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ALL INDIA BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED EXECUTIVEs' ASSOCIATION >>>>>>> Committed to safeguard the interest of entire BSNL's executives community>>>>>>>>AIBSNLEA was formally launched on 1st May, 2004 by merging 10 DoT recognized Group-'B' officers Associations & thus represents in true sense all disciplines of Executives of BSNL i.e. Telecom Engineering, Telecom Finance & Accounts, Civil / Electrical / Arch./ TFs Engineering Wings, Personnel Staffs  (PA/PS/PSS), CSS Staffs, AD(O/L) & General Disciplines of BSNL.   <<<Click here for letter of SR Cell of BSNL Corporate Office>>>

Registration & Account details of AIBSNLEA CHQ : Registration No. S-44028/2002 NCT New Delhi dated 04.12.2002

A/C No: 1120000100123542 IFS Code: PUNB0112000 Name: All India BSNL Executives' Association, New Delhi Bank: PNB Branch: ECE House, KG Marg, ND - 110001

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19.11.2019: AUAB defers the Relay Hunger Fast from 20th to 22nd November:

Director (HR) called a meeting of the AUAB leaders, yesterday morning at 10.00 am. In the meeting, Management, especially Director (HR) response was very positive on the burning issues like salary payment, wages of contract workers, remittance of recoveries, clarifications of VRS related issues, EB/rental payment and discussion on the road map for the maintenance activities in post VRS scenario.

 

During the discussion Director, assured that salary will be paid by the month end and efforts are going on. The collection is now kept aside for salary purpose. After last month salary payment, BSNL was made 800 Cr payment towards statutory dues in addition to some payments on rentals, EB, labour etc. Discussion will further be held with AUAB on 26.11.2019, 6 pm (as per the convenience of AUAB) regarding the future Road map.

 

The important clarifications sought by the employees already referred to DoT and Govt will clarify those points. Director (HR) personally taking up the matter with DoT, on 18.11.2019. AUAB demanded that in case clarification is not reached in time, the date is to be extended from 03.12.2019 in order to have an informed choice for the employees.

 

Considering the seriousness shown by the management to address the employees concerns and involve the stake holders for serious discussions for finalizing the future road map, AUAB decided to defer the Relay Hunger Fast from 20.11.2019 for the time being. 

18.11.2019:Meeting of CHQ Office Bearers, CHQ Advisers, Circle Secretaries and Circle Presidents on 13th and 14th Dec., 2019 at New Delhi:

AIBSNLEA CHQ issues the notice for the CHQ Office Bearers, CHQ Advisers, Circle Secretaries and Circle Presidents meeting at New Delhi.

<<<Click here for the  letter>

All the CHQ Office Bearers, CHQ Advisors, CSs & CPs of AIBSNLEA are requested to intimate their date and time of Arrival and Departure for the above meeting scheduled to be held on 13th and 14th Dec., 2019 at “HOTEL    REGENT    INTERCONTINENTAL”   NEW DELHI. by email to:

1.    Shri Rajpal Sharma,  AGS (Fin) CHQ Mob No: 9868123459

       Mail id: rajpalraj66@yahoo.com

2.    Shri Dinesh Kumar,   Advisor (HQ) Mob No: 9868155681/9468155681

       Mail id: dinesh2156@gmail.com

18.11.2019:GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar Director (HR) BSNL Board regarding

(a) Withdrawal of option for pay fixation in Executives Promotion Policy<<<Click here for the  letter>

(b) Updation of Pre- appointment training details in SAP for calculation for Pension/Ex-gratia <<<Click here for the letter>

18.11.2019: GS AIBSNLEA has written a letter to CMD on 13.11.2019 requesting to speed  up all the vigilance / disciplinary cases so that their VRS applications can be approved smoothly. Accordingly BSNL Corporate Office has issued DO Letter to All CGMs to settle all minor penalty cases before 15.12.2019 and all major penality cases on fast track basis.

<<<Click here for the GS letter>             <<<Click here for CO letter>

16.11.2019:  GS & President attended the 7th Circle Conference of the AIBSNLEA Maharashtra Circle:

The 7th circle conference of Maharashtra Circle was held at “Emerald hall, Balewadi, Pune from 9th November to 10th November 2019. A grand  Open Session was conducted on 09/11/2019  morning . Circle President Com. K A Mohire presided over the Open Session.

The Open Session was graced by Sh. Manoj Kumar Mishra, CGMT, MH Circle as Chief Guest.

Other Guests of Honour from Management and Association Side:

Sh. Ashutosh Sharma, CGM, ITPC, Pune,

Sh. Sunil Kumar, PGMT, Pune,

Sh. Vipul Agrawal, PGM (CFA& N/w plg), Pune,

Sh. Anil Dhanorkar, PGM Admin & EB, Pune,

Sh. Aman Jaiswal, GM (Admin &HR) Maharashtra circle,

Sh. Bhalekar, GM Transmission & Mobile, Pune,

Com. Subhashish Mitra, CHQ President,

Com. Sivakumar General Secretary,

Com. C M Saste, CHQ Advisor,

Com. K P Nair, AGS CHQ (Gen Discipline),

Com. V B Pawar, AGS CHQ (C/E/A/TF),

 

The open session was inaugurated with Deep Prajwalan by the dignitaries followed by Swagat geet by Com. B D Kokil.

 

Com A G Joshi, Circle secretary welcomed the Dignitaries and the gathering and presented Key note address. In his Key note address he explained about the Key role played by AIBSNLEA to safe guard the interest of the Executives and thanked the CHQ for issuance of bumper promotion orders in all Disciplines for more than 13000 Executives.

 

Shri. Manoj Kumar Mishra CGM MH Circle Chief Guest, while addressing the gathering thanked the organizers for inviting him and giving the opportunity to address the Open Session.  He wishes the conference a grand success.  He mentioned that the future of BSNL is having big role in the economy of India and in order to achieve the target of economy, development of rural areas is a must, especially to promote Digital India.  He further appreciated the Strategic role of BSNL in providing Digital India Network connectivity to Banks, Post Offices and e-governance. He appreciated the efforts of BSNL employees and their adaptability and contribution in growth and development of BSNL and to the Nation. They have adapted to the change of technology from manual exchanges to most sophisticated exchanges during the last years.  Now, in days to come multi task operation system is to be adopted. Vendors’ involvement in day to day work will definitely play an important role. Supervision on their work will be very difficult due to short of work force. Hence the tender for such works has to be drafted and vetted by legal consultation to avoid the further litigations on its operations.  He mentioned that VRS being offered to the employees is a gracious exit given by BSNL, as compared to other private organizations.  He mentioned that the Govt has offered the present VRS with due respect and consideration for the remaining services. Hence, eligible candidates should grab the opportunity. But at the same time there are serious challenges posed before the Circle in the backdrop of reduced employees’ strength after VRS. He expressed his confidence of sailing through the post VRS scenario. He appreciated the sacrifice of the officers for maintaining the system by incurring the expenditures from their pockets.  He also appreciated the officers and staff for restoring the services during natural calamity by incurring own money during day and night. 

 

Shri. Ashutosh Sharma, CGM ITPC Pune, Guest of Honour in his address stated that it is a good opportunity for those who are getting to opt for VRS, despite of such difficult situation; Govt. has offered a better package.  He has also mentioned that it is also very good for the remaining employees, as they are getting an opportunity in the changed scenario to continue and to work for success of the organization.   He also mentioned that ITPC Pune is the Hub of BSNL and requested all to make use of it.  He also stated that we should do our duty and not to get desperate, as there are lot of opportunities.  The success depends upon our hard work and performance. This sector is Gold mine and each operator has to decide how much they can grab out of it. BSNL has its inherent strength and a strategic PSU in the country and its employees are its strength.   He also stated that Change is only constant factor and organization is going through a major change. We should take it as challenge and ready to perform. 

 

Com. Subhashish Mitra, CHQ President in his brief speech explained about the changes faced by our employees from P&T, DOT, BSNL and the present scenario of VRS and insisted upon to accept the change and get prepared for the future challenges to make the BSNL a Profit making concern.

 

Com. S.Sivakumar  General Secretary while addressing portrayed the real shape of  present BSNL status, and explained about the Revival Package and the problems faced by BSNL and its solution. He mentioned that BSNL Revival Package approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019, overruling Finance Ministry objections is  another milestone in the Trade Union History of BSNL and very biggest achievement of AUAB. He remembered the various continuous struggles conducted by the AUAB for the past 2 years and persuasion by AUAB for the revival of BSNL. He further explained about the assurances given to AUAB by the then Hon’ble MOSC Shri Manoj Sinhaji during our Struggle on 24.2.2018 and 3.12.2018 has been materialized now.

 

He explained about the key role played by AIBSNLEA to achieving our demands. He further mentioned that GS along with CHQ Office bearers of our Association met Hon’ble MOC Sri. Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji and Hon’ble Minister for State of Communications Sri. Sanjay Shamrao Dhotri Ji and Hon’ble Minister for State of  Finance  Shri Anurag Thakur Ji and requested to honour the assurances given through Union Cabinet Decisions and extend adequate immediate Financial Support to BSNL and revival of BSNL.  Hon’ble Minister for Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji assured that the Revival Package of BSNL is under active consideration and soon it will be decided.

 

AIBSNLEA  has also written letters to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra D. Modi Ji and Hon’ble Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala  Sitaraman requesting  to extend Financial Support to State owned BSNL, immediate Revival of BSNL, Allotment of 4G Spectrum on free of cost, Refund of money which has been taken against various Taxes, excess payment of Pension Contribution, compensation of Rs.19,000 Crores for maintenance expenditure of loss making Rural Exchanges and payment of USOF/ ADC Charges in the form of Rural Deficit Charges for the services provided by BSNL in the LWE/NE/Rural/Far flung/Tribal/Hilly areas and implementation of 3rd PRC to BSNL Employees.

 

Finally the demand of AUAB for allotment of 4G spectrum on free of cost, Land monetization for meeting the OPEX and CAPEX, Financial assistance for BSNL are approved by the Union Cabinet. AUAB demand of payment of Ex-Gratia by the Govt instead of raising Bonds by BSNL has also been accepted finally. He mentioned that this has not happened as a routine manner, but with lot of sacrifices. It is materialised by several Agitations/ Parliament March/Strikes by the Unions and Associations for the last two years, sincere efforts made by the employees with Salary cuts, Charge sheets and FR-17 A to the Leaders, maintaining the Network by the field Executives with their own money, literally begging Electricity authorities for non-disconnection of power supply, meeting all the MPs and political leaders by CHQ/Circle/SSA leaders seeking their support, convincing the media the real challenges faced by BSNL and its strategic importance, the real strength and assets of BSNL etc.,

 

AIBSNLEA strongly countered the misleading/false/negative propaganda made against BSNL by the vested interests in the Print and Social Media through Press Release and Press Meet with facts and figures which got tremendous Media attention and Public support. The campaign through Social Media, spearheaded by AIBSNLEA and AUAB also got tremendous support from the Public and mounted pressure on the Govt. He also mentioned that AIBSNLEA was in the forefront of all the agitations and Struggles.

 

He thanked the Hon’ble MOC Shri Ravi Sankar Prasad ji who has  played  a key role and instrumental with his team of Secretary(T), CMD BSNL , Board  of Directors in formulating the Revival package in BSNL favour with the Budgetary support from the Union Govt.

 

He mentioned that the credit for the Revival package goes to the employees. Historically, the Trade Unions in BSNL struggle for the company and become a role model to other CPSUs.

 

He explained in detail about the Revival and VRS Package and pros and cons of the VRS Package and further mentioned that AIBSNLEA has sought various clarifications from the Secretary (T) and CMD BSNL in this regard. AIBSNLEA has also written a letter to the Hon’ble Smt.Nirmala Sitaraman Ji to increase the ceiling limit for the exemption of Income Tax from 5 Lakh to 50 Lakhs.

 

He mentioned that AIBSNLEA requested the Hon’ble MOC during the meeting with the All Unions and Associations Leaders of BSNL on 4.11.2019 for consideration of full neutralization of IDA 119.5% with the existing Basic Pay w.e.from 1.1.2017 till 3rd PRC is implemented in BSNL.  AIBSNLEA also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Hon’ble MOSC.

 

He further mentioned that BSNL is facing severe financial crisis and not able to pay even Electricity Bills, Towers Rent, Vehicle Running Expenses, Fuel Expenses, Contractual Labour Wage bills, Payment to Vendors, Telecom Infra Service Providers and Local Cable TV Operators bills etc. Further, the recoveries from salary like Bank’s EMI Payments, Societies, GPF Subscription/recoveries as well as Reimbursement of Medical Claims in respect of the working Employees & BSNL retirees are also getting delayed. The OPEX, CAPEX, Statutory and other Liabilities are also pending for more than Rs.15,000 Crore and it is likely to increase in the months to come.

 

Salary for the month of September’ 2019 disbursed to BSNL Employees on 25.10.2019 and Salary for the month of October’ 2019 has not been disbursed till date.  This is the 5th time in this year, that the BSNL Management has not disbursed the Salary in time to its employees. It has caused serious demoralization, resentment and frustration amongst the BSNL employees. It would be very difficult for BSNL to meet even its fund requirement for monthly Salary due to heavy dip in cash flow during past one year. Further, the gap between monthly revenue and bare expenses to continue operations in BSNL is a growing concern has reached a level where continuing with BSNL operations could be nearly impossible without immediate financial support to BSNL. The average monthly cash flow is Rs.1400 Crores whereas our monthly Expenditure is around Rs.2400 Crores. Gross Salary expenditure alone is Rs.1350 Crores.

 

He mentioned AUAB Leaders met CMD BSNL on 7.11.2019 and requested for immediate disbursement  of October 2019 Salary, immediate payment of 6 months pending deductions   made from the Salary, immediate Launch of 4 G Services and Road Map of Man Power Plan in the Post VRS Scenario . CMD BSNL explained to AUAB Leaders that 4 G will be launched only during the month of March 2020 due to some financial and technical constraints and non committal about other important burning issues.

 

He further mentioned that the employees were demoralized and humiliated due to non-payment of monthly Salary, Non-payment of 6 months deductions and the panic created by the Management by non-spelling out  future road map for Man Power Planning, fear of transfer, apprehension about the future of BSNL, etc are the reasons for the unprecedented response among the Executives for taking painful decision for opting VRS. Rather focusing on the maintenance related issues, Management focus was only on making the VRS successful. BSNL Management should come forward and discuss seriously with the AUAB Leaders about the Road map for the Revival of BSNL in the post VRS scenario instead of VRS Mela. Except the word, “outsourcing” nothing is heard from the Management about the future road map for the maintenance of huge OFC Network of 8 Lakh Kms and thousands of Exchanges spread across BSNL with vast Cable Network. Hence AUAB decided to issue Notice for Trade Union call shortly focusing on the above demands.

 

GS further mentioned that the need of the hour is to retain the existing Customers and maximize the revenue and advised all employees to come forward and work together to achieve the targets within the available resources.

 

The entire House enthusiastically applauded Genl. Secretary for his initiatives and sincere efforts for the Revival of BSNL. GS specifically mentioned that we will leave no stone unturned for the betterment and further growth of our AIBSNLEA and BSNL.

 

GM (HR&A), PGM TD, Pune and the Sister Unions & Associations Leaders also addressed the Open Session.

 

The open session was beautifully anchored by Com. Vivek Wankhede with good quotes. The house applauded his sher- o-shayari with rounds of applauses. Vote of thanks was given by Com. K A Mohire, Circle President and the open session concluded at 3pm after National Anthem. The Hall was fully jam packed during the entire Open Session.

 

A very good interactive session was arranged in the Afternoon session. It was lasted for 90 Minutes.  Com. S.Sivakumar, GS clarified and replied all the queries raised by the Delegates regarding VRS Package, Pay Revision, Pension Revision, 30%Superannuation Benefits, Revival Plan and Road map of Man Power Planning, Restructuring etc.,  on the post VRS Scenario.

 

On the Second day (10.11.201), CHQ President, GS, Com C.M.Saste, Adviser (W), Com. Nair, AGS(Gen/Dis), Com. Pawar, AGS(C/E/A/TF), Com. Joshi, OS(West) have participated and addressed the Delegate session.

 

GS explained about the HR issues in detail- the current status of Promotions in the cadre of DGM(T), SDE, PA/PS, AO to CAO and DGM(T) Review DPC due to Rule 206, FR 22(I)(a)(1) Pay Fixation Court cases/ Pay Recovery in respect of Ex. Officiating JTOs, Status of the Additional Increment under EPP  Case, 30% SAB, Scrapping of MTRR, Pay anomaly  in r/o Electrical/Civil/Architect wing JTOs  etc., and our stand on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and he further mentioned that due to consistent efforts AIBNLEA only 13000 Promotion orders issued for various disciplines and assured that AIBSNLEA will always safe guard the interest of the Executives.

 

A grand and colorful felicitation was given to Com C M Saste Adviser on the eve of his retirement on Superannuation in this month.  GS, President and other CHQ Office bearers, Circle Office bearers and DSs felicitated Com. C.M.Saste and remembered his yeomen services rendered in various capacities in JETA, TESA and AIBSNLEA.

 

The house unanimously elected Com. S S Bhosale as Circle President, Com. Vivek Wankhede as Circle Secretary and Com. Santosh Kokate as Finance secretary. CHQ congratulates all the newly elected Circle office bearers. The newly elected Circle president and Circle secretary addressed the house and delivered vote of thanks.

 

The two days programme was arranged in an very excellent manner with delicious food by the Pune Comrades under the leadership of Com. S R Dinkar, DS, Pune and his team.

<<<Click here for the glimpses of the conference>>>

15.11.2019:  Meeting with Director (HR), BSNL Board: GS and FS met Director (HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We requested to expedite the issuance of DE to DGM (T) promotion orders. Director (HR) mentioned that CMD, BSNL has cleared the proposal for conduction of DPC for promotion from DE to DGM subject to condition that there should not be any contempt case. We further requested Director (HR) to post all the promoted DGMs on  As is where is basis as assured by BSNL Management to the AIBSNLEA and SNEA representatives during the discussions held on 25.10.2019. Director (HR) assured to post the promoted DGMs   on As is where is basis. Director (HR) further mentioned that all the request transfer orders in the cadre of DGM (T) will also be considered at the time of issue of Promotion orders from DE to DGM (T). We hope for early promotion orders.

B) Request for disbursement of October 2019 Salary and remittance of recoveries from Salary to concerned Authority: We requested Director (HR) to spell out the actual date of disbursement of October 2019 Salary. Director (HR) mentioned that the day-to-day cash collection received up to 14.11.2019 has been utilized for statutory payments viz, TDS, GST and Interest on Bank Loan etc., As on date we are having 47 Cr only on hand. We further requested Director (HR) to get the outstanding dues from DoT viz,

i) Claims Recoverable from DoT to the tune of Rs,3300 Cr.

ii) Refund of excess paid Pension Contribution to the tune of Rs.2700  Cr as on date and

iii) Interest on unutilized BWA Spectrum to the tune of Rs.2200 Cr.

We appraised the  Director (HR) about the letter addressed in this regard by the GS AIBSNLEA to the Secretary (T) & Member (Finance) and our discussions had with the Member (Finance), DCC/DoT for the past two months and DoT is not releasing the Payments due to non-availability of Budgetary provision. Director (HR) appreciated our concern and assured to look in to the matter and also assured to take the issue of Refund of Pension contribution with the Secretary (T) and Ministry of Finance.

C) Request for Urgent Clarification required in respect Voluntary Retirement Scheme– 2019:

We brought to the notice of Director (HR) that the employees, those who have already opted for VRS-2019 are under utter confusion and waiting for certain clarifications regarding the applicability of all the relevant provisions of the Rule 37-A  in respect of Pension, Commuted Value Pension, Pay revision & Pension revision etc. from DoT before they are finally submitting their option. They also need to get some assurance in plain terms from the Concerned Authority / DOT beyond ambiguity about the applicability of all the relevant provisions of the Rule 37-A to the BSNL Absorbed VRS optees and there should not be any differential footing amongst the BSNL IDA Pensioners when the Pension Revision comes in any future. We also requested Director (HR) for the immediate release of Gazette Notification for the Amendment/relaxation made:

 

i) In the Rule 50 of CCS Pension rules 1972 in respect of Deferred payment of Retirement Gratuity  and relaxation made for getting deferred Retirement/Death gratuity by the Legal Heir of VRS optee in the event of Death of VRS optee

ii) In the CCS (Commutation Pension) Rules of 1981 in respect of Deferred payment of Commuted value Pension and applicability of Legal Heir to get the Commuted value of Pension in the event of Death of VRS optee.

 

We also handed over all the letters addressed in this regard to Secretary (T) and CMD, BSNL by the GS, AIBSNLEA <<<Click here for the letter>. Director (HR) after patient hearing and going through the all the letters assured that necessary clarifications in this regard will be issued by the DoT next week and he also mentioned that all the leaders of AUAB will be called by the Management to clarify the doubts.

 

D. Merger of IDA of 119.5% (Full Neutralization) as on 01-01-2017 : We requested to take up the issue of "Merger of IDA of 119.5% (Full Neutralization) as on 01-01-2017 with the existing basic pay till such time 3rd PRC revision is implemented for BSNL employees" with the Secretary (T) in continuation of the discussion had with the Hon’ble MOC on 4.11.2019  by the GS, AIBSNLEA during the meeting of Hon’ble  MOC with the All Unions and Association leaders  of BSNL.  We explained the justifications in this regard with all precedence and handed over the letter addressed in this regard to the  Hon’ble  MOC on 4.11.2019 <<<Click here for the letter>> & 13.11.2019 <<<Click here for the letter>. After detailed discussions Director (HR) assured to look in to the matter.

 

The meeting lasted for more than one hour on 15.11.2019  from 1930 hr to 2030 hrs.

15.11.2019:  Status on DE to DGM promotion:

GS along with FS and GS & AGS of SNEA met with Director (HR), BSNL Board. Director (HR) mentioned that CMD, BSNL has cleared the proposal for conduction of DPC for promotion from DE to DGM subject to condition that there should not be any contempt case. PGM (Pers) was also present in the meeting. We hope for early promotion orders.

Details on other items discussed follows.

15.11.2019:  AUAB serves upon a notice of Relay Hunger Fast on 20'" to 22"" November, 2019 at BSNL CO, Circle and SSA HQs:

AUAB has served upon a notice to the Secretary (T), DoT and CMD, BSNL regarding Relay Hunger Fast on 20'" to 22"" November, 2019 at BSNL CO, Circle and SSA HQs with the following Charter of Demand:

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. De-linking 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.

<<<Click here for the notice>

15.11.2019: GS writes to Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding  request for consideration of retention of BSNL Staff quarters for VRS Optees till they attain the age of Superannuation (60 Yrs) <<<Click here for letter>
15.11.2019:  GS writes to The Director (HR), BSNL Board, regarding consideration of request transfer  in the cadre of DE<<<Click here for letter>
15.11.2019: List of CHQ Office Bearers unanimously elected in the 6th AIC of AIBSNLEA held ay Vijayawada from 14th July to 16th July 2019<<<Click here for List>

14.11.2019: GS Writes to Shri Anshu Prakash Secretary (T) and Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding urgent Clarification  requird on  some points  relating to VRS -2019 <<<Click here for the letter>

14.11.2019: DOP&T, PESB, selects today Shri Sushil Kumar Mishra, CGM BSNL, Karnataka Circle for the post of Director (CM) BSNL Board. AIBSNLEA Congratulates Shri Sushil Kumar Mishra ji for his selection.

14.11.2019:Meeting of CHQ Office Bearers, CHQ Advisers, Circle Secretaries and Circle Presidents:

DEAR COMERADES !

AIBSNLEA CHQ Office Bearers, CHQ Advisers, Circle Secretaries and Circle Presidents meeting is scheduled to be conducted on 13th December 2019 and 14th December 2019 at

“HOTEL    REGENT    INTERCONTINENTAL”   NEW DELHI.

All the CHQ Office Bearers, CHQ Advisers, CSs and CPs are requested to book their tickets in advance so as to attend the meeting in time. Separate Notification in this regard will be issued shortly.

13.11.2019: GS  writes to

(a)Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding Early settlement of Vigilance cases pending against the BSNL empolyees.<<<Click here for the letter>

(b)Executive Promotion Policy -Online up-gradation Mandatory Training for executives who are opting for VRS -clarifcation<<<Click here for the letter>

13.11.2019: GS  writes to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ji, Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India regarding request for considering much delayed Pay Revision through 3rd PRC implementation both for BSNL Employees and BSNL Pensioners<<<Click here for the letter>

13.11.2019: Today morning, GS AIBSNLEA and GS SNEA along with AGSs tried to meet CMD BSNL to discuss on DE to DGM (T) Promotion issue. The proposal for approval of DPC is pending with CMD for last one week. The reasons of this pendency are better known to him.
CMD and other Board of Directors are busy with the Ad-hoc Audit Committee then Board Meeting and the AGM. CMD spoken over phone to us and informed that he will take a decision in a day or two on this issue

08.11.2019: BSNL Corporate Office issues instructions for implementation of VRS

<<<Click here for the compilations of the instructions issued today >>

<<<Click here for the Pension Papers >>

08.11.2019:AUAB LEADERS MET CMD, BSNL   on 07.11.2019.

As per the decision of the AUAB meeting held on 06.11.2019, Leaders of the AUAB met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 07.11.2019. Com.S.Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA along with the General Secretaries / representatives of  BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA,  FNTO, BSNL MS, SNATTA, ATM BSNL and BSNLOA, participated in this meeting. From the Management Side, Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), was also present. In the meeting, the AUAB representatives demanded that BSNL should start it’s 4G service without any delay. They pointed out that there was every possibility of Vodafone leaving it’s India business. In such an eventuality, BSNL should be in a better position to rope in a sizeable customers from Vodafone, demanded the AUAB. They also demanded that prompt steps should be taken to provide FTTH connections on demand. It was also pointed out by the AUAB Leaders that the Company should be in a position to cope with the workload which is likely to arise after the implementation of VRS

 

CMD explained that due to Financial constraints and up gradation of  the existing 3G equipments after the finalization of Tender only 4G can be launched . He further mentioned that the Committee has submitted the report for the finalization of Tender and BSNL Management is planning to roll out of 4G at lease 12000 to 15000 sites in the month of March 2020.

 

CMD has not given any response about the other issues. The AUAB representatives strongly urged upon the CMD BSNL for the immediate payment of salary for the month of October, 2019, as well as early remittance of the recoveries made since May, 2019, to the concerned organisations. To this, the CMD BSNL said that he could not give any assurance on these issues. After this meeting, the AUAB Leaders discussed and decided to hold the next  AUAB meeting on 14-11-2019 to discuss about the future course of action.

08.11.2019: Meeting with Director (HR), BSNL Board: GS and FS met Director (HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We requested to expedite the issuance of DE to DGM (T) promotion orders. Director (HR) mentioned that the queries raised by the CMD BSNL has been replied and discussed with the CMD  BSNL yesterday(7.11.2019). Director(HR) assured that as and when the receipt of the approval from the Competent Authority, the DE to DGM (T) Promotion Orders will be issued

We further requested Director (HR) to post all the promoted DGMs on  “ As is where is” basis as assured by BSNL Management to the AIBSNLEA and SNEA representatives during the discussions held  on 25.10.2019 . Director(HR) assured to post the promoted DGMs   on “As is where is basis”.

Yesterday 7.11.2019, evening GS AIBSNLEA & GS, SNEA met CMD, BSNL and requested to clear the DGM(T) Promotion file since our Senior comrades are eagerly waiting for their due Promotion for the past one year and get demoralized  and de-motivated due to non issuance of the DGM(T) Promotion orders. CMD BSNL assured to look in to.

B) Filling up of all vacant posts of Group ‘B’ and Group ‘A’ in various disciplines & implementation of Khan Committee report in True Spirit. :- We requested

i) To fill up all vacant Gr.A and Gr.B Posts in all disciplines and up gradation of the posts where eligible officers are more than the vacant posts and issue promotion orders before the implementation of VRS, the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and abolition of Sanctioned Posts and the RRs.

ii) SC& ST roster to be followed in the Non post based Functional  Promotion as per the existing DOP& T guidelines and subject to pending verdict in the Hon’ble Apex Court as per the suggestions under Para 7 of proposed CPSU Cadre Hierarchy

iii) Restoration of Eligibility criterion for STS promotion as 5/7 years instead of the proposed 12 years in the CPSU CH.

iv) Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement on Seniority in respect of TES Gr. B seniority before implementation of VRS and CPSU Cadre Hierarchy

v) Reduction of Stringent Bench marks to avoid huge droppings

vi) Stopping of non post based functional promotion in the name of non Substantive cadre post of Sr.SDE/Sr.AO which increases the stagnation period of SDE/AO and equivalent cadres etc.,

We have already submitted the views/ suggestions/concerns of AIBSNLEA in this regard. Director (HR) after patient hearing assured to look in to our suggestions before taking final view in this regard.

C) Consideration of Promotion from DGM (Fin-Regular) to Jt.GM (Fin) by relaxing the Service conditions: We requested to relax one year in the Service conditions for the promotion to the grade of Jt.GM (Fin) from the grade of DGM (Fin-Regular) and arrange to issue the promotion orders in the grade of Jt. GM in the E-7 Scale before the implementation of the proposed VRS in BSNL. After detailed discussion, Director (HR) assured to look in to the matter.

D) Consideration of transfer requests/relief before the implementation of VRS: 

i) We requested Director(HR) to consider the transfer requests of the Executives who are working at the faraway places  from their Home Circles in different Cadres and Streams including those who want to opt for VRS and wish to retire from their respective Home Circles on “Own Cost basis”

ii) We also requested that the transfer orders already issued but not implemented so far, may be implemented immediately in r/o executives who are willing to go to the place of their choices.

iii) We further requested that the transfer orders already issued in r/o of VRS optees, who are not willing to join at new station may kindly be cancelled before the implementation of the VR Scheme, for smooth settlement of their post retirement benefits from their Home Circles.

Apart from above, we further requested that transfer orders issued on Company cost may be kept in abeyance till the process of the VRS is completed.

GS has also written a Letter in this regard and handed over to Director (HR). Director (HR) assured to look in to.

E) Consideration of DGM (T) and CAO request transfers: We requested to consider the long pending request transfer cases on own cost basis for those who have completed two years. Director (HR) assured to look into the matter. 

F) Consideration of Request transfer in the cadre of DE: We requested to consider the pending request transfer cases of DEs without substitutes since they have obeyed the orders of Corporate Office and working in the other Circles for more than 2 years and also away from their families. Director (HR) assured to look into the matter. 

G) Request for remittance of recoveries from Salary to concerned authority: We brought to the notice of Director (HR) that the recoveries from Salary viz: GPF, Bank Loan EMIs, Society, LIC and PLI etc. have not been remitted to the Concerned Authorities since last five months. Due to non-remittance of the above said dues, employees are suffering a lot. BSNL Employees are not able to get GPF advance/withdrawal and Society Loan etc., Further, the negligence and fault on the part of the Management towards the delayed payment of Bank Loan EMIs resulting in imposition of Penal interest on the employees by the Bank Authorities.

07.11.2019: Status of Fixation of Pay under FR 22(1)(a)(i) Case in respect of Officiating JTOs in PCAT New Delhi: 

The Pay Fixation case under FR 22(1)(a)(i) in respect of Officiating JTOs vide OA No. 100/892/2016 filed by AIBSNLEA Vs BSNL in PCAT New Delhi was listed for Hearing as item No. 71 on   06.11.2019. The same could not heard   due to paucity time and adjourned for Next Hearing on 29.01.2020.  General Secretary and AFS/CHQ Com. Pushparajan (Kerala) attended the Principal CAT New Delhi on behalf of AIBSNLEA. General Secretary has taken steps to file Misc Application to pre- pone the same for early settlement of the case. 

07.11.2019: Establishment Branch, BSNL CO, New Delhi  issued Frequently Asked Questions of BSNL Voluntary Retirement Scheme-2019.<<<Click here for the letter>

07.11.2019: GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar,Director (HR) BSNL Board, regarding   request for consideration of “OWN COST” transfers in r/o Executives in the different Streams before the  implementation of the VR Scheme <<<Click here for the letter>>

06.11.2019: Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO: GS, Chairman and AGS(Finance), Com.Pushparajan, AFS met PGM(Pers) and discussed regarding:

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion:- PGM (Pers.) informed that the queries raised by the CMD BSNL has been replied and submitted again to the Competent Authority for approval yesterday night itself. The VCs have been received in CVO office and yet to come to the Pers. Branch as CVO is on leave. The Charge of CVO is being handed over to other eligible officer in BSNL CO and the VCs will be signed and sent to Pers. Branch.  The suggestions given by  of AIBSNLEA and SNEA during the discussions had with BSNL Administration on 25.10.2019 regarding  the modalities followed in the posting of promoted DGMs, has been accepted by the Management. The promoted DGMs will be allowed to join at the same station “as is where is” basis.

Yesterday (5.11.2019) GS & AGS(F) met with CMD BSNL in the presence of Director(HR)  and discussed about DGM (T) Promotions. CMD assured that the after the receipt of  reply to the queries raised by him from the Pers. Branch , he will give the approval

As and when the approval as well as VCs received, the DE to DGM (T) Promotion Orders will be issued and it is expected very soon.

B) DGM (T) and CAO request transfers: We requested to consider the requests transfer cases on own cost basis for those who have completed two years. GS has also written in this regard to Director (HR). PGM (Pers.) mentioned that requests will be considered first for those who are going to opt for VRS from their Home Circle.

C) DGM (Regular) E-6/ E-7 case:- We requested to consider the case of DGMs (Regular) who have not get E-6 Up gradation Scale being the Regular DGM. They have completed 4 years of service as Regular DGM and one year relaxation may be given to get Jt.GM up gradation in E-7 Scale. PGM (Pers.) assured to look into. 

06.11.2019: AUAB Meeting held at BSNL MS office today: 

AUAB Meeting held at BSNL MS office New Delhi today at 11.00 Hrs. On behalf of AIBSNLEA Com. GS and Chairman attended the meeting. For the Minutes of the Meeting please click below:

<<<Click here for the Minutes>

06.11.2019:  GS writes to Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Ji, Hon'ble Finance Minister  Govt. of India, North Block regarding request for increase of the Monetary Limit under Section 10(10C) and 10(AA) of Income Tax Act.<<<Click here for the letter>>

04.11.2019:  BSNL notifies VRS-2019 and circulates the guidelines

<<<Click here for the Notification>> <<<Click here for the Annexure-I & II>

04.11.2019: Meeting with Hon’ble MOC & IT today on BSNL Revival Plan- VRS to Employees:

Representatives of All Associations and Unions of BSNL met Honble Minister of Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji today in Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi. Honble MOC & IT apprised about the Revival Plan of BSNL approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. Secretary (T), Jt. Secretary (Admin), DDG (PM), Director (HR) BSNL Board and GM (SR) BSNL CO were present in the meeting. On behalf of AIBSNLEA, Com. S.Sivakumar, GS and Com. Rajpal Sharma, AGS attended the meeting.

 

At the outset, Com. GS and AGS presented a Bouquet to Honble MOC & IT on behalf of AIBSNLEA and greeted him, Honble Prime Minister, Honble Home Minister, Secretary (T), CMD BSNL and DoT & BSNL Team for the herculean efforts taken for getting approval of the Revival Package by the Union Cabinet.  

Honble MOC & IT explained in detail about the revival package of BSNL. He mentioned that earlier, when I was MOC, the BSNL was making profit/ operating profit, but after that it is surprising for me that BSNL getting continuous losses for which I felt much bad and I want to turn around the BSNL thats why I have tried my best. He further mentioned that-

 

Ø    I am able to get convinced the Honble Prime Minister and the Home Minister that BSNL is the Strategic Sector and the presence of one Govt. PSU is very much necessary for fair competition in the Market.

Ø    It is the first time in the History to offer such a huge package for revival to any incipient sick/ sick/ non-viable PSU.

Ø    I have got full faith on BSNL and its employees and I hope that BSNL can be turn around and regain its original pristine glory through the sincere efforts of the BSNL employees. The revival plan should be implemented in its true spirit. VRS to employees is also an important issue as BSNL cannot run with the present work force of 1.50 lakh employees. 

Ø    I wish for the growth of the BSNL and Govt. is with you and support fully if sincere efforts are seen for turnaround of the BSNL.

Ø    BSNL may start its Assets/ Land Monetization and I will make it clear that the amount so received will be used in the growth of BSNL only.

Ø    To revive the BSNL, the VRS to employees is also a good tool and it is very liberal VRS package from the Govt. side which is never offered to any PSU in India.

Ø    The revival is depends upon the successful implementation of the VRS. Accountability will be fixed from the top side, if the revival plan is not implemented in true spirit.

 

On behalf of AIBSNLEA, we handed over the Memorandum to the Honble MOC & IT. GS AIBSNLEA urged upon for the merger of IDA of 119.5% (100% Neutralization) with the Basic Pay as on 01.01.2017 since there is precedence in the year 2004. In addition to that, AUAB and other Leaders of the Unions and Associations presented following suggestions:

1.  VRS option has to be given by the employees voluntarily but not forcefully.

2.  Roll out of retirement age from 60 to 58 years is in the agenda of the Govt. or not is to be spelled out.

3.  Whole amount of the Ex-Gratia has to be exempted from Income Tax.

4.  Excess amount of Pension Contribution paid to DOT has to be refunded immediately.

5.  Deputation Policy of BSNL has to be reviewed immediately.

6.  4G services has to be launched immediately by the BSNL since more than 50,000 3G/4G compatible equipment are available in the field units as there is heavy demand among the customers.

7.  Permission may be granted to retain the BSNL quarters by the VRS optees.

 

The Press Briefing of the Honble MOC &IT has been reiterated by him with a loud and clear message that BSNL will not be sold out to any Third Party, Disinvested or Closed since BSNL is having Strategic importance. 

 

Honble MOC directed DoT/BSNL Management to clear all the doubts of the employees about the VRS in a transparent manner and address the issues at an appropriate level. Finally Honble MOC appealed all the Unions and Association Leaders to motivate the employees for the successful implementation of Revival and VRS Package.

 

Honble Minister also appealed to improve the quality of the Services to the satisfaction of the Customers and make the BSNL a top Professional Company. It is specifically mentioned by Honble MOC & IT that if BSNL improve its services with the Professionalism then Govt. will also cooperate to prefer BSNLs connections in other Govt. Sectors since BSNL has already been had a very good rapport/ goodwill with the Public and the Govt. Sectors. Hence, it can be achieved by doing hard work and collective efforts starts with new energy, fresh initiatives with full devotion by the BSNL Management as well as the BSNL Employees. I will be very happy to see the BSNL in the Market with its effective presence.

 

All the Unions and Associations Leaders reciprocated positively and assured their fullest support and cooperation for the successful implementation of the Revival and VRS Package.     

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04.11.2019:  GS Writes to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji, Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT India, Govt. of India regarding revival of BSNL- VRS to Employees-  Our concern -  <<<Click here for the letter>>

01.11.2019:  Formation of the Groups / Sub-Groups relating to VRS:

BSNL Corporate Office has formed Groups / Sub-Groups for various activities related to the VRS. <<<Click here for the letter>>

01.11.2019:  2nd Membership Verification of Executive Associations:

BSNL Corporate Office has sought for the views of Executive Associations for postponement of the 2nd Membership Verification of the Executive Associations considering the present VRS program.  <<<Click here for the letter>>

31.10.2019:  Discussion with PGM (Pers), BSNL Corporate Office New Delhi:

GS discussed with PGM (Pers) regarding:      

a) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: GS requested for the early issuance of the DE to DGM (T) promotion orders. PGM (Pers) mentioned that all the VCRs have been received and work is in final stage.  He assured that after the receipt of signed copy of the Hon'ble Chandigarh CAT Order and approval of the Competent Authority, the Promotion orders will be issued.                                               

b) Filling up of all vacant Gr. A and Gr. B Vacant posts & implementation of Khan Committee report in true Spirit. We requested:

i) To fill up all vacant Gr.A and Gr.B Posts and up gradation of the posts where eligible officers are more than the vacant posts and issue promotion orders before the implementation of VRS, the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and abolition of Sanctioned Posts and the RRs.

ii) SC& ST roster to be followed in the non post bases functional  Promotion as per existing DOP& T guidelines and subject to pending verdict in the Hon’ble Apex Court as per the suggestions under Para 7 of proposed CPSU Cadre Hierarchy

iii) Restoration of Eligibility criterion for STS promotion as 5/7 years instead of the proposed 12 years in the CPSU CH.

iv) Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement on Seniority in respect of TES Gr. B seniority before implementation of VRS and CPSU Cadre Hierarchy

v) Reduction of Stringent Bench marks to avoid huge droppings

vi) Stopping of non post based functional promotion in the name of non Substantive cadre post of Sr.SDE/Sr.AO which increases the stagnation period of SDE/AO and equivalent cadres etc.,

We have already submitted the views/ suggestions/concerns of AIBSNLEA. PGM (Pers) assured to look in to our suggestions before taking final view in this regard.

31.10.2019: Office Memorandum released by DoT in respect of revival of BSNL & MTNL as per the Union Cabinet Approval<<<Click here for letter>>

31.10.2019: Congratulations to retiring comrades. CHQ extends Best Wishes for all the comrades who retire today on Superannuation, for a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Contended and peaceful life after retirement. Comrades! You are going to start a New Journey of your Life, may your days be filled with Elation and Triumph.  We extend our sincere thanks to you for your dedication towards BSNL as well as AIBSNLEA and CHQ congratulate you on your Superannuation on 31.10.2019.    

31.10.2019: GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding:

Requesting for filling up all the vacant posts through CPCs before the implementation of the proposed VR Scheme and before any Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy on the prospective date to avoid humiliation of Sr. Executives and scope of litigations as any ad-hoc promotion through non-post based time bound promotion without implementation of SC/ST roster will be against the DOP&T guidelines.  <<<Click here for GS letter>>

In this regard, AIBSNLEA has already submitted its views/ suggestions/ concerns to CMD BSNL vide letter dated 03.11.2017 and 15.11.2017.

<<<Click here for letter date 03.11.2017 >> <<<Click here for letter date 15.11.2017 >>

31.10.2019: GS replied Com. Sebastin K., GS SNEA in response to his request to join and support the agitation programs from 04.11.2019. GS has mentioned the views and concerns of AIBSNLEA that all the vacant Group “B” and STS level posts should be filled up through CPCs/ LDCE before implementation of any New Policy on CPSU Hierarchy and any deviation from the Khan Committee recommendations is not acceptable to AIBSNLEA for the better career progression of the executives, wherein GS SNEA was also an important constituent and played a vital role in preparing the khan Committee recommendations. <<<Click here for reply to SNEA>>  
31.10.2019: Status of DE to DGM promotions:-

It is reliably learnt that all the VCs have been received in the office of CVO BSNL CO and the clearance will be given by the CVO today. The approval from the Competent Authority for holding the DPC from DE to DGM (T) promotions is expected today.

In the meanwhile, the signed copy of the Judgement from the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh is also expected shortly. AIBSNLEA is continuously trying for the early issuance of promotion orders.

28.10.2019:  Wide spread resentment over CMD BSNL’s speech on the eve of Diwali on 25.10.2019 in Corporate Office to BSNL Employees:-
AIBSNLEA does not support the deliberation of the CMD BSNL on the eve of Diwali regarding the tone, the language, and the way of the speech is highly objectionable as AIBSNLEA CHQ is receiving numerous calls/ whatsapp massage from large number of members from all over the country expressing their anguish and are dejected by the speech of CMD which made the employees demoralized and de-motivated. CMD BSNL has made scapegoat the employees as if they are only responsible for the present situation of the BSNL.
In fact, BSNL become sick mainly due to the wrong procurement policies, improper Management decisions, bad policies and corrupt attitude of the BSNL Management.
BSNL Revival package is approved by the Govt due to continues struggle by the BSNL employees. It is not out of place to point out here that Hon’ble MOC & IT in his Press briefing clearly mentioned that VRS is purely voluntarily, however, it is surprised that CMD BSNL has threatened and compel the employees to opt for VRS? CMD forgot the fact that these BSNL Officers only, who are now maintaining the BSNL network during this present financial crisis in BSNL by paying thousands of rupees from their own pocket. It is nothing but demoralizing, humiliation for the employees who are fully dedicated towards BSNL. We want to know how many senior officers of BSNL, GMs, CGMs, Directors and the CMD contributed from their own pocket to maintain the network during the present crisis.
Hence, AIBSNLEA condemn the speech by our respected CMD, BSNL Shri P K Purwar, on the eve of Diwali.

 

AIBSNLEA CHQ extends its best wishes and warm greetings

to one and all on the Deepawali festival. May this Deepawali festival brings all the happiness in your life

 

25.10.2019: Update on DE to DGM (T) promotions

Today, PGM (Pers) called AIBSNLEA and SNEA General Secretaries to discuss the modalities of postings consequent to completion of ongoing DE to DGM (T) CPC proceedings. To start with the discussions, PGM (Pers) informed that the VC of the eligible candidates is still to be received from some of the Circles as such the CPC proceeding could not be completed before Deepawali. However, he assured to issue promotions orders by the end of this month. Regarding posting consequent to the promotions, AIBSNLEA categorically requested to post all the candidates on "as is where is" basis considering their age profile and expected future turmoil in BSNL due to VRS proposals. PGM (Pers) assured to look into. 

25.10.2019: Meeting with Secretary (T) DoT of All Unions and Associations:-

Chairman DCC & Secretary (Telecom) Shri Anshu Prakash address the leaders of All Associations and Unions of BSNL in Conference Hall, Sanchar Bhawan, DoT, New Delhi today. CMD BSNL Shri P.K. Purwar and Director (HR) Shri Arvind Vadnerkar were also present in the meeting.

 

At the outset, AUAB leaders presented Bouquet to the Secretary (T) and extend our sincere thanks and appreciated for Herculean efforts for getting approval of the Revival Package of BSNL from the Union Cabinet. On behalf of AIBSNLEA Com. Sivakumar GS, attended today’s meeting.

 

Secretary (T) mentioned that Central Govt. has faith on BSNL and BSNL Employees and accordingly sanctioned the Bailout Package for Rs.74000 Crores to BSNL in the larger interest of the Nation, since BSNL is a Strategic Sector for Telecommunications Services and serving the Nation. The package includes that:-

1. Allotment of Spectrum for 4G services to BSNL and to enable to provide Broadband and other Data services by BSNL. The 4G Spectrum will be funded by the Government of India by Capital Infusion at a value of Rs 14,115 Cr. in addition, the GST amount of Rs 2,540 Cr on the Spectrum value will also be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary Resources.

2. BSNL will raise Long-Term Bonds of Rs 7,500 Cr for which Sovereign Guarantee will be provided by the Government of India (GoI). Through this, BSNL will restructure their existing debt and also partly meet CAPEX, OPEX and other urgent requirements.

3. BSNL will offer Voluntary Retirement to it’s employees, aged 50 years and above through attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS). The cost for VRS will be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary Provisions. The ex-gratia component of VRS will require about Rs. 14,000 Cr.

4. BSNL will monetize it’s select Telecom Assets and Lands/Buildings Assets to the tune of Rs.20,000 Crore over a period of 4 years, so as to raise resources for retiring debt, servicing of bonds, network up gradation, expansion and meeting the operational funds requirement.

5. BSNL and MTNL will be merged and it may take 2 years time. MTNL will become a Subsidiary of BSNL till the time both the entities are completely merged. 

Secretary (T) mentioned about the Package that due to the High Level Political decision, this achievement has been happened and nearly Rs.30,000 crore have been allotted for VRS Package to BSNL employees through the Budgetary Support of central Govt. instead of raising bonds. Hence, all the Union’s and Association’s leaders are requested to clarified the doubts and motivate the employees for the betterment of the BSNL and achieve the EBITDA positive. He also opined that BSNL will regain its original glory very soon.

 

Secretary (T) indicates that by utilizing the available resources viz, Core Telecom Net work,  leasing out of maximum towers, out of 8 Lakh OFC Fibre Route, at least 20% can be utilized for sharing to earn more revenue,  leasing out of spare Buildings-Assets etc. BSNL can earn Rs.5000 cr. annually.

 

1. AUAB leaders requested Sect. (T) to consider the implementation of 3rd PRC fitment benefit as assured by him on 30th Jan., 2019. Sect. (T) Clarified that after the BSNL become EBITDA positive and the Market share increased from 10% to at least 17% or above, then only 3rd PRC will be possible on performance basis.

2. AUAB leaders also requested for the immediate consideration of Pension Revision. Secretary (T) replied that at this juncture, the Pension revision without considering 3rd PRC benefit to working employees is not possible. Then AUAB leaders pleaded that as assured by the then Hon’ble Minister of Communications for State Shri Manoj Sinha Ji on 03.12.2018 for delinking the Pension revision from the Pay revision. Secretary (T) advised AUAB leaders to take up the issue with DOP&PW.

3. AUAB leaders also requested the refund of excess paid amount towards Pension Contribution to the tune of Rs.2500 crore to BSNL and Pension Contribution is to be calculated on the basis of Govt. Rules (FR 116) on the Actual Basic Pay instead of the maximum of Basic Pay as assured by the then MOSC during discussions on 03.12.2018. Secretary (T) clarified that the Deptt. of Expenditure, MOF has not agreed with the proposal and not considered the refund as well as the further calculation on actual Basic Pay.

 

The leaders of All the Associations and Unions assured Secretary (T) for their best co-operation and wishes for the big festival of “DIWALI”.  

24.10.2019:Meeting of the AUAB with CMD BSNL on the Certain Issues relating to the Revival Package of BSNL approved in the Cabinet Meeting: CMD BSNL called AUAB leaders in his Chamber where on behalf of AIBSNLEA, Com. S.Sivakumar, GS attended the meeting. The issues discussed are as under:-

AUAB meets the CMD BSNL - Discusses issues related to the revival package:-

Leaders of the AUAB met the CMD BSNL on 24.10.2019 evening after P.P. presentation and interactive session and discussed about certain issues related to the revival package approved by the Cabinet. Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) and Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) was present. Com. P.Abhimanyu, Convenor, Com. Chandeswar Singh, Chairman, Com. K.Sebastin, GS,SNEA, Com. S.Sivakumar, GS,AIBSNLEA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS,BSNL MS, Com. Mohinder, CS,NTR, FNTO, Com. Sandeep Kumar, AGS, Com. Rewati Prasad, BSNL ATM and Com. H.P.Singh, GS,BSNL OA. The following issues were discussed.

At the outset of the meeting, the leaders appreciated the efforts taken by Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, for the efforts taken by him, for getting the allotment of 4G spectrum and other financial assistances to BSNL approved by the government. 

a) No rolling back of the retirement age to 58 years.

Even in yesterday's meeting, the CMD BSNL stated that the option of rolling back of the retirement age to 58 is still there with the DoT/government. The AUAB submitted it's letter to the CMD BSNL, signed by all the above mentioned leaders, demanding that the retirement age should not be rolled back to 58 years, by advancing the reasoning’s as to why it should not be done. CMD BSNL assured that the letter would be forwarded to the government. 

b) Facing the shortage of manpower, consequent to the implementation of the VRS. 

It is pointed out by the AUAB that, after the implementation of the VRS, there will be acute shortage of manpower and the work load will increase tremendously. Consequently, the quality of the services will be badly affected, if suitable remedial measures are not taken. The CMD BSNL shared the concern of the AUAB. However, he stated that, the situation is fluid now and that appropriate action would be taken depending upon the situation. 

c) As per Rules, commutation of Pension can be done when the employee is alive. Now, as per the Cabinet decision, Pension will be settled only on the date of actual retirement of the employee who opts for VRS. In case, if a VRS optee dies before the date of his actual retirement, then his/her family cannot get the benefit of commutation of pension. The AUAB demanded that this issue should be resolved. The CMD BSNL assured that needful would be done.

d) Sending back the officers to their parent circles to facilitate settlement of their pension.

The AUAB pointed out that the officers who have already been transferred to far-away places and who will be availing VRS, will have to be sent back immediately to their parent circles, to facilitate settlement of their pension. This is because; pension can be settled only by their parent circles, argued the leader. The CMD BSNL appreciated the concern of the leaders and assured that needful would be done in this regard. 

24.10.2019: BSNL Corporate Office issued Clarification on First Time Bound Up Gradation under EPP:-

Continues efforts of GS AIBSNLEA, yielded results in getting issued of clarification in respect of the first time bound up gradation under EPP as many executives are getting financial loss (even several have been retired now) due to misinterpretation about the periodicity of the first time bound up gradation under EPP by some field units. AIBSNLEA took up the issue discussed several times and finally agreed the authority in Corporate Office to issue the necessary clarification.Great Achievement of AIBSNLEA”.

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24.10.2019: Today CMD BSNL invited all the Unions and Associations of BSNL to apprise about the Revival Plan approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. CMD and all the Board of Directors were present in the meeting. On behalf of AIBSNLEA, Com. S.Sivakumar, GS attended the meeting. The Power Point presentation was made by the Director (HR) in the Conference Hall of BSNL Corporate Office at 16.15 hrs. The meeting was lasted for more than 3 Hours. CMD BSNL Shri P.K .Purwar explained about the Herculean efforts taken by the BSNL and DoT Team under the Leadership of Secretary(T) for getting approval of the Revival Package by the Union Cabinet and explained in detail about the Salient features of the Revival Plan and Road Map for future Developmental activities to maximize the Revenue.

Salient features of the Revival Plan:                       

1. Administrative allotment of Spectrum for 4G services to BSNL to enable to provide Broadband and other Data services by BSNL. The said Spectrum will be funded by the Government of India by Capital Infusion at a value of Rs 14,115 Cr. in addition, the GST amount of Rs 2,540 Cr on the Spectrum value will also be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary Resources.

2. BSNL will raise Long-Term Bonds of Rs 7,500 Cr for which Sovereign Guarantee will be provided by the Government of India (GoI). With the said resources, BSNL will restructure their existing debt and also partly meet CAPEX, OPEX and other requirements.

3. BSNL will  offer Voluntary Retirement to their employees, aged 50 years and above through attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), the cost of which will be borne by the Government of India through budgetary support. The ex-gratia component of VRS will require Rs. 14,000 Cr. For about 80,000 employees.

4. BSNL will monetize Select Lands/Buildings Assets and other Telecom Assets to the tune of Rs.20,000 Crore over a period of 4 years, so as to raise resources for retiring debt, servicing of bonds, network up gradation, expansion and meeting the operational funds requirement.

5. MTNL will become a Subsidiary of BSNL till the time both the entities are completely merged. 

VRS Package:

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.

2. The Ex-Gratia amount will be calculated on the basis of 35 days salary per Year for the completed Years of Service + 25 days Salary per Year for remaining Years of Service.

3. Ex-gratia +Pension amount shall not exceed 125% of the Salary as on date for the remaining period of Service. There is no other Ceiling Limit like Gujarat Model Package i.e. 36 months/ 40 months or 42 months.

4. The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in two instalments i.e. first instalment in the Current Financial Year (during the fourth quarter from Jan.’ 2020 to March’ 2020 and the second instalment in the first quarter of next financial year i.e from April’ 2020 to June‘ 2020.

5. 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 in respect of employees above 55 years to 60 years. In respect of employees below 55 years it will be paid in 6th year. During the intervening period from the date of VRS to the date of attain the age of 60 Years, Employees will get GPF interest rate on their Gratuity amount.  

6. 30 days time will be given for VRS option through ERP/ESS Portal. Provision will be created in ERP/ESS Portal for Ex-gratia calculation.

7. EL/HPL in respect of Leave Encashment and TA entitlement for settling at Home Town/Declared Place after VRS will be regulated as per existing Rules.

8. The estimated VRS Target is 80,000 employees.

After the receipt of the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting from DoT, the revival plan will be placed in the BSNL Board meeting and after getting approval of the BSNL Board the exact date of implementation of VRS will be announced. 

CMD BSNL is of the firm opinion and expected that with the implementation of this Revival Plan, BSNL and MTNL will be able to provide reliable and quality services through its robust Telecommunication Network throughout the country including Rural and Remote areas and BSNL will regain it’s original pristine glory within 2 years. He requested that both the Management and the Unions and Associations should come forward and work together to get better results. He also requested to one and all that it is the right time for raise to the occasion and to grow and move forward with strong force. CMD BSNL further mentioned that all the BSNL employees should feel sense of ownership of BSNL as it is your own Company.

CMD BSNL mentioned that we have to utilize the available resources viz, Core Telecom Net work and generate the maximize Revenue. Only 13000 Towers were leased with other TSPs out of 70,000 BSNL towers. We can earn at least Annual revenue to the tune of Rs.2500 Cr from leasing out of remaining Towers. Out of 8 Lakh OFC Route, 20% can be utilized for sharing and we will get revenue of Rs.1500 cr. annually from this front. Through Leasing out of Buildings/Assets also, we can earn Rs.1000 cr. annually which now we are earning only Rs.160 cr.

After the Power Point Presentation and CMD’s Address, a very good interactive session was conducted. CMD replied all the queries raised by GS AIBSNLEA, other Leaders of AUAB as well as the leaders of other Unions and Associations.

For the queries raised by Com. S.Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA, CMD BSNL clarified the factual position on VRS as detailed below:-

1. On our query regarding 3rd PRC fitment benefits on 5% or at least 0%, CMD replied that the same has not been approved in the PMO meeting or in the Cabinet Decision.

2. The query regarding Pension Revision of BSNL Pensioners due to non-extending of 3rd PRC fitment benefits to the BSNL Employees, CMD advised to take up the issue with the Secretary(T) and Govt. of India since it is not comes under the jurisdiction of BSNL Management.

3. Regarding our query in respect of the Recommendation to the Finance Ministry by BSNL Management for further amendment of Income Tax Act -1993 for increasing the exemption limit of Rs.5,00,000/- for the ex-gratia, CMD BSNL advised to take up the issue with the Finance Ministry.

 4. Regarding our query in respect of pre-ponement of deferred Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension payment after attaining the age of Superannuation i.e from 60 years to 58 years if there is a move of roll back of Retirement age from 60 years to 58 years, CMD clarified that the pre- ponement of deferred Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension payment after attaining the age 58 years (due to roll back) has not been discussed in the Cabinet Meeting.

5. Our Query regarding the Commutation Value of Pension  in respect of employees expired after getting VRS, CMD clarified that amendment made in the Gratuity Rules in the Cabinet Meeting regarding payment of Gratuity to the Legal Heirs of the deceased in the event of death after VRS but regarding the Commutation value of Pension in respect of employees expired after getting VRS some Administrative decision should be taken and assured to look in to the issue.

6. Regarding our query about the proposed date of payment of first instalment of Ex-gratia payment to the Employees going on VRS, CMD BSNL mentioned that the funds will be released by the Finance Ministry after the approval of RE-BE for the Financial Year 2019-20 i.e probably at the end of Feb’ 2020 or March’ 2020.

The Power Point Presentation, CMD’s address and Interactive Session have completed in a very effective and constructive manner. After this session, CMD BSNL called the AUAB leaders separately in his Chamber and discussed for further future plan.

23.10.2019: Meeting with Member (Finance) and other Senior Officers in DoT: GS, AGS (Fin) and Advisor (HQ) met Member (Finance) and other Senior Officers in DoT and enquired about the salient features of the Revival Package of BSNL and MTNL approved by the Union Cabinet in today’s meeting. Member (Fin.) informed that the Cabinet Note was approved by the Secretary (T) and Hon’ble Minister of Communications, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji yesterday late night to include it in the agenda of the today’s Cabinet Meeting and DoT officers have worked on the proposal of Revival Plan till late night yesterday, then only on the intervention of the Hon’ble MOC and PMO it was included in the agenda of today’s meeting.

We appreciated the Herculean efforts taken by the Hon’ble MOC, Secretary (T), Member (Finance) and other Senior Officers of DOT as well as BSNL Management for getting the approval of the Revival Package by the Cabinet and on behalf of AIBSNLEA, we convey our sincere thanks to one and all. AIBSNLEA expects it’s implementation in true spirit and not ‘lopsided’.   

Member (Finance) specifically mentioned that the Fund for VRS to the tune of about Rs.30,000 Crores for BSNL and MTNL will be borne by the Central Govt. through Budgetary Support instead of raising of Bonds/ getting Loans.

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.  

2.  Cost of the 4G Spectrum including the GST amount will be allocated to BSNL by Capital Infusion.

3.  Immediate Financial Support to the tune of Rs.15,000 Crores to BSNL and MTNL through infusion via Sovereign Bonds.

4. The Assets of BSNL/MTNL to the tune of Rs.38,000 Crores will be monetized over a period of 4 years.

5. MTNL will become a Subsidiary of BSNL till the time both entities are completely merged.   

AIBSNLEA is of the firm opinion that BSNL will regain it’s Original Pristine Glory after the implementation of Revival Plan.  

CMD BSNL invited AUAB Leaders tomorrow on 24.10.2019 to apprise about the Revival Package of BSNL.

23.10.2019:  "BSNL, MTNL To Be Merged" Says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Union Cabinet approves the revival plan of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) & MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) & in-principle merger of the two. Spectrum of 4G to be allocated to Telecom PSEs (Public Sector Enterprises).

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23.10.2019:  Union Cabinet approves revival plan of BSNL and MTNL and in-principle merger of the two:

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for revival of BSNL and MTNL by administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services, debt restructuring by raising of bonds with sovereign guarantee, reducing employee costs, monetisation of assets and in-principle approval of merger of BSNL & MTNL.

The following was approved by the cabinet:-

1.Administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services to BSNL and MTNL so as to enable these PSUs to provide broadband and other data services. The said Spectrum will be funded by the Government of India by capital infusion in these PSUs at a value of Rs 20,140 Cr in addition; the GST amount of Rs 3,674 Cr to this spectrum value will also be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary resources. By using this spectrum allotment, BSNL and MTNL will be able to deliver 4G services, compete in the market and provide high speed data using their vast network including in rural areas.

2. BSNL and MTNL will also raise long-term bonds of Rs 15,000 Cr for which sovereign guarantee will be provided by the Government of India (GoI). With the said resources, BSNL and MTNL will restructure their existing debt and also partly meet CAPEX, OPEX and other requirements.

3. BSNL and MTNL will also offer Voluntary Retirement to their employees, aged 50 years and above through attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), the cost of which will be borne by the Government of India through budgetary support. The ex-gratia component of VRS will require Rs. 17,169 Cr in addition, GoI will be meeting the cost towards Pension, Gratuity and Commutation. Details of the scheme will be finalised by BSNL/MTNL.

4. BSNL and MTNL will monetise their assets so as to raise resources for retiring debt, servicing of bonds, network upgradation, expansion and meeting the operational fund requirements.

5. In-principle merger of BSNL and MTNL

It is expected that with the implementation of said revival plan, BSNL and MTNL will be able to provide reliable and quality services through its robust telecommunication network throughout the country including rural and remote areas.

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22.10.2019: Meeting with Director (HR), BSNL Board: GS and AGS (Fin) along with Rajasthan Circle President met Director (HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding disbursement of salary for the month of Sept., 2019 to BSNL employees as assured by CMD BSNL and Director (HR) with the AUAB representatives during the meeting held on 17.10.2019. Director (HR) informed that we are on the job and try to disburse the salary by 23rd of this month as assured. Further, we enquired about the status of BSNL Revival Plan. Director (HR) mentioned that the things are going in a positive direction and hopefully it will be approved in the ensuing Cabinet Meeting. We further discussed regarding:-

A) Filling up of all vacant posts of Group ‘B’ and Group ‘A’ in various disciplines:- We requested to fill up all the vacant posts of Group ‘B’ and Group ‘A’ in all disciplines before implementation of proposed VRS in BSNL since there is no financial implications. Director (HR) appreciated our concern and assured to look into the matter. GS handed over a letter addressed to Director (HR) in this regard.

B) Consideration of Promotion from DGM (Fin-Regular) to Jt.GM (Fin) by relaxing the Service conditions: We requested to relax one year in the service conditions for the promotion to the grade of Jt.GM (Fin) from the grade of DGM (Fin-Regular) and arrange to issue the promotion orders in the grade of Jt. GM in the E-7 Scale before the implementation of the proposed VRS in BSNL. After detailed discussion, Director (HR) assured to look in to the matter. GS handed over a letter addressed to CMD BSNL with copy to Director (HR) in this regard.

C) Amendments in Deputation Policy: We requested Director (HR) to review the Deputation Policy in the background of present financial crunch of BSNL. So many executives in various Grades have applied for deputation to various Organizations and waiting for forwarding of their applications. We suggested that it is the high time to amend the Deputation Policy and forward the eligible applications to the concern Organizations since BSNL Management is struggling for timely disbursement of salary to its employees. Director (HR) assured to discuss the matter with the CMD BSNL for further decision. GS handed over a letter addressed to CMD BSNL and Director (HR) in this regard.

D) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We requested to expedite the issuance of DE to DGM (T) promotion orders. Director (HR) immediately contacted PGM (Pers) over phone and directed him to issue the DGM (T) promotion and posting orders before Deepawali i.e. on or before 25.10.2019.  

E) Consideration of Request transfer in the cadre of DGM (T): We requested to consider the long pending request transfer cases of DGMs who have completed more than two years in other Circles. Director (HR) mentioned that it will be considered along with the DGM (T) promotions.

F) Consideration of Request transfer in the cadre of DE: We requested to consider the pending request transfer cases of DEs without substitutes since they have obeyed the orders of Corporate Office and working in the other Circles for more than 2 years and also away from their families. Director (HR) assured to look into the matter.  

G) Request for remittance of recoveries from Salary to concerned authority: We brought to the notice of Director (HR) that the recoveries from Salary viz: GPF, Bank Loan EMIs, Society, LIC and PLI etc. have not been remitted to the Concerned Authorities since last five months. Due to non-remittance of the above said dues, employees are suffering a lot. BSNL Employees are not able to get GPF advance/withdrawal and Society Loan etc., for celebrating Diwali festival. Further, the negligence and fault on the part of the Management towards the delayed payment of Bank Loan EMIs resulting in imposition of Penal interest on the employees by the Bank Authorities.

We requested Director (HR) at least two or three months LIC/ PLI premium recoveries may be released for remittance before the end of this month so that the Policies will be alive since for the past five months it has not been remitted. Director (HR) after patient hearing assured to look in to the matter. GS handed over a letter addressed to CMD BSNL, copy to Director (HR) in this regard.

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22.10.2019:  GS writes to Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding request for considering the promotion from DGM (Fin.-regular) to Jt.GM (Fin.) in the IDA Pay Scale of E-7 on completion of 4 years of Regular Service as DGM (Fin-regular)  by relaxing the service conditions prescribed in BSNL MSRR-2009 as one time measure.

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21.10.2019:  GS writes to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) BSNL Board regarding  request for filling up of the vacant Group- "B" and Group" A" level Posts through CPCs in various disciplines before implementation of Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) and Restructuring Scheme of BSNL.

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18.10.2019:  FLASH NEWS:-
Dear Comrades ! Hearty Congratulations!

The MA filed by BSNL for conducting CPC in respect of DE to DGM (T) promotion as per the Seniority List and issuance of DE to DGM (T) promotion orders is allowed in Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh  today on 18.10.2019. Hon’ble CAT likely to issue the orders today A/N. Now the stalemate for the DE to DGM (T) promotion is cleared.

As per the instructions of GS AIBSNLEA, Com. Ashok Sharma, Circle President Punjab circle attended the Hon'ble CAT Chandigarh on behalf of AIBSNLEA.

Regards,  GS AIBSNLEA.   

17.10.2019:  GS writes to

(1)The Director (HR) BSNLBoard regarding Issue of Non-Review Certificate of APAR

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(2)The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of AGM/DE

(b)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of DE (DGM (L/A

(c)Representation from Shri N.K. Dhudhrejia SDE HR No. 7009501 regarding missing of his name in promotion list from JTO (T) to SDE (T).

(d)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account Officer

(e)Representation from Shri P. Bhaskar, DE, Kolkata Telephones (CTD), HR No. 198402345 regarding Own Cost request transfer from Kolkata TD to Telangana Circle on promotion from DE to DGM.

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17.10.2019: GS attended the PRE CEC Meeting of the 7thCircle Conference and 7th Circle Conference of the AIBSNLEA Karnataka Circle

The 7th Circle Conference of AIBSNLEA Karnataka Circle was held on 12th and 13th October’ 2019 at Tarala Balu Sabha Bhavana, SS Parvathamma Samudaya Bhawana Premises, Davangere.

The Pre- CEC meeting was conducted on 11/10/2019 evening. Circle President Com. Ulhas V. Gurav presided over the meeting. Genl. Secretary Com. S. Sivakumar and Vice president CHQ Com. Chakoli Appalal participated in the PRE CEC. In his address GS briefed about the current Financial Status of BSNL and various important issues and called upon the front line Office bearers to work unitedly for the betterment of BSNL and AIBSNLEA.

Com. Ulhas V Gurav Circle President presided over the 7th Circle Conference started on 12.10.2019 at 10.15 hrs and welcomed the gathering. Com. Shashidhar K. Hiremath, Circle Secretary and AGS (Eng)/ CHQ placed the Circle Secretary’s report.

Our beloved and dynamic General Secretary S. Sivakumar while addressing portrayed the real shape of  present BSNL status and explained the problems faced by BSNL and its solution. He mentioned that the Government has failed to honour the commitment made and assurances given to BSNL Unions / Associations through its Cabinet decisions at the time of formation of BSNL. Taking care of the financial viability of BSNL is the responsibility of the Government. He said that he along with CHQ Office bearers of our Association met Hon’ble MOC Sri. Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji and Hon’ble Minister for State of Communications Sri. Sanjay Shamrao Dhotri Ji and Hon’ble Minister for State of  Finance  Shri Anurag Thakur Ji and requested to honour the assurances given through Union Cabinet Decisions and extend adequate immediate Financial Support to BSNL and revival of BSNL.  Hon’ble Minister for Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji assured that the Revival Package of BSNL is under active consideration and soon it will be decided.

AIBSNLEA  has also written letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra D. Modi Ji,  requesting him to extend Financial Support to State owned BSNL, immediate Revival of BSNL, Allotment of 4G Spectrum, Refund of money which has been taken against various Taxes, excess payment of Pension Contribution, compensation of Rs.19,000 Crores for maintenance expenditure of loss making Rural Exchanges and payment of USOF/ ADC Charges in the form of Rural Deficit Charges for the services provided by BSNL in the LWE/NE/Rural/Far flung/Tribal/Hilly areas and implementation of 3rd PRC to BSNL Employees.

He further mentioned  that BSNL is facing severe financial crisis and not able to pay even Electricity Bills, Towers Rent, Vehicle Running Expenses, Fuel Expenses, Contractual Labour Wage bills, Payment to Vendors, Telecom Infra Service Providers and Local Cable TV Operators bills etc. Further, the recoveries from salary like Bank’s EMI Payments, Societies, GPF Subscription/recoveries as well as Reimbursement of Medical Claims in respect of the working Employees & BSNL retirees are also getting delayed. The OPEX, CAPEX, Statutory and other Liabilities are also pending for more than Rs.15,000 Crores and it is likely to increase in the months to come.

Salary for the month of September’ 2019 has not been disbursed to BSNL Employees till date.  This is the 4th time in this year, that the BSNL Management has not disbursed the Salary in time to its employees. It has caused serious demoralization, resentment and frustration amongst the BSNL employees. It would be very difficult for BSNL to meet even its fund requirement for monthly Salary due to heavy dip in cash flow during past one year. Further, the gap between monthly revenue and bare expenses to continue operations in BSNL is a growing concern has reached a level where continuing with BSNL operations could be nearly impossible without immediate financial support to BSNL. The average monthly cash flow is Rs.1400 Crores whereas our monthly Expenditure is around Rs.2400 Crores. Gross Salary expenditure alone is Rs.1350 Crores. Now Nationalized Banks are also not ready to sanction any Loan to BSNL on the basis of Letter of Comfort due to decrease in revenue of BSNL.

GS further mentioned that the need of the hour is to retain the existing Customers and maximize the revenue and advised all employees to come forward and work together to achieve the targets within the available resources. He also urged the Management to come forward and take into confidence the Associations and Unions. The Genl. Secretaries of recognized Unions/Associations may be discussed and get suggestions to get better results and further strategies to be evolved to come out of the present crisis.

It is reliably learnt that the revival package of BSNL is under active consideration and it is likely to be approved by the Union Cabinet in the last week of October 2019 i.e., before Diwali.  He further mentioned  that AUAB has given a call for Trade Union Action  for the timely payment of Salary, Revival of BSNL & Immediate Financial Support to BSNL and requested one and all to strengthen AUAB and conduct the struggle successfully to achieve our demands.

He also explained about the HR issues in detail- the current status of Promotions in the cadre of DGM(T), SDE, PA/PS, AO to CAO and DGM(T) Review DPC due to Rule 206, FR 22(I)(a)(1) Pay Fixation Court cases/ Pay Recovery in respect of Ex. Officiating JTOs, Status of the Additional Increment under EPP  Case, 30% SAB, Scrapping of MTRR, Pay anomaly  in r/o Electrical/Civil/Architect wing JTOs  etc.,

The entire House enthusiastically applauded Genl. Secretary for his initiatives and sincere efforts for the Revival of BSNL. GS specifically mentioned that we will leave no stone unturned for the betterment and further growth of our AIBSNLEA and BSNL. 

On this occasion, Genl. Secretary was honored by presenting Memento and Shawl.

A Seminar on “Role of BSNL in the Telecom Sector and its Revival” was arranged. The Meeting started with Invocation song by Smt. Poornima and Smt. Vijaya. A small Cultural programme was arranged on this occasion. Bharata Natyam Dance was performed by Kum. Shakshi. , Com. Ulhas V Gurav, CP presided over the Open Sessionand welcomed all the dignitaries and delegates. Com. S.K. Hiremath, Circle Secretary presented the key note address. The function was graced by special guests Sri. J.L. Gautam, ITS, GM, Davangere, CHQ Vice President Sri. Chakoli Appalal and the leaders from various Unions/Associations. All the leaders participated and spoken regarding the subject in the Open House Session. The entire House enthusiastically applauded Com. K.S. Seshadri, Deputy Genl. Secretary, NFTE, CHQ New Delhi for his thought provoking speech.

Com. G.M. Shastry, DGM (F), Com. B.S. Shivalingappa, SDE and Com. Nagarajappa, A.O. have been unanimously elected as Circle President, Circle Secretary and Circle Finance Secretary respectively.

The Conference was concluded with Vote of Thanks by Com. Hanumanthappa Bajari DS, Reception Committee Secy. and DS/ Davangare Session.
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17.10.2019:   AUAB decides to defer tomorrow's Hunger Strike, after meeting with the CMD BSNL today:-

A meeting between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL was held at 03:00 pm today. The Director (HR), Director (CM) and GM (SR) were also present. From the AUAB side, the General Secretary Com. S. Sivakumar on behalf of AIBSNLEA and the General Secretary/ Representative of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, FNTO, BSNLMS, SNATTA, ATM BSNL, BSNL OA, TEPU and TOA BSNL were also participated in the meeting. After detailed discussion, the CMD BSNL assured that the Salary for the Month of Sept., 2019 would be disbursed by 23.10.2019. Further, informed that the Cabinet is likely to take a decision on BSNL’s Revival Package on 23.10.2019. He appealed to the AUAB to defer the Hunger Strike scheduled to be held on 18.10.2019. After this meeting, the representatives of the AUAB present in the meeting, decided to defer the Hunger Strike for the time being. It is also decided to hold the next meeting of the AUAB on 30.10.2019, for reviewing the situation and for taking appropriate decision regarding future course of action.

17.10.2019:  Due to consistent efforts of AIBSNLEA, BSNL Corporate Office, issued clarification to the concerned CGMs regarding date of joining of JAOs of 2018 Batch against DR Quota. In this regard AIBSNLEA has written a letter to CMD for issuance of clarification in respect of affected JAOs of West Bengal/ETR/ETP Circles.

 

AIBSNLEA extends its sincere thanks to Director (HR), Director (Fin), PGM (Pers.) and DGM (Pers.-JM).

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It is reported by the Director (Finance) during the meeting with AIBSNLEA held on 15.10.2019 regarding remittance of GPF recoveries made from the salaries of employees have been made upto July 2019. But, many of the Circle Secretaries are complaining that GPF dues have been remitted till April/May 2019 only. GS contacted the concerned officers at Corporate Office and enquired about the release of the funds in this regard. It is clarified that GPF recoveries upto July 2019 have been remitted in respect of retiring employees only.

 

17.10.2019:  Meeting between the AUAB and the BSNL Management at Corporate Office, New Delhi:-

A meeting was held between the AUAB and the BSNL Management at 10:00 hrs. today. In the meeting, from the Management Side, Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), Shri Sheetla Prasad, Director (CM) and Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) were present. From the AUAB side, the General Secretary Com. S. Sivakumar and President Com. Subhasis Mitra on behalf of AIBSNLEA and the General Secretary/ Representative of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, FNTO, BSNLMS, SNATTA, ATM BSNL, BSNL OA and TOA BSNL, participated in the meeting. The issues contained in the ‘Charter of Demands’ of the AUAB, for the Hunger Strike to be held on 18-10-2019, were discussed in the meeting. The Management Side informed that the Cabinet is likely to take a decision on the Revival Package of BSNL around 23rd of this month. They expressed the hope that, once BSNL’s revival package is cleared by the Cabinet, the Banks will come forward to extend credit to BSNL and that will create a favourable situation for BSNL’s Revival. Representatives of the AUAB expressed their extreme unhappiness over the non-payment of September, 2019, Salary. Further, they raised the issues related to the improving the quality of Service, Curtailing expenditure and increasing the Revenue Collection of the Company. They emphatically told that the letters issued by the Corporate Office for the retrenchment of contract workers, as well as non-payment of their wages are adversely affecting the operation and maintenance works. The Management Side assured that September Salary would be disbursed on 23.10.2019 and requested to withdraw the Hunger Strike. The AUAB representatives told that the Salary should be disbursed at least by 21.10.2019. The AUAB has pointed out that Stake Holders should be consulted and not taken as granted. There should be Road Map for the functioning of the Company after the reduction of the Staff through VRS. The meeting lasted for more than two hours and held in very cordial atmosphere. The Director (HR) assured that hereafter there will not be a communication gap between the Management and the Associations/ Unions. Meanwhile, it was informed that the CMD would be meeting the AUAB at 03:00 pm today and hence the meeting came to an end with this discussion.

16.10.2019: Meeting with Member (Finance) DCC, DoT:-   

GS, President, Chairman and AGS (Fin) met Member (Finance) DoT and discussed regarding disbursement of salary for the month of Sept., 2019 to BSNL employees by releasing the Claims Payable to BSNL. Member (Finance) informed that BSNL immediately required Rs.365 crores which are being arranged by DoT shortly and salary may be disbursed during early in the next week by 22nd or 23rd Oct., 2019. We further discussed regarding revival of BSNL. Member (Fin) mentioned that the Revival Package of BSNL/ MTNL which has been principally agreed by the GoM may be put up during next Union Cabinet Meeting. Further BSNL will be given “Letter of Comfort” of Rs.30000 crore shortly. The outstanding claims of BSNL Contractors, Vendors and Labour payments need also to be cleared by BSNL.

16.10.2019:  Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO:-

GS along with President, Chairman and AGS (Fin) met PGM (Pers.) BSNL Corporate Office and discussed regarding:

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We expressed our serious concern against the abnormal delay in issuance of DE to DGM (T) promotion orders. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that DE to DGM promotion process is about to be completed and he assured for the early issuance of the promotion orders.  

B) Request transfer in the cadre of DE: We conveyed our sincere thanks for considering and issuance of transfer orders for 12 DEs and further requested to consider the pending request transfer cases of DEs without substitutes. PGM (Pers.) assured to look into the matter at earliest after discussion with the newly joined Director (HR).  

C) Request transfer in the cadre of DGM (T): We requested to consider the request transfer cases of DGMs who have completed two years in other Circles. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that it will be considered at the time of DE to DGM (T) promotion.

D) Request transfers in the cadre of AO on own cost basis:- We requested to consider the request transfers cases in respect of Accounts Personnel who have already completed two years at their present station of posting. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that regarding AOs, Director (Fin) returned the file asking some query. It will be replied soon and will be considered accordingly.

E) Request transfers in the cadre of CAO:- We requested for the consideration of request transfers in the cadre of CAOs. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that it is under consideration and orders will be issued shortly.   

F) Implementation of Rule 206 as per the judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court: PGM (Pers.) mentioned that we have written to DoT for sending the vacancy position of DEs after the year 2001 in BSNL. The reply from DoT is awaited. We requested to expedite the review DPCs as per Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement at the earliest. PGM (Pers.) further mentioned that today also he will discuss the matter in DoT again for an early reply. Meanwhile, the review DPCs are being conducted against the vacancies on year to year basis since the year 2001.  

G) Withdrawal of Additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP: As per the directions of Hon’ble High Court Delhi a meeting between DOT and BSNL officers was conducted on 30.09.2019 wherein AIBSNLEA was also invited for submission of the suggestions. We have already submitted our views on 30.09.2019. On our enquiry about the outcome of the meeting PGM (Pers.) informed that withdrawal of additional increment as per the PCAT New Delhi is not justified but DoT was not positive on the issue even during the meeting. However, Pers. cell is going to reply to DoT as per the direction of PCAT New Delhi.       

H) First time bound promotion as per EPP: PGM (Pers.) assured to send a reply to DoT shortly in the same line as already clarified to the field units of BSNL i.e. First Time Bound Promotion will be eligible on completion of 4/5/6 years under EPP.

16.10.2019: AIBSNLEA Congratulated and Felicitated the New Director (HR) BSNL Board Shri Arvind Vadnerkar on assuming the High Office of Director (HR),  BSNL Board:   

Com. S. Sivakumar, GS AIBSNLEA along with Chairman, President, AGS (Fin) and FS/CHQ met newly joined regular Director (HR) BSNL Board and Congratulated and felicitated him today. AIBSNLEA wishes him all the success as Director (HR) in BSNL, he will hold the post for four years in the BSNL Board. Director (HR) mentioned that need of the hour is to retain the existing customers and revenue maximization. Director (HR) also requested to extend our support to BSNL Management if Revival Plan including VRS will come in days to come. We assured to extend our fullest co-operation and support to the BSNL Management to achieve all the targets and resolving all the HR issues to motivate BSNL Executives.

We also discussed about some long pending issues like DE to DGM (T) promotion orders and request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T) and DEs. Director (HR) mentioned that the DE to DGM promotion process is about to be completed and assured to consider the requested transfer cases.

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15.10.2019: Meeting with Director (Finance) BSNL Board: GS, President, AGS (Finance) & FS met Director (Finance) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

(1) Disbursement of salary for the Month of September 2019:- We enquired Director (Finance) about the probable date of September 2019 Salary disbursement. Director (Finance) explained that BSNL is depending on its own collections for the disbursement of monthly salary. He mentioned that from the day to day collection, we have already paid TDS and EPF and we have to pay GST also. However, he assured that CMD/BSNL is taking best efforts for the disbursement of salary for the month of September 2019 before Deepawali. We expressed our serious concern about the non remittance of GPF contribution/recovery to the concerned CCAs resulting in demoralisation amongst the serving employees and retirees and retirees are not in a position to get their GPF settlement along with full interest. Director (Finance) appreciated our concern and mentioned that the BSNL Management has already remitted GPF dues upto July 2019 and we are trying to remit the dues for August and September 2019 before the  end of this month.

(2) Revival Package of BSNL - We enquired about the status of BSNL Revival Package. Director (Finance) mentioned that the discussions are going on in the positive direction and we can expect the Cabinet approval in the 4th week of October 2019. 

(3) Request transfers in the cadre of Accounts Personnel: - We requested Director (Finance.) to consider the requests of the AOs who are working for more than two years in BSNL Corporate Office. Director (Finance) BSNL Board assured to look into the matter.

(4) Amendment in Deputation Policy: - We requested Director (Finance) to review the Deputation Policy in the background of present financial crunch of BSNL and in the angle of control of expenditure. So many executives in various Grades have applied for deputation to various Organizations and waiting for forwarding of their applications, we suggested that it is high time to amend the Deputation Policy and forward the eligible applications to the concern Organizations since BSNL Management is struggling for timely disbursement of salary to BSNL employees. Director (Finance) agreed with our suggestions and assured to discuss with the CMD BSNL for further action.

(5) Appointment of JAOs under DR quota: - We explained that DR JAO Probationers who have been allotted to West Bengal and ETP Circle Kolkata after completion of their 11 weeks pre-appointment training on 02.08.2019 were allowed to take over Charge as JAO on 12.8.2019 whereas in Other Circles DR JAO Probationers had been allowed to take over Charge on 05.8.2019 itself. Director (Finance) mentioned that the case is under process in the in the positive direction.

15.10.2019:  GS writes to The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding  request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Chief Account officer/ Account officer

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14.10.2019:  AUAB serves upon a Notice for holding the Hunger Strike on 18.10.2019

Today, AUAB has served upon a Notice for organising Hunger Strike on 18.10.2019 at Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels demanding settlement of the following issues:

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

2. Immediate payment of contract / casual labourers' wages and payment electricity bills and rentals.

3. Revival of BSNL by immediate allocation of 4G spectrum, extension of financial assistance / soft loan and approval for BSNL's Land Monetization proposal.

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

5. Immediate remittance of dues towards GPF, Bank loan EMI, Society, LIC premium, union / association subscription, etc, to the concerned organizations.

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Detailed modalities for the Hunger Strike shall be circulated in due course of time.

AUAB Zindabad  AIBSNLEA Zindabad    BSNL Zindabad   Our Unity Zindabad

11.10.2019:  BSNL Corporate Office orders:

1. Inter Circle Transfer Orders in case of AGMs/DEs:

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2. Tenure Transfer Orders in case of AGMs/DEs:

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3. Transfer Orders in case of Accounts Officers:

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11.10.2019:  Meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) at New Delhi:-

The scheduled meeting of AUAB held today at 1.30 pm at NFTE Office, New Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Com. C. Singh, the Chairman AUAB and GS NFTE. GS/ leaders of most of the Associations and Unions available at Delhi attended the meeting.

The Convenor AUAB and GS BSNLEU, Com. P. Abhimanu welcomed all the participant leaders and requested the Chairman to discuss further. Com. Chairman welcomed all and delivered the presidential speech and thrust on the unity of all the Unions and Associations of BSNL. All should come under one umbrella to save BSNL.

After detailed discussions, it was felt that rest of the Unions and Associations of BSNL, those who did not participate in today’s meeting due to pre-occupancy may also be invited and brought under the umbrella of AUAB. Further, it has been unanimously decided that a Daylong Hunger Fast by AUAB at District level, Circle level and Corporate Office HQ by the respective DSs, CSs and GSs of all the Unions and Associations be conducted on 18.10.2019.

DEMANDS

1.Immediate release of salary for the month of September 2019.

2.Revival of BSNL:- Immediate financial support, Soft Loan, Land Monetization and allotment of 4G Spectrum to BSNL.

3. Immediate remittance of recoveries from Salary to the respective organizations/ authorities.

4.Implementation of 3rd Pay Revision. 

5.Immediate revision of Pension.

6. SAB with 30% benefit.

 

Detailed Trade Union Call Notice will be issued shortly.

On behalf of AIBSNLEA, AGS (Fin) Com. Rajpal Sharma and FS/ CHQ Com. Ramnath Chhabra attended the AUAB meeting since GS is out of HQ to attend the Circle conference of KTK Circle.

 

It was also decided to convene next meeting of AUAB on 21.10.2019 at 03.00 pm at SEWA BSNL Office, Eastern Court, New Delhi to decide the further course of action in this regard. In the meanwhile, all efforts should be made to contact and request rest of the Unions and Associations to come and join under one umbrella.

 

AUAB Zindabad  AIBSNLEA Zindabad    BSNL Zindabad   Our Unity Zindabad

11.10.2019:  BSNL Corporate office issued a Press Release on 10.10.2019 as earlier written and requested by the GS AIBSNLEA to CMD BSNL regarding false Publication for closer of BSNL. <<<Click here for letter>>>

11.10.2019:  Dear Comrades!

Today is the very important day in the Trade Union History of BSNL & MTNL. We, the General Secretaries of AIBSNLEA, BSNLEU, NFTE & SNEA met personally / spoken over Phone with all the General Secretaries and Leaders of various Unions and Associations of BSNL and requested to come together under the one umbrella of AUAB banner to take decisions on the issues of Non –Payment Salary, Revival of BSNL etc., and further course of action. All the General Secretaries and Leaders of various Unions and Associations of BSNL are very positively agreed for the Unity and assured to come together under the umbrella of AUAB.

Accordingly AUAB Convenor Com. P. Abhimanyu ji has convened the meeting of AUAB on tomorrow 11.10.2019 at 01 30 hrs at NFTE Office, New Delhi. AUAB meeting will be presided by its Chairman Com.
Chandeswar Singh ji to take decisions for further course of action.

In addition to that we also met the General Secretaries and Leaders of various Unions and Associations of MTNL and discussed regarding conduction of United Struggle for the Revival of BSNL/MTNL. That meeting also very positive and the MTNL Leaders are agreed to come together.

Need of the Hour is Unity! All UNIONS and Associations Unity Zindabad
...

With Regards – S.SIVAKUMAR, GS, AIBSNLEA.

10.10.2019: GS Writes to

(a)Shri. Anshu Prakash, Chairman (DCC) & Secretary (T), DoT, Govt. of India, regarding request for issuance of Press Release against the false and fake report/news published in some Print/Electronic Media on 08.10.2019 regarding Closure of BSNL<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b)The Editor, The Financial Express Newspaper The Indian Express Online Media (Pvt) Ltd, The Express Building, B1/ B, Sector 10, NOIDA, UP regarding Authenticity of the news published in your News Paper “Financial Express” dated 08.10.2019 regarding ‘Closure of BSNL’<<<Click here for letter>>>

10.10.2019:  PRESENT STATUS OF BSNL REVIVAL PACKAGE

It is reliably learnt that the discussions regarding BSNL Revival Package are going in the positive direction and it is expected that the proposal is  likely to be approved by the Cabinet in the 4th week of October 2019 i.e., before Deepawali.

VRS Package to BSNL employees: VRS will be implemented from 1.12.2019. The window for the options will be opened from 1.11.2019 to 30.11.2019.

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

(a) The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in single go or maximum 5 instalments on optional basis for availing Income Tax benefit.

(b) The formula for Ex-gratia will be 125% of the salary  for the remaining period less Pension,

(c) The Employees having 56 years and having 4 years left out service will get full Salary benefits i.e upto a maximum of 40 months salary. 

(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.  

2.  4G Spectrum will be allotted to BSNL

3.  Immediate Financial Support is also under consideration. 

09.10.2019Meeting with Director (Finance) BSNL Board: GS and AGS (Finance) met Director (Finance) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

(1) Disbursement of salary for the Month of September 2019:- We enquired Director (Finance) about the probable date of September 2019 Salary disbursement. Director (Finance) explained that BSNL is depending on its own collections for the disbursement of monthly salary. He further mentioned that BSNL requested DoT several times for the release of outstanding dues payable to BSNL. In addition to that BSNL has already submitted a proposal for the immediate financial requirement of next 03 months to the tune of Rs.4500 Crores as per the direction of Secretary (T) . BSNL Management has also requested DoT to extend the Letter of Comfort from 1st October 2019 for three months to avail Loan from the Nationalised Banks. Our CMD proposed to meet the State bank Authorities to avail loan from SBI very soon.

 

(2) Revival Package of BSNL - We enquired about the status of BSNL Revival Package. Director (Finance) mentioned that the discussions are going on in the positive direction and we can expect the Cabinet approval in the last week of October 2019. We requested Director (Fin) to issue a Press Statement from the BSNL Management side so as to remove the confusion created by wrong reporting of some Print Media about the closure of BSNL among the Public/ Customers as well as Vendors & Employees. Director (Fin) appreciated our concern and assured to discuss the matter with CMD BSNL for the release the necessary Press Statement.

 

(3) Request transfers in the cadre of Accounts Personnel:- We requested Director (Fin.) to consider the requests of the AOs who are working for more than two years in BSNL Corporate Office. Director (Finance) BSNL Board assured to look into the matter.

 

(4) Filling up of the posts of JAG/NFSG of Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service Group ‘A’ on deputation basis in DoT:- We expressed our serious concern against the 37 days delay in endorsing the DOT letter dated 27.08.2019 by the Pers. Branch and given only one day time for submitting the applications. GS handed over the letter in this regard and requested Director(Fin) to arrange to forward the applications received from the Telecom Circles, even after the last date of submission  to DoT. Director (Fin) immediately contacted the Advisor (Finance), DOT over phone and requested the extension of time for submission of applications on deputation basis in DOT.    

 

(5) Amendment in Deputation Policy:- We requested Director (Fin) to review the Deputation Policy in the background of present financial crunch of BSNL and in the angle of control of expenditure. So many executives in various Grades have applied for deputation to various Organizations and waiting for forwarding of their applications,  We suggested that it is high time to amend the Deputation Policy and forward the eligible applications to the concern Organizations since BSNL Management is struggling for timely disbursement of salary to BSNL employees. Director (Finance) agreed with our suggestions and assured to discuss with the CMD BSNL for further action.

 

(6) Appointment of JAOs under DR quota:- We explained that DR JAO Probationers who have been allotted to West Bengal and ETP Circle Kolkata after completion of their 11 weeks pre-appointment training on 02.08.2019 were allowed to take over Charge as JAO on 12.8.2019 whereas in Other Circles DR JAO Probationers had been allowed to take over Charge on 05.8.2019 itself. We requested the Director (Fin) to issue clarification to CGM WB Telecom Circle in this regard to maintain uniformity and to avoid anomaly. Director (Fin) assured to look into.

09.10.2019: GS Writes to

(a)Shri P.K. Sinha, Member (Fin.),  DCC, DoT regarding Filling up of the posts of JAG/NFSG of Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service Group ‘A’ on deputation basis in DoT.<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b)The PGM (Pers.), BSNL Corporate office,   regarding rrepresentation from Shri P. Janardanan, AO, HR No. 198503540 regarding Discrepancy in the  Provisional Seniority list in the grade of Sr. Accounts officers/Accounts officers working in BSNL as on 01.10.2016 – Not Calling APAR for promotion to Adhoc CAO. <<<Click here for letter>>>

(c)The Sr. GM (Estt.), BSNL Corporate office, regarding request for retention in the grade of JTO <<<Click here for letter>>>

04.10.2019:  GS Writes to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL regarding

Request for amendment in Deputation Policy of BSNL Employees for deputation to outside Organizations  <<<Click here for letter>>>

04.10.2019:  GS Writes to The PGM (Pers.)BSNL Corporate office regarding

(a) Requested for transfer /posting/cancellation/ retention in the cadre of Account officer

(b) Requested for transfer /posting/cancellation/ retention in the cadre of  Chief Account officer

(c) Requested for transfer /posting/cancellation/ retention in the cadre of DGM

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03.10.2019:  GS Writes to
(1)
The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate office regarding

(a) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer

(b)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of JAO

(c) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of SDE

(d)Representation Received from Shri Baban S. Laswante, AGM HR No. 99500034 regarding deputation (for

Three years) to KVIC (Khadi & Village Industries Commission ) for the Post of Director & Deputy Director

against the Advertisement No. KVIC/Adv/Vacancy/2018-19 22nd July 2019.

(e) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of AO

(f) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of AGM–

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(2)The Sr.GM (Estt.) BSNL Corporate office regarding

(a)Representation Received from Smt. Uma S, SDE HR No. 199105199 regarding Non- Continuance of GTI from the next year onwards

(b)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of JTOG<<<Click here for letter>>>S Writews

02.10.2019:  Massive Lunch Hour Demonstration was conducted throughout the Country on 1.10.2019, as per the call given by BSNLEU, AIBSNLEA, SNEA, BSNLMS, BSNLOA & BSNL ATM demanding immediate allotment of 4G Spectrum, Payment of salary on due date, Financial Assistance to BSNL in the form of Soft Loan/Sovereign Guarantee, non payment of wages to Contract labourers, Rent , electricity bills  and rolling back of  retirement Age from 60 to 58 etc., Large Numbers of Executives and Non-Executives participated in the protest Demonstration.

AIBSNLEA salute all the Comrades who were actively participated in the Protest Demonstration.

In BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi, a Powerful Lunch Hour Demonstration  was conducted, which was attended by large number of Executives and Non-Executives from BSNL Corporate Office and NTR Circle. Com S.Sivakumar,GS/AIBSNLEA Com P.Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU Com K.Sebastin GS/SNEA, and Com Suresh Kumar, GS/BSNLMS addressed the Lunch hour Demonstration. Com.H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA, Com.Revti Prasad, BSNL ATM, Com.Rajpal, AGS(Fin), Com.Chabbra, FS, Com.Dinesh Kumar, Advisor(HQ), Com.Shrimalee, CS/BSNL CO, Com.Dayanand, CS/Delhi Circle and other front line leaders of AIBSNLEA also participated in the Lunch Hour Demonstration. The Leaders explained about the Anti-BSNL steps being  taken  by the Govt. and called upon the employees to be prepared for   protracted Struggle for the Revival of BSNL and appealed to all the Unions and Associations to come under one Umbrella for conducting Combined Future Struggles for the Revival of BSNL

Comrades, the need of the Hour is Unity, through combined Struggle only we will achieve our demands. We, all the Constituent Associations and Unions  Leaders are contacting each and every Union/Assn in BSNL and appealing them to join together for the future struggle for the Revival of BSNL.

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30.09.2019 Comrade S. Sivakumar, GS AIBSNLEA spokes to National Herald:

In an interview to National Herald Comrade S. Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA told the reporter that BSNL delays salary again.

The employees of the state-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have not got their salaries for two months in a row and those employed with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) have not got their September salary.

MTNL employees have not got their August and September salary. Their July salary was credited in the last week of September. There has been silence since then about the salaries due for the month of August and September.

 

“After much deliberation, the July salary was credited just a few days ago. August and September salaries are now pending. We will protest soon,” said AK Kaushik, general secretary of the Telecom Executive Association of MTNL (Delhi-Mumbai).

 

In case of BSNL, this is the third consecutive month where salaries have been delayed. The employees got their August salary after it was delayed for almost 20 days. Now, the employees expect a similar delay for the September salary too. Earlier, this year the February salary was paid much later in March.

 

The BSNL trade unions have called for a “lunch-hour demonstration” on Tuesday, October 1, to protest against salary delay and non-payment of wages to contract workers and total ban on capital expenditure. BSNL has demanded that the government must take the responsibility of paying all the BSNL employees it is the owner of the company.

 

The unions have demanded allotment of 4G Spectrum, land monetisation, payment of salary by due date, payment to contract workers and implementation of third pay revision. The payment of pension contribution by BSNL, as per government rules, is also on their charter of demands.

 

Salaries of both BSNL and MTNL are supposed to be credited on the last working day of the month. BSNL’s salary expenses are about ₹800 crore, as the firm employs 1,63,902 personnel, of which, 46,597 are executives and 1,17,305 non-executives. MTNL has about 22,000 employees and the salary expenses come up to Rs 160 crore.

 

BSNL Revival Plan

A group of secretaries was asked to study and decide on the fate of the ailing PSU. No conclusive consensus has been reached yet. A meeting called by the principal secretary to the PM PK Mishra to also reach a decision about the fate of BSNL and MTNL did not reach a conclusion. It was attended by the top officials of BSNL, MTNL, officials from the PMO and Niti Aayog.

 

BSNL has been seeking the allocation of 4G spectrum, but the government has not yet allotted it. “Now, the government is asking for guarantees that the allocation of 4G spectrum would help in reviving BSNL,” explained S Sivakumar, General Secretary of BSNL Executive Association.

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30.09.2019 Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019

The Unions and Associations of BSNL have served upon a notice to the Secretary (Telecom), DoT and the CMD, BSNL for 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.

All the CHQ Office Bearers, Circle Secretaries, District Secretaries and activists are requested ensure 100% participation in the Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019 and make it a grand success.

30.09.2019 Hearty Congratulations to Retiring Comrades.

AIBSNLEA CHQ extends Best Wishes for all the comrades who retire today on Superannuation, for a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Contended and peaceful life after retirementComrades! You are going to start a New Journey of your Life, may your days be filled with Elation and Triumph.  We extend our sincere thanks to you for your Dedication towards BSNL as well as AIBSNLEA and congratulate you on your Superannuation on 30.09.2019.

30.09.2019 Meeting with Director (CM/HR) BSNL Board:-Meeting with Director (CM/HR) BSNL Board:-

GS and AGS (Fin) met Director (CM/HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

(A) DE to DGM (T) promotion:  We requested Director (HR/CM) for the immediate issuance of DE to DGM promotion orders subject to VC. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that he has already given the instructions to Pers. Cell for doing the same at the earliest and they are on the job.  

(B) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM:- We express our serious concern towards the non-issuance of DGM(T) request transfer cases even though they have completed more than two years. Director (HR) mentioned that these requests will be considered along with DGMs promotion orders.  

(C) Consideration of request transfers on Medical Grounds:- In this regard, Director (HR/CM) assured to look into.

(D) Appointment of DR JAOs in WB Telecom Circle:- We requested Director (HR) to consider to pre-pone the date of appointment of DR JAOs in WB Circle from 13.08.2019 to 05.08.2019 to avoid any anomaly. Director (HR) advised to take up the issue with PGM (Pers.)

30.09.2019 Meeting held at Director (CM/HR)BSNL Board Chamber, today in respect of Withdrawal of Additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP case by DoT:

As per the Invitation of BSNL Management, GS, AIBSNLEA and AGS (Finance) attended the meeting conducted as per the directions of Hon’ble High Court Delhi. From DoT side, DDG (Estt), Director (Estt) from BSNL side, PGM (Pers.), Sr.GM (Estt), GM (WS) & DGM (Pers.) have attended the meeting.

On behalf of AIBSNLEA, GS briefed our views in the meeting and accordingly submitted the write-up the as attached below.

<<<Click here for the write-up>>>

30.09.2019 Withdrawal of Additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP: DoT vide its letter dated 05.07.2017 withdraw the additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP. Against this action of DoT, AIBSNLEA immediately filed an OA in the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi for quashing the above order of DoT. Accordingly, Hon’ble PB CAT after some hearings quashed the said order dated 05.07.2017. Even after that,  DoT continued to reduce the Pension of the BSNL retiree executives, against this AIBSNLEA filed a Contempt Petition in the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi. Thereafter DoT stopped reducing the Pension / revising the Pay fixation by obtaining an under taking from the retiring executives, DoT has filed Writ Petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi wherein AIBSNLEA has filed a caveat. The case was heard on 12.09.2019 and Hon’ble High Court Delhi directed DoT and BSNL to sit together & take a decision in this regard before 30th September, 2019. pursuant to the orders of the Hon’ble High Court Delhi , BSNL Management invited GS, AIBSNLEA for the meeting to be held on 30.09.2019 at 1130 hrs in the Chamber of PGM (Pers), BSNL CO, New Delhi in the  capacity of the Prime Litigant in this case.

<<<Click here for the Meeting Invitation and Court Order>>>

27.09.2019 Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019 - the BSNL Day

The Unions and Associations of BSNL have served upon a notice to the Secretary (Telecom), DoT and the CMD, BSNL for 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.

All the CHQ Office Bearers, Circle Secretaries, District Secretaries and activists are requested ensure 100% participation in the Lunch Hour Demonstration on 01.10.2019 and make it a grand success. All the constituent Unions and Associations may be contacted for making the Programme successful.

<<<Click here for the notice >>>

27.09.2019 Progress in DGM (Adhoc) promotion - Meeting with Director (HR):

DE to DGM promotions are badly affected due to an MA filed by the BSNL in Hon CAT, Chandigarh seeking permission for DGM (Adhoc) promotion which was repeatedly getting adjourned, without hearing. Now, it is posted to December, 2019. The DGM DPC has almost been over in the first week of January 2019. But due to the pending court cases it could not be concluded till date.

Meanwhile, now no objection from all the 5 applicants in the original OA for going ahead with the DGM(Adhoc) promotions have been obtained in the last week. Thus one of the major hurdles has now been over in this case.

GS, AGS (Finance) and FS met Director (HR) and PGM (Pers) along with the GS & AGS of SNEA in the evening and requested to expedite the process so that promotion orders can be issued by Monday, 30.09.2019. Director (HR) assured to make all efforts to issue the promotion orders by Monday even though a lot of formalities are pending.

27.09.2019Meeting with CMD BSNL: 

GS & AGS (Finance) met CMD BSNL. We enquired about the outcome of yesterday’s meeting in PMO regarding Revival of BSNL, disbursement of Salary for the Month of September’ 2019, remittance of salary recoveries & other payments like Electricity bills & Rent etc.,

CMD BSNL mentioned that no positive decision has emerged in the yesterday’s PMO Meeting. A Committee consists of  Four Secretaries was formed with the directions to study whether Revival of BSNL is necessary and submit it’s report within a week.

CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and mentioned that presently we are earning the revenue only about Rs.1300 crores per month whereas our monthly expenditure is more than 2200 crores. In the month of Sept.’ 2019 we have to pay the quarterly payment of Principal & Interest to the tune of Rs.750 crores to various Bank Loans and huge amount towards Electricity Bills is also pending. Today we have released Rs.300 crores including Electricity Bills. Hence for the disbursement of the salary for Sept.’ 2019, we are depending on our cash flow only to be received from tomorrow onwards.

Since Nationalised Banks are not come forward to sanction loans to BSNL on the basis of ‘Letter of Comfort’ issued by DoT, we have no other option but to earn more revenue to meet out all our expenditures including salary as well as we have to minimize the expenditures including reduction in the Contractual Labours.      

We requested that periodical meetings with the General Secretaries of the Unions and Associations, who are also the Stakeholders of the Company may be conducted to get better results and coordination between Management and Employees for the betterment of the BSNL. 

We further suggested that before issuing of the instructions to the field units to achieve the targets and deduction of salary/ disciplinary action for not achieving the targets etc., the Strategies to be evolved to come out of the present crisis, the working pattern of the BSNL Executives/ Non-executives in the changed scenario and better utilization of BSNL Manpower in Marketing & other Outdoor Activities to compete with the other Private Operators to be discussed with the Representatives of the Recognized Unions and Associations of BSNL for the betterment of the Company and to regain its original pristine glory.

After the detailed discussions, CMD BSNL appreciated our concern and opined that AIBSNLEA may come out with the suggestions for the betterment of BSNL and to maximize the revenue. CMD further assured the Management is planning to conduct the combined meeting of all Unions and Associations with the Management in the 2nd week of October’ 2019.

Regarding DE to DGM (T) Promotion, we requested CMD BSNL to issue necessary instructions for the immediate issuance of DGM (T) Promotion order on or before 30.09.2019 subject to VC clearance. CMD mentioned that he is not the aware of the latest status of the case. However, he advised to discuss the matter with Director (CM/HR).

27.09.2019Hearty Congratulations !

Due to consistent efforts of AIBSNLEA, the Promotion Orders in the grade of CAO to DGM (Finance) has been issued by BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi. AIBSNLEA conveyed its sincere thanks to CMD BSNL, Director (Finance), Director (CM/HR), PGM (Pers.), DGM (Pers.) and all the officers  related to the work.<<<Click here for Order>>>

27.09.2019 BSNL Corporate office New Delhi  issued transfer orders in the grade   of Accounts officers  <<<Click here for Order>>>

27.09.2019 Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL Corporate Office:GS & AGS (Finance) met PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO and discussed regarding:

A) AGM/DE to DGM (Engg) Promotion:- We requested to issue DGM (T) Promotion orders on or before 30.09.2019 subject to VC clearance. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that we are trying our best to clear all the hurdles for conducting the CPC for DE to DGM promotions with the approval of Competent Authority.

B) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:-  We requested to issue DGM (F) Promotion orders immediately since the Competent authority already approved the promotion/ posting proposal. PGM (Pers.) assured to issue the promotion orders shortly.

C) Request transfers in the cadre of AO on own cost basis:- We requested to consider the request transfers cases in respect of Accounts Officers who have completed two years. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that it is under consideration and assured that orders will be issued shortly.   

D) Request transfers in the cadre of CAOs:- We requested for the consideration of request transfers in the cadre of CAOs. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that CAO transfer cases are under consideration and will be decided soon.

27.09.2019: GS attended the Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting of the AIBSNLEA Kerala Circle and Open Session.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting of AIBSNLEA Kerala Circle followed by Open session has been conducted on 20.09.2019 at Hotel Prasanth, Thiruvananthapuram. Com.Vijayakumar, Circle President has presided over the CEC.  Com. Binu, DS TVM welcomed the gathering. Com,.Shaji , CS, Kerala, in his address appreciated the role of AIBSNLEA  CHQ in uniting all the Associations and Unions under the umbrella of AUAB and explained about the local problems faced by the Kerala Executives due to non- payment of Electricity, Diesel and Contractual Labour Bills, Payment to Vendors, Telecom Infra Service Providers and Local Cable TV Operators bills etc., resulting  in decline in revenue of Kerala Circle and Non-maintenance of Operations due to heavy financial crunch caused disrepute and dissatisfaction amongst the Subscribers.

OPEN SESSION:

An Open session has also been arranged at 12 Noon followed by Delicious Lunch.  Com.Shaji CS Kerala Welcomed all the dignitaries and members to the Open session. Com.S.Sivakumar, GS, AIBNLEA,  PGM (Finance) Kerala Shri.K.K Vel , PGMT Thiruvananthapuram Shri.S.S Thampi and GM(A/HR) Shri S.Sathesh  have graced the session with their admirable presence and thought provoking speeches .

Our dynamic GS Com.S Sivakumar portrayed the real shape of present BSNL and explained the solutions to the problems being faced by BSNL He mentioned that at the time of formation of BSNL, assurance given to the BSNL Unions through Cabinet decision that the Govt. will take care of the financial viability of the BSNL. Our Association Central Head Quarters Office bearers met Hon’ble Minister of Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji and Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications Shri. Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre ji, and requested to honour the assurance given through Cabinet decision and extend adequate immediate Financial Support to BSNL and revival of BSNL. Hon’ble Minister of Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji assured that that the revival package to BSNL is under active consideration.

 

Our Association has also written a letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendar Modi ji requesting adequate Financial Support to BSNL, immediate revival of BSNL , allotment of 4G Spectrum and demanded the Govt. to refund back 58000 Crores to BSNL , which has taken against various taxes ,  refund of interest paid on unutilized BWA spectrum and excess payment of Pensions contribution etc., Compensation for Maintenance Expenditure of 17000 Rural Telephone Exchanges to the tune of Rs.19,000 crs and immediate payment of USOF/ ADC charges in the form of the Rural Deficit Charges for the Services provided by the BSNL in the LWE/NE/Rural/Far flung/Tribal/Hilly Areas and Wage revision of BSNL Employees as per 3rd PRC recommendation.

 

The Hon’ble Minister for Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji declared in the Parliament and stated in the interview to the Media that BSNL is the National Asset and operate in Strategic areas that concern Defence and Home Affairs and BSNL is in forefront of giving free Services at the time Natural Calamities. A revival package is being worked out to make them more competitive and we will try to ensure that there is least pressure on the Government. We hope on the assurance of the Hon’ble Minister for Communications that the revival package and financial support will be given to BSNL to safe guard the BSNL, in the larger interest of the Nation and people.

He further mentioned that the Finance Ministry is strongly opposing the BSNL Revival Plan & VRS Proposal and continuance of the BSNL as a Strategic PSU for providing Telecommunication Services and Finance Ministry is of the opinion that No Financial Support will be given to BSNL. According to the reliable sources, it is further learnt that the Finance Ministry raised so many objections instead of giving positive comments on the revised cabinet draft despite Group of Ministers & PMO has given a green signal on the proposal for the revival of BSNL.  Finance Ministry is opposing all the proposals of the BSNL Revival Plan. It seems that Finance Ministry is of the opinion that BSNL cannot be revived & has to be closed immediately and no revival package is required for the BSNL.

He opined that the stand of the PMO and the Group of Ministers will play a vital role for the revival of BSNL and AIBSNLEA strongly feel that it will be achieved only through the Political decision and unity among all the Unions and Associations. AIBSNLEA is trying to meet the Cabinet Ministers/ GOM in this regard and also in touch with all the AUAB leaders for immediate conduct of AUAB Meeting to discuss further course of action.

He mentioned that the need of the hour is to maximize the revenue and advised that all employees should come forward and work together to achieve the various targets given by the BSNL Management within  the available resources and mentioned that AIBSNLEA requested the BSNL Management to come forward to conduct periodical meetings with the General Secretaries of the Recognized Unions and Associations to get better results & coordination between Management & Employees for the betterment of the BSNL. and further suggested that the strategies to be evolved to come out of the present crisis, the working pattern of the BSNL Executives/ Non-executives in the changed scenario for better utilization of BSNL Manpower in Marketing & other outdoor activities to compete with the other Private Operators to be discussed with the Representatives of the Recognized Unions and Associations of BSNL for the betterment of the Company and to regain its original pristine glory.

 

He also explained  about all the HR issues, the current status of DGM(T), DGM(F), CAO, SDE Promotions, FR 22(I)(a)(1) Pay Fixation Court cases/Pay Recovery in respect of Ex.Officiating JTOs, 30% SAB, Scrapping of MTRR, Pay anomaly  in r/o Electrical/Civil/Architect wing JTOs  etc.,

 

The entire house enthusiastically applauded GS AIBSNLEA to his initiatives and sincere efforts to the revival of BSNL through our mighty AIBSNLEA.  

 

All the dignitaries have been honoured in the Open session by presenting Memento and Shawls.  CP Com.Vijayakumar proposed vote of thanks .

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26.09.2019:GS Writes to

(1)Shri P.K. Purwar CMD, BSNL regarding disbursement of Salary for the Month of September’ 2019 on due date and timely remittance of the deductions made from the Salaries - <<<Click here for letter>>>

(2) Shri Sheetla Prasad, Director (HR) BSNL Board, regarding

(a) Nomination for the post of Director (Estt.) Department of    Telecommunication in West Bengal Telecom Circle <<<Click here for letter>>>

(b)Appointment of “Junior Accounts officer on probation” under DR quota consequent on completion of 11 weeks of pre-appointment Training on 20.05.2019 for second Merit list  of batch 2018 <<<Click here for letter>>>

<<<Click here for New Website of Maharashtra Circle>>>>

25.09.2019: Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL Corporate Office:- GS, AGS (Finance) & Advisor (HQ) met PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO and discussed regarding:

A) AGM/DE to DGM (Engg) Promotion:- PGM (Pers.) mentioned that as per earlier discussion with AIBSNLEA, after taking initiative, that the Applicants in the Court Cases are coming forward and have assured to come tomorrow for submission of Affidavits to PGM (Pers.) in respect of the Court Cases. PGM (Pers.) assured that after the withdrawal of the applications by the Applicants, the Promotion from DE to DGM (T) will immediately be initiated.

 

B) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:-  We expressed our serious concern over the non-issuance of Promotion/posting orders of DGM (Fin) where the CPC work has already been completed one month before. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that the Promotion/posting orders have been submitted to the Competent Authority for approval and after getting approval from the Competent Authority, the Promotion orders will be issued immediately.

C) Request transfers in the cadre of DE & DGM (T):- We requested to consider the request transfers cases since most of them are at the age of 58+ and having so many personnel/family problems. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that after discussion with Director (HR)/ CMD BSNL all the genuine cases will be considered.  

D) Request transfers in the cadre of CAOs:- We requested for the consideration of request transfers in the cadre of CAOs. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that CAO transfer cases are under consideration and will be decided soon.

E) Promotion of regular DGM to Jt.GM:- We requested to consider our earlier request for the promotion of regular DGMs (presently in E5 Scale) to Jt.GM (E7 Scale) for those who have completed four years of service as DGM. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that after finalization of the HR Plan in BSNL Board, the matter will be considered. However, he assured to look into the matter.

F) Withdrawal of Additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP: DoT vide its letter dated 05.07.2017 withdraw the additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP. Against this action of DoT, AIBSNLEA immediately filed an OA in the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi for quashing the above order of DoT. Accordingly, Hon’ble PB CAT after some hearings quashed the said order dated 05.07.2017. Even after that DoT continued to reduce the pension of the BSNL retiree executives, against this AIBSNLEA filed a Contempt Petition in the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi. Thereafter DoT stopped reducing the pension / revising the Pay fixation by obtaining an under taking from the retiring executives, DoT has filed Writ Petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi wherein AIBSNLEA has filed a caveat. The case was heard on 12.09.2019 and Hon’ble High Court Delhi directed DoT and BSNL to sit together & take a decision in this regard before 30th Sept. On the basis of that, we requested PGM (Pers.) to invite AIBSNLEA for the meeting to be held on 30.09.2019 in the capacity of the Applicant in PB CAT New Delhi.

G) First time bound promotion under EPP objection raised by Kolkata CCA: We expressed our serious concern over the non-issuance of certificatory order regarding EPP to DoT since it is pending for more than two months in Pers. Branch. We requested PGM (Pers.) to issue clarification to DoT regarding the First Time Bound Promotion under BSNL Executive Promotion Policy on completion of 4 to 6 years as per the guidelines issued vide EPP dated 18.01.2017 since more than 400 BSNL retiree executives have been financially affected in Kolkata TD due to the wrong interpretation of the EPP.    

25.09.2019: Meeting with Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance Shri Anurag Thakur Ji:-

 

Today GS AIBSNLEA, AGS (Finance), FS/CHQ and Advisor (HQ) met Shri Anurag Thakur Ji, the Minister of State for Finance, Govt. of India and felicitated him by presenting Bouquet. On behalf of AIBSNLEA, we have submitted the Memorandum regarding Revival of BSNL and extension of immediate financial support to BSNL.

GS further explained about the current financial status of BSNL and requested for early consideration of Revival of BSNL and extension of immediate financial support by issuance of Sovereign Guarantee to BSNL for availing long term loans from the Banks to meet the requirement of CAPEX & Developmental activities of BSNL.

Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance mentioned that Hon’ble Minister of Communications Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Ji, Secretary (T) & CMD BSNL are trying their best for getting the BSNL Revival Plan approved by the Cabinet. They are continuously discussing about the modalities for the revival package of BSNL with the Committee Members. He further mentioned that due to the continuous loss of BSNL, the concurrence of Finance Ministry is delayed. However, he assured to look in to the matter.

 <<<Click here for letter>>> <<<Click here for the Photo-2>>>

20.09.2019: Condolence  Messageolence Messageondolence Message

The Younger Brother, aged 55 years, of Com. S.K. Hiremath, AGS (Engg) CHQ/ CS KTK Circle, expired yesterday night i.e. 19.09.2019. He was hospitalised due to massive cardiac arrest.

AIBSNLEA conveyed heartfelt condolences to Com. Hiremath and the bereaved family. May the departed Soul rest in Peace.

19.09.2019: GS writes to:

1. Shri Anshu Prakash, Chairman (DCC) & Secretary (T) regarding repatriation of the erastwhile DoT staff absorbed in BSNL to DoT <<<Click here for letter>>>

2. Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding-

(i) Request for immediate issuance of the promotion orders from DE to DGM (Engg.) <<<Click here for letter>>>

(ii)  Request for immediate issuance of the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Finance) <<<Click here for letter>>>

16.09.2019: REVIVAL OF BSNL:- 

GS and AGS (Finance) met the Senior Officers in DoT and enquired about the Finance Ministry Comments on the revised Cabinet Note on Revival of BSNL. It is learnt that:-

The Finance Ministry is strongly opposing the BSNL Revival Plan & VRS Proposal and continuance of the BSNL as a Strategic PSU for providing Telecommunication Services and Finance Ministry is of the opinion that No Financial Support will be given to BSNL.

According to the reliable sources, it is further learnt that the Finance Ministry raised so many objections instead of giving positive comments on the revised cabinet draft. Even though Group of Ministers & PMO has given a green signal on the proposal for the revival of BSNL, Finance Ministry is opposing all the proposals of the BSNL Revival Plan. It seems that Finance Ministry is of the opinion that BSNL cannot be revived & has to be closed immediately and no revival package is required for the BSNL.

The stand of the PMO and the Group of Ministers will play a vital role for the revival of BSNL and AIBSNLEA strongly feel that it will be achieved only through the Political decision and unity among all the Unions and Associations. 

AIBSNLEA is trying to meet the Cabinet Ministers/ GOM in this regard and also in touch with all the AUAB leaders for immediate conduct of AUAB Meeting to discuss further course of action.

12.09.2019: Status of Fixation of Pay under FR 22(1)(a)(i) in respect of Officiating JTOs Court Case in PCAT New Delhi: 

The ‘Pay Fixation under FR 22(1)(a)(i)’ in respect of Officiating JTOs vide OA No. 100/892/2016 filed by AIBSNLEA Vs BSNL in PCAT New Delhi came up for hearing today on 12.09.2019. The same could not be heard due to non-availability of full bench in PCAT New Delhi and posted for Next hearing on 06.11.2019. 

On behalf of AIBSNLEA the General Secretary and AFS/CHQ Com. Pushparajan (Kerala) attended the Principal CAT New Delhi.

11.09.2019: Disbursement of salary: GS, AGS (Finance), FS/CHQ, AFS/CHQ Com. Pushparajan & Advisor (HQ) met Senior Finance Officers in BSNL Corporate Office and enquired about the date of disbursement of August Salary to BSNL Staff.  It is reliably learnt that the BSNL Management is trying their best to disburse the Salary before the end of this week. If it is not possible, the salary will be disbursed within the next week.

11.09.2019  AIBSNLEA CHQ Wishes Happy and Prosperous “ONAM” to One and All

11.09.2019  GS writes to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL regarding

(a)Fixation of pay under FR-22(I)(a)(1) and request for non recovery of pay & allowance alreay paid to the Ex. Officiating JTOs<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b) Fixation of pay under FR-22(I)(a)(1) to the Ex. Officiating JTOs-<<<Click here for letter>>>

09.09.2019Meeting with Director (CM/HR), BSNL Board:-

GS, AGS (Finance), FS/CHQ and Advisor (HQ) met Director (CM/HR), BSNL Board today and discussed regarding:-

 

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We expressed our serious concern about the non-issuance of Ad-hoc DGM(T) promotions as the vacancies are nearly 1150 and the AGMs eligible for DGM promotion are about 1126 only and there is no stay on promotions. Even the applicants gone to the court has also been covered in 1150 vacancies. We requested Director (HR) BSNL Board to take immediate action to promote all the eligible AGMs to DGMs against the vacancies on ad-hoc basis subject to outcome of the Court Case. Director (HR/CM) mentioned that we are trying to get relief from the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh but could not get till date. He assured that he will discuss the matter with CGM (Legal) & PGM (Pers) and find out the ways to issue the promotion orders.

 

B) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T) on ‘Own Cost basis’:- We requested that those DGMs who have already completed more than two years may be considered for request transfers on own cost to their Home Circles as they have obeyed & honoured the transfer orders issued by the BSNL Corporate Office and now they are waiting for returning to their Home Circles. Director (CM/HR) appreciated our concern and mentioned that Management is working out to combine the transfer orders with the DE to DGM Promotion orders. However, he assured that if the DGM Promotion orders are delayed, the request transfers cases of those who are at the age of 58+ and on genuine Medical Grounds cases will be considered.

 

C) Request transfers in the cadre of DET/AGM at ‘own cost’ on genuine Medical Grounds & 58+ age:- We requested to consider the request transfers on own cost in respect of DEs who have already completed 58 years of age and on genuine medical grounds cases. Director (CM/HR) assured that the genuine cases will be considered.

 

D) Financial Status of BSNL: Director (CM/HR) opined that the need of the hour is to maximize the revenue and advised that all employees should come forward and work together to achieve the various targets given by the BSNL Management. We responded positively and requested the Director (CM/HR) that the BSNL Management should also come forward to conduct periodical meetings with the General Secretaries of the Recognized Unions and Associations to get better results & coordination between Management & Employees for the betterment of the BSNL. We further suggested that the strategies to be evolved to come out of the present crisis, the working pattern of the BSNL Executives/ Non-executives in the changed scenario for better utilization of BSNL Manpower in Marketing & other outdoor activities to compete with the other Private Operators to be discussed with the Representatives of the Recognized Unions and Associations of BSNL for the betterment of the Company and to regain its original pristine glory. Director (CM/HR) appreciated our concern and positively responded on our suggestions in the interest of the Company.

06.09.2019  Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL Corporate Office: GS and AGS (Finance) met with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO and conveyed our sincere thanks for the consideration of request of AIBSNLEA for issuance of the Retention orders in the Cadre of AGM/DE on Immunity Grounds and discussed regarding:

AGM/DE to DGM (Engg) Promotion:- We expressed our serious concern over the non-issuance of Ad-hoc DGM(T) promotions as there is no stay on promotions and nearly 1150 DGM(T) vacancies are available now but the AGMs eligible for DGM promotion are only 1126. We requested BSNL management may take immediate steps to promote all the eligible AGMs to DGMs against the vacancies on ad-hoc basis.

PGM (Pers.), after detailed discussion, elaborated that the promotion is held up due to Hon’ble Chandigarh CAT Court directions, wherein BSNL has filed MA in Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh for early hearing but could not heard due to one or another reason for the past few months.

PGM (Pers.) further mentioned that the promotion for DGM(T) can be given if all the applicants give a declaration mentioning therein that “we have no objection if our name will also be included in the promotion orders and the case of Seniority can be decided later on.”

We replied that it can be tried by contacting all the applicants in both the Court Cases by the Pers. Section and the Association can also extend the best help in this regard to sort out the issue of long awaited DGM(T) promotion orders.

We finally requested PGM (Pers.) to kindly use his good offices for the issuance of DGM(T) Promotion orders on ad-hoc basis before 30.09.2019. We hope that some positive response will come from both the sides to sort out the matter so that the promotion orders can be released early.

CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:-  The CPC work has been completed. Now the Postings & Transfers are under process and Promotion orders will be issued shortly.

Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We requested to convert West Bengal Circle (except Kolkata) into Soft Tenure station so that shortage of Executives in WB Circle can be managed and the DGMs/TDMs working in WB Circle can be transferred to their home circles after completion of the tenure period. We have also requested PGM (Pers) to consider the request transfers cases on humanitarian grounds since they are facing many problems in their old age of 58+. PGM (Pers) immediately spoken to CGM WBT over phone and requested him to send the proposal/ recommendation for the same. PGM (Pers.) assured us to look into the matter and sort out the issue after discussion with Director (HR) shortly. 

Request transfers in the cadre of CAOs:- We requested for the consideration of request transfers in the cadre of CAOs. PGM (Pers) immediately directed DGM (Pers) to put up the same.

Request transfers in the cadre of DET/AGM:- We requested to consider the request transfers on own cost in respect of DEs who have already completed more than 2 years. PGM (Pers) mentioned that the request transfers are under hold as per the instructions of Director (HR) due to the financial constraints. He further advised us to discuss the matter with Director (HR).

Request transfers on genuine Medical Grounds:- We requested for consideration of the requests transfers in the cadre of AGM/DE/SDE/AOs on Medical Grounds. PGM (Pers) mentioned that the cases are under process and orders will be issued shortly. 

Promotion of regular DGM to Jt.GM:- We requested to consider the promotion of regular DGMs (presently in E5 Scale) as Jt.GM (E7 Scale) who have completed four years of service as DGM since they are not getting E6 Scale as DGM Regular. PGM (Pers) mentioned that the matter is under consideration and pending in BSNL Board which will be considered after finalization of the HR Plan in BSNL. However, he assured to look into the matter.

06.09.2019  BSNL Corporate Office issued  retention  orders  in the cadre of AGM/DE on immunity grounds <<<Click here for letter>>>

05.09.2019   Meeting with Member (Finance) DCC, DoT: Today GS and AGS (Finance) met Member (Finance) DCC, DoT and discussed regarding immediate release of outstanding dues of BSNL from DoT as requested by AIBSNLEA vide letter dated 04.09.2019 so as to disburse the August 2019 Salary and payment of other pending bills by BSNL. Member (Finance) appreciated our concern and after going through our letter mentioned that DoT is not having Budget allotment for the settlement of above said dues, however, best efforts are being taken by the DoT in consultation with Finance Ministry for the immediate release of funds to meet out the August 2019 Salary demand of BSNL and today also we are going to attend a meeting being held in Ministry of Finance in this regard. However, Member (Finance) assured that the funds will be released to BSNL shortly. 

We further enquired about the immediate financial support to BSNL from the Govt. since Nationalized Banks have not honoured the ‘Letter of Comfort’ and not coming forward to sanction loan to BSNL. Member (Finance) mentioned that DoT has brought to the notice of Finance Ministry about the Capex and Opex outstanding bills of BSNL to the tune of Rs.15000 crores and requested for immediate financial support to BSNL. It is under the consideration of Finance Ministry and it is also included in the agenda of today’s meeting.

Regarding refund of excess payment of Pension Contribution, Member (Finance) mentioned that the case, which was sent to Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure is now under the positive consideration of MoF.

Further, Member (Finance) advised that BSNL should work to earn revenue from it’s own sources. Immediate steps can be taken to rent/lease out the BSNL Buildings/Lands by re-arranging the sitting arrangements of the existing staff in less space and spare space can be rented/ leased out immediately.

REVIVAL OF BSNL: After meeting with Senior Officers in DoT, it is confirmed that the clearance from the Solicitor General of India for the allotment of 4G Spectrum to BSNL has been received.  

It is also reliably learnt that meeting is continuously going on in Finance Ministry along with the Senior Officers of DoT for past five days for finalizing the Cabinet Note on revival of BSNL and it is understood that Ministry of Finance is strongly opposing the BSNL Revival Plan and VRS proposal stating that, if some financial assistance is given to BSNL for the VRS, then what is the guarantee that BSNL will revive and regain its original glory within a reasonable period. However, Senior DoT Officers are trying to convince the Finance Ministry in this regard and it is expected that the comments from Ministry of Finance are likely to be received in DoT by Friday evening or Monday.

If everything goes smooth, it is expected that the revised Cabinet Note will be placed before the Cabinet on 18th September for approval. The stand of the PMO and the Group of Ministers will play a vital role in the Cabinet decision.    

04.09.2019 GS writes to Shri. Anshu Prakash, Chairman (DCC) & Secretary (T), DoT regarding request for immediate release of outstanding dues to BSNL- <<<Click here for letter>>>

03.09.2019 Meeting with Director (Finance) BSNL Board: GS, AGS (Finance) & Advisor (HQ) met Director (Finance) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

(1) Disbursement of salary for the Month of August 2019:- We enquired Director (Finance) about the probable date of August Salary disbursement. Director (Finance) explained that BSNL is depending on its own collections for the disbursement of monthly salary. He further mentioned that we require Rs.1350 crores (Gross salary) for the disbursement of salary. Other Capex, Opex etc. comes around Rs.900 crores per month. Hence every month BSNL needs Rs.2250 crores for discharging all such regular payments. Our average per Day Collection is only about Rs.40 crores. So there is a deficit of around Rs.1000 crores per month. We have requested DoT several times for the release of outstanding dues payable to BSNL but no confirmation has been received. Our CMD along with Secretary (T) approached several Bank Authorities but no Bank is committed due to continues dip in revenue of BSNL.

 

We requested Director (Finance) to disburse the August salary as early by obtaining immediate financial support from DOT. Director (Finance) mentioned that today BSNL Management has written a letter to Secretary (Telecom) for immediate release of funds to the tune of Rs.1000/- crores towards the August Salary disbursement.

 

We further requested Director (Finance) to use his good offices to get the outstanding dues pertaining to BSNL from DOT. The Director (Finance) further informed that Sr.GM (CBB) BSNL CO has already been deputed today to DOT to pursue the matter.    

 

Director (Finance) opined that the need of the hour is maximize the revenue and advised that all employees should come forward and work together to achieve the various targets given by the BSNL Management. We responded positively and requested the Director (Finance) that the BSNL Management should come forward to conduct periodical meetings with the GSs of the recognized Unions and Associations to get better coordination & results for the betterment of BSNL. The roadmap of the BSNL Management for the better Marketing Activities, New Strategies to compete with the other Private Operators, re-look into the working pattern of the BSNL Employees in the changed scenario has to be discussed with the Representatives of the Recognized Unions and Associations of BSNL so as to increase our revenue.       

 

Director (Finance) BSNL Board appreciated our concern and assured to bring it to the kind notice of the CMD BSNL and further invited the suggestions from AIBSNLEA for the Revenue increase of BSNL.   

 

(2) Revival Package of BSNL - We enquired about the status of BSNL revival package. Director (Finance) mentioned that the Ministry of Finance is strongly opposing the proposal stating that, if some financial assistance is given to BSNL for the VRS and 4G Spectrum etc., then what is the guarantee that BSNL will revive and regain its original glory within a reasonable period.

 

(3) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- Director (Finance) informed that the Minutes of the CPC have been approved and the Postings & Transfers are under consideration. The same will be finalized soon and thereafter the promotion orders will be issued.  

 

(4) Request transfers in the cadre of Accounts Personals:- We thanked the Director (Finance) for considering the request transfers in respect of Accounts Officers. We requested Director(Fin.) to consider the requests of the AOs who are working for more than two years in BSNL Corporate Office also. Director (Finance) BSNL Board mentioned that the information called for about the requirement of Accounts Officers in Corporate Office is not received till date. After the receipt of the same, the requests will be considered.  

03.09.2019 GS writes to

(a)The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding  request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer <<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b) The CGM (Arch.), BSNL Corporate Office request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of JTO<<<<Click here for letter>>>

02.09.2019 Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO: GS, AGS (Finance) & Advisor (HQ) met PGM (Pers) and discussed regarding:-

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: PGM (Pers) informed that due to non-availability of Full Bench, DE to DGM (T) Promotion Case could not be heard in the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh on 30.08.2019. We pleaded that vacancies are more than the eligible DEs hence all the eligible officers including those who have gone to the various Courts can also been covered within these vacancies  and requested to issue the DE to DGM promotion on ad-hoc basis as there is no interim injunction available in this regard. PGM (Pers) assured an early action in this regard.

B) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We requested to issue the transfer orders for those DGMs who have already completed for more than two years by obeying & honoured the transfer orders of BSNL Corporate Office. We further informed that we have requested CMD BSNL to consider the request transfers cases on humanitarian grounds since they are facing much problems in their old age of 58+. PGM (Pers) responded positively and assured to discuss further with Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.

C) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- PGM (Pers) informed that the Minutes of the CPC have been approved by the Competent Authority and after the approval of the Postings & Transfers by the Director (Finance) BSNL Board, the promotion orders will be issued.  

D) Request transfers on Immunity Grounds: We requested to consider all the request transfers on immunity grounds. PGM (Pers) assured to look into the matter. 

02.09.2019  Meeting with CMD BSNL: GS, AGS (Finance) & Advisor (HQ) met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding:-

(1) Disbursement of salary for the Month of August 2019:- We enquired about the probable date of disbursement of Salary for August 2019. CMD BSNL informed that he along with Secretary (T) met 5 Bank Authorities including CMDs but no Bank is come forward to give any Loan to BSNL, even on the basis of Letter of Comfort. However, BSNL Management had already written a letter to Secretary (T) requesting for issuing Sovereign Guarantee to BSNL for availing Loan. But CMD opined that Sovereign Guarantee will be issued only by the Ministry of Finance.

He further mentioned that we are trying our best but it is not possible to disburse the Salary from BSNL’s own sources since Statutory dues like TDS, GST etc. are also to be paid during first week of September 2019. Hence, from the available sources of Cash flow of BSNL, Management is not in a position to make any commitment regarding the date of disbursement of salary for August 2019. 

(2) Revival Package & Financial Status of BSNL - We enquired about the status of BSNL revival package. CMD BSNL mentioned that the Ministry of Finance has not given any clearance on the Revised Cabinet Memo on Revival Package of BSNL submitted by DoT since the proposal for taking over of BSNL Debts including outstanding bills through SPV has been dropped in the PMO meeting. Hence, the clarity will be known only after the clearance from the Ministry of Finance.

(3) Achieving of targets given by the BSNL Management:  CMD BSNL advised that all should come together and work hard and no stone left unturned by  each employee to achieve the various targets given by the BSNL Management to maximize the Revenue and increase the Cash Flow. We requested CMD BSNL to allot funds for small requirements in order to retain the existing Customers/ Maintenance of Services, towards Electricity bills, Hiring Vehicles bills and Mtce., and Labour Contractors bills etc. CMD BSNL mentioned that funds are being released to all the Circles on piecemeal as per the availability of the funds.   

(4) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We requested that those DGMs who have already completed more than two years may be considered for request transfers on ‘own cost basis’ to their Home Circles as they have obeyed & honoured the transfer orders issued by the BSNL Corporate Office. In this regard, GS AIBSNLEA has already written a letter to CMD BSNL which may kindly be considered as the DGMs are facing much problems in their old age of 58+. CMD BSNL assured that the cases will be reviewed again.

30.08.2019:  DoT has invited applications to Fill-up the Posts of SDEs and JTOs in USO Fund ...<<<Click here for letter>>>

30.08.2019: Hearty Congratulations to Retiring Comrades. AIBSNLEA CHQ extends Best Wishes for all the comrades who retire today on Superannuation, for a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Contended and peaceful life after retirement. Comrades! You are going to start a New Journey of your Life, may your days be filled with Elation and Triumph.  We extend our sincere thanks to you for your Dedication towards BSNL as well as AIBSNLEA and congratulate you on your Superannuation on 31.08.2019.

30.08.2019: Status of DE to DGM Promotion case at Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh

(1) MA No. 1030/2019 filed by Sh Pritam Chand & Ors Vs BSNL came up for hearing today and posted for next hearing on 17.10.2019.

(2) OA No. 531/2017 filed by Sh Naresh Thakur & Ors Vs BSNL came up for hearing today and posted for next hearing on 13.12.2019.

30.08.2019BSNL Corporate Office New Delhi issued guidelines for Opening of Separate Bank Account for External Works of Civil Wing. AIBSNLEA has taken up the issue with CMD BSNL, Director (Finance) & Director (EB) BSNL Board for the necessity of opening Separate a Separate Bank Account for the External Works of Civil Wing. Due to the consistent efforts of AIBSNLEA, BSNL CO now issued necessary guidelines in this regard:   <<<Click here for letter>>>

30.08.2019BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi issued instructions regarding GTI Scheme for BSNL Executives regarding deduction of quarterly premium from the salaries against from the policy of sum assured of Rs. 20 lakhs.  <<<Click here for letter>>>

30.08.2019 Hon’ble MOC has entrusted additional charge of Director (HR) BSNL Board to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL with immediate effect for a period of three months or till the appointment of regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.  <<<Click here for letter>>>

29.08.2019: BSNL Corporate Office New Delhi issued consolidated guidelines for considering requests of BSNL Employees for Deputation to other outside Organizations.<<<<Click here for letter>>>

29.08.2019:  Status of AO to CAO Status Quo Case: 

The ‘Status Quo’ Case in CAT Chandigarh in respect of promotion from AO to CAO filed by Shri Anupam Yadav Vs BSNL came up for hearing in the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh on 29.08.2019 and posted for Next hearing on 27.11.2019. As per the directions of GS, AIBSNLEA, Shri Ashok Kumar Sharma, Circle President, Punjab was present in the Hon’ble CAT at the time of hearing. On behalf of Management, PGM (Fin) Haryana Circle along with DM (Pers-Legal) Corporate Office New Delhi was attended the Hon’ble CAT.

28.08.2019: Meeting with Director (CM/HR), BSNL Board:-

GS, AGS (Finance), FS/CHQ and Advisor (HQ) met Director (CM/HR), BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

A) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We requested that those DGMs who have completed more than two years may be considered for request transfers on own cost to their Home Circles as they have obeyed & honoured the transfer orders issued by the BSNL Corporate Office and now they are waiting for returning to their Home Circles. Director (CM/HR) appreciated our concern and mentioned that some of them are holding the charge of SSA Heads/TDMs and posting of suitable substitutes for the posts is the cumbersome exercise due to the financial constraints. He further added that the VRS proposal is also under consideration. However, he assured that we will review the cases and not hold for much time and orders will be issued shortly.

B) Request transfers in the cadre of DET/AGM:- We requested to consider the request transfers on own cost in respect of DEs who have completed 2 years or more. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that the request transfers are under hold due to the financial constraints for posting of suitable substitutes. However, he assured to review the cases and shortly orders will be issued.

C) Request transfers on Immunity Grounds: We requested to consider all the request transfers on immunity grounds. Director (HR/CM) assured to look into the matter.

D) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We requested for early issuance of DE/AGM(T) to DGM (T) Promotion orders. Director (HR/CM) informed that we are trying to get relief from the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh on the next date of hearing i.e. on 30th August. He also mentioned that we are deputing the officer from Pers Legal Cell of CO BSNL to attend Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh in this regard. After relief from Hon’ble CAT, action will be immediately initiated for the issuance of the promotion orders.

E) Status Quo case of AO to CAO promotion: Director (HR/CM) mentioned that we are trying to vacate the Status Quo from Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh on the next date of hearing i.e. on 29th August (tomorrow). In this regard we are deputing one officer from Pers Legal Cell of CO BSNL to attend Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh.

F) Consideration of Permission for Deputation: We requested to consider the pending requests of Deputation cases. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that in the cadre of DET/AGM, there may not be any problem, but in respect of other cadres, the draft proposal submitted is still under consideration.

G) Financial Status of BSNL & Revival Package: Director (CM/HR) mentioned that we had received the Letter of Comfort from DoT but the Nationalized Banks are not coming forward and not ready to consider our requirements due to the repaying capacity of BSNL depends on the revenue earning. However, BSNL Management has written a letter to Secretary (T) requesting to issue Sovereign Guarantee to BSNL for availing Loans.

Regarding VRS Package, we submitted that, we are of the opinion that VRS Package should be linked with 3rd PRC and we demanded that VRS Package in BSNL should be implemented along with the implementation of 3rd PRC and requested to use his good offices to escalate our views to the Higher Offices. Director (CM/HR) appreciated our concern and further advised us to discuss with the CMD BSNL. He assured that he will also apprise CMD/ DOT in this regard. He is also of the opinion that VRS along with implementation of 3rd PRC may be helpful in achieving the desired results and also beneficial to the BSNL Employees.   

28.08.2019: GS writes to

(a)Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD  BSNL regarding consideration of Request transfers in respect of DGMs (Telecom) who   have completed two years in other Circles.<<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b)The Director (HR), BSNL Board regarding request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of DGM<<<<Click here for letter>>>

(c)The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(i) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer

(ii)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of DGM

(iii)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Chief Account officer

(iv)Representation from Shri Jagdish Chandra Chouhan, DGM (F) Staff No. 88065 regarding Time bound upgradation in the IDA scale E-5 to E-6 w.e.f. 3.4.2015 and promotion from DGM (F) to Jt. GM (Fin.) in the scale of E-7 w.e.f 3.5.2018.

(v) Representation from Shri Baban S. Laswante,  AGM HR No. 99500034  regarding  deputation(For Three Years) to KVIC (Khadi & Village Industries Commission) for the Post of Director & Deputy Director against the Advertisement No. KVIC/Adv/Vacany/2018-2019 dated  22nd July 2019.<<<<Click here for letter>>>

27.08.2019: GS writes to The Director (HR), BSNL Board regarding  Consideration of request transfers on Immunity Grounds . <<<<Click here for letter>>>
26.08.2019: Pers. Cell of BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi issued letter regarding  Implementation of Hon'ble Supreme Court judgement dated 21.01.2015 and 14.12.2017 in Civil Appeal No(s) 4389 of 2010 ( w.r.t. Rule 206 ) - consequential benefits reg....<<<<Click here for letter>>>

26.08.2019: Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO:-

GS, AGS (Finance) & Advisor (HQ) met PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO, the DGM (Pers) was also present there and discussed regarding:-

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: On our request for early issuance of DE/AGM(T) to DGM (T) Promotion orders, PGM (Pers) informed that the next date of hearing in the Hon’ble Chandigarh CAT is 30th August and we are trying to get relief from the Court in this regard. It is expected that after relief from Hon’ble CAT, we will initiate immediate action and the promotion orders from DET to DGM (T) will be issued at an early date.

B) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We requested that those who were completed more than two years have not been covered in the transfer list issued by the Corporate Office except the officers attained the age of 59. PGM (Pers) informed that the requests transfer proposal which was submitted to the Competent Authority has been held up and kept in abeyance till further decision. We recorded our resentment in this regard and again requested to take a call keeping in view of those DGMs who have already obeyed & honoured the orders of BSNL Management and joined & completed the two years service away from their hometown and now they want to come back to their hometown. He assured to discuss the issue with Competent Authority and take a decision at the earliest in this regard.   

C) Request transfers in the cadre of DET/CAOs & Immunity cases:- We requested to consider the request transfers in respect of DEs/CAOs who have already completed 2 years or more. PGM (Pers) mentioned that the request transfers in case of DETs have already been put up & under consideration. Soon it will be issued after some discussion and approval. In respect of CAOs and Immunity cases, he mentioned that all these cases are under process.

D) Review of existing tenure Policy of NE-II Telecom Circle:- We requested to reduce the period of tenure in Arunachal Pradesh State from two years to one & half years to maintain uniformity with other States of NE-II i.e. Manipur & Nagaland.  PGM (Pers) mentioned that it is a Policy matter and is being looked into.

E) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- We requested to issue the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Fin) which is pending since long. PGM (Pers) mentioned that CPC has been convened and put up for approval. After approval from the Competent Authority, the promotion, Transfer & Posting orders will be issued very soon.    

25.08.2019:   Hats Off and Hearty Congratulations to PV Sindhu who has Created History and become First Indian to Win Gold at the BWF World Championships.

PV Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes in the women's singles final.

PV Sindhu Makes India Proud......

25.08.2019:  Condolence Message
Com.R.RAVI, EX ACS / Ex.FS of AIBSNLEA ,Tamilnadu Circle and Retired CAO expired today( 25.8.2019) evening at Chennai, due to Massive Heart Attack. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May the departed soul rest in Peace.
 

23.08.2019:  GS writes to

(a)The Director (HR), BSNL Board regarding Representation received from Shri Dileep Chand Meena, HR No. 99409679, Superintending Engineer (E) regarding Appointment to the Post of General Manager (Engineering) on transfer Deputation/ Permanent absorbation basis in the Food Corporation of India.

<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b) The CGM (EW) BSNL Corporate Office regarding request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of E.E.(E)<<<Click here for letter>>>

(c ) The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(i) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer

(ii) Representation received from Shri Gurappa S. Hugar, AO, HR No. 198605650 regarding release of his AO regular promotion & TB promotion E-3-E-4 & E-4-E-5.

(iii) Representation received from Shri Puran Chand Staff No. 7790 regarding Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment dated 21.01.2015 and 14.12.2017 under civil appeal No. (s) 4389 of 2010 (w.r.t Rule 206 consequential benefits

(iv) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of SDE

(v) Representation received from Smt. N. Shrimani, CAO HR No. 198315967 regarding Huge Financial loss due to delay in deciding of AO to CAO promotion.<<<Click here for letter>>>

22.08.2019:  Meeting with Director (Finance) BSNL Board:-
GS, Chairman and AGS (Finance) met the Director (Fin) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-
A) Letter of Comfort & Bank Loan to BSNL: We enquired about the Letter of Comfort from DoT for Loan from Bank for Cash liquidity in BSNL. Director (Fin) mentioned that we had received Letter of Comfort from DoT but the Nationalized Banks are not ready to consider our requirements due to the continuous dip in revenue. Hence, today BSNL Management has written a letter to Secretary (T) requesting to offer Sovereign Guarantee to BSNL for availing Loan.

 
B) Release of Funds to Circles for the outstanding dues: We requested Director (Fin) for the immediate release of funds for the day-to-day maintenance of works including contractual labour payments since maintenance work has been deteriorated due to the non-payment of wages to the contractual labours for more than 6 months as well as Bank EMI, GPF, EPF and Society recoveries etc., due for past three months. Director (Fin) mentioned that Management is trying their best to make such payments but due to non-availability of funds or loan from banks, it is difficult to meet out the requirements immediately. He further mentioned that the revenue collected during the month has been utilized for the payments of Statutory dues & Bank interest. However, he assured that the outstanding dues will be settled shortly.
C) Opening of Separate Account for External/ Govt. Projects:- We requested to give the permission for opening of separate Account for External/ Govt. Projects as requested by various Circle Heads/ PCE (Civil) and various Circle Secretaries of AIBSNLEA. Director (Fin) BSNL Board mentioned that separate Account has already been opened for Govt. Projects. One Account will be opened for other small misc. works centrally and it is not advisable to open separate Account Circle wise for each work.
 

D) Request transfers in the cadre of AO from BSNL CO to other Circles:- We requested to issue the request transfers orders for the Accounts Officers working in BSNL Corporate Office for more than two years. Director (Finance) BSNL Board mentioned that the requirement of Accounts Officers in Corporate Office is being worked out by GM (EF) and all the request transfers will be considered thereafter.  

21.08.2019: Status of Writ Petition filed by AIBSNLEA & others in the Hon’ble High Court, Delhi against the creation of Tower Subsidiary:

W.P No. 141317/2018  filed by AIBSNLEA & others in the Hon’ble High Court, Delhi  against the creation of Tower Subsidiary came up for hearing on 20.8.2019 and posted for next hearing on 24.1.2020.

21.08.2019: Revival of BSNL:-

Chairman and GS met the Senior Officers in DoT and enquired about the outcome of the Meeting held in PMO convened by the Principal Secretary to PM Shri Nripendra Misra Ji on 20.08.2019. The queries raised by the Ministry of Finance on Revival Plan of BSNL has been discussed in detail in the meeting wherein Group of Secretaries including Secretary (Telecom) Shri Anshu Prakash ji, CMD BSNL Shri PK Purwar ji were also present. The PMO intervene in the matter to resolve the bottleneck raised by MoF on the proposed revival package of BSNL. It is reliably learnt that after detailed discussions the following decisions have been taken:-

1) VRS Package to BSNL Employees: VRS Package is eligible for BSNL Employees who are attaining the Age of 50 years & above i.e upto 60 years.

a) The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in single go or maximum in 5 instalments on optional basis for availing Income Tax benefit.

 

b) The formula for VRS Package is (Ex-gratia + Pension) or 125% of the Salary (Pay + IDA), whichever is less.

 

c) The Employees having 40 months Service left will get full Salary benefits.

 

d) Leave Encashment & Pension (without Commutation) will be paid at the time of VR but the Gratuity and Commutation Value of Pension Payment will be deferred till they attain the age of Superannuation. During the intervening period from the date of VR to the date of attain the age of Superannuation, Employees will get interest @ 8% on their Gratuity amount.

 

e) The Ex-gratia amount for VRS will be paid in Cash by BSNL by issuing of Bonds on the basis of the Sovereign guarantee to be given by the DoT. 50% of interest liability on bonds will be born by Govt.

 

Through this process, Govt. is estimating that the present staff strength will be reduced to 62000 from the present strength of 1.60 lakhs.

 

2) The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years: VRS will be implemented  first and  the roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years come in to effect subsequently.

3) 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNLRs.14,000 Crores will be borne by the Govt for 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL.

4) BSNL Land Monetization proposal:  The proposal for monetization of BSNL Land, OFC & Towers has been accepted which will be monitored by a Committee consisting of the officers from BSNL, MTNL, DoT and DIPAM.

5) Proposal for SPV for land monetization and merger of BSNL & MTNL is dropped: 

 

Minutes of the Meeting is expected by today evening/ tomorrow morning and accordingly the revised Cabinet Note will be put up to Hon’ble Minister of Communication Shri Ravi Sankar Prasad ji with in day or two for approval and further circulated to the concerned Ministries. It is expected that Cabinet approval for the Revival Package of BSNL will get within the 1st or 2nd week of September 2019, if all the things go smoothly. 

 

It is also reliably learnt that window for VRS Package will be opened for One Month and all the process will be settled within two months.

 

AIBSNLEA is of the firm opinion that as a stakeholder and one of the Major Recognised Associations in BSNL, we should be called for discussion before finalization of VRS Proposal. As per AIBSNLEA 6th AIC decision, we demand the BSNL Management that the VRS Proposal should be linked with 3rd PRC fitment. AIBSNLEA strongly hope that the BSNL Management will call us for discussion in this regard.

However, as per the 6th AIC decision AIBSNLEA will strongly oppose the move of roll out of retirement age from 60 to 58 years.

21.08.2019:  GS writes to

(a)Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding severe disruption in maintaining day-to-day service in Calcutta Telephone District due to non-payment of JCL (Contractual) Labour Wages.<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b)The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding request for Deputation to CCA, HP Telecom Circle in the cadre of Accounts officer <<<Click here for letter>>>

20.08.2019:  BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media

(i) PMO may go ahead with BSNL, MTNL revival package .......<<<<Click here for details news>>>>

20.08.2019: Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO:-

Chairman, GS, AGS (Finance) & Advisor (HQ) met PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO in the presence of DGM (Pers.) and discussed regarding:-

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We requested to early issuance of DE/AGM(T) to DGM (T) Promotion orders. We pleaded that more than 1140 vacancies are there in the DGM (T) Cadre and all the eligible officers including those who were gone to the various Courts have also been covered within these vacancies  and requested to issue the DE to DGM promotion on ad-hoc basis as there is no interim injunction available in this regard. PGM (Pers) assured an early action in this regard.

B) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We requested that those who were completed more than two years have not been covered in the transfer list issued by the Corporate Office except the officers attained the age of 59. PGM (Pers) mentioned that the request transfer proposal in respect of the remaining eligible cases has been submitted to the Competent Authority and the orders will be issued after the receipt of the approval.

C) Request transfers in the cadre of DET:- We requested to consider the request transfers in respect of DEs who have completed 2 years or more. PGM (Pers) mentioned that the request transfers are under consideration and will be issued shortly.

D) Request transfers in the cadre of CAO:- We requested to consider the request transfers in respect of CAOs who have completed 2 years or more. PGM (Pers) immediately instructed DGM (Pers) and AGM (Pers) to put up these cases.

E) Consideration of Permission for Deputation: We requested to clear the pending requests of deputation cases. PGM (Pers) mentioned that as per the instructions of CMD BSNL, the draft proposal for deputation is under consideration.

F) Review of existing tenure Policy of NE-II Telecom Circle:- We requested to reduce the period of tenure in Arunachal Pradesh State from two years to one & half years to maintain uniformity with other States of NE-II i.e. Manipur & Nagaland.  PGM (Pers) assured to look into the matter.

G) CAO to DGM (F) CPC:- We requested to issue the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Fin) which is under consideration since long and getting delayed. PGM (Pers) immediately spoken to the CLO BSNL CO as well as directed DGM (Pers) to convene the CPC immediately.

 

H) Request transfers in the cadre of AO from BSNL CO to other Circles:- We requested to issue the request transfers orders for the Accounts Officers working in BSNL Corporate Office for more than two years. PGM (Pers) mentioned that  as per the directions of Director (Finance) BSNL Board, the work study in BSNL CO is being conducted and after the completion of the work,  all the request transfers will be considered accordingly.  

20.08.2019:  AUAB calls Protest Lunch hour Demonstration on 21.08.2019 (tomorrow) against the reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years:-

AUAB has reliably learnt that the BSNL Board of Directors meeting is scheduled to be held on 21.08.2019, wherein the agenda of reduction of retirement age of BSNL employees from 60 to 58 is likely to be discussed. We are receiving the news from various sources that the Govt. is considering the proposal of roll out of retirement age of BSNL Employees from 60 to 58. It is totally unwarranted and it is against the assurance given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000 at the time of Corporatization of BSNL. All the DoT recruited employees are enjoying the facilities of age of superannuation at 60 years w.e.f. 31.05.1998. In view of this, we have to strongly protest the move of the BSNL Board to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.

Hence, AUAB calls upon the entire Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL to hold lunch hour demonstrations on 21.08.2019 (tomorrow) to protest against the proposed move of the BSNL Board to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58.

All the Circle Secretaries/ District Secretaries are requested to coordinate with the constituent Unions/ Associations of AUAB and make the Protest Lunch Hour Demonstration on 21.08.2019 a Grand Success. 

19.08.2019:  Meeting with CMD BSNL:-

Chairman, GS and AGS (Finance) met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding:-

A) Immediate Financial assistance to the flood affected Circles: : We requested to allot the funds immediately for Diesel, Labour & Vehicle running expenses so as to ensure uninterrupted BSNL services to the customers of the affected Circles of MH, KRL, KTK & TN.  CMD mentioned that he has already given instructions to release some funds to the entire flood affected Circles.

B) Soft Loan to BSNL: We enquired about the immediate financial support from the Govt./ Loan from Banks. CMD informed that today only he has received the information that MOC has approved the Letter of Comfort for availing loan from Banks.

C) Revival of BSNL: CMD mentioned that tomorrow on 20.08.2019, a meeting is convened by the PMO to discuss regarding revival of BSNL. He further mentioned that the comments of the Finance Ministry in respect of the Cabinet Memo for revival of BSNL is pending and it will be discussed in tomorrow’s meeting. Only after the receipt of the comments from the concerned Ministries, it will go to Cabinet for final approval. 

D) Opening of  Separate Account for External/ Govt. Projects:- We requested to give the permission for opening of separate account for External/ Govt. Projects as requested by various Circle Heads/ PCE (Civil) and various Circle Secretaries of AIBSNLEA. CMD BSNL mentioned that he has already cleared the file in this regard.

E) Opening of Escrow Account for NE-II Circle:- We requested CMD BSNL to give permission for opening an Escrow Account for implementation of GST SWAN Network Project at NE-II Circle to the cost of Rs.10 crores since the minimum threshold limit fixed by Corporate Office is Rs.30 crores. CMD assured to look into the matter.

F) To release the fund for Medical Claims:- We submitted that the reimbursement of Medical Claims in respect of BSNL retirees has not been paid for the last two years, but the Income tax has been deducted without making any payment and requested to release the funds. CMD  assured to look into the matter. 

19.08.2019: Meeting with Director (CM/HR), BSNL Board:-

Chairman, GS and AGS (Finance) met Director (CM/HR), BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

A) Immediate Financial assistance to the flood affected Circles: We requested to allot the funds immediately for Diesel, Labour & Vehicle running expenses so as to ensure uninterrupted BSNL services to the customers of the affected Circles of MH, KRL, KTK & TN.  Director (CM/HR) immediately contacted Sr.GM (BBC) over phone  and issued instructions to release the funds immediately.

B) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: We requested to intervene in the matter for promotion orders from DE/AGM (T) to DGM (T) as it has been badly delayed. We pleaded that more than 1140 vacancies are there in the DGM (T) Cadre and the eligible officers are less than that and those who were gone to the various courts have also been covered within these vacancies, and requested to issue the DE to DGM promotion on ad-hoc basis as there is no interim injunction available in this regard. Director (HR) assured an early action in this regard.

C) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T):- We submitted that those who were completed more than two years have not been covered in the transfer orders issued by the Corporate Office except the officers attained the age of 59. Director (CM/HR) assured that the cases will be considered and the orders will be issued shortly.

D) Request transfers in the cadre of DET:- We requested to consider the request transfers in respect of DEs who have completed 2 years. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that the request transfers are under consideration.

E) Consideration of Permission for Deputation: We requested to clear the pending requests of deputation cases. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that as per the instructions of CMD BSNL, the draft proposal for deputation has been prepared and submitted to the Competent Authority for consideration. However, the proposal has been returned with some queries from the CMD BSNL which will be replied shortly.

F) Opening of separate account for External/ Govt. Projects:- We requested to give the permission for opening of separate account for External/ Govt. Projects as requested by various Circle Heads/ PCE (Civil) and various Circle Secretaries of AIBSNLEA. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that file is under submission to the Competent Authority for approval and the orders be issued after the receipt of the approval.

G) Review of existing tenure Policy of NE-II Telecom Circle:- We requested to reduce the period of tenure in Arunachal Pradesh State from two years to 1.5 years to maintain uniformity with other States of NE-II i.e. Manipur & Nagaland.  Director (CM/HR) assured to look into the matter.

H) To release the fund for Medical Claims:- We submitted that the reimbursement of Medical Claims in respect of BSNL retirees has not been paid for the last two years, but the Income tax has been deducted without making any payment and requested to release the funds. Director (CM/HR) assured to look into the matter.

19.08.2019: Meeting with Director (EB), BSNL Board:-

 GS, AGS (Finance) and Advisor (HQ) met Director (EB), BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

 A) Opening of separate account for External/ Govt. Projects:- We requested to give the permission for opening of separate account for External/ Govt. Projects as requested by various Circle Heads/ PCE (Civil) and various Circle Secretaries of AIBSNLEA. Director (EB) mentioned that file is under submission to the Competent Authority for approval and the orders be issued after the receipt of the approval.

B) Opening of Escrow Account for NE-II Circle:- We requested  to give permission for opening an Escrow Account for implementation of GST SWAN Network Project at NE-II Circle to the cost of Rs.10 crores since the minimum threshold limit fixed by Corporate Office is Rs.30 crores. Director (EB) mentioned that he has already issued instructions to issue the permission for opening an Escrow Account to the cost of Rs.10 crores in NE-II Circle.

19.08.2019:  GS writes to The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of DE/AGM <<<Click here for letter>>>

16.08.2019: Meeting with Member (Finance), DCC, DoT

Com. S. Sivakumar GS AIBSNLEA along with AGS (Fin) and Advisor (HQ) met Shri. P.K. Sinha Ji Member (Finance) and  greeted him  on assuming the High office of Member (Finance) in Digital Communications Commission, DoT by presenting Bouquet. AIBSNLEA congratulated the new Member (Finance) and discussed regarding:-

A) Revival of BSNL: We enquired the Member (Fin) regarding the present status of the Revival Package of BSNL. Member (Finance) mentioned that the Cabinet Memo for Revival Plan is under consideration of Finance Ministry and he personally requested the Officers of Finance Ministry for early clearance of the proposal. He also mentioned that DOT is trying to get the Cabinet approval of Revival Package of BSNL before the end of this month.

B) Immediate Financial Support to BSNL:-  We further requested for: 1) Extending immediate Financial Support to BSNL for the maintenance of the Services.

2) Refunding of Govt. dues to BSNL viz

a) Interest paid on BWA Spectrum.

b)  Excess payment of Pension contribution to the tune of Rs. 2700 Crs.

c)  Compensation for Maintenance of 17000 Rural Telephone Exchanges to the tune of Rs.19,000 Crs.

d)  And immediate payment of USOF/ ADC charges in the form of the Rural Deficit Charges for the Services provided.

Member (Finance) mentioned that DOT is considering for the immediate Finance Support to BSNL as well as refund of Govt. dues viz., Compensation of Rural Deficit Charges from USO Fund and refund of excess paid Pension Contribution. He also mentioned that a High Level Meeting is scheduled to be held on 19.08.2019. Regarding refund of Pension Contribution, he further mentioned that the Ministry of Expenditure is positive.  

C) Extension of Soft Loan to BSNL for its Capital Expenditure till the Monetization of Assets is effected: Member (Finance) mentioned that DOT is considering the Sovereign Guarantee for the grant of Loan to BSNL.

We handed over the copy of the letter addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in this regard.  

D) Immediate Financial Assistance to Flood affected Circles:- We requested the Member (Fin) for immediate allotment of funds to BSNL for the restoration of Services in the flood affected Circles viz., Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We have also handed over the letter in this regard. Member (Fin) mentioned that we are aware of the situation and DOT is considering for immediate necessary support.

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16.08.2019:  GS writes to Shri Narendra Modi Ji, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India regarding immediate Financial Support and grant of Soft  Loan  to BSNL. <<<Click here for letter>>>

73rd INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE FROM GS AIBSNLEA:

Dear Comrades!

We celebrate the bravery of our Fore Fathers and their gift of Freedom. Long may our flag wave! Happy 73rd Independence Day! We should salute the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and soldiers who made the dream of independent India a reality. Let us remember the struggle of our freedom fighters for over 200 years who sacrificed their lives for the country’s Independence from the British rule. Freedom is something that money can’t buy, it’s the result of the struggles of many Brave hearts. Let us honour them today and always. Thousands laid down their lives so that our country can celebrate this day. Never forget their sacrifices. May we always have the Freedom to Choose, Freedom to Dream and Freedom to Live. We should recall the Golden lines of Shri Rabindranath Tagore “Where the Mind is without fear and the Head is held High  …. Into the Heaven of Freedom…..Let my Country Awake”

In this Independence Day, Let’s take a pledge to protect the Peace and Unity of our great Nation INDIA. 

– With regards

S.SIVAKUMAR, GS, AIBSNLEA,

14.08.2019:  GS writes to   The PGM (Pers.) BSNL CO request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of DE/AGM<<<Click here for letter>>>

13.08.2019:  GS writes to Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD, BSNL  regarding request for Immediate financial assistance to the flood affected Circles...<<<Click here for letter>>>

13.08.2019: BSNL Corporate Office recognized the newly elected CHQ Office bearers of AIBSNLEA in the 6th AIC held at Vijayawada and Confirmation letter issued by the SR Cell of BSNL Corporate Office today.<<<<Click here for order>>>>

13.08.2019:  GS writes to Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding review of existing Tenure Areas Stations in NE-II Telecom Circle- .<<<<Click here for letter>>>>

12.08.2019:  BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media

(i) BSNL to chase dues from enterprise clients, hopes to recover bulk of Rs 3,000 crore ........<<<<Click here for details news>>>>

12.08.2019: Today AIBSNLEA KOLHAPUR arranged food at kalayani Hall for 150 flood affected people. PGM CHOUDHARY SIR has also participated.

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For the flood-affected SSA of Kolhapur and Sangli - Free Unlimited ONnet calling(loc and std), Off-net calls 20 mins per day (loc and std), 1 GB data per day and 100 SMS per day has been provided to the customers by BSNL MH circle. Pl inform to your near and dear ones in both SSA's.

09.08.2019:  BSNL Corporate office issued appointment orders for  "Junior Accounts officer on probation" under DR quota consequent on completion of 11  weeks of pre- appointment training on 02.08.2018<<<Click here for letter>>>

09.08.2019: GS and AGS (Fin) met PGM (Pers), BSNL CO  in the presence of DGM (Pers) & DGM (Pers.Legal) and discussed regarding


A) Issuance of Posting Orders for JAO (DR) Trainees:
We requested PGM (Pers) for the early issuance of Posting Orders for JAO(DR) Trainees. PGM (Pers) informed that due to busy schedule of CMD and DIR (Fin) the proposal has not been approved. However he assured that the Posting orders will be issued today after getting approval from the Competent Authority.


B) Implementation of Rule-206 of SDEs(T) Seniority:
We requested PGM(Pers.) for the true implementation of Hon'ble SC Judgment on Rule-206 of SDEs(T) seniority case. PGM(Pers.) mentioned that the exercise for implementation of Rule-206 is under process wherein the notional pay fixation will be granted by conducting review DPC against the vacant available posts and accordingly pension will be re-fixed. We explained that the Hon'ble SC judgment, the consequential benefits are to be given to all seniors w.r.t. the juniors. PGM(Pers.) assured to look into the matter.

09.08.2019: GS & President attended the Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting of AIBSNLEA Tamilnadu Circle, Combined Special General Body Meeting of Tamilnadu Circle & Chennai Telephones and Felicitation Function to Newly Elected GS, AIBSNLEA, President and other CHQ Office bearers of TN Circle and CHENNAI TD :

The Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting of AIBSNLEA Tamilnadu Circle has been conducted on 06.08.2019 at Chennai. Com. P.Tamilselvam, Circle President has presided over the CEC. Com. P.Mohan, Vice President welcomed the gathering and Com.S.Kamaraj has delivered introductory speech. Com. C.Duraiarasan, CS has explained in detail about the current scenario in BSNL and the pending HR issues. District Secretaries, District Presidents, Circle Office bearers, CWC/CEC Members and Advisors have actively participated in the discussions in the CEC.Since the CS is elected as OS (South Zone), it is decided in the CEC that the Circle Conference will be conducted within 6 months. Resolutions are passed unanimously on BSNL Revival Plan & HR Issues. Com. W.V.Ranganathan, Finance Secretary delivered vote of thanks.
As the second phase of the CEC, the felicitation function to honor the newly elected GS, AIBSNLEA, CHQ President, CHQ office Bearers elected from Tamilnadu / Chennai and was organized jointly and the function started by 15.30 hrs. The event was Presided over jointly by the Presidents of Chennai Telephones & TN Circle namely Sri.R.Srinivasan & Sri.P.Tamilselvam and Sri.V.Sundararajan ACS-AIBSNLEA-T.N.Circle welcomed the gathering. More than 250 members have participated in the meeting. The Hall was jam packed.
With enthusiastic applause from the audience, our CHQ Leaders, namely the President CHQ, Com.Subhashih Mitra, beloved GS Com.S.Sivakumar, OS-South CHQ Com.C.Duraiarasan, Advisor Legal Com.R.Guruprasad, and Advisor DR Com. S.Shivakumar were requested to occupy the Dias followed by the leaders of Unions & Sister Associations. The invitees of other Unions & Sister Associations, who addressed the gathering and felicitated all the CHQ office Bearers. with specific mention about our beloved GS Com.S.Sivakumar includes,

Com.P.Abhimanyu GS-BSNLEU-CHQ praised Com.Sivakumar GS AIBSNLEA and mention that   our AIC has elected a deserving candidate as GS of AIBSNLEA. He shortly called Com.Sivakumar as the Information Beareua of the Rules and Procedures. He informed the house that we have to oppose the Revival Plan as it is proposed to grab the assets of the BSNL to sell to the Private persons. The estimated cost of the land listed for monetisation is estimated at a lower cost of about Rs.22000 Crores but the real market rate will be three times more. He also emphasized that we have to demand for soft loan immediately to run the company.
Com.V.SubbuRaman –GS-TEPU-CHQ greeted Com.GS and other CHQ Office bearers. He mentioned that our GS is an outspoken personality without any hidden agenda. He requested the house that we may accept the VRS package but we have to oppose reduction of retirement age.
Com.P.N.Perumal – Advisor SEWA-CHQ greeted Com.GS and remembered that he guided him in so many issues in Delhi. AIBSNLEA is the only Association which supported SEWA in reservation issue, he thanked.
Com.G.Valanarasu,, CS, SNEA TN greeted all the CHQ Office bearers and  he opined that AISBSNLEA and SNEA should be merged into one Association to safeguard the interest of the Executives.
R.Natarajan, CS, NFTE has remembered those days he worked with Com.GS and  Com.CS in Thanjavur SSA. He expressed that Com.GS is easily accessible. He  informed the Revival Plan of DoT is not the Revival plan, what we expected.

In addition Com.C.Chellappa – Dy GS-BSNLEU-CHQ, Com.Kamaraj, Federaion Secretary, NFTE, Com.P.Charles CS-SNEA-Chennai Telephones,  Com.M.Kanniappan CS-BSNLEU-Chennai Telephones and Com.J.Vijaya Kumar CS TEPU-Chennai Telephones and Sri.S.Kamaraj, ACS-AIBSNLEA- T.N.Circle have also felicitated the CHQ Office bearers.
Apart from the above, Sri.C.K.Mathivanan Vice President NFTE-CHQ who could not participate in the function sent a message congratulating the newly elected leaders


All the leaders spoke about the attitude and determination of our beloved GS in solving issues and getting along with all other leaders of various Unions & Associations as part of AUAB. The desire of the CS-SNEA T.N Circle that it is time to unite all Executives under one umbrella that was widely appreciated by those present. Taking cue from this, even some of the Union leaders went further to the extent of uniting all Non Executives & Executives under one umbrella that will pave way for better achievement of results. Though we appreciate the sentiments of all union leaders in such a felicitation function, AIBSNLEA-Chennai and TN Circle desires that at least merger of Associations in Executive cadre takes place and it is the necessity of time.
Our GS Com.S.Sivakumar in his acceptance speech said that he was moved by the affection shown towards him by leaders of almost all unions & Associations and confirmed that AIBNLEA will continue to fight for the right of working class. The meeting ended at 18.00 hrs.
The third phase, after felicitation session is over, Combined Special General Body meeting of AIBSNLEA - Chennai Phones and TN Circle was held as an interactive session between our members and the GS.

The interactive session was initiated with a detailed presentation of facts by Sri.N.Veera Pandian Ex-CS- AIBSNLEA, T.N.Circle. He remembered that a convention was conducted in Tamilnadu, when he was the Circle Secretary in which the GS and Circle Secretaries of all unions and Associations have participated which favoured VRS in the interest of BSNL and he has remembered those days he worked with Com.GS as CS AIBSNLEA TN Circle.

This was followed by an address by Sri.J.Badrinarayanan CS-AIBSNLEA-Chennai, who recollected the events in the recently concluded AIC at Vijayawada in detail and submitted some suggestions to the CHQ for implementation from the next AIC, that will be definitely useful for improving the performance of the Association in the interest of the Executives as a whole. The CS –AIBSNLEA-Chennai also shared the ordeals faced by the Field Executives in the present scenario and expressed the hope that the new CHQ set up will ensure a conducive working atmosphere for the younger generations and a smooth exit for the seniors.
CHQ President Com.Subasis Mitra has delivered acceptance speech. He thanked CNI & TN Circle comrades for inviting and felicitating him..He mentioned that BSNL alone is state owned Telecom. Operator which gives service in Natural Calamities, but the Govt. Is shedding their responsibilities to support. In the interest of the nation, BSNL has survive to provide Service but not to earn profit.

Com.S.Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA has delivered an elaborated speech in which he address all the issues. In his speech, he informed that in the AIC, 40 resolutions have been passed and most of them were proposed by the Major Circles like Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Chennai Telephone, Kolkata and Rajasthan Circles. He acknowledged the sentiments of Com.Badrinarayanan CS are well taken. He mentioned that BSNL has earned profit up to the F.Y.2008-09. During the F.Y 2004-05, BSNL earned profit to the tune of Rs.10,000 Crores. However, the Central Govt. has not allowed BSNL to procure equipments for 7 years for the expansion of its Mobile Net work. All the tenders floated by BSNL were cancelled one after another, which has severely affected the BSNL’s growth and revenue. Despite the sabotage, BSNL started making Operational Profit in the F.Y 2014-15, 2015-16 and till the F.Y 2016-17 to the tune of Rs.3880Crs. But the Policy maker TRAI has allowed predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio from September 2016 and free services of Reliance-Jio for 6 months, violating the norms affected the BSNL Revenue created heavy tariff war in Telecom Sector of India. Many Telecom operators were forced to wind up their business and some operators merged together. At present only five telecom operators are there in our country ie. BSNL, MTNL, Reliance- Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-IDEA. These Telecom operators are also facing revenue loss.

The Access Deficit Charges paid to BSNL at the rate of Rs.2000 per annum towards the Rural Deficit charges for the Services in the NE Region/Rural/Hilly/Far flung/Tribal area was withdrawn on the basis of TRAI recommendations from July 2011 onwards. BSNL’s reserves were exhausted by paying Rs.18, 500 Crs. for 3G Spectrum and BWA Spectrum charges on the highest bidding charges to DoT. 4G Spectrum to BSNL has not yet been allotted for the last 2-years which is a must for BSNL to exist in the Telecom Sector. These are reasons for BSNL making continuous Losses whereas it was reported in the Media that due to Employees cost to the tune of 65% is the reasons for the continuous losses of BSNL and the Employees cost of other Private Telcom Service Providers are 2% to 5%. But if we analyse the the First quarter loss of BSNL, Vodaphone, Bharati Airtel, we will come to a conclusion that the Employees cost is not the main reason for the losses of BSNL since per day loss of BSNL is 39 Crs, and per day loss of other Private Telecom Service Providers are more than 53Crs. Even during the F.Y. 2004-05, BSNL earned profit to the tune of Rs.10,000 Crores  with a staff of strength of 3 Lakhs. It is to be noted that BSNL is among the least loss-making entities in the Telecom Sector. With aggressive pricing, all Telecom operators are experiencing more losses than before. Hence in a planned manner misleading information about BSNL is appearing in the Media which drastically affected the image of the BSNL among the Customers and Public.

Even the State owned BSNL is declared as Incipient Sick Unit by the DPE, but as Per the NITI Aayog and DPE (Department of Public Enterprises) Norms, BSNL comes under the Higher Priority and Strategic Sector and providing Telecom Services for the Security of the Nation, performing Sovereign Functions and Market Imperfections as per the Specific agenda of the Govt. of India and providing Services in Natural calamities as social obligations and cannot be closed or sold out or Disinvested. But the misleading reports were appeared in the Newspapers against BSNL with vested interest to tarnish the image of BSNL and to reduce its customer base.
At the time of formation of BSNL, assurance given to the BSNL Unions through Cabinet decision that the Govt. will take care of the financial viability of the BSNL. Our Association Central Head Quarters Office bearers met Hon’ble Minister for Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji and Hon’ble Minister for State for Communications Shri. Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre ji, and requested to honour the assurance given through Cabinet decision and extend adequate immediate Financial Support to BSNL and revival of BSNL. Hon’ble Minister for Communictions Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji assured that that the revival package to BSNL is under active consideration. On 1.8.2019 GS and Chairman of our Association met the new Telecom Secretary Shri Anshu Prakash and congratulated and felicitated him for his new assignment. During the meeting Secretary(T) confirmed that Cabinet Memo for BSNL/MTNL Revival Package was finalised by the DoT and sent to the concerned Nodal Ministries for comments.
Our Association has also written a letter to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendar Modi ji requesting adequate Financial Support to BSNL, immediate allotment of 4G Spectrum and demanded the Govt. to refund back 58000 Crores to BSNL , which has taken against various taxes viz. License fee, Spectrum Charges, interest paid on BWA spectrum, excess payment of Pensions contribution etc., Compensation for Maintenance Expenditure of 17000 Rural Telephone Exchanges to the tune of Rs.19,000 crs and immediate payment of USOF/ ADC charges in the form of the Rural Deficit Charges for the Services provided by the BSNL in the LWE/NE/Rural/Far flung/Tribal/Hilly Areas.
The Hon’ble Minister for Communications Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad ji declared in the Parliament and stated in the interview to the Media that BSNL is the National Asset and operate in Strategic areas that concern Defense and Home Affairs and BSNL is in forefront of giving free Services at the time Natural Calamities. A revival package is being worked out to make them more competitive and we will try to ensure that there is least pressure on the Government.
We hope on the assurance of the Hon’ble Minister for Communications that the revival package and financial support will be given to BSNL to safe guard the BSNL, in the larger interest of the Nation and people. In addition to that we have requested the Govt. of India to sanction Soft Loan to BSNL for Capital Expenditure.
Regarding the Revival plan we welcome the move of the Govt. to allow 4 G spectrum to BSNL/MTNL at the cost of the Govt. and also financial support for rural services. We can not directly oppose VRS as many of the Executives are welcoming it but at the same time we will oppose vehemently the reduction of retirement age to 58. But we have to wait to react until the proposals are made open.
After GS speech, Inter action was continued and  our comrades raised some queries and seeking clarification from the GS and our beloved GS replied all the queries raised by the comrades in detail and assured that AIBSNLEA will strive hard to ensure better days are ahead for BSNL and our members.
On behalf of AIBSNLEA-Chennai & T.N.Circle a small memento was also presented to all our new CHQ leaders as a token of our affection.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Com.K.Rajnarayanan ACS-AIBSNLEA-Chennai, followed with a Dinner.

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08.08.2019: GS AIBSNLEA Com.S.Sivakumar attended and addressed the AIRBSNLEWA Delhi Circle 3rd Circle  Conference held at New Delhi on 8.8.2019 wherein GS, AIBSNLEA Com.S.Sivakumar, newly elected GS of AIRBSNLEWA & Chairman of AIBSNLEA Com.Prahlad Rai , President Kishan Singh and FS Com. A.K.Jain were felicitated and presented with Shawls.

 

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08.08.2019: GS and AGS (Fin) met PGM (Pers) in the presence of DGM(Pers) & DGM(Pers.Legal) and extended our sincere thanks for consideration request transfers in the cadre of  DGM(T) and Accounts Officers and discussed regarding

(A) DE to DGM Promotion Orders:  We requested to issue the promotion orders from DE/AGM (T) to DGM (T). We expressed our serious concern against non-filling up of the vacant DGM (T) posts on the pretext of pending court case i.e. Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh and we requested to kindly take a decision in this matter at the earliest. PGM (Pers) mentioned that DE (T)  to DGM(T) Promotion case in Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh has been Posted for Next hearing on 30.8.2019. BSNL has filed an Urgent MA in Honble CAT Chandigarh for early hearing but could not be heard due to Lawyer’s Strike.

(B)  CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- We requested for the early issuance of the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Fin). PGM (Pers) informed that the CPC is under process and the promotion orders will be issued shortly

(C) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (Engg) :- We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of DGM (Engg) since they have completed more than two years. PGM (Pers) informed that the Executives who attained the age of 59 have been considered for request transfer by the Competent Authority and transfer orders have already been issued for them. However he mentioned that the proposal sent to the Competent Authority & returned with some queries, the same will be replied shortly. On receipt of the same, Request transfer orders will be issued to the remaining eligible Executives.

(D) Request transfer in the cadre of DE/CAO/SDE: We requested PGM (Pers) to consider request transfer cases on Medical and Immunity Grounds. PGM (Pers) assured to look in the matter.

(J) Consideration of Permission for Deputation: We requested to clear the pending request of deputation cases in the cadre of PA/PS, SDE/AO, SDE(T/E/C) and JTO(T/C/E). PGM (Pers) mentioned that as per the instructions of CMD BSNL, the draft proposal for deputation has been prepared and submitted to the Competent Authority for consideration.

08.08.2019: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL, New Delhi regarding  Resolutions passed in the 6th All India Conference of AIBSNLEA held at Vijayawada from 14.07.2019 to 16.07.2019   <<<Click here for letter>>>

08.08.2019: PRESS MEET AND SPECIAL GENERAL BODY MEETING OF AIBSNLEA  TRICHY DISTRICT BRANCH TAMILNADU HELD  ON 05-08-2019 AT TRICHY:

 At about 11.00 Hrs on 05-08-2019,  a Press Meet was held at Press Club , Trichy Tamilnadu. General Secretary  Com S.Sivakumar attended the Press Meet which lasted for  two hours and he explained  about the recent financial condition and future of BSNL to the Press and TV Media Reporters. This Press Meet was arranged in such a manner to boost the image of BSNL to the greater extent. It was organized by Com S.Kamaraj, ACS and Com K.G.Sasi kumar, DS, Com. Subramanian District President, Com M.Manoharan ADS, & Com.Krishnan,Trichy  in an effective manner. This meeting eliminated all the doubts about the future of BSNL. Press and Media Reporters questioned on the latest events happening in BSNL and the queries was answered by the GS with facts and figures in a refined manner.

At about 13.30 hours a Special General Body Meeting was organized by Trichy District Branch of AIBSNLEA.  About 250 Executives and Non-Executives from AIBSNLEA and other Sister Associations and Unions participated in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com Subramanian AIBSNLEA District President, Trichy.Com K.G.Sasi kumar DS , Trichy welcomed the gathering.  Com S.Kamaraj ACS,TN Circle delivered the inaugural address.Com.Chandrasekaran, CWC Member, Com.M.K.Ganesan,Advisor, Com S.Palaniappan Vice President, CHQ NFTE , Com Anbazhagan CS, TN,TEPU also attended the meeting and honored  the GS by presenting shawls and books. Many of the members and neighboring SSAs Thanjavur & Karaikudi also participated in the meeting.

 

General Secretary Com. Sivakumar in his 90 minutes address clearly explained about the present financial crunch of BSNL and how It is to be addressed by BSNL Management, DoT and Govt. of India. He further mentioned that All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Executives’ Association representing over 20000 Executives is a leading and responsible Executives’ Association of BSNL,  it is our bounden duty to explain about the latest Financial condition and facts about  BSNL to our esteemed Customers and the Public The Financial condition of BSNL is not so bad as compared to other  Private Telecom Service Providers. The debt of BSNL as on date is Rs.19,000 crs, whereas, Vodafone Idea’s debt is Rs.1.18 Lakh crores, Airtel’s debt is Rs.1.08 Lakh crores and Reliance Jio’s debt is Rs.2.2 Lakh crores.

 

It is reported wrongly in the Media  that the State owned PSU BSNL’s accumulated Loss is Rs.90,000 Crs and is likely to be closed.  But the accumulated loss of BSNL is Rs.32000 Crs only. BSNL is formed on the Specific Agenda of the Govt. of India as per National Telecom Policy-1999 to provide world class Telecom Services in the NE Region/Rural/Hilly/Far flung/Tribal area at an affordable rates.

 

BSNL has earned profit up to the F.Y.2008-09. During the F.Y 2004-05, BSNL earned profit to the tune of Rs.10,000. However, the Central Govt. has not allowed BSNL to procure equipments for 7 years for the expansion of its Mobile Net work. All the tenders floated by BSNL were cancelled one after another, which has severely affected the BSNL’s growth and revenue. Despite the sabotage, BSNL started making Operational Profit in the F.Y 2014-15, 2015-16 and till the F.Y 2016-17 to the tune of Rs.3880Crs. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi ji has acknowledged with pride in his Independence Day Speech during August 2015 that BSNL had started Operational profit.

 

But the Policy makers TRAI has allowed predatory pricing of Reliance-Jio from September 2016 and free services of Reliance-Jio for 6 months, violating the norms affected the BSNL Revenue created heavy tariff war in Telecom Sector of India. Many Telecom operators were forced to wind up their business and some operators merged together. At present only five telecom operators are there in our country ie. BSNL, MTNL, Reliance- Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-IDEA. These Telecom operators are also facing revenue loss.

 

The Access Deficit Charges paid to BSNL at the rate of Rs.2000 per annum towards the Rural Deficit charges for the Services in the NE Region/Rural/Hilly/Far flung/Tribal area was withdrawn on the basis of TRAI recommendations from July 2011 onwards. BSNL’s reserves were exhausted by paying Rs.18, 500 Crs. for 3G Spectrum and BWA Spectrum charges on the highest bidding charges to DoT. 4G Spectrum to BSNL has not yet been allotted for the last 2-years which is a must for BSNL to exist in the Telecom Sector. These are reasons for BSNL making continuous Losses whereas it was reported in the Media that due to Employees cost to the tune of 65% is the reasons for the continuous losses of BSNL and the Employees cost of other  Private Telcom Service Providers are 2% to 5%. But if we analyses the  First quarter loss of BSNL and other Telecom Service Providers, we will come to a conclusion that the Employees cost is not the main reason for the losses of BSNL since  per day loss of BSNL is 39 Crs, and  per day loss of other Private Telecom Service Providers are more than 53Crs. Even during the F.Y 2004-05, BSNL earned profit to the tune of Rs.10,000 with a staff of strength of 3 Lakhs. It is to be noted that BSNL is among the least loss-making entities in the Telecom Sector. With aggressive pricing, all telecom operators are experiencing more losses than before. Hence in a planned manner misleading information about BSNL is appearing in the Media which drastically affected the image of the BSNL among the Customers and Public.

 

Com.GS also explained in detail about the proposed Revival Package ad the merits and demerits of proposed VRS

 

He further mentioned that as per the decision of the 6th AIC, AIBSNLEA will strongly oppose the roll out of Retirement Age from 60 years to 58 years which is  in violation of Absorption Terms and Conditions of BSNLEmployees and against the Assurance given  by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000 and threat to  Job security and he told that AIBSNLEA requested the Govt.to  Honour the commitments given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000, to ensure BSNL’s financial viability and extend immediate financial support to BSNL, for the maintenance of the Services and extend Soft loan to BSNL for it’s Capital Expenditure.      

                                                                                             

Com. GS also briefed about the HR issues and achievements of the AIBSNLEA. He explained the status of various CPCs in Engineering and Finance wing,  CPCs in Civil/Electrical/TF wing, DE(T) to DGM(T) Promotion, Utilization of 336 IMT Internal quota posts of CAOs, various Court Cases, Standard Pay Scale status, CPSU cadre hierarchy issue, restructuring of AD(OL), E1+5increment,  Extension of FR22(I)(a)(1) to Offg.JTOs, SDE RR, CPSU cadre Hierarchy, Superannuation benefits of DRs, , AD(OL) case of pay equivalent to SDE/AO, Rule 8 transfers, the issues of PA/PS etc., PPS Post creation in field units etc., He mentioned that AIBSNLEA is very much concerned about the HR issues and will definitely achieve the desired results, but at the same time he also requested all the Executives to achieve the Targets given by the BSNL Management with the available sources and retain the existing Customers and maximize the Revenue and provide Best Services to the Customers and increase the revenue.
Com Abdul Salam Vice President delivered Vote of thanks.

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07.08.2019: GS writes to

(1)The PGM (Pers), BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer

(b) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of DGM–

( c) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of SDE

(d)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of AGM

(e)Representation received from Shri  Puran Chand Thappa (AGM/DE) HR No. 199503858  regarding   Correction in Seniority list no. 8 of SDE of TES Group B

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06.08.2019:  GS writes to The PGM (Pers), BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(i)  Request transfer in respect of JAO under Rule- 9 from MH circle to NTP Jodhpur-

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(ii) Request for Deputation in other Deptt./ Commission/ Authority in the cadre of PA/PS – Case of Sh Dharamvir Sharma, PA and Sh. Jai Bhagwan, PA from HRT Circle-

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06.08.2019:  BSNL Corporate Office issued request transfer & postings orders in the grade of Accounts Officers.........<<<<Click here for orders>>>

06.08.2019:  BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media

(i) BSNL can be revived by soft loans, employees’ union says ........<<<<Click here for details news>>>>

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02.08.2019:  BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media

(i) BSNL-MTNL revival plan: DoT expects Cabinet nod by month-end........<<<<<Click here for detail news>>>>

02.08.2019: AUAB calls on to organise Lunch Hour Demonstrations and Gate Meetings on 07-08-2019: A meeting of the AUAB was held yesterday the 01.08.2019, at NFTE’s office, New Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Com. S. Sivakumar, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA. General Secretaries / Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM, TEPU and BSNLOA attended. The meeting expressed it’s extreme unhappiness that the Unions and Associations of BSNL are being completely kept in the dark, with regards to the so called revival package of BSNL. The meeting also expressed it’s deep concern about the deterioration of BSNL’s services due to lack of working capital. The meeting took serious exception to the repressive measures being taken by the BSNL Management, to deny legitimate trade union activities in BSNL. After serious discussions, the meeting decided to organise countrywide lunch hour demonstrations and gate meetings on 07.08.2019, on the following demands:-

Demands:

>>>Honour the commitments given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2000, to ensure BSNL’s financial viability.
   (a) Extend immediate financial support to BSNL, for the maintenance of the services.
     (b) Extend soft loan to BSNL for it’s capital expenditures.
>>>Remove the total ban imposed on capital expenditure by BSNL. Allow field units to carry out capital expenditure, where revenue is assured.
>>>No retrenchment. Honour the commitment given on job security at the time of formation of BSNL.
>>>Stop repressive actions for even legitimate trade union activities.

All the Circle / District Secretaries of AIBSNLEA are requested to effectively organise the lunch hour demonstration and gate meeting, by coordinating with the other constituents of the AUAB.
02.08.2019: <<<<Click here for AUAB circular containing the decisions taken in it's meeting held on 01.08.2019>>>

01.08.2019: AIBSNLEA Congratulated and Felicitated the New Secretary (Telecom)   Shri Anshu Prakash   on assuming the High Office of Secretary (Telecom)   :   

 

Com. Prahlad Rai, Chairman, AIBSNLEA & GS, AIRBSNLEWA and Com. S. Sivakumar, GS, AIBSNLEA Congratulated and felicitated new Secretary (Telecom) Shri Anshu Prakash on assuming the High Office of the Secretary (Telecom) today. On the issue of Revival of BSNL / MTNL Secretary (T) mentioned that DoT has finalized the Cabinet Memo and has been sent to all the concerned Nodal Ministries for comments during last week and after receiving the comments, it will be sent to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. The Salient features of the Cabinet Memo were confirmed by the Secretary (T) during discussion as under:-

1) 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL: 4G Spectrum will be allocated to BSNL/MTNL.

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

a) The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in single go or maximum 5 instalments on optional basis for availing Income Tax benefit.

b) The formula for VRS Package is (Ex-gratia+Pension) or 125% of the salary, whichever is less.

c) The Employees having 56 years of and having 4 years left out service will get full Salary benefits.  

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 after 5 years. 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.  

3) The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years: After implementation of VRS, the roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years in respect of BSNL/MTNL employees will be effective from 01.01.2020.

4) Merger of BSNL & MTNL: The debts of BSNL/MTNL will be transferred to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for this purpose and after zero debt of both the Companies BSNL and MTNL will be merged. The Special Purpose Vehicle will take care of the Capital expenditure of the Company. 

5) Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL: Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL will be done by the respective PSUs in consultation with the Committee being formed with the approval of the Hon’ble MOC which will have DoT/BSNL/MTNL/DIPAM Officers and the funds will be utilized only for BSNL/MTNL.

6) Financial Support to BSNL: Financial Support will be given to BSNL towards the Maintenance Expenditure of Rural Exchanges.

July ‘2019 Salary disbursement to BSNL Employees: Secretary (T) further mentioned that Rs.500 Crs will be released to BSNL towards the Salary disbursement of July ‘ 2019.

We requested the Secretary(T) to consider the 3rd PRC fitment benefits to the BSNL Employees in the Revival Package and delinking of Pension Revision with the 3rd PRC as assured by him during the discussions had with him on 6th February’ 2019. Secretary (T) mentioned that at present Govt. is not ready for 3rd PRC fitment benefits. However, he mentioned that this issue will be considered separately after BSNL starts to turn around.

He appealed for extending our co-operation and support during this critical period.

31.07.2019: GS, AGS (Fin), FS & Advisor (HQ) met CMD BSNL and discussed regarding

(A) Financial Support to BSNL:- We enquired about the immediate financial support to BSNL towards expenditure incurred for the maintenance of Rural Telephone Exchanges, Refund of Interest on BWA Spectrum Charges and refund of excess payment of Pension Contribution. CMD informed that since there is no budgetary support from Finance Ministry, DoT is not in a position to give any immediate finance support to BSNL.    

(B) Loan from Bank:- CMD BSNL mentioned that after the meeting of GMs of the scheduled Banks with the Secretary (T) on 22.07.2019 there is some progress in processing of Bank Loans and we are trying our best to disburse the Salary for the Month of July 2019 in the first week of August 2019.

31.07.2019: GS, AGS (Fin), FS & Advisor (HQ) met Director (Fin) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

 (A) Utilization of MT Quota 336 CAO Posts:  We appraised Director (Fin) regarding shortage of CAOs in BSNL as there are about 360 CAOs working against the total of 1347 and there is acute stagnation in Accounts Officers cadre and requested to arrange approval of the MC for utilization of 336 MT Quota CAO Posts to SCF quota for Ad-hoc promotions. We further mentioned that there is no financial implication in the CAO promotions. Director (Fin) mentioned that if there is no financial implication, the case will be discussed with CMD BSNL for clearance of the MC.

(B) Financial Condition of BSNL:- Director (Fin) mentioned that the revenue collection during the month has been utilized for the payments of GST, TDS, Interest to Bank Loans & EB bills etc. and there is no scope for the payment of the Salary for the Month of July from the Revenue Collections. However, he assured that we are trying our best to arrange the disbursement of Salary at the earliest.   

31.07.2019: GS, AGS(Fin), FS & Advisor (HQ) met Director (CM/HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:-

    (A) DE to DGM Promotion Orders- We requested to intervene in the matter  of promotion orders from DE/AGM(T) to DGM (T) as it has already been badly delayed. Director (CM/HR) immediately asked over phone to PGM (Pers) and directed him to take immediate action to get clearance from Honble Court Chandigarh for the early issuance of the promotion orders. However, we further requested to issue the DE to DGM promotion on ad-hoc basis since we have already submitted the Seniority list of TES Group- B to the Honble CAT Chandigarh and there is no interim injunction available in this regard. Director (HR) assured an early action in this regar

   (B) Utilization of MT Quota 336 CAO Posts:  We discussed Director (HR) regarding shortage of CAOs in BSNL as there are about 360 CAOs working against the total of 1347 and there is acute stagnation in Accounts Officers cadre and requested to give approval for utilization of 336 MT Quota CAO Posts to SCF quota for Ad-hoc promotions. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that promotions can be given subject to the condition that there will be no financial implication, since BSNL is facing heavy financial crunch. As the Management including CMD BSNL, Dir (CM/HR), Dir (Fin) & Dir (EB), all have joined BSNL Board recently and Dir (HR) assured that he will appraise the matter to all the Directors. However, the case is under submission and after discussion it will be approved

   (C)      Review the decision for the reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE conducted during 2007: We requested to review the decision for the reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE conducted during 2007, as per the judgment pronounced by the Madras High Court and allow them to continue to work as SDE Regular. We pleaded that as per the clarification issued by BSNL CO letter dated 16.04.2007, the JTOs have been permitted to appear the LDCE on 15.07.2007 and they have passed the LDCE and promoted as SDE in the year 2008. They are working as SDEs (Regular) for the past 11 years and their names are appearing in the DE Seniority list No 8 and they are waiting for the DE promotion very eagerly. We further mentioned that the Rule amended during the year 2013 can not be applied to the Exam conducted during 2007. After detailed discussions, Director (CM/HR) convinced by our submission and assured positive consideration.

     (D)     Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (T) :- We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of DGM (T) since they have completed more than two years and some of the Officers has attained the age of 59. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that the proposal sent to the competent authority & returned with some queries, the same will be replied shortly.

*(E) Consideration of Permission for Deputation: We requested to clear the pending requests of deputation cases. Director (CM/HR) mentioned that as per the instructions of CMD BSNL, the draft proposal for deputation has been prepared and submitted to the competent authority for consideration. However, some individual cases will be considered case by case.

   Further, Director (CM/HR) appealed that all the Associations and Unions,should come  forward for discussion with suggestions to manage the present financial crunch in  the BSNL and requested to sacrifice something for the early settlement of  the long pending  Electricity Bills, Contact Labour Bills etc.,  which will give the impact of revenue increase. He  further appealed for extending support during this critical period. We assured that the same will be discussed in the AUAB meeting scheduled to be held on 01.08.2019. 

    31.07.2019: Congratulations to retiring comrades. CHQ extends Best Wishes for all the comrades who retire today on Superannuation, for a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Contended and peaceful life after retirement. Comrades! You are going to start a New Journey of your Life, may your days be filled with Elation and Triumph.  We extend our sincere thanks to you for your Dedication towards BSNL as well as AIBSNLEA and congratulate you on your Superannuation on 31.07.2019.

31.07.2019: Status of Various Court Cases:

a) DE (T) to DGM (T) Promotion case:  DE (T)  to DGM(T) Promotion case in Honble CAT Chandigarh Posted for Next hearing on 30.8.2019. BSNL has filed an Urgent MA in Honble CAT Chandigarh for early hearing but could not be heard due to non-availability of Double Bench in CAT Chandigarh.

b) Withdrawal of Additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP: DoT vide its letter dated 05.07.2017 withdraw additional Increment in the same scale on functional promotion under EPP. Against this, AIBSNLEA filed an OA in the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi for quashing the DoT’s order. Accordingly, Hon’ble PB CAT after hearing quashed the said order dated 05.07.2017. Even after that DoT continued to reduce the pension of the BSNL retiree executives, against the DoT arbitrary action & not honored the PB CAT orders, AIBSNLEA has filed a Contempt Petition in the Hon’ble PB CAT New Delhi. Thereafter DoT stopped reducing the pension / revising the Pay fixation by obtaining an under taking from the retiring executives. Simultaneously, DoT has filed Writ Petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi wherein AIBSNLEA has filed a caveat. The case was heard and posted for Next hearing on 12.09.2019.

c) AO to CAO Promotion Case: AO to CAO Promotion Case in respect of Shri Prakash Vir Vs BSNL came up for hearing in the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh on 29.07.2019. Due to Advocate’s Strike in Chandigarh, no Advocate either of Applicant side or BSNL side (Respondent) was appeared in the CAT and the Case adjourned for Next hearing on 18.11.2019. As per the instructions of AIBSNLEA CHQ, Com. Ashok Sharma, Circle President Punjab Circle was present in the Court.

d) (i) AO to CAO Status Quo case: Shri Anupam Yadav Vs BSNL case came up for hearing in the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh on 15.7.2019 and posted for Next hearing on 29.8.2019.

(ii) BSNL filed a Writ petition in the Hon’ble High Court Chandigarh in the above Status Quo case. The case is posted for hearing today on 31.7.2019. Due to Advocate’s Strike in Chandigarh, the Case adjourned for Next hearing on 17.9.2019.

f) FR.22(1) (a) (i) Pay Fixation Case of Officiating JTOs: The Next date of hearing of FR. 22(1) (a) (i) Pay Fixation Case of Officiating JTOs (AIBSNLEA Vs BSNL) in PB CAT New Delhi  is posted for 12.9.2019.

g) JTO(T) to SDE(T) Promotion: The Review Petition filed by the BSNL for the JTO to SDE Promotion case in the Hon’ble High Court Ernakulum came up for final hearing on 20.6.2019. From BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi DGM (Pers.-SM) and AGM (Pers.-Legal) were deputed to Ernakulum. Senior Lawyer from New Delhi argued the case on behalf of BSNL. Arguments were completed and the Judgement is reserved. The proceedings on the Contempt Petition are stayed till the Judgement is delivered.

h) SDE(T) to DE(T) Promotion Contempt case: SDE(T) to DE(T) Promotion Contempt Petition case in the Hon’ble High Court Chandigarh has posted for Next hearing on 17.9.2019. The Main OA is also pending and posted for Next date on 14.10.2019.

31.07.2019: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding  request for review the decision for the reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE conducted during 2007<<<<<Click here for letter>>>>

30.07.2019: GS writes to Shri P K Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding  Utilization of 50% MT Internal Quota Posts in Accounts Wing to the Seniority Quota Posts of CAOs for giving promotions on adhoc basis in view of acute stagnation in the Cadre of Accounts Officers – our submissions regarding

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30.07.2019: GS, AGS (Fin), FS & Advisor (HQ) met with PGM (Pers) and discussed regarding

(A) DE to DGM Promotion Orders- We requested to issue the promotion orders from DE/AGM(T) to DGM (T). We expressed our serious concern against non filling up of the vacant DGM (T) posts on the pretext of pending court case i.e. Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh and we requested to kindly take a decision in this matter at the earliest. PGM (Pers) mentioned that efforts are being made to get the directions from Hon’ble Court and promotion orders will be issued on receipt of the directions from the court. However, we further requested to issue the DE to DGM promotion on ad-hoc basis since we have already submitted the Seniority list of TES Group- B to the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh and there is no interim injunction available in this regard.

(B)CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- We requested to issue the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Fin). PGM (Pers) informed that the APAR and VCs have been called for for all the eligible CAOs and the promotion orders will be issued shortly

(C) Utilization of MT Quota 336 CAO Posts:  We requested for the approval of BSNL Management Committee for utilization of 336 MT Quota CAO Posts to SCF quota for Ad-hoc promotions to CAOs. PGM (Pers) mentioned that as the Management including CMD BSNL, Dir (CM/HR), Dir (Fin) & Dir (EB), all have joined BSNL Board recently and the MC has to appraise this matter. However, the case is under submission and after discussion it will be approved

(D)     Regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018: We requested for the regularization of the date of Promotion of AGMs/DEs as 29.6.2018 irrespective of their date of joining duty and extension of subsequent benefits if any with respect to the date of Promotion on 29.6.2018 pursuant to the instructions contained in AGM (Pers.I) BSNL CO, New Delhi Letter dated 4.7.2018, 5.7.2018 & 6.7.2018. In this regard we informed that AIBSNLEA has written a letter to the GM (Pers) on 03.10.2018 along with the Clarification sought by the CGM Kerala Circle on 27.7.2018 but till date no clarification was issued by the Pers. Branch of the BSNL Corporate Office to Kerala Circle or other Circles. After detailed discussion PGM (Pers) assured to issue the clarification shortly.

(E)      Reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE conducted during 2007: We requested to stop the proposed move of reversion of SDEs promoted in 2008 through LDCE conducted during 2007 as per the judgment pronounced by the Madras High Court. We pleaded that as per the clarification issued by BSNL CO letter dated 16.04.2007, the JTOs have been permitted to appear the LDCE on 15.07.2007 and they have passed the LDCE and promoted as SDE in the year 2008. They are working as SDEs (Regular) for the past 11 years and their names are appearing in the DE Seniority list No 8 and they are waiting for the DE promotion very eagerly. We also argued that the rule amended during the year 2013 can not be applied to the exam conducted during 2007. After detailed discussions, PGM (Pers) has been convinced and assured to look into the matter and considered positively.  

(F)      Allowing one more chance for appearing online examination in respect of EPP:- We requested for the early issuance of orders allowing one more chance for appearing online examination in respect of EPP. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that necessary guidelines in this regard will be issued from Pers. Branch shortly.

(G)     Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (Engg) :- We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of DGM (Engg) since they have completed more than two years and some of the Officers has attained the age of 59. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that the proposal has been sent to the competent authority and waiting for approval. On receipt of the same, the orders will be issued.

(H)     Request transfers in the cadre of Accounts Officers: We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of Accounts Officers since they have completed more than two years. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that the proposal is under submission to the competent authority for approval and orders will be issued shortly.

(I)       Request transfer in the cadre of DE/CAO/SDE: We requested PGM (Pers) to consider request transfer cases on Medical and Immunity Grounds. PGM (Pers) assured to look in the matter.

(J)      Consideration of Permission for Deputation: We requested to clear the pending request of deputation cases in the cadre of PA/PS, SDE/AO, SDE(T/E/C) and JTO(T/C/E). PGM (Pers) mentioned that as per the instructions of CMD BSNL, the request for deputation cases are kept pending. Earlier these were cleared on case to case basis as per discretion, but now one policy is required to be framed for the same. PGM (Pers) further advised to take up the issued with CMD BSNL.

29.07.2019: REVIVAL OF BSNL & MTNL :  It is reliably learnt that DoT has finalized a revised Cabinet Memo for the Revival of BSNL and MTNL on the basis of the Group of Ministers recommendation  and the same was approved by the Hon’ble MOC. The Cabinet Memo has been sent to all the concerned Nodal Ministries for comments and will finally be sent to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. The Salient features of the Cabinet Memo are:-

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

a) The Employees opting VRS will get cash payment of Ex- gratia amount in single go or maximum 5 instalments on optional basis for availing

Income Tax benefit.
b) The formula for VRS Package is (Ex-gratia+Pension) or 125% of the salary, whichever is less.

c) The Employees having 40 months Service left will get full Salary benefits.  

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

e) The Ex-gratia amount for VRS will be paid by BSNL/MTNL by issuing of Bonds on the basis of the Sovereign guarantee given by the Govt. of India. 50% of interest liability on bonds will be born by Govt.

 Through this process, Govt. will ensure reduction of about 70% staff.

 

2) The roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years: After implementation of VRS, the roll out of age from 60 years to 58 years in respect of BSNL/MTNL employees will be effective from 01.01.2020.

 

3) 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL: Rs.14,000 and Rs.7,000 crs +GST  will be borne by the Govt for 4G Spectrum allocation to BSNL/MTNL.

 

4) Merger of BSNL & MTNL: The debts of BSNL/MTNL will be transferred to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created for this purpose and after zero debt of both the Companies BSNL and MTNL will be merged. The Special Purpose Vehicle will take care of the Capital expenditure of the Company. The Debt/Loan of BSNL as on date Rs.19000 Crs and anticipated Debt/Loan to the tune of Rs.4000 Crs. will  be taken over by the  Special Purpose Vehicle with equivalent Land parcels.

 

5) Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL: Monetization of Assets of BSNL/MTNL will be done by the respective PSUs in consultation with the Committee being formed with the approval of the Hon’ble MOC which will have DoT/BSNL/MTNL/DIPAM Officers and the funds will be utilized only for BSNL/MTNL.

 

But DoT has not invited the Recognised Associations and Unions of BSNL who are the equally Stake holders of the Company for discussing about the Revival Plan of BSNL , even though AIBSNLEA as well as AUAB have written the letters to the Hon’ble MoC for inviting us for discussions regarding the Revival Package. However, keeping in view the present scenario & above developments, AUAB has decided to conduct the meeting on 01.08.2019 to discuss about the future course of action.

 

AIBSNLEA will strongly oppose the roll out of Retirement Age from 60 years to 58 years which is in violation of Absorption terms and conditions of BSNL Employees and threat to Job Security.

29.07.2019:  Resolutions Passed in the 6th AIC at Vijayawada from 14.7.2019 to 16.7.2019

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29.07.2019:  GS writes to

(i)The PGM (Pers.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer

(b)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of AGM/DE–

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(ii)The Sr. General Manager (Estt.),BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Deduction of Premium towards GTI (Group Term Insurance)- Withdrawal from the Scheme

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(iii)The CGM (EW),BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a)Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of E.E (E)

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(iv) The CGM (BBNW), Broad Band Net Works Circle  CTS Compound, Netaji Nagar regarding

(a)     Request for change of place of posting in the cadre of SDE

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26.07.2019:  BSNL's/ DoT's News in Media

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26.07.2019: Meeting with DGM (Pers.): GS, President, AGS (Fin), Advisor (HQ), OS(W) and CS Gujarat Circle met DGM (Pers.) and discussed regarding :-

A) Request transfers in the cadre of DGM (Engg) :- We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of DGM (Engg) since they have completed more than two years and some of the Officers has attained the age of 59. DGM(Pers.) mentioned that the proposal has been sent to the competent authority for approval. On receipt of the same, the orders will be issued.

B) Request transfers in the cadre of Accounts Officers: We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of Accounts Officers since they have completed more than two years. DGM (Pers.) mentioned that the proposal has been sent to the competent authority for approval and assured that the orders will be issued shortly.

C) Request transfers in the cadre of DE: We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in the cadre of DE since they have completed more than two years.

DGM (Pers.) informed that at present there are excess executives working in most of the Telecom Circles, but before taking any action it is decided to verify the same from concerned Circles and after reviewing the position, request transfers will be considered.

D) Modification of transfer orders in the cadre of SDE:- We requested modification/cancellation of some transfer orders in the cadre of SDE. DGM (Pers.) assured to look into the matter.

(E) Utilization of MT Quota 336 CAO Posts:  We requested for the approval of BSNL Management Committee for utilization of 336 MT Quota CAO Posts for Ad-hoc promotions. DGM (Pers.) informed that the case is under process and being submitted for the approval of the competent authority.

(F) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- We requested to issue the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Fin). DGM (Pers) informed that the DPC work is under process.

26.07.2019: Meeting with CGM (BBNW): Chairman, GS, President, AGS (Engg) and OS (W) met CGM (BBNW) and discussed regarding modification of transfer orders in the cadre of SDE. CGM (BBNW) advised the OS (West) and CS, Maharashtra Circle to take up the issue with GM (BBNW), Pune. We requested the CGM (BBNW) to consider the cases on humanitarian grounds. CGM (BBNW) assured to look into the matter.
26.07.2019: Meeting with CGM (EW): GS, President, AGS and OS (W) met CGM (BW) and discussed regarding modification of transfer orders in the cadre of SDE(E) and request transfer in the cadre of EE(E). CGM (EW) assured to look into the matter.
26.07.2019: Meeting with GM(Training): Chairman, GS, President, AGS (Fin) OS (W) and Advisor(HQ) met GM(Training) and discussed regarding

A) Refund of Wrongly deducted GTI amount: GM(Training) informed as per the Committee recommendation refund proposal has been sent to LIC through Sr.GM(Estt) and refund will be made by the LIC very shortly.

B) Allowing one more chance for appearing online examination in respect of EPP:- We requested for the early issuance of orders allowing one more chance for appearing online examination in respect of EPP. GM (Trg.) assured after the receipt of guidelines from the Pers. Branch, order would be issued.

24.07.2019: Meeting of Newly elected CHQ Office bearers with PGM (Pers): Com. Prahlad Rai, our newly elected Chairman & Outgoing GS introduced the newly elected CHQ Office Bearers, Com. Subhasis Mitra, President, Com.S.Sivakumar, General Secretary, Com. S.K. Hiremath AGS (Engg), Com. Rajpal Sharma, AGS (Fin), Com. V.B. Pawar AGS (C/E/TF/A), Com. Ramnath Chhabra FS, Com. Devesh Sharma OS (North), Com. A.G. Joshi OS (West) & Com. Dinesh Kumar, Adviser (HQ) to the PGM(Pers). PGM(Pers) congratulated all the newly elected CHQ Office Bearers of AIBSNLEA and thanked for invited him for our 6th AIC Open Session held on 15.07.2019 as he want to join Open Session, but could not attend due to some unavoidable official work. We discussed regarding:

(A) DE to DGM Promotion:- We requested to issue promotion orders from DE to DGM as it is pending for past six months. He mentioned that due to Hon’ble Chandigarh CAT Court directions, BSNL has filed MA in Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh for early hearing but could not heard due to non availability of Double Bench in CAT Chandigarh. He further mentioned that he is personally monitoring the case for getting the directions from the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh and if the Hon’ble CAT will not heard early, BSNL will go to Hon’ble High Court Chandigarh for relief, so that promotion orders can be released early.

(B) CAO to DGM (F) Promotion:- We requested to issue the promotion orders from CAO to DGM (Fin). PGM (Pers) informed that the DPC work is under process and the promotion orders will be issued shortly.

(C) Transfer