circle matters


02-09-2014

GS and AGS Com Arvind Dahiya met GM(SR) and briefed him about the latest developments in Kerala Circle. CGMT started questioning the authority of the CMD, GS told GM(SR). The agitation programmes called off on 01.08.2014 after prolonged discussions and written commitments from the CGMT on various issues on the intervention of CMD, DIR(CFA), GM(SR) and GM(NOW-CFA), BSNLCO. However, CGMT is not implementing any of the assurances but unleashed a series of vindictive actions like transfer of office-bearers from HQ (Circle Treasurer, SSA Secretary, SSA President and other SNEA activists), non settlement of earlier vindictive actions etc.

GS and President met CMD/BSNL on 27.08.2014 before leaving to Assam and informed him about the developments. CMD assured to intervene in the matter. After the intervention of CMD, to the surprises of all, even defying the direction of CMD/BSNL, Sri M S S Rao, CGMT initiated a series of vindictive actions. On 28th A/N he personally spoken to all the SSA Heads and GMs to implement the “no work no pay” even for the sanctioned leave period, medical leave period etc in August month itself for about 1200 Executives when his written commitment was “there will be no vindictive action”. Even he sought the help of ITPC for this. He directed concerned officers to prepare the supplementary bill on the holiday, 29.08.2014. The new Circle office body formed on 28.08.2014 but on the same day almost all the new office bearers transferred out of Circle office. This all gives enough proof that he is taking sides and behaving in a partisan way to give undue advantage to some Associations during membership verification. But the “real comrades of Kerala” will prove him wrong.

Even after one month, Kerala not come to the normal situation and Executives could not function in the normal way dedicating themselves for the growth due to the attitude of the CGMT. For the last one month, SNEA(I) kept its word “not to precipitate the situation” on the assurance of CMD and others and tried to maintain the services even during these provocations. Now situation is alarming, we may be compelled to go to street again.

Services are deteriorated like anything, first time in the history of Kerala net broadband connections shown an alarming figure of (-)12,689 and a disconnection of 55,008 and net landline (-)70,476 upto 30.08.14, fault rates are about 50,000 every day, revenue declined comparing to last quarter but CGMT is not concerned about the services or closures. He can boost Kerala is making highest profit, due to the contribution of the employees, contribution of senior officers, earlier CGMs, but how long? In the name of profit made by others, present CGMT started questioning the authority of CMD, DIR(CFA) and BSNLCO? See the arrogance!

CMD is out of station, we are waiting for his return to New Delhi. Meanwhile CEC meeting of Kerala Circle is going to take decision on future course of action on 03.08.2014. Go ahead, comrades, the whole SNEA(I) is with you.

01-09-2014

Assam tour of GS and CHQ President from 28th to 30th August:

GS and CHQ President addressed the general body meeting at Guwahati on 28.08.2014, CEC meeting of Assam Circle at Jorhat on 29.08.2014 and SSA conferences of Jorhat SSA and Dibrugargh SSA on 29.08.2014 and 30.08.2014. In Jorhat almost all the young JTOs joined SNEA(I) to strengthen SNEA(I). New SSA Secs of Johat and Dibrugargh are BSNL recruited JTOs. CP/Assam Com Vivek Nath, CS/Assam Com I H Mandal and CWC member Com H P Dutta addressed in the meetings. Com A. K. Ghosh, CS/NE I Circle and Com Sushil Tripathi, SSA Secretary/Meghalaya, Shillong also attended the general body meeting at Guwahati. CS/NE I requested CHQ for settlement of Rule 8 cases from NE I.

An opens session was held on 29.08.2014 at Jorhat. Com K. Sebastin GS, Com G L Jogi President, Sri Rajiv Yadav, CGM/Assam Circle, CP/Assam Com Vivek Nath, CS/Assam Com I H Mandal and CWC member Com H P Dutta addressed the meeting. Sri Rajiv Yadav, CGM/Assam Circle addressed the CEC meeting sharing his vision for revival of Assam Circle. CS, CP and the whole CEC promised him the fullest support in this endeavour.

 

Com GS and President in their address appealed all the Executives and Non Executives to join together and work with BSNL Management as a team for the revival of BSNL. BSNL shall wipe out the 8000 Cr losses in another 3 years time, by 2017 to become eligible for 3rd PRC due from 01.01.2017. Otherwise 3rd will not hear us. SNEA(I) is always in the forefront to protect the interest of the company after BSNL formation, on CDMA roaming, ADC, copper cable unbundling, GSM tender in 2007, procurement of materials, tenders, USO subsidy in lieu of ADC, 3G roaming, BWA spectrum refund, pension contribution on actual basic instead of maximum of the pay scale, notional loan etc etc thereby protecting the interest of the employees as well.

On cadre issues, SNEA(I) is continued its struggle for settlement of issues like terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL (like pay scales, TBP policy, fitment), EPF contribution @ 12% of emoluments (basic+IDA) without ceiling instead of a fixed amount of 12% of Rs 6500(order issued on 12.08.2005 well before the formation of some Assn which claims for it), TBP policy orders in 2007, thousands of promotions in different cadres, BSNL MS RR in 2009 making the path through for DE/ DGM/ GM/ CGM promotions in the future for the cadre, especially for the young comrades, amendments in BSNL MS RR from 50% to 75% and on Civil/Elect issue, 78.2%, JTO RR, etc. Now DE Regular promotion also issued making the promotions current. All efforts are being taken to complete the JTO to SDE promotions also in the near future.

Our entire focus is to resolve issues like E2, E3 pay scales, 30% superannuation benefit, Time Bound functional promotion, pay anomalies, Civil /Electrical issues etc in the near future for which all Executives has to strengthen SNEA(I) and get ready for another struggle.

All members are very happy about the recent DE promotion ending adhocism and role of SNEA(I) in making such huge promotion order. All demanded to expedite JTO to SDE promotion also. GS explained the queries on Rule 8 cases, special rect drive for NE region, JTO reversion case etc.

SNEA(I) is the home of JTOs. From this platform only all historical struggles took place in the past for the upgradation of 1400-2700 pay scale to 1640-2900 scale in 1986, another revision from 5500-9000 to 6500-10500 in 1996, again E1A scale from 01.10.2000, status changed from Group C to Group B gazetted which made our entry as an Executive in BSNL etc. Along with the cange of pay scales, designation and status, name of the Association also changed from TESA to JETA to JTOA to TEOA to SNEA. All the members pledged to work for 2/3 majority for SNEA in Assam Circle in the membership verification on 10th Dec: 2014.

27-08-2014

Circle Conference of Jharkhand Circle:

The Circle Conference of Jharkhand Circle was held at Ranchi on 24.08.2014 in a grand manner. C/P Com B K Mishra presided over the Conference. Members from all the SSAs in addition to the delegates attended the Conference as it was the beginning for membership verification campaign in Jharkhand Circle.

An opens session was held in the afternoon attended by new JTOs and the leaders and activists of SNEA(I) from different SSAs. Com K. Sebastin GS, Com G L Jogi President, Com Ramesh Kumar, Jt Secretary(E), Sri Arun Kumar, Sr. GM (CM), Sri S. K. Agrawal, GM(A) and Com Ratish Kumar, CS/Bihar addressed the conference.

Com GS and President in their address explained the contribution of the Association during the last three decades in upgrading the pay scales in 1986, 1996 and in 2002 (BSNL), change of status of the cadre from Group C to Group B gazetted and then as an Executive in BSNL etc. In BSNL, SNEA(I) is always in the forefront to protect the interest of the company, in CDMA roaming by Reliance, ADC abolition, copper cable unbundling, disinvestment, GSM tender, 3G roaming, notional loan, pension contribution on actual basic, BWA spectrum refund etc etc.

After formation of BSNL, TEOA alone opposed the proposed absorption into BSNL without any terms and conditions like pay scales, promotion policy and fitment formula. TEOA legally and organizationally struggled and in 2002-03 through a historic struggle E1A, E2A, ---- E6 pay scales (Management offer was E1, E2, --- E6), Time Bound promotions between 4 to 6 years from JTO/JAO to SG JAG grade and point to point fitment agreed. Another major issue of directly recruited employees of BSNL, the EPF contribution on 12% of actual emoluments (basic+IDA) without ceiling, instead of a fixed amount of 12% of Rs 6500/ ceiling was settled in 2005 through three years of struggle from 2002 to 2005. BSNL agreed the same in May, 2005, Board approved it on 11.07.2005 and orders issued on 12.08.2005. On other cadre issues, SNEA(I) is continued its struggle for settlement of issues like promotions in different cadres, 78.2%, BSNL MS RR etc. More than 18,500 JTOs promoted as SDEs from 2000 to 2013. Now DE Regular promotion also issued for 2303 SDE/Adhoc DEs making the promotions current. Due to the efforts of SNEA(I), adhocism ended and regular quota increased from 50% to 75%. All efforts are being taken to complete the JTO to SDE promotions also in the near future. DGM promotions also in the pipeline.

Issues like E2, E3 pay scales for JTO/JAO, SDE/AOs and the pay parity issue of 2007 and 2008 batch JTOs, superannuation benefit to BSNL direct recruits, Time Bound functional promotion, pay anomalies, first TBP after 4 years, Civil/Electrical issues etc are the major issues to be resolved which Association is vigorously pursuing. Association decided to go for trade union actions immediately since these issues are not settled even after several assurances to this Association.

Almost all the TTAs promoted as JTOs in Jharkhand Circle recently joined SNEA(I).

In the conference it is decided to work for absolute majority for SNEA in Jharkhand Circle in the membership verification on 10th Dec: 2014.

In the conference Com Ranjan Kumar Ram/ SDE, Com Pankaj Kumar Das/ JTO, Com Sanjay Kumar/ SDE and Com Gaya Prasad/JTO are unanimously elected as Circle President, Circle Secretary, Circle Treasurer and CWC Member respectively. The new Circle secretary is a 2001 BSNL recruited JTO. Com Vikas Kumar Gupta/JTO is elected as ACS. He was the Circle President of SNATTA.

SNEA(I), CHQ wish all the success for the newly elcted office bearers.

Both GS and President appealed each and every member of SNEA(I) to work hard for the revival of BSNL as that only will resolve the issues and protect our jobs.

27-08-2014

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA(I), Bihar  Circle:

GS and CHQ President started the membership verification campaign from Patna by addressing the Bihar CEC cum general body meeting of Patna Telephones at Patna on 23.08.2014. C/P Com Ranjan Kumar presided over the meeting and C/S Com Ratish Kumar submitted the report. The CEC discussed about the preparations for membership verification. All the 52 TTAs promoted as JTOs in Bihar Circle recently joined SNEA(I).

An opens session was held in the afternoon at Conference hall which was attended by newly joined JTOs and the leaders and activists of SNEA(I) from different SSAs, especially Patna SSA. Com K. Sebastin GS, Com G L Jogi President, Sri S. S. Choudhary, PGM Patna Telephones, Sri R. P. Singh, Sr. GM(HR & Admn), Sri D. N. Singh, Sr. GM(NWO-CFA)  and Sri J. K. Sah, GM(TP) addressed the CEC.

Com GS and President in their address explained the contribution of the Association during the last three decades in upgrading the pay scales, status of the cadre etc. After BSNL formation, SNEA(I) is always in the forefront to protect the interest of the company. On cadre issues, SNEA(I) is continued its struggle for settlement of issues like promotions in different cadres, 78.2%, BSNL MS RR etc. Now DE Regular promotion also issued making the promotions current. All efforts are being taken to complete the JTO to SDE promotions also in the near future. Issues like E2, E3 pay scales, superannuation benefit, Time Bound functional promotion, pay anomalies, Civil /Electrical issues etc are to be addressed in the near future.

All the members pledged to work for absolute majority for SNEA in the membership verification on 10th Dec: 2014.

Both GS and President reminded the comrades that, time has come to do something extra for the company as BSNL has given us everything for us and that will resolve our issues also.

26-08-2014

05-08-2014

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA (I), Punjab Circle: The CEC meeting of Punjab Circle was held at Jalandhar on 30.07.2014. C/P Com Gurpreet Singh presided over the meeting and C/S Amarjit Singh addressed the CEC. All the SSA Secretaries presented the report in the CEC meeting. CS informed the house that almost 97% of the newly promoted JTOs joined SNEA(I). An opens session was held in the afternoon which was attended by the newly joined JTOs, CS/SNATTA, the leaders and activists of SNEA(I) from different SSAs and SEWA BSNL activists also. Com K. Sebastin GS, Com G L Jogi President and Com Arvind Dahiya AGS addressed the CEC.

Com GS, President and AGS in their address explained the history of this Association and the JTO cadre. Along with the change of designation, pay scales and status of JTO cadre, ie from ESP to JE and then to JTO, the name of the Association also changed from TESA to JETA(I), JETA(I) to JTOA(I), JTOA(I) to TEOA(I) and finally to SNEA(I). The pay scales also got changed from Rs 1400/- to Rs 1640/ in 1986, then to Rs 2000/ equivalent in 1996 and finally to E1A from 01.10.2000. The status also changed from Group C to Group B Gazetted in 1996 and then absorbed/recruited as an Executive in BSNL. JTO and SDE cadre got one time bound promotion each in 1990s, first time in the history of any central Govt department. All these achived due to continuous struggle of our senior comrades in the banner of JETA(I) / JTOA(I) / TEOA(I).

After formation of BSNL, TEOA was the only Association opposed the proposed absorption into BSNL without any terms and conditions like pay scales, promotion policy and fitment formula. All other Assns are ready to get absorbed in BSNL on an adhoc payment of Rs 2000/ offered by BSNL Management. TEOA legally and organizationally fought against this and come out successful. In 2002-03 through another historic struggle by SNEA(I) alone, Management agreed for E1A, E2A, ---- E6 pay scales (our demand was E2, E3, -- - and Management side offer was E1, E2, ---), Time Bound promotions between 4 to 6 years from JTO/JAO to SG JAG grade and point to point fitment. The EPF contribution @ 12% Basic plus IDA without ceiling instead of a fixed amount of 12% of Rs 6500/ with ceiling (paid upto 2005) for the BSNL recruited employees was another milestone. BSNL taken this decision in May 2005, Board approved it on 11.07.2005 and orders issued on 12.08.2005. On 18.1.2007 TBP policy announced which ensured 5 TBP in a span of maximum 26 years of service, another career breakthrough as a result of our struggle in 2002-03. Till that time hardly one or two TBP was available in DoT/BSNL from JTO to Lateral JTO and from SDE to Sr SDE after 12 years of service in each cadre. SNEA(I) fought the court case against LDCE which resulted in the promotion of about 900 JTOs of 2001 batch in the LDCE in 2008. After that SNEA(I) struggled for revamping the LDCE and OMR system introduced, descriptive type question pattern changed to objective type multiple choice questions, giving no chance for subjectivity. BSNLMS RR 2009 come into force on 14.07.2009 abolishing the bottle neck of JTS, ensuring promotions directly from SDE to DE/AGM and further upto GM/CGM in the coming days. A direct rect JTO was retiring with just one promotion as SDE till 2009, but BSNLMS RR ensured that the Executives are getting promotion upto DGM today and the younger generation will definitely reach upto GM/CGM. Further progress made in the BSNLMS RR in 2013-14 by increasing the regular quota from 50% to 75%, the real beneficiaries will be the younger generation.  After long legal hurdle, last LDCE also conducted for the vacancies upto 2009-10. In all the promotions and postings, SNEA(I) was committed to protect the interest of SC/ST comrades as per provisions of constitution and Govt orders and even ensured that 15% and 7.5% quota is maintained for postings also. Now we are focusing on the promotion from JTO to SDE, year to year LDCE, SDE/Adhoc DE to DE Regular and DE to DGM promotions. JTO to SDE promotion in Civil/Electrical in both seniority and LDCE quota became current. The amendment of BSNLMS RR for Civil/Electrical wings for EE promotion, notional pay for JTO(C/E) etc w.e.f 01.10.2000 at par with JAO cadre, first TBP uniformly after 4 years, notional date of promotion for the LDCE candidates in line with court order etc are pursued by the Assn.

Our priority issues and important cadre issues are a) the standard pay scale of E2, E3 etc for JTO/JAO, SDE/AO etc b) 30% superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited employees, c) Time Bound functional promotion or CPSU cadre hierarchy etc. SNEA(I) is committed to struggle for the settlement of these issues which will change the career prospects of entire BSNL Executives.

Role of SNEA(I) was unique one in settling several issues like GSM tender in 2007, ITS issue, 78.2% IDA fitment, BWA spectrum refund, procurement of materials, 3G roaming issue, revival of BSNL etc etc. We are committed to the revival of BSNL.

Both leaders appealed to all the Executives to work for the membership verification, for the Unity of the Executives, for a SINGLE STRONG REPRESENTATIVE ASSOCIATION IN BSNL as in other CPSUs. This will be for the speedy settlement of cadre issues, for the revival of BSNL and to secure the job security of our young comrades.

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02-08-2014

CEC meeting of Bihar Circle and general body meeting at Patna on 23.08.2014.

Jharkhand Circle conference at Ranchi on 24.08.2014.

CEC meeting of Assam Circle at Jorhat on 29.08.2014 and General body meeting at Guwahati on 28.08.2014.

CEC meeting of AP Circle at Nellore on 11th and 12th Sept and General Body meetings at Ongole, Guntur, Vijayawada, Elore, Rajamundry and Vizhakapatanam from 12th to 15th Sept, 2014.

02-08-2014

CEC meeting of Bihar Circle and general body meeting at Patna on 23.08.2014.

Jharkhand Circle conference at Ranchi on 24.08.2014.

CEC meeting of Assam Circle at Jorhat on 29.08.2014 and General body meeting at Guwahati on 28.08.2014.

CEC meeting of AP Circle at Nellore on 11th and 12th Sept and General Body meetings at Ongole, Guntur, Vijayawada, Elore, Rajamundry and Vizhakapatanam from 12th to 15th Sept, 2014.

02-08-2014

GS writes to Hon MOC on yet another glaring and calibrated move of CGM / Kerala to review penalty levied against M/s Nortel during 2012 - 2013 for its abject failure to provide AMC for phase 1V and phase 1V.5 GSM expansion. Kind and expeditious intervention solicited to restore normalcy and safeguard exemplary working environment of Kerala......View Copy of the Letter.

01-08-2014

GS writes to Hon MOC on yet another glaring and calibrated move of CGM / Kerala to review penalty levied against M/s Nortel during 2012 - 2013 for its abject failure to provide AMC for phase 1V and phase 1V.5 GSM expansion. Kind and expeditious intervention solicited to restore normalcy and safeguard exemplary working environment of Kerala......View Copy of the Letter.

02-08-2014

GS writes to Hon MOC on yet another glaring and calibrated move of CGM/Kerala to review penalty levied against M/s Nortel during 2012/13 for its abject failure to provide AMC for phase 1V and phase 1V.5 GSM expansion. Kind and expeditious intervention solicited to restore normalcy and safeguard exemplary working environment of Kerala.

02-08-2014

GS writes to Hon MOC on yet another glaring and calibrated move of CGM/Kerala to review penalty levied against M/s Nortel during 2012/13 for its abject failure to provide AMC for phase 1V and phase 1V.5 GSM expansion. Kind and expeditious intervention solicited to restore normalcy and safeguard exemplary working environment of Kerala

01-08-2014

Message from Circle Secretary, Kerala Circle:

Dear comrades,

On behalf of all comrades of SNEA(I) Kerala, I extend our sincere gratitude to all CHQ office bearers especially our President Com. G.L Jogi, GS Com. K. Sebastin, Com. Rajan CHQ Treasurer and most importantly our Jt. Sec. South Com. Padmanabha Rao for your active guidance, support and motivating and vibrant speeches. We can not forget the support from different Circles. We thank all CSs, CWC members and all members of SNEA (I) through out the country for your tremendous support. We thank all dignitaries especially Hon. MOC,  Com. T. N Seema Hon M.P, Com M.P Achuthan Hon M.P, Com. V.S Achuthanandan Opp. Leader Krl, Com. P.Rajeev, Hon M.P and other leaders for their guidance and support. We thank all Associations and Unions of BSNL especially BSNLEU and all national Trade unions and state/central/PSU service Associations/Unions for your support. Finally we thank CMD, Directors and all other officers of Corporate office and CGMT Kerala and entire Circle Management for settling the issues favourably.

Comradely yours,

George Varghese, CS, SNEA(I), Kerala

01-08-2014

Hats off Comrades of Kerala, we salute you

Congratulations to one and all, comrades of SNEA(I) throughout the country

After final round of discussion with the Kerala Circle Management in the evening, the hunger strike and work according to rule continuing in Kerala Circle for the last 37 days since 25.06.2014 withdrawn as almost all the contentious issues are resolved. Some policy matters are referred to BSNLCO for further decisions. Management assured to consider all the disciplinary matters sympathetically and no vindictive action will be taken against the Executives. CMD BSNL also assured us that there will not be any vindictive actions.

Today morning GS, CHQ President and CS/BSNLCO met DIR(CFA) and held final round of discussions on some of the remaining issues. DIR(CFA) assured us that he will take care of those issues and find a solution today itself.

We are extremely grateful to Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL, Sri N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA), Sri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR) and S.K. Mittal, Sr GM (NOW-CFA) for their timely intervention for resolving the issues. 

We are extremely grateful to Dr T. N. Seema, Com P. Achuthan, Com P. Rajeev, Hon MPs who intervened and supported us at every point of time.

We are extremely grateful to Com V. S Achuthanandan, Opposition leader and Ex Chief Minister, Com Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Ex Home Minister, MLAs, Ex MP/MLAs and the print and electronic media which stood with us in this crucial struggle to keep the prestige of the Circle.

We are extremely grateful to BSNLEU, NFTE, FNTO and other trade unions and especially BSNLEU for their extraordinary support and solidarity in strongly opposing indiscrimate and massive vindictive actions initiated by the management thus adhering the ethics of Trade Union. We are also thankful to BSNLEU to the extent of supporting us in joining our struggle.  

We are extremely grateful to other State and Central trade unions which supported the agitation.

We are extremely grateful to all the CSs, CHQ / Circle /SSA office-bearers and activists who supported the struggle of Kerala Circle from day one.

The hunger strike by CHQ office-bearers, CSs at Delhi and other activists at BSNLCO continued today.

We all salute legitimate struggle of our valiant heroes of SNEA(I) Kerala, Com George Varghese, CS/KRL, all SSA/Branch Secs, CWC/CEC members, Circle/SSA office bearers and activists to protect the excellent work culture and monitoring mechanisms that have been put in place for years together and have contributed towards making Kerala a model and spectacular Circle of growth in BSNL..

SNEA(I) is extremely grateful to all the employees and Executives of other Associations in Kerala Circle who actively supported this struggle.


01-08-2014

Hats off Comrades of Kerala, we salute you

Congratulations to one and all, comrades of SNEA(I) throughout the country

After final round of discussion with the Kerala Circle Management in the evening, the hunger strike and work according to rule continuing in Kerala Circle for the last 37 days since 25.06.2014 withdrawn as almost all the contentious issues are resolved. Some policy matters are referred to BSNLCO for further decisions. Management assured to consider all the disciplinary matters sympathetically and no vindictive action will be taken against the Executives. CMD BSNL also assured us that there will not be any vindictive actions.

Today morning GS, CHQ President and CS/BSNLCO met DIR(CFA) and held final round of discussions on some of the remaining issues. DIR(CFA) assured us that he will take care of those issues and find a solution today itself.

We are extremely grateful to Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL, Sri N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA), Sri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR) and S.K. Mittal, Sr GM (NOW-CFA) for their timely intervention for resolving the issues.  

We are extremely grateful to Dr T. N. Seema, Com P. Achuthan, Com P. Rajeev, Hon MPs who intervened and supported us at every point of time.

We are extremely grateful to Com V. S Achuthanandan, Opposition leader and Ex Chief Minister, Com Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Ex Home Minister, MLAs, Ex MP/MLAs and the print and electronic media which stood with us in this crucial struggle to keep the prestige of the Circle.

We are extremely grateful to BSNLEU, NFTE, FNTO, AIGETOA and other trade unions and especially BSNLEU for their extraordinary support and solidarity in strongly opposing indiscrimate and massive vindictive actions initiated by the management thus adhering the ethics of Trade Union. We are also thankful to BSNLEU to the extent of supporting us in joining our struggle.  

We are extremely grateful to other State and Central trade unions which supported the agitation.

We are extremely grateful to all the CSs, CHQ / Circle /SSA office-bearers and activists who supported the struggle of Kerala Circle from day one.

The hunger strike by CHQ office-bearers, CSs at Delhi and other activists at BSNLCO continued today.

We all salute legitimate struggle of our valiant heroes of SNEA(I) Kerala, Com George Varghese, CS/KRL, all SSA/Branch Secs, CWC/CEC members, Circle/SSA office bearers and activists to protect the excellent work culture and monitoring mechanisms that have been put in place for years together and have contributed towards making Kerala a model and spectacular Circle of growth in BSNL.

SNEA(I) is extremely grateful to all the employees and Executives of other Associations in Kerala who actively supported this struggle.

01-08-2014

Hats off Comrades of Kerala, we salute you

Congratulations to one and all, comrades of SNEA(I) throughout the country

After final round of discussion with the Kerala Circle Management, the hunger strike and work according to rule continuing in Kerala Circle for the last 37 days since 25.06.2014 withdrawn as almost all the contentious issues are resolved. Some policy matters are referred to BSNLCO for further decisions. Management assured to consider all the disciplinary matters sympathetically and no vindictive action will be taken against the Executives. CMD BSNL also assured us that there will not be any vindictive actions.

Today morning GS, CHQ President and CS/BSNLCO met DIR(CFA) and held final round of discussions on some of the remaining issues. DIR(CFA) assured us that he will take care of those issues and find a solution today itself.

We are extremely grateful to Sri A. N. Rai, CMD/BSNL, Sri N. K. Gupta, DIR(CFA), Sri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR) and S.K. Mittal, Sr GM (NOW-CFA) for their timely intervention for resolving the issues.  

We are extremely grateful to Dr T. N. Seema, Com P. Achuthan, Com P. Rajeev, Hon MPs who intervened and supported us at every point of time.

We are extremely grateful to Com V. S Achuthanandan, Opposition leader and Ex Chief Minister, Com Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Ex Home Minister, MLAs, Ex MP/MLAs and the print and electronic media which stood with us in this crucial struggle to keep the prestige of the Circle.

We are extremely grateful to BSNLEU, NFTE, FNTO, AIGETOA and other trade unions and especially BSNLEU for their extraordinary support and solidarity in strongly opposing indiscrimate and massive vindictive actions initiated by the management thus adhering the ethics of Trade Union. We are also thankful to BSNLEU to the extent of supporting us in joining our struggle.  

We are extremely grateful to other State and Central trade unions which supported the agitation.

We are extremely grateful to all the CSs, CHQ / Circle /SSA office-bearers and activists who supported the struggle of Kerala Circle from day one.

The hunger strike by CHQ office-bearers, CSs at Delhi and other activists at BSNLCO continued today.

We all salute legitimate struggle of our valiant heroes of SNEA(I) Kerala, Com George Varghese, CS/KRL, all SSA/Branch Secs, CWC/CEC members, Circle/SSA office bearers and activists to protect the excellent work culture and monitoring mechanisms that have been put in place for years together and have contributed towards making Kerala a model and spectacular Circle of growth in BSNL.

SNEA(I) is extremely grateful to all the employees and Executives of other Associations in Kerala who actively supported this struggle.

31-07-2014

HUNGER STRIKE on 31st July, 2014 at Circle HQs and 31st July, 01st August at BSNL CO

In solidarity and support of SNEA(I), Kerala Comrades who are on HUNGER STRIKE since 25.06.2014 for 36 days:

30-07-2014

BSNLEU,  Kerala Circle demanding withdrawal of all Vindictive measures against Comrades of SNEA(I)  / Kerala circle.... Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Kerala Circle writes to Sri. MSS Rao, Looking after CGMT, Kerala Circle.

29-07-2014

All Circles to hold one day hunger strike at Circle HQs on 31st July, 2014 in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades.



29-07-2014

All Circles to hold one day hunger strike at Circle HQs on 31st July, 2014 in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades.

Two days huger fast commencing from 1000 Hrs on 31st July by CHQ office bearers and others at BSNL CO in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades who are on hunger strike since 25.06.2014 to protect Kerala Circle from disaster and to protest against continuing indiscriminate victimization of members of SNEA(I)/Kerala by CGM instead of resolving the issues.

Our Kerala comrades are struggling for the last two months to protect the good work culture/ the good monitoring mechanisms put in place, against the harassment and humiliation by the CGMT, to fight against the alleged corrupt activities of CGMT, to continue the growth oriented activities, demanding manpower, material and money to maintain the network, against rationalization of posts without following the staffing norms and posts sanctioned by BSNLCO, reducing Executives from high revenue earning areas like Transmission mtce/NIB/ Marketing /Sales /BB /NOC etc, against the move not to go for 2G expansion further, “rotational transfer” instead of “need based transfers” even from unpopular and shortage areas etc.

Instead of resolving the issues and focusing on the growth of the Circle as previous CGMTs done, Sri MSS Rao who is looking after the charge of CGM is unleashed series of vindictive actions and victimization by issuing dies-non to more than 1300 Executives in the Circle, charge sheets under Rule 36 for participating in the hunger strike, transfer of office bearers, show cause notices, etc etc. His ulterior motive to indulge in corrupt practices was exposed by the Circle Association which is the root cause for these actions. He didnot even spared  the  GMs/ DGMs. He stooped to such a level to offer lolly pop to some other section of Executives for garnering their support which we never heard in the history of trade union movement, against trade union ethics.

29-07-2014

All Circles to hold one day hunger strike at Circle HQs on 31st July, 2014 in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades.

Two days huger fast commencing from 1000 Hrs on 31st July by CHQ office bearers and others at BSNL CO in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades who are on hunger strike since 25.06.2014 to protect Kerala Circle from disaster and to protest against continuing indiscriminate victimization of members of SNEA(I)/Kerala by CGM instead of resolving the issues.

Our Kerala comrades are struggling for the last two months to protect the good work culture, the good monitoring mechanisms put in place, against the harassment and humiliation by the CGMT, to fight against the alleged corrupt activities of CGMT, to continue the growth oriented activities, demanding manpower, material and money to maintain the network, rationalization of posts against the staffing norms and posts sanctioned by BSNLCO, reducing Executives from high revenue earning areas like Transmission mtce/NIB/ Marketing /Sales /BB /NOC etc, “rotational transfer” instead of “need based transfers” even from unpopular and shortage areas etc.

Instead of resolving the issues and focusing on the growth of the Circle as previous CGMTs done, Sri MSS Rao who is looking after the charge of CGM is unleashed series of vindictive actions and victimization by issuing dies-non to more than 1300 Executives in the Circle, charge sheets under Rule 36 for participating in the hunger strike, show cause notices, etc etc. His ulterior motive to indulge in corrupt practices was exposed by the Circle Association which is the root cause for the problems. He stooped to such a level to offer lolly pop to some other section of Executives for garnering their support which we never heard in the history of trade union movement, against trade union ethics.

29-07-2014

All Circles to hold one day hunger strike at Circle HQs on 31st July, 2014 in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades. Make all out prepartions

Two days huger fast commencing from 1000 Hrs on 31st July by CHQ office bearers and others at BSNL CO in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades who are on hunger strike since 25.06.2014 to protect Kerala Circle from disaster and to protest against continuing indiscriminate victimization of members of SNEA(I)/Kerala by CGM instead of resolving the issues.

26-07-2014

Retention of DEs in Chennai TD: GS, President and AGS met Sri A. N. Rai, CMD, BSNL on 25.07.2014 and requested for retention of all the DEs till DE regular and DGM promotions are over. GS explained that most of the DEs retained in CHTD are very seniors as per seniority also. Due to retirement and anticipated DGM promotions, large no of DE vacancies will arise in CHTD. Once DE Regular and DGM promotions are over, maximum DEs can be posted to CHTD and remaining can be transferred to other SSAs as per seniority.

24-07-2014

Developments on Kerala issue: Meeting between Kerala Circle Administration and our Association took place today on the charter of demands. During the marathon discussion for more than 3 and half hours, Assn provided important inputs on various contentious issues. A final decision on various issues will be taken within two days.    

In the meantime as a goodwill gesture, the public rally to CGMT office in the banner of “Samara Sahaya Samithi” scheduled for 25.07.14 deferred to 30.07.2014. The Relay hunger strike will be continuing till all issues are resolved.

25-07-2014

Developments on Kerala issue: Meeting between Kerala Circle Administration and our Association took place today on the charter of demands. During the marathon discussion for more than 3 and half hours, Assn provided important inputs on various contentious issues. A final decision on various issues will be taken within two days.    

In the meantime as a goodwill gesture, the public rally to CGMT office in the banner of “Samara Sahaya Samithi” scheduled for 25.07.14 deferred to 30.07.2014. The Relay hunger strike will be continuing till all issues are resolved.

25-07-2014

Developments on Kerala issue: Meeting between Kerala Circle Administration and our Association took place today on the charter of demands. During the marathon discussion for more than 3 and half hours, Assn provided important inputs on various contentious issues. A final decision on various issues will be taken within two days.    

In the meantime as a goodwill gesture, the public rally to CGMT office in the banner of “Samara Sahaya Samithi” scheduled for 25.07.14 deferred to 30.07.2014. The Relay hunger strike will be continuing till all issues are resolved.

23-07-2014

Meeting with CMD, BSNL: GS and President met Sri A. N. Rai, CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the ongoing agitation in Kerala Circle for the last 29 days. CMD informed us that appropriate instructions are already issued to Sri MSS Rao, CGMT/Kerala to resolve the issues immediately. CMD was very unhappy due to the fact that even after strict instructions, vindictive actions are continued by the CGMT. CMD further told us that since instructions are already issued by BSNLCO, Assn may reconsider the programme of hunger strike at BSNLCO from tomorrow and facilitate the dialogue. GS and President explained the compelling reasons to start agitation programmes at CHQ level as situation in Kerala is worsening day by day due to vindictive actions. CMD assured that no further vindictive actions will be taken by the CGMT like charge sheet, memo, dies-non, second medical opinion etc and CGMT is directed to invite Assn for discussion and resolution of all issues. Assn assured that SNEA(I) will respond very positively in case CGMT is ready to resolve the issues.

On JTO to SDE promotion case, Assn requested CMD that BSNL to engage a senior lawyer from Delhi to defend the case at Ernakulam as Kerala Circle repeatedly failed to defend the case properly. CMD assured that he will give proper directions to Pers section and GM(Estt) holding the charge of GM(Pers) in this regard.

Before meeting CMD, GS, President, both AGSs and CS/CO met GM(SR). GM(SR) informed that CMD decided to issue appropriate instructions today itself to CGMT/Kerala to discuss all the issues with the Association and resolve them. This is in addition to the instructions already conveyed to CGMT telephonically by CMD. CGMT is asked to give a report in three days time. Since CMD already intervened in the matter, CMD desires that the letter for holding two days hunger strike at BSNLCO to be reconsidered. GS and President explained the compelling reasons to start agitation programmes at CHQ level as situation in Kerala is worsening day by day due to vindictive actions. GM(SR) suggested to postpone the programmes for few days to facilitate the dialogue and resolution of the issues.  

CGMT invited SNEA(I)/KRL for discussions today A/N itself but for the convenience of the Assn, meeting postponed to tomorrow A/N.

In order to have a conducive atmosphere for discussion and resolution of the issues, the hunger strike at BSNL CO on 24th and 25th postponed to 31st July and 01st August, 2014.

All Circles to hold one day hunger strike at Circle HQs on 31st July, 2014 in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades.

23-07-2014

Two days hunger fast commencing from 1000 Hrs of 24th July by CHQ office bearers at BSNL CO in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades and to protest against continuing indiscriminate victimization of members of SNEA(I)/Kerala by CGM Kerala instead of resolving the issues.

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23-07-2014

Two days huger fast commencing from 1000 Hrs of 24th July by CHQ office bearers at BSNL CO in solidarity and support of our Kerala Comrades and to protest against continuing indiscriminate victimization of members of SNEA(I)/Kerala by CGM Kerala instead of resolving the issues.

23-07-2014

Samara Sahaya Samathi formed at Trivandrum on 22.07.2014 under the Chairmanship of Com. V. Sivankutty  M.L.A and took over the responsibility of the democratic Struggle in Kerala.

 


In the meeting Com. P.V Chandra Sekharan, All India Secretary, AIBDPA, CITU Secretary Com.  Madhu V.K, INTUC Leader Sri. Muhammad Iqbal, AITUC Leader Com. Pattom Sasidharan, Secretary General of Confederation Central Govt. Employees  Com.M.Krishnan, ACS  BSNLEU Com. Santhosh Kumar, FNTO Leader Com. V.Viswakumaran Nair and leaders of FSETO, CCLU , KGOA, KUEU, PSCEU, KMCSU, KSTA, AKGCTA, NGO Union, BEFI, AIBEA, AIBDPA, AIBSNLPWA, AIBSNLPWA, NFPE, AIBDPA, NFPE, NGOU (S),  KGNA, KSTA, LFSA, All Kerala Private College Teachers Association and Com.R.Rajan, CHQ Treasurer attended.

Samara Sahaya Samathi announced its first action as Massive demonstration on 25th July 2014 with mass participation of all their members.

22-07-2014

GS and President met GM(SR) and briefed him about the latest developments in Kerala Circle. GM(SR) told us that CMD is very seriously intervened in the matter.

22-07-2014

Relay hunger strike by our Kerala Comrades continues for the 28th day: In protest against the vindictive action of Sri MSS Rao, GM who is looking after as CGM/Kerala, yesterday our Kerala comrades taken Mass leave. According to the information about 1300 Executives were on leave maintaining skelton services. Services are badly affected and according to CDR, more than 70,000 complaints are pending yesterday in KRL Circle alone where as other Circles in the South have less than 15,000 complaints each. Congrats comrades, keep it up and continue the fight for the dignity of the prestigious Circle, for a better working environment, against corruption, against humiliation, harassment and vindictive attitude of Sri MSS Rao.

21-07-2014

Relay hunger strike by our Kerala Comrades continues for the 27th day: SNEA(I) Kerala Circle to boycott  the Regional cultural meet proposed to be held on 24th and 25th July 2014.

All CHQ office bearers should be ready to come to New Delhi  on a very short notice.

19-07-2014

BSNLEU Kerala circle conducted demonstrations on 18.07.2014 at all SSA Head Quarters in support of the ongoing agitation demanding the administration to settle the Agitation which is presently affecting the services. We extend sincere thanks to BSNLEU for their solidarity.

18-07-2014

Relay hunger strike by our Kerala Comrades continues for the 24th day---.

As CMD/BSNL and DIR(CFA) intervened in the matter, Assn restrained itself from aggravating the situation as requested by them. But the arrogant CGMT Sri MSS Rao is continuing his vindictive actions like issuing dies non to the comrades availing leave and participating in the hunger strike, video graphing the agitating comrades including lady comrades which created wide spread criticism about his motives, issuing memos, transfers etc which cannot be tolerated. But this gimmicks did not demoralize the valiant comrades and the hunger strike is continuing for the 24th day. The services are severely affected. SSA Heads are closing thousands of complaint dockets without attending the fault. We are confident that CMD/BSNL and DIR/CFA will resolve the issues without any delay.

 

If the issues are not resolved in another few days, Assn is planning for All India agitation as decided in the CWC. All CHQ office bearers should be ready to come to New Delhi next week on a very short notice.

17-07-2014

Meeting with Sri Anupam Srivastava: GS and President met Sri Anupam Srivastava and discussed the alleged corrupt activities of Sri MSS Rao, CGMT Kerala in the Nortel penalty waving case. He had formed committees after committee to get a favourable report to reduce the 30 Cr penalty imposed by earlier CGMT in 2011 based on the recommendation of a high level committee. DIR(CM) categorically told that there is no instruction from BSNLCO to review any penalty and if CGM is doing so, it is his own decision only. Now matter is under examination by CM cell and appropriate action will be taken.

Assn categorically told that all his corrupt activities and transfer of GMs, DGMs and Executives who are not supporting his corrupt activities will be fully exposed by the Assn. As a result he is becoming more and more vindictive day by day. But ultimately he has to pay the price for his corrupt activities and provocative activities.

The profit theory of Mr MSS Rao is not his contribution but because of the smart tariff revision by BSNLCO. The tariff revision alone given 143 Cr additional revenue in CFA (72 Cr in basic phone + 71 Cr in broadband) and about 120 Cr in CM segment. If the tariff revision was not happened, then the profit would have been about 150 Cr instead of 411 cr as boosted by Mr Rao.

17-07-2014

Amendments to the new Recognition rules, 2014 for Membership verification: BSNL constituted a committee with Sri M C Choube, ED(CN) as Chairman and Sri A. K. Jain, CGM/NTP, Sri Neeraj Verma, GM(SR) and Sri R K Goyal, GM(EStt) as members to examine the proposals of amendments in the Recognition Rules, 2014. Association demanded amendments of some important provisions before the commencement of verification which will be examined by the committee shortly.

15-07-2014

GS and President met CMD BSNL and discussed about the Kerala issue. CMD informed that DIR(CFA) is already seized the issue and in touch with CGMT Kerala. On the alleged large scale corruption charges against Sri MSS Rao, CGMT, CMD informed that the Nortel issue is made over to DIR(CM) for thorough inquiry. Fixing of staffing norms by CGMT ignoring the staffing norms of BSNLCO and exercise of rationalization in the name of CGMTs norms, CMD told us that no Circle is having such power to change the norms and all Circles has to follow the norms fixed by BSNLCO and posts sanctioned by BSNLCO. Tomorrow, Assn will be meeting DIR(CFA) also.

13-07-2014

Highest Number of DELs...Smart Working Practices...?
DCRMS...?
at last Kerala Circle falls to 18th Position in Basic revenue growth as per Corporate Office office letter. It is shocking to see that Kerala Falls to 18th Position in revenue growth under the Smart Working of CGMT Kerala Circle…..View Revenue Chart.

12-07-2014

General Secretary Com. K. Sebastin, CHQ President Com. G. L. Jogi and Circle Secretary, Kerala Com. George Varghese met DIR(CFA) Sri N. K. Gupta on 11.07.2014 and discussed the issues related to Kerala Circle. CS, Kerala was also invited by the BSNL Management for discussions and resolution of all the issues. CS/Kerala explained the issues in detail to DIR(CFA). DIR(CFA) informed that he is very much aware of the issues in Kerala Circle and assured that prompt action will be taken by BSNLCO to resolve the issues. Kerala being the model Circle in BSNL, Management is very serious in the developments in Kerala Circle and all actions will be taken to restore the confidence of the employees.

Yesterday, 10.07.2014, we had a meeting for more than three hours with Sr. GM (NWO), Sri. Mittal who is deputed by CMD and DIR(CFA) to discuss the issues with all the concerned and have first hand information. CS, Kerala emphasized the point that the issue behind the on-going agitation in Kerala is not just because of transfer issued in May 2014 as propogated by some quarters to divert from the core issues like corruption, but against the bad policies of CGMT, his attitude, deliberate attempt to dismantle the monitoring mechanisms and unhealthy work culture, shifting of experienced and efficient officers and Executives from the wings/sections, attempt to change the staffing norms  and reduction of posts sanctioned by BSNLCO, rotational transfer etc since Sri. M.S.S Rao assumed the charge of CGMT. CHQ office bearers also pointed out that he become vindictive when Association started questioning some of his actions which may lead to corruption for crores of rupees. To terrorize the senior officers like GMs, DGMs and Executives, he is using transfer as one of the tool. CS, BSNLCO Com. A.A. Khan was also present in both the meetings.

10-07-2014

GS / AIGETOA writes to Sri A. N. Rai, CMD / BSNL in solidarity and support the ongoing struggle in Kerala Circle by SNEA (I) for the growth and revival of BSNL

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