BSNL enters critical revival threshold - no complacency- final destination is wiping out losses. All the kudos to new BSNL captain and his team for the path breaking business initiatives and leadership.
True to our profound and inherent commitment of driving the prestigious “National Telecom Institution” to the pinnacles of glory, this Association has had been relentlessly struggling to bring this prestigious institution out of the morass that it has been in for past several years. Huge paradigm shift was quite perceptible, putting our career related issues to the backburner and, instead, single-mindedly focussing on the growth of our beloved company. As responsible members of an integrated family, we were and continue to be conscious of the fundamental fact that our promotions, entire future and the upcoming crucial wage revision are irretrievably linked and interwoven to the continuing upward growth trajectory of the Company. Perhaps we were at our very best and the first in recognizing and realizing the strategic significance of this hard reality and then getting glued to accomplishing it. We really displayed unparalleled and exemplary craftsmanship in this direction.
Balance sheet of the year just gone reveals that we have started succeeded in hitting the bottom line i.e increase in revenues and that is what matters finally. The data, even though small in magnitude, give us huge confidence and strength to inch forward and reinforces our conviction that we can and have the capacity to reach the goal post. Comparing operational profit of 672 Crores for 2014-15 to the loss of 691 Crores during 2013-14 stimulates us to look forward with renewed optimism and vigour. Our income from services increased by 4.16% to Rs 27,242 Crores in 2014-15, the highest in last five years. Even the highly neglected but potential CFA segment has shown remarkably positive trends.
And the distinguishing feature is that all this has occurred when BSNL unlike other major telecom giants has not incurred heavy market debt. This undoubtedly has redoubled and reignited the raging fire within us that we are all determined and confident of taking this company back to its pristine glory and positioned once again as a leading telecom operator in terms of services, market share and revenues. It is writing on the wall which has to be read meticulously and not lost sight of it by getting complacent. The only thing that can derail and endanger our upward journey is complacency. It has the potential of killing us and thus has to be defeated by staying on course and on our toes.
Needless to say, it has been a two way affair, with trade unions taking the lead in mobilizing, motivating, sensitizing and finally preparing its members to respond to the great challenge of revival of and the top management too playing a very pragmatic role in terms of taking key and timely policy business decisions, marketing initiatives of various attractive schemes and to top it all streamlining the crucial procurement mechanism that is the nerve centre of growth.
Hats off to the new leader of BSNL for he understood and recognized the greatest impact that talking to employees and taking to them in close confidence can have on growth of the Company. He did not insulate himself from the workforce and that is what has started yielding tangible results. This process of close interaction between the management and the workers has not only to continue but has to be fostered further in a big way at Circle and SSA level and the results of this close and harmonious relation would be truly and incredibly spectacular. Congenial industrial ambience and trustworthiness will create miracles. Last few months, positive trend is seen in both GSM and CFA segments.
Our final destination is wiping out completely the accumulate losses and clearing our balance sheets. Our commitment and conviction in wiping out losses has to be extraordinary in the coming days. We have no other option but to respond in an exemplary way to the initiatives and business decisions of the management and fully capitalize on them. Our real challenge is “quality of service”. We have to fully live up to the huge trust and expectations that people of this country continue to repose in us as a Govt company. Meeting their expectations in quality of service and not betraying their trust is itself a big challenge.
As CMD, BSNL announced, BSNL revival has started. We have to take it forward in the coming days with greater strength and commitment. We should not be lagging on this issue till we achieve our goal, “Revival of BSNL’’, not only by making operational profits, but by wiping out losses has to be the ultimate goal.
Historical, truly unprecedented and sustained struggle by valiant Comrades of SNEA and BSNLEU of Kerala will be scripted in “Golden Letters in Trade Union History”.Red Salute to our beloved warriors of Kerala
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Congratulations: CMD informed that the refund of Rs 1250 Crores on account of USO Subsidy due for 2012-13 is released by DoT yesterday. Forum was in the forefront to fight for the refund and it was one of our major demand in the last strike.
Committee on pay fixation during Officiating promotion and pay protection had a meeting on 23.11.2015 and discussed the matter.
Discussion with Sri Ameising Luikham, Secretary/DPE and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Addl Secretary/DPE on 23.11.2015 on the notice for protest demonstrations at DPE office demanding constitution of 3rd PRC:
On the notice served by NCOA for protest demonstration at DPE office on 26.11.2015, against the abnormal delay in constitution of 3rd PRC and demanding immediate action, Secretary/DPE invited NCOA for discussion. Sec/DPE, Addl sec and Director/DPE were present during discussion. NCOA represented by Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V K Tomar, President/NCOA, Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com Shiwani, Treaurer/BHEL Federation.
During discussion, Sec and Addl Sec informed that now Govt is seriously considering the NCOA demand for constitution of the 3rd PRC. PMO already initiated the process and Secretary/DPE is meeting Cabinet Secretary today itself on the matter. Since VII CPC report already submitted, Govt is actively considering the proposal of DPE to constitute the 3rd PRC. Again a reminder was send to Cabinet Secretariate and PMO on 18.11.2015 alongwith the copy of the notice served by NCOA.
The notice given by NCOA generated tremendous pressure in the Govt and DPE. Sec and Addl Sec appealed NCOA not to go for any protest action at this point of time when Govt is actively considering the demand of NCOA for constitution of 3rd PRC. They assured that Govt will constitute the 3rd PRC without any further delay.
Based on the assurance given by Secretary/DPE, NCOA decided to postpone the protest demonstration arranged on 26.11.2015 by one month.
In the meeting, Secretary/DPE specially mentioned about BSNL performance last year in which it recorded operational profit and in revival path which is a good news for all of us and congratulated the GS, all the employees and BSNL management.
Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 23.11.2015: CMD BSNL invited core committee members of the Forum to explain the performance and balance sheet of BSNL for the last financial year, 2014-15. The salient features are:
Last year, BSNL recorded operational profit of 672 Crores. Previous year loss was 691 Crores.
Top line revenue increased by 4.16%, highest during last 5 years.
Even in CFA segment, revenue from services increased more than 1%.
As per the new norms for calculation of depreciation applicable from 2014-15 onwards, the depreciation increased considerably and hence the total loss as per balance sheet increased from 6900 Cr to 8600 Cr. If the old depreciation method was used, the loss would have been less by 1500 Cr.
On future expansion plan, CMD explained that major MPLS expansion in EB segment is finalized and equipment will be available in 4 to 6 months.
In GSM front, add on order is already placed for replacing the Phase I, II and III eqpts and Nortel and Nokia eqpts of Phase IV. For western zone separate tender will be floated. More investment will be made on Wi-Fi hotspots.
Finally Mr M S S Rao, Ex CGM Kerala forced to accept the authority of BSNL Management.
Today morning, Hon Supreme Court dismissed the contempt petition filed by Mr Rao in the Hon SC. In the contempt petition, Mr Rao challenged the BSNL order posting him as Principal, RTTC, TVM which is headed by a DGM. He pleaded that DGM post is a very very lower position and not equivalent to CGM post. BSNL informed the Hon SC that he is posted as Principal, RTTC as per the assurance given by BSNL to Hon SC on 30.10.2015 and he is posted as PGM, RTTC which is an equivalent post. Accepting this plea, Hon SC dismissed the contempt petition.
In another development, today, Mr Rao forced to withdraw his petition in the Hon CAT, Ernakulam challenging his transfer order from CGM post as there is no option left for him. When the council for Mr Rao requested liberty to file fresh OA if required, Hon judge asked him “what left for you when Hon SC rejected the contempt petition”?
Earlier BSNL pleaded before the Hon SC, HC and CAT that Mr Rao removed from the CGM post on corruption charges, his name is appeared in ‘Agreed list of officers” as per the recommendations of CBI and he is not able to keep industrial peace in the potential Circle. Even after this submissions, some Assns and Unions openly supported him, surprisingly, putting a big question mark on their credibility and trade union ethics.
Now ex CGM Kerala who initiated series of vindictive actions against the employees and destroyed Kerala Circle is posted as Principal, RTTC, TVM.
Today, new CGM Mr Anantharam revoked the suspension of all the 20 employees suspended by Mr Rao as a vindictive action. We are extremely grateful to CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR) and DIR(CFA) for the initiatives taken by them to restore normalcy in Kerala Circle.
Meeting with Addl Secretary, DPE on the NCOA demand for immediate constitution of 3rd PRC at 15.30 Hrs of 23.11.2015.
NCOA served notice for demonstration at DPE office on 26.11.2015 protesting against the abnormal delay in constitution of 3rd PRC and demanding immediate action.
Core committee meeting with CMD, BSNL on developmental issues on 23.11.2015 at 18.30 Hrs.
Assam Circle conference at Bongaigaon on 15th and 16th Dec: 2015.Rajasthan Circle conference at Sikar on 19th and 20th Dec: 2015.
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Committee meeting on pay fixation during Officiating promotion and pay protection: GS met the committee members GM (FP) and GM (Estt) on 19.11.2015 and held discussions on the issue. GS given a detailed note to the committee members on the issue and requested to consider withdrawing the clarifications dated 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010, that only will solve the problems created by the clarifications which are against the EPP order dated 18.01.2007 and FR SR provisions. The committee meeting will be held shortly.
Meeting with GM(Restg) on CPSU cadre hierarchy. GS and CHQ President had a detailed discussion with Sri A. M. Gupta, GM (Restg) on 18.11.2015 for more than one hour regarding Jt Committee recommendations on CPSU cadre hierarchy, its implementation etc.
GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding adherence to the terms and conditions of appointment of external candidates – case of postal JAOs:
They are appointed on 25.02.2005 with the conditions:
· The appointment of external candidates as “JAO” in BSNL will be against direct recruitment quota of JAO vacancies.
· On appointment as JAO on probation on successful completion of basic induction course training, the pay protection vis-vis their substantive grade in their parent department shall be provided in BSNL, however their earlier service rendered either in DOT or BSNL on deputation basis shall not count for any purpose including seniority.
Any consideration of demand of notional fixation of pay w.e.f 01.10.2000 will entitle these JAOs for higher salary than their senior of December 2000 (Deptl.) batch who are senior to these postal JAOs. Eventhough they are treated as Direct recruits, they already are enjoying the benefit of pay protection.
Notional pay w.e.f 01.10.2000 will extend the benefit of counting BSNL service w.e.f 01.10.2000 at a later stage and seniority w.e.f 01.10.2000. They will become senior to all the JAOs joined between 01.10.2000 and 25.02.2005.Naturally they will get the benefit of EPP also w.e.f 01.10.2000.
GS letter to DIR(HR)
Congratulations to Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL, Sri N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA), Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR&Fin), Sri N K Mehta, DIR(EB) and all the CGMs, SSA Heads and employees of BSNL for the remarkable achievement of making BSNL operational profit of Rs 672 Crores during FY 2014-15.
· BSNL made operational profit of Rs 672 Crores during 2014-15. Last year, the operation loss was 691 Crores.
· The income from services increased by 4%.
· Total income from services increased from 26,153 Cr in 2013-14 to 27,242 Cr in 2014-15, highest in six years.
· Due to high depreciation, the balance sheet shows 8234 Cr losses from 7020 Cr in 2013-14.
The BSNL Board meeting and AGB held today and approved the accounts.
Let us work together to achieve a target of 10% additional revenue for the next two years.
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Meeting with GM(Pers): GS alongwith CHQ President and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues. Jt DGM also present in the meeting.
a) Finalization of committee meeting on Officiating pay fixation and withdrawal of the clarifications: GS explained that this issue was discussed so many times and the committee is expected to submit the report by 31.08.2015 as per schedule. However the report is not finalized so far and thousands of Executives are affected and facing recovery. Last meeting was held on 15.09.2015 in which GS also explained the case in detail to the Committee. GM informed that the committee will try to meet this week itself, most probably on friday.
b) Extending similar benefits to Later JTO and Sr SDE as extended to AAO and Sr AO grades: BSNLCO issued clarifications recently treating AAO and Sr AO as functional promotions and extending the benefit of first TBP under EPP after 4 years. However similar benefits are not extended to similar grades like Lateral JTO and Sr SDE. Earlier the demand for treating Lateral JTO, AAO, Sr SDE and Sr AO was taken up by the associations but it was turned down by quoting the provisions of post based promotions under EPP and hierarchy followed in DoT/BSNL. The decision of management to extend the benefit to AAO and Sr AO grades is a very positive decision but similar benefits are to be extended to the equivalent grades of Lateral JTO and Sr SDE also. Management tried to justify the discrimination but Assn categorically told that it has to be extended to all the similarly placed cadres in all the wings to have uniform promotional avenue.
c) Expediting the JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: The necessary informations are provided to Kerala Circle and the counter reply will be filed this week. BSNLCO is in touch with the concerned officers for early hearing of the case.
d) Court cases at Chandigargh restraining promotions with reservation without satisfying the conditions on Nagaraju case—JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE and AO to CAO promotions: GM informed that Attorney General of India (AG) given its opinion and based on the opinion, BSNL will be filing the reply in the Hon CAT shortly. BSNL is trying to vacate the stay on promotions.
e) DE to DGM(Adhoc) promotions: Since another year ACR is required for the promotions and DPC after November, Assn requested to issue the DGM(Adhoc) promotions at the earliest before this month end. GM(P) assured that management is very keen to issue the promotion orders at the earliest considering the huge vacancies in the field units. DGM(Regular) promotion can be processed only after the final decision from the Hon SC on the expert committee report on 206.
f) Implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy in BSNL: As Pers section is the nodal wing dealing with EPP, RRs, seniority etc, it has to play an important role in its implementation. The promotions which are blocked due to various reasons can be streamlined only by this mechanism, Assn pointed out.
g) Notional pay fixation of E1A and E2A scale for Civil/Elect etc wings w.e.f 01.10.2000 to have uniform promotional avenues: The proposal is under examination in Estt wing, GM(P) informed.
h) Declaring Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur etc of J&K Circle, 1.5 year tenure instead of 2 year as proposed by the Circle: GM Pers informed that some proposal of changes in the transfer policy is under the consideration of the management. Along with the proposal, this issue also under consideration. Assn requested for a positive decision in this regard. GM(P) assured that the issue will be addressed positively.
i) Correction in the long standing transfers from ITPC: GS pointed out that the transfer orders issued by BSNLCO were based on the wrong longstanding list submitted by the ITPC. Later on, ITPC corrected the longstay list and accordingly the transfer orders are to be modified. Further the transfer should be made point to point as done for other Circles. After discussion, it was agreed to examine the case based on the revised list.
j) Counting of MTNL stay for the purpose of counting the stay in MH Circle etc: Assn explained that the clarification issued by the BSNLCO is contrary to the stand taken by BSNL so far and it is against the transfer policy also. It will create problems for other units at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai etc. Hence it needs to be corrected and Assn already taken up the matter. It is decided to further discuss the issue.
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GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding processing of Joint Committee recommendations on E2, E3 pay scales as the next wage revision is due on 01.01.2017, just one year away. Necessary changes in the EPP and JTO/JAO/SDE/AO RRs may also be made part of the proposal.
GS writes to DIR(HR) regarding processing the Joint Committee
recommendations on CPSU cadre hierarchy by Pers section to avoid delay. All
promotions upto AGM level in all wings are stayed by the Hon Courts. It is high
time to switch over to a new promotion policy to ensure at least minimum
promotion avenues to the eligible Executives in order to motivate them.
GS alongwith CHQ President and Jt Sec met Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 13.11.2015.
GS writes to CMD, BSNL --- Maligning of this Association by putting in public domain information that is not distorted but completely false and unfounded. Not only has a calibrated and motivated decision, based on totally non- existent grounds, been taken to denigrate Association but sadly and unfortunately the prestige and dignity of the high office of Director(HR) stands compromised by seeking approval of Director(HR) of something that is completely false and has been put in public domain. Needless to mention, a very stern action is immediately warranted against those who mislead the competent authority.GS letter to CMD
24th Circle Conference of Tamil Nadu Circle:
The 24th Circle Conference of Tamil Nadu Circle was held at Krishnagiri, TN on 05th and 06th November, 2015. GS Com K Sebastin, CHQ President Com A A Khan, veteran leader Com W Seshagiri Rao, Dy GS Com M S Adasul, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan, Jt Sec (South) Com Pandurang Nayak, Jt Secretary (Central) Com Arvind Pal Dahiya, AGS Com A Chandrasekhar and CS/CHTD Com Shanmugha Sundararajan attended the Conference.
A grand open session was held on 05.11.2015. In addition to GS and CHQ President Major Mohammed Ashraf Khan, ED(NB), Smt N. Poonguzhali, CGM/TN, Sri V. K. Sanjeevi, Sr GM/STP, Sri V. Senthilvasan, Sr GM/STR, Sri C. A. Reddy, GM(VLR/DPI) and Sri Ravi Babu, GM/TN addressed the open session. In the open session discussions were concentrated on quality of service and development of BSNL.
The present BSNL Board started taking lot of initiatives focusing on the revival of the company. Material procurement and tenders streamlined. Management stated taking quick decisions. Marketing strategies initiated and more funds are allotted for marketing. After CDR, ERP implemented and roll out is completed in all the Circles. It is an effective IT tool to monitor the performance. NGN switches with innovative features, major MPLS expansion with 232 new routers, Wi-Fi hotspots equivalent to 4G, Phase VII add on order for GSM to replace the aged Phase I, II and III equipments, proposal to replace the Phase IV Nortel equipments, finalization of tender for OF cables etc are the major initiatives. BSNL mgt in principle decided to go for LTE 4G services also. We have to respond very positively and to take extra efforts in all areas especially in quality of service. In October, BSNL is the no 1 GSM operator provided maximum number of mobile connections like July. In MNP, BSNL could add about 1 lakh connections in October also. In land line and BB connections special efforts required. CGM informed the house that sufficient quantity of cables of all sizes from 5 pair to 400 pair is available in Circle and there is no shortage of materials. We have to effectively utilize the resources to provide maximum connections as well as quality service. Since many operators are providing the services, the consumer will prefer the best operator in terms of quality of service and response.
GS and other CHQ office bearers addressed the delegates later on the following cadre issues.
1. On 3rd PRC, all the employees have to work with a single agenda of making the company profitable by 2017. Mgt has taken lot of initiatives and we have to respond very positively in the coming months. Availability of all the materials and stores improved considerably, and we have to take extra efforts to market the products and provide more connections with better service quality. We can make wonders as earlier. Next 15 to 20 months are very crucial for all of us and it is going to decide our future. For the next two years, this should be our single agenda. At any cost we should not miss the 3rd PRC benefits, it is a big challenge for the employees of BSNL but not an impossible one. We are having the strength and potential to achieve it. Whatever benefits we are getting in 3rd PRC, it will continue, minimum upto 2027.
2. Now the entire focus of the CHQ is on the implementation of two most important cadre issues for which Joint Committee recommendations are given:
a) implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent cadres which is going to change the future of the Executives as well as the company and
b) implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy which is going to break the stalemate in promotions and bringing parity in promotions among all the Executives of various wings.
c) First TBP after 5 years instead of 6 years.
The joint committee was reconstituted only because of the struggle of SNEA from 2014 onwards. Draft JTO RR was circulated in 2013 proposing E1 scale for JTOs. Sensing the danger of demotion of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E1 and E2 scales respectively, SNEA served notice in January, 2014, again in Sept 2014 and finally in April 2015 demanding implementation of E2, E3 scales and CPSU cadre hierarchy which made the management to reconstitute the joint committee in the meeting with SNEA on 06.05.2015. Our efforts to have a joint struggle with others in the UF on the same issues does not got favourable response as they never consider it as an important issue at all. If E2, E3 pay scales are approved replacing E1A and E2A pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007, automatically the JTO, JAO, SDE, AO RRs and EPP will be modified to that extent w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the pay scales. It is part of the Joint Committee recommendations. Since almost all the seniority lists are challenged and all promotions upto AGM level in almost all the wings are stayed by Hon CAT, only way to get promotions are to fast track CPSU cadre hierarchy which ensures promotions upto AGM level. The joint committee report is to be processed on fast track, it is the need of the hour. We cannot sleep because SNEA was the only force behind the reconstitution of the joint committee and having the recommendation in 4 months time. It is our responsibility to get it implemented in letter and spirit.
SNEA will be fully focusing on the implementation of the Joint Committee report in the coming days and our comrades should be vigilant and proactive to ensure that the recommendations are implemented.
3. On promotions in various wings, almost all the promotions (JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE, AO to CAO) are stayed by the Hon CAT, Chandigargh on reservation issue based on the Hon Supreme Court judgment. Management is trying to vacate the stay and sought legal opinion of Attorney General and Solicitor General of India. Promotion from to DGM(T) is under progress. In JTO to SDE(T) promotion case at Ernakulam, the details are collected by BSNL to furnish the counter reply in the 3rd case and then the case will be listed for final arguments. Eventhough all the preparatory works are completed, DPC and promotion orders can be issued only after vacation of stay from Ernakulam and Chandigargh courts. In Civil/Elect wing, JTO to SDE promotions could be made current as there is no court case. On promotion to EE cadre, the arguments completed and judgment reserved on the court case filed at Hon PCAT against the clarification regarding the eligibility of Diploma holders. We expect favourable judgment from PCAT and promotion orders can be issued without further delay. JAO to AO promotion and AO to CAO promotions also held up due to stay from CAT, Chandigargh eventhough all the preparatory works are completed.
4. Another major breakthrough was notification of new JTO RR. Assn are struggling to see that regularization of offtg JTOs are completing at the earliest. Simultaneously SNEA pursuing for LICE from TTA to JTO and Direct rect to JTO cadre. Reduction of eligibility from 7 years to 5 years for the TTAs is another step to make young TTAs as JTOs. We have to be cautious about the move of other Assns combination to challenge the RR in the name of pay scales and 5 years qualifying service for Diploma holders. It is not a new development, in the draft JTO RR circulated in 2013 itself, E1 scale was proposed with 5 years of service. Similarly the qualifying service for TTAs was 7 years earlier also and LICE was held with the same eligibility. From 2013, two years, no action is taken by them but when RR is notified making noises as if it is a new development is not correct. So any move to challenge the JTO RRs either in the name of pay scale or qualifying service can be seen as a strategy to stop the regularization of Offtg JTOs and LICE from TTA to JTO cadre. We will defeat such move and if required will become party in the case. The pay scale issue cannot be settled by any court. When Joint committee recommendation is already there, instead of pursuing that, going to the court will help only those who are not interested in implementing E2 and E3 pay scales to JTO/JAO and SDE/AO cadres. If E2, E3 pay scales are approved replacing E1A and E2A pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007, automatically JTO, JAO, SDE, AO RRs and EPP will be modified to that extent w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the pay scales.
5. Amendment to SDE RR: The proposed amendments clearly stating the method of fixation of seniority between seniority quota and LDCE quota promotes in a particular vacancy year in the ratio 2:1 is already approved by the BSNL Board. However to have further clarity on the matter, it will be again send to the BSNL board before notification.
6. BSNL MS RR for Accounts wing. As in the case of Telecom Engineering wing, the proposal for earmarking 75% of CAO posts for regular promotion, ending adhocism is pending before the BSNL Board. Now also in accounts wing only 50% of CAO posts are filled on regular basis and remaining posts are filled on Adhoc basis. Because of the efforts of SNEA, Adhocism in Telecom Engg side ended in 2014 by making suitable amendments earmarking 75% DE posts for regular promotion. After the great breakthrough in Engg side, SNEA pursuing similar amendments in BSNLMS RR for Accounts wing also. Afterwards it will be pursued for Civil/Electrical etc wings.
7. Notional pay fixation of E1A and E2A scales for the Civil/Elect etc wings w.e.f 01.10.2000. The proposal is under examination in Estt wing. After the clearance from different wings, it will be placed before the MC. Assn is pursuing the matter.
8. Membership verification among Executives Associations: Eventhough the verification process started in June, 2014, the process stayed by Hon Karnataka High Court where some of the clauses defining the registration of Assns was under challenge which is not having much relevance. Meanwhile we are demanding some of the provisions to be modified to have real meaning for verification. After the last AIC, SNEA taken a tough stand either to conduct the verification or restore the facilities and start subscription collection from salary. All branch and SSA secretaries are to be vigilant as the verification process may be started at any time as the case is listed for final hearing.
Meeting with GM(Estt): GS Com K Sebastin met Smt Madhu Arora, GM(Estt) on 09.11.2015 and held discussions on processing of the recommendations of the Joint Committee on E2, E3 pay scales. GM(Estt) informed that the copy of the recommendations received by Estt section few days back only and it will be processed soon after discussing the matter with DIR(HR) this week itself. GS requested to process the recommendations urgently and get the feedback from Pers Cell regarding the changes to be incorporated in the EPP and various RRs.
Meeting with GM(Rest): GS Com K Sebastin met Sri A K Gupta, GM(Rest) on 09.11.2015 and held discussions on processing of the recommendations of the Joint Committee on CPSU cadre hierarchy, first TBP promotion after 5 years etc. GM(Rest) informed that the recommendations are not processed by the restg cell so far as it was busy in some other important works. GS informed the urgency in processing the recommendations as all the promotions are stayed by various courts. GS shared the concern whether the recommendations are to be processed by Restg cell or the Pers Cell as the Pers cell is the nodal section and cadre controlling authority. Further discussions will be held after few days.
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Circle Executive Committee meeting of Kerala Circle: The CEC meeting of Kerala Circle was held at SNEA Bhavan, Trivandrum on 04.11.2015. GS Com K Sebastin addressed the CEC meeting.
GS in his address congratulated the entire employees of Kerala Circle especially the comrades of SNEA and BSNLEU for the historical struggle against corruption and dictatorship. Ultimately all the corruption charges are getting proved and truth started coming out. In the process growth of the Circle drastically come down and huge number of landline, BB and mobile connections surrendered due to very poor service and Circle management was only interested in vindictive actions, not on development or quality of service. Now it is for the employees to prove that it is not because of the CGM alone, Kerala was making profit, it is because of the hard work of the employees, Kerala was always in the top. Earlier Management and Employees worked together which took the Circle to the glory. Now under the new CGM, Circle has to flourish again, that is the expectation of CHQ and BSNL management, GS told.
On 3rd PRC, the employees has to work with on a single agenda of making the company profitable by 2017. Mgt has taken lot of initiatives and we have to respond very positively in the coming months. Availability of all the materials and stores improved considerably, and if we are taking some extra efforts, we can make wonders as done earlier. Next two years are very crucial for all of us and it is going to decide our future. For the next two years, this should be our single agenda.
On other cadre issues, almost all the promotions (JTO to SDE, JAO to AO, SDE to DE, AO to CAO) are stayed by the Hon CAT, Chandigargh on reservation issue based on the Hon Supreme Court judgment. Management is trying to vacate the stay and sought the legal opinion of Attorney General and Solicitor General of India. Other cadre issues are under pursue.
Now the entire focus of the CHQ is on the two most important cadre issues where Joint Committee recommendations given:
1) implementation of standard pay scales of E2, E3 for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO which is going to change the future of the executives as well as the company and
2) implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy which is going to break the stalemate in promotions and bringing parity in promotions among all the Executives of various wings.
The joint committee report is to be processed on fast track. We cannot sleep like others because SNEA was the only force behind the reconstitution of the joint committee and having the recommendation in 4 months time. It is our responsibility to implement it in letter and spirit.
JTO RR notified and we are struggling to see that regularization of offtg JTOs completing at the earliest. Parallally we are pursuing for LICE from TTA to JTO and Direct rect to JTO cadre. When draft JTO RR was circulated in 2013 itself, E1 scale was proposed. Sensing the danger of demotion of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E1 and E2 scales respectively, SNEA served notice for implementation of E2, E3 scales in January, 2014, again in Sept 2014 and finally in April 2015 which made the management to reconstitute the joint committee in the meeting with SNEA on 06.05.2015. Our efforts to have a joint struggle with others in the UF on the same issues does not got favourable response from others. They may not have felt it as an important issue at that time or they never consider it as an important issue at all. But when the RR is notified in 2015, all hue and cry after 2 years. Now the joint committee report has to be implemented at the earliest, that is the need of the hour. If E2, E3 pay scales are approved replacing E1A and E2A pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2007, automatically the JTO, JAO, SDE, AO RRs and EPP will be modified to that extent w.e.f 01.01.2007 replacing the pay scales also. It is part of the Joint Committee recommendations. Approaching the court is not the solution, it will only further complicate the issue. So there is no need for legal course for this purpose at this point of time. Challenging the JTO RR will only delay the JTO rect, regularization of Offtg JTOs/LICE from TTAs and direct JTO rect, our friends should understand.
SNEA will be fully focusing the implementation of the joint Committee report in the coming days and our comrades should be vigilant and proactive to ensure that the report is implemented in letter and spirit.
General body meeting of Kannur SSA, Kerala Circle: A General body meeting of Kannur SSA, the home SSA of GS Com K Sebastin was held on 03.11.2015 to felicitate the GS. GS addressed the meeting and explained the developments at CHQ on revival of BSNL as well as on cadre issues. GS appealed to all the comrades to take extra efforts in the next 15 to 20 months time, keeping the 3rd PRC implementation in our mind. At any cost we should not miss the 3rd PRC benefits, it is a big challenge for the employees of BSNL but not an impossible one. We are having the strength and potential to achieve it, GS told.
Combined Circle Executive Committee meetings of SNEA and BSNLEU of Kerala Circle and convention at Trivandrum: A combined meeting of SNEA, BSNLEU and CCLU, Kerala Circle was held at Trivandrum on 04.11.2015. GS Com K Sebastin addressed the meeting.
GS in his address congratulated the entire employees of Kerala Circle especially the comrades of SNEA, BSNLEU and CCLU for the historical struggle against corruption and dictatorship. Ultimately all the corruption charges are getting proved and truth started coming out. In the process growth of the Circle drastically come down and huge number of landline, BB and mobile connections surrendered due to very poor service. Circle management was only interested in vindictive actions, not on development or quality of service. As a first step to clean the system, management decided to shift the CGM, Sri M S S Rao on charges of corruption clearly establishing our complaints and posted him as Principal, RTTC, TVM. BSNL Management told the Hon Supreme Court and CAT that Mr Rao is facing serious charges of corruption, his name is in the agreed list, he is not able to lead or control or motivate the employees, Circle growth is affected etc, clearly establishing we are correct. What SNEA and BSNLEU was telling for the last one year is admitted by the management in the Hon Court. Further actions on the charges of corruption is expected in the coming days.
Now it is for the employees to prove that not because of the CGM alone, Kerala was making profit, it was because of the hard work of the employees, Kerala was always in the top. Earlier Management and Employees worked together which took the Circle to the glory. Now under the new CGM, Circle has to flourish again, that is the expectation of CHQ and BSNL management, GS told.
Management has inherent and inescapable responsibility to translate recommendations of Joint Committee on standard scales of E2 and E3 and CPSU cadre hierarchy into reality on war footing.
Struggle is inevitable to isolate and defeat obdurate management and vested interests keen and active to sabotage the implementation of the recommendations on flimsy and non -existent grounds.
After painstaking and tireless struggle by this Association, the Joint Committee, constituted in February, 2012, to examine the above issues and which had become defunct due to callous and insensitive attitude of the members of the committee and the then Director(HR), fresh committee with very specific mandate and definite time frame was constituted on 6th May, 2015. This critical breakthrough came about as a result of our intense persuasion and continuous struggle.
The committee that was constituted in 2012 and was assigned the job of submitting its recommendations within six months was a big fiasco, exposing fully unprofessionalism and total lack of interest and expertise of an awful and inertia ridden BSNL Management. The committee was virtually a non starter, and, in about 43 months, no one in the top management, particularly then DIR(HR), ever cared to ask the committee members, let alone taking them to task, as to why there is such an unprecedented delay. DIR(HR) completely eroded his authority and compromised the dignity of the high office he was holding beyond comprehensible levels.
However, the Chairman of the new committee, reconstituted with active intervention of the new CMD, lived up to the trust that CMD reposed in him to complete his job by 15th August, 2015. Toughness on the part of the Chairman in not allowing committee members to go astray and thereby yet again derail this committee the way first one was derailed and the birds eye that he kept on the members of the committee in terms of not allowing them to cross the terms of reference and the mandate of the committee eventually produced remarkable results, notwithstanding the so called “dissenting note” by some of the members. Disgruntled, we are constrained to classify them, since they are and have been all along least interested in resolving these issues of far reaching consequences on motivational level of the executives and its resultant decisive impact on the upward growth of the services. Thus the so called “dissenting note” is nothing but a reflection of their myopic understanding, total lack of application, perversion towards reform and manifestation of their exasperation.
However, the Joint Committee has given specific recommendations on the implementation of standard pay scales E2, E3 as per the stipulated DPE guidelines, without cascading effect, since it was not the mandate of the committee, and also on first TBP uniformly after 5 years w.e.f 01.10.2000. On the CPSU cadre hierarchy, the committee has envisioned a broad road map, defining the outer contours of the map, the subtler and intricate nitty-gritties of which have to be ironed out through painstaking and mind boggling discussions. The mechanism, besides meeting our HR progression, has also to meet the requirements of the Company and has to fit into the very complex structure that Company has inherited from DOT and that is still continuing. Resolution of these nitty- gitties is in itself is a big challenge for us.
The top management has to take a decisive call on the sweeping changes that the mechanism is going to bring about in terms of hierarchy and the reporting system. At least up to the level of AGM, time bound functional promotion is not only a dire necessity to not only cater to the career growth needs of young, talented, potential and vibrant force in the Company, but more importantly to meet the emerging needs of the Company to built top leadership in the long run that belongs to the Company and gets rid of hired top management that we have had for 15 years and which has reduced the company to shambles. It is crucial for the top management to recognize this critical fact and then work on it assiduously to build a viable management structure. This has to be the starting point for the top management to translate broad road map into reality.
After top management acknowledges this crucial and basic fact, it is for other wings of the organization like Personnel, Finance, Civil/Electrical etc, to interact very closely with the members of the joint committee in order to evolve and put in place a sound, sustainable and uniform mechanism of career growth for the executives hailing from different streams of the Company.
Implementation of any progressive mechanism of career growth with respect to the absorbed employees, especially for the Executives, will be a challenging job for the BSNL management. History reminds us that measures/proposals with the potential to change the face of the Company never found any acceptance from top management. Viewed in this context, it remains a very huge challenge before the new CMD and DIR(HR), who have sincerity of purpose, to defeat and isolate obdurate elements in the management and vested interests in trade unions, who will be working overtime in the days to come to derail the implementation of the recommendations. Both CMD and DIR(HR) would have to be ruthless in ensuring smooth and expeditious implementation of the recommendations. It is their baby and thus their exclusive responsibility to nurture and develop this baby into a fully grown and healthy adult. They should under any circumstances not allow scuttling the recommendations the way it has been done in the past. Our officers infamous and renowned for their negative and bureaucratic mindset will go to any extent to topple any progressive reforms and proposals on flimsy grounds that they are "un-implementable and will disturb the system and hierarchy", thereby compelling the top management to ultimately concur with them and drop such proposals. Unfortunately, such officers were never asked to suggest alternate solutions while shooting down the new proposals. They were never made accountable. They are perverse to introducing any kind of change in the organization because of their vested interests and a closed mindset.