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CHQ President Com G. L. Jogi has addressed a huge gathering of SNEA, BGTD at the conference hall of PGM Office, Bangalore on 20.10.2014.

Our CHQ leader emphasized the need of the BSNL Executives and non executives to focus on the viabilities of the company and the adverse impacts of the formation of BBNL-its aim at giving services as an ISP, adverse effects of implementation of the Deloitte recommendations, non refund of the Rs.6500 Crores of the BWA spectrum by Government, absence of any new projects to counter the 4G services, Reliance JIOs massive 4G networks expansion, Non availability of the regular CMD, Director Finance and Director HR for BSNL. The total absence of the HR policies in BSNL, total demoralization of the young BSNL recruited JTOs, non resolution of the basic HR issues. The address was an eye opener for the members of SNEA to update themselves and get ready for the future struggles.

Com Pandurang Nayak AGS spoke and explained on the need of the unity of the executives especially our young executives of BSNL so that our basic demands of Standard pay scale, 30% superannuation benefits can be forced on the management for early settlement and its implementation.

Com W Seshagiri Rao, Veteran leader and founder of SNEA appealed the members to work towards the growth of the company. Com K Ashok Rao, President NCOA was kind enough to address us on this occasion with a short notice.

Com S B Nagavi, Circle Secretary brought to the notice of the audience that it is only BSNL which could give services to the citizens of the country in the circumstances of the natural calamities. Even in the recent HUD HUD, Hon CM of AP Shri Chandrababu Naidu, appreciated the Executives and Employees of BSNL/ AP for their tremendous efforts in restoring the telecom services within shortest time. Private operators are here to invest and earn profit but BSNL has its social commitment.

Com Y B Thippesh Ex GS/AIGETOA, Com R C Vasant Kumar Ex CS/AIGETOA Karnataka, Com Santosh Gowda Ex AGS/AIGETOA and Ex CS/AIGETOA Punjab, Com Rajkumar and all their followers have joined this mighty organization in the presence of our CHQ President Com G L Jogi. Com Thippesh in his address declared that he along with many of his friends in Bangalore have joined SNEA to strengthen an organization which is fighting for the upliftment of the basic executive cadre (JTO). He has acknowledged the motivation and the support he received by Com Jogi, when he was moving with him in the United Forum of Executives while finalizing the BSNL MSRR and will feel proud of working under the umbrella of SNEA. Com B Ramesh, DS/ BGTD welcomed the gathering. 

Meeting at Kolar on 21-10-2014:

The General Body Meeting of the SNEA Kolar was held at Kolar. Com G L Jogi, our beloved CHQ President attended the GB. The young comrades of Kolar SNEA welcomed the leaders. In the AGB Com Jogi, in his address elaborated the successes of this organization and the road map that we have prepared right now. The need of settling the issues like standard Pay Scales, the anomaly of wages w.r.to 2007 and 2008 batches, 30% superannuation benefits to BSNL recruited Executives as well as the non- executives. He has made it clear that today we are focusing on these major issues and if needed we will launch the next phase of our agitation very shortly and appealed the members to get strongly prepared for the struggle. The other issues like regularization of the TTA officiating JTOs and other cadre issues were discussed in the meeting.

Com Pandurang Nayak AGS has narrated the need of the polarization of the Executives into a single association which truly fight for the demands of JTOs, their social welfare and security even after retirement. This is truly proved in case of the DOT absorbees by one and only association that is SNEA. It is only SNEA which struggles at their work centers like BSNLCO, Circle Office and SSA headquarters and not at JANTAR MANTAR.

Com Thippesh, once again re-affirmed his views as to why he is now joining SNEA and appreciated all Kolar comrades for re-building the organization in Kolar as a huge majority association and now they are safe under the umbrella of SNEA.

Com Nagavi, CS, Com S P Jagadale DS/ Hubli SSA and Com Munishekar our youngest CWC member (2008 Batch JTO) addressed the meeting. Com Narian Nandakumar, DS/ Kolar gave a brief report of the activities of Kolar SSA. DS/ BSNLEU and DS/ NFTE-BSNL also attended the function.

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GS Com K Sebastin and CHQ President Com G L Jogi addressed the General body meetings at Indore, Mandsaur, Ratlam and Bhopal in MP Circle from  15th to 17th October, 2014. Both addressed the CEC meeting of MP Circle at Indore on 15.10.2014.

CHQ President Com G. L. Jogi and GS Com K. Sebastin attended the Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA(I), MP Circle at Indore. GS addressed the house and provided details regarding HR issues, recent agitational programs for standard E2, E3 pay scales/ 30% superannuation benefits/ CPSU cadre hierarchy etc, promotions in different cadres, membership verification, court cases etc.

In the open session on subject “Digital India- An opportunity for BSNL”, CS/MP Com. Alok Shrivastava in his opening remarks given the details regarding opportunities for BSNL to earn revenue from the Digital India program and also the challenges in front of BSNL.  GS Com K Sebastin in his address gave details of NOFN project where BSNL is just a contractor, the last mile connectivity where BSNL having a monopoly as on today will be surrendered to BBNL, in the long run the services offered to state Govt/ Universities/ colleges/ schools etc may be diverted to BBNL,  need to improve BSNL transmission network by replacing the old/damaged cables, recent media report quoting Hon PM that BSNL OF network will be purchased back by Govt for rolling out Digital India etc are the challenges before us. Sr GM(HR & A)/ MP Circle Shri Prakash Ballal and  Sr.GMTD/Indore Shri Piyush Khare addressed the CEC.  Circle president MP Com. S. Dutta Majumdar in addition to the subject also touched the HR issues of MP Circle. CHQ President Com. G. L. Jogi in his address gave the details of wrong policies decisions of BSNL management like in GSM tender, illegal 3G intra circle roaming, WiMax spectrum etc and struggle of SNEA(I) against these wrong policies. The open session also addressed by the office bearers of other Unions/Assns.

An open session was organised by SNEA (I) MP at Bhopal on 17/10/2014. CHQ President Com G.L. Jogi, GS Com. K. Sebastin, CP and CS addressed the meeting of all Executives of Bhopal. CS/AIGETOA Com P.N. Gautam and CS/SEWA BSNL Com R.K. Raikwar also addressed the meeting.

CHQ President Com G L Jogi in his address at Bhopal, Indore, Mandsaur and Ratlam explained the role played by the employees of BSNL and especially the leading role of SNEA in safeguarding the interest of BSNL. Our struggle saved BSNL from disinvestment and unbundling of copper cable. Wrong policies of the Govt which favoured the private operators really made BSNL sick. BSNL never get support from the Govt whenever it needed. SNEA alongwith others struggled a) against arbitrarily discontinuing ADC, b) against CDMA roaming by Reliance, c) to save the 45.5 million tender in 2007, d) BWA spectrum refund, e) 3G roaming etc. We have to be cautious on BSNL-MTNL merger, BBNL, subsidiary tower company etc etc. On cadre issues, Com President explained the how the cadre has been uplifted since 1980s, first in 1986 by pay scale upgradation, in 1990 by introduction of lateral advancement or Time bound promotion in the cadre of JTO and SDE in DoT alone, pay scale upgradation in 1996 along with Group B gazetted status which ensured the absorption of JTO alone as an Executive in BSNL in the basic cadre, another hike in pay scale to E1A in BSNL when BSNL offered E1 scale etc. All this achievements are result of continuous struggle. SNEA (erstwhile TEOA) was the only one Assn opposed the absorption just for an Adhoc payment of Rs 2000. Assn alone struggled for terms and condition for absorption in BSNL like E1A, E2A, --- E6 pay scales, five time bound promotions within 4 to 6 years and point to point fitment. EPF issue with 12% of emoluments without the ceiling of Rs 6500/ was settled by SNEA in August 2005. TBP policy introduced in 2007, 2nd PRC report implemented in BSNL, BSNL MS RR notified in 2009 breaking the bottleneck of JTS/ADET prevailed in DoT/BSNL, more than 18,500 JTOs promoted as SDEs since 2000, more than 3500 SDEs promoted as DEs and about 450 DEs promoted as DGMs.

GS in his address reminded the comrades that through continuous struggle during the last three decades we could make significant improvements in the career of each and every Executive because we were led by stalwarts like Com M. K. Bagchi, Com W. Seshagiri Rao and Com G. L. Jogi. Three upward revisions in the pay scales (1986, 1996 and 2000 in BSNL), instead of just one time bound promotion after 12 years in DoT now we are having 5 TB promotions each after 5 years, hundreds of DR JTOs retired even without a single functional promotion but now promoted officers are reaching upto DGM posts etc are some of the significant milestones. We could end ITS absorption issue in 2012. Another major breakthrough was the amendment in BSNLMS RR in January, 2014 to end adhocism by increasing the quota from 50% to 75%. We could fill all the DE vacancies as on 31.03.2014 recently by promoting about 2600 SDE/Adhoc DEs. JTO(C/E) to SDE(C/E) promotions in both quota became current. Promotion to Adhoc DGM for around 425 DEs is in the final stage.

JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion order could not be issued due to court cases. However the preparatory work for about 3200 vacancies already completed. Meanwhile the preparatory work for another 1300 vacancies already started which will make the DPC current. Assn engaged the best legal team to defend the court case and we are hopeful that positive result will come in the near future. Meanwhile efforts are being made to conduct the LDCE for all the vacancy years to make JTO to SDE promotion also current in both quotas. Assn is also pleading for JAO to AO promotions for all the vacancies.

Future agenda of the Assn is to ensure 3rd PRC implementation for BSNL Executives, implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAOs, SDE/AOs, 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruits, TB functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy etc. For this struggle already started by SNEA in February, 2014 and good progress is made especially on pay scale issue. The next phase of the struggle will be launched if the issues are not resolved shortly and appealed to all the comrades to get ready for that. Revival of BSNL before 3rd PRC is the top most issue as it will automatically address other cadre issues. Revival of BSNL is in the national interest also as a strong BSNL and MTNL can protect consumer interest and control the tariff which TRAI could not do, otherwise cartelization of private operators will happen and they will loot the public as done earlier. At the time of crisis, the common man can rely upon BSNL only, which has been repeatedly established at the time of natural calamity in Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, J&K, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu and recently in AP (Vizag).


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Com Y. B. Thippesh, Ex GS/AIGETOA, Com Santhosh Gowda, Ex AGS/AIGETOA and Ex CS/AIGETOA, Punjab Circle, Com R. C. Vasanth Kumar, Ex CS/AIGETOA, KTK Circle, Com Rajkumar  and all the followers joined SNEA at Banglore on 22.10.2014 in presence of our CHQ President Com. G. L. Jogi, veteran leader Com W. Seshagiri Rao, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, CS / KTK Circle  Com S B Nagavi and others. CHQ once again welcome them into this mighty organization.


Appointment to the post of CMD/BSNL and DIR(Finance) / BSNL: 

For the post of CMD / BSNL, the name of Sri Anupam Shrivastava, DIR (CM) / BSNL has gone to the ACC with the due recommendation of Hon MOC&IT. 

For DIR (Finance) / BSNL post, interview will be held within one or two weeks among the applicants who applied for the post last time when applications were called for.


Meeting with Sri V. Umashankar, Jt Sec(T), DoT: GS Com K Sebastin met Sri V. Umashankar, JS(T) on 22.10.2014 and held discussions on the following subject:

a) Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO etc: 

Since DPE rejected the proposal of E1A and E2A, Assn requested to implement the standard pay scales of E2 and E3. Those young JTO/JAOs joined after 01.01.2007 facing huge difference in pay comparing to their seniors and this demoralizes them at the beginning of their career. Further at the time of their recruitment, they were offered E1A pay scale which is likely to be revived upwards, but once they joined in BSNL, they were demoted to E1 scale. For the revival of BSNL, motivation of this young comrades are very much required. JS(T) concurred with our views and opined that they should not be de-motivated at all and everything possible to motivate the young recruits should be considered.

b) Status of merger of BSNL and MTNL: JS(T) informed that the issue is under the active consideration of the Govt and discussion is going on at different levels. Assn pointed out that contentious issues like market liability of MTNL, disinvestment of MTNL and HR issues are to be addressed first before taking any final decision. JS(T) informed that now the market liability of MTNL has come down to Rs 10,000 Crores after the recent financial assistance and it has to be addressed by Govt along with other issues.

c) Pension revision w.e.f 01.01.2017: GS told JS(T) that DPE is finalizing the terms of reference of 3rd PRC and the pension revision of BSNL absorbed employees also to be made part of the terms of reference as decided by the union cabinet. JS(T) directed DIR(PSU-I) to verify the cabinet decision and immediately take up with DPE for inclusion of pension revision also an item on the terms of reference.

d) Support to BSNL in lieu of VRS: The proposal of financial assistance to BSNL in lieu of VRS (50% of the salary of the targeted employees of about 70,000) for the next 10 years in a diminishing way is under the active consideration of Hon Union Finance Minister. Dept of Expenditure agreed with the proposal but Dept of Economic Affairs having reservations on the proposal. Hon Fin Minister has to take the Final decision.


Meeting with GM(FP): GS and AGS Com Arvind Dahiya met GM(FP) on 22.10.2014 and held discussions on:

a)  JAO to AO promotion: Management is trying to find some way out to complete the DPC and issue promotion orders. The court order and the SC/ST reservation issues complicating the whole matters. Assn pleaded for considering all the vacancies so that maximum eligible JAOs can be promoted as AOs. Association requested to issue the promotion orders keeping the interest of the SC/ST comrades also.

b) CAO(Adhoc) to CAO (Regular) promotion: The DPC for around 400 vacancies completed. The minutes of the DPC will be signed most probably today. The promotion orders will be issued at the earliest after getting the approval of the DPC minutes and promotion orders from the competent authority. The promotion order will be for around 350 nos as VC for the remaining cases not yet received. Assn assured to arrange the remaining VCs at the earliest.

c) DGM(Regular) promotion: We extended our sincere gratitude for completing the DPC and issuing the DGM(Regular) promotion orders.

d) Committee meeting on extending 30% fitment to 2010 JAOs: Few meetings held but didn’t come to any conclusion on the issue. Finance wing is very positive on the issue. Assn strongly pleaded for the settlement of the issue positively by extending 30% fitment to the JAOs of 2010 batch also.

e) Extension of 5 increments for JAOs: The positive proposal is approved by BSNL Management committee along other cadres and under the consideration of BSNL Board.


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