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Messages updated during the month of  Apr 2024



DGM SCT Cell BSNL CO endorsed writes to all Circle Heads endorsing the DoPT/DoT orders for modification/ Revision in instructions for authorities competent to issue Caste/ Tribe/ Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income & Asset Certificates in respect of EWS. Copy<<<>>

These guidelines are issued by DoPT as per the directions laid down by the Hon Supreme Court in case of Mrs. Madhuri Patil Vs Add Commissioner.

As per this order, the State/UT Administration are competent to issue and verification of Caste/Tribe/ Community Certificates.

Henceforth the powers to decide authorities competent to issue Caste/ Tribe/ Community certificates in respect of SC/ST/OBC and Income & Asset Certificates in respect of EWS are delegated to State/UT Administrations.

These guidelines/instructions are issued in suppression of earlier instructions on the subject matter. 

Hopefully, these clear instructions will reduce the difficulties faced by the SC/ST/OBC/EWS employees in BSNL. 


AGM Rectt BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads conveying the setup of Control Room for LICEs scheduled on 16 & 17/04/ 2024. Copy<<<>>

One AGM and three DMs of Recruitment Cell will be available on given Mobile numbers for clarifying any issues /doubts/ queries by the LICE Candidates or BA/Circle administration for smooth conduction of these four LICEs.



Certain issues related to LICEs scheduled in this week: SNEA CHQ is getting many queries from individual LICE candidates about the procedure to be followed for attending and mainly about relieving of LDCE Candidates for attending LICE and confusion thereof.

Some of BA Heads have issued the relieving orders and many have taken stand that LICE is departmental Examinations which is conducted on duty and hence relieving orders for attending LICE is not required.

LICE is not new for Executives and administration in BSNL, but all of sudden many queries are raised as GMs/PGM are being relieved with proper reliving orders for attending Psychometric Test.

In this regard, it is to inform that one has to understand that the Psychometric Test which is conducted at only one place all over India has no relation with LICEs being conducted on hundreds of Centers all over India. LICE for executives is up to SDE is regular matter and newly introduced for AGM/DGM Promotions since 31/12/2022.

As such, there is no much change in procedure of LICEs and it is same procedure followed in earlier LICEs and the is to be followed now also.

For all candidates who are attending Exam at same station, no need of relieving and Admit card/Hall ticket signed by Controlling officer will be sufficient to attend Exam.

Further, reliving order may not be required for attending Exams, but if controlling officers are giving relieving orders, then it is OK.

But if relieving order is not given by controlling officer for any reason, then candidates who are attending LICE at Centers away from his/her working HQ, may submit representation/intimation about leaving HQ for LICE for safer side. Hopefully it will be granted by all controlling officers and if not granted also, candidates should not wait for it and attend the LICE.

There are certain queries about postponement of LICEs demanded by individual LICE candidates, as per information with SNEA CHQ there is no such proposal from BSNL Management as preparations for LICE are almost complete and only four days are left for LICE.

The postponement of LICE is possible only if any such binding directions are issued by any court or by Election commission and as of today, there are no such directions and hence the chances of postponement of LICE are less.

Some candidates are confused as certain What’s App messages are being circulated unofficially for applying leave for attending LICE, but in our opinion, LICE is to be attended on duty, no need to apply leave as it is part of office work, but till we will get more clarity about from the Management and will update shortly.

For applicability of TA/DA, Kerala Circle has asked for certain clarification, and same is being pursued b us for required clarification for BSNL CO.

Further, SNEA CHQ has taken up matter for waiver of LICE Fees and matter is under active consideration of BSNL Management and as all candidates have already paid fees. As such, it has no direct relation with scheduled LICE and we are hopeful for consideration of this proposal of SNEA by the BSNL Management.

As such, there should not be any confusion in minds of LICE candidates and they should focus on preparations of for their success in Exams and if there are any changes or clarity is issued by BSNL CO on doubts/queries raised by the field units, we will update it all suitably. 


AGM Rectt BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads about Mock test for familiarization of candidate with the LICE. Copy<<<>>

The examination format and Admit card of eligible candidates are generated and can be downloaded by the candidate from the registration portal for LICE scheduled on 16 & 17/04/2024 for JTO to SDE (Telecom), SDE to EE/AGM (Civil), SDE  to EE/AGM (Electrical) and SDE to AGM (Telecom). 


Addl. GM BW BSNL CO issued transfer order of SDEs in Civil wing who have completed their tenure at all India hard tenure stations as well as OTP requests of SDEs Civil transfers.Copy<<<>>

Thus request of all SDEs in Civil wing are given consideration. SNEA CHQ conveys thanks to Director HR BSNL Board, CGM BW and his team of Officers in BW section for giving consideration to these request transfers.

This proposal was also initiated by BW section before long time, but was delayed for review of the proposal for considering the cost of transfers and finally with intervention of Pers section all request to and from All India Tenure stations are given consideration at Company cost.

The Own Cost OTP Inter Circle request from Non-Tenure stations is also given consideration.

Now, OTP Request of only Telecom wing are pending for which work is under active consideration and orders are expected  shortly. 


AGM Electrical BSNL CO issued Transfers and Postings of CE/GM Elect wing and all these transfers are at company cost. Copy<<<>>

It is reported that CEE post does not exist at Raipur in Chhattisgarh Circles but it is at sanctioned at Bhopal MP Circle since the revised Restructuring norms are issued by Rstg Cell BSNL CO.

But the HQ of CEE MP is unofficially continued at Raipur, Chhattisgarh Circle with looking after charge of MP Circle. SNEA has taken up this matter with CGM EW BSNL CO and he has assured for corrective action.

It is reported that there are many such discrepancies in posting of GMs/PGM level officers and posts are being diverted for the benefits of individuals keeping aside interest of BSNL.

All CS SNEA are requested to share details of such cases, including excess/shortage posting of GM/PGM level officers and SNEA CHQ will take up this matter for corrective action safeguarding interest of BSNL. 


PGM CA/ERP-FICO BSNL CO writes reminder to IFAs of Circles regarding process for tracking BSNL employees GPF Cases on separation as well as on transfers from one circle to another Circle. Copy<<<>>

The letter states that the Circles are not adhering to guidelines issued on this subject and in case of any lapses on part of Circles in updating EPF data and  explanation will be called from IFAs for non-adherence to these repeated instructions. 


DM LM BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads for up-gradation of existing websites for publication of sale, renting and auction details of BSNL properties. Copy<<<>>  


DGM Pers BSNL CO conveyed the approval of DoT for extension of the additional charge of CMD MTNL to Shri. Pravin Kumar Purwar ji, CMD BSNL from 15/10/2023 to 14/07/2024. Copy<<<>>



AGM Taxation BSNL CO writes all Circle/Unit Heads calling for  declaration from all BSNL employees for old Tax regime if he/she is willing to opt so for Year 2023-24, otherwise new tax regime is applicable to all. Copy<<<>>

The options/declaration in given format is to be submitted DDO/AO Pay/Cash/HCM concerned and the last date for submission of options is 21/04/2024. 


AGM CSS BSNL CO writes all Circle/Unit Heads calling for information for preparations of AIEL & Reservation Roster as 01/01/2023 of PSs working in field units along with updated seniority list of PPSs working in field units.  Copy<<<>>


AGM Elect BSNL CO issued transfer orders of the SDEs in Electrical wing wherein request of Executives working at different paces including SDEs who have completed all India hard Tenure are given consideration.  Copy<<<>>

This process mainly for consideration of request of SDEs who have completed tenure took time of one and half month and orders are issued now.

In the similar manner the file for considering requests of SDEs in Civil wing is also under consideration for long time and presently with Pers section. As such, the transfer orders for SDEs in Civil wing are also expected shortly.  

SNEA CHQ conveys thanks to Director HR BSNL Board, CGM EW BSNL CO and his team for giving consideration to these requests by individuals. 


AGM SEA BSNL CO issued orders for force ERP relieving of Account Officers under Inter transfers vide different orders, but not yet relieved by Circles and now these Officers are force relieved w.e.f. 09/04/2024.  Copy<<<>>



AGM Rectt BSNL CO writes all Circle/Unit Heads for checking/confirmation of eligibility of Candidates applied for LICE scheduled on 16 & 17 April 2024 and today 07/04/2024 is last date for the same. Copy<<<>>  Annexure<<<>>


AGM Estt BSNL CO issued Office Memorandum addressed to all Circle/Units Heads of BSNL for extending the time period for submission of online Certificate for Personal Upgradation Allowance by left out individuals and now window for the same will be open from 08/04/2024 to 10/04/2024. Copy<<<>>

A window for submitting self-certification regarding expenditure of Personal Upgradation Allowance for purchasing books, journals etc was made available in ESS portal for all BSNL working executives but some executives have not submitted the self-declaration and many of them have requested for extension of date as they could not submit it due to active involvement in office activities related to Financial Year closure and achievement of targets.

Accordingly SNEA has requested for one more opportunity for these executives for submission of the requisite certificate regarding for Processional Upgradation Allowance.

SNEA conveys thanks to Director HR BSNL Board, PGM Estt BSNL CO and his team of officers in Estt Section for considering this special request and opening short window for submission of PUA Certificate from 08/04/2024 to 10/04/2024.

This is final window and hopefully all remaining executives will submit their certificate in given time otherwise be ready for forfeiting his/her  Professional Upgradation Allowance @ 2 % of basic for Year 2023-24.

Submission of PUA Certificate is very simple task, which needs time of less than one minute to complete it through ESS and reasons given by these left out executives that they were busy is office works and could not spare one minute for it were not accepted by Management, but this window is opened as special case as final option.

SNEA appeals all executives to take serious note of this extended date and submit the pending self-certificates in given time immediately and latest by 10/04/2024 by keeping in mind that the chances of second extension of this window are as good as nil.


AGM Admin BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads regarding Application of Model code of conduct -General election to House of the People(Lok Sabha), 2024 and some State Legislative Assemblies and certain bye-election. Copy<<<>>


DGM Pers BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads for  timely submission/processing of e-APAR of the year 2023-24 Executives/ Employees of BSNL, in online mode through ESS-Portal. All employees of BSNL are advised to comply with the timelines for processing of e-APARs. Copy<<<>>   


AGM Rectt BSNL CO declared the merit list of  LICE for promotion to the grade of SE/DGM (Electrical) on regular basis for vacancy year 2023 under 33% LICE which was held on 04/02/2024. Copy<<<>>

SNEA Congratulates all the successful candidates and convey best wishes for their new assignment in promotional position.    

There were total 30 EE/DGM vacancies in Electrical wing and DPC for 20 SCF quota promotions is completed recently and these are promotions against total Ten LICE Quota vacancies and out of Ten only six vacancies filled in, Result of two post is kept on hold due to pending court case and two posts are unfilled as other applicants could not successfully qualify the LICE. 

In similar manner, the result of LICE for SE/DGM  Civil are under preparations and same will be declared shortly.


AGM Rectt BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads regarding Exemption of the executives who have registered for upcoming LICEs scheduled on 16 & 17 April 2024 so that these executives can appear for the LICEs without any issues.   Copy<<<>>   


Director HR BSNL Board writes to all Circle Heads regarding Promotion of Motivational Training under Customer / Citizen Centricity Program for the employees of other organizations on commercial basis. Copy<<<>>   Brochure<<<>>    Template<<<>>   


AGM Pers BSNL CO issued partial Inter Circle Transfer order of SDEs of Telecom Wing wherein 08 SDEs from different Circles are posted to choice circles as per their OTP request. Copy<<<>>

There are many OTP requests in Telecom wing itself and in good gesture approach Pers section BSNL CO has taken special initiatives to give early consideration of OTP requests by these 08 Executives recruited under PwBD Category.

This is special approach by BSNL management headed by CMD BSNL and entire HR team of BSNL towards the Executives recruited under PwBD Category wherein the OTP Request of these executives  are given priority over other OTP requests.

GS SNEA and GS DEWAB have taken the issues related to the executives recruited under PwBD Category and one by one the HR issues raised by SNEA & DEWAB are being given consideration and this priority for posting to choice circle is one of such special consideration. 

The OTP request of other SDEs/AGMs in Telecom wing as well as SDEs of Civil /Electrical wing are under active consideration and will are being given consideration and orders are expected shortly.

The OTP request of Civil wing executives from Tenure stations are also under active consideration and orders are expected in this week itself. 


Addl. GM BW BSNL CO issued orders for direct ERP relieving of SDEs in Civil wing who are under Inter Circle Transfer but not relieved by concerned Vertical/Unit Heads and controlling officers and now all these SDEs stands relieved w.e.f. 02/04/2024 A/N. Copy<<<>>   


AGM Electrical BSNL CO issued modification in posting on grounds of critical illness of parents on SEE Regular Promotion. Copy<<<>>   


DGM EF BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads regarding clarification Time-limit of submission of claims for travelling allowance.  Copy<<<>>   


AGM TM ALTTC Ghaziabad regarding cancellation of EPP trainings falling during the Lok Sabha Election 2024 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.  Copy<<<>>   


NCOA NEC Meeting at New Delhi: The National Executive Committee meeting of National Confederation of Officers’ Associations was held at Hotel Royal Plaza, Ashoka Road, New Delhi on 17/03/2024. The meeting was presided over by Shri. Alok Roy, President NCOA and was addressed by Shri. V. K. Tomar, SG NCOA and GS MEA Delhi.

This meeting was attended by prominent leaders of different PSUs and from BSNL this NEC Meeting was attended by Shri. M. S. Adasul, GS SNEA CHQ.

The NEC discussed important issues related to the executives working in different PSUs viz. Implementation of 3rd PRC, issues related to EPF Higher pension option, issues faced by executives different PSUs and further course of action by NCOA to resolve the pending issues etc., were discussed in detail.  NEC unanimously decided to conduct its National General Conference from 7th to 9th May 2024 at Bangalore.  PHOTOs <<<>>


AGM Rectt BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads conveying role and responsibilities of circle team for Holding LICE scheduled on 16/04/2024 and 17/04/2024.   Copy<<<>>  

Circles need to constitute only one examination conducting team for all the four LICEs comprising of Examination Coordinator, Examination Superintendent and Examination Observer along with supporting staff etc. 


AGM Estt BSNL CO issued detailed instructions for submission of claims w.r.t. Group Term Insurance Scheme.  Copy<<<>>  

These guidelines will be helpful in timely and correctly submission of GTI Claims in case of any unfortunate incidents leading towards GTI claims.


Addl. GM BW BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads of BSNL Civil Zones for the verification process of Engineering Degree of all SDEs in Civil wing eligible for EE Civil Promotions under SCF Quota as well as all SDEs applicant for LICE quota. 

ORDER <<<>>    Court ORDER <<<>> 

In recent Court case vide MA No 208 & 219 of 2024 heard on 19/03/2024,  Hon. CAT Jammu has directed BSNL to complete the verification process of Engineering Degree of all the applicants of LICE as well as SCF Quota promotions by 06/04/2024 to complete the ongoing Promotion process from SDE to EE/AGM Civil under SCF as well as LICE quota.

Similar Order is issued by DGM EW BSNL CO wherein instructions are issued for the verification process of Engineering Degree of all SDEs in Electrical wing who are either applicants SDEs for vacancies under LICE quota for EE Posts and SDE Elect eligible SCF Quota promotions and this work is to be completed in time Bound Manner i.e. latest by 05/04/2024. Copy<<<>>  


AGM Estt BSNL CO writes to all Circle Heads of Territorial and Non-Territorial Circles calling for information about JTO Telecom vacancies aroused due to Superannuation/ Promotion/ Resignation/ Death etc during 01/01/2024 to 31/12/2024 i.e. Vacancies for the calendar year 2024.  Copy<<<>>   


Update on Pay Loss Court case by SNEA: The case filed by SNEA on Payloss of LICE JTOs/JAOs in CAT Ernakulum came up for the hearing on 28/03/2024. BSNL submitted its official reply to the court. Our advocate has sought time to file rejoinder on this reply by respondents and same is granted by the Court. Now, next hearing is scheduled on 11/06/2024. Copy<<<>>


Update on case filed by BSNL against SNEA & others: The case filed by BSNL against SNEA and other associations restraining them for holding strikes and demonstrations, was listed on 16/03/2024 as Item No. 26, in Court Room No. 9, before the Ld. ADJ Mr. Shirish Aggarwal, Patiala House Courts. The next date of hearing in the matter is 21/12/2024 for final arguments. In the meanwhile, both parties have been directed to conclude evidence before the Ld. Local Commissioner.


Promotions during Election Code of conduct: Many DPCs for Promotions under SCF as well as LICE quota are proposed by BSNL and there was uncertainty on holding DPCs and issuing promotion orders and this uncertainty is over as ECI has issued conditional NOC for going ahead with Promotions and Transfers. Copy<<<>> 

As per this letter it is clarified that ECI has no objection from MCC angle, for the promotion/transfer of officers subject to the condition that no official involved in the election work in any capacity is relieved/dislocated till the election process is over. But the recruitment/fresh appointment shall be deferred till completion of the election process.


AGM Pers BSNL CO writes to different Circle Heads for relieving of 16 SDEs Telecom who are under transfer to BSNL Corporate Office, but not yet relived by concerned Circles and now all these SDEs excluding executives who are assigned ongoing Election Duties are to be relived latest by 05/04/2024, otherwise their transfer order will be cancelled.   Copy<<<>>   


AGM SEA BSNL CO writes reminder letter to all Circle Heads regarding certification of updation of data in SAP for all cadres of Accounts and Finance.  Copy<<<>>   


Meeting with GM Rectt/Trg  BSNL CO: Since last week, SNEA CHQ is getting many queries through calls/SMS about possibilities of postponement of the LICE scheduled on 16 & 17/04/2024 in view of announcement of Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections and the election duties assigned to some of the Officers of BSNL.

In this regards, on 26/03/2024, GS SNEA & GS SEWA have discussed this issue with Mrs. Samitha Luthra, GM Trg/Rectt BSNL CO in presence of new PGM Trg/Rectt Shri. Dinesh Mahur who is likely to take over charge from next week.

We shared concern about the uncertainty being seen on conduction of LICE on scheduled dates and also shared difficulties faced by the LICE Candidates for appearing LICE on given date.

GM Trg/Rectt informed that her office has received certain requests for postponement of LICEs as some of the LICE candidates are assigned election duties. This issue has been discussed and all such cases are taken with concerned Election authorities by Circle/BA Heads and the Election duty of LICE Candidates during LICE are modified by providing names of substitute officers. She further added that  till any candidates is facing any such issue, it may be brought to notice of BA/Circle Head or her office and assured to take similar corrective action so that no LICE Candidate will be facing hardship and hence there is no proposal for postponement of LICEs and it will be held on scheduled date/s.

Adding to the difficulties faced by the executives appearing LICE, we narrated that some of Candidates could not get time for preparations for LICE due to targets and many of LICE candidates are demanding for postponement of LICE further.

GM Trg/Rectt informed that the LICE was scheduled on 24/03/2024 and for giving time only same has been postponed to 16 &17/04/2024. She also added that due to change in work culture, the Executives are always busy in achieving different targets throughout year and no month can be decided wherein all executives are having less workload.

She further added that, now LICEs for Year 2023 are scheduled and BSNL has to conduct LICEs against vacancy Year 2024 and if this LICE is postponed, then there will be issues in conduction of LICE of Year 2024 which are to be completed within Year 2024. She also added that due to delay in holding LICE, the DPCs for SCF promotions are also delayed and many of officers are waiting for their promotions under SCF quota against vacancies of Year 2022, 2023 and 2024. As such, the chances of the postponement of LICE scheduled on 16&17/04/2024 as on today are about  Nil.   

We have raised concern about the date and timing of the LICEs scheduled as LICE is scheduled on working days and by late evening hours which never happened earlier. In response GM Trg/Rectt informed that this is online Examination and due to rescheduling of LICE, the time slot as demanded by BSNL at Examination centers all over India is not available with agency conducting LICE and hence this odd timing has been accepted by BSNL. We requested for changing timings and preponing it at least by one hour so that LICE candidates an reach home in time. GM Trg/Rectt informed that the issue was discussed with agency conducting LICE, but as it has impact all over India and hence the change in timings also not possible.

We inquired about status of request by SNEA for rival of LICE Fees and assurance by CMD BSNL for reducing the fees and making is reasonable in few hundreds. GM Trg/Rectt informed that her office is in receipt of request by SNEA and further confirmed that her office has received directions for consideration of request for refund of LICE Fees partially in case of candidates appearing for LICE and this proposal is under consideration for refunding 50% amount.

We added that CMD BSNL has firmly assured us for reducing fees to few hundreds i.e. Rs. 200 to 300 from present One Thousand per head and our demand is for total waive off of LICE fees as LICE is conducted for ascertaining meritocracy by BSNL and candidates should not be put in financial loss for the same.

GM Trg/Rectt shared that nothing is finalized till now and it is just proposal, but she assured that certain positive action is being taken by BSNL Management for  refund of LICE fees and final call will be taken by higher authorities very shortly.

We also have discussions on issues related to ALTTC and action required in part of BSNL for smooth functioning and activities of ALTTC Ghaziabad and she has assured to give consideration to genuine requests given by SNEA, but directed us to take up issues with concerned authorities so that timely action is taken for effective working of ALTTC.