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26.06.2020

 

4G launching getting delayed: We gathered from many sources that Govt is not in favour of allowing Chinese vendors participating in the new 4G Tender or in the upgradation of existing BTSs (Nokia & ZTE) to 4G. So far nothing has been communicated officially to BSNL. Different Govt agencies having varying views on the subject. Lot of vendors are putting their weight behind the Govt at higher level to cancel the tender and go for indigenous equipments. But who is manufacturing indigenous equipments with indigenous Technology, no Govt Department is able to spell out. The opinion of DoT, Niti Ayog, Commerce Ministry and PMO varies on this. Nokia, Ericsson etc manufacturing their equipments in India but Technology is foreign. Niti Ayog is for indigenous Technology and indigenous equipments. But Technical experts differ on it on the plea that indigenous 4G Technology is not available. Whether equipments can be divided into Core, Radio etc and indigenous Technology can be limited to Core equipments, that also examining. There is a strong thinking in Govt Circles to financially support BSNL if the rates are high. But who will compensate the losses for the abnormal delay, no answer. Whether the newly formed Technical Committee formed after intervention at higher level may give an answer to this? We have to wait for few weeks. The Committee consists of Member(Technology)/Chairman, DG(Telecom)/DoT, Director/IIT Madras, Director/IIT Kanpur, Representative from NSCS, DIR(CM)/BSNL, DIR(Technical)/MTNL and DDG(PM)/DoT. It is asked to submit the report in 2 weeks time. 

26.06.2020

 

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 25.06.2020:

GSs of SNEA & AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGS/AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and held discussions on the following issues:

1) 4G launching: CMD informed that discussions are going on at various level, in Empowered Technical Group, DoT, Niti Ayog, PMO etc., Govt formed a Committee to consider the changes required in the BSNL tender as well as upgradation proposal. According to CMD, 4G launching getting delayed irrespective of the fact that management is putting its best efforts.

2) Conduction of 2nd Membership Verification during i) Covid 19 Pandemic situation and ii) Land line/Cable/OFC faults are getting accumulated and services getting deteriorated:

We shared our concern on conducting the MV in August, 2020 as many places are declared as containment zones and hot spots. Employees are not able to attend the office. Employees are running from pillar to post for maintenance of service and rectification of faults during the monsoon and pandemic period. Landline faults, BB faults and OFC faults are increasing day by day, beyond control. Operation and maintenance works seriously affected. This timing is selected by the Management to restrict the movement of the Office bearers to different Circles for campaigning, we pointed out.

CMD informed that notification was overdue. Notification issued and work started in this regard. However if situation needed, decision can be reviewed.

3) Ex-Gratia payment to VRS optees: CMD informed that, may be due to the financial crisis and 15% Ceiling Limit of first quarter ending 30.6.2020, Govt allotted 3600 Cr for BSNL and MTNL together instead of BSNL balance requirement  of Rs.9300 Cr.CMD further mentioned that out 3600 Cr, BSNL portion 3000 Cr only. By this payment, the total Ex-Gratia payment will reach about 51% of the total amount due.

4) Ex-Gratia payment to employees facing Court cases (Civil/Personal): We made our strong protest against the DoT order withholding the payments simply based on Court cases. This order can be misused by anyone. Simply filing an FIR just before the retirement can spoil the retirement benefits and entire life. CMD also agreed to our concern and agreed to take up with DoT.

5) Implementation of merger of Project and Maintenance Regions: We expressed our concern over the delay in implementation of the order. We brought to the notice of CMD that Man power, Stores and Vehicles are not properly utilized. We are getting complaints from the Executives posted in the Maintenance regions frequently about their hardships. 

26.06.2020

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

 

Conduction of 2nd Membership Verification for Recognition of Majority Representative Executives Association among the BSNL Executives -- our concern

GS letter to CMD

24.06.2020

 

Unification of all the Associations

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA jointly writes to the GSs of AIGETOA/AITEEA/ AIBSNLOA/BEA/ BSNLOA/TOA/ BESA/BBOA/ ABLE/BASE(I) regarding the need for Unification of all the Associations to have a single Executive Association like other CPSUs. Multiple Associations gives opportunity to the Management to divide the Executives. Ultimately, all the Executives will be benefited by this.

As major Associations, SNEA and AIBSNLEA felt it is our responsibility to take the initiative.

24.06.2020

 

Window for change of membership opened from 16.06.2020 to 15.07.2020:

It is a mini Membership Verification:

Lot of mal-propaganda and misleading messages are going on in the social media just to confuse the Executives especially the young comrades.

SNEA never believes in dividing the Executives as DR or Promotee or LICE or LDCE or Absorbee or BSNL direct recruit. SNEA is proud to represent all the Executives, Seniors as well as Juniors, Absorbee & BSNL direct recruits, DoT & BSNL rect, SCF & LDCE, DR & LICE.

SNEA believes in UNITY OF EXECUTIVES, NOT DIVISION.

SNEA is proud to represent Executives from all the streams, Telecom/Finance/Civil/Electrical/Arch/TF/PA/PS/OL/CSS and treat them at par.

All Circle/SSA/Branch Office bearers, activists and members are to interact with each and every Executive immediately, explaining the achievement / breakthrough / progress/ status of the issues taken up by SNEA as listed below:

1. Protected BSNL from the threat of closure. Protected the job of thousands and thousands of employees. We succeeded in it by the approval of the Revival plan by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.19 with a) 4G spectrum and 18% GST free of cost, b) No financial implication for BSNL on VRS, c) Land monetization for loan repayment and development, d) Rs 8,500 Crore bond for Restructuring of loan and e) Before BSNL & MTNL merger, contentious issues will be addressed giving opportunity to settle E2 and E3 pay scales.

2. Tower Subsidiary formation: SNEA was in the forefront of all agitations against Tower Subsidiary formation. Organizationally and legally fighting against it.

3. Restructuring, review of sanctioned posts based on Assets: Given continuous feed back to the management when Restructuring started in 2014. Got non-post based promotion policy approved by Board in order to ensure that restructuring and resultant post reduction does not affect the promotion. Opposing deduction in posts and demanding Review of Post sanction, based on assets.

4. Pension Contribution: Pursuing with DoT, DoPT and Dept of Expenditure for pension contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scales.

5. Project Vasundhara: BSNL initiated Project Vasundhara for revaluation of the Land assets. Revaluation done for 12,000 plots. The book value was only Rs 907.98 Cr and after revaluation, the value became 75,925.37 Crores.

6. FTTH policy: FTTH through Franchise model become very successful in BSNL. SNEA gave lot of inputs from time to time to the management. Triple Play services launched with the initiative of our activists.

7. Outsourcing of CFA and OFC work: Provided continuous feedback received from the Circles on Outsourcing of CFA and OFC work to the management. The shortcoming in the tender pointed out.

8. NGN tender, MPLS expansion, Phase VII add on and Phase VIII.4 GSM tender.

9. BSNL recommended standard pay scales of E2, E3 etc in 2016. After the MV, we could focus on E2 and E3 alone by modifying the proposal limited to E2 and E3 in the initial stage.  Lowering of pay scales to E1 and E2 and demotion of the cadres stopped. Financial crisis is the main obstacle. We are putting all the efforts for approval of E2 and E3 pay scales before BSNL and MTNL merger.

10. During this period, 14,082 Executives got promotion, filling all the vacancies in all cadres. Approval of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy on 28.05.18 made it possible. But SDE(T) promotion could not take place for all vacancies due to the court cases at Chennai and Ernakulam. 5237 JTOs promoted as SDE in 2018.

11. Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion Policy approved by Board. It will ensure Promotion after every 5 years, upto AGM Grade, irrespective of vacancy. Implementation from 01.07.2018 will ensure parity and smooth career progression for youngsters. Delay in promotions will be compensated by i) date of effect from 01.07.2018 and ii) relaxation in qualifying service for further promotion to AGM Grade.

12. Superannuation Fund created in BSNL, may be the only loss making PSU. Pension for the absorbed employees given a strong ground for us to demand social security for the remaining employees. After becoming Recognised Assn, we could achieve another hike @2% of the emoluments w.e.f. 01.04.2017 and the orders are issued on 08.01.2018. CMD offered another hike by March, 2019 but it did not materialise due to financial crunch. Post VRS, we are pursuing for further enhancement based on the reduced wage bill and improving financial position.

13. BSNL Board recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment for the Executives. BSNL is the only loss making PSU, recommended Pay Revision seeking relaxation on affordability clause. We could convince the BSNL Board which include 4 external experts and 2 DoT members.

14. EPF full Pension: EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500 was a milestone for the BSNL employees and the biggest achievement of SNEA in 2005. Earlier BSNL was making the contribution limited to 12% of Rs 6500 only. Through NCOA, SNEA and its members becoming direct party in the Hon Supreme Court in the pending SLPs on EPF full Pension case.

15. Group Term Insurance (GTI) for the BSNL Executives from March, 2019 with a premium of Rs 9440/- for coverage of Rs 50 lakhs for all Executives up to 50 Years. A major relief for the young comrades.

16. Pay loss for post 2007 rects: Management is not agreeing to our demand. We initiated legal action on this demand. We demanded continuing with the pre-revised scale of Rs 9850/ till the issue resolved.

17. E1+5 increment ensured for all the post 2007 rect JTO/JAOs: It is approved by DoT. Implementation of E1+5 increment for post 2008 rects pending as it is linked with E1 and E2 scale notification.

18. Facilitated Rect of thousands of JTO/JAOs in Dept/DR quota by clearing various hurdles. JTO LICE made almost current.

19. Maximum Rule 8 cases settled during this period by utilising LICE and GATE JTOs as substitues. Got relaxation in qualifying service for LICE JTO/JAO in Rule 8 Transfers (4 years relaxation for tenure Circles and 3 years for non-tenure Circles).

20. External MT stopped. Examination for internal MT conducted for the career progression of young Executives who can become GM /CGM/ Board Director etc in future.

21. Giving relief to thousands of Executives Officiated earlier, orders issued on 28.02.2017 protecting the officiating pay. Thousands of Executives were facing one or two increments reduction in their pay and recovery of lakhs of rupees.

22. Protection of Additional increment on functional promotion: We got favourable judgment against the DoT order rescinding the additional increment on functional promotion as per EPP.

23. Amendments in SDE RR notified on 08.05.2018, effectively from 28.08.2015. Rota and Quota rule restored in SDE seniority from 28.08.2015, which was lost due to Hon. Supreme Court Order for those passed the LDCE under 1996 and 2002 SDE RRs.

24. FR22(1)(a)(i) fixation for Officiating JTOs giving big relief.

25. E1A and E2A pay scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS from 01.10.2000: We could convince the management and proposal got approved by the MC of the Board. However DoT objecting it in the Board. Matter is pending with Board.

26. Addressing Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed LDCE 2007.

27. e-APAAR got it introduced in BSNL on 03.02.2017 in ERP module for the year 2016-17 for streamlining DPC related work. e-DPC also introduced, successfully done for DGM(T) promotion.

23.06.2020

 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD regarding timely payment of Salary to BSNL employees.

Employees are feeling frustrated as they are finding it hard to run their families in these pandemic times. Treat salary as the topmost priority and timely payment of salary will go a long way in boosting the sagging morale of the employees in these tragic times. Employees deserve all round of appreciation as they are giving their best to maintain the services round the clock in spite of delay in salary.

GS letter to CMD

23.06.2020

 

EPF Full Pension Case filed by NCOA/NCR at Hon SC:

Due to Covid 19 pandemic situation, Hon Supreme Court was hearing only petitions of urgent matter. Now situation is improving and we are going to join the case filed by NCOA/NCR in the Hon Supreme Court and become direct applicants. The case was filed by NCOA and NCR in the SC and SNEA is funding to NCOA for the case.

Additional personal details of the individuals becoming applicants in the case such as a) Fathers name, b) Date of birth, c) Designation with place of posting and d) employer name (BSNL) are required.

It is requested to collect the details from all the individuals interested to become party in the petition at Supreme Court and resubmit the consolidated list by 30.06.2020.

For avoiding hardship to the individuals, General Secretary will be signing the affidavit on behalf of all the applicants, certifying that all the names included in the list are members of the Association.

20.06.2020

 

Dear SSA Secretaries:

It is observed that when members are shifting from SSA/Circle on transfer, their Assn membership and subscription details are not getting transferred to the new units in the system.

The particulars of the members undergone transfer during last 3 years may be verified with the records and if the deduction is not happening, new form may be collected and submitted by 15.07.2020.

18.06.2020

 

My Dear BSNL Executives,

For the last three and half years, you had given us an opportunity to serve you as the Recognised Association. Last two years was the most challenging period for the Association and BSNL in its history. After becoming the Recognised Association, SNEA could settle certain issues and made headway in some other issues. This all happened when company was under severe threat, we are all struggling for salary payments and BSNL was under the threat of closure.

SNEA could work as pillar stone for the joint functioning of Executive and Non Executive Unions and bringing all stake holders under a single umbrella though some group tried their level best to propagate sectarian interest. We feel proud such divisive forces could not succeed in their game plan and the Executives/employees has rejected such divisive forces. This was the period, SNEA has to face attack from the management in the form of criminal case and disciplinary proceeding for having conducted Trade union activities for genuine HR issues like E2/E3 pay scales, CPSU Hierarchy and joining hands with Non Executive Unions demanding Pay revision,  Financial supports from Government, Allocation of 4G spectrum etc.

While thanking all of you for reposing faith on SNEA, some important issues which SNEA could settle or made headway during last three and half years with your active support are given below:

1. Protected BSNL from the threat of closure and the job of thousands and thousands of employees of which about 46,000 are Executives. BSNL was struggling for its survival.

Vested interests tried their level best to weaken BSNL which lead to its disintegration and closure. Govt also closed its eyes and waiting for the natural death.

SNEA was in the forefront of all the struggles and mobilizing public opinion and very good media coverage in favour of BSNL. We could get also in this regard.

Finally we succeeded by the approval of the Revival plan by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. The Revival plan had the real capacity to facilitate BSNL revival as it includes 4G spectrum allotment, financial assistance in the form of permission for land monetization and Rs 8,500 Cr bond.

This is a great achievement of all BSNL employees and those believe PSUs are necessary for protection of common man interest.  The decision of the Government for the revival of this loss making PSU is more significant in the overall political/economical environment in the country wherein even profit making PSUs, Banks, Airports, Coal Sector, Oil Sector, Ports, Insurance Sector and even Defence factories are being disinvested. We could make the Government recognise BSNL as a strategic PSU.

BSNL REVIVAL PLAN:

a) 4G spectrum free of cost. Spectrum cost and 18% GST are paid by Govt.

b) No financial implication for BSNL on VRS. Entire Ex-Gratia payment borne by the Govt. Earlier it was proposed to issue bonds for the VRS package which has to be later paid by BSNL

c) Land monetization for loan repayment and development.

d) Rs 8,500 Crore bond for Restructuring of loan.

But we find that still vested interest are trying its level best to stop 4G launching and making road block in getting bank loan. We have to keep our vigil till the company is actually revived.

e) Before BSNL & MTNL merger, contentious issues will be addressed. This gives an opportunity to settle E2 and E3 pay scales replacing E1A and E2A before merger.

2. For finding an everlasting solution to the core issue of Promotions, we meticulously worked out a Non-post based Time Bound functional Promotion Policy Or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy which will ensure Time Bound Functional Promotion after every 5 years, upto AGM Grade. It will be implemented from 01.07.2018, ensuring smooth career progression for youngsters with parity.

3. During this period, 14,082 Executives got promotion. 5237 JTO(T)s only could promote in 2018. After 2011, SDE promotion could not take place for full vacancies due to the court cases in CAT Chennai, CAT Ernakulam & High Court of Kerala.

4. Standard Pay scale of E2 and E3: DoT on facing the contempt petition, abruptly issued Presidential order on 28.03.2017, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with lower pay scales of E1 and E2. The strong opposition from the Recognised Association SNEA on lowering of pay scales and demotion of the cadres stopped BSNL from notifying the E1 and E2 pay scales. We forced BSNL to take up with DoT again for the approval of BSNL proposed of E2 and E3 scales. The proposal for merger of BSNL and MTNL as part of Revival Plan given a strong ground for us to settle E2 and E3 scales before merger. With this we could bring this vital issue back to rail.

5. BSNL may be the only loss making PSU where Superannuation Fund is created. After becoming Recognised Assn, we could achieve a hike @2% of the emoluments w.e.f. 01.04.2017 and the orders are issued on 08.01.2018. CMD offered another hike by March, 2019 but it did not materialise so far. Post VRS, we are pursuing for further enhancement for which we are continuing our efforts pointing out the reduced wage bill due to VRS and improving financial position.

6. BSNL Board recommended 3rd PRC with 15% fitment for the Executives. BSNL is the only loss making PSU, recommended Pay Revision seeking relaxation on affordability clause.

7. Group Term Insurance (GTI) for the BSNL Executives is a major breakthrough especially for the young comrades. It was a commitment given by SNEA and we could get it operational by March, 2019 with a premium of Rs 9440/ for a coverage of  Rs 50 lakhs  for all Executives  up to 50 Years.

8. On pay loss for post 2007 rects: Management is not agreeing to our demand. So we initiated legal action on this demand. We demand continuing with the pre-revised scale of Rs 9850/ till the issue resolved.

9. Giving relief to thousands of Executives Officiated earlier, orders issued on 28.08.2017 protecting the officiating pay. Thousands of Executives were facing one or two increments reduction in their pay and recovery of lakhs of rupees.

10. EPF full Pension: EPF contribution without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500 was a milestone for the BSNL employees and the biggest achievement of SNEA in 2005. Earlier BSNL was making the contribution limited to 12% of Rs 6500 only. Through NCOA, SNEA and its members becoming direct party in the Hon Supreme Court in the pending SLPs on EPF full Pension issue.

11. Protection of Additional increment on functional promotion: We got favourable judgment against the DoT order rescinding the additional increment on functional promotion as per EPP.

12. Facilitating Rect to JTO/JAO cadres in Dept/DR quota by clearing the hurdles.

13. Amendments in SDE RR notified on 08.05.2018, effectively from 28.08.2015. Rota and Quota rule restored in SDE seniority from 28.08.2015, which was lost due to Hon. Supreme Court Order for those passed LDCE under 1996 and 2002 SDE RR.

14. FR22(1)(a)(i) fixation for Officiating JTOs.

15. External MT stopped. Examination for internal MT conducted.

16. E1A and E2A pay scales for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS from 01.10.2000. We could convince the management and proposal got it cleared by the MC of the Board. However Dot objected it in the Board and directed BSNL to withdraw the proposal from Board agenda. Matter is pending now.

17. Relaxation in qualifying service for LICE JTO/JAO in Rule 8 Transfers.

18. Addressing Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs passed the LDCE 2007.

Comrades, the divided mandate in the 2016 membership verification had adverse impact on the resolution of some vital issues as we witnessed last three and half years. We would have more successful if all the Executives and Executives Associations joined hands and single Association concept brought in BSNL. We will continue our sincere efforts in this regard. Small small differences coming on the way of settlement of issues and management very cleverly utilising such opportunity by promoting small groups.

The issues under pipeline/ pursuation require the support of all the Executives. Management will use each and every divisive force against the overall interest of Executives, we have to be careful. While placing our sincere efforts for the resolution of issues, we take the responsibility also for the issues which we could not settle so far. We are looking forward for more Unity among the Executives for the welfare of the Executives and for more focus on the Revival of BSNL.

17.06.2020

2nd Membership Verification Notified:

 

Membership Verification will be through secret ballot.

Last date for submission of application   : 03.07.2020

Date of Membership Verification :18.08.2020 (Tuesday)

Date of polling                    : 18.08.2020 (Tuesday)

Notice for Membership Verification.

Facilities during conduction of MV.

Instructions to CGMs.

Preparation of Electoral Rolls reg.

17.06.2020

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

 

Review of structure/size of the bodies of Associations at different levels: Association strongly object/protest against the intention of the management to interfere with the functioning of Associations.

 

The structure of the Association depends upon the structure of the company, not on the number of Executives. BSNL is having a three tier Structure, Corporate Office, Circle and SSA/District. Naturally same structure has to be followed by the Association.

GS letter to CMD  

16.06.2020

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

 

Approval of standard Pay Scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f. 01.01.2007 as per 2nd PRC recommendations, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A in view of:

i)   Merger of BSNL and MTNL as per Revival Plan and BSNL & MTNL Pay Scales are to be made equal before merger with revised pay scales of E2 and E3.

ii)  After VRS, the establishment cost has come down drastically.

In the case of BSNL, DoT taken a hasty decision, in order to avoid a contempt of court against Secretary, DoT regarding no-approval of the standard pay scales. DoT approved lower pay scales of E1 and E2 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A without consulting even BSNL.

By this order, the pay of an Executive recruited after 01.01.2007 has come down by atleast Rs 10,000 per month. In the basic pay itself, there is a reduction of Rs 4300.

Pre-revised scale

Revised scale proposed by BSNL on 06.06.2016

Revised scale approved by DoT on 28.03.2017

Difference in Basic pay itself

E1A

9850-250-14600

E2

20600-46500

E1

16400-40500

Rs 4200

E2A

11875-300-17275

E3

24900-50500

E2

20600-46500

Rs 4300

Pay scale of an employee cannot be downgraded except by way of inflicting punishment on him. The effect of Presidential order dated 28.03.2017 is such that the pay scale of employees has been downgraded from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 without any fault of them.

Merger can take place only after BSNL and MTNL pay scales are made equal. For that purpose, BSNL pay scales of E1A and E2A are to be revised to E2 and E3.

The annual financial implication on implementation of the E2 and E3 pay scales is worked out as just Rs 46 Crores.

GS letter to CMD

14.06.2020

 

It is time to change the mindset.

Do not divide the Executives and weaken the Unity.

Instead of multiplying problems, try to resolve the issues. Join hands with us in getting CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implemented.

No more negative politics, the Executives cannot afford it.

Few questions to the misguided activists and the leaders of AIGETOA who spreads hatred messages and makes all mal-propaganda through social media and websites only to oppose SNEA?

1. Why are you opposing CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and demanding DPC against available vacancies???

Are you not aware of the fact that with the available vacancies, all JTOs or SDE/AOs cannot be promoted to next higher Grade? Is it not to deny promotion to the LICE JTOs?? Are you not aware of the fact that vacancies are getting reduced and promotion will be a nightmare unless Time Bound Functional Promotion without linking to post is accepted like other PSUs, i.e. CPSU Cadre Hierarchy is the only viable option left, which can ensure promotion to all the eligible Executives?? Are you not a party to Khan Committee recommendations and part of all negotiations with the management till its approval???

CPSU Cadre Hierarchy can guarantee immediate promotion for all DR recruited JTOs, it can guarantee promotion of LICE JTOs completed 5 years of service. Even GATE JTOs can be assured that they will be promoted as soon as they complete 5 years of service.

But you are still against CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, supporting management and propagating rumours that SNEA is doing nothing for BSNL Recruits and is against their promotion. Please retrospect who is actually against the promotion of BRs?

2. When BSNL Proposed promotion to all Executives with 5 years of  service in 2017 under CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, why you have gone to court and obtained stay on it by which all have lost 3 years service already???

3. Why you are demanding promotion from a prospective date and not from 01.07.2018? Is it not to stop promotion for the remaining BRs atleast from 01.07.2018 and again making 2 years service loss for their future promotions???

4. How many times you announced the date for JTO to SDE promotion to cheat the JTOs whenever membership change window was open, knowing very well that because of your stand in CAT/EKM, DPC could not be held?

5. Is it not your immaturity and short-sightedness in not accepting the BSNL commitment in Hon CAT/EKM to conduct DPC against all SDE Vacancies instead of demanding Contempt against CMD/BSNL and his personal appearance for prosecution???

6. Can you tell us why the lead applicant in Ernkulam CAT, who is still a JTO, has decided not to join with you to continue with the case at EKM??

7. When Date Of Joining was pronounced as criteria for SDE seniority of list 6 & 7 by Hon Supreme Court, you supported it and demanded the same criteria for JTO Gradation list. Then how can you now demand for preparation of list 9 as per vacancy year instead of Date Of Joining?

8. SNEA have members and leaders from DOT & BSNL recruits, Absorbees & BSNL Direct recruits, Direct recruits & Promotees, Direct recruits & LICE, SCF & LDCE from all stream and wings including Seniors & Juniors. If you are against DOT recruits and those who are having pension, why you have changed your constitution to give membership to all BSNL Executives?? If you are against promotees, why you have changed your constitution to give membership to LICE and Promotee Executives???

9. Are you aware of the fact that thousands of DoT recruits taken absorption are Graduates, Engineering Graduates and Post Graduates and toppers from reputed institutions?

10. You were always against non Engineering Graduates, then why have you allowed Account Personal to become your members:

AND

Why are you approaching non Engg Graduate, Diploma LICE JTO/JAOs for membership???

11. Have you not opposed the reduction of qualifying service for TTA (now JE) to JTO promotion from 10 years to 7 years and then to 5 years and tried to stop their promotion as JTO/JAO???

12. Have you not gone to Court for staying LDCE 2007 from JTO to SDE? Is it not a fact that your leaders written and passed the LDCE 2007 where as ordinary members boycotted it???

13. In 2007 you gone to court to stop the LDCE for DoT Rects but in turn tried to stop the LDCE for 2001 rects BRs also?

14. Have you not gone to CAT Chennai and EKM for staying DPC from JTO to SDE since 2009???

15. Is it your case at Ernakulam stopping the JTO to SDE promotion for the BRs also today???

16. Have you not gone to Chennai and EKM CAT in June, 2018 for staying AGM/DE DPC???

17. Is it not your agenda to stop the young Executives becoming MTs through Internal MT and reaching higher positions? Is it not your understanding with the ITS in the recent closed door meeting to tactfully help them to continue ITS deputation in BSNL beyond 2022?? Why your leaders written the Intl MT exam when members are asked to oppose it? Can the leaders publicly declare that they will not accept MT post evenif they pass the MT exam???

18. Have you ever approached the court for conducting DPC rather than stopping it???

There are many more questions, which establish that the attitude of AIGETOA have destroyed the career progression of others also because of their short-sightedness, immaturity, in-experience and negative mindset.

13.06.2020

Window for change of membership opening from 16.06.2020 to 15.07.2020.

 

Dear Circle, SSA and Branch Office bearers: Window for change of membership opening from 16.06.2020 to 15.07.2020.

Lot of mal-propaganda and hatred messages, dividing the Executives into different compartments is going on in the social media, may be just to get the subscription deduction. SNEA never believed in dividing the Executives as DR or BR or Absorbee or Promotee or LICE etc.

SNEA is proud to say that we are representing all Executives, DoT rects & BSNL rects, Absorbees & BSNL Direct Rects, Direct Rects & promotes, Direct Rects & LICE, SCF & LDCE, Seniors & Juniors. SNEA represents Executives from Telecom/ Finance/ Civil/ Electrical/ TF/Arch/ PA&PS/OL/ CSS etc and treats everyone at equal footing.

SNEA is working for the Unity among the Executives and Unity only can resolve the cadre issues and save the company. Multiple Associations in BSNL spoiled the Executive cadre.

All Circle, SSA and Branch Office bearers are to interact with each and every Executive (member or non member) and explain the status of various issues and the contribution/efforts of the Association, SNEA in various issues. 

In all common HR issues, we are trying our level best to unite all the Associations in the struggle against the management. We sincerely hope that remaining Associations also will understand the need for UNITY among the Executives and work in that direction.

13.06.2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on 10.06.2020

 

In continuation of the Agenda meeting with Director(HR) on 09.06.2020, General Secretaries of SNEA & AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGSs of SNEA & AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and had detailed discussions on promotion to different Grades through CPSU Hierarchy and other important issues.

1. Regular Promotion to different Grades: After his take over, first time CMD has given time for a detailed discussions on the Promotion Policy and its implementation.

We explained to CMD that the new Promotion Policy of Non post based Time Bound functional promotion, approved by the Board is part of the Terms and condition for absorption in BSNL. All other CPSUs are following Time Bound functional promotions, very smoothly. When EPP 2007 implemented, BSNL diluted it and allowed only Pay Scale up gradation and continued with Post based promotions followed in Govt Depts. This resulted in Seniority and Reservation cases. BSNLMS RR has been notified in 2009 only, making another 10 years loss for BSNL Executives.

As per the new Promotion Policy approved by the BSNL Board, Promotions are due from 01.07.2018, but the implementation is unduly delayed. For its smooth implementation from 01.07.2018, all the vacancies have been filled up in June, 2018. To overcome the court cases, upgradtion of posts done for AO and AGM promotions. Unfortunately, the court cases on reservation related issues landed AO and AGM promotions in trouble and Hon Chandigarh CAT declared AO and AGM promotions issued during June 2018 as provisional putting a big question mark on the above said Promotions orders issued in June 2018 and future promotions. Any Post based promotion will end up in such litigations, we are afraid. 

On the query from CMD on the reference to DoT, we explained that it has been sent to DoT for guidance, not for approval. As per DoT instructions, issues having financial implications only to be referred to DoT for concurrence/approval. If at all any guidance is received on the reservation matter, it will be applicable from the date of effect and as such there is no need for delaying the promotion, we told. Govt guidelines from time to time will be applicable on BSNL.

After VRS, more changes are to be made, especially for promotion to AGM/CAO Grade by reducing the residency period from 12 to 8 years for the existing SDE/AOs etc in higher scales. Since thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion, we requested to implement the promotions at the earliest. JTOs in all Streams are worst affected, 1999 rect to 2014 rect JTOs are waiting for promotion. We informed the details of meeting with DIR(HR) and the proposed presentation to the Board members.

CMD assured that promotion to different Grades will be taken up on priority and will hold further discussion on the matter with the concerned officers.

We requested for DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion and relaxing the qualifying service for DGM (Telecom/Fin) as a onetime measure.

2. 4G Tender and BTS upgraadtion: CMD seems to be very upset over the developments. CMD informed that whatever possible from his side is doing to get the clearance from the Govt. Since it is linked with Govt policy, decision is to be taken at higher political level.

3. Various pending payments and payment of Superannuation Fund contribution: CMD informed that about 550 Cr due towards Society payments cleared in this month. As usual Priority is given for maintenance and release of funds for various heads, electricity, rent, labour etc. For Superannuation Fund, 67 Cr is required and Management is trying to arrange the same. According to fund availability, May 2020 Salary disbursement is possible after one week. On medical bills, CMD informed that some payment will be made in June salary.

10.06.2020

Agenda meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) and HR team on 09.06.2020

 

PGM(Pers), Sr GM(Estt), GM(SR) and GM(Restg) also present in the meeting. Com Sebastin K, GS/SNEA, Com S Sivakumar, GS/AIBSNLEA, Com A A Khan, President/SNEA and Com Rajpal, AGS/AIBSNLEA participated in the meeting. The meeting went on for more than three and half hours.

Brief of meeting:

a) Regular promotions to all Grades for all the eligible Executives instead of LA arrangement. There is no financial implications for promotions:

In the last meeting held on 05.05.2020, it was concluded that due to court cases and reservation related issues, implementation of Non-post based Time Bound promotion policy OR CPSU Hierarchy approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 will be expedited and Pers section will work out on that. We explained that due to various court cases, promotions are held up for years together and to overcome that, CPSU Hierarchy is approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018. It is as per the terms and conditions mentioned in the Presidential orders issued to the Executives at the time of absorption in BSNL. The promotion orders issued in June, 2018 also under litigations and Hon CAT/Chandigarh declared the AO and DE promotions PROVISIONAL and directed BSNL to review the promotions. JTO to SDE promotion also under litigation at CAT/Ernakulam. Hence no other option left for BSNL to give promotions.

We were very firm on our demand for promotion w.e.f. 01.07.2018 itself as it will ensure parity in promotions and protect the seniority with those promoted in June 2018 and counting of 2 years service for the future promotions. Due to litigations, JTO to SDE promotion is pending since 2011 except some promotion in 2018. Almost all the promotions held up between 2015 to 2018 due to reservation issue. To compensate those damages, management itself proposed CPSU Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.01.2017 itself but Board approved it w.e.f 28.05.2018. We explained that earlier also, EPP and SDE RR amendment etc implemented retrospectively. i) EPP approved and notified on 18.01.2007 but implemented from 01.10.2000 onwards with all consequential benefits from 01.10.2004. ii) SDE RR amendment notified on 08.05.2018, effectively from 28.08.2015, the Board approval date.

BSNLMS RR notified in 2009 and promotion to AGM/CAO/EE grade given after 10 years of BSNL formation.

Under the same Administrative Ministry (DoT), TCIL and BBNL is giving promotions through Non-post based Time Bound promotion OR CPSU Hierarchy.

On the reference to DoT, DIR(HR) got it clarified from the letter sent by BSNL to DoT that BSNL is seeking only guidance from DoT, not approval OR concurrence.

We categorically told the management that Look After arrangement cannot be continued like this and the Executives are to be given Regular promotion. Otherwise, in the near future, we will be forced to make appeal to our members not to accept LA promotion which will create operational issues in the field.

Finally after detailed discussion, it is decided that Director(HR) will brief the CMD and other Board members about the policy approved by the Board and the need for its implementation as no other option left for BSNL to give promotions. A presentation will be given to the Management Committee of the Board on the policy in 2 weeks time as all Board members are new.

b) DGM(T/F) Adhoc to DGM(T/F) Regular promotion. Relaxation in qualifying service for DGM(T) and DGM(F) promotion as the Executives are already working as DGM on LA basis:

On DGM(T/F) Adhoc to Regular promotion, we demanded their regular promotion. Now the number of vacancies are much much higher than the eligible AGM/CAOs. On DGM(T) Adhoc to Regular promotion, management informed about the seniority revision and legal aspects will be examined for giving regular promotion. Since there is no seniority issue, DGM(F) Adhoc to Regular promotion may be processed.

Due to abnormal delay in promotions to AGM and CAO Grades, sufficient AGM and CAOs are not available for promotion to DGM Grade. More than 90% of the posts are lying vacant. At the same time management utilising their service as DGM by LA arrangement. We demanded their regular promotion as DGM by relaxing the qualifying service. Al of them got sufficient experience as AGM/CAO by LA/Officiating/regular service. Management accepted that there is operational requirement and in principal agreed our demand. Finalization of number of DGM posts through Restg will be finalized by this month end. Thereafter proposal will be moved.

c) Agenda meeting for Non Recognized Associations:

We strongly objected the management action and told DIR(HR) that there is no need for Membership Verification at all as there is no distinction between Recognized/ applicant /non-applicant Assns. All are given meetings even on policy matters and management is using them against the Recognized Associations making Membership Verification and Recognition Rules irrelevant. The very purpose of Membership Verification was to end multiplicity of Associations but it is defeated by the management. Due to the Divide and Rule policy of the management, resolution of the HR issues are getting delayed and the Executives are suffering.

Management explained that no agenda meeting is given to any other Association other than Recognised Association. All the meetings given to other Associations are only informal. It will be taken only as a feedback to the Management. On important matters and policy matters, Management will consider the opinion of the recognised Association only, as per the Recognition Rules.

d) Hike in SAB contribution and payment of SAB contribution:

We demanded hike in Superannuation Benefits (SAB) contribution as assured by the management earlier and payment of SAB contribution to LIC from August, 2019 onwards. SAB is the social security for the BSNL directly recruited employees and it has to be given top most importance after salary, we demanded. Since the SAB contribution payment to LIC is pending, the VRS optees retirement claim from Superannuation Fund also not settled so far.

On pending payment of SAB contribution, Management agreed to take up with the concerned. Hike in SAB contribution will be examined by the Management, it is assured.

e) Pending Modification in DGM(T) promotions – majority of them worked outside the Circle and come back 3 year back:

We explained that as AGMs they were worked outside the Home Circle and came back to their Home Circle after 3 years. Again on DGM promotion, they have been transferred out from their Home Circle. As all are worked outside, they may be posted in the same Circle itself. Management informed that the cases will be considered. 

f) Reversion of 2001 Rect JTOs promoted as SDEs in LDCE 2007: 

We requested to complete the process in a combined manner and a meeting with the Committee at the earliest. After discussions, it is decided to have the Committee meeting this week itself.

10.06.2020

 

Superannuation Benefits (SAB): Official figure as per RTI reply

EPF: 12%, Gratuity: 4.8%.

PRMB: 3.3% (as per actuarial basis), Pension Fund: 3+2=5%.

Total: 25.1% out of 30%.
SAB contribution as per RTI reply -- official figure

09.06.2020

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

 

Enhancement of contribution towards Superannuation Benefits from 25% to 30% to BSNL directly recruited employees as per 2nd PRC and DPE order dated 26.11.2008. For actual benefits, it is to be implemented effectively from 01.01.2007 itself. Various commitments of management to increase the contribution by March, 2019 not materialised so far. After VRS, establishment cost reduced considerably and cash flow improved now and it is feasible to consider the enhancement.

GS letter to CMD

06.06.2020

List of transfer request registered in request register in circle office

 

On request of our association circle office issued list of transfer request of JTOs registered in request register. The discrepencies/ommissions may be intimated to circle office upto 08.06.2020, if any.

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05.06.2020

Meeting with Shri Arun Kumar, PGM(Pers) on 03.06.2020,04.06.2020 and 05.06.2020 regarding implementation of Non-post based Time Bound Functional Promotion or CPSU Hierarchy.

 

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA, President/SNEA and AGSs of SNEA and AIBSNLEA met PGM(Pers) on 03.06.20, 04.06.20 and 05.06.20 and had series of discussions on promotion to different Grades through implementation of Non post based Time Bound Functional promotion OR CPSU Hierarchy. This will be the only viable option/solution to give promotion due to court cases on reservation and seniority, we stressed.

We explained the importance of date of implementation as 01.07.2018, otherwise all the eligible Executives will miss 2 years of service and it will have serious implications for their future promotions. The Executives in higher scales will be placed in the next higher Grade without fresh DPC as a onetime measure. In Post VRS scenario, more changes are required for promotion to AGM/CAO Grade by reducing the residency period to 8 years for the existing SDE/AOs etc., working in higher scales. Since thousands of Executives are eagerly waiting for promotion, we demanded that the changes are to be made immediately after its implementation from 01.07.2018.

DGM(Adhoc) to DGM(Regular) promotion in Telecom/Finance Stream, relaxation in qualifying service for DGM promotion etc.,  also discussed.

29.05.2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on Promotions

 

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL on Promotions

Today, 28.05.2020 is the second anniversary of the historic BSNL Board decision. Hundreds of BSNL Executives are waiting for their Regular promotion for the last two years, from 01.07.2018 onwards through the amended EPP approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018, exactly two years back, which provides non-post based time bound functional promotions upto AGM Grade in E4 scale as followed in other CPSUs.

95% to 60% positions in important Grades are lying vacant today, seriously affecting the field functioning but no initiative to give promotion. There is a strong feeling among the Executives that BSNL management is deliberately delaying the promotion.

GS letter to CMD

27.05.2020

CS writes letter to CGMT regarding some grievances of executives and to consider own cost transfer in Rajasthan circle.

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan regarding some grievances of executives and to consider own cost transfer in Rajasthan circle.

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25.05.2020

Drastic cut in number of posts on the anvil in the name of Restructuring:

 

It is learned that through Restructuring and Review of assets, management is considering drastic reduction in the combined strength of AGM and DGM equivalent Grades in all the streams (Telecom, Finance, Civil, Electrical, Arch, TF, PPS and CSS) and AGM+DGM number in all the streams combined together will be about 3300 – 3500. The present combined sanctioned strength of AGM+DGM is 8953. In other words, drastic reduction of posts proposed, by about 65%. The final figure will be divided in some ratio between AGM and DGM. If it happens, then it will stop almost all the promotions to AGM and DGM Grade in all streams as we are apprehending.

This is in the name of Restg and M/s Deloittee recommendation. The same Consultant M/s Deloittee, in 2014, recommended an increase in the number of AGM(T) posts from 5303 to 6172 and DGM(T) posts from 1331 to 1607. After 6 years, the same consultant makes recommendation for drastic reduction of posts. This establish that the Consultant is acting on behalf of the Management and what management requires, that report is given by the Consultant, without making any work study.

Similar cut in the number of posts can be anticipated in other Grades also (SDE/AO and JTO/JAO equivalents). The provisional norms issued in December, 2019 by Restg cell indicates that and the Circles can work out the revised sanctioned strength of the Circle based on that provisional norms and find out the revised strength.

We may have to go for strong organizational actions in the near future if management is not coming forward and discussing and settling the matter.

Management is dragging the promotions to complete the Restg process, making assurances one after another. Restrg should not take away the promotional avenues of the Executives working in BSNL. On review of the assets, large number of posts will be surrendered in addition to the posts surrendered due to VRS. Knowing the adverse effect of Restg on post based promotions, we are insisting for Non-post based Time Bound functional promotion in all the streams. 

18.05.2020

Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, DIR(HR) on 18.05.2020:

 

General Secretaries of SNEA  and AIBSNLEA met DIR(HR) and held discussions about the progress in Promotions to various Grades as per the assurances given in the detailed  Agenda meeting with DIR(HR) on 05.05.2020. It was a follow up meeting.

DIR(HR) informed that he directed the PGM(Pers) to work out on the New Promotion Policy as it has come to the conclusion in the last meeting that Post based promotion is not at all feasible atleast for few years due to the Reservation issue. PGM(Pers) could come to office today after long break due to Nationwide Lockdown. We explained that irrespective of category, ST/SC/OC category Executives are waiting for promotion for years together. For example, 2001 recruited JTOs of SC and OC category and 2002 Rect JTOs of ST category are waiting for promotion to SDE Grade even after completion of 18 to 19 years of service. But as per the New policy, all the JTOs completed 5 years of service, irrespective of ST/SC/OC category will get promotion.

We further explained the urgency for issuing promotion as in almost all the cadres, except AO cadre, more than 60% positions are vacant. In many important grades, it is more than 90%. In this situation how BSNL Revival is possible, we asked. Director (HR) reassured early action in this regard.

18.05.2020

GS writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar, CMD/BSNL against undue delay in promotions:

 

BSNL Executives are waiting for their Regular promotion from 01.07.2018 onwards through the amended EPP approved by the BSNL Board on 28.05.2018 which provides non-post based time bound functional promotions upto AGM Grade in E4 scale as followed in other CPSUs. There is No financial implication for BSNL or DoT. After VRS, upto 95% positions in important Grades lying vacant, seriously affecting the field functioning. Executives are getting demoralized day by day and it started affecting the services and the revenue. Look after arrangement should be stopped; instead, Regular promotion is to be provided for the smooth career growth of the Executives as assured by DIR(HR) and his team in the meeting held on 05.05.2020.

In order to overcome the litigations related to Seniority and Reservation which arise out of the Govt. structure followed by BSNL and to change over to the CPSU structure, BSNL management decided to switch over from “Post based promotion followed in Govt. Depts” to Time Bound functional promotion policy namely, “BEPPARR 2017 or CPSU Cadre Hierarchy” as followed in all other CPSUs by amending the existing EPP 2007.

Promotion to all the eligible Executives is due from 01.07.2018 onwards.

BSNL top management and those in the Board level are getting atleast 4 to 5 promotions. Can they simply ignore the fact that JTOs recruited in 2001 year through an All India Competitive examination from among lakhs of applicants are waiting for their first promotion? Thousands of Executives in higher scales are working in the entry level of JTO for 5 to 30 years (joined in 1988) and waiting for their 1st promotion?

When a Group A Officer in BSNL gets time bound promotion along with designation change from E4 to E9 scale with the designations of Asst General Manager à Dy General Manger à Jt GM  à Addl GM in 17 years and then GM to Sr GM also, a JTO(T) joined in 2001 is still continuing as JTO! JTO(Arch) joined in 1988 still continuing as JTO!

The Pers section knowing very well that post based promotions are not possible in the near future due to litigations but not taking any proactive steps to overcome it.

There is no financial implication for BSNL or DoT.

Naturally, everyone expected that the due promotion will be given during the implementation of VRS.

The LA arrangement should be purely temporary one and should not be extended as LA service is not counted as service for future promotions.

[Note: The small window we got for JTO to SDE promotion for about 4500 vacancies shattered by one Association and its activists (most of them are already SDEs through LDCE and not bothered about DPC) by filing contempt petition at Ernakulam CAT and dragging the CMD/BSNL to court. Management was made all preparations to fill up all the SDE vacancies through a single DPC till CAT directed to initiate contempt proceedings against CMD/BSNL on their petition, in the month of January, 2019. All the vacancies in all other cadres filled up on 29.06.2018.]

GS letter to CMD

13.05.2020

CS letter to CGMT regarding medical insurance to executives

 

CS letter to CGMT Regarding to oppose the revised ceiling limit for outdoor medical claim for BSNL employees and to provide health insurance for BSNL employees.

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13.05.2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

 

Further reduction in the ceiling for Outdoor Medical claim for BSNL employees from 23 days to 15 days of Basic+DA – our strong protest against the unilateral and arbitrary decision reg: Such cost cutting measures only will further demoralize the employees and not going to help BSNL Revival, anyway. The Medical bills payment is pending since May, 2019 but no action seen for the payment:

We, strongly protests against the unilateral and arbitrary curtailment of the minimum medical facility available for the employees and demands that it should be restored immediately, instead of inviting protest from the employees.

GS letter to CMD

13.05.2020

Meeting with Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL and Shri S K Gupta, Director (Fin) on 12.05.2020.

 

General Secretaries of SNEA and AIBSNLEA met CMD/BSNL and discussed the following issues: 

A) 4G Tender, upgradation of BTSs etc.: CMD informed that there is no progress in both cases. Due to lock down, vendors are also not coming forward.

B) CMD is non committal on promotions: According to CMD, the restructuring may take another 6 months time. On promotion, CMD is of the opinion that it is delayed due to the Court cases and BSNL cannot be held responsible for that. We refuted the charge and told CMD that Court cases are increasing since Executives are not getting timely promotion and due to various infirmities in the RRs, procedures etc. The promotion Policy followed in BSNL is that of Govt Depts., not that of a CPSU. In other CPSUs, promotions upto certain scale is on time bound basis, when scale is given, it will be treated as functional promotion to that grade and no separate post based promotion is followed. So, Seniority and Reservation related issues are not there in any other CPSU. To overcome this, BSNL already approved amendments to the EPP to give functional promotion to the scale upto AGM/CAO/EE Grade in of E4 scale.

We briefed him about the discussions held with Director (HR) and the HR team few days back and the conclusion that due to the court cases related to Reservation, present form of promotion will not be possible before 2 to 3 years and Management will seriously work out for time bound functional promotion along with scale. Since Executives are already working in the scale, there is no additional financial implications is there for BSNL. We requested to expedite it to give promotion to all the eligible Executives.

However, CMD as usual, did not made any commitment on any type of promotion. It gives an impression that Management is not much serious or worried about regular promotions and they may try to continue with LA arrangement.

C) Payment of Medical bills pending since May, 2019 and going for Medi claim facility: We explained the difficulties faced by the employees for treatment. Since the bills are pending since May, 2019, majority of the good Hospitals are not extending treatment to BSNL employees. Since good hospitals are not in the panel, employees are not getting proper treatment. Management has to expedite the process of working out good Medical Insurance scheme, we demanded. CMD informed that the fund availability is the main problem and if lock down was not there, BSNL planned to clear the medical bills by April. For Medical Insurance also, BSNL require money and the present financial condition is not good and we are not in a position to make advance payment now. CMD mentioned that Salary and Mtce., Expenditure are the first priority and without releasing fund for Mtce., Revenue will not be generated. He further informed that when Salary payment itself is delayed, we cannot take advance payment immediately.

D) Insurance protection in view of the Covid-19: We demanded Special Insurance coverage for the employees as per MHA guidelines as Telecom is an essential service. CMD agreed to write to DoT to give compensation to BSNL employees treating it as an essential service.

E) Payment of salary: CMD informed that the present fund availability is about 200 Cr only and Statutory EPF payment is to be done from that.

Afterwards, we met Shri S K Gupta, Director (Fin) also and held discussions regarding fund availability, discussion with the Assns regarding restructuring and review of Sanctioned posts, Look after arrangements, relieving of Accounts Personnel who have completed Hard Tenure and the clarification sought by CGM/Kerala Circle in the name of restructuring.

01.05.2020

GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD/BSNL

 

Revision of Sanctioned strength of various cadres in BSNL in the aftermath of VRS 2019 Scheme to streamline proper utilization of available working strength --- only the post become vacant through VRS only to be abolished: 


GS letter to CMD

25.04.2020

CS letter to CGMT for cancellation of transfer order

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle for cancellation of transfer in look after arrangement orders in the grade/post of Executive (DGM/TDM) in Telecom Operation stream.

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20.04.2020

CS letter to CGMT on comprehensive work guidelines in view of Covid-19

 

CS writes to CGMT Rajasthan circle for Framing of proper comprehensive work guidelines & optimum utilization of man power in view of Covid-19 reg.

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16.04.2020

Look After arrangement order for DE to DGM

 

We gratitude our sincere thanks to CGMT Raj for issuing order for look after arrangement for DE to DGM as per discussion with him in the meeting on 16.03.2020.

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16.03.2020

CS Meeting CGMT Raj Circle

 

CS Sh Susheel Kumar & Ex-CS Sh S R Sharma met to CGMT Raj circle as introductory meeting.

We have discussed on following issues also:

  1. Own cost request transfers of the executives who have completed three or more years of service.
  2. Change of station of request transfer of Sh. Desh Raj Gujar JTO from JPTD to Bhilwara TD.
  3. Look After arrangement for DGM (T).
  4. Intermittent services of FTTH BB for a long period and annoyance of subs.

On above issues worthy CGMT Raj responded positively and assure to consider own cost request of executives wherever needed/ or need basis.

Upto end of Mar-20, LA arrangement from DE to DGM may be exercised, after reshuffling by BSNL HQ in this regard anticipatory.

FTTH fault is lying with NOC and it is intimated upto HQ level, however we are continuously perusing for its redressal.

CGMT Raj assured to address all the genuine issues well in time and also told for seeking proper cooperation from serving executives for better output in present post VRS scenario.

CGMT Raj also informed that personal claims of serving executives and VRS optees are approved and being paid on regular basis as per attached sheet.

Thus, SNEA & SNPWA Raj extend sincere thanks to CGMT Raj for their kind cooperation and close monitoring for addressing the issues relating to welfare claims.

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12.03.2020

MV and extension of facilities to SNEA

 

Membership Verification and extension of facilities of Recognised association and Support Association.reg 

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10.03.2020

EPF Higher Pension Case – Brief history:

 

In the beginning, BSNL was contributing just 12% of Rs 6500/- (with the ceiling limit) instead of 12% of the actual salary (Basic + IDA) as EPF contribution for BSNL directly recruited employees. If the same contribution was continued by BSNL, the issue of EPF Higher Pension did not arise at all.

SNEA fought against this injustice for almost 3 years since 2002 and finally in 2005, BSNL management agreed to make the contribution as 12% of the actual salary, without the ceiling of 12% of Rs 6500/-. BSNL also paid the entire arrears to the EPFO with penal interest. All the JTO/JAOs recruited directly by BSNL got the benefits of this decision. Similarly the non- Executives, especially the TTAs(JE) also got the full benefit of this. The employees did not get an opportunity to exercise the option for Full Pension at the time of joining. (Those who are exercised the option for higher pension at the time of joining itself are eligible for higher pension and they need not become a party in this case). Subsequent options filed by the employees did not accepted by the EPFO irrespective of repeated persuasions.

The various High Court orders and the Supreme Court orders allowing Higher pension option for the retirees as well as the serving employees opened another opportunity for exercising higher pension options. However EPFO did not entertain it. Against this NCOA and NCR filed a writ petition in the Hon Supreme Court invoking the special powers of the Hon SC. This petition is tagged with the Review Petition (RP) and SLP filed by the EPFO. As stated in the earlier updates, normally the Supreme Court judgments will be applicable for all the members of NCOA and SNEA. However, in the case of R C Gupta case in the Hon Supreme Court, the EPFO implemented the judgment only for the applicants in the petition. So the NCOA/NR advocate advised to become a petitioner directly in the case by paying a nominal amount of Rs 200/- per applicant. Initially about 60,000 applicants from different PSUs located mainly at Bangalore joined the case by contributing Rs 100/- each. Now due to huge expenditure which will occur on account of the appearance of Attorney General (AG) in the case for EPFO, NCOA/NCR decided to collect Rs 100/- from the old applicants and Rs 200/- from the new applicants. EPFO and the Govt is fighting the case tooth and nail by fielding the AG, the highest law officer of the country itself for defending the RP and SLP. In the last hearing, AG informed the Hon SC that the financial liability for EPFO for giving Higher Pension option is about 15 lakhs Crores! By this argument, AG could convince the SC to hear the RP and SLP first, before our petition. NCOA and NCR decided to engage very senior lawyer in the Hon SC to match the stature of AG.

NCOA or SNEA is not collecting thousands of Rupees from each applicant as done by someone else in the Ernakulam case. There also the individuals are approached the Court, not by any Association and benefits will be limited to the 300 plus individuals gone to the court and become applicants. That also depends upon the outcome of the SLP and RP in the Hon SC. It will not be applicable for others who are not party in the case. In our case, individuals and Association are party and petitioner in the Hon SC.

The list submitted by different Circles will be consolidated and submitted to the Advocate by tomorrow so that it can be filed in Hon SC well in time. The case is tentatively listed for 23.03.2020.

04.03.2020

2nd CEC of SNEA Rajasthan

 

2nd CEC of Rajasthan circle was held at Hotel Golden Eagle Ajmer Road Jaipur on 04.03.2020. An open session was also arranged on this occasion. Sh. O P Gupta CGMT Raj Circle, Sh R N Mathur PGMTD Jaipur, Sh Akhlesh Agarwal GM (HR) Circle office Jaipur, Sh R D Meena GM (Fin) Circle office Jaipur, Sh S S Agarwal GM (Admin) PGMTD Jaipur. Sh K Sebastin GS SNEA, Sh A A Khan CHQ President SNEA, Sh G L Jogi GS SNPWA, Sh S S Rajput Patron SNEA, Sh S L Sharma JS(West) SNEA addressed the open session.

Sh K Sebastin appraised the house about current developments in post VRS scenario. He told the future of BSNL is bright if remaining employees will work with devotion and full dedication. Sh A A Khan told that BSNL revival plan will be successful if Govt fulfill it’s commitment i.e. allotment of 4G spectrum immediately, floating of bonds to generate revnue of Rs. 15000 Cr. for BSNL network expansion. Mr O P Gupta CGMT Raj circle discussed about expedite of pension cases of VRS optees, proper deployment of remaining staff for better utilization. He appreciated the efforts of executives for maintaining services. He told that Raj circle is in better position in all parameter i.e. provisioning of lease lines, FTTH, BB connections, revenue generation through telecom services.

On this occasion a farewell party was also organized for all retired executives of JPTD and COJP branch.

On this occasion following were co-opted as circle office bearers:

 

  1. Sh D P Mahajan                     AGM (Rural)         Sri Ganganagar- Circle President
  2. Sh Susheel Kumar                 SDE (Legal)           PGMTD Jaipur-Circle Secretary
  3. Sh Yogesh Chand Gupta        SDE (Sales)           PGMTD Jaipur- Circle Treasurer

29.02.2020

GS writes to Shri. Anshu Prakash, Secretary (Telecom):

 

Correction in the Pension Pay Order (PPO) issued to the Voluntary Retirement Scheme – 2019 opted retirees by the CCAs reg:

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

29.02.2020

EPF Full Pension Case -- very urgent:

 

Writ petition No: 1134/2018 filed by NCOA/NCR in Hon Supreme Court on EPF full Pension case. Our members are to become party in the Hon Supreme Court.

Now Attorney General (AG) is appearing for EPFO which makes the case costly and very serious and we have to engage very senior Advocates to the match the stature of AG. AG pleaded in the last sitting to hear and decide the SLP and Review Petition filed by the EPFO before hearing our petition and other SLPs. After hearing AG, Hon SC agreed to his plea.

Now the Advocate on Record (AOR) agreed to add new applicants in the petition with a fee of Rs 200/- per applicant. The list of applicants with details are to be given to the AOR latest by 05.03.2020 so that he can file the documents with the list of applicants in the Hon SC before the next hearing date. The next date of hearing is fixed as 13.03.2020. Tomorrow we will be meeting the AOR again in this regard along with other NCOA OBs.

In the case of R C Gupta case (judgment dated 04.10.2016), EPFO has taken the stand that the benefits will be limited to the applicants alone. NCOA and NCR is trying its level best for a general judgment, applicable for all but our AOR advised us not to take any risk at this last moment and make all the members party by name.

All DS and Office Bearers are requested to collect the information from the bonafide members of SNEA and mail to susheel_328@rediffmail.com and contact at 9414001967 to circle treasurer urgently. So that the amount of Rs 200/- each can be remitted to the CHQ account accordingly.

The format is also given.

EPF case data details

28.02.2020

Letter of Special CL for CEC on 04.03.2020 at Jaipur

 

CEC Meeting of  SNEA Raj is going to be held on 04.03.2020 from 10:00 AM onwards, at Hotel Golden Eagle Nr. 200 Feet Express Highway Ajmer Road. CGMT Rajasthan will be the chief guest. Com. L Sebastin GS SNEA, Com A A Khan CHQ President, Veteran Leader Com G L Jogi GS SNPWA will also attend the meeting. All Ciecle office bearers and District Secretaries are requested to please attend the meeting positively.

CS SNEA Raj

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27.02.2020

Meeting with CGMT Rajasthan Circle

 

CS and Patron met to CGMT Raj for discussion on restructuring and rationalization of staff, various faults in core network, PRBT, Post VRS staffing norms, smooth completion of VRS processing and request transfer cases.

SNEA Rajasthan extended sincere thanks to circle administration for smooth and speedy action taken for VRS-2019 activities and only 165 cases are left over for its completion due to negligence of employees. There are some discrepancies in pension papers on the part of employees in Jaipur TD, Sri Ganganagar, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Alwar SSA.

CGMT Raj assured to consider own cost request transfer on need basis in post VRS scenario on keeping in the view for maintenance of services in all the segments.

Funds are being demanded regularly for electric bills, medical bills etc & being allotted to SSAs priority wise. PRBT and RSTC on FTTH are policy matters and these will be taken up at CHQ level.

Kota Eye Hospital has been approved by CGMT today.

CS Rajasthan

22.02.2020

Letter to CGMT Raj Circle

 

Circle Secreatary write a letter to CGMT Raj Circle for special CL for attending CEC meeting on 04.03.2020 at Jaipur.

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22.02.2020

CEC of SNEA Rajasthan circle

 

2nd circle executive committee meeting of SNEA, Rajasthan circle is scheduled to be held on 04.03.2020 at Hotel Golden Eagle, Near 200 Feet Bypass flyover, Ajmer Road Jaipur.

All circle office bearers, CWC members, CEC members, District secretaries and JS (West) are requested to attend the meeting well in time and make it grand success.

-Circle Secretary

SNEA Rajasthan Circle

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31.01.2020

Congratulations to All retirees

 

Congratulations to all VRS/Superannuating retirees who are going to retire on 31.01.2020, wishing to all for happy, prosperous, active retired life and next new journey .

CS RAJ

04.01.2020

Orders for link officers in Raj circle

 

View CO Jaipur orders for Link officers

1 Letter

04.01.2020

New BA Plan/GSM in TNF

 

View CO ND Letters

Letter 1.  consolidation of SSAs

Letter 2  GSM Policy RSTC

 

04.01.2020

CHQ interacted to Deloitte

 

Interaction with the Consultant M/s Deloitte:

BSNL management arranged a meeting with the Consultant M/s Deloitte appointed for giving recommendations on continuity in BSNL services in the posts VRS scenario and the short term measures on 02.01.2020.

GS, President and both AGSs made a detailed discussion with the consultant for about two hours from 1600 Hrs to 1800 Hrs focussing on all the issues that may crop up in the post VRS scenario. The consultant identified acute shortage in DGM, AGM and TT(TM) cadres that will have impact after the VRS.

Discussions focussed on the ground realities in field units, how it is going to affect after VRS, immediate measures to be taken to reduce the impact, customer relation in the post VRS scenario, merger of SSA and Circle, drawback of present BA structure, manpower requirement, motivation of staff etc etctte

02.01.2020

orders

 

View CO JP

STS LA Orders

DE Tfr order

01.01.2020

Wishes for 2020

 

wishing to  all happy New year-2020

 

31.12.2019

New proposed plan

 

Deployment of staff on post VRS --- instructions issued on 27.12.2018 with provisional norms --- All the CSs, CHQ OBs and activists may go through the provisional norms and give their feed back by tomorrow itself.

a). SDE(Rural) --- 2,500 DEL + 25 BTSs.

b). SDE(Urban) --- 7,500 DEL.

c). 1 SDE for 125 BTSs in urban area.

d). DE(Rural) ---- 11,000 DEL + Trans mtce + EB work OR (1 DE per Revenue Dist if DELs are less than 11,000).

e). DE(Urban) --- 21,000 DEL.

f). 1 DE for 450 BTSs in urban area.

g). DE(Trans) --- 1 DE in each BA for Urban area. OFC shall not be less than 1400 RKM.

h). In Urban area, atleast 1 SDE exclusively for EB work and 1 SDE for sales & Marketing.

Note: JTO/SDE can be used interchangeably in field units.

BSNLCO letter dated 27.12.2019

Therefore, feedback from all DSs, COBs and other activists is required to be suggested at an earliest, so that same may be apprised to CHQ, accordingly. CS Raj

30.12.2019

GS LETTER TO DIR(CFA)

 

GS writes to Shri. Vivek Banzal, DIR(CFA)/BSNL:

Policy on External plant maintenance in Urban areas by Out Sourcing model – our suggestions for further improvement:

GS letter to DIR(CFA)

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: