced from 135 days to 180 days. Subsequently, the DoP&T
has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave also from 135 days
to 180 days. However, BSNL has so far not implemented
this. CHQ has written to the Corporate Office, demanding
implementation of the DoP&T order for the enhancement of
the Child Adoption Leave.<<<view
workers March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017 - Make
it a grand success.
The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF), is
organising a March to the Parliament on 22nd
February, 2017, to highlight the demands of the casual and
contract workers. BSNLEU always remains in the forefront,
in fighting against the injustices being meted out to the
casual and contract workers. The 8th All India
Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai, has given a call to
the regular workers also to massively participate in this
rally, and raise their voices in support of the demands of
the casual and contract workers. The CHQ of BSNLEU has
called upon the circle unions of BSNLEU, nearer to Delhi,
to take special efforts to mobilise maximum number of
regular employees in the rally. Let us make the March to
Parliament a grand success.
the publication of Tele Crusader and BSNL Swar - Circle
and district secretaries are requested to extend their
The two monthly magazines being run by BSNLEU, viz., Tele
Crusader (English) and BSNL SWAR (Hindi) are playing an
important role in educating the employees on the wrong
policies of the government, and on various happenings
within India and at the international level, which are
connected with the working class movement. CHQ is taking
much care, to publish these two magazines in manner, so
that they are very useful to the workers. Our Union stands
benefited to a great extent from these journals.
This is understood from the high quality of debate, made
by the delegates in the last All India Conference. Apart
from time and energy, CHQ is also spending a lot of money
on these magazines. CHQ has decided to improve these
magazines, if required, by spending more money also. A
large number of employees have since retired. And also
16,000 employees are retiring every year, out of which, a
major portion is the Non-Executives. Thus, certainly, the
number of copies need to be printed, has also come down.
Hence, CHQ wants to know the exact number of copies of
Tele Crusader and BSNL Swar, required by each one of our
branches. Further, every month, a number of magazine
bundles despatched to the branches, are being returned to
the CHQ. This may be due to the reason that the addresses
are not updated, or due to the merger of branch unions,
with the nearby branches, due to the fast phase of
retirements. In view of this, CHQ is urgently in need of
the following information, to streamline the publishing of
number of copies of Tele Crusader / BSNL Swar, actually
required by each branch in a district. Number of members
in the branch may also be mentioned.
An updated mailing address of all the branch
secretaries in each district.
of the branch unions, merged with nearby branches, due to
the fast phase of retirements.
secretaries are requested to send these information within
two weeks, to their respective circle unions. Circle
unions are requested to collect these information from all
the districts of their circle, and to send it to the CHQ,
by the end of February. Let us ensure that each paisa that
we spend on our magazines, is spent usefully.
Secretaries of BSNLEU and NFTE demand withdrawal of
victimisations imposed on associations of the Executives.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh,
GS, NFTE, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and
demanded withdrawal of victimisations imposed in the
leaders of the associations of the Executives. They
pointed out that imposition of the wage cut for
demonstration and dharna is not acceptable. They also
demanded withdrawal of the disciplinary action initiated
against the leaders of the Executives to restore normalcy
in BSNL, so that the Executives, together with the
Non-Executives can single mindedly concentrate in the
revival of BSNL. The CMD BSNL told that the request of
BSNLEU and NFTE would be looked into.
<<view joint letter>>
demanded to overcome the acute shortage of staff in the
newly formed CGM office at Vijayawada.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri D. Chakraborty, GM (Pers.)
today, and discussed about the shortage of staff in the
newly started CGM office of Andhra Pradesh circle at
Vijayawada. The GS pointed out that there is acute
shortage of staff in the CGM office at Vijayawada, as a
result of which works are suffering to a great extent. The
GS demanded that the Corporate Office should take
immediate action to overcome the shortage without further
delay. The GM (Pers.) agreed to take needful action.
of Welfare Fund to Andhra Pradesh circle demanded.
allocation has already been made to various circles,
including Andhra Pradesh circle. However, the funds are
actually not released so far by the Corporate Office. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Mayank Sharma, DGM (Admn.) and
demanded immediate releasing of the funds. The DGM (Admn.)
assured to do the needful.
pays homage to the army personnel, killed in avalanche in
During the past two days, 15 army personnel, including one
officer, have been killed in avalanche, that have taken
place in Gurez and Sonmarg areas of Kashmir. Heavy snow
fall and storm are retarding the rescue operations. BSNLEU
pays it’s respectful homage to the killed army personnel
and offers condolences to their families and friends.
of all unions and associations to be held on 06.02.2017.
A meeting of
the all unions and associations will be held at 3 pm on
06.02.2017. The venue of the meeting will be BSNL MS
office. The next course of action on the Subsidiary Tower
Company and also issues like PMO office letter on BSNL,
facing challenges from Reliance Jio, and BSNL’s 4G service
will be discussed in this meeting.
Management demands the government to allot 700 MHz
other private operators have started 4G service, BSNL has
not yet started the same. This is the age of data, and
BSNL cannot sustain in the market without providing 4G
service. For providing 4G service, spectrum is required.
BSNL has requested the government to allot 700 MHz
spectrum for this purpose. BSNLEU, in it’s 8th All India
Conference held recently, has demanded that the government
should allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, free of cost.
inducting it’s party people as ‘independent’ directors in
government, which is taking all out efforts to kill the
public sector, has now taken decision to induct 10 of it’s
party people, as the independent directors on the boards
of top public sector companies. The NDA’s Appointments
Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), has taken decision to this
party’s Delhi unit Vice President Shazia Ilmi; Gujarat IT
cell convenor Rajika Kacheria; minority face of the BJP in
Gujarat Asifa Khan; former BJP MLA candidate from Odisha
Surama Padhy and former Bihar MLC Kiran Ghai Sinha.
They are to be
inducted as independent directors of Navaratna PSUs that
include Engineers India Ltd (EIL), Hindustan Petroleum
Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL)
and the National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO).
[Source: The Indian Express dated 27.01.2017]
writes to the Prime Minister of India.
Forum of BSNL unions and associations has written a
detailed letter to the Prime Minister of India, responding
to the letter of the Prime Minister’s Office, addressed to
the Secretary, DoT, calling for report on the
implementation of the Niti Aayog's report, for the closure
/ transfer to states / status, etc., of BSNL and ITI. The
unions and associations of BSNL have to chalk out
agitational programme without delay, against the covert
moves being made by the Niti Aayog and the Government of
India, for the disinvestment through strategic sale /
privatisation / closure of BSNL, which is being seriously
contemplated by the Niti Aayog and the Government of
writes to the Director (HR), BSNL, on the illegal recovery
from employees, in the name of EPF contribution arrears.<<view
writes to the DDG (Estt.), DoT, on request for
implementing revised DCRG for BSNL absorbed DoT employees
guidelines for retention of BSNL/MTNL Staff Quarters to
DoT Employees in the Event of
with the Director (HR), BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director
(HR) today, and discussed the following issues:-
(a) Complaints connected with the
Consolidation of Business Areas.
It was pointed out that in
circles like Karnataka and Telengana, the CGM’s are
proceeding with the Consolidation of Business Areas,
without holding proper discussion with the Recognised
Union. In all the cases, the work load increases many fold
in the Head Quarters of the Business Area, since the
dealing of HR issues get transferred there. Necessary
action needs to be taken to cope with this additional work
load. Another important issue involved is that, after
consolidation, the Non-Executives have to travel hundreds
of kilometres to reach the Head Quartes of the Business
Area, to get their grievances redressed. This issue also
needs to be taken care, before consolidation is done. The
Director (HR) assured that these issues would be looked
(b) Inordinate delay in the review
of JAO LICE results.
It was pointed out that
there is inordinate delay in reviewing the results of the
JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016. The Director (HR) informed
that this would be completed within the next few days.
(c) Jungle raj in Dharbanga SSA of
It was pointed out that
the GM, Dharbanga SSA in Bihar circle, is running a jungle
raj in that SSA, and is flouting all rules of the Company.
It was also pointed out how a member of BSNLEU is being
harassed in the matter of allotment of quarters. The
Director (HR), assured to look into the matter.
(d) Victimisation of com. Ram Naresh
Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur.
It was pointed that the
official has been imposed with a disproportionate
punishment. It was requested that the review petition of
the official, submitted to the Director (HR) may be
disposed of expeditiously. The Director (HR) assured to do
(e) Inordinate delay in the
reconstitution of the National Council.
It was pointed that 8
months have already elapsed, after the results of the 7th
Membership Verification are declared, and that still the
National Council has not been reconstituted. It was
assured that needful action would be taken.
of JTO LICE to fill-up 50% vacancies for Draughtsman
It was pointed out that
the decision of the National Council, to hold a JTO LICE,
to fill-up 50% vacancies from the Draughtsman cadre, has
not been implemented even after many years, despite the
Union has give many letters. It was also pointed that
non-implementation of the results of the National Council
is nothing but an insult to the Apex Negotiating Forum.
The Director (HR) assured to take needful action on this.
with the OSD to the Hon’ble Minister of State for
Communications, on the issue of DR JE recruitment.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. John Verghese, AGS, met shri A.N. Rai, OSD to the
Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications today, and
discussed about the recruitment of DR JE. The GS and the
AGS informed the OSD that the enquiry conducted by the DoT
has already been completed. They requested him to take up
the issue with the Hon’ble Minister and to ensure that an
early direction on this issue is given to the BSNL
Management. The OSD assured that he would inform the same
to the Hon’ble Minister.
of the DR JE recruitment.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.)
today, and enquired about the status of the recruitment
process of the DR JE. The GM (Rectt.) replied that BSNL
has so far not received any direction from the DoT on this
matter. It is understood that the enquiry conducted by the
DoT, with regards to the recruitment of DR JE, is already
completed and a report is already submitted to the Hon’ble
Minister of State for Communications. Now, a decision on
the matter is to be taken by the Hon’ble Minister, which
he has not done so far.
with Sr.GM (Estt.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. John Verghese, AGS, met Ms.
Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Estt.), and discussed the following
a) The Union representatives requested the Sr.GM (Estt.)
to expeditiously consider the demand of the Union, on
making amendments to the JTO Recruitment Rules. It is
pointed out that since all the three JTO LICE examinations
are already over now, the Management should expeditiously
bring the amendments to the JTO RR, as has been assured
earlier. The Sr.GM (Estt.), assured that needful action
would be taken.
b) The issues of settlement of anomalies
and endorsement of the government order on recovery
of excess payment are lying pending with DoT for a
long time. BSNLEU has already discussed these issues
several times with the authorities in the DoT. The Union
representatives demanded that one more reminder should be
sent to the DoT on both these issues. The Sr.GM (Estt.)
of the rally held at Kolkata on 19th January, 2017, at the
call of BSNLCMU and BSNLEU, WB Circle, on the demand of
"Equal Pay for Equal Work."<<<views
very effective convention held at Ernakulam.
A largely attended convention is
organised at Ernakulam today, which is addressed by the
General Secretary. Comrades from nearby SSAs like Aleppey,
Kottayam, Palakkad and Malappuram also attended this
convention. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, circle president, presided
over the convention. Com.P.S.Peethambaran, district
president, Ernakulam, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
GS, addressed the convention. In his speech, the General
Secretary, spoke in detail, about the international and
national developments and on the decisions taken in the 8th
All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com.M.Vijayakumar,
Organising Secretary(CHQ) translated the General
Secretary's speech into Malayalam. Com.S.Pratap Kumar,
AGS, com.N.Guruprasad, CS, AIBDPA and Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi,
Convenor, Kerala circle Mahila Committee, addressed the
convention. Com.K.V.Premkumar, district secretary,
Ernakulam, thanked everyone. CHQ heartily congratulates
the Kerala circle union and Ernakulam district union for
organising a very effective convention.<<<views
of the convention>>>
[21.01.2017]CHQ Hindi circular
no.1 dated 17th January, 2017.<<<view
of the Kerala struggle are felicitated by the General
Six leaders, who were suspended, charge-sheeted and
transferred to far off places in Kerala circle, by the
corrupt and arrogant M.S.S.Rao, at the time of the Kerala
struggle, are honoured by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, in the
convention held at Tiruvanantapuram today. Despite severe
victimisations, these comrades remained in the fore front
and led the struggle. <<<Views
of the honouring.>>>
impressive convention conducted in Tiruvanantapuram.
An impressive convention is conducted
in the CGM Office premises, Thiruvananthapuram, today. The
purpose of the convention is to explain the decisions of
the recently concluded All India Conference of BSNL
Employees Union, and also to celebrate the victory of the
struggle, conducted by the BSNLEU and SNEA comrades of
Kerala circle, against the corrupt and arrogant M.S.S. Rao,
the then CGM of Kerala circle. The convention was presided
over by Com. A.V. Kuriakose, Circle President. Com. K.
Mohanan, CS, welcomed everyone and delivered the
introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the
convention, congratulating the Kerala comrades for their
heroic struggle against the tyranny of M.S.S. Rao, and
demanding justice to the Casual and Contract Workers. He
also explained in detail, the decisions of the recently
concluded All India Conference of BSNLEU. Com. M.
Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA,
com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, com. George Verghese, Circle
President, SNEA, com. P.K. Muraleedharan, CS, P-III, com.
Muraleedharan Nair, former AGS, com. Somasekaran Nair, CS,
BSNLCCWF and com.Jacob Thomas, circle president, P-lll
also addressed the seminar. A large number of comrades
from the CGM office and Trivandrum district attended the
convention. Finally, com. K. Mohanan, CS, proposed the
vote of thanks.<<<views
Office letter on
of recommendations of 7th CPC pay revision in respect of
employees working in BSNL on CDA scales due to
non-issuance of Presidential orders for their absorption
in BSNL - admissibility of perks and allowances etc.<<<view
Office letter on
FAQ on Constitution of Councils ion BSNL.<<<view
Office letter on grant of cash
award to sportspersons for achieving excellence in
International Tournaments/Meets during 2016.<<<view
on grant of cash award to sportspersons for achieving
excellence in National Tournaments/Meets during the
calendar year 2016.<<<view
(CM) letter to all CGM's on International Wi-Fi Services
of BSNL to its Pre-paid and Postpaid Customer.<<<view
Office issues order on revised rate of IDA w.e.f. 01.01.2017.<<<click
and associations of Khammam SSA, conduct dharna against
Consolidation of Business Area.
In the name of Consolidation of
Business Areas, Management is bringing minor SSAs under
the control of adjacent major SSAs. In this process,
employees, especially the Non-Executives encounter many
problems. BSNLEU has demanded that the process of
Consolidation of Business Areas should be stopped, pending
discussion. All unions and associations of Khammam SSA in
Telangana SSA have conducted a massive dharna, opposing
this SSA being brought under Warangal SSA. CHQ heartily
congratulates the Khammam comrades.<<<
views of the dharna >>
of circle conferences, where they have become due - circle
secretaries to note please.
In view of the All India Conference,
General Secretary could not give dates to hold circle
conferences, in respect of the circles where it has become
due. Now that the All India Conference is already over,
circle conferences must be conducted in those circles. CHQ
requests the concerned circle secretaries to do the
needful in this regard.
Office letter to the GS, NFTE, with copy to the GS,BSNLEU,
on nomination Staff Side members to the National Council.<<<view
Office letter on strike,
Dharna conducted by Unions and Associations on 15.12.2016,
27.12.2016 and 28.12.2016.<<<view
demands to allot funds for GPF.
BSNLEU has demanded the Corporate Office to allot funds to
the circles, for this month's payment of GPF advance.
Today, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, has urged shri Y.N.Singh, GM(T&BFCI),
Corporate Office, to take necessary steps for the
allotment of funds to the circles.
Minister's Office (PMO) writes to the DoT, calling for
report on the status of implementation of Niti Aayog's
recommendations on BSNL and ITI.
May be a week ago, a letter, said to have been written by
the PMO, to the DoT, calling for report on the
implementation of the Niti Aayog's recommendations on BSNL
and ITI, started doing rounds on whatsapp and email. In
the letter, Niti Aayog's recommendation is mentioned as
CLOSURE / TRANSFER TO STATES, etc. BSNLEU did not react on
it, because we wanted to verify whether the letter is
genuine or faked. Through our sources, we enquired and
have confirmed that the letter is genuine. This letter
only shows the underground conspiracy being hatched out to
close down / privatise BSNL. It may be remembered that in
July last year, reports leaked out regarding the Niti
Aayog's plan to do Strategic Sale in BSNL. Against this,
BSNLEU and Forum conducted protest demonstrations
throughout the country. Immediately, Niti Aayog issued a
press statement, saying that it has no plan to start
strategic sale in BSNL. But, it is proved that underground
conspiracy is going on to finish off BSNL. BSNLEU will
consult with all unions and associations on this issue,
and will take appropriate action.<<<view
launches Mobile TV and Fixed Mobile Telephony.
In a bid to meet competition from private telecom
operators, BSNL launched mobile TV service called 'Ditto
TV' and also limited 'Fixed Mobile Telephony' yesterday.
FMT is an app that virtually turns mobiles into cordless
phone working in sync with landlines within home premises.
cannot solve the problems of mankind.
Socialism is the only
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claims that because of the
bold steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the
Indian economy has become the fastest growing economy in
the world. Whereas, the former Finance Minister,
P.Chidambaram claims that, Indian economy started
competing with the developed countries, only after the Neo
Liberal Economic policies were introduced in 1991, by the
Congress government, led by P.V.Narasimmha Rao and
Dr.Manmohan Singh. However, the trade union movement
keeps on saying that, whether the government is run by the
Congress Party or the BJP Party, the Neo Liberal Economic
Policies being implemented by both these parties, have
only helped the rich to become super rich, while the poor
have become miserably poorer. Yesterday's Times of India
report proves what Arun Jaitley and P.Chidambaram say is
wrong, and what the trade unions say is correct.
As per the report published in the Times of India
yesterday, the richest 1% Indians have 58% of the total
wealth of India. Just 57 billionaires in India, have the
wealth equivalent to the bottom 70% of Indians. Not only
this, only 8 billionaires of the world, are having 50% of
the world's total wealth with them. This is because, all
the capitalist countries of the world are following the
same Neo Liberal Economic Policies, being dictated by the
World Bank and the IMF. Trade unions also say that
Capitalism cannot solve the problems of mankind, and
Socialism is the only alternative.
Office letter on
LICE for promotion to the grade of JAO under 40% Quota -
Conducting of Examination in Jammu.<<<view
circular on the upbeat All India Conference of BSNLEU.
This CHQ circular contains a brief
narration of the proceedings, as well as the decisions of
the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai.
It is regretted that there is some delay in releasing this
circular, due to the illness of the General Secretary.
Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take
sincere efforts to implement the decisions of the AIC.<<<view
writes to the Director(HR) demanding to put the process of
Consolidation of Business Areas on hold, pending
The process of Consolidation of Business Areas is being
implemented in various circles, without addressing the
problems that are likely to be faced by the employees in
future. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded to put the process of
Consolidation of Business Areas on hold, pending
writes to the Director (HR), demanding implementation of
the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh Bench, on deputing qualified
JAO candidates for training.
The qualified candidates of the JAO LICE, held on
17.07.2016, belonging to Haryana circle are not yet sent
for training. Judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh
Bench, delivered on 28.11.2016, is yet to be implemented
by Haryana circle. BSNLEU has written to the Director
(HR), demanding expeditious implementation of the court
writes to the Director (HR) demanding expeditious decision
on the review of the JAO LICE
BSNLEU has demanded review of the results of the JAO LICE
held on 17th July, 2016. Management formed an internal
committee to conduct the review. The committee has already
submitted it’s report. However, a final call on the review
is yet to be taken by the Management. BSNLEU has written
to the Director (HR) demanding expeditious decision on
makes tie-up with Tata Communications for providing
unlimited data, through Wi-Fi hotspots while on
BSNL has made a tie-up with the Tata
Communications, for providing unlimited data, through
Wi-Fi hotspots to it’s customers while on international
roaming. With this tie-up, BSNL’s customers can get access
to 44 million Wi-Fi hotspots in various countries world
over. This facility will be provided by BSNL at fixed
tariff, priced at Rs.999/- for three days, Rs.1,599/- for
15 days and Rs.1,999/- for 30 days. BSNL is the first
mobile operator in India to provide such a facility to the
customers going abroad. Tata Communications has a global
network of submarine cable and provides connectivity to
more than 240 countries.
held in today's Designations Committee meeting.
Meeting of the designation committee for finalising
designations for the left out cadres is held today. In the
meeting, the Management side submitted a list of 119 left
out cadres. After detailed discussions it is found that a
good number of cadres are not existing at present. Hence,
it was decided that the Management should form an internal
sub-committee to find out within 15 days, as to how many
cadres are exactly existing at present. The
Designations Committee will again meet on 3rd February.
The staff side further proposed that the cadres should be
segregated scale and stream wise and can be designated as
per the mainstream designations. BSNLEU was represented by
com Balbir Singh, President and com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy
GS. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, could not attend today's meeting
due to illness.
Office order, prescribing pay slabs
in IDA scales, for calculating
Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowances.<<view
Office letter on forming committees at circle and SSA
levels, for improving the
conditions of IQs.<<view
writes to the Corporate Office on the extension of MoU
with Union Bank of India.
The MoU signed between BSNL and Union Bank of India, for
extending various loans to BSNL employees has expired on
31.12.2016. BSNLEU has written to the GM (T&BFCI),
Corporate Office, demanding to renew the MoU.<<view
in DR JE recruitment – General Secretary meets CMD BSNL
with the representatives of the selected candidates.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD BSNL today, with the
representatives of the DR JE selected candidates, viz.,
shri Krishan Kanhaiya and ms. Achhita Prakash. Com. Ramesh
Chand, Organising Secretary (CHQ), was also present. The
representatives of BSNLEU and the representatives of the
selected candidates urged upon the CMD BSNL to use his
good office to find a prompt solution to the stalemate
prevailing in the DR JE recruitment. The CMD BSNL replied
that the matter is presently being enquired by the DoT,
and any action needed to be taken
by the BSNL Management, can be taken only after completion
of the enquiry by the DoT.
with CMD BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org.
Secretary (CHQ), met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL
today, and discussed the following issues:-
Formation of Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation.
Formation of the truncated Wage Negotiation Committee,
without representation from Recognised Unions, was
resented. It was pointed out that without formation of a
Joint Committee, no negotiation on wage revision could
take place between the Management and the Staff Side. It
was strongly demanded that the Management should
immediately constitute a Joint Committee for Wage
Negotiation with trade union representatives. CMD BSNL
agreed to this demand and assured to take needful action.
Extension of off-net call facility in the Rs.200/- SIM.
It was pointed out that the Corporate Office has so far
not taken decision to extend the off-net call facility to
the Non-Executives on their Rs.200/- SIMs, despite several
letters are written to the Management on this issue. The
CMD BSNL assured to take expeditious decision on this
matter. (Subsequently, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.
Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), also met shri A.K.
Sinha, GM (Admn.), and insisted for early issuance of the
letter on this issue.)
Nomination of the tainted MP to the TAC of Kolkata
Nomination of shri Kunal Ghosh, the tainted MP, to the
Telephone Advisory Committee of Kolkata was strongly
opposed. A copy of the letter written by BSNLEU, to the
Secretary, DoT, was handed over to the CMD BSNL. The CMD
BSNL replied that nominations to the TAC are being made by
the government, and that their decision is final in the
(Rectt.) urged to issue early notification for holding
Telecom Technician LICE and Junior Engineer LICE.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org.
Secretary (CHQ), met ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and
discussed this issue. They pointed that the TT LICE and JE
LICE were not held last year (2016). Hence, it was urged
that the Recruitment Branch should immediately issue
notification to the circles for holding TT LICE and JE
LICE. The representatives also pointed out that the
Corporate Office has so far not issued calendar for
examinations for this year and demanded that the same
should be issued without further delay. The GM (Rectt.)
assured to do the needful.<<view
with GM (SR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org.
Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and
discussed the following issues:-
a) Corporate Office letter on
remittance of union subscription quota to the CHQ.
The representatives thanked the GM (SR) for the issuance
of letter by the Corporate Office, directing the circle
administrations for the prompt remittance of union
subscription quota to the district, circle and All India
Unions. However, they pointed out that no direction is
given in that letter that, while sending quota to the All
India Union, the circle offices should also send a list
showing the district wise quota particulars. The GM (SR)
agreed to this point and assured that immediately
Corporate Office will send a direction in this regards to
all the CGM’s.
Delay in convening the PLI
It was pointed out by the union representatives that the
PLI committee meeting, for framing the new PLI formula, is
not being conducted. It was demanded that the meeting
should be convened immediately, and also regular meetings
should take place for finalising the new PLI formula at an
early date. The GM (SR) replied that appropriate action
would be taken in this regard.
c) Early disposal of the review
petition of com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary,
The review petition, preferred by com. Ram Naresh Prasad,
District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jamshedpur, against the
unjustified punishment imposed on him, is lying pending
with the Corporate Office for a long time. Recently, the
official has also sent a reminder on this issue. The
representatives demanded that Corporate Office should
promptly take decision on this review petition. The GM
(SR) assured to take needful action.
for the Direct Recruitment of JTOs in BSNL.
CHQ is getting enquiries from various quarters, with
regards to the Direct Recruitment of JTOs in BSNL. Till
recently, BSNL was conducting examinations for the Direct
Recruitment of JTOs. However, decision has been taken by
the BSNL Management, to make the Direct Recruitment of
JTOs through the GATE Examination. This is the method
being presently followed by various Public Sector
Undertakings, for the recruitment of their Engineers.
Hence, those who aspire to become JTOs in BSNL, through
the Direct Recruitment, have to appear the GATE
Examination. BSNL is likely to start it’s registration for
the Direct Recruitment of JTOs, through the GATE
and automobile sectors seriously hit by demonetisation.
Demonetisation has brought sufferings to millions of
people. Unorganised workers have lost their jobs
massively. Those who continue with their jobs do not get
their wages. Agriculturalists have suffered in a big way.
But, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister continue to
make tall claims about the benefits to the economy,
brought by demonetisation. Now, news has started coming,
how badly the economy is hit. Today’s Economic Times has
reported that sales of automobiles have fallen 18.66% in
the month of December. In this, sales of two wheelers got
reduced by 22.04% and sales of three wheelers have got
reduced by 36.23%. The paper reports that this is the
steepest fall since 2000 in the automobile industry. The
paper has also reported that home sales has got reduced by
23% during the period from July to December, 2016. Only
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say why the nation is
made to suffer so much due to demonetisation?
writes to the Member (Finance), Telecom Commission, giving
alternative proposal to overcome the problem in the
payment of GPF advance.
Due to the cash crunch being faced by BSNL, the Corporate
Office is not able to allot funds to the circles every
month, for payment of GPF advance to the employees. To
over come this problem, BSNLEU has written to the Member
(Finance), Telecom Commission, demanding allotment of
funds in advance to BSNL every month, so that employees do
not face any problem in getting payment of GPF advance on
passed in the All India Conference of BSNL
Employees Union, held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016
to 3rd January, 2017.
(1) On Wage Revision
(2) On settlement of
long pending demands of the Non-Executives.<<click
Observing the centenary year of the Great October
BSNL facing competition and advancing as a strong PSU in
the changed scenario in telecom sector.<<click
strengthening the united struggles of BSNL employees and
Equal Pay for Equal Work.<<click
Secretary, BSNLEU, urged the
Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, to clear the deadlock
created in the DR JE recruitment.
The Direct Recruitment in the cadre of Junior Engineer,
conducted by BSNL in September, 2016, has been put on hold
by the DoT. It’s also being told that the DoT is
conducting an enquiry on this issue, based on the
complaints received. Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met
shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, who is
conducting the enquiry into the complaints. Since it is a
sensitive issue, the Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT,
declined to share any information with the General
Secretary. However, the General Secretary urged upon him
to expeditiously complete the enquiry, since delay in the
resolution of the issue will affect both BSNL, as well as
the selected candidates.
of JAO LICE results.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP)
today, and discussed about the review of the JAO LICE
results. The GM (FP) told that the Committee which was
constituted for reviewing the results, has already
submitted it’s report to the Director (HR), and a final
call on this has to be taken at that level. BSNLEU will
further pursue this issue.
to JAO LICE Recruitment Rules.
BSNLEU has already demanded to make certain amendments to
the JAO LICE Recruitment Rules, to lessen the hardships
being experienced by the Non-Executives, in appearing in
the exam. The Corporate Office has constituted a Committee
for considering this. However, the Committee has not yet
finalised it’s report. In his meeting with shri Sunil
Kumar, GM (FP) today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, insisted for
an early decision on this issue.
of funds to Tamil Nadu circle for payment of festival
Tamil Nadu circle has demanded Rs.50 lakh from the
Corporate Office, for the payment of festival advance to
the employees, for the forthcoming Pongal festival. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri Y.N.
Singh, GM (T&BFCI), today, and demanded immediate
allotment of funds to Tamil Nadu circle. The GM (T&BFCI),
assured that the funds would be allotted positively by
Office letter on annual health check-up to the employees
below the rank of GM.<<view
corporates oppose Narendra Modi government's move to
totally handover the civil aviation sector to
The Narendra Modi government is moving
in the direction of handing over the civil aviation
sector, completely to multinational corporates, by
removing all the existing restrictions. Interestingly, the
Indian corporates operating in the civil aviation sector,
are opposing this move. Recently, Spice Jet CMD, Ajay
Singh and Indigo Airlines President, Aditya Ghosh have met
the Union Commerce and Industries Minister, Nirmala
Sitharaman, and have warned that the changes that the
government is trying to do in the civil aviation sector,
will have security implications for the nation. As per the
present rules, (Aircraft Rules 1937) a Scheduled
Operator's Permit can be given by the government, only to
a company where the substantial ownership and effective
control are in the hands of Indian nationals. Now, the
Narendra Modi government wants to throw this restriction
away, so that multinational corporations can totally take
over the Indian civil aviation sector into their hands.
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
Office letter to CGMs on remittance of quota to various
levels of BSNLEU.
After the introduction of ERP, CHQ is not receiving
monthly remittance of quota of Union subscription, from
many circles, as per the orders of the Corporate Office.
Hence, CHQ took up the issue with the Corporate Office.
Based on this, the Corporate Office has issued letter to
the CGMs, directing them to ensure separate remittances of
quota every month, to the CHQ , as well as to the
circle and district unions. Circle and district
secretaries are requested to ensure the meticulous
implementation of this order.<<<
view Corporate Office letter >>>
demands withdrawal of the tainted MP's nomination to the
TAC of Kolkata Telephones circle.
The central government has nominated shri Kunal Ghosh,
MP, to the Telephone Advisory Committee of Kolkata
Telephones circle. This MP has been arrested by the CBI,
in connection with the Saradha scam. He was in jail, and
was granted indefinite bail only last Friday. On one side,
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is making high decibel
speeches against corruption. On the other side, the
government is patronising politicians who are involved in
massive scams. BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DoT,
demanding immediate withdrawal of the nomination of shri
Committee meeting to be held on 13th January,
After order was issued for change of
designations of the four main cadres, viz., RM, TM, Sr.TOA
and TTA, BSNLEU has been continuously demanding that the
designations of the remaining cadres of the Non-Executives
should also be changed. However, Management took much time
to reconstitute the Committee. Now, a meeting of the
reconstituted Committee has been scheduled to be held
on 13th January, 2017. BSNLEU will take all out efforts to
find new designations to the left out Non-Executive
notification for the meeting>>>
writes to the CMD BSNL, communicating the list of Central
Office-bearers, elected in the 8th All India Conference of
the Union, held at Chennai.<<<view
GDP growth rate falls.
India’s economic growth, for the year ending March 31st,
2017, is set to fall. As per estimates, the GDP growth
rate will be 7.1%. This figure remained at 7.6% in the
last year. Despite loud noises made by the Prime Minister
and the Finance Minister about the economic performance of
the government, growth of the industrial and service
sectors have fallen sizeably.
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
Court stayed sale of Aircle’s 2G spectrum.
The Supreme Court has stayed the sale of it’s 2G spectrum
by Aircel. This company is presently owned by Malaysian
business tycoon, T. Ananda Krishnan. A Delhi trial court
is already hearing the accusation that, Dayanidhi Maran
favoured T. Ananda Krishnan to take over Aircel from it’s
promoter C. Sivasankaran. In return, T. Ananda Krishnan
had invested Rs.600/- crore in the TV channel owned by
Dayanidhi Maran’s family.
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
of the scrapped notes are deposited with banks.
Nearly 97% of the demonetised Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/-
notes are deposited with banks, as on 31st December, 2016.
Rs.15.44 lakh crore, representing 86% of all currency
notes were declared invalid on November 8th. Out of these
banned notes, Rs.14.97 currency notes are returned to the
banks. Only 3% banned notes are not returned to the banks.
This almost tallies with the estimation of economic
experts that only 3% of black money is kept in the form of
cash. This only shows that demonetisation of Rs.500/- and
Rs.1,000/- notes has helped very little in abolishing
[Source: Times of India dated 05.01.2017]
Office letter on details of Court Cases for counting of
Casual Workers service for pensionary benefits.<<<view
Revision to the unabsorbed DoT employees, based on the
recommendations of the 7th CPC.
Still many unabsorbed DoT employees are working in
BSNL, for whom Presidential Orders are not issued, due to
one reason or the other. They are eligible for Pay
Revision, as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay
Commission. BSNLEU took up this issue and demanded
implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC for
these employees. After much delay, the Corporate Office
had issued letter yesterday, for the implementation of the
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate constitution
of a Joint Wage Negotiation Committee.
Ever since the government constituted the 3rd PRC, for the
wage revision of the Executives, BSNLEU is demanding
constitution of the wage revision committee for the
Non-Executives. After dilly dallying for a long time,
Corporate Office has formed a wage revision committee,
without any representation from the Recognised Unions.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, rejecting this
truncated wage revision committee, and demanding immediate
constitution of a Joint Wage Negotiation Committee, with
the representatives of the Recognised Unions.
<<< view letter >>>
thanks to the Reception Committee of the 8th All India
Reception Committee of the 8th All India Conference,
headed by com. T. K.
P, com. S.
Chellappa, AGS, and com.
Babu Radhakrishnan, CS,
TN, did a wonderful job in providing excellent
arrangements, and making the Chennai All India Conference
a memorable one for all times to come. CHQ heartily thanks
the entire leaders and members of BSNLEU,Tamil Nadu
circle, for doing this marvelous job.
elected in the 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU.
List of Office bearers>>>
best All India Conference of BSNLEU.
Each and every conference of BSNLEU turns out to be a
milestone. However, the 8th All India Conference held at
Chennai will be considered as the best conference. It is
because of the quality of the debate conducted by the
delegates, and the involvement with which the delegates
and observers participated in the conference. The house
remained jam-packed till the last minute of the last day
of the conference.
<<< Views of the conference >>>
All India Conference concluded jubilantly.
The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, which started at
Chennai on 31st December,2016, got concluded jubilantly
yesterday. Important issues like struggles to stop the
Subsidiary Tower Company, settlement of wage revision,
settlement of the Non-Executives' issues,
etc., are deeply discussed by the Conference, and
valuable guidance has been given to the CHQ. Com. Balbir
Singh, com. P.Abhimanyu and com.Swapan Chakraborty are
re-elected as President, General Secretary and Deputy
General Secretary, respectively. Com.Gakul Borah(Assam),
is elected as the new Treasurer. At 19:00 hrs, the
Conference got concluded in an upbeat mood, amidst
views of the fantastic seminar, held in the 8th All India
Conference of BSNLEU.
Only some photos of the the fantastic seminar, held on
31-12-2016, in the ongoing All India Conference of BSNLEU
were uploaded on CHQ website. The remaining photos are
uploaded here with. CHQ regrets for the delay.
<<< Remaining views of the Seminar >>>
Session of 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU started.
The Delegates Session of the 8th All India Conference of
BSNLEU started in the afternoon of 31st December, 2016.
Com. Balbir Singh, presided over and com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, welcomed all. Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, Vice-President,
CITU, inaugurated the session, vividly explaining the
international and national developments in the trade union
front. He exposed the pro-corporate policies of the Modi
government. The session is also addressed by com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, Patron, com. Raj Bahadur Rawal, President,
Telecom Employees Association of Nepal (TEAN), com. M.
Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. V. Ramesh, GS, AIIEA,
com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA and com. Animesh Mitra, SG,
All India Conference of BSNLEU, started with an excellent
The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, started at Chennai
today. National Flag was hoisted by com. Balbir Singh,
President and the Union Red Flag was hoisted by
Com.P.Abhimanyu,General Secretary. The seminar titled
"Service With A Smile for the Revival of BSNL" was
presided over by com. Balbir Singh. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
General Secretary delivered the Keynote address. Shri.
Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, com. Chandeswar Singh,GS,
NFTE, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com. G.L.Jogi,
chairman, SNEA,com.Sivakumar,President, AIBSNLEA,
ms.Poonguzhali,CGM, Tamil Nadu, ms. Kalavathi, CGM,
Chennai, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, com. Suresh
Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and com. Chellapandian, President, TEPU
addressed. It is a highly successful seminar, addressed by
more than 2,000 delegates, observers and visitors. The
speeches of the officers and the leaders have inspired the
audience and will certainly motivate them for further
involvement in the revival of BSNL.
<<< views of the seminar >>>
jubilant All India Conference to start on 31st December,
BSNLEU's 8th All India Conference is all set to start
jubilantly at Chennai day after tomorrow, ie., 31st
December, 2016. CMD BSNL Director
(HR) and leaders of BSNL Unions and associations are
participating in the seminar titled "Service With A Smile
for the revival of BSNL". Com. A.K.Padmanabhan,
Vice-president, CITU, is inaugurating the delegates
session. The Reception Committee has made exhaustive
preparations for the success of the Conference.<<click
start ups closed down in 2016.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has vowed to make India a
manufacturing hub, for which he has given the slogan "
Make in India". He is tirelessly touring the world to
attract investments. However, the scope for industrial
expansion continues to be bleak. New industries, which are
called " Start ups" are being closed down in a big way. In
2016, 212 start ups were closed down. In 2015, this figure
stood at 140. It must also be noted that these start ups
would have availed all the concessions extended by the
government, apart from huge bank loans. Reason for closure
of these startups is lack of domestic demand.
calls for explanation from Reliance Jio, for violation of
Reliance Jio is only allowed to extend free promotional
deals for up to 90 days, according to TRAI guidelines. So
its "Welcome Offer", which presented voice, data and text
messages at no cost, could only be made available between
September 5 and December 3, 2016 However, in the beginning
of December, Reliance Jio again announced a "Happy New
Year Offer", for the new and existing customers which will
deliver similar benefits as the Welcome Offer until March
31 next year. The TRAI, did not question the violation of
it's guidelines by Reliance Jio.Now Airtel has filed a
petition before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and
Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), accusing TRAI of ignoring
violations by Reliance Jio. After this, the TRAI has
called for explanation from Reliance Jio.
demands formation of Joint Committee for wage
Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met ms. Sujata Ray,
Director(HR) today and pointed out that the Wage revision
committee, formed by the Management, without union
representatives, will not serve the purpose and demanded
formation of a joint committee, with representation from
recognised unions. Director(HR) assured that the issue
would be looked into.
The severe victimisations at Varanasi, wherein BSNLEU
leaders and members are implicated in forged FIRs, are
being taken up with the Corporate Office for a long time.
But, the directions given by Corporate Office were not
being implemented by the UP(East) circle administration,
as well as the Varanasi district administration. They were
also misleading the Corporate Office by providing false
information. However, BSNLEU has been continuously taking
up the issue. In this regard, it is learnt that the CGM
and GM(Admn.) of UP(East) circle are being called by the
Corporate Office for discussion. If the problem is not
resolved soon, BSNLEU will be forced to start agitation.
on UF's 24 point charter of demands.
The Regional Labour Commissioner conducted a conciliation
between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, on the
24 point charter of demands. In the earlier meeting, the
RLC had suggested one more round of discussion, between
the UF and the Management. In today's meeting it was
informed that the Management is not prepared for such a
discussion. Further, they demanded closure of many items
of the 24 point charter of demands. But, this was opposed
by the UF representatives, who told that they would give a
rejoinder to the note submitted by the Management. The
next round of conciliation will be held on 6th
February,2017. The conciliation was attended by com.Swapan
Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com.Kuldeep Singh,Asst.Treasurer(CHQ)
from BSNLEU, com.Sunil Gautam, Dy.GS, SNATTA and
com.Sarnam Singh Thomar,Dy.GS, BSNL MS.
Labour Commissioner (Central) writes to the DoT,
suggesting to start early talks for Wage Revision.
In the earlier conciliation meeting, between the United
Forum and BSNL Management, the Regional Labour
Commissioner(Central) accepted the argument of the United
Forum that, the negotiations for wage revision of the
Non-Executives should be started immediately, since
government has already constituted the 3rd PRC
for the Executives. Further, he assured that he himself
would take up the issue with the DoT. Accordingly, the RLC
has written to the DoT.<<<
view RLC's letter >>>
forms a truncated Wage Revision Committee.
BSNLEU is insisting upon the Management to start the Wage
negotiations, since government has already constituted the
3rd PRC for the Executives. But, the Management has been
avoiding it, on the plea that they have not received
clearance from the DPE, for doing so. In this situation,
BSNLEU demanded to at least constitute the Wage
Negotiations Committee, so that wage negotiation can be
started immediately after clearance is received from the
government. But, this demand was also not considered,
despite so many letters are written. Finally
com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met the CMD BSNL last Friday, and
insisted the demand. After discussion, the CMD BSNL gave a
positive assurance. However, the Corporate Office has
issued letter today, for the formation of a Wage Revision
Committee, without representation from the Recognised
Unions. This is not acceptable to us. BSNLEU will soon
take up the issue further with the CMD
BSNL for immediate formation of a Wage Negotiation
Committee, which will be consisting of both Management and
Corporate Office Letter>>>
“March to CGMT Office” conducted in West Bengal.
More than 1,000 BSNL employees, casual & contract workers
and pensioners participated in a massive “March to the
CGMT Office” on 22nd December, 2016, organised by BSNLEU,
BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, West Bengal circle, against the total
breakdown of the BSNL Administration in West Bengal
circle. There is heavy backlog of pending problems of the
regular employees, casual & contract workers and
pensioners. The casual & contract workers have not
received salary for months together. Pensioners have not
got their arrears on account of 78.2% IDA merger. Regular
employees are aggrieved that their promotions, personal
claims and other day to day problems are not getting
settled on time. This rally is a warning for the Circle
Administration. If situation does not improve, serious
struggles may become inevitable.<<Views
of the programme>>
endorsement of Government of India’s decisions for the
revision of pension / gratuity / commutation of pension /
family pension / disability pension / ex-gratia lump-sum
compensation etc., based on the recommendations of the
7th Pay Commission.<<click
Varma, DGM, BSNL, Bulandshahr, has been arrested
by CBI for taking bribe of Rs. 10,000/- from a contractor.
R.S. Varma, DGM, Bulandshahar, was arrested by the CBI
while taking a bribe for clearing bills. It is alleged
that the DGM was demanding 5% of the tender amount for
payment clearance. The CBI laid a trap in the GMTD Office,
BSNL Bulandshahar, and the DGM was caught while accepting
Secretaries are requested to send the names of the
delegates and observers, to the Reception Committee,
latest by 27th December, 2016.
The Reception Committee of the 8th All India Conference,
has requested the CHQ to immediately send them, the names
of the delegates and observers, attending the All India
Conference from each and every circle, latest by 27th
December, 2016. Hence, all the circle secretaries are
requested to kindly send the names of the delegates and
observers of their circles, to the Reception Committee
immediately. These names should be sent by e-mail or by
fax, latest by 27th December, 2016.E-mail ID & Fax No. of
the Reception Committee is as follows:-
Fax No: 044-28294252
instituted to look into the complaints connected with the
selection of DR JEs.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met the Officer on Special Duty (OSD)
to the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications today,
and discussed about the DR JE recruitment, that has been
put on hold by the DoT. The General Secretary is told that
an enquiry has been instituted by the DoT, to look into
the complaints received from candidates, with regards to
wrong questions / answers of the exam. The Joint Secretary
(Administration) of the DoT is conducting this enquiry. In
this connection, the DoT has raised certain queries with
the Recruitment Branch of the BSNL Corporate Office, for
which replies are sent by BSNL. Later on today, the GS met
Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.), BSNL Corporate Office,
and discussed this issue. He urged upon the GM (Rectt. &
Trg.) to take needful action for the early completion of
the enquiry, so that the recruitment process could be
BSNL is urged upon by BSNLEU, to immediately constitute
the Wage Negotiation Committee, pending receipt of
approval by the DPE.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD
BSNL today, and conveyed the anguish of the employees over
the inordinate delay in the constitution of the Wage
Negotiation Committee. The GS insisted that pending
receipt of clearance from the DPE, for starting wage
negotiations, BSNL Management should immediately start the
task of constituting the Wage Negotiation Committee. If
this task is completed, wage negotiations can be started
immediately after receipt of clearance from the DPE. The
CMD BSNL agreed with the reasoning of the GS and assured
that needful action would be taken.
the pending HR issues of the Non-Executives without
further delay – CMD BSNL urged.
The CMD BSNL is urged today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, to
immediately approve the HR issues which are lying pending
for the approval of the Board of Directors. The GS pointed
out that the HR issues of Non-Executives, viz., promotion
in E1 pay scale, granting of one advance increment to the
left-out Non-Executives, appointed between 01.01.2007 and
06.05.2010 and payment of gratuity to casual labourers,
are already approved by the Management Committee and are
sent for the approval of the BSNL Board. However, these
issues are yet to be approved by the BSNL Board, and hence
they are hanging fire, pointed out the GS. The CMD BSNL
replied that this issue would be looked into.
written by BSNLEU, to the CMD BSNL, urging immediate
constitution of the Wage Negotiation Committee, pending
receipt of clearance from the DPE.<<view
written by BSNLEU, to the CMD BSNL, urging immediate
approval of the HR issues of the Non-Executives, lying
pending with the BSNL Board.<<view
and observers of the All India Conference should bring
their BSNL photo IDs.
Delegates and observers for the All India Conference to be
held at Chennai are requested to bring their photo IDs,
issued by BSNL, without fail. The delegates and observers
will be required to produce their photo IDs in the places
where their accommodations are arranged. CHQ is making
this request in the interest of the delegates and
observers. Since, the climate during night times will be
slightly chill, the delegates and observers are also
requested to bring their bed-sheets.
approves Cadre Review of the ITS Officers – Director
General of Telecom post to be created once again.
The Central Cabinet met on 21.12.2016, presided over by
the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The meeting has
finalised the Cadre Review of the ITS Officers. According
to this decision, a post of Director General of Telecom is
to be created. It may be remembered that originally there
was a post of Director General of Telecom. The cadre
strength of the ITS is restricted to the present working
strength of 1,690.<<view
once again writes to shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of
State for Communications, on the Direct Recruitment of JEs.
BSNLEU has once again written to the Hon’ble Minister of
State for Communications, shri Manoj Sinha, requesting him
to immediately take steps to break the stalemate that has
arisen in the Direct Recruitment of JEs. BSNLEU has
pointed out that a fool proof method has been adopted by
the BSNL Management to avoid any malpractice in the online
exam. BSNLEU has also pointed out to the Minister, that
any further delay in the appointment of the selected DR
JEs will result in acute shortage in the cadre of JEs,
which will have an adverse impact in the quality of BSNL’s
funds allotted to circles.
Corporate Office has allotted funds to
the circles, for GPF payment. Despite cash crunch, funds
are sent. We appreciate the GM(T&BFCI) for this.
Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, had a long discussion with shri
Y.N.Singh, GM(T&BFCI) today, about making uninterrupted
payment of GPF advance to the employees, in a situation
wherein BSNL is facing cash crunch due to demonetisation,
as well as reduction in revenue,
due to competition from Reliance Jio. Certain suggestions
have come up in the discussion, which will be further
discussed with the Member(Finance) of the DoT.
writes to the CMD for allotment of funds for payment of
Corporate Office has not allotted funds to the circles
this month, for the payment of GPF advance. When the issue
was discussed with the GM (T&BFCI), BSNLEU is told that
funds would not be allotted this month, due to cash
crunch. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL,
demanding allotment of funds.<<view
demands payment of Rs.10,000/- of the salary in cash.
The Finance Ministry and the DPE have issued letters,
stating that a salary advance of Rs.10,000/- should be
paid in cash to the employees of the PSEs. BSNLEU wrote to
the Director (HR), last month, demanding implementation of
the order. However, it was not implemented in BSNL. Hence,
BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding
Rs.10,000/- of the salary, for the month of December,
2016, to be paid in cash.<<view
managers incapable, I am breaking my head over it –
Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who was among
the first to welcome the Centre’s demonetisation decision,
did a turnaround on Tuesday, saying it was “not what we
wished for” and pointed out that there was no solution in
sight even after “more than 40 days”. Naidu also heads the
13-member central committee set up to look into the
demonetisation issue, and his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is
an ally of the NDA. I am spending two hours daily to
review the situation and ease the problems caused by
demonetisation. I am breaking my head daily, but we are
unable to find a solution to this problem,” he said. Naidu
had earlier praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for
demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, even taking credit
for the decision. A day after Modi made the announcement
on November 8, the TDP was quick to claim that it was a
“victory” for Naidu.
[Source: The Indian
Express dated December 21, 2016]
Office letter on implementation of EPF coverage for
pre-appointment training period of BSNL recruited
BSNL’s greeting message for the 8th All India Conference
of BSNLEU to be held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016
to 3rd January, 2017.<<view
Office issues revised letter, sanctioning Special Casual
Leave for the CEC members and delegates, for attending 8th
All India Conference of BSNLEU.<<view
Office issues order for a wage cut for the One Day strike
held on 15.12.2016.
Corporate Office has issued order today
the 20.12.2016, for effecting wage cut for the One Day
strike that has taken place on 15.12.2016. This move of
the Management is nothing but an attempt to blunt future
struggles opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNL is
very dear to the Executives and Non-Executives. They are
determined to save BSNL at any cost. They will make the
Management to understand soon that, wage cut cannot deter
the employees from going on more militant forms of
struggles to protect BSNL.<<view
to be followed in connection with the 8th All India
Conference, to be held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016
to 3rd January, 2017.
The All India Centre of our Union has discussed about the
ways and means for conducting our 8th All India Conference
successfully, as well as in an orderly and disciplined
manner. These decisions of the All India Centre were
communicated to the CEC members and district secretaries,
through the CHQ circular no.15, dated 22nd September,
2016, i.e., 3 months before the All India Conference.
According to the decisions of the All India Centre: -
(1) Registration of the delegates and observers
will be held from 14:00 hrs. to 20:00 hrs. on 30th
December, 2016. With a view to facilitate this, the
Reception Committee has arranged staying accommodation and
food for the delegates and observers from 30th December,
2016 onwards. Hence, it is the responsibility of the
circle secretaries to ensure that all the delegates and
observers of their respective circles are registered on
30th December, 2016 itself. On any account registration of
delegates and observers will not be done on 31st December,
(2) Visitors will be allowed in the Seminar and
the Inauguration of the Subjects Committee to be held on
31st December, 2016. However, it should be kept in mind
that the capacity of the Hall is only 1,500.
(3) Only delegates and observers will be allowed
in the Subjects Committee, i.e., from 1st January, 2017 to
3rd January, 2017. No visitors will be allowed in the
All comrades are requested to kindly follow the
decisions of the All India Centre, and to cooperate with
the CHQ and the Reception Committee for the success of the
8th All India Conference.
Convention of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions to be
held at Bangalore on 29th January, 2017.
The Central Trade Unions have decided
to conduct a National Convention of the Central Public
Sector Trade Unions at Bangalore, on 29th
January, 2017. The two issues that will be discussed in
this convention are, the strategy to be adopted against
disinvestment / privatisation of PSUs and wage revision
w.e.f. 01.01.2017. BSNLEU is invited to participate in the
Unions to send particulars of the one day strike held on
The One Day strike on 15.12.2016,
against the decision of the government to form a
Subsidiary Tower Company was a complete success. It is
very important to note that the strike has become nearly
100% success, without much preparation. In most of the
places the offices were closed down. A full fledged review
of the strike will be done in the CEC meeting to be held
on 30.12.2016 and also in the All India Conference. Hence,
all circle secretaries are requested to send district wise
strike particulars in the enclosed performa. This is a
very important task that the circle unions should urgently
Office letter on amendment to
BSNL Transfer Policy.<<view
regarding Special Casual Leave to attend 8th All India
Order is already issued by the BSNL
Corporate Office, granting special casual leave to the
Central Office bearers, circle Secretaries and delegates,
to attend the 8th All India Conference, to be held at
Chennai. However, the Corporate Office has done a mistake
in that letter, with regards to the dates of the All India
Conference. A corrigendum is being issued by the Corporate
Office. All Central Office bearers, Circle Secretaries and
delegates are therefore, requested not to worry about
this, but to apply for special casual leave on time.<<view
is taking on Reliance Jio, by announcing aggressive
marketing. Offers unlimited free voice calls.
BSNL is taking on Reliance Jio, by
announcing unlimited voice calls. It has announced two
schemes with unlimited voice calls. The first one is
unlimited free voice calls, within BSNL network with 300
MB data, for Rs.99. The validity period will be 28 days.
However, this offer is limited to Kolktat TD, West Bengal,
Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The second scheme
is with unlimited calls, which includes other networks
also, with 1 GB data usage for Rs.300. It's validity
period will be 28 days. These new tariffs announced by
BSNL, have to be popularised among the public, through
Jallandhar, booked by CBI, on corruption charge.
CBI has booked a General Manager of
BSNL, presently posted in Jallandhar, on corruption
charge. The CBI has accused that C.L.Yadav, while working
as GM, Projects in Indore, has misused his office, and has
favored a company called Texmo Pipes and Products Ltd., in
the purchasing of duct pipes. For this, C.L.Yadav has
received bribe of over Rs. 60 lakh. The CBI has conducted
raids in the residences of C.L.Yadav, as well as that of
the Managing Director and a Director of Texmo pipes.
:Times of India dt. 17-12-2016)
Office issued instructions for timely settlement of
Office letter on sanction of Sports grant for different
views of the strike held on 15.12.2016.<<views
of the strike-1>>
<<views of the strike-2>>
<<views of the strike-3>>
of the strike held on 15.12.2016.<<click
allotment for GPF payment may not be possible this month –
says GM (T&BFCI).
CHQ is getting enquires from various circles, with regards
to the allotment of GPF fund by the Corporate Office. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri Y.N.
Singh, GM (T&BFCI). The GM told that BSNL is facing acute
shortage of cash due to demonetisation. He further told
that the revenue collection of BSNL has been greatly
affected and Corporate Office is not in a position to
allot funds this month for payment of GPF advance. CHQ
will further take up this issue.
statement issued by BSNLEU on the historic One Day strike,
against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view
of the One Day strike will be uploaded on website
CHQ has received a large number of enthusiastic photos,
from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, both on e-mail and on
whatsapp. It is evident from the photos that, the
participation of the employees in the strike is massive
and unprecedented. We regret that these photos could not
be uploaded on the website today itself, since the work
load involved is heavy. All the photos will be uploaded on
the website tomorrow.
one day strike, against fragmentation of BSNL,
successfully started throughout the country.
The one day strike against the conspiracy of the
government, to fragment BSNL, by forming a Subsidiary
Tower Company, has successfully started throughout the
country. Initial reports say that, the strike has evoked
massive response, both among the Non-Executives and
Executives of BSNL. BSNLEU salutes all the comrades.
View of the strike at
View of the strike at Hyderabad
View of the strike at Jaipur.
created in the recruitment of DR JEs is seriously raised
by the General Secretary, BSNLEU, with the Additional
Secretary, Dot, in today's meeting.
At the end of today's meeting at New Delhi, between shri
N. Sivasailam, Additional
Secretary, Department of Telecommunications and the unions
and associations of BSNL, to discuss about the Subsidiary
Tower Company issue, com.P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, seriously
raised the deadlock created in the recruitment of DR JEs.
Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, pointed that at a time when most of
the serving DR JEs have already passed the JTO exams that
were conducted this year, and also at a time
when BSNL is facing acute shortage in the cadre of DR JEs,
the deadlock created in the recruitment of DR JEs, is
going to cause irreparable loss to BSNL. The GS, BSNLEU,
also explained to the Additional Secretary, about crucial
duties that are being carried out by the DR JEs in
BSNL, and told that all these works are going to be
seriously hampered, if the recruitment process of the
selected candidates is not immediately completed,and if
they are not given posting. The Additional Secretary gave
a patient hearing to the GS,BSNLEU, and assured that the
matter would be seriously looked into.
will take place tomorrow - Decision taken by all unions &
associations after meeting with the Additional Secretary,
A meeting took place at 5.00 pm
today, between shri N.Sivasailam, Additional Secretary,
DoT and the BSNL unions and associations. The meeting went
on for one hour. The AST explained in detail about the
proposals regarding formation of the Subsidiary Tower
Company. The representatives raised the question as to
what is the guarantee that strategic sale will not be done
in the STC. For this, the AST said that he could not tell
what would happen in future. After completion of the
meeting, the all union & association representatives met
and decided that the strike should take place as per
decision. All the circle and district unions are requested
to organise the strike very effectively.
of the One Day Strike on 15-12-2016.
The One Day Strike on 15.12.2016
will start at 0000 hrs on 15.12.2016
at will end at 0000 hrs on 16.12.2016.
with the Additional Secretary at 1700 hrs today.
BSNL Management has informed that a meeting is arranged
between the Additional Secretary, DoT and the Unions and
Associations, with regards to the One Day Strike on 15.12.2016
against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.<<view
is the unorganised workers who are the worst hit.
It is the unorganised workers, who are very severely
affected by the Note Ban, imposed by the Modi government.
Unorganised workers constitute 90% of the total work force
of the country. They find it extremely difficult to get
their wages since their wages are paid in cash. Even after
more than one month of the demonetisation, the severity of
the problem has not reduced. Times of India, which is
widely considered to be a pro-corporate paper, has
reported yesterday the 13-12-2016 that 23.4 lakh workers
did not get any work in November, 2016. No work means they
will not get any money for their livelihood. Still long
queues are standing before banks and ATMs. But Prime
Minister and Finance Minister keep saying that the
situation is coming to normal.
massive rallies at circle and district levels tomorrow the
As per the call of the Unions and Associations of BSNL,
rallies are to be conducted tomorrow throughout the
country, at circle and district levels. CHQ requests all
circle and district secretaries to effectively organise
these rallies, in coordination with other unions and
associations. It must be targeted to mobilise each and
every Non-Executive and Executive of BSNL in these
rallies, so that it becomes a mobilisation for the one day
strike to be held on 15.12.2016.
Secretary and Dy.General Secretary meet CMD BSNL and the
OSD to the Minister in connection with the recruitment of
In connection with the stalemate that has been created in
the recruitment of DR JEs, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava,
CMD BSNL, today, and expressed their extreme unhappiness
about the stalemate that has been created in the
recruitment of DR JEs. The CMD BSNL agreed with the views
of BSNLEU and stated that the results are put on hold as
per the directions of the DoT. He also assured that prompt
action would be taken to complete the recruitment process,
once clearance is given by the DoT. Thereafter, both the
GS and Dy.GS tried to meet the Private Secretary of the
Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications. However,
that meeting did not materialise today. Hence, both the
representatives met shri A.N. Rai, Officer on Special Duty
(OSD) to the Hon’ble Minister of State and discussed the
matter. They strongly argued that the results of the
online examination that has already been conducted should
not be cancelled. They told the OSD that the exam
was conducted online and that it has been conducted in the
most transparent, fare and free manner. The leaders also
pointed that most of the DR JEs working in BSNL are
already promoted as JTOs. There is acute shortage of DR
JEs in BSNL. Under such a situation, BSNL will face a
crisis, if the selected DR JE candidates are not
appointed. The OSD assured to take the views of BSNLEU to
the notice of the Hon’ble Minister of State.
round of JTO LICE successfully completed on 11.12.2016.
The 3rd and the last round of the JTO LICE is successfully
completed on 11.12.2016. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all
the candidates who have appeared in the exam and wish good
luck to all of them. Many road blocks and court cases came
in the way of conducting the JTO LICE. However, all the
road blocks are crossed and all the three rounds of JTO
LICEs have been conducted successfully. BSNLEU also
heartily thanks the Corporate Management for extending
maximum cooperation to complete the JTO LICE process.
constitute the Joint committee for Wage Negotiation – CMD
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
during their discussion with shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD
BSNL, strongly demanded that the Corporate Management
should immediately constitute the Joint Committee for wage
negotiations. They pointed out that DPE clearance is not
necessary for constituting the Joint Committee. They
demanded the committee should be immediately formed and
that the wage negotiations can start soon after receipt of
clearance from the DPE. The CMD BSNL fully agreed with the
argument of the Union and assured to do the needful.
and it's Forum partners are joining the one day strike,
against Subsidiary Tower Company.
A discussion is held today, between
com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,BSNLEU, and com.K.Jayaprakash,GS,FNTO &
Convenor of the Forum led by FNTO.
Com.P.Abhimanyu requested that FNTO and it's Forum
partners should join the one day strike to be held on
15-12-2016. Com.Jayaprakash agreed to it and said that
letter to this effect would be given to the Management
and district secretaries are requested to greet lunch hour
demonstration of FNTO and it's Forum.
FNTO and it's Forum partners are holding lunch hour
demonstration on 14-12-2016, on Wage Revision issue and
opposing Subsidiary Tower Company. Since these are common
issues, CHQ requests circle and district secretaries to
greet/ address this lunch hour demonstration programme.
Verification of the Executives completed. BSNLEU heartily
The Membership Verification of the
Executives is over. After the formation of BSNL, this is
the first Membership Verification for the Executives. SNEA
has come first with 20,128 and AIBSNLEA has come a close
second with 18,438 votes. BSNLEU heartily congratulates
both SNEA and AIBSNLEA for their wonderful performance.
BSNLEU also heartily congratulates all the Associations
which have cooperated for the accomplishment of the
democratic exercise. The Verification campaign was a
prolonged one and substantial bitterness has been
generated in the process. BSNLEU’s prayer is that, this
should not result in a permanent rift. All the
Associations of the Executives and Unions of the
Non-Executives have to join hands, for carrying out the
greater task of protecting and strengthening BSNL. Let us
unitedly carry out this task.<<view
BSNL SU and BSNL
WRU are positive to join the strike.
A discussion is held today between com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, with
regards to the 15th December One Day Strike.
Followed by this com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to com. Zile
Singh, GS, BSNL Staff
SU) and com. S.P. Sharma, GS,
Union (BSNL WRU)
also. It is expected that a favourable decision will be
taken by these unions shortly, for joining the 15th
Office announces approval for holding Telecom Technician
LICE (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic), for the vacancies of
the year 2016.
BSNLEU has been pressing the Corporate Management hard to
hold examination for promotion to the cadre of Telecom
Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic). No examination
was conducted for promotion to the cadre of Telecom
Technician in the year 2016. Due to the continuous efforts
taken by BSNLEU, the Establishment Branch of the Corporate
Office has given it’s approval to the