E1 scale for JTOs and E2 for SDEs?
No promotion even after twenty years!
Is BSNL Management taking us back to the DoT era of 1980s?
The pay scale of JEs (now JTO) during 1980s was less than that of the selection Grade RSA/PI and that of the JAOs. Hardly 150 to 200 JEs were getting promotion as AEs (now SDE) in an year during that period. For the first promotion, JEs has to wait for 20 to 25 years! Thousands of JEs, even direct recruits, retired without a single promotion as AE. This was the situation in DoT during the 1980s.
The situation has drastically changed during the last three decades just because of the continuous struggle by the Association. All the struggles launched by the Association were astounding successes due to the unity among the officers. The pay scale of JEs was revised upwards thrice, first in 1986, next in 1996 and then again in 2000. External agencies like National Productivity council (NPC) in 1986 and 1996 made sweeping recommendations for upward revision of pay scales after making extensive studies on the strategic importance of this cadre. In 1996, NPC recommended the elevation of the cadre from Group “C” to Group “B” Gazetted along with the pay rise. Both recommendations were accepted and accordingly V CPC recommended upgraded pay scales and Group “B” Gazetted status to JTO cadre. Since 1990, we have witnessed thousands of JTOs being promoted as SDEs.
Recognition of this basic cadre in terms of pay scales and status motivated the entire cadres which in turn contributed towards the growth in Telecom sector. During 1990s and early 2000s, we had seen unprecedented growth in the Telecom sector, in DoT. This was definitely the contribution of the highly motivated employees of DoT and BSNL during that period.
Now, in BSNL, things are started moving in the reverse direction. The pay scales of JTOs and SDEs due for revision from 01.01.2007 has not been finalised so far under the pretext of profitability eventhough the company was making huge profits at that point of time. From 2012 onwards the management has been constantly assuring us of E2, E3 scales if DoT and DPE did not agree to intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. Now, it appears that the management has more or less made up its mind to demote the backbone of the company, JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E1 and E2 scales. In the name of litigations, promotions are not at all taking place in SDE, DE and DGM cadres. Litigations are due to the flaws in the RRs or recruitment/promotion processes, not due to the fault of employees. This cannot be an excuse for the management for denying the promotions for years together. In the same company where equal promotional opportunity is expected for all the cadres, the disparity in promotions are so much, in one cadre, Executives have to wait for 20 to 25 years for a promotion while in some other equivalent cadres in other wings promotions are effected just within 5 years. In the present situation, there is no scope for any promotions in the near future at least for another two years in most of the cadres. Anticipating this situation, the Association was demanding a switch over to Time Bound Functional promotions which is also a part of the terms and conditions for absorption. The consultant also recommended the same. But there is no response at all. There are other serious issues also to be addressed.
The demoralization and de-motivation among the executives reached alarming proportions as very serious issues related to pay scales and promotion, the only motivational aspect available in the company are not getting addressed for years together whatever be the reason. Executives can contribute towards growth of the company provided they are motivated. Therefore, these issues are to be addressed without any delay while giving equal importance to issues related to policies and procurement.
It is at this juncture that we are compelled to serve notice even when a strike notice is already given under the banner of Forum on policy and expansion related issues. We cannot be a simple spectator to what is happening to the cadre as we are the only ones who fought for the cadre, fought for the upliftment of the cadre and continue to fight for that. Let all of us be united as in 1980s and 1990s so that nobody can break us. We will end this journey only when the dignity of the cadre is protected and the issues are comprehensively addressed to our satisfaction. We appeal to all the Executives to join hands in this struggle for the prestige, nay, the existence of the cadre.
Forum of BSNL Unions / Associations of UP west circle conducted a very impressive "SAVE BSNL SAVE INDIA" convention at Meerut on 30-3-2014. AGS CHQ Comrade Arvind Pal Dahiya and Circle secretrary Comrade Sanjeev Sharma addressed the convention on behalf of SNEA(I). Comrade Sompal Saini CS NFTE presided over the convention and Comrade Upender Singh Teotia CS BSNLEU conducted the proceedings. Comrade Balbir Singh President BSNLEU, Comrade Suresh Kumar GS BSNLMS, Comrade RC Pandey GS BTEU, Comrade Sukhbir Singh OS BSNLU, Comrade Jabar Khan Vice-President NFTE, AGS BSNLEA, President BSNLO, CS AIBSNLEA, CS SEWA, CS BTU, CS BSNLMS and Representative of SNATTA also addressed the convention.
View Corporate office orders:
Transfer and posting in the grade of AOs and Sr AOs.
Preparation of AI eligibility list of JTOs Telecom - Forwarding details -Reminder.
Maintenance of Lady officers officials Pool for allotment of BSNL Staff Quarters.
Revision of Pension who retired between 01-01-2007 and 09-06-13 reg - Informations called for .
Adhar based Digital life certificate reg .
DOT instructions in line with Hon HC of Delhi regarding benefit of Second ACP withdrawal reg.
Circle conference of J & K Circle:
The Circle conference of J & K Circle was held at Jammu on 26th and 27th March, 2015 in a grand manner. GS and CHQ President attended the conference. An open session was held on 27th March afternoon in which Sri R. N. Sudhakar, CGMT, J&K Circle was the chief guest. Other senior officers of J&K Circle and Circle leaders of other Unions and Associations also attended the open session.
Gs and President in their address touched all the important issues related to the growth of the company and HR issues and appealed to all the comrades to gear up for the strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015. Almost all the demands in the Forum notice are related to the growth of the company. The policies of the Govt and mismanagement in the company lead to the present situation. Our first demand for a full fledged BSNL Board is almost getting materialised by the selection of CMD, DIR(Fin) and DIR(HR). DIR(CM) post is already notified. About 8,500 Crores of rupees owned by BSNL is with the DoT on account of BWA spectrum refund, USO Fund subsidy and excess payment of pension contribution. If this payment is made to BSNL, it can go ahead with its expansion plan without taking loan from the market. Subsidiary formation will disintegrate BSNL and ultimately lead to disinvestment and strategic sale of subsidiaries. Merger of BSNL and MTNL without addressing contentious issues will be disastrous for BSNL. Proper compensation should be given for the loss making rural land line section which is maintained for meeting the social obligations of the Govt. Automatic pension revision for BSNL pensioners for the future and 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL rects are other major demands.
On HR issues, finalization of standard pay scales of E2, E3, etc to JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres upto SGJAG, implementation of TB functional promotion as per the terms and condition for absorption, settlement of various pay anomalies in different cadres, notional pay and BSNLMS RR amendment for Civil/Elect wings, First TBP uniformly after 4 years w.e.f 01.10.2000 counting DoT service etc are the major HR issues to be settled without further delay. All our attempts to settle the issues through discussion failed which compelled us to start the agitation. All the concrete assurances given by the Management earlier did not implemented. CHQ appealed to all the comrades to start preparations for the agitation to settle the HR issues, most of them are pending since the implementation of 2nd PRC.