Meeting with Sri R. K. Goyal, GM(Estt): GS and both AGSs met GM(Estt) on 21.10.2014 and held discussions on E2, E3 pay scale. GM(Estt) informed that the informal meeting of the official members of the joint committee could not materialize last week as Sri M C Choube, ED(CN) was busy. The meeting will be held mostly next week, after Deepavali holidays.
Meeting with Sri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR): GS and both AGSs met GM(SR) on 21.10.2014 and held discussions on the committee meeting on officiating pay fixation. GS demanded for a meeting with the committee to explain the issue to the committee members. GM(SR) who is the chairman of the committee agreed to the proposal. On the issue GM(SR) informed that the committee requires some concrete cases where due to pay fixation, pay had been reduced.
Assn already reeived such cases from PB, CHTD and KRL Circles. Other CSs are requested to arrange the details, at least one each with pay fixation / recovery order copies to submit to the committee.
Meeting with Sri S S Aggarwal, GM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) on 21.10.2014 and discussed Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation in addition to modification of DE postings.
Meeting with Sri Deepak Aggarwal, Addl GM(Pers): GS and both AGSs met GM(Pers) on 21.10.2014 and discussed the following issues in addition to modification of DE postings. a) Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation, b) Filing MA in the Hon CAT, Ernakulam in JTO to SDE promotion case.
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1) Strong protest at the arbitrary decision and demands the Management to keep the order of implementing the Deloittee consultant recommendations in Maharashtra Circle as pilot project in abeyance till the issue is discussed with the Unions / Associations and a consensus arrived at ............ View Copy of the letter by the Convener.
2) Decline in Market share and Telephone connections .... View Copy of the letter by the Convener.
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VC status of JTO to SDE: VC from Punjab and UP(W) are received. Although, it is reminded from time to time to send the VC’s but the progress is very slow. Once again all the remaining C/S are requested to expedite the process and send the VC’s at the earliest.
Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation: The committee on officiating pay fixation met on 17th Oct 14, and deliberated in details on the issue. As the committee has asked for more inputs from us and also the live cases, where in there is recovery at the time of retirement. The letter in this context will be issued soon. Earlier, both the AGS Com. Vivek Wankhede and Com. Arvind Pal Dahiya met GM(Trg & SR) Sh. Neeraj Verma and Sh. R K Goyal, GM(Estt.) and pleaded for positively consideration of the issue in light the difficulty being faced by large no of executives.
Committee on E2-E3 pay scales: The committee meeting was scheduled on 17 Oct 14, could not be held due to paucity of time and postponed for next week.
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SNEA strongly oppose the move and we will be forced to launch agitation if the decision is not reversed by the Mgt. Comrades across BSNL and especially in MH may start preparations in this regard.
Meeting with GM (Pers):
AGS Com. Vivek Wankhede met Sh. S S. Agarwal, GM (Pers) on 15th Oct 2014 and discussed on the following issues:
1. Regarding consideration of filing MA in JTO to SDE case in Hon CAT, Ernakulum: Association once again pleaded for filing the MA application in JTO to SDE case, as the case is not heard on 9th Oct 2014 before single bench to vacate the stay since the division bench is not sitting and there is large scale resentment among the JTOs who are denied their first promotion even after 17-18 years. GM (P) said that the action is being initiated and soon the circle will be suitably informed to file the MA.
2. Modifications on regular AGM / DE promotions: As per earlier discussion with GM (Pers) for modification in regular promotions to AGM and assured by him to consider cases after 7th and 9th Oct, association reminded to consider the cases. Only 137 have joined out of 460 executives transferred, and the shortage circles are crying of shortages, he said. Association informed that the remaining will not join now as they have already lost their one increment on TBP and all will refuse, to which he said that the refusal is not a right and the competent authority will decide on case by case as per the justification. Association also discussed consideration of the acute medical cases, to which he said that the cases will be considered on the recommendation of the CGMs. Also the request / changes will be considered but advised to keep patience. Associations also demanded to fill up the vacancies arise due to correction of circles to which he promised of suitable consideration.
3. Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation: GM (Pers) informed that the committee is scheduled to meet on 17th October 14.
Attn of CSs and office bearers --- JTO to SDE promotion: Assn is making all out efforts to get relief from the Hon CAT, Ernakulam. Meanwhile the preparatory work has to be completed so that we should be in a position to issue promotion orders without further delay. However the VCs from most of the Circles are not received so far irrespective of repeated reminders eventhough VCs called on 24.07.2014. All the VCs should reach Pers II section of BSNLCO latest by next week end, ie. by 24.10.2014.
The response from Circles regarding missing ACRs and assessment report also not at all encouraging (list available on 16.09.2014). AGS Com Arvind Dahiya is coordinating with Circles in this regard. All the CSs should be in touch with any of the AGSs on a day to day basis to ensure that the pending VCs, ACRs and assessment report are reaching BSNLCO latest by 24.10.2014.
GS Com K. Sebastin in his address given a detailed account of the organizational activities of SNEA and its firm commitment in resolving the issues. Our primary responsibility is to make this company profitable in another three years, so that we can ensure the job security of all the employees especially the young comrades and pave the way for the implementation of the forthcoming wage revision in 2017.
SNEA believes in sustained struggle to achieve the goals and history says that all the success story of SNEA is because of the brave fight our comrades in the past. We are on agitation since February, 2014 to ensure the resolution of major cadre issues like Standard Pay Scales of E2, E3 etc, 30% superannuation benefit, JTO to SDE promotions, CPSU cadre hierarchy, first TBP after 4 years etc, issues related to Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wings like amendment in BSNLMS RR / notional pay w.e.f 01.10.2000, JTO recruitment and regularization of offtg JTOs. We have to ensure that BSNL is approaching 3rd PRC with standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc. SNEA is committed to these demands and continue its struggle till the issues are resolved. GS congratulated all the Executives and members of SNEA in particular for their support in the first phase of the struggle and sought the same in the coming days till we reach our goal.
GS touched all the issues it settled in the past during last 3 decades and the success story of JETA, JTOA, TEOA and SNEA and the crucial roles played by our veteran leaders like Com Bagchi, Com Seshagiri Rao and Com G L Jogi etc in the upliftment of the cadre. GS explained how we were elevated to higher pay scales in 1986, 1996 and at the time of BSNL absorption. The vision of JTOA in getting Gazatted Status which resulted the absorption as an Executive in BSNL, single handed struggle for terms and conditions for absorption which settled the pay scales, time bound Promotion Policy etc in BSNL. The EPF issue could resolve in August, 2005 with retrospective effect (EPF contribution @12% of emoluments without any ceiling). LDCE streamlined by changing over to OMR system. Instrumental in promoting about 18,500 JTOs as SDEs after BSNL formation. After BSNL MS RR, promotions from SDE to DE and DE to DGM took place ensuring our senior comrades retiring as DE/DGMs. Again BSNL MS RR amended exclusively for Telecom Engg side by increasing the quota from 50% to 75% by the singular efforts of SNEA which ensured that the young Executives can reach upto GM/CGM level in the coming days. Efforts of SNEA made the DE promotion current by recent record no of promotion for 2771 vacancies. All out efforts are being taken to fill up all the SDE(T) vacancies both in seniority and LDCE quota but due to legal hurdles, we could not succeed. Promotions in Civil/Elect wing from JTO to SDE also become current.
GS explained the role of SNEA in making the company financially viable. It should continue to work like a watchdog and never be deterred in exposing the corrupt activities in the company. SNEA is having a crucial role in mobilizing all the employees against the wrong policies of the Govt by strengthening the Joint Forum. The revival of the company is in the hands of the employees and Assn/Unions having an important role to play in this regard. The struggle by the employees ensured that no disinvestment of BSNL, no unbundling of copper cable, saved atleast 50% of the GSM tender in 2007, opposed the stoppage of ADC etc etc. ITS absorption, 2G spectrum scandal, BWA spectrum surrender, 3G roaming issue etc are other issues which SNEA took the leading role.
On membership verification, GS explained that all other CPSUs having only one Executives Assn which represents the whole Executives. Due to legacy, so many Assns exits in BSNL and the multiplicity of Assns really affects the resolution of issues. Verification will result in unity of Executives like other CPSUs. A very very strong Executive Assn with a thumping majority is the need of the hour, that not only make the task easy but also to settle them very fast. The members assured to support the Assn and work in that direction for a glorious victory in the forthcoming verification.
The meeting was held in the forenoon of 07-10-2014. Smt Suvarna Murthy, SSA President presided over the meeting. DS Com B Krishna welcomed the gathering. CS Com S B Nagavi appraised the circle issues. AGS Com Pandurang Nayak elaborated the issues relating to our successful struggle at Kerala and the fighting spirit of Kerala comrades. Com B S Venkatesh Murthy, Circle President appealed to all the members evaluate the contibution of SNEA and others and give decisive mandate in the forthcoming verification among the Executive Association. All the queries of the members were answered by GS and CS.
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The meeting was held on 7-10-2014, evening at RTTC Mysore in a gathering of large number of executive of Mysore SSA. SSA President Com Vishkantamurthy presided over the function. DS Com A B Naragund briefed on the activities of the SSA. CS Com S B Nagavi, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, C/T Com Suresh Kumar, C/P Com B S V Murthy and GS Com K Sebastin addressed the meeting. The huge gathering of the members was the indication of the strength of SNEA and the faith the executives have in this mighty organization. All the queries of the members were answered by GS and CS.
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The meeting was held in the forenoon of 08-10-2014 at Madikeri. SSA President, Com Lingappa Gowda Presided over the function. Com Deepak ACS welcomed the gathering of our young brigades of Madikeri. Com Panchakshari, DS presented the brief report. GS, AGS, CS and CT addressed the gathering. AGS Com Pandurang Nayak explained as to why the youngsters should and must be in SNEA. It is the only organization which has so far safeguarded the aspirations of the basic executive cadre the JE/JTO/JAO. Thereby the benefit to other cadres like SDE, DE etc., is automatic and hence those representing only such cadres have no history of any struggle. GS Com K Sebastin and AGS Com Pandurang Nayak congratulated each and every young JTO/SDEs of Kodagu for their committed support to this association and for their services in the difficult terrain of Kodagu district, under severe constraints. The future generation of BSNL as well as SNEA is really getting trained in this district and they will be the future heroes. Com N P Geetha gave an inspiring speech on the working of SNEA in the country.
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The meeting was held on 8-10-2014, evening at Mangalore. Com Ganapathi Samaga presided over the function. Com Chandrahas Ullal CWC member welcomed the gathering. Com Muralidhar DS gave a brief report of the SSA. The huge gathering of SNEA was addressed by CS, CT, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak and GS.
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The meeting was held on 09-10-2014 forenoon at Chickmaglur. Com Vijaykumar presided over the function. The meeting was also graced by GM Chickmaglur Shri Natarajan. CS Com S B Nagavi, CT Com Suresh Kumar, CP Com B S V Murthy, Com Pandurang Nayak AGS and Com K Sebastin, GS addressed the huge gathering. Com Gopalakrishana DS gave a brief report of the SSA Branch. Com Ganesh Kamath JTO STR who was awarded the Sanchar Seva Padak was honored in the meeting.
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The meeting was held on 9-10-2014, evening at Hassan. Com Sanjay Kumar presided over the function. DS Com Rathod (JTO of 2005 batch), gave his brief report. Com S B Nagavi CS, CT Com Suresh Kumar and CP Com B S V Murthy, Com AGS and Com GS addressed the gathering.
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GS Com K Sebastin, AGSs Com Vivek Wankhde and Com Arvind Dahiya met Sri Deepak Aggarwal, Addl GM/Pers and discussed:
a) Filing of MA at Hon CAT, Ernakulam on JTO to SDE case. Addl GM/Pers informed that as per the discussions held earlier the matter has been discussed by the Management on 10.10.2014 to explore the possibility to file an MA. A decision will be taken in a couple of days.
Simultaneously Association also filing an application in the Hon CAT in this regard.
b) Committee meeting on Officiating pay fixation and protection of pay. Addl GM/Pers informed that the committee is scheduled to meet on 17.10.2014.
Editorial: October, 2014.
Our struggle turns the tables decisively – revives critical frozen issues of standard scales, 30% superannuation, CPSU hierarchy and paves way for their resolution.
Critical HR issues, particularly the ones relating to young and talented folk recruited in BSNL, virtually forgotten and lying in deep frozen state for the last about two years, got a fresh lease of life through our recent struggle when BSNL Management in principle agreed to initiate continuous discussions for their resolution. Our struggle thus opened a window of opportunity for resolution of these issues which have been lying in deep slumber for a pretty long time. If BSNL Management is serious and honest enough this time to continue the dialogue in right earnestness till resolution of issues is comprehensively addressed, we, on our part, would be equally honest, if not more than BSNL Management, to maintain complete industrial peace and tranquility. If BSNL Management tries to dither and betray, the way they have done thus far, we will be as ruthless and unrelenting as anything this time.
BSNL Management has to clearly recognize and understand that resolution of issues of extending standard pay scales, 30% superannuation benefits and introduction of time bound functional promotions will go a long long way in changing the complexion and direction of the Company. Addressing these issues will surely mean correction of serious HR policy aberration that has been inordinately delayed and that will inevitably have quite significant and far reaching consequences in so far as revival of the Company is concerned.
We too do understand and recognize the constraints that BSNL faces on account of resource crunch, but we are pretty confident of coming out with very viable alternatives to offset the repercussions that BSNL Management anticipates while taking final call on these crucial issues. Besides, management will make a serious error of judgment if it undermines the huge motivational impact that resolution of these issues will have on the demoralized working force. Management should factor in the huge positive impact that resolution of these issues will undoubtedly have on resource generation and should not ignore this hard fact.
In case Management once again betrays, we are more than willing to join hand with forces that have hot and ethical blood of struggle running through their veins. If that materializes, good enough, otherwise we are quite determined and fully equipped to carry forward the struggle singlehandedly till we reach our destination of comprehensive resolution of these HR issues of paramount and strategic importance. We do have sufficient organizational capacity and resilience to take on such formidable challenges singlehandedly. Our past stands out an eloquent and unquestionable testimony to this hard reality.
At the end of the day, BSNL Management has to clearly understand that Human Resource is not garbage the way it has been treating it. If it treats talented Human Resources as garbage, end product would be surely garbage and that is clearly visible in the Company as of now. The bottom line is that Human Resource is greatest asset provided one acknowledges this underlying and irrefutable fact. Human resource has to be spotted, harnessed, trained and accordingly deployed, motivated and optimally utilized. Professional HR managers exploit HR to the hilt and convert it into goldmine. That is where professionalism In HR counts and makes a big difference between orthodox and modern innovative approach. BSNL Management continues to be captivated by deep traditionalism. We and the Company is a direct victim of this deep rooted conservatism of BSNL Management. Saddest part of the whole story is that even in this era of digital world when professional HR Managers are working day in and day out to enforce radical HR motivational policies, BSNL Management has not been able to come out of deep conservatism and move even an inch forward.
NCSC case at Hon High Court of Delhi. The case came up for hearing at Hon HC, Delhi, today, 13.10.14. BSNL submitted that they acted as per the direction of NCSC and initiated disciplinary proceedings etc. The proceedings against 9 officers completed and all of them exonerated as the charges are not proved. The inquiry against the remaining 7 will be completed shortly. Our lawyer pleaded for completion of inquiry at the earliest and no action should be taken by the BSNL Management as the Hon Court ruled in another case that NCSC cannot issue binding recommendations or directions as it is a recommendatory body. Hon High Court pleaded to dispose the petition with direction that BSNL not binding on the recommendations of the NCSC as it is only a recommendation and not to act on it, recorded the commitment of BSNL that the inquiry will be completed shortly and allowed any legal remedy in case the officers are aggrieved by the outcome of the inquiry.
GS Com K. Sebastin, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, CS/KTK Circle Com S. B. Nagavi, C/President Com Venkatesh Murthy and C/Treasurer Com Suresh Kumar completed the first leg of Karnataka tour from 07th to 09th October, 2014 addressing general body meetings at Mandya, Mysore, Madikeri (Coorg), Manglore, Chickmanglur and Hassan SSAs. All the meetings are unique by massive participation of Executives. Details will be uploaded by today evening.
CHQ leaders will be addressing the general body meetings at Banglore on 20.10.14 and at Kolar and Thumkur on 21.10.14.
Mizoram SSA (NE I Circle) Conference at Aizwal on 20/09/2014:
CS / NE I Circle Com Asith Kumar Ghosh, Circle President Com G.Swakme and Com Sushil Tripathi, SSA Secy Meghalaya SSA addressed the Conference. Almost all JTOs and SDEs (nearly 50) attended the conference.
In the open session Sri K. Chandran, GMTD (LA), Mizoram was the Chief Guest and DGM (CM), DGM(Fin) and other senior Officers attended.
Main points Discussed are
1) How to revive BSNL and NE1 revenue,
2)Rule 8 transfer cases and
3)Transfer policy of BSNL and Special Recruitment drive to Hard tenure areas to overcome staffing problems.
In the conference Com L. Ompuia, Com N. Vijayakrishnana and Com Sreenivese elected as new SSA President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.Photo1 Photo2 Photo3
However, after having lodged our strongest protest over continuing and incomprehensible delay in sorting out these issues and also over arbitrary way of decision making, and after a very detailed discussion, GM(P) assured that all the cases of compassionate transfers, reallotment to Circles like CH, TN, KTK, MH etc and inter- circle transfers, including from BSNL CO, would be considered very shortly and sympathetically.
Meeting with GM (Pers): Our AGS Com. Vivek Wankhede met Sh. S S. Agarwal, GM (Pers) on 8th Oct 14 and discussed on the issues:
1. Regarding consideration of filing MA in JTO to SDE case in Hon CAT, Ernakulam: association requested to consider for filing the MA application in JTO to SDE case, if the case is not heard on 9th Oct 2014 and plead for permission to conduct the DPC and issue promotion orders. Association expressed its concern over the long delay and officials are waiting for more than 18 years for the promotion. GM assured of early action in this regard.
2. Committee meeting on officiating pay fixation: Assn pointed out that this issue also delayed so much and complete the procedures at the earliest. GM (Pers) informed that the meeting will be held on 15th October 14.
3. Modifications on regular AGM promotions: As per earlier discussion with GM (Pers) for modification in regular promotions to AGM and assured by him to consider cases after 7th Oct, association reminded to consider the cases. We are waiting for the joining dates of the executives who have joined and the Pers section is working on it. We will consider the modifications once the reports are received.
4. Transfer of Executives from BSNLCO to other circles and vice-a versa: association once again pointed out that there are pending cases to be considered from BSNLCO to other circles and vice a versa, GM (Pers) assured of suitable action in this regard, at the earliest.
JAO to AO DPC: Meeting with Chief Liaison Officer: Both AGS Com. Vivek Wankhede and Com. Arvind Dahiya met CLO Sh. Ram Shakal in order to expedite the DPC process from JAO to AO. CLO assured of full cooperation and support on the issue. He said that the interest of the SC/ST officials will be taken care.
Our GS Com.K.Sebastin addressed the seminar on 05.10.2014 held at SBOA School, Annanagar, Chennai. Com.A.Shunmuga Sundara Rajan CS CHTD, Com.Sundara Krishnan CP TN Circle, Com.M.Gopinathan CS TN Circle and other leaders attended the seminar.
Our GS in his address very well mentioned that the factors and policies which affected the growth of our company right from the formation of BSNL, especially after the year 2009.
CHQ president explained in detail the singular role of and continuous struggle of the Association in upliftment of the cadre of JTO and how radical career breakthroughs were achieved under the banner of erstwhile, JETA(I), JTOA(I), TEOA(I) and SNEA(I). The efforts and the role of the Association in promoting the career growth of the basic cadre of JTO and the cadres promoted there from has been unparalleled and truly historical, CHQ president enumerated.
CHQ President also explained the continuous efforts made by this Association to ensure that JTOs recruited by BSNL were not discriminated against and their legitimate issues of standard pay scales, 30% superannuation benefits, mechanism of functional promotions on time bound basis etc. which have been ignored by callous BSNL Management are addressed as quickly as possible.
In this direction, CHQ President asserted that the recent struggle launched by SNEA(I) for resolution of these issues has had a very decisive impact since BSNL management after the struggle agreed to start discussions on these issues shortly and assured us that discussions on these issues will continue till they are resolved. These issues were virtually lying in a frozen state and it is a very positive sign that serious discussions on these issues will be initiated by BSNL Management shortly. In case BSNL Management betrays once again, this Association has made it very clear that it will hit back organizationally.
Finally, CHQ President categorically assured BSNL recruits that SNEA(I) stands fully committed towards resolution of their critical HR issues and also towards ending serious discrimination and huge pay disparity, particularly with regard to JTOS recruited after 2007. This humiliation and discrimination cannot be allowed to continue and has to end and SNEA(I) has firmly resolved to continue its struggle till just resolution of issues takes place. CHQ President also made a fervent appeal to all the Comrades to be in a state of total organizational preparedness so as to respond to any kind of challenge that BSNL management forces on us at a very short notice. CHQ President also thanked all the Comrades and office bearers of ITPC for having come to attend the meeting at a very short notice.
01.10.2014, BSNL Day will be observed by performing one hour additional work. Half an hour in the morning before duty hours and half an hour in the evening after the duty hours by wearing the badges. This program is announced in support of our demand for standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc, 30% superannuation benefit, JTO/JAO to SDE/AO promotion, CPSU cadre hierarchy, pay anomalies, 1st TBP after 4 years, Civil/Elect/Arch/TF issues, retention of DEs etc.
Make wide publicity among the Executives and make it a grant success.
Badge, listing the demands can be printed locally as follows:
Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association(India)
01.10.2014:One hour additional work
1. Standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc.
2. 30% superannuation benefit.
3. JTO/JAO to SDE/AO promotion.
4. Implement CPSU cadre hierarchy.
5. Settle pay anomalies.
6. 1st TBP after 4 years.
7. Settle Civil/Elect/Arch/TF issues.
8. Retention of DEs etc.
Meeting with CMD/BSNL Implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc: GS Com K Sebastin and AGS Vivek Wankhede met Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL on 30.09.2014 and held discussions on implementation of E2, E3 pay scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO etc. Since DPE rejected the intermediary pay scale of E1A and E2A and DoP has relied to us that pension contribution from BSNL absorbed employees also covered by the same DOPT order, Assn requested to initiate immediate action to implement the standard pay scales. CMD told us that detailed discussion can be held after the holidays in this regard.
Since discussions are going on at different levels on various demands, the notice for next programme of trade union action will be decided as per the outcome of the discussions.