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31-03-2020


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31-03-2020


CHQ extends best wishes for all  comrades  who  retire today on superannuation, for a happy and peaceful  retired  life. Comrade you are starting a new journey  and  exceptional chapter of your life. May your days be filled with elation and triumph.  We thank you for your dedication & congratulate you on your retirement.

28-03-2020


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27-03-2020


View Cor. Off. Order:
Instructions regarding Payment of VRS dues—Ex gratia reg,

23-03-2020


View Corporate Office Orders:
Instructions regarding Payment of VRS dues reg.
O & M of Long Distance Transport NW during COVID-19-Reg.
Emergency instructions in view of COVID 19 reg.
Extension of pay by date due to outbreak of  COVID-19.
LA arrangement in the grade of DGM in Telecom Operation Stream of BSNL Cor Off reg.
Posting on Promotion in the grade of DGM (T) purely on Adhoc Basis - Modification order reg.
Provision of GSM in lieu of RSTC for BSNL serving - Retired employees where RSTC is TNF reg.

23-03-2020


CWC meeting postponed....

Considering the prevailing situation in the country, it is decided to postpone the proposed CWC meeting at Agra.

The new dates will be announced when situation improve and safe travel and meeting is possible.

22-03-2020


GS spoken to Director(HR) today afternoon regarding the immediate measures to be taken by BSNL to break the chain and send the following message and letter to CMD and Director(HR). Director(HR) assured to take immediate action.

GS letter/message to CMD and Director(HR) on the Immediate measures required to be taken to BREAK THE CHAIN to avoid COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION of the deadly Corona Virus:

1. BSNL focus should be limited to maintenance of essential services and the critical transmission routes, critical installations.

2. The CSCs and bill collection centres are to be closed immediately, temporarily, advising the customers to utilise the online payment facility. Payment date is to be extended.

3. Melas are to be suspended immediate effect.

4. More than 500 employees are working at BSNLCO. The employees can be brought into alternate days and on each day they can be brought under two shifts, morning and evening. By this the crowd at BSNLCO can be reduced considerably.

5. Similarly employees working in Circle offices and major SSA Offices also to be staggered.

GS letter to CMD

21-03-2020


The XXII Circle Conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle was held at Ambica Sea Green Hotel, Visakhapattanam on 13th and 14th March, 2020. Excellent ambience was provided in the beach resort. Com A. Viswanath, C/P hoisted the Association flag in the presence of GS, AGS/HQ, CS, CWC and Members, Circle Office Bearers, SSA Secs and delegates. Delegates from all the 13 SSAs attended the Conference. The CS report submitted by Com J. Umamaheswara Rao/CS and the Audited Accounts by Com S S T Sai, C/T were approved by the Conference.

Com K Sebastin/GS, Com G L Jogi, GS/SNPWA and Com P Padmanabha Rao/AGS addressed the Conference.

A grand open session was held on 13th afternoon starting with small cultural program. Shri V V Raghav Kumar, CGMT/AP was the chief guest. Com G. Ramesh, CS/TS and Com E Jagan Mohan Reddy CP/TS, Shri P Paul William  PGMTD/VM, Shri. A Srinivasa Rao GM(CELLONE)/VM and Shri G Adam, GM/VZM also participated. Key note address was presented by Com J Uma Maheswara Rao, CS/AP. CGMT in his address replied to all the issues mentioned in the Key Note address and assured to take necessary action to implement the suggestions. CGMT suggested giving promotions and authority to the Executives when pay scales are already given. It can be entrusted to Circles. CGMT also elaborated the tender process of all SSAs under CFA segment and tender for labour to maintain transmission network are under process. Temp advances to the tune of 4.5 Crore, Electrical bills to the tune of 24 Crore and medical bills are will be settled at the earliest.

Sister Association/ Unions leaders CVP/BSNLEU, CS/NFTE, CS/AIBSNLEA, CS/SEWA, CS/BTEU and DS/AIGETOA graced the occasion and addressed the Open Session.

CHQ leaders in their address explained the developments in the recent past with respect to career progression, HR issues and future of the company.

I. Promotions: The delegates in one voice demanded promotion and the implementation of the new promotion policy immediately. GS strongly demanded for regular promotions instead of temporary looking after or Officiating or Adhoc or provisional promotions.

DoT and BSNL management is reluctant to give timely promotion on regular basis to the Executives and did not allowed the Executives to move forward, especially in the core Telecom Engg side, since 1982. They made the strategy in such a way that no JTO /JAO will go beyond AGM or maximum upto DGM(Adhoc). To deny future career growth, in all possible manners, management introduced Adhoc or Officiating or LA promotion instead of regular promotion and getting the work done.

All the Associations should understand this game plan of BSNL management and unite for the overall welfare of the Executives.

Our efforts are for the smooth career progression of the Executives, especially the young generation who is having 20 to 30 years of service left. Their career should not end up as an SDE/AO or AGM/CAO/EE as happening today.

Our main focus is for:

a) Non-post based functional promotion after every 5 years along with the pay scale, minimum upto AGM equivalent, in 15 years.

b) All the JTOs completed qualifying service to get promotion as SDE, irrespective of availability of posts.

c) For those already having more service, Service weightage for the past service. After SDE promotion, those in E4 scale will become AGM in 8 years and those in E3 scale will become AGM in 9 years.

d) Our focus is not just one JTO to SDE promotion, our main thrust is uninterrupted promotion upto AGM Grade on completion of 15 years of service as JTO/JAO and thereafter the opportunity get promotion to DGM, GM, CGM also.

On the concern expressed by CS/SEWA about reservation and constitutional protection for SC/STs in the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy promotion policy, GS replied that SNEA is committed to protect the constitutional rights and will ensure reservation as per the Govt policies and guidelines issued from time to time. Board also approved the promotion policy on the same lines with specific direction. Today SC/ST comrades completed more than 17 to 18 years of service (eg. JTOs of 2001 batch for SC and 2002 batch for ST) also not got promotion wherein as per the new promotion policy they will get promotion after every 5 years. It is beneficial for all.

As the first outcome of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, record number of promotions was given during May-June, 2018 (more than 13500), filling almost all the vacancies as on that date, for the smooth implementation of the new policy from 01.07.2018. JTO to SDE vacancies could not fill up due to court cases at Ernkulam but in that also, SCF and LDCE made at par and filled including 2010-11 vacancy year for smooth change over to the new policy.

All the post based promotions after 01.07.2018 will become null and void on the implementation of the promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018. Subsequent efforts to fill up the SDE vacancies could not materialise due to the court cases at Ernakulam, piloted mostly by SDEs. Still that continues. They are more interested in the contempt of case, insisting for contempt proceedings against the CMD and GM(Pers) and not in getting promotions for the remaining JTOs. They made Hon CAT to issue notice for framing charges against CMD and GM(P) in the contempt petition and management stopped the DPC process from that date. Later on, the contempt proceedings stayed by the Hon High Court.

All post based promotions are depends on the reservation issue as management is not in a position to take a stand on that matter, whether promotion is to be given with merit or without merit. This common issue is in addition to the seniority related issues. For any DPC, the hurdle of Reservation issue to be resolved.

The contempt case and the recent judgment in SDE to DE and JAO to AO promotion on reservation issue complicated the post based promotion further. As per the information gathered (judgment copy yet to be received), Hon CAT Chandigarh declared the SDE to DE and JAO to AO promotion PROVISIONAL and directed BSNL to form a Committee and review the promotions within 6 months by extending reservation as per Nagaraju judgment. Any post based promotion to DE cadre will be only after this review, endorsing the need for non-post based promotion.

Restg of BSNL is going on and in every possibility, drastic reduction in the sanctioned posts is going to happen. It appears that management stopped all the promotions to complete the restructuring. Management is giving hopes to different sections but in reality, purchasing time to complete the restructuring and post reduction.

Since management is not interested to give regular promotions and taking shelter of seniority issue, contempt case, reservation issue etc and befooling the Executives just by Look after arrangement for years together, SNEA filed a petition in the court for the implementation of the new non-post based, time bound functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board w.e.f. 01.07.2018. This is to ensure non-post based time bound functional promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018 (from back date) for all the eligible Executives, parity with those promoted on 29.06.2018 and will end all the litigations and open a smooth career path for the Executives, whatever the time delay may be.

II. Greater Unity among the Executives: Post VRS, our Membership is about 12500, more than double of any other Assn. Unity of the Executives helps faster settlement of the HR issues and focus on the growth of BSNL, the need of the hour. The divergent opinion among the Executives Associations on various HR issues helps the management in denying the promotions and other HR issues. GS given a call to further strengthen the unity and SNEA will work for the unity of all the Executives.

III. 3rd Pay revision: On 3rd PRC implementation, we could convince the BSNL management and the BSNL Board for exemption of Affordability clause for BSNL and Board recommended 3rd Pay revision with full 15% fitment. This was a major achievement as a Trade Union, to convince the BSNL management and make them to agree to our demands. However DoT did not agree to the proposal of BSNL Board, pointing the dwindling financial situation of BSNL. It is expected that BSNL will be in profits in the financial year 2021 and if things are moving positively, we can expect 3rd PRC in 2022.

IV. EPF contribution and EPF Full Pension case: SNEA struggled 3 years for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of Rs 6500/- and finally management agreed for the same and orders issued in 2005. Now we are trying for Full Pension option to all the BSNL employees. NCOA and NCR filed Writ petition No: 1134/2018 in Hon Supreme Court for EPF full Pension case. Now Attorney General (AG) is appearing for EPFO which makes the case costly and very serious and we have to engage very Senior Advocates to the match the stature of AG for which we have to pay Rs 12 to 15 lakhs per appearance.

V. Separate Superannuation Fund: On our continuous persuasion with the management we could get a contribution of 5 % (3+2) towards Superannuation fund making total 25% contribution out of 30%. In our Jaipur All India Conference on 05th Sept, 2015, CMD assured 6%. But some Assn made an agreement for 3% in our absence, reducing the contribution by half, a big loss to our BSNL direct rects. Assn is pursuing for further increase.

VI. Group Term Insurance: We tirelessly worked with LIC, with the support of BSNL management for Group Term Insurance (GTI) and finally clinched the deal with LIC, got implemented from March, 2019 with very attractive premium, especially for those below 50 years. This was our commitment given to the Executives. 

VII. Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing E1A and E2A scales is a serious issue to be resolved and pending with DoT. After lot of struggle, we could get a positive recommendation for E2 and E3 scales from BSNL in 2016. We stopped implementation of presidential order on E1 and E2 scales. The financial crisis in BSNL is having adverse effect on it. However we are pursuing and during merger of BSNL and MTNL, this issue has to be settled once for all.

VIII. On pay parity of Rs 22820/- for the 2007, 2008 etc rect JTOs, we decided to fight legally for rendering justice to thousands of Executives drawing less pay, had they continued in pre-revised scale.

IX. BSNL Revival and Revival package:

Our struggle BSNL revival, for more than 3 years, in the banner of AUAB for given a new life to BSNL. Our struggle got tremendous support from the public, political parties and the media. From the threat of closure of BSNL, our struggle compelled the Govt for a comprehensive Revival Package for BSNL. Few months back, the situation was totally different, Govt not supporting BSNL and compelling BSNL for its natural death.

Those taken VRS had made the sacrifice for the company as well as for the bright future of the remaining employees. They sacrificed many years of service for the youngsters, we should not forget. Before they are parting with BSNL, they made it sure that a good revival package is in place for the BSNL with free 4G spectrum, about Rs 30,000 Cr financial support in the form of Sovereign Guarantee Bond and land monetization and there will be no financial burden on BSNL for Ex-gratia payment. Whole SNEA family recognises their sacrifices and contribution for the company and the Association. During the Conference, all the VRS opted Circle OBs were felicitated by the Association.

We request all the VRS optees to contribute for BSNL Revival in whatever possible manner and join with us in all the future struggles. For that purpose and for focussing on pension Revision, delinking it from Pay revision, we are supporting the newly formed SNPWA under the leadership of veteran leader Com G L Jogi. All the VRS optees may take the lead to strengthen SNPWA. Pension revision and delinking Pension revision from Pay Revision and affordability clause is another major challenge. All the retirees and VRS optees may take the lead to strengthen SNPWA and join hands for achieving Pension revision.

Present financial crisis is mainly due to the unexpected delay in the financial support of Rs 8,500 Crores from the Govt in the form of Sovereign Guarantee Bonds. 4G services launching also delayed too much. BSNL is trying to engage the GSM vendors, M/s ZTE and M/s Nokia for converting 40,000 plus 3G BTSs into 4G with small software and hardware change. This is most cost effective and time saving one. The outstanding due of Rs 1100 Cr for M/s ZTE and Rs 800 Cr for M/s Nokia is one of the stumbling block. The exorbitant rates quoted by M/s ZTE for upgradation of BTSs is another challenge. Parallaly BSNL is floating a tender for 4G equipments for about 50,000 BTSs.

Out sourcing of CFA, CM and OFC mtce works are initiated but progress is as per our expectations. All the suggestions received from the field units, especially on the CFA tender was escalated to the concerned Director and CMD. But our major concern of including primary cable in the tender and eligibility of the vendors are not addressed so far. Naturally we are having apprehension about the outcome of CFA tender. Merger of non recruiting Circles, BAs etc underway.

Health insurance policy instead of BSNL MRS is under consideration of the management.

In the Conference Com Tata Prasada Rao/DE, Com J Umamaheswara Rao/DE and Com Jayanand/JTO elected unanimously as C/President, C/Secretary and C/Treasurer respectively. Com Satya Prasad/DE, Com Chalamaiah/SDE, Com CH Ravi/JTO and Com D Dilip Kumar/SDE are elected as CWC members.

Newly elected AP Circle Office Bearers

20-03-2020


GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL for Promotion from DE(T)/ DGM (Adhoc) to DGM(T) on REGULAR BASIS:

We are observing reluctance on the part of BSNL management to give timely promotion to the BSNL Executives and empower them with responsibility. To deny future career growth, in all possible manners, management is giving Adhoc or Officiating or LA promotion instead of regular promotion and managing the work. Once they become regular DGMs, they will have the career growth to Jt GM and Addl GM grade on time bound basis. 

GS letter to CMD

20-03-2020


View Corporate Office Orders:
Transfer and Posting of Architect - Retention reg.
Tenure transfer of executive reg.
Post Based Roster in the grade of SDE (Arch)- AE (arch) reg.
SDE Inter Circle Transfer Order - Modification reg.
DE Transfer Order - reg.
Execution of transfer orders (Own cost- Company cost) in respect of executives issued by Cor off reg.

20-03-2020


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BSNL launches free of cost WORK FROM HOME broadband plan.
DoT prepares crisis plan for telcos.
SC AGR ruling: India headed for a duopoly in telecom sector: Analysts
Govt should bring legislation to resolve AGR crisis: Harish Salve.

20-03-2020


19-03-2020


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19-03-2020


Meeting between CMD and the leaders of Recognised Assns/Unions on 18.03.2020:

The meeting was called by CMD to discuss the implementation of BSNL Revival Plan and Restructuring of BSNL: Director(HR) and GM(Restg) also was present in the meeting. GS and President, SNEA attended the meeting alongwith the leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE and AIBSNLEA.

At the outset CMD expressed his gratitude to the employees in the field units for maintaining the network without much disturbances, after the VRS. He recognised their contribution in the past few weeks under so much adverse conditions. CMD informed that Hon Union Minister today (18.03.2020) told in the Parliament that the employees and the Trade Unions/Assns of BSNL played a very constructive role in the Govt efforts for the implementation of various Revival proposals. They are maintaining the network in the post VRS which is appreciable and on behalf of the Govt, Hon Minister thanked all the employees and Trade unions/Assns of BSNL.

CMD explained the developments on various fronts as given below:

a) Last three months, SIM sales improved, the mobile revenue increased by 5 to 6% and market share also increased marginally.

b) On EB segment, there is an increase of about 8 to 10%.

c) On FTTH, 6,000 OLTs integrated in the network and very good response is receiving on revenue sharing model.

d) Rural exchanges with less than 50 connections is not economically viable. As an alternative, Air Fibre is launched.

e) Broadband connections are closing in large numbers and revenue dip is CFA segment is a major concern.

f) On OFC laying, BSNL decided to go for armoured cable which was our demand for the last few years. All other operators are laying armoured OF cables. Initially BSNL will be going for 30% of armoured OF cable which will make localization of fault very easy.

g) On VRS optees, for 76,921 cases, provisional pension sanctioned and for 26,370 employees formal PPO issued. Only 1767 pension related cases are pending with BSNL. This was possible only with the support of all the employees and DoT, especially CCAs. Leave encashment will be paid alongwith the 1st instalment of Ex-gratia by March end. Rs 4850 Cr for leave encashment after deduction of TDS is demanded from the fund maintained by LIC.

h) On 4G launching, the uncertainty is continuing as the vendors M/s Nokia and M/s ZTE are putting lot of conditions in addition to the dispute over pricing for upgradation of 3G BTSs to 4G. The outstanding payment for these 2 vendors is about Rs 2000 Cr. It is a big challenge for BSNL. CMD cleared various queries on the issues related with upgradation of the 3G BTSs.

Meanwhile, the new tender for about 50,000 numbers of 4G BTSs is approved by the BSNL Board and it will be floated soon. However it will take minimum 8 to 10 months for processing and another 6 months for roll out.

We expressed our serious concern over the abnormal delay in launching the 4G services due to one reason or other. 4G services launching is very much important for the revival of BSNL. CMD assured that management is taking all efforts for the upgradation of 3G BTSs.

i) Monetization of assets is very important for BSNL survival, CMD told. Otherwise BSNL will land in debt trap as the present loan is about 23,500 Cr and liability is around 17,000 Cr. This means annual interest liability alone will be over Rs 4,500 Cr and the entire savings on VRS will be spent on Loan repayment, leaving nothing for future expansion and maintenance. On monetization, 13 land parcels worth 18,200 Cr (as per commercial value) out of 16 parcels offered is agreed by DIPAM for auction. So far things are moving very positively and the transactional advise is expected very shortly. However, the final outcome will depends on the auctioned price and the Corona Virus effect and the economic slowdown may have an impact in the auction. Meanwhile, second list of land parcels also under process as a standby arrangement.

j) Merger of BSNL and MTNL: It is part of the Revival plan and Govt is working on it and want to complete it by 2021. We demanded full fledged discussion on the matter as it is having various implications on BSNL and the service conditions of the employees.

k) Outsourcing tenders: CMD was very much happy on the maintenance of the network after the VRS. The employees in the field units deserves all applause, CMD told. On CFA tender, EOIs opened in 1100 clusters out of 1600. Some are awarded.

We explained the practical difficulty experienced by the field units. Actual faults are not reporting in the system. Complaints are getting closed without attending it, to show good figure. We shared our apprehension that Circles are not reporting the real facts to BSNLCO. CMD and Directors are to take our inputs very seriously. We demanded for allotment of more funds for labour payments and temporary advance to the field units to maintain the network during this testing time. More employees are to be posted in the External plant and OFC maintenance, we demanded. Otherwise the existing employees also will get demoralised and it will have serious implications on services.

Due to non payment of labour payments, participation in tender is not good. Tender conditions are framed to favour the Franchisees who had no experience in line/cable mtce. The actual workers, earlier maintained the line/cable are ignored and ruled out from participation. The rates are very good. The primary cable also could have maintained with the same rate if it was allowed as suggested by us and many CGMs. Evenif tender is successful, we cannot ensure quality service without primary cable repair and the participation of the experienced persons, we shared our apprehension. We suggested to relax the eligibility conditions to make the existing contractors/ workers to participate in the future tenders wherever it is failed. Also to include the primary cable. CGMs are to be given more power to take decisions according to the local conditions, we suggested. CMD agreed to review the situation on our inputs. More funds are allotted for mtce as tendering is taking more time.

Further we shared the poor response in many places with regard to tendering of CSC maintenance. We demanded some alternative mechanism till that time as CSCs are main collection centres and customer interface for BSNL.

On regular salary payment, CMD informed that management will try to disburse the February salary in this month itself.

Much discussion could not take place on restructuring plan where important issues are to be discussed. We demanded for discussion at the earliest and CMD agreed for further discussion on 19.03.2020 or 20.03.2020.

18-03-2020


View Corporate office orders:
SDE Tenure Transfer order - Retention reg.
SDE Inter circle transfer order.

18-03-2020


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17-03-2020


The Circle Conference of Andhra Pradesh Circle was held at Visakhapattanam on 13th and 14th March, 2020. Com K Sebastin/GS, Com G L Jogi, GS/SNPWA and Com P Padmanabha Rao/AGS addressed the Conference. In the Conference Com Tata Prasada Rao/DE, Com J Umamaheswara Rao/DE and Com Jayanand/JTO elected unanimously as C/President, C/Secretary and C/Treasurer respectively. Com Satya Prasad/DE, Com Chalamaiah/SDE, Com CH Ravi/JTO and Com D Dilip Kumar/SDE are elected as CWC members.

Details will be updated.....

17-03-2020


Circle Conference of SNEA, Delhi Circle and Circle Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of SNEA, Rajasthan Circle:

The Circle Conference of SNEA, Delhi Circle was held at New Delhi on 06.03.2020. GS, President and GS/SNPWA Com G L Jogi addressed the Conference. Com Ram Bilas Verma, Com Satish Kumar and Com Pawan Kumar Sharma are elected as C/President, C/Secretary and C/Treasurer respectively.

The Circle Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of SNEA, Rajasthan Circle was held at Jaipur on 04.03.2020.  GS, CHQ President and Jt Secretary (West) Com Shankar Lal Sharma addressed the CEC. An open session was held in which Shri O P Gupta/CGMT/RAJ was the Chief guest. CGM in his address explained the initiatives taken by the Circle on various accounts. RAJ Circle is at the top in North Zone in many fronts. After VRS, several SDCAs become vacant as not a single Executive is available in the SDCA. Redeployment is going on to distribute the employees, CGM told the CEC. Shri R N Mathur/PGMTD, Shri R D Meena/Sr GM(Fin), Shri Akhlesh Agarwal/GM(HR) and Shri S S Agarwal/GM(Admn) also addressed the CEC meeting. Com Mahajan/DE, Com Susheel Kumar/SDE and Com Yogesh Gupta/SDE are co-opted as C/President, C/Secretary and C/Treasurer respectively.  Com Susheel Kumar and Com Yogesh Gupta are 2002 and 2005 rect JTOs.

CHQ leaders in their address explained the developments in the recent past with respect to future of the company, career progression etc. Our continuous struggle in the banner of AUAB for BSNL revival, supported by the public, political parties and the media given a new life to BSNL. From the threat of closure of BSNL, our continuous struggle lead to the Revival package for BSNL. We compelled the Govt for a comprehensive Revival Package for BSNL. Few months back, the situation was totally different, Govt not supporting BSNL and compelling BSNL for its natural death. Many who had taken VRS were in the forefront of all the struggles. All those struggles lead to the approval of the Revival package. Before they are parting with BSNL, they made it sure that a good revival package is in place for the BSNL with free 4G spectrum, about Rs 30,000 Cr financial support in the form of Sovereign Guarantee Bond and land monetization and there will be no financial burden on BSNL for Ex-gratia payment. They sacrificed many years of service for the company and for the future of youngsters. Whole SNEA family recognises their sacrifices and contribution for the company and the Association.

During the Conference and CEC meeting, VRS optees and retirees were felicitated by the Association. We requested all of them to contribute for BSNL Revival in whatever possible manner and join with us in all the future struggles.

Present financial crisis is mainly due to the unexpected delay in the financial support of Rs 8,500 Crores from the Govt in the form of Sovereign Guarantee Bonds. 4G services launching also delayed too much. BSNL is trying to engage the GSM vendors, M/s ZTE and M/s Nokia for converting 40,000 plus 3G BTSs into 4G with small software and hardware change. This is most cost effective one. Parallaly BSNL is floating a tender for 4G equipments for about 50,000 BTSs.

Out sourcing of CFA, CM and OFC mtce works are initiated but not progressing much. All the suggestions received from the field units, especially on the CFA tender was escalated to the concerned Director and CMD. But our major concern of including primary cable in the tender and eligibility of the vendors are not addressed so far. Naturally we are afraid about the outcome of CFA tender.

So called Restg of BSNL is going on and in every possibility, drastic reduction in the sanctioned posts is going to happen. It appears that management stopped all the promotions to complete the restructuring. Management is giving hopes to different sections but in reality, purchasing time to complete the restructuring and post reduction. This fact is not known to the ordinary Executives. Further management is clueless how to overcome the reservation issue on post based promotions, as per Nagarju judgment.

Record number of promotions was given during May-June, 2018, more than 13500, filling almost all the vacancies as on that date, for the smooth implementation of the new policy from 01.07.2018. This is the first positive outcome of the approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. JTO to SDE vacancies remaining after the upgradation of SDE posts to DE posts could not fill up due to court cases but in that also, SCF and LDCE made at par for change over to the new policy. Subsequent efforts to fill up the SDE vacancies could not materialise due to the court cases at Ernakulam. Still that continues. All post based promotions are depends on the reservation issue as management is not in a position to take a stand on that matter, whether promotion is to be given with merit or without merit. This common issue is in addition to the seniority related issues.

In this uncertainty on promotions, we are tirelessly working for the implementation of the new non-post based time bound functional promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board w.e.f 01.07.2018 and filed a petition in this regard. This will ensure promotions w.e.f 01.07.2018, not from a prospective date. Thereafter future promotions also will be smooth. This will ensure us promotion from 01.07.2018 for all the eligible Executives with parity and will end all the litigations and open a smooth career path for the Executives.

On 3rd PRC implementation, we could convince the BSNL management and the BSNL Board comprising members from DoT and 4 External Directors that Affordability clause is not applicable for BSNL. They agreed to our demand and recommended 3rd Pay revision with full 15% fitment. This was a major achievement as a Trade Union, to convince the BSNL management and make them to agree to our demands. However considering the dwindling financial condition of BSNL, DoT did not agree to the proposal.

BSNL is loss making for many years but we could convince the management get a contribution of 5 % (3+2) towards Superannuation fund making total 25% contribution out of 30%. Assn is pursuing for further increase.

Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing E1A and E2A scales is a serious issue to be resolved and pending with DoT. We are pursuing and during merger of BSNL and MTNL, this issue has to be settled once for all.

We tirelessly worked with LIC, with the support of BSNL management for Group Term Insurance(GTI) and finally clinched the deal with LIC, got implemented from March, 2019 with very attractive premium, especially for those below 50 years.  

On pay parity of 22820 for the 2007, 2008 etc rect JTOs, we decided to fight legally for rendering justice to thousands of Executives drawing less pay, had they continued in pre-revised scale.

Pension revision and delinking Pension revision from Pay Revision and affordability clause is another major challenge. For that purpose and for focussing on pension Revision, we are supporting the newly formed SNPWA under the leadership of Com G L Jogi. All the retirees and VRS optees may take the lead to strengthen SNPWA and join hands for achieving Pension revision.

16-03-2020


View Corporate Office Order:
Provisional seniority list in the grade of JTO (Arch) as on 01-02-2020 reg.