Contempt case at Hon Delhi High Court on ITS deputation:
Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 19.05.15:
GS, CHQ President and GS/BSNLEU met CMD BSNL and held discussions. DIR(HR) was also present. During discussion CMD appealed to capitalise the recent free call facility offered to the landline customers. Large number of waiting list is generated at field units as a result of the offer. Special efforts may be taken to provide maximum connections and strategies has to be workedout at each SSA and Circle level with frequent interaction between SSA/Circle Heads and Forum leaders, CMD suggested. We assured CMD that this will be discussed in the next Forum meeting on 25th and positive steps will be taken.
On actions against officers facing CBI charges like GMTD, Noida, we expressed anguish over the continuation of such officers in the sensitive posts when CBI filed RC and large scale reporting has made in the public media in which BSNL image is affected. To the surprise of all, even the matter is not reported by UP(W) Circle for months together and after that the matter is pending with CVO for almost one month. When such incidents are happened, lower lever employees are shifted within days but in the case of senior officers, no action is being taken, we informed CMD and DIR(HR).
Meeting with GM(Pers): GS, AGS Com Arvind Dahiya and Com Sanjeev Sharma, CS/UP(W) Circle met GM(Pers) on 19.05.2015 and held discussions on the following issues.
a) Filing of reply in the Hon Kerala HC on JTO to SDE case and a separate MA for early hearing. GS informed the new GM(Pers) that the issue is badly delayed and the Hon HC reopened on 18.05.2015 after vacassion. The informations sought by Hon HC yet to be filed. Since the interim direction was extended for another 3 months on 06.04.2015, a separate MA has to be filed for early hearing. GM(Pers) assured that he will speak to CGM and take necessary action.
b) Request transfers, modifications and retentions in DE and SDE cadres: GM(Pers) informed that respective sections are compiling the pending case and within another 10 days time, the cases will be processed.
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The Joint Committee reconstituted as per the settlement of our agitation programmes had the first meeting today, 15.05.2015 as agreed in the discussion held on 06.05.2015. Jt Committee chairman Major Mohd Ashraf Khan, ED(NB) presided over the meeting. All committee members except GM(EF) attended the meeting. Chairman briefed the mandate of the committee and told that it will not go beyond the mandate given to it and committee should complete the task within the stipulated period of 3 months and latest by 15.08.2015. Other members from Assn side explained the issues.
Chairman informed that the committee will deliberate each issue separately one by one. First it is decided to complete the first demand of standard pay scales of E2, E3. The financial implication on implementation of E2, E3 to E7 and E2, E3 alone will be separately worked out by EF wing by next meeting.
The next meeting of the committee will be on 28.05.2015.
It will be appropriate to simply ignore the postings made in some of the websites on the reconstitution of the committee and success of our recent agitation. They may be upset over the success of the agitation programmes and its outcome. It is surprised to see that when the committee is reconstituted by dismantling the old Jt committee which was defunct for three years and the entire issues were put on fast track and time bound by CMD/BSNL, a notice is given by some others on the same issues of standard pay scales and Time Bound Functional promotion. When SNEA(I) suggested for a joint struggle, others are reluctant but now seeing the positive outcome and success of our agitation they might have frustrated. Let better sense prevail upon them.
It has come to our notice that there is some move from certain quarters to go to court for settlement of standard pay scales. We shall understand the fact that as per DPE guidelines, any scale from E0 to E9 is a standard pay scale. No court will direct BSNL or the Govt to implement a particular pay scale, say E2 or E3.
Association warns BSNL management of serious and dire consequences if it goes ahead with preposterous and retrograde recruitment of MTs from outside. Seeks immediate intervention of CMD to put on hold the sinister move to avert widespread and unavoidable industrial unrest.
GS writes to Dir HR regarding DE promotion to about 85 SDEs remaining in the seniority list No 5 whose DPC is already completed and panel is prepared.... View Copy of the letter.
As an outcome of our recent struggle and the detailed discussions that we had with CMD, DIR(HR), ED(Fin) and Sr GM(SR) on 06.05.2015 on the charter of demands contained in our notice eventually resulted in an astounding success by reconstitution of the Joint committee with Sri Mohd Ahraf Khan, ED(NB) as Chairman. Other Committee members from official side are Smt Madhu Arora, GM(Estt) and Smt Smitha Choudhary, GM(EF). Committee members from Assn side remains the same.
As assured in the meeting, the Joint Committee has to meet at least once in a fortnight and submit its final recommendations before 15th August, 2015. First meeting already fixed on 15th May, 2015 as suggested by us in the discussions on 06.05.2015. This huge success in breaking the deadlock of 3 years is only because of our continuous persuasion and struggle.
Some mistake is there in the subject matter of the letter issued by BSNL. Instead of "meeting with SNEA(I)" on 06-05-2015, It is wrongly mentioned as "meeting with United Forum of Executive Association" which will be corrected.
Assn formally withdrawn the notice for trade union actions.Letter to CMD
Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL, Sri A. N. Rai, DIR(HR), Smt Sujata Ray, ED(Fin) and Sri Shameem Akthar, Sr GM(SR) on 06.05.2015:
CMD called Assn for discussion at 17.00 Hrs on the issues raised in the notice for trade union actions dated 23.03.2015.
GS and CHQ president explained CMD and others, the compulsion to serve the notice. The Joint committee constituted 3 years back not even met once to discuss the pay scale issue, only few rounds of discussions on CPSU cadre hierarchy where as the time frame given to the committee was only 6 months.
Then discussion took place on the charter of demands.
1. Finalization of pay scales of JAO/JAOs, SDE/AOs and equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 by replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A, E2A with standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc up to SGJAG. No demotion of the basic cadres of JTO/JAOs and SDE/AOs. The JTOs/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 face huge difference in pay compared to their counterparts recruited prior to 01.01.2007.
Whatever the pre-conditions set by the Management to consider E2, E3, -- pay scales like rejection of E1A and E2A scales by DoT and DPE was already met. Assn pursued the matter vigorously in DoT and DPE to have a final decision on the matter and ultimately on 09.07.2014, DPE rejected the proposal and directed BSNL to implement standard pay scales. Only SNEA(I) pursued the matter in DoT and DPE, even Management didn’t do it, leave the others. DoT conveyed the DPE decision to BSNL by July end. However BSNL not taken any action in this regard so far. Instead of processing E2, E3, --- pay scales as per the written assurance given to SNEA(I) in March, 2014, BSNL again written to DOT seeking directions whether BSNL can change the pay scales since in the case of MTNL, Union cabinet has taken a decision to make MTNL pay scales equivalent to BSNL pay scales in the next wage revision. Assn explained that this decision of Mgt is wrong as the cabinet decision was taken during Feb-March, 2014 and DoT intimated the rejection of E1A and E2A scales in July, 3 months later. DoT was aware of this development at that time. Moreover now pay scales are to be finalised from 01.01.2007 where as cabinet decision is applicable from 01.01.2017. (The stand taken by some committee members in the last meeting that E3, E4 scale for JTO and SDE is their demand and E2, E3 should be given from 01.10.2000 has given the Mgt opportunity to refer the matter to DoT. When Mgt is not ready to consider E2, E3 – from 01.01.2007 itself, raising the demand of E2, E3 from 01.10.2000 is nothing but derailing the demands. It will affect the entire cadre and especially the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 but they don’t care). The Joint committee constituted 3 years back does not meet even once to discuss the pay scale issue. CMD surprised to hear that and concluded that the committee failed in its responsibility.
Finally CMD decided to reconstitute the Joint Committee with new Chairman as some of the members already transferred. Our suggestion to conduct the Committee meetings every week also agreed. CMD directed that committee may meet every week or atleast once in a fortnight and finalise the report latest by 15.08.2015.
2. Implementation of Time Bound Functional promotion between 4 to 6 years up to SG JAG as per the terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL and analogous to CPSU cadre hierarchy.
Assn pointed out that the entire promotions are blocked due to litigations. It the promotions are not delinked from seniority, no promotions can take place on the existing seniority lists from JTO to SDE onwards in the future. So immediately BSNL has to switch over to other mechanisms for promotions, Time Bound Functional promotions as agreed at the time of absorption.
It will be deliberated by the new committee.
3. Settlement of long pending pay anomalies i) Pay fixation as per FRSR on officiating promotion consequent upon the implementation of TBP, ii) Senior drawing less pay than Junior after functional promotions and iii) Antedating of increment.
On Offtg pay fixation, the committee will be asked to submit the report immediately. Meanwhile the clarifications issued by BSNL on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 will be re-examined.
On senior drawing less pay than the Juniors, the Hon Kerala High Court order and Hon SC order will be examined and possibility for generalization will be considered.
On Antedating, the matter will be re-examined. Assn pointed out that switching over to uniform increment date is the only option as done in Central Govt and other PSUs. DIR(HR) told ED(Fin) to examine the feasibility.
4. First TBP uniformly after four years w.e.f 01.10.2000.
GS explained that all the Executives except the JTOs and other Executives recruited in 1993 to 2001 and the JTO/SDEs from Civil/Elect etc, all others got first TBP in 2004. After 01.01.2007, all are getting first TBP in 4 years. But one set of Executives as explained above got the first TBP only in 2006, it is a clear anomaly and discrimination. DIR(HR) explained that prior to 01.01.2007 it was happened since DoT service also counted for first TBP. After 01.01.2007, due to 30% fitment and 78.2%, the pay has increased considerably and close to next higher scale of E2.
Finally Mgt agreed to examine the issue in detail and referred the matter to the Joint Committee.
5. Implementation of upgraded pay scales of E1A and E2A notionally w.e.f 01.10.2000 for Civil/Electrical/Arch wings at par with finance wing and amendments of RRs for these streams to being them at par with Telecom/Finance wing in respect of functional promotions.
GS explained that the Vinay Sahi committee recommended notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000 for JTOs and SDEs in Civil/Elect/Arch wings in order to bring parity among all wings. But Mgt not accepted the recommendation on the plea that E1A scale is not extended to JAOs also w.e.f 01.10.2000. The RRs of JAO, JTO(C/E) and SDE(C/E) amended in 2001 and 2002 only. Recently E1A scale is notionally implemented for JAOs w.e.f 01.10.2000. Now only few hundreds of Executives in Civil/Elect/Arch etc wings only excluded. The issue is already processed by Civil/Elect wings. Finally Management agreed to consider the case based on the Vinay Sahi committee report.
Comrades, recent developments of placing JTO cadre in E1 scale in the proposed JTO RR 2014, road block on all promotions due to court cases, non settlement of pay anomalies etc created the situation that the entire cadre issues are getting sidelined, JTO/SDE and equivalent cadres getting demoted and future of the Executives are under severe threat. When others are not concerned about these developments and not serious on any agitations, SNEA(I) compelled to launch the agitation alone to protect the vital cadre interests.
CHQ is extremely happy to see the response from among all the Executives irrespective of affiliation. Unity among the Executives is the need of the hour to resolve the issues.
We are grateful to the CMD, DIR(HR) and other senior officers for their serious efforts to resolve the issues through dialogue.
Comrades, SNEA(I) nourished these cadres in the past by continuous struggles and will not allow any demotion of the cadre or road block on career prospects. We continue the struggle to protect them and further improve the prospects in the future also.
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MASS DHARNA ON 07.05.2015
Circle/SSA/Branch Secretaries and activts to make all out preparations for the
Mass Dharna on 07.05.15 at CHQ/Circle/SSA HQs and make it 100% success. Focus
on door to door campaign and gate meetings.
All the Executives are requested to join the struggle to protect the cadre from demotion to E1 and E2 scales and to settle other HR issues.
· Standard Pay scales of E2, E3, ---- for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO etc upto SGJAG. No demotion of the basic cadres JTO and SDE.
· Time Bound Functional Promotion between 4 - 6 years.
· Settlement of Pay Anomalies, antedating etc.
· First TBP uniformly after 4 years w.e.f 01.10.2000.
· Upgraded pay scales w.e.f 01.10.2000 and amendments of RRs for Civil/Elect/Arch wings.
Meeting with Secretary, DoT by Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations:
In continuation of the discussion with BSNL Management, Forum leaders held detailed discussions with Secretary(DoT) on the charter of demands on which BSNL employees gone for two days strike on 21st and 22nd April, 2015. CMD/BSNL, Smt Rita A Teaotia/Special Secretary(T), Sri N. K. Yadav/Member(Services), Smt Annie Moreas/Member(Finance), Smt Aruna Sundaraj/USO Administrator, Sri V. Umashankar/Joint Secretary(T), Smt Sujata Ray/ED (Finance), Sri Shameem Akthar/Sr. GM (SR) and Sri Sanjeev Gupta/Director (PSU) were present in the meeting. Sec(T) assured that Govt is committed to support BSNL and at the same time BSNL should improve the services to retain the subscribers. Govt is getting lot of complaints even from MPs and Ministries about the poor services and even they are opposing any assistance to BSNL due to poor quality of services. This problem has to be addressed by BSNL Mgt and employees together, then DoT will be in a better position to extend help to BSNL from various agencies, Secretary told us. The discussion continued for about two hours on various issues. GS attended the meeting on behalf of SNEA(I).
Discussion on various issues:
1. Immediate refund of about Rs 15,000 Crores BSNL money with Govt on following accounts: Forum leaders explained that when an amount of Rs 15,000 Cr BSNL money is with Govt, BSNL is forced to take loan from banks for the capital expenses. If the amount is returned to BSNL, it can easily fund the projects without any loans or interest payment.
a) Refund of balance Rs 4700 Crores on BWA spectrum charges: About Rs 2000 Crores already adjusted. Forum demanded that balance 4700 Cr to be refunded in a single lot so that BSNL can utilise for expansion purposes. Sec/DoT informed that DoT is in constant touch with Finance Ministry to allot more budgetary funds so that maximum repayment can be made to BSNL. Sec/DoT himself spoken to the Secretary in Finance Ministry i9n this regard.
b) Reconciliation of BSNL accounts by DoT for refund of Income Tax. An amount of Rs 7000 Crore is held up in IT Dept. Forum requested to complete the reconciliation of BSNL accounts in a time bound manner so that BSNL get the refund from IT Dept. Sec/DoT informed that a committee has been formed in this regard under Jt Sec(T) and work is already started. Jt Sec further informed that the reconciliation work for two years already completed and the remaining 7 years is targeted to be completed by 31st May, 2015.
c) Excess payment Rs 2400 Cr on pension contribution: Forum explained the issue in details where as BSNL is compelled by Dot/Finance to make the pension contribution to the maximum of the pay scale where as the DoPT order is for actual basic pay. After discussion Sec/DoT assured that the issue is under active consideration of DoT and DoT is in constant touch with DoE to settle the issue in favour of BSNL.
d) USO Fund subsidy for 2012-13, Rs 1250 Cr:
It is informed that it is in advanced stage and the entire amount will be refunded.
e) Refund of salary to the employees deputed to TERM Cell, Rs 400 Cr.
It is informed that DoT is working out the modalities to refund the entire amount.
2. Transfer of Land and Assets to BSNL. It is informed that the work is in progress. More than dot, BSNL has to take a lead in this regard. More than 98% of land and buildings can be transferred without any problem as documents are clear. The mutation work can be expedited.
3. Compensation for loss making Rural services.
Compensation can be made based on the recommendations of agencies like TRAI only. Last recommendation was for 2011-12 and 2012-13 years by that subsidy will end. Otherwise fresh recommendation has to come from TRAI. In order to help BSNL, most of the Govt projects are given to BSNL on nomination basis like defence project, NOFN project, LWE project etc. However, Forum demanded further support from Govt as it is making losses to the tune of Rs 7000 to 8000 Crores per year to maintain Rural telephone network.
4. Merger of BSNL and MTN: Forum demanded that merger should happen only after the settlement of issues like loan of Rs 11,000 Crores taken by MTNL, 44% share of MTNL and HR issues. Sec/DoT assured that if Govt is taking a decision to merge both BSNL and MTNL, these issues will be addressed before that.
5. Govt support for expansion of network. Forum demanded for soft loan to BSNL to fund the expansion of network. Sec/ DoT informed that this demand cannot be considered now as it will affect the level playing field. All operators are taking loan and expanding the network, BSNL also can do the same. Forum further requested for infusion of more Govt equity in BSNL so that it can be utilised for further expansion. Sec/DoT was non-committal on this issue.
6. Filling the posts of Directors of BSNL Board: Sec/DoT informed that DoT is using its whole machinery to expedite the appointment of Directors in BSNL.
7. Automatic pension revision in the future without linking it with pay revision.
Forum demanded that the pension revision should be referred to VII CPC or 3rd PRC with specific terms of reference that it should not be linked with pay revision of the serving employees or the profitability of the company. After discussion it was agreed that it will be referred to 3rd PRC with specific reference of pension revision and delinking pension revision from pay revision.
8. 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. Forum expressed strong resentment over the abnormal delay in settlement of the issues. Finally Sec/DoT assured that the issue will be resolved soon and DoT is in touch with DoE also in this regard to finalize the cabinet memo. Forum further requested to expedite the same.
9. 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL directly recruited employees. Secretary(T) told us to discuss the issue with BSNL Management and DoT is nothing to do with this.
Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:
Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA(I), GS/BSNLEU, GS/NFTE(BSNL) and GS/AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL on 30.04.2015 and held discussion on developmental related issues and meeting with Secretary(T) on 01.05.2015.
On future plan of expansion of mobile network CMD explained the road map as follows:
a) 2G network for voice calls: CMD informed that almost voice requirement come to saturation and much spending on 2G is not desirable. However, in order to improve the network availability, coverage and quality issues, discussion is going on with other operators for sharing and intra circle roaming on 2G spectrum as done by other operators. This will improve the coverage wherever BSNL is not having BTSs. Already testing is completed with Airtel and testing is going on with Vodafone and Reliance. Commercial agreements are to be worked out for revenue sharing. This will be done at the earliest to start the sharing.
3G expansion and Wi-Fi: Till 4G eco system is becoming stable and affordable, BSNL is focussing
on 3G and Wi-Fi through land line and Broadband which is equivalent to 4G. This
will be more economical for BSNL.
c) 4G expansion: For the future, 4G services can be offered through BWA spectrum. In 6 Circles where BWA spectrum is surrendered, BSNL is working out alternate solutions to offer 4G services in 800 MHz (CDMA) spectrum. BSNL is having two slots of 1.25 MHz spectrum in these Circles and in touch with other operators having 2 slots so that 4G services can be offered on revenue sharing with 4 slots of 1.25 MHz (5 MHz). Luckily some operators are there where BSNL surrendered the BWA spectrum. If the operator is ready to pay market price on behalf of BSNL on revenue sharing basis, it can be implemented.
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SNEA Comrades– great - Hats off to you for spectacular shut down – message conveyed to deaf govt. is loud and clear.
Comrades yet another crucial struggle awaits us for comprehensive resolution of deadlocked &critical HR issues.
Comrades you have created history yet again by making two days strike splendid and thereby conveying to dumfounded and insensitive Govt. that we mean business and will not compromise in any manner in so far as safeguarding our beloved Company is concerned. MOC&IT will surely feel huge tremors and earth beneath him will shake in case he does not understand and recognize seriousness of the issues and the urgency to address them in totality in near future. Wrath and solidarity expressed by BSNL workers which is bound to swell and intensify in the days to come will expose ulterior motives of MOC&IT and the entire bureaucracy in destabilizing and disintegrating strategic telecom Company of the Nation which has met and continues to meet social obligations of Telecom policies of the Govt. in an extraordinary and unparalleled manner.
Unprecedented turnout and committed support extended by workers at the grass root level clearly establishes that struggle has taken deep roots and is going to rattle the citadels of power occupied by those surrounded by vested interests. The message conveyed to thick skinned, callous and insensitive bureaucracy is shed bureaucratic red tape that has killed this Nation and get down to honest and serious business of understanding and addressing hostile and discriminatory policy issues that have crippled growth of Company that Nation owns. Message percolated to and emanating from the base level is that each and every worker of BSNL is prepared to shed every drop of his blood to protect this Company and thus defeat the sinister moves of vested interests to destabilize and disintegrate it.
We have no words to congratulate office bearers, activists and base level members of this Association in playing a leading role in mobilizing support for this struggle and call upon them to tighten the noose further since the struggle is going to be a protracted and really tough one in the days to come and we are not going to yield till a comprehensive resolution of the issues is accomplished. That is the ultimate objective of this historic struggle.
While we are engrossed in this huge struggle, we cannot obviously lose sight of the crucial HR issues that BSNL Management has put in the cold storage. Levels of demotivation and humiliation met out to us by callous and arrogant BSNL Management have reaching alarming proportions, never seen before in the Company. Whatever we have achieved through intense struggle of last three decades has been snatched and our career growth is jeopardized. We have been demoted and our functional career growth is sealed for at least a decade now because all the seniority lists are virtually quashed and endless and prolonged litigations and counter litigations are just unavoidable in the coming days.
Let each one of us regardless of his/her Association affiliation understand and recognize how important it is for all of us to get out of this pothole as quickly as possible. Otherwise we and our beloved Company are bound to perish. In this context, it has to be understood how crucial our ongoing struggle for standard Pay Scales of E2, E3—etc. and time bound functional promotion is. Time bound functional promotion up to DGM level is an everlasting and comprehensive solution to our career growth since this mechanism pulls us out of muddy and obsolete concept of seniority issue and post availability. What an excellent mechanism for our uninterrupted career growth which reckless, unconcerned, callous and unprofessional BSNL Management will never accede to unless it is caught by the neck and strangulated to introduce this innovative mechanism.