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23/11/2020: CHQ News
 

IDA freezing for CPSUs from 01.10.2020 to 30.06.2021

NCOA and AUAB calls for observing 25.11.2020 as PROTEST DAY.

DPE Order freezing IDA  NCOA letter AUAB letter

National Confederation of Officers Associations (NCOA) calls for observing 25.11.2020 as PROTEST DAY.

All Unions and Associations in BSNL (AUAB) calls for Lunch Hour Protest Demonstrations on 25.11.2020.

On one side Govt not implemented 3rd Pay Revision for many PSUs including BSNL. BSNL employees are working round the clock to maintain the essential telecom services during the Covid 19 pandemic. Many CPSUs are playing important role in maintaining the essential services during the Covid.

NCOA and AUAB deplore the Govt decision for Freezing of IDA in the name of Covid 19.

All SSA Secys are requested to coordinate with other Assns and Unions to make the programme a big success.


21/11/2020: 
 

SPOCs for EPF related matters at Circle & BA level  have been assigned by Circle administration

As requested by us vide our letter dated 15.10.2020 and as per the follow up discussions held during the agenda meeting with the CGMT on 5.11.2020, Circle administration has appointed SPOCs (Single Point of Contact) for dealing with EPF related matters of employees at Circle and BA level. We thank respected CGMT Sh. C V Vinod Sir and GM HR/Admn Sh. R Sathesh Sir for their prompt response and action in this regard. We also thank our Palakkad team for bringing to our notice about hardships being faced by employees while dealing with EPF related matters especially for settlement of various EPF claims and the necessity of having such an arrangement at BA and Circle level for their speedy resolution for EPF beneficiaries in the Circle.

View Orders || our Letter dtd 15/10/2020


19/11/2020: CHQ News
 

Twitter campaign on 17.12.2020 demanding Time Bound Functional Promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018.

Open Twitter accounts for all the members. CS and SSA Secretaries have to open the Twitter account and instruct all the members to follow the Twitter account of CHQ, GS, Circle and SSA. 

SNEA/CHQ can be followed on @sneachq

General Secretary can be followed on @gssnea

CSs and SSA/Dist/Branch Secretaries to monitor the progress in Twitter a/c opening.


17/11/2020:  CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon Cabinet Minister for Communications & IT:

Denial of permission for BSNL to launch 4G services using the existing infrastructure and BTSs by upgradation of about 49,300 4G/4G compatible BTSs already procured, spending thousands of Crores. BSNL revival is getting abnormally delayed. Even one year after the Cabinet decision on 23.10.2020 for BSNL Revival and allotment of 4G spectrum, BSNL could not launch 4G services. Right from the day one, BSNL faced the unique problem as you rightly stated earlier, BSNL DID NOT ALLOWED TO GROW.

More than 60% mobile revenue is from 2G services, BSNL cannot ignore 2G and go for 4G alone after 2 years. So the new technology under testing should be 4G as well as 2G compatible. Similarly such developed Technology and equipments should have sufficient capacity for transmission of high power.

Request to intervene in the matter decisively for allowing BSNL to launch 4G services immediately with the existing network, through upgradation of the existing 49,300 BTSs which are procured, installed by spending more than Rs 5000 Crores on the anticipation that BSNL can launch 4G services within 2 to 3 months on allotment of 4G spectrum. The new tender for 4G equipments may be dealt separately without clubbing with the upgradation.

GS letter to Hon Telecom Minister


16/11/2020: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 13.11.2020:

GS, AGS and Com Arvind Dahiya, CP/BSNLCO met CMD and held discussions on the following issues:

1) Launching of 4G Services:

CMD informed that the Technical Committee has submitted its report on 30.09.2020. Committee recommended that BSNL has to discontinue with 2G services which is opposed by BSNL. None of the Indian firms have 2G technology. Committee agreed only for upgradation of BTSs supplied by L1 (M/s Nokia). This will serve only South and West zones. Another recommendation of the Committee is that the Source code should be placed in an Escrow account.

BSNL submitted its response to the Committee report on 08.10.2020 firmly demanding 2G and 4G for its revival. BSNL requirement is 2G/3G/4G compatible Core and RAN. Otherwise BSNL 2G&3G services and 4G services will have separate Core and RAN, escalating our expenses by thousands of Crores. It is to be compensated suitably by the Govt.

All the issues will be discussed in the ETG (Empowered Technical Group) headed by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister, most probably on 20th or 23rd November. CMD also will be attending the meeting. BSNL will insist for early POC, CMD informed.

2) ICR agreement with Vodafone for 4G services:

Discussion is going on. Vodafone is demanding very high rate. After Diwali, CMD is trying to have meeting with the CEO of Vodafone on this issue.


16/11/2020: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Sri S K Gupta, Director(Fin) on 13.11.2020:

GS and AGS met DIR(Fin) and held discussions on the following issues:

DIR(F) informed that almost all the short term loans and loans having higher interest rates are closed after getting Rs 8500 Crores by issuing Bonds. We could reduce the liability by this and all the bank liability upto March 2021 is cleared by this. The collection is good, almost steady and it can be utilised for other purposes, till March. All the outstanding payments towards the employees are made, old labour payments are done in instalments almost every month, electricity pending dues come down from 300 Cr to below 100 Cr, DIR(F) explained.

The half yearly result is good and BSNL again become EBITA positive after some years. After the issue of Bond, BSNL has to prepare and submit the balance sheet to the stock exchange.

On our query, he expressed confidence that the salary payment will become regular in one or two months time.

DIR(F) really appreciated SNEA for taking up very serious issues and the recent letter on Alphion AMC was appreciated by all. Senior management took our points very seriously and discussed in detail, he told. He told us to continue to take up such issues and give feedback to the management on various issues.

He will now work as Pr CCA, New Delhi with the additional charge of DIR(F)/MTNL.

New Director(F) Smt Yojana Das also present. She will be taking the charge on Monday, 16.11.2020.


14/11/2020: 
 


13/11/2020: Circle News
 

Congratulations! 
Inter BA request transfer orders to SDEs/JTOs issued today.

View Order-1 || Order-2


As assured by the CGMT during the agenda meeting with SNEA on 5-11-2020, Circle administration has issued inter BA transfer orders to SDEs and JTOs who have completed two years in a station, on their requests. We express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the CGMT, Sh. C V Vinod Sir, GM HR Sh. Sathesh Sir , Smt. Leena Rose Thomas DGM HR, Smt.  Sunitha George AGM HR and Smt. Renu Viswanathan SDE HR for processing the request transfer cases of SDEs/JTOs this year also on our request, which is being implemented every year as part of a fair and transparent transfer policy formulated in 2008 in the Circle.

DSs may verify the orders for any errors or omissions and may bring it to the notice of the Circle team for follow up action at Circle office. During the agenda meeting with the CGMT, we had also requested to publish stay particulars and transfer requests with respect to executives in other cadres such as Accounts, Finance, Civil and Electrical wings. We had also suggested inviting options from AOs towards giving LA orders in the cadre of CAO. We had also given suggestions with regard to transfers and LA orders in Civil and Electrical wings as well. We are happy to note that all such requests and suggestions from our side have been well accepted by the Circle Administration. 

Inter BA transfer requests from JAOs, AOs and CAOs have been published. Volunteers have been called for giving LA orders in the cadre of CAO. Left out cases in LA AGM cadre in EKM BA has been issued today as pointed out by us. 

We are following up with the Circle HR team for early release of all orders including LA and inter BA transfers in all other wings/ cadres as well. 

Further, SNEA Kerala is fully committed to ensure justice to all especially during the Covid pandemic for ensuring minimum disturbance to executives as far as transfer and posting based on stay is concerned. Our suggestions in this regard have already been accepted by the Circle Head and we express sincere gratitude to our CGMT in that regard.


12/11/2020: Circle News
 

It is a matter of proud and happiness, today the Agali area bandwidth increased from 1G to 10G with the active intervention CGMT Kerala on request of SNEA Palakkad through SNEA Kerala.
Thanks to CGMT Sir for the prompt action and close follow up. Also Congratulations to SNEA Palakkad for focussing on this critical service issue. We also thank Kannur team for sparing and diverting the equipments for this purpose.

Earlier on 21/9/2020, SNEA Kerala escalated to CGMT, the Severe bandwidth issues in Attapadi area causing heavy customer complaints and churn  View Letter


10/11/2020: Circle News
 

Congratulations..!! long pending TBP orders issued for the 12 JAOs : View Orders

We were continuously pursuing for these orders. It was an agenda item in the recently held meeting on 5/11/2020 with Management where CGMT  promised that the EPP orders will be issued soon. We thank CGMT Shri C.V.Vinod Sir and GM HR Shri Sathesh.R Sir for the immediate resolution of this issue on genuine ground.


08/11/2020: Circle News
 

Meeting with Circle Management on 05.11.2020

A meeting SNEA with Circle administration was held on 05.11.2020 on various agenda points which were the active points of discussion in our CEC meeting held on 22.09.2020. The meeting were initially scheduled on 12.10.2020 and delayed due to the inconveniences of circle administration.

Respected CGMT Shri C.V.Vinod chaired the meeting, GM HR&Admin Shri Sathish.R, DGM HR&Admin Smt.Leena rose Thomas, AGM HR Smt.Sunitha George, SDE HR Smt.Renu Vishwanathan and SDE Admin Shri Sanjay Kumar represented form administration side.

CP Com George Varghese, CS Com Jithesh, CT Com Suneer, CWC members Com Suresh, Com Rajesh Manchan, Com Salim, Com Vimal, Com Gafoor,  CVP Com Narendrakumar, ACS Com Ramana, Vivek, District Secretaries Com Aslesh, Com Jyothis, Com Sreejesh, Com Manoj, Com Vipin, Com Sabu, Area Sec South Com Vinukumar attended the meeting for SNEA.

In the introductory speech CGMT extensively discussed about 4G and initiation taken by the circle administration to commission new 4G sites in kerala by diverting licenses from other circles, ICR agreements with Vodafone and Airtel, the indigenous core, Partnership outsourcing model of BSNL, and initiatives taken by Circle Administration for allotment of 5 MHZ spectrum for Kerala circle with full justification which ensure ROI within one year as suggested by the Assocation under various occasion etc. Kerala circle has tremendous telecom business potential. Most of the customers are loyal customers.

Circle secretary expressed the gratitude of SNEA for convening the meeting which allowed 13 members participation through online and six offline . BSNL has a very good market potential for FTTH connection. The way the circle head impressed corporate office for retaining the exclusive LCOs registered under spouse/ward category also is well appreciated.  If it continues BSNL Kerala have a very good chance for regaining the pristine glory under the able leadership of our CGM.  Circle head interested to intervene in HR issues and settling most of them also is unique. Circle president Com George Vargheese also appreciated the circle head for the achievements of Kerala circle. Circle administration served the soft copy of reply to all our agenda points before the meeting.

The following issues were discussed in the meeting

HR RELATED MATTERS

1.    HR Restructuring and redeployment:

CGM briefed the restructuring proposal of Kerala circle sent to corporate office which projected 55 DGMT, 20 DGMF, 210 AGM &32 CAOs. CS thanked CGMT for considering the proposal of Association to reinstate the operational DGMs which was missing in the proposal of corporate office. Further we reiterated associations stand on transfer policy which envisaged in 2008. As the working strength in JTO/SDE cadre is only 50% of the sanctioned strength after VRS, administration may request corporate office to retain all JTOs promoted as SDEs in the expected DPC promotion. CS also requested to retain these officers in their respective BAs and if at all the transfer is necessitated, the stay particulars of the officers may be checked.   

2.    Pending Request Transfers:

CGM reported that the list of executives requested transfer already published and most of the requests are to Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. While considering the requests in genuine and on humanitarian ground, the business needs and operational requirement of shortage BAs cannot be ignored and executive have to move across BAs if such transfers results shortage. We thanked CGMT for directing BA heads to forward request transfer requests to circle office after 3 months of joining. The request list of Civil/Electrical and Accounts cadres are not released. We requested to consider all the transfer requests. Since circle management considers Kerala circle as surplus circle with respect to Accounts personal, the two year completed JAOs, recruited in 2018 may be given transfers to their choice from surplus BAs without substitute.  CGMT agreed to publish request transfer list of all cadres.

Circle office published list of request transfers in accounts cadre on 06.11.2020 as per the assurance of CGMT.

3.    Rule 9 temporary Transfer:

We Thanked CGMT for forwarding all temporary transfer applications to corporate office.

4.    EPF related issues and suggestions:

On our request letter dated 15.10.2020, CGMT announced the approval of SPOCs at circle and BAs and the order will be issued soon in the intranet. This was a consistent appeal of our Palakkad BA comrades.

5.    EPP pending issue for JAOs and inclusion of 2013 JAOs in gradation list:

On the agenda item CGM announced that the EPP orders will be issued soon. Thanks to CGMT for immediate resolution of the issue on genuine ground. The issue of  inclusion of  left out 2013 JTO in the gradation list will be discussed further.

6.    Pay fixation and recovery issue of officiating JTOs:

CGMT told that the issue will be settled and  model pay fixation will be issued within a reasonable time, in light of the recent reply received from corporate office for the clarification sought by the circle in case of officiating JTOs regularised between 2007 and 2010. While thanking to the reply, CP also requested Circle administration to pursue the pay recovery case of officiating JTOs regularised after 2014 with corporate office as well refixation of these JTOs without reversion made before Training. CGMT agreed to endorse these orders to BAs.

7.    LA arrangements in BAs:

CGMT reported that looking after for DGM and AGM has already been called. We requested the same may be done in the CAO and Civil/Electrical wing also. We pointed out that looking after arrangement order could have been issued in interest of service instead of own cost transfer.  Circle administration also compelled executives to exercise option by giving personal messages which could have been avoided, by going down the list and assigning the same to the senior most executives of the respective BAs where ever options were not received. Also CS pointed out certain disputed cases in the recent LA order for which CGMT assured to settle it by case to case basis.  CGMT agreed to review the case of Smt.sy joseph from Alleppy and Sri. Velayudhan from Trichur. ( Both case approved, Thanks to CGMT for prompt favourable orders).CGMT also  opined  that executives should have the courtesy at least to reject the offer given by the circle for which CP replied that it is because it has not been practiced in our circle earlier.  

8.    Non availability of BA Heads:

CGM reported that except Kottayam all other BAs have now GMs. Corporate office posted one GM to Kerala and two were assigned to hold the GM posts among the senior Adhoc DGMs. We thanked circle administration for taking the historical decision to post  BSNL Absorbed officers Adhoc DGMs as GMs to head BAs.

9.    Continuance of Employees’ health insurance scheme for the next year:

CGM agreed to our views conveyed in the letter no dated 20.10.2020. CGM had a detailed analysis of the scheme and replied that corporate office is not in a position to assure that if the deduction is made from salary, it may not be credited to the insurer timely. CGM assured to announce the policy in a semi official way for adding more employees and to negotiate with the insurer for more benefits with lower premium.

10. Civil/Electrical Issues:  CGMT  clarified the stand of Corporate office in the case of Transfer of SDE civil from Kerala inspite of his intervention and the present stalemate in continuing External project.

11.   TR centralisation:

CGM assured that all our suggestions will be well taken care of.

12. Covid-19 affected employees – leave eligibility:

CGM informed that proposal for special leave for covid affected, in primary contact are duly sent to corporate office as in case of railways etc.

13. Online attendance system:

While registering protest in implementation of online attendance system, we suggested to record the man hours worked each day as done in IT companies. CGM advice to develop a culture reaching early at office. He also agreed to our   suggestion  to input of measuring work.    

 

SERVICE RELATED ISSUES

14. AMC for Engine Alternator:

We told that direction may be given to float tender for EA repair in all BAs as done in EKM, KLM and ALPY. During the last CGMs tenure, BAs taken a stand to repair engine alternators their own and still believe that the system need to continue. We pointed out that the AMC charges per BTS are as low as 300 Rs. At last CGM agreed our views and decided discuss the progress of tendering process in the next BA head meeting.

15. Marketing and Consumer Mobility related issues:

1. Mobile Marketing:  Frequent plan changes, Pan India  plan implementation  without considering the Kerala scenario, Activation delay, Ekyc, Pyro, sancharsoft issue etc

2. BB plans above Rs. 500 plan charges can be provided in FTTH network also. But customers are deprived of the higher speed that can be attained in the FTTH network due to plan restrictions:

BSNL provided lot of BB plans above Rs 500/- in FTTH network earlier. But the speed of such plans are less, maximum up to 10 Mbps. BSNL introduced attractive FTTH plans later with higher speed and lower tariff than these BB plans. Recently BSNL increased speed of 499 plan from 20 Mbps to 30 Mbps, but for 599 plan it is still 10 Mbps even though the customer is paying 100 Rs extra. This is a matter of  concern  in the field when the customer understands that he is paying more for an inferior service. We suggested to CGMT that the speed of the higher tariff BB plan be increased at par with the lower plan. CGM opined that all such plans need to be migrated to higher plans by calling the customers. He also requested us to intimate the details of such plans.

3. Tower renewal and IP IN sharing:  We have pointed out the problem in renewal of Towers due to non payment of  rent and in  some cases renewal is not possible on genuine  reason . In such case IP sharing is to be approved for which the ceiling on additional land lord  rent is creating problem. CGMT agreed to take up the issue with corporate office.

4. In situ scrapping of towers:  CGMT appreciated our suggestion and agreed to issue orders in this regard instead of dismantling and storing  resulting huge loss.

5. Issues related with Call centre, Activation delay, Dkyc issues, Term cell penalty etc

CGM informed that the call centre vendor is under bankruptcy. Corporate office is requesting Kerala circle to start a call centre of our own which will be discussed with association and BAs. CGM has the firm opinion that certain BAs are not completing the CAF cropping in time and any delay or error with regard to such ignorance need to be viewed seriously.

16. New FTTH Plans:

We requested to implement the new FTTH plans having higher speed in all BAs. CGM replied that these plans are not economical to BSNL and is introduced only to combat with our competitors (reliance and airtel). if the implementation at EKM and TVM BAs are encouraging, it may be introduced in other BAs also.

17. Commencement of IPTV in other BAs:

CGMT acknowledged the displeasure in the commencement of IPTV in Kerala circle. For the time being the concentration will be to implement it in BSNL and Exclusive LCO networks. He also agreed for discussion with corporate office about the tariff structure.

18. Cluster monitoring and invoice processing: CGMT informed that CMD has agreed to make necessary changes if any suggested by the circle in case the performance of  present   cluster partners are not satisfactory and retender is required. All clulster incharges  are to  strictly and seriously  monitor the cluster maintenance and  the improvement in service quality and  at least retention of customers are to be ensured .

19. LCO Payments:

Corporate office is not in favour of cash payment to LCOs. Registration of B-pay and commission hand over through Wallet is being practiced now. Corporate office is allotting money in this vertical but is not sufficient to pay all the pending bills.

20. Infra procurement leased model:  CGMT appreciated our suggestions and informed that these issues are to be dealt at corporate level.

21. Transmission maintenance:

We requested to float tender for UG OF cable maintenance in all BAs and to sign agreement under type V model for the overhead cable maintenance. CGM replied that he will discuss the issue in the next BA head meeting.

22. SRRC & repair of PP modules and cards:

Most of the employees worked in SRRCs took VRS and the non receipt of temporary advance has badly affected its functioning. Tenders for the repair at BA level may be called for the repair of the cards and modules. Instead of repairing the old PP modules with a repair cost ~ 4500 Rs, 80A PP modules with rates between 5000 and 6000 are available in the market which can be purchase by sanctioning LPCs in BA itself we suggested. We also informed that the spares available in the market are not of the desired quality. In reply CGM told that technically sound employees wish to work may be posted at SRRCs. Experienced retired employees also may be considered for contracting the work and tenders also may be floated.

23. Clarity/CRM/FMS issues:

To the concern of the association about the frequent failures of clarity, CRM and FMS CGM told that it is a pan india issue and need to be settled from corporate office. We also brought to the notice of CGM the issues related with migration of existing Broad band numbers to the FTTH network. No issues are being faced in migration of Huawei Core numbers whereas Utstar migration has so many hurdles. 

24. Refund of deposit to closed numbers:

We informed that the refund of security deposit through topping up of the customers mobile is not implemented in most of the BAs citing the technical issues and we need not pay voluntarily the deposit to the NPD customers until customers claim for the same. We also informed that the earlier procedure to pay back the deposit through cheque stopped by BSNL citing the transaction charge and postage expenditure and some refund cases are there which completed all formalities in the system to refund through cheque which need to be reviewed. CGM replied that the non implementation of refund by pushing mobile stock is not in the notice of the circle and will discuss in the next BA head meeting. Our opinion  regarding  closure due to  NPD numbers and refund thereof  will be examined.

25. CPAN B-node issues:  The matter was  discussed with CGMT citing Wayand failure , CGMT agreed to  take up the matter with Vendor are concerned

26. New Business models:

To our request to allow LCOs to rearrange our poles and to erect new poles for 10 Years like BOT model, CGM replied that let LCOs submit the proposal for consideration of BSNL. With regard to the termination of LCO agreements of the non performance, CGMT told that corporate office has already instructed for termination of such LCOs and care should be taken to ensure that, all connections provided by the non performer is migrated to BSNL Own FTTH network or to any other exclusive LCO networks.

27. AMC related issues of OLTEs, DSLAMs, Switches etc:

We informed that due to  the active intervention by SNEA , corporate office has terminated the AMC of Alphion OLT. Similar issues are to be highlighted in all other AMCs by cost accounting. We also requested that, a portion of money saved in the AMC termination may be reinvested for arranging proper spare or for replacing the OLTs with cost effective new equipments. CGMT told that Kerala circle decided to form a cost cell for the same.

28. NGN Migration and POI shifting pending:

We requested circle to complete all migration immediately.  CGMT informed that  priority will be given in releasing Temporary Advance  for this work.

29. Delay in updation of online payments in CRM and there by delay in reconnection:

To our specific request to have payment gateways of our own, CGM informed that it is not under the purview of Kerala circle.

30. Customer bills not receiving through email especially for enterprise customers using their company email domain:

CGMT informed that as per ITPC the issue has been settled and if complaints are still there may be because of the non updation of email/mobile numbers in CRM due to the change of officers in charges. May be taken up individually as and when complaint is registered since ITPC  is demanding specific cases.   

31. FTTH provisioning and KPI monitoring , Centralised customer care centre for FTTH and Technical support to BSNL Franchisees/Exclusive LCOs:

In the meeting we emphasised the need of call centre for FTTH customers and a centralised NOC for OLT partners at circle level. CGM replied that NOC at circle office will not yield the desired result and may think of forming an expert team having sufficient experience in field in BAs or at circle level.  We had a detailed deliberation regarding dynamically adjusting the MTU size in all BSNL network elements and also pointed out the importance replacement of old routers with new one with advanced facilities. The super core router installation at Kozhikkode BA and its failure in commissioning related with vendor issue also discussed.

32. Purchase of high end ONTs exclusively to provide recently launched plans above 100 Mbps in TVM and EKM BAs:

To the subject we told that now ONTs compatible with Alphion OLT are available in the open market. Therefore we may suggest customers to purchase compatible ONTs changing the rental option.

Other items discussed with CGMT

Antidating of promotion – case of 4 JAOs posted against resultant vacancies aroused due to declining of selected candidates against LICE examination conducted for 2015-2016 vacancies:

CGMT replied that the case is under active consideration of the circle office.

The meeting was fruitful, interactive and lasted  for nearly 4 hours .


07/11/2020: Circle News
 

Continuance of Employees’ Health Insurance scheme for the next year:

In the agenda meeting held with Management on 5/11/2020, we requested to launch the insurance scheme next year in the official platform so that participation of employees will be more, resulting in reduction of premium and more benefits to the employees. 

CGM agreed to our suggestions and views which was also conveyed to management in our letter dated 20.10.2020 and accordingly a letter has been issued to all Unions and Associations inviting opinions whether to proceed with this Medical insurance in the official platform or not. We thank CGMT for the positive response.

View Letter from GM (HR/Admin)


07/11/2020: Circle News
 

Modifications issued in the DGM LA orders : Circle Administration agreed to the discrepancies raised by this association reg DGM LA postings in the agenda meeting held on 5/11/2020 and accordingly modified orders are issued. We thank CGM, GM HR and his HR team for considering our requests and issuing modified orders.

View Modified Orders


06/11/2020: Circle News
 

Transfer Request List for JAO/AO published : View list

In the agenda meeting with Administration, we requested to publish the transfer requests received in Finance wing as well as from Civil/Electrical wings as done for JTO/SDE. We submitted to CGMT about JAO-2018 batch completing 2 years service this Oct-2020 and requested to consider these cases.

We thank Administration for publishing the list for JAO/AO cadre as promised to us in the meeting. We are pursuing for publishing the same for Civil/Electrical also.

We are continuously pursuing with Administration for considering these transfer requests in all cadres ASAP.


06/11/2020: Circle News
 

Agenda Meeting held with CGMT at Conference Hall, Circle office on 5/11/2020.

The meeting began at 3 PM and was very interactive meeting that ended at 6.30 PM.

CGMT Shri C.V.Vinod chaired the meeting. GM HR&Admin Sri Sathish.R, DGM HR Smt.Leena Rose Thomas, AGM HR Smt Sunitha George, SDE HR Smt.Renu Vishwanathan and SDE Admin Shri Sanjay kumar attended from management side.

Circle office bearers and District Secretaries attended the meeting through video conferencing and interacted with the management on various agenda points. Office bearers from Trivandrum and Circle office attended directly at Conference hall.

Just before the start of the meeting, reply to our pre-submitted agenda points was shared to us by GM HR and these points were further extensively discussed during the meeting.  VIEW REPLY to our AGENDA POINTS


05/11/2020: Circle News
 

Congratulations..!! Looking after arrangement issued in the cadre of DGM

Orders for 18 executives issued out of 27 vacancies. The discrepancies reported from various DS has been taken up with Administration.

View Orders


03/11/2020: Circle News
 

Corporate office considered our suggestion regarding extra ordinary high AMC cost of 9% for Alphion OLTs procured long back on very high rates and issued letter stating that current AMC contract stands terminated wef 31.12.2020. 

View Letter

This is the result of recent letters submitted by both SNEA Kerala at circle level and SNEA CHQ at corporate level where it was requested to immediately stop the AMC and replace the OLTs with new one.

New OLTs are available between Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs in the open market with 3 years warranty where as BSNL is paying about Rs 1.75 lakhs per OLT per year as AMC for the old, outdated Alphion OLTs. 

View Kerala letter || View CHQ letter

Kerala circle is spending Rs91, 05, 528/- every year for maintaining 52 Alphion OLTs. The original cost of these equipments was Rs 10,11,72,538/- and the AMC cost is 9% of the project.

we could provide very few connections in Alphion OLTs these years because, the capacity is 32 connections per PON port which the vendor denied enhancing to 64 connections per port citing the non-purchase of licence, when we badly needed capacity addition.

Now a days, a good quality OLT having 8 ports with capacity 1000 lines (8 port X 128 line) is available between Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs in the open market. Despite going for the AMC, if BSNL is purchasing new OLTs (52 Nos) for replacement of these Alphion OLTs it will cost only 65 lakhs (cost of one OLT taken as Rs 1.25 Lakhs). The new vendor will offer 3 year free maintenance for the purchase. BSNL need only Rs 65 Lakhs for 3 years instead of Rs 2.73 Crore, 3 year AMC charge.


02/11/2020: Circle News
 

Historic Day for Employees of BSNL...!!

BSNL Executives Shri George Varghese and Shri Venugopalan.S took the charge of GM as BA Head in Malappuram and Kannur respectively. It was a long cherished dream of all executives since long to hold such responsibility.

We once again thank respected CGMT Sri CV Vinod Sir for his extraordinary decision for  filling up the vacuum of BA heads and for having confidence in entrusting this responsibility to these BSNL Executives.

We are sure, this will boost the morale of all  BSNL Executives and Non Executives in a long way.


30/10/2020: Circle News
 

Congratulations to all...!! Finally Corporate office accepted our views on the Fixation of pay on 2nd PRC implementation - Case of Officiating JTOs who got regular promotion after 01.10.2007 upto 07.05.2010

We were pursuing this for the last 5 to 6 years at various levels and finally Corporate office has issued clarifications and accepted our views. As per the clarification received from Corporate office, the officiating JTOs promoted as regular JTO between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010 have been allowed to exercise option under para 3.6 of BSNL CO letter No 1-16/2010-PAT(BSNL) dated 07.05.2010 for fixation of pay under 2nd PRC as a onetime measure. Circle office has endorsed and issued instructions that options may be called from eligible JTOs in service/VRS retirees and pay may be fixed accordingly. Congratulations to all...!!

Clarification letter to Kerala from Corporate office || Circle office Letter || Clarification lr to Kolkata


28/10/2020: Circle News
 

Volunteers called for ordering Looking after Arrangement in the post of DGM and AGM/DE

interested volunteers may submit three options in the order of BA preference by email to sunithageorge@bsnl.co.in on or before 31/10/2020 

Options called for DGM LA || Options called for AGM LA


26/10/2020: Circle News
 

Congratulations!!

For the first time in history two executives recruited as JTOs are given the charge of GMs in Malappuram and Kannur. It was a long cherished dream of all executives since long to hold such responsibility.

We thank respected CGMT Sri CV Vinod Sir for his extraordinary decision for  filling up the vacuum of BA heads and for having confidence in entrusting this responsibility to these BSNL Executives.

We are sure, this will boost the morale of all  BSNL Executives and Non Executives in a long way.

View Orders


26/10/2020: Circle News
 

List of Inter BA Transfer Requests in the cadre of JTO/SDE received at Circle office, Trivandrum:

View Published List

Consideration of pending Transfer requests got delayed due to Executive Membership Verification process, and now due to our continuous persuasion Circle HR wing has finally published the list of transfer requests received at Circle office.

The discrepancies /missing cases / not yet forwarded cases by BA may be reported immediately to respective District Secretaries for taking up with Administration and following up.

We are following up with Administration for publishing similar list in the cadre of JAO/AO also.


21/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Importance of having a Group Health Insurance Policy in BSNL and the need to further strengthen Kerala BSNL Employees’ Health Insurance Scheme launched in March 2020 under the banner of Associations and Unions with wholehearted support from Circle Administration, our request.

View Letter


21/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Issues related to CPAN system maintenance in Kerala Circle, necessity of keeping spare B2 Nodes in each BAs/Zones and urgent need to resolve many unsettled issues between KL NOC and Zonal NOC BLR/FH team BLR, our suggestions

View Letter


20/10/2020: CHQ News
 
15/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Terminal benefits management for EPF beneficiaries, need to have a SPOC at Circle office and BAs, our request

View Letter


15/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Effective utilization of the professionally qualified and highly competitive Civil Engineers available in the Circle, need to motivate the well experienced workforce and explore sources of additional revenue generation for BSNL, our suggestions.

View Letter


15/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Execution of BA OFC laying work clubbed with STP work to minimise expenditure

View Letter


14/10/2020: CHQ News
 

Congratulations: BSNL circulated the AIEL of JTOs with the same age old criteria of Rect Year and Training Centre marks, vindicating SNEA stand.

The AIGETOA demand for: i) 1:1 inter-se seniority (irrespective of rect year) and ii) seniority based on Date of Joining rejected again vindicating SNEA stand.

The AIEL circulated on 12.10.2020 is same as that of the final AIEL circulated on 20.02.2015 and again on 14.06.2018, except placing the supernumerary JTOs recruited from 2001 to 2007 rect years at the bottom of each Rect years. Against these AIEL only, AIGETOA fought the cases at CAT and High Court and filed contempt petition and stopped the second DPC in 2018.

The major contention of AIGETOA was that the DR JTOs of 2001 rect year onwards are to be interpolated with 1995 to 1999 rect promotee JTOs as there was no DR rect during 1995 to 1999.  Another contention of AIGETOA was that the 1995 to 1999 rect JTOs who joined in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 etc through the LICE quota and SC/ST quota are excess promotees. Both contentions are not accepted by the Court as well BSNL. BSNL placed all of them in respective Rect years from 1995 to 1999, irrespective of DoJ in the new AIEL also.

Whether AIGETOA and their activists will accept this AIEL or again go for litigations as done in 2015 and 2018 is to wait and watch as the AIEL published on 14.06.2018 and 12.10.2020 is one and the same. We hope that better sense will prevail on them and they will not oppose this AIEL and stop DPC as done in the past.

Last 10 years, AIGETOA was fighting legal battle in different courts claiming for 1:1 seniority irrespective of Rect year (1:1 interpolation of 2001 rect DRs with 1995 Rect promotees) and declaring the 1995 to 1999 rect JTOs joined after 2000 as excess promotees.

If litigations were not there, all the JTOs upto 2001 would have become SDEs in 2015 itself as per the final AIEL dated 20.02.2015. Remaining JTOs become SDEs in 2018 or even earlier.

The AIEL particulars for the remaining batches also will be called shortly as assured by the management.

The new PGM(Pers) immediately after joining, took immediate action for changing the criteria of inter-se-seniority from DoJ to Rect year and Training Centre marks. He was earlier GM(Estt) and instrumental for JTO RR 2014.

Their agenda is very clear now:

i) Delay and thereby deny the promotions to large number of JTOs (1995 to 1999), about 4000 in promotee quota. They retired without getting promotions. They were not a contender for further promotion to DE.

ii) Delay the promotion of remaining JTOs upto 2005 and the 2007 and 2008 JTOs also by not allowing the DPC in 2018.

If litigation was not there, DPC and LDCE could have conducted year wise w/o delaying promotions.

Most importantly, they are working with the management to derail the much awaited Time Bound Functional Promotion (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) which will give smooth promotion to the youngsters from 01.07.2018 onwards. Our efforts will continue to get the new promotion policy implemented and these JTOs also gets their SDE promotion from 01.07.2018 itself instead of a prospective date. Equally important, other eligible Executives in other cadres also have to get their promotion from 01.07.2018 onwards. Definitely we will be successful in our efforts and the coming CWC will be taking very strong decisions to get it implemented without any more delay.

Cov Lr || AIEL-upto 2001 YOR || Cov Lr || AIEL-from 2002 to 2008 YOR 


13/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Legacy procedures and complex procurement policies badly affecting timely replacement of life expired and faulty passive telecom infrastructure in Telephone exchanges and BTS sites, urgent action solicited to bring radical changes in the procurement policy to improve telecom service quality and revenue generation, our submissions and suggestions 

View Letter


12/10/2020: CHQ News
 
12/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg AMC of Alphion OLTs

View Letter

It is learned that huge amounts are being paid to OLT vendors in Kerala circle towards the AMC charges. Kerala circle is spending Rs91, 05, 528/- every year for maintaining 52 Alphion OLTs. The original cost of these equipments was Rs 10,11,72,538/- and the AMC cost is 9% of the project from 2019.

As we all know, we could provide very few connections in Alphion OLTs these years because, the capacity is 32 connections per PON port which the vendor denied enhancing to 64 connections per port citing the non-purchase of licence, when we badly needed capacity addition.

Now a days, a good quality OLT having 8 ports with capacity 1000 lines (8 port X 128 line) is available between Rs 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs in the open market. Despite going for the AMC, if BSNL is purchasing new OLTs (52 Nos) for replacement of these Alphion OLTs it will cost only 65 lakhs (cost of one OLT taken as Rs 1.25 Lakhs). The new vendor will offer 3 year free maintenance for the purchase. BSNL need only Rs 65 Lakhs for 3 years instead of Rs 2.73 Crore, 3 year AMC charge.

The 21 OLTs of UTSTAR supplied by ICOMM and HUAWEI/STARLITE OLTs diverted from Punjab don’t have AMCs and executives working in NIB and NOC are maintaining it without any AMC. For Alphion OLTs also similar procedure may be followed.

Therefore SNEA Kerala circle urge upon circle administration to immediately stop such extravagant expenditure in the name of AMC, when the need of the hour is to explore all austerity measures when BSNL is unable to pay even salary/wages in time.

In this connection though it is a pan BSNL issue we would like to point out that Kerala Circle could reduce the AMC cost of Mobile equipments to the tune of Rs36 per line per annum by taking bold decisions while many other Circle were incurring an expenditure of Rs270 per line per annum.


11/10/2020: Circle News
 

Draft Longstay list in the cadre of SDE and JTO published in Kerala Intranet.

As the list published is based purely on ERP data which does not consider the stay at circle tenure stations like Wayanad and Idukki, all our members are requested to go through the list and represent to the administration for necessary correction if any.

SDE covering letter || TVM_KLM || PTA_ALP_KTM || ENK_TCR || PGT_MRX || CLT_KNR

JTO covering letter || TVM_KLM || ALP_PTA_KTM || ENK_TCR || PGT_MRX || CLT_KNR


08/10/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg transfer and posting order in the grade of SDE (Civil)

View Letter || Transfer order

Considering the facts and figures, we requested CGM Kerala for necessary action to bring more executives to Kerala Circle instead of transferring executives from this profit oriented circle. We also requested to Cancel the transfer order for SDE(Civil) and taken up at Corporate office level.


03/10/2020: Circle News
 

SNEA Kerala CEC Meeting (held online through Zoom) on 22/09/2020

A CEC meeting of SNEA Kerala was organised through Zoom on 22.09.2020 from 10 AM. Circle office bearers, DSs, CEC members and Branch Secretaries joined the meeting online which was organised mainly to discuss issues to be taken up in the proposed CWC meeting next month. Detailed discussions were also held regarding Kerala Circle administration’ proposal of Executive redeployment in the Circle.

Circle Secretary welcomed all participants. During reporting CS briefed the deliberations held in the Circle Secretary’ meeting (online) organised by CHQ on 14.09.2020 and the CGM’ meeting with Associations held on 16.09.2020. 

Circle President presided over the meeting. In his address, CP briefed about the recent developments in HR issues happening at Corporate level. The recognised Association is keeping mum about the recent order of Corporate office about deferment of time bound promotion for a period of two years in the case of refusal of post based promotion. The restructuring plan of Corporate office has not made provisions for Operational DGMs in Category 2&3 BAs. The proposal of redeployment by the CGM Kerala cannot be accepted as such and any transfer according to such proposal need to be protested strongly, other than request transfers. CP pointed out that Kerala Circle is paying maintenance charges for huge number of unused service connections to cluster partners unnecessarily. Number of leased line connections as being shown in cluster invoices is not matching with the actual. DSs have to actively intervene in the problems faced by the field executives at cluster level. Immediate GB meetings have to be organised at Branch and District levels to deliberate on field issues and need to represent grievances/suggestions to BA Heads with copies to Circle body for taking up at Circle/CHQ levels. CP requested the CEC members to have fruitful discussions in the meeting about the innovative ideas to improve the revenue, cost reduction and issues related with cluster maintenance. 

The following points were discussed in the meeting.

1. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: Meeting had very detailed discussions regarding the present promotion policy, the scope of promotions in the context of post reductions as per restructuring plan, etc. To ensure promotion to all cadres, CPSU cadre hierarchy implementation seems to be the most suitable option. The participants opined that immediate trade union actions need to be launched for immediate implementation of the policy already approved by the BSNL board. Kerala Circle body to present the subject in the upcoming CWC meeting in that line. A calculation sheet may be prepared by Circle or CHQ depicting the benefits to executives if CPSUCH is implemented and the advantage each Executive gets if implemented at a retrospective date of 01.07.2018. 


2. Redeployment of executives in Kerala Circle: The meeting requested all DSs to calculate the number of executives required in their BAs according to the post VRS justification issued by corporate office on 27.12.2019. The justification of JEs may also be calculated and compared with existing strength. 
 

3. Immediate protest against Corporate office orders like deferment of time bound promotion for a period of two years which affects executive career badly. CHQ to be requested to launch immediate protest call against such orders and we have to give wide publicity and awareness among our members. The protest call may also be brought to the notice of BA/Circle administrations and to be displayed in notice boards at all levels.
 

4. The CEC thanked CHQ for bringing the severe data congestion issue being experienced in the 3G/4G radio network in the Circle to the notice of CMD requesting early resolution including diversion of unused software licences available in other Circles and permission to use additional spectrum in the Circle to upgrade the RAN. As promised by the CMD to CHQ, Corporate Office has taken positive steps in this regard. SNEA Kerala’ suggestions for PAN India 4G launch through other innovative and industry standard models are also under the active consideration of BSNL Board.
 

5. AMC of Engine alternators: Some of the BAs have not floated tender for AMC of Engine alternators at BA level as done by Alappuzha and Kollam BAs. DSs to pursue the same with those BA Heads if required to expedite the same in all BAs. It has been pointed out that due to covid-19 pandemic vendors are participating in tenders even though BSNL payment is delayed.
 

6. Marketing related issues: There are plenty of mobile plans available in prepaid segment in CM vertical and is being often modified on a fortnightly basis. Thirty Six new plans were either introduced or modified in the present financial year. The retailers are continuously complaining that they are not made aware of the changes being incorporated among these plans and hence they are not in a position to promote such offers other than the basic plans. Therefore rationalisation of various mobile prepaid plans has become inevitable. It would be always better to have minimum basic plans and freebies/offers/ bundles so that required promotions can be done more effectively by the franchisees/ retailers with regard to prepaid products. It is observed that the outsourced vendors who manage official websites are pushing advertisements of our rival firms which need to be curbed once for all. These firms are purposefully giving their advertisements in our websites to grab our loyal customers. It has to be strongly protested. BB plans above Rs. 500 plan charges can be provided in FTTH network also. But customers are deprived of the higher speed that can be attained in the FTTH network due to plan restrictions. The lower FTTH plan 499 offers 20 Mbps where as BB plan 599 offers only 10 Mbps. Even though these plans are BB plans, the minimum speed being provided to FTTH customers is not offered to customers who opt high end BB plans. 
 

7. FTTH provisioning and monitoring: As we are witnessing, Kerala Circle has been marching way ahead to attain significant targets in FTTH provisioning compared to all other Circles. It was SNEA Kerala’ proposal to implement LCO model in BSNL to promote FTTH services.  Also, SNEA Kerala has been playing the pivotal role in promoting and popularising the present Exclusive LCO business model which has become a successful one in the present scenario which has already started yielding tangible results. This model of FTTH provisioning need to be further strengthened in all BAs which would be our lifeline and thus would definitely help BSNL to fight effectively to capture more FTTH business in the highly competitive digital data market and that too during the most difficult times of financial crisis. The FTTH network is being expanded on a large scale in most BAs and hence there is a need to put in place a robust mechanism for effective monitoring of various network elements including OLTs and their KPIs. Also, we need to concentrate further to respond quickly to customer requests as well including faults to ensure best service quality to our esteemed customers. Most of the Exclusive LCOs are not having adequate experience in this field and hence are not fully aware of the smooth and detailed working of all elements. Further, higher data requirements from customers during the covid-19 scenario have caused significant increase in the traffic causing choking of data during peak hours. It has been decided by the CEC to urge upon the Circle administration to form an exclusive centralised NOC for FTTH services at Circle level for ensuring smooth operations and maintenance of FTTH network similar to OMCR and CPAN NOC which would be very much helpful for extending quick response to customer requests, fault management and technical support to BBCs and LCOs. 
 

8. Rationalization of one time charge for FTTH installation to be levied by LCO which was suggested by SNEA earlier and now implemented in J&K circle to be implemented in Kerala circle also.
 

9. Permission for using BSNL poles for re-erection by exclusive LCOs: In the meeting with Associations, CGM was anxious about the shabby fibre cable network at many places and its maintenance. As an attempt to bring professionalism in optical fibre cable drawing to customer premises, we suggest giving permission to exclusive LCOs for using BSNL poles and re erecting them in some neat and tidy manner to extend FTTH connections during their tenure of contract with BSNL may be up to 10 Years. Further, we may consider allowing these LCOs to erect new poles also by their own as per some guidelines to be formulated by BSNL similar to provisions available in the BOT model. We may also consider some business arrangement, in which the E-LCO may be asked to build the pole/cable network, operates it and eventually transfers the ownership to BSNL after a specific period of contract.  
 

10. Cluster maintenance: The meeting requests the entire cluster in charges to issue notices to non performing Cluster partners immediately. All unused service numbers and PCO connections are to be closed to avoid unnecessary paying of maintenance charges to cluster agencies. SNEA would like to suggest that if new tendering is not feasible on immediate basis, and if the partners are agreeing to increase the 15 % capping, such vendors may be allowed to continue by fixing the capping rate proportional to their performance. If that option is also not feasible, the limiter tender possibility may be explored.  
 

11.  Our suggestions on proposals revenue increase and new business model to be compiled and submitted by DSs to CS.
 

12. Members expressed disappointment over the present Circle administration’ priorities in instilling confidence among employees and motivating them to revive BSNL as promised earlier prior to VRS. There were discussions about the recently introduced Mobile no. OTP based online Employee attendance which appears to be a surveillance of the employees in Kerala Circle that too in the mid of COVID-19 pandemic without any directions from BSNL Corporate Office. Members have viewed this as an act of mistrust of the Circle Administration in the self-motivated workforce who has been toiling hard even without timely salary and any financial support from the management for maintaining the network round the clock even in the post VRS scenario. Members opined that even though mobile app was made available to the field personnel for marking their attendance, the administration need to focus more on those aspects required for motivating the employees to increase their productivity when there is no visible action from any corners to revive the company other than a revival package in paper. The Circle Administration has been unfortunately focusing on aspects like surveillance of employees that too in the COVID 19 scare and when there are severe restrictions in the public transport system in the country.
 

13. Members also pointed out the lack of seriousness being shown by the Administration in addressing the field difficulties caused due to terminating access of OMCWEB portal without making any alternate arrangements to BSS/NQM personnel for monitoring the network through internet. The Administration doesn’t seems to have proper  vision to consider OMCWEB as a powerful RF tool for the network optimizing team instead seems to consider it as just another portal available in BSNL. Also, they pointed out that the CNMC portal cannot be a replacement for OMCWEB at present due to many reasons. The CEC decided to pursue with the Administration to make it available to all BSS/NQM personnel through internet.
 

14.  All SSA/ Branch GB meetings to be completed before 31st October 2020.
 

15. Meeting of different sections/verticals to deliberate upon Operational/ Marketing issues are to be conducted by BA bodies and to be taken up for resolution with BA/ Circle Administration.
 

16.  The meeting decided to print Calendar and Diary 2021 for all members.
 

17.  It was suggested to request Circle Administration to post an executive as SPOC for EPF related claims and settlements at Circle level.

The online CEC meeting was concluded by 6.30 PM. 

Circle Treasurer delivered vote of thanks.


02/10/2020: Gandhi Jayanthi
 


30/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Staff Redeployment - our views and suggestions

View Letter || Annexure-1(SDE/JTO & AO/JAO)     ||     Annexure-2(AGM/CAO)


29/09/2020: CHQ News
 

AUAB Notice to observe BSNL Formation day

01.10.2020 as BLACK DAY

In protest against:

1) Cancellation of the 4G tender floated by BSNL.

2) Failure of BSNL management to upgrade existing 49300 4G compatible BTSs and procuring another 15000 BTSs(4G) through existing Phase VIII.4 tender Add on order and launching 4G services.

BSNL employees suspect that it is a conspiracy to deny 4G technology to BSNL and thereby to convert it into a sick company.

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) meeting held on 07.09.2020 decided with a heavy heart, to observe 01.10.2020, the 20th Formation Day of BSNL as BLACK DAY.

 

AUAB also decided to organise HUNGER FAST on that day maintaining social distancing.

The employees will wear black-badges on that day.

AUAB Notice


24/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Performance of Cluster partners and suggestions for improvements

View Letter


23/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Termination of access of OMCWEB portal to the field units, our suggestions

View Letter


23/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg our Feedback about "Utility of IP-MLLN solution in BSNL Telecom Network" in today's scenario

View Letter


21/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Severe bandwidth issue in Attapadi area causing heavy customer complaints and churn

View Letter


21/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg Consolidation of Business Areas and rationalization of Work & delegated powers- request for sanction for DGMs for Operations and Finance

View Letter

Though the representative association has presented figures much less than justified by Circle office and the norms, we are working out the justification of each cadre and details are being worked out...


18/09/2020: Circle News
 

Meeting with Circle Management on 16/9/2020 :

A meeting was held by Circle Management with SNEA and AIGETOA at Conference Hall of Circle Office at 11 AM on 16/9/2020 to discuss the following agenda points:

1. Executive manpower redeployment in tune with the latest restructuring directions from Corporate Office 

2. Shortage of manpower and posting of executives in such BAs/Places 

3. Redeployment of manpower to cater to the needs of the present market conditions 

4. Innovative ideas to improve our business penetration, especially in view of the present Work from Home' scenario adopted by Corporates 

5. Ideas to improve the revenue and revenue collection 

6. Cluster-wise maintenance activity for Landline/Broadband - Suggestions for improvement  

Circle Secretary Com.Jithesh.K.P, Circle President Com.George Varghese and other office bearers joined the meeting through online by Google Meet.

CGMT Shri C.V.Vinod chaired the meeting. PGM Smt.Yojana Das, GM Shri Sukumaran.N.K, GM Shri P.G.Nirmal, GM(HR&Admin) Shri Sathesh.R, DGM (HR&Admin) Smt.Leena Rose Thomas, AGM(HR) Smt.Sunitha George, SDE(HR) Smt.Renu Vishwanath represented from Management side.

CGM congratulated both the Executive Associations for the 2nd MV results. 

In his speech, CGMT mentioned the shortage of executives in certain districts.

As the submarine OFC cable connectivity project of Lakshadweep Islands to the mainland is coming up, CGMT mentioned that there would be a transfer of few more executives to Lakshadweep though the project would be handled by STP.

The respective vertical heads also shared the ongoing developments and the future plans in their verticals to the Associations.

The Recognized Association presented  a MBA PPT vision statement. It is disheartening  to note ( though not unexpected ) that they are competing with management in reduction of executives posts in the Circle in their presentation. They could not find any operational issues prevailing in the circle. As far as cluster maintenance is concerned  one of the office bearer is of the view  that it is issue with cluster incharge as he could resolve all the issues in a cluster where he was in charge for  just 3 months in Kottayam BA.

Our Circle Secretary Com.Jithesh.K.P representing  majority executives in Kerala Circle expressed the pain and agony of Kerala employees in maintaining/providing the BSNL services under severe limitations. Circle President Com.George Varghese also voiced the concerns of employees, the field realities and  reiterated our view  upon the online attendance system. Other office bearers in the meeting – CT Com.Suneer.S, DS MRX Com.Kamalraj, DS ALP Com.Vipin, and DS ENK Com.Suresh Kumar.R also expressed and put forward the thoughts of majority executives in Kerala Circle to the Circle Management. We thanked CGMT and Circle administration for having called such a meeting.

The proposed distribution plan shared by Circle Management w.r.t SDE/JTO & AO/JAO was out rightly rejected for its flaws as it was not seen to be in line with the revenue generated nor with the business potential of the BAs nor in accordance with any norms nor in consideration of geographical area, number of exchanges  etc. We have pointed  out the  inconsistency of the figures from SSA to SSA and section to Section. While all efforts are taken to ensure justification in certain sections like  a tailor made one, certain important areas are totally ignored.  We requested CGMT to convey the deep sorrow and frustration of executives  created  by the statement of CMD  that executives can aspire maximum a  DGM  promotion only by the age of 57 while it was pointed out  that  executives are waiting for the first promotion even after 25 years. We pointed out the fact that the  officers with same qualification and service are getting  more than  5-6 promotions in  their career in the same organizations.  While we are talking about revenue generation it is bound to see on our expenditure in the  form of many AMC, Purchase etc.

As per the restructuring plan released by Corporate office for the Group-A officers, Ernakulam is proposed to have 5 GMs whereas it is to be noted that in Kerala Circle 5 BAs are not even having BA Heads for a long time. So we requested Circle Management to fill the vacant BA head posts first, the restructuring has to begin from top and not from the bottom.

To cater to the shortages in BAs we already have a transfer policy in the Circle which is being followed since 2008 but which is usually done at the end of financial year and we felt that this is not the right time to do it in the name of restructuring plan. However the  request transfers pending  may be considered  at the earliest.

At many places the power plant and  batteries are not in good condition and we are facing difficulty in maintaining the services. In the absence of temporary advance, Executives are investing their personal money to run the services, the labour payments are pending for more than a year, in many places the LCO partners are not paid, but we fail to understand the prime concern of Management in clearing the invoices of cluster partners on war foot basis every month.

We requested management to form Committees at all levels for understanding the actual field realities for better solutions in the long run of BSNL.

We fail to understand that when our employees in Kerala Circle are giving their best to run the services under severe limitations, Management is busy in giving more weightage to HR activities like transfer, redeployment, online attendance etc.

Already three executives were posted recently to Lakshadweep and now in the name of Submarine OFC project by STP, transferring more executives to the islands may not  give desired output in terms of revenue from the experience from  the submarine OFC project of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

It is understood that Management has proposed to reduce manpower on the pretext of outsourcing of various works. But it is to be noted that the work of executives is not outsourced. The work for them has only increased with slow software packages like Clarity, CRM, ERP etc. It is also seen that accounts  executives are reduced in the proposed deployment plan but we fail to understand the outsourcing of their work which never happened in Accounts. In fact while there was 5 tier check  in pre VRS period, today the check level has reduced to just 1 or 2 in accounts wing due to shortage of office Assistants. As far as Technical cadres of JTO/SDE/DEs are concerned none of the works of executives are outsourced and rather become more difficult due to entrusting the work to totally outsiders which was handled and supervised by non executives.

Since the Corporate office has justified PGM/GM posts based on revenue  though none available in BSNL, the requirement of executives in Kerala has to be based on revenue we pointed out. Accordingly BSNL Kerala  justify 10% of the executives which is around 3000. We felt that the present justification is arrived at to ensure that the wage bill of the circle is not  increased  to affect its profitability. The figure projected by circle administration 1602 for Telecom Engineering and 284 for Finance can not be accepted and any rationalization based on such justification is not based on realities.

Finally CGMT  assured that  he will consider the points  raised by us and  suggested to give him our views on all issues  and the decision will be taken after discussing  with us. As far as cluster maintenance is concerned CGMT suggested that since the 3 month  period is over, those partners who are not really performing can be terminated by finding alternate agencies for which any policy change is required it can be got approved for Kerala circle.


17/09/2020: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri S K Gupta, DIR(Fin) on 16.09.2020:

GS and AGSs met Shri S K Gupta, DIR(Fin) and held discussions on various points:

Restructuring, consolidation of SSAs into BAs and post reduction: We expressed our serious concern for merging small SSAs and creating BAs, thereby surrendering DGM/AGM level posts and creating GM level posts. This will have adverse impact on the promotion avenues of the Executives, we explained. In fact GM level Officers are not available in BSNL but there are sufficient number of Executives eligible to become AGM and DGM, without incurring any additional expenditure. DGM/AGM level posts to be created in BAs, based on the Revenue in the SSAs under Cat 1, 2 & 3 BAs, we demanded.

Similarly DGM(Accs & Budg) required in Cat 2 BAs instead of CAO.

The management proposal for making AGM and DGM posts interchangeable is feasible only when the promotion from AGM to DGM is on Time Bound (when promotion to DGM is not post based). DIR(Fin) agreed to our view points and assured to discuss with CMD and DR(HR) in this regard.

Payment of dues: The Pension Contribution not paid to DoT for one year and about 1100 Crores is outstanding. Society, medical payment to retirees from April 2019 etc are also pending. This month, bank loan quarterly repayment of Rs 1100 Crores is to be done. In December month, the instalment is about 2700 Crores. This week, the GST payment of more than 200 Crores will be made. On salary payment, DIR(Fin) informed that it is expected in next week.


16/09/2020: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Jagdish Prasad, GM & CLO(SCT) on 15.09.2020

GS, President and AGS met CLO and held discussions on filling the unfilled SC/ST vacancies in SDE cadre for the vacancy years, 2009-10 and 2010-11 for which DPC held was in June, 2018. They are eligible for promotion notionally from 15.06.2018 itself as others got the promotion on 15.06.2018. The SC/ST quota could not fill up as JTOs from 2001 rect onwards are to be considered for promotion but the method of fixation of inter-se seniority was quashed by EKM HC and ordered for fixation of seniority as per DOJ. In ST category, 216 vacancies out of 220 vacancies as per 7.5% quota remain unfilled as on 15.06.2018.

CLO assured that the matter will be taken up with Pers section as per the information furnished by SNEA in the letter dated 11.09.2020 to promote the JTOs belong to the SC/ST category for the unfilled vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11, notionally w.e.f. 15.06.2018.

It has come to our notice that this matter was not taken up by the SC/ST Welfare Association, SEWA BSNL so far with management to fill up 15% SC and 7.5% ST quota.

GS letter to DIR(HR) dated 11.09.2020 in this regard


15/09/2020: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

Extending E1+5 increments to post 2010 Recruited JTO/JAOs as an interim measure to address the huge pay loss of thousands of JTO/JAOs recruited from 2010 onwards in the provisional Pay Scale of E1.

GS letter to CMD


14/09/2020: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

i) Immediate Promotions to different Grades through the Non post based, Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy, namely BEPPARR 2017 approved by the BSNL Board meeting held on 28.05.2018 – clarifications to the various queries raised by your goodself in the meeting held on 08.09.2020 regarding its implementation w.e.f. 01.07.2018 reg:

ii) BSNL Executives promotion cannot be depend upon the vacancies after the Restructuring and also as per the Terms and Conditions for absorption in BSNL.

iii) Promotion given in May/June, 2018 for about 7500 Executives to AO, CAO and AGM/DE Grades become provisional, leaving no headway on Reservation issue.

GS letter to CMD


10/09/2020: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 08.09.2020:

GS and President met CMD, BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

4G Services: The Expert Committee submitted its report to the Govt. As reported earlier, the Committee recommended for indigenous Core equipments for 4G Technology. So, the chance for 4G services in the near future is getting diminished. We have to see how we can pressurise the Govt not to put discriminative conditions on BSNL regarding 4G services.

We discussed the congestion in 3G network in some Circles like Kerala. Due to congestion, the MNP figures are coming down. We requested CMD to consider augmentation of 3G/4G RAN utilising the additional 5 MHz spectrum (4G spectrum) and by diverting unused software licenses. Thereafter, improvement in customer addition and port-in can be analysed and if it is successful, it can be implemented in other Circles also. CMD promised us positive action to improve the network availability and easing data congestion as demanded.

On 2G licences extension, CMD informed that discussion is going on with DoT in this regard.

Immediate Promotions to different Grades through the Non post based promotion: During the discussion with CMD, indications are that other than promises, BSNL management not taking any initiative to break the deadlock. At the same time they want to complete the Restructuring at the earliest.

I. CMD is of the opinion that the Executives promotion should be such that they should reach maximum upto DGM Grade and retire within 1 or two years (DGM promotion after 57 years age and no further promotion required for them). We have to break this thinking of the present management. We strongly protested this attitude of CMD and BSNL management and demanded that BSNL Executives should get promotional avenues upto GM/CGM level. BSNL should be lead by its own Officers and not by outsiders and management should plan for that. This is possible only when the Executives get promotion as AGM/CAO Grades by the age of 40-45 so that they can move forward as Jt GM, Addl GM/GM and CGM, as per merit. Instead of that, management is trying to block the career from the first promotion itself by delaying the promotions as much possible.

In 20 years, BSNL Management could not create its own top management. There is not a single Regular DGM after 20 years! JTOs with 20 to 28 years of service are still JTOs! But on these queries CMD have no solution other than sympathy for them.

II. CMD apprehension is that Executives will become AGM/CAO in 15 years and thereafter another 15-20 years they have to work which is not good. We explained to CMD that once they become AGM/CAO in 15 years, then only they are having further promotion avenues to DGM (E5) Grade, SG JAG(E6) Grade, Jt GM(E7) Grade, Addl GM/GM(E9) Grade and CGM Grade. Today JTOs are retiring in JTO Grade, without promotion and remaining retiring as SDE/AO or AGM/CAO. Further, new Executives only become AGM/CAO in 15 years, that will happen only after 2031, after 11 years. Till that time, all promotions to AGM/CAO Grades will be with senior Executives having 20 to 30 years of service.

III. Another apprehension of CMD is following Hierarchy in BSNL: In categorical terms, we told CMD that there is no hierarchy followed in BSNL, for many years. Normally is Hierarchy is in Govt Depts, not in PSUs. Management is still holding the Govt mindset, it is to be changed.

i) There is no GM/CGM level officer of BSNL, so no Hierarchy followed.

ii) Only 161 DGM(T) working out of 1331 posts and 14 DGM(Fin) out of 402 posts. So no Hierarchy followed.

iii) Only 1400 AGM/DE working out of 5303 posts (7470 including upgraded posts) and 19 CAO working out of 1347 posts. One and half years back 7000 AGMs were working in BSNL. So no Hierarchy followed.

iv) Above all, the Consultant appointed by BSNL itself recommended for no hierarchy upto AGM Grade which is accepted by BSNL.

In nutshell, no Hierarchy followed in BSNL from JTO/JAO to SDE/AO to AGM/CAO to DGM to GM to CGM. Still BSNL is functioning as some system is in force. So management cannot stop promotion in the name of Hierarchy.

We categorically told CMD that other than promises at different level, last 14 months no promotion took place (other than 230 Adhoc DGM promotion, Adhoc is not a promotion) after his take over.

We strongly demanded that BSNL Management should change its negative attitude towards the employees and their welfare, especially on promotions and should provide promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself by implementing the new non-post based promotions.

Compensation for Covid 19 deaths and proper treatments: We explained the difficulties faced by the employees due to non availability of cashless treatment and few unfortunate deaths of BSNL employees due to Covid 19. We requested for immediate relief to them, atleast as per Govt norms and arrangement for cashless treatment. CMD was positive and assured early action on this.

Restructuring and drastic reduction in posts: We expressed our apprehension on drastic post reduction that will have adverse impact on our promotions. At the same time the AGM/DGM level posts merged and GM level posts created, when there is no GM available. We demanded that before implementation of BSNL Restructuring, BSNL has to switch over to non-post based promotions.

Amendment in EPP, postponement of EPP for 2 years: We protested the unilateral action of BSNL Management by amending the Time Bound Financial upgradation, linking with post based promotion. Post based promotions are based on DoP&T rules and already one year ban is given for next promotion in the case of declining the promotion. TB promotion is different and double punishment cannot be given for the same. We demanded that it should be withdrawn.


07/09/2020: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL expressing concern on merger of SSAs into BAs and drastic post reduction which will adversely affect the promotional avenues --- Restg order dated 27.08.2020:

Drastic reduction of DGM level posts and creation of GM level posts by merging DGM posts will adversely affect the promotional avenues of the Executives and will create unnecessary financial burden on BSNL. Since the promotion upto AGM equivalent Grade is non-post based, Time Bound as per the new promotion policy and the promotion to DGM and above are post based,  reduction in the number of DGM posts will affect the promotional avenues beyond AGM/CAO/EE Grade.

GM/PGM posts are sanctioned by merging small SSAs, earlier headed by TDM/TDE (DGM/AGM). Justified DGM/AGM level posts, based on the revenue or asset are not sanctioned for the larger SSAs at BA HQs. The deputation of the ITS Officers will end in March, 2023 and the number of ITS officer in BSNL this year (2020-21) is just 293 but the number of GM/PGM posts created by restructuring is much higher.

Posts justified for Transmission Mtce and BSS is not sanctioned.

GS letter to CMD on BA consolidation


05/09/2020: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT reg our views on Online Attendance System for introspection.

View Letter

SNEA Kerala would like to differ from the administration on certain points where the BSNL Kerala unfortunately is focusing right now. During this time of pandemic created by Covid-19 and pandemonium created by VRS, going for such a drastic steps would do harm to the morale of the rather self-motivated work force, who toil really hard and working almost round the clock for filling the huge gap left by the VRS. It may be reckoned that no mechanism or revival package has been implemented by the management so far as envisaged by the BSNL revival package. Even after the elapse of seven months, the cash flow or release of salary hasn’t been set right, which was the highlight of BSNL revival package and VRS.

The views of SNEA regarding the online attendance system are narrated below for introspection please.

1. Majority of the field staff are working round the clock without bothering the working time of 9:30 to 5:00. Compelling those self-driven brave heart warriors to fit into the time frame may backfire which in turn would jeopardise the smooth sailing. SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES’ ASSOCIATION KERALA CIRCLE (Recognised Association of Executives in BSNL) SNEA Bhavan, Dharmalayam Road, TVM-695001 Circle President George Varghese DGM, Ernakulam Mob: 9447162900 Circle Secretary Jithesh.K.P SDE, Kannur Mob: 9447707475 Circle Treasurer Suneer.S AO, Circle Office Mob: 9447341693

2. Many are forced to attend the official works with their own vehicle due to lack of vehicle/delayed payment to the drivers. Many are commuting to work places/fault locations directly from home to save time/expenses. Compelling them to reach the office before and after the specified jobs, only for the sake of attendance marking, would end up losing precious time and make unnecessary spending, which would not fetch results in longer run.

3. There are staff working in outdoors, TIM, BSS, External projects etc. need to attend works to protect/restore our networks, which are not in our control or scheduled as per the convenience of the external agencies like PWD, KWA, Railways, other telecom companies, it may require to work overnight or odd hours. Compelling them to shrink to the prescribed timeframe would not only be detrimental but also will lead to loss of assets.

When all these ground realities are known to everyone in the administration, introduction of a system which would not help to boost the morale of the hard working employees, rather it would destroy the existing peaceful working atmosphere. It may be appreciated that many are attending the works, inspite of their residential area being quarantined due to Covid-19, risking their life only because of their sheer passion for the company. They could have easily availed special leave had they been "system oriented".

Instead of applying these types of surveillance system in common, this can be utilised as a tool wherein the controlling officers are finding it difficult to enforce discipline with the tools which are in vogue. If this IT tool can improve the efficiency of Kerala Circle it is a welcome step but we are afraid will it demotivate the dedicated, self-motivated executives and staff who are facing innumerable embarrassing situation from customers, vendors, labours, land lords etc. and hope better wisdom will prevail.

SNEA Kerala, being a responsible association which always stand for 'Company first' would like to appeal the management, to have an introspection on the issue and issue favourable orders which would take BSNL Kerala to its pristine glory.


03/09/2020: CHQ News
 

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

Inconsistency in management decisions complicating the HR issues and leading to unending litigations – latest one is the BSNL order regarding deferment of next Time Bound Pay Scale Upgradation under Executive Promotion Policy [EPP] for a period of two years in the case of refusal of post based promotion, in complete disregard of i) the understanding reached between the Associations and the BSNL Management while framing of EPP in 2006, ii) REA Rules 2014 and iii) BSNL Board decision dated 28.05.2018:

Time Bound Financial Upgradation upto E6 scale is provided under EPP 2007 as per the Terms and Condition for absorption in BSNL. In the said Terms and Condition for absorption, the promotion upto E6 will be Time Bound Functional promotion and post based promotions are above E6 scale, beyond SG JAG only.

Time Bound Financial Upgradation (upto E6 scale) and post based promotions are entirely different, it cannot be linked at all.

Till the notification of the 2nd MV, i.e. upto 15.06.2020, this issue was never discussed with SNEA. After the 2nd MV, whether it is discussed with the new Recognised Association, before issuing the order on 31.08.2020 is not known to us.

For a newly recruited JTO/JAO, 2 year deferment is having cumulative effect. If the first promotion to SDE/AO is declined, then his/her next 4 Time Bound Pay Scale Upgradations will be deferred by 2 years each.

Pers section once again miserably failed to study the matter and bring the facts to the notice of the BSNL Board. The Board meeting held on 28.07.2020 amended a non-existing policy provision, making mockery of Board decisions.

In view of the above submissions, it is requested to withdraw the above order Dated 31.08.2020 which is not tenable as it is in contradiction to the i) Terms & Condition for absorption, ii) Board decision dated 28.05.2018, iii) DoPT guidelines and iv)REA Rules 2014 provisions. On implementation of the BSNL Board decision dated 28.05.2018, ie. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, automatically deterrent on refusal of promotion will come into force.

So far we are waiting for the response from AIGETOA. Their silence indicates they are accepting the order and it might have issued by taking them into confidence. It may be another achievement and gift to the Executives.

GS letter to CMD


02/09/2020: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 01.09.2020:

GS, President and AGS met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

1) Promotion in various Cadres through CPSU Cadre Hierarchy promotion:

DIR(HR) informed that the information sought by DoT is already sent to DoT for their guidance on implementation of Reservation in the approved Policy. We suggested to implement it, following the Govt policy and as an when the guidance is received, it can be implemented from the due date of 01.07.2018 itself.

2) JTO to SDE seniority issue: We enquired about the further course of action after the Ernakulam HC order dismissing the Review Petition.

DIR(HR) informed that the RP filed for restoring the Training Centre marks as criteria for deciding the JTO inter-se seniority is dismissed by the Hon HC. In the case filed by AIGETOA activists, Hon HC ordered that JTO inter-se seniority is to be fixed as per Date of Joining (DoJ) which is against the BSNL policy followed so far. In the JTO RR 2014 also, the inter-se seniority criteria is defined as Training Centre marks.

The main prayer in the petition by AIGETOA activists for 1:1 seniority between 1995 rect Deptl JTO and 2001 rect DR JTO also dismissed by the HC.

DIR(HR) informed that BSNL is filing SLP in the Hon Supreme Court shortly against the HC judgment directing DoJ criteria for inter-se seniority among the JTOs. BSNL is waiting for the judgment copy.

3) JTO to SDE left out cases of 15.06.2018 DPC:

The SC/ST quota of 15% and 7.5% did not fill up due to the dispute in JTO seniority from 2001 rects onwards. Out of 220 ST vacancies, only 04 vacancies could fill up on 15.06.2018. ST candidates of 2002 rect year was already promoted in the 2011 DPC. Some SC quota vacancy also pending. We requested management to take immediate action for the promotion for the left out vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 vacancy years, notionally from 15.06.2018 itself.

Surprisingly SEWA BSNL did not taken up this issue of left out cases of 15.06.2018 promotion, mostly SC/ST so far with the management. Even the 15% (SC) and 7.5% (ST) quota is not filled up in the last JTO to SDE promotion but they are silent!

4) SDE to DE left out cases in the 29.06.2018 promotion:

The contempt petition at CAT/CDG is disposed clearing the roadblock for promotion for the left out cases. Their juniors are already promoted on 29.06.2018 and all are eligible for promotion w.e.f. 29.06.2018. DIR(HR) informed that there is some difference of opinion between different sections in BSNLCO about the promotion for the left out cases itself. So BSNL sought the legal opinion from the lawyer defended the case at Chandigarh.

Since DIR(HR) had a meeting with the CMD, other issues could not discuss today.


01/09/2020: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL: Our sincere gratitude for fixing the initial pay at Rs 22820/- for the 2010 batch JAOs (Deptl, 10% Quota) by extending the option ( View Order copy)

Similar benefit of Rs 22820/- as the initial basic pay for all the JTOs of 2007 and 2008 batch and JAO DR batch 2010 recruited prior to the JAO (Deptl) (40% and 10%) is to be extended without any delay.

GS letter to CMD  Committee formation on 10.01.2017 on SNEA demand



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