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
conciliation to take place tomorrow, on the demands of the
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
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
clarification on refund of BWA Spectrum charges from the
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.
day circle conference of UP (East) circle started at
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>>>
of May Day celebration.<<click
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,
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 >>>
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.
Office press release on announces reduction in Roaming
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.
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.
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.
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
defence of net neutrality
– Editorial of the May 2015 issue
earth quake death toll may rise to 10,000.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
letter of CMD BSNL to all CGM's on introducing free calls
between 9 pm and 7 am.<<view
Secretary pulls up telecom companies for call drops and
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
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]
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.
writes reminder to the Corporate Office, on issuing
clarifications to the CGM, AP circle, on the eligibility
to appear TTA LDCE.<<view
writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to permit
the CGM, AP circle to hold the TTA LDCE in four centres.<<view
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.
to hold National Council meeting on 14th May, 2015.<<click
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.
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.
of the CGM, Kerala, to break the strike with police,
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
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
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
you comrade, hope everything will be normal though after
shock in repetition of earthquake is still going on.
- Com. Tankalal Shrestha, senior leader of
the TEAN, Nepal.
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.
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.
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.
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
for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to be held
at Himachal Pradesh from 16th to 18th
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
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.
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.
of invitation to the Forum, for meeting with the
[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
Office letter on furnishing of information regarding
retired employees for review of without voucher facility
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.
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.
writes to CMD, BSNL on special concessions to Central
Government/PSU employees working Kashmir Valley.<<view
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.
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.
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.
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
Tapas Ghosh, Secretary General, BSNL CCWF, getting
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.
Office letter regarding wide publicity of unlimited free
calling during night hours from BSNL Landline phones and
acquiring new Landline customers.<<click
Office letter on looking after arrangement for the post of
Restg./WSandI, BSNL CO, New Delhi.<<click
of DA to Central Government Employees - Revised Rates
effective from 01.01.2015.<<click
of the 2 day strike of the BSNL employees raised in the
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
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
Employees two days strike complete - Forum press release.<<click
strike in various circles.<<click
supports the strike of BSNL employees.
Com. A.K. Padmanabhan,
National President of the CITU, has issued a statement,
conveying the support of the CITU, to the 2 day strike of
the employees of BSNL. The CITU has strongly supported the
demands of the employees for the revival of BSNL and has
severely criticised the Secretary, DoT and the Telecom
Minister, for not inviting the leaders for talks. On
behalf of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL, we
express our sincere thanks to the CITU.<<view
the statement of CITU>>
goons attack BSNLEU members on strike in Kolkata.
Rapes are freely allowed in
West Bengal, but not strikes by the working class.
In Kolkata, the goons of
the ruling Trinamool Congress, have attacked the striking
BSNLEU members of CGM Office of West Bengal Circle. The
attack has taken place yesterday evening, outside the CGM
Office of West Bengal circle. Four comrades are injured in
the attack. All of them were admitted in hospital and were
discharged later on. Police compliant has been lodged.
BSNLEU strongly condemns this attack and demands the law
enforcing authorities to bring the criminals to books.
of BSNL issue raised in Lok Sabha today.
When the 2.25 lakh
employees of BSNL were on a nationwide strike, demanding
steps for revival of BSNL, the issue was also raised in
the Lok Sabha today. Shri Sankar Prasad Dutta, Lok Sabha
member of the CPI(M), from Tripura West constituency,
raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, during zero hour today.
BSNLEU heartily thanks shri Sankar Prasad Dutta, who also
happens to be the General Secretary of CITU, Tripura. The
details of the question and the reply will be updated on
our website, soon after the same received.
rigs strike figures.
The 2 day strike of the
BSNL employees is 100% in all the circles on both the
days. However, the BSNL Management tries to derive petty
pleasure, by cooking up the strike figures and showing
that the strike is not successful. This has happened in
many places. BSNLEU strongly condemns this rigging done by
Corporate Office letter and press release on introducing
unlimited free calls on landline from 9 pm to 7 am.
heads are empowered to waive the outdoor ceiling in
deserving cases of notified chronic diseases - Corporate
Office letter on indication of Aadhaar number in the
Salary Package software and pension papers of retiring
Office letter on works undertaken/carried out by BSNL on
behalf of DoT.<<click
strike from various circles.<<click
on the successful strike by circle and district
Since morning CHQ is
receiving a flood of messages about the success of strike
in various circles and districts. Our circle and district
secretaries are really enthusiastic about the
unprecedented success of the strike. CHQ wishes to share
this information with everyone. We are re-producing the
texts received from various comrades.<<view
created in the BSNL Corporate Office.
Normally, strikes do not
take place in the BSNL Corporate Office. To break this
deadlock, all the General Secretaries went to the
Corporate Office today morning and appealed to the
employees to join the strike. Management brought the
police in large numbers and attempted to provoke the
leaders. However, more than 80% of the employees responded
to the appeal of the leaders and joined the strike. This
is the first time that a successful strike is organized in
BSNL Corporate Office. A lunch hour meeting was organised
in the Corporate Office. The gathering, was addressed by
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS,
NFTE and President, Forum, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA,
com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.C. Pandey, GS, BTEU,
com. Rakesh Sethi, GS, AIBSNLOA, com. A.A. Khan, CS, SNEA
and com. Subendru, AIGETOA. Earlier in the day, com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, Convener, Forum and com. Swapan Chakraborty,
Dy.GS, BSNLEU, addressed the gathering in front of the
Corporate Office.<<click here>>
salutes the employees. Vows to launch indefinite strike as
the next step.
A meeting of all the
General Secretaries of the Forum is held in the BSNL
Corporate Office at 1330 hrs today. Com. Chandeswar Singh,
President, Forum, presided over the meeting. The meeting
took stock of the ongoing two day strike. The report
received by all the General Secretaries is that the
employees have overwhelmingly responded to the strike call
and that the strike is total in all the circles. The
meeting saluted the employees for the grand success of the
strike. All the General Secretaries opined that the Forum
should give call for indefinite strike, as the next step,
if the government does not accept the demands of the Forum
to revive BSNL. It was decided to take a decision on this
immediately after the strike.
is a total success in all the circles.
CHQ is pleased to inform
that the 2 day strike is a total success in all the
circles. Offices are closed down in most of the circles.
The Non - Executives and Executives have massively
responded to the strike call. Most of the circles have
reported that 100%employees have joined the strike. We can
say that the strike is an unprecedented success. CHQ
heartily congratulates all the employees as well as the
Unions and Associations for the success of this historic
press release on
BSNL Employees' Two Days Strike on 21-22 April 2015
Demanding Revival of BSNL.<<click here>>
invites Forum for talks on 25-04-2015.
The first strike notice
to go on indefinite strike from 03-02-2015, on the issue
of revival of BSNL, was served by the Forum, on the
Secretary, DoT & CMD BSNL, on 18-11-2014. Thereafter, the
strike was deferred to 17-03-2015. Finally it was decided
that a 2 day strike would take place on 21st & 22nd April,
2015. Thus, it is already 5 months since the Forum issued
the strike notice. However, the DoT did not get time all
these 5 months to hold talks with the Forum. Now, the
DoT has invited the Forum for talks on 25th April, 2015.
This is the importance that the DoT is giving to the trade
unions. Despite this invitation, the Forum, in its meeting
held today morning, decided to go ahead with the strike
strike every where.
CHQ has received feedback
from many circles about the preparations
for tomorrow's strike. Invariably, all the reports say
that the strike will be 100%. This is the situation
prevailing in all the circles. The two day strike is going
to be a 100% success throughout the country.
meeting took place today.
The Forum meeting took
place at 1100 hrs today at New Delhi. The meeting
unanimously decided to go ahead with the two strike, and
to make it a total success. Strike will start at 0000 hrs
on 21.04.2015 and will continue up to 2400 hrs on
22.04.2015. It will be a stay out strike. On both the
days, powerful demonstrations should be organised outside
officers, in which all the employees should be made to
participate. Sufficient media publicity should be arranged
for the demonstrations and the strike and send photos &
reports to the CHQ promptly.
conducts protest demonstration against cancellation of
minimum PF pension of Rs.1000.
It is a known fact that
the BMS, the biggest trade union of the country, is
functioning based on the ideology of the RSS. It is also a
known fact that the Narendra Modi government is being
remote controlled by the RSS. However, the attacks on the
working class, by the Narendra Modi government is becoming
so intolerable, that the even the BMS is not able to
remain silent, but to come out to the streets and
struggle. For example, today's New Indian Express has
reported that the BMS conducted demonstrations, protesting
against the withdrawal of the minimum Provident Fund
Pension of Rs.1000. The BMS has stated that this social
security was introduced as a result of long drawn
struggles of the working class, and the withdrawal of this
pension by the BJP led government will affect 32 lakh
families of the workers.
taken report provided by the BSNL Management, in the
meeting held on 17.04.2015, between the Forum and the CMD
to meet on 20-04-2015.
A meeting of the Forum
will be held on 20.04.2015, to review the discussion that
has taken place on 17.04.2015, between the Forum and the
CMD BSNL. The meeting will be held at 11:00 hrs in the
BSNL MS office.
Office issued order on merger of STR and STP circles under
single CGM.<<click here>>
outcome in the meeting between Forum and CMD BSNL.
A meeting took place
yesterday the 17-04-2014, between the Forum and the CMD
BSNL. There is no outcome on any issue. The CMD BSNL
requested the leaders to defer the strike, so that a
meeting can be held with the Secretary, DoT. The
Secretary, DoT has gone on a foreign tour and will be
returning only on the evening of 20th April. The CMD BSNL
could not give any assurance that the meeting with the
Secretary, DoT, would take place immediately. But, he told
that the meeting could take place in 15 days to one month.
The Forum replied that the decision would be conveyed
after discussion. The Forum meeting will take place
on 20th April. The opinion of BSNLEU is that there is no
necessity to defer the strike. However, the matter will be
discussed in the Forum meeting and decision will be taken.
In the meantime, CHQ requests the circle and district
unions to keep the mobilisation for the strike in full
Office letter on clarification for reimbursement of
dietary supplements under BSNLMRS.<<view
joins hands with the US based QuadGen Wireless Solutions
Inc, to provide public wi fi service in Hyderabad.
High speed public wi fi
is started in Hyderabad yesterday. To start with, the
service is started in the Hussein Sagar Lake area, which
is the heart of the city. The service can be availed by
the public, within a radius of 10 kilometres. BSNL,
jointly with the US based QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc.,
is providing the service. The service will be free for the
first 30 minutes, and the speed of the broadband will vary
from 2 mbps to 10 mbps. 1,800 to 2,500 persons can access
this public wi fi at a time. It is said that Hyderabad is
one among the 2,500 cities which will provide public wi fi
in the country. Internationally, London, San Francisco and
Barcelona are among the cities which provide city wide
public wi fi service to the people. BSNL, with it's
6,00,000 kilometer long optic fibre network, can play the
key role in providing such public wi fi throughout the
“Save BSNL” Convention held at Shillong on 13.04.2015.
A successful “Save BSNL”
convention, called on by the Forum of BSNL
Unions/Associations, NE-I Circle, was held at Shillong on
13.04.2015. The convention was presided over by com. Ashit
Ghosh, CS, SNEA & President, Forum, NE-I. Com. Gopal Das,
Convenor, Forum, NE-I Circle initiated the discussion
after welcoming all. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer,
BSNLEU, CHQ addressed the convention. In his speech he
explained 20 point charter of demands of the Forum, for
revival of BSNL. He also explained how the successive
governments conspired to weaken BSNL. He appealed to all
the workers of BSNL to massively participate in the 2 day
strike, that is to place on 21st and 22nd of April, 2015.
Com. Dr. M.N. Bhattacharjee, President, MJCTUA, com. J.L.
Das, General Secretary, MJCTUA, and com. Ramani
Bhattacharjee, GS, CoC of CGE also addressed the
convention and expressed total support to the struggle of
BSNL Employees for the revival of the company. Com. S.
Goswami, CS, BSNLEU, NE-I, com. Ashit Ghosh, CS, SNEA,
com. Santanu Ghosh, CS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.B. Das, Circle
President, NFTE, com. B. Lahakar, CS, FNTO also addressed
the seminar. Vote of thanks was given by com. D.A. Shyela,
Vice-President, BSNLEU, NE-I. A good number of BSNL
Executives and Non-Executives attended the successful
convention of Uttarakhand, held on 10-04-2015.
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations of Uttarakhand circle conducted a very
successful convention on "Save BSNL" on 10-4-2015 at
Dehradun. A large number of members from all Unions and
Associations attended. Senior leader Com.J.P.Kothari
presided over the convention. Com.Kishori Lal Chamoli,
District Secretary, BSNLEU, Dehradun welcomed everyone.
Com.P.C.Kandpal, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU conducted the
proceedings of the convention. He also explained the 20
point charter of demands of the Forum. Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice
President, BSNLEU (CHQ), Com.P.B.Dobhal, Circle President,
BSNLEU, Com.S.S.Rauthan, Circle Secretary, SNEA,
Com.A.B.Uniyal, Circle Secretary, NFTE, Com.B.M.Dhyani,
Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Com.Sita Ram, Circle
Secretary, FNTO, Com.Jai Vikram, Circle president, SNEA,
Com.Jag Veer Singh Rana, NFTE, Com.Triveni Prassad, Circle
Secretary, BTEU, Com.R.S.Pandey, Circle President,
AIBSNLEA, Com.A.K.Chaudhary, Circle Secretary, SC/ST W.A.
and Com.P.C.Uniyal, Ex.C.S., SNEA also addressed and
explained the charter of demands and anti BSNL policies of
the Government. They urged the employees to make the
strike 100 % success.<<view
arguments started in the 2G scam case.
Final arguments have
started in the CBI Special Court, which is hearing the 2G
scam case. In this case, the CBI has filed charge sheet
against 17 persons, including the former Telecom Minister A.Raja. In yesterday's argument, the CBI counsel argued
that A.Raja changed the cut off date for receiving the
applications for allotment of 2G spectrum, to favour
ineligible companies and also misled the then Prime
Minister, Manmohan Singh, on the matter. The final
arguments will continue on 25th May.
letter from Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL to all CGMs,
on importance of “Customer Care” services in BSNL, keeping
in mind the implementation of Mobile Number Portability on
PAN India basis. He has stressed upon adopting new work
culture and new methodology to satisfy the valued
letter from CMD BSNL, Shri Anupam Shrivastava to all CGMs
and employees of BSNL, emphasising on capturing the ever
increasing data values. In future 35-40% of total revenue
will come from the Data Services only. He has called upon
all the employees to gear up for this challenge to make
the BSNL a market leader in this segment.<<click here>>
Forum of BSNL
Unions/Associations of Gujarat Circle conducted a
marvelous “Save BSNL” convention at Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Circle. Large number of employees including district
secretaries and presidents of all the Unions/Associations
attended the convention. Com. N.J. Bhatia presided over
the convention. Com. A.M. Patil conducted the proceedings
of the convention. He also delivered the key address on
the forthcoming two days strike. Com. Balbir Singh,
President, BSNLEU explained the 20 point charter of
demands of the Forum. He also explained the reasons of
debacle of the BSNL, decling market share and
deteriorating financial position of the company. He also
criticized the Neo-Liberal policies of the Government. He
told that the govt. of India is totally anti-public sector
and wants to kill all the public sector. He called upon
the workers to make the strike call a grand success. Com.
H.R. Tiwari, Vice President, NFTE CHQ, com. B.S. Khandeker,
President, ATM, com.P.K. Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com. Rakesh
Mehta, CHQ member of SNEA(I), com. Kumar Lakhtarya, CS,
SNATTA, com. S.R. Kshatriya, CS, ATM, com. H.J. Chauhan,
CS, BTEU, com. R.M. Belani, CS, AIBSNLEA, com. P. Mathew,
CS, AIGETOA, com. K.D. Maurya, CS, SEWA and com. J.K.
Sutariya, CS, BSNLOA also addressed the convention. All
the leaders of Forum of Gujarat assured that the strike
will be complete in Gujarat Circle.<<view
Hindu paper reporting on the 2 day strike of BSNL
employees, to be held on 21st and 22nd April,
In support of their
demands – most important being revival of loss-making
Bharat Sanchar Nagam Limited, its employees have planned a
two-day strike in April. Services will be affected as
faults on lines cannot be attended and subscribers might
not be able to pay their bills on those two days. Members
of the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, Tamil Nadu
Circle, alleged that the BSNL had suffered losses since
2009 owing to its pro-private sector policy. Association
convenor S. Chellappa told presspersons here that the BSNL
had incurred losses because of non-purchasing of equipment
and cancellation of tenders. Although there was a demand
from customers for more mobile connections, BSNL was
unable to expand its operations because of lack of
equipment. “We plan to go on strike on April 21 and 22 to
insist on various demands, including merging Bharat
Broadband Network Limited with BSNL and the latter’s
expansion,” he said. Over 2.5 lakh BSNL workers will be
taking part in the all-India strike, including 8,000 in
[Source: The Hindu
[15.04.2015]Haryana conducted successful convention on save BSNL.
Forum of BSNL
Unions/Associations of Haryana conducted a very impressive
“Save BSNL” convention at Rewari District on 14.04.2015,
in spite of holiday on account of birth day of Dr. B.R.
Ambedkar large number of employees from all corners of
Haryana attended the convention Com. H.K. Goel, CS, NFTE,
presided over the Convention. The proceedings of the
convention were conducted by Com. Jai Pal Singh Chaudhary,
CS, SNEA (I) Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU,
explained the 20 point demand charter of the Forum. He
also explained the reasons for going on two days strike
Com. C. Singh Chairman Forum, G.L. Gogi President SNEA (I)
K. Sebastin GS, SNEA (I), Suresh Kumar GS BSNL MS, M.S.
Kadian CS, BSNLEU, Kuldip Singh Astt. Treasure BSNLEU, S.P.
Madan, Vice President, NFTE, Gulab Singh, CS BSNL MS,
Mukesh Choudhary, CS, SNATTA, Arvind Pal Dahiya, AGS, SNEA
(I) also addressed the convention. All the circle leaders
assured to make the call a grand success.
has been our serious concern
in the recent past, that strike calls were not being
implemented in Gujarat circle. It was a setback that the
one day strike on 27-11-2014, called on by the JAC, did
not take place in that circle. CHQ of BSNLEU took up this
issue very seriously in the Forum meetings, as a result of
which a joint circle executive committee meeting of all
the unions and associations of Gujarat circle was held in
Ahmedabad on 20th March. This meeting helped in a big way,
to dispel the lack of trust, that was prevailing between
various unions and associations of Gujarat circle.
Thereafter, situation started improving. Forum of Gujarat
circle was also formed. Following this, a very successful
convention was held today the15-04-2015, wherein all the
unions and associations participated, and resolved to make
the 2 day strike a historic success in Gujarat circle. CHQ
salutes the Gujarat comrades.
India State Government Employees Federation( AISGEF)
expresses solidarity with the BSNL employees who are going
on strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015, and urges the
government to settle the demands.
The All India State
Government Employees Federation has expressed solidarity
with the BSNL employees, who are going on strike on 21st
and 22nd April. It has also urged the government to settle
the demands. BSNLEU heartily thanks the AISGEF. The
following is the statement made by the AISGEF in support
of the strike.<<click here>>
BSNL to meet the leaders of the Forum on 17-04-2015, to
dicuss the strike issues.
The CMD BSNL has invited
the leaders of the Forum, for a discussion on the issues
on which the 2 day strike is taking place on 21st and 22nd
April, 2015. The meeting will take place at 1600 hrs
Office issues order on
revised rate of IDA w.e.f 01.04.2015.<<click here>>
letter on revision of landline Tariff Plans with
introduction of unlimited free calling during night hours
i.e. 9PM to 7AM) on any network.<<click here>>
pays it's respectful homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
BSNLEU joins the nation
to pay it's respectful homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, on
the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. Dr. B. R.
Ambedkar, one of the greatest sons of India, is the chief
architect of the Constitution of India. It is needless to
state that it is the strong foundation, that is laid down
in the Constitution, still helps India to be a democratic
nation. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, throughout his life
relentlessly fought for social justice for the Dalits.
While paying our homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, we also
pledge to work to achieve his unfinished goals.
meeting of BSNLEU to be held at Dalhousie in Himachal
Pradesh, on 16, 17 & 18 June, 2015.
The next Central
Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at
Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh on 16th, 17th and 18th June,
2015. The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is
Pathankot. As all of us know, Himachal Pradesh is a small
circle. Hence, the HP circle union has strictly informed
that arrangements would be made only for the CEC members.
All Circle Secretaries and Central Office bearers are
requested not to bring anyone extra. Notification will be
Executive Committee meeting to be held in Himachal
CHQ has proposed to hold
the next CEC meeting in May / June. Himachal Pradesh
Circle has proposed to host this meeting. The decision to
this effect is taken in the circle executive committee
meeting of Himachal Pradesh, held at Nadaun,
on 09.04.2015, which was addressed by com.Balbir Singh,
President. Com.H.S.Syal, CS, Himachal Pradesh Circle has
said that the dates of the CEC meeting would be finalised
shortly, in consultation with the CHQ.
conciliation meeting on JAC demands will be held on 6th
The next conciliation
meeting on the charter of demands of the JAC, will be held
between the JAC and the Management on 6th May, 2015, in
the presence of the Regional Labour Commissioner ( Central
) at New Delhi.
the whole of next week to make the two day strike 100%
Almost, only one week is
left for the two day strike. It must be borne in mind that
this is the strike which is going to decide the future of
BSNL. Hence, our comrades must make the necessary ground
work for the whole of next week, to ensure that the total
Non-Executives and Executives participate in the strike.
Leaders and functionaries of the Forum must visit all the
exchanges / offices and must meet each and every employee,
to ensure their participation in the strike. Especially,
care must be taken to convince the employees who
habitually go on leave during the strike. If necessary, a
small team of the Forum must visit their houses and
convince them to participate in the strike.
Office letter on timely settlement of pensionary benefits.<<click
Office letter on settlement of provisional
Trade Unions to hold a National Convention of Workers at
New Delhi on 26th May,2015.
A meeting of the
Central Trade Unions was held in the INTUC office at New
Delhi, yesterday the 09.04.2015. The meeting took place to
mainly to decide about the struggle against the
anti-worker policies of the Narendra Modi government. In
this meeting it is decided to hold a National Convention
of Workers at New Delhi on 26th May,2015. The date and
nature of the struggle will be announced in this
circular of the Central Trade Unions.<<click
Secretary addressed the Extended Circle Executive
Committee meeting of Karnataka circle.
The Karnataka circle
union of BSNLEU organised a very effective Extended Circle
Executive Committee meeting at Bengaluru today. The sole
purpose of the meeting is to effectively organise the
forthcoming two day strike, called on by the Forum. The
meeting is held in the Varadachar Memorial Hall, and it is
presided over by com. B.P.Narayan, circle president. Apart
from the district secretaries and circle office bearers, a
good number of active functionaries from all the districts
of Karnataka also attended the meeting. Com.C.K.Gundanna,
circle secretary, welcomed every one and explained about
the significance of holding such a meeting at this
juncture. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and
spoke elaborately on the background of raising various
demands by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. He urged
upon the functionaries to make the strike 100% successful.
The meeting is also addressed by com. M.C. Balakrishna,
AGS, as well as by all the district secretaries. CHQ
heartily congratulates the Karnataka circle union for
taking this important step to effectively organise the
of Unions/Associations of BSNL Himachal Pradesh Circle
conducted a very impressive convention on 08.04.2015.
Unions/Associations of BSNL Himachal Pradesh Circle,
conducted a very impressive convention on 08.04.2015 at
Nadaun (Hamirpur SSA). Com. Ravinder Sharma, Circle
President, BSNLEU, presided over the convention. Com. K.C.
Panwar District Secretary Shimla conducted the proceedings
of the convention. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU
explained the 20 point charter of demands of the Forum. He
also explained the reasons of deteriorating position of
BSNL. He told that Neo-Liberal policies adopted by the
successive governments are ruining the public sectors of
the country including BSNL. The policies of previous and
present government are depriving BSNL from providing
efficient and quality services by blocking the supply of
equipment and with other hurdles. The telecom minister is
only blaming the previous Government for debacle of BSNL.
But he has done nothing for BSNL since the last ten
months. He is making statements only. President called
upon the workers to make the forthcoming strike a grand
success so that the BSNL as well as its workers are saved
from the cruel clutch of multinational companies as well
as its workers are saved from the cruel clutch of
multinational companies as well as the anti-public sector
policies of Modi government. Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL
MS, com. Arvind Pal Dahiya, AGS, SNEA, com. H.L. Syal, CS,
BSNLEU, com. Tilak Thakur, Joint Secretary, SNEA, North
Zone, com. Sudarshan Kumar, CS, SNEA, com. Jarnail Sing,
CS, BSNL MS, com. Rakesh Dhiman, ACS, AIBSNLEA and Smt.
Monica Sagar, Org. Secretary, SNEA (HP) also expressed
their views and assured that 21st & 22nd April strike will
be 100% in Himachal Pradesh.<<view
two day strike on 21 - 22 April, 2015 - Forum Circular.<<click
Labour Commissioner (Central) conducted conciliation
meeting on the demands of the
2 day strike to be held on 21st and 22nd April,
The Chief Labour
Commissioner (Central) conducted a conciliation meeting
today between the unions & Associations of BSNL and the
Management, on the charter of demands for the 2 day strike
that is to take place on 21st & 22nd April,2015.
Representatives of the Unions and Associations, as well as
the representatives of the BSNL Management were
present. Director ( PSU) of the DoT was also present.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, explained in detail on the
demands of the Forum, for the revival of BSNL. He narrated
how BSNL's procurement of equipments, as well as it’s
expansion of networks were stalled by vested interests,
which has landed BSNL in the present financial crisis. He
argued that instead of implementing the suggestions of the
Unions and Associations for the revival of BSNL, the
government is taking speedy measures to kill BSNL once for
all, like the merger of BSNL and MTNL, formation of a
subsidiary tower company, etc. The BSNL Casual and
Contract Workers Federation also presented it's demands
connected with the casual and contract workers.
no need at all for tariff hike - says Telecom Secretary.
After the recent spectrum
auctioning, all the major private telecom companies are
arguing that tariffs have got to be raised, since they
have spent huge amount for payment of spectrum charges.
Telecom Minister, shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has opposed
this. However, shri Rahul Khullar, Chairman, TRAI, has
strongly supported the private telecom companies' stand of
increasing tariffs. Under these circumstances, shri Rakesh
Garg, Secretary, DoT, has said that absolutely there is no
case for hiking the tariff. He has stated that the profits
of the telecom companies continue to be robust, while the
debt levels remain within the comfortable limits. Shri
Garg has also stated that out of the Rs.1.1 lakh crore
total spectrum bidding amount, all the private companies
put together have to immediately pay only Rs.29,000 crore,
and the balance is to be paid over a period of 10 years
after a 2 year moratorium. The revenue of the Telecom
companies is increasing at the rate of 11% per annum and
the burden on them due payment of spectrum charges will
also be very marginal, said the Secretary, DoT.
Circle Conference inaugurated.
The two day NTR circle
conference of BSNLEU started today. Com. H.L. Makkad,
Circle President, is presiding over the conference. Com.
V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, inaugurated the conference.
Com. P. Abhimanyu addressed the conference and emphasised
the need to make the two day strike successful. Com.
Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, Shri A.K. Goel, CGM, NTR and
Shri A.K. Jain, CGM, NTP are also addressing the
Madhu Arora, has taken over as the new GM (Estt.),
Ms. Madhu Arora, has
taken over as the new GM (Estt.) in the Corporate Office.
Ms. Madhu Arora is an experienced officer. BSNLEU heartily
welcomes her. Shri R.K. Goyal, who had been the GM (Estt.)
hitherto, is posted as the GM, Sonipat. BSNLEU heartily
thanks shri R.K. Goyal for all the helps and cooperation
that he has extended to the needy employees. BSNLEU wishes
both the officers all success in their new assignments.
(SR) is urged to speedily amend the order on immunity from
CHQ has already
approached the Director (HR), seeking amendment to the
Corporate Office order on granting immunity from
transfers. BSNLEU has sought that the immunity should be
granted not only during the first team, but for the
subsequent terms also. The Director (HR) has accepted
this. However, there is acute delay in issuing the
modified order. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri Shameem Akthar, Sr.GM (SR) and
urged him to process the case expeditiously.
GM (Estt.) is urged to clarify the eligibility to appear
TTA LICE, as sought by Andhra Pradesh Circle.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met both Ms. Madhu Arora
and shri R.K. Goyal today and greeted them. Ms. Madhu
Arora, the new GM (Estt.) is urged to expeditiously send
necessary clarifications sought by Andhra Pradesh circle
administration on the eligibility to appear TTA LICE. The
GM (Estt.) assured to do so.
shall be the new no. for all emergency calls.
The TRAI has proposed
that 112 shall be the new number for all emergency calls
across the country, such as, police, fire and ambulance.
In the US, 911 is the single number for all emergency
calls. The TRAI has also recommended setting up of Public
Safety Answering Points (PSAP) to handle distress calls.
2.60 lakh crore is the unpaid bank loans by the corporates.
Rs. 2.60 lakh crore is
the loan amount, not repaid to the Public Sector banks,
by the big ticket corporates in 2014. It is important to
note that this amount was Rs. 80,818 crore in 2013.
Economic Times 08.04.2015]
– Editorial of the April 2015 issue
issued order for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.04.2015.<<click
of Forum meeting held on 07.04.2015.<<click
Modi govt.’s steps to demolish the Public Sector.
pursuance of the Neo-Liberal policies, the Narendra Modi
Government is taking steps vigorously to demolish the
entire public sector. We cannot save BSNL alone when the
entire Public Sector is demolished. While fighting for the
revival of BSNL, it is also our duty to fight to save the
Public Sector of the country.<<view
Trade Unions to meet on 09.04.2015, to decide struggle
against the anti-worker policies of the Narendra Modi
The Central Trade Unions
are meeting at New Delhi on 09.04.2015. Organising
struggle against the anti-worker and anti-public sector
steps of the Narendra Modi government is the top agenda of
the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on 14.04.2015.
It is the decision of the
Rajkot Central Executive Committee meeting, to celebrate
the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect
of the Indian Constitution, as well as the champion of the
down-trodden people. CHQ calls upon the circle and
district unions to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr.
B.R. Ambedkar in the most befitting manner. Garlanding of
the photo/statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Organising of
seminars etc. may be done. Reports and photos may be sent
to the CHQ promptly.
of the Forum held.
A meeting of the Forum is
held at New Delhi today. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS
attended the meeting. (Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, could not
attend, since he was attending the Steering Committee
meeting of the Central PSU unions.) Review of the
preparations for the 2 day strike, despatching the
signatures collected to the PMO, sending of a joint
circular by all the General Secretaries, non-settlement of
78.2% IDA merger for pensioners, taking up of pension
revision of BSNL retirees with the 7th CPC, etc. were
of the Steering Committee of Central Public Sector Trade
A meeting of the Steering
Committee of the Central Public Sector Trade Unions is
held in the CITU office at New Delhi today. Being a member
of the Steering Committee, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
attended the meeting. Com. Swadesh Dev Roy, National
Secretary, CITU, presided. Com. Tapan Sen, General
Secretary, CITU, addressed the meeting and introduced the
agenda. Members of the Steering Committee participated in
the discussion. The following decisions are taken:-
three day interactive workshop of the Public Sector Trade
Union functionaries is to be organised at Bangalore.
(2) A convention of Public Sector contract workers is to
be organised in Jharkhand.
(3) A convention on the revival of sick Public Sector
industries is to be organised at Kolkata.
(4) It is decided to organise stiff resistance to the move
being made by the Narendra Modi government to amend all
the existing Labour Laws, to benefit the capitalists and
against the working class.
The dates of the
workshop/convention will be finalised in consultation with
the hosting states.
Office letter on fake advertisement for recruitment.<<view
[07.04.2015]Declaration of Holiday on 14th April,
2015 - Birthday of Dr. B.R.
Ambedkar - Corrigendum.<<click here>>
writes to the Sr.GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office,
communicating the approval of the Registrar of Trade
Unions for the Constitutional Amendments passed in the 7th
All India Conference.<<view
for the 2 day strike to be held on 21 – 22 April, 2015.
CHQ has printed a poster
(pull out) in the centre page of the April 2015 issue of
the Telecrusader. All the Branch Secretaries are requested
to pull out this poster from the journal and paste it on
the notice board.<<view
of the month.
The following is the
cartoon printed in the front cover page of the April 2015
issue of the Telecrusader, regarding the
Land Acquisition Bill
that has been brought by the Narendra Modi
writes to the Director (HR), requesting to issue necessary
guidelines on the clarifications sought by Andhra Pradesh
Circle Administration in respect of the forthcoming TTA
BSNL lost the race?
The following is the
article written in the April, 2015 issue of the
Telecrusader, on the confessions made by Shri Ravi Shankar
Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Communications and IT, for
the failure of BSNL.<<view
level conventions of Haryana and Uttarakhand.
The Circle Forum of
Haryana has informed that the Circle level convention of
Haryana will take place on 14.04.2015 at Rewari. Similarly
the Circle Forum of Uttarakhand has informed that the
Circle level convention will be held on 10.04.2015 at
to provide Wi Fi hotspots throughout the country at a cost
of Rs.7000 crore.
Shri Anupam Srivasta, CMD
has told that BSNL will be providing wi fi hotspots
throughout the country, at a cost of Rs.7000 crore, with a
view to provide hi speed wireless service. These hotspots
will be integrated with 3G and 4G networks. BSNL has made
a tie - up with the QuadGen wireless for this purpose.
The CMD has told that 2,500 hotspots will be created by
the end of this financial year.
Minister warns private companies against deterioration in
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Minister for Communications and IT, has warned the private
operators against further deterioration of services. The
Minister said that complaints like call drops should not
be there, since the private operators have got plenty of
spectrum. Further, he said that as a result of the recent
spectrum auctioning, there cannot be an increase in the
call charges of more than 1.3 paisa per minute.
Labour Commissioner to hold conciliation on 09-04-2015.
It is informed that the
Chief Labour Commissioner ( Central ) will hold a
conciliation meeting on 09.04.2015, in connection with the
strike notice that has been served by the Forum, to go on
a two day strike on 21st and 22nd
of the Ministry of Labour & Employment on increase in
Variable Dearness Allowance.<<<
view letter >>>
official of Gujarat circle, helped by BSNLEU, clears the
As per the Corporate
Office order, candidates appointed under Compassionate
Ground, to the cadre of Sr.TOA, should pass the
Proficiency Test. According to orders, a candidate who has
failed to pass the test within two attempts are to be
terminated from service. Shri Gamit, Sr.TOA, Valsad SSA
in Gujarat circle, was about to be terminated, since the
official did not pass the test within two attempts. The
official belongs to ST community. BSNLEU took up the case
with the Corporate Office and demanded that one more
attempt should be given to shri Gamit, in relaxation of
the rules. Finally, Director (HR) approved the case and
granted one more chance to the official. The Valsad
District Union has informed the CHQ today that, shri Gamit
has cleared the Proficiency Test. BSNLEU feels proud that
the Union was able to help a candidate belonging to one of
the most downtrodden and exploited sections.
Pradesh conducted successful convention on save BSNL.
The AP Circle Forum of
BSNL Unions and Associations conducted a successful
convention on "Save BSNL", on 1.4.2015 at Hyderabad. 500
delegates from all unions/Associations attended. Com
Ch.Chandrasekhara Rao CS NFTE presided. Com P.Asokababu
Vice President (CHQ) BSNLEU, in his address, explained in
detail about the policies of the Government that resulted
in losses to BSNL and how the Modi Government is refusing
the payment of amounts due to be paid by it to BSNL. He
detailed how Modi government is intensifying
implementation of pro-corporate, anti worker policies and
the necessity for the Working class to unitedly oppose
it. He told that the two day strike on 21-22
April should be made successful to see that the Government
comes down to settle the demands raised by the Forum for
saving BSNL. Com P.Padmanabha Rao Joint Secretary(South)
SNEA, Com.K.Anjaiah Secretary (CHQ) NFTE, Com J.Saibaba
AGS(E) AIBSNLEA, Com A.Ganesh President (CHQ) BTEU, Com
Com B.Lakshman Vice President(CHQ) AIGETOA, Com Ch.
Venkateswarlu CS, FNTO, Com M.Sampath Kumar CS SNATTA have
addressed. A resolution was adopted unanimously, appealing
to all the executives and the non-executives in the circle
to fully participate in the two day strike.<<view
Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran's properties worth over
Rs.700 crore attached by the ED.
Times of India has
reported that former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran's
property worth more than Rs.700 crore are attached by the
Enforcement Directorate, in connection with the Aircel-Maxis
case. It is the allegation against Dayanidhi Maran that,
when he was the Telecom Minister, he forced Sivasankaran,
the promoter of Aircel, to sell his shares in that
company, to the Malaysian company, Maxis. It is alleged by
the CBI that, in return the Maran brothers got a huge
amount of money from Maxis.
Amendments of the Kolkata AIC approved by the Registrar of
CHQ is glad to inform
that the amendments to the Union Constitution, passed by
the 7th All India Conference of our Union, are duly
approved by Registrar of Trade Unions. Hence, all these
amendments come into force with immediate effect. These
amendments will be published in the next issue of the Tele
Crusader. CHQ will also soon bring out the amended
constitution booklet. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and
com. Biju, Office Secretary, have taken appreciable
efforts to get the amendments approved expeditiously.
circle conducted a mammoth convention at Mumbai.
The Forum of Maharashtra
circle conducted a mammoth convention today at Mumbai.
More than 1,300 Non-Executives and Executives participated
in it. Com. Ramesh Ayare, CS, NFTE, as well as the
President, Forum, presided over the convention. Com.N.K.Nalawade, CS, BSNLEU, as well as the Convener,
Forum, welcomed everyone. Com.M.Adasul, CS, SNEA,
conducted the proceedings. The convention was addressed by
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.Seshadri, AGS, NFTE, com.
K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com.C.M.Saste, Organising
Secretary, AIBSNLEA(West Zone). Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,
explained how BSNL’S procurement of equipments was stalled
for nearly 6-7 years, due to the conspiracy hatched by the
private telecom companies and the politicians in power,
which drastically affected the company's network expansion
and resulted in the deterioration of services. He
explained the other important demands and urged the
employees to make the strike 100% success. He
congratulated the Forum, Maharashtra circle for making a
massive mobilisation and for making excellent arrangements
for the success of the convention. Com.A.G.Joshi, CS,
AIBSNLEA, proposed the vote of thanks.<<view
Kolkata Telephone District has launched a special drive
for redressal of billing and payment related complaints of
BSNL customers. Director (CFA), BSNL appreciated all
officers/officials who contributed in this special drive.
He has instructed all circles to make similar efforts.<<click
Office letter to all Heads of Circles on engagement
details of casual labourers.<<click
GM (SR) urged to expeditiously modify the Corporate Office
letter on immunity from transfers.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Shameem Akhtar,
Sr.GM (SR) today and once again urged him to immediately
modify the letter already issued by the Corporate Office,
on immunity from transfers, for the office bearers of the
Recognised Unions. In the letter issued on the matter, by
the Corporate Office, it is mentioned that the immunity
will be available for only one term, which is a deviation
from the DoT order that has been followed until now. The
issue is already discussed with the Director (HR). The
Sr.GM (SR) assured that necessary modification would be
increased by 0.2%.
It is reported that IDA
has increased from 100.3% to 100.5%, i.e., a net increase
of 0.2%, w.e.f. 01.04.2015.
Office letter on maintenance of Lady Officers/Officials
Pool for allotment of BSNL Staff Quarters.<<click
BSNL urged to immediately intervene and settle the victimisations in Jamshedpur SSA.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Srivastava,
CMD BSNL and urged him to immediately intervene and settle
the victimisations of Jamshedpur SSA of Jharkhand circle.
They submitted a letter containing the details of the
members of BSNLEU, who had been transferred vindictively,
and in violation of the Transfer Policy of BSNL. The CMD
advised shri A.N.Rai, Director (HR), who was also
available in the meeting, to take appropriate action. The
leaders also invited the CMD to attend and address the
meeting of the National Council, which is scheduled to
take place on 28-04-2015, which was accepted by him.
Director (NB) urged to settle the dead - lock in the
production of drop wire in Mumbai Telecom Factory.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Md. Ashraff Khan,
Executive Director (NB) and complained about the
inordinate delay created by the QA, in issuing certificate
to the production of drop wire in Mumbai Telecom Factory,
which has stalled the manufacturing. He replied that the
issue would be sorted out soon.
urged to expeditiously allot alternative accommodation to
In today's meeting with
the Executives Director (NB), the GS and Dy.GS. urged that
BSNLEU should immediately be allotted with an alternative
accommodation, in view of the fact that the quarter
presently being occupied by BSNLEU is already sold to the
Jharkhand government, by the Central Government. The ED
(NB) assured that a suitable alternative accommodation
would be allotted soon.
Office reply to BSNLEU on remedial measures regarding
discrepancies in the JTO LICE.<<click
(West) Circle conducts impressive convention at Meerut.<<click
to hold National Council meeting on 28.04.2015.<<click
Office writes to GS, BSNLEU, stating that relaxation for
SC/ST candidates, as recommended by the Committee, will be
available only for future exams.<<view
Office letter on the formation of a Special Cell to audit
inventory, assets and work in progress.<<view
intervention results in timely financial relief to a
comrade who is critically ill.
Com. Vijay Shankar Tyagi,
TM, NTR, Muzaffarnagar, (UP-West), was affected with
pneumonia and was admitted in a critical condition in a
hospital at Noida. He was placed on ventilator. The
official’s family had spent a large amount, since the
ventilator charge alone came to Rs.30,000 per day. The
hospital refused cashless treatment, since the patient
belongs to another SSA. On knowing about the case, GS,
BSNLEU wrote letter to the Director (HR) on 23.03.2015 and
discussed the matter with him, and sought immediate
intervention of the Corporate Office. As a result of this,
an amount of Rs.2,72,000 was paid to com. Vijay Shankar
Tyagi on 25.03.2015 itself, in settlement of his already
submitted medical claim. This came as a big relief to the
family of com. Vijay Shankar Tyagi. He is improving and
has been removed from the ventilator support. CHQ heartily
thanks the Director (HR) for the timely intervention.
operators are planning to make undue gains, blaming the
spectrum prices – says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The private telecom
companies have told that there would be an increase in the
tariffs, as a result of the high bidding amounts in the
recent spectrum auctioning. Airtel Chief, Sunil Mittal
Bharti has said recently that there would be an increase
of 5 - 7 paise per minute for voice calls and 1 - 2 paise
for the data usage of 1 mb. Reliance Communications has
also said that there was a need to raise the tariffs. But
Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has snubbed the
private telecom operators and said that they were planning
to make undue gains by blaming spectrum prices. He said
that spectrum would be with the telecom companies for 20
years and also said that as per an analysis, the a yearly
load on telecom operators is going to be 1.3 paise per
connection per minute call.
Office letter on
revision of pension/ family of pre-2007 retirees BSNL IDA
pensioners /family pensioners, who retired prior to
01.01.2007 and post 2007 BSNL IDA pensioners / family
pensioners, who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013.<<click
Office letter on updation of ERP system of BSNL employees.<<click
of the Foundation Day of the BSNL Employees Union.
The Foundation Day of the
BSNLEU was celebrated at Shillong, in NE-I Circle, on the
24th March 2015. The day was celebrated by
holding a Blood Donation Camp, in cooperation with the
Regional Blood Bank, Pasteur Institute, Shillong. The
blood donation camp, which was organized in the Union
Office, was inaugurated by the Chief General Manager N.E-1
Circle, Sri. D.P.Singh and most of the comrades, including
many Officers, voluntarily donated blood. Before the
starting of the blood donation bank, the Union Flag was
hoisted and homage was paid to the martyrs.<<view
of Forum meeting held on 25.03.2015.<<click
auctioning ended. Government to get Rs.1,10,000 crore.
The spectrum auctioning,
which was going on for the past 19 days has come to an
end. Totally 115 rounds of auctioning have taken place.
The total bidding amount comes to Rs.1,09,874 crore. The
spectrum auctioning that took place in 2010 fetched
Rs.1,06,000 crore. 8 private mobile companies, whose
existing permits are expiring in 2015-16, have
participated in this auctioning. They have complained that
the high bidding amounts would further increase their debt
and have already hinted that the call charges would
increase by 10% to 15%.
enlightening seminar on ‘the relevance of Public Sector in
Telecom’ organised at Thiruvananthapuram, to mark the
BSNLEU Foundation Day.
To observe the BSNLEU
Foundation Day, and also as a part of the on going SAVE
BSNL campaign, a largely attended seminar was organised at
Thiruvananthapuram on 24.03.2015. Com. S. Prathap Kumar,
AGS, BSNLEU welcomed everyone. Com. R.Muraleedharan Nair,
former AGS of BSNLEU presided over the seminar. Dr. Thomas
Issac MLA, the former Finance Minister of Kerala as well
as a Central Committee member of the CPI(M), addressed the
seminar. He spoke in detail about the role and the
relevance Public Sector in the Telecom industry. Com.P.V
Jose, BEFI State President, Com. Ganapathi Krishnan, LIC
Employees Union Divisional President, Com. P.K.
Muraleedharan, All India Postal Employees Union Cl 111
Circle Secretary and Com. K Mohan, Circle Secretary,
BSNLEU also addressed the seminar. Com Biju Raghavan,
District Secretary, BSNLEU, CGM Office proposed the vote
of thanks. The seminar was jointly organised by the
Thiruvananthapuram district union, Civil Wing district
union and the CGMT Office district union.<<view
writes to the Corporate Office, on the denial of rightful
promotion under NEPP - case of Shri G.S. Rai, Sr.TOA(P),
auction value reached.
The total biddings in the
on going spectrum auctioning has reached Rs.1,09,000
crores as of yesterday the, 24.03.2015. It is important to
note that the private telecom operators have already
hinted that the high spectrum cost would result in
increased tariff. Our private telecom operator should make
note of the point that the recent spectrum auctioning
conducted in the United States has fetched the government
Rs.2,40,000 crores (40 billion US dollars).
Day of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, on 14.04.2015, declared as
Government of India has
declared that 14.04.2015, will be a holiday on account of
the Birth Day of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Copy of the order is
placed on the website.
on mobile radiation begins.
At least 17 top
scientific institutions in the country, including AIIMS
and IIT Delhi, have been commissioned by the Union
government to address concerns about radiation emitted
from mobile phones and phone towers causing illnesses. It
is important to note that an earlier research has said
that disappearance of butterflies, bees, insects and
sparrows from big cities had been due to radiation from
mobile phone towers.
[Source: Times of
India, dated 25.03.2015]
of BSNLEU Foundation Day and Martyrdom Day of comrades
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.
As called on by the CHQ,
BSNLEU Foundation Day and Martyrdom Day of comrades Bhagat
Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru have been observed in many
circles in an inspiring manner. Flag hoistings, special
meetings and seminars have been conducted to mark the Day.
Chennai circle has conducted a special meeting addressed
by leaders. They have also donated 10 ceiling fans to a
home of mentally retarded children and have provided lunch
to the children of that home. A special meeting and blood
donation camp has been organised in Ludhiana, Punjab.
Seminars/meetings are arranged at Indore (Madhya Pradesh),
Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Moradabad (Up-West), Palayamkottai
(Tamil Nadu) and Bangalore. A “Save BSNL” Campaign is
conducted among the public in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu. Flag
hoistings have taken place in many places.<<Chennai
Office letter on
Declaration of Holiday on 14th April,
2015 - Birthday of Dr. B.R.
ATM also issues strike notice for the 2 day strike to be
held on 21st & 22nd April, 2015.
The Forum of Unions and
Associations served the notice on 12.03.2015, for the 2
Day Strike to be held on 21st & 22nd
April, 2015. BSNL ATM did not sign this strike notice,
since the General Secretary, Com. S.D. Sharma, could not
reach Delhi on that day. However, BSNL ATM has served the
strike notice today. We appreciate the spirit of BSNL ATM.<<view
circle convention on 01.04.2015.
The circle level
convention of Maharashtra circle will be held at CGM
Office, Mumbai on 01.04.2015. Com. N.K. Nalawade, CS,
BSNLEU and Convener, Forum, Maharashtra circle has
informed CHQ that efforts are being made to mobilize
representatives from each and every district of
Maharashtra. All India leaders of all the major
organizations of Forum are attending the convention. Com.
P. Abhimanyu, GS, is addressing this convention.
by the RLC, on the demands of the JAC to be held on
A conciliation between
the JAC of the Non-Executives and the BSNL Management will
be conducted by the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central)
on 30.03.2015 at New Delhi, on the 30 point charter of
demands on which the one day strike took place on
27.11.2014. The JAC has submitted a brief note to the RLC
(Central) on the important demands of the JAC.
(Estt.), Corporate Office writes to the CGMs, reminding to
send immediate details on pay fixation of those who are
promoted after 01.10.2000 and who opted for pay fixation
in IDA pay scales.<<view
submitted by the JAC, to the Regional Labour Commissioner
(Central) on some of the burning and long pending problems
of the Non-Executives.<<view
writes to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) on requesting to
extend the emergency financial help to Shri Vijay Shankar
Tyagi, Telecom Mechanic, NTR, Muzaffarnagar.<<view
Management's reply to BSNLEU on the issue of nominating
non-members to the Councils.<<click
Red salutes to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.
Revolutionary greetings to all the comrades on
BSNLEU’s Foundation Day.
March is the Foundation Day of BSNLEU. This being
Sunday this year, CHQ has decided that this year’s
Foundation Day of BSNLEU should be observed today,
the 23rd March, which is the Martyrdom Day of the
great freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and
Rajguru. BSNLEU has achieved a
lot for the employees, as well as for the survival
of BSNL, through united struggles. On this day of
the martyrdom of our National Heroes, we once again
pledge ourselves to relentlessly work to establish a
society free of exploitations. Red salutes to Bhagat
Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Revolutionary greetings
to all the comrades on BSNLEU’s Foundation Day.
faith should be respected. Relegious fanatism should be
The Islamic State (also
called the ISIS) bombed two mosques yesterday the
20.03.2015 in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. 142 people were
killed and 350 people were injured. It is to be noted that
all those who were killed and injured are muslims. More
atrocious is that all the victims were killed when they
were involved in Friday prayers in the mosques. This is a
barbaric act and should be condemned by one and all,
irrespective of relegious faith. An organisation which
wants to establish Islamic rule, is killing the followers
of Islam. This is what is called relegious fanatism.
Relegious faith of all kinds should be respected.
Relegious fanatism should be condemned.
[Source: Times of India – 21.03.2015]
bids fall to Rs.1.05 lakh crore.
The bids for spectrum
fell sharply to Rs.1.05 lakh crore yesterday the
20.03.2015. As per the bids of the previous day, the
government was assured more than Rs.1.09 lakh crore.
of coal mines done in 1973, by Smt. Indira Gandhi, is
killed by Modi government.
“The Coal Mines Special
Provisions Bill” is passed in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
This bill will enable the govt. to privatise the coal
mines through the back door. It will empower the
government to allow private companies to mine coal and
sell it in the open market. With this the Modi government
has effectively killed the nationalisation of coal mines
done by Smt. Indira Gandhi in 1973. Congress and Left
Parties opposed this bill in the Rajya Sabha. Eventhough
NDA does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha, the bill is
passed with the support of parties like Trinamool
Congress, Biju Janata Dal and AIADMK.
Gandhi too expresses unhappiness on 50% cut in child
In the budget submitted
by the Modi govt., a 50% cut is made in the funds for
“Integrated Child Development Scheme”. This huge cut will
greatly affect various schemes meant for the vast section
of poor children. It is noteworthy that in the same
budget, the Modi govt. has abolished the wealth tax,
amounting Rs.8315 crores and has given concessions worth
Rs.5,89,285.2 crore to the corporates. The Left Parties
and trade unions have strongly opposed the budget. Now,
the NDA Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt.
Maneka Gandhi has also admitted that the cut in funds for
child schemes will adversely affect the welfare of
children in the country.
[Times of India – 21.03.2015]
role of the Circle and District unions of BSNLEU in
BSNL” convention successfully conducted in Assam Circle.<<click
broken in Gujarat – Forum constituted.
Gujarat circle had always
remained in the forefront in all the struggles that have
taken place in the past. However, a worrisome trend
developed there, and recent strikes did not take place.
With a view to break this dead-lock, it was decided to
conduct a Joint Circle Executive Committee of all the
Unions and Associations of Gujarat circle. This is a new
experiment which has not been conducted anywhere in the
country. However, all the major Unions and Associations
responded well both at the National level, as well as at
the Circle level. General Secretaries of all major
organizations, viz., BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA and BSNL
MS attended the meeting and addressed. As a result, the
dead-lock in Gujarat is broken. The circle level Forum is
constituted in the meeting and it is also decided that
this body will meet within a few days and plan to conduct
the circle level convention. At a very short notice,
BSNLEU circle union took up the responsibility of making
arrangements for this Joint Executive Committee meeting
and did it wonderfully.
Circle Executive Committee meeting of Gujarat Circle held.
The Joint Circle
Executive Committee meeting of Gujarat circle was held at
Ahmedabad, today the 20-03-2015. The meeting was held to
successfully organise the two day strike on 21st and 22nd
April, 2015. Com.A.M.Patil, circle secretary, BSNLEU,
welcomed everyone. Com.C.Sigh, GS, NFTE & President,
Forum, presided over the meeting and delivered his
address. Thereafter, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and
com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS addressed the gathering and
stressed on the importance to successfully organise the
two day strike. Thereafter, the circle secretaries of
BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNL MS, ATM and AIGETOA
spoke and assured that the strike would be successfully
organised in Gujarat circle. Finally, the circle level
Forum of Gujarat circle was formed. Com.A.M.Patil, CS,
BSNLEU is elected as the Convener and com.N.J.Bhatia is
elected as the President. The meeting ended with slogans
to successfully organise the strike and to save BSNL.<<view
taken by CHQ to restore SIM card and drop wire production
in Telecom Factory.<<view
revenue will be Rs. 29,000 crore for the financial year
2014-15- says CMD BSNL.
BSNL's revenue for the
financial year 2014-15 will be Rs. 29,000 crore, the CMD
BSNL has stated, as reported by TeleAnalysis. The growth
of the Company will be 4 to 5 per cent, the CMD has
stated. He has also expressed hope that the Company would
become profit making in the Financial Year 2018-19.
7 expansion project will be completed by June 2015- says
Shri Anupam Shrivastava
has told that the phase 7 GSM expansion project of BSNL
will be completed by June 2015, as reported by
TeleAnalysis. The Company has invested Rs. 4804 crore for
this project of which 60 per CENT work is completed so
far, said the CMD. In this project 27,000 towers are being
erected, of which 15,000 are of 2G and 12,000 are of 3G,
he has said.
writes to Shri
A.N. Rai, Director (EB) on the roadblocks being created by
the QA, in the production of dropwire by Telecom Factory,
with Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri A.N. Rai, Director
(HR) and discussed the following issues.
(1) Immunity from Transfer.
The leaders demanded that
the provision contained in the DG P&T order, regarding the
availability of the facility immunity from transfer beyond
the first term, should continue to be implemented in BSNL.
The Director (HR) accepted this.
(2) Dropwire production in Telecom Factory, Mumbai.
The leaders complained
that the production of dropwire has stopped in Telecom
Factory Mumbai, due to unwanted delay in granting
certificate by the QA. The Director (HR) spoke to the ED
(NB) and directed him to immediately sort out the issue.
(3) Holding of one more exam for Draughtsmen to appear
The Director (HR) assured
that the decision of the National Council would be
(4) Settlement of victimisations in
The Director (HR) assured
that he would personally discuss this issue with the CGM,
UP (East) during his visit to Lucknow on 20.03.2015 and
would sort it out.
(5) Alternative accommodation for BSNLEU.
The leaders demanded
immediate allotment of alternative accommodation to BSNLEU,
since the present allotment at D-7 is already sold out to
the Government of Jharkhand. The Direcor (HR) assured that
the needful would be done.
writes to Shri Rajeev Agarwal, Member (Services), Telecom
Commission, on denial of pay fixation in IDA pay scale, in
respect of absorbed officials of BSNL, who were promoted
prior to 01.10.2000 but opted under FR22(I)(a)(I) for
fixation of their pay in the promoted scale on the date of
their next increment in the lower grade, which fell after
writes to Shri V. Umashankar, Joint Secretary, Telecom,
demanding expeditious filling up of the vacant Board of
Directors post in BSNL.<<view
of Medical Allowance without voucher to the retired
BSNL Employees Union has
long been demanding that payment of Medical Allowance
without voucher should be extended atleast to the retired
employees, since the Management declined to restore it to
the serving employees. This demand is raised in view of
the fact that the retired employees, in their advanced
age, find it extremely difficult to get the medical
expenses reimbursed by submitting vouchers. This demand is
raised in the National Council also. In this connection,
the Corporate Office has now called for certain
particulars from the circles. Circle Secretaries are
requested to ensure that this particulars are
expeditiously sent to the Corporate Office.<<view
Office directs SSA heads to meet MPs.
The Corporate Office has
sent a circular to all the CGM’s with the direction that
all the SSA heads in BSNL should meet the members of
Parliament of their respective constituencies. In this
meetings, the SSA heads should apprise the MPs of the
problems in providing telecom facilities, as well as their
suggestions for improvement of services. All the CGM’s are
directed to send a compliance report to the Corporate
Office by 27th March, 2015 and a meeting
between the Hon’ble Minister of Communications and IT and
the members of the Parliament will be held in BSNL
Corporate Office in April, 2015. This instruction is being
sent as per the direction of the PS to Minister. This is a
good opportunity for our Management to apprise the MPs
about the problems being faced by BSNL in providing
satisfactory services to the public. We hope that this
opportunity will be aptly utilised by the Management.<<view
writes to the Director (HR) on non-implementation of the
decision of the National Council for giving one more
chance to Draughtsmen to appear JTO(C) exam.<<view
writes to shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), demanding to
remove the restriction imposed on the facility of Immunity
freedom struggle is a ‘communal war’ – says VHP Joint
General Secretary, Surendra Jain.
The freedom struggle that
took place in 1857 is known as the First War of Indian
Independence. Thousands of our fore fathers fought against
the British Imperialists and sacrificed their lives for
the freedom of our motherland. It is a glorious chapter in
struggle for freedom, in which the freedom fighters
unitedly fought, forgetting their language, region, caste
and religion. However, it is sickening to note that it is
dubbed as a communal war by the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Surendra Jain, Joint General Secretary of the VHP has said
that the freedom struggle took place in 1857 is a communal
war, fought for religion and similar wars would be waged
if Christians do not stop conversions. The RSS is out to
devide the people on religious line. The speech of the VHP
leader only shows that the Sangh Parivar may stoop to any
level to achieve their goal. The working class has to
remain vigilant and unitedly fight against this communal
in the spectrum auctioning reach Rs.1.07 lakh crore.
Private companies hint tariff increase.
The biddings in the
ongoing spectrum auctioning have touched a new height of
Rs.1.07 lakh crore on day 12. This is higher than the
Rs.1.06 lakh crore collected in the auctioning held in the
year 2010. In the present auctioning, Idea Cellular has
committed Rs.30,000 crore, Vadafone Rs.24,000 crore and
Airtel Rs.21,000 crore. Private telecom companies have
also hinted that the high bidding amounts will result in
fare hike and the days of cheap telecom tariff will soon
Corporate Office has
issued notification to hold the National Council on
13.04.2015. This date is fixed unilaterally and without
ascertaining the availability of the Staff Side members.
Hence, the Staff Side has sought a change in the date.
demand on immunity from transfer accepted. Union has
demanded to remove the restriction.
As per the order of the
DG P&T, so far the facility of immunity from transfers was
eligible to the office bearers of the Recognised Union,
only for a period of one year. However, this is extendable
beyond one year, based on the mutual goodwill between the
Union and the Administration. BSNLEU has demanded that the
period of immunity from transfer should be three years,
instead of one year, since recognition is granted for a
period of 3 years as per the New Recognition Rule.
Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, Management has issued
order yesterday. However, they have imposed a restriction
that the facility of immunity from transfer will be given
only once and will not be available for the second time.
This restriction is not acceptable to BSNLEU. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met
Shri Shameem Akhtar, Sr.GM (SR) today and demanded that
this restriction should be removed. The Sr.GM (SR) has
assured that the demand of the Union would be looked
with the ED (Finance).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Smt. Sujatha Ray today
and congratulated her for getting selected as the next
Director (HR). The leaders gave her a brief picture of the
grievances of the Non-Executives and solicited her
cooperation for their smooth settlement.
with the ED (IT&CA).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri N.K. Mehta, ED (IT
and Corporate Affairs) and congratulated him for having
selected for the post of next Director (Enterprise
Business). They held a brief discussion on about the
proposed HR plan of the Company.
with the GM (Telecom Factories).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri Rajesh Kumar, GM
(Telecom Factories) yesterday the 16.03.2015 and demanded
immediate restoration of the production of SIM cards and
dropwire in the Mumbai Telecom Factory. The GM (TF)
replied that the chip modules for production of SIM cards
will be made available shortly. However, production of
dropwire can be restored only the approval of sample is
given by the QA. The leaders also held a detailed
discussion about the revival of the Telecom Factories.
Office letter to all CGM's on immunity from transfer to
the Recognised Representative Unions of Non-Executive
employees in BSNL.<<view
Shankar Prasad announces launch of BSNL’s new NGN
On 14.03.2015, the
Minister of Communications and Information Technology,
shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated BSNL’s Next
Generation Network (NGN) technology, based on fixed line.
The Next Generation Network (NGN) of BSNL allows users to
make video calls through landline phones, do multi-media
video conferencing, transfer calls from landline to
mobiles and vice versa. The facility is currently
available in Bangalore and soon whole of Karnataka will be
covered. The inauguration was done by Ravi Shankar Prasad
by placing a video call to R.K. Mishra, Chief General
Manager of BSNL in the Karnataka circle. BSNL plans to
convert 14 million telephone lines with NGN technology by
the end of December, 2017. This involves an investment of
[Source: Economic Times 13.03.2015]
letter to the GM (Rectt.) on communications with the
writes to the GM (ERP) on the consolidation of SSAs and
it’s impact on Non-Executives.<<view
Broadband market shares by various service providers.
Airtel - 21.48
BSNL - 20.18 %
Vodafone – 18.91%
Idea – 14.94%
Reliance - 7.9%
Others - 16.59%
the signature campaign quota.
As all of us know that
the Forum has fixed the target of collecting one crore
signatures from public, in support of our demands for the
revival of BSNL. Whereas, as on the day of the March to
the Parliament (25.02.2015) only 25 lakh signatures were
collected. This is only ¼ of the target. CHQ is very
unhappy about this performance. To fulfill the target of
one crore signatures, the Forum has extended the last date
up to 31.03.2015. This is already communicated. However,
it seems that in may places this work is not going on.
Hence, all circle and district secretaries are requested
to gear up the collection of signatures and complete their
respective quotas by 31.03.2015.
of accommodation in K.G. Bose Bhawan – Circle and District
Secretaries to kindly note please.
As regards allotment of
accommodation in the K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi, it is
the decision, that the request for allotment of
accommodation should come through the circle secretaries.
But this is not being followed. We continue to receive
request letters from individual employees. If these
requests are accepted, it may lead to misuse also. At the
same time it is understood that difficulties are there in
sending the requests through circle secretaries. Hence,
the matter is reviewed, and it is decided that the request
for accommodation should come from the district
secretaries, atleast. The district secretaries are
directed send the request in their letter pads. Mobile
number of the district secretary, fax number and email ID
(if available) must also be mentioned in the letter. The
availability or non-availability of accommodation will be
communicated to the district secretary only.
Hence, it may kindly be noted that
hereafter, any request for accommodation, not sent by the
district secretary, will not be accepted.
for Negotiating Councils.
BSNLEU has long been
demanding that Management should finalise
constitution/conduct of business rules, to regulate the
functioning of the National, Circle and Local Councils.
BSNLEU had also suggested that this constitution can be
based on the JCM constitution. After a long delay,
Management has prepared a draft constitution. Unions have
to give their views. CHQ requests our circle and district
secretaries and CHQ office bearers to send their views to
BSNLEU’s, Foundation Day and Martyr’s Day in a befitting
manner on 23.03.2015.
The 14th Foundation Day
of BSNLEU is falling on 22.03.2015. Similarly the
Martyrdom Day of the great freedom fighters Bhagat Singh,
Sukh Dev and Rajguru falls on 23.03.2015. CHQ calls upon
the circle and district unions to celebrate this year’s
Foundation Day of BSNLEU, together with the Martyrdom Day
of Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Rajguru on 23.03.2015 by
hoisting our Union flag and by organising other programme.
Since we are in the midst of a struggle to revive BSNL,
seminars, special meetings may also be organised on this
subject. Photos with reports may be sent to CHQ
of SSAs into Business Areas and it’s impact on
Management is in the
process of consolidating SSAs into Business Areas. It is
being told that this is being done to improve operational
efficiency. We cannot have any objection to this. At the
same time, this so called
Consolidation of SSAs should not affect the
Non-Executives. This aspect has been discussed a number of
times with the Management. On 11.03.2015, this issue was
discussed with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD. Again it was
discussed with Smt. Madhu Arora, GM (Restg.) on
12.03.2015. They have stated that the existing SSAs will
continue and they would not be merged with the bigger SSAs
and that in no way the Non-Executives would be affected.
However, in the Corporate Office letter
no.4-2/2014-Restg.(Vol.III) dated 11th February, 2015, it
is stated that the HR issues
would be handled by the Business Area. We have asked the
implications of this clause and Management has assured to
provide us with the same. CHQ will continue to persue
will be fixed on SSA-Head, if any PO case remains pending
All TSMs, who are
regularized on or after 01.10.2000, are to be issued with
Presidential Orders (POs). However, it is observed that
still the cases of a good number of TSMs who are
regularized on or after 01.10.2000, are not issued with
POs, since the District/Circle administrations are not
forwarding such cases to the Corporate Office. Hence, the
Corporate Office has given a final ultimatum that all
pending cases should be forwarded by 31.03.2015. It is
also stated that if any case is found to be pending beyond
31.03.2015, the responsibility would be fixed on the SSA-Head.
All circle and district secretaries are requested, to look
into this and to take suitable action, so that pending
cases are forwarded to the Corporate Office before
of the Standing
Committee meeting held on 12.03.2015.<<click
Committee meeting held on 12.03.2015.
The PLI Committee meeting
was held on 12.03.2015. The two Staff Side members of the
Committee com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side and
com. Islam Ahmed, Leader, Staff Side participated. Com.
Balbir Singh (BSNLEU), com. Swapan Chakraborty (BSNLEU)
and com. Rajmouli (NFTE) were present as observers.
the earlier meetings, Management Side had been insisting
that the PLI should be linked with the performance of the
employees. But the Staff Side opposed this and strongly
demanded that the PLI should be linked only with the
National level Productivity of the Company. In yesterday’s
meeting it was agreed by both sides that the new formula
will be based on the National level Productivity of the
Company and will be called
“Productivity Linked Incentive”. This is a
regards the applicability of this PLI scheme to the
Executives, there was difference between the Management
Side members. This issue will be further discussed.
the proposal given by the Management Side in the meeting
held on 10.02.2015, target has been laid down only for
“Very Good” performance. Staff Side demanded that targets
should also be there for “Fair”, “Good” and “Excellent”
performances. This was agreed to in yesterday’s meeting.
the last meeting, Staff Side had demanded that the new
mobile connections given should also be included as a
parameter. Management Side said VLR can be included
instead of mobile connections.
was unanimity among the Staff Side members in demanding
that a minimum PLI should be paid. But difference surfaced
in the method of bargaining for it.
The meeting ended without
fixing any date for the next meeting.
held at BSNL Corporate Office.
As per the decision of
the Forum, strike notice, for the 2 day strike to be held
on 21st and 22nd April, 2015, was served on the CMD
BSNL yesterday the 12.03.2015. An impressive demonstration
was held in the Corporate Office, addressed by all the
General Secretaries. At the end of the demonstration, the
strike notice was served.<<views
Notice for the 2 day strike to be held on 21st and 22nd,
homage to com. N.J. Iyer.
is Com.N.J. Iyer’s death anniversary today. Com. Iyer is
one of the outstanding leaders of the P&T trade union
movement. He has played a significant role in developing a
class conscious trade union movement among the P&T
employees. Eventhough he was the General Secretary of the
RMS Class-III union, he has made immense contribution to
develop a militant trade union movement in the telecom
wing. On this day, we pay our respectful homage to com.
N.J. Iyer and resolve to carry forward his legacy.
is the 10th largest company in India, based on
Among the 4,15,886
companies that are functioning in the country, and which
have filed their balance sheets in the financial year
2013-14, Reliance India Ltd. (RIL) is the biggest company,
by it’s assets value. It is a matter of pride for all of
us that BSNL is the 10th biggest company in this list.
This reply is given in the Parliament yesterday, by Shri
Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs. The following
is the reply given by the Minister in Parliament.<<view
with CMD BSNL.
Com. Balbir Singh,
President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, Dy.GS met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD and
discussed the following issues:-
Nominating non-members to the National circle and local councils.
The Union representatives
drew the attention of the CMD, to the direction of the
Hon’ble Kerala High Court on the subject and requested him
to give necessary guideline to the SR Branch. They handed
over a copy of the Hon’ble Court direction on the subject.
The CMD agreed to do the needful.
BSNL’s HR plan.
BSNLEU has already given
it’s response to the decisions of the Management
Committee, on the HR plan of BSNL, based on the
recommendations of the Deloittee Committee. The Union
Representatives demanded the Management to hold a
discussion with the Union on this subject. As regards the
merger of small SSAs into Areas, the representatives
demanded that the interests of the Non-Executives should
be protected. They also demanded that the Management
should clearly spell out in writing, the steps it intends
to do in this regard. The CMD agreed to both the demands.
Long pending problems of the Non-Executives.
The representatives drew
the attention of the CMD towards the long pending problems
of the Non-Executives on which the JAC had gone on
struggle. They proposed that the CMD should hold a meeting
with the representatives of the JAC to sort out the
issues. The CMD agreed to hold one such meeting soon.
Handling of grievances of contract workers in the Corporate Office.
At present the issues of
contract workers are being dealt with by the Admn. Branch.
However, this Branch is not having any machinery to
monitor the implementation of the BSNL CO orders.
Moreover, the Labour Enforcement (LE) section is with the
Establishment Branch. Hence, BSNLEU has already raised the
demand that the contract workers issue should be dealt
with by the LE section in the Establishment Branch. This
demand is once again raised with the CMD today and he
assured to look into it.
No to BSNL and MTNL merger.
The union representatives
insisted upon the CMD that the BSNL Management should
stoutly oppose any merger of BSNL and MTNL, since it will
doom the future of BSNL. The CMD told that appropriate
action in this regard would be taken.
of Presidential Orders to TSMs, who were regularized in
The above issue is
continuously being taken up by BSNLEU, with the Corporate
Office and the DoT. So far, 110 cases from different
circles were forwarded by the Corporate Office to the DoT
for approval. BSNLEU took up the issue with the DoT and
got 44 cases of different circles approved. The union is
persuing the remaining cases. Circle wise breakup figure
of approved cases are given below:-
Andhra Pradesh Circle - 15
Calcutta Telephones Circle - 9
Himachal Pradesh Circle - 1
J&K Circle - 8
Rajasthan Circle - 10
UP (West) Circle - 1
The respective circle
secretaries are requested to send the details of the
pending cases which are duly forwarded to the Corporate
Office with details for further processing.
for the two day strike.
Forum has already given
call for a two day strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.
CHQ has sent circular on 02.03.2015 directing all the
circle and district unions to launch serious preparations.
Circles which have not completed their quota of signature
collection should complete it by 31.03.2015. Circle level
conventions should immediately be conducted, wherever the
same is not held. Further, district level conventions and
Branch General Body meetings should also be held, to fully
gear up the employees. The available time should be used
in the best possible manner to mobilise the employees and
also to mobilize public support.
campaign by ETR district union on 08.03.2015 at Brigade
Parade Ground.<<click here>>
Committee meeting to be held on 12-03-2015.
The next meeting of the
PLI Committee will take place on 12.03.2015. The
Management Side is expected to come with the replies about
the basics of the proposed PLI formula, about which Staff
Side raised questions in the last meeting.
Committee meeting to be held on 12-03-2015.
A meeting of the Standing
Committee of the National Council will be held
on 12.03.2015. This is the continuation of the last
meeting, and it will discuss the left out issues,
notified for the last meeting.
imported telecom equipments worth Rs. 74,000 crore in
India imported telecom
equipments for a staggering Rs.74,116 crore in 2013-14.
This includes mobile handsets. Telecom equipments imported
in 2012-13 stood at Rs. 61,539 crore. 225 million mobile
handsets were imported in 2014. During the first 7 months
of 2014-15 alone, India has imported telecom equipments
worth Rs. 52,310 crore. Indian government has allowed 100
FDI in the Telecom Sector. Government said that 100% FDI
in telecom will boost indigenous manufacturing in the
sector. However, as a matter of fact, indigenous
manufacturing is declining. For example, 155 million
handsets were manufactured in 2011. This number got
reduced to 58 million in 2014. Long live Narendra Modi's
slogan of "Manufacture in India".
employees on strike against increase in FDI limit.
The Insurance employees
are on a nationwide strike today, against the increasing
of FDI limit to 49% in the Insurance Sector. The All India
Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) has given the
call. BSNLEU, expresses it support and solidarity to the
struggle of the Insurance employees and condemns the Narendra
Modi government for opening the Insurance Sector to the
looting of MNCs.
2,42,896 crore is the debt of Indian Telecom companies.
Telecom Minister shri
Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Parliament on 3rd March that
the total debt of all the telecom companies is Rs.
2,42,896 crore. Out of this, BSNL's debt is Rs. 4459 crore.
MTNL 'so debt is Rs. 14,120 crore. The remaining Rs.
2,24,317 crore is the debt of private telecom companies.
to offer broadband service through cable networks.
CMD BSNL shri Anupam
Srivastava has told that BSNL is exploring the
possibilities to provide broadband services through cable
networks, for which it wants to make agreements with
cable operators . It is reported that this model is
already successfully tested in many parts of the country.
The CMD has also told that within two years, BSNL
intends to double it's revenue to Rs. 16,000 crore, from
the present Rs. 8850 crore.
's customer base declines - Parliament informed.
Telecom Minister shri
Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Parliament on 3rd March, 2015
that the customer base of BSNL is declining. According to
the information given by the Minister, the customer base
of BSNL stood at 945.09 lakh in March 2012. In March 2014,
it reduced to 924 lakh. Whereas, it stood at 781.28 lakh
in January 2015.
(Source: Times of India
value reached Rs. 77,000 in the Spectrum Auctioning.
Bidding value reached a
whopping Rs. 77,000 crore on the third day of the ongoing
Spectrum Auctioning on Friday. On the first day, the
bidding values reached Rs. 60,000 crore. On the second
day, this figure stood at Rs. 65,000 crore.
conveys International Women's Day greetings to all.
8th March of every year
is being celebrated as the International Women's Day. CHQ
conveys it's warm greetings and best wishes to all on this
occasion. Even though one half of our nation's population
is women, they are not being treated as equals to men.
Equality in opportunities is being denied to them in all
respects. Atrocities and injustices against women are
increasing day by day. On the day of the International
Women's Day, let us resolve to raise our voice for the
rights of women. Let us start treating women as equals, at
home and in the society. As the activists and leaders of a
powerful trade union, we can effectively raise our voice
against all injustices on women.
circular no.4 - Hindi
Office letter to all
International Women's Day.<<click
International Womens Day on 8th March.
8th March of every year
is being celebrated as the International Women's Day world
over. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Rajkot last
year, decided that this day should be celebrated by BSNLEU
also in a befitting manner. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the
circle and district unions to observe International
Women's Day on 8th March. Special meetings may be observed
on this day, highlighting the contributions of women to
the growth of the nation as well as the inequalities and
injustices being meted out to women in our society.
Reports and photos may be sent to the CHQ.
in the ITS case adjourned to 23rd March.
Hearing in the ITS
contempt case, filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSLEA, came up
for hearing in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court today.
However, the judge recused himself from hearing the case.
Hence, the hearing is adjourned to 23rd March,
2015. It may be noted that the same judge has appeared as
the government counsel earlier, in the same case.
Bill passed in Rajya Sabha.
Media reports say that
the Insurance Bill, paving the way to increase the FDI
cap to 49% is passed in the Rajya Sabha today. This is an
atrocious step by the Narendra Modi government, to enable
the multi national companies to capture the Indian
Insurance Sector and to loot the people's money. BSNLEU
severely condemns this act of the government, and vows to
continue its fight against the Neo Liberal Policies, in
tandem with the Central Trade Unions.
hour demonstration at Srikakulam SSA (Andhra Pradesh
Circle), against the anti-people budget.<<click
hour demonstration at Chennai Circle, against the anti-people budget.<<click
hour demonstration at Punjab Circle, against the anti-people budget.<<click
and MTNL were I'll treated in the last seven years, and
we're not allowed to expand" - says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
I don’t completely
discount the merger but as of now my main focus is to
revising the health of these two companies. I can tell you
on your channel, you have been following this sector very
closely, the way these two public sector undertakings have
been ill-treated in the last seven years is something to
be seen to be believed. Both of these companies were in
profit by the year 2005-2006, thousands and thousands of
crore. What happened in the subsequent years that they have
come under such a critical state? Something which I can
openly tell you today that every attempt was made that
they are not allowed to expand.
(Source: From Ravi Shankar Prasad's
interview to CNBC on 28-02-2015)
hour demonstration at Circle Office, Bhopal (Madhya
Pradesh Circle), against the anti-people budget.<<click
hour demonstration at Jammu, against the anti-people
hour demonstration at Khammam SSA (Andhra Pradesh Circle),
against the anti-people budget.<<click
National Council meeting without further delay - Sr GM(SR)
meeting of the National Council should have been taken
place in the month of December itself. However, the
Management has so far not taken any action to hold the
meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, urged shri Shameem Akthar,
Sr. GM(SR) today to take immediate steps to hold the
meeting without further delay. The Sr. GM (SR) assured
that date for the meeting would be fixed next week, soon
after the Director (HR)'s return from abroad.
Court judgment on granting grace marks for JAO Exam.<<view
writes to CMD BSNL, conveying BSNLEU's views, on the
decisions of the Management Committee, with regards to
BSNL's revival and HR plan.<<view
writes to Corporate Office on inordinate delay in
publishing the results of the Telecom Mechanic (LDCE) in
write to Corporate Office on the Compassionate Ground
Appointment case of Kerala Circle.<<view
Office letter to all
CGM’s on timely settlement of pensionary benefits.<<click
of discussions of the PLI committee meeting held on
circular dated 02.03.2015.<<click
convention held at Telecom Factory, Kolkata on 21.02.2015.<<click
demonstrations tomorrow the 03.03.2015, against the
anti-people budget of the Modi sarkar.
government’s first full year budget is presented in the
Parliament on 28.02.2015. Huge concessions are given to
the Indian and Foreign corporates. At the same time,
severe cut is made in the allotment of funds to the
schemes meant for the common people. Indirect taxes which
will affect the ordinary people are increased heftily.
Disinvestment target is fixed at a whopping Rs.69, 500
crore. Govt. also wants to make strategic sale of the PSUs
to the private. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the Circle and
District Unions to hold country wide powerful
demonstrations tomorrow the 03.03.2015, expressing our
protest to the budget.<<View
salient Features of the budget.>>
circular, on the decisions of the meeting held on
of the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New
Delhi on 26.02.2015.<<<click here>>>
Sujatha Ray, is selected for the post of Director (HR),
Smt. Sujatha Ray, who is
presently the ED (Finance) of BSNL, is selected by the
Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for the post of
Director (HR) of BSNL. Thus, the Director (HR) post which
is lying vacant for nearly 3 years is going to be filled
up soon. This is one of the important demands of the Forum
also. Smt. Yojna Das is already selected by the PESB for
the post of Director (Finance). So, soon BSNL will be
having two women Board of Directors, out of 5 Directors.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates Smt. Sujatha Ray.
MNP from 3rd May.
Mobile number portability
(MNP) is already implemented from January 2011. But this
is available only within the circle. But now, the TRAI has
decided that National Mobile Number Portability (National
MNP) will be implemented from 3rd May, 2015.
biggest profit earner and BSNL biggest loss maker.
Among the top performing
Public Sector Companies in 2013-14, ONGC is in the 1st
position, with a net profit of Rs.22,094 crore. BSNL is
the biggest loss making company with a net loss of
proposes to cut mobile roaming rates up to 80%
TRAI has proposed to cut
STD call rates during roaming to Re 1 per minute, from
maximum charge of Rs 1.5 per minute. For incoming calls,
the regulator wants telecom companies to charge a maximum
of 45 paise per minute, instead of 75 paise permitted at
present. Besides, it has proposed a maximum of 25 paise
per STD SMS sent by customers when they are roaming,
compared to the prevailing ceiling tariff of 1.5 paise per
SMS. TRAI has also said that local SMS should be charged
a maximum of only 20 paise compared Re 1 that can be
levied at present. The regulator has sought comments from
stakeholders by March 13, after which it will issue the
only religious book is the Indian Constitution.
The type of remarks
passed by Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, on Mother Teresa,
has drawn severe criticism, especially from the media.
Pressure also increased on Prime Minister, who was also an
RSS Pracharak, to explain his position on such a remark.
Under this circumstance, the Prime Minister has made the
following statement. We welcome this statement and wish
the Prime Minister will implement whatever he says in
letter and spirit.
government’s only religion is ‘India first’; my
government’s only religious book is the Indian
Constitution; our only devotion is ‘Bharat Bhakti’, and
our only prayer is for the welfare for all.’’
[Source: The Hindu dated 28.02.2015]
Spectrum Auctioning, but don’t finalise results – says
Cases were filed by
private telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance and Idea
in the High Courts of Delhi, Karnataka, Allahabad and
Tripura, against certain conditions in the Spectrum
Auctioning, to be held next month. As a result of this,
the Central Government had sought the intervention of the
Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has ordered yesterday
that govt. could conduct auctioning of Spectrum, but the
results should not be finalized without it’s approval.
ministers love corporates?
BJP came to power utilising the popular anger of the
people, against the Congress Party, in whose rule massive
scams like the 2G and Coalgate have taken place. Whether
it is 2G or Coalgate, the big corporates looted the wealth
of the nation by bribing the politicians in power. Now it
is slowly coming out that the leaders of the ruling BJP
are not different from the Congress leaders. Sufficient
evidence has come out now, which shows that Nitin Gadgari,
the present Union Minister and former BJP President, has
stayed with his family in a luxury yacht belonging to the
Essar group, in the “French Reviera”. Gadgari has admitted
that he, his wife, two sons and daughter stayed for two
nights in the luxury yacht in July 2013, as guests. This
may appear to be a small favour. But this shows the
“closeness” between the political leaders and the big
corporates. Now we can understand why the ministers are
favouring the corporates and weakening the public sector
[Source: Indian Express dated 28.02.2015]
of the Forum held on 27th February 2015.<<<click
2 Day strike on 21st & 22nd April, 2015
meeting of the Forum is held today under the presidentship
of Com.Chandeswar Singh, President, Forum. Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, Convener welcomed. A very serious and thorough
discussion took place regarding the decision of the Forum
to go on strike for the revival of BSNL. Keeping the
ground reality into account, and also to ensure the widest
mobilization of employees, as well as public sympathy, the
following decisions are taken unanimously.
A two day
strike will take place on 21st and 22nd April, 2015.
notice will be served on 12th March, 2015.
shall be conducted throughout the country on 12th March,
2015, i.e. the day on which strike notice will be served.
Conference shall be conducted on 12th March, 2015 in all
circle headquarters by Forum, to give wide publicity to
the strike and demands.
circles which have not completed their circle level
conventions should complete them immediately. Further,
District level conventions and Branch General Body
meetings should also be organised to fully mobilize the
employees in the strike.
last date for signature campaign to collect one crore
signatures is extended upto 31.03.2015. All circles are
requested to complete their quota (50 signatures per
employees) within this date.
strike notice will be signed by only General Secretaries.
All General Secretaries are requested to be present at New
Delhi on 12th March.
government takes move to appoint private executives to the
top posts of 5 Public Sector banks.
In pursuant to the
Neo-Liberal policies, the Modi government is taking steps
to kill the public sector of the country. Now, his Finance
Ministry has called for applications from private
executives, to fill up the MD posts of 5 PSU banks. These
banks are Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of
India, Bank of Baroda and IDBI. This is being done under
the pretext to improve the efficiency of the PSU banks. It
may be noted that more than 100 private banks of the
United States became bankrupt in the Economic Crisis that
started in 2008. But the Indian PSU banks withstood that
crisis. In the name of efficiency, now the Modi Sarkar
wants to ruin the PSU banks.
pay of government employees with productivity.
The 14th Finance
Commission has suggested that the pay of the government
employees should be linked with productivity. It is
reported that the 7th Central Pay Commission has been
asked to look into this aspect of improving the quality of
public services by linking pay with productivity.
Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi.
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU is held at New Delhi today. 23 out of 25
Central Office bearers attended the meeting. The meeting
is held at K.G. Bose Bhawan and was presided over by Com.
Balbir Singh, President. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted
the Union Red Flag. Homage was paid to com. S.K. Vyas, the
former Secretary General of Confederation of Central
Government Employees and to com. Chhiddu Singh, former AGS
of BSNLEU. Com. Balbir Singh, President, delivered the
presidential address. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron,
greeted the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, presented the
note for discussion in the meeting. All the 23 office
bearers, including com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,
participated in the deliberations. Finally com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, summed up the discussions. Unanimous
decisions were taken. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer
proposed vote of thanks.<<view
of the meeting>>
Office letter on inordinate delay in forwarding GPF final
payment cases to CCAs.<<<view
Trade Unions are conducting nationwide Satyagraha today.
All the 11 Central Trade
Unions of the country are conducting nationwide Satyagraha
(civil disobedience) today against the disinvestment /
privatisation of Public Sector companies, pro-corporate
labour reforms, throwing open the country to the lootings
of multi national companies by increasing FDI cap in
various sectors, demanding to increase the minimum wages
of the unorganised workers, as well as other demands
contained in the 10 point charter of demands. It is very
important to note that BMS, the trade union considered to
be very close to the ruling BJP, is also spearheading this
Satyagraha. Since almost the entire leaders, as well as
the front line activists of BSNLEU have left their places
and already come over to Delhi to participate in the March
to Parliament, we are not in a position to participate in
any programme today.
Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is taking place at New Delhi
The Central Secretariat
meeting of BSNLEU, which consists of the Central
Office-bearers of the Union, is meeting at New Delhi
today. The meeting will importantly review the campaign
programme made so far, in connection with the strike,
called on by the Forum. The meeting will take decisions to
further intensify the campaign programme.
on BSNL'S revival is submitted to the Prime Minister's
The memorandum on BSNL'S
revival, on which lakhs of signatures of the people of
this country were collected, was submitted to the Prime
Minister's Office today, by the leaders of the Forum. At
the end of the March to the Parliament, a delegation of
the leaders of the Forum, consisting of com.C.Singh (President, Forum & GS, NFTE), com.V.A.N.Namboodiri (Convener, Forum), com . P . Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com .
K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com . Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA
went to the Prime Minister's Office and submitted the
Employees hold massive March to Parliament.
The Non-Executives and
Executives of BSNL conducted a massive March to Parliament
today, demanding immediate steps by the Government and by
the Management for the revival of BSNL. More than 5000
comrades participated in the March, who had come from
Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from North East to Gujarat.
They marched through the streets of Delhi, raising slogans
for the revival of BSNL. The circle unions of BSNLEU have
mobilised comrades in a big way for the March.<<Views
of the March to Parliament>>
Trade Union leaders and MPs address the rally of BSNL
employees at Jantar Mantar.
The thousands of BSNL
employees who participated in the March to the Parliament
were stopped at Jantar Mantar by the police, where a huge
meeting took place. It was addressed by com. Tapan Sen,
MP, com. Brajesh Upadhyay, GS, BMS, com. Amarjit Kaur,
Secretary, AITUC, com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, Gs, AIRF, shri
Dharam Veer Gandhi, MP (AAP), com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
Convener, Forum, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. C.
Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad
Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. R.C. Pande, GS, BTEU, com. Suresh
Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Sunil Gautam, GS, SNATTA, com.
R.P. Sahu, GS, AIGETOA and com. Hari Singh, Dy.GS, BTU.<<click
Save BSNL convention held in Telecom Stores Circle.<<<click
of termination charge for calls from landlines will help
TRAI has abolished the
termination charge, which is being charged for calls which
originate from landlines. The rate is 20 paise per call at
present. Similarly, TRAI has also reduced the termination
charge for calls which originate from mobile phones from
20 paise to 14 paise. The abolition of termination charges
for landline calls will greatly help BSNL, since it will
reduce the Inter Connection Usage Charges being paid to
private companies. BSNL is the biggest land line service
provider, with 1.7 crore connections.
Bhagwat Maligns Mother Teresa.
Great people who lived in
this world and who served mankind, are considered to be
beyond region, language, religion, etc. Mother Teresa was
one such great soul. She was an European by birth. But
lived for long years in India. The “Missionaries of
Charity”, founded by her, are serving mankind in 133
countries. Especially, they are serving people affected
with Leprosy, HIV, TB and many such dreaded diseases.
Recognising her services, she was conferred with Nobel
Prize in 1979. But Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, has made
a new discovery. He has said that Mother Teresa did
service with an ulterior motive of making religious
conversions. Mohan Bhagwat’s speech is clearly aimed at
spreading communal hatred. His remark is coming close on
the heals of attacks on churches in Delhi and in various
other places. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
stated that his government will not allow any one to
spread communal hatred. We hope that the speech of people
like Mohan Bhagwat will go to the notice of the Prime
Forum meeting held on 23rd February, 2015.<<<click
Office letter on scruitinization of CGA applications to be
put up before circle HPC - Complete in all respect.<<<click
Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change
Convention held in West Bengal circle to 'SAVE BSNL'.<<<click
to Parliament - comrades to kindly note place.
The March to Parliament,
called on by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations,
is taking place tomorrow the 25-02-2015. The Forum meeting
that took place yesterday has finalized the details of the
March. Accordingly, the March will start from BSNL
Corporate Office in Janpath sharply at 11:00 AM. So, all
comrades are requested to reach the Corporate Office
atleast by 10:30 AM. The March will reach the Parliament
street police station, where a meeting will be held.
Dr.Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), com.Tapan Sen (CITU), com.
Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC) and Brajesh Upadhyay (BMS) and
all the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations
of BSNL will address the gathering. All District
Secretaries are requested to bring the banners and flags
for the rally without fail. It is also requested that all
the comrades of BSNLEU shall wear badges, which will be
distributed by the CHQ of BSNLEU. Circle Secretaries are
requested to kindly collect them and distribute to the
comrades of their respective circles. ALL THE CIRCLE AND
DISTRICT SECRETARIES ARE REQUESTED TO ENSURE THAT THE
COMRADES SHALL REMAIN IN THE MEETING, TILL IT IS OVER.
Further, all the Circle and District Secretaries are
requested to ensure utmost discipline at the time of the
March to the Parliament, which is very very important.
signatures collected may be handed over to the Convener,
The comrades who are
coming to participate in the March to the Parliament, are
also bringing the signatures collected from the people.
These signatures will be handed over to the Prime
Minister's Office at the end of the March to the
Parliament tomorrow. Hence, all the comrades who have
brought the collected signatures, may kindly hand them
over immediately to com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum,
at his residence in D7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market(Near
campaign / Jatha among people by Forum, Palakkad, in
support of the demands for revival of BSNL.<<<click
Building or Nation Looting?
Media is getting flooded
with the news that top officers of Reliance Industries
Ltd. (of Mukesh Ambani) Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group (of
Anil Ambani) Cairns India Ltd. ( of Anil Agarwal) Essar,
Jubilant and many other corporate companies are involved
in secretly gathering important documents by bribing
officers of various ministries. Secret documents of the
government, connected with Oil, Power, Coal ministries
have gone into the hands of these companies, which have
been utilised to swindle peoples money. This is how the
private companies are serving the nation. It is a matter
of shame that the government and the mantris are trying to
make the people believe that these private companies are
engaged in Nation Building.
BSNL learn lessons from Prasar Bharati?
The entire world is
caught with the cricket world cup fever. Television
channels earn huge profits through telecasting the cricket
matches alive. But, unfortunately, the Delhi High Court
placed restrictions on Prasar Bharati (Door Dharshan) to
telecast the matches. Clearly, this would have benefited
the Star TV. But the Prasar Bharati fought the case in the
Supreme Court and has removed the restrictions laid down
by the Delhi High Court. Will the BSNL Management learn
lessons from Prasar Bharati?
to fatten the corporates.
Deepak Parekh, Chairman
of the HDFC Bank has demanded the government to
immediately start disinvestment in BSNL, LIC and Air
India. He has expressed his satisfaction for the steps
taken by the government to reduce subsidies and demanded
that the forthcoming budget should give incentives to the
corporates. All the above stated steps are already being
taken by the Narendra Modi government, which says that all
these steps are required to improve the economy. But the
statement of Deepak Parekh proves that these steps are
only to fatten the corporates.
[Times of India, dated 23.02.2015]
to have tower sharing arrangement.
PTI has reported that the
BSNL and Airtel are going to sign an agreement for tower
sharing to strengthen their 2G mobile service. Airtel is
having 1,42,890 towers covering 87% of India’s population.
Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD BSNL, has stated that co-opetition,
(co-operative competition) is his one of the key
strategies, according to which BSNL will co-operate with
other players to expand it’s business. It is reported that
BSNL will be having 1,10,000 towers after June this year.
[PTI, dated 22.02.2015]
to Mandya comrades.
Mandya District in
Karnataka circle has collected 27,800 signatures. The
number of employees in Mandya district is only 291. Thus,
the signatures collected comes to 95 signatures per
employees. Maddur is a small telephone exchange in Mandya
District, with only 30 employees. These 30 comrades have
collected 6000 signatures, which comes to 200 signatures
per employee. CHQ salutes the Madya district comrades,
especially, the Maddur comrades for the marvelous
performance. But the question CHQ
wishes to ask is, if Maddur comrades can collect 200
signatures per employee, why at least the quota fixed by
Forum is not being fulfilled in many places?
Convention on Save BSNL campaign at Bhopal, MP
Convention on Save BSNL campaign
organised by the Forum of BSNL unions and associations, MP
Circle was held at Bhopal, on 21.02.2015. The convention
was presided over by com Jagdish Singh, vice president,
BSNLEU, CHQ. Com H.S. Thakhur, CS, BSNLEU & Convener,
Forum, BSNL Unions/Associations, MP Circle welcomes all
leaders on dias and placed before the house the matters
for the convention. Com Pramode Pradhan, Secretary, CITU,
MP inaugurated the convention and explained about the
present situations of the working class in the country.
Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU spoke at length on
the issues of BSNL in the present condition and also the
role of the successive govt. at the centre from 1991, from
when the LPG policy started in the country. He urged to
the workers to prepare for a long and sustained struggle
including indefinite strike. Com R. P. Sahu, GS, AIGETOA,
Com Dutta Majumder, President, SNEA, MP, Com Habib Khan,
CS, NFTE - BSNL etc. spoke in the meeting. Vote of thanks
was proposed by com. Narang, CS, BSNLOA, MP. 1,03,345 signatures
collected from different Districts under MP Circle were
handed over to Com Swapan Chakraborty by the Circle Forum
in the meeting to be submitted to the Prime Minister.<<<view
circle conducts an impressive convention at Jammu.
Forum of BSNL
Unions/Association organised a very impressive
“Convention” at Jammu, on February 20th 2015. Inspite of
extremely bad weather, employees from all corner of J&K
participated in the convention. Com.Narayan Singh, Circle
President, BSNLEU presided over the convention and Com.
Mir Nizar Ahmad, CS, BSNLEU conducted the programme. Com.
Raman Sharma welcomed the participants and leaders. All
the circle level leaders of Forum including Com.Mir Nizar
Ahmad, CS, BSNLEU, com.P.K Bali, CS, SNEA(I), com.P.C.
Thapa, CS, AIBSNLEA, & com.Amrik Singh, CS, AIGETOA
expressed their views. Com. Gulam Qadir Dandroo, Org.Secy,
BSNLEU CHQ was also present. Com. Balbir Singh, President,
BSNLEU, elaborately explained the strike issues. While
expressing his views on the agitational programme as well
as on the charter of demands, he called upon the workers
to make the 17th March, indefinite strike a grand success.
The participants assured the leaders that they will make
the indefinite strike a grand success in the valley.<<<view
Pradesh comrades have collected 7 lakh signatures.
Andhra Pradesh circle
union of BSNLEU has reported that 7 lakh signatures are so
far collected in that circle. The work of collecting
signatures is continuing and they are sure of reaching the
figure to 8 lakh. CHQ heartily congratulates all the
Andhra Pradesh Circle comrades for their sustained hard
District shows the way of how to conduct the “Save BSNL
The Forum has given call
to collect 1 crore signatures from public, in support of
our demands for the revival of the Company. BSNL trade
union movement has got an extra ordinary tradition of a
hundred years and with well organised structures at the
All India, State and District levels. This type of
well-entrenched trade union set up is available only in
very few PSUs. With this type of organization, we could
have easily collected a few crores of signatures. The
whole idea behind the collection of signatures is to make
the people of this country understand, how the government
is slowly killing BSNL, for the benefit of the private
companies. That is why Forum gave call for conducting a
“SAVE BSNL CAMPAIGN”. But, unfortunately, only in a few
places our comrades have conducted this campaign
seriously. CHQ has received a report from the Ernakulam
District union, of how this campaign is conducted in that
SSA. The call of the Forum has been implemented in letter
and spirit. While heartily congratulating the Ernakulam
comrades for their sincere and hard work, CHQ requests all
comrades to go through this report.<<<view
of “Save BSNL Campaign” in Ernakulam District.<<<view
campaign at Burrabazar Exchange, kolkata on 03.02.2015.<<click
with Management on TTA RR.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today and insisted the
demand of the Union that the Non-Executives, on promotion
as TTAs, under the LDCE, should not be treated as circle
cadre. Other wise, on becoming TTAs, these employees will
be transferred and posted in other SSAs of the circle, far
away from their present SSAs. The GM (Estt.) suggested
that some rules can be put in place so that the employees
are not harassed on promotion as TTAs and suggested that
the Union can give it’s views on this. However, the GS
insisted upon the demand of the Union.
the right of the Recognised Union to nominate members to