UPDATED on 22nd April 2017 (PRESS F5 to Refresh the page)
[21.04.2017]BSNLEU's call for observing this year's May Day.
CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to observe this year's May Day in a befitting manner, by glorifying the struggle for 8 hours' work, as well as the sacrifices of the May Day martyrs. Together with this, we have to highlight certain important issues confronted by us.
The Modi government and it's Niti Aayog are launching deadly attacks to destroy the Public Sector, including BSNL, through disinvestment/strategic sale and privatisation. The hard won rights of the Indian working class, are being taken away through Labour Law amendments, by the BJP led governments at the Centre, as well as in various states. Unity of the working class and united struggles are being weakened, by communal forces, in the name of religion. Those who criticise the government are branded as 'Desh Drohis'. Freedom of expression is being trampled.
Under these circumstances, CHQ calls upon our circle and district unions to observe this year's May Day, by flag hoisting and holding gate meetings. The following issues are to be highlighted in the gate meetings:-
1) No disinvestment/ strategic sale/ privatisation of PSUs, including BSNL. No formation of Subsidiary Tower Company in BSNL.
2) Withdraw amendments to the Labour Laws. Do not curtail the hard won trade union rights of the working class.
3) Stop attacks on freedom of expression. Stop attacks on the secular fabric of the country.
All circle and district unions are requested to observe the programme massively and to send reports and photos to the CHQ.
[21.04.2017]BSNL Fights Back Jio Scare – Activates Record 2.95 million New Connections in March!
by Mohul Ghosh
At a time when the nation is swept by Jio mania, and the subsequent battle among telecom operators, state-run BSNL has been quietly fighting their own battle, and to increase their user base.
And if based on March reports, it is clear that BSNL has clearly staged a coup here.
As per reports coming in, BSNL has successfully activated 2.95 million new pre-paid connections in the month of March 2017, which is quite a feat in itself.
Especially because April was the month Jio started offering their paid Prime subscriptions. This clearly means that BSNL has attracted a niche user base of their own, based on attractive plans and offerings, which were mainly launched to counter the onslaught of Jio, Airtel and other private telcos.
[News published by Track.in]
[21.04.2017]BSNLEU once again writes the PGM(Estt.) on the issue of relaxing the condition of 10th standard qualification, for appearing the Telecom Technician LDCE.
BSNLEU is seriously taking up the issue of relaxing the condition of 10th standard qualification, for appearing the Telecom Technician LDCE. Several rounds of discussions have already taken place. In this connection, BSNLEU has once again written to the PGM(Estt.), drawing her attention to the discussion that had taken place in the 26th meeting of the National Council. <<< view letter >>>
[20.04.2017]BSNL Management comes up with the idea of forming a Benevolent Fund, after rejecting BSNLEU's demand for the same, a few years back.
BSNLEU took up the demand a few years back, for the formation of a fund at the Corporate Office level, for providing financial assistance to the families of the employees, who die while on service. BSNLEU had suggested that a monthly contribution could be collected from the willing employees, for this fund. However, at that time, without applying it's mind seriously to our demand, the Management rejected it. Now, the Management has come out with the same idea, i.e., to form a "Benevolent Fund", and has called for our views. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to send their views on the subject, immediately.<<<view letter>>>
[20.04.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (CM), demanding to remove the restriction imposed in e-KYC.
BSNL has already started mobile SIM activation, through e-KYC. However, the restriction of only one e-KYC per Customer Service Centre, is creating problems in the prompt activation of SIMs. BSNLEU has written to the Director (CM) to remove the restriction.<<<view letter>>>
[20.04.2017]Those who criticise the government are branded as “anti-nationals” or “desh drohis”- says Justice A.P.Shah.
Delivering the M.N. Roy memorial lecture at New Delhi yesterday, the former chief justice of Delhi High Court, justice A.P. Shah, has expressed his worry that any one who criticises the government, are being branded as “anti-nationals” or “desh drohis”. More worrying is that, criminal charges of ‘sedition’ could be slapped against such people, he said. Justice A.P. Shah further stated that, sloganeering and flag-raising have also become tests for nationalism. The lecture was attended by the Law Commission Chairman, Justice B.S. Chauhan, the third senior most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Chelameswar and many former and sitting judges of the Supreme Court.
[20.04.2017]Justice, A.P. Shah, questions Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a national law against cow slaughter.
Justice A.P. Shah, has questioned RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a national law on cow slaughter. He has said that India is a diverse country, where states like Kerala, or the various states in the North East, consider beef as a staple part of their food. Justice A.P. Shah also said that a single ideology or way of life, should not be forced on the entire country.
[19.04.2017]All the selected DR JE candidates will be sent for training by 15th May, 2017 and their training will be completed by 30th June, 2017.
As regards DR JE recruitment, many candidates are contacting BSNLEU and are expressing their concern, for the delay in the completion of Document Verification (DV) process in many circles, and also the delay in getting orders for training. This issue was discussed by com. P.Abhimanyu, GS with ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today. As regards, the non-completion of DV process in certain circles, she told that the delay is due to the fact that, some of the selected candidates have not turned up for the DV process, and hence the administration in those circles has extended the time limit for the candidates to complete their DV process. This is the reason why the DV process is still not completed in certain circles.
As regards, the delay in sending candidates for training, the GM (Rectt.) told that totally 2,700 DR JE candidates are selected, and that all of them could not be sent for training in one go. This is due to the shortage of seats in the training centres of BSNL. She also told that already JTO candidates selected in the three LICEs held last year, are also undergoing training now. However, the GM (Rectt.) assured that all the selected DR JE candidates would be sent for training by 15th May, 2017 and that the training of all the candidates will be completed by 30th June, 2017.
[19.04.2017]BSNLEU once again raises the issue of the DR JE candidates, whose names were dropped in the second selection list.
In his meeting with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again demanded that the candidates whose names figured in the first DR JE selection list, and which were subsequently dropped, should also be considered for appointment. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the number of unfilled vacancies will be known only by 15th May, 2017, and that the Management could come to a conclusion on this demand, only thereafter. However, the General Secretary insisted that after 15thMay, 2017, when all the selected candidates are sent for training, the candidates whose names are dropped from the second selection list should also be considered for appointment.
[19.04.2017]BSNL Management is favourably considering BSNLEU’s demand, to drop the exam fee for Telecom Technician LDCE candidates.
As regards the proposal to collect exam fee from the Telecom Technician LDCE candidates, BSNLEU has already demanded that the proposal should be dropped. This issue was once again discussed with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, today. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the demand of BSNLEU is being examined by the Corporate Office and assured that the decision would be positive.
[19.04.2017]One time relaxation in the educational qualification, to appear in the TT LDCE.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, once again raised with the Management today, the demand of giving one time relaxation in the educational qualification, for appearing in the Telecom Technician LDCE. In their meeting with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), the representatives pointed out that the one time relaxation in the 10th standard qualification, for appearing in the TT LDCE, will greatly help the hilly and backward circles like Assam, NE-I, NE-II, Uttaranchal, etc. The issue is already discussed with the Director (HR) yesterday, who has positively responded.
[19.04.2017]Settle the grievance of the Sr.TOAs, whose pay scale was downgraded from 7,100 to 6,550 – Demands BSNLEU.
BSNLEU is consistently demanding the BSNL Management to settle the grievance of the Sr.TOAs, whose pay scale was downgraded from 7,100 to 6,550, at the time of their opting for NEPP. This issue was once again discussed today by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.). The representatives pointed out that the injustice rendered to the Sr.TOAs should be undone. In this connection, they also conveyed to the PGM (Estt.), the proposal received in this connection from the affected Sr.TOAs.
[19.04.2017]Conduct one more DR JE recruitment immediately, to meet out the shortage – Demands BSNLEU.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, demanded today that, BSNL should immediately conduct one more DR JE recruitment, to meet out the shortage. In their meeting with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) today, the representatives pointed out the example of Karnataka circle. In that circle, 318 DR JEs have got selected as JTOs in all the three JTO LICEs held in 2016. In their place, Karnataka circle is allotted with only 120 DR JEs. Even in this allotment, a majority of the posts are allotted to the non-recruiting circles of STP, STR, BBNW and NGN, and that Karnataka telecom circle is allotted with only 20 number of DR JEs. It was also pointed out by the representatives that maintenance of the networks and quality of services would be greatly affected in all the circles, if the short fall is not immediately made good. The PGM (Estt.) assured that the matter would be appropriately looked into by the Management.
[19.04.2017]Discussion with the GM(T&BFCI) on the payment of GPF advance / withdrawals.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Y.N. Singh, GM(T&BFCI) and discussed the emerging situation in the payment of GPF advance / withdrawal to the employees. The GM(T&BFCI) replied to the queries raised by the representatives, regarding the taking over of GPF payment, by the DoT. The representatives thanked the GM(T&BFCI) for the timely allotment of GPF funds for this month to all the circles.
[19.04.2017]11th May, 2017 is the probable date for holding 35th meeting of the National Council.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and demanded the early conducting of the 35th meeting of the National Council. In the discussion 11thMay, 2017 emerged as the probable date for holding the National Council meeting. However, this date has to be approved by the Director (HR).
[19.04.2017]Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, dismissed the petition filed by shri Ratnesh Kumar and others, challenging the selection of 2,700 DR JEs by BSNL.
The Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, in it’s order dated 09.03.2017, has dismissed the petition filed by shri Ratnesh Kumar and others, challenging the selection of 2,700 DR JEs by BSNL. BSNL Corporate Office has circulated this order to the field units, for using in the other ongoing cases on the matter.<<forwarding letter>> <<view judgement>>
[18.04.2017]DoT takes over payment of GPF advance/withdrawal of BSNL employees.
As has already been informed by BSNLEU, through it's website updating dated 10-04-2017, as well as through earlier updatings, the DoT has taken over the responsibility of the payment of GPF advance/withdrawal of BSNL employees. However, BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Member (Finance) of the DoT, and has already ensured that, the sanctioning of GPF advance/ withdrawal will be done by the SSA heads, as is being done now. As a result of this, the employees will not be facing any fresh restrictions in the payment. Only the payment into the bank accounts of the employees, will be done by the CCAs of the concerned circles. This taking over of the GPF payment, by the DoT, will be done in two phases. <<< view letter >>>
[18.04.2017]Consensus reached between the Staff Side and the Management Side on the change of designation of the left out Non-Executives.
A meeting of the Joint Committee for change of designation of the left out Non-Executives cadres took place today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU in the meeting. From the Management Side, ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Rect.), shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) and ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) participated. After detailed discussion, consensus is reached between the Staff Side and Official Side to give the designation of Assistant Telecom Technician to the cadres of (1) Ayah (2) Bearer (3) Beldar (4) Chowkidar (5) Cleaner (6) Duftry (7) Farash (8) Khalasi (9) Lady Chowkidar (10) Mali (11) Office Peon (12) Peon (13) Safaiwala (14) Shramik (15) Sweeper (16) Wash Boy (17) Dish Boy (18) Gate Man (19) Water Man. Even though, the above consensus is reached in today’s meeting, this is subject to the final approval of the Management Committee. The next meeting of the Designation Committee will be held on 26th June, 2017 to discuss about the remaining cadres.
[18.04.2017]Director (HR) positively agrees to consider the demand of BSNLEU, to permit non-10th standard officials to appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE, as a one time relaxation.
BSNLEU is strongly demanding the Corporate Management to give one time relaxation to the non-10th standard officials, for appearing in the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE. In many circles, a good number of Telecom Technician posts are available. However, very less number of officials are eligible to appear in the exam, due to the 10th standard condition. The issue was discussed with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ). The representatives strongly demanded that the Management should consider this as a one time relaxation. After detailed discussion the Director (HR) agreed to positively consider the demand.
[18.04.2017]Settlement of the downgradation of Sr.TOAs from 7100-200-10100 pay scale to 6550-185-9325 pay scale.
At the time of implementation of NEPP, the Sr.TOAs, who were already promoted under OTBP, and who opted for NEPP, were downgraded from 7100-200-10100 pay scale to 6550-185-9325 pay scale. BSNLEU has been continuously insisting upon the Management to undo this injustice done to the Sr.TOAs. The issue was once again discussed by the representatives of BSNLEU today, in their meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR). She heard the views of the representatives fully and directed this issue with the PGM (Estt.). BSNLEU will further pursue this case with the Corporate Management.
[18.04.2017]Corporate Office guidelines to the circles, regarding providing feedback on the implementation of cash payment without voucher to retired employees under BSNLMRS.<<click here>>
[18.04.2017]Venue of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU.
The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, is being held at Thiruvananthapuram, from 9th to 11th June,2017. The Kerala circle union, which is hosting the meeting, has announced that the RTTC, Thiruvananthapuram, is the venue of the CEC meeting. All members of the CEC are requested to take note of this.