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Messages updated during the month of  Jan 2018

17-01-2018

All Unions and Associations of BSNL served notice to Secretary, DoT and CMD, BSNL for agitational Programme:  

 

Charter of Demands

(1) Settle:-

(a) 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment from 01.01.2017.

(b) Settle pension revision.

(c) Settle leftout issues of the 2nd PRC.

(2) Roll back the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

(3) No reduction in the retirement age from 60 to 58 and no VRS.  

Agitation Programme:

 

(1) Whole day satyagraha for 5 days from 30.01.2018. The starting of the satyagraha will be marked by the paying of SHRADHANHJALI at Gandhi Samadi at New Delhi on 30.01.2018 by the leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL.

(2) Indefinite Work According to Rule from 30.01.2018.

(3)  Massive March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23.02.2018.

Notice for Trade Union Actions

17-01-2018

Meeting with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL: A meeting is held today between the CMD BSNL and the Core Committee today. Com K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com P. Abhimanyu, GS/BSNLEU, Com Prahlad Rai, GS/AIBSNLEA and Com K. S. Kulkarni, AGS/NFTE attended the meeting. In the meeting, the following information is given by the CMD BSNL.  

Financial results of BSNL for 2016 – 17: CMD informed that the fianancial results for the year 2016–17 is encouraging, under the tough competition. Operating profit (EBIDTA) is Rs.1,684 crore and the net loss of the Company slightly come down and is estimated at Rs.4,793 crore. The CMD BSNL also informed that according to the new valuation mechanism, the net worth of BSNL is valued at Rs.34,319 crore and that, the net asset worth of the Company is estimated at Rs.91,684 crore.  

Launching 4G service in January, 2018: BSNL will be launching 4G services in January, 2018 starting with few Circles. Further, BSNL demanded the allocation of 5 MHz of 4G spectrum, in 2100 MHz band. The price of this 4G spectrum comes to Rs.16,000 crore. BSNL Board proposed that 50% of this amount should be adjusted through capital infusion by the government, and the remaining 50% would be paid by BSNL in 10 equal installments. CMD told that DoT response is positive in this regard and that a final decision is expected to be taken soon. After allotment of 4G spectrum by the government, BSNL can add another 10,000 BTSs through add on order in addition to the ordered 10,000 BTSs for rolling-out 4G service. 

Core Committee members raised serious issues with the CMD: In the meeting the Core Committee members raised certain serious issues with the CMD BSNL. Withdrawal of the free calling from landlines on Sundays, change in the timing of the night free calling, change in the commission for DSAs and Retailers, acute shortage of equipments for providing FTTH connections, large scale damaging of BSNLs cables were discussed with the CMD. After the change in night free calling time, it become very difficult to market landline and the field staff and officers are facing very embarrassing situation, we informed CMD. CMD advised detailed discussions with the concerned Directors in this regard. DIR(CFA) is on tour and the matter will be discussed with him on his return.

The issues of non-settlement of 3rd Pay Revision and formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company with an IAS officer as its CMD are seriously agitating the minds of the employees, Core Committee told CMD.

17-01-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:
SDE Tenure Transfer order.

17-01-2018

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17-01-2018

Hon CAT Ernakulam vacated the stay on approval of CPSU Hierarchy proposal and allowed BSNL Board to take a decision and publish it. The MA dismissed accordingly. 

16-01-2018

BSNL Withdraws Unlimited Sunday Free Voice Calling from Landline and Broadband Plans Across India................For the unaware, BSNL is currently the leading broadband service provider in India with over 12 million wired subscribers. Thanks to some affordable and luring broadband plans, BSNL achieved this feat, and notably, the company has coverage across major parts of the country.
But this year, BSNL has been harsh on its broadband customers, which will result in subscriber loss. BSNL has its operations across the country expect Mumbai and Delhi. BSNL said that it would start informing the customers very soon about this new change.

Since the start of 2018, BSNL made a total of four big moves, out of those, two moves were underwhelming, while other two are excellent moves. And both underwhelming moves are related to the broadband sector. It is understandable that BSNL has no competition in the broadband sector, but the company should not stop offering benefits which made it the biggest ISP in the first place...... View Media Report.

16-01-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:
Tenure transfer orders of SDEs Telecom reg.
Internal Circle transfer orders of SDEs Telecom reg.

16-01-2018

3rd CEC of Rajasthan Circle was held on 13th Jan., 2018 at Udaipur. Besides delegate session that was addressed extensively by CHQ President Com AA Khan, Com Shankar Sharma CHQ Vice President and Com Manish Samadhia, AGS, an open session was also organized and held in the morning session.

In the open session, views on future viability of the Company, the crucial business policies and strategies that the top management of the Company needs to finalize and implement as quickly as possible, implementation of 3rd prc in its totality were expressed elaborately. The decision of the govt. to form separate tower Company was strongly and unequivocally condemned and members were urged upon to get fully ready for a very prolonged struggle to defeat formation of tower Company as well as implementation of fully justified and legitimate 3rd PRC in its totality. Policies of the govt. to weaken CPSUs in general and BSNL in particular came in for strongest condemnation. Open session was addressed by PGM Udaipur, Sh. Mineria, CHQ president, Com Khan, Com Shankar Sharma, Com Manish Samadhia, Com G.L.Jogi & Com Rajput, CS/Rajasthan. Com Kuldeep, DS/Uaipur delivered welcome address, also addressed the open session and Com Khichar, Circle President delivered vote of thanks.

In the afternoon session, Com Rajput submitted a detailed report covering organizational activities and other important issues. Com A A khan, CHQ Presideny, elaborately explained the stand of the CHQ on crucial issues like standard pay scales of E2 and E3, CPSU cadre hierarchy, and the constraints involved in going ahead with DPCs according to existing RRs till finalization of CPSU cadre hierarchy. Com khan assured the CEC that CHQ will virtually leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these critical issues are finalized as quickly as possible and exhorted upon CEC to remain in a state of complete organizational preparedness for getting pending issues resolved. 

View Glimpse of Photos.

15-01-2018

View Media Reports:

How Reliance Jio’s Entry Tied Regulatory Knots Around India’s Telecom Ecosystem.

Budget 2018-19: Telecom operators aim for consolidation to reduce costs and achieve scale.

Industry proposals under scrutiny for National Telecom Policy 2018: Sivasailam

Telecom Commission Favours Raising Spectrum Holding Limit

15-01-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:
DE Transfer Order - Modification reg.
SDE Tenure transfer Order.
SDE Inter Circle transfer Order,
DGM Transfer order.

14-01-2018

View Media Reports: 

14-01-2018

SNEA WISHES

Happy Pongal,Makar Sankranti, Magh Bihu, Maghi, Uttarayan and Lohri

10-01-2018

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10-01-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:

09-01-2018

Development on E2 and E3 pay scales
Convenor, Joint Forum spoken to the concerned officers in DOT regarding the matter. As reported earlier, DoPT advised DOT to get the guidance of Dept of Expenditure as DoE deals with pay scales. Last week, entire history of the case along with documents are forwarded by DOT to DOE for guidance. The approval of E1A and E2A scales in 2003, 2nd PRC recommendations, PO issued by DoT on 28.03.17, BSNL stand on the PO and the demand for E2 and E3 with BSNL justification, Assn demands with justification etc forwarded to DOE. Even though it is related with DPE, DOT forwarded it to DOE as per the advice of DoPT.

09-01-2018

The case at Ernakulam (CPSU cadre hierarchy) listed today. Some more persons applied for impleadment. Our Impleadment along with others allowed and for the convenience of all the senior counsel, MA posted for 17.01.18 for final hearing and decision.

08-01-2018

Unanimous decisions taken in meeting of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL” on 8.1.2018 to intensify the struggles for achieving wage revision and for the ‘rolling back of the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company’.

 

“The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”, held it’s meeting at New Delhi on 8.1.2018 to discuss about the steps to be taken for intensifying the struggle for the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision and to ensure the ‘rolling back of the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company’. The meeting was attended by the General Secretaries / Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, TEPU, BSNL ATM and TOA BSNL. The meeting was presided over by Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO. The following decisions are taken unanimously for intensifying the struggles to achieve the demands.

 

Struggle programme:

 

(1) Whole day satyagraha for 5 days from 30.01.2018. The starting of the satyagraha will be marked by paying of ‘shradhanjali’ at Gandhi Samadi at New Delhi on 30.01.2018, by the leaders of “All Unions and Associations of BSNL”.

 

(2) ‘Indefinite Work According to Rule’ from 30.01.2018.

 

(3)  Massive “March to Sanchar Bhawan” on 28.02.2018.

 

(4) Leaders of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL” will take all out efforts to meet Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, the Secretary DoT and CMD BSNL, within a week’s time.

 

(5) The meeting entrusted to Com. G.L. Jogi, Leader, SNEA, and to Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, with the responsibility of exploring possibilities to take legal action to roll back the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company.


(6) A Steering Committee consisting of the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA is formed to monitor the struggles.

 

(7) Meeting the leaders of political parties and Central Trade Unions, by 30.01.2018, to mobilise support in favour of the demands of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”.

 

Charter of demands

(1)   Settle:-

(a)   3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment from 01.01.2017.

(b)   Settle pension revision.

(c)   Settle left-out issues of the 2nd PRC.

 

(2)   Roll back the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

(3)   No reduction in the retirement age from 60 to 58 and no VRS. 

08-01-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:
Contribution of Employer towards Superannuation Pension Scheme in respect of DR employees increased by BSNL - Reg.
Promotion posting to the grade of DGM Adhoc Telecom finance - reg.

08-01-2018

Joint forum leaders held a meeting with Director(HR), in the presence of PGM(Pers.), GM(SR) & GM(Est.) on 8/1/2018 to discuss about the proposed agitational call of Joint forum from 09/01/18. BSNL  management earnestly appealed the Joint forum leaders to withdraw the proposed agitation as some of the issues are settled and remaining issues are vehemently pursued by management. In this regard a formal appeal was also issued by the management.
In view of the appeal made by the management the joint forum proposed agitation programme beginning from 09.01.2018 stand deferred.

Appeal by BSNL Management

05-01-2018

As per the information received through RTI, the membership details of various Associations during Oct: 2017 are:

SNEA:21,708, AIBSNLEA:10,109, AIGETOA:3,526, AITEEA:212 and BBOA:210.

Attention of all CSs, SSA/Division/Branch Secretaries,

All the non members and new Executives should be approached to enroll them as members and submit the form for salary deduction before 10th of every month. LICE JTOs, direct rect JTOs and all non members may be approached before 10th of January and get the forms filled up.

Change from one Assn to another Assn can be made from 15th December to 15th January, once in 6 months. All SSA/ Division/ Branch Secretaries to take special efforts in this regard and enhance the membership. 

Membership details through RTI

05-01-2018

Joint Forum writes to CMD, BSNL on NGN Project: Non delivery of about 50% equipments in 2.1 Million NGN equipments by M/s Huwaei during the last two years in the NGN Package II tender -- kind intervention required for the smooth implementation of the NGN project.


Joint Forum writes to Director (CFA) on NGN Project: Non delivery of about 50% equipments in the 2.1 Million NGN Phase II equipments by M/s Huwaei during the last two years. Your assurance to short close the tender not implemented so far whereas NCGN Circle is taking proactive steps to procure the equipments where the rates are almost 30% higher than the new tender rates while the concerned NWP-CFA Cell of BSNLCO dealing with tender and procurement recommended to short close the tender. This gives an impression that something is going wrong in NGN project and DIR(CFA) is losing control over the whole project. Delaying the decision is not in the best interest of the company as life expired E-10B and EWSD equipments are not replaced.

Joint Forum letter to CMDJoint Forum letter to DIR(CFA)

05-01-2018

Meeting with GM(SR) on 03.01.2018 and 05.01.2018: GM(SR) called the Jt Forum for discussions on various HR issues. Discussions started on 03.01.2018 and continued today. Management explained their continuous efforts in resolving the issues one by one on increasing the Superannuation benefits from 3% to 5%, finalization of very complex CPSU Hierarchy, efforts on E2 and E3, E1A and E2A for Civil/Elect/Arch/TF/PA/PS, Uniform 1st TBP, pay loss of post 2007 rects  etc. Another DO letter from CMD has been sent to Secretary DoT, few days back for early approval of E2 and E3 scales. Further discussions on the issues especially the proactive role to be played by BSNL on E2 and E3 scales, implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy to break the deadlock situation on promotions etc will be held on 08.01.2018 with DIR(HR).

05-01-2018

Meeting with PGM(Pers): Joint Forum leaders met PGM(Pers) today  and held discussions on some of the issues like restoration of Circle break on soft tenure postings, finalization of job description as per CPSU Hierarchy as suggested by the Board etc.

Meeting with GM(Restg): GS met GM(Restg) and held further discussions on finalization of job description as per CPSU Hierarchy as suggested by the Board.

05-01-2018

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 01.01.2018: Joint Forum leaders met Secretary, DoT on new year day. We requested Secretary for special consideration for BSNL towards its growth. We requested that 4G spectrum to be allotted to BSNL at the earliest, otherwise BSNL will not be able to compete with other operators. Secretary responded very positively and assured that 4G spectrum will be allotted to BSNL soon and DoT will be working on that.

Afterwards Jt Forum met Jt Secretary (A) Shri Amit Yadav and held brief discussions on 4G spectrum allotment, approval of E2 and E3 scales and 3rd PRC implementation.

Meeting with Member(T), DoT on 01.01.2018: Joint Forum leaders met Shri Phabhash Singh, Member (Technology) and held discussions on BSNL growth related issues such as 4G spectrum allotment, providing more IT related works to BSNL on nomination basis utilizing expertise of ITPC etc.

04-01-2018

Tower Subsidiary Formation:

Countrywide Protest Demonstration on 08.01.2018

Govt going ahead with the formation of Tower subsidiary formation irrespective of the strong opposition from the employees. It was told that it will be subsidiary of BSNL but Govt appointed a Chairman Cum Managing Director for the new Tower Subsidiary company, making its intentions clear, day by day.

As an immediate response, all Unions and Associations will be holding demonstration throughout the country on 08.01.2018. The meeting of all the Unions and Assns are scheduled for 08.01.2018 for further steps. 

04-01-2018

View Media Report

03-01-2018

View Corporate Office Order:
SDE Tenure transfer order.

03-01-2018

View Media Reports:

02-01-2018

GS writes to Director (CFA) on Night Free calling: Revision of timing of night free calling from 9 PM - 07 AM to 10.30 PM – 06 AM -- the decision is counterproductive and the way it implemented once again shows the poor marketing strategy of BSNL 

GS letter to DIR(CFA)

01-01-2018

View Corporate Office Orders:
Medical reimbursement with voucher for outdoor treatment - revised annual ceiling reg.
Preparation of All India Eligibility List of JTOs - Discrepancies observed -Reg

01-01-2018

View Media Reports:

31-12-2017



01-01-2018

GS writes to Secretary DoT: BSNL is bleeding due to NOFN (BhartNet) work. For the last one year, BSNL management could not focus on its core business of Telecom Services, rather it functions as a vendor for the Govt to execute Govt projects on turnkey basis.  

NOFN has become “NO FUN” for BSNL. It started bleeding BSNL in a big way. It will paralyze BSNL in another one or two year if it is not allowed to concentrate on its core business of Telecom Services.

a) Allow BSNL to focus on its core business and it should not be treated as a vendor like M/s ITI for the implementation of Govt projects on Turnkey basis.

b) Divert maximum work from BSNL to BBNL as early as possible. The works can be directly monitored by BBNL or Sr DDGs of TERM Cell instead of CGMs of BSNL.

c) Monitor the performance of BSNL projects and services also along with NOFN and other Govt Projects during interaction with CGMs and SSA Heads.

d) If required, BSNL employees may be deputed to BBNL for this work and their salary can be directly paid by BBNL. The salary of the BSNL employees fully diverted for NOFN work may be refunded to BSNL in addition to the percentage.

e) Do not burden BSNL further with the works like tender, procurement, AT etc as these are the primary objectives of BBNL.  

GS letter to Secretary, DoT

01-01-2018

Editorial:

BSNL is in operational profit for the 3rd consecutive Financial year. BSNL weathered unprecedented turbulence and instability created in the telecom sector because of Govt’s profound desperation to allow R-Jio to capture Telecom market under any circumstances in a spectacular way. Despite all the odds and unprecedented impact on telecom market, BSNL has done a commendable job and is continuing its upward growth trajectory which needs to be accelerated. Govt. has just no legitimacy to deny implementation of 3rd Pay Revision in its totality. Struggle has got to be intensified and taken to its logical end. 

Despite naked violations of guidelines of TRAI or policy provisions of DOT that R-Jio was permitted to perpetrate by policy enforcers, BSNL, during last three financial years, recorded remarkable operational profit under fierce competition and very hostile and adverse market conditions. In 2016-17, entry of R- Jio and its illegitimate market capturing through acknowledged predatory pricing and demonetisation shook and crippled the entire telecom industry, including those who were considered leaders of telecom market having taken capital from PSBs to the tune of lakhs of crores, BSNL emerged as toughest competitor to R-Jio and continued its journey steadfastly and uninterruptedly which reflects inherent strengths of BSNL. It is not that Trade unions of BSNL or its workers are crying that R Jio, to what extent it nakedly violates established guidelines of TRAI and policies of Govt., but an acknowledged (by government and business community) person in Telecom Market in India, Sunil Mittal, recently said “Telecos wrote off up to $ 50 Billion due to R Jio- the write off is largely due to jio—the pricing—in my opinion, in Europe or US, this would have been stopped. It would have been seen as predatory”.

As per the balance sheet approved by the AGM of BSNL held on 21.12.2017 for the year 2016-17, the total revenue is 31,533.44 Crores, revenue from operations is 28,403.73 Crores, operational profit is 1,682 Crores and the net loss is 4793 Crores. The asset value increased from 44,000 Crores to 1.15 lakh Crores after revaluation of the land assets in the new accounting system – incredible continuing journey.

The entry of Jio, demonetization and GST created huge ripples in the Telecom Industry and for BSNL too. The tariffs have come down to level which is not even sufficient to meet day to day operational costs. Timely strategies, marketing initiatives and the prompt decisions taken by the BSNL management could help sustain the market share of BSNL, rather BSNL increased its   market share. In the present situation, BSNL’s strategy is to maintain the market share which we are able to achieve and sustain. Kudos to the BSNL management and its vibrant work force for its spectacular achievement so far in this direction, particularly when it has negligible market liability in comparison to the so called heavy weights in telecom sector who owe thousands of Crores of rupees to financial institutions as liability. This in itself is greatest of great strengths of BSNL. Against this backdrop, it is completely misleading and fallacious to conclude that BSNL is incipient sick.

However, time is just apt for BSNL to go for massive investments in emerging potential business segments. First priority is to launch 4G services on pan India basis so as to capture the most potential business opportunity in telecom - the big and all round DATA. BSNL will be out of reckoning in the telecom sector if it does not start 4G services immediately. At any cost BSNL has to get the 4G spectrum allotted and start the services without any delay. The Core equipments are 4G compatible and the BTSs in the new Phase VIII tender are also 4G compatible. Only shortcoming is the non availability of 4G spectrum. BSNL missed the VOICE BUS between 2008 and 2012 as Govt did not allow it to procure mobile equipments when mobile growth was at its peak. Similarly, BSNL should not and cannot miss the big DATA BUS also if Govt does   not allocate 4G spectrum to it. BSNL cannot compete with the private operators in the highly competitive market without even having 4G services- just impossible.

Secondly, BSNL has to reconsider its policies towards implementation of Govt projects. BSNL is the only Telecom operator meeting the social obligations of the Govt. For accomplishing the Govt objectives, BSNL is implementing all the Govt projects like NOFN (BharatNet), LWE project, NFS project etc without much compensation, instead incurring huge losses. The entire management focus is towards these Govt projects as Minister and DoT is constantly monitoring the progress of these projects. Huge manpower is diverted for these projects but the returns are paltry. BSNL management’s full attention is diverted to these projects from the core Telecom business of its own. CGMs and SSA heads are concentrating on Govt projects rather than giving adequate impetus to growth of its services. In fact, BSNL is deviating from the Core Telecom Business and acting as a big vendor for the implementation of Govt projects. If this is allowed to continue, BSNL also may become another ITI in the coming days, we are afraid. Earlier, M/s ITI also deviated from the core business of manufacturing and worked as a vendor for supplying equipments, laying cables etc.

However, continuing to narrow down our losses and maintaining an upward growth trajectory momentum and with negligible market liability, we have all the justification and legitimacy in the world to get our 3rd PRC in its totality. But then our inertia ridden bureaucracy in DOT is unlikely to move unless adequate organizational pressure is further mounted and our ongoing struggle is intensified. We have to understand the kind of impact that our struggle has to generate- to force the MOC to plead before the Union Cabinet that BSNL employees have full legitimacy and righteousness to get 3rd PRC in its totality. But this calls for intense and protracted struggle to be taken to its logical conclusion so as to deliver the end results.