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01-09-2016


Editorial

Decisive struggle is inevitable to defeat counterproductive moves of bureaucracy in DOT to destabilize BSNL by creating industrial unrest at critical stage of revival. Struggle to conclusively address critical issues, having reached a very crucial stage of resolution, a) Standard pay scales of E2 and E3, b) Superannuation benefits and c) CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. Depth of commitment and involvement in the struggle will decide how fast and in which way we reach our destination. 

Rejection of the proposal to extend standard pay scales of E2, E3, --- E7 by DoT, citing huge financial implications, prompted and paved the way for United Forum of BSNL Executives Associations, comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA, to launch imminent organizational actions. This decision of the DoT brings to surface and exposes the ulterior designs that bureaucracy, particularly DoT Finance, had been nurturing for the last couple of years regarding demotion of strategic cadres of JTO and SDE. However for CAT to come out of the bag also a struggle was required, thus clearly setting the stage for a very crucial, prolonged and head-on struggle to defeat diabolical thinking of thick skinned bureaucracy. And we all know what it takes to permeate the thick skin of bureaucracy.  

Let us understand very grave implications of this retrograde decision- it clearly jeopardizes   our justified demand of getting standard pay scales corresponding to existing scales of E2 to E7 from the 3rd PRC. This retrograde thinking of bureaucracy is clearly evident from its decision to refer the proposal to DPE, simply to preempt our move to plead before 3rd PRC our legitimate demand of getting scales equivalent to existing standard scales of E2 to E7.

For a moment, bureaucracy did not just bother to weigh the incredible recognition that the cadre of JTO earned from National productivity council, IIM Bangalore and 5th CPC. Two incredibly monstrous jumps that the cadre got- one, in 1987 when the Union Cabinet decided to upgrade its pay scale to 1640-2900, and the other one, when 5th CPC, conferred yet another unprecedented distinction on it by upgrading it from Group C to Group B Gazetted along with 6500-10500 scale. This devilish thinking of dumping the cadres of JTO/SDE has to be buried deep down to a level from where it just cannot rise again. And let us understand that getting standard scales of E2 and E3, places us on solid track of getting further elevation E4 to E7 from 3rd PRC and that too no one can stop us from getting. Resolute and deep rooted conviction will inevitably take us to our defined destination.      

Striving to accomplish social security in terms of Superannuation benefits for our Comrades remains yet another formidable challenge for us and this social security has to be accomplished in absolute terms in the long term. Immediately, we have to move towards bridging the huge gap that exists as of now between what we are eligible for and what we are getting. DoT has just no business to obstruct bridging this gap and this struggle has to convey this fact in clear terms to DoT.   

We have been working tirelessly over last couple of years to replace our existing obsolete functional career growth mechanism by a robust and viable one. While this mechanism entails delinking functional promotion from seniority and availability of posts, our immediate formidable challenge is to ensure time bound functional promotion up to AGM level. We will have to strain our nerves to reach, in the first instance, up to AGM level so that senior Comrades get immediate relief whereas younger generation also simultaneously moves up. In this process, number of connected issues, some of them quite complex, are to be sorted out. Last few months we are working tirelessly to see that our suggestions on a) immediate promotion, b) relaxation in the qualifying service, c) change of designations, d) uniform date of promotion and date of increment, e) decentralization of DPCs etc are accepted by the management. The draft proposal addresses most of our concerns and the biggest breakthrough is the proposal for immediate promotion because it gives promotion to thousands and thousands of JTOs as SDEs and SDEs as Sr SDEs/DEs.

Finally coming together of Executives on a common platform, to unleash what is surely going to yet another historical struggle in itself is a huge breakthrough. This struggle will generate fire and shake perverse thinking, thick skinned and vested interest in DoT which is hell bent upon derailing the revival mode that BSNL has entered into after strenuous efforts. This struggle is therefore going to expose and defeat larger and well planned conspiracy of bureaucracy, having no stake or interest in a robust BSNL, to destabilize BSNL.

31-08-2016


Initial response of UF comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  to the draft proposal on CPSU Cadre Hierarchy. If the proposal is implemented all the SDEs completed 10 years of service will be promoted as AGM and all efforts are made to ensure that all the SDEs in list no 6 & 7 are promoted together in a single lot ending all the disputes.

31-08-2016


CAO to DGM(F) promotion: DPC almost completed. Since one of the DPC member is on leave, promotion orders are expected after few days.

31-08-2016


CHQ extends best wishes for all comrades who retire today on superannuation, for a happy and peaceful retired life. Comrade you are starting a new journey and exceptional chapter of your life. May your days be filled with elation and triumph. We thank you for your dedication & congratulate you on your retirement.

31-08-2016


View Corporate Office orders:

SDE Tenure transfer reg.
Reservation Rosters in the grade of  CAO / Sr AO / AO reg. 
CAO Regular - Roster as on 01-01-2015 reg.
AO Roster as on 01-01-2015 reg.
Summary of AO Roster as on 01-01-2015 reg.

31-08-2016


31-08-2016


Solidarity and support to the General Strike on 02.09.2016 by the Central Trade Unions.

Central Trade Unions decided for one day strike on 02.09.2016 with various demands including No disinvestment of CPSEs, minimum wages, strict enforcement of labour laws and no amendment to labour laws, no merger of banks etc. All the issues are so serious and having direct impact on BSNL when Govt very seriously thinking about strategic sale.

SNEA decided to extend solidarity and support to the strike by joining the demonstration or holding separate demonstrations wherever possible.

30-08-2016


Superannuation benefits to BSNL Direct Recruits:
In continuation of our agenda meeting with Secretary DOT on 19-08-2016, GS, CHQ President and Chairman met senior officers of DOT today to further pursue the proposal on Superannuation benefits . In the meeting held on 19-08-2016, Secretary DOT assured us that the proposal will be approved soon. Member Finance, Telecom Commission now cleared the proposal, crossing the major hurdle. The orders are expected in a couple of days.

Replacement of E1A & E2A pay scales with standard pay scales of E2 & E3: 
Today GS, CHQ President and Chairman met the concerned officers in DOT and given further input to the issue. They assured that the inputs will be incorporated in the proposal.

United Forum comprising of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA is on agitation to settle the issues.


30-08-2016


View Corporate Office orders:

30-08-2016


GS writes to Director(HR): Pay fixation on officiating promotion as per the provisions of EPP order dated 18.01.2007 and protection/retention of pay when officiating promotion is followed by regular promotion as per various provisions of FRSR- Withdrawal of wrong clarifications issued on 30.05.2007 and 19.02.2010 as per the decisions arrived in the meeting held on 11.05.2016 and 17.05.2016.

GS writes to Director(HR): Pay fixation on officiating promotion as per the provisions of EPP order dated 18.01.2007 and protection/retention of pay when officiating promotion is followed by regular promotion as per various provisions of FRSR- Hon CAT Madras judgment in OA 310/00440/2014 dated 12.07.2016 fully endorses the stand of the Association in this matter

GS writes to CMD BSNL regarding Guidelines for considering requests of BSNL employees for deputation to outside organizations – Personnel Branch letter dated 21.07.2016.

GS letter to DIR(HR) on Offtg pay protectionGS letter to DIR(HR) on Hon CAT judgment on Offtg pay protection GS letter to CMD, BSNL on deputation policy

30-08-2016


View Corporate Office Orders:
Qualification for LICE for promotion to JTO T as per schedule column - 7 of JTO RR 2014 - Instructions 
Post based Roster in the grade of EE Civil as on 31-03-2016 reg
Providing substitutes for Tenure stations under Non territorial Circles reg.
Transfer and posting in the grade of SDE Civil reg.

30-08-2016


View Media Reports:

30-08-2016


Membership Verification:
The voters list (electoral roll) may be scrutinized thoroughly. All the executives (in service after 31.10.2016) working in non recruiting units like Mtce regions, project Circles, ITPC, TFs, Telecom Store, BBNW, NCNGN, Trg Centres, QA, INSP, TERM cell, Civil, Elect, Arch also should be included in the SSA wise list. If there is any problem with any Circles, it may be brought to the notice of CHQ.
CSs and SSA Secretaries may ensure that maximum polling booths are arranged in each SSAs so that all the Executives can poll the votes without  travelling much. If number of polling booths are less, it will affect the percentage of polling. Executives working in far off places may not participate. Insist for division wise polling booths.

30-08-2016


Final result of LICE to JTO(E) will be published in a day or two.

30-08-2016


UF leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA met yesterday at BSNLCO and held discussions on the ongoing agitation programmes. Preparations to be made to make the Dharna on 06th and 07th Sept a grand success with 100% participation on both days.

UF leaders discussed the response to the draft CPSU proposal and will be submitting to the management within a day or two.

30-08-2016


JTO to SDE promotion case: For completing the arguments next time, Hon Kerala High Court reserved two days for the arguments, 22.09.2016 and 23.09.2016. Yesterday arguments made for about 4 hours.

29-08-2016


View Media Reports:

29-08-2016


Rule 8 cases of JTOs:

After continuous persuasion by our CSs, Rule 8 cases materialised in various Circles.

a)   After struggle by the comrades of KTK Circle, 68 Rule 8 cases settled.

b)   In MH Circle, in first phase 51 JTOs cases and in the second phase 41 JTOs cases settled.

c)   In Odisha Circle, 28 cases are under process. On 16.08.2016, GS, CHQ President and Chairman met CGM/OD and discussed about the release of JTOs on Rule 8.

Other CSs also to pursue to get maximum Rule 8 cases cleared. JTOs will be joining in all the Circles through LICE.

29-08-2016


JTO to SDE case at Hon High Court of Ernakulam:

The arguments from applicants side almost completed. This was the only case taken for hearing since today morning. The case posted for further hearing on 22.09.2016 after Court vacation for Onam holidays. The arguments from respondents (BSNL and SNEA side) will be on 22.09.2016.

29-08-2016


JTO to SDE promotion case: Today  arguments  started in Hon. High Court of Kerala.