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11.12.2019

Letter to CMD BSNL

 

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

Counting of training period for Pension, Gratuity and Ex-gratia -- condonation of the delay in issuing posting order after training if it is due to administrative reasons for counting the service for pension.

GS letter to CMD (1)  GS letter to CMD (2)

11.12.2019

Letter to DIR(HR)

 

GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR)/BSNL: Option to change membership subscription in favour of Union/Association

GS letter to DIR(HR)

10.12.2019

Letter to CMD

 

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

Counting of training period for Pension, Gratuity and Ex-gratia -- condonation of the delay in issuing posting order after training if it is due to administrative reasons for counting the service for pension.

GS letter to CMD

10.12.2019

Letter to DOT Secy for DGM Promotion

 

GS writes to Secretary/DoT regarding DGM Promotion: Promotion from DE to DGM Grade in BSNL is held up due to the developments in the Parliamentary Committee for SC/ST meeting held on 28.11.2019.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

09.12.2019

GS Letter

 

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

Large number of Executives, about 4,000 (about 40% higher) opted for VRS in excess of the anticipated figure creating vacuum in AGM/CAO/EE grades and DGM grades in many Circle/SSAs/Divisions. It will have adverse impact on the efforts for BSNL Revival. The outsourcing of work will take 3 to 6 months to materialise and maintaining the network will be a big challenge even after that. BSNL management should persuade the willing and meritorious Officers to withdraw their VRS option as all of them can play very important role for the Revival of BSNL. If all the options are accepted, it will become very difficult to maintain the External Plant and OFC routes after 31.01.2020:

GS letter to CMD

04.12.2019

GS letter to CMD

 

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

Suggestions regarding Post VRS BSNL:

SNEA suggestion on Post VRS

02.12.2019

LHD on 04.12.2019

 

AUAB given call for Lunch Hour demonstration at BSNLCO, Circle and SSA HQs on 04.12.2019 demanding:

1. Immediate salary payment for October and November, 2019.

2. No discrimination in salary payment between BSNL employees and the ITS Officers on deputation.

AUAB notice to Secretary/DoT and CMD/BSNL

02.12.2019

Clarifications sought by SNEA on VRS-2019

 

GS writes to Secretary/DoT regarding clarification VRS– 2019: Urgent clarification required on the following points referred by BSNL to DoT as the last date for withdrawal/ submission is 03.12.2019. The VRS optees are afraid that they may face hardships in the future if these issues are not clarified by the Govt in advance.

Delay in issuing clarification may result in large scale withdrawal of the VRS options.

GS letter to Secretary, DoT regarding clarifications on VRS-2019

02.12.2019

Letter by GS SNEA

 

GS writes to CMD/BSNL and Secretary/DoT regarding Salary payment: There should not be any discrimination in salary payment for the BSNL employees in the pretext of court order as Govt and BSNL miserably failed to present the facts before the Hon Court. Salary for the ITS Officers heading the company as Directors, CGMs and GMs should be paid along with other employees:

DoT and BSNL has to take immediate steps to pay the salary for the months of October and November immediately with all the recoveries.

Any discrimination in salary payment in BSNL cannot be accepted. Any discrimination in salary payment will invite wide spread resentment among the employees and in that case this Association will be compelled to go for protest actions immediately, including legal remedies.

GS letter to CMD and Secretary, DoT

02.12.2019

 

Just two more days left for your final decision:

The panic on transfers, work load etc should not become a reason for taking VRS. Rumours about age reduction and 33 years service already clarified by the Minister in the Parliament. Once a robust outsourcing model is set in motion, it will be easier than today’s situation to supervise the work. Only challenge is to derive a successful outsourcing mechanism. The pending bills may be able to clear in few months once the loan is approved /bond is released.

Better career prospects in terms of promotion, 3rd PRC and a better work culture in BSNL are expected in the coming days.

The leaders should remain with BSNL and continue to play an active role in Revival of our beloved company and set example for others and to motivate the good workers to stay with BSNL. All along, our struggle was for the Revival of BSNL, not for VRS. For the good workers, there is no reason to leave BSNL.

The fake news circulated in social media quoting meeting with CMD/BSNL is another handiwork of the same disgruntled elements who never bothered about BSNL and its future.

26.11.2019

SNEA CHQ OBs & CSs Meeting

 

CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries meet on 25-11-2019 at Hotel Regent, Karolbagh, Delhi.
 

During CHQ OBs and CSs meeting held at New Delhi on 25.11.2019, lot of queries came regarding VRS.

1) Mass Transfer to far off Circles after VRS implementation: It is only a rumour created by some vested interests to create panic among the Executives. There is no such proposal or even thinking about mass transfer within the top BSNL management. There will be routine transfer as usual as per the transfer policy. It is assured by Director(HR) in the meeting with us yesterday also.

Large number of Officers submitted option due to the panic created in the name of mass transfers, work load etc. All of them can continue in BSNL and play very important role for the Revival of BSNL.

2) Threat of age reduction to 58, Govt thinking on retirement on 33 yrs of service or 60 yrs: Considering the good response on VRS, it is very unlikely that age reduction will be implemented. Being an unpopular measure, it was not even mentioned in the Cabinet briefing by the Hon Minister. The rumour of retirement on 33 yrs of service or 60 yrs also repeatedly denied by the Govt. Two days back in the Parliament also Govt denied it.  

3) There are very good prospects for BSNL Revival. In the Revival package, there is a provision to allot 5G spectrum also in the future as done in the case of 4G which ensures continuing Govt support for the future.

4) Future road map for the BSNL revival. Now management started seriously working out on the subject and taking feedback from the Associations.

5) Majority of the labour involving work will be outsourced. Executives are to monitor the work. Work culture and working atmosphere will definitely improve.

6) Clarifications sought on Pension Revision, Pay Revision etc: BSNL mgt and DoT assured the clarification by Monday but not issued so far. Officers are to watch and take a final decision based on the developments.

Considering the above facts, the Officers applied for VRS can reconsider their decision, especially those having more service left. Let us take part in the challenging job of Revival of BSNL.

21.11.2019

Hunger strike from 26.11.2019 at CO ND

 

Relay Hunger Fast at BSNLCO from 26th to 29th November, 2019 and Indefinite Hunger Fast from 02.12.2019 onwards demanding non–post based promotion (w.e.f 01.07.2018) approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 to all the eligible Executives before restructuring of BSNL: GS

21.11.2019

Suggestions called for from DSs on post VRS scenario

 

The suggestions of the members from SSAs are required for future road map on post VRS scenario, so that consolidated suggestions/resolutions received from SSA members can be sent to CHQ by CS up to this week end. External Plant and OFC route maintenance are tough jobs requires feedback from those working in those areas.DSs may interact with all the MEMBERS on this issue. All the activists are requested to contribute.The meting is proposed with BSNL Management on 26.11.2019, in this regard.

CS Raj

19.11.2019

RHF deferred

 

Dear Com,

The AUAB Hunger Fsat from tomorrow deferred. CS Raj

18.11.2019

Relay Hunger Fast

 

Relay Hunger Fast from 20/11/2019 to 22/11/2019

All District Secretaries, Circle office bearers and activists are requested to make all out efforts at ground level for preparations to make grand success of the programme given by AUAB CHQ. The details are uploaded at CHQ/Circle websites with charter of demands. CS 

16.11.2019

Relay Hunger Fast from 20.11.2019

 

Relay Hunger Fast on 20th to 22nd November, 2019 at BSNLCO, Circle and SSA HQs:

AUAB constrained to conduct Relay Hunger Fast on 20th to 22nd November, 2019 at BSNL CO, Circle and SSA HQs in protest against the non-payment of salary, non-payment of wages to contract workers, electricity bills, rentals etc, no road map or action plan for maintaining the services in the post VRS scenario and demanding immediate clarifications on VRS-2019 and other demands.

Charter of Demands

1. Immediate Payment of Salary by BSNL/DoT, remittance of recoveries, payment of wages to contract/casual workers, payment of electricity and rental charges.

2. Spell out the road map for maintaining BSNL services in post VRS scenario, proposed restructuring plan and immediate launching of 4G Services.

3. Immediate clarifications on the VRS-2019 regarding i) Pay Revision, ii) Pension Revision, iii) Commutation of Pension and iv) Gratuity sought by AUAB, well before the closing date of option for VRS.

4. Extend 100% of IDA (119.5%) neutralization till the implementation of 3rd PRC

5. Delinking of Pension Revision from the Pay Revision of working employees and 30% Superannuation benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees.

6. No Reduction of Retirement Age from 60 to 58 honouring the agreement at the time of formation of BSNL.

AUAB sought urgent clarifications on Voluntary Retirement Scheme– 2019 on the various points before the closing date of option.

Notice for Relay Hunger Fast  AUAB letter seeking clarification on VRS2019

15.11.2019

Meeting with CGMT Raj

 

CS met to CGMT Raj on 14.11.2019 and discussed the issues of own cost request transfer, compassionate/medical ground transfer requests, L/A  arrangements in different streams, IDA upgradation under EPP, Arbitrary actions taken by some SSA heads, Pending pay fixation cases of executives not sttled at SSA/ BA levels, shortage of funds etc. CGMT Raj responded positively and assured to address the issues as early as possible, IDA upgradation cases approved imediately and transfer requests would likely to be considered after closing of VRS-2019 window.

letter1             letter2

14.11.2019

Membership of EA's in BSNL

 

Membership of various associations in BSNL on 31.08.2019

Membership of various Associations as per the RTI reply:

Assn

SNEA

AIBSNLEA

AIGETOA

BBOA

AITEEA

AIBSNLOA

10/2018

23185

9735

5166

263

225

372

11/2018

23085

9730

5059

256

218

373

12/2018

21765

9212

4787

252

216

364

01/2019

21518

9474

5453

233

220

382

02/2019

21124

9388

5455

225

221

371

03/2019

21118

9216

5351

217

218

371

04/2019

21000

9090

5373

210

216

366

05/2019

20742

8970

5339

208

212

349

06/2019

20442

8787

5298

205

211

340

07/2019

20158

8740

5586

254

207

340

08/2019

19907

8637

5576

252

207

334

02.11.2019

VRS

 

VRS: Consolidated guidelines on VRS issued by DPE. There will be no recruitment against vacancies arising due to VRS.

VRS: Various Groups formed by BSNL to monitor VRS activities.

2nd Membership verification: Suggestions regarding postponement till VRS implementation.

Consolidated guidelines on VRS issued by DPE  VRS monitoring groups 2nd MV postponement

01.11.2019

 

Relay Hunger Fast from 04.11.2019 deferred to 18.11.2019

Director(HR) Shri Arvind Vadnerkar invited SNEA for discussion on the notice for Trade Union actions dated 14.10.2019, Relay Hunger Fast at BSNLCO from 04.11.2019 to 08.11.2019 and Indefinite Hunger Fast from 11.11.2019 onwards demanding immediate implementation of the amendments to the EPP-2007 (BEPPAR-2017) w.e.f. 01.07.2018 which is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. PGM(Pers) and GM(SR) also present.

At the outset Director (HR) explained the hectic activities going on regarding the Revival of BSNL and requested for the cooperation of the Association. Revival package is approved by the Govt after lot of difficulty and we have to implement it successfully, Director(HR) told.

SNEA leaders explained the compelling reasons for giving notice like restructuring of BSNL, proposed post reduction and the VRS proposal by which career growth of thousands of Executives are getting affected. Further explained the details of the proposal and expressed anguish over the abnormal delay in implementing the amendments to the EPP, facilitating Time Bound functional Promotions even after 16 months, on one pretext or other.

 

Director (HR) assured to study the matter in detail in another 10 days time as he was busy with BSNL Revival issues immediately after joining and have further discussions after that. Director (HR) appealed to withdraw the agitation program till that time. Director (HR) appeared very serious and sincere in resolving the issue. After consulting all the CSs and CHQ Office Bearers, SNEA decided to defer the Hunger Fast till 17.11.2019 and start the Hunger Fast from 18.11.2019 onwards if the issue does not resolve by that time.

Appeal made by Management  SNEA deferment letter BSNL letter

01.11.2019

Relay Hunger Fast Deferred

 

Relay Hunger Fast from 04.11.2019 deferred to 18.11.2019

31.10.2019

Relay Hunger Fast at CO ND

 

Relay Hunger Fast from 04th to 08th November, 2019 and Indefinite Fast from 11.11.19 onwards demanding implementation of BSNL Board approved promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018:

A struggle for the youngsters, the future generation who has to take the company forward and for a honourable retirement for the seniors who put their life for BSNL. Promotion and career growth is for motivating the remaining Executives to face the future challenges and work load in BSNL after the VRS scenario. Restructuring and VRS will lead to drastic Post reduction. There will not be any retirement vacancy also in the near future as most of the seniors may take VRS and that post also will go. The possibility of any promotion other than the new policy ruled out due to court cases.

The success of the struggle and settlement of the issues depends on the participation.

Considering the present situation in BSNL and the efforts for the Revival of BSNL, the agitation is concentrated at New Delhi only, not disturbing the field units. CS should represent the Circle.

30.10.2019

 

On VRS, the Committee is expected to submit the report today, 30.10.2019. DoT approval and formal orders are expected by Friday. Options will be called next week. We requested for more time after the last date of option for redeployment and putting alternative arrangements. Most probably the VRS date will be 01.02.2020 F/N.

29.10.2019

Relay Hunger Strike from 04.11.2019 at BSNL CO

 

All CWC members, Circle Office Bearers and District Secretaries and other activists of Rajasthan Circle are requested to please join the Hunger Fast from 04.11.2019 at BSNL CO New Delhi with full enthusism to attain our goal being the last opportunity for our career progression. CS Raj

29.10.2019

Relay Hunger Fast

 

Relay Hunger Fast at BSNLCO from 04th to 08th November, 2019 and Indefinite Hunger Fast from 11.11.2019 onwards demanding implementation of BSNL Board approved promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018:

The CHQ OBs and CSs should reach New Delhi by 03.11.2019 evening. Other activists joining the Hunger Fast may reach by atleast by 04.11.2019 morning.

The booking at SNEA Bhavan from 03.11.2019 onwards is cancelled due to the Hunger fast from 04.11.2019 onwards.

 

GS writes to the General Secretaries of Executive Associations requesting them to join the agitation from 04.11.2019, seeking their support.

GS letter to GSs of AIBSNLEA & AIGETOA  GS letter to GSs of SEWA BSNL/AIBSNLOA / BEA/ BSNLOA / TOA BSNL / AITEEA

25.10.2019

Revival package

 

BSNL REVIVAL PACKAGE:

CMD and all BSNL Board of Directors met All the Unions and Associations in BSNL to explain the BSNL Revival package approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. A presentation was given.

Hon Minister stated that this is the last opportunity given to BSNL for Revival as Finance Ministry, NiTi Ayog etc want to close down BSNL. For Revival, BSNL has to improve the work culture and bring professionalism in the organization.

Highlights of BSNL Revival Package:

1. 4G spectrum will be allocated administratively through equity infusion on 2016 price (Rs 14,155 Cr).

1.i) 4G allotment by this calendar year as and when our network is ready.

1.ii) 80,000 to 1 lakh sites to be made ready in 12 to 15 months for an expenditure of Rs 15,000 Cr.

2. 18% GST of Rs 2540 Cr will be borne by the Govt.

3. Sovereign guarantee bond for Rs 7,500 Cr (Rs 15,000 Cr for BSNL & MTNL). Existing liability is 15,000 to 16,000 Cr.

4. Ex-Gratia payment of approx. Rs 14,800 Cr for about 80,000 employees will be borne by the Govt.

5. Monetization of selected land/building for Rs 20,000 Cr (Rs 38,000 Cr for BSNL & MTNL) in 4 years for i) debt and associated interest payment and ii) funding for CAPEX/OPEX. Existing loan is Rs 20,722 Cr.

6. Details of VRS package which is very attractive comparing to the VRS packages implemented in other sectors so far:

6.i) Employee cost for 2018-19 is Rs 14,492 Cr.

6.ii) Likely savings through VRS for about 80,000 employees is Rs 7500 Cr.

6.iii) VRS formula: (Salary means Basic + IDA of the last month in service)

6.iii).a) 35 days salary for each completed year of service.

6.iii).b) 25 days salary for each remaining year of service.

6.iii).c) Salary for the remaining service.

6.iii).d) Ex-Gratia due = [a) +b)] OR c) whichever is less.

6.iii).e) Pension for the remaining period upto 60 years of age based on the full pension (w/o commutation) of the retiring month.

6.iii).f) Ex-Gratia due+ Pension OR Ex-Gratia alone for BSNL DRs.

6.iii).g) 125% of the salary for the remaining service calculated based on the salary of the retiring month.

6.iii).h) VRS package = f) OR g) whichever is less.

6.iii).i) Ex-Gratia amount to be paid = h) minus e).

6.iii).j) Ex-Gratia will be paid in 2 instalments, 1st instalment in 2019-20 and 2nd instalment in the 1st quarter of 2020-21.

6.iv. Gratuity will be paid on attaining 60 years of age OR after 5 years of retirement (for those below 55 years of age) whichever is earlier with GPF interest rate. In case of death, gratuity will be paid immediately.

6.v.  Commutation of Pension will be allowed on attaining 60 years of age OR after 5 years of retirement whichever is earlier. Till that time full pension will be paid.

6.vi. For the deferred payment of Gratuity and Commutation of Pension, relaxation in the CCS Pension Rules, 1972 is approved by the Cabinet which will be separately notified.

6.vii. VRS option will be opened for a period of 30 days through ERP.

6.viii. E/L and HPL settlement as per Rule.

7. BSNL and MTNL merger in 18 to 24 months after addressing all the contentious issues like debt, delisting of MTNL, pay & pay scales, promotion etc. Initially MTNL will become a subsidiary of BSNL.

8. Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58: It was part of the proposal but final decision is not known. CMD hinted that if VRS is successful then there is no need for reduction of retirement age, otherwise Govt will implement 58.

9. CMD expressed the hope that the entire VRS process can be completed by 31.12.2019.

10. BSNL will go for massive restructuring and a performance oriented mechanism will be evolved. Those having personal/ family problems has to avail this opportunity of VRS. Transfer will become inevitable and compulsory. The additional 25% payment, advance payment of Ex-Gratia and interest on Gratuity may take care of the future increments.

 

Finally CMD and Directors requested all the Unions and Associations their full cooperation and support in the implementation of the Revival package.

BSNL REVIVAL PACKAGE:

CMD and all BSNL Board of Directors met All the Unions and Associations in BSNL to explain the BSNL Revival package approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. A presentation was given.

Hon Minister stated that this is the last opportunity given to BSNL for Revival as Finance Ministry, NiTi Ayog etc want to close down BSNL. For Revival, BSNL has to improve the work culture and bring professionalism in the organization.

Highlights of BSNL Revival Package:

1. 4G spectrum will be allocated administratively through equity infusion on 2016 price (Rs 14,155 Cr).

1.i) 4G allotment by this calendar year as and when our network is ready.

1.ii) 80,000 to 1 lakh sites to be made ready in 12 to 15 months for an expenditure of Rs 15,000 Cr.

2. 18% GST of Rs 2540 Cr will be borne by the Govt.

3. Sovereign guarantee bond for Rs 7,500 Cr (Rs 15,000 Cr for BSNL & MTNL). Existing liability is 15,000 to 16,000 Cr.

4. Ex-Gratia payment of approx. Rs 14,800 Cr for about 80,000 employees will be borne by the Govt.

5. Monetization of selected land/building for Rs 20,000 Cr (Rs 38,000 Cr for BSNL & MTNL) in 4 years for i) debt and associated interest payment and ii) funding for CAPEX/OPEX. Existing loan is Rs 20,722 Cr.

6. Details of VRS package which is very attractive comparing to the VRS packages implemented in other sectors so far:

6.i) Employee cost for 2018-19 is Rs 14,492 Cr.

6.ii) Likely savings through VRS for about 80,000 employees is Rs 7500 Cr.

6.iii) VRS formula: (Salary means Basic + IDA of the last month in service)

6.iii).a) 35 days salary for each completed year of service.

6.iii).b) 25 days salary for each remaining year of service.

6.iii).c) Salary for the remaining service.

6.iii).d) Ex-Gratia due = [a) +b)] OR c) whichever is less.

6.iii).e) Pension for the remaining period upto 60 years of age based on the full pension (w/o commutation) of the retiring month.

6.iii).f) Ex-Gratia due+ Pension OR Ex-Gratia alone for BSNL DRs.

6.iii).g) 125% of the salary for the remaining service calculated based on the salary of the retiring month.

6.iii).h) VRS package = f) OR g) whichever is less.

6.iii).i) Ex-Gratia amount to be paid = h) minus e).

6.iii).j) Ex-Gratia will be paid in 2 instalments, 1st instalment in 2019-20 and 2nd instalment in the 1st quarter of 2020-21.

6.iv. Gratuity will be paid on attaining 60 years of age OR after 5 years of retirement (for those below 55 years of age) whichever is earlier with GPF interest rate. In case of death, gratuity will be paid immediately.

6.v.  Commutation of Pension will be allowed on attaining 60 years of age OR after 5 years of retirement whichever is earlier. Till that time full pension will be paid.

6.vi. For the deferred payment of Gratuity and Commutation of Pension, relaxation in the CCS Pension Rules, 1972 is approved by the Cabinet which will be separately notified.

6.vii. VRS option will be opened for a period of 30 days through ERP.

6.viii. E/L and HPL settlement as per Rule.

7. BSNL and MTNL merger in 18 to 24 months after addressing all the contentious issues like debt, delisting of MTNL, pay & pay scales, promotion etc. Initially MTNL will become a subsidiary of BSNL.

8. Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58: It was part of the proposal but final decision is not known. CMD hinted that if VRS is successful then there is no need for reduction of retirement age, otherwise Govt will implement 58.

9. CMD expressed the hope that the entire VRS process can be completed by 31.12.2019.

10. BSNL will go for massive restructuring and a performance oriented mechanism will be evolved. Those having personal/ family problems has to avail this opportunity of VRS. Transfer will become inevitable and compulsory. The additional 25% payment, advance payment of Ex-Gratia and interest on Gratuity may take care of the future increments.

 

Finally CMD and Directors requested all the Unions and Associations their full cooperation and support in the implementation of the Revival package.

24.10.2019

VRS Benefits likely to be considered

 

The VRS will likely to be implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2020, after approved by the BSNL Board, the window for the Option for VRS will likely to be opened on 15.11.2019.

1.  VRS Package to BSNL employees who are attaining the Age of 50 years and above wherein they will get 25% more towards Ex- gratia and the Ex-gratia will be paid in cash as detailed below:

(a) The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in two instalments i.e. first instalment in the current financial year and the second instalment in the next financial year due to the heavy Budgetary burden and as well as for availing Income Tax benefit.

(b) The formula for Ex-gratia will be 125% of the salary (Basic Pay plus IDA) for the remaining period minus Pension. In other words, it will be 75% of the salary for the remaining period and Pension.

(c) The Employees attaining the age of 56 years and 6 Months will get Ex-gratia equivalent to full Salary Benefits i.e up to a maximum of 42 Months Salary. The employees of the age less than 56 years & six months but more than 50 years will also get Ex-gratia up to a maximum of 42 Months Salary only.  

(d) Leave Encashment & Pension (without Commutation) will be paid at the time of VRS but the Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension Payment will be deferred till they attain the age of Superannuation (i.e., 60 Years) or 5 years after VRS, whichever is earlier. During the intervening period from the date of VRS to the date of attain the age of 60 Years, Employees will get interest @ 8% on their Gratuity amount. 

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24.10.2019

BSNL Revival plan approved by Union Cabinet

 

Congratulations to one and all -----

BSNL & MTNL Revival Plan approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019 as a Diwali Gift:

Finance Ministry objections over ruled.

Continuous struggle and pusuration by AUAB finally yielded results. The assurances given to AUAB two years back materialised now.

The Revival Plan approved is much better than the earlier proposal:

1. The ex-gratia amount is paid by the Govt, not by BSNL, saving of Rs 14,800 Cr + interest. Earlier BSNL proposed to make the payment through bonds with sovereign guarantee.

2. 18% GST (Rs 2,806 Cr) for 4G spectrum will be paid by Govt instead of BSNL.

3. Govt permission for sovereign bond for Rs 15,000 Cr meeting CAPEX and OPEX will be a big relief in the absence of SPV.

4. Permission for land monetization for Rs 38,000 Cr.

5. Proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL after addressing the contentious issues will make BSNL a Pan India operator. Delisting of MTNL will be a major policy shift.

We are extremely grateful to the Hon Prime Minister and Hon Home Minister who headed the crucial GoM for approving the Revival package.

Full credit goes to the Hon Communication Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. From day one, he was working for the revival of BSNL and formulating the Revival package. His strategy to get Hon Home Minister as the GoM head was the masterstroke which outplayed the conspiracy by the Finance Ministry. New MoC continued with the initiative taken by Shri Manoj Sinhaji.

Former Secretary(T) Smt Aruna Sundararajan was instrumental in convincing the PMO, the need for the revival of BSNL and preparing the Revival package and the Cabinet memo. It has been seriously followed up by the new Secretary(T) Shri Anshu Prakash.

Former CMD and Board of Directors played an important role in formulating the Revival package. After taking charge, new CMD Shri P K Purwar was fully devoted to the single agenda, approval of Revival package.

The role of AUAB is specially to be mentioned. It is AUAB which started the agitation more than 2 years back demanding 4G spectrum, land monetization, financial assistance from Govt along with other demands and pursued at all levels. Agitations, parliament march, strikes etc given a positive result today.

SNEA was in the forefront of all the agitations and countering the false/negative propaganda against BSNL by the vested interests. SNEA effectively countered the false propaganda with facts and figures by writing to the highest authorities, Hon PM and Hon HM & GoM head, seeking their intervention which got tremendous media attention and public support. On finding actual facts, media and pubic started supporting the struggle of BSNL employees, beyond our expectation. The campaign through social media, spearheaded by SNEA also got tremendous support from the public and mounted pressure on the Govt.

Finally the sincere efforts of Hon MOC, Secretary(T), CMD BSNL, AUAB and SNEA yielded results in getting the proposal approved. It is a great achievement for AUAB and SNEA in particular.

The role of present MoC, Secretary(T) and CMD BSNL was very crucial and they were working day and night during the last few months for getting the proposal approved. The senior officers in DoT and BSNL are very instrumental in the whole package. Our sincere gratitude to all of them.

Now our focus should be on the effective implementation of the Revival package.

23.10.2019

Clarification for settlement of TA of retired employees

 

Clarification reg  settlement of TA bill  for settling in his home town of retired employees when BSNLMRS is at the place where he retired.

23.10.2019

Hunger Fast from 04.11.2019 at BSNL CO New Delhi

 

Why we are in a tearing hurry to switch over to a non-post based, Time Bound Functional promotion policy:

BSNL Revival plan can be approved anytime. Drastic post reduction and restructuring is part of that proposal. Once it is approved by the Union Cabinet, nothing can be done evenif BSNL want to do something. So whatever has to be done for promotion, it has to be done before the restructuring and implementation of VRS.

Revival is possible only with a motivated workforce. The demand for 3rd PRC, Pension Revision and Superannuation benefits etc made part of the agitation for Revival in order to motivate the employees. Revival means job security, timely payment of salary, promotions etc. Promotion is personal to each individual and have huge impact in the career growth of each Executive. What they are missing today cannot be restored in the future. They will miss the future promotions also.

BSNL Revival is a lengthy process, may take two or three years. The salary payment issue itself will continue for months together. Can we defer the promotions till that time?

Promotions through the new non-post based Time Bound Functional promotion policy is due from 01.07.2018 onwards. Already 16 months passed. When all other HR issues having financial implications to the company, promotions though the new policy did not have any financial implication and in the present situation, that is a major advantage.

Post based promotions, evenif for the earlier vacancies will be issued on a prospective date, no retrospective promotion can be made. But in the new promotion policy, promotion can be issued retrospectively from the due date. All eligible Executives will get promotion from 01.07.2018 onwards. This is the biggest advantage of the new promotion policy which assures timely promotion with parity for all the eligible Executives and future promotions also.

So, before post reduction, it becomes a compulsion to switch over to the new non-post based time bound functional promotion policy which assures timely promotions upto AGM Grade with Parity and Uniformity. After the restructuring and VRS, entire focus will divert to the new issues cropping up after the VRS and restructuring. If non-post based promotions are not implemented by that time, promotions itself will become a dream after that. It is high time to act and precisely that is the call of Bangalore CWC.

 

19.10.2019

Revision of Guidelines for role definition of BA

 

On continuous persuasion of our association,the revised guidelines for role definition of BA and SSAs forming part of Business Area are issued..

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18.10.2019

DE to DGM(T) promotion

 

DE to DGM Promotion:
It is learnt that today Hon.CAT Chandigarh has permitted DE to Adhoc DGM (Telecom.) promotion. 

17.10.2019

Tomorrow's Strike is deferred

 

AUAB meeting held with CMD and Directors today. In the meeting, CMD assured to make the salary payment by 23.10.2019

Further CMD informed that Govt is taking positive steps for the revival of BSNL and it is in the advance stage. CMD and Directors appealed to withdraw the proposed strike on 18.10.2019. Considering the appeal from the new CMD AUAB decided to DEFER tomorrows hunger strike, 

 

 

17.10.2019

Strike by AUAB

 

All the DSs,CO bearers and other activists are requested to participate in one day Hunger Fast on 18.10.2019 with  DSs  of all the constituents of AUAB and make it success for speedy revival of BSNL. CS SNEA RAJ

 

 

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07.10.2019

CS writes to CGMT Raj

 

CS writes to CGMT Raj for considerations of Own cost request transfers of executives, Shortage of funds, Pay fixation cases, L/A arrangements in all cadres, Vehicle arrangements etc.

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07.10.2019

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

 

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

GS letter to CMD on EMI/Instalments

06.10.2019

Indifferent attitude of BSNL management

 

Dear Comrades,

On promotions, indifferent attitude of the management is continuing and increasing day by day, except some positive developments on DGM promotion. It is ample clear that management is not going to take any steps before the VRS and restructuring completes and post reduction takes place. As we all know, after restructuring and VRS, there will not be any vacancy in any cadre and no promotion can take place in the near future.

So after the Bangalore CWC, CHQ was trying for the implementation of the new promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018 through discussions, delinking promotions from availability of vacancy/posts. But CMD and others are not even ready to spare some time to discuss the promotion matter of thousands of Executives in the guise of Revival Plan. Our request for agenda meeting on this single agenda is pending for 2 months. CMD recently said he is not aware about the Board approval of the new promotion policy even after 3 months of taking over, after our letters, CWC resolutions etc. We can conclude that management is purchasing time till restructuring and abolishing of posts and thereafter to announce that there is no shortage or vacancy in any cadre.

It is high time, we have to decide our next course of action as per the Bangalore CWC decisions to get the new promotion policy implemented before the restructuring of BSNL taking place. Otherwise the young generation, the JTOs and SDEs in different wings will not get any promotion in the near future as happening now and the seniors will retire w/o getting their due promotion after many years of service. Long career is ahead for the young JTOs and SDEs but delay in promotion spoiling everything. Most likely VRS option will be announced from 1st Nov to 30th Nov and VRS date may be 01.01.2020 F/N.

01.10.2019

Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019

 

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

All the employees of BSNL are joined together to SAVE BSNL in this hour of crisis irrespective of Assn/Union affiliation. This beginning is not for any additional benefits but to protect our job and basic rights. No Assn/Union will have difference on it. Our Office Bearers at all levels, DS and activists were contacted each and every employee and the Assn/Union leaders and explain to them the ground realities and made them to join the demonstration and all were joined enthusiastically.


CS Raj

 

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28.09.2019

Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019

 

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

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

Charter of Demands

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

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

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

4.    Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision.

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

i) Financial support for loss making Rural Exchanges.

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

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

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

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

 

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

Notice

28.09.2019

SNEA Rajasthan submiited memorandum to MOC & IT

 

Memorandum on behalf of SNEA Rajasthan handed over to Hon'ble MOC Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad by Com. Kuldeep Paliwal DS SNEA Udaipur, Com A S parihar and other SNEA representatives on 28.09.2019 at Rupi's Resort, Dabok airport Udaipur for urgent need and speedy revival of BSNL- kind intervention is solicited. Hon'ble MOC told that Govt is going to take some positive steps towards its revival and warned to come forward for hard work and also said this will be last chance in this direction.

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26.09.2019

BSNL Revival Plan:

 

It is reliably learned from reliable sources that the meeting convened by Shri P K Mishra, new Principal Secretary to the PM on 26.09.2019 at 5 PM did not take a final decision on the BSNL Revival plan. It is understood that the meeting could not come to a conclusion whether BSNL can be Revived by these measures or not. A Group of Secretaries are asked to examine the matter in another one week time. Secretaries from various Depts Telecom, Finance, DPE, DIPAM, Niti Ayog etc was presnt in the meeting. CMD, BSNL also present.

25.09.2019

Meeting at PMO regarding BSNL Revival:

 

The meeting is scheduled at 5 PM tomorrow, 26.09.2019 at PMO. The meeting is called by Shri P K Mishra, the new Principal Secretary to the Hon PM. Shri P K Mishra is new to the subject and not involved in the earlier discussions at any level. It is expected that all concerned Ministries will be attending the meeting.

23.09.2019

GS writes to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon Prime Minister regarding BSNL Revival package:

 

Speedy approval of the BSNL Revival package recommended by the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the Hon’ble Home Minister Shri. Amit Shah. BSNL Revival proposal consists of i) allotment of 4G spectrum, ii) formation of SPV, iii) land monetization, iv) Voluntary Retirement Scheme, v) financial support for maintaining more than 17,000 loss making rural telephone exchanges etc. 3rd Pay Revision may be made part of the package for smooth implementation of VRS. Implementation of BSNL Revival package will dispel the impression created among the public that Govt is not supporting BSNL in order to favor Reliance Jio. 

GS letter to Hon Prime Minister

23.09.2019

Finally LIC handed over the master policy (No: OYRGTA103006610) for the Group Term Insurance GTI)

 

Finally LIC handed over the master policy (No: OYRGTA103006610)  for the Group Term Insurance GTI) for Rs 50 lakhs making it operational w.e.f. 01.03.2019. One of the major initiative of SNEA got resolved by this and claims can be settled hereafter.

The nominee will be as per the service book records of the employee. The claim amount will be credited directly to the account of the nominee. The format and document details (death certificate and KYC details) will be intimated by Estt cell of BSNLCO in a couple of days.

The master policy for Rs 20 lakhs will be handed over shortly. The 2nd instalment of premium payment is pending.

16.09.2019

BSNL Revival --- it will be purely a Political decision:

 

As we reported several times, from the day one, Finance Ministry is opposing all the proposals in the BSNL Revival plan. Finance Ministry is of the view that BSNL cannot be revived and no revival package is required. Earlier PMO and Niti Ayog also had the same opinion but after our struggle and public opinion, they changed their stand and supporting the Revival plan for 4G allotment, land monetization and VRS. The proposal for formation of SPV to take over the loans to make BSNL a debt free company and the support for the Rural Telephone exchanges was rejected by the PMO.

DoT is waiting for the response from the Finance Ministry on the draft Cabinet Memo. Till Friday (13.09.19) evening, it is not received by DoT. As we reported last week, Finance Ministry response on the BSNL Revival proposal is not positive, they maintain their earlier stand and submitted the response for the approval of the Finance Minister. If Minister making any changes in the draft reply, it is a different matter.

Last two weeks, Finance Minister announced several concessions to various sectors but silent about the strategic Telecom sector. In other sectors lobbying may be effective but unfortunately in Telecom sector, all the operators are fighting each other for their survival.

According to sources, once the response from the Finance Ministry is received, DoT will make its views on those points and submit the proposal to the Cabinet for its consideration.

Ultimately, we can say BSNL Revival will be a political decision at highest level.

12.09.2019

CWC meeting of SNEA at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019 ---- Important decisions:

 

The Central Working Committee meeting of SNEA was held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019. All the Circles except North East II and NTR/Delhi attended the CWC meeting. On 29th morning, Shri S. K.Mishra CGM / KTK Circle addressed the CWC meeting. Karnataka Circle and BGTD comrades under the leadership of CS Com S P Jagdale made excellent arrangements for the CWC meeting at GOKUL VEG, Airport Road, Bangalore. Veteran leader Com S B Nagavi guided them.

The CWC meeting started at 10 am on 29.08.2019 with flag hoisting by CHQ President  Com A A Khan. A brief report was presented by the General Secretary Com K Sebastin and thereafter CWC entered into serious discussions on various agenda items. Veteran leaders Com G L Jogi and Com S L Reddy addressed the CWC on 30.09.2019 and informed that a BSNL Pensioners Welfare Association will be formed shortly to take up the welfare issues of the Pensioners like Pension Revision and support the struggle for BSNL Revival.

In the CWC meeting, detailed discussions held on the issues related to the viability of BSNL and the proposed BSNL Revival Plan. Out of two days, CWC dedicated one and half day purely for discussing the issues related to BSNL Revival. The discussions continued till late night on both days and CWC extended to the 3rd day, 31.08.2019.

Due to the severe financial crisis for the last one year, majority of the HR issues having financial implications could not make much head way. Issues like 3rd Pay Revision, standard pay scales, 3% hike in superannuation benefits etc got a good momentum but when the entire focus was diverted to BSNL survival and payment of salary, naturally the priorities got changed, for the time being.

The brief of the discussions held in the CWC and the important decisions taken by the CWC is given below:

1. Discussion on BSNL Revival Plan:

It is a known fact that the Political leadership and the Govt at the highest level were made up their mind to close down BSNL and let it go for its natural death. This was visible for the last few years when BSNL denied 4G spectrum, predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio is allowed by the Regulator and the Govt, not issuing letter of comfort to facilitate BSNL for availing bank loans, no capital infusion from the owner of the company(Govt), non sanctioning of outstanding dues from DoT, non filling of BSNL Director Board posts, sidelining HR issues to demoralise and create unrest among the employees etc. The continuous struggle by the employees, the political support through continuous interaction with the Hon MPs and political leaders across party line and the media outcry compelled the Union Govt to have a relook on their approach towards BSNL. The agitations during the highly sensitive general election period compelled the Govt to announce the BSNL Revival plan during election time itself. It was a great victory for the BSNL employees and their leadership, the AUAB.

Now also it is clearly established by the top Govt authorities that BSNL revival is not their agenda through the denial of formation of SPV for taking over the loans and financial assistance from the Govt for maintaining the loss making Rural exchanges and putting the entire burden of Ex-Gratia on BSNL shoulders by the PMO. Finance Ministry still opposing any Revival package and advocating for closure of BSNL. So the entire responsibility of BSNL revival is on the shoulders of the BSNL employees, especially the Executives (as top management does not belong to BSNL).

CWC held threadbare discussions on the issues related to BSNL revival and decided to submit a detailed note to BSNL management summarising the discussions in the CWC on the following issues related to viability of BSNL and the proposed BSNL Revival Plan: 1) Predatory pricing by one TSP without any regulation by TRAI, 2) Non upgradation of BSNL CM and CFA sectors, 3) Complete violation of all the commitments made by the Govt Of India at the time of formation of BSNL on Financial viability, 4) Future road map for revival of BSNL is completely missing, 5) Impact of VRS and age reduction to 58 in the field units, 6) Less investment for 4G and more focus shall be on 5G, 7) Bringing confidence among the employees, 8) Immediate closure of loss making exchanges, 9) Massive investment, not curtailment of expenditure towards Expansion is required, 10) Non-procurement of FTTH equipments, 11) Modernization of External Plant by replacing the UG Cable with Optical Fibre, 12) Unwanted procurement, 13) Deployment of Executives from non technical wings to CSCs, sales and marketing etc, 14) Professional management at the Corporate level and Regular Directors for BSNL Board, 15) Pension Contribution on actual basic Pay instead of maximum of the Pay Scale, 16) OLA/Uber for OF Mtce, BTS mtce and other mtce related activities to be reviewed, 17) BSNL MRS and Medi-claim policy and 18) Transfer Policy/ postings to tenure Circles, soft tenure break.

2. 3rd Pay Revision for the BSNL Employees:

As per DPE guidelines, BSNL was not entitled for 3rd pay revision due to the affordability clause. However Association took a different stand, affordability clause should not be made applicable for the Pay revision of BSNL employees as it is meeting the social obligations of the Govt by incurring thousands of Crores of losses. As the Recognised Assn, we could convince the BSNL management also along with AUAB. Finally BSNL Board agreed for 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment and recommended the same to the Govt. BSNL is the only one CPSU where the Board agreed for 3rd Pay Revision ignoring the affordability clause and created history.

The CWC meeting had detailed discussion regarding the non-implementation of 3rd Pay Revision for the BSNL Employees and the VRS proposal. The CWC unanimously resolved that 3rd Pay Revision shall be implemented as recommended by the BSNL Board for motivating the remaining employees for better performance in a very adverse condition after the restructuring of BSNL/VRS and for the VRS optees.

3. Promotions in different wings to all the eligible Executives before implementation of VRS and 58. Scope for post based promotions in the future in view of restructuring of BSNL. Switching over to Time Bound Functional promotion before restructuring of BSNL taking place:

The CWC meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019 had detailed discussion regarding the present post based promotions in different cadres, huge disparity in promotion among equivalent cadres in different wings, never ending litigations on seniority and reservation, the imminent threat of massive reduction of posts due to VRS and restructuring of BSNL. CWC observed that post based promotion may give temporary relief to some Executives in few cadres where vacancy is available. Other cadres continue to suffer. The restructuring proposal will finish off all the vacancies and in the future, post based promotions will become a dream. Management is dragging us into that situation.

As per the new promotion policy approved by the BSNL Board, promotion is due from 01.07.2018. In post based promotion, the promotion will be on a prospective date, not from 01.07.2018. By implementing the new promotion policy, the major demand of the Executives, Parity and Uniformity in promotions will be achieved, once for all. Finally CWC decided to put the entire resources to force the management to notify and implement the new promotion policy w.e.f 01.07.2018. After detailed discussion, the CWC unanimously resolved that the BEPPARR or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy should be implemented immediately w.e.f. 29.06.2018 or the immediate review date, 01.07.2018 and all the eligible Executives should be given promotion before their retirement through VRS and restructuring of BSNL taking place. As approved by the BSNL Board, the new policy is to be implemented following the reservation policies of the Govt. CWC further resolved that if management fails to implement the new promotion policy before VRS and proceeding with post reduction by restructuring of BSNL, it will be opposed organizationally.

CWC also authorised CHQ to take appropriate legal action also, if required, to get the new promotion policy implemented.

CWC expressed serious concern over non-issuing of Adhoc DGM(T) promotions as there is no stay on promotions. 1150 DGM(T) vacancies are available now but the AGMs eligible for DGM promotion are only 1126. CWC urges BSNL management to take immediate steps to promote all the eligible AGMs to DGMs against the vacancies.

CWC also authorised CHQ to take appropriate legal or organizational actions as required to get the promotion orders issued before October, 2019.

4. Voluntary Retirement Scheme:

As long as VRS is voluntary, CWC decided to take a neutral stand on the issue and to get the best package. CWC demanded that VRS should be implemented along with 3rd PRC as a package as recommended by the Consultant, M/s IIM(Ahmadabad) to make it more attractive so that more employees can opt for the same, voluntarily.

5. Proposal for reduction of retirement from 60 to 58:

The CWC meeting had detailed discussion regarding the Govt move for reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years for the BSNL employees, arbitrarily. CWC noted with great concern that Govt is going back from its commitments one by one, given at the time of BSNL formation. As per the terms and condition for absorption in BSNL, the retirement age of BSNL employees will be governed by the Govt rules in force. For the counterpart Central Govt employees, the retirement age is still continuing as 60 years. By abruptly reducing the retirement age, the employees are losing increments, which is having far reaching implications in Pension, Commutation of Pension, Leave encashment, Gratuity etc in addition to the salary for the remaining period. The 3rd PRC benefits also not extended to the BSNL employees. Further all the remaining BSNL employees also will lose two years of service in the future. After detailed discussion CWC unanimously resolved that the Govt should desist from this arbitrary move for reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years for the BSNL employees which is in complete violation of the Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL.

CWC decided to oppose this arbitrary move of the Govt organizationally and legally and authorised CHQ for appropriate action.

6. Impact of VRS and age reduction to58 in the field units:

CWC noted that the burden of Ex- Gratia payment to the VRS optees will be on BSNL. Govt did not agree to the BSNL proposal for the payment of Ex-Gratia by the Govt. It will be a big liability on BSNL after the bond period of 10 years.

It is natural that drastic post reduction, ban on recruitment etc will take place as part of VRS implementation. This will have serious adverse impact on the promotional avenues of the Executives.

The large scale VRS will have serious impact in the field units and it will be difficult to fill up the vacum as majority of the Executives working in the field units may opt for VRS. This may result in large scale redeployment and transfers, much to the inconvenience of the employees.

The entire burden of additional work load after VRS implementation will be on the shoulders of the remaining employees, especially Executives.

7. Pension Revision and Joint platform with BSNL pensioners for pension revision:

The CWC meeting of SNEA had detailed discussion regarding the Pension Revision for the pre-2017 BSNL Pensioners (Govt Pensioners retired from BSNL). The pension and pension revision is covered by CCS Pension Rules, 1972. Pension Revision is having no link with the Pay Revision of the serving employees and the affordability of BSNL as pension is paid by the Govt of India. The CWC noted with great concern that DoT is not even replying to the queries raised by DoP&PW regarding the Pension Revision for the pre-2017 BSNL Pensioners. Anomaly is already occurred as their counter parts, the Central Govt Pensioners already got pension revision from 2016 onwards. Both BSNL Pensioners and Central Govt Pensioners are governed by the same Pension Rules, CCS Pension Rules, 1972 but Pension Revision is not implemented for the BSNL Pensioners. During 2nd Pay Revision, the Pension Revision was done with 30% fitment as recommended by the 2nd PRC.

CWC welcomed the initiative of Com G L Jogi and Com S L Reddy to form a Pensioners Welfare Association to focus on the Pension Revision and to support the struggles for the Revival of BSNL. SNEA members on retirement can Associate with this platform.

After detailed discussion, the CWC unanimously resolved that the Pension Revision for the pre-2017 BSNL Pensioners should be done immediately, delinking Pension Revision from the Pay Revision of the serving BSNL employees. It should not be delayed further. Govt is not ready to delink the Pension Revision from the Pay Revision.

CWC decided to take appropriate legal action through the retirees for the Pension Revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017, without further delay. Efforts will be made to coordinate with Pensioners welfare Associations also in this regard.

8. Implementation of Standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc:

Because of the financial crisis going on for the last one year, this issue did not get much headway. We could get the matter clubbed with other pending issues of 2nd PRC during the discussions with DoT.

The CWC unanimously resolved that the BSNL recommendation for the standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01.01.2007, replacing the intermediary Pay Scales of E1A and E2A shall be approved by DoT at the earliest, settling one of the long pending issues of 2nd Pay Revision.

9. Superannuation Benefits to BSNL recruited employees:

The CWC meeting had detailed discussion regarding the retirement benefits and Social Security for BSNL directly recruited employees. 30% Superannuation benefits is the only social security available for them. We got a big breakthrough when CMD promised an additional 3% contribution by March, 2019 in addition to the existing 25%. However this commitment of BSNL management is not implemented so far. This is an outstanding issue of 2nd PRC recommendations.

After detailed discussion, the CWC unanimously resolved that the 3% additional contribution assured by the BSNL management is to be implemented at the earliest. BSNL shall accord highest priority for the contribution towards 30% Superannuation benefits as per DPE guidelines.

10. Pay Parity of Rs 22820/- and Pay loss for post 2007 recruits:

CWC observed that in the present financial condition, getting a solution to this issue through discussion with management alone may not be feasible and may take long time.

After discussion, CWC decided to explore the possibility of legal options and authorised CHQ to take appropriate legal actions. Initially the matter will be taken up for those JTO/JAOs joined between 2007 and 2010 as similar benefit is extended to some cadres, joined upto 2010. Subsequently the case for the remaining batches will be taken for generalization.

11. EPF Full Pension option:

As per the CWC, Bhubaneswar decision, SNEA is in touch with NCOA for becoming a party in the proceedings going on in the Hon Supreme Court on EPF Full Pension issue. The applicants in the court case at Hon SC and NCOA advised us to pursue the matter through NCOA as most probably the benefits in the cases pursued by NCOA will be extended to all. Thereafter we are pursuing it through the applicants as well as NCOA by supporting them financially also. Out of 4 Review Petitions filed by EPFO and the Labour Ministry, two are already dismissed by the Hon SC in favour of the applicants/NCOA. The remaining two RPs will be taken up by the Hon CJI bench immediately after the Ayodhya case hearing is completed. We are waiting for the outcome of the Review Petitions. The RPs are listed for hearing on 05.09.2019 and now the case is tentatively fixed for 19.09.2019.

CWC reiterated its earlier decisions to legally fight for EPF full pension option.

All BSNL employees are advised not to make any contribution to any group on this issue as the matter is pending before the Hon SC for final disposal in the form of Review Petitions.

12. Group Term Insurance:

CWC recorded its appreciation for settling a major issue by SNEA which will give big relief to the family of the young Executives on untimely death. It is a demand raised by SNEA and pursued by SNEA till the end.

13. Next Membership verification:

CWC decided to make preparations for the next Membership verification in case management notifies the same. Keeping the MV in mind, some groups already started mal propaganda through the social media to confuse the Executives as done during the last MV. Ultimately they got defeated but management got an opportunity to divide the Executives further, thereby not resolving any issues. It is also decided that Association need not take any initiative for the MV as management is treating all the Assns at par as far as issues are concerned. Management gone back from the REA Rules it had framed, making MV irrelevant. The only one dispute before the MV, who is the majority Association is clearly established by SNEA and beyond that MV has not given much breakthrough in resolving any issue.

Management utilised small Assns and groups to scuttle major HR issues of the Executives like standard pay scales, new promotion policy, parity in promotions etc by making them also a party, contrary to the provisions of the REA Rules.

14. Co-option of CS in MH Circle and holding Circle Conferences of HP, GUJ, NE I and A&N Circles:

Upholding the SNEA constitution which is sacrosanct, CWC did not approve the co-option of CS, MH Circle by the CEC of MH Circle held at Pune on 09.02.2019. CWC directed MH Circle to hold the Circle conference before 01st December, 2019.

Further CWC took a serious note of undue delay in conduction of Circle Conferences by few Circles namely HP, NE I, GUJ and A&N Circles and directed them to hold the Circle conferences before 01st December, 2019.

15. Notional pay of E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect wings w.e.f. 01.10.2000:

This long pending issue from absorption time is before the BSNL Board. However DoT made objections in considering the matter in the Board. DoT stand is that the employees drawing the pay scale less than Rs 6500-10500 as on 01.10.2000 cannot be given Executives pay scales. It is decided by the CWC to pursue the matter further.

16. First TB promotion Uniformly after 4 years:

This demand has become more relevant and anomalies created after the second Pay Revision implementation. CWC decided to pursue the matter further.

17. Nomination of Internal Auditors:

CWC nominated Com Shanmuga Sundararajan, CWC member from Chennai and Com S P Jagdale, CS/KTK Circle as the Internal Auditors for this term.

18. Activities under AUAB:

Common issues of BSNL employees, mainly the issues pertain to the BSNL are taken up under the banner of AUAB. If such issues are taken up by individual Associations or Unions alone, it will not have much effect on the Govt. Only those issues having unanimity among the AUAB constituents are taken up by the AUAB.

The biggest achievement of the AUAB struggles is the BSNL Revival package. The Govt which was preparing the ground for the natural death of BSNL has given a shock treatment by the AUAB agitations during the last one year and the public support it got. This compelled the Govt to reverse its stand, atleast publically and declare a revival package for BSNL. By our struggle, BSNL will be getting 4G spectrum and the permission to monetize the land through the Revival package.

CWC concluded that strike call should be avoided and in future strike call shall be given only during extreme situations.

19. BSNL MRS and Medi-claim policy:

CWC is of the opinion that it is high time to review the BSNL MRS and explore the possibility for Medi-claim policies.

20. Transfer Policy/ postings to tenure Circles, soft tenure break:

CWC demands that the soft tenure break is to be restored back as promised earlier and transfer to the tenure Circle shall be purely on need basis only.

CWC Bangalore decisions

11.09.2019

EPF Full Pension option:

 

As per the CWC decision, the Review Petitions (RP) filed in the Hon Supreme Court by EPFO and the Labour Ministry were listed for hearing on 05.09.2019. Out of 4 Review Petitions filed by EPFO and the Labour Ministry, two are already dismissed by the Hon SC in favour of the applicants/NCOA. The remaining two RPs will be taken up by the Hon CJI bench immediately after the Ayodhya case hearing is completed. Now the case is tentatively fixed for hearing on 19.09.2019.

SNEA was in touch with NCOA and other applicants for becoming a party in the proceedings going on in the Hon Supreme Court on EPF Full Pension issue. The applicants in the court case at Hon SC and NCOA advised us to pursue the matter through NCOA as most probably the benefits in the cases pursued by NCOA will be extended to all. Thereafter we are pursuing it through the applicants as well as NCOA by supporting them financially also. We are waiting for the outcome of the Review Petitions.

Bhubaneswar and Bangalore CWC meetings decided to legally fight for EPF full pension option if the final decision of Hon SC did not give us desired result. The first two RPs decided in our favour.

All BSNL employees are advised not to make any contribution to any group on this issue as the matter is pending before the Hon SC for final disposal in the form of Review Petitions. 

10.09.2019

Meeting with Shri S P Tripathi, DIR(CM) on 09.09.19:

 

GS and both AGSs met DIR(CM) and held discussions on various issues. On salary payment, Director informed that management is seriously working on it.

It is expected that salary payment will be taking place in this week, according to various sources.

On promotions, we informed the deliberations in the CWC meeting at Bangalore. CWC expressed its resentment over BSNL management for not taking any initiative in issuing promotions to the Executives where practically no financial implication is there. We expressed our serious apprehension that mgt nowadays put the entire HR related issues of the Executives in the backburner in the pretext of financial crisis and revival package. This will further demoralize the Executives, we warned management.

On DGM promotions, there is no stay or court direction restraining BSNL from issuing promotions. In the name of an MA filed in the CAT/Chandigarh which is getting postponed every time, now posted to December, 2019 as CAT is not finding any urgency in the MA, BSNL is dragging the DGM promotions which is not acceptable to us. The promotions are to be issued this month itself so that few Executives will get one increment (others are stagnating). Director finally agreed to examine other alternatives.

On promotions, Director is critical about the court cases and the contempt. The promotion is delayed only due to court cases according to Director. We informed that this is the case for few cadres and in majority of the cadres, there is no vacancy. Parity and uniformity is to be brought in promotions in different cadres which is approved by the Board. The court cases are mounting due to various reasons as management is creating more and more disparity in promotions and not able to provide promotions in time. Further management is going to reduce the posts in a big way in the name of revised sanction/restructuring. Management is not implementing the new promotion policy intentionally, it is the conclusion of CWC, we informed DIR(CM).

On the new promotion policy, BSNL asked the guidance of DoT and DoT in turn asked certain queries from BSNL Management. Surprisingly it has come to our notice that BSNL even not provided the copy of the new promotion policy to DoT for examining it while seeking guidance on the proposal. This proves the lethargic attitude of BSNL management with respect to promotions to the Executives. On one side BSNL is not filling the existing vacancies in the name of court cases and revival plan and on the other side not implementing the new promotion policy which ensures smooth career progression to all as it is not linked with availability of posts.

As directed by the CWC, CHQ is watching the initiatives by the management for few days and if the attitude of the management is not changing, we will not hesitate to launch organizational actions as decided by the CWC.

On request transfers of DEs and DGMs, Director assured to take a positive decision shortly.

06.09.2019

GS letter to DIR(CM) on AMC for Phase VIII.4 GSM tender

 

GS writes to Shri Sheetla Prasad Tripathi, DIR(CM), BSNL Board regarding AMC for Phase VIII.4 GSM project: Signing AMC agreement only for those equipments which requires actual vendor support. All Circles should be directed to exclude line items like Installation materials, Antennae, Fixtures, Feeder Cable, Tower materials etc from the scope of AMC. By this, Crores of rupees can be saved as AMC cost. Circles like Kerala already implemented it successfully in the earlier tenders and saved Crores of rupees.

All CSs and activists are requested to monitor regularly the status of signing AMC agreement in their Circles to ensure that unnecessary items are not added in the AMC agreement under pressure from the vendor.

06.09.2019

GS letter to CMD on BSNL Revival

 

GS writes to Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding the discussion held in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association (SNEA) held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019 regarding the issues related to viability of BSNL and the proposed BSNL Revival Plan.

1. Predatory pricing of the services provided by one TSP without any regulation by TRAI which has disrupted the entire Telecom industry in the country.

2. Non upgradation of BSNL CM and CFA sectors due to non allocation of 4G spectrum and non replacement of copper cable by Optical Fibre.

3. All the commitment made by the Govt Of India at the time of formation of BSNL on Financial viability, making good of loss due to operation in loss making rural and remote areas and job security to the employees are completely violated which resulted in the present crisis, CWC observed.

4. Future road map for revival of BSNL is completely missing in the Proposed BSNL revival Plan:

5. Impact of VRS and age reduction to 58 in the field units:

6. Less investment for 4G and more focus shall be on 5G:

7. Bringing confidence among the employees:

8. Immediate closure of loss making exchanges and relocating the GSM BTSs:

9. Massive investment, not curtailment of expenditure towards Expansion is required for the revival of company:

10. Non-procurement of FTTH equipments:

11. Modernization of External Plant by replacing the UG Cable network with Optical Fibre:

12. Unwanted procurement, non-diversion of equipments lying idle in field units:

13. Deployment of Executives from non technical wings to CSCs, sales and marketing etc:

14. A professional management at the Corporate level and Regular Directors of BSNL Board is the need of the hour to steer the company out of the present crisis:

15. Pension Contribution on actual basic Pay instead of maximum of the Pay Scale.

16. OLA/Uber for OF Mtce, BTS mtce and other mtce related activities:

17. BSNL MRS and Medi-claim policy.

18. Transfer Policy/ postings to tenure Circles, soft tenure break.

06.09.2019

Mutual transfer order

 

With the strong pursuasion of CS-SNEA Raj, Circle order issued order of mutual transfer of Sh. Surendra Chaudhary from Bhilwara-TD to Ajmer-TD and Sh. Kailash Chand Ladha from Ajmer-TD to Bhilwara-TD.

We extend our sincere thanks to CGMT Raj.

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04.09.2019

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL:

 

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

1) Salary payment for the month of August, 2019: CMD informed that statutory payments like TDS (about Rs 150 Cr) and EPF (about Rs 55 Cr) is to be paid immediately. So the salary payment may be likely to be delayed. However CMD is making all out efforts to get money from DoT which is pending in different heads. Once money is received from DoT, it will be utilised for salary disbursement. Next month, about 735 Crores is to be paid to banks. The daily collection is about 35 to 40 Crores. Banks are very much reluctant to give loans and the latest development of merger of Banks will have further adverse impact on getting loans.

CMD requested to give more focus on outstanding dues collection as it will give much relief to BSNL in this crisis period.

2) On BSNL Revival Plan, CMD shared the latest position. As we reported earlier, two important proposals of SPV formation and financial assistance for the Rural services are rejected by the PMO. The present proposal will not give BSNL much relief as expected, CMD opined. CMD is hopeful that Cabinet decision will be taken by the 3rd week of September. Thereafter it may take about 3 to 6 months time to complete the formalities and the much anticipated relief to BSNL.

3) AGM to DGM promotions: CMD informed that there is no hurdle in giving promotions as per the RR. In DGM promotion, it was told that legal hurdles are there. We clarified to CMD that now there is no legal hurdle and there are more than sufficient vacancies for giving promotions to all the eligible AGMs. Concerned officers may be briefed wrongly on legal hurdles, we informed CMD. Finally CMD assured to discuss it with the Officers and do the needful.

4) Promotion in other cadres and implementation of new promotion policy before restructuring of BSNL and VRS: CMD made his stand very clear that any post based promotion can be made only after reassessment of posts in different cadre for which already work is going on. The review of establishment is not done for years together and with 12 year old sanction, we cannot justify the posts now. We demanded that in that case BSNL has to switch over to the new Promotion Policy delinking it with the availability of posts as decided by the BSNL Board, before the post reduction and VRS. All the eligible Officers should be given promotion at par with the officers in other streams who got promotion through upgradation as promised in June, 2018. We sought time for detailed discussion on the subject.

5) Request Transfers in DE and DGM cadres: The routine request transfers after 2 years of service is not issued for the quarter ending June, 2019. It is a routine activity and so far, all the request transfers are considered after 2 years. CMD assured to re-examine the case.

04.09.2019

4G Spectrum to BSNL

 

It is learned that Solicitor General Of India given a positive legal opinion regarding allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL through administrative decision (without auction), clearing one of the major hurdle. In 2G case, Hon SC ordered that, in future, all the natural resources should be sold through auction only.

DoT is trying to convince the Finance Ministry on its strong opposition towards BSNL Revival plan and VRS. It still feels that BSNL cannot be revived and there is no need for investing in BSNL, better to close down. On VRS funding also, they are having reservations. Response from Home Ministry is expected this week. In all probability, the Cabinet will consider the proposal in the 3rd week (16-20) of September. The stand of GoM and PMO will be crucial in the Cabinet decision.

27.08.2019

Resolutions passed in the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of SNEA held at Bangalore from 29th to 31st August, 2019

 

1. Immediate switching over to BSNL Executives’ Promotion Amendment & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (BEPPARR or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) before implementation of VRS and restructuring of BSNL.

2. Superannuation Benefits to BSNL directly recruited employees. 

3. Standard Pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, replacing the intermediary Pay Scales of E1A and E2A as recommended by BSNL Management.

4. 3rd Pay Revision for the BSNL Employees and implementation of VRS with 3rd PRC as recommended by the Consultant, M/s IIM(A).

5. Pension Revision for the pre-2017 BSNL Pensioners (Govt Pensioners retired from BSNL).

6. Arbitrary move for reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years, in complete violation of the Terms and condition for absorption and without extending even the natural benefits.

27.08.2019

Meeting with CGMT-Rajasthan

 

CS with ACS and Patron met to CGMT-Rajasthan on dated 26.08.2019 and discussed on the issues as mentioned in below letter.

Worth CGMT-Rajasthan positively responded and assured to address the issues of Circle level as soon as possible.

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27.08.2019

Special CL for CWC SNEA

 

Letter to CGMT-Raj for special CL for meeting of SNEA CHQ from 29.08.2019 to 30.08.2019 at Banglore.

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20.08.2019

Meeting at PMO on BSNL Revival Plan on 20.08.2019:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.08.2019

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

 

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

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

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

Employees Unity only can save this company during this crisis period and we should be in the forefront to maintain the Unity.For the sake of unity and survival of BSNL all DSs,COBs and all other activists are requested to please organize Lunch hour demonstration at each and every SSA headquarter on 21.08.2019 with support of all constituents of AUAB.

Regards.

CS SNEA Raj

 

20.08.2019

CWC meeting of SNEA

 

Comrades,

CWC meeting of SNEA is scheduled to be held at Bangalore from 29/08/2019 to 30/08/2019. The agenda of the meeting are as under: (1)Confirmation of minutes of last CWC (2) Report of CS (3) Issues related to growth and financial viability of BSNL (4) Discussion on HR issues (5) Discussions on organisational matters (6) Any other issue which are likely to be  raised at CHQ level. So all DSs, CEC members and COBs are requested to offer their comments/suggestions/resolutions (passed/resolved in EB/GB meetings at SSA level except the items were discussed and resolved in CEC meeting on 19/05/2019 at Ajmer), on above issues or on any other items which seemed to be tenable at this juncture on or before 25/08/2019, so that the issues can be brought before upcoming CWC for elaborate discussions, on behalf of Raj circle.

Regards

CS SNEA Raj

20.08.2019

Meeting at PMO on BSNL Revival Plan on 20.08.2019:

 

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

11.08.2019

CWC meeting on 29-30, August, 2019:

 

In the coming CWC meeting, important decisions are to be taken about the Associations formal stand on restructuring of BSNL, proposal for reduction of retirement age to 58 and pension revision. These proposals are not coming as a package along with 3rd PRC and pension revision. Similarly, the strategies for next MV also to be discussed. Those Circles not hold the CEC meeting recently and discussed these issues has to conduct the CEC meeting compulsorily to know the views of the membership. CSs have to submit the views of the CEC in the CWC meeting to take an appropriate decision, reflecting the opinion of the membership.

08.08.2019

SSAs having less than 20,000 landline connections

 

The list of SSA wise Land line connections are given below. The SSAs having less than 20,000 landline connections and headed by a GM and the SSAs having more than 20,000 connections but there is no GM is posted may be informed to CHQ at the earliest. Similarly, SSAs where more than one GM is posted also may be intimated by CSs to take up with the management.

06.08.2019

Lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings throughout the country, on 07th August, 2019 by AUAB:

 

Demands:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29.07.2019

Revised Cabinet Memo on BSNL Revival plan

 

Revised Cabinet Memo on BSNL Revival plan based on Group of Ministers recommendation is approved by the Minister and circulated to other nodal Ministries on Friday, 26.07.19.

The proposal includes:
A. 4G spectrum by 100% capital infusion by Govt (total 14155 cr + 12% GST).
B. SPV for 23000 Cr BSNL loan (present loan 20000 + furture anticipated loan of 3000) take over with equivalent land parcel.
C. Land monetization for meeting BSNL expansion jointly monitored by BSNL, DoT and DIPAM.
D. Financial support for Rural Exchanges.
E. VRS for the employees above 50 years. After implementation of VRS, age reduction to 58.
i) Ex-gratia will be paid to the employees in cash, in single or maximum 5 instalments (optional) for Tax benefit.
ii) The formula will be: Ex-gratia+Pension OR 125% of the salary, which ever is less.
iii) For arranging money for VRS, BSNL will issue bonds to the public with sovereign guarantee of the Government of India. 50% of interest liability on bonds will be borne by Govt.
iv) Gratuity payment and commutation of pension after 5 years or attaining age of 60 as applicable. Gratuity payment with 8% interest.
F. Merger of BSNL and MTNL. Initially debt free MTNL (through SPV as BSNL) will be made a subsidiary of BSNL. After sorting out other HR issues and disinvestment of MTNL by a joint committee within 18 months, full merger will take place.

21.07.2019

District conference of Kota and Jhalawar SSA

 

District conference of SNEA KOTA and Jhalawar branch was held on 21st July 2019 at Hotel Le-Amer Kota. An open session was also arranged on this occasion. Sh. Govind Singal GM(BBNL) Kota, as a chief guest, Sh.S.R.Sharma CS, Sh.S.S Rajput patron SNEA, Rajasthan, Sh.Vijay Bansal CWC member, Sh.S.P.Yadav OS, Sh.Rakesh Mewara DS Bundi, Sh.B.B.Nagar DS Jhalawar, Sh.Chander dev DS BSNLEU, Sh.Mohan Goutam DS NFTE, Sh.S.K.Sharma Ex-CS SNEA attended and addressed the open session.
Circle secretary deliberately discussed the positive steps being taken by Govt. for revival of BSNL i.e. planning of Govt. to infuse capital for paying of out standing dues of venders and electricity bills, giving 4G spectrum to BSNL, VRS for reducing OPEX etc. During close session CS apprised the house regarding HR issues i.e. CPSU hierarchy, status of DPCs for all cadres in all streams, status of SAB 3% enhanced etc. Sh.S.S.Rajput apprised the house regarding role of SNEA for breaking bottle neck for EPF contribution of BSNL recruited employees, getting terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL through court by our the than leaders, introducing GTI in BSNL and efforts of association for conducting various DPCs for promotions in all cases etc. Also urged the house that don't get depressed by this financial crisis phase, it will over very soon and only BSNL will be their in telecom sector. Sh.Govind singal GM BBNL also told that this situation will not prevail for long time. Financial health of BSNL will improve sourly.
During close session unanimous election for next term conducted as under:

For Jhalawar:

(1) Sh Sanjay Arora ----------------------District President

(2) Sh Dinesh Patidar--------------------District Secretary

(3) Sh Ram Niwas Mehta---------------District Treasurer

For Kota:-

(1) Sh N S Nagar ----------------District President

(2) Sh B B Nagar----------------District Secretary

(3) Sh D K Gupta----------------District Treasurer

20.07.2019

District conference of Sawai Madhopur branch

 

District conference of Sawai Madhopur branch was held on 20th July2019 at Hotel Raj Palace Sawai Madhopur. An open session was also arranged on this occasion. Sh.Pushker Srivastava GMTD,Swai Madhopur was chief guest of the open session. Sh. M.C.Gupta AGM (Admn.) Sh. R.C.Meena DE were special guest of the the function. Sh. S.R.Sharma, Circle secretary and Sh. S.S.Rajput Patron SNEA, Rajasthan circle also attended and addressed the open session. Circle Secretary apprised the house regarding current development going on at CHQ and Circle level. The cash crunch situation in BSNL and it's impact on future development was deliberated, CS also apprised the house regarding HR issues, status of DPCs for JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, DE to DGM in all stream, CPSU cadre hierarchy, E2&E3 scale etc. Sh.S.S. Rajput narrated wrong policies of Govt. which are liable for downfall of BSNL and urged to the house that don't be get demoralized from this temporary phase of this financial crisis of BSNL, keep fighting spirit continuously. Very soon situation will improve and all the private operates will windup their business. Only BSNL will sustain in this throat cut competition. Sh.Pushker Srivastava discussed current status of SWM SSA. He raised the issue of shortage of funds and materials for maintenance of network.
After open session, close session was started. During this unanimous election of office bearers for next term were held as under:

(1) Sh Mohit Gupta ----------------District President

(2) Sh Sanjay Kumar Meena---District Secretary

(3) Sh Pankaj Kumar Jain ------District Treasurer

17.07.2019

BSNL revival plan

 

It is learned that  Group of Ministers meeting  given green signal to the proposal contain in the draft Cabinet memo prepared and circulated by DoT.

11.07.2019

District Conference of Bhilwara branch

 

District Conference of Bhilwara branch held on 11.07.2019. Com S R Sharma CS, Com S S Rajput Circle Patron addressed the conference.

CS expressed his views about present situation of BSNL, role and intention if its Management and GOI I.e. Trai and DC, anticipated consequences. Achievements of SNEA and what steps would likely to be taken by SNEA for the sake of unity and to save BSNL, CS also appealed to the local comrades to enhance membership of SNEA, during his address in Distt Conf. Sh S S Rajput highlighted the present issues pending with BSNL mgt and govt. He also informed that the future of bsnl and its employees is very tough, Later or sooner we are going to catch hold by exchequers and age reduction/VRS will definitely come into force very soon, he also elaborately discussed that we have to make strong organizationally to defeat the evil forces.

Following office bearers were elected unanimously for the next term.

(1) Sh Ram Gopal Tailor ----------District President

(2) Sh Vikram Singh Chaplot----District Secretary

(3) Sh Lokesh Jain -----------District Treasurer

10.07.2019

Appointment of new CMD BSNL

 

Congratulations... 

Cabinet Committee on Appointment (ACC) on 09.07.2019 approved the appointment of Shri Pravin Kumar Purwar as CMD, BSNL.

10.07.2019

BSNL revival plan

 

The Cabinet Memo on BSNL and MTNL Revival Plan is approved by the Hon Minister and will be sent to other nodal Ministries today or tomorrow for their comments:

It is learned that Cabinet Memo is redrafted based on the discussion between Cabinet Secretary and Secretary DoT.

The proposal includes:

1) 4G spectrum by 100% Govt equity infusion.

2) Taking over all the loan of BSNL and MTNL by an SPV with land parcels for equal amount.  SPV will care of debt only.

3) Allowing BSNL to monetize the remaining land, monitored by a Committee of officers from DoT and BSNL.

4) VRS for the employees above 55 years age and then retirement age reduction to 58. Funding will be through bonds having sovereign guarantee of Govt of India. The ex-gratia is worked out in such a manner that ex-gratia plus pension amount will be 25% higher than the present pay.

5) Merger of BSNL and MTNL in a phased manner after addressing the contentious issues. Initially, debt free MTNL will become a subsidiary of BSNL.

02.07.2019

CS Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan

 

CS with Circle Finance Secretary met to CGMT Raj on 02.07.2019 and discussed on various issues i.e Own cost transfer requests of executives those who have completed two or more years at their posting stations and especially at soft tenure stations, Temp advance cases, EB outstanding dues, Rent payments, payments of IP Sites, Store management etc-arrangement of funds request regarding.

CGMT Raj responded positively and assured to address the issues as far as possible.

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02.07.2019

Transfer & Posting orders

 

Posting orders of Sh Karni Dan JAO at Jaisalmer are ordered to reinstate immediately by worthy CGMT Raj,and order No. STA 8-5/JAO/Ch. XXVII/119, dated 01.07.2019 are restored and Posting order of Sh. Kapil Gautam to Sawai Madhopur SSA is issued.

We extend our sincere thanks to CGMT Raj.

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01.07.2019

Appointment of new CMD BSNL

 

Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD/MTNL entrusted  with the additional charge of CMD/BSNL, for a period of three months w.e.f 01.07.2019 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent to the post. It is expected that his regular appoint orders will be issued very shortly.

SNEA congratulates him and wish him all the success.

29.06.2019

Less deduction of subscription amount:

 

Irrespective of repeated reminders, it is observed that the subscription for 1231 Executives are deducted for less amount like Rs 50, Rs 70 or Rs 80 instead of Rs 100. The list is enclosed. Take up the issue with concerned DDOs for correction and get the deduction implemented @ Rs 100 per month from January, 2019 onwards. The arrears from January, 2019 also may be got deducted. All SSA/Brach Secretaries may complete the process at the earliest.

29.06.2019

Welfare claims through LIC:

 

Every month, the list of members for whom subscription is deducted from salary is submitted to the LIC along with the premium for their coverage. Those names available in the list only will be eligible for welfare claims. So all the Branch/SSA/Circle Secretaries are instructed to ensure that new members and those who are not in check off system is brought under check off system every month.

18.06.2019

GS writes to Hon Minister for Communications

 

GS writes to Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon Minister for Communications: Urgent need for speedy revival of BSNL by facilitating loan for BSNL for OPEX/CAPEX, permission for land monetization and payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay which will improve the cash flow.  If the decision is delayed by another 2 to 3 months, it will be too late as BSNL network may deteriorate beyond repair/revival, making revival impossible.

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18.06.2019

Raj Circle order issued for IDA upgradation

 

With the strong pursuasion of CS-SNEA Raj Circle order issued for IDA upgradation E1-E2, E2-E3 and E3-E4 today.

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23.05.2019

CS writes to CGM Rajasthan

 

CS writes to CGMT Raj Telecom Circle  <<<Click here for the agenda letter>>>

19.05.2019

First circle executive committee meeting:

 

First CEC meeting was held at hotel Lake Vinora Ajmer on 19th May 2019. circle secretary presented his report for the intervening period covering all the activities carried out during this period which was approved by the house after delebrations on some of the issues. An open session was also arranged on this occassion which was addressed by Com K Sebastin GS, Sh S R Sharma Circle secretary, Sh. R K Chauhan PGMTD Ajmer, Sh S L Sharma JS (W), Sh S S Rajput patron SNEA Rajasthan. Mr S R Sharma highlighted the issues I.e. shortage of material for development and maintenance of network and efforts made by association for procurement of material, acute shortage of funds for maintenance work, huge amount is being spent by field officers from their pocket. GS elaborately discussed the current status of services being rendered by BSNL i.e. FTTH, Landline, VPN etc to increase the revenue of company. GS also discussed the financial crisis of BSNL and its impact on future. Sh R K Chauhan PGMTD Ajmer told that this is a temporary phase for one or two years, if BSNL will face this challenge of hardship for one year then it will survive and again rise to its previous position. Sh S S Rajput raised that wrong policies of Govt are responsible for this worst financial position of BSNL i.e. Huge expenditure on marketing, BSNL services without considering its impact on products and revenue generation, finalization of BTS maintenance tender on very high non viable rates, huge expenditure on exchange maintenance without any return in the the name of AMC of equipment for ten years with equipment suppliers, huge expenditure on fees to Pvt companies i.e. KPMG, Delloites, IIM Ahamdabad for giving marketing strategies, study on survival of BSNL etc. GS apprised the house during delegate session regarding HR issues, current status of various DPCs i.e. JTO to SDE, SDE to DE, DE to DGM (T), AO to CAO, CAO to DGM (F) etc. GS told that 3% increase of SAB will be decided by management after joining of new CMD on 1st July 2019. GS told that there is apprehension in the DOT that BSNL staff is already getting higher pay scale than central government employees so there is no need to hike their pay scales further. GS told that E2 & E3 full pay scale is pending at DOT. We will try to get it through earliest. Implementation of CPSU hierarchy is the need to overcome all litigation for promotions. Delegates raised the issue of misuse of marketing funds, stopping of waste full expenditure in the name of zonal meeting, rollback of BA concept, stopping of MT recruitment etc. GS replied that marketing of BSNL product is very much essential despite that BSNL is having very less amount in this head. Total ban on physical meeting can not be implemented but we will try to minimize these. External MT recruitment will be opposed.

Circle president gave vote of thanks at the end of the delegate session and words of appreciation for arranging this CEC in a very good manner in short time.

Following resolutions were passed in CEC:

1. Rollback of BA concept in BSNL.

2. Stop recruitment of internal and external MT.

3. Implementation of E2 & E3 pay scales instead of intermediate pay scales.

4. Implementation of 3% increase in SAB as assured by CMD.            

5. Nagaur SSA should be declared as soft tenure station.

6. Office accommodation to association

19.05.2019

District Conference of Ajmer TD branch

 

District Conference of Ajmer TD branch held on 19.05.2019 at Hotel Lake Vinora Ajmer. Com R R Sharma CP, Com S R Sharma CS, Com S S Rajput Circle Patron addressed the conference.

Following office bearers were elected unanimously for the next term.

(1) Sh Lokesh Kashyap----------District President

(2) Sh Bhogendra Bhardwaj----District Secretary

(3)  Smt Archana Tyagi ----------District Treasurer

 

08.05.2019

1st CEC meeting of SNEA Rajasthan circle

 

1st CEC meeting of SNEA Rajasthan circle is going to be held on 19.05.2019 at hotel "Lake Villora" Vaishali nagar, Ajmer

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04.05.2019

District conference of SNEA Bikaner branch

 

District conference of SNEA branch was held on 4th May 2019 at Sita Kunj Banquet Hall. A well organized open session was arranged pre lunch session. Sh. O P Khatri GMTD Bikaner was chief guest of the open session. Sh. D L Purohit DGM (Fin) was the special guest. Sh S R Sharma Circle secretary and Sh S S Rajput Patron SNEA Rajasthan, Sh. Brijesh Kataria Vice President, Sh. Dhiraj Kocher Organization Secretary, Sh. Praful Gupta Area Secretary (West), Sh. Kamal Singh Gohil Circle President BSNLEU, Sh. Gulam Hussain DS BSNLEU, Sh. N L Sharma DS AIBSNLEA, Sh. Umed Singh DS NFTE have also attended and addressed the open session. All the speakers have shown their serious concerns regarding financial viability of BSNL. Circle secretary elaborated the wrong policies of the government which have adversely affected the development and revenue i.e. implementation of KPMG recommendations, cancellation of 45.5 million GSM procurement tender, forcefully charging of BWA spectrum and 3G license fee by Govt from BSNL, abolishing of ADC charges etc. Sh. S S Rajput raised the issues regarding finalization of GSM BTS maintenance tender on nonviable very high rates, procurement of low quality equipment i.e. BB modems, NGN equipment, GSM and ERP software, formation of BBNL, formation of GSM mobile tower company, non compensating of losses of rural telephony, predatory pricing to compete with reliance JIO, free hands to JIO by govt. for freebies for unlimited period etc. A farewell party to Sh. J C Gupta district president was also organized on his superannuation retirement on 30/04/2019 on this occasion.

After lunch close session was arranged during this session. During this session there was an interactive discussion. All the queries raised by members were replied and current issues were apprised to house by circle secretary i.e. status of various DPCs, 3% SAB enhancement, status of E2 & E3 pay scales etc.

Unanimous election of office bearers for next term were conducted as under:

District President - Sh. Vinod Swamy SDE (Tx)

District Secretary - Sh. M P Vyas SDE (I/D)

District Treasurer - Sh. Vikas Sharma JTO (CMTS)

 

26.04.2019

Assurance given by CGMT Raj Circle

 

As per assurance given by CGMT Raj Circle to our association, order of transfer of JTOs are released today.

25.04.2019

Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan:

 

Circle secretary along with Sh. S S Rajput patron met CGMT and discussed the following agenda:

1.      Request transfer cases of JTOs: CS asked to issue the request transfer orders of JTOs those have completed more than two years at working stations and their request has been registered in the request register. CGMT told that Corporate Office has banned transfer on Govt cost.  So without substitute how the requestee will be relieved? Then we have suggested that circle administration has to consider the request of JTO who have completed three years of stay. So number of transfer will be reduced to 5-6 only. In lieu of these, JTOs coming from Gujarat under Rule-8 can be posted. Then CGMT asked to try to get relieved these JTOs from Gujarat.  Immediately we had contacted to CS Gujrat Sh. B G Patel and asked him to try to JTOs relieved so that request of our JTOs can be considered. Mr. Patel assured to pursue the matter with CGMT Gujrat and try to relieve these JTOs earliest. We requested that circle administration can issue the request transfer order immediately and substitute can be posted later on, when JTO from Gujarat will Join. We requested that only two JTOs Mr. Ajay Saini and Mr. R K Sharma have to come from Nagaur to Jaipur, Mr Rakesh Mewara from Bundi to Kota, Mr. M K Sharma from Jhunjhunu to Sikar, Mr H N Mahawar and Mr. P K Vijay from Barmer to Kota have already completed of stay, so transfer orders of these JTOs should be released immediately and JTO those are going to complete three years of stay, these orders has to be released accordingly.

Sh. Megharam choudhary was transferred from Barmer to SIrohi two years back. He has going to complete two years of stay on 2nd May 2019. We requested that both the stations are soft tenure stations so please arrange to consider his request from Sirohi to Barmer. CGMT assured for consideration.

2.      Request transfer cases of SDEs and DEs: Association raised the issue of consideration of request transfer cases of SDEs and DEs who have completed three years of stay at working station. Mr. M K Sharma DE from Sirohi to Udaipur, Mr S R Soni DE from Churu to Sikar, Sh. Anand Parmar SDE from Pali to Jodhpur, Mrs Shashikiran SDE and Mr B L Manglecha SDE both are going to complete three years stay shortly at Barmer should be considered for transfer to Jodhpur as soon as completing of three years of stay.

 3.      Procurement of BB modems: CS asked regarding acute shortage of BB modems in field. CGMT told that the tender has failed then we asked for diversion from other circle. CGMT told that he is on the job of diverting modem from other circle.

4.      Shortage of funds: CS asked for meet out the funds shortage being faced by field staff. Due to capping of ten thousand rupees for temporary advance our SDEs and JTOs are suffering badly. CGMT told that if SSA head will recommend, he will manage to sanction higher advances if needed.

Meeting lasted in cordial environment.

24.04.2019

General body meeting of Alwar branch on 24/04/2019:

 

General body meeting of Alwar branch was held at IQ, Telephone exchange Alwar. This GB was attended and addressed by circle secretary Mr. Sita Ram Sharma and patron SNEA Rajasthan circle Sh. S S Rajput. On this occasion sixteen executives of accounts wing joined SNEA after leaving AIBSNLEA. All these new members were given warm welcome with garlanding by CS and patron. All the current issues running at circle and CHQ level were apprised by circle secretary and assured full support of circle to resolve the grievances of general member at every stage. CS also elaborated the role of SNEA for resolving HR issues and development of BSNL. Sh. S S Rajput appraised the house regarding achievement of SNEA to deciding terms and conditions at the time of absorption in BSNL from DOT i.e. getting five time bound promotions, assured pension from DOT through consolidated fund of Govt of India etc., role of SNEA for getting enhanced PF and SAB, merger of 78.2 IDA, land monetization, procurement of GSM equipment etc. We protested against unbundling of copper pair, formation of subsidiary mobile tower company, merger of MTNL and ITI with BSNL.

Sh. D N Pandey was co-opted as president of Alwar branch. This post was vacated due to transfer of district president to corporate office some time back.

16.04.2019

Discussion of GTI related issues

 

Today AGSs P.P.Rao and Sanjeev met Sr GM Establishment  Sh Saurabh Tyagi and discussed on the issue of GTI. He assured to look into the issue.

Further it was also informed that the Pension Contribution on actual basis is pending in Ministry of Finance (MoF)  and today they are trying to meet the concerned Officers in MOF.

10.04.2019

Discussion on VRS

 

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

03.04.2019

CS met to CGMT Raj circle

 

CS met to CGMT Raj with ACS-I & OS(Central) on dated 02/04/2019 and discussed on the following issues:

1. Own cost transfer requests are to be considered of all the executives who have completed 02 yrs or more at soft tenure stations and who have completed 03 yrs or more at other than S/T stations.

2. Supply of store items in sufficient quantity.

3. Supply of tools & testing instruments where ever needed on urgent need basis.

4. Payment of temporary advance  which are lying pending since long.

5. Extra funds are required to be allotted for remote stations in different heads to achieve the targets assigned for various projects i.e. at BAM, JSM, SGR etc

6. Pending cases for IDA upgradation of executives to be considered at an earliest.

7. Rationalisation of executive staff in entire circle.

8. Transfer on longest stay basis. It was submitted that no need to transfer the executives on longest stay in view of CO ND letter dtd 14.03.2018 CGMT Raj assured to take positive steps as far as possible.

9. Transfer case of Sh H S Gurjar DGM(F) and Sh Arjun Lal Jat SDE(Elect).

10. GTI scheme. Those who have opted knowingly or unknowingly but no longer interested, they may represent to GM(Estt) BSNL CO ND through proper channel,  their applications may be forwarded by CO Jaipur.

Worthy CGMT Raj responded positively and assured to resolve the issues during the month of April-2019 in phased manner which are falling under the purview of circle. except item No (9) & (10). These are being taken up at our CHQ level.

We extend our sincere thanks to worthy CGMT-Raj in anticipation.

Innovative ideas are invited by CGMT-Raj and expressed their views for generating good revenue in all the segments for survival of our beloved co, we are really thankful to our worthy CGMT.

With Regards
CS  SNEA-Rajasthan

02.04.2019

District conference of Barmer branch:

 

2nd District conference of Barmer SSA was held at Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple, Pachpadra Road Balotra on 1st April 2019. CS Sh. S R Sharma, Patron S S Rajput, Sh. A K tiwari TDM Barmer, Sh. A H rahi DS Jodhpur, attended and addressed the conference. CS apprised the house regarding current issues at CHQ and circle level i.e. status of DPC s for various stages from JTO to SDE, SDE to DE and DE to DGM, AO to CAO, JTO (Elec) to SDE (Elec), SDE (ELec) to EE (Elec), etc. enhancement of 3% SAB by BSNL management, financial condition of company. Sh. S S Rajput elaborately discussed the role of the association to save the BSNL at every stage. i.e. resolving basic HR issues, enhancing the ceiling of PF contribution from 6500 to actual basic pay plus DA, achieve five time bound promotion, increasing the regular DE quota from 50% to 75% etc. SNEA is working as a watchdog to protect against wrong policies of Govt. i.e. struggle against cancellation of 45.5 M GSM tender, unbundling of copper pair, refund of BWA spectrum charges of Rs. 6572 cr. Illegal 3G roaming by pvt operators etc. TDM Barmer Sh. A K Tiwari discussed the problems being faced for maintaining the very vast network due to acute shortage of resources i.e. shortage of vehicles, non providing of funds as per requirement. Main problem is being faced due to acute shortage of funds for maintenance i.e. diesel bills payments and electricity bill payments.

Unanimous election of office bearers for new term held as under:

District President :           Sh. Shakti Dan Charan                    AO (TR)

District Secretary :           Sh. Nand Kumar Choudhary          AGM (NOFN)

District Treasurer:            Sh. Pratap Dan Charan                   AGM (CFA)

02.04.2019

District conference of Jodhpur branch:

 

Vth District conference of SNEA Jodhpur was held at Hotel Sri Ram Execllency on 31 March 2019. Circle secretary Mr. S R Sharma and patron Sh. S S Rajput attended and addressed the conference. CS apprised the house regarding current issues at CHQ and circle level i.e. status of DPC s for various stages from JTO to SDE, SDE to DE and DE to DGM, AO to CAO, JTO (Elec) to SDE (Elec), SDE (ELec) to EE (Elec), etc. enhancement of 3% SAB by BSNL management, financial condition of company. Sh. S S Rajput elaborately discussed the role of the association to save the BSNL at every stage. i.e. resolving basic HR issues, enhancing the ceiling of PF contribution from 6500 to actual basic pay plus DA, achieve five time bound promotion, increasing the regular DE quota from 50% to 75% etc. SNEA is working as a watchdog to protect against wrong policies of Govt. i.e. struggle against cancellation of 45.5 M GSM tender, unbundling of copper pair, refund of BWA spectrum charges of Rs. 6572 cr. Illegal 3G roaming by pvt operators etc.

There was a very good interactive session post lunch session.

Unanimous election of office bearers for new term held as under:

District President :           Sh. R L Singhatia                    DE (NTR)

District Secretary :           Sh. A H Rahi                            SDE (GSM)

District Treasurer:            Sh. Mohammad Sabir            SDE (JPR)

22.03.2019

Appeal

 

Comrades, BSNL is passing through a very critical and tough period. Due to our struggle, DoT given the letter of comfort and Presidential sanction for Bank Loan for OPEX in record time.

Efforts are started for the loans. But getting Bank loan is also not so easy. Due to the huge NPA in Telecom Sector and the closure of so many operators, Banks are very reluctant to give loans. Bank loans are not the solution for the crisis, it will give only temporary relief. We have to increase the business and revenue that only will save us. Our efforts and outputs should be double in this regard. We should be dutiful in increasing our revenue of our company at this hour of crisis. Please strive to encourage our family and friends to use BSNL services only.

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