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Messages updated during the month of  Jul 2019

24-07-2019

GS writes to Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary (Telecom): Immediate action solicited to withdraw the guidelines issued by BSNL putting total ban on all capital expenditures --- this retrograde decision will cut the revenue sources and growth of BSNL, thereby all the efforts for revival of BSNL. 

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

23-07-2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM&HR) on 23.07.2019: GS, President and AGS met DIR(CM&HR) and held discussions on:

1) Arranging fund for meeting the OPEX and CAPEX: We appraised the ground realities in the field units where the works are largely affected due to fund shortage. Since services are started affecting, hundreds of connections are getting closed every day which will have serious impact on the revenue in the coming days. Director also shared our view and informed that efforts are going on for getting bank loan to tide over the situation temporarily. The response from the Bankers meeting on last friday was positive.

2) Promotions in different cadres and notification of CPSU Hierarchy for bringing uniformity and parity in promotions: We expressed our serious concern for not getting any promotion orders. In the name of court cases and contempt, no promotion is taking place for the last one year, further demoralising the Executives. As a solution to this situation, BSNL Board approved the new promotion policy but BSNL is not implementing it for the reasons known to the management alone. It is doubted that mgt is not implementing it as it is more beneficial to the Executives and the Executives will get timely promotion. Director assured to work out on this for giving due promotions at the earliest. On DGM promotion, actions are taken to file the MA at Hon CAT, CDG.

3) Stopping the proposed move of reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE: We explained the issue and requested Director to review the decision for reversion and not to revert the eligible JTOs of 2001 batch.

4) Wrong implementation of Perquisite Tax: We cited the IT provisions, f IT Tribunal, Indore orders on the subject and the instructions issued by IT Department exempting Perquisite Tax for the accommodation provided by another CPSU, HMT Ltd to justify our demand that Perquisite Tax is not applicable for the Quarters allotted to BSNL employees. Director assured to take appropriate action.

5) Pending request transfers: We requested to clear all the pending request transfers, including the shortage Circles. Executives are posted to the shortage Circles on the assurance that they will be given transfer after completion of 2 years. Director assured to clear the request transfers.

23-07-2019

View Corporate Office Orders:
Tenure Transfer order of SDE (Telecom) - Modification reg.
Promotion and posting of JTOs to the grade of SDE( Telecom) under Competitive Quota on the basis of SCF and correction thereof - reg.

23-07-2019

Relief for Taxpayers after Deadline for Filing Income Tax Returns Extended By a Month to August  31.......View Media Report along with order copy.

23-07-2019

View Media Reports about the revival of BSNL based on the intervention of SNEA at highest level:

23-07-2019

Our continuous persuasion with BSNL Management, DoT, Hon Minister and Hon Prime Minister for arranging funds getting momentum:

On last Friday, 19.07.2019, different bankers had a meeting with BSNL management for arranging loan for BSNL. As a follow up action, a meeting being held at DoT today, 22.07.2019 with the bankers, chaired by Secretary DoT. CMD BSNL made a detailed presentation to the bankers. BSNL and Govt is impressing upon the bankers about the BSNL revival plan and the urgent need for loan.

SNEA drawn the attention of the Govt at various level by taking up the issue with Secretary/DoT, Hon Telecom Minster and finally at the highest level of Govt by writing to the Hon Prime Minister on 15.07.2019 for facilitating immediate loan to BSNL for meeting the expenditure towards OPEX and CAPEX, till revival package is implemented.  

22-07-2019

Meeting with Sri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 22.07.2019: GS, President and both AGSs met PGM (Pers) and held discussions on:

1) Stopping the proposed move of reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE: We informed PGM (Pers) that JTOs of 2001 batch are eligible as per the provisions of RR and the clarifications issued by BSNLCO to different Circles during the notification of LDCE. Since BSNL declared them eligible, it is the responsibility of BSNL to protect their promotion also. The subsequent clarification issued after the conduction of the LDCE should be applicable prospectively, not retrospectively, we told. SNEA also drawn the attention of PGM about the earlier instances SNEA taken up the issue and the stopping of reversion on earlier occasions. Since they are already promoted as SDEs, they could not appear for subsequent LDCEs conducted by BSNL, sealing their future. PGM informed that BSNL is interested to protect them and will try to help them but it is a court verdict.

2) DGM (T) promotion: The MA is filed at Hon CAT, CDG. It is expected to listed for hearing this week.

3) Pending request transfers: PGM assured to clear the request transfer which are forwarded through proper channel.

22-07-2019

It is understood that the Group of Ministers suggested considering VRS for the employees above 50 years of age. Accordingly the draft Cabinet note will be modified and circulated to the nodal ministries by this week end. Earlier proposal was VRS for the employees above the age of 55.  

22-07-2019

View Media Reports:
Eligibility list of CAO (Regular) for promotion to the grade of DGM on adhoc basis-Conduction of CPC in Telecom Finance-reg.
Transfer and postings in the grade of Accounts officer- reg.

20-07-2019

Simplification of the Procedure in CGHS .... Media Report.

19-07-2019

View Corporate Office Orders:
Calling of Volunteers in the cadre of AGM T for posting in WB Circle on own cost reg.
AGM Tenure transfer order.

19-07-2019

View Media Reports:

17-07-2019

It is learned that  Group of Ministers meeting  given green signal to the proposal contain in the draft Cabinet Memo prepared and circulated by DoT.

15-07-2019

BSNL / MTNL: GoM led by Hon'ble Home Minister Amit Shah to meet today to discuss revival........View Media Report.

15-07-2019

View Corporate Office Order:
Completion of  e-APAR pending for  Reporting / Reviewing  / Appellate decision for the period 2016-17 and 2018 - Instructions - reg.

15-07-2019

Urgent need for speedy revival of BSNL by facilitating short term bank loan or soft loan for BSNL for meeting urgent requirement for OPEX / CAPEX, 4G spectrum allotment, permission for land monetization and payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay which will improve the cash flow. Implementation of 3rd PRC for BSNL employees as recommended by the Premier Consultant, IIM (Ahmadabad) as part of revival for BSNL is very significant for revival of BSNL. If the decision is delayed by another 2 to 3 months, it will be too late as BSNL network may deteriorate beyond repair/revival, making revival impossible.... GS writes to Hon. Prime minister of India.

15-07-2019

Urgent need for speedy revival of BSNL by facilitating Bank loan or soft loan, 4G spectrum allotment, permission for land monetization and payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay which will improve the cash flow... GS writes to Hon. MP Shri.T.R.Balu.

15-07-2019

View Media Reports:

12-07-2019

GS writes to Shri. Sheetla Prasad Tripathi, Director (CM): Finalisation of staffing norms for the new business areas like Broad Band, Transmission mtce, Leased Circuits, MPLS Circuits, FTTH connections, Wi Max, Sales and marketing etc in addition to landline and mobile sectors. Opinion of the Recognised Executives Association reg:

GS letter to DIR(HR)

12-07-2019

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11-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K Purwar, CMD, BSNL: Revival of BSNL --- Urgent measures to close down thousands of loss making landline Telephone Exchanges which are maintained just to provide Telecom connectivity as part of social obligations of the Govt. Thousands of Crores of rupees can be saved just by this measure on electricity payments, rentals, labour charges etc alone in addition to payment of salary: 

GS letter to CMD

11-07-2019

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11-07-2019

GS writes to Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT: Instructions may be issued to the State Govts not to disconnect the power supply for Telephone Exchanges and BSNL Towers for maintaining the Telecom Services till the Revival Plan is implemented – your kind intervention

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

10-07-2019

The Cabinet Memo on BSNL and MTNL Revival Plan is approved by the Hon Minister and will be sent to other nodal Ministries today or tomorrow for their comments:

It is learned that Cabinet Memo is redrafted based on the discussion between Cabinet Secretary and Secretary DoT.

The proposal includes:

1) 4G spectrum by 100% Govt equity infusion.

2) Taking over all the loan of BSNL and MTNL by an SPV with land parcels for equal amount.  SPV will care of debt only.

3) Allowing BSNL to monetize the remaining land, monitored by a Committee of officers from DoT and BSNL.

4) VRS for the employees above 55 years age and then retirement age reduction to 58. Funding will be through bonds having sovereign guarantee of Govt of India. The ex-gratia is worked out in such a manner that ex-gratia plus pension amount will be 25% higher than the present pay.

5) Merger of BSNL and MTNL in a phased manner after addressing the contentious issues. Initially, debt free MTNL will become a subsidiary of BSNL.

10-07-2019

GS, President and both AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) on 10.07.2019 and held discussions on the following issues: PGM(Pers) and GM(Restg) also present.

a) Promotion in different cadres, JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, AO to CAO by diversion of posts, JTO(C/E/TF/Arch) to SDE(C/E/TF/Arch) and DE to DGM(T). Director (HR) informed that management is making its best efforts but due to litigations, not able to give promotions. Unnecessary litigations spoiling the career of thousand of comrades.

b) CPSU Hierarchy notification: Management is taking steps in this regard.

c) Restructuring proposal for BSNL: Director (HR) informed that the review of sanction of posts will be undertaken immediately. BSNL Board already put on hold all the recruitments. New norms will be worked out soon and accordingly number of posts will be determined.

d) Review of transfer to BR Circles from OR Circle. We suggested to distribute it to other Circles. DIR(HR) assured to examine the case.

10-07-2019

GS and both AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met PGM(Pers) on 09.07.19 and held discussions on promotion in different cadres. On DGM promotions, MA is proposed to be filed shortly for early hearing of the matter. Now vacancies available to accommodate all the eligible AGM/DEs on DGM promotion as large number of AGMs and Adhoc DGMs are retired. Further we demanded review of transfer of DEs to BR Circle. 

10-07-2019

Congratulations... 

Cabinet Committee on Appointment (ACC) on 09.07.2019 approved the appointment of Shri Pravin Kumar Purwar as CMD, BSNL.

10-07-2019

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10-07-2019

Outstanding dues in Enterprises segment alone is Rs 3,000 Crores: Special efforts may be taken to collect the outstanding dues urgently. This amount will help us to overcome the present financial crisis to a great extent. The CSs, SSA Secs and activists may coordinate with all concerned.

09-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding Austerity measures --- Corporate Office should set example for other units to follow – unfortunately just reverse is happening.

GS letter to CMD

09-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD & Director(HR) BSNL regarding posting of AGMs to Bihar Circle: The requirements in shortage and tenure Circles should be met by distributing the Executives among all the Circles, especially major Circles having more Executives — request to review the transfer from Odisha Circle from where more than 40 Executives are already working in Tenure Circles

GS letter to DIR(HR)

09-07-2019

Meeting with Shri S K Gupta, Director (Finance) on 08.07.2019: GS, President and both AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met Director (Finance) and held discussions on various issues:

i) Allotment of funds: Director informed that 75 Cr is allotted for Electricity payment and 50 Cr for payment of Infra charges. Some more funds will be allotted on other heads tomorrow. We requested to release payment towards labour payments as services are started affecting and closure of connections taking place. On getting bank loans, Director explained the difficulty in getting the loans even after the intervention of DoT and Finance Ministry.

ii) Closure of loss making Exchanges: We requested to take immediate action to close all the Exchanges where the number of connections are few and even not getting atleast Rs 20,000 per month revenue. BSNL will be able to save huge electricity charges, rent and labour charges by this and the available resources can be utilised for maintaining other Exchanges. Our activist at various level may interact with management at different level and ensure that electricity/rent payment is done for the Exchanges giving good revenue to BSNL and the payments for loss making Exchanges can be avoided (except those having co-located BTSs, leased circuits etc).

iii) Introduction of OLA/Uber at BSNLCO as part of austerity measures: We expressed our serious concern for not implementing it at BSNLCO, giving wrong signal to the filed units. He assured to examine it and do the needful.

Further we requested special consideration for fund allotment to Maintenance Regions for labour payment, vehicle running, diesel etc. 

05-07-2019

GS, President and both AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Shri Kodikunnil Suresh, MP and submitted a memorandum seeking support for the revival of BSNL. He assured his support and promised to write to the Telecom Minister in this regard.

Memorandum submitted to Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Shri Kodikunnil Suresh, MP

04-07-2019

AUAB meeting with Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 04.07.2019: AUAB had a detailed meeting with the new CMD on various important issues like BSNL revival for more than one and half hours:

1) On BSNL Revival, CMD explained the status of various issues like 4G spectrum, monetization of land, merger of BSNL and MTNL, VRS/Retirement age reduction/salary support. Discussions are going on at various level on all the issues.

On immediate financial support and Bank loan, CMD informed that there will be no financial support from DoT and very difficult to get bank loans also. CMD indicated very tough time ahead.

On the specific query on VRS, whether BSNL worked out the actual number of employees required or number of surplus employees, CMD informed that he is not aware of any such data worked out by BSNL CO.

2) Making over of BBNL (Bharath net) OFC mtce to an SPV of DoT: CMD informed that the present rate of Rs 12000 per KM is not sufficient to meet the expenditure. BBNL and DoT is not ready to hike the rates. So BSNL is not much interested in continuing with the work on such a loss making proposition.

3) Proposed move to takeover ALTTC and other land: CMD assured to take up the matter with DoT and of the firm view that the entire asset belongs to BSNL and DoT unilaterally cannot take over. If DoT is interested in the land, BSNL is ready to part it on market rate. This will be communicated to DoT.

04-07-2019

Details of Land Parcels proposed to be transferred to SPV for monetization - View Corporate Office instructions.

04-07-2019

View Media Reports :

03-07-2019

View Corporate Office Orders:

03-07-2019

GS writes to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Communications:  

Considering the delay in finalization of revival plan, BSNL requires urgent financial support in the form of Bank loan or soft loan from the Govt for clearing the outstanding payments above Rs 6000 Cr towards OPEX and CAPEX. DoT should appreciate the fact that unlike others, BSNL did not got any financial support so far from the Govt for its operations, all the expenditure is met by its own resources:

Your kind intervention is solicited immediately for:

i) facilitating BSNL to get bank loan or soft loan till the monetization is effected.

ii) payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay and refund of excess payment to the tune of Rs 2,100 Crores.

iii) approval for land monetization proposal of BSNL submitted in July, 2018.

GS letter to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Communications

01-07-2019

View Corporate Office Order:

01-07-2019

GS writes to Shri P. K Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding payment of Electricity charges, fuel charges, rentals, labour charges, vehicle running expenses etc on priority for maintaining the services: 

GS letter to CMD

01-07-2019

DIR(HR) DO letter to all CGMs

DO letter

01-07-2019

Welcoming new CMD Shri P K Purwar by GS,  President, both AGSs, CS/BSNL Cor. Office and Com Dahiya Ex Jt. Sec./ CHQ:



CMD made his priorities very clear, maintenance of network and BSNL services as the top agenda and sought some sacrifices from the employees in this regard.
We assured all the support for the revival of BSNL.

01-07-2019

View Media Reports:

01-07-2019

Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL retired on superannuation on 30.06.2019. GS, President and AGSs met and felicitated him on his retirement. We recollected some of the milestone during his tenure as CMD.

01-07-2019

Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD/MTNL entrusted  with the additional charge of CMD/BSNL, for a period of three months w.e.f 01.07.2019 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent to the post. It is expected that his regular appoint orders will be issued very shortly.

SNEA congratulates him and wish him all the success.

DoT order entrusting additional charge of CMD/BSNL to Shri P K Purwar

01-07-2019

Message of Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL to BSNL employees on his retirement on superannuation....

"It certainly is very emotional moment of my life when I bid adieu to my BSNL family, which is so close to my heart.

Today, I am sure with combined energy, zeal and support of all of you, BSNL shall not only endure the current challenges but emerge more stronger and resilient.

Let us continue to "Be the Best".. 

Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL

01-07-2019

Editorial:

The top management which given a new direction to BSNL is leaving. BSNL will ever remember their contributions.

BSNL will be in the hands of a new team with many challenges: immediate capital infusion, restructuring of the organization and to make real, honest, unrelenting and serious efforts to ensure massive revenue generation. We wish them good luck.

The team of Shri Anupm Shrivastava, present CMD and the Ex Board of Directors Shri N. K. Gupta, Shri R K Mittal, Shri N K Mehta and Smt Sujata T Ray were instrumental in bringing BSNL back into revival path. They were very successful in that, till the entry of Reliance Jio by making BSNL operational profit for 3 consecutive years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Even after that, even with a hostile DoT which is not willing to provide any assistance to BSNL, BSNL could sustain till today to a great extend. Comparing to other operators, BSNL market share and revenue, continues to be better.

It may be recollected that they were taken charge almost in a similar situation as on today, losses increased every year, cash flow issue, all the tenders were failing, all the expansion plans in mobile, transmission etc failing and EB business shrinking due to non expansion of MPLS / MLLN network.

The following decision taken by that team of Directors really changed BSNL:

a) Massive expansion in the mobile network, MPLS network, transmission network, deployment of NGN etc.

b) Getting refund of about 15,000 crores from DoT to BSNL in the form of excess payment of Income Tax and BWA spectrum refund between 2015-2018.

c) Competitive Tariffs and market intervention to compete with other operators.

d) Night free calls.

e) Free roaming.

f) Revaluation of the assets and making BSNL, a company having more than 1 lakh Crores asset.

g) Visibility in the electronic/ print media and the market.

h) The experiment of providing 4G services with 3G spectrum.

However the major initiatives taken in the HR front, E2/E3 pay scales, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation and 3rd PRC etc, did not succeed at all. Only on Superannuation benefits, management could succeed by extending 5% contribution. BSNL Executives will never forget the record number of promotion orders, more than 13,000, issued in June, 2018 even by upgradation of thousand of posts. Management miserably failed in bringing HR reforms and restructuring of the organization which played a very important role in making BSNL an incipient sick company. Somehow the management could not understand the huge significance and role of the huge work force in the organization.

For the new team of top management the challenges are many. First of all to make DoT sensitive towards BSNL. With the new Telecom Minister, it may become easier. Infusion of working capital for BSNL is the major challenge. The immediate requirement as on today is Rs 6000 Cr to meet the expenditure on OPEX and CAPEX. BSNL cannot wait for the implementation of the revival plan as it may take minimum 6 months to generate revenue for BSNL.

Secondly the massive HR reforms required in BSNL. This is an organization having huge work force and its role and importance in the revival of BSNL should be recognised first. The redeployment of the employees, according to the business requirements cannot be delayed further. The mistakes of earlier management should not be repeated by the new team of management.

Finally to get the best out of the employees, they have to be highly motivated. Their contribution towards revival of BSNL is to be recognised first. Employees commitment, dedication and readiness to take the challenges in the field units by coming out of the office rooms, voluntarily working few extra hours, every day, mean business.

The top Management should not delay the initiatives in this regard. We wish them all the success.