GS, AGS and Jt Sec met CMD, BSNL on 27.03.2017 and discussed the following issues.
1. Move in DoT to approve E1A and E2A scales or to reduce the pay scales to E1 and E2. We expressed our serious concern over the issue. Any such decision will force us to go to trade union actions with immediate effect, we informed CMD. CMD informed that present Secretary is not taking any decisions and asked to wait for the new Secretary. In case proposal is gone to Hon Minster, Minster will consult CMD before giving any approval on the issue. However Assn requested CMD to appraise the Minister about the BSNL proposal.
2. Land asset re-valuation started. BSNL Corporate Office at Janpath, New Delhi is the first site re-valuation done. CMD told that the present value of BSNLCO, after re-valuation is Rs 2,300 Crores! Total book value of all the BSNL land across the Circles as of now is only 977 Crores! Take all possible steps to complete the revaluation by 30.06.17, the targeted date and make our company having a worth of 2.5 lakhs to 3 lakhs Crores.
3. Give wide publicity for the data plans and BSNL offers --- Data traffic increasing day by day --- Data traffic crossed 456 TB, of which 254 TB is from South zone. Out of 254 TB from South zone, more than 100 TB is from Kerala Circle. Other circles also take clue from Kerala and increase the data traffic.
4. DE to DGM(T) DPC started on 27.03.17. Our efforts to increase the vacancies from 388 by adding the vacancies of Addl GMs working as GMs getting very positive response from management and will try to include in this DPC itself.
SDE tenure transfer order.
There are some important developments in DoT on BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales. Conflicting reports are coming from DoT. While AS(T) is talking about approval of revised E1A and E2A, some other officers are hinting that E2 scale will be approved for those recruited in E1A and E1 scale for the executives recruited subsequently. Whatever be the case, the developments are not positive. Our efforts to meet Hon Minister/Secretary or Member(Fin) yesterday could not materialize.
In that case, we will be immediately responding organizationally, even without waiting for the next programme on 10.04.2017. Make all the preparations for a massive agitation.
Change in procedure for processing Vigilance Clearance (VC) request after 31-03-2017 at BSNL CO - reg.
Revision of Vacancies for Direct Recruitment of JTOs through GATE Score card 2017 reg.
Recovery of excess - wrongful payments made to employees of BSNL – DoT instructions.
Promotion to the cadre of PPS reg.
Meeting with Smt Madhu Arora, PGM(Estt): GS, President and AGS met PGM(Estt) on 23.03.2017 and held discussions on pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 recruited Executives. According to management, as per rule, new rects will be always placed in the scale of pay and they will not be eligible for any fitment or pay protection as eligible for the existing employees or promoted officers. All other PSUs also placed the new Executives in the minimum of the revised payscales only as per rule. BSNL also done the same and there is discrimination as claimed by the Assn. After the formation of BSNL also, new rects given the minimum of the pay scales. Now TTAs also started demanding the same. It has to be extended to the new recruitment going on now in 2017. The demand of Rs 22820 is extension of 30% fitment benefit for the post 2007 rects which is not allowed.
Assn countered the arguments by explaining that BSNL already extended fitment benefit to one set of post 2007 rects and the benefit of Rs 22820. Even 2007, 2008 batch JTOs and 2010 JAOs joined prior to them but denied the benefit. Since BSNL operated E1A scale with Rs 9850 after 2007 for one set of employees, equal treatment has to be given for all the similarly situated post 2007 rects, without discrimination. For one set of employees, BSNL implemented revised scale from 01.01.2007 and for another set of employees, pre-revised E1A scale continued for years together which is clear discrimination. All has to be treated at par by extending the pay parity to all, Assn demanded.
Presentation on CPSU cadre Hierarchy to DIR(HR):
Pers Section made a presentation to DIR(HR) yesterday on the CPSU Hierarchy proposal.
The proposal to conduct DGM DPC for 388 vacancies approved by CMD, BSNL. VCs from KTK Circle received.
Very good news for the BSNL directly recruited employees.
EPF pension will be revised and it will be based on the actual basic pay instead of minimum pension. It will be equivalent or even better than the Govt pension.
Employees from various CPSUs approached various courts especially at Ernakulam demanding full pension on the actual basic pay, courts given judgment in their favour. Hon Ernakulam HC given judgments in favour of the employees of PSUs like Milma, ITI, Instrumentation, HNL, HMT, HIL etc etc. Hon Supreme Court judgment also was in their favour. Some cases are still pending in Hon SC. As per reports, Hon SC directed the labour ministry to amend the Rule to extend the benefits to all the similarly placed employees. Afterwards labour ministry directed EPF to amend the rules.
As per the proposal, if the contribution is made on 12% of actual basic +IDA, the pension will be paid on the basis of actual basic pay. 8.33% of the basic +IDA will be accounted for pension purposes. The employer and employee will be given an option to switchover to full pension option, according to reliable sources. If pension contribution is limited to 12% of 6500 with ceiling, they will not be eligible for full pension. This will give equal pension for the BSNL directly recruited employees at par with the absorbed employees.
SNEA struggled since 2003 and got EPF contribution modified on 12.08.2005 from 12% with the ceiling of Rs 6500 to 12% of actual basic pay + IDA (without ceiling limit). All the arrears from 2001 also credited into the employees individual account. As a result of our struggle, now all the BSNL employees will get the full pension benefits.
In the last CWC meeting at Hyderabad, SNEA also decided to file case at Ernakulam for similar benefits.
Parliament March by NCOA on 22.03.2017.
Congratulations to all the office bearers and activists of SNEA for making the march a great success.
More than 1500 Executives from various CPSUs participated in the Parliament March organized by NCOA on 22.03.2017. It is a clear message to the Prime Minister, Niti Ayog and the Union Govt that the employees will not allow disinvestment and will go to any extent to protect the interest of the company. Employees form CPSUs also joined the march in the efforts to protect the CPSUs. The CPSU employees resolved to protect the CPSUs from disinvestment/strategic sale. On 3rd PRC, all demanded pay revision without linking with profitability and affordability. CPSUs become loss making due to the wrong policies of the Govt or by inefficient management and not by the employees. The employees are not part of any policy decisions.
Com Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary/CITU inaugurated the March near BSNLCO. Com Predeep Battacharya, Hon MP representing INTUC addressed the March. Com Amrit Kaur from AITUC, office bearers from BMS etc addressed and extended their full support for the initiative taken by the Executives and employees to protect the CPSUs.
As usual police stopped the March at Parliament street police station and taken a delegation to the Hon Prime Minister for submitting the memorandum.
Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V. K. Tomar, President/NCOA, Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com Thomas Franco, Secretary General/AIBOC and General Secretaries of various Associations representing various CPSUs addressed the march. Com.A.A.Khan, CHQ President / SNEA participated and led the Parliament march. Dy.GS/SNEA Com M S Adasul also participated in the march and extended vote of thanks.
Maximum participation was from MTNLEA and SNEA. Large number of comrades from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and UP(West) Circles participated in the March in addition to the comrades from NTR and BSNLCO. CSs Com SS Rajput/RAJ, Com Amarjit Singh/PB, Com Surendar Singh Sandhu/HR, Com Sanjeev Sharma/UP(West), Com G K Das/BSNLCO, Com Aggarwal/NTR and Com V K Yadav/CP, UP(W) taken all efforts for the success of the march. AGS Com Padmanabha Rao and Jt Sec Com Arvind Dahiya led the march. CHQ congratulate all of them for their commitment to protect the company and the fight for their rights like 3rd PRC.