Lunch Hour Demonstration on 27/10/2016 - opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company of BSNL: Government is moving fast in the direction of forming Tower Subsidiary Company of BSNL, which will be detrimental to the future of BSNL. The Core committee meeting of the Forum decided to conduct Lunch Hour demonstrations on 27.10.2016, at the Corporate Office, Circle and SSA HQs opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. All are requested to participate in the Lunch Hour demonstrations on 27.10.2016 and make the program success to protect our beloved company BSNL.
Membership Verification Campaigning by Circle Office bearers at Thrissur:
Circle Office bearers are on organizational tour as part of Membership Verification campaigning and toured Thrissur on 25/10/2016. Circle Secretary Com T.Santhosh Kumar, Circle President Com George Varghese, Assistant Circle Secretary Com J.V.Ramana, Circle Organising Secretary Com Sibyraj, Area Secretary Central Com Manoj.K.B, CWC Member Com R.Sureshkumar, Assistant Secretary Ernakulam Com Vimal actively participated in the campaigning. Executive Committee meeting was held and strategy was discussed and chalked out.
Membership Verification Campaigning by Circle Office bearers at Palakkad:
Circle Office bearers are on organizational tour as part of Membership Verification campaigning and toured Palakkad on 24/10/2016. Circle Secretary Com T.Santhosh Kumar, Assistant Circle Secretaries Com K.V.Chandran and Com J.V.Ramana, CWC Members Com K.Sudheer and Com R.Sureshkumar actively participated in the campaigning. Executive Committee meeting was held and strategy was discussed and chalked out.
Stalemate in Phase-7+ GSM/3G expansion:
As reported on 22/10/2016 in this website, our CHQ has taken up the case of stalemate in Phase-7+ GSM/3G expansion with CMD and Director(CM). Director(CM) responded positively and informed that he is in touch with the Vendor for early resolution on priority. He intimated that CGM AP has also spoken to him on the same issue.
Welcome Meeting of JAO Trainees at RTTC Trivandrum on 24/10/2016
SNEA arranged a JAO induction trainee gathering whose Phase-I training commenced today at RTTC Trivandrum and greeted them on their selection and heartily welcomed all to the executive community. In a brief function arranged during lunch hours at RTTC Seminar Hall on 24.10.2016, DS TVM Dr. V G Sabu introduced all Circle, District and Branch Office bearers present during the occasion to the trainees and offered unconditional support from SNEA to all in making positive contributions to our beloved company BSNL. Leaders reminded the gathering that SNEA has always been the binding and driving force of Executive-Non Executive unity and joint struggle in all policy based issues either of the government or of the Company and reiterated our commitment to safeguard the best interests of all employees of BSNL in general and Executives in particular.
SNEA is fully committed to the growth of the company and the career progression of the Executives. Leaders also mentioned about the achievements of Executives in the past in all those fronts due to sustained struggle by SNEA and its role in ensuring the best packages of Pay, Pension & Promotion especially with regard to our ongoing struggle for the implementation of 3rd PRC, Standard pay scales, Superannuation benefits and Time bound functional promotions.
CT, VP-1&2, AS(South), DS CO, [DS, DP, DT, CEC members – TVM], Mobile-RTTC Branch leaders and large number of comrades from Mobile Services & RTTC TVM were present during the function. Com Yamuna, DGM Finance, Mobile Services, Kerala Circle also enlightened the gathering during the occasion.
Congrats to all the SNEAns who were behind in arranging a warm welcome to the newly selected JAOs. Almost all SNEA leaders who were available at TVM were present. Hatsoff to Com Yamuna madam DGM(Finance), Com Asha madam, AO (Circle Vice President), Com Suneer.S JAO(DS Circle Office) and Com Shaji JAO (Executive Committee Member TVM)for taking the lead role. Congrats to Com Dr.VG Sabu (DS TVM),Com S.Narendrakumar (Circle VP), Com Harikrishnan (AS-South), Com M.P.Louis (DP-TVM), Com Jayakumar.A.S (DT-TVM), Com Anoop.TC(CEC Member TVM), Com Kumarji(CEC Member TVM), Com. Rinosh Thankachan (AS RTTC Br), Com V.Maheswaran Nair (BT RTTC Br), Com Dilshad (Executive Committee Member TVM), Com Saji Madam, Com Manju, Com Beaula, Com Hyrunissa of RTTC Branch etc have done excellent work for making it a memorable event. Let us together keep this tempo to take our mighty Association to the peaks of recognition.
Dear Comrades, if you believe that you belong to a tribe with the right mettle, right fiber or at least the right inclination, jump on to the bandwagon - come let us write history on the murals of time and further consolidate the unity of the Executives in an unshakeable and unwavering manner. You will be remembered not for flattering the Management but for fighting side by side with the common Executive.
Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL
Beware... Brokers are roaming, claiming proximity to corridors of Power...
It has come to our notice that the Consistent and Persistent group is approaching JTOs who were posted in August 2014 on LICE promotion, assuring their transfer by claiming proximity to CGMT and Circle administration. It is told that they are ready to be brokers for a meeting with CGMT for these executives (Most likely photograph will also be seen).
In this connection SNEA can confidently assure that all the requests for transfer of executives in Kerala circle who has completed more than two years stay will be effected at least by March 2017 while all efforts will be made to make use of the very opportunity to effect the same before March. All attempts will be made to start the process even before by making use of all opportunities. We are sure that no force (administrative or so called associations) shall dare to deny the above legitimate requests.
No one can forget the recent history of Kerala circle -which has ventured to dilute the transfer policy.... and who supported such arbitrary violation of transfer policy ??? Neither the history nor the Executives of Kerala Circle can forgive them for their Anti-Employee policies.
As far as the JTOs promoted under LICE in 2014 is concerned, we don’t want to repeat the consistent and Persistent efforts made by the so called brokers, when LICE was notified, examination was held, result was published and when the appointment was done by moving pillar to post to see that no such promotions are made till all Officiating JTOs are regularized. They could not open their mouth when all of you including ladies and officiating JTOs were posted to far off places like Trichur and beyond, in the name of rationalization of posts in Kerala Circle.
Dear comrades, the history is known to you. Those who have tried to prevent your birth as JTOs are now pretending to be your guardian. We are sure that you have become JTO after a series of struggle organizationally and legally and no one can befool you. Stand of SNEA was open and well known to all on issues like JTO promotion and transfer issues. We once again assure that there is no reason for any anxiety regarding the transfer requests. It will be our endeavour to ensure that all transfer requests are considered atleast by March 2017. This time there are only 60 such executives who have completed two years of service and waiting for transfer, while it was 255 in March 2016. When the transfer request of these executives were denied by the then Circle Administration these groups were consistently and persistently involved in supporting their King by press release, notices , meeting and even by approaching the Courts . Hundreds and Hundreds of SNEA members have shed their blood and sweat even risking their job by facing police action court case, dies-non, charge sheets , reversion etc…. against corruption, arbitrariness, denial of trade union rights and to achieve the legitimate interest like transfer etc of executive community. We still proudly and happily licking over these wounds which were inflicted on us in the course of our action to safeguard the interest of executives and to uphold their dignity.
We once again assure all executives to be confident that all their genuine interest will be protected and no can snatch away it from them since we have rooted out such elements for ever.
Membership Verification Campaigning by Circle Office bearers at Kannur, Malappuram and Calicut:
Circle Office bearers are on organizational tour as part of Membership Verification campaigning and toured Kannur(20/10/16), Malappuram(21/10/16) and Calicut(22/10/16). Circle Secretary Com T.Santhosh Kumar, Circle President Com George Varghese, Circle Treasurer Com G.Premkumar, Assistant Circle Secretary Com J.V.Ramana, Assistant Secretary(South) Com G.Harikrishnan, Assistant Secretary(North) Com M.A.Gafoor, CWC Member Com K.Sudheer and Circle Organising Secretary Com Ajesh.K.K actively participated in the campaigning. Executive Committee meetings were held and strategy was discussed and chalked out.
CS in his address highlighted the importance of verification. Today 11 Assns are in the process and Management is forced to listen to all of them to have level playing field. Associations with sectional demands are the real problem where Management is very cleverly utilizing them against the interest of the vast majority and the cadre interest. This multiplicity will be over after completion of verification. The majority of the representative Association decides the bargaining power. So, irrespective of the membership, all Executives should elect a single Association as the representative Association to negotiate with the Management with big margin. For early settlement of issues, a strong Executive Association with huge margin is required, otherwise again divide and rule policy will continue for another 3 years. Immediately after verification, important issues are to be settled like standard pay scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent cadres by protecting them from demotion to E1 and E2 scales, enhancement of contribution towards superannuation fund, CPSU Hierarchy upto AGM/CAO/EE to replace the post based promotion linked with seniority, first TBP, 3rd PRC, E1A/E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS etc and other important issues. The pay loss of 2007 and 2008 batches is to be pursued after E2, E3, --- pay scales. Meanwhile E1+5 increments is pursued for the JTO/JAOs recruited after 2010 as a temporary measure till E2, E3 scales are implemented.
The 3rd PRC is constituted by our agitation under NCOA and we have to consolidate the revenue and growth during this year to improve the balance sheet. In the presentation to 3rd PRC, we pleaded to delink wage revision and superannuation benefits from profitability. SWAS programme is to be further focused for accelerating the growth. Management is taking lot of initiatives and we have to fully support them. SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles to protect the interest of BSNL and joined hands with all the Unions and Associations in BSNL. We will continue to do that as our future is directly linked with the future of BSNL.
All the meetings ended with the strong resolution
Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL and ONE PSU, ONE EXECUTIVES' ASSOCIATION.
Stalemate in Phase-7+ GSM/3G expansion:
The association had discussed with Circle administration, the stalemate in Phase 7+ GSM/3G expansion. The Phase 7+ GSM/3G expansion project in Kerala Telecom Circle has come to a standstill with virtually nil support for almost one month from the Vendor, M/s ZTE. The warehouse in the circle at Ernakulam where BSNL materials are kept and operated by the vendor for smooth roll-out of the project is in closed condition for more than 3 weeks. Movement of material in and out of the warehouse has been affected. It is learnt that disputes exist between the vendor and the sub vendor who operates the warehouse. Also, the sub vendors who are deployed by the vendor in the circle to carryout installation works are in total noncooperation as well thereby stalling entire activities related to network expansion including Phase 7+ roll out, Phase 7 closure, O&M of the working equipments in Phase 7/ 7+ and redeployment of BTSs/NodeBs.
We are informed that CGMT has taken up this matter with DIR (CM) for the resolution of the issue at Corporate office. The circle association has sent the details to General Secretary for taking up this matter at CMD and DIR(CM) at corporate office level as the case is badly effecting the expansion under ph7+. And it is most likely the same in other circles also where M/s ZTE is the vendor.
Government is moving fast in the direction of forming Tower Subsidiary Company of BSNL, which will be detrimental to the future of BSNL. The Core committee meeting of the Forum decided to conduct demonstrations on 27.10.2016, at the Corporate Office, Circle and SSA HQs opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The future course of action on this issue will be decided in the next meeting of the Forum, to be held on 17.11.2016.
SDE(C) to EE(C) DPC is completed for all the vacancies upto 2015-16. DPC for 2016-17 will be held next week.
GS and AGS met Jt GM(Pers) and held discussion on the hearing of the JTO to SDE promotion case at Ernakulam HC to clear the hurdles on promotion. Now there is no stay from Chandigarh but promotions are held up due to the cases at Ernakulam and Allahabad. Since the Sr Lawyer engaged by BSNL is not well and could not travel, the hearing is not completed. Jt GM informed that management is in touch with the lawyer and two days back also spoken to him and a decision will be taken by next week regarding the date after consulting the lawyer once again.
GS, CHQ President, Chairman and AGS met Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD BSNL on 20.10.2016 and strongly protested against the repeated postponement of membership verification without any valid grounds. We reminded him about the assurances given by him and DIR(HR) few weeks back that verification will not be postponed. In the name of verification, all the issues remain unaddressed. This is going on since 2014. The status of CMD and top management is getting degraded in the eyes of the employees by some elements, we clearly told CMD. All our Executives are geared up for the first MVP and concentrating more and more in SWAS programme and increasing the revenues of BSNL, keeping the larger task of implementation of 3rd PRC.
CMD appealed not to precipitate the matter further and assured that there will not be any more postponement and verification will be held as per schedule on 07.12.16.
Comrades, those who are afraid to face membership verification will try their level best to derail the verification for continuing to enjoy the benefits without the support of Executives and membership. They are not only trying to derail the verification, in the process further delay the settlement of HR issues. They are deliberately doing this as they are not affected by pay scales or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. We have to expose them and defeat such negative elements through the ballot on 07.12.2016. We have to continue the campaign with same vigor fully utilizing the additional 3 weeks.
Assn further requested CMD for expediting JTO to SDE and SDE to DE promotion as there is no stay on promotion. There are about 2000 DE vacancies. JTOs and SDEs are retiring without promotion. Since there is no stay, management can go ahead with promotions as per DoPT rules giving reservation for SC/ST Executives by filing an appeal in the higher courts. SEWA BSNL General Secretary Com N D Ram also was with us while discussing this issue with CMD, BSNL.
Congratulations to all 64 Comrades..!! As assured to us, NATFM released instructions for Phase-I training at RTTC Trivandrum from 24/10/2016 for all 64 Comrades of JAO LICE held on 17/07/2016: View NATFM Letter
We once again thank Circle administration and our CHQ Leaders for the timely orders.
Congratulations to all 64 Comrades..!! As assured to us, Circle Office released results of JAO LICE held on 17/07/2016: View result list | | View Covering Letter
We thank Circle Administration, PGM(Finance) Shri K.Kulanthaivel and GM(HR & Admin) Shri Mohan.D for releasing the orders as assured to us. We are also assured that necessary steps have been taken with NATFM for commencing the training at RTTC Trivandrum from next week along with other Circles. We also thank our CHQ Leaders especially AGS Com Padmanabha Rao for their prompt intervention and continuous persuasion at Corporate Office as well as NATFM-Hyderabad.
Meeting with GM(HR&Admin) on 19/10/2016
Circle Secretary Com T.Santhoshkumar, Circle Treasurer Com G.Premkumar, Circle Vice-President Com Narendra Kumar, ACS Com J.V.Ramana and Circle Office District Secretary Com Suneer.S met Shri Mohan.D GM(HR&Admin) to discuss various pending HR issues. Shri R.Satheesh DGM(Admin) and Shri James Sagayaraj DGM(HR) also attended the meeting.
SDE(LA) in Civil wing: We have pointed out the shortage of SDEs in Civil wing. As around 25 vacancies are there all over Kerala and JTOs having more than 20 years of service are still waiting for their first promotion, we once again urged GM(HR&Admin) to consider providing Looking After option to these demotivated JTOs. GM(HR) expressed concern over the possibility of shortage of JTOs if they are given SDE(LA) as every layer in Civil wing is important. We argued that implementation of CPSU cadre hierarchy in future will also create such situation but maintaining motivation levels of our staff is equally important. These JTOs are working in the same cadre for more than 20 years. GM(HR&Admin) responded positively and finally agreed to consider issuing SDE(LA) for few JTOs.
Cancellation of Transfer order of 10 DEs from Kerala to West Bengal: We have pointed out the shortage of DEs in Kerala Circle. The total number of sanctioned DE post in Telecom Operations in Kerala Circle is 382 and the present working strength is only 122 which is a mere 32% of the sanctioned strength. Kerala Circle is facing acute shortage of AGM/DE posts. For the last 5 years large number of DE’s have been posted in Kerala Circle from neighbouring Circles like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu to meet the shortage of DE posts in Kerala Circle. Today Corporate Office has released transfer orders for 9 more DEs to their requested Circles- Chennai, Tamilnadu and Karnataka, further reducing the working strength of Kerala Circle.
In spite of the shortage of Executives, Kerala Circle is the only Circle making profit continuously ever since the formation of our beloved company BSNL. In these circumstances it is most unfair to transfer 10 AGMs/DEs from Kerala Circle to West Bengal Circle. The transfer order issued by Corporate office at this juncture is unwarranted and it will definitely demoralize the entire executive community who are tirelessly working hard to make more profit to Kerala Circle.
GM(HR&Admin) agreed to our views and informed that as pointed out by the association today morning CGMT Kerala has sent a strong letter in this regard to Director(HR).
View CGMT Letter to Director HR | |View CS letter to CGMT
Pending EPP – Time bound Financial upgradation: We reiterated the delay in issuing the orders regarding Time bound Financial upgradation. We expressed our concern over the delay. Large numbers of cases are pending for more than two years. GM(HR) responded positively and assured for the early release of orders. GM(HR) also suggested for decentralization of EPP work to the SSA’s as it will reduce the delay as well as reduce the workload on Circle Office. We agreed and supported his suggestion.
Publication of JAO LICE Select list and Phase-1 training: We expressed our concern over the delay in publication of JAO LICE Select list and their Phase-1 training which is going to commence on 24/10/2016 for all Circles except Kerala. GM(HR) assured that training for Kerala Circle also will commence on 24/10/2016. The stalemate in declaring select list is almost over and a final decision will be taken on 20/10/2016. Efforts are on for training at RTTC TVM.
JAO Phase-II training: We expressed our concern over the delay in Phase-II training for JAO’s who got regularized and posted after sustained efforts and legal struggles since 2012. GM(HR) responded positively and informed that they have sent the file for legal opinion as per Corporate office instructions. The legal opinion is received from the legal counsel and the file is under processing.
JTO LICE – Declaration of results: We expressed our concern over the delay in filing reply to the court cases at CAT Ernakulam (OA nos 310/16 by Venugopal & others, OA nos 330/16 by Suresh.VP & others, OA No 299/16 by Gireesh & others, OA No 336/16 by Anoop & others, OA No 337/16 by Sajith Senan & others) regarding the eligibility for appearing JTO LICE. Association requested for necessary early action for the disposal of the pending court cases at CAT Ernakulam. GM(HR) informed that the hearing is in the second week of Nov2016 and the reply affidavit is under processing.
SDE(LA) to Trivandrum Comrades Com. Lalitha Radhakrishnan and Com. Anilkumar: We expressed our concern over the delay in issuing SDE(LA) orders to Com Lalitha Radhakrishnan and Com Anilkumar. Com Lalitha, was reverted in 2014 due to the vindictive actions by the then Circle Administration. Com Anilkumar was transferred to Kollam from Trivandrum on longstay basis in spite of his bad health but eventually got relaxation on medical grounds after a long struggle. GM(HR) responded positively and informed that VC was called from SSA and has reached Circle Vigilance and is under processing. Orders would be issued soon after receiving VC.
Congratulations..!! Corporate Office has released transer orders (own cost) for 9 DEs to their requested Circle - Chennai, Karnataka and TamilNadu
Chairman and AGS met Hon CMD BSNL and protested against the postponement of First MVP on flimsy grounds. We informed that all our executives are geared up for the First MVP and decided to concentrate more in strengthening and increasing the revenues of BSNL, keeping the larger task of implementation of Third PRC. But the BSNL Management has shattered all the plans of SNEA without taking into consideration of the feelings of all the stake Holders.
Chairman and AGS met GM SR and informed the discussions we had with CMD. We also protested with GM SR on the postponement of First MVP.
First Membership Verification for Executives: Extension of dates of conduct of election (07-12-2016) and declaration of results (09-12-2016)
Procedure for conduction of Membership Verification for recognition of Majority representative Association of Executives in BSNL issused.
Postal ballot allowed liberally facilitating voting by all the Executives. Executives working beyond 20 KMs (or even less, working in sensitive posts like trans mtce, on touring jobs, switches etc) and Executives on maternity leave can opt for postal ballot.
All Secretaries, office bearers and activists are requested to identify the Executives working in distant places and required postal ballot facility and get their application approved by SSA Heads for postal ballot well in advance, ie before 20 days. Individual application for postal ballots are to be submitted.
Membership verification on 07.12.2016
Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL ||
Vote for SNEA, Vote for Unity
Vote for No: 9 (SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES' ASSOCIATION)
JAO LICE stalemate: As usual The Consistent & Persistent Team re-surfaces
Once again, as usual, as in other cases, when final results are being reached, the Consistent & Persistent Team has resurfaced with Congratulations which may be the only thing that they are capable of.
SNEA was interacting at Circle office, Corporate office, NATFM regarding the training and publication of JAO eligibility list of LICE held on 17/7/2016 of Kerala Circle. We were discussing these issues repeatedly with PGM(F), GM(HR&Admin) at Circle Office and with GM(Rectt), GM(FP) at Corporate Office. Our CHQ AGS Com PandmanabhaRao also had talk with PGM(F) of Kerala Circle and NATFM authorities. (Kindly refer the updations of this website dtd 15/10/16, 6/10/16, 4/10/16, 1/10/16, 30/9/16, 24/9/16 and 28/8/16)
It was assured by Circle and Corporate Office that the stalemate in publication of JAO results will be resolved so that the interest of candidates from Kerala Circle will not be affected. As the matter involves certain intricacies, Circle office is handling the matter very sensitively and carefully.
The Circle Office is in touch with Corporate office and NATFM in this matter so that the training of candidates from Kerala Circle also can be started on 24/10/2016 along with other Circles. We also urge Circle Administration and NATFM for allotting the training at RTTC Trivandrum. Due to acute shortage of faculty members in finance wing at RTTC Trivandrum, Principal RTTC Trivandrum has already requested CGM and PGM(F) for posting more faculty members in finance wing. Our Circle Secretary has also written letter to CGMT in this regard.View CS Letter dtd 15/10/2016
As in other cases, when final results are being reached, the Consistent & Persistent Team has resurfaced with Congratulations which may be the only thing that they are capable of.
Circle Secretary writes to CGMT regarding Publication of JAO eligibility list for the LICE held on 17/7/2016 and request for arranging training at RTTC, Trivandrum
View CS Letter
This Association has repeatedly requesting Kerala Circle Office and BSNL Corporate office for resolving the stalemate in publication of eligibility list of JAO LICE results of Kerala Circle held on 17/7/2016.
NATFM has already finalized the training schedule of all Circles commencing on 24/10/2016 except that of Kerala Circle. It is reported that Corporate Office has suggested the ways and means for the resolution of this issue to Kerala Circle.
Hence we once again requested Circle Administration for the publication of results and taking up necessary steps for arranging the training with NATFM at RTTC Trivandrum. In this connection it is also reported that there is acute shortage of faculty in Finance wing at RTTC Trivandrum and we requested Administration for providing necessary faculty in Finance wing at RTTC, Trivandrum. Principal RTTC has already requested CGM and PGM(F) for posting more faculty members in Finance wing in this connection.
Circle Secretary Com T.SanthoshKumar and Circle Treasurer Com. G.Premkumar along with other Circle Office bearers will be on Organisational tour from 20/10/2016.
JAO LICE Issue: Circle Secretary and ACS met GM(Finance) Shri K.Vel regarding the stalemate in publication of JAO LICE results of Kerala Circle. We urged GM(F) to resolve the issue at the earliest. GM(F) responded positively and it was told that the matter is being discussed with Corporate Office and the issue would be resolved soon and the training process would be initiated at the earliest.
JAO Phase-II Training issue: As instructed by Corporate Office, Circle Office has sought legal opinion in this regard.
JTO LICE issue: Circle Office has sought approval for the reply affidavit to be filed in CAT Ernakulam from Corporate Office. It is assured that Circle Office will pursue the matter so that the case can be heard at the earliest.
CHQ News: Meeting with Member(Fin), DoT for E2, E3 pay scales approval
GS and AGS met Member(Fin) Sri Prahlad Singh on 14.10.2016 and held discussions on the issue. GS explained to Member(F) similar cases in other CPSUs like BHEL, NTPC and FCI where intermediary pay scales are replaced with next higher standard pay scales. We requested to clear the proposal at the earliest as 3rd PRC is already constituted. This proposal is part of second PRC. We explained the BSNL proposal in two parts and the reason for that. On specific query, we explained that the proposal is in line with the DPE guidelines, DoT can take decision based on the proposal of BSNL and there is no need to send the proposal again to DPE. Member (Fin) was positive and assured that he will try to settle the issue positively.
Earlier, GS and AGS met Director(TPF), DoT and discussed about the queries made by Member(Fin). Last week, the file has been returned by Member(Fin) with certain queries. Dir(TPF) informed that as suggested by Member(Fin), the proposal resubmitted with the reply. It was informed that the proposal is resubmitted with positive recommendation.
CHQ News: Meeting with GM(CA) on formation of Trust for Superannuation benefits fund management
GS and AGS met GM(CA) Sri Punde on 14.10.2016 and held discussion on formation of Trust for Superannuation benefits fund management and selecting the fund managers. For framing the rules for the trust, a committee has been formed under GM(Legal). The committee is on the job and after approval of the trust, the fund managers will be decided.
Sample Ballot Paper - Membership verification among Executives Associations:
SR section circulated the sample ballot paper for the membership verification to be held on 16.11.2016. Circles are directed to print the ballot paper in black and white (30% more than the required number).
There will not be any symbol for the Associations.
Name of Sanchar Nigam Execuitves Association is at Sl No. 9.
Assns are asked to submit any corrections latest by 18.10.16 and final ballot paper will be published on 19.10.2016.
View Sample ballot paper for membership verification
GS met GM(Estt) Smt Madhu Arora on 13.10.2016 and held discussions on the following issues:
Notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2000 for the JTO/SDE(C/E/Arch), PA, PS etc: As per the direction of the Management Committee, the data collected from other three departments like Railways, Posts etc to compare the pay of JAOs and JTO(C/E) in those departments. As per the data, in all the departments, the pay of JAOs and JTO(C/E) are different. In the case of JAOs, the pay has been revised as per the decision of Ministry of Finance, notionally from 1996 and on actual basis from 2003. This information has been furnished to the management Committee. The details from MTNL also will be collected and it will be submitted to the MC for taking a final decision.
Formation of the trust to manage the superannuation fund: The CA section is processing the case. Discussion is going on with LIC to manage the fund. Since LIC is giving sovereign guarantee, it may be the best fund manager with less risk. The entire 3% will be credited towards pension fund.
FR22(1)(a)(1) pay fixation case for the officiating JTOs: Requested to give direction to BSNL lawyer not to oppose the matter in the next hearing date and delay the decision as the matter is already decided by the court in other cases.
CEC on 2nd Nov 2016 at SNEA Bhavan, Ernakulam
Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle will be held at 10AM on 02-11-2016 at SNEA Bhavan, PJ Antony Road, Palarivattom, Ernakulam. All Circle Office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time. Chairman Com. GL Jogi and General Secretary Com. K.Sebastin will be attending the CEC.
History, Status and Vision of SNEA on Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:
Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is not a new concept or demand for the Executives in BSNL. In true sense, it is the implementation of the terms and conditions for absorption finalised by the agitation of TEOA (now SNEA) in 2002-03.
After Group C employees absorption in BSNL as Non Executives with an adhoc payment of Rs 1000/-, BSNL management initiated the process of absorption of Group B officers with an adhoc payment of Rs 2000/-. TEOA (SNEA) was the only Association opposing the absorption process without deciding the terms and conditions for absorption like 1) Pay scales, 2) Promotion Policy and 3) fitment formula. All other Associations were ready for absorption just for Rs 2000/-, without even knowing the terms and conditions. With the help of these Associations, BSNL Management and DoT gone ahead with absorption of DoT Officers in BSNL and MTNL. TEOA legally and organizationally fought against this and stayed the absorption process. Finally TEOA won the legal battle and Hon Court directed BSNL to decide the terms and conditions before calling for option for absorption.
After this successful legal battle, TEOA(SNEA) alongwith MTNL EA and newly formed BSNLEA (TEOA and BSNLEA merged in 2003 and SNEA formed), launched agitation in 2002 in the banner of Executive Negotiating Council (ENC) demanding finalization of terms and conditions for absorption like pay scales, promotion policy and fitment formula in BSNL and MTNL. During the initial stages of struggle, management took a position that the settlement will be applicable only for the officers absorbing into BSNL and not for the BSNL recruits. For the BSNL recruits, E1 pay scales only will be implemented and for the absorbees additional increments will be given considering their experience. But TEOA didn’t allowed this discrimination to happen and insisted for the same pay scales and promotion policy, uniformly for all the BSNL Executives either absorbed or recruited directly by BSNL and agreed for negotiation only after this assurance, protecting the interest of BSNL direct recruits also. As settlement of struggle, agreement reached between ENC (TEOA, BSNLEA and MTNLEA) and the management for a) E1A, E2A, E3 ---- E6 pay scales, b) Five Time Bound Functional promotion from JTO equivalent cadres upto Selection Grade JAG (SG JAG) between 4-6 years and c) point to point fitment for all the BSNL Executives, recruited or absorbed in BSNL.
It will be worthful to mention here the earlier history also. In DoT, JTO and SDE are the only two cadres in which time bound promotion concept was introduced in 1990, first time in the history of any Central Government department. That also after country wide joint struggle by JTOA(I) and TESA. This unique decision was taken by the Union Cabinet as in the case of 1640-2900 pay scales struggle in 1987. By this scheme, JTOs granted SDE pay scales after 12 years of service and SDEs granted Sr SDE pay scales after 12 years of service. Later similar ACP scheme implemented for all the Central Government departments as per recommendations of Vth CPC.
In 2005, SNEA and AIBSNLEA launched agitation programmes demanding implementation of Time Bound Functional promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. However we couldnot succeed fully and EPP implemented with two parts, I) Time Bound Financial upgradation and II) Post based promotion.
Since all post based promotions are getting delayed due to litigations, United Forum (SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA) repeatedly taken up the issue of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy with the management and started organizational actions and a Joint Committee was constituted in 2012. However the Joint Committee was practically defunct. In the few meetings, all the proposals brought to the Joint Committee by the management side proposed 15%, 30%, 50%, 65% dropping at each level as done in other CPSUs, which outrightly rejected by the United Forum.
Since the management side proposal of replacement scales for E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 is not agreed by others in 2013, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014 pressing for 1) standard pay scales of E2, E3, 2) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and other demands. Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, in 4 months time which recommended the following in the case of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy:
a) JTO and equivalent cadres with 5 years of regular service in the grade will be promoted to SDE equivalent grade.
b)SDE and equivalent cadres with 5 years of regular service in the grade will be promoted to Sr SDE equivalent grade.
c) Sr SDE and equivalent cadres with 5 years of regular service in the grade will be promoted to DE equivalent grade.
d)The Executives already promoted to the higher post on post based promotion will stand enbloc senior to others.
e) Promotion to DGM grade will be restricted to the availability of posts. A new designation of Jt DGM(NF) is recommended for those Executives eligible for DGM promotions.
Comrades, what we could not achieve in 3 years from 2012 to 2015 in the Joint committee, SNEA could get it in 4 months, in the form of a very positive recommendation on standard pay scales of E2/E3, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP from the re-constituted Joint Committee through our agitation.
Past few years, promotions in all the cadres are stopped in BSNL due to litigations on various grounds like seniority, date of joining, availability of posts, reservation etc etc. The only viable alternative is CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, where the promotions are delinked from seniority, availability of posts, date of joining, reservation etc. In fact CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is the implementation of the settlement reached with SNEA in 2002 and become part of the terms and conditions for absorption, in true sense. Now our agitation is for the implementation of the settlement reached in 2002. To start with, United Forum also made some compromise, limiting the Time Bound promotion upto AGM level where as our original demand was Time Bound promotion upto DGM grade.
As of now, the grades and scales are different in BSNL. There are thousands of Executives working in higher scales but in lower grade. For example, thousands of SDEs are working in E5 scales but there are DE/AGMs in E4 scale. Thousands of JTOs are working in E3/E4 scales but there are SDEs in E2A scale. The Joint Committee didn’t make any recommendation how to place the Executives working in higher scales in the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy structure. This issue is left to the BSNL management to decide.
As per the recommendations, Sr SDE/Sr AO equivalent grade will become a new functional grade, in future, after implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Sr SDE/Sr AO grades are not available now, after the implementation of EPP in BSNL. The time bound promotions are given from one scale to the next higher scale. Since there are no Sr SDE/Sr AOs working in BSNL as of now, nobody is eligible for DE/AGM/CAO promotion after the implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy for the next five years till Sr SDE/Sr AO completes five years. So, UF suggested promoting SDE/AO with 10 years of service as AGM/CAO/EE for the next five years. Since CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is going to be implemented upto AGM grade, Executives working in JTO, SDE and Sr SDE equivalent grades will directly report to AGM.
After the submission of the recommendation, SNEA is constantly demanding its implementation with the following additional demands and pursuing for that vigorously.
1)For the Executives working in higher scales, immediate promotion to the next higher grade.
2)For the Executives working in two or more higher scales, relaxation in qualifying service for the second promotion.
3)Uniform date of promotion and uniform date of increment to avoid anomaly.
4)Decentralised DPCs. DPCs should be done at Circle level.
5)Change of designations.
6)Increasing the number of DGM posts.
7)Reserving 50% GM posts for the promotees.
Most of our above demands are accepted by the management in the draft proposal. Time Bound Functional Promotion without linking with seniority and availability of posts are agreed for the first two promotions upto Sr SDE/Sr AO grade, after every five years.
However major challenge before us is to make promotions to AGM grade also time bound, without linking with the availability of posts. Since thousands of Executives are eligible for AGM promotion, it will be the toughest task for the next five years. Similarly promotions above AGM are to be delinked as it is not related with CPSU Hierarchy or Joint Committee recommendations and MT recruitment to be abandoned with a suitable and viable alternative mechanism. In AGM promotion, all seniority related issues will be nullified once for all on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and all the SDEs in seniority list 6 & 7 to be covered and SDEs in seniority list 8 also to be considered for promotion, that is our demand. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy or Time Bound Functional promotion without linking with availability of posts is implemented upto AGM grade, it will be the fulfilment of our dream since the settlement in 2002. Later on we can pursue CPSU Cadre Hierarchy upto DGM grade as per the settlement in 2002 and the terms and condition for absorption.
Our agitation in 2014 and reconstitution of the Joint Committee in May, 2015 through our agitation are the turning points. Those agitations lead to the historic recommendations. Agitation with the same vigour has to continue for its implementation. For that purpose, each and every Executive has to strengthen SNEA.
Promotion and posting order in the grade of Executive Engineer Electrical issued on purely temporary and adhoc basis for 114 Executives.
View Copy of the order.
CS writes to CGMT to review the decision of opening CSCs on Holidays:View CS Letter
Circle Office has issued instructions for making CSCs (Cat-I, Cat-II and Cat-III) to be operational on Holidays from 8-10-2016 to12-10-2016.View Circle Office Order dtd 5/10/2016
It is reported from even many of the Type-I CSCs that the customers turn up is very minimal on holidays. In some CSCs even the customer visit is NIL. In majority of the CSCs the total revenue earned during holidays is less than the total expenditure incurred on electricity usage. Besides, if we are engaging manpower on holidays without getting much business in return, compensatory OFF has to be given to them on another working day which in turn will badly affect the normal business days. Executives being responsible for arranging the duty on holidays are finding it difficult to compel the staff to attend duties on holidays without proper justification.
We are of the view that as our Company is doing business, we may act upon business point of view and if we found that any of the CSC is earning more revenue than the expenditure, definitely we must open that CSC for the sake of our business.
So we requested CGMT to give necessary instructions to the concerned authority to rethink in this matter and a comprehensive analysis may be conducted regarding the revenue and expenditure earned through CSCs on holiday’s working.
JAO LICE Issue:
CHQ President Com AA Khan & AGS Com Padmanabha Rao met GM(FP) regarding the stalemate in publication of JAO LICE results of Kerala Circle. They urged GM(FP) to resolve the issue at the earliest. It was told that the matter was discussed by GM(FP) with PGM(F) of Kerala Circle and necessary instructions are given to the Circle to resolve the issue based on DOPT guidelines.
Circle Association discussed the issue of JAO LICE result with GM(HR) for early resolution. It was informed by GM(HR) that he had a personal discussion with GM(Rectt) Corporate Office and the Recruitment Cell had informed that the matter is to be dealt by GM(FP) Corporate Office. Accordingly GM(HR) requested PGM(F) to discuss this matter with GM(FP) for the resolution of the issue.
Delay in Timebound Financial upgradation through EPP :
Circle Association expressed concern over the delay in releasing promotion orders under EPP. We have pointed out that many 2015 cases are still pending and urged for release of the orders immediately. GM(HR) informed that the matter is being processed by the section. We will further verify the status with the HR section tomorrow.
CS writes to CGMT Kerala seeking immediate intervention in the unwarranted transfer of 10 AGMs from Kerala to WestBengal Circle :
View CS Letter dtd 6/10/16 ||
View CS Letter dtd 1/9/16
The total number of sanctioned post of AGM/DE in Telecom Operations in Kerala Circle is 382 and the present working strength is only 122 which is a mere 32% of the sanctioned strength. While Kerala Circle contribute more than 10% of total BSNL revenue and hold more than 10% of assets like land line ,BB and GSM, the sanctioned strength itself is much less compared to the sanctioned strength of other Circles (only 382 posts out of 5200 posts, i.e 7%).
On analyzing the sanctioned strength and working strength it is clear that Kerala Circle is facing acute shortage of AGM/DE posts. For the last 5 years large number of DEs have been posted in Kerala Circle from neighbouring Circles like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu to meet the shortage of DE posts in Kerala Circle. In spite of the shortage of Executives, Kerala Circle is the only Circle making profit continuously ever since the formation of our beloved company BSNL.
In these circumstances it is most unfair to transfer 10 AGMs/DEs from Kerala Circle to West Bengal Circle. At present there is no pending transfer to Kerala Circle from outside circle in connection with long stay transfer. So the transfer order issued by Corporateoffice at this juncture is unwarranted and it will definitely demoralize the entire executive community who are tirelessly working hard to make more profit to Kerala Circle.
Moreover transferring employees during the middle of the academic year is totally against the prevailing rules and procedures of Executive Transfer Policy. Besides the Membership verification among Executives is in advanced stage so the transfer of Executives in this stage is a violation of code of conduct of election rules. It is also reported that many officers who had served/serving in hard tenure area (Lakshadweep islands) are also included in the order. West Bengal was recently declared as tenure circle and officers at the age of above 55 years are also transferred by the above order.
In these circumstances we humbly request Circle Administration to takeup the issue with Corporate Office at the earliest and ensure the cancellation of above said order as early as possible to protect the interest of the circle as well as to boost the morale of the executives.
JAO Phase-I training : As we have already reported, NATFM has decided to go ahead with the training schedule except that of Kerala Circle. View orders We once again urge upon the Circle Administration to resolve the issue immediately to safeguard the genuine interest of the eligible hands as well as that of the Kerala BSNL.
JTO LICE: Circle Office has sought approval for the reply affidavit to be filed in CAT Ernakulam from Corporate Office. It is assured that Circle Office will pursue the matter so that the case can be heard at the earliest.
Unjustified Transfer orders for 10 DEs from Kerala to West Bengal Circle View orders
Corporate Office has issued transfer orders of 10 DEs from Kerala to West Bengal Circle. SNEA Kerala strongly protest against this unjustified and untimely transfer orders. At present there is acute shortage of DEs in Kerala Circle which is around only 60% of sanctioned strength and DEs from other Circles like Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Chennai TD and AP are working in the Circle. Kerala being the only profit making Circle of BSNL, executives of Kerala deserve a reward rather than transfers to out of Circle which is demoralizing one. We urge Circle Administration and SNEA CHQ to intervene in this matter to protect the interest of the BSNL Kerala Circle as well as that of the executives. Circle Secretary has taken the case to the CHQ for intervention.
JAO LICE & Training:
CHQ AGS Com PadmanabhaRao met GM(F) Shri Sunil Kumar and discussed the stalemate in releasing the select list of Kerala LICE JAOs. He apprised the GM that training schedule of NATFM for JAOs is held up for the entire BSNL because of this issue of Kerala circle. GM(F) assured that he will discuss the issue with Kerala circle on Monday and will be resolved immediately.
Circle Association discussed the Phase-II training of JAOs and the stalemate in publication of LICE JAO result of Kerala circle with GM(HR) and requested to take necessary action as instructed by corporate office. GM(HR) assured that he will personally speak to corporate office regarding publication of LICE JAO results and seek legal opinion regarding JAO Phase-II training as instructed by corporate office.
JTO LICE: The Association brought to the notice of Circle Administration the delay in filing reply to the court cases at CAT Ernakulam (OA nos 310/16 by Venugopal & others, OA nos 330/16 by Suresh.VP & others, OA No 299/16 by Gireesh & others, OA No 336/16 by Anoop & others, OA No 337/16 by Sajith Senan & others) regarding the eligibility for appearing JTO LICE. As the case is pending, results of previous examination is withheld and hence the ensuing further LICE are becoming meaningless.
Association requested for necessary early action for the disposal of the pending court cases at CAT Ernakulam.
Message from CMD on the occassion of 17th BSNL Foundation Day: View Message