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24-02-2018


Meeting with Hon'ble MoSC

Meeting between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and All Unions and Associations of BSNL.

A meeting is held at the Sanchar Bhawan today the 24.02.2018, between Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL. Together with the Minister, Secretary, DoT, Special Secretary, DoT, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, PS to MoSC and OSD to the Hon’ble Minister, CMD BSNL and Director (HR) BSNL were present. From the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, Com. N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS and Com. S.D. Sharma, GS, BSNL ATM, participated in the discussions. The representatives of the AUAB heartily thanked the Hon’ble Minister for taking out time to meet them. Detailed discussions took place on the memorandum submitted to the Hon’ble Minister, the details of which are as follows:-

3rd Pay Revision. So far, the DoT has been maintaining that BSNL employees are not eligible for 3rd Pay Revision. In today’s meeting the Hon’ble Minister agreed that the issue of 3rd Pay Revision of BSNL employees would be processed and would be taken for the approval of the Cabinet. He directed Secretary to take up the matter personally with Secretary, DPE. This is a great achievement. We have broken the stalemate that prevailed in the Pay Revision issue. At the same time we have to be vigilant, till the final approval is given by the Cabinet.

Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The AUAB representatives expressed their apprehension that in the name of formation of the Tower Company, the 66,000 mobile towers of BSNL are being snatched away from BSNL. They also pointed out that the decision of the Cabinet that, the Subsidiary Tower Company would remain under the control of BSNL Management, has been violated, through the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. They further pointed out that even BSNL Management was not taken in to confidence in the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company, which clearly shows that the Subsidiary Tower Company would not be under the control of BSNL Management. Hon Minister was non committal and the reply given by the Hon’ble Minister in this regard is not satisfactory. The AUAB has to find ways and means to ensure the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company.

Pension Revision. The representatives of AUAB strongly argued that pension revision should be done to the BSNL pensioners. It was pointed out that the BSNL pensioners and the Central Government pensioners are covered by the same rules. They argued that when pension revision is settled for the Central Government pensioners, the same should not be denied to the BSNL pensioners. The Hon’ble Minister assured that needful action would be taken to settle this issue and directed Secretary to take necessary action.

Calculation of Pension Contribution. It was strongly argued that pension contribution in respect of BSNL employees cannot be calculated on the basis of maximum of the pay scale, when the same is calculated on the basis of actual basic pay, in the case of Central Government employeeson deputation. It was pointed out that as per the DoP&T order issued in 19.11.2009, pension contribution of the Central Government employees is being deducted on the basis of actual pay only, w.e.f 01.01.2006. The Hon’ble Minister directed the Secretary, DoT, that this issue should be settled as per Government orders.

Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. The AUAB representatives pointed out that it will be extremely difficult for BSNL to compete with the private operators, without providing 4G service. They strongly argued that the proposal of the BSNL Management, for the allotment of 4G spectrum by the Government, should be accepted. The Hon’ble Minister replied in the positive and assured that needful action would be taken and spectrum will be allotted to BSNL.

Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58. The AUAB representatives strongly argued that the retirement age of the BSNL employees should not be reduced from 60 to 58, as a measure for the revival of BSNL. The Hon’ble Minister told that the government is not having any proposal to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.

Left out issues of the 2nd PRC. The AUAB representatives pointed out that this issue is lingering on very long time and needs to be settled. The Hon’ble Minister stated that this issue would be looked into by the Secretary, DoT.

At the end of the meeting, the Hon’ble Minister stated that the representatives of AUAB could meet him again, as well as the Secretary, DoT, in continuation of today’s meeting. The representatives of AUAB heartily thanked the Minister for his positive response to most of the issues.

After the meeting with the Hon’ble Minister, a meeting of the AUAB was held in the FNTO’s office. All the General Secretaries expressed their satisfaction with regards to the progress in the issues. They also expressed the view that all these have happened only because of the united struggles and massive mobilisations by the entire Non-Executives and Executives, for which they deserve appreciation.    We are extremely thankful to CMD BSNL to impress upon Hon MoSC for arranging the meeting

24-02-2018


Historical March - 23.Feb.2018


Historical March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23-02-2018. Red Salute to all activists and Participants. More than 5000 Comrades of Unions and Associations participated in the historical march to Sanchar Bhavan. CHQ extends heartfelt thanks to one and all who participated in the Historical march and made it a Grand Success.




Glimpse of Photos

24-02-2018


Hon MoSC called all the Unions and Associations for discussion on 24.02.2018 at 12.30 Hrs. Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL postponed their foreign tour from 23rd evening in order to participate in the meeting.

24-02-2018


Karnataka Circle Conference at Shimoga on 24.02.2018 and 25.02.2018. We wish all the success for the Conference.

23-02-2018


SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18

THE BIGGEST EVER MARCH, BSNL WITNESSED.

MORE THAN 5,000 COMRADES FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY JOINED THE SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH:

WE SALUTE ALL THE COMRADES PATICIPATED IN THE SNACHAR BHAVAN MARCH.

WE EXPREES OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO ALL THE CSs, SSA SECS AND OFFICE BEARERS AT ALL LEVELS FOR TAKING ALL THE POSSIBLE STEPS TO BRING MAXIUM COMRADES FOR THE MARCH. SPECIAL MENTION TO RAJ, PB, UPW, HR, MP, KRL, J&K, BR CIRCLES FOR BRINGING MAXIMUM COMRADES IN ADDITION TO THE COMRADES FROM DELHI AND CO.

As per the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL the march stared from Eastern Court building of BSNLCO compound. More than 5,000 comrades from nook and corner of the country to participated in the SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH. Before the commencement of the March different Central trade unions leaders of CITU, AITUC, INTUC etc i.e. Comrade Shri Tapan Sen, Hon MP and General Secretary/CITU, Shri Vidhya Sagar Giri, Secretary/AITUC and Shri Zile Singh, President/INTUC Delhi addressed the gathering and extended the fullest support of Central Trade Unions for the struggle of BSNL employees.

The March was stopped by Delhi Police at Parliament street Police Station near Sanchar Bhawan. The comrades even tried to break the barricades and march towards Sanchar Bhavan. It become very difficult for the leadership to control the comrades who forced to break the barricade and the police. Finally on the assurance of the police that they will arrange a meeting with Secretary Telecom, March culminated in a peaceful manner with a meeting which was addressed by all the GSs of all Unions and Associations. GS/SNEA, veteran leaders Com G L Jogi/Chairman and Com V A N Namboodiri addressed. About 1000 SNEA comrades from RAJ, PB, UPW, HR, MP, KRL, J&K, BR Circles participated in the March along with the comrades from Delhi and BSNLCO.

The GSs of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL were escorted by the Police to Sanchar Bhawan to have the meeting with Secretary. However, Secretary directed Police to take all the leaders to meet Special Secretary(T), DoT as she was busy in preparations for the tour to Barcelona, in the evening. All the leaders took strong objection to this and categorically told that we will meet only Secretary/DoT, otherwise all the comrades will immediately reach Sanchar Bhavan, for which DoT establishment only will be responsible. SS(T) is the person putting all the hurdles on BSNL related issues and taking anti BSNL stand, we told the police to inform them. Sensing the danger, after some time, Secretary agreed to meet the leaders in the Committee room.

In the presence of Police, Secretary/DoT along with SS(T), Jt Sec(A) and Director (PSU) attended the meeting. At the outset all the leaders expressed their serious concern that Secretary is not granting meetings to discuss the issues. Earlier Secretaries granted us meeting as and when required to discuss the issues. We protested against the negligent attitude of DoT administration towards the issues of BSNL and BSNL employees. Detailed discussion took place on various demand:

Implementation of 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefits: Secretary tried to justify the DoT action citing Cabinet decision and DoT is not in a position to implement it in violation of Rules. We categorically told that BSNL become loss making due to the Govt and not because of the employees and this was publically admitted by the former Telecom Minister in the Parliament. After BSNL started expanding the network, last three years BSNL recorded improvement and profit. Affordability clause is only for the Executives, not for non executives but for Non-Executives wage negotiation as per DPE guidelines not started. In the DPE guidelines, affordability clause is not there, even then DoT did not issued guidelines for wage negotiation even after repeated reminders from BSNL. This is dual stand. DoT become anti BSNL, we complained to secretary.  

Rollback of Tower Subsidiary: We expressed our apprehension that it will lead to disinvestment. The recent developments established that. The CMD of the Tower Subisdiary and the Board of directors were decided without the knowledge or approval of BSNL Board, how it can be possible? It is told that there will be Joint venture (JV) which will lead to disinvestment. BSNL is earning about 500 Cr this year from tower sharing which will go away. In the future BSNL mobile expansion will be under threat as the JV will demand rent for all the BTSs which will be a huge money. Secretary and others don’t have any reply.   

Pension revision for the Govt pensioners from BSNL: We questioned why pension revision is not happening as it is not linked with profitability or affordability of BSNL. Officers of DoT did not have anything to answer.

The other issues settlement of let out issues related to 2nd PRC and No reduction in retirement age from 60 to 58 years and no VRS also briefly discussed.

Secretary explained that the issues are already in her knowledge but she is not the final authority to decide, a political decision is required on 3rd PRC. Hon MOSC called a meeting tomorrow to discuss all the issues and we have to wait for the directions from the Hon MoSC.

After the meeting with Secretary, all the GSs met CMD/BSNL and DIR(HR) BSNL Board and apprised about the discussions took place with Secretary/DoT and others. CMD informed that he along with Secretary will attend the meeting tomorrow with Hon MOSC.

23-02-2018


Sanchar Bhavan March - 23.Feb.2018


23-02-2018


View Corporate Office Orders:
Transfer and posting in the grade of JAO reg.
Cancellation transfer orders in AO and Sr AO cadre reg.

23-02-2018


Massive March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23-02-18 -  DoT has with drawn its earlier letter dated 21-02-18.... View Copy of the letter.

23-02-2018


Sanchar Bhavan March - 23.Feb.2018




22-02-2018


SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18


DoT reply regarding various demands of Unions and Associations of BSNL once again establishes the indifferent attitude of the Govt/DoT towards BSNL and its employees. We have to respond it organizationally, in every possible manner.:


Make all out efforts to make the SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18 a big success.

Reach BSNLCO by 11.00 am

22-02-2018


View Corporate Office Order:
Instruction regarding Nomination under superannuation pension scheme for DR BSNL employees reg .
SDE Seniority list - Correction of Name / DoB /  Sl. no. /  Staff no.  reg.
SDE Tenure transfer reg
Transfer and posting in the grade of AO and Sr.AO reg.

22-02-2018


View Media Reports:

21-02-2018


SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18


DoT reply regarding various demands of Unions and Associations of BSNL:

DoT categorically rejected all the demands of the employees of BSNL. Even the issues like Pension Revision for the retirees who retired prior to 01.01.2017 also denied linking it with pay revision. In fact pension has to be paid by the Govt, not by BSNL. Pensioners has to seriously consider legal remedies at the earliest for the pension revision.

This once again establishes the indifferent attitude of the Govt/DoT towards BSNL and its employees. We have to respond it organizationally, in every possible manner.

Make all out efforts to make the SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18 a big success.

Reach BSNLCO by 11.00 am

DoT reply

21-02-2018


View Corporate Office Orders:

20-02-2018


Meeting with Smt Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary DoT on 20.02.2018:

GSs of SNEA, BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA met Secretary DoT and held discussions on the 3rd PRC with 15% fitment. BSNL Board after taking all the aspects into consideration recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment, freezing the revision of all allowances. The BSNL proposal is pending in DoT for the last three months but no steps are taken for its implementation. The employees are very much agitated over this. We requested that DoT should take necessary steps to get the affordability clause exempted for BSNL. Financial condition of BSNL is nothing to do with the employees as the entire telecom sector is facing problem. The employees are working with full commitment for the revival of BSNL and to implement the Govt projects. Pay revision is a must to keep the employees motivated.

GS/BSNLEU specifically pleaded that 3rd PRC is for the Executives but the pay revision for the Non-executives are based on negotiated settlement. Surprisingly the negotiation itself is not started as DoT didnot given clearance for that. As per the DPE guidelines, for the wage negotiation, there is no affordability clause.

Regarding pension revision for the Govt pensioners retired from BSNL, we apprised Secretary that DoT Pension Cell is linking the pension revision with the pay revision of BSNL serving employees which is not at all correct as BSNL pensioners are not related with the profitability or paying capacity of BSNL. Their pension is paid by the Govt from the consolidated fund of India as per CCS pension Rules, 1972, not by BSNL. Last time also DoT moved a Cabinet note to get the pension revised for the BSNL pensioners with 30% fitment. Present situation also, DoT has to get the Cabinet approval for pension revision with 15% fitment as 15% is already approved by Union Cabinet as fitment formula for 3rd PRC. Their pension contribution has already been paid to DoT. DoT(Estt) always takes the stand that  pension revision is to be done for BSNL pensioners after the pay revision of BSNL serving employees, otherwise anomalies will be created. This is not the justification to deny the pension revision to the Pensioners, we categorically told the Secretary and sought her kind intervention for resolving the issue.

Secretary given a patient hearing and assured an early action in this regard and mentioned that Hon MOSC also telling in all the meetings that we will consider the case.

Since there is no concrete assurance from the Secretary other that the normal gestures, the March to Sanchar Bhavan on 23.02.2018 will to continue with more intensity.

20-02-2018


View Corporate Office Orders:
DE tenure transfer order.
SDE Inter Circle Transfer Order.

20-02-2018


GS and Jt Sec met GM(Estt) and DGM)Estt) and held discussions again on implementation of Hon Kerala High Court order on Pay fixation for Officiating JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without challenging it in the Supreme Court. All the offtg JTOs are become regular JTOs and majority of the offtg JTOs are retired by this time. The matter is discussed with DIR(HR) and CGM legal also, we informed them. GM(Estt) informed that as per the advice of Legal cell, directions are given to Kerala Circle to file the SLP in the Hon SC. However the matter will be reexamined.

 

GS writes to DIR(HR): Implementation of Hon Kerala High Court order on Pay fixation for Officiating JTOs under FR22(1)(a)(1) without the restriction of FR35. There is no justification in challenging it again in the Hon SC

GS letter to DIR(HR)

19-02-2018


SANCHAR BHAVAN MARCH ON 23.02.18

All the members from BSNLCO and Delhi Circle and the comrades from other Circles to assemble at BSNLCO by 11.00 am

18-02-2018


GS writes to Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Dept of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance:

Revision of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A for the JTO, SDE and equivalent Executives in BSNL w.e.f 0101.2007, a CPSE under Dept of Telecommunications, based on 2nd PRC recommendations and DPE guidelines in this regard. DPE guideline stipulates replacement of intermediary pay scale like E1A and E2A with standard pay scales notified by DPE. Based on this, BSNL Board recommended next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing E1A and E2A. DoT issued Presidential order on 28.03.2017, lowering the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2, contrary to the recommendations of BSNL Board. Reference from DoT seeking views /comments from DoE in this regard:

GS letter to Secretary, DoE, Ministry of Finance

18-02-2018


Condolence Message

With profound grief and sorrow, We convey our sincere heartfelt Condolences to our beloved AGS Com. P.K.Shukla and entire family on the bereavement of his beloved mother who left for heavenly abode yesterday.

On behalf of CHQ and the entire rank and file of our association we pray to the almighty to give sufficient strength to Com. P.K.Shukla and his entire family members to meet and overcome the hour of crisis.