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19/10/2019: Circle News
 

Urgent Circle Executive Committee Meeting on 24/10/2019 at SNEA Bhavan, Trivandrum

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Notice is hereby issued for an urgent Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held on 24-10-2019 (10 A.M) at SNEA Bhavan, Trivandrum. All Circle office bearers, SSA Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time.


18/10/2019: Circle News
 

Day Long Protest Dharna at Circle HQ on 25th Oct 2019 View Notice

Lethargic, unprofessional and anti-employee attitude of the Circle Management, damaging morale of the self-motivated work force in the most potential telecom circle of BSNL in the country seriously affecting service quality of essential telecom services in the Circle - our strong protest thereof, Call for a day long Protest Dharna at Circle HQ on 25th Oct 2019.


17/10/2019: CHQ News
 

After AUAB meeting with CMD, DIR(HR) and DIR(CM), AUAB decided to defer tomorrow’s Hunger Strike:

CMD and Directors invited AUAB for discussions. In the morning discussions held with Director (HR) and Director(CM) followed by meeting with the CMD at 3 PM. In the meeting with CMD and AUAB, CMD assured to make the salary payment by 23.10.2019. Further CMD informed that Govt is taking very positive steps for the Revival of BSNL irrespective of objections from various quarters and it is in the advanced stage. At this stage going for agitation may weaken the efforts of Secretary/DoT and CMD, CMD informed AUAB. In view of the developments, CMD and Directors appealed to withdraw tomorrow’s Hunger Strike. Considering the appeal from the new CMD, Director(HR) and the developments on Revival plan, AUAB decided to defer tomorrow’s Hunger Strike.

After observing the developments during next week, AUAB will decide the future course of action in the meeting scheduled on 30.10.2019.


16/10/2019: CHQ News
 

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

GMs and PGMs posted to SSAs having less than 20,000 connections are not at all justified. SSAs having more than 1 lakh connections are not having GM, SSAs with 3,000 connections have GM! SSAs having less than 20,000 connections can be headed by TDMs or TDEs and all the excess ITS officers working in BSNL on deployment basis can be repatriated immediately and have huge savings. HR activities in BSNL require full review.

On one side BSNL is struggling to pay the salary to its employees and working for the retrenchment of its own employees. On the other hand, BSNL unnecessarily keeping excess officers on deputation from DoT and paying them. 

GS letter to CMD


16/10/2019: CHQ News
 

SNEA welcomes the new Director(HR) Shri Arvind Vadnerkar.

GS letter to new Director(HR) 

Shri Arvind Vadnerkar has taken charges as new Director(HR), BSNL Board on 14.10.2019 evening. He will hold the post till 30.09.2023, i.e. the date of his superannuation.

SNEA wishes him all the success. We extend our wholehearted support to all his efforts to motivate BSNL Executives by resolving their complex HR issues which remain unattended for long time.


14/10/2019: CHQ News
 

All Unions & Associations of BSNL (AUAB) notice for Hunger strike on 18.10.2019 at BSNLCO, Circle/SSA HQs.

AUAB Notice

A meeting of the AUAB was held today. SNEA, BSNLEU, NFTE, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SEWA, SNATTA, BSNLMS, AIBSNLOA, BSNLOA, TEPU, TOA BSNL and BEA attended the meeting. The meeting expressed its serious resentment over the non-payment of the September salary. Non-payment of contract/casual workers wages for the past 8 months, non-payment of electricity bills, the misleading reports appearing in the media that BSNL would be closed down etc, were seriously viewed by the meeting. After indepth discussion, it was decided to organise one day hunger strike on 18-10-2019, to be participated by the General Secretaries, Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries at the Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels respectively. Together with this, lunch hour demonstrations are to be organised at all the places on same day, involving the entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL. The meeting also taken a decision to approach all Unions and Associations which were not able to participate in the meeting held on 11.10.2019. The AUAB will again meet on 21.10.2019, to decide about the future course of action.

Demands

1. Immediate payment of the September salary. Timely payment of salary every month.

2. Payment of contract/casual workers wages, electricity bills, rentals etc.

3. Revival of BSNL by immediate allocation of 4G spectrum, extension of financial assistance/ soft loan and approval for BSNL’s Land Monetisation policy.

4. Settlement of 3rd Pay Revision, Pension Revision and 30% Superannuation benefits.

5. Payment towards Banks, LIC premium, Societies, GPF etc.


11/10/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding requesting to maintain the status quo - as SDE - Order dated 04/10/2019 of O.A. No 703/2019 of the Honorable Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench wrt JTO to SDE LDCE 2007 as done in Tamil Nadu Circle. We expect that Kerala circle will follow an employee friendly attitude in this crucial HR matter rather than driving the executives to unnecessary litigations till a final disposal is made by the  Hon. Central Administrative Tribunal  Ernakulam in the  Original Application 703/2019. View Letter


11/10/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Optimum utilization of available HR in LD islands, avoiding unnecessary spending by way of TA/DA, Island allowance, hard tenure allowance, etc during the hours of grave financial crisis and when austerity measures are enforced restricting even cleaning/sweeping works in office premises, our suggestions. View Letter


10/10/2019: Media News
 

View Media Report:

BSNL quashes news reports of closure, says govt working on revival plan. 


10/10/2019: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Secretary DoT: Request for issuing a press release refuting the fake news published in some news papers and other print/electronic media on 08.10.2019 regarding closure of BSNL/MTNL, quoting Finance Ministry sources. GS letter to Secretary, DoT


08/10/2019: CHQ News
 

The Union/Association leaders available at New Delhi held a meeting on 07.10.2019 to review the situation, the issues like abnormal delay in disbursement of salary, labour/electricity payments and BSNL revival. The meeting is of the opinion to strengthen the unity and launch organizational actions immediately on the above issues. The programs will be announced on 11th after discussing with other Unions/Assns.


07/10/2019: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri Sheetla Prasad Tripathi, DIR(CM):

Issues related to poor SIM sales, Reduction in revenue, revenue leakage and the unwarranted threat of Salary deduction. GS letter to DIR(CM) on SIM sales

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

Taking necessary steps on defaulted payment of EMI/Installments of Home Loans, Insurance, Society etc for the recoveries made from salary by taking up with Banks, LIC, Society etc, owning the responsibility of payments by BSNL. GS letter to CMD on EMI/Instalments


04/10/2019: CHQ News
 

Positive Developments on BSNL Revival Plan

Home Minister Shri Amit Shah and head of GoM sent a reminder to DoT few days back why the GoM decision on BSNL Revival is not getting implemented. He insisted that there should not be any change in the GoM decision. This might have made the Finance Ministry and others to agree to BSNL proposal, to great extent.

Our timely letters to the Hon PM and HM highlighting the GoM decisions and the attempt by Finance Ministry officials to scuttle the revival plan even by questioning the GoM authority has highlighted by the print and social media and made a big issue.

It is understood that the discussions held at PMO yesterday was very positive and the Secretaries from different Depts come to an understanding that BSNL Revival is required and BSNL can be Revived. Discussions are continuing on the implementation of Revival package. Hopefully it will be concluded in another one week and proposal may go to the Cabinet for approval before Deepavali.


04/10/2019: Circle News
 

Comrades of Thrissur under the leadership of Com. Muraleedharan who were officiating  as JTO to SDE  and benefited by the order for protection of pay they have drawn during officiating  period prior to 2007, the date on which EPP was ordered due to the continuous  persuation of SNEA at CHQ  for 10 years upto 2017 donated Rs 14000 - the amount they have collected for court case in this matter.

More than 3000 executives  who were officiating  as SDEs  up to 2007 have benefited by this orders.

Similar contribution  was made by Calicut comrades under the leadership of Com. Kanakadas.

SNEA Congratulates and thank  these Comrades.

Circle  Association  as mark of gratitude to Thrissur Comrades have decided to donate the amount to the relief fund of SNEA Thrissur.


03/10/2019: Circle News
 

Masive Protest Demonstration throughout the country on 01.10.2019

Thousands of employees participated in the Lunch Hour demonstration at all Circle and SSA HQs in protest against the non-payment of salary in time, non-payment of wages to contract workers, electricity bills, rentals etc and total ban on capital expenditure along with other issues related with Revival of BSNL. Employees demanded that BSNL or DoT should pay the salary to all BSNL employees as DoT is the Principal Employer and owner of the company.

Govt is deliberately delaying the Revival package making BSNL sick day by day. It is becoming clear day by day. GoM is recommending the Revival package but Govt Secretaries are opposing it. From management side also much efforts are not visible to motivate the employees and increase the business. So strong agitation is required in the near future to compel the Govt to approve the Revival Package as suggested by us approved.

At New Delhi, the demonstration was addressed by Com Sebastin K, GS/SNEA, Com P Abhimanu, GS/BSNLEU, Com S Sivakumar, GS/AIBSNLEA and Com Suresh Kumar, GS/BSNLMS. CHQ President, both AGSs, CS/BSNLCO and CP/NTR and BSNLCO also participated alongwith other activists. In Kerala also demonstrations were held successfully in all BAs and huge number of employees gathered for the revival of the company.

After the demonstration, discussions held regarding the future programs. We are contacting each and every Union/Assn in BSNL and appealing them to join the future struggle for Revival. We are in touch with the Unions/Assns in MTNL also and working for a joint struggle for struggle.


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28/09/2019: CHQ News
 

Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019 

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The Unions and Associations of BSNL is constrained to conduct a lunch hour demonstration on 01.10.2019 in protest against the non-payment of salary in time, non-payment of wages to contract workers, electricity bills, rentals etc and total ban on capital expenditure along with other issues related with Revival of BSNL.

Unions and Associations further demanded that if BSNL is not able to pay the salary, Govt should pay the salary to all BSNL employees being the Principal Employer and owner of the company.

Charter of Demands

1. Immediate allotment of 4G Spectrum and Land Monetization.

2. Payment of Salary to BSNL employees on due date by BSNL or DoT.

3. Payment of wages to contract workers, payment of electricity and rental charges.

4. Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision.

5. Honour the Commitments given by Union Cabinet in 2000 to ensure Financial viability of BSNL:

i) Financial support for loss making Rural Exchanges.

    ii) Extend soft loan to BSNL/ Sovereign Guarantee for it’s capital expenditures.

iii) Remove the total ban on capital expenditure by BSNL. Allow field units capital expenditure, where revenue is assured.

6. No Retrenchment & No Roll Back of Retirement age to 58.

7. Payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL as per the Govt Rule.

We appeal to all the Unions & Associations and employees to join the protest demonstration on 01.10.2019

 
27/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding immediate intervention of the Circle Administration for remaining request transfers View Letter


27/09/2019: Circle News
 

AGB of SNEA Thrissur was held at Elite International Hotel, Thrissur on 26/9/2019. Circle Secretary Com.T.Santhosh Kumar, CWC Member Com.Suresh Kumar and other leaders addressed the AGB.

The AGB unanimously elected new body of SNEA Thrissur.

District President : Com. Susanthan JTO Elect
Vice President : 1) Com. Vidya S, DE Thrissur
                           2) Com. Molcy kutty SDE

District Secretary : Com. Jyothis JTO Mala 
Asst Secretary : 1) Com. Sreeja JAO
                           2) Com. Vinod V J, SDE

District Treasurer : Com. Gokulan P V SDE
Asst Treasurer : Com. Denny KS, AO

Executive committee members :
1) Com. Prathibha DE STR
2) Com. Kishore JTO Civil 
3) Com. Sunil SDE Elect 
4) Com. Shabu SDE BSS 
5) Com. Lenin AO TR
6) Com. Pretty Davis DE Mgkavu 
7) Com. Velayudan DE VRI.

CEC Members :
1) Com. Sureshbabu JAO OSP
2) Com. Loveby JTO EB

 
23/09/2019: Circle News
 

Meeting with GM HR on 21/9/2019:

CS, CT and ACS met GM HR to discuss the following issues:

1. Pending Transfer Request cases – We expressed our protest over the delay in releasing the orders for the  two years tenure completed cases. GM HR informed that it is being processed. 

Though  the last transfer orders  were issued more  than one month before none of the orders are implemented by BAs. It is requested to give a deadline to BAs else to be completed through ERP from Circle office.

2. Reversion of SDEs from LDCE-2007 and Show Cause Notices – We expressed our displeasure regarding reversion and issuing of show cause notices to the SDEs (from LDCE2007) over their ineligibility after more than 10 years. 

3. JTO (O) pay recovery issue – We protested over the recent orders for pay recovery inspite of clear stay from PCAT Delhi leading to contempt and further litigations. GM HR informed that the issue will be sent to Corporate office for further clarification. We requested for keeping the recovery orders in abeyance till clarification order is sought from Corporate office.

4. Pending Time bound Promotion Cases – GM HR informed that DPC is scheduled on Monday for the available data. We informed that just like Circle office is rigorously pursuing pending faults, pending time bound cases also has to be pursued by Circle office so that the orders can be released on time.   

We also met PGM Finance to discuss the JTO(O) pay recovery issue.


20/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Fixation of pay of TTAs officiating as JTOs as on 1-1-2007 View Letter

Ref:     

1. No.HR-III/2-5/JTO (O) Pay fixation/2012/part-I/67 dated at TVM 18th Sep 2019

2. HR-III/2-3/JTO(O)/Pay Fixation/2012/Pt/6 dated 11th October, 2012

3. BSNL Corp. Office letter no. 5-32/2013/Estt-IV dated 22-12-2015

4. Interim order from Hon. PCAT in OA 892/2016 dated 4-3-2016 View Order

As per the letter under reference (1) it has been directed to review all pay fixation cases of TTAs who were officiating as JTOs on 1-1-2007 in accordance with letter under reference (2) and recover overpayment if any.

In this connection it is brought to your kind notice that the letter under reference (2) has been superseded by letter under reference (3) and as such any action pursuant to letter under reference (2) will be violation of BSNL corporate office orders under reference (3).

Further the letter under reference (3) is under challenge before Hon. PCAT New Delhi in OA NO. 892/2016 and as per the interim order dated 4/3/3016 the Hon. CAT has orders as follows:

“Issue notice to the respondents, who shall file their reply within four weeks. In the mean time they shall not to recover any amount from the applicants pursuant to the order dated 22.12.2015”

From the above it is clear that the orders from circle office as per reference (1)  is in violation of BSNL corporate office order dated 22-12-2015 as per letter under reference (3) and is clear contempt of the Hon. PCAT order dated  4-3-2016 as per reference (4).

In this regard, it is requested not to proceed in violation of BSNL corporate office letter and against Hon. PCAT order dated 4-3-2016 in OA No 892/2016.


19/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGM for ensuring alternate arrangements for the proper upkeep of at least the major telecom installations to avoid breakdown of telecom services in the Circle in light of Agitattion started by Casual Labours .

It is learnt that majority of casual contract labourers supplied by various agencies across all BAs in the Circle are going on indefinite strike from tomorrow onwards. These contract labourers are being engaged for carrying out daily fault maintenance of wire line network, infra maintenance of telephone exchanges and proper upkeep of major telecom installations in BAs. In many BAs, sufficient contract labourers are not available as well. Hence, in the absence of labourers, it will be difficult to maintain Fault repair system as well as Power plant, AC units, DG sets etc. in telephone exchange. It is requested that necessary action/instructions may be issued to field BA units for ensuring alternate arrangements for the proper upkeep of at least the major telecom installations to avoid breakdown of telecom services in the Circle. View Letter


18/09/2019: Circle News
 

Diversion of FTTH cards to Kerala Circle from Chennai Telephones

Diversion of FTTH cards to Kerala Circle from Chennai Telephones We have been informed from CHQ that BSNL Corporate Office has issued orders diverting five numbers of FTTH GLCP cards from Chennai Telephones to Kerala Circle facilitating addition of more FTTH customers in already installed Alphion make OLTs in the Circle.We had requested CHQ to bring the shortage of such cards in Kerala Circle to their notice. We have also requested CFA section of BSNL Corporate office to analyse loading of equipped OLTs in all circles and to facilitate inter circle diversion,wherever possible, to provide more FTTH connections where demand is high. We thank CHQ for the prompt support in this regard. View Letter


16/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding 

Encourage, not threaten in the hour of crisis, our final request.... 

View Letter

It has come to our notice that the Circle Administration is using the platform of CFA and Sim Sales webinars as a tool for harassing the executives in the name of delay in closure of faults and for not achieving sim sale targets and at the same time completing the closure advice notes issued by ITPC for DNP or by CSCs on customer requests, pending for more than a year. We would like to make it very clear that the self-motivated executive community of the Circle cannot tolerate such unethical and unjustified actions from the Circle management which has decided to ignore all the field realities and basic expectations from the entire staff of BSNL in the circle during these hours of crisis.

We once again like to convey our strong feeling from the CFA/Sales section which are at the receiving end that the present HR management in the Circle has failed in motivating the available man power to derive best out of them in these hours of crisis.

It is requested that necessary instructions may be issued to BAs for completing long pending landline/broadband closure orders to reduce mass customer complaints being received at CSCs/CFA offices regarding deposit refund, wrong bills etc.

We would like to request the Kerala Circle administration to go through the following five annexures enclosed herewith. We have nothing more to say in that regard.

We expect CGMT Kerala to be more realistic to actual field conditions which was brought to the notice of Administration during many occasions by the Association. Now, at least by seeing the above letters written to BSNL Board by head of BAs performing much below Kerala Circle, we expect CGMT will stand by the side of employees struggling hard for the best performance of the Kerala as per the Annexure 1 and stop threatening advisories, if not appreciated, particularly during CFA/CM Sales webinars.

Annexures:

  1. Revenue performance report of all BSNL units upto August 2019
  2. Letter from a South Zone BA Head to Director HR/CM, BSNL Corporate Office
  3. Letter from a North Zone BA Head to Director HR/CM, BSNL Corporate Office
  4. A news item of September 13, 2019 on ET Telecom news portal
  5. A news item of September 16, 2019 on ET Telecom news portal

12/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Settlement of the long pending issue of SDE Promotion through LDCE 2007 (Vacancy year 2005-06) of 2001 Rect JTOs who were made eligible as per SDE RR 2002 and non issuance of SCN/Reversion for those SDEs working for more than 10 years View Letter


11/09/2019: Happy ONAM
 


05/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Phase 8.4 Project AMC, addition/deletion of line items View Letter

It has come to our notice that the Ph.8.4 Vendor for CM expansion in South and West Zones is putting undue pressure on Circles to include certain line items like Installation materials, Power Cable, Antennae, Fixtures, Feeder Cable, Tower materials etc in AMC list for the first two years.  The relevant clauses available in the Ph.8.4 tender itself has given the privilege to BSNL for adding/deleting any equipment(s) from the scope of AMC. Also, in the tender conditions nowhere it is mentioned that entire line items in the PO must be included in AMC. While operating same clause in the previous tender, Kerala Circle excluded these line items from AMC and could save nearly 4 Crores in 2 years. It is also informed that yielding to such pressure tactics from the vendor would create huge unrest and protests among the field units.

We have requested the CGMT to advice such greedy vendors to refrain themselves from such unjustified and unwarranted actions, which is likely to invite CVC interventions, and may take stringent action against those who insist the Circle to go for unnecessary AMC expenditure which would be nothing but huge burden on BSNL during these hours of grave financial crisis and hence to be avoided at any cost. Our CHQ has brought this case to the CMD and the Director (CM), BSNL Corporate Office and requested their interventions as well. All other Circles in South and West zones are also being alerted through the respective Circle Secretaries to avoid unnecessary expenditure in this regard.


04/09/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CHQ President/Gs regarding delay in disbursing of Salary View Letter

Ever since the formation of our beloved company BSNL,  Kerala Circle made profit upto the financial year 2017-18. Considerable  revenue has been generated during this period compared to any other circles in India. However,  Kerala Circle has not received any special consideration so far in this regard.

One of the important  festival of Kerala,  ONAM is falling  in the 2nd week of September 2019 and the entire people  in Kerala celebrating Onam barring creed, caste and religion.  Now it is learnt from reliable source that the salary for the month of August 2019 will be delayed and the disbursement  will be extended beyond 5th September 2019. In this circumstances,  we humbly request immediate intervention of CHQ to release our salary at the earliest,  so that we can celebrate  our precious  festival in decent manner.


03/09/2019: Circle News
 

Congratulations to all….!! The 4 JAO LICE Vacancies finally released…… 

Fight for the Truth…. Truth has and will always prevail

Continuous interventions and relentless persuasion of SNEA for more than two years finally came to a logical conclusion in favor of Employees. It is yet another victory for SNEA as Administration finally released 4 LICE JAO vacancies and declared revised results for the Group-C to JAO promotion under 40% quota. View Orders

Though Administration was not ready to release the vacancies, we continuously pursued the issue with logical arguments and debates on various occasions in the last two years in the meetings with CGMT & GM(HR) on 9th Nov 2017, 15th Feb, 25th April, 8th May, 3rd Nov, 19th Dec of 2018, 7th Mar, 30th July and 14th Aug 2019. Several letters were written for resolving the issue, latest being 12/8/2019

We thank Administration for issuing the orders and Hearty congratulations to all promoted officers especially to Com.G.S.Hariharan who relentlessly fought the battle.  We welcome all of you to the executive community.


28/08/2019: Circle News
 

Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala on 21st August, 2019 at SNEA Bhavan, Trivandrum :

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala was held at SNEA Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram on 21st August, 2019. The meeting was conducted as per the CHQ directions to discuss the views of the membership on issues like restructuring of BSNL, proposal for reduction of retirement age to 58, VRS, strategies for next MV etc for presenting before the upcoming CWC meeting to be held at Bangalore on 29th and 30th this month. The meeting presided by Circle President Com. George Varghese, commenced by 11 AM was attended by  Circle Secretary, Circle Office Bearers, District Secretaries, CEC and CWC members. District Secretary, Trivandrum Dr. V G Sabu welcomed the participants.

At the outset, the CEC meeting paid homage to the late Com. K V Sheela, JTO, Kozhikode BA. Com. M A Gafoor, CWC Member briefed about her untimely and sad demise. The meeting also paid homage to those who lost their life in the recent disastrous flood. It has been decided to extend all possible support to the flood victims as done in the past. The meeting congratulated those employees who made selfless and relentless efforts for quick restoration of telecom services in the flood hit areas.

The following points were discussed.

  1. Additional spectrum allocation and launching of 4G/5G services: The unjustified delay of allocating additional spectrum to BSNL has badly affected customer satisfaction and resulted in huge decline of market share and revenue in CM vertical. The meeting stressed the need for immediate launch of 4G/5G services to regain the lost customers and increase market share/revenue. The meeting also demanded allocation of sufficient capital fund for deployment of 4G/5G network throughout the country on war foot basis along with the proposed additional spectrum allocation through equity infusion. The meeting also remarked that timely renewal of 2G/3G spectrum license also should be carried out for smooth running of all essential wireless services by BSNL. The meeting was of the view that BSNL shall roll out 4G in the existing spectrum as already done which does not involve  hardware  purchase and spectrum allocation as the phase 8.4 equipments are compactable for 4G and only software license is required.
  1. Restructuring of BSNL: The meeting expressed serious concerns about some media reports like retirement age reduction to 58 from 60, VRS, land monetization etc. The meeting decided to oppose any attempts to reduce retirement age which is against the terms and conditions during absorption process and commitments given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000. Moreover, it affects not only those who are nearing retirement but the service of the entire work force in BSNL, including the youngsters, if retirement age is reduced by two years. In addition, there has been no clarity on the future network operations of BSNL in the absence of sufficient manpower.  This is particularly pertinent taking into account the majority of the targeted  work force are utilised in CFA sector which give more than 50% of the revenue  and not comparable with other TSPs. The real issue is the road map should be  towards increasing the revenue since the reduction in expenditure will give only a temporary relief. The private TSPs are also in huge loss inspite of minimal wage cost.
  1. VRS Proposals: The meeting decided not to oppose VRS proposals if the same is decided and formulated for the revival of BSNL as well as beneficial to the VRS optees, the details of which are yet to be known including roadmap about the future network operation strategies in the absence of existing manpower and the future liability on BSNL on this account.
  1. PRC and Pension Revision: The meeting expressed disappointment over the negative stand taken by the Government and the management by denying 3rd PRC benefits to serving employees and the delay in revising pension benefits which is totally against the  commitments given by the Government during absorption. It is to be noted that the IIMA committee had recommended extending 3rd PRC benefits to motivate employees along with other suggestions to achieve the ultimate aim of BSNL revival. The  non implementation of PRC will be more detrimental to remaining serving  employees as they have more number of service left.
  1.  Stalemate in all promotions on account of court case by  selfish vested interest  is creating frustration among the cadres and CHQ should take proper steps for its implementation, the CPSU cadre hierarchy   which ensure timely promotion as  approved by the BSNL board. In case of JTO to SDE in spite of more than 7000 vacancies and in case of more than 1000 DGM post  no promotions are taking place. Similar is the case of other streams.
  1. SPV for transfer of existing liabilities: Any revival package without favorable decision on nullifying existing liabilities may not help actual revival of BSNL. There should be a mechanism for transfer of all liabilities including loans and formulation of future roadmap for ensuring sufficient capital for further network expansion in all verticals.  It is also noted that while the proposal for SPV was mooted against land alone now the focus is shifted to Tower and fibre which  are very vital for the   service of BSNL and under the scanner of other TSPs for rolling out 5G .
  1. Land and building monetization: Such proposals should be highly transparent and helping BSNL for its revival as well as assuring future prospects. The apprehensions and complaints about certain land parcels’ valuation need to be addressed before taking final call on monetization. BSNL should have final say and the BSNL management should have the capability to protect the interest of BSNL unlike what we have seen in the past.
  1. Issues of young executives like NOC, Deputation, Rule 8 transfers etc: In one side management is telling “no deputation” due to shortage of executives in field, but at the same time, the same management is involved in formulating strategies for reducing man power which is contradictory. The CEC requests CHQ to bring this double standard to the notice of the HR wing of BSNL Corporate Office to consider the requests from young executives for NOC for applying jobs in other organizations, Deputation, Rule 8 transfers etc in the most generous and judicious way.
  1. AMC expenses: Huge money is being spent by way of AMC expenditure to Corporates and MNCs which is alarming as the number of working connections are drastically coming down and reduction in AMC costs not being reflected anywhere. At the same time, allocation for labour costs to workers in CFA &CM verticals is drastically reduced. It is high time that the AMC expenditure in various verticals is reviewed at highest level and measures taken to arrest leakages in all possible ways, CEC observed.
  1. It has been decided to represent issues to the CGMT, like long pending faults due to  shortage of manpower and material and closure advice notes pending for long time resulting customer complaints for non settlement of accounts  in the Circle.
  1. The CEC meeting decided to request management to consider at least part payments to contractors and contract labourers during the eve of Onam, which would benefit hundreds of families during the festival and in turn  results in increased productivity in the field. The CEC decided to donate Rs 25000/- to CCLU as token of our concern  towards non payment of wages for months together.
  1. The meeting also decided to work out plan for better utilisation of Civil, Electrical and Accounts wing executives  in changed  business scenario. It was reported that though in  some SSAs accounts personals are posted in CSC and sales EB etc it is not been happening in many SSAs though CGMT as well as AUAB has decided in the same line.
  1. CMDRF: The CEC decided to appeal all members of SNEA to voluntarily donate oneday’ salary directly to Chief Minister’ Disaster Relief Fund. This is to enable claiming income tax rebate on donation. A consolidated report on payments by members may be prepared by the concerned DSs and posted in the Circle group for the information of all.
  1. The request from DS, Malappuram to allot more JTOs to the BA was agreed in order to compensate the transfer of JTOs to their home BAs by a recent order. Association is fully aware of the need of substitutes for Malappuram BA and it has to  be ensured. The remaining transfer requests who has completed 2 years are to be followed up for its approval without further delay.
  1. GTI premium excess payments: Complaints from members regarding excess premium collection for GTI to be brought to the notice of CHQ for early resolution of the same. The claim settlement under GTI and its procedures are to be expedited.
  1. Multiple payments while applying MT examination: There are mass complaints from members regarding multiple payments happened while applying online for MT recruitment examinations. This need to be brought to the notice of CHQ for effecting early refund of the same.
  1. Medical Insurance Scheme: The CEC has decided to request management to chalk out new comprehensive medical insurance scheme which would be beneficial both for members and for the Company replacing existing BSNL MRS by allowing  and promoting the employees to avail medical insurance and reimbursement by BSNL within  limits. CGHS facility to BSNL employees  to be more attractive so that more employees shall opt for CGHS.
  1. Property Tax issue: It has been decided to follow up the representation given by the Circle body to Chief Minister, Kerala regarding property tax issues in Panchayaths for early resolution.
  1. It has been decided to explore migration of existing procedures in the Engineers Cooperative Society to a computer based platform for smooth handling of accounts.
  1. The initiatives from Ernakulam and Kannur BAs for promoting FTTH connections through various means were applauded wholeheartedly and request all BAs to take similar efforts.
  1. The false propaganda being  unleashed by vested interest eying on membership verification  to be identified at local level by timely intervention. The meeting congratulated  PGT team for enrolling around 19 members and other SSAs for bringing back  the members despite unethical  campaign  by others.

The CEC meeting concluded by 7 PM. Dr. G Premkumar, Assistant Circle Secretary delivered vote of thanks.


27/08/2019: Circle News
 

Meeting with GM HR on 27/8/2019:

CT Com.Suneer.S and ACS Com.J.V.Ramana met GM HR Shri Satheesh.R today for discussing and following up the leftover transfer cases in the cadre of JTO/SDE/DE. GM HR responded positively and assured to release the orders within a couple of days. We also requested GM HR to consider the request for Transfer/Posting to hard tenure areas like Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram.


25/08/2019: Circle News
 

Meeting with DGM(HR) on 23/8/2019:

CS Com.T.Santhosh Kumar and ACS Com.J.V.Ramana met DGM(HR) Smt.R.Ponnammal on 23/8/2019 and discussed about :

1.    Processing of pending leftover transfer request cases: As transfer and Posting orders were issued in the month of May in 2017, it is unfair to consider transfer requests this year only upto 31st March 2019 avoiding the officers who were relieved to shortage BAs in or after May 2017. DGM HR responded positively and agreed to process it without any delay.

2.    DGM LA : We requested to call fresh options as last time it was done almost six months back and it is come to notice that many seniors who did not give option earlier are now ready to take up the responsibilities.


25/08/2019: Circle News
 

JTO officiating wrong Pay fixation and Recovery issues - Combined Meeting on 21/8/2019:

As requested since long back and as directed by CGMT during our recent meeting with him on 14/8/2019, a committee was formed and a combined meeting was finally arranged by Administration at the chamber of GM HR Shri Satheesh.R to discuss JTO officiating wrong pay fixation and recovery issues. From association side Circle President Com.George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com.T.Santhosh Kumar, Circle Treasurer Com.Suneer.S and Circle Vice President Com.Asha.A.S attended and from Administration side DGM (HR) Smt.R.Ponnammal, DGM (ERP&CSC) Smt.Sreelatha.S, CAO Shri K.Mukunthan and AGM (HR) Smt.Sudha.P.Nair attended.

After detailed discussions, administration agreed to review the wrong pay fixation issue and regarding recovery it was decided to seek clarification from Corporate office.


21/08/2019: Circle News
 

Congratulations..!! to all those who were waiting for the last many months for getting transfer back to home BA. We were continuously pursuing for these orders. We thank Circle Administration for issuing the request transfer orders.

It is understood that transfers orders are issued only for those who completed two years tenure as on 31st March 2019. We will ensure that the remaining leftover transfer cases for those who were transferred in 2017 will also be considered by the Administration.

Association is fully aware for the need of substitutes for Malappuram BA and it will also be ensured.

View Orders | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |


20/08/2019: CHQ News
 

Meeting at PMO on BSNL Revival Plan on 20.08.2019:

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Shri Nripendra Mishra called a meeting today at 3.30 PM in PMO to discuss the draft Cabinet Note on Revival of BSNL.

1. 4G proposal accepted as 100% capital infusion. GST portion should be funded by BSNL as it cannot be done by Capital infusion.

2. VRS proposal followed by retirement age reduction to 58 accepted.

3. Proposal for SPV for land monetization and transfer of BSNL loan NOT accepted. SPV experience was a failure in the case of Air India.

4. BSNL land monetization proposal accepted. Land, OFC and Towers will be monetized and will be monitored by a Committee consisting of BSNL, DoT and DIPAM.

5. BSNL and MTNL merger proposal dropped. It will be taken up later on.

Revised Cabinet Memo will be going to the Cabinet directly, most probably next week.


20/08/2019: CHQ News
 

Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years – hold protest lunch hour demonstrations throughout the country tomorrow, 21.08.2019.

The AUAB has reliably learnt that the BSNL Board meeting is going to be held tomorrow, 21.08.2019, in which they are going to give approval for reducing the retirement age of BSNL employees from 60 to 58. We have been hearing for the past few months, about the proposal of the Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58. This is not only affecting those who are nearing retirement, the service of the entire work force, including the youngsters will come down by 2 years. In this case, there is no option for the employees like VRS. 

This arbitrary decision is taken by the Govt and now pressurising the BSNL Board to approve it without any consultation with the real stake holders of the company, the employees. This is totally against the commitment given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000, that Government rule will be applicable so far as the retirement of BSNL employees is concerned.

In view of this, we have to strongly protest against this arbitrary move to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years. Hence, SNEA and AUAB calls upon the entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL to hold lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow to protest against the proposed move of the BSNL Board to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.

Employees Unity only can save this company during this crisis period and we should be in the forefront to maintain the Unity.


20/08/2019: CHQ News
 

Meeting at PMO on BSNL Revival Plan on 20.08.2019:

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Shri Nripendra Mishra called a meeting today in PMO to discuss the draft Cabinet Note on Revival of BSNL. Both the Secretaries from Finance Ministry is attending the meeting. In response to the Cabinet Note, Finance Ministry raised some queries on the possibility of Revival of BSNL as per the proposal in the Cabinet Memo. Right from the beginning, Finance Ministry was of the opinion that there is no need for revival of BSNL/MTNL. But due to the political pressure and the compulsions created by our continuous agitation, public and media support, political leadership at highest level intervened and the Revival proposal is mooted. If the outcome of today’s meeting is positive, Cabinet decision can be expected by this month end itself.


20/08/2019: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Sheetla Prasad Tripathi, DIR(CM &HR): 

GS, President and AGS met Director(CM) and held discussions on various issues:

i) On financial condition, DIR informed that there is no significant improvement. The banks are reluctant on giving fresh loan on the repayment capacity. Now all eyes are on the Revival package, once it is approved, situation will automatically change.

ii) On DGM(T) promotion, we explained the changed situation as the number of vacancies are more than sufficient to promote all the eligible DEs. Further we explained the discussions we had with CGM(Legal) and PGM(Pers)/DGM(Pers) on this matter. We requested to withdraw the MA filed in the Hon CAT and proceed with the promotions. Response of Director was very positive and assured to work out on this.

iii) Promotion in different cadres: We explained the precarious situation in promotion among different cadres and sought the intervention at highest level. Executives are not demanding any monitory benefits, just a designation change, we told. Director informed that management is aware of the situation but at present top management is fully pre occuppied in the finalization of Revival plan. Once that is finalised management will be able to focus on these issues.


18/08/2019: Circle News
 

Urgent Circle Executive Committee Meeting of SNEA , Kerala Circle on 21/8/2019  View Letter
 
Notice is hereby issued for an URGENT Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held on 21/8/2019 (10 AM) at SNEA Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.  All Circle Office Bearers, District Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time.

Agenda: Organizational Matters/ HR issues pending in Kerala Circle/Items to be presented at the upcoming CWC on revival matters. 

The following items may be discussed in the meeting:-
1. Associations formal stand on restructuring  of BSNL
2. Proposal for reduction of retirement  age to 58.
3. 3rd PRC and Pension revision
4. Revival/ Survival of BSNL

District Secretaries may gather opinions from our members and present it before CEC. 


16/08/2019: Circle News
 

Meeting with the CGMT ON 14-08-2019:

The Association had a pre-appointed agenda meeting with the CGMT, Dr. P T Mathew from 4 PM to 5:30 PM on 14-08-2019. Circle President Com. George Varghese, Circle Secretary Com. T Santhosh Kumar, Circle Treasurer Com. Suneer S, Assistant Circle Secretaries Com. Jithesh K P and Com. J V Ramana represented Association side. From Administration side, Shri. Satheesh R, GM (HR/Admn) and Shri. N K Sukumaran GM (NWP-CFA) were also present.

The salient points of the discussions were:

1. Pending transfer requests from JTOs/SDEs/DEs transferred during 2017:

The Association demanded for issuing orders against all transfer requests received from executives without any further delay. As usual CGMT assured that it will be done. We insisted for a firm date for issuing orders, as CGMT has been giving only assurances for last six months and no orders have seen the light of the day. We have pointed out that a series of discussions were already held on the same subject on February 12th, March 7th, June 3rd, 20th& 28th, July 24th, 26th & 30th, August 1st & 8th this year and still there is no clarity on the matter.  After prolonged discussions and arguments, CGMT assured that the transfer orders to JTOs will be issued before 25th of this month.  The Association requested to consider the remaining cases of SDEs and DEs which are very less in number. CGMT again started arguing that there is no rule for giving transfers after two years, then why transfers to be given after two years etc.  Association strongly protested against this negative attitude of the Administration and pointed out that even officers at GM and above levels are getting transfers without any time restrictions, getting relieved without substitutes and at any rate. The Association cannot agree to this attitude of the Administration on HR issues. After arguments, CGMT finally agreed to examine cases of SDEs and DEs also. We insisted for a positive decision on that and we are assured that the decision will be intimated in couple of days.

2. Pay recovery case of officiating JTOs:

Opening the subject, CGMT informed that the case was thoroughly got examined by the Finance wing and recovery is a must as there are clear orders as intimated by the Finance wing. We have informed that the CGMT is ill informed by the Finance wing on this case and clarified that there is order from the Corporate office not to effect any recovery till further orders and the Corporate Office has not issued any orders for recovery. In fact, the Finance wing at Ernakulam BA is effecting the recovery as an anticipatory bail in case any order for recovery come from the Corporate office as communicated by the Ernakulam BA Finance wing in writing. Further, we have produced the DOPT order endorsed by BSNL and reiterated in May 2019 wherein the recovery from pay is not permissible under law. We have categorically told CGMT that all the criteria laid down in the order are squarely applicable in this case also and asked how the BA/Circle Finance wing can act against the Corporate office order. CGMT was not aware about these facts and he directed the GM HR to get clarification from Corporate office in this regard.

3. Revision of pay (2nd PRC) after regular promotion and fixation of pay of Officiating JTOs regularized in Feb 2008:

Association pointed out that though the matter referred from Ernakulam BA is pending from Jan 2019, no decision has been taken and no meeting with concerned officers of HR/Finance wing took place so far in spite of repeated directions from CGMT. CGMT once again instructed the GM HR for conducting the meeting to resolve the issues. GM HR assured to arrange the meeting without delay.

4. Filling up of JAO posts became vacant on declining JAO LICE held on 17/6/2016:

This Association was taking up the issue for the last two years and demanding to fill up the vacant posts among the qualified hands. The representation from Shri. Hariharan, who was trained and posted as JAO, but reverted later, was specifically pointed out. We are assured that based on the latest clarification received from the Corporate office, the Circle will be able to fill up the posts.

5. Filling up of vacant LICE JTO post in 2016-17:

Association demanded for filing up of the vacant JTO post on account of shifting of one candidate to 2015-16. CGMT informed that as directed by the Corporate office, this vacancy will be carried forward to 2017-18. Association strongly objected to this illogical decision and argued that case of carry forward arise only in case, if no eligible hands are available and it will definitely end up in another court case.  At this point, it was assured that the Circle office will once again take up the case with the Corporate office.

6. Declaring Idukki as an all India soft tenure station:

Association requested CGMT to recommend the proposal from Ernakulam BA as well as from the Association to declare Idukki as an all India soft tenure station so that executives of entire circle can be benefitted by getting exemption from tenure transfers on all India basis by serving in Idukki and the present staff shortage issue also can be resolved. CGMT agreed to examine the request.

7. Conducting retirement meeting in Ernakulam BA one day in advance:

We requested the CGMT to permit Ernakulam BA to conduct retirement meeting one day in advance considering the remote and vast geographical area of the BA.  CGMT was not in favour of the request and opined that retirement function should be held on the last working day only.   Though we have pointed out that the retirement will be only in the last working day and the relieving order will be issued by the controlling officer only on last day, CGMT was not ready to review his stand on this matter.

8. Deployment of more executives in Sales, Marketing and CSCs from units other than Telecom Engineering wing:

CGMT agreed to our view and pointed out that already in many BAs, Accounts Officers are posted in CSCs and Marketing and the same can be done in other BAs also. It can be implemented at BA level itself and no separate orders are required from the Circle office.

9. Operational and survival suggestions:

We have handed over the suggestions made in the last CEC for BSNL survival to the CGMT for consideration.  As far as FTTH provisioning is concerned, the initiative being taken as decided in the last CEC was briefed to CGMT. The case of allowing DSAs for providing FTTH was also discussed and necessary clarifications sought from Kannur BA in that regard will be given from the Circle Office.

10. External Projects of Civil/Electrical:

As far as external projects are concerned, we have pointed out that as there are lots of issues in effecting payments to contractors, we may better stop external projects for the time being and the staff can be better utilized in needy areas. But CGMT informed that it has been decided to form a tripartite agreement by which the contractor payments will be done directly by the agency to the contractor and we will be able to continue the external projects.

11. Meeting operational parameters in the absence of contract labourers and services in CFA and CM sector:

The difficulties on account of shortage of man power, material and money experienced by the field units were brought to the notice of CGMT. We have told that the set operational parameters are sometime unachievable and due to undue pressure, the field units are resorting to close the dockets which are ultimately leading to more closures. CGMT expressed shock over our feedback and clearly stated that his Office has never asked field units to close the faults without attending.

CGMT stressed on the duties and responsibilities of Telecom Technicians and the unjustified overdependence on contract workers. We informed that for underground cable works, we cannot compel the TTs to take pits without manpower assistance. It is to be noted that taking pits for cable works does not feature in the duties and responsibilities of TTs as published by Circle office recently.

Dear Comrades, we have tried to convey the prevailing frustration and resentment among the field executives against certain wrong HR practices being followed at present in the Circle to the CGMT in the most convincing manner, we believe, during the meeting. We have also informed him about the expectations of the executives from the Circle Leadership for extending all possible support especially for maintaining Network Operations during these hours of crisis. We hope the Administration would rise to the occasion and would stand by side of the entire staff Community for rendering quality services to our esteemed customers amidst all odds being faced by the Circle. If the assurances given to us are not being honoured as in the past we may have to take our own course of action for which the Circle Administration will be solely responsible for any unrest during this crucial juncture, which would be the last thing we wanted to happen in the most productive Circle of BSNL.


15/08/2019: Happy Independence Day
 


15/08/2019: CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri. P. K Purwar, CMD, BSNL: For overcoming the dead lock situation on post based promotions due to never ending litigations on reservation policy and seniority related issues, BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 approved BSNL Executives Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) for all the Executives of all the streams, w.e.f. 28.05.2018. The requirement of Parity and Uniformity in promotions among equivalent cadres in different wings of BSNL is accepted and approved by the BSNL Board as a solution to end litigations. Implementation date can be either 29.06.2018 (the last functional promotion order date as per earlier RRs) or 01.07.2018, the immediate review date. This process shall be completed before restructuring of BSNL or implementation of VRS and all eligible Executives shall be promoted. Thousands of youngsters as well as seniors are suffering.

GS letter to CMD, BSNL


14/08/2019: CHQ News
 

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 13.08.2019: GS and both AGSs met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on:

a) JTO to SDE promotion: PGM informed that management is waiting for the Hon Kerala High Court order on the review petition.

The SDE promotion is delaying due to the contempt of court case filed by few AIGETOA activists against CMD and GM(P) against the promotion order issued on 15.06.2018. This forced management to file the review petition in the HC as the applicants are trying to drag the CMD and others to the court on the contempt petition. If the contempt case is not there, the promotion orders could have issued long back, which was informed by the management to all the leaders of different Associations, long back. For the assurance of all the concerned, Management filed affidavit also in the Hon CAT that it is ready for issuing promotion orders for all the vacancies and it is in a very advanced stage but the applicants insisted to proceed with the contempt case.

b) DE to DGM promotion: The MA filed by BSNL in Hon CAT Chandigarh for early hearing was listed last week but Hon Court posted the matter to 30.08.2019 along with the other MA. GS shared the apprehension that as happening now, on 30.08.2019 also Hon CAT may not give a final decision and the promotion will continue to delay. GS requested to consider withdrawing the MA and going ahead with promotions as the situation is changed. At present, the number of vacancies are more than the eligible candidates and as such there is no need to apprehend about new court cases. PGM(Pers) agreed to discuss the matter with higher authorities and explore the possibility to withdraw the MA for going ahead with the DPC and promotion.

c) Request Transfer in the cadre of DGMs: New CMD/DIR(HR) approved only those cases having less than 1 year service left and sought the details of the transfer policy followed for the remaining cases. Pers section again processed the cases with the policy guidelines and resubmitted for approval. It is expected to get the remaining transfer cases cleared shortly.

d) Request Transfer in the cadre of DEs: The requests are approved in principle and the orders will be issued by arranging substitutes to the shortage Circles.


13/08/2019: Circle News
 

Notice for Urgent Circle Executive Committee Meeting of SNEA , Kerala Circle  View Letter
 
Notice is hereby issued for an URGENT Circle Executive Committee meeting of SNEA Kerala Circle to be held on 21/8/2019 (10 AM) at SNEA Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.  All Circle Office Bearers, District Secretaries, CEC members and Branch Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting in time.

Agenda: Organizational Matters/ HR issues pending in Kerala Circle/Items to be presented at the upcoming CWC on revival matters. 


13/08/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Delay in resolving long pending HR issues in the Circle– seems HR Wing testing patience of the Executives, Urgent Action solicited  View Letter

It is not unknown to anyone in the Circle about the involvement and contribution of executives of BSNL amidst all odds, may it be internal or external, for the upkeep of telecom networks intact in the State even by spending lakhs of rupees from their own salaries for arranging essential materials and labour. Even at this time of natural calamity, they are in the field to ensure that BSNL services are available to all. We don’t see anything from the Administration side for motivating this extraordinary man power during these hours of crisis. Instead of rendering helping hands to the executives at this point of time, the HR wing has been deliberately denying even the genuine and legitimate demand of executives which has been brought to your notice multiple times. We are yet to get any positive response from the Administration with regard to the following issues. 

1. Transfer back of executives to their choice stations after rendering more than two years’ service away from home.  
2. Pay fixation of officiating JTOs regularized in Feb 2008 and exercised option for 2nd pay revision after promotion. 
3. Pay recovery from JTOs against officiating period.-case referred from EKM BA. 
4. Filling up of leftover JTO LICE vacancy pertaining to the year 2016-17. 
5. Filling up of leftover JAO vacancies. 

It may be noted that Administration has no reason for delaying the resolution of the above referred demands including issuing of transfer orders for all the executives who were transferred to far away stations through different orders issued till July 2017. At the same time, we see that the top managers in the Circle are getting all HR privileges including transfers, mutual transfers, relieving without substitutes well within tenure period of two years, but at the same time, even the legitimate requests from the lower executive cadres are deliberately ignored and their requests are treated as if thrown to dust bin. 

   The discussion for all these demands had started way back and the Administration has been giving false assurances only till this time. We are sorry to say that no developments are happening in this regard to resolve the issues and Administration is still playing with this assurance strategy alone. At this juncture, we have no other go than to resort to organizational protests against this cat and mouse game from the administration side against this inept treatment to the Recognized Association turning deaf ears to the legitimate rights of executives. We cannot tolerate this type of step mother attitude from the Administration to the field executives any more.

SNEA Kerala Circle therefore urges Circle Management to consider all the above demands positively including issuing of all request transfer orders to those who have completed two years in a station as on July 31st this year within a week, failing which we will be constrained for organizational action despite precarious situation prevailing in the Circle due to natural calamity, for which the Circle Administration will be solely responsible for any unrest during this crucial juncture.


13/08/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Suggestions for improving FTTH provisioning in the Circle View Letter


12/08/2019: Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Date of Joining of LICE 2015-16 JTOs in Ernakulam BA View Letter


12/08/2019: Circle News
 

Fund allotment from disaster fund for meeting fuel expenses to maintain telecom services in flood hit areas : Circle President Com.George Varghese spoke to Sri. Benny Chinnapan Sir, DDG TERM KRL /Circle Co-ordinator Disaster Management and requested fund allotment from disaster fund for meeting fuel expenses to maintain telecom services in flood hit areas. The approval for diesel granted by Trissur District Collector is also forwarded to  him. He agreed to take up with State Disaster Management Cell and suggested  to give the requirement  of diesel Taluk wise. All DSs are requested to coordinate the same in BAs.


12/08/2019: Circle News
 

Press Release by SNEA Kerala : All District Secretaries are requested to forward the press release to all Newspaper Bureaus in your district and requested to publish it at the earliest. View Press Release

മാനം കറുക്കുമ്പോള്‍ മലയാളികൾക്ക് താങ്ങായി എന്നും BSNL..

മഹാപ്രളയശേഷം ഒരു വര്‍ഷം കഴിഞ്ഞു സംഹാരതാണ്ടാവമാടിയ ഈ പ്രളയത്തിലും കേരളത്തിനു കൈത്താങ്ങായി BSNL മാത്രം. ആഗസ്റ്റ്‌ 8നു തുടങ്ങിയ പേമാരിയും അതിനെ തുടര്‍ന്നുണ്ടായ പ്രളയവും വയനാട്, കോഴിക്കോട്, മലപ്പുറം, വയനാട് ജില്ലകളെ സാരമായി ബാധിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ BSNL ഒഴികെയുള്ള മിക്ക ഓപ്പറേറ്റര്‍മാരുടെയും നെറ്റ്‌വര്‍ക്ക് പല സ്ഥലങ്ങളിലും കിട്ടാതെയായി. ദിവസങ്ങളോളം വൈദ്യുതി ഇല്ലാതിരുന്ന വേളയില്‍ BSNL ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്‍ സ്വന്തം കയ്യില്‍ നിന്നും കാശ് മുടക്കിയാണ് മിക്ക സ്ഥലത്തും ഡീസല്‍ നിറച്ചു കൊണ്ട് സര്‍വീസ് നിലനിര്‍ത്തിയത്. മണ്ണിടിഞ്ഞും ഉരുള് പൊട്ടിയും മിക്ക സ്ഥലങ്ങളും എത്തിപ്പെടാന്‍ സാധ്യമാകാതെ ഇരുന്നപ്പോള്‍ അവിടേക്ക് പോകാന്‍ ധൈര്യം കാണിച്ച ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്‍ക്ക് ജില്ലാ ഭരണകൂടങ്ങളും സഹായത്തിനെത്തി. ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ഇത് വരെ എല്ലാ പ്രകൃതി ദുരന്തങ്ങളിലും സംഭവിച്ചപോലെ സ്വകാര്യ ഓപ്പറേറ്റര്‍മാരുടെ മൊബൈല്‍ ബന്ധം നിശ്ചലമായപ്പോള്‍ BSNL ജനങ്ങളുടെ സഹായത്തിനെത്തി. പ്രളയം നാശം വിതച്ച സ്ഥലങ്ങളിലെ രക്ഷാപ്രവര്‍ത്തനം ഏകോപിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിനു വേണ്ടി അടുത്ത ഒരാഴ്ചത്തേക്ക് അവിടങ്ങളില്‍ BSNL മൊബൈല്‍ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നവര്‍ക്ക് പരിധികളില്ലാത്ത കോളും ഡാറ്റയും നല്‍കാന്‍ BSNL തീരുമാനിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. അതിനു പുറമേ BSNL ഫോണ്‍ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്ന ആള്‍ക്കാരെ കണ്ടെത്തുന്നതിനു 1948 എന്ന സേവനം BSNL തുടങ്ങിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. കേരള BSNL ഫോണില്‍ നിന്ന് നേരിട്ടും മറ്റു ഫോണില്‍ നിന്ന് 9400021948 എന്ന നമ്പറിലും വിളിച്ചു കണ്ടെത്തേണ്ട ആളുടെ BSNL നമ്പര്‍ ഷെയര്‍ ചെയ്താല്‍ അവരുടെ ടവർ ലൊക്കേഷന്‍ തിരികെ മെസ്സേജ് ആയി ലഭിക്കുന്ന സംവിധാനമാണ് വന്നത്. പ്രളയം നാശം വിതച്ച സ്ഥലങ്ങളില്‍ ത്വരിത വേഗതയില്‍ കമ്മ്യൂണിക്കേഷന്‍ ശൃംഖല പുനസ്ഥാപിച്ച BSNL ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്‍ക്ക് അകമഴിഞ്ഞ പിന്തുണയാണ് നാട്ടുകാര്‍ നല്‍കി വരുന്നത്. റെയില്‍വേ സംവിധാനം പുനസ്ഥാപിക്കാന്‍ BSNL എല്ലാ പ്രധാന റെയില്‍വേ സ്റ്റേഷനുകളിലും GSM FCT സംവിധാനം ഏര്‍പ്പെടുത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. മാസങ്ങളായി ശമ്പളം കിട്ടിയിട്ടില്ലെങ്കിലും BSNL കരാര്‍ തൊഴിലാളികളും നെറ്റ്‌വര്‍ക്ക് പുനസ്ഥാപിക്കാന്‍ ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥർക്ക് അകമഴിഞ്ഞ പിന്തുണ നല്‍കി വരുന്നു. തുടര്‍ന്നുള്ള രക്ഷാ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ക്കും BSNL പിന്തുണ ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്ന് BSNL ഓഫീസിര്‍മാരുടെയും തൊഴിലാളികളുടെയും സംഘടനകള്‍ അറിയിച്ചു.

ഒരു അടിയന്തിര ഘട്ടം വന്നപ്പോള്‍ ഉപയോഗിച്ചു കൊണ്ടിരുന്ന പല സ്വകാര്യ ഫോണുകളും ഉപയോഗശൂന്യമായത് ജനങ്ങളില്‍ വലിയ പ്രതിഷേധങ്ങളാണ് ഉണ്ടാക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. ദുരന്ത നിവാരണ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ ഭാവിയില്‍ ഏകോപിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിനും തടസമില്ലാതെ തുടര്‍ച്ചയായ സേവനങ്ങള്‍ ലഭിക്കുന്നതിനും എല്ലാ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ ഏജന്‍സികള്‍ക്കും BSNLന്‍റെ ഏറ്റവും പുതിയ സര്‍വീസ് ആയ സാറ്റ്ലൈറ്റ് ഫോണ്‍ കണക്ഷന്‍ നല്‍കുന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ചുള്ള ആലോചന അധികൃതരുമായി തുടങ്ങുമെന്ന് സംഘടനാ ഭാരവാഹികള്‍ അറിയിച്ചു. ആപത് ഘട്ടത്തില്‍ നില്‍ക്കുന്ന നാടിനു ലാഭം നോക്കിയല്ല മറിച്ചു ജനങ്ങളുടെ സുരക്ഷയെ മുന്‍ നിര്‍ത്തിയാണ് BSNL എന്നും സര്‍വീസ് നടത്തുന്നത്, ഡീസല്‍ ചെലവ് വൈദ്യുതിയില്‍ പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്നതിലും പതിന്‍മടങ്ങായാതിനാല്‍ നഷ്ടം കണക്കാക്കി സ്വകാര്യ സേവനദാതാക്കള്‍ ഒരു വേള പിന്മാറുമ്പോള്‍ പൊതു മേഖല സ്ഥാപനത്തിന്‍റെ ഉത്തരവാദിത്വം എന്താണെന്ന് സമൂഹത്തിനു കാട്ടി കൊടുക്കുന്ന പ്രവര്‍ത്തനമാണ് BSNL നടത്തിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്. ആപത്തില്‍ സഹായിച്ച യഥാര്‍ഥ സുഹൃത്തിനെ തിരച്ചറിഞ്ഞ ആശ്വാസത്തിലാണ് നിലമ്പൂര്‍ അടക്കമുള്ള പ്രളയ ദുരിതം നേരിട്ട പ്രദേശങ്ങളിലെ നിവാസികള്‍. ജന നന്മ കണക്കാക്കി എന്നും സേവനം നല്‍കാന്‍ സദാജാഗരൂഗരായിരിക്കുമെന്ന്‍ BSNL സംഘടനാ ഭാരവാഹികള്‍ അറിയിച്ചു.


12/08/2019:
 

 
09/08/2019: Circle News
 

Lunch hour demonstration was held throughout the country on today 7th August, 2019 under the banner of AUAB. The main demands were: 

(1) Honouring the commitments given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000, to ensure BSNL’s financial viability, (a) Extend immediate financial support to BSNL, for the maintenance of the services and (b) Extend soft loan to BSNL for it’s capital expenditures).

(2) Remove the total ban imposed on capital expenditure by BSNL. Allow field units to carry out capital expenditure, where ever revenue is assured.

(3) No retrenchment. Honour the commitment given on job security at the time of formation of BSNL.

(4) Stop repressive actions for even legitimate trade union activities.

Large number of employees, especially from the field units who are really facing tremendous pressure from the customers / labours/ vendors and the management on non payment participated in the demonstration.

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06/08/2019 : CHQ News
 

AUAB meeting held on 01.08.2019 decided to organise lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings throughout the country, on 07th August, 2019 raising the following demands:-

Demands:

(1) Honouring the commitments given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000, to ensure BSNL’s financial viability.

(a) Extend immediate financial support to BSNL, for the maintenance of the services.

(b) Extend soft loan to BSNL for it’s capital expenditures.

(2) Remove the total ban imposed on capital expenditure by BSNL. Allow field units to carry out capital expenditure, where ever revenue is assured.

(3) No retrenchment. Honour the commitment given on job security at the time of formation of BSNL.

(4) Stop repressive actions for even legitimate trade union activities.

AUAB Notice  AUAB Circular

Comrades, the services are getting affected, connections are started disconnecting, revenue is coming down and by stopping all the capital works, new source of income also stopped. The Management decision to stop all the capital works will only accelerate the down fall of BSNL. Govt and BSNL management is not able to provide the required fund for maintaining the network. Thousands of crores of BSNL money is blocked in DoT on various accounts.

In this hour of crisis, if the employees remain silent, it will be the last nail on the coffin of BSNL.   

See the commitments of the goverment  on 1st september 2000 on formation  of BSNL regarding 
1.Financial  viability
2.Job Security
3.Pension payment .

None of the above commitments are kept by BSNL and in turn it took many decisions in favour of Private operators which resulted the present  situation against  which AUAB has given  call to protest.

It is the time for every one who desire BSNL survival to rally behind and not to have sectarian views and make agenda of their own.

 


05/08/2019 : CHQ News
 

Excerpts from the address of GS Com K Sebastin at Vijayawada GB on 14/7/19, mainly covering the issues related to Revival of BSNL and important HR issues:

1. Financial position of BSNL: The loss is estimated to be around Rs 14,000 Crores and the revenue declined from Rs 25,000 Cr in 2017-18 to Rs 19,000 Crores during 2018-19 financial year. The pending liabilities of BSNL is around 13,000 Crores (4,000 OPEX + 4,000 CAPEX + Advance received from NOFN, LWE etc). At present monthly revenue is just 1,300 to 1,400 Crores whereas the expenditure is around 2,300 Crores and the deficit is around 1,000 Crores per month.

2. Allotment of 4G spectrum: Govt never interested to provide 4G spectrum to BSNL. In both 2G/3G and 4G spectrum issue, Govt actions delayed BSNL services. In 2G/3G, Govt interfered in the tenders & procurements and in the case of 4G, spectrum not allotted.  When the employees started agitation throughout country, Govt come under pressure and had some rethinking at the level of Secretary and MOC. But  officers down the level is not at all interested and they are against providing spectrum to BSNL, citing the Hon Supreme court order on 2G spectrum case in which SC ordered that all the Natural resources should be sold on auction only. After new Minister is taken over, some positive developments are taking place on 4G spectrum and Govt trying to get a positive Legal advice on the matter. DOT is planning to allot 4G spectrum at the cost of around 14155Cr+12%GST by way of 100% Govt equity infusion which meets our demand for free 4G spectrum.

3. Monetizing of Lands: Proposal is for taking over of all bank loans of BSNL and MTNL by an SPV with land parcels for equal amount.  With this both the companies will become zero debt as SPV will take care of debt. Further BSNL will be allowed to monetize the remaining land, Optical fibre and Towers for meeting the expenditure for CAPEX and it will be monitored by a Committee of officers from DoT, BSNL/MTNL and DIPAM. Previously SPV was proposed for Land, optical fibre network and tower monetization but now it is only for land monetization (about 29 land parcels with value around 20,000 cores only).

4. Merger of BSNL and MTNL: The proposal is to make MTNL a debt free company and then a subsidiary of BSNL. The main hurdles of merger of BSNL and MTNL are:

a) MTNL having huge loan and 60% revenue is being used for paying interest and loan repayments.

b) MTNL is listed company.

c) HR issues like difference in pay scales, pay, promotions, seniority, liability of transfer etc. 

SPV will take care of MTNL loans and MTNL will become debt free. A committee being formed with BSNL, MTNL and DOT officers for addressing other issues like delisting the MTNL and resolve all HR issues within 18 months of time and thereafter full merger with BSNL.

5. Proposal for VRS for the employees above 55 years of age (now 50 yrs) and then retirement age reduction to 58:              

Govt linked establishment cost reduction as part of the revival plan. Further Govt is not ready to consider any revival plan without staff reduction as it will not help revival of BSNL, according to the Govt. The ex-gratia is worked out in such a manner that ex-gratia plus pension amount will be 25% higher than the present pay (i.e salary +full pension). The  Employees who will opt for VRS  will get almost 25% higher amount as ex gratia +pension. Ex- gratia amount, Leave Encashment & full Pension (without Commutation) will be paid immediately after VRS.  But the Gratuity with  8% interest and Commutation Payment will be made on attaining the age of 60 years. VRS options may be asked from 01.10.2019 onwards. Govt is expecting nearly 70000 employees will be opted this VRS and around 6000 cores will be saved per annum.

After completion of VRS, retirement age reduction to 58 will be thought of w.e.from 01.01.2020. Reduction of retirement age to 58 may be a temporary measure for few years as in the case of ITI. In ITI, few years back retirement age reduced to 58 but two months back restored it to 60. SNEA is continuing its efforts to incorporate the 3rd PRC also part of the Revival Plan as recommended by IIM, Ahmadabad.

If VRS is implemented, it will have huge impacts on the cadre like massive redeployment, sharing of the additional work load by the remaining employees, absence of support staff etc in addition to the fact that the remaining employees also will lose two years of service and salary due to retirement age reduction. Since the excess staff is send on VRS, all the posts they are holding and the existing vacancies will cease to exist.

In the given situation, there is not much choice left for us and we are continuing our best efforts to get the revival plan approved. Assn will be taking a final call on these issues once final picture is known to us.

6. Restructuring proposal in BSNL:  BSNL Board already put on hold all the direct recruitments. New norms are being worked out and the fresh justification of posts will be worked out.

7. Superannuation benefits and EPF full Pension: As per assurance given by CMD, 3% enhancement of superannuation fund is to be processed by March, 2019. Unfortunately due to the salary crisis, BSNL Board is not taking up any proposal having additional financial implications. Hence enhancement of 3% SAB proposal is not materialised so far eventhough SNEA and AUAB continuing its persuation.

After Kerala High court and Supreme Court verdict on higher pension the EPF office filled two review petitions on it. One review petition was dismissed and other one is still pending. NCOA is party in the Hon Supreme Court on the cases filed for Full Pension. SNEA and NCOA is associated with the court cases at Hon SC. SNEA is closely monitoring and pursuing the issue.

GS also explained the developments on 3rd PRC, Promotions i.e. JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, DE to DGM (T), AO to CAO, CAO to DGM (F) etc, CPSU hierarchy notification, E2 & E3 standard pay scales, Pension revision, pay loss of Executives of 2007 batch onwards, first TBP and E1A/E2A for Civil/Elect etc.  All the issues are still live and SNEA is continuously pursuing. On DGM promotions, M.A is proposed to be filed shortly for early hearing of the matter. Now vacancies available to accommodate all the eligible AGM/DEs on DGM promotion as large number of AGMs and Adhoc DGMs are retired.  


03/08/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to CGMT regarding Achievement of targets and fixing responsibility to field units during hours of crisis - our humble suggestion View Letter

It is known to everyone that BSNL is passing through some tough time ever in its history as far as cash flow and regular payment towards its vendors, store suppliers, installation contractors etc. are concerned, due to liquidity crunch. As a result, many vendors have stopped supplying man power, stores, services, vehicles etc. seriously affecting day to day operations and developmental activities in field.  From BSNL side, as part of austerity measures, restrictions have been imposed on spending on account of man power, vehicle, diesel, materials, temporary advance, capital expenditure etc. It is not unknown to everyone that men, money and material are the essentials for running normal business by any service organisation. Hence, reduction in any of the three would lead to reduction of output despite best efforts from the field execution teams. It appears that the BSNL management seems to ignore these fundamental facts and expect field teams to perform both network operations and service provisions as being done during normal times.

At this juncture, it would be worth noting that the Hon. Minister for Communication himself had acknowledged this basic fact and identified the core reason for the financial crisis of BSNL as lack of fair competition in telecom industry in our country due to unleashing of predatory pricing initiated by one of the TSPs and lack of timely upgrade of technology like 4G, copper to fibre conversion etc by BSNL. Many BSNL circle heads and BA heads have already acknowledged the efforts taken by executives in their personal capacity for mitigating the stalemates by spending huge amount of money from their salary towards labour, vehicle expenses, diesel, local purchase etc. They could at least make some earnest attempt from their side to mitigate the burden being shouldered by the field executives alone even though many such attempts could not succeed due to various reasons. There are reports from circles regarding mobilisation of emergency fund through personnel contributions by sharing money right from the BA Head to non executives.

As we all know, Kerala circle, the highest profit making circle till last year had always achieved targets both in service front as well as in revenue front due to collective effort from all section of employees right from the circle head down to the contract labourers through some streamlined and time tested mechanisms implemented in the circle. As a result, Kerala circle could achieve certain milestones in the country like maintaining highest DEL, generating consistent revenue next only to Maharashtra circle from tower infra sharing etc in addition to meeting all operational parameters well within limits in all business verticals. It may be noted that Kerala circle has already initiated various opex saving measures including reduction of AMC costs in CM vertical, contract labour costs, vehicle usage, energy savings in exchanges/BTS sites and so on throughout all BAs. We are aware of the Corporate Office instruction to further reduce the labour cost by another 30%. We are of the opinion that the instruction is highly irrational as far as Kerala circle is concerned where considerable reduction in men, money and material has already taken place compared to the quantity of telecom operational assets being maintained in the circle. We suggest such points are to be brought to the notice of Corporate Office to convince them to assist the circle to equip with most essential men, money and material for the smooth operations of its telecom network in the highly productive telecom circle. Our CHQ has already brought these irregularities to the notice of Corporate Office at the highest level. We expect circle administration also would rise to the occasion to bring these facts to their notice to get favourable decisions from their side. We strongly believe that the unscientific, irrational and sharp cut in labour in our circle without any work study or assessment of actual requirement will be highly detrimental to the revenue and operational prospects of this highly productive circle.

It is disheartening to note that the Kerala circle administration seems to ignore these basic facts and seen engaged in implementing such unrealistic corporate decisions in haste simply ignoring the field realities. We are fully aware of the present crisis and would strive really hard to achieve our targets as being done at present by field officers even by spending from their own salaries. But, to our dismay, instead of acknowledging their efforts and motivating the field officers during the hours of crisis, the circle administration seems to send wrong signals to the field even going to the extent of using the sword of ‘no work no pay’, fault clearance targeted webinars etc thereby demotivating the already constrained field units to perform in the adverse operating conditions with shortage of men, material and money. The administration never seems to acknowledge the shortage of resources for the field units to perform. Instead they are involved in fixing unrealistic targets to field units.  While we have no doubt about the responsibility in clearing the faults and creating /  providing the  demands  we are of the considered view that the management is equally responsible for supplying necessary  men, money and material to achieve  the same. If the labour, material and money which are to be supplied by management are not available, the field officers cannot be held no way responsible.

 We would also like to bring to the notice of the circle administration that in the course of urge to achieve the operational targets, the count of LL, BB, Mobile connections as well as fault clearance in many circles and BAs seems to be reported unrealistic. This is amply clear from the VLR, ARPU, NIL CDR IPDR and revenue fetched by such circles and BAs. These types of “smart practices” may spoil the work culture and intellectual integrity of the staff and the system. We are constrained to bring these views on seeing the message from top level to fix responsibility among field staff and officers up to SDE level alone towards the non performance. We are not convinced under what circumstances the escalation matrix of responsibility end with SDEs.  We are of the view that the above kind of advisories and demoralising actions from the top management are highly demotivating to the field units which are already in the verge of an outburst. We request circle administration to be practical to field realities and sympathetic to the field officers and staff rather than whipping with the sword of no work no pay etc.

We urge upon the circle administration to review their present attitude towards the field units and to initiate dialogues with all stakeholders to arrive at a consensus to tide over the present exigency for the smooth running of telecom operations in the circle during the hours of crisis.


02/08/2019: SAD NEWS
 

SAD NEWS: With heavy heart, it is informed that our loving sister Com. K.V Sheela(57)  JTO CSC, Palayam, Kozhikkode BA has left us today.  SNEA mourn the untimely departure. Let's together join the bereaved family. 

 

02/08/2019 : Circle News
 

CS writes to Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala regarding Payment of Property Tax to Local bodies by BSNL towards its buildings and mobile telecommunication towers in Panchayaths - hardship faced by BSNL Officers due to revenue recovery proceedings, attachments, civil/criminal prosecution initiated by various local bodies in the State.  View Letter


01/08/2019 : CHQ News
 

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL: Unscientific, irrational and sharp cut in labour across BSNL units without any work study or assessment of requirement will derail the sincere efforts for Revival of BSNL. These skilled labours become integral part of BSNL in maintaining the network, especially UG cable and OFC network. Ultimately the field units, the revenue earning wing will suffer, it will badly affect the services and BSNL revenue. Much effective cost cutting can be done on AMC but focus is not seen on those areas.

GS letter to CMD


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