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29.11.2021

 

Editorial

Finally Restructuring and Manpower plan notified with massive reduction in posts, more than 60%. It will be opposed tooth and nail till Time Bound Promotion Policy is implemented. Forum of BSNL Executives’ Associations decided for immediate agitation.

We will not sleep until justice rendered to our Executives.

The much awaited BSNL Manpower plan is notified with massive cut in the number of posts in Executive cadres consisting of JTO to DGM equivalent cadres from 89,087 to mere 35,402, more than 60%. At the same, the demand of all the Executives and Forum of BSNL Executives Associations to notify the BSNL Executives Time Bound Promotion Policy along with the Manpower plan is not yet met. BSNL management is very adamant and determined that none of the BSNL Executive reaches DGM level and above before their retirement. After lot of struggle, DR DGM and Extl MT recruitment was stopped by earlier management. Again in the name of restructuring, DR DGM and Extl MT reintroduced challenging the capability and competence of BSNL Executives to lead the company by occupying the posts of DGM, GM etc. This is just to justify the ITS deputation.

The date of effect of the HR Plan approved is 01.02.2020. All the posts in excess of approved sanctioned strength in different Grades stand abolished w.e.f. 01.02.2020. The new vacancy year for the available vacancies is to be decided. Fresh reservation roaster is to be prepared based on the vacancy year. According to the revised sanctioned strength, excess SDE(T)s, JAOs and AOs are working and their fate is to be known. The JTO to SDE promotion made in May 2021 after 01.02.2020 is under question. There is no post to notify the 33% LDCE quota. All these issues will lead to multiple litigations in future if all the eligible Executives are not promoted. Precisely, Management working to create such a situation and then to blame the Executives for that. JTO and SDE equivalent cadres are treated as a single cluster and made inter changeable. JTO with 12 years of service as on 1st January shall be considered for promotion on personal upgradation basis. By this, management is trying to fix 12 years as the stagnation period instead of 5 years in CPSU CH. If Time Bound Promotion after 5 years is having Reservation issue, definitely Time Bound Promotion after 12 years also will have the same Reservation issue. It means there is no Reservation issue in the Promotion Policy approved in 2018 as told by the management. 

This made all the Associations to unite together and fight for the notification and implementation of the Time Bound Promotion Policy approved on 28.05.2018. Time Bound Functional Promotion between 4-6 years for BSNL Executives is a Policy decision announced at the time of BSNL formation. The modalities are just worked out in 2018. So, the date of effect, 01.07.2018 is not at all negotiable. By this our aim is to give promotion to all eligible Executives (SDE list 8/9/10---, JTO 2001 onwards, AO 2008/2009, JAO 2015/2016 etc, SDEs and JTOs in C/E/Arch/TF, CSS, PA, PS etc) from their due date, i.e. from 01.07.2018 onwards. Even AO 2015 batch will be eligible for CAO in 2023. Last AGM, CAO and AO promotions given 2018 become provisional, any future promotion through DPC route depends upon the court cases and the outcome of the SLP filed by BSNL in the Hon Supreme Court. Even the few missing cases in the 2018 DE and CAO promotion are not able to promote due to the court order!

There are some doubts from some corners about the feasibility of its implementation from 01.07.2018. There are precedence. Our EPP is approved and notified on 18.01.2007 but implemented from 01.10.2000. Similarly, SDE(T) RR amendments approved by the BSNL Board in 2015 but notification issued in 2018, effectively from the date of Board approval in 2015. Manpower plan is approved from the retrospective date of 01.02.2020 and notified from the retrospective date. From these 3 example, it is clear that there is no hurdle in notifying the Time Bound promotion policy also from the Board approved date of 01.07.2018 and providing promotions.

We appeal to all the Executives and the Associations to join hands in the coming struggle for the smooth career progression of BSNL Executives. Success of any struggle depends on the participation in the battleground and the level of commitment our Executives have. This struggle has to be lead by the Executives with greater conviction and commitment, with greater UNITY. We have to UNITE LIKE A ROCK against the management, against this grave injustice. The success of recent Farmers struggle motivated everyone and they shown us how to fight for your rights. 

25.11.2021

 

AUAB leaders had a meeting with Joint Secretary (Admn)/DoT on various BSNL related issues pending in DoT. GS attended the meeting.

The following issues discussed.

1. Early launching of 4G and testing of 5G. Financial support to BSNL for compensating the loss due to delay in launching 4G services.

DoT officers tried to explain the latest developments. The upgradation of existing equipments to 4G and launching 4G services is ruled out as per Govt policy. It could have done by BSNL before Govt taking the policy decision of Make in India in the month of April-May, 2020.

The POC route is progressing and TCS committed that the RAN with 40W power will be installed by middle of December and POC can be completed as per the revised target date of 31.12.2021. The manufacturing may start by middle of 2022 and 4G launching by end of 2022, progressively, DoT expecting. By this, it is almost clear that pan India launching of 4G with good coverage will happen only in 2023 provided the Technology is tested and proved as per schedule.

On our concern of losing market share due to non availability of 4G services, there was no convincing reply from DoT Officers.

To compensate the losses, financial assistance in the form of CAPEX for 4G launching is under the active consideration of the Govt, it is informed.

Parallelly, extension of 2G licence with the same 900 spectrum as liberalized spectrum is also under the active consideration of the Govt. This also will be free of cost just like 4G spectrum.

According to DoT, decision in these points are expected by the end of this year 2021 itself.

2. Payment of pending dues to BSNL by DoT amounting to Rs 39000 Cr:

This dues under various heads is under examination in DoT but no decision taken so far.

We pressed for the release of the pending dues which will really help BSNL to meet the urgent requirements.

3. No handing over of BSNL Towers and Optic Fibre to private … :

We explained our concern and strong opposition in privatization of Towers and OFC. The National Monetization pipe line is in that direction, we raised our concern. Jt Sec explained that there is nothing to worry about monetization as the proceeds will come directly to BSNL as per the Union Cabinet decision of 2019. But the Finance Minster statement is that money will be utilized for bridging gap in the Budgetary provision, we explained. DoT agreed to examine it and to ensure that the money received is coming directly to BSNL and the Towers and OFC ownership remain with BSNL.  

4. Payment of Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale:

We explained the background and the stand of DoPT that pension contribution should be on actual basic instead of maximum of the pay scales from 01.01.2006 onwards. DoT Officers informed that the matter is taken up with Finance Ministry three times but so far the reply is negative. They are not disputing our claim but at the same time not accepting our demand.

5. Speeding up land monetization process to offset BSNL debt.

Four land parcels are put for auction by DIPAM. Good progress in this cases will accelerate the remaining cases. The money will be deposited directly into BSNL account.

6. Immediate settlement of 3rd PRC for the Executives and Wage revision for the Non-Executives:

We demanded that affordability clause should not be made applicable to BSNL as BSNL is not able to launch 4G services and increase the revenue due to Govt policies. Further Govt did not allow BSNL to avail loan like other operators and expand the network.

However, there is no commitment from DoT in this regard. According to them, it is to be decided at higher level, minimum by the Minister.

7. Revised PO for E2 and E3 standard pay scales for JTO/JAO and SDE/AO equivalent Grades in line with BSNL recommendation.

We explained the BSNL recommendation for E2 and E3 pay scales. After brief discussion they asked us to give more details on the matter. It is also informed that the issue can be re-examined only when higher level intervention is done and directions are received.

After the official meeting, GS met the Officer and explained the BSNL proposal dated 06.06.2016, the PO issued by DoT on 27.03.2017 and the revised proposal of BSNL dated 01.05.2017 restricting the demand to E2 and E3. DoT raised the queries: i) whether the PO issued on 27.03.2017 is implemented in BSNL or not, ii) If E2A is replaced by E3, then SDE and Sr SDE Grades will be in the same scale, is it acceptable etc. GS/AIGETOA also participated in the discussion.

Further they told to give a note in this regard.

25.11.2021

 

SNEA OUTRIGHTLY REJECTS THE POST REDUCTION AND REVISED SANCTION STRENGTH WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE TIME BOUND PROMOTIONS ALREADY APPROVED BY THE BSNL BOARD.

THIS WILL THE LAST NAIL ON THE COFFIN OF BSNL HR POLICIES

Day by day, Management harassing the Executives, demoralizing them and making the company further sick.

NO SALARY, NO PROMOTION, NO PRC, NO PAY SCALES, NO SAB, PAY ANOMALIES – These are the fate of BSNL Executives.

We are determined to fight against this injustice. Make door to door campaign and prepare our members for a long drawn struggle from 1st week of December and to fight against the injustice. 

25.11.2021

 

Revised sanction strength and Man Power plan:

 

 

Grade

Sanctioned Strength Pre-VRS

Total Approved Strength

Approved Strength

 Telecom

Finance

Civil

Elect

CGM/PGM/GM Equivalent

796

579

63+429

8+32

5+18

3+14

DGM/SE Equi.

1878

1484

1116

278

37

32

DR DGM

210

168

120

48

Nil

Nil

AGM/CAO/EE Equivalent

5118

4542

3600

672

108

88

MT

1998

1117

900

168

27

22

SDE/AO Equi.

32026

13434

10687

1887

359

278

JTO/JAO Equi.

50477

14777

11756

2075

393

306

Total

92503

36101

28671

5168

947

743

 

 

24.11.2021

 

Revised sanction strength and Man Power plan:

Man Power Plan Finance

Man Power Plan Civil

Man Power Plan Electrical

Man Power Plan Other streams

23.11.2021

 

It has been decided to lodge our immediate and strong protest tomorrow itself (24.11.2021) against Restructuring and Manpower plan by BURNING THE COPY of the Restructuring Order and staging lunch hour demonstration.

 

All CHQ, Circle and SSA leaders are requested to make arrangements for the protest in co-ordination with other Associations. 

23.11.2021

 

Revised sanction strength and Man Power plan:

Salient Features:

JTO with 12 years of service as on 1st January shall be considered for promotion on personal upgradation basis (as per CPSU CH approved, it is 5 years).

Revised sanction strength will be applicable from 01.02.2020 onwards. All the posts in excess of approved sanctioned strength in different Grades and Streams stand abolished w.e.f.01.02.2020.

Direct Rect in Non Executive Cadre will be done only in TT and JE cadres and for Executives in JTO, MT and DRDGM Grades. Direct Rect in any Grade will be made only with the prior approval of BSNL Board (evenif vacancy is available).

External MT(450) will continue. Internal MT(450 posts) has been converted as Internal LICE for promotion from SDE to AGM.

JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are treated as a single cluster and interchangeable.

 

Grade

Sanctioned Strength Pre-VRS

Total Approved Strength

Approved Strength (Telecom)

CGM/PGM/GM Equivalent

796

579

63+429

DGM/SE Equi.

1878

1484

1116

DR DGM

210

168

120

AGM/CAO/EE Equivalent

5118

4542

3600

MT

1998

1117

900

SDE/AO Equi.

32026

13434

10687

JTO/JAO Equi.

50477

14777

11756

Total

92503

36101

28671

 

BSNL Board approved Restructuring and Man Power Plan

18.11.2021

 

Organizational Restructuring

 
 

15.11.2021

 

Update on LICE JTO/JAO Pay loss issue
 
The national level committee formed by SNEA to study the pay loss issue of then DR JEs recruited between 01.01.2007 & 07.05.2010, has submitted its recommendations with remedial demand to address their genuine pay loss.
 
After through analysis and insightful study of the issue in several zoom meetings chaired by GS & CHQ President, SNEA, the following memorandum is finalized for submitting to CMD, BSNL, BSNLCO, New Delhi, through proper channel, by each and every JTO/JAOs on priority. The possible remedial action as in the letter has logical justification to get nod of BSNLCO.
 
Sample calculation sheet of couple of actual cases is enclosed for ready reference. Relevant changes be made in Highlighted texts based on individuals actual data. 
 
it can be seen from the calculation sheet that there is huge difference of 8k-10k per month in the salary upon approval of the same. 
 
Future systematic action plan is already framed and shall be put in action at appropriate time.
 
 
 

12.11.2021

 

7th Circle Conference of SNEA Rajasthan circle was conducted on 11th and 12th Nov 2021. CGMT Rajasthan Sh. Sandeep Govil as chief guest and Mayor Bikaner Sushila Kanwa Rajpurohit addressed the open session on 11.11.2021. At this occasion SNEA Bikaner donated one OLT from its own sources to Bikaner Rural areas for improving our FTTH connectivity  and this was inaugurated by CGM Rajasthan Shri Sandeep  Govil. CHQ President Com. A.A.Khan,  GS Com. K Sebastin and Joint Secy (W)   graced the open house session and Conference. Circle secretary and Circle Treasurer presented their reports and adopted by house.

The newly SNEA Rajasthan Circle Body was elected unanimously  as below:-

Circle President- Com. Mahesh Vyash

Circle Secretary- Com. Susheel Kumar

Circle treasurer- Com. Jitendra Kumar Nagru

 

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05.11.2021

 

Start immediate Organizational preparations at Circle and SSA level:

By the approval of the Restructuring and HR plan, it is certain that we are entering into a state of NO PROMOTION in BSNL. It is high time to protest against this arbitrary move of the management and to stop the massacre of Executive cadres.

This will result into unending litigations which management may be welcoming. Otherwise, our timely warning would have take care.

One and only one solution is available, implementation of the Time Bound Promotion Policy approved by the Board w.e.f. 01.07.2018. and

Meet and interact with each and every Executive immediately to explain the deadly consequences of the Restructuring and HR plan.

 

All the Executive Associations (SNEA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA) jointly written to the Management on 15.09.2021 demanding implementation of the Time Bound Promotion policy w.e.f. 01.07.2018 onwards and to provide promotion to all the eligible Executives. All the Executive Associations (SNEA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA, SEWA BSNL) met Director (HR) and informed the united stand. 

05.11.2021

 

BSNL Board approved Restructuring and HR plan:

Management is working to notify the Restructuring plan approved by the Board at the earliest. It may take one or two more weeks.

Some of the salient features are:

The date of effect of the HR Plan approved will be 01.02.2020.

Total sanctioned strength will be about 71,000 plus (including CGM level), 36,000 plus Executives and 35,000 plus Non Executives.

JTO sanction strength will be about 11,800 and SDE sanction strength will be about 10,700.

JTO and SDE equivalent cadres made inter changeable.

The available vacancies as on 01.02.2020 and the vacancy year is to be decided first.

The fate of the vacancies existing prior to 01.02.2020 over and above the approved sanction strength is to be known.

The reservation roaster is to be prepared based on the vacancy year.

The fate of the LDCE already notified for promotion to SDE(C/E) etc to be known.

The fate of JTO to SDE promotion made in May 2021 (after 01.02.2020) is to be known if vacancies for earlier vacancy years are abolished. About 7400 SDEs were working as on 01.02.2020.

The fate of corresponding 33% LDCE quota for SDE(T) is to be known.

The fate of excess SDE(T)s, JAOs and AOs working in the cadres over and above the approved sanctioned is to be known.

Identical issues in all the streams.

In the new Restructuring and HR Plan proposal, management provided a provision for Time Bound Promotion from JTO to SDE cadres after 12 years instead of 5 years. If Time Bound Promotion after 5 years is having Reservation issue, definitely Time Bound Promotion after 12 years also will have the same Reservation issue. It means there is no Reservation issue in the Promotion Policy approved in 2018 as told by the management in which Time Bound Promotion is provided for all the eligible Executives, after every 5 years. 

In the last AUAB meeting held on 27.10.2021, management taken a stand that the earlier Promotion Policy approved by the Board in 2018 is not implemented as there is difference in opinion among the Associations. If that logic is applied, the present Restructuring plan approved by the Board also cannot be notified and implemented by BSNL as Associations are opposing it. Atleast SNEA is strongly opposing the Restructuring plan in the present form.

04.11.2021

 

Medical Insurance with New India Assurance Company

After signing the MoU with BSNL, New India Assurance company backed out from the Policy. Initially the MoU was signed with the Dehradun Regional Office (Delhi comes under this region). As the amount was beyond their sanctioning power, it has referred to their Corporate Office for approval, and it rejected the proposal.

According to Company HQs, the scheme is not workable as the premium amount is very less. All efforts, even the personal intervention of CMD to compel them to honour the MoU is not yielded result.

Now BSNL CO called fresh quotations from the Insurance companies (PSUs) for this purpose.

02.11.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle regarding violation of guidelines issued from corporate office for looking after arrangement at circle level.

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Click here for look after order

28.10.2021

 

 

 

28.10.2021

 

Meeting between BSNL Board of Directors and AUAB held on 27.10.2021:

In the backdrop of the agitational programs announced by the AUAB, a marathon meeting was held between the Board of Directors of BSNL and the AUAB on 06.10.2021. However, no settlement is reached with regards to the demands of the AUAB. Thereafter, the AUAB leaders met the Director (HR) and informed that, they would be forced to go ahead with the agitations, if the important issues are not settled. Again, the AUAB met online on 18.10.2021 and decided to organise the Twitter Campaign on 29.10.2021. In this background, again a meeting between the AUAB and all the Directors of BSNL Board, including the CMD BSNL, held on 27.10.2021. The following are the Highlights of the meeting.

(1) Launching of 4G services. 

On the POC route CMD, BSNL and the Director (CM) informed that, TCS is taking hectic efforts to supply 4G equipments to BSNL and it looks promising. The POC was supposed to complete by 31.10.2021 but an extension given upto 31.12.2021. The 4G core is developed by the C-DOT with which TCS has made tie-up. The equipments, RAN will be supplied by Tejas. The System integrator, SI is TCS.  Core Equipments are installed at Chandigarh and Ambala for POC and testing is going on.

The proposal for upgradation of existing 4G compatible equipments and launching 4G services is not agreed by the Govt.

(2) Disbursement of Salary on the due date. 

After prolonged discussions, the following agreement is reached.

(i) Salary for October, 2021 will be paid before Diwali.

(ii) November, 2021 salary will be paid on the due date, i.e, 30.11.2021.

(iii) December, 2021 salary will be delayed a little as loan repayment of about 1280 Crores is due in December.

(iv) From January, 2022 onwards, every month salary will be paid on the due date.

(3)  Wage Revision of the Non-Executives /3rd PRC for the Executives. 

For the Non-Executives, Management has already taken action to reconstitute the Wage Negotiation Committee. The first meeting of this Committee will be held after Diwali.

For the Pay Revision of the Executives, CMD BSNL assured to arrange a meeting between the AUAB and the Secretary, Telecom.

(4)  Restructuring and Time Bound Promotion as approved by the Board before restructuring, by taking sufficient number of posts in various grades as  single cluster in Restructuring. 

The CMD BSNL informed that, Restructuring of BSNL’s Manpower plan is approved by the Board, with 10% to 12% increase in the existing strength. The new strength will be 36,000 plus for Executives and 35,000 plus for Non-Executives. Totally, 71,000 plus posts. The minutes of the meeting also approved and notification will be issued in a couple of days with all the relevant details. 

On the simultaneous notification of Time Bound Promotion Policy for the Executives which is already approved by the Board, CMD informed that there is difference in opinion among the Executive Associations and hence it has to be discussed separately. 

(5)  Withdrawal of show cause notices under FR 17A. 

The show cause notices under FR 17A issued to Shri. S. Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA, Shri. Kabir Das, GS, BSNL OA and Shri. Goud, President, BSNL MS, is being settled by withdrawing the show cause notices. The pending cases of four serving General Secretaries / Presidents will be settled before New Year.

(6) Holding of various LICEs for Non-Executives. 

Notifications will be issued before 30.11.2021 by Estt section. Vacancy position and Roster will be finalized expeditiously.

(7)  Removal of stringent conditions incorporated in Rule 9 of BSNL Transfer Policy. 

A Committee will be formed with members from Management side and four from the Recognized/support Unions / Associations side. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the restrictions will be relaxed.

(8) Threatening letters against Hunger Strike etc. 

SR Cell will review the matter. Threatening / harsh wordings will be avoided. The entries made in the service books and ERP will be reviewed. 

(9) SAB contributions pending from April, 2020 onwards. 

CMD BSNL assured to clear all the pending payments by March, 2022.

(10) Regular interaction between the AUAB and the Management. 

The CMD, BSNL assured that bi-monthly meetings will be held between the CMD, BSNL and the AUAB for briefing on developmental activities.

After the meeting with Management, AUAB decided to defer the agitation programs, in view of the improvements on issues. 

28.10.2021

 

Congratulations once again…

The continuous efforts of SNEA and NCOA and the struggles for revised IDA from 01.07.2021 settled the issue. NCOA conducted protest demonstrations on 07.10.2021 throughout the country wearing black badges and proposed to conduct protest Dharna infront of DPE Office on 28.10.2021 which compelled them to issue the revised orders.

Revised order for IDA from 01.07.2021 as 173.8% and IDA order from 01.10.2021 as 179.3% issued by DPE for 2017 pay scales, settling the anomaly.

 

SNEA could play an important role in settling this serious anomaly after our GS become the Working President of NCOA.

27.10.2021

 

 

 

27.10.2021

 

Meeting between BSNL Board of Directors and AUAB will be held today at 5 PM on various demands:

In the backdrop of the agitational programs announced by the AUAB, a marathon meeting was held between the Board of Directors of BSNL and the AUAB on 06.10.2021. However, no settlement is reached with regards to the charter of demands of the AUAB. Thereafter, the AUAB leaders met the Director (HR) and informed that, they would be forced to go ahead with the agitations, if the important issues are not settled within a week. Again, the AUAB met online on 18.10.2021 and decided to organise the Twitter Campaign on 29.10.2021. 

In this background, one more meeting is taking place between Directors of BSNL Board and the AUAB at 05:00 pm today, 27.10.2021.

27.10.2021

 

CHQ Office Bearers meeting reviewed the Restructuring plan:

An urgent meeting of the CHQ OBs held yesterday evening to discuss about the Restructuring plan approved by the BSNL Board on 23.10.2021 and future course of actions.

The meeting observed that the approved plan will not give any career progression to the Executives if post based promotion is continued. Drastic reduction in posts taken place and excess executives are working in cadres like SDE(T), AO and JAO. All the earlier vacancies including LDCE/LICE quota got abolished. There is no other mechanism other than Time Bound Promotion Policy to promote all the eligible Executives. This will ensure smooth career progression from 01.07.2018 onwards. Again External MT recruitment is inserted in the Restructuring plan when we are demanding its replacement with internal fast track promotion alone.

The CHQ OBs meeting chalked out the future action plans and decided to wait for the outcome of todays meeting with the CMD and Board members in which implementation of the Promotion policy approved by the Board in May 2018 for the BSNL Executives and LICE for JTO also will be deliberated as an agenda and CMD will spell out the details.

Forum of BSNL Executives (SNEA, AIGETOA and AIBSNLEA) mutually decided for organizational actions if management is not agreeing for the promotion of all the eligible Executives on Time Bound basis ensuring career progression of all the Executives. 

25.10.2021

 

HR plan and Restructuring Plan approved by the BSNL Board on 23.10.2021.

The BSNL Board meeting held on 23.10.2021 approved the HR plan proposal of management. The Board members from DoT raised objections on keeping large number of posts at Senior Management level of PGM etc.

The sanctioned number is more or less same as informed earlier except in AGM equivalent cadres in which about 10% hike is proposed. In AGM(T), total number proposed is 4500 (3600 as promotion quota, 450 as Intl MT and 450 Extl MT). Out of this, 1400 AGMs are working today. There is another proposal to utilize the Intl MT quota for DPC purpose for the first time. However, there is no change in the number for SDE equivalent cadres. The details of the approved proposal are awaited.

CHQ is in touch with other Associations on this issue and the future course of actions will be decided in a couple of days. CHQ Office Bears meeting is scheduled for 26.10.2021 to assess the situation and working out the strategies as per the CWC decisions.

 

Meanwhile meeting between CMD/BSNL and AUAB is scheduled for tomorrow 5 PM in which details of the proposals are expected to be shared. Implementation of the Promotion policy approved by the Board in May 2018 for BSNL Executives and LICE for JTO are also part of the Restg agenda to be discussed with CMD and other Board members. 

18.10.2021

 

Final All India Eligibility List-3 of JTOS for the Recruitment Year 2009 to 2012.

Letter AIEL 3                                          AIEL 3 Recruitment Year 2010

 

11.10.2021

 

NOTIFICATION

 

It is hereby notified that VII Circle Conference of Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association Rajasthan Telecom Circle is going to be held on 11th & 12th November 2021 at Bikaner. The detail programme will be circulated at the time of Conference.

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05.10.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle regarding submission of our suggestion on cluster mechanism and pending grievances of executives in Rajasthan circle

 

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04.10.2021

 

National Confederation of Officers Association (NCOA) protesting against the discrimination in IDA rates w.e.f. 01.07.2021

Actual rate effective from 01-07-2021 for 2017 scale is 24.6%, for 2007 scale is 173.6% and 1997 scale is 361.9% respectively but actual rate paid is only 23.2%, 170.5% and 356.7% respectively for 2017 scale, 2007 scale and 1997 scale.

All BSNL Executives are requested to join the protest actions demanding IDA @ 173.6% instead of 170.5% w.e.f. 01.07.2021 by:

1. Wearing Black Badge/Mask on 07-10-2021

 

2. Conducting protest Dharna in front of DPE office and at respective CPSEs on 28-10-2021

30.09.2021

 

Comrades,

Following decisions were taken in the CEC held online on 20.08.2021 and further meeting held online on 29/09/2021.

  1. Next Circle conference will be organized at Bikaner. Bikaner branch will host this and make all arrangement for a memorable circle conference.
  2. The date of next Circle conference will be either last week of Oct 21 or 10th-11th Nov 21 as per convenience of GS. The date will be confirm from GS and notice for circle conference will be issued accordingly.
  3. Circle conference fees will be Rs. 500/- per member. All DS are requested to start collection of this fee immediately and arrange to deposit to circle treasurer so that the same may be hand over to host branch.
  4. The delegation fees will be Rs. 1500/- per delegate (including 500/- circle conference fee). The fee will be paid by all delegates, CEC members and observers.
  5. All DS will communicate the DS of host branch about the no. of delegates from their branch well in time so that the arrangement may be made accordingly.
  6. The branches where the District conference is due, have to arrange their District conference before next Circle conference.  
  7. New SNEA branch will be opened at CN-Tx Jaipur, pertaining the executives working stationed at Jaipur.

30.09.2021

 

SNEA views / suggestions on the Cluster based Outsourcing System:

The shortcomings in the existing tender, manipulations done by the vendor to have good MTTR and workable solutions to streamline the tender are discussed. In the new experiment of cluster based outsourcing, it is concluded that:

i) The expenditure has not come down as expected rather gone up, almost two times. On an average, about Rs 50/- paid per connection, including incentives.

ii) Services not improved rather deteriorated resulting large scale closure of Landline and BB connections.

iii) More importantly, the cluster partner (vendor) did not invest much to improve the network quality in terms of material and manpower.

iv) Most of the cluster partners do not have any experience in UG cable and external plant maintenance. Most of them are Franchisees or vendors maintaining the BTSs. 

SNEA SUBMISSION TO THE COMMITTEE

28.09.2021

 

Today the Cluster Committee had discussions with SNEA, BSNLEU and AIGETOA through online. SNEA made a detailed presentation to the Committee on various points based on the inputs collected in the CWC meeting held on 29.08.2021 and 02.09.2021. The shortcomings in the existing tender, manipulations done by the vendor and workable solutions to streamline the tender to maximize the efficiency of the vendor and by prompt service delivery to the customers etc are explained by General Secretary.

In the new experiment, i) the expenditure has not come down as expected rather gone up almost two times, ii) services not improved rather deteriorated resulting large scale closure. This proves the failure  of the new tender which is to be addressed.

The solution should be worked out based on HOW LONG THE LEGACY COPPER WIRE CONNECTIONS will be maintained. Accordingly long term or short term strategy should be evolved, we suggested.

AIGEOTOA and BSNLEU also made presentations on various points explaining the shortcomings and possible solutions.

27.09.2021

 

All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) Circluar to to all the employees.

The meeting of AUAB was held at New Delhi on 23.09.2021 and 25.09.2021. General Secretaries of SNEA, BSNLEU, NFTE, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA, SEWA BSNL, FNTO, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM, TEPU and BSNL OA attended the meeting. The meeting reviewed the 3 Days Dharna at New Delhi and discussed about the future course of action. Decision has been taken to organize:

Twitter Campaign on 06.10.2021.

Black Flag/ Black badge wearing demonstrations on 26.10.2021.

All Circle and SSAs are requested to implement the decisions taken in the AUAB meeting.

21.09.2021

 

Three days Dharna (21-09-21 to 23-09-21) organized by ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF BSNL (AUAB) started at Police Chowki, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding

 

(1) Immediate launching of BSNLs 4G service, by way of upgradation of the BTSs and also steps for moving towards the launching of 5G service.

(2) Immediate settlement of the dues to BSNL, amounting Rs.39,000 Crore, by the DoT.

(3) Immediate steps to off-set BSNLs debt, through the Monetization of lands.

(4) Disbursement of salary on the last date of every month.

(5) No selling out of BSNLs 13,567 mobile towers, in the name of National Monetization Pipeline.

(6) Complete review of the Cluster based Outsourcing System.

(7) Immediate settlement of 3rd Pay Revision, Pension Revision and Enhancement of Superannuation Benefits (SAB) up to 30%, for the BSNL Directly Recruited Employees.

(8) Speedy measures to improve the quality of BSNLs FTTH service.

(9) Prompt maintenance of BTSs, proper up-keep of the power plants, as well as availability of batteries.

(10) Strengthen the transmission networks by carrying out the speedy maintenance works.

15.09.2021

 

FORUM OF BSNL EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATIONS (SNEA, AIGETOA, AIBSNLEA) writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL jointly demanding Promotion of all the eligible Executives on Time Bound basis before Restructuring and post reduction. Define road map for promotion to higher posts. No Looking After/Adhoc Promotions, only regular promotions. The promotions should be extended to all w.e.f. 01.07.2018 onwards as and when the Executives fulfill their eligibility criteria. We will be compelled to oppose any Restructuring and post reduction before Promotions.

SNEA, AIGETOA and AIBSNLEA jointly decided to launch the struggle 

15.09.2021

 

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) on 10.09.2021

CHQ leaders of AIGETOA, SNEA, SEWA (BSNL) and AIBSNLEA met Shri. Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) on 10.09.2021 and held detailed discussions on promotion to BSNL Executives. It is informed that Restructuring is in very advanced stage and it will be presented to MC in a couple of days.

1. We demanded that all eligible Executives as on date should be promoted before restructuring and only viable option is Time Bound Promotion for all eligible Executives before the Restructuring. BSNL Board has approved Time Bound Promotion Policy in May 2018 itself and promotions should be ensured in a time bound manner for all eligible Executives, we demanded. The concern on Reservation can be addressed by incorporating a provision for following the Govt/DoPT guidelines on Reservation and protecting the constitutional rights. The promotions should be extended w.e.f. 01.07.2018 onwards as and when the Executives fulfill their eligibility criteria.

We also told that other issues which have been raised by various sections from time to time may be addressed in the policy by involving all the stake holders and drawing a consensus. It will be pertinent to mention that Management Committee of the Board is empowered to decide on such changes in the policy.

2. We also requested that before Restructuring, all the Adhoc DGM(T/F) Executives should be made regular DGM(T/F) as sufficient vacancies are available and thereafter all posts should be filled on regular basis. Further, a merit based fast track promotion should also be introduced for DGM equivalent and above grade for promotion to higher positions from among meritorious BSNL Executives to lead BSNL by creating adequate number of such posts. Current MTRR and DGM RRs should be scrapped altogether and replaced with internal fast track mechanism. 

 

Earlier CHQ leaders of AIGETOA, SNEA, SEWA (BSNL) and AIBSNLEA met and deliberated the Restructuring process and its deadly consequences on career progression of the Executives. Even small increase in the number of posts is not going to address the issue. There is a huge disconnect in numbers proposed by management and actual requirement of the posts to ensure smooth promotion for all eligible Executives in all the Grades across all the wings. It is also deliberated that the existing vacancies especially in AGM/CAO equivalent grades are also not getting filled owing to complexities associated with respect to SLP at Hon Supreme Court, relating to Reservation and the management is also not trying for any solution taking excuse of the situation.

After detailed discussion, it is decided to work jointly for the career progression of all the Executives either by making Time Bound Promotions without linking it with availability of vacancies or by getting so many numbers of posts which ensures smooth promotion for all eligible Executives in all the Grades across all the wings in a time bound manner without stagnating any Executive in any cadre or stream.

Associations agreed to pursue for implementation of the Board approved Time Bound Promotion Policy of May 2018 with incorporation of provisions for following Govt/ DoPT guidelines on Reservation protecting the constitutional rights. The promotions should be extended w.e.f. 01.07.2018 onwards as and when the Executives fulfill their eligibility criteria.

Associations will also demand that all the Adhoc DGM(T/F) Executives should be made regular DGM(T/F) as sufficient vacancies are available and thereafter all posts should be filled on regular basis. Issues raised by AIGETOA and AIBSNLEA on the policy will be pursued to be implemented. It was discussed that changes required to consider those issues can easily be addressed by Management Committee of the Board.

Associations agreed for incorporation of a merit based fast track promotion should also be introduced for DGM equivalent and above grade for promotion to higher positions from among meritorious BSNL Executives to lead BSNL by creating adequate number of such posts. Associations will also demand for scrapping of Current MTRR and DR DGM RRs and replaced with internal fast track mechanism. 

Other than promotional aspects, all issues pertaining to Pay, Promotion and Pension shall also be jointly pursued by all. 

15.09.2021

 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD BSNL on 09.09.2021:

CHQ leaders of AIGETOA and SNEA met CMD BSNL Shri P.K. Purwar and communicated that if BSNL management is going ahead with Restructuring and post reduction without working out the promotional avenues for its Executives and finalizing the future road map to fill up the top management positions in the company with meritorious candidates, then it is going to meet stiff resistance and opposition from all the Executives. Normally, norms are framed after conducting extensive work study in the field units, but no work study took place and restructuring process has been converted into a pen paper exercise aimed only for reduction in posts. The inputs given by Associations highlighting the shortcomings of the restructuring proposal has been completely ignored and management moving ahead with drastic reduction in posts which is not at all acceptable.

We said that management cannot simply ignore the fact that BSNL Board has approved a proposal in May 2018 where they want JTO/JAO Equivalent level Executives to reach to post of AGM in a time of 15 years of service. Such type of demeaning of Executives where management wants JTO/JAO/SDE/AO Equivalent grade officers to stagnate for as long as 12 years for their first promotion and 25 years for its second promotion will lead to a disastrous situation in BSNL, where every Executive will be in a state of unrest and will give rise to a serious conflict. We categorically demanded CMD/BSNL to put on hold current restructuring proposal and requested him to deliberate a proposal which leads to a complete transformation of organization in all respects including the work culture, motivation, promotional avenues, and recognition of Merit.

BSNL Board has approved Time Bound Promotion Policy in May 2018 itself and promotions should be ensured in a time bound manner for all eligible Executives, we demanded. CMD BSNL said that he remains open to further discussion and told us to discuss with Director HR, BSNL Board.

Later, both Association leaders met Shri. Vivek Banzal, Director(CFA) and Shri. S. K. Mishra, Director(CM) also and demanded Time Bound Promotion for all eligible Executives, before the Restructuring .

08.09.2021

 

Dear Comrades,

Yesterday CHQ leaders of both SNEA and AIGETOA discussed the ongoing Restructuring processes which entail drastic reduction of posts. It will block the entire career progression of all the Executives, both the Associations acknowledged.

It has concluded that Promotion in a Time Bound manner is the only solution for this and there is an urgent need for Fierce United Struggle to address the promotional issues of Executives.

Finally both sides decided to demand promotion for all eligible Executives, Time Bound Promotion before any Restructuring and meet the CMD in this regard on Thursday itself and place the demand. Further discussion will continue for a common minimum program and other Associations will also be approached. (GS/AIBSNLEA was out of station)

02.09.2021

 

GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar,     CMD/BSNL regarding the CWC decision on Promotions:

Ensure Promotional avenues before Restructuring and unscientific post reduction – Central Working Committee meeting of SNEA urges BSNL Management.

CWC meeting unanimously decided to oppose by all means, the present Restructuring plan made in the most unscientific manner and consequent post reduction without switching over to Time Bound Promotions. 

24.08.2021

 

Court case at Hon CAT, Chandigarh on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy Promotion through BEPPARR 2017 approved by the Board:

The MA filed by SNEA & Others in the Hon CAT, Chandigarh pleading for early hearing of the main case came up for hearing on 23.08.2021. In the MA, we pleaded for early hearing because BSNL is giving post based promotion for few Executives from a prospective date instead of 01.07.2018. It is illegal as the earlier RRs are scrapped on the approval of the new promotion policy and BSNL is creating fresh legal hurdles.

The promotions are to be given from 01.07.2018 itself that also for all the eligible Executives instead of few post based promotions, we argued.

 

On our pleadings Hon CAT agreed to prepone the final hearing of the case from October to September. The exact date will be notified by the Registry. We are trying to expedite the hearing on the case.

24.08.2021

 

EPF Full Pension Case:

Two judges bench of Hon Supreme Court referred the matter to a larger bench having 3 Judges. EPFO and Labour Ministry filed Review Petition against the earlier Supreme Court order allowing Full Pension as per Hon Ernakulam order.

Further arguments took place today morning. Senior Advocate Shri Kapil Sibal appeared for us today in the Hon SC and pleaded the case filed by NCOA and others.

18.08.2021

 

ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF BSNL (AUAB) writes to Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon Minister of Communications on launching of 4G services by BSNL:

Union Cabinet decision is not implemented for the past 22 months - BSNL proposal for 4G launching, by upgradation of 4G compatible equipments already deployed in BSNL, is put on hold in the BSNL Board. The Govt. Directors from DoT may be directed to approve the proposal. This will be the only decision that can revive BSNL.

BSNL proposed 4G launching by upgradation of the existing network in December 2019 itself. However, the proposal was objected by the Board members from Govt (DoT), the owner of the company itself and got dumped. When the Union Cabinet has taken the decision for BSNL Revival by launching 4G services, how the Board of Directors from DoT are sitting on it and derailing the entire Revival package? 

The new tender route for procuring 4G equipments will take minimum 3 more years. By that time, the other operators would have launched 5G services and BSNL will be out of competition from the mobile market.

We hope that, it will not be delayed for the safe retirement of officers in the DoT. 

AUAB letter to Hon MoC on 4G

16.08.2021

 

District conference of Churu branch was held on 16th Aug 2021. New body has been elected for next term.

District President Sh. Mubarik Ali JAO (TR)

District Secretary Sh. Manoj Kumar Soni SDE(Tx)

District Treasurer  Sh. Sunit Darjee JAO (TR)

Congratulation to DS Churu and his team

10.08.2021

 

BSNL HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY for BSNL Employees.

Effective from 01.09.2021, through New India Assurance Company. Premium will be paid by the employees. BSNL will facilitate salary deduction. Nodal officers at each circle to monitor the settlement of claims.

Options opened in the ESS portal of ERP.

1. Sum assured: Rs 05 lakhs for all employees, period: 01 year.

Policy coverage: Self +Spouse + 3 children (below 25 years) and parents with three options.

No capping except for the following: Pre-hospitalization Cover: 30 days, Post-hospitalization Cover: 60 days, Room rent capping: 2% of SI, ICU: Actual, Cataract limit: Rs 30,000 per eye, Ayush expenses: Maximum Rs 60,000, Ambulance: Rs 2,000.

Maternity benefits, Pre post natal expenses: Not covered.

 

Basic premium: Rs 6100/- plus Rs 1098 (GST), total: Rs 7198/- (without parents).

Top up for 5 lakhs:

25% of employees opts for top up, premium will be 35% of base rate.

35% of employees opts for top up, premium will be 30% of base rate.

45% of employees opts for top up, premium will be 25% of base rate.

Addition allowed within 1 month policy period on pro-rata basis premium.

 

2. Sum assured: Rs 10 lakhs for employees at E5 an above scale, period: 01 year

Policy coverage: Family (Self) +Spouse + 3 children (below 25 years) and parent with three options.

Basic premium: Rs 8300/- plus Rs 1494 (GST), total: Rs 9794/-

All details available in the Insurance Policy document.

Note:

1. BSNL Medical Reimbursement Scheme (BSNL MRS) will continue for all.

 

2. Those who are covered by another Policy like SNEA Kerala Policy or AIGETOA Policy, they can join the scheme later on, once that policy period is over, on pro-rata basis premium. For that purpose separate options will be called for, on the completion of the existing policy period. They need not opt for this policy now.

BSNL Covering letter  Annexure X

05.08.2021

 

The 4th circle executive committee (CEC) Meeting of Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association, Rajasthan circle will be held online at 11:30 AM on Friday, 20th Aug 2021.

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05.08.2021

 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 02.08.2021.

GS, President and AGS met and held discussions on the following issues.

1. Status of the proposal pending before the BSNL Board for launching of 4G services through upgradation. 

The proposal for upgradation of M/s Nokia supplied BTSs for South and Western Zones was approved by the MC of BSNL Board on 01.07.2021 with an estimated cost of just 550 Crores. It is learned that the proposal was not approved by the Board in its meeting held on 23.07.21. Two members from DoT is part of the full Board in addition to the functional Directors from BSNL and they did not agree with the proposal and the agenda deferred to the next meeting. We sought the authenticity of the information from CMD.

CMD informed that of course upgradation of 4G compatible BTSs was an agenda in the Board meeting held on 23.07.2021. However it is not passed and deferred to next Board meeting. Discussions are going on with DoT in this regard.

It is a major setback for BSNL Revival plan and the 4G launching is delaying due to this. It is really shocking to know that after the Union Cabinet approval for 4G spectrum, Officers from DoT who are BSNL Board members, blocking the upgradation route and 4G launching. Earlier in December 2019 also, same forces stopped the upgradation route.

2. Drastic post reduction through Restructuring and the action plan of Management to give promotions by addressing the stagnation.

Regarding Restructuring exercise, we raised our genuine doubts, whether any work study has done prior to the finalization of norms. Our discussions focused on the following critical issues in Restructuring plan.

1) After drastic cut in the number of posts, how management is planning the career progression of the Executives.

2) More Executives required in filed units, than in Offices, for generating revenue. Just reverse happening now because of stringent norms for field units.

3) Working strength is more than the sanctioned strength in some cadres. How it is going to be addressed.

4) Revenue alone cannot be the criteria for deciding the norms. The vast geographical area, available network etc also to be considered.

5) JTO and SDE made interchangeable, then what is the issue in giving promotion on Time Bound basis as approved.

6) Management always talks about hierarchy and pyramid structure in BSNL. But in the restructuring proposal, no hierarchy or structure is followed. It is almost same as CPSU Cadre Hierarchy structure.

7) Need for change in the proposed norms for various cadres.

8) Excess sanction of GM posts.

9) No hierarchy between AGM and DGM cadres.

It appears that management is not having any roadmap for future promotions and the only offer is that it will be discussed after restructuring. But SNEA insisted that it should be finalized before restructuring so that the process completes smoothly. After restructuring, management will not resolve the contentious issues and as per the proposed number, no one will get any career progression. The young generation will end up with a single promotion in their entire service period. The senior most Executives may get one promotion and retire without second promotion.

After the recent SDE promotion, the SDE sanction is to be increased from 10,500 to minimum 13,500 and similarly JTO number also taking the total number of JTO/SDE to 27,000 as per our proposal. The number of DE posts is very well justified for 5000. Similar treatment for the cadres in all the streams.

However CMD is non-committal on increasing the number of posts.

We pointed out the stagnation issue specifically in Electrical/Civil/Arch/ Telecom etc wings. CMD informed that on case to case basis, personal upgradation of posts will be considered to address the stagnation after the restructuring process. However details did not divulged.

Personal upgradation of post is nothing but CPSU Cadre Hierachy which is already approved by the Board and pending for implementation. We categorically told management that unless and until Time Bound promotion is not implemented, we cannot accept post reduction. Otherwise, the minimum number of posts in each cadre is to be as per our proposal to have promotional avenue.

We also demanded that all the existing posts are to be filled before any restructuring.

3. Rule 9 Transfer in JTO and JAO cadres on humanitarian ground.

All the genuine Rule 9 cases, even on medical grounds are pending now. It is because of the instruction of CMD, not to consider any Rule 9 transfer. We requested to revoke the ban and consider the genuine cases urgently. CMD assured to look into the matter for an early resolution.

03.08.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan regarding greivances of executives and operation issues.

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03.08.2021

 

SNEA had a meeting with CMD, BSNL on 02.08.2021 and discussed the following issues.

1. Status of the proposal pending before the BSNL Board for launching of 4G services through upgradation.  

2. Drastic post reduction through Restructuring and the action plan of Management to give promotions by addressing the stagnation.

3. Rule 9 Transfer in JTO and JAO cadres on humanitarian ground.

Details will be updated ----

On 03.08.2021, SNEA is having an agenda meeting with Director(HR) at 4 PM on various agenda points. This meeting was postponed several times earlier.

28.07.2021

 

CS writes to GS SNEA regarding discrepancies found in the inter-circle hard tenure station transfer orders.

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25.07.2021

 

Meeting with Shri Devusingh Chauhan, Hon Minister of State for Communications:

Hon Minister visited BSNLCO on 24.07.2021 to have interaction with BSNL management (Board members). CMD invited the leaders of Recognised Assns and Unions also to have meeting with the Hon Minister.

GS and President represented SNEA. During meeting with the Minister, AUAB leaders focused on the BSNL Revival related issues and salary payment. We requested Adhoc payment from DoT against the Rs 38,000 Cr dues receivable from DoT on various heads to meet the urgent operational and capital expenses of BSNL. Leaders requested for a another meeting with the AUAB on various issues.

The following points discussed in the meeting and a memorandum submitted to the Hon Minister.

1) Immediate launching of 4G service by way of upgradation of the BTSs and also steps for moving towards the launching of 5G service:

2) Immediate settlement of dues to BSNL, amounting Rs.39,000 Crore, by the DoT:

3) Immediate steps to off-set BSNL debt, through the monetisation of lands:

4) Disbursement of salary on the last date of every month:

5) No monetisation of BSNL towers and Optical Fibre as is being planned by the Finance Ministry / Government of India:

6) BSNL service related issues like: i) Complete review of the cluster based outsourcing system which resulted in massive surrendering of the landline and broadband connections, ii) Improving the Transmission network, iii) Speedy measures to improve the quality of BSNL FTTH service and iv) Prompt maintenance of BTSs, proper up-keep of power plants, as well as availability of batteries etc are to be addressed without further delay.

20.07.2021

 

Pay loss issue for the LICE JTO/JAOs:

Committee made the presentation to President and GS on 18.07.2021.

The Committee formed in the last CWC meeting made indepth analysis of the issue. The JEs of 2007, 2008 and 2009 batches recruited in the pre-revised scale prior to 2nd PRC implementation (07.05.2010) are the sufferers. Most of them become JTO/JAOs through LICE held in 2016.

They were fixed in the revised scale at Rs 14010/- where as they have to get Rs 16450/- as initial basic pay as per 2nd PRC. This is an anomaly identical to the 22820 issue for the JTO/JAOs recruited in E1A scale.

The Pay loss Committee for LICE JTOs, Com Vismay Oza (GUJ, Chairman), Com Manish K P(KRL), Com Datta Dublie (MH), Com Shailendra Solanki(MH), Com Anadaram Jangid (RAJ), Com Moolchand Prajapati (UPE) and Com Niranjan Sahoo (OD) studied the issue and prepared a presentation to the President and GS on 18.07.2021. AGS, Jt Sec( C) and CS/UPE was also present.

After discussion it is decided to take up the matter with BSNL management, separately with all justifications at appropriate time. The roadmap for settling the issue also deliberated. The outcome of the Committee formed by BSNL to make recommendations on the pay loss issue of Rs 22820/- for the JTO/JAOs recruited in E1A scale is awaited.

In the meantime, a common representation will be prepared by the Committee and all the affected JTO/JAOs will send the same to BSNL management for the redressal of the issue. 

19.07.2021

 

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

Our views on Manpower Norms for finalization of sanction strength in BSNL-Post VRS. Further Post reduction in any cadre can be considered only after BSNL switching over to Time Bound Promotion Policy.

In all wings, we demanded ensuring proper promotional avenues before restructuring.

When posts are interchangeable, naturally the promotion from JTO to SDE and JAO to AO shall not depend on availability of posts, it should be on Time Bound basis, within the combined strength of JTO and SDE, JAO and AO etc.

If Hierarchy is to be maintained, then AGM and DGM posts cannot be made interchangeable. If AGM and DGM posts are interchangeable, then combined strength of AGM and DGM is to be taken and promotion from AGM/CAO/EE to DGM/SE should be on Time Bound basis.

DGM and GM posts can be made interchangeable.

In the major Telecom stream we justified, 27,000 SDE/JTO posts, 5,000 AGM posts (excluding MT quota) and 1,332 DGM posts. We demanded similar norm for other streams also. By this promotion from JE to JTO, JTO to SDE promotion upto 2012 batch, SDE to DE promotion upto 2013 promotion and DE to DGM in equivalent cadres can be ensured from the beginning itself.

In the future, it will take care of the promotions avenues from JE to JTO, JTO to SDE, SDE to DE and DE to DGM equivalent cadres.

 

We will not allow any post reduction in the name of restructuring unless and until our promotions are assured.

14.07.2021

 

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

Circulation of AIEL 3 and promotion to all the left out JTOs of 2008 batch, SRD JTOs of 2010/11 and 2012 batch JTOs on priority at par with the JAO 2012 batch promoted on 29.06.2018:

Since BSNL management started promotions before finalization of the Restructuring plan, it is requested to promote the left out JTOs of 2008 batch and all the JTOs upto 2012 batch immediately at par with the 2012 batch JAOs promoted on 29.06.2018, by any means. Any post reduction and restructuring in BSNL has to take place only after the promotion.

The promotion was ready in 2018 itself, who delayed it?

Since 2010, one Assn stopped JTO to SDE promotion demanding Date of Joining as seniority criteria instead of Rect year. In 2018, they filed contempt case and stopped the SDE promotion for 2001 to 2008 JTOs for another 3 years. Now promotions issued based on vacancy/Rect year for the vacancies from 2011 onwards, after 10 years.

Their contribution is delay in promotion for 5 to 6 years. They promised promotion to all 2008 JTOs but….

 

They are supporting management and trying to derail Time Bound Promotion from 01.07.2018 which is beneficial to all … 

 

GS letter to CMD

14.07.2021

 

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

Mess created by BSNL management by circulating SDE(T) seniority list 9. Only viable option is to promote all the eligible SDEs in list 8 and the SDEs promoted in 2OO9, 2011 and 2013 (seniority list 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13) altogether as done in 2018. All these promotions are to be completed before restructuring and reduction in posts:

Since BSNL management started promotions before completion of Restructuring, it is requested to promote all the SDEs in list 8 as AGMs first followed by the SDEs promoted in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

In JTO case, one Assn opposed Vacancy /Rect year and fought the case for almost 10 years demanding Date of Joining.

Today they are demanding Vacancy year as criteria instead of Date of Joining for SDE seniority.

Different stand for different cadres and filing court cases.

Are they accepting that their stand on JTO seniority was wrong?

 

Their true color coming out. Due to their negative attitude, Executives are suffering.

GS letter to CMD

14.07.2021

 

GS writes to Shri R K Goyal, Chairman of the Committee:

Submission of inputs /comments by SNEA for consideration by the Committee constituted to examine the pay loss issue of Executives recruited in E1A scale (issue of Rs 22820 as initial Basic pay).

SNEA submission to the Committee

14.07.2021

 

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

13.07.2021

 

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

Manpower norms for finalization of sanctioned strength in BSNL – post VRS. Post reduction in any cadre will be opposed tooth and nail unless and until BSNL switching over to Time Bound Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Management. It will seriously affect the promotional avenues of all the Executives working in BSNL. The senior most Executives may get one promotion and retire without second promotion. Others may not even get one promotion in their entire service!

GS letter to CMD

13.07.2021

 

GS writes to Shri. Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR), BSNL:

JTO(T) to SDE(T) promotion dated O8.O7.2021 - The promotion should be effective from 29.06.2018 with all consequential benefits as the promotion delayed due to the court cases and vacancies existing on that date. Their juniors in other streams promoted on 29.06.2018 itself for the same/later vacancies and parity is to be brought among equivalent cadres in different wings.

 

We are not able to celebrate the promotions as the orders given effect from O8.O7.2021 only instead of 29.O6.2018, the date on which their juniors in other streams got promotion. Even the SC/ST backlog vacancies of 2009-10 and 2010-11 also given effect from O8.O7.2021 only. In fact all these JTOs are eligible for promotions on 29.06.2018 itself. The promotion orders for VY 2011-12 come after 10 years in 2O21, creating irreparable damage to the career progression of the JTOs.

GS letter to Director(HR)

09.07.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle regarding some pending grievances of executives in Rajasthan circle.

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09.07.2021

 

Today met PGM Pers and discussed on the issue of consideration of Promotions of others wings -Civil / Electrical / Arch / Finance / TF / CSS etc. PGM Pers informed that the Promotions were issued to Telecom Wing considering the vacancies upto 31st December 2018. Hence it will be the yard stick for all other wings also and DPC Process will begin shortly. On the non filling of PWD vacancies in the Promotions issued to Telecom wing, assured to look into the issue and asked us also to verify with Establishment wing their recruitment year. Requested to direct the concerned for the preparation of the AIEL 3, PGM Pers responded positively.

08.07.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle for Performance of Cluster partners and suggestions for improvements.

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08.07.2021

 

We Sincerely thank Hon’ble CMD BSNL Sh P.K. Purwar Ji, Director HR Sh Arvind Vadnerkar Ji, Sh R K Goyal Ji, PGM Pers, Smt Anita Johri- Sr GM SR & DPC Chairman  and other DPC Committee members- CLO and DGM Pers(JM) for completing the herculean task in records time. We will be failing on our part if we do not thank the efforts of all the Officers of the Pers section who have worked round the clock right from the preparation of eligibility list, corrections, feeding the data and updating the VC status and helping for the smooth conduction of the DPC. Finally we thank all the Circle Secretaries and their teams for their untiring efforts.  

Congratulations comrades....

05.07.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle regarding various issues in our FTTH and Enterprises Business and suggestions for improvement.

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05.07.2021

 

Policy for provision of Concessional  FTTH connections to Serving  / Retired employees of BSNL-Orders issued today. As discussed iin the Agenda meeting of SNEA held in the chambers of Dir HR on 2.12.2020, It was agreed to form a committee and based on the recommendations will implement the Concessions.The committee  was formed and Sufficient inputs were given to the committee by our Association and based on the committee recommendations orders were issued today. We thank Dir Hr and committee members -Sr GM FIN-CFA, Sr GM Admin and GM CFA in  this   regard,.....View Corporate office Order.

03.07.2021

 

JTO to SDE promotion

 

As reported, management is making all efforts for issuing the promotion orders at the earliest. Reminder issued to send the VC for AIEL1 and AIEL2 latest by 04.07.2021. All Circles to expedite. 

01.07.2021

 

The court case filed at Hon Jabalpur CAT by few JTOs regarding JTO to SDE promotion is dismissed today:

Management is exploring the possibility of JTO to SDE promotion.

30.06.2021

 

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR), BSNL:

1) Request for circulation of All India Eligibility List No:3 of JTO (T) recruited against the recruitment years 2009 to 2012.

2) Modification of request transfers of SDEs from Hard Tenure Stations to choice stations/Circles

GS letter to DIR(HR) on AIEL 3  GS letter to DIR(HR) on posting to choice stations after completion of Tenure Circleenure

25.06.2021

 

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

BSNL Revival plan approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019 is simply on paper, even after 20 months. BSNL Revival fully depends upon 4G services. To start with, about 13,300 number of 4G and 4G compatible BTSs supplied by M/s Nokia have to be upgraded and launch 4G services atleast in South and West Zones, the revenue earning zones. BSNL losing thousands of Crores of revenue due to non-launching of 4G services. Thousands of Crores spend in Phase VII and VIII tender for 4G equipments becoming waste. BSNL should avail the allotted 4G spectrum and provide 4G or 3G services as per the availability of equipments for better speed and coverage.

A wise management decision to upgrade existing network to 4G by spending hardly 1500 to 2500 Crores would have saved the company. Instead of that management focused on new tender worth 9000 Crores for purchasing and deploying new equipments!

 

Employees are able to contribute only after the launch of 4G services by the management.

GS letter to CMD

25.06.2021

 

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

Early finalization of seniority of SDE(T) in list 9 with uniform criteria by a common interpretation of the Hon Supreme Court judgment

GS letter to CMD

24.06.2021

 

Organize Lunch Hour demonstration on 25.06.2021 demanding Salary payment on the due date:

AUAB meeting held on 21.06.2021 decided to hold Lunch Hour demonstration at CHQ, Circle, BA and SSA HQs on 25.06.2021. 

Comrades, join the demonstration to express your anguish and resentment over non-payment of salary in time.

23.06.2021

 

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

Total failure of cluster maintenance contract for landline and BB connections. Very poor maintenance resulted large scale surrender of landline & BB connections (about 1 lakh per month) – urgent need for review and re-working on the tender reg:

After one year, it is established that the new exercise was a total failure in many ways:

i) Tens of thousands of landline and BB connections are closing every month due to poor maintenance, making huge financial loss to the company,

ii) Practically no maintenance taking place in many clusters but vendor got uninterrupted payment due to the loopholes in the tender,

iii) The rate was exorbitantly high, almost 3 times, comparing to the expenditure incurred per line during previous years.

If the present cluster maintenance contract is continued, it is sure that in another 2 to 3 years time, our cable network will be collapsed and entire landlines will be closed. If top BSNL management intention is to close down CFA segment with landline and Broad Band business, it can continue with the present cluster system. Otherwise, it is to be reviewed and re-worked considering the shortcomings observed in the field units while operating the tender. For that top BSNL management has to listen to the CGMs, SSA Heads and the Executives working in the field units. Instead of silencing them, BSNLCO has to inject confidence in them to speak out the truth and ground realities. Otherwise top Management and CGMs has to take responsibility, why landlines and BB connections are closing so rapidly, almost 1 lakh per month, seriously impacting BSNL revenue. 

GS letter to CMD on cluster maintenance

18.06.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajastha circle regarding suggestions for development related issues and some pending grievances of executives in Rajasthan circle.

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18.06.2021

 

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

Grant of all the benefits under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 to the 1999 recruitment TTAs working in BSNL in accordance to Various O.M.(s) as issued by GoI, Ministry of Personnel, DoP&PW for whom rect made by DoT – reminder:

GS letter to CMD

16.06.2021

 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 15.06.2021:

GS, President and AGS met CMD/BSNL and held discussions on the following subjects:

a) Launching of 4G services:

On 4G tender, CMD informed that go ahead not received from the higher ups so far. The matter has been discussed at the highest level in the Govt. BSNL is ready with the tender but unless and until Govt gives clearance, tender cannot be processed further, CMD informed. For upgradation and Add on order also, there is no green signal from Govt so far. On EoI, few shown interest.

This gives a clear picture that 4G launching is not going to take place in the near future. BSNL Revival will be only on paper as a Cabinet decision. We sounded AUAB in this regard and interacting with all to have serious deliberations on the future of BSNL, this week itself.

b) Promotions in different cadres:

We expressed our strong resentment over the inordinate delay for promotions in all the cadres. Last promotion orders issued in June, 2018, 3 years back. After VRS, huge vaccum is there in almost all the cadres. Eligible Executives are losing the promotion and precious service, which will affect their future promotions.  CMD explained that promotions can be made only after completion of restructuring exercise which is going on. Once restructuring is completed, promotions can be considered based on Reservation issue and the seniority issues. If disputes are there with respect to Reservation and seniority in any cadre, promotion order may not be able to issue till the dispute is settled, CMD informed categorically.

[During last MV in August 2020, present Recognised Assn given assurances that JTO to SDE promotions will be made in 1 month and remaining promotions in 2 to 3 months. But even after nine months, not a single promotion order issued in any cadre.

It became crystal clear that promotion is not happening due to 1) pending restructuring process, 2) Reservation issue and 3) Seniority disputes as we reported earlier. The propaganda made every month about promotion order by them is not having any base other than an eye wash.

Unless and until we are coming out of these 3 issues, it will be very difficult to get promotions and the best alternative is already worked out as Time Bound promotion. Instead of demanding post based promotion for limited Executives and allowed management to divide the Executives on promotion issue, if they also supported our demand for implementation of the Board approved Time Bound promotion policy w.e.f. 01.07.2018, thousands of Execuitves would have got promotion long back. We had the opportunity to get uninterrupted promotions. Three years is more than sufficient for any Assn to study the ground realities and take appropriate stand. We hope in the  changing scenario, all will join hands to clear the mess and work for switching over to Time Bound promotion or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approved by the Board.

SEWA BSNL also may reconsider their strategy as JTOs completed more than 20 yrs of service and belongs to SC/ST category are waiting for their first promotion. Is it a fast track promotion?]

c) Restructuring and Man power plan:

CMD informed that Restructuring is almost completed from management side. According to the proposal, the sanctioned post for each wing is fixed at working strength plus 10% to 12% of the working strength. In nutshell, the total posts in each stream may come down by 55% to 60% (only 40% to 42% of the present posts will remain as we fear). The finalized proposal will be discussed with the Unions and Assns once. If understanding can be reached on this, it will be taken to the BSNL Board for approval by the 2nd half of July. The details are yet to be shared with us.

[What is the stand taken by the Recognised Assn during last few crucial months on this critical issue of post reduction is not known. Are they agreeing to this drastic reduction? SNEA was continuously opposing the revised norms and demanding reasonable norms to have sufficient posts for promotions.

Assns demanding post based DPC promotion on one side and allowing drastic cut in the posts. How the career of the Executives will be taken care by this, future will tell us]. 

d) Land Monetization:

It is informed that there is not much headway on this issue. Continuous efforts are going on. It is not clear whether the recent SPV formed by the Govt for monetization of various land assets of Govt/PSUs will deal with the land monetization of BSNL & MTNL also or DIPAM will continue to do for BSNL & MTNL lands:

e) Pending HR issues like standard pay scales, pay loss, SAB etc:

After preliminary discussions on these important issues, CMD told to us have further discussion with DIR(HR). Agenda meeting with DIR(HR) (postponed due to Covid) is scheduled for next week.

f) Salary payment, payment of recoveries made from the salary:

According to CMD, the salary will be delayed due to the reduction in the collections during last two months. This month collection is 450 Cr only. After statutory payments and some OPEX payments, cash balance is very much limited. We demanded that salary payment should be rescheduled to the last day of each month.

We requested to make the payments towards EPF, GPC, Banks, SAB, Pension contribution etc current. CMD informed that except SAB contribution and Pension contribution(prior to Jan 2020), remaining payments made. Since SAB payment is very important and cumulative loss will happen to the employees, we requested to clear it at the earliest.

14.06.2021

 

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

Various HR issues of the Executives kept pending in the name of financial crisis and waiting for Revival of BSNL are to be settled without further delay. Non launching of 4G services and delay in land monetization are the major reasons for Non Revival of BSNL for which Executives cannot be held responsible. As witnessing today, neglecting Human Resources and genuine issues of the Executives have serious adverse impact on the growth of the company as they are highly demoralized. Large number of Executives recruited as JTO/JAOs left BSNL as they find no future in BSNL (career progression as well as a reasonable pay) due to the poor handling of HR issues.

1. DoT approval for standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01.07.2007, replacing the intermediary pay scale of E1A and E2A as recommended by BSNL on 06.06.2016:

2. Enhancement of Super Annuation Benefits (SAB) Contribution to full 30%:

3. Settle the pay loss issue with Rs 22820/- as starting basic for the 2007 to 2010 batch JTO/JAOs who recruited in pre-revised E1A scale. Till that time pre-revised E1A scale may be allowed for addressing the Pay loss:

4.  Extend E1+5 increments for the post 2010 rect JTO/JAOs till E2 scale is settled:

5. Extend E1A and E2A scale notionally w.e.f. 01.10.2000 for the JTO/SDE in Civil/Electrical/Arch/TF/PA/PS etc streams as approved by the MC of BSNL Board:

6. Revise Transport Allowance, Travelling Allowances, Tuition Fee reimbursement etc in line with the recommendations of 2nd & 3rd PRC and 7th CPC:

7. Extend medical facilities without voucher for Out Door treatment:

8. Executive Health Checkup for all the Executives:

9. Restoration of All India LTC and similar benefits extended to Group A Officers working in BSNL: 

GS letter to CMD

11.06.2021

 

Meeting with Shri A M Gupta, Sr GM (Admn):

GS met Sr GM(A) today and held discussions on the following issues:

1. Medical Insurance Policy for the BSNL employees;

We demanded that all types of treatment should be covered in the policy without capping for treatment under specific heads like medicine, surgery, diagnosis etc. In the case of 5 lakhs policy, the facility to get the coverage upto 10 lakhs without paying additional premium through the Corporate buffer also to be insisted.

Sr GM informed that discussion is going on with the four PSUs in this regard. BSNL is working to call the quotations from all of them shortly. We requested to expedite the process.

We demanded that the premium for the employees opting for the Medical Insurance Policy in lieu of BSNL MRS shall be paid by the management.

2. Service FTTH connections:

We had discussions on the existing FTTH schemes and the concessions extended to the Executives for BB connections. Earlier we had submitted our inputs and various orders on the subject. After deliberations Sr GM assured to expedite the process and complete the formalities and submit the committee recommendations to the management shortly.

10.06.2021

 

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

Payment of Salary to the BSNL Executives and other Employees on the last working day of each month as Employees are fully depends on the salary for the daily needs. Salary is paid from the internal resources and it is just 1/3rd of the monthly collection.

Unfortunately management did not take this issue seriously as observed in the case of other Human Resources related issues. At the time of VRS, it was assured to the employees by the management as well as the Govt that once VRS is successful, salary payment will become regular and BSNL Revival will be very much possible through the Revival package. Now, no one is talking about the Revival package and the important decisions of the Union Cabinet dated 23.10.2019 for launching 4G services and land monetization which is not happened so far. Last 19 months developments established that Govt is not much keen on BSNL Revival. Govt and the BSNL management miserably failed in the process of Revival of BSNL. The employees cannot be punished for the failure of the Govt and management. 

Instead of creating industrial unrest, it is once again  requested to accord priority to Salary payment to the employees on the last working day of the month by simply  rescheduling other payments by one or two weeks.

GS letter to CMD on Dalary payment

01.06.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajastha circle regarding to provide benefit of BSNL Covid Fund Policy (BCF) to the bereaved families of all deceased employees died due to Covid-19.

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31.05.2021

 

GS writes to CMD regarding Immediate notification of “BSNL COVID-19 Compassionate Appointment scheme” on humanitarian grounds for dependents of deceased BSNL employees due to COVID Pandemic with effect from 24.03.2020 along with financial support as Ex gratia to the family members and aid for educational support to their wards.....View copy of the letter.

28.05.2021

 

Health Insurance for BSNL Employees: Director (HR), BSNL Board  conveyed the approval for constitution of a committee  for giving its recommendations about a suitable health insurance policy for BSNL employees for approval of the competent authority ......

18.05.2021

 

Twitter Campaign on 18.05.2021 at 1200 Hrs demanding Salary Payment

Unions and Associations of BSNL making a Twitter Campaign for regular payment of salary.

Hashtag: #Pay_Wages_2_BSNL_FLWs

Join hands and make it a grand success

12.05.2021

 

Formation of Benevolent Fund

It is reliably learned that the Management Committee of BSNL Board in its meeting held yesterday, 11.05.2021 approved payment of Rs 10 lakhs to the BSNL employees died due to Covid 19 with the condition that the amount will be shared by the company and employees equally.

The proposal will be considered by the BSNL Board tomorrow itself. 

29.04.2021

 

DO letter from the Director (HR) regarding advance for Covid-19 Hospitalization reg. 

View Letter copy.

27.04.2021

 

DO letter from Director (HR) regarding Covid-19 vaccination for all eligible BSNL employees and their dependents ...View Letter copy.

27.04.2021

 

CS writes to CGM Rajasthan

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21.04.2021

 

CS writes to CGM Rajasthan

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16.04.2021

 

Health Insurance Policy for BSNL employees:

Premium payment date extended upto 18.04.2021. All BSNL employees can join. 1,915 employees joined till yesterday. If the number touches 2,000, negotiation can be made for further reduction in premium by 1% to 2% (applicable for those paid earlier also). 

Maternity also covered in the Policy specially to take care of the interest of Young Executives. Another important aspect is No capping for treatment under specific heads like medicine, surgery, diagnosis etc.

The policy from New India Assurance Company became operational from 23.03.2021 and the treatment from 23.03.2021 will be covered. The policy provides coverage for 5 lakhs but practically employees will get the coverage upto 10 lakhs without paying additional premium through the Corporate buffer.

Registration and premium payment can be made through online portal www.sneakerala.co.in

 

16.04.2021

 

CS writes to CGM Rajasthan

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09.04.2021

 

CS writes to CGM Rajasthan

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08.04.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan

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31.03.2021

 

New body of SNEA was formed in Jodhpur SSA on 31/03/2021 as detailed below:

 

S.No.

Assocaion Post

Name

Designation

HR No.

Mobile No.

1.

President

Sh B L Manglecha

AGM (Urban)

199802813

9413395495

2.

Distt. Secretary

Sh A H Rahi

AGM (BTS)

199802864

9413395830

3.

Astt. Distt. Secretary

Sh Harsh Mehta

JTO(Ext KNN)

200304210

9414005001

4.

Distt. Treasurer

Sh Ganpat

SDE (NWO)

200700103

9413394978

 

Congratulation to DS Jodhpur and his team

26.03.2021

 

Health Insurance Policy for BSNL employees from Star health:

Date extended for 2 more days, new members can join upto 27.03.2021. The premium for 10 months is just Rs 1700/- per head (inclusive of GST) without any age slab. All employees can join.

Our Punjab Comrades negotiated another policy from Star Health company. The policy is already operational for the last two months. Now Star Health allowed for the remaining 10 months (25.03.2021 to 22.01.2022) on pro-rata basis.

 

Registration and premium payment can be made upto 27.03.2021 through online portal www.sneapunjab.co.in

24.03.2021

 

Health Insurance Policy for BSNL employees from Star health:

New members can join upto 25.03.2021. Our Punjab Comrades negotiated another policy from Star Health company. The policy is already operational for the last two months. Now Star Health allowed for the remaining 10 months (25.03.2021 to 22.01.2022) on pro-rata basis. The premium for 10 months is just Rs 1700/- per head (inclusive of GST) without any age slab. All employees can join.

Registration and premium payment can be made upto 25.03.2021 through online portal www.sneapunjab.co.in

24.03.2021

 

Health Insurance Policy for BSNL employees:

New members can join upto 15.04.2021. The policy from New India Assurance company become operational from 23.03.2021. The treatment from 23.03.2021 will be covered but cashless payment will be from 23.04.2021. All employees can join. The policy provides coverage for 5 lakhs but practically the employees will get the coverage upto 10 lakhs without paying additional premium through the Corporate buffer.

Registration and premium payment can be made through online portal www.sneakerala.co.in

24.03.2021

 

Latest developments on promotions in BSNL

It is understood that Management reviewed the Restructuring related issues, few weeks back under the chairmanship of CMD/BSNL. DIR(HR) and all the Officers under HR wing present in the meeting. The meeting thoroughly discussed the Restg process going on and promotions in different cadres and concluded that:

1. The proposal for going ahead with DPC without Reservation is not accepted by the Management as it is against the Govt policy. DPC and Promotions in BSNL can be done only by following Reservation roster, Management clearly directed. But as per Court orders, Reservation can be done only by following Nagaraju judgment on which Govt has not taken any decision so far for its implementation. It may take years.

2. Promotions will be given to all the cadres, without any discrimination or favour to any particular cadre, it is reiterated. This can be possible only after Restg.

These developments once again reiterate the apprehension shared by SNEA for the last one and half years that unless and until Reservation issue is not resolved and Restg is completed, DPC and promotion may not take place. The information circulated with dates after dates by some sections have NO base at all.

Atleast after the deadline of 31.03.2021, we hope that they will also come forward and work for the promotions through the non-post based promotion policy. 

22.03.2021

 

GS writes to Shri Narendra Modiji, Hon Prime Minister:

BSNL Revival is delaying mainly due to non-launching of 4G services and delay in land monetization and clearing the debts. Kind intervention solicited in the matter decisively and:

1. direct BSNL to launch 4G services immediately through upgradation of the existing 49,300 BTSs which are procured and installed by spending more than Rs 5,000 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. As and when indigenous Core is ready, the equipments can be shifted to it, fully complying with the Govt Policy.

2. direct concerned authorities to expedite the monetization of land assets to clear all the liabilities so that entire BSNL revenue can be utilized for operations and development purpose.

Launching of 4G services is possible within 2 to 3 months time by upgradation with an expenditure of about 1000 Crores and utilising the existing infrastructure. BSNL already made all the ground preparations in advance to launch 4G services as and when 4G spectrum is allotted by the Govt by procuring and installing equipments in 2018 itself, spending about 5000 Crores. New Tender may take another 2 to 3 years to roll out, provided POC is successful with an estimated cost of 9000 Crores which BSNL cannot afford.

Already 16 months lost and launching of 4G services after another 2 to 3 years will defeat the very purposes of BSNL Revival plan.

 

Another important issue which is to be addressed by the Govt on topmost priority is monetization of the land assets and clearing all the debts of BSNL. Next financial year 2021-22, BSNL has to repay more than 6000 Crores bank loans, which is equivalent to almost 1/3rd of BSNL revenue. If land monetization is not happening by next year in a big way, BSNL will become a defaulter and BSNL Revival become more and more difficult.

GS letter to Hon Prime Minister on 4G launching and Land Monetization

22.03.2021

 

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

Drastic reduction of DGM level posts and creation of GM level posts will adversely affect the operations, the promotional avenues of the Executives and will create unnecessary financial burden on BSNL. One DGM (Area-ops) per 20 Cr revenue should be sanctioned in each BA. At present many DGMs are working in such SSAs, 4 to 5, as Area Managers (DGMs).

 

GS letter to CMD on DGM posts sanctioning

20.03.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan

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17.03.2021

 

Health Insurance Policy for BSNL employees:

A Health Insurance Policy for the family (self+spouse+3 children) of BSNL employees is finalised with New India Assurance Co, a PSU with a coverage of Rs 5 lakhs (coverage will be upto 10 lakhs for all the families through a Corporate Buffer). Separate Annex policy for the parents and parent-in-laws with a coverage of Rs 2 lakhs each.

Our Kerala Comrades made all the arrangements. All BSNL employees and officers can join the policy.

The Policy will be in force from 23.03.2021. Make all efforts to make the premium payment before 23.03.2021.

The facility is open to all BSNL employees, including Non-Executives and they can join the policy. Premium payment can be made online. All necessary arrangement made for this through payment gateway.

Registration and payment can be made through online portal www.sneakerala.co.in by verifying your 1) Full Name, 2) HR No, 3) Date of Birth, 4) Sex, 5) Mobile No and 6) email id. If anyone interested but data is not available in the portal, then they can contact through the respective CSs or our Kerala comrades for enrolment.

More Hospitals can be empanelled by adding TPAs (upto 3 nos) who are having more presence in that region later. Otherwise reimbursement allowed for the treatment from any hospital (min 15 bed).

All DSs, office bearers may inform all our members as well as other employees as the time is very much limited. 

16.03.2021

 

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

Urgent reconsideration of the retrograde policy of posting of excess PGM/GMs in BSNLCO and other Circles ON DEPUTATION incurring huge expenditure when BSNL is in serious financial crisis, not able to pay the salary and medical facilities to its own employees. BAs having more than 1 lakh connections and more than 50-100 Crores revenue are not having PGM/GM but BAs with very less connections and revenue have more than one PGM/GM posted!

As per Union Cabinet decision of 2013, maximum number of PGM/GMs to be deployed in BSNL during 2020-21 is just 293 and 2021-22 is just 199 but working number is about 425.

DGM level officers are not at all required in BSNL on deputation. BSNL is having hundreds of its own experienced Officers to handle all the DGM posts. All the DGMs on deputation are to be sent back to DOT.

When BSNL is not able to pay the salary in time; medical bills, labour payments and vendor payments are pending for months together; electricity and rentals payments are pending; the posting of excess PGM/GM in BSNL on deputation with an expenditure of 80 to 100 Cores is not at all justified. Responsibility is to be fixed for the complete mess and borrowing of excess Officers on deputation, creating serious financial crisis in the organization. When the staff strength is reduced by more than 50%, maximum requirement of senior Officers on deputation is less than 200 as decided by the Cabinet. The excess PGM/GMs at BSNLCO and Circles, numbering about 225 may be sent back to DoT without further delay and save huge expenditure of 80 to 100 Cr.

If corrective steps are not taken immediately, BSNL also will go in MTNL way.

GS letter to CMD

 

16.03.2021

 

Health Insurance Policy for BSNL employees:

We are extremely happy to announce that a Health Insurance Policy for the family (self+spouse+3 children) of BSNL employees is finalised with New India Assurance Co, a PSU with a coverage of Rs 5 lakhs (The coverage will be upto 10 lakhs for all the families through a Corporate Buffer with cash limit upto 1 Crore for the whole members). Separate Annex policy available for the parents and parent-in-laws with a coverage of Rs 2 lakhs each.

New India Assurance Co is having highest number of claims settlement (5,86,4346) last year with claim settlement ratio of 92.68% according to IBA. Moreover, it is a PSU and more reliable. About 6500 empanelled hospitals available Pan India. Reimbursement for any hospital having more than 15 beds allowed, in addition to empanelled hospitals.

Our Kerala Comrades made all the arrangements. Kerala Circle running the Policy for the last one year very successfully and so far Rs 1.45 Crores claims got settled.

All BSNL employees can join the policy by paying the premium. Premium payment can be made online. All necessary arrangement made for this through payment gateway. Registration through online portal www.sneakerala.co.in. Online payment facility available.

The Policy will be in force from 23.03.2021. Make all efforts to make the payment before 23.03.2021. As a special case, payment allowed upto 15.04.2021. However they will have the coverage from 23.03.2021 onwards and the claim amount will be reimbursed. Cashless treatment will be available only after making the premium payments.

Premium Table for Regular Employees and dependents for Rs 5 lakhs coverage (additional: 18% GST+1% Cess):

SL No

Age Band

Employees

Spouse

Per Child

1

Below 20 Years

2975

1488

744

2

21 to 25 Years

3570

1785

893

3

26 to 30 Years

4213

2107

1054

4

31 to 35 Years

4887

2443

1222

5

36 to 40 Years

5571

2786

1394

6

41 to 45 Years

6239

3120

1560

7

46 to 50 Years

6863

3432

1717

8

51 to 55 Years

7412

3706

1853

9

56 to 60 Years

7857

3929

1965

Premium Table for Parents and Parent –in-laws (Rs 2 lakhs coverage) +19% GST

Member

Parent

Spouse of Parent

Parent in law

Spouse of Parent in law

Premium

7700

4650

7700

4650

@NB: Add 19% GST with premium

All CSs should nominate one or two persons for co-ordination. They will be provided the contact details of the Insurer, TPA etc for further queries. CSs can contact CS/KRL or Com Vimal/ CWC member for further guidance.

The following details of the employee is required: 1) Full Name, 2) HR No, 3) Date of Birth, 4) Sex, 5) Mobile No and 6) email id.

A detailed write up about the Policy is provided.

Health Insurance Policy

09.03.2021

 

Restructuring, new Staffing norms and its impact on Promotions:

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

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

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

I. Staffing Norms & Restructuring:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IV. Future promotional avenues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

V. Fast Track Promotion:

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

a) Intl MT            OR

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

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

06.03.2021

 

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021 postponed for one month

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

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

04.03.2021

 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The chart explains the status:

AGM: 40-45 yrs

DGM:50-55 yrs

SG JAG: 50-55 yrs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

II. Launching of 4G services:

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

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

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

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

III. OF connectivity from RailTel:

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

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

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

IV. Transfer of Accounts Personal:

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

V. Rule 9 Temporary Transfer:

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

02.03.2021

 

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

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

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

23.02.2021

 

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 08.03.2021:

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

Our Demands:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Appeal to all Executives

15.02.2021

 

The last date for submission of GTI option is today, 15.02.2021 (new entry and withdrawal if desired)

It is clarified that there is no change in the premium for those opted in 2019 for Rs 50 lakhs with the premium of Rs 9440/- but crossed 50 years of age now. Premium amount will not change, it will remain as Rs 9440/ 

12.02.2021

 

INDEFINITE HUNGER FAST from 15.02.2021 postponed to 08.03.2021

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

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

Dear comrades,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04.02.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan Circle regarding some operation related issues and pending greivencs of executives in Rajasthan Circle.

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02.02.2021

 

APPEAL TO AIGETOA & AIBSNLEA

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 15.02.2021 demanding implementation of Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 for the smooth Career Promotion to BSNL Executives. All the Executives will be benefitted by this. Request to support and join the agitations w.e.f. 15.02.2021 and not to give an opportunity to Management to divide the Executives.

29.01.2021

 

Formal meeting with Smt Anita Praveen, Addl Secretary/DoT on 27.01.2021

GS, President and AGS met Addl Secretary, DoT on 27.01.2021 and held discussions on the following points, submitted in advance in our letter dated 14.01.2021.

1. Launching of 4G Services in BSNL by Upgradation of existing network to 4G.

2. Regular Promotion to BSNL Executives through the Non –post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, based on the Terms and Condition for absorption into BSNL. 90% to 98% of the positions in strategic cadres are vacant after the VRS.

3. Regular promotion instead of Looking after arrangement in BSNL for the BSNL Executives.

4. Very slow pace of Restructuring in BSNL. Abnormal delay in re-deployment of Officers as Circle and BA heads on need basis hampering the BSNL business and Revival process.

5. Salary payment on last working Day of each month as revenue collection is about 1400 Cr per month and the salary is about 425 Cr.

During discussion, AST was very keen on BSNL Revival and Govt support to BSNL. Other issues like progress in Land monetization also come up for discussion. On standard pay scales and 3rd PRC, AST advised us to wait for the improvement in the revenue so that issues having financial implications can be discussed and resolved.

1. We explained that BSNL made its 4G network ready by 2018 through Phase VIII tender by spending about 6000 Cr and waiting for 4G spectrum but not able to launch the services now, even after spectrum allotment. On upgradation of existing 4G network and launching 4 G services, Addl Secretary informed that it is well within BSNL and BSNL can take the decision. BSNL can go ahead with upgradation and start services. On upgradation of ZTE equipments, AST informed that, for that the relaxation has to be given by Home Ministry. Before the Govt decision in April, BSNL got more than 5 months to upgrade the network and launch 4G services after the Cabinet decision. There was no restriction during that time. Govt committed to allotment of 4G spectrum and 4G launching is to be done by BSNL management.  

2. Regular Promotion to BSNL Executives through the Non –post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, based on the Terms and Condition for absorption into BSNL. 90% to 98% of the positions in strategic cadres are vacant after the VRS.

3. Regular promotion instead of Looking After arrangement in BSNL for the BSNL Executives.

On points 2 and 3, we explained the Hon PCAT order of 2002 and 2010, the terms and condition for absorption in which Time Bound promotions upto SG JAG Grade is assured, BSNL Board decision dated 28.05.2018 approving Time Bound promotions upto AGM Grade, reference to DoT and the stand taken by BSNL that BSNL is waiting for the reply from DoT. There is no financial implication in giving promotions to BSNL Executives, we explained. BSNL is giving higher pay but not giving Regular promotions, blocking the career progression we explained. BSNL management intentionally not giving promotion to its executives. AST surprised that if BSNL is not having any financial implications, what is the problem in giving Regular promotions?

On reply from DoT to BSNL, AST assured that it will be examined and necessary action will be taken.

4. Very slow pace of Restructuring in BSNL. Abnormal delay in re-deployment of Officers as Circle and BA heads on need basis hampering the BSNL business and Revival process.

We explained that many big BAs having more than 50 to 100 Cr revenue is headless for years together and it is severely affecting the business prospects. On the other hand, many Officers are posted at same place without any justification at all. Even their redeployment not taking place as per company requirement. Abnormal delay in Restg, merger etc hampering the revival of BSNL. AST surprised to hear from us and told that BSNL management has to take care of those matters and DoT can only support BSNL.

5. Salary payment on last working Day of each month as revenue collection is about 1400 Cr per month and the salary is about 425 Cr.

We explained that salary is paid from the revenue generated by the employees and not by taking any loan from the banks. In order to motivate the employees, salary is to be paid on the last working day and it is very much possible just by re-scheduling other payments. It is really unfortunate that salary payment has not become regular even after 1 year of VRS and expenditure reduction by more than half. AST expressed hope that salary payment will be regularised soon. 

25.01.2021

 

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 15.02.2021:

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

Our Demands:

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

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

The meeting of the CSs and CHQ OBs meeting held on 24.01.2021 take stock of the preparations at Circle and SSA level for the Indefinite Fast from 15.02.2021 at BSNLCO and Circle HQs. The meeting decided for making all out preparations in the coming few days as follows.

a) The SSA meeting and Circle Executive Committee (CEC) meetings will be held immediately to explain the compelling reasons for going for agitations:

i) Number of Posts will be drastically reduced after Restg, based on the current assets and connections. Restg is in the advanced stage. (Eg: In Telecom stream, the posts will be JTO-12,000, SDE-11,000 and DE-3,000 approx. 7,500 SDEs and 1,425 DEs are wkg after VRS. Eligible DE post for promotion is 75% of 3,000, i.e. 2,250 of which 1,425 are already wkg! About 3,500 SDE vacancies will be available for SCF and LDCE quota together).  

ii) Management is considering withdrawal of the Board approved Promotion Policy from the Board. This will close the doors for promotion, once for all.

iii) Non posts based promotion as per BEPPARR 2017 is to be implemented before completion of Restg.

iv) After first promotion to SDE/AO, there will not be any further career progression for the Executives. The young Executives will be forced to retire maximum as a DE/CAO/EE.

v) The young JTO/JAOs, the GATE JTOs and 2017 JAOs will get their first functional promotion with scale in 5 years, 1 year earlier (instead of first scale upgradation after 6 years). They will have smooth career progression to DGM, GM/CGM posts.

vi) The young JTOs and JAOs become SDE/AOs in 2015 and 2018 may have to wait 15 to 20 years for their promotion through DPC to DE/CAO cadres where as they will get DE/CAO promotion in 5 to 8 years through the new promotion policy. Many will be forced to retire as DE/CAO as witnessing today.

vii) All list 8 SDEs will not be able to promote as DE now, as per the vacancies (1725 SDEs are in list 8 and the vacancies after Restg will be around 850). As per the new policy, all the SDEs in list 8, list 9 and list 10 (to be published for the SDEs promoted against 2007-08 vacancies in 2009 and LDCE in 2013) will become DE on 01.07.2021 or earlier!

viii) Management will continue with LA arrangement as per requirement. They will not allow the Executives to become DE or DGM on regular basis because it will lead to their promotion to higher posts of GM etc.

ix) Demanding promotion from a prospective date (say from 2021) is indirectly to kill the efforts for promotion from 01.07.2018. All Executives will lose almost 3 years of service.

x) Demanding promotion through DPC for limited posts from a prospective date is indirectly to kill the efforts for Time Bound Promotion through BEPPARR. All Executives will suffer in future.

b) Meeting of SSA and Circle heads by SSA/Circle Secs this week itself and explaining them the reasons for going for agitation and seeking their intervention by submitting the copy of the Notice issued on 05.11.2020.

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

d) Mgt selectively leaking news about DPC for some cadres and remain silent over other cadres in the name of Restg. At the same time senior management had already taken a decision to go for promotion only after completion of Restg. If management is sincere on promotions, why they are not making similar efforts for promotion in other cadres?

e) Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh Circles are to take extra efforts to make the next round of agitations more successful. CSs and Circle OBs are to take the lead.

Surprisingly, the Recognised Assn is opposing Time Bound Promotion for BSNL Executives and supporting the management by demanding DPC. Is it not a strategy to derail Time Bound Promotion by siding with the management? Are they supporting the management and playing with the future of BSNL Executives? What they are going to achieve by derailing Time Bound Promotion, just to oppose SNEA? When they very well knows that the future of Executives will be sealed on post based promotion, why they are opposing Time Bound promotion to the Executives? When the Executives are eligible for promotion from 01.07.2018 itself, why Assn is demanding promotion from a prospective date in 2021?

We appeal to them to stop supporting the management and come out openly for the promotion of all the Executives through the Time Bound Promotion Policy from their due date, i.e. 01.07.2018 instead of accepting promotions from a prospective date.

 

Make all out preparations by convening CEC meetings and SSA level meetings to make the Indefinite Hunger Fast a big success till management is listening to our demands.

 

22.01.2021

 

Promotion through BEPPARR 2017 (CPSU CH) and Post based Promotion through DPC:

A comparative Chart:

Comparative Chart:

19.01.2021

 

Transfer requests registered in request register in Circle office Jaipur

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15.01.2021

 

Indefinite Hunger Fast from 15.02.2021:

Demanding Non-post based Time Bound Functional promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018 through the new Promotion Policy, BSNL Executives Promotion Policy Amendment and Recruitment Rules (BEPPARR) 2017, approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018.

Make all out preparations by convening CEC meetings and SSA level meetings:

Explain the importance of promotions though the new policy and its advantages to all the Executives.

A meeting of the CSs and CHQ OBs will be held next weekend to assess the preparations at Circle level. 

10.01.2021

 

District conference of Sikar branch was held on 10th January 2021 online at Zoom. A unanimous election of new body has been conducted for next term.

District President Sh. Bhupendra Singh SDE (Electrical)

District Secretary Sh. S M Rulaniya SDE (FM)

District Treasurer  Sh. Anil Meel SDE (MM)

Congratulation to DS Sikar and his team

09.01.2021

 

Hunger Fast for 5 Days from 04-08, January, 2021

Demanding Non-post based Time Bound Functional promotions w.e.f. 01.07.2018 through the new Promotion Policy, BSNL Executives Promotion Policy Amendment and Recruitment Rules (BEPPARR) 2017.

Congratulations to all the Comrades for making it a big success. It was a tough task to make the Hunger Fast success in the severe climatic conditions of Cold wave and rain at different parts of the country. That also when large number of our active comrades spearheading our agitations earlier were taken VRS.

This once again proved the strong commitment and firm determination of our comrades for non-post based promotion through BEPPARR 2017 from 01.07.2018 itself, with no compromise on the date of promotion. In many Circles, Executives from far off SSAs participated in the Hunger Fast on rotation and made it successful.

The game plan of the management to derail the new promotion policy by making continuous attempts for DPC for limited posts from a prospective date also exposed. It is another attempt by the management to deny promotions from 01.07.2018 onwards thereby deny 2 ½ years of service for all future promotions through promotions from a prospective date. Unfortunately some Executives are also fallen into this trap without knowing the real implications. One simple question, Are they against Time Bound Promotions in BSNL? If they are not siding with the management, they have to join hands with us and take the agitation to its logical conclusion.

It is a good beginning for the next Agitation of Indefinite Hunger Fast from 15.02.2021 onwards till our demands are met. All the Circles to conduct CEC and SSA level meetings at the earliest in the intervening period for making it a big success. Our conviction, commitment and dedication will lead to the success of the agitation and switching over to new promotion policy.

04.01.2021

 

Restructuring in BSNL

As per the latest information, the revised sanction and total Executives strength after Restructuring will be about 33,000 (JTO/JAO to CGM). According to the indications, in Telecom side, the number of posts will be about 1,000 DGM, 3,000 DEs, 11,000 SDEs and 12,000 JTOs. Promotions will be based on the revised strength, after completion of Restg. The proposal may be finalised by this month end may be presented to the Board for approval in February/March.Management is considering even to undo the vacancy year concept and make promotions as per the requirement of the company (instead of filling all the vacancies).

04.01.2021

 

Hunger Fast From 04-08 January, 2021

Why Agitation

For Time Bound Promotions from 01.07.2018 through BEPPARR 2017 with PARITY and Uniformity across all wings.

FOR HONOURING THE ASSURANCES ON TIME BOUND PROMOTION UPTO SG JAG GRADE.

For the Smooth Career Progression for BSNL Executives.

For abandoning Govt structure and embracing the CPSU structure for promotions in BSNL.

For implementing non-post based Time Bound promotions before Restructuring.

For Change of Designation along with Scale: JTO/JAO à Dy Manager, SDE/AO à Manager, Sr SDE/AO à Sr Manager, DE/CAO à Asst General Manager

For Time Bound Promotion after every 5 years: After 5 years- Manager, 10 years – Sr Manager and 15 years- Asst General Manager.

For Past  Service Weightage:  Manager to Sr Manager Grade in 3 or 4 years and Sr Manager to Asst General Manager Grade in 8 to 9 years.

For opening Promotion to higher posts of Jt GM, Addl GM, GM, CGM for meritorious Executives.

For Regular Promotion instead of Look After/Adhoc Promotion.

For Stopping deputation and promoting BSNL Own Executives.

For Fast Track promotion for meritorious Executives.

Time Bound Promotions upto E5/E6 scales in all CPSUS, why Post based promotion in BSNL alone?

02.01.2021

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan Circle regarding some suggestions for improvement of services with effecive monitoring.

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