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BSNLEU CHQ NEWDELHI, 04th July, 2015 [17.25 Hrs]  

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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2015

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

 

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

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

[Last Updated on 04.07.2015, 17:25 hrs]

[04.07.2015]National MNP successfully implemented.

It is certainly a proud moment for India that National Mobile Number Portability is implemented from 3rd July. The Department of Telecom has successfully rolled out the NMNP, involving 175 networks, across 22 circles. This allows customers to retain their mobile numbers, even if they move from one circle/state to another. Introduction of NMNP will surely increase customer satisfaction. BSNL has to improve it’s quality of service, to retain it’s customers. 

 

[04.07.2015]Struggle becomes inevitable to stop outsourcing of broadband service.

BSNL Management has decided to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of broadband service. The Management did not bother to hear the views of the Recognised Unions on the issue, in such a vital matter. Thousands of TTAs and TMs will become surplus, as a result of this outsourcing. This arrogant attitude of the Management cannot be tolerated. GS, BSNLEU is contacting other unions also for a joint struggle. Hence, all circle and district secretaries are requested to be prepared for a struggle. This struggle will not be limited to only demonstrations and dharna, but it will be a serious form of struggle. 

 

[04.07.2015]Final decision on merger of BSNL and MTNL will be taken after getting report of IIM, Bangalore – says Secretary, DoT.

Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT has stated that the government has directed the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore to prepare a feasibility report on the merger of BSNL and MTNL. The Secretary, DoT, has stated that the report of the IIM, Bangalore, is likely to be submitted shortly. He has further stated that it would take 4 to 5 months for the government to take a final decision on the issue, after receiving the IIM report. It may be recollected that the Forum has opposed the merger of BSNL and MTNL, without settling the disinvestment and financial liability issues of MTNL.

(Source: PTI dated 03.07.2015) 

 

[04.07.2015]BSNL launches mobile wallet with cash withdrawal option.

BSNL launched a pre-paid card linked mobile wallet service, which would allow its customers to transfer money, pay for services as well as withdraw cash of up to Rs 1 lakh. The wallet service, Speed Pay, allows a customer to load money even if he does not have a bank account. The money loaded in the mobile wallet can be transferred to a bank account and even withdrawn at bank branches or at BSNL outlets. "Loading money into wallet from a bank account is an option. BSNL customers, who don't have bank accounts, can also load money by visiting any BSNL retail outlet and ask the retailer to recharge their mobile wallet account and pay for various services," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said. 

(Source: PTI dated 03.07.2015)

 

[03.07.2015]BSNL Management decides to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband service.

It has come to our notice that, the BSNL Management has decided to outsource the provisioning and maintenance of wiredline broadband service. This will have serious impact on the manpower of the Company, especially the Non-Executives, who are being engaged so far, for provisioning and maintaining wiredline broadband connections. On the one side, Management says employees are in surplus. On the other side, it out sources even services that can be handled by the existing employees. We are sure that Management has taken this decision due to “other reasons”, which are not connected with the improvement of service. It is nothing but arrogant on the part of the BSNL Management to take such a decision without consulting the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU has strongly protested against the decision of the Management. We will resort to agitational programme if the Management does not discuss the issue with the Unions immediately.

 

[03.07.2015]BSNLEU writes to CMD BSNL, strongly protesting the decision of the Management to outsource the provisioning and maintaining broadband service.<<view letter>> 

 

[03.07.2015]Chennai circle union felicitated com. K. Govindarajan, CS, Chennai, on his superannuation.

The Chennai Circle Union of BSNLEU conducted an impressive felicitation meeting to com. K. Govindaraj, who retired from BSNL service on superannuation on 30th June, 2015. The meeting is conducted in the Flower Bazaar exchange, attended by a large number of employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, participated in the meeting and spoke on the contributions of com. K. Govindaraj for the growth of our movement. He also spoke briefly on the call of the Forum to conduct the “Month Long Campaign”. The meeting was also addressed by com. S. Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Ms. S.M. Kalavathi, CGM, com. C.K. Madhivanan, CS, NFTE, com. Lingamurthy, CS, FNTO, com. Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, com. Shanmugasundararajan, CS, SNEA, com. J. Vijayakumar, CS, TEPU, com. Arumugam, CS, PEWA, com. Senthil Kumar, AIIEA, com. K. Krishnan, BEFI and a host of other leaders. CHQ greets com. K. Govindaraj with a long, happy and healthy retired life.<<view photos>>

 

[03.07.2015]Corporate Office issues leaflets on features of free roaming.<<view letter>> <<annexure>>

 

[03.07.2015]Hindi version of Forum circular no.3. containing the decisions taken in the Forum meeting held on 26.06.2015.<<view circular>>

 

[02.07.2015]Chennai circle union conducted Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting.

An Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle is conducted today. Com.M.Kanniappan, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.K.Govindaraj, CS, welcomed every one and presented his report on activities. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the call of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained at length about the anti labour and pro corporate policies of the Modi government and on the decision of the Central Trade Unions to organise a General Strike on 02-09-2015. He also explained the decisions of the Dalhousie CEC meeting, issues connected with the revival of BSNL, as well as the issues of the Non-Executives. The meeting took decisions to effectively organise the month long campaign, post card campaign and the 2nd September General Strike.<<<view photos>>>

 

[02.07.2015]Corporate Office instructions on timely settlement of pensionary benefits.<<view letter >>

 

[01.07.2015]BSNL's booking of new landline connections have increased by 35%.

BSNL's booking of new landline connections have increased by 35%, after the introduction of the free call concession, between 9 pm and 7am. This is disclosed to the media by shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL. With 61% market share, BSNL is still the market leader in the landline segment. The CMD BSNL has stated that BSNL is in the process of investing Rs.2, 000 crore to modernise it's telephone exchanges, with a view to provide modern services through landlines. With the introduction of night free calls and modernisation of the landline service, BSNL is expecting to restore growth in it's landline business. 

 

[01.07.2015]Dayanidhi Maran gets anticipatory bail in the installation of 323 illegal telephone lines case.

Dayanidhi Maran has obtained an anticipatory bail from the Madras High Court yesterday.  This bail was granted in the backdrop of the CBI having directed Dayanidhi Maran to appear for questioning today, in connection with the illegal installation of 323 high speed ISDN lines at his residence, while he was the Minister of Communications. Dayanidhi Maran had told the court that the CBI had summoned him only to arrest him. While granting the anticipatory bail, the Court has also told that the CBI can demand cancellation of the bail, if required.

 

[01.07.2015]Full Mobile Number Portability from 3rd July.

Finally, the Full Mobile Number Portability, which is also called as National Mobile Number Portability is going to become operational from 3rd July, 2015. Shri Rakesh Garg, Secretary, DoT has announced this. National Mobile Number Portability allows a customer to retain his mobile number, even if he shifts from one state to another. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI ), a body of the private GSM operators,  has also stated that they were ready to roll out National MNP from 3rd July, and that they had not applied for further extension of time.

 

[30.06.2015]IDA increase from 1st July, 2015 is 2.1%, with this IDA will be 102.6% w.e.f. 01.07.2015.

 

[30.06.2015]Removal of restriction in Child Care Leave.

BSNLEU has demanded that the Corporate Office should endorse the letter of the DoP&T OM No./3018/6/2013-Estt (L) dated 05.06.2014, vide which the DoP&T has clarified that Child Care Leave can be availed even for a period of less than 15 days. Now the Corporate Office has issued letter, endorsing the DoP&T letter and issuing necessary clarification on the matter. <<<view letter >>>

 

[30.06.2015]Meeting with GM (Admn).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS and Com Saibal Sengupta met shri S.K.Sinha, GM (Admn), yesterday, the 29.06.2015 and discussed the following:

 

i) Off-net facility to Rs. 200/-SIM and Rs.200/-cash per month to Non-Executive employees of BSNL working in MTNL areas.The GM informed that both the issues are put up for Management Committee’s approval.

 

ii) Nomination of union representative in BSNLMRS review committee as regular member instead of special invitee as mentioned in earlier letter. The GM assured to issue revise letter.

 

[30.06.2015]Meeting with GM (TF).

Both Com. Swapan Chakraborty and com Saibal Sengupta met Shri Rajesh Kumar,GM(TF) and discussed the issue of framing CSO for factory workers and Restructuring of Industrial Cadres.The GM (TF) informed that the draft CSO has been prepared and submitted to the legal cell of Corporate office for vetting. On the issue of Restructuring of Industrial Cadres, the case is reprocessed and submitted to the Estt. Branch of Corporate Office recently as per the decisions of the 21st Standing Committee meeting.

 

[30.06.2015]The allotment of funds by the Corporate Office.

Fund allotment for Uniform and stitching charges of Chennai Telephones and EPF arrears for casual labourers of NE-I Circle has been sanctioned by the BSNL Corporate Office.

 

[30.06.2015]The Pay Anomaly issue.

In the pay anomaly/aberrations issue, after more than a year, the case file has been returned by the DoT to BSNL, to either to take the decision by the BSNL itself, or to send to DoT in the letter form for decision.

 

[30.06.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.07.<<click here>>

 

[30.06.2015]Com. R. S. Sagar, CS, ALTTC, retiring today.

Com.R.S.Sagar,circle secretary, ALTTC, is retiring from service on superannuation today. CHQ heartily congratulates com. R. S. Sagar. CHQ also wishes him a long, happy and healthy retired life.

 

[29.06.2015]Forum Circular No.3, dated 29.06.2015.<<click here>>

 

[29.06.2015]Let tomorrow's demonstration against the Railways privatisation be a resounding success.

As per the decision of the Dalhousie CEC meeting, BSNLEU has called upon the employees to conduct demonstrations tomorrow the 30-06-2015, demanding scrapping of the Bibek Debroy Committee report, which has recommended privatisation of the Railways. Many comrades think that the demonstration is to extend support to the railway employees. It is exactly not. The demonstration is basically against the policy of the government. BSNLEU is consistently fighting against the Neo Liberal Policies, which are implemented since 1991. It is according to these policies that the government is moving in to disinvesting/privatising the public sector of the country. It is in accordance with these Neo Liberal Policies that the government wants to privatise the Indian Railways now that. It is also very relevant to mention that recently the Prime Minister shri Narendra Modi has stated that it is not the job of the government to be in business. Hence, tomorrow's demonstration is basically against the privatisation policy of the government. Hence, conduct it effectively and send report & photos to the CHQ.

 

[29.06.2015]BSNL installed mobile tower at a height of 16,000 feet, to connect the remotest part of Ladakh with the rest of the country. 

BSNL  has performed another feat, in it's service to the nation. Yes. Last week it installed a mobile tower at a height of 16,000 feet ! The place is 'Chongtash' in Ladakh, which is one of the remotest parts of the country. BSNL has installed this tower with the assistance of the army. By installing a tower there, BSNL has enabled the people of this part of the country to have communication with the rest of the world. No private company will even think of going to such a remote part of the country, since they will not get much 'paisa' from this area. BSNL is the only organisation which dares to serve the people in this  manner. These type of messages should widely be taken to the people through our campaign.

 

[27.06.2015]Revision of Stipend to various cadres in BSNL & payment of arrears thereof, following revision of IDA Pay Scales of BSNL employees w.e.f. 01.01.2007.<<View letter>>

 

[27.06.2015] Month long campaign extended for one more month.

The Forum meeting which took place yesterday the 26-06-2015, reviewed the implementation of the call given to conduct a month long campaign, from 8th June to 7th July,  to popularise the " 9 pm to 7 am " free call concession, and also to increase the number of landlines. After detailed discussion, the meeting decided that the campaign should be extended for one more month. It is also decided that, the "Free incoming calls on roaming" facility, recently announced by the Management, should also be popularised in the campaign.  Hence, all circle and district secretaries are requested to take every possible step to effectively conduct the campaign. 

 

[27.06.2015]All circle and district level Forum should meet immediately and plan the successful implementation of the campaign.

The Forum meeting which took place yesterday, expressed it’s dissatisfaction over the slackness on the part of the circle and district level Forums, in implementing the month long campaign. So far, the All India Unions/Associations have not received news from any circle, regarding the implementation of the campaign. Hence, the Forum took the decision yesterday that, all circle level Forums should compulsorily meet by 03-07-2015 and finalise steps for the successful implementation of the campaign. Similarly, all the district level Forums should meet by 06-07-2015 and finalise the steps to be taken at the district level, for the successful implementation of the campaign.  Forum also took the decision to write to the CMD BSNL, complaining about the inaction of the circle and SSA level administrations, in taking steps to increase our customer base, utilising the free call concession. 

 

[27.06.2015]"Free call concession" and” free incoming calls on roaming" will result in massive loss to BSNL, if not properly utilised.

The BSNL Management has taken two bold marketing initiatives recently.  They are the "9 pm to 7 am" free call concession and the "free incoming calls on roaming" facilities. Both these steps have been largely welcomed by the public, as a result of which the Company's image has also greatly improved. At the same time, we should not forget that, the Company is going to lose it's revenue to the extent of thousands of crores of rupees, as a result of the implementation of both these concessions. Increasing our customer base substantially, is the only way to save the Company from this loss of revenue. Hence, we the employees, have to take every possible step, to increase our customer base in a big way, both in the landline and mobile segments. The next one month period should be entirely and effectively utilised too boost our customer base.

 

[27.06.2015]"Post card campaign" to be conducted in the month of August.

The Forum meeting held yesterday, has expressed it’s dissatisfaction over the fact that, the government has not taken any meaningful step for the revival of BSNL. It is already 2 months since the 2 day strike has taken place, and also talks were held with the Secretary, DoT. Except in the matter of 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners, no improvement has come on any other issue. The Forum has decided that, the whole month of July should be utilised to increase our customer base. At the same time, the Forum has come to the conclusion that, we cannot remain silent for long. Hence, it is decided in the meeting held yesterday that, a "Post card campaign " should be conducted in the month of August. This campaign should take place from 10th to 22nd August, 2015. A post card should go from each and every employee to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, demanding immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. The text of the post card shall be as follows:-

" Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT is requested to immediately settle the demands submitted by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. "

The post card should be signed by the individual employee, with his name, designation and SSA. The Forum at the circle and SSA levels should organise this campaign.  Let us make the post card campaign a grand success. Let us arrange to send one post card from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees. Let us make the Minister and the government understand about the determination of the BSNL employees to revive BSNL.

[26.06.2015]BSNLEU writes to the GM (Admn.) on the conditionalties imposed in the formation of the BSNLMRS Review Committee.<<View letter>>

 

[26.06.2015]One increment with arrears to all the Non-Executives appointed between 01.01.2007 to 07.05.2010.

BSNLEU has already taken up the issue with the Management that, whatever compensation given, in respect of wage loss, should be given to all the Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and up to 07.05.2010. This issue is also taken up in the 21st meeting of the Standing Committee, held on 10.02.2015. We will continue to take up this issue and settle it. We hereunder reproduce the relevant portion of the minutes of the above mentioned Standing Committee meeting.

 

Minutes of the 21st meeting of standing Committee of National Council held on 10th February, 2015 and 12th March, 2015.

[No.BSNL/39-5/SR/2014 dated, the 20th April.2015]

 

Reduction in emoluments to the Non-Executives Joining on or after 01.01.2007-Protection for negative arrears in respect of Non-Executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 and grant of pay protection by allowing the fitment benefit to the non-executive employees recruitment on or after 01.01.2007.

 

Management side informed that in respect of TTAs, who joined before 07.05.2010, a proposal to grant one advance increment in the new pay scale and arrear of the fixation benefit has been approved by the Management Committee of BSNL and it has been submitted for the approval of BSNL Board. The staff side demanded that their demands for all non-executives appointed on or after 01.01.2007 with arrears. Management side explained that the complete demand of the staff side was considered but it was finally decided to extend the benefit to TTA only as it is the only, non-executive grade to which direct recruitment from open market is being made by BSNL.

 

[26.06.2015]BSNLEU pressurises Management to hold PLI and Designations committee meetings immediately.

The Management has stopped calling the meetings of the PLI Committee and the Designations Committee, for reasons best known to them. BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to hold the meetings of both these committees immediately. On 24.06.2015, the GS and Dy. GS, BSNLEU, urged shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) to ensure that meetings are held without further delay. Again, yesterday the 25.06.2015, the GS and Dy. GS, BSNLEU, met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR) and Chairman of the Designations and PLI committees, and expressed their concern over the delay in holding the meetings. Shri Akhar said that the GM (Estt.) and The GM (EF) are on leave and assured that the dates for the meetings would be fixed immediately after their joining.

 

[26.06.2015]GS, BSNLEU speaks to GM, ERP on conversion of GPF advance In to GPF withdrawal, under ERP.

After the introduction of the ERP, employees are not able to convert their ‘GPF advance’ into ‘GPF withdrawal’. This is because, provision for the same has not been made in the ERP system. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the GM, ERP. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again spoke to shri Raman Agarawal, GM, ERP (office in Ghaziabad) today, and requested for early solution of the problem. The GM, ERP, assured to do the needful expeditiously.

 

[26.06.2015]Forum meeting is taking place today.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is taking place at 1430 hrs today at BSNL MS office. The Forum will review the implementation of the assurances given by the Secretary, DoT, in the meeting held on 01.05.2015. The meeting will also review the implementation of the month long campaign. Appropriate decisions will also be taken for future course of action of these issues.

 

26.06.2015]What is this Renumerations Committee?

We are told by the Director (HR) yesterday that the Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale issues are referred to the RENUMERATIONS COMMITTEE. We have heard about Remunerations Committee. What is Renumerations Committee? It is a committee consisting of only the Directors from DoT and the outside Directors. These outside Directors and DoT Directors will sit separately, and will consider, whether the proposals put forth by the Directors from BSNL can be approved or not. This practically means that the outside and DoT Directors can over-ride any proposal brought to the BSNL Board, by BSNL’s Directors. It appears to us that the power of BSNL Directors in the Board is a big zero.

 

[25.06.2015]Corporate Office issued order on extension of Special concessions/ facilities to employees working in Kashmir Valley.

BSNLEU has continuously been taking up the issue of extension of Special concessions/ Facilities to the employees posted in Kashmir Valley. The extension was granted by the DoP&T on 26.04.2015, which was endorsed by the DoT on 18.05.2015. BSNLEU kept on insisting the Corporate Office to endorse the extension order, as a result of which order was issued yesterday the 24.06.2015 by the Corporate Office.<<View letter>>

 

[25.06.2015]Secretary, DoT and Additional Secretary, DoT are unwilling to meet the Forum.

Convener, Forum, has given a Letter to the Secretary, DoT, on 08.06.2015, requesting for a meeting to review the assurances given in the meeting held on 01.01.2015, between the Forum and the Secretary, DoT. However, no reply was given to the Forum. When the Convener went to meet the Secretary, DoT, today the 25.06.2015, he was told to meet the Additional Secretary. When the Convener went to meet the Additional Secretary, he was told that the Additional Secretary did not want to have any discussion with the Forum at this juncture. It is already 2 moths since the BSNL employees went on a total strike. It is not only that there is no improvement on the demands, but the top officers of the DoT are not even prepared to meet the representatives of the Forum. This is because, they have no reply to give to the Forum, about the action taken by them on the assurances. The meeting of the Forum, taking place tomorrow, will discuss this and will take appropriate decision.

 

[25.06.2015]Meeting with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) yesterday the 24.06.2015 and discussed about the HR issues lying pending before the BSNL Board.

 

 1.The Director (HR) replied that the BSNL Board meeting held on 19.06.2015 has approved ‘one extra increment’ for the TTAs appointed on or after 01.01.2007, to compensate their wage loss. He further said that other issues like Revised JTO RR, E1 pay scale, etc., are not approved by the Board, but were referred to the ‘Renumerations Committee’, for which the Union representatives expressed their deep resentment.

 

2. It was demanded that the deserving CGA cases of Kerala circle, which are rejected before the redelegation of power to the CGMs, should be reexamined.

 

3) Similarly, it was demanded that the merger of civil in Kerala circle should be withdrawn.

 

4) Further it was pointed out that the PLI Committee and Designation Committee meetings are not being held for a very long time. 

 

On all the above issues, the Director (HR) assured to do the needful.  

 

[25.06.2015]BSNLEU expressed it’s deep anguish and resentment over the non-approval of Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale, by the BSNL Board.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL today and expressed their deep anguish and resentment over the delay in approving the Revised RR of JTO and E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, by the BSNL Board. The CMD BSNL patiently heard their views and firmly assured that both these issues would be given approval in the next Board meeting.

 

[25.06.2015]Deteriorating mobile service in Chennai –BSNLEU complains to the CMD BSNL.

Improvement in the quality of BSNL’s mobile service is observed in most of the circles, due to the phase VII expansion. However, the quality of service continues to deteriorate in Chennai circle, despite the best efforts being taken by the Forum in Chennai circle. The GS BSNLEU requested the CMD BSNL, in the meeting held today, to immediately intervene in this matter.<<View letter>>

 

[25.06.2015]CHQ circular no.7 dated 24.06.2015.<<click here>>

 

[24.06.2015]CHQ writes to the Director (HR), demanding review of the CGA cases of Kerala circle.<<View letter>>

 

[24.06.2015]BSNLEU’s press release on the call to hold protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015, against the Bihek Debroy Committee report.<<click here>>

 

[24.06.2015]

Hold protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015

 

Scrap the Bibek Debroy Committee report.

 No privatization of Indian Railways.

The Bibek Debroy Committee, appointed by the Narendra Modi government, has prepared a blue print for the privatisation of the Indian Railways. The Committee has recommended that private players should be allowed to run passenger trains, and that the Separate Railway Budget should be scrapped. It is also recommended that a Railway Regulatory Authority should be set up. It is apalling to note that the Committee has recommended that there is no necessity for running hospitals, schools, catering, Railway Protection Force etc, by the railways. Private players should be allowed in the manufacturing of coaches, wagons and locomotives, the Committee has recommended. It is very important to note that the Bibek Debroy Committee has made the recommendations in the back drop of the government’s decision to allow 100% FDI. Undoubtedly, if the recommendations are implemented, it will result in the Indian Railways being taken over by Indian and multi national corporates. Bibek Debroy, a member of the Niti Aayog has said that this is not the privatization of Indian Railways, but only private entry. So, what happened in the telecom 15 years ago, is going to happen in the railways also. Railways unions are observing ‘Black Day’ on 30.06.2015, against the Debroy committee report.  The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie has called on the BSNL employees to hold protest demonstrations on 30.06.2015, demanding the scrapping of the Bibek Debroy Committee report. Circle and district unions are requested to effectively organise the demonstrations, ensuring the fullest participation of the employees, and to successfully implement the call of the CEC. Please send photos and report of the program.

[23.06.2015]Reconnection Mela is Kerala Circle.

Utilising the unlimited outgoing free calls facility introduced by BSNL from 9pm to 7am, Kerala circle is organizing “Reconnection Melas.” These Melas are to get back the landline customers who have already taken disconnection. With a view to win back the “disconnected” customers, Kerala circle is also offering rebates for their outstanding bills. These Melas are to be held from 24th to 27th June, 2015 in various places. The initiative being taken by kerala circle can be followed by other circles also.

Source: The New Indian Express. Dated 23.06.2015

[23.06.2015]Meeting of the All India Co-Ordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions (CITU), held at Hyderabad, on 21st June.<<click here>>

 

[22.06.2015]Resolutions passed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie.

 

Resolution on the one day General Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015.<<click here>>

Resolution on important long pending issues of the Non-Executives.<<click here>>

Resolution on the next wage revision in BSNL.<<click here>>

Resolution on the 2 day strike on the revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

Resolution on the month- long campaign, called on by the Forum.<<click here>>

Resolution against the Land Acquisition Bill brought by the Modi government.<<click here>>

 

[20.06.2015]Constitution of the committee to review BSNLMRS - Conditionalities imposed are unacceptable

With a view to mitigate the hardships being faced by the employees on account of medical reimbursement, BSNLEU had demanded formation of a review committee. The issue was also discussed in the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on 14-05-2015. It was decided in the meeting that, a committee would be formed to review the BSNLMRS. Accordingly, the Corporate Office has issued a letter, calling for nominations to the Committee, from the Recognised Unions. However, in the letter certain conditionalities have been imposed which are not acceptable to us. For example, it is mentioned that union representatives will be only "special invitees" to the committee and that, they should be from Delhi only. The issue will be taken up with the Corporate Management for appropriate action. <<< view CO letter  >>>

 

[20.06.2015]Com.Narayan Mitra Singh, veteran Line Staff leader of Kolkata passed away.

CHQ is extremely saddened to hear the news that, Com. Narayan Mitra Singh, a veteran Line  Staff leader of Kolkata Telephones, is no more. He passed away today at 0400 hrs at Kolkata. He was 91 years old. Com. Narayan Mitra Singh retired from service more than 30 years ago. However, he remained committed to our movement till he breathed his last. He was attending all our meetings being held at Kolkata. He remained a source of inspiration and a symbol of conviction to all our comrades. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to Com.Narayan Mitra Singh.

 

[19.06.2015]Important decisions taken in the Dalhousie CEC meeting.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie has taken the following important decisions. All Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take note of the decisions and to ensure their implementation.
 

1) The CEC meeting decided to call upon the entire BSNL employees to enmasse join the General      Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2015, called on by the Central Trade Unions.

2) On the non-settlement of the problems of the Non-Executives, the meeting directed the CHQ to      take up the issue with the JAC for necessary trade union action, if required.

3) The meeting called upon the Circle and District unions to vigorously implement the month long      campaign, called on by the Forum.

4) The meeting decided that, circle and district council meetings should immediately be          conducted, in circle/district where the same is not conducted.

5) The meeting decided that all the District Secretaries should take immediate steps for the periodic conducting of the Works Committee meetings.

6) The meeting decided that study classes should be organised by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational Trust. Timing, subject and centres are to be decided by the Trust.

7) As regards Tele Crusader, the meeting decided that all the District Secretaries should immediately intimate the CHQ, the branch wise requirement of the journal.

8) The meeting unanimously accepted the offer of the Tamil Nadu circle union to host the next All India Conference.

 

[19.06.2015]BSNL Board meeting rescheduled to be held today.

BSNL Board meeting was scheduled to be held yesterday the 18.06.2015. However, the meeting did not take place yesterday.  It has been rescheduled and is taking place today.

 

[18.06.2015]General Secretary, BSNLEU, urged CMD BSNL and Director (HR) to get the issues of the Non-Executives approved in today's Board meeting.

The BSNL Board of Directors' meeting is taking place today. Important issues of the Non-Executives, like the approval of the Revised RR of JTO, promotion to Non-Executives in the E1 payscale, etc are lying pending for the approval of the Board for a very long time. Recently, CHQ wrote to the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR), and requested to ensure the approval of these issues in today's Board meeting. The issues were also discussed with them in person. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, who is in Gujarat today, once again spoke to both the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) and requested them to ensure that these issues are approved in today's Board meeting.

 

[18.06.2015]Presentation given to Prime Minister on the revival of BSNL.

As reported by media, a presentation has been  given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the the revival of BSNL. The presentation was given by the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on 15.06.2015. It is also reported that senior officers of the DoT and BSNL were present during the presentation. It is very important to note that this presentation has taken place in the backdrop of a strong jolt given by the BSNL employees, who went on a near total 2 day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015, demanding immediate steps by the government for the revival of BSNL.

 

[18.06.2015]P.K.Purwar relinquished as the CMD MTNL.

The MTNL has reported in a filing to the SEBI that, P. K. Purwar has relinquished as the CMD MTNL. It is also reported that N. K. Yadav, has taken over additional charge as the CMD MTNL till the next CMD is posted. P. K. Purwar is the Director (Finance) of MTNL. He was selected by the PESB, for the post of CMD MTNL in November, 2013. On the retirement of A. K. Garg, CMD MTNL on 30th April, P.K.Purwar took over charge as the CMD MTNL. However, his posting as the regular CMD MTNL was not approved by the ACC. The MTNL is also running in heavy loss. Under these circumstances, P. K. Purwar had relinquished as the CMD MTNL.

 

 

[18.06.2015]Funeral of com. A. M. Patil took place at Godhra - CHQ leaders paid respectful homage.

The body of com. A. M. Patil, the deceased circle secretary of Gujarat, was cremated at Godhra today. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, reached Godhra and paid their respects to the departed leader, by placing wreaths on his body. They also consoled the son and daughter of the leader. The body was cremated around noon. A large number of leaders and comrades from  Gujarat circle were present. Com. Mane, ACS, BSNLEU, Maharashtra circle, and comrades attended the funeral function. A largely attended condolence meeting was held near the crematorium, which was addressed by CHQ leaders and others.

 

[17.06.2015]CEC meeting concluded at Dalhousie.

The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU started at Dalhousie yesterday the 16-06-2015. The meeting was adjourned at lunch break yesterday, since Com. A. M. Patil, CS, Gujarat, became unwell and was taken to the hospital, where he passed away. Again the CEC meeting resumed at 0900 hrs today. The meeting passed a condolence resolution, paying tributes to Com. A. M. Patil. The CEC members stood in silence for a minute and paid their respectful homage to the departed leader. Thereafter, many important decisions were taken and resolutions were also passed on vital issues. The meeting unanimously adopted the report presented by the General Secretary. At 1200hrs the meeting concluded, with com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, proposing the vote of thanks.
 

[17.06.2015]The funeral of Com.A.M.Patil is taking place at Godhra tomorrow.

The body of Com. A. M. Patil, who passed away yesterday, is being taken to Godhra by road in a well preserved manner and wrapped in BSNLEU's Red Flag. The vehicle carrying the body of Com. A. M. Patil, left Pathankot at 2230 hrs yesterday, accompanied by another vehicle in which our comrades are traveling. Earlier, a condolence meeting took place at Pathankot telephone exchange at 2200 hrs. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President (CHQ), com.John Verghese, AGS, shri Charan Das, GM, BSNL, Pathankot, senior officers of BSNL, Pathankot, com. Jagdish Rai, DS, BSNLEU, Pathankot, com.T.A.Biju, CHQ Office Secretary, and a large number of Pathankot comrades participated in the meeting and paid floral tributes to the departed leader.

 

[17.06.2015]Large number of BSNLEU comrades paid their respects to Com.A.M.Patil, at Jaipur.

On it's way to Godhra, the vehicle carrying the body of Com. A. M. Patil, CS, Gujarat, reached Jaipur at 1130 hrs today the 17-06-2015. More than 100 comrades had gathered at PGMTD office, Jaipur, to pay their respectful homage to the departed leader. Com.M.K.Nagpal and com.S.K.Vijay, senior leaders of BSNLEU, Rajasthan circle, and all other comrades who had gathered, paid floral tributes to the body of com. A. M. Patil. Thereafter, the journey resumed at 1230 hrs.

 

[17.06.2015]Senior leaders of BSNLEU are taking part in the funeral of Com.A.M.Patil.

The body of Com. A. M. Patil, who passed away yesterday, is reaching Godhra in Gujarat tonight. The funeral of the late leader is taking place tomorrow morning at Godhra. Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, Patron, com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary and com . Swapan Chakraborty, Deputy General Secretary are rushing to Godhra, to take part in the funeral and to pay their last respects to the departed leader.

 

 

[16.06.2015]Com. A.M.Patil, circle secretary, Gujarat, passed away.

Dear comrades,
the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started today at Dalhousie. After Flag hoisting, the Inaugural Session started and was going on, when com. A. M. Patil, circle secretary, Gujarat, became ill. Immediately he was rushed to the hospital and was given emergency treatment. However, due to severe heart attack, com. A. M. Patil passed away at around 14:40 hrs. BSNLEU has lost a dedicated leader. We dip our banner and pay our respectful homage to the departed leader. We also convey our heartfelt condolences to the family members of com. A. M. Patil. CHQ  requests that BSNLEU flags in all places may be flown in half mast.

 

[15.06.2015]The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts tomorrow at Dalhousie.

The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts tomorrow the 16-06-2015 at Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, and will go on up to 18-06-2015. Com. Balbir Singh, President, will preside over the meeting. Com . V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, is delivering the inaugural address. This CEC meeting will review all the major developments that have taken place after the last All India Conference held in November, 2014, at Kolkata. The meeting will also take important decisions on major issues confronting the employees and the Company.

 

[15.06.2015]BSNL's new facility of 'free incoming calls on roaming', has taken off today.

BSNL's new facility of 'free incoming calls on roaming', has taken off throughout the country today. Only in the month of May, BSNL launched the 'Night Free Call' facility for it's landline customers. BSNL, which has been lagging behind the private operators, has once again started putting up a stiff fight to it's private competitors, say industry observers.

 

[13.06.2015]Modi government prepares blue-print for privatisation of Indian Railways.

 

Narendra Modi government has already allowed 100% FDI in the railways. Now, the Bibek Debroy Committee, appointed by the Modi government, has prepared a blue print for the privatisation of the Indian Railways. The broad recommendations of the Committee are as follow:-

 

i)           Private players should be allowed to run passenger trains.

ii)         Separate Railway Budget should be scrapped.

iii)       A Railway Regulatory Authority should be set up.

iv)      There is no necessity for running hospitals, Schools, catering, Police.

       v)    Private players should be allowed in the manufacturing of coaches, wagons and locomotives.

It is note worthy that recently Narendra Modi has assured the Railway Unions that people are spreading rumours that Railways are going to be privatised. Govt. has no such intension.

[13.06.2015]Railway Unions to observe “Black Day “on 30th June, 2015, opposing the Debroy Committee report.

NITI Aayog member, Bibek Debroy, has submitted a 300 page report to the government yesterday the 12.06.2015. This is nothing but a blue-print for the privatisation of the Railways. Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has stated that they want only to allow private participation in Railways, but do not intend to privatise the Railways. As reported by the Times of India today, the railway unions have given call to observe “Black Day” on 30.06.2015, against the Bibek Debroy Committee report. BSNLEU extends it’s full support and solidarity to the railway unions.

 

 

[12.06.2015]CHQ writes to CMD BSNL, demanding early approval of Revised JTO RR and E1 pay scale, by the BSNL Board.<<View letter>>

 

[12.06.2015]Telecom commission clears norms for spectrum trading.

Almost 16 months after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India submitted its recommendations, the spectrum trading and sharing guidelines were approved by the Telecom Commission yesterday the 11.06.2015. However, the final notification is still awaited as the matter would now be referred to the Cabinet for final approval Spectrum Trading would be beneficial for the bigger operators. For instance, an operator who wants more spectrum can now buy it from another operator, having spectrum in the same band, but not having enough use for it. “We will try to send the norms to the Cabinet by the end of this month”, said Secretary, DoT and Telecom Commission chairman Rakesh Garg said after the meeting.

 

[12.06.2015]CMD BSNL endorses the call of the Forum, to observe a month long campaign.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has already given call to observe a month long campaign, from 8th June to 7th July,2015, to popularise the "9 pm to 7am"  free call concession (Night Free Call Concession). Forum has called on that, this concession should be effectively utilised to substantially increase BSNL's landline connections.  The Core Committee of the Forum met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL on 09.06.2015, and demanded that the Corporate Office should endorse the call of the Forum, to ensure coordinated action between the administration and the Forum. The CMD accepted our proposal. Accordingly, the CMD has issued a DO letter yesterday, to all the CGM's, directing them to meet the Forum and coordinate with them, the task of popularising the Night Free Call Concession. Hence, the circle and district level Forum conveners are requested to immediately arrange meetings with the CGMs/GMs, and chalk out coordinated action program. << view CMD's DO letter >>

 

 

[11.06.2015]New landline connections go up by 54% in Mysore.

Due to the introduction of the night free call concession on 1st May, new landline connections have increased by 54% in Mysore district. This is announced to the press by shri T.V.Venkatram, PGM, Mysore. The night free call concession is really a 'game changer'. If utilised properly, the scheme will really go a big way in reviving BSNL. This is what the Mysore experience tells us.


(Source: The Hindu dt. 11th June, 2015)

[11.06.2015]Formation of Committee for reviewing BSNLMRS.

It has been decided in the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on 14.05.2015, to form a committee for reviewing the BSNLMRS. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) and insisted expeditious constitution of the committee.

 

[11.06.2015]BSNLEU demands withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter dated 10.06.2015, on calculation of posts for Compassionate Ground Appointments. <<View letter>>

 

[11.06.2015]Corporate office guidelines on calculation of posts for CGA.

Corporate Office has issued guidelines on 10.06.2015, for calculating vacancies for offering Compassionate Ground Appointment. It is stated in the letter, that vacancies should be calculated separately for the group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts. This letter is against the instructions issued in 2002 and will create unnecessary problems. <<View letter>>

 

[10.06.2015]BSNLEU Hindi Circular No.06.<<click here>>

 

[10.06.2015]Details of BSNL’s market share.

As of 30.04.2015, the total telephone connections of the country comes to 100 crore. Out of this, BSNL’s telephone connections are 9.4 crore. As such BSNL’s market share is 9.4 %. BSNL has added 4.3 lakh connections in April, 2015.

 

In the wireless segment, the total number of connections in the country is 97.3, crore. Out of this, BSNL’s connections are 7.8 crore. Thus, BSNL’s market share comes to 8% and is in the 6th position.

 

In the broadband segment, total connections in the country are 1.55 crore out of which BSNL’s connections are 99 lakh. This comes to 64.2% market share, which gives BSNL 1st   position in broadband segment.

 

[10.06.2015]Meeting with the Director (HR).

Com. P. Abimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) today the 10.06.2015 and discussed the following issues.

 

i)    Vicimisations in Jamshedpur (SSA).

 

The Director (HR) is urged upon to intervene in the ongoing victimisations at Jamshedpur SSA, where large scale vindictive transfers have been ordered, in violation of the norms of the Transfer Policy.

 

ii)   Settlement of new designations issue.

 

The Union representatives pointed out that out of the four major non-executive cadres, new designations are finalised in respect of 3 cadres, viz., TTA, TM and RM and that only the new designation of Sr. TOA cadre is not settled. They demanded that, the designation of ‘Superintendent’ should be considered for the Sr. TOAs.

 

iii)   Allotment of alternative accommodation to BSNLEU

 The Union representatives insisted upon the Director (HR) to immediately allot alternative accommodation to BSNLEU, since the present quarter at Gole Market is being handed over to the Jharkhand government.

 

The Director (HR) heard the view of the Union representatives and assured to take prompt action.

 

 

[10.06.2015]Management urged to hold the meetings of the Designations Committee and PLI Committee expeditiously.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan chakraborty, Dy.GS met shri Shameem Akthar, Sr. GM (SR) and the Chairman of the Designations Committee yesterday the 09.06.2015, and urged upon him to find a solution to the long pending problem of change of designations. As regards the cadre of Sr. TOA, the Union representatives informed that the JAC has decided to demand the new designation of “Superintendent”. They also urged that the meeting of the Designations Committee should be held without further delay. They demanded that the PLI Committee meeting should also be convened immediately.

 

[10.06.2015] Modi Sarkar is bringing ‘hire and fire’ rules.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is repeatedly giving statement that his government is not ‘pro-corporate’, but pro- poor. But the actions of the Modi Sarkar proves that it is 100% pro- corporate. His labour Ministry is moving in the direction of giving unlimited powers to the corporates to hire and fire workers. Steps are already taken to amend the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules 1946, to introduce “FIXED TERM EMPLOYMENT”. Workers employed under this fixed term employment can be retrenched at any time, without any notice or compensation. This is one of the steps being introduced by Narendra Modi, to ensure “EASE OF DOING BUSINESS” for the corporates. The Central Trade Unions of the country are totally kept in the dark about this amendment to the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules 1946. CITU has vehemently protested this move. <<View CITU’s letter>>

 

 

[09.06.2015] 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners - File signed by Hon’ble Minister of Communications.

One of the important demands of the 2 day strike, held on 21st & 22nd April, 2015, is 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. In the talks that were held on 01-05-2015, the Secretary, DoT assured that DoT will expeditiously send the Cabinet Note, on this issue. We learned today that, the Hon'ble Minister of Communications has signed the file. Now, the file will go for the approval of the Cabinet. We hope the issue will reach a final settlement quickly.

 

[09.06.2015] CMD BSNL urged to intervene and to stop the worsening of situation in Kerala circle.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed with shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL today, about the worsening situation in Kerala circle. He pointed out that the CGM, is adopting high handed methods, in dealing with the justified demands and democratic trade union activities of the employees. The GS also pointed out that the quality of services in Kerala circle has started deteriorating, because of the attitude of the CGM, and requested the CMD to make necessary intervention before it is too late. The CMD has assured to do the needful.

 

[09.06.2015] Core Committee of the Forum meets CMD BSNL and discusses issues related to  the revival BSNL.

The Core Committee of the Forum  met shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL,  today and discussed issues related to the revival of BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum, com . Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum and com. Prahalad Rai, member, Core Committee participated in this discussion. The Core Committee pointed out that the Corporate Office had so far not endorsed the call of the Forum, to conduct a month long campaign to popularise the free call concession and to boost BSNL's landline service. The CMD agreed to issue the endorsement immediately. The Core Committee also ascertained from the CMD, the implementation of the assurances given by the Secretary, DoT, in the meeting held on 01-05-2015. The core Committee has also sought a meeting with the Secretary, DoT, which is likely to take place within a day or two.

 

[09.06.2015] Meeting with the Director (CFA).

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri N.K.Gupta, Director ( CFA ) today and discussed the following issues:-

 

1) Frequent breakdown of the International Gateway at Kolkata. The representatives pointed out that the International Gateway at Kolkata is frequently getting breakdown, as a result of which the services are disrupted. It was also pointed out that customers are annoyed over these interruption and they are leaving BSNL. The Director (CFA) assured to take necessary remedial measures at the earliest.

 

2) The representatives requested that the demand of BSNLEU, to allow the serving and retired employees of BSNL also to avail the free call concession introduced on landlines from 9 pm to 7am. The Director (CFA) assured that this would be looked into.

 

[08.06.2015]Corporate Office letter on availability of various stores and materials.

The adequate supply for various stores and materials, for the improvement of services is being continuously taken up by BSNLEU, Staff Side of the National Council and the Forum. This issue was once again discussed very seriously by the Staff Side, in the 32nd meeting of the National Council, held on 14.05.2015. Consequent upon this, the Management has come out with a detailed status report, with regards to the supply / procurement of various items of stores and materials. Circle and District secretaries are requested to go through this status report of the Corporate Office, and to give their response to the CHQ. << view report >>

 

[08.06.2015]BSNL to offer free Wi fi service at Taj Mahal, from 16th June.

 

BSNL will be offering free Wi fi service to the lakhs of tourists who are visiting Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, from 16th June, 2015. However, the availability of this free Wi fi service will be limited to 30 minutes only. Usage of Wi fi service beyond 30 minutes will invite a cost of Rs.30 per hour. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, will inaugurate the service on 16th June.  Bangalore based QuadGen is providing the necessary wireless support to BSNL, for providing this service.

 

 

[08.06.2015]BSNL buys bandwidth from Bangladeshi Company, to strengthen it's internet services in the North East.

BSNL has signed agreement with the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL)
to buy bandwidth, for strengthening it's internet services in the North East. The BSCCL has agreed to sell it's unused bandwidth to BSNL at $1.2 million a year. According to this agreement, BSNL will get 10 gigabits per second and the bandwidth export will start in September this year. The agreement to this effect was signed by shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL and shri Monwar Hos sain, CMD BSCCL yesterday the 07-06-2015.

 

[08.06.2015]Forum's month long campaign to popularise the free call concession, as well as to boost BSNL's landline service starts today.

Forum has given call to the entire BSNL employees to observe a month long campaign to popularise BSNL's free calls on landlines from "9 pm to 7am", and also to boost the marketing of landlines. The campaign is to be conducted for a month from 8th June to 7th July, 2015, and it is starting today.  During this campaign, maximum publicity is to be made about the free call concession, and also maximum efforts are to be taken to increase BSNL's landline connections. Meetings between the forum leaders and circle/SSA heads are to be completed by 15th June, 2015, to chalk out joint action programme. Being the conveners of Forum at circle and SSA levels, the circle/district secretaries of BSNLEU have a very crucial role in successfully organising the campaign, by uniting all the other constituents of the Forum. Kindly do not forget that this is an important step in our efforts to revive BSNL. Conduct the campaign effectively and send reports and photos to the CHQ promptly.

 

[06.06.2015]Climate at Dalhousie - CEC members to kindly note please.

Reception Committee comrades have informed that, of late there is some fluctuation in the climate at Dalhousie, and that sometimes it becomes slightly chill. Hence, CEC members are requested to come with slight warm clothings, since it may become necessary.

 

[06.06.2015] Growth of the service sector slips below the 50 point mark.

At the time of election campaign for the Parliamentary elections, the BJP blamed that the economic growth of the country was hampered because of the "Policy Paralysis" of the UPA government. The BJP and it's Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi promised the nation that, they would take the economic growth of the country to new heights. But, even after one year of the BJP rule, growth of industrial and service sectors continue to be sluggish. A recent report ( The HSBC PMI) says that for the first time in 13 months, the growth of the service sector has slipped to 49.6, ie., below the 50 point mark. It is relevant to note that the service sector contributes to 57% of the GDP.
 

[05.06.2015]Free All India Roaming to all BSNL Mobile customers from 15th June 2015. DO Letter from CMD to all CGMs. <<<view D O letter>>>

 

[05.06.2015]The Maggi episode unveils the cruel face of capitalism.

It is found by various authorities in India that, Maggi, one of the most sought after fast food by the youngsters, contains dangerous levels of lead, and other chemicals, which are very injurious to health. These items are used as ingredients,  to make Maggy more tasty. 'Nestle', the multinational company that manufacturers Maggi, knows all these facts. However, it is least bothered about the health of the people, who eat such dangerous products. All that it wants is super profits. This applies to other MNCs like Coke, Pepsi, etc.,etc. "Doing whatever is required", to harvest super profits is their only business ethic. This is the real face of capitalism.

 

[05.06.2015]BSNLEU writes to shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications and IT, demanding expeditious laying of optic fibre cable between the Mainland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands <<<view letter>>>

 

[05.06.2015]Final decision on Net neutrality will be taken by the Cabinet - says Minister.

Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that the report submitted by the six member DoT Committee has been received by him and that the same would be uploaded on the website of the Department within a few days. He stated that, a copy of the report has also been sent to the TRAI. After receipt of the report of the TRAI, the Cabinet will take a final decision on Net neutrality, said the Minister.
                                                                                         

                                                                                          [ Source : ET Telecom.com dated 4th June,2015]

 

[05.06.2015]Indian government to set up National Cyber Coordination Centre.

The Indian government has decided to set up a National Cyber Coordination Centre, at an outlay of Rs.770 crore, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Telecom Minister has announced. He also stated that, the government has decided to set up a Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre, at an expenditure of Rs.90.5 crore.
                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                    [Source : ET Telecom. com dated  3rd June,2015]

 

[05.06.2015]Telecom operators may face disincentives for call drops.

Telecom operators may face disincentives for call drops, said Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Minister stated  that, this is being explored in the backdrop of frequent call drops being faced by the consumers. Telecom Secretary,  Rakesh Garg stated that the Member(Technology) has been asked to work on the matter, and that it would be referred to the TRAI, if needed.In any case the disincentive would be finalised within six months, said the Telecom Secretary.
                                                                                        

[Source : ET Telecom. com  dated 2nd June,2015]

[04.06.2015]A New trend of violence in Kashmir.

During the past 10 days, Kashmir Valley is witnessing a new trend, in terrorists related violence. Telecom outlets and telecommunications towers have came under attack from terrorists. Also, those people who have leased out their lands to telecom companies, for erecting telecommunications towers, have come under attack. Three men were shot dead and several people were injured in the last ten days. As a result of these attacks, all the five main BSNL franchises operating across Kashmir valley were closed down from 1st of June. Following this, all the sub - franchises and retailers have also closed down their business in all the districts of Kashmir. As a result, no BSNL customer has been able to recharge his/her connection since 1st June. It is also reported that the various telecom outlets are seen removing the advertisement posters and hoardings from their shops. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has stated that out of the toatl 6,000 towers in the state,2,500 towers are affected. However, as reported by The Greater Kashmir today, ' The Kashmir Valley BSNL Tower Landlords Association' President, shri Shabir Ahmed Lone has stated, that they have resumed the operation of all the BSNL towers. He has said that this decision is taken after an emergency meeting is held between the Police and BSNL authorities.

 

[04.06.2015]Meeting with shri M.C. Chaubey, ED (CN) BSNL On 04.06.2015

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU met shri M.C. Chaubey, ED (CN), BSNL today, the 04.06.2015 and discussed the issue of frequent failures of BSNL network in the NE Region and requested to take remedial measures. The Dy.GS informed the ED (CN), BSNL that a pilot project to lay OFC in the duct of National Highway from Guwahati to Shillong at an approximate cost of Rs. 33 crore has been proposed by the BSNL to DoT for approval and wanted to know the status of the proposal. The ED (CN), Shri Chaubey informed that the proposed pilot project is being submitted to DoT. He also informed that the BSNL C.O. has advised the CGM, NETF, to submit another option to the NH Authority to allow BSNL to lay cable through PLB duct through the National Highway which may be of a lesser cost. He appreciated that the union is taking up such issues and assured that the BSNL C.O. will take all positive steps to augment the Network  in the Region and hopefull by September 2015

 

[04.06.2015]Orders issued on grant of Special Casual Leave to CEC members to attend the CEC meeting to be held at Dalhousie form 16th to 18th June, 2015.<<< view letter >>>

 

[03.06.2015]Tamil Nadu circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, takes decision to successfully implement the month long campaign.

The Tamil Nadu circle Executive Committee meeting is held at Chennai today. The meeting took off with the hoisting of Union flag by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. Com. S. Chellappa, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting. In his address, the General Secretary, explained about the two day strike, details of the talks held with the Secretary, DoT, decisions of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign, status of the issues of the Non-Executives, call of the Central TUs for General Strike,  etc. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, Circle Secretary, presented report on activities. The circle executive committee members participated in the discussion. Finally, the meeting took important decisions, including the one for successful implementation of the decision of the Forum, to conduct month long campaign.<< view photos >>

 

 

[03.06.2015]Director (CFA)'s DO letter to all the CGM's to effectively utilise the 9 pm to 7 am free call concession, for increasing landline connections. <<< view letter >>>

 

[03.06.2015]Union Cabinet upgrades 29 cities and towns on the basis of 2011 census, for payment of higher HRA  and Transport Allowance.

The Union Cabinet has approved upgradation of 29 cities and towns, on the basis of 2011 census, for the payment of  higher HRA and Transport Allowance. On the basis of the census,  Ahmedabad and Pune are upgraded to "X" category from "Y" category. Apart from these, 21 cities are also upgraded. They are, Nellore, Gurgaon, Bokaro, Gulbarga, Thrissur, Malapuram, Kannur, Kollam, Ujjain, Vasai-Virar city, Malegaon, Nanded-Waghala, Sangli, Rourkela, Ajmer, Erode, Noida, Firozabad, Jhansi, Siliguri and Durgapur. Apart from this, Patna, Kochi, Indore, Coimbatore and Gazhiabad are advanced to "Specified Higher Class. These upgradations are effective from 1st April,2014.

 

[03.06.2015]CHQ circular no.6 dated 03.06.2015. <<click here>>

 

[03.06.2015]BSNL's customer growth and enhancement of network capacity.

BSNL has increased 47 lakh new customers in 2014-15, said shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL. He has stated that, with this BSNL has reversed the earlier trend of negative growth. He further stated that 25,645 BTSs are being installed at a cost of Rs.4805 crore to enhance BSNL's network capacity. Of this 15,000 BTSs are already installed and the remaining will be installed by December, 2015, said the CMD. He further stated that BSNL is going to spend another Rs.1, 000 crore, to enhance the network capacity in the Northern and Western zones.

 

[03.06.2015] BSNL to offer free incoming calls on roaming, from 15th June.

Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, has announced that BSNL will offer free incoming calls on roaming, from 15th June,2015 BSNL is having a mobile subscriber base of 7.72 crore at the end of March 2015. Shri Anupam Srivasta, CMD BSNL,  said that, the free incoming on roaming may result in a slight fall in the revenue. However, this fall in revenue can well be offset, since the free incoming offer will bring in new customers to BSNL, said the CMD.

 

[03.06.2015]Merger of BSNL & MTNL put on the back burner?

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and IT avoided giving a direct answer, when asked by reporters about the merger of BSNL & MTNL. When reporters asked about the merger of the two companies, all that the Minister said was, " Let them go in the revival path. We will see." The reply of the minister certainly indicates that the government is not in a hurry with the merger of BSNL and MTNL. Obviously, this is the impact created by the recent 2 day strike of the entire BSNL employees.  "No to the merger of BSNL & MTNL" was an important demand of the strike.

 

[03.06.2015]BSNL's revenue went up by 2.1% in 2014-15, says the Telecom Minister.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and IT has stated that the BSNL is on the recovery path. The Minister said that BSNL's revenue went up by 2.1% in 2014-15. He further stated that under the phase 7 expansion, 15,000 new base tower stations were commissioned in one year, which have reduced call - drops and have eased the congestion.

 

[03.06.2015]Sending particulars of the 2 day strike to CHQ - Circle Secretaries to kindly note place.

The 2 day strike held on 21st & 22nd April, called on by the Forum, was a historic success. Still, a proper review, as to how the strike has taken place in various SSAs and circles, has to be made. This review will be carried out in the forthcoming CEC meeting, which is taking place from 16th to 18th June, at Dalhousie. Those Circle Secretaries who have not yet sent the district wise strike figures to the CHQ, are requested to compulsorily bring them when they come to the CEC meeting. This may kindly be treated as very important.

 

[02.06.2015] Extension of Srinagar Valley Allowance.

The extension of Srinagar Valley Allowance is being inordinately delayed, even after issuing of order by the DoP&T. BSNLEU is continuously urging the Corporate Office to issue the letter. We are informed by the Corporate Office that the matter is referred to the DoT, for necessary approval. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the issue with the Director (Staff), DoT, today, as a result of which, necessary endorsement was given by the DoT. The letter is also handed over to the Corporate Office.

 

[02.06.2015] Indian telecom market expected to grow at 10.3% in 2015-20.

The number of telephone customers in India has already reached the 100 crore mark. But the growth does not seem to slow down. Market research reports say that it is expected to grow at 10.3% during 2015-20 period. This is the forecast of  'Market Research Reports Incorporation'. India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. It is also the second largest telecom network in the world.

 

[02.06.2015]DoT panel submits report on net neutrality.

The  telecom department panel on net neutrality has submitted its report to the communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The report, which has been prepared by a six-member committee appointed in January, will be a key component for the government's policy on net neutrality, a concept which guarantees free and non-discriminatory access to the Web. While the contents of the report weren't yet known, it had reported earlier that the committee was veering towards a view that any definition of net neutrality must maintain the core principles, which is not to allow blocking, prioritization and throttling of content providers on a network.

 

[01.06.2015]BSNLEU demands that payment of GPF advance to BSNL employees should not be taken over by the DoT.

BSNLEU has written to Ms.Annie Moreas, the Member (Finance ), Telecom Commission, that the payment of GPF advance to the BSNL employees should not be taken over by the DoT, but it should continued to be done by the BSNL. This is because, the availability of staff in DoT Cells is very small. As a result, even at present the final settlement of GPF payment to the retirees is being delayed by more than a month.  We have pointed out that if the DoT promptly refunds the GPF advance amount to BSNL, this problem will be solved.<<<view letter>>>

 

[01.06.2015]MTNL's loss Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March.

MTNL is reported to have run into a loss of Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March 2015. However, income from operations of the Company has increased during this period. MTNL has earned Rs.876.42 crore from operations during this period, whereas, the amount stood at only Rs.841.73 crore for the same period during last year. On the overall, MTNL's net loss during 2014-15 comes to Rs.2893.39 crore. The Company earned a net profit of Rs.7825.13 crore during the previous year

 

[30.05.2015]BSNL to Invest Rs. 7000 Crore.

BSNL has announced that they will invest Rs. 7000 crore to set up 3G and 4G Wi-Fi spots across every nook and corner in the country. While speaking at the TeleAnalysis event in New Delhi, chairman and MD of BSNL Anupam Shrivatava said, “Wi-Fi is an obvious choice for BSNL going forward but it alone cannot be successful. It has to be integrated with 3G, 4G network so that customer can be seamlessly transferred to Wi-Fi. In two to three years, we will be investing Rs.7,000 crore to set up integrated Wi-Fi across the country.” 

 

[30.05.2015]No BSNL employee attacked.

Three persons targeted in recent incidents of violence in north Kashmir's Sopore and Patten areas were civilians and not the employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). According to Home Ministry sources, among the violence victims, Rafiq Ahmad killed at Iqbal Market Sopore was a salesman in a private telecom center while as the other deceased in related incident -- Ghulam Mohammad Dar of Dooru Sopore, and injured Imtiyaz Nadru of Pattan, have BSNL towers installed in their premises. 

[30.05.2015]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Kerala Circle.

Kerala circle is holding it's 2 day Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting started yesterday. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, the Circle President, is presiding over the meeting.  Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran, the former Kerala Circle Secretary and Patron of the AIBDPA, com. Muralidharan Nair, former AGS of BSNLEU greeted the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the meeting. In his address, the GS elaborately spoke on the decision of the Central Trade Unions to go on a General Strike on 02.09.2015, the 2 day strike by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL, the efforts of the JAC to settle the issues of the Non-Executives and the present status of the various issues, the decision of the Forum to conduct the month long campaign to popularise the "9 pm to 7 am" free call concession and to increase landlines, etc. Com.S.Pratapkumar, AGS and com M.Vijayakumar, Org. Secretary also addressed the meeting.<<view photos>> 

 

[30.05.2015]BSNLEU takes up the issue of frequent failure of International Gateway (IGW) and MPLS backbone at Kolkata.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri P.K. Pandey, PGM (Radio), yesterday the 29.05.2015, and discussed the issue of frequent break downs of the International Gateway (IGW) and MPLS backbone at Kolkata. The Dy.GS told the PGM (Radio) that due to the break downs of the system, subscribers in the North East Region are surrendering their broadband connections which will seriously affect the revenue of the Company, apart from damaging the image of the Company, in the eyes of the public. The PGM (Radio) informed that necessary remedial measures are being taken and assured that he will personally monitor the matter.
 

[30.05.2015]Promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant - Non-implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court. 

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Ms. Sujatha Roy, ED (Finance), yesterday the 29.05.2015, and expressed  the Union's extreme unhappiness over the inordinate delay in the implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, in  the matter of promotion from Junior Accountant to Senior Accountant. The ED(Finance), assured to take appropriate action at the earliest.

 

[29.05.2015]One year achievement of the Modi Sarkar is "NATO".

The one year achievement of the Narendra Modi government has been beautifully expressed in one word, by the former officers of the defence forces. The word is NATO. It does not refer to the "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". But, it means " No Action, Talk Only". One Rank One Pension (OROP) is not only the demand of the Ex Service men, but it is one of the election promises of the BJP. Former officers of the defence forces are extremely frustrated, since Narendra Modi government has done nothing on this, except talking. The Ex Service Men's Movement has announced that, it is going to conduct a rally at New Delhi on 14-06-2015, on this issue. For the poor people, the one year achievement of Modi Sarkar is nothing, but NATO. At the same time, for the corporates and multi national companies, a lot has been achieved.  

 

[29.05.2015]Corporate Office directs Tamil Nadu circle administration to re-calculate vacancies for the JTO LICE, in accordance with the orders.

BSNLEU has been demanding the Corporate Office, to issue instruction to the Tamil Nadu circle administration, to re-calculate the JTO LICE vacancies in accordance with the orders of DoP&T, since this has not been followed. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, Corporate Office has issued necessary instruction to the CGM, Tamil Nadu, today.<<view corporate office letter>>

 

[28.05.2015]BSNLEU once again insists upon the Corporate Office to issue the necessary clarification to Tamil Nadu circle, on calculation of JTO vacancies.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.), today, the issue of giving clarification to Tamil Nadu circle, on calculating JTO vacancies. The GM (Estt.) assured to do the needful expeditiously.

 

[28.05.2015]Forum requests CMD BSNL to send necessary communications to the CGMs, to co-ordinate with the Forum, for the successful implementation of the month long campaign.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, Forum discussed with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, regarding the decision of the Forum to conduct a month long campaign to popularise the “9pm to 7am” free call concession, and to increase the landline connections. Forum has already written to the CMD in this regard. The Convener, Forum, told the CMD that the success of this month long campaign greatly depends upon the co-ordination between the Forum and the circle and district level administrations. He desired that the Corporate Office should send a communication in this regard to the CGMs. The CMD agreed to look into this.

 

[28.05.2015]Dubious distinction: India leads world hunger list.

Despite the implementation of full-throated economic reforms for the past 24 years, India continuous to be the country with the largest number of people living in hunger. This has been brought out by various surveys. Now, once again the ‘State of food security in the world 2015’ report released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation it is stated that India accounts for the highest estimated number of undernourished people in any single country, with an estimated 194.6 million, or about one in every four such people in the world. Globally, the number of undernourished people has fallen by 216 million between 1990-92 and 2015, from just over a billion to 795 million. However, India's contribution to this fall has been small, with its numbers down by just 15.5 million. 

[Source: Times of India 28.05.2015]

 

[27.05.2015]Reception Committee formed, to host the forthcoming CEC meeting at Dalhousie.

The Himachal Pradesh circle union is hosting the next CEC meeting, to be held at Dalhousie, from 16th to 18th June, 2015. A Reception Committee has been formed to successfully conduct the CEC meeting. Com. B.S. Thakur, TTA, Shimla, com. H.R. Patiyal, Sr.TOA, Mandi and com. Gopal Chandel, TTA, Shimla have been elected as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. CHQ congratulates the comrades and other office-bearers of the Reception Committee.

 

[27.05.2015]Conduct month long campaign to popularise free call concession on landline and to increase landline connections.

The Forum has given call to conduct a campaign from 8th June to 7th July, to popularise the “9pm to 7am free call” concession and thereby to increase the landline connections. The Forum has also listed out the steps to be taken during the month long campaign. The circular of the Forum in this regard is placed on the website. Being the conveners of the Forum at circle and district levels, the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to immediately take the steps for the successful implementation of the campaign. Meetings of the Forum may immediately be convened and works may be started at once. 

 

[27.05.2015]Convener, Forum, writes to the CMD BSNL, communicating the decisions of the Forum, on conducting month long campaign to popularise the free call concession and thereby to increase the landline connections.<<view letter>> 

 

[27.05.2015]DoT approves a list of 38 RMs and TMs of Assam circle for the issuing of presidential orders.<<view letter>>

 

[26.05.2015]Central Trade Unions give call for General Strike on 2nd September, 2015.

A National Convention of workers was held at New Delhi, today the 26.05.2015. The convention is organised by all the 11 central trade unions as well as independent federations of workers / employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS participated in the convention. After detailed deliberations the convention has called upon the working class of the country to go on a General Strike on 2nd September, 2015, against the retrograde anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. BSNLEU heartily welcomes the decision.

[26.05.2015]Declaration of the National Convention of workers conducted by the Central Trade Unions at New Delhi on 26.05.2015.<<click here>>

[26.05.2015]Felicitation to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, former Convener, Forum.

A warm felicitation was accorded to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, the founding convener of Forum, in the meeting held yesterday the 25.05.2015. Leaders of all the organisations present in the meeting praised the role played by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri in starting this joint platform in 2004 and for leading it for nearly 12 years. On behalf of the Forum a memento and shawl was offered to com. V.A.N. Namboodiri. Finally, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri addressed the meeting acknowledging the felicitation.<<view photo>> 

[26.05.2015]Decisions of the Forum, taken in the meeting held on 25.05.2015.<<click here>>

 

[26.05.2015]Com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, CHQ, bereaved.

CHQ is saddened to hear the news that, shri Utpal Sengupta, the eldest brother of com.Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, CHQ, has passed away today, at Kolkata. Shri Utpal Sengupta has been unwell for some time. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to com. Saibal Sengupta, to his family members, relatives, friends and all the comrades.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

[Source: Business Line – 23.05.2015] 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

[Excerpts from Times of India dated 20.05.2015]

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

[20.05.2015]Hold PLI Committee meeting without further delay.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

[Source: DNA 16th May, 2015]

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Airtel                       - 226.01 million

Vodafone               - 183.80 million

Idea                        - 157.80 million

Reliance                 - 109.47 million

Aircel                      - 81.39 million

Tata Teleservices - 66.31 million 

 

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

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

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

[14.05.2015]National Council meeting held.

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

 

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

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

 

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

[Source: Economic Times dated 13.05.2015]

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[12.05.2015]TRAI reduces IUC charges.

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

 

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

 

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

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

[Source: The Economic Times, dated 12.05.2015]

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

[08.05.2015]Teledensity in urban India is 168.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

[05.05.2015]JAC meeting to be held on 12.05.2015.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

[30.04.2015]Adding insult to injury.

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

 

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

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

 

[30.04.2015]Meeting with GM (Estt.).

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.)

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

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

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

Shri D. Chakrabarti, GM (Rectt.).

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

(25.04.2015)

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

 

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

(26.04.2015)

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[25.04.2015]Earthquake in Nepal.

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

 

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

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 25.04.2015]

 

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

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

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

 

[24.04.2015]2 day Tsunami in BSNL

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

 

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

 

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

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

[24.04.2015]National Council meeting again postponed.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[23.04.2015]National Council meeting being held on 28.04.2015

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

 

[23.04.2015]Staff Side meeting to be held 27.04.2015.

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

 

[23.04.2015]What next?

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

 

[23.04.2015]Salute to our veterans.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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