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26-05-2017


The next phase of agitation programs of Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rules from 29.05.2017 is postponed to 27.06.2017.

As Management has resorted to repressive methods for suppressing the voice of the Executives for the resolution of genuine HR issues by taking vindictive actions like dies-non, issuing Show Cause Notices and Charge sheet to JF leaders and other coercive methods to restrain our right for protest, Joint Forum has decided to launch strong protest against such vindictive actions by holding two days massive Dharna on 1st and 2nd June 2017. Discussions are held with the non-executive unions also and it is agreed that further agitation program will be held jointly with non-executive unions under the banner of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations to protest against the oppressive actions taken by management.

For the effective implementation of the next phase of agitation programs of Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rules, it is decided to hold a Joint meeting of CSs and CHQ Office bearers of the JF on 17th and 18th June, 2017. Venue will be announced shortly. Before the joint meeting of CS/CHQ office bearers, all Circles should complete the joint Circle Executive Committee meetings. GSs/CHQ office bearers of the Associations will try to attend the CEC meetings as far as possible. The dates of CEC meetings should be intimated to CHQ by Monday. Otherwise the dates will be finalized and announced by CHQ. Similarly joint SSA meetings also to be held before the CS meeting.

All the preparations and strategies are to be worked out for the successful implementation of Work According to Rules from 27.06.2017.

26-05-2017


JF Forum leaders met CMD, BSNL and DIR(HR) and held discussions on the issues and reviewed the developments. 

26-05-2017


PS to MOSC called the JF and BSNL management for discussion on Monday, 29.05.2017 on the BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 pay scales. BSNL will be represented by DIR(HR) and PGM(Estt).

DoT sought some clarifications on 7 to 8 points on BSNL proposal of E2 and E3 dated 01.05.2017 mainly on the following points:

a) Affordability of the proposal as BSNL is making huge losses in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

b) Details of the rect made after 01.01.2007 onwards.

c) Cascading proposal of BSNL. Whether it stands withdrawn or not as per the latest proposal?

d) Impact on existing EPP.

26-05-2017


On the initiative of JF, the petitioners in the court case at Hon EKM HC called to New Delhi to end the deadlock on JTO to SDE promotions in both the quotas. Detailed discussions held with Pers section in the presence of CHQ office bearers of both SNEA and AIGETOA. All the parties agreed to end the deadlock and facilitate issuing promotions to all the available vacancies. Seniority will be decided as per the outcome of court cases.

The progress in receipt of VCs for JTO to SDE promotion from circles is not at all encouraging and circle secretaries are directed to ensure that VC reaches to BSNL CO positively by next weekend.

25-05-2017


Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rule from 29.05.2017:

The agitation programs deferred till 28.05.2017 will restart on 29.05.2017 as there are not much improvement in DoT on the standard pay scale issues. The Officers in DoT is not serious to correct the mistake even though BSNL management has taken a positive stand on E2 and E3 scales.

Similarly for the issues pertaining to BSNL, not much progress has been made except for some movement of files and lining up the action plan on the issues. So we have to resume the agitation programs from where we left with much more vigour and commitment.

Instead of intervening in the matter and resolving the issues, management is busy in taking vindictive actions one by one. Even they want to silence the employees through the intervention of court, charge sheets, dies-non etc etc.

Comrades, through very tough agitation only we can reverse the DoT decision and resolve the burning HR issues. Make all out preparations and gear up for the Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rule from 29.05.2017

25-05-2017


Meeting with Jt Secretary, DPE on 25.05.2017 regarding 3rd PRC: NCOA leaders (President/NCOA, GS/SNEA and President/GS of Indian Oil and SAIL) met Shri Rajesh K Chaudhary, Jt Secretary/DPE and Director/DPE and held discussions on 3rd PRC implementation.

As reported earlier the COS almost accepted the recommendations of 3rd PRC. DPE is in the process of preparing the Cabinet memo and it will be circulated to different ministries in the month of June. DPE is trying to complete the process by June end. After circulation, final cabinet memo will be sent to Union Cabinet for approval.

NCOA discussed the following specific issues with Jt Secretary.

a) Affordability clause for implementation of PRC: Large number of PSUs including the Navartna PSUs like SAIL, BHEL, NTPC etc will be out of the purview of PRC if affordability clause is strictly followed as per 3rd PRC. GS explained the specific position of BSNL which operates in fierce competition and offering services in uneconomical areas. In some PSUs, pay revision for the workmen implemented w.e.f 01.01.2012 and they are getting more pay than the Executives after that. If pay revision is not implemented for Executives now, the anomaly will continue, demoralizing the entire Executives further.  We demanded that depending upon the cases, each CPSU should be allowed to implement pay revision outside the ambit of affordability. Jt Sec suggested that specific issue of CPSU/Ministry can be incorporated by the Ministry while the draft cabinet memo will be circulated to the ministries for their comments.

b) Pension revision for the BSNL/MTNL pensioners: This is a specific case with BSNL and MTNL to be included in the proposal.

After this GS and President/NCOA met Sri S Meenakshi Sundaram, Director and held further discussions on the PO issued by DoT and sought the intervention of DPE. DoT issued the PO again with intermediary pay scales which are rejected by DPE on 09.07.2014. Further DoT lowered the pay scales without the knowledge or recommendation of BSNL Board. Two days back we discussed the issue with Addl Sec/DPE also who assured the intervention.

25-05-2017


GS writes to CMD regarding granting of facilities to some Association in blatant violation of the ground rules finalized by the management for holding of membership verification and in utter contempt of the valued opinion that it received from top law officer of G.O.I – Management bound to lose its credibility in that case....View Copy of the letter.

SNEA urge upon the management to abandon the populist policy of appeasement since such measures only erode the credibility of the management and show it in a very poor light. Such appeasing measures, ignoring and overriding settled rules, only reflect weakness of the management and adversely impedes its strengths. We are quite confident that the management will not undermine its defined ground rules and also the considered opinion of ASG by extending facilities to the support Association in gross contravention of its own ground rules as well as valued opinion that it received from top law officer of the G.O.I. on the issue.  

25-05-2017


GS writes to CMD regarding the Promotions to DGM (T) Cadre strictly following the available seniority lists and by increasing the DGM posts by taking into account the posts of Addl GMs taken the charge of GMs as demanded by this Association.  Extends our  sincere appreciation for the excellent work done by Pers section, giving relief to hundreds of senior Executives. The allegations made by some Associations tarnishing the image of BSNL in the public   domain  may  be thoroughly enquired and strict actions may be taken against those made it, if they could not prove the allegations.... View Copy of the letter.

25-05-2017


GS writes to Smt. Seema Bahuguna, Secretary, Dept of Public Enterprises to direct the Dept of Telecom (DoT) to implement standard pay scales of E2 and E3 replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per 2nd PRC recommendations and DPE guidelines dated 28.11.2008, 02.04.2009 and DPE vide letter W-08/0002/2014-DPE-(WC) dated 09.07.2014. DoT notified intermediary pay scales of 18850-40500 and 22800-46500 w.e.f 01.01.2007, further DoT lowered the pay scales to E1 and E2 for the future without the recommendation of the CPSU, BSNL ..... View Copy of the letter.

24-05-2017


Lunch Hour demonstration today:

Comrades we have to very strongly protest against the vindictive actions initiated by BSNL management against the JF leaders by serving charge sheet to GS/AIGETOA, calling explanations from the JF leaders of GUJ Circle who made peaceful demonstration in front of the Board of Directors. Similar actions may be followed in the case of others also. JF will be solidly with all the comrades and will go to any extent to protect all of them.

By these actions, management is trying to divide us and divert our attention from the core HR issues. We should not fall into this trap and divert our attention from the pending HR issues. We have to continue our agitation with full swing for settlement of HR issues. Side by side we will protest against these repressive measures.

These repressive measures of charge sheets, memos, dies-non etc are to crush the agitation programs and suppress the voices of Executives. Todays demonstration should be our clear message and response to the BSNL management. Our response should be through the massive participation and commitment.

All our agitation programs are to be conducted in a very peaceful manner.

24-05-2017


All CSs / DSs / BSs and activists are requested to conduct Lunch Hour demonstration at  Circle / SSA Head Quarters today on 25-05-2017 under the banner Joint Forum.

24-05-2017


GS writes to Director HR regarding Change of designation of Executives as the first step of implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy.... View Copy of the letter.

24-05-2017


View Corporate Office orders:
Requirement of ACRs / APARs dossiers for promotion to AGM / DE ( T )on regular / adhoc basis reg.

23-05-2017


BSNL launching satellite mobile services through IMARSAT. Hon MOSC will inaugurate the services today. It is fully funded by DoT. CMD informed us that initially the services will be available as emergency service on disaster, for remote areas, ships etc. Discussions are going on with Airlines for starting mobile internet services in the flights.

23-05-2017


Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL on 22.05.2017.

JF leaders met CMD, BSNL and made strong protest against the various disciplinary actions initiated against JF leaders and wage cuts initiated by management and warned that this will only spoil the cordial relations between the management and the employees and provoke the Executives who are already agitated. Management is adding fuel into the fire by such actions. Instead of disciplinary actions, management should try to stop the agitation by addressing the issues. Every employee is having the right to protest and management is trying to impose ban on such rights through court interventions also. We will take all steps to protect the interest of the employees and their rights. It is the primary responsibility of the management to maintain cordial relation between the employees and the management for the growth of BSNL.    

JF leaders further discussed about the BSNL proposal for reviewing the PO issued by DoT and approving E2 and E3 pay scales alone as proposed by BSNL.

CMD informed that he had discussed the matter again with PS to Hon MOSC as MOSC is the final authority to decide the matter. MOSC office is more or less convinced on the matter and PS to MOSC will call the JF for the meeting shortly and DIR(HR) will be directed to coordinate for the meeting. CMD briefed the matter to new Secretary, DoT Smt Aruna Sundararajan (additional charge) also. Initially as usual, Secretary was reluctant to intervene in the matter till regular incumbent joins. However CMD appraised the urgency in the matter and sought her intervention to resolve the issue immediately.  

23-05-2017


Meeting with Shri Madhukar Gupta, Addl Secretary/DPE on 3rd PRC implementation. NCOA leaders met Adtl Sec/DPE and held discussions. AS/DPE informed that in the last meeting of the Secretaries chaired by the Cabinet Secretary on 12.05.2017, 3rd PRC recommendations almost accepted.

During discussions, GS/SNEA brought the notice of AS/DPE about the recent PO issued by DoT in which intermediary pay scales are approved by DoT and lowered the pay scales to E1 and E2 for the future rects. These intermediary pay scales approved by DoT now are rejected by DPE on 09.07.2014. Further there is no recommendation from BSNL Board to lower the pay scales to E1 and E2. We sought the urgent intervention of DPE. As desired by the AS, we had given a letter also in this regard.

22-05-2017


Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work According to Rule from 29.05.2017.
The agitation programs deferred till 28.05.2017 will restart on 29.05.2017 as there are not much improvement in DoT on the standard pay scale issues. The DO letter from CMD/BSNL is just processed but still pending with Jt Sec(A)/DoT for more than one week. Officers in DoT is not serious to correct the mistake even though BSNL management has taken a positive stand on E2 and E3 scales.  

Similarly for the issues pertaining to BSNL, not much progress has been made except for some movement of files and lining up the action plan on the issues. So we have to resume the agitation programs from where we left.

Unfortunately some Assn is playing very negative role in this regard simply ignoring the larger interest of the cadre. This has exposed them and given everybody the answer to the question why they backed out from the agitation under the banner of JF. Their stand will really help the AS(T) and other officers in DoT who are working overtime to demote the cadres to E1 and E2. Approach each and every Executive and explain the negative campaign by the Assn against E2 and E3. Hurdles are being created in the resolutions of Pay, Promotion and Pension issues by engaging and demoralizing the officers dealing with issues in baseless allegations. All this is being done just with the intent of derailing the settlement of issues. However, ignoring such mindset, let us all concentrate on the program right now and make each executive of BSNL to join the agitation from 29.05.2017. It is our responsibility to convince the members of other Assn, especially thousands of JAOs, AOs etc who are facing demotion and make them to join the agitation.
Comrades, through very tough agitation only we can reverse the DoT decision and resolve the burning HR issues. Make all preparations by conducting emergency combined general body meeting of the JF at Branch/SSA level in the remaining few days and gear up for the Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike and Work according to Rule from 29.05.2017.

Combined Executive Committee meeting at SSA/Circle level also should be convened at the earliest, even during the agitation for making the agitation programmes successful.

19-05-2017


CHQ President, GS AIGETOA and AGS met CMD BSNL and discussed on our pending issues. Also discussed on the inapt letter written by one of the Association against the administration and targeting the officers personally and JF condemned such acts of the said Association. Such cheap acts may derail the process of promotions in all the cadres which administration has initiated after lot of hard work done by the Joint Forum. It clearly indicates the negative mindset of the said Association. CMD assured to look into the issue positively.

CHQ President, GS AIGETOA and AGS met Dir (HR), BSNL and discussed on our pending issues. Also discussed on the inapt letter written by one of the Association against the administration and targeting the officers personally and JF condemned such acts of the said Association. Such cheap acts may derail the process of promotions in all the cadres which administration has initiated after lot of hard work done by the Joint Forum. It clearly indicates the negative mindset of the said Association. Dir (HR), assured to look into the issue positively.

19-05-2017


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18-05-2017


AGS met GM (Rect) Smt Anima Roy and discussed on the issue of discrepancies in the JE to JTO LICE. Some of the JEs who scored more marks than the cut off marks were not figuring in the selected list. GM Rect assured to look into the issue positively and directed the concerned accordingly.