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EDITOR: Com. S. Sivakumar, General Secretary;  Designed by Com. M.K. Morodia, CS RAJ Circle & Maintained by Com. Bhagwan Singh, AGS (HQ), AIBSNLEA CHQ

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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23.01.2020: GS Writes to Shri. P. K. Purwar CMD, BSNL  regarding  

(a) Retention of the Head Quarters of CGM Core Network Tx-South at Chennai

<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b) Suggestions and Request for not to outsource the OFC Transmission/    Maintenance to maintain the Health and Security of the NLD Network <<<Click here for letter>>>

23.01.2020: BSNL Corporate office issued Orders:-

22.01.2020: BSNL Corporate Office issued revised Timeline for submission of e-APAR <<<Click here for the letter>>>

22.01.2020: Meeting with Director (Finance), BSNL Board:

GS and AGS(F) met Director (Finance) today and discussed regarding disbursement of salary and other outstanding recoveries. Director (Finance) mentioned that BSNL Management is trying their best to settle all the outstanding payments including salary in respect of VRS Optees before 31.01.2020. He further mentioned that due to some queries raised by the Bank authorities there is some delay in sanctioning of loan to BSNL.

22.01.2020: AIBSNLEA demands increase of Income Tax Exemption from Rs. 5 Lakh to 50 lakh in respect of Ex-gratia to BSNL Employees opted for VRS.

<<<Click here for Paper Clip >>>

<<<Click here for the letter to MOF>>

<<<Click here for  Memorandum to MOSF >>>

21.01.2020:GS Writes to The PGM (Pers.) BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a)  Request for transfer in the cadre of SDE (T) on “Own Cost” from MH Circle to ITPC

(b) Request for transfer in the cadre of SDE (TF) from TF Mumbai to TF Section BSNL CO

<<<Click here for letter>>>

17.01.2020:GS Writes to The Director (HR),BSNL Board regardingNon-Grant of Time Bound Up-gradation in respect of Smt. Kalpana R. Deputy Manager [SDE (Civil)] HR No. 199211538 due with effect from 27.07.2019<<<Click here for letter>>>

16.01.2020:GS Writes to Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding giving promotions to the Executives on regular basis only instead of Look-after arrangement in all the streams immediately to motivate and boost up their Morale due to large number of Executives opted for VRS and lot of vacuum has been created to maintain the Telecom Network fault free and also to maintain the Administrative Offices efficiently.

<<<<Click here for letter>>>

15.01.2020:BSNL CO issued orders regarding Organizational restructuring, Merger of Non-Territorial Circles and Guidelines for Merger

<<Click here for CO BSNL Order>> <<Click here for Annextures>>

AIBSNLEA WISHES

A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS

LOHRI, MAKAR SANKRANTI, MAGH BIHU & PONGAL

TO ONE & ALL

13.01.2020:GS Writes to

1. The Director (HR), BSNL Board regarding request for transfer to Home Circle in case of VRS Optee in the cadre of AGM/DE ....<<<<Click here for letter>>>

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

10.01.2020: Meeting with CMD BSNL: General Secretaries and AGSs of AIBSNLEA and SNEA met CMD BSNL today and had the discussions on the following issues:

·        DGM (T) Promotions: Regarding promotions from DET to DGM (T), we explained about the meeting with Secretary (T) DoT on 01st Jan., and 03rd Jan., 2020 in which Secretary (T) agreed for the promotions for DGM (T) provided it is not creating any Additional Financial Implications. CMD BSNL informed that he had also discussed with Secretary (T) in this regard and trying to do the needful.

·        Clearing of pending dues of recoveries from the Salary of the employees: CMD informed that the payment of the GPF recoveries in respect of VRS optees, about Rs.710 Crore will be released on Monday. Other dues will also be cleared at the earliest.

·        Promotions to fill up vacant posts after VRS: Regarding Promotions, CMD is of the opinion that employees should forget promotions for at least one year and work hard for the Revival of BSNL. Also opined that more merit is to be introduced in promotions in future. We explained the ground realities. Almost all DGM posts in Telecom & Finance Wings as well as AGM & CAOs posts will become vacant after 31.01.2020 and it will become difficult to run BSNL thereafter without filling up these vacant posts on immediate basis. There is stagnation in the Cadres of JTO and SDE and their promotions cannot be delayed. At the time of recruitment of JTOs & JAOs as well as in promotions from JTO to SDE, the competitive examination is available and practically 50% Executives eligible at the time of promotion are from competitive quota only, we explained. CMD BSNL agreed about the shortage in AGM, CAO and DGM posts after post-VRS 2019. 

·        Farewell to the retiring employees: On recognition of the services of the retirees, we requested to restore the amount of Rs 3001/- as it is just a token of appreciation of their past services in BSNL and honour for them. CMD informed his inability due to the cash crunch in BSNL. In that case, we suggested some alternative arrangement like recharge coupons equal to that amount. CMD appreciated our suggestion and agreed to look into the alternative for Gift STV of Rs.1699 Annual Plan instead of Cash Award.

·        Allotment of USOF Projects to BSNL on Nomination Basis: We appraised CMD BSNL about the letter given to the Secretary (Telecom) regarding the allotment of USOF Projects to BSNL on Nomination Basis and the discussion regarding this matter with Secretary (T) on 03.01.2020. CMD BSNL mentioned that we have to do all the Govt. Projects/ USOF Projects and our performance during previous years was very good and we have completed the Govt. Projects within the time frame. However, we feel that if it is given on Nomination Basis, it will be good for BSNL otherwise if we compete through tender, it may not be beneficial for BSNL.  

·        Maintenance of Primary Cables: We further appraised CMD about the difficulties faced by the Executives and various Circles in Post-VRS Scenario in maintaining the Primary Cables since the orders for maintenance of Primary Cable for outsourcing has not been issued by the Corporate Office. CMD BSNL mentioned that due to the developmental works going on in various States, the Primary Cable has to be replaced/ maintained frequently by taking the permission from various Local State Govt. Bodies/ Highway Authorities for which the Tenderer may not come forward and our maintenance work will be suffered badly.

·         Maintenance of MDF: We pleaded with the CMD BSNL that the control of MDF should be within BSNL Staff. CMD BSNL mentioned that our young staff should come forward, grab the important works and take responsibility. CMD further mentioned that due to shortage of staff in post VRS scenario it may not be possible to maintain MDF round the clock by the BSNL Staff. After detail discussion, CMD assured to review the situation after three months.      

10.01.2020:AIBSNLEA Tamil Nadu Circle Comrades met CMD BSNL at Chennai:

Circle Secretary Tamil Nadu Circle and OS (South) CHQ Com. C. Duraiarasan along with the Circle Office Bearers met CMD BSNL Shri P.K. Purwarji during his official visit to Chennai for the Inaugural Ceremony of Submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) Connectivity between Chennai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (CANI) and Welcomed him by presenting Shawl and Bouquets and submitted a Memorandum regarding some burning issues. CMD BSNL assured to look in to the issues.

<<< Click here for the Memorandum>>><<< Click here for the Photos>>>

10.01.2020:GS Writes to Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding Casting of SDE (T) Seniority List No. 9 <<<<Click here for letter>>>

09.01.2020:Scheduled Agenda Meeting held today with Director (HR) BSNL Board. Sr.GM(Estt.), GM(SR), DGM(Pers-Sr.Mgt), DGM(Pers-Jr.Mgt), and DGM(Vig) were also present in the meeting. On behalf of AIBSNLEA, GS, AGS and FS/CHQ attended the meeting and discussed the following Agenda issues:

1.  Early issuance of DET to DGM (T) promotion orders:  We expressed our serious concern for non- issuance of DET to DGM(T) Promotions.  Director (HR), after taking the latest feedback from Pers. Officers, mentioned that after discussing with the CMD BSNL and Secretary (T)first priority will be given and 100% efforts will be taken in this regard.

2.  Immediate conduct of CPC in respect of DGM (Regular) to Jt.GM: Director(HR) mentioned that the CPC work is in advanced stage. VC and grading of APARs have been called for and it will be completed and orders will be issued shortly.

3.   Immediate Promotions to all the Grades and Streams considering the Post-VRS Scenario:Considering the huge vacuum created in almost all the Grades in many places vacant poststo be filled up immediately to maintain the BSNL Vast Network fault free. We pleaded that since the Executives are drawing higher Scales through TBU under EPP than their Substantive Post, so just by giving re-designation, promotions can be effected. We strongly opposed any local Look-after arrangements. Director (HR) mentioned to look into the matter as per requirement.

4.   AO to CAO promotion Status Quo Case: Director (HR) mentioned that MA has already been filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Haryana and Punjab at Chandigarh during December, 2019 itself for vacation of the stay in Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh but due to the Winter Vacation of the Court Hearing date not yet pronounced by the Hon’ble High Court. However, he hopes for early hearing since the vacation court already opened on 06th Jan., 2020. We pleaded that the 70 CAOs promoted during Nov., 2018 and posted to other Circles could not join due to the grant of Status Quo by the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh may be allowed to assume charge as CAO in their respective Home Circles since most of them have been opted for VRS. After detailed discussion with the Pers. Team as well as Legal Team he opined that at a distant date it is not advisable to issue any direction for assuming the charge as CAO due to legal complications.

5.  SDE(T) to DET Promotions: We requested for the early issuance of list No 9 of SDE seniority list. In this regard, we suggested that the provisional Seniority should be prepared as per the judgment pronounced by Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh, dated 25.08.2009, upheld by the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana and also by the Apex Court (3 Judges Bench) on the basis of date of joining i.e., in respect of SDEs promoted up to 28.08.2015 and also with reference to SDE(T) RR-2002 amended on 08.05.2018. The matter was discussed in detail and it was directed by the Director (HR) to Pers. Team that the provisional seniority list may be prepared accordingly to avoid any further litigation in the matter.

6.   Immediate conduct of CPC in respect of JTO to SDE in Engg., Civil and Elect. Wings etc.,:We expressed our serious concern for the non-filling of vacant posts in various disciplines. Director (HR) mentioned that due to the judgement reserved by Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam and two Review Petitions pending in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, the JTO to SDE(T)Promotion are kept pending. Director (HR) further mentioned that necessary efforts will be taken for early issuance of promotion orders in respect of remaining disciplines.

7.  Immediate conduct of CPCs in respect of JTO (TF) to SDE (TF), SDE (TF) to AGM (TF) and AGM (TF) to DGM (TF):- We requested Director (HR) for the early conduct of CPCs in respect of filling up of 16 SDE (TF), 5 AGM (TF) and DGMs vacant posts from the eligible Executives. We further mentioned that the CPC work in respect of SDE (TF) promotion is pending with the Pers. Branch for more than 3 months even though Screening Committee report and VCs were received. And in the case of AGM (TF) promotion the CPC work has not yet been started since last one month. Director (HR) immediately directed Pers. Team for the early conduct of pending CPCs for vacant posts and also assured for the early conduct of DGM (TF) CPC.

8.  Immediate release of promotion orders for EE(Civil) to SE(Civil):-We intimated that 51 SE (Civil) have been promoted as CE(Civil)/GM one year back and these51 SE (Civil) posts were vacant in Civil wing for more than One Year to be filled up by conducting CPC at the earliest.We further mentioned that the CPC work is pending in Personnel Branch for more than 3 months for the reasons best known to them. We requested for early issuance of the promotion orders.After detailed discussion, Director (HR) mentioned that it will be looked into on priority and CPC will be conducted against vacant posts soon.

9.   To review the decision for the reversion of SDEs to JTOs:-We requested Director (HR) to review the decision for reversion of about 30 SDEs of 2001 recruited JTO batch promoted through LDCE 2007 passed and not to oppose the Review Petition filed in the Hon’ble Madras High Court against the reversion of SDE(T). After taking feedback and detailed discussion with Pers. Team, Director (HR) mentioned that it is really pathetic situation where executives are getting reversion even after working for more than 10 years on promoted post. The case will be reviewed sympathetically andwill be revisitedw.r.t. the stay order from the Hon’ble Court on reversion and as per SDE-RR Column 12, Clause 5.

10. Withdrawal of ambiguous CDR IPMS Score Card for CFA Segment:-We informed Director (HR) that we observed lot of ambiguities in the CDR IPMS Score Cardintroduced recently in ESS Portalfor CFA Segment viz. 1 It is reflecting in ESS Portal for the executives working in the CFA segment only and not for others. 2For any delay in respect of Indoor faults and Exchange faults/media faults/DSLAM faults/ NOC Bangalore faults/delay in contract Labour’s availability/delay in payments of Electricity bills and non-availability of diesel/ delay in Repair of Power Plant Modules/Delay in Repair of DG /Switch faults/ Non availability of round the Clock staff etc., only CFA Executives are made responsible. 3 Some Banks /Firms /Customers are using our Landline and Broadband as a standby and mainly use Leased Line for their work but NIL CDR/IPDPR will affect the CDR IPMS Sore Card for these CFA Executives. 4 Targets in the CDR IPMS Score Card in ESS Portal are not evenly distributed. 5 Fault rates/Repeat faults/MTRR will enhance in highly developing areas which badly affect the CDR IPMS Score Card etc.We requested such ambiguous CDR IPMS Score Card may be withdrawn immediately to avoid the demoralization, heartburning, demotivation and frustration among the one group of Executives working in CFA Segment.

Director (HR) after patient hearing mentioned that it will be discussed with Director (CFA) and will be sorted out.

11. Review the decision of CVO for withholding the VC:-We informed Director (HR) that CVO office recently (after closing the window for VRS-2019 i.e., 03.12.2019) issued contrary instructions vide letter dated 13.12.2019 deviating from their own earlier instructions vide letter dated 05.07.2018 issued as per DOP&PW OM. We requested that the orders issued by the CVO vide letter dated 13.12.2019 regarding withholding the VCs for VRS optees against whom Personal Court Case (other than Departmental) is to be withdrawn since the order is violating the existing DOP&PW instructions otherwise VRS Option for such employees should not be accepted. Director (HR) discussed the matter with the Vigilance Team and Sr.GM (Estt.) and mentioned that it will be discussed and decided in MC meeting, if necessary.

12. Retention of Staff Quarters by the VRS optees upto the date of their normal   retirement (60 years):-We requested that the retirees under VRS may be allowed to retain the staff quarters till they attain the age of Superannuation (60 years). Director (HR) mentioned that decision has already been taken and it is not possible to retain the quarters for more than the prescribed time limit of 8 months.

13.  Extension of the facility for Service Mobile Connection to VRS Retirees: We requested for the extension ofService Mobile Connection tothe Executives retiring on VRS in addition to the RSTC as they may be frequently contacted for some guidance/official work during the initial teething period of Post-VRS. Director (HR) responded positively and mentioned that it will be discussed and considered.

14.Immunity transfer cases for CHQ Office Bearers: We reiterated to consider the request transfer cases already given to Director (HR) BSNL Board in respect of AIBSNLEA CHQ Office Bearers. Director (HR) directed Pers. Team that all the cases may be considered immediately as per the immunity clause andfacility to AIBSNLEA as the Rules are very clear.

15. Implementation of E-5 to E-6 IDA Pay Scale to DGM (Regular):We appraised Director (HR) that few Senior Executives (DGMs- regular) have not get TBU from E5 Pay Scale to E6IDA Pay Scale under EPP and they have stagnated in E5 Scale since more than 9 years and their juniors are getting E6 Scale. Director (HR) after patient hearing mentioned that we will look into the matter.

16. CAO request transfers in respect of VRS optees: Director (HR) immediately directed DGM (Pers.-SM) to put up all such requests on priority basis. He assured that within a week time orders will be issued.

17.  Withdrawal of Cash Award under welfare scheme in respect of Employees retiring on VRS:We strongly protested against the withdrawal of the Cash award of Rs.3001/- under welfare scheme given to each employee on retirement. Director (HR) mentioned that a considerable amount is involved on this measure. It will be relooked into.

18. Grant of relaxation in Marks to the Candidates appeared in JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019 for Vacancy Year 2017-18: We requested to consider relaxation in marks in respect of JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019 due to 22 out of Syllabus Questions resulting in poor Pass percentage and  render justice to the affected Candidates. Director (HR) after gone through our letter written in this regard, assured to look in to the matter.  

Director (HR) appreciated our concern and assured that HR Team will put best efforts to resolve these issues in positive direction. We thanked Director (HR) and other officers for giving patient hearing and positive response on all the burning issues related to the Executives of BSNL.The meeting lasted for more than 2 hoursand 30 minutes.

09.01.2020:GS Writes to The Director (HR) BSNL Board regarding Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of Account officer <<<<Click here for letter>>>

07.01.2020:GS Writes to Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding  request for grant of relaxation in marks to the candidates appeared in the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019 for the Vacancy Year 2017-18 due to very poor results<<<<Click here for letter>>>

06.01.2020:GS Writes to The Director (HR) BSNL Board regarding  Request for not to take immediate action for implementing the reversion order of SDEs promoted through LDCE 2007 for the vacancy Year 2005-06 till the Hon’ble Madras High Court and Hon’ble Madras CAT Bench takes a final decision in the reversion of the JTOs of 2001 Recruitment year and may decide after the finality of the Review Petitions and examining their eligibility as per the provisions of Schedule 12, Note 5 of the SDE RR-2002 <<<<Click here for letter>>>

03.01.2020:GS Writes to Shri Anshu Prakash,Secretary (Telecom) and Chairman DCC  DoT, Sanchar Bhawan regarding  Request for allotment of USO Fund Projects to BSNL on Nomination Basis and to give a chance to BSNL to fulfill the dream of Hon’ble Prime Minister for the New India. <<<<Click here for letter>>>

(The letter has been duly acknowledged by the print media also. Kindly open the link for clips in Economic Times <<<<Click here for letter>>>)

03.01.2020:Sharing of our views and interaction with the Consultant M/s Deloitte regarding Post-VRS Scenario and Road Map:

M/s Deloitte has been appointed by BSNL Management for giving recommendations in Short Term Measures on continuity of the Services of BSNL keeping in view the downsizing of the Staff in Post-VRS scenario as well as in Long Term Measures. BSNL Management arranged a meeting with the Consultant M/s Deloitte on 03.01.2020 at 16.00 hrs. GS, AGS, FS/CHQ and Advisor HQ had a detailed interaction for more than two hours with the Consultant.

 

Focus was given on short term measures, i.e., how we can maintain our vast Telecom Network from 01.02.2020 with the reduced staff strength and available resources in the post-VRS Scenario. We have categorically told that Restructuring Plan and Man power Plan should be implemented simultaneously so as to maintain our vast Telecom Network, OFC and Telephone Exchanges without fault free. Post VRS deployment of Executives to the field units should be smooth with barest minimum disturbance and the deployment to the field units should be completed at the earliest i.e., before Jan., 2020 Second week so that the newly posted Executives will get some time to familiarize with the System and Network as well as to maintain the Telecom Network fault free. Administrative Offices should be manned with minimum Executives having sufficient field exposure. The Services of the experts, well experienced and skilled employees going on VRS can be availed on contract basis. The office as well as field work is going to be affected badly due to reduction in staff strength in lieu of VRS-2019 which need to be arranged with the remaining work force as well as outsourcing with minimum expenditure so that the curtailment in employee cost may not increase the O&M expenditure. We explained about the shortage in DGM (T), DGM (Fin), CAO/AGM, JTO and TT cadres that will have impact after the VRS.

 

We also presented our views regarding merger of SSAs and Circles, drawback of present BA Structure, Maintenance of CSC and Customer relation, Manpower requirement, motivation of staff etc., and also suggested that  downsizing of SSAs should be based on the Assets, Revenue, Connections and Geographical Area with full powers to the TDMs and TDEs

03.01.2020:BSNL Management invited AIBSNLEA to present our views and interaction with the consultant M/S Deloitte regarding post VRS scenario and road map on 03.01.2020.

03.01.2020:AIBSNLEA CHQ Office Bearers met Secretary (T) and Chairman (DCC) DoT, Member (Finance), Member (T) and other Senior Officers in DoT and greeted them for New Year 2020:

GS, AGS and Auditor/CHQ met today Secretary (T) and Chairman (DCC) DoT, Member (Finance), Member (T) and other Senior Officers in DoT and greeted them for the New Year 2020.

(A) DE to DGM (T) Promotions:- We requested Secretary (T) to allow the DE to DGM (T) promotions in BSNL which was stopped due to the reply given by the Secretary (T) in the meeting held with the Parliamentary Committee. We explained that there is no reservation involved in the JAG promotions as per the existing Rules and all the eligible candidates including about 287 SC/ST candidates are covered in the promotion list. We further mentioned that there is no financial implications in this promotion since most of the officers are stagnated in E-5 Scale/drawing E-6 Scale and more than 70% DEs have opted for VRS and retiring on 31st Jan., 2020 on VRS. After patient hearing Secretary (T) positively responded and mentioned that he will discuss the matter with the CMD and assured for early promotions.

(B) 100% IDA neutralization/ IDA Merger as on 01.01.2017:- We requested Secretary (T) to consider the IDA merger as on 01.01.2017 till such time the 3rd PRC is implemented in BSNL as discussed in the meeting with Hon’ble MOC&IT on 04.11.2019 by the GS AIBSNLEA. Secretary (T) mentioned that at this juncture, it is very difficult to consider the same, however he assured to look into the matter as and when the financial condition of BSNL improves. 

(C) Allotment of USO Fund Projects to BSNL on nomination basis:- We requested Secretary (T) to allot the current Task of provisioning of 2G and 4G based Mobile Services at MHA identified Tower Locations in the LWE areas to BSNL on nomination basis so as to help the BSNL to revive. In this regard, we have written a letter to Secretary (T) on the basis of the notification issued by the USO Fund for calling open tender for the provision of 2G+4G based Mobile Services at MHA identified Tower Locations in the LWE areas and handed over the letter.

<<<Click here for letter>>> 

02.01.2020:GS Writes to The Director (HR) BSNL Board regarding Request for consideration of Time Bound Up-gradation in IDA scale E-5 to E-6 w.e.f. the date of completion of Five years in E-5 scale- Case of the DGM (Fin) Regular who did not get his due Up-gradation in E-6 scale<<<<Click here for letter>>>

01.01.2020:AIBSNLEA CHQ Office Bearers met Senior Officer of BSNL Corporate Office and greeted them for New Year:

GS, AGS and FS/CHQ met CMD BSNL, all Board of Directors, PGM (Pers), GM (SR) and other Senior Officers in BSNL Corporate Office and greeted them for the New Year 2020 on 01.01.2020.

We discussed about the Restructuring and HR Plan with CMD BSNL. CMD  mentioned that HR Plan has not yet been finalized. Soon it will be finalised and after discussion it will be approved by the BSNL Board.

We requested Director (HR) to allot a time for discussion regarding several important Agenda Items. Director (HR) agreed to discuss.

We further requested for the consideration of the long pending Promotions from DE to DGM (T) at least before the date of VRS (31.01.2020) to Senior Executives of BSNL. Director (HR) mentioned that the Management is favourably considering the promotions and try to sort out the issue with the Secy (T) shortly and hope that Secy (T) will agree on the issue and the orders will be issued early. Director (HR) further mentioned that the proposal for promotion from DGM (Regular) to Jt.GM has been approved by the Competent Authority and CPC process has been initiated. We extend our sincere thanks to the Director (HR) for considering the request of AIBSNLEA for the promotion of DGM(Reg) to Jt.GM. 

Director (Finance) informed that HR Plan will be approved after detailed discussion by considering the availability of Executives Cadre wise and Stream wise in each Circle as well as SSA and BA .

We requested for consideration of long pending request transfer cases of Accounts Officers working in Corporate Office and waiting for transfer to their Home Circles. Director (Finance) mentioned that in the present scenario, substitute is not possible everywhere but for the important positions it can be filled up and their requests will be considered soon.

AIBSNLEA WISHES

A VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY

HAPPY NEW YEAR -2020

TO ONE & ALL

27.12.2019:“Sanchar Seva Padak Award- 2018”: AIBSNLEA Circle Secretary, MP Circle, Com. Mohd. Parvez Khan has conferred with Prestigious “Sanchar Seva Padak- 2018”. The award was presented by respected Secretary (T) and Chairman (DCC) DoT Shri Anshu Prakash Ji to Shri Parvez Khan, DE Bhopal, MP Circle in today’s function held in CO BSNL, New Delhi. 

AIBSNLEA CHQ congratulates Com. Mohd. Parvez Khan, CS MP Circle, for the receipt of prestigious “Sanchar Seva Padak- 2018.

On behalf of AIBSNLEA CHQ Com. Rajpal Sharma, AGS and Com. Ramnath Chhabra, FS/CHQ participated in the award function today in Corporate Office, New Delhi and congratulates Com. Parvez Khan...... <<<Click here for glimpses>>>>  

27.12.2019:GS Writes to

1. The PGM (Pers) BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Request for transfer in respect of VRS Optees in the cadre of AO

(b)Request for transfer in respect of VRS Optees in the cadre of AGM/DE

<<<<Click here for letter>>>

26.12.2019:GS Writes to

1. The PGM (Pers) BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Request for transfer in the cadre of Jr. Accounts Officer

(b) Request for transfer in the cadre of SDE

(c) Request for transfer in respect of VRS Optees in the cadre of AO

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

(e) Request for Permanent transfer (Rule-8) in the cadre of PA

(f) Request for  transfer in respect of VRS Optee in the Cadre of CAO

<<<<Click here for letter>>>

2. The Sr. GM(Estt.) BSNL Corporate Office regarding Request for providing Notional Promotion from Steno Gr.III to the post of Steno Gr,-II/PA w.e.f. 01.01.2004 by implementing Hon’ble Supreme Court orders

<<<<Click here for letter>>>

25.12.2019:GS Writes to The Director (HR),BSNL Board regarding Request for withdrawal of VRS option<<<Click here for letter>>>

AIBSNLEA WISHES

 

'MERRY Christmas'

 

to One & All

24.12.2019: BSNL Corporate office issued clarifications relating to submission of option / withdrawal form  w.r.t. VRS-2019 <<<Click here for letter>>>
23.12.2019:BSNL Corporate office issued order regarding re-assignment of works in view of VRS -2019 <<<Click here for order>>>
23.12.2019:GS Writes to PGM (Pers),  BSNL Corporate Office regarding request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of SDE/DE<<<Click here for letter>>>

23.12.2019:BSNL Corporate office issued Policy on outsourcing model for Maintenance  and provisioning of  Landline & Broadband for External plant of Copper network in Urban Area .........

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23.12.2019:GS Writes to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD, BSNL requesting immediate issuance of Promotion orders from JTO(TF) to SDE (TF) and SDE (TF) to AGM (TF)<<<Click here for letter>>>
20.12.2019:GS Writes to

1. Shri P. K. Purwar, CMD, BSNL regarding

(a) Promotion in all Streams to all the grades in BSNL considering the acute shortage in post-VRS scenario<<<Click here for letter>>>

(b) Introduction of CDR IPMS Score Card in ESS Portal<<<Click here for letter>>>

(c) Postponement of 2nd Membership Verification for 6 months and facilities also to be extended for the full period of 6 months:<<<Click here for letter>>>

2. The Director (HR),BSNL Board regarding

(a) Representation received from Shri Dipankar Saha, AO, BSNL CTD regarding prayer for insertion his name in the gradation list

(b) Request for withdrawal of VRS option<<<Click here for letter>>>

3. The PGM (Pers) BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Request for transfer / posting / cancellation / retention in the cadre of JAO<<<Click here for letter>>>

19.12.2019: Revision of wages of Central Public Sector employees / Executives effective from 01.01.2017

Hon'ble MP Shri M. Shanmugam writes to Hon'ble Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Shri Prakash Javadekar Ji regarding Revision of wages of Central Public Sector employees / Executives effective from 01.01.2017 and requesting to merge 119.5% IDA with the basic pay and to take it as an Interim wage from 01.01.2017 <<<Click here for letter>>>

19.12.2019:GS Writes to

(1) Shri P. K. Purwar  CMD BSNL regarding release of Pensionary benefits to VRS retiree(s) against whom personal Court case (other than departmental) is pending in the Competent Court- <<<Click here for letter>>>

(b)Promotion from DGM (Regular) to Jt.GM in the IDA Pay Scale of E-7 under BSNL MSRR on completion of 5 years of Regular Service <<<Click here for letter>>>

(c)Non-issuance and consideration of request transfer cases of Accounts Officers working in Corporate Office to their Home Circles<<<Click here for letter>>>

(2)The Director (HR),BSNL Board regarding Non-implementation of the Judgment of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras regarding JAO Part-II exam marks of Paper-IV- Case of T.Vijayan, JAO Chennai- Fixation of Seniority regarding<<<Click here for letter>>>

19.12.2019:GS Writes to

1 The Director (HR), BSNL Board regarding

(a) Request for transfer in connection with VRS Optee in the cadre of DGM (F)

(b) Request for withdrawal of VRS option

(c) Request for withdrawal of VRS option in the cadre of DE– J&K Internet disturbance area

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

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

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

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

(d) Request for direct releasing through CO New Delhi from Jharkhand circle in the cadre of AO

(e) Request for transfer in connection with VRS optees in the cadre of AOs

(f) Request for transfer in connection with VRS optees in the cadre of CAO

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3. The Sr. GM (Estt.) BSNL Corporate Office regarding

(a) Request for extension of Temporary Transfer in the cadre of JTO– <<<Click here for letter>>> 

17.12.2019:Report on the Meeting of Central Office Bearers, Advisors, Circle Presidents and Circle Secretaries held on 13.12.2019 and 14.12.2019 at New Delhi.

A meeting of the Central Office Bearers, Advisors, Circle Presidents and Circle Secretaries was held on 13th December 2019 at 9.30 am at Hotel Regent Continental, New Delhi.

President, Com Subhasis Mitra welcomed one and all.  In his address, he mentioned that the meeting is convened at a crucial time to discuss the various issues related to VRS and Post VRS Scenario and requested all to actively participate in the discussions.

Two minutes silence was observed in memory of the departed Comrades. After self-introduction, Agenda items were presented and the agenda items were passed unanimously.

Com. S.Sivakumar, General Secretary has submitted the report on the various activities of the Association.  General Secretary in his address briefed about the activities of the CHQ, regarding VRS, Revival Plan of BSNL,  Various Agitational Programs conducted by the AUAB for the Revival of BSNL, other HR issues, various Court cases and its present status etc.,  He also briefed about the actions taken by the CHQ through the meetings with various officers of BSNL, DoT and various Ministries, Hon’ble MOC, Hon’ble MOS for finance directly related to BSNL Revival, Financial support and issue related to VRS. He further mentioned that AIBSNLEA has also written letters to Hon’ble Prime Minister, and Hon’ble Finance Minister 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 through 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 and Financial assistance for BSNL are approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. VRS to BSNL employees is also one of the proposals of Revival Plan approved by the Union Cabinet. AUAB demand of payment of Ex-Gratia to the VRS optees by the Govt. from Budgetary support instead of raising Bonds by BSNL has also been accepted finally.

He mentioned that BSNL is facing severe financial Crisis and not able to pay even Salary in time, Electricity   Bills, Towers Rent, Vehicle Running Expenses, Fuel Expenses, Contractual Labour Bills, Payment to Vendors, Telecom Infra Service Providers and Local Cable TV Operators etc. Further, Bank EMI Payments, GPF Contribution Payments and Reimbursement of Medical Claims etc., in respect of the working Employees and BSNL Pensioners are delayed for the past 6 months. It has caused serious demoralization and frustration among all the concerned. 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. BSNL is not able to meet even its fund requirement for monthly salary due to heavy dip in Cash flow for the past one year. The salary for the month of October 2019 has been paid only on 4th December 2019. It is the 5th time in this year that BSNL Management has not disbursed the salary in time to its employees. Due to non-payment of Electricity bills and Towers/Buildings rent, more than 3500 Mobile BTS were down and electricity connections were disconnected in many of the Exchanges throughout the Nation and severally affected the Telecom Services which results in decline in revenue of BSNL. Further, the gap between monthly revenues and bare expenses to continue operations as a growing concern has reached a level where continuing with BSNL operations could be nearly impossible without immediate infusion of adequate liquidity.

GS also briefed about Salient features of the VRS package. He explained about the queries raised by the AIBSNLEA and the FAQs released by the BSNL CO in this regard. He further mentioned that VRS to BSNL employees is just one of the proposals in the BSNL Revival Package approved by the Union Cabinet on 23.10.2019. Immediate launching of 4G Services, Land monetization for meeting the OPEX and CAPEX, raising of Long –Term Bonds to the tune of Rs.7,500 Cr with Sovereign Guarantee, BSNL and MTNL merger are other important decisions taken by the Union Cabinet to support BSNL Revival. But so far that BSNL Management is engaged only in activities related to implementation of VRS. More than 50% i.e., 78569 BSNL employees have opted for VRS but BSNL Management is not having any Road Map for the maintenance of vast BSNL Net Work till date in the Post VRS Scenario. Management called AUAB Leaders for discussion regarding proposed Road Map for Man Power Planning, Restructuring of BSNL, and maintenance of vast BSNL Net work on 26.11.2019 and subsequently AIBSNLEA and SNEA  had detailed discussions and meetings with the Management particularly with CMD BSNL and Director (HR) and other Restructuring Committee members regarding the Road Map for Man Power Planning, Restructuring of BSNL and Viability of BSNL and we also requested the Management to provide the copy of the decisions /minutes of the Restructuring Committee for further discussions with the Management.

He requested all the participants to concentrate on the issues related to Post VRS-2019 Scenario, Road Map for Man Power Planning, Restructuring of BSNL and Viability of BSNL and  this meeting should also decide the further line of action to get resolve the long pending HR issues and other important issues

On the organizational side, we have to critically examine of our strength and weakness regarding actual paid membership of the Association since large number of our members have opted for VRS. This meeting should discuss about the Organization strength in Various Circles, and Office bearers strength in the CHQ /Circle/District bodies in the Post VRS scenario and decide the further line of action. Strategies to be evolved to increase our membership and proper corrective measures, wherever necessary, should be planned where branches are yet not exists.

After the GS detailed reporting, Circle Secretaries, Central Office bearers and Advisors submitted their reports.

Com. Prahlad Rai, Chairman in his address suggested to discuss regarding revival of BSNL and strengthening of AIBSNLEA. He mentioned that introducing such VRS scheme is not really a revival for the interest of BSNL. Only BSNL could sustain in the Market with the support of its officers and staff even by spending own money to manage urgent day to day activities.  Pensioners are not getting Medical claims for last 2 years and serving employees are not getting since last 6 months. So far the DoT has not made any clear path for the revival of BSNL. The demand of Letter of Comfort and Sovereign Guaranty has not been adhered to by the DoT which otherwise BSNL could have performed well.  BSNL has been killed by the DoT intentionally and by a calculated way which resulted in employees opting for such a major number of VRS. He also stated that Corporatization of Govt. Organization is for the purpose of privatization.   BSNL management is issuing Show Cause Notice under Rule 17-A to the office bearer of the Associations and threatening the removal from service and completely damaged the Trade Union movement in the Telecom Industry.  We should motivate the youth and take up the issues of youth and should prove that AIBSNLEA is the organization for the welfare of all the disciplines and grades. He also stated that we should ensure that our membership is increased. ITS officers have played a vital role in the success of VRS. He requested all the leaders of Circle to hold meetings of District and Circle and induct the youngsters in the body to continue functioning of the organization at District and Circle level. 

As regards the Salary and Pension revision he has stated that the Hon’ble MoC in Parliament has categorically denied that Pay revision cannot be taken place in view of the financial condition of BSNL and similarly the Pension revision is also not going to take place. The long pending demand of our association as well as AUAB, delinking of Pension from Pay revision has been turned down by the MoC and DoT.  Pay revision is linked with affordability of BSNL and Pension revision is not linked with any affordability condition. The view of the DoT officers are that the BSNL Pensioners are already drawing more pension than that of the Pension of DoT officers hence, DoT officers are not allowing to revise the Pension.  He also mentioned that the AIRBSNLEWA and other Pensioners’ Associations have decided to approach the Court of Law to file a court case for revision of pension.  He requested the house to discuss the issue and take a decision on the matter for the overall benefit of the present and future pensioners.

On 14.12.2019, CMD BSNL, Shri P.K. Purwar ji participated in the meeting as Chief Guest and delivered an informative and motivational Speech. GM (SR) CO BSNL, Shri A.M. Gupta Ji also attended the meeting and addressed the gathering.

Com. Rajpal, AGS (F) CHQ, Welcomed one and all. CMD BSNL and the GM (SR) were welcomed by offering bouquet and Shawl. Com. Subhasis Mitra, President in his welcome speech has expressed his gratitude to CMD BSNL and GM (SR) for attending the meeting despite of their busy schedule.

Com. S. Sivakumar GS in his address mentioned that GM (SR) always attends the meetings on AIBSNLEA at any station.  Despite of his busy schedule and pre occupation CMD BSNL has accepted our invitation and spare his valuable time and attending our Meeting, we extend our sincere thanks to the CMD BSNL. At the outset, On behalf of AIBSNLEA CHQ and on behalf of all our members, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation from the bottom of our Heart  for the Herculean efforts taken by our CMD, SECY(T) and their full Team and our Hon’ble MOC for getting approval of Revival Package from the Union Cabinet breaking all the barriers and Hurdles. Especially for the VRS package we got Budgetary Support and we got allotment of 4G Spectrum to the tune of Rs.14115 +GST Rs. 2540 Crore on free of cost from the Govt. It is a major breakthrough. He further requested the CMD BSNL that the 4G has to be launched immediately to increase our revenue.

GS mentioned that this Central Office Bearers, CS & CP of AIBSNLEA meeting is convened to discuss regarding Post VRS Scenario, Restructuring of BSNL, Road Map for Man Power Planning  and how to maintain the vast Telecom Net works of BSNL etc., in the Post VRS scenario.. Our Association is consists of Executives belonging to various disciplines and combination of Senior and Junior Executives. Now in the Post VRS Scenario, 78569 BSNL employees have opted for VRS, we are left with 70671 employees only as on 01.02.2020. However our members are committed to meet any kind of challenges. He stated that since last one and half days we have been discussing about the BSNL Revival and Restructuring Plan He pointed out that the promotion of DE to DGM may be issued on priority before 31.01.2020.

He further mentioned that due to combined efforts of Management and Unions/Associations, we have conducted “Customer Delight Year”, “Service With A Smile”, “BSNL at Your Doorstep” etc.,  focusing on marketing and improving the quality of the service and achieved Operational Profit from the F.Y 2014-15 to 2016-17.  AIBSNLEA submitted its views and suggestions after taking feedback from the Circle Secretaries and Field Units for smooth functioning of BSNL in the post VRS scenario due to reduction of huge staff strength.

We demanded that Restructuring Plan and Man power Plan should be implemented simultaneously so as to maintain our vast Telecom Network, OFC and Telephone Exchanges fault free. Post VRS deployment of Executives to the field units should be smooth with barest minimum disturbance and the deployment to the field units should be completed at the earliest (at least before first week of Jan., 2020) so that the newly posted Executives will get some time to familiarize with the System and Network as well as to maintain the Telecom Network fault free. Administrative Offices should be manned with minimum Executives having sufficient field exposure. The services of the experts, well experienced and skilled employees going on VRS can be availed on contract basis. The office as well as field work is going to be affected badly due to reduction in staff strength in lieu of VRS-2019 which need to be arranged with the remaining work force as well as outsourcing with minimum expenditure so that the curtailment in employee cost may not increase the O&M expenditure. The outsourcing should not become another channel for corruption and draining out BSNL money. The savings on employee cost should not be drained out in outsourcing to the vendors. At least JE/JTO may supervise the day to day activities of the Vendors for outsourcing.

GS also requested CMD BSNL that all the Contract Labourers bills should be cleared immediately otherwise no tenderer may come forward for the outsourcing  Maintenance  Contracts.    

The number of CGM/PGM/GMs are also to be reduced and brought down by 50%. Dependency on Officers on deputation is to be reduced to barest minimum and the work can be executed by the BSNL absorbed Officers itself by promoting them to the higher posts i.e., TDM/TDE and given the higher responsibilities.

He further demanded immediate promotions in all the Streams considering the post VRS scenario. Due to large number of Employees opted for VRS; lot of vacuum has been created in many places/cadres which are to be filled-up immediately. Since the senior Executives are already drawing higher scales, just by giving re-designation, the promotions can be effected. He reiterated that only regular promotion is to be issued in future, no looking after arrangement should be ordered. By LA arrangement, Management is getting the work done but the Executives are losing their due promotions and service also.

He also appreciated the CMD for considering majority of the disciplinary cases with positivity.  Withdrawal of VRS can be done or not at this stage may also be got it cleared.  He demanded to allow continuing in the Residential staff Quarters till the Retirement benefits are paid to the VRS optees on Humanitarian grounds.  He thanked CMD BSNL for issuing clarity and exemption on mandatory online exam/training. Finally he assured that our AIBSNLEA members will raise to the occasion and move forward with Strong force and meet the Challenges.  Let us, therefore march together to re-write our future in BSNL with confidence, commitment, dedication and firm determination and work together to make the BSNL to regain its original Pristine Glory.

CMD in his address mentioned that Govt. has given best possible package to BSNL for the Revival.  Govt. of India is very keen in giving life to BSNL and DoT is also very much supportive for the revival of the BSNL. While myself along with Secretary(T)met the Hon’ble Prime Minister first time to discuss on the Agenda, Hon’ble PM mentioned that BSNL is the Strategic PSU and its Services are very much requires for the Nation and  Hon’ble PM convened three meetings with the Group of Ministers in October 2019 exclusively for the single point Agenda of BSNL Revival. While our CMD requested the  Chairman of the GOM and Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Amit shah ji, for the allotment of 4G Spectrum on free of cost, he responded positively and mentioned be ready and make all ground level preparation for 5G spectrum also. Govt. had fulfilled its part and now it is our duty to fulfil our part.  He mentioned that the Management cannot function unless and otherwise the staff and officers work in tantrum with the Management together.  He mentioned that there are certain Structural failures in the organization. To compete with other Private Telecom Service Providers and to stay in the Market, we have to reduce the employees cost.  We will not get any second opportunity to revive it. The Network has to move on an IT enabled monitor system by using the technology with the work of most technically competent people.  Many of the officers have worked more than 30 years in DoT & BSNL and the aim of the Management is to protect the interest of such Officers.  We are getting very excellent VRS package which never happened in the history of any CPSU. He explained about the benefits of the VRS Package in detail. He appreciated the decision of the VRS optees. He mentioned that he is closely monitoring the activities in each Circle and wonderful Services are being done at Circles in completing the procedure of Service Book verification and other activities and expressed the gratitude of Management to each of the officers. He mentioned that those opted for VRS may be treated with respect and honour. He also mentioned that whatever and wherever the BSNL is today, this is the result of the hard work of these optees also. He mentioned that he look forward for any type of suggestions. He mentioned that Management working on all the pending vigilance cases to settle before 31.01.2020 to give honourable exit to the VRS optees. CMD thanked each and every VRS optee from the bottom of his Heart for proactive response on VRS Call in the interest of BSNL. CMD specifically mentioned that Management is trying for happily, gracefully and honourably sent off for those who are going on VRS in Jan., 2020 with release of all the outstanding payments including recoveries made from the salary upto Jan., 2020. He requested to continue in the organization in one way or the other as the respect what is you get from the Society is from the name of BSNL. Non becoming from an employee’s does not allow to be away from BSNL, as you can work and associate as Contractor, DSA or Franchisee, TIP, etc., Though the young generation and employees has technical knowledge, but the experience is with those leaving the organisation on VRS as well as those who remain with us by not opting the VRS.  He requested to manure each one of the remaining staff and fulfil the dreams through them. He mentioned that the employee cost is reduced to 55% and is able to pay the vendor’s payments. There is every possibility of BSNL for making turn around from the F.Y 2020-21 and enter into the Profit Zone.

He mentioned that BSNL cannot compete without 4G and due to the Revival Package BSNL is getting 4G and can compete in the Market. Due to the pending bills to the tune Rs.1400 Cr each in respect of M/s ZTE & M/s Nokia, they have not come forward to change the Software and Hard ware in the Equipments. However he assured BSNL will launch 4G Services in the month March 2020. Without competing in the Market BSNL cannot survive.  Management is not happy since it is not able to pay the benefits of the employees and it is really painful to the BSNL Management that the contract labour wages has not been paid for the past seven months. He also mentioned he personally feel guilty by not paying the contract labour payments. Being the Head of the organization, I have certain compulsions, which is the reason for the non payment of various dues by the BSNL Management. We cannot survive until we provide the quality of service to the Customers, which is the Primary responsibility of the field officers with the support of BSNL Management. The work culture of Private Sector has to be adopted in BSNL. Diversion of Customers from Post to Pillar is to be stopped with, as the customer is coming to you to redress his grievances. Unless we implement such culture, we cannot survive. If we did not change our attitude, we cannot survive in the Market. Restoration of Leased lines is to be within 3 hours and the motto should be clear and positive towards Customers. The success of VRS in large number and service book verification in large quantum without any complaint proves that you are competent to deliver the excellent service and you are the best. There may be differentiation based on the capacity and delivery and result. The young generation remain in the organization has to work hard. There shall be differentiation and not discrimination based on the output. 

There cannot be a situation where organization does not grow and its works can grow.  Each one should think you are the owner of the organization, not an employee, and then only the organization can grow.  We should look BSNL as we. Only little work for money and many are for respect. There should be empowerment and BSNL Management will not spare any corruption and indiscipline in the Organisation.

As regards to the post VRS, he mentioned that there are 30K Executives remains in the organization and are reasonable in number. Our Goal is to promote and not to deprive.  Organization restructuring is being done and Unions and Associations are being involved in it. The decision will come shortly and Employees are given empowerment after restructuring with IT enabled functioning. Upliftment of cadre with promotion will also be taken into consideration.  It does not mean promotion is the only way for empowerment. Don’t afraid that BSNL Management is working against the interest of the employees, as the Management want to work with the employees only.  Rs.1600 cr payment is to be paid within three months towards GPF and Pension Contribution of VRS optees. Now Banks are ready to engagement with BSNL for loans and some loan with SBI is getting finalized.  Priority for the field functioning will be given. CMD further mentioned that he is conscious about the level of frustration being faced by the field staff from the vendors and customers. He requested and looks forward for each one of the employees to put more than 8 hours of service instead to restrict it to 8 hours for the betterment of the organization.  Please train and empower the left out staff and officers.  Whatever we get we should contribute double of it for the growth of the organization. Rs.600 cr. towards Salary and Rs.200 cr. GST with a total of Rs.800 cr per months is being saved after VRS and through Revival Package and the organization can be managed with the hard work of every one of us. He is confident to manage the financial requirement of the organization with certain constraints. Through Salary bill we can save Rs.7000 cr per annum and we are expecting Rs.3000 cr annually through renting of Towers and Rs.1000 cr through leasing/renting of our lands and buildings and Rs.1500 cr annually from leasing of 20% of OFC. We have to increase the Market Share immediately taking benefit of the enhancement of tariff by other operators. Highest regards to be given to the employee, who stops the closure of connections, who brings new customers and then to the employee maintaining the Networks.  Marketing Team who brings the customers are most important and remaining all the Sections are supporting staff hence priority should be given to Marketing Team in all respects. He insisted to become accountable for the organization. 

He further mentioned that it is crystal clear that the Political System of India wants the BSNL should remain in the Market and sustain.  BSNL is the valuable Organization for the Country. Govt. has faith on the BSNL and its staff that it can provide Services to the Nation, now it is our responsibility to respond and meet the expectations of the Govt. Political leadership of present Govt. of India want the BSNL should rejuvenate and grow. Govt. is with us and if you keep the faith of Govt., the whole Parliament will be with you.   

Seniors are going, they must be given respect. We requested all to treat the BSNL and its remaining employees as a family member and support the organization to meet your expectations through the remaining staff. CMD BSNL mentioned that some activities should be started with immediate effect:-  

1)   Expenditure on power to be reduced and rationalize the equipment and reduce the power consumption.  

2)   Rental expenditure towards the exchanges and establishments

3)   Reduction in number of Circles

4)   Merger of Telecom Factories with Territorial Circles and merger of Project & Mtce., Regions

5)   HR function at Circle level

6)   Planning function at Circle level

7)   Make use of the technology

8)   Empowerment to the staff.

9)   Field activities only at circle level.

10)Suggested to opt for CGHS facility for the better future and guide the staff with an assurance to reimburse the payment of CGHS deposit.

BSNL Management is ready to accept anything which is good for the organisation. Good suggestions will always be heard and accepted.

If we are successful we will teach in IIM and we are creating history.  Nobody reads the story of failure. 

This is the time to deliver and make the BSNL to regain its original pristine glory with your commitment and relentless efforts.   We will empower the people.

After CMD speech, the CHQ, CS and CPs had an interactive session with the CMD BSNL. CMD replied all the doubts/ queries raised by the participants.

CMD thanked one and all. CMD sought support and Co-operation from the employees as well as from the Associations and Unions to make the BSNL to regain its original glory and he assured full support from the Management.

Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) in his address mentioned that BSNL Management is expecting various good suggestions from the discussions held during the meeting. We have to make BSNL a very competitive and comprehensive and requested all the participants to popularize and forward all the motivational words of CMD to the notice of each and every employee so that the Company will turn around to Profit within the very short time.  

Com. Subhasis Mitra, President thanked CMD for the support and guidance and the trust he expressed on its employees and Executives. 

Com. Rajpal Sharma appreciated the CMD for his informative and motivational speech for more than One Hour. He mentioned, it is the great achievement for BSNL Management for getting the ex-gratia payment from the budgetary provision of the Govt. of India. On the Energy saving, he told that today the 14th December is the “Energy Conservation Day” and on the energy saving BSNL has already started the work. Our Rajasthan Circle is going to achieve award on Energy conservation for three buildings in Rajasthan. He thanked the CMD and GM (SR) to accept our invitation and spare from their valuable time despite the busy schedule of the CMD BSNL.     

After detailed discussion & deliberations, there was no positive response from the house to approach the Court of Law to file a case for delinking of Pension from Pay revision of BSNL Employees.

As regards the body of the CHQ/ Circle/ Districts, it was unanimously decided to hold the District EC/Conference by 31.01.2020, The Circle CEC/Conference by 15.02.2020 and hold elections, wherever due/feasible, or through co-option in the Special General Body Meeting/Circle Executive Committee meeting to fill up the vacant posts in the District Body and the Circle Body including the CWC Members. There after the CWC meeting accordingly be held by June - July 2020 and fill up the vacancies of CHQ body by co-opting from the CWC. 

The HP Circle come forward for conducting the next CWC in Himachal Pradesh. Com. Rakesh Dhiman, Circle Secretary of HP Circle has announced in consultation with the Sr. Com. Rakesh Chopra that HP Circle will hold next CWC in Manali, HP.

After detailed  discussions and deliberations, it was decided to face the 2nd Membership Verification of Executives, if held, without merging with any other Association as of now but keep the option open to discuss with other likeminded Associations to face the MVP.

GS replied/clarified various queries raised by the participants.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Com. Saya Gouda, CS Telangana Circle. He thanked one and all for participation in the meeting held in a very crucial juncture and appreciated one and all for the Very good deliberations and suggestions. He thanked the comrades of CHQ at Delhi for the wonderful arrangement and the provision of Delicious food. With the vote of thanks, the meeting concluded at 18.30 hours.  

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17.12.2019:Due to consistent efforts of AIBSNLEA clarification for exemption from Mandatory Training /Online Exam under EPP in respect of VRS optees has been issued by the BSNL Corporate Office.

We extend our sincere thanks to CMD BSNL, Director (HR), PGM (Pers), Sr.GM (Estt) and GM(SR). 

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16.12.2019:Dear Comrades!  We are very proud to share with you all that Com. Mohd. Parwez Khan, DE and Circle Secretary of AIBSNLEA Madhya Pradesh Circle has been conferred with the Prestigious BSNL SANCHAR SEVA PADAK Award-2018. On behalf of AIBSNLEA CHQ and on behalf of all the members of AIBSNLEA, we congratulate Com. Mohd. Parwez Khan for his exemplary and outstanding performance. He made the entire AIBSNLEA Family very proud.

 

12.12.2019: Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board: 

GS, AGS along with OS (South) & CS TN Circle met Director (HR) BSNL Board and discussed regarding:

A) Orders for exemption from Mandatory Online Exam under EPP: We appraised the Director (HR) that the orders regarding exemption from Mandatory Online Exam under EPP for those Executives who have opted for VRS have not been issued so far even after your instructions. Director (HR) assured that the orders will be issued shortly.

B) Request transfer in respect of CAOs and SDEs who have opted for VRS: Director (HR) mentioned that transfer orders in respect of SDEs are being issued. In respect of the VRS Optees in the cadre of CAOs, the cases are under process and transfer orders will be issued shortly.  

C) Proposed Restructuring Plan in BSNL:

(i) Payment of outstanding bills to contractor Labourers: We enquired about the status of the outstanding bills in respect of the contract labourers (Manpower assistance, Housekeeping etc.,). We cautioned that if the Management is planning to hire the outsourcing work through tenders, BSNL has to clear all the outstanding bills in respect of Manpower assistance immediately otherwise no contractors may come forward to participate in the ensuing Tenders for outsourcing. Director (HR) mentioned that the Management is trying to release the payments within this month.

(ii)  We have categorically told that the Restructuring Plan and Manpower Plan should be implemented simultaneously so as to maintain our vast Telecom Network, OFC and Telephone Exchanges without fault free.

(iii)   Post VRS deployment of Executives to the field units should be smooth with barest minimum disturbance and the deployment to the field units should be completed at the earliest (at least before Jan., 2020 first week) so that the newly posted Executives will get some time to familiarise with the System and Network as well as to maintain the Telecom Network fault free.

We cautioned the management that the outsourcing should not become another channel for corruption and draining out the BSNL money. The savings on employee cost should not be drained out through outsourcing to the vendors. JE/JTO may supervise the day to day activities of the Vendors for outsourcing.   

We demanded immediate promotions to all the grades considering the post VRS scenario. Due to large number of Employees opted for VRS, lot of vacuum has been created in many places which is to be filled immediately. Since Executives are already working in higher scales, just by re-designation promotions can be effected.

We reiterated that only regular promotion is to be issued in future, no looking after arrangement should be ordered. By LA arrangement, Management is getting the work done but the Executives are losing their due promotions and service also.

Director (HR) responded positively and mentioned that the Management will look into all these important issues on priority basis.

D) LDCE 2007 SDE Promotion Case of 2001 rect JTOs passed the LDCE: We requested the Management not to oppose the Review Petition filed in the Hon’ble Madras High Court against the reversion from SDE to JTO in respect of LDCE 2007 SDE promotion in which the SDEs have been pleaded their eligibility, as per the clause 12-Note 5 of the SDE RR. Further, we pleaded that the Seniority in the All India Eligibility is to be considered as SDE, since the SDE cadre is the All India Cadre which will make them eligible. Director (HR) assured to look into the matter.

E) EE to SE (Civil) promotion: We expressed our serious concern regarding the non-issuance of EE (Civil) to SE (Civil) promotion in respect of 51 eligible officers even though the CPC has been completed and the file is pending in the Pers branch for the past two months. Director (HR) assured to look into the matter after have a discussion with the PGM (Pers).

Director (HR) is busy with MC Meeting and not having much time to discuss other important issues and he assured to have a separate Agenda meeting with AIBSNLEA with all concerned officers.

11.12.2019:Meeting with PGM (Pers.) BSNL  CO:- 

GS, AGS (Fin) along with OS (South) & CS TN Circle met PGM (Pers) in the presence of DGM (Pers-SM) and DGM (Pers-JM) and discussed the following. At the outset, we extended our sincere thanks for issuing transfer orders to DGM/DE/AOs (who are opted for VRS) as requested by AIBSNLEA with the BSNL Management.

A) Exemption from Mandatory online exam under EPP:- PGM (Pers.) mentioned that exemption from the Mandatory online exam in respect of VRS Optees has been approved by the Competent Authority and necessary orders will be issued shortly.

B) Request transfer in respect of CAOs and SDEs who have opted for VRS: We requested for the early issuance of transfer orders in respect of CAOs and SDEs who have opted for VRS so as to submit their Pension Papers in the Home Circle as agreed by the Director (HR) on 06.12.2019. PGM (Pers.) mentioned that transfer orders in respect of SDEs have already been approved by the Competent Authority and the orders are being issued shortly. In respect of the VRS Optees in the cadre of CAOs, PGM (Pers.) immediately directed DGM (Pers-SM) to put up all such cases for approval of the Competent Authority.

C) Implementation of Rules 206 as per the Hon'ble Supreme Court Judgement - We enquired about the status of the review CPC in respect of DEs as per the judgement delivered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court w.r.t. Rule 206. PGM (Pers) informed that the case was referred to DOT but reply has not been received from DoT; however the review CPCs work is in progress on the basis of the year to year vacancies after 2001 w.r.t. the data collected from the officers promoted from the year 2001 onwards. We expressed our serious concern against the inordinate delay in the implementation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement and requested PGM (Pers) to fix a time line to complete the review CPCs. PGM (Pers) immediately instructed DGM (Pers-SM) to discuss the matter with the committee members and fix a time line for completing the job.

D) Consideration of Request transfer in the cadre of AOs, CAOs: We requested for the early issuance of the transfer orders for those who have completed two years and requested for consideration of transfer on own cost basis. PGM (Pers) instructed DGM (Pers) to process the cases immediately except for Corporate Office. Regarding the request transfers from Corporate Office to other Circles, PGM (Pers) advised to discuss the issue with the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.   

E) Consideration of Request transfer in the cadre of DGM (T) on own cost basis: We requested to consider the long pending request transfer cases of DGMs who have completed more than two years in other Circles. PGM (Pers) advised to discuss the matter with Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.

10.12.2019: Transfer of VRS optee DGMs

BSNL Corporate Office issues transfer orders in respect of VRS optee DGMs

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10.12.2019: Transfer of VRS optee AGMs

BSNL Corporate Office issues transfer orders in respect of VRS optee AGMs

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10.12.2019:GS writes to Shri Anshu Prakash,Secretary (T), Govt. of India regarding Inordinate delay in issuance of Promotion orders from DE to DGM Grade in BSNL and promotions held up due to the developments in the Parliamentary Committee for SC/ST  meeting held on 28.11.2019- reg.

 <<<Click here for letter>

09.12.2019:Dear Comrades!

The accommodation has been arranged at New Delhi from 12.12.2019 evening to 14.12.2019  evening in view of the Central office bearers /Circle Presidents/ Circle Secretaries meeting scheduled to be held on 13.12.2019 and 14.12.2019. In this regard, all the office bearers are requested to contact Com. Dinesh Kumar, Advisor (HQ) CHQ  New Delhi on MobileNo.- 09468155681/  09868155681

Venue of the Meeting :

HOTEL REGENT INTERCONTINENTAL 4/70, W.E.A. Saraswati Marg, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-110005 Phone-011-45011111.

The Venue is 0.75 KM from Karol Bagh Metro Station

06.12.2019: Meeting with CMD BSNL:

Today GS, AGS and FS/CHQ met CMD BSNL along with GS and AGS- SNEA and discussed the following:-

A) Restructuring and Man power planning:- We have apprised the CMD about the discussions had with the Director (HR) and the Restructuring Committee members regarding Restructuring and Man power planning in the post VRS scenario. We have categorically told that Restructuring Plan and Man power Plan should be implemented simultaneously so as to maintain our vast Telecom Network, OFC and Telephone Exchanges.

We demanded immediate promotions to all the grades considering the post VRS scenario. Due to large number of Employees opted for VRS, lot of vacuum has been created in many places which is to be filled immediately. Since Executives are already working in higher scales, just by re-designation, promotions can be effected.

We demanded that only regular promotion is to be issued in future, no looking after arrangement should be ordered . By LA arrangement, Management is getting the work done but the Executives are losing their due promotions and service also.

We further suggested that to manage the situation of Post VRS, apprentices are to be recruited on Consolidated Pay basis. Like wise retired BSNL staff can be utilized on Consolidated Pay basis in the External plants.   In the External plants, Maintenance Regions/ OFC Network sufficient Technical officer/ officials has to be posted immediately before the first week of Jan., 2020 so as to maintain the Telecom Network fault free.   

After detailed discussion, CMD BSNL mentioned that the suggestions submitted by the two Major Associations will be definitely discussed in the Restructuring Committee meeting and considerable points will be included. Further opportunities will also be given to the Associations as well the Unions for submitting their views before finalization of the Restructuring Plan.   

B) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: Regarding DE to DGM (T)  Promotion, CMD mentioned that due to the new hurdle created by SEWA and some Executives through the Parliamentary Committee, promotions could not be issued without their clearance. After 15 days, he will try to convince the Secretary (T) and the Parliamentary Committee Chairman in this regard.

On 29.11.2019, CMD assured us that he will speak to the Secretary (T) after 05.12.2019 but today CMD changed his stand and telling that he will try convince the Secretary(T) and the Parliamentary Committee Chairman  after 15 days. This delay tactics is going on for the last two months. We categorically told the CMD that the file for the CPC conduction was pending with him for 15 days and if it was cleared in time, the promotion orders would have been issued 10 days back. All the CPC works have been completed and VC was ready but approval was not given. So blaming the SEWA and other Executives repeatedly and putting the entire blame on the Executives is not correct. Management is to be blamed, not the Executives. It is clear that Management is intentionally delaying all the promotions till the implementation of the Restructuring Plan.

We came out of the meeting as it is clear that CMD is not at all interested to give any promotion and simply telling excuses one after other. Last few months, he was giving false hope to us in each meeting.

We are afraid that the new CMD is trying to demoralise the remaining staff by denying the legitimate promotions to make the company further sick and create a situation conducive for privatization. The success of BSNL VRS, option of more than 50% of the employees, is in fact the failure of the BSNL management and a clear indication that the Executives lost faith in the present management. Nobody is having any clue how to run the company, in the post VRS.

06.12.2019:  Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director(HR) BSNL Board:

AIBSNLEA and SNEA representatives had a meeting with Director (HR) BSNL Board on 06.12.2019 in the presence of PGM (Pers), GM (Trg), GM (SR) and GM (Restg) regarding Restructuring Plan. On behalf of AIBSNLEA, the GS, AGS and FS/CHQ participated in the discussions. The meeting lasted for three and half hours. All the suggestions given by both the Associations discussed threadbare one after another.

At the outset, we demanded that top level posts also to be reduced proportionately as 50% employees gone on VRS. The numbers of CGM/PGM/GMs are also to be reduced and brought down by 50%. Dependency on Officers on deputation is to be reduced to barest minimum and the work can be executed by the BSNL absorbed Officers itself by promoting them to the higher posts and give the responsibilities.

Merger of Mtce Regions and Projects Circles agreed for consideration and the employees of Project Circles can be gainfully utilised in BSNL Circles as they are utilised mainly for other works like NFS, NOFN etc as of now. Merger of small Circles especially CTD with WB Circle and CHTD with TN Circle etc to reduce the establishment costs agreed to consider. Management proposed merger of NCNGN with BBNW Circles which we opposed as there is no link between the two. Instead, we suggested that NCNGN may be merged with Territorial Circles. Closure of Training Centres especially CTTCs is under consideration for their better utilization for other utilities.

All the three verticals may be merged in the small Circles.

We demanded immediate promotions to all the grades considering the post VRS scenario. Due to large number of Employees opted for VRS, lot of vacuum has been created in many places which is to be filled immediately. Since Executives are already working in higher scales, just by re-designation promotions can be affected.

We reiterated that only regular promotion is to be issued in future, no looking after arrangement should be ordered. By LA arrangement, Management is getting the work done but the Executives are losing their due promotions and service also.

Executives working in higher scales can be promoted just by giving re-designation as all are working in the higher scales and holding the posts on LA. After VRS-2019, lot of vacuum created in many places and to be filled urgently by re-designation. Huge vacuum is there in DE/CAO/EEs and DGMs grades. DE/CAO/EE/SDE/AOs are working in E5/E6 scale can be promoted as DGM/SE/DE/CAO respectively by onetime relaxation in qualifying service as all of them got sufficient experience as DE/CAO/EE with officiating plus regular service. JTO/JAO, SDE/AO and equivalent Grades can be utilized independently, directly reporting to DE/CAO as recommended by the Consultant M/s Deloittee and approved by the BSNL Board.

We demanded downsizing of SSAs based on the assets, Revenue, DELs and Geographical area with full powers to the TDMs and TDEs. Management agreed to our demand for rationalization of posts of GMs and PGMs as per the requirement. Considering the reduction in connections, DGM and AGM level positions are to be increased. 

We have categorically told that Restructuring Plan and Man power Plan should be implemented simultaneously so as to maintain our vast Telecom Network, OFC and Telephone Exchanges.

Post VRS deployment of Executives to the field units should be smooth with barest minimum disturbance and the deployment to the field units should be completed at the earliest (at least before Jan., 2020 first week) so that the newly posted Executives will get some time to familiarise with the System and Network as well as to maintain the Telecom Network fault free.

Administrative Offices should be manned with minimum Executives having sufficient field exposure.

The services of the experts, well experienced and skilled employees going on VRS can be availed on contract basis.

Paperless work to be introduced without further delay by utilising IT tools, CDR, ERP etc. and the office work can be easily outsourced. It is informed that CMD BSNL already given approval for paperless work and introduction of e-office.

Finance/Civil/Elect/Arch/TF wing Executives are to be gainfully utilised by posting them to any post presently manned by Telecom wing Executives  like CSC, Sales & Marketing etc, except core technical areas like NIB, MSC, Transmission systems etc directly under the control of SSA Head, without dual reporting to CE/SE/EE etc.

Regarding Staffing Norms:

1) Recommendation of the Consultant M/s Deloittee for more posts at the level of AGM and DGM by reducing the posts at GM level by down grading the GM level SSAs to TDM level based on the working connections is agreed to consider.

2) Staffing norms for land line sector may be based on i) number of connections, ii) Network/Geographical area and iii) Revenue, we demanded.

3) Separate norms for i) Multi Exchange areas, ii) Medium Exchanges and iii) scattered assets in Rural areas agreed to consider. Agreed for giving weightage for BB, FTTH, Leased circuits etc. in the staffing norms

Director (HR) mentioned that different outsourcing model for CFA, CM, Transmission mtce and EB works etc. can be discussed separately with the concerned Vertical Directors.

We cautioned the management that outsourcing should not become another channel for corruption and draining out BSNL money. The savings on employee cost should not be drained out in outsourcing to the vendors. JE/JTO may supervise the day to day activities of the Vendors for outsourcing.

Next week we will have further discussions on the matter with the Consultant as well as CMD/BSNL.

06.12.2019: News paper coverage of the meeting of AIBSNLEA held with the Hon'ble Minister of State for Finance Shri Anurag Thakur Ji.

English translation of the contents published....

Demand of the delegation met with Central State Minister

Relief from Income Tax for the Amount received on VRS

 

A delegation of All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Executives‘ Association met with the Minister of State for Finance Shri Anurag Thakur in Delhi. They demanded that the amount being received by the employees of BSNL who are under the purview of VRS must be given relief from Income Tax.

 

Association extending its gratitude to the Hon’ble Prime Minister said that a revival package has been approved for BSNL. Government has declared a VRS for the employees of BSNL and MTNL who have attained the age of 50 years. Whoever, who have opted for VRS will be paid a fix amount as a compensation.   

 

Association has said many employees who are above the age of 50 years might have planned their social responsibilities like children education, their marriage, repayment of housing loan etc considering their retirement on superannuation at the age of 60 years. Now, offering of this VRS suddenly will have a larger impact on their earlier planning. This will be very difficult for the employees both mentally as well as financially. Payment of leave encashment at the time of retirement beyond a certain limit is taxable. Therefore, the Association has demanded that whole such amount be paid and the VRS optees in BSNL should be made tax free. They requested Hon’ble Minister of State for the intervention and to initiate necessary action for increasing the present ceiling. General Secretary S. Sivakumar and other office bearers were present at this occasion.  

05.12.2019: Meeting with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), BSNL Board:

GS, FS, Adviser (HQ) met Director (HR) along with GS SNEA and discussed the following. PGM (Pers) and GM (SR) also present in the meeting.

A) DE to DGM (T) Promotion: Director (HR)  informed us that the minutes of the meeting between Parliamentary Committee for SC & ST, DoT and BSNL has been received in which regarding the promotion of 287 eligible SC & ST candidates as DGM(T), it is recorded that for the specific query raised by the Chairman, Secretary (T) replied that the DGM Promotion will be considered after the Restructuring of BSNL.  Actually all the 287 candidates will be covered in the promotion list of around 1000 candidates. In the meeting with CMD BSNL on 29.11.2019,  he assured that he will discuss the matter with Secretary (T) on 5.12.2019  and explain to him that the reservation is not applicable in JAG/DGM promotion and all the eligible DEs are getting covered, thereafter it will be explained to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee before issuing the DGM (T) promotion orders. Director (HR) further advised to discuss the issue with the CMD BSNL.

B) Restructuring of BSNL: We had a point to point discussion on the Restructuring Plan of BSNL on the basis of the suggestions/proposal submitted by AIBSNLEA & SNEA and it will be continued tomorrow (06.12.2019) in the Director (HR) Chamber in which GM (Restg), Sr.GM (Estt), and GM (Trg) also will join in addition to PGM (Pers) and GM (SR)

C) Roll back  of Retirement Age from 60 Years to 58 Years: Director (HR) mentioned that since more number of employees opted for VRS than the Target(78569) and 6000 employees have also been retired during the period there is no need for reduction of retirement age from 60 years to 58 years. BSNL will convince the Secretary (T) in this regard. 

D) Clarification sought on completion of mandatory training/online exam:

Clarification sought on completion of mandatory training/online exam before VRS will be issued in a day or two. There is no need to undergo any training/online exam.

E) Request / tenure Transfers: We requested to issue the request transfers of the VRS optees immediately. Director (HR) assured to look into it and said that the transfer orders for all those who have opted for VRS shall be issued immediately, including the tenure circles for facilitating them to submit the Retirement papers in the parent Circle.   

 

04.12.2019:GS writes to Shri P.K. Purwar CMD BSNL regarding  suggestions w.r.t. initiatives needed to be taken in the light of ongoing VRS process-Post VRS <<<Click here for letter>

04.12.2019:Meeting with Shri Anurag Thakur Ji,  Hon'ble Minister of State for Finance, GOI, New Delhi: Today GS AIBSNLEA, Advisor(HQ), Com. Rakesh Dhiman, CS Himachal Pradesh, Com. Raj Narayanan, ACS CHTD & Com. Rajendar Dhiman, FS HP Circle met Shri Anurag Thakur Ji,  Hon'ble Minister of State for Finance and submitted Memorandum regarding  increase of Income Tax exemption limit of Ex- gratia amount, Leave Encashment & full exemption of ex- gratia from IT considering as Capital Receipts. GS explained in detail to the Hon'ble MoSF. After patient hearing for 10 minutes, Hon'ble MoSF assured to look into our suggestions. A memorandum was also submitted to Hon'ble MoSF during meeting. <<<Click here for  Memorandum >>>

The meeting was arranged by Com.Rakesh Dhiman, CS Himachal Pradesh & Com.Raj Narayanan, ACS, Chennai TD.

 

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03.12.2019:Dear Comrades !

Some disgruntled elements circulated fake news in the Social Media that GS AIBSNLEA & GS SNEA opted for VRS. This unwanted elements never bothered about BSNL and its Revival.

I have decided not to opt for VRS and continue to work for the Revival of BSNL in a possible manner.

GS SNEA also not opted for VRS.

As a GS of AIBSNLEA , I am very much confident that BSNL will regain its original pristine glory in the days to come and I assure you that AIBSNLEA always works for safe guarding  the interests of Executives of BSNLS.SIVAKUMAR,  GS, AIBSNLEA

02.12.2019: AUAB serves upon a notice of Lunch Hour Demonstration on 04.12.2019 at BSNL CO, Circle and SSA HQs:

The BSNL Management has assured during the meeting with the AUAB leaders on 18.11.2019 that the Salary for the month of Oct’ 2019 would be paid on 28.11.2019, but it did not happen and now the Salary for the month of Nov’ 2019 is also become due. In addition to that there is a fear and panic among the BSNL employees that the ITS Officers working in BSNL on deemed deputation basis will get their salary early on the pretext of Hon’ble High Court Delhi Orders.

In view of the above, AUAB has served upon a notice to the Secretary (T), DoT and CMD BSNL, regarding the lunch hour demonstration on 04.12.2019 at BSNL Corporate Office, Circle Offices and SSA HQs level with the following Charter of Demands:

 

1.Immediate disbursement of salary for the months of October and November, 2019 by the BSNL/ DOT.

2.  No discrimination in respect of disbursement of salary, between the BSNL employees and the ITS officers on deputation.

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All the CHQ Office Bearers, Advisors, Circle Secretaries/Circle Presidents, CWC Members, Distt. Secretary/Distt. Presidents and all the activists are requested to coordinate with the other constituents Unions/ Association leaders and make the programme a grand success. 

02.12.2019: Dear Comrades!

AIBSNLEA strongly oppose any discrimination in disbursement of Salary between BSNL employees and the ITS Officers on Deputation to BSNL.

It is 5th  time in this year that BSNL Management has not disbursed the salary in time to its employees. Moreover, it is learnt that Hon’ble High Court, Delhi has given a direction to BSNL/DoT to pay the Salary of the ITS officers on deemed deputation to BSNL by 05th of December, 2019. It creates fear and panic among the BSNL employees that the ITS Officers on deemed deputation to BSNL only will get the salary before the BSNL employees.

Hence it is requested that DoT may devise suitable methodology and instruct BSNL so that, BSNL employees may get their Salary for the months of October and November 2019 immediately and further in timely manner and remittance all the recoveries already recovered from the Salary of the employees to the concerned Organizations.

In this regard, GS has written a letter to Secretary (T) and CMD BSNL

<<< Click here for GS letter >>>

02.12.2019: GS writes to

(a)Shri Pramod Chandra Mody,Chairman, CBDT, Govt. of India North Block  regarding Suggestions regarding increase of the Monetary Limit under Section 10(10C) & 10 (AA) of Income Tax Act.

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(b)Shri Anurag Thakur Ji,Honorable Minister of State for FinanceGovt. of India14, Janpath regarding increase of  the Monetary Limit under Section 10(10C) and 10 (AA) of Income Tax Act

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02.12.2019: GS writes to The PGM(Pers.) BSNL CO regarding

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

(b)Representation from Shri H.D. Kulkarni, SDE HR No. 199004822 ITPC Pune regarding Promotion in the cadre of  SDE to AGM (Left out cases)

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

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

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

<<< Click here for  letter >>>

29.11.2019: Congratulations to all the retiring Comrades!

CHQ extends Best Wishes to all the comrades who are going to retire on 30.11.2019 on Superannuation, for a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Contended and peaceful life after retirement. Veteran  Leader & CHQ Adviser (West) Com. C.M. Sastey and Our Former Circle Secretary, West Bengal Circle Com. Anirudha Basu is also going to retire on  attaining the age of Superannuation on 30.11.2019. 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 AIBSNLEA as well as BSNL. CHQ congratulates you on your Superannuation on 30.11.2019.                  

29.11.2019: Meeting with CMD BSNL, Director (HR) and PGM (Pers.) were also present:

Today GS and AGS (Fin) met CMD BSNL along with GS SNEA and discussed the following:-

A) DE to DGM (T) promotion: The DPC work was initiated yesterday itself but the file approval was not received from CMD for formal DPC. So we met CMD in the morning itself. As per the assurance given to us, the promotion orders are expected by today evening to facilitate the DEs to join as DGM before their retirement on 30.11.2019.

CMD informed a fresh development in the yesterday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Committee in which Law Secretary, Telecom Secretary, CMD and Member (Services) were called by the Parliamentary Committee. The agenda was not properly following the roaster point in reservation in AO to CAO promotion. To our surprise, an unstructured query of the Chairman regarding DE to DGM promotion was raised for which Secretary (Telecom) replied that the DGM promotion will be considered only after the restructuring of BSNL and it is recorded. According to CMD, the reply was given by the Secretary (T) without consulting BSNL.

It is learnt that some SC/ST members approached the Parliamentary Committee complaining about the non issuance of DGM (T) promotion orders but in fact it has stopped the promotion for all, for the time being. CMD assured that he will discuss the matter with Secretary (T) next week and explain to him that the reservation is not applicable in JAG/DGM promotion and all the eligible DEs are getting covered, thereafter it will be explained to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee before issuing the DGM (T) promotion orders.

Meanwhile, we are also trying to meet Secretary (T) and Chairman Parliamentary Committee to explain the facts and getting the promotion orders issued early.

B) Restructuring of BSNL: We had brief discussion on the matter and demanded that being the major Stake Holders of the Company, the matter should be discussed with the Associations and Unions. The well experienced BSNL Executives are to be utilised at DE and DGM equivalent level and dependency on officers on deputation should be minimum. CMD agreed to our suggestions and posting will be arranged as per the DELs as well as Revenue. There is no justification for GMs below 20,000 to 30,000 DELs, CMD informed us. The Committee report also will be shared with us so that we can place our suggestions/views on the matter. He also mentioned that the Management will arrange a meeting with the Consultant M/s Deolittee, engaged by BSNL for restructuring. CMD assured that a detailed discussion with the Associations will be arranged after 06.12.2019. 

C) Salary disbursement for October 2019: CMD informed that the salary for the month of October 2019 could not be disbursed today as planned earlier due to some urgent repayment of Bank Interest (Rs 200 Cr) and about 250 Cr shortage is there today. It may take another 4-5 working days to collect the amount for making the salary disbursement.

D) AO to CAO Promotion: We requested for consideration of allowing about 70 AOs, who have already been promoted as CAO but could not join due to transfer to other Circle and subsequent ‘Status Quo’ case at Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh. We requested CMD BSNL for consideration of allowing to AOs promoted as CAOs to join ‘as is where is’ basis before relieving them on VRS on 31.01.2020. CMD BSNL positively responded and assured that BSNL will file an urgent MA in Hon’ble CAT/ High Court Chandigarh to get the stay vacated.

E) Requirement of Mandatory Training under EPP: We have requested CMD BSNL to issue clarification for giving exemption from the Mandatory Training/Exam in respect of VRS Optees as assured by him in the meeting with AIBSNLEA held on 19.11.2019 and as per our letter dated 13.11.2019. Director (HR) mentioned that the instructions contained in the BSNL CO letter dated 23.01.2013 is applicable to those who are go on VR as per the existing rules but not applicable to those who are going on VRS-2019 scheme. Hence, Management is of the opinion that there is no need to go for training/exam for those who are going on VRS on 31.01.2020 and not completed the required 2 years time. However, we pleaded that most of the CCAs are raising objections for the withdrawal of increments for not fulfilling the instructions of EPP regarding the training/exam and requested CMD to issue necessary clarification in this regard to avoid any financial loss to VRS optees

               <<<Click here for GS letter dated 13.11.2019>>>

27.11.2019: GS, Chairman and President attended the 6th Circle Conference of the AIBSNLEA West Bengal Circle.

The 6th Circle Conference of AIBSNLEA, West Bengal Circle was held at Digha from  23rd  to 24th November 2019. A grand Open Session was conducted on 24th November 2019. Circle President Com. Shri Kalyan Halder presided over the Open Session and welcomed all the dignitaries present in the meeting.   

The Open Session was graced by Shri Ramakant Sharma, C.G.M., West  Bengal Circle  as Chief Guest.

Other Guests of Honour from Management and Association Side:

1.Shri M.C,Pramanik, G.M.(Marketing), W.B Circle.

2. Smt. Mira Mardi, G.M., Kharagpur SSA,

3. Shri Prahlad Rai, Chairman, AIBSNLEA CHQ

4.Shri Subhasish Mitra, President, CHQ

5. Shri S. Siva Kumar, G.S., CHQ,

6.Shri Subinay Chakraborty ,OS ( East) ,CHQ,

7.Shri Tridib Chakraborty, Advisor(East),CHQ,

8.Shri Biswajit Chakraborty, Advisor, CHQ,

9.Shri Prasun Mukhopadhyay, OS ( East) ,AIRBSNEWA

10.Shri Bijoy Krishna Bhattacharya, Chief Advisor, WB Circle

11.Shri Vikash Kumar, Jaiswal, ACS, SNATTA, WB Circle

 

In the Key Note Address placed by the Shri Aniruddha Basu, CS stated in detail about the achievements of AIBSNLEA after the  formation of BSNL and the fighting activity of the Association/AUAB, as a result of that arleast BSNL employees are getting their salary, He stated that due to ongoing VRS process, huge number of staff will be reduced and BSNL Management will be compelled to implement the contractual maintenance of network at competitive rate, as a result of which employment in Telecom Industry of India will be decreased drastically and well trained youth of India will be compelled to work under maintenance contractors at abnormal low rate, which may be called as “Black Period of Telecom Arena of  India” from trade union point of view.  On the other hand remaining employees of BSNL mostly of the age group of below 50 years will face tremendous pressure from the management to perform their allotted job smoothly. He expressed his hope that newly elected Circle Body as well as AIBSNLEA  CHQ  will take appropriate steps to protect the interest of remaining BSNL employees in the post VRS scenario. He requested to the CGMT to intervene into the burning issues of the Circle viz. Raiganj labour issue and shifting/vacation of GM, Kharagapur office.

  

Shri Ramakant Sharma, C.G.M., W.B Circle, in his speech conveyed his thanks to the BSNL Executives of WB Circle for the proactive action taking by them for maintenance of the network by spending their personal money even  though they are not getting required fund for maintenance for prolonged period and not getting their salary in time. He expressed his hope that in the post VRS scenario, remaining employees of BSNL will stand firmly and perform their work more actively to fight the future battle for existence of BSNL.

 

Shri Prahlad Rai, Chairman,  in his speech stated that BSNL is performing as a PSU despite of various steps drastic taken by DOT to weaken the BSNL during the past years. With the proposal of implementation of the VRS, DOT/Government is trying to disinvest the BSNL as being done in respect of other profit making PSUs .There are many questions in the minds of the employees regarding pension/pension revision etc., in the post VRS period. But no clear reply has been received from DOT till date clarifying the above points. He stated that AIRBSNLEWA is going to file Court Case for the implementation of Pension Revision for BSNL retirees.

 

Shri Subhasish Mitra, President, CHQ stressed on the unity of all BSNL employees to fight against the evil force in this crucial juncture and hope BSNL will regain its previous glory.

 

Shri S. Siva Kumar, GS, in his speech stated that as per decision of the Government of India, VRS process is going on and the process to be completed by 31st January 2020. But what will be the Road Map to maintain our  hung Telecom Network in the post VRS scenario from 1st February 2020 is not discussed with the Stake Holders by the Management. AIBSNLEA is always in forefront in all the calls given by AUAB . Though decision has been taken by the Government for allotment of 4G Spectrum, BSNL Management is not in a position to launch 4G due to financial constraints and some other technical reasons and Tender conditions. He further mentioned that 4G is likely to be launched in March 2019 .

He told 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 among 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. However, CMD, BSNL  assured that Management is trying for Bank Loan and all the 6 months outstanding deductions will be paid to those who are retiring on VRS and they will be relieved from BSNL after VRS  in a  Honourable manner.

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 Employees 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.  After the Trade Union call given by AUAB , Management called AUAB Leaders for discussion on 18.11.2019  and meeting had been fixed with  AUAB Leaders  on 26.11.2019 for discussions regarding Road Map for Man Power Planning, restructuring etc.

He assured that AIBSNLEA will always safe guard the interest of the Executives and requested one and all to uphold the banner of BSNL and AIBSNLEA so high.

 

Shri M.C.Pramanik, G.M.(Marketing), WB Circle in his speech stated that though BSNL is passing through tremendous financial crisis, revenue from EB segment of  the Circle  has been increased remarkably and there is ample scope to increase our market share further in EB segment. He stated further that our Franchises are very important to us from sales point of view, so special attention may be given to maintain good relation with them.

         

Smt. Mira Mardi, G.M., Kharagpur SSA  extended thanks to the Executives of Kharagpur SSA for the active part taken by them for the  maintenance of Network of the SSA despite of acute financial crisis.  She pointed out few problems of Kharragpur SSA and requested  CGMT to look into the matter.

 

Shri Prosun Mukhopadhyay, O.S.(East), AIRBSNLEWA   appreciated the CS,  WB Circle for the Key Note Address delivered by him mentioning the chaotic situation of Telecom Industry in India.  He also expressed his resentment on the activities of Government as well as D.O.T. towards BSNL as a result of which BSNL is passing through the turmoil.

  

Shri Vikash Kumar Jaiswal, ACS, SNATTA, WB Circle explained in detail about the problems being faced by their members to run the network smoothly. He also stated that SNATTA, WB Circle will work jointly with AIBSNLEA, WB Circle to overcome any untoward situation which may arise in post VRS period.

 

Shri Bijoy Krishna Bhattacharya, Chief Advisor, WB Circle stated that after joining of Shri Ramakant Sharma as C.G.M., West Bengal Circle, performance of the Circle has been improved and he conveyed his thanks to Shri Sharma for his praiseworthy activity. He further stated that HR functioning of the Circle is not up to the mark, special attention in this regard required from Circle Administration. He also expressed his worry about functioning of BSNL in post VRS scenario due to shortage of fund as well as shortage of departmental staff.                          

Shri  Susanta Das, Branch Secretary, Kharagpur SSA and host branch of the Circle Conference extended vote of thanks.

Open Session was conducted  in an excellent manner  by Shri Kalyan Halder, CP.   

Com. Biswajit Sarkar, A.O,  Com. Amit Mukherjee, J .T.O(HR),  and Com. Soumen Polley, J.A.O.(Taxation), have been unanimously elected as

Circle President, Circle Secretary and Finance Secretary respectively.

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27.11.2019: Director (HR) had a meeting with AUAB Leaders on 26.11.2019 to discuss about the Road Map on Post VRS Scenario – regarding BSNL Restructuring, Man Power Planning & Best Utilization of available Human Resources. The meeting lasted for one hour but inconclusive. Meeting will continue today 27.11.2019 also.

27.11.2019: Com. S.Sivakumar, GS & Com. Prahlad Rai, Chairman attended and addressed the CEC Meeting of AIBSNLEA/Calcutta TD held on 22.11.2019.

CEC Meeting of AIBSNLEA/CTD was held at Association Office on 22.11.2019. CP Com.Tridip Chakraborty presided over the meeting CS Com.Subhasis Mitra, in his welcome address mentioned that  we have the honour to have our GS Com.S.Sivakumar & Chairman Com.Prahlad Rai to take part in the meeting. Com. Prasun Kumar Mukhopadhyay Chief Advisor was also present.  Com.Sitangshu Sarkar, CS/AIRBSNLEWA / WBTC addressed the CEC members & appraised them about the activities of their organization for the benefits of its members elaborately. He distributed calendars for 2020 & their journal which contains rich information about CGHS facility. He also invited the house along with our GS at their Bijoya Sammelan at CTO Hall in the evening.

 

At the outset all the National leaders were felicitated with flower bouquets. CEC specially congratulated  Com.Subhasis Mitra CS/CTD for elected  as CHQ President  & our Com.Tridip Chakraborty CP/CTD for elected  as Advisor(E) /CHQ in the 6th AIC of AIBSNLEA held at Vijayawada during July’19.

 

Com Prasun Kumar Mukhopadhyay in his deliberation requested all the retiring members either through VRS or superannuation to take membership of AIRBSNLEWA,

because it is the only organization fighting for the betterment of retired executives & our Chairman when he was GS AIBSNLEA as mentor helped to establish this organization and now he has taken the charge of GS/AIRBSNLEWA. He also requested AIBSNLEA to be a party of court case reg. delinking of pension which may be filed shortly.

 

Com Prahlad Rai, Chairman in his deliberation appraised the house about the situation prevailing in BSNL with the advent of VRS 2019. He added that actually DoT /BSNL CO /GOI is not at all thinking about revival of BSNL. There is no roadmap for future manning & roll out of 4G service. He also mentioned that lowering of superannuation age from 60 to 58 cannot be ruled out. The effect of 3rd PRC may/may not be available to the VRS optees, there is no clear picture.

 

Our dynamic GS Com S.Sivakumar, in his valuable speech enriched the house. He explained about the present BSNL financial status, 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 further explained about the key role played by AIBSNLEA to achieving our demands. He told BSNL is the only PSU to get pension on combined services under Rule 37A. Although VRS is purely voluntary, maximum of eligible executives are opting this out of fear psychosis. They are not getting their salary in time & also being harassed by JCLs who are not getting their wages for 8 to 9 months. He cleared the doubts about the VRS 2019. Regarding roll out of 58 years he assured that it may not come, if BSNL tries to impose it AIBSNLEA will fight tooth & nail and may resort to file petition in the Hon’ble Court of Law as per the decision of 6th AIC. 4G roll out will have to be implemented on priority basis, 30% SAB for the DR/BR is also in the priority of AIBSNLEA.

 

He further mentioned that only because of AIBSNLEA , AIGETOA succeeded to get 6% SAB but later they deserted us & made pact with SNEA and it was come down to 5%. As per the suggestion given by of our CHQ President, we have pursued with the Management and the DoT agreed to issue provisional pension to the VRS optees on the basis of Last Pay drawn for one year within which it will be regularized. In respect of request transfer to Home town by VRS optees he has mentioned that we have already written a letter to CMD in this regard and the Management has agreed to process the cases on receiving personal requests. EPP Mandatory training (Exam) will be exempted for the VRS optees, and the order in this regard is being issued. Only GS, AIBSNLEA requested for 100% neutralization of IDA from 1-1-2017 during the meeting with Hon’ble MOC Shri.Ravi Shankar Prasadji on 04.11.2019, afterwards AUAB supported that. He further mentioned that if it is approved, all the Retirees may get enhanced commutation value of pension. Restructuring and man power planning committee has been constituted to tackle the post VRS scenario. Management called AUAB Leaders for discussion on 26.11.2019 regarding road Map for Man Power Planning, Restructuring of BSNL and best utilization of Human resources.

He told that  DE to DGM Promotion orders are likely to  be issued by next week. Due to stay at Hon’ble Chandigarh CAT, AO to CAO promotion is getting delayed he further added. GS reiterated that AIBSNLEA will continue to fight for the rights & benefits of the members, not to worry about it & he requested not to opt for VRS out of fear psychosis.

The meeting ended with the vote of thanks.

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26.11.2019: GS writes to The Director (HR) BSNL Board 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 TDM/DGM (T) .<<<Click here for letter >>>

23.11.2019: Open letter by Director (HR), BSNL Board on VRS:

Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), BSNL Board clarifies DoT/BSNL stand on some of the doubts raised by AIBSNLEA and others on the issue  of present ongoing VRS in BSNL

<<<Click here for the  letter from Director (HR)>>> <<<Click here for the letter from AIBSNLEA>>>

22.11.2019: BSNL Corporate Office issues reply to FAQ-Part 2:

BSNL Corporate Office issues replies to the second set of the frequently asked questions on BSNL VRS-2019. This is in continuation to earlier clarification dated 07.11.2019 <<<Click here for the  letter>>>

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  required 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.     

<<<<Click here for glimpses 1>>> <<<<Click here for glimpses 2>>> <<<<Click here for glimpses 3>>>                  

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”.

 <<<Click here for letter>>>

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).

<<<Click here for the Statement of Hon'ble Minister in Press Conference>>>

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.

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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 year