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27-08-2016


History, status and vision of SNEA on Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees:

After pay, pension and terminal benefits are the most important concern for any serving employee. Similarly, for the employees directly recruited by BSNL, Superannuation benefit is the most important issue directly affecting their social security. At the time of formation of BSNL itself, this important issue got covered in Rule 37A. As per Rule 37A, BSNL employees absorbed from DoT are covered by Govt pension under CCS pension Rules 1972 and for the BSNL directly recruited employees, a separate pension fund is to be formed. Instead of forming a separate pension fund, EPF pension scheme introduced for the BSNL directly recruited employees, after discussion with the Unions and Assns. All were demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund.

Initially, the EPF contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- per month for all the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs, with the ceiling of 12% of 6500, irrespective of the emoluments. BSNL continued the same contribution till 2005. SNEA struggled since 2003 for the removal of the ceiling on EPF contribution, demanding full 12% of the emoluments (basic pay plus IDA) as the employer contribution. Finally BSNL management agreed to our demand in May, 2005 and BSNL Board approved the proposal with retrospective effect. The orders issued removing the ceiling on 12th August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF contribution @ 12% of emoluments, w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL direct recruits. This was the second major issue, SNEA could settle for the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs. First was the E1A pay scale for the direct recruits also at par with the absorbed officers instead of E1 scale.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with a contribution, maximum upto 30% of the emoluments towards PF, Pension, Gratuity and Post Retirement Medical Benefits. This demand came into limelight when Forum gone on agitation in 2012 along with other demands of 78.2% IDA and CCL. Till that time management was taken a stand that there is no need for a separate pension fund as EPF scheme is available. During settlement of the agitation, management agreed to constitute a committee to examine it.The committee recommended for a separate pension fund, starting with a contribution of 2% from BSNL.

In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% contribution and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6% contribution, in the presence of almost all the General Secretaries. However there was no conscience among the Unions/Assns even on 6%, sticking to unrealistic demand of 12%. On 19.02.2016 in our absence, management announced 3% in a meeting and gone ahead with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% contribution is enhanced to the 6% as assured to SNEA. Eventhough the 3% proposal is approved by Board and gone to DoT for approval, our strong protest reopened the case and management agreed to review the contribution after recalculation of the medical expenses. Now UF also taken it as a demand in the trade union notice.

The proposal is pursued in DoT for early administrative approval. Association met almost all the senior officers in DoT in this regard. On 19.08.2016, an agenda meeting was held with secretary, DoT in this regard in which Secretary directed the concerned officers to clear the proposal and assured that DoT approval will be communicated to BSNL shortly.

Our future agenda in 3rd PRC is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution.

27-08-2016


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27-08-2016


History, status and vision of SNEA on Superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees:

After pay, pension and terminal benefits are the most important concern for any serving employee. Similarly, for the employees directly recruited by BSNL, Superannuation benefit is the most important issue directly affecting their social security. At the time of formation of BSNL itself, this important issue got covered in Rule 37A. As per Rule 37A, BSNL employees absorbed from DoT are covered by Govt pension under CCS pension Rules 1972 and for the BSNL directly recruited employees, a separate pension fund is to be formed. Instead of forming a separate pension fund, EPF pension scheme introduced for the BSNL directly recruited employees, after discussion with the Unions and Assns. All were demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund.

Initially, the EPF contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- per month for all the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs, with the ceiling of 12% of 6500, irrespective of the emoluments. BSNL continued the same contribution till 2005. SNEA struggled since 2003 for the removal of the ceiling on EPF contribution, demanding full 12% of the emoluments (basic pay plus IDA) as the employer contribution. Finally BSNL management agreed to our demand in May, 2005 and BSNL Board approved the proposal with retrospective effect. The orders issued removing the ceiling on 12th August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF contribution @ 12% of emoluments, w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL direct recruits. This was the second major issue, SNEA could settle for the BSNL directly recruited JTO/JAOs. First was the E1A pay scale for the direct recruits also at par with the absorbed officers instead of E1 scale.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with a contribution, maximum upto 30% of the emoluments towards PF, Pension, Gratuity and Post Retirement Medical Benefits. This demand came into limelight when Forum gone on agitation in 2012 along with other demands of 78.2% IDA and CCL. Till that time management was taken a stand that there is no need for a separate pension fund as EPF scheme is available. During settlement of the agitation, management agreed to constitute a committee to examine it. The committee recommended for a separate pension fund, starting with a contribution of 2% from BSNL.

In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% contribution and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6% contribution, in the presence of almost all the General Secretaries. However there was no conscience among the Unions/Assns even on 6%, sticking to unrealistic demand of 12%. On 19.02.2016 in our absence, management announced 3% in a meeting and gone ahead with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% contribution is enhanced to the 6% as assured to SNEA. Eventhough the 3% proposal is approved by Board and gone to DoT for approval, our strong protest reopened the case and management agreed to review the contribution after recalculation of the medical expenses. Now UF also taken it as a demand in the trade union notice.

The proposal is pursued in DoT for early administrative approval. Association met almost all the senior officers in DoT in this regard. On 19.08.2016, an agenda meeting was held with secretary, DoT in this regard in which Secretary directed the concerned officers to clear the proposal and assured that DoT approval will be communicated to BSNL shortly.

Our future agenda in 3rd PRC is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution.

26-08-2016


View Corporate Office Orders:
Provisional Seniority list in the grade of STS (CAO) Regular working in BSNL as on 10-06-16.  View List
Extension of benefit of TBP Pay scale upgradation under the Promotion Policy to Non Executives granted executive scales under the erstwhile ACP scheme -reg.
Direct relieving of DGM Fin and CAOs by Corporate Office – reg .
Transfer and postings in the grade of SDE Telecom - Retention reg.
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26-08-2016


The LICE from Group C to JTO(T) (50%) for the year 2014-15 and JAO (10%) scheduled for 28.08.2016 is postponed to 24.09.2016 due to flood situation in various parts of the country.

View Letter copy.

25-08-2016


View Glimpses of Photos of Lunch hour Demonstration held on 23-08-2016 at SSA / Circle head Quarters:

25-08-2016


View Corporate Office orders:
Post Based Roster for AGM / DE Telecom  as on 01-01-2014 reg  - I    II    III  IV
LICE promotion to the post of JTO for vacancy year 2014-15 - Clarification reg calculation of Vacancies.
SDE tenure transfer - Retention reg.
Transfer and posting in the grade of SDE Civil -reg.
DE Own cost transfer order.
SDE Inter Circle transfer order.

25-08-2016


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25-08-2016


Lunch Hour demonstration on 23.08.2016.
Click here to view Glimpses of photos

25-08-2016


Draft proposal on CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM Grade.

Our major demands and suggestions are accepted by the management to great extent:

a)  Time Bound Functional promotion to SDE/AO, Sr SDE/Sr AO and AGM/CAO after completion of 5 years of service.

b)  Promotions delinked from seniority.

c)  Promotions delinked from availability of posts, fully upto Sr SDE/Sr AO grade.

SNEA suggestions accepted by the management

1)  First promotion immediately on implementation itself, without DPC, for the Executives working in higher scales. Example: JTO in E2A scale. Immediately he will be promoted as SDE w/o DPC. This will give great relief to thousands and thousands of JTOs, SDEs, JAOs and AOs waiting for promotions for years together.

2)  For the Executives working in two or more higher scales, two years relaxation in the qualifying service for the second promotion. Example: A JTO in E3 scale. Immediately he will be promoted as SDE w/o DPC and he will be promoted as Sr SDE after 3 years of service as SDE (relaxation of 2 years).

3)  Change of designation for each grade.

4)  Uniform date of promotion, 1st January or 1st July. Similarly uniform date of increment, 1st January or 1st July. In future, anomalies will not be there.

5)  DPCs decentralised to respective Circles.

 

Challenges in the draft CPSU proposal, to be addressed in totality:

a) Time Bound Functional promotion to AGM grade for the existing SDE/AOs having 10 years of combined service as SDE/Sr SDE or AO/Sr AO without linking with the availability of posts. As and when remaining SDE/AOs completes 10 years, promotion to AGM grade.

b) To get the CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM grade as recommended by the Khan Committee, processed first, separately, w/o linking with the promotions to higher grades. Promotions to higher grades are to be dealt separately, later.

c)  Increasing the number of DGM posts to atleast 2000.

d)After implementation of CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM, processing the promotions from DGM onwards with necessary changes.

These outstanding issues are to be settled. UF comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA is committed to that and our struggles will lead to its resolution

24-08-2016


GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding first membership verification among Executives Associations. Displaying the electoral rolls, submission of objections, final electoral roll etc – extension of time
GS letter to DIR(HR)

24-08-2016


Officiating pay fixation and pay protection:

Hon CAT, Chennai given a very good judgment allowing protection of pay drawn during officiating promotion clearly making the clarification dated 19.02.2010 ineffective.

Main observations of the court are: 

*    an employer cannot deny the benefit of the emoluments attached to a particular post. As such in this case earlier appropriately and oppositely, correctly and legally, the BSNL w.e. f 01.04.2003 fixed the applicants pay taking into consideration the increments which they earned earlier while officiating as AAO.

*      In fact in Annexure A1 appropriately BSNL referred to FR22(1)(a)(1) and accordingly fixed their pay at Rs 12475/- and absolutely there was nothing wrong in the fixation.

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 As such, fixation of the pay as contained in Annexure A1 is perfectly in order and that should be continued and accordingly protecting their earlier pay, the pay has to be fixed and accordingly the matter has to be processed.

Hon CAT order

24-08-2016


Circle Conference of SNEA Corporate Office Circle Unit held on 23-08-2016 at Sabha Ghar Auditorium, Eastern Court, New Delhi in a grand manner. The Conference was well organized and attended by a large no. comrades and supporters of SNEA in the presence of prominent CHQ leaders.

General Secretary Com. K. Sebastin, President Com. A. A. Khan, Veteran CHQ leader & Chairman Com. G. L. Jogi and Com. Padmanabha Rao, AGS (HQ), Com. Arvind Pal Dahiya, Jt. Secretary (Central) and Com. S. K. Aggarwal, Circle Secretary, Delhi Circle addressed the house highlighting issues like replacement of  intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2, E3  w.e.f 01.01.2007, 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct recruittees, implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, pension revision for BSNL pensioners as part of terms of reference to 3rd CPC, ensuing referendum process and various other issues.

The house unanimously elected Com. D. D. Bansal, Com. G. K. Das and Com. Bajrang Soni as Circle President, Circle Secretary and Circle Treasurer. Com. Rajesh Pruthi is elected as CWC member.

View Glimpses of Photos.

24-08-2016



United Forum of Executives Associations, MP Circle  met Dir HR Smt. Sujata Ray on 23.08.2016 at Bhopal and submitted Memorandum and discussed regarding all the three major demands. 

24-08-2016


Lunch Hour demonstration on 23.08.2016.

United Forum of Executives Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA held lunch hour demonstration at all Circle/SSA HQs and major locations demanding:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee. 

Executives in large numbers participated in the demonstration with huge enthusiasm.

At BSNL HQ, UF leaders Com GS K. Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, GS/AIBSNLEA Com Prahlad Rai and GS/AIGETOA Com Ravi Shil Verma addressed the gathering. UF leaders demanded the settlement of all the issues immediately and sought the intervention of CMD and DIR(HR) in order to get the proposals cleared in DoT. Details from the Circles awaited

It will be a prolonged struggle as the issues are not so simple. So UF called upon all the Executives to gear up for a prolonged battle to get these issues settled, maintaining unity at all levels. Eventhough the CAT, Chandigargh judgment on pay scales is a very positive development, where BSNL admitted E2, E3 pay scales recommendation, our members should not become complacent as Hon courts don’t have the jurisdiction on such matters other than giving direction for implementation of standard pay scales. Our struggle only will lead to E2, E3 pay scales.

24-08-2016


GS and CHQ President met GM(Pers) on 23.08.2016 and discussed about the pay fixation and protection of pay on Officiating promotion during DoT, BSNL period.

24-08-2016


Circle Conference of BSNL Corporate Office held on 23.08.2016. Details will be uploaded.

22-08-2016


View Corporate office Orders:

22-08-2016


“Lunch/Closing Hour Demonstrations” at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA Headquarters and other major Centres on 23rd August, 2016.

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA served notice for organizational actions on the following demands.

Demands:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee.

Make extensive preparations

22-08-2016


CPSU Hierarchy implementation -- Draft proposal given to us today