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Messages updated during the month of  Jan 2017

22-01-2017

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22-01-2017

Congratulations and welcome to SNEA:
Com Prasant Kumar Ray, Ex CS, AIGETOA, Odisha Circle and another 27 comrades joined SNEA. The CEC meeting of SNEA/Odisha Circle in session welcomed them all.   
CHQ welcome them all into SNEA family.

22-01-2017

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21-01-2017

First Anniversary Remembrance of our beloved Leader Com.Seshagiri Rao held at Bangalore.

Click here to view Glimpses of Photos.

21-01-2017

Today is the first death anniversary of our God Father, Mentor, Great Leader Com.W.Seshagiri Rao.

We remember him for his great and lifetime achievements for all executives in BSNL.  Our sincere tributes to our veteran leader Com.W.Seshagiri Rao.

20-01-2017

Com G. L. Jogi, Chairman had a detailed discussion with CMD today lasting about 40 minutes on two important issues of Standard pay scales and CPSU Cadre hierarchy mechanism.

CMD was told in very clear terms that BSNL management needs to be very focussed and unambiguous in its approach and stand on introduction of standard pay scales so as not to give any scope to DOT to play with the issue on flimsy grounds like cascading / non cascading etc. Replacement of non standard pay scales for JTOs / SDEs by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 well before 3rd PRC implementation should be of utmost significance for BSNL Management. All other things are irrelevant and unwarranted so long as this serious anomaly is not sorted out, CMD was informed. Already abnormal and uncalled delay in resolving this critical issue has taken place, resulting in wide spread resentment and demoralisation. Any further delay in resolution of this issue might lead to industrial unrest, CMD was apprised.

CMD categorically assured that he is in constant touch with Secy/DOT on this issue and very shortly a presentation is being made to him for quick resolution of this issue.

On the issue of abnormal, incomprehensible and unwarranted delay in finalising crucial mechanism of Cadre hierarchy, CMD was apprised of very dangerous and simmering discontentment and frustration building up in all cadres due to total blockade of career growth in all cadres because of endless litigations. 
CMD was also told that unless steps on a war footing basis are initiated to introduce this mechanism, it could lead to wide spread and uncontrolled industrial unrest and turbulence that would not be in the interests of the Company. 
Blocking career growth of all the cadres will have very dangerous consequences for the growth of the Company, CMD was informed. And there are no financial implications involved in introducing this mechanism of career growth. Management needs to act with lightning speed to finalise and implement this mechanism. 
CMD assured that he will have a very serious discussion with the concerned officers on this issue.

20-01-2017

On 18.01.2017 AGS met GM Rect & Trg and discussed on our issues. The main Issues are

1.Finalisation of the JAO Results as the committee constituted for review of the results has already submitted.—It was informed that the report will be released by 31st January 2017.

2.JTO 2017 Direct recruitment based on the new format ( Gate Score), the site is not opening as the last date mentioned as 31st January in the schedule—It was  informed that the date is tentative and will be notified through news papers and then only the site will be opened. One month time will be given for the applicants to apply on line. Mostly it will be notified in the February 2017.

18-01-2017

Grant of the facility of deduction of subscription to SNEA, the recognised representative association in BSNL and revised instruction governing deduction of monthly subscription - View Copy of the Revised instructions.

As per the revised instructions of SR Cell, all  Circles / SSAs are requested to credit the Quota amount Rs.70/- in the SNEA CHQ vendor code 0100085651 linking with the SNEA CHQ  bank account. All CSs and DSs are requested to contact the DDOs concerned and submit the request as per revised instructions.

18-01-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
SDE tenure transfer order.
DE own cost transfer order..
SDE tenure transfer order.

18-01-2017

GS writes to CMD  regarding  Change  of  designations of JTO / JAO, SDE / AO, Sr SDE / Sr AO and DE / CAO/  EE equivalent cadres in line with CPSU structure-  modification  in  the  earlier proposal ... View copy of the letter.

18-01-2017

CPSU Hierarchy discussions continued on 16th and 17th January as per schedule. Next meeting will be held on 27.01.2017 after collecting the necessary data by the Pers section.

Pay parity of Rs 22820/ for the post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs. Additional inputs can be mailed to CHQ in email id: sneachq@yahoo.com latest by 22.01.2017.

18-01-2017

The Bank Account particulars of SNEA, CHQ and the CHQ vendor Code is furnished below. All the Circle / SSAs are requested to credit the Quota amount Rs.70/- in the CHQ vendor code linking with this bank account:
VendorCode : 0100085651
Name of Bank : STATE BANK OF INDIA
SB A/C No    : 10332931596
Name of A/C holder  : SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES
                         ASSOCIATION / CHQ (SNEA/CHQ)
IFSC Code : SBIN0001515
MICR Code : 600002041
Bank Address :271, PURASAWALKAM HIGH ROAD, CHENNAI,

                 PIN-600 007.

17-01-2017

GS writes to GM SR regarding Creation of vendor code and account details for deduction of monthly subscription from the salary of the members from the month of January, 2017 regarding......... View letter copy.

17-01-2017

View Corporate Office orders:
DE tenure transfer order.
DE transfer - Cancellation order.
DE transfer order.
SDE Inter circle transfer order.

17-01-2017

On 13.01.2017, CHQ President along with JS met PGM BW and discussed on the issues related to DPC from SDE(C) to EE(C) and other  Misc. issues.
AGS along with JS met PGM(EW) Shri Tyagi ji and discussed on our issues. DGM(A) and CE(E) Kerala were also present during the discussions.The main issues are
  1. Expediting the process of DPC to SDE(E).
  2. Modifications in Posting on Promotion to SDE(E) and EE(E).
PGM responded positively on the issues that were discussed

15-01-2017

Subscription deduction form. All CSs, SSA/Branch Secretaries are requested to make all out efforts for filling the forms from all our members by this month itself. All the form collected may be submitted to the DDOs immediately for processing.

The forms of the Executives working in Non-recruiting Units, duly signed by the SSA Secretaries may be submitted to the respective DDOs clearly mentioning the SSA and Recruiting Circle in which they are working. This information is required for distributing the Circle and SSA quota. In the case of INSP& QA Circle, DDO is at Jabalpur and in the case of NCNGN, DDO is at New Delhi. So all the CSs may collect the forms and send it to CS/MP Circle in the case of INSP&QA Circle and to the GS in CHQ address in the case of NCNGN for monitoring purposes. 

15-01-2017

Holding of Circle and SSA Conferences:

The AP Circle conference will be held at Anantpur from 22nd to 24th January, 2017.

Circle/SSA conferences which are postponed due to membership verification may conduct the conferences at the earliest. CSs are instructed to monitor the conduction of SSA conferences in time.

All Circles are requested to conduct the CEC meeting before the CWC meeting at Hyderabad from 13th to 15th February, 2017.

14-01-2017

TTA to JTO LICE result for Kerala Circle: GS met PGM(Pers) on 13.01.17 and discussed the declaration of result of the 2nd LICE for the remaining candidates of Kerala Circle which was pending due to court cases. GS requested to expedite to issue the speaking order as most of the LICE passed candidates already given representation in this regard. PGM(Estt) assured all possible decisions at the earliest.

13-01-2017

Notification of CWC to be held at Hyderabad on 13th, 14th and 15th February 2017 .... View Notification copy.

13-01-2017

View Corporate Office Orders;

13-01-2017

View Corporate office orders:
AGM own cost transfer order.
DE transfer order cancellation.
AGM transfer order.
AGM own cost transfer order.
SDE tenure transfer order.
SDE Inter circle transfer order.
SDE Inter circle transfer order reg.

12-01-2017

Congratulations ----

As reported on 04.01.2017, Committee constituted to examine the SNEA demand of pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 batches with Smt Arundhati Panda, PGM(PF-II) as Chairman, PGM(Estt), GM(FP) and GM(EF) as members and DGM(Estt) as convenor of the Committee. The Committee has to submit the report within one month.

Order constituting the Committee on SNEA demand.

Copy of the minutes of the meeting held on 22.12.2016 with DIR(HR) on pay Parity of Rs 22820/- for post 2007 recruited JTO/JAOs.

12-01-2017

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met Sri Ashuthosh Gupta, GM(Restg) and held discussion on issues related to the Social Security of BSNL recruited employees. We had some preliminary discussions on our proposal for Term Insurance and the second proposal for forming a Corpus fund. This discussion was in continuation of the discussions with DIR(HR) on this matter. It was decided to explore the possibility of both proposals to take care of the social security of the employees.

 

AGS met GM(Rect) and discussed the finalization of the JAO result based on the committee report. The matter is under process.

11-01-2017

Developments on E2, E3 pay scales: GS and AGS met CMD, BSNL today and held discussions on the issue. As assured to us, CMD written a DO letter to Secretary, DoT and personally handed over to Secretary today and held discussions to settle the issue of replacement of E1A and E2A with E2 and E3 within DoT itself without sending it to Union Cabinet. GS further discussed increasing the DGM(T) posts by matching savings to address the huge stagnation in AGM grade.

The revised Board memo for approval of Trustee Board formation for managing 30% Superannuation Fund, made ready by CA section and will be approved in the next Board meeting scheduled for 31.01.2017. GS and President met GM(CA) and held discussions on the matter.

CPSU meeting continued today with PGM(Pers), GM(Restg) and Jt GM(Pers) with main focus on Time Bound promotion to AGM Grade without linking with availability of posts. Next meetings will be on 13.01.2017 and 16.01.2017 at 4 PM.

11-01-2017

Discussion on CPSU Hierarchy: Meeting continued on 10.01.2017 for more than two hours mainly focusing on seniority related issues and delinking the seniority in the new promotion policy. Last week the discussion was concentrated on quantum of relaxation for promotion to Sr SDE equivalent grades. GS, President and AGS participated in the discussion. Today discussion will continue in which GM(Restg) also will participate.

11-01-2017

Phase II training for JAO 2012 batch, Dept candidates of Kerala Circle: On pursual of the matter at BSNLCO by the Assn, BSNL CO today issued necessary instructions to CGM/NAFTM for conducting Phase II trg as per the recommendations of Kerala circle.

11-01-2017

GS, CHQ President, AGS and Jt Sec met GM(FP) on 10.01.2017 and held discussion on the following issues.

1. Diversion of MT quota for CAO promotion: The proposal to divert 25% MT quota for Adhoc promotion is pending in the BSNL Board. Since the issue has to be decided by MC, the proposal has to be withdrawn from the Board and the process is going on. GM(FP) informed that more than 1000 posts are vacant and APAR collected for more than 800 cases. However promotion is held up due to the interim direction from the Chandigarh CAT on reservation issue.

2. Clarification to CGM/NATFM for Phase II trg of JAOs of 2012 batch of Kerala circle.

3. JAO trg for the candidates from Haryana Circle: Due to the CAT judgment on reservation issue, the qualified candidates of HR Circle was not send for trg. BSNLCO directed HR Circle to file review petition or appeal in the higher court.

4. Modifications in the postings on DGM(Fin) promotion.

5. Modification of JAO posting in MH Circle.

11-01-2017

View Media reports:
BSNL gets set to take on Jio at its game. 
BSNL to take up demand for local language mobile apps.
BSNL to connect 1500 gram panchayats through OFC in 2017.

09-01-2017

Meeting with Sri Dev Kumar Chakrabarty, PGM(Pers): GS, CHQ President and AGS met PGM(Pers) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Expediting CPSU Hierarchy finalization: Since the discussions could not continue for two days, it was agreed to devote more time tomorrow and expedite the finalization of the proposal. The contentious issues of relaxation in qualifying service, seniority, RRs, TB promotion upto AGM grade, increasing the number of DGM posts etc are the outstanding issues to be sorted out.

b) 1st TBP after 4 to 5 years instead of 4 to 6 years as recommended by Khan Committee: Assn demanded the processing of the issue separately. It is another recommendation of the Khan Committee. PGM informed that now Pers section is busy dealing with our demands of Offtg pay protection and CPSU Hierarchy and once CPSU Hierarchy taken a shape, immediately this demand will be processed. However we requested to start its processing separately at the earliest.

c) Officiating Pay protection: PGM informed our demand is in principle accepted and the draft proposal for protection of the pay as per the existing provisions of FRSR and EPP will be discussed with the Assn this week before sending it to DIR(HR).

d) Explore the possibility of posting for the LDCE passed JTOs. Since the LDCE 2015 results declared long back, Assn requested to explore the possibility of postings at the earliest. The reservation issue may not come on the way and RR amendment issue can be considered later and now posting can be given by taking declaration that they will not claim seniority. After discussion, PGM assured to examine all the possibilities to expedite the postings.

e) Filing SLP against the Chandigarh CAT and HC judgments on reservation issues on SDE to DE promotion, JTO to SDE LDCE promotion and JTO to SDE seniority promotion. The appeal filed by BSNL in the Chandigarh HC also dismissed recently. BSNL is waiting for the judgment copy. All other formalities are completed and all the three SLPs in the Hon Supreme Court are almost ready to file.

f) Request transfers in the cadre SDEs and DEs. The remaining cases will be processed this week.

09-01-2017

View Corporate Office Orders:
Final seniority list in the grade of SDE Elec. as on 16-06-16.  View List.

09-01-2017

As per the letter  attached, 12 candidates from  HYBD, HP, KTK, PB, RJ,TN, UPW and CTD have qualified in LICE for 10% quota for promotion from Gr. C  to the post of JAOs in the  examination held on 24.09.2016 and their training and posting to be  finalised before 15.12.2016. But it is reported that necessary action has not been even initiated by the concerned circles. All CSs are requested to take up this matter with their Circle Administration with intimation to the qualified candidates.  View list.

07-01-2017

Pay protection on Officiating promotion: As assured to us management completed the discussion among various wings and final proposal will be discussed with SNEA next week. Pay protection is part of FRSR. By issuing wrong clarification after EPP implementation, management illegally snatched the pay protection facility, causing huge loss to the Executives officiated in various cadres but got regular promotion after 2004. Executives pay reduced by two to three increments and facing recovery for lakhs of rupees.

07-01-2017

Relieving of JTOs under Rule-8 transfer: First LICE batch JTOs completed their Phase II training and joined in most of the Circles. Our CSs and other activists should try to relieve maximum JTOs waiting for Rule 8 transfer for years together utilizing the LICE JTOs. Shortages in the Circle can be filled in the coming batches. If required, Circles should launch organizational actions for relieving the JTOs on Rule-8. CHQ will extend all support to them.

06-01-2017

GS and Jt Sec met CMD today again on E2, E3 pay scales issue. During discussion to resolve the issue, CMD assured us to write a DO letter to Secretary, DoT referring the discussion on approval for replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 so that DoT can process this portion alone.

Association will be pursuing the matter on a day to day basis.

CPSU cadre hierarchy meeting could not be held today as the officers are preoccupied in official meeting in DoT. Meeting will continue on Monday.

06-01-2017

View Corporate Office orders:
Preparatory work for promotion to AGM DE Telecom on regular basis - regarding Screening Committee report (List no.:5).       Annexure I 

06-01-2017

Pay fixation under FR22(1)(a)(1) for Officiating JTOs: Today the case come up for hearing in the PCAT, New Delhi. Our lawyer strongly pleaded for extending the same benefits as in the earlier cases. Since the reply filed by BSNL was not provided in the case file, court could not proceed further and posted the matter for 23.01.2017. BSNL was represented by DGM(Estt) in the absence of BSNL lawyer. GS and  JS were present in the court.

06-01-2017

View Corporate Office orders:
SDE Inter circle transfer order.
E-verification of eligibility etc for on line registration of candidate data for LICE JTO ( 50% ) 2015-16 held on 11-12-16 reg.
DE transfer order reg.

06-01-2017

GS writes to Secretary / DOT regarding approval of the revised proposal of BSNL, limited to replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007 based on the Union Cabinet decisions and DPE guidelines dated 26.11.2008 and subsequent DPE direction to DoT dated 19.07.2014 ......View copy of the letter.

06-01-2017

GS writes to CMD regarding change of designations of JTO / JAO, SDE / AO and DE / CAO / EE equivalent cadres ... View Copy of the letter.

05-01-2017

Discussion started on CPSU cadre Hierarchy and will continue tomorrow.

05-01-2017

JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam:
The case came up before the new bench, after the vacation. On the plea for continuous hearing of the case, Hon Court given date on 15.02.2017 onwards.

05-01-2017

CMD/BSNL meeting with Secretary, DoT on E2, E3 pay scales:

GS and Jt Sec met CMD today on pay scales issue. As assured to us on 03.01.2017, CMD met Secretary, DoT yesterday and held discussions on the issue. Secretary, DoT also opined that there need not be any requirement to send to Union Cabinet as Cabinet already taken a decision. Secretary is unaware and the proposal to send it to cabinet not reached him. AS(T) was not available. CMD will further discuss the issue after AS(T) joins.

05-01-2017

Orders for all pending DE request transfer cases (joined up to 30-09-2014) will be released next week. Before that DE request cases found missing may be intimated to CHQ to ensure that their names are included in the list.

04-01-2017

View Corporate Office orders:
DE request transfer order.
SDE Intercircle transfer order -Retention reg.
Final Seniority List in the grade of regular JTO Arch as on 30-09-16.

04-01-2017

JTO to SDE case at Ernakulam: As reported earlier, the case listed for tomorrow 05.01.2017, before a new bench.

Offtg JTO pay fixation case under FR 22(1)(a)(1) at PCAT, New Delhi. The case will be heard on 06.01.2017.

04-01-2017

3rd PRC report and its implementation:

Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V K Thomar, President/NCOA and Com K Sebastin, GS/SNEA met Smt Seema Bahuguna, Secretary/DPE and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Addl Secretary/DPE and held discussions on implementation of 3rd PRC report. Secretary/DPE informed that the report is under consideration of the Govt for implementation and the processing may complete in 4 to 5 months time.

NCOA trying to meet Hon Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Finance Secretary etc to expedite the implementation.

It is gathered that the 3rd PRC recommended better fitment than the 7th CPC and it will be about 20%.

On PRP, PRC recommended to remove the Bell curve. More PRP recommended for middle level Executives and unit wise PRP also recommended.

04-01-2017

CPSU Hierarchy implementation: Regular meeting with the Recognized Representative Association SNEA starts from tomorrow. View copy of the notice.

04-01-2017

Subscription deduction from salary from the month of January, 2017 – submission of forms:

All SSA Secretaries are to submit the declaration forms well in advances to the DDOs so that the deduction can be started from the salary of this month itself from all our members. The forms should be submitted with a covering letter. All SSA/Branch Secretaries may make this opportunity to meet each and every Executive and thank them for electing SNEA as the only Recognized Association for the next three years and seek their wholehearted support in resolving the issues and for the revival of BSNL. Make it sure that all the forms are submitted by 15th January without fail.

The forms may be submitted as and when it is collected, without waiting for the last date so that DDOs can initiate the work well in advance... View SR cell letter copy along with form.

04-01-2017

Review of result of JAOs LICE:

The Committee report submitted and it is under process. After approval by competent authority, the review will take place. We are monitoring the progress. 

04-01-2017

Constitution of the Committee to examine the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820 for the post 2007 batches: As per the discussions held with CMD and DIR(HR) on 22.12.2016 on the issue and the minutes of the meeting issued on 27.12.2016, proposal moved to the competent authority to constitute the committee. Smt Arunthathi Panda, PGM will be the Chairman. GM(Estt), GM(FP) and GM(EF) are the members and DGM(Estt) will be the convenor of the Committee. The orders are expected in a day or two.

04-01-2017

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03-01-2017

Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD/BSNL: GS and CHQ President met CMD and held discussions on replacement of E1A and E2A scales by standard pay scales of E2 and E3: After discussing the matter with DIR(HR) we met CMD and sought his intervention at higher level of Secretary/ Minister, for the approval of the revised proposal. In order to clear the confusion in DoT, the revised proposal has to be sent to DoT immediately. Further on the AS(T) proposal to send E1A and E2A to Union Cabinet, we categorically told that E1A and E2A is not acceptable and E2 and E3 has to be extended w.e.f 01.01.2007 as proposed by the BSNL Management.

After discussion, CMD assured that he will try to discuss the issue with Secretary, DoT tomorrow itself.

03-01-2017

Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR): GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Replacement of E1A and E2A scales by standard pay scales of E2 and E3: DIR(HR) informed that as per the decision of the MC, DIR(HR), GM(Estt) and GM(Pers) discussed the revised proposal with Addl Secretary, DoT. As usual, AS(T) was not in a mood to listen to the submission from BSNL side. He is of the firm opinion that E1A and E2A scales are to be taken to the Union Cabinet for approval and there is no need to extend E2, E3 scales. Intervention at higher level of Secretary (T) is needed.

b) Approval of BSNL Board for the Trust for managing Superannuation Fund: Assn requested that the queries in the last Board meeting are to be addressed as per the inputs given by SNEA and Board approval has to be taken at the earliest. DIR(HR) informed that the queries are addressed and briefed the concerned Director Board member also. We requested to get the Board approval of the revised Board memo through circulation. DIR(HR) assured that this possibility will be examined.  

c) Term Insurance policy replacing the GSLIS/an additional insurance coverage as a social security measure: Assn explained the hardships of the families of the employees, in cases of untimely death. As per superannuation fund guidelines, the family is eligible for minimum pension only after minimum 15 years of contribution. So, instead of GSLIS, insurance policy can be taken from LIC or some other companies, optionally. LIC is providing 25 lakhs coverage for an annual premium of Rs 6000. For bulk policies, they may give a concession of about 35% in the premium. Assn requested to get a proposal from some Insurance companies. SNEA already written to the management on this issue. It can be voluntary scheme. DIR(HR) very positively responded and informed that concerned officers will be directed to work out on this issue and asked us to have further discussion with them.

d) Formation of Corpus Fund as a social security measure: Assn requested to examine the possibility of forming a separate fund on contribution from the employees. A monthly contribution of Rs 5 to Rs 10 can be considered for that purpose. It also will be a voluntary scheme. DIR(HR) responded positively and informed that concerned officers will be directed to work out on this issue and asked us to have further discussion with them. 

03-01-2017

Introduction of e-APAR from this financial year. Tomorrow e-APAR will be introduced in BSNL. This is another step to streamline DPC related activities. e-APAR will be introduced through ERP module. 

03-01-2017

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03-01-2017

Subscription deduction from salary from the month of January, 2017 – submission of forms:

All SSA Secretaries are to submit the declaration forms well in advances to the DDOs so that the deduction can be started from the salary of this month itself from all our members. The forms should be submitted with a covering letter. All SSA/Branch Secretaries may make this opportunity to meet each and every Executive and thank them for electing SNEA as the only Recognized Association for the next three years and seek their wholehearted support in resolving the issues and for the revival of BSNL. Make it sure that all the forms are submitted by 15th January without fail.

The forms may be submitted as and when it is collected, without waiting for the last date so that DDOs can initiate the work well in advance.

All Circle/SSA bodies to open bank accounts immediately, if not opened so far and furnish the details to the DDOs for remitting the quota.

Meanwhile the quota upto December, 2016 may be collected in full and remitted to the respective body before CWC meeting on 13th -15th February, 2017.

02-01-2017

GS, CHQ President and Jt Sec met GM(Pers) and Jt GM(Pers) and held discussions on CPSU Hierarchy and framing the draft rules/proposal as per the tentative schedule. Since all promotions are held up, all out efforts are being made to switch over to CPSU Hierarchy at the earliest.

Further we discussed the remaining DE request transfers. As assured earlier it is under process and orders are expected in a day or two. 

02-01-2017

LICE for promotion to the grade of SDE Civil / SDE Electrical / SDE Telecom Factory under 33 perc quota - Notification.    Annexure A   Annexure B    Annexure C    Annexure D.

02-01-2017

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01-01-2017

Editorial

Exhibiting extraordinary solidarity, Kudos to all the activists at grass root level for the success of the first Membership Verification. Post membership verification throws new challenges and chains us to fulfill the mandate given to and trust reposed in us as Recognized Representative Association.

Our so called immediate competitor, AIBSNLEA, frantically tried its level best to marginalize us in the first historic membership verification by desperately reaching out to other participating Associations to forge an alliance with every tom, dick and harry. Its act of desperation was so conspicuous that, like a magician, it assured everyone, who came its way that everything on this earth would be resolved and that no issue would be left unresolved. Even after being supported wholeheartedly and adequately by other two Associations, having quite sizeable numbers, it was a proud moment for SNEA to singlehandedly emerge victorious and thus accomplish unique feat and recognition of being reckoned as “Majority Recognized Association”.

The run up to the first ever historic membership verification of Executives in CPSUs was truly challenging, stimulating and absorbing, with activists at all the rungs of the Organization, right from CHQ, Circle and SSA down up to the grass root level having got involved in the challenge in the most determined and wholehearted manner, putting in everything at their disposal to defeat the challenge thrown up by alliance of three Associations. The challenge for all of us became all the more daunting in view of waves of mal propaganda, and what not, unleashed by our rivals, even going to the extent of releasing fictitious and fabricated audio/video clippings, to tarnish our image and project us as a demon and greatest negative force vis-à-vis JTOs recruited by BSNL, completely brushing aside the herculean efforts put in by this Association to safeguard and promote legitimate interests of this potential segment in BSNL.

The very fact that mandate of the Executives and the trust reposed by them in us alone enabled us to earn this Majority Recognized Association status puts enormous and unthinkable responsibility on our shoulders in terms of fully living up to the trust reposed by them and carrying forward their mandate. Our task becomes doubly challenging and terribly arduous in view of the fact that no stone will be left unturned by our rivals in the days to come to defeat our struggles by distracting the focus of our comrades through vicious mal propaganda. This mal propaganda is surely going to get intensified and all out attempts would be made to derail our future struggles to get our long awaited and legitimate HR issues resolved. And struggles to get our issues addressed are going to be inevitable and unquestionably prolonged.

The greatest and the most formidable challenge before us is to ensure that upward growth trajectory momentum of the company is further accelerated so that we are placed in a very sound financial position to qualify to get the best recommendations of 3rd PRC implemented. While ensuring positive growth momentum of the Company gets intensified in the days to come, we have to also, in the process, defeat all the attacks from the policy makers and the vested interests to destabilize and weaken our beloved Company. Thus, on the one side, while our single minded focus has to be on accelerated growth of the Company, on the other we have to remain ever vigilant and on our toes to come down heavily and defeat all those policies of the Govt. that threaten to destabilize us.

Majority Recognition Status puts incredibly enormous responsibility on us in terms of getting plethora of critical HR issues resolved as quickly as possible. We are bound to address the legitimate issues of all segments and, for us, there has never been in the past nor will in future, be any kind of discrimination whatsoever between those absorbed from DOT and recruited by BSNL. This discrimination is unwarranted and counterproductive. Let all of us come together in erasing the dividing line between the two and isolating those forces who promote this distinction. We have to build cohesiveness of a kind that remains unshakeable under all situations and challenges.

We have to win the hearts of the people who are not with us through intensive persuasion and get them into our fold. Verification is the first step we have initiated to get the HR issues resolved. Our profound commitment to the Executives is that SNEA will tirelessly struggle for continuous career growth of all segments. Challenges are undoubtedly and unarguably innumerable and really daunting, needing prolonged bouts   of tough and committed struggle, and all of us have to understand this underlying fact.

Standard pay scales of E2, E3 before 3rd PRC, CPSU cadre Hierarchy up to AGM equivalent grade to end the stalemate in Functional promotions, 30% Superannuation benefits with Term Insurance/Corpus Fund as Social security, implementation of 3rd PRC and up gradation of remaining scales up to E7, addressing the issue of huge pay disparity of post 2007, first TBP after 4 to 5 years, E1A and E2A scales notionally from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/PA/PS/Arch/TF cadres, JTO to SDE promotion under seniority and LDCE quota, SDE to DE/EE and DE to DGM promotions, JAO to AO and AO to CAO promotions, Rule 8 cases etc. are the immediate challenges and issues to be settled.

Next three years are just going to be decisive and crucial in scripting the story of growth of the Company and our career growth. New Year starts with all these challenges, hopes and aspirations. We have already commenced started our post verification activities in the right direction, starting with the crucial issue of replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007, getting the issue of huge pay disparity of post 2007 resolved as quickly as possible and implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy to end the deadly deadlock in functional promotions. We have a long long way to go, and with unwavering and unqualified support from all segments of Executives, we are quite confident of taking this company to new heights of glory and also fulfill the mandate given by and the trust and confidence reposed in us by the Executives to meet their aspirations of career growth.