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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.
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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

22-08-2016

GS writes to Secretary, DoT: Request to issue Presidential orders for approval of standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres as decided by the BSNL management w.e.f 01.01.2007. Presidential orders for these cadres, to replace their intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A not issued even after seven years have elapsed since 2nd PRC has been implemented in BSNL. Kind personal intervention and expeditious follow up action solicited to approve the decision of the BSNL management.

GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding Staffing norms and new HR Plan on the basis of the recommendations of the consultant M/s Deloitte committee – urgent requirement to revisit the proposal due to glaring deficiencies.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT on E2, E3 pay scalesGS letter to CMD on Staffing norms

21-08-2016

History, status and vision of SNEA on E2, E3 Pay Scales for JTO, SDE and equivalent Cadres:

Earnest Appeal from SNEA to “All the Stake Holders” to join hands for a conclusive fight on E2, E3 Pay scales in the coming days.

Comrades, today the basic cadres, JTO and SDE equivalent are under threat of demotion. These prestigious cadres got higher pay scales and recognition through continuous struggles for the last three decades, since 1984. The JTO cadre is having the history of struggles and the Association also got transformed after each struggle from erstwhile JETA(I) to JTOA(I) to TEOA(I) to SNEA.

During DoT era, cadre based Associations was the concept.  During 1980s, the pay scales of JE (Jr Engineer and now JTO), was less than that of JAOs and even selection grade PIs. Through continuous struggles for three years from 1984 to 1987, JEs redesignated as JTOs and the pay scale revised from 425-15-700 to 550 - --- (revised scale of 1400-40-2300 to 1640-60-2900). The agitation was so terrific, Union Cabinet forced to decide the pay scales of JTO Cadre in DoT. The Assn also renamed from JETA(I) to JTOA(I).

During V Central Pay commission (CPC), through continuous struggle and interaction with CPC, JTOA(I) (SNEA) achieved further recognition by one more upward revision of pay scales from 5500-150-9000(pre-revised 1640-60-2900) to Rs.6500-200-10500 (pre-revised 2000- --) w.e.from 1st January 1996. Further the JTO cadre elevated form Group C to Group B Gazetted status. As a natural process, upgradation of pay scales of SDE took place from 6500-200-10500 to 7500-250-12000 due to upward revision of pay scale of JTO. Assn also renamed from JTOA(I) to TEOA(I), eligible to enroll all JTOs and officers promoted from JTO cadre.

After formation of BSNL, the Group B Gazetted status given us recognition in the way of absorption as an Executive in BSNL. All other similar cadres absorbed in BSNL as Non Executives. During absorption process, TEOA(SNEA) was the only Assn demanded terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL/MTNL like a) pay scales, b) Promotion policy and c) Fitment formula for an informed choice. We would like to mention here that all other Sister Organizations gave their consent to BSNL Management that they are ready to get absorbed in BSNL with an Adhoc payment of Rs.2000/-. TEOA(SNEA) fought the matter organizationally and legally in Court of Law and compelled BSNL Management to declare Terms and Conditions before Absorption. Management offered E1, E2, --- E6 Pay scales to JTO, SDE, Sr SDE, DE, DGM and SG DGM equivalent grades. TEOA(SNEA) demanded E2 scale for JTO, E3 for SDE, ----E7 scale for SG DGM. TEOA(SNEA) single handedly fought again organizationally in 2002-03 by Nationwide struggle. BSNL management finally agreed for E1A, E2A, --- E6 for JTO, SDE, --- equivalent grades in 2003. Even though management was decided to extend only E1 pay scales for the BSNL recruits, our agitation forced them to extend E1A scales for all, absorbees as well as new BSNL recruits. Here we would like to mention that Pay scale of JTO / SDE is concern of SNEA (Erstwhile known as TEOA, JTOA, and JETA) since decades and by lot of struggle we have achieved results also.

2nd PRC given us another opportunity to demand for E2, E3 --- pay scales which was our original demand since formation of BSNL. A joint committee was formed in 2012 after the joint agitation of United Forum but it was practically defunct.  E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the entry level pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. Terms of reference of the Joint Committee was limited to replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2 and E3. SNEA is sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting the mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During the agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get the proposal rejected. If E1A and E2A scales were approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no scope for E2, E3 pay scales! Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, which recommended replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, after signing the committee recommendation by all the three Assns, there was change in view in some sections. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. We told one and all including Management that E2 to E7 is the demand of SNEA since absorption but E2 and E3 proposal should be separate from E4 to E7 as we are in immediate need of finalization of E2, E3 pay scales before 3rd PRC. Simultaneously the assured five TB promotions between 4 to 6 years, which we achieved in 2002 through sustained struggle, should not be disturbed. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. As assured to the Assn in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016, the MC approved the pay scale proposal in two parts 1) E1A to E2, E2A to E3 and 2) E3 to E4, --, E6 to E7 and the proposals sent to DoT directly. The second part will be an uphill task as these scales are already approved by DoT in 2009 and the proposal is like another wage revision as all the scales are getting upgraded. It may take more time as it may have to go to Union Cabinet due to MTNL issue, which is not an easy task. Knowing all these facts, our friends tried for a single proposal from E2, E3 to E7.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 citing huge financial implications. DoT didn’t examine the first part of the proposal from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 in isolation. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Now all the Associations understood what is feasible and realistic and joined together demanding immediate approval of E2, E3 scales without disturbing the five TB promotions already we are having. If the promotions are disturbed, Jt Committee recommendation and implementation of CPSU Hierarchy also will be jeopardised. All are joined together with this single agenda. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA since 2014. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3, -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increments, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management is trying to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we should not allow demotion to happen. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch can be strongly pursued.

Comrades, our immediate aim is to get the approval of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, presidential orders are not issued so far. So, it is part of 2nd PRC and should settle before 3rd PRC. Whatever glory our predecessors earned for these cadres through various struggles, we should not allow that to fade. Now all the Assns joined together with this minimum demand. We will keep the five TB promotions intact, so that it will automatically lead to E2, E3, -- E7 in the coming days.

20-08-2016

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19-08-2016

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 19.08.2016: 

On E2, E3 pay scales, DoT Finance informed Secretary that higher pay scales cannot be considered due to financial implications. Instead Finance suggested that the cadres can be placed in E1 scale and their pay can be compensated (by addl increments). However we took very strong exception to this and explained in detail to Secretary how JTO cadre has been recognised and upgraded the pay scales in 1986 by a Union Cabinet decision, again in 1996 by the V CPC recommendations. The cadre also upgraded from Group C to Group B Gazetted by the Govt as per the recommendations of V CPC. By demotion of the cadre to E1 scales, it will demoralize the entire cadre and cannot be accepted by the Assn under any circumstances. Further we informed Secretary that even after extending E2 scale, the Basic pay will be less by Rs.2220 (Rs.22820-Rs.Rs.20600), comparing to the JTOs joined prior to 01.01.2007. The E2 pay scale benefit will be extended to the fresh recruits after 01.01.2007 and not for others. All other Executives will not get any benefit at all. These are the entry cadre pay scales where direct recruitment taking place from market. Demotion of the cadres will affect the rect and talents will not join BSNL. Finally Secretary directed concerned officers to re examine the case in light of the fresh inputs provided by us.

Comrades, it is very clear that DoT is not in a mood to consider even E2, E3 pay scales. Make extensive preparations for a prolonged agitational programs on pay scales.

Revision of pension for the BSNL pensioners by referring the mater to 3rd PRC: Assn explained the issue. Pension revision is done through cabinet decisions which is cumbersome process. Pension revision is always getting delayed. So the matter may be referred to 3rd PRC and it should become part of terms of reference of 3rd PRC. Already DoT written to DPE in this regard, but it did not included in the terms of reference as it reached DPE late. Secretary informed that he had already spoken to the Secretary, DPE in this regard but the response is not positive. However on our repeated plea, he assured that he will take the matter with DPE to get it included in the terms of reference of 3rd PRC.

19-08-2016


On E2, E3 pay scales, DoT Finance informed Secretary that higher pay scales can not be considered due to financial implications. Instead Finance suggested that the cadres can be placed in E1 scale and their pay can be compensated. However we took very strong exception to this and explained in detail to Secretary how this cadre has been recognised and upgraded in 1986, 1996 etc by the Govt. By demotion of the  cadre to E1 scales, it will demoralize the entire cadre and cannot be accepted by the Assn under any circumstances. Further we informed Secretary that even after extending E2 scale, the Basic pay will be less by Rs.2220 (Rs.22820-Rs.Rs.20600), comparing to the JTOs joined prior to 01.01.2007. Finally Secretary directed concerned officers to re examine the case in light of the fresh inputs provided by us. Comrades, it is very clear that DoT is not in a mood to consider even E2, E3 pay scales. Make extensive preparations for a prolonged agitational programs on pay scales.

19-08-2016

Congratulations Comrades, 
Today GS, CHQ President, Chairman and AGS had a detailed meeting with Secretary, DoT on various HR issues. On Superannuation benefits we convinced Secretary about the urgency to clear the proposal send by BSNL as more than 33000 employees are not having any social security. Immediately Secretary directed the concerned officers to clear the proposal and assured that DOT approval will be communicated to BSNL shortly. 

19-08-2016

Meeting with Secretary, DoT: 

Secretary, DoT granted an agenda meeting to SNEA today, 19.08.2016, 4 PM to discuss the agenda points:

a) Approval of E2, E3 pay scales,

b) Superannuation benefit and

c) Pension revision for BSNL pensioners part of terms of          reference of 3rd PRC.

View Copy of the letter.

18-08-2016

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations  comprising  SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  served notice for organizational actions ... View Copy of  TU actions notice.

18-08-2016

18-08-2016

View Media Reports:

18-08-2016

View Corporate Office orders:
Corrections in SDE Telecom final Seniority list 6 and 7 reg.

Revision of pension of BSNL Pensioners - family pensioners who retired prior to 10-06-2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/ DR with Basic Pay / Pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/ DR for the purpose of fitment - Instruction for utilizing proforma reg.

SDE relieving through ERP reg.

18-08-2016

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  served notice for organizational actions protesting against the inordinate delay in implementation of a) standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres, b) 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL Recruited Employees and c) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP.

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.

Organizational actions and schedule:

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

Full day Dharna at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA Headquarters on 06th & 07th September, 2016.

 “Day Long Hunger Fast” at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA headquarters on 27th, 28th and 29th September, 2016.

UF Notice for Trade Union Actions

18-08-2016

Membership verification

Nomination of Circle Secretaries as the Circle level representative for the purpose of membership verification. CSs shall nominate the SSA/Dist Secretaries as SSA/Dist representatives. CSs may note that in case SSA/Dist Secretary retired or transferred, the Asst SSA/Dist Secretary should be nominated for the purpose of verification.
GS letter nominating CSs

18-08-2016

Now get new mobile connection using your Aadhaar card - Telecom operators will now be able to issue new mobile connections with instant SIM activation using the Aadhar card for eKYC as an alternative process to the existing PoI / PoA document based processes.

17-08-2016

View Corporate Office orders:

Message from CMD in connection with the remarks of Hon PM on the occasion of 70th Independence Day on the turn around of BSNL reg.

Transfer and Posting in the grade of AOs Sr AOs reg.
SDE tenure transfer order - Cancellation - Modification reg.
DE Transfer order - Cancellation - Modification reg.
DE relieving through ERP reg.
DGM adhoc promotion (One case) reg. 
Preparatory work for ensuing CPC for promotion from SDE telecom - Adhoc DEs to DEs on regular basis Updating APARs  reg.

DPC Under SCF quota - Furnishing current status of left out JTOs reg. 

17-08-2016

View Media Reports:

17-08-2016

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  served notice for organizational actions protesting against the inordinate delay in implementation of a) standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres, b) 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL Recruited Employees and c) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP.

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.

Organizational actions and schedule:

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

2. Full day Dharna at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA Headquarters on 06th & 07th September, 2016.

3.“Day Long Hunger Fast” at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA headquarters on 27th, 28th and 29th September, 2016.

United Forum Notice for Trade Union Actions

17-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

Geeneral Body meeting at Kolkata on 12.08.2016 and CEC meeting of WB Circle on 13.08.2016 in connection with membership verification.

An excellent General Body meeting was held at CTO auditorium, Kolkata on 12.08.2016. Comrades from WB and CTD attended the GB. On 13.08.2016, the CEC meeting of WB Circle held at the same venue. The deliberations were very live and comrades are really gearing up for membership verification. SSA wise meetings are going on for one to one interaction with the membership. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, Jt Sec(E) Com Sankar Sanyal, CS/WB Com Tapas Ghosh, CS/CTD Com Dilip Shah, CP/WB Com Kajol Chakraborthy, CP/CTD Com Nirmal Sarkar addressed the meeting. The JTOs of 2007 and 2008 batches and the JTO/JAO LICE passed TTAs separately met the CHQ leaders and discussed their issues particularly the pay parity of Rs 22820/- and early trg for JTO/JAOs. CHQ assured them all possible help.  

CHQ leaders in their addressed focused the need of revival of BSNL in view of 3rd PRC. Through continuous struggles on various demands during last 3 decades uplifted the cadres with three upgradation of the pay scales, best time Bound promotion policy in any PSU with five assured promotions in 4 to 6 years, thousands of promotions in various cadres, ending Adhocism in DE promotions, various issues of Civil/ Electrical wings, pay anomalies etc etc. None of the issues settled without struggle. CHQ leaders appraised the following issues in the CEC.

1. Revival of BSNL and its further growth is our top most agenda. SNEA is always is in the forefront to protect the interest of BSNL. We very actively involved various struggles in this regard. JAC/Joint Forum/ Forum of BSNL Unions and Assns struggled on Disinvestment, unbundling of copper cable, ADC charges, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM tender, other GSM tenders, streamlining tenders and procurement, ITS issue, CDR, ERP, NGN, MPLS, tower sharing, tower subsidiary formation, BSNL/MTNL merger, subsidy from USO Fund, 78.2% IDA merger, BWA spectrum refund, 3G IC Roaming, removing 60:40 condition from the pension etc are some of the important milestones.

The future of the employees fully depending upon the revival of BSNL. The 3rd PRC implementation is based on this years performance and the balance sheet. To focus on this issue, Forum introduced Customer Delight year and SWAS programmes. SNEA is fully involved in customer delight year and SWAS programme, focussing on quality of service. As a result, during last two years, significant improvement is there in the revenue. Our career prospects are fully depending on it. This year 2016-17 is very crucial for every employee as the performance and profit is going to decide the pay revision, perks, allowances, pension benefits, promotions etc to all the BSNL employees from 01.01.2017, for the next 10 years. So our entire focus should be on growth of BSNL. The younger generation should come all out to see that BSNL is growing faster than the expectations because all of them having long way to go. They are having the potential and all expectations are on them.

2. Constitution of 3rd PRC and presentation before 3rd PRC: The Govt was very keen to leave the pay revision to the respective CPSUs and Administrative ministries. They are not interested to constitute PRC. It was a very tough job for us to get the 3rd PRC constituted. From our experience on E2, E3 pay scales, 30%  superannuation benefit and 78.2% IDA merger, we are aware that 3rd Pay revision will not happen in BSNL if it is left to BSNL mgt and DoT without any Govt direction. So we mobilised through NCOA which represents 1.6 lakhs Executives in all the 264 CPSUs and started organizational actions from October, 2015. In fact SNEA and NCOA started working on 3rd PRC two years back itself meeting Secretary/DPE, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries etc.

Finally we decided for series of organizational actions at New Delhi like demonstration, Dharna, March etc infront of DPE during June-July, 2016. A massive demonstration was held at New Delhi on 01.06.2016 by the Executives in various CPSUs under NCOA which lead to the constitution of 3rd PRC. SNEA played a very crucial role in mobilising among NCOA and implementing organizational actions. NCOA was given audience by 3rd PRC in the first instance itself. On 03.08.2016, a detailed discussion was held with PRC followed by a presentation to the full PRC on 04.08.2016. PRC given about two and half hours to NCOA. During discussion our main focus was on two issues a) Pay revision should not be linked with affordability and b) Contribution towards Superannuation benefit should be mandatory and it should not be at the mercy of CPSU or ministry. The CPSU and Administrative ministry should not be given any flexibility to decide the quantum as it is directly related to the terminal benefits and social security of the employees. PRC very much appreciated our submission on both issues and assured specific recommendations on these issues.

3. Need of membership verification: A very strong Executive Association with future vision, road map and having the strength and courage to fight for the legitimate rights of the employees is the need of the hour. Now HR issues are not getting resolved as management conveniently citing difference in opinion among various Assns. This suits the mgt, not the interest of the Executives. SNEA has to emerge stronger after the verification with thumbing majority, that only can resolve the complex HR issues in BSNL. Efforts are to be made to reach out to each and every Executive, especially those working in non recruiting units etc and make them to vote for SNEA. A successful verification with thumbing majority will strengthen SNEA and BSNL as well. It will naturally lead to unity among all the Executives and Assns and all should come together for the betterment of Executives and BSNL.

4. Replacement of standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 ensuring five Time Bound Promotions: E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 itself and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. DoT and DPE rejected these pay scales being non standard pay scales.  The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA. SNEA sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During our agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get it rejected. If E1A and E2A was approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no question of E2, E3! Again SNEA launched agitation Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with new Chairman. Our consistent efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in the very positive recommendation from the Committee. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 without citing any valid reasons. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we will not allow demotion to happen. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3 -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increment, E2, E3, --- E6 forever. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, our demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch has to be strongly pursued.

5. Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: For the BSNL rects, as per Rule 37A, EPF pension scheme started instead of forming a separate pension fund, after discussion with the Unions and Assns at that time. All are demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund. SNEA fought for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of 6500. Initially, BSNL contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- (12% of 6500), irrespective of emoluments. This ceiling removed by SNEA in August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF @ 12% of emoluments w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL rects.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with contribution of maximum upto 30%. This demand came in limelight when Forum gone for agitation in 2012. During settlement, mgt agreed to constitute a committee. In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6%. 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, mgt announced 3% in a meeting and gone head with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal on our return. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% is enhanced to the 6%, assured to SNEA. This is an important issue directly affecting the social security of the employees recruited by BSNL. 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.

6. Promotion in various cadres: Almost all the promotion orders for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 issued for the cadres wherever there is no court case or stay on promotions.

a) JTO to SDE under Seniority and LDCE quota in various streams: Till 2011, we could issue promotion order regularly on both the quotas. More than 23000 JTOs promoted as SDEs after the formation of BSNL. Now JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions under both quota are held up due to court cases at Ernakulam, since 2013. We engaged the best lawyer for the case at Ernakulam. We already won the case in the CAT but appeal is pending since Feb, 2015. On seniority promotion, 3 cases are pending in Ernakuam HC, staying the operation of eligibility list. Since in the HC, cases of 2010 year are heard now, we are trying our level best to get the case heard on priority. All the DPC related work is completed for about 6100 vacancies from 2009-10 to 2013-14. On our request, BSNL mgt agreed to depute a senior lawyer from SC, New Delhi to Kerala on the next hearing date. On an urgent application filed by BSNL, the case is listed for vacation of stay/final hearing on 29.08.2016. SNEA is the only Assn defending the case in the court.

Simultaneously, LDCE also got notified upto the same vacancy year of 2013-14, in parallel. In the LDCE case at Chandigargh, BSNL taken the legal opinion from the highest legal authority, AG and defending the case. Eventhough LDCE notified for 4 years, exam held for only one year, 2010-11 as per court order. The results are declared but promotion orders are stayed by the Hon CAT.

There are more than 11500 vacancies, all JTOs recruited upto 2005 can be promoted even on seniority (2007/2008 in LDCE). Our comrades should understand that they are losing their precious service in the long run and the chance to get more promotions by simply delaying their first promotion through court cases. More than the seniors, the juniors and youngsters having left over service more will be the biggest losers. By delaying their promotion, they are not only delaying the promotion to SDE cadre, their promotion to Sr SDE, DE, DGM, GM etc in the long run.

In the case of Civil/Elect/Arch wings all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 filled up recently. JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under both quota initiated clearing all the hurdles.

b) JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion: BSNLMS RR opened the path for regular promotion, directly from SDE to DE, breaking the decade old bottleneck of JTS. Again in 2013, by the sincere efforts of SNEA, the RR amended further to increase the quota from 50% to 75% in Telecom Engg side, ending adhocism, another major breakthrough. Now we are trying to extend it for CAO promotion also. We could get all the 75% posts filled on regular bases in 2014 itself clearing list no. 5. Upto 2014-15, we could get the promotion orders issued in all the cadres.

In the last JAO to AO promotion, SNEA took a tough stand to follow reservation. As a result JAO AO promotion issued following reservation clearing almost all the JAOs of 2007. CAO to DGM(F) DPC is in the final stage. AO to CAO promotion is also pursuing but no progress could be made due to court cases.

Now, just like JTO to SDE(LDCE) case, these all promotions are held up due to the issue of reservation on promotion based on Hon SC judgment. The petitioners are pleading to implement the Hon SC judgment in BSNL also. As reported earlier, based on Attorney General (AG) legal opinion, BSNL defending the case. All the cases are listed for hearing but dates are going on extended.

c) SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion: Promotion for the Diploma holders at par with Engg Graduates was the long pending demand. BSNL issued clarifications in this regard in July, 2015. However that is challenged and stayed by the Courts. Now the validity of the DoPT order based on which clarification issued, itself is under cloud. Some efforts are being taken to end the deadlock. The SDEs from 1994 are waiting for the promotions.

7. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and First TBP after 4 to 5 years instead on 4 to 6 years: In the present situation, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to get promotions in time. By this the seniority disputes and the vacancy problems can overcome. Parity and uniformity in promotions in equivalent cadres among various wings, our major demand, will be materialised by this. A very positive recommendation by the Jt Committee, constituted by our agitation in 2015, a big breakthrough in the cadre issues, should be the basis for this. It will be a big challenge to get it implemented in a gigantic organization like BSNL where various stake holders are there. Change of designations, uniform date of promotion etc are part of it. The other recommendation of the Jt Committee will end the discrimination of the JTOs recruited between 1993 to 1999 in TBP. All of them got their 1st TBP in 6 years where as their seniors as well as juniors got in 4 to 5 years. It is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU.

8. Offtg pay fixation and protection of pay: Recovery and reduction of pay on regularization of offtg promotion is one major issue affecting thousands and thousands of Executives, officiated during DoT and BSNL period. The major settlement in the last agitation in May, 2016 is that CMD and DIR(HR) assured to correct the clarifications based on EPP and FRSR provisions. Now the proposal is moving in the right direction.

9. Various issues of Civil/Elect/Arch wings and E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch) and PA/PS notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000: Uniformity in pay scales and promotion policy for all the cadres is the demand of SNEA since its formation. Lot of issues related to Civil/Electrical/Arch etc highlighted by SNEA and settled. Counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for TBP, first and second ACP, Accts examination for promotion, timely promotion, transparency in transfer and posting etc are some important issues settled by SNEA. Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A is one issue pending which will bring uniformity in pay scales. Mgt assured that this issue also will be resolved.

10. Regularization and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for the Offtg JTOs: Regularization of Offtg JTOs and fixation of pay as per FR22(1)(a)(1) without Fr 35 restriction are two issues Assn taken up. Regularization issue was taken up since 2004. Finally as we are proposing, JTO RR amended and all Offtg JTOs are regularised in 2016 as per the new RR. If our suggestion from 2004 was implemented, they could have regularised atleast 10 years back. On pay fixation issue, we filed the case in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. It is expected that matter will be decided in the next hearing of the case in September.

11. Rule 8 cases: Large number of JTOs are working even in remote and tenure places for more than 7 to 8 years. The situation in some Circles are pathetic. Even lady comrades are not able to get the Rule 8 cases. SNEA took up the issue very seriously and pursuing with BSNLCO and at Circle level. Some improvement is there in the situation. To address this problem, more rect is planned for the tenure and shortage Circles in TTA and JTO cadre. The LICe for the three years is underway and we are sure that all the Rule 8 cases can be settled by the LICE and JTO DR rect. Our CSs are very actively pursuing the matter.

12. JTO and JAO recruitment: The new JTO RR notified in 2015 after lot of pursuation. Immediately after that SNEA demanded to fill up all the JTO vacancies through LICE and Direct recruitment. BSNL took initiative in this regard. All the Offtg JTOs regularised by the new RR. The LICE for the vacancy years 2014-15 and 2015-16 scheduled and the final results of the first LICE for the vacancy year 2013-14 is announced for 1701 candidates. The next LICE for 2014-15 is scheduled for 28.08.2016. Similarly LICE result for the JAO examination announced recently for 944 candidates of which 827 are TTAs.

All the comrades are committed to strengthen SNEA at all levels. The slogan for this membership verification is Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

17-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

General Body meeting at Rurkela and Sambalpur, Odisha in connection with membership verification.

A General Body meeting was held at Rourkela, the Steel City, Odisha on 15.08.2016. GS Com K Sebastin, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo and CP Com P K Patra addressed the General Body meeting.

A General Body meeting was held at Sambalpur, Odisha on 15.08.2016. Large number of Comrades from neighbouring SSAs also joined the meeting. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the SSAs to new heights during verification. CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi and CS Com B C Biswal addressed the General Body meeting.

In the General Body meetings, CHQ leaders congratulated all the Executives, employees and the management for the continuous growth of Odisha Circle and recoding profit during all the years. Odisha and Kerala are the role models for other Circles.

CHQ leaders explained the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres and various milestones like pay scale Upgradation, terms and condition for absorption, EPP, BSNLMS RR, ITS issue, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects, promotions in various cadres, constitution of 3rd PRC etc etc. Further elaborated the struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth like GSM tender, BWA refund, unbundling of copper cable, ADC, disinvestment, ICR/3G roaming by pvt operators, finalization of tenders and procurement, CDR, ERP, MPLS, NGN, tower subsidiary formation, MTNL & BSNL merger, strategic sales etc etc.

CHQ leaders and CS Com B C Biswal made a courtesy visit to CGMT, Odisha Circle on 16.08.2016. During the brief meeting leaders dicussed various developmental activities of Odisha Circle and congratulated CGMT and the entire employees of Odisha Circle for the positive growth and profits. The pending Rule 8 cases in Odisha and posting of Executives in the choice places after completion of tenure highlighted during meeting. CGMT assured to examine the cases and extend maximum relief to the JTOs and executives.

15-08-2016

15-08-2016

DoT rejected E2, E3, ---- E7 pay scales:

Protest demonstration will be held this week itself demanding immediate settlement of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Other trade union programmes will follow. We are in touch with likeminded Assns and dates will be announced by tomorrow. Make organizational preparations.

15-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

General Body meeting at Cuttack, Odisha in connection with membership verification.


A General Body meeting was held at Cuttack, Odisha Circle in the F/N of 14.08.2016. Large number of Comrades from neighbouring SSAs like Balasore, Baripada, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal also joined the meeting. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the SSAs to new heights during verification. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo, CS Com B C Biswal, Ex CSs Com S P Samantray, Com S B Mishra, Com P K Sahoo and com P M Kar  addressed the General Body meeting explaining the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres and various milestones like pay scale Upgradation, terms and condition for absorption, EPP, BSNLMS RR, ITS issue, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects, promotions in various cadres, constitution of 3rd PRC etc etc. Further elaborated the struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth like GSM tender, BWA refund, unbundling of copper cable, ADC, disinvestment, ICR/3G roaming by pvt operators, finalization of tenders and procurement, CDR, ERP, MPLS, NGN, tower subsidiary formation, MTNL & BSNL merger, strategic sales etc etc.

General Body meeting at Bhubaneswar, Odisha in connection with membership verification.


A General Body meeting was held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha Circle in the A/N of 14.08.2016. Large number of Comrades from neighbouring SSAs like Phulbani, Koraput, Berhampur etc also joined the meeting. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the SSAs to new heights during verification. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, AGS Com Chinmaya Sahoo, CS Com B C Biswal and Ex CS Banaj Das addressed the General Body meeting explaining the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres, struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth.

14-08-2016

DoT rejected E2, E3, ---- E7 pay scales:

DoT rejected BSNL proposal of revision of pay scales from E1A, E2A, ---E6 to E2, E3 ---, E7 citing huge financial implications on BSNL and DoT (pension liability). Even suggested to send the proposal to DPE. Now there is no option left for us. We will be serving notice shortly. Gear up for the toughest struggle. Now the 3rd PRC also under question.
DoT letter

14-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

CEC meeting at Ludhiana, Punjab in connection with membership verification.

An highly successful CEC meeting of Punjab Circle was held at Ludhiana, Punjab on 06.08.2016. In a brainstorming session, CEC deliberated the ways to increase the % of votes and the membership. The deliberations were very live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the Circle to new heights during verification. Meetings at SSA, branch and exchange levels are planned for one to one interaction with the membership. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, Chairman Com G L Jogi, Jt Sec(N) Com Jasbir Singh, CS Com Amarjit Singh, CP Com Gurpreet Singh, CWC member Jagtar Singh and veteran Com Inderjit Singh addressed the CEC explaining the struggles of SNEA during last 3 decades for uplifting the cadres, struggles on various issues for the revival of BSNL and its growth. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 70% by verification. CHQ leaders appraised the following issues in the CEC.

1. Need of membership verification: A strong Association with future vision, road map and having the strength and courage to struggle for the rights of the employees is the need of the hour. Now HR issues are not getting resolved as management conveniently citing difference in opinion among the Assns. Now there are more than 10 Assns which suits the mgt, not the interest of the Executives. SNEA has to emerge stronger after the verification with thumbing majority, that only can resolve the complex HR issues in BSNL. Efforts are to be made to reach out to each and every Executive, especially those working in remote areas, non recruiting units etc etc and make them to vote for SNEA. A successful verification with thumbing majority will strengthen SNEA and BSNL as well. It will naturally lead to unity among all the Executives and Assns in future and all should come together for the betterment of Executives and BSNL.

2. Revival of BSNL and its further growth is our top most agenda. SNEA is in the forefront of all the struggles to protect the interest of BSNL. Disinvestment, unbundling of copper cable, ADC charges, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM tender, other GSM tenders, streamlining tenders and procurement, ITS issue, CDR, ERP, NGN, MPLS, tower sharing, tower subsidiary formation, BSNL/MTNL merger, subsidy from USO Fund, 78.2% IDA merger, BWA spectrum refund, 3G IC Roaming, removing 60:40 condition from the pension etc are some of the important milestones. SNEA is fully involved in customer delight year and SWAS programme, focussing on quality of service. As a result, during last two years, significant improvement is there in the revenue. Our career prospects are fully depending on it. This year 2016-17 is very crucial for every employee as this years performance and profit is going to decide the pay revision, perks, allowances, pension benefits, promotions etc to all the BSNL employees from 01.01.2017, for the next 10 years. So our entire focus should be on growth of BSNL.

3. Constitution of 3rd PRC and presentation before 3rd PRC: It was a very tough job to get the 3rd PRC constituted as Govt was very keen to leave this issue to the respective CPSUs and Administrative ministries. From our experience on E2, E3 pay scales, 30%  superannuation benefit and 78.2% IDA merger, we are aware that 3rd Pay revision will not happen in BSNL if it is left to BSNL mgt and DoT without any Govt direction. So we mobilised through NCOA which represents 1.6 lakhs Executives in all the 264 CPSUs and started organizational actions from October, 2015. In fact SNEA and NCOA started working on 3rd PRC two years back itself meeting Secretary/DPE, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries etc. Finally we decided for series of organizational actions at New Delhi like demonstration, Dharna, March etc infront of DPE during June-July, 2016. A massive demonstration held at New Delhi on 01.06.2016 by the Executives in various CPSUs under NCOA which lead to the constitution of 3rd PRC. SNEA played a very crucial role in mobilising among NCOA and implementing organizational actions. Now we are focussing on the 3rd PRC.

NCOA was given audience by 3rd PRC in the first instance itself. On 03.08.2016, a detailed discussion was held with PRC followed by a presentation to the full PRC on 04.08.2016. PRC given about two and half hours to NCOA. During discussion our main focus was on two issues a) Pay revision should not be linked with affordability and b) Contribution towards Superannuation benefit should be mandatory like pay revision, the CPSU and Administrative ministry should not be given any flexibility to decide the quantum as it is directly related to the terminal benefits and social security of the employees. PRC very much appreciated our submission on both issues and assured specific recommendations on these issues.

4. Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: This is an important issue directly affecting the social security of the employees recruited by BSNL. For the BSNL rects, as per Rule 37A, EPF pension scheme started instead of forming a separate pension fund, after discussion with the Unions and Assns at that time. All are demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of forming a pension fund. SNEA alone fought for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of 6500. Initially, BSNL contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- (12% of 6500), irrespective of emoluments. This ceiling removed by SNEA in August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF @ 12% of emoluments w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL rects.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with contribution of maximum upto 30%. This demand came in limelight when Forum gone for agitation in 2012. During settlement, mgt agreed to constitute a committee. In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6%. 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, mgt announced 3% in a meeting and gone head with that. SNEA strongly protested against this betrayal on our return. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% is enhanced to the 6%, assured to SNEA. Our future agenda is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision in 3rd PRC, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution.

5. Replacement of standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3:  The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA. SNEA is the only Assn sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. Before that a new dimension was given to the issue by demanding E2 scale from 01.10.2000 by some sections. This demand was suiting mgt also which helps them to deny our legitimate demand of E2, E3 in place of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. During our agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis. Again SNEA launched agitation in April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with new Chairman. Our consistent efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in the very positive recommendation from the Committee. During implementation also we had seen so many negative forces with vested interests. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. We are committed to see that this genuine demand is not rejected by DoT, DPE and BSNL. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, our demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch will be strongly pursued.

It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3 -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increment, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management trying is to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we will not allow demotion to happen.

6. Promotion in various cadres: We could issue almost all the promotion orders for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 wherever no court case is there.

a) JTO to SDE under Seniority and LDCE quota in various streams: JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions under both quota are held up due to court cases. On seniority promotion, 3 cases are pending since Feb, 2015 in Ernakuam HC, staying the operation of eligibility list. Since in the HC, cases of 2010 year are pending, we are trying our level best to get the case heard on priority. All the DPC related work is completed for about 6100 vacancies from 2009-10 to 2013-14. We engaged the best lawyer for the case at Ernakulam. We already won the case in the CAT but appeal is pending. On our request, BSNL mgt agreed to depute a senior lawyer from SC, New Delhi to Kerala on the next hearing date. We are trying to get the case heard at the earliest. SNEA is the only Assn defending the case in the court. Simultaneously, LDCE also got notified upto the same vacancy year of 2013-14, in parallel. In the LDCE case at Chandigargh, BSNL taken the legal opinion from the highest legal authority, AG and defending the case. Eventhough LDCE notified for 4 years, exam held for only one year, 2010-11 as per court order. The results are declared but promotion orders are stayed by the Hon CAT.

There are more than 11500 vacancies, all JTOs recruited upto 2005 can be promoted even on seniority (2007/2008 in LDCE), then for  what purpose our comrades are fighting in court? Our comrades should understand that they are losing their precious service in the long run and the chance to get more promotions by simply delaying their first promotion through court cases. More than the seniors, the juniors and youngsters having left over service more will be the biggest losers. By delaying their promotion, they are not only delaying the promotion to SDE cadre, their promotion to Sr SDE, DE, DGM, GM etc in the long run. They are losing their chance to become DGM and GM in the future!

In the case of Civil/Elect/Arch wings all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016  filled up recently. JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under both quota initiated.

b) JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion: Upto 2014-15, we could get the promotion orders issued in all the cadres. By our sincere efforts, SNEA could increase the regular DE quota from 50% to 75% by amending BSNLMS RRs creating another milestone. Now we are trying to extend it for CAO promotion also. We could get all the 75% posts filled on regular bases in 2014 itself clearing list no. 5. In the last JAO to AO promotion, SNEA took a tough stand to follow reservation. Now, just like JTO to SDE(LDCE) case, these all promotions are held up due to the issue of reservation on promotion based on Hon SC judgment. The petitioners are pleading to implement the Hon SC judgment in BSNL also. As reported earlier, based on Attorney General (AG) legal opinion, BSNL defending the case. All the cases are listed for hearing but dates are going on extended.

c) SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion: Promotion for the Diploma holders at par with Engg Graduates was the long pending demand. BSNL issued clarifications in this regard in July, 2015. However that is challenged and stayed by the Courts. Now the validity of the DoPT order based on which clarification issued, itself is under cloud. Some efforts are being taken to end the deadlock. The SDEs from 1994 are waiting for the promotions.

7. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: In the present situation, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to get promotions in time. By this the seniority disputes and the vacancy problems can overcome. Parity and uniformity in promotions in equivalent cadres among various wings, our major demand, will be materialised by this. A very positive recommendation by the Jt Committee, constituted by our agitation in 2015, a big breakthrough in the cadre issues, should be the basis for this. It will be a big challenge to get it implemented in a gigantic organization like BSNL where various stake holders are there. Change of designations, uniform date of promotion etc are part of it.

8. First TBP after 4 to 5 years instead on 4 to 6 years: This is another recommendation of the Jt Committee which will end the discrimination of the JTOs recruited between 1993 to 1999. All of them got their 1st TBP in 6 years where as their seniors as well as juniors got in 4 to 5 years. It is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU.

9. Offtg pay fixation and protection of pay: Recovery and reduction of pay on regularization of offtg promotion is one major issue affecting thousands and thousands of Executives, officiated during DoT and BSNL period. The major settlement in the last agitation in May, 2016 is that CMD and DIR(HR) assured to correct the clarifications based on EPP and FRSR provisions. Now the proposal is moving in the right direction.

10. E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch) and PA/PS notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000: Uniformity in pay scales and promotion policy for all the cadres, this is the demand of SNEA since its formation. Lot of issues related to Civil/Electrical highlighted by SNEA and settled. Counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for TBP, first and second ACP, Accts examination for promotion, timely promotion etc are some important issues settled by SNEA. Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A is one issue pending which will bring uniformity in pay scales. Mgt assured that this issue also will be resolved.

11. Regularization and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for the Offtg JTOs: Regularization of Offtg JTOs and fixation of pay as per FR22(1)(a)(1) without Fr 35 restriction are two issues Assn taken up. Regularization issue was taken up since 2004. Finally as we proposed, JTO RR amended and all Offtg JTOs are regularised in 2016 as per the new RR. On pay fixation issue, we filed the case in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. It is expected that matter will be decided in the next hearing of the case in September.

12. JTO and JAO recruitment: The new JTO RR notified in 2015 after lot of pursuation. Immediately after that SNEA demanded to fill up all the JTO vacancies through LICE and Direct recruitment. BSNL took initiative in this regard. All the Offtg JTOs regularised by the new RR. The LICE for the vacancy years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 scheduled and the results of the first LICE for the vacancy year  2013-14 is announced. The next LICE for 2014-15 is scheduled on 28.08.2016. Similarly LICE result for the JAO examination will be announced soon.

13-08-2016

Dear Comrades,
DoT rejected BSNL proposal of E1A, E2A,.... E6 to E2, E3, ... E7 pay scales citing huge financial implications on BSNL and Dot (Pension liability). Even suggested to send the proposal to DPE. This was our apprehension since beginning.
Now there is no option left for us. We will be serving notice shortly. Gear up for the toughest struggle. Now the 3rd PRC also under question.
Click here to view letter

13-08-2016

Corporate office issued letter regarding - Final list of Associations willing and eligible to participate in the membership verification and finalization/ supply of electoral rolls to the authorized representatives of participating Associations.
Click here to view letter.

12-08-2016

JTO to SDE promotion case at Hon. HC of Kerala:
On application for vacation of stay / early final disposal, Hon.HC of Kerala fixed the date of hearing on 29-08-16.

12-08-2016




12-08-2016



12-08-2016

GS, CHQ President and Chairman touring Kolkata and Odisha:
12.08.2016: General Body meeting at Kolkata.
13.08.2016: CEC meeting of WB Circle. 
14.08.2016: General Body meeting at Cuttack at 10 AM, Behrampur at                  10 AM and Bhubaneswar at 5 PM. 
15.08.2016: General Body meeting at Rourkela and Sambalpur.

11-08-2016

11-08-2016

View Media Reports:

11-08-2016

GS and CHQ President met concerned Officers in DoT and pursued the proposal of Superannuation benefits and E2, E3 pay scales.

11-08-2016

11-08-2016

11-08-2016

View Corporate Office orders:

10-08-2016

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL:

GS, CHQ President and Chairman met CMD, BSNL and discussed the following issues. During discussion GS/AIGETOA and VP/AIGETOA also joined with us.

1) Approval of E2, E3 --- pay scales replacing the intermediary scales of E1A and E2A. We together requested CMD that atleast the pay scales of E1A and E2A which are not approved by DoT so far should immediately be replaced and all other scales can be taken care of later on. We informed CMD that this issue already discussed with Addl Sec, DoT and informed him that replacing the intermediary scales are of imminent necessity and we have submitted all the supporting documents in this regard. CMD was quite supportive of this idea and even opined that this may be the only possible solution at this point of time. We requested his personal intervention to get it expedited in DoT before DoT/Fin is taking negative stand on the whole proposal. CMD assured to speak to Addl Sec and do the needful.

2) Approval of superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rects. We requested his intervention to get the proposal cleared at the earliest. CMD assured to take up this issue also.

It is a good beginning to resolve the issues.

10-08-2016

Service With A Smile (SWAS):

In order to further boost the SWAS programme, BSNL planned a Rally/Road show today 10.08.2016 at all SSA and Circle HQs and BSNL HQ. CMD/Circle/SSA heads will lead the procession. All the employees to join together to make the programme successful.

10-08-2016

Save Public Sector movement:

Huge Parliament March on 09.08.2016 opposing disinvestment, privatization and merger of Banks.

Officers of Nationalised Banks conducted a huge Parliament March with the slogan SAVE PUBLIC SECTOR, SAVE INDIA in the banner of All India Bank Officers Federation (AIBOC) and NCOA. More than 5000 officers/ Executives participated in the March. SNEA, NCOA, MEA and AIPEF extended full support to the agitation and joined the Parliament March in large numbers giving stern warning to the Govt against disinvestment/ privatization.

SNEA comrades from BSNLCO, NTR, UP(W) and HR also joined the Parliament March. GS, President, Chairman, AGS, CS/NTR, CS/UP(W) and other activists participated. Com Havinder singh, Sec Genaral/AIBOC, Com Sudharshan, President/AIBOC, Com Franco/AIBOC, GS/SNEA, President/NCOA, Com Ashok Rao/Patron, NCOA, GS/AIPEF and office bearers of AIBOC addressed the Parliament March.

09-08-2016

Congratulations!!!
FINAL LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES IN TTA TO JTO (T) LICE (50% Quota) FOR THE YEAR 2013-14 HELD ON 22-05-2016 DECLARED BY CORPORATE OFFICE.  All CSs are requested to arrange training for all the qualified candidates immediately so that all can join before 01.01.2017 (3rd PRC) and get the benefit of 3rd PRC. In case trg is not completed by 31.12.2016, they will also get the befit of 3rd PRC fixation benefit as they will be allowed to continue in the pre-revised scale till promotion.

09-08-2016

View Media Reports:

09-08-2016

View Corporate office orders:
Requirement of APAR for preparatory work for promotion from SDE Elec to EE Elec -reg .
Clarification in Transfer policy.


09-08-2016

TTA to JTO LICE Final result (2013-2014) will be announced shortly.

09-08-2016

Successful implementation of SWAS (Service with A Smile) programme on 10.08.2016.

BSNL Corporate Office writes to all Associations/Unions and Circle/SSA heads for making the programme of Pledge, Rally, Processions on 10.08.2016 at BSNL HQ and all Circle/SSA HQs a grand success by massive participation in connection with SWAS programme.
BSNL CO letter regarding pledgeBSNL CO letter to all Unions/Associations BSNL CO letter to all CGM/SSA HQs

09-08-2016

Permitting some Associations to participate in the ensuing membership verification in complete disregard and violation of elementary eligibility conditions – immediate kind intervention solicited to get revised list of   Associations legitimately eligible to participate issued....GS writes to CMD.    View Letter copy.

09-08-2016

Our CWC Member of CHTD, Com. M.Thamizhvendan, SDE expired on 08-08-2016. He was Circle Treasurer for two terms in SNEA, CHTD. SNEA conveys its deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

09-08-2016

Save Public Sector: Officers/Executives of Bank, Power, Telecom and NCOA today conducting a Parliament March at 10.30 AM opposing disinvestment of Public Sector Units. AIBOC taken the initiative. SNEA also participating in the Parliament March opposing the disinvestment/sale of CPSUs.

09-08-2016

Service With A Smile (SWAS):

In order to further boost the SWAS programme, BSNL planned a Procession on 10.08.2016 at all SSA and Circle HQs and BSNL HQ. This suggestion was given by the Forum and management readily accepted it. Circle/SSA heads will lead the procession. Maximum publicity and media coverage has to be given. CGM/SSA Heads can conduct the Press conference today itself.

During procession placards displaying the various services/ schemes/products should be displayed. All the employees to join together to make the programme successful. Different programmes to improve the quality of service and marketing should be initiated.

A month long campaign to visit each and every customer premises and get feedback from the customers also planned.

09-08-2016

Meeting with Secretary, DoT: Secretary, DoT granted a meeting to SNEA on 19.08.2016, 4 PM to discuss the agenda points: a) Superannuation benefit, b) E2, E3 -- scales and 3) Making Pension revision for BSNL absorbees as part of terms of reference of 3rd PRC.

Meeting with Director (PSU I): GS, CHQ President and AGS Com Manish Samadhiya met Director(PSU I), DoT and held discussions on status of a) Superannuation benefit to BSNL rects and b)  E2, E3 pay scales. Both the proposals are with Finance wing. It was told the E2, E3--- E7 proposal is gone to Fin wing without any recommendation from the section on the proposal which may have negative impact from Fin wing due to financial implications. On superannuation issue, there may not be much hurdle as there is no financial implications on DoT.

09-08-2016

VC for JTO to SDE promotion -- Reminder again : VC from BR, CHG, CTD, ETP, HR, MH, NTP, NTR, OR, PB and UP(W) not received irrespective of so many reminders. CSs of these Circle to take note of this abnormal delay.

VC -- Reminder

08-08-2016

Congratulations!!!
As reported earlier in our website, Results of LICE for promotion from Group C to the grade of JAO under 40%  quota held on 17-07-2016 declared today.  

08-08-2016

DoPT issued the orders for revision of pension, gratuity etc for the Central Govt employees and Pensioners.

Implementation of Governments decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of provisions regulating pension/gratuity/ commutation of pension/family pension/disability pension/ex-gratia lump-sum compensation, etc.

---- President is pleased to introduce the following modifications in the rules regulating pension, Retirement/Death/Service Gratuity, Family Pension, disability pension, ex-gratia lump- sum compensation, etc. under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and Commutation of Pension under CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939, etc.

DATE OF EFFECT: 3.1: The revised provisions as per these orders shall apply to Government servants who retire/die in harness on or after 1.1.2016.

5.2: The amount of pension shall be subject to a minimum of RS.9000/- and the maximum pension would be 50% of highest pay in the Government (The highest pay in the Govt. is Rs 2,50,000 with effect from 1.1.2016). The provisions of sub-rule (2) of Rule 49 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 shall stand modified to this extent.

6.2 The maximum limit of Retirement gratuity and death gratuity shall be Rs. 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25% whenever the dearness allowance rises by 50% of the basic pay. Accordingly, first proviso under Rule 50(1 )(b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 shall stand modified to this extent.

For the pensioners retired prior to 01.01.2016:

2.1: These orders shall apply to all pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension before 1.1.2016 under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.

7. (a): Where the Government servants on permanent absorption in public sector undertakings/autonomous bodies continue to draw pension separately from the Government, the pension of such absorbees will be updated in terms of these orders.
DoPT order for the pensioners after 01.01.2016DoPT order for the pensioners prior to 01.01.2016

08-08-2016

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL.

CEC meetings at Guwahati/Assam, Mysuru/KTK, Raipur/CHG, Hyderabad/AP and Sunder Nagar/HP in connection with membership verification.

An extended CEC meeting of Assam Circle was held at Guwahati on 05.07.2016 in which the activists from Guwahati also joined. The CEC discussed about the strategies for membership verification. GS Com K Sebastin, CS Com Arijith Roy, CP Com I H Mondal  addressed the activists and motivated them to face the membership verification to come out with thumbing majority. The extended CEC meeting was addressed by Shri M K Seth, CGM, Assam Circle. 

An extended CEC meeting of Karnataka Circle was held at Mysuru (Mysore) on 18.07.2016. In a brainstorming session, CEC deliberated the ways to increase the % of votes and the membership. For this meetings at SSA, branch and exchange levels planned to have one to one interaction with the membership. In the evening a General Body meeting of Mysuru SSA also held. GS Com K Sebastin, Chairman Com G L Jogi, Jt Sec(C) Com arvind Dahiya, Jt Sec(S) Com Pandurang Nayak, CS Com S B Nagavi and Cp Com Venkatesh Murthy addressed the CEC and explained the role of this Assn during last 3 decades in uplifting the cadres, struggles on various demands, revival of BSNL and its growth. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 60% before verification.

The CEC meeting of CHG Circle was held at Raipur on 24.07.2016. Comrades from Raipur also attended. The CEC deliberated on improving the membership and strategies for that purposes. CGM Shri R. N. Patel addressed the extended CEC meeting explaining the developmental activities in CHG Circle.GS Com K Sebastin addressed the meeting.

A highly impressive and successful CEC was conducted at Hyderabad, AP on 24.07.2016 in which activists from different parts of AP Circle participated. Circle already started work on verification. The deliberations were live showing the commitments of the comrades to take the Circles to new heights during verification. Definite strategies chalked out with special focus on Hyderabad and Telangana areas. SSA touring and General Body meeting at different level is planned. GS Com K Sebastin, AGSs Com P Padmanabha Rao and A Chandrasekhar, CS Com A Viswanath,  CP Com Umamaheswar Rao and Veteran Com S L Reddy addressed the CEC and explained the activities at CHQ level, struggle by SNEA on various demands and its achievements, role of this Assn in protecting the interest of the company. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 60% before verification.

A highly impressive CEC meeting of HP Circle held at Sunder Nagar on 27.07.2016. SSA secretaries are very active and working to get maximum majority. In Civil/Elect etc wing almost all the Executives (50 out of 54) are members of SNEA. The CEC set a target to increase the membership to 60% before verification. GS Com K Sebastin, Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya and CS Com Sudharshan Kumar addressed the CEC.

Efforts are to be made to reach out to each and every Executive, especially those working in remote areas, non recruiting units etc etc. On verification, GS told that HR issues are not getting resolved as management conveniently taking different Assns name and citing difference in opinion. A strong Assn has to emerge after verification with thumbing majority, that only can resolve the complex HR issues in BSNL. Assn having the future vision, history of struggle and road map for settlement of issues should come as the majority Assn. A successful verification with thumbing majority will strengthen SNEA and BSNL as well. It should lead to unity among all the Executives and Assns and all should come together for the betterment of Executives and BSNL.

Revival of BSNL and its further growth is our top most agenda. Our career prospects are fully depending on it. SNEA is in the forefront of all the struggles for protecting the interest of BSNL. Disinvestment, unbundling of copper cable, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM tender, other GSM tenders, streamlining tenders, ITS issue, CDR, ERP, NGN, MPLS, tower sharing, tower subsidiary formation, BSNL/MTNL merger, USO subsidiary, 78.2% IDA merger, BWA spectrum refund, 3G IC Roaming, removing the 60:40 condition from pension etc are some of the milestones. SNEA is fully involved in customer delight year and SWAS programme, focussing on quality of service. As a result, last two years significant improvement is there in the revenue. This year 2016-17 is very crucial for every employee as this years performance and profit is going to decide the 3rd PRC and the future of every BSNL employee. So our entire focus is on growth of BSNL.

GS and other CHQ leaders highlighted the following current issues and various struggles of our great Assn.

1. Constitution of 3rd PRC: It was a very tough job to get the 3rd PRC constituted as Govt was very keen to leave this issue to the respective CPSUs and Administrative ministries. From our experience on E2, E3 pay scales, 30%  superannuation benefit and 78.2% IDA merger, we are aware that 3rd Pay revision will not happen in BSNL if it is left to BSNL mgt and DoT without any Govt direction. So we mobilised through NCOA which represents 1.6 lakhs Executives in all the 264 CPSUs and started organizational actions from October, 2015. In fact SNEA and NCOA started working on 3rd PRC two years back itself meeting Secretary/DPE, Hon Minister for Heavy Industries etc. Finally we decided for series of organizational actions at New Delhi like demonstration, Dharna, March etc infront of DPE during June-July, 2016. A massive demonstration held at New Delhi on 01.06.2016 by the Executives in various CPSUs under NCOA which lead to the constitution of 3rd PRC. SNEA played a very crucial role in mobilising among NCOA and implementing organizational actions. Now we are focussing on the 3rd PRC.

2. Replacement of standard pay scales of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3:  The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA. SNEA is the only Assn sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 by making changes in RRs, fresh rect in E1 scales, extending E1+5 increment to address pay loss etc etc. When others kept silence on the issue, SNEA alone started struggle and organizational actions since February, 2014. Before that a new dimension given to the issue by demanding E2 scale from 01.10.2000 by some sections. This demand was suiting mgt also which helps them to deny our legitimate demand of E2, E3 in place of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Management decisions to give E1 scale had almost finished the demand. Our agitations forced mgt again to refer E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis when others are simply watching. Again SNEA launched agitation in April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with new Chairman. Our consistent efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in the very positive recommendation from the Committee. During implementation also we had seen so many negative forces with vested interests. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. We are committed to see that this genuine demand is not rejected by DoT, DPE and BSNL. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3 -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increment, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management trying is to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we will not allow demotion to happen.

3. Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: This is an important issue directly affecting the social security of the employees recruited by BSNL. The absorbed employees are safe, having secured pension. For the BSNL rects, as per Rule 37A, EPF pension scheme started instead of forming a separate pension fund, after discussion with the Unions and Assns at that time. All are demanding for a more secured EPF scheme instead of a pension fund. SNEA single handedly fought for the EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of 6500. Initially, BSNL contribution was a fixed amount of Rs 781/- (12% of 6500), irrespective of emoluments. This ceiling removed by SNEA in August, 2005 with retrospective effect, making provision for EPF @ 12% of emoluments w/o ceiling, a big achievement for the BSNL rects.

2nd PRC recommended a separate pension fund, with contribution of maximum upto 30%. This demand came in limelight when Forum gone for agitation in 2012. During settlement, mgt agreed to constitute a committee. In 2013-14, then CMD agreed for 4% and in our AIC at Jaipur, present CMD assured 6%. However, some sections are reluctant to accept it, may be due to ego problem, demanding full 12%. To our surprise we had seen that they are accepting 3% on 19.02.2016, in our absence. We are continuing our struggle to see that this 3% is enhanced to the 6%, assured to SNEA. Our future agenda is to ensure that superannuation benefit is becoming a mandatory provision in 3rd PRC, giving no scope to the management to linger on or decide the quantum of contribution. It should be fixed at 40% of Basic + IDA.

4. Promotion in various cadres: Assn ensured that no DPC or promotion is held up wherever there is no stay or court order against promotion is there. We could issue almost all the promotion orders for all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 wherever no court case is there.

a) JTO to SDE under Seniority and LDCE quota in various streams: JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions under both quota are held up due to court cases. On seniority promotion, 3 cases are pending since Feb, 2015 in Ernakuam HC, staying the operation of eligibility list. Since in the HC, cases of 2010 year are pending, we are trying our level best to get the case heard on priority. All the DPC related work is completed for about 6100 vacancies from 2009-10 to 2013-14. We engaged the best lawyer for the case at Ernakulam. We already won the case in the CAT but appeal is pending. On our request, BSNL mgt agreed to depute a senior lawyer from SC, New Delhi to Kerala on the next hearing date. We are trying to get the case heard at the earliest. SNEA is the only Assn defending the case in the court. On the other hand, LDCE also got notified upto the same vacancy year of 2013-14, in parallel. In the LDCE case at Chandigargh, BSNL taken the legal opinion from the highest legal authority, AG and defending the case. Eventhough LDCE notified for 4 years, exam held for only one year, 2010-11 as per court order. The results are declared but promotion orders are stayed by the Hon CAT.

There are more than 11500 vacancies, all JTOs recruited upto 2005 can be promoted even on seniority (2007/2008 in LDCE), then for  what purpose our comrades are fighting in court? Even before becoming SDE, fighting for SDE seniority? Our comrades should understand that they are losing their precious service in the long run and the chance to get more promotions by simply delaying their first promotion through court cases. More than the seniors, the juniors and youngsters having left over service more will be the biggest losers. By delaying their promotion, they are not only delaying the promotion to SDE cadre, their promotion to Sr SDE, DE, DGM, GM etc in the long run. They are losing their chance to become DGM and GM in the future! So before going to the court, just think whether it is beneficial for us?

In the case of Civil/Elect/Arch wings all the vacancies upto 31.03.2016 will be filled up shortly. JTO(TF) to SDE(TF) promotion under both quota also initiated.

b) JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotion: Just like JTO to SDE, LDCE case, these all promotions are held up due to the issue of reservation on promotion based on Nagaraju judgment. The petitioners are pleading to implement the Hon SC judgment in BSNL also. As reported earlier, based on Attorney General (AG) legal opinion, BSNL defending the case. All the cases are listed for hearing but dates are getting extended.

c) SDE(C/E) to EE(C/E) promotion: Promotion for the Diploma holders at par with Engg Graduates was the long pending demand. BSNL issued clarifications in this regard in July, 2015. However that is challenged and stayed by the Courts. Now the validity of the DoPT order based on which clarification issued, itself is under cloud. Some efforts are being taken to end the deadlock. The SDEs from 1994 are waiting for the promotions.

4. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: In the present situation, CPSU Hierarchy is the only viable alternative to get promotions in time. By this the seniority disputes and the vacancy problems can overcome. Parity and uniformity in promotions in equivalent cadres among various wings, our major demand, will be materialised by this. A very positive recommendation by the Jt Committee, constituted by our agitation in 2015, a big breakthrough in the cadre issues, is the basis for this. It will be a big challenge to get it implemented in a gigantic organization like BSNL where various stake holders are there. Change of designations, uniform date of promotion etc are part of it.

5. First TBP after 4 to 5 years instead on 4 to 6 years: This is another recommendation of the Jt Committee which will end the discrimination of the JTOs recruited between 1993 to 1999. All of them got their 1st TBP in 6 years where as their seniors as well as juniors got in 4 to 5 years. It is assured that it will be processed immediately after CPSU.

6. Offtg pay fixation and protection of pay: Recovery and reduction of pay on regularization of offtg promotion is one major issue affecting thousands and thousands of Executives, officiated during DoT and BSNL period. The major settlement in the last agitation in May, 2016 is that CMD and DIR(HR) assured to correct the clarifications based on EPP and FRSR provisions. It will be settled shortly.

7. E1A and E2A for JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch) and PA/PS notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000: Uniformity in pay scales and promotion policy for all the cadres, this is the declared stand of SNEA since its formation. Lot of issues related to Civil/Electrical highlighted by SNEA and settled. Counting of residency period from 01.10.2000 for TBP, first and second ACP, Accts examination for promotion, timely promotion etc are some important issues settled by SNEA. Notional pay scale of E1A and E2A is one issue pending which will bring uniformity in pay scales. Mgt assured that this issue also will be resolved.

8. Regularization and FR(22)(1)(a)(1) for the Offtg JTOs: Regularization of Offtg JTOs and fixation of pay as per FR22(1)(a)(1) without Fr 35 restriction are two issues Assn taken up. Regularization was taken up since 2004. Finally as we proposed, JTO RR amended and all are regularised by the new RR in 2016. On pay fixation issue, we filed the case in the Hon PCAT, New Delhi. It is expected that matter will be decided in the next hearing of the case in September.

07-08-2016

JTO to SDE case at Hon HC of Kerala is listed in weekly list at Sl.No 50. In last 2 weeks, our number advanced by 19 numbers.