Meeting with Shri N. Sivasailam, Addl Secretary, DoT on 28.07.2016: GS, CHQ President and Chairman met Addl Secretary, DoT and held discussions on the following issues:
a) Approval of E2, E3, -- pay scales replacing non standard pay scales of E1A and E2A: As suggested by CMD in the meeting on 21.07.2016, Assn explained the background of the issue once again to Addl Sec. E1A and E2A pay scales are not approved by DoT being non standard pay scales. The presidential orders for these two scales not issued by DoT, which is part of 2nd PRC. Addl Sec again started with E1 and E2 replacing E1A and E2A and proposing measures to protest the pay or extending pay equivalent to E1A by any means. By sending the proposal of E2, E3, -- E7 by BSNL, the little scope for considering E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 also reduced, Addl Sec told us. Addl Sec is of the view that it has to be referred to DPE even without recommendation as there is no justification for E4 to E7 or it can be examined at the time of 3rd PRC. Assn explained that E1A and E2A are rejected by DoT and DPE and hence there is no need to send it again to DPE. Reduction of pay scales to E1 and E2 is nothing but demotion which cannot be accepted. Further Assn pointed out that replacement scales for E1A and E2A are part of 2nd PRC and DoT should consider it separately. In that case, according to Addl Sec, BSNL should have taken it separately, not linking with other scales. Finally after lot of discussion, Addl Sec agreed to consider E2 and E3 and replacement of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 will be recommended to DPE with the BSNL proposal.
b) Superannuation benefit to BSNL direct rect employees: The stand of DoT on this issue also not positive even though DoT didn’t have any financial implications. The thinking in DoT is that even this fund is not required. Assn explained to Addl Sec about the DPE orders in this regard and BSNL rects are not covered by any pension schemes other than this. Addl Sec assured settle it positively.
DoT is very negative in settling both the issues, at all levels as expected. Assn is trying its level best to settle the issues through discussion, without industrial unrest. However, the developments are not at all positive. All organizational preparedness is to be maintained to launch any struggle at short notice.
JTO to SDE promotion case at Ernakulam: The Lawyer from Kerala and the concerned SDE is in New Delhi for the last two days to have conference with the Sr Lawyer over all the three cases. It may continue for two more days. The case is listed at Sl No: 62 in the weekly list. Now 2010 year cases are going on as per seniority. After the conference, action to advance the hearing will be taken.
JTO(C) to SDE(C) promotion: Posting orders are expected shortly. Our request for considering the transfers from NE region to Assam and posting to same Circles will be considered favourably. This has been discussed with PGM(BW) earlier and assured to consider at the time of promotion.
View Corporate Office orders:
SDE promotion through LDCE held on 21-06-2015 - Calling volunteers for Inter Circle transfer including hard tenure and other than hard tenure circles reg.
AGM own cost transfer reg .
SDE Civil vacancy position as on 30-06-16 - Calling for details reg.
DoT issues order, rescinding the 60% ceiling on liability of Govt. to pay pension / family pension to BSNL retirees: Dot Issued order modifying the liability of BSNL towards the payment of pensionary benefits to the retired employees.
Forum of BSNL Unions /Assn and SNEA in particular was pursuing the matter in DoT with Secretary, DoT and Member (Fin). Ex Secretary, DoT Shri Rakesh Garg and Member (Fin) Smt Annie Moraes taken lot of initiatives to settle this issue.