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Messages updated during the month of  Jul 2015

05-07-2015

Next Joint Committee meeting will be held on 09.07.2015 instead of 07.07.2015. The joint committee was reconstituted after our agitation in April/May, 2015 for the implementation of  standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, Time bound Functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy upto DGM, first TBP uniformly after 4 years w.e.f 01.10.2000 etc.  

The committee was reconstituted by the CMD, based on our discussions with CMD, DIR(HR) etc on 06.05.2015 during our agitation. The committee is working on fast track and supposed to submit the report by 15.08.2015. SNEA(I) agitation in April/May, 2015 revived these issues once again and put on fast track.

On implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, we will upgrade the pay scales and stop the demotion of the basic cadres JTO/JAO and SDE/AO and give relief to the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007, ie 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014 and the future recruits. In CPSU cadre hierarchy, we are trying to find an everlasting solution to the promotion related issues for all the cadres delinking it with existing seniority. Now the promotions in almost all the cadres are blocked due to litigations.

 

Once the Jt committee is reconstituted and committee started working on fast track, as per the assurance given by CMD to SNEA(I), the committee members are to deliberate the issue in its totality and arrive at a conclusion at the earliest, this is the need of the hour.

05-07-2015

Comparison of BSNLMS RR 2009 with ITS RR 1992 for promotion from SDE to DE to DGM:

The BSNLMS RR 2009 notified on 14.07.2009 made drastic changes in the promotions from SDE to DE and above. Whatever hurdles faced by SDE to DE promotion during DoT period is removed one by one, by the continuous efforts of the Association. In DoT or earlier BSNL period upto 2009, SDEs are eligible for promotion to JTS equivalent to ADET/Sr SDE grade, equal to the number of ADETs recruited through UPSC. For example if 75 ADETs are recruited in a year, 75 SDEs will be promoted to JTS. If no ADET rect took place in a year, then there will be no promotion also. Promotion from SDE to JTS will take place for previous vacancy years and promotion will be given for those who are eligible at that time. Actually at the time of promotion, almost all will be retired. After BSNL formation, ADET rect stopped and hence only Adhoc promotions were given to DE posts till 2009.  

In 2009 RR, 50% DE posts are reserved for regular promotion directly from SDE to DE removing the decade old bottleneck of JTS(ADET) grade. Remaining 50% posts are reserved for MT against which DE promotion on Adhoc basis was made eligible. Practically SDEs made eligible for promotion upto 80% to 90% of DE posts (10% to 20% reserved for MT), 50% on regular basis and remaining 30% to 40% on Adhoc basis.  It was major breakthrough in two ways, we could remove the JTS or ADET or Sr SDE grade, getting direct promotion from SDE to DE and 50% posts are exclusively reserved from direct promotion from SDE to DE, which one could not imagine earlier.

Continuation of Adhoc promotion was the major drawback of the 2009 RR. SNEA(I) continuously struggled to remove this Adhocism and ultimately on 20.08.2013, CMD BSNL agreed to the demand of SNEA(I) to end Adhocism in DE promotion, by raising the quota from 50% to 75%. BSNL Board approved the proposal in January, 2014 amending the RR. SNEA(I), not only made the RR amended in 2014, made it sure that all the 75% posts upto 31.03.2014 are filled on regular basis by the promotion order dated 20.08.2014 (within one year of assurance of CMD on 20.08.2013), thus making the DE promotions current. This substantial increase of quota from 50% to 75% is happened in Telecom Engg side only and it was a significant achievement of SNEA(I) for the cadre. Now 3978 DE posts are reserved for direct promotion from SDE irrespective of MT rect. SNEA(I) struggling for the other cadres for the similar benefit.

In the BSNL MS RR, it is very clear that irrespective of MT recruitment is happening or not, 75% of DE posts (3978 numbers) and DGM posts will be filled by promotion from the Executives. There is no link between DE/DGM promotion and MT rect. Seniority will be fixed in the ratio 1:1 to the extend MT rect taking place. Both are delinked at all levels ensuring the Executives promotions, minimum upto DGM and sufficient service is left, Executives can move up in the ladder upto GM/CGM.

Our next struggle is to considerably increase the DE and DGM promotional avenues, exclusively in the promotion quota.

05-07-2015

Hearty Congratulations!!!
Sri Sandeep Choudhary, JTO(HR No: 200902255), Panipat, Haryana has got 158th rank in the Civil Service Examination.

Mr. Prasanth M. S,  S/o Smt M. S Vasanthalakshmi, SDE, Palakkad, Kerala has got 47th rank in the Civil Service Examination.
We congratulate them and wish them all the success.

05-07-2015

Meeting with Sri N. K. Mehta, ED(CA&IT) and DIR(EB) designate: GS and AGS met ED(CA&IT) on 03.07.2015 and held detailed discussion on the slow pace of project work in Eastern region. We requested to monitor the progress on a monthly basis. Huge amount is paid to PGCIL and OIL for hiring the fibre and bandwidth which cannot be avoided now due to the frequent failure of BSNL connectivity. ED told that manpower is a big issue in the Eastern region. Hiring of bandwidth from defence also under consideration. Shortage of OF cable will be addressed shortly as tender is almost in the final stage. BSNL will be doing lot of work in the coming days in the eastern region.

05-07-2015

04-07-2015

BSNL launches mobile wallet with cash withdrawal option...View Media Report.

04-07-2015

View Media reports:

03-07-2015

DE TENURE TRANSFER ORDER. 

03-07-2015

View Media Report:

03-07-2015

In Time Bound Functional promotions or CPSU hierarchy, the promotions will be regulated from JTO/JAO -->SDE/AO--> SrSDE/SrAO -->DE/CAO -->DGM -->SG DGM, if it is implemented in true spirit. Nobody can jump the in-between grades and go to a higher grade like JTO -->Sr SDE/DE or SDE -->DE/DGM. In that also to meet the future requirement at top management level, fast track promotion with lesser years of service is required which involve very tough screening as thousands will be eligible in each grade and among them 25 to 50 are to be selected. The screening mechanisms and other criteria are to be worked out. Implementation of CPSU hierarchy is a big challenge which involves lot of discussions with vision, commitment and strategy. The screening in each grade will be very tough and there is a possibility of dropping of hundreds, which is to be addressed. It should be better than what we have today and it should not take away what we are having as on today. If it was so simple as propagating, it would have implemented long back, our comrades should understand. Mgt is almost agreeable promotions upto SDE/Sr SDE but not above that! Our sincere efforts are to see that some brainstorming discussions are happening from this month in the jt committee atleast in a weekly basis to evolve a mechanism as we are desiring. We will try our level best to conclude the discussions on standard E2, E3 pay scales by the next meeting on 09.07.2015.

02-07-2015

Meeting with CMD/BSNL on 02.07.2015: GS, CHQ President, AGS and CS/CO met Sri Anupam Shrivastava and held discussions on the following issues:

a)        Poor transmission network performance of Eastern regions and urgent need to lay OF cables. BSNL spending crores of rupees every year to PGCIL, OIL etc for reliable connectivity. The performance of ETP and NETF in laying of OF cable for the last so many years is very poor or practically nil. CMD informed that management is aware of the seriousness of the issue, started taking actions.

b)        Proposed move to hand over the NOFN work to private operators and state Govts: Assn shared the concern with the CMD on the proposed move initiated by PMO. The committee recommendations are pro-private and will badly affect the interest of BSNL. Majority of the potential Circles are given to private players. CMD highly appreciated the letter written by SNEA(I) to Hon Prime Minister with all facts and figures and he opined that it will definitely bring positive results.

c)        Marketing of Free night call facility and Free roaming. There is a quantum jump in the waiting list. We have to convert them as connections. Franchisees are given target on mobile connections. Assn informed the initiative taken by the Forum.

d)        On MT recruitment, CMD told that Management urgently needed it for the future top management and suggested to discuss with others to clear their doubts and apprehensions. CMD added that Management will take care of the uninterrupted promotional avenues for the Executives. In the larger interest of the organization, Assn extended full support for the recruitment of MTs from among internal candidates and on Extl MTs, it once again reiterated the stand that there is no need for Extl MT as thousands of talented Executives are available in the company and by proper screening BSNL can select 300 instead of 150 MTs from them as Assn demanded earlier. BSNL Board meeting on 19.06.2015 reiterated its earlier decision to recruit MTs after discussion.

02-07-2015

The MT examination will be postponed to August last week or middle of September as the last date for submission of application was extended to 07.07.2015. According to the MoU with the external agency conducting the examination, minimum 45 days time is to be given for the examination from the last date of application.

BSNL initiated the rect of MTs to fill up the vacuum at the top management level in the near future. This will definitely help our demand for ending deputation of ITS and BSNL should be led by its own managers. Non availability of internal candidates at DGM/GM/CGM level allowed the continuation of deputation. Any further delay will only help the continuation of deputation. In CPSU hierarchy also a very fast track mechanism like this involving very tough screening is to be evolved for meeting the requirement at top level. Preparations and classes are going on at all the places including BSNLCO. More than 10,000 internal candidates applied so far.

02-07-2015

GS writes to DIR(EB) regarding frequent failure of links connecting Kolkata to other parts of BSNL and strategic NE Circles under ETR -- ETP and NETF Circles have miserably failed for years to lay OF cable in Eastern region in order to provide a reliable media connectivity. Comprehensive action plan to lay OF cable on war footing in Eastern region and its day to day monitoring of execution requested to ensure reliable media connectivity.

GS letter to DIR(EB) on breakdown of transmission network in Eastern RegionAnnexure I Annexure II & III

01-07-2015

It is surprising to note that our friends are not reported or hiding some of the proposals of the Management in the meeting on 30.06.2015 in MT rect: SNEA(I) all along in both the meetings strongly demanded the filling up of all the SDE, DE and DGM equivalent posts as per the existing RRs till CPSU hierarchy is finalised. We are not ready to delay the promotions even one day.

When SNEA(I) also strongly opposed the rect of Extl MTs and demanded immediate actions to fill up the vacuum at top Mgt level, GM(Pers) representing Mgt made the following offers: 1) Mgt may defer or postpone the rect of MT(Extl) and only conduct the exam for MT(Intl), 2) Mgt will consider rect of DGMs for limited posts as a onetime measure by making internal candidates also eligible. If these two proposals are implemented as suggested by SNEA(I) long back and demanded by all other Assns earlier till CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation, the requirement of officers at senior level in the future would have met along with the aspirations of the Executives. It was a golden opportunity to stop Extl MT rect and hence SNEA(I) didn’t opposed the proposal. Why others not reported this proposal in their website?

SNEA(I) earlier demanded for rect to limited DGM posts as a onetime measure (by creating additional DGM posts) without affecting the promotional avenues in the existing DGM posts by allowing Intl candidates to appear in the examination.

Is our friends are not aware of the fact that once CPSU cadre hierarchy is implemented by amending EPP, then there is no relevance for SDE, AO, MT, BSNLMS RR upto DGM promotion and it will be automatically scrapped and nothing new in it?

01-07-2015

GS writes to Member(T), DoT regarding relieving of Executives working in TERM Cell, Karnataka on long stay replacing them with the substitutes already posted by CGMT, KTK Circle

GS letter to Member(T), Telecom Commission, DoT

01-07-2015

Editorial:

Night Free landline calling and Free mobile roaming – potential game changers not only to stimulate growth but to avert definite and catastrophic jeopardizing and sealing of ensuing pay revision. Are we serious and keen not to be left in the lurch and profusely bleed? Only way out is to put the company on a sustainable growth trajectory.

Wounds inflicted by denial of on the cards pay revision would be deep, incurable and shattering. Psychological trauma would be incredible. Let us understand this reality and escape from going into vegetative state.

Comrades, even though it is needless to reiterate, time and again, that doors of coming pay revision would be shut for us, if we don’t considerably bridge, if not completely wipe out the losses, by the time 3rd PRC knocks at our doors, and which is not quite far away, yet, we are compelled to reiterate this hard and inescapable reality, keeping in view and fully visualizing and understanding the psychological trauma and magnitude of agony that denial of pay revision will inflict on us. We will be completely shattered, left in the bewilderment and keep on bleeding. It is not a question of scaring anyone but just a matter of going in for a very serious and honest self introspection to reveal and understand the deadly consequences of doors of coming pay revision getting closed for us - fatal consequences.       

Yes, it is nearly impossible to wipe out completely the accumulated losses of about Rs 7000 crores in the intervening time but if we succeed in considerably and continuously bridging the losses, it gives us strategic leeway in terms of arguments to convince and impress upon pay revision committee that we are on an upward and sustainable growth trajectory and are gathering momentum with each day to completely overcome the accumulated losses in due course of time. This surely should not and will not fall on the deaf ears of the wage committee, administrative ministry and the Management. And if it falls on the deaf ears, we get all the justification, legitimacy and strength in the world to hit back with a big bang. Otherwise nothing – we even cannot make smallest dent on 3rd PRC.

New Chairman of the Company having taken radical, unprecedented and bold decisions, hitherto never even thought about and fraught with huge risks, of Night free landline and free roaming, has not yielded tangible results in terms of revenue generation. We have miserably failed to capitalize on the huge business potential that these twin decisions inherently have. More than 200 SSAs are yet to generate any revenue increase, underlying our complete failure. These radical business decisions have not been marketed at all and obviously have not percolated to users. And we should understand that these decisions have been taken with incredibly huge risks – a virtual business gamble- we can lose revenues in hundreds of crores if we fail to capitalize on them as quickly as possible. True, we have good number of lousy and non performing CGMs/SSA heads that have no concern, affinity whatsoever towards the Company but it is our responsibility to ruthlessly thrash and expose them to make them act and decide. Strategies for marketing, providing of new connections, improving and monitoring quality of services, reaching out to users, strengthening of network etc. have to be closely worked out at SSA levels and got executed. Simply pleading that CGM/GM is not performing has no meaning - it only implies our failure and lack of commitment to get the act done.

Hon PM and MOC are pragmatically and proactively getting focused on revival of BSNL and its public and media acknowledgment and presence is getting increasingly visible. This is something great. Top Management is going on in a big way in expansion, with Wi-Fi hot spots, NGN project, major expansion on GSM by 50% add-on order etc. Mobile add-on order will cover south, east and north zones. For western zone, separate tender is planned.

Management and owners of the Company getting committed to revival of Company, it is our duty and responsibility to piece our acts together and respond to these initiatives in a spontaneous, outstanding and exemplary manner – exhibiting rarest of rare determination, focus, commitment and involvement to reach our destination. Reaching destination means looking forward optimistically and confidently to getting eligible to 3rd PRC and thereby escaping from the gallows of getting strangulated, incurably wounded and psychologically traumatized and finally going into a vegetative state. 

01-07-2015

Media News...
The Department of Telecommunications will soon move a Cabinet note to hive off state-run BSNLs towers into a separate company.

The new unit would have a valuation of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore. BSNL has about 71,000 towers across India. The company generated revenues of around Rs 200 crore from the tower business, which is expected to go up to Rs 2,000 crore once the new unit was set up.
 "BSNL will have 100 per cent stake in the tower unit, which will be maintained at arms length," a senior official said. Sources said it would take at least six months to work out the modalities of setting up a tower subsidiary. The BSNL board had approved the hiving off earlier.
 BSNL has leased out 4,500 towers to Reliance Jio and about 1,500 to Bharti Airtel. The company was also working on setting up 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots with an investment of Rs 6,000 crore over three years. 
It would invest Rs 2,000 crore to modernise telephone exchanges and deliver modern services through landline phones. The project will be completed in two years. We will use landline phones to boost our broadband services as well, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said.

BSNL is also targeting profitability in two-three years on the back of data services, including 4G and Wi-Fi.
BSNL has been in the red for some time and the government was keen on a revival.