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Messages updated during the month of  Dec 2018


GS SNEA and GS AIGETOA writes to CMD BSNL stating their strong objections to the arbitrary transfers of Shri R P Shahu, SDE Waidhan, Singrauli for raising demand note against Reliance Jio. Both the leaders have requested to  cancel the transfer orders and constitute an independent enquiry into the whole episode and demand strictest punishment against the guilty. Leaders have also requested to put the enquiry report in public domain for transparency.......View Letter from SNEA and AIGETOA.


View Corporate Office Orders:


Update ON GTI

The executives who have earlier given their option as “disagree”  in ERP regarding GTI can now change their option to “agree”. In this direction pop up window regarding GTI has been enabled in ERP. This facility can be availed up to 20th December 2018.

View Letter Copy.


JTO to SDE Promotion Contempt case at Hon. CAT Ernakulam:

BSNL advocate requested two weeks time to file affidavit saying they received rule 8 notice only last day. Court directed BSNL counsel to file affidavit on court reopening day (31-12-2018). Next hearing fixed on 07-01-2019


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DE to DGM promotion: Today Hon. CAT Chandigarh vacated the stay on DE to DGM (Telecom.) promotion.


JTO to SDE promotion preparatory work is going on. The APAR gradings and VC status is getting examined for all the JTOs by the section expeditiously to keep it ready for the DPC. We are closely monitoring the progress on a day to day basis. 
Meanwhile the proposal to file an application in the CAT to conduct DPC for the remaining vacancies is with the DIR HR for approval. Further process will be based on the decision of DIR HR. 
The missing APAR grading and VC status may be furnished at the earliest. All CSs to monitor the missing grading cases.


View Media Report:
BSNL to bet Rs 90 cr on customer retention.
Government notifies rules for in-flight, maritime mobile phone services.
Spectrum reserve price: Trai refuses to share its calculation model with DoT.
Vodafone Idea: No need to hold spectrum auction until 2020.
HC dismisses Vodafone plea for tax refund of over Rs 4,759 crore.
Government to launch broadband readiness index of states: Aruna Sundararajan.


Northeast telecom connectivity uncertain as DoT, BSNL differ .... View Media Report.


Revision of guidelines regarding simplification of referral system under CGHS - MoH and FW instructions reg


SDE Inter circle transfer order.


GS writes to Shri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD/BSNL:

Notification for Recruitment of Management Trainee (External) – Recruitment from External candidates and placing them above the existing Executives, virtually killing the career growth will demoralize thousands of highly talented and experienced Executives working in BSNL. Evolve a fast track promotion policy to promote talented internal candidates through meaningful rigorous screening mechanism to occupy higher positions after implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy approved by the BSNL Board and promoting all the eligible Executives to the higher grades. 

As far as so-called internal MT is concerned, the need of the hour is to get DGM level Executives left with sufficient service to head the company from among the experienced internal candidates by meaningful rigorous screening. There is no point in giving chance to internal candidates at E3, E4, E5 scales to compete for a post in E3 scale.

SNEA demands:

1) Review the decision to recruit Management Trainees from open market at E3 scale and evolve a suitable fast track promotion policy to promote the Internal talent to high management positions through rigorous screening.

2) Before any such attempt, promote all the eligible candidates and bring parity and uniformity in promotions for the existing Executives in equivalent cadres by implementing the CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.07.2018 as approved by the BSNL Board.

GS letter to CMD


Option for Group Term Insurance (GTI):

All the remaining Executives also submit their opinions immediately. All those upto age group of 50 shall opt for the GTI as it is very much beneficial for them. 

No medical certificate is required for this scheme which is the main advantage. The premium will remain as the same till the retirement (even after crossing the age of 50). This is an initiative taken by SNEA for the welfare of our young comrades. All CSs and SSA Secretaries may contact our members and make them to submit the options through ERP before 20.12.2018.

All the Executives are requested to exercise their option before 20.12.2018.


DE to DGM promotion: The seniority list of DEs as directed by the Hon Court is cleared by the competent authority and will be submitted in the court. The case is listed for 17.12.2018. 


AUAB Circular - Hold Joint General Body Meetings during the period from 26-12-2018 to 29-12-18.....View Circular copy.


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GS and President met Shri R K Khandelwal, Joint Sec (A)/DoT and DIR(PSU) and held discussions on the BSNL proposal for replacement of E1A and E2A pay scales with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Since he is posted as JS recently, he is not aware of the details and we tried to explain to him. 


It is reliably learned that as assured to AUAB, a very positive recommendation on Pension Contribution on actual basic pay instead of maximum of the pay scale is sent by DoT to Ministry of Finance and it reached MoF. We hope a positive decision from MoF shortly. This will take us one step close to 3rd PRC.

One cannot imagine implementation of 3rd PRC without settling this issue. After 3rd PRC implementation, Pension Contribution alone will shoot up to about Rs 2420 Crores (presently it is less than 200 Cr if it is on actual basic pay), it will be about Rs 875 Cr (with 15% fitment). A difference of more than 1500 Cr in Pension contribution alone. Even for 0% fitment also, BSNL has to pay Rs 2420 Cr as Pension Contribution! This is the reason why AUAB given top priority to settle this issue before 3rd PRC.


JTO to SDE promotion – Review petition:

All the tree review petitions filed by BSNL pleading for 1) restoration of training Centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority among Direct rects and 2) there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000 came up for hearing today, 12.12.2018. For completing the formalities, Hon HC issued notice to AIBSNLEA who was a party in the case earlier but not present in the court. SNEA represented by its lawyer and taken notice earlier. The case will be listed once notice is served to AIBSNLEA.

The Hon HC was pronounced the judgment on 05.06.2018. Thereafter another OA filed in the CAT by AIGETOA activists. After the promotion order, a contempt petition is filed against CMD/BSNL and GM(Pers) for issuing promotion order with the main contention that 1) there are excess promotion during 1995 to 2000 and 2) 1:1 ratio not followed.

The data collected from all the Circles established that there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000 in the 50% Dept quota. According to the compiled data from all the Circles, from 1995 to 2000, total vacancy in 50% Dept quota is 14,102 and JTOs promoted is just 8,833 only.

For an issue, which is not having any relevance, AIGETOA and its activists are fighting in the court and misguiding the innocent and young JTOs. They are deliberately provoking the management by insisting the personal appearance of CMD and GM(Pers) in the Hon CAT. This is just for delaying the promotion for the remaining JTOs. By this time, Management more or less understood their game plan.

It has become a fashion for them to blame other Associations for their short sightedness, negative attitude and mal propaganda. Filing court cases and closing the doors for promotion has become a passion for some sections and then crocodile tears in the name of BR, DR etc. On each and every issue they want to make a division among the Executives. This also mainly in JTO cadre, not among JAOs. This will be suicidal. The divide and rule policy of the erstwhile British Rulers are again trying among the Executives and by this, they are simply strengthening the hands of management and playing with the future of thousands of JTOs. This thinking we are not witnessing among Non Executives. This all propaganda can be for the sake of membership.

On JTO to SDE promotion, the court cases started in 2010 from Chennai. Once they defeated at Chennai, they shifted to Ernakulam from 2013 onwards. 8 years long court cases, spending lakhs of rupees and precious time. Their achievements are: 1) About 3000 JTOs retired without SDE promotion after serving more than 15 years as JTOs, 2) The promotion for the JTOs upto 2001 rect year would have completed in 2014, they lost minimum 4 years of service, 3) LDCE promotion delayed 3 years due to the conflict, 4) upto 2005 rect JTOs, promotion could have completed by 2016, it is getting delayed, 5) 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 JTOs would have got promotion by 2017 or 2018 which is not happened yet.

The prayer of AIGETOA and its activists (mainly SDEs now) are rejected by all the courts, Chennai CAT, Ernakulam CAT and Ernakulam High Court. Still they are blocking the promotion of the juniors by filing contempt petition in the name of excess promotion in JTO cadre which is not at all true as explained earlier.

It is heard from reliable sources that during LDCE posting in May, 2018 some non-recognised sections made some understanding with the management on MT rect and on that condition only LDCE posting issued. Joint Forum was not consulted. With that understanding, now MT rect notification is out! Another achievement for them!

Now our young comrades should analyse why promotions are getting delayed and what is real reason behind that and who is responsible for creating this stalemate condition. SNEA is making sincere efforts to come out of this stalemate condition and interacting with the management. Not only 2007 & 2008 batches, we will try our level best to promote the JTOs from 2012 batch also as per the availability of vacancies. To protect the inter-se seniority, we are trying the promotion notionally from 29.06.2018, along with those got promotion on 29.06.2018.


AMC Optimization - CM Vertical -  Power point Presentation by SNEA KERALA Circle on 29-11-18 - AIC at Ludhiana.


View Corporate Office Orders:
Transfer and Posting orders / Cancellation of transfer orders - AO / Sr AO reg.
JAO Temporary transfer order - Re-allotment reg.
Re-instating of Finance Personnel relieved and not yet joined on posting on promotion from AO to CAO reg.
SDE Tenure transfer order reg.


Meeting with CMD BSNL: AUAB leaders met CMD BSNL on 11.12.2018 and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Follow up on the AUAB demands: On financial condition of BSNL, CMD informed that all the functional Directors of BSNL and CMD together met Addl Secretary and Member(Fin) yesterday, 11.12.2018 to explain the urgent need for DoT clearance for availing bank loan. It is expected that the clearance may come shortly.

b) 3rd PRC proposal: CMD informed that he had a discussion with Addl Secretary, DoT for further discussions on the matter. The meeting will be held shortly. The proposal to hold regular meeting as an institutional mechanism is being worked out as decided in the meeting with Secretary, DoT.

c) Minutes of the discussion on 30% Superannuation: AUAB requested to issue the minutes on this matter as this issue is related to BSNL alone and in the meeting held on 30.11.2018, it was agreed for 3% additional contribution before March 2019 and remaining in next financial year. CMD informed that he already instructed DIR(HR) to issue the minutes as assured.

d) Transfer of Executive as a vindictive action: An SDE in MP Circle is transferred and relieved on the same day on instructions from higher authorities for issuing a demand note for more than 12 lakhs to a R-Jio contractor. We protested against such highhandedness and demanded the cancellation of the transfer order.   

e) Closure of MTNL connection and availing Airtel connection in Maharashtra Circle office: In a tussle between BSNL and MTNL, CGM, MH closed all the MTNL connections and taken connections from a private operator. A CPSU like BSNL is taking connection from a private operator is not acceptable especially when we are demanding that all Govt Depts and BSNL has to take connections from BSNL. This decision is to be reviewed urgently, AUAB demanded.


The review petition on JTO to SDE promotion:

All the three review petitions filed by BSNL are listed for hearing today, 12.12.2018 in the Hon Ernakulam High Court. In the review petitions, BSNL pleading for 1) restoration of training Centre marks as the criteria to decide the inter-se seniority among Direct rects and 2) there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000. BSNL collected the data from all the Circles to establish that there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000 in the 50% Dept quota.

According to the compiled data from all the Circles, from 1995 to 2000, total  vacancy in 50% Dept quota is 14102 and JTOs promoted in only 8833. From this figure it is very clear that there is no excess promotion between 1995 to 2000. For an issue which is not having any relevance, they are fighting in the court and misguiding the innocent and young JTOs, for the sake of membership. If the review is not opposed by the opposite parties (AIGETOA activists), the case will be decided by today.

In that case all the vacancies can be filled without much delay as APAR gradings and VC is almost ready. Not only 2007 & 2008 batches, we will try our level best to promote the JTOs from 2012 batch also as per the availability of vacancies.


GTI implementation w.e.f 01.01.2019:

A meeting held today to review the progress in the submission of options. As on today 24,832 Executives (about 50%) submitted the options through ERP. Remaining Executives also submit their opinions immediately. All those upto age group of 50 shall opt for the GTI as it is very much beneficial for them. 

No medical certificate is required for this scheme which is the main advantage. The premium will remain as the same till the retirement (even after crossing the age of 50). This is an initiative taken by SNEA for the welfare of our young comrades. All CSs and SSA Secretaries may contact our members and make them to submit the options through ERP before 20.12.2018.


External Management Trainee recruitment..

The SNEA stand on Extl MT was once again reiterated in the last Ludhiana AIC to oppose it in all the possible ways. SNEA will strongly oppose Extl MT organizationally and if required legally also.


Corporate Office letter on Recruitment of Management Trainee (Telecom Operations) in BSNL from Internal candidates:

Corporate Office letter on Recruitment of Management Trainee (Telecom Operations) in BSNL from External candidates:

Notification for Rect of Internal MTNotification for Rect of External MT


A meeting of the AUAB was held at New Delhi on 11.12.2018. The meeting discussed ways and means to ensure the speedy implementation of the settlement reached in the meeting held with the Hon MoS(C). The meeting also decided to direct the AUAB at Circle and SSA levels to organise Joint General Body meetings during the period from 26th to 29th December, 2018 and explain the settlement reached between the Hon Minister on 03.12.2018. CHQ requests all Circle and SSA Secretaries to make note of this decision and to take the initiative to successfully organise the Joint General Body meetings. A detailed circular on the developments on all the demands will be issued by AUAB.

AUAB Circular


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Meeting with Smt Sujata T Ray, DIR(HR & Fin) on 10.12.2018:

GS and AGSs Com Padmanabha Rao and Com Sanjeev Sharma met DIR(HR) and held discussions on the following issues:

a) Financial problems in the field units: We brought the severe financial crunch in all the field units which started affecting the services. UP(East), STR and TN Circle issues specifically brought to the notice of DIR(Fin). DIR informed the efforts taken by the management to take bank loan to tide over the present situation. The letter of comfort from DoT is yet to be released for taking the loan even though it was promised. BSNL is pursuing with DoT in this regard. The condition will continue for some more time.

b) Notification of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy: We informed the demand in the Ludhiana AIC and the resolution passed in the AIC for early implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f 01.07.2018 for giving promotions to thousands of Executives waiting for promotion and to bring parity with those got promotion on or before 29.06.2018. Except SDE(T) cadre, vacancy is not available in any other cadre and thousands and thousands of Executives are waiting for promotion. Day by day, litigations on reservation and seniority related matters increasing and at the earliest it should be implemented. DIR(HR) assured early action based on the report submitted by the Committee.

c) JTO to SDE promotion: We continued our earlier discussion for finding some way out to give promotions for all the SDE vacancies. The court cases after 15.06.2018 delayed the promotion for about 6 months now. The court cases are spearheaded by some SDEs and those who may not get promotions in the coming DPC. So they are trying to delay the promotions as much possible by way of contempt and other methods. The innocent JTOs who are not part of the litigations are becoming victims, promotions not happening and management has to help them, we demanded. As a possible way out we suggested two ways to go ahead with promotions.

The vacancy is about 4500 which is calculated now and submitted the roster for approval. The promotions given earlier led to contempt of court and litigations. So before issuing promotion, management want to ensure that it will not lead to another court case or contempt. Management is taking all precautions in this regard and the promotions are delayed only because of court cases, not due to management, DIR(HR) told. The suggestion of the Assn to prepare the AIEL based on Ernakulam HC order and give promotions subject to the outcome of the court cases is not feasible as it will weaken the review petition filed by BSNL, mgt informed. The second option given by us, as an interim arrangement to give promotions from among the remaining JTOs in 1:1 ratio to the extent possible, rect yearwise, is almost agreed by the Management. As a precaution management is informing this to the CAT/EKM on 18.12.2018 for its concurrence before taking actions.

Meanwhile the 3rd Review petition filed by BSNL come up yesterday in Hon High Court of Kerala and posted to 12.12.2018 along with other two review petitions which is already listed for 12.12.2018. If the applicants (AIGETOA activists) does not oppose the review petitions tomorrow, on 12.12.2018 and agreeing to BSNL prayer for restoring Training Centre marks for fixing the inter-se-seniority, the case will be decided immediately and BSNL can go ahead with promotion. If it happens, it will end the litigations and management can go ahead with promotion for about 4500 vacancies for which the grading, VC etc already collected. GS and President informed this to GS/AIGETOA and told him to prevail upon the AIGETOA activists at Ernakulam for the same line of action, not to oppose the review petition. This will be in the best interest of the cadre and promotions can be given immediately.

c) Submitting the seniority list to Hon CAT Chandigarh for DE to DGM promotion: Detailed discussion held in this regard. The seniority list as per Rule 206 has to be prepared and submitted. A provisional list of the serving DEs as per Rule 206 prepared by BSNL and submitted for the approval of DIR(HR). DIR(HR) assured to discuss the matter with GM(P) tomorrow, 11.12.18 as some more clarity is required in this regard before approval.


National Executive Committee meeting of AIPCOC and NCOA at Goa on 06th and 07th December, 2018:

The NEC of AIPCOC was held on 06.12.18 and NCOA on 07.12.2018 at Vaco-Da-Gama, Goa. GS, Com Arvind Dahiya, Dy GS/NCOA and Com Dilip Saha, Vice President/NCOA attended the NEC meetings. Com Santosh Kumar, CS/KRL and Com Ramesh, CS/TL attended NEC representing AIPCOC/NCOA of respective states.

The NEC meeting deliberately mainly 3rd Pay Revision in CPSUs and affordability clause, pay Revision in banks, disinvest in different sectors and Govt policies and other issues concerned with the Executives, Officers in different sectors and Central Govt Officers.

The NECs took the following decisions:

1) To support the Dharna by Bank employees at New Delhi on 14.12.2018 demanding wage revision and other demands.

2) To support the two days strike by Bank employees on 21.12.2018 and 26.12.2018 demanding wage revision and other demands by joining the demonstration, march etc.

3) To support the strike call of Central Trade Unions in January, 2019 against disinvestment, privatization etc.

4) To Organize Parliament March in February, 2019 during Parliament session demanding:

a) Removal of Affordability clause for 3rd Pay Revision.

b) Opposing disinvestment/Privatization.

c) Defined Pension. 


DE transfer Order reg.


Resolution passed in the XXXth AIC of SNEA held at Ludhiana from 28th November, 2018 to 01st December, 2018 regarding DoT approval for the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A w.e.f 01.01.2007. Request for immediate action reg

Resolution on standard pay scales of E2 and E3


GS writes to DIR(HR): Court cases filed by individuals, mainly instigated by those already promoted as SDEs in earlier LDCEs, become a nightmare for thousands of JTOs waiting for SDE promotions under SCF quota for about 5,000 vacancies. The court cases delayed the promotions, almost 6 years for thousands of JTOs. Since the High Court decision on the review petition is pending, it is requested to explore other possibilities for conduction of DPC. As there is no stay on promotion, promotion orders can be issued to the maximum possible extent, recruitment year wise and the seniority can be decided later on, based on the final outcome of the cases: GS letter to DIR(HR)


Resolution passed in the XXXth AIC of SNEA held at Ludhiana from 28th November, 2018 to 01st December, 2018 regarding implementation of BSNL Executive Promotion Policy & Recruitment Rules, 2017 (CPSU Cadre Hierarchy) w.e.f. 01.07.2018. Request for immediate action reg
Resolution on implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy w.e.f. 01.07.2018


Resolution passed in the XXXth AIC of SNEA held at Ludhiana from 28th November, 2018 to 01st December, 2018 regarding 30% Superannuation benefits. Request for immediate action reg

Resolution on 30% Superannuation


AO to CAO promotion - Instructions to maintain status quo reg.   << Letter >>

Pending data of SCRs yet to be received from Jharkhand, Himachal, Punjab and West Bengal circles reg.   << Letter >>


Relieving of Executives who have completed tenure and whose transfer orders are issued but not relieved till date, BSNLCO  relieved directly through ERP working in tenure circles

Relieving of executives


AUAB Writes to DOT for the Implementation of direction of the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, with regards to putting in place an institutional mechanism for periodic interaction between the DoT and the AUAB. << Letter to DOT >>


The AUAB, CHQ taken up the Dumka issue with CMD and DIR HR yesterday and protested against it and demanded strong action. CGM JKD written to Chief Secretary, JKD in this regard. Further AUAB is writing to the Hon Prime Minister protesting against the incident and demanding stern action. AUAB, JKD Circle is conducting a press conference at Dumka tomorrow to protest against this. << Letter to PM >>


List of new Central Head Quarters office bearers endorsed by BSNL Corporate Office extending Trade Union facilities.


Appointment of JAOs under DR Quota after Pre appointment training reg.



Clarion and salutary call by AIC Ludhiana - relentless and continuous United Struggle for sustained Revival of BSNL, Implementation 3rd PRC and Resolution of key pending issues of 2nd PRC.

Ludhiana AIC was totally aghast at the state of affairs in BSNL where the future of both this once most prestigious Telecom Institution of the Country, BSNL, as well of thousands and thousands of its employees hangs in jeopardy. AIC Ludhiana unequivocally recognized and acknowledged the stark reality –  the way and the speed at which the revenues  of the Company are fast sliding and the worth of the Company is eroding poses gravest ever danger to the very existence of the Company as well as its huge workforce. This is the crisp and cryptic assessment of AIC.

 Impending grave severity of the situation can be gauged from the inability to meet day to day operational expenditure which has adversely impacted field maintenance operations, including payment of electricity bills, labour payments etc. And this undoubtedly contributes towards deterioration in quality of services due to frequent interruptions. The real impact on the revenues of the company was felt after the entry   Reliance Jio and the predatory pricing it was freely allowed to indulge in by the Regulator as well as the policy makers. The consequences of predatory pricing were so grave that the revenues of the Company, which were of late exponentially growing, started declining rapidly and have hit rock bottom today. However, in comparison to private operators, which witnessed decline in revenues to the extent of 50%, our decline in revenues was quite insignificant. Matters have been getting worse due to complete lack of concern and indifference on the part of the Govt. towards BSNL. Deliberate and continued denial of 4G spectrum to BSNL by the Govt. on flimsy and frivolous grounds has adversely impacted its wireless business. Even the govt. has gone to the extent of denying BSNL to avail loans from financial institutions for modernization of its network. Finance Ministry and a larger section in the Govt is against allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL on 50% Govt cost by way of Govt share on frivolous grounds that BSNL has become an incipient sick PSU. They are deliberately undermining the huge strategic importance of BSNL in Telecom sector. One big section in Govt, even at higher level, considers BSNL just one amongst Telecom operators. These deadly developments occurring in last couple of months were emphatically echoed by the representative council, thus captivating the entire representative council and becoming issues of critical importance and utmost concern.

Similarly very crucial and critical HR issues having huge financial implications are required to be addressed urgently, AIC categorically felt. Accomplishing this herculean task is going to be the most challenging one for all of us. 3rd PRC implementation with full 15% fitment for very obvious reasons is on the top of the table in terms of priorities since its implementation will stimulate, motivate and inspire the entire workforce to integrate with the mainstream of the company and eventually drive its growth. Approval of standard pay scales, hike in the Superannuation fund and implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy for uniform promotional avenues and parity in promotions, Pension Revision etc are other critical issues to be resolved.

These are the immediate challenges before us, identified by the AIC. Since we don’t   have much time in hand, we have to act swiftly and in a decisive manner. Our struggle undoubtedly will be a prolonged one, to force the Govt. to recognize our issues and address them comprehensively. The struggle has to create such kind of an impact that coerces the MOC to plead before the Union Cabinet that BSNL employees have full legitimacy and righteousness to get 3rd PRC in its totality and also 4G spectrum needs to be allocated to BSNL without any further delay. And this calls for intense and protracted struggle to be taken to its logical conclusion so as to deliver the end results. Unity among the employees is very crucial in this struggle. For this lager cause, small differences have to shed. As a step in that direction, we made a beginning in the right direction by ensuring the participation of all the Trade Union leaders of BSNL in this AIC to demonstrate solidarity and unity amongst the workers that is so crucial for success of the impending struggle.

Thus clarion and salutary call of Ludhiana AIC is forging of total and unqualified unity among the Executives and BSNL workers for astounding and complete success of the impending struggle for revival of BSNL, implementation of 3rd PRC and resolution of pending HR issues of 2nd PRC.


CHQ President and AGS Com.P.Padmanabha Rao met Dir(HR) Smt Sujata T Ray and Conveyed thanks for officially recognizing our new CHQ body. We also requested Dir HR Madam to carry out JTO to SDE(T) promotions subject to the availability of vacancies in SDE grade, as discussed in the AIC Ludhiana. It was intimated that modalities in respect of promotion are being worked out. It was agreed that considerable delay has already taken place in the JTO to SDE promotions and steps are being taken to issue the promotion orders at the earliest after examining the various legal aspects.Further we suggested that the inter-se-seniority can be decided as per the Hon Court. It was also assured by GM Pers during his address at AIC Ludhiana, to issue the promotion orders shortly.


Provisional Seniority for SDE(C) from No 1121 onwards.

Letter    Part-1    Part-2    Part-3



1. What is GTI (Group Term Insurance) Scheme.

GTI is one under which Life cover will be given to the participants at special rates as decided between BSNL and LIC

2. Why is it needed?

This is needed mainly to indemnify the family from the loss due to the death of insured.

3. GTI for BRs only?

No, Current GTI for any executive of BSNL whether absorbee or BSNL recruitee.

4. GTI for executives only?

Current GTI is for any executive of BSNL whether absorbee or BSNL recruitee. In next phase GTI process for non executives would be started.

5. What is difference between conventional Normal Insurance plan and Term plan.

Conventional normal insurance plan are life insurance plan that may guarantee some returns to the policyholder at the time of maturity.  However the Group Term insurance continues for a specified period of time as terms taken by policy holder and no return on completion of term. In BSNL, it is being provided at very low rate without any requirement of Medical test etc.

6. GTI will cover up to which age?

Up to Normal Retirement Age

7. Which type of claims GTI will cover ?

Death Claim (i.e. Death due to any reason)

8. Will it cover accidental and/ or partial/complete disability coverage?

It will cover due to any reason depending on type of rider but it will result in additional cost in premium and then medical will be required.

9. Will it cover suicide?


10. What will be Amount in different case of disabilities / suicide ?

Nothing will be given for disabilities. However in case of death, including suicide,  amount 50 lacs will be given.

11. Will it return / refund any portion of amount after maturity ?


12. Could we extend it beyond retirement?


13. What if retirement age reduced by BSNL?

The GTI scheme is presently up to Retirement age.

14. What if any employee resigns or goes on deputation to another department?

The member will be covered under the scheme as far as he is in the employment of BSNL and the premium is being received from BSNL.

15. The amount of 1.60 Per thousand will remain same after 50 years?

It will remain same up to retirement for all, those who enroll GTI before the age of 50 years. A slight variation in premium may come when it would be reviewed in 3 years.

16. Whether any medical test will be required at initial?


17. What is process of settlement i.e directly between employees and LIC or between Employees BSNL and LIC.

The Claim documents will be submitted through BSNL. The claim proceed may be settled in favour of Nominee directly.

18. Whether premium payment is centralised from Corporate office?


19. Existing GSLI will be continued or Not ?

It may be continued.

20. Will GSLI cover suicide?

Please refer GSLI rules.

21. After opting in how much time it will be affected?

As soon as, MoU is signed between BSNL and LIC.

22. In case of extension or reduction of retirement age, whether policy term will changed?

There will be no change in policy terms. However in case of extension of retirement age the GTI will continue.

23. What is benefit of BSNL GTI in comparison to open market Term plan.

Very Low rate of premium, No medical requirement, coverage for all kind of death, Easy Claim
process, Only PSU, Highest Settlement ratio, Sovereign Guarantee.

24. My age is 42 years...What is premium of GTI in BSNL. How it is cheaper than market rate?

Premium rate already communicated i.e 1.6 per thousand plus 18% GST. It is cheaper due to group advantage.

25. Why we prefer LIC term plan while other is offering on lower price.

Refer Point 23.

26. Will GTI be continued in case of suspension or imposition of major penalty.

GTI is for employee of BSNL only.

27. How many days LIC will take time for settlement of claim?

7 days from the submission of all the documents

28. What is the Grievance/Issue escalation matrix or procedure?

Life Insurance Corporation of India has a well-established Grievance Redressal machinery in place. The Manager (P&GS) at the unit, The Regional Manager (P&GS) at the Zone and the Chief (P&GS) at the Central Office are the designated Grievance Redressal officers. In addition to this, The Insurance Ombudsman at NEW DELHI also addresses grievances in the matters related to Insurance.

29. How many days LIC will take time for settlement of claim?

Refer Point 27

30. Will member get separate policy document and number from LIC in case of GTI?

No, Only one master policy will be issued to BSNL

31. What will be the situation In case of companies closure or merger?

The policy is with BSNL, the closure of company will result in to closure of policy on next renewal.

32. Any agreed formulae to calculate premium after 3 years...?

No, the same will depend on the claim experience and employee data.

33. What is grace period to pay premium ? What if my premium not paid before due date ie even after grace period..? Any statement will be supplied by showing premiums...?

In case of monthly premium, Grace period will be for 7 days. Beyond that late fee (@9.5%pa) & GST will be charged.

34. Simultaneously 2 GTI or Term insurance could be availed? Is their any ceiling on amount for term insurance?

Simultaneously, 2 GTI or Term Insurance could be availed. But with LIC total cover can not exceed

35. What are the cases/ clauses for which GTI will not mature after demise of a member?

Death due to any reason is covered.

36. After death when claim of 50 lacs given to family of deceased person, whether this amount is taxable?

Tax free u/s 10 (10D) of income tax act


Group Term Insurance (GTI):

The demand of SNEA immediately after MV for Group Term Insurance is getting implemented. As reported earlier, a POP UP is developed by ERP team. It will be available as and when ERP portal is opened. This scheme is initially proposed for the BSNL directly recruited Executives who are not covered by Govt pension and now extended for all. This will be more beneficial for those below 50 years.

All our comrades are requested to exercise their option before 20.12.2018.

In this direction, our CWC member Com. R K Deepak from MP Circle was felicitated in the AIC held at Ludhiana for floating the idea of GTI for the first time and taking to its logical conclusion. He was instrumental in putting forth this idea along with our CS MP Circle, Shri Datta Majumdar for taking necessary initiatives for implementation of GTI through ERP in MP Circle.

GTI detailsAppreciation Letter to Com.Deepak


GS, President and AGS Com Sanjeev Kumar Sharma met GM(Pers) and held discussions regarding JTO to SDE promotions for the vacancies and SDE to DE promotion for the missing cases and unassessed cases. In the AIC also we requested in this regard and GM(P) responded positively at Ludhiana. Discussions held on various options to give promotions for maximum vacancies. For bringing parity, JTOs of 2012 also to be promoted, we demanded. Now JTOs from 1999 rect onwards are waiting for promotion. Above all thousands of young JTOs are waiting for the promotion and losing the precious service, we pointed out.

Meanwhile BSNL sought the legal opinion from Addtl Solicitor General (ASG) on own merit in promotions after the Hon SC judgment dated 26.09.2018.


Status of court cases:

JTO to SDE contempt case – The case came up for hearing on 03.12.2018. BSNL sought exemption from personal appearance which court allowed upto 18.12.18. CAT directed BSNL to file reply by 18.12.2018 and the case posted to 18.12.2018.

JTO to SDE promotion --- Review petition in the Hon High Court, Kerala: The review petition is expected this week end.

AO to CAO promotion: In the case against the recent AO to CAO promotion demanding catch up rule, Hon Chandigarh CAT ordered STATUS QUO putting fresh hurdles in promotions. 


Indefinite Strike from 03.12.2018 is Deferred - Declares AUAB



Talks between the AUAB and the Hon MoSC held today. The details are:

1) On 4G spectrum, Cabinet approval will be taken at the earliest. The Cabinet memo is already circulated and Addtl Secretary, DoT is asked to interact with other Ministries to clarify their doubts. Once reply received from other Ministries, it will be placed before the Cabinet, in the next meeting itself.

2) It is accepted to delink the pension revision from pay revision and affordability clause and process separately.

3) On Pension Contribution, a positive recommendation is being sent to Dept of Expenditure.

4) On 3rd PRC for the employees, some more issues are to be sorted out between DoT and BSNL. In the present form, Union Cabinet may not approve it, Minister and Secretary are doubtful.

The progress of the issues will be reviewed every fortnight and a mechanism will be evolved in DoT for regular discussion with AUAB. After making a thorough review of the situation, AUAB meeting unanimously decided to defer the strike till further intimation.
AUAB Circular


RTI reply on SAB contribution: EPF-12%, Gratuity-4.8%, PRMB-3.3%, Pension-5%.

RTI Reply


Meeting with Hon MoSC: In today’s meeting with Hon MoSC, SNEA raised the issue of approval of E2 and E3 pay scales and other AUAB leaders supported it. In a very positive response, Hon Minister directed the officers to process it in DoT at the earliest as it can be settled in DoT. Officers from DoT assured to discuss it separately for early settlement.

Comrades, this is a golden opportunity we got it, to discuss the standard pay scales issue, with the support of AUAB.

Last week, on another important issue, 3% hike in SAB agreed by CMD/BSNL in the discussion with AUAB.

These two are very important breakthrough in addition to the other demands.


Meeting between AUAB and Hon MoSC is fixed at 10:00 am on the charter of demands.



Talks between the AUAB and the Secretary Telecom were held today the 02-12-018. Improvements are there in the issues of 4G spectrum, Pension Revision ad pension contribution. However, deadlock is prevailing in the issue of 3rd pay revision.  With a view to ensure a discussion with the Hon. MoS(C) on this issue, the AUAB decided to defer the Strike for one week. If fruitful outcome does not come in the meeting with the Hon. MoS(C), the strike will start from 00.00 hrs on 10-12-2018.

AUAB had a series of discussion today on the charter of demands. Discussions started with CMD and DIR(HR) from 12.00 Hrs to 13.30 Hrs. Both of them explained the developments going on in DoT for the last few days. Since AUAB decided to continue the strike w.e.f 00.00 Hrs of 03.12.2018, DoT intervened and invited AUAB for discussions. Secretary(T), Member(Fin), Member(T), Member(S), new Additional Secretary(T), CMD/BSNL, DIR(HR) and other senior officers of DoT and BSNL present during the marathon discussion for almost 4 Hrs from 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM. On most of the issues very positive developments taken place during last one week.

The massive preparation for the strike, vide publicity given by the media etc, given very good break through.

The discussion with Hon Minister will be held tomorrow, most probably to work out the details and time schedule. Minister is returning to Delhi tomorrow morning. On E2/E3 scales pay scales also some discussion took place which will continue tomorrow.

Immediately after the AIC, CHQ started its functioning from day one.









Talks between the AUAB and the Secretary  Telecom were held today the 02-12-2018. 
Improvements are there in the issues of 4G spectrum, Pension Revision ad pension contribution . How ever, dead-lock is prevailing in the issue of 3rd pay revision.  With a view to ensure  a discussion with the Hon. MoS (C) on this issue, the AUAB decides to defer the Strike for one week. If fruitful outcome does not come in the meeting with the Hon. MoS (C), the strike will start from 00.00 hrs on 10-12-2018.


New CHQ Office Bearers of SNEA 


President: Com.Aftab Ahmed Khan

Vice President: Com.Rakesh Mehta

General Secretary: Com.K.SEBASTIN

Treasurer: Com.R.Rajan


 Asst. General Secretaries:

1. Com.P. Padmanabha Rao

2. Com.Sanjeev Kumar Sharma

3. Com.Panduranga B. Nayak

4. Com. Dilip Saha

5. Com.Rajendra  S.Kolapkar

6.Com.Jagdish Rout


Jt. SECY (North): Com. Jagtar singh

Jt. SECY (South): Com.A.ChandraSekhar

Jt. SECY (West): Com.Shankarlal Sharma

Jt. SECY (East): Com.I.H.Mandal

Jt. SECY (Central): Com.Sumit Saxena