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16/05/2019: SAD NEWS
 

SAD NEWS: With heavy heart, it is informed that our loving brother Unni Krishnan P (49)  SDE CML, Thaliparamba has left us today 3:05 PM. He had been fighting for his life since March 23rd and doctors at ASTER MIMS Calicut, tried all possible to save his life.  Com.Unni Krishnan was our District Treasurer of Kannur in the present body. SNEA mourn the untimely departure. Let's together join the bereaved family. 

 

14/05/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to General Secretary SNEA CHQ regarding Inter-BA Transfer requests of Kerala Circle View Letter

Based on our inputs, GS has already discussed the matter with CMD BSNL on 8/5/2019 and as per the directions of CMD further discussions would be held with GM Pers, Corporate Office for resolving the issue. We are following up the matter.


13/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Secretary, DoT: Regular appointment to the vacant posts of Director(Finance), Director(CM), Director (EB) and Director (HR), BSNL Board for accelerating the growth and revival of BSNL. BSNL is having just one (01) functional Director (out of five) from May, 2019 on regular basis.

This Association was continuously taking up the issue of filling up the vacant posts of functional Directors of BSNL Board vide its letter dated 07.05.2018, 30.08.2018, 02.01.2019 and 21.01.2019. Director (Finance) post was vacant since December, 2013 for more than five years. Other three functional Director posts in BSNL, Director (CM), Director (EB) and Director (HR) also vacant. We express our sincere gratitude for the appointment to the posts of Director (Fin), Director (CM) and Director (EB) atleast on temporary basis which will ensure smooth functioning of BSNL at this crucial juncture. Posting to the crucial Director(HR) post also may be expedited.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT


09/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

Hon CAT, Chandigarh order dated 07.05.2019, dismissing the OA 063/01571/2018 aginst DGM promotion as the OA rendered infructuous:

Hon CAT Chandigargh order dated 07.05.2019


08/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS, President and both AGSs met Shri Anupam Shrivastava on 08.05.2019 and held discussions on i) Promotions and bringing party in promotions, ii) DGM promotion, iii) HR Integration and iv) permission for transfer on interest of service for meeting the shortages in KTK and KRL Circles.


08/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Proposed move to extend undue benefits to the Postal JAOs appointed in BSNL as fresh JAOs w.e.f 25.02.2005. Adherence to the terms and conditions of appointment of JAOs as external candidates to avoid anomalies. While taking any decision in this regard, the interest of the JAOs recruited by BSNL between 01.10.2000 to 24.02.2005 is to be protected first in terms of pay, seniority, promotions etc etc. Similarly the pay of the Executives in Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/Arch/TF etc also to be revised by extending notional pay of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.10.2000.

GS letter to CMD


07/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS, President and both AGSs met the all the new BSNL Directors, Shri. Vivek Banzal/DIR(CFA), Shri. S. K. Gupta/DIR(Fin), Shri. B. L. Varshney/DIR(EB) and Shri. Sheetla Prasad Tripathi/DIR(CM) as a courtesy visit and held discussions on various points, allotment of funds especially for Odisha Circle etc.


07/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Integration of all HR activities like recruitment, promotions, transfer and posting etc under single HR unit is implemented successfully by BSNL. The discrimination in transfer and postings, disparity in promotions and the anomalies created by it without considering the huge stagnation/backlog in different wings of the same company necessitated HR integration. Requests intervention to stop the retrograde move to reverse the HR integration and continue with discriminative and biased HR policies in BSNL by certain sections.

GS letter to CMD


02/05/2019 : CHQ News
 

Congratulations..!! JTO(T) Induction Training - Pre basic-I, Pre basic-II and Phase-I scheduled for the LICE JTOs for the exam held on 11/12/2016 (VY 2015-16) and 20/01/2019 (VY 2016-17) View Orders

we were continuously pursuing for scheduling the training after the long battle with administration ended for releasing the blocked 9 JTO LICE vacancies.


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26/04/2019 : Circle News
 

Congratulations..!! Orders for TBP issued. For those who didnot get TBP, Kindly intimate the details to the respective District Secretaries. We are pursuing for the left over cases.

E1-E2 || E2-E3 || E3-E4


25/04/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD, BSNL: Promotion to all the vacant DGM(T) posts on Regular basis. As per EPP- 2007, all the Executives absorbed or recruited in Group B equivalent cadres are covered by the EPP and eligible for Time Bound IDA upgradations upto E6 scale. The Time Bound Promotion for the Group B officers absorbed or recruited as Executives in BSNL are covered by EPP-2007 and not by the BSNLMS RR 2009. 

GS letter to CMD


24/04/2019 : CHQ News
 

Formal agenda meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 23.04.2019: GS, President, AGSs and CS/GUJ had detailed discussions on the following agenda points.  PGM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Pers) also present in the meeting:

1. Notification of “BSNL Executive Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules-2017” approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, w.e.f 29.06.2018 or the review date 01.07.2018 in order to maintain Uniformity, Seniority and Parity in promotions at par with the Juniors already promoted on 29.06.2018. Every month Executives are retiring without getting the due promotion.

2. DGM(T) promotion and increasing the DGM(T) posts proportionate to AGM posts at par with other streams.

3. DE Promotion based on Revised Seniority as per Rule 206.

4. Office Accommodation for the Recognised Association at Circle and SSA level.

5. Notification of Soft Tenure Break as agreed in the last meeting.

6. Increasing the number of Office bearers to 15 at Circle and major SSAs.

1)  On notification of new promotion policy, DIR(HR) informed that the matter will be pursued in DoT for early clearance. Senior officers will be deputed for pursuing the matter in DoT. DIR(HR) concurred with our view that the disparity in promotion can be addressed and parity can be maintained only by notification of the new policy w.e.f. 29.06.2018 or 01.07.2018 which management assured. Assn demanded permanent solution for the promotion issue which is now resolved through the new promotion policy. Time Bound Functional promotion is part of Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL which is not implemented so far. The earlier proposal to bring parity through upgradation of posts in all the streams was not approved by the CMD, DIR(HR) informed. DIR(HR) further informed that the ongoing court cases stopping the mgt from issuing promotion orders for the existing vacancies in some cadres. 

2) Assn demanded proportionate increase in the DGM(T) posts. 1331 is the sanctioned DGM posts when the DE posts sanction was 5303. Since the DE posts increased through upgradation last year, the DGM posts also to be increased proportionately, we demanded. Mgt agreed to our demand which is justified with facts and figures and assured to take necessary action after the DGM promotions. This will be a major breakthrough for the cadre as large number of DGM posts is justified.

The DGM promotions will be expedited and it is assured that DGM regular promotions orders will be issued.

3) The legal opinion for implementation of Rule 206 received and it will be expedited. The whole process may take months together as review DPC is to be held for thousands of SDEs, most of them are retired.

4) & 6) The demand of office accommodation at Circle/ SSA level and increasing the number of office bearers to 15 will be considered. It will be examined what best can be done in this cases without further delay and will be informed. If required, the REA rules should be amended by taking to the MC or Board, we suggested. 

5) Soft Tenure Break: We reminded about the earlier discussions and the commitment to restore the Circle break. Earlier the policy was framed after discussion with the Assns but the amendment made without consulting the Assns which created the problem, Assn pointed out. The matter will be further explained to new PGM(Pers) and it will be processed.

Finally we requested for early action on increasing the SAB contribution and rectification of anomalies in the GTI recovery.


22/04/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 22.04.2019: GS, AGSs and CS/GUJ met CMD BSNL and held discussions on various issues:

i)  Revival of BSNL – media reports: CMD informed that according to the informations, Union Govt not taken any decision in this regard on the BSNL proposal. In the revival proposal, 4G allotment, land monetization, VRS etc proposed.  

This shows that the media reports of immediate decision on revival package was just a political stunt to counter the political and media attack on the Govt regarding BSNL which put the Govt in an embarrassing situation. This propaganda may be, just to silence the political opponents, the media and the general public having sympathy towards BSNL during the election period. Again this is another strategy to favour the private players, mainly R-Jio.

The situation on OPEX and CAPEX is not improved as the expected Bank loan is not materialised so far.

ii) Implementation of new Promotion policy to bring parity with the juniors got promotion on 29.06.2018 or later: We requested CMD to take necessary action to implement the BSNL Board decision for bring parity and uniformity in promotions and ensure justice to all the Executives of BSNL. During discussion, CMD informed that it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented. DIR(HR) sent the proposal for DoT clearance and after sending the proposal to DoT, it was intimated to CMD. This will further delay the implementation and promotion to thousands of Executives as DoT is nothing to say about the promotion policy which is under the purview of BSNL Board, Assn pointed out. There is no financial implication in the proposal for DoT clearance. We strongly condemned the delay tactics of BSNL management.

The matter will be further discussed in the agenda meeting with DIR(HR) tomorrow, 23.04.2019. We demanded for a joint meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) in this regard which will be held next week.

iii) DGM promotion: We requested to expedite the DGM promotions on regular basis for all the DGM vacancies. CMD assured to expedite the DGM promotions.


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11/04/2019 : Circle News
 

DS, Enk writes to DGM Finance, Ernakulam regarding wrong recovery of pay from JTOs on Superannuation

View Letter || Corp_off_Letter

As per the letter under reference (BSNL Corp. Office  No. 3-8/2010-Est-IV dated 3rd June 2016)  issued by the BSNL Corporate office which was further endorsed by BSNL Kerala circle it was ordered as  under:

“ in view of the order of the P CAT New Delhi ,it has been decided recovery of any amount may not be made from the pay of the officiating JTOs”.

But in Ernakulum SSA on superannuation of those JTOs who were earlier officiated as JTOs huge amount is recovered   from their terminal benefits purportedly  as over payments during the officiating period.  Further these officers were not given any notice  or details of such recovery .  This Association has verified the similar  case  with Trivandrum BA and it is understood that no such recovery is made from these JTOs ( JTOs who have officiated  as JTOs  from 2007 to till their regularization) on their superannuation.    This month three JTOs are retiring  from Ernakulam  BA: 1. Smt. Susy K P HR No 198214961 , Smt. Latha. R  HR .198408047   , Smt. Sasikala. A G . HR No.198408044  and it is reported that huge amount are being recovered from these JTOs from their superannuation benefits which  is against Hon. PCAT order which was endorsed by BSNL corporate office as well as BSNL Kerala Circle. It is requested  not to effect any recovery from these JTOs in violation of Hon. PCAT order and Corporate office order.


10/04/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Report collections from BAs that are readily available in ERP/SAP View Letter

Recently reports  are asked from field BSS units regarding expenditure incurred for Diesel charges, Electricity charges, Rent payments etc for BTS sites for the financial year 2018-19 even though all such payments are effected only through SAP duly entered and updated by field BA BSS units regularly from time to time. As all such figures are available in SAP, these data can be fetched through the various level ERP support personnel available in circle office itself without referring to BAs. No payments are effected directly by BAs to any such vendors overriding or by passing circle office ERP section.  It is to be noted that the field BSS units are working under the control of DE BSSs with minimum man power consisting of SDE/JTO BSSs without any clerical assistance or contract labourers for office works.

The exclusive ERP cell functioning in circle office under the GM IT is well capable of handling these databases with sufficient manpower support who are very well equipped for generating any reports in any formats or templates as required by the various verticals of circle office.

Hence, it is requested that necessary directions may please be given to the various verticals in Circle Office to utilize the expert man power available in circle office Finance/ ERP/IT cells to generate whatever reports required for the purpose without troubling the field BSS units which are running with minimum man power with zero clerical or contract labourers support in offices that too defeating the very purpose of ERP/IT cells as envisaged by the BSNL Corporate office.

It is also requested that such information may be circulated down to the filed units for comparison and further improvement in OPEX management.


10/04/2019 : CHQ News
 

Association will take a call on VRS proposal once details are available. We have to examine whether it is linked with 3rd Pay Revision and Pension Revision or not, how funding is going to be done and which way it is going to benefit BSNL. We have to examine whether it is beneficial to the employees as well as the company. As a matter of principle, SNEA is not in favour of any kind of retrenchment including VRS.


08/04/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL:

GS and both AGSs met CMD BSNL on 08.04.2019 and held discussions on various issues:

i) Implementation of new Promotion policy to bring parity with those Executives got promotion on 29.06.2018 or later, who are juniors: We requested CMD to take necessary action to implement the BSNL Board decision for bring parity and uniformity in promotions and ensure justice to all the Executives of BSNL. Thousands of seniors are facing humiliation as their juniors are promoted on 29.06.2018. Executives recruited for the same or earlier year are also deprived promotion along with others. The upgradation done only for few cadres, citing court cases, on the promise that others will be given promotion through the new promotion policy, at par with others. This promise is not implemented so far.

During discussion, CMD informed that it is a BSNL Board decision and it has to be implemented at the earliest. CMD assured to discuss with DIR(HR) and do the needful immediately.

If there is no progress, CHQ is planning for some program infront of the BSNL Board meeting on 16.04.2019.

ii)  Meeting at PMO on 02.04.2019: CMD briefly informed that 3rd PRC, the revival proposal, 4G allotment, land monetization etc discussed in the PMO meeting. Issues are taken a definite shape and Govt trying to speed up the process and getting the Cabinet approval in the shortest time. BSNL proposal for land monetization by BSNL itself and the land monetization through DIPAM will take place simultaneously.

From Assn side we categorically told that any restructuring of BSNL has to be done along with 3rd PRC implementation and pension revision, otherwise it will not be successful.  

After the strike on 18-20, February, media and public outcry on revival of BSNL, Govt forced to act very fast on the revival proposal, on the direct supervision of PMO. Daily meeting taken place between BSNL and DoT at highest level to sort out the issues. The Letter of comfort and Presidential sanction for expenditure on OPEX, which was flatly denied by DoT during discussions, extended within days.

iii) DGM promotion: We expressed our serious concern in the abnormal delay in DGM promotions on flimsy grounds. About 1,000 DGM vacancies are available now. We demanded filling up of all the vacancies on regular basis. Also giving GM entrustment charge to the regular DGMs already working. CMD assured to expedite the DGM promotions. Since one of the DPC member (CLO) was not signed the DPC minutes earlier and another member retired now, it is learned that fresh DPC is to be held.

We are in constant touch with PGM(Pers) and Pers section and monitoring the progress. Due to obvious reasons, not reporting the progress in the websites.


04/04/2019 : Circle News
 

CS & ACS met CGMT on 4/4/2019 for discussing the pending transfer requests. CGMT informed us that as per the suggestion submitted by SNEA as in letter dtd 27/3/19 and as done in Karnataka Circle, a letter will be sent to Corporate office for the approval for implementing transfer requests. Comrades, we are in constant touch with Administration for releasing the remaining orders.


04/04/2019 : CHQ News
 

MASSIVE MARCH TO SANCHAR BHAVAN ON 05.04.2019 BY AUAB ON THE CHARTER OF DEMANDS:

Immediate measures for revival of BSNL is our main demand. The March will start from BSNL CO, New Delhi at 11.30 Hrs.


02/04/2019 : Circle News
 

Congratulations..!! Transfer Orders issued for those who completed 2 years stay as on 31/10/2018.

We are in constant touch with the Administration for the release of remaining transfer orders for the pending transfer requests.

View orders DE || SDE || JTO


31/03/2019 : Editorial 
 

Editorial – March 2019

Systemic and meticulously calibrated decimation of the strategic PSU, BSNL, by the Government, covertly and overtly aided and abetted by the regulator TRAI, Digital Commission, and coveted National policy framing body - the Niti Aayog.

All tacitly colluded to ensure that R-Jio somehow becomes the monarch of precious Data at the cost of allowing Telecom Sector to perish and adversely impact the health of the PSBs.

BSNL took birth on 01.10.2000 as a matter of policy compulsion, consequent upon opening up of telecom sector to the private capital as a sequel to implementation of National Telecom policy promulgated in 1995. Since birth of BSNL, successive Governments used it as a milking cow to meet social obligations of the Telecom Policy in an extraordinary manner, meeting the fundamental and envisaged objective of National Telecom policy set out in 1988 by the first Telecom Commission of the Country - Affordable Telecom Services of Universal Quality. In meeting this ordained Telecom Policy objective of the Government, BSNL never looked back while incurring incredibly huge losses.

While BSNL was forced to provide telecom services in the remotest inaccessible areas of the Country, the concrete policy commitments that were made by the Government to support BSNL to provide services in these highly unremunerative and loss making areas systematically and gradually started getting eroded. Access Deficit Charge(ADC) and USO Fund Subsidy were arbitrarily stopped, IUC charges were drastically slashed, private operators were allowed to change over from fixed license fee to revenue sharing etc etc. Govt. did not allow BSNL to start mobile services till 2002, giving strategic market advantage to early movers like Airtel. All these policy breaches by the Govt. adversely and irreversibly hit the revenues of BSNL, and jeopardized the growth of the incumbent operator.  Even though BSNLs entry in highly potential mobile segment was delayed by more than two years, BSNL came very close to the then leading mobile service provider, Airtel, in terms of mobile market share in the year 2006, when the then Telecom Minister directly interfered in the mobile tender process and, at the behest of vested interest equipment manufacturers, canceled 45.5 million mobile tender that was finalized in a highly transparent manner. Even thereafter, the story of destabilizing BSNL continued unabated when BSNL was not permitted to procure mobile equipment from Chinese vendors who become the successful bidder in the tendering process, for 3 years, citing flimsy and non -existent security considerations while freely allowing private operators to procure equipment from same Chinese vendors. This is how politicians and Ministers, all together lined up to finish BSNL and allow private operators to flourish.    

Against all these severe policy impediments, BSNL employees and the management worked in cohesion in an exemplary manner for revival of BSNL, in the year 2013-14, when the company almost faced similar financial crisis that it is confronted with today.  Concerted efforts by the Trade Unions and Associations in BSNL by launching various innovative initiatives like Customer delight years, Service With A Smile program, BSNL At Your Doorstep etc to improve the quality of service, sales, marketing etc. produced spectacular results and BSNL witnessed a remarkable and unprecedented upward growth trajectory, resulting in considerably closing its losses in an incredible manner from 2014-15 onwards.  

These cohesive and committed efforts of the Management and the workers which produced tangible results forced Prime Minister to declare at the Red Fort that BSNL is on recovery path and has started making profits. Also Minister Of Communications repeatedly assured in the Parliament and the employees of BSNL that Govt. is committed to support BSNL. But these shallow declarations and commitments of the PM and the MOC ran completely counterproductive and contrary to what has been visible on the ground - well planned and systematic extinction of BSNL to create enough space for vested interests to grow, flourish and capture fertile telecom market. It was just unbelievable to find PM crossing all the limits of propriety and officialdom by taking up the mantle of promoting the launch of R-Jio, virtually acting as its brand ambassador. Public posturing by the Govt. regarding revival of BSNL is fully and publicly unmasked after witnessing how policy has been tweaked and brazenly breached to ensure that Reliance-Jio makes forays into fertile telecom market.

Following chronological sequence of events clearly establishes the nexus of top policy makers of Telecom in the Government with the well identified vested interests to enable them to grow by hook or by crook, and also leaves no one in any doubt whatsoever about diabolical intentions of the Govt. to consign this great telecom company of the Country to flames.

1.     Premeditated appointment of Shri R S Sharma as TRAI Chairman to allow R-Jio to blossom and capture telecom market:  

Handpicked appointment of Shri R S Sharma as Chairman/TRAI and his subsequent extension for another two years has facilitated the Govt. to accomplish what it wanted – unhindered and unquestioned growth of R-Jio and decimation of telecom market, particularly BSNL. The way he allowed predatory pricing indulged in by R-Jio to continue unabatedly raises very big questions about his professional integrity and establishes that he fulfilled the agenda for which he was roped in. The way he changed the definition of “Strategic Market Player” and thus paved the way for R-Jio to illegitimately capture telecom market also establishes his loyalty to his political masters. The decisions that TRAI has taken under R S Sharma’s infamous leadership not only decimated telecom sector in the country but also jeopardized growth of PSBs whose good public money of nearly 6.10 lakh crores got converted into NPAs because private operators explicitly warned the Government about their inability to service the loans of PSBs because of the so called deadly effects of predatory pricing on their revenues. 

2.     Shifting of Telecom Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad just before the launch of R-Jio as Telecom Minister who openly supported BSNL: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad as Telecom Minister openly supported BSNL at every level. Just before the launch of Reliance –Jio, he was divested from the charge of Telecom Minister and a very junior Minister of State was given just additional charge of Telecom.

3. Sacking of Shri J S Deepak, Secretary DoT, for his vehement opposition towards predatory pricing by Reliance-Jio and the stand of TRAI on predatory pricing and other crucial issues:

An honest officer having highest professional integrity and concern for the Telecom Industry, strongly opposed the predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio and the stand of TRAI, justifying the predatory pricing. Smt Arundhathi Bhattacharya, the then SBI Chairman was the first to signal the alarm bells, mentioning the stress in Telecom Industry, growing NPAs and urgent need for corrective measures. As Chairman Telecom Commission, Shri J S Deepak took stand to protect the industry and urged upon Chairman, TRAI to stop the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio because of its deadly consequences to the whole Telecom Industry. The result of his tough stand against predatory pricing was that he was unceremoniously removed from the position of Chairman/TC.

4. Niti Aayog recommendation to Close down BSNL and MTNL:

The sole objective of Niti Aayog is to garner as many resources as possible through sale of PSUs and BSNL is not an exception. The highest policy making body that ought to be fully engrossed in formulating a comprehensive road map for growth of vital sectors of Indian economy is preoccupied by such ticklish and parochial issues. Revival of BSNL is not even their agenda, rather their eyes are on the money going to get on disinvestment or sale of BSNL once BSNL become sick!

5.     Non allotment of 4G spectrum:

Non allocation of 4G spectrum is a very calculated and motivated move of the Govt. aimed at allowing R-Jio to capture fertile data market in the Country. All the operators, except BSNL launched 4G services two and half years back and captured the market. BSNL already lost the edge in competition. For 4G spectrum, in consultation with DoT, a detailed Project Report was approved by BSNL Board and submitted to DoT in December, 2017. Anticipating 4G spectrum, BSNL spent hundreds of Crores of rupees and procured the 4G equipments but dumped in store. Other operators are working towards 5G whereas BSNL is not even allotted 4G spectrum by the Govt, the 100% owner of BSNL. Without 4G services, how BSNL can compete with other operators in the market? If it would be the case of a private operator, whether the Minister and the bureaucracy in DoT would have had the courage to delay the proposal like this?  

6.     Non-filling of Director (Fin) and other Director posts of BSNL for years together.

This is a clear indication of Govt’s step motherly treatment for BSNL. This created policy paralysis and delayed decision making in BSNL which in turn resulted in negative growth. DIR(Fin) post is vacant since December, 2013 and DIR(HR) was given additional charge. Net result is that neither the responsibility of DIR(HR), nor the responsibility of DIR(Fin) is being    met by the same person. DIR(CM) post is vacant since July 2018. DIR(EB) and DIR(HR) are retiring during March and April, 2019. For the revival of BSNL, just one Director will be there in BSNL from May, 2019 onwards instead of five!

7.     Govt projects NOFN, NFS, LWE etc allotted to BSNL without much returns, forcing BSNL to bleed.

BSNL attention is diverted from the core Telecom business to these Govt projects as the Hon Minister and Secretary DoT is constantly and directly, monitoring the progress. In none of such meetings, they reviewed the performance of BSNL in the respective Circles. CGMs are more concerned about the Govt projects at the cost of BSNL services. BSNL resources are largely diverted for these projects including manpower, stores, vehicle, resources etc. In return, BSNL is getting paltry amount for implementation of these projects. For NFS Project, implementation charge was originally 7.5% (Rs 930 Cr) of the project cost of 13,334 Crores. When Project was revised double to Rs 24,664 Cr, implementation charge was frozen to same 930 crores, now just half (about 3.75%). Implementation cost should have been revised to 1850 crores from 930 crores but Govt compelled BSNL to complete the project without any hike in the implementation charges. The Govt projects gives an impression to the public that the entire public money goes to BSNL as grant or financial assistance but the fact is just the reverse. The statement made by our Hon Minister is also on the same lines, giving an impression that all this money is given to BSNL as financial assistance by the Govt.  DoT compelled BSNL to act as a vendor for implementing the Govt projects, instead of focusing as a Telecom Service provider.

8.     Tower Subsidiary formation:

The Govts decision to form Tower Subsidiary Company is another move to weaken BSNL by taking away the BSNL assets and potential revenue earning wing of BSNL. It is part of a larger conspiracy to disintegrate BSNL into smaller entities like Optical Fibre Corporation, Land asset monetization etc etc and ultimately sell out BSNL and retrench the employees.

9.     Charging of excess Pension Contribution. Non refund of i) excess Pension Contribution of Rs 2100 Cr and ii) penal interest on BWA spectrum refund (Rs 2360 Cr) and iii) other amount due for BSNL:

DoT is deliberately taking the pension contribution on the maximum of the pay scales irrespective of DoP&T order against that. The penal interest for delay in refund of BWA spectrum charges after its refund also is a huge amount. All together, total amount comes to around 6,000 Cr which is not paid by DoT to BSNL and is starving BSNL.

10.   Non-granting of permission for Bank loan etc. BSNL is the only operator given real challenge to Reliance Jio.

DoT is deliberately not allowing BSNL to expand and maintain the network by capital infusion or by availing bank loans as done by other operators. Lakhs of Crores of loan is availed by Private Operators to expand their network. Upto 2017-18, total bank loan for Telecom sector is more than 6.1 lakh Cores in which BSNL share is just 11,500 Crores, less than 2%! Huge investment is required in Transmission network, mobile network and EB segment to compete with other operators. Without new Technology, BSNL cannot compete with others. DoT is creating industrial unrest and making BSNL sick intentionally to help other operators.

11.   Commercial utilization of the land atleast to Govt/PSUs.

All the business proposals from BSNL are negated by DoT. Proposals delayed are proposal denied and BSNL lost the opportunity. BSNL submitted a land management policy in July, 2018 to DoT for the effective utilization of its land assets and its monetization. BSNL is having about 800 Cr businesses in its hand already and has the potential to generate another 4000 Cr to 5000 Cr revenue from this proposal alone. However DoT is not approving the proposal which is having such a huge potential.

12.   IMG bailout of private operators:

The Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) formed by the Govt to bail out the private operators handed out huge concessions to them. The IMG made the recommendations in record time and Union Cabinet approved the recommendations even without assessing the losses which the exchequer will incur. As policy concessions having thousands of Cores implications, Govt extended the repayment period from 10 years to 16 years, Penal interest slashed from 14% to 10% and license fee etc slashed from 7.5% of AGR to 4.5 %.  At the same time Govt is not giving any support to its own PSU, BSNL, let alone concessions! No 4G spectrum, no permission for bank loan, no permission for land and asset monetization, not filing crucial Director posts etc.

13.   Non implementation of 3rd Pay Revision and pension revision not done to create industrial unrest in the company:

Entire Telecom sector is under stress, BSNL which is operating in uneconomical areas cannot be an exception. BSNL employees are not responsible for the present financial condition. BSNL employees are eligible for pay revision as in the case of Govt /Bank/insurance etc employees. On the 3rd Pay revision for the CPSUs, it is very relevant to mention that 7th CPC report is implemented for all the Central Govt employees without considering profitability or affordability. There are very sound, irrefutable, legitimate and justified reasons for the Govt. to treat BSNL on a different footing and exempt it from the affordability clause. In the case of BSNL, manpower cost should not be linked with profitability or affordability. Almost 70% of BSNL employees (1.34 lakh out of 1.71 lakh) are Govt employees absorbed from DoT into BSNL. After BSNL formation, BSNL has paid about 1.8 lakh Crores as salary to its employees from its own resources, without Govt support and saved that much money for the Govt exchequer. If BSNL was not formed, the entire financial burden of pay and pay revision would have had to be borne by the Govt. Now the employees are treated as liability by the Govt. But the same employees, with an additional one lakh, made Rs 10,183 Crores profit during the year 2004-05! It is not the employee cost, the revenue has come down drastically, mainly due to the Govt policies and mismanagement, that is the fact. Had the revenue increased proportionately, this crisis would not have reached.

BSNL pensioners are Govt pensioners under Rule 37A, governed by the same CCS Pension Rules, 1972 where the pension is paid by the Govt. The pension revision for the Central Govt Pensioners made as on 01.01.2016, creating an anomaly with BSNL pensioners. Last pension revision for BSNL pensioners done through a Cabinet decision, setting a precedence. BSNL viability or affordability is not applicable for the pensioners.

Govt. is deliberately denying Pay Revision and Pension Revision to create industrial unrest in the company and thereby facilitating growth of other operators.

14.   All new businesses are given to the Reliance –Jio:

It is a known fact that Govt machinery is misused in favour of Reliance Jio. The services to Railways, Banks, Airports etc where BSNL service was provided earlier is moved to Reliance Jio. All these cannot happen without the knowledge of the Govt and BSNL is the victim.  

15. Settlement of left out issues of 2nd PRC.

Non settlement of issues like E2/E3 pay scales, 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL rects are clear indications where the industrial unrest and demoralization of the employees is being intentionally created with ulterior motives of destabilizing and completely jeopardizing the growth of the Company.

Comrades, this kind of gravest ever crisis that the Govt. has created only with sinister motives to promote R Jio and that threatens to tear the company into pieces has to be met with never before seen kind of determination, commitment and conviction to hit and fight back. This is not the time where this and that has to be analyzed and reckoned. This is the time when we have to rise above all considerations of this and that. This is the time when like a rock we have to stand and withstand this endangering hurricane. When our bread and butter and the livelihood of our families are endangered, we have just nothing to be scared of or loose. Human endeavour, commitment and determination has created miracles and when our very existence is gets perished, the only way out is to fearlessly, ruthlessly and courageously wage a war and the present situation is nothing but a war like situation. And if that means taking the war to the doorsteps of the PM, we have to take it. There is no other option. Just get ready for waging that war which is going to be protracted and deadly. It does not matter what happens to us because we are already sunk deep into waters, whether we get killed or emerge victorious. We have no other choice.


28/03/2019 : Circle News 
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Request transfers in the circle and economy measures View Letter


27/03/2019 : Circle News 
 

Congratulations..!! Finally the much waited 9 LICE JTO(T) vacancies got released View Orders Annexure

We were continuously pursuing the case for about an year. We thank CGMT and Circle HR Team for finally releasing the orders.  


26/03/2019 : CHQ News 
 

List no 6 and 7 seniority case at Hon Supreme Court:

The SLP on SDE seniority at Hon SC was heard at length today, 26.03.2019 and reserved for judgment.


26/03/2019 : CHQ News 
 

Review petition at Hon High Court of Kerala postponed to 27.05.2019.

The review petition filed by BSNL in the Hon HC was posted for final hearing on 25.03.2019. BSNL deputed two lawyers from New Delhi to plead the case. DGM(Pers) and AGM(Legal) from BSNLCO also went to Ernakulam.

The case was not heard on 25.03.19 as the designated bench was not sitting on that day and the case posted to 27.05.2019. The stay on contempt case also extended.

BSNL filed the review petition against the HC order: 1) to delete reference of excess promotion upto 1999 year which resulted in the challenge of AIEL and contempt case by AIGETOA activists and 2) to restore training centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se-seniority.

The court case has become the big hindrance for the promotions where the promotion of thousand of JTOs held up for years together and now almost 10 months after the last DPC.


26/03/2019 : CHQ News 
 

Urgent Attention of CSs, SSA and Branch Secretaries:

It is observed that the subscription amount deducted for 1943 members are less than Rs 100/-. In some cases, Rs 10/- or Rs 50/- or Rs 70/- or Rs 80/- is deducted by certain DDOs by mistake. The DDOs may be approached immediately and necessary correction is to be done in the system to deduct Rs 100/- from January, 2019 onwards and Rs 70/- earlier to that. The details of such Executives are attached.

List of members subscription deducted less


25/03/2019 : CHQ News 
 

AUAB letter to CMD BSNL on opposing the imposition of break-in-service under FR 17A

AUAB letter to CMD dated 22.03.2019


22/03/2019 : CHQ News 
 

Letter from DOT to all State Chief Secretaries requesting NOT to Disconnect Electricity Connections of BSNL/MTNL Telecom Installations    << Letter >>


22/03/2019 : CHQ News 
 

Comrades, BSNL is passing through a very critical and tough period. Due to our struggle, DoT given the letter of comfort and Presidential sanction for Bank Loan for OPEX in record time. Efforts are started for the loans. But getting Bank loan is also not so easy. Due to the huge NPA in Telecom Sector and the closure of so many operators, Banks are very reluctant to give loans. Bank loans are not the solution for the crisis, it will give only temporary relief. We have to increase the business and revenue that only will save us. Our efforts and outputs should be double in this regard. We should be dutiful in increasing our revenue of our company at this hour of crisis. Please strive to encourage our family and friends to use BSNL services only.

Let us create positive atmosphere in the organization instead of negativity. Negativity and negative propaganda in the media will further damage our image infront of the public, customers and the banks also. Let us isolate those who are propagating negativity. Do not share the negative news coming in the social media. Think about its impact before sharing to others.


22/03/2019 :  CHQ News
 

GS met Shri Anuppam Shrivastava, CMD on 19.03.2019 and held discussions on fund availability and BSNL expansion related issues. GS requested for special consideration for Mtce Regions in fund allotment considering their criticality and significance.

GS also requested to issue the PO for FTTH equipments like OLTs, ONTs and low count OF Cables to provide maximum FTTH connections where the MOU with LCOs and not progressing.

On fund availability, CMD informed that BSNL is in touch with the Banks for the loans for operation and mtce. 


21/03/2019 : 
 


20/03/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding exemption of Officers and Staff from Election duty from the upcoming Loksabha Elections View Letter || Letter from Election Commission of India


20/03/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT requesting for solving the irregularity in the date of promotion of officers promoted to the grade of AGM/ DEs in accordance with the orders issued on (i) 29.06.2018, (ii) 04.07.2018, (iii) 05.07.2018, (iv) 06.07.2018, and (v) 20.07.2018 View Letter


18/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL:

Move for approval of Restructuring and HR plan of BSNL – the new Time Bound promotion policy is to be implemented before taking the proposal for the approval of MC and BSNL Board. More than 40% of the sanctioned posts and almost all the vacancies in different cadres will stand abolished once HR plan is approved by the Board. This will create huge unrest in the company which is already facing financial crisis.  

GS letter to CMD


18/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Smt Sujata T Ray, Director (HR):

The huge disparity and anomaly created in promotions among equivalent cadres of different wings in selected cadres is to be resolved for the motivation of the majority of Executives – the repeated assurance to implement the new promotion policy w.e.f. from the same date of promotion, 29.06.2018 or the nearest review date, 01.07.2018 is to be materialised before relinquishing your esteemed office to establish that management is impartial in providing promotions to all the cadres.

GS letter to DIR(HR)


15/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

Congratulations to one and all...

SNEA  members  welfare  claim  amount  got  enhanced    from  Rs. 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs w.e.f. 15.03.2019. The claim amount will be settled through LIC within 7 days.Today the Cheque for Rs 4,21,020.00, the monthly premium of Group Term Insurance of SNEA members is handed over to LIC.


15/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

MASSIVE RALLY TO SANCHAR BHAVAN ON 05.04.2019

The Govt is taking calculated steps to finish off BSNL, systematically by not allowing it to expand the network and provide 4G services, deliberately creating industrial unrest in the company by stopping the funds and salary payment and making BSNL gradually sick. This is deliberate because about 6,000 Cr rupees, payable to BSNL is blocked by DoT (Rs 2350 Cr on BWA spectrum refund interest, Rs 2100 Cr on excess pension Contribution paid, other receivables from DoT). This in turn will benefit the private operators especially Reliance Jio to capture the entire telecom market. The Administrative Ministry DoT and Hon Minister repeatedly assured AUAB that it is committed for revival of BSNL, 4G spectrum allotment and settlement of HR issues as we demanded, but not done anything on the assurances. When Govt slowly gone back from the assurances and started purchasing time, AUAB in strongest protest, gone for 3 days strike in February.

DoT is meticulously implementing the Govt decisions to finish off BSNL with the support of Niti Aayog, Finance Ministry etc. The DoT finance is creating all the hurdles on each are every BSNL proposal, with the tacit support of the higher authorities. This calculated move of the Govt and the DoT placed BSNL in such a critical condition, that the employees are unable to get their salary. The DoT is not allowing BSNL to take bank loan for the CAPEX for expansion of network or OPEX for operations when other operators are taken lakhs of Crores of rupees bank loan for the CAPEX and OPEX. Due to shortage of funds, BSNL is not even able to pay electricity bills, labour charges, maintenance charges, vendor payments for the AMC, vehicle running etc which in turn is seriously affecting the services.

The AUAB discussed all these issues during the last 3 days and firmly decided to expose the conspiracies of the Govt and the DoT. Hence, the AUAB has decided to organise a massive Rally to Sanchar Bhavan on 05.04.2019. It has decided to invite the leaders of all political parties to address this rally. 

All the Circles and SSAs are requested to mobilise the maximum number of employees for the rally and to make it an historic event.

AUAB also decided to meet all the Political parties at Central level, state level and the prominent candidates of each constituency to seek their support for the revival of BSNL.


12/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB writes to Hon MoSC requesting urgent support to BSNL by facilitating BSNL to avail Bank Loan for the maintenance of network

AUAB letter to Hon MoSC


11/03/2019 : Circle News
 

Meeting with CGMT on 7/3/2019:

CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.T.Santhosh Kumar, CT Com.Suneer.S, ACS Com.JV.Ramana, CWC members Com.Salim and Com.Vimal.R represented SNEA in the formal meeting with CGMT Sri Dr.P.T.Mathews on 7/3/2019 2.30PM. GM HR Sri Robin Poddar was also present. The following issues were discussed:

  1. Consideration of Transfer Requests: Administration informed that they are working on it and the orders will be released soon and shortage BAs like Malappuram, Kannur, Pathanamthitta, Alleppey etc will be considered to be filled from long stay list from other BAs maximum to the extent of out going. We requested administration to analyse the increase in staff strength in last two years due to bulk recruitment in JTO cadre, promotions in SDE and DE cadre. We requested for a minimal disturbance from the long stay list and also expressed our protest against rationalisation.  CGMT also opined that the declaration of election will not be hitch on this issue.
  2. Release of JTO/JAO vacancies: We expressed our strong displeasure over the long delay in releasing 9 JTO vacancies. We showed the affidavits submitted earlier by BSNL to the Court where BSNL has clearly accepted the existence of 9 JTO vacancies. We also showed the RTI replies received earlier from BSNL in this regard which shows that 9 vacancies exists. We protested the long delay deliberately created by the administration in the name of studying and researching on the 9 vacancies for the last 3 months even after the closure of court cases in Dec 2018. GM HR promised that the file would be cleared on Monday. Similarly we requested administration to look into releasing the pending JAO vacancies as done in Telangana Circle. CGMT suggested that SNEA can have separate meeting on these issues along with GM HR, DGM HR, AGM HR, AGM Recruitment, SDE HR, SDE Recruitment etc…for resolving the issue.
  3. Promotion of the leftover 33 JAOs: We requested administration to explore and consider for including these leftover 33 JAOs in the gradation list and whose batchmates got AO promotion.
  4. Notional Date for AGM Promotion: SDE to AGM promotion was released by Corporate office on piece meal basis on various dates in 2018 with notional date of 29/6/2018.  The notional date was not followed in Kerala Circle for all the orders and the officers in the earliest orders were forced to join on 30/6/2018 which will lead to many further litigations. We requested administration to reconsider 29/6/2018 as the notional and joining date for all the officers.
  5. DGM L/A:  We expressed our protest against the recent circular issued by Kerala Circle dtd 26/2/2019 wherein volunteers were called for DGM LA from the officers who got promoted as AGMs in 2014 and are in the panel for DGM adhoc promotion. We suggested that the condition could have been avoided as it is difficult to get candidates for the DGM LA especially in BAs like Malappuram. CGM responded positively for calling options from all AGMs irrespective of their promotion year.
  6. Rejection of NOC: We requested administration to sympathetically consider the NOC requests for switching Jobs. Even though the candidates have applied lately for the NOC, may be due to their ignorance of BSNL Rules, they should not suffer because of it.  CGMT agreed to refer the matter to corporate office.
  7. Pay Fixation of 2008 regularised JTOs: We have pointed out that the case referred from Ernakulam BA on 31-1-2019 is yet to be considered. CGMT instructed to examine the case by finance wing at the earliest.
  8. Pending payment issues - particularly the case of Kannur SSA in which payment to workers are pending even for the month of Nov 2018.

08/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri Vivek Banzal, Director (CFA) regarding Procurement of OLTs, ONTs and low count OF cable on urgent basis for providing FTTH connections, one area BSNL can further grow and earn revenue to make it viable.

GS letter to DIR(CFA)


08/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: AUAB leaders met CMD/BSNL and held discussions regarding payment of salary for the month February, 2019 and the repressive measures initiated under FR 17A against the employees participated in the  strike, especially the Executives. GSs and senior leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNLMS, BSNLOA and TEPU were present in the meeting. DIR(HR) was also present in the meeting.

CMD informed that the salary will be paid by next week end, according to the present cash flow.

On the repressive measures, AUAB explained that FR 17A is not part of CDA Rules or it is not adopted by BSNL so far and hence it is not applicable for BSNL employees. The action initiated under FR 17A is not valid, AUAB explained to management.

Accordingly, the proposed Relay Hunger fast by CHQ leaders of AUAB at New Delhi from 12.03.2019, demanding salary payment and withdrawal of repressive measures deferred.


07/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

Emergency meeting of AUAB:

AUAB conducted its emergency meeting today, 07.03.2019. GSs and senior leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, TEPU, BSNL MS and BSNLOA attended. Meeting discussed the following issues:

a) Non-payment of salary to the Employees for the month of February 2019.

b) Vindictive actions against AUAB Leaders, particularly leaders of Executive Associations.

c) Progress of the charter of demands submitted by AUAB.

After discussion at length on the above issues, following decisions were taken unanimously.

i) To meet CMD BSNL, immediately on the issue of non-payment of salary of February, 2019 and vindictive actions. If the response is not positive, to organise Relay Hunger Strike from 12th March, 2019 at Corporate Office by the CHQ leaders. If the issues are not settled in a reasonable time, hunger strike will be extended at Circle and SSA levels.

ii) To conduct the PMO March in April, 2019 on the charter of demands.

iii) To complete the submission of memorandum to the remaining MPs at the earliest.

iv) Campaign on the charter of demands through Twitter to the PMO, MoSC, CMD etc. The details will be uploaded separately.

v) SMS campaign on the charter of demands.

vi) The meeting emphasized the need for taking extra efforts to increase the revenue which is the only way for survival. All other measures are short term and will give temporary relief to the employees and the company. Unless and until business volume and revenue is not increasing, it will become very difficult to survive.

Strong unity and solidarity among the employees are required at this point of time to tide over the crisis, AUAB opined.


06/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Vivek Banzal, new DIR(Fin), in charge:

AUAB could not meet CMD yesterday, 05.03.2019 regarding payment of salary and the proposed move to issue show causes to the employees under FR 17A as he was not available in the office. AUAB met DIR(Fin) and held discussions regarding payment of salary. He has just taken the charge today only. In a sudden move, on 28.02.2019, DoT taken away the charge of DIR(Fin) from Smt Sujata T Ray with immediate effect and handed over to Shri Vivek Banzal who is already holding the charges of DIR(CFA) and DIR(CM). How BSNL can function when three Directors charge is holding by one person!

On salary payment, DIR(Fin) did not make any commitments but assured to make all the efforts for that. AUAB once again demanded that the salary should be paid simultaneously to all the employees without discrimination. The presidential sanction for availing bank loan for Capex is issued by DoT on 01.03.2019 but it is partial. It is not going to help BSNL at all. For both year 2017-18 and 2018-19, approval given for 4,300 Cr each but the loan taken was much higher than the sanctioned amount. The Board sanction and approval sought from DoT was for higher amount. What is the criteria followed for this approval is not known, DIR informed. BSNL is writing to DoT for the sanction of the remaining amount today itself. Similarly BSNL Board proposal for loan for Opex is not approved by DoT so far.

All out efforts are required to improve the cash collection and adding new business which is a big challenge before us. Loan is a temporary measure to tide over the present crisis which has to be repaid in due course. Due to the stress in the Telecom sector, banks are very reluctant to give loan, it is another factor. The RBI ceiling of 5 lakhs crores for Telecom sector is already crossed and the liability of Telecom sector is more than 6.1 lakhs crores now.


06/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

Congratulations to all----

Finally Group Term Insurance got implemented w.e.f 02.03.2019.

The cheque for Rs 18,33,91,234.00 dated 02.03.2019 is handed over to LIC making GTI scheme operational w.e.f 02.03.2019.

15,958 Executives opted for 50 lakhs coverage (15,116 upto 50 years and 8,42 above 50 years) and 5,38 Executives above 50 years opted for 20 lakhs coverage.

We are extremely grateful to CMD and DIR(HR) for making the advance payment by arranging the funds in difficult situation. The advance payment is already made by BSNL and the premium will be deducted from the salary of March, 2019. If BSNL did not agree for advance payment, the scheme would not have become operational and in the new financial year, fresh negotiation, fresh options and new quote was required from LIC.

It was a dream project of SNEA for the younger generation who are not having the protection of family pension like others. SNEA demanded GTI immediately after the MV and management started working on it. Other Assns also contributed during the process. 


01/03/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD Protesting the Payment of salary to selected units......The management should take necessary corrective steps immediately to disburse the salary without any discrimination. The Executives in the field units are already demoralized due to various reasons, including discrimination in promotions. Further demoralization of employees in the field units by non-payment of salary will have cascading effect on the revival of BSNL ... View Copy of the Letter.


01/03/2019 : Circle News
 

Lunch Hour Demonstration successfully conducted at BA HQ all over Kerala against the non-payment of Salary by BSNL. It is also learned that only Kerala, J&K and for Corporate office it was paid.


28/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Conduct lunch hour demonstration tomorrow in protest against the non-payment of salary by BSNL ---AUAB.

The tariff war and the predatory pricing by Reliance-Jio, with the tacit support of the Government and the regulator, resulted in drastic reduction in our revenue. Further, DoT is deliberately not allowing BSNL to expand and maintain the network by capital infusion or by availing bank loans as done by other operators. DoT is creating industrial unrest and making BSNL sick intentionally to help other operators.

Our protest should be aimed at Govt and the mismanagement.

AUAB Circular


28/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

March to the PM Office on 06.03.2019 is postponed in view of the tension prevailing in the border.

In continuation of the 3 day strike, the AUAB had given call to organise a March to the PMO on 06-03-2019, for pressing the settlement of the demands. However, tension is building up in the India Pakistan border. In view of this situation, the AUAB has decided to postpone the March to the PMO. Next date of the March will be announced in due course.


28/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Welfare Scheme of SNEA

The welfare amount will be enhanced from 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs shortly. The discussion with LIC concluded today for converting it as a Term Insurance Policy and LIC given the confirmation about the monthly premium. For the coverage of 1.5 lakhs, monthly premium will be Rs 20 (including GST).  Without increasing the subscription, the welfare claim amount will be increased from 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs.


27/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Congratulations...!! The MoU for the Group Term Insurance (GTI) signed between LIC and BSNL today, 27.02.2019. It will be effective from 01.03.2019.

It is an initiative taken by SNEA for the welfare of the Executives, especially those recruited directly by BSNL and not having Govt pension.

View Letter copy           View MoU copy


25/02/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT requesting to issue NOC to the Executives who are seeking other Jobs View Letter

It is reported that the applications for NOC for seeking other jobs  from a number of officers has been rejected by the Circle office on technical grounds. These applications are rejected merely on technical ground that the applications for NOC  were submitted after the last date of submission of the application for the job. In this connection your kind attention is invited to following aspects so as to consider this request in favor of these officers as well as in the interest of BSNL.

  1. All these  organizations  are not insisting for NOC for considering their application  but insist for the NOC at the time of interview / certificate verification after being shortlisted. 
  2. Since the chances of getting shortlisted is limited, many of the officials are not applied for NOC before submitting their application for job,  may be out of their  ignorance  on rule position in BSNL.
  3. By non-submission of application for NOC at the preliminary stage itself, did not affect BSNL on any account rather it has helped  by reducing  the   number of cases for processing.
  4. Most of the applicants are highly professionally  qualified Executives recruited after 2007  placed at provisional pay scale of E1 for more than 10 years and their  eligible pay scale of E2 as approved and  recommended by BSNL is not yet  approved. They are at a loss of more than Rs10000/ p.m. on account of this.
  5. As per BSNL management the mounting wage bill is one of major concern regarding financial crisis of BSNL. There are reports for reduction in retirement age, VRS etc.to reduce the wage bill of BSNL.
  6. The Management is taking all out efforts to reduce operational expenditure by reducing wage bill by resorting to various contracts.
  7. The number of labours who were engaged through contracts for housekeeping, security, man power assistance for external plant maintenance and paid at minimum wages rates is being  cut  drastically in an effort for reducing the wage bill.
  8. The request for all VRS and resignation from service is generously accepted  in BSNL on account of an effort for reducing wage bill.
  9. Many of the applicants have served BSNL for more than 10 years and they are constrained to seek other job due to   insecurity in their future and due to the  pay loss they are undergoing..
  10. The denial of NOC on technical ground was declared as illegal and against principle of natural justice by many judicial forums.
  11. In the back drop of the above facts it is highly illogical in denying the request of employees for No Objection Certificate for seeking other employments.
  12. It will be highly appreciable if the Management act as a facilitator for the upliftment of its employees   rather than creating human trap on technical ground.

Based on the above facts it is requested to consider the request for NOC from the executives favorably as it will benefit the applicants as well as BSNL since the wage of one executive is equal to wages of more than 4 casual labours. 


20/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB review meeting held today:

The meeting whole heartedly thanked the entire Executives and Non-Executives who made the 3 days strike a historic success. The meeting also congratulated the circle and district level AUAB, for effectively organising the strike. With the view to carry forward the movement further to settle the charter of demands, the following programme of action is decided.

1) Conducting March to PMO on 06.03.2019, by mobilising the employees from the surrounding circles.

2) Memorandum to be submitted to all the MPs, latest by 28.02.2019.

3)  To send messages to the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on Twitter.

4)  Meeting the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications wherever possible by our comrades.


19/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Organise the 3rd day strike most effectively with - AUAB calls on all the employees

The AUAB conducted its review meeting today evening. GSs and senior office bearers of the constituents of the AUAB participated in the meeting. The meeting reviewed the 2nd day strike that has taken place in various Circles. The meeting expressed its satisfaction that the 2nd day strike was very successful. In fact, in some Circles, the strike percentage has improved considerably, compared to the 1st day. AUAB congratulate all the employees participated in the strike.

The meeting also took serious note of the letter issued by the Corporate Office, threatening to take action under FR 17A. The meeting resolved to inform the employees that, this attempt of the Management would be stiffly resisted by the AUAB and all the employees will be protected. The meeting also took note of the strike particulars of the various Circles, circulated by the Corporate Office. The figures are factually incorrect. Finally, the meeting decided to take all out efforts to organise the 3rd day strike more effectively.


19/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Second day strike --- All the employees are requested to give the strike report to the authorities positively. The official data of participation in the strike is equally important as this figure will communicate the real resentment of BSNL employees, to the Govt. The CSs and SSA Secs to monitor the strike report sent to BSNLCO.

Those who are not participating in the strike should ponder over which side they are. In this hour of crisis, whether they are with BSNL or not? Can’t they make a small sacrifice for the company? Our participation is a small sacrifice for BSNL, for its existence, which had given everything to us. This strike and employees protest is for the survival of BSNL. Our agitation will put the revival of BSNL as priority agenda of the Govt.


18/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

First day strike --- a roaring success ---

AUAB congratulates all the Executives and Non Executives:

The AUAB has heartily congratulated the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, for making the 1st day strike a roaring success. In its meeting held at 15:30 hrs today, the AUAB reviewed the 1st day strike. GSs and senior office bearers of all the constituents of the AUAB attended. As per the report received from Circles, the 1st day strike is near total. It is also observed that the strike is taking place in a totally peaceful manner.

On one side, in its statement issued through the Press Information Bureau late last evening, the DoT had stated that, it is in the process of negotiating with the AUAB, to resolve the issues. However, on the other side, the DoT has not come forward to invite the AUAB for talks, even after the employees have en-masse joined the 1st day strike. This only shows the double- talk of the DoT. Under these circumstances, todays meeting of the AUAB, resolved to call upon the employees to further intensify the strike and make it a cent percent success on the 2nd and 3rd day.


17/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

It is a do or die situation –

AUAB calls on all the employees to organise the 3 days strike massively

The AUAB held its crucial review meeting today. GSs/senior leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNLMS, ATM, TEPU and BSNLOA participated. The meeting reviewed the preparations going on throughout the country for the 3 day strike. All the General Secretaries gave their reports on the preparations. It is very encouraging to note that, excellent preparations are going on. Especially, the momentum has picked up tremendously in the last 2 days. After considering all the factors, the meeting unanimously decided to go ahead with the strike. It starts from midnight (00:00 hrs.) today. If any clarification is required, comrades are requested to contact their respective General Secretaries. The strike should be peaceful in all respects.

AUAB ZINDABAD


17/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

All India Public sector and Central Govt Officers Confederation (AIPCOC) and National Confederation of Officers Association (NCOA) extends solidarity and support to the 3 days strike by AUAB.

Press release by AUAB

Support letter from AIPCOC  Support letter from NCOA Press release by AUAB


16/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB holds review meeting - Decides to go ahead with the strike.

A review meeting of the AUAB was held today. General Secretaries and senior office bearers of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNLMS, ATM, TEPU and BSNLOA participated.  The meeting paid homage to the 40 CRPF personnel martyred in terror attack at Pulwama. The preparations that have been made in various Circles, to make the strike successful, was reviewed. The meeting expressed its concern that, the DoT has not even come forward to hold any discussion with the AUAB so far. After detailed review, the meeting unanimously decided to go ahead with the strike. The meeting decided to call upon the Circle and District organisations of the constituents, to make the last minute preparations for the success of the strike.

The meeting also decided to call upon the employees to hold condolence meetings outside office premises at 10:00 am on 18.02.2019 and pay homage to the 40 CRPF personnel martyred in terror attack at Pulwama.


16/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

MAKE EXTENSIVE PREPARATIONS FOR 3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019 BY AUAB

Conduct door to door campaign in the remaining two days.

The revival of our company is the biggest challenge before us. All negative forces and vested interests joined their hand together against BSNL. The future of all, our young generation with 20 to 35 years of service left, at stake. The issues are so critical and common for all the employees, irrespective of Union/Assn affiliation. Since this agitation is for our survival, local and small issues should not come on the way of our unity. Join hands with each and every employee and make this strike a grand success. This strike is for our survival

Our Unity is our strength.

AUAB Circular


16/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Congratulations to all....!! 

As per the assurance given to this Association by the Administration, the much awaited Transfer orders finally released for the JAOs...... We were continuously pursuing for these orders. We thank CGMT, GM (HR), PGM(F) & DGM(F) for the orders.

View Orders

and as assured to this association, executives whose transfer orders were already issued more than couple of months back were relieved from ERP today by Circle Office. We thank GM HR Shri Robin Poddar. View Orders


15/02/2019 :
 


15/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Talks fail - AUAB decides to go ahead with the strike:

Today the CMD BSNL and Director HR met the AUAB leaders. The AUAB representatives told the Management that, they are prepared to accept 3rd Pay Revision with 5 % fitment, as offered earlier by the DoT. However, they  demanded that this commitment should be given in writing by the DoT, so that the AUAB can consider deferment of the strike. Even this demand of the AUAB is not accepted. Further, the DoT has also diluted its earlier assurance to give IDA neutralisation immediately and process 5% fitment. The DoT is demanding that the AUAB should call off the strike, in view of the terror attack in Pulwama. The Secretary, Telecom, has put a condition that she would not meet the AUAB leaders, unless they call off the strike. Immediately after the meeting with the BSNL Management, all the General Secretaries of the AUAB met and decided to go ahead with the strike. The AUAB has also decided to exempt J&K circle from the strike, to ensure maintenance of services, in the backdrop of the terror attack. The AUAB requests all the circle and district unions to organise the strike powerfully. 


15/02/2019 : Circle News
 

Meeting with GM(HR) on 12/2/2019: CS Com.Santhosh Kumar, CT Com.Suneer.S and ACS Com.Ramana met GM HR and discussed the following:

  1. Relieving of Executives who transfer orders are already issued:  GM HR intimated that he is in touch with the BA Heads for the relieving of the executives and will do the needful this week itself.
  2. Transfer Requests of JAOs: We once again requested GM HR to consider the requests as substitutes have already joined months back against the request. GM HR responded positively and informed that he has already asked DGM F to putup the file once again.
  3. Transfer Request of other Executives: We requested GM HR to immediately publish the list of Transfer Requests received. We once again reiterated our stand against rationalisation of HR and also requested to operate longstay list only based on the pending transfer requests. The longstay list also needs correction. GM HR responded positively and is hopeful of releasing the orders in Feb itself.
  4. Release of 9 JTO vacancies: We expressed our dissatisfaction over the delay in the release of 9 JTO vacancies inspite of closure of court cases in this matter. GM HR informed that he is studying the vacancies and wants to do it correctly. The court case was closed on 17th Dec 2018 and already two months elapsed, it is very unfortunate that the study and research by GM HR for proving if 9 vacancies exists needs this much time.

We then met DGM Finance for following up the JAO transfer issues. We updated DGM F about our meeting with GM HR and requested him to resubmit the file immediately. DGM F informed that the file was never returned to them and it seems that file is with CGMT office. We couldnot meet CGMT, so we messaged him about the file and asked him to handover the file to GM HR. As there were no instructions from CGMT to his office staff, the file couldnot be retrieved from CGMT office. Next day CGMT was out of station at Delhi on official visit, we once again messaged him about the file. May be due to repeated messaging, CGMT called our Circle Secretary Com.Santhosh Kumar over phone and inquired about the file. CS explained the issue and as per the instructions of CGMT, the file was searched and handed over to GM HR for further processing. Though being a Telecommunication Company, we are lagging in internal communication between the offices and it became the job of Unions/Associations to fill that gap. We are hoping that the transfer orders of these JAOs would be released soon.


14/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Telecom Department Considering BSNL Revival........ View India Times report.

DOT Finalising Revival Proposal... No Shutdown of BSNL........ View Business Standard News.

Press Release

Attention of Government has been drawn to certain reports in a section of the media which convey the impression that BSNL may be closed down.  However, this is not true.  At present there is no proposal under consideration with the Government for closure of BSNL.  On the contrary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India (DoT) recognises and values the inherent strengths of BSNL as a telecom services provider with huge infrastructure and reach, especially in rural areas.  Further, DoT is in the process of finalising a proposal for revival of BSNL to be considered by the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) very soon.

It appears that the news reports in question have unnecessarily tried to focus on closure as one of the options for revival of any PSU which is not in consonance with the current thinking of DoT.

It is clarified and reiterated that DoT would like to see a robust BSNL, duly strengthened and financially viable, dedicated to servicing the nation and playing an important role in the telecom sector.


(S.K. SINHA)
PGM (Admn & PR)
9868128665


13/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB rejects the appeal of the Management to withdraw the strike from 18.02.2019:

MAKE EXTENSIVE PREPARATIONS FOR 3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019 BY AUAB

A meeting between the AUAB and the BSNL Management was held today, 12.02.2019 at 17:30 hrs. CMD BSNL, Director (HR & Fin) and GM(SR) were present. BSNL said that the 3 day strike by the AUAB from 18.02.2019 will be self-defeating and appealed to call off the strike. AUAB told the Management that the repeated assurances given by the Hon Minister are not implemented by the DoT and not a single issue resolved by the Govt. The AUAB also told the CMD BSNL that lot of time has been already given to DoT and the strike will now take place successfully.The AUAB rejected the appeal of the CMD/BSNL and told the Management in categorical terms that, there is no question of going back from the decision to go on strike andreaffirmed that the strike will take place at any cost.

Further CMD BSNL explained the serious financial crisis being faced by the BSNL and appealed for the cooperation of the AUAB, for deferring payment of the salary for the month of February, 2019 by 15 days as revenue flow will improve by March. The AUAB representatives firmly rejected the request of the CMD BSNL as it will further demoralise the employees and not going to serve the purpose.


11/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019 BY AUAB

For further mobilization for the strike, AUAB decided to conduct a march on 15.02.2019, Friday by all the family members of BSNL employees.

A combined meeting of AUAB will be held at Gaziabad, UP(West) on 12.02.2019 at 11 am and Rohtak, Haryana on 13.02.2019 at 11 am. A lunch hour meeting will be held at BSNLCO for BSNLCO and Delhi Circle on 14.02.2019 at 01.30 pm. All Circle Office bearers, SSA Secretaries and activists to participate and motivate the employees for the 3 days strike from 18.02.2019. AUAB CHQ leaders will be addressing the meetings.

Conduct combined meetings at Circle/SSA/Branch level.


11/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL on 08.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met CMD and held discussions on the acute financial crisis in the organization. We appraised CMD about the situation in the field units which is affecting the services and gradually affect the revenue also. Since DoT is not given the letter of comfort, taking bank loan also delayed, CMD informed us.

Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as assured by the management: All the promotions are held up due to non-availability of posts, court cases and reservation issue. The reservation policy and the seniority related dispute created deadlock in JTO to SDE promotion. In other streams non-availability of vacancies is the main problem. BSNL is following the post based promotions followed in Govt Depts which is the main reason for creating such situation. This created huge disparity in promotions which resulted in resentment among the Executives especially the major wing, Engg wing. As a solution to all the issues, the new promotion policy is approved by the BSNL Board in line with the promotion policy followed in all CPSUs. It is to be implemented immediately, w.e.f 01.07.2018, we demanded.

Assn is not able to contain the resentment among the Executives waiting for promotion and will be compelled to start agitations in short notice, we informed. CMD reassured to notify the policy at the earliest.


11/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 08.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on i) DE to DGM promotions: We strongly objected to the abnormal delay in issuing promotions. The DPC work abruptly stopped without any reason. The list is already approved by the competent authority and utilised twice in 2016 and 2017 for DGM promotions. 1966 seniority etc do not have any relevance now as matter is subjudice. Similar delay on review DPC for SDE to DE promotion based on Hon SC judgment on Rule 206 is hampering the regular promotion to DGM grade. PGM(Pers) assured to expedite the process and some line of action is worked out for DGM promotion. In the HOCC meeting also, CGMs severely complained about the acute shortage of DGMs in the field units. 

ii) JTO to SDE promotion: The opinion on reservation policy is sought from the SG. The legal opinions from two BSNL counsels were contradictory which prompted management to get the opinion of ASG but ASG declined to give the opinion, which shows the confusion in the legal circles on this important issue.

The court cases against promotions made management very cautious for future promotions, and management want to make it sure that no fresh litigations are arisen after giving promotions, PGM(Pers) informed.

iii) Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as assured by the management. Since the reservation policy and the seniority related disputes again started creating deadlocks and the non-availability of vacancies, the new promotion policy is to be implemented immediately, w.e.f 01.07.2018.  

iv) Restoration of Circle break in Soft tenure policy also discussed.


11/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri A M Gupta, GM(SR) on 08.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met GM(SR) and held discussions on i) notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy as assured by the management and ii) office accommodation at Circle and SSA level. Assn is not able to contain the resentment among the Executives waiting for promotion and will be compelled to start agitations in short notice, we informed.


11/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Saurabh Tyagi, PGM(Estt) on 07.02.2019: GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Sanjeev Sharma and Jt Sec(S) Com A Chandrasekhar met PGM(Estt) and held discussions on approval for E1A and E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for JTO/SDE/PA/PS etc cadres in Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS cadres. DoT opposed the proposal on the plea that the status as on 01.10.2000 cannot be changed. Further the presidential order issued on 01.10.2000 for individuals on absorption is sacrosanct and the pay scales cannot be changed. On DoT objection, the proposal withdrawn from the Board agenda earlier. To overcome this objection of DoT, we suggested to consider some other cut off date after 01.10.2000 so that the issue can be resolved.


08/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB SERVED NOTICE FOR 3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019

Make extensive preparations at Circle/SSA/Branch level by conducting combined meetings and door to door campaign.

Demands

(1)   Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment.

(2)   Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, as per the proposals submitted by the BSNL Management.

(3)   Implement assurance of the Hon Minister of State for Communications for delinking pension revision          from pay revision. Revise pension of BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(4)   Payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per the Government rule.

(5)   Settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.

(6)   a) Approval for BSNL’s Land Management Policy without any delay.

        b) Expeditiously complete the mutation and the process of transferring of all assets to BSNL, as per                the Cabinet decision taken on the eve of the formation of BSNL.

(7)   (a) Ensure financial viability of BSNL, as per the decision taken by the Group of Ministers, at the                        time of formation of BSNL.

       (b) Issue letter of comfort for BSNL’s proposals for taking bank loans.

       (c) Expeditiously fill up all vacant post of BSNL Board of Directors.

       (8) Scrap BSNLs outsourcing for the operation and maintenance of its mobile towers.


08/02/2019 : Circle News
 

Pay fixation / Pay Revision of JTOs promoted after officiating: We have appraised the administration the  huge loss the JTOs are under going even after getting a positive judgment from  the Apex Court. We requested the administration for allowing the revision of pay w.e.f 1-1-2007  against the pay they were drawing  and as already done in the circle. Pending decision on the above  for revision of pay  w.e.f 1-1-2007  as per the pay drawn on officiating basis ,  We have  also gave a sample representation  submitted by 2008 regularized  JTOs  (as most of them are being retired and huge amount is  recovered from their   terminal benefits)  for  revision of pay  w.e.f  the date of their regularization  protecting the pay they have drawn on officiating capacity . CGMT and PGM F agreed to look into this matter and suggested to give representation by all similarly placed officers.

View Sample representation 

All 2008 regularised JTOs may give similar representations which will be beneficial to them.


07/02/2019 : Circle News
 

Protest Demonstration by AUAB in front of CGM/GM Offices on 8/2/2019 against Non remittance of recoveries made from the salary View Notice
The recoveries made from the employees are not being remitted in time to the concerned organizations during the last few months. This includes deduction of HBA,GPF,EPF, Income Tax and out of column recoveries like society dues, LIC, PLI, various bank loans etc. In most of the institutions, penal interest is system generated, and hence delayed/non remittances result in penal interest to the staff.

Employees are not able to withdraw advance from GPF as the amount recovered from employees has not been remitted to DoT. LIC intimates through messages to our employees that claims will not be entertained due to the non remittance of the amount.

Penal Interests were charged by the Banks and P&T societies along with next month recovery amount. HBA interest remitted to BSNL for premature closure due to some specific and compelling reasons is not getting back their original deed as the amount was not transferred to DOT.

The issue was also discussed with CGMT a week back by AUAB. No favourable action is taken to remit the amount in time to the concerned Organisations. It was instructed by BSNL CO vide letter dated 11.01.2019 to take corrective action to ensure that the amount deducted from the salaries of employees towards loan installments due may be remitted timely.

The meeting of AUAB Kerala Circle held on 01.02.2019 discussed the issue and decided to start agitational programmes to settle the issue. Hence it is decided to organize protest demonstration in front of CGM/GM Offices on 08.02.2019.


07/02/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding discrepancies and irregularities in Provisional list of Stay particulars of Executives View Letter

On verification, we found lot of discrepancies/irregularities in the said published list.  We have received innumerable complaints from our members that the particulars are not correct and it is not based on the actual data. Some of the discrepancies in this regard put forth for your information and rectification.

  1. Executives cannot assess their position in the long stay list.
  2. Always a combined long stay list of Circle Office and Trivandrum BA have been published in previous years.  However this year separate long stay list of Circle Office and Trivandrum BA was published.  Combined long stay particulars of Trivandrum BA and Circle Office should be published.
  3. Majority of the Executives in Ernakulam and Calicut BAs have worked in soft tenure areas like Idukki and Wayanad.  However it was not mentioned in the stay particulars.
  4. Executives worked in different districts under the same Circle Office BA (especially Mobile Services) but it was not taken into consideration in the stay particulars.
  5. List of Request transfers received to be published immediately as done in previous years.
  6. After rectification of above discrepancies final list may be published.

Besides in connection with long stay transfer we would like to place the following suggestions for your kind consideration.

  1. Longstay may be operated only for meeting pending transfer requests.
  2. Transfer in the name of “Need” “Rationalisation” may be avoided since the new JTOs (DR+ LICE) posting was done on need basis and promotions were done in SDE and DE cadres. Any attempt to transfer the executives will lead to complete shuffling of executives and unnecessary expenditure on transfer grant in this financial situation of the company.
  3. As per Corporate office instructions, JTO and SDE can be deployed interchangeably and hence long stay transfer also may be effected   by keeping the above facts under consideration.
  4. Shortage BAs and hard areas like Iddukki, Wayanad and SSAs with outgoing transfer request   may be exempted from the long stay transfer.
  5. This being a HR policy, before issuing the long stay transfer, discussion may be held with the Recognised Association.

In the recent published recommendations of IIM-A, it clearly indicates that one of the impediments of BSNL is the frequent transfers, which may be avoided as far as possible. So we humbly request your good self to limit the transfer as far as possible so as to reduce our expenditure and boost the morale of the Executives of those who are working hard to increase the Revenue of our beloved company.


07/02/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes  to CGMT regarding payment of property tax for GSM BTS View letter


06/02/2019 : Circle News
 

Congratulations..!! to the newly elected District Office Bearers of SNEA Trivandrum

AGB of Trivandrum District was held on 5/2/2019 at Com.S.R.Sabu Nagar, St.Peters Hall, Statue, Trivandrum. PGM Trivandrum Shri S.S.Thampi, Secretary AIPCOC Tvm region Com.Prem Jeevan.P.G, Circle President Com.George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com.T.Santhosh Kumar, Circle Treasurer Com.Suneer.S and other Circle leaders of SNEA Kerala attended the AGB. The following office bearers were unanimously elected in the AGB: 

President: Com. Kumarji V S, JTO, MS Installation
Secretary: Com. Dr. V. G. Sabu, AGM-EB
Treasurer: Com. Kumaresan A, JTO, Txmn.

Vice Presidents:
Com. Louis M. P., SDE, Manacaud
Com. Vimala M, CAO
Com. Mathews B, SDE Electrical

Asst. District Secretaries:
Com. Manilal P, JTO-IT
Com. Rajeevan K, SDE, Mobile
Com. Shafi A, JTO, Installation

Organising Secretaries:
Com. Haleel SDE Civil.
Com. Rinosh Thankachan, SDE
Com. Soorajkumar MS, JTO
Com. Bijoy, JTO MS
Com. Dinesh SDE
Com. Binush B Peter SDE MS

CEC Members:
Com. Narendrakumar S, DE
Com. Anoop TC, DE BSS
Com. Maheswaran Nair V., DE


05/02/2019 : 
 

HISTORIC MARCH TO PRIME MINISTERS OFFCIE BY AIPCOC

All India Public Sector and Central Govt officers Confederation (AIPCOC) hit the streets of New Delhi on 04.02.2019 with more than 10,000 officers from Public Sector Banks, CPSUs and Central Govt Depts marched to the PRIME MINISTERS OFFCIE, making the march one of the historic one in the history of AIPCOC, NCOA and SNEA demanding:

1. Removal of affordability clause for Pay Revision in CPSUs.

2. Wage settlement in Public Sector Banks.

3. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL & MTNL.

4. Stoppage of all moves towards Privatization.

5. Govt support for revival of CPSUs.

6. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

March started at 10.30 am even before the scheduled time as police forced to start the march early. Earlier Police denied permission and tried to shift the venue to Ramlila Maidan which AIPCOC did not agreed. Police stopped the march at Jantar Mantar.

Hundreds of SNEA comrades from various Circles, AP, BSNLCO, Delhi,  Gujarath, J&K, Kerala, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, UP(W), UP(E), Uttarakhand participated in the march. The participation by Rajasthan and Punjab Circles was excellent and requires special appreciation. Due to heavy fog, in north India, all the trains were running vary late and lot of comrades could not reach for the march. CHQ congratulate all the comrades, especially the CSs for making the march a grant success.

Hundreds of Executives from different parts of the country from various CPSUs, with huge number from MTNL, participated in the march making big presence of NCOA and AIPCOC.

Com Tapan Sen, Hon MP and General Secretary/CITU, Com N K Premachandran, Hon MP, Com Sanjay Singh, Hon MP addressed the march at Jantar Mantar.


01/02/2019 : 
 

Tribute to Our Veteran Leader

The hero of many historic battles to win the pride and prestige of the Executive community, his stellar role in building up the SNEA will remain with us forever.


01/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB SERVED NOTICE FOR 3 DAYS STRIKE FROM 18.02.2019 AUAB Notice

Demands:

(1)   Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment.

(2)   Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, as per the proposals submitted by the BSNL Management.

(3)   Implement assurance of the Hon Minister of State for Communications for delinking pension revision from pay revision. Revise pension of BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

(4)   Payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per the Government rule.

(5)   Settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.

(6)   a) Approval for BSNL’s Land Management Policy without any delay.

        b) Expeditiously complete the mutation and the process of transferring of all assets to BSNL, as per            the Cabinet decision taken on the eve of the formation of BSNL.

(7)   (a) Ensure financial viability of BSNL, as per the decision taken by the Group of Ministers, at the                  time of formation of BSNL.

        (b) Issue letter of comfort for BSNL’s proposals for taking bank loans.

        (c) Expeditiously fill up all vacant post of BSNL Board of Directors.

       (8)  Scrap BSNLs outsourcing for the operation and maintenance of its mobile towers.

Pension revision, Pension for the retirees after 01.01.2017 and 30% Superannuation Benefits should be according to 15% fitment. 


01/02/2019 : CHQ News
 

PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE MARCH

by NCOA, AIPCOC and AIBOC on 04.02.2019:

About 15,000 Officers/Executives from all the sectors, Banking, Telecom, Oil, Power, Insurance, Central Govt Officers etc are expected to participate in the March.

The main demands are:

1. Remove affordability clause for Pay Revision in CPSUs.

2. Wage settlement in Public Sector Banks.

3. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL & MTNL.

4. Stoppage of all moves towards Privatization

5. Govt support for revival of CPSUs..

6. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

March starts from Model School, Barakhamba Road at 11 am.

JOIN ENMASSE AND MAKE IT A BIG SUCCESS


31/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Following the discussion that the AUAB had with the Additional Secretary (Telecom) yesterday, further discussions took place between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL yesterday, as well as today.  In continuation of this, the representatives of the AUAB met Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary (Telecom) today afternoon. To our surprise, the Additional Secretary (Telecom) told the AUAB representatives today that, even giving the 5% fitment would be difficult. The AUAB did not accept the 5% fitment offer made yesterday. Further for the Pension Revision also, DoT is talking about the same fitment given for BSNL employees.In this backdrop, the AUAB will be holding its meeting at 11:30 am tomorrow. The meeting will take appropriate decision on the charter of demands.The Executives and Non-Executives are requested to keep ready for struggle.


30/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting between AUAB and the Additional Secretary, Telecom.

A meeting was held today between the AUAB and Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary(T).
AUAB representatives in the Committee for Periodic Interaction, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeshwar Singh, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, participated. From the DoT side, Shri R.K. Khandelwal, Joint Secretary(Admn), Shri S.K. Jain, DDG (Estt.), Shri Rajeev Kumar, DDG (Budget) also participated. Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) and Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), represented BSNL.  

Detailed discussion took place on the 3rd Pay Revision, 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay and Pension Revision issues. As regards the 3rd Pay Revision, in the meeting held today,  the DoT side offered Pay Revision with 5% fitment.  If the AUAB accept it, then this issue would be placed for the approval of the Digital Commission (erstwhile Telecom Commission) meeting, to be held on 05-02-2019 along with other issues like 4G spectrum, vacant land monetization and thereafter it would be taken for the approval of the Cabinet in February itself, said DoT side. The AUAB  stated that 5% fitment is very low and that they could not accept it. Thereafter, the AS(T) suggested that the AUAB representatives could discuss the issue with the CMD/BSNL and could come back to him within a day or two. It may be recollected that in the meeting held on 03-12-2018, the Honourable Minister of State for Communications had stated that 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment was not possible. Further, in the last meeting held with the Addl Secretary (T), 3rd Pay Revision with 0% fitment was offered by the DoT side.

Tomorrow morning 11 am, Secretary, DoT is conducting a meeting to review the proposal made for Digital Commission on 4G proposal, land monetization and other proposals and CMD, BSNL will be giving a presentation. 

On pension revision, DoT suggested for the same fitment which AUAB out rightly rejected. We told that Pensioners not linked with affordability of BSNL as the pension is paid by the Government. There after AST suggested for separate discussion with DDG(Estt) on the issue. After the meeting with AST, we had elaborate discussion with DDG Estt on pension revision formula.

On pension contribution, DoT is trying to send the recommendation to Dept of Expenditure by next week.
4G spectrum allotment and vacant land monetization is coming in the Digital Commission meeting on 05.02.2019 and thereafter to the Cabinet.

On the E2 and E3 Pay scale, AST suggested for separate discussion mostly next week.
Main issue pending is 3rd PRC fitment, fitment for pension revision and E2 & E3 pay scales.


30/01/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding HR Management in Kerala Circle View Letter

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala circle held on 28-1-2019 had elaborately discussed the prevailing HR relations in the Circle on account of insensitive attitude of the circle Administration as well as the grim working environment prevailing in the circle on account of shortage of funds resulting nonpayment of Temporary advances and contractor/ vendor payments, nonpayment of Rent and Tax clubbed with ambitious targets.

The meeting was of the view that the Circle administration has not given due consideration to the   HR expectations of the executives which does not require any financial burden. Even the request to consider the most compassionate case could not find a place for the administration for consideration. It is matter of great concern that a request made by a JAO after completing 2 years who is the only son to his father who was struggling by cancer could not find merit by the administration till his father breathed last. It is more pertinent that even substitute was posted in the SSA against all transfer requests of JAOs. Other requests on medical grounds also could not find consideration.  Same is the attitude regarding all other cases like releasing of withheld JTO/JAO vacancies, relieving of executives who has completed their tenure as on August 2018 and orders issued,  request of JAOs who has completed their tenure and substitutes ate posted, the request of executives who has completed the two year tenure during last September 2018 etc.  Our repeated suggestions to issue single order in similar case instead of piecemeal business also gone to deaf ears. It is also noted that while all these issues are pending and this Association has expressed its serious concern and compelling situation to go for organizational action, unmindful of the realities administration has issued stay particulars of all executives from JTO to DGM from all SSAs including non-popular and difficult areas which was exempted from transfer   and called for option for transfer proposed on need basis. This is nothing but adding fuel to the fire and we are constrained to remember the rationalization theory propounded few years before by the then Circle administration. (Our views on the so called stay particulars and calling of option from executives are being submitted separately). In one side executives are struggling to meet the ambitious targets set by the circle even by “all means" and showing its “achievements” and paying personal hard earned money to the tune of even up to lakhs from pocket towards organizational expenses. We are sure that except the executives in the field, nobody is paying from their pockets towards BSNL services. It is also a matter of concern that they are paid only take home pay and even the payment towards insurance, Loans from banks, GPF/ EPF etc is not remitted resulting other personal risks and loss.  Unmindful of the above realities we are yet to see any positive steps from circle administration towards the barest minimum requirement which does not involve any financial implications.

Though the circle administration had some discussions over the issues after the one day protest demonstration which was held after a gap of more than 3 years in the circle, it could not make any categorical assurance to the issues raised in a time bound manner.

In the light of the above The CEC meeting of SNEA Kerala circle unanimously decided to go ahead further course of  organisational action  w.e.f 10-2-2019 if the circle administration continue to ignore the requests and views  expressed by this Association.

We once again request the circle administration to issue necessary orders in respect of following items and instill confidence in the minds of all executives by ensuring that the Circle had a robust HR policy which will take care the organizational interest along with individual interest:

  1. Relieving of all executives whose transfer orders are already issued by 31st Jan 2019 as already assured.
  2. Ensure transfer and relieving of all JAOs who has requested for transfer after completing 2 years and other compassionate cases which the SSA is ready to relieve.
  3.  Issue Transfer order of all executives on request who has completed their tenure by September 30th 2018.
  4.  The long stay list published may be modified by necessary corrections and a detailed discussion may be arranged with this Association regarding the pending transfer case of all executives up to 31st march 2019 for clearing anxieties created in the minds of executives on account of the said list and the instruction for calling of options for transfer.

30/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE MARCH

by NCOA, AIPCOC and AIBOC on 04.02.2019:

About 15,000 Officers/Executives from all the sectors, Banking, Telecom, Oil, Power, Insurance, Central Govt Officers etc are expected to participate in the March.

The main demands are:

1. Remove affordability clause for Pay Revision in CPSUs.

2. Wage settlement in Public Sector Banks.

3. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL & MTNL.

4. Stoppage of all moves towards Privatization

5. Govt support for revival of CPSUs..

6. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

JOIN ENMASSE AND MAKE IT A BIG SUCCESS

SNEA letter on PM Office March to Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL


29/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Shri P K Purwar, present CMD/MTNL is selected as the new CMD/BSNL by the PESB today. 


29/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL:
Immediate action to notify Amendment to BSNL Executives Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules-2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, to address the huge disparity in promotions and bringing complete Uniformity and Parity in promotions in all equivalent cadres of different streams. This is part of terms and condition for absorption in BSNL. Reminder on AIC resolution in this regard  View letter of GS to CMD


28/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) regarding Office accommodation for SNEA at Circle and SSA level. Inordinate delay in allotment severely affecting the functioning of SNEA at Circle and SSA levels. View Letter

GS writes to Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) reminding about Restoration of Circle breaks on posting to Soft tenure stations as assured in the meeting held on 17.05.2018. View Letter


26/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

CEC Meeting is scheduled on 28/1/2019: View Notice

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle is scheduled to be held on 28-01-2019 (10 A.M) at SNEA Bhavan, Ernakulam. All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time.


26/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

A meeting of the AUAB was held at New Delhi on 25.01.2019. GS and President attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the progress in the settlement of the charter of demands of the AUAB. The meeting noted that there is no progress in the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision issue. Even on the 4G spectrum, it is observed that the Niti Aayog and the Department of Expenditure have created hurdles. On the issue of Pension Revision, the DoT itself is creating hurdles, despite the assurance of the Hon Minister of State for Communications, that Pension Revision would be de-linked from pay revision.

The meeting also noted with serious concern, the alarming situation and financial crisis prevailing in BSNL. The Company is unable to take bank loans due to the road-blocks created by the DoT, deliberately. As a result, BSNL is unable to release funds to the circles, for the payment of electricity bills, rent, wages of contract workers, etc. The development and expansion work also delaying, adversely affecting the growth of the company.

The DoT is also obstructing all the routes for the revival of BSNL. The Govt in no way helping BSNL to grow further to compete with other operators. The Management of BSNL has submitted its Land Management Policy for the approval of the DoT for the effective utilization/leasing out of vacant lands. If this Policy is approved, BSNL can earn Rs.7,000 crores to Rs.10,000 crores annually, by leasing / renting out its vacant lands. But, the DoT is deliberately blocking this proposal also.

The BSNL Management has planned to outsource the maintenance of BSNLs towers for exorbitant rates, for which huge amount have to be paid annually. At the beginning itself, the AUAB has opposed this. But, the BSNL Management is going ahead with the agenda. After threadbare discussion of all the above issues, the AUAB unanimously came to conclusion that it is high time for the employees to revive the struggle. The meeting also unanimously came to the conclusion that some new demands have to be included in the charter of demand, which are very essential for the revival of BSNL.

The following are the unanimous decisions taken in todays meeting:-

(1) Considering various ground realities, the meeting decided to call on all the Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL to go on a three day strike from 18.02.2019.

(2) Street corner meetings are to be organised throughout the country for 5 days from 11.02.2019, and mobilise the support of the general public for the strike demands.

(3) Press meetings are to be organised at circle and district levels on 12 or 13 February.       

(4) To meet all political parties, for mobilising their support for the demands especially, the revival of BSNL.

Demands

1) Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment.

2) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, as per the proposals submitted by the BSNL Management.

3) Revision of pension to BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

4) Payment of pension contribution by BSNL as per the government rule.

5) Settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd Pay Revision.

6) a) Approval for BSNL Land Management Policy without any delay.

b) Expeditiously complete the mutation and the process of transferring of all assets to BSNL, as per the Cabinet decision taken on the eve of the formation of BSNL.

7) Extend financial support to BSNL, to ensure financial viability as per the decision taken by the Group of Ministers, at the time of formation of BSNL. Issue letter of comfort for BSNL proposals for taking bank loans.

8) Scrap the proposal for outsourcing for the maintenance of BSNL mobile towers. 

AUAB Circular


26/01/2019 : 
 


24/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, President and AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues. GM(SR) also present.

a) Payment of bills for labourers, electricity etc: DIR(HR) explained the severe financial crunch BSNL is facing for the last few months. The payments are delayed which is started affecting the services. The banks are reluctant to give loan for the Telecom sector where huge NPA is reported and the RBI ceiling for loan for Telecom sector is already over. Further DoT letter of comfort also not received so far.

It is time for all to work together, for the survival of BSNL, forgetting all other issues, DIR(HR & Fin) called upon.

b) JTO to SDE promotion: The promotions and resultant court cases demoralised the management, DIR(HR) informed us. When management is gone for extra mile to give promotions, contempt cases etc are not going to help any way. The clarifications on own merit on reservation issue also to be obtained. As the ASG is not given his opinion, management is exploring the possibility for getting the legal opinion from Solicitor General (SG). Earlier legal opinions were contradictory in this regard.

We requested to expedite the promotions as the JTOs waiting for the promotion are innocent and not involved in the court cases to stop the promotions.

c) DE to DGM promotion: We requested to expedite the promotions as the preparatory work is completed. The tentative seniority list is operated for promotions in 2016 and 2017 and the promotions are made from the remaining DEs in the same list. The question of 1966 seniority does not arise now as the issue is pending in the Hon Supreme Court. No stay is granted by the Chandigarh CAT in the case filed by some individuals. DIR(HR) assured to take a decision in this regard at the earliest.

d) Soft tenure policy: We requested to release the order for Circle break as assured long back. DIR(HR) responded positively.


23/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Smt Sujata T Ray, Director (HR & Fin): Abnormal delay in settlement of Gratuity amount of Late Manoj John, JTO, HR No: 200700093, Alappuzha SSA, Kerala Circle by BSNL. Even after 9 months of his sad demise, the Gratuity amount has not been released by BSNL. The Gratuity amount due is Rs 8,88,804/-SNEA Kerala Circle has contributed an amount of 21 lakhs through our members as financial assistance, though a very meagre amount considering the overall expense which the family had to bear towards his treatment which amounts to more than 50 lakhs.

GS letter to DIR(HR)


22/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Parliament March by NCOA, AIPCOC and AIBOC on 04.02.2019:

About 15,000 Officers/Executives from all the sectors, Banking, Telecom, Oil, Power, Insurance, Central Govt Officers etc are expected to participate in the March.

The main demands are:

1. Remove affordability clause for Pay Revision in CPSUs.

2. Allot 4G spectrum to BSNL & MTNL and support all the CPSUs.

3. Stoppage of all moves towards Privatization / seeking Govt support for revival of CPSUs..

4. Ensure Assured Pension for all.

All the CSs are requested to bring maximum members for the Parliament March on 04.02.2019. Make the reservations accordingly.

Notice issued by AIPCOC  Notice issued by NCOA


21/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Today the proceedings under Contempt of Court at CAT, Ernakulam by the personal appearance of CMD and GM(Pers) on 24.01.2019 is stayed by the Hon Ernakulam High Court.

Hon HC ordered to issue notice and post the matter after one month. BSNL filed a writ petition in the Hon HC against the CAT order dated 07.01.2019, ordering the personal appearance of CMD and GM(P) in JTO to SDE promotion issue. Sr Lawyer from Supreme Court Shri K K Rai appeared for BSNL. Hon HC observed some procedural lapses in the CAT actions. Further HC also observed that its order dated 05.06.2018 is partially implemented by BSNL by publishing the AIEL and issuing the promotion orders. DGM(Pers) and AGM(Legal) from BSNLCO gone to Ernakulam for coordinating the case.

When BSNL is ready to issue the promotions and even after submitting an affidavit in the EKM/CAT that it is ready to go ahead with further promotion for about 5000 vacant posts, the applicants insisted for action under Contempt of Court by demanding personal appearance of CMD and GM(Pers), instead of accepting the proposal for promotion of 5000 JTOs. As we already pointed out, this ego and resultant litigations are affecting the promotions of innocent BSNL recruited JTOs waiting for their first promotion, for years together.

More interestingly, after the contempt case on 07.01.2019, we are not seen anybody other than SNEA, pursuing the SDE promotions, making our doubt more clear that the aim was the personal appearance of CMD & GM(P), membership campaign and not the SDE promotions.

We request the Admn to go ahead with further promotions as proposed, as the JTOs waiting for promotion are innocent.


21/01/2019 : Circle News
 

Donations from other SNEA Circles and CHQ towards CMDRF for Rebuilding Kerala:

SNEA Kerala handed over a Cheque of Rs 3,58,900/- to Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan towards the CMDRF (Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund) at his office on 10/1/2019 . This amount was collected by SNEA Kerala as donations received from other SNEA Circles and CHQ. We thank all Circle Secretaries and Comrades of SNEA across India and our CHQ for the donations for rebuilding Kerala in the aftermath of unprecedented floods.

Circle Secretary Com.Santhosh Kumar.T handing over the Cheque to Hon'ble CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan


19/01/2019 : Circle News
 

CEC Meeting is scheduled on 28/1/2019: View Notice

Notice is hereby issued for Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held on 28-01-2019 (10 A.M) at SNEA Bhavan, Ernakulam. All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time.


18/01/2019 : Circle News
 

Lunch Hour Demonstration was successfully conducted at all BA HQs on 17/1/2019.


16/01/2019 : Circle News
 

LUNCH HOUR DEMONSTRATION AT HQs of all BA on 17/1/2019 :

To protest against the negative attitude of the Circle Administration to resolve the genuine HR issues of the Executives, we decided to hold Lunch Hour Demonstration at HQs of all BA on 17/1/2019. Dear Comrades, Participate in the programme and make it a grand success.


15/01/2019 : 
 


15/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with GM(Pers), GM(SR) and DGM(Pers):

GS, President, AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharama, Jt Sec Com Sumit Saxena, CS/BSNLCO Com G K Das and CS/UP(W) Com R P Sharma met Shri Arun Kumar, new GM(Pers) on 14.01.19 and held discussions on JTO to SDE and DE to DGM promotions.

Later on we met DGM(Pers) and held further discussions on promotions.

BSNL sought the legal advice from ASG on OWN MERIT, in reservation. AGS reply is expected by this week.

On DE to DGM promotion, the demand for publishing the provisional seniority list is under examination. Review DPC as per 206 is not formally completed to publish the seniority list.

In a sudden move, BSNL transferred GM(Pers) and DGM(Pers) last week immediately after the developments on contempt petition in Kerala. Top management is upset with the developments.

In the evening GS, AGSs Com P P Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharama and Jt Sec Com Sumit Saxena met GM(SR) and held further discussions on DE to DGM promotions.

Com Sumit Saxena, Jt Sec will be available at CHQ for few days.


14/01/2019 : 
 

Join SNEA, Strengthen SNEA and Strengthen Executives Unity to settle the pending issues of BSNL Executives:

Strengthen SNEA for the Revival of BSNL.

Strengthen AUAB by joining SNEA, one of strong constituent of AUAB to settle 30% Superannuation benefits and 3rd PRC.

Strengthen SNEA to settle E2, E3 pay scales. The court cases at Chandigarh and the contempt petition lead to hurriedly notifying lower pay scales of E1 and E2 by DoT. SNEA is committed to reverse the DoT decision and working for that.

Strengthen SNEA for the promotions in all the cadres, parity in promotions, uniform promotion avenues and for Time Bound Functional promotion for all.

The court cases complicated and delaying the promotions, SNEA is trying to remove the hurdles one by one.

Strengthen SNEA for your Social Security and implementation of Group Term Insurance (GTI).

Strengthen SNEA for the settlement of other issues, through continuous persuasion.

All SSA/Branch/Circle Secretaries and office bearers are requested to ensure enrolment of maximum membership. Till tomorrow, 15.01.2019, new members and changes in membership can be done.


12/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting of the Committee for Periodic Interaction and meeting between the AUAB and the Additional Secretary.

A meeting of the Committee for Periodic Interaction (Institutional Mechanism) was held in the Sanchar Bhawan on 10-01-2019. From the AUAB, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU & Convenor, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS/NFTE & Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin,  GS/SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSLEA participated. Shri.R.K.Khandelwal, Joint Secretary(Admn.) Shri S.K.Jain, DDG(Estt.), Sri Rajeev Sing, DDG(Budget)  and officers participated from the DoT. Shri.P.K.Sinha, Advisor(Finance), DoT, who is a member of the Committee did not participate attend as he is on tour. Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) and ShriA.M.Gupta, GM(SR) represented the BSNL.

It may be remembered that the AUAB strongly demanded that this Committee should be chaired by the Additional Secretary and that no result would be achieved if it is presided over by the Joint Secretary level officer. Whatever we predicted has proved to be correct. The Joint Secretary(Admn.) and the DDG(Estt.) were not able to give any worthwhile information about the status of the issues, viz., 3rd Pay Revision, Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay and Pension Revision. Both the officers are completely negative on our issues. No worth mentioning outcome came from this meeting.

Hence, after this meeting, the AUAB leaders went and met Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary and expressed their total dissatisfaction about the outcome of the meeting. Shri R.K.Khandelwal, Joint Secretary (Admn.), Ms.Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) were also present. Thereafter, full fledged discussion took place with the Additional Secretary on our demands.

3rd Pay Revision

Detailed discussion took place. The Additional Secretary told that the DoT is ready to settle the 3rd Pay Revision. But, he categorically told that it will be very difficult for the DoT to get the approval of the Cabinet for 15% fitment, since BSNL’s financial position does not allow payment of such high salary. He requested the AUAB and the BSNL Management to discuss and come back to him by next week with a workable solution which can be convincing to other ministries also. DIR(HR) informed that she will start negotiation with AUAB immediately.

4G spectrum to BSNL.

As regards the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, the Additional Secretary confidently told that the DoT would do it’s best to get the Cabinet approval for the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. He expressed hope that the Telecom Commission meeting to be held in the 1st week of February would give the necessary clearance, after which it would go for the Cabinet approval. Reservation on the part of Niti Ayog and Dept of Expenditure will be sorted out in the Telecom Commission meeting with the support of the recommendation of the consultant, IIM Ahmedabad. BSNL response on IIM report will be submitted by Monday and thereafter it will be processed to discuss in TC meeting.

Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.

As regards the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, the Additional Secretary told that the Department of Expenditure (DoE) has sought certain details and that the DoT has already written to the BSNL in this regard. The Director (HR) replied that within 1 or 2 days, BSNL would send a reply to the DoT. The Additional Secretary assured that thereafter prompt action would be taken to get the approval of the DoE.

Pension Revision.

On this issue, the AUAB representatives expressed their dissatisfaction and demanded that prompt action should be taken by the DoT. Thereafter, detailed discussion took place with regards to the fitment, etc. Finally, the Additional Secretary requested the Director(HR) to provide with copies of relevant documents like Government orders related to payment of Pension to the BSNL employees, etc.

Outstanding issues of 2nd PRC.

On this DIR(HR) informed that there are two parts, one pertaining to BSNL and the other one pending with DoT. DIR(HR) informed that an understanding has been reached between AUAB and the CMD BSNL in respect of increasing the contribution towards Superannuation Benefits. She also assured that a record of discussion would be issued for the meeting held on 02.12.2018 between CMD BSNL and the AUAB.

On the second issue of approval of E2 and E3 pay scales, DIR(HR) told that DoT issued PO by lowering the pay scales to E1 and E2, degrading the cadres which BSNL is not agreeing. It is to be reviewed as requested by BSNL.  

GS explained the matter further and requested for early settlement. In the last meeting on 03.12.2018, Hon Minister agreed to reconsider the DoT decision and assured early action as it can be decided within DoT. AST finally told directed Director(PSU) to process the case and brief him on the subject.

At the end of the meeting, the Additional Secretary suggested that the AUAB representatives could again meet him next week.

AUAB Circular


12/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

On 10.01.2019, AGS Com P. Padmanabha Rao, CHQ Treasurer Com R. Rajan and Jt Sec(S) Com A. Chandrasekhar met GM(BW) Sri. A. D.P. Keshri & GM(LD) Sri. D. K. Shinghal and  discussed land management, about discrepancies in the SDE(C) Seniority list, publication of year wise vacancies, Seniority list of JTO(C).GM(BW) assured to settle the issues within BW Unit based on individual representations received. If any legal issues arise, they will be sent to legal for clarification and will be placed accordingly. Regarding JTO(C) seniority, provisional seniority list is under preparation, for the approval of the competent authority. Around 205 JTO(C) data is available for the preparation of the seniority list. We also discussed about promotions of JTO(C) to SDE (C), SDE(C) to EE (C) & SE(C). Administration is trying to settle the seniority related issues and afterwards promotions will be issued for the availability vacancies.

Land Management issue discussed with GM(LD) and he informed that a draft on Land Management policy for BSNL has beensubmitted to DoT for approval. He also informed that with this Land Management, within three years span, there is a possibility of generating Rs. 8,000/-Cr per Annum as revenue to BSNL. This will become major source of income for BSNL revival. Leasing of open lands, extending leasing period upto 30 years under the purview of BSNL are notable points in the policy.


12/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Meeting with GM(Pers): GS, CHQ Treasurer and AGSs met new GM(Pers) Shri Arun Kumar and held discussions on JTO to SDE and DE to DGM promotions. In view of the contempt proceedings against CMD/BSNL and GM(Pers), management is not at all thinking about further promotions rather the entire focus is to file appeal against the contempt proceedings in the HC and Supreme Court. Ernakulam CAT directed the personal appearance of CMD and GM(Pers) on 24.01.2019. Indications are that management will consider JTO to SDE promotions only after getting relief on contempt petitions.

However we are trying our level best to get the promotion orders issued at the earliest as majority of the DPC related work is already completed. We are committed to see that promotion orders are issued at the earliest for the JTOs as most of them are waiting for more than 17 years for their first promotion and they are in no way connected with the mess created by others.

As anticipated, the court cases and the contempt petition is badly delaying the promotions eventhough all the DPC work is completed. It is really unfortunate that the stubbornness of AIGETOA activists (many of them are already SDEs) for the personal appearance of CMD and others really casting shadow on the prospects of thousands of JTOs waiting for SDE promotions.

On DE to DGM promotions, new GM(Pers) assured to have discussion on Monday as the entire Pers section is busy in filing appeal against the contempt petition in higher courts.


11/01/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT serving Notice for Organisational Actions : View Notice

Kindly recall the discussion held at your chamber on 19/12/2018 and also refer our letter No.SNEA/Kerala/2018-19/II/13 dtd 27/12/2018 submitted by this Association in connection with the consideration of transfer requests of Executives who have completed 2 years service at their present BAs and other HR issues.   In the letter we categorically mentioned that the issues may be resolved within a stipulated period otherwise we will be forced to initiate organizational programs.  It is painfully noted that nothing has materialized so far in this regard and we felt that the genuine issues of Executives were fallen in deaf ears.

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA unanimously decided to start the following organizational programs :

1. Lunch Hour Demonstration at all Dist Headquarters on 17/1/2019

2. If the demands are not settled on or before 31/1/2019, we will be compelled to intensify our agitations including non-cooperation which may seriously affect the developmental progress of Kerala Circle.

To protest against the

1. Negative attitude of the Circle Administration to the genuine issues of Executives in Kerala Circle.

2. Inept Circle Administration who failed to supply adequate infrastructure facilities for providing efficient service to attain the assigned target and increasing the revenue of Kerala Circle.


10/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB meeting with the Secretary, Telecom.

Representatives of the AUAB met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom, on 09.01.2019. Shri Anshu Prakash, Additional Secretary, Telecom, was also present. From AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU & Convenor/AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS/NFTE and Chairman/AUAB, Com. K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA and Com.Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA took part. AUAB expressed their concern to the Secretary, Telecom, over the slow implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoS(C). In reply, the Secretary, Telecom, told that a status report on all the issues would be given to the AUAB, by the DoT, in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism) meeting to be held on 10.01.2019. The Secretary, Telecom, suggested that the AUAB could meet her thereafter, and apprise her of the actions needed to be taken. In the discussion, AUAB demanded the inclusion of four representatives from AUAB in the Committee (Institutional Mechanism). This was accepted by the Secretary, Telecom.

AUAB Circular


10/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Implementation of Group Term Insurance:

GS, CHQ Treasurer Com R Rajan, AGS Com Dilip Saha, AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma, AGS Com Pandurang Nayak, Jt.Sec (South) Com Chandrasekhar, Jt.Sec (East) Com I H Mandol and AGS Com Jagdish Rout met Sr GM(Estt), GM(Trg) and GM(CA) on 08.01.2019 and held discussions on implementation of GTI w.e.f 01.02.2019.

The Estt section is nominated as the nodal section for the implementation of GTI. Estt section issued direction to ERP cell to take action to deduct the amount from the salary of January, 2019 onwards. CA section will implement the premium deduction and accounting.

SNEA requested for some mechanism for the Executives on deputation to other Depts like TERM Cell for exercising the option for GTI. In principle it is agreed and modalities will be worked out. Further monthly or quarterly premium payment for the Executives above 50 years as the premium amount is higher. This also will be discussed with LIC. Next meeting with LIC will be held on 11.01.2019 for finalizing the MoU and the policy document.

We requested for a mechanism to monitor the contribution towards the Pension fund (5%). For this necessary modifications are under process in ERP to monitor the contribution from BSNL. The fund status in LIC also can be monitored for that LIC will extend a link for the BSNL employees. This is already under testing for individual cases and will be implemented at the earliest. pension fund, GM

Increasing the Gratuity from 10 lakh to 20 lakhs for BSNL direct rects: We requested to issue a separate order in this regard. GM(CA) informed that BSNL Board approved the gratuity at par with Central Govt employees for the future also and any change for Central Govt employees will be automatically implemented for BSNL Direct rects. For notifying the enhancement of Gratuity from 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs, the intimation is already given to Income Tax Dept and on their clearance, separate orders will be issued to all the field units, it is assured.


08/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Beware of the mal-propaganda by the so called saviours of DRs and BRs,

just for the sake of luring membership.

It has come to the notice of CHQ that lot of mal-propaganda unleashed by the sections about JTO to SDE promotions, who are directly responsible for the mess in JTO to SDE promotions, creating innumerable obstacles from 2007 onwards in the form of court cases. When they miserably failed in other fronts, they resorted to court cases which ultimately hit the career of thousands of seniors, juniors, young and old JTOs. Thousands lost their lifetime dream of a promotion as SDE before their retirement and thousands lost their precious service as SDE which will delay all their future promotions.

They attribute each and everything which is not settled so far like E2/E3 scales, pay parity, 3rd PRC, promotion for the remaining Executives, ---- etc as failure of SNEA, without doing anything.

Conveniently, they will not even mention about the issues settled by SNEA like a) contribution towards growth related issues of BSNL, b) E1A and E2A pay scales for all in 2002 without discrimination, c) EPF full pension without the ceiling of Rs 6500, d) EPP 2007, d) BSNLMS RR 2009, e) SCF and LDCE promotions in various cadres, f) LDCE Exam for JTO to SDE promotion made objective type and very transparent, g) settlement of pay anomaly of 2005 batch, h) no MT, i) amendment in BSNLMS RR for changing the quota from 50% to 75%, j) JTO RR amendment, k) E2/E3 scales approval by BSNL, l) 5% contribution on SAB, m) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approval, n) more than 13,500 promotions this year, o) GTI, etc. Rather, they will try to take credit for everything settled.

Their ideology is very simple: “DO NOTHING, TAKE CREDIT FOR EVERYTHING”.

This is compelling SNEA to explain the Executives about the negative role played by the so called well wishers of DRs and BRs for the last few years, especially in JTO to SDE promotion. The present mal-propaganda is simply to confuse the JTOs for the sake of membership.

How they intentionally stopped the promotions through court cases?

Let us see what the so called saviors of DRs done for the JTO cadre? (changed DRs to BRs sometime back and now again changed to all Executives. After 17 years, they realized that all the Executives in BSNL are BRs and they are not untouchables)

I. In 2007, LDCE from JTO to SDE notified for the vacancies upto 2004-05. Due to the efforts of SNEA, 2005-06 vacancy year also got included for which 2001 rect JTOs are eligible.The same section filed court cases in different CATs for stalling the LDCE but could not succeed fully due to the efforts of SNEA. After some delay, SNEA ensured conduction of LDCE and promotion orders issued in November, 2008 and about 900 JTOs of 2001 rect itself passed the LDCE.

II. In 2010, two court cases filed at CAT, Chennai with the following prayers:

a) 1:1 interpolation between Dept promote JTOs of 1995 batch and DR JTOs of 2001 batch and so on.

b) Instead of training centre marks, date of joining should be the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority.

c) Reservation roster is not followed.

Both the cases dismissed by the Hon CAT after 3 years, a big ACHIEVEMENT!

During the interim period, promotion orders issued on 30.03.2011 for the vacancies upto 2008-09 and part of 1995 rect JTOs got promotion. After few weeks, the promotion orders stayed which continued till July, 2013.

III. Immediately after that, cases filed at CAT, Ernakulam with the same prayers (first two prayers) which are dismissed by the Chennai CAT. Meantime, EKM CAT stayed operation of the AIEL for the promotion.

Subsequent AIEL could not prepare due to court cases. However by 2014, the AIEL for the JTOs upto 2001 recruitment year prepared and published for the vacancies of 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

If the stay orders are not issued by Ernakulam CAT, all the vacancies upto 2013-14 would have filled and promotions orders would have issued in 2014 itself for the JTOs upto 2001 year.

The LDCE also could have conducted parallally for all the vacancy years.

Hon CAT dismissed the petitions on both grounds!

IV. Another court case filed challenging the excess promotion of the JTOs working in supernumerary posts. All the three court cases at CAT and High Court continued till the judgment on 05.06.2018.

All the three prayers rejected by Hon HC, inter-se seniority quashed for DRs and excess promotes and directed to fix the inter-se seniority of Direct rect and excess promotes by date of appointment/promotion. Hon HC did not disturb the inter-se seniority of the promotees recruited within their quota.

In the meantime more than 3,000 JTOs in the AIEL retired without getting a single promotion, another achievement for them!

The promotion order for the remaining JTOs upto 1999 rect year (part) issued on 15.06.2018 for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 vacancy year. The promotion for the JTOs of remaining rect years from 2001 onwards held up due to quashing of seniority on the Direct Rect JTOs by the High Court.

If there was no court cases, all JTOs including 2008 and part of 2012 rect year would have become SDEs from the years 2014 onwards through SCF or LDCE, in the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

They did not played the same game of court cases in the case of JAO to AO promotion. So, all the JAOs upto 2012 rect also got the promotion as AO. See the difference!

Now also they are trying to delay the JTO to SDE promotions by fighting with the management in the court, in the name of contempt petition. All these are done mainly by some SDEs through remote control who are not going to lose anything as they got the promotion and seniority.

Beware of the mal-propaganda and read How they intentionally stopped the promotions through court cases?


08/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

Newly elected CHQ Office bearers held a meeting at New Delhi on 07.01.2019 and held review of various issues. A committee of CHQ office bearers were formed to have more focus on the BSNL growth related issues, details will be published.

In the evening we met CMD and DIR(HR) and introduced the new CHQ Office bearers. We requested CMD and DIR(HR) to implement the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy immediately for giving promotion to thousands of Executives waiting for promotion for want of vacancies and bringing parity in promotions by any means. We also requested them to issue the promotion orders from JTO to SDE (which will ensure smooth implementation of CPSU Hierarchy) and DE to DGM immediately for filling up all the vacancies for which the formalities are completed.

Our AGS Com Pandurang Nayak and Jt Sec Com A Chandrasekhar will be available at CHQ for the whole week. Next week, Jt Sec Com Sumit Saxena will be available at CHQ.


07/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE contempt case at Ernakulam:

The contempt case came up today. The reply affidavit filed by BSNL on the contempt petition is not accepted by the CAT. Hon Court decided to frame charges against CMD and GM(Pers). BSNL lawyer informed the court that BSNL proposed to issue promotions for another 5,000 JTOs which will cover some of the petitioners also. However court replied that they are not concerned about the welfare measures of BSNL to give promotion to its employees and will proceed with contempt.

BSNL was represented by senior lawyer and the AIGETOA activists are represented by their lawyer. Since SNEA is not a party in the contempt case, no lawyer appeared for SNEA.

Some rumours are spread through social media by those vested interests that SNEA lawyer also present in the court, that to confuse the members. It is another lie by them, again to befool the innocent JTOs, which they were doing since long and to save their face. It is a matter of shame that BSNL Executives are stooped to such level of dishonesty and spreading lies for misleading their own members.

We appeal all our members to be very cautious and do not get trapped in such rumours /misguiding messages in social media.

This court cases filed by AIGETOA activists are really working against the JTO to SDE promotion. The JTOs of 1999, 2001, 2002, -----2007 and 2008 rect year are becoming the real sufferers now. Earlier it was the JTOs from 1995 onwards to 2008. Those who are already become SDEs in the last three LDCEs are piloting and remote controlling the cases by collecting huge amount as legal fund and delaying the promotion for the remaining  JTOs.

It is high time for the JTOs from 2001 onwards to open their eyes and analyse who is really working against their interest and whose action is stopping their promotion. For the last 8 years, SNEA is trying to remove the hurdles for JTO to SDE promotion, created by AIGETOA and its activists, one by one.


06/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

SNEA extends solidarity and support to the General Strike by Central Trade Unions on 8th and 9th, January, 2019.

Demanding:


04/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL: GS letter to CMD

Immediate action to implement BSNL Executives Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules-2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, to address the huge disparity in promotions and bringing complete Uniformity and Parity in promotions in SDE/AO and AGM/CAO equivalent cadres of all the streams. This is also part of terms and condition for absorption in BSNL. Delay in implementation leading to wide spread resentment among thousands of Executives waiting for promotion:

One of the main objective of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy to end litigations and smooth career progression is partially defeated by the recent post based promotions.

Through post based promotions, the main objective of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, Parity and Uniformity in promotions among various streams for the equivalent cadres could not achieve, rather more disparity, anomalies, disputes and court cases created now. If vacancy based promotion is continued, no one can ensure Parity or even timely promotion in different cadres.

The status of promotions in different cadres after the recent promotion orders is given below to understand the huge disparity:

Grade

JAO

to AO

JTO(Arch) to SDE

JTO(C) to SDE

JTO(E) to SDE

JTO(TF) to SDE

JTO(T) to SDE

Executives waiting for promotion from

2015

1988

1994

1998

1995

2008

Grade

AO

to

CAO

SDE(C)

to

EE(C)

SDE(E)

to

EE(E)

SDE(TF)

to

AGM(TF)

SDE(T)

to

DE(T)

Executives waiting for promotion from

2008

1998

2000

2001

2004

1. More than 2,000 SDEs in list 8 who are very seniors, most of them are promoted in 2004/2005 as SDEs and completed 14 years of service are waiting for promotion. Their juniors are promoted on 29.06.2018 which created wide spread resentment among the seniors. Another 1,200 SDEs are there, promoted in 2007/2008 also.

2. More than 9,500 JTOs from 1999 rect year to 2013 rect year are waiting for promotion. The promotion for about 4,500 JTOs upto 2007 rect year is in the final stage. Still about 5,000 JTOs, from 2008 rect onwards are waiting for promotion to bring-in parity.  

3. Similarly about 800 SDEs (400 each in Civil and Electrical), promoted from 1998 onwards waiting for promotion as EE.

4. AOs of 2008 batch numbering about 900 are waiting for promotion.

5. More than 6,500 SDEs promoted in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 are waiting for promotion to Sr SDE grade.

6. More than 1500 AOs promoted is 2009 & 2015, waiting for promotion to Sr AO grade.

7. The situation in some small stream like Arch is precarious; JTO(Arch) joined in 1988 is still waiting for first promotion. Stagnation prevails in other small streams like CSS, PA/PS, TF, Arch, Official Language etc.

Bringing Parity in promotions in SDE and AGM equivalent cadres for all the streams were demanded by SNEA vide letter No: SNEA/CHQ/CMD/2015-18/95 Dated 04th July, 2018, through upgradation of posts as done in the case of JAO to AO and SDE to DE cadres. However, this demand is not accepted by the management.

Any delay in implementation of the new promotion policy will be demoralizing and detrimental to the overall interest of the Executives. If the notification and date of effect is delayed beyond 01.07.2018, all will miss their opportunity to get the promotion on 01.07.2018, at par with their juniors in other streams who got the promotion on 29.06.2018. Evenif the promotions are given one day later than 01.07.2018, all such Executives will become juniors and subordinate to the Executives already promoted on or before 01.07.2018 as per CPSU Cadre Hierarchy provisions. Consequently, it will also affect the future promotions of thousands of Executives who got promotions recently.

In view of the above submissions, it is requested to take appropriate actions to bring parity and uniformity in promotions in all the wings for all the equivalent cadres, ie. Telecom/ Finance/ Civil/ Elect/ TF/ Arch/ CSS/ PA/ PS etc as a permanent measure by implementing the Uniform Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) immediately, w.e.f. 01.07.2018.


04/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE promotion : SDE Roster is approved by the CLO yesterday evening. The DPC is not started due to the confusion over reservation issue and it seems that management is waiting for the outcome court case at Ernakulam which is coming up on next Monday. The court case is badly delaying the promotions. The delay is only on account of these issues, otherwise it is ready for conduction of DPC. After deciding how to go ahead with the promotions by frequent interactions with us, management acted very fast to complete the preparatory works.

DE to DGM promotion : Management is sorting out some issues related to 1966 seniority raised by some sections. In fact the matter is subjudice as the BSNL SLP is pending in the Hon Supreme Court. All other DPC related work is completed.


03/01/2019 : Circle News
 

The DE to DGM promotion DPC is underway and orders are expected by tomorrow.
This association apprised the following points to CGMT Kerala and also to our General Secretary:

The present vacancy position of the Kerala circle is not sufficient to accommodate the officers under consideration. There is a proposal to allot the more than 100 unfilled  DR-DGM post among various circles. Kerala being the most revenue earning circle it is requested to take up urgently with Corporate office for posting of all officers to Kerala circle by alloting more DGM posts against the unfilled DR-DGM posts. Further 12 DGMs are retiring before June 2019.


03/01/2019 : CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE promotion updates: Overcoming all the hurdles created by the numerous court cases which delayed the JTO to SDE promotions since 2010, the preparatory work for all the SDE vacancies including 2017-18 is almost completed. The reservation and roster related issues almost sorted out which was pending for few days and approval of roster is expected any time. The DPC will be started as soon as clearance is given. Including the unfilled vacancies of 2008-09 (ST) & 2010-11 (SC&ST), total vacancies are about 4870. However as per the DPC procedure, DPC will be held for all the JTOs. It is expected that almost all the JTOs of 2007 will be covered, SC & ST from 2008 and some ST posts will remain unfilled which will be filled subsequently.    

Our continuous interaction with the management, demanding going ahead with promotions on recruitment year basis as per the interim measure suggested by the Hon HC of Ernakulam, finally accepted by the management and paving the way for further promotions. An affidavit also filed by BSNL in the EKM CAT on the same lines.


03/01/2019 : Circle News
 

Watch Television Interview with our Circle President Com.George Varghese, as he opens up on the Telecom Explosion happening around, various issues of Telecom sector, how BSNL as a PSU with its own limitations is surviving and giving tough competition to the aggressive private operators, tariff wars, how BSNL is the only operator which operates even in remote areas with its social obligations and national responsibility, how time and again it has been proved that BSNL is the only operator that works even during natural calamities, what is the role of Unions and Associations for correcting the policies of Government/Management for the growth and survival of the company, 4G Spectrum allotment, FTTH expansion, what are the future challenges, requirements and struggles for the company and many more.... from the Subharatri programme on Jeevan TV, telecasted on 5/12/2018 9.30 PM.

https://youtu.be/VY4BZ3Lix_w


02/01/2019 : Circle News
 

SNEA organised BSNL Recruits Grand Gathering at Calicut scheduled on 3/1/19 is postponed due to Hartal. Rescheduled date will be intimated soon.


01/01/2019 : Circle News
 

SNEA organizes BSNL Recruits Grand Gathering on  03/01/19, 2 pm at Calicut

SNEA Circle President Com.George Varghese will interact and present the following topics:

a) E2-E3 / 22820 - What's the status ?

b) What about 30% Superannuation benefits ?

c) When CPSU cadre hierarchy will come ?

d) What about JTO to SDE and SDE to DE promotion ?

e) Stand of SNEA on MT recruitment 

f) Why to opt GTI ?

g) EPF Full pension and other issues  / EPF Issues of recently recruited JTOs/JAOs

h) 4G spectrum allotment- Present status

i) Policy of SNEA on various cadre issues

j) Financial viability of BSNL - Role of United move

k) Development on recently deferred  agitation - Pay revision and other issues

l) HR Issues pending at Circle level.

m) Any other issues to be taken up / Pending  at Circle/ CHQ level

All Executives of Calicut and nearby BAs, irrespective of association , are cordially invited.


01/01/2019 : Circle News
 

NEED for UNITY in resolving the issues in BSNL

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Wishing you all, a very Happy New Year 2019…..

On this New Year, We wish you all very exciting Days to come. May be we are Passing through some Shadows now... but dear friends, our strong unity is enough to surpass any shadows and break all obstacles in our way. Let’s once again believe in Unity and together  we can achieve our goals. Please stay selfless and committed, that is the only way we can achieve  the goals in our life.

The first and foremost challenge  we are facing toady is the Financial Viability of BSNL which is issue of all BSNL family members more particularly affecting the BSNL recruits as they have just started their career and their  family is yet to be settled. The solutions to the issues being encountered by  BSNL can be addressed by the unity of not only of BSNL executives and non-executives but also from the support of all Trade unions even outside BSNL. While this is now realised by all prudent persons in the country, some group feel that unity of BSNL Recruited Executives will  be the panacea for the resolutions of the issues and they themself keep aloof from the activities happing around the society and others are untouchable to them till recently . We are sure as time passes, they will realize no one is untouchable and unity means not the Unity of BSNL Recruited Executives but the unity of all BSNL Executives and Non-Executives and beyond.

The history of SNEA spanning more than six decades from in its initial form of TESA (Telecom  Engineering Supervisors Association) is a true testimony to the concept of Employees unity .When JTO was a Group-C cadre, we were moving along with Group-C unions in all historical Struggles including corporatization of DOT. When BSNL was formed it has embraced all Executives who were under more than 11 distinct associations like  Finance, TES Gr-B, Civil, Electrical, CSS, PA, PS etc. Even BSNL recognition rule forbid unity between executive and non-execute unions, SNEA took the challenge to become part in leadership role in AUAB. Today all the issues of BSNL whether pertains to BSNL viability or of  Employees / executives, AUAB is a formidable Force to reckon with. We know some of the new generation  were very much critical about  non executives and absorbed executives and remained aloof from such programmers earlier has now realized that they alone cannot move a little finger and so today they are also compelled to be part of some of the activities of AUAB at least for name sake. 

Our experienced wisdom calls upon all Executives not to be trapped by the  slogan of unity of BSNL Recruits and  be part of main stream as already done by majority of  BSNL recruited executives. These are the days even trade unions like CITU,INTUC,AITUC, BMS etc… irrespective of their political differences  joined hands together to surmount the crises being faced by the common public in general and the working class whether private or public in particular.  Fully acknowledging the call of the day and taking lessons from history wherein challenges were faced when unity is forged irrespective of caste, creed, religion, race, SNEA believe unity not only of all executives but that of non-executives also in addressing the challenges being faced by BSNL. It is due to this belief, SNEA became part of NCOA, AIPCOC representing all public sectors including Banking, Insurance and Central Government services etc…

Those who believe in unity, those who believe in trade union  strength, those who believe in democratic process, those who are ready to struggle in real sense and not running court after courts as branch office of law chambers cannot become pray to the call of unity  in the name of BSNL recruits.


31/12/2018 :
 

SNEA-KERALA WISHES a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL

29/12/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding request transfer of JAO/JTO’s who have completed 2 years service and Relieving of Executives whose transfer orders already issued. View letter

Kindly recall the meeting held with this Association on 19/12/2018.  The following issues were discussed in the meeting.

  1. Request Transfer of JAOs who have completed 2 years service
  2. Request transfer of JTOs who have completed 2 years tenure period.
  3. Relieving of  Executives  whose transfer orders issued after completing 2 years tenure period.

Now 9 days has elapsed after our discussion on above items, however nothing has materialized so far from administration side in this regard though it was assured to consider the  views expressed by us.  It is very painful and unfortunate  to note that the present administration is not at all considering the genuine HR issues of Executives wherein solutions are in hand.

An agreement was made between the Kerala Circle Administration and the Executives Associations in the year 2007 to meet the HR requirement of various SSAs as well as  genuine aspiration of Executives regarding transfer and posting.   As per the policy the   additional staff requirement and the request of the  2 year tenure completed  executives  will be considered against   new recruitment/ promotions. In the absence of new recruitment   the request of the executives completed their tenure will be considered by posting substitute if necessary on long stay basis during March/ April.  This procedure is continuously following before the start of every academic year ie during April/May with an instruction that Executives may be relieved after the completion of 2 year service at the BAs.  This procedure of issuing transfer orders in 2 years either against new recruitment/ promotion or against substitute on  long stay transfer, had  given a confidence in every Executives and they could also prepare themselves for going out to remote BAs, who give maximum efforts since they know that they would be automatically brought back to their parent BAs without any external influence.  However the administration tried to deviate from the agreement in one particular year (  ie in the year 2015)  after the implementation of the agreement made in 2007, and unfortunately it resulted in industrial unrest and badly affected the total productivity of Kerala Circle as well as loss of confidence in administration due to that deviation of the well executed agreement.

As far as request for transfer of JAOs are concerned, there are only 17 requests in the circle and recently around 30 new JAOs were posted in the circle. The new posting of JAOs were worked out in such a way to meet the substitute against the transfer request pending. But even after posting of these  new JAOs for more than 2 months no transfer orders are issued against the request pending as pointed out by us during the discussion.  This is nothing but totally negative attitude to the executives. Further these  DR JAOs  who has joined  the organization with much expectations  about BSNL is now just waiting for a seat and job assignment for months together. It may be noted that since most of them  were working in  many organizations  previously this kind of HR management would have gave them a  bad image about BSNL within this short period of time .

As far as the request pending from JTOs  it is to be noted that during the last 2 years around 700 JTOs were posted in Kerala Circle and this posting were made to different BAs after considering all shortages and anticipated transfers from BAs.  Even after the posting of new JTOs well before many months, still administration has not issued the transfer orders of Executives who were posted to remote BAs and completed 2 years.

After continues persuasion by this Association with Administration some transfer orders were issued by the circle office in DE/ SDE/ JTO  cadre in the month of Sep-2018. These orders are simply ignored by the BAs in total defiance and none of the executives are relieved yet. The circle office has become a mute spectator to this kind of defiance by the BAs. We are of the firm view that the Circle Administration  is  duty bound  to ensure that  the instructions/ orders from circle office is complied by the BAs in HR issues also like all other cases. We urge up on the circle administration to relieve these officers from ERP.

Sir, this type of attitude will result loss of confidence among the executives in the well maintained system in place and it  will further leads to industrial unrest. While  it is high time  for all- Management/ Executives/Non executives to concentrate single mindedly for improving the revenues of the company ,unfortunately the Circle administration is demotivating the executives by denying their genuine  aspirations and expectations .

 We are once again constrained to make it on record that the HR attitude of the Kerala circle administration on many issues – NOC for JTOs, Vacancy release in JTO/JAO cadre, promotion in case of JAOs , etc  are not to the expectation of the executives  and deserve a revisit.

In this context, we once again request  your good self to consider the above legitimate issues of the Executives in Kerala Circle within a time frame. Otherwise we will be forced to initiate organizational programs in the Circle.


27/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Update on JTO to SDE Promotions: GS, President and AGS met CMD and requested him to expedite the JTO to SDE promotion and to give approval for conduction of DPC from DE to DGM.

Today evening, DIR HR given approval for conduction of DPC from JTO to SDE.


27/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Rect of Management Trainee from outside kept in abeyance. As per our decision which is reiterated in the Ludhiana AIC, SNEA opposed rect of Extl MTs and management kept it in abeyance.


27/12/2018: CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE promotion: Today the proposal for conduction of DPC for all the SDE(T) vacancies upto 31.03.2018 is moved for the approval of competent authority. The DPC proposal is as per the suggestion given by SNEA.

The reply in the contempt case also sent for the approval of competent authority so that it can be filed latest by Monday, 31.12.2018. In the reply affidavit, BSNL is intimating the Hon CAT that BSNL is proposing to go ahead with promotion for the remaining vacancies, rect year wise, as per the interim measure suggested by the Hon High Court.

GS, President and AGS met GM(Pers) and held discussions to complete the process expeditiously and issuing the promotion orders at the earliest. We also demanded to consider all the Rule 8 request transfers while issuing the promotion and posting orders which is accepted by management. On our request to include the 2012 batch JTOs also, GM(P) assured to examine the case to the extent of vacancies and do the needful. We expect the promotion orders by early next week if everything moves as we planned.


27/12/2018: CHQ News
 

The proposal for DE to DGM promotion  cleared by DIR HR and file moved for approval of CMD.


DE to DGM promotion proposal is with DIR(HR) and after the clearance of DIR, it will be moved to CMD for approval. We requested DIR(HR) for early clearance of the proposal and she assured early action.


26/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Sanchar Soft issues in South Zone: Last few days, Sanchar Soft is not working for the South Zone, halting all the activities of provisioning, MNP etc in entire south Zone due to some hardware problem. This also during festival season when more connections are expected. There is no DR also for South Zone.

Earlier GS brought this to the notice of CMD/BSNL for his intervention. Today GS and AGS met DIR(CFA) also and held further discussions on the subject. Technical team is already on the job for the last 4 days and complete restoration is expected by today night. Meanwhile the system is restored temporarily with limited access.


26/12/2018: SAD NEWS
 

SAD NEWS: With heavy heart, it is informed that Com.Sabu.S.R (54), SDE Neyyattinkara, Trivandrum has left us today morning due to Cardiac Arrest. Com.Sabu.S.R was an Executive Committee member of SNEA Trivandrum, Ex-President of Circle office branch and participated in the recently held AIC at Ludhiana as delegate from Trivandrum BA. SNEA mourn the untimely departure. Let's together join the bereaved family.


25/12/2018: 
 


24/12/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding upcoming JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotions, retaining and posting the officials on promotion to Kerala Circle itself and to the same BA units as sufficient number of vacancies in SDE cadre exists in all BA units due to the recent SDE to AGM promotion and for saving huge amount on transfer grants during this time of financial crisis experienced by BSNL. View Letter


24/12/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding upcoming DE to DGM promotions and posting in  Kerala  circle: View Letter

It is understood that the DPC for promotion from DE to DGM is under way and the posting is expected shortly. In this connection the following few points are brought to your kind notice so that maximum officers from the Kerala circle are posted in the circle itself on their promotion.

The total number of DGM posts sanctioned in the circle is 65 and the DEs under consideration for promotion is around 100. Out of the 65 posts one regular DGM and 18 Adhoc DGMs are working in the circle.   8 Adhoc  DGMs and one DGM LA from other circles have requested  for transfer back to their home circle as all of them are left with  very less  service  for retirement.  It is requested to consider the request of all these officers so that maximum officers from Kerala circle can be accommodated in the circle on their promotion as DGM.  This will be a great relief to the officers from other circles during last span of their service as well as to the officers of Kerala circle. Kerala being  the profit making circle,  it is also requested to take up the matter with Corporate Office  for filling up all the posts in Kerala circle from officers from Kerala circle. In addition to individual benefit, huge amount on transfer grant etc can also be saved during this period of financial crisis experienced by BSNL.


24/12/2018: Circle News
 

SancharSoft issues : Sancharsoft is down since Friday afternoon and has severely affected our business during the festival time when with more aggressive melas we could have grabbed more customers. Customers who are waiting for activation of the SIM are also agitated. This association has taken up the issue with CGMT and other concerned GMs for resolving the issue at the earliest. CGMT informed that there is some hardware problem at Trichy and is being attended.

We are in constant touch with our GS and are putting pressure on our CHQ for apprising the seriousness of the issue to CMD and expecting his immediate intervention in this regard.


22/12/2018: Circle News
 

Meeting with CGMT on 19/12/2018:

SNEA Kerala Circle Office Bearers - CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.SanthoshKumar.T, CT Com.Suneer.S, ACS - Com.Dr.Premkumar.G, Com.J.V.Ramana, Com.Vivek.G, CWC Members – Com.Sureshkumar.R, Com.Vimal.R and Com.Harikrishnan.G attended the meeting with CGMT Shri.Dr.P.T.Mathew on 19/12/2018, 2.30 PM at Circle Office Trivandrum. GM(HR & Admin) Shri Robin Poddar also attended the meeting from Administration side. The following points were discussed.

  1. Request Transfer of JAOs who have completed 2 years: We requested CGMT to consider the transfer requests from the JAOs who have completed 2 years, as substitute for these officers were already posted from the recent DR-JAO batch. CGMT is of the opinion to issue transfer orders only on 31/3/2018 and informed that only genuine compassionate cases might be considered before that. We argued that already substitute was posted for relieving these officers and the recommendations of PGM(Finance) was also positive in these cases. We have made it very clear to the Administration that this Assn can not  accept the view of the Management and  it will be sending a  very wrong message  as far HR  relations prevailing in the circle.  We had further discussion with  GM HR and made it very clear that this Assn will be compelled to resort to organizational action if these requests are not considered. It is a well laid down  principle accepted  in the  circle that the transfer request of 2 year completed cases are considered as when substitutes are available on new appointment or through promotion and we can not allow a  situation diluting this time tested  policy. We  will continue pursuing for the release of transfer orders or will be taking suitable organizational actions .
  1. Request Transfer of  Executives w ho have completed 2 years: Transfer orders already issued for those cases who completed 2 years by Aug-2018. CGMT informed that orders for the remaining requests will be issued on 31/3/2018. We argued with Administration that Corporate office is regularly considering transfer requests and issuing orders round the year and the same may be done in Kerala Circle also. We are pursuing.
  1. Implementation of Transfer orders issued by Circle Administration:  Many officials whose transfer orders were issued couple of months back are yet to be relieved by BA units. We requested Administration to relieve through  ERP as done regularly by Corporate office since the circle administration is also responsible to ensure that the orders of the CGMT is honoured by the BAs.
  1. Releasing of JTO Vacancies: We requested to release the blocked 9 JTO vacancies as there is no court direction for blocking them. Around 30 LICE passed officials are waiting for vacancies for becoming JTOs. It was learnt that positive legal opinion was received more than year back for releasing the vacancies but instead of releasing the vacancies, unnecessary clarifications were sought to Corporate office for which the reply is still awaited.  We have pointed that while there are around 5000 JTO vacancies under LICE for the year 2016-17 on all India basis there is only 6 vacancies in Kerala Circle. While this is the situation even the declared vacancies are denied to the eligible candidates which is totally  demoralizing  attitude. CGMT asked for one week’s time for resolving the issue. We are following up.
  1. Releasing of JAO Vacancies: We once again requested Administration to release the JAO vacancies as done by Telangana Circle based on the clarification from Corporate office. CGMT once again instructed to look into the matter afresh. We are pursuing.
  1. Pay fixation / Pay Revision of JTOs promoted after officiating: We appraised the administration the  huge loss the JTOs are under going even after getting a positive judgment from  the Apex Court. We requested the administration for allowing the revision of pay w.e.f 1-1-2007  against the pay they were drawing  and as already done in the circle. Pending decision on the above  for revision of pay  w.e.f 1-1-2007  as per the pay drawn on officiating basis ,  We have  also gave a sample representation  submitted by 2008 regularized  JTOs  (as most of them are being retired and huge amount is  recovered from their   terminal benefits)  for  revision of pay  w.e.f  the date of their regularization  protecting the pay they have drawn on officiating capacity . CGMT and PGM F agreed to look into this matter and suggested to give representation by all similarly placed officers.
    View Sample representation submitted by Smt.Abassa, Ernakulam. All 2008 regularised JTOs may give similar representations which will be beneficial to them.
  2. Promotion of JAO- 2013 batch: We had detailed discussion on the subject, how these 33 JAOs initially denied their promotion as JAOs in spite of clear vacancies and  now again by denying them their legitimate  AO promotions. We have explained what has happened in other Circles on the same issue of carry forward vacancies of 2010 and all of them are now promoted as AOs. The JAOs of our circle alone has become the victim of the totally negative attitude of the administration and now the same is continued for their legitimate AO promotions. Administration is of the view that since the matter  of 2010 Exam is pending in Supreme Court as well as the AO promotion  case  in CAT Ernakulam,  They have to wait for the outcome of the court cases.
  3. Upcoming Promotion and Posting of JTO(T) to SDE(T): We apprised CGM of the upcoming promotions of JTO(T) to SDE(T) and requested him to take n/a for retaining and posting the officials on promotion to Kerala Circle itself and to the same BA units as sufficient number of vacancies in SDE cadre exists in all BA units due to the recent SDE to AGM promotion.CGMT responded very much positively and directed GM(HR) to write a letter to Corporate office immediately in this regard.
  1. Pending Confirmation to DR-JAO 2015: We requested CGMT to issue the long pending confirmation orders to DR-JAO 2015 batch which is due from 11/1/2018. CGMT responded positively.
  1. Grant of Grade promotion to ADOL: We have brought to the notice of the CGMT the pathetic situation being faced by ADOL in the Circle. Though most of them are working as ADOL on Adhoc basis without any break, for more than 25 years they continue to  work in the same scale without any up gradation either under NEPP or under EPP. We requested the CGMT to look to their case at least for grant of grade since the adhoc service can be counted for grant of higher grade as per  the provision under  EPP. We have  handed over a representation submitted by Smt.Medini ADOL Thrissur and relevant orders under EPP. CGMT was very much considerate and instructed GM HR to look into the matter.
  1. Temporary Advance settlement issues: We informed that there are instructions from Circle office to close the Temporary Advance in the same month itself whereas the advance is being received by the officer in the latter half of the month. CGM informed that Temporary advances to be settled within 30 days and not in the same month as per his information from the corporate office guidelines from time to time and it has to be followed in the circle also.
  1. O&M of BTS by M/s Mahindra: We expressed our strong concern on the proposal and requested CGMT to  take up the case with corporate office atleast to exempt Kerala circle from the proposal on account of the huge financial burden as considering the service efficiency in the circle. CGMT is also of the same opinion and agreed to address to corporate office on the same line and suggested to take up the matter at Corporate level by Assn also.
  1. KSEB Payments: We have suggested to take up this matter with KSEB  for getting exemption from disconnection for non-payment on due date, Disconnection fee, and penal interest  since 3 months advance is  deposited  with KSEB.  CGMT  briefed the  action taken from management side with Chairman KSEB and suggested to  take up the matter with Ministry through Association forum also. CGMT requested us that there should be liason with KSEB Officers at field level also.
  1. Property Tax payments on BTSs: We have explained the difficulties being faced in the field units and requested to have a permanent mechanism to resolve the issue. CGMT has told about the recent instructions issued to  handle exigency situation and remaining to  be  worked out as per legal advice.
  1. UTStarcom OLT issues: We apprised CGM about the hanging of UTStarcom OLTs which are creating dissatisfaction among our Customers. CGM informed that he is aware of the issue and has met the Chinese Engineers camped at Kottayam for the last 15 days and the issue is also projected to Corporate office.
  1. CDOT NGN issues:We apprised CGM that issues at Parur - Pilot CDOT NGN Exchange is not yet resolved.
  1. Pending EPP cases – Time bound promotions: We requested Management to release the pending EPP cases. GM HR informed that processing is completed and orders will be released soon.
  1. 4G issues: Regarding the recent launch of 4G services in Band 1 by switching off 3G by BSNL, we informed CGMT that many of the handsets in the market are not supporting the particular Band 1, namely some extremely popular models like the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4. Since 3G services are also shutdown for launching 4G, these customers as well as those with 3G handsets will be downgraded to 2G instead of upgradation to 4G. This is a major concern as these customers are more likely to port out than find any alternate solution.  View band 1 supported mobiles list-1 || list-2.
  1. 4G Wi-Fi devices with SIM slot: As a solution to the above problem of non supporting of band 1 by certain mobiles, we suggested tying up with some manufacturers to launch 4G WiFi dongles with sim slot which can cater to our customers lacking band 1 support as well as having 3G only handsets. These customers can easily connect their existing mobiles via WiFi to enjoy our 4G network via the dongle. We need to launch these 4G WiFi dongles at commercially competitive prices and bundle with some content solutions like Amazon Prime/Netflix for making the 4G service attractive and for easy adoption by customers.
  1. Expenditure of Marketing Fund: We pointed out that some BA heads are curtailing the expenditure on Marketing fund and diverting it for the payment of emergency expenditure like electricity bills etc. CGMT replied that Circle office has not issued any instructions in this regard for curtailing expenditure on Marketing fund and informed that the fund should be fully utilized.

20/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Pension Contribution on actual basic pay: In a very positive development, Dept of Expenditure(DoE), Ministry of Finance in principle accepted the demand for Pension Contribution on Actual basic Pay instead of maximum of the pay scales. DoE asked clarification from DoT for the modalities of implementation in this regard. This was one of the important demands of AUAB which DoT agreed to settle. AUAB will demands its implementation from 01.01.2007 and refund of excess payment made to DoT.


19/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 19.12.2018:

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma met CMD/BSNL and held discussion on the following issues:

1) Status of Bank loan to tide over the present financial crisis: CMD informed that a loan for 500 to 1000 Cr is expected in another 10 days time by which the immediate requirements including vendor payments can be settled.

2) JTO to SDE promotion: We requested to expedite the JTO to SDE promotion. CMD assured that it will be done at the earliest. Management is keen to give the promotions but the court cases are creating hindrances in this regard. However CMD directed us to have more discussion with DIR(HR) in this regard.

3) DE to DGM(T) promotion: Since the stay is vacated, we requested to expedite the promotions. If the promotion orders are issued by 31.12.2018, those who are retiring in this month also can be promoted, we requested CMD. If the approval is given for conduction of DPC without taking into the MC for relaxation of qualifying service, it can be completed before 31st December, we informed. CMD assured to do the needful positively for issuing the promotion orders at the earliest.

4) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy notification: We requested to notify the same at the earliest so that all the eligible Executives can be given promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018. Now the promotions are stopped due to shortage of vacancies in various cadres. CMD assured to do the needful.

5) Payment of EB bills, labour payment, temporary advance, payment of loan instalments to banks/societies etc: CMD informed that these payments will be done on priority for which Bank loan is under process. It is expected shortly by which it can be streamlined soon.


19/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR) on 19.12.2018:

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussion on the following issues:

1) JTO to SDE promotion: We requested to expedite the promotion. DIR(HR) assured that all possible steps will be taken in this regard. A proposal will be submitted to the Hon Court shortly for giving promotions. The applicants are also asked to withdraw the cases through AIGETOA leaders so that promotions can be done at the earliest. The court case at Ernakulam CAT is the only hindrances at present, DIR(HR) informed.

2) DE to DGM(T) promotion: Since the stay is vacated, we requested to expedite the promotions before 31.12.2018. DIR(HR) assured to do the needful at the earliest.

3) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy notification: We requested to notify the same at the earliest so that all the eligible Executives can be given promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018. DIR(HR) assured to do the needful.


19/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 19.12.2018:

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Sharma met GM(Pers) and held discussion on the following issues:

1) JTO to SDE promotion: GM(Pers) informed that a proposal for giving promotions will be submitted to the court after the approval of competent authority. Meanwhile, if the court cases are withdrawn, the DPC can be expedited, GM informed.  

2) DE to DGM(T) promotion: Since the stay is vacated, we requested to expedite the promotions before 31.12.2018. GM(Pers) informed that the proposal is under process and after getting the approval of competent authority (CMD/BSNL), VC will be called for. Based on the VC status, DPC will be expedited, GM(P) assured. The preparatory work will be completed by that time.

3) Soft tenure break: The revised proposal based on the discussions with SNEA will be submitted to DIR(HR) soon, it is assured.


19/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Preparatory work for JTO to SDE promotion is going on since last one month by verifying the Screening Committee reports (SCR) and VC status and regularly updating the missing cases in the Intranet and our websites. The concerned section is fully involved and we are trying to complete this process at the earliest by another one week time. This will enable early conduction of DPC once BSNL proposal is submitted in the Hon Court to promote the JTOs, rect year wise or the court case in CAT is withdrawn as we suggested. The roster also prepared for SC/ST reservation and submitted for the clearance of CLO.  

The court cases badly delayed the promotions and continue to affect the future of thousands of JTOs. The withdrawal of the petition from CAT by the petitioners will enable DPC in shortest time. Already court cases delayed the promotions for years together and further delay is detrimental to the JTOs when management is very much ready to give the promotions. We are regularly interacting with the management on a day to day basis to find some way out and management is agreed to give promotions immediately if court case is withdrawn. When management is ready for promotions, then what is the need for court cases? Seniority etc can be decided later on after the final decision.

Now only SDE(T) vacancies as on 30.06.2018 remain unfilled, due to the unnecessary court case filed at Ernakulam. In all other cadres, including CAO, we could issue the promotion orders for the vacancies upto 30.06.2018.

All CSs to monitor the progress in missing APAR grading and VC cases and sent it urgently.


18/12/2018: CHQ News
 

DE to DGM(T) promotion on Adhoc basis: The interim order copy is yet to be received. However we could move the proposal for promotion to DGM(T) today itself to the competent authority for approval. Immediately after the approval, VC will be called for. We requested to utilise the unfilled DR DGM vacancies also for the promotion and the total vacancies will be about 891. 


18/12/2018: CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE Promotion Contempt case at Hon. CAT Ernakulam: BSNL advocate requested two weeks time to file affidavit saying they received rule 8 notice only last day. Court directed BSNL counsel to file affidavit on court reopening day (31-12-2018). Next hearing fixed on 07-01-2019


17/12/2018: CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE promotion preparatory work is going on. The APAR gradings and VC status is getting examined for all the JTOs by the section expeditiously to keep it ready for the DPC. We are closely monitoring the progress on a day to day basis. Meanwhile the proposal to file an application in the CAT to conduct DPC for the remaining vacancies is with the DIR HR for approval. Further process will be based on the decision of DIR HR. The missing APAR grading and VC status may be furnished at the earliest. All CSs to monitor the missing grading cases.


15/12/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Transfer request of JAOs who have completed 2 years service: View Letter

In the year 2016,  63 LICE JAOs were posted in different BAs according to the needs of the BAs. Now they have completed 2 years’ service and requested for transfer to their home BAs.  Besides some Rule 8 cases posted in other BAs without considering their home town request also completed 2 years in their present BA.  Recently 30 Direct Recruited JAOs were posted in different BAs.  As per our request to PGM Finance, the postings were made to enable the relieving of JAOs who have requested for transfer to their home town after completing 2 year service at present station.  On our enquiry, it is learnt that the transfer request of JAOs are kept pending due to unknown reasons.  If the transfer request is not considering at present, we are simply wasting the manpower without any basic reasons.

We are very sad to say that the Circle HR is not working in a way to extend help to the Executives those who have completed 2 years tenure transfer at different BAs. Considerable number of  transfer request of those who have completed their 2 year service are pending at different BAs. Executives are working day and night to improve the financial conditions of our Circle, however the Circle Administration is reluctant to consider the genuine HR issues of the Executives.  This type of attitude of Circle administration will definitely spoil the smooth working atmosphere in Kerala Circle.

It is pertinent to note that whenever the executives on long stay transfer completes their tenure period of 2 years, Corporate Office issuing orders back to their home town without delay. However, it is not following in Kerala Circle in all caders.

In this context, we requested that the pending transfer request of JAOs/JTOs who have completed 2 years service  may kindly be considered at the earliest to avoid further resentment among the Executives in Kerala.


14/12/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL: Notification for Recruitment of Management Trainee (External) – Recruitment from External candidates and placing them above the existing Executives, virtually killing the career growth will demoralize thousands of highly talented and experienced Executives working in BSNL. Evolve a fast track promotion policy to promote talented internal candidates through meaningful rigorous screening mechanism to occupy higher positions after implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approved by the BSNL Board and promoting all the eligible Executives to the higher grades. 

As far as so-called internal MT is concerned, the need of the hour is to get DGM level Executives left with sufficient service to head the company from among the experienced internal candidates by meaningful rigorous screening. There is no point in giving chance to internal candidates at E3, E4, E5 scales to compete for a post in E3 scale.

SNEA demands:

1) Review the decision to recruit Management Trainees from open market at E3 scale and evolve a suitable fast track promotion policy to promote the Internal talent to high management positions through rigorous screening.

2) Before any such attempt, promote all the eligible candidates and bring parity and uniformity in promotions for the existing Executives in equivalent cadres by implementing the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.07.2018 as approved by the BSNL Board.

GS letter to CMD


14/12/2018: CHQ News
 

GS and President met Shri R K Khandelwal, Joint Sec (A)/DoT and DIR(PSU) and held discussions on the BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A pay scales with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Since he is posted as JS recently, he is not aware of the details and we tried to explain to him. 


14/12/2018: CHQ News
 

It is reliably learned that as assured to AUAB, a very positive recommendation on Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale is sent by DoT to Ministry of Finance and it reached MoF. We hope a positive decision from MoF shortly. This will take us one step close to 3rd PRC.

One cannot imagine implementation of 3rd PRC without settling this issue. After 3rd PRC implementation, Pension Contribution alone will shoot up to about Rs 2420 Crores (presently it is less than 200 Cr if it is on actual basic pay), it will be about Rs 875 Cr (with 15% fitment). A difference of more than 1500 Cr in Pension contribution alone. Even for 0% fitment also, BSNL has to pay Rs 2420 Cr as Pension Contribution! This is the reason why AUAB given top priority to settle this issue before 3rd PRC.


14/12/2018: CHQ News
 

JTO to SDE promotion – Review petition:

All the tree review petitions filed by BSNL pleading for 1) restoration of training Centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority among Direct rects and 2) there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000 came up for hearing today, 12.12.2018. For completing the formalities, Hon HC issued notice to AIBSNLEA who was a party in the case earlier but not present in the court. SNEA represented by its lawyer and taken notice earlier. The case will be listed once notice is served to AIBSNLEA.

The Hon HC was pronounced the judgment on 05.06.2018. Thereafter another OA filed in the CAT by AIGETOA activists. After the promotion order, a contempt petition is filed against CMD/BSNL and GM(Pers) for issuing promotion order with the main contention that 1) there are excess promotion during 1995 to 2000 and 2) 1:1 ratio not followed.

The data collected from all the Circles established that there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000 in the 50% Dept quota. According to the compiled data from all the Circles, from 1995 to 2000, total vacancy in 50% Dept quota is 14,102 and JTOs promoted is just 8,833 only.

For an issue, which is not having any relevance, AIGETOA and its activists are fighting in the court and misguiding the innocent and young JTOs. They are deliberately provoking the management by insisting the personal appearance of CMD and GM(Pers) in the Hon CAT. This is just for delaying the promotion for the remaining JTOs. By this time, Management more or less understood their game plan.

It has become a fashion for them to blame other Associations for their short sightedness, negative attitude and mal propaganda. Filing court cases and closing the doors for promotion has become a passion for some sections and then crocodile tears in the name of BR, DR etc. On each and every issue they want to make a division among the Executives. This also mainly in JTO cadre, not among JAOs. This will be suicidal. The divide and rule policy of the erstwhile British Rulers are again trying among the Executives and by this, they are simply strengthening the hands of management and playing with the future of thousands of JTOs. This thinking we are not witnessing among Non Executives. This all propaganda can be for the sake of membership.

On JTO to SDE promotion, the court cases started in 2010 from Chennai. Once they defeated at Chennai, they shifted to Ernakulam from 2013 onwards. 8 years long court cases, spending lakhs of rupees and precious time. Their achievements are: 1) About 3000 JTOs retired without SDE promotion after serving more than 15 years as JTOs, 2) The promotion for the JTOs upto 2001 rect year would have completed in 2014, they lost minimum 4 years of service, 3) LDCE promotion delayed 3 years due to the conflict, 4) upto 2005 rect JTOs, promotion could have completed by 2016, it is getting delayed, 5) 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 JTOs would have got promotion by 2017 or 2018 which is not happened yet.

The prayer of AIGETOA and its activists (mainly SDEs now) are rejected by all the courts, Chennai CAT, Ernakulam CAT and Ernakulam High Court. Still they are blocking the promotion of the juniors by filing contempt petition in the name of excess promotion in JTO cadre which is not at all true as explained earlier.

It is heard from reliable sources that during LDCE posting in May, 2018 some non-recognised sections made some understanding with the management on MT rect and on that condition only LDCE posting issued. Joint Forum was not consulted. With that understanding, now MT rect notification is out! Another achievement for them!

Now our young comrades should analyse why promotions are getting delayed and what is real reason behind that and who is responsible for creating this stalemate condition. SNEA is making sincere efforts to come out of this stalemate condition and interacting with the management. Not only 2007 & 2008 batches, we will try our level best to promote the JTOs from 2012 batch also as per the availability of vacancies. To protect the inter-se seniority, we are trying the promotion notionally from 29.06.2018, along with those got promotion on 29.06.2018.


13/12/2018: Circle News
 

Congratulations….!! To the Officers with Non-Bailable Warrants who were on sleepless nights in fighting on behalf of BSNL with Panchayath Authorities against Property Tax payment on Mobile Towers……

Circle office finally issued clear-cut orders for effecting payment towards Property Tax on Mobile Towers and reiterated its letter dtd 22/3/2018 that incase of extreme exigencies where local authorities are taking extreme steps, the payment of property tax may be made under protest to avoid any untoward incident.

View Circle office letter dtd 13/12/18 || letter dtd 22/3/18

We were in constant touch with CGMT, GM(L&B), GM(Admin), PGM(F) and other officers in Circle office about the Non-Bailable Warrants issued to our officials at Malappuram and Kannur for non-payment of property tax on mobile towers.

Today morning CS Com.Santhosh Kumar.T along with CT Com.Suneer.S and ACS Com.Dr.Premkumar.G, J.V.Ramana met CGMT for discussing the property tax issue.  We requested CGM to issue necessary instructions to all BA Heads for the payment of property tax to resolve the non-bailable warrants to our officials. CGM informed that already necessary instructions are given as per letter dtd 22/3/2018. We requested CGMT that the same letter may be re-endorsed once again by mentioning Non-Bailable Warrant as one of the exigency for clearing the doubts of BA Heads.

We also met GM(Admin) Shri Robin Poddar who is incharge of Legal section for discussing the same.

We thank CGMT, GM(L&B) and GM(Admin) for responding immediately and issued necessary instructions to the BA Heads for effecting the payment of property tax on mobile towers.

Once again it is proved that

only SNEA can protect the interest of Executives from their Professional Hardships.


12/12/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Payment of Property Tax for GSM-BTS: View Letter

Regarding nonpayment of property tax of mobile towers at present there are 31 cases pending before various courts in Malappuram BA filed by Grama Panchayaths. Out of these, now 6 cases courts issued non bailable warrants to SDEs & AOs. Number of case may increases to 400 or more and all cases may lead to this situation in future. Though the cases are put up in the file for payment of tax to these NBW cases, but so far no decision taken by SSA Administration. Now it is understood that if this proposal approved by SSA & Circle administration, then also payment may be delayed due to financial issues of BSNL. At any time the arrest may occur, so the only solution to avoid arrest/ remand of our officers is to take the bail. On enquiry, it is understood that for one person, two officers should be required and they have to take personal responsibility of these payments.  Circle administration has not taken any decision regarding payment of this tax.

The objections raised based on pending mutations are not applicable in BTS cases as all BTS had come after BSNL formation. The cases pending in other SSAs are also increasing day by day as year ending is reaching and all Panchayath Secretaries are pushing the criminal cases against the officers.

In this regard, it is requested to take an urgent decision on the matter for resolving the issue and redeem the officers from personally liable for this non-payment.


12/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with CMD BSNL: AUAB leaders met CMD BSNL on 11.12.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Follow up on the AUAB demands: On financial condition of BSNL, CMD informed that all the functional Directors of BSNL and CMD together met Addl Secretary and Member(Fin) yesterday, 11.12.2018 to explain the urgent need for DoT clearance for availing bank loan. It is expected that the clearance may come shortly.

b) 3rd PRC proposal: CMD informed that he had a discussion with Addl Secretary, DoT for further discussions on the matter. The meeting will be held shortly. The proposal to hold regular meeting as an institutional mechanism is being worked out as decided in the meeting with Secretary, DoT.

c) Minutes of the discussion on 30% Superannuation: AUAB requested to issue the minutes on this matter as this issue is related to BSNL alone and in the meeting held on 30.11.2018, it was agreed for 3% additional contribution before March 2019 and remaining in next financial year. CMD informed that he already instructed DIR(HR) to issue the minutes as assured.

d) Transfer of Executive as a vindictive action: An SDE in MP Circle is transferred and relieved on the same day on instructions from higher authorities for issuing a demand note for more than 12 lakhs to a R-Jio contractor. We protested against such highhandedness and demanded the cancellation of the transfer order.   

e) Closure of MTNL connection and availing Airtel connection in Maharashtra Circle office: In a tussle between BSNL and MTNL, CGM, MH closed all the MTNL connections and taken connections from a private operator. A CPSU like MTNL is taking connection from a private operator is not acceptable especially when we are demanding that all Govt Depts and MTNL has to take connections from BSNL. This decision is to be reviewed urgently, AUAB demanded.


12/12/2018: CHQ News
 

The review petition on JTO to SDE promotion:

All the three review petitions filed by BSNL are listed for hearing today, 12.12.2018 in the Hon Ernakulam High Court. In the review petitions, BSNL pleading for :

1) Restoration of training Centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority among Direct rects and 2) There is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000.

BSNL collected the data from all the Circles to establish that there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000 in the 50% Dept quota.

According to the compiled data from all the Circles, from 1995 to 2000, total  vacancy in 50% Dept quota is 14102 and JTOs promoted in only 8833. From this figure it is very clear that there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000. For an issue which is not having any relevance, they are fighting in the court and misguiding the innocent and young JTOs, for the sake of membership. If the review is not opposed by the opposite parties (AIGETOA activists), the case will be decided by today.

In that case all the vacancies can be filled without much delay as APAR gradings and VC is almost ready. Not only 2007 & 2008 batches, we will try our level best to promote the JTOs from 2012 batch also as per the availability of vacancies.


12/12/2018: CHQ News
 

GTI implementation w.e.f 01.01.2019:

A meeting held today to review the progress in the submission of options. As on today 24,832 Executives (about 50%) submitted the options through ERP. Remaining Executives also submit their opinions immediately. All those upto age group of 50 shall opt for the GTI as it is very much beneficial for them. 

No medical certificate is required for this scheme which is the main advantage. The premium will remain as the same till the retirement (even after crossing the age of 50). This is an initiative taken by SNEA for the welfare of our young comrades. All CSs and SSA Secretaries may contact our members and make them to submit the options through ERP before 20.12.2018.


12/12/2018: CHQ News
 

External Management Trainee recruitment..

The SNEA stand on Extl MT was once again reiterated in the last Ludhiana AIC to oppose it in all the possible ways. SNEA will strongly oppose Extl MT organizationally and if required legally also.


12/12/2018: CHQ News
 

A meeting of the AUAB was held at New Delhi on 11.12.2018. The meeting discussed ways and means to ensure the speedy implementation of the settlement reached in the meeting held with the Hon MoS(C). The meeting also decided to direct the AUAB at Circle and SSA levels to organise Joint General Body meetings during the period from 26th to 29th December, 2018 and explain the settlement reached between the Hon Minister on 03.12.2018. CHQ requests all Circle and SSA Secretaries to make note of this decision and to take the initiative to successfully organise the Joint General Body meetings. A detailed circular on the developments on all the demands will be issued by AUAB.

AUAB Circular


11/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR & Fin) on 10.12.2018:

GS and AGSs Com Padmanabha Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Financial problems in the field units: We brought the severe financial crunch in all the field units which started affecting the services. UP(East), STR and TN Circle issues specifically brought to the notice of DIR(Fin). DIR informed the efforts taken by the management to take bank loan to tide over the present situation. The letter of comfort from DoT is yet to be released for taking the loan even though it was promised. BSNL is pursuing with DoT in this regard. The condition will continue for some more time.

b) Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: We informed the demand in the Ludhiana AIC and the resolution passed in the AIC for early implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 for giving promotions to thousands of Executives waiting for promotion and to bring parity with those got promotion on or before 29.06.2018. Except SDE(T) cadre, vacancy is not available in any other cadre and thousands and thousands of Executives are waiting for promotion. Day by day, litigations on reservation and seniority related matters increasing and at the earliest it should be implemented. DIR(HR) assured early action based on the report submitted by the Committee.

c) JTO to SDE promotion: We continued our earlier discussion for finding some way out to give promotions for all the SDE vacancies. The court cases after 15.06.2018 delayed the promotion for about 6 months now. The court cases are spearheaded by some SDEs and those who may not get promotions in the coming DPC. So they are trying to delay the promotions as much possible by way of contempt and other methods. The innocent JTOs who are not part of the litigations are becoming victims, promotions not happening and management has to help them, we demanded. As a possible way out we suggested two ways to go ahead with promotions.

The vacancy is about 4500 which is calculated now and submitted the roster for approval. The promotions given earlier led to contempt of court and litigations. So before issuing promotion, management want to ensure that it will not lead to another court case or contempt. Management is taking all precautions in this regard and the promotions are delayed only because of court cases, not due to management, DIR(HR) told. The suggestion of the Assn to prepare the AIEL based on Ernakulam HC order and give promotions subject to the outcome of the court cases is not feasible as it will weaken the review petition filed by BSNL, mgt informed. The second option given by us, as an interim arrangement to give promotions from among the remaining JTOs in 1:1 ratio to the extent possible, rect yearwise, is almost agreed by the Management. As a precaution management is informing this to the CAT/EKM on 18.12.2018 for its concurrence before taking actions.

Meanwhile the 3rd Review petition filed by BSNL come up yesterday in Hon High Court of Kerala and posted to 12.12.2018 along with other two review petitions which is already listed for 12.12.2018. If the applicants (AIGETOA activists) does not oppose the review petitions tomorrow, on 12.12.2018 and agreeing to BSNL prayer for restoring Training Centre marks for fixing the inter-se-seniority, the case will be decided immediately and BSNL can go ahead with promotion. If it happens, it will end the litigations and management can go ahead with promotion for about 4500 vacancies for which the grading, VC etc already collected. GS and President informed this to GS/AIGETOA and told him to prevail upon the AIGETOA activists at Ernakulam for the same line of action, not to oppose the review petition. This will be in the best interest of the cadre and promotions can be given immediately.

d) Submitting the seniority list to Hon CAT Chandigarh for DE to DGM promotion: Detailed discussion held in this regard. The seniority list as per Rule 206 has to be prepared and submitted. A provisional list of the serving DEs as per Rule 206 prepared by BSNL and submitted for the approval of DIR(HR). DIR(HR) assured to discuss the matter with GM(P) tomorrow, 11.12.18 as some more clarity is required in this regard before approval.


11/12/2018: CHQ News
 

National Executive Committee meeting of AIPCOC and NCOA at Goa on 06th and 07th December, 2018:

The NEC of AIPCOC was held on 06.12.18 and NCOA on 07.12.2018 at Vaco-Da-Gama, Goa. GS, Com Arvind Dahiya, Dy GS/NCOA and Com Dilip Saha, Vice President/NCOA attended the NEC meetings. Com Santosh Kumar, CS/KRL and Com Ramesh, CS/TL attended NEC representing AIPCOC/NCOA of respective states.

The NEC meeting deliberately mainly 3rd Pay Revision in CPSUs and affordability clause, pay Revision in banks, disinvest in different sectors and Govt policies and other issues concerned with the Executives, Officers in different sectors and Central Govt Officers.

The NECs took the following decisions:

1) To support the Dharna by Bank employees at New Delhi on 14.12.2018 demanding wage revision and other demands.

2) To support the two days strike by Bank employees on 21.12.2018 and 26.12.2018 demanding wage revision and other demands by joining the demonstration, march etc.

3) To support the strike call of Central Trade Unions in January, 2019 against disinvestment, privatization etc.

4) To Organize Parliament March in February, 2019 during Parliament session demanding:

a) Removal of Affordability clause for 3rd Pay Revision.

b) Opposing disinvestment/Privatization.

c) Defined Pension.


10/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Resolution passed in the XXXth AIC of SNEA held at Ludhiana from 28th November, 2018 to 01st December, 2018 regarding :

1) DoT approval for the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Request for immediate action reg. 

Resolutions on standard pay scales of E2 and E3

2) Implementation of BSNL Executive Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018. Request for immediate action reg. 

Resolution on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.07.2018

3) regarding 30% Superannuation benefits. Request for immediate action reg. 

Resolution on 30% Superannuation


10/12/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to DIR(HR): Court cases filed by individuals, mainly instigated by those already promoted as SDEs in earlier LDCEs, become a nightmare for thousands of JTOs waiting for SDE promotions under SCF quota for about 5,000 vacancies. The court cases delayed the promotions, almost 6 years for thousands of JTOs. Since the High Court decision on the review petition is pending, it is requested to explore other possibilities for conduction of DPC. As there is no stay on promotion, promotion orders can be issued to the maximum possible extent, recruitment year wise and the seniority can be decided later on, based on the final outcome of the cases. GS letter to DIR(HR)


06/12/2018: CHQ News
 

JTO(T) to SDE(T) Promotions: CHQ President and AGS Com. Rao met Dir(HR) and Conveyed thanks for officially recognizing our new CHQ body. We also requested her to carry out JTO to SDE(T) promotions subject to the availability of vacancies in SDE grade. It was intimated that modalities in respect of promotion are being worked out. It was agreed that considerable delay has already taken place in the JTO to SDE promotions and steps are being taken to issue promotion orders at the earliest  after examining the various legal aspects.


06/12/2018: Circle News
 

The long pending Transfer and Posting orders for the left out cases finally issued on 30/11/2018 as promised to us by GM(HR). We were continuously pursuing for these transfer orders for a long time with the Administration. We thank GM(HR) Shri.Robin Poddar for keeping his promise for the issuance of the orders. Now it is our endeavour for ensuring the relieving of transferred officials. View Orders


05/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Group Term Insurance (GTI):

The demand of SNEA immediately after MV for Group Term Insurance is getting implemented. As reported earlier, a POP UP is developed by ERP team. It will be available as and when ERP portal is opened. This scheme is initially proposed for the BSNL directly recruited Executives who are not covered by Govt pension and now extended for all. This will be more beneficial for those below 50 years.

All our comrades are requested to exercise their option before 20.12.2018. GTI details

In this direction, our CWC member Com. R K Deepak from MP Circle was felicitated in the AIC held at Ludhiana for floating the idea of GTI for the first time and taking to its logical conclusion. He was instrumental in putting forth this idea along with our CS MP Circle, Shri Dutta Majumdar for taking necessary initiatives for implementation of GTI through ERP in MP Circle.


04/12/2018: CHQ News
 

GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Kumar Sharma met GM(Pers) and held discussions regarding JTO to SDE promotions for the vacancies and SDE to DE promotion for the missing cases and unassessed cases.

In the AIC also we requested in this regard and GM(P) responded positively at Ludhiana. Discussions held on various options to give promotions for maximum vacancies. For bringing parity, JTOs of 2012 also to be promoted, we demanded. Now JTOs from 1999 rect onwards are waiting for promotion. Above all thousands of young JTOs are waiting for the promotion and losing the precious service, we pointed out.

Meanwhile BSNL sought the legal opinion from Addtl Solicitor General (ASG) on own merit in promotions after the Hon SC judgment dated 26.09.2018.

Status of court cases:

JTO to SDE contempt case – The case came up for hearing on 03.12.2018. BSNL sought exemption from personal appearance which court allowed upto 18.12.18. CAT directed BSNL to file reply by 18.12.2018 and the case posted to 18.12.2018.

JTO to SDE promotion --- Review petition in the Hon High Court, Kerala: The review petition is expected this week end.

AO to CAO promotion: In the case against the recent AO to CAO promotion demanding catch up rule, Hon Chandigarh CAT ordered STATUS QUO putting fresh hurdles in promotions. 


03/12/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Hon MoSC: In today’s meeting with Hon MoSC, SNEA raised the issue of approval of E2 and E3 pay scales and other AUAB leaders supported it. In a very positive response, Hon Minister directed the officers to process it in DoT at the earliest as it can be settled in DoT. Officers from DoT assured to discuss it separately for early settlement.

Comrades, this is a golden opportunity we got it, to discuss the standard pay scales issue, with the support of AUAB. Last week, on another important issue, 3% hike in SAB agreed by CMD/BSNL in the discussion with AUAB. These two are very important breakthrough in addition to the other demands.


03/12/2018:
 

STRIKE DEFERRED TILL FURTHER INTIMATION:

Talks between the AUAB and the Hon MoSC held today. The details are:

1) On 4G spectrum, Cabinet approval will be taken at the earliest. The Cabinet memo is already circulated and Addtl Secretary, DoT is asked to interact with other Ministries to clarify their doubts. Once reply received from other Ministries, it will be placed before the Cabinet, in the next meeting itself.

2) It is accepted to delink the pension revision from pay revision and affordability clause and process separately.

3) On Pension Contribution, a positive recommendation is being sent to Dept of Expenditure.

4) On 3rd PRC for the employees, some more issues are to be sorted out between DoT and BSNL. In the present form, Union Cabinet may not approve it, Minister and Secretary are doubtful.

The progress of the issues will be reviewed every fortnight and a mechanism will be evolved in DoT for regular discussion with AUAB. After making a thorough review of the situation, AUAB meeting unanimously decided to defer the strike till further intimation.

AUAB Circular


03/12/2018:
 

Meeting between AUAB and Hon MoSC is fixed at 10:00 am on the charter of demands.


02/12/2018:
 

Talks between the AUAB and the Secretary Telecom were held today the 02-12-2018. Strike postponed to 10/12/2018.....

Improvements are there in the issues of 4G spectrum, Pension Revision and pension contribution . However, dead-lock is prevailing in the issue of 3rd pay revision. With a view to ensure a discussion with the Hon. MoS (C) on this issue, the AUAB decides to defer the Strike for one week. If fruitful outcome does not come in the meeting with the Hon. MoS (C), the strike will start from 00.00 hrs on 10-12-2018.

AUAB had a series of discussion today on the charter of demands. Discussion with CMD from 12.00 to 01.30 hrs. Since AUAB decided to continue the strike, thereafter DoT called for the discussion.
Secretary, Member (Fin), Member (T), Member (S), new Addtl Secretary, CMD, DiRHR and other senior officers of DoT and BSNL present during the marathon discussion for 4 hours from 4 pm to 8 pm. 
On most of the issues positive development happened during last one week. The massive preparation for the strike, vide publicity given by media etc given very good break through. The discussion with Minister will be held tomorrow, most probably to work out the details and time schedule. Minister is returning to Delhi tomorrow morning. On E2 and E3 scales also some discussion took place which will continue tomorrow.


02/12/2018:
 

Dear Comrades, The Milestones we have followed for our Present Strike.
Phase - 1

Call  Attention Day on 5/4/2017
Long Day Dharna  on 20/6/2017 Hunger Strike on 13/7/2017
One  Day STRIKE on 27/7/2017.

 Phase - 2
 
LHD on 16/10/2017
Human Chain Formation on 23/11/2017,
Submission of Memorandum to  MPs  all over India irrespective of their political affiliation
Two days Historical Strike on 12th and 13th of December 2017.
All Our effort  fallen on deaf ears we started.....

Phase - 3

Protest Day on 8/1/2018 
5 days  SATHYARAHA from 30/1/2018 to 3/2/2018 after offering floral tributes at Rajghat
SANCHAR BHAVAN March on 23/2/2018.
After this march only the authorities  concerned called for a meeting.  On 24/2/2018 Hon. MoSC Sri Manoj Sinha called  AUAB leaders for  a meeting and in the meeting Hon.Minister assured that majority of the demands should be resolved  at the earliest as all our demands are genuine and directed DoT Secretary Smt. Aruna Sunderajan to settle the issues as early as possible at their position. 
Unfortunately  even after a long period,  a single issue has not been settled.
Again we have been forced to the War Path.....

Phase - 4

Day Long Dharna  on 12/4/2018
Raj Bhavan  March on 19/4/2018
Street  Corner Meeting in every nook and corner of this country to get public attention and to create awareness  among the people of this country.
The irresponsible  attitude of them continued.....

Phase - 5

LHD on 11/7/2018
Relay Hunger Strike on 24,25 and 26th July  2018.
The irresponsible attitude continued.....

 Phase - 6

Press Conference  on 29/10/2018 at CHQ HQ/Circle HQ/Dist HQs
One Day DHARNA on 30/10/2018
RALLY on 14/11/2018 at CHQ HQ/Circle HQs/Dist HQs
They cannot recognize our patience .....
As the last resort we are going for Indefinite Strike wef 3rd December  2018.

Dear comrades, now tell  our members that we have taken all efforts to resolve the issues to avoid Indefinite  Strike.

However the all occasions were simply  neglected by DoT,  Hon. MOSC and the Union Cabinet. They are really not interested to resolve the genuine issues in BSNL.

Dear comrades it is a DO or DIE situation.

We have no other option other than Indefinite Strike and the decision has been taken with intense pain. 

Come on Comrades, come and participate the strike and save our prestigious  national  pride, our beloved company, BSNL

We played a pivoted role at the time of National calamity such as   cyclone ,flood, earth quake etc etc. 


Please do participate, the victory is ours.
 
Let us make the Indefinite Strike a historical one.

 


02/12/2018:
 

Why we should participate in the Indefinite Strike?

Dear Comrades, 

As We All know that our Ultimate War  for keeping BSNL alive is starting from Tomorrow, 3rd December 2018. All Major Employee Associations and Unions have united for this Historical Struggle. All major Trade Unions have extended their unparallel support for this Mammoth effort for the Survival of BSNL. In this Juncture, there are some confusions among some sector to take part in this strike. 

If No E2-E3, No 22820/- We are not taking Part in this Strike, Is it a Right Decision?

Dear friends, We have to understand that, No Financial Upgradation in BSNL either it is Salary Hike, or DA Merger, or New Pay Revision, Or Fixing of IDA Scale at the Time of Formation of BSNL as a PSU are happened automatically. It is the Result of Combined Efforts of All Employees in BSNL. From the History, We can see that, Whenever Employees are scattered as Islands with Sectorized Demands, We were weak and We could never achieved anything. Whatever achievements we got were only through our Unity. 

Regarding E2-E3 and 22820/-, We know that E2-E3 is the pending issue of 2nd PRC and 22820 is the anomaly happened after the implementation of 2nd PRC. and Please understand Settlement of anomalies of 2nd PRC is the main demand of the Upcoming Struggle. It will be explained at the time of Discussions during the development of Strike. When we are jointly striking with Non Executives, We can not raise Sectorized Points as a Main Demand, Because in Non-Executive Category also there are many issues like Increment Stagnation, Issues in the Implementation of NEPP etc. Hence We are categorically combined all these issues into One Demand as Settle the Anomalies of 2nd PRC. And even in the last discussions, All these Points about E2-E3 and 22820 was in discussion with DoT and Management in the presence of All AUAB Leaders and they are not showing any opposition in discussing it and moreover they are also mentioning these issues in their speeches now a days. 

Friends, You might have seen that struggle for 78.2% DA Merger happened from 2010 to 2014. Earlier there was no unity and We could achieve the demand only after the long Joint Struggles of 4 years. Hence We need Support from All Sectors, All Unions, All Employees to Project our Issues of E2-E3, 22820, 30% SAB etc. 

What will happen If We not participated in this Struggle in the Name of E2-E3 or 22820 ?

Dear Friends, We will lose the support of All Major Unions Like BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNLMS etc if we are not taking part in the strike along with them. If We believe that without the support of a Mass of employees, We can achieve our Demands then we can be away from the Struggle. But from the Trade Union Program Histories, We can understand that Without Unity, Our Demand would not have Strength and It will just ended without any big attention. 

And One more thing is We have to be Patient till we achieve our Demands.. Struggle, Struggle and Struggle till we Achieve... and Never Give up in the middle.. Never loose Heart.. After every Joint Struggle, Support for Us is increasing. Just See about 30% SAB.. We got 3% first.. then 2%.. Then again further hike is coming up.. and we will ultimately achieve 30% till then we never drop that Demand.. Hence for E2-E3 or 22820.. We all are with you to struggle till its implementation in anyway and We have to get it from 1.1.2007 with Arrears... Please Believe in Unity and Be Optimistic and Have faith in Trade Union Programs and Raise our Voices.. and Be active in all Movements and Struggle will end only when our demands met. 

Why  Pension Revision demand is included in the Agenda?

Because, This is a strategy by how we achieve our Goals. What all we can achieve if Pension Revision demand achieved?

We are demanding this, since pension is the liability of Govt and it has no implication of Affordability Clause, Government has to revise the Pension without delay with 15% Fitment as suggested by PRC. 

With this, We are getting a support of a large number of  Non Serving People also and We get support from a Large community who already got superannuation. 

Why 3rd PRC Required? What can happen if we don't Raise it now? What would be its implication to the Employees?

Govt is denying 3rd PRC by telling BSNL is not in Profit for the Last few years. 
Dear comrades, 

Just understand that These are the issues lead BSNL to Losses and not its employees. and We know that our DA is always going up that shows that Price index of the nation is going Up and Our life is getting tough and Tough. In this juncture to meet our personal needs, we have to get enough compensation for our Work executing for any organizations. that is why all Employees of PSU are asking to implement 3rd PRC. 

If it is not implemented now, Next PRC will only in 2027 till then we will be forced to draw the salary at the rate revised in 2007. ITI people are the real example for that who missed 2007 PRC and presently drawing the salary of 1997. What would the implication if we missed it. Definitely our Life will be more tough when we are facing difficulties to meet our needs with lesser salary and more over, Our Pension and EPF benefits will also be lesser if we miss the hike. So our Full Pension, or EPF Fund all will get affected if we miss this 3rd PRC. 

Here for meeting the extra amount as Salary Head, Government has to give some Aid to BSNL to upgrade the Network to increase the Customer Base and Also to Stop the unhealthy Pricing in Telecom which is helping only One Company. Then automatically, BSNL will come into Profit and We can run this company without any Burden and without disturbing Government by asking any further help. 

This is the Real Motive behind 3rd PRC Demand. Please don't think that, We don't need 3rd PRC since BSNL is in Loss.. Because this crisis is a Well Planned Creation of Government to destruct BSNL. So We the Employee has to react mainly for its survival. Do anybody think that in coming years, where all prices are going upward, we can live with the present Salary. Please understand that Our kids are growing, We also need Huge money for their future also other than daily needs. Hence Please be in the strike for our survival.

What we can plan for BSNL Survival?

Asking 4G Spectrum is a good idea. Now People of India know that Government is purposefully not giving 4G Spectrum to its own Company. When public Pressure is more, Government will forced to allot the Spectrum as we demand. We can start 4G along with existing WiMAX Band in Very Profit Making Area (WiMAX can use every where other than 6 Circles which we forfeited the Spectrum). Apart from that, the Present 2.1GHZ, we can add the band to 3G as Second Band to improve the Capacity and Speed of 3G. So without spending Much, we can start earning. and We have to go for 5G demand as our Next Demand. 

We have to Get Aid From Government to expand our Fiber Network to have more FTTH. We have to start Diversify the Service in different Way. We can also become a feeder Operator for Cable TV Signals for LCOs by setting up enough infrastructure. Having a large Infrastructure in hand, our future is very bright if we utilize it wisely. 

Conclusion

For Focusing our Operation issues and expansion Plans more, We need to Streamline our Cadre issues about Salary, Promotions, Pension etc and  make a Logical Solutions. For that, Our unity is very much required. That means, All our issues have to be settled from our Strong Foundation of Unity. We will fight united to settle each and every genuine demand. We never get every demand settled at single time.. Take whatever we get, and ask more remaining, fight for its solutions and it will be like that always.. and Please dont feel that any demands are less prioritzied. We will fight together, till we meet Goals.. Because Future is Ours.. Existence of this company is Important for Us and as well as for this Nation.. 

So Once Again Requesting All Employees, to participate in this Strike, the Largest Strike ever BSNL has seen. Be proud to be the part of it. Lets build this Unity to Great heights. Based on this Unity We can Achieve More and More and Ultimately We will ensure that Our BSNL will be surviving here as long as Telecom Service is here.

Long Live Unity Of Employees of BSNL
Long Live BSNL


02/12/2018:
 

Congratulations..!! to the New CHQ Office Bearers of SNEA

President: Com.Aftab Ahmed Khan

Vice President: Com.Rakesh Mehta

General Secretary: Com.K.Sebastin

Treasurer: Com.R.Rajan

Asst. General Secretaries:

1. Com.P. Padmanabha Rao

2. Com.Sanjeev Kumar Sharma

3. Com.Panduranga B. Nayak

4. Com. Dilip Saha

5. Com.Rajendra  S.Kolapkar

6. Com.Jagdish Rout

Jt. SECY (North): Com. Jagtar singh

Jt. SECY (South): Com.A.ChandraSekhar

Jt. SECY (West): Com.Shankarlal Sharma

Jt. SECY (East): Com.I.H.Mandal

Jt. SECY (Central): Com.Sumit Saxena


30/11/2018:
 

XXX AIC of SNEA at Ludhiana, Punjab.

28-30 November, 2018.

The AIC inaugurated by Shri Vivek Banzal, new DIR(CFA), BSNL at Dr. Manmohan Singh Auditorium, Ludhiana.

Morning the flag hoisting was done by the CHQ President in the presence of hundreds of comrades, amid slogan shouting SNEA Zindabad, BSNL Zindabad, Executives Unity Zindabad, Employees Unity Zindabad.

In the afternoon Com Dr D. Thomas Franco, Ex Secretary General, AIBOC and AIPCOC addressed the AIC.

Report presentation by GS started in the afternoon.
 

Day 2: 29.11.2018

GS Report and Financial reports were approved by the council in the morning session. 
Cultural programmes were conducted prior to Open Session. Kerala Circle presented the AMC reduction techniques implemented in CM Vertical as per directions from CHQ. 

Open Session started by 4 PM. 
Sh. J.C Menaria, CGMT Punjab was the Chief Guest during the session presided by CHQ President. GS gave the key note address. Com.G L Jogi,  Com V. K. Tomar, Secretary NCOA/ President AIPCOC, GM (Pers) Sh. Kesava Rao, GM(SR) Sh. A M Gupta, and other prominent Association/ Union leaders addressed the open session. 

A farewell was given to Sh. Nagavi, ex. CS, Karnataka who retired from service recently. 
Day two concluded by 9 PM. 

Day 3: 30.11.2018

Discussions on BSNL viability - Com CS Kerala initiated the deliberations. CP Com.George Varghese, CWC Member Com. Suresh Kumar, Com. Babu Dominic from Kerala participated. 

Discussions on CPSU Cadre hierarchy, SAB, E2-E3 payscales happened. ACS Com.Vivek, CWC Member Com.Suresh Kumar participated from Kerala.

Constitution Ammendments were presented by the Committee Chairman Com.George Varghese and approved by the house.


26/11/2018:
 

SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION

XXX ALL INDIA CONFERENCE

LUDHIANA, 28th – 30th November, 2018

OPEN SESSION

29th November, 2018, 03 PM

Dr Manmohan Singh Auditorium

Punjab Agricultural University


26/11/2018:
 


26/11/2018:
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Transfer request of JAOs who have completed 2 years service:

View Letter

In the year 2016,  63 LICE JAOs were posted in different BAs according to the needs of the BAs. Now they have completed 2 years’ service and requested for transfer to their home BAs.  Besides some other JAOs under Rule 8 transfer cases were also posted in other BAs without considering their home town request. They also have completed 2 years in their present BA.  Recently 30 Direct Recruited JAOs were posted in different BAs.  As per the  PGM Finance, these postings were made to enable the relieving of JAOs who have requested for transfer to their home town after completing 2 year service at present station.  On our enquiry, it is learnt that the transfer request of JAOs are kept pending due to unknown reasons.  If the transfer requests are not considered  at present, it is only a simple wastage of  manpower without any valid reasons.

It is quite unfortunate to say that the  HR wing of Kerala Telecom Circle is not acting in a way to extend help to the Executives those who have completed 2 years tenure transfer at different BAs. Considerable number of  transfer requests of executives who have completed their 2 year service are pending at different BAs. The Executives are working day and night to improve the financial conditions of our Circle, however the Circle Administration is reluctant to consider the genuine HR issues of the Executives.  This type of attitude of Circle administration will lead only to spoil the smooth working atmosphere in Kerala Circle.

It is pertinent to note that whenever the executives on long stay transfer completes their tenure period of 2 years, Corporate Office issues transfer orders back to their home town without delay. However, it is not following in Kerala Circle in any of the cadres.

In this context, we humbly request your goodself that the pending transfer request of JAOs/JTOs who have completed 2 years service may kindly be considered at the earliest to avoid further resentment among the Executives in Kerala.


22/11/2018:
 

Meeting with CE(Civil) on 22/11/2018:

Circle Secretary Com.T.Santhosh Kumar, CWC member Com.Rajesh Manchan, Circle organising secretary Com.Vinukumar and Branch secretary Manacaud Com.Rajesh met Chief Engineer Civil Shri.Sanjay Kumar today to discuss the HR issues in civil wing. Jt Chief engineer Trivandrum Shri.Satheesh and Jt Chief engineer Shri.Satyaprasad were also present in the meeting.  The following points were discussed in the meeting.  

1. Representation of Sri Karunakaran SDE Kalpetta and Sri. Suresh Kumar SDE Manjeri -  CE assured for immediate consideration. 

2. EE transfer - CE assured to take up the issue with CGM BW on his visit to CO New Delhi. 

3. Retaining Calicut Civil Circle Office. CE agreed to not to initiate closure of the office. 

The meeting lasted for half an hour. CS thanked the civil administration for the prompt and timely action to maintain the harmonious atmosphere in civil wing which is fetching a good revenue to BSNL under the able leadership of CE Civil Sri Sanjay Kumar. CE Civil appealed to the members of SNEA to be proactive in delivering extra efforts to  fetch more revenues to BSNL.


22/11/2018:
 

Meeting with GM HR on 21/11/2018:

Circle Secretary Com. T.Santhosh Kumar, Circle Treasurer Com.Suneer.S and ACS Com.JV.Ramana met GM HR on 21/11/2018 and discussed the following pending issues:

  1. Missed out and Pending Inter-BA Transfer Request cases in Telecom Wing: We once again requested to issue the missed out transfer request cases for those who completed 2 years stay as on Aug 2018. GM HR responded positively, informed that the file is under active consideration and assured that the orders for the missed out cases would be released soon and this month itself.
  2. Delay in relieving of Executives whose intra-circle transfer orders were already issued more than a month back: We requested GM HR to issue reminders for relieving these executives. We are following up and further pursuing the case.
  3. Pending Inter-BA Transfer Request cases in Accounts & Finance wing: We requested GM HR to clear the file as per the recommendations of PGM(F) as the substitutes were already posted from the recent DR-JAO batch considering these transfer requests. We are following up and further pursuing the case.
  4. Delay in release of Confirmation orders for DR-JAO 2015 batch: GM HR responded positively.
  5. Incorrect First Increment Date for DR-JTO 2016 batch: GM HR responded positively and informed that necessary corrections are being done.  

Later CS, CT and ACS met PGM(F) for discussing the pending Inter-BA transfer requests and delay in release of Confirmation orders for DR-JAO 2015 batch.


21/11/2018:
 

Congratulations..!! Promotion of AOs / Sr.AOs to the grade of STS (CAO/AGM) on regular and adhoc basis - as assured, orders issued by Corporate Office.... View Copy of the Order.

In this regard yesterday GS, CHQ President along with AGS met Dir (HR) and held discussion in the presence of GM (FP), GM (Pers.) and GM (CLO). We are extremely grateful to Dir (HR), GM (Pers.), GM (FP) Smt. Smita Choudhary who had taken all the efforts for the promotion and SEA section.


21/11/2018:
 

CS writes to PGM(Finance) regarding issues involved in Monthly Settlement of Temporary Advance

View Letter

Existing instructions in Kerala Circle stipulate that Temporary Advances are to be approved by BA heads by 20th of the month, payment to be made by CSC by 21st of the month, recipients to do settlement by 25th of the month and BA heads are to approve settlement by last day of the month.  There exists high degree of practical difficulty in settlement of temporary advances (TAs) on a monthly basis, if disbursement of TA is made during the last ten days of a month.

This procedure is highly impractical because of the following reasons:

  1. First thing is that, even if the SSA head approves a TA on 20th of a month, disbursements of TA are not made by 21st of the month. Many a times the payments are received by field officers on 23rd, 24th and 25th day of the month.
  2. TAs is sanctioned for a particular purpose. Only when money is received, expenditure can be incurred and invoice obtained and settlement initiated in SAP.  Expecting settlement of the accounts within few days by the TA Holder is not practical as  for each purchase/ work  many formalities are to be completed before incurring expenditure.  Further there is no clerical assistance to the TA holder and the TA holder will have to look into the operational issues as well.   Even the financial handbook stipulates a period of one month for settlement of TA.
  3. Once the field officer initiates a TA, the system will route it to claim officer, who will check it with hard copy of vouchers. Sometimes the TAs submitted will have to be forwarded back in SAP for the initiator to makes necessary corrections and to resubmit. The genuineness of hard copies is to be verified and accounting correctness is to be ensured.
  4. After claim officer approves the TA, the same will be routed in SAP to IFA and SSA head. In SAP it normally takes at least 10 minutes for a TA of 10 vouchers for settlement approval at the SSA head end. Suppose there are 30 TAs (30 is a minimum number for even average SSAs) it will consume 5 hours of SSA head.
  5. If availing of GST input credit is taken as the reason for monthly submission, let’s point out that, TA amounts to only less than 1% of input credit availment. The gap between invoice date and input availment date is not taken seriously in rest of 99% bills and only in TAs case this gap is taken seriously.

In this circumstance, a time period of at least 18 days are required from the date of disbursement of advance to the date of settlement of advance. So only if advance is disbursed at least by 12th of the month, settlement can be effected in the same month, otherwise insistence of monthly settlement cannot be justified. Of course, at times like annual closure of accounts, as done in previous years there is rational in co-operating to settle the advance in the same year. But otherwise monthly settlement is totally impracticable if disbursement is made after 12th of the month.

In this regard, It is kindly requested that necessary suitable instructions  may be issued to field units by allowing  minimum period of two weeks  after disbursement of TA and if the TA are to be settled in the same month then the disbursement of the Advance may be  effected   at least by 2nd week of each month.  


19/11/2018:
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding delay in release of confirmation orders for DR-JAO 2015 batch View Letter

 
19/11/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Dir (HR): CHQ President along with AGS met Dir (HR) and discussed on the issue of release of Promotion orders from AO to CAO. Madam assured to clear the file immediately when it is submitted for approval.

 
17/11/2018:
 

CS writes to Administration for granting Special Casual Leave for the SNEA Kerala Delegates for attending AIC to be held at Ludhiana, Punjab from 28th Nov to 30th Nov 2018 with Pre-CWC on 27th Nov 2018. View Letter
Sanction Letter from SR Section, Corporate Office for Special CL

 
16/11/2018:
 

Corrigendum issued for the Letter dtd 14/11/2018 regarding Group Term Insurance Scheme for BSNL Executives View Corrigendum

 
16/11/2018: CHQ News
 

CHQ President and AGS met GM FP and requested for clearance of AO to CAO Promotions as the legal opinion was given to consider the promotions as per the reservation policy. GM FP assured to move the proposal for the approval of the competent authority for taking the appropriate decision on promotion from AO to CAO. SEA section is putting its best efforts for the release of the Promotion orders at the earliest.

CHQ President and AGS met GM Pers and discussed on the issue of relieving of Executives who have completed tenure in tenure circles and waiting for their relief. GM Pers assured to make arrangement for their relief at the earliest. Also discussed about the legal opinion on AO to CAO promotion, GM Pers informed that the hurdles are cleared and SEA section can process for the Promotion. On the DE to DGM CAT case coming for hearing at Chandigarh CAT on 19.11.2018, GM Pers assured to depute DGM Legal and AGM Legal to Chandigarh for appraising our lawyer on the facts for getting relief.

 
16/11/2018:
 

Rally by AUAB on 14.11.2018 View Photos

View Copy of Memorandum of AUAB to Hon MoC on 14-11-18
View Circular of AUAB dated 14-11-2018

 
 
15/11/2018:
 

Congratulations..!! Options are called from BSNL Executives for the voluntary Group Term Insurance Scheme View Orders
Eventhough Associations are demanding for GTI for long time, it took momentum after the MV and the GTI Committee was constituted based on SNEA demand and its letter. After the MV, initial discussions were held with SNEA.
Letter by GS on GTI dtd 10-11-2016
SNEA conducted several meetings with Administration for the immediate implementation of Group Term Insurance Scheme in BSNL as a social security measure for the families of the employees in cases of untimely death.

 
13/11/2018: CHQ News
 

Rally by AUAB on 14.11.2018 at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA.
Since DoT is not agreeing to BSNL proposal for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment and going back from its earlier commitments, all the employees are requested to join the Rally. Public Rally and the participation will have big impact on the Govt and its decisions in the coming days.
Make door to door campaign today for the success of the Rally.

Letter to Secretary / DoT and CMD / BSNL

 
13/11/2018: CHQ News
 

DOT returns the BSNL proposal for 3rd Pay Revision:
1. Revenue from operation is on huge decline, 20% in 2017-18 in comparison with 2016-17 and 27.8% in comparison to Q1 of FY2018-19.

2. During 2017-18, BSNL estimated 4.8% growth, but it has actually reduced by 14.8%.

3. Expenditure on employees remuneration is continuously growing comparing to its revenue. It is 65.7% of revenue from operations during 2017-18. Now it has become 89% during Q1 of FY 2018-19.

4. 4303 Cr is the additional expenditure per annum for 3rd PRC with 15% fitment (pension contribution calculated on maximum of the pay scale) and it may cross the revenue from operations (2760 Cr is the additional expenditure if the pension contribution is on actual basic pay).

5. For 4G rollout, loan has to be taken and the additional revenue expected after that will be required for repayment of loan.

6. The excess payment on pension contribution is shown as Rs 2000. Govt not agreed to the BSNL proposal for pension contribution on actual basic pay.

7. BSNL proposes additional revenue from FTTH etc.

Finally DoT asked BSNL to work out a concrete workable proposal with a detailed analysis on the above points.

 
12/11/2018: CHQ News
 

Rally at all levels on 14.11.2018
by All Unions & Associations in BSNL demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.

Charter of Demands:
(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.
 
12/11/2018:
 

Photos of the Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala held at Ernakulam on 8th, 9th and 10th Nov 2018
View glimpses of Pre-CEC on 8/11/18 at Paulson Park, Ernakulam
View glimpses of Circle Conference day-1 on 9/11/18 at Hotel Highway Garden, Ernakulam
View glimpses of Circle Conference day-2 on 10/11/18 at YMCA Hall, Ernakulam

 
11/11/2018:
 

Congratulations...!! to the New Team.....XXIVth Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala Circle held on 9th and 10th Nov 2018 at Ernakulam unanimously elected the new Circle Body of SNEA Kerala:
Circle President : Com.George Varghese, DGM, Ernakulam
Circle Secretary : Com.Santhosh Kumar.T, AGM, Trivandrum
Circle Treasurer : Com.Suneer.S, AO, Circle Office-Trivandrum


Circle Vice-Presidents:
Com.Asha.A.S, AO, Trivandrum
Com.Gopalakrishna Panicker.P.R, AGM, Kottayam
Com.Nujumudeen.M, SDE, Alleppey

Assistant Circle Secretaries:
Com.Jithesh.K.P, SDE, Kannur
Com.Dr.Premkumar.G, AGM, Trivandrum
Com.Ramana.JV, SDE, Circle Office-Trivandrum
Com.Vivek.G, JTO, Ernakulam

Area Secretary North: Com.Jasim.AK, SDE, Calicut
Area Secretary Central: Com.Baiju.V, JTO, Ernakulam
Area Secretary South: Com.Vinukumar.M.S, JTO (Electrical), Trivandrum

Circle Organising Secretaries:
Com.Baijulal.K.V, AO, Thrissur
Com.Sidhique.T, SDE, Malappuram

CWC Members:
Com.Gafoor.M.A, SDE, Calicut
Com.Harikrishnan.G, SDE, Trivandrum
Com.Rajesh P V Manchan, SDE(Civil), Kannur
Com.Salim Kumar.E.V, AGM, Kollam
Com.Suresh Kumar.R, SDE, Kottayam
Com.Vimal.R, SDE, CO-Ernakulam

further details will be uploaded soon.....

 

 
07/11/2018:
 

Circle Conference on 9th and 10th of Nov 2018 at Ernakulam
View Notice || Invitation for Open Session on 09/11/18
XXIVth Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala Circle will be held on 9th and 10th November 2018 at Ernakulam. As a prelude to the Circle Conference, Pre-Circle Conference CEC will be held at Paulson Tourist Home, Ernakulam on 8th November 2018.

First day of Circle Conference including Open Session on 9/11/18 will be held at Hotel Highway Gardens (opposite Oberon Mall), NH Bypass, Palarivattom. Hon'ble MP Shri M.B.Rajesh will inaugurate the Open Session. CHQ Leaders - GS Com.Sebastin and CHQ President Com.A.A.Khan are also attending the Open Session.

Second day of Circle Conference on 10/11/18 will be held at YMCA Hall, Chitoor Rd. Stay for the Delegates are arranged at Paulson Tourist Home, a 5 min walk from Ernakulam South Railway Station.




 
06/11/2018:
 

 
06/11/2018: CHQ News
 

Amendment to SNEA Constitution:

Suggestions if any for amendments to the Constitution of SNEA are invited by the Constitution amendment committee. Suggestion from the Circles may be forward by the Circle Secretaries. The suggestions should reach before 10 th November 2018 by mail to any of the following. No WhatsApp message is expected.

Chairman:
Com. George Varghese (gvsnea@gmail.com).

Members:
Com.BG Patel (bgpatel63@gmail.com),
Com.Dilip Saha (dsaha@mail.com),
Com.Ajay Trivedi (sneaupe@gmail).
Com.Dutta Majumdar, (sneamp@gmail.com)

George Varghese
Chairman
Constitution Amendment Committee

 
05/11/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting between the Secretary (Telecom) and the AUAB:

A meeting between Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) was held on 02.11.2018.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS/NFTE, Com.K.Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai,GS/AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS/AIGETOA, Com.Suresh Kumar,GS/BSNL MS, Com. Revti Prasad, AGS/BSNL ATM, Com. Rashid Khan, AGS/TEPU and Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS/BSNL OA participated in the talks on behalf of the AUAB. From the DoT side, Ms. Anuradha Mitra/Member(Finance), Shri Ravi Kant/ Member(Services), Shri.N.Sivasailam/Special Secretary and Shri R. K. Khandelwal/ Joint Secretary(Admn) participated. From the BSNL Management side, Shri Anupam Shrivastava/CMD BSNL, Ms. Sujata Ray/ Director(HR), Shri Saurab Tyagi/Sr GM(Estt), Shri A.M.Gupta/ GM(SR) and Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad/DGM(Estt) participated.

At the outset, the representatives of the AUAB pointed out that DoT failed to take appropriate action to implement the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, in view of which the AUAB has been compelled to go on agitational programme. On the 3rd Pay Revision issue, the Secretary, Telecom assured that the Cabinet Note, for getting the approval of the Cabinet, would be sent at the earliest. The AUAB pointed out that within three months the Pay Revision issue has to be settled fully, otherwise, Parliament elections would be announced, settlement of Pay Revision would become difficult. Secretary informed that some queries are there, it will be raised by DoT to BSNL in a week time. As and when BSNL replies, it will be processed. AUAB demanded the formalities of Cabinet memo to be completed before this month. Secretary, Telecom assured to act fast.

On the issues of allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution on the actual basic pay and Pension Revision issues, very useful discussion took place. On the 4G issue, the Cabinet Note has been sent for inter-ministerial consultation, and soon it will go for the approval of the Cabinet. On the issue of Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale, the matter is being recommended for the approval of the Department of Expenditure, with a positive note of the DoT, by next week. On the Pension Revision of BSNL retirees, the Secretary Telecom appeared to be convinced with the arguments of the AUAB, that it should not be linked with the Pay Revision of the serving employees. She directed the Member (Services) to immediately discuss the issue with her. On the 30% Superannuation benefits for the Directly Recruited employees, the Secretary Telecom said that it should be settled by the BSNL. Thereafter CMD assured to examine another 2%.

We got an opportunity to discuss E2/E3 pay scales also eventhough it was not an agenda but related with 2nd PRC issues pending in DoT, on which SS(T) replied that DPE accepted the DoT decision which we countered nicely. We explained that DPE not agreed fully with DoT. The information submitted by DoT to DPE was wrong, so DPE could not give the correct direction to DoT. GS read out the relevant portion in the letter from DoT to DPE in which it was stated that 1) E1 and E2 are the pay scales approved for BSNL direct recruits, 2) E1A and E2A are onetime dispensation for the absorbed officers etc. Finally Secretary assured to examine how wrong information has been sent by DoT to DPE and corrective actions will be taken.

After the meeting with the Secretary, Telecom, the meeting of the AUAB was held. The meeting expressed it’s satisfaction about the discussions on the issues of Allotment of 4G spectrum, Payment of Pension Contribution and Pension Revision. Even though the approach of the Secretary, Telecom was positive, the AUAB meeting viewed that the progress in the matter of 3rd Pay Revision is not satisfactory. Hence, the meeting decided to go ahead with the agitational programme of holding Rally on 14.11.2018 and called upon the employees to effectively organise the rallies on 14-11-2018. It is decided that the AUAB will again meet on 14-11-2018, to review the situation.
View Minutes

 
05/11/2018: Circle News
 

Meeting with GM HR on 3/11/2018
CS along with ACS and DS-CO met GM (HR) on 3/11/2018 at 0930 AM.

1) We strongly protested against the pick and choose method adopted by the Circle Administration in considering transfer requests. GM HR admitted that it was a mistake from Management side and corrective mesures will be taken at the earliest and the transfer order of Com.Vivek, Com.Nissar and Com.Nazeer will be issued soon.

2) We requested GM HR to look into the release of 9 withheld vacancies of JTO LICE and 4 vacancies of JAO LICE.

3) First Increment issues of recently recruited DR-JTOs: We requested GM HR to review the first increment date of DR-JTOs recruited through GATE. We have recieved many queries from these DR-JTOs especially from units working under Circle office regarding wrong Increment date in ERP portal. The first increment date is taken as the date in which the induction training ended instead of start date. GM HR responded positively and promised to resolve the issue.

4) Mutual Transfer Cases: We requested GM HR to immediately release the orders for pending Inter Circle mutual transfer cases of JTOs before further promotion or resignation happens. GM HR assured speedy clearance.

 
02/11/2018: Circle News
 

Presentation by SNEA Kerala on BSNL Revival given to IIM team on 02-11-2018 at Thiruvananthapuram DoT, as per Government directions, had entrusted Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for undertaking a study and preparing a revival plan for BSNL.
SNEA Kerala was invited for presenting our suggestions regarding the same today afternoon at CGMT office . SNEA Kerala represented by Com. T. Santhosh Kumar, CS, Com. G. Harikrishnan, Area Secretary South, and V. G. Sabu, DS, Trivandrum has given a comprehensive presentation covering almost all aspects related to much needed policy changes in HR/Finance management and improvement of services in all verticals. Our views and suggestions on spectrum management, launch of 4G/5G services, Govt. support, Pay, Pension and Promotion issues, Standard pay scales, FTTH expansion, delay in procurement of industry standard equipments for timely roll out of services, monetisation of land and buildings, BTS outsourcing, modernization of Optical Fiber Cable and transmission network were presented in detail. The IIM team has appreciated our efforts in this regard and asked us to share the PPT and supporting documents on certain key aspects like AMC issues and cadre restructuring to them by e-mail. GS SNEA was in constant touch with the circle leadership for the last couple of days and has given most valuable suggestions for preparing the presentation and documents which we will be sharing with the IIM team.
Lr from Admin || View PPT || View PDF

 



 
01/11/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD BSNL: Huge spending for AMC on CM verticals. 1800 Crores is the AMC charges alone. Appropriate measures can reduce it by atleast 1000 Crores.
The per line rate varies from Rs 33/ for Kerala Circle to Rs 295/ for J&K Circle and the BSNL average is Rs 159/-.
On analysing the equipments under AMC, it is observed that:

1) In many Circles, AMC is given for all the equipments so far purchased right from Phase 1 to Phase VII+.

2) The VLR of many Circles are below 50% which indicate that the numbers which are not in use are not removed from HLR after expiry of cooling period. This escalates the AMC cost.

3) The numbers catered from old equipments are not migrated to equipments installed newly though they are having sufficient capacity.

4) All installed equipments are retained in the in the network and AMC is awarded against the P.O whether they are actually required in the network or working at present.


The per line AMC cost is exorbitantly high in J&K, GUJ, TN, AP, UPW, PB, NE, MP, MH, RAJ & WB Circles, more than Rs 100/- per subscriber.
It is suggested to take immediate action by all Circles to minimise the AMC cost by optimising the network elements actually required as done by few Circles like Kerala, Odisha and UPE. This can have a saving of about 1000 Crores in CM vertical alone.

GS letter to CMD on reduction of AMC cost for CM vertical || AMC cost of different Circles || VlR & HLR data of different Circles during July 2018

 
31/10/2018: Circle News
 

View Glimpse of Photos of Dharna held on 30-10-2018 by AUAB.

 

View Photos
 
31/10/2018: Circle News
 

Circle Conference on 9th and 10th of Nov at Ernakulam View Notice
XXIVth Circle Conference of SNEA Kerala Circle will be held on 9th and 10th November 2018 at Ernakulam. As a prelude to the Circle Conference, Pre-Circle Conference CEC will be held at Paulson Tourist Home, Ernakulam on 8th November 2018.

First day of Circle Conference including Open Session on 9/11/18 will be held at Hotel Highway Gardens (opposite Oberon Mall), NH Bypass, Palarivattom. Hon'ble MP Shri M.B.Rajesh will inaugurate the Open Session. CHQ Leaders - GS Com.Sebastin and CHQ President Com.A.A.Khan are also attending the Open Session.

Second day of Circle Conference on 10/11/18 will be held at YMCA Hall, Chitoor Rd. Stay for the Delegates are arranged at Paulson Tourist Home, a 5 min walk from Ernakulam South Railway Station.

A review meeting for organising the Circle Conference was held at SNEA Bhavan, Ernakulam on 30/10/2018. Circle Leaders - CP Com.George Varghese, CS Com.Santhosh Kumar, CT Com.Premkumar, CVP Com.K.O.Aleyas, ACS Com.Ramana, DS-ENK Com.Joseph Lukose, DS-ALP Com.Vipin, DS-TCR Com.Gokulan and other District Executive Committee members of Ernakulam BA attended the meeting and reviewed the arrangements.

Dear District Secretaries, an online link will be opened shortly for the registration of delegates. All Branches shall elect Delegates as per the provision of the Constitution and remit all Circle/CHQ Quota before the Conference

 
29/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Dharna at all levels on 30.10.2018 by All Unions & Associations in BSNL (AUAB) demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018. Make all out preparations for the success of the day long Dharna with massive participation.

Demands:

(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.

 
29/10/2018: CHQ News
 

View Copy of PRESS RELEASE to be issued by AUAB in the proposed Press meet on 29-10-18.

 
29/10/2018: CHQ News
 

AUAB Struggle Call Update
There was a meeting at DoT yesterday on the charter of demands. In fact, Secretary called the AUAB for the discussion yesterday at 10.30 AM. Due to communication gap between BSNL and DoT, it could not communicate to AUAB. BSNL Management and Secretary DoT meeting took place. Meeting with AUAB is fixed on 02.11.2018 after Secretary returning from tour. We are getting further updates...
View Letter

 
27/10/2018: Circle News
 

Dharna on 30/10/2018 :
All Unions & Associations in BSNL (AUAB) has served notice on 17/10/2018, to the Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL for Dharna and rallies, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.

Demands:

(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
(e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.

Programs:

1) Dharna at all levels on 30-10-2018.
2) Rallies at circle and districts levels on 14-11-2018.

 
25/10/2018: Circle News
 

Annual General Body Meeting of Malappuram BA was held on 25/10/2018 at NGO Hall, Malappuram
Circle Leaders - Circle Secretary Com.Santhosh Kumar, Area Secretary North Com.Gafoor and Circle Organising Secretary Com.Kamalraj attended the meeting. The AGB unanimously elected the new District body:

Dist Secretary : Mohammed Niyas
President : Pradeepkumar E
Dist Treasurer: Abdussalim Babu
CEC Member : Siddique T

 

 
24/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Contempt case against CMD BSNL and GM Pers came up for hearing before Hon. CAT Ernakulam on 23.10.18. BSNL counsel filed application for exemption from personal appearance of CMD & GM(P) as directed by Hon.High Court. The bench postponed the case to next week for placing the matter before the same bench heard the case earlier.

 
22/10/2018: Circle News
 

Emerging Star from the Family of SNEA.

Circle Treasurer Com.PREMKUMAR.G successfully completed Doctoral Research in Customer Care Activities related to BSNL. He has been awarded Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Management Studies by University of Kerala. He has completed the study under the guidance of Dr. J.Rajan, Director (Rtd.), Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK), Trivandrum.
 
Congratulations to Com. Dr.Premkumar.G!!!

The title of the Ph.D Thesis is :
“A study on customer care activities in BSNL Telecommunication Services – A comparative study with private telecom service providers in Kerala”
View Synopsis || View Open Defence
 
20/10/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Hon MoSC Shri Manoj Sinha: It is high time for the Govt intervention for the revival of BSNL. As a first step, more than 6400 Crores rupees due from DoT, the administrative Ministry to BSNL is to be released immediately. Abnormal delay in reimbursement of huge amount is seriously affecting the cash flow and functioning of BSNL
GS letter to Hon MoSC regarding reimbursement of Rs 6400 Crores due for BSNL

 
18/10/2018:
 

 
18/10/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding outsourcing of BTS Infra O&M to a vendor which would also put huge financial burden over the circle which is already finding it difficult to improve revenue and profit figures
View Letter
We are deeply perturbed and very much disappointed to see the BSNL Corporate Office order issuing AWO to M/s.Mahindra & Mahindra Pvt. Ltd for carrying out O&M activities of BTS sites in Kerala Circle. It is understood that the vendor would be taking over all passive infrastructure in those sites and will be the custodian of entire infra elements for ten years. BSNL would be one of the tenants in those sites and hence would be under the mercy of the vendor even to carry out any service/capacity/radio resource additions, reengineering, reutilization and redeployment. This outsourcing model would be catastrophically dangerous for BSNL especially in a circle like Kerala where foolproof and tested mechanisms are already in place, unlike in many other circles, for carrying out operation and maintenance of BTS sites ensuring more than 99% network availability. The outsourcing model may double BTS operational expenditure in the circle as seen from the financial tables signed with the vendor. Hence, we are very much concerned about BSNL Corporate Office’ decision to include the best performing circle in the infra outsourcing list where we would be forced to pay around Rs.80k per site to the vendor where as it is nearly half at present.

It is therefore humbly requested that the circle administration may kindly consider the following as well:
1. The network uptime of BTS sites in Kerala has been consistently above 99% ever since operation commenced in the circle in 2002.
2. Kerala circle has already deployed the best O&M model for ensuring infra maintenance by employing housekeeping contracts with vendors including diesel filling, site maintenance etc.
3. Kerala circle has been using an online O&M portal by name “OMCWEB” which is developed and maintained by the in house talents for efficient management of all radio elements and passive infra items.
4. Proper and thoroughly audited AMC contracts are being deployed for efficient OAM of infra elements.
5. The circle has always achieved the Infra sharing target set by the BSNL corporate office for earning consistent revenue from time to time.
6. It is to be noted that we are hiring sites from passive infrastructure providers by incurring monthly expenditure of around Rs.35, 000/- per site.
7. The monthly OPEX charges of BSNL owned and operated GSM sites may come around Rs. 30,000/- per site.
8. There are good number of GSM sites working in the circle where BTS space has been provided by many agencies including state/central government departments with zero rentals and even zero energy charges in many sites.
9. Kerala circle has already replaced almost all infra elements including Power Plant and Battery in majority of the sites in the recent past and the process is still going on at great pace.
10. The O&M vendor will be taking over all these newly deployed infra and BSNL’ scope of redeployment of elements will be ceased forever.
11. BSNL will be at the liberty of the vendor for adding any radio elements for service/capacity augmentations like sector additions, tech additions in future which would affect network optimisation and QoS very badly.


Thus considering the above mentioned facts we don’t find any sufficient reasons for outsourcing the BTS Infra OAM to a vendor which would also put huge financial burden over the circle which is already finding it difficult to improve revenue and profit figures in the post JIO scenario. We don’t know whether the circle administration has been consulted before taking such a major policy decision which would neither improve operational efficiency nor revenue prospects but would incur additional expenditure by way of increased OPEX charges. Hence, it is requested that BSNL Kerala circle administration may kindly inform BSNL Corporate Office about the existing operational as well as financial statements regarding the existing O&M model already deployed in the circle and to review the decision positively to Kerala Circle.

 
18/10/2018: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding enabling the HSDP+ feature in Huawei Node Bs at the earliest
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After the latest version upgrade done by M/S Huawei High speed 21.1 Mbps 3G data (HSDPA+) feature has been provided in the Huawei RNCs. Through put license of the RNCs are also increased considerably by this upgrade. During the testing period, the Node Bs in Huawei 408 RNC were supporting the HSDPA+ feature and through put of the Node Bs increased considerably. But when the original license was provided by Huawei in Node Bs after the upgrade, the HSDPA+ features is not available and the maximum through put is reduced to H 14.4 Mbps (HSDPA only). Many of the Node Bs in Huawei RNC area are capable to come under the VHT data traffic category if the HSDPA+ feature is made available .There are 949 Huawei Node Bs are radiating in Huawei area at present out of which only 62 are VHT sites. So kindly take necessary action to enable the HSDP+ feature in Huawei Node Bs at the earliest

 
17/10/2018: CHQ News
 

All Unions & Associations in BSNL (AUAB) has served notice today, to the Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL for Dharna and rallies, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24.02.2018.

Demands:

(a) 3rd Pay Revision to BSNL employees.
(b) Implementation of Government Rules in payment of Pension contribution by BSNL.
(c) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL as per the proposal submitted by the BSNL Management.
(d) Pension revision for the BSNL pensioners.
e) Settlement of left out issues of the 2nd PRC.

Programs:
1) Dharna at all levels on 30-10-2018.
2) Rallies at circle and districts levels on 14-11-2018.

 
17/10/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD, BSNL on austerity measures:
Measures to reduce the expenditure in view of the prevailing situation in BSNL:

1) Moratorium on sports and cultural activities for a period of two years:
2) Curtailment of expenditure towards appointment of consultants:
GS letter to CMD

 
16/10/2018: CHQ News
 

DE to DGM promotion: The MA filed by BSNL for vacation of stay on DGM promotion was listed for hearing on 15.10.2018 at Hon CAT, Chandigarh. Due to paucity of time, MA postponed to 29.10.2018. On 29.10.2018, it will be heard along with the main OA, Hon Court told.

Appeal in the Hon Delhi High court on additional increment on post based promotion as per EPP: The appeal filed by DoT in the Hon Delhi HC against the Hon PCAT judgment quashing the DoT order dated 05.07.2017, rescinding the EPP provision for additional increment on post based promotion in the same pay scale was listed for hearing on 16.10.2018. Due to paucity of time, it is listed to Feb, 2019.

 
16/10/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Hon Minister Shri Manoj Sinhna on E2/E3 pay scales: Approval of BSNL proposal for revision of intermediary pay scales of 9850-250-14600 (E1A) and 11875-300-17275 (E2A) with the next higher standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for the JTO and SDE equivalent cadres in BSNL w.e.f. 01.01.2007 based on the clarification given by DPE on 29.08.2018. DPE directed DoT to decide the pay scales based on 1) affordability clause in the DPE OM dated 26.11.2008, ie. PBT for the year 2007-08, 2) intermediary pay scales are not allowed and 3) the pay scales are to be implemented by the CPSE in consultation with the Administrative Ministry.
GS letter to Hon MoSC

 
13/10/2018: Circle News
 

Meeting with GM (HR) and DGM (HR)
On 12/10/2018 CS along with CT Com. G Premkumar, VP Com S Narendra kumar, DS Tvm Com.VG Sabu and DS CO Com S Suneer met GM HR and DGM HR and discussed the pending transfer cases of those who have completed 2 years. During the discussion we have pointed out the omission of some of the eligible executives (the cases of Vivek, Nissar and Nazeer) in the transfer order issued on 11/10/2018. GM HR intimated that the omission is due to oversight and assured that it will be rectified soon.

We also discussed he pending transfer cases at Malappuram and Kannur BAs. GM HR opined that it is better to discuss the matter with CGM. We requested CGM to grant a meeting to our Association to discuss the pending transfer cases. We expected that meeting will be allotted soon.

13/10/2018: Circle News
 

High Court Verdict on EPF Full Pension Case will Pave way for All Beneficiaries to get a chance of giving New Options. Calculation of Pension Basic on the Basis of Last 60 months of Service also cancelled
The Hon. High Court has announced the verdict on EPF Full Pension Case given by a Large Number of Employees from different PSUs and other Sectors. In the verdict, Hon. High Court of Kerala Cancelled the anti employee clauses like Cut Off Date for exercising Full Pension option and Calculation of Pension Basic on the Basis of Last 60 Months.

Our Co-Members in NCOA from different PSUs were conducting this case and as per their advises we were waiting for this order from Hon. High Court before going for any case to Supreme Court or any other Courts in India. We are now waiting for the Modified direction from EPFO. If it is limited to the parties of the Petitions for which the Judgement was pronounced, then we will also move to Court as declared by CHQ in line with this favorable order from Hon High Court of Kerala. SNEA CHQ has already decided to file the Petition with all interested Beneficiaries as parties for Full Pension Option. So all Members are advised to stay some more time for the direction from CHQ for further movement.

Meanwhile, We have noticed that very massive Fund Collections were made by Leaders of Other Association for Filing the Case for EPF Full Pension by creating a Panic Situation among all DR Executives that opportunity for exercising Full Pension Option will be given only for those who can file a petition before a Particular Date. Since SNEA is fully aware of the developments through our NCOA Leaders from other PSUs having EPF Pension Option issues for both Retired and Serving Employees, We were advising the Members of SNEA to stay calm for further direction from High Court of Kerala. Here once again, it is informing that, SNEA CHQ will initiate the Case from the Legal Fund if any Directions issued against the Employees from EPFO on the basis of this Order from Hon High Court of Kerala and if any further requirement from the members for our Legal Fight, it will be informed to all Members through Association Platforms.

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12/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Group Term Insurance(GTI): The final premium quote received from LIC is Rs 1.6 per thousand rupees for a coverage of 50 lakhs for the age group upto 50 years. The rate will be reviewed after 3 years. The same slab will continue till they attain 60 years. The Committee will be submitting its report to DIR(HR) in this regard shortly. GS met GM(Trg) who coordinates the GTI scheme and held discussions today and requested to expedite the proposal. GS asked simultaneously to work out for an option if any Executive wants to opt out of the scheme.

 
12/10/2018: CHQ News
 

All India Conference at Ludhiana, Punjab, from 28th to 30th November, 2018.

The delegate election should be done by the remaining Branches/Divisions/Districts/SSAs immediately by convening the General Body meetings, after notifying it. The number of delegates should be elected as per the provisions of the constitution. [One(01) delegate for every 30 members or part thereof being not less than 20, subject to a minimum of one per Branch/Division/District/SSA]. CHQ Office Bearers, CSs and CWC members shall be ex-officio delegates, in addition to the eligible delegates.

Considering the huge expenditure, the delegate fee is retained as Rs 1,250 per delegate, as in the last AIC. Host Circle made all the arrangements for the delegates. Observers are not allowed. Due to constraints, the host Circle made accommodation arrangements only to the eligible delegates. Host Circle requested that the observers if any reaching the AIC venue should make their own arrangements for the Accommodation.

Circles/SSAs/Branches not having held their respective Conferences within time frame stipulated in the constitution must hold their conferences immediately to be eligible to attend AIC.

 
10/10/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to DIR(HR): Fixation of pay under FR22(1)(a)(1) and its consequential benefit on pay revision to the officiating JTOs.
GS letter to DIR(HR)

 
10/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR&Fin) on 09.10.2018:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and reviewed the progress on the various issues in our charter of demands of the agitation programs. GM(SR) also present.

Initially we discussed the financial problems in the field units. All the payments are getting delayed and maintenance is severely affected. DIR(Fin) informed that the situation will improve shortly as the formalities for taking loan for CAPEX is getting cleared at various levels.

1) On CPSU Hierarchy notification, the committee is finalizing the report and it will be submitted to the competent authority. Some delay occurred due to unavoidable reasons.

On promotions, the recent SC judgment on reservation in promotion is to be examined thouroughly. The legal opinion received is to wait for the DoPT guidelines in this regard. At the same time, due to the election year, whether DoPT will take a quick decision in this regard is also doubtful. Management will work out some alternative mechanism also parallaly, DIR(HR) informed.

On JTO to SDE promotion, we requested to issue the promotion orders to the extent possible from the remaining JTOs, pending finalization of AIEL and the seniority can be finalized later on. DIR(HR) informed that now Pers section is pre-occuppied with the contempt case at Ernakulam and immediately after that we will try to find some way out. Management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition. We requested to reconsider it as more than 5000 vacancies are lying vacant and innocent JTOs are punished for none of their fault. Finally DIR(HR) told us to have further discussion with GM(Pers).

On AO to CAO promotion, legal opinion is to wait for the DoPT guidelines on reservation issue. We shared our apprehension that the decision on creamy layer may take much time as it is a political decision and it has to be worked out by the Govt before notification, with the approval of Union Cabinet. This means, on promotion, we are back to the same situation we had, few months back. Entire promotion should not be held up again we requested. DIR(HR) assured to find some way out.

Similarly AGM promotion also, management is waiting for the outcome of the contempt petition, DIR(HR) informed. Thereafter only it can be decided how to proceed further. After the recent judgment, it become more complicated.

2. Approval of E2 and E3 pay scales w.e.f. 01.01.2007: A DO letter from CMD to Secretary, DoT requesting to approve E2 and E3 scales as recommend by BSNL will be sent in a day or two as discussed with the Assn and thereafter it will be pursued.

3. First Time Bound Financial Upgradation as per EPP-2007, uniformly after 4 years, instead of 4 to 6 years: After lot of pursuation at different level, the proposal now moved from Pers section.

4. E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs and equivalent cadres: Estt section examining the possibility to do it within the powers of MC. Since proposal is already in the Board for the rect upto 2014, matter is to be examined.

5. E1A and E2A scales notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTOs and SDEs in Civil, Electrical, TF, Arch, PA, PS etc and equivalent cadres: : Estt section examining it.

6. Increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 for maintaining a ratio 1:4 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The matter is under examination. The need for increase in the DGM posts is accepted. But a mechanism is to be worked out through HR Plan. Meanwhile work on finalization of HR plan is picking momentum. Meanwhile DIR(HR) assured to expedite the DPC work for DGM(T) posts pending vacation of stay on promotions.

On issuing orders for soft tenure break, it was informed that the file is resubmitted for the approval of DIR(HR) with positive recommendation to restore the Circle break on soft tenure posting.

 
09/10/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Urgent need to increase the DGM(T) posts, atleast by another 800 and filling up all the DGM(T) vacancies on regular basis. The number of DGMs working is hardly 650 against the sanctioned strength of 1331. Recently the AGM(T) posts increased from 5303 to 8,713. The DGM(T) posts also to be increased proportionately. The number of DGM(T) posts are very less in Telecom Engineering side, resulting huge stagnation.
GS letter to CMD

 
09/10/2018: CHQ News
 

All Unions and Associations of BSNL held its meeting at New Delhi on 08.10.2018. AUAB discussed the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon MoSC in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. AUAB decided to launch agitational programs for the implementation of the assurances given on
1) 3rd PRC implementation,
2) 4G spectrum allotment,
3) Pension revision and
4) Pension Contribution on actual basic pay.

AUAB also discussed:

a) 30% Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees.
b) Outsourcing of Passive Infra Maintenance of Non BSNL Sites and
c) Repatriation of excess ITS Officers against the Cabinet decision for diminishing order.

Details will be updated----

 
05/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Reply from DoT on the status of filling the vacant Functional Director posts [DIR(Fin), DIR(CFA) and DIR(CM)] in BSNL. SNEA has written to Hon Prime Minister on 30.08.2018 --- For the revival of BSNL, first and foremost requirement is to fill up all the three vacant functional Director posts in BSNL, Director(Finance), Director(CFA) and Director(CM) on urgent basis.
Reply from DoT on the PMO reference || GS letter to Hon PM on 30.08.2018

 
05/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 04.10.2018: GS met CMD/BSNL and held discussion on the proposal of E2/E3 scales and its approval by DoT. GS informed CMD that the reply given by DPE is processed by DoT and the file is with Secretary/DoT for further directions. GS requested immediate intervention of CMD by personally taking up the matter with Secretary. CMD assured to discuss with Secretary once she returns to the office on 14.10.2018. Meanwhile a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales will be sent from CMD, it is assured.

 
05/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Keshav Rao, GM(Pers) on 04.10.2018: GS, President, AGS and Jt sec met GM(Pers) and held discussion on 1) resubmitting the Committee report on CPSU Hierarchy, 2) JTO to SDE promotion, 3) Soft tenure break and 4) promotion for the missing cases.

1) On the Committee report, it is informed that it may take few more days as some feedback is yet to get from some section.

2) On JTO to SDE promotion, we held detailed discussion based on our letter dated 17.09.2018. Since Hon HC permitted to give promotions even before finalization of AIEL, all possibility is to be explored for the promotions from the remaining JTOs, to the extent possible. The AIEL is finalized for the DoT rect upto 1999, DoT rect and BSNL rect are segregated by Hon HC and promotion orders are issued. Remaining JTOs can be promoted on interim measure. The promotion can be regularized after finalization of AIEL, we suggested. Management is trying to establish that there is no contempt and of opined that after giving much awaited promotions, management is facing contempt and other court cases which is not a positive sign. Finally GM(P) assured to examine the matter and continue the discussions next week.

3) Soft tenure break: The matter will be discussed with DIR(HR) for approval.

4) Promotion for the missing cases: Due to the contempt cases, further promotions are not processing, GM(P) informed. We explained that the pending cases are nothing to do with the contempt cases and they are very seniors, their juniors are already promoted. Finally GM(P) assured to discuss this with DIR(HR) and do the needful.

 
04/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr GM(Estt) on 04.10.2018: GS met Sr GM(Estt) and held discussion on 1) sending a DO letter regarding early approval of E2/E3 pay scales and 2) Board approval for E1/E2A pay scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for the Civil/Electrical/TF/Arch/PA/Ps etc and 3) Board approval for the AD(OL) scale:

Based on the discussions held earlier with CMD, DIR(HR) and GM(Estt), a draft DO letter is prepared, GM(Estt) informed.

On approval of E1A/E2A scales from 01.10.2000, the possibility of settling the issue without altering the Presidential order is under examination. Whether it can be shifted to another date to overcome the objections of DOT, it is under examination.

The AD(OL) pay scale proposal is an agenda in todays Board meeting and in all probability, it will be approved, informed GM(Estt).

 
04/10/2018: CHQ News
 

GS writes to CMD/BSNL: Outsourcing of O&M activities of passive infra of Non-collocated BTS sites – the rates needed to be revisited again in view of 1) huge investment BSNL already made in the last few years, 2) the exorbitantly higher rates and 3) revenue from the BTSs.
GS letter to CMD

 
03/10/2018: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Smt Smita Chaudhary, GM(FP): GS and AGS met GM(FP) on 03.10.2018 and held discussion of AO to CAO and CAO to DGM(F) promotions: On AO to CAO promotion, the legal opinion based on the final judgment of the Hon SC on reservation issue is expected from the Sr Lawyer. Earlier BSNL sought the legal opinion on application of reservation based on the interim order of the Supreme Court. However last week Hon Supreme Court delivered the final judgment and now the legal opinion is sought on the final judgment. The legal opinion is expected this week.
The CAO to DGM(F) promotion is resubmitted to the competent authority for approval.

 
02/10/2018:
 

 
01/10/2018: Circle News
 

Switching OFF of GTL Sites :
Circle President Com.George Varghese spoke to PGM Finance and GM Mobile Services in the morning regarding the unethical and illegal action taken by one of the Infra Providers M/s. GTL /CNIL by switching off 50 out of 98 BTS sites hired from them. We requested administration to inform BSNL Corporate Office about the developments which led to mass customer dissatisfaction and revenue loss to BSNL. Administration informed that the matter is reported to BSNL corporate office. It is reported that the pending payments to the IP has been sent to the bank in the afternoon. But, even after intimating payment details to the IP, no action has been taken by the IP for restoration of our BTSs. We suspect conspiracy against BSNL in Kerala Circle from some corners as shut down of BTSs has not done in any other circles. It is to be noted that sharing agreements have been executed at corporate level not in circle level. The issue is very serious. So, we are demanding the administration to conduct proper enquiry and initiate possible legal and penal proceedings against the IP for going to the extent of interrupting the most essential mobile services of the state run telecom service provider, BSNL in Kerala Circle and causing huge revenue loss.

 
01/10/2018:
 


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