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31/03/2021: 
 

The Kingmaker Retires…..

Com.George Varghese retires from BSNL service on superannuation on 31/3/2021…..

 

It is a pride for each one of us that one among us recruited as a Junior Engineer is retiring today as General Manager and BA Head….

Com.George Varghese, Gentle visionary, the Kingmaker, courageous yet humble leader of men needs no introduction  to anyone on the Trade union scene of the country in the Telecom Industry.

He is going to leave an indelible mark on organized Trade Union activities. The likes of him rarely have traversed this  planet. The great strides made by him on the cadre issues of the JTOs and the Executives of DOT and BSNL, the honorable entry of the Executives in the BSNL entity, the graceful terms and conditions for absorption, the drafting of SNEA constitution etc are only too well known and therefore requires no elaboration.

He will be remembered for Organizational and legal action against absorption in BSNL with just an adhoc payment of Rs 2000, without declaring the remaining terms and conditions, finalization of pay scales, promotion policy and fitment formula for absorption in BSNL.

The historic struggle against corrupt and autocratic CGMT Kerala will be remembered forever….The visuals of indefinite hunger strike that ended on the 4th day when police took him in an ambulance will be etched in our memories forever....The chargesheets that followed, the delay in his promotion, the monetary losses in lakhs...all these factors could not stop him fighting for truth and in the end it was once again proved that Truth always Triumps. 

With his outstanding performance as BA Head of Malappuram, he has set an example for each one of us and proved that this organisation can be run by one among us and that too more effectively and efficiently. 

Nevertheless his promotion as BA head was opposed by some and they tried their best at all possible levels to bring him down. We fail to understand why these negative forces were acting against themselves and all of us by opposing the rise of a BSNL Official in becoming BA Head.  We thank our CGMT Shri C.V.Vinod for his invaluable support and faith in BSNL officials.

SNEA Kerala wishes Com.George Varghese, a very happy and prosperous retirement from official service on his superannuation.


28/03/2021: 
 

CEC Meeting held at Hotel Redbell Suites, Malappuram on 26.03.2021

A CEC meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle was held on 26.03.2021 to bid farewell to our respected Circle President, Comrade George Varghese Sir at Malappuram BA on the occasion of  his retirement on superannuation. Meeting started at 12pm.  Com Kamalraj DS of host SSA welcomed all. CP, Com George Varghese presided over the function. CS presented the brief report. Elaborated discussions about Circle Conference and Insurance scheme were held in the meeting. The Circle conference poster, Circle conference Notice, Donation receipt book and the Health card of insurance scheme 2021-2022 were released in the meeting.

In the afternoon session, a farewell function to the retiring comrade George Varghese, CP  was arranged in a befitting manner attended by AUAB leaders. Com Vivek.G, ACS welcomed the gathering, Com Gafoor, CWC member presided over the function. Com Rajesh Manchan, CHQ advisor presented the memoir of Comrade George Varghese, his journey from a common member in the association to a stalwart leader respected within and across unions and associations.  

Com Sudheer, former CP of our association during Rao's era presented the Memento for SNEA Kerala circle. Com Abdulla, Convenor AUAB and DS  BSNLEU, Com Kamalraj DS SNEA presented the Memento for AUAB and SNEA Malappuram BA respectively. All CEC members and district secretaries commemorated the contributions of Com George Varghese to the association as well as to BSNL. The meeting ended with reply speech by CP. Meeting concluded at 9 pm in the night.

Decisions taken in the offline CEC held on 26.03.2021 :

1. There won't be any delegate fee to the Circle conference.
2. Flx boards and Banners are to be displayed at main BSNL offices/Exchanges.
3. SSA secretaries are requested to give list of circle/district level leaders with phone numbers who has retired from service during the conference period for inviting them for the open session.
4. The agenda item of Election of office bearers may be included in the first day of conference and the announcement or result and oath taking may be done on the second day.
5. All District secretaries are requested to elect only those delegates who are willing to stay at  the venue till the conference is over.


25/03/2021: 
 

Health Insurance Scheme - First lot list registered with us till 18/3/2021 handed over to the Insurance company - View List


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23/03/2021: 
 

Sunday (28/3/2021) is a working day as per Corporate office order:

In connection with the corporate office order declaring Sunday, 28/3/2021 as working day, Circle Secretary had a discussion with Shri Satesh.R, GM (HR&Admin). We informed that Holi festival on 29/03/2021 is not a holiday for Kerala circle and the said order may not be applicable to us. He assured that he will discuss the issue with CGMT and necessary clarification will be issued in this regard if required.


22/03/2021: Health Insurance Scheme
 

BSNL KERALA Executives and Non Executives Health Insurance scheme 2021-22 policy will commence from tomorrow 23rd March 2021

The cheque for the premium amounts collected from applicants till 18-3-2021 was handed over to Smt Joyce Sathish, Chief Regional Manager, New India Assurance by our respected CGMT Kerala Sri CV Vinod today at Conference Hall of Circle Office Trivandrum. 

Sri Rajendran.C, PGMT TVM BA , Sri Sathesh.R GM HR&Admin, Top Officials of M/s Health India Insurance TPA Services Pvt Ltd and M/s Securus Insurance Brokers India Pvt. Limited, Circle and District Office bearers of SNEA and BSNLEU graced the moment with their presence. 

Total 1535 members from all over India were enrolled in the first lot, the details will be uploaded here shortly. 

It gives us immense pride and satisfaction that even senior  officers including CGMT and Heads of various BAs have opted for this scheme this year and we could surpass the enrollment count of previous year in the first lot itself. We are also very happy that more than 800 parents and in-laws are also covered this year . 

SNEA Kerala thanks each and everyone for showing tremendous faith and support for this noble welfare venture. The enrollment process is still going strong and it has crossed 1650 as on today.

View more photos....


19/03/2021: 25th Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala at Thrissur on 11th and 12th April 2021
 


19/03/2021:
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Property tax being levied by the local bodies for BSNL mobile towers, need for issuing guidelines to BAs to properly defend/scrutinize the demand notices and effecting payments uniformly that too as per existing norms only and a few suggestions to be taken up by the Circle Administration with the LSGD, Govt. of Kerala, our request

View Letter || View our letter dtd 31/7/2019 addressed to Hon'ble Chief Minister, Kerala


17/03/2021:
 

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala was held on 15.03.2021 through Zoom and decided the following :

1. To conduct Circle conference in a grand manner on 11th and 12th of April 2021 at Thrissur. 
2. To collect Rs1000/- from each members towards Circle Conference donation and working fund.
3. To organise open session and trade union session on 12th April.
4. Com Binush B Peter and Com. Rajeevan from Thiruvananthapuram are nominated as Auditors.
5. Formed committee to design poster/board of CC headed by CWC member Suresh kumar.R
6. Formed committee to prepare  CC notice headed by Sabu VG, DS Thiruvananthapuram.
7. The proposed CEC meeting at Malappuram is rescheduled on 26/03/2021 to bid farewell to Circle President Com George Varghese on his superannuation.
8. Extended the last date of registration for Health insurance till 18.03.2021.
9. To open the Health insurance Scheme to all employees of BSNL Pan india.


16/03/2021:
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Sharing of BSNL’ pole infrastructure with channel partners, our suggestions

View Letter


16/03/2021:
 

So far  more than 1250 Employees have joined the Group Medical Insurance Scheme and the total premium collection has crossed Rs 2.15 Crores.

Premium collection date is extended upto 18th March 2021.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the overwhelming response from each and everyone. So far  more than 1250 Employees have joined the Group Medical Insurance Scheme and the total premium collection has crossed Rs 2.15 Crores.

As per the request from various corners, it is decided that the health insurance premium collection date is extended upto 18th March 2021. For all who pays the premium within the first window of 18th March, their insurance coverage will be starting from the 23rd March 2021 itself. 

Further many members have indicated inability to pay the premium due to various reasons. For such cases we are trying for extending a second window of payment till the end of this month. However if anyone wishes to join after the 18th, their insurance coverage will be enrolled only during the commencement of the next window period, which will be starting in two weeks after the launch of this year policy on 23rd March 2021.

If there is any payment delay or issues in online transfer, please let us know.

Team Health Insurance
SNEA Kerala


13/03/2021:
 

Inter BA Transfer Orders Issued

Circle office has issued the Inter BA Transfer Orders based on Longstay and Requests. We are pursuing the left over cases with the Management.

List-1 || List-2


09/03/2021:
 

Restructuring, new Staffing norms and its impact on Promotions:

Director (HR) invited SNEA for a presentation on the subject on 05.03.2021. GS, President and both AGSs made the presentation to DIR(HR), PGM(Pers), Sr GM(Estt) and GM(Restg). The presentation went on for two hours explaining the stand of SNEA on Restg, Staffing norms and future promotions.

The management move gives a clear indication that it planned promotions only after completion of Restructuring and any propaganda by some groups otherwise is simply a whisper to divert the attention of Executives by making false promises. It establishes earlier observation of SNEA is correct. It is also understood that other Assn accepted the ground reality now and given a presentation on Restg.

We utilized this opportunity to explain the new Non-post based Time Bound Promotion Policy, BEPPARR 2017 and how it works on its implementation. We could clear all the doubts of DIR(HR) and others on the subject. Salient features of the presentation are:

I. Staffing Norms & Restructuring:

i) The provisional norms for JTO/SDE, CAO and DE are required to be revised. Urban, Rural and Hilly areas are to be distinguished and Rural and Hilly areas are to be given additional weightage for Landline/BB/FTTH/Leased cct/MPLS etc. We suggested the following:

JTO/SDE(Rural)     : From 2,500 DEL To 1,000 DEL (for Xges less than 100 DEL) & 1,500 DEL (for small Xges)

JTO/SDE (Urban)   : From 7,500 DEL To 5,000 DEL 

DE(Rural)             : From 7,500 DEL To 5,000 DEL

DE (Urban)           : From 21,000 DEL To 10,000 DEL

ii) As per the Restg plan, AGM and DGM can be interchanged. This is possible only when promotion to DGM is on Time Bound, we explained.

iii) There is no DGM in the field units under Cat II BAs which will create operational issues. The DGM level posts in Category II BAs required to be revised, 2/3 DGM post is to be sanctioned, combining SDCAs with combined revenue more than Rs 30 Cr, we proposed.

II. JTO to AGM equivalent Grade has to be made a single cluster with combined strength: A fair ratio can be maintained between JTO+SDE+Sr SDE --à AGM --à DGM --àGM

III. Post based promotions. It may take minimum 5 to 6 years due to litigations on Reservation issue:

i) Promotions made in 2018 in AO, CAO and DE cadres become provisional. Now appeal filed in High Court. It will take 5 to 6 years to complete the litigations in High Court and then in Hon SC. If the SC judgment is in favour of BSNL, it can proceed further but it will take minimum 5 to 6 years. If Hon SC dismisses the BSNL petition and agreeing to CAT orders, then no one can say when further promotion will take place as it is linked with Nagaraj Judgment and its implementation.

ii) For other cadres, including SDE(T), there is no stay on promotion. But promotion with reservation is stopped by the clarification issued by DoT and Law Ministry in October 2020.

IV. Future promotional avenues:

We presented a chart on i) present sanctioned strength and working strength in each cadre, ii) Present status of Promotion in all the cadres and iii) Present working strength.

Stagnation and huge disparity in promotion among equivalent cadres is the biggest issue in BSNL, leading to all litigations which is to be addressed, we explained.

Due to Reservation issue and Restructuring, new promotion policy is approved. We explained the need for immediate implementation:

In every PSU, pay scales are directly linked with corresponding Grade. BSNL also has to work towards that. The situation in BSNL is that JTOs are working in E1, E2, E3, E4 and E5 scales, it should change. In the provisional norms, JTO & SDE are clubbed together and made interchangeable which is as per the new promotion policy. Then there is no problem in giving promotions from JTO to SDE, Sr SDE and DE equivalent Grades, after every 5 years.

New Executives has to reach AGM/CAO equivalent Grade at the age of 40 to 45 yrs. Then they will have further promotional avenues to DGM Grade at the age of 50 to 55 years, SG JAG Grade/ Jt GM Grade at the age of 50-55 years, Addl GM/GM Grade etc [AGM: 40-45 yrs, DGM:50-55 yrs, SG JAG: 50-55 yrs]. As suspected by management, stagnation after DE promotion will not happen.

In other PSUs, Executives are reaching DGM Grade in 12 to 15 years, at the age of about 35 - 40 years, through 3 to 4 Non-post based Time Bound Functional promotions and then moving upwards as GM and CGM etc and leading the company, we explained.

As decided by the Board, Reservation policies of the Govt will be followed in the new Promotion policy also. Interest of SC/ST category Executives will be protected by this. As in EPP 2007, Reservation will not become an issue in the new policy also as all eligible Executives (OC/SC/ST category) gets promotion from JTO to SDE to Sr SDE and DE. There will not be a single eligible Executive left to consider for promotion. In SCF and LDCE promotion also if eligible and qualified Executives are not available, promotion cannot be made. As of now, JTOs with 20 years of service and belongs to SC/ST category (2001 rect) did not got SDE promotion but as per new policy, all JTOs having 5 years of service will get promotion which one cannot imagine. All SC/ST Executives are waiting for that, assured promotion in 5 years. Further queries of DIR(HR) also clarified in this regard.

Executives should become DGM Regular atleast when he gets SG JAG Scale, on Time Bound basis we suggested.

We explained on implementation of new policy, how it works and cleared the alleys of top management that huge number of Executives will become AGM/CAO and operational issues will arise.

Immediate requirement of DGM(T/F) can be met by promotion with onetime relaxation in the Qualifying service. They are having sufficient experience as DE/CAO. They worked many years as DE/CAO on Offtg/LA basis before regular promotion. The Ahoc DGMs are to be regularised first.

Service of Executives in Civil/Electrical/Arch/TF/CSS etc wings are to be gainfully utilised, ensuring uniform promotional avenues.

V. Fast Track Promotion:

On specific query from DIR(HR) on Fast Track promotion in the new policy, we explained that it is proposed in the second part. We proposed that promotion to GM, CGM Grade is to be as per merit through:

a) Intl MT            OR

b) Fast Track promotion for limited candidates with less qualifying service, every year, based on performance              OR

c) Fast Track promotion for limited candidates as per the company requirement each year with less qualifying service, based on: i) Written examination, ii) APAR Grading, iii) Service weightage, iv) GD/Interview, v) Additional qualifications etc. 


06/03/2021:
 

BSNL KERALA Executive and Non Executive Employees Health Insurance Scheme 2021-2022

Salient features of the most beneficial medical policy of BSNL employees

1. Improved policy conditions with 15% reduced premium than last year. Insurance company - The New India Assurance company Ltd.

2. All employees working in Kerala circle territorial area and those enrolled in the insurance last year and below 61 years age can join / renew in this policy.

3.  Income Tax rebate will be applicable for the premium.

4. Considering the last year excellent service, Health India, with more number of hospitals, will continue as our TPA.

5. This year onwards we are introducing separate medical insurance Coverage for  employee’s parents and parents in laws.

6. Claimable amount for parents – Rs.2 Lakhs.

7. Claimable amount for parents in law – Rs.2 Lakhs

8. Claimable amount for employees family - Rs.5 Lakhs.

9. Topup amount for employees family without any additional premium - Rs.5 Lakhs.

10. Employee's Family Definition - Employee, Spouse and maximum three children.

11. Unmarried, unemployed children upto the age limit of 30 years who are dependents of parents can be included on providing a self declaration from the parents.

12. Unmarried, unemployed, differently abled children of any age who are dependents of parents can be included on providing a self declaration from the parents.

13. Pre-existing diseases are covered.

14. No waiting period for lodging claims.

15. No waiting period for certain diseases

To join / renew, please visit http://www.sneakerala.co.in

Payment gateway is integrated in the application.  Payment gateway transaction charges are as follows.

UPI - Free
IMPS – Free
Debit Cards - 0.95%
Net banking - 1.80%
Credit Cards - 1.85%

For insurance clarifications  and claim settlement, please contact K. V. Ram, Sr. Manager, M/s Securus IBI Pvt. Ltd. Mobile 8893093088 /// 8893394488 /// ram@securus.in ///
For payment application related queries please contact Suneer.S, AO Budget, Circle office 9447341693

Insurance policy starts on 23.03.2021 for all those who makes payment on or before 15.03.2021


06/03/2021:
 

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021 postponed for one month

Considering the personal assurance from Hon CMD, BSNL and the appeal made in the meeting held on 03.03.2021, SNEA decided to postpone the “INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST” at BSNLCO and Circle HQs from 08.03.2021 onwards for a period of one month, for facilitating the Management to implement the new Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board.

The CSs and CHQ OBs meeting held on 04.03.2021, online took this unanimous decision, considering the appeal made by CMD. At the same time the preparations for a long drawn battle is to be continued by the Circles. SSA General Body meetings are to be completed wherever it is not held.  

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on postponement:

Appeal GS letter to CMD, BSNL


06/03/2021:
 

CEC Meeting of SNEA Kerala on 2/3/2021 :

A CEC meeting of SNEA Kerala was conducted on 02.03.2021 through Zoom platform to gear up for the ensuing CHQ agitation programs. Circle secretary welcomed all comrades. He had a detailed reporting about the agitation programs scheduled from 08.03.2021. In the first stage from 08.03.2021 to 15.03.2021, two comrades from Kerala circle need to attend the program at Delhi and after 15.03.2021 our representation should be 5 comrades per day. Hunger fast in the first week from 08.03.2021 to 12.03.2021 similar to CHQ agitation to be organised at circle office.  LHD on alternate days preferably on 08th, 10th and 12th March need to be organised at BA headquarters. During the first week all comrades are requested to avoid their lunch in solidarity and support to the comrades who are on indefinite fast at corporate office and circle office. From 15th march all comrades are requested to meet their respective GMTs by forming a group of 5 comrades on each days of agitation.

BSNL Kerala Executives and Non Executives Health insurance policy 2021 is due for renewal on 23.03.2021. This time the insurer is New India Insurance Company, who was the lowest bidder and offered 15% reduction in premium amount. TPA Health india will continue with more empanelled hospitals compared to last year. The policy is made more attractive with beginning of annex policy for parents/in-law parents. This year  members may get receipt for the premium payment to claim income tax refund.

CS also reported that CP is retiring on march 31st. A befitting farewell to him by the CEC also may be planned in the last week of March. CS also reported the concerns of Calicut and Malappuram BA associations about long stay transfer and staff shortage in the meeting. CS had a warm welcome to the newly elected Pathanamthitta SSA secretary Com Shyam Mohan. 

CP Com George Varghese in his presidential address emphasised the need of promotions to executives through BAPPARR 2017 and requested all to have active participation in the forthcoming agitation programs. He congratulated the BA associations for successfully organising Offline General Bodies. 

The meeting had an active interaction and discussion about the reporting by CS. A detailed deliberation about the Staff reorientation by taking long stay of executives was also held. The practice of Circle office Admin section, continuously calling the incumbents and threatening them for exercising options to the shortage BAs, need to stop immediately. Combined long stay list of JTO and SDE is prepared to help certain group of executives, needs to be protested. Publishing long stay list every six months will create panic in the minds of executives. Executives are simply giving options to their convenient BAs only because they are named in the long stay list. It will have serious implication in the working of BAs. Kozhikode BA already gave letter to the BA administration about the staff position and the association’s discontent which CS conveyed to Circle administration. District Secretary Malappuram has pointed out the dissatisfaction of the accounts wing of Malappuram BA in transferring two JAOs to Kannur. MLP BA has least number of non executive staffs compared to other BAs.  

 Finally on account of agitation it was decided to 
1)  Send Comrades to participate Corporate Office Agitation as requested by CHQ (2 comrades from 08.03.2021 and 5 comrades from 15th march till the culmination of the agitation) 
2)    LHD from 8 th march to 12 th March and 24 Hr Hunger fast on all days at circle office    
3)    LHD on alternate days 8th, 10th and 12th March 2021 at BA HQs.
4)   Except Trivandrum BA, all other BAs need to organise one day mass hunger fast at BA HQ by participating circle leaders.
5)    Avoiding lunch in solidarity and support to the agitation on all days from 8th to 12th March 2021
6)    Meeting GM by forming a group of 5 comrades each day from 15th March till end of the agitation


Meeting congratulated the hard work and dedication of Com Dheeraj, SDE Thrissur for designing the software package for the insurance registrations.

The following decisions regarding Insurance were taken in the meeting
1)    Registration of insurance policy through our website www.sneakerala.com and www.sneakerala.co.in will be launched on 05.03.2021
2)    Send Bulk SMS Messages/whatsapp Messages to all members of insurance policy and to the non members of serving BSNL Kerala employees including STR, STP, Inspection circle etc.
3)    Closing date of registration is 15.03.2021


Meeting decided to conduct an Offline CEC and farewell function to Com George Varghese on 29.03.2021 at Malappuram BA, venue will be decided by the Malappuram SNEA.
Meeting also decided to immediately start the preparations for the Circle conference at Thrissur in the month of April.
The meeting concluded at 1 AM


05/03/2021:
 

National Confederation of Officers Association (NCOA) write to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL extending Solidarity and support for the Indefinite Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021 SNEA demanding Promotion of BSNL Executives w.e.f. 01.07.2018 through the Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

NCOA letter to CMD


04/03/2021:
 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

GS, President and both AGSs had meeting with CMD/BSNL on 03.03.2021 and had discussions on the Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021 demanding Non-post based promotions from 01.07.2018 onwards and other important issues:

I. Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021 demanding Non-post based promotions from 01.07.2018.

Today, on 03.03.2021, we had a very fruitful discussion with CMD on the most important issue. We tried to clear the apprehensions of CMD on various aspects on implementation of the new promotion policy. We explained the status of implementation of the policy with reference to the main Telecom and Finance cadres.

1). On implementation of the new promotion policy w.e.f. 01.07.2018, status will be:

i) Today, the number of AGM/DEs will be about 2300 (promoted as SDE between 2004 & 2008), much less than the number of AGM/DE working today on Regular and LA basis. Similarly the number of CAOs will be less than 250 (even with 2009 batch AOs). In July 2021, number of AGM/DE will be about 4000 plus (all promoted as SDE in 2009 and corresponding LDCE). Next eligibility is in July, 2023 and then in 2027. All of them have put minimum 20 to 30 years of service (SCF: 25-30 yrs and LDCE: 20 yrs) by the time of AGM promotion.

Upto 2026, the number AGMs will be less than 4500, we explained.

ii) BSNL already utilising JTO and SDE equivalent Grades as interchangeable which is a provision in the new promotion policy. A new JTO will work in JTO, SDE and Sr SDE Grades, interchangeably for 15 years before their DE promotion. JTO plus SDE number will be around 19,500 now.

iii) A fair ratio will be maintained between JTO/SDE/Sr SDE --à AGM --à DGM.

2). Only new Executives can become AGM/CAO equivalent Grade in 15 years at the age of 40 to 45. Thereafter they are having another 15-20 years of service left and will get stagnated, which is the concern of management:

It will happen only from the year 2032 onwards, after 11 years from now, we explained. BSNL should be lead by its own Officers. This is possible only when the Executives entering at the age of 25-30 years as a Direct Recruit gets promotion to AGM/CAO Grades in 15 years, at the age of 40-45 years. Then only they are having further promotion avenues to DGM (E5) Grade at the age of 50 to 55 years, SG JAG Grade/ Jt GM  Grade at the age of 50-55 years, Addl GM/GM Grade and CGM Grade as per merit.

In other PSUs, Executives are reaching DGM Grade in 12 to 15 years, at the age of about 35 - 40 years through 3 to 4 Non-post based Time Bound Functional promotions and then moved upwards as Jt GM, Addl GM, GM and CGM etc and leading the company.

The chart explains the status:

AGM: 40-45 yrs

DGM:50-55 yrs

SG JAG: 50-55 yrs

Those entering as Executive from Non-Executive cadres through promotion quota (LICE), they will reach AGM/CAO Grade much later, we explained.

The question of continuing in the same AGM Grade for 15 to 20 years does not arise at all, we explained.

3). There is no financial implication involved on implementation of this policy as Executives are already reaching the scale as per the existing EPP itself. Rather there is saving for BSNL, we explained.

4). DPCs on post based promotions may take minimum 5 to 6 years due to Reservation issue:

i) Promotions made in 2018 in AO, CAO and DE cadres become provisional. Now Appeal is filed in High Court. It will take 5 to 6 years to complete the litigations in High Court and then in Hon SC. If the SC judgment is in favour of BSNL, it can proceed further but it will take minimum 5 to 6 years. If Hon SC dismisses the BSNL petition and agreeing to CAT orders, then no one can say when further promotion will take place as it is linked with Nagaraj Judgment and its implementation, we explained.

ii) For other cadres, including SDE(T), there is no stay on promotion. But promotion with reservation is stopped by the clarification issued by DoT and Law Ministry in October 2020.

iii) Since Govt policies on Reservation will be followed in the new Promotion Policy also as decided by the BSNL Board, Reservation will automatically taken care in the new Policy.

In the light of the discussions, it seems that the apprehension of CMD on implementation of the new promotion policy is slowly getting cleared. CMD assured to examine the facts submitted by us at the earliest. Further in view of the discussions, CMD made an impassionate appeal to withdraw the Indefinite Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021.

II. Launching of 4G services:

We informed CMD about the discussions with the senior Officers of DOT (Secretary, Addl Secretary, Member(T), Member(F), Member(S)) on the 4G issue. Without 4G services, BSNL Revival is not at all possible and the revenue cannot be increased. The employees can contribute only after the launching of 4G services.

CMD informed that there is no headway on the matter. Discussions are going on at the highest level of PMO, how the deadlock can be broken. BSNL is trying to impress upon all that the new process will take long period to take off. Now DoT almost convinced on the matter. CMD also agreed to our view point that the new tender process through POC route will take atleast 2 years for roll out.

On the specific issue of upgradation and launching of services, there is no further progress, CMD informed.

The various letters written by us to various authorities on the issue, including Hon Minister is getting good response, mounting pressure on the Govt as it is getting the support of public and media attention. Discussions are going on at highest level, at PMO to find solution to BSNL 4G issue.

III. OF connectivity from RailTel:

We appreciated the initiative of management which will give stability to the media connectivity to Eastern Region especially NE Region. The connectivity doubled from Guwahati and Kolkatta towards Chennai.

PGCIL hiked the Tariff and abruptly disconnected BSNL connectivity. Thereafter management acted swiftly and got MOU signed with RailTel on almost 1/3rd rate.

Once local connectivity is established, BSNL can go for tender in the future for such connectivity, CMD informed.

IV. Transfer of Accounts Personal:

We explained that transfer of Accounts Personal are pending for the last two quarters and it should be cleared at the earliest as in other wings. The matter we discussed with Director (Fin) also on 02.03.2021. CMD assured to give necessary instructions.

V. Rule 9 Temporary Transfer:

We requested to clear the deadlock on Temporary Transfer. Many genuine cases including medical cases are pending for approval. CMD informed that once Executives are going on Temp transfer, they are not going back which creates operational issues and unwanted interference from various quarters.


04/03/2021:
 

Final hearing on the court case for CPSU Cadre Hierarchy promotion (Non-post based Time Bound Functional promotion) through BEPPARR 2017 approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

The case filed by SNEA & Others at Hon CAT, Chandigarh for Non-post based Time Bound Functional promotion through BEPPARR 2017 for all the eligible Executives on Regular basis came up for final hearing yesterday, 01.03.2021. The case was listed for final hearing. However, before arguments starts, BSNL counsel informed the Hon Court that BSNL filed an MA along with counter to the rejoinder filed by SNEA. BSNL filed the counter in the last minute to the rejoinder filed by us on 26.10.2020. Since the documents are submitted late by BSNL Counsel, it could not reach the bench by the time of hearing. These documents are to be accepted by the Hon Court before final hearing.

After preliminary pleadings on the urgency of the matter, Hon Court gave the earliest available date, 30.03.2021 for final hearing of the case.


04/03/2021:
 

Annual General Body meeting of SNEA, Kannur Branch

held at Telephone Bhavan Conference Hall, Kannur on 3/3/2021


Com Deepak CK BS welcomed the gathering and Com Kishore, JTO NQM Presided over the function. Com Rajesh Manchan CHQ Advisor, Com Jithesh CS, Com Deepak DS, Com Manoj DP and Com Vinod DT addressed the meeting. The leaders urged up on the importance of the strike and promotion, where management is not ready to promote executives even in the reduced  vaccancies after restructuring. Meeting had a fruitful interaction about the agitation programs and participation. Meeting elected the following as new office bearers of Kannur Branch.


President: Pramodan ,JTO Electrical
Vice president: Bhanumathi,JTO Marketing
Secretary: Kishor Krishnan ,JTO NQM


Assistant Secretary: Rajesh,JTO TIM
Treasurer: Praveen ,JTO Electrical
Organising Secretaries :
1- Ranjith K P,JTO FM Kannur
2- Bijesh ,SDE OD Kannur
3- Nithin Kumar ,JTO TIM Kannur


Executive committee members :
1- Deepak CK ,JTO CAF KNR
2- Dileep K,JTO AJK
3- Ajitha ,SDE STR KNR
4- Joy,SDE Electrical KNR
5- Manoj P,SDE Civil KNR


03/03/2021:
 

General Body meeting of Pala Branch, SNEA Kottayam was held at the Telephone Exchange Pala in the forenoon of 25/02/2021

 

District President Kottayam Com. Thomas Sebastian presided over the meeting. District Secretary Com. Biju Joseph Pawath welcomed all to the meeting. District Treasurer Com Anish James also attended the function. Several comrades from Pala, Kanjirapally and adjoining areas attended the meeting.

Circle Secretary Com. Jithesh K.P. inaugurated the function and explained regarding the upcoming agitation programs. Circle Treasurer Com.Suneer.S, CWC Member Com. Vimal Raghunath and Assistant Circle Secretary Com. Vivek G. addressed the function.

The meeting concluded with the Vote of thanks by. Babychan Michael, Branch  Secretary Kanjirapally

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General Body meeting of SNEA Kottayam was held at the Conference hall of PGM Office Kottayam on 25/02/2021

 

District President Kottayam Com. Thomas Sebastian, presided over the meeting. District Secretary Com. Biju Joseph Pawath welcomed all to the meeting. District Treasurer Com Anish James also attended the function. Several comrades from Kottayam, Changanasseri and adjoining areas attended the meeting.

Circle Secretary Com. Jithesh K.P. inaugurated the function and explained regarding the upcoming agitation programs, medical insurance scheme and other burning issues.

CWC Member Com. Vimal Raghunath explained with facts and figures the various hurdles faced by present SCF DPC promotion scheme and the need to switch over to CPSU CH/ BEPPARR 2017. Assistant Circle Secretary Com. Vivek G. addressed the function and spoke about the present financial situation of the company, recent developments in the 22820 case filing etc. Circle Treasurer Com. Suneer S., Area Secretary Central Com. Maneesh K.P, District Secretary Circle Office Com.Aslesh.S.S, Ex District Secretary Com.Vipin.K etc also addressed the function.

The meeting concluded with the Vote of thanks by Com. Sudeesh A.N., CEC Member KTM.


27/02/2021: 
 

Congratulations to the newly elected District Office Bearers of SNEA Pathanamthitta

Annual General Body Meeting of SNEA Pathanamthitta was conducted on 24-02-2021 at the Conference Hall of GM Office PTA. Circle Secretary Com.Jithesh K.P., Circle Treasurer Com.Suneer S., ACS Com.Vivek G., CWC Member Com.Vimal Raghunath, CWC Member Com.Sureshkumar, Area Secretary Central Com.Maneesh.K.P., District Secretary Circle Office Com.Aslesh S.S., District Secretary Kottayam Com.Biju Pawath etc attended the AGB. Circle President Com. George Varghese and several others joined the meeting via online mode.

District President Com. Robin Kurien Joseph, presided over the meeting. District Secretary Com. Manoj N. welcomed all to the meeting and presented the Secretary’s report and audited accounts. Circle Secretary Com. Jithesh K.P. inaugurated the function and delivered the felicitation address to the retiring/retired comrades, Com Shanthamani G, JTO Kadampanad & Com. Basheer Khan P.S. JTO Panthalam. CS honoured their long service to BSNL by presenting the Mementos to them. Circle President Com. George Varghese also spoke about Com. Basheer Khan’s long relationship with our association as Branch Secretary Pathanamthitta and in other capacities. DS Com. Manoj enlightened everyone that even after officially retiring around ten months ago, Com. Basheer Khan never fails to visit & help out in his Customer Service Center everyday and Com. Shanthamani never misses to hoist the National flag during Independence day & Republic day. Both of these sincere comrades were harassed and unnecessarily transferred away from Pathanamthitta during the infamous RAO era.

Some of our veteran leaders of Pathanamthitta Com. G Sivaraman Nair Sir, Com. K. John sir, were also present in the function and delivered felicitation address. Circle Secretary Com. Jithesh K.P. also remembered about the outgoing District Secretary Com. Manoj N. and his organizational skills.

The meeting concluded with the Vote of thanks by Com. Shyam Mohan.

The following office bearers were unanimously elected in the AGB:

President:- Com. Robin Kurien Joseph, AGM BSS Thiruvalla

Vice President:- Com. Pinky S John, DET, Pathanamthitta

Secretary:- Com. Shyam Mohan SDE EB, Thiruvalla

Treasurer:- Com. Resmi G L, SDE Plg

Asst. Secretary:-

Com. Lithin Thomas JTO Mktg Thiruvalla ,

Com. Rony Mathew Philip JTO Vennikulam

CEC Member:- Com. Marella Sandeep JTO Pallikkal

Organising Secretary:-

Com. Mahesh JTO BSS

Com. Srikanth, JTO Computer

Executive Committee Members:-

Com. Ragesh Krishna, JTO STR

Com. Suresh Kumar E K, SDE Civil

Com. Harikumaran Nair, JTO Ezhamkulam

Com. Biju T, JTO Vadasserikkara

Com. Deepthi Krishna, AO, Thiruvalla

Com. Deepu Jayakumar, JTO EB

Com. Sreejith S, JTO, Elanthoor

Auditor:- Com. Moncy Thomas, DET Thiruvalla


23/02/2021: 
 

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021:

REGULAR Promotion to all eligible Executives w.e.f. 01.07.2018

Our Demands:

1. Regular Promotions through the Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy, BSNL Executives Promotion Policy Amendment and Recruitment Rules (BEPPARR) 2017, approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, effectively from 01.07.2018.

2. Regular Promotion upto DGM Grade instead of LA promotion and open the path for promotion to higher posts.

a) SSA/local meeting may be held and explain the compelling reasons for going for Indefinite Hunger Fast:

b) Meet all CGMS and BA/SSA Heads and submit the copy of the Notice issued on 05.11.2020 and explain the compulsions to go for agitations and seek their intervention.

c) Promotion is for all the Executives. Support of all the Executives may be sought for the agitation by meeting them individually.

Make all out preparations by meeting every Executives to make the Indefinite Hunger Fast a big success till management listening to our demands.

Appeal to all Executives


20/02/2021: 
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Surrendering 1800 MHz GSM spectrum in Kerala Circle, consequences including operational issues and service degradation, our request.

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16/02/2021: 
 

CS writes to CGMT reg exploring Business opportunity - Work Near Home facilities

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Kerala government is considering work-near-home (WNH) facilities for IT firms to provide office arrangements within the neighbourhood of employees, so that office work flows can be maximized with minimum risk to the employee's health.
The net leasing or absorption of office space might fall to 25 million sq ft this year across eight major cities. The requisites are vacant building space, internet connectivity, power supply and easy accessibility, which is perfectly suited to our resources.

This is a rare and golden opportunity for earning a sizeable business in EB as well as real estate of BSNL Kerala Circle.  We requested CGMT for his personal attention to take up the matter with Government of Kerala at the earliest.


12/02/2021: 
 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Non-launching of 4G Services by BSNL even after 1 year 3 months really shaking BSNL. BSNL missed precious 5 months after the Cabinet approval on 23.10.2019. BSNL Revival is fully depends on 4G services and then only Revival will pick up momentum. BSNL should avail the allotted 4G spectrum and provide 4G or 3G services as per the availability of equipments for better speed and coverage and earn revenue. Thousands of Crores spend in Phase VIII tender for 4G equipments should not become waste.

Instead of focusing to upgrade existing network to 4G by spending hardly 2500 Crores, BSNL focused on new tender worth 9000 Crores for purchasing and deploying new equipments! Net result is that BSNL Revival taken back seat and poor employees not getting even their salary in time.

It is a known fact that evenif the POC is successful, the new tender may take atleast 2 to 3 years to fully roll out and launch 4G services by completing the formality. In another 2 to 3 years, other operators will launch 5G services. The fresh expenditure on 4G will become a waste, in addition to the expenditure incurred in Phase VIII tender.

It is high time for BSNL management to look for all other alternatives to utilize the available network and the Govt allotted 4G spectrum to provide data services with maximum speed and better coverage. Parallel to the POC, earnest efforts required for procuring the equipment from M/s Nokia through Add on order. Eventhough the time frame for placing Add on order is over, management should adopt some unorthodox methods to negotiate with the vendor and place Add on order. Otherwise, as everyone knows, BSNL revival will become a nightmare, if management is waiting for the POC route and the new tender for 4G roll out.

GS letter to CMD on 4G services


12/02/2021: 
 

INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST from 15.02.2021 postponed to 08.03.2021

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Postponement of “INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST at BSNLCO and Circle HQs” from 15.02.2021 onwards to 08.03.2021 onwards demanding promotions upto AGM equivalent Grades in all the streams w.e.f. 01.07.2018 through the new promotion policy, BSNL Executive Promotion Policy Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR - 2017) approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, having NO financial burden on BSNL.

Dear comrades,

During the intervening period, all efforts should be made to meet each and every Executive (irrespective of Assn) and explain the developments going on regarding promotions: i) promotions are due from 01.07.2018 onwards and DPC promotion will be possible only from a prospective date, ii) hurdles on conduction of DPC due to Reservation issue, iii) Restg and consequent post reduction, iv) hurdles on conduction of DPC for promotion to AO, CAO and DE cadres as the promotion made in June 2018 become provisional, v) there is no financial implications in giving the promotions etc. Conduct SSA/Branch meetings as much possible and involve all.

A common write up to all the Executives prepared and circulated in the group. Make sufficient copies and distribute to all the Executives.

Write to all the CSs and SSA Secretaries of AIGETOA and AIBSNLEA requesting to support and join the agitation.

Meet all CGMS and SSA Heads and submit the copy of the Notice/memorandum and explain the compulsions to go for agitations.

Initially it will be Relay Hunger Fast and it will be converted into Indefinite Hunger Fast from 15.03.2021 onwards.

During the 1st week from 08.03.2021 to 12.03.2021, we will make an appeal to all the Executives to perform duty by skipping the Lunch in support of the agitation.

Lunch Hour demonstration will be held on 08.03.2021, 10.03.2021 and 12.03.2021 at Circle and SSA HQs in support of the agitation.

From 15.03.2021 onwards, agitation will be intensified. INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST will be started from 15.03.2021.

Accommodation will be arranged by CHQ/Delhi Comrades at New Delhi.

GS letter to CMD


02/02/2021: 
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Implementation of long stay and Posting of officers to shortage BAs – 

1. case of service rendered in Wayanad district under Kozhikode BA, 

2. Preparation of long stay list, combined for JTO and SDE

View Letter



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